Load remaining images If you thought you heard a cheer last night far off in the distance–and you were anywhere but the moe. show at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York–then you might have wondered what was going on. But for everyone packed into the venerated music hall or streaming the show online, the reason for the cheer was abundantly and clear: moe.’s bass player and beloved frontman, Rob Derhak, was back onstage for the first time since fighting off cancer. As he plugged in, he acknowledged the cheer with a simple “Thanks” and a typically wry “I guess you’re not gonna get rid of me that easy.”Listen to full audio of the performance as you read via taper T.J. Samulis, uploaded to archive.org by tenaciousj:After crediting the love of a loyal nation of moe.rons for helping give him the strength to get back to doing what he does, the band fired up the machine and did what they do, opening with arguably the most beloved song in their repertoire, “Rebubula”. Tears streamed down faces, arms shot upwards in elation, and when the first notes rang clearly and the lights blazed to full power, the house erupted with months of pent-up emotion. When the first chorus passed smoothly with no signs of diminished ability, all worries were dissipated the audience promptly got to the job of getting lost in Derhak’s joyful return.Closing “Rebub”, moe. wasted no time passing off the baton to guitarist Chuck “Satan” Garvey, who brought classic “Akimbo” back to the stage with a vigor and crisp-ness that exemplified the show’s overall feel. Not only were the performances from everyone onstage technically on-point, but they all had an air of unrestrained energy. Garvey’s licks and leads on “Akimbo”, for example, were not just enthusiastic, but as sharp as any in recent years. “32 Things” kept the party rolling and once again heavily featured Derhak on bass, slapping to the delight of his bandmates and audience alike. The round-robin singing style which moe. often employs was in full effect for the tune, giving Derhak a little more time before he brought out his recently-healed vocal abilities.“Things” gave percussionist Jim Loughlin his first real opportunity to stretch out on the marimba and Mallet Kat, and his work on tour with mallet master Mike Dillon recently cleared paid dividends. Beat master Vinnie Amico rolled, simmered and overflowed with power seemingly at will, showing again why he is one of the most underrated drummers in the jam scene. By the time they got to the crowd sing-a-long favorite “Spine Of A Dog”, the cobwebs were cleared and everyone was locked into the love ritual of call-and-response and build-and-release that makes a good show transcend to the level of magic. By the time moe. flowed from “Spine” into the opening strands of set closer “Plane Crash”, fans were ready for the boys to stretch their legs and the band was more than happy to oblige. After thirteen minutes of build-and-release that was everything fans had missed and more, Derhak again addressed the crowd with a far less emotional notification: that they’d return after a short break.Guitarist Al Schnier got the second set started with a twenty-minute take on his “Silver Sun” and the twin pillars of Garvey and Schnier’s fretboard pyrotechnics hypnotized the light-bathed audience. Schnier eventually lured the band into another of his compositions, “Moth”, but the song didn’t make it much past the first pause before Derhak changed the tune by belting out the heartily received opening lines of moe. classic “Captain America”. The uptempo “Captain” tumbled safely into a comfy-yet-crunchy “Hector’s Pillow” before Schnier wrestled them back and got the rest of moe. to rejoin the “Moth” already in progress. moe. played around with the melody and beat of “Moth” before realizing they were hungry for something a little heavier.As the sweaty musical aroma of what the boys were cooking up finally settled into the strident opening chords of “Meat”, the .rons got themselves into the ready position for the long, wild ride which they knew, from decades of practice, that they were about to embark on. “Meat” is easily one of the best compositions moe. has put together, and is often a clear indicator of where the band is mentally. Over the course of 25 minutes, moe. seemingly moved past thoughts of reassuring the crowd, themselves or anyone else of their readiness to put on a show. They did what professionals are supposed to do…their absolute best in the moment. When the exploring was done and the smoke had cleared, the smiles returned to shell-shocked faces as “Meat” finally gave way to the returning and closing “Moth”.The “Al.nouncements” made an appreciated return, with special guest Peter Shapiro on hand to present a medal to the returning, bass-destroying Derhak, who seemed, as always, ready to talk about anything but himself. He was pointedly ready to return to his most favored role: slapping his bass and singing his heart out with moe. Closing with an encore of “Wind It Up” was as purely appropriate as anything moe. could have played. The song’s closing, an exhortation to acknowledge the ties that bind us all