Veteran British reggae outfit Steel Pulse has announced a run of tour dates set for this fall. The band continues to perform throughout the year in promotion of their 12th studio album and first in 15 years, 2019’s Mass Manipulation. The run of new fall dates take place in mostly west coast cities and will begin on Oct 4th with a show at The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, CA. From there, the band will make stops in cities including Chico, CA; Crystal Bay, NV; Flagstaff, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; and more before wrapping following a show in Birmingham, AL on October 24th.Related: Former Steel Pulse Drummer Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett Dies At Age 69The band has been on tour performing across North America since mid-June, and will continue their 2019 run with an appearance at Virginia’s LOCKN‘ Festival this weekend, where they’ll be joined by Bob Weir and The Soul Rebels.Tickets for the new fall dates go on sale this Friday, August 23rd. Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.Steel Pulse Fall Tour DatesOct 4 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst ClubOct 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – The CatalystOct 6 – Chico, CA – The Senator Theatre Chico, CAOct 8 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic TheatreOct 9 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino Lake TahoeOct 11 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Orpheum TheaterOct 12 – Albuquerque, NM – The Historic El Rey TheaterOct 13 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece BallroomOct 16 – Ft. Collins, CO – Washington’s FoCoOct 24 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City BhamView New Tour Dates
Earlier this month, Mendoza College of Business seniors Mary Cornfield, Alisha Anderson and Caitlin Crommett launched BlueBucket, an organization that forms partnerships with restaurants to collect donations for local charities.“It had originally come up last semester, and then this semester, I’m in a class called Design & Entrepreneurship … so I’m working on BlueBucket in that class,” Cornfield said. “We keep getting positive feedback from customers and restaurants, so we thought we might as well try it out.”Restaurants participating in the program decide which items on their menu they want to list as BlueBucket items. Then, whenever a patron purchases one of the designated BlueBucket items, a portion of the price is donated to a charity chosen by the customer.Mary McGraw | The Observer “It’s nice to see something we’ve been doing in class actually make it into the community,” Cornfield said. “It’s nice knowing that the products we bring into market is actually helping charities raise money.”Anderson said the creators of the BlueBucket organization envisioned the program as a community-building agent, linking local restaurants and charities. She said BlueBucket is a different kind of fundraiser because of one key element.“BlueBucket is unique in that it incorporates the concept of consumer choice,” Andersen said. “There are lot of fundraising techniques out there — round-up, coin collection, credit card-point donations, etc. — but very few incorporate the idea of consumer choice.”However, the process of launching BlueBucket did not come without its challenges. Cornfield said they underestimated the difficulty of spreading the word about the organization, and Anderson said the process of getting restaurants on board with the program proved to be not as easy as they had predicted.“The BlueBucket concept seems obvious to us, yet to a customer that is walking into a restaurant, it is not so simple,” Andersen said. “We need to make sure the restaurants and their employees can effectively and clearly communicate the idea to the customer.”BlueBucket works exclusively with independent restaurants. Currently, there are five restaurants on board: Sassy’s, Indulgence, Rohr’s (at the Morris Inn), Rein Juicery and Thyme of Grace.Andersen said that from a charitable perspective, she hopes that BlueBucket serves as more than just a fundraiser for the charities involved.“We hope BlueBucket will be able to not only raise money for several extremely deserving local charities but also bring attention to the great work that they do and perhaps inspire community members to get more involved with such charities,” Andersen said.“From a restaurant perspective, we hope BlueBucket serves as a way for restaurants to appeal to millennials and the community at large,” she said.Tags: BlueBucket, mendoza college of business
John leaves to cherish his memory, sons, Jason Williams and Justin Williams; step-daughters, Amanda Sanders and Theresa Sanders; grandchildren, John Williams V, Jonique Williams, Juornee’ Williams, Joseph Williams, Jontae Williams, Latrell Williams; great-grandchildren, Jourey Williams, Josiah Williams, Sidney Williams, Miranda Williams, Traylene Williams; his sisters, Delores Brooks (Michael), Alzeana (James), Emily Onwumere, all of St. Louis, MO, Flora Ann Smith (Clannie) Fredricksburg, VA; brother Samuel Williams, St, Louis, MO, brother-in-law, sister-in-law Christine; aunts, uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends and acquaintances far and near and his true friend and brother Scottie Randolph and the Eastern Star Baptist Church Family.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2016 at Eastern Star Baptist Church with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Mr. John Williams, Jr., Assistant Principal and School Teacher. Retiree of the Texas School System. Mr. Williams served on the Orange County Credit Union Board. Member of Eastern Star Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board, Superintendent of the Sunday School, Head of Vacation Bible School, Head of the Sunday School Teachers Ministry and dedicated Tax Preparer in Port Arthur, TX.
