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The Who Hit 50 And Keep On Going In Los Angeles

The Who Hit 50 And Keep On Going In Los Angeles

first_imgThe world keeps spinning, and so do The Who.After an eight-month delay on account of singer Roger Daltrey’s bout with meningitis, the British legends were back in action at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday night, May 25th. They were as loud as ever and, more importantly, bigger and brighter. Their show was as much a celebration of their 50 years as a band as it was a sign of the times, a performance transformed into a technological spectacular.A light rig with more bulbs than the eye of a house fly? Check.A high-definition screen behind the stage? Check.Trippy visuals to complement the music and captivate the audience? Check and check.Between all those elements and the sheer energy of the band itself, you’d hardly have known The Who were celebrating their golden anniversary, save for the digits plastered across the concert shirts—and the gray hairs on the heads and faces of those who wore them.Daltrey still found moments to soar, be it with his voice on “Won’t Get Fooled Again” or his harmonica on “Baba O’Riley.”Pete Townshend, who recently turned 71, sang and played like a man half his age. He melted more than a few faces with a wailing solo during “Join Together,” growled gruffly during “Eminence Front” and guided the audience deftly through his instrumental opus, “The Rock.”The remaining original pair seemed to funnel fresh energy from its more youthful (but plenty decorated) support: Simon Townshend, Pete’s brother, on guitar and backing vocals; Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son, on drums; Pino Palladino, plucked from the John Mayer Trio, on bass; Loren Gold, John Corey and Frank Simes, veterans of the classic-rock world all. Together, they brought the band’s timeless catalogue to life in a way that was as fitting a tribute to Keith Moon and John Entwistle as any emotional montage. Indeed, the songs those two rocked into existence, along with Townshend and Daltrey, remain the bedrock of the band, the siren that still beckons fans into their seats and onto their feet wherever the Who may roam.But so, too, has the band long staked its reputation to progress, to the modernity of music. Townshend, in particular, was one of the great technological tinkerers of his day. Like his contemporaries in the Beatles and Pink Floyd, he toyed with the creation of new and different sounds, and wasn’t tethered to any traditional instruments or accompanying orthodoxies in doing so. He pushed the envelope across physical faculties, envisioning audiovisual experiences that were not only way ahead of their time, but too difficult to pull off well (Tommy) or at all (Quadrophenia) in their own days.Townshend still appeared torn about his efforts with those rock operas. In introducing the Quadrophenia portion of the set, he sounded at once proud of the album-based tour he and the band put together several years ago and wistful, as if he wasn’t quite satisfied. He even hinted that a similar tour for Tommy could be in the works.After all these years, Townshend remains a tinkerer, an artist, a perfection. He picks and pokes and prods at his own work, scanning for improvements and never quite satisfied with the ones he finds. Call him “The Seeker,” because he’s searching low and high.If “The Who Hit 50!”—in all of its sonic and visual splendor—is any indication, let’s hope he doesn’t get what he’s after ‘til the day he and the band die.last_img read more

Elton John Confirms Upcoming Memoir About His “Roller Coaster” Life [Video]

Elton John Confirms Upcoming Memoir About His “Roller Coaster” Life [Video]

first_imgElton John has officially confirmed the upcoming release of his new autobiography. The as yet untitled new memoir is due to be released on October 15th. In a video tweeted as part of the announcement, John notes, “My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and now I’m ready to tell you my story, in my own words.” The new memoir will be published by Henry Holt & Co.Elton John Travels Back In Time In Career-Spanning Holiday Ad [Watch]As Sir Elton explains in a clip shared on Friday from his favorite bookstore, “I just wanted to tell you I have a book coming out which is my first autobiography. I can’t wait for you to read it, because it’s the truth, and so many books that have been written about me haven’t exactly been truthful. … I can’t wait for you to see what I have to say about my life.” The title and the cover art for the book remain a mystery for now, although Elton John did share a MacMillan Publishers pre-order link so you can reserve your copy now.The new book will come as Elton John continues to tour the world on his extensive final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The new memoir will also arrive soon after the upcoming biopic about Elton John’s life, Rocket Man, due out this May.For a full list of Elton John’s remaining Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates, head to his website here.last_img read more