together, is always a crowd-pleaser and the tune’s central message was made all the more relevant by the evening’s events: “Be on my side, I’m on your side.” Last night there were no truer words spoken in New York, and maybe the world.There were some wonderful lessons learned by the band and their fans along this journey. Fundraisers, countdowns and sheer outpouring of love from the fans’ side proved once again the rock-solid love moe. has built in their 25+ years of rocking. In fighting and winning his battle with cancer, Derhak has shown up-close-and-personal what we can do when we are faced with immense personal challenges, and how much help the love and support of friends and family can mean in those terrifying times. Fans were forced to remember that even the most routine of things, like seeing their favorite band, is a joyous occasion that can be taken from them with no warning–and should be cherished as such.The lesson is as simple as it is Universal. Tell the ones you love what they mean to you. Revel in the moments of joy for you never know when they might end. And, as always…go see moe.!You can check out two galleries of photos from moe.’s 2/2/18 show at The Capitol Theatre below via photographers Jay Blakesberg and Paul Citone.SETLIST: moe. | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/2/18SET I01. Welcome Back Rob02. Rebubula (nh)>03. Akimbo04. 32 Things05. What Can I Say (1)06. Spine Of A Dog (nh)>07. Plane CrashSET II01. Silver Sun02. LL3 (1)03. Moth >04. Captain America >05. Hector’s Pillow >06. Moth >07. Meat >08. Moth09. Peter Shapiro/al.nouncements10. Wind It Up[Cover photo: Jay Blakesberg] Load remaining images moe. | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/2/18 | Photos: Paul Citone moe. | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/2/18 | Photos: Jay Blakesberg
The Candy Man can! At least, he’s the one fans are most looking forward to catching on the Great White Way in 2017. We asked you which star turns you’re most excited to see this year. Whether the star selected was a celeb or Broadway fave, musicals once again dominated this week’s Culturalist results; interestingly enough, the shows in which these stars are set to appear don’t entirely match up with the shows fans are counting down to see in 2017. Clearly, there’s a ton to look forward to this season! Start getting psyched with the top 10 list below! (Photo: Joan Marcus, Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Axel Dupeux) Christian Borle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Annaleigh Ashford, Sunday in the Park with George View Comments Corey Cott, Bandstand Bette Midler, Hello Dolly! Patti LuPone, War Paint Christy Altomare, Anastasia Jake Gyllenhaal, Sunday in the Park with George Laura Osnes, Bandstand Derek Klena, Anastasia Phillipa Soo, Amélie
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Consolidated Edison (ConEd) and its subsidiary Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) on July 15 issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) to procure at least 310 MW of bulk storage — 300 MW from Con Edison and 10 MW from O&R. The projects must be operational by Dec. 31, 2022 and eligible for a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority incentive according to the RFP.In December 2018, the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) formally adopted Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s target, which calls for 1,500 MW of storage by 2025 and 3,000 MW by 2030. New York’s ambitious energy storage target is pushing utilities to procure significant amounts of storage over the next decade.In December, the NYPSC ordered all New York utilities to procure at least 10 MW of energy storage, with the exception of ConEd, which was ordered to procure at least 300 MW.In addition to ConEd and O&R, Avangrid subsidiaries, New York Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric, National Grid’s subsidiary, Niagara Mohawk Power, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric were required to lay out plans for direct procurement to deploy at least 10 MW of energy storage each by the end of 2022.A recent study by the New York Department of Public Services showed that at least 275 MW of peaking units, or about 6% of the total rated capacity of New York’s peaking fleet, were identified as potential candidates for replacement with six‐hour energy storage.More: ConEd, O&R seek to add at least 310 MW of bulk storage in pursuit of New York’s 3 GW target Two New York utilities seek proposals for 310MW of energy storage
