With almost 20 years and over 2,500 shows under their belt, Dark Star Orchestra continues to keep the Grateful Dead experience alive and well. The group will be performing at the newly opened state-of-the-art Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, which opened earlier this month, this coming Sunday, July 31st (purchase tickets here).The 5,000-capacity covered open-air venue marks the beginning of a major revival to an area that has been called “America’s Playground” since pre-WWII. Before attending the show, you can make it a full day by checking out the famous Coney Island amusement parks, take a stroll along the boardwalk, hang out on the beach, and snag a Nathan’s Famous hot dog before making your way to the venue.It will take a good guess as to which show, and from which era, DSO will perform on this special evening, but you can bet that Jeff Mattson, Rob Barraco, Dino English and company will deliver the magic of the Grateful Dead’s catalog to the Coney Island crowd at what is being hailed as one of the best new venues across the country.Coney Island is easily accessible by the D, F, N & Q trains to Stillwell Ave/Coney Island, if you decide to take mass transportation. If you are driving, there are metered spots, as well as paid parking lots between W 12th and W 17th Streets. For more info, check out the venue website here.To purchase tickets to DSO’s Coney Island performance, click here.Dark Star Orchestra – “Eyes of the World” – Mountain Jam 2014:Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:
Pop star turned Dead & Co member John Mayer just released a new music video for his single “Still Feel Like Your Man,” harkening back to his sound of yesteryear when bodies were wonderlands and he advocated for fathers (and mothers too) to be good to their daughters. The song “Still Feel Like Your Man” is off The Search For Everything, which he previously described to Rolling Stone as “ancient Japanese R&B,” and that he’s identified as the song he’s spent the most time ever reworking.Mayer said that he wrote the song like a “treatment for a movie,” and what followed was a three-day writing frenzy during which he nailed down the song. During this musical trance, the concept for its musical video was born, which he dreamed would include CGI pandas and a complex choreographed dance sequence. Earlier in the year, Mayer and the concept of the video was called out for cultural appropriation, though Mayer assuaged these fears, stating, “I think we were as sensitive as we could possibly be. . . . It was discussed at every juncture. . . . I’m on the right side of the line because it’s an idea for the video that has a very multiethnic casting, and nobody who is white or non-Asian is playing an Asian person.”Set in a “disco dojo,” the newly released video does honor Mayer’s initial prophetic concept, with him getting down with two dancing pandas, and later a multiracial crew of dancers, for a martial-arts themed choreographed dance. While the concept is probably vaguely racist, it’s important to note that the seemingly villainous Asian man who seems to head the disco dojo seems openly unimpressed with Mayer, rolling his eyes exasperatedly when Mayer begins his pas de trois with his two panda dance partners.Perhaps with further analysis and deconstruction of the music video, it becomes subversive, using the self-awareness of the culturally appropriative elements to critique Hollywood and larger society today. Thus, has John Mayer transcended these criticism, becoming a beacon of political correctness and identity politics in these wrought times? We certainly like to think so.
