The Wood Brothers Announce ‘Musical Squares’ Webcast Event [Video]

first_imgThe Wood Brothers have announced Musical Squares, the celebrated Nashville-based band’s first extended webcast appearance since the start of the pandemic. The performance will air on Wednesday, September 23rd at 8:30 p.m. ET with a 14-day re-stream option as part of the Live From Out There series streaming via LiveXLive. Order your The Wood Brothers Musical Squares webcast pass here.Over the course of the 60-plus minute session, The Wood Brothers offer a career-spanning set of music that features both old favorites and new songs from their latest studio album, Kingdom In My Mind, released back in January. Additional highlights include a handful of behind-the-scenes vignettes that offer a peak into the band’s creative process as well as their ever-present, wry sense of humor with scenes like Oliver Wood taking a dip in his “rock star” swimming pool and Chris Wood harvesting vegetables from his garden.“The pandemic has taken away something special that we’ve been doing for so long we almost took it for granted. Live music!” bassist Chris Wood noted in a press statement. “Now we’re all trapped inside computer squares, but we’re not going to let that stop us from making music and connecting with our fans. It’s a brave new world and this is our first step outside our comfort zone.”Related: Oliver Wood Shares Debut Solo Single “Soul Of This Town” [Listen]Streaming tickets for the Musical Squares webcast are now on sale here. A portion of sales will be donated to Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund, which provides financial assistance to career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses for those impacted.Watch The Wood Brothers announce their Musical Squares webcast (from their virtual “squares”) in the clip below:The Wood Brothers – Musical Squares Announcement Video[Video: The Wood Brothers]last_img read more

BP’s profit triples on higher oil prices, output

first_imgBy Ron Bousso and Karolin SchapsLONDON (Reuters) – BP’s profit nearly tripled in the first quarter of 2017 from a year earlier thanks to higher oil prices and production, and as its sharp cost cutting drive bears fruit.BP joined oil major rivals including Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Total in posting stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings, mostly thanks to higher oil and gas prices.The results could assuage concerns among investors, who were jolted when BP in February raised the oil price at which it can balance its books this year to $60 a barrel after a string of investments.Investors are now turning their attention to cash generation that will allow companies to cover spending and dividend payouts and reduce ballooning debt.London-based BP is set to start up eight projects this year, including in Oman and Azerbaijan, the largest number in the company’s history in a single year. It hopes to add 800,000 barrels per day of new production by the end of the decade.“Rising production from new upstream projects is expected to drive a material improvement in operating cash flow from the second half of 2017,” the company said in its results statement.BP reported first-quarter underlying replacement cost profit, the company’s definition of net income, of $1.51 billion, exceeding analysts’ average forecast of $1.26 billion.Its operating cash flow in the quarter rose to $4.4 billion from $3 a year earlierOil prices, a major driver for BP’s earnings, averaged around 35 percent above prior-year levels, helping to boost revenue from its core oil and gas production division.(Reporting by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso; Editing by Mark Potter)last_img read more

Sir Henry Brooke’s legal aid rallying cry

first_imgBach Commission chair Sir Henry Brooke received a standing ovation at the conference following a ferocious denunciation of legal aid reforms. The retired lord justice of appeal hit out at the Treasury, policy ‘technicians’ and the ‘high priests of PR’ in calling for a cross-party solution to the unfolding disaster exposed by the commission’s recent report on civil scope cuts.Instead of the expected annual savings of £450m, he pointed out, the government is now saving £500m more.He added: ‘We cannot retrieve that colossal underspend overnight, but we identified 25 priority areas for improvement when the money is there. And an important part of our recommendations, which some commentators did not understand, was that now that the office of a tough, old-style lord chancellor is as dead as the dodo, parliament must give teeth to a new Justice Commission, to see that justice, in all its emanations, can never again become a Treasury lickspittle.’The Bach report appears to have gained little traction with ministers, with lord chancellor David Lidington offering little to suggest that wholesale LASPO reforms are under consideration during an appearance before the Commons justice committee last month.Brooke warned: ‘Unless more and more people, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, are enabled to access our report, and to study the evidence that underpins it, it may be all too easy for government spin-doctors to continue the charade that this is all about making fat cat lawyers even fatter, and that we are already spending enough.‘Any lasting solution has to be a cross-party political solution. MPs of all parties are now seeing their constituency surgeries flooded with requests for legal help because there is perceived to be nowhere else to go. They all know there is little they can do to help. Many members of the bar are being generous with their time and money, with walking, running, cycling, swimming and doing all sorts of other things to raise money for justice, but pro bono help will never be enough.’last_img read more

Cartoon: March 10, 2016

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