1964: The Tribute Deliver Spot-On Beatles at NYCB Theatre at Westbury [Concert Review]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As if history was repeating itself, screaming fans could not be contained to their seats with a quartet uncannily mimicking the Fab Four on the floor of NYCB Theatre at Westbury Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.The mop tops, heeled boots and spiffy suits were just the icing on the cake for 1964: The Tribute, widely regarded as the best Beatles cover band on Earth. The group maintained the illusion with their self-depricative British humor between songs and bowing after each ditty. And then there was the competitive back-and-forth banter between lead singer John Lennon, played by Mark Benson, and George Harrison, played by Tom Work.“This here is a 12-string guitar, which has twice as many strings as John’s,” Work joked to the packed crowd, some of whom danced in the aisles during the high-energy performance. “It gets twice the applause.”The group, which includes Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney on bass and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr on drums, has played nearly 3,000 shows worldwide in their 30 years on tour. They’ve drawn even more crowds this year amid the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion.Across their two 45-minute sets, the act played hits off The Beatles’ earliest albums, including “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Michelle” and “Twist and Shout.” They even came out for an encoure to play “Rock and Roll Music,” “Rollover Beethoven” and “Love Me Do.”Although the band they cover never had to deal with fans wielding their cell phones during concerts, the tribute act did what The Beatles would have done before playing “In My Life”: Encourage fans to call loved ones to let them hear the song.After all, as they sang: “Some have gone and some remain/All these places have their moments/With lovers and friends I still can recall.”For more show-stopping gigs at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island EarWatch The Beatles’ First Appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show:last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Offers State Perspective, Progress Fighting the Opioid Crisis at 2019 BIO International Conference

first_img Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today addressed the participants in the 2019 BIO International Conference panel, “Addressing Barriers to Coverage and Access to Pain and Addiction Treatment: Where Are We Now?,” by offering the state’s perspective and progress in addressing the opioid crisis.“Finding ways to decrease the number of opioid overdoses and deaths has become a priority for my administration,” Gov. Wolf told the group. “State agencies working collaboratively in the Opioid Command Center, which I created via a disaster declaration in January 2018, have been able to implement strategies such as expanding Medicaid so more people can access treatment, promoting a 24/7 helpline, strengthening our Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and introducing the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network, or ODIN.”ODIN collects data about overdoses, opioid seizures, locations of opioid-related incidents and other opioid-related information from more than 1,000 police stations and 300 other agencies.By bringing together data about overdoses, opioid seizures, locations of opioid-related incidents and other crucial information, law enforcement officials have been able to make better decisions about how to target heroin and fentanyl distributors. And healthcare and public safety officials can more adeptly respond to potential crises, which can ultimately save lives.The 2019 Biotechnology Innovation Organization, or BIO, international conference features more than 500 education sessions focused on various aspects of biotech and life sciences and their importance in discovering new cures and treatments for people in need of life-saving medications.BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.“In Pennsylvania, we’re serious about ending the opioid crisis and we’re always looking for new ideas,” Gov. Wolf said. “Though some communities reported a drop in overdoses in 2018, we still have much work to do. I’ll continue to do everything in my power to help address this crisis.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 04, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Offers State Perspective, Progress Fighting the Opioid Crisis at 2019 BIO International Conferencelast_img read more

