BREAKING: Daft Punk FAILS to Perform on Colbert Report

first_imgI’m sure anyone who watched Tuesday night’s episode of the Colbert Report, which was billed as Colbchella ‘013, noticed the lack of Daft Punk on stage. Colbert explained to the audience and viewers the nature behind their absence, but in case you missed it you’re going to have to read this to believe it. Because MTV had booked Daft Punk to perform at the upcoming Video Music Awards, the helmet-wearing electronic duo were supposedly contractually disallowed from playing any other television performance. Colbert explains it as such:Here’s the story: it’s a true story. We booked click and clack over here about a month ago. This network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV… Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: no one told me until two hours ago.Colbert was obviously displeased by this turn of events (even jokingly breaking out a bottle hidden under his desk while he told the news), but definitely made light of the situation. Bringing out Ashton Kutcher saying that the whole thing was another rendition of MTV’s Punk’d was the first in his celebrity-fueled episode. What followed was pure genius: Colbert, who had promised the song to his audience, played Daft Punk’s hit Get Lucky and danced along to it, with some notable guest appearances. Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, Henry Kissinger, the Breaking Bad cast (most notably Bryan Cranston on roller skates), Jeff Daniels, the hosts of America’s Got Talent, and Jimmy Fallon all provided cameos in the song’s play. And Colbert realized that there’s more than one official song-of-the-summer this year, and surprised the audience with another hit performed live; Robin Thicke entertained the audience with a live version of his hit song Blurred Lines, which went off without a hitch. Though it had a rocky start, Colbchella ‘013 was still a memorable night and an entertaining experience. If you still want to catch Daft Punk perform on TV apparently there’s only one place to do it this year, and that will be at the MTV VMAs on August 25th.last_img read more

LU SOFTBALL DOUBLES UP ALABAMA A&M

first_img Next UpThe Cardinals got to Alabama A&M starter Caitlyn Hayden (2-4) early with four runs in the first inning, collecting five hits in the inning and taking advantage of some fielding miscues by the Lady Bulldogs (3-7).LU increased the lead to 6-0 in the second on a two-run double by Brynn Baca. After that it was up to a trio of LU pitchers to hold the Bulldogs at bay.LU starter Laura Napoli (2-3) went the first three innings, leaving with the comfortable lead. Reliever Julia Voluntad wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth. Alabama A&M scored three runs in the sixth inning off Amie Cisneros before Napoli came back in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to close things out. The tourney, which runs through Sunday, has five games scheduled for today. Alabama A&M meets Tulsa at 10 a.m. That is followed by Northern Illinois vs. Alabama A&M at 12:15 p.m., South Dakota State vs. Kansas at 2:30 p.m., South Dakota State vs. LU at 4:45 p.m. and Kansas facing Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. LU plays Kansas at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Northern Illinois at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and Tulsa at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.— Lamar sports information BEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals continued their dominance at the LU Softball Complex, improving to 29-9 all-time at the facility, with a 6-3 victory over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in the first game of the Cardinal Classic on Thursday.The Cardinals (3-8) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and held on as they snapped a seven-game losing streak.“We got off to a great start, but we tapered off after that,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “We didn’t have great at bats after that, but we found a way to win.”center_img Napoli allowed two hits in her four innings, walking one and striking out five. Two of Napoli’s strikeouts came in the seventh, when she set the side down in order. Voluntad pitched one scoreless inning, while Cisneros allowed five hits and three runs, all earned in her two innings of work.“To be honest, I thought Laura pitched better in relief than she did over her first three innings,” Bruder said. “I was very happy with the way she pitched.”Baca led the LU offense with three hits and three RBIs. Brittany Rodriguez had three hits and scored twice for the Cardinals.Hayden pitched a complete game for Alabama A&M, allowing 11 hits and six runs, two earned. She did not walk anyone and had one strikeout. Brandi Foreman and Jessica Alferos had two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs.last_img read more

New Groves Fire Station groundbreaking planned

first_imgGROVES — The Groves Fire Department is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday for the construction of the new fire station. The address is 5911 West Washington in Groves.Construction is set to begin Thursday.The current fire station was built in 1957.last_img

KeyBank earns 2016 Military Friendly Employer designation from Victory Media

first_imgVermont Business Magazine KeyBank has announced that it has earned the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer® designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse. Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly® Employer title by completing a data-driven survey, with data independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media and its Advisory Board. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies, such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.KeyBank is committed to hiring military talent, knowing first-hand that recruiting from the military community is not only the “right thing to do,” but it makes good business sense. “Making the transition to the business world is easier when both the employee and their employer are strongly focused, as we are, on serving our communities,” said Brian Fishel, KeyBank Senior Vice President/Head Talent Management. “Our commitment to service, volunteerism, and helping others makes KeyBank a good fit for veterans. We value the service of the men and women of the military and their families and welcome them to begin their journey to a new and fulfilling chapter in their lives at KeyBank.” Now in its 13th year, Military Friendly® Employers is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year, companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.“Companies that have earned the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer award have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful careers for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Employers are moving the needle beyond answering ‘why hire military’—they are truly aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly® educators to translate military competencies into civilian jobs.”KeyBank will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine and the January 2016 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, as well as on MilitaryFriendly.com(link is external).About Military Friendly® Employers: The Military Friendly® Employers designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of companies with annual revenue over $100 million nationwide; the Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers list includes companies with annual revenue over $500 million. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of higher education, recruiting, HR and diversity professionals from across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to companies meeting the eligibility criteria. The methodology and more information about the program, along with the complete list of employers, can be found on MilitaryFriendly.com.About KeyBank: KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $95.4 billion at September 30, 2015.  Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 12 states under the name KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com(link is external). KeyBank is Member FDIC.About Victory Media: Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at victorymedia.com(link is external), and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.BURLINGTON (November 9, 2015) – KeyBanklast_img read more