Vermont strengthens captive insurance law, allows incorporated protected cells

Vermont strengthens captive insurance law, allows incorporated protected cells

first_imgLegislation passed by the 2011 session of the Vermont Legislature and signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin expands Vermont’s captive laws, to include allowing cells within a sponsored cell captive to be formed as incorporated protected cells.  The bill was signed into law before a group of industry supporters on May 11. ‘This bill is testimony to our commitment to keep pace with the changing needs of this industry,’ said Governor Peter Shumlin.  ‘I commend the Legislature for their hard work and commitment to keeping Vermont ‘the gold standard’ for captive domiciles.’Another change in the new captive insurance law creates greater flexibility within cell structures on business written by a sponsored captive and who can own a sponsored captive. ‘These updates will allow more companies to domicile in Vermont and utilize the option of having incorporated cells.  This is accomplished without limiting any rights or protections afforded by cells created by contract,’ said David Provost, Deputy Commissioner of Vermont’s Captive Insurance Division.‘Cell owners will now have more options,’ said Dan Towle, Director of Financial Services.  ‘Vermont will continue to license quality companies that may be sponsors of cell structures as long as they meet our regulatory requirements.  The new law offers greater flexibility in their structures and ownership.’  Vermont currently has 18 sponsored cell captives with over 100 individual cells.The bill also makes permanent the elimination of the first year minimum tax of $7,500 for newly licensed captives. ‘It was a way for the Legislature and Governor to say thank you to an industry that has been so beneficial to Vermont,’ said Richard Smith, President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA).  The VCIA was a strong supporter of this legislation and was a partner with the State in its passage.After a strong 2010 with the licensing of its 900th captive insurance company, the State of Vermont enacted these changes to the Captive Insurance law in the Legislature as part of its annual enhancements to its captive statute, according to the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA).Vermont is off to its strongest start in years with nine captives licensed thus far with five applications in progress.  Vermont is the largest captive insurance domicile in the U.S. and the third largest in the world, with $25 billion in gross written premium in 2010.  Vermont is also home to captives formed by 42 of the companies that make up the Fortune 100, and 18 of the companies that make up the Dow 30 have Vermont captives.Get to Know Captive InsuranceCaptive insurance is a regulated form of self insurance that has been around since the 1960’s, and has been a part of the Vermont insurance industry since 1981, when Vermont passed the Special Insurer Act.  Captive insurance companies are formed by companies or groups of companies as a form of alternative insurance to better manage their own risk. Captives are typically used for corporate lines of insurance such as property, general liability, products liability, or professional liability. Growth sectors of the captive insurance industry include securitization, professional medical malpractice coverage for doctors and hospitals, and the continued trend of small and mid-sized companies forming captive insurance companies.A sponsored captive is a structure created by a sponsor (typically an insurance company or other financial institution) to house individual insurance arrangements called ‘cells.’ Each cell is created by the insured party, who is usually a customer of the sponsor, to insure its own risk.  Such programs are ideal for insured who want to explore the use of a captive without starting their own or to address a short-term insurance issue (captives are considered long-term solutions to long-term issues).  In many cases, they serve as incubator space for new captive insurance companies, as the cell owner discovers the benefits of creating their own captive.An incorporated protected cell is a cell of a sponsored captive that is created under Vermont’s corporation laws as a true corporation, as opposed to a cell that is created by contract. Montpelier, VT–May 19, 2011. Photo of Governor Shumlin signing the legislation courtesy of State of Vermontlast_img read more

United States to Donate Radar to Honduras for Fight against Drug Trafficking

United States to Donate Radar to Honduras for Fight against Drug Trafficking

first_img U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs Frank Mora confirmed in Honduras that his government will donate a special radar to combat illegal drug-trafficking flights. This device will be able to monitor irregular flights, he stressed. “A radar is important, but sometimes it’s possible to do things that don’t require greater financial capability, but that require greater levels of synchronization,” he noted. Mora did not provide specifics about the technical details of the equipment or its manufacturer, although in this case it should be a primary or long-range radar that will chiefly monitor the airspace over the Honduran Caribbean, the area through which the bulk of illegal flights pass from South America to the north. Mora was in Honduras to meet with Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla and Defense Minister Marlon Pascua, in order to explain the new defense strategy that U.S. President Barack Obama introduced in January. On his trip, the deputy assistant secretary also visited Guatemala and El Salvador. Mora emphasized to the two Honduran officials that his country has offered significant aid to the countries of Central America in order to improve collaboration in the fight against drug trafficking. For the fiscal year beginning in October, the United States has budgeted a donation of 130 million dollars for the countries of the region to execute their strategies against drug trafficking. This assistance is part of the cooperation provided through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), which emphasizes institutional support for law enforcement, development, and prevention, among other areas, Mora explained. The deputy assistant secretary acknowledged that the United States needs to put more effort into reducing drug use, as President Porfirio Lobo asked, although the U.S. official explained that the acquisition of hallucinogens in the U.S. has fallen by about 30 percent. By Dialogo May 22, 2012last_img read more

