The Shins Announce Their First Live Performance Since 2013

first_imgIt seems that 2016 is the year for reunions. While The Shins weren’t necessarily broken up, the band was on hiatus while its members worked on various side projects over the last three years. Today, that all changes, as the band has announced their very first live performance since 2013!The Shins found their way to the top of the End of the Road festival lineup, taking place from September 1-4, in the UK. The band is currently working on a follow-up to their 2012 album, Port of Morrow, and we can only hope that this announcement means more live shows from The Shins are on their way.We’ll be sure to update on all of the band’s happenings as news becomes available. Check out the End of the Road lineup below:last_img

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Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, & More Team Up For All-Star “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” Concert [Video]

first_imgIt’s been a rough month for natural disasters affecting North America, and the artist community has come together to show their support in various benefit concerts around the country. On September 22 at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center, great legends Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and more hosted the Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert. Performances from Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham and Ha*Ash also highlighted the event. The house band featured Charlie Sexton as musical director with Asleep At The Wheel. All proceeds from the concert went to benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund.The event was live streamed on Friday night, and was highlighted by several surprise moments and collaborations. Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt performed a duet of “Texas Flood” by Stevie Ray Vaughn; Nelson teamed up with Leon Bridges to perform his original “Funny How Time Slips Away”; Paul Simon delivered versions of “America” by Simon & Garfunkel and a cover of Ernest Tubb‘s “Waltz Across Texas” with his wife Edie Brickell; James Taylor performed “Country Road,” as well as “You Can’t Close Your Eyes” with Bonnie Raitt. The performers all joined together for a concert-closing rendition of “On The Road Again.”You can watch the full performance in the video below, courtesy of KHOU 11:last_img read more

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Crimson Catering Collects for Cambridge Residents

first_imgEach year, as the hectic holiday season comes to a close, the team at Crimson Catering gathers to have a team celebration. Typically, that includes an ornament swap, with team members bringing a single decoration to exchange with colleagues.This year, notes Amy Goodrich, general manager for Crimson Catering, “Our team donated toys for the victims of the East Cambridge fire instead.” During the holiday lunch, almost 25 toys were collected and then delivered to Phillips Brooks House.“It was a great way for us to share our good fortune,” says Goodrich.last_img

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SMC junior donates stem cells

first_imgThis year, junior and co-president of Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon went a step beyond her group’s mission to raise awareness and money for the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis — she donated her own stem cells in the form of blood over the summer.Dance Marathon advocates for Be the Match, an organization that offers the largest and most diverse marrow registry through 600 centers worldwide. According to the Riley Children’s Foundation website, Lukomski received an email from Be the Match asking her to donate her stem cells to help save the life of a 60-year-old female with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) in July.  MDS is a bone marrow disorder in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells, and stems cells are not produced at all.According to Riley Children’s Foundation website, Lukomski gave a sample during a drive on campus sponsored by Stand Up To Cancer Club. Lukomski said once a person registers her swabbed cheek sample through Be The Match, she remains on the registry for life. Some prospective donors many never be called, and every donor is always given a choice to opt out.“Everything is up to you,” Lumoski said. “If I wanted to stop [the process] the morning of my donation, they would have to respect that, which I think makes the organization better.”Lukomski said she was given two options when contacted to donate.“The first option is to donate your stem cells, which is the most common,” she said. “The second option is more invasive, in which they actually go into your hipbone and extract bone marrow.”Lukomski said she was asked to donate stem cells in the form of blood. The extraction process took a total of six hours, she said.“After [winter] break I was notified that my recipient is out of the hospital and is doing well,” Lukomski said. “That is all I know for now unless she decides to reach out to me.”Lukomski did not actually lose any blood because the medical technicians extracted the stem cells out of her blood and then pumped the blood back through her body. Lukomski said the only side affect of her donation experience was mild tiredness from the shots the doctors gave her — a small price to pay for a worthwhile cause.“If I’m going to have to be a little tired in order to save a life, why not?” Lukomski said.In a Riley blog post, Lumoski attributes her inspiration to donate to her family and friends.“… Without them I would not have had the mindset to donate,” she said. “They were the people who taught me so much about the world and giving.”“The other support system I had was my Dance Marathon Executive Board,” Lukomski said. “I left the hospital and realized that I will forever be a part of someone else. A stranger had turned into my biggest inspiration.”Joining the Be The Match registry is very simple and can be done online at bethematch.org. The organization also comes to campus to collect samples for students interested in becoming potential donors.Tags: bone marrow, Riley Children’s Hospital, Riley Week, Stem Cellslast_img read more

