Following his Grammy Award ceremony performance with A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak moved on to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with his fellow collaborator Knxwledge. The dynamic duo performed “What More Can I Say” from their NxWorries collaboration’s 2016 album Yes Lawd!. The performance is unlike most live concert experiences, as it features the musicians, supported by a full string section, acting out the themes as if in a music video. This performance only strengthens our argument that Anderson .Paak is amongst our new favorite artists. Watch below:
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old high school student in Florida after they say he admitted to recording a song in which he threatened to kill a school administrator. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph Washington was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of making written threats to kill. A judge released the teen from jail Wednesday and his trial is pending. Washington told investigators he wrote and recorded the song in retaliation for being suspended from Matanzas High School for a dress code violation and for using offensive language. Officials say Washington is heard in the song saying he will “gladly do it again.”
Image via PxHere / United States House of Representatives.WASHINGTON – Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus stood together Thursday to fight for what Congressman Tom Reed says is their common-sense bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief package.Reed says the legislation is being supported by a rapidly growing group of Senators on both sides of the aisle, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and others to help American families, small businesses, workers, and health care providers during this crisis.Leaders in both parties have stated support for the Problem Solvers Caucus’ framework as the basis for immediate bipartisan, bicameral legislation.“The bipartisan, bicameral relief package we’ve put forward with our Senate partners is already generating significant support from leaders across Washington because it is right in the range of reason,” said Reed. “Millions of Americans don’t have time for Congress to continue playing games; let’s pass this common-sense emergency relief measure to ensure our communities receive the federal support they deserve.” “We won’t leave town until we pass a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer. “Too many families, small businesses, and communities are suffering all across our country — and that’s why the momentum around our bipartisan, bicameral framework is continuing to grow by the hour.”Reed and other Caucus members say they won’t go home until a package is passed. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
South Burlington, Vt. (Oct. 8, 2008) The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 and its Vermont Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee today announced an initiative that will teach union members to install solar photovoltaic systems. The announcement was made at a mid-morning press conference before a crowd of elected officials, business leaders and IBEW members.Beginning this fall, IBEW Local 300 will offer solar energy training as an enhancement to its existing five-year electrical regimen, which is mutually funded by union contractors and members through a collective bargaining agreement. Utilizing framework developed by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, trainees will learn about the fundamentals, design and installation of solar photovoltaic technology through both classroom and hands-on components. The program is being jumpstarted by a $65, 263 Vermont Department of Labor Workforce Education and Training (WETF) grant and a $35,000 donation from Entergy Nuclear-Vermont Yankee, an IBEW employer that produces one-third of the state’s electricity.Without a doubt, solar energy systems should be installed by properly trained, licensed electricians. Our goal is to foster system-knowledgeable professionals in the electrical industry to meet the growing need vendors, electrical contractors and power utilities have for trained solar installers, said IBEW Local 300 Training Director Jean Watkins. We are very hopeful that our electrical contractors will secure solar work, whether working as subcontractors for Vermont’s existing solar energy systems providers or simply bidding projects themselves.IBEW Local 300 has planned for at least four eight-person classes per calendar year, with each lasting about 40 hours over 10 weeks at the unions state-of-the-art South Burlington facility. The union has also purchased three solar training arrays, two of which will be used for roof and pole mounting, respectively. The third array is part of a mobile solar trailer that IBEW members will soon build and continually maintain. All materials were purchased from a local business, Building Energy, and were assembled by IBEW members at a Sharp factory in Memphis, Tenn. We are excited to partner with IBEW Local 300 to deliver this important training, said Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden. The IBEW solar photovoltaic systems project is the first WETF program that focuses exclusively on training for highly skilled green jobs that offer long term job security, strong wages and respect for the environment. This will help Vermont to continue to build green collar jobs.
