A group of elementary school children from Wales have been slated to open up for former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant at his Forest Live Festival set this weekend. The five young students at Ysgol OM Edwards in Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd (yes, those are all real words, apparently) between ages 10-11 are part of a band called Y Storm. They even write their own lyrics in both English and Welsh!Richard Branson Offers Zeppelin $800 Million To Reunite, Robert Plant Rips Up ContractTwo of the kids belong to Liam Tyson, who plays guitar with Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters.The youngsters have won competitions, including the Eisteddfod, a youth festival in Wales for literature, music and performing arts. “For their age they’d give anybody a run,” said their supportive father. Keep it up, kids!Check out Plant’s upcoming tour dates here.[Via NME]
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is the latest performer to appear on the online video series, “Jam In The Van”, where the quickly-rising six-string specialist played originals including “Where I Belong”, “My Revival”, and more.Related: SweetWater 420 Festival Announces 2020 Lineup Additions: Snoop Dogg, The Allman Betts Band, MoreNiederauer also gave spirited takes on “Paralyzed” and “Find A Way” as he and the rest of his quartet performed at the special “Live at The NAMM” rendition of “Jam In The Van”. While known for his guitar prowess, it was his vocal range that was on display during the seven-minute “Where I Belong”.“My Revival” offered an opportunity for guitarist Mat Godfrey to show-off his chops after Taz sang the powerful lyrics of self-growth and strength. A steady groove by drummer Kendell Lentz and bassist Matt Fox then provided the backbone for an enthusiastic “Find A Way” and “Paralyzed”.Watch the performance on “Jam In The Van” below.Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – “Where I Belong” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – “My Revival” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – “Paralyzed” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – “Find A Way” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]Taz will head out on tour next week starting with the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VI cruise before the Rock Legends Cruise VIII at the end of the month. Click here for tickets and a detailed tour schedule.In March, Taz will make his way to Brooklyn, New York’s Avant Gardner for the Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on March 21st. Here Taz will join The Motet as a special guest alongside Shira Elias (Turkuaz) and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy/Ghost-Note).The 2020 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup also features performances by Oteil & Friends, Turkuaz, Birds of a Feather feat. Members of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong & Goose, Dr. Klaw, Robert Randolph & Friends, Anomalie / Deitch / MonoNeon, Here Come The Mummies, SPAGA Plays The Dead, and Karina Rykman, with late-night performances by Jade Cicada and a DJ set by Beats Antique.Tickets to Brooklyn Comes Alive 2020 are on sale now.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePolice Cpl. Jeremy Walsh’s gesture of kindness toward a homeless man was captured in a photograph that is touching hearts on Facebook and elsewhere.The picture, taken through a shop window, shows Walsh giving a new pair of boots and bottle of water to Anthony Young, who spends a lot of time keeping to himself on the streets that make up the cop’s beat in Odessa, Texas.Walsh said he was only doing what anyone would do.The photo, which was taken by Ronda Fox while inside her family’s storefront, was posted by Odessa on its official Facebook page. Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said the photo was good way to show the other things that police officers do.The new boots had been sitting in the officer’s closet not being used because they were too small.