Commack Chuck E. Cheese Brawl Under Investigation

Commack Chuck E. Cheese Brawl Under Investigation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Brawl breaks out at Chuck E. Cheese on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (Photo: YouTube)Suffolk County police’s Fourth Precinct is investigating a fight that broke out at Chuck E. Cheese in Commack, which ended with the theft of a pocket book as children screamed in horror for their parents to stop throwing haymakers.The skirmish—which was captured on a cell phone video and posted on YouTube—occurred just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to a police spokeswoman who confirmed the investigation.Police did not reveal what sparked the brawl, but noted that someone ran off with a pocket book during the dispute.The confrontation became heated about 30 seconds into the video when a woman clutching a baby in her right arm walks up to a woman and swings her left arm. The group of women continued fighting as workers and guests—and even children—tried unsuccessfully to break up the fight.A child is seen grabbing a woman from behind in an attempt to pull her away from the fray. Screams of “Mommy! Mommy!” can be heard in the background.The video of the embarrassing altercation has gone viral and has more than 20,000 views.The police investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Online training: The good, the bad, and a solution

Online training: The good, the bad, and a solution

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Let me begin with an apology to (and plug for) Rosemont College. About ten years ago, I was brought in to conduct a special accelerated Public Speaking class. In response to busy professionals’ need for efficient matriculation, the college began offering some three-credit courses over a weekend. Students would complete the course in 15 hours over a three-day period beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. The concept did not sit well with me because my experience had taught me that public speaking improved best when taught and practiced over a period of weeks or longer. By contrast, I also witnessed great results from the many one-day corporate workshops I had conducted. I knew that busy professionals were adaptable and self-motivated, so I was confident that students taking this accelerated course would fare well because they would continue to self-edify upon completion of the course. When I met with the dean and department leaders to discuss the course, they invited me to work with them on designing a virtual Public Speaking course. My passion for Communication Studies and my penchant for purity led to my immediate and stubborn response: “You cannot conduct Public Speaking virtually.” I did the very thing I loathe; I immediately responded with “no” rather than asking how and why the new option should be considered.In my defense, alongside my firm belief that important nuances would be missed in the absence of face-to-face instruction and practice—a reality to which I still subscribe—was my dismay with available technology at that time. The transmission of computer video and audio was choppy and frustrating at best, with signals dropping constantly. Another factor was my suspicion about the motives of educational institutions and concern over the integrity of a higher ed degree. Needless to say, I missed an opportunity to be on the front line of virtual classrooms. Mea culpa!Fast forward a decade and something I should have expected has come to fruition. Technology has improved tremendously. The unexpected happened, too. A pandemic forced the immediate need to take all education online. Over the past decade I have been on both the receiving and delivery ends of online education and personal development courses. While I maintain there are intrinsic benefits to face-to-face learning, online options are efficient, in many cases sufficient, and in this current crisis necessary. What about Public Speaking? Can someone really be prepared to speak before a live audience after only training online, alone in a room looking at just a webcam? The answer is yes. You can learn to enhance your public speaking skills through online training. The onus is as much on the trainer as the trainee.Of all the concepts included in my training programs, the three that need additional emphasis in an online training scenario are listening, organization, and visualization. A huge component of all communication training, listening for the professional speaker requires doing homework on the audience and networking with the audience. The more you can learn about your audience prior to your talk, the better you will be able to address the audience. Likewise, whether you are leading a small meeting in the conference room or addressing a large group in an auditorium, there are a number of ways to engage with the audience before and during your presentation. The key to successful listening is the ability to deliver your message in your audience’s preferred style of communication. The ability to organize a message is crucial to the success of reaching your audience. Novice and experienced speakers struggle with organization. In my college classes and corporate workshops, we spend equal time on organization and delivery. Visualization is the final step in preparation prior to delivery. When exercised deliberately, visualization quells nerves and reinforces the speaker’s message. While practicing delivery in an online Public Speaking class is challenging, emphasis on the three aforementioned components can mitigate those challenges, especially given the ability to work one-on-one with the instructor.last_img read more

