Rural Financial Counselling Service providers secured

first_imgRural Financial Counselling Service providers secured The Hon David Littleproud MPMinister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency ManagementTen providers to deliver rural financial counselling services from July 2021 to 2024The service will drive improved financial wellbeing at the farm level and build a more sustainable, resilient and profitable primary production sectorThis marks the beginning of the new funding round, which will see over $56 million (GST exclusive) invested in our rural communities. The Australian Government has announced 10 successful providers to receive over $56 million (GST exclusive) to deliver rural financial counselling services to farmers doing it tough from July 2021 to 2024.Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said strong competition allowed the government to select proposals that will strengthen this trusted service and drive better outcomes for clients.“The Rural Financial Counselling Service program has been helping primary producers in need for more than 30 years,” Minister Littleproud said.“The last round of funding alone helped more than 12,000 farmers across the country. I am pleased to continue this important investment in our rural communities.“With drought, bushfire, floods and COVID-19, this has been one of the toughest 12 months on record for our regional communities.“Financial counselling has played a key role in helping our farmers to weather this series of economic shocks and navigate the path to recovery.“Today’s announcement provides certainty that help is there for those struggling the most. And it is delivering extra counsellors on the ground to help any farmer in need.“From July, the service will be refocussed to drive improved financial wellbeing at the farm level and build a more sustainable, resilient and profitable primary production sector.“Global demand for Australia’s high-quality agricultural products has continued to grow throughout the pandemic and will be at the heart our economic recovery post-COVID-19.“Investing in our farmers’ viability is investing in the future of the Australia economy.”The RFCS is jointly funded by the Australian, state and territory governments.To view the list of successful applicants, visit awe.gov.au/rfcs.Fast Facts:Since 1986, rural financial counsellors have been on the ground helping Australian primary producers in financial hardship to get back on track.Rural financial counsellors work one-on-one with clients by helping them to understand their financial position and take the necessary steps to get out of financial difficulty-whether it’s getting the family out of financial crisis, bringing the business back to profitability or supporting a dignified exit from the industry.Funding has been allocated to ten service providers covering 12 predefined RFCS regions.The first year of the program will include $3.75 million (GST exclusive) for bushfire recovery financial counselling as part of the government’s National Bushfire Recovery Fund announced in 2020. Allocation of this funding to affected regions is at the discretion of the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, counsellors, Emergency, Emergency Management, Fast Facts, financial crisis, first year, Government, Investment, outcomes, production, sustainable, wellbeinglast_img read more

Landmark case deems Deliveroo drivers ’employees.’ This is just beginning

first_imgLandmark case deems Deliveroo drivers ’employees.’ This is just beginning Rod Barton MPLandmark case deems Deliveroo drivers ’employees.’ This is just the beginning…Rod Barton is celebrating the outcome of an unfair dismissal case against Deliveroo.The tribunal ruled that Deliveroo’s contracted couriers are in fact employees with rights to a minimum wage.Deliveroo kicked rider Diego Franco off the platform last year for alleged lateness. Diego was provided only seven days’ notice and was informed of his termination via email.This ruling could mean Deliveroo may have to provide backpay for lost wages.Mr Barton believes this ruling sets a powerful precedent for the future of the gig economy.Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Transport Matters Party Rod Barton MP:“For too long these huge rideshare multinationals have been able to enter the Victorian market, exploit our communities and line their pockets with our hard-earned cash. This ruling will show that there are consequences to treating our most vulnerable as a means to end and failing to provide employees with basic workers’ rights.”“The gig economy continues to be under-regulated, with vulnerable workers allowed to fall through the cracks. The fact that rideshare drivers are not paid an industry minimum wage, do not receive superannuation, sick days or insurance makes absolutely clear the need for more government regulation in this sector.”“The fight for basic workers’ rights is not over, this is just the beginning.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Deliveroo, Eastern, Economy, email, Employees, future, gig economy, Government, industry, insurance, market, minimum wage, regulation, superannuation, Transport, Victorialast_img read more

