The Montana-born bluegrass outfit, The Kitchen Dwellers, recently announced that their sophomore album, Ghost In The Bottle, will be released on April 21st. To get fans hyped for its debut, The Kitchen Dwellers let us get a sneak peak of the first single off of Ghost In The Bottle, a track called “Visions of More.” “Visions of More” is a soulful and soaring tune, which also features Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle, recalling last year when Twiddle and The Kitchen Dwellers teamed up for a number of dates during the fall. You can listen to the premiere of The Kitchen Dwellers’ “Visions of More” featuring Mihali Savoulidis for yourself below, exclusively through Live For Live Music!“Visions of More” along with the rest of The Ghost In The Bottle were recorded in Colorado at both Mountain Star Studio in Nederland and Desert Rose Studio in Durango. Produced by Leftover Salmon’s resident banjo magician, Andy Thorne, and mixed and masted by Grammy-winning sound engineer A.G. Lunsford, the album is a triumphant studio work for the Kitchen Dwellers, who haven’t released an album since their 2013 self-titled debut. The album has eleven tracks, and in addition to Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis, Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Bill Payne of Little Feat all make guest appearances on the record.To celebrate The Ghost In The Bottle’s release, The Kitchen Dwellers will hold two Colorado album-release parties, one on April 20th at The Fox Theatre in Boulder and one on April 21st at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, before embarking on an extensive summer tour to promote the album. You can pre-order Ghost In The Bottle off of the Kitchen Dweller’s website here. While you’re there, you can snag tickets for this upcoming tour, dates of which can also be found on their website or listed here below the album art.The Kitchen Dwellers 2017 Upcoming Dates3/17 Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Casino $3/18 Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Rafters Restaurant & Lounge4/6 Whitefish, MT @ Casey’s Whitefish4/7 Livingston, MT @ Pine Creek Lodge4/8 Billings, MT @ The Pub Station4/20 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre %4/21 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater %4/22 Breckenridge, CO @ The Historic Brown4/24 Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern4/25 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works4/26 Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s4/27 Albany, NY @ The Hollow4/28 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre ^4/29 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival5/1 Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room5/2 Nashville, TN @ Acme Feed & Seed5/3 Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown5/4 Virginia Beach, VA @ Doc Taylor’s5/5 Berkeley Springs, WV @ Sleepy Creek SpringDig5/6 Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House5/10 Cambridge, MA @ Toad Cambridge5/11 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall5/12 Hamden, CT @ The Space5/13 Blain, PA @ Spring Pickin’ Bluegrass Festival5/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ James Street Speakeasy5/19-20 Scranton, PA @ Susquehanna Breakdown5/24 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint5/25 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live5/26-28 Cumberland, MD @ Delfest5/26-28 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival6/9-11 Haugen, MT @ Silver Cloud Campout6/22-25 Bond, CO @ Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival7/13-16 North Plains, OR @ Northwest String Summit8/3-5 Ozark, AR @ Homegrown On The River* w/ Robin Davis Duo# String Cheese Incident Pre-party$ String Cheese Incident After-party% Album Release Party w/ Part & Parcel and Kind Country^ w/ Cabinet
Denmark’s PenSam has picked Amundi to manage more than half of its €4.8bn global listed equities portfolio, months after the pension fund announced the entire portfolio would be re-weighted and measured against the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) Climate index rather than the original ACWI.Amundi said that under the new mandate from the Danish labour-market pension fund, it will manage over €2.6bn of the fund’s global equities in a separate account, tracking the climate-tilted index while incorporating “client specific customisations”.Claus Jørgensen, PenSam’s CIO, said: “The partnership was a natural fit for PenSam as we see Amundi as a leader within ESG indexing.“The mandate will be key to achieving our key goals of strong returns, integration of climate objectives and low cost,” he added. Asked by IPE about the management of the remaining half of the global equities portfolio, PenSam said this would continue to be handled by Nordea, with the external manager having “more or less” kept its mandate and allocation.PenSam senior portfolio manager Henrik Lorin Rasmussen told IPE that Amundi had taken over the assets from a number of other external managers, but added that it was the pension fund’s policy not to disclose names of firms it had chosen not to use anymore.“We are currently not looking to use other managers than Amundi and Nordea – as we are quite happy with both,” he said, referring to the pension fund’s listed global equities allocation.For its part, Amundi said it was selected for the task based on its expertise in indexing, combined with its “commitment and track record within ESG and climate investing,” adding in the joint announcement that it had been managing tracking strategies and co-developing ESG-focused indices for many years.Fannie Wurtz, head of Amundi ETF, indexing and smart beta, said: “As a pioneer in index managed climate solutions since 2014, Amundi’s size and scale positions us perfectly to deliver best-in-class index management.”The €20bn Danish pension fund announced four months ago that it had switched weightings in its passively-managed listed global equities portfolio to take account of climate factors, by adopting the MSCI climate index for the whole €4.8bn allocation.This article was updated on 8 July to add more information and comment from PenSam on its choice of external managers.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
