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first_imgLast night brought Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee to Chicago’s Park West for a night dubbed “Brendan and Jake’s 15th Annual Holiday Show.” The sold-out show brings both guitarists together for an intimate, stripped down evening that benefits a local Chicago charitable organization. The show had it all for which the annual tradition has become well known-UM classics, covers, varied instruments, some strong references to Star Wars, and brief cameos from the Umph mothers. It was a great way to help raise money for a good cause.All proceeds went to the People’s Music School of Chicago, the only non-profit and tuition free music academy in the country. One teenage student relayed a heart-tugging story of how her parents camped out on the sidewalk for three days and nights just to wait in line to have a chance to enroll in the program. Brendan and Jake did their part to help young aspiring musicians such as her. But before they took to the stage, Umphrey’s keyboardist Joel Cummins did a solo set. He made sure to squeeze in as much as possible during his set. His version of Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla” was phenomenal. He played a very appropriate “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” from The Nutcracker, only to mention his extreme disdain for being taken to the play by his parents year after year as a child. He also played “Final Word” and it was unique hearing his vocals on the track as opposed to Bayliss. One of the more comical moments of his set when he called his mom on stage, and he made sure to have the whole crowd give her a salutation.After his set, Brendan and Jake quickly took the stage. They began with a great version of “Divisions,” which despite what many seasoned Umphreaks in the front claimed, had a “Yoga Pants” sandwiched inside and not “In the Kitchen.” Other acoustic staples followed, like “Nemo,” “Sweetness,” and “Bad Poker.” Besides the music, their banter and quirkiness entertained the crowd. At one point they teased “The Imperial March” and threated to give spoilers on the new Star Wars Movie The Last Jedi, which the crowd responded with a big, “NOOO!!!” The nerds on stage didn’t care though, as earlier they had been presented with Christmas gifts that were none other than more Star Wars toys to put on their amplifiers.Throughout the set, guests frequented the stage as diligently as Jake’s fingers moved along the frets. Pedal steel guitarist Mike Rackey joined for a couple songs, as well as trumpet master Jennifer Hartswick. Her vocals on “Bullhead City” were nailed and the song sounded like the crisp version from the studio album. Of course Joel added his touch on the piano, and percussionists Andy Farag and Kris Myers laid down the beat for many songs, including the former spending quite a long time behind the drumkit. In fact, the only Umphrey’s member who didn’t play was Ryan Stasik. He was sorely missed!Besides the guests rotating in and out, the instruments which the musicians used also didn’t stay too long in their hands before being replaced. Bayliss rocked the mandolin and the bass, including playing the latter on a great rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “They Love Each Other.” It was one of the highlights of the night. The other superlative moment of the show was when Bayliss got on the piano and Jake played the drums. Despite the physical distance between the two- they couldn’t have been any further from each other on the stage- their chemistry was out of this world on “Push and Pull” and Supertramp’s “Take the Long Way Home.” Jake played the drums with a purpose, and Bayliss’ piano solo on the Supertramp song was…. interesting. With all the talented guests that took to the stage over the course of the night, it was a ton of fun to see just those two on stage together for that segment.The annual event was a blast, with those who have been to all of them to those attending for the first time leaving very satisfied. The intimacy in the small venue is something that can’t be found at Umphrey’s shows and seeing these two talented guitarists on stage was a treat. Ultimately, they did a great job of raising a lot of money for a very worthy cause.___________________________________________________________SETLIST: Brendan & Jake Holiday Special | Park West | Chicago, IL | 12/15/17Divisions -> Yoga Pants -> Divisions, Nemo -> Sweetness-> Nemo, Bad Poker, You and You Alone, Kimble, Gone For Good, Susannah, They Love Each Other, Push & Pull, Take the Long Way Home, Angel, Bullhead City, Let Me Roll ItE: Running on Empty[Thanks to Daniel Ojeda for the review and photo gallery] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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first_img Related A.R.T.’s ‘ExtraOrdinary’ samples previous productions while tapping into performers’ stories Celebrating a decade of musical theater ‘Kim’s Convenience’ and ‘Fresh off the Boat’ casts explain how their shows make a difference Women perform alongside male counterparts for first time in group’s 171-year history center_img Coed Hasty Pudding makes its debut Using humor to make the connection Growing up, Julia Riew ’21 dreamed of writing musicals. She looked for inspiration in her favorite Broadway productions, but couldn’t find many stories on the stage to which she could relate.