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first_img== 6.2% ==…the percentage year-on-year fall in sales of bread in Italy, according to Italian farmers’ body The Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA), – worse than veg (-4.2%), pasta (-2.6%), pork (-4.7%) and beef (-3.8%)last_img

Twiddle Welcomes Turkuaz’s Shira Elias & Taz Niederauer For Capitol Theatre Closer [Videos]

first_imgTwiddle closed their first set at The Capitol with a powerful rendition of “Angel From Montgomery”, the John Prine 1971 classic that was largely made popular by Bonnie Raitt a few years later. For this strong set-closing number, the band invited out Turkuaz songstress Shira Elias as well as the young guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer to help push the song to its limits and making for a truly special moment during the show.“Angel From Montgomery”For second set, Twiddle returned with a set-opening “Tiberius” followed by the classic combination of “Hatti’s Jam” and “When It Rains, It Pours”. Similarly jammy throughout, the band segued into “White Light” before re-entering “Tiberius” to close the opening non-stop sting of five tunes. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer once again returned to the stage for a rendition of “Milk” before the show closed out with “Carter Candlestick” into a massive return to the show-opening “Jamflowman”. Taz also stayed on for the energized, show-closing rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” for encore.“Tiberius” On Saturday night, Twiddle continued their Thanksgiving run, rounding out a two-night stand at The Capitol Theatre, the historic venue in Port Chester, New York. The band has been clearly energized for this run, and coming off of Organ Freeman’s opening set, the Vermont quartet was dialed in from the get-go. However, the true highlights of last night’s show came in the form of surprise collaborations across the evening, including with Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias and young guitar prodigy and increasingly frequent Twiddle collaborator Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.Organ Freeman’s Opening Set Twiddles’ first set at The Capitol Theatre was more or less non-stop, with the group focusing on working transitions across songs and weaving and returning to previously played numbers. After the energetic and bounding opening “Jamflowman”, Twiddle transitioned through a “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” sandwich, which itself contained the PLUMP Chapter 1 classic “Every Soul”. Coming out of the second “Dr. Remidi”, the band quickly segued through a return to “Jamflowman” before landing in the perennial crowd-pleaser “Doinkenboink!!”. This number too was given the proper treatment, itself containing a rendition of the old-school favorite “Latin Tang”, which was originally penned by Twiddle’s former bassist Billy Comstock before Zdenek Gubb took over on bass duties for the band.“Jamflowman” “Milk” “Shakedown Street”Setlist: Twiddle | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 11/25/2017Set 1: Jamflowman > Dr. Remidi’s Melodium[1] > Every Soul > Dr. Remidi’s Melodium > Jamflowman > Doinkinbonk!!! > Latin Tang > Doinkinbonk!!!, Angel From Montgomery[2]Set 2: Tiberius[3] > Hatti’s Jam > When It Rains, It Pours[4] > White Light > Tiberius, Milk[5], Carter Candlestick > JamflowmanEncore: Shakedown Street[1] “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” contained a Gubb Dump looping solo and Brook playing on Gubb’s bass with drum sticks.[2] “Angel From Montgomery” featured Shira Elias (Turkuaz) on vocals and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on guitar.[3] “Tiberius” contained an “Apples” tease.[4] “When It Rains, It Pours” contained a “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” tease.[5] “Milk” featured Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on guitar.[Cover photo: Andy Gardecki on Instagram]last_img read more