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 12, 2018 In late October, the Colombian Navy dealt a strong blow against narcotrafficking in two combined operations with the Peruvian and Ecuadorean navies. The operations started in the south of Colombia on the Putumayo river, which extends more than 1,000 kilometers and marks the border between Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Authorities seized more than a ton of marijuana and cocaine in the operations. They also captured four Colombian nationals and seized two speedboats used to transport the drugs. “We are perfectly coordinated on the borders with Peru and Ecuador,” Colombian Navy Rear Admiral José Ricardo Hurtado, commander of the Southern Naval Force, told Diálogo. “We conduct joint and combined work with each country’s authorities, so these criminals can’t elude us anymore. If they go to the Ecuadorean side, troops will be there; and if they come to the Colombian side, we expect them, so it gets more and more difficult for them.” By the river According to the Colombian Navy, the first riverine operation was conducted on the third week of October, in a section of the Putumayo river about 24 kilometers northeast of the Peruvian town of Soplín Vargas. The operation was carried out in coordination with Peru, which deployed units of the Peruvian Navy’s riverine gunboat BAP Castilla, the 1st Amazon Marine Corps Battalion, and the National Police. Authorities identified a house on the river bank where three people prepared a drug shipment. “There were speedboats loaded with marijuana,” Colombian Marine Colonel Carlos Andrés Téllez, commander of the 3rd Marine Riverine Brigade, told Diálogo. “We supported the Peruvian Navy with logistics, transport, and information. They arrived and found two speedboats with false bottoms and a metal parasitic device.” The parasitic device contained 400 kilograms of genetically modified marijuana, a variety known as creepy, packed in waterproof bags. Near the house, the deployed forces found another 900 kg of drugs. The marijuana seized is estimated to be worth about $5 million in the international market. In addition to the drugs, authorities arrested three Colombian nationals and seized two speedboats, the parasitic device, and weapons. According to the Colombian Navy, the drugs belonged to alias Sinaloa, leader of Front 48, a dissident group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that dominates narcotrafficking in Putumayo. The drugs that came from the Colombian municipality of Puerto Leguízamo, Putumayo, were destined for the Brazilian Amazon. Drug monitoring A few days after the operation in Peru, units of the Colombian Navy provided support to their Ecuadorean counterparts in an operation that took them from the Putumayo region to the port city of Guayaquil, in the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The information exchange made it possible to monitor drugs transported from southern Colombia to Ecuador, destined for Europe. “We know there’s a transnational narcotrafficking ring that transports drugs through international airports to Europe,” said Rear Adm. Hurtado. “Based on this, many lessons were passed down to our Ecuadorean counterparts, such as the use and training of canines that can detect even the slightest trace of drugs. These can be implemented at immigration checkpoints to neutralize criminal action.” With information from the Colombian Navy, the Ecuadorean Navy, together with the Ecuadorean National Police and the Office of the Attorney General, managed to capture a Colombian national in Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. The criminal attempted to carry more than 30 kg of cocaine hydrochloride to southern Europe. The operations are the result of sustained information exchanges between the neighboring navies. Together, the naval units of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru spearhead the fight against drugs in the hard-to-reach jungle they share in the Amazon region of Putumayo, which criminals use to conduct their illegal activities. “We have to keep up with coordinated work and maintain the bonds of friendship and cooperation among our countries,” said Col. Téllez. “We have to keep up the coordinated fight with the different navies, the police, and the attorney general offices supporting each other to be able to create these strategies that enable us to counter narcotrafficking forcefully.”
One of the advantages of buying a prebuilt gaming PC is that it gives you a great overall setup, fast. So you won’t have to wait for weeks on end to get a high-quality graphics card that you’ll also have to install. Prebuilt PCs from well-known manufacturers already excellent graphics cards and hardware, and you can get one in about 3-4 weeks.So what should you consider when buying your own prebuilt gaming desktop? Well, storage and memory for starters. Solid-state storage devices offer some great advantages when it comes to performance and load times in games. Graphics cards are also important, and a computer like the MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 Gaming PC should have you covered.And, of course, the design is something to think about as well. Whether you want your gaming setup to be the focal point of your living room or prefer a discrete option that blends into the rest of your devices, there’s an aesthetic for you. So check out this list for gaming PCs to get and excellent gaming experience without the hassle.CORSAIR VENGEANCE a4100 Gaming PC- Advertisement – First up on our roundup of the best prebuilt gaming desktop PCs of 2020 is the CORSAIR VENGEANCE a4100 Gaming PC. This gaming PC offers NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics. So no matter