Alure Home Improvements Wins Top Honors At CotY Awards

Alure Home Improvements Wins Top Honors At CotY Awards

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Press Patron Alure Home Improvements recently won five top honors at the 2015 Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards gala, held Nov. 20 at Larkfield Manor in East Northport.The annual event, sponsored by the Long Island chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and currently in its 20th year, recognizes NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. Titled an “Evening of Excellence,” the reception is held on Long Island each November and nationally each March.East Meadow, NY-based remodeling company Alure Home Improvements earned one “Platinum” and four “Gold” awards for its excellence in various categories. Alure Home Improvements won the Platinum award in the Residential Kitchen category, for projects in the $30,000 to $60,000 range, along with Gold awards for Residential Bathroom, $25,000 to $50,000; Residential Kitchen from $60,000 to $100,000; Residential Bathroom for projects between $25,000 and $50,000; and Residential Bathroom projects from $50,000 to $75,000.Contractors honored included: Christina Piekut, Mike Kelly, Sherry Gossett, Joe Russo, Dave Weber, Mary Lotardo, and Joseph Capobianco. According to Seth Selesnow, marketing director for Alure Home Improvements, “Remodeling is a team sport.”“The CotY awards recognize NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work in their remodeling business,” said Barry Goggin, chairman of the awards committee. “Each entry is scored by a panel of judges for design, overcoming difficulties, meeting clients’ needs and use of innovative products and building techniques.” Alure Home Improvements is a Long island home design and remodeling institution. Founded in 1946, in what began as a paint company, Alure has evolved into a full-scale construction business with a wide range of expertise, from kitchens, baths, and windows to siding, basements, sunrooms and roofs. Alure has been featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Long Island and in the New York metro area, as well as contributing to projects in Baltimore and New Orleans. Alure’s commitment to community, under the direction of President Sal Ferro, has been unwavering, whether donating and delivering food and water in the wake of weather disasters or donating time and resources to the expansive list of recipients for their community service.Alure Home Improvements is also a premier member of Syosset, NY-based digital design and inbound marketing company Morey Publishing’s Press Patrons program, an innovative advertising, marketing and underwriting relationship exclusive to readers of the award-winning online investigative news and cultural arts organization Long Island Press.last_img read more

West Islip, Brentwood Home Invasion Assaults Probed

West Islip, Brentwood Home Invasion Assaults Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a pair of home invasions during which victims were assaulted one day apart last week, authorities said.In the first case, three men knocked down the front door of a Jefferson Avenue home in Brentwood and pistol-whipped the victim before the trio stole cash and fled the scene at 1:07 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, police said.Then at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, three men entered a Lyn Place home in West Islip, where they demanded money and a cell phone from the victim, who was stabbed with an unknown object before the trio fled the scene, police said.Neither any arrests were made nor were descriptions available in either case, police said. Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigations.last_img read more

Children shouldn’t have to choose to die

Children shouldn’t have to choose to die

first_imgOn Line Opinion 26 February 2014Last week, The Times featured the heart-warming story of Deryn Blackwell, a 14 year-old boy who having been told he would likely die within a short time is now, against the odds, making a remarkable recovery.http://www.ryot.org/14-year-old-boy-cancer-given-days-live-still-kicking-3-months-later/582757After the last of four bone marrow transplants in his treatment for a rare form of cancer, Deryn’s parents were told that he was unlikely to survive beyond 50 days.Deryn accepted his fate and was planning his own funeral. Today, though, he is relieved at the turn around in his condition and hopeful of a bright future.The story strikes a chord at a time when British and other European news media are regularly reporting a growth of interest in assisted dying. The Belgian government recently voted to accept the practice for children.The Netherlands, so often at the vanguard of ultra-liberal policies, was one of the first nations to rule that children could request assisted dying. Its law stipulates that children must be experiencing ‘unbearable suffering’ and that they must have made a ‘reasoned decision’ to die, with the support of their parents.http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=16060last_img read more

Carolyn Faye Jones Retherford Sowder

Carolyn Faye Jones Retherford Sowder

first_imgCarolyn Faye Jones Retherford Sowder, 69 of Milan passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday September 21, 2017 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Carolyn was born Tuesday June 22, 1948 the daughter of Dilver Dunning and Alberta Mae Jones.  She was a former manager of Vals Department Store at Versailles, and had worked at different restaurants at the Cincinnati Airport.  She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and spending time with the family, especially her grandchildren.Survivors include daughters Shawna (Mike) Brandes of Milan, Fawna (Tom) Martin of Evansville, and Holly Ramey of Milan, Grandchildren Michael and Cody Brandes, Shelbie and Ashley Ramey, and Will and Lizzy Martin, brother Ted Cole and sisters Bebbie Cole and Debbie Cornett.Friends and family may gather for visitation on Sunday September 24, from 6-8PM at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home.  A private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.  707 S. Main St. PO Box 243 Milan, In. 47031, (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence messagelast_img read more