Rob Nichol, of IRPA, told RW a year ago that the optimum time period for players to get adequate rest and conditioning was “12 to 14 weeks”. Well, that’s out the window for players in the northern hemisphere.Player welfare was reportedly at the heart of these discussions on the new season structure, but it’s more likely players will lose heart when looking at the changes. Yet again the needs of the players have been put at the bottom of the list. The proposed 11-month season from 2019 is frankly ridiculous, fumes RW’s Sarah Mockford. This first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Rugby World magazine. To check out the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.Okay, there are lots of club players with no international commitments and they will have a few extra weeks to prepare, but it’s not just England players that will be impacted; there are the internationals from other countries who will have Tests to play, while the U20 World Cup is likely to move to July. And with the need to marry up the European windows, the Pro12 might have to follow the same plan as the Premiership. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Working up a sweat: Exeter Chiefs during their pre-season training THIS IS a rough schedule for an England player come 2019-20: July-Aug pre-World Cup training; Sept-Oct World Cup; Nov-June Premiership/European season with club; Feb-March Six Nations; July two-Test tour; August five weeks off; Sept start of season.Yes, World Cup years put extra strain on the scheduling, but the arrival of the integrated global calendar in 2019 brings with it a couple of big changes. Firstly, the Test window will move from June to July – there will be three-Test tours in every year bar the one after a World Cup. Secondly, Premiership Rugby will continue to start their season in September but the final will move to late June.It doesn’t mean that players will be playing more games – the cap will remain – but when are they supposed to rest? A week off here and there in-season will help but a significant break is needed between campaigns, both for mental rest and physical conditioning, to ensure they’re ready for the rigours of a long season.This scheduling means a month between seasons for Test players. Gone is the pre-season that players so often pay tribute to when they hit form, that time to recover from niggles and get in good shape.
Howard Lake | 3 April 2001 | News Launch of fundraising benchmark project 12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis This year’s fundraising benchmark project, Fundratios, has been launched.The Centre for Interfirm Comparison (CIFC) has launched the 2001 Fundratios project, the benchmarking management tool for fundraisers, in partnership with the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers. Over 70 charities are taking part by providing statistics on a regular basis, covering growth,costs and returns on fundraising activities. Advertisement This year’s study will include looking at the possibility of development industry standards for fundraising activities, based on five years of statistics.The 2000 project, completed in October, involved 35 charities, with data covering up to March 2000. Voluntary income had grown by 8.4% over the previous year, and 44% over the past three years. Local fundraising income saw practically no increase, and largest growth came from trusts income and committed income.Total increases in voluntary income has grown by the following percentages over the past five years:1996: 2.3%1997: 2.6%1998: 16.1%1998: 12.5%1999: 8.4%Fundraising expenditure increased by 18.1% over the previous year. Most of this additional expenditure was spent on legacy marketing and committed giver recruitment, both of which have a long payback period. Income per £1 invested therefore fell from £5.51 to £5.07. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Dublin-based Ammado is trialling a new online social network specifically for charity staff and supporters in the UK and internationally. Over 250 nonprofits around the world, including the Resource Alliance, are using it in advance of its launch in December.The Resource Alliance, which stages the annual International Fundraising Congress this month, is inviting all 900 delegates to become members of Ammado and use it to network with each other.Once they have created their own profile on the site, currently in beta testing, delegates will be able to see who else is attending, send messages to fundraisers from similar causes, organise themselves into national groups or create online debates. Advertisement The Resource Alliance will itself use its Ammado webpages to set up separate online groups for speakers, delegates and volunteers, and will use the delegate community to notify people of last minute changes to the schedule.Resource’s Alliance’s events director Alan Bird says: “The IFC brings together fundraisers from up to 50 different countries but until now the first you’d know about who else was going would be when you scanned the delegate list when you arrived. It gave you no chance to see in advance who might be working in the same area as you, for instance, and to try to make contact with them.With Ammado, we can start the networking that IFC is famous for before the conference starts and continue it once it has finished.”Ammado was set up in 2005 in Dublin by Ireland-based entrepreneurs Dr Anna Kupka and Peter Conlon.Dr Kupka says: “Ammado has launched a new era of social interaction. Enabling not-for-profits to form their own online network, and creating a global community of people who care, ammado aspires to dramatically increase the resources in the not for profit sector. Ammado combines social networking, philanthropy and entertainment with the power of the internet to accelerate fundraising, awareness and communication.”Ammado follows the launch of Forum3 Network, an integrated online recruitment and social networking resource from Charity People in the UK. That differs from Ammado in that it is directed primarily at charity sector staff rather than their supporters and donors.Ammado’s upcoming launch comes as many fundraisers and donors embrace online social networks like Facebook, Bebo and MySpace, and more add-on ‘apps’ for fundraising appear on Facebook. 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 October 2007 | News Tagged with: Digital New online social network for charity sector
