Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) HY2015 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug)  2015 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

RBS 6 Nations: England 21-10 Ireland

first_img TAGS: Highlight STATISTICS42 – The two teams missed 42 tackles between them, with England slipping off 23 and Ireland 19. England made 147 tackles to 135 by the visitors.101 – The number of metres made by Robbie Henshaw with the ball in hand, more than any other player in the match. Josh van der Flier was the top tackler with 17.420 – England’s total metres made with the ball in hand, but as they made 295m in the first half, it shows how Ireland forced them onto the back foot after the break. Beaming Brown: Full-back Mike Brown scores England’s second try. (Photo: Getty Images) England kept their Grand Slam dream alive with a scrappy RBS Six Nations win over the reigning champions at Twickenham. They outscored Ireland two tries to one but there are plenty of work-ons to keep their feet firmly on the ground in the coming weeks.The first half was a tale of England knocking repeatedly on the Ireland door but never being allowed in, as the visitors repelled attack after attack. By half time England were only 6-3 up and looked like they might be made to pay for their lack of finishing power when Ireland made a fast start to the second half and took a 10-6 lead in the 46th minute thanks to a try from Conor Murray.Sting low: Conor Murray burrows his way over the line to score Ireland’s try. (Photo Inpho)However, Owen Farrell narrowed the gap with a penalty after Devin Toner was penalised for shoving him over, then two tries in a five-minute burst suddenly put England 21-10 up. First Anthony Watson collected a glorious scoring pass from Chris Robshaw and crossed the line on the left, then Mike Brown sprinted over on the right as England put the ball quickly through hands to stretch Ireland’s narrow defence.England spent some of the remaining 18 minutes hanging on by their fingernails as Jack Nowell made a try-saving tackle on Robbie Henshaw and England debutant Elliot Daly combined with George Kruis to hold up another Test first-timer Josh van der Flier over the line. Despite having Danny Care sin-binned inside the last ten minutes, England kept Ireland at bay and are now the only side who can still win a Grand Slam this year. Hard to stop: Billy Vunipola on one of his many barging runs (Photo: Getty Images)WHAT’S HOT…Billy Vunipola on the hoof – The big No 8 deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award after causing Ireland all sorts of problems in attack. One of his many breaks created the momentum which led to Brown’s try and he made a total of 96 metres from 18 carries.Ireland’s last-ditch defending – Ireland might have missed 14 tackles in the first half but they made their hits when it really mattered, with Murray and CJ Stander combining to take Vunipola into touch in the left-hand corner when the No 8 had raced round the blindside of a scrum, then Murray and debutant centre Stuart McCloskey brought down Dylan Hartley under the posts when the England captain looked set to score their first try.England’s recovery – They failed to capitalise on a lot of possession and territory in the first half and then went  behind in the first five minutes of the second half, but England did not panic and instead found a way to up the pace and stretch Ireland’s narrow defence, creating two tries which turned the game in their favour. Twice they went a man down due to sin-binnings, but England’s defence also held out in a tense last ten minutes.Ireland’s debutants – Openside van der Flier and centre McCloskey both looked at home in the Test arena, with van der Flier seemingly scoring a try only for the officials to rule that they could not see a clear grounding of the ball. Ultan Dillane made a strong impression off the bench when he came on in the second row for the last 15 minutes.No try: England’s Jack Nowell forces Robbie Henshaw to spill the ball on the line. (Photo Getty Images) England: M Brown; A Watson, J Joseph, O Farrell (E Daly 65), J Nowell; G Ford, B Youngs (D Care 59); J Marler (M Vunipola 59), D Hartley (capt, J George 70), D Cole, M Itoje, G Kruis, C Robshaw (J Clifford 70), J Haskell (J Clifford 76), B Vunipola.Tries: Anthony Watson, Mike Brown. Con: Owen Farrell. Pens: Farrell 3.Yellow cards: James Haskell (44), Danny Care (71).Ireland: R Kearney; A Trimble, R Henshaw, S McCloskey (S Zebo 63), K Earls; J Sexton (I Madigan 76), C Murray (E Reddan 70); J McGrath (C Healy 59), R Best (capt, R Strauss 70), M Ross (N White 59), D Ryan (U Dillane 65), D Toner, CJ Stander (R Ruddock 66), J van der Flier, J Heaslip.Try: Conor Murray. Con: Johnny Sexton. Pen: Sexton.Referee: Romain Poite (France)Man of the Match: Billy Vunipola (England)Attendance: 81,826center_img What’s hot and what’s not from England’s Twickenham showdown against Ireland. WHAT’S NOT…England’s conversion rate – England spent long periods of the first half camped in the Ireland 22 but could not turn the pressure into a single try. Slow ball, knock-ons and indecision all conspired to keep Ireland’s tryline in tact in that first period.Mike Brown’s footwork – The England full-back caught Murray in the face with his boot while he was trying to ruck the ball back in the shadow of his own posts. The official looked at replays of the incident and decided the contact was accidental but Brown could have taken more care of where he was putting his foot and Murray was forced off with a cut to his face. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Photographer’s Weekendhouse / Shin Ohori – General Design

