Watch Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s 4/20 “Jam In The Van” Session In California

first_imgOn April 20th, Jam In The Van took their show on the road, trekking up to Ventura, California in the “Jam Van” and setting up shop on the street in front of The Majestic Theater for a long-awaited session with Chris Robinson Brotherhood ahead of their performance at The Majestic later that night.As Jam In The Van writes in the session description on their website, “We’ve been trying to make this session happen for years, so when we saw The Chris Robinson Brotherhood was playing on 4/20 in Ventura, CA at The Majestic Theater we opted to do something we haven’t done in a while, drive The Van to them and park it on the street right outside the venue. When we first started Jam in the Van that was just how we operated things, every week a new venue, new street, new parking lot… hoping the cops wouldn’t show up and kill the heady. As you can imagine it was pretty stressful, now we usually just have the bands come to us wherever we are at… but I have to admit it was pretty fun doing things the old fashioned way again, especially when you are doing it with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood.”The band played through three tunes, including the recently-debuted “Behold the Seer,” the rippling future-honky-tonk “Sweet Sweet Lullaby” off 2016 EP If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now, and, appropriately, “California Hymn,” from their full-length 2016 project, Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel. You can watch all three videos from the highly anticipated Chris Robinson Brotherhood Jam In The Van session below:“Behold the Seer” “California Hymn” “Sweet Sweet Lullaby” The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has a new studio album, Barefoot In The Head, due out later this year. Next week, Chris Robinson Brotherhood will join Gov’t Mule for a performance at Central Park Summer Stage (5/7/17). For information and tickets the the NYC show and all other upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood performances, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

French AM association calls for cross-border IORP, PEPP-consistent product

first_imgThe French asset management association is calling for the creation of an individual pensions product consistent with the pan-European personal pension (PEPP) being explored in the EU, and for the creation of cross-border pension funds.The proposals were made by the Association Française de la Gestion financiére (AFG) in a white paper published last week on expanding retirement savings in France.It housed its call for cross-border pension funds under the heading of strengthening occupational pensions in France, especially collective company pension savings schemes.These go by the acronym PERCO (plan d’épargne retraite collectif). The AFG said a European pillar should be added to the PERCO to allow companies to manage pension plans from France for all European employees.It said this required creating a vehicle compatible with the EU pension fund legislation, the IORP Directive, and that this could be achieved under the Sapin II law.Laure Delahousse, deputy director general at AFG, told IPE the idea was to create a new type of IORP-compliant pension vehicle asset managers could use to offer their clients a way to manage defined contribution plans more effectively in different European countries in a single pension fund.“The Sapin law provides for the creation of such a pension fund via ministerial order, so no new law would be needed,” she said.The lack of a universal pensions saving product for multinational companies with a mobile workforce and employees across Europe has also been remarked on by Jean Eyraud, president of the French institutional investor association Af2i.Around 85 cross-border pension funds already exist, mainly set up by multinational companies, but financial institutions like asset managers are also turning their attention to the vehicles.For example, French asset manager Amundi has a pan-European pensions vehicle in Luxembourg and recently said it had already attracted 10 multinational companies to use it.  The AFG’s white paper also sets out other measures to promote the PERCO, such as a cut in employer taxes on contributions and opening the plans to civil servants and certain public employees. PEPPing up personal pensionsAnother major aspect of the AFG’s blueprint is the proposal for a new personal pensions product, which the association already flagged in its “roadmap” for the French asset management industry in November.The association said it was important not to rely exclusively on occupational pensions when it came to retirement saving.“It is necessary to develop individual products,” it said, adding that existing personal pension products were not equipped to meet the needs of a large number of people.The association said the envisaged new product was “largely inspired” by the pan-European personal pension (PEPP) product being prepared at the EU level.Delahousse said: “We want to create the same thing in France, which could be subscribed to by individuals all over Europe but is mainly for French citizens.“We strongly support the PEPP initiative, and we are calling on the government to create a new product that is consistent with the PEPP with an appropriate tax treatment”.The question of the tax treatment was one of the issues discussed during a European Commission hearing on the PEPP in Brussels in October last year. In the AFG’s mind, the product it envisages would appeal to a larger client base than the main existing personal product, the PERP, in particular because it would give individuals choice over how they use their retirement pot.Under the PERP, individuals must buy an annuity when they reach retirement.According to the AFG, the new product should be available to a broad range of individuals, including the self-employed, civil servants and mobile employees working in Europe.Other aspects include that contribution amounts should be flexible up to a ceiling, access to the retirement savings pot blocked until retirement except in exceptional circumstances, and that individuals be free to choose what to do with their savings at retirement date, such as opting for a capital lump sum, an annuity, or free or progressive withdrawals.The individual would be able to choose between three investment management options: life cycle, self-select or delegated management.The default option would be the life cycle strategy, as is the case for the PERCO at the moment.The other main pillar of AFG’s white paper is a call to improve the information available to individuals about their pension. Transforming retirement saving into a source of long-term capital to finance the French and European economy is a central theme running through the association’s proposals.last_img read more

