Rebirth Brass Band Announces Intimate Pop-Up Show In NYC

first_imgNew Orleans institution Rebirth Brass Band has announced a surprise, last-minute show in New York City! The iconic Crescent City brass band, who will be in New York for a three-day workshop at the 92nd Street Y, will now bring their 35th Anniversary Tour to DROM for an intimate performance on this coming Tuesday, January 29th.Rebirth Brass Band, formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, is a staple of New Orleans culture. Whether you’ve seen them on HBO’s Treme or during one of their shows from their long-running residency at the world-famous NOLA venue The Maple Leaf, the band has become one of the go-to torchbearers of the city’s music and culture. The band is fully committed to upholding the rich tradition of the brass band while also infusing elements of funk and hip-hop into their rich and vibrant sound. Rebirth Brass Band is the undisputed leader of the pack, and now, in their 35th year as a band, they’re showing no signs of slowing down.Rebirth Brass Band’s special pop-up show at DROM is on sale NOW at this link. See below for full info for this special, intimate show.Date: Tuesday, January 29thArtist: Live For Live Music Presents: Rebirth Brass BandVenue: DROM – 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10019Tickets: $25Time: 9:00 PMlast_img read more

Choosing the right charter for growth

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Some see field of membership as an antiquated notion, no longer reasonable in the modern financial services marketplace. Others embrace it as a defining characteristic of what makes credit unions different (and better) than banks. Choosing and then diving in deep to a niche market can create excellent member relationships if you choose it, while others prefer to cast a wider net.When credit unions were permitted expanded FOM authorities in 1998 under HR 1151, the Credit Union Membership Access Act, the result was a mixed bag, opening up authorities for certain credit unions while closing doors to others. Thus, the community charter was born, and some credit unions assumed because members of the community already knew what a great deal they were and would come flocking in. This was not the case, and growth strategies have had to evolve.In fact, $1.8 billion South Carolina Federal Credit Union, North Charleston, tried on the community charter in March 2003, which allowed it to serve a number of underserved areas. However, Chief Strategy Officer Troy Hall, Ph.D., CUDE, says the community field of membership did not serve the credit union as well as planned. Like an increasing number of credit unions, South Carolina FCU decided to convert back from a community charter to the less restrictive federal multiple common bond charter, which allows credit unions to serve an unlimited number of communities, employers and associations.last_img read more

Euro and equity rallies boost Belgian pension funds to 6% in 2017

first_imgBelgian pension funds generated an average investment return of 6% for 2017, up from 5.1% in 2016, according to the Belgian industry association PensioPlus.Investment returns averaged 6.8% a year since 1985, the association added.PensioPlus said: “Last year was characterised by strong economic growth, while central banks maintained their policy of quantitative easing [QE]. These two factors led to stock market climbs and consistently low interest rates. Equally notable in 2017 was the strong performance by the euro.”The return was calculated on a weighted average basis from a sample of 58 schemes with combined assets of €17.6bn, out of a total €29.8bn assets under management in the second pillar. At end-2017, Belgian pension funds had allocated 43% of their assets to fixed income, 38% to shares, with 11% in alternatives and 6% in real estate.While equity allocations remained roughly the same as the previous year, allocations to fixed income showed a slight fall. However, the percentage held in alternatives – such as insurance, infrastructure, private equity and convertible bonds – rose from 7% in 2016.PensioPlus said that, in 2018, it expected the European Central Bank’s QE policy to be phased out, leading to a risk of asset prices overheating and higher inflation in the long term. Meanwhile, stock market volatility could increase.The organisation warned: “Since pension funds have as much as 43% invested in debt, if their investment strategy remains unchanged, any increase in interest rates could have a negative effect on future returns.”However, it pointed out that stress tests carried out by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) showed that Belgium’s pension funds continued to be adequately funded.PensioPlus said: “EIOPA’s study shows that Belgian pension funds are resistant to stress, both in periods of crisis when stock markets are falling sharply, and when the long-term interest rate is falling.”Meanwhile, with 19 pan-European pension funds already based in Belgium, the country is forging ahead with its ambition to triple second pillar pension assets under management to €100bn by 2025, 30% of which would be linked to pension assets of multinational companies.last_img read more

