March 2, 2021
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first_imgWe can’t get enough of Spafford, and apparently, neither can you. Earlier this week, we announced that Live for Live Music is presenting the Arizona-based jam-outfit’s Fall tour, and we’ve already had to add another date to the run due to the feverish demand of the this elusive up-and-coming band’s rabid fanbase. Get tickets here.The show will take place at The Tonic Room in Chicago on September 30th, and will serve as an early show to the originally announced 9pm show’s “late show”. Spafford will play four unique sets throughout the night, so be prepared for an exploratory walk through the band’s catalog.The first show sold out in under an hour, so make sure not to sleep on this on-sale if you want to catch Spafford in Chicago! Tickets are available here.If you want to hear some ridiculous jamming, peep this set:Show Info:last_img read more

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first_imgPrincess Caroline will grow three to four feet tall. Princess Molly reaches only 18 inches tall. Princess Caroline is a lot more vigorous, but both can grow in some shade. For best results, though, give them a lot of sun, he said.Because it is smaller, Princess Molly will do better in the landscape if it doesn’t have a lot of tall competition. It will also thrive in a large pot.The grasses are fairly maintenance free, he said. A small amount of fertilizer at the beginning of the season is OK, but don’t fertilize too much for a desirable ornamental grass. They need water to get established. But once they are growing, they are very hearty plants for the southern climate. Princess Caroline and Princess Molly were developed by Wayne Hanna, a plant breeder with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, Ga. The well known turfgrass breeder named the varieties after his granddaughters. The grasses are patented and licensed through the UGA Research Foundation.“One of the biggest benefits about them is they don’t produce any seed, they don’t produce any pollen,” Hanna said. “So, they stay pretty vegetative, and the benefit of that is you only get what you plant.”It also means the plants won’t invade into other areas of the landscape, he said. The University of Georgia recently released two drought-tolerant, disease-resistant ornamental grasses that can grow from a seedling to a full plant in one month. And, they don’t produce seed or pollen. Princess Molly and Princess Caroline will be available this spring at nurseries and other retail outlets across the country. Currently, four growers in Alabama and five in Georgia are propagating the plants. From Atlanta south, both grasses will overwinter and come back each spring. North of Atlanta and depending on the winter, they should be treated like annuals that die due to the cold.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 03, 2019 About 100 Russian service members arrived at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, Venezuela, March 23, with 35 tons of unknown cargo in two Russian Air Force aircraft. The military deployment could create a worrisome scenario, prolong the severe political, social, and economic crisis in the country, and endanger regional stability. Meanwhile, Nicolás Maduro uses humanitarian assistance as a domination strategy. “The Russian aircraft that landed on March 23 [2019] with Russian officers and tons of equipment will remain in the country for as long as necessary,” Yván Gil, Venezuelan vice minister for Europe, told the press. “New military missions might arrive, according to the agreements signed between both countries [in 2011].” William Dávila, a Venezuelan congressman and member of the National Assembly’s Foreign Policy Committee, told the press that the Russian aircraft’s surprise deployment violates the Venezuelan Constitution, as the Assembly hadn’t authorized it. The Kremlin responded that bilateral military-technical cooperation agreements both countries signed in 2001 regulate the Russian presence. “In our opinion, one of the things the Russians are doing there is to help the authorities with the S-300 systems that have suffered from the blackouts,” Elliott Abrams, U.S. Department of State special representative for Venezuela, told the press. The Venezuelan government received the S-300, an air defense system, in 2013. “With the help of Moscow, Maduro’s dictatorship built an air shield in the Atlantic area and near Caracas, where the National Bolivarian Armed Force has eight brigades with S-300VM missiles, capable of intercepting all kinds of targets,” Daniel Pou, associate researcher at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute in the Dominican Republic, told Diálogo. “The missiles’ update seeks to instill fear among Venezuelans, perpetuate the country’s economic crisis, and endanger regional stability.” The missiles were stored and their components had never been refurbished. “Maduro needs the Russians to dig them out and put them in operation,” Pou said. “Russian officers are working on the electronic wireless communications system of these long-range weapons, because they are outdated.” From bad to worse “Moscow is clearly saying that they will go all in. The Russian presence with aircraft and troops shows that they will do whatever it takes to stay,” Luis Alberto Gabriel Somoza, professor of security and defense at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, told Diálogo. “Venezuela might be the setting for the resurgence of a new [armed] conflict.” The worsening situation of the Venezuelan population, with people