Prime Minister visits Ironman New Zealand

first_img Related Helping to celebrate 25 years of Ironman New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key visited Taupo and reaffirmed the importance of the event for the local economy and wider tourism industry.“Ironman New Zealand is critically important for us here in New Zealand,” he said. “We’re a big tourism destination, we want to attract people down here and make sure they see a lot of New Zealand. Something like the Ironman anchors a natural string of tourism into the country but it also showcases New Zealand. We’re going to be in the homes of millions of people around the world, so it’s a fantastic way for them to have a look in to our part of the world and hopefully it’ll wet their appetite to come down and visit.“Attracting off-peak tourism is really important. We get a lot people in January and February, it’s getting people to come the rest of the year. The other thing is the exposure. It’s one thing for people to come here and go back and tell their friends. It’s quite another matter for millions of people to see the race and think that looks like a place to go. They’ve been making such fantastic shows from the previous 24 years of competitions.”www.ironman.co.nzlast_img read more

Prairie Village Mayoral candidates on the issues: What makes you the best candidate to lead Prairie Village?

first_imgToday we finish up with the Prairie Village Mayoral candidates’ responses to our election issues questionnaire.Here’s item number five:What makes you the best candidate to lead Prairie Village government the next four year and possibly beyond?Eric MikkelsonHere are a few of the reasons why I am the best candidate to lead Prairie Village government:I am in favor of maintaining the character of our neighborhoods with the reasonable Phase 2 residential guidelines on teardowns. My opponent repeatedly voted to undermine and kill those guidelines.I made a motion to reduce your 2018 property tax rate. My opponent voted against it.I served a full term on the city council, on my homes association board, and as a municipal judge.I successfully worked with others to create two new PV parks from inception, including using a creative TIF to finance Meadowbrook Park. My opponent states she would “never” support a TIF.I have been a consistent champion of expanding bike and walkability in Prairie Village.I am a successful business owner and business lawyer.I have a college degree and a law degree. I am also a graduate of the Prairie Village Citizens Police Academy.During my time on council I was a consensus builder, including keeping Prairie Village fiscally strong as the Chair of the Finance Committee. I made a successful motion, unanimously backed by that committee, to reject a public financing request for a multi-story parking garage in Corinth Shops.I am in favor of an NDO. My opponent tried to defeat it, suggesting Prairie Village public restaurants could refuse to serve gay residents based on religious grounds.I raised my family here, consistently voted in elections, and actively engaged in the community to support our Prairie Village schools. The first local election my opponent voted in was 2016 when she ran for Council.I kept my campaign focused on the issues and voting records, refraining from the personal character attacks and extremism that poisons so much of our politics. As a result, I earned the support and endorsements of moderate, bipartisan groups such as Mainstream Coalition’s MainPac as well as prominent Prairie Village pillars of the community across the political spectrum.These distinctions make me the best candidate to lead Prairie Village into the future. If you agree, please vote for Eric Mikkelson on November 6.If you can do more to ensure that Prairie Village elects engaged, experienced, effective leadership, please visit www.mikkelsonforpv.com to contact me and find out how you can help the campaign.Thank you!Serena SchermolyI am asking to represent all residents of Prairie Village because we need a mayor we can trust. We need someone who represents our community in a non-partisan, collaborative manner. My professional experience has given me the skills and temperament to lead, listen, get input from all stakeholders and make decisions that lead us forward.I’m not a lawyer, I’m a mother, who has had to work hard for everything I have gotten in my life. I quit school when I was a senior in high school and I found I couldn’t get into the college I wanted to go to, because my school was not accredited. I worked two jobs until I was able to go to college. The month before I left, I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. As a young expectant mother, raised by her grandparents, I had three options, adoption, abortion or I was on my own. Well, I took my own path. It wasn’t always easy but, my 26-year-old daughter is more than worth the law degree I sought.When I was young I was a single struggling mother, I worked hard to pay the bills like many residents of Prairie Village. I understand struggling for the extra few dollars that it cost for school fees, child care, increases in utility bills, rising property taxes. I have been there, but, I didn’t quit, or blame others for the circumstances of life. I had to work hard. When I moved to Prairie Village I found my home. I got involved in my community, to help out where I could.As Mayor, I would encourage a robust volunteer corps and focused public engagement to explore what’s possible with Property Tax Relief, or Aging in Place, enhancing beautification, working with our schools, and any other opportunity to do more with the resources we already possess. I am committed to environmental issues, finding grants, building our bike and pedestrian paths while protecting our trees, strengthening our Arts programming, from additional concerts, a volunteer orchestra, choir, theater group. There are endless possibilities. We will accomplish much more by bringing our voices and our visions together under a Mayor who listens and has a “pitch in and help” attitude. This is not about me this is about us.I have a passion for Prairie Village. As your mayor, I would have the right attitude and temperament to be the best candidate to work with other council members and city employees to negotiate positive solutions and to reestablish a harmonious atmosphere for the betterment of our city. I want to be your mayor in order to work hard to maintain the quality of life in Prairie Village. I will not use my position to simply add to my resume so as to create a stepping stone for higher elected office.Our city is my sole priority.Please vote for Serena Schermoly for Mayor on November 6th. www.serenaschermoly.org That’s it! Thanks to both candidates for their participationlast_img read more