Former Interior Department assistant secretary joins CU-Boulder’s Getches-Wilkinson Center

first_imgAnne Castle, who served as assistant secretary for water and science in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2014, has joined the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment – part of the University of Colorado Boulder law school – as a senior fellow. In the position, she will lead projects on water law and policy issues, drawing on her extensive experience engaging with community and governmental leadership to help construct creative and practical solutions to water challenges throughout the West.“I’m delighted to continue to engage on the most critical natural resource issue of our time – water scarcity – and to work with recognized experts in the field,” said Castle, who is a 1981 alumna of Colorado Law and who has worked on water law since the beginning of her career. “There is no more opportune time to make a meaningful difference in how we as a country confront and resolve our water management challenges.”While at the Interior Department, Castle oversaw the Bureau of Reclamation, the nation’s largest water wholesaler, and the U.S. Geological Survey. She spearheaded the department’s WaterSMART program and was the driving force behind the 2010 Memorandum of Understanding among the Interior Department, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, addressing the development of sustainable hydropower generation. She directed policy for the USGS Landsat Program, the nation’s longest sequential moderate-resolution satellite imaging system.  Castle also provided hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and was the Interior Department’s designee to, and chair of, the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group. She was a champion of Minute 319 – an amendment to a decades-old treaty between the United States and Mexico involving the Colorado River. She instituted the federal Open Water Data Initiative and chaired the interagency Federal Geographic Data Committee, the Advisory Committee on Water Information and the Alaska Mapping Executive Committee.“We are very pleased to welcome Anne back to Colorado Law as a senior fellow with the Getches-Wilkinson Center,” said Britt Banks, executive director of the center. “Her stature in the water community and extensive experience and knowledge will provide an elevated level of engagement on water issues and will be a tremendous resource for our faculty, contributors and students as well as a significant benefit to the water research projects we work on.”At the center, Castle will lead a project funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation to explore and develop implementation actions on Colorado’s Water Plan.Prior to joining the Interior Department, Castle practiced water law with the Rocky Mountain regional law firm of Holland & Hart, where she was elected to chair the firm’s management committee. She received her undergraduate degree from CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in applied mathematics in 1973.After leaving the Interior Department, Castle hiked the 800-kilometer Camino de Santiago in Spain and spent the 2015 spring quarter at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University as the Landreth Visiting Fellow.Contact: Britt Banks, [email protected] Keri Ungemah, Colorado Law, [email protected] Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Published: Oct. 2, 2015 Anne Castle. Categories:AcademicsLaw & PoliticsCampus CommunityNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Election 2020: Fake news, Russian trolling and primary chaos

first_img Published: May 15, 2019 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail  Listen and subscribeAppleGoogle PlaySpotifySoundCloudStitcherRead full transcriptIt’s still more than a year out but the 2020 presidential election already is shaping up to be one for the record books.In this week’s Brainwaves podcast, we look at how new rules for how the Democratic nominee is chosen could create some unintended chaos at the convention next year, and concerns persist concerning Russian interference and election security. Then, there’s fake news.Categories:BrainwavesLaw & PoliticsNews Headlineslast_img read more

Consultation on Gweedore Sewerage Scheme to open tomorrow

first_img By News Highland – May 8, 2017 Google+ WhatsApp Consultation on Gweedore Sewerage Scheme to open tomorrow Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Pinterest Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/patthecopegss.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleLast Chance to Get Entries in for Joule Donegal International RallyNext article2,500 ESB customers hit by power outage in Letterkenny News Highland Members of the public are again being encouraged to attend tomorrow’s information session on the long-awaited Gaith Dobhair Sewerage Scheme.Officals from Irish Water will be present at the drop in session at Amharlann, Gaoth Dobhair.Plans of the new scheme will be on view, enabling the public to express their opinion of the proposals being put forward.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says Gweedore’s unique geography creates many challenges……. Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

Donegal County Council has secured over €1.5m for Unfinished Housing Estates

first_img Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Donegal County Council has secured over €1.5m for Unfinished Housing Developments.The council made 10 applications to government under the Special Resolution Fund Initiative and was awared funding for eight of the applications.The total amount of funding received was €851,101 and this will in turn leverage additional private investment of €680,288.The money will be targeted to principally address infrastructural deficiencies within the developments such as roads and footpaths, water and sewer services, public lighting and amenity or open space areas.The biggest allocation is the the Crest of Wave estate in Bundoran which recieves a total of 325 thousand euro in investment.Other estates to benefit include Ard na Greine, Ardara, Cathedral Hill, Raphoe, Cois na hAbhainn in Malin, Doran Close Bundoran, Gerards Way Carndonagh, Monreagh in Burnfoot and Radharc an Chuian Ramleton.All works funded under this initiative must be fully completed and all monies drawn down from the Department before the end of 2014. By News Highland – May 7, 2014 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Google+ Pinterest Previous articleMan arrested in Co Tyrone in relation to 1998 car bomb attackNext articleMcMahon & McNamee to miss Tyrone Championship opener News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Facebook Facebook Donegal County Council has secured over €1.5m for Unfinished Housing Estates News Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Syracuse man faces rape charge following March incident at hotel