UAE’s ‘Sustainable City’ provides green oasis in the desert FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters Foundation News:DUBAI, Oct 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fenced off by a wall of trees, about 20 km from the high rises towering over Dubai’s city centre, there lies a small solar-powered settlement aiming to become a green oasis in the desert.Renowned for its glitzy skyscrapers, air-conditioning-blasting shopping malls and indoor skiing facilities, the emirate of Dubai has long been the antithesis of sustainability to environmentalists.But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to change that reputation, with a range of projects aimed at having more than 40% of the country’s energy come from renewable sources and cutting consumption by the same margin by 2050.Opened to the first residents in 2016 and to be fully completed next year, the initiative dubbed Sustainable City is a private settlement on the outskirts of Dubai designed to use as little energy and water as possible.Comprising 500 low-lying villas that are home to nearly 3,000 people, as well as commercial spaces and a mosque, the city aims to be a “net-zero” settlement, producing all the energy it needs from renewable sources on site.“The Sustainable City is a living laboratory for testing future technologies and solutions,” said Karim El-Jisr, head of SEE Institute, the research arm of the city’s developer, Diamond Developers.When the project started six years ago, building a zero-energy development “seemed a bit like a dream”, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“Today it is not difficult anymore, tomorrow everybody will have to do it,” he added.More: ‘Living laboratory’: New Dubai city pushes for green revolution in the desert
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm headed for Long Island Wednesday could dump up to eight inches of snow on the area and cause coastal flooding along the north and south shores of the island while also producing strong gusty winds, meteorologists said.In advance of the storm, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for all of Long Island between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday. A coastal flood warning is also in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday.The winter storm, a nor’easter, will bring rain late Wednesday morning, which can potentially impact the morning commute. Rain will then turn over to snow by the evening, said Pat Maloit, meteorologist at the National Weather Service.The snow will drop at a steady rate, he said, and will continue into Thursday. Forecasters are also calling for snow on Friday.After all is said and done, Suffolk could see 6 to 8 inches of snow and Nassau, 4 to 6 inches, Maloit noted.Along with a mix of rain and snow Wednesday, the storm could produce 55 mph wind gusts and sustained winds between 25 to 35 mph, forecasters said.The weather service is also warning of possible beach erosion and 5-foot high waves across western Long Island Sound and 8-foot waves across the twin forks, the NWS said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in an unusually pivotal primary election in New York State that could tip the balance of the race in favor of the Democratic and Republican front-runners.Currently entangled in a bitter and at times scurrilous race for the Republican nomination are real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Dueling it out for the Democratic ticket are former Secretary of State and two-time U.S. Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist. As it stands, the convention delegate math favors Trump and Clinton, but both races are far from over.What’s remarkable is that New York voters can play such an important part in the process because by this point in previous primary seasons, the contest was essentially decided. This year’s race has already been unlike any in recent memory.Take Trump’s campaign for starters. The former host of The Apprentice has said his share of incendiary comments. He’s pledged to ban an entire religious group from entering the country, employed a campaign manager who was arrested for grabbing a female reporter, openly discussed in a televised debate the size of his penis and said that women who had an abortion in a world where the procedure was illegal should be punished (before backtracking). Yet he is the Republican candidate leading the polls in New York.Not to be outdone, Cruz, Trump’s closest rival, has talked about carpet-bombing ISIS, proposed that police conduct patrols of so-called Muslim communities and railed against “New York values.” So far, only two of his GOP colleagues have endorsed him: U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).Kasich, by contrast, has tried to portray himself as the adult in the bunch, but that’s hardly translated into success at the polls. Tellingly, a voter at an MSNBC-hosted town hall in Jericho the other day challenged Kasich, asking him, “Who told you that you’re all that popular?” The governor has only won his home state, which hosts the GOP convention in Cleveland this July, and he’s trailing Trump and Cruz in New York. In the battle for delegates, he is a distant fourth—he even trails Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who dropped out of the race more than a month ago.Kasich is still trudging forward with the hope that neither Cruz nor Trump will reach the 1,237-delegate count necessary to clinch the nomination on the first ballot, giving party elites the chance to