PREMIERE: Perpetual Groove Takes Viewers Backstage In New Video For “Part Three” [Watch]

first_imgVeteran rock band Perpetual Groove is celebrating the release of their new album with a music video for “Part Three”. The new tune acts as the opening track from their self-titled studio effort, which is out today on Harmonized Records.Related: Perpetual Groove Plots NYC Blowout As Part Of Fall TourThe video brings fans and viewers backstage with a mix of behind-the-scenes footage showing band members living out what can be an awfully fun life on the road as a touring musician. The dreamy rock tune plays throughout while members of Perpetual Groove and their crew are seen going about their routines in the moments leading up to one of their concerts. The smooth melodies of the song are amplified as it’s played alongside slow-motion video footage, allowing for the listener to take in “Part Three” without causing overstimulation from a visual standpoint.Watch the brand new video for “Part Three” below.Perpetual Groove – “Part Three”[Video: Perpetual Groove]“‘Part Three’ was always what we wanted to open the album with,” the band shared in a statement to go with the relaxing new rock track. “The song starts with a melodic motif that will be familiar to our fans but evolves sonically to a place that sets the tone for the rest of the album. This was a song that continued to grow and change during the process of making the album but wasn’t fully realized lyrically until near the end of the recording process. Lyrically, it is some of Brock’s most personal and best writing.”Fans will get the chance to hear “Part Three” live when Perpetual Groove returns to the road later this year for a run of tour dates beginning again on July 12th in Wilmington, NC. The tour will continue well into the fall months before wrapping on November 23rd in Atlanta, GA.It’s worth noting that the band has released Perpetual Groove on CD, and, for the first time ever, on vinyl as well. You can stream Perpetual Groove in its entirety below:Perpetual Groove – Perpetual Groove – Full AlbumFor ticketing and more information, head to Perpetual Groove’s website.last_img read more

Financial pressures mounting in U.S. shale sector

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 recent downturn in oil prices forced a slowdown in the U.S. shale industry, and top executives appear to be gloomier than ever.According to a survey by the Dallas Federal Reserve, the business activity index in Texas fell to minus 0.6 in the second quarter, down from a positive reading of 10.8 in the first quarter. A negative reading means that business activity actually contracted from the prior quarter, offering evidence that the slide in oil prices led to a pullback in spending and drilling. While oil and gas production continued to rise in the second quarter, it did so at a slower pace than in months past. The Dallas Fed said that its spending index actually fell into negative territory, again, an indication of contraction.A slowdown in drilling is felt most acutely by oilfield services companies, who make their money from drilling volume and activity, rather than from oil sales. Not only did activity dip, but the prices that oilfield services charge for their services fell sharply, and margins were “notably lower” in the second quarter, the Dallas Fed said. Employment and wages also contracted. The Dallas Fed offers indices on “company outlook,” indices that further highlight the rising pessimism among most firms. The “aggregate uncertainty index” showed a surge of uncertainty from the sector, and it posted the highest reading since 2017.In short, conditions appeared to have deteriorated in the second quarter, even as the industry posted a “gusher of red ink” in the first.While the indices offer some quantitative data to back up the souring outlook for U.S. shale, the metrics are also a bit high-level and abstract. The real color comes in the comments section of the Dallas Fed survey, where comments are anonymously submitted by oil and gas executives. These statements offer better clues into what’s really going on at the ground level.For instance, one executive said that the oil price downturn in the second quarter has had a dramatic effect on industry conditions. The “biggest impact has been the rapid and accelerating lack of investor interest in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas. The securities of oil and gas companies now sell at a fraction of what they once commanded. Huge losses in these shares hamper new exploration. It looks like another round of bankruptcies and mergers,” the executive said.More: Shale executive sees “another round of bankruptcies” looming Financial pressures mounting in U.S. shale sectorlast_img read more

