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The Barstool Romeos

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first_imgTHE SKINNYPour yourself a stiff one – cheap bourbon, if you please – and prop your elbows on the bar while you take a listen to The Barstool Romeos.  The Barstool Romeos – Mike McGill and Andy Pirkle on guitar, Eric Keeble on percussion, and Josh Sidman on bass – is a Knoxville, Tennessee, outfit that offers up its brand of countrified rock and roll straight with no chaser.  These Knoxville honky tonk heroes are out and about sharing the sounds of their debut record, Twisted Steel & Sex Appeal.FOR FANS OFMerle Haggard, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Jompson Brothers, James McMurtryTHEY SAID IT“The Barstool Romeos are what great country music and rock ‘n’ roll is all about. Their music is fun, thoughtful and real. Mike McGill and Andy Pirkle sound like they were born in a honky tonk and bathed in beer every night. (They still kind of smell that way.) They harmonize like angels who fell out of heaven into a bucket of barbecue. These are guys who used the work of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Del Reeves and, maybe, the early Allman Brothers as their musical Bible and win converts every time they play. Twisted Steel & Sex Appeal is one of the best albums of 2013 and one of the best debuts I’ve heard.”  – Wayne Bledsoe, Knoxville Sentinel Entertainment Writer & Host of WDVX’s “All Over The Road” ON STAGEThe Barstool Romeos just wrapped up a weekend opening for outlaw country songstress Elizabeth Cook in Maryville, Tennessee.  Honky tonk fans can catch the band on April 19th at The Hummingbird Taproom & Stage in Macon, Georgia, on April 20th in Cowan, Tennessee, at Brown’s Pool Room, and at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in Knoxville on Apri 27th.IN THEIR OWN WORDS“We all come from an eclectic mix of musical backgrounds.  I come from a country, bluegrass, gospel background.  Andy was raised on country but ended up in a punk band.  We love the blues and rock and roll and we have been influenced by everyone from Merle Haggard and The Louvin Brother’s harmonies to ZZ Top, AC/DC, and John Lee Hooker.  In this band, it is all about the song.  We love real music, just anything that has substance.”– Songwriter/guitarist Mike McGill on The Barstool Romeos’ influencesON THE WEBFor more on The Barstool Romeos, point the whiskey bottle in your browser to http://www.reverbnation.com/barstoolromeos for information on shows, music, and video clips.  You can also check out “Cheap Bourbon Whiskey” on this month’s edition of Trail Mix.last_img read more

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$100K Reward Offered for Tips in Gary Melius Shooting [Video]

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The reward for tips leading to the arrest of the assailant who shot and wounded Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius was increased Tuesday to $100,000 on the year anniversary of the shooting.Suffolk County police previously offered the standard $5,000 reward through their Crime Stoppers program. Melius’ new reward, culled from friends and family, is quadruple the $25,000 that Crime Stoppers is offering for tips in the Long Island Serial Killer probe—an amount that authorities have said was the biggest in county history.“There’s a $100,000 reward now to get information to solve this crime and bring to justice who is responsible,” Melius said a video statement released to the media. “I have been told by…friends that with conversations and people they know that law enforcement has said it could definitely be a help and that’s why they came forward.”The 70-year-old prolific political campaign donor—who lives at the 109,000-square-foot French-style chateau in Huntington that he turned into a catering hall, hotel and restaurant—was getting into his car when the masked shooter opened fire at point-blank range, hitting Melius in the head at about 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2014. The attacker did not say a word.READ MORE: Gunfire at the Castle: Who Shot Oheka’s Owner? And Why? Melius was on his way to have lunch with former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato—one of the many powerful attendees at Melius’ Oheka card games—when the bullets started flying. He was taken to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, where he underwent emergency surgery before returning home a week later.Police declined to comment Monday on the status of the continuing investigation and authorities have not named any suspects. They have previously declined to discuss whether they believe more than one person was involved or if they have any suspected motives.Four months after the shooting, investigators released surveillance camera images of the shooter’s getaway vehicle: an older model, Khaki-metal-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee. Although the castle’s security cameras captured images of the SUV, there was no description of the shooter.Oheka Castle, the former estate of financial tycoon Otto Kahn, has also been host to many high-profile weddings, such as that of the disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner and Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin (which was officiated by former President Bill Clinton), and Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers.“The detectives assigned to my case have been very comforting to me, informative, give me great confidence that they will find out who do this,” Melius said. “I know that they’re working very hard at it and I know that no resources have been cut from them. They are actively trying to solve this case.”Suffolk County police ask that anyone with information about this case call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Melius also set up a hotline for tips in the case, asking tipsters to call 631-912-6969. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

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Pitbull Attack Leaves Girl, 9, Dead in Elmont

