John Mayer Announces Extensive Tour, Will Play With The Trio, Acoustic & Full Live Band

first_imgJohn Mayer has announced a huge Spring tour that will take him across North America and Europe, his first major tour as a solo artist in years. Mayer will combine his varied talents into one show, promising an acoustic set, a set with the John Mayer Trio (featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan), and a set with his full live band as well.This is quite the exciting announcement for John Mayer fans. After a few years away from the limelight as a result of a vocal chord injury (and subsequent surgery), Mayer surprised many when he re-emerged as a member of Dead & Company in 2015. However, he quickly proved himself, gaining hordes of new fans along the way as he impressed the Grateful Dead masses at giant venues like Citi Field, Fenway Park, Folsom Field, and The Gorge.Now, after releasing the first part of his new album, the multi-sectional The Search For Everything, earlier this year, Mayer will finally return to the road as a solo artist, bringing all of his best music and bandmates with him for what’s sure to be an awesome musical experience.Mayer will kick off his tour at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on March 31st. The tour will take him to Madison Square Garden in New York, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, The Forum in Inglewood, and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. There are fifteen North American dates in all, with the tour finishing off at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on April 22nd. The tour will then move to Europe, where Mayer will make stops in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, London, and more.See the official announcement video below for more details. There is an American Express pre-sale starting tomorrow, Tuesday January 31st, at 10:00 A.M. local time, with a regular on-sale set for Friday, February 3rd at 10 A.M. local time. Make sure to check John Mayer’s Facebook page for full details on the tour and information on how to purchase tickets in your local market.John Mayer 2017 Tour DatesMAR 31 – Times Union Center – AlbanyAPR 1 – Centre Bell – Evenko – Montreal, QC, CanadaAPR 3 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON, CanadaAPR 5 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NYAPR 6 – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.APR 7 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PAAPR 9 – TD Garden – Boston, MAAPR 11 – United Center – Chicago, ILAPR 12 – The Schottenstein Center – Columbus, OHAPR 14 – The Sprint Center – Kansas City, MOAPR 15 – Xcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, MNAPR 17 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB, CanadaAPR 19 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC, CanadaAPR 21 – The Forum – Inglewood, CAAPR 22 – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NVMAY 3 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, NetherlandsMAY 5 – Jyske Bank Boxen – Herning, DenmarkMAY 7 – Ericcson Globen Arena – Stockholm, SwedenMAY 8 – Oslo Spektrum Arena – Oslo, NorwayMAY 9 – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, DenmarkMAY 12 – The 02 arena, London – London, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Entergy: No intent to mislead found, but some communication incomplete or inaccurate

first_imgEntergy Corporation today announced it has provided to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell the results of its independent internal investigation into alleged contradictory or misleading information provided to the state government by company officials about underground piping at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.The report, prepared by the law firm of Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP, did not find that any Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee employees intentionally misled the Vermont Public Service Board, the Department of Public Service, a Public Oversight Panel assessing the plant’s reliability as part of its application for renewal of its operating license, or a contracting firm working for the panel, Nuclear Safety Associates.The report noted that the communications in question were made by Entergy employees in the context of the scope defined by the state’s contractor, Nuclear Safety Associates, in performing the reliability assessment. The Entergy responses were limited to only pipes that touch soil (not those encased in concrete), that carry liquid (not gaseous matter) and that are part of whole systems as defined by law.  However, the Entergy employees’ failure to specify the context of their communication led to misunderstandings and, taken out of that context, the responses were incomplete and misleading, the report maintained.As a result of that failure, Entergy has removed five senior Vermont Yankee employees from their positions at Vermont Yankee and placed them on administrative leave. They are the vice president for operations, director of nuclear safety assurance, manager of licensing, technical specialist and senior project manager.The company also reprimanded an additional six managerial employees.  All the discipline taken had financial consequences for the employees involved.  Michael Colomb, Entergy Vermont Yankee site vice president, was reprimanded for failure to maintain an organization that adhered to the highest standards of conduct in all actions and communications.In a statement, Colomb said he was disappointed in how the contradictory or misleading information was given to the state and he, as the lead Entergy official at Vermont Yankee, took responsibility for what happened.”While there was no intentional wrongdoing, it is not consistent with our expectations at Vermont Yankee or in the nuclear industry, nor is it consistent with our values at Entergy,” Colomb said.Entergy Corporation’s online address is www.entergy.com(link is external)SOURCE Entergy Corporation. MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

