2 Mar
2021

Umphrey’s McGee Pays Tribute To Fallen Former Bandmate Mike Mirro In St. Paul [Video]

first_img[Photo: Andrew Blackstein] With their traditional Halloween mash-up sets officially a thing of the past, fans of Umphrey’s McGee at The Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, last night were treated to a pure, unadulterated Umphrey’s McGee show. The first of a two-night run and coming in hot off a scintillating performance at Hulaween the night before, Umphrey’s laid it all out on the table for this thriller, no filler, of a show.The night was marked by a celebratory yet somber tone, as the band honored founding drummer Mike Mirro on what would have been his 40th birthday. Umphrey’s came out of the gates with a fire “Prowler”, before making its way into the prog-rock masterpiece that is “Mantis”. “Speak Up” expertly segued out of “Mantis,” and made its second appearance in one week’s time (the group played a standout version at The Capitol Theatre in NY last week—take a listen here), continuing its ascent to being a fan-favorite setlist pick. “Draconian” was well executed, as the group displayed their always-on-point technical proficiency. “Sweetness” found its way back into “Mantis” to put a close on the first set.For the second set, Umphrey’s delved deep, opening up strong with an always welcome “Bright Lights, Big City”, which began a monster run of segues into Anchor Drops opening track “Plunger,” followed by “Puppet String” and “Andy’s Last Beer”. The group then came back up for some air, or rather the ethereal tune “Thin Air”, before bringing the set to a smashing close with a return to “Puppet String” and Brendan Bayliss wishing Mirro a Happy Birthday.“Puppet String,” in particular, seemed to be a poignant choice on this of all nights, with lyrics like “Could somebody tell me, where does the time go?” and “If everyone’s so unsure of, what’s really below or above us, then maybe we all buy in, and make our own collective end,” it would be rather remiss to say that the gentlemen of Umphrey’s weren’t fully aware of what they were doing on this occasion in celebrating their fallen comrade.“Phil’s Farm,” the first song off 2002’s Local Band Does O.K., and subsequently Mirro’s second and final album with the band prior to Kris Myers getting behind the kit, was played in dedication to their friend. The group will return to The Palace Theatre tonight to close out the two-night run. The show will be streamed via TourGigs.com. Check out the video of “Bright Lights, Big City” from last night below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Palace Theatre | St. Paul, MN | 10/28/17Set One: Prowler > Mantis -> Speak Up > North Route -> Crucial Taunt, Draconian > Sweetness > MantisSet Two: Bright Lights, Big City > Plunger > Puppet String -> Andy’s Last Beer, Thin Air > Puppet StringEncore: Phil’s Farmlast_img read more