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Former Minnesota credit union CEO charged with $2.5 million fraud

first_imgMore than five years after the financial collapse of a Minnesota credit union, its former president/CEO will appear in federal court to face allegations that she stole at least $2.5 million.Margurite Mary Cofell will be arraigned on a credit union fraud felony charge in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on March 28.The FBI launched its investigation in January 2014, about three weeks before the Minnesota Department of Commerce closed the $51 million St. Francis Campus Credit Union in Little Falls on Feb. 14 and appointed the NCUA receiver and liquidating agent.However, the fraud was not publicly exposed until January 2016 when the NCUA sued CUMIS over its controversial decision not to pay the federal agency’s fidelity bond claim. The NCUA filed a proof of loss with CUMIS for $3,086,755. CUMIS rescinded the fidelity bond agreement because Cofell lied on its application to extend the employee dishonesty coverage from $2.25 million to $2.75 million in April 2013. This lawsuit is pending in federal court. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Six areas where you can make an impact on workplace wellness post COVID-19

first_imgThe prospect of returning to work after stay-at-home orders lift can be daunting, and the question we’re asked the most is “How can I make my workplace safe for employees?” To help you navigate this process, we’ve put together a checklist that covers what you can do in both the short and long term to protect your staff. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img Click to download PDFWe would also like to walk you through the six main impact areas that these recommendations fall under: HVAC & Air Quality, Furniture, Material Applications, Technology, Cleaning Protocols, and Operation Protocols.HVAC & Air Quality This is where you have the biggest opportunity to improve employee wellness in the COVID-19 era. This is a respiratory disease, and the 6-foot rule breaks down in indoor environments with central air. You may move 6 feet away from your desk mate, but you could still be infected by a coworker on the other side of the building if poorly filtered air is recirculated in the building. But there is good news, there are things that you can do right now and in the long term to dramatically mitigate this risk.last_img read more

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France says up to 500 virus clusters but no ‘second wave’ yet

first_imgFrench authorities have reported 400 to 500 active coronavirus outbreak clusters but there are no signs of an imminent “second wave,” Health Minister Olivier Veran said Monday.Many of the current virus clusters involve abattoirs or other contained professional settings such as old age homes, he said.Others had resulted from family reunions during the summer holidays. “At this point we are very far from a second wave,” Veran told Franceinfo radio, as face masks were made mandatory in all enclosed public spaces including shops, covered markets and administrative buildings.”The goal is not to worry people excessively, but to keep them on their guard,” he said.Nationwide the “R” number indicating the viral transmission rate now stands at 1.2, meaning 10 infected people will infect an additional 12 on average, according to the Sante Publique France health agency.But in some areas on the French mainland, the rate is much higher, with the southern Mediterranean region including Marseille and Nice now reporting a rate of 1.55. Brittany in western France stood at 2.6 percent — meaning 10 infected people could infect on average 26 more people.If the “worrying trends” continue the government will again consider regional lockdowns or even new nationwide confinement orders, Veran said, adding:  “All options are on the table.”People without face masks in public spaces risk fines of 135 euros ($155), but “we’re not going to start handing out fines for people reuniting with their families!” he added.Asked if France had enough masks to go around, having been caught woefully short when the outbreak gained speed in March, Veran said he was focusing on ensuring there were stocks in vacation hotspots as well as the Paris region.The government aims to have a stockpile of 60 million face masks by October, compared with just 3.5 million when the outbreak began.France has been one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, with a coronavirus death toll of over 30,150 people.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Calls for Labor to scrap ‘jobkiller’ property taxes it has on the cards