first_imgPhotographs:  Daici Ano + 16 Share CopySave this picture!© Daici AnoText description provided by the architects. It was challenging to find a starting point from a flat site of about 1500 square meters near the KUJYUKURI beach where the desolate landscape spreads out. After studying various ideas from a tower overlooking the Pacific Ocean through several small houses scattering around, we finally reached a solution incorporating a one-storied courthouse with four courtyards. We felt that the strength and simplicity of its structure fitted well with this extensive open space. The volume of rough concrete blended in with its desolate landscape as if it were there for an eternity. Save this picture!© Daici AnoIn contrast to a simple external volume of rough concrete, an internal space enclosed with walls is designed to show the depth of space as well as interplay of light and shadow. The cross-shaped space cut out by the four courtyards arranged in the four corners of the building provides a continuity despite having necessary structural walls in between. Walls are placed only to divide the space loosely allowing light and space to play with our visual perception and create illusions of distance. There are horizontal spaces connecting to the courtyards, darker spaces enclosed with walls, and vertical spaces stretched out to the sky. While going through these spaces playing with one’s vision, one’s mind starts to enjoy a continuous labyrinth of inside versus outside, and light versus shadow. Save this picture!© Daici AnoA request from the client, a photographer, was to build a space where light and shadow interplay beautifully. Throughout the day, natural light comes into the building from four courtyards. Sometimes it shines against a big wall creating a bright mirror effect. Other times it aims low casting an interesting shadow figure on a courtyard. Playing with light and shadow, this weekend house is forever continually in a state of change. Save this picture!© Daici AnoProject gallerySee allShow lessSixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas CompetitionArticlesPioneering architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable has died at 91Articles Share “COPY” Japan ArchDaily Photographer’s Weekendhouse / Shin Ohori – General Design 2007 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/311956/photographers-weekendhouse-general-design Clipboard Year:  Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/311956/photographers-weekendhouse-general-design Clipboard Photographer’s Weekendhouse / Shin Ohori – General DesignSave this projectSavePhotographer’s Weekendhouse / Shin Ohori – General DesignSave this picture!© Daici AnoHouses•Kujukuri, Japan Photographs “COPY” Architects: Shin Ohori – General Design Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeShin Ohori – General DesignOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKujukuriHousesJapanPublished on January 08, 2013Cite: “Photographer’s Weekendhouse / Shin Ohori – General Design” 08 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?摄影师的周末住宅 / Shin Ohori – General Design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Finance Minister gives Limerick budget briefing

