Turkuaz Leads The Funky Charge In Seattle

first_imgLoad remaining images Halloween weekend began perfectly last Thursday, October 29th, at Tractor Tavern in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA, with Turkuaz headlining and The Quick and Easy Boys and Fabulous Party Boys providing some funky support.When the Quick and Easy Boys took the stage, the crowd was thin and standing towards the back of the room. Within only a few short minutes, it was clear that they were not the type of band to let this get to them. Bassist Sean Badders wasted no time, filling the room with his deep, booming vocals while helping to create an infectious groove that got the small crowd moving. One song segued into another after a nice improv section, and Badders stepped back to the mic to deliver a wonderful falsetto. Anchored by guitarist Jimmy Russell’s harmony vocals, they pushed forward into more improvisation. Drummer Casey Anderson stole the show in this improv section with strong, jazzy cymbal work as he accelerated the tempo and pushed the band to new heights. The segment continued with Funkadelic inspired jamming, eventually giving way to a great cover of Frank Zappa’s “Willie the Pimp”.All in all, they did not pause once in the first 36 minutes after taking the stage, an impressive and unexpected feat. The deft segues and improvisational work left little doubt that this alt-rock trio is a jamband as well. At that point in the show, the Portland-based musicians introduced themselves to the crowd, and then broke it down again for another few tunes before leaving the stage with the crowd warmed up and ready to go.Seattle locals the Fabulous Party Boys took the stage next. The crowd had grown a larger by this point, and the band did a great job of keeping them dancing. Their wonderful horn section (including a tuba, trumpet and saxophone) gave them a nice, full sound that acted as the perfect bridge between the power trio jamming of the Quick and Easy Boys and the full wall-of-sound coming up next from the 9-piece Turkuaz. Vocalist Mama T was in the Halloween spirit a couple of days early with a shiny gold outfit and painted face. Her singing was soulful, but the lyrics were very fun and happy. Great tuba work by Jon Hansen allowed them to keep their groove remarkably smooth, and this helped them to totally pack the dancefloor area by the end of their set.At this point, the anticipation in the air was palpable. The crowd had gotten to dance quite a lot already, and people were ready to lose control of their bodies completely. As Turkuaz took the stage, with all 9 members each dressed in their own (different) solid color outfit, the atmosphere was electric. The band quickly launched into the first track off their latest LP, Digitonium, titled “Introduction”. This album saw them venture further into digital effects and wall-of-sound style production than their previous work, and that aspect was reproduced immaculately in the live setting. “Introduction” was stretched out a bit by a wind synthesizer solo from tenor saxophonist Greg Sanderson. Most of the crowd had never seen this instrument before and busting it out on the first song was a great indicator of how weird the rest of the set would become. Another Digitonium track, “Percy Thrills, the Moondog” came next and helped to really get the crowd moving again.The next segment saw some older material dusted off, with a resounding version of the title track of their previous album, Future 86. In the chorus of this song, frontman/guitarist Dave Brandwein states bluntly that “the future is coming now,” which is a statement that Turkuaz’s music certainly lends credence to. Their inimitable brand of funk is indeed far ahead of its time. Vocalists Sammi Garett and Shira Elias really took over as the band launched next into another Future 86 track, “Snap Your Fingers”.At this point nearly every member of the crowd was dancing with reckless abandon, as the power funk party came into full swing. The band masterfully dialed in a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Babies Making Babies”, which featured baritone saxophonist Josh Schwartz soulfully screaming out the end vocal section, which was positively shocking to all in attendance. There were points during this where his voice sounded as if he had never put down his saxophone. The cover segued into “Lookin’ Tough, Feelin’ Good,” off their 2011 album, Zebert. This track is quite possibly their weirdest