Bands to Watch

first_imgLet it roll: Alabama Shakes deliver garage-flavored soulALABAMA SHAKESThe Alabama Shakes deliver funky garage soul from the small town of Athens, Ala. The group’s raw grooves are propelled by the dynamic vocals of front woman Brittany Howard, who lands somewhere between Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. The band was discovered by Drive-By Truckers leader Patterson Hood, who caught them performing in a local record store. After hooking them up with management, the Shakes have become a dominant force on the touring club circuit, selling out venues from coast to coast. Just last month, the band released their debut album, Boys and Girls. Catch them at the Hangout Music Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.DAVID WAX MUSEUMThis dynamic duo combines the roots of Appalachia with a traditional style of Mexican folk called Son Jarocho to create an aggressive hybrid of acoustic rock. Fiddler Suz Slezak grew up on a family farm in Central Virginia soaking in old-time mountain sounds, while her musical partner David Wax spent a fellowship year in Mexico during his time at Harvard studying old folk sounds. Together they’ve created a high-energy string concoction that has landed the group on big stages with the Avett Brothers. Catch them at FloydFest and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.David WaxCross-culture David Wax museum blend sounds of Appalachia with Mexican folk.DAWESThere’s a reason these guys—still in their early 20s—have already backed Jackson Browne and Robbie Robertson. The California-based indie phenoms have honed a down-easy brand of Americana that mixes the mellow gold of Lauren Canyon folk with the electric grit of The Band. On their sophomore album, last year’s Nothing is Wrong, front man Taylor Goldsmith delivers road-weary transient wisdom through his band’s pure vintage rock that’s accentuated by soaring harmonies and infectious melodies. It’s an honest formula, where the classic perfectly meets the present. Dawes will play the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, as well as two special sets at FloydFest, including one backing Browne on the main stage, Thursday, July 26.LEFTOVER SALMONColorado’s zany slam-grass heroes have only played sporadic shows—rarely on the East Coast—since going on an indefinite hiatus in 2004. This year, though, the group is set to play up to 50 gigs, including multiple appearances at regional festivals. Front man Vince Herman leads the group with plenty of crazy antics, while mandolin picker Drew Emmitt and new banjo player Andy Thorn shred notes with pants-on-fire precision, resulting in a wild mix of bluegrass, zydeco, and jam rock. Look for a new album later this year. They’ll appear at DelFest and FloydFest.THE BLACK LILLIESCruz Conteras, the multi-instrumental force formally behind his ex-wife songstress Robinella, now fronts his own country-flavored crew. Flanked by fiddle and roadhouse electric guitar, Conteras’ heartbreak tunes are more pure than anything being manufactured by the suits in Nashville. It’s modern Americana crafted in a way that will make you find currency in country again. Catch them at the Lake Eden Arts Festival and the NC Brews and Music Festival.For a full list of Festivals, click here!last_img read more

Guinness Nitro IPA: Let’s Get It On

first_imgGuinness recently announced that they’ll start distributing cans of a new Nitro IPA in the U.S., which is kind of a big deal. If you’re not familiar with nitro beers, they’re like your smooth talking, better looking cousin. Brewers substitute nitrous oxide for a portion of the carbon dioxide when they’re carbonating the beer, and the result is silky smooth goodness that rivals anything Barry White ever recorded. The technology to add nitro to a canned beer is limited and expensive, so you don’t see a lot of canned nitro beers out there.  The standard Guinness Stout is the most common nitrogenated beer on the market.Oskar Blues puts a nitro version of their scotch ale, Old Chubb in a can. And that’s about it for breweries in our neck of the woods. Fortunately, most brewpubs and small breweries release small batches of nitro beers on tap. It’s a treat when you spot one of these smooth beers in the wild, sort of like when you’re hiking and you see a black bear. It’s exhilarating.Once every two months or so my wife tells me I have to take her out for a proper date. “Not burritos,” she says. She wants a place with forks and wine. A place where a half dozen roasted almonds will run you $8. Swell. I was having dinner with her at one of those fancy restaurants (the kind of place where you order the pasta because it’s the cheapest thing on the menu, but they only give you one ravioli on your plate so you have to go get burritos after) when I spotted Pisgah Brewing’s Stout on nitro. Bully for me. I’ve had this particular stout before, but never on nitro.On its own, it’s a decent beer. Good but nothing to write home about. On nitro, it becomes this velvet, coffee bomb–the kind of thing you want to get naked and bathe in.Stouts are the most common beer put on nitro because the already rich, subtle body of the style lends itself well to the nitrous. But I’ve been in brewpubs recently where just about every style under the brew kettle was given nitro treatment. Ok, not every style. Sours and wheat beers might suck on nitro, but lagers, pales and IPA–you’d be surprised what a shot of Barry White will do to these beers, adding a whole new dimension to appreciate. Mostly, what we’re taking about here is texture. Nitro can bring out flavors that are typically more subtle in a beer (it brings out notes of coffee in the Pisgah Stout) but mostly, the gas just makes the beer feel better in your mouth. That’s a weird sentence to read (and a weird one to write, I assure you) but that’s the deal. Nitro makes a beer feel better. and that’s an interesting proposition.In the words of Mr. White, “let’s get it on.”last_img read more

