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Sandwich retailer Subway has appeared in a new report naming and shaming firms who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.Released by the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the report claimed Subway branches in Morden, Barbican, Richmond and Twickenham failed to pay 10 workers £2,466.77. The company was 29th worst in the lists of 115 companies.Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 400 employers have been named by the BIS, with total arrears of over £1.2m and total penalties issued of more than £513,000.Revealing the list, business minister Nick Boles said: “Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage hurt the living standards of the lowest paid and their families.“As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it.”On October 1, 2015, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose to £6.70. Next April also sees the launch of the National Living Wage, which will see workers over 25 receive a minimum of £7.20 per hour.British Baker has approached Subway for comment and is waiting for a response.
PBS is currently working on a new documentary project dubbed American Epic, a three-part documentary series, with Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford as executive producers. American Epic explores early recording technology from the 1920’s and how it captured the sounds of some of the first musicians formative to the genres of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun, and folk music. Ahead of the premiere of the documentary series premiere on June 6th, NPR has shared a video of the Alabama Shakes.Brittany Howard and her band are led into the studio by Jack White, then perform “Killer Diller, a song originally recorded by Memphis Minnie in 1946.“In 1925, the first electrical sound recording system was invented. Only a few of these systems were ever made, and there is now only one in the world,” the video reads. “All of the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.”Watch the one-take performance below:This video comes second to Jack White and the legendary hip-hop artist Nas performing on a modernized version of Memphis Jug Band’s 1928 song “On the Road Again.” Watch that here.The series will also feature a full-length movie called The American Epic Sessions, during which various musicians come together to record on the primitive recording technology of the 1920’s. Artists to appear on The American Epic Sessions include Jack White, Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, and the film will be released on June 6th.
In a brief interview published yesterday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dave Matthews spoke about a variety of topics including the recent events in his native Charlottesville, VA, his charitable efforts through Farm Aid, the ongoing Dave Matthews Band hiatus, and–to the great excitement of fans everywhere–plans for a new DMB album.Dave Matthew’s Band’s Boyd Tinsley Condemns Recent Bigotry & Violence In His Native Charlottesville On CNN [Watch]As Matthews explains in response to an inquiry about what’s next for DMB, “Yeah, actually, before I went on this trip, before all hell broke loose, me and Carter [Beauford, the DMB drummer] were recording some music together. We have a lot of stuff, so my plan is that we’ll put together some music this fall so we can have something out hopefully the beginning of next year. Hopefully, get it finished before that.” The projected early-2018 release would mark the band’s first since 2012’s Away From The World.Dave Matthews Band To Host “A Concert For Charlottesville” With All-Star LineupMatthews has a rather long list of new songs that he has played live–either with DMB, with Tim Reynolds, or solo–but has not recorded for an album. “Death on the High Seas,” “Samurai Cop,” “Bob Law,” “Bismarck,” “Virginia in the Rain,” and more fall into that category. However, he muses that sitting on these songs has not been part of some larger plan: “I think we have some great music and some stuff that Carter and I worked on that’s added to the pile. There’s a lot to choose from. I just hope I choose wisely…Yea, I don’t know what my problem is [laughs]. I just, yea, I don’t have a plan, I think that’s my problem.”Watch the Dave Matthews Band debut of “Samurai Cop” in Charlottesville in May of 2016 below, via YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5:Matthews also spoke about his rare DMB tour-less summer this year: “It was great. I worked a bit earlier in the year with Tim [Reynolds, DMB guitarist]. We did some stuff in Europe and a few shows in the States here, and a show in Mexico, so we had some fun. It’s a lighter craft to move around. I just felt like last year was 25 years and I should…maybe that’s why I’m grumpy [now]— I didn’t go out on the road with the band this summer. I don’t think so. I had a great summer full of ups and downs, and I had more time with my family, which was really special. It was beautiful and I enjoyed it thoroughly, so hopefully I have some extra Wheaties in me when I take the larger ship on the road again.”[h/t – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette][Cover photo – Dave Vann]While the Dave Matthews Band live hiatus officially continues for the time being, fans can still catch Dave Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds at Dave and Tim Riviera Maya, an all-inclusive Mexican resort destination event set to take place January 12-14, 2018 in Riviera Maya, MX. The three concerts will take place at the Barceló Maya Beach Resort, sitting on a mile-long stretch of white sandy beach that features breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property.For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the event website.