Why Apple is breaking a 15-year partnership with Intel on its Macs

first_img“Apple Silicon is totally in keeping with the strategic goal of Apple to really control an entire stack,” CCS Insight analyst Wayne Lam said. “Now computing, they own everything from silicon to the software to how the user moves the mouse around, so it’s tremendously integrated.”Controlling its own technologies helps Apple integrate its products more deeply. It also means that it controls its own schedule — chips take 3 years to develop, Apple senior vice president Johny Srouji said last year — and has more control over costs.“Apple thinks they can innovate faster than the standard business model of Intel or Qualcomm doing the development on chips and then they build on top of it,” Lam said.Intel is falling behind in manufacturing. Apple proudly said on Tuesday that the M1 chip in the new Macs uses 5-nanometer transistors.“Five-nanometer is the leading edge of process technology right now and there are only a few products out at this point,” Gartner analyst Jon Erensen said. Currently, Intel is shipping chips with 10-nanometer transistors.In general, the more transistors a chipmaker can fit into the same space, the more efficient the chip is. Currently, Intel ships chips only with 10-nanometer transistors.Intel famously controls its own factories, called “fabs,” around the world, compared to Apple, which contracts with companies in Asia to manufacture chips to its own specifications. But Apple’s chip manufacturing partner, TSMC, can make 5-nanometer chips while Intel can’t.“Intel’s had some challenges over the last couple of years on the manufacturing side. And I think those challenges have opened a window or opportunity for ARM-based designs for come in. Apple is one of the the best ARM-based processor designers out there,” Gartner analyst Jon Erensen said.Earlier this year, Intel CEO Bob Swan said that it was considering outsourcing its manufacturing, like what Apple does.“With the challenges that Intel has had moving to 10-nanometer and 7-nanometer while foundries like TSMC and Samsung have pushed more aggressively, it’s taken one of Intel’s key advantages and leveled the playing field a bit,” Erensen said.More battery life, potentially better performance, and laptops that work like phones. Apple says that the M1 Macs are better products than the older models, mainly because Apple claims its chips enbable better performance and longer battery life than it could achieve using Intel’s chips.It’s clear that the new Macs will have improved battery life. Apple’s previous chips have been used in smartphones and tablets, which have significantly smaller batteries.During Apple’s launch event on Tuesday, the company emphasized how it mainly evaluates chips on performance per watt, not raw performance.On the entry-level MacBook Air, Apple says that it can manage 15 hours of web browsing on one charge, nearly 30% more than the advertised 10 to 11 hour battery life of the previous Intel-based model.The new Macs also work more like phones or tablets, Apple said, with features like the ability to wake up from sleep instantly. The new M1 Macs can even run iPhone apps, if the developer takes a few steps to make them available on Apple’s App Store.However, analysts warn that Apple’s performance claims, like that it is faster than comparable PCs, will need to be tested once the computers hit shelves next week.“Performance of the new M1 chip is nearly impossible to gauge as the company didn’t provide any detailed substantiation around any of the performance claims made,” Moor Insights founder Patrick Moorhead said.Apple did not stop selling Intel laptops on Tuesday, and its highest-end laptops are still Intel-based, suggesting that there are still performance advantages to some Intel chips. Apple is the fourth-largest PC maker measured by shipments, according to a Gartner estimate, so its plan to use its own chips in its entire lineup of laptops and desktops, first announced in June, is a blow for Intel.Apple’s chips are based on ARM technology, as opposed to the x86 architecture that Intel’s chips use. ARM was originally designed for mobile devices, and chips built with ARM designs are consistently more efficient, leading to longer battery life. On a laptop, that could mean several extra hours away from the plug.But that’s only one reason why Apple is switching out the brains of its laptops. Here’s a rundown of why Apple made the move:- Advertisement – Apple announced three new Mac computers on Tuesday: a MacBook Air, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a Mac Mini. They essentially look the same as their predecessors.What’s new this time is the chip that runs them. Now they’re powered by Apple’s M1 chip instead of Intel processors. Tuesday’s announcement marks the end of a 15-year run where Intel processors powered Apple’s laptops and desktops, and a big shift for the semiconductor industry.- Advertisement – Apple’s strategy of owning core technologies. Apple CEO Tim Cook has frequently said that the company has a “long-term strategy of owning and controlling the primary technologies behind the products we make.”For a computer hardware company, there are few technologies less essential than the silicon processors that the machines run on.Apple has invested heavily in its silicon department, including major purchases, starting with a $278 million purchase of P. A. Semi in 2008, which started the department, and most recently, $1 billion for part of Intel’s modem business in 2019. It’s been building its own A-series chips for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches since 2010. Now it’s essentially bringing the same technology to laptops and desktops, meaning that all Apple computers basically run on the same framework.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Beefed-up banks start London portfolios shake-out

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