Seven tips for effective incentive plans

first_img 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Higgins Mike Higgins is a partner at Mike Higgins & Associates, Inc. who has authored Filene research papers on measuring and managing credit union performance. His firm consults with credit unions … Web: Details Here is a list of seven things to consider when designing an incentive plan for your organization.Keep the plan results-based. Effort without results is meaningless; rewarding for effort without results is squandering of resources and sends the wrong message. Avoid the term “incentive” to describe your plan; refer to it as performance compensation.Establish a minimum (baseline) threshold of acceptable performance. There is a standard of performance that comes with base compensation. Don’t reward for what should be expected to begin with.Align the plan with your strategic objectives. Your operating plan (budget) should include the current year targets in your longer term strategic plan. Make sure everyone knows what you are trying to accomplish this year and align rewards with that.Make the size of the reward meaningful. At a minimum, it should be market-based. Failing to do so puts you at a competitive disadvantage to attract and retain talent. Paying above market base compensation in lieu of variable pay is a recipe for mediocrity.Make the reward pool self-funding. Share a percentage of the income generated in excess of the minimum threshold of performance in order to self-fund the reward pool.Don’t place a cap on the maximum amount of reward that can be paid. The key to realizing untapped human potential is to avoid artificial or arbitrary limits. If the reward pool is self-funding, then everyone wins no matter how great the performance.Use a balanced set of measures. There is tension among growth, profit, quality and productivity. An effective plan includes measures that serve as checks and balances. In financial services, a core set of balanced measures includes loans, deposits, margin, non-interest income, non-interest expense and asset quality.last_img read more

No rallies, no concerts: Govt plans to restrict crowds during regional races

first_imgThe government is set to draft a regulation to restrict mass gatherings during the upcoming regional elections in an effort to prevent COVID-19 transmission.Home Minister Tito Karnavian said he would propose either a revision to the existing General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation or a specific Government Regulations in Lieu of Law (Perppu) for the matter.“If it is not a Perppu, then the KPU regulation must be revised immediately within a few days. This needs support from all parties because the Home Ministry can only facilitate, while the key is approval from the KPU itself and House Commission II,” Tito said on Sunday. Tito emphasized that COVID-19 health protocols had to be enforced not only on voting day but at all stages of the electoral process, including during campaign events.The Minister expressed his disapproval of holding rallies and concerts during campaigns. “I do not agree with holding rallies, let alone concerts. I have written a letter directly to the KPU,” he said.However, Tito said that banning all electoral gatherings would be “unfair” because it would benefit only the incumbents, who had a head start in popularity and electability.Read also: KPU, experts seek criminal sanctions for campaign health violations Limited meetings involving a maximum of 50 people should be allowed, Tito said. He also encouraged campaigns to host virtual events.The elections could be a good opportunity to encourage participating regions to move faster in dealing with COVID-19, he said, adding that potential leaders would have to share their visions for the fight against the pandemic in their campaigns.“People must choose those who can handle COVID-19 and the socioeconomic impacts in their respective regions,” he said.He said the proposed regulation should oblige candidates and their teams to carry out mass education campaigns about health protocols and distribute masks, hand sanitizer and soap.Previously, KPU commissioner Viryan Azis said the commission supported the idea of the government issuing a Perppu to limit crowds during the upcoming elections.“The Perppu should ban campaigns, ways of voting and ways of counting votes that create crowds, with strict sanctions for violators,” Viryan said on Friday, as quoted by, Viryan added, should be held only online. “The main principle is to do activities online whenever possible,” said Viryan.KPU Commissioner Pramono Ubaid Tanthowi said the KPU planned to propose a number of ideas, including a method of voting that used mobile ballot boxes.“This method is a way to gather votes from voters who are afraid to go to polling stations and from voters who are positive for COVID-19 or undergoing self-isolation,” Pramono said on Saturday.He said the KPU would propose limiting the voting time to between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and would suggest that votes be verified electronically.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Grenada media workers protest journalist’s dismissal