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 9-year-old Baldwin girl was fatally attacked by a Pitbull in Elmont over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Two officers responded to a 911 call reporting a dog attacking a child in the backyard of a Holland Avenue home, where upon arrival, they found the dog attacking the victim, Amiyah Dunston, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.When a third officer walked through the house and opened the back door, the dog stopped attacking the girl and charged toward the officer, who fired several gunshots, killing the dog, police said.The victim, who was visiting the home at the time of the incident, was taken to Franklin Hospital, where she died three hours later.The owner of the dog, 29-year-old Carlyle Arnold of Elmont, was arrested on an unrelated charge of violation of an order of protection.last_img read more

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Cloud supports serving members where they work

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first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many credit unions today began 50-, 60- or even 70-plus years ago with a single sponsor. In most cases, the credit union’s first office was on the sponsor’s site. Many credit unions’ first directors and employees were employees of the sponsoring company as well. This structure helped instill trust and create strong member relationships, which turned into a true financial partnership over time.When they were on break from work at the sponsor or taking their lunch, members would walk over to the credit union, say hi, grab some coffee and maybe conduct a transaction. When you combine the resulting strong personal relationships (even friendships) with such a local presence, you often got a captive, targeted audience to engage at a personal level.During that era, credit unions enjoyed–even took for granted–that status of trusted financial partner. Members, in turn, showed loyalty by thinking of the credit union first for every financial need. In that age, members talked about the credit union with their co-workers.To stay competitive, some credit unions eventually changed to community-based charters. More branches and staff were added over time. Then, to reduce cost in the name of convenience, we added technology and other cheaper, less personal delivery channels. And, before we knew it, those originally strong partner relationships began to fade away in hopes of faster credit union growth. continue reading »last_img read more

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3 biggest marketing opportunities for credit unions right now

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first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr After a few tight years, the global banking industry is in recovery and for the first time in a long while things are looking up. Marketers within the banking industry are now looking for new opportunities and new markets to tap into.In the years since the banking crisis hit, a number of trends emerged which have opened up doors for marketers and guided them towards marketing opportunities that did not exist five or ten years ago. Credit union and other financial institution marketers who want to grow their member base should focus on key areas and targets including:Millennials and Generation Z (or iGen)The Big Data boomDisruption and industry shake upsHere are three of the current marketing opportunities banking marketers should take advantage of.Leveraging customer dataIn order to grow a member base and maintain their existing members, a bank or credit union must offer products and services that people want. A person’s banking needs will change over the years and, as we learned during the financial crisis, the banking landscape is fluid and the economic climate can dictate what financial services a consumer needs or wants. continue reading »last_img read more

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Harvest for Hunger phone bank kicks off Wednesday

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first_imgThe money will go toward helping supply the organization’s food pantries, which serve about 5,000 people each month. However, when the holiday season comes around, there is a greater need. WBNG is teaming up with Catholic Charities to help feed the hungry in our area. If you missed out on Giving Tuesday, no worries. You still have the chance to give back. During our evening newscasts on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. you can call into a designated phone number to make a donation toward Catholic Charities. During the phone bank last year, $14,745 was raised. The phone number will be made available during our newscasts starting at 5 p.m.last_img

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NY Hunter Education course being offered online

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first_img“People fall out of tree stands, you would not believe it. Experienced hunters, turkey hunters shoot each other. It’s things that we pick up on and we tell them there’s certain things they can do to prevent incidents,” said Hektor. It’s typically offered in-person, but because of the coronavirus, it’s now being offered online. Hektor says those field lessons are important for one reason. “When we have the training here we do field work. We actually take the students out to the fire range, as you can hear in the background, and we let them shoot state guns,” said Hektor. Hektor says there are things he teaches his students hands-on during a typical eight hour course. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation says the course will be available online until June 30. For example, loading your vehicle with your firearm or crossing a fence with your firearm. “Most of the instructors are old like myself. My father who is 96 and has been an instructor for 73 years. So we pass on our experiences to the new students,” he said. The online course cost $19.95, a new fee put in place by the software developer, which isn’t required for the in-person classes.center_img “Safety. Our number one concern is safety for the hunter in the field,” he said. Hektor also says the instructors teaching the in-person classes have years of knowledge. Having an instructor in the same room allows them to share some real-life experiences. “We are volunteers, we don’t get paid, the DEC doesn’t get paid, the only money they get paid from is when you go to get their license,” said Broome County hunter safety coordinator Alan Hektor. (WBNG) — The New York Hunter Education course is required to purchase a hunter license in the state. While the online class is convenient, hunting officials are voicing concerns about the course being offered in the non-traditional way. For more information on how to sign up, click here.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Reinforces Commitment to Rural Communities, Local Infrastructure with New Investments

