Kenyan state officers to receive 125 pay cut

first_imgState officers in Kenya’s National Assembly, Senate, and the Executive of the National government will receive a 12.5% pay cut in order to reduce the public sector wage bill.The Salary and Remuneration Commission (SRC), which sets and reviews salary and benefits for state officers in Kenya, has recommended a new pay structure for government officials in its Salary structures for state officers 2017-22 report. The change in salary structure aims to ensure the public sector wage bill is below 35% of domestic revenue. The wage bill currently stands at 52% of domestic revenue.The new pay model, which includes a fixed salary structure guided by economy performance, the reduction of some allowances, the abolition of other allowances and benefits, and the zoning of transport allowances by distance, is expected to accrue savings of KSh8,853,204,952 (£66,337,241).Monthly gross remuneration for state officers in the Senate, National Assembly, and Executive of the National Government will fall by up to 12.5%. This will see remuneration for members of the Senate and the National Assembly fall from KSh710,000 (£5,280) to KSh621,250 (£4,620) a month.The president’s monthly gross remuneration package will decrease from KSh1,650,000 (£12,363) to KSh1,443,750 (£10,818), and the deputy president’s monthly gross remuneration package will fall from KSh1,402,500 (£10,508) to KSh1,227,188 (£9,195).State officers in Kenya’s County Government will also see their remuneration decrease. Remuneration for members of the County Assembly will decline from KSh165,000 (£1,227) to KSh144,375 (£1,074) a month.Under the new structure, benefits that will be abolished for state officers in the County Government, the Senate, and the National Assembly include a reimbursable mileage allowance, a sitting allowance for plenary sessions, and a special responsibility allowance. The governor’s allowance and deputy governor’s allowance in the County Government will also be abolished, as will a special parliamentary allowance for state officers in the Senate and National Assembly.The new salary structure will come into effect when the newly elected officers are sworn into office following the country’s general election on 8 August 2017. The pay structure will remain in place until 2022, in line with the SRC’s four-year pay review policy.When creating the new salary structure, the SRC took into account results from a salary survey conducted in countries with similar gross domestic product (GDP) levels, as well as policy issues and constitutional principles. It also sought to reduce disparities in remuneration levels.The report states: “The ultimate goal of the SRC is to bring the wage bill, which currently stands at 52%, to sustainable levels of below 35% of the domestic revenue. This will go a long way in ensuring that the public sector wage bill is within the threshold provided for by the Public Finance Management Act.“We are accountable to Kenyans; and as public servants, we cannot ignore the element of sacrifice as opposed to pay as we serve our country. We should strive towards being a producing country as opposed to a consuming one. We are appealing to the employing agencies to critically look at the numbers as we have a bloated workforce. The wage bill is a factor of employee numbers and actual remuneration. The aim is to ensure we have optimal numbers in the public sector for efficient and effective service delivery.”last_img read more

FBI raid wrong house in Orlando

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ORLANDO (WSVN) — A busted door and shattered window were left behind after the FBI raided and ransacked the wrong house in Orlando.Federal agents along with the Orange County Sheriff searched the home for hours, but the homeowner said the man they were looking for was next door.“They told me that because they had it as my address, that they had a federal warrant to go inside my house,” Oscar Capps said, “and I told them, ‘I’ll let you in. I don’t have a problem letting you in.’”Capps said he tried to tell them the man they were looking for was in the home next to his, but they wouldn’t listen until they had already ransacked his home.Eventually, authorities did turn their investigation to the home next door.“They are saying there is nothing they are really going to do for me,” Capps said. “They are going to send somebody out to board up the windows and put a door on, so where do I go from here?”Neither the Orange County Sheriff or federal officials have said what exactly they were looking for, or if they found anything in the home they meant to search. last_img read more

