April 15, 2021

Umphrey’s McGee Tour Dates & Festival Appearance Leaked In Summer Camp Guide

first_imgIf fans in the Midwest were worried about a lack of Umphrey’s McGee dates – fear not, for the band has you covered! Fans who made it out early to Summer Camp Music Festival today received a festival guide book, and in it was a full page ad for Umphrey’s McGee’s summer tour. Among the many dates previously-announced were four new ones, including two nights in Chicago, one in Columbus, OH, and the last in Pittsburgh, PA.The two night run in Chicago includes a stop at the North Coast Music Festival, where the band will apparently be performing alongside Bassnectar, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Greensky Bluegrass and many more. The show at Concord Music Hall on 9/3 is most likely a NCMF late night show, though this remains to be seen.North Coast Music Festival Continues To Set The Bar For Lineup DiversityThe run spans from Septmeber 3rd through the 9th, and you can see the full dates in the post below.Get your Umphreak on!last_img read more

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Sunbelt Expo

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaScientists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences flexed their biofuel-research might at the 30th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 16-18.The Sunbelt Expo draws more than 200,000 people annually to see 1,200 exhibitors showcase the latest in farm equipment, services and information.Visitors to the CAES permanent Sunbelt Expo building learned how chicken fat, row crops, wood chips and even algae could fuel the United States in the future. They also learned about the economic benefits and costs of biofuel production in Georgia.”The Sunbelt Expo is our single greatest opportunity each year to highlight to the farming community the great work going on at CAES,” said J. Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “Each year we select a theme that seems to be on the mind of the farming community. Clearly, energy and biofuels were a great topic for the current year.”CAES crop specialists explained to participants the research on peanuts, cotton and other row crops they conducted on the Expo’s 600-acre farm, where harvest was taking place as shuttles loaded with people passed down field roads. CAES animal specialist conducted seminars for those interested in livestock.”As more and more agricultural universities participate,” Angle said, “the Sunbelt Expo is also becoming one of the leading educational venues for U.S. agriculture.”Every year, 10 Southeastern states each send a farmer to compete for the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. It went to North Carolina farmer Bill Cameron this year. Georgia’s nominee was Daniel Johnson from Alma, Ga.last_img read more

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Irrigation Scheduling

first_imgTo better conserve water, as well as abide by federal regulations regarding the use of irrigation, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert encourages Georgia farmers to develop an irrigation scheduling strategy.UGA Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter says there is a moratorium on new wells being added in the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District in southwest Georgia. If a farmer decides to irrigate more land, he has to use the well he’s already using or drill to a deeper aquifer. That means farmers have to divide water between fields or make a significant investment to irrigate more land, Porter said.New legislation is also being considered that would require farmers to use water conservation strategies and techniques.“These regulations are being implemented to help farmers conserve one of our natural resources. Hopefully, producers can see this as an opportunity to enhance their farming operations through the use of precision agriculture strategies,” Porter said.Whether it’s through soil moisture sensors, online scheduling tools or smartphone applications, farmers have multiple options available to help them practice precision agriculture and to schedule irrigation. All are significant cost-cutting techniques.At UGA, Porter works to develop water-saving tools that are inexpensive and easy to use. “We also want to show farmers that the investment in most of these scheduling tools pays for itself. If you’re a large farmer and you’ve got irrigation going, and you get someone to manage that irrigation on a really robust irrigation strategy, that person has the potential to pay for his salary a few times over in any one year by two ways: yield increases and by energy savings from pumping costs,” he said.Sensors strategically placed in a field provide a farmer with an adequate reading of soil moisture. Instead of farmers relying on the checkbook method – applying a certain amount of water to a field every week – sensors provide producers with an up-to-date reading of the water presently in the soil.While sensors can cost as much as $2,000 each, they have proven to be Porter’s most effective irrigation research tool. Unfortunately, farmers likely need more than one sensor to get accurate data for an entire field, he said.“It’s no different than what our various irrigation software is doing. With one sensor, you’re probably going to under-water part of the field and overwater part of the field, depending on where you place that sensor,” Porter said. Porter recommends placing the sensors in an average yielding spot in the field, not at the highest elevation, but also not in the bottom where water stands. Another effective tool is IrrigatorPro, a Web-based tool that provides row crop farmers with information to determine when to apply irrigation to achieve a high-yielding crop that has limited irrigation costs. “With Irrigator Pro, this past year in one peanut study, we only applied 2.5 inches of water the entire year, but it was the highest yielding treatment. The checkbook method (meant we) applied 12 inches of water, but was toward the (lowest) yielding treatment, mainly because we had so much rainfall this year,” Porter said.Reduced yields are a negative effect of overwatering that can be avoided. IrrigatorPro calculates how much soil moisture is available compared to the water needs of the crop based on its growth stage. Another online scheduling tool similar to IrrigatorPro is the University of Florida’s Peanut Field Agronomic Resource Manager, or PeanutFARM, which is specifically designed for peanuts. Other irrigation apps for smartphones are available through UGA and the University of Florida at smartirrigationapps.org. Porter estimates 10 to 20 percent of Georgia farmers use some form of irrigation scheduling. Though he hopes that number will increase in the future, he understands producers’ hesitancy in adding a water management strategy to their farming operation.“There is a time commitment farmers would have to make with these scheduling systems. They have to make rapid decisions. There’s also the cost that is involved, especially with sensors,” Porter said. “I hope that, through my research, I can continue to educate and make farmers aware of the value of the precision agriculture techniques.”last_img read more

