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first_imgTransport But beware of… – The weather: milder, drier and better all round than most other regions The workforce in the South West has levels of educationabove the national average in terms of academic qualifications from highereducation. The South West Regional Development Agency has set up skills andlearning teams for each sub-region to address the specific labour marketdevelopment needs.  www.southwestrda.org.uk The South West has airports at Bristol,Exeter, Bournemouth,Plymouth and Newquay,with flights to domestic and European destinations. The road network comprisesthe M4 which runs East to West, and the M5 which runs Northto South. London and the ChannelTunnel can also be reached by road. The railways connect with Londonand the Continent. There are many commercial ports, most notably Bristol.  www.branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/wessex “There are some excellent academic institutions, and Exeter University is a large employerrenowned for its work-life balance,” Goldingsays. Living in the region – Low crime: the South West has the country’s third-lowestcrime rate Based: Exeter Various CIPD branches  www.branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/wengland  www.branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/devon HR contacts and localinformation More than one-third of the region has National Park status,or is listed as an area of outstanding natural beauty with a diverse range ofwildlife. The South West is one of the leading areas in Europefor water sports, with the World Surfing Championships held in Newquay, Cornwall.Music lovers flock to Glastonbury,while theatre-goers have the Bristol Old Vic. – 621 miles of coast: some of the finest beaches and watersports in the UK Business and tourisminformation Comments are closed. This is complemented by beautiful countryside and coastline,but Golding says the HR scene is equally as vibrant. “Senior HR jobs outside of the public sector are rare,but other areas to look would be Swindon, Bristol,Plymouth, Tauntonand Yeovil. There are few head offices, so the large companies tend to coverthe South West by having a regional HR manager based here. “Most of the jobs advertised are for HR administratorsor officers. However, the advancement opportunities are significantly less thanthey are in other, bigger cities,” she says. Southgate Hotel – Housing shortages: a large mismatch between population andhousing is forecast Related posts:No related photos.  The South WestRegional Development Agency Education Move here for… Housing – Being too remote: some areas are very isolated  www.branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/gloucester Previous Article Next Article Company profile  www.southwestengland.co.uk “The service sector and the public sector dominateemployment opportunities, with the county council by far the largest employerin Devon. Hospitality and tourism are huge for us and wehave the usual problems associated with these industries, such as attractingand retaining good staff. “Living down here is fantastic,” she says. “Ilive in Exeter city centre, whichhas a great quayside full of bars, cafes and vibrant living. There’s abeautiful cathedral and a good range of boutiques and independent shops.” south west blah blah blahOn 26 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today – The retired masses: parts of the region have an elderlypopulation Jan Golding is a regional HRmanager at Macdonald Hotels with responsibility for 1,100 staff across the wholeregion. She moved back to Exeterafter seven years away and says the quality of life was a key factor. Culture/Lifestyle According to figures from the Land Registry, the overallaverage price of a house in the South West is £179,030. A detached property inthe region will cost you £266,052, while a semi-detached will set you back byaround £160,563. Terraced houses are currently said to be worth £139,307 andyou could expect to pay £133,294 for a flat or maisonette. www.cipd.co.uk/Branches/BranchEvents/ Staff: 120last_img read more

