The Black Keys have announced a world tour, in support of their brand new album, Turn Blue. The tour also features supporting performances from St. Vincent, Jake Bugg, and Cage the Elephant. The tour itself spans Europe and the US, running from their appearance at the Hangout Music Festival later this month, through a midwest stint that ends on December 21st. Wow!Read the L4LM review of Turn Blue here, which includes a link to stream the album in full before its official May 13th release.Here’s the silly, press conference-esque video announcing the tour:And the list of tour dates:05/16-18 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival06/20 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival06/22 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival06/24 – Zagreb, CR @ Inmusic Festival06/27 – St. Gallen, CH @ Open Air St. Gallen06/28 – Beuningen, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole07/02 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/04 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeenes07/08 – Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma07/11 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive! Festival07/12 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/15 – Nimes, FR @ Festival de Nimes07/17 – Vieilles Charrues, FR @ Les Vieilles Charrues07/20 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival09/05 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center *09/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena *09/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena *09/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center *09/10 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center *09/12 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena *09/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center *09/14 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena *09/16 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *09/18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *09/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *09/21 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *09/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *09/25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *09/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center #10/25 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre #10/27 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome #10/28 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place #10/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum #10/31 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center #11/01 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena #11/09 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl #11/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center #11/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center #11/13 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center #11/15 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center #11/16 – Dallas,TX @ American Airlines Center #12/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena ^12/05 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena ^12/06 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum ^12/08 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena ^12/09 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center ^12/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena ^12/12 – Charlotte, [email protected] Time Warner Cable Arena ^12/13 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena ^12/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center ^12/16 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum ^12/17 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center ^12/19 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center ^12/20 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center ^12/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center ^* = w/ Cage the Elephant# = w/ Jake Bugg^ = w/ St. Vincent[Via Consequence of Sound]
Adventure racing at the River Kwai Trophy. The 7th edition of the River Kwai Trophy adventure race is expecting a record 150 teams from around the world to be lining up at the start line this coming Sunday morning, March 10. Altogether, more than 1000 people will attend the event including VIP’s, sponsor’s guests, families, supporters, media, competitors and local communities. The race, by far the largest and most exciting adventure race in South East Asia, will once again start at the famous River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi and will test the competitors’ skill and endurance over a host of disciplines including mountain biking, running, swimming and kayaking. Teams of two will tackle the scenic and challenging course which is expected to take between 3-5 hours to complete.Anyone still wishing to take part or requiring further information can sign up at the website: http://ama-events.com.
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Share This!Based on the new rules announced last week, Walt Disney World has added some additional changes to their parks that will be implemented soon.No More Smoke in RomeThe iconic scene in Spaceship Earth where you travel past the burning remnants of Rome has become legendary among theme park fans because you can not only see Rome burn before your very eyes, but you can smell the smoke, too. This has inspired many lines of candles, air fresheners, and even Epcot-Burning-Rome-Scented deodorant made by fans for fans. But with Disney’s new ban on smoking, some revisions were needed.