Category: eahbuzot

March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEasily recognizable as one of the best albums of all time, The Beach Boys’ opus Pet Sounds celebrates its 50th anniversary today. Released on May 16th, 1966, Pet Sounds marks a distinct departure from the band’s light-hearted beach-themed music, as mastermind Brian Wilson steered the band down more complex channels of music.The album is heavily influenced by the psychedelic culture, perhaps even inspired by the contemporary Beatles records. Producer George Martin even said that “without Pet Sounds, there would be no Sgt. Peppers,” though the British band was certainly well on their way to hyper-produced albums when Pet Sounds was released. The pure sonic exploration of Pet Sounds is unrivaled by any other release in the Beach Boys’ catalog, as Brian Wilson spent countless hours producing the album, utilizing unique sound effects like Coke cans and piano strings throughout the release.With all of this in mind, Wilson himself took a moment to share his thoughts on the album’s milestone. Wilson said, “Today Pet Sounds was released 50 years ago. I just can’t believe it. I recorded it to bring love to the world and I’m honored to be performing it in so many countries and cities in 2016. My current band is just amazing. They are great singers and the very best musicians who replicate live every single show what I did in the studio 50 years ago! I’m just blown away by what I hear!”The post was accompanied by the following image:Here’s to another 50 years of Pet Sounds! Listen to the album below:last_img read more

March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIt’s summer festival season, so it’s time for everyone’s favorite musical jester and acoustic one-man band Keller Williams to hit the road for another fun-filled run around the nation. Besides his regular one-man assault shows, he is working with The Hillbenders for a series of shows featuring acoustic reworkings of Tom Petty songs they’ve dubbed “Pettygrass.” Never one to slow down, Keller also has a new record he is polishing up that should be released in mid-October and dates in all four corners of the country and points between—including a highly anticipated performance at LOCKN’ this August with both Keller & The Keels and Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel.With all this fun about to kick off, we thought we would chat with Keller Williams once again to hear his thoughts on working with the Hillbenders and honoring the late Petty, his newest addition to his incredible catalog, and how he deals with talkers at his shows. Enjoy!L4LM: We like to check in with you whenever we hear you have a new album in the works. I guess we will be in business forever because you just never stop making new music.Keller Williams: Well, there’s no backup plan. I’ve gotta keep making them, so there will always be something to document.L4LM: I believe this is your 189th album, correct?KW: Negative. [laughs] No, maybe my 189th song… Actually, I think we’re in the mid-twenties now.L4LM: You usually have a core concept for your work. What is it for this new record?KW: This is the first attempt at creating an instrumental record, and a lot of these songs are ones I have been playing for twenty years but have never seen a bass line or a drum part. It’s really fun to revisit these songs and make them new again by adding different parts while staying true to the arrangement.L4LM: Good idea. The fans get studio versions of songs they have been hearing for years, and you get basically a freebie album.KW: It’s more like an attempt to release an album of music like the stuff I usually listen to. The music that I play and release is often different than the music I listen to, strangely enough. I’ve been listening to electronic music for the past fifteen years or so. This is moving forward in my tongue-in-cheek idea of making acoustic dance music. This is acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and lots of groovy loops, samples, and live percussion. Basically, I’m trying to create a mixture of acoustic music and dance music, but using the acoustic guitar as the meat—the main ingredient.L4LM: Have you got one of your patented one-word names for this new disc figured out yet?KW: Record To Dance To As Well As Talk Over, maybe? There’s some music you really need to listen to and be able to get it, you know? This one you can actually talk over and understand it. It should be out in mid-October, and it would be perfect for a groovy barbeque.L4LM: Speaking of talking over, as a primarily acoustic playing artist, how do you deal with how chatty folks can be at shows, particularly upfront?KW: One thing that works for me is to take the dynamics of a song down. A lot of time people are trying to talk over the music, so if you take the dynamics of the music itself down, I think the talkers will, generally, talk more quietly. Hopefully, they realize that the music is quieter, and hopefully, they will get quieter as well. I find that telling people to be quiet only pisses people off and makes the drunks talk louder.I came to grips with this about ten years ago. I would go to these listening rooms, and I would see people play and it would be pin-drop silent. Then, when I would go to play these same spots, it was just like one of my normal gigs, and people would feel as comfortable to chat as any of my shows. This, again, is in a venue where I had just seen the place be pin-drop silent, and that would kinda upset me.But then, I came to the point where I made peace with the fact that they had bought their tickets. I use in-ear monitors, and I can just turn them up and ignore them like they are