Pretty Lights Live Collabs With Michal Menert, Covers Europe For NYE Show [Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_img2017 proved to be another monumental year for music producer Derek Vincent Smith and his latest musical project, Pretty Lights Live. Smith, accompanied by Borahm Lee (Keys), Alvin Ford Jr. (Drums), Chris Karns (Turntables), and Brandon Butler (Keys), played major music festivals throughout the country. They also put together another successful season of Episodic Festivals where Smith’s massive fan base (Pretty Lights Fam) congregated to take part in the special two-day mini-music festivals at some of the most scenic venues in the United States.One of the largest milestones of Smith’s musical career came in the form of the announcement of his inaugural destination festival, Island of Light, which was set to take place in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, the event was canceled due to the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. After the cancellation, Pretty Lights Live began working with the non-profit United for Puerto Rico, and the group gave fans the option to donate money towards relief efforts incentivized by free webcasts of their New Year’s Eve run as well as their Texas run in September.To close out the year, Pretty Lights Live played four consecutive nights starting with a two-night run at The Fillmore (Detroit) with guests Too Many Zooz and So Down. They then packed up and headed east, making a stop in Minneapolis where they headlined Saturday night of the Snowta New Year’s Eve Festival. On New Year’s Eve, Pretty Lights Live was joined by Jade Cicada for a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore in Philadelphia.Pretty Lights Live opened up the first set with the classic cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time”, during which lighting designer Greg “Lasershark” Ellis showcased his renowned talents and drowned the Fillmore in a sea of green lasers. Throughout the first set, Pretty Lights Live displayed their improvisational talents on songs both old and new. A stand-out moment in the first set was a version of the infamous Pretty Lights song “Finally Moving”, during which the entire venue sang along to the iconic chorus, “Sometimes I get a good feeling, a feeling that I never ever ever ever had before!”. Fans were treated to an emotional “Cold Feeling” that sent chills to many. The first set came to a close with the newest Pretty Lights single “Rainbows and Waterfalls”.The band returned to the stage at 11:51 PM, as fans chattered with friends about what the last songs of 2017 would be. Much to everyone’s surprise, the band began to play a cover of Europe’s “The Final Countdown”. In typical Pretty Lights Live fashion, the song was flipped, as members of the band improvised together to change the shape of the song. The band jammed on the song up until just before midnight at which point they seamlessly layered on a sample of renowned American producer DJ Shadow’s “Midnight In A Perfect World” followed by a countdown officially ringing in the new year.The band kicked off 2018 with two unreleased Pretty Lights songs, “The Sun Spreads In Our Minds” and “Eternalessly”. Following this, Derek Vincent Smith shocked the crowd by inviting his life-long friend and fellow producer Michal Menert on stage, and the two performed their feel-good tune “Summer Love”. The biggest highlight of the second set was the iconic “High School Art Class”. The song was deconstructed on a level that left jaws on the floor as the band built up to the chorus.With curfew soon approaching, Smith led a chant, “I say life is, you say too short”. After this, the main sample for fan favorite “Hot Like Sauce” was cued up, and the band took flight one last time. As the last notes were played, fans screamed as Smith thanked everyone for coming out reminding each other that life is about “Establishing some sort of interconnectedness. Go out and meet some people”.The second set contained even more of the now-hallmark Pretty Lights Live flips in which each member displayed their extraordinary musicianship. Having wrapped up their second year of playing together, it was clear at how much the band has progressed and how well they are able to play off each other. 2018 started off in an exciting fashion in what is sure to be another incredible year for Pretty Lights Live.Setlist: Pretty Lights | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 12/31/2017Set One: TIME (Pink Floyd cover), WHERE IM TRYING TO GO > FLIP, IS THERE ANY LOVE, UNDERSTAND ME NOW > FLIP, FLY LIKE AN EAGLE (Steve Miller Band cover) > FLIP, DONT BE SURPRISED > FLIP, IT MUST BE LOVE (Motif cover), SOLAR SAILOR (Daft Punk remix) > FLIP, FINALLY MOVING, FOREVER LOST, COLD FEELING, RAINBOWS & WATERFALLS > FLIPSet Two: FINAL COUNTDOWN (Europe cover), THE SUN SPREADS IN OUR MIND, ETERNALESSLY / PRELUDE 4, SUMMER LOVE (MICHAL MENERT ON STAGE), I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR FACE >FLIP, GAZING AT THE GLARE > FLIP, HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS FLIPPED INTRO > MAIN DROP/CHORUS > FLIP W/ ANALOG, SHINING BRIGHT DESPITE THE PLIGHT, COLOR OF MY SOUL > FLIP, STILL NIGHT > FLIP, WHO LOVES ME > FLIP, WHYNNEL – YOU KNEW, I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, HOT LIKE SAUCE > FLIP[photo: Cait Falc Photography]last_img read more