how new your game is, this computer gives you incredible details and framerates. Also, the Elgato 4K60 PRO Mk.2 video capture card delivers 4K HDR10 gameplay at 60 frames per second.MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 Gaming PCThe MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 Gaming PC gives you a sci-fi design that looks cool on any desktop. Best of all is this PC’s impressive features. It comes with an NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics card for life-like images. Also, the AI-powered noise cancellation blocks background noise to provide clearer communication between you and other players.MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 gaming PC on a gaming setupDell Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop- Advertisement – – Advertisement – CORSAIR ONE a100 compact Gaming PC on a white desk HP Omen 25L & 30L Gaming DesktopsAnother of our favorite prebuilt gaming desktop PCs of 2020 is the HP Omen 25L & 30L Gaming Desktops. The computers in this series have a sleek black design and blend in with your other devices. You’ll love the AMD Ryzen processors. For a graphics card, choose between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon RX 5500.HP Omen Obelisk Powerful Gaming PCWith the HP Omen Obelisk Powerful Gaming PC, you get cutting-edge graphics. That’s because this PC features up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics, letting you experience entirely new levels of realism and speed. To amp up the power, you can outfit this gaming PC with up to an Intel Core i7+ or AMD Ryzen 7 processor.HP Omen Obelisk powerful gaming PC with a userOrigin Chronos Compact Gaming PCThe Origin Chronos Compact Gaming PC gives you impressive performance in a small form factor. It conforms to the demands of power users and minimalists. Best of all, it supports next-generation processors and full-size graphics cards. So it can handle the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 while maximizing your desk space.Origin Chronos compact gaming PC next to coffee makers / Image Credit: The VergeZOTAC MEK MINI Portable Gaming PCAnother excellent option on this list of the best prebuilt gaming desktop PCs is the ZOTAC MEK MINI Portable Gaming PC. This compact gaming desktop gives you a powerful, portable gaming option wherever you go. The MEK MINI lets you respond quickly to every action and truly take the lead. It comes with a ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 graphics card and an Intel Core i7-8700 6-core processor.ZOTAC MEK MINI portable gaming PC on a deskMSI MEG Trident X Compact Gaming DesktopThe MSI MEG Trident X Compact Gaming Desktop is another great compact gaming desktop. It features a 10 liters volume case and has components typically found in full tower cases. This includes the 10th Generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards. Designwise, the MEG’s tempered glass panel displays the RGB lighting.MSI MEG Trident X compact gaming desktop with a userMAINGEAR VYBE 2020 Affordable Gaming PCThe final computer on our list of the best prebuilt gaming desktop PCs of 2020 is the MAINGEAR VYBE 2020 Affordable Gaming PC. It combines tech, performance, and design all at an affordable price point. Each PC is hand-assembled by one master craftsman in New Jersey. It offers some of the best components available.MAINGEAR VYBE 2020 Affordable Gaming PC close upSo there you have it, our list of the best prebuilt gaming desktop PCs of 2020. Which one do you think you’ll go for? Let us know in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated! Want an excellent gaming experience without the hassle of building your own rig? Then you should have a look at today’s roundup of the best prebuilt gaming desktop PCs of 2020. These gaming PCs offer the full package so that you can get gaming.If you’re looking for a gaming desktop PC but want to spare yourself the trouble of tech-sourcing, part-procuring, and assembling your own rig, you’ll want to look into a prebuilt gaming desktop. And to help you make your decision, today we’re rounding up some of the best prebuilt gaming desktop PCs of 2020.Related: 18 Must-have gadgets for gamers in 2020- Advertisement – The Dell Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop is another great PC on our list of the best prebuilt gaming PCs of 2020. This computer has NVIDIA RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphics cards. Best of all, this gaming computer runs on a 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor. It also gives you 64 gigabytes of storage, along with a two-terabyte hard disk.Dell Alienware Aurora R11 gaming desktop on a deskCORSAIR ONE a100 Compact Gaming PCThe CORSAIR ONE a100 Compact Gaming PC saves you desk space. This 12-liter gaming computer has an AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card. So it’s designed to help you win. You’ll also enjoy smooth framerates and real-time ray tracing technology. Finally, with the X570 mini- ITX motherboard, this computer supports up to 32 gigabytes of VENGEANCE LPX DDR4 memory. The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters.