ignoring me. At the end of the day, I did my thing and hopefully, my kids can go to college one day. For fans trying to hear, the closer speakers always help. Oh, and cupping your hands by your ears so you can hear better and sometimes gets your message across in a gentle way.L4LM: You have another upcoming project that features some newish material out there on the road right now: your tribute to Tom Petty with The Hillbenders. What was the genesis of this collaboration?KW: It was about 2015. Every year I do a benefit for my hometown ASPCA the day after Christmas. I try and change it up and bring a different project for that show, so that year I did “Pettygrass” with my studio engineer and the amazing dobro player Jay Starling. I played bass, and it was fifteen Tom Petty hits with harmonies as a set for the benefit.Skip ahead to when Tom Petty died, and I was in the studio working on this upcoming instrumental project and we couldn’t concentrate. So we brought up the voice memos from the project, and we just sat and listened to those and ran them through computer models, mastered them, and ended up releasing them on my Soundcloud or something like that. It was just because we both loved Petty and had loved that time when we were working on these songs.Often, I would go back and listen to these voice memos just to listen and remember how happy we were when we were doing these songs. The Hillbenders picked up on these tracks and contacted me and suggested continuing this project. The Hillbenders are just so amazing in their sense of attention to detail. You can see it in their version of The Who‘s rock opera, Tommy, which was really fun.It took me a minute to come around to the idea of continuing this project, but I’m glad I did. We’ve done our first gig, and it was just really special—there were so many people singing along. There is something really special about playing songs with so many people singing along at the same time. Live For Live Music: In the jam scene, there can be a little dichotomy between the folks who are there for a twenty-minute jam and the folks who like to sing-a-long. Which side of that would you say you fall more on?Keller Williams: Hm. As far as the Petty project, I like the singing. The same with the Grateful Grass stuff I do. Sure, there’ll be some solos, but nothing like the Steve Kimock stuff. Time and place, I guess.L4LM: You said a moment ago that you had slight trepidation about continuing the Pettygrass project. Was that a “respect for the fallen” line of reasoning or something else?KW: It was more of my issue with making money with other people’s music. That’s something I have always had an issue with. But, at the end of the day—as far as, say, the Gratefulgrass stuff I do—people liked it and they were always asking for it. If you put the artistic bitching aside, both the Gratefulgrass and this Pettygrass project come down to a beautiful celebration of songs and sing-a-longs. I wrestled with it at first, but now I am okay with it.Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel – “Who Was John” – LOCKN’ 2016 [Video: LOCKN’ Music Festival]Live For Live Music: It’s summertime, and, as always, you are gonna be out there hopping around the country with Pettygrass and your various other projects this year. Your touring schedule seems especially weird this year, with some serious distances between shows back to back. Any idea how many miles you will cover just this summer alone?Keller Williams: Not really. It’s a lot of sitting on airplanes and napping, watching movies and reading. It’s not as bad as it looks. It’s all about relying on the airline industry. You have to approach it with the mentality that every flight will end up delayed or canceled, and that your gear is never going to arrive and if it does it will be broken. That way, if you do make it and the gear does arrive unbroken, you have a reason to celebrate. Needless to say, I celebrate all the time, but if I do end up missing a show or my gear doesn’t come, then I accept it. That is the mentality you have to take to be successful.L4LM: Heck, you turned your travel stress into a song with “Doobie In My Pocket”. That was a wonderful job of embracing the Native American philosophy of using every part of the buffalo.KW: That’s right. Bones for the tools and fodder for the song.“Doobie In My Pocket”[Video: Live For Live Music]Live For Live Music: Is there any band or artist whose material wouldn’t sound awesome translated into bluegrass? Could we see a “Slayergrass” set from you someday?Keller Williams: I would go ahead and say Bach. I would not do a bluegrass thing with Bach.L4LM: One of the standout dates for the Pettygrass shows this year is your return to the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park for the Roots Revival. Are you thinking of coming early or staying late and maybe taking a float on the river? KW: You know, I never made it down to the river before. I always hang out up by the stages or campfires. I won’t make any promises about the water, but I will take some golf cart rides to some cabins and campsites.L4LM: Thanks, as always, for taking time to share your future plans in the middle of your endless cycle of shows and new projects. We can’t wait to see these new versions of your music and whatever else you come up with down the road!Keller Williams will be headed to LOCKN’ this summer. On the final two days of the festival—on Saturday, August 25th, and Sunday, August 26th—the virtuosic musician will present two projects. On Saturday, Keller will join forces with the husband-and-wife duo of Larry and Jenny Keel for a daytime Keller & The Keels set. The following day, Williams will kick off the