Howard Lake | 7 February 2011 | News Tagged with: christmas corporate newspaper The Financial Times and The Guardian have announced the totals raised by their Christmas charity appeals.The Financial Times ‘seasonal appeal’ raised $1,639,185 (£1,014,476) for Action Against Hunger/ACF International. Fundraising activities for the appeal, which ran from November 2010 to January 2011, included an online auction of lunches with senior FT writers, with meals donated by restaurants, together with a London wine auction and a New York gala dinner.Weight Watchers International and the John and Wendy Neu Family Foundation contributed $100,000 and $200,000 in matched gifts to help boost the apepal.This year for the first time the FT’s website featured a range of blogs from ACF staff working on projects.The Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal raised £428,000 to be distributed equally among 10 projects that help young people held back by poverty, low educational attainment, addiction, chaotic family backgrounds, or mental illness.The total was similarly boosted by matched funding: £100,000 was raised through The Big Give’s campaign in December. A further £17,000 was donated on the day that Guardian and Observer journalists staffed the donation lines on a Saturday.The charities benefiting from the appeal are: * Access to Industry * Hackney Young Carers * Bolton Lads and Girls Club * Catch22 * Children Our Ultimate Investment UK * Fairbridge * IntoUniversity * Llamau * N-Compass Butterfly project * Venture trustwww.guardian.co.uk/society/christmas-charity-appeal-2010 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Two newspapers announce Christmas appeal totals About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. CFPB Director Tells Senate His Bureau Has Made ‘Considerable Progress’ Related Articles CFPB Consumer Protection Dodd-Frank Reform Act Government Richard Cordray Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs 2014-09-10 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea September 10, 2014 1,255 Views Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Protection Dodd-Frank Reform Act Government Richard Cordray Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Fifth Third Promotes Van Dyke to Lead Mortgage Operations Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 9/11/2014 Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago In testifying before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs earlier this week, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray said the CFPB had made “considerable progress” toward its goal of protecting consumers since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Reform Act in 2010.”In passing the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress vested in this new Bureau the responsibility to stand on the side of consumers and to help restore their trust in the financial marketplace,” Cordray told the committee. “Over the past three years, we have made considerable progress in fulfilling our rulemaking, supervisory, and enforcement responsibilities to protect people all across this country.”Cordray cited as evidence of the progress several mortgage rules passed by the CFPB after many months of consulting with industry professionals and stakeholders. The new mortgage rules, which took effect at the beginning of this year, are aimed at preventing the problems that led to the housing crisis and financial meltdown. The rules regulate loan originators’ compensation practices and require lenders to make good faith assessments as to the borrowers’ ability to repay loans. The rule implementing the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage forms was issued last fall and ensures that consumers know all their options when pursuing a mortgage loan, and helps them prevent surprises.The work of the CFPB’s enforcement team responsible for investigating violations has led to approximately $4.7 billion in relief to date for about 15 million harmed consumers who were victims of illegal business practices, according to Cordray. He gave as an example the penalty imposed by the CFPB on Ocwen Financial, the nation’s largest nonbank mortgage lender, in December 2013, for engaging in “significant and systemic misconduct that occurred at every stage of the mortgage servicing process” that included charging illegal fees and deceiving borrowers regarding foreclosure alternatives. Ocwen was ordered to pay $2 billion in relief through principal reduction to underwater borrowers and an additional $125 million to about 185,000 borrowers who had been victims of foreclosures.”At the heart of our mission is the premise that consumers deserve to have someone stand on their side and make sure they are treated fairly in the financial marketplace,” Cordray said in his testimony. “Since the day we opened our doors and received our first few hundred consumer complaints, we have now handled nearly 440,000 complaints and secured both monetary and non-monetary relief on behalf of tens of thousands of individual consumers, including many people in each of your states.” Home / Daily Dose / CFPB Director Tells Senate His Bureau Has Made ‘Considerable Progress’ The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
