[Photo by Brian Glass] Less than ten days away, David Shaw is bringing the second annual Big River Getdown to his beloved hometown of Hamilton, Ohio. The Revivalists’ frontman will be hosting the musical event on Saturday, September 10 along the Great Miami River at the RiversEdge Amphitheater. With every detail hand-selected by the tall man himself, the one-day festival is sure to be something special.With The Revivalists leading the show, Shaw will also be performing a solo acoustic set. Performances from longtime NOLA friend and Galactic collaborator Maggie Koerner, Nashville-based rockers The Wild Feathers, young blues and funk masters The Marcus King Band, British blues-rock band The Temperance Movement, and Richmond-based jammers The Trongone Band, will round out a day of music to satisfy the likes of every need. To top if all off, pedal steel guitarist and frequent-Revs-collaborator Roosevelt Collier will also be joining the crew as an artist-at-large.Coming off a strong first year, he adds that this year will be much different from the inaugural event — especially with this lineup, hand-selected by the man and for the people. “The Wild Feathers are a band that I’d been seeing here and there on the scene and really liked what they were bringing to the table so it’s going to be a real treat to see them live. Furthermore, we are bringing back Hamilton favorite Maggie Koerner. I must’ve received at least 20 messages from people telling me to pleassssse bring Maggie back. We were happy to oblige. I’m also super stoked up about The Marcus King Band coming to town. That kid is going to be a star. He’s a natural born killer with his axe in hand. It’s going to be fun to watch him grow. Also this year we have a band from England called The Temperance Movement. They just straight up rock. There’s really not much else to say about them,” Shaw explains. To get a taste of what these bands will bring to the Big River Getdown, enjoy these videos below:Maggie Koerner – Bloody Sunday SessionsThe Wild Feathers – Lonely Is A LifetimeMarcus King – Virginia (Live From The Big House)The Temperance Movement – Only FriendThe Trongone Band – Anne Marie (Acoustic)Roosevelt Collier with The Revivalists – Not Turn Away > Common CentsThe Revivalists – Wish I Knew You (Live Session)The Revivalists – Keep GoingBringing a music festival to Hamilton, Ohio might seem like an unlikely move for someone who lives in the city of sound, but the New Orleans local felt strongly about bringing the music to his hometown. “We had been coming and playing at the city’s new outdoor amphitheater every year since it opened in 2013 and I saw that there was room for something more. Not just room for another concert but an event that the entire city could rally behind and feel good about. My friends, family, and fans always came out in droves and would ask me about this band and that band and if they would ever make a trip to little ol Hamilton, Oh. So I got to thinkin… (which is usually a bad idea) but this time it worked out. I asked friend and city official Adam Helms if the city would be into something like this and he said YES! So we got to work,” Shaw told us.With food vendors, arts, crafts, and future plans to expand the park, David Shaw’s Big River Getdown is certainly turning in the right direction.“This event is extraordinarily special to me because I believe that music can be the foundation and catalyst for big change and growth. Not just for the city but for the people deep inside at their core. When others from around the tri-state area get wind of what we’re doing here, they’re going to take notice. A city like Hamilton has a rich history filled with a lot of interesting characters, twists, and turns. I believe that The Big River Getdown will serve as a turning point for the city in terms of togetherness, morale, and pride. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for both the city of Hamilton and BRGD. We’re in this as one, we’re in this together,” he concludes.Tickets are currently on-sale, with general admission starting at an affordable $20. Prices increase at the gate to $25. More information can be found on the festival’s website. Don’t miss out!