final day’s festivities, performing with his joyous tribute to the Grateful Dead, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel. For more information on LOCKN’, head to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. Learn more.Self-folding robots (508,776 views)A team of engineers at Harvard and MIT have designed and built a flat-packed robot that assembles itself and walks away.Undergraduate Speaker Sarah Abushaar | Harvard Commencement 2014 (458,254 views)Undergraduate Speaker Sarah Abushaar addresses graduates at Harvard’s 363rd Commencement on May 29, 2014 at Tercentenary Theatre. At Harvard, it was a year of discoveries, including making inroads against diabetes and ALS, untethering soft robots with smarts, sampling evolution in real time, and identifying a missing link in European genealogy.It was a year of confronting complex problems, like finding a treatment for depression, creating bioplastic that decomposes naturally, probing why incarcerations rise while crimes drop, and identifying “switches” that tell embryonic cells to reorganize themselves, and in another project become quantum triggers activated by electrons.And it was a year of celebrating Harvard, its annual Commencement, the naming of a College dean, the life a legendary professor like E.O. Wilson, a dramatic gift to support financial aid, and a student’s wistful account of his first College days.In less weighty matters, Harvard Business School ran a case study on how the pop star Beyoncé markets her brand, and the Harvard Library restored and presented a charming array of tiny books created by the Brontë children.A diverse, complex year was mirrored in the Gazette’s coverage. Below are the 20 most-read stories of 2014.Professor Doug Melton and his team announced that they have made a tremendous gain on the type 1 diabetes front. “We are now just one preclinical step away from the finish line,” he said. Image courtesy of Doug MeltonGiant leap against diabetesAbility to produce pancreatic beta cells from embryonic stem cells will allow researchers to push faster toward cure.Harvard stem cell researchers announced a giant leap forward in the quest to find a truly effective treatment for type 1 diabetes, a disease that affects an estimated 3 million Americans.Flipping the switchPhysicists design quantum triggers that can be activated by a photon.Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, an achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks.Turning shrimp shells into plastic: Harvard’s Wyss Institute comes up with fully degradable bioplastic. Image courtesy of Harvard’s Wyss InstitutePromising solution to plastic pollutionHarvard’s Wyss Institute creates bioplastic made from shrimp shells.Harvard’s Wyss Institute researchers find that a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells could provide a solution to planet-clogging plastics.The business of being BeyoncéNew HBS case study looks at the marketing savvy and tough calls behind star’s surprise 2013 album release.A new Harvard Business School case study digs into the mystery and motives behind Beyoncé’s surprise 2013 album release.Harvard Professor Steven Pinker shared his personal journey behind his professional success. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer‘What could be more interesting than how the mind works?’Steven Pinker’s history of thought. Interview with Johnstone Family Professor Professor Steven Pinker as part of the Experience series.College admits Class of ’18Acceptance notices sent to 2,023, 5.9 percent of applicants.Harvard College sent admission notifications to 2,023 students, 5.9 percent of the applicant pool of 34,295. Included are record numbers of African-American and Latino students, who constitute 11.9 and 13 percent of the admitted class, respectively.Punitive damagesQ&A on the economic and social costs of rising U.S. incarcerations, despite dipping crime rates. Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., a clinical law professor and director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, talks about U.S. crime and incarceration policies that have led to an unprecedented rate of mass imprisonment. He also discusses the reforms that might reverse that upward trend.Evolution in real time59,000 generations of bacteria, plus freezer, yield startling results.After 26 years of workdays spent watching bacteria multiply, Richard Lenski has learned that evolution doesn’t always occur in steps so slow and steady that change can’t be observed.Kenneth Griffin makes largest gift in Harvard College historyAlumnus donates $150 million to principally support financial aid.Harvard University announced that Kenneth Griffin ’89, founder and chief executive officer of Citadel, had made the largest gift in Harvard College history. The $150 million gift is principally focused on supporting Harvard’s financial aid program.‘On’ switches for cellsResearchers find early developmental signal hidden amid ‘noncoding’ RNA.Scientists at Harvard identified a previously unknown embryonic signal, dubbed Toddler, that instructs cells to move and reorganize themselves, through a process known as gastrulation, into three layers.From preschool to HarvardA single dream, a straight path, and the hard work along the way.