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day 2016

first_imgHarvard Extension Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Association and Harvard Graduate Council are inviting you to celebrate the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day 2016 on campus of Harvard University on Saturday, Nov. 19.Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a global initiative with the mission to celebrate, support and empower women in business worldwide, which was initiated in 2014 by the WED Organization – headquartered in the U.S. in New York City (the “WED HQ”) and its founder Wendy Diamond.last_img read more

Ms. Geannie Hensel named Educator of the Month

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Ms. Geannie Hensel has been named Franklin County Community School’s educator of the month for February.According to school officials, Ms. Hensel announced in January her plans to retire at the end of the school year.A few weeks later, Superintendent Dr. Debbie Howell visited Hensel’s classroom to surprise her with the news that she was selected as the Educator of the Month.Ms. Hensel has been employed as a physical education and health teacher at the school for 37 years.Hensel was nominated for the honor by a high school student-athlete because of her dedication to the students and her unwavering school spirit.last_img read more

Eagles Sweep Vikings

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts admin ELLSWORTH — Stellar complete game pitching performances by righthanders Pat Kelley and John Carlin gave the Eagles a doubleheader sweep over the Caribou Vikings on Saturday.In the 6-3 opener, Kelley scattered just four hits in his first complete game outing of the season. The Eagles snapped a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fourth inning on three walks, a two-run triple by Mickey Manning, RBI singles by Jordan Carter and Ross Saunders and a Caribou error.Caribou managed a pair of runs in the top of the fifth when Chad McCarthy and Brandon Caverhill both singled and scored when Ted Walker lined a drive that deflected off Kelley for a single.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the 7-0 second game shutout, the Eagles staked Carlin to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and he never faltered, allowing just two hits and getting solid defensive support including three double plays.Manning had a two-run single in the first inning, and an RBI single in the second.Dakota Jewett also doubled and singled for Ellsworth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.center_img Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015last_img read more

Indian Premier League Jasprit Bumrah’s slower one is difficult to pick: Jofra Archer

first_imgJofra Archer hails Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah. Archer played a pivotal part in Rajasthan Royals’ playoffs journey. Rajasthan Royals lost their first game of IPL 2019.  New Delhi: Jofra Archer, one of the most sought-after bowlers in franchise-based leagues, rates Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah as the best T20 bowler currently playing in world cricket. The Barbados-born medium-pacer, who will soon qualify to play for England in the international arena after completing a mandatory seven-year residency in the country, also placed himself and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan in the list of top three bowlers in the shortest format.”I am going to say that I quite like Bumrah. I would include a spinner in the list and that is Rashid Khan. So it’s me, Bumrah and Rashid, who are three best bowlers in T20 cricket,” Archer, playing for Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing IPL, told PTI during an interview. Archer, who has 105 wickets from 82 T20 games at an economy rate of fewer than eight runs per over, feels Bumrah’s unusual action makes it difficult for batsmen to pick him.”With the new ball, it can go either way, so for all the fast bowlers, it is essential that you have an extra edge at the death,” said Archer.”Even with his action, he bowls yorkers really well. And the key to possessing a potent slower delivery in case of Bumrah is his action. His hands go on all directions and suddenly you will find it really hard to pick up the slower one,” explained Archer.Archer has a couple of deceptive bouncers and some good variation of slower deliveries but he admitted that the toughest delivery to execute in a pressure cooker scenario is the wide Yorker because of the margin of error. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “Personally, I don’t even like it really because your margin for error could be a wide or a four or if you nail it then a single. Personally, for me I find it way too hard and try not using it,” he said. Royals have enough firepower to win the IPL after 11 years, Archer exuded confidence despite the fact that England’s World Cup hopefuls such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will be back in the UK on April 25 as per an England and Wales Cricket Board’s diktat. On the personal front, Archer has set his sights on the ‘Purple Cap’, meant for the top wicket-taker in the IPL.”I just want us to get to the playoffs first and then worry about getting into the finals.Personally, I will like to get the Purple Cap. I want to score a few runs, as well as I, didn’t score too many last year. Hopefully, I can turn that around this year and show what I can do with the bat,” the 23-year-old said. His name has an uncanny resemblance to famous British novelist Jeffrey Archer and Jofra said he used to be amused by the pronunciation of his name.Incidentally, the novelist Archer is known to be a cricket fan and also knew Indian legend Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi closely.”I didn’t know that Jeffrey Archer is a cricket fan. I didn’t even know who he was really till the other day when I was on a train and he was on a poster. I then realised why people call my name wrong and that’s what it was.”Then I realised he (Jeffrey) was an author. A few guys on social media were joking and I didn’t know he was an author. Never read anything till now,” he signed off.  highlightslast_img read more

