Pearl Jam Shares New Single, “Quick Escape” [Listen]

first_imgPearl Jam has released the latest single set to appear on the rock band’s forthcoming Gigaton studio album, scheduled to arrive this Friday, March 27th. Entitled, “Quick Escape”, the new song shared on Wednesday follows previously-released singles from the Gigaton tracklisting including “Dance of the Clairvoyants” and “Superblood Wolfmoon”, in addition to “River Cross” which debuted during a commercial which aired during this year’s Super Bowl.The raw-sounding track powers its way through an erratic intro to open into a full-blown rock performance. The song’s visual accompaniment adds to the listening experience as it provides viewers with a series of well-edited scenes pulled from Mother Nature.Dive into the band’s new single below.Pearl Jam – “Quick Escape”[Video: Pearl Jam]The band was supposed to head out on a run of spring tour dates beginning this month, but that tour was one of the first major concert runs to be postponed due to COVID-19.Pearl Jam had also planned to host an official listening event for Gigaton in over 200 movie theaters in North America, the U.K., Europe, and Australia, but those plans have also since been scrapped. Fans still have the chance, however, to dial into the Gigaton phone hotline to hear some of the unreleased material set to appear on the album when it arrives this Friday by calling 585-20-PEARL (585-207-3275).Head to the band’s website for updates on their touring plans going forward.last_img read more

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Watch Amusing Video of Two Cats Trying to Pass Each Other Atop a Narrow Doorframe

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMost people have become familiar with the cat mantra, “If it fits, I sits.” But what about trying to fit on top of a narrow doorframe?Well, that’s exactly what these two Siamese cats were caught doing in the most recent feline video to charm the internet.LOOK: When Goats Get Themselves Stuck on Narrow Ledge of Bridge, Humans Come to Their RescueBoth of the acro-cats can be seen facing each other on top of a thin ledge in a woman’s household. As they both try and bypass each other in order to get to the other side of the frame, they can be seen jostling uncomfortably in the middle of their balancing act.Though some animals may have called it quits, the two felines eventually find a way to slip past each other in a sufficiently elegant – albeit amusing – fashion.As the video’s description so wisely states, “cats always find a way.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Pawesome Clip With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Ben & Jerry’s heads to Cancun for franchisee meeting and sunny philanthropy

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry’s has chosen Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, in Cancun, Mexico to host their annual Global Franchise Meeting of 2016 from January 14th-17th. Ben & Jerry’s said that the Palace Resorts aligns perfectly with Ben & Jerry’s mission and was chosen as the location to host over 400 Ben & Jerry’s franchisees and staff due in part to the company’s foundation, Fundacion Palace. The Palace Foundation’s efforts are a testament of the company’s commitment to positively impact the communities the properties are located in throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Both businesses believe in more than simply making a profit, they support a sustainable business model, and strive to make an impact on addressing social needs.Part of every Ben & Jerry’s annual meeting includes a local community project, where meeting attendees will put down their scoops and pick up a paint brush or shovel to give back to the community. Together with Fundacion Palace, Ben & Jerry’s will take action in the Cancun community on January 15th by sprucing up Escuela Primaria, Leona Vicaro which supports 420 children. Beautification efforts including gardening and painting, in hopes to improve the quality of the facilities, will result in making a long-lasting impact on the community and its children who attend Leona Vicario.”We are excited to host over 400 Ben & Jerry’s franchisees at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. Palace Resorts is thrilled that Ben & Jerry’s will once again unite its philanthropic efforts with Fundacion Palace. It is our hope that by continuously giving back to local communities it will give children, schools and communities a better tomorrow,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts.Ben & Jerry’s has long been a socially responsible company, functioning under a three part mission statement focused around social, economic and product efforts. “The only thing sweeter than a scoop of ice cream is giving back to the communities we impact,” said Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Jostein Solheim. This isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has chosen Cancun and Moon Palace as the location for their annual global meeting. In 2008 the organization ventured to Cancun and contributed to the local community where Scoop Shop owners cleaned, painted and planted to beautify a school in Puerto Morelos.The efforts of Ben & Jerry’s and Fundacion Palace directly support the shared value of Linked Prosperity. What could be more perfectly paired than a scoop of sweet-laden ice cream with a day of grassroots work to bring a little love to a local community?As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2014 the company plans to complete its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2014 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).With eight oceanfront resorts overlooking the the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, theCaribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.The Palace Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Cancun, Mexico. The philanthropic institution was created in 2004 by the Directors of Palace Resorts to help contribute to the solution of certain social problems. The Palace Foundation’s primary objective is to give hope to those most in need and provide them with resources, time and effort.CANCUN, Mexico, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ben & Jerry’s www.benjerry.com. (link is external)For more information about Ben & Jerry’s Franchise Opportunities, visit: http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/franchise (link is external)For more information about the Palace Foundation, visit: http://fundacionpalace.org/(link is external)last_img read more