“As I write this column from the comfort of my Harvard College dorm room, my pulse still quickens when I think of that day in December 2013 — the day that made it all worthwhile. But before the moment that forever changed my life, there was a journey that started well over a decade before … the one that led to Cambridge,” says Matthew DeShaw, Class of ’18.New treatment for depression shows immediate resultsSubstantial mood improvement seen after treatment with low-field magnetic stimulation.In a study at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, individuals with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder who received low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) showed immediate and substantial mood improvement.Harvard researchers have developed the world’s first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers. Ned Brown/Harvard StaffCutting the cord on soft robotsFrom Harvard engineers, a machine that can walk through flames.Researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed the world’s first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.The surprising origins of EuropeansResearchers discuss new theories on human migration revealed by sophisticated DNA tests.Geneticists David Reich and Nick Patterson detailed recent work on the human migrations that led to the populations of today’s Europe.New hope for treating ALSPatient stem cells help identify common problem, leading to clinical trials.Harvard stem cell scientists discovered that a recently approved medication for epilepsy might be a meaningful treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a uniformly fatal neurodegenerative disorder.977 admitted to Class of 2019 under Early ActionRange of backgrounds among prospective students. On Dec. 11, Harvard College sent admission notifications to 977 prospective students through its Early Action program.Nine miniature manuscript books, six by Charlotte Brontë and three by Patrick Branwell Brontë, are part of the collections at Houghton Library. The library repaired, rehoused, and digitized the books, which are nearly 200 years old. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe genesis of geniusTiny books by the Brontë children suggest the unbounded creativity to come.Tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children have been lovingly restored at the Harvard Library.New Harvard College deanRakesh Khurana, HBS professor and Cabot co-master, will start in July.Rakesh Khurana, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and co-master of Cabot House, was named the new dean of Harvard College.‘Search until you find a passion and go all out to excel in its expression’For E.O. Wilson, wonders never cease. E.O. Wilson has devoted his life to a better understanding of the workings of the natural world and to sharing his research and insights with Harvard students.President Drew Faust shares a moment with former President George H.W. Bush during Harvard’s Commencement. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerSnapshots of a sun-splashed dayA roundup of capsule stories and photos from Harvard’s 363rd Commencement.Harvard’s top three YouTube videos for 2014Programmable self-assembly in a thousand-robot swarm (944,931 views)last_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIt’s been a few months since the FFIEC released the revision to the BCP booklet called Appendix J: Strengthening the Resilience of Outsourced Technology Services. In the time elapsed, we’ve had a chance to review this information in light of business continuity planning and the increased requirements related to vendor management.Two key recommendations made are the need to participate in critical third party service provider (TSP) testing, and coordinating cyber-attack incident response plans.As stated, it’s important to request the opportunity to participate in disaster recovery exercises with your critical TSP. However, depending upon the provider, getting on the test list can take some time. Between now and then it’s important to review the results of tests conducted with other financial institutions as may be provided by the TSP.Appendix J also expands on cyber security concerns and the need to coordinate incident response plans with your TSP. So here’s an opportunity to get the most out of your testing exercise with your TSP. Schedule a tabletop exercise of your incident response plan with key members of your BCP team. Request a copy of your TSP’s incident response plan and create a cyber-attack scenario which theoretically disables the TSP from providing service to your financial institution. Walk down through how the TSP’s incident response plan would handle this scenario and also ask each key team leader from your BCP team to provide feedback on how this disruption would affect their functional area.One key benefit includes identifying any gaps between your incident response plan and that of the third party service provider. Specifically, you will learn who is responsible for notifying your customer or member, when they should be notified, and how. In addition, you will be able to assess the preparedness of your BCP team leaders and associated plans in the event of a cyber-attack.Your BCP planning efforts should include incident response, especially those related to cybersecurity. A table top exercise like this will help you assess both and get the most out of your limited time.Steve Fochler, CBCP is Senior Business Advisor for Risk Services at Strohl Risk Solutions. He can be reached at [email protected] 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Fochler As Senior Business Advisor, Risk Management Services Steve is responsible for helping Strohl Risk Solutions customers succeed. Steve leans on his twenty-eight (28) years of experience to help financial institutions, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) are on the rebound, according to a new white paper from Experian.As of the fourth quarter of 2015, HELOC originations rose 111%, to $43.03 billion from $20.44 billion in the same quarter in 2010.At the same time consumers are making payments on time and being responsible with their debts, a positive development for both borrowers and lenders.Over the past 12 months, $29 billion in HELOC debt originated between 2005 and 2008 has been paid down, as many of these lines of credit are in or are approaching their repayment period.Even with this positive outlook, consumers and lenders still should proceed somewhat cautiously, as $236 billion in HELOC debt originated between 2005 and 2008 is now nearing repayment.Given the number of and maturities for these HELOCs, Experian is looking at how consumers are managing these payments and what those spikes and trends mean.