June 21, 2019 Infrastructure, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $1.7 million in grants through the Manufacturing PA initiative. The 26 projects receiving the funding will spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.“There is a direct correlation between manufacturing innovation and economic growth,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration continues working to foster a robust innovation culture and strong partnerships between academia and the business sector across the state. Working together, we are positioning Pennsylvania as a manufacturing leader in the nation.”The approved projects are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program. The program embeds the commonwealth’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide. Universities that have partnered with a manufacturer can apply for and receive between $25,000 and $70,000 in funding for specific student research projects.The complete list of 26 projects including funding amounts and manufacturing partners can be found here. The approved projects help advance innovation in several sectors of manufacturing, from advanced medical, to energy, to consumer goods. Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Lehigh University, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania State University-Behrend College, University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University, Temple University, and Villanova University partnered with local manufacturing companies to pair student fellows with the 26 projects.The fellowship was developed through collaboration with Pennsylvania’s seven research institutions, manufacturers, and industrial resource centers (IRCs) across the commonwealth and is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Additional details about many of the projects approved through the program can be found on the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program website.Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including IRCs, Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Governor Wolf: Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Awards $1.7 Million to Shape Future of Manufacturing SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Keith AmbachtsheerI understand you have been handed the challenging task of solving your country’s current pension puzzle. It may interest you to know I was given the same task by the Koninklijke Vereeniging voor de Staathuishoudkunde in 2014. The resulting paper was titled Taking the Dutch Pension System to the Next Level: A View from the Outside, and presented in Amsterdam in December 2014. I thought you might appreciate a brief summary of my recommendations.Explaining why there is a Dutch pension puzzle is not difficult. The emphasis in your very large pillar 2 (i.e. workplace-based) pension sector on solvency has had a counterproductive effect on plan participants: less rather than more trust in the pension system. Why? Because young workers believe they are overpaying in relation to the future benefits they are accruing. At the same time, recent asset shortfalls uncovered by complex balance sheet solvency calculations have led to actual cuts in pension payments to retirees. So ironically, current measures to ensure the long-term solvency of your pillar 2 pension schemes are causing both the young and the old to lose faith that the system operates in their interest. In terms of that famous Dutch concept of ‘solidarity’, measures intended to increase it are actually having the opposite effect. So how to solve this problem? A good first step is to recall Albert Einstein’s dictum: “Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” If people are going to trust a pension system, they must understand it. For many Nederlanders, their workplace pension schemes don’t pass the Einstein test: they have become far more complex than they need to be. A good second step is to recall why Dutch academic Jan Tinbergen was the first recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969. He showed that the number of economic goals must be matched by the number of economic instruments designed to achieve them. In pension economics, there are two goals: (1) affordability and (2) safety. Achieving the first goal requires an investment instrument that generates high investment returns over the long-term (higher investment returns mean lower contribution rates). Achieving the second goal requires an instrument that matches projected pension payments with assets of similar duration and inflation sensitivity, while also pooling longevity risk. Jan Tinbergen, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize for EconomicsSource: Anefo/Croes, R.C. This dual Tinbergen pension scheme structure solves the noted problems of the current Dutch unitary structure, which attempts to achieve both affordability and safety goals with just one instrument. The predictable result is collective schizophrenia, with both the young and the old unhappy. The cure is to adopt the dual Tinbergen structure, where separate instruments focus on long-term wealth-creation in one, and on delivering a lifetime pension in the other. The wealth-creation instrument is a collective investment fund that aspires to generate a competitive long-term rate of return net of all expenses. The safety instrument is a collective ‘fair value’ balance sheet that promises to pay a predictable lifetime stream of pension payments to participants. Over the course of their working lives, scheme participants begin by accumulating units in the wealth-creation instrument, and eventually shift these accumulations into the safety instrument as they approach retirement. This can be done automatically, or through participant intervention if they so choose. While I believe the Tinbergen solution to the Dutch pension puzzle passes the ‘as simple as possible, but no simpler’ test, its implementation will require strong political leadership and a strong dose of national ‘solidarity’. Pension schemes will have to take three steps: (1) Establish operational wealth-creation and payment safety pools, (2) divide total scheme assets into individual member components, and split each member’s total component into allocations to the two pools based on a simple age-related formula, and (3) give participants the option to adjust those ‘default’ weightings to better reflect their personal preferences for wealth-creation and payment safety if they so choose. Executing these 3-step processes will be challenging and time-consuming. However, the end-prize will be worth it: renewed national trust in the fairness and sustainability of the best pillar 2 pension system in the world. Yours truly,Keith Ambachtsheer Here is the full English text of Keith Ambachtsheer’s letter to Wouter Koolmees, titled: A solution for the Netherlands pension puzzle.Dear Minister Koolmees, Successful reform of the Netherlands’ pension system will require “strong political leadership and a strong dose of national solidarity”, according to influential pensions consultant Keith Ambachtsheer.In an open letter to the new Dutch social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees, first published in IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro, Ambachtsheer – who was born in Rotterdam before his family emigrated to Canada – explained how the principles of Dutch economist and Nobel Prize winner Jan Tinbergen could be adopted in an overhaul of the Dutch system.Redesigning the system was a major part of political party manifestos during this year’s election, and debate has continued throughout the industry as to how a new pensions contract for workplace benefits could be constructed.However, the timeline for the proposed reform has been pushed back and a number of the Netherlands’ biggest schemes have voiced concerns about some of the changes.