Judicial Council withholds election results

first_imgCampaign violations and sanctions against the LaMagna-Andresen ticket for student body president and vice president prevented the Judicial Council from releasing election results as scheduled 12 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Judicial Council.In a press release issued late Monday night, the Council said it sanctioned junior Olivia LaMagna and sophomore Rohan Andresen for “insulting the opposing ticket in a Facebook post by a supporter.” The Council asked LaMagna and Andresen to remove the post from Facebook.Andresen told The Observer the incident was “a miscommunication and a misunderstanding of one of our supporters who did not mean to offend anyone in any way.” LaMagna said she was grateful for the dedication her and Andresen’s supporters had shown during the campaign process.“There was absolutely no harm or offense intended, nor did we perceive that anything that any of our supporters have done over the course of this could be in any way, shape or form offensive,” LaMagna said. “We don’t want this to downplay all of the awesome work that we’ve had with the innovative team behind us and we don’t want this to overshadow the impressive work that happened by the hard work of a lot of people over the course of this election.”The Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body of the University of Notre Dame du Lac states that election results cannot be released while any allegation or appeal is pending. Candidates may appeal the Election Committee’s decision within 12 hours of the hearing.Zachary Llorens Judicial Council stated that the results of Monday’s vote cannot be released until 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the earliest, according to these rules. An earlier press release from Judicial Council issued Monday morning said juniors Lauren Vidal and Matthew Devine “exceeded their campaign spending limit by paying for advertising on Facebook for specific posts.” “As an appropriate sanction, the Election Committee hereby asked the Vidal-Devine campaign to completely delete from Facebook the three advertised posts that caused them to exceed their campaign spending limit,” the press release stated. According to the Constitution, “A campaign limit is set for all Student body Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates’ tickets at $200.00. … Penalties are up to the discretion of the Election Committee.”Devine said he and Vidal were looking forward to hearing the vote tally Tuesday. “Lauren and I are going to get rest tonight,” Devine said. “We’ve been working hard these past few weeks, and we’re excited to hear the results [today].”Tags: elections, Student Body Presidentlast_img read more

New Mexico town bids to keep San Juan coal plant running

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The city of Farmington, N.M., announced that it has signed a deal with a private holding company to keep the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station open, but the plant’s majority owner and operator, PNM Resources Inc., indicated it does not see how such an arrangement would be viable.The city announced in a news release on Feb. 24 that it signed an agreement with Acme Equities LLC, which Farmington described as a New York City-based private holding company that focuses on North American energy assets. However, little additional information about the company could immediately be found on Feb. 25.Farmington, which owns 8.48% of San Juan Unit 4, announced it will begin negotiations with the plant’s other owners to transfer their interests, so the city can keep the plant running beyond its scheduled retirement date.However, PNM issued a statement that it remains committed to the plant’s closure in 2022 and has no plans to surrender its ownership and status as the plant’s operator. The plant is located near Farmington in San Juan County, N.M. Two of the plant’s four units were retired at the end of 2017.The parent company of Public Service Co. of New Mexico said the anticipated shutdown is consistent with its integrated resource plan and the IRPs of three of the other plant owners. Fortis Inc. subsidiary Tucson Electric Power Co. owns 50% of unit 1, which began operating in 1976. Along with Farmington, two other public power entities own small percentages of unit 4, which began operating in 1982.“PNM will continue to work with the other four San Juan Generating Station owners in accordance with their agreements to plan for a shutdown of the coal plant in 2022, subject to necessary regulatory approvals,” the company said.More ($): N.M. town claims it has deal to keep San Juan coal plant running New Mexico town bids to keep San Juan coal plant runninglast_img read more