Aug 31, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Metz Fresh, a California spinach grower, recalled 8,000 cartons of fresh spinach this week after finding Salmonella in routine testing, prompting a debate on whether voluntary safety rules recently adopted by the California produce industry are working.Metz Fresh, based in King City in the Salinas Valley, announced Aug 28 it was recalling spinach distributed under its own label in retail and food service packages. No illnesses had been reported in connection with the product, the company said.The recall covers 10- and 16-ounce bags, 4-pound cartons, and cartons containing four 2.5-pound bags, all with the tracking codes 12208114, 12208214, or 12208314. The spinach was distributed in the continental United States and Canada. The company encouraged consumers to discard the packages or return them to the store for a refund.Testing by an independent laboratory detected Salmonella on one of many samples on three packing lines, triggering a recall of the entire field lot of spinach packed that day, the company said. “Through its labeling and numbering system, Metz Fresh has already tracked, located, and put ‘holds’ on the vast majority of cartons of spinach affected,” the firm said in its announcement.Company spokesman Greg Larson said more than 90% of the recalled cartons never reached stores, according to an Aug 30 Associated Press (AP) report. He said the recalled spinach was picked Aug 22, and the company began telling stores and restaurants on Aug 24 not to sell or serve it, after a preliminary test was positive. Further testing confirmed the contamination on Aug 28, prompting the company to notify state and federal officials, according to an Aug 30 report in the Salinas Californian.Metz Fresh has complied with the California Leafy Green Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA), a set of voluntary safety rules set up after a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak was linked to fresh spinach from California last year, the AP reported. The outbreak involved 205 cases and three deaths.The safety rules were drawn up by the produce industry, but the system is administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Firms that participate in the agreement agree to undergo safety audits and can use an official safety seal on their bills of lading, according to CDFA news releases. About 99% of the leafy greens industry in California participates in the agreement, the CDFA says.Voluntary system assailedCritics of the voluntary safety system said the Metz Fresh recall shows the system doesn’t work, the AP reported. “Eight thousand cartons left the plant for distribution in the U.S. That’s 8,000 too many,” Jean Halloran, a food safety expert with Consumers Union, told the AP. “At this point, we are relying on the leafy green industry to police itself.”California State Sen. Dean Florez, who has pushed unsuccessful legislation for state regulation of produce safety, told the AP, “This in no way should be seen as a success story.” He said Metz Fresh should have found the contamination before any of the spinach reached consumers.But industry sources said the company’s ability to find the bacteria showed that the new testing procedures are working, the AP reported.”I think the test of the industry is how we react to these types of situations,” said Joseph Pezzini, chair of the LGMA board. “No one was harmed by the product, and that’s important.”Scott Horsfall, LGMA chief executive officer, said California inspectors found no problems at Metz Fresh in two plant and field visits earlier this month, according to the AP.”The overall system is working very well,” Horsfall said. “Consumers can have a high degree of confidence in this product, notwithstanding this recent problem.”The AP said the California Department of Public Health and the US Food and Drug Administration were investigating the Metz Fresh processing facility in King City.Dole expands produce testingIn a related development, Dole Food Co., a major produce marketer, said it has increased testing and tracking of produce to prevent disease outbreaks like the spinach-linked E coli episode a year ago, according to an Aug 30 Reuters report.Eric Schwartz, Dole president for worldwide vegetables, said the company is testing samples from every acre of spinach and other vegetables to be sold under the Dole name. If contamination is found, produce from that area will not be sold, he said.The company is also installing an electronic system designed to improve the ability to trace problems, the story said. The goal is to be able to pinpoint where, within 30 feet, any batch of spinach was grown.Schwartz said Dole has absorbed most of the costs related to the new safety measures but has increased the price of spinach by 2 cents a bag, Reuters reported.See also: Aug 28 Metz Fresh recall news releasehttp://www.spinnychips.com/metzfresh/Metz_Fresh_Press_Release.pdfJul 19 CDFA news release about the California Leafy Greens Handler Marketing Agreementhttp://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=07-057Jun 28 CIDRAP News story “California lawmakers shelve E coli bills”
4. Authentic tourism: immersion in the community Careful tourism refers to creating deeper connections with the places people visit and traveling with the “less is more” attitude, avoiding crowded itineraries with “Top Lists”. Having a bucket list was a way to build social prestige, but as travel as a consumer act falls into disfavor, the more conscious traveler seeks out what more modest trips to less glamorous destinations are. According to the International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that protect the environment, maintain the well-being of the local population and include education.” After a pandemic, people will think much more carefully about how to travel and look for hotels and companies that do everything to minimize their impact on the planet. We can also expect accreditation to gain in importance, as consumers seek security from legitimate “eco-tourism” and “negative carbon” certifications. 