ignore the will of the people and pick who they want to be the GOP nominee. The downside is the risk that a floor fight—or worse—could split the party apart before November’s general election. But Kasich’s gamble has a better chance of paying off now that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), speaker of the House of Representatives, claimed he wouldn’t accept the party’s nomination if it came to that.The race for the Democratic nomination has been less acrimonious, but that’s not to say that the two contestants aren’t digging in for a mud-slinging finish. Since the primary calendar shifted from Wisconsin to New York almost two weeks ago, Clinton and Sanders have traded their share of jabs, with the Senator from Vermont claiming Clinton is unqualified to be president because she voted in favor of the Iraq war, and Clinton hammering Sanders for his failure to clearly explain the specifics of his policy objectives and his opposition to the family members of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims being able to sue gun manufacturers. The pair also engaged in their most contentious debate yet Thursday in Brooklyn. Clinton’s second campaign for the White House has also been dogged by questions about her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State and for giving private speeches to Goldman Sachs employees that netted her $675,000. The former first lady, chief diplomat and U.S. Senator has also had to deal with the suggestion that she’s untrustworthy. In a recent AP opinion poll, 55 percent rated her “unfavorable,” compared to 40 percent “favorable.” (For comparison’s sake, the AP poll found that Trump’s ratings were 69 percent “unfavorable” and 26 percent “favorable.)Meanwhile, Sanders, who was pegged as a fringe candidate early on, has shown he has considerable staying power. He’s been able to outraise the seasoned Clinton political machine in recent months, with Sanders’ supporters pouring $44 million into his coffers in March alone—$15 million more than Clinton raised that same month. And he’s accomplished this while also railing against the influence of money in politics and the rise of super PACs—groups ostensibly unaffiliated with presidential campaigns that can spend unlimited amounts, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. But Sanders reportedly trails Clinton in New York by double-digits in the polls. His nuanced views on guns haven’t played too well in the Empire State, nor has his inability to explain how he’d actually break up the big banks and dispel concerns about his wavering support of Israel. All told, he’s provided his skeptics an opening to further question how his major policy proposals could ever be fulfilled.So, here we are, Long Island. Two months have passed since the primaries officially got underway, and neither party has yet to coalesce around a single candidate. That’s why, for the first time in years, New York has a say in the matter. What say you, NY?DEMOCRATSHillary ClintonPhoto credit: Adam Schultz/FlickrClinton adopted New York as her own after leaving the White House to begin her political career. New York elected Clinton to the U.S. Senate in 2000. Eight years later, she made her first bid for the White House but lost the primary to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), who would later appoint his one-time rival as Secretary of State. Back on the trail again, Clinton must feel like she’s re-living a bad dream. Yet again, Clinton is facing off against a lesser-known candidate skilled at inspiring young people to engage in the political process. But this time her path to the nomination appears clearer. Clinton has touted her experience across all levels of government. She is campaigning to fight the gun lobby in order to pass “common sense” gun reform, address student loan debt, equal pay for women, build upon Obamacare and continue what she started internationally as the nation’s top diplomat. Clinton has received support from older middle-class Americans and minorities but has struggled to convince young people that she’d be their champion in the White House. Her supporters, however, believe Clinton has the experience needed to get the job done in Washington.Bernie SandersThe way this campaign is unfolding, it doesn’t appear likely that Sanders will be satisfied with a moral victory. Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn to an immigrant father, has done what many people thought impossible: outraise a candidate who has spent decades developing a political machine. Sanders has won seven of the last eight primary contests leading up to New York’s April 19 vote, and he continues to attract hundreds, if not thousands, to his spirited campaign rallies. The former mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and ex-Congressman, says his stance on several hot-button issues has remained the same throughout his political career. After serving 16 years in the House of Representatives, Sanders was elected in 2006 to the U.S. Senate, where he’s continued to fight for progressive causes. Sanders’ campaign has called for an end to institutional racism, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, reforming Wall Street, passing legislation that would essentially reverse the Citizens United decision, providing free public college to all Americans and transforming Obamacare into single-payer health insurance. Sanders has also pledged to protect the environment and reverse the negative effects of climate change. Despite his efforts, Sanders