first_imgProperty holdings over $10m face a rise in tax as well as foreign buyers. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt.CONGRATULATIONS are flowing in after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk re-won state government — but property experts warn this also means two new big “jobkiller” property taxes could now go ahead. While the Property Council of Australia welcomed the end of a fortnight of uncertainty post-election, its Queensland executive director, Chris Mountford, also warned that two new property tax measures that the Labor government has planned could kill jobs.“While the result is now clear, uncertainty will remain for Queensland’s property industry which faces the prospect of two big new taxes revealed in Labor’s costing documents on the eve of the election,” he said. “These tax proposals are short on detail, but long on risk to our state’s economy. Put simply, these taxes — if implemented — would be job-killers.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoQueensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk. Picture: AAP Image/Bradley Kanaris.The Labor Party proposals included raising the land tax rate by 25 per cent for holdings ofmore than $10m and raising the foreign investor tax from 3 per cent to 7 per cent.Mr Mountford warned the measure could have a devastating effect on business rents across Queensland.“A tax on the land that a business is operating is inevitably a tax on that business, and these proposals will have a devastating flow on effect for business rents across Queensland.”“Taxes on business and investment are ultimately taxes that will be borne by Queenslanders.”Mr Mountford said the Property Council was highly supportive of the Government’s Cross River Rail project and Labor’s proposed extension of the First Home Buyers’ Grant at the current rate.last_img read more

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IRC says it has no control over rise in fuel surcharge

first_imgLocalNews IRC says it has no control over rise in fuel surcharge by: – May 4, 2012 Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share (L-R): IRC’s Chairman Eluid Williams, Lance McCaskey, IRC’s Public Consumer Relations Manager Mara Ettiene-Manley, IRC Commissioner Cassel, and Dr. Eisenhower Douglas The International Regulatory Commission (IRC) has said that it has no control over the increase in fuel surcharge on the island.The IRC met with the media on Thursday, to discuss the rise in the fuel surcharge currently being experienced.Executive Director of the IRC Lance McCaskey says the organization has been trying to minimize the surcharge which is particularly due to increases in fuel prices.He explained that because the world has been experiencing a steady rise in fuel prices in recent times, this has caused fuel prices paid by DOMLEC to move from $11.74 per gallon in January 2012 to $12.59 in April 2012.“Since Dominica is highly dependent on the use of fossil fuel for its electricity generation, these increases have been affecting us. The trouble is that DOMLEC as well as the IRC do not have control over these rises,” he explained.According to McCaskey, from January of 2012, the fuel surcharge that consumer have been paying have been increasing“Those who have their electricity bills would see that the fuel surcharge in January was $0.40/KWh that rose to $0.50/KWh in April. We have been working closely with DOMLEC all the time to see how we could minimize the impact of the rises in fuel prices. We have also been looking at the fuel system to ensure that the information of fuel used in generation in any one month is acceptable and correct,” he said.The IRC, he noted, has also been working with DOMLEC on improving the efficiency of their generators. “Last year and beginning the year before, we did a fuel audit and we recalibrated all the dip sticks that DOMLEC used to arrive at the fuel used every month. We also had them changed out their meters twice. They realized that the meters were not right; they advised us that they were not right and we worked with them to change those meters. They were changed, put in place by the end of January but they have not all been working properly. Eleven were changed, ten are working properly”.McCaskey also announced that Dominica is not the only Caribbean island facing increase fuel surcharge as in April 2012 three other islands rates were; St. Vincent 56.62 cents, Grenada 67.84 cents and Barbados 67 cents.He reassured the public however that the IRC remains committed to ensuring that the interests of electricity consumers are protected and that where possible, the impact of rising fuel prices will be kept to a minimum.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Duterte offers P10-M reward to any Filipino who can invent COVID vaccine

first_img Roque added the President has also pledged a “substantial” grant to the laboratories of the University of the Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to boost efforts towards producing a cure for the deadly disease. President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a P10-million reward for any Filipino who can develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019, his spokesperson Harry Roque says. PCOO Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement in a virtual press conference on Tuesday as the world has yet to discover a medicine that can cure the virus. “Dahil public enemy number one nga itong COVID-19, hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas kundi sa buong mundo, inanunsyo ng Pangulo na siya ay magbibigay ng pabuya na hanggang P10 milyon sa kahit sinong Pilipino na makakadiskubre ng vaccine laban sa COVID-19,” Roque said. Currently, PGH doctors have been trying an experimental plasma therapy for patients in critical condition. Scientists are checking if they can tap the antibodies developed by a recovered person to help a struggling patient combat the infection. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a P10-million reward for any Filipino who can develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).center_img COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is related to the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome but not as deadly. The disease is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze./PN For this process, the plasma – or the liquid portion of the blood from someone who once battled the coronavirus – carries antibodies, which will be infused into a patient’s system with hopes to boost the chances of recovery. Outside of the Philippines, there are dozens of pharmaceutical firms racing against time in coming up with a viable treatment. Several drug companies in the United States and China have started clinical trials for potential cures.last_img read more

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