1. Wildlife tourism: celestial escapes In the analysis “What will tourism look like in our new reality?’six key travel trends emerging after 2020 stand out: 3. Eco tourism: “cultivate” In the age of Instagram, authenticity has become an ideal to strive for. As for travel, visitors do not want to visit standard resorts that are unconnected and sterile. They want to dive into destinations and experience something “real”. An important aspect will be working with local communities in a safe and honest way, with tourists eager to learn and make human connections. As far as authentic tourism is concerned, travelers also want to leave a positive mark – to give something back – whether it is direct payments to local businesses or volunteering. In the future, travel “on the go” will be much more frequent, whether it’s unfettered freelancers Gen Za, millennial professionals who can earn a living laptop or retirees without responsibility. Health care also motivates more and more people, so it is predicted that there will be an increased demand to buy cars as a substitute for public transport – although they have a great awareness of caring for the environment, this will give way to a boom in travel. 6. Careful tourism: collaborative camps 2. Nomadic tourism: camping trips In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, the quest to improve health and immunity will be a strong motivation for world tourists. in 2021 and later we can expect beach visitors to replace the sun and pina-colade with shade and coconut water. Even if visitors don’t travel explicitlyA detox or bootcamp experience, you will want to book trips that make you feel better than before you return home. Some will also be willinggo to the extremes of radical physical “overhaul”. After months of staying in their homes, there is a universal hunger for more open spaces. For example, in the U.S., national parks have experienced a huge influx of visitors after locking, and the trend will continue into 2021 as time spent in the wild is considered an antidote to modern urban life. 5. Wellness tourism: retreats for longevity Euronews has published its report on travel and tourism trends’ Travel after 2020. With the constant “noise” from our cities, as well as news and social networks, the search for silence will be a top priority. As expected, the traveler of tomorrow will increasingly want to live as a local, immersed deeply in different cultures and customs. They will want to escape from busy urban centers and enter the wilderness of less populated, rural areas, which could bring wealth to these local communities. Full report “Travel after 2020 what will tourism look like in our new reality?”Look HERE
Towers Watson is to launch an independently governed master trust as it looks to gain from the growing UK defined contribution (DC) market.Master trusts are multi-employer DC trust-based schemes run by third-party organisations.The consultancy said the offering was aimed at larger employers that prefer the independent governance of trust-based schemes but with a pricing structure similar to contract-based DC schemes offered by insurers.It will provide a fully outsourced solution to DC savings. Towers Watson said it expected DC assets to triple in the next decade.It appointed Fiona Matthews as managing director of the scheme, with the board chaired by independent trustee Donald Brydon.Paul Morris, head of EMEA at Towers Watson, said cost and governance were priorities but that the scheme design was focused on member experience and functionality.In other news, the deficit among defined benefit (DB) schemes within the FTSE 350 has increased by £27bn (€35bn) since the start of 2015 as falling corporate bond yields continue to push up liabilities.The research, conducted by UK consultancy Hymans Robertson, found liabilities had risen by £42bn between 1 January and 19 January, with deficit rises stemmed by a £15bn increase in assets.Real yields since the start of the year have dropped by 25 basis points, the consultancy said, with 15-year iBoxx corporate bonds hitting historical lows on 19 January.Jon Hatchett, head of corporate consulting at Hymans Robertson, said 10-year interest rates on corporate bonds were 3% at the start of last year, and have now almost halved.“Capital market volatility is an inescapable reality,” he added.“Market sentiment about economic conditions can change very quickly. What we see today is a dramatic turnaround from several months ago, when everyone thought interest rates would rise and the gradual unwinding of QE was on the horizon.“The picture at the end of 2014 was ugly, but it keeps getting worse. This will now be of greatest concern to the many companies whose year-end reporting falls on 31 March 2015.”
NZ Herald 3 January 2018Family First Comment: And for good reason…Cautious and research-based is always the best approach.www.saynopetodope.org.nz/medicinalThe Ministry of Health advised against decriminalising medicinal cannabis for those in chronic pain, saying it would lead to major issues over its legal definition.The advice is contained in a regulatory impact statement, released at the end of last year, on the Government’s Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill.The bill would mean a terminally ill person could use illicit cannabis without being prosecuted while a comprehensive prescribing scheme is developed. That olive branch, however, was not extended to those in chronic pain, which has prompted many advocates to say the bill does not go far enough.The impact statement said decriminalising for those in chronic pain would be problematic.“Chronic pain is difficult to define, subjective, and would potentially cover a large patient group (21 per cent of adults experience chronic pain). Extending this proposal to this group would be likely to result in significant dispute around the definition of chronic pain.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11969147Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
BACOLOD City – Police nabbed 12 persons for playing the illegal numbers game “bingo” in Barangay Rizal, Silay City, Negros Occidental.They were Marvin Belleza; Arnel Capun-an; Agnes Saludo; Corazon Angcahas; Aimee Belleza; Karen Fernandez; Melly Belleza; Amy Belleza; Chenee Villanueva; Eloisa Belleza; Gina Belleza; and Mildred Fernando, police said. The suspects – all residents of the village – were caught around 7 p.m. on May 9, the police added.Recovered from their possession were bingo cards, a bingo plastic shaker and bet money which amounted to P235.They were brought to the Silay City police station, facing charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PN