has been unable to crack Clinton’s solid support among African American voters, so he has relied upon the backing of white working class voters and Millennials.REPUBLICANSDonald TrumpDonald Trump speaks at Grumman Studios in Bethpage on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 (Long Island Press photo)We all knew he was an entertaining showman. But Trump has convinced his loyal supporters that he’s more than a reality TV star. The billionaire businessman has a tremendous following from voters who felt abandoned by the Republican Party and are dissatisfied with establishment politicians. The real estate mogul has made it tough at times to truly predict how he’d operate once in the White House. He was in favor of punishing women who underwent abortions if they were ruled illegal, but in response to a backlash of criticism he said he’d only punish the abortion providers. He said he’d bring back water-boarding torture of enemy combatants, but then said he wouldn’t force the military to break the law against war crimes. Where Trump has been consistent are his views on immigration. Trump wants to make it impossible for undocumented immigrants to enter America illegally by compelling Mexico to build a wall across the southern border. He is against allowing Syrian refugees from settling in the US. On top of that, he wants to ban all Muslims from coming into the country, and he has tossed around the controversial idea of placing all Muslims in a database. Trump has also called for trade reform with countries such as China, changing the tax code so businesses wouldn’t pay more than 15 percent of their income in taxes, while also eliminating federal taxes for anyone making less than $25,000 annually and repealing Obamacare. His detractors say he’s a modern day American fascist whose ill-conceived ideas would harm the country irreparably. His supporters, however, say he’s the only candidate with the guts to tell it like it is, bolster the military and strengthen the country at home and abroad. Or as his baseball cap puts it: “Make America great again.”Ted Cruz(Photo credit: Ted Cruz/Facebook)The U.S. Senator from Texas has billed himself as the only true Conservative in the race. Cruz, the son of a Cuban refugee father and an American mother, was elected to the Senate amid the Tea Party wave of November 2012, and he has been steadfast in his vision to defend the right to bear arms, to secure the Southern border and uphold “religious liberty.” Many voters may know Cruz as the guy who led a federal government shutdown in 2013 out of opposition to Obamacare, which even angered some of his Republican colleagues. He’s also called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) “a liar.” Cruz is unapologetic about rolling back the power of Uncle Sam and transferring it to individual states. Like Trump, Cruz’s campaign has not been without controversial comments. A star of Princeton University’s debate team when he was an undergraduate, Cruz said his plan to defeat the so-called Islamic State would be to “carpet bomb them into oblivion.” The term is used to describe indiscriminate attacks—which is outlawed by the Geneva Convention because it causes so many civilian casualties. “I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark,” he added, “but we’re going to find out.” After the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Cruz suggested that authorities here “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” to prevent radicalization, which also drew scrutiny and the ire of the Muslim American community. The Texas Senator believes that marriage is a union only between a man and a woman. As someone who is pro-life, he has advocated for defunding Planned Parenthood. He also wants to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce and Department of Housing and Urban Development.John KasichOhio Gov. John Kasich leaves an MSNBC-hosted town hall event in Jericho on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2016. Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The Ohio governor is trailing so far behind delegate-leader Donald Trump that there’s no reasonable expectation he’ll win the Republican nomination outright. Kasich, however, has other plans. By remaining in the race, Kasich wants to prevent Trump from reaching the 1,237-delegate count required to win the nod, thereby forcing a contested convention in Cleveland. Once there, anything can happen, or so he hopes. Kasich is banking on establishment Republicans to support him on the convention floor once delegates become unbound after the first round of voting. But there’s no guarantee Cruz and Kasich will be able to impede Trump’s path to the nomination. So Kasich is reaching out to moderate voters uncomfortable with Trump’s blustery approach and Cruz’s uber-Conservative views. On abortion, he said he would want Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood. Kasich is running on his record as a Congressman and a governor, his current position. Kasich has talked about giving more power to states and has pledged, if elected, to send Congress a plan within the first 100 days of his presidency to balance the federal budget, cut taxes and spur job creation. He also loves to talk about “electability”—telling voters that he’s essentially a shoe-in to win his home state of Ohio—a crucial swing state—in the general election. Kasich would also repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that would lower costs without placing a burden on businesses.Happy voting, LI!
