Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Live CD/DVD Release, “Live From The Fox Oakland”

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band has a treat in store for fans this morning, with the official announcement of a brand new live album and concert film. Dubbed Live From The Fox Oakland, the film and audio were recorded on September 9th during the band’s two-night stand at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. The concert film and audio will capture seventeen live tracks from that evening’s performance at the Fox, mixed to perfection using a vintage Neve console for full 5.1 surround sound.This album has been in the works for a long time coming, as Derek Trucks had mentioned it on several occasions in interview conversations. Trucks explains in the new press release, “we’ve been wanting to properly document the progress of this band for a while and it really felt like we were hitting our stride and firing on all cylinders last fall.” Susan Tedeschi adds, “it was special capturing the live performance from Oakland. The audience was great and the band played with passion. I am thankful we captured the band at this moment in time.”The movie itself, in addition to presenting the glory that is Tedeschi Trucks Band live in concert, will also contain behind-the-scenes footage from the band and interviews with Marc Maron and David Fricke. Clearly, we are not the only one’s excited about this new project, as David Fricke noted that Live From The Fox Oakland is “an authentic, widescreen group portrait . . . simply the truth of what happened, in all of its shared glory” within the liner notes.Live From The Fox Oakland is due out on March 17th. You can watch the band’s performance of Derek and the Dominos’ “Keep on Growing” from The Fox to get stoked on this upcoming live release.The full trailer for the release can also be watched below.Pre-order information can be found here, and the full tracklist and album artwork can be seen below.Live From The Fox Oakland Tracklist1. Don’t Know What It Means2. Keep On Growing3. Bird On The Wire4. Within You, Without You5. Just As Strange6. Crying Over You7. Color Of The Blues **Film only8. These Walls (featuring Alam Khan)9. Anyhow10. Right On Time **CD only11. Leavin’ Trunk12. Don’t Drift Away13. I Want More (Soul Sacrifice outro)14. I Pity The Fool15. Ali ** CD only16. Let Me Get By17. You Ain’t Going Nowhere **film onlylast_img read more

Billie Eilish Goes Animated In New Video For “You Should See Me In A Crown” [Watch]

first_imgSinger Billie Eilish continues to thrive within the indie-pop and mainstream music scene with the arrival of her debut album late last month. Eilish’s breakthrough moment earned even more momentum when her When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? LP debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S., while earning the second-largest sales figures for an album release in its first week so far in 2019.Related: Janelle Monáe And Zoë Kravitz Team Up In New Video For “Screwed” [Watch]Earlier this week, Eilish finally shared her animated video for “You Should See Me in a Crown” to her YouTube, almost a month after it debuted via Apple Music. The video features incredible design from famed Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, who reportedly claims to have spent eight months building the animated story using special motion-capture technology.“I sprinted throughout the production process with my animation team striving to realize Billie’s vision in an unprecedented way,” Murakami added in a statement.The video’s storyline introduces Eilish as what appears to be a relatively normal female character, who shows off some impressive dance moves to match with the song’s uptempo energy early on. Things quickly take a turn for the weird, as the video’s colorful world turns dark as Eilish’s character transforms into a spider-like monster while the song continues to build. Fans can check out the video below to watch the entertaining but dark animated story.Billie Eilish – “You Should See Me In A Crown”[Video: Billie Eilish]Eilish is currently in between both weekends of Coachella, where she’s one of the notable performers at this year’s festival. She’ll continue on her own headlining tour with shows in Australia and New Zealand later this month before returning to North America in late May for a run of performances throughout the summer. Fans can head to her website for ticket and tour information.last_img read more

Lending Perspectives: COVID-19 next wave

first_img continue reading » As I write this, it’s been about two months since the sports world seemingly set the precedent for the U.S. economy by shutting down operations, setting the stage for an episode that has been a blur for virtually everyone. As essential businesses, credit unions and banks have been right in the middle of all of the activity.People wanted cash. They needed emergency loans. They needed payment deferments and modifications. In a matter of 72 hours, I realized the economic impact of COVID-19 was not going to be anything like the financial crisis and the Great Recession. This was much more severe and faster than 2008-2009; anything we thought we could leverage from that time period was pretty much worthless.Where are we headed? I think today’s economic and social realities make long-range planning a difficult thing to do. Certainly lenders and senior management teams have to be evaluating segments of the economy that will suffer from displacement and disruption in the long run. Yet there is so much to do in the short term that you need to take turns thinking and planning long term while acting and executing short term. So what are the short-term decisions impacting credit union lending? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Coronavirus: Elon Musk ‘likely has moderate case’

first_imgThe tech entrepreneur says he has minor cold symptoms but test results have been “wildly different”.- Advertisement –last_img