“Most shows on Broadway are about underdog white guys who go on adventures. That was the show I was trying to write, and it didn’t really work,” said Riew, who is pursuing a joint concentration in history of science and Theater, Dance & Media. “I never considered telling a story about myself because that isn’t the kind of show I had seen before.”Last year, Riew decided to change that approach. The result is “The East Side,” a student-produced musical about cultural authenticity, gentrification, and dumplings. Riew co-wrote the book with John Lim ’20 and Emerson College senior Jared Leong, and serves as co-music director with Ian Chan ’22.“The East Side,” at Farkas Hall from Thursday through Sunday, follows Ryan, a Chinese American teenager working at his family’s restaurant in New York City’s Chinatown and getting ready to leave for college. As the neighborhood changes around them, Ryan and his family must adapt their recipes to the tastes of their new neighbors, or face impending bankruptcy.“We wanted to make the show funny and upbeat, so it could be enjoyed by everyone,” added Riew. “But it also has a special meaning and certain jokes that will hit close to home for a lot of people.”“The East Side” is the first production mounted by Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), a new pan-Asian organization on campus. Since its establishment in October, the group has started an online community, hosted a fall open mic night, and co-presented a songwriting workshop with composer, lyricist, and librettist Timothy Huang through the Office for the Arts.,The arts project formed when Riew and Eric Cheng ’20 met at the Common Casting Pizza Q, an information session about campus theater hosted by the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, and decided to join forces.“We wanted to start [a group] because there wasn’t a place to make art and have conversations about representation on campus for pan-Asian people,” said project co-president Cheng, who is studying economics and mind, brain, and behavior. “We wanted to aim high.”“ASAP is for everyone who is interested in issues of representation in the arts,” added Riew, the other co-president. “It’s a space to try new things.”When it came time to cast the show, the team opened auditions to anyone interested, regardless of experience. More than 50 students tried out, many of them first-time performers; only four out of the 12 selected cast members had participated in a prior Harvard production. Director KeeHup Yong ’19 had performed at Harvard and had experience in film and photography, but had never directed a stage show before. He took on the task because of the material.“For me, ‘The East Side’ is about giving character choices to actors and characters in the show about how they want to be represented, and showcasing that diversity and inclusion,” said Yong, who is concentrating in psychology. “There aren’t many TV shows and plays that feature Asian characters making decisions about what happens in a story, but our show is about giving hope and opportunity to actors and characters.”,Yong’s attachment to “The East Side” was informed by his own childhood experiences working in his family’s restaurant in Kentucky. Some of his anecdotes from life at the restaurant ended up in the final script, like a comedic scene in which Ryan’s mother asks him to taste part of a new recipe that turns out to be pure wasabi powder.“It has been really nice to work on something so personal, and to have the ability to work with the people who made the musical is a rare and unique experience,” Yong said. “This was a chance to create a pan-Asian story of representation, inclusivity, and diversity written by people who care.” As the group celebrates its first year, its leaders is looking for ways to build community on campus and in the arts industry.“With ASAP, we now have a platform to create art and talk about representation, and … a place where people can express themselves artistically and maybe be inspired to do this professionally,” said Cheng. “ASAP is about giving an opportunity to students and hopefully starting a legacy that pushes pan-Asian artists forward and allows this [representation] to become normalized.”Tickets to “The East Side” are free and available online.last_img read more