“During the housing boom, home equity lending was heating up, but lenders pulled back significantly as home prices began to fall,” says Michele Raneri, Experian’s vice president of analytics and new business development. “What we’re seeing now is that home values have recovered, but the end of draw is still a factor that needs to be considered when it comes to consumer and lending behavior.” continue reading »last_img read more

November 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgScott Brown watches on as Celtic fall further behind to Sparta PragueImage:Scott Brown watches on as Celtic fall further behind to Sparta Prague Neil Lennon conceded there needs to be a culture change at Celtic after his side suffered an “unacceptable” 4-1 defeat at home to Sparta Prague to leave their Europa League hopes hanging by a thread.Lukas Julis scored a hat-trick as Sparta claimed a stunning away win that sent Lennon’s side to the bottom of Group H with one point from three games.- Advertisement – “It’s an accumulation of things catching up. We need to show a bit more humility and get back on the training ground. It’s a bitterly disappointing performance.“We don’t do the basics well enough. The first goal, it should never get past the first post. It’s lackadaisical and we have to do better.“The group is probably gone. We need to get some respect back with our next performance. I’ve been here a long time and that’s a very poor performance from a Celtic team.”  Image: Celtic are bottom of Europa League Group H after three games – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “There was a lack of hunger tonight and I don’t know where it’s come from because we’ve put in a really good performance on Sunday. I’ve defended the players up until now but that was unacceptable tonight.“We go from top in the group last year against teams of a similar standing and now we’re one point in nine. I don’t know where that’s gone, so we need to take a look at that.“We picked the same team because of the performance in Lille. Nothing surprises you in football but that first-half performance was very poor. The defending for the third goal was very poor.“This isn’t the biggest challenge I’ve faced in my time at the club. It feels like it is because it’s present. But it won’t happen again, that’s for sure.” Celtic went into the game on a high after their impressive 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday, which ended a rare four-game winless run.Lennon kept an unchanged side but it was a somewhat calamitous night for the Scottish champions, who came unstuck in a tumultuous spell midway through the first half.Sparta didn’t look back after Julis’ opener, and Lennon added: “It was poor. We started the game OK and then got really ragged with the ball. Our passing, technique. I keep saying if we don’t defend set-pieces properly we’ll get punished. Julis is congratulated after piling on the misery for Celtic on ThursdayImage:Lukas Julis scored a hat-trick to pile misery on Celtic – Advertisement – The Czech Republic side had a clutch of players missing through injury and Covid-19 issues, including No 1 goalkeeper Milan Heca and teenage star Adam Hlozek, but it proved to be a chastening night for Lennon, whose side have now won just one of their last six games in all competitions.“There needs to be a culture change within the club,” Lennon said. “I need to look at the culture, get them more hungry, get them back to basics. All those things Sparta did.“We have to be far more aggressive in our play. As the manager I have to accept responsibility but the players have to look at themselves too.last_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSep 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A new project to help improve control strategies for avian influenza has been initiated in eight Asian countries, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) announced yesterday.The project, funded by a $7.7 million grant from the Japanese government, will be implemented in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The OIE said the effort has shifted into “full operational mode.”The “OIE/Japan Special Trust Fund Project on Avian Influenza Control in Asia” includes plans to boost early warning and rapid response systems by developing national disease information sharing systems and to update national and regional contingency plans for controlling H5N1 avian influenza.Other activities include epidemiologic training for field veterinarians and outfitting up to 17 laboratories with new equipment in the eight countries to bolster diagnostic capabilities.In other news, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a “road map” yesterday to help governments in the Asia-Pacific region prepare for emerging infectious diseases such as avian flu, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Called the Asian Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, the road map advises countries on how to prevent, detect, and respond to these diseases. The document was released by the