Your credit union doesn’t need to jump off the bridge

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melina Palmer Why do people say one thing and do another? What really drives behavior? How does the brain actually work – and how can we best communicate with it? What does that … Web: Details I am sure that everyone has heard their mother (father, teacher, aunt, uncle, grandparent) say, “If your friends jumped off a bridge would you do that too?” Most often, this question is met with eye-rolls and irritation from the person it was being said to. Or, possibly, a sarcastic remark (something I know nothing about, of course).As a grown up, this dilemma doesn’t go away, and it has a tendency to show up in our work more often than we may realize. For me, this has been incredibly apparent while my team has been eyeball deep in rebranding work. We knew going into this project that it was important for us to stand out and be different from the credit unions and banks in our area – and there are a lot of them in Seattle. I find myself looking at everything we do and have done and ask, “Why?” continually. “Why do we still have check writing stands in our branches?” “Why do people go to our website?” “Why do we have teller lines?”Some of these questions have good answers that coincide with the direction we are going now. Some do not. I have made it my personal mission to eradicate “because that is what the other financial institutions do” from our mindset. What was right yesterday is not necessarily right today, and what the members wanted last week is different from what they will want tomorrow. We need to be prepared for the future and constantly asking ourselves, “Why” (and all of those other “W” words).I came across a quote the other day (probably a Facebook meme or something, I can’t find it again now) but it said something along the lines of, “Just because everyone is doing things one way doesn’t make it right. And, just because no one is doing something doesn’t make it wrong.”With our new branding, we worked with local bands and artists and had them showcase their talents to show what truth means to them (Verity means truth). We essentially handed over our brand to these artists and had to have faith that it would fit us and resonate with our audiences. We only launched last month, but the results so far are promising. This isn’t really a common practice in our industry, and no one is doing anything like this in the Seattle area. Does that mean it is wrong? No. Is it right for everyone? No. Is it the right approach for Verity? Yes.There are still plenty of things we are doing at Verity that we need to examine to see if it is a “because everyone else does it” or “because that is the way we have always done it” item. And, making a commitment to this approach means we are signing on for a way of thinking – this isn’t a project that is ever really “done.” But committing to asking the question means we are committing to being exceptional and really doing what is in the best interest of our membership.Do you take the time to ask “Why?” enough? What are you doing wrong just because everyone else does it? If all the other credit unions decided to jump off of a bridge, would you jump too?last_img read more

More Portuguese Men-O-War Found on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than a dozen rare sightings of venomous Portuguese Man-O-War on Long Island beaches have surfaced since the jellyfish-like creature stung two boys on Fire Island this week, officials and eyewitnesses said.At least 18 have been spotted from Jones Beach State Park to Montauk and many ocean beaches in between. That number may rise this weekend when beachgoers flock to the shore in what is forecast as the first fully rain-free weekend of summer.“Beachgoers should be vigilant,” said John Stewart, chief law enforcement ranger of the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS). “If visitors observe a Portuguese Man O’ War…they should alert lifeguards, park rangers or law enforcement officers.”Aside from the two man-o-wars that stung two children Tuesday in Kismet and Davis Park, FINS officials said one was also spotted in Fire Island Pines and four more were found in Sailor’s Haven. Lifeguards buried those in the sand.New York State parks officials confirmed that two more were found in Montauk area state parks, one was found at Robert Moses State Park and one was found at Jones Beach on Thursday, a day after FINS officials said a visitor three more at Jones Beach.The Long Island Coastal Conservation Research Alliance (LICCRA), a nonprofit environmental group, confirmed some of those sighting and said another was found at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays.And a reader who emailed the Press with a photo of a man-o-war she said that she found on the beach in Bridgehampton on Thursday added that she also saw two more on the beach in Wainscott.“If you do see them in the water you do want to give them a really wide birth,” says Joe Yaiullo, curator/co-founder of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. “They’re pretty much going to go wherever the wind or currents take them.”RELATED STORY: 6 Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This SummerPortuguese Man-O-War sightings in local waters are unusual since they are usually found in warmer waters in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian oceans. The last reports of Portuguese Man-O-War washing ashore on Long Island was two years ago in the Hamptons.The creatures are technically a floating colony of organisms that form a pink or purple gas-filled pouch that sails on the surface of the water with numerous tentacles that can grow up to 30-feet or longer, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Aside from an intense, painful sting, contact with its tentacles can also result in welting and blistering, NOAA said. In rare cases, its sting has reportedly proven deadly.If stung, swimmers should rinse the affected area with salt water and vinegar, FINS and Suffolk County health officials said. If a severe reaction occurs, seek immediate medical attention.“Running hot water, as hot as you can take it for 10 or 15 minutes, that will break down a lot of the toxins,” Yaiullo said, adding that he’s heard “mixed results” about using vinegar. “When you look at some of these people who’ve been stung, it almost looks like they’ve been whipped.Yaiullo and LICCRA warned that the man-o-war can still inflict their painful sting even after they’re dead.–With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

New town demanded for Cambridgeshire

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PREMIUMSlim chance for Sandiaga to lead Gerindra

