Today, Sir Paul McCartney has released the newest single from his upcoming solo album, Egypt Station, which is set to be released on September 7th via Capitol Records. The newest track, “Fuh You”, follows previously released Egypt Station singles “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me”.“Fuh You” is a catchy pop jaunt that sounds like a mix between Paul’s shimmering, upbeat post-Beatles sound and modern power-pop thematics. The track also offers some amusing, tongue-in-cheek lyrical innuendo (based on the context, its anyone’s guess whether this “Fuh” is short for “For” or a certain four-letter word). All things considered, fans new and old will be singing along to this new tune for months to come. You can check out the newly released lyric video for Paul McCartney’s newest track, “Fuh You”, below:Paul McCartney – “Fuh You” [Lyric Video][Video: PAUL McCARTNEY]In July, McCartney announced a four-night Canadian run this September, the first dates on his new ‘Freshen Up’ Tour. In the ensuing weeks, McCartney has announced several more Freshen Updates, including stops in Poland, Austria, England, and Scotland in December. While the Canadian dates mark the only announced North American shows as of now, the timing of the confirmed concerts (Canada in the fall, Europe in the winter), seem to indicate that McCartney has carved out some time for a trek through the States this fall.The former member of The Beatles recently joined late-night TV host James Corden for a drive around his native Liverpool, England for an emotional edition of Carpool Karaoke that’s well worth the watch. Check out the full video of Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke segment here.For more information on Paul McCartney’s new album, Egypt Station, or to keep an out for updates on his ‘Freshen Up’ Tour, head over to his website here.
On Wednesday night, October 24th, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros continued their inaugural tour with a stop at Missoula, MT’s Wilma Theatre. With each show, the new trio—comprised of Weir, Don Was, and Jay Lane—has dived deeper into their bag of tricks, pulling out old originals and covers in new and interesting ways.After opening with go-to early-show Grateful Dead tunes “Hell in a Bucket” and “Loose Lucy”, the band jumped into their first Bob Dylan cover of the night, “She Belongs to Me”. “Me and My Uncle” came next, followed by Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm”, a Wolf Bros debut. The band started into “Peggy-O”, but quickly took a mulligan and tried it again from the top. Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour continues Friday, October 26th at Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT. For a full list of upcoming Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour dates, head to Weir’s website here.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Wilma Theatre | Missoula, MT | 10/24/18Set One: Hell In A Bucket, Loose Lucy, She Belongs To Me, Me & My Uncle, Maggie’s Farm, Peggy-O, Eternity > Wang Dang Doodle > Eternity > DealSet Two: Blue Mountain, Deep Elem Blues, Loser, Two Djinn, New Speedway Boogie, The Other One (v1) > Standing On The Moon > The Other One (v2) > Not Fade AwayEncore: Eternity From there, Weir and his Bros started up “Eternity”, the long-lost Weir/Rob Wasserman collab that made its first appearance in more than 16 years at Monday night’s show in Portland, OR. “Eternity” moved smoothly into Willie Dixon‘s “Wang Dang Doodle”—another first for Wolf Bros—before making its way back into “Eternity” to close out the first of two prominent jam sandwiches on the night and, finally, sliding into “Deal” to cap set one.Bob Weir emerged by his lonesome to start set two with “Blue Mountain”, the title track from his 2016 set of cowboy songs. “Deep Elem Blues” and “Loser” kept the set moving before RatDog favorite “Two Djinn” moved in for its second appearance of the tour. Following a slinky “New Speedway Boogie”, the darkness gave way to the second segue sandwich of the evening. After the first verse of “The Other One”, the band segued into fan-favorite Jerry Garcia ballad “Standing on the Moon” before landing back in “The Other One” for the song’s second verse. Finally, “Not Fade Away” closed out the second set, with a sing-along “Ripple” serving as the encore.You can listen to full audience audio from the show below:Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – Wilma Theatre – 10/24/18 – Full Audio[Audio: Mark Smith]
Graduate study at Harvard is a full-time job and many students are juggling school, parenting, and homeschooling — all from inside their apartments.Kaitlin Roberson, an Ed.M. candidate at the Graduate School of Education (HGSE), is one of those students. She recently shared her experience at a fireside chat event with HGSE Professor Junlei Li, an expert in supporting children and their caregivers hosted by Harvard Housing’s Graduate Commons Program (GCP). The full video can be viewed here.