Inflation

first_imgInflationOn 29 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. TheOffice of National Statistics said slower growth in clothing and footwearprices, and reduced costs for recreation and culture, helped to reduce CPIinflation – the Governments target measure – to 1.3 per cent in November, downfrom 1.4 per cent in the previous month. Clothing and footwear prices were the main reason why RPI inflation fellto 2.5 per cent in November, from 2.6 per cent in October.  www.statistics.gov.ukview graphic  requiresflash enabled browserlast_img

Blues Teach Americans a Lesson on Tour

first_imgOXFORD’S rugby players began the season in fine form with an undefeated tour of the USA in September. The Blues defeated a New York Athletic Club side twice in two days before walloping the All-American Collegiate XV 44-0 at West Point Military Academy. The comprehensive nature of the victories in America bode well for Oxford as they look to win a Varsity match for the first time since 2004. After an initial 24-7 victory over NYAC on 16th September, the Blues really hit their straps the following day running out 43-7 winners against the US side. Jon Chance, Peter Clarke and Chris Haw all landed two tries each, with Tim Catling also grabbing a score.Captain Joe Roff’s side’s fine form continued five days later with a further seven tries scored in difficult conditions, ending the tour on a resounding high note. Upon returning home, Oxford’s fine early-season form continued with a resounding 48-14 victory over Japanese side Kanto Gaukin University. Left wing Euan Sadden produced a performance to remember, scoring a hat-trick of tries to help the Blues recover from going 7-0 down early on.With further tries from Tom Tombleson, Anthony Jackson and Chance, fly-half Craig McMahon slotted four conversions to ease Oxford home in their first game at Iffley Road this season. They next face Trinity College, Dublin, on Saturday at Iffley Road, kick-off 12.00 noon.last_img read more

Why does a public street get shut down for a private…

first_imgDear Editor:Why is it that 7th Street between Madison and Monroe, a public street, gets shut down during the day for a private school? Especially when the school has a blacktopped area behind their building where the kids can play. Paul Friedlast_img

Roosevelt Collier: Master Of The Sacred Steel, Hendrix, And Sit-Ins

first_imgRoosevelt Collier is one of the most sought after sacred steel players in the game. He is often listed as an “Artist-At-Large” on dozens of festival lineups throughout the year, playing with all the bands and artists looking to add that soulful steel sound that he graces the stage with. “I really didn’t think of myself  as being sought after. When it comes to jamming with others, I just really enjoy making music with people,” Collier explains, “I enjoy the possibilities of what could happen at any given moment.”Collier is also a Jimi Hendrix aficionado, having performed the material of the guitar god time and time again. He will once again do so this Friday night, February 24th when he, along with Dopapod’s Rob Compa (guitar) and Chuck Jones (bass), and TAUK’s Isaac Teel (drums), perform a special tribute to Hendrix’s Band of Gypsy’s-era material at American Beauty in New York City (purchase tickets here).We decided to take a look at some memorable collaborations from Collier’s career, and it is like a “Who’s Who” of incredible artists. A cover of “Little Wing” with none other than Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, and Count M’Butu? Yeah, that happened. Rocking out to “Voodoo Child” with Warren Haynes in Miami at a late-night show, or sitting in with Anders Osborne on The Band‘s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Then there was that time at Bear Creek in 2012 when he joined Skerik and Mike Dillon’s Dead Kenny G’s project, along with George Porter Jr. and Billy Martin. Or rocking out to JJ Cale’s “Ride Me High” with Widespread Panic and Bobby Lee Rodgers in 2013.There is a reason Roosevelt Collier is one of the most respected musicians in the scene today. Last year on Jam Cruise, he hosted his own super jam on the main stage, which brought out a laundry list of artists that include Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Eric Krasno, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Fred Wesley, Ron Holloway, Nigel Hall, Eric McFadden, Todd Stoops and many more. And then, just last week, there was the performance of “Spanish Castle Magic” from the legend’s 1967 Axis: Bold As Love album. Take a look at a few of these aforementioned performances below.[courtesy of Barry2theB][courtesy of CHeeseHeaDPRoDuCTioNS][courtesy of FunkItBlog][courtesy of CHeeseHeaDPRoDuCTioNS][courtesy of Mountain Jam Festival][courtesy of FunkItBlog]Tickets for Roosevelt Collier’s Band of Gypsy’s Tribute are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. Local NYC jammers Dorsia will be providing support for the performance. For show updates and additional information, check out the Facebook Event page.last_img read more