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Nassau OTB Picks Belmont for Mini-casino

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting (OTB) Corporation announced Tuesday it plans to build a mini-casino at Belmont Park in Elmont, nearly a year after it withdrew a similar proposal for Westbury amid public opposition.Opponents have previously held rallies opposing the horse racetrack as the revised location for the video lottery terminals (VLTs) facility in anticipation that Nassau OTB would use Elmont as its Plan B. But county leaders back the OTB’s decision, which ends months of speculation.“The addition of VLTs and other first class amenities to existing gaming operations will enhance the entertainment experience for visitors to Belmont Park as well as producing revenue that will support vital public services that the county provides to its neediest residents,” Nassau OTB said in a statement.The plan is to build 1,000 VLTs, aka electronic slot machines, on a parcel near the grandstand. Suffolk Off-Track Betting wants to build a similar nearly 100,000-square-foot facility for an estimated $40-million in Medford, where residents have also objected to the idea, arguing that casinos cause traffic and crime.Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) has been an outspoken critic of the plan.“I will continue to oppose this because a casino is wrong for Nassau, wrong for Elmont and wrong for our residents and most importantly their children,” Solages said. “But what is an even more despicable act than stuffing a casino down our throats is the continued lack of transparency in this process. If we cannot trust the foundation of this project to be open and allow for public input, then how can we trust them with the revenue that will be brought by the casino?”Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, disagreed.“Belmont Park is a logical selection as the existing gaming facility is underutilized,” Mangano said in a statement. “The next step is to further discussions with local legislators and OTB to create a community benefits program that keeps property taxes down, invests in schools, addresses ingress and egress concerns while creating jobs and providing residents with a local entertainment option that keeps their dollars invested locally.”Mangano has reportedly projected $20 million in expected revenue from the gambling facility in Nassau County’s 2016 budget.The Nassau OTB said that Belmont was chosen “after exhaustive study and review, including the input of nationally recognized consultants to the gaming industry.” The OTB said that it “strongly believes that Belmont Park is the best possible site for the location of a Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) facility.”Eight miles away, the Resorts World casino at Aqueduct has 5,300 VLTs already in operation.In the meantime, horse racing begins again at Belmont Park on April 29, with the Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the fabled Triple Crown, set for June 6.last_img read more

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The sad truth about millennial financial literacy

first_imgFollow up – it’s one of the essential keys to success in life. You’ve heard of it before, but maybe not in a financial context. You know you should follow up after a job interview by sending a thank you card and checking the status of your application. You know you should follow up with the doctor when your sick by taking your medicine as prescribed and going to all of the required appointments.But why, as millennials, do we fail to follow up with our money and financial life? It’s a growing trend that is harming millennial financial health.Millennials Are Late On Their BillsMillennials, as a generation, have a larger delinquency rate on their bills compared to all other ages. According to a recent study by the American Institute of CPAs, more than a quarter of millennials surveyed had missed a bill or been contacted by a creditor due to late payments. At the same time, Experian recently announced that millennials, as an age group, have the lowest credit scores as well.Why are millennials (or anyone really) late on their bills? It’s a lack of follow up and understanding of financial organization. Many young adults expect everything to just happen. However, too few are following up with mail (yes real physical mail) and then writing checks or setting up online bill pay. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Biden Wins Presidency, Ending Four Tumultuous Years Under Trump

