Lettuce’s Nigel Hall Talks Soul Music, Keyboards, More In Episode 4 Of ‘The Krewe’ [Watch]

first_imgLettuce keyboardist Nigel Hall is the featured band member in the fourth episode of the funk outfit’s ongoing video series chronicling the making of their forthcoming studio album, Elevate. The new episode starring Hall follows the previous editions of The Krewe, which focused on bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, drummer Adam Deitch, and guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff.“I got everything I could ever want right here and every single keyboard I’ve dreamed of surrounding me. I got weed. I got Soul Train. I mean, there’s no other way to make a fucking record. Man, thats how you do it,” Hall explains in the new clip.Just as they’ve done with the previous three episodes of the mini-series, the band takes viewers into Denver’s Colorado Sound Studios where Lettuce recorded their highly awaited new release. Hall spends his episode discussing his earliest memories of becoming infatuated with music as a nine-year-old, his favorite keyboards, and his experience during Lettuce’s recent recording process.Watch episode 4 of Lettuce’s The Krewe series with Nigel Hall below:The Krewe: A Lettuce Documentary Series – Episode Three[Video: LettuceFunk]Lettuce will continue their ongoing run of performances into the summer and fall months with recently-announced tour dates now set to keep the funk outfit on the road through November. The band was also included in the recent JamCruise 18 lineup announcement, ensuring Lettuce fans that the funk masters will indeed be hitting the high seas next January and beyond.Fans can head to the band’s website for ticketing and a full list of Lettuce’s upcoming tour dates. Fans can also click here to pre-order Elevate prior to its June 14th arrival.last_img read more

As Indian Country bears brunt of the pandemic, new calls on Washington to act

first_img Pandemic’s path of destruction widens For Native Americans, COVID-19 is ‘the worst of both worlds at the same time’ “The argument that we made, those of us who represent states that have larger Native populations, is that if we’re granting all these dollars to the states, why aren’t we also granting dollars to these sovereign nations?” Daines said. Though federal funds were ultimately earmarked for tribes, distribution of that money and restrictions on its use has been a source of frustration for many tribal governments.“We have over 1,000 enrolled members, and … we’ve received significantly less funding than other tribes in our similar population base,” said Shelley Buck, president of the Prairie Island Indian community in eastern Minnesota.The U.S. Treasury Department, which was charged with administering most COVID stimulus spending, used a formula to allocate funding for tribal governments based on an Indian housing grant program in which the Prairie Island Indian community didn’t participate, resulting initially in lower federal aid levels than the tribal government was entitled to, Buck said. In addition, Treasury guidance on how to spend CARES Act money has been uneven.“Until we actually get guidelines from the Treasury that are set in stone, that don’t keep changing, we’re almost afraid to use the money because we don’t want to have to pay it back,” Buck said. Like countless state and local governments, the 574 federally recognized American Indian tribes across the U.S. are struggling to respond to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 — and the resulting economic devastation. Despite the $11 billion in direct relief Congress earmarked for tribal governments last spring, the funds have been slow to reach Native Americans, and legal restrictions and other red tape have hindered tribes’ capacities to adequately respond to the pandemic.During an online panel hosted by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, tribal leaders and members of Congress discussed the unique challenges Indian Country is facing as it responds to COVID.“The pandemic has impacted every area of our tribal life,” said Stephen Lewis, M.P.A. ’07, governor of the Gila River Indian community in Arizona. The community, which is adjacent to Phoenix and has significant numbers of tribal members living off of the reservation in surrounding towns and cities, had to scramble to find testing resources, particularly in the early summer as the virus spread rapidly across the state.“We’ve had to be, just like other tribes, very entrepreneurial at times to find solutions and make sure that we had testing,” said Lewis.As COVID-19 touched Indian Country from isolated Native Alaskan villages to the large Navajo reservation sprawled across portions of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, the economic impacts were particularly hard on tribal business and government revenues. According to an analysis by a team of researchers affiliated with the Harvard Project, the tribal regions face the loss of more than 1.1 million jobs and more than $49.5 billion in wages and benefits for workers.When Congress prepared the massive COVID-19 stimulus package known as the CARES Act this past March, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and others pushed for a more robust federal assistance package for Indian Country. “Until we actually get guidelines from the Treasury that are set in stone, that don’t keep changing, we’re almost afraid to use the money because we don’t want to have to pay it back.” — Shelley Buck, president of the Prairie Island Indian community Virus takes disproportionate toll on tribes’ health and economy, Harvard experts say Skeptics’ refusal may be big hurdle to ending pandemic, returning to normal center_img At least half of households in 4 biggest U.S. cities report serious financial problems, poll says Related The Prairie Island Indian community may not have the luxury of waiting to spend its CARES Act assistance much longer, as funding is set to expire at the end of the year. “We have been hearing from tribes all across the country that the flexibility in the funding and that the timeframe needs to be extended,” said Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids, an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the vice chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus. “I definitely think we need to see additional relief to our tribal communities because they’ve been so hard-hit.”Daines agreed that the COVID crisis is far from over in Indian Country, and that tribal governments are likely to need additional resources from Congress to recover.“We’re not out of the woods, and I’m just concerned that as we enter the fourth quarter and first quarter of next year, getting in those winter months, that I think we’re going to start seeing more difficult economic challenges and health challenges.” A public-relations campaign to build trust in COVID vaccine?last_img read more