“I wake up super early to study before my children wake up, and then catch up on assignments in the afternoons when they’re on screens,” Roberson said. “I’m amazed at how hard it is to be productive while being isolated with my kids.”Li’s message to parents like Kaitlin was simple: There are reasons for hope, even in this difficult moment. Research shows that what children — and adults — need is attainable: Maintaining at least one caring and consistent human connection through ordinary daily interactions, even if such moments must be brief at times.This event was the latest collaboration undertaken by GCP to support graduate student parents and their families, following an earlier partnership with Harvard Ed Portal to offer Mind Matters: Families Make A Difference series. Since February, more than a dozen Harvard parents, led by the GCP family programming team, have been meeting weekly.Since COVID-19 broke out in the Boston area, serving Harvard families has taken inventiveness. First, GCP took Mind Matters online. But even then, the curriculum could only reach the subset of families already enrolled — and parents were asking for space to discuss the challenges of caring for children during COVID-19. So, a new solution was found: Pause Mind Matters for three weeks to offer a new, Harvard-wide series. In addition to the event with Li, the Parenting in Challenging Times series has included parent-to-parent support sessions facilitated by Graduate Commons family programmers Cyntia Barzelatto, Stephanie Catz, and Eva Gottschalk.Spearheading the novel Parenting in Challenging Times is doctoral candidate and GCP family programming intern Anna Kirby, who also studies with Li at HGSE. As a resident of Harvard University Housing, Kirby is passionate about promoting learning experiences outside the classroom.“Our recent programming has blurred the line between my academic work and my internship,” she said. “We’re using the insights from Harvard researchers to directly support caregivers in our own community.”Holding space for student parents to connect during this unprecedented time hit home with the Graduate Commons leadership team, who works to fulfill the Harvard Housing vision of Making Harvard Home. For students like Roberson, the events are often a reminder that kids don’t need caregivers to be perfect.“I’ve been more focused lately on the small little connection points [with my kids],” Roberson said. “Kissing my kids’ freckles, a one-minute snuggle, or a back rub can reconnect us in the midst of very stressful days. Parents need to know that we are all doing the best we can and that some days will be smoother than others.”
For skiers and riders, these storms simply mean endless powder days are in sight.Today 61 trails are open, accessed by 5 lifts. Conditions are powder and packed powder. More trails are expected to open as ski patrol continues to drop ropes. For the complete snow report, skiers and riders should visit www.boltonvalley.com(link is external).While some relish in this snow, others, especially those in urban and suburban areas, are not as thrilled about shoveling out’again. To ease the pain, Bolton Valley has created the Cabin Fever Elixir package, which includes 2 days of skiing, 1 night of slopeside lodging at the Inn at Bolton Valley, dinner, and breakfast, for just $149 per person. For details and reservations, guests should call 877.9.BOLTON.Bolton Valley Resort is Vermont’s most convenient big mountain for skiing and riding packed with value. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.Source: BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (Feb. 3, 2011) ‘ Bolton Valley is one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. A complete Sports Center, outdoor ropes course, extensive back-country skiing and Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. Bolton Valley Resort,This season, skiers and riders at Bolton Valley Resort, big mountain skiing and riding packed with value just 30 minutes from Burlington, continue to reap the rewards of the onslaught of snowstorms, including this week’s blast that drenched trails with nearly two feet of snow since Tuesday. With snow again in the forecast for this weekend coupled with the seven and a half feet of snow the resort has received since Jan. 1, the family-friendly resort is well on its way to surpassing its annual average natural snowfall total of 300+ inches. ###
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Representatives of a police research think tank is holding its first meetings with Nassau County officials this week to discuss reforming the county police department’s ethics policy following a string of scandals.Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, is likely to recommend the creation of an ethics review board, use of transparency devices and updating training procedures, according to a Press review of PERF’s prior reports on other law enforcement agencies.“Ninety-nine percent of our officers have a moral compass,” Thomas Krumpter, the acting Nassau County police commissioner, told the Press. “That’s not the problem. But, we’re always looking to improve our relationship with the community.”PERF representatives, who declined to comment, will meet with key stakeholders, including County Executive Edward Mangano, District Attorney Kathleen Rice and county legislators, according to Krumpter. The county hired the agency last month for $675,000.The firm will also poll local community leaders about police ethics, Krumpter said. The process of changing the ethics code will take about five to six months, and the training process for executives and administrators will take about 18 months.John Kleinig, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, said in an email that PERF’s recommendations are likely to be general rather than case-specific.