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Andrew Cuomo’s meddling with his corruption commission may have broken four New York statutes—and the lack of statewide response so far is “shocking,” claimed Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who is running for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary on a ticket with Zephyr Teachout for governor.In a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Wu said that recent reporting in The New York Times about how Cuomo “hobbled” the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption revealed signs of criminal solicitation of official misconduct, conspiracy to perform official misconduct, obstructing governmental administration and hindering prosecution.“The New York Times story has enough facts to make it clear that we have issues of solicitation of official misconduct,” Wu said. “But the fact that we haven’t seen any of the people who are actually in power in state government talking about this is, to my mind, shocking.”Calling the contrast “stark,” he compared the reaction of New York to New Jersey, where the appearance of emails linking Gov. Chris Christie’s staff to the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal immediately sparked a slew of investigations involving the state legislature, district attorneys and the U.S. attorney’s office.“If you imagine that President Obama had been caught messing with something like this, we’d probably be hearing about it for the next 10 years,” Wu said with a laugh.From the reporting he’s seen, Wu said that the actions of the governor’s staff calling for “subpoenas to be pulled back” by the ethics panel was “colorably a criminal solicitation of official misconduct” and when the deputized commission members agreed to act—such as deleting the campaign donors’ names out of the final report—then “it’s a conspiracy to perform official misconduct.”When asked if Cuomo had done anything actionable, Wu said, “I didn’t accuse the governor himself because I haven’t seen any evidence that he himself did these…But you don’t know what a subpoena or a grand jury investigation might find.”So far only U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan has continued his investigation into where the Moreland Commission left off after Cuomo disbanded the ethics panel in March, nine months into its 18-month tenure. Considering the commission had 25 members who, like Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, were current and former prosecutors of both parties, Wu said it was “surprising” that he hadn’t heard of “any rumblings” of further investigations, despite the “clear potential violation” of state law.“You notice they took out the names of the actual donors and allies from some of the reports,” said Wu, who teaches state law. He likened their removal to someone calling up an official to “fix this ticket of my cousin’s” and even if the official declines to act “it’s still a crime,” Wu asserted. “The solicitation to bend the prosecution in favor of [Cuomo’s] allies and donors is itself criminal solicitation under Section 100 of New York penal law. That’s what I’m talking about.”Both “determined anti-corruption activists with a track record in that regard,” as Wu put it, he and Teachout say they differ sharply from what they have called the business-as-usual “old boy” network in New York.“Very clearly, Zephyr and I are not Albany insiders,” said Wu. “We represent a different type of government.” And to illustrate that point further, he said, he would break with tradition if they win the Democratic primary against Cuomo and his lieutenant governor candidate, Kathy Hochul.“At this time in the state’s history we have such a problem with concentrated power that is unchecked that we need more independent statewide checks and balances,” Wu said. “And we envision that the lieutenant governor position should also play that role.”Teachout, a Fordham constitutional law professor, spelled out how she and Wu differ from Cuomo’s Republican opponents, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, who have also criticized the governor for meddling with the Moreland Commission.“We are traditional Democrats with 21st Century ideas,” said Teachout. “The big difference with Rob Astorino is that we believe in government itself. We believe in the important role of funding schools and funding basic social services. And we believe that in order to combat the corruption that is the root of Albany politics right now we have to change the way that campaigns are funded. Rob Astorino has not proposed that he would support public funding of elections.”In their campaign, Teachout and Wu have asserted that Cuomo’s interference with the corruption commission demonstrates the “disease” that plagues the state’s democracy when politicians defer to their biggest campaign donors. Teachout and Wu say the remedy is significant campaign finance law reform.Teachout says that she and Wu would “work for the public, not big ticket donors,” which would go a long way toward restoring ethics in New York.On Thursday, the Times reported that Bharara, in a letter, warned that his office may look into possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering violations related to public statements made by former commissioners defending the governor. The statements went out the same day Cuomo finally addressed the report.