Cop hospitalized after rollover crash

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami-Dade Police officer was involved in a rollover crash in Southwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday.The crash happened near Southwest 137th Avenue and 78th Street.A 7News viewer sent in a picture after the officer lost control of their vehicle.Rescue crews took the officer to the hospital as a precaution.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Dad dances for son with leukemia in adorable viral video

first_imgMy ❤️ can’t take it watching this proud Father @KennyClutch_ dancing doing the #LevelUpChallenge because his baby’s numbers were up. God is so good! We’re dancing for you too angel! Let’s #LevelUp against Cancer together! 💪🏽— Ciara (@ciara) July 22, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A dancing dad from New Jersey is tugging on heart strings all over social media.The video shows Kennith Thomas busting a move to Ciara’s “Level Up” — all to celebrate his baby Kristian’s release from the hospital.The 15-month-old was recently diagnosed with leukemia and spent over a month at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.On Saturday, Thomas learned his son could finally come back home, if only for a few days. To celebrate, the excited dad — who also happens to be a dance instructor — turned up the music and danced, much to the delight of his little boy.Kristian will return for a second round of chemotherapy on Monday.Ciara, who has been encouraging her fans to upload videos of their own dances to her song, tweeted Thomas’ video, saying, “God is so good! We’re dancing for you too angel! Let’s #LevelUp against cancer together!”last_img read more

Miami partners with FPL to deliver solar trees at parks

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Three parks across Miami will soon be outfitted with solar arrays in an effort to become more environmental-friendly.Solar trees will be installed at West End Park, Coral Gate Park and Bay of Pigs Park as part of a new renewable energy program.Florida Power and Light partnered with the City of Miami to construct, install and maintain the solar trees.Along with being good for the environment, the trees have some cool perks like shaded seating areas and charging stations for electronic devices.“Kids and adults alike will see these solar trees and will become curious about solar energy,” said Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes. “Solar technology is proven reliable, and it is imperative that, as a city, we make the transition to clean, renewable energy needed for the future of our planet.”According to a press release, the solar trees will generate between one to three kilowatts, and FPL will cover the license fee of $50 per kilowatt.“The solar canopies at West End Park will be capable of generating a minimum of 10 kilowatts of energy, enough to power 10 classrooms for a year,” read the release. last_img read more

Local wildlife center moves hundreds of animals into foster homes ahead of

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale has a plan in place to keep its animals safe ahead of a possible strike by Hurricane Dorian.Officials are moving more than 400 birds, ducks, squirrels, a giant tortoise and more into foster homes with food and medicine.“Because of the risk of the winds and the rain to the animals, we are evacuating all of our patients,” said Deborah Millman, the facility’s director of operations.After the storm passes, the animals will be brought back.Officials from the center advised anyone who finds any animal in need of help to put it in a box with air holes and keep it in a safe place until it’s safe to bring it in for assistance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

State Puts Out List Of Oil Companies That Received Tax Credits Last

first_imgRepsol, a company working on the North Slope received the highest payment, at nearly $18 million. Other companies like BlueCrest Energy have halted or slowed production due to unpaid tax credits. BlueCrest received almost $9 million between 2016-2017, according to the report. The cash-for-credits recipients used to be kept confidential. In 2016, the legislature passed HB 247, which requires the state to release an annual report of the companies that receive tax credits from the state. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-companies-named-for-tax-payments.mp3VmJennifer-on-companies-named-for-tax-payments.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享According to a report released from the Department of Revenue, on Friday, the state spent over $75 million last year, paying off tax credit payments owed to oil and gas companies for exploration in Alaska.center_img The state has been making minimum payments on that debt, which is up to $900 million as of this year. According to the memo the state is not expected to fully pay that off until 2025. Last year, Lawmakers passed separate legislation ending the tax-credit program all together. These payments are being paid to the companies that were owed prior to the program ending.last_img read more

Ruffridge Selected To Fill Open Seat On Soldotna City Council

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council, at their bi-weekly meeting last night, selected Justin Ruffridge to fill the vacant seat on the council. During the interview process Ruffridge spoke on the annexation process, responded with that it should “happen slowly and deliberately”, and with public input. Ruffridge also spoke about utilizing more of the cities natural resources. Ruffridge was sworn in and filled the seat for the remainder of the council meeting, and will serve a partial term, until the upcoming regular elections. The council voted unanimously to appoint Ruffridge after interviewing Ruffridge, and another candidate Jordan Chilson, a member of the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.center_img Seat F became vacant when former City Council member Keith Baxter resigned in March. Ruffridge is a member the city’s planning and zoning commission, and works at a local pharmacy in the community.last_img read more