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first_imgGlobal payments include a wide range of channels with lightning-speed innovation, primarily coming from outside the banking world. Credit unions, however, must accommodate cardholders demanding convenience, security, and rapid-fire results. Yet, legacy systems are holding financial institutions back, as well as North American consumers’ lagging adoption rate. Financial institutions have the opportunity and obstacle of meeting cardholder expectations today and tomorrow. Multiple trends are driving the market today. As more users become technologically savvy and demand more online experiences, five trends emerge that financial institutions should keep an eye on to better adapt.1.  New Technologies Are Taking HoldBlockchain, Internet of Things, and virtual assistants have drawn great fanfare over the last few years, but they still have a long way to go before they hit mainstream. In the not-too-distant future, fully connected IoT urban landscapes or smart cities could become a reality, and integration into these landscapes can provide greater value to cardholders. Collaborating – as credit unions do best! – with fintech innovators will help you better compete with the likes of tech titans such as Google, Apple, and Amazon. Assert your credit union’s position in the consumer value chain. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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first_imgAlmost 600,000 Australians lost their jobs as the virus shutdown took hold in April, the steepest monthly drop since records began more than 40 years ago, data showed Thursday.The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said 100,000 people filed for unemployment benefits, while a further 500,000 left the workforce altogether.Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the figures “terribly shocking”, with the ABS reporting the underutilization rate – which combines unemployment and underemployment – reached a record high of 19.9 percent in April. The ABS said 2.7 million people – or one in five Australian workers – either left the workforce or had their work hours reduced as the country recorded an “unprecedented fall” in the workforce participation rate to 63.5 percent. The drop in the participation rate meant unemployment rose one percentage point to 6.1 percent, well short of forecasts of more than eight percent.Just 12.4 million Australians now have jobs after the steepest monthly fall in employment since the ABS began recording monthly data in 1978.Morrison warned Australians to brace for more difficult economic news in the months ahead, adding: “A very tough day. Terribly shocking, although not unanticipated.”We knew there would be hard news as the pandemic wreaks an impact on Australia as it is on countries all around the world.” The Treasury has forecast the unemployment rate will reach 10 percent in the June quarter.Morrison said the number of people now covered by Jobkeeper, a A$1,500-a-fortnight wage subsidy programme paid to staff via their employers, now exceeds six million.Australia has been one of the most successful countries in containing COVID-19, with fewer than 7,000 confirmed cases and 100 deaths out of a population of 25 million.But restrictions on travel, public gatherings and retail businesses have had a devastating impact on the economy, slashing some A$4 billion (US$2.5 billion) per week from economic activity.Parts of the country have begun relaxing the restrictions, with some cafes, pubs and restaurants opening to small groups from Friday.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgSaliba has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squads so far (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has explained why he has not thrown William Saliba in at the deep end at Arsenal. Saliba has been tipped for big things at the Emirates and has impressed during his time at St Etienne. Arsenal fans were forced to wait an extra year to see him play in English football after signing him as he was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side and they have been left waiting further with Arteta deciding against picking him for their Premier League openers against Fulham and West Ham.Saliba was an unused substitute for the Community Shield win over Liverpool but hasn’t been included in either matchday squad in the Premier League, however, he could be in line to make his debut against leicester City in the Carabao Cup. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Arteta admitted that he was planning to ease Saliba in slowly as he adapts to his new surroundings – something he thinks will take time despite believing the Frenchman will be ‘really important’ to Arsenal’s future.‘I think William is doing really well,’ Arteta said of the 19-year-old ahead of the Leicester clash. Arteta had his say on Saliba (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)‘He is adapting to the country, adapting to our club.‘We have to bear in mind that he had a really challenging season last year with the amount of injuries that he had.‘But he is a player that is going to be really important in our future, things sometimes take some time and we have to respect that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta is adamant that both Saliba and fellow new centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes will both learn a lot from teaming up with experienced Arsenal defender David Luiz.‘I think he is a really good role model for them, for who David is as a person and as a player,’ Arteta added.‘With everything he has achieved in the game – I think they are lucky to have him around.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta explains why he’s not been picking William Saliba Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Sep 2020 11:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShareslast_img read more