Top Stories[AGR Case] SC Seeks Centre’s Response On Whether Reliance Jio Should Pay R-Com’s Dues Sanya Talwar17 Aug 2020 9:24 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), to file a detailed response on the issue of recovering Reliance Communications’ Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues from Reliance Jio.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari told the Centre that there exists a difference of opinion between two of its ministers (Department of Telecommunication…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), to file a detailed response on the issue of recovering Reliance Communications’ Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues from Reliance Jio.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari told the Centre that there exists a difference of opinion between two of its ministers (Department of Telecommunication and Ministry of Corporate Affairs) on the issue of sale of spectrum during insolvency proceedings. The Bench will continue hearing the case tomorrow, i.e. August 18. Bench also asked the Centre to give a year-wise chart of dues owed by RCom by Tuesday.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Centre and DoT submitted that “the government would support any view taken by the top court resulting in recovery of the AGR related dues”.Mehta also submitted that the Centre had always maintained its stand spectrum cannot be sold during insolvency proceeding. “The spectrum is allowed to be used by the telecom companies under a contract but the ownership of it does not get transferred” said Mehta.The bench said it wants to know, since when RCom has not paid its dues and DoT should also give the year-wise details of demand raised against the company.The bench also referred to the earlier proposed deal of RJio and RCom and said RCom claimed its assets valued at Rs 35,000 crore.”How has the value depleted? Where have the assets disappeared?,” the bench asked.Senior Advocate Shyam Divan said that this was done to evade the insolvency proceedings but the deal did not materialise and the IBC became the preferred route.At the end of the hearing, Senior Advocate Harish Salve told the bench that he will address the court on legal issues of whether the spectrum can be sold under the bankruptcy process.SG: We (DoT) issued a notice on March 14, 2019 to @RCommCare as to why we should not revoke your spectrum as they are not making the payments for it?Mishra, J.: What were the dues and what was the judgment of this court, before & after. Yearly. Tell this to us by tomorrow.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 17, 2020On August 14, the bench had directed the Centre, Reliance Jio and Reliance Communication’s to produce necessary documents in order to bring to light who would be liable for AGR dues of Reliance Communications. The bench also sought details of who was using the spectrum of Aircel and Videocon.Similar direction is issued to other companies which are under insolvency, including Aircel Limited, Aircel Cellular Limited and Dishnet Wireless Limited and Videocon Telecommunications Ltd. to specify who is using the spectrum an arrangement along with documents be placed on record.On August 10, Court had sought the Centre’s response on whether Telecom Spectrum can be sold/auctioned in the insolvency proceedings faced by the telecom companies.The Court posed this query while examining the bona fides of bankruptcy claims of Reliance Communications, Aircel and Videocon.In 2016, Airtel had bought Aircel’s 4G airwaves in the 2,300 MHz band and Videcon’s spectrum. Earlier this year, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the sale of Aircel’s assets to UV Asset Reconstruction Company (UVARCL).On August 7, the Top Court had reserved orders in the plea by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seeking to allow telecom companies to make payments of the AGR dues in a staggered fashion over 20 years.The bench had also made it clear that it shall not entertain any objections for re-assessment/ re-calculation of AGR in light of the decision passed by Top Court in October 2019 and directed Reliance Communications, Sistema, Shyam Teleservices & Videocon to submit their insolvency details within 7 days.Court noted that, in doing so it needed to ensure that the IBC was not being misused by companies in order to escape liabilities.While warning all parties to dispense with payments pertaining to public revenue as had already been directed by the Court, the Justice Arun Mishra led bench expressed reservations regarding keeping the payment of dues pending.”What is the guarantee that you will not escape? Some of you are foreign companies and may even go into liquidation. What is the security that you can give us?” Justice Mishra had asked.On June 18, the Supreme Court had directed telecom companies to submit their financial documents while considering the instant plea by the Department of Telecommunications to allow them to settle the AGR-related dues in a staggered fashion over 20 years.On June 11, it had directed the Department of Telecommunication to reconsider the claims raised on Public Sector Undertakings on the basis of the October 2019 verdict in the case pertaining to AGR dues of telecom companies.The bench had also observed that raising demands on PSUs on the strength of AGR verdict was