Animal Collective Shares Surreal Video For New Single “Kinda Bonkers”

first_imgThe psychedelic style of Animal Collective is in full force on their new video, leading up to the release of a new EP titled The Painters this Friday, February 17th. Animal Collective has been very active of late, since their 2016 full-length release of Painting With. The new video is an amalgam of shapes, colors, letters and cosmic imagery, beautifully drawn together to support the new single release. Check out the new video below and prepare to be amazed!last_img

Clay Aiken Wants You to Vote for Him Again

first_img Best known for being the 2003 American Idol runner-up to Ruben Studdard, Aiken went on to release five albums and star as Sir Robin in Spamalot on the Great White Way in 2009, winning a Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Other stage credits include the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. TV credits include Scrubs, Drop Dead Diva and 30 Rock. Broadway alum Clay Aiken has officially announced that he is running for Congress in North Carolina. Before the Spamalot star challenges Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers he is likely to face two other Democrats in a primary for the state’s second district. View Commentscenter_img Ellmers doesn’t appear too concerned about the Aiken candidacy, recently commenting: ”As we know he doesn’t always fare all that well. He was runner-up.”last_img read more

Black River Produce Runner-up in National Small Business Person of the Year

first_imgSheree W. Mitchell, who opened her first Columbus, Georgia-based day care center from scratch with the help of a U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loan in 1989, and has grown her business into a $5 million per year enterprise, was named National Small Business Person of the Year during ceremonies today at SBA Expo ’04, the agency’s three-day conference celebrating National Small Business Week.”One of the beautiful things about small business is that a go-go entrepreneur like Sheree Mitchell can see an opportunity and seize it, and build a successful enterprise from scratch,” SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto said. “It’s not always getting into what’s hot, or what’s new and technologically innovative; sometimes it’s recognizing a niche that isn’t being served. Small business success happens when entrepreneurs like Ms. Mitchell identify a need and fill that need with a great product or service.”The announcement was made at today’s National Awards Luncheon, co-sponsored by Sam’s Club.Mitchell and her company, Growing Room, Inc., care for more than 850 children, and employ more than 170 people in five centers in the Columbus area, including three operated on-site at large local employers. A recognized expert in the industry, Mitchell is the 41st annual National Small Business Person of the Year. She was selected from among the state Small Business Persons of the Year representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.Mitchell began Growing Room, Inc. in 1989 when she used an SBA 504 development loan to build her first child development center in Columbus. She added 20 employees during the next two years as the center filled and a waiting list developed. By 1992, Mitchell realized that she needed more space and built a $400,000 addition, adding 12 more to her staff to handle the expanding business.In 1996, a second Growing Room opened in North Columbus in a newly constructed 11,500 square-foot facility, creating 32 new jobs. Three years later, she obtained a contract for the Columbus Regional Healthcare Systems’ on-site childcare center, adding 15 more employees. In 2002, Growing Room was awarded the contract for two on-site childcare centers at the headquarters of Columbus based AFLAC.A registered nurse, Mitchell is active in community affairs, including the local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, United Way and Girl Scouts organizations. She is active as a scholarship fund-raiser for Columbus State University, and has served on the Pre-K Peer Review Committee of the Office of School Readiness, the state regulatory body for childcare in Georgia.The first runner-up this year in the national competition is Larry O’Toole, president and founder of Gentle Giant Moving Co., Inc., of Somerville, Mass., who started his company with a borrowed truck and a $17 newspaper ad. The two second runners-up are Rocky Wens, president of ESP, Inc., of Lynnwood, Wash., an engineering firm that has become an active defense contractor, and Steve Birge and Mark Curran, the owners of Black River Produce of Proctorsville, Vt., who built a $27 million produce company from a storefront retail market.O’Toole’s Gentle Giant Moving Co. has been recognized as the best moving company in the Boston area. From that borrowed truck and newspaper ad, O’Toole has built the company into a $16 million-a-year 185-employee business, hiring college-educated athletes from local universities, including several Olympians, to deliver on his promise of a safe, gentle, effective, hassle-free move. He credits an SBA-backed loan for $843,000 in 1998 for helping him expand his facilities, allowing him to grow the company by 60 percent.Wens, an immigrant from the Netherlands, created an engineering services firm that employs more than 300 people at 38 sites in 17 states and in Okinawa, Japan. By assembling a team of highly skilled management, engineering, technical and administrative service professionals, Wens has developed a remarkable niche in an industry that is dominated by large Fortune 500 defense contractors. In 1998, he expanded his small drafting firm by broadening his focus and pursuing and winning government engineering, operation, and maintenance contracts. A certified 8(a) company in the SBA’s Business Development program, ESP’s contracts to operate and maintain the most sophisticated military simulators and trainers throughout the U.S. and in Japan account for about 95 percent of the firm’s revenue.Birge got the idea to start a produce company in 1978 when he saw the poor quality of the produce accepted at the restaurant where he worked, and decided he could a better job. He met Curran soon after while hitchhiking, and the two joined forces and started working with local farmers for the freshest produce available. They now manage a produce distribution company with sales of more than $27 million a year, a work force of 100 employees and a fleet of 30 refrigerated trucks and two tractor trailers. Their product line includes fruits and vegetables, seafood, shell fish, plants, trees, shrubs, wreaths, natural foods and juices. Their clients include grocery stores, schools, restaurants, camps, ski areas, hospitals, nursing homes and farm stands.The national small business awards are a highlight of SBA Expo ’04, the agency’s annual celebration honoring the nation’s leading small business entrepreneurs, co-sponsored by SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”The winners are selected on their record of stability, growth in employment and sales, financial condition, innovation, response to adversity, and community service. For more information on these companies and on the rest of the state Small Business Person of the Year award winners, visit the SBA Web site at is external).last_img read more

