Bon Iver announced his third full-length LP, 22, A Million, on Friday, after five years of studio silence. On the evening of said special announcement, Justin Vernon led the band to perform the entire album, in full, at his own festival Eaux Claires Music Festival in Wisconsin. A surprising move, to say the least, for any band — to perform an album live on the same day of its announcement — made for an incredibly special evening for festival attendees.Ready to hit stores on September 30th via Jagjaguwar Records, you can listen to the full set now, which includes the entire new album, with songs like “21 M♢♢N WATER”, “22 (OVER S88N)”, and “33 “GOD”, along with an encore that includes some new takes on past Bon Iver favorites “Minnesota, WI” and a very special “Beth/Rest” featuring Bruce Hornsby.Enjoy these live versions of the upcoming 22, A Million, by Bon Iver, courtesy of YouTube user cookiecrumblemusic. While the video says less about the album, it’s the audio worth paying attention to:Bon Iver @ Eaux Claires Music Festival 8/12/16:22 (OVER S88N)10 d E A T h b R E a s T715 – CREEKS33 “GOD”29 #Strafford APTS666 ʇ21 M♢♢N WATER8 (circle)____45_____00000 MillionEncore:Beach Baby (with The Staves)Minnesota, WI (New arrangement)Creature FearBeth/Rest (with Bruce Hornsby) (New arrangement)[via CoS]
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On Sunday night, Ween made their way to Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park to round out this past weekend’s Lake Champlain Maritime Festival lineup, which also featured Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on Thursday and Twiddle‘s Tumble Down on Friday and Saturday. The band’s Sunday performance saw them work through a number of setlist staples including parts 1, 5, and 3 of “The Stallion” suite and the 2018 live debuts of “Pink Eye (On My Leg)”, “Demon Sweat”, and “Fluffy”.Below, you can watch a selection of videos from Ween’s Waterfront Park set via YouTube user monihampton and view a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Bahram Foroughi.“Did You See Me?”“She Wanted To Leave”“The Stallion Pt. 1”, “The Stallion Pt. 5”“Japanese Cowboy”“Albino Sunburned Girl”“Waving My Dick In The Wind”“Object”“Never Squeal On The Pusher”“Captain”“The Stallion Pt. 3”“Happy Colored Marbles”“Pink Eye (On My Leg)”“Exactly Where I’m At”“I’ll Be Your Jonny On The Spot” > Improv > “Demon Sweat”, “Can’t Put My Finger On It”“Fluffly”View VideosNext up for Ween is a sold-out two-night run in Troutdale, OR on Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th. For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to their website.Setlist: Ween | Waterfront Park | Burlington, VT | 7/29/18Set: Did You See Me?, She Wanted to Leave, The Stallion pt 1, The Stallion pt 5, Japanese Cowboy, The Grobe, Boy’s Club, Voodoo Lady, Albino Sunburned Girl, Waving My Dick in the Wind, Waving My Dick in the Wind (reprise), Gabrielle, I Gots a Weasel, I Gots a Weasel (reprise), Object, Never Squeal> Drums> Never Squeal, Ice Castles> The Final Alarm, Captain, The Stallion pt 3, Buckingham Green, Happy Colored Marbles, Pink Eye (On My Leg), The HIV Song, Exactly Where I’m At, Sorry Charlie, I’ll Be Your Jonny on the Spot> Improvisation> Demon Sweat, I Can’t Put My Finger on ItEncore: Fluffy– soundcheck: Bananas and Blow, Transitions, Mango Woman– Improvisation begins with Dean on keys, without Gene and Glenn. Glenn, then Gene, join Dean on keyboards for a three man key jam, then Dean switches to drums and Claude to guitar. Improv concludes with Gene and Glenn on keys, Dean on drums, Claude on guitar, and always reliable Dave Dreiwitz on bass.Ween | Waterfront Park | Burlington, VT | 7/29/18 | Photos: Bahram Foroughi Photo: Bahram Foroughi Load remaining images
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kevin CirilliThe chairman of the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday proposed the largest overhaul of financial rules since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, pinning his hopes for passage of the sweeping bill on a small group of moderate Democrats.Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R-Ala.) plan, detailed in a 216-page “discussion draft,” centers on provisions that would dramatically raise the threshold that determines which banks are labeled “systemically important” and thus subject to more stringent federal supervision.The proposal aims to ease regulations on smaller banks and credit unions, while also making structural changes at the Federal Reserve designed to increase transparency and shift more influence to the central bank’s regional outposts.Shelby intends to move legislation forward quickly, and is looking to the panel’s centrists for crucial support. continue reading »