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1 Mar
2021

Sustaining the momentum

first_imgFrom a Harvard Medical School (HMS) team that switched to reusable containers for sharp objects, thereby eliminating 11,000 boxes of waste, to a Harvard Business School (HBS) move to make its executive education programs sustainable, teams and individuals from around the University were recognized for their efforts through the Green Carpet Awards on Monday (April 11).Presented by the Office for Sustainability (OFS), the Green Carpet Awards honored 55 individual winners and seven teams, showcasing the creativity and passion that Harvard’s sustainability leaders bring to their efforts. The program, modeled after the Academy Awards, offered some lighthearted takes on sustainability, with an actual green carpet for winners to walk, a tongue-in-cheek music video about turning off lights, and student singers the Harvard Opportunes offering “Greening up Harvard’s Campus,” a takeoff on the Gladys Knight and the Pips tune “Midnight Train to Georgia,” pledging that they’re “working to find — ways to reduce waaaaste and crime.”Award winner Henry Kesner (right) dons a Kermit the Frog glove as he is congratulated by OFS Director Heather Henriksen.The event also featured several video messages to winners and supporters in the audience, with President Drew Faust assuring the audience that Harvard is on its way to achieving its sustainability goals and that its campus is a living laboratory for improvement programs.“We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go. Our success will depend on each one of you,” Faust said.Later in the program, HBS Professor Robert Kaplan, an executive committee member of Harvard’s greenhouse gas reduction program, said that the University has been making progress toward its reduction goals, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from 2006 levels by the end of 2010. When the emissions of 3 million square feet of newly opened buildings are eliminated from calculations, the reduction is much larger, 20 percent below 2006 levels, Kaplan said. The University’s goal is to cut overall emissions — including those from new construction — from 2006 levels by 30 percent by 2016.The Office for Sustainability was itself singled out for praise by several recipients for its role encouraging and supporting a variety of individual and group initiatives.Winners and finalists showcased the breadth of the sustainability effort at Harvard. In addition to the HBS green executive education program and the HMS sharps waste reduction program, team winners included the first School-wide Green Office program, at Harvard Divinity School; a green building project at the Harvard School of Public Health at 90 Smith St. in Boston; a solar heat and recovered steam heat system in the Canaday undergraduate dormitory; and a Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) building project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the LISE building. A comprehensive list of winners can be found on the OFS website.The awards program also honored Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips for leadership, with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability: Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation Jack Spengler, and former acting Vice President for Administration Tom Vautin, who retired last year.Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark (pictured) and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips were honored for leadership with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability.Both Clark and Phillips said any achievements they have made in the area of sustainability were due to the inspiration and passion provided by those with whom they work. Clark praised Harvard’s overall efforts, but said there are two areas where more has to be done: transportation and campus biodiversity.OFS Director Heather Henriksen left the audience with a challenge, saying the stories of winners highlighted at the ceremony should inspire all to continue to innovate and to bring good ideas back to their Schools and departments.“We are counting on your creativity and leadership to help save the planet and help solve the global environmental challenges,” Henriksen said.last_img read more

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8 Feb
2021

3 dead, including gunman, after home invasion in Wisconsin

first_imgKEWASKUM, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead, including a man who exchanged gunfire with deputies, following a home invasion in eastern Wisconsin. Someone at a residence in the Town of Kewaskum called 911 on Wednesday afternoon after a man forced his way into the Washington County home and demanded keys to a vehicle. Authorities say the man then fatally shot a resident of the home. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and exchanged gunfire with the man, who ran away and was eventually found dead from a gunshot wound. During a search of nearby properties, SWAT officers found another person who died of an apparent gunshot wound.last_img

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1 Jan
2021

FairPoint appoints Hauser as new CEO

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today its Board of Directors has appointed David L. Hauser to the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Hauser most recently served as group executive and chief financial officer at Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK). Hauser has been a member of FairPoint s Board of Directors since February 2005, serving as a director, chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Hauser, 57, will assume his new responsibilities upon the retirement of FairPoint Chairman and CEO Eugene B. Johnson, effective July 1, 2009. Johnson had earlier indicated his intentions to retire. David s past experience, financial acumen and extensive public company experience will be instrumental in successfully realizing the growth and opportunities that we envision for FairPoint, said Jane E. Bonnie Newman, lead director of FairPoint. He will be passionately focused on customers and shareholders alike.Hauser joined Duke Energy (then Duke Power) in 1973. He held numerous positions throughout the company including senior vice president of global asset development. He also managed the fleet, warehousing and procurement divisions. In June 1998, he was named senior vice president and treasurer. He became acting chief financial officer in November 2003. Hauser was named group vice president and chief financial officer in February 2004 and was named to his most recent position in April 2006. FairPoint is a dynamic, customer-focused organization that can and will respond to the challenges that it faces today, said Hauser. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be successful in the markets we serve, and that our employees will continue to be the driver and backbone of that success.Hauser continued, While it is gratifying to be named chairman and CEO of this longstanding organization, I am very aware of the operational and financial concerns surrounding the company. My primary focus will be to address these concerns in quick succession and empower our team to seek and implement solutions. There is a lot of work to be done, and I am looking forward to getting started. David has done it all, commented Johnson. From operations to finance, there are numerous aspects of the enterprise that he has touched. This, coupled with his experience on FairPoint s Board of Directors, makes him the ideal choice for our new Chairman and CEO. I am thrilled to hand the reigns over to him. As I assume this new role, I offer my thanks to Gene as he was the driving force behind the company s growth for close to 20 years, punctuated by FairPoint s acquisition of the northern New England properties. On behalf of the Board and the employees, I wish to thank Gene for his tireless efforts.A native of High Point, N.C., Hauser graduated from Furman University in South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He completed the Executive Program of Professional Management Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Hauser serves on the board of EnPro Industries, Inc. He is a member of the boards of trustees of Furman University and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Council for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.fairpoint.com(link is external).This press release may contain forward-looking statements by FairPoint that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions and statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include those risks described from time to time in FairPoint’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, without limitation, the risks described in FairPoint’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the SEC. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of the date this press release is issued, and FairPoint undertakes no duty to update this information.Source: FairPoint Communications, Inc., www.fairpoint.com(link is external). CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 16, 2009)last_img read more