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Speaker calls on governor to sign the coronavirus relief funds package immediately

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson released the following statement: “Vermonters and Vermont businesses need relief now. The Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package – H.966(link is external), H.965(link is external), and S.351(link is external) – were delivered to the governor’s desk on June 30th. Vermonters need him to sign the bills now to ensure the money reaches the people and businesses that are waiting for it.“The legislature passed the initial business recovery bill, the Emergency Economic Relief Package (S.350/Act 115(link is external)) on June 16th. The governor announced only today that businesses can start applying for these grants next week. That’s three weeks since the legislature fast-tracked $93 million in the Emergency Economic Relief Package to his desk for implementation. And how long until the money is in the hands of those businesses? The legislature kept the program broad and flexible for the more critically impacted business to help them immediately. It’s outrageous that Vermonters have been kept waiting for so long by the Governor. They can’t wait any longer. “That is why I am calling on the Governor to sign the Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package today and to make the additional $575.7 million(link is external) in that package available to Vermonters and Vermont businesses by Monday, July 6th. Vermonters don’t have three more weeks to wait. “The legislature involved the administration every step of the way in developing these bills. Vermont business owners criticized the loan program proposed by the Administration. We heard loud and clear that they needed grant funding, not loans due in less than 6 months that would add to their financial burden, as they try to regain their footing.  We responded and passed the grants Vermonters requested. Changing his plan was the right thing to do and it was done with the support of the business community and with the administration up-to-speed every step of the way. I’m proud the legislature also addressed the needs of childcare businesses and food security, both critically needed and ignored in the Governor’s proposal.“Vermonters need this money now. I call on the Governor to sign the bills immediately and to give Vermonters a path forward. Vermonters can’t wait any longer.”Source: MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont House Speaker 7.1.2020last_img read more

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Inside the news: interview with Hans-Peter Zurbruegg, Senior VP at Infront

first_imgContinuing the endurance.biz series of ‘inside the news’ video interviews, we spoke with Hans-Peter Zurbruegg, Senior VP, Personal Corporate Fitness, at Infront.The discussion explored the diverse areas that Infront is involved with. The company is part of Chinese-owned multinational Wanda Sports. Hans-Peter (HP) noted that IRONMAN remains a key strategic partner of Infront, after the sale of IRONMAN by Wanda to Advance earlier this year.He added that Infront is a 360° service provider – offering sponsorship, media rights, digital solutions, event operations and media production. It is based in Switzerland – with Europe a key market, as well as Asia an area of focus.Infront’s Personal Corporate Fitness division is sizeable, and has a B2C and B2B component. Here, there are partnerships with the Berlin Marathon and Abbott World Marathon Majors – while Infront also owns events, such as the Roma Marathon.A big part of its business is corporate fitness, where it holds business/corporate run events – such as the B2Run series, with, so far, over 200,000 individuals participating.Other activities include obstacle events, as well as Megarmarsh, ‘mega hike’ events. A relatively new addition is Hyrox, which aims to ‘create a sport in fitness’. It is a combination of endurance training and physical exercises.For its own forays with virtual racing in recent months, Infront has had positive experiences, with events such as the Digital Swiss 5, the virtual version of the Tour de Suisse, generating notable traction and interest.Commenting on the long-term outlook for mass participation events, HP noted that the underlying trends are totally intact. He pointed out that the need for a work-life balance, and a consumer focus on fitness, is more pronounced than ever before. Going forward, he argued that finishing an event offers an experience that “money can’t buy”.“Events offer emotions that can’t be found anywhere else.”www.infront.sport Relatedlast_img read more

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City council approves design phase after study recommends expansion of Merriam Police Department

first_imgThe Merriam Police Department would get an expansion under an architect’s proposal.The Merriam Police Department needs space.When it was built in 2004, the police station, which sits on the same property with city hall, was built 33 percent smaller than the projected needs of the department because of budget constraints, according to a post on the department site.The Merriam City Council this week approved funding the design of an addition to the police department that would solve three concerns identified about the current facility: The ventilation and size of the property room; the efficiency and cost of ongoing repaired of the HVAC system; locker room space for all employees.Merriam Police Chief Mike Daniels presented a report from Hoefer Wysocki Architecture outlining the problems with the facility and proposed solutions. Merriam City Administrator Phil Lammers told the council the city is interested in doing an expansion of the police department sooner rather than later. Entering a contract for design this year could make construction possible in 2017.Among the options is replacing or right-sizing an HVAC system that is oversized for the building and causes efficiency problems, wearing out equipment. The system also draws fumes into the building. The property room does not vent toxic odors from the work space so the work station has been placed in the hallway. Not all officers have locker space and it is damp, Daniels said.Under one architectural proposal, the locker room space would be doubled and the property room would increase from 427 to 800 square feet. The plan also would expand the investigations area to house four detectives plus a crime analyst and mental health co-responder.The full space needs study report can be found here.last_img read more

