The Lumineers Captivate Red Rocks For Two Sold Out Hometown Shows [Photos/Review]

first_imgThe Lumineers wrapped up their second consecutive sold out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last Wednesday, June 8th. Their meteoric rise over the last four years has been nothing short of amazing. When cellist Neyla Pekarek answered a Craigslist ad placed by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, history was made. The Lumineers are distilled Americana; they are nostalgia wrapped in enthusiasm. They are both familiar and fresh. Their music is a revival and Red Rocks is their church. When these hometown heroes headline Red Rocks, they bring the electricity. Denver is a unique musical landscape. Any band traveling East or West is seemingly unable to break free from the city’s immense gravitational pull. However, when it comes to bands who call the Front Range home, you’re more likely to find groups that fall into the jam category rather than pop. Over the years, the state has had its fair share of breakout acts, including The String Cheese Incident and more recently Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. The Lumineers are another, as the group just landed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 with their sophomore album Cleopatra.The Sleepwalkers started the night, powering their set with a refined Indie sound. Afterwards, SOAK – the stage name of a young woman from Northern Ireland named Birdie Monds-Watson with an angelic voice – performed next. Her fantastical subject matter had a whimsical tone, singing about “Dragons & Dinosaurs.” The SOAK trio played for about an hour, with her single “Sea Creatures” as an obvious highlight.After the sun set and a light mist filled the air, The Lumineers took the stage. They opened with the impressive travel song “Sleep On The Floor,” inviting us all to go on a journey. The band kept the crowd entranced with one of the hits off the new album, “Ophelia.” The Lumineers utilize riff heavy musicianship to create an approachable sound. They are catchy and unafraid to include an interjection or two so that fans can follow along.The fervor of the audience was utterly contagious, as The Lumineers have been blessed with a multitude of die-hard fans. As they continue to write more music and tour, that audience will only continue to grow. Before “Ho Hey,” Schultz asked if after this song everyone would put away their cell phones. Surprisingly, they obliged.The band continued by treating fans to the title track off Cleopatra, before The Lumineers went into the heartbreaking “Dead Sea.” After “Charlie Boy,” the entire band moved into the middle of the audience behind the soundboard. The spotlights blasted the band as they went through a pair of covers that included Sawmill Joe’s “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem” as well as Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” During the Dylan cover, Schultz actually ran through the crowd singing about ‘Orders from the D.A.’ as he eventually made his way back to the stage. Then he sang “Slow It Down” as an acoustic solo while the rest of the band headed back down.More fan favorites dotted the rest of the set, including “Submarines,” “Angela” and a powerful “Big Parade” that contained a not-so-subtle warning about voting for Trump. They finished up a fantastic set with “My Eyes” into the instrumental “Patience.”The Lumineers returned almost instantly for a four song encore that featured Wesley again taking the mic for a solo number with “Long Way From Home.” After the bouncy “In The Light” they ended the night with “Stubborn Love.” They’ve come a long way, but The Lumineers have managed to maintain the intimacy and authenticity that made them popular in the first place. If you get the chance to see them, go. Your soul will feel better afterwards.Check out the setlist from night one, as well as a full gallery from the Wednesday night performance from Fat Guerilla Productions, below.Edit this setlist | More The Lumineers setlists Load remaining imageslast_img read more

How Much Is Your Data Worth?

first_imgAccording to Gartner’s Doug Laney, some 80% of executives believe the value of their company’s data is reflected on their balance sheet, yet this increasingly valuable asset is rarely managed with the same discipline, principles and practices as financial or human capital or physical assets. How can a business bridge this gap? View this conversation I held at MIT’s Chief Data Officer Information Quality Symposium (MITCDOIQ) recently with Gartner VP Doug Laney and SiliconAngle’s Paul Gillin and Wikibon’s George Gilbert on theCube.last_img