“It might, however, recommend the setting up within a particular police department the functional equivalent of a hospital IRB, which considers specific cases within a police department,” he said.An IRB, or institutional review board, is a committee that monitors ethic issues involving the use of humans as research subjects. Nassau police critics have called for a civilian complaint review board, similar to one in New York City.PERF may make recommendations on use-of-force policies in light of allegations that Nassau County police officers beat a Westbury man during a traffic stop last month. But, Newsday reported last month that the department already began revamping its use-of-force policy for the first time in nearly 30 years.PERF will likely be lending a hand with that. In a July 2013 report titled “Civil Rights Investigations of Local Police: Lessons Learned,” PERF listed requirements from the U.S. Department of Justice for local police agencies’ use-of-force policies, including defined categories of force, consequences for unreasonable use of force, and a reporting system for use-of-force incidents.PERF produced a report on U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year after a controversy emerged over Border Patrol officers’ use of lethal force in recent years. In it, PERF recommended additional training for agents on personal protection and the use of less-lethal weapons.“Training is especially important to the successful implementation of policy changes,” the report read. “In training, agents should be informed about the reason for changes in policy.”PERF might recommend training that will enable police officers to deal with adrenaline rushes, “a common problem when police pull someone over after a chase or catch someone after a foot pursuit,” Kleinig said.PERF also recommended in 2011 that the Albuquerque Police Department improve its citizen complaint process to make the process less “intimidating or discouraging.”Heath Grant, another professor at John Jay College, said that ethics consultants often recommend the use of body cameras to capture the actions of the officers.“Body cameras can back up and protect the officers,” he said. “They’re not necessarily used from a punitive angle.”Nassau County police had announced the creation of a dashboard and body camera pilot program earlier this month, hours after Democrats from the county legislature held a news conference promoting a proposal to do the same thing.Freeport village police have had four body cams and eight dash cams since a parallel pilot program launched there in January, according to District Attorney Rice’s office, which gave $108,000 in Asset Forfeiture funding. That will afford 30 more body cams and 11 more dash cams.“These cameras have proven to be an extremely beneficial tool in fighting crime, providing better policing and supporting crime victims,” Freeport Police Department Chief Miguel Bermudez said in a news release. Rice touted their benefits in providing more evidence for prosecutors.PERF was hired in the wake of several recent Nassau police scandals, including three former commanders’ recent misconduct convictions for a burglary cover-up in 2009, ex-commissioner Thomas Dale’s resignation over a politically motivated arrest last year, and ex-cop Michael Tedesco’s pleading guilty last month to on-duty visits to his mistresses.Such ethical issues among police officers are multifaceted and cannot be fixed with one simple solution, according to Grant.“You need to look at recruitment and assessing the quality of each candidate as well as the training process and teaching integrity to the officers, but most important is top-down policies and guidelines for behavior,” he said.However, some aspects of the agency will be left untouched by PERF. The organization will not be making any changes in administration or the size of the police force, Krumpter said. Departments that PERF has recommended hire more cops include those in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Groton, Conn.; Fort Lee, New Jersey; and Austin, Texas.For now, Krumpter is still the acting police commissioner, and PERF will not be looking for a successor for Dale, even though PERF offers a national search service for police chief candidates. Krumpter, who previously served as acting commissioner for nine months in 2011, resumed the same role in January.“That’s not what this engagement is about,” Krumpter said. “It’s just about changing the ethics code.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Press Patron Alure Home Improvements recently won five top honors at the 2015 Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards gala, held Nov. 20 at Larkfield Manor in East Northport.The annual event, sponsored by the Long Island chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and currently in its 20th year, recognizes NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. Titled an “Evening of Excellence,” the reception is held on Long Island each November and nationally each March.East Meadow, NY-based remodeling company Alure Home Improvements earned one “Platinum” and four “Gold” awards for its excellence in various categories. Alure Home Improvements won the Platinum award in the Residential Kitchen category, for projects in the $30,000 to $60,000 range, along with Gold awards for Residential Bathroom, $25,000 to $50,000; Residential Kitchen from $60,000 to $100,000; Residential Bathroom for projects between $25,000 and $50,000; and Residential Bathroom projects from $50,000 to $75,000.Contractors honored included: Christina Piekut, Mike Kelly, Sherry Gossett, Joe Russo, Dave Weber, Mary Lotardo, and Joseph Capobianco. According to Seth Selesnow, marketing director for Alure Home Improvements, “Remodeling is a team sport.”