Band president reflects on unusual season

first_imgTags: Clemson, covid adjustments, Notre Dame Marching Band Monday evening, in a closed stadium rehearsal, the full Notre Dame marching band took the field to prepare videos of some of their musical selections. The band recorded a program for a pregame and halftime show, which will hopefully be shown in-stadium when the Irish take on the Clemson Tigers on Saturday.“It was actually the first rehearsal we’ve had where the entire, whole 400-person band has been together,” senior Kilian Vidourek, president of the band, said. Until that point, he said, the band had been split up into Blue and Gold sections that practiced on alternating days.“Not every band is even performing like this. So the fact that we were even able to get at least one show on the field in some capacity is pretty remarkable,” Vidourek said. “It was always just to give us this one last thing to come together. That’s all we’ve wanted all year, is to be on the field and play.”Vidourek said the band will also be marching from the Golden Dome to Notre Dame Stadium before the game Saturday, another tradition they have been unable to uphold because of COVID-19. In addition, he said, they will be performing for College Game Day in the stadium Saturday morning.Vidourek said he was glad the band was able to have the experience of practicing together ahead of this. “It was really cool to have everybody there, like back in the good old days,” he said. “A lot of our seniors got emotional towards the end.”When asked what the biggest struggle has been for the program this year, Vidourek said the morale of the group.“Usually band is this super, almost weirdly tight knit group of sections and traditions and events. We’re always hanging out with each other,” Vidourek said. “There’s not as many social events outside of band. We’re all taking every necessary step to be safe.”This, Vidourek said, is why he was especially glad the band was able to practice together. “It’s nice that we have this game and have that rehearsal to channel our energy and effort into,” he said.Vidourek said the band has also been trying to keep up their section and pregame traditions as best they can. One such tradition involves section rivalries that are usually played out at South Dining Hall with competitions. “We still do a very watered down version over Zoom,” Vidourek said. “We’re finding creative ways to make it all happen.”This is also the band’s 175th anniversary, which is cause for celebration with the program. “The kids in band 175 are the most tenacious and strongest and most devoted,” Vidourek said. “I think that they’re just happy to play their instrument and play the Fight Song, and be with each other and be in the band, to be one of the only bands that are doing it, and doing it correctly. So many other bands are probably jealous that we get to come together.”The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on the seniors, he said.“My favorite band memories are the worst football games,” Vidourek said. “There’s something really humbling about going in somewhere, being with the band and taking a loss, and recognizing who you are in the face of losses. It’s so easy to win, but it’s really hard to lose. … It’s a wakeup call to realize it’s not about the victory. It’s not about playing the victory clog, saying you won the game. It’s about the band coming together and knowing that there’s more tomorrow to do.”Vidourek said this season has been like this realization about losses.“This year has been my favorite year in band,” he said. “You have to put in so much more to get the same experience out of it, and it’s been so rewarding to refigure out how to be a band member.”He said that the game Saturday is the perfect way to end the season. “I think this game is a giant culmination of all that hard work,” Vidourek said. “If we pull off this win, and the band can be super loud and get in their faces with all this great music, then I’ll cry.”last_img read more

