LOCKN’ Festival Adds Sheryl Crow To 2018 Lineup

first_imgSheryl Crow is the latest act to be added to the lineup for this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. Sheryl Crow has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide in her 30+ year career, garnering nine Grammy Awards out of 32 nominations. Hit songs like “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy” will live in rotation for years to come; and with the recent release of her 2017 album Be Myself, Crow has positioned herself for an exciting summer of international tour dates, including festival appearances at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, and now, LOCKN’ Festival.Sheryl Crow will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here.last_img read more

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Alfie Boe & Katherine Jenkins to Headline Carousel

first_imgAlfie Boe(Photo by Bruce Glikas) View Comments Ready for a real nice clambake, London? Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, respectively, in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Directed by Lonny Price (Sunset Boulevard), the production will play a limited engagement April 7, 2017 through May 13. Opening night is scheduled for April 11 at ENO’s London Coliseum.Boe won a Broadway.com Audience Choice award for his Valjean in Les Miz and was last seen on the Main Stem in Finding Neverland. He made his Great White Way debut as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, for which he and his co-stars received a special Tony Award in 2003. He also played the role of Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Concert at London’s O2 Arena in October 2010 and went on to lead the original West End production of the show. His live opera appearances include The Pearl Fishers at the English National Opera and Romeo ET Juliette at the Royal Opera House.Opera star Jenkins has recorded ten studio albums, with Second Nature and Living a Dream receiving Classic Brit Awards Album of the Year. Her most recent album, Home Sweet Home, was her seventh studio album to reach number 1 in the U.K.. She has performed for the Pope, Presidents and Royalty including The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations earlier this year. Jenkins has appeared extensively on television both in the U.K. and the U.S. including the series Popstar to Operastar and Dancing With the Stars. Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery and taking his own life, the charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets a chance to return to earth and make amends. Discovering that his daughter Louise has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager, haunted by her father’s legacy, Billy vows to restore pride to his family. ENO’s 40-piece orchestra and chorus will accompany the cast in this semi-staged production.  Further casting will be announced later. last_img read more

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Soggy Bottom SUP Tour: Day 6

first_imgClick here to read the report from Day 5“Heading to Pirate’s Cove” Jordon LakeLocated about 15 minutes off of I- 40 you will find Lake Jordon, this lake is fairly large about 14,000 acres, the lake has many different launch and access area, the Jordon Lake State Park is the best place to access the water. There are many different coves to explore even on busy lake traffic day, you can still find some relief from the traffic on this lake, the water is fairly clear and with the various coves you can avoid the wind on most days. The water stays fairly warm even into late October which allow for some late season paddling. The lake is only about 40 minutes from Raleigh.  The lake also is a good lake to spot a bald eagle. The lake is a US Army Corps of Engineers Lake, with a North Carolina State Park on the lake.Jordon Lake Area information:Launch sites: Nine different site located within the state park, daily entrance fee for park $6Paddleboard rental nearby or Bring Your Own Board: Bring your own boardNearby lodging: Nearby in Apex, hotels/motels, various camping options at state park campgrounds, vacation rental homesDining options: nearby in ApexOther nearby area activities: Hiking, fishing, mountain bikingLake WheelerLocated just minutes off of I – 40 in Raleigh, NC is Lake Wheeler, the city of Raleigh operates the waterfront park, and this is the best place to access Lake Wheeler. The lake is a great getaway for the city for an afternoon paddle; this is also a great place to learn to paddleboard with intro class from a local tour company. The water is clear and like Lake Jordon, remains rather warm well in late October. This lakefront park is an oasis in the urban area of Raleigh.  The lake does get busy with boat traffic on weekends.Lake Wheeler Area Information:Launch site: City Park, $6 feePaddleboard rental nearby or Bring Your Own Board: Triangle Glides  Nearby lodging: many lodging options nearby in RaleighDining options: fast food to fine dining in Raleigh, concession stand at lake, the park has some nice picnic areasOther nearby area activities: Mountain biking, hiking, fishingPirate’s  Cove – East Carolina StadiumAs we arrived at the cove, we were greeted with a sea of purple and yellow, lots of those pirates everywhere, no we were not here for paddleboarding we were here to watch the 11th rated Hokies play some college football on this beautiful fall day in eastern  North Carolina. The bone yard as they call it has been know to take down a mighty ship or two a couple times a season, it almost happened to the Hokies this day, they finally got it together and sailed out of the cove and back to the safe harbor of Blacksburg with a win. As my dad and I were heading back to Claytor Lake, our thoughts were that we could have enjoyed this beautiful day more visiting some of the other paddleboard sites around the Tar Heel state.last_img read more