VEDA approves $1.8 million in projects

first_img$1.8 MILLION IN FINANCING COMMITMENTSAPPROVED BY VEDA BOARD Grafton, VT Commercial, technology and agricultural development projects were approved for $1.8 million in financing assistance by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors at their monthly meeting. We are pleased to be able to assist in these projects, said Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of VEDA. The outcomes of these investments will be stronger business, technology, and farm enterprises with an increased capacity for future growth. Projects approved were: 42-44 Holdings, LLC, Danville – A financing commitment of $154,400 was made through VEDAs Technology Infrastructure Financing Program to enable replacement of an existing telecommunications tower that was vandalized and collapsed early this summer. The 140 tall replacement tower will support current tenants, Unicel and Montpelier Broadcasting, as well as three future telecom tenants. The total $181,440 project will result in delivery of both personal communications (digital data transmission over internet) services and cellular services by the telecom tenants. The radio station antenna will sit atop the tower.Juno Rising, Inc., d/b/a Isis, Burlington – The VEDA Board extended an existing mortgage insurance commitment of $900,000 made in November, 2003, enabling the womens outdoor clothing company to meet demand under an increased Chittenden Bank line-of-credit. It is anticipated that 7 new jobs will be created within three years. Several Farm Operating and Farm Ownership Loans were also approved by the Board to finance construction and working capital projects. Approved through VEDAs Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC) Program were:” $354,300 to Pyle and Pyle Partnership in Shoreham;” $350,000 to Gerald and Ann Wilcox in Manchester; and” $ 48,300 to Gerry and Cheryl Audet in Orwell. VEDAs mission is to provide financial assistance to eligible businesses to stimulate job creation, and enhance economic stability and growth in Vermonts manufacturing, travel and tourism and agricultural sectors. In the Authoritys 30-year history, VEDA has made project financing commitments totaling over $1 billion.last_img read more

Clan on course for Kempton again | Racing News

first_imgOther leading hopes for the home team include Nicky Henderson’s RSA Chase winner Champ, the Philip Hobbs-trained two-mile star Defi Du Seuil and Vinndication from Kim Bailey’s yard. Dual winner Clan Des Obeaux is one of 24 entries for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton.Trainer Paul Nicholls has claimed a record 11 victories in the festive highlight, five of which were delivered by the brilliant Kauto Star between 2006 and 2011.- Advertisement – Mullins has a trio of contenders as he bids to land the King George for the first time since the popular Florida Pearl struck gold in 2001 – with triple Grade One winner Kemboy joined by a pair of high-class novices from last term in Allaho and Melon.Joseph O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies, the Henry de Bromhead-trained Monalee and The Storyteller from Gordon Elliott’s yard complete the potential raiding party. The last Irish-trained winner was Tom Taaffe’s Kicking King in 2005.Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation disappointed in last year’s King George, after winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock, but bounced back to finish third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.- Advertisement – He has since saddled both Silviniaco Conti (2013 and 2014) and Clan Des Obeaux (2018 and 2019) for victory in back-to-back renewals, and looks set to play a strong hand once again.Nicholls’ Cyrname was a hot favourite for last year’s renewal – and although he was ultimately well-beaten by his stable companion, he bounced back to his best with an impressive display in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last weekend.The Ditcheat trainer has already confirmed the pair are likely to renew rivalry on Boxing Day – and he has also entered Frodon and Real Steel, who was formerly trained by Willie Mullins in Ireland.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Avian flu viruses in Canada not dangerous, officials say