“The CotY awards recognize NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work in their remodeling business,” said Barry Goggin, chairman of the awards committee. “Each entry is scored by a panel of judges for design, overcoming difficulties, meeting clients’ needs and use of innovative products and building techniques.” Alure Home Improvements is a Long island home design and remodeling institution. Founded in 1946, in what began as a paint company, Alure has evolved into a full-scale construction business with a wide range of expertise, from kitchens, baths, and windows to siding, basements, sunrooms and roofs. Alure has been featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Long Island and in the New York metro area, as well as contributing to projects in Baltimore and New Orleans. Alure’s commitment to community, under the direction of President Sal Ferro, has been unwavering, whether donating and delivering food and water in the wake of weather disasters or donating time and resources to the expansive list of recipients for their community service.Alure Home Improvements is also a premier member of Syosset, NY-based digital design and inbound marketing company Morey Publishing’s Press Patrons program, an innovative advertising, marketing and underwriting relationship exclusive to readers of the award-winning online investigative news and cultural arts organization Long Island Press.
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Wolf Administration Announces More Than $8 Million in Funding to Support Water and Sewer Projects in 22 Counties August 19, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Infrastructure, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $8 million in funding to support H2O PA Flood Control, High Hazard Dams, and Water, Sanitary Sewer, and Stormwater projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).“Investments in our water and sewer systems preserve Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and the health of our communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration is committed to the health and safety of residents in all corners of the commonwealth, and the funding approved yesterday will benefit communities for years to come.”The H2O PA program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.The H2O PA projects approved during the CFA meeting are:Flood ControlThe Turtle Creek maintenance project in Allegheny County was approved for $100,000 to remove sediment and clear vegetation on the bank of Turtle Creek. This project will restore the design level of flood protection and safeguard the lives and property of Turtle Creek Watershed residents.The City of Dubois Sandy Lick Creek Stream rehabilitation project in Clearfield County was approved for $710,000 to restore the streambank, remove the gravel bar and for engineering.The Borough of Clarks Summit Watershed Flood Control and Protection project in Lackawanna County was approved for $200,000 to implement Urban Stream Restoration, re-constrict the streambed, reinforce portions of the streambed with rock armoring and natural vegetation, and construct stone weirs and natural pools. This project will also reestablish the hydraulic cross-section and alignment of this corridor.The Rice Township Ice Ponds Dam project in Luzerne County was approved for $508,833 to dewater the lake per Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission specifications, install a watertight cofferdam, dewater the remaining lake between the cofferdam and the spillway, bore a 24-inch diameter hole through the bottom of the dam, install a metal sleeve and a valve gate, pass all engineering and Department of Environmental Protection inspections, refill the lake, leave the cofferdam in place, clear the spillway and achieve certification that the dam is compliant with Pennsylvania law.The Dupont Borough Phase II Flood Mitigation Control Rehabilitation project in Luzerne County was approved for $507,926 to repair concrete joints, repair sections in need, and for maintenance to prevent lifting of concrete sections, water eroding underneath the concrete slabs, deteriorating concrete on the wave reduction walls, failing gaskets, and missing grout in joints. The funds will be used to support construction, engineering and permitting.The total funding for these projects is just over $2 million.High Hazard DamsThe City of Reading Egleman’s Lower Dam Modification project in Berks County was approved for $350,000 to lower the elevation of the dam by four feet and raise the bottom of the pond by four to five feet, to create a water depth of three to four feet, which is the depth necessary for growing bass. The principal spillway will also be modified to regulate the average water level. The overall water surface area of the pond will be reduced by 25 percent. The modifications are aimed at reducing the dam hazard classification from high hazard to low hazard.Water, Sewer, and StormThe 47 approved projects include stormwater and sewer line upgrades, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, street stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer line replacements and more across 22 counties throughout the commonwealth.A complete list of H2O projects is available.For more information about DCED and the CFA, visit dced.pa.gov.Ver esta página en español.