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleCallers besiege Indiana DNR about tree-killing diseaseNext articleBabysitter facing charges in Kosciusko County toddler’s death pleads not guilty Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Twitter By Associated Press – June 4, 2019 1 345 Syracuse man faces rape charge following March incident at hotel (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A Syracuse man is facing a rape charge that results from an incident in March.49-year-old Daryle Lee Smith was arrested Thursday.Warsaw Police responded to Kosciusko Community Hospital on March 30 in regards to a victim saying she had been friends with Smith. She had left a gathering with him, where he drove to the Deluxe Inn and she laid down on the bed.The victim then stated Smith laid down on her and started taking off her clothes. She pushed him away and said no several times.The report says an Indiana State Police Detective talked to Smith, who admitted to having sex with the victim after she said stop once or twice.A warrant was issued for Smith’s arrest on April 11. He is now being held on $20,250 bond at Kosciusko County Jail. IndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

EU to ease Myanmar sanctions

first_imgThere are, however, significant differences between the EU’s member states over how much sanctions should be eased, with some pushing for far-reaching changes and others arguing that the EU must retain leverage. Diplomats suggest that even the EU’s long-standing arms embargo might be open for discussion. However, the arms embargo will “certainly not” be lifted, according to a diplomat from a country with a more hesitant stance, adding that no one is “seriously suggesting” selling arms to the military regime. All sanctions will have to be reviewed at the foreign ministers meeting, as they are due to expire on 30 April.To date, France has taken the most public position, with Alain Juppé, the foreign minister, saying last week (5 April) that he would “propose to our partners in Brussels an initial easing of sanctions”. “We have to make a gesture,” he said.France describes its position as “balanced”, a description accepted by other diplomats. France’s initial focus, a French diplomat said, would be on lifting measures targeted at individuals. The EU lifted travel bans and asset freezes on scores of senior officials earlier this year. Other members of the regime, including family members, remain under sanction, however. The European Union’s foreign ministers are expected to ease sanctions against Myanmar when they meet in Luxembourg on 23 April. Diplomats suggest there is a broad consensus that the EU needs to respond to political changes in Myanmar, after the military regime allowed Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize-winning leader of the opposition, to run in a by-election on 1 April. The movement led by Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest in 2010, won a landslide victory, securing 43 of the 45 seats available in a vote watched by a small group of EU observers. Limits on investment will also be discussed – a review that may be affected by an announcement by Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, last Wednesday (4 April) that the US will lift a ban on US investments.David Cameron, the UK’s prime minister, is being accompanied by ten businessmen on a visit to Myanmar scheduled for tomorrow (13 April), which is the first by an EU leader to Myanmar since the elections. But the British government has denied that the trip is a trade mission and said that the businessmen will be like tourists. The opinion of Suu Kyi will also influence discussions. Suu Kyi has so far not commented publicly on the possibility of easing sanctions, though, before the elections, she advocated lifting targeted sanctions against senior members of the regime.Thaung Htun, the founder of the Thailand-based Institute for Peace and Social Justice in Burma, told European Voice that sanctions should be reviewed but not lifted entirely. “We still have 500 political prisoners imprisoned in Burma and we still have to resolve the issue of the armed struggle with ethnic communities, such as the Karen,” said Htun, a former UN representative of the Burma’s former government-in-exile, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB).EU officecenter_img Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, is expected to meet members of the opposition later this month, when she visits Myanmar. No date has been set, but the trip will follow the meeting of foreign ministers.The EU has already decided to open a permanent presence in Myanmar, announcing in January that it plans to open an office in Yangon (Rangoon). Preparations are “advanced”, the Commission said. The US has gone further, announcing last Wednesday (4 April), that the US would soon send an ambassador, after an absence of 20 years.last_img read more

