Vulfpeck Premieres “Animal Spirits” Music Video With Lyrics

first_imgEver the masters of pop-funk, Vulfpeck has shared their newest music video release from their 2016 The Beautiful Game. At the heart of it all is an insatiable groove, powered by Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, Joe Dart and Woody Goss. “Animal Spirits” is perhaps the album’s purest pop in the spirit of the Jackson 5, as explained in our album review. But instead of Little Michael we hear Theo Katzman singing lead and displaying impeccable range and precision. His vocals are never overly flashy and they serve the song perfectly. With typically catchy and winking lyrics, thick layers of keyboards and of course some great Joe Dart bass work, this song is pure fun. Also listen closely to the smooth and rhythmic outro lyrics by Christine Hucal and you’ll hear a clever nod to another Vulf favorite, “Back Pocket.”Paired with the classic video antics of Jack Stratton, this song is given new life in a lyrical video (in both English in Japanese) with a classic Vulfified Stratton dancing in his red and whites in what appears to be the field from The Beautiful Game drone video premiere. “Twitter on your telly, ramen in you belly, economics, put it in my pocket,” the lyrics read across the screen of an otherwise difficult part of the song to understand. Everything is so clear now! So wonderfully clear.last_img read more

Duo praised for bringing beach wheelchair to Rossnowlagh

first_imgThe accessibility of Rossnowlagh Beach has been greatly improved thanks to the efforts of two inspirational local women.Council staff members Diane Patton and Grainne Campbell teamed up recently to fundraise for a specialist wheelchair for public users at the South Donegal beach. And their hard work was highly praised on Thursday when the dream became a reality, just in time for summer. The new beach wheelchair was unveiled yesterday afternoon at Rossnowlagh beach by Cllr. Michael Naughton, Chair of Donegal Municipal District.Paul Diver, Sandhouse Hotel, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Grainne Campbell, Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD and Diane Patton on Thursday afternoon.The idea was first sparked by Diane Patton, a holiday home resident in Rossnowlagh, who witnessed first-hand the struggles experienced by her neighbour’s son accessing the beach in Rossnowlagh. Diane thought she needed to do something to help.“As a holiday home resident in Rossnowlagh I was very aware of the need for this type of a beach wheelchair,” said Diane who lives in Castlefin. “I have a neighbour in my holiday park who has a son with reduced mobility and for many Summers now he is at his happiest in Rossnowlagh and his dad has been able to get him around Rossnowlagh, close to the beach but never actually onto the beach due to the weight of his wheelchair. “And after witnessing last Summer another lady trying to take her teenage son onto the beach in his wheelchair and getting stuck and his discomfort at having strangers help, I just thought there must be a better way for people in wheelchairs to experience the beach.“I spoke to my colleague at work Grainne Campbell, who has previously held coffee mornings to raise funds for other charities and we decided to hold the annual coffee morning to help raise money for a specialist wheelchair for Rossnowlagh Beach. “We held the coffee morning at the County House in Lifford and we were overwhelmed by the kindness of not only Donegal County Council staff but also the businesses in both our local area and in Rossnowlagh who contributed very generous prizes to the raffle.“After a very successful coffee morning Donegal County Council’s Coastal Officer David Friel secured the rest of the €5,000 needed to purchase the specialist wheelchair. “The new Beach Wheelchair at Rossnowlagh which was unveiled on Thursday afternoon by Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD.Diane continued: “This is now the fifth specialist beach wheelchair in Donegal, with others available at Rathmullan, Downings, Marble Hill and Carrickfinn. “We would like to especially thank businesses in Rossnowlagh including The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, The Gaslight-Inn, Smugglers Creek Inn, Maddies Sweet Treats and Tickety-Moo Ice Cream Parlour as well as Twin Town Oils Ballybofey, McGlynns Restaurant Castlefin, Red Pepper Restaurant Castlederg, Quirky Raven Coffee Company Spencer Road and Bishop Street Derry, McCauleys Restaurant Lifford, The Lifford Old Courthouse, Marleys Café Lifford, Eclipse Cinema Lifford, O’Neills Sportswear Strabane, Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Selkie Sailing Gweedore.”Speaking at the unveiling Cllr Michael Naughton, Chair of Donegal Municipal District thanked both Diane and Grainne for their wonderful efforts in securing this beach wheelchair for Rossnowlagh. He said: “It is truly uplifting to hear this story and it just highlights the importance of having this wheelchair available so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful beach.  The support that Diane and Grainne received both from Council staff and from businesses here in Rossnowlagh, as well as in other parts of Donegal and Derry shows just how important this is to everyone. “We can sometimes take for granted the joy of being on the beach but it is not something that everyone has the fortune to experience but I hope now that more people can enjoy this experience and that this beach wheelchair will allow for many special moments and memories to be made.” Diane Patton and Grainne Campbell who raised funds for the new beach wheelchair for Rossnowlagh pictured with the new beach wheelchair outside the Sandhouse Hotel on Thursday afternoon.David Friel Coastal Officer with Donegal County Council explained that “the Hippocampe wheelchair allows users to fully explore the beach. Its design means that it can travel over softer sand and in to the water areas where wheelchair users would have been reluctant to take their own chair.  This means that wheelchair users or those with mobility issues can now fully enjoy the beach and its environment”. He also acknowledged the important role played by everyone in securing these beach wheelchairs saying “I hope we can identify further partners at other beach locations to allow further roll-out of this very welcome and valuable service.  I’d especially like to thank the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, for facilitating the beach wheelchair here at Rossnowlagh beach and hope it is used and enjoyed for years to come”.The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa is providing a home and safekeeping for the wheelchair which will be available for the public to book by calling the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa at (071) 985 1777.Duo praised for bringing beach wheelchair to Rossnowlagh was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beach wheelchaircouncilRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Boks beat USA, top RWC Pool A

