Phil Lesh Plays Surprise Show With The Majority Of Circles Around The Sun

first_imgAfter wrapping up two great shows at Terrapin Crossroads with “Darkness” and “Light” themes, bassist Phil Lesh surprised fans at his venue with a performance last night. Lesh called on some players that had been present for the last two nights, who incidentally comprise three-fourths of the famed instrumental group Circles Around The Sun: guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall and drummer Mark Levy.Circles Around The Sun was a project borne out of “Fare Thee Well,” the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary show. The band was asked to compose instrumental music for the setbreaks, and wound up creating one of the most prized album releases of 2015 in the process. You can read our conversation with Casal about it here.Though the band didn’t play any Circles pieces, they did start each set out with instrumental jams that were reminiscent of them. The free show featured some Grateful classics like “It Must Have Been The Roses” and “Friend of the Devil.” You can watch some video highlights, courtesy of Troy Hooper, below.Peggy-ONo ExpectationsCheck out the full setlist below, courtesy of Jambands.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 7/7/16Set I: Jam > Peggy-O, She Belongs To Me, It Must Have Been The Roses, No Expectations, Friend of the DevilSet II: Jam > Mountains of the Moon, After Midnight, Mission In The Rainlast_img read more

Divinity School professor in PBS series ‘Native America’

first_img Read Full Story Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), will appear in the third and fourth episodes of the PBS series “Native America,” which will air tonight at 9 and 10 p.m. on WGBH.Carrasco, who is director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project, will offer insight regarding the religious world views of pre-Hispanic cultures. In a Q&A for HDS, Carrasco explains the spiritual beliefs that connected America’s native peoples, how some native beliefs are being kept alive centuries later, and how recent discoveries have shaped a new perspective regarding the peoples of North and South America.The series explores the world created by America’s first peoples. The four-part series, which premiered Oct. 23, reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and more than 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.last_img read more

Exposed! 6 contract negotiations secrets revealed

first_imgAfter more than 12 years helping banks and credit unions optimize their service contracts through expert negotiations with vendors, I have picked up a number of secrets that have empowered JMFA clients across the nation to take the reins and experience substantial savings on their vendor agreements. Today, I’d like to share with you a few tips to help you get the best deal from your service providers.Secret #1: Humility can equal significant savings.What I’ve found over the years is that there’s so much changing in the marketplace with technology contracts (like core processing, Internet banking, custom bill pay and debit cards), that even those adept at negotiating in other situations may not have the information they need to negotiate with these types of vendors.There are a lot of different line items that can be negotiated within a certain contract. But unless you do this all the time (like we do at JMFA), you probably won’t know what to ask for on each line item, what concessions can be made, or what line items are strictly pass-through costs that can’t be negotiated, regardless of the vendor. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Belgium adds functionality to online pension portal

