CBI chief urges HR to create value

first_imgDigby Jones believes that if HR is to be taken seriously it needs to promotethe pivotal role it can play in boosting staff productivity. Paul NelsonreportsChief executives do not understand the vital role HR plays in running asuccessful business, according to the director-general of the Confederation ofBritish Industry. Digby Jones is in no doubt that HR deserves a place on organisations’ mainboards, and blames ill-informed chief executives for snubbing the profession.”Chief executives and finance directors have got to have a betterunderstanding of HR and the things it can and cannot change,” he said. “Not enough companies think creatively about the regulations they face.It is left to the last minute, the HR director is wheeled in and says: ‘you cando this, you can’t do that’, and wheeled out again – and I would think thechief executive throws something at the door as they leave.” Jones believes HR needs to promote the pivotal role it could play in helpingorganisations ensure their staff fulfil their potential and boost productivity.”It is important that more HR people are on the board, but even moreimportant that they are seen to earn their place. Senior HR professionals mustmove away from just dealing with regulation – which chief executives view asslowing business down – to becoming directors on main company boards, viewed asbusiness partners driving the organisation forward,” he said. “HR must change from telling the chief executive bad news every day, tosaying ‘we are in charge of your best asset – your people – and want to be onthe inside working with you’. HR directors ought to be in there at the startsaying: ‘involve me now’.” Suspicious Although he describes himself as a champion of HR, Jones is opposed toplanned regulation that will force employers to include HR measurements, suchas information on diversity and absenteeism, in company reports. Ministers are set to consider the proposals for HR reporting in Novemberfollowing a report by Denise Kingsmill, who is chairing a government taskforceset up to tackle the issue. Jones claims that his members would view the moveas more HR red tape. “Chief executives are very suspicious of it all. The red tape,regulatory environment of HR has got such a bad reputation. “I personally believe in it [HR], but CBI members would say: ‘Oh I seewhat you want, another regulation that we must comply with, tick some moreboxes and stick it in the annual report.’ “Before we know it, it will become an obligation to do what the reportsays, and suddenly, I am stuck with even more red tape that I will have toemploy another four people to deal with.” For the same reasons, Jones is also unhappy with the Health and SafetyExecutive’s (HSE) move to introduce stress management standards for employers.He is concerned they could be too prescriptive. Positive pressure He said the HSE and employers should focus on training managers in spottingthe fine line that exists between positive pressure on employees and stress. “There should be guidance, education and training for staff aboutstress as it is an important issue. I make it very clear that I expect my staffto work under pressure. You find me an employee who does not want to work underpressure, they enjoy it,” said Jones. “The signs of stress are quite easy to see and good managers should betrained to recognise, understand and take stress off employees.” The CBI leader has been unhappy with the Labour government’s record onemployment regulations because he believes it is too rigid. He wants theGovernment to adopt the same approach to legislation adopted by other EUcountries such as France and Germany, by introducing broad directions employersmust work within. “I would draw down some very wide parameters and say that we want ourbusinesses to comply with these, and then come back in five years and see howit is going,” Jones said. “This would not be a cop out. It is the way Europe does it instead of‘do this by a week on Friday or we will see you in court’ – and it [theGovernment] wonders why we are not competitive.” Jones cites the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) as an example of legislationwhere the Government has failed to take business needs into account. The Act,which outlines employers’ responsibilities when handling staff information,came into force in October 2001, but is so complex effective guidance forbusiness has still to be produced. The Information Commission, set up to aid compliance with the DPA, iscurrently redrawing its codes of practice on the legislation, after criticismthat its original guidance was unworkable. Jones said the Department for Trade and Industry now has an opportunity toprove it is concerned about employers’ needs as it drafts the forthcominglegislation on information and consultation due to be introduced from 2005.This will place a duty on employers to consult earlier and more fully withstaff on issues that affect their employment, such as redundancies andrestructuring. He urged the DTI not to include heavy financial penalties for firmsbreaching the new law. “If you penalise companies financially over this, you may as well makea big sign saying: ‘would you mind going to make these things in China please,and make the people redundant on the way out’, because that is exactly what willhappen.” Another piece of regulation that Jones is worried could damage UK firms’productivity and competitiveness is the Agency Workers Directive currentlybeing finalised by the EU’s Council of Ministers. As drafted, the directive would mean temporary staff have the right to thesame pay and conditions as permanent staff after six weeks in employment. Afterfive years, the directive would give agency staff equal rights from day one. The UK employs around 700,000 of Europe’s one million temps, and the CBIestimates that 160,000 agency jobs could be lost in the UK if the directiveremains in its current form. Flexibility Jones wants the qualifying period for temporary staff to gain the same payand rights as full-time workers to be nine months. The CBI’s leader is in no doubt that an unchanged directive would damage theunique flexibility of the UK’s employment market, which is vital if the UK isto compete against emerging global competition from Asia and Eastern Europe. “Agency working is a bit of ‘suck it and see’ on both sides, and awonderful way for a mother to get back her confidence and bring her talents tothe workplace after having a baby,” said Jones. “But if employershave to treat these people the same in every respect as full-time employees,then they will not employ them, and China will think it’s Christmas Dayagain.” www.cbi.org.ukDigby Jones’ CV2000 – Director-general, CBI1998 – Vice-chairman of corporate finance, KPMG1995 – Senior partner, Edge & Ellison1990 – Deputy senior partner, Edge & Ellison1984 – Partner (property and commercial law), Edge & Ellison Comments are closed. 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UK workforce measures up to rivals