first_img– Advertisement – In a sign of how much Mr. Trump alienated traditional Republicans, a number of prominent members of the party endorsed Mr. Biden’s candidacy, including Cindy McCain, the widow of former Senator John McCain; the party’s other two presidential nominees this century, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, declined to endorse Mr. Trump.Yet for all his lofty language about uniting the country, Mr. Biden was a halting candidate who ran a cautious campaign, determined to ensure that the election became a referendum on Mr. Trump. The former vice president fully returned to the campaign trail only around Labor Day, and for weeks he limited his appearances to one state every other day or so. He went west of the Central time zone just once during the general election.- Advertisement – This irked his party’s base but made it difficult for Republicans, from Mr. Trump down the ballot, to portray him as an extremist. Mr. Biden was largely absent from the appeals of G.O.P. candidates, who instead used their advertising to insist that the Democratic Party would be in the hands of more polarizing figures on the left such as Senator Bernie Sanders.Unlike the last two Democrats who defeated incumbents after voters tired of Republican leadership, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Mr. Biden will not arrive in the capital as a youthful outsider. Instead, he will fill out a Democratic leadership triumvirate, which includes Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, of lawmakers who are 70 or older.center_img As he prepares to take the oath, he will return to Washington confronting a daunting set of crises. Mr. Biden will be pressed to swiftly secure and distribute a safe vaccine for the coronavirus, revive an economy that may be in even more dire shape in January than it is now, and address racial justice and policing issues that this year prompted some of the largest protests in American history.And he will do so with a Congress that is far more polarized than the Senate he left over a decade ago, with many Republicans having embraced Mr. Trump’s nativist brand of populism and Democrats increasingly responsive to an energized left. If Mr. Biden cannot bridge that divide as president and elicit some cooperation from the G.O.P., he will face immense pressure from his party’s progressive wing to abandon conciliation for a posture of combat.Mr. Biden has held out hope about working with Republican lawmakers while declining to support his party’s most ambitious goals, like single-payer health care and the Green New Deal; he has resisted structural changes such as adding justices to the Supreme Court.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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CERP received binding offers for the purchase of shares in Hotel Makarska and Hotel Maestral

first_imgYesterday, in the premises of the Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP), a public opening of binding offers for the purchase of 621.086 shares of HOTELI MAKARSKA dd, Makarska and 355.520 shares of HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik was held.For the purchase of 621.086 shares of the company Hoteli Makarska dd, two binding offers were received by Valamar Riviera i Meat industries Braća Pivac.The company MESNA INDUSTRIJA BRAĆA PIVAC doo, Vrgorac offered a price of HRK 155.000.000,00 for the purchase of shares of HOTELI MAKARSKA dd, Makarska, which are the subject of the sale, which represents HRK 4.914.568,10 higher than the initial price, which is determined in the amount of HRK 150.085.431,90 for shares from sale. On the other hand, the company VALAMAR RIVIERA dd, Poreč offered a price in the amount of HRK 172.661.908,00 for the purchase of shares of HOTELI MAKARSKA dd, Makarska, which are the subject of sale, which is HRK 22.576.476,10 higher than the initial price which was determined in the amount of HRK 150.085.431,90 for shares from sale.Continuation of successful cooperation between Valamar Riviera and AZ mandatory pension fundValamar Riviera and AZ mandatory pension fund continue successful investment model by which they jointly realized the acquisition of Imperial dd on the island of Rab in 2016 As part of the binding offer, Valamar Riviera also announced that it has concluded a cooperation agreement with Allianz ZB doo mandatory pension fund management company from Zagreb, which established a relationship of joint action towards the company Hoteli Makarska dd“By privatizing the company Hoteli Makarska dd, Valamar Riviera and AZ, mandatory pension funds intend to invest significant funds in the development of the destination Makarska with the aim of raising the quality of tourism to guests with higher purchasing power and creating new jobs in the interest of all stakeholders.”They point out from Valamar.In the procedure of public collection of bids for the purchase of 355.520 shares of the company HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik, a binding offer was received and submitted by the company J&T IB CAPITAL MARKETS, Prague, Czech Republic. The company J&T IB CAPITAL MARKETS, Prague, Czech Republic offered a price in the amount of HRK 114.271.238,40 for the purchase of shares of HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik, which are the subject of the sale, which represents the amount of the determined starting price. “In the coming days, CERP’s expert services will perform detailed analyzes of the above-mentioned offers for the purchase of shares in both companies.”Point out from CERP and add that the deadline for submitting binding offers for the purchase of shares of JADRAN dd Crikvenica has been extended until January 15, 2018 until 14:00.last_img read more