Asset management roundup: Natixis to buy 25% stake in US manager WCM

first_imgPaul Black, co-CEO of WCM, said: “After a lot of thought and collective input, we concluded the smartest way to enhance our stability, and to guard our investment temperament, was to partner with a world-class global distribution platform.“For some time now we’ve known that diversifying the product mix within the firm – by raising the profile of our global strategy, our emerging markets strategy, and various other investment strategies – is the key to making this happen.”BMO drops F&C brandBMO Global Asset Management is to remove the F&C brand from all its products four years after its acquisition of the UK-based asset manager, it announcd today.All open-ended funds and corporate entities in Europe will adopt the BMO name, as will the direct-to-consumer channel, the Canadian investment group said.BMO GAM bought F&C Asset Management in 2014 and it has been expanding across Europe since then. It has opened seven offices in six countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland.David Logan, head of distribution at BMO Global Asset Management, said: “Having more of our global and local capabilities under a single brand helps us to deliver on that as well as further simplifying the way we communicate with clients across all of our regions.”New signatories to UK gender diversity pushFranklin Templeton Investments, Intermediate Capital Group and Investec Asset Management are among 67 additional signatories to the UK government’s Women in Finance charter, according to an update published today. They signed up in the second quarter of the year, taking the total number of signatories to 272.Those signed up to the charter – an iniative of the UK treasury department – commit to four actions “to prepare their female talent for leadership positions”, according to the government.The four actions are:to have one member of the senior executive team responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion;to set internal targets for gender diversity in senior management;to publish progress annually against the targets in reports on their websites; andto “have an intention” to ensure pay of the senior executive team is linked to delivery against the internal targets on gender diversity.The treasury is to update the signatory list with links to their targets in September. Natixis Investment Managers is to acquire a minority stake in $29bn (€25bn) WCM Investment Management and become its exclusive third-party distributor.Under the terms of the agreement, Natixis will acquire a 24.9% in WCM, which is based in Laguna Beach, California.The distribution arrangement means WCM will be added to Natixis’ global multi-affiliate platform, giving clients of the French asset manager access to a “high-conviction, high-active share investment manager with a distinctive investment culture and process”, according to a statement.WCM is employee-owned and runs concentrated equity portfolios covering global, emerging and small cap markets.last_img read more

Louisville pitcher hurls F-bombs at Vanderbilt batter, then takes loss in elimination game

first_imgCompetition brings out the best in some people. Sometimes, it brings out the worst. That’s especially true on a stage as big as the College World Series.It was a little of both Friday night for Louisville pitcher Luke Smith, who despite turning in an excellent 10-strikeout performance in 8 1/3 innings pitched will most likely be remembered for some unsavory eighth-inning antics. Louisville 2, Vanderbilt 1 | MID 8Confirmed stats for Luke Smith tonight: 10 strikeouts(!), 3 hits given up, 1 earned run in 8 innings pitched.Unconfirmed stats for Luke Smith: 2 humongous F bombs after his 10th K. pic.twitter.com/lktdfMzGL6— Jeremy Chisenhall (@JSChisenhall) June 22, 2019The Commodores got the last laugh however, taking the permanent 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth. The kicker? Smith was saddled with the loss after being pulled from the game after retiring just one batter in the ninth.top of the 8th inning:Louisville starting pitcher Luke Smith strikes out Vandy No. 9 hitter Julian Infante, to secure a 2-1 lead, tells him “f— you”30 minutes later: pic.twitter.com/Cd8MRGrHnM— Christian D’Andrea (@TrainIsland) June 22, 2019“Vanderbilt is a great team, and I respect — I love that part of baseball,” Smith said after the game (via ESPN). “When they got their big hit in the ninth, they celebrate. That’s how it goes. When I strike somebody out, I celebrate, and that’s just the way it is.”Regardless, Smith has no more opportunities to celebrate this season. With the loss, Louisville was eliminated from the College World Series. Vanderbilt will take on Michigan in the CWS final in a best-of-three series starting on Monday. MORE: TV schedule, bracket, results from 2019 College World SeriesAfter striking out Vanderbilt’s Julian Infante for the final out of the eighth inning, with his team leading 2-1, Smith could be seen hurling some very heated expletives toward Infante.(Warning: Foul language used).last_img read more

Sumner County Conservation District 73rd Bankers Award Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 13