first_img Comments are closed. Rome and Lisbon compete for the title of hardest-working capitals in WesternEurope, writes Delwyn Swingewood. Employees in these cities put in an averageof more than 1,800 hours work a year, dispelling the myth that Latin nationscare more about siestas than business. The next hardest working capital isLondon, where employees average 1,787 working hours a year. Anyone who values their leisure time should aim for a job in Berlin orCopenhagen, where the average number of annual working hours are less than1,700. The truly indolent should head for Paris, which is not just the laziestcapital in Europe, but also the laziest in the world. According to the 2003 UBSPrices and Earnings Survey, the average Parisian puts in 1,561 days at work ayear. By comparison, Hong Kong lays claim to being the world’s most industriouscity, where the average number of hours worked per year is 2,938. The survey provides a global overview of prices for goods and services,wages and working hours from 70 cities around the world. It uses the ‘Big MacIndex’ as a way of benchmarking purchasing power. The global average is 37minutes’ work to afford a Big Mac. Irish luck means Dubliners only have to putin 15 minutes to buy one of these delicacies. By comparison, industrious staffin Lisbon have to labour for 33 minutes. UK workforce measures up to rivalsOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Icequake source mechanisms for studying glacial sliding

first_imgImproving our understanding of glacial sliding is crucial for constraining basal drag in ice dynamics models. We use icequakes, sudden releases of seismic energy as the ice slides over the bed, to provide geophysical observations that can be used to aid understanding of the physics of glacial sliding and constrain ice dynamics models. These icequakes are located at the bed of an alpine glacier in Switzerland and the Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, two extremes of glacial settings and spatial scales. We investigate a number of possible icequake source mechanisms by performing full waveform inversions to constrain the fundamental physics and stress release during an icequake stick‐slip event. Results show that double‐couple mechanisms best describe the source for the events from both glacial settings and the icequakes originate at or very near the ice‐bed interface. We also present an exploratory method for attempting to measure the till shear modulus, if indirect reflected icequake radiation is observed. The results of this study increase our understanding of how icequakes are associated with basal drag while also providing the foundation for a method of remotely measuring bed shear strength.last_img read more