Gophers gave few multiyear scholarships

first_img“Given the slow adoption of it, it seems like we might be an outlier,” Squire said.For the Gophers, three athletes in women’s track and field led the pack in multiyear scholarships.No athletes in Gophers revenue sports received the extended offers, with women’s soccer, men’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s hockey each nabbing one or two of them.“The University has offered multiyear scholarships in the past when appropriate to the specific student-athlete situation,” the Gophers’ statement read.Inside the conference, the Buckeyes handed out 47 multiyear scholarships while the Spartans awarded 30, according to the Chronicle.Illinois’ decision to offer so many more was about helping change the perception that student-athletes are taken advantage of, Squire said.“It hopefully provides a little bit more security for them,” Squire said.He said multiyear scholarships are part of a larger image issue the NCAA is currently battling.“I think it’s wise for us to continue the route we’re going,” Squire said. “But who knows where we’ll be in five years.” Gophers gave few multiyear scholarshipsMinnesota handed out nine multiyear scholarships in their inaugural year, compared to Michigan State’s 30, Ohio State’s 47 and Illinois’ 192. Andrew KrammerMay 8, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintNCAA legislation to approve the use of multiyear student-athlete scholarships happened so fast that very few schools took the first step to distribute them.The University of Minnesota athletics department awarded only nine multiyear scholarships in 2012-13, the first year the NCAA has allowed them.Gophers officials were not made available to comment but released a statement.“The University of Minnesota has a long history of honoring annual scholarships and ensuring student-athletes maintain their aid as long as they maintain required academic, team and university behavioral standards,” the statement read.Big Ten programs Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State offered many more multiyear scholarships than Minnesota, according to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education.Illinois mostly replaced single-year offers with multiyear offers.Illini associate athletics director for compliance Ryan Squire told the Minnesota Daily that the timing of the legislation, combined with Illinois’ philosophy, led to the decision.“We had to make some quick decisions,” he said. “We had a signing day like the following week [in October 2011, when the legislation was approved].”Illinois awarded 192 multiyear scholarships, dwarfing the next school on the list — Florida, which awarded 60.Communication from the Big Ten offices also led Squire and Illinois to believe that most Big Ten schools would act as they did and award many multiyear offers.last_img read more

Oil: A new nadir in pricing ahead?

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Legal services reforms to ‘influence worldwide markets’, says IBA

first_imgFull implementation of the Legal Services Act 2007 could ‘substantially influence’ legal markets around the world, according to the new president of the International Bar Association. Akira Kawamura (pictured), partner at Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, last week became the twenty-second IBA president and the first from Japan. Looking ahead to the coming year, he said he would be observing with great interest the developments in the European legal market following the implementation of the LSA and EU moves to liberalise professional services throughout the continent. He said: ‘It is possible that the resulting developments may substantively influence the transformation of markets in other jurisdictions that would like to achieve the status of a highly-regarded and independent legal jurisdiction.’ Kawamura told the Gazette that industrial growth in Brazil, Russia, India and China was fuelling dramatic growth in the legal professions of those countries, which he predicted would continue. ‘In each one of those BRIC countries, large and organised law firms are mushrooming and providing their clients with world class legal services, and further increases in cross-border transactions will see the demand for legal services continue to rise,’ he said. The new president said the global financial crisis had negatively impacted access to justice around the world. ‘This is a widespread problem and the bars and law societies across the globe face the challenge of ensuring that access to justice is not denied to people during these difficult financial times,’ he said.last_img read more

SSI acquires MTH30

first_imgThe MTH straddle carrier is designed to transport long loads used in industrial applications, such as billets and tubes. This customised version of the MTH features an inside lifting stroke and is able to handle two stacked pallets.The MTH30 is equipped with pneumatic-mechanical suspension and a hydraulic steering system with a maximum steering angle of 30 degrees.SSI specialises in handling cargoes for the steel industry and is present in 26 ports in Spain. It is a part of the multimodal group Bergé Logistics.cometto.combergelogistics.comlast_img