already living below the poverty line, is among the consequences of growing Russian militarization. “The Venezuelan crisis is a tragedy that might get worse due to the latest events,” Somoza said. Double talk Despite the collapse of food and health infrastructures in Venezuela, Maduro rejects humanitarian assistance from countries of the free world. “The humanitarian assistance is a show to humiliate us,” Maduro told the press on February 8. Days later, however, he said, “Russian humanitarian assistance arrives on Wednesday [February 20].” “Maduro insists on finding fictitious rivals. He promotes this view to rally all Venezuelans together against an alleged international threat,” Javier Oliva Posadas, armed forces specialist and professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told Diálogo. Ana Rosario Contreras, president of the Capital District College of Nursing in Caracas, told the press that Russian help never made it to hospitals. It was not until April 16, after months of negotiations, that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies succeeded in bringing a shipment of humanitarian aid with medications, which started to be distributed among the country’s health centers. This is the result of the upsurge of 21st century socialism in some Latin American countries, leading populist regimes to take advantage of democratic instruments to modify their constitutions and hold on to power. “Countries of the region should adopt a clearer, more categorical stance regarding their level of tolerance for the presence of transcontinental countries [Russia and China] that set up in our continent because many leftist governments helped them, creating an unstable scenario,” Somoza said. Possible scenarios In March 2018, Dr. R. Evans Ellis, research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, said in his article “The Collapse of Venezuela and Its Impact on the Region”, published in Military Review, that Venezuela had three possible scenarios, “all negative,” if Maduro remains in power: (1) resistance burnout and consolidation of the criminal state, (2) escalating violence resolved by imposition of a pseudodemocratic compromise regime, (3) prolonged criminality, repression, and insurgency. In this last scenario, Russia and China take a wait and see position. According to the article, every scenario implies an increase in the already dramatic exodus of refugees to neighboring countries and the rest of the region, as well as in weapons imports, and a greater impact on the political and criminal landscape. “As Russian weapons, aircraft, technology, and even more military personnel arrive in Caracas, tension will escalate, and scenarios or forecasts will become more ominous,” Oliva said. “Latin America is on its way to a new kind of cold war,” Somoza concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgOne of the organizers of the election, Benny Tai, told reporters that the results of the poll had been leaked ahead of an official announcement. But he said there had been no personal data breach of the voters.Last Friday, Hong Kong police raided the office of the independent pollster helping with the election, and officers copied some information from computers there.Hong Kong’s Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said in a statement late on Monday that it had received public complaints that the weekend poll may have “jeopardized the integrity of the electoral process”.It added it was now conducting an investigation and might later refer the case to law enforcement agencies.The preliminary results showed several incumbent democratic lawmakers like Ted Hui and Eddie Chu taking the most votes in some districts.But a group of aspiring young democrats, or “localists”, also performed strongly, reflecting a potential changing of the guard as the democrats gear up for the September poll.”It’s just the beginning,” one candidate, Sunny Cheung, a runner-up in one district putting him on the democratic ticket for September, told Reuters.”I will try to persuade more people to support us,” he added, saying localists like himself were gaining more mainstream support.Topics : The city’s opposition camp is aiming to seize majority control in the 70-seat legislature for the first time from pro-Beijing rivals by riding a wave of anti-China sentiment stirred by the law, which critics say has gravely undermined Hong Kong’s freedoms.The city returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a guarantee of wide-ranging autonomy.The new law punishes secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison and allows mainland Chinese security agents to operate officially in Hong Kong for the first time.Lam told reporters that if the democrats’ aim to gain a legislative majority was to obstruct government policies, “then it may fall into the category of subverting the state power”. She didn’t elaborate. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that an unofficial city-wide election conducted by the pro-democracy camp over the weekend might have violated new national security laws by “subverting state power”.The weekend election drew more than 600,000 votes, in what democrats described as a symbolic protest vote against tough new laws imposed by Beijing on the freewheeling former British colony.The vote at around 250 polling stations was held to decide the strongest pro-democracy candidates to contest key Legislative Council elections in September.last_img read more

