Keller Williams Gets Holidazed & Amused In Exclusive Interview [Watch]

first_imgKeller Williams is proud of his place as the whimsical jester of the jam band scene.  There is no musician more versatile than Williams, who is able to change genres as easily as most of us change shirts.Whether he is getting funky with his More Than A Little outfit, taking fans to church with his Grateful Gospel choir, delving into the jazzy side of life with KWahtro or just joking around and building layers of sound solo he always brings the same smile and spirit of fun to everything he does and we love him for it.Watch Keller Williams’ KWahtro Deliver Jazzy Grateful Dead, Joe Walsh Tunes At Summer CampTo help folks around his home in Virginia work off their upcoming tryptophan-induced comas after turkey day Williams has gathered Larry & Jenny Keel, Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters, Danny Barnes and Jay Starling for a three-night barnstorming run of picking, grinning and dancing off the holiday pounds! We sat down with the always engaging Williams right after Halloween to talk holidays, his view on the political scene and the burning question of the day…which of his many bands would survive a reality breaking, no holds barred faceoff battle to the death. Clearly, the chat was simply no fun at all. Check out our brief but delightfully off-kilter conversation below!For more information on these special holiday shows and to get tickets for Keller’s upcoming dates, check out his tour page here!last_img read more

Tate & Lyle agrees £930m buy-in with L&G

first_imgUK food and beverage company Tate & Lyle has sealed a £930m (€1bn) buy-in with Legal & General (L&G) for its defined benefit pension scheme.The bulk annuity covers roughly 4,800 members of the defined benefit (DB) scheme, according to a press release from L&G, and follows a previous transaction with the same insurer completed in 2012, worth £347m.It means the entirety of the £1.2bn Tate & Lyle Group Pension Scheme is now insured with L&G. According to LCP, which advised the trustee board on the deal, the pension scheme had put a long-term de-risking strategy in place following the 2012 buy-in.  Credit: Tafilah YusofTate & Lyle is best known for its sugar and sweetener products“It is transactions like this that are providing unstoppable momentum in the buy-in and buyout market with over £30bn of deals since this time last year. We expect a flurry of transactions to follow in Tate & Lyle’s footsteps over the next few months.”Michael Chatterton, a managing director at Law Debenture and chair of the scheme’s trustee board, added: “We never imagined only a couple of years ago that there would be such an opportunity on the horizon.“It is a fantastic conclusion to the de-risking plan that LCP helped us agree six years ago with the company and provides a blueprint for other schemes working towards full insurance.”Imran Nawaz, Tate & Lyle’s chief financial officer, said the deal would save the group £20m a year from 2021, “allowing the company to focus our future investments on delivering profitable growth”.Meanwhile, L&G Retirement’s institutional CEO Laura Mason said the deal would allow the insurer to invest in “important areas of the UK economy such as affordable housing, renewable energy and transport”.Macfarlanes provided legal advice to L&G, while Linklaters advised the trustee board. Clive Wellsteed, partner at LCP, said: “After identifying that the scheme could be within touching distance of full insurance in early 2019, well ahead of schedule, we worked closely with the trustees and company to navigate a hugely busy market and lock in the position with Legal & General.last_img read more

Port Waratah Abandons Newcastle Coal Port Expansion

first_imgPort Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) has decided to abandon the Terminal 4 development project in Newcastle as the capacity of the existing coal terminals would be sufficient for future growth in coal exports.Namely, PWCS advised the Port of Newcastle that it intends to allow the Terminal 4 agreement for lease to lapse when it expires in August 2019.Chief Executive Officer Hennie du Plooy explained that the company opted for the moveafter concluding that the capacity of the existing coal terminals, including potential expansion options, “are likely to be sufficient to cater for future growth in coal exports.”Market conditions for Hunter Valley coal are strong, with Newcastle exports stable near record levels and prices are once again above USD 100 per tonne. At Port Waratah’s terminals 105 million tonnes were loaded in 2017 and incremental growth is expected this year.“With significant growth capacity available in the existing terminals, we do not expect that the conditions to support an investment of the large and long-term nature of Terminal 4 will be in place before the development approval lapses in September 2020,” du Plooy added.last_img read more