“We want to encourage quality guest behavior, and saying that you can’t smoke at Epcot while we have an attraction that prominently features smoking runs counter to that message,” Epcot spokesperson Trudy Spessall stated. “Instead of smoking, we will utilize Disney’s extensive bubble wand technology to help you float through this tragic period of time in a shower of delightful tiny bubbles.”Spessall has also indicated that research and development is looking towards an innovative new system that will create smokeless fireworks, however that will not be part of the initial smoking ban.A Strolling BanComing hard on the heels of stroller restrictions and, in some cases, an outright ban of certain stroller types, Walt Disney World continues to use high-tech research to improve guest flow in public spaces within parks. As a result, a ban on strolling will come along with a ban on certain strollers. Director of Foot Traffic Operations, Ped O’Metre explains: “We have years upon years of data from RunDisney events that let us know exactly what speed all types of people can get from point A to point B. We’ve found that a ‘resort fast walk’, not quite a run (because that’s not safe), but faster than a casual stroll is the most effective way to get people from one location where they might be tempted to look at scenery or watch performers into a line where they can be held until their time to experience one of our world-class attractions. As a result, we’ll be requiring guests to use resort fast walk speeds during their time in Walt Disney World theme parks.” How will the ‘no strolling’ rule be enforced? Details are sketchy at this point, however the inclusion of a mild electroshock distributor in the patent for MagicBand 4.0 may give some clues. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.Club Cool to be Renamed Club LukewarmA little known fact is that the new restrictions on bringing ice into the park were tested several years ago with the removal of the Ice Man in Ice Station Cool at Epcot. “We wanted to make sure that people were actually okay with less ice in the park, and the response we got from guests thanking us for removing the creepy frozen guy in the entrance to Ice Station Cool proves without a doubt — guests don’t like ice,” said Disney’s Official Spokesperson for Things that Don’t Need a Spokesperson but Have One Anyhow, Spayce Filler. Additional changes will be coming to Club Cool to reflect the guest dissatisfaction with the idea that anything could be of cooler temperatures in Florida. “Renaming Club Cool to Club Lukewarm should provide higher-than-normal guest satisfaction with the quality products that they can sample inside this newly revised, non-air-conditioned space,” Filler continued. But have no fear, the most-consumed flavor, Beverly, will still be available for unlimited consumption. Filler noted, “Social media has shown us one thing–Beverly is by far the most hyped and buzzed flavor we provide. We’re currently in talks with the sponsor to see if we can replace all the fountains with just Beverly, and perhaps make Beverly the official soft drink of Walt Disney World.”Disney is looking to complete these changes no later than February 30, 2020, giving fans plenty of time to enjoy an un-altered Spaceship Earth, strolling around the parks, and sodas other than Beverly. We’ll keep you updated as future details emerge. In the meantime, from all your friends at TouringPlans, we wish you a very Happy April Fool’s Day!
Most of us assumed President Obama’s re-election in November 2012 was the final out in the game of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). After all, achieving universal health care reform was the president’s domestic policy home run, and the Obama Administration was not about to allow major changes to PPACA in its final four years in office. But, (in keeping with the early baseball theme here) as the great American philosopher Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.” As 2014 approaches, many wonder if there could in fact be changes to the PPACA before the employer and individual mandates go into effect next year. To paraphrase former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) memorable line from March 2010, people are thinking: Now that the health care bill has passed and we’ve found out what’s in it, improvements to the law may be necessary. Then, the Obama administration made the surprise July 2 announcement that it is delaying by one year three important PPACA requirements affecting employers:”Play or Pay” mandate – Employers with an average of 50 or more full-time workers must offer minimum-value health coverage to their employees working 30 hours or more per week, and to their children, or pay a penalty. This requirement was originally to be effective Jan. 1, 2014, but now the penalty will not be enforced prior to January 2015.Notifications to the IRS – The law mandates that health insurers and group health plans must notify the IRS of the organizations to which they are providing coverage. This originally applied to the 2014 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2015, but both dates have now been moved ahead one year.Notifications to full-time employees – PPACA requires covered employers to provide statements to their full-time employees detailing the information reported to the IRS about them. As with the notifications of health coverage, this requirement has been pushed out another year, to be applied to the 2015 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2016.Employers and business groups were taken aback by announcement of the delays, but most hailed being given more time to make their health care coverage decisions. HR professionals may appreciate the extra time, too. In SHRM’s June 2013 survey “Health Care Reform—Challenges and Strategies,” they said the two biggest challenges with the PPACA are keeping up with regulations (25 percent) and understanding the details of the law (20 percent). The administration’s announcement prompted the U.S. House to pass two bills on July 17 that would codify the delay of the employer’s “play or pay” mandate and postpone the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, as well. Despite its own announcement, the administration issued a veto threat on both bills. The administration remains committed to the individual mandate. Thus, it appears legislative efforts to delay or alter the employer or individual mandates are going nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Or are they? Recently, labor unions have become major critics of the health care law. Laborers International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan wrote President Obama on July 18, saying the PPACA may have “destructive consequences” on his union’s members and their families. That letter followed one earlier in the month from three major union heads to top congressional Democrats Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Pelosi. It said the reform law will “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week” unless Congress changes the law’s definition of full-time worker, adding that the legislation “creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week… (and) fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.” The letter was signed by James Hoffa, head of the Teamsters; Joseph Hansen, leader of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Donald Taylor, president of UNITE-HERE – three major supporters of PPACA. Organized labor provides a powerful catalyst to potentially changing PPACA’s precedent-creating definition of a full-time worker as anyone who works 30 hours or more each week. Under the law, employers are required to provide health insurance to all those employees. Congress is displaying ripples of dissent to the 30-hour definition. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the bipartisan “Forty Hours is Full Time Act.” The bill would change PPACA’s definition of full-time to 40 hours. Why was the 30-hour requirement included in the law in the first place? Put plainly, to cover more workers. Congressional proponents of the definition argue that employers that try to avoid providing coverage to their workers are making short-sighted business decisions. Thus, the 30-hour requirement is just Congress helping employers do the right thing. Plus, those PPACA supporters believe the 30-hour provision levels the playing field between more munificent employers and their tight-fisted competitors. But that argument misses the point that generous employers offer health care benefits in part because they are a recruiting and retention tool. They don’t want their competitive advantage taken away by overzealous lawmakers who are trying to “level” the benefits playing field. As for the allegation that employers would cut hours to avoid coverage mandates, Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA—an organization that strongly supports PPACA—testified at a U.S. House hearing on July 23 that the average workweek has actually increased since 2009. So employers may not be cutting back workers’ hours in the face of the health care law, after all. Bottom line: Once PPACA’s mandates become effective, some employers will decide to preserve coverage, and others will choose instead to pay the penalty. But both camps will simply be making a business decision, not being either benevolent or cold-hearted. Will there be other shoes to drop? It’s possible, since parts of PPACA have been repealed since the law’s March 2010 enactment. For instance, in 2011, Congress unanimously repealed the 1099 requirement that businesses must report to the IRS all transactions of $600 or more. Also eliminated was the long-term-care insurance program that would have been available to anyone. One thing is certain: Supporters of PPACA will not allow changes to the law without a fight. They control most of the important administration and congressional posts needed in Washington to block new amendments. But one aspect of the law has remained consistent: its unpopularity. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, 55 percent of U.S. voters view the PPACA unfavorably, while 39 percent view it favorably. Those results are unchanged from a Rasmussen survey in May. Any three-year -old law with such anemic favorability numbers will remain heavily scrutinized, especially as the most important year for the law—2014—approaches in just a few months. Rep. Pelosi may have had it right with her assessment three years ago. Now that health reform has passed and Americans are discovering what’s in it, many employers—and even labor unions—are not wild about what they’re finding.
Companies using ECM will collectively create a Green future. That’s the predictionof the analyst group Gartner.Being able to store records and documents in electronic form is considerably more environment-friendly compared to paper. For example, paper archived in storage vaults is often maintained at a constant temperature to prevent degradation, requiring a lot of energy to create the correctly cooled/heated environment.“The 1980’s notion of a paperless office was about how technology could bring efficiency and change work styles,” said Mark Gilbert, an analyst at Gartner. “Organizations are realizing that process improvements and the move away from paper to electronic processes can also bring green benefits, such as energy savings from paper production, distribution, usage and disposition, and transit through the postal system.”Gartner recommends six areas where companies can use ECM to both become more efficient while at the same time being more environmentally friendly.1) Make information capture more efficient.2) Understand that storing paper can be very energy intensive compared to electronic document storage3) Build an ECM strategy4) Consider outsourcing content management to an outside vendor5) Build Content-Enabled Vertical Applications (CEVAs) on top of your ECM system to leverage your electronic assets and to automate processes6) Leverage ECM and electronic communication with customers, partners, and internally in your organization
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Maurizio Sarri says he will not make any changes to Juventus’ free-kick hierarchy, despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor conversion rate. There have been calls for Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala to replace Ronaldo as Juve’s default free-kick taker, with the Portuguese statistically Serie A’s worst. However, Sarri made it clear before tomorrow’s trip to Lecce that he would leave duties to the discretion of the No 7 and Pjanic. “It’ll be a difficult match against a team who always propose their own style of play, even when they’re in trouble,” he said at a Press conference. “There will be many variables to deal with, like the heat, which can be an obstacle as it was in Florence, but we must be able to overcome these difficulties too. “Right now we don’t have that many options to rotate, but we’ll change something based on the condition of the players. “Bonucci’s always played, we’ll see if we can give him a breather. Douglas Costa isn’t ready yet and De Sciglio also needs a few more days. “I often talk to Ronaldo. Even for him he’ll occasionally need to rest. We’ll see when, based on how he feels. “Cristiano and Miralem decide over free kicks, it’s down to them. I’ve asked for a few things from Pjanic, without changing his nature, and he did well to make himself available. “He’s expressing himself at very high levels.”