TOWNSVILLE’S buyer’s market has led to a resurgence in renovations in recent years with low-end properties being snapped up for a bargain.From Queenslanders and miner’s cottages to 1970s brick homes, buyers are being drawn to bargain properties to flip for profit or turn into a stunning family home — all for a minimal mortgage repayment.According to The Housing Industry Association, Townsville’s love for renewal is not surprising with the agency predicting a rise in renovation work of almost $3 billion by 2020 across Australia.The HIA Renovations Roundup report said renovations grew 2.7 per cent last year to $33.06 billion, but that was expected to hit $35.94 billion within three years.While this year was expected to see a slower pace of growth at 0.3 per cent, that was expected to accelerate to 3.2 per cent next year, 2.4 per cent in 2019 and a further 2.5 per cent in 2020.Living Here Townsville sales agent Margaret Hill said renovation shows such as The Block had a big impact on the city’s property market.“I think it’s a good thing as it allows people to make the house their own,” she said.“There’s no doubt Townsville gets its healthy share of renovations and I actually sell a lot of homes that were renovated for profit.”With renovations on the rise, Ms Hill urged homeowners to use appropriate tradespeople, particularly if they hoped to sell the property.“It will definitely show during resale of the home. Buyers can tell whether a home was renovated privately or by qualified tradespeople,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“While there are some things that can be done by the owner, things like carpentry and water proofing bathrooms should be left to the professionals.”HIA senior economist Shane Garrett says he expects renovations will make up a greater part of the building mix as new home building declines.“2016 marked the strongest year since WWII for new home building starts in Australia but our forecasts indicate that activity is set to decline … over the next three years,” he said.“In this context, our industry will become more dependent on work related to home renovations activity.”Mr Garrett said turnover in the established house market was an important driver of demand.
This support for the SBBS came just days after the German investment association DVFA trashed the proposal for being unfeasible and uninteresting for any investor.However, Aloys Prinz, director at the institute of public economics at the University of Münster in Germany, disagreed with the DVFA’s assessment.“SBBS could be interesting for institutional investors as the securities can be taken into the portfolio without risk,” he said.According to Scope, capital requirements for SBBS would have to be adjusted in some banking regulations to make the new instruments as attractive for investors as German bunds, for example.Speaking during the institutional investment summit organised by Barbara Bertolini in Vienna last week, Prinz told IPE the SBBS would have to be issued by a new entity, and not by either the European Central Bank (ECB) or individual member states.“The risk is taken by the issuer and then the investor, but even if the bonds of one state default the burden on the others would not be that great,” he argued. He said SBBS would also be “interesting” for the ECB to use when buying up bonds as part of its quantitative easing programme.Scope noted in its analysis that there were still a few obstacles, apart from regulation, hindering the successful implementation of SBBS – the “most important” one being the lack of support from the German government: “Opponents to SBBS fear that the securitisation scheme is nothing else than the introduction of joint-liability Eurobonds through the back door.”It added: “Aside from these fears, the German government might lose its privilege as the safe haven destination because markets could resort to SBBS – which are primarily backed by German bonds.”What are SBBS? The creation of pooled euro-zone securities has been one of the most discussed solutions to the problem of banks’ close ties to their local securities markets.Different to the concept of Eurobonds frequently discussed since the financial crisis, SBBS would not “involve mutualisation of risks and losses among member states”, according to the European Commission.Its proposal was to create a template for SBBS to which all providers offering such products would have to adhere.“The underlying portfolio must include sovereign bonds of all euro area member states, with relative weights in line with each member state’s contribution to the capital of the European Central Bank,” the Commission stated.The products would have to consist of two risk tranches – the junior package getting higher returns for bearing any losses first, as with any other kind of asset-backed security.The Commission’s proposal now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and Council, and will need the approval of all euro-zone member states. Securitised portfolios of sovereign bonds could help end the “doom loop” of banks investing too much in domestic government bonds, according to German rating agency Scope.In a report it welcomed the so-called “sovereign-bond-backed securities” (SBBS) as proposed by the European Commission, defined as “securities backed by a diversified portfolio of euro area central government bonds without mutualisation of debt between countries”.Introducing SBBS would offer “a likely improvement to the euro area’s institutional framework, enhancing financial stability by supporting increased banking sector portfolio diversification and improving market access for euro area countries”, Scope said.However, the rating agency emphasised that SBBS would only work in combination with changes to regulatory frameworks.