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‘Estate agents are putting too many buyers and sellers under pressure to buy in-house services’

first_imgEstate agents are pressuring too many buyers and sellers into using their in-house services to source mortgages, conveyancing, surveys, insurance and EPCs, it is claimed.Campaigning organisation the HomeOwners Alliance surveyed 2,000 buyers and sellers and found that 55% had felt under pressure to buy a mortgage through the estate agent handling the sale, while 49% felt obliged to buy conveyancing services through them.The figure for surveys was slight better at 41% of buyers and sellers, life insurance at 28%, EPC certificates at 17% and home insurance at 12%.The Homeowners Alliance also says their research shows 25% of all sellers and buyers felt under pressure to use an agent’s in-house services of one kind or another, which the organisation claims indicates some 300,000 people every year, based in industry figures.“It’s not good if buyers and sellers feel under pressure to use an estate agent’s services because they are led to believe doing so will put them in a better position for securing their dream home or get them a preferential treatment by the estate agent,” says its Chief Executive Paula Higgins (pictured, left).“They should be encouraged to shop around to find the best deal.”“Any estate agent that favours buyers who use in house services are doing a disservice to their client – the seller – as well. Sellers can also lose out because estate agents have an incentive to sell a property to a buyer who is taking out a mortgage or life insurance with them rather than one that isn’t.”In March this year the Homeowners Alliance called for the government to ban agents from selling services or products to both parties in property transactions they handle, claiming it is a “clear conflict of interest”.It also claims that, although The Property Ombudsman requires member agents to declare their referral fees, “there is little evidence of this happening”.Read more stories about the HomeOwners Alliance.HomeOwners Alliance mortgages Paula Higgins surveying January 12, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » ‘Estate agents are putting too many buyers and sellers under pressure to buy in-house services’ previous next‘Estate agents are putting too many buyers and sellers under pressure to buy in-house services’Research by the HomeOwners Alliance claims over half of those surveyed felt obliged to take mortgages and conveyancing products and services from agents.Nigel Lewis12th January 201801,204 Viewslast_img read more

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Russian MoD Denies Speculations on Dates of SLBM Bulava’s Launching

first_img View post tag: SLBM View post tag: Russian Authorities View post tag: MoD Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian MoD Denies Speculations on Dates of SLBM Bulava’s Launching View post tag: Speculations View post tag: Navy View post tag: denies View post tag: Bulava Russian defense ministry confuted press reports that SLBM Bulava would be allegedly launched by nuclear submarine…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, December 06, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: launching Russian MoD Denies Speculations on Dates of SLBM Bulava’s Launching View post tag: Dates December 6, 2012last_img

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Ocean City Police Activity Report: Sept. 14 to 20

first_imgSeptember 20, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 106Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 28Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 9 EMS callsBurglary, 100 block Ocean Rd., at 8:01amBurglary, Morningside Rd., at 8:54pmBurglary, 800 block North St., at 9:15amCDS, 100 block Corinthian Ave., one in custody, at 10:26amTheft, 800 block North St., at 12:04pmTheft, 300 block Batteresea Rd., at 8:06pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department September 18, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 69Motor Vehicle Stops: 19Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 22Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS callsBurglary, Victoria La., at 3:04pmFraud, 700 block Ocean Ave., at 3:42pmTheft, 800 block 6th St., at 5:32pmAssault, 300 block Central Ave., at 11:11pm September 19, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 84Motor Vehicle Stops: 19Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 26Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS callsDomestic violence, 5200 block Asbury Ave., at 1:20amCriminal attempt, 3400 block Bay Ave., at 7:48amTheft, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 10:40amMotor vehicle accident, 700 block Wrst Ave., at 2:56pmTheft, 2200 block Bay Ave., at 3:05pmBurglary, 700 block Ocean Ave., at 9:02pm September 17, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 82Motor Vehicle Stops: 21Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 19Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 9 EMS callsBurglary, 3500 block Bay Ave., at 8:00amWarrant, 700 block Moorlyn Terr., one in custody, at 9:07amDomestic violence, 100 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 12:13pm September 15, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 77Motor Vehicle Stops: 9Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 23Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 13 Fire and 13 EMS callsBurglary, 100 block 4th St., at 8:55amTheft, 100 block Asbury Ave., at 1:50pmBurglary, 4000 block Central Ave., at 3:22pmShoplifting, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 4:25pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & West Ave., at 7:34pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESSeptember 14 – 20, 2014Calls for Service: 549Daily Average: 87 September 14, 2014: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 53Motor Vehicle Stops: 4Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 14Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 8 Fire and 7 EMS callsTheft, unit block Central Ave., at 8:47amAssault, 300 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 3:48pm September 16, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 77Motor Vehicle Stops: 21Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 22Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and EMS callsAssault, 600 block Asbury Ave., at 7:45amTheft, 4400 block Central Ave., at 12:45pmDomestic violence, 2200 block Bay Ave., at 1:00pmTheft, 1000 block Wesley Ave., at 2:00pmMotor vehicle accident, 1000 block Wesley Rd., at 6:47pmlast_img read more

