Cris Jacobs Announces New Album & Tour, Shares Rockin’ Single “Turn Into Gold”

first_imgCris Jacobs Tour Dates:Sept 16 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion %Sept 17 – Cascade, WV – Deep Roots Mountain RevivalSept 23 – Clarksburg, MD – Hometown Get DownOct 19 – New York, NY – American BeautyOct 20 – Port Chester, NY – Garcia’sOct 21 – Hartford, CT – Arch Street TavernOct 22 – Fall River, MA – NarrowsNov 03 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre *Nov 04 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s *Nov 05 – Owings Mills, MD – Gordon Center *Nov 10 – Morgantown, WV – Schmitt’s SaloonNov 11 – Frostburg, MD – Dante’sNov 12 – Roanoke, VA – MartinsNov 16 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre #Nov 17 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic #Nov 18 – Nashville, TN – The Basement #Nov 19 – Whitesburg, KY – Appalshop TheatreNov 23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head LiveNov 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club CaféDec 01 – Harrisburg, PA – TBDDec 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music HallDec 03 – Richmond, VA – The Camel% w/ Sturgill Simpson* w/ Amy Helm# w/ Marc Ford Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing and soulfully transcendent voice. Jacobs has harnessed over a decade of trans-genre exploration on his second solo album, Dust to Gold, due for release on October 21, 2016 via American Showplace Music.The new album is a soul-stirring expression of the current chapter of his creative evolution, featuring twelve well-crafted songs that masterfully weave through the sweet and rugged landscape of soul, blues, country, gospel, and rock and roll.The lead single from the album is “Turn Into Gold”, a moving slide-guitar meditation about channeling the “muse,” or “tapping the source,” as Jacobs calls it. It’s about the desire to be, “enraptured in the mystery, the unknown, the questions, the answers all at once,” Jacobs describes. “If I’m playing or singing and I’m really connected to that source and I’m really locked in and there’s a room full of people experiencing that, the hope is then for them to get locked into their own thing, and it’s this beautiful, ecstatic magic that happens. To me, this is that elusive goal that I chase every time I sit down to write a song or every time I get on stage to perform.”Listen to “Turn Into Gold,” streaming below.Jacobs’ full band includes a richly funky rhythm section with Todd Herrington on bass, Dusty Ray Simmons on drums, and John Ginty on Hammond organ and keyboards, who has been a master side man for years, working with Jewel, Citizen Cope, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and most currently, with The Dixie Chicks.Whether its his work with The Bridge from 2001-2011, his side project Neville Jacobs with keyboardist Ivan Neville and more, anyone who listens to Cris Jacobs is bound to be impressed. Be sure to catch Jacobs on the road, touring extensively throughout the fall in support of the new release!last_img read more