first_imgNov 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials said yesterday they would destroy all the poultry on a British Columbia farm where a duck was found to be carrying a low-pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus.That announcement came 2 days after the Canadian government reported the identification of a low-pathogenic strain of H5N1 virus in wild birds in Manitoba and other flu viruses in wild birds in British Columbia and Quebec.Officials said none of the viruses are considered dangerous to humans or highly pathogenic for birds. Despite its name, the H5N1 virus found in two ducks in Manitoba is unrelated to the H5N1 virus plaguing poultry and sickening some humans in Asia, they said.”I want to emphasize the H5N1 subtype detected in Manitoba is completely distinct from the strain currently present in Asia,” the Canadian Press (CP) quoted Dr. Brian Evans, Canada’s chief veterinary officer, as saying.Dr. Arlene King, head of respiratory diseases for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said the H5N1 strain found in the Manitoba birds has been seen previously in North America, according to the CP.British Columbia flock to be destroyedThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Nov 18 that a farm east of Vancouver would be quarantined after a duck was found infected with an avian flu virus. Yesterday officials identified the virus as a low-pathogenic H5 North American strain and said the poultry there would be destroyed as a precaution, though the virus would be likely to cause only mild disease, if any, in exposed birds.The farm, near Chilliwack, is in the same area where an outbreak of H7N3 avian flu forced the culling of millions of poultry in the spring of 2004. The CFIA said the plan to destroy the flock is in line with recommendations made after the 2004 outbreak and guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The CP report said about 60,000 birds would be killed.Viruses found in wild birdsIn a Nov 19 announcement, the CFIA said testing of samples from the wild-bird survey revealed “low-pathogenic North America subtypes H5N3 in Quebec birds, H5N1 in Manitoba, and H5N9 and H5N2 in British Columbia.” Officials first announced in October that the survey had revealed flu viruses in a number of wild birds in the three provinces.The CFIA said the four strains have all been seen previously in North America and are not a threat to animal health with biosecurity measures now in effect. “The Public Health Agency of Canada has been working with the CFIA on the testing and has determined that there is no information in these findings suggesting a new threat to human health,” the statement added.”The good news is there is no Asian strain in any of the wildlife,” a Nov 19 Reuters report quoted Evans as saying. He said the survey included testing of 4,800 birds from seven provinces.UN plans avian flu early warning systemIn other news, United Nations officials said they plan to set up an early warning system to alert countries of incoming migratory birds that could be carrying avian flu viruses, according to Associated Press (AP) and Reuters reports.Plans for the system were announced at an international wildlife conference in Nairobi, Kenya, the AP reported yesterday. Marco Barbieri of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals said a pilot project should be operational in 6 months and the full system in 2 years.The Reuters report said plans call for a team of experts to collect information, maps, and charts from government and conservation organizations. Robert Hepworth of the UN said the information would be used in a computer system that would constantly monitor bird migration patterns and warn countries of potential threats. That will enable local authorities to give advice to people in affected areas, officials said.The UN Environment Programme is setting up the system, which is expected to cost between $200,000 and $300,000, Reuters reported.last_img read more