song, featuring a call and response style chorus of “Get out the womb! Get out the womb! Now cut the cord! Now cut the cord!” Guitarists Brandwein and Craig Brodhead used this weird energy to set the stage for an epic jazz style guitar battle. After a few minutes, drummer Michelangelo Carubba entered the spotlight as he began to interplay with the guitarists. His drumming was on display at its most powerful here as the three musicians worked through a complex series of synchronized pauses as seamlessly as if they were one person. They proved themselves unafraid to lay out the full extent of their Berklee education onstage, and the audience reacted with lots of enthusiasm.After a short pause, the band played a great rendition of Digitonium track “The Generator”. This song has some of the most impressive harmony vocals of any Turkuaz track, and showcased the full glut of vocal talent available onstage. The lyrical content of this song was particularly appropriate for the middle of their set, instructing the audience to start up the generator and keep chuggin’ along, even though it was getting late. Next up was a cover of Hot Chocolate’s 1978 hit “Every1’s a Winner”. This feel good tune continued the excellent vocal work from the dynamic duo of Garett and Elias, eventually giving way to an excellent, grooving jam lead by bassist Taylor Shell.Dave Brandwein took the spotlight back over as the band moved into “Coast to Coast” from their 2011 self-titled album. This was perhaps the most infectiously groovy tune of the evening, with Brandwein’s distorted, spoken-word style vocals telling an autobiographical story of starting a band and “moving down the road” on tour. This track is one of the most characteristic of their unique style in their entire catalog.The next track was an unreleased original, “Gogo Mr. Dodo”. This tune was fairly horn-focused, featured a nice dual saxophone part, and definitely offered trumpet and keyboard player Chris Brouwers a chance to shine as well. The band returned to Digitonium next by playing “Digital Love”, an 80s disco-funk style track that featured heavy synthesizer use from Brouwers and Brodhead. The talk-box vocals were a really neat effect that helped this track act as a time machine to an 80s nightclub. To close the set, they chose to play “Chatte Lunatique”, another track off Zebert. This song was one of the most fun of the night, with Brandwein and Brodhead playing a super danceable dual-guitar funk riff throughout. By the end, the whole room was singing along about the “crazy cat.”The band took the stage once more, and Brandwein and Shell both smiled big and began a beautiful rendition of the Al Green song “Take Me to the River”, as per my request to Brandwein before the show. This classic was, of course, redefined when the Talking Heads covered it in a funk/soul/pop style on their 1978 album, More Songs About Buildings and Food. Turkuaz’s version draws the most heavily from that cover, and what we heard was unquestionably the most authentic Talking Heads cover. Brandwein, Garett and Elias absolutely nailed the vocal parts, and the atmosphere was positively jubilant for those of us who stuck it out until the end. All 9 band members went out of their way to recreate the dizzying, percussive effects seen onstage in the Stop Making Sense Talking Heads live film. It is always wonderful to see artists pay tribute some of their favorite influences, and this evening we were lucky enough to see takes on Turkuaz’s two biggest influences, Sly and the Family Stone and the Talking Heads.Following the conclusion of the encore, I got to stick around and meet the majority of the band. They were all extremely gracious and excited to talk to the fans. It was great to see that this level of interactivity was not just an onstage persona, but that they are all actually that nice of human beings. Seeing them take my song request made my entire day, and I will always remember this as the night that Turkuaz took me from a big fan to devotee status. If you have yet to see them, all I can say is that you should change that. This unstoppable freight train of a band will certainly be in a city near you sometime in the not-too-distant future. This time, you have been warned not to let anything get in the way of seeing one of the highest energy live performances out there.  Words by Coleman Schwartz, check out the full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Scott Shrader:last_img read more

BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: The rut is in full swing

first_img 1. Sit all dayMost deer hunters like to hunt a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening. When love is in the air, I encourage you to sit as long as possible.  Pack a lunch and plan to stay the entire day.  Bucks will be chasing does all day long, and if you aren’t there, then it stands to reason that you won’t kill them.2. Be readyIt is hard not to doze off or lose focus while hunting, but try your best to concentrate during this part of the season.  Be sure to listen.  Many times you will hear the sound of a deer trampling through the leaves long before you see one.  Once you see the doe running, know that the buck is in pursuit.  He might be right on her tail or he might be 10 or 15 minutes behind. Realize this … he is coming. And you need to be ready to act when he arrives.3. Use doe in estrous scentDuring this phase of the season, bucks are scent-checking everything. They are looking for a doe in heat that is receptive to breeding.  A mock scrape, scent drag, or scent bomb, may be all that you need to peak his curiosity and draw the big one into range. As I type this article my cell phone begins to ding.I have messages from my deer hunting friends telling me that the time is now.  Bucks are chasing does and the rut is in full swing.  One message said, “Four different bucks came by chasing does in the last 15 minutes!”  This is the time of hunting season that every deer hunter eagerly anticipates.No one can say for sure exactly when it begins or when it ends, but when you are in the woods and it is “on,” there is no doubt.  Here are a few tried and proven methods for hunting the rut: 4. Hunt where does can be foundIf you find the does this time of year, a buck won’t be far away.  Remember that just because a doe or group of does aren’t in their estrous cycle today, it doesn’t mean that they won’t be tomorrow.  Also keep in mind that a doe will repeat her cycle every 30 days until she is bred. You might want to hold off on shooting does at this time of year since they are magnets for giant bucks.5. WhistleWhen a big buck is chasing a doe, he has one thing on his mind and it isn’t food. He wants her. His eyes will often be glazed and his tongue will often be hanging out as he pants from the chase.  At this point you will need to whistle, bleet, bah, or make some kind of noise to stop him.  Be prepared to shoot because if he stops at all, it will only be for a few seconds.These tips should all help improve your odds of success.  However the thing that separates the successful hunters from the unsuccessful one has and always will be patience.  Remember that good things come to those who wait.A rut hunt can go from bad to world class in a matter of seconds.  If you have vacation days left … use them for the rut!  What are you waiting for?center_img Get out there and bag a big one. May God bless you this season.•Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of the Outdoorsman’s Church in Winnie, owner of DuckDogTrainer.com and is outdoors writer for The News.last_img read more

Denis O’Hare to Take On Title Role in Tartuffe at London’s National Theatre

first_img View Comments Denis O’Hare(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Tony winner Denis O’Hare will return to the stage in 2019, playing the title role in John Donnelly’s new adaptation of Molière’s comic masterpiece Tartuffe. Blanche McIntyre will direct the production of London’s National Theatre, set to begin previews on February 9 ahead of a February 21 opening night in the Lyttelton Theatre.”I have always loved Molière and find his plays bracingly relevant,” said O’Hare. “As an American actor, the chance to work at the National is an immense honor. As a recently transplanted American living in Paris, to play Tartuffe is deliciously ironic and to be Tartuffe at the National is a dream come true.”O’Hare is a Tony winner for his turn as Mason Marzac in Take Me Out, which he originated at London’s Donmar Warehouse. His other stage roles include a Tony-nominated turn in Assassins in addition to Broadway performances in Inherit the Wind, Sweet Charity, Major Barbara and Cabaret. O’Hare’s screenwork includes Emmy-nominated performances in American Horror Story and This Is Us.Tartuffe follows Orgon, a man who has everything: money, power, a beautiful home and family. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything.The National’s Tartuffe will feature set and costume design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and composition/sound by Ben and Max Ringham. Additional casting is to come.last_img read more