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DoD proposes MLA’s 36% cap for more products

first_imgThe Department of Defense has issued a proposal that would expand the credit products which are covered by the Military Lending Act’s 36-percent rate cap.“NAFCU strongly supports consumer protections and notes that credit unions are already subject to a cap on interest rates,” said NAFCU Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “We will work to ensure that there are no unintended consequences with the changes proposed to the definition of consumer credit.”As of now, MLA protections extend to closed-end payday loans for no more than $2,000 and with a term of 91 days or fewer, closed-end auto title loans with a term of 181 days or fewer, and closed-end tax refund anticipation loans. The proposal would amend the definition of “consumer credit” to more closely match the definition under the Truth in Lending Act, covering more credit products.However, the protections would still not cover residential mortgages and credit extended for secured personal property purchases and vehicle purchase loans secured by an interest in the vehicle. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Letter

first_img Letter Conflict Counsel I take exception to the implication that the Florida Legislature is forced to create another level of government because conflict counsel costs have skyrocketed as a result of attorney greed. Wait a minute. The November 1 News story “Lawsuit delays conflict counsel facilities request” represented that Jeff Lewis, regional counsel for the First District, knows one Florida lawyer is (was) making more than $576,000 a year on conflict cases.Assuming counsel is billing at a rate of $100 per hour, I calculate he is billing 15.5 hours a day, 365 days a year. Are you kidding me? The legislature believes it is forced to create another bureaucracy because our profession cannot be trusted or restrained? More government is not the answer. Shameful. This is what our legislators think? With this perception, nothing less than our profession is at stake.I know many fine, efficient, and caring attorneys who accepted criminal conflict and child dependency cases. Most do so at half or less than half their normal hourly rate. No government can be as efficient as these honest, hardworking, and caring individuals. The problem is obvious, so is the solution. Michael R. Reiter Lynn Haven Letter December 15, 2007 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Global measles outbreaks make 2019 a record-setting year

first_imgMeasles continues to spread in global outbreaks, with the first 6 months of 2019 producing more measles cases than any year since 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report on measles activity in the first half of 2019.Between Jan 1 and Jul 31, 2019, 182 countries reported 364,808 measles cases to the WHO. During the same period last year, 129,239 measles cases were reported from 181 countries. These cases represent a 10-fold increase in the WHO’s African region, a twofold increase in the European region, and a threefold increase in the Western Pacific Region.”There have been almost three times as many cases reported to date in 2019 as there were at this same time last year,” the WHO said. “This follows successive yearly increases since 2016, indicating a concerning and continuing upsurge in the overall measles burden worldwide.”Countries reporting the most measles activity include Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Madagascar. Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, and Thailand are also reporting major outbreaks.Most of those countries are seeing outbreaks because they have very low vaccination rates, the WHO said. But even countries with high vaccine coverage are seeing more measles activity.”The United States has reported its highest measles case count in 25 years. In the WHO European region, there have been close to 90,000 cases reported for the first six months of this year: this exceeds those recorded for the whole of 2018 (84,462) – already the highest in this current decade,” WHO said.In the United States, current measles outbreaks have been linked to international travel and travelers from Israel, the Philippines, and Ukraine.Measles is so contagious it requires a high community level vaccination rate – 95% – to prevent sustained transmission. The measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is effective and widely available as part of national vaccination programs.But globally, WHO estimates only 86% children have received the first dose of measles vaccine and 69% the second in 2019.US tracks 10 more casesIn its weekly update on measles outbreaks in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded 10 new cases, raising 2019’s total to 1,182. Thirty states have recorded cases thus far this year.As of Aug 8, 124 of the people who got measles this year were hospitalized, and 64 reported having complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis, the CDC said.More than 75% of the United States’ cases come from large outbreaks in New York state and New York City. Currently, the CDC is tracking five outbreaks (three or more cases) in Texas, California, Washington state, and New York.Late last week, health officials reported that five cases of measles have been confirmed within a Mennonite community in Wyoming County, New York. None of the five people had been vaccinated against measles.Wyoming County officials are currently investigating possible exposure sites. The outbreak will likely become New York State’s third active outbreak in 2019. The other two outbreaks have taken place in Orthodox Jewish communities.In June Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law ending all nonmedical exemptions for vaccines required for children to attend all public, private, and parochial schools as well as childcare programs across New York.See also:Aug 12 WHO report  Aug 12 CDC updateAug 8 Wyoming Country press releaselast_img read more

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