My Morning Jacket returned triumphantly earlier in 2015, bringing some of the year’s best music on their new release, The Waterfall. With Jim James and company perpetually touring in support of the new album, the band has fine tuned their new music and performed it to perfection.An Exclusive Look Into ‘The Waterfall,’ My Morning Jacket’s First Album In Four YearsOne of those new songs was “Compound Fracture”, and one of those tour dates was at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. The National Landmark hosted MMJ last month, on August 14th, and the band pieced together Danny Clinch’s footage from the show to produce this exciting new video. Watch below:My Morning Jacket kicks off their fall tour tonight, September 30th, at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR. Stay tuned for coverage from this exciting tour opener!My Morning Jacket West Coast Dates9/30 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium* 10/2 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre* 10/3 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre* 10/6 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center* 10/7 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair* 10/9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas* 10/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas* 10/11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl+ 10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium# 10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center+ 10/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center+ 10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center+ 10/19 – San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theater+ 10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre+ 10/22 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall+ 10/23 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall+ 10/24 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie+*With Strand of Oaks +With Fruit Bats #With Fruit Bats & Dr. Dog
Nine teams. Sixteen drivers. One Monster Energy NASCAR Cup.The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs start now, and the postseason field that resulted from a memorable regular season under an enhanced points structure is one of intrigue.Of the 16 drivers, there are six past champions — including seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson — mixed with millennials like Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are represented, but so, too, are the resurgent Roush Fenway Racing and Wood Brothers Racing teams.It’s a playoffs field with a little bit of everything.“It’s really incredible,” NASCAR President Brent Dewar told NASCAR.com. “You have a seven-time champion going for history. We also have drivers like Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, and you see their genuine excitement that they’re racing for a championship. And at the other end, Jimmie’s excited like a little kid, wanting to win his eighth.“We’ve worked hard on the competitive balance on the series. The current format is win and advance, and it’s gratifying to see the diversity of the organizations that are in, and the number of different types of wins.”RELATED: Lifelong love of cars, racing fueled DewarSome of those wins have been dominant — top seed Martin Truex Jr. comes to mind, with his performances at Kentucky and Las Vegas. Some have been last-second, like Kurt Busch’s last-lap pass to win the Daytona 500, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. swiping the lead from Kyle Busch at Talladega after the white flag dropped.“Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch had the best regular season, but they still have to perform well in the playoffs,” Dewar said. “We think we’ve landed on a really compelling format that rewards success throughout the regular season. One of the things I love about our teams and our drivers is that they’ll adjust and make it even more compelling next year.”Other topics Dewar discussed in the NASCAR.com interview include:• The evolving role of the driver council: “The driver council started with a really simple concept: ‘Let’s fix these things.’ Now it’s moved into very strategic discussions. When we talked to the drivers last year, they never set out to say, ‘Gee, we’d like to have stages.’ But we asked them what made them really get up on the wheel and they began talking about the race within the race. The outcome of that was stages.”• Evolution of stage racing: “We’re happy with the format, but there’s no question the race teams are very innovative. There’s very much a learned science approach they take to stage racing. I think this year we learned a lot about if the stages are the right length, how does it interact with the tire strategy and the fuel strategy. If anything, those will be the only tweaks. What’s a key part of the stage racing is not just the driver, but it’s the driver with the crew chief and the driver with the car chief.”• The series’ first regular-season champion, Martin Truex Jr.: “The drivers said, ‘We would like to crown a regular-season champion.’ They were concerned a driver could have the most incredible season, but could be eliminated by something outside the driver’s control in that first round. It wasn’t an easy solve, but we thought about it as an industry and it led to a really exciting, compelling format that rewards success throughout the season.”• The role of iRacing: “There’s many different pathways to get to the national series. Many drivers will start in go-karting and midgets, and we have a great HomeTracks program across the country. Those are the natural ways people will follow. But it’s 2017, and we have an incredible product in iRacing where, with the math data we can pull off the tracks today, you can race just like you can on tracks with some of the same simulation activities. It’s a big opportunity for our future.”