All-Star Tribute To CSNY Announced With Tom Hamilton, Metzger & Midnight North

first_imgOn July 29th, the Brooklyn Bowl will be transformed into “Brooklyn Is CSNY,” as an all-star crew of Midnight North with Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger will come together to pay tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The iconic group put out so many great songs in their brief tenure, and this fun crew is sure to put on a great show.Midnight North is the project of Grahame Lesh, also known for being the son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. The younger Lesh is a regular player at Terrapin Crossroads, and Midnight North continue to impress with their live energy. Add in the guitar players from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Metzger and Hamilton, and you have a great recipe for a night of music.With support from Doobie Decibel System, this looks to be a great summer celebration. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 13th, and can be found here. For fans of Hamilton and Midnight North, be sure to catch them performing at our Dead & Company after party on July 3rd, at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. Just a short jaunt from Dead & Co’s show at Folsom Field, the Tom Hamilton’s American Babies & Friends show will feature Marco Benevento, Oteil Burbridge and more special guests! Tickets are on-sale now, and all the information you’ll need can be found here.We’ll play you out with one of our favorite CSNY songs…last_img read more

€3.2bn Delta Lloyd scheme assessing options following NN acquisition

first_imgSource: WikipediaThe former offices of Delta Lloyd in AmsterdamFollowing the transfer, Delta Lloyd’s 2,766 active participants will accrue pension rights in a less mature pension fund, as the NN CDC scheme has 5,300 workers and just 200 pensioners.This demographic has allowed NN CDC to implement a much more aggressive investment policy, with a return-seeking portfolio worth 40% of its assets. The Delta Lloyd scheme has 24% invested in return-seeking assets.In addition, the Delta Lloyd fund is in a relatively strong position to pay inflation-linked bonuses, whereas NN CDC has limited options for indexation given its lower funding level.Inge de Vries of trade union De Unie acknowledged that the unions had made a concession on pensions during the transition negotiations, but highlighted improvements on pay and labour conditions for former Delta Lloyd staff.The annual report of NN CDC stated that its internal supervisors had urged closer co-operation between NN’s three pension funds, which included the €28bn closed ING Pensioenfonds.NN’s CDC scheme shares services with ING’s CDC scheme. Both schemes were established following the split of original parent company ING into the separate companies ING and NN Group, in 2011.The board of NN CDC said it wanted to continue the co-operation with ING CDC for now as both schemes had significant similarities and were facing the same issues. Theo Krekel, the scheme’s manager, said the pension fund was assessing several options, including joining a general pension fund (APF) or remaining independent with some increased co-operation with NN’s €522m CDC scheme.A third option would be a buyout with an insurer, he said.The board decided against transferring the legacy scheme to the CDC fund as the different funding levels – 126% at Delta Lloyd and 109% at NN CDC – would be an obstacle. The €3.2bn Dutch Pensioenfonds Delta Lloyd is to close following the takeover of its insurance company sponsor by NN Group two years ago.Pensions accrual will continue in NN’s collective defined contribution (CDC) scheme, according to the annual reports of both pension funds.The decision followed the introduction of a new collective labour agreement (CAO), amending labour conditions for staff of NN and former insurer Delta Lloyd.Pensioenfonds Delta Lloyd will close to new entrants from next year. It currently has 13,000 members.last_img read more

Donegal’s Bangladeshi Community host festive New Year event in Letterkenny

first_imgMembers of the Bangladeshi Community in Donegal hosted a festive New Year event at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny last week.“Pohela Boishakh” is the first day of the Bengali calendar and falls in April on the Gregorian calendar observed in Ireland.Bangla Year 1426 has been assigned the theme of “Let me hold my head high in this limitless sky”, which is a line from a poem by the highly acclaimed Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. In Bangladesh, the first day of the year is marked with joyous processions, singing, plays, special foods, and family time.People wear traditional red-and-white coloured outfits and women deck their hair with flowers to celebrate. The Letterkenny event began with the singing of the Bengali national anthem, followed by a short discussion on the history and significance of the day by Dr. Mohammed Rafiq Ullah, President of the Bangladeshi Community of Donegal, and Muhib Azad, Vice President.“Our children are our main priority,” Dr. Rafiq Ullah said. “Living in Donegal, they miss our traditional cultural programs.“But with this kind of event, our children can learn our traditional Bangla songs, poetry, plays, and dances, and share their experiences of these with children from other communities.“Children love this festival.”Delicious traditional foods were served during a lunch break which was followed by cultural performances featuring artists from the Bengali and Indian communities in Donegal.MCs for the programme were Bangladeshi Community of Donegal members Mina Khan and Obaydur Ruhel, who is also a member of the Donegal Intercultural Platform Steering Committee.Organisers paid thanks to event supporters, including Sharmila Kamat, Chairperson of the Donegal Indian Community, and the Building Intercultural Communities (BIC) Project, which is run by Donegal Travellers Project in conjunction with Donegal Intercultural Platform. Donegal’s Bangladeshi Community host festive New Year event in Letterkenny was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Clemson Fan Creates ‘Light It Up’ Hype Video For Deshaun Watson