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Sandiaga-Uno Prabowo-Subianto Gerindra-Party Chairman chairmanship leadership congress 2024-presidential-election Businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno may have to bury his intention to become Gerindra Party chairman as incumbent Prabowo Subianto looks to retain his chairmanship at a party congress in April.Sandiaga claimed several Gerindra members wanted him to run for the party chairmanship at the April congress. However, the former vice-presidential candidate is aware of the fact that whether he will run or not depends on Prabowo, his running mate in the 2019 presidential election, who has held the position since 2014.Prabowo, on the other hand, has secured backing from 70 percent of the party’s regional executive boards (DPD) across the country to extend his term as the chairman, according to Gerindra executive Andre Rosiade.”Nearly 70 percent of the DPDs held regional leadership meetings last week. There is only one name for the party chairmanship. Only Prabowo. …last_img read more

Death row convicts in Jakarta appeal for abolition of capital punishment

first_imgDeath row inmates Aulia Kesuma and her son, Geovanni Kelvin, who were found guilty of soliciting the murders of Aulia’s husband and stepson, are seeking to avoid the death penalty.Both mother and son were sentenced to death by the South Jakarta district court on June 15. The court verdict was in accordance with the demands of the prosecutors, who claimed that both Aulia and Kelvin had committed a terrible and inhumane crime.Aulia and Kelvin planned the murder of 54-year-old Edi Chandra Purnama in August 2019. According to Aulia, who married Edi in 2011, her husband had not been employed during the entirety of their marriage. The relationship had never been harmonious, with the couple frequently fighting over the mischievous behavior of Edi’s son, Muhammad “Dana” Adi Pradana. Aulia, who was entangled in Rp 10 billion (US$706,120) debt to the bank, worried that Edi had no intention of helping her pay off her debt. Edi had refused Aulia’s request for him to sell his house in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, to pay her debt.On Aug. 23, 2019, Edi and Dana were given drinks spiked with 30 sleeping pills by Aulia and Kelvin. When the victims fell asleep, two hitmen hired by Aulia and Kelvin suffocated the two men. Afterwards, the bodies were transported to Sukabumi city in West Java where they were burned inside a car.Not long after the murder, the Jakarta Police arrested the mother and son after noticing Kelvin’s suspicious burn wound. Read also: Jump in death sentences highlights ‘hasty’ court cases After a lengthy trial, the court found Aulia and Kelvin guilty of soliciting the murders and sentenced the pair to death. The lawyer for the two defendants, Firman Candra, sent pleas addressed to eight state officials asking for the death penalty to be abolished.“On Friday, we sent the pleas to the President, the Vice President, the House Representatives Commission III, the law and human rights minister, the [Jakarta] High Court chief, the Supreme Court chief and the National Commission on Human Rights, among other parties,” Firman said on Tuesday as quoted by the letters, the lawyer argued that the death penalty was a violation of Article 4 of Law No. 29/1999 on human rights and most importantly Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which stipulates that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”“As long as the death penalty exists in Indonesia’s judicial system, the country will remain far from the founding fathers’ dream implied through Pancasila,” the plea read. “[Maintaining] the death penalty system inherited from colonizers does not demonstrate progress in this country.”The plea also pointed to several countries that abolished the death penalty in 2015.Read also: Rights groups decry new attorney general’s plan to resume death penaltyAccording to the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform’s (ICJR) 2020 database, there are 274 death row inmates in Indonesia awaiting execution without a clear date. Among them are 60 inmates who have been on death row for 10 years.Firman also explained that Aulia was raising a toddler from her marriage to her late husband, Edi.Amnesty International’s 2020 annual report states that 80 death sentences were meted out by Indonesian judges in 2019, a 66 percent increase from 48 death sentences in 2018.Sixty of the sentences were handed down for drug-related crimes, while the rest were for a range of other criminal offenses such as terrorism, murder and sexual assault against children. The death penalty in Indonesia has long been a source of criticism of the country’s legal system and stance on human rights.Ex-convicts and activists have also called for an end to capital punishment in Indonesia, arguing it violates fundamental human rights and is dangerous at a time when judicial systems are still prone to error.ICJR executive director Erasmus Napitupulu questioned the tendency of judges to hand down such severe sentences, as there is little proof that capital punishment is effective in deterring crimes.However, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin stated that, “despite many objections, the death penalty is actually permitted. Many countries and religions allow such punishment for certain crimes that cannot be effectively addressed through other methods [of punishment],” he said in December last year.Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin also said last year that he was committed to resuming the enforcement of the death penalty. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

