On May 1, 2017, Col. Bruce Hampton celebrated his 70th birthday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Bruce’s enormously talented musical family–including John Bell, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Karl Denson, Jimmy Herring, Chuck Leavell, John Popper, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer and so many more–came out to pay their respects to a the jam scene elder statesman. The event quickly sold out, thousands packed the theatre, then the unthinkable happened.From the almost overwhelming musical star power featured throughout the night, to the stranger-than-fiction manner in which the evening ended, Hampton 70 instantly became one of the most meaningful, beautiful, tragic, stupefying rock concerts that has ever occurred. Until the end of time, people will talk about the night that Colonel Bruce Hampton gathered the best and the brightest for one final, incredible performance, and left it all on the stage. An iconic occurrence on the timeline of music history. A truly legendary send-off.Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonThe Hampton 70 event was meaningful in more ways than just life and music; it also marked the season launch of the 2017-2018 Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), in which a portion of the tickets sold at the event benefited the organization. According to Executive Producer Matthew Wilson, the event raised $85,127.97 to go toward funding efforts to support historic Georgia theaters, and $21,281.99 to MusiCares, a GRAMMY/National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences organization that provides support and community services to musicians in need of medical, personal & financial assistance.Since the launch of FTI in 2008, the Fox Theatre has committed more than $1 million to the overall program, with $85,000 awarded this year to four immediate need projects under the organization’s new Urgent/Emergency Need Grant. The FTI also supports Historic Structures Studies or Planning, Technical Assistance and Services, and Preservation Grant programs, all of which allows up to $500,000 statewide grant subsidy. To learn more about the Fox Theatre Institute and the various projects they’ve supported this year, read on here.[photo by Dave Vann]
Take a trip to Mount Nebo, West Virginia, this weekend, Saturday, August 23, for the Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the lake’s lighthouse grounds. Cabella’s will be there all day teaching fishing techniques; and Tamarack Artisans and craftspeople from around the state will be there as well. You’ll also get to enjoy live Appalachian music, food, raffles, classic car show, and more!From the top of the lighthouse you’ll see more than 45 sail boats compete in the Fourth Annual Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta.Come enjoy something for the whole family, win some prizes, and enjoy a day at Summersville Lake.
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For those who cannot attend the 2019 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, CUNA will live stream President/CEO Jim Nussle’s speech on Monday, March 11.The event will be streamed live on CUNA’s Facebook page.To watch Nussle’s presentation:Login to Facebook.com with your account credentialsVisit CUNA’s Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. (ET) Monday, March 11Engage with the live steam by sharing the link and submitting questions, comments, and likes in the feed. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The quantitative process must be “an active, systematic stock selection process based on multiple proprietary signals that forecast equity returns,” LD Pensions said in the notice.The intention was to generate alpha, it said, adjusted for academically-tested factors such as value, size, momentum, low-volatility and quality.The product had to be provided as a segregated mandate, it said, and be tailored to the needs of LD Pensions by incorporating its exclusion list, tracking error and other restrictions.It either had to be run as a global all-country product, or as a combination of a global developed markets product and a global emerging markets product, LD Pensions said, using the same quantitative model and investment process, with a close to neutral weighting of the two products versus the MSCI All Country benchmark.The mandate is long-only, with a four-year duration and the ability for it to be renewed for one year up to three times, according to the tender notice.LD Pensions is looking for just one manager, with the deadline for requests to participate set at 3 March.Fabricius Birch also said: “We have invested in a smart beta fund a couple of years ago and are close to announcing the manager for our smart beta mandate to replace that fund.” Danish pension fund manager LD Pensions has launched a tender process for a global active quantitative equities mandate for an initial amount of around DKK1bn (€134m), to be invested actively in both developed and emerging markets.In an EU tender notice, the Copenhagen-based firm said it was important the product offered had at least €500m of available capacity at the time of signing the deal, even though it was unable to say in advance how much the mandate would be for.LD Pensions – which runs an older scheme based on cost-of-living allowances granted to workers in the late 1970s while preparing to manage a holiday allowances fund of up to DKK100bn – told IPE this was the first time it had allocated money to active quant equity.Kristoffer Fabricius Birch, LD Pensions’ head of equities, told IPE: “The allocation will likely be around DKK1bn from our old fund but it will increase once we get the new holiday allowance fund inflow.”