(READ the full story in the Osessa American) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the last 7 months, Trenton Lewis had been diligently waking up in the pre-dawn morning so he could make the 5.5-mile hike to work in time for his 4AM shift. Then, after a long day’s work, he would walk the same distance all the way back home again.Despite the 21-year-old father never telling any of his co-workers at the UPS facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, the workforce eventually found out about his exhausting commute.But instead of allowing the dedicated dad to continue hiking to and from work every day, they all pitched in enough money to buy him a new car.According to WTVR, Lewis’s coworker Kenneth Bryant said: “Everybody who I talked to said yes! The hardest part was reminding them to bring cash.WATCH: Bus Driver’s “Ecstatic” Reaction to Students Surprising Him With Super Bowl Tickets“I told the seller what I was doing and who it was for and he said he was willing to work with me on a price,” he added.Bryant was eventually able to buy a 2006 Saturn Ion for a mere $2,000. The workforce then lured Lewis to the parking lot for a brief “union meeting” last week.When Lewis joined all of his co-workers in the lot, however, they handed him the keys to the Saturn.RELATED: Student Wakes From Nap to Find That Stranger Had Overheard Her Financial Difficulties and Left a GiftThough Lewis is reportedly described as “stoic”, he could not contain his emotions over the gift.“For a young person to decide in their mind ‘if I don’t have a ride, if I can’t get a ride then I’ll walk,’” said Bryant, “if a guy can do that, we can pitch in to help.”Furthermore, Lewis says that the first thing he did in his new car was pick up his 14-month-old daughter so they could get a bite to eat.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Sweet Surprise With Your Friends AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Lamar State College Port Arthur announced late Friday that its Saturday men’s basketball game at Coastal Bend College in Beeville has been postponed to a later date to be determined next week.The announcement came hours after the Lamar State Seahawks were involved in an auto accident just north of Wharton. No players or coaches were seriously injured, Lamar State announced at 7:53 p.m. Friday, but several players were taken to a Corpus Christi medical center for precautionary reasons.Lamar State spokesperson Gerry Dickert said the decision to postpone came after it was realized the players in the medical center may not be completely checked out until early Saturday morning, which could the team not prepared to play. Tipoff was scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Marecek Center in Beeville.The accident, according to a Lamar State news release, occurred about 1 p.m. The team was headed to Corpus Christi to stay overnight.Drivers heading southbound on Interstate 59 came upon a woman walking in the right-hand lane, hit their brakes and swerved in order to miss the woman. The driver of the Lamar State van avoided the collision but was rear-ended by another vehicle, according to the release. The accident shut down the southland lane for more than an hour.Lamar State assistant coach Casey Apetrei said on Instagram he was driving six of the players. As of last Saturday, the Seahawks had 11 players active on their roster.“Can’t be thankful enough no one was seriously injured today,” Apetrei posted. “This was one of the scariest moments of my life today because not only was I in danger but I was driving six of our players. God was truly watching over us.”Saturday’s game was to be the second Apetrei would act as head coach for Lance Madison, who went to Indiana for the funeral of his mother.Lamar State is 14-8 and 5-5 in the Region XIV South Zone, tied for first place with Blinn College and Jacksonville College. Coastal Bend is 7-10 and 3-7, tied for fourth with the other two teams in the zone, Angelina College and Lee College.The next scheduled game for the Seahawks is Thursday at Jacksonville. Their next home game will be Feb. 9 against Lone Star College-Tomball.Coastal Bend next faces Blinn in Beeville on Wednesday and is off until a Feb. 12 game at Jacksonville.•I.C. Murrell: 721-2435. Twitter: @ICMurrellPANews
Lemoine said he spoke with the man’s physician, who immediately forwarded the results to the Port Arthur Health Department. Lemoine did not speculate on the reason for the delay. PORT NECHES — A Port Neches man between 20 and 30-years-old is recovering from COVID-19.The man, whose name is not being released, was tested by a private physician and received the results March 31, Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine said. The man quarantined at home, did not require a hospital stay and is almost completely recovered, officials said.The city, however, alerted Port Neches officials on Tuesday. Judith Smith, director of the Port Arthur Health Department, learned of the case on Tuesday.
