The Disco Biscuits Launch Free Emoji App, And It’s Incredible

first_imgOf course, we’re not surprised that The Disco Biscuits is the first band to pioneer this technological forefront. These are Ivy League men that we are dealing with, and the technohippies of The Biscuits are constantly on a journey to outdo themselves. Swoop the app here, and enjoy! For fans of The Disco Biscuits, it’s an exciting time. The group just kicked off their annual camping festival, Camp Bisco, and is free streaming all six of their sets across the weekend to those of us who can’t make it out this year. More importantly, however, is an announcement today that might have flown under the radar. The Disco Biscuits just launched an emoji app, and it’s everything you never knew you needed.The Disco Biscuits To Webcast Their Camp Bisco Sets For FreeIf you pop on over to www.tdbemoji.com or search The Disco Biscuits Emoji on the app store, you can download the app. Once you connect it to your phone’s keyboard, you can send surprisingly accurately rendered versions of Barber, Brownie, Allen, and Aron to all of your friends via text.The gang’s all here!Of course, what would a Biscuits’ emoji app be if it didn’t have the option to also spam your own friends with your very own chemical warfare brigade, astronauts, crickets, or helicopters?Apple butter toast is nice.A lot of shimmy in this conga line.Our one complaint about these new emojis is that the dog is not riding ‘gun for their “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.” emoji, instead driving from behind the wheel of what appears to be a Volkswagen Tiguan, but we’ll let it slide this one time.last_img read more

SunSquabi Announces Major Show at The Fillmore In Denver with Too Many Zoos and More

first_imgComing out of the exploding Colorado music scene, electro-funk trio SunSquabi has announced their first headlining performance for 2019 in their home state of Colorado. The 3-piece outfit will be performing at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday January 26th as a part of the venue’s 20th anniversary run of shows.Joining SunSquabi for this multi-act celebration will be NYC’s Too Many Zooz , Florida’s The Hip Abduction and Denver-based Nobide with special guest Chris Karns to round out the bill with tweener DJ sets all night long. The group will also feature their largest and most immersive audio and visual production ever.The band, consisting of Kevin Donohue (guitars/keys/production), Chris Anderson (drums), and Josh Fairman (bass/synth) recently shared the new single “Night Moth,” which completes a three-part series of singles that includes the previously releases “Chrysalis” and “Caterpillar.” The group used biology and evolution as overlying themes for inspiration during their writing process. The three tracks will appear on the trio’s upcoming full-length album coming out November 16. “Night Moth”:[via SunSquabi SunSquabi]Early bird tickets are on sale Thursday Nov. 15th with the passcode ‘Instinct’ and regular on sale is set for Friday Nov. 16th. Purchase tickets here.last_img read more

A Whole New World! Aladdin Will Fly Into Japan

first_img Aladdin Aladdin is currently running on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production officially opened on March 20, 2014, starring Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Clifton Davis as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago with Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar. Related Shows The first international production of the hit Broadway musical Aladdin will open in Japan. Performances will begin in May 2015 at The Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. The show will be cast locally in Japan and will be performed in Japanese. View Comments Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman. Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for the mouse house’s animated feature film, Frozen. from $57.50last_img read more