NZ Herald 28 March 2019Family First Comment: The stories and concerns that highlight the danger of legalising assisted suicide.#DefendNZProtect.org.nz“There is literally a piece of my DNA that is missing, so there’s no cure.”Kylee Black has a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which is terminal, yet, she is opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill.Her joints dislocated often with the medical condition affecting her joints, ligaments, tendons, skin, blood vessels and internal organs.Because her joints don’t work as they should, Black relies heavily on other people to help her maintain a fulfilling life.Along with regular human assistance, she relies on a number of medications and has received many surgeries to keep her body functioning.The 32-year-old is opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill because she feels people like herself would be pressured to consider assisted dying.“I have difficult days and those days I don’t need to be confronted with easily accessible death,” she said.“If assisted suicide is legal it would be legal to promote it. I don’t want to be triggered by assisted suicide ads or flyers.“I have multiple specialists and go to hospital many times a year. I know my care costs a lot of money. But I also know I contribute to society.”Black has revealed all in a mini-documentary created by the movement called #DefendNZ which opposes the End of Life Choice Bill.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12216909&ref=twitter
He told the Sunderland Echo: “In the contract, it is written that if we stay in the Premier League, I can stay here for another two years. I feel very comfortable here, both at the club and outside the club, so I would be very keen to stay. “The only downside is the climate and the weather, but even that has been good for the last few days! “It has been very good to play regularly [this season] and I am very happy. I think with time, I have been able to adapt more to the style of play and also to my team-mates. “Apart from the struggles we are going through in the league, I have felt very comfortable.” Victory over the Magpies – their first in nine games in all competitions – eased Sunderland into 15th place and three points clear of the relegation zone. However, that could count for little if Advocaat’s men fail to build upon it when Crystal Palace head north on Saturday. Vergini said: “Every win brings with it a lot of confidence and with a derby game, that is even more the case. In our next game, we need to show the same character and the same spirit as we did on Sunday.” The 26-year-old Argentinian returned to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan deal from Costa Rican side Sport Uruguay de Coronado in August last year and has made 35 appearances to date this season, the last of them a start in Sunday’s 1-0 derby victory over Newcastle which provided a huge boost to the club’s top-flight survival hopes. A successful completion of new head coach Dick Advocaat’s mission to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League could have significant consequences for Vergini, and he is open to what might come his way. Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini has indicated he may be ready to extend his stay on Wearside after revealing Barclays Premier League survival could trigger the offer of a two-year permanent contract. Press Association
Everton forward Steven Naismith has emphasised the club are very much looking ahead to a future with John Stones in the team. The Toffees rejected pre-season bids of £20million and £26million from Chelsea for 21-year-old England defender Stones. And while Everton would not comment on Tuesday on reports they had turned down a third bid of £30million from the London club, Press Association Sport understands the Merseyside outfit’s stance on the matter has not changed – that Stones is not for sale. Press Association “He has then taken that into the games, because he has been one of the stronger performers in the team since the start of the season.” Speaking about Stones last Thursday ahead of Saturday’s 3-0 win at Southampton, Martinez said: ”I have said before the player is not for sale and that is the end of it. ”Our situation has been very clear from the beginning. We are not a selling club who will lose our best performers. ”He is very important player for us and we are looking forward to seeing the best of John over the next few seasons, not just the next few weeks.” Speculation of Chelsea returning for Stones has heightened after John Terry was substituted by Jose Mourinho for the first time in 177 Premier League games in Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Manchester City. After the match, Mourinho said: ”The point was not to take John out, but to put (Kurt) Zouma in. I want to have my fastest player on the pitch and not on the bench.” Mourinho has spoken of his lack of first-team defensive options, with five defenders before Baba Rahman’s arrival made it six. The 21-year-old Ghana left-back signed from Bundesliga side Augsburg on Sunday evening. Speaking prior to the start of Chelsea’s season – which has begun with a Community Shield loss to Arsenal, a draw with Swansea and the City defeat – Mourinho said: ”We have five defenders and we cannot go to the Premier League with five defenders. That’s our weakness. Five is not enough. That’s obvious.” Mourinho was asked how many defenders he needed ahead of the season curtain-raiser. ”Seven plus a quality kid,” he said, saying Ola Aina would be promoted to the first-team squad when needed. It means Chelsea still have one defensive position to fill, but Mourinho has also talked of a determination for his side to continue to show their new-found financial restraint – something Everton may test. :: For a second year, Steven Naismith is donating tickets for Everton home matches to unemployed football fans throughout the season in an initiative with Jobcentreplus centres across Liverpool. That was something stressed last week by Everton boss Roberto Martinez. And regarding Stones, Naismith told Press Association Sport on Tuesday: “We definitely want him to stay – he is a fantastic guy and footballer, and a mainstay in our team. “You want your best players to be here to hopefully continue bringing success to Everton. “He has progressed rapidly in the last two years and we want him to continue that under the leadership of the manager (Martinez) and also (Stones’ Everton captain and fellow England centre-back) Phil Jagielka – I’m sure Stonesey would be the first to say he learns so much from him on a day-to-day basis.” Then asked if Everton could cope with the loss should further bids lead to Stones’ departure, Naismith – speaking at Toxteth Jobcentreplus, where he was giving tickets for Toffees matches to unemployed fans – said: “I think the club’s stance on it has been pretty straightforward and the manager is looking forward with Stonesey in the team. “The manager has mentioned wanting to bring in three more players in to strengthen, and I don’t think anyone has ever thought about Stonesey moving on.” Martinez earlier this month said Stones had been affected by Chelsea’s interest, but he subsequently praised the player’s focus in Everton’s opening match of the season, a 2-2 Barclays Premier League home draw against Watford on August 8. And 28-year-old Scotland international Naismith added on Tuesday: “John has gone about his business day-to-day in training in such a professional manner.