first_img 17 Views   no discussions ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenadian journalists are blaming government for the dismissal of a reporter at an independently weekly, The Grenada Advocate.Rawle Titus.The paper is owned and controlled by the proprietors of the Barbados Advocate.Rawle Titus, who is president of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG), was a senior reporter at The Grenada Advocate.MWAG, in a statement issued Monday, claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office “pressured” the paper’s owners into firing Titus over a news item that was published March 9 in The Grenada Advocate.“The Media Workers Association of Grenada is calling on the Tillman Thomas administration to match its words with appropriate action in regards to media freedom in the country. We have growing concerns about increasing incidents that will suggest that those guarantees are coming under attack,” MWAG’s statement said.The Advocate’s story was titled, “Prime Minister makes fresh moves.” It reported on what it called a “second caucus” by Thomas in which most of his MPs and senior members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) were said to have been excluded.The paper described the development as an additional sign that the NDC “will go into next year’s general elections as a divided party,” and that the prime minister has a preferred slate of candidates for the polls.MWAG said that prior to the dismissal of Titus, “two letters of complaint were written by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary demanding an apology” for the publication of the story.“This latest incident follows a series of other developments we have been monitoring in the past,” said MWAG.“In one instance, an official claiming to call from the Prime Minister’s Office, called a local radio station questioning the reason why one of its announcers were reading on-air, an online blog that was deemed critical of the administration. In another instance, one radio station was also queried about the possibility of dropping a regional radio news service after it aired a series of reports on the Grenada political situation.”The association said its members “take an extremely dim view of any attempt to bring pressure, no matter how subtle, on any media company.” Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Grenada media workers protest journalist’s dismissal by: – March 27, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Lady Raiders Netters Earn Road Win Over Lady Pacers

first_imgThe SR Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Switz tonight and came home a winner after a 4 set match. After a sluggish start from SR, game one went to Switz 21-25. SR came back to win the next three sets 25-15, 25-14- and 25-21.SR Stat Leaders:  Mercedes Bowling: 17/17 attacks 10 Kills, 15/16 serving with 1 ace for 9 points; Kiley Sparks: 16/17 attacks 10 Kills, 5/6 Digs, 18/20 serving for 16 points; Toria Tucker: 19/23 attacks 11 Kills, 8/9 blocks (2 solos, 6 assisted), 12/12 serving for 9 points;Laken Farrell: 18/25 attacks 8 Kills, 8/10 Digs, 10/11 serving with 2 aces for 5 points; Morgan Peetz: 9/11 attacks 2 Kills, 3 blocks (assisted); Julia Rea: 3/3 attacks 1 Kill; Mariah Gentile (Libero): 28/32 Serve Receive, 14/18 Digs; Elizabeth Bodenberg: 36/37 setting with 18 assists, 12/12 serving with 7 points; and Kayla King: 37/38 setting with 13 assists, 10/12 serving with 5 points.“I was not happy with the way we started off tonight and I let them know it”. “We bounced back and made some nice runs and kept the momentum going”. “Maria Gentile’s (libero) back row play was phenomenal tonight”! “Our varsity had not beaten Switz in a couple years so it was nice to finally get the monkey off our back so to speak”. “Needless to say it was a long joyful ride home this time around’!! ”  Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.We’ll be at South Decatur (my alma mater and I previously coached there for 6 years) on Thursday”. “Hoping to bring home another W”.last_img read more

Marcelo ready for Real Madrid first return in 2020-21 campaign

first_img Zidane  Read Also: Messi €700m buyout clause at Barcelona still active – La Liga Zidane will need to rotate his options at the start of the upcoming season, with his side only completing their 2019-20 season at the start of August. Marcelo has enjoyed a glittering career at the Santiago Bernabeu following his arrival from Fluminense in 2006, with five La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles and four Champions League wins. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid defender Marcelo is set to be handed a first team return at the start of the 2020-21 La Liga campaign. The veteran Brazilian defender lost his place as first choice left back in 2019-20, with French international Ferland Mendy playing a key role in Los Blancos title win since 2017. The 32-year old made just 15 league starts last season, with Mendy making 25 La Liga appearances in his debut campaign in Madrid. However, according to the front page of Monday’s edition of Diario AS, Zinedine Zidane will assess Marcelo during in preseason training and he could return to the starting line up next month.Advertisement Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The Internet7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made Loading… last_img read more