Spring CleanUp Its Time To Do Your Share

first_imgDavis: “We’ve got a little bit of a change this year, Alaska Waste has upgraded all of their equipment, and they can no longer rear-load their trucks. So, it’s not longer safe for them to pick up the bags from the highway.” Davis says if you aren’t able to make an organized clean up in your area, lending a hand anytime of the year is just as good. Shannon Davis, Executive Director with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to get outside and get involved in the roadside clean up efforts: “We still have a ton of clean up bags here at the Chamber if you would like to get out and help clean-up the sides of the roads.”  The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce distributes little yellow bags to local volunteers dedicated to making the Kenai Peninsula a cleaner place to live. Davis: “Don’t be shy about coming in and picking up some of those clean-up bags.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Winter is no longer here on the Kenai Peninsula and now is the time that yards, parks and neighborhoods could use some much needed tender love and care. New this year you won’t be seeing the little yellow trash bags appearing on the sides of local highways like in previous years. The bags will need to be taken to a transfer site or dump station. For those residents who are fed up with people using their neighborhood as an illegal dumping site, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and step-up to help the neighborhood thrive for the spring and summer months.last_img read more

Know The Health Risks Of Wildfire Smoke And Take Precautions

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Smoke produced by several active wildfires has resulted in air quality advisories for many regions of the state in recent weeks, including Southeast, Southwest, Southcentral, Central and the Eastern Interior of Alaska. Persons of any age with conditions like asthma, COPD, heart disease or chest pain are especially sensitive to smoke inhalation.The likelihood that a person will experience health effects from inhalation of wildfire smoke is determined by several factors, including the composition of the smoke, the intensity and length of exposure, and the health of the exposed person. Children are generally more sensitive to smoke inhalation because they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults, and because their bodies and airways are still developing, according to a release from AKFireInfo. If you have a respiratory or heart condition and your symptoms become worse, contact your health care provider or call 911 in the event of an emergency.center_img Wildfire smoke inhalation can cause a variety of health effects if inhaled in large enough quantities, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) attacks, chest pain, coughing, congestion, fatigue, headaches, irritated sinuses, rapid heartbeat, runny nose, scratchy throat, shortness of breath, stinging eyes and wheezing. Alaskans should check for air quality advisories on the DEC’s Air Online Services) and take appropriate precautions to limit exposure to wildfire smoke.last_img read more


Real Simple Launches Dedicated Wedding Channel

first_img“The topic of weddings has been one of our top-ten to top-five searches,” says general manager Shannon King. “’Wedding checklists’ has been one of the largest organic traffic drivers into”, which launched in 2011, will provide with content from the network of sites that it indexes and collects images from. visitors use the site as a visual search engine and scrapbooking service to find inspiration and ideas for their weddings. Users can save all the images they find into their own “Bundles” where they can also directly shop from and share with other users.Likewise, Real Simple content will be syndicated out to’s network, which currently attracts about 2.5 million monthly uniques, according to’s internal numbers. While the partnership extends Real Simple’s content reach as well as enhances its own offerings, the brand will also take on display advertising sales for the ad network. Time Inc.’s Real Simple has leveraged its growing wedding coverage and audience interest in the topic into a dedicated channel on its website. The channel is enhanced via a partnership with the Pinterest-like visual search engine The channel features Real Simple’s take on planning a wedding—checklists, gift ideas, inspiration and so on, and will be updated daily. Wedding-related content has been a growing segment for the brand, which dedicated a special issue to the topic in 2009. Its also a regularly searched category on the website and related keyword searches are a top organic traffic driver.last_img read more


Digital Editions On The Rise But Slowly BPA Numbers Show

first_imgBPA Worldwide’s latest six-month snapshot of where media company digital editions stand  shows a healthy, but not spectacular 4-percentage point uptick in member publishers reporting electronic circulation.      In all, 552 print brands reporting to BPA claimed digital circulation for that second-half 2014 period, 3.8 percent more than reported having a digital version in the first six months of 2014. That’s a little better growth rate than BPA found in 2013, when 3.3 percent more brands reported having digital editions in the second half (538) than in the year’s first half.     In terms of overall circulation, digital is showing slow, but steady growth, BPA data shows. In its August 10 release on the new 2014 numbers, BPA said digital accounts for 25.7 percent of all qualified circulation, up from 24 percent as of June 30, 2014, and 23.5 percent for the six months ending Dec. 31, 2013.     Among the top 25 BPA titles ranked by total digital circulation, digital as a percentage of total circulation ranged from a high of around 90 percent for those not exclusively digital down to around 34 percent. The leading digital titles in the most recent compilation were DuJour (an all digital publication), 3.3 million; PM Network (almost 389,000 electronic copies, a 6.4 percent increase over the prior period); Oracle (175,000 digital copies, up 1.6 percent); and IEEE Spectrum (175,000 digital, up 3 percent). BPA reported that for the six months ended Dec. 31, 2014, 44 percent of B-to-B and consumer brands it audits have digital editions. For the same period in 2013, 40 percent of those titles reported having electronic versions.last_img read more