first_img1 October 2007South Africa completed an unbeaten run through Pool A at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday when they outplayed the feisty United States Eagles 64-15, running in nine tries to two.Thanks to Fiji’s shocking 38-34 victory over Wales on Saturday, the Boks will tackle their third Pacific Island opponent of the tournament in the quarterfinals in Marseille on 7 October. Victory at a priceWhile the Springboks scored an expected win, it came at a price as tighthead prop BJ Botha damaged knee ligaments, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.SA captain John Smit, a teammate of Botha’s with the Sharks, felt the loss of the tighthead would have a disruptive effect on South Africa, coming as it did some way into the tournament. He paid tribute to Botha, saying he not only makes an impact in the tight phases, but also in his work around the field.Cheetahs’ front-rower Jannie du Plessis has been called up to replace Botha and will join his brother, Bismarck, in the Bok squad.The Americans fought hard against South Africa and the Boks led the match only 24-10 at halftime. However, their advantage in possession and territory truly bore fruit in the second half as Smit and co managed a further 40 points whilst conceding only five.The 49-point margin of defeat was the biggest loss yet suffered by the USA at any Rugby World Cup.In controlSouth Africa took control from the kick off and never looked in danger of losing the contest despite a wholehearted effort from the plucky American team that included three South African-born players. It certainly wasn’t a top class performance, but it was very effective and included some superb tries.Interestingly, Argentina also won on Sunday, outplaying Ireland 30-15 to finish top of Pool D. The Pumas produced a very efficient and powerful performance to join New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa as pool winners, thus increasing the likelihood of a first ever all-southern hemisphere semi-final line-up.While South Africa plays the Fijians, Argentina tackles Scotland, New Zealand plays France, and Australia goes up against England. The most likely outcomes of those matches, based on the form shown so far by the eight teams, is victories all round for the southern hemisphere.And after that? Well, then, matters become more interesting.First tryIn Montpellier, it took South Africa nine minutes to get on the board. The Springboks’ first points came from a try by Schalk Burger and the star flanker needed to show good hands to score the five-pointer.After SA had made decent ground and swept into the Americans’ 22-metre area, the ball was moved to the right. A poor pass went to ground before it reached its intended recipient but Burger, flying through at speed, scooped it up beautifully before crashing through two attempted tackles to score.The reliable Percy Montgomery added the extras to put South Africa into a 7-0 lead.SA continued to exert pressure on the USA, especially in the lineouts where the USA was having massive problems, with the Boks either robbing the opposition or disrupting their throw-ins.Double figure leadAfter 17 minutes, the pressure told once more as Montgomery landed a penalty to put South Africa’s lead into double figures at 10-0.Three minutes later, however, US captain Mike Hercus closed the gap to seven points by landing a penalty.After 23 minutes the Americans were reduced to 14 men when flank Todd Clever was sent off for a third professional foul as he fought to stem the attacking Bok tide.While he was off, the Eagles were made to pay for his indiscretion as SA scored through Francois Steyn. Wikus van Heerden won a turnover inside the American 22-metre area and the ball was quickly passed to the backline. Steyn, receiving the ball, jinked inside twice before straightening up and zipping through to dot down next to the uprights.Montgomery added the conversion to put South Africa 17-3 ahead.Habana scoresWith five minutes left in the half, Bryan Habana scored wide on the left after the Springboks moved the ball smartly down the backline from a lineout.The conversion attempt went wide.Then, with South Africa pushing for a bonus point try just before the break, and with men lined up to take the pass, Clever, back on the field after his time in the sin bin, intercepted and raced up the field.The ball was moved to the inside before a long pass out to the right found Zimbabwean-born winger Takudzwa Ngwenya. He had space to move in, both to the right and the left. Habana showed him the outside gap and Ngwenya, after slowing the Bok winger up with some nifty footwork, accelerated to the outside to round Habana and score under the posts.Hercus knocked over the conversion to give the Americans a timely boost just before halftime.Second halfShortly after the restart, Habana became South Africa’s second leading try scorer of all time behind Joost van der Westhuizen when he rounded off another flowing backline move in the left-hand corner.Again, Montgomery missed with his conversion attempt from the left touchline, leaving the Springboks 29-10 ahead.Francois Steyn then had a long-range shot at goal from just inside his own half. His effort had more than enough distance on it, but was slightly wide.Ten minutes into the second stanza, Juan Smith made some hard yards before popping the ball into the hands of the charging CJ van der Linde. Showing a nice turn of speed, the huge prop carried two men over with him as he crashed over the tryline.This time Montgomery’s conversion was accurate, opening up the gap between the two teams to 26 points at 36-10.Try concededShortly afterwards, after the Americans had found touch deep in the South African 22-metre area, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez took a quick throw-in to Francois Steyn. The centre tried to lift his arms above an attempted tackle, but caught his elbow on the tackler’s head and coughed the ball up.The Eagles first went right, then moved the ball down the backline, to the left, where Chris Wyles powered through two tackles to score.Hercus was wide right with his conversion attempt. South Africa led 36-15.Du Preez was next on the scoreboard for South Africa, selling a dummy and then accelerating through a huge hole that opened up for him to score right next to the posts.The conversion presented no problems for Montgomery and South Africa moved up to 43 points, the same number they scored against the Americans in the last meeting between the two teams in 2001.Slick backline moveJust past the hour mark, a slick backline move that involved Butch James and JP Pietersen (on for Habana who had gone off with a cut to his face) opened up space on the right. The Americans raced across to cover the pass out wide, but Jaque Fourie summed the situation up perfectly and sold a dummy before cruising through for a try.Montgomery added another conversion to take South Africa past the 50-point mark.Fourie then equalled Habana’s brace of tries when he broke through for the Springboks’ eighth try after 73 minutes.With Montgomery having been substituted as the entire South African bench was given a run, James took over the kicking duties and kicked the conversion to put SA 57-15 ahead.Top of the listFinally, with three minutes remaining, a nice interchange of passing between Pietersen and Ruan Pienaar set Smith up for a well deserved try. The flanker dotted down for the third time in the tournament, lifting him into a tie at the top of the list for try scorers amongst forwards.James’ conversion sealed a 64-15 win that the Boks had to work hard for despite the 49-point gap between the two sides.Springbok coach Jake White declared himself “very pleased” with the win, saying the players achieved what they had set out to do, maintaining a sound structure and decent continuity in their game.He added that Boks will go into their quarterfinal clash against Fiji with confidence after winning all four of their pool matches. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Biggest Reasons Your Big Idea Failed