​KLP boosts lending to local authorities, as years of buffer-building pay off

first_imgKommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), Norway’s main provider of municipal pensions, reported a 3.7% investment loss in the first quarter of this year – a period when the country’s domestic stock market tumbled by 24% – saying its buffers had equipped it for the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on financial markets.The NOK765bn (€68.9bn) Oslo-based institution also said it had expanded its capacity to lend to the local authorities and enterprises which owned it during the quarter.In its interim report, KLP posted a value-adjusted return on customers’ funds of -3.7% for January to March, and book returns – the return distributed to insurance customers each year – of 0.6%.Sverre Thornes, KLP’s chief executive officer, said: “The world’s financial markets remain challenging, but we have been building up buffer capital over many years to be equipped for these types of market disruptions.” Despite the big falls in the financial markets that were now happening, he said KLP was still very solid and well positioned to meet further disturbances over time, without causing clients worry.“The strategy is firmly aimed at delivering a good and predictable return over time,” Thornes said.KLP said its unit KLP Bank wanted to help the pension provider’s members “at a very challenging time”, so had made two significant cuts in floating mortgage rates, as well as allowing clients who were struggling to postpone repayment instalments.Municipalities and public enterprises found it harder to get loans during March’s financial turmoil, the pension fund said.“KLP, therefore, increased lending capacity to its owners by NOK5bn, and has granted NOK3.5bn in loans to municipalities and public enterprises since the middle of March,” it said. Before this increase, the amount earmarked for such lending was NOK1.5bn, the pension fund said.KLP reported that its within its NOK570.6bn common portfolio, equities fell by 15.6% in the quarter.However, that investment loss is shallower than the fall suffered by the Oslo Børs Benchmark Index, which lost 24.1% of its value in the quarter, according to information from the exchange.Among its other asset classes, KLP said short-term bonds lost 1.1%; long-term/hold-to-maturity bonds made a positive return of 1%, and property generated a 0.9% return.Total group assets grew slightly to NOK765bn from NOK763bn at the end of 2019.KLP’s capital adequacy under Solvency II – not including the transitional regulatory measures – declined to 234% from 342% at the same point last year, according to the Q1 report.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Ferguson denied Ronaldo Man U captaincy — Neville

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Gary Neville claimed Sir Alex Ferguson was reluctant to name Cristiano Ronaldo as captain of Manchester United over fears it would damage the squad’s morale.Neville was appointed United captain when Roy Keane left Old Trafford in November 2005, only to grow disenchanted in the role as a result of injury problems.The former right-back subsequently approached Ferguson and suggested handing over the armband to one of the club’s biggest names, such as Ronaldo.But Neville said the Scot instantly shut down the idea, insisting it could upset the apple cart in the dressing room.“I got injured a year after taking the captaincy and that became really difficult for me,” he told Sky Sports.“It felt as though I wasn’t contributing like a captain should be for my last four years.“I actually went to see Sir Alex in pre-season about the third year I was captain.“We had an amazing team: Ronaldo, [Wayne] Rooney, [Carlos] Tevez, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, [Michael] Carrick, [Rio] Ferdinand, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Patrice] Evra, [Edwin] van der Sar… there were some great personalities and players in that group.“I went over to Sir Alex walking onto the training pitch and said: ‘I don’t feel worthy of keeping the captaincy anymore. This team is to a level I can’t compete at.’“He said: ‘You’ll keep that f-ing armband, son.’ The reason he gave me: ‘You and Giggs will rotate it. If I give it to Ronaldo, Rooney will kick off. If I give it to Rooney, Ronaldo will kick off. If I give it to Vidic, Ferdinand won’t be happy.’“So literally I think me and Giggsy kept it for three or four years beyond that just purely because of the fact of the camaraderie in the dressing room.“We were the policemen if you like, the older statesmen.“Sir Alex wanted to make sure the team came first.“Even though I felt unworthy as a captain at that stage.”Neville and Giggs led United to two Premier League titles as captains, as well as Champions League and League Cup successes.They also claimed the 2008 Club World Cup having become European champions in the 2007/08 campaign.Tags: CaptaincyCristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedSir Alex Fergusonlast_img read more

