Hey guys, just want to say from the bottom of my heart I love and appreciate you guys so much. I know my style is all over the place and I’ve had a bit of a rough go of it the past 2-3 weeks but I think we’re headed in an amazing positive direction. Chris, you’ve been here since the start and were the first person to believe this silly idea could become a reality and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you. David, how far this website has come since you’ve come on board has been unreal. Sara, you completely changed the way we do business and literally got people excited to work with our brand again now that they didn’t have to deal with me anymore and organized our finances / campaigns / etc., Kendall we were able to put on two festivals because your help and now helping basically put on another and then helping with another in the fall. That’s just what we’ve done in the past 2 years and less. The future is bright and I love and appreciate all of you guys.Rest In Peace: Justin, ShaneComing soon… Gideon
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Chance The Rapper is the man. Today he’s totally outdone himself, announcing in a press conference that he will be donating $1 million to the public school system in his hometown of Chicago, IL.Chance recently met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to talk about the issue, and came back disappointed with the outcome. “While I am disappointed in Gov. Rauner, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: its children,” he said in the conference, before revealing news of the donation. “This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids,” he concluded, before adding, “Governor Rauner, do your job!”He ultimately thanked his fans for the opportunity to make such a large donation, for supporting him financially by buying his tickets. Chance has also publicly spoken out against scalpers, ensuring that his real fans get the tickets. That he would spend his hard earned money to make his home city better place speaks volumes about his character. Well done, Chance. Well done.
Texas-native trio Khruangbin has announced the addition of four new North American dates to their 2019 touring schedule. Known for their laid-back, instrumental brand of world music, Khruangbin has slowly built up a fervent fanbase over the past six years. The group released its debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, in 2015 to much critical acclaim, and followed that up with Con Todo El Mundo, released in January 2018.The newly added stops will see Laura Lee, Mark Speer, and Donald “DJ” Johnson perform at New York City’s Central Park on June 20th; Portland, ME’s State Theatre on June 21st; and Montreal, QB’s Corona Theatre on June 22nd. The trio will head to Hawaii later in the summer, for a show at The Republik in Honolulu on July 31st.Beginning this weekend, Khruangbin will plays shows throughout March and April in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Colombia, and Mexico before returning to the States with April appearances at both weekends of Coachella; Pomona, CA’s Fox Theater (4/18); Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre in support of Ghosts of the Forest (4/20); and Fort Worth, TX’s Fortress Festival (4/28).The band will continue into May with shows at Boulder, CO’s Boulder Theater; Lightning In A Bottle; Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre; Bloomington, IN’s The Bluebird before heading back across the pond in June.For a full list of Khruangbin’s upcoming tour dates, head here.
The 60-day period for public comment regarding a proposed compromise to the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage expired Monday without any public response from Notre Dame. The White House proposed the compromise Feb. 1, crafting a deal that would potentially allow Notre Dame to issue a health insurance plan to its employees without directly providing birth control coverage or claiming it was indirectly paying for birth control coverage. University Spokesman Dennis Brown declined to comment at this time on why the University did not submit a public comment during this response period. When the White House released the proposed compromise in February, Brown said Notre Dame administrators needed to fully analyze and discuss its contents. The proposal suggested a separate, individual private insurance policy that could provide contraceptive coverage at no cost for the employees of faith-based organizations. “These proposed rules aim to provide women with contraceptive coverage without cost sharing and to protect eligible organizations from having to contract, arrange, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds,” the proposal stated. The proposal is an amendment to rules regarding minimum insurance packages set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of its regulatory authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the administration finalizes this draft of the rule, objecting organizations could provide employees with a plan that does not offer contraceptive coverage. The health insurer providing the plan would then enroll those employees in a separate, stand-alone policy that only covers contraceptives at no extra cost. The University, however, is self-insured. The proposed policy outlined several options for self-insured organizations, all of which allow the objecting employer to work with the company that administers its health benefits to avoid coverage of contraceptives. A third-party administrator would “automatically arrange separate individual health insurance policies for contraceptive coverage from an issuer providing such policies,” the proposal stated. Last May, the University filed one of more than 40 religious liberty lawsuits from faith-based organizations to contest the constitutionality of the contraception mandate. The lawsuit stated the mandate would go against Church teachings and therefore violates the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal laws. A federal judge dismissed Notre Dame’s lawsuit in early January, when U.S. District Court Judge Robert Miller Jr. ruled the University’s claim was not yet “ripe,” meaning it was not ready to be litigated. This was the case because the rule regarding contraceptive coverage had not been finalized. Despite the proposed changes, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) continued to voice its own concerns about the mandate in a statement Feb. 7. USCCB president Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who will visit Notre Dame in May as the 2013 Commencement speaker, claimed the compromise fell short but said the bishops looked forward to finding “acceptable solutions” to the mandate. “[The proposed rule] appears to offer second-class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities,” Dolan said Feb. 7. “HHS offers what it calls an ‘accommodation’ rather than accepting the fact that these ministries are integral to our church and worthy of the same exemption as our Catholic churches.” HHS will now review public comments and decide whether this draft of the rule will become final.