William E. “Billy” Handley, age 61, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born January 3, 1955 in Connersville, Indiana he was the son of Marvin D. & Ethel (Deaton) Handley. He was a graduate of the former Brookville High School with the class of 1975. He was an avid IU Sports Fan, and also enjoyed spending time on his Ipad.He is survived by his mother, Ethel Handley of Brookville, Indiana; a brother & sister-in-law, Kenneth & Denise Handley of Brookville, Indiana; a niece Carrie (Steve) Rupp; a nephew, Chad (Jen) Handley, as well as his four great-nieces & nephews whom he adored, Shelby & Carson Rupp and Quinn & Darby Handley.He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin D. “Jeep” Handley who died June 3, 2012.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, February 12, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home with burial following in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Brookville Healthcare Center Patient Activities Fund. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Handley family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .
Akintola Williams Deloitte stated that its value chain analysis of a 20-foot container laden with cargo worth N36.42 million ($100,000) imported into Nigeria from China, revealed that about N6.5 million would be required to clear and transport the container out of the port.Of this amount, it said about N5.3 million (representing 82.1 per cent) is paid to the NCS as Import Duty, Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS), ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS), Port Development Surcharge and Value Added Tax (VAT).According to the report, other actors in the value chain include: Shipping Companies, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Terminal Operators, Clearing Companies and Haulage Services providers.It said shipping companies are responsible for 13.8 per cent of the port cost (N897,000); terminal operators 1.8 per cent (N117,000); Customs 82.1 per cent (N5.3million); transporters 1.1 per cent (N71,500) and clearing agents (N78,000).According to the report, â€œThe value chain of a typical container terminal operation begins with the shipment of the goods through a shipping line to the host country. The consignee pays the freight charges for the shipping as well as the container deposit fees. Demurrage charges may apply where the consignee fails to return the containers on time.â€œUpon arrival of the container at the Nigeria port, the Consignees pays terminal handling charges, storage charges, delivery charges and customs examination charges to the terminal operators. In addition, the consignees also pay the relevant customs import duty. Consignees pay for logistics services to get the goods out of the terminal. Consignees pay for the services of the clearing agents (where applicable). Large companies are directly responsible for clearing their goods.â€Notwithstanding their huge investment and meager earnings, the report stated that terminal operators bear the burden of most of the challenges at the port.â€œTerminal operators face huge challenges in the area of storage as the terminals are used as â€œcheap storage warehouse alternativesâ€ by cargo owners.Meanwhile, there are many questions as to why or what is responsible for the high port charges across the nationâ€™s sea ports. While some said shipping companies deliberately rip Nigerians off, others believe government over the years has failed to do what is necessary to avert unnecessary charges that drive business away from the ports.Expertâ€™s ViewsExperts believe the government is to blame because it has failed to put the right policies in place. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Cowry Asset, Mr. Johnson Chukwu said 65 per cent of the cargoes coming to West Africa are destined to Nigeria but only 30 per cent of the cargoes are discharged in Nigeria because of high import charges, bad port roads and rarity of port infrastructure to facility trade.In his keynote address on â€˜Port Charges: How Plausible,â€™ at the first national conference of Shipping Correspondents Association of Nigeria (SCAN), in Lagos, Chukwu wondered why Nigeria should allow Cote dâ€™Ivoire to build the largest seaport in Africa when a larger chunk of cargoes are destined to Nigeria.According to him, right now, Nigeria is rated the largest supplier and manufacturer of cement but there is no singular effort to have facilities to export the product.He warned that if the common ECOWAS tariff is fully implemented, Nigeria will lose business because the common ECOWAS tariff means that once a tariff is paid in one country, no other tariff will be paid in any other country in West Africa.To this end, he absolved the shipping companies and terminal operators of the high charges because having faced a lot of infrastructural challenges which impact negatively on their business, it makes some business sense if they hike charges to recover their expenses.