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A better way to pay consumers: Making the move to digital disbursements

first_imgSometimes life simply moves too fast for paper checks and other slower payment options. Businesses that send payments to consumers are well aware of this reality, yet nearly half of all consumer disbursements made each year– insurance claims, rewards, rebates, refunds – are still made by check, according to an Aite Group study.Paying vast numbers of customers, workers and business partners quickly, securely and efficiently is challenging, and in many cases existing processes have evolved to fit specific needs and requirements. Payments must be accurate, be able to be tracked and reconciled, and be optimized for companies’ unique needs. The insurance industry in particular requires the ability to make multiparty payments to people with different accounts. Almost all businesses, from those in traditional industries to members of the gig economy, find it’s increasingly necessary to provide convenient, real-time business-to-consumer (B2C) payments.Advancements in disbursement tools are opening new avenues for companies to get money to their customers, clients, business partners and employees faster and more efficiently. Using digital disbursements, companies can now send digital payments to an email address, mobile number, debit card or direct to an account. While it’s easy to see the value of providing faster, digital B2C payments to the customer, companies must also ensure transactions are cost-effective, efficient and secure. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Binghamton restaurant, stores, more named in public health alert

first_imgOct. 5 to 10 from 6 to 8 a.m. OR noon to 2 p.m.Oct. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.Oct. 10 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. The department asks you to self-quarantine if you were at the following locations for two weeks since your exposure date. The department says you should quarantine if you were at these locations for at least 10 minutes. American Family Fitness on the Vestal Parkway in Vestal Oct. 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. OR 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. B.C. Transit Bus 35 Bath & Body Works on the Vestal Parkway in Vestal Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.center_img Oct. 4 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sonic on Upper Front Street in the Town of Dickinson (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department released multiple public health statements on Wednesday. Dos Rios Cantina on Court Street in Binghamton Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.last_img read more

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Accor signs for three properties in Djibouti | News

first_imgWe understand there is an enormous need for new hotel investment in Djibouti and Accor’s knowledge and expertise as a global hospitality leader will help us achieve our objectives.”Located in Djibouti city, the properties will share the location with the port of Djibouti, strategically located at the crossroads of one of the business shipping routes in the world, linking Europe, the Far East, the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf, making it the busiest waterway in the region.“This is a development we are very excited about as Djibouti is an attractive destination for business travellers and has a central geostrategic location due to its port,” said Mark Willis chief executive of Accor Middle East and Africa. – Advertisement – “This will be a first step for us in Djibouti and we look forward to being part of the country’s overall development.”Located in Djibouti city centre, Accor plans to open the first Pullman Living project in 2023, a new build project featuring 131-keys across one, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The property will be located in the heron district, nearby the new free trade zone, embassies and high-end residential neighbourhoods.Also in the heron district, after undergoing renovation, the existing property of Les Accacias operating since 2012, will be reopened under the Novotel brand. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, after renovation with the extension of 40-keys, making a total of 110 rooms.  This property will also represent the first mid-scale branded hotel in the node, where guests will be able to enjoy the outdoor restaurant and coffee shop, a swimming pool, fitness centre and gym.The third project will reside on the conversion of a heritage building which will be transformed into a 50-key hotel by 2022. This new MGallery will be located in the CBD district and across the ministries. At the horn of Africa, bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia the country also houses the largest military base in Africa. With its convenient and strategic location, the hotels should expect to welcome all types of travellers, including international investors looking for long-term stay options, leisure and family travels. Accor is expanding its footprint in Africa after signing a management agreement with Kamak Investment to manage its first properties in Djibouti.As part of its ongoing development strategy to expand its presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Accor is setting foot for the first time in Djibouti, with the launch of three hotels under the Pullman Living, Novotel and MGallery brands.- Advertisement – OlderOceania winners at the World Travel Awards unveiledcenter_img – Advertisement – Initially created as a real estate agency the founder, Houssein Mahamdoud Robleh diversified the activities of Kamak Investment over the years to cover different industries including security, maintenance, temporary work and the press. During the past eight years, the Kamaj Group expanded its real estate focus and invested in the central market of Riyad of which it is the private concessionaire and acquired two hotels.“We couldn’t think of a better partner than Accor to help us renovate and manage the two properties and the extended stay project in Djibouti City”, said Houssein Mahamdoud Robleh, founder of Kamaj Investments. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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PREMIUM‘Threat to democracy’: Minor parties lambast plan to raise legislative threshold