Last-minute holiday requests likely during heatwave

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Bournemouth beach in May. Photo: Lee Earle / Shutterstock HR teams may find themselves experiencing an influx of last-minute requests for annual leave this week, with temperatures set to reach 34 degrees.According to software provider BrightHR, there was a 29% uplift in annual leave requests made via its platform on Monday (22 June), compared with a week earlier.Annual leave during lockdownWorkers will be able to carry over annual leave for two yearsHow to handle annual leave during lockdownBEIS clarifies furlough holiday rules for staff and tempsAnd more requests are likely to come in today; BrightHR reported that the number of requests made yesterday and this morning (20,416) was 17% higher than those received across the same two days in May (17,425).BrightHR CEO Alan Price said: “Like most business leaders, you probably see a spike in holiday requests anytime we approach a heatwave.“While your employees’ holiday plans might be on hold, it’s still important for them to take time away from work. Annual leave gives your people downtime to refresh and recover, so you should encourage employees to take time out from work during lockdown.”Whether employees can take holiday on a whim depends on what their employment contract says, Tom Moyes, a partner in the employment team at Blacks Solicitors, told Personnel Today.“An employer will often stipulate in a contract of employment how many days’ prior notice is required to take holiday. Alternatively it may be stated in the staff handbook. In absence of these provisions both parties will need to turn to the Working Time Regulations [which] would also apply in conjunction with the contractual rules,” he said.“Under regulation 15 of the Working Time Regulations, employees must give notice to their employer to take holiday and employers must give notice to employees if they want to require them to take annual leave. In either case, the notice period must be at least twice the period of annual leave being requested by the employee or being required to be taken by the employer. For example, 10 days’ notice for five days holiday.”Employers also have reasonable grounds to refuse a leave request if it is not in the needs of the business, for example if it will leave them short-staffed. However, organisations may open themselves up to claims of constructive dismissal if they repeatedly deny an employee the opportunity to take annual leave.Moyes said employers might require staff to take some of their holiday entitlement, as many would have taken few days off while the coronavirus lockdown has been in place.“I would recommend that employers revisit their holiday policies at the present time and make the rules very clear in respect of holidays in the current pandemic. This way there will greater employee engagement and fewer shocks around decisions on holidays and cancellation,” he said.Stephen Ravenscroft, head of employment at law firm Memery Crystal, said: “In many cases employers will welcome requests from employees to use annual leave at the moment, even at short notice to enjoy the sunshine, given that the use of holiday entitlement over the past few months has been limited by lockdown restrictions, sickness absence and furlough leave.”Latest HR job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more human resources jobs Last-minute holiday requests likely during heatwaveBy Ashleigh Webber on 23 Jun 2020 in Latest News, Holidays and holiday pay, Personnel Today, Leave No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Brian Chesky reacts to IPO pop, a distressed-home platform nabs $36M