The Main Squeeze Celebrate New Album At The Fox [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Bloomington, Indiana’s own The Main Squeeze came to Boulder, Colorado to celebrate the release of their new album Without A Sound. The band came strapped with new tricks, ultimately throwing down one of the most energetically lifting shows of 2017 at the Fox Theatre to date.The Fox was packed shoulder-to-shoulder on this snowy Friday night to seek out the hype about what is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about, up-and-coming bands in the scene right now. Right out of the starting gates, the band played “One,” “Sweat,” and “405” off the just-released Without A Sound, and the one-two-punch got the nearly packed-to-capacity crowd attentively on their feet.Read More About Without A Sound In This Exclusive Interview With Guitarist Max NewmanAfter giving us a sweet taste of their newest material, the band hopped into Main Squeeze classics “Ebaneezer,” “I’ll Take Another,” “WWC,” and “Dr. Funk,” then brilliantly decided to close the set with two more new tunes, “Get At Me” and “Only Time.” Lead singer Corey Frye’s vocals and lyrics provided such a soulful and powerful structure to work with, while guitarist Max Newman took full advantage of this strength by absolutely annihilating his guitar solos.Along with keyboardist Ben “Smiley” Silverstein, bassist Rob Walker, and the man on the skins Reuben Gingrich, the Main Squeeze walked back out onto the stage for an unexpected and extended encore.Before returning to the music, the band made sure to thank all of their Madison House management (based in Boulder), old friends, new friends, family, recording extraordinaire, crew, and “every single person who has came out and shown this band from a small town in Indiana more love than we could ever imagine.” Corey Frye was speechless to the crowd’s overwhelming response, and took a minute to soak it in, with his jaw dropped to the mic-stand. The band’s heavy-hitters “Love Yourself Somebody” and “Return of the Mack” were executed perfectly to end a night that will go down in Main Squeeze history.Check out the full gallery below.Setlist: Main Squeeze | Fox Theatre Album Release Party | Boulder, CO | 4/28/2017Set: One>Sweat, 405>Spirits>Angelus> Ebaneezer, Miss That Feelin, In a Funk, Rule the World, I’ll Take Another, WWC, Dr. Funk>Get At Me, Only TimeE:: Love Yourself Somebody>Return of the Macklast_img read more

Beach Boy Mike Love Shares Whimsical Video For “Do It Again” With John Stamos And Mark McGrath

first_imgRecently, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love recently joined forces Full House star John Stamos and Extra host/former Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath for an updated rendition of the surf-rock icons’ 1968 single “Do It Again.” On Wednesday, the trio premiered the official video for their self-described “reincarnation” of the track, directed by Stamos.While Love’s relationship with the rest of his original band, particularly songwriting collaborator Brian Wilson, is publicly contentious, the relationship between these three performers is all love. The clip is a thoroughly satisfying dose of fun-in-the-sun nostalgia, with shots of Love’s younger days singing with the Beach Boys interspersed with a whimsical Love-McGrath-Stamos karaoke montage. Take a few minutes to watch the video (via OfficialMikeLove), and we promise your day will be just a little more light-hearted if you do.“The whole song’s about getting together with old friends and sharing good times and talking about the old times,” Love told Billboard. “The fact that here we are decades later, recreating it with old friends, having a great time – it doesn’t get much more organic and perfect and fantastic than that.” Love also commented on the old-school footage used: “Sometimes it’s embarrassing to see myself with a beard as long as ZZ Top’s or looking like Duck Dynasty or jumping around with my shirt off and rockin’, but, hey, it was the ’60s and the ’70s and it was rock and roll and there’s a whole lot of history there.”As fans of Full House know, the connection between Love and Stamos goes way back, at least as far as the Beach Boys’ guest roles on the show in the 90’s. Love, Stamos, and McGrath performed their “reinvigorated” version of the 60’s tune for a 4th of July TV special in Washington, D.C. for PBS earlier this month.:[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Additional States Added To New York Mandatory Quarantine List