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Browns: 5 questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com had to say of Monday night’s matchup between the host 49ers and Browns:1. Did that win over the Ravens validate all the offseason hype, or at least enough to save the Browns season?I actually do think it saved the Browns’ season. If they were 1-3 right now with this grueling stretch of the season coming up (49ers, Seahawk, Patriots on the road), things could’ve come apart this week. Instead, they pulled together and …last_img

Zuma: SA crazy about football

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma celebrates the50-day countdown with a rendition ofthe Diski Dance.(Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia FischerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0470RELATED ARTICLES• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• World Cup 2010? Yes, we can• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever hits the roadSource: The PresidencyPresident Jacob Zuma was in Kimberley on 21 April to mark the start of the 50 days’ countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Wearing a yellow Bafana Bafana shirt, the president addressed a capacity crowd, encouraging the nation to get behind the home team, and praising the enthusiasm of South Africans in the run-up to the long-awaited football tournament.His speech follows below:Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Hazel Jenkins;MECs;Safa president Mr Kirsten Nematandani;CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan;Representatives from the 2010 Fifa World Cup sponsors, affiliates and partners;Fellow South Africans,It feels almost like a dream to say that today marks exactly 50 days to go before the kick-off of the spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in this country.That is the moment which we are all waiting for, our maiden showcase for the African continent with the tournament of this magnitude. We have spoken about the year 2010 for so many years in this country that it became synonymous with football and celebrations. But somehow it just seemed to be taking too long to come, until now!The celebration of 50 days before kick off today is a culmination of the efforts of more than a decade of hard work and dedication. We thank the organisers and all stakeholders for their tenacity and distinct character in bringing this tournament here and preparing so meticulously for it.We also thank the people of South Africa for all the initiatives which they are mounting even today, towards the success of this tournament and beyond.Included among these tourism ambassador programme, of about 15 000 volunteers who will be placed across the host cities during the tournament, as well as a wide range of efforts from various sectors.South Africans embraced the World Cup tournament many years ago. They literally cried when we failed to win the rights to host the tournament first time round, and have been on a roll ever since, preparing for this excitement of a lifetime.Esteemed guests,What is happening in the country at the moment is quite a marvel to watch. The nation is seized with exhilaration and great anticipation. The flags and the colours of the country are in display all over, in the cars, in our houses, and in the attire. Football Fridays have been so popularised that most wish they were a daily indulgence.Taxi ranks, cafes, streets and literally every corner of the country becomes bright yellow on Fridays, a nation crazy about football and determined to make this tournament succeed beyond expectations. It is heartening to see how the entire nation is united in support of our national team. This harmony should define us and resonate in a wide range of spheres even outside sports.Nowhere else has this exhilaration been so expressly demonstrated and overwhelming than last week at the ticket sales outlets countrywide, where people spent a night queuing for tickets.On this note, we pay tribute to our compatriot who unfortunately lost his life while still on queue to buy a ticket. We extend our condolences to the family and relatives; we are truly saddened by this tragic incident. His patriotism and love for his country must be repaid by the support that South Africans will give to this tournament to the end.We are also enthused by the contribution of the private sector in this tournament, particularly with their motley array of Proudly South African products, including in arts and culture activities, as well as crafts. They have also contributed in ways that might be too numerous to mention, but all of those have played a crucial role towards the success that we are celebrating today as a nation.With an estimated turnout of thousands of members of media, this country is sure to receive the publicity that it has never received before. The story of this country is going to be narrated and retold in many languages to all parts of this world.Ladies and gentlemen,We are here today in Kimberley as part of team South Africa to mobilise our people behind this tournament and to communicate our readiness to host the event. Kimberley occupies a special place in the history and heritage of this country.This is the place where the world descended in the 19th century on what was popularly known as the big diamond rush. It is the place which heralded massive change in the economic landscape of our country and it has all kinds of relics to bear witness to this. This is why it is a famous tourist site and we believe