Governor Douglas Appoints Reiber Chief JusticeMontpelier, Vt.-Associate Supreme Court Justice Paul Reiber has beenappointed the next Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, GovernorJim Douglas has announced.Reiber, who believes the mark of a good jurist is to be fair-minded andbalanced, said he is looking forward to the opportunity to lead thejudiciary. “This is an exciting opportunity to help lead the judiciaryforward in the years ahead,” Reiber said. “I am honored and humbled bythis extraordinary opportunity.””I believe that Justice Reiber has the experience, the wisdom and thepersonal demeanor to lead the judiciary,” Douglas said. “Paul is wellrespected by the bench, the bar and his community as a fair, honest,hard-working, and thoughtful individual. He has served Vermont well as anAssociate Justice, and will serve us well as the Chief Justice.”Reiber, 57, is a resident of Chittenden, Vermont; prior to his appointmentas Associate Justice in September, 2003, served in the private practice oflaw for 29 years. His practice over the years has been diverse and he hasserved on the Judicial Nominating Board and the Supreme Court’sProfessional Responsibility Board.Reiber graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1970 and fromSuffolk Law School in 1974.Reiber’s appointment as Chief Justice will require Douglas to appoint aremaining vacancy on the state’s Supreme Court.###
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org April 9, 2011 Doctors who testified at a hearing on Thursday were divided on the merits and potential pitfalls of the health care reform bill, H.202, which is now under consideration in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. The legislation creates a framework for a universal, unified health care system in Vermont.Physicians said the bill, which is designed to contain health care costs, would have a negative impact on the state’s ability to retain and attract physicians in urology, neurology, obstetrics, orthopedic surgery, oncology, emergency care, and other specialized medical fields. Most of the doctors who testified were from Fletcher Allen Medical Center. A number of hospital administrators also spoke in opposition to the bill.Most primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses, at the hearing, supported the legislation.The split between specialists and general physicians reflect an economic divide in medicine.Surgeons in Vermont, for example, earn $197,000 a year on average in 2009; anesthesiologists bring hone $185,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Internists on the other hand received about $137,000 that year; and primary care doctors made $133,000.The average medical student leaves the University of Vermont with $200,000 in debt, according to several professors who testified at the hearing.Many of the physicians, who prefaced their remarks by saying they considered themselves to be small business owners, said they supported reforms in theory. The potential reality, however, when the reforms go into effect in 2014, presents ‘uncertainties’ that they find worrisome enough to contemplate leaving the state. They are worried about how the system will be funded, about whether the state will be able to recruit specialists in addition to general practitioners, and whether the cost containment strategies ‘ particularly the effort to reduce administrative costs ‘ will hurt their practices financially.Dr. Julia Brock, a gynecologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, said she and her husband, a gynecological oncologist, chose to live in Vermont, even though they could have made considerably more money elsewhere. ‘What I’m for is careful planning,’ Brock said. ‘I don’t see how I’m going to save money (under the new system). The big take home message is: I don’t want to leave the state.’Dr. Allan Ramsay, a professor of family medicine at the University of Vermont, said general practitioners have made financial sacrifices to stay in practice. Most are committed to taking Medicare and Medicaid patients for whom reimbursements are much lower than those who are covered under private insurance, he said.‘I have heard reference to physicians leaving Vermont because of this health care reform,’ Ramsay said. ‘I am not surprised about this response because a colleague recently reminded me that we have all become psychologically dependent on the fee for service system. In other words primary care, specialists, administrators, and insurers are all addicted to fee for service. I have treated many patients with addiction in my 30-year career. The way to treat an addiction is by doing an intervention, which you are doing, and then prescribing a recovery program. Family physicians are ready to recover from this dependency. Those who continue to be in denial about their addiction will relapse, and find other places to work the fee for service system. Those of us who do recover will flourish in a system that makes everyone as accountable as family physicians have been for generations in Vermont.’~Anne Galloway Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org Editor’s note: The video footage of this hearing was shot and edited by Catherine Hughes.