These workers roam around the vicinity of the Kalibo International Airport. JUN AGUIRRE/PN KALIBO, Aklan – As the threat of the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) persists, more airline companies have announced furtherreduction of their operation at the Kalibo International Airport (KIA),according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). CAAP-Kalibo chief Engr. Eusebio MonserateJr. said KIA will have no more international flights beginning March 8 thisyear. Monserate added the global scare of theCOVID-19 has prompted various carriers operating at the KIA to halt their services.Some of the airlines that will expand their suspension of flights includeAirAsia and Pan Pacific. “The CAAP central office has noadvisories against any travel ban for now. The cancellation of flights was thedecision of the airline companies themselves,” Monserate explained. Monserate, however, clarified that the suspensionis indefinite. “There are also chartered flightsscheduled on March 23 and 25. From then, we will await for advisories if whenthe international flights would resume,” he added. On March 1, a flight was expected toarrive to KIA from Taiwan but was cancelled. The last international flights to bringpassengers to the KIA will be coming from Incheon and Busan – both cities fromSouth Korea on March 7. Monserate noted that the KIA willcontinue to operate their three domestic flights from and to Manila, Cebu andClark./PN
UPDATED: May 10, 2017 at 9:34 p.m.Her senior year on the horizon, Devon Parker stood on a California beach and contemplated her last three years at Syracuse with the man who helped get her there. Nick Boynton, a family friend, played with SU head coach Gary Gait around 1990 and introduced him to Parker. Memories filled Parker’s first three seasons at SU — her first goal, three trips the final four — yet she spent the early part of her career on the bench.Off the field, she thrived as a television, radio and film major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She loved interning for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last summer. She wanted to return to California to work in the industry, so she questioned if she should still pursue Division I lacrosse at Syracuse.“I got lightly recruited here,” Parker said. “Am I good enough to play? It always creeps into your head.”Months later during a captain’s scrimmage, a lack of players forced Parker to switch from her usual position, offensive midfielder, to attack. Gait was impressed and asked the senior to make the switch permanent. SU needed a lefty attack and she fit the mold. This season, Parker has emerged as a regular on the No. 8 Orange’s (15-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) offense. In 21 games as a starter, Parker has tallied 37 points (27 goals and 10 assists). Over her previous three seasons, she scored only seven goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textParker almost quit lacrosse. Now she’s on the precipice of her last NCAA tournament run, her first as a starter. Sometimes before games, doubt returns and Parker thinks if a girl from a town of just over 5,000 people has a place in a storied program searching for its first national title.A three sport athlete in Portsmouth (New Hampshire) High School, Parker received offers from Division III schools, mostly. Unlike most collegiate athletes, Parker didn’t spend her summers on travel teams. She worked as a counselor at Camp Huckins near her home.“We were a little naive,” Scott, Devon’s father, said. “We weren’t looking for much. I don’t think her mom and I had much expectations.”Parker didn’t anticipate to play her freshman year. She entered games late, the game already decided, but cherished every moment on the field. Her lack of expectations made her freshman year one of her favorite lacrosse seasons, Parker said. She still remembers her first goal in the Carrier Dome against Harvard. SU great Alyssa Murray dished out the assist and Parker asked herself, “Oh my god, that went in the back of the net?”After the freshman year shine wore off, Parker was stuck as a third-line midfielder — always on the brink of playing. Parker said her backup status pushed her harder.Parker’s father played collegiate hockey and said he never sat on the bench. He grew frustrated as he watched his daughter stand on the sidelines. He recalls family friends asking how Devon could stand being passed over.Her mother, Jenifer, remembers Devon asking her, “Is it my turn yet?” Lacrosse’s time commitment felt more daunting. Parker was afraid of losing the life she briefly experienced last summer in California.Jenifer knew her daughter’s love of lacrosse and pushed her to stay on the team. She compared it to reading a good book and not finishing the last chapter.“I didn’t want to leave with any regrets,” Parker said. “I’m on the team for a reason. That was something I had to repeat to myself a few times.”The call came out of the blue. An excited Devon told her parents about the potential of her starting on attack. Scott cleared his spring schedule in the fall so he could make every game he could, “come hell or high water.” Devon wanted the season to start immediately, fearful that something might take away her opportunity.In high school, Parker played attack for only a couple of games when an injury limited her mobility. To keep her spot, she played wall ball and shot after practice. Gait admired her work ethic and cited it as one of the reasons he felt comfortable naming her a starter.“She had the potential and I think she’s delivered,” Gait said. “She’s a great example of keep working hard, you get a shot.”During the season, Parker spoke with other members of the attack to learn as much as she could. She went to Alie Jimerson for guidance when she noticed how seamlessly Jimerson entered the starting lineup after Nicole Levy’s injury. Emily Hawryschuk, a freshman attack, looked to Parker for advice in making an impact in her first year. Parker remembers telling Hawryschuk they were in the same boat.Before every game, the team has one big huddle before the starters break off and talk among themselves. A couple months ago, Parker stood in that starters huddle, an unfamiliar place, and looked over at senior defender Haley McDonnell, her close friend. McDonnell told her that she made it.“Everyone gets a chance,” Parker said. “I just had to capitalize on the one I was given.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the number of goals Devon Parker scored in 2016 was misstated in an in-text graphic element. Parker scored four goals in 2016. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on May 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+