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at the Limerick Budget Briefing. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe arriving for the Limerick Budget Briefing with (from left) Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan, Council chief executive Conn Murray, Mayor Stephen Keary and Deputy Tom Neville. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin 1 of 6 TAGSbudget briefingbusinesslimerickPaschal Donohoe Former Finance Minister Michael Noonan, Limerick Council chief executive Conn Murray and Mayor Stephen Keary at the Limerick Budget Briefing. “Ireland- and Limerick – has changed so much in recent years. Unemployment is at the lowest level in a decade, we are managing the public finances in a careful and considered way and the ship is steady once again. Now is the time to turn our attention to the future. By adopting a sensible approach to spending and investing in the infrastructure we need, we will ensure that we are well equipped for what lies ahead. Through affordable increases in spending, we will deliver better health and education outcomes; make sure that work is rewarded, that appropriate housing is provided and that there are more nurses, doctors and Gardaí employed to meet the needs of our growing economy and society.“Coming to Limerick this week allows me to hear first-hand what the people have to say.  I am optimistic about our future and have delivered a Budget designed to safeguard our finances, promote fairness, provide sustained improvements in people’s lives and make sensible and long-term investments that will benefit us now and into the future. I look forward to engaging with the local businesses and organisations in Limerick to discuss their future plans and hopes for our country.” Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at the Limerick Budget BriefingFinance Minister Paschal Donohoe is in Limerick today as part of a regional programme to discuss Budget 2018.During his visit, Minister Donohoe will present the key outcomes of Budget 2018 and listen to the views of local business groups, organisations and networks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking ahead of the event, the Minister said, ‘Budget 2018 will see Ireland broadly balance our books for the first time in a decade. This is a significant milestone in the long and difficult journey that we, as a nation, have made. Despite the fact that we have made such progress, there are still many risks on the horizon. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan with Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at the Limerick Budget Briefing WhatsApp Email Twitter Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe with his predecessor Michael Noonan at the Limerick Budget Briefing. Advertisement NewsPoliticsFinance Minister gives Limerick budget briefingBy Editor – October 20, 2017 1819 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleLimerick communities abandoned in the fight against drugs scourgeNext articleKleyn back and Keatley at 10 for Racing visit Editor Print Limerick Council chief executive Conn Murray (left) with Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Mayor Stephen Keary. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Smiths redeploys staff

first_img Comments are closed. Smiths redeploys staffOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today The Smiths Group is trying to minimise redundancies by redeploying staffwherever possible in the UK after it announced plans to cut 1,450 jobs. In total, 1,200 of the job losses will be in the UK, with the creation of450 new roles in plants in various countries where labour costs are cheaper. HR director at Smiths, Anne Minto, told Personnel Today the company istrying to redeploy as many staff as possible across its plants when vacanciesarise and is encouraging employees to take voluntary redundancy. The company, which has sent out letters to all employees who may beaffected, has set up a jobs section on the company’s website to help those maderedundant find new jobs. It is employing consultants to advise people on careeroptions. Minto said: “It’s a tough period but there are some positive thingsgoing on. Smiths has won a $1bn contract with Boeing which will maintain manyjobs.” The move, which follows cuts of 1,600 announced earlier in the year and thetransfer of 450 jobs to Mexico and the Czech Republic, comes after the firmposted an 11 per cent fall in half-year operating profits. A plant inBasingstoke, which employs 80 people, will be shut and the rest of the jobswill be cut from the group’s 50 plants across the UK. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Savills says YOPA is now 10th largest estate agent in UK – but by what measure?

first_imgSavills has claimed that YOPA, the hybrid estate agency it invested in last year, is now a top ten UK agency.The claim was made yesterday within its preliminary full-year results for 2017 in which it also said its multi-million pound investment into the agency was its largest to date within the tech sector.Savills claimed that YOPA has grown during the past 12 months to become the 10th largest estate agent in the UK, although it didn’t reveal how this was measured.After a long exchange between Savills and The Negotiator, we can reveal that last year Savills believes YOPA was the 10th largest estate agent by new listings, rather than existing listings, branches or employees.Savills has achieved the ‘top ten’ status for YOPA by comparing brands rather than groupings of estate agents such as Countrywide or LSL, whose combined new instructions from all their brands are likely to be considerably higher than YOPA’s.YOPA, which has approximately 100 local agents, also has some way to go before it can claim to be the largest agent by existing listings on Rightmove.It has 3,000 while Savills has over 6,000 and Purplebricks currently lists over 16,000.Newspapers’ cashIn June 2016 Savills’ investment arm Grosvenor Hill Ventures was involved a £15 million round of funding for YOPA with DMGT, the owner of the Daily Mail, along with Andrew and Alistair Barclay, the grandson and son of David Barclay, the co-owner of the Daily Telegraph. A further £27 million was invested in September 2017 including £20 million from corporate giant LSL and a further £7.6 million from DMGT.Much of this cash appears to be spent on YOPA’s huge and almost ceaseless TV, radio and print campaign, featuring its ‘Seriously, why not” tagline launched last year.Read more about YOPA.Grosvenor Hill Ventures Savills YOPA March 16, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Savills says YOPA is now 10th largest estate agent in UK – but by what measure? previous nextAgencies & PeopleSavills says YOPA is now 10th largest estate agent in UK – but by what measure?Venerable global estate agency makes claim about hybrid agency within its interim results yesterday.NIgel Lewis16th March 201802,587 Viewslast_img read more