ECFiber,Vermont Business Magazine ECFiber has announced the launch of a new project which will bring ECFiber’s fast Internet service to many residents of Woodstock this year. The project is intended to connect the northern part of the ECFiber network (Barnard, Pomfret, Bethel, and beyond) to the southern part of the network (South Woodstock, West Windsor, and Reading).Many Woodstock residents on the planned route will have access to ECFiber’s reliable, fast and locally supported network. “Connecting the southern most areas to our main network allows us to build in redundancy and greater reliability in case of an unplanned outage on one of our key routes” explained Carole Monroe, CEO of ValleyNet. ValleyNet is the design, build and operating contractor for ECFiber.According to the plan, the ECFiber network which currently terminates at the Barnard and Pomfret borders, will be extended down Pomfret Road to Thompson’s Corner, up Barnard Road (Rte.12) to Prosper Road, then down to Woodstock Union High School on Route 4. ECFiber cables will cross the Ottauquechee River behind the school, then follow College Hill Road and Riverside Park Road west to Fletcher Hill Road. The route then heads south on Fletcher Hill Road to where it branches east on Fletcher Schoolhouse Road toward the village of South Woodstock and west to Benedict Road and Long Hill Road. Side roads off this main route and our existing route in South Woodstock will be built at the same time.“The network extension will pass over 500 premises and add 28 miles of new network to Woodstock,” commented ValleyNet CEO Monroe. “While we are working on this infrastructure build, we will also be doing a network design including more of Woodstock. Eventually, we’ll want to serve those residents and businesses, too.”ECFiber is a consortium of 24 Vermont towns organized as a Communications Union District (30 V.S.A. § 3052) with the mission to build a community-owned, locally-operated fiber-optic network bringing fast and reliable broadband Internet service to every resident and business in its member towns.Source: ECFiber. www.ecfiber.net(link is external)
As with other regulated utility charges, those eligible for funding under the VCAAP must be at least 60 days in arrears. Consumers will also need to attest to financial hardship due to COVID-related loss of income. Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service announced Thursday that effective November 12, the VT COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP) is now providing assistance with past-due bills from an expanded list of water and wastewater (sewer) utilities. In addition to helping out with past-due electric, landline telephone, private water company, and Vermont Gas bills, consumers can now also apply to VCAAP for assistance with their delinquent water and sewer/wastewater charges.The expanded list of utility bills that VCAAP can help with now includes municipal water and sewer/wastewater departments, community water systems, fire districts, and other systems that provide water and sewer/wastewater services to consumers. For more information and to apply, please visit the Department’s Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program webpage.(link is external) Source: Department of Public Service 11.12.2020 Consumers will not need to upload a water and sewer/wastewater bill with the application.
AN INJURED RED-TAILED HAWK, discovered sitting on the Bar headquarters’ front porch in Tallahassee recently, is being treated by the St. Francis Wildlife Association, which rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals in North Florida. The hawk had a concussion, an injured wing, some bleeding from his beak, and scratches on his back, but there were no fractures. In a sign of his recovery, he is considered well-fed and has a good appetite. In such cases, St. Francis keeps the hawks for several weeks to make sure they are fully recovered before being released. Concussions can lead to blindness, but this hawk — which has lived near the Bar for years — doesn’t seem headed down that path. St. Francis releases rehabilitated birds in the area they were found. St. Francis is a nonprofit and accepts donations: St. Francis Wildlife, 5580 Salem Road, Quincy 32352, www.stfranciswildlife.org. August 1, 2011 Regular News Bar hawk on the mend
DETROIT – The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has named to its team former director of the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Dr. Kunibert Schmidt. The announcement, which is effective immediately, was made by Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS. Alberts said Schmidt will bring years of valuable, international auto show experience to NAIAS. “Kunibert Schmidt is a highly creative, and respected individual, and one of the true all-stars in the business of international motor shows,” said Alberts. “Under his direction, the Frankfurt show became one of the largest and most important in the world. As a result, in one way or another, we’ve all learned from the Frankfurt show.” After 32 years with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which presents the Frankfurt show biennially, Schmidt retired in early 2010 as managing director. He also served as a member of the VDA Management Board for 19 years. He joins the NAIAS as an industry consultant, and is responsible for representing the Detroit show to manufacturers, media, suppliers and other important audiences in Europe. Schmidt, who is based in Berlin, has and continues to be a consultant to global Tier One automotive supplier Schaeffler. Former German Transport Minister and current VDA President Matthias Wissmann said Schmidt has earned an impeccable reputation in the automotive industry. “Dr. Schmidt is an individual who is highly regarded and respected around the world by auto manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the automotive press,” said Wissmann. “These are the very people who are critical to the success of motor shows here and abroad. His addition to the Detroit team will also come as good news to German manufacturers, which continue to look to the North American International Auto Show for critical worldwide product introductions.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