NASCAR TV schedule: May 15-21

first_imgWhat channel is NASCAR programming on this week? We answer that and provide all the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule.RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area | See Charlotte All-Star weekend racesAll times ETMonday, May 156:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Go Bowling 400 (re-air), FS16 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS17 p.m., One Hot Night: The NASCAR 1992 All-Star Race, FS1Tuesday, May 167:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS16 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS17 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Go Bowling 400 (re-air), FS2Wednesday, May 176 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1Thursday, May 186 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1Friday, May 191 a.m., K&N Pro Series West: Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 150, NBCSN3:30 a.m., One Hot Night: The NASCAR 1992 All-Star Race, FS14:30 a.m., Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship, FS15 a.m., The 600: History of NASCAR’s Toughest Race, FS11 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 5)2:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS13 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 5)4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS16 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN 5)8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FS18:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, FS1Saturday, May 2012:30 p.m., Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship, FS11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, (re-air) FS14 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS14:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2)5:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS16 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Open Race, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2)7:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS18 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2)Sunday, May 2112 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (re-air), FS1last_img read more

The Top 10 Disco Biscuits Moments At PlayStation Theater [Videos]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits are back, baby! Set break is over. In the wake of all the hype surrounding the band’s newly announced winter tour and a forthcoming new album, it’s hard to not get excited about this new chapter.While this newly announced run of shows marks the first true “tour” for the band in a decade, the schedule of shows includes a notable run at a more familiar haunt: A four-night New Year’s Eve run at New York’s PlayStation Theater. This run of shows, set to take place on December 27th, 28th, 30th, and 31st, will bring The Disco Biscuits’ overall total number of performances at the Times Square venue to 40. They will also mark the final shows ever at PlayStation Theater, as the venue will close its doors at the end of the year.As we prepare for The Disco Biscuits’ 2019 New Year’s run and the closing of PlayStation Theater, we took a look back at ten of the most memorable Biscuits moments at the venue through the years.1. Tron NYE – 12/31/15One of the more epic NYE shenanigans the Disco Biscuits bestowed upon the venue was their 2015 New Year’s Eve show surrounding the cult classic 1982 Disney film, TRON.The jams were already flowing after two five-song sets to get the night started, the second of which closed with a rendition of “Spaga” featuring a New Year’s-appropriate “The Final Countdown” intro. For the night’s special third set, the band delivered a memorable “Tron Jam”, playing the accompaniment to the movie as it played on a projector screen behind them.The Disco Biscuits – TRON NYE – 12/31/15 – Full Show[Video: Ticranium][Photo: Dave Vann]2. Video Game NYE – 12/31/17We all know how spacey and digitalized this band can get, which is why this themed NYE show surrounding video game jams was nothing short of spectacular. The band opened up the night’s first of three sets with a “Caves Of The East” featuring Pac-Man samples, treated fans to a bust-out of “The Moon” for the first time in 231 shows, and ended the set by finishing out the “42” they had started two nights prior.The video game homages continued in set two with a set-opening rendition of the Super Mario Bros. “Overworld Theme”. An extended “Aceetobee” sandwich rounded out the set, with “Basis For A Day”, “Korobeiniki” (the theme song from Tetris), and an inverted “Aquatic Ape” serving as the musical meat.Set three continued in the same vein, as the band segued smoothly back and forth between “Little Lai” and the Super Mario Bros. “Underworld Theme”. The middle portion of “Mindless Dribble” came next, completing the “dyslexic” unfinished version from 12/29/17. The middle portion of “7-11” was up next, continuing the incomplete version from 12/28/17, before the set came to a close with “Basis For A Day”, “Strobelights and Martinis” and “Helicopters”. A “Frog Legs” encore put a cap on the memorable New Year’s stand. Take us back, please!The Disco Biscuits – Super Mario Theme – 12/31/17[Video: The Disco Biscuits]3. There’s A First Time for Everything – 04/11/08Back in the good ol’ days when it was still called the Nokia Theatre, The Disco Biscuits played their first-ever show at the Times Square theater. Shpongle opened the