House budget cuts on target, Catamount-VHAP merger dropped

first_imgby Anne Galloway www.vtdigger.org(link is external) March 19, 2011 Representative Martha Heath, D-Westford, has performed the budget-balancing miracle for the fourth year running ‘ this time without the benefit of federal stimulus funds.Heath, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, worked with the 10 lawmakers on her committee to resolve the final cuts on Friday. The committee took four weeks of testimony and then spent three weeks ‘marking up,’ or rewriting, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s budget proposal.Download the House Appropriations Committee spreadsheet, 3/19/11The House Appropriations Committee gave preliminary approval to the budget early Friday evening. The spending bill, which includes about $80 million in cuts to human services, resolves the state’s $173 million budget gap for fiscal year 2012. Committee members will vote on the budget bill on Monday afternoon, and the Democrats hope to pass ‘the big bill’ next week.The big items? Catamount Health will not be rolled in the Vermont Health Access Program; $8.2 million in Unemployment Insurance fines from the federal government were forgiven this year and next and incorporated into the balance sheet; and Shumlin’s proposed cuts to programs for the elderly, mentally ill and developmentally disabled would be halved, according the House proposal.‘We worked hard to restore some cuts,’ Heath said. ‘Some of us wished we could have done more, but we’re very cognizant of what is happening in Washington, D.C., knowing if we used up our revenue generating capacity now, it wouldn’t be there to help us next year.’Simultaneously, the House Ways and Means Committee finalized the miscellaneous tax bill, which includes $28.89 million in taxes on cigarettes, health insurance claims, hospitals, home health and nursing homes.Heath said it’s vitally important for the state to present a balanced budget, particularly in light of the $35 million budget gap (difference between projected state revenues and expenditures next year) for fiscal year 2013, and the ‘black cloud’ of likely federal funding cuts to human services programs next year.The spending proposal mirrors Governor Peter Shumlin’s budget, though it partially restores some of the deepest cuts to human services programs for the elderly and services to the developmentally disabled and mentally ill.On Friday, House Appropriations plowed through the most difficult $10.7 million worth of budget items, and through a careful process of nip and tuck eliminated a little fat here and a little more fat there, all the while attempting to avoid cuts into muscle and bone. This painstaking budget surgery was designed to take some money from an array of programs and leave very few with zero funding.Here is a rundown of the cuts and revenue adjustments the House Appropriations Committee made:1. The Vermont Telecommunications Authority will receive $200,000 in additional funding, instead of $500,000 more, as recommended by the governor;2. Shumlin had asked for a $1.5 million increase in the General Fund budget for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; House Approps gave the board $925,000 instead;3. The Legislature will take a 5 percent cut in pay for the third year running. This self-sacrificing move saves the state $90,000;4. The Agency of Commerce and Community would receive $300,000 over two years for a project to digitize historic records instead $300,000 in fiscal year 2012;5. A $25,000 match for farm to school programs was dropped; the jobs bill includes $75,000 for schools;6. The governor proposed increasing court diversion by $133,000; House Approps gave the program $66,000;7. About $900,000 in unanticipated revenues from the tobacco settlement fund will be used to restore $900,000 to tobacco cessation programs (the original cut of $1.9 million eliminated the programs);8. The governor hoped to save $5 million on Catamount Health by rolling the program into the Vermont Health Access Plan, and cutting reimbursements to doctors by 33 percent. House Approps cut Catamount by $2.1 million. Under the plan, doctors and hospitals will see a slight decrease in reimbursements; premiums would drop from $450 per member per month to $395 a month; participants who earn 300 percent of the poverty level or above will pay a $1,200 deductible;9. The individual assistance program and respite care for the elderly sustained a 25 percent cut. Respite care is reduced from 720 hours to 540 hours a year; IADLs from 4.5 hours a week to 3.5 hours a week;10. The designated agencies, which were originally slated for a 5 percent cut in the governor’s budget, saw a 2.5 percent reduction.11. Student assistance professionals, who provide substance abuse counseling in local high schools, would be cut 75 percent, and school districts would be asked to make up the difference;Heath said the committee had no alternative but to make the cuts.‘I agree with those who say we can’t use the stabilization reserve unless there is a plan to replenish it,’ Heath said.She said the state’s revenue growth rate is slower than anticipated.‘I agree with the Speaker,’ she said. ‘We have too many challenges in front of us to use any potential tax capacity. Anne Galloway is editor of www.vtdigger.org(link is external)last_img read more

5 times your credit score matters most

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Morgan QuinnYour credit score has a huge impact on the net loss or gain of some of life’s biggest financial moments: a good score gives you more options, better terms and bigger savings. Your credit score will follow you throughout your life and affect a variety of situations, but these five times are when your credit score really matters the most.1. Financing a CarThere are three factors that determine how much financing a car will cost: how much money you put down, the length of the term of the loan and your credit score. On a $10,000, 60-month auto loan, a borrower with a low credit score will pay nearly $4,000 more in interest charges than a borrower with a prime credit score.If you have a less-than-stellar credit score, shop around for the best car loan rate available — the savings will be well worth the effort. And don’t worry about having multiple inquires on your credit report. Any rate shopping activity 30 days prior to scoring is ignored by FICO’s calculation. Additionally, multiple inquiries older than 30 days using an old FICO scoring formula are considered just one inquiry, as long as they were made within a 14-day period. For credit scores using the new calculation method, this period spans 45 days to ensure rate shopping isn’t penalized.2. Buying a HouseIt’s common knowledge that your credit score matters when applying for a mortgage, but just how much your score costs you in the long run is often ignored. The difference between an excellent score and good score can cost you tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a loan, and having a poor score can cost you your dream of homeownership altogether. continue reading »last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues his Opioid Roundtable Discussions with Stops in York, Stroudsburg, and Hazleton (Round-up)