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first_imgReap what you sowOn the heels of a $69 million funding, Orchard is adding insurance and warranty services to a platform that offers home-buying and selling services.“We’re radically simplifying the way people buy their homes,” CEO Court Cunningham said in a statement.The New York City-based company has said it wants to be the Amazon of real estate. It already offers home loans, title insurance and search tools to customers in Colorado, Georgia and Texas. FSBO gets an overhaulWhile Covid wreaked havoc on traditional residential brokerages, a digital, do-it-yourself platform for homesellers is in growth mode.HomeLister, a platform for homeowners that pushes listings out to local multiple-listing systems for a flat fee, raised $4.5 million this summer from MetaProp and Homebrew. Now, it claims it has saved clients $17 million in commissions since the onset of the pandemic.Co-founded by Lindsay McLean and Jennifer Stein in 2015, HomeLister only represents sellers and charges a flat fee starting at $599. Sellers choose how much (or little) help they want from HomeLister. With the most basic package, listing is free and sellers only pay when their home sells.Zach Aarons, a MetaProp co-founder, called the platform “intuitive” and said MetaProp invested, in part, because it saw the business as “scalable.”Small bytes? French home insurance startup Luko raised €50 million from EQT Ventures, Accel, Founders Fund and Speedinvest.? Canada-based virtual brokerage Real raised $20M from Insight Partners.? Metechi, an AI-powered debt trading platform, raised $5M led by Brack Capital Group’s Shimon Weintraub.? iBuyer Opendoor will start trading on Nasdaq on Dec. 21, under the ticker “OPEN.”? Facebook earmarked $150M of its $1B investment in housing to the lowest-income tier in San Francisco.? Co-living startup Quarters opened its fourth NYC location, a 41K-sf space in Williamsburg with 160 bedrooms.⚒AppFolio, a property management software company, will pay $4.25M to settle an FTC complaint that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Click here to join the thousands of knowledgeable readers who subscribe to Future City.  Sequoia Capital’s huge returns this year, according to Bloomberg Cherry on topSundae — a marketplace to sell distressed properties online — just raised $36 million. The Series B was led by QED Investors, Founders Fund, Susa Ventures, Navitas Capital and Prudence Holdings. It comes less than six months after the company raised a $16.55 million round, also led by QED.Launched in 2019, Sundae purchases homes directly and offers $10,000 cash advances to all sellers. It also gives investors a platform to purchase “homes that need love,” CEO Josh Stech told TechCrunch. Sundae claims it has annualized run rate revenue of $400 million.Hooking investors on ConTechConstruction tech startup Versatile just raised $20 million to add AI to its core product: a crane-mounted piece of hardware that captures video and analyzes data from construction sites.The Series A brings the company’s total funding to $34 million. The round was led by Insight Partners and Entree Capital, with Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Root Ventures and Conductive Ventures. Based in San Francisco, Versatile gives users a picture of construction progress, and specifically aims to eliminate redundancies. “We are just scratching the surface of what we can do,” CEO Meirav Oren said in a statement.STAT OF THE WEEK11x “If you can survive a global pandemic that shuts down global travel, you can survive anything.”— Alfred Lin, partner at Sequoia Capital and Airbnb board member After mega rounds, SoFi eyes SPACOnline lender SoFi is the latest SoftBank-backed startup to eye a public offering through a blank-check company.The San Francisco-based company has held talks with several special-purpose acquisition companies about an IPO, reported CNBC. SoFi did not comment.SoFi appears to be capitalizing on a hot IPO market, along with SoftBank-backed companies including Lemonade, Opendoor, View and Compass. Some 208 blank-check companies have raised $70 billion so far this year, according to SPAC Research. Rocket Companies, the parent company of Rocket Mortgage and Quicken Loans, also went public in August.Founded in 2011, SoFi has raised $3 billion from investors (including $1 billion from SoftBank in 2015). It was valued at $4.3 billion in a 2017 funding round. Last year, it raised $500 million at the same valuation.center_img We’re all Brian CheskyEyebrows raised and stammering.That’s how the Airbnb CEO reacted on live TV when he found out the company’s shares had skyrocketed 113 percent to $144.7 during its stock market debut Thursday. “That’s the first time I’ve heard the number,” he managed to say. “Um, that is, that’s … I … I don’t know what else to say.”Ahead of its IPO, which raised $3.5 billion, Airbnb priced shares at $68. Even without a pop, that was already a remarkable feat given a volatile year that saw major layoffs and a $2 billion funding lifeline. The 12-year-old hospitality startup now has a market cap of $100.7 billion — more than Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt combined. And that’s without any physical assets. By comparison, Booking.com and Expedia have market caps of $86 billion and $18 billion, respectively.That said, expect scrutiny over money left on the table in the coming days. That’s what fueled a mad dash toward blank-check deals — for companies like Opendoor — in the first place. In Airbnb’s case, had bankers priced shares at $146, it could have raised an additional $4 billion. TagsAirbnb Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Eni begins production at Agogo oilfield offshore Angola

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first_img The Agogo field was brought online via the Ngoma FPSO vessel. (Credit: Pixabay/D Thory) Italy’s Eni has commenced production from the Agogo oilfield situated in the 15/06 Block in offshore Angola, nine months after its discovery.The production start-up follows completion of Agogo-1 well drilling at a water depth of around 1700m.The field, which has current production capacity of 10,000 barrels per day, was brought online via the Ngoma floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is located 15km from the oil field.Production from the field is expected to increase to 20,000 bpd in the near future, Eni said.Agogo field holds over 650 million barrels of oil in placeAs per the Eni’s preliminary estimates, the Agogo field contains over 650 million barrels of oil in place. It also has further resource potential that is planned to be verified by drilling new delineation wells.Eni, in a statement, said: “The record time set for the field to become operational, nine months after its discovery last March, confirms Eni’s successful endorsement of the fast track model in the development of its discoveries, a strategy based on operational synergies with already existing infrastructure that maximises projects value.“The strategy is enabled by a phased field setup, which include an early production stage and, after the completion of the appraisal campaign, the subsequent development of the full potential through a new development hub.”The Block 15/06 is operated by a joint venture of Eni with 36.8421%, and Sonangol P&P and SSI Fifteen with 36.8421% and 26.3158% stakes, respectively.In July 2019, Eni confirmed presence of oil reserves in Agogo discovery following drilling of first appraisal well Agogo-2.Agogo-2 drilling resulted in 58m net light oil (31° API) in sandstones of Miocene and Oligocene age with good petro-physical characteristics and confirming the extension of the Agogo reservoir to the north of the discovery well and below the salt diapirs.With a presence in Angola since 1980, Eni currently accounts for an equity production of approximately 145,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The Agogo oilfield situated in the 15/06 Block has current production capacity of 10,000 barrels per daylast_img read more