US unemployment rate down one-tenth to 9.1 percent

first_imgTotal nonfarm payroll employment rose by 117,000 in July, and the unemploymentrate was little changed at 9.1 percent, down from 9.2 percent in June, the US Bureau of Labor Statisticsreported today. Job gains occurred in health care, retail trade, manufacturing,and mining. Government employment continued to trend down. The drop in the unemployment rate is attributed mostly to a reduction in the labor force, as fewer people were looking for work, but there was some modest gains in jobs.Household Survey DataThe number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1percent) changed little in July. Since April, the unemployment rate has shownlittle definitive movement. The labor force, at 153.2 million, was littlechanged in July, with a gain of 117,000.Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men(9.0 percent),adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (8.1 percent),blacks (15.9 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no changein July. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks declined by 387,000 inJuly, mostly offsetting an increase in the prior month. The number of long-termunemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over), at 6.2 million, changed littleover the month and accounted for 44.4 percent of the unemployed.The civilian labor force participation rate edged down in July to 63.9 percent,and the employment-population ratio was little changed at 58.1 percent.The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referredto as involuntary part-time workers) was about unchanged in July at 8.4 million.These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut backor because they were unable to find a full-time job.In July, 2.8 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, littlechanged from a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) Theseindividuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work,and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not countedas unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks precedingthe survey.Among the marginally attached, there were 1.1 million discouraged workers inJuly, about the same as a year earlier. (These data are not seasonallyadjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for workbecause they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.7 millionpersons marginally attached to the labor force in July had not searched forwork in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendanceor family responsibilities.Establishment Survey DataTotal nonfarm payroll employment increased by 117,000 in July, following littlegrowth over the prior 2 months. Total private employment rose by 154,000 overthe month, reflecting job gains in several major industries, including healthcare, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining. Government employment continuedto decline.Health care employment grew by 31,000 in July. Ambulatory health care servicesand hospitals each added 14,000 jobs over the month. Over the past 12 months,health care employment has grown by 299,000.Retail trade added 26,000 jobs in July. Employment in health and personal carestores rose by 9,000 over the month with small increases distributed amongseveral other retail industries. Employment in retail trade has increased by228,000 since a recent low in December 2009.Manufacturing employment increased in July (+24,000); nearly all of theincrease was in durable goods manufacturing. Within durable goods, the motorvehicles and parts industry had fewer seasonal layoffs than typical for July,contributing to a seasonally adjusted employment increase of 12,000.Manufacturing has added 289,000 jobs since its most recent trough in December2009, and durable goods manufacturing added 327,000 jobs during this period.In July, employment in mining rose by 9,000; virtually all of the gain (+8,000)occurred in support activities for mining. Employment in mining has increasedby 140,000 since a recent low in October 2009.Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in July(+18,000). This industry has added 246,000 jobs since a recent low in March2010. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month andhas shown little movement on net so far this year.Elsewhere in the private sector, employment in construction, transportationand warehousing, information, financial activities, and leisure and hospitalitychanged little over the month.Government employment continued to trend down over the month (-37,000).Employment in state government decreased by 23,000, almost entirely due to apartial shutdown of the Minnesota state government. Employment in localgovernment continued to wane over the month.The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchangedover the month at 34.3 hours. The manufacturing workweek and factory overtimefor all employees also were unchanged at 40.3 hours and 3.1 hours, respectively.In July, the average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees onprivate nonfarm payrolls was 33.6 hours for the sixth consecutive month.In July, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrollsincreased by 10 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $23.13. Over the past 12 months,average hourly earnings have increased by 2.3 percent. In July, average hourlyearnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increasedby 8 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $19.52.The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +25,000to +53,000, and the change for June was revised from +18,000 to +46,000.US DOL. 8.5.2011last_img read more

Governor signs legislation mandating transition to 100% renewable energy in Virginia

first_imgGovernor signs legislation mandating transition to 100% renewable energy in Virginia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享’s governor has signed into law targets for over 21GW of renewable generation and more than 3GW of energy storage as part of new measures which will require electricity to come from 100% renewable sources.Governor Ralph Northam has signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act which establishes a 5.2GW offshore wind target. It also establishes a 16.1GW target for solar and onshore wind and requires Virginia’s largest energy companies to construct or acquire more than 3.1GW of energy storage capacity.The Clean Economy Act requires new measures to promote energy efficiency, sets a schedule for closing old fossil fuel power plants, and requires electricity to come from 100 percent renewable sources such as solar or wind.The law requires Dominion Energy Virginia to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2045 and Appalachian Power to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2050. It requires nearly all coal-fired plants to close by the end of 2024.More: Virginia signs 21GW renewables target into lawlast_img read more