Munster close in on home semi-final

first_img Within fifteen minutes of the restart, a try by Damien Varley followed by a penalty try gave Munster the bonus point they desired. Munster added further tries through Duncan Williams, Tommy O’Donnell, and a second penalty try. Hanrahan converted the first three of the half to give him sixteen points, and a perfect place kicking record, while Conor Murray stuck over the final pair. A Munster team showing 11 changes from the side that lost to Toulon in last week’s Heineken Cup semi-final found themselves immediately on the back foot. In the ninth minute Edinburgh’s pressure was rewarded with an unconverted try from stand-off Bezuidenhout. It followed good build-up from full-back Jack Cuthbert and centre Matt Scott. Stung by this, Munster produced 10 points in three minutes. Benefiting from a couple of slipped home tackles, the Irishmen reached the Edinburgh posts where Hanrahan stuck over a penalty. From the restart Munster swept back upfield led by centre Johne Murphy, who had been awarded a new contract in midweek, and a slick move ended with Conway scoring. Hanrahan converted and put his side into a 10-5 lead with a quarter of an hour gone. Edinburgh hit back with pressure on the visitors’ line that finished with prop Nel getting over from short range, and this time Greig Laidlaw converted to put Edinburgh 12-10 ahead. The Irish side had to come from behind after tries from Carl Bezuidenhout and Willem Nel but they finally clicked into gear and scored seven tries in total to keep themselves in third place, one point behind Glasgow. By half-time Munster held a decisive lead thanks to tries from winger Andrew Conway and Denis Hurley, with stand-off JJ Hanrahan converting both and kicking two penalties. Munster took a giant step towards a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs with a comprehensive 55-12 win at Edinburgh. Press Association Munster took a single-point lead with a penalty from Hanrahan and, in a momentum changing moment, Laidlaw was unable to match it two minutes later. Munster upped the pressure in the closing moments of the half. Twice they were turned over by the Edinburgh defence, but in the 40th minute Hurley was sent through a gap and his touchdown behind the posts was converted by Hanrahan, to send his side in leading 20-12. Munster began the second half with the sniff of the try bonus point in their nostrils. In the 49th minute the third try arrived when the pack mauled over with the score awarded to substitute hooker Varley, a replacement for Duncan Casey who suffered a shoulder injury after 30 minutes. Munster resumed their quest immediately, and when referee Marius Mitrea lost patience with Edinburgh’s offending on their line he awarded a penalty try converted by Hanrahan. Munster were in total control for the remainder of the game scoring three more tries and taking their points total beyond the half-century. Williams rounded off another fluent passing move with 15 minutes remaining and the Munster scrum forced a penalty score for the second time in the game, with lock Grant Gilchrist sin-binned and Murray converting. O’Donnell then rounded off the win in injury time. Edinburgh still have a part to play in sorting out the play-off positions as next week they visit current leaders Leinster. last_img read more

Hammers ‘are keen on Fletcher’

first_img Fletcher, who has made 342 appearances for the Red Devils, has only six months left on his contract at Old Trafford and is struggling to establish himself under new boss Louis van Gaal. Tony Pulis has admitted West Brom are in talks to sign the 30-year-old Scot and Allardyce hopes Fletcher will make a final decision soon. “You can get a work permit if there is an exceptional talent and it can be proven. “For me, exceptional talent is what it’s all about. “We’ve gone so far down the road now it’s very difficult to change the number of foreign players here but to make it even easier is a no-no for me.” West Ham visit League One high-fliers Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, hoping to take another step forward in the tournament after beating Everton in round three via a dramatic penalty shoot-out. “We’ve got to continue where we left off against Everton,” Allardyce said. “We showed a huge amount of determination and ability to get through after extra time. “We were only a minute away from winning at Everton and we should have been more comfortable at home but we got through in the end. “We know it would be a real waste of all our time and energy getting through that round if we then didn’t beat Bristol City. “This game is very important to our season, we’ve been very successful in the league so we want now to be successful in the cup.” “We’ve had no permission to speak to Darren Fletcher,” Allardyce said. “He’s got quite a few clubs interested in him so when he makes his mind up everyone will know. “I don’t know what the timeline is. If any of the other packages offered to him are accepted then we would accept that. “Or if they hadn’t made their mind up or were negotiating somewhere else that would be it. We can’t wait forever. “I always think at this stage of the window, if you do get something nailed on you have to take it because you might end up with nothing if you don’t.” Allardyce also rejected suggestions made by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday that English clubs would attract greater talent if the work permit rule was scrapped. The rules state a player must have featured in 75 per cent of his country’s international matches over the last two years to be considered an outstanding talent that would benefit the league. “I think the rules are fine at the moment,” Allardyce added. Press Association Sam Allardyce has confirmed West Ham are one of the clubs chasing Darren Fletcher but claims the Hammers are yet to speak to the Manchester United midfielder.last_img read more