first_imgHave you ever had one of those really big ideas, the kind that’s certain to produce breakthrough, revolutionary results? Have you ever had trouble bringing it to life?You have had some big ideas about how you could improve your results. You’ve had some great ideas about how you could make things better at work. And you’ve had some gigantic ideas that would produce dramatically better results for your dream clients.But your big ideas stalled out. They died prematurely. Here’s why and what to do about it.You Didn’t Sell ItWithout the support of the people you need to make your big idea work, it isn’t going anywhere. If you didn’t make selling your big idea a marketing campaign, selling it to the people you needed onboard, your big idea was doomed from the start.Executing a big idea is 10% big idea and 90% big execution. Half of that 90% of execution is pure sales and marketing: you have to go and change hearts and minds.If you want your big idea to succeed, you have to sell it. You have to shout it from the treetops, sharing your idea far and wide. You also have to go from individual to individual, building consensus around your big idea.You Didn’t Execute ItIf your idea failed, it’s not likely that the idea itself was bad. It’s more likely that your execution was bad. You took half-measures when full measures were required. You underfunded it in both time and money. You underestimated the effort required to get the idea up and running.The world is littered with great ideas and great insights that went nowhere because someone lacked the will to execute on them.Most of the time your big ideas have value. If you are going to make them work, you have to relentlessly focus on the execution. Spend more time taking actions—and gaining the commitments of others to take action on your big idea—than you do talking about how wonderful your idea is.You Gave Up Too SoonSometimes you sell the idea well and you start to execute. But the results aren’t there; they come slowly and only with great effort. So you throw in the towel, believing that your big idea wasn’t so great an idea after all.But the tipping point, the point where the breakthrough you imagined occurs, is always just a bit beyond that point where most people give up.If you want to see your big idea come to life and produce the results you imagined, you have to see it through. You have to continue to sell it and continue to execute throughout the dark place where it seems hopeless, where it seems it’s a lost cause. When everyone else is ready to throw in the towel, you rally the troops and push through until you get your big idea to breakthrough.Don’t make these three mistakes and see your big idea generate the big results you dreamed it would.QuestionsWhy do most big ideas fail?How do you get the support you need to make your big idea a reality? Whose support do you need?What are the steps large and small that you need to execute for your big idea to work? What does your action plan for taking these steps look like?How do you keep going through the dark spots where it looks hopeless for your big idea? What do you do to push through?last_img read more