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Dutch pension system too obsessed with capital funding, says Frijns

first_imgThe Netherlands, with its predominantly capital-funded pensions system, should reconsider the current balance between capital funding and pay-as-you-go (PAYG), as the latter is currently more attractive, according to Jean Frijns, former CIO at the large civil service scheme ABP.Speaking at a book launch, Frijns argued that, in light of low interest rates, it made sense to place more emphasis on PAYG for the AOW state pension.He said a gradual transition to higher AOW benefits would also partly resolve some current problems in the Dutch pensions system, such as pro-cyclical effects as well as the fact that many self-employed workers (zzp’ers) only accrue AOW rights.Frijns said there had been no debate on capital funding versus PAYG since the 1950s and that the “glorification” of the capital-funded system had “continued for too long”. He said a gradually increased AOW could ease transitional problems caused by the planned abolition of the average pensions contribution.The former CIO, who chaired a government-appointed committee looking into investment policy and risk management at pension funds in 2008 and 2009, also claimed the Dutch system still faced “structural weaknesses”.He said these vulnerabilities had increased despite improvements in pensions provision and governance, arguing that the system had become a “plaything” of the markets because of its capital funding.“The low interest rates combined with the effect of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) has doubled the scale of pension funds and made them too big relative to average earning and GDP,” he said.Frijns further argued that premiums were pro-cyclical, that pension funds contributed to the national savings surplus and that the system hindered labour mobility.The industry veteran predicted the new pensions system would provide for individual accrual and annuity-based benefits, carried out for ring-fenced categories of participants within pension funds.This, he said, will tackle the structural conflict between the generations in the current collective system.However, Frijns was sceptical that the government would tackle problems arising from the dividing up of pension funds’ assets or the cost of abolishing the average contribution.He said the government was likely to leave these for pension funds to solve.He also argued that regulators DNB and AFM were “co-governing” too much.“Focusing too much on costs and outsourcing details comes at the expense of participants’ interests, as well as the risk/return ratio,” he said.Frijns recently stepped down as supervisory chairman at Delta Lloyd following a dispute between DNB and the insurer’s executive board about a derivatives transaction.last_img read more

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Desfossés to leave €30bn French public service pension fund

first_imgPhilippe Desfossés, the chief executive of ERAFP, France’s €30bn public service pension fund, is due to leave the scheme in December, a spokeswoman has confirmed.He has held the post since 2008. The decision to appoint a successor to Desfossés is understood to have been announced at a meeting of the pension fund’s board of trustees at the end of June.The chief executive officer at ERAFP is appointed jointly by the government ministers for public service, the budget and social security.  The spokeswoman for ERAFP, which manages the mandatory pension scheme for around 4.5m civil servants, said it did not yet have official information about Desfossés’ replacement but his departure had been confirmed.Desfossés’ appointment was last renewed in 2013. IPE understands he had indicated wanting to continue in the role beyond 2018. His departure comes at a time of a sweeping pensions reform in France. The government wants to establish a universal system to replace the country’s many mandatory retirement schemes – there are more than 40 – and is currently laying the groundwork for this by way of an extensive consultation process being led by Jean Paul Delevoye, the high commissioner for the pension reform.ERAFP, which is a fully funded scheme in a predominantly pay-as-you-go system, comes under this reform and is supposed to be absorbed by the universal system.The government is also reforming private pensions savings within the framework of the “Pacte” law, which was adopted by the lower house of parliament earlier this month.Desfossés has been a strong advocate of responsible investment and the need for pension funds to take account of climate change. He has been vice chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change since 2016.He started his career in the French treasury, within the ministry of economy and finance, but also has private sector experience. He worked at AXA Group from 1998 to 2006 and then at Eli Lilly France.last_img read more

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Norway Gives Green Light for Equinor’s CO2 Storage Project

first_imgEquinor has been awarded an exploitation permit for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The allocated area for storage of CO₂ is located near the Troll oil and gas field and was announced in July 2018.Equinor is currently performing front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies on storage with project partners Shell and Total.The storage solution is part of the large-scale carbon capture and storage project in Norway.“The government has an ambition to realize a cost effective solution for full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway, given that this will result in international technology development. The companies’ effort to mature a storage solution is a prerequisite for a successful project,” says Kjell-Børge Freiberg, minister of Petroleum and Energy.The allocation of an exploitation permit is necessary to continue the FEED-studies for a CO₂ storage solution. The FEED-studies will also provide more accurate cost estimates necessary for an investment decision.This is the first exploitation permit for storage of CO₂ on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The allocation is made under the CO2-storage regulations from December 2014.Equinor, together with project partners Shell and Total, will now mature the storage concept towards a Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) scheduled for delivery in 2019. An investment decision for the Norwegian full-scale carbon capture and storage project is expected in 2020/2021.last_img read more

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