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wearing a mask. File image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo date: 06/24/20.ALBANY – During a Coronavirus conference call update on Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Illinois, Kentucky, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Minnesota are now on the state’s mandatory quarantine list.That brings the total number of states on that list to 34.In terms of quarantining when returning to New York, Governor Cuomo says, “If you refuse to fill out the form in the airport, it is illegal for you to leave the airport.”He says police give you the option to fill out the form, and if you don’t, they give you a summons to fill out when you get off the plane. Cuomo also says an additional 26 violations were handed out on Monday to businesses not complying with the COVID rules, 17 of which were in Manhattan.As of yesterday, there was an infection rate of .93% and 81 people were intubated, the lowest number of intubations since March 15, according to the governor.He also addressed the issues surrounding Major League Baseball.“If you’re having problems playing elsewhere, come play here,” Cuomo said.The governor says New York State could host any game that any team wants to play, citing the availability of testing and resources along with a low infection rate as the reasons.Cuomo mentioned the Blue Jays playing here in the Queen City as well, saying it’s “great for Buffalo, great for New York.”As part of his baseball proposal, players would have to fly private, then go right to a ‘quarantine hotel’ to be tested, and would have to submit to a mandatory quarantine in the hotel when not playing ball.last_img read more

Samantha Barks on Starring in London’s The Last Five Years

first_img Samantha Barks came to worldwide attention as Eponine in the film of Les Miserables but has an extensive list of stage credits including Les Miz, Aladdin and City of Angels. The 26-year-old Isle of Man native can now be found in the intimate confines of the St James Theatre playing Cathy opposite Jonathan Bailey’s Jamie in The Last Five Years, the Jason Robert Brown song cycle first seen off-Broadway in 2002. Barks took time during rehearsals to talk about fulfilling a longstanding dream.Is this a show you knew already?Did I know it? [Laughs.] I’ve been obsessed with this show basically for years! When I first heard it, I thought, “God I’d love to play this part” [of Cathy.] That was my teenage dream: I could literally sing the entire score myself.What was it like when you went to audition for Jason Robert Brown for this production?When I met him, he asked me whether I was familiar with the show, and I basically had to be as cool as possible.Why do you think you responded so intently to the piece all those years ago?It was because the songs felt like contemporary pop music to me. I was 13 or something at the time, and it was one of the first musicals I’d heard to have that contemporary sound.Weren’t you too young to know firsthand what Cathy was going through?Yes, and what’s funny is I remember my heart aching without ever having had a relationship myself. I think I just thought, “Oh, men!” as you do when you’re a teenager. I was obviously on Cathy’s side.Have your thoughts changed with time?I guess what’s interesting as you get older is that you completely see both sides of [Jamie and Cathy’s] relationship. It seems clear to me that the intention is there for them to love one another, but life directs them apart. It’s all very complex.What do you make of the structure of the show, which tells Cathy’s story in reverse?It’s so intriguing to start in the place you would normally finish, but the beauty of Jason’s writing is in the simplicity of it. And it’s a weird thing, you know, when you have a breakup and you’ve got to get to grips with all the memories, and that’s kind of how her story works. We travel back to the place where she starts to crumble.Does that mean you and [co-star] Jonathan Bailey are in different emotional places at different times?What we’ve noticed is because Cathy’s story ends at a more hopeful beginning, I step out of rehearsals every day with a spring in my step whereas Johnny, as Jamie [whose story moves forwards], comes in first thing all springy and happy and by the end, he’s in bits!What’s it like starting the show with a song as mournful as “Still Hurting”?Every beat of that song is linked so deeply to the emotion that you just have to ride it. But it’s written so beautifully that it’s not hard to go to the places [the song] asks you to go.How did it feel to be starting in on this just as you were turning 26?I just think of it as such a great birthday gift! It’s like, what would my 13 or 14-year-old self think if she knew that on my 26th birthday, I would be rehearsing with Jason Robert Brown? She wouldn’t believe me. It was as if that girl then was saying, “Oh God, I want to talk about the show all the time,” whereas I look at her and think, “but you hadn’t had a relationship!”Was it hard to arrive at the evenhandedness you now feel towards the characters?Well, I’m a woman, obviously, so you think that’s going to determine your point of view. But what I’ve come to discover about the show is that we’re not just one character or the other: it’s not just a generalized man or woman. These are complex, sensitive people who have contrasting egos the way everyone has. I’m sure most people feel at times as if they have been Cathy or Jamie.Does it feel like a competition, or, at least, a relay race?What’s interesting once you get into the flow of it is that it really isn’t “my song/your song.” It feels more like passing the baton as part of one big monologue, and I have to say the time flies by so quickly.How does it feel playing an American—or at least this American?That’s interesting because I’ve not done a New York accent, though heaven knows I do love that place. There’s such energy about it, and a buzz. Everyone’s always in such a rush.  Do you recognize yourself in Cathy, who after all is also an actress?I do. I mean, I moved away from the Isle of Man to London myself so very much empathize with her moving to the big city to fulfill her dream. What happens then is that she finds herself alongside Jamie as these two very ambitious people in a place that is very right for him and not so right for her.What has been the impact of the recent Anna Kendrick/Jeremy Jordan film?The thing with the movie is that they brought it up to now whereas we’re doing the original script, which is set in 1993. But hopefully the film allows the show to reach another audience—I always think without films of some of these musicals, so many people wouldn’t know the shows at all.But doesn’t the movie make a snarky reference to Russell Crowe, your co-star in the Les Miz film?Yes, but we don’t have that in our show. We’re sticking with Linda Blair. Star Files Samantha Barks in ‘The Last Five Years'(Photo: Scott Rylander) View Comments Samantha Barkslast_img read more