Meredith Sells Time Magazine to Salesforce Founder for 190 Million

first_imgMeredith will use the liquidity gained in the sale to pay down debts. Further, the company says it expects to reduce its debt by $1 billion during its fiscal 2019, which began on July 1.“We’re pleased to have found such passionate buyers in Marc and Lynne Benioff for the Time brand,” said Meredith President and CEO Tom Harty, in the release. “For over 90 years, Time has been at the forefront of the most significant events and impactful stories that shape our global conversation. We know Time will continue to succeed and is in good hands with the Benioffs. We thank the Time team for its ongoing hard work and passionate commitment.”This is a developing story. After months of searching, Meredith Corporation has finally found a proper suitor for Time magazine.On Sunday, September 16, the company announced it has sold the legacy brand it acquired in January this year for $190 million in cash to Marc and Lynne Benioff. Marc Benioff is the founder, chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce, however this transaction is private and separate from that company.The Benioffs will not oversee the day-to-day operations of Time, according to a statement Folio: received from Meredith Corp affirming that Time’s current leadership will continue to manage the magazine.The release also states that Meredith will provide short-term business continuity services through a multi-year agreement with the Benioffs, including consumer marketing, subscription fulfillment, paper purchasing and printing. The company will also be able to include Time in large corporate advertising buys.last_img read more

Level Music Distribution For Unsigned Indies Launched By WMG

first_img Level Music: Distribution For Unsigned Indies Launched By WMG Twitter Swindon-based @GrimSickers1 cooks up new mosh-inducing Grime anthem “MAZZA” in collaboration with producer Outsider.Listen at  #ViaLevel— Level (@level) May 12, 2018For some indie artists, Level is a solid proposition that will enable them to distribute and maintain creative control of their content. Level’s beta site is loaded with helpful About and Support explainers, further spelling out what it promises artists, for example providing helpful analytics.Some believe the value of a platform like this to a major label is less that the next big star will walk through its door but rather the analytics it can gather about the state of indie art, community and promotions online that can potentially serve as a fountain of data for digital insights.The rule of thumb for internet platforms these days is that if a deal seems really good, for free, it is probably because your personal information is valuable to the designers. There used to be speculation and experiments that every major label should have its own musical bullpen where emerging artists could incubate.It seems a benefit, so best wishes to this quietly launched music community in beta, and to its artists and the fans that they reach through it.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Unsigned artists can release to major digital music platforms for free while keeping their money and their rights Philip MerrillGRAMMYs May 15, 2018 – 12:56 pm On May 11 Music Business Worldwide spotted the quiet introduction of Warner Music Group’s Level Music platform for unsigned artists. First reactions focused on curiosity about who is running it and its representations about charges versus free. Radar Scope LTD is listed as its parent, which is run by WMG executives out of New York and London. As for charges, the platform plans an 8 percent standard fee to recoup costs and it clarified that it is waiving this for artists signing up during the platform’s beta.So what does this new platform do? Most obviously, Level releases participating artists’ music on the major streaming and digital radio services. It services the rights it needs to use uploaded works for online distribution and promotion but maintains that artists get to “keep 100 percent of [their] rights and royalties, with no contracts.”The range of artist services indies need is wide, so the expectation is that Level Music will be refining its package and quality of support, at least so that word-of-mouth makes it competitive with Universal Music Group’s Spinnup. The big comparison with CD Baby, Distrokid, Ditto, and Tunecore is that Level is free for now. Level also says it will be bringing promotional tools from digital music marketing company Linkfire and making these available. Level Music Distribution Platform Launched By WMG level-music-distribution-unsigned-indies-launched-wmgcenter_img Facebook News Email last_img read more

