Phil Lesh To Host ‘Evening With The Dead’ At Terrapin Crossroads With Psychic Medium

first_imgIt looks like Phil Lesh is looking to try and connect with ‘The Other One’s’ at an upcoming Terrapin Crossroads event dubbed “An Evening With The Dead” on Sunday, March 26th. As the Grateful Dead bassist did back in December, he will once again invite psychic medium Thomas John to present a “psychedelic conversation about spirituality and the afterlife.”After the conversation, John will attempt to connect with the spiritual realm and relay messages from loved ones who have passed on to the other side. Following the medium session, Lesh will revive his Telstar lineup which will feature an improv-inspired set by “transformation, mind expansion and connecting with loved ones.” The lineup for Telstar has not been divulged at this time.Tickets for the event are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.[via Jambase]last_img read more

General Describes Remaining Terror Threat in Iraq

first_imgBy Dialogo November 17, 2010 They are failing Though American combat operations in Iraq have ceased, the fighting there is far from over, as terrorist groups remain a threat, a top U.S. officer there said. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, director of strategic effects for U.S. Forces Iraq, discussed ongoing stability operations in Iraq, and how Iraq will continue to ward off terrorists within its borders, in a “DOD Live” bloggers roundtable. Operation New Dawn, the new mission in Iraq following cessation of combat operations at the end of August, turns the focus from fighting insurgents to offering assistance to the Iraqi government when requested. Currently, Buchanan said, 47,000 to 49,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq. “Under stability operations, U.S. Forces Iraq has three major tasks,” Buchanan said. “The first task is to advise, train, assist and equip the Iraqi security forces. Our second task is to continue to conduct partnered counterterrorism operations. And our third task is to support and protect civilian workers from the United Nations and the U.S. mission in Iraq, the U.S. embassy, as they build civil capacity throughout the provinces.” Buchanan said there are still insurgent threats in the country from a number of known terrorist groups, including Ansar al-Sunnah, JRTN, the Islamic State of Iraq, Kataib Hezbollah, members of the Promised Day Brigade and al-Qaida in Iraq. Though al-Qaida in Iraq has remained at the forefront of insurgent activity there and remains a dangerous threat, it hasn’t regained lost footing, the general said. “Al-Qaida in Iraq continues to try to drive a wedge between the Iraqi people and their government and the security forces,” Buchanan said. “But their capabilities have been significantly degraded over the past year. In particular, [over] the past about eight months, the U.S. Forces Iraq and Iraqi security forces working together have had a significant effect on al-Qaida’s networks.” Despite recent bombings in Baghdad, Buchanan said, the level of violence has continued to decrease and now is only about 10 percent of what was going on in 2007. Though every casualty is a tragedy, he added, the numbers of people hurt and killed have dropped. “Even if you look at the high number of casualties we had on the 29th of October, on the 31st of October, and on the 2nd of November through a number of different incidents, all involving al-Qaida, the overall number of casualties continues to be down significantly compared to where it has been in the past,” the general said. He also acknowledged that the fight isn’t over, and won’t be any time soon, but said his experience with Iraqi military and police forces has given him “the utmost confidence in their abilities” to continue to deter insurgents. “I think that [al-Qaida] remains determined to act,” he said. “When we, meaning the U.S. forces and Iraqi security forces, can put consistent pressure on the various parts of their network, they have not had freedom of maneuver, and have not been able to operate effectively. But I think al-Qaida remains a threat, and they will continue … into the future,” he said.last_img read more

96 year old dry cleaner continues to help community through pandemic

first_imgThey continue to provide delivery bags for residential service where they just leave it outside the door and we pick it up and bring it backed clean and fresh. “It’s just a continuation of what we do in this community, a privilege in part but necessary to help those that need us,” he says. Paul Resciniti’s grandma began the business he now calls his own. Resciniti took over the business from his father in 1980. He wants to continue his model of business because that is what the dry cleaners has always done. In his 40’s year of running the dry cleaner, he says he’s never seen “anything close” to COVID-19. Resciniti’s business has been deemed essential since the beginning of the virus. The business had to alter some of their plans but Resciniti said they continue to operate on a normal schedule. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter.center_img “We have no hesitation’s about helping people, it’s what we do,” Resciniti told 12 News. Reciniti said they are trying to make it as normal as possible to do business for people “We’ve been here for a lot of years, we have had tremendous support from the community and we are not going to turn out backs on their needs,” Resciniti. Among those that need the business are front line workers washing their uniform. Resciniti said that is just a part of their everyday job. “We’re not going to miss out on providing a servicing the community,” he says. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Resciniti Dry Cleaners has been a long time staple in the Binghamton community. They’ve been in business since 1924.last_img read more