USA: HII Lands USD 487 Million National Security Cutter Contract

first_img View post tag: HII View post tag: USD View post tag: Cutter May 2, 2013 USA: HII Lands USD 487 Million National Security Cutter Contract View post tag: million View post tag: contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Nationalcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: HII Lands USD 487 Million National Security Cutter Contract View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: lands Share this article Equipment & technology View post tag: Security View post tag: 487 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on May 1 that the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $487 million, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract to its Ingalls Shipbuilding division to build the sixth National Security Cutter, Munro (WMSL 755).“Our Coast Guard customer continues to be extremely pleased with the performance of the NSC, and this contract proves that,” said Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager. “Our shipbuilders continue to execute well on this contract, and the design/build plan is at a mature stage. We currently have two more ships under construction and expect to start NSC 6 in October.” NSCs, the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, were designed to replace the 378‐foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters, which entered service during the 1960s. Ingalls has delivered the first three. The fourth, Hamilton (WMSL 753), currently at 40 percent complete, is scheduled to launch this summer and will be christened in October.Keel-laying for the fifth NSC, James (WMSL 754), is set for May 17. The ship is currently 17 percent complete and will launch in the spring of 2014. A long-lead material contract for Munro was awarded in 2012, and all associated equipment has been ordered.Ingalls builds, integrates and tests the NSC hull, mechanical and electrical (HME) systems, while Lockheed Martin provides the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities onboard the cutters.NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam, displacing 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime and national security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter, including new requirements in support of Arctic exploration. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid-hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 2, 2013; Image: HIIlast_img read more

Modern Manners: Bad Breath

first_imgHuman beings have a lot of pretty disgusting tendencies that are guaranteed to turn an ordinary, relatively relaxed social situation into an embarrassing and slightly nauseating nightmare. I’m not talking about public farting, burping or even watching a mate puke their guts out on the side of the street after a few too many vodka-oranges on a Friday night. If you want to really repulse your friends, mild acquaintances, or even your date, give bad breath a try. We’ve all been there: trying to subtly manoeuvre yourself away from the culprit; holding your hands over your mouth, breathing out and having a sniff to make sure yours is ok, or edging closer to your new beau, about to go in for the kill, only to discover a new side to them you hadn’t been expecting. Let’s face it, you don’t need to fancy someone for bad breath to be a turn off! Whoever thought that this silent but oh so deadly whiff could be so technical? There’s the ‘stale beer’, the daily curry eater, the ‘didn’t realise how garlicky that garlic bread would be’, the chain-smoker and (possibly the worst) the ‘I just haven’t bothered to brush my teeth for a few days.’ This last is inexcusable. But if there’s anything worse than being a victim of another’s halitosis, it’s the gradual sinking realisation that as you’re leaning in to talk to a friend at the crowded bar they’re subtly trying to edge away… suddenly that extra garlic pizza you ordered the night before doesn’t seem like such a bright idea. There’s only one thing for it: at least 10 pieces of gum and numerous manic scrubbings of the tongue with as much toothpaste as you can manage without gagging. Apparently the smell of garlic doesn’t just linger in the mouth; if you’ve had enough, it actually sneaks its way out through the pores of your skin… When that’s the case, a full on shower and a vigorous, soapy scour of your entire body is the only option. Yes ladies and gentlemen, it matters not what it’ll make you late for – whatever it is will have to wait because ultimately, although bad breath that you haven’t realised is a shame, bad breath that you know about is an unforgivable sin. Trust me, whoever you were meant to be meeting will be grateful you made them wait.– By Helen Smithlast_img read more