that the Uruguay side was under no illusions when they chose this place as their base camp.It was at this stadium, in January 2009, where government, the Organising Committee in partnership with the South African Football Association and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) launched the 2010 Mass Mobilisation Roadshow which focused on youth development in sports and to create awareness on this tournament. I am hopeful that one day this city and province will have a football team in the Premier division.On this note, I therefore wish to commend the non-host cities for all the efforts that they have contributed towards the tournament. Most of them have provided base camps for the teams, preparing both accommodation and training facilities.In these seemingly limited ways, they will be able to showcase our ability even outside the scope of host cities. Each and every town in this country bears ineffaceable imprints of the history of this country, and has its own variety to offer. So it does not begin and end in host cities.We must remember that there is easy communication across the country. People will be visiting places far away from the host cities in between the games. Therefore I also thank the people of Kimberley and the Northern Cape in general for supporting this tournament.Programme director,This country has made all the preparations for the tournament and it is ready for it. Our host stadiums have been completed and match-tested. Any work that is still being done is just finishing touches on the precincts. We have made massive infrastructure upgrades and as it was indicated at the beginning of this year in Parliament, these projects will also continue beyond 2010.Our airports are ready; just yesterday we were opening the expanded OR Tambo International Airport and other airfields in various towns have been upgraded.Our much touted Gautrain will be able to ferry the people with ease from Sandton to the OR Airport. Plans have also been made to take care of any eventuality arising from power supply. Backup generators have been arranged. We will also be treating the world to first class fibre broadcast information technology, thanks to Telkom and Sentech.Security has also been adequately addressed. Provinces have developed detailed security plans, which have been synchronised to the national plan.Additional funds of more than a billion rand have been allocated for safety and security matters. These include additional service personnel, helicopters and all the required resources. Our security departments are co-operating with international law enforcement agencies to eliminate all threats to the event. So there is nothing that has been left to chance and no alarms should be raised about this.Another additional issue is that there are plans to establish special courts for this tournament so as to deal with the offences promptly. Emergency measures and disaster management plans have been completed in the host cities. Sufficient funds have been allocated for this purpose.Environmental plans to relieve stress on our natural resources are also in place, and a host of beautification, green goal and waste management projects are in place.We will also ensure smooth entry and departure from various ports of entry and measures to that effect will be announced. The opening and closing ceremonies have been planned and rehearsals are underway.Esteemed guests,Considerable spin-offs have been reaped from the preparations towards the tournament. About 66 813 direct jobs were created but the number is significantly higher when we consider indirect labour impact.Close to R9-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been accrued to households, including those in the low income bracket. This tournament will contribute R4.9-billion ($616-million) to real GDP this year 2010, with the impact on the wide range of industries.It is in industries such as tourism where consumption is expected to be at its pinnacle. The Department of Trade and Industry is assisting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) sector to exploit event related business opportunities, such as crafts, hospitality, food, beverages and many others.The capital investment has also been so massive and will also be the lasting legacy which will improve our competitive edge in other tournaments. With the 846 billion rand infrastructure programme rolling out, the government is set to continue with this expansion even way beyond 2010.Therefore there is no gainsaying the fact that this tournament has made a massive impact in our economy already, and that its legacy will be equally impregnable.Now is the time for all of us to own this event, to make it our responsibility, as individuals and as a collective, to create necessary conditions for the success of this event.This is the single greatest opportunity we have ever had to showcase our diversity and potential to the world. We must rise and tell the story of a continent which is alive with possibilities and resilient people who embrace people from other nations and cultures.As we mark 50 days to the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, even if we may still have one or two things outstanding here and there, the bottom line is that it is here, and we can feel it.Let us celebrate this moment, and be good hosts.I know that we have what it takes to do so!I thank you.Delia FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1692:tickets-160410&catid=46:2010news&Itemid=118#ixzz0lvIufe7Alast_img read more

