Get ready for a jaw dropping announcement from Umphrey’s McGee. The prog jam band has just revealed plans for three magical nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO next summer, coming in from June 30th through July 2nd. UM has played around July 4th for the last few years at Red Rocks, but the expansion to three nights is sure to delight UM fans everywhere.The shows will also feature very special guests, including Stick Figure on 6/30, Snarky Puppy and Bokante on 7/1 and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers on 7/2. You can find all sorts of info about VIP travel packages and more via the UM website. These shows will be the longest headlining July 4th celebration from Umphrey’s McGee to date, so get ready!The announcement comes on the heels of UM’s reveal that they would not be doing UMBowl this year, to focus on “more multi-night events across the country.” This is certainly a great way to make good on that promise!Umphrey’s McGee also has some exciting tour dates lined up for early 2017, including performances with Joshua Redman, Greensky Bluegrass, Spafford, and Polecat. The full schedule can be seen below!Umphrey’s McGee Winter 2017 Tour DatesJanuary 13th, 14th & 15th – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GAJanuary 20th and 21st – The National, Richmond, VA*January 22nd – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PAJanuary 26th – College St. Music Hall, New Haven, CT**January 27th – State Theatre, Portland, ME**January 28th – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY**January 29th – Anthology, Rochester, NY**February 3rd & 4th – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI*February 17th & 18th – Exploreasheville.com Arena, Asheville, NC^February 19th – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NCMarch 1st & 2nd – The Hive, Sandpoint, IDMarch 3rd & 4th – The Wilma, Missoula, MT#March 9th – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UTMarch 10th – Montbleu Theater, Stateline, NV*March 11th – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA*March 12th – Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA*March 16th – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ*March 17th – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV*March 18th – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA*March 19th – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA*June 30th – July 2nd – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO%* w/ Special Guest Spafford** w/ Special Guests Joshua Redman & Spafford^ w/ Special Guest Greensky Bluegrass# w/ Special Guest Polecat% w/ Stick Figure, Snarky Puppy, Bokante & Bruce Hornsby
Housing commencements were expected to slow but renovation activity will hit record levels in coming years.A RENOVATION boom was expected to help take some of the sting out of a slowdown in new residential commencements, according to latest industry analysis.Master Builders national manager economics and housing Matthew Pollock said new dwelling approvals fell by 6 per cent in February and were down by around 600 new dwellings compared to the same month last year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoCapital gains through renovations and upgrades will rise in coming years.“The fall in new starts is a good indicator that new housing commencements are likely to moderate towards the latter half of 2018,” he said. “However, approvals for new renovations continue to perform strongly, supporting an expectation of an elevated level of work in 2018 and laying the foundations for a forecast boom in alterations and additions over the next five years.” Family snaps up waterslide wonder More homes up for grabs HIA says housing market cooling
In a shocking display of human rights abuse in New Zealand, an amendment to the Abortion Legislation Bill which required the care of a child born after an attempted abortion was only supported by less than a third of MPs last night. 80 MPs voted against it (and another 3 did not vote at all). 37 MPs voted for it.The amendment of National MP Simon O’Connor clarified that a qualified health practitioner who performed an abortion that results in the birth of a child after an attempted abortion has a duty to provide the child with appropriate medical care and treatment, no different than the duty owed to provide medical care and treatment to any other child born.We should be protecting the lives of innocent babies. We should be making abundantly clear, especially in this abortion legislation, that this is an obligation on medical professionals. This amendment would simply reinforce this obligation. But this vote is actually just confirmation of how extreme and radical this bill is – and the agenda of its supporters. Last night’s voting was a shameful display of an utter disrespect for human rights. This is not about politics – this is about having a heart.Other key amendments voted on last night:* requirement for abortion procedures post-20 week to ensure that fetus does not feel pain (as per the Animal Welfare Act which requires vets to ensure that animals don’t feel pain) – DEFEATED * tightening of definition of ‘health practitioner’ to doctor, midwife or obstetric nurse (to avoid unsafe abortions) – DEFEATED* abortions post-20 weeks only for extreme circumstances – DEFEATED* keeping conscientious objection standards the same as they currently are (the bill currently weakens the protections) – DEFEATED * restricting employment discrimination on grounds of conscience – DEFEATED* cultural considerations to be considered consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi (woman’s wellbeing protected by recognising her whakapapa and the whanaungatanga responsibilities of her family, whanau, hapu, iwi, and family group) – DEFEATED* annual reporting of abortion statistics (bill only requires reporting for 18 months after passing!) – DEFEATED* In an amusing moment, “safe areas” were made illegal (in a close vote) – but then the pro-abortion MPs messed up their voting and the effect was that it’s now not possible to enforce “safe areas” Other important amendments still to be voted on:* holding a referendum* an explicit ban on sex selection and disability (or possible disability) abortions* parental notification* replacing definition of “woman” with “woman or other persons” (because men can get pregnant, apparently. Yeah – it’s a Green party one!)And YES! We will be publishing the voting record of each MP – once the Hansard records are published.