Commissioner’s Message“It is important to remember that the number of unemployed individuals only captures about a third of the population displaced by the Pandemic. The official total of unemployed Vermonters is approximately 10,000; however, in addition to this population, there are nearly 20,000 fewer Vermonters working now than there were a year ago. This total of 30,000 more closely aligns with the level of total unemployment claims the Department is handling across a multitude of benefit programs. It is important to note that many of these federal benefit programs are slated to expire at the end of this month, and while it looks as though a new relief package is nearing approval, claimants should prepare themselves for this possible benefits cliff. If you are able to work, now is the time to begin actively looking for employment. Employers across the state are hiring and the Department of Labor is here to assist you. Visit labor.vermont.gov to find out more about our re-employment services.” – Michael Harrington, CommissionerState of Vermont OverviewThe Vermont seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased by one tenth of one percentage point to 3.1 percent in November. The seasonally-adjusted Vermont data for November show the Vermont civilian labor force increased by 1,867 from the prior month’s revised estimate. The number of employed persons increased by 2,115 and the number of unemployed persons decreased by 248. None of the changes in the seasonally-adjusted series were statistically significant. The November unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.1 percent in White River Junction to 4.7 percent in Woodstock (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally-adjusted). For comparison, the November unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 2.8 percent, which was an increase of four-tenths of one percentage point from the revised unadjusted October level and an increase of five-tenths of one percentage point from a year ago.Analysis of Job Changes by IndustryNot-Seasonally-AdjustedThe preliminary ‘not-seasonally-adjusted’ jobs estimates for November show an increase of 1,200 jobs when compared to the revised October numbers. There was no change between the preliminary and the revised October estimates due to the inclusion of more data. The broader economic picture can be seen by focusing on the over-the-year changes in this data series. As detailed in the preliminary ‘not-seasonally-adjusted’ November data, Total Private industries have decreased by 25,700 jobs (-9.9%) and Government (including public education) employment has decreased by 1,500 jobs (-2.5%) in the past year.Seasonally-AdjustedThe seasonally-adjusted data for November reports an increase of 1,700 jobs from the revised October data. As with the ‘not-seasonally-adjusted’ data, this over-the-month change is from the revised October numbers which experienced a decrease of 100 jobs from the preliminary estimates. The seasonally-adjusted over-the-month changes in November varied at the industry level. Those with a notable increase include: Administrative & Waste Services (+700 jobs or +5.6%), Private Educational Services (+300 jobs or +2.6%), and Local Government (+600 jobs or +2.2%). Industries with a notable decrease include: Accommodation & Food Services (-900 jobs or -4.3%), Construction (-400 jobs or -3.5%), and Federal Government (-200 jobs or -2.7%).Unemployment Rates for States, Seasonally AdjustedStateNovember 2020(P)rateRankNebraska3.11Vermont3.11South Dakota3.53Iowa3.64New Hampshire3.85Utah4.36Alabama4.47Minnesota4.47Missouri4.47South Carolina4.47North Dakota4.511Idaho4.812Montana4.913Virginia4.913Indiana5.015Maine5.015Wisconsin5.015Delaware5.118Wyoming5.118Tennessee5.320Kansas5.621Kentucky5.621Georgia5.723Ohio5.723Oklahoma5.925Oregon6.026Washington6.026Arkansas6.228North Carolina6.228West Virginia6.228Colorado6.431Florida6.431Mississippi6.431Pennsylvania6.634Massachusetts6.735Maryland6.836Illinois6.937Michigan6.937Rhode Island7.339District of Columbia7.540New Mexico7.540Arizona7.842Alaska8.143Texas8.143California8.245Connecticut8.245Louisiana8.347New York8.448Hawaii10.149Nevada10.149New Jersey10.251Footnotes(P) Preliminary Note: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence. Estimates for the current month are subject to revision the following month. by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor reported today that the state unemployment rate for November has now fallen back to its pre-pandemic level of 3.1 percent. This is not good news. Vermont claimants could lose some federal extended benefits because the rate is so low. The rate also hides the fact that the VDOL still estimates that 30,000 Vermonters are out of work, far higher than the official level. The unemployment rate is based on household data accumulated by the US Census.The seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November of 3.1 percent reflects a decrease of one tenth of one percentage point from the prior month’s revised estimate of 3.2 percent. The comparable United States rate in November was 6.7 percent, a decrease of two tenths of one percentage point from the revised October estimate.Vermont is tied with Nebraska for lowest rate in the nation. Last Modified Date: December 18, 2020The Unemployment and Jobs Report for December is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Read full report at http://www.vtlmi.info/press.pdf(link is external) Source: 18 December 2020 VDOL