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Ruben Neves emerges as contender to win PFA Young Player of the Year

first_imgRuben Neves has emerged as a contender to land the PFA Young Player of the Year award this season. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Neves has been one of this season’s bright sparks early on no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “The star of Wolves’ climb back to the Premier League, Neves drew rave reviews in the Championship, and that momentum is more than carrying over to the Premier League.“He’s being heavily backed to make a splash in his first season in the top division, with over a third of all bets being placed on the 21-year-old taking the title off last year’s winner Leroy Sane.” Latest Premier League News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED shining 2center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Sterling is still the favourite to land the award possible standings 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware The Wolves midfielder, 21, is up there with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Naby Keita to claim the prize following his strong start to the season.According to Oddschecker, Neves has attracted 36% of all bets over the past week after the Portuguese shined during Wolves’ 1-0 win away at West Ham last weekend.As a result, bookies have cut odds on him winning the accolade, from 25/1 to as short as 12/1.However, Manchester City star Raheem Sterling is still the bookies’ favourite to win the award at 5/1, followed by Naby Keita (7/1), Leroy Sane (9/1) and Richarlison (11/1). REVEALED smart causal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

Gardai confirm death of man in 30s after Letterkenny incident

first_imgGardaí have confirmed that a man in his 30s has died following an incident in Letterkenny.The man was found outside Celtic Apartments on the Pearse Road sometime before 4pm this afternoon.It is believed the man may have suffered a fall. The area was sealed off and two ambulances and the Gardai rushed to the scene.However, it is understood the man was pronounced dead at the scene.His body was removed to Letterkenny University for a post mortem.Gardai say the result of this post mortem will determine the direction of their investigation. Gardai are still at the scene of the incident and the scene has been preserved for a forensic investigation.Gardai confirm death of man in 30s after Letterkenny incident was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Celtic ApartmentsdonegalGardaiiinvestigationletterkennylast_img read more

