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Members of Kung Fu, Consider the Source, Teddy Midnight Form Phish Tribute MULTIBEAST

first_imgGet ready for the newest Phish tribute band, MULTIBEAST. Featuring the expertise of Jeff Mann on drums (Consider The Source), Chris DeAngelis on bass (Kung Fu/JAZZ is PHSH), Wiley Griffin on guitar (Teddy Midnight), and Shoheen Owhady on keys (Uncle Ebenezer), this is sure to be an exciting project that honors the musical legacy of Phish. To get things started, the group has announced a show at New York City’s American Beauty on Thursday, March 2nd, followed by a performance in Woodstock at the Bearsville Theater on Saturday, March 4th.The Tri-State’s freshest, finest & most eagerly-awaited Phish tribute project will perform the Vermont Quartet’s classic catalog with detailed mastery. Phish’s vast repertoire allows this ensemble to recreate the raw, electric energy of the band’s small venue years, while weaving powerful new spice into the sauce that catapults the classic tunes into new orbital beasts.Grateful Dead tribute act Reckoning will join forces in NYC. Tickets for American Beauty are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Tickets to Bearsville Theater can be found on the venue’s website.last_img read more

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Jobless level falls to lowest level in four years

first_imgVermont Department of Employment and TrainingVermont Unemployment Press ReleaseJune 17, 2005For Immediate ReleaseContact: Michael Griffin, 802-828-4153E-Mail: [email protected](link sends e-mail)Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) May 2005 April 2005 May 2004Total Labor Force 351,600 352,300 352,900 Employment 340,700 340,700 340,300 Unemployment 10,900 11,600 12,600 Rate (%) 3.1 3.3 3.6Montpelier — The Department of Employment and Training announced today that theseasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent, down two tenths of apercentage point from the revised April estimate. The change from last month was notstatistically significant.Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 1.7 percent inHartford to 3.9 percent in Rutland and Springfield. Labor market area rates are notseasonally adjusted; for comparison, the unadjusted rate for Vermont was 3.0 percent.”Vermont’s unemployment rate dropped once more to its lowest level in four years,” saidPatricia A. McDonald, Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Training.”May’s early season job gains in leisure and construction were particularly encouragingsigns for the labor market.”The number of seasonally adjusted jobs grew by 2,200 in May, a considerably larger gaincompared to the changes from recent months. The largest increase came from the leisureand hospitality industries, which bounced back from a loss in April. Other small gainsresulted from growth in the construction industry, professional and business services andgovernment services. Expansion may also have occurred in sectors of the economywhich are not published. Additionally, the figure for total seasonally adjusted jobs mayhave slightly overstated actual gains.Before seasonal adjustment, total nonfarm employment grew by almost 4,000 jobs. Thegains occurred in the industries that usually expand as the summer months approach.Construction showed the largest growth, adding jobs at a rate on par with prior years.Entertainment, recreation and the food service industries began their usual summer hiringwith fairly typical gains. Professional and business services also experienced increasesrelated to seasonal hiring. Within the professional and business sector, administrativesupport led the growth with employment increases primarily from traffic control andlandscaping companies. Other job gains occurred in retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. Hotels, motels and other lodging experienced employment losses with the wrap-upof the winter tourism season. State and private colleges also showed a drop in jobstypical for the end of the academic year.Total nonfarm employment increased 1.6% over the last twelve months. The annualgrowth rate was slightly stronger than it was in April.last_img read more

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Give a little lagniappe

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I learned a new French/Cajun word recently in working with one of my clients (Lafayette Schools Credit Union): lagniappe. It is the French word for “extra.” For example, if you’re cooking up some great Cajun gumbo, you might add a little lagniappe (something extra in your kitchen) to kick it up a notch.In creating their unique member service experience, Lafayette Schools Credit Union wants their employees to offer something extra at the end of every transaction. In other words, they want to give their consumers some lagniappe.“Our vision is that we want coming to our credit union to be like seeing an old friend,” said Connie Roy, CEO of Lafayette Schools Credit Union. “And that means doing something for them that they might not have expected.”In other words, they are seeking to “wow” their target audiences. Is it working? So far this year, their credit union is experiencing 11% member growth. Sounds like lagniappe gets some extra results as well. continue reading »last_img read more