Police, organizers cooperate for peaceful protest in Norwich

first_imgNORWICH (WBNG) — Authorities in Norwich say the police department has worked with protest organizers for a peaceful demonstration Thursday. According to the the Norwich Police department’s Facebook page, the downtown Norwich area will have a “heavy” law enforcement presence throughout the afternoon and early evening hours. The public has been asked to avoid the downtown area around West Park and the Courthouse.center_img The police department says it appreciates the cooperation of the organizers for a peaceful protest.last_img read more

Motorola Moto G Stylus 2021 Specifications Leaked, Snapdragon 675 SoC Expected

first_img– Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. As per the post, the Motorola G Stylus 2021 will pack the same battery – 4,000mAH –as its predecessor, the Moto G Stylus that launched in February this year. The phone is expected to have a quad rear camera setup, featuring a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In the front, Blass says it will have a 16-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera in the too-left corner of the display.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC will be one of the major upgrades of the Motorola Moto G Stylus 2021. The phone will have 4GB RAM and 128GB on-board storage. It is allegedly condemamed Minsk at Lenovo, according to the tipster.Besides Samsung – Galaxy Note 10 Lite and LG –LG Stylo 6, Motorola is the only mainstream company that has released a stylus-equipped handset in the recent past.- Advertisement –center_img Moto G Stylus 2021, may be coming soon, backed by Snapdragon 675 SoC. Key specifications of the smartphone have been revealed by tipster Evan Blass. According to Blass, the next G Stylus will be larger than its predecessor and have a 6.8-inch screen with 1080 x 2400 resolutions. The Lenovo-owned company is expected to launch the phone next year, and the leaked specifications indicate that a release is close.Blass posted that the Motorola Moto G Stylus 2021 carries the model number XT2115. He explained that this meant that the fingerprint reader will be shifted from the back of the handset to the side. The upcoming smartphone will not carry NFC, and will run Android 10 out of the box.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Leasing of forest land owned by the Republic of Croatia for the needs of tourism

first_imgHrvatske šume doo has published a public call for bids for the lease of forest land owned by the Republic of Croatia. Forest land that has not been brought to a purpose determined by forest management plans is leased for a period of up to 10 years. According to legal provisions, forest land can be leased, among other things, for the purpose of rest, recreation and sports; installation of movable devices, billboards, stands, assembly and disassembly awnings and temporary kiosks and other buildings of finished construction, construction (gross) area up to 15 mXNUMX. According to the Decree, the entire process of allocating forest land and operational implementation is entrusted to Croatian Forests. All information about the public call can be found at Croatian Forests website and on this one links.center_img In order to stimulate economic activity and following the needs of tourism, Decree on the lease of forest land owned by the Republic of Croatia it envisages a number of purposes for which the tourist offer can be completed and enables smaller economic entities to provide various additional services and increase the variety of offers and accompanying facilities. last_img read more

Indonesia loses up to 15,000 barrels of oil daily from illegal drilling

first_img“The mass involvement of locals makes it difficult for local authorities to act,” added the seasoned oil and gas industry player. “Because it relates to their livelihoods.”The siphoned oil equals to less than 2 percent of Indonesia’s oil production last year, when ready-to-use production averaged 746,222 bopd, SKK Migas data shows.While the percentage appears small, the volume is significant for a country struggling to push oil production above 800,000 bopd, said Satya.With the global health crisis pressuring the oil price amid low demand, the task force has revised down its 2020 oil production target by 4 percent to 725,000 barrels per day. It also revised down its gas production target by 14.2 percent to 5,727 million metric standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).To stop the unlawful practice, SKK Migas and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry were working on a ministerial regulation that would allow national-level security personnel, whether police or the armed forces (TNI), to intervene, he added.Energy ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.Topics : Indonesia is estimated to lose between 10,000 and 15,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from oil theft in several regions, according to the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas).SKK Migas advisor Satya Widya Yudha said on July 15 that such illegal drilling – where individuals siphon oil from long-distance pipelines – has been reported in many regions including Riau, Kalimantan, Java and Papua.“It’s happening right before our eyes,” he said at a webinar hosted by extractive industry watchdog Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia.last_img read more