Students who participated in the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) this summer went beyond completing service and earning credits, they sought a global awareness of social issues in areas around the world, in locations including South America, Africa and Asia.Rachel Tomas Morgan, director of the ISSLP at the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) said the ISSLP is a four-credit course in Catholic Social Tradition and social analysis where students are invited to interpret an array of global issues. The program includes an eight-to-10 week service-learning immersion over the summer in one of 15 developing countries.“Essentially, the ISSLP provides opportunities for students to examine causes of global poverty and create links of solidarity while meeting local needs of communities around the world,” Tomas Morgan said.“Our hope is that the ISSLP helps to expand students’ global perspective and provides students the opportunity to work closely with communities to help address their needs,” she said. “The program is immersive, and students work hand-in-hand with communities to address a community’s most pressing issues, which can span a number of fields.”For students interested in the program, Tomas Morgan recommends attending one of the weekly information sessions, which will provide site-specific details. Because there are so many ISSLPs offered, Tomas Morgan said “what makes a strong application are students who make a case for why they are a good candidate for a particular site — who show that their academic interest, prior service experience, passion and even career objectives align with the work occurring at the site.”Applications for ISSLPs are open until midnight Nov. 3 and interviews will be conducted for the applicants who qualify Nov. 17. Admissions decisions are released Dec. 20 and accepted candidates must confirm attendance by Dec. 27 in order to enroll in the mandatory one-credit ISSLP Orientation course.Senior Laura Labb decided to apply for an ISSLP after being moved by the issues she encountered while doing a Summer Service Learning Program immersion in Boston, she said. She went to Antigua, Guatemala this summer year, where she worked for Common Hope, which provides education and access to medical care and social workers to people living in poverty.“Education is one of the strongest determinants of health in my opinion, so the opportunity to tutor through the youth program similarly attracted me to my site,” Labb said in an email. Throughout her time in Guatemala, she worked in healthcare clinics, supported youth programs, taught ESL classes and translated for visiting dental teams.Labb said her ISSLP experience aligned with her career aspirations.“As a pre-med student at ND this experience was extremely valuable in understanding how lack of healthcare education and limited primary care affect the delivery of healthcare in underserved communities,” Labb said.Senior Shelene Baiyee spent last summer in both Tamale and Kumasi, Ghana, partnering with the U.S.-based organization Unite for Sight. Her mission was to support local eye doctors in Ghana and help them reach as many patients as possible. Baiyee said she assisted a local surgeon, Seth Wanye, in completing up to 50 surgeries a day, but that she did more than just volunteer work.“There was one day I spent eight hours with [Dr. Wanye]’s nephew and children,” she said. “That was one of my favorite days out of the whole summer, because I really felt like I was a part of the family.”Encounters with locals during ISSLPs often prove to be the most touching and rewarding. In one post-op, Baiyee had the chance to remove one man’s bandages after surgery, enabling him to see for the first time in 10 years.“That was a beautiful day,” she said. “When we took his bandages off, he started pointing at everything he could see, excitedly shouting descriptions of ‘green’ and ‘striped’ and ‘brown.’”Baiyee said her experiences helped her decide what career field she wants to pursue.“I am really interested in global health, public health and policy, and after participating in the ISSLP, I know now more than ever that that’s where my interest is,” she said.“This summer was the most beautiful and most frustrating summer I’ve ever experienced. I loved it, and I would love to go back,” Baiyee said. Tags: Center for Social Concerns, international summer service learning program, ISSLP Shelene Baiyee Three women shade their eyes after post-surgery examination by ISSLP students in Tamale, Ghana.