Members Of Umphrey’s McGee, Zappa Band Join Forces For Frank Zappa Tribute [Gallery]

first_imgA full gallery of images can be seen below: The show opened with a set from Shaky Feelin’, before the Playground crew came in and got things done. Be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music. For tickets and more details, you can head here.Photographer Steve Rose was at the show last time; check out some images from the Zappa affair: A Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground got together for a Frank Zappa tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, last night! With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show was a tight-knit tribute to one of the best musicians around.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Retention of full funding requirement ‘opposite to EC’s objective’

first_imgIn November 2013, Klaus Wiedner, head of pensions and insurance at the directorate general internal market, said its plan included solving cross-border issues and creating a framework that allowed pension funds to grow.“Retention of the fully funded requirement will not help attain that objective and would hamper IORPs’ willingness to engage in cross-border activities,” Roberts said. “And removal would make cross-border IORPs less expensive and less burdensome by aligning the rules to those for domestic IORPs.“Respondents to a green paper previously mentioned the full funding requirement as a major obstacle to cross-border activity. It also would have been coherent with overall EU policy in the pensions area, the Europe 2020 strategy and the green paper on long-term investment.“This option is not expected to generate costs. On the contrary, it is expected to generate significant gains. In particular, it will provide significant economic benefits to employees, employers and IORPs.”However, responding to an IPE question regarding the last-minute decision by the Commission to maintain the status quo, Wiedner said the Commission foresaw potential obstables in cross-border provision if full funding requirements were dropped.“We thought that, on balance, it was still better to keep that fully funded requirement because we obviously want cross-border trade, we want to make sure it is a sound cross-border provision of services,” he said.The initional inclusion of relaxed funding requirements was widely welcomed by the European pensions industry.Hans van Meerten of Clifford Chance in the Netherlands said that, despite the Directive being a positive step forward, the keeping of full funding requirements was disappointing.“The lobby has tried very hard to keep the pillar one [solvency] requirements out of the Directive, and the result is that we are faced with one that promotes the further shift to individual DC,” he said.Paul Bonser, head of the cross border consulting team at Aon Hewitt, said the move was effectively “discrimination”, as the Commission continued to treat cross-border pensions more harshly than others.“It is effectively discrimination, which the Commission is trying so hard to erase in most other areas,” he said.“Many within the pensions industry will question why this was reintroduced from the previous leaked version that was recently in circulation.“This will undoubtedly continue to limit the ability of multinationals, headquartered in certain markets such as the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Ireland, to use their home country pension funds for cross-border activity.” The confirmed retention of the need for cross-border pension schemes to be fully funded runs contrary to the European Commission’s aims for retirement provision in the union, experts have said.The Commission today published the newly revised IORP Directive, and while no change was made to cross-border funding, it represented a last-minute change of heart.Initial drafts included the provision for pension schemes operating in two or more member states to be regulated by the same standards as single-border schemes, in essence creating a provision for unfunded cross-border activity.Dave Roberts, senior consultant at Towers Watson, said the industry’s expectation was not wishful thinking, but rather believing a stance made by the Commission itself.last_img read more

Carnival Offers Govts to Use Cruise Ships to Treat Non-COVID-19 Patients

first_imgCruise liner giant Carnival Corporation & plc has offered select cruise ships from the company’s global cruise line brands to communities for use as temporary hospitals to help address the escalating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare systems around the world.These include ships from Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.Carnival’s ships are being proposed to be used as temporary healthcare facilities to treat non-COVID-19 patients, freeing up additional space and expanding capacity in land-based hospitals to treat cases of COVID-19.As part of the offer, interested parties will be asked to cover only the essential costs of the ship’s operations while in port.The company explained that cruise ships are capable of being quickly provisioned to serve as hospitals with up to 1,000 hospital rooms that can treat patients suffering from less critical, non-COVID-19 conditions.“These temporary cruise ship hospital rooms can be quickly converted to install and connect remote patient monitoring devices over the ship’s high-speed network – providing cardiac, respiratory, oxygen saturation and video monitoring capabilities. The rooms also have bathroom facilities, private balconies with access to sun and fresh air, as well as isolation capabilities, as needed,” Carnival said.“Additionally, cruise ships being used as temporary hospital facilities to treat non-COVID-19 patients would have the ability to provide up to seven intensive care units (ICUs) in the ship’s medical center equipped with central cardiac monitoring, ventilators and other key medical devices and capabilities. Similar to land-based health facilities, cruise ships can also house multiple medical functions in disparate locations by using different decks on the ship to separate each required medical area.”As informed, the temporary hospital cruise ships would be berthed at a pier near the community in need and operated by the ship’s crew, with all maritime operations, food and beverage, and cleaning services provided by crew members on the ship.Medical services would be provided by the government entity or hospital responsible for fighting the spread of COVID-19 within that community.Governments or health authorities with interest can find more information on who to contact here.last_img read more

Fans unhappy with price hikes

first_img “AISA has always been committed to securing affordable ticket prices for supporters which has resulted in some positive developments in recent seasons, including the introduction of the Young Guns enclosure and category C tickets. Whilst it is the case that this is only the third ticket price increase in the last nine years, the announcement will be met with disappointment by many supporters,” Langton told Press Association Sport. “AISA believes that it is vital that football, both at the Emirates Stadium and at away grounds, is accessible to as many supporters as possible. “AISA will continue its dialogue with the club with regard to (the) freezing of season ticket prices for the 2014/15 season, in respect of which an announcement has not yet been made, and will also continue to campaign for reductions across the league in away ticket prices.” Arsenal’s statement highlighted no increases for some concession tickets at the 60,000-seater stadium. The club statement read: “Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be increasing its ticket prices by three per cent, in line with inflation, next season. “It will be only the third across-the-board increase on prices in the nine seasons the club will have been at Emirates Stadium. “Prices within the Family or Young Guns Enclosure for Team JGs (four to 16 years) and Young Guns (12 to 16 years) to attend B and C category matches will remain unchanged at £10. “Season ticket holders’ individual prices will be communicated at the time of renewal. Renewals for Club Level season tickets will begin in February.” In January 2013, Manchester City returned some 912 unsold tickets for their travelling fans at the Emirates Stadium, which had been set at £62 by Arsenal. A club statement from the Barclays Premier League leaders on Thursday evening confirmed the three per cent increase “in line with inflation” for next season. AISA chair Lois Langton hopes the club will continue their dialogue over freezing the cost of season-ticket renewals, some of which can cost £1,900, with a decision yet to be confirmed either way. Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association has expressed disappointment over the club’s announcement to increase ticket prices for next season.last_img read more

Tipp overcome Cavan in do-or-die qualifier game

first_imgA penalty scored by Conor Sweeney in the latter stages of the second half put Tipp 3 points into the lead.A goal from centre back Robbie Kiely put Tipp 6 points into the lead with 7 minutes to go, and it was swiftly followed by a point from Quinlivan.It finished up 2-15 to 18 points. Tipp have just overcome Cavan in their must-win qualifier game in Kingspan Breffni.Despite being down 12 points to 6 at half time the Premier fought back with 4 unanswered points to begin the second half.And Tipp sharpshooter Michael Quinlivan was brought on in place of George Hannigan about 15 minutes into the second half.last_img read more