2019 Dairy Margin Coverage Program signup coming soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University Extension Field SpecialistThe Farm Service Agency plans to open the sign-up period on June 17 for the newly renovated Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program, re-named and re-configured in the 2018 Farm Bill. The changes you will see in the DMC Program attempt to fix some of the problems that rendered the Dairy Margin Protection Program largely ineffective until initial adjustments were implemented early in 2018.Two of the biggest changes that will positively impact farms of all sizes include 1) adding 3 new margins ($8.50, $9.00 and $9.50) at reasonable premiums, and 2) allowing farms with base production of more than 5 million pounds to make a second margin election for pounds over the first 5 million.There are also opportunities to recover program participation net losses from 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. Repayment can be received either as cash (50% of the net loss), or by applying it to premiums for participation in the new program (75% of the net loss). What does this mean? If a farm purchased $6.50 margin coverage in 2016, paid a premium of $3,500 and received a total indemnity payment of $500, they had a $3,000 net loss. The farm can now choose to receive half the difference, or $1,500 as a cash payment. The other option is to receive $2,250, or 75% of the amount, as a credit toward premiums for Dairy Margin Coverage Program participation. If you participated in any or all of those years, you will receive notification from your Farm Services Agency office with your amounts and options.So why should you step up to the plate? Just like 2018, when sign-ups were re-opened for the updated program, sign-ups for 2019 will open well after January, but participation will be retroactive to Jan. 1. When the sign-up period opens on June 17, we will know exactly what the margins will be for January ($7.99), February ($8.22), March ($8.85), and April. Signups will end September 20, so you could wait and know what the actual margins are through at least July. As USDA announces new monthly margins, you can find them posted at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/Dairy-MPP/indexFor farms with up to 5 million pounds of base production, indemnity payments for January through March more than cover the premiums at the highest ($9.50) margin.Example:Base milk: 5,000,000 pounds (about 200 cows)Farm elects to cover 95% of their base, 4,750,000 pounds, or 47,500 cwt.Coverage level selected: $9.50 margin costing 15¢ per cwtThe program assumes that production is equal across months, or 47,500/12 = 3,958 cwt per month.Because we know the January, February, and March margins, we can calculate the current indemnity payments. These payments are made on the difference between the purchased margin coverage level ($9.50 in this example) and the announced margin, times the monthly cwts covered:Jan $1.51 x 3,958 cwt = $5,977Feb $1.28 x 3,958 cwt = $5,066March $0.65 x 3,958 cwt = $2,573Total payments = $13,616Less6.2% Sequestration = $ 844Administration fee = $ 100Premium = $ 7,125Difference = $ 5,547 paid to the farmSince the signup is retroactive to January 1, we know that not only will the known indemnity payments cover all program costs; we also know there will be net positive dollars to help pay a few bills.How many total net dollars for 2019 is unclear and changing. Recently, projections indicated that there would be announced margins less than $9.50 well into the summer. If recent milk market rallies hold and show up in milk checks, then there could few or no further indemnity payments. We all hope that that will be the case. Second election for base pounds over 5 millionA major change that impacts farms with more than 200 cows, is the opportunity to make a margin selection for the first 5 million pounds of base milk, and a different margin selection for any base pounds over 5 million pounds. The Tier 2 premiums for the > 5 million pounds are substantially higher than premiums for the first 5 million pounds. To be allowed to make a second selection, the farm must purchase coverage at $8.50, $9.00, or $9.50 for the first 5 million base pounds (Tier 1 milk and premiums).Tier 2 premiums are the same as Tier 1 premiums for $4.00, $4.50, and $5.00 margins. The premium for the $5.50 Tier 2 margin costs more than three times as much as the corresponding Tier 1 premium, with premiums increasing exponentially until they reach $1.813 for the $8.00 margin. The higher coverage levels quickly become cost prohibitive and are unlikely to make sense for most farms.However, with the new 2-election option, farms with base production of more than five million pounds should seriously consider maximizing coverage in Tier 1 and electing the $4.00, $4.50, or $5.00 margin coverage on their Tier 2 base pounds for 2019. Long-term commitment = 25% off premiumsAnother option for farmers to consider as they sign up this year is the 25% premium discount option. There is a large string attached to the 25% discount, as you have to commit to your election for 5 years. Decision toolHow to make a decision? Particularly if you are considering the five-year commitment, use the decision tool developed by Mark Stephenson and crew at the University of Wisconsin. The new DMC Decision Tool, which incorporates the changes legislated in the 2018 Farm Bill is now up and running at https://dairymarkets.org. This is a very handy tool that allows farmers to enter their historic production (still starts with the highest of 2011, 2012, or 2013 production — verify your current production history with your FSA office) and explore the cost and potential returns of different coverage percentages and levels. It will lay out your costs for 2019 participation, expected payment, and also lay out the premium with the 25% discount and total 5-year cost if you want to consider that option.There is also a button to plug in your MPP Premium Repayment amount supplied to you by your FSA office. It will tell you how much you could receive as a cash payment and how much of your current selection’s premium would be covered if you chose that option. The decision tool’s milk and feed price data is updated nearly daily, so you may receive different “expected payment” results depending on what the markets are doing.OSU Extension and FSA offices will be working together and offering educational programs before and early in the sign-up period to review the changes and options for farmers. Look at the options for your farm.last_img read more