Google Image Swirl Brings the Wonder Wheel to Photo Search

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Google just announced a new product in Google Labs: Google Image Swirl. Image Swirl introduces a Wonder Wheel-like user interface for Google Images. The new search interface combines the Wonder Wheel experience with Google’s ability to find similar images and discover faces in these images. Instead of just showing one image, the Image Swirl interface displays a stack of photos. Clicking on this stack opens up a Wonder Wheel with related images clustered around the original photo. Tags:#Google#news#web For now, Image Swirl only works for about 200,000 queries, though Google plans to include more in the near future. Better Photo Search Through Smarter AlgorithmsThis new feature takes image search to a new level, as it doesn’t just display the most relevant images. Instead, Google notes, these “are the most relevant groups of images.” To create these clusters of related images, Google analyzes the characteristics of the images themselves, but the algorithm also looks at meta tags and other clues in the description of these images. Google uses the same algorithms to find and organize images of landmarks in its index.In an interview with eWeek, Google Image Swirl Product Manager Aparna Chennapragada said that this new service is part of Google’s drive to “go beyond just relying on text.” Bing introduced its visual search feature a few weeks ago and is still ahead of Google in bringing these features to its core search product. Image Swirl makes looking for images on Google a far more interactive and fun experience. For now, Image Swirl is only a labs product – and some of the results can be a bit off at times – but chances are that this feature will find its way into the search options panel on Google Images in the future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Blackwater not in a rush to find new import

