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MONTU Releases New Album, ‘Phases’, & Video Of Shred-Heavy Collaboration With UM’s Jake Cinninger

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgBased out of Norman, Oklahoma, MONTU is an up-and-coming jamtronica act that’s been slowly building a name for itself in the Midwest and beyond. Seamlessly fusing funk, jazz, rock, and R&B, underpinning the project is a relentless electronica influence, helping the group continue to forge its totally unique and propulsive sound. With the group continuously on the rise, the four-piece has earned the stamp of approval from big names in the live music scene, having supported favorites such as Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, EOTO, Papadosio, The Floozies, and others.Recently, MONTU has released a brand-new album titled Phases. The album was recorded at Chicago’s IV Lab Studios and the group’s hometown studio of Breathing Rhythm Studios. Featuring six tracks, Phases is the next step in the band’s evolution, offering tastes of the band’s dialed-in originals in addition to capturing the magic of the group’s high-energy live performances. The majority of the tracks off Phases are new studio tracks—”Skull Shaker 2.0″, “Nightfall”, “The Implication”, and “Liaisons”—in addition to a remastered rendition of title track “Phases”, which was mixed and mastered by Papadosio‘s Anthony Thogmartin. The new album also features on live recording, “Drift”, which was recorded on November 11th, 2017, at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver and features Nick Gerlach on sax and Snarky Puppy‘s Shaun Martin on synth.<a href=”http://montu.bandcamp.com/album/phases-album”>Phases (Album) by MONTU</a>To support the band’s new album, MONTU is currently in the midst of a late-summer/early-fall tour. After a standout performance at the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival last week, the band is currently gearing up to perform at Thornville, Ohio’s highly anticipated Resonance Music Festival this weekend. From there, the group has plans to tour across the south, with stops in Charlotte, NC; Athens, GA; Chattanooga, TN; Tuscaloosa, AL; and Jackson, MS, across the rest of September. For the band’s full fall tour dates and for ticketing information, head to the band’s website here.Last but not least, in celebration of their brand-new album, MONTU recently released a video of them collaborating with famed Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger. Shot during a performance at Dallas’ House Of Blues on September 1st, 2018, the video captures the group’s next-level, funk-infused, dramatic improvisations while also showcasing Cinninger’s shred-heavy guitar stylings. You can check it out for yourself below.MONTU with Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX – 9/1/2018 [Video: montumusic]Upcoming MONTU Tour Dates:9.01 – Foundation Room @ HOB – Dallas, TX*9.07 – Waterloo Music Festival – Austin, TX9.13 – Four Quarter – Little Rock, AR9.14 – Smoke and Barrel – Fayetteville, AR9.15 – Fassler Hall OKC – OKC, OK9.22 – Resonance Music Festival – Thornville, OH9.25 – Heist Brewery – Charlotte, NC9.26 – Nowhere Bar – Athens, GA9.27 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN9.28 – Green Bar – Tuscaloosa, AL9.29 – Martins – Jackson, MS* – Official Umphrey’s McGee After PartyView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Adds 2019 California Date