Vermont lawmakers focus on Vermont Yankee decommissioning shortfall

first_imgSource: Senator Shumlin’s office. June 23, 2009 Less then a week after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) raised concerns with the inadequacy of Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning fund, Speaker Smith and President Pro Tem Shumlin vowed to place another decommissioning bill on Governor Douglas’ desk at the beginning of the 2010 legislative session, which begins next January.The leaders called on Governor Douglas to join them in their support for this important piece of legislation.“We are pleased that the NRC has joined the Vermont legislature in voicing its concern with the decommissioning fund shortfall for Vermont Yankee,” said Speaker Smith.  “It is a shame that Governor Douglas chose to veto the legislature’s decommissioning bills but we intend to move forward by crafting legislation to protect Vermonters from what is clearly a potentially significant financial risk.”In addition to the NRC’s concerns is a recent report by the Associated Press, which found that the companies, including Entergy, that own almost half the nation’s nuclear plants are not putting aside an adequate amount of money to properly close the reactors once they shut down and a Bloomberg report indicating that the shareholders of Entergy intend to move ahead with spinning off Vermont Yankee.  The Vermont legislature passed the decommissioning bill in order to protect Vermonters from a significant financial risk if the present owner of Vermont Yankee, Entergy Corporation spins off the plant to a highly leveraged company, Enexus.  If this spin off occurs, and the decommissioning fund is inadequate, Vermont will be left with no assets to pursue and Vermonters will be stuck with the responsibility of cleaning up the plant.The legislature’s previous decommissioning bills would have held the shareholders of Entergy to the promise they made upon acquisition of the plant by requiring the corporation to have enough assets and financial guarantees to pay for restoration of the site upon the closing of Vermont Yankee.  If the decommissioning fund is inadequate at the time of sale, additional funds, a letter of credit or other guarantee from Entergy will be required.  If the fund is adequate, nothing further will be required. “The concerns of the NRC, the AP report and the Bloomberg report highlight the necessity of the legislature’s decommissioning bills,” said Senator Shumlin.  “We will begin work on another bill as soon as the legislative session resumes and I hope that this time Governor Douglas will support our work and place the interests of Vermonters ahead of the interests of the shareholders of Entergy.”A letter from the NRC to Entergy regarding the status of the decommissioning fund is attached.last_img read more

Renewables topped fossil fuels in EU electricity generation for first time through June 2020

first_imgRenewables topped fossil fuels in EU electricity generation for first time through June 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Europe’s long goodbye to coal is speeding up, in a transition smoothed by the rise of wind and solar power and energy policy that has priced the fossil fuel out of many markets, according to data released on Wednesday.Renewable sources of power have taken over for the first time in 2020, generating 40% of European Union electricity, while fossil fuels generated 34%, independent think-tank Ember said in a half-yearly report.In Spain, coal generation fell 58% in the first six months of the year, even before half its remaining plants closed in June as they no longer complied with EU emissions rules. The pace of plant closures in Spain, with 69% of the entire fleet to be shuttered between 2020 and 2021, has no precedent, Global Energy Monitor program director Christine Shearer said.In Portugal, coal generation fell 95% in the first half of 2020, Ember said. Last week major utility EDP brought forward its Iberian plant closures to 2021, after writing down their value last year.The Netherlands, Austria and France all saw reductions of more than 50%. Sweden and Austria closed their last plants in March.In Germany coal generation fell 39%, taking it for the first time below Poland, which now generates as much electricity from coal as the EU’s remaining 25 countries put together.[Isla Binnie]More: Europe steams towards coal exit – researchlast_img read more

Card fraud lessons exposed

first_img continue reading » Recently Allied Solutions presented a webinar on card fraud in response to the reported increase in card fraud attacks. When polled, 81% of attendees stated they have personally experienced an uptick in card fraud during the last 12 months.After this webinar, Allied reached out to individual financial institutions to perform an assessment of their risk programs and help uncover potential causes of the card fraud they were experiencing. Here’s what they found:Financial institutions were seeing increased instances of PIN fraud at the ATM.Discoveries: A fraud monitoring system (FMS) was not in place for PIN authorizations performed at an ATM.All employees were granted the authority to change ATM PINs when requested by a caller.center_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

We are all guardians of leadership

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recently four members of YMC’s development team attended Chris LoCurto’s Next Level Leadership event. Over the course of three days, we learned about our personality styles, how to resolve conflict, how to gain mental strength and how to achieve greater productivity. But one thing that wasn’t in the workbook still emerged with clarity for me: We must choose to lead.It’s perhaps the greatest variable in any organization. The mentality that something is above or below one’s paygrade can stifle decision making, creativity and progress. As LoCurto puts it, “The key to successful accountability is finding people who both challenge and inspire you.”This isn’t about top-down vs. bottom-up management. When we look at things through such a narrow lens, it’s easy to pass the buck. We lower our standards because someone else will take care of it. Instead, when an entire organization takes ownership – with competition and wanting to do things better – a culture grows.You don’t have to have a special leadership title to rise to the occasion. The importance of accountability is not just about completing tasks. It’s about stepping up to do the right thing without being asked. We choose to ask tough questions, or not. We choose to take risks, or not. We choose to lead… or not. continue reading »last_img read more

Index provider ‘baffled’ at how to add a company of Tesla’s size to the S&P 500, says Cramer

first_imgDuring early trading on Tuesday Tesla jumped more than 9%, pushing its market capitalization to $415 billion. This places it among the top ten most valuable companies in the S&P 500.S&P Dow Jones Indices is well aware of the challenge of adding such a large company, and on Monday night said it was considering adding Tesla to the index in two tranches. In a departure from custom, the index provider did not announce who Tesla will be replacing.Tesla’s addition to the benchmark index further concentrates the S&P 500 among just a handful of names, which Cramer said will not sit well young investors.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Tesla is joining the S&P 500 in December, but given the electric vehicle company’s size, adding it to the index is no easy feat, said CNBC’s Jim Cramer.“I think they’re baffled,” he said Tuesday of the index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices. “I really don’t think they know how to handle this … they can’t knock out the smallest [company from the index], it doesn’t do anything. When they balance this … they almost seem to have to make everything smaller,” he said on “Squawk on the Street.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “The S&P 500 is old fashioned to these people,” he said of young investors. He noted that young retail investors, who are more involved in the market than ever before, favor buying individual names that they believe will outperform. “You see a lot of these younger investors say ‘you know what I’m going to pick the best of the best, and this index doesn’t necessarily represent what I want, which is a piece of America,’” he said. “I think the younger people are not fooled … they do like ETFs, but they like to buy individual stocks that they think are going to be right, and that’s been their pattern.”Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.last_img read more