Jagged Little Pill Musical Coming To Broadway This Fall

first_img Email Twitter “Jagged Little Pill” Musical Coming To Broadway This Fall News Producers of the musical, which covers tough topics like rape culture and addiction, have not released a theatre name or dateJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 29, 2019 – 5:29 pm The “Jagged Little Pill” musical, which features songs from Alanis Morissette’s GRAMMY-winning album of the same name, is coming to Broadway fall 2019.The Canadian singer/songwriter announced the news on Twitter on Jan. 28. Shortly after she tweeted, “This fall. #beyondexcited” along with a screenshot of the New York Times’ story regarding the musical’s Broadway debut.center_img Facebook “Jagged Little Pill” Musical Coming To Broadway jagged-little-pill-musical-coming-broadway-fall Producers of the musical, which covers topics like rape culture and addiction, did not release a theatre or date, the Times reports. The musical had its debut at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. during a 10-week sold out run last year. Producers told the Times the play will be slightly revised from the last production.”We were quite happy with the work we did on our original musical, but you can always keep improving, and the changes we have made are many, many little ones that add up to a more streamlined, layered, and deeper show,” producer Eva Price said. “The world has continued to change, and that has affected the writing and the direction.”The musical also includes other songs from Morissette’s catalog written with fellow GRAMMY winner Glen Ballard and other music by “Juno” director Diablo Cody. Tony-winner Diane Paulus will direct the musical.Jagged Little Pill won Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album at the 38th GRAMMY Awards. One of the hit singles off the album, “You Oughta Know,” also won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song that year.Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R. & Red Hot Chili Peppers Added To 2019 GRAMMYs Performer LineupRead morelast_img read more

