Denzil "Belt" Botus is a pannist from Trinidad. He is best known for holding the record for most winning steel band Panorama arrangements and his heavy jazz influence in calypso/soca music. Botus is considered one of the best steel drummers in the world. "Belt" began playing with the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra in the early'60s and became one of that orchestra's top steelpan musicians. At the Champs of Champs Classical Steel Orchestra Music Festival, held at Queens Hall in 1967 at Trinidad, Mr. Botus' stick fell, but like a gunfighter in the old West, he drew his spare and played his part to perfection. In 1969, Botus moved to New York and in 1975 co-founded "Despers USA". In the late 1970s, he moved to Boston where he formed "Real Steel". Real Steel toured North America and won the International Music Festival in 1983. Real Steel was not only the only steel band in New England to win a competition outside of New England, but the only steel band to win a music competition outside of steel band competitions.
Botus wrote and performed steel drum music on the soundtrack to The Brother from Another Planet. He moved back to Trinidad in 1985, but returned when he would achieve his biggest feat and the biggest feat in steel band in Brooklyn; as a co-arranger for Despers USA, they won New York's Panorama 5 years in a row from 1994 through 1998. He has toured the African Continent twice. Botus retired from arranging in 2004, but came out of retirement to arrange for Dem Stars Steel Orchestra for New York's 2007 panorama, his daughter Debra Sarjeant has won Boston's steel band competition six years in a row and is the lead singer and co-bandleader of popular reggae band Dis-N-Dat. His grandson teaches steel pan in the Boston Public Schools system. Denzil Botus at AllMusic
Elymnias agondas, the palmfly, is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It was described by Jean Baptiste Boisduval in 1832, it is endemic to New Guinea and neighbouring Cape York in the Australasian realm. E. a. agondas E. a. bioculatus Hewitson, 1851 E. a. melane Hewitson, 1858 E. a. melantho Wallace, 1869 E. a. glaucopis Staudinger, 1894 E. a. melanippe Grose-Smith, 1894 E. a. melanthes Grose-Smith, 1897 E. a. melagondas Fruhstorfer, 1900 E. a. australiana Fruhstorfer, 1900 E. a. aruana Fruhstorfer, 1900 E. a. goramensis Fruhstorfer, 1900 E. a. dampierensis Rothschild, 1915 The larva feeds on Calamus caryotoides. "Elymnias Hübner, 1818" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
Castle Rock Winery is an American winery in the Geyserville, California. Founded in 1994, the company started out as a virtual négociant winery buying wines on the bulk market to bottle at leased facilities; the majority of the wine is sourced from long-term contracts that draw on fruit from California and Washington. Castle Rock Winery sells many different appellation-specific wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir; the wines are distributed across the United States. Greg Popovich is the founder and President, Chris Noble is his partner; the winery is run from a small suite of offices in the Palos Verdes Peninsula of California. The wines are produced from grapes grown in Washington, Calif.. All the wines are bottled at the Francis Ford Coppola facility in Sonoma County; the winemaker is Eric Laumannwho oversees the over 360,000 annual case production, making Castle Rock Winery one of the 50 largest wine companies out of more than 10,000 wineries in the United States. Castle Rock Winery was named as the best budget brand by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005 and among the Value Brands of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine in 2016.
Greg Popovich is a graduate of Pepperdine University Chris Noble is a graduate of Cambridge University. Official website
Airline was a store brand of consumer electronics and musical instruments marketed and sold by American retailer Montgomery Ward via their catalog and retail stores. Products included radios, record players and amplifiers. In the early 2000s, Eastwood Guitars acquired the rights to use the "Airline" brand-name; the Airline brand was used by Montgomery Ward on a range of electric and acoustic guitars from 1958-68. These were made in Illinois, by the Valco Manufacturing Co.. Kay Musical Instrument Company, Harmony Company. Airline-branded amplifiers were manufactured by Danelectro. Valco Airline guitars have been played including: Jack White. J. B. Hutto, David Bowie, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Calexico. After Eastwood Guitars purchased rights to the "Airline" trade name in the early 2000s, they reissued the early 1960s "JB Hutto" Airline shape as the "Airline DLX." The new version set aside the defining hollow fiberglass body of the Valco-made original in favor of the simpler and less-costly chambered mahogany body, giving it a more traditional electric guitar feel and tone, rather than the unique playing feel and response of the original.
Eastwood Guitars released the "Airline'59 Custom" in two- and three-pickup models in December 2008, which come with striped pickguards and rubber-bound bodies, in the spirit of the originals. Valco National String Instrument Corporation — origin of Valco, via National Dobro Corporation Supro Kay Musical Instrument Company Harmony Company Eastwood Guitars Media related to Airline Guitars at Wikimedia Commons "Eastwood Guitars". — home of reissued Airline guitars. "Guitar Kits USA". — home of Res-O-Glas guitar kits
The 1997 German Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 91st edition of the Hamburg Masters, was part of the ATP Super 9 of the 1997 ATP Tour, it took place at the Rothenbaum Tennis Center in Hamburg, from through 5 May through 12 May 1997. The singles field was headlined by ATP No. 3, Miami Masters, Australian Open semi-finalist Thomas Muster, 1996 French Open runner-up, 1994 German Open finalist, Lyon winner Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Tokyo champion, Monte Carlo quarter-finalist and Wimbledon defending champion Richard Krajicek. Other top seeds competing were Australian Open finalist Carlos Moyá, Monte Carlo winner Marcelo Ríos, Wayne Ferreira, Albert Costa and Boris Becker. Andrei Medvedev defeated Félix Mantilla 6–0, 6–4, 6–2 It was Andrei Medvedev's 1st title of the year, his 11th overall, it was his 1st Masters title of the year, his 4th overall. It was his 3rd victory at the event after 1994 and 1995. Luis Lobo/ Javier Sánchez defeated Neil Broad / Piet Norval 6–2, 3–6, 6–4 Official website Official website Association of Tennis Professionals tournament profile