LEBANON, Tenn. – IMCA drivers planning to chase national championships didn’t have to wait long to learn that QuickCar Racing Products would continue its slate of awards for top drivers in all eight divisions.IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods national champions all receive 3-gauge panels while the national Late Model champion gets a 4-gauge panel set and both the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and Mach-1 Sport Compact national champions receive 2-gauge panel sets from the Lebanon, Tenn., manufacturer.Now in its sixth year of IMCA sponsorship, QuickCar introduced its understandably popular program of awards for national champions in 2015.Champions crowned during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s take home QuickCar tachometers, as does the champion at the Sprint Nationals.National champions will receive their awards during the IMCA banquet in November. Super Nationals and the Sprint Car Nationals awards will be presented in victory lane.QuickCar manufactures a wide variety of high performance products that also includes volt meters, water pressure kits, tachometers and switch panels.Information about the complete QuickCar line of products is available at the www.quickcar.com website, by calling 800 997-7333 and on Facebook.“The renewal of the QuickCar program is great for us and just another reason to compete for a national championship in 2018,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “The battle will be wide open this year and we can anticipate it will come right down to the last weekend in September as it always does.”
Monaco, the only team in the bottom half of the French league table to play this weekend, meekly wasted a chance to gain ground on their rivals.“We have to look at the first goal we conceded and especially the second goal which summed up this game,” Henry said. “Winning without desire is hard.“We have to try to put this game behind us, we have a big game against Guingamp next week.”Earlier, in-form striker Nicolas Pepe scored what proved to be the winner as 10-man Lille won at Nimes.“What a match, I’m really proud of my players,” said Lille coach Christophe Galtier. “We must not forget that we played for more than an hour and 20 minutes with 10 men.“With the added time, it was a very long and hard match physically.”Portuguese teenager Rafael Leao headed Lille into a fourth-minute lead, but Galtier’s men suffered a setback when former Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte was sent off in the 16th minute.Jonathan Bamba’s deflected effort doubled the advantage shortly before the interval, though, and Pepe appeared to have made the points safe midway through the second half with his 12th goal of the campaign.“After the PSG strikers, Pepe and Bamba are the best,” said Nimes coach Bernard Blaquart.The 10 men finally started to tire late on, but Lille held on for victory despite Nimes goals from Rachid Alioui and Clement Depres.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Lyon dominated struggling Monaco from beginning to end on Sunday to climb back into the Ligue 1 top three and bury Thierry Henry’s side deeper in the relegation zone.Lyon kept pace with Lille, who won 3-2 at Nimes earlier despite playing much of the match with 10 men.Lille are three points ahead of Lyon, who have a game in hand, and five ahead of Montpellier, who did not play for a second consecutive week, and have played two fewer matches.The French title race is all but over with reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain 10 points clear, but a young Lille side are eyeing a return to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2012, while Lyon, who squeaked into the last 16 in Europe in midweek, are seeking to ensure they will be back next year.“This match was one of our most dominant performances in the league,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio. “Even with superiority, we continued to play simply, to work for each other.”Lyon took the lead in only the sixth minute with a goal by Houssem Aouar, his sixth of the season.Nabil Fekir added the second in the 34th minute. Kenny Tete shrugged off a timid challenge to pull back a low cross which Fekir attacked while Monaco’s Jemerson hesitated.Monaco managed only one shot all game. They played almost the whole second half with 10 men after Aleksandr Golovin raked his studs down the back of Fekir’s calf in the 47th minute and was sent off.– ‘Childish attitudes’ –Ferland Mendy added a deserved third for Lyon just before the hour mark.“The match in Kiev on Wednesday made us realise that we had a strong group,” said Genesio. “And that we had to stop the childish attitudes that we have seen on some matches.”