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Ocean City Council Introduces Ordinance to Possibly Acquire and Clean Up Blighted Sites

first_imgThe crumbling former Exxon gasoline station is one property that the city will consider acquiring and turning into open space as part of plans to spruce up the Ninth Street gateway. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council took the first step Thursday toward possibly acquiring — either by buying or condemning them — two blighted former gasoline stations whose rusting hulks mar the appearance of the main entryway into town.The old Exxon and Getty stations at the foot of the Ninth Street corridor have long been a source of frustration for Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials who are concerned about the negative impression the eyesores are making on visitors.Another empty gas station, a former BP adjacent to the Getty site, was demolished in June after the city agreed to buy the property for $475,000 and transform it into open space.By a 6-0 vote, Council introduced an ordinance Thursday that would give the city the option of acquiring the Exxon and Getty sites, as well as a neighboring waterfront business known as Bud’s Marine Outboard.The city would like to demolish all three properties to create an expanse of landscaped open space that would spruce up the appearance of the Ninth Street entryway.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained that Council would next have to authorize the funding to buy the sites outright or acquire them through condemnation.“You hold the purse strings,” she told Council.The blighted old Getty station at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue is also being eyed by the city for possible acquisition and demolition.Condemnation would give the city additional legal safeguards to protect it from liability lawsuits if it acquired the sites and contamination was discovered later, McCrosson said. The onus for those liability claims would fall on the previous owners.In its deal to buy the BP site, the city required the owner to remove the old underground gasoline storage tanks before the town took control of the now-vacant land. The owner was also required to test for contamination.Although the city has already agreed to buy the BP site, that property was included in the same ordinance introduced by Council to possibly acquire the Exxon, Getty and Bud’s Marine Outboard tracts. By including the BP site, the city will give itself even greater legal protection from potential liability claims if contamination is discovered in the future, McCrosson said.The Exxon site is already known to be contaminated with petroleum-related chemicals in the groundwater and soil. The contamination, which is suspected to stem from the station’s former operation, has been monitored for the last 27 years.An environmental consulting firm overseeing the site told surrounding property owners in a letter last month that the contamination poses no danger and should dissipate by itself.The city has bought the former BP station next to the Getty property. Now that the old BP building and gas pumps have been demolished, the site will be converted into landscaped open space.Despite Council’s introduction of the ordinance Thursday, the city is far from actually acquiring the Exxon site, as well as the Getty and Bud’s Marine Outboard properties. No serious negotiations have begun with the property owners. In addition, property appraisals still have to be done, McCrosson said.“We have expressions of interest, but no agreements on price,” McCrosson said in an interview after the Council meeting.Further complicating the situation are possible redevelopment plans for the Exxon site. The Ocean City real estate firm Keller Williams has agreed to buy the property for an undisclosed price, but is waiting for the current owner to clean it up before it completes the deal.Keller Williams has announced plans to build a multimillion-dollar real estate office on the site.The mayor, though, said he wants to wait a while before making up his mind whether to turn the Exxon property into open space or support the Keller Williams project. His main priority is to have the site cleaned up, he stressed.“From day one, it’s been a blight and an eyesore,” Gillian said in an interview.Gillian expressed concern about the size of the proposed Keller Williams office building. He noted that the site occupies a prominent spot on the Ninth Street corridor.“We don’t want an oversized building at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue,” he said. “I know what Keller Williams wants to do. At the end of the day, I want it done right. I want that site cleaned up.”Councilman Keith Hartzell questioned whether the city’s efforts to covert the Exxon site into open space would clash with the Keller Williams project. He said the city must “weigh the rights” of Keller Williams against its own plans for the property.“I’m not 100 percent convinced that the Exxon lot has to be open space,” said Hartzell, who nonetheless joined the 6-0 vote to introduce the ordinance.Councilman Tony Wilson abstained from voting to avoid a possible conflict of interest. He owns a plumbing and heating business that is located within the same area as the properties the city may acquire.A public hearing and final vote on the property ordinance are scheduled for the Aug. 25 Council meeting.In other business Thursday, Council awarded a $2.1 million construction contract for a new fire station at 29th Street. The current firehouse, built in the 1950s, has been badly damaged by coastal storms in recent years and will be demolished in the fall.To help pay for the new firehouse, Council redirected $450,000 in funding from a 2013 bond ordinance that finances capital projects in the city.In another key vote, Council gave final approval to a nearly $19 million bond ordinance to fund a series of capital improvements.Among the major projects that will be financed by the bonds are $8.9 million worth of road and drainage improvements in the north end of town. A new pumping station and outfall pipe are also planned to help alleviate flooding. The boundaries for the project are roughly from First Street to Eighth Street and from West Avenue to Bay Avenue.The city will receive a $5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for the north end project.In addition, the flood-prone area between 26th and 34th streets is in line for a series of road, drainage and pumping improvements. The bond ordinance includes $8 million to fund that work.The Ocean City High School Red Raiders championship baseball team was honored by City Council on Thursday.Also at Thursday’s meeting, Council approved a proclamation honoring the Ocean City High School Red Raiders championship baseball team. After winning its conference, the team went on to capture the Group III South Jersey title and finish with a 21-6 recordlast_img read more

