Flip Side: Converse Shoes

first_imgSally Kidson Since their creation in 1923, 750 million pairs of Converse All Stars have been sold at a rate of 30,000 pairs per day. Much like owning a mobile, an iPod or anything in Burberry print, these shoes have become a must-have item for any self-respecting sheep in society. They’ve had a good run, but perhaps it is time to acknowledge that, as with Burberry, over-saturation of the market has devalued the product. A quick visit to urban dictionary, modern society’s grapevine, will tell you that converse are “shoes that used to be an expression of individuality, but are now an overused fad”. Usually such a damning definition would be the kiss of death, but ironically, despite now being a shoe of choice for sloanes, valley girls, and I fear even Britney Spears, Converse have managed to keep a semblance of their integrity due to the fact that they are the uniform de rigeur of the ‘emo’ kids. Unlike Burberry, which unfortunately for the brand, became a favorite of chavs and Colleen McLoughlin, generally one of the most derided and despised sections of British society, Converse are still worn by the cool kids. Admittedly, by the slightly scummy, I-need-a-haircut, unkempt looking ones, but this only lends them a slightly dangerous and subversive edge. So, despite being worn by the masses, they’re still pretentious.Of course, Converse are even more beloved by the fashion crowd because they can be considered ethical, which is very ‘in’ right now. Made of canvas and rubber you don’t have to kill a cow to fit in with everyone. How jolly! Unfortunately, since 2003 the brand has been owned by Nike, which has outsourced their production to the heart of Asia (and we all know what that means) and hiked up the price. Never fear: so popular are these shoes that a looky-likey, ethically produced alternative has been created under the brand ‘no-sweat’. Of course, these aren’t half as popular as they lack the All Star logo and stamp of authenticity. Fashion is a fickle friend.Then again, it’s not all about fashion. Converse are practical and comfortable. Sure, they’re miserable to wear in the rain, and they begin to squeak, and they make you look like you have clown feet, but it’s always the practicality factor which comes first. Of course, this is why ballet pumps are so popular. At the end of the day I’ll happily admit that converse are a design classic, but surely by now the novelty’s worn off. Milly WestMuch as our generation might like to claim Converse shoes as its own discovery, All Stars have been around since 1917, with a lengthy and quirky history behind them. Sports stars have been wearing Converse shoes since they were invented, making them the best selling athletic shoe in human history. Converse products were even used during World War II, when the company produced parkas and protective footwear for American soldiers on the front line. The Converse empire is far more than a fleeting success story. It’s a veritable institution, firmly entrenched in American culture and history. Converse shoes are far more than a brand name. They have been a formidable presence within several different music genres, including the punk, indie and emo movements. There is even a Converse music festival, a yearly event which gives amateur bands the chance to jump-start their careers by performing at mainstream rock festivals. The beauty of the Converse All Star lies in the sheer variety of styles available. This is not a static trend, unlike the painfully clichéd “tea towel” scarf or the age-old Pashmina, which leave little room for individuality. Converse do, quite literally, come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the conventional lo-top classic to the bolder hi-top shoe, or even the outrageous extra-hi boot-like models. And then of course there’s the pattern itself. Some of the most outrageous designs feature rotund beige elephants, yellow Batman logos and even plastic bacon-and-egg insignias for the more outgoing fan. Consequently, the chances of bumping into someone with exactly the same style of Converse are refreshingly slight. For one brand of shoe to remain unwaveringly popular for over ninety years, the designers must be doing something right. Whether it’s how blissfully comfortable they are to wear, or how seamlessly they seem to blend in with the most bizarre of outfits, the Converse formula is nothing short of unbeatable.last_img read more

Gene Ween, John Medeski, Scott Ian & More To Play Led Zeppelin Tribute Show

first_imgGet ready to get the led out at Brooklyn Bowl! Paul Green’s School of Rock and Rocks Off have announced that a ridiculous Led Zeppelin-themed show called “Zeppelin Bowl” will come to the beloved Williamsburg venue on December 28th. The show will feature a variety of artists from across the musical spectrum coming together to play the music of Led Zeppelin. Gene Ween, John Medeski, and Scott Ian (of Anthrax) top the eclectic bill, with many more unannounced special guests set to appear as well.More information can be found at the Brooklyn Bowl website, and you can purchase tickets on Friday, 10/21 at 10:00am at this link.last_img read more