Closure of Route 52 Walkway Opens Up New Places to Exercise

first_imgOcean City officials close off the walkway on the Route 52 causeway, also known as the Ninth Street Bridge, as part of the governor’s orders. By MADDY VITALEExercising is still one of the activities allowed outdoors in New Jersey, where the cases of coronavirus continue to rise and people heed the warnings to only go out for essentials while practicing social distancing.But just this week, a popular walkway people use to walk, bike and jog was closed to pedestrian traffic, eliminating yet another way for people to cope amid a pandemic with no definitive end.Barricades have been erected on the shared-use walkway on the Route 52 causeway into Ocean City as part of efforts to stem the coronavirus outbreak. “Just as the beach, Boardwalk, playgrounds and recreational facilities, the shared-use path on the Route 52 causeway is closed until further notice,” explained Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen on Wednesday. He continued, “The closure is consistent with the governor’s executive orders prohibiting social gathering and requiring social distancing.”Siblings Courtney and Alex Corson, of Somers Point, take their dogs for a walk daily on the bridge’s walkway.Siblings Courtney and Alex Corson, of Somers Point, have to change their routine walks with their dogs until the restriction is lifted and the walkway reopens.On Wednesday, they looked at the sign on the wooden barrier at the foot of the bridge on the Somers Point side and came up with another idea for walking their dogs.“We could just walk around our neighborhood,” said Courtney, 22, in a matter-of-fact manner. “We know it is important and the right thing to do, but it is definitely something that changes our daily activities.”Alex, 20, said he was just happy to be out with his sister walking their dogs.Disruption of a daily routine can be difficult, the siblings agreed, but for them, there is more to it.“We love the walkway because the views are beautiful,” Courtney said of the spectacular panorama of wetlands, wildlife and back bays. Sean Barnes, of Ocean City, and his pooch, Harbor, make the most of a brisk walk in a park near their home.But like others walking their dogs, jogging or biking, the importance of social distancing was the main goal and the rules put in place by Gov. Phil Murphy and the towns were respected by the majority of people Wednesday afternoon.There were, however, a few people who did not take the barriers seriously and simply went around them. Two bicyclists zipped by and onto the walkway Wednesday afternoon, while a jogger did the same.On the Ocean City side of the Route 52 causeway, also known as the Ninth Street Bridge, Sean Barnes, of the Snug Harbor section of town, along with his black Labrador retriever, aptly named Harbor, were busy taking a walk in a park near Barnes’ residence. Not being able to use the bridge walkway just meant their walk was closer to home.“It’s just an adjustment,” Barnes said with a smile. “The Boardwalk is closed. The beach is closed. Hopefully everyone will adhere to the rules and we can get through this in as short a time as possible.”Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beaches have been closed since March 25.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Covers Rage Against The Machine’s “Bombtrack” With Dave Watts [Watch]

