March 2

Vampire Weekend Announces New York State Run, All-Day Album Release Party In NYC

first_imgVampire Weekend has an extensive North American tour scheduled for this summer in support of their forthcoming studio album, Father of the Bride. The lengthy concert run will see the popular rock band trek from coast-to-coast starting in early summer and continuing into the fall months. However, fans in New York won’t have to wait until June to see what the band’s been up to.In celebration of Father of the Bride–due out May 3rd, making the band’s first new album since 2013–Vampire Weekend has announced a trio of shows surrounding the release.On April 30th, Ezra Koenig and co. will perform at Asbury Hall in Buffalo, NY before heading to Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston on May 2nd. The run will culminate with an official album release party at the recently re-opened Webster Hall in New York City on May 5th. For the celebration, Vampire Weekend will perform three sets, including a complete run-through of the new album. A bagel breakfast and pizza lunch are also included with tickets for the show, which starts at 11 a.m. and will run all day.Tickets for Buffalo will go on sale this Friday, April 12th at 10 a.m. here, with Kingston tickets going on sale at 11 a.m. here. For a chance to purchase tickets to the Webster Hall affair, click here.last_img read more

December 18

Gallant Amajimbos have much to be proud of

first_img2 March 2015The Amajimbos, the South African national under-17 team, went down 2-0 to Mali in the 2015 CAF African Youth Championship final in Niamey, Niger, on Sunday night – but coach Molefi Ntseki said he was happy with his charges’ performance despite the defeat.It was a high-tempo game that saw the physically bigger Malians using their imposing stature to dictate the pace, although the Amajimbos gave as much as they received for the full 90 minutes.Stand-out goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto and defender Reeve Frosler were in the thick of action from the word go and came to the rescue of the South Africans as the West Africans sought for an early goal.Gilt-edged chancesIt was a physical first half with Amajimbos handling aerial balls well but Mali keeping up the pressure. Despite going to half-time goalless, both teams created gilt-edged chances.After some constant pressure at the start of the second half, the Malians took the lead thanks to striker Siaka Bagayoko in the 65th minute.Mpoto had made a number of saves to keep South Africa in the game, with one in particularly impressive, while the Malians also missed several chances with shots that went wide.It was game over in the 78th minute when Aly Malle doubled Mali’s lead with a curling that shot that gave Mpoto no chance.The Malians showed superior physical dominance and endurance, the Amajimbos never gave up and they kept on pushing to the end.South Africa had a Khanyiso Mayo goal ruled out for offside in the 88th minute, following good work by the lively Sibongakonke Mbatha.Amajimbos end as runners-up, with Guinea claiming third place earlier on Sunday after beating Nigeria 3-1 in the play offs.“On another day, the result could have been different. They bullied us off the ball but we always threatened on counter-attacks. We will now focus our attention to the World Cup in Chile. I am proud of the boys,” he said.Amajimbos XI: Mpoto, Ngcobo, Frosler, Mohamme, Mukumela, Dlala, Meyiwa, Maluleke (c), Mbatha, Mkatshana, Mayo.Mali XI: Traore, Dante, Bagayoko, Sangare, I. Traore, Mamadou Fofana, Koita, Malle. Maiga, B. Traore.Source: South African Football Associationlast_img read more

December 12

Implications of Relatives Raising Children While Parents are Deployed Webinar Re-cap