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Smart Energy International:Da Mi Hydro Power Joint Stock Company has signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank for the provision of funding to develop Vietnam’s first large-scale floating photovoltaic solar energy facility.The 47.5MW solar energy plant will be built at the utility’s existing 175MW hydropower plant.The ADB and the Canadian Climate Fund are providing $37 million in loan for the development of the floating solar system which is claimed to the first large-scale installation of floating solar PV panels in Vietnam and the largest installation in Southeast Asia. ADB is contributing $17.6 million in a loan, along with $15 million from the Canadian Climate Fund, and Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide a combined $4.4 million loan.Christopher Thieme, deputy director-general for ADB’s private sector operations, said: “This project will help to boost the share of renewable energy in Viet Nam’s overall energy mix and decrease the dependence on imported fossil fuels such as coal. The pairing of these two clean energy technologies—hydropower and solar—is a simple but highly innovative achievement, which can be replicated elsewhere in Viet Nam and across Asia and the Pacific.”Nguyen Trong Oanh, chairman of the board of DHD, added: “We are proud to be the first company in Viet Nam to construct a floating solar power plant on a hydropower reservoir. This project aligns with DHD’s strategy of investing in renewable energy to decrease dependence on fossil fuel, contribute to energy security, mitigate climate change, and promote environmental protection and sustainable socio-economic development. Hydropower reservoirs in southern Viet Nam have vast solar power potential. Capitalizing on the strong relationship between EVN and ADB, we have worked together to catalyse a new source of power for the country.”More: Vietnam’s first, Southeast Asia’s largest floating solar project secures funding Asian Development Bank to fund region’s largest floating solar project in Vietnam
“These Battalions have greater Military experience and will support public security maintenance operations where they need to act with greater force against the criminal activity afflicting the country,” said Minister of Defense Minister Major General David Munguía Payés. “The leaders of these groups have already been captured, so we expect their level of activity will be lower. We continue to track down the rest of the gang members because there is a lot of movement in the rural areas. Our mission will always be to protect the civilian population,” Defense Minister Munguía Payés said. Disabling training cells The Military will not be deterred In one such area, Zacatecoluca, MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) and Barrio 18 (M-18) gangs are waging bloody battles for control over territory. There, the Battalions on April 19 repelled an armed attack launched by 30 members of Barrio 18 – nine of whom were killed. The deceased gang members were carrying two M-16 rifles, two 9mm pistols, a shotgun, and a large quantity of ammunition. Military leaders know they must remain vigilant in the fight against violent gangs. Retired General Mauricio Ernesto Vargas, a security and national defense analyst, said that FAES Troops are confronting gangs directly and will not waver in their efforts to improve public safety. By Dialogo May 15, 2015 “We are not battling disorganized crime, we are not dealing with dispersed criminal activity; it is all part of one structure that is operating within the national territory. And in the face of this insecurity emergency, we have no choice but to overwhelm the gangs.” Ministry of Defense and FAES intelligence groups are also following the activities of armed gang members who train in rural regions in several departments, such as La Paz, San Vicente, and San Salvador. “The leaders of these groups have already been captured, so we expect their level of activity will be lower. We continue to track down the rest of the gang members because there is a lot of movement in the rural areas. Our mission will always be to protect the civilian population,” Defense Minister Munguía Payés said. A relentless battle The presence of the Military in the highest conflict zones has made residents feel more confident. The gangs also attacked Military bases after the incident in Zacatecoluca. However, President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said the assaults will not diminish the Military’s efforts to support public security work. “We are not battling disorganized crime, we are not dealing with dispersed criminal activity; it is all part of one structure that is operating within the national territory. And in the face of this insecurity emergency, we have no choice but to overwhelm the gangs.” “The heartfelt casualties the Armed Forces has suffered in the line of duty will not intimidate us, nor will they decrease our efforts in the fight against crime. Our Armed Forces are making a significant contribution to protecting an indispensable environment for our people to have a safe life,” the Commander-in-Chief said. The Military will not be deterred A relentless battle The Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) are deploying three Special Response Forces (FER) Battalions comprised of more than 600 service members to fight criminal gangs in 50 municipalities. “These Battalions have greater Military experience and will support public security maintenance operations where they need to act with greater force against the criminal activity afflicting the country,” said Minister of Defense Minister Major General David Munguía