Ledyard National Bank contributes to SCORE

first_imgSource: Ledyard.# END # Ledyard National Bank contributed $1,000.00 to SCORE for the sponsorship of four workshops this fall.  The workshop topics are: So You Want to Own Your Own Business, Business Bookkeeping, Selling and Advertising, and An Introduction to Internet Marketing. Ledyard supports SCORE’s mission to help more entrepreneurs become successful small business owners through face-to-face and email business counseling.  Score’s workshops are a natural fit with and a complement to Ledyard’s mission of educating and advising its commercial clients on all financial matters related to their enterprises.Ledyard Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank.  Ledyard National Bank, founded in 1991, is a full service community bank offering a broad range of banking, investment, tax and wealth management services in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region.  Ledyard National Bank has eight offices with locations in Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, and West Lebanon, New Hampshire and in Norwich, Vermont.Ledyard Financial Group, Inc. shares can be bought and sold through the NASD sanctioned “Pink Sheets” under the trading symbol LFGP.  Shares may be traded through an individual’s broker.  For more information, please refer to the “Investor Relations” section of the bank’s website at www.ledyardbank.com(link is external) or contact the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, Gregory D. Steverson.last_img read more

The Runners Marathon of Reston: Washington DC’s Friendly Marathon

first_imgAre you looking for a race that has offers a home-town experience near a cosmopolitan city? How about a race that was conceived, designed and managed by runners who simply have YOU in mind? Would you like a race that is logistically convenient, making the only worry you have is how well you run? If so, then check us out!Runners Marathon of RestonRunners Marathon of RestonReston Runners’ sixth annual “Runners Marathon” offers just what you need for your Big Day, whether you’re running our marathon, half marathon or 4-leg relay: on-site parking, quick packet pick up, easy no-cost transfer between events, and a free dinner in the same space. The RMR provides a spacious indoor area for you and your guests to enjoy throughout race day, including showers!Located just 20 miles outside Washington, D.C., Reston is an ideal place to bring along family and friends for a destination weekend.Runners Marathon of RestonThe RMR Has Something For EveryoneThe course features beautiful wooded, paved trails and roads. It’s not flat – bragging rights after this event – but the simple amenities make it a course worth running. We have the best volunteers in the business who steer and cheer you around the course and give you refreshments with a big smile. There’s a live band playing as you finish in style on the stadium track before heading inside to enjoy a festive and delicious meal.Runners Marathon of RestonRunners Marathon of RestonBrian from New Jersey was delighted with his race in 2017:“I have done many races and was really impressed with the organization… from registration to packet pickup!  There were volunteers in every spot along the course where it would have been possible to make a wrong turn, and I loved the lime markings on the trail along the way.”Amanda from Washington DC was thrilled with the RMR’s friendly accommodation when she couldn’t make the pre-race party:“Race day packet pickup was super quick and easy. I had my bib within minutes of arriving on race morning. The indoor venue is comfortable and convenient, “You can hang out inside the school until a few minutes before the race start, so you can stay warm until you need to head over to the start. Bonus points for indoor bathrooms with minimal wait times!”Most of our volunteers are experienced runners from the local club hosting the race, Reston Runners. Here’s a sample of the high marks they receive from our participants:“The volunteers at RMR are the best I’ve ever experienced and one of many highlights of the events!”“Each volunteer was upbeat, fun, engaging, supportive and almost made you want to stop running and spend a bit more time with them because they seemed like such nice people!”Out-of-town participants are very pleased our amenities:“The showers were such a good option to have for those of us driving far afterward, the food afterwards was delicious. What an amazing day! My friends and I are definitely coming back.”For more information, check out www.runnersmarathon.com.Runners Marathon of Restonlast_img read more