first_img Round-Up, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Last week, Governor Wolf hosted roundtable discussions in York, Stroudsburg, and Hazleton. The roundtables continued to focus on the Governor’s top priority to combat the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania.“The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose,” said Governor Wolf. “With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”The Wolf Administration is eager to engage in these local conversations in order to listen to local officials about the challenges that they are facing , as well as discuss the initiatives of the administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. “These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis,” said Governor Wolf.Take a look at the additional coverage below: York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf talks at York heroin roundtable[Governor Wolf’s] administration says it is making the heroin and opioid issue a top priority. On Thursday in York, he met with several officials, many of whom are part of the local task force, including Mayor Kim Bracey, District Attorney Tom Kearney and Coroner Pam Gay…”This is a problem we don’t know what to do about,” Wolf said inside Martin Library. “But we do know the magnitude of the problem. And we know it affects Pennsylvanians all across Pennsylvania.”York Dispatch: Gov. Wolf discusses how to tackle heroin, opioid issuesGov.Tom Wolf said it’s a known issue, but how to treat it has always eluded lawmakers. Local officials joined the governor on Thursday for a roundtable discussion in York on different ways to combat the drug that took 65 people from their families in 2015 in York County. So far in 2016, there have been 10 confirmed overdose-related deaths. “We do know the magnitude of this problem,” Wolf said. “But we need to figure out how to treat it. It’s also a medical problem.”Pocono Record: Governor seeks addiction solutions in Pocono discussionThe discussion focused on the current statewide opioid crisis, and [Governor] Wolf mostly listened to the room full of people both professionally and personally familiar with the current state of addiction and overdose…“I need to hear from people in the local areas what’s going on and how they think we could do a better job countering this epidemic that’s affecting so many Pennsylvanians, so many families,” Wolf said.WFMZ: Governor Wolf visits Stroudsburg to discuss opioid abuseTalking about [opioid abuse] is exactly what Governor Wolf wants to happen at these meetings across the state. He says there’s no way the state can arrest its way out of the problem. “It will take money to create more beds for treatment, but that treatment process will be cheaper than incarcerating that person for years,” said Wolf.Times Leader: Gov. Tom Wolf uses roundtable discussions to address opioid problem in PennsylvaniaWith two Republican legislators at his side, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf Friday said he and the GOP-controlled legislature “don’t always agree” on many matters, but when it comes to addressing the ever-increasing opioid problem, the governor said, “We do agree on this.”Citizens Voice: Wolf chairs panel on opioid crisis“We’re trying to find out what we need to do at the state level, recognizing there is much that has to be done at the community level and at the family level,” Wolf said. “I’m sure the Senate and House will have hearings. I’ve been taking notes. I’ve been giving them to DDAP (the state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention). There were a lot of really good ideas. We will get together and try to figure out what we can do.”PA Homepage: Governor Wolf Continues Roundtables to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid EpidemicGovernor Tom Wolf continued his awareness campaign about opioid abuse today in Monroe County. The governor spoke with those in law enforcement and health professionals on the front line of this drug battle. He also heard from those who have lived through the devastation of drug abuse. BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues his Opioid Roundtable Discussions with Stops in York, Stroudsburg, and Hazleton (Round-up) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant May 16, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

An unfinished shell of a property was the perfect canvas on which to build an American southern-style mansion

first_img139 Kamala Drive, PullenvaleIt is approached through a grand gated entrance, which has a secure video intercom that connects to the main residence.Entrance to the house itself is via large electronic timber doors. Once inside there is a sweeping staircase.Across the three levels, there is 1400sq m of living space. 139 Kamala Drive, Pullenvale“It actually was a project,” Mrs Sayle said. “It was a shell of a home; we had to do absolutely everything. Plumbing, electrics, everything.”The couple had lived for many years before that in Anstead, occupying a Tudor home they had just finished renovating.But Mrs Sayle said her husband had wanted to build a home like an American southern mansion, and the Pullenvale property gave them the opportunity to do just that.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019139 Kamala Drive, PullenvaleWhile their children had left home before the move, Mrs Sayle said it had been the perfect place for their 10 grandchildren, who ranged in age from newborn to 21. It had something for everyone to enjoy, whether that was the swimming pool, tennis court, sauna and six-person spa or the billiards room.But the time has now come to consider downsizing, so the couple has listed the grand home for sale through an expressions of interest campaign.Mrs Sayle said she particularly liked the kitchen and entertainment area of the home, as it was where she could host their extended family and friends with plenty of room to move.The home is on 4ha of land. 139 Kamala Drive, PullenvaleAll bedrooms have ensuites, with five bedrooms on the upper level and one on the ground level. The main bedroom has mountain views and also features a spa bath and robe/dressing room.In the kitchen are dual ovens, a gas cooktop, steam oven and built-in microwave. There is also a butler’s pantry, ZIP hydro tap, and built-in cold room. The outdoor terrace has an outdoor kitchen. Within the basement level of the house is a home theatre which features raised seating.The property also has a temperature-controlled wine cellar which holds 1500 bottles.It will be sold through offers closing June 20 at 5pm, through Scott Gemmell of LJ Hooker New Farm.center_img 139 Kamala Drive, PullenvaleWhen Marilyn and Rob Sayle bought their Pullenvale home 14 years ago, it was an unfinished shell.Mrs Sayle said the previous owners of the property at 139 Kamala Drive, Pullenvale had not finished the project when it was offered for sale.The couple held onto it for two years before they started work to complete the home, which took a couple of years.The results were worth the wait.last_img read more