Parking lot prayers: Muslims in Jaffa and Jerusalem improvise for Ramadan

first_imgIsrael has reported 208 deaths and 15,589 cases of the coronaries. Palestinian officials have reported two deaths and 342 cases in the occupied West Bank and the Gaze Strip.In Jerusalem, Muslim faithful have taken to the Old City’s back streets to pray as close as they can to the Aqsa mosque compound, where a March ban on prayer was extended for the entire month of Ramadan.In a normal year, thousands of Palestinians and foreign pilgrims would gather inside and around the compound’s holy shrines, built on the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven.”I am powerless due to this disease,” Abu Belal Abu Senanah, an Old City resident, said, as he prayed outside the holy esplanade, also revered by Jews as the site of biblical temples.Jerusalem and other cities across Israel and the Palestinian territories have sites that are sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and all three religions have taken coronavirus precautions. Shortly after sunset, Muslims in the ancient Israeli port city of Jaffa filed quietly into an empty parking lot for Ramadan prayers, after the coronavirus outbreak forced mosques to close in Israel and the Palestinian territories.Muslims typically pack into Jaffa’s Ottoman-era shrines for evening worship during the month-long fasting holiday before pouring out into the old city and taking walks along the Mediterranean promenade.But with mosques off-limits this year due to the pandemic, worshippers are improvising – gathering in large open spaces and praying outside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest site. Holding prayer rugs and wearing face masks, dozens of Muslims in Jaffa used parking spaces as social-distancing markers on Sunday night as they congregated for Tarawih prayers, held nightly after the faithful break their fast.”We want to feel that it is Ramadan, despite the coronavirus pandemic,” said Tarek Ghazi, who heads an Islamic committee in Jaffa that helped organise the parking lot prayers. Its members come from Israel’s 21% Arab minority, most of whom are Muslim.Committee volunteers donned reflective vests and stood along the lot’s perimeter to make sure worshippers kept a safe distance apart, in line with Israeli government orders.An imam recited verses from the Koran through a loudspeaker as worshippers responded “amen”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Concerns of transparency, inclusivity raised as One Map nears completion