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30 Dec
2020

BRO on the Newsplex: 2014 Races and Olympic Debate

first_imgThis week BRO staff Ross Ruffing talks about our February 2014 issue. From a yearlong calendar of the region’s best running, biking, climbing, paddling, and snowsport events to a debate on summer vs. winter Olympics, this month’s issue is chock full of great content. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, check out the stories in full here. Now let’s get ready to shred, sweat, and send!last_img

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18 Dec
2020

Net Neutrality Will Help Local Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island tech companies and entrepreneurs could benefit greatly from the new Internet regulations adopted recently by the Federal Communications Commission.The federal agency’s ruling imposes “net neutrality” on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which means they can no longer block or slow traffic to the websites of companies that anger them or refuse to pay an extra fee. This regulation can help many local start-ups and content providers because they often don’t have extra funds when starting their businesses to pay the telecomm companies for preferential treatment. Previously, content providers such as Netflix paid ISPs extra money to ensure that their videos downloaded faster than other companies’ videos. Some websites that didn’t pay extra saw their video downloading speeds slowed down considerably.Additionally, other potential benefits will accrue under the new regulations. For example, ISPs will now be regulated as a public utility, thus the FCC could theoretically require telecomm giants such as Time Warner to open their lines to competing ISPs. If that happens, local start-ups who want to get in on the growing demand for Internet service would be able to use existing cable and phone wires to offer a competing service. This development would not only create opportunities for new ISPs but the resulting competition could lower prices and improve service for all businesses using the Internet. At the moment, a handful of big corporations control Internet access for most of America, resulting in Internet service that is slower and more expensive than that offered in many other countries.Reliable, affordable Internet access is essential for doing business these days. The FCC’s new policies help ensure that entrepreneurs and small businesses will be treated fairly and that they can better compete with the big corporations.Mark Grabowski is a lawyer who teaches Internet law at Adelphi University. For more info, visit markgrabowski.com.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

‘Big Three’ join #BlackoutTuesday campaign against racial injustice

first_imgGrand Slam winners Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Stan Wawrinka were among other players who signaled their support for the campaign.African-American teenage phenomenon Coco Gauff and Japan’s Naomi Osaka have also expressed their anger over Floyd’s death.Replying to Federer’s Instagram post, the 16-year-old Gauff commented: “Click the link in my bio to get resources on HOW YOU CAN HELP! THANK YOU.”Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, said people should be doing more than posting “the black square”. Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the tennis players who joined the #BlackOutTuesday campaign against racial injustice, as protests continue over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody.Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.Men’s world No. 1 Djokovic posted black screenshots on his Twitter and Instagram pages with the message “Black Lives Matter”, and was joined by Federer and Nadal, the other members of the “Big Three” of men’s tennis. Topics :center_img “I’m torn between roasting people for only posting the black square this entire week … or accepting that they could’ve posted nothing at all so I should deal with this bare minimum bread crumb they have given,” she posted on Twitter.The United States Tennis Association (USTA) posted a black screen shot as well as a statement against racism on its social media handles.The USTA, organizers of the US Open Grand Slam, said it was “extremely disappointed, angry, and heartbroken” at the hardships faced by communities of color in the United States.”The African-American community is an integral part of our tennis family and the USTA stands unwaveringly against racism and injustice of any kind,” it added.last_img read more