UK decision not to amend rules on fiduciary duty ‘extremely disappointing’

first_imgThe UK will not clarify the fiduciary duties of pension trustees by amending the law, a decision that has been criticised as extremely disappointing by parts of the responsible investment community.In February, the government asked whether it should amend investment regulations for private sector funds, following suggestions from the Law Commission. The Commission said there was a case for changes to the regulation under which trustees have to explain in the Statement of Investment Principles whether environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns were taken into consideration when making investment decisions. Instead, it said new wording should clarify how trustees weigh up ‘financial’ and ‘non-financial’ factors – terminology preferred by the Commission in place of ‘ESG’ – when investing. In its response to the consultation, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) said amending the regulations to offer distinctions between the two areas “would not necessarily lead to greater clarity for trustees”.The DWP argued trustees were aware of their responsibility to consider such matters, citing surveys conducted by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).The PLSA’s newly appointed stewardship and corporate governance policy lead, Luke Hildyard, cited the same survey when arguing that trustees were aware of their duties.He backed the government’s decision not to amend the regulation, saying it “shares the view that more prescriptive regulation on fiduciary duty isn’t warranted at this time”.However, ShareAction noted that in the same PLSA survey more than one-third of respondents said their trustee boards were unaware of the Law Commission’s report. A review of equity markets led by John Kay, who recommended the launch of the Investor Forum, triggered the report, published in 2014.ShareAction chief executive Catherine Howarth insisted that the government needed “robust” reasons to ignore the commission’s recommendations.“Disagreement from respondents on the detail of changes to regulations falls well short of that standard,” she said.“Why has the government ignored the chance to bring interested stakeholders together to think this through, and instead taken six months to produce an old-school consultation response rejecting change?”The charity in 2014 drafted its own responsible investment bill, seeking to incorporate some of the Kay Review’s proposals into law.UKSIF, the responsible investment association, also voiced its displeasure.Its chief executive Simon Howard said he was “extremely disappointed”.“This represented a key opportunity to help put UK finance on a more sustainable footing, and it has been missed,” he said.UKSIF noted that the DWP’s decision to issue only guidance seemed at odds with the view of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), which said in 2014 it would ensure trustees were “empowered”.Howard argued that trustees trying to do the “right thing” despite the current regulatory background deserved “explicit” regulatory support from government that would see those lagging behind required to protect member interests.“The government says guidance from regulators is enough – that is wrong,” he added.“The world’s governments are gathering in Paris to try to address climate change. If the threat is important enough for that, it’s important enough to change some regulations.”Read more about the upcoming climate conference in Paris and the pipeline for renewable infrastructure in the current issue of IPE,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to UK government’s response on fiduciary duty consultationlast_img read more

Laws could be legilstated to deal with the movement of heavy vehicles in and around Roseau

first_img Share LocalNews Laws could be legilstated to deal with the movement of heavy vehicles in and around Roseau by: – June 20, 2011 Tweet 12 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Assistant Superintendent of Police Ms. Yvonne Alexander. File photoAssistant Superintendent of Police and Head of the Traffic Department Yvonne Alexander says authorities are currently discussing legislation in an effort to prevent the movement of heavy duty vehicles and container trucks in the city at certain times.Alexander says policy or legislation will deal with several aspects of the matter, including what routes these vehicles should take.“There are no regulations restricting any vehicles driving along any street but that is being discussed with a view to legislating the movement of these vehicles at particular times of day and on particular roads themselves,” she said.She says officials would have to first meet with truckers to further discuss the matter.“It’s interesting that even some truckers have agreed with us that the movement of these vehicles, especially up hill. It seems that we will get their support and their cooperation,” she added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

P240-K ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgBacolod City – Suspected shabu weighing about 16 grams valued aroundP240,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 6. The 36-year-old “high-value” suspectJunel Salazar yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Antidrug operatives inspect items seized from “high-value” suspect Junel Salazar during an entrapment operation in Barangay 6, Bacolod City on Dec. 28. POLICE STATION 3/BCPO Salazar was nabbed after he sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 3 a.m. on Dec.28, the report added.center_img PHOTO BY POLICE STATION 3/BCPO The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of Police Station 3, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more