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first_imgWarren Haynes is, as always, doing his part to make the world a better place this holiday season. The esteemed guitarist and Asheville native will join Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers at on December 9th to help raise a wall on a new home for a local family.The following day, Haynes will host the 28th annual edition of his Christmas Jam at Asheville’s US Cellular Center. The event has brought in over $2M for Habitat over the years, and has helped build entire neighborhoods in Asheville, including the recently-finished Hudson Hills, a 25-home subdivision named for Haynes’ son, Hudson. You can see Haynes presenting Habitat officials with a $500,000 donation raised through Christmas Jam at Hudson Hills.Haynes pulled together an incredible roster of artists for the 2016 event. In addition to Haynes’ band Gov’t Mule, those in attendance will be treated to performances by Bob Weir, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson and Allison Krauss, as well as a special The Band-inspired set by “The Last Waltz Band”, featuring Haynes, Johnson, Don Was, John Medeski, Terrence Higgins, and more. The evening will also be heavy on guest appearances, with Branford Marsalis, George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Marcus King, Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Holly Bowling, and many more.While the event is sold out, there are still several ways you can do your part to help the cause. There are still some volunteer slots available on Thursday, December 8th. Click here to see options and sign up. You can also donate to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity by visiting ashevillehabitat.org/donateonline and selecting “Christmas Jam” in the “Area Of Support” field.[via Ashvegas]last_img read more


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first_imgIt’s safe to say that the majority of the music written by Metallica was not meant to be performed lightly. The idea of comparing the famous thrash metal band’s material to that of soothing instrumentals worthy of inspiring sleep and meditation would seem ludicrous. Yet, that’s how online musician Rob Scallon interprets the band’s music, as one of the best videos from his viral catalog is an unusual, but fun cover of Metallica’s 1985 hard-hitting song, “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. What makes Scallon’s cover of the song so unique? Perhaps it’s the fact that Scallon took things a bit too literally and performed the song entirely with bells, in addition to a few other enjoyable instruments.Related: Metallica Members Play National Anthem, Throw First Pitch At The San Francisco Giants’ “Metallica Night”Metallica’s music has been played on child-like instrumentation to much delight of the Internet in the past, but Scallon’s rendition of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” reaches new territory thanks to his wonderful use of bear bells, non bear desk bells, and xylophone. Even the soothing use of a Tibetan singing bowl chimes in to provide a soft wave of relaxation to the performance. Watch and listen to the strangely fun cover below.Rob Scallon – “For Whom The Bell Tolls” [Video: Rob Scallon]What is it about Metallica’s music that continues to inspire the Internet to put in the time and effort to produce such viral-worthy covers? Perhaps it’s the band’s own unique cover attempts which continue to set the standard for putting a fresh spin on old fan favorites. Regardless, fans can sleep well knowing that the Internet will never cease in providing content worthy of wasting five minutes of your day, one metal anthem at a time.Metallica is currently on tour in Europe throughout the spring and summer months, but will return to their native area of Northern California for a performance alongside the San Francisco Symphony on September 6th to celebrate the opening of San Francisco’s newest major music venue, Chase Center.last_img read more


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first_imgUniversity of Georgia student Drew Butler can kick a football – his longest punt in a game was 75 yards against Oklahoma State in 2009, the same year he was named college football’s top punter. But when it comes to cricket spitting, he prefers to judge from the sidelines.Cricket spitting entered its second year as a competition at UGA’s annual Insect Zoo this April. Butler and classmate David Koonin helped take the event to the next level by becoming certified Guinness World Record judges. Their job was to measure and verify each cricket spit at the competition.A few people came within inches, but none had the lung power to break the current Guinness record of 30 feet 1.2 inches held by Danny Capps of Madison, Wis.