We have some answers, thanks to psychologists who have been tracking couples’ happiness. They’ve found, based on the couples’ ratings of their own satisfaction, that marriages usually don’t get better. The ratings typically go downhill over time. The successful marriages are defined not by improvement, but by avoiding decline. That doesn’t mean marriage is a misery. The thrill of infatuation fades, so the euphoria that initially bonded a couple cannot sustain them over the decades, but most couples find other sources of contentment and remain satisfied overall (just not as satisfied as at the beginning). Sometimes, though, the decline in satisfaction is so steep that it dooms a marriage. By monitoring couples’ interactions and tracking them over time, researchers have developed a surprising theory for the breakdown of relationships. … … Most people don’t recognize the negativity effect in their relationships. When Roy Baumeister, one of the authors of this piece, asks his students why they think they would be a good partner, they list positive things: being friendly, understanding, good in bed, loyal, smart, funny. These things do make a difference, but what’s crucial is avoiding the negative. Being able to hold your tongue rather than say something nasty or spiteful will do much more for your relationship than a good word or deed. Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media > There’s an elegant symmetry to traditional wedding vows: for better or for worse. But love is not symmetrical, and most of us don’t realize how lopsided it can be. The worse matters far more than the better in marriage or any other relationship. That’s how the brain works. … In relationships, the negativity effect magnifies your partner’s faults, real or imagined, starting with their ingratitude, because you’re also biased by an internal overconfidence that magnifies your own strengths. So you wonder how your partner can be so selfish and so blind to your virtues—to all that you’ve done for them. You contemplate one of life’s most exasperating mysteries: Why don’t they appreciate me?
Rick Martel was sworn in as a Southampton Town councilman January 7.The Hampton Bays resident is the owner of the hamlet’s Skidmore’s Sports & Styles, and has been a longtime president of the Hampton Bays Boys Little League, youth basketball program, and the Hampton Bays Booster Club. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club and president of the San Gennaro Fest, which donates thousands of dollars to local charities each year including Maureen’s Haven and the Coalition of Women’s Cancers at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.“All the community service that I have done for more than 40 years makes entering politics a natural transition,” Martel said. “I think this town is going in the right direction and I want to be a part of that. I am looking forward to working with everyone on the board. Each member has a good vision and I think we are going to make a great team.”Martel replaces Christine Preston Scalera, who was termed out. He will serve as the only Republican on the board. Councilman John Bouvier was sworn in for a second term.“I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the residents of Southampton and working with my fellow board members,” he said. “I’m excited about the prospect for the future.”Theresa Kiernan was sworn in for her fourth term as receiver of taxes and Gary Weber for his second term as town justice.Supervisor Jay Schneiderman was sworn in for a third term at the helm. The supervisor outlined his goals, including improving water quality, reducing property taxes, and addressing the chronic erosion at the east end of Dune Road in Hampton Bays. “I am honored to be supervisor for a third term,” Schneiderman said. “I look forward to working together over the next two years with my colleagues on the town board.”email@example.com Share
BW LPG said that it has taken delivery of BW Leo, the fourth Very Large Gas Carrier in its newbuilding programme of eight VLGCs from HHI. In addition, BW LPG has recently acquired a four VLGC newbuilding programme from DSME, the company informed in a statement.The BW Leo is financed by a combination of free cash and the USD 400 million loan facility from KEXIM, DNB and SEB, as lending banks. The BW Leo joins the fleet held available to serve voyage charter opportunities and meet CoA commitments.Including the BW Leo, the company now owns and operates a fleet of 38 vessels, comprising 24 owned VLGCs, nine chartered-in VLGCs and five owned LGCs.[mappress mapid=”16958″]Image: BW LPG