TAUK Delivers The Heat At Sold Out Colorado Show [Video/Review]

first_imgTo say that NY-based rock fusion act TAUK is on a recent tear is a severe understatement. Currently on tour in support of their latest release, Sir Nebula, the quartet headlined Fort Collins, CO venue The Aggie Theatre for a sold-out performance that featured support from The RunniKine and Moves At Midnight.A solid first set saw TAUK open with material from 2014’s Collisions, including “Mokuba” and “The Drop,” before turning their attention to material from Nebula. “Program Select” found the band embracing electronic elements with an initial sonic bomb drop that melted inside your ears before the group found a serious groove that makes it difficult to not get down.Alric “A.C.” Carter definitely stood out on the evening, taking some truly beautiful leads on the keys. Matt Jalbert has quickly become an impressive lead guitarist in his own right, with tendencies that bordered on the line between prog-rock and straight up metal. There is absolutely no denying that Isaac Teel is an absolute monster behind the kit, while Charlie Dolan is clearly a student of the bass, holding down serious groove at all times.“Rainwalk”:“Rainwalk” is another example of a heavy groove that makes you want to dance, but at the same time headbang. A dichotomy that the gentlemen of TAUK not only embrace, but actually flourish off of. Take first set closer “Dead Signal” from 2013’s Homunculus, for example; it’s undeniably heavy, but carries with it all the elements of some serious jam.The second set started where the first left off, with new number “Informant” delivering the message loud and clear. Being the on the road the last two weeks, you can see that the quartet is locked in and fully loaded. “Tumbler” featured slick interplay between Jalbert and Carter, while “Mindshift” was more like mind-blowing. “In The Basement Of The Alamo” ended the second set in proper fashion, before the group came back out for an encore that featured a brief interlude into a dark cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter.”TAUK is on a massive Fall tour that will take them through New Year’s. For more dates, check out the band’s website here.Full second set w/ encore:Setlist: TAUK at The Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO – 10/14/16Set I: Mokuba, Weenus, The Drop, Program Select, Rainwalk, Waver, Dirty Mouth, Sunshine, Dead SignalSet II: Informant, Home To Me, Sweet Revenge, Afro-Tonic, Tumbler, The Spot, Mindshift, In The Basement Of The AlamoEncore: Darkwing > No Quarter** Led Zeppelin coverlast_img read more

Goalie Bengis ready to fill void in net next season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2013 at 12:15 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Down 4-1 against Union with 9:52 left in the third period, Syracuse starting goalkeeper Kallie Billadeau left the game and in came freshman backup Julie Bengis. Nine minutes, 30 seconds and 11 saves later, Bengis had completed her first collegiate appearance.Bengis, now a sophomore, is currently third on the depth chart for Syracuse, behind seniors Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater, who split time in net for the Orange.In 2012-13, she played nearly 24 total minutes, stopping 21 shots backing up the two as a freshman, and is in prime position to start next year when the two finish their career.Her only expected competition will be an incoming freshman in 2015, head coach Paul Flanagan said.“I would say it’s for (Bengis) to get herself physically and mentally prepared throughout this year and relish all the ice time she gets and make the most of it and be prepared for next fall,” Flanagan said. “I’d love to see her in that starting role and by the time next fall rolls around she’ll be ready, I think.”In SU’s sole exhibition game this year against the University of Guelph on Sept. 27, Bengis played the entire third period, stopping all six shots she faced. Flanagan said he was pleased with Bengis’ performance, especially the way she handled rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought I played well,” Bengis said. “I didn’t have too many shots, but I did my best to control the rebounds.”Billadeau attributed Bengis’ performance to her work ethic, calling her one of the hardest workers on the team. Billadeau said she’s watched Bengis gradually improve each practice, and all of that contributed to her clean frame against Guelph.Despite the two seniors in front of Bengis, Flanagan hasn’t set what her playing time will be for the season. He said he’s had goalie rotations where three have played, but also rotations where one goalie played 32 out of 38 games.“Julie will get, hopefully, some adequate ice time as we go on,” Flanagan said.Her head coach and teammates have taken notice to Bengis’s dedication and patience. Even though Bengis might not get much ice time, she’s still making a contribution to the team.“It’s a difficult role for Julie because it’s almost like you’re in the bullpen,” Flanagan said. “You’re not one of those starting pitchers. You’re not in the rotation. It doesn’t mean she can’t go out and play. It’s just we’ve got two good ones in front of her, that’s all.” Commentslast_img read more

