Lotus brought in the New Year in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE for a 2-night run on the 30th and 31st. Prior to the group’s performance on the 30th, they played a special in-studio session at local radio station 91.3 WYEP. After a brief interview, the band ran through numbers from their latest release, Eat The Light, including “Move Too Fast,” “Anti-Gravity,” “Suntan,” and “Fearless.”Lotus Heats Up Pittsburgh With Smokin’ Jam-Heavy Second Set [Setlist]Lotus has an upcoming two-night stand at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club on Jan. 13th-14th, followed by a number of other dates, along with a West Coast tour in February.Take a listen to the session at the WYEP 91.3 link here.Lotus – “Wax-Countdown, Sodium Vapor” Stage AE – Pittsburgh, Pa. 12/31/2016:
I swore I would never buy a road bike.While living in Charlottesville, I was an avid mountain biker, spending many an hour at Walnut Creek Park , churning out miles of single track. When I moved to the mountains of Southwest Virginia in 2004, I figured my mountain biking would continue. Oh, how I was wrong. I lived in the mountains, but the closest trail systems were over an hour away and grown up responsibilities got in the way of me traveling that far to ride.For ten years, my mountain bike’s tires gathered more dust than dirt, and still I didn’t consider buying a road bike.Then, three years ago at the age of 41, I noticed a stressing development. There was a startling correlation between my waist size and my blood pressure. My pants were fitting a bit too snugly. My doctor paused after reading my blood pressure and asked me about any family history of heart issues. These were, of course, the natural byproducts of eating and exercise habits that can only be described as barely mediocre.Something had to give and I had to get moving.It was around that time I noticed that a number of my friends were avid cyclists. I chatted them up. I weighed the pros and cons and my interest grew. And then I went back on my word and made the plunge. I cashed out some money from savings and got some great advice from my soon to be cycling buddies before settling on a Specialized road bike that I picked up from the great folks at Reedy Creek Bicycles in Kingsport, Tennessee.And I haven’t looked back.Mainly because I am always looking forward, trying to keep up with the much faster guys I ride with.That means the road hasn’t been easy. On my first ride, while climbing what had to be a summitless hill, I was convinced that I had made a serious mistake. I had wasted a lot of money. My wife was going to kill me. The next hill – and the next month of riding – only reinforced that belief. Instead of getting easy, it just got a little less miserable.But I kept at it. And the miles keep coming. I am sitting in front of the computer with aching legs, the result of finishing a 52 mile race, complete with over 4000 feet of climbing, just yesterday. Three years ago, I would never have imagined making that statement.For a now 44 year old dad with limited time for exercise, getting that road bike has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.I am hoping that, through this blog, I can share a bit of that experience with you out there. I know that there are a lot of guys out there just like me. Guys in their forties looking for something to do to get the heart rate up and the pants size down. Guys with their dad bods that look at a lycra cycling kit and think, “Yeah, no thanks. I won’t be wearing that.” Guys with jobs and kids and soccer practices and piano recitals who are looking for a way to fit that exercise time in when life pulls them in eight different directions.I’d like to convince them that the road is calling.