Oral Tracey: Early exit for disintegrating Windies?

first_img ENOUGH DAMAGE Despite the reasonable quality of the replacements in Carlos Brathwaite, Johnson Charles and possibly Dwayne Smith, enough damage I think has been done to the core of the West Indies unit that they will now struggle to lift that trophy. Losing all of five first string potential match winners has destroyed the blueprint for the success of this team. The injuries to Simmons and Pollard apart, the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of Bravo especially, is disappointing, to say the least. To my mind, it could give the impression that the Brian Lara look alike has basically deserted the team. In instances of desertion, the West Indies Cricket should fine and sanction players. As a general principle though, no player should have the right to dictate when and where he plays. The Russell indiscretions are also unforgivable. I am still in shock and disbelief that a player at this elite level of cricket is not able to navigate his way through such basic obligations as adhering to the drug-testing requirements. Narine’s decision to opt out, while still disappointing, is more understandable due to the recent woes relating to his bowling action. The wish was that the desire and passion of this group of players to represent the West Indies in this format of the game would overcome all else. That is obviously not the case. Our recent pathetic performances and embarrassing results at the Test and ODI levels are well documented and with our Twenty20 team representing the only credible unit on the international stage, it basically tugs at the heart to see this team falling apart. Our last hope of immediate international success is rapidly evaporating. One could venture into being extremely optimistic and hope that the remaining members of the squad will use the absence of these key players as motivation to energise and lift their individual efforts enough for them to march on and win the trophy. That would make good material for a dressing room team talk, but is a stretch of the reality. Confidence and optimism about the West Indies winning the World T20 have now been reduced to nonchalant hope. The fact of the matter is that the team has in part disintegrated and from here could struggle to make a significant impression. Indeed it is quite possible that the West Indies could make a very early exit from World T20. It was with genuine belief and optimism that some weeks ago I predicted that the West Indies should and would win the 2016 ICC World Cup T20 title. My impression then was that the 2012 champions, like the other top contenders India and Australia, possess the necessary skill and experience to get the job done. Fundamentally, I thought then the Caribbean team, compared to the others, had more individual match winners in their ranks, which in the end would get them over the line. Fast forward to here and now, days before the start of the tournament. The West Indies are absolutely falling apart. Four of those potential match winners, for one reason or another, are no longer in the squad, while a fifth, Andre Russell, will be playing with additional after news emerged that he shockingly missed three drug tests and could be banned for up to two years. Lendl Simmons is the latest to withdraw from the squad with an injury. Before him there was the mystery withdrawal of batsman Darren Bravo, who said he wants to concentrate more on playing the longer versions of the game. Kieron Pollard failed to recover from injury, while mystery spinner Sunil Narine said he was not confident enough in his bowling action to take part in the tournament.last_img read more