Farmer’s injury can buy him more time

first_img“Leveling the Playing Field” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, email Sean at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com. Back in October, wide receivers coach Tee Martin offered one of the best soundbites of the 2012 season as he attempted to explain then-sophomore George Farmer’s inability to crack the wide receiver rotation despite his abundance of talent.“God has blessed that kid with a lot of tools,” Martin said. “I joke with him, ‘You’re a Ferrari.’ And everything has to work right for that Ferrari to run the way you want it to run.”Yet every time that Ferrari seemingly turns a corner, it stalls on the side of the road and gets passed by 2004 Toyota Matrixes, bearing 150,000 miles and a jelly donut-stained passenger seat (sorry, Mom).Unfortunately for Farmer, this time around, his injury recovery will not be measured in days but in months. While participating in a noncontact drill on Tuesday, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound speedster planted his left leg awkwardly, tearing both his ACL and MCL. His pending knee surgery will sideline him for the 2013 season.Many will invariably harp on Farmer’s budding “injury-prone” reputation, with this latest setback adding to their confirmation bias. But unlike many of his other past ailments, including frequent hamstring flare-ups since his arrival in the summer of 2011, this one was not preventable through more pre-practice stretching or post-practice icing on the trainer’s table.As redshirt sophomore running back Tre Madden, who suffered a nearly identical noncontact knee injury last spring, can attest, there is neither rhyme nor reason for such a frightening injury.When Farmer returns to the USC practice field, both of his former Serra High School teammates — Robert Woods and Marqise Lee — will, in all likelihood, have already departed for the NFL as marquee draft picks and franchise saviors. That’s what makes Farmer’s eventual return all the more interesting.Rewind time to 2011 and tell any of the high school football scouts that Lee, not Farmer, would claim the Biletnikoff as a sophomore and they might have had you institutionalized. Farmer was rated 12th in ESPN’s ballyhooed top-150 list of prospects — first at his position and first in the fertile recruiting grounds of California — whereas Lee rocketed up the charts later in the recruitment process, topping out at No. 96 on the list.No doubt it’s laughable now to think Lee barely slipped within the top-10 California high school players during his recruitment. But Farmer used to outshine Lee daily, as they played alongside each other on the same practice field and on Friday nights. In fact, for much of his high school career, the prolific duo of Farmer and Woods blocked Lee from earning significant snaps on offense.Roles have since reversed at USC, as once-in-a-generation talents Woods and Lee have earned the right to be consistently targeted throughout the past two seasons at the expense of Farmer and basically anyone else in cardinal and gold who has run a route at some point. But that’s precisely the reason why Farmer’s injury marks a blessing of sorts: It buys him time.This spring, at best, Farmer had solidified his position as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Lee and sophomore Nelson Agholor. Yet, in a USC offense that will break in a new starting quarterback and is expected to emphasize a power running game and utilize its tight ends more, Farmer’s production this season would have been marginal at best anyway. His greatest impact might have been felt on special teams as a returner or gunner.By delaying the expiration date on his eligibility after redshirting this season, Farmer will return in 2014 to a less-crowded depth chart at receiver, where he could presumably pair with Agholor as another vertical deep threat. And if he proves durable after his recovery, he will have two seasons — instead of one — to show what he can do with his high school teammates out of the picture. Simply put, once out from underneath Woods and Lee’s shadow in 2014-15, Farmer will have his first real opportunity since stepping on campus to play a meaningful role on game days and put his considerable talents on film for NFL scouts.Of course, other unfortunate scenarios might unfurl for Farmer. Some of the younger, talented wide receivers might seize the additional repetitions made available by his injury as an opportunity to convince Martin and the rest of the coaching staff to accelerate their development time. Upon his return, Farmer might never fully regain his athleticism and might harbor distrust in making the same cuts he once did. For an example of this, look no further than junior running back D.J. Morgan, who still, at times, expresses a lack of confidence in his knee, surgically-repaired after an injury he sustained as a high school senior.But neither of these scenarios looms as daunting as spending three seasons competing against at least two members of the Woods-Lee-Agholor troika for playing time, then trying to make a last-ditch case for an NFL future as a senior. Though it’s impossible to predict how Farmer will respond, at least he can take solace in the fact that the additional year of eligibility his injury affords will offer him a better chance of playing in the NFL.last_img read more

OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Greek leisure approval sees OPAP return to full capacity June 8, 2020 Related Articles SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 OPAP has completed a major corporate social responsibility initiative after announcing the renovation of Athens’ Aghia Sofia children’s general hospital. The modernisation of Aghia Sofia’s children’s ward was first announced as a core CSR project by OPAP in 2018, with the betting group taking full responsibility for the funding of the renovation of Athens largest paediatric unit from Athens municipal government. Last week, Athens public health ministry unveiled the Aghia Sofia’s new ward which is equipped with a new cardiology unit of 20-beds.    In addition, the facility has been further modernised with electromechanical installations and new air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems.Extensive colour and decorative interventions were also added, which have created a pleasant health environment for its child patients.OPAP disclosed further good news for Greek public health services, stating that it would complete its renovation of the Panagiotis & Aglaia Children’s ward shortly, a youth project announced in 2018.  OPAP Group CEO Jan Karas commented on developments: “At OPAP, we are very proud of our ambitious initiative for the complete renovation of the two largest paediatric hospitals in Greece. This project is at the heart of our commitment to social contribution and is a big part of our corporate responsibility strategy.“To date, we have completed the renovation of both hospitals by 82%. In total, we have delivered 26 renovation projects, which support hundreds of thousands of children, their parents and hospital staff. Our work does not stop here, of course, as we continue and remain committed to the complete renovation of the two hospitals.” Sharelast_img read more