Mills: We can’t force Bale to stay

first_img Press Association Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills has acknowledged the club would find it “very difficult” to keep Gareth Bale if he wants to move to Real Madrid, even though he signed a new four-year contract only last summer. Mills told the Evening Standard: “We very much want Bale to stay. If a player is desperate to leave, it’s very difficult to force him to stay. “We’ve seen it in other clubs. Even if he has a contract, you can’t force somebody to play for you.” Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to talk about his club’s bid to sign Bale on Tuesday night, after irking Villas-Boas by declaring in a press conference last week that the Spanish club were “negotiating and trying to find a solution to the situation” with regards to the Welshman. “I won’t speak about Bale, because I have already angered him (Villas-Boas) and I don’t want to anger another coach,” the Italian said at a pre-season press conference in Miami. “I didn’t say anything in particular and I prefer not to talk about this.” Villas-Boas’ comments had prompted a report in the Spanish media that Bale would stay away from the training ground on Tuesday but they proved unfounded. Such a move would have been out of character for the 24-year-old and he spent five hours at the Spurs training complex at Enfield. He was dropped off at 10.30am and collected at around 3.30pm. Speculation is at fever pitch, with every move being analysed for clues as to whether Bale will stay at White Hart Lane or become the latest British ‘galactico’ at Real Madrid. Tottenham have insisted their decision to remove Bale’s image from the club’s official Twitter page was unrelated to the ongoing transfer saga. The forward’s image had been on the left of the page with Clint Dempsey’s on the right. Spurs explained that the page was redesigned following Dempsey’s sale to the Seattle Sounders. Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele have been used in place of Dempsey and Bale. Bale, who scored 26 goals for Tottenham last year, has not played for Spurs since their first game of the summer – a 1-1 draw against Swindon on July 16. He missed the club’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong because of a gluteal injury and did not travel to Monaco after suffering a foot problem. Spurs are said to be demanding a world-record sum from Real Madrid – in excess of the £80m fee the Primera Division club paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago. Real Madrid have confirmed they are in talks with the north London outfit over Bale and a potential world record transfer, with Spurs said to be demanding in excess of £80million. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said the 24-year-old is not for sale, but Spurs recognise any attempts to keep the Wales international against his will would be futile. last_img read more

Cricket News Don’t know what the plan is now: Kedar Jadhav on India omission

first_imgNew Delhi: Kedar Jadhav had a good time in the recently concluded Asia Cup, picking wickets at regular intervals and scoring runs at vital times. However, his omission from the Indian squad for the series against West Indies has raised plenty of questions.Jadhav, who hit an attacking 41 off 25 balls in the Deodhar Trophy match for India A against India C, said there was no communication between him and the selectors regarding his selection for the West Indies series.Read More |LIVE | Congress claims Rahul Gandhi arrested as protest against removal of CBI chief intensifies“I need to see why they have not picked me. I don’t know what the plan is now that I am not there in the team. Probably, I will be playing the Ranji Trophy,” Jadhav told PTI.In response, the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said Jadhav was not picked due to his history of injuries. “There have been occasions earlier when he has come back fit and then broke down, a case in point being the Asia Cup last month. Actually, we were thinking that if India A (had) won, then Kedar would have got another match which would have given us a fair assessment of his match fitness. Maybe, we could have added him as an additional player (in Indian team) before the fourth ODI as the Deodhar final is on Saturday. Players need to understand that there is a process that we follow while selecting the team,” Prasad said.Read More | Imad Wasim’s Ronaldo-like celebrations take Internet by stormJadhav has been plagued by a hamstring injury in 2018. The right-hander missed the IPL for Chennai Super Kings after getting injured in the first match against Mumbai Indians. Even in the Asia Cup, he battled a hamstring injury. However, Jadhav cleared all the tests at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and this resulted in his selection for the Deodhar Trophy.Selection issues in Indian cricketJadhav’s omission is another instance of Indian cricketers not being happy with the selection panel’s lack of communication.Players like Karun Nair and Murali Vijay had criticised the selectors for not speaking to them before being dropped from the Test squad. However, the chairman of selectors has denied the claim.The third ODI between India and West Indies takes place in Pune on Saturday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more