Amid federal uncertainty, state employer regulations on the rise

first_imgVermont Business Magazine From healthcare reform to paid leave, major legislation on such issues at the federal level may be far off as Congress likely pivots its focus to tax reform and a government spending bill. With the federal regulatory picture uncertain, many state and local governments are moving ahead with their own legislation to advance such initiatives in their communities. Vermont, the Northeast and West Coast states are among those seeking more employee coverage. Paychex, Inc, one of the nation’s leading providers of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll and HR services, is highlighting the top employer regulations(link is external) advancing with state and local governments across the US.”The Trump administration is actively moving forward with its plans to create a more business-friendly environment. Part of that agenda is the reduction of current regulations impacting employers,” said Martin Mucci(link is external), Paychex president and CEO. “With the intent of advancing worker protections, state and local governments are responding, ushering in a new wave of employer-facing regulations.”Here are the five regulatory issues effecting employers gaining momentum at the state and local level:#1 Equal Pay Laws and Salary History Restrictions On the federal level, covered employers must comply with the Equal Pay Act(link is external), enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which requires men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. In addition, while nearly every state and Washington, D.C., have pay equity laws, gender-based pay discrimination continues to be an area of great concern for states. Several states, including Massachusetts, Maryland, California, New York, and Oregon, looking to more aggressively address the gender pay gap and ensure pay equity in the workplace, recently passed legislation to expand their existing equal pay laws to increase employer obligations and penalties, and change the way claims of pay discrimination are analyzed under the law. There is also a trend at the state and local level to limit salary history inquiries until a certain stage of the recruiting process and prohibit the use of salary information in employment decisions. Delaware, Massachusetts, New York City, Oregon, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have passed legislation in this space with many other jurisdictions, including California, New York, Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, having proposed similar bills. #2 Paid Leave LawsAlthough some movement is occurring at the federal level including Ivanka Trump’s work with Republican Senators to push forward President Trump’s proposal for federal paid parental leave and child care tax credits` and the introduction of proposals for paid family leave by Democrats, federal legislation around paid sick leave and paid family leave has stalled.  As a result, we are seeing a push at the state and local level to address this gap in employee benefits. Currently, 45 different states and local jurisdictions have passed paid sick leave laws, varying in their provisions for employer coverage, employee eligibility, accrual rates, carryover, employee/employer notices, recordkeeping, and enforcement. Several other jurisdictions are considering similar legislation. Five states (California, New Jersey, New York(link is external), Rhode Island, and Washington), plus Washington, D.C.(link is external), have passed paid family leave laws that either  require or permit employee payroll deductions and in some cases require more complex coordination with the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act(link is external) or other paid time off.#3 Health Care ReformThe complexity of healthcare and the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act’s future has spurred some legislative and regulatory action at the state level. Some states have already implemented or proposed laws to shore up their markets (Minnesota and Alaska), others are looking for flexibility on specific ACA mandates (Massachusetts), and others still are looking for ways to maintain elements of the ACA in the event of a repeal (Hawaii). Additionally, several states have introduced single-payer proposals in their current legislative session, but many have already hit roadblocks. Many of these initiatives make use of Section 1332(link is external) state innovation waivers, an ACA provision that became effective in 2017 and allows states to apply for waivers from certain ACA requirements to support a state system that ensures health coverage is as comprehensive, as affordable, and covers as many residents as would have been covered under the ACA. If approved, these waivers may give states access to pass-through funds – monies otherwise spent by the federal government – absent the waiver. Currently, Hawaii and Alaska have approved waivers, three states have pending waivers with the federal government, and 14 states have enacted healthcare laws addressing these waivers.#4 State Retirement PlansAmidst growing concern of a retirement savings crisis in the U.S., due, in part, to lack of access to retirement savings plans, several states are implementing or passing legislation to create individual state retirement programs. As well, the recent discontinuation of the federal myRA workplace savings program may prompt additional states to look at creating their own plans. To date, a total of nine states have passed legislation to create individual retirement plans. Oregon, Illinois, and California have all passed Roth IRA programs with specific contribution and enrollment criteria, set to take effect in the next two years. Vermont has passed legislation for the creation of the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, the first multiple employer plan (MEP) design among state plans, which will allow for employer participation as well as higher contribution limits than IRA programs allow. Some municipalities are following suit, with Philadelphia and New York City working on legislation to establish retirement savings programs.#5 Payroll CardsPayroll cards, also known as paycards(link is external), are an increasingly popular method of pay for workers, especially those without access to a traditional banking system. Last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule on prepaid accounts which requires, among other changes, new detailed disclosures for paying employees via paycards, effective April 1, 2018, pending potential delays and additional changes. Meanwhile, states continue to introduce their own rules governing the use of payroll cards. Pennsylvania and Kentucky recently put payroll card laws into effect, and there are bills currently pending in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.Whether at the federal, state, or local level, keeping up with regulations is a challenge for today’s business owners. Paychex is constantly tracking the issues that matter most to businesses in order to provide them with the information and resources they need to make the best decisions for their business. For helpful tips to advance the long-term success of small businesses, visit http://www.paychex.com/WORX/(link is external).To view an infographic outlining the key regulatory trends in U.S. states and municipalities visit Paychex WORX(link is external).Note: The information contained within is not legal advice. These issues are complex and applicability depends on individual circumstances. Businesses should consult legal counsel before taking action on any of the items identified above.About PaychexPaychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with dedicated, personal service, Paychex empowers small- and medium-sized business owners to focus on the growth and management of their business. Backed by 45 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves approximately 605,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2017, across more than 100 locations and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. Learn more about Paychex by visiting www.paychex.com(link is external), and stay connected on Twitter(link is external)and LinkedIn(link is external).Source: ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ​www.paychex.com(link is external)VBM vermontbiz.comlast_img