Antique urges parents to vaccinate kids vs polio

first_imgAbiera said FIC means a child has been immunizedagainst polio, Hepatitis B, and other childhood diseases. Integrated Provincial Health Office-Antique urges parents to have their children immunized with polio vaccine due to the reemergence of the viral disease in the country. PNA “We, however, believe there are still childrenwho were not able to have their full immunization last year and so weencouraged parents to cope with their missed immunization,” Abiera said, addingthat children, who missed their polio immunization, could still have it untilfive years old. He said parents should carry out stricthygiene among their children like hand-washing before and after eating.  “We are now strengthening our routinevaccination so that the children when they reach 1-year-old, would become fullyimmunized children (FIC),” he added. He added the target was a projected figurebased on the data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority. “Our target last year was 16,280 1-year-oldchildren but health workers reported only 9,191 FIC,” Abiera said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Integrated ProvincialHealth Office (IPHO) in this province urges parents to have their childrenimmunized with polio vaccine due to the reemergence of the viral disease in thecountry. Provincial health officer Dr. Leoncio AbieraJr. on Wednesday said parents should bring their children to rural healthcenters for vaccination. Last year, a total of 9,191 children aged one,were considered FIC in Antique. “We know that the mode of transmission onpolio is fecal-oral so children have to really practice hand-washing,” addedAbiera.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Experts monitoring increase in seismic activity at Costa Ricas Irazú Volcano

first_imgRelated posts:Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José Experts confirm increased activity at Turrialba Volcano National Emergency Commission lifts two road closures near Turrialba Volcano Ranchers near active Turrialba Volcano could get bought out by Costa Rica government A series of minor tremors, or microseisms, occurring since December has residents of several communities near Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano on alert.The magnitude of the temblors ranged from 1.5-3.9 degrees, the National Seismological Network (RSN) reported, and peak activity occurred on Jan. 13, when the agency registered more than 50 microseisms in one day alone. But that activity has not led to a substantial change in volcanic activity at Irazú, RSN volcanic seismology expert Mauricio Mora Fernández said.The RSN registered a peak in seismic activity at the volcano in recent weeks that has consisted mainly of low-magnitude temblors. But all have corresponded to the volcano’s normal cyclical activity, Mora said.“Irazú periodically experiences seismic swarms, usually in short periods of time. Our current studies indicate that the current one has caused no impact or significant change in the eruptive activity of the volcano,” Mora told The Tico Times on Monday.RSN experts are looking at whether there is a relation between microseisms at Irazú and the increase in activity at Turrialba Volcano in the past three years. Both volcanoes are located in Cartago, about 10 kilometers apart.Residents’ concerns heightened last week when geologists from the National Emergency Commission (CNE) confirmed that a fissure has emerged over several hectares of earth near Irazú.The 222-meter fissure near the crater has caused landslides in a 15-hectare area near 84 telecommunications towers used by the government and emergency agencies, as well as radio and TV stations.CNE geologist Julio Madrigal said the fissure places the towers’ anchors at risk because of displacement of the earth. The crack is about 1.4 meters wide in some areas and up to 90 centimeters deep, the CNE reported.Members of the National Radio and Television Chamber (CANARTEL) are discussing moving the towers if the landslides continue, the chamber’s president, Saray Amador, told members of the news media last week.Telecommunications experts warn, however, that it is difficult to find a new location with characteristics similar to Irazú, which at over 3,400 meters (11,300 feet) provides the stations coverage of more than 60 percent of the national territory, CANARTEL said.Mora believes that more research is needed to determine if the fissure is directly related to seismic activity in recent weeks or if it was caused by other factors such as rain or the slope of the terrain. RSN experts will inspect the Irazú area on Thursday and conduct additional measurements of the volcano’s activity.Said Mora: “So far, our research does not indicate any significant change in the normal activity of Irazú, but we’ll continue our research.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more