Canadian Solar subsidiary signs major California PV-plus-storage deal

first_imgCanadian Solar subsidiary signs major California PV-plus-storage deal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Solar Industry:Recurrent Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) in California with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150 MW AC solar power system with 180 MWh of battery storage. According to Canadian Solar, this joint procurement represents the largest contracted solar-plus-storage project in California to date.This partnership resulted from a joint procurement process that Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power launched in September 2017 to source renewable power for their respective communities.“As a community choice aggregator (CCA), we are proud to help California lead the transition to clean, reliable and flexible energy,” states Girish Balachandran, CEO of Silicon Valley Clean Energy. “We are proud to partner on a new renewable energy project that makes a significant investment to reach our state’s carbon-free energy goals and contribute to solving the state’s grid integration problem by investing in large grid-scale energy storage.”Power will be supplied from Recurrent Energy’s Slate photovoltaic-plus-storage project, to be built in Kings County, Calif. The project is scheduled to reach commercial operations in 2021, and the energy represented by the contracts is enough to power 37,500 homes, providing Silicon Valley Clean Energy with 55% of the energy and Monterey Bay with the other 45% of the combined output.The project’s lithium-ion battery component is 45 MW nameplate with 180 MWh of energy capacity, allowing for four hours of flexible energy delivery.More: Big solar-plus-storage deal signed in Californialast_img read more

Sand Festival – a logical and phenomenal tourist story that is a great addition to the Nin story

first_imgPhoto: Marin Stulić, Nin Tourist Board The long natural sandy beaches of Nina are one of its trademarks and an impressive image that is remembered by all who have been here at least once, and the total length of Nin beaches is as much as 8 kilometers, while the longest and most famous among them is 3 kilometers long, sandy Queen’s Beach. Find out more about the magic that comes and goes, ie about the 5th Sand Festival here The Sand Festival is so logical and a phenomenal tourist story that is a great addition to the Nin story. The Tourist Board of the City of Nin will again this year hold a Sand Festival where towers and sculptures made of quality Nin sand will be built under the guidance of artists and sculptors. It is the two world-famous Queen’s Beach and Ždrijac Beach, otherwise perfect places for families with small children, places of unusual encounters between bathers and builders. With their skills, they will create new sand structures on August 18, in the early morning hours from 08 am until the evaluation at 7 am, as a result of their creativity and imagination. Visitors will be able to relax and play creating their own art in the form of Nin monuments or some form hidden in their mind. The most beautiful sculptures will be awarded, and the organizers will take care of good fun and relaxation on the beaches of the royal city of Nin. Building sand towers with children is an emotion and an experience to remember. And when we add other phenomenal sculptures by artists to the whole story, we have a great tourist story and content. It is these “little” unforgettable experiences that we remember the most and that is the essence of tourism. Apart from the famous cultural and historical heritage, the town of Nin is rich in natural resources, among which stand out long natural sandy beaches.last_img read more

Sector slows down after Liberty fever

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Indonesia to start using TB testing kits for COVID-19 this week

first_imgHe said the use of TB test kits could shorten the time it takes to carry samples from the hospitals to laboratories, adding that the test used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method that was more accurate than the rapid testing.The decision came after the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI) said the government could use TB test kits by modifying the cartridges. The modified cartridges were designed by American molecular diagnostics company Cepheid, which also produces expert TBM/RIF machines used to test for TB.The technology also recently received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approving its use to detect COVID-19 in the US.The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease that endorses COVID-19 testing with the TB kits said the technology could accelerate the detection of the disease in low- and middle-income countries, returning results as quickly as in 45 minutes.In the press conference, Yurianto also said the country had recorded 1,677 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday with 157 fatalities and 103 recoveries. Cases have now been found in 32 of 34 Indonesian provinces.He also said the government had distributed around 475,200 rapid test kits to every provincial health office for early detection and contact tracing, adding that it also had distributed 349,000 pieces of personal protective equipment for medical workers across the country.Topics : As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths rises in Indonesia, the government says it will use modified diagnostics test kits for tuberculosis available at more than 132 hospitals and public health centers for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the end of the week.The government’s spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters, Achmad Yurianto, said on Wednesday that the government would start ordering cartridges for the rapid molecular test equipment that could detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, whereas previously the equipment was only outfitted with cartridges to detect tuberculosis bacteria.“These changes will certainly not be easy, because it requires changes to the machines’ settings in addition to training the human resources and preparing the cartridges. But we are optimistic that it can be done starting this week,” Yurianto said at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that test runs may already be conducted that day.last_img read more

CONCACAF qualifiers will not start until March: FIFA

first_imgThe start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying competition in the CONCACAF region, comprising North and Central America and the Caribbean, has been delayed until March next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, global soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday.FIFA said it had taken the decision jointly with the CONCACAF confederation after deciding that the international dates in October and November were too early for play to restart.”Many parts of the region continue to have very challenging public health situations, and that has been a key factor in this decision,” said FIFA in a statement.”Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.” Topics :last_img read more