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5 must-know tips for selling your home

first_imgSelling your home is a big decision that requires significant preparation, including listing your property and meeting with potential agents. Once you’ve done that, it can still take weeks or even months to find a buyer, depending on the market.With all that in mind, it’s important to know the current best practices for selling your home. Following these five tips will lead to a better experience.1. Spruce up your online listingA recent National Association of Realtors study found that nearly 90% of homebuyers use the internet to house hunt. If your online listing is drab and uninviting, you’re already turning off potential buyers. Start by updating it with clear and colorful images of your property. You could even get creative and post a love letter video about your home on YouTube. If you really want to use technology to your advantage, consider renting a drone camera and filming a video that gives potential buyers a 360-degree view of your property. continue reading » 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Grosvenor plans A$280m fund with Australian trust

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KPK highlights inefficiency, mismanagement in preemployment card program

first_imgKPK commissioner Alexander Marwata said the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) had created a list of 1.7 million workers who were laid off during the outbreak. The commission further found that only around 143,000 of them were accepted in the preemployment card program.Read also: Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: ExpertsKPK’s deputy for corruption prevention, Pahala Nainggolan, said some of the targeted individuals were senior citizens who were not proficient in using the internet. Meanwhile, registration could only be done online.The commission suggested that authorities contact laid-off workers listed by the Manpower Ministry and the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan by telephone first, as they were the main target of the program.Alexander also questioned the Rp 30.8 billion allocated for facial recognition technology to verify participants’ identities. He recommended that the government verify identities by cross-checking participants’ citizen identification numbers with the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration rather than procure new technologies for such matters.Potential loopholesAlexander highlighted loopholes in the program as it had no control mechanism to check whether participants had really attended and finished courses.“Training institutions have already issued certificates for participants, even they may not have finished all their course packages yet,” Alexander said.Participants will also receive monthly cash assistance of Rp 600,000, regardless of whether they participated in any courses at all, potentially wasting Rp 1 million allocated for the courses.The KPK urged the government to establish a control mechanism to guarantee that participants took and finished their courses, such as by implementing interactive learning methods.Read also: Roughly 110,000 complete preemployment card courses, entitling them to cash assistancePoor courses curationThe antigraft body found after studying the list with the Indonesian Training Institute Association and the Manpower Ministry that only around 250 of 1,895 offered courses fulfilled the standards for online training.Pahala said some courses taught basic skills that did not require a class at all or necessitate face-to-face training sessions.In the study, the KPK also found that 89 percent of 327 random-picked courses were already offered free courses on other learning platforms such as prakerja.org, which was established to challenge the preemployment card program.Alexander urged the government to take out courses from the program that are being offered for free on other platforms, as well as invite more competent parties to help curate the course.Conflict of interestThe program could also present a conflict of interest, as the antigraft body found that online education platforms distributing the courses were also the ones producing the classes.For example, online education platform Pintaria offered 199 courses for preemployment card holders, 69 of which were produced by HarukaEdu, the company that owns the platform.Similarly, 117 of 277 courses offered in Ruangguru platform are also made by its subsidiary Skill Academy.“We found at least 250 problematic courses with a potential conflict of interest,” Pahala said. “It shouldn’t be like this because it weakens the curation.”Read also: ‘Preemployment card ineffective, gimmicky’, CEO participant claimsMoreover, the government picked the eight partnering companies without a proper mechanism for procuring goods and services..The KPK urged the government to remove the 250 courses that potentially have a conflict of interest. The government should also ask the legal opinion of the Attorney General’s Office regarding the procurement mechanism.Alexander said the antigraft body had handed over its recommendations to the Office of Coordinating Economic Minister and other related ministries in late-May. The KPK noted that the government had made some improvements on the program based on its suggestions, including postponing the fourth batch of new registrations.The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister also said it would provide more offline courses after the outbreak had subsided, Pahala went on to say.Topics : Each recipient can also receive Rp 1 million to pay for various up-skilling courses, ranging from marketing to fishing.Though the KPK approved of the redesign, it also found some issues related to its management and courses offered.Missing targetSince the first batch of online registrations in April, around 680,000 individuals have been accepted to the preemployment card program as of May, out of a total of 9.4 million applicants. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has found in a recent study several irregularities with the management and digital courses offered by the government’s preemployment card program.The program was initially designed as a training program to equip the unemployed and fresh graduates with new skills that would help them enter the job market. However, it was later repurposed as a combination of cash aid and training subsidy following massive layoffs across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration allocated Rp 20 trillion (US$1.4 million) to be disbursed for 5.6 million participants who will receive Rp 600,000 monthly for four months and Rp 150,000 after filling out the program’s survey.last_img read more