â€œWe do not have enough infrastructure to handle the volume of cargoes we receive. Sixty per cent of the cargoes coming to West Africa are destined to Nigeria. But only 30 per cent of the cargoes are discharged in Nigeria. If 60 per cent cargoes are destined to Nigeria, why should we allow Cote dâ€™Ãvoire to build the largest seaport? The shorter the value chain the lower the cost,â€ he said.Why NIMASA Imposes LeviesBut the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said that the Federal Government of Nigeria official gazette no 158 Marine Environment Management (sea protection levy) Regulation 2012 empowers NIMASA to impose levies on all commercially operating vessels of 100 GT and above in Nigerian waters.Peterside, who spoke through the Head Shipping Development, Mr. Ogadi Anthony, said that the agency introduced the Marine Environment Sea Protection Levy (SPL)via the Marine Notice dated August 9, 2012.The Sea Protection Levy (SPL) is to be paid by all commercially operating vessels of 100 GT and above in Nigerian waters and also on all potential oil polluters, installations and pipelines.In her remarks, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, assured stakeholders that the authority is working hard to create a level playing ground for all operators, urging stakeholders that all hands must be on deck to improve port efficiency and competitiveness.Bala-Usman, who was represented by the Manager, Audit, Sarah Oghomienor, said: â€œWe have been working hard to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness at the ports. It is not only the port charges that is so depressive, it is the entire system, the infrastructure, the roads, the insurance, among others are culminating to the higher cost. I think the onus lies on all of us. Its our responsibility, we should go to any length to ensure that we all benefit from the industry. We at NPA are working relentlessly to ensure that it is a win-win situation for all stakeholders,â€She urged the media to support the reforms in the industry and celebrate the innovations just as they highlight the challenges.MAN Blames Shipping CompaniesHowever, local manufacturers and other industry operators decried the high cost of clearing cargoes at Nigerian seaports, describing it as a cankerworm that has forced so many companies into extinction.The stakeholders, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACIMMA), Association Of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANCLA) and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), among others who gathered at the maritime industry summit in Lagos, bemoaned the effect of high port charges on the survival of their businesses.President, MAN, Frank Udemba Jacobs, said port charges are major source of worry for the manufacturers and it has contributed to high cost of production. Jacobs therefore called for reasonable ports charges.Jacobs, who was represented by Niran Olajobi, bemoaned the deplorable of ports access roads and the gridlock, which has contributed to the charges, urging government to immediately fix the roads.President, NACIMMA, Mrs. Alaba Lawson, however, commended the federal government on the initiatives of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) for its action plan aimed at creating enabling environment and easy movement of goods across borders, calling for full implementation of the action plan.Speaking on the theme: â€œPort Charges: How Plausible?â€ she said: â€œDelay in clearance of cargoes at Nigerian ports still persist despite PEBECâ€™s intervention which is a far cry from what is practicable in other African ports such as Ghana and Benin republic. The ports have a low level automation, data base and integrated process system. We urge government to put in place more effectively strategies to improve the overall efficiency at the ports and reduce the cost of doing business at ports to make Nigerian ports a hub for international freights and trade.â€Vice President ANCLA, Kayode Farinto, said the high cost at the seaports is ridiculous, very high and it is killing the industry.