Three days ago the Catalan club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said he thought David Moyes’ side’s pursuit of the midfielder was over, after they had two bids turned down. Zubizarreta’s prediction would appear to be vindicated in light of reports that United have turned their attention to signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton instead. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says he is no longer worried about the possibility of Cesc Fabregas leaving the club to join Manchester United. Fabregas started in Barcelona’s 7-1 win over Thailand on Wednesday and after the game Martino insisted he was not concerned about the player’s future, concerning himself more with the fitness of club captain Carles Puyol, who is still recovering from a knee operation. “Fabregas is still our player and he will be with us for this season,” the Argentinian coach is quoted as telling AS. “Right now I’m more worried about whether Puyol will recover.” The declining physical state of the 35-year-old Catalan defender has made buying a centre-back one of Barcelona’s priorities this summer. However, with 10 days to go until the new season starts, the Primera Division champions have only made one signing – Brazil forward Neymar. The club have now reportedly made a £35 million bid for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, but Martino refused to shed any light on a possible move for the Brazilian. “I’m in Thailand, I know nothing about any negotiations,” he said. Neymar opened his account for Barcelona by netting the game’s first goal after 12 minutes, with Lionel Messi doubling the scoreline a minute later with a penalty. Martino was encouraged by how the two forwards played on the first occasion they had started together for the Catalans. He said: “They combined well and played in different areas of the pitch. The connection between Neymar and Leo was the most interesting thing about the game and they played as well as we expected. “They combined well and scored goals, but they also combined with other players, which is what you expect at this level.” Pedro scored Barcelona’s third and fifth goals, while Messi hit the fourth to complete his own brace. Teerasil Dangda pulled one back for the hosts before half-time from the spot, before Pedro completed his hat-trick and Alexis Sanchez scored a seventh. Press Association
Mourinho made the bold decision to leave Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on the bench and Alexis Sanchez out of his squad as his made six changes from a drab goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.Marcus Rashford was given his chance to start as centre-forward, but Mourinho was less than impressed with the 21-year-old just five minutes in when he dinked his finish over the bar with just goalkeeper David von Ballmoos to beat.“This is the type of game where if you score in the first minute normally you go for a different kind of performance, but it is still very difficult for us to score,” responded Mourinho when asked about his exasperated reaction when Rashford missed.“If I saw my manager react like that, I would be absolutely livid!” Said former England striker Gary Lineker of Mourinho’s response.An initial flurry of excitement quickly died down as again Mourinho’s men laboured to break down the Swiss champions, who they beat 3-0 in Bern back in September thanks to a Pogba double.Mourinho’s patience finally ran out as he summoned Pogba and Lukaku from the bench for the final quarter.But it was De Gea who came to the Red Devils’ rescue at the other end moments later with a remarkable save to claw Garcia’s deflected shot off the line.Christian Fassnacht then blazed over another glorious opportunity to give the visitors a famous win.They were made to pay when Fellaini, was fortunate to not be seen controlling Lukaku’s flick-on with his hand, fired the winner into the far corner.“For me it was not handball,” insisted Fellaini. “I controlled the ball, if it touched my hand it was not on purpose.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho boasted about his Champions League record after Marouane Fellaini’s injury time winner fired his side into the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Young Boys at Old Trafford.The three-time European champions sealed their place in the knockout stages with a slice of fortune when Fellaini controlled the ball with his hand before firing into the far corner, provoking Mourinho to throw a box of water bottles to the ground in a mixture of joy and relief.“For some of my lovers, for those who like stats, 14 seasons in the Champions League, 14 times qualify through the group phases,” said Mourinho on his personal record as boss of Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid as well as United.“Never one of my teams stays behind the group phase. The season I didn’t play Champions League, I won the Europa League.”But there was little for Mourinho to brag about from another laboured performance as United were on the verge of failing to score for a third consecutive European home game for the first time ever.“The most important thing is to qualify,” said Mourinho, who has had to withstand a barrage of criticism this season for United’s poor results and insipid attacking football.In keeping with United’s struggles under Mourinho, it could have been even worse but for the brilliance of goalkeeper David de Gea, who produced a stunning save from Ulisses Garcia’s deflected effort to deny Young Boys midway through the second-half.“From my position, David’s save — only one save in the whole game — but it looks a phenomenal save,” said Mourinho.“A save that the best goalkeeper in the world does and gives his team the possibility to win the match.”– Bold decisions backfire –