first_imgSource: SigedisIn other news, Belgium’s larger house of parliament has voted to allow those who work for longer than 45 years to accrue additional pension rights. At the moment, workers can only accrue a maximum of 45 years’ worth of pension rights.The reform will take effect from January and follows through with a recommendation of the Pension Reform Commission 2020-2040, a panel of experts appointed in 2013 by the then government.Bacquelaine said: “Our pension system must encourage the pursuit of professional activity but must also better reward the work done. From now on, all years of actual work will be taken into account in calculating pensions.” The online service was introduced in January 2016. Initially it allowed users to consult their career data and find out when they could claim their pension. Since December 2016 those accruing occupational pension rights have been able to look up the second pillar entitlements they had built up. The equivalent is now possible for the unfunded state pension. Steven Janssen, managing director of Sigedis, which is responsible for the second pillar part of, said the evolution of the state pension functionality on the site had encountered issues relating to pre-2016 reform that introduced changes to the state pension age. “It introduced an element of individualisation so there was a fair amount of confusion among the populace,” he told IPE. “As a result it was decided to focus our efforts on the pension age.”Also, changes to how the state pension was calculated were being introduced at the time, so those behind decided it was not worth trying to model something that could soon be redundant. Announcing the fresh changes, the Belgian pensions minister Daniel Bacquelaine said: “Until recently, citizens were often unaware of the reality of their pension rights and had to turn to different services depending on their professional status. The implementation of the pension engine has significantly improved a citizen’s digital information about pension rights, regardless of the occupational scheme to which he is affiliated.”He noted that the platform had been visited more than 6.7m times as of 20 November. The federal pensions service today announced there had been almost 500,000 unique visits to the website since the changes were announced less than a week ago.What’s the background? The website is the outcome of collaboration between several federal pension organisations and Sigedis. Sigedis is a non-profit organisation created in 2006 by the Belgian government to collect declarations from all second pillar pension providers for the purpose of maintaining an occupational pensions database. The database, DB2P, became operational in January 2011. It is the data engine behind the portal and other outputs, such as pension institutions’ individual benefit statements and letters to pensioners (see below for a workflow depiction).More than 200 providers declare information to the database. An English-language domain name was chosen to avoid having to register domains in all three of Belgium’s official languages (Flemish, French and German). The Belgian pension portal is expanding, the country’s pensions minister has announced.From now on, users will be able to consult the website to find out the estimated amount of their state pension. From March next year they will also be able to use the website to calculate the impact of new rules allowing people to buy back years spent studying to count for their pensionable service.The platform will also evolve to allow individuals to check the effect certain career choices would have on their pension. This feature is to become available from 2019.last_img read more

45 suspected, probable cases test negative for COVID-19

first_img“Konbag-o ang test kits, they have to do parallel testingto ensure the quality of the test results. Pagkataposang result sang parallel testing gina-submit sa RITM for validation,” said Pulmones. This was the third consecutive day thatWestern Visayas recorded no new COVID-19 cases. The tests were conducted at the WesternVisayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district here. Out of these tested specimens, 1,344 werenegative of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus while 37 were positive.Pulmones said the WVMC testing laboratory recently recalibrated its PolymeraseChain Reaction machines to ensure quality testing. DOH has now transitioned to three new terms:“suspect case”, “probable case” and “confirmed case”. * all SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) cases where noother etiology fully explains the clinical presentation She also said the WVMC testing laboratory isusing new testing kits. The island province of Guimaras remained freefrom COVID-19. COVID-19 cases in Iloilo province remained at15; Bacolod City, seven; Aklan, seven; Iloilo City, five; Capiz, four; Antique,two; and Negros Occidental, one. * a suspect case whom testing for COVID-19 isinconclusive Of these cases, 12 remained in hospitals while14 were on home quarantine. Seven recovered from the illness while seven died. ILOILO City – All the 45 specimens taken fromsuspected and probable cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testednegative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, announced the Department of Health (DOH)Region 6 yesterday. A “suspect case” is a person who is presentingwith any of the conditions: In COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 20, DOH-6 statedthat the region’s confirmed COVID-19 cases remained at 40. “Ininga procedure gina-obraregularly sang aton mga laboratoriesto ensure nga quality ang ginapagwa nila nga results. Ikaduha, may gin-recommend nga bag-o nga testing procedure orprotocol ang Research Institute forTropical Medicine (RITM) kon sa diinginsunod ina sang aton subnational reference laboratory,” said Pulmones. To further widen mass testing for COVID-19,DOH on April 13 started adopting new “surveillance definitions” in thereporting of cases that for several weeks it had been calling as persons underinvestigation (PUI), persons under investigation (PUM) and positive cases. A “confirmed case” is “any individual,irrespective of presence or absence of clinical signs and symptoms, who waslaboratory-confirmed for COVID-19 in a test conducted at the national referencelaboratory, a subnational reference laboratory, and/or officially accreditedlaboratory testing facility.” A “probable case” is a suspect case whofulfills anyone of the following: * suspect case for whom testing could not beperformed for any reason * individuals with fever or cough or shortnessof breath or other respiratory signs or symptoms fulfilling any one of thefollowing conditions: aged 60 years and above; with a comorbidity; assessed ashaving a high-risk pregnancy; health worker./PN * suspect who underwent testing for COVID-19but not conducted in a national or subnational reference laboratory orofficially accredited laboratory for COVID-19 confirmatory testing * ILI (influenza-like illness) cases with anyone of the following:  with no otheretiology that fully explains the clinical presentation and a history of travelto or residence in an area that reported local transmission of COVID-19 diseaseduring the 14 days prior to symptom onset, or with contact to a confirmed orprobable case of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms According to Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, DOH-6spokesperson, the WVMC subnational laboratory hads so far tested or ran a totalof 1,517 specimens since it started operating late last month. last_img read more