By T. DOUGLAS REILLYLos AlamosTomorrow, Thursday July 16, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test of The Gadget in southern New Mexico. This morning I heard on the radio of a ceremony in Santa Fe to highlight the cause of the Downwinders in the Tularosa Basin who believe strongly that their health and that of their parents and siblings was seriously damaged by the fallout from Trinity.I know the group has produced a video that was premiered several months ago by the Santa Fe chapter of Global Zero. Monday’s Report from Santa Fe, hosted by Lorene Mills, was an interview with Tina Cordova, the director of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.Our congressional delegation has voiced strong support for the Downwinders. To be sure, the Downwinders could never be convinced that they weren’t affected by the test. I should add that the New Mexico Department of Health has said the rate of cancers in the basin is the same as that in similar parts of New Mexico.Actually, the Downwinders were Not Downwind of the Trinity fallout. Los Alamos and the Army conducted extensive monitoring of the radiation and fallout from Trinity. This shows that the wind took the fallout cloud to the northeast, not south toward the Tularosa Basin. Should anyone be interested, there’s a declassified report sent to Gen. Groves detailing the results of these measurements.Incidentally, I’ve always found the Spanish name of the test location very interesting, El Jornado de los Muertos, The Journey of Death. This was a short cut on the Camino Real; its lack of water meant many travelers died of thirst.In a little over two weeks, we come to Aug. 6, 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima, and three days later, the bombing of Nagasaki with Fat Man, the same design as The Gadget. The morality of these acts has been argued ever since. I don’t believe President Truman had any other choice; as he said, “I never lost any sleep over that decision”.Secretary of War Harold Stimson has said that the estimated loses if we had attacked mainland Japan, were one-half to one million USA and allied soldiers and 8 to 10 million Japanese. In other words, these two acts actually saved millions of lives both allied and Japanese.As a docent at our History Museum, I’ve had several encounters with old soldiers who related stories like this: “I was on a troop ship off the coast of Japan awaiting the order to launch the assault. One day on deck, the Skipper came over the PA and said, ‘gentlemen, please go to the port side of the ship and watch our shadow as we turn 180o and head home. Some new bombs were dropped on Japan and it has surrendered. This terrible war is finally over.’” Then the man says, “I’ve always wanted to come to Los Alamos because some folks here may have helped save my life!”War is Hell! The nature of the weapon that kills a person is really unimportant. As Gandhi once said, “the dying care not whether their killer comes from a democratic nation or from a despotic dictatorial one”. I believe in the same sense, they don’t feel happier that they’re dying by a so-called conventional weapon.
A show featuring renowned golf artist Lee Wybranski at the Southampton Cultural Center coincides with the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. An opening reception was held on Saturday. The show runs through June 30. Share
The Law Society has urged the Solicitors Regulation Authority to maintain some form of independent check over firms’ accounts.The regulator has proposed to abolish the requirement for firms to have and submit an accountant’s report every year.The proposal, one of several potential reforms aimed at easing the regulatory burden on firms, is that compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs) instead make a declaration that client accounts are in order.But the Law Society, in a consultation response submitted last week, is concerned that independent accounts are currently the only check on a firm’s ‘honesty and the state of its accounts’.Removing the compulsory reporting requirement would leave the regulatory regime ‘significantly weaker’ and could reduce assurance to clients.The SRA notes that very few submitted accountants’ reports lead to a formal investigation into a firm, the Society said. ‘However, what cannot be quantified is the importance of them as a regulatory tool, both in terms of deterring dishonesty and in preventing poor accounting practices. The requirement to have an annual review of accounts acts as an incentive to ensure that records are kept up to date and in order.’Instead of removing the reporting requirement altogether, the Society called for a form of independent review to be retained.The response backs a change to the Accounts Rules to require accountants to report only ‘systemic’ breaches, with the SRA encouraged to develop a more efficient, online method for submitting reports.The Society also voices concerns that the role of the COFA has changed ‘significantly’ from what was first envisaged, and now requires a member of the management team rather than an employee to take it on.It said the added responsibility of checking accounts could ‘create an environment in which some may be put under pressure into making a declaration without being able to fully verify compliance’.Meanwhile, the City of London Law Society has said it is ‘inappropriate’ to dispense with the mandatory requirement wholesale, particularly when the SRA has said it brings some benefits.The City society said no changes should be made before a wider review of accounts rules, with any subsequent reforms ‘premature’.