New study ranks Vermont 23rd in nation in income tax

first_imgA new 50-state analysis of state income taxes by Public Assets Institute shows that Vermont ranks in the middle of states compared to the rest of the country. While much has been made of Vermont’s high tax rates, the amount taxpayers actually pay in Vermont is lower than in many other states because of deductions and other adjustments and the state’s progressive rate structure. This analysis looked at the total income taxes paid in each state in 2008 and divided it by the total adjusted gross income (AGI) – that is, income before deductions and other adjustments.Using this ‘effective tax rate’ measure, Vermont was 23rd  among states when they were ranked highest to lowest. Forty-three states levy a personal income tax; seven do not. Vermont also ranked 23rd in per capita income.‘We hear a lot about Vermont’s top income tax rate, which is relatively high because Vermont has a long traditional of progressive income taxes. Those who get the greatest financial benefit from society’s public structures are expected to contribute the most to maintaining them,’ said Paul Cillo, president of the Public Assets Institute.‘But few people pay that top rate because it applies only to taxable income above about $372,000, after deductions and exemptions have been subtracted.‘If we want to see how Vermont’s income tax stacks up against the other states, the most straightforward way is to look at the amount Vermonters actually pay and divide it by their adjusted gross income, which is based on federal tax laws and is, therefore, the same for every state.’The Public Assets report (CLICK HERE) shows that Vermont’s effect tax rate was 3.9 percent in 2008. Among the states with an income tax, the effective rates ranged from 0.2 percent in Tennessee to 7.0 percent in Oregon. ‘Because we have progressive income tax rates, people in the higher income brackets have an effective tax rate that is higher than 3.9 percent; the rate is lower for those in the lower brackets,’ Cillo said. ‘How taxes are distributed is an important consideration. But it’s also useful to look at how much of Vermonters’ income goes to pay state income taxes, and how that stacks up against other states.’Another common method of state tax comparison is to look at all taxes collected within a state’taxes paid by residents as well as those paid by businesses and non-residents. The U.S. Census used to publish annual reports calculating state taxes or state and local taxes on a per capita basis. However, the Census stopped issuing those reports, explaining that they presented a distorted picture for states, such as tourist states, that collect a lot of revenue from non-residents.Per Capita Income by StateDollarsRank    United States38,611(X)Alabama32,40442Alaska40,35215Arizona33,02940Arkansas30,06048California41,5717Colorado41,04210Connecticut54,1171Delaware40,60812District of Columbia61,092(X)Florida38,44420Georgia33,45738Hawaii39,23918Idaho31,19744Illinois40,32216Indiana33,61637Iowa35,02327Kansas36,76822Kentucky31,11146Louisiana34,75631Maine33,72235Maryland46,0215Massachusetts49,0823Michigan35,08626Minnesota41,03411Mississippi28,84550Missouri34,38932Montana32,45841Nebraska36,47124Nevada40,48013New Hampshire41,5128New Jersey49,1942New Mexico31,47443New York47,3854North Carolina33,63636North Dakota34,84629Ohio34,87428Oklahoma34,15333Oregon34,78430Pennsylvania38,78819Rhode Island39,46317South Carolina31,01347South Dakota33,90534Tennessee33,28039Texas37,18721Utah31,18945Vermont36,67023Virginia41,3479Washington38,41414West Virginia29,53749Wisconsin36,04725Wyoming43,2266US Census Bureau, 2007.An annual report published by the District of Columbia and two studies done by the Vermont Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office compare the taxes typical Vermonters pay with taxpayers in other states. The DC study compares the amounts paid by taxpayers in the largest city in each state. According to latest DC study, Vermont’as represented by typical Burlington families’falls in the middle when it comes to taxes paid as a percentage of income.The Legislature made modest tax changes in the last two years, a blue ribbon commission is studying the state’s tax structure, and taxes are likely to come up again in next year’s budget discussions. The state income tax is the largest source of state General Fund revenue. The tax generated $622.3 million in fiscal 2008, which was 52 percent of all General Fund receipts.Public Assets Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes sound budget and tax policies to benefit all Vermonters. Additional information is available at www.publicassets.org(link is external)last_img read more

NAFCU demands law firm stop meritless ADA lawsuits

first_imgNAFCU is demanding that the law firm responsible for sending demand letters to credit unions over unclear website accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) retract threats of legal action and cease and desist from making further demands.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger made the demand in a letter sent to the law firm yesterday.The Department of Justice has never promulgated regulations regarding website accessibility for public accommodations and recently withdrewpreviously issued advanced notices of proposed rulemakings on this subject. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Facility Solutions: Key themes for 2019

first_imgTo align your occupancy strategies with your business agility plan, you must embrace change by regularly asking critical questions about how your facilities are responding to planned and unplanned events. As a former facility manager for two national banks and consultant to many credit unions and banks, I offer a series of questions you can ask yourself to help prepare for the new year.Branch OccupancyHow do your five- and seven-year strategies align with your business plan? What if the business goals are not reached and you have over-customized your network? What if you merge with another credit union? Have you prepared ways to shift direction for each possible scenario? Who is influencing your location planning and what are their motives? Are you in a position to offer alternative strategies? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Eagles’ defeat to Argentina, Algeria were big morale blow – Iwobi