Orca supports expansion of Swimrun with event sponsorships and new Core…

first_imgThe new swimrun core wetsuit is priced at €199 / US$199 / £149. Also available is a swimrun top priced at €79 / US$79 / £59. These accompany the Orca RS1 Swimrun wetsuit (€399 / US$399 / £299).A release from Orca concluded, ‘We believe the Swimrun ethos of conquering nature aligns perfectly with the Orca brand and we look forward to getting behind the expansion of this unique race format in 2016 for more to enjoy!’The Orca brand is ‘inspired by the open sea and its natural spirit of freedom.’ Founded in New Zealand but with a global outlook, Orca was created in 1992 because former triathlon champion and brand founder Scott Unsworth was passionate about creating better, faster wetsuits than those on the market at the time.That relentless desire to use cutting edge innovation to fuel the best performance remains with Orca today. The Orca name evokes the instinct and prowess of the powerful ruler of the oceans. Like the Orca whale, ‘our designs have always been organic, streamlined and in tune with nature.’www.orca.com As a relatively new sport that began in Sweden in 2006, the swimrun race format has been rapidly growing in popularity with hundreds of races across Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.Orca has watched the swimrun format blossom, and in 2016 the wetsuit and apparel specialist is ‘excited to be getting behind the expansion of this race format, helping to showcase swimrun to the rest of the world!’The company notes that it will be supporting the first Swimrun event in Spain, the Swimrun Costa Brava event in April; the first Swimrun event in the USA at the Casco Bay Islands Swimrun; and the major Swimrun event in the capital of the home of swimrun, the Stockholm Swimrun in June.Orca adds that it will also be sponsoring the Breca Swimrun series held throughout the UK, Hells Hop in Scotland and finally the Barcelona Swimrun in November.In line with this event support, and following on from the success of Orca’s RS1 Swimrun wetsuit released in 2015, the company has also announced the upcoming release in July 2016 of its Core Swimrun wetsuit.The soon to be released Core version will ‘offer a price-pointed option that meets the unique Swimrun race requirements with the flexibility to swim unrestricted, the freedom of movement to run off-trail and durablility to sustain lots of slips and knocks.’ Relatedlast_img read more

NEJC Capitol Update: ‘It is my goal to keep our state off [The Daily Show]’

first_imgTo keep our readers better informed about the state government actions that impact our communities, we feature an update columns each Monday from one of northeast Johnson County’s elected officials: Rep. Barbara Bollier, Rep. Stephanie Clayton, Rep. Jarrod Ousley, Rep. Melissa Rooker and Sen. Kay Wolf. Rep. Clayton submits this week’s update:Deadlines are looming in the Kansas Legislature, and we are moving at a frenetic pace in our House committees to finish our work so that we can get our business to the House Floor, vote the bills out, and send them over to the Senate so they can be reviewed.In Social Services Budget committee, I had the opportunity as a legislator to call for a Post Audit of the KEES computer program, which is designed to streamline the eligibility system for State Benefits. The KEES system has been delayed from going “live” for years, and I consider this to be a big problem. It is my hope that the audit will reveal why this is happening, and lead to a quick resolution so that Kansas is able to more efficiently deliver services to vulnerable citizens.My chief legislative project, the Transparency Act, had a hearing in a House committee and a Senate committee. As many of you know, Senator Wolf has been instrumental in getting the bill, designed to live-stream proceedings in select committee rooms, through the Senate. The main roadblock is in the House, although I am optimistic, as the hearings on both sides went very well.I was intensely displeased to see that our Governor rescinded the protections for LGBT State Employees. I personally believe that LGBT citizens should not be discriminated against, and I also believe that the ill-treatment of such citizens has a disastrous effect on the image of our state. I have friends and family members who are LGBT, but more importantly, I have constituents who are, and it is my job to make sure that all of my constituents are being served well- which obviously includes making sure they aren’t being discriminated against. When the Governor’s executive action was revealed, Kansas became the object of ridicule on The Daily Show. Many of you have heard me say that it is my goal to keep our state off of that show, and while the goal may seem frivolous, that show is a barometer for national perception of our state. Why does what the rest of the country thinks about Kansas matter? Because, if we are seen as backward or hateful, companies will not want to do business here. Organizations will not want to hold their conventions here. People will not want to live here.All legislators, as well as our Governor, want to see Kansas first grow, and then thrive economically. The problem here is that we have fundamental disagreements as to how we get the state to that endpoint. It has always been my belief that if we have a strong, reasonable, stable and, yes, *friendly* Kansas, then business will grow. I remain committed in my endeavor to make it “nice” here, so that our citizenry and economy can prosper.I enjoy hearing from constituents. Please e-mail me at [email protected], find me on Facebook, or follow me on twitter @sscjocoks for real-time updates from the statehouse.last_img read more