Olunga ready to mix it with La Liga big boys

first_img“It has been my dream to play in the La Liga and it had been my dream since I arrived in Europe that in three years time I would be rubbing shoulders with some of the best players in the world and here I have the opportunity. It is a great feeling to be honest,” Olunga said just after arriving at the club.“I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey and in this new challenge, I will not disappoint,” Olunga, who joined the club on loan from Chinese Super League side Ghuizhou Zhicheng added.Olunga made a dream start to life in the Catalonia-based club, coming off the bench to hit a brace as they whitewashed CF Ripoll 8-0 in a friendly match on Monday night and he now hopes he can replicate that same form in the league.“It was a great opportunity to start life at the club and now I believe I have my work cut out. Scoring a brace just made it sweeter. The biggest challenge now is to replicate that form in the league and my dream is to become the first Kenyan to score in La Liga,” Olunga added.Michael Olunga signed for La Liga top tier side Girona on loan from from Chinese Super League side Ghuizhou Zhicheng. PHOTO/courtesyThe former Gor Mahia, Tusker and Thika United striker becomes only the second Kenyan to play in Spain with MacDonald Mariga having spent a brief loan spell at Real Sociedad in the 2011/2012 season, playing 14 matches.Olunga dreams of bettering that feat and making a mark with the club which unsuccessfully tried to sign him in 2015 before he left for China where he signed for Guizhou Zhicheng.“It is my dream to make a huge mark here. This is a bigger platform with a bigger opportunity and I really pray I achieve it,” added the forward.A proven goal scorer, Olunga has hit 14 goals in 27 appearances for the national team while he scored 13 in 28 games in all competition for his first club abroad, Djugardens IF in the Swedish top tier.He didn’t have a smoother time in China with Zhicheng where he only scored two goals in nine games and had to be loaned out after the club exceeded their quota of foreign players and he had to be the sacrificial lamb.Girona announced during the player’s unveiling over the weekend they badly wanted to sign him from Djugardens before he left for China since he perfectly fitted the description of the striker they are looking for.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Michael Olunga in action for his new club Girona during their friendly match against CF Ripoll winning 8-0. Photo/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6- Sergio Ramos, Javier Mascherano, Diego Godin and former Arsenal center-back Gabriel Paulista are some of the world class defenders Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga will be tussling with for the next one season as he begins life with new club Girona.Olunga is expected to make his competitive debut for the Blanquivermell on Sunday when they travel away to San Mames to take on Athletic Bilbao in their third La Liga match of the season.last_img read more

10 months agoCHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will face PSG in the Champions League last-16 after the draw was completed in Switzerland on Monday morning.Liverpool and Tottenham will play Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.Max Allegri’s team drew Atletico Madrid, while Barca will play Lyon. In the other matches, defending champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, Roma face Porto and Manchester City get their reward for finishing top of their group as they face Bundesliga side Schalke.UEFA Champions League Round of 16 drawLiverpool vs Bayern MunichAjax vs Real MadridRoma vs PortoLyon vs BarcelonaManchester United vs PSGTottenham vs Borussia DortmundManchester City vs SchalkeAtletico Madrid vs Juventus last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool result

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool resultby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he does not care who wins out of Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night.Spurs put themselves into second place, one point ahead of City, with a win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Despite the obvious implications of the result, Pochettino says he will be simply enjoying the “spectacle”.The Argentine said: “In this country all the people are going to watch the game.”But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.”I don’t care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseille

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseilleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina has explained why he left Olympique Marseille.Lemina quit OM for Juventus before landing at Saints.He explained to Eurosport: “I spent only two years in Marseille. When I arrived, I thought I would stay longer. The first year, with Elie Baup was complicated but the next one with Marcelo Bielsa was magnificent. “We discovered another OM, more spectacular. With the coach, I learned a lot. It’s really very interesting to work under his orders. When he left, it was a shock for me and that’s what made me want to go.”Bielsa is now leading Leeds United in their promotion push frm the Championship. last_img read more

Second Jen breaks sitcom ground with two Asian women in lead roles

first_imgJen (Samantha Wan) is nervously sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for a gynecological exam. In the next seat engrossed in a medical pamphlet on sexual health is her best friend Mo (Amanda Joy).“Do you remember my first pelvic exam when my mom got me to see a gynecologist Dr. Chin?” asks Jen with alarm.Actors Wan and Joy are in the back of a former daycare centre in the west end Toronto neighbourhood of Baby Point. The studio has been mocked up to resemble a doctor’s office. Advertisement Advertisement Surrounding the duo are a team of producers and assistants putting together City’s Second Jen, a sitcom that is revolutionary in the fact that it stars not one, but two female Asian leads.Since ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and Dr. Ken there has been something of a gold rush of Asian American sitcoms including CBC’s Kim’s Convenience scheduled for the fall season, and YouTube channel’s Single by 30. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img But Second Jen stands out because it is confidently doubling down on the Asian leads, as if we had already arrived in a post-racial world. The fact that it is Toronto-based makes sense, since this city is touted as the most diverse in the world. Still, it wasn’t that long ago when it seemed odd to some audiences that there were two South Asian co-hosts on mainstream news channels such as CP24.Back to the scene in the doctor’s office: At the age of 21, Joy says, her mom followed her to the doctor.“His first question was, ‘Are you sexually active?’ And she wouldn’t leave the room!” Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more