• Drivers having a variety of platforms (social media, radio, podcasts) with which to reach fans: “We want them to have a personality. We don’t want them to be robotic. If someone hasn’t listened to the Glass Case of Emotion with Ryan (Blaney) and Kim (Coon), it’s incredible. It’s authentic. It’s them.’Happy Hours’ on SiriusXM Radio, that’s a perfect venue for Kevin Harvick. He’s very thoughtful. He’s seen the sport from every angle, and he has a sports management company. We think we’re onto something really special here.”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released a pair of live albums to benefit relief efforts in response to devastating wildfires in their native Australia.Related: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Unleash Rock Fury At Central Park SummerStage [Photos]The Melbourne-bred psych outfit released two live albums on Bandcamp, one of which was recorded in Adelaide, Australia last year. Proceeds from Live In Adelaide ’19 go to Wildlife Victoria, an Australian wildlife emergency response program that operates shelters throughout Victoria. The second live album comes from a 2019 concert in Paris, and the earnings from that release go to benefit Animals Australia, an organization that fights against animal cruelty.The albums are available for a minimum of $10 Australian (AUD), roughly $6.88 USD, or more, as there is a name your price option which allows users to donate additional funds.Stream the live albums from King Gizzard, Live In Adelaide ’19 and Live In Paris ’19, below.King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — Live In Adelaide ’19 (Full album)<a href=”http://kinggizzard.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-adelaide-19″>Live In Adelaide ’19 by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard</a>King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — Live In Paris ’19 (Full album)<a href=”http://kinggizzard.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-paris-19″>Live In Paris ’19 by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard</a>These humanitarian efforts follow a 12-month period of what would be considered extreme productivity for any band other than King Gizzard. The group released two full-length albums, Fishing For Fishies and Infest the Rat’s Nest. The Lizard Wizards show no signs of slowing down in 2020 as they have announced literal “marathon shows” at the Greek Theatre in Berkley, CA and Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO. As if that wasn’t enough, the band also announced a spring tour of the United States and Canada between the “marathon shows.”Tickets for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s upcoming concerts are available through their website.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took an important step forward in reopening the state’s artistic communities on Monday with the announcement of NY PopsUp. The statewide arts festival will see over 300 performances from a variety of artists over 100 days. NY PopsUp is set to begin on February 20th and run through Labor Day.The festivities will begin on February 20th in New York City with a free performance at the Javits Center by Jon Batiste, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Ayodele Casel who will then travel across the city’s five boroughs to perform in parks, street corners, and outside Elmhurst Hospital and St. Barnabas Hospital.These free events will take place throughout the spring and summer primarily at outdoor locations such as parks, street corners, parking lots, museums, subway platforms, and even fire escapes. Governor Cuomo also stated that some shows will take place at venues without fixed seats that could therefore be readjusted to accommodate social distancing such as The Shed, The Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, La MaMa, and The Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater.Related: COVID-19 Concert Cancellation Tracker: Gauging How Long The Event Shutdown Will Last [Updates]Film producers Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, Lady Bird) and Jane Rosenthal (Tribeca Film Festival) have been selected to run NY PopsUp. The series of events will serve as a “pilot program” to determine how to best reintroduce live events across the state. In an effort to limit the size of the crowds, many of the shows will not be announced in advance. Though the full lineup has not been revealed, future performances have been announced from Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Patti Smith, Q-Tip, Aparna Nancherla, Dev Hynes, Mandy Patkin, and Renée Fleming.“We’re trying to thread the needle,” Cuomo told The New York Times. “We want the performances. We don’t want mass gatherings, we don’t want large crowds.”The state has set up new Twitter and Instagram accounts, @NYPopsUp, that will reveal details about upcoming performances. Many will also be shown online.This announcement came on the same day that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the city’s “Open Culture” initiative. Beginning on March 1st, the city will open up to 115 designated public spaces for live, ticketed performances. Entertainers will be able to apply for a performance permit ahead of time and the city will assign an area best suited for the act.“It will bring stages to our neighborhoods, and culture to the heart of our neighbors, and [will] give artists, cultural institutions, and creatives a place to showcase their talents as they recover from the pandemic,” NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals said during the press conference.[H/T Billboard]