first_img#HouseOfRepresentatives house-of-representatives general-elections #Elections parliamentary-threshold election-bill #ElectionBill LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook Three political parties that control a small number of seats in the House of Representatives have objected to a plan to increase the legislative threshold for the 2024 elections, arguing that it would undermine the country’s democracy.Major parties in the House are seeking to raise the requirement to acquire seats in the House from 4 percent of the national vote to 7 percent, in a draft bill dated May 6 to revise the 2017 General Elections Law. The proposal was reportedly first drafted by the Golkar Party, which received the third most votes in the 2019 elections with 12.31 percent, and the NasDem Party, which came fifth with 9.05 percent of the vote.The Democratic Party, the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the United Development Party (PPP) – the three parties at risk of losing representation in the House in 2024 if a higher threshold is introduced – demand th… Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

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Regions have yet to prepare post-pandemic economic recovery plan: BPKP

first_imgYusuf also said that regional leaders should prepare “a regional incentive scheme” to accelerate the recovery of the virus-battered economy in the country’s regions.Many regional leaders have said that the pandemic, which has brought many economic activities nearly to a halt due to mobility restrictions, resulted in a severe decrease in regional income.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi urges ministry to reach out to poor families amid uneven aid distributionJakarta, for instance, saw budget revenue shrink by 47 percent in May, while Gorontalo reported a decrease of 17.5 percent in April. Yusuf also urged regional administrations to be more active in collecting data and registering local businesses affected by the economic crisis, as well as to prioritize economic aid for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) not covered by the central government’s assistance program.He also outlined several problems facing post-pandemic recovery in the regions, including issues with the procurement of health equipment and materials.“The specifications of the equipment and materials ordered usually don’t match the Health Ministry’s standards; they have no distribution permits, the goods are hard to procure, and their price often fluctuates,” Yusuf said.“Furthermore, the specifications of the goods received are often not what was ordered. Besides, the procurement of health equipment and materials is still taxed.”Yusuf said the BPKP along with regional internal auditors would supervise and assist in the purchase of health equipment. However, he urged provincial administrations to ensure that the procurement fits their particular needs.Read also: COVID-19 crisis exposes holes in social aid disbursementThe BPKP also found that hospitals in some regions still had trouble claiming reimbursement for COVID-19 patient treatment, as many of them had yet to understand the rules stipulated in Health Ministry Decree No. 238/2020.Yusuf estimated that only 30 to 40 percent of funds allocated by the central government for COVID-19 care reimbursement had been used up.“Regional administrations should coordinate with representatives of the BPKP and the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) office in their respective region to expedite the reimbursement of claims,” he said.The BPKP had also integrated social aid recipients data from multiple sources, including regional social aid and the central government’s Family Hope Program, to help solve the incomplete data problems that had riddled social assistance distribution.Topics : The Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) has found that many regional administrations have not yet prepared adequate programs and measures to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.In a discussion with several governors on Wednesday that was hosted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), BPKP head Muhammad Yusuf Ateh urged regional leaders to draft economic recovery plans for their respective areas, including details on funding sources.The financial sources for the programs may include the state budget, the central government’s regional incentive funds (DID) and special allocation funds (DAK) or borrowing from central authorities, he said.last_img read more