RÜFÜS DU SOL Are Ready To Go Underwater At Coachella

first_img RÜFÜS DU SOL Are Ready To Go “Underwater” At Coachella Facebook Twitter RÜFÜS DU SOL Will Go “Underwater” At Coachella r%C3%BCf%C3%BCs-du-sol-are-ready-go-underwater-coachella Email News The Aussie dance trio talk returning to the California fest, where they plan to premiere a James Frost-directed short film for album track “Underwater” Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 10, 2019 – 4:12 pm Australian alt-dance group RÜFÜS DU SOL, comprising Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, have been making dreamy live house music since 2011 with their debut, RÜFÜS EP. 2016 was a big year for the group; they released their sophomore studio album, Bloom, in January and made their Coachella debut that March. They see the festival as a pivotal turning point in success as a group, especially in the U.S. market, and are excited to return to the fest three years later.This time they are listed at the top of the lineup for their Friday evening set both weekends, and will be premiering their latest project, a 360-degree short film to accompany one of the fan-favorite tracks from 2018’s Solace, “Underwater.” It was directed by GRAMMY-nominated music video director James Frost—he earned the nod for Radiohead’s “House Of Cards”—for an immersive experience in the HP Antarctic Dome at Coachella.Read on to hear from band members Jon and James about who and what they want to check out at the fest (“We can lose hours in the Yuma Tent,” says James) and working with Frost for the video. They also discuss the creative process for recording their last album (they got fancy synths and set up shop in Los Angeles!) and translating it live on stage.What are you most looking forward to about Coachella?James Hunt: For us it’s pretty special because we played Coachella for the first time in 2016. That felt like a really important turning point for us in our career, especially in the U.S. It felt like after that set we found a lot more momentum. I think the visibility that it gave us, and the ability to play in front of that many people really helped us out. It feels really special to be returning to the site of it.And one thing we love about Coachella, especially from that time when we were there roaming around and exploring, was how it isn’t just about the artists and the bands that are playing, but it’s a really well curated array of experiences and interactive art pieces; it allows the ability for everyone to curate their own little journey. So we’re excited to gallivant around and go on our own little journey.What other acts do you want to check out during the festival?Jon George: Childish Gambino, [Anderson] .Paak…James: Tame Impala, fellow Australian. Stephan Bodzin. The electronic contingent is always really strong at Coachella too, we found. We can lose hours in the Yuma Tent under the disco ball shark thing.Jon: Over at the DoLab [Stage] as well they always put on some good stuff. Can you talk about working with James Frost for the “Underwater” short film that you are releasing soon?James: It’s been a really pleasurable experience working with him. And especially considering his resume, you know a talented director of music videos for Radiohead, for Coldplay. We love his work and so then we found out we were able to work with this guy and he was gonna have a visual response to our song “Underwater,” we were pretty blown away.Beyond that he’s just a really humble and really nice, personable person. He’s allowed a lot of creative back and forth, which we really enjoyed that kind of process. And also he’s just someone who has a very specific visual concept. He knows exactly specific visual things that he wants to explore. We’ve seen the work in progress as what the “Underwater” experience will be like in the dome. It’s gonna be very, very special.What are you most excited about in regards to premiering at Coachella?James: I guess we’re mainly excited to see it. We’ve seen different snippets and different things along the way. And we’ve made a kind of cinematic soundscape that goes for about a minute before the actual song starts. So it will be really cool to see what the visuals are like that they’ve created to go with them.Jon: Yeah, and also the surround sound experience as well. It’s gonna be a pretty mind blowing experience for us on that first day of watch as well. Excited for everyone to see it.So it will be a full premiere for you as well?James: Exactly.”It was our therapy in the studio in a way, being able to put all that onto paper, or onto track. I think that’s where the emotionality, personality and intimacy on the record really started to shine through.”The whole Solace album it feels really deep and passionate. What’s the back story on the album?James: Coming into our third record we’d been touring for two years pretty non-stop leading into it. And we started again for the third time with this record to pack up and sort of isolate ourselves and move somewhere different, with the whole purpose of sort of pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. And that just sort of rifled right through the whole process with us sort of getting rid of our normal workflow and deleting a bunch of stuff on our computers and starting fresh with a whole new live room.We bought all the synthesizers and toys that we’ve been dreaming of over the last few years and finally we’re able to do that. And we set up this sort of adult playground for ourselves in the studio in Venice [Calif.]. We would just get up each day and unveil the curtain inside and loose many hours in there writing music.And I think with that isolation with the new relocation into a new place and that sort of workflow that we had going on, we started to just lose ourselves a fair bit in the music. It was towards the second half of the process that we started realizing how unhealthy it can be for your personal life with pushing everything aside and that started to drive home with us and that’s where that naturally came out. It was our therapy in the studio in a way, being able to put all that onto paper, or onto track. I think that’s where the emotionality, personality and intimacy on the record really started to shine through.Was that the first album you recorded in the States?James: Yeah, that was the first record that we’ve recorded in America. The record before that we wrote about half of it in Berlin, and the other record we wrote on the South Coast of New South Wales in Australia. So we knew that we liked sort of picking up everything and starting fresh somewhere new and that definitely inspired the start of this process and we really enjoyed living in Venice at the time. What is your favorite part of translating the album and that emotion live on stage?Jon: One thing that we always find when we finish an album or finish music and then we’re preparing to play it live, if the song hasn’t been released there’s a little bit of a nerves scenario as to how are people going to be responding to it. Are they going to like it? If there’s a slight change in direction will they be open to that? There’s all those thoughts that go through your head.One of my favorite parts this time was as soon as we put the record out in Oct. last year we started a tour pretty much a week later, where we were able to for the first time see peoples’ reactions in real time to a lot of this new music.So much of those reactions were really powerful; emotional reactions where’d you see people bawling their eyes out, people having cathartic experiences on the front rail. Those really impressionable things that leave a mark on you then, having put that music out. That’s one of my favorite things; our ability to write something but then when you play it live and there’s such a communication between you and the audience as well, like a dial almost. Seeing their reactions is like one of the most powerful things I feel.That’s so cool. You guys have a busy tour schedule this year; what else is up next for the group and what are you all most excited about for 2019?James: This Coachella run has been something that we’ve been working towards for so long. We’ve been really making this the first real pillar of the process after writing the record. And from here we’ve got some amazing pillars after that. With Red Rocks the two shows there sold out in one day which just blew our minds. I didn’t even know that we had a second one ready to go. So things like that, we’ve got shows at the Greek Theater in Berkeley [Calif.] and we’re about to announce some more big stuff.Those are gonna be some really, really epic moments for the band. We’re really trying to keep honing in the show and reinventing it and that’s where we have the most fun. We’ve been trying to change the set list up each night on tour; write new covers and just chuck them in and keep it really fresh for ourselves. So we’re gonna keep doing that throughout the rest of the year and keep reinventing the whole lighting spectacle and that’s what’s really exciting us at the moment.Kanye West Will Bring His “Sunday Service” To Coachella 2019Read morelast_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On October 7

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.October 7 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmEJ’s Fresh Frozen Pizza / Grab & GoGaouette FarmGrace GranolaNational Sharpening (bring your dull tools & knives)Purple Carrot BreadSeafood ExpressAdditional Attractions:Balloons with YarrowProject Valentine at the Community TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 25In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 4In “Community”last_img read more