Movie theaters to reopen soon in Jakarta: Anies Baswedan

first_imgThese include being more than 12 year of age and below 60 years and being healthy. Visitors are also not allowed to enter cinemas if they have congenital diseases, and they will be required to implement health protocol at all times.Cinema owners, meanwhile, are required to close arcade game facilities, check visitors’ temperature at every entrance, and arranging different entrance and exit gates for visitors. Only 50 percent of the seats may be filled in cinemas.Wiku also stated that tickets could only be purchased online and that visitors had to fill out a form with their personal details to allow the government to conduct tracing should a new transmission cluster appear. Visitors are only allowed to stay inside the cinema for up to 2 hours.“Movie theaters are an important contribution to public [life] because people’s immunity can increase if they are happy,” Wiku said.Topics : The Jakarta administration and cinema owners are gearing up to reopen movie theaters soon after consulting with the COVID-19 task force, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.“We will prepare the complete regulation soon, which will include every aspect pertaining to health protocol implementation, following the [COVID-19] task force’s recommendation,” Anies said on Wednesday.During a press conference aired on the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) YouTube channel, the task force’s spokesman, Wiku Adisasmito, said there were several requirements for watching movies at the cinema.last_img read more

Nedlloyd scheme puts underperformance down to benchmark

first_imgDooren said that the scheme’s equity allocation had outperformed its benchmark by 1.1% on average during the past five years.US and emerging market equity generated 12.5% and 13%, respectively, during 2016. Indirect non-listed equity delivered 11.3%, an outperformance of 3 percentage points, the scheme said.Private equity returned 3.8%.Government bonds – deployed to match cashflows and to hedge interest risk – yielded 8.1%.In 2015, the Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds sold its swaptions, “as they were not effective any longer”.Under the scheme’s dynamic hedging policy, its interest cover was 50% at year-end.The board said it had decided against taking out an inflation hedge, following an asset-liability management study that showed only one scenario in which participants would benefit. All other scenarios would have increased the risks for the short term, it added.Last year, the Nedlloyd scheme divested its €7m allocation to residential mortgage loans. According to Dooren, the divestment involved an old portfolio comprising 180 individual loans, “which was illiquid and was causing a lot of administrative bother”.He said that the pension fund didn’t have any concrete plans yet to invest in mortgage funds.In its annual report, the Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds reiterated that it saw no reason to give up its status as an independent scheme, but said that it would regularly evaluate the quality of its board and pensions provision as well as its scale.It has already started joined knowledge-sharing sessions with similar-sized pension funds to drive down costs. Dooren said it was also looking for other possibilities for co-operation with other schemes.The Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds said it spent 0.69% on asset management and an additional 0.2% on transactions. It posted administration costs of €290 per participant.The pension fund has 465 active participants, 3,115 deferred members and 7,290 pensioners. At June-end, its funding stood at 118.5%. The €1.4bn Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds attributed investment underperformance to its equity benchmark not sufficiently reflecting its holdings.In its annual report for 2016, Frans Dooren, the scheme’s director, put the 2.8% underperformance of equity down to the equity rally in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.The scheme predominantly invested in high quality equity, Dooren told IPE, but companies with weaker balance sheets rose at the time. “This drove up the benchmark,” he said.The pension fund’s equity portfolio returned 8.1%. The overall net return for the whole portfolio was 7.5%.last_img read more

​Denmark’s merged P+ agrees market-rate switch at first AGM

first_imgDenmark’s P+ has become the latest of the Nordic country’s pension funds to shift the basis of its pensions towards market-rate, moving away from the traditional average-rate pension products – some of which carry return guarantees.The pension fund – formed last year from the merger of the pension fund for lawyers and economists JØP and engineers’ pension fund DIP – said scheme members voted at last week’s annual general meeting in favour of the proposal for the new market-rate product to apply to new members.Until now, all P+ members have average-rate pensions, some with return guarantee and others without.Existing members have the option of switching to the new product, which P+ said gives savers a wider choice of investment profile. Reporting on the outcome of the AGM, which was P+’s first in its merged form, the pension fund said: “With this, the first step has been taken towards members having more freedom of choice on the investment side.”New investment options are expected to be ready for launch in 2021, it said.The DKK135bn (€18.1bn) pension fund said the AGM took place online, with more than 400 of its 100,000 members logging on to the event and over 1,600 proxies having been submitted.The proposal on the switch to market-rate pensions for new members was framed as an amendment to the fund’s “P+ Ordinance 2019” (P+ Regulativ 2019), in preparation for the introduction of investment pools.Yesterday, the Danish FSA set out its key priorities in supervision of market-rate pensions, which are unit-linked products the regulator said now account for about two thirds of pension contributions in the country.Average-rate pension products – which smooth returns to customers between strong and weak years on financial markets – have fallen out of favour over the last decade largely because low interest rates and increased life expectancy have put the more traditional life insurance products with guarantees under pressure.last_img read more