first_imgIndonesia’s highly-anticipated One Map Policy is inching toward completion with most datasets successfully compiled by the government, but observers are wary of the project’s lack of transparency and inclusiveness and whether the rights of indigenous communities are honored.Initiated in 2011 by then-president Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono and continued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the integrated data map is expected to address overlapping land disputes that have emerged out of the previously disparate mapping methods of various state institutions.The policy aims to produce a map with a geoportal database of 85 thematic maps of the 34 provinces that are provided by 19 ministries and government agencies. “The root of the problem is overlapping land claims,” Dodi said during an online discussion on Tuesday.Despite its large and ambitious scope of work, the One Map Policy process has been largely closed off from the public, with datasets mainly provided by government institutions.Read also: Secrecy still shrouds land use mapsCritics say this has led to the exclusion of indigenous communities, who otherwise exist beyond the boundaries of government-led spatial planning.The One Map Policy geoportal (http://portal.ina-sdi.or.id/) is also only fully accessible to the president and vice president, the coordinating economic minister, the agrarian and spatial planning minister and the head of the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) as well as select ministers and representatives of government institutions, governors, mayors and regents.A “participatory” map initiated by the Indonesian Community Mapping Network (JKPP), which covers at least 14 million ha across 27 provinces, has offered ideas to account for customary land distribution.JKPP advocacy division head Imam Hanafi said the current dataset recognized in the One Map Policy had yet to properly recognize the rights of indigenous communities on customary land.The government currently only recognizes customary forests, data for which is provided by local environment and forestry agencies, as well as communal rights to customary land, which is recognized through the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry and National Land Agency.Even then, such “communal land” is recognized only as a non-forest area that is individually registered, also known as “areas for other use” (APL).“In reality, customary land does not only equate to customary forests. Every indigenous community has its own cultural [underpinnings in the surrounding land and forest],” Imam said.Based on its mapping efforts, the network proposes that the One Map Policy recognize at least 128,745 ha of customary forests, 113,972 ha of social forests, 112,245 ha of land subject to agrarian reform and 11,116,450 ha of “customary regions” – which may include various types of customary land.On top of that, the JKPP found 470 instances of tenurial conflict, of which 168 are in Kalimantan. Around 50 percent of these have to do with plantations.Imam is hopeful that the results of the JKPP’s participatory mapping could be included in the One Map Policy dataset, and that the public may get access to the geoportal.Read also: NGO maps out indigenous community territoriesIn response, Dodi said the government had been open to suggestions for its integrated map and was willing to include indigenous groups’ rights and ownership in the One Map.However, he also said the state was bound by prevailing regulations requiring all data references to have a government agency as a custodian.“If the participatory map wants to be included, it must be decided who the data custodian would be,” he said.Greenpeace Indonesia’s forest campaigner, Arie Rompas, argued that data used in the One Map Policy came from the public domain anyway, and that any attempt to withhold it could violate Law No. 14/2008 on public information.“It will not address inequality [in the agrarian sector], if control lies solely with the government,” Arie said.He said the government had previously been found guilty of withholding public domain information, as was the case for data on the right to cultivate (HGU), even in spite of 12 different verdicts in favor of releasing HGU data to the public.These include decrees by the East Kalimantan Public Information Commission (KIP), the West Kalimantan KIP and the Papua KIP as well as state administrative court rulings and even one from the Supreme Court.“The government must strengthen the One Map Policy, open it up to public access and comply with court orders to publish the HGU data,” Arie said.Topics : Dodi Slamet Riyadi, the undersecretary for spatial planning and strategic economic zones at the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, said the project was close to completion as all thematic maps had been compiled and the integration and synchronization processes were underway across the nation.Back in February, President Jokowi said the government aimed to finish the One Map by December 2020. Since then, however, authorities have found that some 40 percent of the nation’s landmass – equal to 77,365,141 hectares – were disputed.According to official data, about 9.3 percent of the land is claimed by provincial and city/regency-level spatial plans, 10.6 percent is subject to dispute among spatial plans and designated forest area, another 16.1 percent is subject to permit or ownership disputes between spatial plans and forest area, while 4.6 percent overlaps with all three area types.The Executive Office of the President has received up to 855 reports of agrarian conflict between May 2016 and July 2020. Officials there have processed 133 cases, 94 percent of which have to do with plantations.last_img read more

Average returns ‘are not enough to judge outcomes’

first_imgInvestors should pay more attention to money-weighted returns than time-weighted returns, according to the chair of the 300 Club, an industry think-tank.Stefan Dunatov, CIO of Coal Pension Trustees, said the shift in focus more towards “wealth” rather than just percentage gains would improve investor understanding of how to achieve investment objectives and the risks involved.In a new paper – “Using wealth, not returns, to set objectives and measure success” – Dunatov argued that it was the level of wealth, rather than returns, that will determine how well investors with present or future liabilities will achieve their goals.“While that level of wealth is dependent on investment returns, focussing too much on those returns may lead to objectives not being achieved,” he said. “The path those returns take is also a key consideration.” For any specific average return over several years, Dunatov argued, there was a multitude of different paths that could have led to that same average return – which can result in very different outcomes for an investor’s fund.“For example, one path might be that returns are poor to begin with. On another, returns are strong to begin with,” Dunatov explained. “Although the average returns are the same across both scenarios, the total wealth they each generate is quite different because of the effects of compounding.”The paper highlighted the importance of this factor on funds in either the accumulation or spending phase.For a fund wanting to build a pot of assets over a five-year period, for example, and with regular contributions, a 50% return in year five would preferable to a 50% return in year one, because the large uplift at the end of the investment period would be on a larger pot of assets. “For those wanting to draw down assets, the reverse is true,” the CIO wrote.Dunatov told IPE: “We are not advocating taking away time-weighted returns, but if you accept that wealth targets are important, you should consider adding wealth-weighted returns to your arsenal.“Besides return figures, a pension fund report could also show the projected portfolio values which it might need in specific future years in order to achieve its objectives. But adding money-weighted returns is not a trivial issue because it is not the way the industry thinks.”The 300 Club is a group of pension professionals from North America and Europe established to challenge traditional industry thinking, and includes current and former pension fund CIOs, asset management leaders, and consultants. Dunatov was named chair last year.last_img read more