These Queensland mansions give The Bachelorette pad some serious competition

first_imgBachelors in paradise, anyone?Group and single dates will be easy to organise with Hamilton Island a 10-minute helicopter ride away. The home is for sale via expressions of interest. For the tropical escape, consider the 6,813sq m estate at 21 Knott Court, Whitfield, in Cairns. The sprawling home at 72 McGahan Street, Carina Heights.The five-bedroom home sits on a 1528sq m hilltop lot and features an outdoor jacuzzi, 500-bottle wine cellar, sauna, billiards room, saltwater pool and wet bar. The master suite takes up the entire top floor — perfect for romantic rendezvous — and there is garage parking for up to five cars. It is easy to picture eligible bachelors milling around on this poolside terrace.Described as a north Queensland estate without peer, the six-bedroom mansion is in the foothills of the Whitefield Ranges and has sweeping views across the region. The property has classic Greek and Roman architecture including Tuscan columns, handcrafted domes, Perlato Olimpio marble flooring and a 17m pool with Versace style mosaic tiles. This stunner at 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands has a waterside pool.Described as a Mediterranean villa-inspired home, the waterfront property comes with ocean and city views, a 25m swimming pool, grand entry with sweeping staircase and yoga studio. The mansion has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four powder rooms and a self-contained guest cottage. 72 McGahan Street, Carina Heights.The 1200sq m property also has multiple terraces, balconies and courtyards. The home is listed as ‘for sale’ without a price tag. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoNeed more pizzazz? Head down the road to the Gold Coast, in the Bachelorette’s own backyard, and take a peek at 3-7 Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands. Mandalay House has some serious romance vibes.The seven-bedroom, three-storey property is on a 4,241sq m oceanfront block in Airlie Beach with horizon pool, helipad, marina berth, jet ski docks and boat shed. The owners drew inspiration from Nice and Monte Carlo when designing the home and the opulent interiors are reminiscent of the Baroque period with antiques sourced from Italy and USA. center_img A master suite fit for a reality star.For the requisite cocktail parties there is plenty of alfresco entertaining space, a teppanyaki barbecue, and a billiards room.The home is for sale via expressions of interest over $13 million. If seclusions is more your style, set your sights on Mandalay House in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The Bachelorette mansion in Glenorie, NSW.Little is known about the internal layout of the property but it has been decorated in an opulent Moroccan style and an excessive amount of fairy lights and candles. Head to the sunshine state and you will find plenty of comparable properties where you can play out your Bachelorette fantasies. These Queensland stunners also come with the added bonus of not being in New South Wales. In Brisbane, a four-storey Tuscan style mansion at 72 McGahan St, Carina Heights will surely fit the bill. An ensuite worthy of a bachelorette.The luxury continues in the master suite with private balcony and open marble ensuite with sunken bath — just add rose petals for instant tacky romance. This estate is so exclusive the price is only available on request. Mandalay House, Airlie Beach, comes complete with helipad and marina berth.IF the Bachelorette has you dreaming of a mansion stocked with dreamy men, look no further than sunny Queensland — for the property at least. You will have to source your own bachelors. This year’s The Bachelorette played out on a 2ha Mediterranean-style estate in Glenorie, 44km northwest of Sydney. The palatial pad was also used for the 2017 season of The Bachelor and features a floodlit tennis court, Olympic-sized swimming pool, ponds and landscaped grounds. last_img read more

Owner swaps esplanade walks for bee-hives and veggie patches

first_imgThere is ample room to stretch out at this Manly property.He said the dual living arrangements meant the home would appeal to many buyers.“Its fit for a larger family where you can have a parents’ retreat downstairs and the older kids upstairs.” The home has ample entertaining areas.“We’ve built a massive deck out the back and a carport.“We’ve tried to keep in the theme…with the cladding outside…and the same theme in the carport to the front of the house.”He said he would miss the location the most when he moves.“It is just walking distance down to the Manly marina, you’ve got a lot of restaurants and all the shopping that you need.“We take the kids and the dogs down to the waterfront and walk it all the time.“It’s just perfect, it de-stresses you and it grounds you so you can start your day again.” The owners were originally attracted to the Queenslander style of the home.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoHe said they were originally attracted to the Queenslander style of the home.“There’s so much opportunity for those Queenslanders to be done up and they look spectualar when they’ve been renovated correctly,” he said.“We’ve done some major work.“We’ve lifted the house up, we put in a whole new downstairs area, with two more extra bedrooms with an ensuite. The owners renovated this home, keeping in theme with its original charm.“I’ve got two young kids, a little boy that loves to run around and we want to get some chickens and some bee hives and build big veggie patches,” he said.“It was the perfect home for us and we have a busy lifestyle, but I want to have that little retreat area that we can go to and have a little bit more land.” AUCTION ACTION: 29 Peranga St, Manly QLD will go under the hammer on Saturday, May 12, 2018.HOME owner Peter Dukes has put his Manly home, at 29 Peranga St, on the market as he swaps esplanade walks for bee hives.Mr Dukes said after 15 years and a complete property overhaul, it was time to move on to a larger block of land.last_img read more