Payés. Since April 18, these highly specialized Troops have been discreetly operating alongside National Civil Police (PNC) forces to improve public safety for the civilian population. The Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) are deploying three Special Response Forces (FER) Battalions comprised of more than 600 service members to fight criminal gangs in 50 municipalities. Military leaders know they must remain vigilant in the fight against violent gangs. Retired General Mauricio Ernesto Vargas, a security and national defense analyst, said that FAES Troops are confronting gangs directly and will not waver in their efforts to improve public safety. The gangs also attacked Military bases after the incident in Zacatecoluca. However, President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said the assaults will not diminish the Military’s efforts to support public security work. Disabling training cells “Our mission is to perform detailed reconnaissance in municipalities where gangs have terrified the residents. We will not give them a chance to keep killing our people, and we are vigilantly watching their movements.” The FAES is committed to bringing peace to areas where gangs are committing violence, said one Battalion member, who identified himself only as First Lieutenant “Halcón” for security reasons. “The heartfelt casualties the Armed Forces has suffered in the line of duty will not intimidate us, nor will they decrease our efforts in the fight against crime. Our Armed Forces are making a significant contribution to protecting an indispensable environment for our people to have a safe life,” the Commander-in-Chief said. “Our mission is to perform detailed reconnaissance in municipalities where gangs have terrified the residents. We will not give them a chance to keep killing our people, and we are vigilantly watching their movements.” They should send those elements both to the rural areas as well as to the Soyapango neighborhoods, specifically in the connected hills of San Bartolo 3 hills 4 and fight this ton of bugs who intimidate the population. Urgently! I think it’s fantastic and it’s about time, too, for the people to collaborate with law and order to eradicate once and for all these groups of imported criminals. Finally brute force to fight the violence we experience in El Salvador They should be sent to Cojute, there you can’t walk safely. You have to ask for permission on each block to go in and if you don’t report to the person manning the post, you don’t come out alive I’m envious, here in Honduras they use the Military Police to watch over the malls instead of providing security Why don’t you all try to modify the genetics of coca seeds? “The Armed Forces have the capabilities, the weapons, and the knowledge to disable these groups. The gangs are afraid of them,” said Armando Sigüenza, 49, a civil engineer who lives in San Salvador. FAES Troops have already made progress in dismantling gang cells that engage in firearms training. For example, in early April the MARTE Task Force located a group of MS-13 gang members who were firing shots at an improvised bulls-eye target. When they noticed the Military presence, the gang members opened fire on the patrol. The Military service members fired back, wounding two gang members and arresting another two, from whom they seized an Uzi submachine gun. The presence of the Military in the highest conflict zones has made residents feel more confident. FAES Troops have already made progress in dismantling gang cells that engage in firearms training. For example, in early April the MARTE Task Force located a group of MS-13 gang members who were firing shots at an improvised bulls-eye target. When they noticed the Military presence, the gang members opened fire on the patrol. The Military service members fired back, wounding two gang members and arresting another two, from whom they seized an Uzi submachine gun. Since April 18, these highly specialized Troops have been discreetly operating alongside National Civil Police (PNC) forces to improve public safety for the civilian population. In one such area, Zacatecoluca, MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) and Barrio 18 (M-18) gangs are waging bloody battles for control over territory. There, the Battalions on April 19 repelled an armed attack launched by 30 members of Barrio 18 – nine of whom were killed. The deceased gang members were carrying two M-16 rifles, two 9mm pistols, a shotgun, and a large quantity of ammunition. The FAES is committed to bringing peace to areas where gangs are committing violence, said one Battalion member, who identified himself only as First Lieutenant “Halcón” for security reasons. “The Armed Forces have the capabilities, the weapons, and the knowledge to disable these groups. The gangs are afraid of them,” said Armando Sigüenza, 49, a civil engineer who lives in San Salvador. Ministry of Defense and FAES intelligence groups are also following the activities of armed gang members who train in rural regions in several departments, such as La Paz, San Vicente, and San Salvador.