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first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has added a date to their extensive 2019 tour, set to take place at Frost Amphitheater in Stanford, CA on Saturday, August 17th.A band Facebook Pre-Sale will start tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26th beginning at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Check the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Facebook page at 1 p.m. (EST) to get the pre-sale password. A general public on-sale will begin on Friday, March 1st at 1:00 pm (EST).The new California date will follow directly after their previously announced show at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, ahead of the band’s headlining performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a three-night New England run, with a performance at Albany’s Palace Theatre on March 1st, followed by a two-night jaunt at Portland, ME’s State Theatre on March 2nd and 3rd. Check out the complete itinerary for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead below, and head to the band’s website for more information.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 2019 Tour Dates:Thursday, February 14, 2019: The Tabernacle ~ Atlanta, GAFriday, February 15, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSaturday, February 16, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSunday, February 17, 2019: The Sylvee ~ Madison, WIFriday, March 1, 2019: Palace Theatre ~ Albany, NYSaturday, March 2, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MESunday, March 3, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MEWednesday, March 13, 2019: Penn’s Peak ~ Jim Thorpe, PAThursday, March 14, 2019: College Street Music Hall ~ New Haven, CTFriday, March 15, 2019: The Wellmont Theater ~ Montclair, NJSaturday, March 16, 2019: Masonic Auditorium ~ Cleveland, OHFriday, April 26, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LASaturday, April 27, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LAFriday, May 31, 2019: Cuthbert Amphitheater ~ Eugene, ORSaturday June 1, 2019: Marymoor Amphitheater ~ Redmond, WASunday, June 2, 2019: KettleHouse Amphitheater ~ Missoula, MTThursday, July 11, 2019: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ~ Chicago, ILSunday, July 28th, 2019: Lake Champlain Maritime Festival ~ Burlington, VTFriday, August 16, 2019: Greek Theatre ~ Los Angeles, CASaturday, August 17, 2019: Frost Amphitheater ~ Stanford, CAThursday, August 29, 2019: Red Rocks Amphitheatre ~ Morrison, COThursday, September 12, 2019: House of Blues Dallas ~ Dallas, TXFriday, September 13, 2019: House of Blues Houston ~ Houston, TXSaturday, September 14, 2019: ACL Live at the Moody Theater ~ Austin, TXThursday, September 26, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PAFriday, September 27, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PASaturday, September 28, 2019: The Anthem ~ Washington, DClast_img read more

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Cancer prevention strategies save lives. Let’s put them to work.

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgKaren Emmons, Professor and Dean for Academic Affairs at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an expert in cancer prevention interventions, says that knowledge we already have about ways to prevent cancer is not being used as effectively as it could be. Emmons and Graham Colditz of Washington University wrote about the issue in a recent NEJM opinion piece.Research suggests that more than half of cancers could be prevented by applying knowledge we already have. Can you give an example or two of how strong evidence regarding cancer prevention is not being used effectively?There are several different strategies that are effective at preventing cancer. Some approaches are medical — such as screening or vaccination. Others are environmental or policy based, aimed at reducing risky behavior and increasing access to treatment as well as increasing uptake of healthy alternatives.The HPV vaccine is a great example of a medical strategy. There is strong evidence that the vaccine prevents cervical cancer. However, in the U.S. only 42 percent of girls and 28 percent of boys have received it. This contrasts with Australia, which provides the vaccine free to all women ages 12–26 and recommends vaccination for boys. As a result of this national approach, 77 percent of girls and 67 percent of boys in Australia are vaccinated by age 15. And within three years of implementing the HPV vaccination program, dramatic reductions in cervical lesions were documented, and this trend has continued over time. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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The 2012 Oddball Tax Awards