‘The team that many people don’t see’ – Edu posts behind-the-scenes picture after Arsenal sign Thomas Partey

first_img Comment Thomas Partey completed a £45m move from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal on deadline day (Picture: Getty)It would have been a long and stressful night at Arsenal’s offices but all the hard work eventually paid off as the club got a deal over the line for Thomas Partey in the final few hours of the summer transfer window. Arsenal’s hopes of signing Partey appeared dead in the water but the north London outfit stepped up their interest once early on Monday and triggered the midfielder’s £45million release clause to prise him away from Atletico Madrid. The Ghana international put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Emirates and will be on wages of £250,000-a-week, making him the Gunners’ third-highest paid player behind Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Edu lifted the curtain on Arsenal’s move for Thomas Partey with picture on Instagram‘Sometimes we get things wrong and sometimes we get it right, as part of our life, but when you work with dedication and love things happen. Let’s continue…’ Edu posted on Instagram after Partey’s arrival was announced.The photograph, which included chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and head coach Arteta, hinted that a fair amount of pizza and coffee had been consumed across a tense day. ‘The team that many people don’t see’ – Edu posts behind-the-scenes picture after Arsenal sign Thomas Partey Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Oct 2020 8:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.3kShares The midfielder becomes the third-highest paid player at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have reportedly angered Atleti with the lack of notice they gave before activating Partey’s buyout clause – but that will be of little concern to Mikel Arteta right now, who has undoubtedly landed one of the top defensive midfielders in European football. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe relief and happiness was clear to see in a picture shared by Arsenal technical director Edu of ‘the team that many people don’t see’ after an agreement was successfully negotiated for Partey in the final few hours of deadline day. Advertisement Arteta is relishing the chance to work with the Ghana international (Picture: Getty)Arteta showered Partey with praise after his move to Arsenal was made official said he was ‘delighted’ to have a player with such ‘quality’ and ‘intelligence’ on board.‘We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad,’ the Spaniard told the club’s website.‘He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. ‘He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.’Partey is expected to take over the No.18 shirt in north London, which was last worn by Nacho Monreal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal exile completes Hertha Berlin moveMORE: ‘I nearly fell off my chair!’ – Paul Merson backs Arsenal’s deadline day move for Thomas Partey Advertisementlast_img read more

EMGS expects revenue hike following Norwegian offshore block awards

first_imgNorwegian geophysical services company Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) is expecting an uplift in revenues following the latest license awards offshore Norway.To remind, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced on Tuesday announced the award of 75 new production licenses in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea to 34 companies as part of the Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA 2017).Of the 75 production licenses, 45 are in the North Sea, 22 in the Norwegian Sea and 8 in the Barents Sea. Twenty-two of the production licenses are additional acreage for existing production licenses.Also, of the 39 companies that submitted applications, 34 will be offered ownership interests in at least one production license.EMGS said on Wednesday that, based on the offered awards, the company expects a net uplift in revenues of approximately $1 million from data-licensing agreements related to the company’s multi-client library.The company added that the uplift revenues, subject to the company’s customers’ formal approval of the awards offered by the MPE, would be recognized in the first quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Subsidies wanted for LIAT as REDjet spreads wings

first_img 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LifestyleTravel Subsidies wanted for LIAT as REDjet spreads wings by: – July 20, 2011 Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, whose government is one of LIAT’s major shareholders, is urging his Caribbean neighbours to begin subsidizing the airline to fly to their countries as new budget carrier REDjet continues to make advances on the routes currently operated by LIAT.His plea comes as the Barbados-based REDjet finally gets approval to fly to and from Trinidad and Tobago and awaits official approval from Jamaica which has also given it clearance. This is in addition to the Barbados-Guyana route the airline currently operates.Prime Minister Spencer said some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Member States have benefitted tremendously from the airline’s operations and “cannot do without LIAT, but yet they find it difficult to lend support to LIAT”.He said just as countries subsidise international carriers, they should extend the same assistance to the Antigua-based LIAT.LIAT, in which Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are the majority shareholders, has been accused of keeping the cost of regional travel too high, but it has always insisted that taxes have made it difficult to offer lower fares.The no-frills REDjet, however, has been offering fares as low as US$9.99 before taxes and 37,000 seats went on sale at that price yesterday.Speaking on the ‘Focus’ programme on local radio station, Crusader Radio, Prime Minister Spencer said while Antigua & Barbuda will consider any proposition made by REDjet, it will remain committed to LIAT.“Clearly, it will be competition and we are not necessarily against competition as we have always said,” he said.“What we are against are predatory prices and mechanisms that would definitely affect LIAT and its operations…We will look at it but our interest is to ensure that LIAT is able to survive.”REDjet has been in discussion with several other Eastern Caribbean countries, including Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis, on starting services to those countries, but no decisions have yet been made.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more