In a move praised by NAFCU, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt said Monday that his agency will not add a language-preference question to its Uniform Residential Loan Application now but will take other steps to determine how best to gather such data.Carrie Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, said NAFCU and its members greatly welcome the FHFA’s decision to do a more thorough study. “We appreciate Director Watt’s openness on this issue and look forward to continuing to work with him and the agency as it seeks to address the needs of limited-English-proficiency consumers,” Hunt said.NAFCU and seven other financial trades wrote Watt this June urging against adding a language-preference question to the URLA until compliance and legal concerns had been addressed. Fifty-four House members supported a delay in their own letter.FHFA had been looking to include a language-preference question on the new 2016 URLA so lenders could implement it in January 2018, when new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act provisions kick in. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Consumers are reaching for their credit cards more and more to make purchases. This is evidenced by new data from the Federal Reserve, which indicates American consumers’ outstanding credit card debt is on track to reach $1 trillion this year.As the Wall Street Journal reports, credit card debt hasn’t risen to that level since mid-2008, when the number climbed to $1.02 trillion. That was just before the economic crisis hit the global financial industry. This growth in credit card debt is likely a result of a healthier economy and burgeoning job market.Consumers’ increasing confidence in their spending power has also impacted the auto loan industry. This industry is now seeing record spending. In fact, auto loans exceeded $1 trillion in the first quarter of 2016.With low interest rates and an increasingly oppressive regulatory environment negatively affecting community financial institutions’ (FIs’) bottom lines, credit cards are proving to be a healthy business line for FIs today. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“He’s been in this form for 14 or 15 years and he keeps performing like this,” said Setien. “He’s a guarantee for any club and for any coach and that’s what makes him the best player in the world. He can do things that others can only dream about.” Messi could have had many reasons to feel upset but he hasn’t let them affect his performances.Barcelona’s board sacked Ernesto Valverde last month, despite Messi’s public backing three days before, and failed to sign a striker in the transfer window with Luis Suarez and Ousamane Dembele both out injured. – No margin for error -The club’s technical secretary Eric Abidal then said the squad were the main reason for Valverde’s departure while the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been accused of hiring a PR company that criticised key players, including Messi, in a bid to improve his image online. Barcelona have denied the allegations but when asked in an interview with Mundo Deportivo last week if he was convinced, Messi said he would wait to see if they were true. He also admitted, “the way we are at the moment, I don’t think it’s enough to win the Champions League” and identified Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool as greater threats. Setien was more optimistic on Friday. “There are things that I agree with and others evidently… I have seen every year how Champions Leagues are won and I think we could have the same chance as other teams,” he said. “It is true that there is no margin for error and there are things we have to try to improve and do better. We are not happy with everything but I think we are growing little by little and we are reaching levels that will allow us to challenge.” Yet if Messi were to win the Champions League this season, it would surely represent one of his most impressive achievements.With the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Arthur Melo in midfield and the excellent Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal, they do not lack for talent but weaknesses in defence remain, not to mention a fragility against the counter-attack.And by appointing Setien, a coach devoted to a very particular style, Barcelona are having to change mid-season, with Setien admitting this month that it would take time for the players to understand his methods.”It’s not easy,” said Messi. “We come from playing under Valverde to playing differently now and being asked to do something else. The truth is we are learning and we still have a lot to learn.”But with in-form Napoli fast-approaching and then Madrid to come at the Santiago Bernabeu, time is not on Barcelona’s side. For now, they will look to Messi.Topics : His quadruple in the 5-0 rout at Camp Nou on Saturday was cathartic and not only because Real Madrid, whom Barca face in the Clasico on Sunday, failed to regain first place after losing to Levante a few hours later. “It was a win we needed,” said coach Quique Setien. Messi has scored seven quadruples in his career but none executed amid such an intense time of pressure, with the spotlight on the Argentine. While other players might have sulked or crumbled, Messi delivered with another breathtaking performance that underlined his ability to drag this troubled team through even the most turbulent of periods. Lionel Messi has said Barcelona are not playing well enough to win this season’s Champions League but his four goals against Eibar on Saturday were a reminder that with him there will always be hope. Barca play Napoli in the first leg of the last 16 on Tuesday and will be expected to go through, even if their opponents are on a strong run, having won six out of their last seven matches, including victories over Juventus and Inter Milan. Yet despite a whirlwind couple of months of political wrangling, remarkably Barcelona approach this tie sitting top of La Liga and with a spring in their step, in large part due to Messi.
The mayor of a small city in Washington reportedly admitted that he called President Barack Obama “monkey man” and first lady Michelle Obama “gorilla face,” but says he will not resign over the racist comments. “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, reportedly wrote in a Facebook post. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”The comments led the city council to call for his resignation on Monday.“When a figurehead makes comments such as these that sets us back and it’s hard to come back from,” police chief and acting city manager Lee Bennett told KXLY, the local ABC station.However, Rushing insists he will not step down from his role as mayor of the city, which is just outside of Spokane and has a population of nearly 6,500, according to Census data.“I made a mistake. I owned up to my mistake,” Rushing told the Spokesman-Review. “If I do resign that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”He also told local NBC station KHQ that the comments were just “playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.”Rushing’s constituents did not find the comments playful.The city council has threatened sanctions against the mayor if he refuses to resign. The Spokesman-Review said sanctions could include limits on his involvement on boards and commissions.
The Oldenburg Academy Twisters posted a 5-0 shutout victory over The Franklin County Wildcats.Courtesy of Michelle Wachsmann.