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York We all know our government is strapped for money.But you probably haven’t heard about some of the really bizarre new taxes people have started paying recently.So we’ve decided to honor America’s fiscal creativity with our first “Oddball Tax Award”—given for the most outlandish new tax that anyone has come up with this past year.Here, without further ado, are the nominees and winners in the 2012 “Oddball Tax Awards”:Alabama, for taxing any deck of playing cards that has less than 54 cardsConnecticut, for deciding to tax children’s diapers, but not adult onesArkansas, for a breakthrough new tax on tattoos and body-piercingsMaryland, for taxing a bottle of your own wine you bring into a restaurantThe Runner-up: New York, for its exciting “Bagel Alteration Tax”—a tax of 8 cents on every bagel that is “altered,” which means that if the man behind the deli counter cuts your bagel and adds a schmear, you pay an extra tax. Uncut bagels, however, are tax-free. Go figure.And our 2012 Winner: the Great State of Utah, which now has levied a 10-percent tax on the fees collected by nude or partially nude workers. (“Excuse me, ma’am, I’m from the IRS. I just saw that gentleman stuff cash down your G-string and I’m required to count it…”)Friends, it’s clear that America has to do better next year. Our country needs some fresh, outside-the-box ideas for taxes. And we’re asking for your input.Here are a few ideas to help get you started thinking:Animal Flatulence FeeScientists tell us that methane from the flatulence of cows is one of the main causes of global warming. (Honest. I am not making this up.) Well then, this is a no-brainer. The only question is whether we extend this yearly fee to non-farm animals, possibly even to people who consistently overeat.Illegible Penmanship TaxTens of thousands of man- and woman-hours are spent trying to figure out what people have written—on IRS tax returns, on driver’s license applications, on write-in ballots, etc. If government employees waste their valuable time struggling to read your handwriting, it should cost you.Non-Consumption TaxOur economy depends on the ever-expanding consumption of goods and services. This keeps our factories humming, our workers employed. So, if you’re not consuming enough stuff, you ought to step up to the plate and max out your credit cards, or face a stiff tax for not buying your “fair share.”The Bullshit FeeThis is perhaps the largest potential source of revenue there is, particularly in our state capitols and on Wall Street. Even though Ernest Hemingway claimed he had a “built-in bullshit detector,” this did nothing to reduce the enormous quantity produced each year. If economists could figure out a way to measure and charge for it, we could balance our budget in no time flat.If you have an idea for a new tax to help our government raise money, please leave a comment at the bottom of this “Just Saying” column. If you’re reading this column in the printed newspaper, go online to www.longislandpress.com.Your country needs you!Editor’s Note: This is a non-partisan column. In some cases, Pete has used the word “taxes,” as preferred by Democrats. In other cases, he’s used the word “fees,” as preferred by Republicans, mainly to prove they’re against new taxes. Bottom line: It all comes out of the same pocket: yours. Pete Tannen is a humor writer who has won multiple awards from the National Press Club (Washington, D.C.), the Press Club of Long Island and the Florida Press Association. His columns can also be heard on select Public Radio stations across the U.S.  www.tannenweekly.comlast_img read more

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Four ways good marketing is like a good diet

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first_imgThere are many rewards of a good diet, like a longer life, a healthier lifestyle, and a better body image. There are also many rewards of good marketing, like more members, better loan growth and an improved brand. It takes daily discipline—When it comes to dieting, you have to work at it all the time. It is a daily process. Effective dieting is the sum of all the little decisions you make throughout the day (pass on the donut or pass the donut). It’s the same way with marketing. Effective marketing is not a “pot shot” approach where you do it every now and then. You should constantly be doing marketing at your credit union. Don’t ever hit the “pause” button on your marketing but have the discipline to do it even when it hurts (for example, don’t cut the marketing budget even if that is the easy thing to do). It takes cutting—When it comes to dieting, you absolutely have to cut out certain things. You have to remove junk food, unhealthy late night snacks and even sodas to experience weight loss. It’s the same way with marketing. You have to cut the copy. More than likely you are trying to communicate WAY too much information in your marketing material. Keep your marketing simple by reducing all you are trying to say. After conducting a strategic rebrand, one of our clients said, “Now we’re going to put out website on a diet.” She immediately saw the benefit in cutting one of her main marketing channels. It takes outside help—When it comes to dieting, trying it alone is a recipe for disaster. Whether it is a group of friends or a professional program like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig we need accountability assistance. It’s the same way with marketing. If we never have someone from the outside reviewing our marketing efforts from time to time it becomes much more difficult to improve. It is just too easy to become stagnant and complacent. One practical step every credit union can take to receive that all-important outside help is to conduct a marketing audit. Taking a marketing audit gives you an unbiased third party review of your materials along with strategic and tactical suggestions for improvement.center_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details Lots of us want to lose weight. Most of us don’t. Why? We don’t have a good diet.Lots of credit unions want to gain more products and services with their members. Most of them don’t. Why? We don’t have good marketing.Good marketing and good dieting are actually pretty similar. Of course, that is not necessarily a good thing since dieting is so challenging. Really good financial marketing is hard. However, when you accomplish it, there is no better way to help your credit union grow.Here are four ways to good marketing is like a good diet:It takes setting specific goals—When it comes to dieting, vague goals stink. If your resolution is simply “to lose weight” you can forget about it. If you say, “I’m going to lose five pounds by June 30,” then your odds of success increase exponentially. It’s the same way with marketing. Vague goals stink. Whether it’s a particular promotion, a complete branding campaign or an internal emphasis, marketing requires goals and specificity.last_img read more