“It’s a record for a reason,” Butler said, “because it’s a pretty long way to spit a cricket.”Cricket spitting is the most athletic activity offered during the Insect Zoo. Because crickets are pretty light, Butler, a junior studying telecommunications, said it’s important to have “the power and angle so the cricket carries the most.”Butler’s longest cricket spit is about 20 feet.The zoo is put on by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Entomology Department and H.O. Lund Club. Students from ENTO 3900, an Entomology Outreach and Service-Learning class, helped with the event. That’s where Butler and his classmates came in. They ran the cricket spitting contest, made sure there were enough chocolate chip mealworm cookies, handled tarantulas and hissing cockroaches, helped children get over their fear of beetles and gave lessons on mosquitoes and honeybees.“Hopefully, we’re making [children] understand there’s nothing to be afraid of when it comes to insects,” said Marianne Robinette, a UGA entomology program coordinator who teaches the ENTO 3900 class. “The big thing is to curb their fear.”While some kids shied away from the creepy crawlies, others like 8-year-old Susie Dorminy reached for them.“We’ve brought them when they were four and two, and they’ve loved bugs ever since,” Ann Dorminy of McDonough, Ga., said of Susie and her younger sister.Dorminy home-schools her six children and finds their interests through what she calls “delight-directed learning. … We have to do a lot of things to find their delights,” she said.Insects are one of Susie Dorminy’s delights. When asked whether she wanted to study bugs someday, she answered “maybe. They’re actually pretty silly, some of them.”The zoo isn’t just a one-day event for Robinette and her class. The 20 students take insects to classrooms, festivals and events all year long. And because each student is required to do 30 hours of insect service-learning, that adds up to 600 hours of service to the community and, Robinette estimates, about 10,000 students and community members they reach each semester.“We really do want to do something in the community, and one way to work with the community is to work with the community’s children,” Robinette said. “It’s a trickle-up affect.”The zoo also teaches UGA students about insects. About a third of the students in Robinette’s class aren’t science majors, and many of them are afraid of certain insects when they start the class. By the end, they’ve gained a respect for insects and a taste for service-learning.“It’s really giving them the opportunity to give back,” Robinette said. “Then it gets addictive, and they want to give more. It’s very rewarding for me to see it in their lives.”For more information on the insect zoo or to schedule a program, visit www.ent.uga.edu/insectzoo or call (706) 542-1238.last_img read more


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first_imgAgency of Human Services’ Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living Announces Regional Partnerships for the Vermont Nursing Home Diversion ProjectWaterbury, VT– (October 3, 2008) Vermont’s Nursing Home Diversion Project (NHDP), a demonstration project funded by the federal Administration on Aging, is fully underway, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Cynthia D. LaWare announced today.The Agency’s Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is working in partnership with two Area Agencies on Aging-Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) and Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont (COASEV)-to deliver NHDP services to older Vermonters in Windsor, Windham, Washington, Lamoille and Orange counties.”We are very pleased to announce the selection of CVCOA and COASEV to partner with DAIL in implementing this important program at the regional level,” said Secretary LaWare. “Both of these Area Agencies on Aging bring extensive knowledge and a strong track record of service to older individuals, and I am confident they will help us make the NHDP program a true success.”The focus of DAIL’s partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging is the delivery of supportive services to help older Vermonters remain in their communities and avoid nursing home placement. Eligible individuals must be at least 60 years old, at high risk of nursing home placement due to declining health and the increased need for personal care or other assistance, and ineligible for financial assistance from Long Term Care Medicaid. Family caregivers may also receive caregiver respite assistance and supportive services through the NHDP program.”People receiving services through the NHDP will receive personalized assistance from case managers, individualized assessments, and may receive additional supportive services designed to meet their individual needs, such as extra support in accessing personal care, homemaker, adult day or caregiver respite help, or transportation assistance,” added DAIL Commissioner Joan Senecal. “DAIL is excited about these new partnerships and bringing NHDP services directly to Vermont communities served by CVCOA and COASEV.”For more information about the Vermont Nursing Home Diversion Project, please contact the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living at 802-241-2628.For information specific to Washington, Lamoille and Orange counties, contact the Central Vermont Council on Aging at 802-479-0531. For Windsor and Windham counties, call Council on Aging of Southeastern Vermont at 802-885-2655.#####last_img read more