Summit Racing Equipment awards total $14,000 for drivers in eight IMCA divisions

first_imgTALLMADGE, Ohio (Feb. 6) – Gift cards with a value totaling $14,000 go to drivers in eight IMCA divisions again this season, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment.The Tallmadge, Ohio, high performance parts retailer gives $100 gift cards to top 10 finishers in each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and the two IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions. Gift cards of the same value go to top 10 drivers in national standings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Gift cards will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. “Summit is always quick to renew their program and that sort of commitment to IMCA racing has been evident throughout their tenure as a marketing partner,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re honored to continue the relationship with Summit and encourage our racers to explore their extensive line of retail products.” Summit also returns to the national decal program for Modifieds this season, its sixth as an IMCA marketing partner. Drivers in the division must display two Summit decals on their race car and send a picture of their car proving decal placement to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligible for regional point fund shares. Information about Summit products is available at the website or by calling 800 230-3030.last_img read more

Stoke loss a low point for Sherwood

first_img They slipped to second bottom thanks to Burnley’s surprise point at Chelsea but only remain in the Barclays Premier League drop zone on goal difference. Sherwood has vowed to keep them up but revealed his disappointment following the defeat. “Yeah, I’m low,” he said when asked if it was one of his lowest moments. “I didn’t think either team deserved to win. You look at the scoreboard and, though you set out wanting to win the game, you think ‘I’ll take that’. You come away with a point, something to build on, and then go away to Newcastle and go again and improve. “We need to improve, we know we need to improve and we need to start improving very quickly.” It was Villa’s sixth straight league defeat and they are winless in their last 11 games despite Scott Sinclair’s opener. It was the Manchester City loanee’s second goal in two games and he insisted the squad are not looking at their perilous position. “It’s very difficult, I don’t know how many points we are off but the thing is we need to get that first win,” Sinclair said. Tim Sherwood has admitted that losing his first game as Aston Villa boss is one of the lowest points of his career. Stoke snatched a late 2-1 win at Villa Park on Saturday thanks to Victor Moses’ injury-time penalty. Ron Vlaar was also sent off for bringing the forward down to compound Villa’s woes. Press Association “We have lost six (in a row) but we can’t keep worrying about stats and what happened last week. We need to kick on, get the next win and hopefully the confidence in the team will get a lift. We have the characters in the squad to push on.” Mame Biram Diouf’s equaliser just before half time allowed Stoke back into the the game and boss Mark Hughes believes the ex-Manchester United striker gives them an edge. “He gives us that threat. His energy and his work rate is without exception,” he said. “I made a little bit of a change late on, I thought he was creating a lot of chances for himself but not giving us that final product. “So I moved Jon (Walters) out to the right hand side and Mame through the middle and that allowed him to threaten. “He was a threat all day long and I think that is the difference for us this year compared to last one when we didn’t have that threat in behind.” And, despite condemning them to defeat, Hughes backed Sherwood to keep Villa in the Premier League “It is not easy. I think they have made a good appointment in Tim. He is a positive guy and that’s what they need,” he said. “He has only just come through the door so he is not going to have a massive impact immediately. “You look at their squad and they have talent. I believe they will be fine.” last_img read more