first_imgDeshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The start of college football season is just 50 days away, and this fan’s highlight video for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will get you ready for the upcoming action.Fan IPTAY SAB’s video highlights Watson’s 2015 historic season. Check it out:Watson had a spectacular 2015 campaign, winning 14 games and leading his team to the 2016 College Football Playoff national title game. The quarterback had a historic performance throughout the season, setting the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards against Alabama, the nation’s top defense. He threw for over 4,000 yards and rushed for another thousand yards on the ground as a true sophomore; Watson remains the only player to ever  accomplish this in the history of college football.In 2015 Watson was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, the first time a Clemson player has been invited to the Heisman Trophy Presentation. He then won the Davey O’Brien Award, which is awarded annually to the best college quarterback, as well as the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Offensive Player of the Year awards.last_img read more

Late penalty dooms Ohio State mens soccer in Big Ten semifinal against

OSU junior defenders Liam Doyle (5) and Kyle Culbertson (3) fight for possession of the ball during a game against Kentucky, Oct. 28. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU and Kentucky tied, 1-1.Credit: Taylor Cameron / Lantern photographerThe penalty kick rolled to his right, but redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov leaned left before stopping, realizing his mistake as the shot found the back of the net.The No. 2 seed Ohio State men’s soccer team (9-7-4) fell, 2-1, to No. 6 seed Indiana (12-3-5) in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday in College Park, Md., on the back of the late penalty kick.The shot — awarded because of a handball by junior defender Kyle Culbertson with about four minutes left — was served by sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson.Thompson — a first-team all-Big Ten selection — scored his sixth goal of the season on the play, including his second game winner.Culbertson’s handball came just minutes after the referees appeared to miss a clear handball in Indiana’s box that would have awarded OSU the penalty kick with a chance to take the lead.OSU played from behind in the score for the majority of the game, despite outshooting Indiana by a margin of 9-5 in the first half.However, OSU found itself trailing at the half, 1-0, due to a goal off a free kick by senior defender Patrick Doody midway through the half.“It was important (to score the goal). Ohio State brought a lot of pressure, we didn’t really have much on goal, so it was good to capitalize,” Doody said in an interview with the Big Ten Network after the game.Despite the shot margin, OSU coach John Bluem said he was not satisfied with his team’s first-half performance.“I don’t feel that we’ve played as good as we’re capable of playing yet,” Bluem said in a halftime interview with Big Ten Network.Earlier in the week, Bluem said he felt freshman forward Marcus McCrary could be a weapon in the game because of his speed and the fact that he missed OSU’s first matchup with Indiana, a 2-1 loss on Oct. 12, with an undisclosed injury.“The first time we played them, we didn’t have Marcus McCrary,” the 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year said Tuesday. “That gives us someone they haven’t seen. They’ve seen him on video, but you know how fast Marcus is, he surprises a lot of people with his quickness and his athleticism, so that may be something we can use to our advantage.”McCrary indeed proved to be the weapon OSU was looking for, as he tied the game midway through the second half with his third goal of the season.The freshman was led with a header from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris at midfield, and then it was off to the races.McCrary beat the entire Indiana defense down the field, scoring with a strong right-footed strike that found the back of the net.Overall, OSU outshot Indiana, 20-12, including a 9-5 edge in shots on target. However, Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb made eight saves to hold on for his 12th victory of the season.The Hoosiers advanced to the finals of the Big Ten tournament for the second consecutive season, after defeating Michigan State in the 2013 championship match.Despite the loss, it was not necessarily the end of the road for OSU.Bluem said earlier in the week that he believes — regardless of OSU’s results in the Big Ten tournament — his team will receive a bid to the NCAA tournament.For now, the Buckeyes have nothing to do but sit and wait to learn their fate. read more