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first_img Bar’s Committee Preference Forms Must Be Filled Out Online This year the Bar’s committee preference form will only be available on The Florida Bar’s Web site: www.FLABAR.org. It was posted December 1 (instead of being an insert in the News ) with a January 10 deadline. You will have the ability to fill it out and submit it online, which will eliminate the previous mailing or faxing of the completed form. It is in the same format as usual and should only take a minute to complete and submit. The form cannot be submitted without your attorney number. Who should file a preference form?• new members (not currently serving)• current members whose term ends 2003 (who are not term limited) if seeking reappointment• current members whose term ends 2003 and wishing to move to another committee Bar’s Committee Preference Forms Must Be Filled Out Online December 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more


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first_imgThe level of detail that these two sweaters share is truly remarkable. They’re both designed in a mock neck-style, which extends approximately halfway up the neck. Plus, they’re ribbed in a similar fashion — and so trendy for fall!The Amazon piece has sleek lantern sleeves, which have become one of the most coveted features on knits lately. It’s no surprise that the Uncommon James designer is embracing the style too — she’s constantly serving up major inspo, after all. She has a unique way of elevating even the most casual of ensembles — and considering we’re still social distancing, we’re not exactly in the market for red carpet frocks. See it!- Advertisement – Our latest discovery? This sweater from Amazon that looks so similar to one we saw Kristin Cavallari wearing in her Instagram Stories. While her exact sweater costs a pretty penny at $345, the lookalike option that we found currently costs under $40!Kristin-Cavallari-SweaterCourtesy of Kristin Cavallari/InstagramSee it!Get the Woolen Bloom Women Mock Neck Loose Sweater Pullover for prices starting at $33, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Get the Woolen Bloom Women Mock Neck Loose Sweater Pullover for prices starting at $33, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.Let’s get into the specifics of this popular Amazon sweater: It’s seriously high-quality and made from a soft knit that’s incredibly cozy. Shoppers are ecstatic with the affordable addition to their closets, claiming it keeps them warm on even the coldest of days. The sleeves are extra billowy, so it may be hard to wear certain jackets over this sweater — but you can certainly rock puffers and overcoats without any issues! When it comes to sweaters, this beauty is one of the best we’ve seen to date. It effortlessly channels Cavallari’s look, but the price is right within our budgets.See it: Get the Woolen Bloom Women Mock Neck Loose Sweater Pullover for prices starting at $33, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from Woolen Bloom and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping! Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Celebrity style isn’t always the most affordable. We all know it’s true! Even when we don’t know the exact designer or price tag of a piece one of our favorite stars is wearing, they usually tend to be on the pricey side. But no sweat: That doesn’t stop Us from finding their looks for less!- Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_imgAon Hewitt served as adviser to the trustee in the transaction.L&G was appointed after a competitive selection process in June.According to Martin Bird, senior partner and head of risk settlement at Aon Hewitt, notable features of the deals included structuring CPI-linked longevity protection and developing an effective structure appropriate for the sectionalised nature of the Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme.Meanwhile, L&G estimates that these transactions have taken the total market volume for pensions insurance derisking in the UK to more than £16bn in 2013.Tom Ground, head of L&G’s bulk annuity and longevity insurance business, said: “Legal & General has now insured over £7.5bn of pension scheme risk in 2013, including the acquisition of Lucida, and secured over 40% of the insurance derisking business written across the market this year.” BAE Systems has agreed separate longevity insurance arrangements for two of its schemes – the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme and the Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme – with Legal & General (L&G).The new arrangements hedge against the longevity risk of around 17,000 of the schemes’ members, covering a total of £1.7bn (€2bn) of liabilities as measured using the schemes’ funding assumptions, or £1.8bn discounted at Libor.The agreement follows the £3.2bn deal (£2.7bn on the plan’s funding assumptions) set up by L&G for the BAE Systems 2000 Pension Plan earlier this year.Nigel Tinsley, group pensions director at BAE Systems, said: “Following the success of the transaction we completed early in 2013, we are again pleased to have reduced the longevity risk exposure within another two of our pension scheme arrangements.