first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian The Super Eagles took on the Albaceleste of Argentina in their last group game of 2018  FIFA World Cup in Russia, needing only a point from the game to secure passage into the round of 16.However, Marcos Rojo’s volley four minutes from time gave the round of tickets to the South Africans the winner.Almost twelve months later, the Super Eagles were knocked out of the race to win the 2019 African cup of when Riyad Mahrez scored a stoppage-time free-kick to send Algeria to the final.Speaking on Instagram Live, Iwobi said both defeats were difficult to accept.“Both of them were serious heartbreaks, to describe that feeling is painful. The Argentina one, it was hurtful because I saw how much effort we put in, how much we’ve been training so hard, the qualifiers we’ve done our best. It was Rojo that was able to get the goal.“It’s nice to play but when you don’t play you still support the team as equally as if you’re playing, that one hurt. “I remember all of us were head down in the changing room.The former Arsenal star continued: “The Algeria one where I participated, last free-kick of the game, that one was really painful because we did all our best.Read Also: Moses Simon reveals Real Madrid childhood dream“You cannot blame anyone, at the end of the day we win as a team we lose as our team. We have to congratulate Mahrez because the free-kick caught everyone off guard, it caught everyone by surprise.“Both experiences were very tough for the team but we move on and go again, that’s the mentality we have. We can’t dwell on our past, we have to put things right in the future,” Iwobi submitted.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi insists defeat to Argentina and Algeria at the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations respectively were big blow to the morale of the team.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Police drop probe into Hudson-Odoi’s rape allegation

first_imgChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says police have confirmed he is facing no further action over an accusation of rape.Advertisement Police conducted an investigation after the allegation was made against England international Hudson-Odoi in May.The 19-year-old issued a statement on Instagram to thank those who stood by him and said he plans “to be the best role model that I can be” from now on.“At a time where there are bigger things happening in the world right now, you may also be aware of serious allegations that were made against me,” Hudson-Odoi said.“I have stayed silent and assisted the police fully throughout their inquiries, as I knew the day would soon come when my name would be cleared.“Following a full and thorough investigation, the police have confirmed they will take no further action.Read Also: Record-breaking Mertens sends Napoli to Italian Cup final“I would like to use this platform to thank everyone who has stood by my side and supported me during this difficult period.“I have learned that being a footballer and playing for one of the best clubs in the world comes with great responsibility, and going forward I will try to use my platform as a Chelsea player to be the best role model that I can be.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t ExplainWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Nadal, Federer progress to Wimbledon fourth round

first_imgROGER Federer and Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round at Wimbledon with straight-set victories over French opponents.Spanish world number two Nadal – a two-time winner at SW19 – defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer beat Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).Nadal will play Portugal’s Joao Sousa – who beat Britain’s Dan Evans – in the next round while Federer will take on Italy’s Matteo Berrettini.It was the first time Nadal had played Tsonga at the All England Club and their first meeting since 2015.“I’m very happy. I think I played a great match,” Nadal told BBC Sport.“I was returning well, playing aggressively with the forehand and the backhand. I think I did a lot of things well.“Tsonga is someone you don’t want to face in the third round at Wimbledon.“Every single day is a battle here. It is not a surface I play a lot of matches on during the year.”Victory over Pouille saw Federer become the first player to achieve 350 Grand Slam singles match wins.“It was tough. It was a hard-fought match, especially in the first set,” Federer said.“I think going up two sets was key. The third was tough, it was very even.“There is always a relief winning a third-set breaker because if it goes the wrong way, you might be here for a few more hours.”Elsewhere, eighth seed Kei Nishikori beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.Tennys Sandgren defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6, (14-12), 6-3 and will play American compatriot Sam Querrey next after he beat John Millman in straight sets. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Semenya to Miss World Championship after Court Ruling

first_imgBut a ruling allowing her to compete has now been overturned.Semenya is challenging world governing body the IAAF’s new rules that she and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) must either take testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile or change to another distance.Semenya had been able to race while awaiting the decision of a Swiss court, having previously lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in May.The latest ruling by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court means she will not be allowed to compete at the World Championships in Doha.“I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title,” Semenya, 28, said.“But this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned.”The IAAF said it wanted the suspension of the rules to be reversed to avoid “serious confusion” among athletes and event organisers and “to protect the integrity of the sport”.It rejected the accusation in the letter that its regulations “enforce gender inequality”, saying in response that the rule was introduced “precisely because the IAAF is committed to protecting the rights and opportunities of female athletes”.In May, Semenya filed an appeal to the court after failing to have new IAAF rules overturned by CAS.Dorothee Schramm, the lawyer leading Semenya’s appeal, added: “The judge’s procedural decision has no impact on the appeal itself. We will continue to pursue Caster’s appeal and fight for her fundamental human rights. A race is always decided at the finish line.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Caster Semenya has said that she will not defend her World Championship 800m title in September after a setback in her challenge to the restricting of testosterone levels in female runners.But the South African said she would “continue her fight for human rights” despite her “disappointment”.Semenya has twice appealed against IAAF rules preventing her from running without medication. Caster Semenya last_img read more