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18 Oct
2020

Eric Bailly doubtful for Arsenal clash after limping out of Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgEric Bailly doubtful for Arsenal clash after limping out of Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain Bailly went down after a tackle from Verratti (Picture: Getty)The defender is now a doubt for Sunday’s clash at the Emirates and his injury couldn’t come at a more unfortunate time for Solskjaer.United are without ten first team players at this moment in time, though Anthony Martial could return for the game against the Gunners.The Red Devils took an early lead in Paris through Romelu Lukaku but Bailly was at fault for Juan Bernat’s equaliser.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited retook the lead when Lukaku finished from a fumble from Gianluigi Buffon and the Reds were awarded a late penalty for a handball from Kimpembe.Marcus Rashford stepped up to score the penalty to send his side through to the quarter-finals.MORE: Manchester United make history to stun PSG and reach Champions League quarter-finals Comment Advertisement Eric Bailly limped out of the game in Paris (Picture: Getty)Manchester United could be without Eric Bailly for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal after the defender limped out of his side’s Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain.Untied progressed to the last-8 after an astonishing night in Paris in which Marcus Rashford’s late goal gave the Red Devils a 3-1 win in Paris.The Ivorian was selected in an unorthodox right-back position by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and endured a torrid half an hour before being replaced by Diogo Dalot.Bailly was playing so poorly that many felt Solskjaer was simply replacing making a tactical decision to replace the former Villarreal defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Bailly was on the end of a nasty tackle from Marco Verratti and hobbled off the field moments later to be replaced. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 6:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Top sides will take note of Japan upset – Johnny Sexton

first_img Japan’s 34-32 victory over double World Cup-winners South Africa in Brighton lit up the opening weekend, shrewd coach Eddie Jones masterminding the greatest upset in the competition’s history. Fly-half Sexton believes Ireland’s 50-7 victory over Canada in Cardiff looks even more impressive in the context of Japan’s stunning triumph. Press Association “Our game was really good and we got the result we deserved, but we maybe saw the flip-side of what can happen if you maybe take your eye off the ball and the gap is narrowing.” Ireland motored north from Cardiff to their new base of St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Sunday, at the Football Association’s purpose-built facility. Team manager Mick Kearney declared an injury-free squad following the Canada battle, save for the hamstring trouble Robbie Henshaw continues to fight. Connacht centre Henshaw remains in contention to be fit to face Romania at Wembley, but is yet to return to training. “Thankfully in relation to yesterday apart from the normal bumps and bruises associated with Test rugby we’ve got a clean bill of health which is good news,” said Kearney. “Robbie is progressing very well through his rehab and the expectation is that he’d be available for selection for the Romania game on Sunday. “He hasn’t trained yet but the expectation would be that would train this week.” Ireland lost their final two warm-up matches against Wales and England, but almost flicked the switch back to grind back into top gear against Canada. British and Irish Lions playmaker Sexton said Ireland are starting to feel match-hardened now, and just when it matters most. “That’s what those games are for really, to make sure we’re ready,” said Sexton of the warm-up fixtures. “That’s why we play them and they are badly needed. “You can’t get match-fit training hard. “We trained really hard in the summer, but the fitness you need in the match is totally different. “I felt a lot better at the weekend. “We’re all starting to get our match-sharpness and match-fitness and that’s what we want at this time now.” Ireland face Romania at Wembley Stadium next weekend, with Sexton calling on Joe Schmidt’s men to maintain their focus. “That victory for Japan has given the sides that are the so-called minnows a boost, to see Japan do that,” said Sexton. “You saw Uruguay do that against Wales, they put it to them for the first 20 minutes and made life difficult for them. “Argentina were obviously making life tough for New Zealand too. “It gives everyone a boost to know anything can happen. “And it’s given us an alarm call I suppose. “It was great to watch Japan win like that, and it made our performance and our result over Canada a lot better, seeing them beat a team like South Africa. “We obviously could have been on the end of something similar a couple of hours earlier. Johnny Sexton believes Japan’s shock victory over South Africa has handed Ireland a World Cup “alarm call”.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Braun: NCAA Tournament lock for Bo’s squad