first_imgIf you were able to join the Thursday, April 5  Personal Finance web presentation by Dr. Sandra Bailey, you were in for a treat. Dr. Bailey shared her expertise on the topic of grandparents and other kinship raising children while parents are deployed or otherwise unable to care for their children.  Dr. Bailey provided great information and identified numerous resources addressing the logistics of loco in parentis (or in place of the parent) parenting.The web conference participants proved also to be a great asset as they engaged and expanded the conversation. The 154 or so participants shared their own experiences and knowledge from working with military service members. These stories and resources enriched this webinar tremendously, and their participation is  valued.For example, one participant shared her experience of raising her two granddaughters while her daughter is deployed with the Air Force.  She has chronicled her experiences in her blog, Deployed Grandma, in the hopes of providing information that may be useful to others going through similar situations. Part of the rich dialogue during the conference was the sharing of online spaces offering support for caregivers.  Sites shared, to name a few, include Families Near and Far and the National Respite Network.  It is vitally important that caregivers receive support, and take the occasional break from raising children.Special concerns related to grandparents raising grandchildren were also raised during the presentation. Many “GRGs” are still working and are doubly stressed by the responsibility of caring for children, a second time around, or “off-time parenting.” Not only is their time stretched to meet these roles, but they may also find their peers are unable to relate to their new responsibilities.Below are some of the resources you shared during this presentation. Did I leave something out? If so, please leave your resource in the comments section. Deployed Grandma, a blog about raising 2 granddaughters while her Air Force enlisted daughter is deployedFamilies Near and Far, a website for military families to connect onlineLegal issues facing grandparents raising grandchildrenAbout the Military Interstate Children’s Compact CommissionMilitary K-12 PartnersNational Respite Network and Resource CenterMilitary Child Education CoalitionMilitary OneSourceAARP – GrandfactsRed Cross, Coping with DeploymentsFor specific questions about the Red Cross’ programs to support military families, contact [email protected] Military KidsZero to Three’s Coming Together Around Military Families programArmy-wide directory for school support services (Oct. 2010)Brookdale Foundation list of resources for Relatives as ParentsAARP.orgGenerations UnitedIf you were unable to join the live presentation of this webinar, please check the event page, where an archived recording of the session will be posted soon.Author: Molly C. Herndon (+Molly Herndon)last_img read more

November 7

VIC – Sale Knockout

first_imgSaturday 14th April 2007 – Mens and Womens divisionsSunday 15th April 2007 – Mixed Divisions Venue: Stephenson Park, Guthries Parade, Sale For all teams that regularly took the trip to Sale for the State Team Titles, enter your team for the Sale Knockout (which has replaced the State event)..It will be a fantastically administered weekend run by the Sale Touch Association, supported by Touch Football VictoriaTeams are asked to send all enquiries to Sale Touch Association President Laurie Smyth: Email: [email protected]: Sale Touch Phone: (03) 5144 2109Mobile:0419 132 824Fax: (03) 5144 2109last_img read more

October 13

Markets Right Now Tech stocks lead gains on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as technology companies gain back some of the ground they’ve lost in recent days.Traders were encouraged by news that U.S. and Chinese officials spoke on the phone, raising hopes that trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies may ease.Microsoft rose 2.2 per cent in early trading Tuesday.Banks were also doing better after taking a drubbing over the past week. JPMorgan Chase climbed 1.9 per cent. Bank of New York Mellon rose 2.6 per cent after announcing an increase to its stock buyback program.The S&P 500 index rose 33 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,671.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 343 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 24,771. The Nasdaq composite rose 98 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,119.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 12

Conservatives pledge to expand tax credit for volunteer fire, search and rescue

first_imgUPPER KINGSCLEAR, N.B. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to expand a program giving volunteer search and rescue workers and firefighters tax credits for their supplies.He says if elected, he’d lower the number of service hours required to qualify for the program, introduced by a previous Conservative government.Right now, volunteers must work 200 hours a year to access the credit, and the Conservatives are pledging to lower that to 150. Scheer notes that volunteers often pay out-of-pocket for equipment, uniforms, transportation, training, and insurance — costs that run into the thousands of dollars.The promise will leave the amount those volunteers can claim unchanged, and the credit is non-refundable, so those who qualify can use it to reduce their overall tax payments, but don’t get any of that money back.Scheer made the announcement in the town of Upper Kingsclear, N.B., where the entire fire department is run by volunteers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 12