Norwich v Chelsea: Kenedy and Traore start

first_imgKenedy and Bertrand Traore are included in Chelsea’s starting line-up for the game against Norwich, while Alexandre Pato is among the substitutes.Blues boss Guus Hiddink has made two other changes to the side, recalling Oscar and Nemanja Matic at Carrow Road.Pedro is out injured, while Baba Rahman is dropped after being replaced by Kenedy at half-time at Southampton on Saturday.John Mikel Obi drops to the bench, where he is joined by Willian and recent signing Pato, who is included in the matchday squad for the first time since his loan move.Norwich, meanwhile, are without defender Sebastien Bassong, but Wes Hoolahan has been passed fit to return.The Canaries cannot select Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford under the terms of his loan deal.Norwich: Ruddy; Bennett, Martin, Klose; Pinto, Tettey, Howson, Brady; Redmond, Hoolahan, Jerome.Subs: Rudd, Olsson, O’Neil, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Jarvis, Mbokani.Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy, Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Traore, Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pato, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Confed Cup good to go

first_imgBafana Bafana supporters encourage theirteam. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.) President Jacob Zuma with the Kopanya,the official ball of the Confederations Cup,and the coveted trophy. (Image: Fifa) A sea of South African flags andfootball supporters. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSouth Africa is ready to stage the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. The Fifa 2010 World Cup precursor kicks off on 14 June at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium with a game between Asian champions Iraq and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.After a meeting held on 10 June, government’s World Cup inter-ministerial committee declared that all preparations were in readiness for the sporting spectacle, and that fans could look forward to a hugely successful event.The Confederations Cup will show off a good portion of South Africa’s massive US$98-billion (R787-billion) investment in infrastructure. Much of the money was ploughed into the renovation of eight existing stadiums and the construction of two brand-new venues.“It gives us comfort to report that all the four venues chosen to host the Confederations Cup tournament are ready,” stated the committee, “namely Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane, Free State stadium in Mangaung and Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg.”The remaining stadiums are all in advanced stages of construction and would be finished within Fifa target dates.One of them, the 48 000-seater Nelson Mandela multi-purpose stadium, was officially opened earlier this month, becoming the first of the two newly-built stadiums to reach completion.The other new stadium, the $109-million (R875-million) Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga, is scheduled for completion in July 2009.Support from the fansAn extensive marketing campaign, run by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the government, is continuing to build support from communities for both football tournaments.Although there are still tickets available for the Confederations Cup, the committee noted that sales were brisk and that the opening clash between Bafana Bafana and Iran was almost sold out.“All signs are there that we are heading for a fully packed 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, as will the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Visitors to the country will enjoy the legendary South African hospitality in a total of 34 910 rooms, over 5 200 of which have been provided by small operators.The committee said it was pleased with the warm welcome shown to the Italian and Iraqi teams and that it hoped that teams yet to arrive would receive the same enthusiastic greeting.But the greater part of South African enthusiasm must be reserved for Bafana Bafana, said the committee, adding that all citizens had a responsibility to go out and support their team.South African president Jacob Zuma, speaking in Parliament earlier in the week, said that the national team’s growing confidence and impressive performances of late, as well as the imminent arrival of the other Confederations Cup teams, was driving the current surge of football fever in South Africa.Security under controlThe committee reported that both categories of security were under control – government is responsible for general security while the LOC is responsible for security at venues.According to the security plan submitted to and approved by Fifa, the South African Police Service will assign 41 000 officers specifically to the World Cup. This group is made up of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists.The Confederations Cup will see the deployment of 8 000 officers.Transport strategies are also ready for the Confederations Cup. A number of technical teams have moved into municipal areas to assist with the rollout of transport projects designed to ease the movement of visitors and fans between stadiums.Communicating with the worldThe International Broadcast Centre at the Nasrec exhibition centre south of Johannesburg will be ready in time for the World Cup. Other communications infrastructure, including the national digital network, is on track.During the Confederations Cup, members of the media will use a state-of-the-art broadcast centre at Ellis Park stadium.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at  [email protected] articlesSA’s Confed Cup Squad named Fifa names Confed officials “See you in June” – TorresUseful links2009 Confederations CupSouth Africa 2010Fifa 2010 World Cuplast_img read more