In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cheers from the stands in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Less than one month after the Clippers’ sale ended Donald Sterling’s ugly downfall, another NBA team is on the market following a racially charged disclosure from its owner.Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, thanks in part to an inflammatory email he wrote two years ago.Levenson said he wrote the email in an attempt “to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide.” Instead, he offered his divisive comments, including his theory that Hawks Black fans kept White fans away.Levenson said he regrets the email sent to the team’s co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in 2012 as “inappropriate and offensive.” In a statement released by the team, Levenson said he sent the email due to his concerns about low attendance and a need to attract suburban Whites.He says he later realized the email made it seem White fans were more important. He voluntarily reported the email to the NBA.“I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true,” Levenson said in the statement. “That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate email to the NBA.“After much long and difficult contemplation, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the team, the Atlanta community, and the NBA to sell my controlling interest in the Hawks franchise.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday the league will work with the Hawks’ ownership group and CEO Steve Koonin, who now will oversee all team operations.Silver said the league’s independent investigation “regarding the circumstances of Mr. Levenson’s comments” in the email was ongoing when he was told Saturday night of Levenson’s plan to sell his share of the team.Silver said he supported Levenson’s decision.“As Mr. Levenson acknowledged, the views he expressed are entirely unacceptable and are in stark contrast to the core principles of the National Basketball Association,” Silver said. “He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family — fans, players, team employees, business partners and fellow team owners — for having diverted attention away from our game.“I commend Mr. Levenson for self-reporting to the league office, for being fully cooperative with the league and its independent investigator, and for putting the best interests of the Hawks, the Atlanta community, and the NBA first.”Sterling was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers after a recording surfaced in April of the owner scolding his girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games. Steve Ballmer officially became the team’s new owner on Aug. 12.In the email sent in August 2012, Levenson said “southern whites” were uncomfortable at games.“My theory is that the Black crowd scared away the Whites and there are simply not enough affluent Black fans to build a significant season ticket base,” Levenson said in the email released Sunday by the Hawks.“Please don’t get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arena back then. I never felt uncomfortable, but I think southern Whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority.”Levenson said Hawks crowds were 70 percent Black, the team’s cheerleaders were Black and hip-hop music was played.“Then I start looking around at other arenas,” Levenson said. “It is completely different.”According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta’s population was 54 percent Black and 38.4-percent White in 2010. For metro Atlanta, the ratio is 55.4 percent White and 32.4 percent Black.Levenson said he often heard fans say the area around Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta is dangerous.“This was just racist garbage,” Levenson said. “When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many Blacks at the games.”Though he said he disagreed with the conclusion, he said he told team executives to add White cheerleaders and music “familiar to a 40-year-old White guy.”Added Levenson in the email: “I have even (complained) that the kiss cam is too Black.”Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the comments in Levenson’s email were “reprehensible and offensive.”“The statements do not represent the city of Atlanta’s history of diversity and inclusion, and we will be clear and deliberate in denouncing and repudiating them,” Reed said. “I applaud the NBA’s efforts to enforce a no-tolerance policy of discrimination. As a city, we will continue to stand behind the Atlanta Hawks organization as they work to find new ownership that reflects the values and ideals of a city that is too busy to hate.”The Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement encouraging Silver “to continue vetting all owners.”“The announcement by Bruce Levenson is welcomed and appropriate by those of us in the civil rights community, that raised the issue of Donald Sterling’s need to be removed, and that other owners must be held accountable,” Sharpton said.Though the NBA investigation of the email was ongoing, Levenson apparently concluded he couldn’t continue in his ownership role.“If you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be,” Levenson said in Sunday’s statement. “I’m angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense. We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.”This is not Levenson’s first effort to sell the team. In 2011, the Hawks’ ownership group, headed by Levenson and Michael Gearon Jr., made an unsuccessful attempt to sell to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo.The group acquired the Hawks and the NHL Thrashers from Time Warner in 2004. The Thrashers were sold and moved to Winnipeg in 2011.