ArvinMeritor Names Christopher Kete Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Products Business Unit

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  TROY, Mich. — ArvinMeritor has appointed Christopher Kete, vice president and general manager, Specialty Products.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In this position, Kete will be responsible for ArvinMeritor’s growing Specialty Products business unit, serving the military and defense, off-highway, bus and coach, as well as fire and emergency markets. Kete will drive ArvinMeritor’s ambitious growth plans, which focus on product development and expansion into new market and customer segments. “Chris’ leadership skills and extensive experience in the commercial vehicle and off-highway business uniquely qualify him to lead this strategic segment of our company,” said Carsten Reinhardt, senior vice president and president, Commercial Vehicle Systems, ArvinMeritor. Kete has held positions of increasing responsibility within the motor vehicle industry, and also in the U.S. Navy. Most recently, Kete served as general manager, Cummins Komatsu Engine Co. Before joining Cummins, he was a Lieutenant in the Submarine Warfare Division of the U.S. Navy. Kete holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Cornell University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Petition To Allow Public Entrance Into Legislature For Special Session

first_imgChief Justice Judith NakamuraBy MICHAEL GERSTEINSFNMThe future has a way of being unimaginable.The framers of New Mexico’s 1911 constitution might never have predicted the general public and lobbyists would ever have to watch democracy in action from outside the state Capitol, as the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled today that they would in a 3-2 decision.Chief Justice Judith Nakamura described the ruling as a difficult one to make, but nonetheless concurred with Justices Barbara Vigil and Michael Vigil in denying a petition by several lawmakers to open the Roundhouse to the public for the special legislative session this week.The ruling means those who want to follow the session will be watching hearings from their computer screens — rather than in committee rooms and House and Senate galleries — due to ongoing public health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.While the court issued an order denying the petition, it has not yet released an opinion explaining the prevailing justices’ rationale.Nakamura said one would be coming. The issues presented in oral arguments Tuesday were “very important, and we do plan to write” about the decision, she said.Blair Dunn, a lawyer on behalf of 24 predominantly Republican lawmakers and the state’s former land commissioner, Libertarian Aubrey Dunn, who had filed the petition, had argued the framers of the state constitution intended for people to be physically present for legislative sessions.“Democracy dies in darkness,” Blair Dunn said in his opening remarks to the court, quoting the slogan of the Washington Post.Blair Dunn is Aubrey Dunn’s son and was a 2018 Libertarian candidate for attorney general.Starting Thursday, lawmakers gather at the Capitol will begin debating tough decisions on how to shore up an estimated $2 billion shortfall in projected revenues for the fiscal year 2021 budget, largely because of financial havoc wreaked by the pandemic. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also has outlined five key proposals that might come up for a vote during the session, including efforts to streamline the November general election and financial assistance for small businesses affected by the pandemic-related shutdown.The Legislative Council announced earlier this month the building would be accessible only to members of the media, lawmakers and their staff.The general public and the state’s corps of lobbyists will not be allowed into the building to watch floor hearings from the chamber galleries, offer input during committee hearings — where legislation is debated and often amended before it moves to the House or Senate floor — or rub elbows with lawmakers, as has happened for years before COVID-19 arrived.Blair Dunn argued Tuesday the state constitution requires public access to the Roundhouse. “Meaningful participation” in a legislative session requires physical presence, he said — and making an appearance is an action that should be protected under the First Amendment.He also argued about the possible pitfalls of a technological solution to a closed Capitol.Underscoring those arguments, the courthouse lost its internet connection for nearly 10 minutes Tuesday, forcing the Supreme Court to pause oral arguments.When they came back online, justices questioned whether lawmakers would pause legislative proceedings this week if there are problems with video feed.Thomas Hnasko, an attorney for the Legislative Council, assured justices that lawmakers would do so.Hnasko argued streaming debate, committee hearings and votes online satisfies the constitutional requirement that the public be allowed to observe the New Mexico Legislature in action.They would “take that extremely seriously and stop the proceedings” if technical issues prevent online streaming,” he said. “I have the utmost faith in that.”At the discretion of House committee chairs, the public will be allowed to speak at hearings via a Zoom video conference. The Senate has decided, however, the public will only be allowed to email a committee, rather than take part in a video conference, Hnasko said.Meeting in person “could result in a catastrophe for our citizens from a public health standpoint,” he added.Hnasko said virtual proceedings balance the need to protect the public from “the acute public health problems brought by the pandemic” with the need to ensure the legislative session remains open and transparent.New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce denounced the justices’ decision in a statement.“It’s the people’s government,” Pearce said. “It’s a violation of what open government represents.”last_img read more