evening (*drool*) before the Biscuits took the stage for their two-set headlining performance. The rest, as they say, is history. Check out the rendition of “Caterpillar” that kicked off a long, storied history of The Disco Biscuits in Times Square below:The Disco Biscuits – “Caterpillar” – Nokia Theatre – 4/11/084. “Portal To An Empty Head” Debut – 12/26/09The Disco Biscuits opened a five-night NYE run at the Nokia Theatre on December 26th, 2009. Of note, this performance featured the debut of “Portal To An Empty Head” during the second set. That song has been played 39 more times since that night (most recently in May of 2019 at Denver’s Ogden Theatre) and remains an always-welcome addition to any biscuits set. You can listen to an audio recording of the second set-opening “Svenghali” > “Portal To An Empty Head” from that night below:The Disco Biscuits – “Svenghali” > “Portal To An Empty Mind” [Debut] – 12/26/09[Uploaded by Boots O’Riley]5. Simon Green (Bonobo) Sit-In & Fire Alarm Interruption – 12/29/09Three nights later during the same five-night NYE run, The Disco Biscuits kicked off their second set with an epic sit-in by Simon Green, better known as Bonobo, on “Flash Mob”. As the set progressed and led into “Floes”, the night’s jams were interrupted by a fire alarm which forced the venue to quickly evacuate as the problem was fixed. No actual fire was involved—that is, except for the fire jams that ensued 40 minutes later when the band returned to the stage to pick up where they had left off.The Disco Biscuits w/ Simon Green (Bonobo) – “Flash Mob” – 12/29/09[Video: Jay Stevenson]6. “A Fifth Of Beethoven” Debut – 12/31/14What better way to ring in the new year than with a new debut! After a four-song first set at the by-then rechristened Best Buy Theater featuring an inverted “Crystal Ball”, The Disco Biscuits dazzled up their seven-song second set with a debut of Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band’s “A Fifth Of Beethoven” for their NYE countdown. The band further tripped up fans by bringing back the dyslexic version of the song (ending first, beginning second) during the evening’s third set. Almost six years after its debut, the song has only seen a spot on a setlist seven times, the last being at the band’s Brooklyn Bowl Vegas show in November 2018.The Disco Biscuits – “A Fifth Of Beethoven” New Year’s Countdown – 12/31/14[Video: Adam Schneider]7. “The Unspoken Rhyme” Returns – 1/1/16Returning to Times Square for a four-night run for NYE 2015-2016 at the newly re-named PlayStation Theater, the new year brought back a little surprise for fans with a “Spin The Wheel” show. Select fans were brought out on stage to spin a The Price Is Right-style wheel to determine what songs the band would play that night. On this first day of the new year, and night three of the run, The Disco Biscuits kicked off the show with a five-song first set and finished off second two with the return of “The Unspoken Rhyme” after a 862 show gap! The song has not been played since, making this PlayStation Theater rendition the only live “The Unspoken Rhyme” since 2001. Check out a video of the whole show below:The Disco Biscuits – 1/1/16 – Full Show[Video: Ticranium]8. Philly Stray Horns – 1/2/16To help finish off their four-night NYE run, The Disco Biscuits welcomed the Philly Stray Horns for their entire first set to add some extra funky flare. As the first set was coming to a close, The Disco Biscuits and the Philly Stray Horns joined by The Blues Brothers impersonators The Blue-ish Brothers for Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and Soloman Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”. Fans didn’t think it could get any better, yet the band kicked off the second set with a nearly hour-long “I-Man” and a dyslexic continuation of “Astronaut” from their December 5th, 2015 performance at Holidaze.The Disco Biscuits – 1/2/16 – Full Show[Video: Ticranium]9. Matisyahu Gets Involved – 12/31/08To help complete their five-night run to close out 2008, The Disco Biscuits welcomed reggae hitmaker Matisyahu to add an extra-airy vocal dimension to their late-second-set “Magellan” jam. You can watch the whole Matisyahu sit-in below:The Disco Biscuits w/ Matisyahu – “Magellan” – 12/31/08[Video: yanks417]10. A Countdown For The Ages – 12/31/09On the final night of the decade, The Disco Biscuits put all the tricks and flips into their NYE celebration. As the clock approached midnight, the band brewed up massive “Countdown Melody” sequence composed of some of the band’s most prized classics and covers including “Orch Theme”, “Morph Dusseldorf”, “Run Like Hell”, “Aceetobee”, “Vassillios”, “Mr. Don”, “Above The Waves”, “Munchkin Invasion”, and “Crickets”. If that isn’t a stellar NYE countdown, then we don’t know what is. Watch the whole set below:The Disco Biscuits – 12/31/09 – Set Two[Video: Cricket Mitts]After all these amazing plays at this beloved venue, there’s likely an abundance of tricks and surprises up the band’s sleeves for their upcoming four-night run. After all, it’s only fair that the band ends their history at the venue with a bang.To make this year even more special, keyboardist Aron Magner‘s SPAGA is playing a special afternoon set at NYC’s DROM on Sunday, December 29th, the off-day of the run. For tickets to SPAGA at DROM, head here.For tickets to the Disco Biscuits NYE run, head here.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more