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first_imgGovernor Wolf Reinforces Commitment to Rural Communities, Local Infrastructure with New Investments February 12, 2018 Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today outlined Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) plans to fix more locally owned bridges and improve more than 1,100 miles of rural and low-volume roadway through multi-year investments included in his budget proposal released last week.The department is implementing five-year investment programs including a Rural Commercial Routes program that will improve low-volume roads through industry partnerships and with cost-effective treatments like Recycled Asphalt Paving (RAP); and rehabilitating or replacing at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.“These investments build on the Road Maintenance and Preservation Program [Road MaP] that we started last year to increase effort on not only major routes, but also lower traffic roadways across the state,” Governor Wolf said. “We will leverage partnerships with local governments and private industry to bring targeted and much-needed improvements.”The Rural Commercial Routes program will invest $200 million over the five-year period on roadways seeing, on average, fewer than 3,000 vehicles daily. More than 360 miles will be improved in 2018-19 alone, including roadways posted with weight restrictions as well as an estimated 260 miles to be improved with lower-cost pavement treatments such as RAP.The program will also expand cost-sharing partnerships with heavy hauling industries to improve roadways not originally designed to handle heavy vehicles, many of which are posted with weight restrictions. Examples of industries that have previously taken part in the 50-percent cost-sharing partnership include timber, aggregate haulers, Unconventional Oil and Gas and Natural Gas, and more.“Many businesses rely on our rural roadways to transport their products,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “These investments will improve travel not only for these industries, but also residents.”The administration is also expanding its focus on locally owned bridges by rehabilitating or replacing 85 to 100 bridges over five years. The $50 million program will add bridges to the department’s Twelve Year Transportation Program, requires no local match, and will bundle bridges for savings and efficiency wherever feasible.The local bridge investments complement the local bridge program included in Road MaP which makes opportunities available for counties who have taken steps to enhance their transportation networks by collecting the $5 vehicle registration fee enabled by Act 89 of 2013, the state transportation plan. While significant progress has been made on state-owned bridges – with 1,600 repaired or rebuilt since 2015 – 30.7 percent of the more than 6,500 locally owned bridges are structurally deficient compared to 12.2 percent on the state system.“We commend the local government officials who have made investments in their communities’ infrastructure,” Richards said. “This program will underscore our commitment to helping our local partners in our shared mission of safe, efficient travel.”The new investments complement the improvements completed and underway across the state. PennDOT has put out 684 bridge contracts and roughly 1,400 contracts for roadway and other improvement projects worth approximately $7.5 billion since January 2015.More information on Road MaP and Act 89 can be found on the “Act 89 Transportation Plan” page at www.penndot.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Former DSME, Hanjin Shipping Top Brass Put behind Bars

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first_imgSouth Korea is clamping down on behind the scene maneuvering of former maritime executives who were at the helm of major shipbuilding and shipping businesses.The Seoul Central District Court has sentenced former CEO of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Nam Sang-tae to six years of prison as he was found guilty of accounting fraud, embezzlement, breach of duty and bribery.Nam Sang-tae served as the company’s CEO between 2006 and 2012, and his wrongdoings are beleived to have contributed to DSME’s financial troubles during the industry slowdown.The court also fined him with USD 806,000, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, October 7.In a separate ruling from today, the Seoul court sentenced a former chairwoman of the defunct Hanjin Shipping, Choi Eun-young, to 18 months in prison, for insider trading.Eun-young was found guilty of selling off her family-stake in the shipping company days before it declared a court-led debt restructuring plan. She was also fined with USD 1.09 million, Yonhap informed.By selling the stake, her family avoided losses of up to KRW 1 billion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Equinor to Recover More from Gullfaks

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first_imgThe Gullfaks partners have decided to drill seven new wells and thereby improve oil recovery by 17 million barrels.On behalf of the licence partners, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, Arne Sigve Nylund, presented an amended plan for development and operation (PDO) to the minister of petroleum and energy, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, at the Sandefjord Conference.“Our ambition is to maintain profitable production from the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) for several decades. Wells that can be drilled fast and at a low cost, near existing infrastructure, will be a major contributor,” says Nylund.The wells will be drilled in the Shetland Group, a carbonate reservoir that lies above the main reservoir at the North Sea Gullfaks field.Drilling on Gullfaks is challenging due to the carbonate reservoir. A well test in 2012 proved however that also this reservoir had an oil production potential. The Gullfaks partners have therefore invested more than NOK one billion in production wells in this formation since 2013, which have so far produced more than six million barrels of oil from Shetland/Lista phase 1.As this reservoir could potentially produce more oil by use of water injection, the authorities requested the Gullfaks partners to submit an amended PDO in 2019.The Gullfaks partners (Equinor, Petoro and OMV) are now ready to recover even more resources by use of water injection and new production wells in the Shetland/Lista phase 2 development. A total of seven horizontal wells is planned to be drilled by use of existing drilling facilities on Gullfaks.“These formations that used to pose a challenge are now due to producing at a break-even below USD 30 per barrel – I find that to be a nice bonus from Gullfaks,” says Nylund.The oil from Shetland/Lista is a small contribution to the total Gullfaks reserves, but a major contributor to the remaining field potential.Furthermore, the project deepens our knowledge of carbonate reservoir production, which can be used in other parts of the world.last_img read more

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