uncalled for. The bench pointed out that the licenses for telecos and PSUs were of different nature, as the latter was not intended at commercial exploitation.”This is an outright misuse of our verdict. You are making a demand of over 4 lac crores ! This is wholly and totally impermissible!”, Justice Mishra observed on the demands on PSUs.In March, before the commencement of the ongoing coronavirus-forced lockdown, the Department of Telecom (DoT) had moved the Supreme Court proposing staggered payment over 20 years for telecom firms to discharge their AGR dues.The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) had filed a plea in the Supreme Court for modification of the order dated October 24, 2019 vis-à-vis arriving at a formula for recovery of past dues from telecom service providers.In the instant appeal, the union had stated that even though the Court had widened the definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR), leaving the three telcos, i.e. Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Tata Teleservices, collectively facing more than INR1.02 lakh crore in additional licence fees, spectrum usage charges (SUC), penalties and interest, it is imperative that the proposal for mode for recovery is approved.However, on March 18, Supreme Court lashed out at the Centre and telecom companies for doing self-assessment or reassessment of the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues fixed by the apex court in its verdict.In April, the Supreme Court had rejected pleas by Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Tata Teleservices seeking review of the October 24 verdict that widened the definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR).Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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WABC(NEW YORK) — A Bronx, New York, man spent the last 35 years proclaiming his innocence to prosecutors, his defense attorney, in appellate court documents and to the parole board.Rafael Ruiz was sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison after a Manhattan jury convicted him in 1987 for sexually assaulting a woman in East Harlem.Ruiz, now 60, served every year of his sentence at various upstate New York prisons until April 29, 2009, when he walked out of Orleans Correctional Facility. Fast forward to Wednesday, prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Program agreed to toss Ruiz’s conviction after newly tested DNA evidence did not place him at the scene of the crime or the assailant.Before his release, Ruiz was eligible to get out of prison on parole since August 28, 1992, but every time he was presented to the state’s parole board he refused to admit his guilt to a crime he did not commit.“Parole is the release of a prisoner to supervision in the community after he/she has completed a part of his/her sentence in an institution,” according to the United States Department of Justice.Members of the state’s Board of Parole are appointed by the governor. They base their decision to release an inmate on a variety of factors including the facts and circumstances surrounding the conviction, statements made by victims and victims’ families, as well as an individual’s criminal history, institutional accomplishments, potential to successfully reintegrate into the community and perceived danger to public safety.Inmates, especially innocent ones, feel pressure to admit their guilt to the parole board just to get out, according to Daniel S. Medwed the author of The Innocent Prisoner’s Dilemma: Consequences of Failing to Admit Guilt at Parole Hearings.The state’s Parole Board confirmed that Ruiz appeared nine times throughout his prison sentence.“He went to the parole board about seven to nine times and consistently maintained his innocence, except one time,” Ruiz’s attorney, Seema Saifee, with the Innocence Project, told ABC News on Wednesday.In an act of desperation, Ruiz implicated himself with the sex crime to the parole board “once and only once” in order to get released and see his mother who was dying from cancer, said Saifee.Despite telling the board what they wanted to hear, Ruiz was still denied his freedom.Ruiz was granted 10 minutes of “compassionate release” and was able to see his mother in the hospital before she died in 2006, said Saifee.“Rafael said she barely was able to open her eyes, she said ‘is that my son? is he home?’” Saifee told ABC News.It’s unclear if Ruiz has obtained an attorney to file a lawsuit, but if he does decide to take the civil routine, Saifee said: “he has the right and legal opportunity to.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Protoperidiniacean dinoflagellate cysts have been recovered from Upper Miocene sediments of Hole 1095, ODP Leg 178, drilled to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula. These cysts make up virtually the entire dinoflagellate cyst assemblages, and three new species are formally described herein as Selenopemphix bothrion sp. nov., Selenopemphix kepion sp. nov. and Selenopemphix minys sp. nov., together with one informal taxon and two species attributed to published taxa. The occurrence of Late Miocene protoperidiniacean-dominated assemblages in the vicinity of the Antarctic continent is of special interest. Their presence may indicate the initiation of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and increased nutrient supply within the Southern Ocean as the Antarctic Divergence became established. A comparison with several other protoperidiniacean dinoflagellate assemblages of similar age in other parts of the world rovides some preliminary evidence for possible concomitant oceanographic change at this time.