â€œIn fact we should commend the importers that are still bringing their cargoes through our ports. They deserve an award,â€ he said.He called on the NPA to facilitate the review of the concession agreement in other tackle the issue of arbitrary increase of prices by the terminal operators, due to foreign exchange and other bottlenecks.Farinto said, while Nigerian charges are going up, the neighbouring countries are busy reducing their charges, hence, the lost of cargoes to those ports.On his part, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippersâ€™ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, said there should be commensurable service to the costs and anything less is unacceptable.Bello, who was represented by Ignatius Nweke, pledged that the NSC would continue to do its best to make Nigerian ports efficient, effective and attractive.Stakeholdersâ€™ ResolveAt the end of the summit, stakeholders agreed that charges in Nigerian port is ridiculous, very high, contributing to cost of production and it is killing the industries.In a communiquÃ© released at the end of the summit, they agreed that: â€œGovernment should put in place strategies to reduce the cost and improve on the ease of doing business at the nationâ€™s seaports. That all hands must be on deck to improve on ports efficiency and competitiveness. That there should be a commensurate service to the costs, and anything less is unacceptable.â€They pointed out that so many factors are contributing to high cost of doing business at the ports, which includes, insurance, poor cargo clearing process and deplorable ports access roads among others.They therefore, called on the government to immediately fix the port access roads, create alternative routes and adopt intermodal transport to ensure easy movement of cargoes in and out of the seaports.â€œThe NPA should facilitate the review of Ports Concession Agreements, so as to be able to solve the foreign exchange and other bottlenecks hindering the operations of terminal operators. Neighbouring countries are reducing costs, while Nigerian costs keep rising and making it difficult to be competitive within the sub-region.Lagos ports, the communiquÃ© read, have remained the most viable port in Nigeria because, â€œwe have refused to open up other ports in Calabar, Warri, Port Harcourt to decongest Lagos port. Government and stakeholders should facilitate the establishment and construction of new deep seaports across the country.â€œThere is need for automation of cargo clearing process in other to reduce human interface and corrupt practices at seaports. The capitalist system reigning at the ports should be immediately checked.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eromosele Abiodun examines stakeholders’ call on the federal government to put in place measures to reduce port charges and improve the ease of doing business at the nationâ€™s seaportsLast year, Nigeriaâ€™s leading accounting firm, Akintola Williams Deloitte, in a report, blamed the high cost of doing business at the nationâ€™s seaports on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other government agencies, claiming that Customs processes are responsible for not less than 82.1 per cent of the charges incurred by consignees.The report was titled: â€œPublic Private Partnership (PPP) as an anchor for diversifying the Nigeria economy: Lagos Container Terminals Concession as a Case Study.â€
New executives have been elected to steer affairs of the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Club in Kumasi for the next two years.The five- member team, sworn into office over the week-end, is led by Seidu Salifu Abebe, Operations Manager for Activa International Assurance Company, as President. He takes over from Samuel Ampadu Kyei who had been in office for the past four years.Under the leadership of the out-gone President, membership of the club rose from thirty- five to over one hundred.Mr. Ampadu Kyei has asked members of the club to support education of ball boys and girls while seeing to the completion of a changing room and the installation of flood lights at the club court. The upgrade of the court saw it hosting the maiden edition of the National Ranking Tournament, organized by the Ghana Tennis Federation.Mr. Ampadu Kyei is happy about his legacy, as President.‘‘During my time, I have been able to see to the construction of a new club house which will be commissioned soon, and the installation of flood lights at the courts,” he emphasized. He continued,”I am happy to have been able to rebrand the game of tennis in Kumasi, making the club attractive to respected men and women in society.”Meanwhile, the new executives have, resolved to improve on the achievements of their predecessors.