6 Adventure Breweries in the Blue Ridge

first_imgLife wasn’t always this good in the Southern Appalachians. There was a time, not that long ago, when friends would have to “smuggle” New Belgium’s Fat Tire back across the Mississippi River on the tail end of ski trips to the Rockies. Hell, it wasn’t too long ago, that people had to smuggle Coors back from Colorado. Seriously. Coors. That’s how bleak the beer landscape was in the South “back in the day.” Now look at us. There are more than 100 craft breweries making beer in North Carolina alone. Ditto Virginia. Not only is the Southern craft brew scene evolving, but big Western craft breweries are moving in as well (see sidebar). And some of these breweries, both big and small, are located on the edge of the South’s most iconic adventure. That’s where this guide comes in, because beer goes better with adventure and vice versa. That’s a scientific fact. You can’t argue with science. So we’ve picked six perfectly placed breweries that you can hit after a perfect day outdoors, whether it’s kayaking the coast or knocking out an epic day hike on the A.T.1. Devils Backbone Basecamp and MeadowsRoseland, VirginiaDevils Backbone has outgrown its original basecamp location, moving most of its production to a much larger facility, called the Outpost, in Lexington, Va. But the party and the adventure can still be found at DB’s Basecamp. We’re talking about a brewpub that’s surrounded by 100 pristine acres at the base of Wintergreen Mountain and Resort within a stone’s throw of Three Ridges Wilderness. Devils Backbone has done its best to bring the area’s surrounding adventure scene into its brewery, developing its own 5K running and biking trails. DB has even fostered a solid connection with Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, picking them up from nearby Reid’s Gap and letting them camp in the Meadows for free. Thru-hikers even get a discounted breakfast the following morning. And you don’t have to leave the brewery’s property to find adventure; Basecamp hosts a series of trail runs and bike rides throughout the year.DO THIS: There’s road cycling galore, thanks to the country roads that intersect the Blue Ridge Parkway nearby, and DB Brewing even organizes a road ride from their Outpost in Lexington to the Basecamp in Roseland. But you can’t beat the backpacking inside Three Ridges Wilderness. Knock out a 15-mile loop using the A.T. and Mau-Har Trail that hits big vistas, waterfalls, and backcountry campsites.DRINK THIS: DB Brewing is now canning (thank God), so just about anything the brewery makes works as a post-adventure beer. But check out their new Trail Angel Weiss.2. Nantahala Brewing CompanyBryson City, North CarolinaYou want a good location? How about a brewery in downtown Bryson City, about three miles from the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Nantahala Brewing Company’s choice location puts you on the precipice of some of the South’s most renowned adventure. If one of the greatest national parks in the system isn’t enough for you, drive 20 minutes down the road and paddle the class II-III Nantahala, or pedal 20 miles of sinuous singletrack at Tsali Recreation Area. Or hell, paddle Lake Fontana and look for cliff jumping opportunities. And NBC fosters that connection to the outdoors with their Trail Magic Series, a rotating series of big beers brewed in homage to the hikers plugging away along the Appalachian Trail, which follows the mountain crest through GSMNP, not far from NBC’s brewpub.DO THIS: You have about 900 miles of trail to choose from within GSMNP alone, but the Lakeshore Trail, which runs for 45 miles along the edge of the Tuckaseegee River and Fontana Lake, offers water-side camping and enough history to fill a book. This multi-day backpack gives you the opportunity to swim secluded coves and explore ghost towns and former mine sites.DRINK THIS: Noonday IPA is the go-to beer from NBC, thanks to its punch of grapefruit on the nose and dry finish. If you can find one, pick up a big bottle of their latest Trail Magic, or go even bigger with an 8-Foot Drop Double IPA, which packs a high gravity punch, but also a hint of wildflower honey.ND3A8015_FIX3. Mountain State Brewing CompanyThomas, West VirginiaMountain State’s original brewpub, in Thomas, West Virginia, doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the two stepbrothers who founded this brewery in 2005 are true pioneers in the Southern craft beer scene who had the guts to open a brewpub in a town of 568 in a secluded valley far from any interstate in West “by God” Virginia. Hell, they even built this unassuming brewpub with their bare hands, using stones and timber from nearby sites. Legit. And the beer is good. Almost Heaven is an amber that has “gateway beer” qualities similar to the legendary Fat Tire. As for that remote West Virginia valley, it happens to be home to some of the state’s most rugged adventure, from backpacking the Dolly Sods to paddling the class V Upper Blackwater River. And those stepbrothers have turned their simple brewpub into a powerhouse, opening two other locations in the last few years, and are in the midst of a massive expansion that will triple their production. Mountain State is even growing their own hops now, which you can taste in the Homegrown Wet Hop IPA.DO THIS: Timberline Resort’s lift-served downhill mountain bike terrain is some of the best in the South, with tight, hand-cut singletrack that drops through rock gardens, glades and the occasional, but