by Dan Scifo Associated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — The past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins have topped the NHL in scoring. They’ve come up short in the playoffs both times, eliminated with a pair of disappointing early exits.The Penguins are playing better defense so far this season, and embattled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is leading the way.Sidney Crosby and Chuck Kobasew each scored his second goal and Fleury was nearly perfect again, making 20 saves to lead Pittsburgh over the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night.“I like the way our team has played defense,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “When it has been difficult, there have been breakdowns or chances, (Fleury) has been up to the task and has been really solid.”Fleury has sparkled through two games, turning aside 47 of 48 shots. He earned his 250th career victory and 24th shutout in a 3-0 win Thursday against New Jersey, and nearly wound up with consecutive shutouts.Fleury went 1:15:06 without allowing a goal — the longest shutout streak to begin a season in franchise history — until Thomas Vanek scored at 15:06 of the third period Saturday. It was the seventh straight time Vanek scored against the Penguins.“As a goalie, it’s always something you like to do,” Fleury said of getting a shutout. “I don’t want to be selfish about it. We got a win and that’s all that matters.”Craig Adams also scored his second goal, a late empty-netter, and Chris Kunitz converted a penalty shot to help the Penguins open 2-0 for the third straight season. Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen added two assists and forward Pascal Dupuis, playing in his 800th game, also had an assist.“I think we’re pretty good as far as our structure defensively,” Crosby said. “That’s usually something that takes a little more time, but I think we’ve looked pretty comfortable with the way we need to play defensively.”Fleury has been the catalyst.He has displayed the confidence and poise unseen last spring when he lost the starting job to Tomas Vokoun after compiling a 3.40 goals-against average during an ugly first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.Fleury should receive ample opportunity to build his confidence with Vokoun out three to six months due to blood clots in his hips. The defense will be there to help, too.The Penguins were disciplined in front of Fleury, blocking pucks and limiting Buffalo to 14 shots through two periods — including five in the second. Fleury did his part during a late second-period power play, denying Tyler Ennis and Vanek’s rebound in the slot, keeping the Penguins ahead by a pair after two periods.“A lot of the shots he was solid, square, and directed the rebound in the right way,” Bylsma said. “I felt he was really in control of the net tonight even though it was 21 shots.”The Sabres (0-3) are approaching their worst start since opening 0-5 with two ties during the 1999-2000 season.Ryan Miller was brilliant Friday, stopping 45 shots during a 1-0 home loss to Ottawa, but he missed Saturday’s game with a lower body injury. He is expected to return for the Sabres’ home game Tuesday against Tampa Bay.Backup goalie Jhonas Enroth got the call Saturday, making 31 saves. He didn’t get much help from the offensively challenged Sabres, who have two goals in their first three games. Buffalo, also 0 for 13 on the power play, is experiencing growing pains, starting three teenagers and five rookies.“We didn’t generate a lot,” coach Ron Rolston said. “We just have to be a lot simpler than we are right now. We pass up opportunities when we do get them.”For the second straight game, Crosby and Kobasew staked the Penguins to a two-goal lead in the first period.Dupuis sent a spinning backhand pass from the slot to Crosby, who smacked his own rebound past Enroth, extending his point streak to 15 games against the Sabres.Kobasew struck 10 minutes later, deflecting Brandon Sutter’s slap shot from the point under Enroth’s glove.Kunitz put it away midway through the third when he scored on a penalty shot, banking the puck off Enroth’s body and into the net.