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Long-awaited PNO Media, PGB merger thrown into doubt

first_imgPNO and PGB have been in talks over a far-reaching cooperation – including a merger – for several years now.Even at the end of last year, PGB still fully expected PNO to join its ranks, creating a new pensions giant.It considered the end of 2013 as a “logical moment” for the merger, as all pension funds must raise their funding to the government’s minimum of 105% by then.Currently, PGB’s coverage ratio is 103%, whereas funding at PNO was languishing at 99.6% as of the end of August.Earlier this week, Timeos, the exclusive pensions provider for PGB, announced that it changed its status from independent foundation into a PGB-owned company, “in order to fully focus on the scheme for the printing industry”.The provider, which initially had the intention to actively acquire clients for pension provision, said: “This is the best way for creating the necessary scale of PGB.”Theo Flach, a spokesman at PGB, added: “Timeos’s decision fits within our current philosophy that autonomous growth of PGB offers more potential for widening our basis than extension through the provider.”According to Flach, PGB has recently invested in a new and flexible administration system for its pension provision at Timeos.The pension fund for the printing industry is developing into a multi-sector fund, including participants from the cardboard and chemical industry and the rubber sector.After several new pension funds joined PGB recently, it saw the number of participants increase by 15% to more than 98,000 during the past year and a half. The possible merger between the €4.1bn media scheme PNO and the €14bn pension fund for the Dutch printing industry (PGB) has been thrown into doubt after PNO elected to suspend consultations.Ton Tekstra, chairman at PNO, told IPE: “We want to review our strategy. It might be possible the desired benefits could be achieved without joining PGB.”Tekstra declined to elaborate what those benefits might be, but he did say a cooperation with PGB was still an option, “as we operate in the same sector”.He said he expected PNO to clarify its strategy by next spring.last_img read more

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​Swedish pensions agency finds no value gain for fund switchers

first_imgThe number of people making at least one change of fund in a year had decreased since 2011, it reported, while the number of people with their own portfolio – as opposed to those saving via the system’s Såfa default option run by national pension fund AP7 –  had remained relatively stable in the period.Analysing the relationship between overall investment performance and an individual saver’s behaviour in switching between funds, the pensions agency said: “There is no clear connection between the number of fund changes and the value development in the account.”Sets of data in the report for 2019 on its own, as well as for the period since an individual had entered the system, both showed value development to be relatively evenly distributed in all categories of fund changes, and that there was no clear link between increased activity and increased value development.“Further analysis is required to investigate any possible relationships,” the agency said.The report showed premium pension savings grew by 28.5% on average in 2019 for savers with their own portfolio, while Såfa accounts had increased by an average of 30.7%.However, by the end of April the market value of premium pension savings in 2020 had fallen by 9%, the agency reported.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The Swedish Pensions Agency, which runs the country’s first-pillar premium pension system of individual accounts, has said in its latest report that it finds no link for savers between switching funds frequently and value creation.In its new 2019 report on the SEK1.5tn (€141bn) system, the authority (Pensionsmyndigheten) also said people had become less active in exercising their freedom to change in and out of investment funds, with only 3.9% of participants making any switches in 2019 compared with 4.5% the year before.The findings may be seen as supporting arguments in favour of reducing the number of private funds being offered to the public on the system’s funds marketplace (fondtorget) platform – a development which is happening as part of Sweden’s ongoing reform of its premium pension system.In the report, the agency said: “In a longer perspective, the number of fund changes has been declining since a decade ago.”last_img read more

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