rare, sweeping berm. Check out the top of the mountain for big boulder drops and whimsical bridges too.DRINK THIS: Almost Heaven amber is a winner any time of year, but check out one of Mountain State’s summer seasonal Dolly Suds, a cranberry wheat beer that combines the Belgian wheat’s signature light, effervescent qualities with some vaguely fruity raspberry notes. Oh, and it’s named after nearby Dolly Sods, arguably one of the best backpacking destinations in the South.4. Appalachian Mountain BreweryBoone, North CarolinaSure, Appalachian Mountain Brewery has a great location (more about that in a minute), but AMB is on this list mostly because we like the cut of their jib. The brewery offsets their electricity use with 5,000 watts of solar panels, donates a portion of their profits to a variety of water quality and water access non-profits, installed a bike barn at their taproom to promote more biking, and make a habit of brewing beers that benefit local events and groups, from Blood Sweat and Gears to the Blue Ridge Conservancy. They even have a biodiesel/solar panel food truck that sources everything from local farmers. Community involvement and social responsibility is a key part of Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s business plan. And we dig that. Now, about that location. AMB sits in an unassuming commercial zone in Boone, within striking distance of some of the state’s most iconic adventure. The Linville Gorge, the Roan Highlands, Wilson Creek…it’s all just down the road.DO THIS: You can spend days, or weeks, in the High Country surrounding AMB and never exhaust the adventure to be had. For a quick hit only a few miles from the brewery, head to Rocky Knob Bike Park just east of downtown, which has eight miles of progressive singletrack with all of the wood bridges and boulders you can handle, along with a killer pump track.Oh, and AMB has been integral in raising funds for Rocky Knob, too.DRINK THIS: AMB has a few different flagship beers, but Long Leaf is the standout, and is easily one of the best IPAs brewed in North Carolina. And you can get it in tallboy cans built for stuffing in your backpack.AMB event bar view_FIX5. Flying Mouse Brewery – CLOSEDTroutville, VirginiaBrothers Frank and Chris Moeller had outdoor adventure on their minds when they were building Flying Mouse, from the location (it’s only half a mile from the Appalachian Trail, and sits directly on the TransAmerica 76 Bicycle Route), to the packaging—no glass, everything in cans, and stainless steel growlers to go. The brewery sits on 15 acres between the two tiny towns of Troutville and Daleville, with its own trail circling the property that’s used for cyclocross races. The Moellers wanted to bring adventure into the brewery, and it’s worked as countless cyclists and hikers find their way into The Flying Mouse from spring through fall. The beer they’re brewing on a 20-barrel system is also designed for adventure; each style is built to be sessionable and easy drinking, the perfect way to end a big hike or bike ride.DO THIS: Not all sections of the A.T. are created equal, but luckily, Flying Mouse is close to one of the most iconic destinations along the entire path. We’re talking about McAfee Knob, that protruding plateau of a rock that has earned the title of “most photographed spot on the A.T.” You can start at the brewery and turn it into an overnight backpack by staying at the Pig Farm Campsite near the McAfee Knob spur trail.DRINK THIS:  Just about everything Flying Mouse brews is perfect after a long hike, but we like Flying Mouse 3, which takes the light, crisp characteristics of a Kolsch-style beer and adds a more robust body and a slightly sweet layer. And keep an eye out for a new wheat beer that Flying Mouse plans on canning this summer.6. Backshore Brewing CompanyOcean City, MarylandBackshore Brewing is small, brewing tiny batches (about four kegs at a time), but they manage to knock out a solid rotation of beers (Belgian Dubbel aged on blackberries, anyone?), and they do it in a really sweet spot. Backshore (formerly known as Shorebilly) sits on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, near some of Ocean City’s most storied beach breaks. And Backshore embodies that surfside lifestyle, from the vintage VW bus out front on the patio to the skateboard decks next to the bar inside. And you gotta love the brewery’s motto: “Brewed in the salty air with our toes in the sand.” Backshore is only open on weekends, so plan accordingly.backshore 3_FIXDO THIS:  You have surfing just across the boardwalk from the brewery, but the real adventure lies to the south, just across the inlet. That’s where you’ll find Assateague Island National Seashore, a 37-mile long barrier island with sandy beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean, and salty marshes and sinuous channels to explore on the bay side. Wild ponies, beach camping, paddling and surfing…Assateague offers a wild island escape only a few miles from quality beer at Backshore.DRINK THIS: You’re at the beach, so don’t get too crazy. Stick with Backshore’s Boardwalk Blonde, an easy-drinking ale that comes in at a sessionable 4.3% ABV. And you pretty much have to order the Magnum P.A. (pale ale) because, you know, Magnum. They offer some of their flagships in cans, too, which makes it easy to stock up for a trip to Assateague. And check out their newest creation, called Hoop Tea, which is an all organic, tea-based malt liquor that comes in at 4% ABV.last_img read more

