With their funky festival just days away, Lettuce is building up some serious anticipation for what is sure to be a great event. In preparation for the Lettuce-hosted Fool’s Paradise festivities, which run from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL, the band’s guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff hit the SiriusXM Jam On studios to spin some of his favorite tunes.The guest DJ set, which premieres this Saturday, March 19th at 4 PM Eastern, will see Shmeeans throw down some of his favorite tunes, and talk about other artists that have inspired him. It’s sure to be a great listen for any fan of the funk, and it will run a handful of times over the next week.Be sure to tune in to SiriusXM Jam On, channel 29, and listen up! You can find out more about the station here, and more info about Lettuce’s festival Fool’s Paradise, which features GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power and more, can be found here.Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff’s Guest DJ ScheduleSaturday 3/19 @ 4PM ETSunday 3/20 @ NOON ETMonday 3/21 @ 9AM ETTuesday 3/22 @ 1PM ETWednesday 3/23 @ 5PM ETThursday 3/24 @ 11AM ET
Carriers’ lack of success implementing spot market freight rate increases in September is less worrying than it appears, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.As lines managed to tame some of the volatility, Drewry’s World Container Index has shed around USD 190 over the past six weeks, just over the sum it had previously added in a single week at the start of August.On the surface the characteristics of this year’s spot market are no different to previous years. Weekly price cuts are common and, just as in the past, the tendency has been that the weekly erosion is punctuated by the life-giving properties of a general rate increase (GRI) at the start of a given month.The difference this year is that the GRI inflation has been lower – averaging USD 120/40ft versus USD 160/40ft in 2016 – but the weekly decreases have been much shallower.Carriers have experienced fewer highs but less alarming lows this year. The end result of this greater calm is that freight rates along some of the main East-West headhaul trades are up by as much as 50% year-to-date.While carriers have become accustomed to weekly decreases they have always needed the monthly GRIs to give life to sagging rates and prevent a prolonged tailspin.“Missing out in September is obviously not what they wanted, especially after having also failed to get any traction in June, but it is important to add some context before we rush to pronounce the market’s collapse,” Drewry said, adding that it is not uncommon for GRIs to come and go without success, only for the pattern to re-establish itself very quickly.In any case, the importance of GRIs and their successful adoption is over-stated. In reality GRIs have always been a rather crude device to raise rates (usually only temporarily) without much basis in real supply-demand economics. Their size and success rate has in the past more often depended on how well carriers pleaded poverty when rates sunk to non-compensatory levels.With freight rates expected to remain profitable, GRIs will become less important and more modest in size, more proportionate to the prevailing supply-demand dynamics.“Using this criteria a measure of industry health, carriers are undeniably winning right now. Freight rates have been profitable for most of the year and are significantly higher on average than last year, supported by solid supply and demand dynamics,” Drewry said.
It was the first time City had scored that many in a league match since defeating Norwich 7-0 in November 2013, with Gabriel Jesus scoring twice, and further goals from Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva.Victory put City two points clear at the top of the Premier League, and left Guardiola struggling to find fault, although he was disappointed that his side conceded goals either side of half-time, with Stoke’s first from Mame Biram Diouf, and the second a Kyle Walker own goal.“You can always do better but I cannot deny that today was the best performance since I arrived here. We played a good 45 minutes, and maybe more than that,” he said.“Except for two actions which we have to learn more about, we produced a really good performance from everybody.“After the international break, it can be a bit complicated, but we did really well. So we played quick because we played simple.“Everybody helped to give us an extra pass, and after the quality for the people in the middle, our wingers and strikers made the difference.“I’m very pleased because we won, and especially with the way we won.”De Bruyne’s performance was complimented by both Guardiola and Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who described the Belgium midfielder as the best player currently in the Premier League.– Aggressive –“Kevin didn’t score today, but he is a guy who is so dynamic. He understands the game. Normally, that kind of player doesn’t do the actions to be aggressive, win the ball, and make the right pass and the right tempo,” he said.“After that, when he has the ball in the positions close to the area, the wingers, strikers and attacking midfielders move because they know the ball is coming.“He’s a talented player, and he produced a good performance today.”Hughes was disappointed with his team’s defending, particularly in the first half, but did find time to express his admiration for De Bruyne.“This result isn’t going to define our season. We came up against an exceptional City side and we’ve been found wanting, in terms of physicality and the ability to get close to them,” he said.“They’ve got genuine world-class players within their ranks. Kevin De Bruyne is head and shoulders above any player in the Premier League in my view, given the level of performance and the way he can dictate and affect the game.”Hughes defended his decision to give a debut to 18-year-old right-back Tom Edwards, who endured a torrid afternoon against Sane, although he did create Stoke’s second goal before an ankle injury forced him off.“We didn’t have too many options,” said Hughes. “He was due to play. He’s deserved his chance.“If he hadn’t got an injury in pre-season, he would have played before now, because that’s how well he was doing.“It’s unfortunate for him, but it’s a learning experience, not only for him, but for everybody today. He’ll be better for it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League match against Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, on October 14, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 14 – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City produced the best performance of his reign in their swaggering 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City on Saturday.Kevin De Bruyne was outstanding, producing two assists and playing a part in three more goals as City scored seven goals for the first time since Guardiola took charge in July 2016.