first_imgFor you few avid Point-Counterpoint followers, you would know that a couple weeks ago, I predicted that the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team would make the NCAA Tournament.You probably all would have laughed in my face, considering the Badgers couldn’t buy a win at the time. They were in the midst of a six-game losing streak and blew lead after lead.Now, four wins later, including two big home wins over then-No. 23 Illinois and a tough Ohio State squad, I think I can safely say that the Badgers are NCAA Tournament bound. This time, though, I don’t think I would get ridiculed for saying so.Whatever was plaguing the Badgers during their six-game losing streak seems to have gone away. Saturday’s game is a perfect example to show how Wisconsin has put its rough stretch out of its mind.For those who watched the game Saturday, it seemed like the Badgers wouldn’t be able to pull out the victory. I mean, if you saw the way they played two weeks ago, you would just figure that they would find a way to lose the game. They couldn’t beat Iowa or Northwestern, but they would be able to pull out a win over a very talented Ohio State team?Well, I guess the Badgers are back.Before the game on Saturday, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had the Badgers as one of the last four teams in the Big Dance. Now, with a big win against the Buckeyes on the nation’s center stage, getting to the tournament shouldn’t be much of a problem.UW has two home games and three road matches remaining on its schedule. Although it might be presumptuous to say the Badgers will beat Michigan State or Minnesota on the road, they should be able to win the rest of their home games quite easily.First, Wisconsin heads to Indiana to take on Tom Crean’s joke of a basketball team. The Hoosiers have only beaten one team in the Big Ten, and with the Badgers playing as well as they have of late, a loss at Assembly Hall seems a bit far-fetched.After they face Michigan State, the Badgers come home to play Michigan and Indiana again. If you remember the way Wisconsin’s defense manhandled the Big Ten’s leading scorer in Manny Harris in the teams’ first match this season, a win at the Kohl Center shouldn’t be too far out of reach.That would leave the Badgers at 10-7 in the Big Ten going into their last game of the season (assuming they beat Indiana twice and lose to Michigan State), a tough road game against Minnesota at The Barn.The first time Wisconsin played the Golden Gophers, it blew a 14-point lead, something that reoccurred time after time during the Badgers’ losing streak. Now, though, the Badgers have a swing of confidence that they didn’t have earlier in the season, especially during that streak.With the season winding down, these aren’t the same Badgers that were NIT bound just two weeks ago. They’ve been doing what they’ve had to do to win their last four games.They’ve been able to allow an opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the field and still get a win.Jason Bohannon can shoot 1-for-8 from 3-point range and the Badgers can still pull it out.Trevon Hughes can miss eight of his nine shots, but it won’t really matter throughout the course of the game.Simply put, everything that wasn’t working then is working now.With only five games remaining, it won’t take so much for the Badgers to get a bid. As Bo Ryan put it after the win against Ohio State, “You have to just find a way.”If the Badgers continue to follow that slogan, then getting to the NCAA Tournament won’t be much of a challenge at all.Jonah is a sophomore majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. Still don’t think the Badgers will make the NCAA Tournament? Can Bo Ryan make it 11 straight seasons for Wisconsin? Send him your thoughts at [email protected]last_img read more

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