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 04, 2016 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today nominated David Sweet to serve as commissioner on the Public Utility Commission.“I am pleased to nominate David Sweet to serve as commissioner on the Public Utility Commission,” said Governor Wolf. “David’s expertise in finance law, his knowledge of state government and economic development, and his depth of work on energy issues makes him an important fit for the PUC. It is imperative for our economy to harness Pennsylvania’s abundance of energy resources and to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to further develop the natural gas and other energy industries. Additionally, David’s government experience will be an asset to the PUC, especially in helping consumers.”Biography:David Sweet joined the Wolf Administration in April 2015, where he served as the senior advisor to Governor Wolf, focusing on energy and economic development issues. Among his many assignments was serving as liaison to the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. Sweet also served as the governor’s designee on the Banking and Securities Commission.Prior to his time with the Wolf Administration, Sweet was a former partner at two major Pennsylvania law firms. His focus was on administrative and regulatory matters, legislative advocacy and public finance. Sweet has represented clients before state and local agencies, boards and commissions, and in matters before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the executive branch. His clients included large businesses, emerging new companies, and major universities. David has expertise in public and project finance, where he has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and special counsel in financings totaling over $3 billion. These projects were located in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and in counties throughout the state, including Bedford, Montgomery, Dauphin, Washington, Huntington, Northumberland, Butler, Greene, and Berks, as well as in New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.Sweet has also served as bond counsel or special counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA), the Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA) and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.Sweet was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (D., Washington County) from 1977 to 1988. He was chairman of the House Local Government Committee for the 1987-88 legislative session, and through his efforts, major legislation on local tax reform, distressed municipalities and Pennsylvania’s land use and zoning regulations was enacted. In 1993-94, David chaired Pennsylvania Governor Casey’s Commission on Corrections Planning and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s State Government Committee.Sweet earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, a M.A. from University of Chicago in 1971, and a J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University — Dickinson School of Law in 1981.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Governor Wolf Nominates David Sweet to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissionlast_img read more

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first_imgTess Sellwood is selling the Plant Street property which will head to auction on Tuesday night.TOWNSVILLE’S property market is back on track after a week of closures, pulled auction events and open homes.While the city escaped the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the impending storm did manage to send Townsville’s property market into a spin as agents and vendors alike prepared for the worst.From cancelled open homes, the removal of signage, packaging up of loaned furniture, cancelling auctions and cyclone proofing homes on the market, Townsville real estate came to a temporary standstill.Keyes & Co principal Damien Keyes said Townsville only marginally escaped what could have been detrimental for an already struggling real estate market. “We are extremely lucky that the cyclone didn’t hit us,” he said.“Even just putting sales aside for a moment, our rental market would have faced issues having to deal with all the damage..“On the sales side, and that’s despite the cyclone missing Townsville, we’ve had people holding off on sales, people who didn’t want to put offers in because they didn’t want to purchase a damaged home.“So yes, the cyclone certainly slowed things down.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Keyes said his firm also rescheduled their auction night to this coming Tuesday. “We still have four properties heading to auction on Tuesday night,” he said.“Hopefully, the extra week will get a few more buyers down on the night.” Among the properties to be auctioned is former House of the Week, 164 Kings Road, Mysterton and 1B Plant Street in West End, a modern-day Queenslander sold by Tess Sellwood (pictured). But while some agents played it on the safe side this week, Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow from McGrath Estate Agents decided to power ahead — storm or not. “We decided to forge ahead as the market never sleeps,” she said.“In fact, people would have used the extra days off to look at properties because they had the time to do so.“That was reflected in our open homes which had no less than eight and maximum of 12 potential buyers attend. Those are big numbers in our market and shows that genuine buyers were out and about.”last_img read more