Credit union women: Are you on track for retirement?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Quiz time! The unique financial planning needs of women include:A. a longer expected life span than their male counterparts.B. earning gaps from taking time off work to care for children and/or elderly parents.C. underfunded retirement accounts due in part to pay inequities.D. all of the above.If you said D, you are correct! This is one question in a new quiz in this latest issue of CU Management’s special online publication Advancing Women. Will you score 100%? And more importantly, will you be able to reach retirement that you envision?In our feature article “Focus on Personal Finances,” we offer five expert recommendations to plan for—and achieve—a secure future. These tips are applicable to anyone who wants to retire some day but, as Susan Mitchell chair of the Global Women’s Leadership Network and CEO of Mitchell Stankovic & Associates, points out in an article for us, women face unique retirement obstacles. As a result, we need to be extra proactive for ourselves, our colleagues and our staff. continue reading »last_img read more

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Elnusa books higher revenue, profit despite lower oil prices last year

first_imgPublicly listed integrated energy services provider PT Elnusa booked higher revenues and profits despite lower oil prices last year.The company booked a 26.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) increase in revenue to Rp 8.39 trillion (US$614 million) throughout 2019, thanks to a sharp increase in upstream oil and gas services revenue that jumped by 45 percent yoy to Rp 3.8 trillion.The increase in revenue also created a positive impact on the company’s bottom line, as it booked Rp 356.47 billion in profits, up by 29 percent yoy last year. Despite the financial success, the company only recorded a slight increase in its net profit margin of 4.3 percent last year from 2018’s figure of 4.2 percent.However, Hery remained optimistic that the company could continue to grow its business this year, as it allocated Rp 1.4 trillion in capital expenditure (capex) this year, higher than last year’s allocation of Rp 1 trillion.“We will use the capex for investment that could support growth, including manufacturing hydraulic workover units for oil well workovers to support Pertamina’s upstream business,” he said.He also said that the company was optimistic that it would reach its target of an 8 percent increase in revenue to Rp 9.1 trillion with a net profit of around Rp 400 billion, due to good business prospects for 2020. Elnusa finance director Hery Setiawan attributed last year’s positive performance to its parent company, state-owned energy holding company Pertamina’s takeover of terminated oil and gas blocks.He also said the company was able to take advantage of opportunities to maintain its performance even during the slump in oil and gas prices that slowed down exploration activities early last year.“We tried to grab every positive opportunity as best as we could by diversifying our portfolio and providing integrated energy services, from upstream to downstream, to make sure we could continue to grow,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.Fortunately, he said, both Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil prices went up toward the end of last year that boosted exploration activities among energy companies.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast sub-penthouse sells for almost $2 million

first_img331/1 Serisier Ave, Main Beach sold for $1.98 million.A SPECTACULAR Gold Coast sub-penthouse with no shortage of luxury features has sold for almost $2 million.The apartment at 331/1 Serisier Ave, Main Beach sold for $1.98 million to an interstate buyer. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago331/1 Serisier Ave, Main Beach.Every room offers a panorama of either the ocean, skyline, broadwater or Hinterland. Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens negotiated the sale of the four-bedroom residence in the Contessa tower. “It has been held by the same owner since 1997,” Mr Stevens said. 331/1 Serisier Ave, Main Beach.The residence is on the 33rd level and sprawls out over 316sq m.“The flexible accommodation suits families, professionals or downsizers looking for a relaxed beachside lifestyle, close to quality amenities,” the listing states.“Contessa is regarded one of the finest and tightly-held beachside buildings on the Gold Coast.”last_img read more

NigerStar 7 Boosts Fleet

first_imgNigerStar 7, a Nigerian joint venture company between Subsea 7 and Nigerdock, has acquired the pipelay vessel Seven Antares to boost its conventional, heavy-lifting and hook-up projects.The acquisition of the Seven Antares adds up to other recent investments made by NigerStar 7 to strengthen its local fleet and its commitment to the development of Nigerian offshore oil and gas industry and reinforces the company’s role in the ownership of Nigerian flagged vessels.Derek Izedonmwen, sales & marketing director of NigerStar 7, said: “The Seven Antares acquisition is a very important milestone for us. I’m deeply proud of this investment, as it reinforces NigerStar 7 commitment to invest in Nigeria through the acquisition of strategic local assets and to continue to invest and to develop our people. The Seven Antares is currently laying pipe for one of our clients and I’m sure she will be kept busy supporting the growth of Nigeria’s energy industry.”The Seven Antares was built in 2009, has a 300t main crane capacity and is a 120t S-lay vessel with capacity to lay pipes of up to 60-inch diameter; with an accommodation area in excess of 330 berths and a deck area of over 1300m².last_img read more