The Gear Curve

first_imgLess is More: Even after accumulating several fancy cookstoves, Johnny Molloy still prefers a fire.I remember my first backpack. It was a green Academy Broadway external frame bought from a now-defunct outlet in Knoxville, Tennessee. Five pockets in which to stuff gear. Neither the shoulder straps nor the hip belt had padding. Twenty bucks of beer drinking money was diverted for that pack.Was I ever proud—and ready to tackle Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a few ridges distant from the University of Tennessee. Backpacking was new and foreign to me, a pure bred flatlander from West Tennessee who never realized my home state had mountains, bears and trout streams. I had to borrow most of my equipment on those inaugural trips.To fill those pack pockets, the first order of business was to get one of those cool survival knives with the built-in bubble compass and a hollow innard complete with fishing line, hooks, and matches. I ordered a discontinued sleeping bag from Sierra Trading Post, bought a closed cell foam sleeping pad from Wal-Mart, then scored some secondhand black leather combat boots at the local thrift store. A borrowed bulky blue tarp provided a musty shelter.And thus began my journey along the gear curve. The make-do backpacker occupies the first stage of the gear curve. Like me, the make-do backpacker probably borrows half the equipment on their back and buys discount stuff for the other half.  They can be spotted on the trail invariably wearing too tight jeans (the zip-off pants are farther down the curve) and some kind of camouflage shirt or hat. At camp they try to think of ways to use that big survival knife. An oversized cheap tent invariably pops up wherever they are. They haven’t figured out that with outdoor gear—like anything else— you get what you pay for. They are learning and most eventually move on down the spectrum. Others fall off the gear curve altogether.The outdoor purists rise higher on the gear curve. Several near-disasters have left them looking for better stuff to make roughing it a little easier: a real whitewater boat—or a quality PFD—to survive a class IV rapid; a name brand rain jacket to wear in town and on the trail. I remember when the soles came off my combat boots while trudging through snow high on Forney Ridge. I used a piece of string to stop the sole from flapping. After returning home I then dropped nearly 100 bucks on some Vasque boots. The mountain biking equivalent would be graduating to clip-on pedals and an aerodynamic helmet after crashing in the woods.The purists will be seen at outdoor specialty shops, perusing for hours over the perfect headlamp. Before entering a store, they have researched for days on the web and created comparative spreadsheets. They end up with the best gear and are always on the lookout for the latest in high-tech offerings.The gearheads stand atop the gear curve. The gearhead has it all, literally, and it’s in his pack. Around the fire you grumble about losing a tiny screw from your camp stove and ten minutes later the gearhead proudly returns with the exact size screw you need—and the latest Leatherman to tighten it.Like anything, the new toys become old. But the quest for the latest gadget continues, whether you need it or not. I once bought a camp mirror, only to discover that I didn’t want to see my own mug after three days in the forest. Pride in showing off the hippest gear lost significance in the face of towering trees and far-off vistas.And that leads to the downward stage of the gear curve. Failed and forgotten equipment bought over the years joins the dusty junk menagerie lining your garage walls. My first headlamp took four AA batteries and weighed enough to give me a neck ache. Inventory your stuff and count how many items you’ll never use again. Wise outdoor enthusiasts assess their gear needs for each situation before leaving home. Less is more. Bring the good quality stuff that works for you and nothing more.Or you can go without and adapt, looking outward at what you came to experience rather than inward at what you have. That is how I discovered many “necessities” really aren’t necessary. Why carry a stove when I can cook over a fire? Why spend hundreds—even thousands—on another boat, skis or bike when you could use that money going to your dream destination to actually do what you love? Why spend time in the store looking at more gear, or scrolling through web sites, when you can be out there on the river or on the trail?It really is about the experience, not what gear you use. At the end of the gear curve, you realize that you don’t need more stuff, but more time. Time is the most valuable commodity on Earth. And if you are like me, you want to spend as much of it as possible out there.last_img read more

Into the Great Unknown…Brewing Co.

first_imgI’m not gonna lie to you. I picked up this beer because of the can. It’s simple, muted, mysterious, attractive as hell…It looks like the exact beer The Riddler would drink. I’m not saying you can judge a book by its cover, but sometimes, a cool cover helps, you know? And then there’s the message on the back of the can:“If you’re not living over the edge, you’re taking up too much space. These 12 fluid ounces of hoppy American goodness should be carried with you on your greatest adventures.”I can dig that. True, I rarely live “over the edge” these days—mostly, I drive a minivan around—but I can dig the sentiment. So I bought the beer. Also, I’m really into IPAs right now. I think it’s a reaction to all of the malt-forward winter beers I’ve been drinking over the last couple of months. I’m ready for something a bit more complicated. Something…edgy.Standing in the beer store, I’d hoped Unknown’s Over the Edge IPA would fit the bill. Sometimes, a gamble pays off; Over the Edge turned out to be a hell of an IPA. This beer has a full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel and an incredibly balanced structure. That’s the beauty of modern IPAs—balance. At one time, the common American IPA was a hop bomb full of bitterness on the back end. I’d drink one and immediately get heart burn. Now, these beers have so much more going on than just being “bitter.” Over the Edge is a little bit sugary sweet up front, with incredible notes of citrus—mainly orange. Yeah, there’s a tinge of bitterness on the backend, along with a slightly piney drying effect on the tongue—it is an IPA after all—but that’s just one part of the Over the Edge package.Unknown Brewing Co. is based out of Charlotte. Between this beer, and all of the goodness that NoDa brewing (also in Charlotte) is cranking out, I’m thinking a road trip to the Queen City is in order.last_img read more