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first_imgChet Morrison Contractors (Morrison) has recently completed EPCIC project for DeNovo Energy on Iguana field offshore Trinidad and Tobago.Work scope for the Iguana field development included facilities for three development wells installed through a Conductor Supported Platform (CSP) and a 45-kilometer, 14-inch diameter subsea natural gas export pipeline connecting the Iguana CSP to a newly-constructed onshore gas processing unit on the Port Lisas Industrial Estate, with commissioning for first gas delivery.The Iguana field remained undeveloped for over 34 years until DeNovo became the operator in 2016, and is the first gas development campaign in the Gulf of Paria. The water depth at the Iguana platform is approximately 27 meters.Morrison said it was able to achieve 80 percent local content and delivered the project with more than 370,000 combined man-hours while achieving zero recordable incidents (0-TRIR). Morrison worked with its joint venture partner, Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Unlimited (TOFCO), in the support of many aspects of this project including the hook up through mechanical completion.Chet Morrison, CEO, commented, “Tailoring the equipment to the specific demands of this milestone project, we provided an optimized solution. Our team also applied rigorous problem-solving techniques to complete a complex and challenging shore approach. Working with a compressed schedule, our flexibility and adaptability enabled us to design and secure Trinidad’s first gas-to-market in an accelerated fashion.”Joel M. C. Pemberton, DeNovo founder and CEO, said, “Partnering with Morrison enabled DeNovo to successfully deliver this first fast-track development in Trinidad and Tobago with technical excellence. The high-risk shore crossing through an environmentally sensitive area was safely managed, exceeding the expectation of the regulatory agencies. Utilizing the TOFCO base in La Brea ensured strong global collaboration while maximizing the local capacity for project execution. Throughout the process, Morrison was versatile and creative in providing a range of solutions to unexpected challenges. The focus on constructability by the Morrison team supported a streamlined, practical approach to project delivery which ultimately maximized overall project efficiency.”last_img read more

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first_imgHealthy Home Economist 18 June 2013On June 14, 2013, Japan’s health ministry raised eyebrows around the world by deciding to formally withdraw its recommendation for HPV vaccination (Gardasil, Cervarix) to protect girls against cervical cancer.The reason? Hundreds of complaints from Japanese citizens about possible side effects such as long-term pain, numbness and even paralysis.In an attempt to avoid completely alienating the World Health Organization, which recommends the HPV vaccine used by many developed nations, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare insisted that it is not suspending the use of the vaccine, but simply instructed local Japanese governments not to promote it until more study is conducted on its safety.Mariko Momoi, vice president of the International University of Health and Welfare, who headed the task force on the matter said:“The decision (not to recommend the vaccination) does not mean that the vaccine itself is problematic from the viewpoint of safety. By implementing investigations, we want to offer information that can make the people feel more at ease.”Blah, blah, blah.  The best government-speak in the world doesn’t drown out this message which is LOUD and clear.  The Japanese health ministry doesn’t trust the HPV vaccines Gardasil or Cervarix.http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/gardasil-shocker-japan-withdraws-support-for-hpv-vaccine/last_img read more

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first_imgNZ Herald 8 September 2014Sports fans planning to streak at games have been warned a no tolerance approach will be taken in the future, following backlash over the decision not to charge a woman who streaked at Saturday’s All Blacks match.The harsher line from police comes after two of New Zealand’s infamous streakers hit out at the decision to let Rose Kupa, 25, off with a warning, saying it was inconsistent and unfair.The 25-year-old delivery driver ran naked across the field in the second half of the Rugby Championship test against Argentina in Napier.The Flaxmere woman escaped with a pre-charge warning by police, and was trespassed from McLean Park for two years.Family First said the decision not to prosecute Ms Kupa “sends a dangerous message to copycats who also want their minute of fame”.A letter would be sent to Police Minister Anne Tolley asking her to review the decision, national director Bob McCoskrie said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11320772last_img read more

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