The assets of Particuliere Beveiliging have quickly increased, from €482m in 2009 to €1.1bn at present.“Given our larger scale and our increased professionalism, we wanted to have the option of more than a one-stop shop,” said Kestens.According to the chairman, costs have not played a crucial role in the scheme’s decision to leave PGGM for BMO.“Costs will strongly depend on the chosen managers, the preferred investment style and the services we would buy.”Kestens made clear that the pension fund was not considering a change of investment policy.He said that the scheme illiquid investments, including its infrastructure holdings, would remain with PGGM “as long as it was necessary and useful”.He added that Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance would remain the manager of its 5% investments in mortgages and property.The scheme said the switch-over to BMO was the result of an evaluation of fiduciary management in 2015 as well as a tender. The €1.1bn sector scheme for the Dutch security industry, Particuliere Beveiliging, has replaced fiduciary manager PGGM with provider BMO.Hans Kestens, the pension fund’s chairman said that an important criterion for the change was the fact that BMO allowed the fund more leeway for selecting external asset managers.“At PGGM, the connection between the disciplines of fiduciary advice and the implementation of asset management was much stronger,” he said.“Although we could deviate from this, as a client one ties itself to their philosophy,” he explained, adding that his scheme was not dissatisfied with PGGM.
Credit: Paula GarridoDublin’s River Liffey There is a large gap between government rhetoric about investing in infrastructure and the reality of the asset class, according to Amin Rajan, CEO of think-tank CREATE-Research.Speaking in Dublin at IPE’s annual conference this morning, Rajan said governments spoke about big infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships, but were “very quick to [move] the goalposts”.“They virtually rewrite those contracts because they have to respond to public opinion,” he said.According to the sixth annual survey of European pension plans carried out by Rajan’s CREATE-Research and Amundi, infrastructure was the second most favoured asset class for investors after global equities: 58% of respondents said it was most suited to meet their pension plan’s goals over the next three years. The OECD has estimated that annual global infrastructure investment of around $6.3trn (€5.5trn) was needed from 2016 to 2030 to support growth and development, without considering further climate action.Infrastructure investment was “turning out to be a very good opportunity”, said Rajan.However, he suggested governments needed to minimise political risk for institutional investors.According to Rajan, many investors that participated in Amundi and CREATE-Research’s study had said they would accept governments offering guaranteed returns within a band, “because those sort of guarantees would be really worth something”.There was a huge backlog of infrastructure investing that needed to take place that would only be cleared as a result of private-public partnerships, which governments were beginning to realise, said Rajan. Meanwhile, if governments wanted to fund their infrastructure spending by issuing green bonds, they would have to offer higher interest rates than they were currently, he added.“The yield differential between green bonds and traditional sovereign bonds is not that big, but it can be bigger,” he said. “This is going to generate a lot of positive externalities and the governments will really have to increase that rate to attract people to buy those green bonds.”Governments were likely to take that step, but in Rajan’s view, green bonds would take off “later rather than sooner”.‘Safe haven equities’The asset class that European pension plans would most favour over the coming years was global equities, according to the Amundi-CREATE Research survey – 64% of respondents said it would be the most suitable asset class for them over the next three years.Acknowledging that this seemed paradoxical given talk about investors switching to risk-off mode, Rajan said global equity seemed to be acquiring a ‘safe haven’ status.This was partly because many companies covered by that asset class were “cash flow generators,” he said, adding: “They’ve got good brands, they’ve got good pricing power, they also have good dividends and they have large free cash flow.”Investors were becoming very selective in global equities because it was these cash flow generating attributes they were pursuing, said Rajan.Many defined benefit pension plans in Europe are or are becoming cash flow negative.