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Declare Your Independence From That Old Grill in OCNJ’s Great Grill Giveaway

first_imgTo enter, click on any of the links below or the picture at the bottom: Now we’re cookin’ with gas! And so will one lucky OCNJ Daily reader after he or she is named the winner of our great July 4th Grill Giveaway.What can be better than having a Fourth of July cookout for all you family members and friends? Well, how about grilling that grub to perfection on a free Weber Spirit II E 310 Gas Grill courtesy of the great folks at Johnson’s Appliance and Bedding?  The state-of-the art rig is worth $500!Enter to win by filling out the three-line form in about 30 seconds. How do we know it’s that easy?  Well let’s just say if OCNJ employees are ineligible, the boss forgot to mention it to us!  Don’t delay, enter while it’s on your mind and still ahead to the fast-approaching July 2 deadline!The Great Grill Giveaway is sponsored by Pete Madden and Patrick Halliday of Berkshire Hathaway/Fox & Roach Realtors.Thanks Johnson’s, Pete and Patrick, and good luck everyone!last_img read more

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Lake Street Dive Shares Live Acoustic Performance Of “Hang On” [Pro-Shot]

first_imgEarlier this month, Lake Street Dive released their new album, Free Yourself Up, via Nonesuch Records. Today, as part of the band’s continuing media push behind to new album, Lake Street Dive has released a new live video performance of new album track “Hang On”. The video was filmed by Alex Chaloff at Goosehead Palace Studios in Nashville, where the band recorded the album. You can listen to Lake Street Dive’s new live video of “Hang On” below:Lake Street Dive – “Hang On” [Live Video][Video: Lake Street Dive]Free Yourself Up marks Lake Street Dive’s second release on Nonesuch Records. The band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson, and recently-added keyboardist Akie Bermiss—produced the album themselves at Nashville’s Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler. Notes a press release, “To Lake Street Dive, the title, Free Yourself Up, is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of the band’s purpose. In many ways, it is their most intimate and collaborative record, with the band working as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs.”Lake Street Dive is currently on tour behind their new album, including upcoming shows with support from artists like Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Mikaela Davis, and Robert Finley. Up next for Lake Street Dive is a pair of performances in Utah and Nevada this coming weekend. The band will continue to tour heavily through most of the summer and again in the fall, giving fans all around North America plenty of chances to catch them in concert. Ticketing information for the upcoming shows can be found via the band’s website and you can order Free Yourself Up here. See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates.Lake Street Dive Tour Dates:June 1 – Ogden, UT Ogden Music FestivalJune 2 – Stateline, NV Montbleu Resort CasinoJune 19 – Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater – FREE SHOWJune 20 – Cleveland, OH House of BluesJune 21 – Charleston, WV Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West VirginiaJune 23 – Ottawa, ONT Ottawa Jazz FestivalJune 25 – Toronto, ONT Toronto Jazz Festival SOLD OUTJune 26 – Royal Oak, MI The Royal Oak Theatre ~June 28 – Rochester, NY International Jazz FestivalJune 29 – Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre ~June 30 – Tanglewood, Lenox, MA Live from Here w/ Chris ThileJuly 2 – Richmond, VA The National ~July 3 – Black Mountain, NC Pisgah Brewing (Outdoor Stage) ~July 5 – Baltimore, MD WTMD First Thursday (Free Show) >July 7 – Portland, ME Thompson’s