Load remaining images Photo: Andrew Rios My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has been on a roll of late, touring with his solo project in support of the recently released album, Eternally Even. James brought his triumphant sound to the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO last night, treating fans to material new and old for the performance.James’ solo music was on full display, as he worked through most of the new album and pulled favorites from his 2013 debut solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. He also played Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free”, as well as Buddy Holly’s classic tune “True Love Ways.”Check out the full setlist and a gallery from Andrew Rios Photos below. Photo: Andrew Rios
Another fidelity bond legal dispute between the NCUA and an insurance company revealed that a former manager and assistant manager were running a check-kiting scheme that led to a loss of nearly $700,000 and contributed to the involuntary liquidation of an Indiana credit union.According to court documents filed last week by the NCUA and Southwest Marine and General Insurance Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., Sandra Santay, manager of the $7.5 million Lakeside Federal Credit Union in Hammond, Ind., and the credit union’s assistant manager, Paula Awe, allegedly operated a check-kiting scheme through their Lakeside checking accounts from January 2012 to April 2015.The fraud was uncovered during an NCUA examination in April 2015. When examiners confronted Santay, she verbally admitted that she and Awe were kiting checks that amounted to $690,120. Soon after the NCUA determined Lakeside was insolvent and closed its operations in July, the $3 billion, South Bend, Ind.-based Teachers Credit Union purchased Lakeside’s loan portfolio and assumed its 2,280 members. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
More than 250 Bechtel workers employed at Chevron’s Wheatstone project have reportedly signed a petition alleging „serious workplace bullying incidents.“The petition calls on Chevron contractor Bechtel to treat worker’s concerns with the seriousness and respect required, after a worksite manager allegedly used profanity and bullying tactics on multiple occasions when speaking to employees in an effort to offend and intimidate them, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said in a statement earlier this week.According to AMWU, the alleged behavior took place on or around the middle of July on multiple occasions and included referring to workers as “rats“ and “no better than paedophiles”.The workers petition calls on Chevron mechanical contractor Bechtel, one of the largest civil engineering and construction companies in the world to “expect a higher standard and lead by example”.The workers also state that Bechtel has failed to ensure a bully free workplace, and that they have no faith in the named manager to be able to organize and manage workers on his shift. Workers organized a mass meeting about the incidents at which 260 workers signed the petition to formalize their position.However, AMWU said, Bechtel rejected the petition, asking workers to lodge individual complaints through the disputes process.The workers have since delegated the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union to represent them in this matter.AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said it was a disgrace that the initial concerns of workers had been brushed aside and that the manager in question was still working.“We’re not going to stand by while Bechtel bury this issue under layers of company bureaucracy that never finds an answer,” said McCartney.“Given what we know about the mental health stresses already faced by FIFO workers, it is completely unacceptable that a company with this many staff working remotely seems to have no intention of preventing behavior like this.“This is a company who ignored all the recommendations of the State Government inquiry into FIFO mental health.“They think because it’s a remote site, no one will notice. But we have noticed, and we’re going to represent these workers, because everyone deserves a safe workplace free from bullying and abuse.“This is one of the biggest projects in Australia and it’s shameful that two of the largest companies involved, Bechtel and Chevron, seemingly won’t hold its management to a higher standard.“Companies like this always welcome tougher ABCC regulations to deal with workers but won’t hold their management to account and it’s completely hypocritical.“Our members have called upon us to ensure this company treats their workers with the same level of respect they always demand of their employees, and to that end we will fight on their behalf.”Offshore Energy Today has reached out to both, Bechtel and Chevron seeking comment on these allegations.WheatstoneThe Chevron-run Wheatstone LNG project, labeled as one of Australia’s largest resource projects, will develop the Wheatstone, Iago, Julimar and Brunello offshore gas fields in Australia. The Wheatstone and nearby Iago natural gas resources are located about 200km (124 miles) north of Onslow off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast. The Julimar and Brunello fields will tie back to the central processing platform.Presenting the company’s quarterly results late in July, Chevron’s CEO John Watson said first production from the Wheatstone LNG Project “is expected next month,” that is, in August 2017.
Sam Allardyce, the Sunderland manager 1 Slaven Bilic insists West Ham fans should appreciate what Sam Allardyce did for the club when he returns to Upton Park on Saturday.Allardyce is braced for a mixed reception when he arrives in east London with Sunderland, having endured a fractious relationship with the Hammers faithful during his four years in charge.Despite getting West Ham promoted at the first attempt and establishing them in the Premier League, Allardyce still managed to alienate some supporters.The former Bolton and Blackburn chief’s style of play did not sit well with many claret and blue purists, while he branded sections of the fans “deluded” and “brainwashed” and even cupped his ears to the sound of boos from the stands following one unconvincing home victory over Hull.However, Bilic, who took over from Allardyce in the summer, insists his achievements should be respected and claims he laid many of the foundations for their success this season.“They should appreciate that he did great for West Ham, first and foremost,” said Bilic.“He took over West Ham in a moment when they were in the Championship and got them back straight away. He stabilised them in the Premier League and did an amazing job.“The fans, and everyone connected with the club, should appreciate him.“I don’t know what the fans think of him, but you can’t change the facts and the facts are in his favour, big time!“Whoever says differently, then it’s not business, it’s personal. Sam did a great job here. He left me an organised training ground, some key players, he made my job a bit easier – and I appreciate it.“Do I think he will get a warm reception? I think so, and I hope so.”