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Efficacy and safety first: Experts urge government not to put vaccines on pedestal

first_imgIn a country battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of economics and public health, the government appears to be pinning its hopes on vaccine development, as new cases and deaths continue to soar in what experts have deemed as a never-ending first wave.In a statement on Wednesday to express President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s condolences on the deaths of 100 doctors from COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman ended it by pointing to the government strategy of securing potential vaccines.That includes, Fadjroel said, “looking for vaccines produced by any parties in the world; research and production collaboration between [state company] Biofarma, universities and local and foreign institutions; and the Merah-Putih vaccine research by Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology.” Indonesia is rolling out the trials for Sinovac’s CoronaVac on 1,620 people along with several other countries, while G42 is carrying out trials in its home country on 45,000 participants of 85 ethnicities.However, determining how long immunity resulting from vaccination will last requires not only clinical trial results, but also post-use surveillance after the vaccination program is rolled out next year, said Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) biotechnology researcher Wien Kusharyoto.“No matter what, we still have to monitor, even after the vaccination is rolled out, the efficacy and the impacts among those already vaccinated. It’s too early to say that it will last six months to two years,” he said.Experts have urged the government not to put potential vaccines on a pedestal, saying that whether it can truly rely on the vaccines will depend on their eventual efficacy and safety to be shown in the results of the trials that are still under way, and the government should rather prepare for the “worst-case scenario”.The efficacy threshold would be 50 percent, though ideally it should be around 70 percent, said independent molecular biologist Ahmad Utomo, adding that past vaccine development had shown that failures were not uncommon.Lower than 50 percent, then vaccines would be out of the question, he said. If it hovered just above it then the government should reconsider whether putting in so much money into the vaccination program would be as effective as if the money was to be used on improving public health.This means scaling up tests, enhancing contact tracing, providing financial assistance to those in isolation and improving treatment, he said.”The government should look into which of these will be most cost-effective,” Ahmad said.Read also: Grim picture as Indonesia enters sixth month of COVID-19 outbreakBoth Terawan and Erick have said that the vaccination program could possibly put a strain on the state budget if it were to be made free for all.Erick has suggested those who can afford it pay for it themselves, with current estimated costs ranging between US$25 and $30, as the government expects to cover some 93 million Social Security Agency (BPJS) beneficiaries in a vaccination program expected to start next year.But with the race to find vaccines, the trailing economic and political interests, and the government having secured hundreds of millions of doses, experts have raised concerns that these will all affect decisions by authorities.Wien of LIPI expressed the hope the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) would remain independent from all sorts of intervention in evaluating clinical trial results and issuing permits, otherwise public health would be at stake.”If there are undesired effects [from the vaccines], there won’t be trust among the people; this will put the vaccination program itself at risk and will automatically affect economic recovery efforts too,” he said.BPOM head Penny Lukito hoped the trials would be successful, pointing to the fact that phase III human trials would not start if phase I and II trials were a failure.”The clinical trials we are on now are the phase III trials; this means that the phase I and II trials involved humans and have succeeded,” she told a press briefing on Wednesday. “The phase III is not about whether [the vaccine is] a failure or not, but about gathering more data [on its efficacy and safety].”Topics : The government says it has so far secured 30 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year, in addition to between 290 million and 340 million doses by next year, following state-owned companies’ agreements with China’s Sinovac Biotech, and the United Arab Emirates’ Group 42 (G42) Healthcare.Read also: Vaccines won’t bring back normal life at once: Experts”As a note, the vaccines developed today for COVID-19 [is for an immunity that lasts] six months to two years. It’s not a vaccine shot [for] a lifetime [protection],” said State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir in a meeting last week with the House of Representatives.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto told the meeting that this meant the vaccine could possibly have to be injected once every six months, or one, or two years.But experts have expressed caution about this estimate, wondering where it came from given that the two potential vaccines are still in phase III clinical human trials, which would determine the vaccines’ efficacy and safety.last_img read more