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first_img About Connatix V67539 Head-to-head in last five meetings Chelsea vs Burnley TV channel, live stream, time, team news and odds Phil HaighMonday 22 Apr 2019 10:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment 1 min. story Video Settings Advertisement Full Screen Burnley have won their last three league matches (Picture: PA Wire)When is Chelsea vs Burnley?The match is on Monday 22 April with kick-off at 8pm at Stamford Bridge.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhat TV channel is Chelsea vs Burnley on and is there a live stream?Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live, with coverage from 7.30pm.Subscribers can stream the action on Sky Go or watch on the Sky Sports app.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsEden Hazard is a slight doubt for Chelsea but is liekly to play after picking up a slight knock in the Europa League against Slavia Prague.However, Antonio Rudiger and Ethan Ampadu will miss out.Burnley are missing veterans Peter Crouch, Aaron alennon and Steven Defour, while Phil Bardsley is being assessed.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)1/4 Chelsea11/2 Draw14/1 Burnley Advertisement 28 Oct 2018 – Burnley 0-4 Chelsea – Premier League19 Apr 2018 – Burnley 1-2 Chelsea – Premier League12 Aug 2017 – Chelsea 2-3 Burnley – Premier League12 Feb 2017 – Burnley 1-1 Chelsea – Premier League27 Aug 2016 – Chelsea 3-0 Burnley – Premier League Chelsea can move back into the Champions League places (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea can go third in the Premier League table if they beat Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.The Blues have not been in the best of form, but they can capitalise on defeats for Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United over the weekend and grab a Champions League spot.Burnley have actually been in much better form of late, winning their last three league matches and dragging themselves away from the relegation scrap.Chelsea had a comfortable time against the Clarets in the reverse fixture, winning 4-0 at Turf Moor in October.ADVERTISEMENT MORE: Roy Hodgson opens up on Wilfried Zaha’s future after Crystal Palace stun ArsenalMORE: David De Gea speaks out after Manchester United’s heavy defeat to Everton PLAY last_img read more

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first_imgThe European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has been urged to create concrete differences in its proposal to the European Commission on pensions transfers across the EU.Reponses from PensionsEurope and the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) said they welcomed EIOPA’s engagement with the industry on the matter, with the actuaries generally supporting the supervisor’s work.In January, EIOPA launched a consultation on good practices on individual transfer of supplementary occupational pension rights after being prompted by the Commission to deliver advice.The Commission is looking to extend transferable rights across the EU with savers taking occupation pension pots with them as they move across member states. EIOPA identified eight main issues with cross-border transfers and set out 14 ‘good practices’ to over come them.These included allowing transfers to remain at the discretion of schemes, with stakeholders agreeing on a framework to cover as much second-pillar savings as possible.Also included were harmonised requirements for domestic and cross-border transfers, set timeframes, limited member involvement and objective criteria for rejecting transfers.However, PensionsEurope said the consultation’s use of the word ‘supplementary’ was misleading and covered both workplace and personal pensions.“We would like to emphasise the importance of not mixing these two different systems,” the organisation said.“Transfers between workplace pension schemes and personal pension schemes are often, even domestically, not possible due to the different tax arrangements and the different setup of a scheme.”It also called for the word ‘rights’ to be replaced by capital given one scheme may not be able to provide the same outcome with a matching capital value.PensionsEurope also said EIOPA’s and the Commision’s work should first focus on ensuring domestic transfers could take place, before tackling the complex cross-border space.Also, it called for workplace pension set-ups to consider the overall risk when considering whether to allow a transfer.This would matters such as the scheme’s the funding level, interest rates and biometric aspects, PensionsEurope said.It also urged caution on transfers taking into account transfer values and taxation.“Good practices on the calculation of transfer value and taxation have not been proposed in this consultation, but are still important – and even fundamental – obstacles to the practice of transfers.“That there are no good practices on these issues shows how complex it is to tackle these obstacles,” it said.The AAE said while many of the good practices identified by EIOPA existed within some member states, it did indentify areas to make transfers more efficient.Chairman of AAE’s pensions committee, Falco Valkenburg, said it was positive EIOPA treated the transfers as a choice, and a not a requirement for members.The AAE would not support a recommendation that small DC accounts should be forced to transfer, he said.He also noted the Commission’s proposals would work well with its separate EU-wide pensions tracking initiative, TTYPE.last_img read more