WHO’s Western Pacific regional office in Manila, AFP reported.”In the early stages of a potential pandemic, it may be possible to stop or delay the spread of the virus by swiftly implementing pandemic influenza rapid response and containment measures,” said WHO Acting Regional Director Richard Nesbit in announcing the road map, as quoted by AFP.But rapid globalization, urbanization, and increased cross-border travel will make it more challenging to implement such measures, he said.A WHO study conducted in 2004-05 showed that most countries in the region did not have adequate systems to contain a pandemic based on, according to AFP.Nesbit also said the risk of an avian flu pandemic “continues unabated,” according to a Wall Street Journal article published yesterday. Speaking at a week-long WHO conference in Auckland, New Zealand, Nesbit said that while the public may get tired of hearing that a global outbreak could happen at any moment, he is obligated to keep sending that message.Countries need to remain cautious even though the world is experiencing a “down period” of H5N1 cases, said WHO Acting Director-General Anders Nordstrom, who is also attending the conference, the Wall Street Journal reported.”We will have a pandemic,” Nordstrom was quoted as saying in the article. “The question is when and how severe it will be.”See also:Sep 19 OIE news release read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRussia said on Thursday it would be a “mistake” to think lasting peace in the Middle East could be secured without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The foreign ministry statement came after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday.Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” “It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.”Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue.”Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the foreign ministry said.US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations, including Saudi Arabia. Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.center_img Topics :last_img read more

October 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Press Release,  Public Health To help make the public aware of COVID-19 preparedness and procedures, the Wolf Administration has created a library of free outreach materials for businesses, organizations and anyone interested in displaying important messaging on COVID-19.The materials are available at PAcast.“The goal is for everyone to have access to and be encouraged to share the information important to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “Please help us share awareness while using caution and protecting yourself.”Posters are available in multiple sizes and every Pennsylvanian is encouraged to make them accessible to their community of friends, community or religious group members, and business associates to print and post. The administration also expects the posters to be available in newspapers across the state for residents to tear out and post throughout their communities.Properly sized graphics are available at PAcast for social media. Gov. Wolf also encourages everyone to make use of COVID-19 social media content on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Facebook and Twitter pages.The most up-to-date information, including video graphics, footage of all of the governor’s press conferences and b-roll, is also available at PAcast. Additional materials will be added to the library as they become available and as the situation evolves. March 14, 2020 Gov. Wolf Offers Covid-19 Community Preparedness and Procedures Materialscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September 29, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe ISIF, unlike the NPRF, will invest in Ireland with the aim of stimulating economic activity in the wake of the country’s bailout.As a result, the NPRF will gradually sell off its non-domestic holdings so the cash can be redeployed.In other news, a £650m (€790m) London pension fund is to increase its exposure to alternatives, investing £50m in the asset class.The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Pension Fund has asked bfinance to oversee the diversified alternatives tender process, allocated more than a year ago after it decided to overhaul its investment strategy.As part of the shift, the fund said it would also invest an undisclosed amount in social housing or inflation-linked real estate – with manager interviews scheduled to be conducted for both mandates in March.“With these changes, it is hoped that the fund will be flexible and responsive to adapt to changes in the future,” the fund’s 2014 Business Plan said.Its tender said it would appoint one manager to the diversified alternatives portfolio, managing the money either as a segregated account or a pooled fund.Asset managers have until 10 March to apply, with further information available from bfinance’s London office. The National Pensions Reserve Fund has sold its entire private equity portfolio, most recently valued at €716m, to a US secondary private equity manager.In a statement, the fund said Lexington Partners had agreed to acquire an estimated €800m in fund holdings and outstanding commitments, spread across two dozen private equity funds.The sale, initiated in September last year, is expected to finalise in the coming months, the NPRF added.The reserve fund decided to sell its private equity holdings, comprising close to 11% of its discretionary portfolio, as part of a shift in asset allocation ahead of the €6.8bn portfolio’s transformation into the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF).last_img read more