U.S. CNO Wraps Up Three-Day Visit to Pakistan

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first_img View post tag: Visit Share this article Authorities View post tag: Three-Day Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. CNO Wraps Up Three-Day Visit to Pakistan View post tag: Pakistan U.S. CNO Wraps Up Three-Day Visit to Pakistan View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy May 15, 2014 View post tag: Wraps View post tag: CNO View post tag: News by topic View post tag: U.S. Greenert is the first of the Service Chiefs to meet with the new Prime Minister. Greenert stated it was a very productive trip. In addition to the Pakistan Ambassador and Prime Minister Sharif, he met with the Pakistan Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.Greenert’s visit ended in the capital with talks on a wide range of common security issues with the Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif, and Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Asif Sandila. During meetings, Adm. Greenert and Sharif reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Pakistani security relationship to regional stability and agreed to continue to work together in order to enhance stronger partnership between the two nations.Earlier in the trip, Admiral Greenert was in Karachi where he paid respect to Quaid-e-Azam at the Founders Tomb and addressed the midshipmen equivalent at the Pakistani Naval Academy. His remarks to the midshipmen focused on the importance of seapower and maritime partnerships. Greenert emphasized how navies must work together to increase maritime security and enhance global prosperity.Greenert also met with Rear Adm. Syed Arifullah Hussaini, commander of Coastal Areas, and Vice Adm. Khan Hasham Bin Siddique, commander of the Pakistani Fleet, in order to gain awareness of Pakistan’s Maritime Security Organizations and to explore areas of additional maritime cooperation. “It was a great opportunity to discuss our common interests, the importance of our relationships and reaffirm our Navy’s commitment to the region,” said Greenert.As maritime partners with the U.S., Pakistan is a very active participant in multinational operations and exercises. On 11 different occasions during the past six years Pakistani Naval officers have commanded combined Task Forces 150/151.According to the Islamabad embassy, U.S. assistance to Pakistan continues to help build the counter-insurgency and counterterrorism capabilities of Pakistan’s security forces, which are critical to countering violence in the western border regions. [mappress]Press Release, May 15, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: up The U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert wrapped up a three-day visit to Pakistan, May 14, after meeting with Prime Minister Sharif and top military officials in Islamabad and Karachi.last_img read more

Salvage efforts after 2018 F/A-18, KC-130J collision wrap up

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first_img Photo: US Marine Corops file photo of a F/A-18 Hornet receiving fuel from a KC-130J Share this article View post tag: US Marine Corps View post tag: F/A-18 View post tag: US Navy The US Navy has concluded its salvage operation related to the December 6, 2018, collision between the F/A-18 and a KC-130J off the coast of Japan.The operation took place between May 27 and June 7, 2019.The salvage effort accomplished the task of recovering the KC-130J’s cockpit voice recorder and digital flight recorder. The navy said the devices are being delivered to Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland for analysis to assist in the on-going investigation.Additionally, human remains were recovered during the salvage operation. At this time, the number and identity of those recovered is not known. The remains will be transferred to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware where formal identification will be made by competent medical authorities.Two of overall seven service members who were aboard the two aircraft as they crashed were found after the incident.The cause of the aircraft mishap remains under investigation. View post tag: KC-130Jlast_img read more