Trump to cut Fed aid for college loans, credit unions have solution

first_img continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr President Trump is planning massive cuts to programs that have helped millions of Americans get affordable college loans, and plans to eliminate a program that offers limited debt forgiveness for some people who go to work for nonprofits.However, credit unions might help ease the impact through expansion of private loan and refinance programs, a student loan CUSO official said.The Washington Post reported Thursday on Education Department documents dated May 23 — the date the White House is expected to announce its education budget.The budget proposal calls for a $9.2 billion cut to the department, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month for programs from kindergarten to college. That amount is net of at least $1.7 billion in increased spending for new K-12 programs to encourage school vouchers and school choice programs.last_img read more

Municipal Credit Union streamlines, reduces cost of repos with CARS from State National

first_img 143SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Municipal Credit Union is a $2.7B, 425,000-member credit union with a $350- million auto loan portfolio.  The credit union primarily serves city, state and federal government employees living or working in and around New York City, as well as healthcare and education employees in the NYC metro area.A few years ago, its roughly 100 repossessions per month required the attention of four full-time employees. This group relied mostly on paper files, with very few digitized documents. Despite their best efforts, the process was cumbersome, inefficient and prone to human error.“It required a lot of man hours, because we had to be perfectionists about the way things were handled,” said John Parrinello, the credit union’s vice president of collections and loss prevention. “That was for the sake of our members and the sake of the auditors. We knew we needed a paperless solution.”Automating the Repossession ProcessWhen Parrinello was approached by State National Companies, his current collateral protection insurance (CPI) provider, to pilot its new CARS (Claims Advocacy & Recovery Services) program, it sounded too good to be true. CARS promised a totally outsourced, totally digital solution for the management of the entire repossession process.Greater Efficiency from Day One“The efficiency we gained through our use of the CARS program is amazing,” said Parrinello. “I went from four employees handling repossessions – including things like attending auto auctions – to just one. And that person’s job is simply managing our end of the CARS program.”Parrinello was quick to point out that he didn’t eliminate any staff. Instead, he was able to move the other three employees into new roles as collectors, where they can further benefit the credit union by helping reduce delinquencies.“We’ve virtually eliminated paper because absolutely everything is online,” added Parrinello. “We never have to worry about a document being misfiled because it’s all right there at our fingertips. If an auditor asks for a document, we just click a button.”Greater Efficiency Means Lower CostsAccording to Parrinello, the increased efficiencies of the CARS program have resulted in substantial savings compared to the old, manual method. “Beyond the staff reduction, picking up cars is much faster, and selling repossessed vehicles is much faster,” said Parrinello. “I don’t have to waste time sending employees to auctions, and we find that the sale amount is higher. All that adds up a significant reduction in repossession costs.”Municipal Credit Union also makes extensive use of the CARS online auction website, which is available to the public 24/7. “Anyone can go online in the middle of the night and make a bid if they want,” said Parrinello. If the bid meets the credit union’s minimum amount, the terms of the deal can be finalized with the new buyer the next business day. Parrinello added that the auction site is especially useful for disposing of high-end vehicles, because dealers from a broader geographical range often bid on highly sought-after vehicles.The Best, Then the RestParrinello said that since deploying the CARS program, he’s been approached by many vendors with competing solutions, and he’s looked at them all as a matter of due diligence. However, he has yet to find a solution that comes close to the CARS program in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. “The CARS program is simply better than all the others, by a long measure,” he concluded.The CARS program is available to all State National CPI customers. With more than 40 years’ experience in all aspects of CPI – claims, repossessions, skips and all related insurance issues – State National is positioned to remain the leader in this field. The CARS program can be seamlessly integrated with any lender’s existing processes. For an expanded version of this case study, please email [email protected]last_img read more

Leeds offices Not making the grade

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The third wave

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Prelet signals hope for west London

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