The Vermont Department of Labor today provided additional information on how to access the temporary jobs and recovery project assistance under a recent flood recovery grant from the US Department of Labor. The grant was secured with the assistance of Vermont’s congressional delegation and Governor Peter Shumlin. Funds are available in nine Vermont counties to provide temporary employment for up to six months on projects to help public and non-profit structures and facilities clean-up, demolish, repair, renovate or reconstruct their facilities destroyed or damaged by the flooding. The qualified counties are Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orleans and Washington. While project locations must be specific to the listed counties, persons interested in the temporary employment do not need to be a resident of one of these counties in order to qualify for the employment opportunity. Vermonters who may be eligible for these temporary jobs are:(1) Workers who have been temporarily or permanently dislocated as a result of the disaster;(2) Eligible dislocated workers who are unemployed and not receiving unemployment compensation or other types of income support;(3) Individuals who have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer. Priority for the temporary jobs will first be given to those workers who have experienced temporary or permanent job loss as a result of the flooding. Public and Non-Profit entities in the counties listed, that suffered flood damage, are eligible to apply to have the grant-funded, temporary workers provide assistance with the clean up, demolition, repair, renovation or reconstruction activities. The highest priority is for public facilities which have been most severely damaged, consistent with the strategic plans of the community. The second priority is for private non-profit facilities which have the highest impact on providing needed temporary services and/or restoring public services. Generally, worksites will be limited to public and private non-profit facilities and property. Work on private property may be eligible to the extent that it meets certain strict requirements. According to the Vermont Department of Labor this grant will help displaced or long-term unemployed Vermonters reconnect to the workforce, and help restore the public infrastructure so that regular business and services can be restored more expeditiously. To find out more about the temporary job opportunities, or to find out if your public or non-profit organization can qualify for this help, should contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4325 OR 802-828-4342. Information on this program, as well as the special Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) can be found on the Vermont Department of Labor website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external). (Note: The Department does not have permission at this time to include Caledonia county, but will provide an update if such permission is granted.)
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Monday night at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference can only mean one thing, The National Credit Union Foundation Dinner presenting the 27th Annual Herb Wegner Memorial Award. This year over 850 people from around credit union world came to the Marriot Marquis Washington dressed to the nine’s to recognize three incredible individuals and one extraordinary organization.The recipients of the 27th Annual Herb Wegner Memorial Award were:Lifetime Achievement, Bob SchumacherIn recognition of a career that has touched every corner of the credit union movement, as well as his inspiring work with credit union leadership programs, both in the U.S. and overseas, the National Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce Bob Schumacher, retired President and CEO of MountainCrest Credit Union, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.“Bob is one of the most dedicated and devoted followers of the credit union philosophy who has worked on all levels of the movement,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “His impact particularly on Foundation programs such as the Community Investment Fund, Biz Kid$ and the Credit Union Development Education Program is beyond belief. Anyone who has had the opportunity to be touched by Bob’s contagious energy and enthusiasm comes away a more committed individual.”Read more about Bob SchumacherLifetime Achievement, Clarence Hall, Jr.In recognition of his selfless work on behalf of the struggling population of Issaquena County and his lifelong embodiment of credit union values, the National Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce Clarence Hall, Jr., CEO of Issaquena County FCU, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.“Clarence Hall is not a household name in the credit union movement, but his work has been absolutely inspiring in building a better life in a downtrodden part of our nation,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “Clarence is an unsung hero who has led efforts around financial literacy, civil rights and much more to make a positive impact on those in his community. Roy Bergengren used to say that the credit union’s real job is to prove the practicality of the brotherhood of man and Clarence’s achievements align perfectly with those words.”Read more about Clarence Hall, Jr.Lifetime Achievement, Mike MercerIn recognition of his ground-breaking leadership, innovative contributions, personal commitment and unfaltering dedication to the advancement of the credit union system, the National Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce Mike Mercer, President/CEO of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.