Student Advocates Conference Set For Mid-December

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first_imgStudent Advocates Conference Set For Mid-DecemberStaff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is inviting college advisors, mentors, student leaders and other advocates to the fifth annual 2019 Indiana Student Advocates Conference.The free two-day event will be held in Indianapolis on Dec. 16 and 17 and will feature three keynote speakers who will give 15-minute “Ted Talk” style presentations called “INspire Talks” that will focus on the educational equity-like race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, gender, age and more.The conference will offer attendees the opportunity to discover innovative practices, share success stories and learn about state policies and initiatives impacting college completion and student success through breakout sessions.Alexandra Bernadotte, the founder, and CEO of Beyond 12 will be speaking at the conference. Beyond 12 a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing the number of underserved students who earn a college degree through personalized coaching and technology.Joining her will be Tom Morales, co-founder, and CEO of the Morales Group, Inc., an Indianapolis-based staffing agency with locations across the country.Also speaking is Sue Ellspermann, the former Indiana lieutenant governor and the ninth president of Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College, the state’s community college system with More than 40 locations around Indiana, serving more than 75 communities.Attendees may register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-student-advocates-conference-tickets-77380213301FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism studentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

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first_imgIS IT TRUE that the ISTEP scores for 2017 are out and overall the performance of local schools hasn’t changed dramatically from 2016?…the sole exception to that neutral trend is among the lowest performing schools which have dropped significantly?…there are seven schools that has passing grades of under 35% of those who took the tests?…those low performers are Caze, Cedar Hall, Dexter, Evans, Lodge, McGary and the Glenwood Leadership Academy?…there is a geographic similarity between theses schools and that is they are all in the south, southeast, and Jacobsville areas of Evansville?…if you want to find high performance look to the north or east because both of the high performing schools are their?…in Vanderburgh County the high performing schools were Scott and Oak Hill while anything feeding into Castle also performs very well?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Council recently voted to raise the County Wheel Tax by a 5-2 vote? … the five Council members that voted for the County Wheel Tax increase were all Republicans?  …the two County Council members that voted NO to raise the County Wheel Tax were Democrats?  …we thought that Democrats were tax and spend types and the Republicans were conservatives?IS IT TRUE that the Republican primary candidate for the 8th District Congressional seat, Dr. Richard Moss (R) of Jasper recently stated that “Larry Bucshon has become a typical DC politician”. “He has taken pages from Richard Lugar’s and Evan Bayh’s playbooks by moving his family to Washington”. “He doesn’t even live in the community he represents”. “Instead, he hangs around Washington insiders and lobbyists and has forgotten what the voters in Indiana sent him to do.”  …not owning a family home in the community that he wanted to represent hurt Evans Bayh chances of being re-elected to United States Senate from Indiana?IS IT TRUE that the last time there were boat races on the Evansville waterfront during the 2009 Freedom Festival a heat wave for three days with temperatures of over 100 degrees spoiled the party and the financial losses were the last draw for Thunder boats?IS IT TRUE after 8 years of absence Thunder boats were back last weekend and the weather provided another kick in the teeth?…The remnants of Hurricane Harvey created problems all three days for the inaugural HydroFest?…it rained all day on Friday, high wind gusts made the Ohio River dangerous on Saturday and heavy debris filled the river with obstacles on Sunday?IS IT TRUE HydroFest officials have stated that sponsorships have deleveraged the HydroFest from dependence on $10 wrist band sales? …because of the bad weather the attendance could had been well under 20,000 over the course of three days event?IS IT TRUE because of bad weather the value of future sponsorships may have taken a real hit?  …we have been told that it is highly probable given the disappointing attendance that wrist bands may have brought in less than $100,000?IS IT TRUE that 2017 HydroFest committee did an outstanding job in promoting this most worthily sporting/community event?  …we urge the current sponsors and members of our community to support next years HydroFest event because of the social, sporting and economic impact on our community?Todays READERS POLL question is:  Do you feel that members of Evansville City Council are withholding financial information from the general public concerning the proposed 2018 City budget?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any reader’s comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hear This: Music Pier Getting New Sound System