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Berger reiterates CUs’ ADA concerns to Chairman Goodlatte

By on December 17, 2020

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger updated House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., yesterday on the flood of meritless lawsuits facing credit unions filed under website accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Credit unions, banks and other entities have faced a rash of lawsuits in the past year related to website accessibility. NAFCU and its members strongly support the protections of the ADA and efforts to ensure individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against and have equal access to financial services. However, this is best achieved through clear guidance and standards for website compliance, not through meritless and costly lawsuits.NAFCU will continue to be active on ADA, engaging with various stakeholders on this issue, including Congress, states’ attorneys general and the Justice Department to clarify regulatory standards for websites. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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South Korean company gets green light to distribute protective gear in Indonesia

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgTextile company PT GA Indonesia, a foreign direct investment enterprise owned by South Korean investors, has gotten the government’s nod to distribute hazmat suits to the regions as the country fights the COVID-19 outbreak.The company has also committed to delivering protective gear needed by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).“We are thankful for the BKPM’s fast response when we submitted our distribution license application as our license was completed in an hour,” PT GA Indonesia president director Song Sung-wook said during BKPM’s visit to the company’s factory in Bogor, West Java, on Monday, as quoted in a statement circulated by the BKPM. Read also: At least 18 doctors have died in the fight against COVID-19“We are ready to increase our production as long as the raw materials are available,” he added.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said in a meeting with the House of Representatives on Thursday that the shortage of protective gear and medical workers to administer tests and provide treatment for the disease were impeding the country’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.As of Monday afternoon, at least 2,400 people were infected by the disease with more than 200 fatalities, official data showed. Dozens of doctors and nurses have also fallen victim as they fight on the front-lines, with hospitals expressing concerns over depleting protective gear.  BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia said during the factory visit that producers needed to be protected from production disruptions as the world was scrambling for raw materials, especially from South Korea and China, to make protective gear.”We’ll take strict action against those who intentionally complicate things for protective gear producers. We should be grateful that the producers are already producing them since high-quality raw materials are currently rare,” said Bahlil, adding that he would prioritize domestic hospital needs in the gear distribution.Read also: Fashion shops, civil groups work hand-in-hand to cope with virus impact in YogyakartaGA Indonesia, along with five other South Korean garment producers in West Java grouped under the consortium of Indonesia-Korea Network Foundation (IKN) and Korean Association Bandung, strive to accelerate efforts to fulfill protective gear demand in Indonesia.As many as 500,000 hazmat suits have been sent by the consortium to the regions as of April 3, according to the BKPM. The governments of South Korea and Indonesia have agreed to work together to provide raw materials and distribution licenses for such materials in a swift manner.Going forward, the consortium plans to produce up to 100,000 pieces of protective gear per day.Topics :last_img read more

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‘Too big to ignore’: The rise of China’s $12trn bond market