“I like how our team has played as a group, and we can certainly credit Marc-Andre Fleury with some great saves and great performances,” Bylsma said. “We haven’t given up a lot and that’s been excellent to see out of our team.”NOTES: Penguins All-Star forward James Neal is week-to-week with an upper body injury. … Sabres D Henrik Tallinder, who sustained an upper body injury Friday against Ottawa, will miss about a week. … D Alexander Sulzer, recalled Saturday, was scratched for the Sabres along with John Scott. D Deryk Engelland sat out for the Penguins. … The Penguins conclude a three-game homestand Tuesday against Carolina. Andrew McCutchen, left front row, Garrett Jones, second from right front row, and Tony Sanchez, second from left, back row, watch an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The Pirates face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL division series on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
By Liz Sheehan |LONG BRANCH – A city man is calling for the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus from Slocum Park, adjacent to the city’s library.Gualterio Alomar, a utility worker who is also a documentary filmmaker and leader of a group called the Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins (OCHO), cited Columbus’s brutal treatment of the natives in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands – as described by the 16th century historian and Dominican friar, Bartolome De Las Casas – as the reason for the removal request.He said Columbus’ use of the natives as slaves led to the practice spreading to other countries.“As far as I am concerned he gave birth to the slave trade,” Alomar said.According to Alomar, who moved to Long Branch six years ago, the statue is in a neighborhood that is predominantly Hispanic and black, two groups Columbus exploited.Questions about taking down statues of Columbus have been raised in other locations, including New York City, which is now conducting a review of statues in the city, according to an NBC news report in August.Alomar said he had spoken to Bill Dangler, the president of the Long Branch NAACP,After the request, Alomar said he saw a video of Dangler telling the City Council the NAACP was not in favor of the action, but did not receive a call from Dangler.After approaching other groups for support but not receiving it, Alomar said Wednesday he will go alone to the City Council to make his group’s request for the statue’s removal.“I’m going to take it on myself,” he said.Dangler said Tuesday the NAACP members decided not to back the request to remove the statue. He informed the Council of his organization’s decision because he had been told there were rumors going around the city’s Amerigo Vespucci Society – an Italian- American group formed in 1893 – that the NAACP would ask for the statue’s removal.“It is part of American history,” Dangler said about Columbus.“Good or bad, we should teach American history,” he said, and, “Teach the history of Columbus, the good and the bad.”An inscription on the base of the statue said it had been donated by “Americans of Italian extraction” in 1961.Alomor said the three-year old group OCHO provides education and mental health services to Hispanic communities free of charge through programs and seminars, counseling programs, and volunteer activities, all while preserving Hispanic culture and traditions. He said there was a need for mental health counseling to be done with an awareness of cultural differences.Alomor, whose documentary film, “Colonization is Extinction,” will be shown at the New York Latino Film Festival this month, said he had presented a workshop at the Long Branch library about OCHO’s concerns and history.His film is described on OCHO’s website as shining a light on the current state of Puerto Rico, its economic crisis and how colonialism has crippled the island.This weekend, the Long Branch Public Library will host Latino Fest from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday at its facility, 328 Broadway. On Sunday, the Columbus Day Parade will be held on at 1 p.m. The parade starts at Long Branch Middle School and travels Bath Avenue to Broadway and down Morris Avenue.This article was first published in the Oct.5-12, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.