“Anyone who knows Mike knows he’s an innovator and status quo challenger who has always pushed leaders to rethink old habits and consider new ways of doing things,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “From his role at the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, time as CUNA Chairman, his work with the Polish credit union system, and more, Mike always has displayed tremendous insight and innovation.”Read more about Mike MercerOutstanding Organization, Iowa Credit Union LeagueIn recognition of its organization-wide dedication to ensuring the prosperity of credit unions and improving the financial lives of consumers, the National Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) as the recipient of the 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Organization Award.“The Iowa Credit Union League has been fortunate to have a series of leaders over the years who’ve all been pioneers in helping build the credit union movement,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “The breadth and depth of the organization shine through the league’s focus on reaching the Hispanic population, savings initiatives, as well as a host of other programs. You always know if the Iowa Credit Union League straps on a challenge, they’ll go far and beyond.”Read more about Iowa Credit Union League
At first, maintaining a steady salary and avoiding a gap in your employment history was more important, so you tried to put your head down and make things work. Each day I spent marketing products to consumers left me feeling emptier. continue reading » In 2013, I was 10 years into the world of marketing in the corporate world. I was on a huge global team, managing advertising campaigns being rolled out across the world. By this point, I’d marketed everything from trash bags to drain opener to luxury desserts. So you’ve come to the realization you’re unhappy with your career path. You can’t remember the last time you looked forward to a Monday morning. You’re no longer are proud of your response to the question, “What do you do?” The problem is it’s exhausting—physically, mentally and emotionally—trying to tolerate your job when you know deep down you’re unhappy. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A Towers Watson survey of Spanish occupational pension funds has shown those more closely monitoring the risk associated with individual asset classes achieving a better return risk.The study attracted responses from 28 of Spain’s largest 40 pension funds, which manage around €21bn in total. Responses account for 79% of the €26.7bn in assets run by the 40 largest, and 62% of the €33.8bn held by the country’s private pensions industry as a whole.Investment returns over one, three and five years to 30 June 2014 were compared for those 40 largest funds which include the return and potential risk of each asset class when defining their investment strategy, against Spanish occupational pension funds as a whole, using figures from INVERCO, Spain’s investment and pension association, for the latter.For all three time periods, the median return from the Top 40 funds employing risk/return considerations exceeded that for the pension system as a whole: the annualised median returns over five years were 6.24% for the Top 40 funds, and 5.26% for the entire system. Furthermore, median returns for the worst-performing 5% over the same five years stood at 3.16% for the Top 40 funds, and 1.94% for the whole system, showing better risk management by the 40 largest.Returns for Top 40 funds with geographically diversified fixed income portfolios were also compared with returns from those Top 40 funds with fixed income portfolios most concentrated on Europe.Over all three time periods, fifth percentile returns were higher for the geographically-diversified portfolios than for those focusing on Europe: over five years, annualised returns were 3.77% and 2.27%, respectively.For equity portfolios, the five-year returns were 3.55% for diversified portfolios and 2.54% for those which were Europe-centric.David Cienfuegos, head of investment, Spain, Towers Watson, said: “The results are a useful guide to understanding how the largest occupational pension plans in Spain are developing over time.“Some findings are extremely encouraging, as they put into perspective the effort and consideration made by boards of trustees in maximising the value of their pension plan for retirement.”Cienfuegos noted that some schemes had “cutting-edge” asset allocation procedures.“Others, however, show how far we are from understanding the difference between investing our savings in the short-term, and investing for retirement,” he said.He also said: “Those who didn’t diversify have suffered underperformance even at a time when fixed income exposure would have given investors good returns.”The survey was carried out to determine most important aspects for pension fund investment strategy.It found that 67% of control committees of the Top 40 pension funds considered return and potential risk from each asset class to be a “very important” aspect of defining investment strategy, the remaining 33% saying it is “important”.Meanwhile 46% identified return objectives, and 42% sensitivity to risk, as “very important”.Other factors such as economic outlook and replacement rate at retirement were considered much less significant.When defining strategic asset allocation, 46% of Top40 funds believed diversification is “very important”, with 42% saying recommendations by fiduciary managers, and 38% capital preservation, are also very important.Average asset allocations was 66% in fixed income, 24% in equities, and 4% in real estate, private equity, and other alternatives.Fixed income portfolios show a bias towards Europe, with the region accounting for an 89% share of all fixed income portfolios. There was a further bias towards peripheral government fixed income (Spain, Italy and Portugal), which made up 44% of fixed income portfolios.Within the equity allocation, 65% was to Europe.Cienfuegos said: “There is continuing debate within pension funds as to solutions for the problem of low interest rates. Most pension funds think alternatives, especially hedge funds and private equity, can contribute in reducing risk through diversification and greater efficiency in the risk/return binomial.”Equity hedges have been implemented by 80% of the Top40 pension funds, while 69% have currency, and 35% interest rate, hedges in place.