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe ZAO NPF Raiffeisen has more than €550m in assets under management, as of the end of June.Established in 2004, its asset base has “more than quadrupled” in rouble terms over the last three years.According to Russian financial blog moneyinf.com.ru, ZAO NPF Raiffeisen is the last pension fund in the Russian market managed by a foreign provider, as others run by ING and Allianz were sold in recent years.The authors speculate that the continually changing regulatory landscape in Russia been a contributing factor in their departure.The BIN group now has five pension funds under management, including European Pension Fund, Trust, Education and Science and IET, with combined total assets of more than RUB100bn (€2bn), according to the blog.These will now be combined under a single platform, as reported by IPE.  Over the first half year, Russian pension funds reported a 10% return on average. Austrian banking group Raiffeisen has finalised a deal with Russia’s BIN Group to sell its pension fund business.The move comes as Raiffeisen Bank International’s subsidiary AO Raiffeisenbank aims to concentrate on its core banking business.Sergey Monin, chairman of the board at the Russian Raiffeisen subsidiary, noted in a statement that the Russian pension fund market was currently in a phase of consolidation, where larger players were growing stronger.One of those is the BIN group, which already comprises several pension funds and will grow its member base by another 200,000 with the current purchase.last_img read more


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first_imgHe is set to leave MN in July with the group’s three other board members taking on his responsibilities until a permanent successor is appointed. UK Treasury – UK prime minister Theresa May has asked Elizabeth Corley, vice-chair of Allianz Global Investors, to lead an industry taskforce on impact investment. The taskforce is to take forward the recommendations in a report published by an advisory group that was chaired by Corley. The prime minister has asked the taskforce to provide a progress report to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Culture, and John Glen, economic secretary to the Treasury, by the summer. The government is also expected to announce its policy response in the summer.Fidelity International – The international investment giant has appointed Christian Staub as managing director of its continental European business. He takes over from Jon Skillman who is moving to a new role in Fidelity’s Global Workplace Investing group. Staub joins from BlackRock where he worked for four years, most recently as head of institutional client business for continental Europe and country head for Switzerland. He has also worked at Allianz and PIMCO. He takes over the Principal Global Investors (PGI) – Frank Richter has been joined the firm to lead its German and Austrian operations. Principal has been operational in Germany since 2003 but said this was the first time it had focused on serving the Austrian market as well. Richter joins Principal from Standard Life Investments, where he served as country head and head of institutional business for Germany and Austria. Prior to this, he was head of institutional business for Germany and Austria for AXA Investment Managers.Payden & Rygel – The institutional fixed income manager has opened an office in Milan, its first in continental Europe. Nicolo Piotti, who joined the firm in September from Morgan Stanley, has been named managing director, with responsibility for running the Los Angeles-headquartered firm’s Italian operation. BNY Mellon – Katherine Starks has been appointed head of the group’s asset servicing business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and central and eastern Europe. Starks was formerly head of continental Europe for sales, relationship and account management for the Euroclear group.Aon – Bill Gourlay has been hired as global head of investment product development, a newly created role. He will be responsible for leading the firm’s work in assessing the viability of new investment solutions, as well as developing and launching them and monitoring their progress when in use by clients. Gourlay was previously the chief executive officer of Idea Group, a fintech provider of business process improvement solutions to the pensions and alternative investments sectors. Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) – The global organisation representing private equity investors has named Steven Nelson as its new chief executive officer, effective from 26 March. Nelson joins from consultancy group Cambridge Associates where he was chief operating officer. ILPA is currently working with the UK’s local government pension schemes and the Industry Disclosure Working Group to aid the creation of a cost disclosure template for the UK market.Vigeo Eiris – Arnaud de Batz is the ESG research provider’s new chief executive officer as of this week. He was most recently responsible for asset management consulting services at Accenture. Before that he was managing director at LeverEDGE Partners, with other former workplaces including Dexia Asset Management and Fitch Ratings, where he was global head of rating operations in asset management. Vigeo Eiris president Nicole Notat said: “Arnaud arrives at the right moment. The role of extra-financial ratings is confirmed by both issuers and investors.”HSBC Securities Services – Riccardo Millich has been named sales director at HSBC Securities Services in Luxembourg, a newly created role. He will be responsible for the firm’s local sales strategy and supporting its business growth with all countries and asset classes in scope of UCITS and AIFMD. Paul Heffernan, head of cross border sales, said the group saw strong opportunities for growth in Luxembourg. Neuberger Berman – Alan Isenberg has joined to lead the investment manager’s global product strategy and marketing work. He joins from PIMCO where he was most recently head of strategy and business management for Asia Pacific. MN, Allianz, Fidelity, Principal Global Investors, Payden & Rygel, BNY Mellon, Aon, ILPA, Vigeo Eiris, HSBC, Neuberger BermanMN – The pension manager’s CEO René van de Kieft has left his role. In a statement he said wanted to invest more time in other ambitions, such as sustainability, and helping people in economically disadvantaged positions. MN’s chair Ella Vogelaar said the decision came as a surprise to the company’s board, but said it respected his decision.“I see my own mission as broader than what is possible as chairman of a pension provider,” Van de Kieft said. “It is an inner drive that I want to focus on with energy and conviction.”Van de Kieft joined MN in May 2015, succeeding Ruud Hagendijk. He previously held a number of senior pensions roles including chief financial officer at PGGM and a board member at ABP. Under his stewardship MN sold its UK business and refocused on its Dutch clients, primarily the metal industry schemes PMT and PME as well as the merchant navy scheme Koopvaardij.last_img read more


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first_imgDenmark’s biggest pension fund ATP reported a 5.8% return on its geared investment portfolio for the first nine months of this year, with private equity the main contributor.In its report on the first three quarters of 2018, the statutory pension fund said overall assets, including those earmarked both for guaranteed pensions – ATP’s giant hedging portfolio – and its bonus potential, grew to DKK779bn (€104bn) from DKK769bn over the period.Christian Hyldahl, ATP’s chief executive, said: “Our balanced investment portfolio has generated a stable return in a difficult period, and we are pleased with the contribution from the illiquid part of our portfolio.”The return had mainly been driven by private equity, real estate, infrastructure and listed Danish equities, he said, whereas investments in US government bonds had contributed negatively to the return. “We continue to take risks based on a disciplined approach to both portfolio construction and risk management as a way of ensuring that we create satisfactory long-term results despite the low and uncertain return environment,” Hyldahl said. Christian Hyldahl, CEO, ATPIn the previous five years ATP had achieved average investment portfolio returns of 3.8% per quarter, he said.ATP’s unlisted equity investments contributed DKK2.9bn to the total DKK6.9bn return registered in the January-to-September period. Real estate, infrastructure and listed Danish equities each contributed more than DKK1bn to the overall result.Government and mortgage bonds were the main detractor from returns, losing DKK1.9bn, according to the interim data.The figures implied a relatively large loss on government and mortgage bonds between July and September, since the reported loss for the asset class at the end of June was just DKK157m.The 5.8% return for January to September was the profit ATP made on its bonus potential – the investment portfolio – which was worth DKK102bn at the end of September.The investment portfolio is currently three times leveraged through borrowing at market rates from its hedging portfolio, so the published return figure is not comparable to overall investment returns posted by other Danish pension funds.last_img read more