The Defense Ministry recently issued a circular forbidding the usage of teleconference platform Zoom among its staff due to security concerns.The circular, which was signed by Defense Ministry secretary-general Vice Adm. Agus Setiadji, stated that all working unit and subunit heads were required to disburse the information to their subordinates. “We urge all working unit and subunit heads to refrain from using Zoom for teleconferences,” the circular stated. Zoom has become a popular teleconferencing platform, as many companies implement work-from-home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. Nevertheless, the application has security holes, leading companies and institutions alike to look for alternatives.Read also: Work from home: Security risks lurk in virtual meetingsA report from The Washington Post on April 3 explained that Zoom users face privacy risks, with up to 15,000 personal Zoom videos left viewable on the internet. According to The Washington Post, videos recorded on Zoom could be stored on other platforms without the participants’ consent. Such security concerns have led other countries, such as India, to ban Zoom usage for remote government meetings. The Defense Ministry also learned that Zoom had reported traffic duplication to servers in other countries, opening up the possibility for conversations via the platform to be monitored by a third party. “Defense Ministry employees are required to coordinate with the ministry’s Data and Information Center [Pusdatin] before conducting a teleconference session,” Agus stated in the circular. The ministry has requested Pusdatin head Dominggus Pakel to find a safe alternative for teleconferencing that could be used Defense Ministry staff.Topics :
The number of active cross-border IORPs has risen to 76 in 2015, but money managed by the entities still only accounts for a fraction of Europe’s €3.6trn in pension assets.A report by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) found that while the number of active schemes increased by one to 76, the number of authorised cross-border funds increased by two over the last year.According to the supervisor’s 2015 market development report, four funds withdrew from the cross-border market over the last year, while six new funds registered their activity, resulting in the net increase of two to 88.Germany was the largest single market for cross-border funds, with four entities responsible for more than half of the €53.8bn in cross-border assets. The UK, with €12.3bn in cross-border funds, came a distant second to Germany’s €27.8bn.Unlike Germany, where the money is concentrated in four schemes – including one of Germany’s largest, the €21.5bn banking-sector fund BVV – UK assets are split across 25 funds, including several for publishing houses and the JP Morgan UK Pension Plan.Ireland accounted for a further fifth, or €11.4bn, in assets, split across several financial sector arrangements, retirement funds for the clergy and the Irish Airlines General Employees Superannuation Scheme.The remaining €8.6bn in assets are spread across one scheme in Austria – APK Pensionskasse – three in Luxembourg, four in Lichtenstein and a dozen in Belgium, including the pension fund for employees of Euroclear, which announced it was moving from the Netherlands to Belgium in 2013.While the majority of assets, or €48.2bn, is held within what EIOPA classifies as defined benefit (DB) schemes, €700m is in hybrid funds and a further €4.9bn in defined contribution (DC) funds.Increasing the appetite for cross-border funds has been one of the stated goals of the revised IORP Directive and was singled out when EU member states agreed to a compromise on the IORP draft last year. Brian Hayes, an Irish MEP and the rapporteur in charge of steering the directive through the European Parliament, recently branded the existing cross-border framework as a “heritage nightmare”. Increasing cross-border activity is also one of the goals of EIOPA’s proposed pan-European personal pension framework.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to EIOPA’s 2015 market development report on cross-border pensions
The Batesville boy’s varsity tennis team defeated Milan 5-0 on Tuesday to open the season.#1 Singles- Beau Brown won 6-0, 6-0#2 Singles- Ben Schwettman won 6-2, 6-2#3 Singles- Spencer Rose won 6-0, 6-0#1 Doubles- Paul Ritter and Harsh Patel won 6-1, 6-0#2 Doubles- Will Harmeyer and Jonathan Kunkel won 6-0, 6-0In JV action, Batesville defeated Milan 6-0. In singles, George Ritter, Sam Giesting, and Cooper Williams were all winners. The doubles teams of Mitch Esser & Jacob Christie, Brayden Worthington & Sam Esser, and Mason Beck & Ben Rodgers all won.Both Varsity and JV teams are 1-0 on the season and will play Connersville at home on Thursday starting at 5:00 PM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.