Minor details can lead to major issues when offering employee benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseAt first it can seem like a very minor (yet complicated and costly) detail that may be better off ignored by employers. And, in many cases it can be inconsequential, until it is not.The potential for problems with this detail start, very simply, when an employer hires an employee and offers benefits, such as health insurance. When employees receive benefits, the employer is legally required to provide a Summary Plan Description (SPD) through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).On Oct. 1 of 2013 a notice went out through the Affordable Care Act to every employee in the U.S. informing them of the new options available. To be better informed, the notice instructed employees to consult their legally required SPD of workplace benefits. Guess what most employers did not have or had never even heard of before?In short, if an employee requests an SPD or the business is audited and the employer does not have it, this minor detail gets very consequential very quickly.“Every employer has to have a SPD for each employee for any health or welfare benefit that they provide. If you don’t have a SPD and it is requested in writing, all that employee has to do is turn you into the U.S. Department of Labor and, after 30 days, you have to pay a fine up to $114 per day until you provide the document,” said John Mayer with the Association Benefit Planners in Dublin. “The DOL starts an investigation and you get a letter from DOL about a full audit. If you don’t have the documents to produce, you have to figure out how to provide them. Most employers do not even know they need this. Then they don’t know who to call, so they call their lawyer. Then that gets expensive.”The specifics of the necessary SPD documents depend upon part-time or full time status, the particulars of the benefits offered and other factors.“This becomes an issue as soon as you have a full-time employee with benefits. The small employers are the hardest hit because they don’t know who to talk to about it. Where do you go as a small employer to find out about this?” Mayer said. “From our side, it can be a difficult discussion to get an employer to understand what they need. They don’t know what they don’t know. They tell us, ‘We’ll take our chances.’ But you as an employer are responsible for making sure this information gets to employees. A normal employer is not going to have any idea how to handle these things.”This is where folks like Clint Carter come in. Carter is retired and lives out of state, but for many years lived in Columbus and worked with businesses (including small Ohio agribusinesses) of all sizes to get them in compliance with federal acronyms aplenty, including ERISA. Carter admits that his services were not cheap or always pleasant to procure, but they very clearly beat the alternative.“If you can’t provide the SPD — a required document —now you have the Department of Labor involved with an audit, you have the IRS involved, and you have Health and Human Services involved,” Carter said. “They can all look for this Summary Plan Description.”To make matters even more confusing, many employers do have a Summary Benefits of Coverage document given to them by the benefits provider and think they have the situation covered, but they don’t.“In some cases, employers gave out the Summary Benefits of Coverage, which is not the Summary Plan Description. If they give out the SBC instead of the SPD and when that clock of 30 days is up, they literally could owe $114 a day until they are in compliance. Both the plan document and the Summary Plan Description must be furnished to the employees by the employer. The common mistake is that the employer thinks they are getting the documents from the carrier, which they are not. Carriers do not supply the federal ERISA documents. The employer can get them from third party administration firms or they can go to an ERISA attorney. One way or the other they need to obtain the documents,” Carter said. “If I hired you to work for me, and I offer health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance, each and every one of those has to have a document that is wrapped around it that has the ERISA language. Brokers go in and tell a small business owner that it would be great for them to put in benefits, which it is. But then they fail to help them realize that they have to be in compliance with the Department of Labor at the same time.”One way for employers to avoid this issue is to not offer any employee benefits, but that is not often a realistic or reasonable option.“At first, when employers hear about this they get upset and say they shouldn’t offer benefits, but in reality you should be offering benefits as an employer. Most employees today go to work not only for the salary but also for the benefits that are offered,” Carter said. “If you are not offering benefits, even if you only have 10 employees, all you are doing is training someone else’s employees because they will go work somewhere else that offers benefits. It is more expensive to train employees than it is to get these documents.”Of course, many employers who have employees with benefits never have an issue with ERISA compliance because they are never audited or no employee ever requests the documents. But Carter wants employers to understand the risks of non-compliance.“It is risk management. The increased scrutiny of the Affordable Care Act has increased the number of audits — I would say 60% of businesses get audited. Ohio is a huge state for audits, partly because it is a union state and partly because the Cincinnati region of the DOL looks at things more closely. I have had a three-person dental group get audited. I have worked with small employers in Ohio who have been audited multiple times by the DOL for their ERISA documents. One had 14 employees. That was 10 years ago and we have kept them in compliance since then,” Carter said. “Most brokers or CPAs will say that you are too small and you don’t have to worry about this, but this is an employer-plus-one law. Do you think the DOL would rather cut their teeth on small employers or large employers when they are training their own employees about ERISA?“My advice is that it is always cheaper to get in compliance than it is to pay the penalty. Whether you get in a wreck or not, you buy auto insurance every year. You also have homeowners insurance even in years where your house doesn’t burn down. Why would you not do risk management and make sure you have all of your documents? Most employers think this is inconsequential, but it can turn into something pretty major pretty fast.”For questions, contact Association Benefit Planners in Dublin at 614-527-6760.This is the fifth of a series of five stories in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association highlighting human resource management solutions in Ohio agribusinesses.last_img read more