Nuggets clinch Northwest with win over Trail Blazers

first_imgMichigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After four years of building the team, Malone and Connelly could finally celebrate a division title for the Nuggets.Nikola Jokic scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Paul Millsap finished with 25 points, and Denver clinched the Northwest Division title with a 119-110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJokic added 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Nuggets to their first division title in six years. Jamal Murray scored 23 points and Torrey Craig had 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Denver.“That is a great achievement for us,” Malone said of clinching the division. “More important, we’re not satisfied. We’ve got three more games to go and the playoffs.” Craig’s teammates were quick to praise him after his performance, but when Murray was asked how tough Craig was to play against in practice, he couldn’t resist getting a jab in.“He don’t guard me,” Murray said. “He can’t guard me.”HEAVEN HELP USDenver was 2 of 10 from long range in the first half and finished the game hitting 25.9 percent from 3-point range.“We just can’t make shots right now,” Jokic said. “Twenty percent. We need help, maybe God. At least 30 percent.”UP NEXTThe teams meet again in Portland on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, center, goes for a shot after running into Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, as forward Maurice Harkless watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Denver. Harris was called for charging. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Michael Malone stopped when he saw Tim Connelly standing nearby and gave his boss a bear hug. Connelly returned the hug and congratulated his head coach.“That was awesome,” the Nuggets’ president of basketball operations said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Nuggets are assured of at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and can clinch the second seed with two more wins. They lead Houston by 1½ games and have played one fewer game than the Rockets.Denver clinched its first Northwest Division title since 2012-13, when it won 40 of its final 50 games to finish 57-25. The Nuggets were upset by Golden State in the first round and parted ways with coach George Karl.Denver missed out on the playoffs by a game the last two seasons and now have a chance to secure the No. 2 seed for the first time since 2008-09. The Nuggets would need to win their last three games and have Golden State lose its final three to be the No. 1 seed.The players and coaches weren’t worried about catching the Warriors. They were enjoying the win and the climb from playoff purgatory to a budding title contender.“We know what we’re capable of,” Murray said. “We have a lot of learning to do, but we’re on a great path. It’s the first time in the playoffs, but we’ve got a lot more of these coming.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Trail Blazers lost to Denver for the third time after faltering in the fourth quarter. Portland scored 37 points in the third, but managed just 23 in the fourth.Enes Kanter had 24 points and Rodney Hood 17 for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime.“The first three quarters, we played pretty good. The last quarter, they got it going a little bit,” Kanter said. “We just need to learn to finish that fourth quarter.“I believe in this team. I think this team is a championship team. … I think this team has enough talent to beat any team on any floor. We just need to stay together and go from here.”Portland led by three entering the fourth quarter, but Jokic set the tone in the fourth with seven quick points and fed Craig for a layup during an 18-6 run that gave Denver the lead for good. The Trail Blazers got within three on Kanter’s short jumper, but Murray hit a runner and Craig scored off of an offensive rebound to make it 114-107 with 1:12 left.“It was time for our best player to carry us,” Malone said. “Nikola is a big-game player and when we needed him most he came through.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: G Seth Curry was ruled out before the game with left leg soreness. … Portland is 8-2 without CJ McCollum and 4-2 without Jusuf Nurkic. … Jake Layman’s three 3-pointers were two short of his career best. … Lillard’s first points came on a layup with 0.8 seconds left in the first half.Nuggets: The 33 home wins are the most since 2012-13 when they set a franchise record with 38. … Jokic now has 55 double-doubles this season. He has 12 triple-doubles, second to Russell Westbrook with 31.NOT SO FASTlast_img read more