first_imgLoad remaining images For the second night of Umphrey’s McGee’s triumphant New Year’s Eve celebration to Chicago, the sextet stepped into a larger venue and welcomed support from Colorado funk ensemble The Motet.Although the run started at the smaller Riviera Theatre, last night and the big celebration for the 31st are taking place nearly across the street at the Aragon Ballroom, easily one of the most decorative and ornate venues in the Midwest.Amounting to one large auditorium that is accessible through narrow halls and glittering archways, the walls and balcony are situated to give the large room an outdoor feeling, almost like a renaissance fair. Even the ceiling is painted to mimic the natural glory of the cosmos and night sky, complete with flickering lights for stars.The Motet kicked things off ahead of their 8:00 PM start time and warmed the room up well, despite the constant flowing of cold-bodies filling out the floor and settling the edges of the balcony throughout the hour long set.Bandleader and drummer Dave Watts set a hard-hitting bar for timely drum fills and impeccable rolls that Kris Myers and Andy Farag continued to showcase in the spotlight during the main event.Front man Lyle Divinsky did his best to steal the show, tapping into eccentric dance moves reminiscent of James Brown – spinning, shuffling and swinging his arms as he bounced across the stage. For as wild as his movements were, he often directed the focus to his bandmates, especially if they were soloing.Bassist Garrett Sayers and guitarist Ryan Jalbert, the two longest standing members of the group, were especially tight-knit and continually drove the sound forward, especially in the jam following “Damn!” off their latest release Totem.The horn section, consisting of Gabriel Mervine on trumpet and Drew Sayers on tenor sax, meshed sweeping blankets of sounds effortlessly with the keyboard work of Joey Porter. The trio took complete control of the jam leading up to “Back It Up”, and ended their set with “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed” from 2014’s The Motet.Just a half an hour later at 9:30 PM, the lights went down for Umphrey’s McGee. It has been five years since the band has returned to this room, and that is five too many for the die-hard fans of Chicago. Opening with “Mulche’s Odyssey” from the 2004 disc Anchor Drops, which features the coastline of Chicago on Lake Michigan for its cover art.Five minutes into “Mulche’s”, the music took on a light island-tinge and quotes from NWA’s “Dopeman” before sliding into one of the band’s favorite new songs, “Speak Up”, which was debuted exactly one year ago on New Year’s Eve. The 31st play of the tune stayed relatively tame before peaking into an up-funked porno jam and transitioning into Anchor Drops’ title track.By 10:00, guitarist Brendan Bayliss dedicated a 17 minute take on “Phil’s Farm” to a good friend. Bayliss came out of the gate swinging with hot leads and loose runs early. The main jam slowed things down and Joel Cummins took over the transition back into the main theme before Bayliss wrestled the ending back for himself for an early highlight of the show.They debuted a brand new song titled “North Route” and to the glee of several fans, used it to launch a conclusion to the “Nothing Too Fancy” that was left unfinished from the previous night. The song started out with a heavy-handed and squealing lead from Jake Cinninger, as if he were not about to be outdone by Bayliss’ handiwork on “Phil’s Farm”. Check it out here:Cummins took the reins on “Walletsworth” and drove it hard into an ambient piano arpeggio. Cinninger led a solid 1!-2!-3! count jam that fell into “Kula”, an older tune that has gotten more play in 2016 than it has in years – this being its fourth play of the year. To close the set, Dave Watts from The Motet jumped onto Myers’ kit and Myers grabbed a microphone and jumped to the front of the stage to deliver a bone crushing rendition of “Bombtrack” by Rage Against The Machine. This was only the band’s third attempt at “Bombtrack”, and the first in five years or over 620 shows.Watch their cover of “Bombtrack”, streaming below.The second set kicked off exactly thirty minutes later with a straight run through of “The Floor”, followed by the fan favorite “Much Obliged”. Cummins took the off-key jam with some light finger-work before transitioning into a “Hurt Bird Bath” for the record books.At midnight the band moved into “1348” from 2009’s Mantis, with Myers and Farag taking the spotlight and leading the direction with an incredible showcase of percussive sensibility. For the main jam it appeared as though the band put bassist Ryan Stasik on the spot but he remained cool and collected, not letting the tempo or groove escape him before Cinninger started slicing through the sound with his red-hot Strat setup.The music dropped from “1348” into “Slacker” on a dime, complete with Pink Floydian-esque echo jam over a relentless dancebeat courtesy the drum machine Myers. “Miami Virtue” brought the set back around to “1348” to close the set at 12:35 AM.The standalone encore of “JaJunk” was delivered heavy and with force, including teases of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”. As the only song of the encore, Umphrey’s McGee left the crowd begging for more. The New Year’s Run concludes tonight with three sets and includes special guest horn section, Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret led by long-time friend of the band, Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou.Check out the setlist and a full gallery below, courtesy of Must Have Media.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 12/30/16Set 1: Mulche’s Odyssey[1], Speak Up, Anchor Drops > Phil’s Farm, North Route[2] > Nothing Too Fancy[3], Walletsworth, Kula, Bombtrack[4]Set 2: The Floor, Much Obliged > Hurt Bird Bath, Conduit, 1348 > Slacker, Miami Virtue > 1348Encore: JaJunkNotes:[1] with Dopeman (N.W.A.) quote[2] debut, original[3] completing 12.29.2016[4] with Dave Watts on drums, Kris on vocalslast Bombtrack 01.29.2011 (620 shows)* = w/ Dave Watts of The Motetlast_img read more