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say multiple ambulances have taken injured people, including children, from the scene of a head-on collision between a school bus and a pickup truck in southwest Ohio.There was no immediate word on their conditions, but police say they driver of the pickup truck appeared to have the most serious injuries. Several children were injured, but none was believed to be hurt seriously.The bus was a Middletown City Schools bus. The accident happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday in Franklin Township, which neighbors the city. School officials say the bus was providing shuttle service for students attending a private Christian school.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.com House lawmakers rejected an attempt to stave off cuts in the federal food stamp program before approving the miscellaneous tax bill Thursday.Rep. Paul Poirier, I-Barre, (photo right) proposed raising taxes for people in the state’s two highest income brackets to collect an additional $10 million to fund the 3SquaresVT nutrition assistance program. His effort was defeated on a roll-call vote of 115-28.During the debate, Poirier implored his colleagues to restore the food stamp benefits cut by Congress.“One out of every six Vermonters is dependent on some kind of financial help to put food on the table,” Poirier said.His figures were based on a one-month snapshot of 3SquaresVT, the state’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Thirty-four percent of all food assistance recipients are under 18 years old. The average monthly household benefit was $243 before the program was cut last year.“I would ask anybody in this chamber, if you could feed your whole family for $243,” Poirier said.Joined by Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, he pleaded with lawmakers to buck leadership and support his amendment to temporarily raise taxes on the two highest income brackets.The increase would have applied to tax years 2014 and 2015 and then revert to 2013 levels. Poirier wanted to raise the top two tiers from 8.80 percent and 8.95 percent, respectively, to 9.5 percent and 9.95 percent.Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield, said the highest earners already pay their fair share in relation to low-wage earners. The top 3 percent of tax filers contribute more than 40 percent of the state’s personal income taxes, she said. The top-heavy nature of those payments indicates Vermont’s income taxes already are progressive, she said.Citing the same numbers, Pearson challenged her conclusion.“You see why this body of Vermonters does not, in fact, pay an overwhelming amount of our income tax burden,” Pearson said. “Because they don’t earn an overwhelming amount of our income.”Rep. Mike Yantachka, D-Charlotte, said the broader problem is income tax avoidance. He and several others said they preferred a more permanent tax solution, namely shifting the tax base from taxable income to adjusted gross income.Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, chairs the House Committee on Ways and Means, which is responsible for generating tax recommendations and which worked closely with budget-writers in the Appropriations Committee. The two committees cut a projected $71 million shortfall in half with about $35 million in one-time funds and reduced the cost of some debt obligations.They agreed to trim some programs, but cut none. E-cigarettes and snuff were added to a list of taxable tobacco products, but no other new taxes were levied with the passage Thursday of H.884. In all, the bill raises $1.2 million in new revenues.business tax creditsPearson later challenged the job creation impact of some corporate tax incentives provided by the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI). The program’s grants are awarded to businesses that say they could not create certain jobs without assistance from taxpayers.Pearson said the publicly owned Keurig Green Mountain Inc. (formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters) and the entrepreneurial success story Dealer.com have received state assistance. His questions and comments implied the companies would have been quite capable of growing their work forces without public funding.“To me, it’s an easy either/or,” Pearson said. “Provide more food for families, or give large companies tax breaks.”Building off that criticism, Rep. Adam Greshin, I-Warren, said he opposed the tax bill because it requires disclosure of the businesses that receive research and development tax incentives. The tax credit is not new, but the waiver of confidentiality is.Ancel defended the waiver. She said that it’s just a business’ name that is disclosed, not the amount of the tax credit or the nature of the research. She said the disclosure is in the interest of transparency and accountability.e-cigarettes and snuffOne of the few new sources of revenue in the tax bill is a levy on e-cigarettes. The product, previously unclassified, would be defined as “tobacco substitute” for tax purposes. Under the bill, all wholesale purchases would be taxed at 92 percent of its wholesale cost.Donahue objected to that definition, saying it should be driven more by health policy than taxes.“This is not something that should be subject to a brief discussion,” Donahue said, noting growing concerns about major decisions being made based on their financial impact alone. “I’m disappointed we would address an issue like this in this way.”Limited objections to the e-cigarette tax were raised. Rep. Robert Helm, R/D-Fair Haven, said he’s concerned about the impact of the tax on a business in his jurisdiction. It was suggested that consumers might move to online, out-of-state purchases.Rep. William Canfield, R/D-Fair Haven, agreed.“I can go down the road to the local head shop and buy a crack pipe, and pay 6 percent tax,” Canfield said. To lay such a high tax on e-cigarettes, which he described as a product to help people quit smoking, is wrong.Many lawmakers took issue with that characterization of e-cigarettes.“They are a poison-delivery system,” Yantachka said, further noting that flavors like bubble gum and chocolate suggest an intention of marketing to children.No amendment to the e-cigarette provision was offered.CORRECTION: The miscellaneous tax bill raises $1.2 million, not $1.4 billion, as originally reported.