View post tag: ten View post tag: Naval Sri Lanka Navy Assists in Repatriation of Ten Indian Fishermen View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: Assists View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Sri July 12, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Indian Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the repatriation of 10 Indian fishermen along with 2 fishing boats on 10th July 2012.The fishermen with their fishing trawlers were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship “ Gangadevi ” at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Thalai-mannar by Sri Lanka Naval Vessels “ Edithara II ” and “ P- 223” attached to the North Central Naval Command.Repatriation of Indian fishermen and their boats comes as a direct result of the collaborative efforts made by the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian officials.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 12, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Assists in Repatriation of Ten Indian Fishermen View post tag: Repatriation Share this article
Pennsylvania’s Mason Porter is on a serious roll. In recent months, they’ve released a single based on the Edgar Allen Poe story The Tell Tale Heart, had a small batch craft beer named after them, and now have partnered with the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration to release a new EP, Heart Of the Mountains. While many sponsorships can be blatant advertisements, the way Mason Porter has taken the very essence of embracing nature and infused it into their songwriting and playing is both impressive and heartwarming. It’s hard to find a more universally agreed upon subject than the protection and importance of our many unspoiled parks and preserves, and the merging of that thought with the mountain music made by Mason Porter is inspired.Opening with the title track, Mason Porter kicks off the nature themed collection of tunes with a very visceral lyrical look at the enveloping sense of being far from civilization, lost in nature’s splendor. The driving mandolin, fiddle and drums give the song a galloping nature that invokes the gleeful spirit of running free. “See America,” the second track, talks of second chances and the boundless hope that is the American Dream. “Box Of Answers” features a meditative, lilting examination of choices, mistakes and the inability of modern distractions to fill the emotional needs that we all possess. To find life’s riddles, we fire have to put more thought into asking the right question. A much needed reminder that was very well put.Mason Porter takes this nature themed opportunity to deliver a spellbinding take on the old-as-the-hills song “Shenandoah.” It’s been adapted and reworked many times throughout its hundreds of years of existence, and Mason Porter continues in that long tradition by merging modern production and sensibilities with a timeless sound. The ethereal opening of “You And I” shows the depth of sound, variety of tempos and incredible potential of Mason Porter’s diverse array of instrumentation. Whispering and wistful, the romantic song touches not on the more familiar ground of finding or losing love but the less examined area of how to keep the flame alive.The closing tune, “Yosemite,” is a lengthy instrumental that allows the band to stretch out and find fresh ways to fill space in ways only they can. It’s a strong song and a telling indicator of the band’s development. You can literally hear the thought put into the spacing and pacing of the proceedings and it’s proof that proper planning gives bands the best chances to shine.Heart Of the Mountains is a strong statement from Mason Porter about the state of the band and its future, which is certainly as clear and wide open as the parks that the album celebrates. With the amount of material already released this year, it’s a safe bet we’re not done hearing from them, but for now, fans of modern bluegrass have six new songs of gold to treasure.