first_imgTrevis Simpson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBlackwater is taking a cautious approach as it remains in search for a new reinforcement this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Elite were left with no choice but to look for a replacement import after Trevis Simpson tore his groin muscle Saturday in their 118-93 loss to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Team manager Johnson Martines shared Blackwater has yet to select a new reinforcement to backstop the squad and will wait for team owner Dioceldo Sy’s return overseas before making the call.“We have not decided on it yet. Maybe, by Wednesday, we’ll have our guy,” he said in a text message.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSimpson averaged 24.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his first two games for the Elite before being going scoreless in 10 minutes against the Beermen.The 25-year-old was evidently playing through the pain as he hobbled all over the court and the team decided to shut him down for the second half. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lesnar to Jones: ‘Be careful what you wish for, young man’ Luckily, Blackwater has the luxury of time with its next game set on August 6, against Rain or Shine, giving the Elite plenty of time to integrate the new import.The Elite are currently at the cellar of the standings with a 0-3 record together with the Kia Picanto and Alaska Aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the first edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for August, with International news taking up some of this week’s talk, there’s also plenty of news on merchandise sales and what’s happening with the National 18 Years Championships, plus heaps more… * The 2005 South Pacific Island Nations (SPIN) tournament has been dominated by Fiji who grabbed the title in all divisions on offer. For all the info and reports check out the following website: SPIN TOURNAMENT WEBSITE * The stocktake sale is getting bigger with the latest offer perfect for junior or social teams chasing a cheap uniform. Check out the following article for the deal DEAL ON UNIFORMS FOR TEAMS which includes various t-shirts at $5 each and 2 free shirts for each team you purchase for. * For all the other great stocktake sale deals visit www.myclubtouch.com.au and then click on shop. You can either register online and purchase or email your orders and credit card or payment details to Casey at [email protected] * The NSW Touch Association 2005 City versus Country Tournament will be contested at Harker Oval New Lambton (Newcastle) on the 2nd (Friday) & 3rd (Saturday) of September. For more info check out www.nswtouch.com.au * The Northern Eagles are doing big things for the development of their region, with representative Touch being revitalised through several inter-affiliate competitions at Narrabri, Ballina and Port Macquarie. For more info check out NORTHERN EAGLES WEBSITE The Northern Eagles website is one of the most frequently updated websites and always has the latest news and events in Touch for their region and Australia. Congratulations to the Northern Eagles workforce who keep their players so well informed. * If you’re interested in the Game Development area of our sport, there are currently two vacancies for Game Development Officers in Victoria. Please check out www.victouch.com.au for all of the application details. * Australian Touch Association is now Touch Football Australia (as it is slowly making its way into our vocabulary.) Please be patient with us when we answer the phone, it’s hard to break habits and answer the phone with the new name when you’re so used to answering a certain way. * ACT Touch have announced their junior representative teams, check out www.acttouch.com.au and congratulations to all selected, good luck at your upcoming events. * Preparations are well underway for the upcoming National 18 Years Championships. The draft draw is not far off being released and I’m working in a short Opening Ceremony for all of the teams, which will also be combined with a send-off for the 10 Australian sides heading to the All Nations tournament in October. * In other National 18’s news the referees nominations have also been above and beyond normal expectations, in excess of 60 nominations already it looks as though the referees are going to be at their strongest come competition time. * Sides have been selected and announced on various websites, with the defending champions QSST set to be strong again, although traditional rivals NSWCHS will also be tough to beat. My tip however is that there are several danger sides to keep your eyes out for…in the Mens Competition it’s the Southern Suns and Northern Eagles, with many players returning from their grand final appearance at the NTL Mens 20’s division. The South Queensland Sharks also look like they will be strong in both divisions and the ACT Women have been on the improve over the last few years at Under 18 level. There’s certainly going to be some extremely tough competition at this year’s National 18’s Championships. * Having taken over merchandise from Gwynne for this year’s National 18’s Championships, I’m promising you that there will be some great deals on offer. We’ve got stacks of old shirts and other gear that will be sold at extremely cheap sale rates. There will also be plenty of new gear up for grabs, so make sure you drop in and visit the merchandise shop this year. (Although if the stocktake sale keeps going the way it is, there won’t be too much left.) If you’re interested in the stocktake sale check out www.myclubtouch.com.au and then click on `Shop’ to view all the bargains. * What’s happening in Coaching in Western Australia? Check out http://www.touchwest.com./coaches/index.html where you’ll find all the latest info, including the need for Mens and Womens Open coaches in Fremantle Touch. * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk (August edition, Issue 5) has been released this week. Check out the website. It’s got some more great stories on a couple of our All Nations representatives, as well as coaching drills, referee signal of the month, the Volunteers of the Month for August and a profile on one of our National Technical Panel. * Remember, if you need any assistance with getting some media coverage for your National 18 Years side or your All Nations representatives then contact [email protected] Also, if you have any items of interest for the regular Sixty Seconds in Touch article, please also send those to the above address. * Finally, keep the nominations for Volunteer of the Month rolling in. It’s a great chance to recognise someone who Volunteers at your local association. Simply send a few details on what they do and a way we can contact them to [email protected] or [email protected] By Rachel Moylelast_img

Elton John Brings Smash Hits Charity Tennis To London

first_imgTwo legends are bringing one of tennis’ biggest charity events to London for the first time. Long time friends Elton John and Billie Jean King will go head to head as they host the Mylan World Team Tennis Smash Hits to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.The battle will commence at 6pm on Sunday, December 7 2014, on finals day of the Statoil Masters Tennis tournament at the Royal Albert Hall.The pair will coach a stellar line up featuring former world number one tennis champion John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki. The one-night event will be staged during the final session of the IMG-owned and staged Statoil Masters Tennis tournament.Since 1993, Mylan WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $12 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and various local AIDS charities throughout the United States. This is the first time in the event’s 22-year history that it will be staged outside the U.S.Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, said, “Everyone knows I love tennis, and Mylan World Tennis Tournament Smash Hits is always such a great day. I thank our sponsors, Mylan, Billie, and all our friends in the tennis world who are supporting us. We believe that together we can all help create an AIDS free future, and proceeds from the London event will help us get closer to realising that goal, by giving access to life saving treatment to more people living with HIV in Africa.”Don’t miss out on this landmark event in the surroundings of one of the UK’s most iconic venues.Tickets from £18.50, available from the Royal Albert Hall Box office.last_img read more