Darius and Kayla Boyd’s next big project is in Paddington, a few minutes’ drive from Suncorp Stadium. Picture: Annette Dew.NRL star Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd has wasted no time moving on to his next dream home project — a stunner minutes from Suncorp Stadium.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAFL stars buying tips!00:45Builders to the stars Graya announced the project on Facebook Friday morning, with Boyd and his wife Kayla “repeat clients” of theirs.The award-winning building firm, run by brothers Andrew and Rob Gray, named the designer as Joe Adsett Architect.“This courtyard style home will be one of the first of its kind built in Paddington,” the firm stated.MORE: Kitchen reno hack that saved thousandsBrisbane’s hungry for luxury, says richlisterLandscape architects show flair The new Boyd residence as envisioned by Joe Adsett Architect will be built by award-winning Brisbane builders Graya. Source: Facebook/@Grayaconstruction.According to CoreLogic records, the property-loving Boyds bought a five bedroom home less than 2km from Suncorp Stadium, where all the Broncos home games are played. They paid $1.205m for the property which settled in May.Located a five-minute drive — or 18 minute walk — from the stadium, the property contains two lots, one 202sq m and the other 404sq m.The home that the Boyds intend to transform into a central courtyard style property.The Boyds have an affinity for renovation and design with a jawdropping four bedroom home in Hendra currently listed for sale at offers over $1.99million. Graya built that one too with key features including “soaring ceilings, voids and a seamless transition from open indoor living to spacious outdoor entertaining areas”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe Hendra home is striking yet has a very beachy feel too.Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla at their Hendra home which is currently on the market. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Realestate.com.au classifies Paddington as a “high demand market” with 1041 visits per property compared to the state average of 373, with the median four bedder priced at $1.19m.The Boyds’ Paddington property was set up as a dual living rental opportunity before they bought it and it had been listed on realestate.com.au as “oozing with potential”.The Paddington property is a stroll away from cafes and shops and a few minutes’ drive to Suncorp Stadium.Stunning neighbourhood chosen by the Boyds for their next project.“This home has great bones and provides an exciting opportunity to add your own personal touches,” was how agent Andrew Degn of Place Paddington listed it.“This is the perfect opportunity for the astute buyer as this home is within walking distance of Rosalie Market, Frew Park, Milton State School plus an array of boutique shops, cafe’s and restaurants.”FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Kenya’s new Chief Justice to be sworn in Kenyan Chief Justice retires a year early South Africa’s chief justice to meet Zuma over Bashir ruling rowSouth Africa’s president and its top judge are to meet to try to resolve an intensifying row between the government and the judiciary over the state’s failure to detain Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir last month.Government officials say judges are biased against the state and the ruling ANC has said some were driven to “create chaos” and were guilty of “judicial overreach”, naming the Cape High Court and the high court in Pretoria that heard the Bashir case.The high court has ruled that the state was at fault in letting Bashir leave the country despite a global arrest warrant and a court order barring him from doing so.Judges say that the government should respect the rulings of what is one of the country’s most respected institutions.“Judges, like others should be susceptible to constructive criticism. However, in this regard, the criticism should be fair and in good faith. Importantly the criticism should be specific and clear. General gratuitous criticism is unacceptable,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said in a media briefing on Wednesday.On Thursday, Supreme Court of Appeal president, Lex Mpati, told Talk Radio 702, “If we’re going to disrespect court orders or we’re going to want to go out and do things which are not legal or lawful, then of course we are treading on dangerous grounds.”Mogoeng has called for a meeting with Zuma, who says he will see the chief justice after the BRICS nations’ summit in Ufa, Russia, that ends today.“The president wishes to reassert his own commitment and that of the executive to the independence of the judiciary and its role as the final arbiter in all disputes in society, the presidency said in a statement.Daily Maverick columnist Stephen Grootes wrote: “Twenty-one years into our democracy we are facing a crisis that could render our society dysfunctional, in this turbulent and ever-changing space, Chief Justice Mogoeng’s intervention might one day be seen as one of the courageous acts that saved South Africa’s budding democracy.”–Reuters Arab League chief to meet Yemeni president Related