PointJuly 8 – Marshfield, MA Levitate FestivalJuly 10 – Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall ~July 12 – Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art ~July 13 – Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse ~July 14 – Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse ~ SOLD OUTJuly 16 – New Orleans, LA House of Blues ~July 17 – Houston, TX House of Blues +July 19 – Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge +July 20 – Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory +July 21 – Austin, TX Austin City Limits, The Moody Theatre +August 30 – Grand Rapids, MI Frederik Meijer Gardens SOLD OUTAugust 31 – Lexington, KY Manchester Music HallSeptember 1 – Peoria, IL The Monarch Music HallSeptember 3 – Iowa City, IA Englert Theatre SOLD OUTSeptember 4 – Omaha, NE SlowdownSeptember 6 – Morrison, CO Red Rocks AmphitheatreSeptember 7 – Aspen, CO Belly Up AspenSeptember 10 – Bozeman, MT Bridger Brewing #September 12 – Missoula, MT The Wilma #September 13 – Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery #September 14 – Portland, OR Revolution Hall # SOLD OUTSeptember 16 – Templeton, CA Whale Rock Music and Arts FestivalSeptember 18 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 19 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 20 – Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern #September 22 – Glen Ellen, CA Sonoma Harvest Festival > SOLD OUTSeptember 27 – Oklahoma City, OK The Jones AssemblySeptember 28 – Columbia, MO Roots N Blues BBQ Festival >September 29 – Memphis, TN Levitt Shell >October 11 – London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireOctober 25 – Louisville, KY Brown TheatreOctober 26 – Milwaukee, WI Pabst TheaterOctober 27 – Chicago, IL The Riveria Theatre >October 29 – Indianapolis, IN The VogueOctober 30 – Madison, WI The SylveeNovember 1 – Nashville, TN Ryman AuditoriumNovember 2 – Columbus, OH Newport Music HallNovember 3 – Ithaca, NY The State TheatreNovember 5 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre >November 6 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre > #November 9 – Washington, DC The AnthemNovember 10 – Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre~ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear supports+The Rad Trads support# Robert Finley supports> Non-bundle dateView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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New Red Maple Boosts Landscape Color

first_imgNEW RED MAPLE IS TURNINGUP THE HEAT in Georgia landscapes, said John Ruter, in photo, a horticulturistwith the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “‘Somerset’will be a rich deep purple that will be great in yards all over the state,”Ruter said. He expects Somerset to be available in nurseries in 1999. (Photocourtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Georgia homeowners can soon add a bit more of a blaze to the fall colorthat sweeps through the state every year. A Universityof Georgia scientist says a new red maple variety will offer vibrantfall color, even in south Georgia. A new red maple variety called “Somerset” will turn up the heat forfall color in yards all over Georgia. “Somerset is a cross between October Glory, which does well down here,and Autumn Flame,” said John Ruter, a horticulturist at the Tifton, Ga.,campus of the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.  “This tree gives us a deeper, I’d say more of a purplish fall coloralmost magenta as opposed to the more intense red usually seen in an OctoberGlory,” Ruter said.  He also likes the unusual silvery leaf backs in Somerset. Whenthe wind blows and the silvery-back leaves flutter around, it’s an attractiveeffect, he said. last_img read more

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