National Grid seals £2bn longevity risk transfer with Zurich

first_imgZurich was planning to further develop its presence in the bespoke de-risking market, Wenzerul added. The insurer has previously focused on small and mid-sized UK pension schemes, insuring the longevity risk of some £1.5bn of liabilities across six transactions in less than two years. Zurich’s first longevity swap with a UK pension scheme was in 2016.A significant proportion of the longevity risk for the National Grid transaction was reinsured with Canada Life Insurance. Aon was lead transaction adviser.Martin Bird, senior partner and head of risk settlement at Aon, said Zurich’s entry into the large scale longevity risk transfer market was good news for the wider market. According to Bird, notable features of the deal with National Grid included the creation of a streamlined framework suitable for use within the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme – of which the National Grid Electricity Group is a part. He added that the price was attractive, “reflecting a period of significant price correction in the longevity reinsurance market”.  “The transaction also demonstrates the opportunities currently available to pension schemes to hedge longevity risk cost-effectively via a structure under which the scheme retains control of and flexibility over its investment strategy,” Bird said. The National Grid Electricity Group is one of 23 separate units in the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme. The sponsor is National Grid Electricity Transmission plc, part of National Grid plc. National Grid has completed a longevity swap with Zurich to cover more than £2bn (€2.3bn) of liabilities linked to around 6,000 pensioners.The deal was Zurich’s first “bespoke intermediated longevity swap” and its largest to date, according to Greg Wenzerul, head of longevity risk transfer at the insurer.The transaction covered around two-thirds of the pension liabilities of the National Grid Electricity Group, said Andrew Bonfield, finance director at the UK electricity and gas transmission company.“This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the security of our pension arrangements, and represents a significant step in our long-term strategy to manage down the level of pensions risk for National Grid shareholders and electricity consumers,” he added.last_img read more

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’: Why did Bill English change his stance?

first_imgOn the day that Prime Minister Bill English was appointed to his new job last year, he announced that he was no longer opposed to same-sex marriage and would “vote differently now”. He had previously voted against civil unions (2004), for a bill explicitly defining marriage as one man one woman (2005), and against same-sex marriage (2013). So why the change? Here’s his response to that exact question when asked by the media….www.protectmarriage.org.nzhttp://valueyourvote.org.nz/2014-general-election/candidates/bill-englishlast_img read more

AquaTrojans Middle School Teams Wrap Up Season Undefeated

first_imgThe 2018 S-DMS Aqua Trojans capped off another undefeated season by bringing home the Richmond Invitational crown.Girls Team Scores: Sunman-Dearborn 356, Centerville 206, Connersville 190, Richmond 166, South Dearborn 153, Greendale 142.Boys Team Scores: Sunman-Dearborn 353, Centerville 238, Connersville 178, Richmond 166, South Dearborn 102, Greendale 61.Invitational winners include: Girls 200 Medley (Reany, Hafertepen, Popen, Bulach); Boys 200 Medley (Strotman, H, Strotman, F, Jackson, Ketcham); 200 Freestyle Luke Jackson; 200 IM Emily Hafertepen; 200 IM Henry Strotman; 1 meter diving Bree Cleary; 100 Butterfly Luke Jackson; 500 Freestyle Tyler Ketcham; Girls 200 Free Relay (Brennen, Bulach, Mittermeier, Reany); Boys 200 Free Relay (Schutte, Ketchem, Strotman, H, Jackson); 100 Back Cole Benegas; 100 Breast Emily Hafertepen; Boys 400 Free Relay (Schutte, Ketcham, Ketchem, Strotman, F).S-DMS finished an amazing 13-0.  Congrats on a great season, AquaTrojans!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more