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. – As of today, the Power Fleet division of Penray will split the country and form two regions for its heavy duty chemical product offering. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement To form the new territory management, Penray will promote two long-time employees from their existing sales roles as regional sales managers. Joe Long will assume the position of director of sales, east region, and Mike Goodheart will become the director of sales, west region. “We feel, by dividing the country, we will be able to streamline sales efforts for our OEM and traditional distribution partners while providing the necessary management support for our existing regional sales managers,” said Randy Fowler, vice president of sales and marketing.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement
Member Services Representative II Alicia Morales, left, and Marketing/Business Development Manager Laura Loy invite the community to stop by the lobby for cake until 2 p.m. today and help celebrate Zia Credit Union’s 65th anniversary at 1001 Central Ave. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
He said the government should commit to making sure that the Thames Gateway is a great place and achieves its full potential. ‘At the moment the region is dressed in rags,’ he said. ‘Will this be one of the biggest projects in UK history that has been dumbed down by Noddy architecture? Can it be turned into a really great place?’Lipton was speaking at a panel discussion at the Thames Gateway Forum in Essex alongside: Lend Lease chairman Nigel Hugill; chairman of the Thames Gateway Judith Armitt; head of professional services at Jones Lang LaSalle Andrew Gould; and director of the National Audit Office David Corner. The session was chaired by Property Week editor Giles Barrie. He added: ‘Every great project needs to have a message and the message is quality. The government from the prime minister down need to get their act together. This project needs to be delivered with love and care and not plans and pages.’ Lend Lease’s Hugill agreed and called for the government to commit to community and civic facilities such as schools, health facilities and education centres in the Thames Gateway.‘The plans going forward have become confused by the sheer scale of the area,’ he said. ‘I saw people standing around the model of the Thames Gateway with a look of puzzlement on their faces. What the government needs to do is to pick out five or six areas for regeneration and target them.’ Armitt responded to criticisms from the panel and said that the government at the highest levels was committed to delivering the scheme. ‘You will see by the end of the day that there is commitment from the very highest level. It doesn’t get any better than that,’ she said. ‘I did not come into this job to sit around writing plans. I came here to deliver the Thames Gateway.’ She had set up a £35m start up fund to be invested in city square style developments but said the majority of the £43bn investment would have to come from the private sector.
Penelope Boerum’s Riverhead High School class cleaned up South Jamesport beach.Almost 75 people turned out to help clean up Riverhead on October 19. Deborah Wetzel, chair of the Anti-Litter Committee, said, “The goal of today’s cleanup is to encourage people to stop throwing trash out their car windows. Instead keep a trash bag in your car and throw it out when you get home or dispose of it when you get your gas. Let’s keep our planet green and clean!” Students from Riverhead High School and Boy Scout Troop 94 showed up to assist.Members of Boy Scout Troop 94 helped. Share