The BMS Wrestling team fell just short of Greensburg on Thursday evening, losing 54-45, in spite of an incredible effort. Leading for the Bulldogs with pins were Hunter Laudick, Josh Mobley, and Jacob Weigel.Winning by decision were Micah Riffle, Chase Hamilton, and Brandon Manning. Winners by result of a forfeit were Jonathan Lamping, Alex Murphy, and Spencer Mack. Alex Murphy and Tyler Schaeffer both won by pin in Reserve bouts. TheBulldogs will head to Brookville for the Conference Tournament, and their final meet of the year, on Saturday starting at 9:00.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.
When asked about any targets the club might have, he said: “I am not going to make any comments on (transfers) because it is going to get me into trouble. “It is wiser at this moment in time that we are not going to comment on anything that is happening in regards to any transfer news or speculation. “Things are in hand with the club, with (chief executive) Alistair Mackintosh.” With Morrison’s contract at West Ham still having 18 months remaining, the east London club’s complaint is likely to surround Premier League rulings which relate to a club making an approach for a player under contract or the player, or his representative, approaching clubs in the hope of instigating a possible transfer. Asked if there had been any formal communication from the Premier League, Fulham’s communications director Sarah Brookes stated: “We have only seen what you have seen. Up until anything further can be said, we will be making no further comment.” Morrison, meanwhile, seemed to refute recent suggestions he wants to leave West Ham. Having earlier tweeted to suggest reports surrounding his future, including some which hinted that he may go on strike to push through a move, were “lies”, he told the club’s official website: “Although it is frustrating to read some of the reports in the media, I always try to keep my focus on the next game and show people with my performances on the pitch that I want to do well for West Ham. “I’ve been working really hard over the past few weeks to get back to full fitness after missing a couple of recent games with a groin injury. West Ham reported their London rivals to the Premier League following comments from Meulensteen after his side’s FA Cup replay win over Norwich on Tuesday, where he revealed a bid had been made and claimed Morrison wanted to move to Craven Cottage. The Dutchman was understandably cautious to comment further on the matter at his press conference on Thursday afternoon. “I’m feeling fine now and I’m hoping to be involved in Saturday’s important game with Newcastle and then the Capital One Cup semi-final with Manchester City on Tuesday.” West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald took the Hammers’ press conference on Thursday, standing in for manager Sam Allardyce, who was said to be busy with transfer business of his own. McDonald stressed Morrison was happy at Upton Park and claimed reports the player threatened to go on strike to force a move were “news to (him)”. When asked if the club wanted to keep the 20-year-old, McDonald replied: “Well why not? But he needs to get into the team and he needs to be consistent. I imagine every player has a price.” Fulham are fighting for Premier League survival, having been thumped 4-1 at home by fellow strugglers Sunderland last weekend, and could do with some reinforcements. Meulensteen accepts in general the mid-season transfer window can be “unsettling”. “It is always the financially strong teams who have the ability to strengthen, whether it is a push for the title or to get themselves out of the mess. Whereas the teams who have not got that, you just have to deal with that,” he said. “But (the January transfer window) is definitely unsettling in many ways because of what clubs do, this that and the other. Players get a bit unsettled with what is happening and what is not happening.” Meulensteen, though, maintains even if Fulham are not able to bring in any new players to bolster the squad this month, the Cottagers – currently in 16th, but just a point above the drop zone – can still pull clear of trouble. “Yes I think we have enough quality in there. Not only that, but there’s been great application by the lads. I can’t fault the application and the desire these boys show every day in training,” Meulensteen said. “I am still trying to find the right cards, but I have seen a lot of positive things. “If we become more solid, we have already proven we have got enough going forward. “With the introduction of some younger players, you can already see there is quality and energy there. “They are not the finished article, but you can throw them in when you have to.” Press Association Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen refused to say any more regarding West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison amid fears doing so might “get him in trouble” with the clubs involved in a tapping-up row.