Bank Indonesia (BI) wants 50,000 merchants in East Nusa Tenggara to use the digital Indonesian Standard Quick Response Code (QRIS) payment system by the end of this year.BI East Nusa Tenggara province head I Nyoman Ariawan Atmaja said that as of March, 10,533 merchants had implemented the QRIS system in the island province.”The merchants switched from the old QR to the new QRIS from August to December last year,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday. He said the new QR system could help develop micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province.I Nyoman said he would continue to accelerate the implementation of the QRIS system to reach the 50,000-merchant target. He added that banks such as Bank Mandiri, Bank NTT and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) had also helped carry out the QR switch.Transactions through the QRIS system have been promoted as being more efficient because they use one standardized code for all mobile phone digital payment applications.The government has said that the payment system is universal, easy, profitable and direct and that it aims to encourage transaction efficiency, accelerate financial inclusion, promote MSMEs and boost economic growth.The switch to QRIS is part of the central bank’s National QRIS Week event across Indonesia, which is being held from March 8 to 15 to promote cashless transactions in small businesses.The central bank has disseminated information about the technical details of the QRIS system and the registration process for small businesses that want to begin using it.As of February, the QRIS code had been adopted by about 2.7 million merchants across the country, according to central bank data, 18 percent of BI’s 15 million-merchant target by the end of 2020. (eyc)Topics :
Austria’s Victoria-Volksbanken Pensionskasse (VV-PK) and the Victoria-Volksbanken Vorsorgekasse (VV-VK) – the provident fund managing mandatory employer contributions towards severance pay – have been put on the market. In a confidential sales prospectus seen by IPE, dated March 2015 and drawn-up in English, both entities are offered either as a package or separately, with no price tag.As of the end of 2014, equity for the pension fund was estimated at €16.3m, while equity in the provident fund came to approximately €5.7m.Sources familiar with the market expect the sales price to be at leat €30m. Initial non-binding offers are expected by the end of March and are to be processed by KPMG, appointed to “exclusively advise in the intended transaction” – dubbed Project Eagle – as stated in the sales prospectus.Victoria-Volksbanken declined to comment on the matter for the time being.The pension and provident funds are co-owned by the Volksbanken banking group, as well as a subsidiary of German insurer Ergo.According to the sales prospectus, while only Volksbanken is to offer its shares initially, “all the other shareholders are potentially willing to sell”.This means an interested party could buy a 100% stake in either or both entities.As per year-end 2014, the pension fund had close to €660m in assets under management (AUM) and reported an annual return of 5.9%. By comparison, the market average was close to 8%.At the provident fund, AUM stood at €224m, while returns came in at 3.6%, against a market average of approximately 4%.Volksbanken was the only large banking group in Austria to fail the stress test and is now winding itself down. One potential buyer could be Fair-finance.Markus Zeilinger, founder and chairman of the board at Austria’s youngest Vorsorgekasse, recently expressed an interest in buying a Pensionskasse “if one came onto the market”.He said such a purchase might be Fair-finance’s “last chance” to enter the country’s Pensionskassen market, as building one from scratch “does not make sense in the current environment”.
1464 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley.There are multiple swimming holes to cool off in as well as resident platypus and hundreds of bird species to admire.As picturesque as it is, Ms Berg said the property — including the main residence, guesthouse and two cottages — needed a lot of work when she bought it.She and her partner, who have now lived there for six years, transformed the property into the sanctuary it is today.MORE NEWS: ‘I was born to do this’ More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Gold Coast family’s mega buy 1464 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. “When we bought it, it was not like this at all,” Ms Berg said.“Basically everything has been renovated, even the gardens.“As beautiful as they are, it used to be like a horse paddock, now it’s like a golf course.”The main house has an open kitchen, living and dining room with a fireplace the centrepiece.It opens up onto a wraparound deck where there is also a pool and spa. 1464 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley.It also has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study as well as a loft.The two cottages on the property each have one bedroom while the guesthouse has two bedrooms.Ms Berg said she loved the property so much because it had character.“It’s all open space too so it’s a very social home, that’s one thing I love about it,” she said.It was going to be hard for her to leave the property but it was too much to maintain while her partner travelled for work.“It is hard, I’ve already shed tears,” she said. “It’s a very well-loved property.” 1464 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. 1464 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin ValleyHIDDEN in Currumbin Valley’s bushland is a property so peaceful it feels like it’s “a million miles away” from civilisation.The acreage estate encompasses 1.72ha of land between Currumbin Creek Rd and Currumbin Creek.Owner Kym Berg knew it was the property for her before she even stepped foot inside the house.She said the land’s natural beauty was too good to resist.“That area was important because it’s quiet and peaceful and feels like you’re a million miles away from everything but we’re still minutes to the shops,” she said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45