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first_imgThe Ocean City Music Pier will light up with an array of entertainment. By Donald WittkowskiA new sound system that will improve the acoustics for concerts and other shows at Ocean City’s historic Music Pier was approved Thursday night by City Council.The $402,000 sound system is one of the main components of a series of upgrades planned this year for the landmark building, which serves as the city’s main venue for entertainment and cultural arts. Clair Solutions, of Manheim, Pa., was awarded the contract for the sound equipment.City spokesman Doug Bergen explained in an earlier interview that the current sound system is outdated. In addition to improving the acoustics, the new sound system will eliminate the need to rent temporary equipment to accommodate some performers and to avoid the stacks of speakers that can obscure the stage and video screens, he said.The sound improvements will follow $150,000 invested in the building two years ago for large video screens that give spectators a better view of performances. This was done with donations by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, the fund-raising arm of the local orchestra that calls the Music Pier its home.The orchestra’s performances are part of an array of entertainment and special events hosted by the Music Pier. Throughout the year, there are concerts, musicals, beauty pageants, food festivals, antiques fairs and other shows.Mayor Gillian stressed that the Music Pier is such an important landmark for Ocean City that it must be protected and enhanced with a series of capital improvements.“It’s one of the most iconic buildings of Ocean City,” he said in an interview in March.City Council approves a $402,000 contract for a new sound system at the Music Pier.The Music Pier opened in 1929, the same year as the stock market crash that plunged the nation into the Great Depression. The building’s oceanside location at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk constantly exposes it to storms and the corrosive salt air.Most of the upgrades planned this year are designed to maintain the historic structure, Bergen noted. Altogether, the city is expected to invest $2.1 million for the Music Pier’s refurbishment.Most urgently, the building needs a new roof and a new heating and air-conditioning system. City officials say the work on the roof and heating and air-conditioning systems will likely be completed this fall to avoid any disruptions with the summer entertainment season.City Council approved a $28,500 contract Thursday with Concord Engineering Group Inc., of Voorhees, N.J., to design the heating and air-conditioning upgrades.Improvements to the Music Pier’s stage lighting and bathrooms will also be done to create a more inviting experience for the tens of thousands of people who visit the building every year.Inside, the hall seats between 900 and 1,000 people for most shows. On New Year’s Eve, the Music Pier serves as the location for the headline act for the city’s First Night festivities, a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration to ring in the New Year. The building’s open-sided loggia overlooking the ocean is also a home to special events.In other business Thursday, Council approved the reappointment of Dorothy McCrosson and her Ocean City law firm, McCrosson & Stanton, as city solicitor. The contact runs from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, and has an estimated value of $50,000, according to the Council resolution authorizing McCrosson’s appointment.The Music Pier is perched on the beach, offering sweeping oceanfront views.last_img read more

Bob Weir, DMB’s Boyd Tinsley, Jay Lane & More Play Dead At NAMM Trade Show [Watch]

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first_imgGrateful Dead rhythm guitarist and co-founder Bob Weir was honored with the “Music for Life” award at the National Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) annual trade show in Anaheim, CA yesterday. The award was presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lammond, who sat down with Weir to discuss the iconic musician’s 50+ year career. When introducing Weir, Lammond acknowledged, “The Grateful Dead inspired a movement by taking incredible risks musically, culturally and in terms of how they approached the music business. They did so out of a passion for music making and, as a result, continue to inspire musicians to this day.”“If you’re always going for it, the muse is always leading you in some direction,” Weir said during the talk. “If you have faith in your muse, you’re going to get somewhere — if you put shoulder to the wheel. Every artist of any stripe is a storyteller, and the way you weave it together represents what makes life worth living.”A few hours after receiving his award, Weir took the stage at the D’Angelico Guitars booth on the other side of the Anaheim Convention Center. There he was joined by Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band), Jay Lane (RatDog), Paul ILL (Disreputable Few), and Isaiah Sharkey (D’Angelo/John Mayer) for a half acoustic, half electric set that featured a few songs from his 2016 solo album Blue Mountain as well as a number of tunes from the Grateful Dead canon like “Jack Straw,” “Lost Sailor,” “West L.A. Fadeaway”. You can check out most of Weir’s set from the first day of the NAMM trade show below”[Video via D’Angelico Guitars’ Facebook page]Next month, Weir will head to Riviera Maya, Mexico for Dead & Company‘s inaugural Playing In The Sand destination event, followed by a run of three make-up dates in New Orleans, LA, Sunrise, FL, and Orlando, FL following their cancellation due to John Mayer‘s emergency appendectomy during the band’s 2017 Fall Tour. The band has also announced a full summer tour. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the Dead & Co website.[Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images]last_img read more