Costa returned from suspension to score one and force another as the Premier League champions won 2-0 and their fans sang “we are staying up” – something which cannot be said with any certainty of Sherwood’s Villa. Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership following the October 3 loss to Southampton, which left the Blues 16th. Press Association Diego Costa eased Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s concerns as Aston Villa’s hapless defenders heaped more misery on Tim Sherwood at Stamford Bridge. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, making his first league start, was deployed out of position in the advanced ‘number 10′ role, with Cesc Fabregas deeper. Loftus-Cheek fluffed one pass intended for Costa and next saw a deflected shot bobble wide. Hutton next benefited from a slip by Baba Rahman, whose first league start was hardly memorable, before firing into the feet of Asmir Begovic. Villa’s best chance fell to Rudy Gestede, who scooped Jordan Ayew’s cross over with the outside of his right boot. Guzan had looked uncertain with the ball at his feet and Willian reacted quickest when the goalkeeper’s pass put Lescott under pressure. It was a simple finish for Costa. The striker next wanted a penalty when charging through between Kieran Richardson and Lescott, but referee Roger East ignored his appeal. There was no reaction from a seated Mourinho, who is appealing against the £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban meted out by the Football Association after he said referees were “afraid” to give Chelsea a penalty in the wake of the Southampton loss. Nemanja Matic was sent on at half-time for Loftus-Cheek and lasted longer than the 28 minutes he did as a half-time substitute against Southampton. Fabregas was pushed further forwards and played a diagonal pass to Costa, who ran at Richards and Hutton before a shot ricocheted in off the Scot. Costa might have had his second but mis-timed his leap to meet a Fabregas cross. A Grealish foul on Cesar Azpilicueta prompted a frank exchange between coaches Rui Faria and Mark Robson, while Costa was involved in minor altercations with Richards and Ashley Westwood as the clock wound down in a welcome routine home win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “In the relegation 6 pointer, Chelsea have gone ahead against Villa. Costa back in the goals.” – Gary Lineker @GaryLineker https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/655391512788934656 PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Asmir Begovic: 6 (out of 10) Cesar Azpilicueta: 6 Baba Rahman: 5 John Terry: 6 Kurt Zouma: 6 Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6 Cesc Fabregas: 7 Pedro: 7 Diego Costa: 7 Willian: 7 Ramires: 6 Subs Matic: 6 Hazard: 6 Loic Remy: 6 Aston Villa Brad Guzan: 4 Alan Hutton: 5 Kieran Richardson: 5 Micah Richards: 6 Joleon Lescott: 5 Carles Gil: 6 Idrissa Gana: 6 Ashley Westwood: 6 Jordan Ayew: 6 Rudy Gestede: 6 Jack Grealish: 6 Subs Jordan Amavi: 6 Adama Traore: 6 STAR PLAYER Diego Costa: Scored one – his third of the season – forced another and was a central protagonist for Chelsea. He benefited from Cesc Fabregas being allowed the space to play. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Chelsea’s second goal – an own goal from Alan Hutton – was met with a chorus of “we are staying up”. The Blues fans have kept their sense of humour amid the woeful start. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill, captain of England in his most recent game, found themselves on the substitutes’ bench as Baba Rahman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek made their first league starts. Rahman was exposed and Loftus-Cheek replaced at half-time by Nemanja Matic, who lasted longer than he did at Southampton. Villa made four changes, with Jack Grealish among those restored, but despite some opportunities, did not have the resources to breach Chelsea. MOAN OF THE MATCH Diego Costa: He went down all too easily in search of a penalty when running between Richardson and Lescott. Costa enjoys the physical game and should be able to stay on his feet unless he is genuinely felled. He also had a Greco-Roman wrestle with Ashley Westwood as neither would allow the other to return to their feet off the ball. There was a sly kick from Costa, too. WHO’S UP NEXT Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea (Champions League, Tuesday October 20) Aston Villa v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 24) And the Russian billionaire was present as the Villa clash began with the home crowd voicing their support for the self-proclaimed Special One. Mourinho laughed that Costa had “found the reasons for the bad results” – and maybe the striker named himself as the solution before his return from a three-match absence for violent conduct. Costa was a nuisance against Arsenal, his most recent match, but scarcely needed to be against Villa, who were responsible for their own undoing. Brad Guzan’s woeful clearance and Joleon Lescott’s poor control allowed Willian to nick in before he centred and Costa netted his third of the season. If Chelsea had not had much luck to date, as Mourinho has said, they received more good fortune when a Costa shot looped in off Alan Hutton to complete the victory. The visiting congregation had lauded Sherwood, who was appointed in February and responded with applause, but it is clear Villa are in trouble. Villa were just the visitors Chelsea were hoping for in the midst of their crisis, having had one win in 13 prior league games at Stamford Bridge while conceding 30 times in the previous eight visits. They were equally as accommodating on this occasion after an open start when they looked as likely as Chelsea to score.