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first_img(REUTERS) – Kusal Mendis excelled under pressure again, hitting a sparkling 86 and featuring in two important partnerships to help Sri Lanka overcome a shaky start and post 281 all out on the opening day of the second Test against Australia yesterday.The hosts returned to reduce Australia to 54 for two, with Dilruwan Perera dismissing David Warner (42) with the final delivery of the day.Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 11 with Australia trailing by 227 runs.Paceman Vishwa Fernando made a memorable Test debut for Sri Lanka, opening the attack and dismissing Joe Burns for a duck with his second delivery.It was, however, Mendis who hauled the hosts back into the contest after Mitchell Starc’s two-wicket burst left them reeling at nine for two inside five overs.The 21-year-old right-hander added 108 runs with Kusal Perera (49) and 67 with captain Angelo Mathews (54) to steady the innings.Mendis pulled off a similar rescue act in the first Test at Pallekele where Sri Lanka were six for two in their second innings before his career-best 176 helped secure the hosts’ 106-run victory against the world’s top-ranked Test team.Left-arm paceman Starc (5-44) gave Australia a dream start by dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne for a golden duck after Mathews had won the toss and opted to bat on Galle’s spin-friendly track.Kaushal Silva (five) also fell to an innocuous Starc delivery but Mendis and Perera staged a brilliant recovery, finding boundaries regularly during their century-stand.Spinner Nathan Lyon denied Perera his half-century but runs kept flowing with Mathews dictating terms with clean hitting and decisive footwork against the spinners.The Sri Lanka captain also unfurled the reverse sweep against Lyon to collect a couple of boundaries.Starc dismissed Mendis to claim his 100th Test wicket, ending the right-hander’s 137-ball knock which included 10 fours and two sixes.Left-arm spinner Jon Holland impressed with his flight and loop on his debut Test but had to wait for his first wicket until the final session when he trapped Dhananjaya de Silva (37) lbw with a full toss.SRI LANKA 1st inningsD. Karunaratne c Burns b Starc 0K. Silva c Nevill b Starc 5K. Perera c Smith b Lyon 49K. Mendis c Nevill b Starc 86A. Mathews c Nevill b M. Marsh 54D. Chandimal c Khawaja b Hazlewood 5D. de Silva lbw b Holland 37D. Perera lbw b Lyon 16R. Herath b Starc 14L. Sandakan b Starc 1V. Fernando not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-10) 14Total: (all out, 73.1 overs) 281Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-9, 3-117, 4-184, 5-199, 6-224,, 7-259, 8-265, 9-274.Bowling: M. Starc 16.1-7-44-5, J. Hazlewood 15-3-51-1, N. Lyon 18-1-78-2, M. Marsh 9-0-30-1, J. Holland 15-0-64-1.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsJ. Burns c D. Perera b V. Fernando 0D. Warner c Mathews b D. Perera 42U. Khawaja not out 11Extras: (lb-1) 1Total: (for 2 wickets, 13.3 overs) 54Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-54.Bowling: V. Fernando 2-0-16-1, R. Herath 1-0-3-0, D. Perera 5.3-1-14-1, A. Mathews 3-1-13-0, D. de Silva 2-1-7-0.last_img read more

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first_imgThis initiative was established in 2014 as a response to the staggering statistics on cancer. Annually, over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer, and about 80,000 die (approximately 10 deaths every hour) with a dismal survival rate of 1:5. Survival is even lower for other types of cancer such as blood cancers. According to Ms. Pai Gamde, Acting Head, Corporate Services Division, NSE, the NSE Corporate Challenge has continued to help raise awareness on cancer and its early prevention. “By bringing everyone together, the Competition provides a more holistic approach towards raising awareness about cancer and engages the public to take proactive steps in its prevention. More importantly, we are making progress with our quest to procure Mobile Cancer Centre (MCC) Units. These MCCs will conduct community outreach for screening and treatment of prevalent cancers to save lives and significantly reduce our country’s startling statistics of cancer deaths. A significant amount of monies raised annually goes to a dedicated bank account towards the procurement of the proposed MCCs.”According to World Health Organisation (WHO), regular exercise is one of the most simple and fun ways that people worldwide can reduce their cancer risk. The messages around sport are in sync with our cancer messages about the importance of eating healthy, encouraging one another to achieve common goals and working together. Also commenting, Olumide Orojimi, Head, Corporate Communications, NSE said “the NSE Corporate Challenge has grown into a signature fundraising event that many institutions are fast associating with to contribute their quota in raising awareness and funds to fight cancer.Many have also come to appreciate the athleticism value this event adds to wellness of participants as well as its team bonding potentials. We will continue to innovate the experience to make it a sought after event, year on year.” “As at today, we have received sponsorship commitments from Dangote Cement Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Nestoil Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Unilever Plc, Nestle Plc, Bodyline Fitness and Gym Ltd, Emergency Rescue and Lotus Fitness and Gym Ltd, “ he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Stock Exchange last week announced that the 4th edition of its annual NSE Corporate Challenge tagged “Erace Cancer 2.0” will hold on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Onikan Stadium, King George V Road, Onikan, Lagos.The NSE Corporate Challenge is an annual, highly competitive and fun-filled 5-kilometre walk, jog and run competition designed to raise awareness and funds for the purchase of 37 Mobile Cancer Centers (MCCs), valued at $613,000 each.last_img read more