South America: Mr. Trump, we haven’t devaluated our currency on purpose

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, President Trump tweeted that he would restore tariffs on all steel and aluminum that Brazil and Argentina export to the United States. He would do that because, according to his tweet, the two South American countries “have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies”, which is “not good” for American farmers.He is right. The devaluation of the Brazilian real and the Argentine peso really is a bummer for American farmers. It makes producers in those countries happy with the price received for the products they ship, and that spurs farmer selling. At the same time, prices in U.S. dollars paid by importers don’t necessarily climb – sometimes they even fall, making South American exports more competitive when compared to products shipped by the United States.A metric ton of Brazilian soybeans priced at $350 FOB Santos, for example, equals to BRL1,050 when the Brazilian real is at BRL3 to the dollar. The same $350 becomes BRL1,400 when a swing to BRL4 occurs. Even with an unchanged price in U.S. dollars, Brazil receives 33 percent more for its soybeans just because of currency devaluation.Since the beginning of 2019, the Brazilian real lost 7 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar. In late November, it hit a fresh new low at BRL4.27 per dollar. In Argentina, the devaluation reached 62 percent in the same period and now the peso is around ARG58 to the dollar. And why did that happen? Have Brazil and Argentina’s governments devaluated their currencies on purpose, as President Trump suggested with his tweet?In this particular case, Mr. Trump is wrong. Neither Brazil nor Argentina has done anything to artificially weaken their currencies. We are not that competent. But thank you anyway for overestimating us, sir.In Argentina, a serious economic crisis and a political swing that resulted in the election of center-leftist Alberto Fernandez to the presidency of the country, after four years of conservative incumbent Mauricio Macri, are the main reasons behind the massive devaluation seen in 2019, since foreign investors believe that Fernandez will not be able (or will not be willing) to conduct any kind of market-friendly reforms to the economy.The currency devaluation has helped Argentina’s agricultural exports, which are also buoyed by fears that the new president (whose vice-president is former president Cristina de Kirchner, farmers’ worst nightmare) will raise export taxes for soybeans, corn and wheat as soon as he takes office this Tuesday, Dec 10. But, despite giving a hand to Argentina’s exports, a very weak currency is not exactly a good thing to an economy which has been in such a fragile position. So, no, Argentina has not intentionally devaluated its peso.And what about Brazil? After the election in late 2018 of President Jair Bolsonaro, recently described by The Wall Street Journal as a “rainmaker” for the economy, odds were that the Brazilian real would get stronger. This year, however, a series of factors that include lower interest rates (to stimulate business and create jobs), an overall strength of the U.S. dollar against other currencies such as the euro, the effects of the trade war between the United States and China, the economic crisis in Argentina and political unrest in some other South American countries, contributed to the devaluation of the Brazilian real.The weaker real has helped Brazilian agricultural exports. But the country’s exports are in good shape this year mainly because of the trade war (which makes China buy more Brazilian soybeans) and the fear that the United States would have a crop failure after a way too rainy planting season – which made traditional importers such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam buy Brazilian corn.Brazil is not likely to retaliate the United States if President Trump really goes ahead with the threat of raising tariffs on steel and aluminum exported by Brazil. That would be a setback for the sector, since the United States is the main destination of Brazilian steel. But targeting the metal sector would not have any effect on Brazilian agricultural exports and would not have any compensatory effects for the American farmer. What farmers in the United States, Brazil and Argentina need is a healthy trade environment that allows them to export their products as fair competitors and, above all, as allies in the mission of feeding the world.last_img read more

Carbonite Introduces Premium Backup Services For Small Businesses

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market One lesson the devastating earthquake in Haiti has taught us is that natural disasters can cause billions of dollars in damage anywhere in the world almost instantaneously. If an earthquake of that magnitude were to hit a tech-centric city like San Francisco, millions of computer files would likely be lost in the destruction.Natural disasters, house fires and hard drive failures are exactly the futile situations for which backup services like Carbonite exist. Carbonite has been providing consumer level backup since its foudning 2006, and now the company is offering competitively priced solutions for small businesses. Carbonite’s consumer level backup plans cost $54.95 per year, per computer, but small businesses often have hundreds of computers they need to backup. Their new service, Carbonite Pro has an automatically tiered system with the lowest tier at just $10 a month for 20 GB of storage on an unlimited number of computers or servers. If a business exceeds their plan, they are automatically bumped up to the next highest plan, and if they use less than their allotted space, they are bumped down to the lower pricing. The service offers a system overview of storage to avoid unexpectedly breaking into the more expensive tiers.Carbonite has introduced this program to offer and alternative to their competitor, MozyPro which offers similar pricing plans and features. MozyPro bills businesses at $0.50 per GB, the same pricing Carbonite’s tiers begin at, but they also charge a monthly license fee for each computer or server their software is installed on. However, MozyPro will work on Windows and Macintosh machines, while Carbonite will only work with Windows. chris cameron Tags:#start#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… For small businesses, backing up data is an important step for setting up shop, and Carbonite looks to be a competitive solution for Windows users that want to backup multiple machines. If your startup lives and breathes on Macintosh boxes, MozyPro or Leopard’s Time Machine may be a better backup choice. Related Posts last_img read more