Fighting the good fight

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Depok makes space to house frontline workers, people with mild COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgRead also: 84 health workers, including two pregnant women, test positive for COVID-19 in JakartaOther institutions in Depok providing accommodation for medical workers include the University of Indonesia (UI) Hospital, which has converted a guest house to offer a space so medical workers can rest. The guest house has 21 rooms that can hold up to 48 beds. The Bhayangkara Brimob Hospital is also converting a polyclinic into a quarantine facility where medical workers can be isolated when they are off-duty.Further, the Depok administration plans to convert a vocational school with around 100 rooms into a makeshift medical facility like the Kemayoran Athletes Village.  The facility would be used to accommodate people under monitoring (ODP) and to treat patients under surveillance (PDP), the mayor said.ODP and PDP are official designations Indonesia is using to differentiate people according to the symptoms they present and their travel history.Read also: COVID-19: Public initiatives grow to produce face shields to help medical workers“We are preparing spaces for ODPs who […] cannot self-isolate at home,” said Idris.Separately, Health Agency head Novarita said that the facility was expected to accommodate more than one person per room, whether an ODP or a PDP with mild symptoms.The Depok administration has so far advised ODPs and PDPs with mild symptoms to self-isolate at home.Depok, a satellite city to the south of Jakarta, the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, recorded 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, as well as 1,897 ODPs and 451 PDPs. (dfr) The Depok administration is preparing a special “hostel” for medical workers and people with suspected COVID-19 infection to prevent local transmission of the virus.Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris said that the hostel would have around 200 rooms ready for use by next week.“We are still preparing [the hostel]. We expect it to be completed by next week.” Idris said on Tuesday as quoted by Topics :last_img read more

Microsoft to keep exploring TikTok deal after talks with Trump

first_img‘Bizarre’ Pappas promised Saturday to create 10,000 US jobs at TikTok over the next three years, in addition to the 1,500 current employees.”Don’t fall for this,” responded senior Trump aide Peter Navarro, a fierce China critic and a main architect of the trade war with Beijing.”China has hired a whole bunch of American lobbyists. They put a puppet CEO in charge of that company,” he told Fox News, referring to former Disney executive Kevin Mayer, who became the CEO of TikTok in May.On Friday evening Trump indicated he opposed a takeover of TikTok by an American company, a solution nevertheless agreed to by most of the involved parties, including ByteDance, according to The New York Times.”This is getting bizarre. A 100 percent sale to an American company… mitigates any reasonable data protection concerns,” tweeted Alex Stamos, a former Facebook head of security and a researcher at Stanford University.”If the White House kills this [sale] we know this isn’t about national security,” he added. Topics : ‘Biggest loser’ “The United States would be the biggest loser if it banned TikTok,” Daniel Castro, vice president of the think tank Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, said Saturday.”All of its data centers are outside of China, and there is no evidence that it presents a national security threat.”Trump said he would use an executive order to ban TikTok, or the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a law granting the president powers to regulate international trade in the face of an “unusual and extraordinary threat” from abroad to US foreign policy, national security or the economy.His threat has caused great concern for US TikTok users, particularly content creators who make money on the platform.Many of them have posted links to their Instagram or YouTube accounts so as not to lose followers if the platform is ultimately blocked.In its statement, Microsoft said it plans to “build on the experience TikTok users currently love, while adding world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections.”Buying TikTok would give Microsoft a chance to break into the social networking market.The IT group currently owns the professional networking platform LinkedIn, and Teams, an internal messaging service for companies. The statement came after Trump on Friday said he would ban the app, which is especially popular with young audiences who create and watch its short-form videos and has an estimated one billion users worldwide.TikTok should be sold or blocked in the US, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told ABC earlier Sunday, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News the president would “take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party.”TikTok denies it could be a tool for Chinese intelligence, with its US general manager Vanessa Pappas declaring Saturday: “We’re not planning on going anywhere.” Microsoft announced Sunday it would continue talks to acquire the US operations of popular video-sharing app TikTok, after meeting with President Donald Trump who seemingly backed off his earlier threats to ban the Chinese-owned platform.”Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States,” the company said in a statement, acknowledging the “importance of addressing the President’s concerns” over national security.Microsoft added that it would continue negotiations with ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, with the intention of “completing these discussions no later than September 15.”last_img read more