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The sale of this island enclave home within five days has blitzed the local record

first_img5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.It has four living areas, a media room, pool room and a pool. There are high ceilings and timber floors. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Genc said the sale was done in five days, there were two contracts received and a written offer.“I had interest from Melbourne and a local buyer and also a Sydney buyer, who ended up buying it.’’Mr Genc believed the Sydney-based buyer intended to move into the home. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.THE sale of this six-bedroom home has broken the record for Emerald Island on the Gold Coast.The house at 5067 Emerald Island Drive sold for $2.4 million. It was listed though Isaac and Maria Genc of Genc & Co. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.The family room opens to an outdoor area with a bar and gas fireplace. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.The home, which was owned by Kate and Lee Hardy who bought it in 2012, has a tropical aquarium which separates the formal living area from the kitchen and dining area.last_img read more

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Mount Gravatt East ultra-modern family abode to go to auction

first_imgThe pool has a water feature. This is the ultimate ensuite.Mrs Kassolos said they also ensured all of the bedrooms were oversized to allow room for a desk as the children grew.Her favourite room of the house, however, was the kitchen.“It’s the hub of the house,” she said. “I can entertain there — the bench is nearly 4.5m.“I’m always prepping food on there or having people sit there.“It flows to outside as well and it is a good entertainment home.” The kitchen, living and dining all link to the alfresco dining area.The couple dived in headfirst and worked with local architect John Contoleon to design a large two-level family home for the 31 Spent St address at Mount Gravatt East.Mrs Kassolos said her husband was a builder and they wanted to stay away from the current Hamptons trend, creating something ultra-modern instead. The walk-in wardrobe is a dream come true. The house at 31 Spence St, Mount Gravatt East, is for sale.WORKING with a partner on a project as big as building a house is not for the faint of heart.Yet Jessie and Michael Kassolos pulled off their first build together — and they certainly did not start small. The black kitchen is offset with white benches and timber features.“We wanted something different for the local area,” Mrs Kassolos said.“It’s dark outside and fresh inside with whites, the timber and the black kitchen.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoWith two children, it was essential that the house worked well for a family.“We sat down together and I said I want a house that flows easily and is going to be kid friendly.“I like the fact the toy room slash media room is near the kitchen and I can see out to the pool area and outside so I can still see them if they are running around.” Watch the kids in the pool from the alfresco dining area.Mrs Kassolos said she also loved the master suite, which ran the whole length of the house and almost half the width.The ensuite has a long vanity with dual sinks, and there is a double shower as well as a bath.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

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John Roberts Sr. age, 77

first_imgJohn Roberts Sr, age 77, of Metamora, Indiana died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville, Indiana.Born August 8, 1939 in Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late Neal & Mabel (Hughes) Roberts. On December 23, 1957 he was united in marriage to Rachel Josephine Russell, and she preceded him in death on October 2, 2011. Before his sickness he enjoyed the outdoors, coon hunting and fishing.Survivors include five children, Leroy (Bonnie) Roberts of Laurel, Indiana, John Jr. (Donna) Roberts, Anita (Jimmy) Wells, Tim (Carol) Roberts and Lonnie (Kami) Roberts all of Metamora, Indiana; four sisters; Dorothy McDaniel, Betty Thomas, Nancy (Walter) Mullins all of Metamora, Indiana; Margaret (Lowell) Creech of Greensburg, Indiana; five brothers, Rufus Roberts of Metamora, Indiana, Claude Roberts, Marvin (Juanita) Roberts and Daniel (Kathy) Roberts all of Laurel, Indiana, David (Hazel) Roberts of Batesville, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.Besides his parents and wife Josephine, he was preceded in death by a sister, Teresa Thomas; a brother, Paul Roberts; a granddaughter, Lydia Roberts; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Anthony Roberts and Baby Wilson. Family & friends may visit from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday July 9, 2017 at Trinity Full Gospel Church, 20015 Haytown Road, Metamora, Indiana.Merle Seeley and Jim Wells will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, July 10, 2017, 10:00 A.M., at Trinity Full Gospel Holiness Church in Metamora. Burial will then follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery in Metamora, Indiana.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roberts family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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