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first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – As they have done every year since August 6, 1962 Jamaicans home and abroad will over the next few days celebrate Jamaica’s independence anniversary, the 57th.People will celebrate in different ways – grand balls, house parties, street dances, church services, country fairs, flag-raising ceremonies, a variety of cultural performances, and a Grand Gala in Kingston, Jamaica. But throughout this variety of celebrations, a singular common element will remain – tremendous pride in Jamaica.Wherever Jamaicans live; no matter how long they have lived outside the country; regardless of the problems being experienced in the country, Jamaicans maintain a passionate, and warranted, pride in their nation.In humans, 57 years is a long time. At age-57 one is close to retirement and most likely has had significant accomplishments in one’s life. However, for a nation 57 years is a relatively brief time, a period of youthfulness for that nation.In these 57 years, Jamaica and Jamaicans have made great achievements. Jamaica athletes have successfully rivaled, and out-rivaled, athletes from First World countries like the USA, and other countries. Jamaican music – notably reggae, is now one of the more prominent and entertaining music genres internationally. The Jamaican cuisine has penetrated the kitchens and dining rooms of households and restaurants globally. Scholars from Jamaica rank with the best from any country. Jamaican professionals easily hold their own, and lead in certain areas, with professionals from everywhere. And, Jamaica, for a variety of positive reasons, is one of the most visited destinations internationally.Economically, Jamaica has experienced a “hill and gully” ride over these 57 years and has recently experienced remarkable economic gains. A recent article in a Miami newspaper referred to the phenomenal turnaround of the Jamaican economy in recent years.But among all these achievements; and gnawing away at the pride Jamaicans possess are serious, persistent problems.Despite the seemingly glorious economic gains, there still exist thousands of Jamaicans, men women, and children, who continue to live in deplorable poverty in urban and rural areas. Driving through the streets of Kingston leading to the resplendent upper St. Andrew middle and upper- class communities one still sees shanties and lean-to shacks made from tin, scraps of wood, and even cardboard, that has been in existence for years. One still sees shacks built perilously close to gullies, ravines and river beds. There are people who find it difficult to eat decently regularly; parents with difficulty finding funds to clothe their children for school or buy school supplies. And, too many urban and rural youth are unemployed, hopeless, having children they cannot afford to raise adequately. No, the heralded economic gains don’t extend to all Jamaicans.While most Jamaicans are somehow tolerating the economic and financial challenges, boosting their frustration with faith, prayer and worship at one of many places of worship, they are much less tolerant to the persistent scourge of violent crime and corruption that has engulfed the country.Both crime and corruption are serious blights on the country. But while people can protect themselves against crime by installing iron bars around their house; living in gated, heavily guarded, properties, and staying off streets at night, they find it more difficult to tolerate or accept public corruption.Across the country there’s evidence of corruption – in the church; in business; among legal professionals; within the civil service; among law enforcement personnel; and probably worst of all, among elected public officials including some holding ministerial positions.It’s devastatingly frustrating and demoralizing for people who desperately try to make financial ends meet to accept frequent reports of politicians gaining wealth through corrupt means; corruptly offering wealth to unqualified friends, relatives and associates; taking financial kickbacks for approving public service contracts; and interfering in the law enforcement and judicial systems to prevent the fair allocation of justice.The type of corruption seen in Jamaica today was rare prior to and immediately after independence but has gradually mushroomed since, affecting both People National Party and Jamaica Labor Party administrations. It’s disingenuous to make this cancerous corruption the theme of political debate. Both parties must collaborate assiduously to eradicate corruption among their members and throughout the country.So, at this 57th-year milestone, while Jamaica has achieved much in various areas, there’s also much to be corrected. There’s still a lot of work to be done by politicians, business sector, church, youth, and, yes, Jamaicans living overseas.Everyone wants their home, no matter how humble, to be clean, vermin free, and comfortable to live in. Jamaica is home, commonly called “yard”, to over six million people, half living in and half outside the nation. Those six million should be prepared to share in the responsibility of improving this home, to make it an undeniable truth that “nowhey nuh better than yard.”last_img read more

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