(REUTERS) – Argentina’s World Cup-winner Diego Maradona returned to Naples this week to regale audiences with memories of his heroics in helping Napoli win the 1987 Italian league title and took a pot-shot at fellow football great Pele.The 56-year-old Maradona hosted his two-hour show ‘3 Volte Dieci’ or ‘Three times ten’ at the venerated Teatro di San Carlo opera house on Monday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Napoli’s first Serie A championship.Maradona quit Spanish giants Barcelona to sign for Napoli in 1984 and became their captain and record scorer with 115 goals.“With this shirt I dreamt a dream,” he told the crowd while holding a Napoli shirt.“When I came to sign for Napoli (then vice-president of Barcelona, Joan) Gaspart told me: ‘Do not leave. I will give you five more years, with twice the money you are earning at the moment’. I told him: ‘No. No. I will follow my heart.”Maradona left Napoli in 1992 after failing a drugs test but is still revered by the club, where he also won the UEFA Cup in 1989 and another Serie A title in 1990.The Argentine, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, said he had priced tickets for his show at 300 euros (259.38 pounds) so they were more expensive than those to see Brazil’s 76-year-old three-time World Cup-winner Pele.The pair have long sparred over the moniker of football’s greatest-ever player.
..Bairstow, Ball and Punkett given written warningsTHE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the Ashes squad “at this stage”.Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.He has still been awarded a central contract, while pace bowler Steven Finn has been added to the tour party.Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett have each been given written warnings for their conduct.The trio were part of the night out in Bristol, but the reprimands are not connected to the Stokes incident, for which batsman Alex Hales volunteered to help police with their investigation.All-rounder Stokes was arrested on a night out that followed England’s victory over West Indies in the third one-day international.Stokes and Hales were left out of the fourth ODI, but the 26-year-old was still named in the original Ashes squad.After the touring party was named, the Sun newspaper published footage that allegedly showed Stokes involved in a street brawl.The ECB then said that Stokes, who suffered a broken hand, and Hales would not be available to play for England until further notice, a stance it reiterated on Friday.England leave for the five-Test series on 28 October.England director of cricket Andrew Strauss said: “We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing police investigation or cricket discipline commission process, as can be seen by the award of central contracts.”Finn loses Test contractFinn’s addition to the Ashes squad comes on the day that he loses his central contract, with fellow pace bowler Mark Wood losing his Test deal but gaining a white-ball contract.Only eight players are awarded Test contracts, a reflection of England’s uncertainty around their best XI in the longest form of the game.Limited-overs specialist Hales is also included in the white-ball list and is joined for the first time by pace bowler Ball and wicketkeeper Bairstow.Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance loses his incremental deal, but fast bowler Toby Roland-Jones is rewarded after his breakthrough international summer.Central contracts give the ECB control over a player’s schedule, with the governing body picking up the majority of his salary.Previously, they mainly focused on Test players, but were revamped in 2016 to give greater recognition to limited-overs specialists.Test captain Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Bairstow and Stokes are the only players to receive both a Test and white-ball contract.“With the Ashes just around the corner, it’s important to give the players, the coaching staff and supporters some clarity around a complex situation,” said Strauss.“This decision will help us in the weeks ahead and gives every player and the whole England set-up the best chance to focus on the challenge ahead in Australia.“Steven is a high-quality cricketer, with considerable experience of both international cricket and Australian conditions. The selectors believe he will add to the range of options and the squad will be further supported by the arrival of the Lions in Australia in November.”Ball, Bairstow and Plunkett punishedThere had been no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Ball, Bairstow or Plunkett until the ECB revealed the issue of the written warnings.All three players have paid an undisclosed sum to the Professional Cricketers’ Association Benevolent Fund and the Hornsby Professional Cricketers’ Fund.The ECB said that the internal investigation into that matter had been closed and that it will make no further comment.Speaking before the warnings were issued to Ball, Bairstow and Plunkett, former captain Michael Vaughan said that the Stokes incident highlighted a cultural problem with the England team.“Yes, Stokes is 26 years of age, he should be more mature, he has made a massive mistake and I have no sympathy for him whatsoever,” Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live.“But the management of the England team have to look at themselves in the mirror and say: ‘Hang on a minute, could we have done a bit more? Could we have been a bit stricter?’“I am not saying I want a headmaster and have a curfew and say, ‘you have got to be in your room by 11pm and you can never drink’ – but there is a time and a place and I just think now, with what has gone on this week, the culture of cricket has to change quickly.”Centrally contracted players for 2017-18Test contracts: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.ODI/T20 contracts: Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Incremental contract: Toby Roland-Jones. (BBC Sport)