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgSusan Buckley, QIC’s managing director for global liquid strategies, said: “Just as China’s $6trn equity market became too big for the world’s investors to ignore, so too is the country’s $12trn bond market.“China is the world’s second-largest debt market behind the US.” Buckley said QIC saw “excellent” prospects for growth, encouraged by the willingness of China’s national government to increase fiscal spending to offset any slowdown in private and local government investment.In addition, she said, Chinese local governments raised money from bond issuance.QIC said authorities had already opened up their bond markets to foreign investors through the Bond Connect initiative, launched last July.Other reforms had made it easier for foreign investors to repatriate capital unimpeded, the manager added.On a year-to-date basis, foreign investments in Chinese government bonds reached $48bn in June, far exceeding the annual inflow of $27bn in 2017.China’s onshore bond market was previously infamously difficult to access. Foreign investors currently own less than 3% of the market, versus an average of 43% across many developed country markets.Buckley said:  “We estimate that the risk-adjusted returns of the Bloomberg Global Aggregate index would have improved by nearly 15 basis points per annum in the last five years if onshore China bonds had been included.”QIC has been analysing the Bond Connect trading and settlement infrastructure for several months, and is currently working through the process of Bond Connect registration. Global index providers are expected to open up to the $12trn (€10.4trn) domestic bond market in the next two years, according to QIC Investment Management. The Australian fund manager – set up in 1991 by the government of the state of Queensland – said it expected others to reflect the addition of yuan-denominated government and central bank securities to the Bloomberg Global Aggregate index from next year.In an investment commentary, prepared in collaboration with China’s Ping An Asset Management, QIC said global investors would be closely monitoring whether FTSE Russell added Chinese bonds to its World Government Bond Index (WGBI), and whether JP Morgan would follow for its Government Bond Index – Emerging Markets (GBI-EM).The company said these providers were “likely to follow suit in 2019 or 2020” last_img read more

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Nine out of 10 women say doctors must see abortion patients before giving green light – poll

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgThe Telegraph 11 March 2014Women overwhelmingly oppose moves to allow doctors to approve abortions without seeing patients face-to-face, new polling shows.Only one in 20 people disagree with the statement that pregnant women requesting a termination should “always” be seen by a qualified doctor before being given the go-ahead. The polling also highlighted widespread fears that women’s health could be put at risk if the requirement to see a doctor is watered down. It follows the publication of new draft Government guidelines for private abortion clinics which state explicitly that it is “not a legal requirement” for doctors approving abortions to see the women concerned first.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/10683286/Nine-out-of-10-women-say-doctors-must-see-abortion-patients-before-giving-green-light-poll.htmlcenter_img Although both men and women agree that patients requesting an abortion should be seen by a doctor, the view is held even more strongly by women than men, the survey suggests.last_img read more

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Region 6 fire bureau office reopens after one-week lockdown

By on September 25, 2020

first_img* Senior Fire Officer 4 (SFO4) Gene Aragona – officer-in-charge of Fire Control Operations Section; reassigned to the Office of the Regional Director, NCR As of yesterday, June 25, a total of 196 personnel been cleared. All of them were previously ordered to go on quarantine while waiting for the results of their tests. * Fire Superintendent Nazrudyn Cablayan – Provincial Fire Marshal of Aklan; reassigned to the Office of the General Support Service, National Headquarters * Fire Superintendent Allan Agarin – chief of Logistics Division; reassigned to the Office of the General Support Service, BFP National Headquarters BFP-6 reopened on Monday. Personnel whose tested negative for the disease were manning it, according to Fire Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido, regional director. ILOILO City – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 has resumed its normal operation after a week of closure when its 196 personnel were subjected to testing for possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. Personnel who also did not have direct contact with their COVID-positive BFP-6 colleague were ordered to report to work. These seven sacked BFP-6 personnel were the following: Last week, the Department of Interior and Local Government said 28 BFP-6 personnel were relieved from their posts for making a trip to Boracay Island together with their COVID-positive colleague. It later clarified that these 28 were still under investigation and that only seven have been relieved so far effective June 18. * Fire Superintendent  Aldwin Salazar – assistant regional director for operations; reassigned to the Office of the General Support Service, National Headquarters * Fire Officer 2 (FO2) Marvin Gerzaniva – Office of the Information Technology; reassigned to the Office of the Regional Director, NCR * Senior Fire officer (SFO1) Ralph Liban – Office of the Engineering and Maintenance Section, Logistics Division; to be assigned to the Office of the Regional Director,  National Capital Region (NCR) * Senior Fire Officer 2 (SFO2) Jonathan Hungriano – Health Service Section; reassigned to the Office of the Regional Director, NCR/PN “We are back to normal operations,” said Candido . The city government closed the BFP-6 office beginning June 15 after a newly-returned personnel from Cebu tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

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