Life in the Lion City

first_imgA world leader in research and innovation, Singapore might be a small country but it still knows how to score big when it comes to its higher education system. It has been ranked first in the Innovation and Information Technology Foundation’s 2011 report and second in the World Economic Forum’s,A world leader in research and innovation, Singapore might be a small country but it still knows how to score big when it comes to its higher education system. It has been ranked first in the Innovation and Information Technology Foundation’s 2011 report and second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report in 2012. The country’s two main universities, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University are amongst the top 50 academic institutes in the world.In the last few years the country has also seen a number of new universities and institutions coming up. Some of these include the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at NTU and SIM University. A number of private universities and branches of foreign universities have also opened a campus in Singapore such as India’s Management Development Institute, University of Adelaide, James Cook University, City University of New York, Chicago Business School, University of Wales Institute and NYU Tisch School of Arts.”After reading up on various universities around the world, I realised that competition was much less in Singapore for the same standard of education. Additionally it’s relatively easier to obtain student visas in Singapore and although the cost of living might be high, there’re a lot of grants and financial assistance available for foreign students,” says Rimi Basu, 25, a graduate from Singapore. Interestingly Singapore’s Ministry of Education has revealed that it has given international students tuition grants of nearly $210 million per year. “There are a lot of discounts, deals and packages that are made available for students throughout the year. Additionally since it’s a cosmopolitan country, you get to feel right at home,” adds Basu.For many students it is also the recreational and nightlife options that make Singapore an attractive destination. From night safaris to island resorts, adventure sports, clubs and shopping high streets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here. “As far as lifestyle options go there’s an incredible variety both in terms of prices as well as themes. However, what really sets the country apart is its safety aspect. Crime against students here is very rare,” says Malini Chopra, 23, a chartered accountant graduate from Singapore.advertisementWhether it’s financial assistance, safety, quality of education or a high standard of living, the Lion City certainly knows how to look after its thriving student community.last_img read more

Several Bridges to be Completed This Year

first_imgWorks are to be completed on several bridges across the island under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP),this financial year.This was disclosed by State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 5.“Bridges are a vital element of the nation’s main road network, and the Government is determined to ensure that bridges across the island are modern, safe and reliable,” he said.The National Works Agency (NWA) will be completing work on the following structures: Westmoreland Bridge, St. Mary; Craigmill Modular Bridge, Portland; Kintyre Modular Bridge, St. Andrew; John’s Hall Bridge, St. James; Southwood Bridge, Clarendon; Stony Bridge, Westmoreland; and Robin’s Bay Box Culvert, St. Mary.The State Minister further informed that the “much heralded Cassia Park and Queensborough Bridges, will be officially opened to the public in the near future.”Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more