Uplifting the poor

first_imgRahul promised justice to the poor and Jaitley criticised the gesture. That is, of course, classic politics with ensuing arguments and counter-arguments being the order of the day. But, what captivates mass interest is the Indian version of the Universal Basic Income (UBI) which Rahul and company have promised to the 20 per cent of poorest families in India. Policymakers, economists, and whoever who can relate to the pros and cons of this Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) or Minimum income guarantee scheme are frenzied over Congress’ novel announcement framed as “final assault on poverty”. While the premise piques curiosity owing to an unprecedented step which has been promised should Congress come to power, the cost, feasibility, scalability, et al, concerns loom large over this ground-breaking idea. Rs 12,000 per month per family to cover nearly 5 crore families and with Jaitley’s courtesy, Team Congress is asserting that Rs 3.6 lakh crore will be the outlay from the exchequer in order to fulfil its crucial electoral promise. One of the many apprehensions is the widening of fiscal deficit which revolves around the inquisitiveness as to where will the money for such a grand scheme come from. The current dispensation has estimated this year’s fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent. Rough estimations cite that Congress’ NYAY will be three times India’s fiscal deficit and six times its Defence budget. Rahul’s claim that calculations have been done and fiscal repercussions have been analysed to arrive at a conclusion that such a poverty-exclusive scheme is feasible. It means that NYAY would not affect India’s fiscal deficit but the massive outlay, then, must be aptly accommodated to not have any impact on the fiscal deficit. There are only two ways to do that – increase revenues or cut expenditure – and Congress went silent on that, for now. If Congress decides to cut expenditure then which sector would suffer a cut-down and their “expenditure-rationalisation” call requires explicit elaboration. Should the revenue be increased, Congress would require to increase taxes for the top income group in which case we may see inheritance and wealth taxes be implemented. The other way is to strictly provide subsidies to the poor and let the rich pay the market amount. This will neutralise the budget. Also Read – A compounding difficultyHaving accepted Rahul’s assertion that this scheme is feasible, the second apprehension circles around identification of the beneficiary. Poorest 20 per cent sounds ambiguous. Moreover, this bracket is below the controversial poverty line, and hence ignores all those who are above its ambit but still below the poverty line. And, not just those but families that are barely above the line and still fall in need of government for economic support schemes. Income data surveys will be needed and extensive identification process will be required to be undertaken to resolve this and the biggest problem that stands tall like a wall to this identification process is the fact that maximum Indians are involved in the informal sector where the income meanders every day. Peculiarities surround NYAY and only discussions will reveal the actual picture. On the other hand, Congress could have tried employment guarantee scheme again – reinvigorating their previous efforts. Surging new life in MGNREGA could have also answered similar questions that exist under the Modi regime. Unemployment, being a direct issue, would also make it an apt manifesto agenda while tackling the monetary issue with regard to poverty. Also Read – An askew democracy NYAY, a derivative of UBI, does provide financial support but nothing else. This support still leaves the poor without work or informal work with the onus of finding one on the beneficiary alone. An income support scheme in this regard gets eclipsed by an employment guarantee scheme because the latter provides for a job, money while implicitly increasing nation’s workforce or asset (as per economics). There are many questions that remain unanswered as far as NYAY is concerned with uncertainty revolving around exactly what will be the compensation for pulling off this unprecedented scheme for the poor in fiscal terms. The other angle is writing off other schemes which will again be contentious. At this juncture, curiosity hovers whether Congress is serious with its “final assault on poor” or is it just rallying around supposedly utopian methods to pull the voters on its side and register a landslide victory, marking an end to NDA’s era. If the latter turns out to be true then it would not be any better than the previous five years for the poor since NDA or UPA, BJP or Congress, it is the same narrative term after term – the poor remains poor with the rich-poor disparity in wealth widening like an obese person!last_img read more

September 17

Chelseas Antonio Rudiger We need to take the positives

first_imgChelsea’s Antonio Rudiger is looking forward to the chance to bounce back in the Premier League with a win over Fulham.He also feels the team just needs to keep doing the things that gave them such an impressive start to the season.However, while Rudiger is keen to make sure there are no mistakes as against Spurs, the German international is quick to point out there is no need to make wholesale changes to how the plays after such a good opening to 2018/19.He told Chelsea official website:Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.‘‘Just because of one game we don’t need to break our heads,’ said the defender.‘We need to take positives because until that game we were still unbeaten and if anyone had said that this would happen, I think 90 per cent would have said ‘no’. So we just need to stay focused and try to make this not happen again.”‘‘If we look back at this match many things didn’t go well, but there’s no use trying to look for excuses. It was a bad game and we need to learn from this because it was a huge lesson.”‘‘Of course the manager was disappointed but that’s normal after such a game. At the end of the day we don’t want to lose games, but sometimes we do.’’last_img read more