Supermarket expansion heralds opportunities for investors

first_imgAccording to Savills’ latest food sector report, the growing competition amongst supermarkets looking to expand their market share and the growth in leasing rather than store ownership is creating opportunities for investors to enter the sector. Tim Doughty, director at Savills, said: ‘Recent changes in approach have resulted in operators becoming increasingly receptive to leasing. Their historic preference for the greater control over operational formats that freeholds offered often meant that new store development was largely close to developers and investors.’The report states that the top four grocery retailers have continued to complete sale and leaseback deals.The ability of the supermarket sector to withstand generally poorer trading conditions has also proved attractive to investors according to Savills’ report. The sector’s resilience was demonstrated by sales value performance during the recession of the early 1990’s. The research noted that between 1989 and 1993, all retailing saw a 24% increase in sales value, a 6% increase a year. In contrast, foodstores saw a 36% growth representing an 8% increase a year over the same period. This historic outperformance of the sector is forecasted to continue with grocers sales up to 2026 expected to see a further increase of 26%.Mark Garmon Jones, director at Savills, added: ‘Even compared to other specific retail sectors, supermarkets would appear to have been hit less hard than say retail warehousing. We believe that this resilience is based on the operational strength of the grocery sector maintaining covenant strength. A number of investors have entered the sector owing to the improved rental growth prospects. In addition, rents still appear affordable and letting demand is holding up well from the main players to the ever expanding value operators.’The report also said that the recent investigation into the grocery sector by the Competition Commission may also present opportunities for developers and investors as it could restrict future operator-led developments. Jeremy Hinds, director at Savills, said: ‘Operators could take leases in order to avoid the test as it will only apply in situations where there is a named retailer from the outset of the planning process. On developer led schemes there is nothing to stop grocery operators from taking leases following the granting of planning permission unless the Local Planning Authority/Office of Fair Trade (OFT) decides to grant approval based on the exclusion of certain named occupiers.‘Furthermore, the expected removal of the ‘needs test’ from PPS6 later in the year is also likely to create potential opportunities.’The report’s investment statistics for the supermarket sector show that despite a historically strong performance, it has not been immune to the impacts of the economic downturn, although it would appear more resilient. The report said that yields have been steadily moving out since June 2007 and as of June 2008 had softened by 88bp to 5.3%.last_img read more

British Land submits planning application for Canada Water scheme

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