Study shows city rats eat better than country rats

first_img Genetic study offers highest resolution yet of rat populations in the New World It is commonly believed that rats living in cities have it better than rats living in the country. Besides having access to more food sources, city rats rarely have to share those sources with other animals. They also have access to better shelter from the elements. Guiry and Buckley note that despite their long history living with rats, people still do not know all that much about them and how they actually live. To learn more, they embarked on a study that covered a 100-year period and included rats from a host of sites in and around the city of Toronto, Ontario.The researchers gained access to samples of rats from museums, universities and other archaeologists working around Toronto. They first conducted a molecular study of the rats, discarding any that were not of the species they were after: Rattus norvegicus. They used stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses to study proteins found in the rat bones. Doing so gave them an accurate representation of what the rats were eating as they scurried around in 19th-century Canada.The researchers discovered that the rats that lived in the cities had a homogenous, stable diet compared to country rats. They found it did not really matter which part of the city, either—rats in the city ate very well. They also ate a lot of meat. In sharp contrast, rats that lived a rural existence tended to have a more limited diet—one that included little to no meat. Guiry and Buckley suggest that part of the problem for rats in the country is that they have to compete for food with raccoons and other foraging animals.The researchers are hoping that their study will offer more data for other researchers looking into controlling rat populations in urban areas. More information: E. Guiry et al. Urban rats have less variable, higher protein diets, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1441AbstractOver the past 1000 years, rats (Rattus spp.) have become one of the most successful and prolific pests in human society. Despite their cosmopolitan distribution across six continents and ubiquity throughout the world’s cities, rat urban ecology remains poorly understood. We investigate the role of human foods in brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) diets in urban and rural areas over a 100 year period (ca AD 1790–1890) in Toronto, Canada using stable carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotope analyses of archaeological remains. We found that rat diets from urban sites were of higher quality and were more homogeneous and stable over time. By contrast, in rural areas, they show a wide range of dietary niche specializations that directly overlap, and probably competed, with native omnivorous and herbivorous species. These results demonstrate a link between rodent diets and human population density, providing, to our knowledge, the first long-term dietary perspective on the relative value of different types of human settlements as rodent habitat. This study highlights the potential of using the historical and archaeological record to provide a retrospective on the urban ecology of commensal and synanthropic animals that could be useful for improving animal management and conservation strategies in urban areas. A pair of researchers, one with Trent University in Canada, the other the University of Manchester in the U.K. has found evidence that rats living in cities have a much richer diet than rats living in the country. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Eric Guiry and Michael Buckley describe their isotopic analysis of rats living in Toronto during the years 1790 to 1890, and what they found. Explore further Citation: Study shows city rats eat better than country rats (2018, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Only the seeds have been sown

first_imgSri M’s spiritual journey from a curious young Pathan to a yogi, has already been detailed in his autobiography titled- ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master- a Yogi’s Autobiography’, as he continues to inspire people with his endeavour to achieve communal harmony. Born as Mumtaz Ali Khan in Kerala, Sri Madhukarnath began his spiritual journey at the age of 19 as he fled to the Himalayas. After the demise of his master, he started to share his experiences and knowledge with the mass. Sri M is married, has two children and spends his time teaching and heading Satsang Foundation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’You began your journey to become a Yogi at a very young age…I happen to be the only child of my parents who were Pathans following Islam in Kerala. Seeing me go in a different direction definitely upset them. Even though there were some problems, it did not escalate much… they understood me as they were educated people. Somehow I sailed through (laughs). I ran away from home at the age of 19, and wandered in the Himalayas for three years. I made no contact with my family, thinking that if they came to know  of my existence, they might take me back! I had to face a lot of difficulty as at times I had to starve, or suffer otherwise. There was a time when people thought of me as a loafer. But whenever I entered an ashram, nobody objected because I belonged to a different religion, rather they were interested because I was serious about my journey… Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow far did you undergo formal education?I went to one of the best schools in Thiruvananthapuram, and then I studied English at college. But before completing it, I ran away. At one point I realised that one can survive without any formal education, so I rolled all my degrees up and threw them into the Ganga at Uttar Kashi and I never went back looking for a duplicate copy. I have survived throughout without my degrees.Post your autobiography, are we expecting a new book based on the ‘Walk of Hope’? Yes, definitely. There are three books in the pipeline. I want to finish the second part of my autobiography where every chapter will be independent. I’ll write another book on Neurology and spiritual experience, based on my personal experiences and the research I have done on Psychiatry and Psychology. The third will surely be on the ‘padyatra’. It would not be a travelogue, but more like the journey of life.Unlike all the other spiritual guides you lead a different lifestyle, why?It is a need for the art that spiritual development goes simultaneously with a normal life. It was also Babaji’s (Mahavatar Babaji) wish that spiritual teachings should be for everyone. Besides I think it puts an end to a frank discussion when the concept of godman comes in. ‘Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha’, ‘Moksha’, for the soul and welfare for the earth, this was what I have learned.What did you aim to achieve through this walk?One of our major objectives is communal unity, and I think I am qualified to talk about it as I have seen and studied many religions and their essence is not very different. Apart from that I feel very sorry when women are considered subordinates, or are discriminated. Swami Vivekananda said that any nation that discriminates against women cannot develop. I wanted to walk and disseminate these messages to the common people. We used to meet new people every day in the evening and discuss these matters with them to spread our objectives.How far do you think the walk has been successful?Only the seeds have been sown, it requires a lot of follow up. Now it is time for us to rest for a while. During this resting period, we’ll gather everyone involved, for a conference and have a brain-storming session on how to continue this and how to nourish the seeds we have sown. The walk has not ended, it has just started. When I die somebody has to take over. My wife and my children did not object to the walk. If they had not supported me emotionally, I couldn’t have done it.It was also beautiful to see how people from different religions welcomed us into different religious places without any disruption. Not a single Gurudwara, Mosque, Temple or Church stopped us. That gives us hope that there is communal harmony in the country. I refuse to believe that there are communal problems, it is a facade behind which there are vested interests and political compulsions.last_img read more