Developing road safety

first_imgIt is particularly appropriate that the message should come from Brussels, a capital city where much of the urban road network still lacks sensible priority signs and road markings.More seriously, it is the car industries of Europe, America and Japan which set the technological pace and the accompanying standards and specifications. Yet it is in the developing and emerging countries of the world where over 80% of the road accidents occur. Such countries need safety technologies which are simple, reliable, low-cost and, perhaps above all, easy to repair and maintain. DG Energy and Transport is rightfully concerned about improving road safety within the EU; let us hope that DG Development is keeping an eye on the global transport environment which their colleagues are helping to create.J. Stuart YerrellBudleigh Salterton, Devon, UKlast_img read more

LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye Live at MSG [Review]

first_imgThe Long Goodbye is a seemingly fitting title for the new release, coming three years after LCD Soundsystem’s final show at Madison Square Garden back in April of 2011. The record shadows Shut Up and Play the Hits, the 2012 documentary which chronicled the last two days surrounding their farewell gig. Front man James Murphy had not expected such a delay in release. As he explained in an interview, Murphy, “thought [they’d] play the last show, a month of editing [the documentary], cleaning up the audio and then I’m off!” Murphy notes, “It turned out to be a year of editing, then doing the concert and mixing that, and then having to do a different vinyl mix because I didn’t think it worked for a record.” Well, Mr. Murphy, this worked!Music fanatics alike can agree, live albums can be testy. They can be a desperate attempt to hold fans over until the next release of new material, or, they can be a genuine attempt that actually captures the essence of a band as they are in concert. Some live albums are not filler. LCD Soundsystem’s The Long Goodbye, thankfully, is not filler. The only “filling” this album will do , is fill your living room, car, or headphones with the natural ebb and flow of a real concert. Twenty-eight songs over two hours plus of material will instantly transport you to the big party. Through the sound waves, The Long Goodbye exudes feelings of MSG’s infectious atmosphere. One can’t help but get lost in the groove.  Catchy numbers such as “Us Vs. Them” and “Drunk Girls” excite the set with staccato rhythm patterns. Plunging bass playing and uppercuts from the lead guitar force limbs to flail.  Murphy is not only a witty lyricist. He is a showman.  Frontman Murphy engages the crowd in “Drunk Girls”.  The band and audience both appear equally enthused in barking their favorite lyrics. It’s a mind-blowing dynamic between Murphy and his crowd; a symbiotic relationship in which their energies feed off each other.  Note the strong bass and treble in “Someone Great”.  Because it has been sped up slightly, it sounds even sharper. The crowd of 1500+ definitely picked up on this alteration. Just listen to them roar the refrain back at Murphy.  If you find yourself itchin’ for a breath, or a short break, the more reflective pieces such as  “All My Friends” provide breathing space. This gives listeners a reminder of LCD Soundsystem’s true breadth and the range of the band’s talent, and by the time Murphy screams, “If I could see all my friends tonight!” at the song’s climax, it’s hard not to be transported to that final show.LCD brings the funk on this album, but that’s no surprise.  You want an obscure cover from an artist, Suicide? “Bye Bye Bayou”.  The bass-line on this track is impossible to disregard; a true headbanger. Your limbs will tire from constant foot-tapping and shoulder shrugs brought on by this track. And your neck, oh heaven, your neck will hurt so good! Ever wonder what a nervous breakdown sounds like? Check the synths on “Yeah.” You can feel an energy emanating from said synths, and you just can’t ignore it. Not even the rage of the drummer can distract you from those synths. On a lighter note, the vocals of Reggie Watts on “You Can’t Hide (Shame on You)” will soothe you. Talk about “disco” ! This was no Greatest Hits gig; this was a damn good goodbye, of seamlessly blended genres. The gig ends with the breathtaking piano chords of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.”  It was “very dramatic”. In short, The Long Goodbye manages to replicate the exhilaration of that show for fans who weren’t there.last_img read more

Resaul in Antigua for another Tennis C/ships

first_imgFollowing his successful participation in the COTECC Trinidad Summer Bowl Under – 14 championships in the Twin Island Republic last weekend, Guyana’s junior lawn tennis player Vadeanand Resaul is on the road again to utilise his summer to improve his tennis game. Resaul was stopped in the quarterfinal stage of the singles category while reaching the final of the doubles category of the COTECC Trinidad Summer Bowl Under – 14 championships.He is now in Antigua matching his skills against his junior Caribbean counterparts in the COTECC Wadadli Bowl 2019. Reasul, after his first two matches, walked away with a win and a loss. He went down to Antonio Warner (Ber) 6/3, 6/1 in his first match but rebounded to defeat Jaihden Dover of Antigua 6/0, 6/0 at the end of his second encounter. His tour continues today.last_img read more

Klopp Expresses Disbelief in Alisson Becker’s Quality

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he “could not be prouder of a team” as Mohamed Salah’s goal and Alisson’s brilliant late save earned the Reds a place in the Champions League knockout stage with victory over Napoli.The Reds needed to win with a clean sheet or by two clear goals to make the last 16 – and in-form talisman Salah obliged by beating David Ospina at his near post in the 34th minute.Liverpool fully deserved their victory as Ospina partially redeemed himself with fine saves from Salah and Sadio Mane, with the latter and Virgil van Dijk also missing clear chances to extend the home side’s advantage.The clean sheet was the key, however, and Liverpool survived a huge scare in injury time when Alisson made his crucial save from Arkadiusz Milik in a rare Napoli opening.The Brazilian keeper joined the Reds from Roma in July for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper of £66.8m.“If I knew Alisson was this good I would have paid double,” said Klopp. “The goal Mo scored – what a goal, unbelievable – but the save Ali (Alisson) made I have no words for that. That was the lifesaver tonight. “It was wild and there were lots of counter attacks but we were ready for that. That is Anfield live and in colour.“Wow, what a game. I am not sure a manager could be prouder of a team than I am.”Liverpool go through in second place behind Paris St-Germain – a feat achieved despite losing three away games in their group.The Reds, who were beaten by Real Madrid in last season’s final, will face one of the group winners when the last-16 draw is made on 17 December.That could lead to another meeting with the champions, while their Spanish rivals Barcelona, Klopp’s former charges Borussia Dortmund and Portuguese champions Porto have also advanced by topping their groups.Relatedlast_img read more