House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill 1 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software As a result of the decline in defined-benefit pensions, there is now a need for a focus on the decumulation phase of retirement, the report said. Employers still have a major role to play, helping workers not just to save for retirement, but to turn those savings into retirement income that can last over increasingly longer lifetimes.The SECURE Act, enacted in 2019, requires employers to provide plan participants with an estimate of the lifetime income that accumulated retirement savings will provide and makes it easier for retirement plan sponsors to offer an annuity option in a defined-contribution plan.“Through the use of annuities on top of Social Security, households can create their own personal pension plans,” the report said. “One strategy for how protected income could be used to gain additional Social Security benefits would be to purchase a term annuity as a ‘bridge’ between stopping work and claiming Social Security at either the full retirement age or age 70 in order to maximize Social Security monthly benefits.”The report also highlights the role that financial advisers can play in helping workers create a more secure retirement. For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ “Since many workers are asking their employers to help them save and plan for retirement, employers should consider offering professional advice as a workplace benefit to their workers,” the report said. Employees are seeking professional financial advice on a wide variety of issues, including saving for emergencies, a home, education and even help with basic financial literacy. In general, financial professionals should encourage optimal Social Security claiming strategies to maximize benefits and incorporate annuities into clients’ retirement portfolios as an efficient way to generate protected income in a low-interest-rate environment. “The countdown to Peak 65 is on and is a wake-up call that the retirement income crisis in America is no longer just looming, it’s here,” said Jean Statler, CEO of the Alliance for Lifetime Income. “That’s why there’s more urgency now than ever before for collective action to equip boomers — as well as those that follow — with retirement plans that include protected income to fill the gap that Social Security leaves, which will give them the protection they need and want.”[More: Watch the InvestmentNews Annuities in 2021 webcast] At least, that’s the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday that spotlights how unprepared millions of baby boomers are for today’s retirement realities and proposes ideas for a new retirement security framework as the nation approaches a historic demographic milestone.In 2024, more Americans will reach the traditional retirement age of 65 than at any time in history. Right now, more than 10,000 people turn 65 every day, a number that will increase to 12,000 per day as the nation approaches its “Peak 65” moment three years from now.The report, The Peak 65 Generation — Creating a New Retirement Security Framework, focuses on a looming retirement income crisis that is the result of disappearing pensions, underfunded Social Security obligations and the pressure to create retirement income in a low-interest-rate environment.“With the U.S. experiencing the greatest retirement surge in its history, the country’s public and private sector retirement systems have become obsolete,” according to the report released Tuesday by the Alliance for Lifetime Income, a nonprofit organization promoting annuities. “The old metaphor of the three-legged stool of retirement planning — employer pensions, personal savings and Social Security — no longer holds.”In addition to demographic trends, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of retirement. Report author Jason Fichtner, a senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Alliance for Lifetime Income, estimates that 4 million workers retired prematurely due to the pandemic. Forced retirement — whether due to layoffs or health concerns about returning to work — often results in people claiming Social Security earlier than planned, resulting in reduced payments for life. Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 2 Newsletters Well, it’s official. The three-legged stool of retirement income — pensions, Social Security, and personal savings — is dead. 4 The heavily footnoted report contains scads of fascinating facts, including the current and future funding status of Social Security and Medicare, the history of pensions, and the investment challenges amid historically low interest rates.For example, when many baby boomers entered the labor force in 1980, 60% of private-sector workers relied on protected income through a pension plan as their only retirement account compared to just 4% of all civilian workers in 2020. Today, only 20% of all civilian workers participate in a defined-benefit pension, with most of those workers employed by federal, state and local governments. And many of those remaining pension plans are underfunded. 5 3 House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team.
Natalie Novas is a beautiful and capable young woman.Good luck. Please John please we need you to find out the “REAL” story. You know Donald is in the mix somewhere. Good luck ms. Novas you’re going to need it. Practice lying for a living because that’s what you’re going to be asked to do. Go back and take a look at pablo s interviews. They’re all lies. Roque and Silvio will be next to go and you’re going to be asked to make them seem like good people when we all know they are the worst people we’ve seen here in decades. News West New York spokesman Pablo Fonseca has resigned, effective Tuesday, September 15, and the town has already announced his replacement in Natalia Novas: a Memorial High School graduate.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewNovas, a secretary for the West New York Chamber of Commerce, a member of both the West New York Women’s Club as well as a part of the Town Police Department’s Youth Academy planning committee, is a well-known presence on the North Hudson political scene.She campaigned alongside now-Commissioners Cosmo Cirillo and Gabriel Rodriguez leading up to the May 12 municipal election, where Mayor Felix Roque’s slate pulled off a clean sweep.Fonseca also served as the campaign manager for Roque’s team, and previously led the Roque-backed “Children First” board of education ticket to victory back in November.“We are excited to have Natalia on board. She brings stalwart commitment and professionalism to the administration,” Roque said about the hiring of Novas in a statement.“The team looks forward to working with Natalia to strengthen the relationship between the municipality and theÂ West New York community.”Novas is also a graduate of Memorial High School and the chairwoman of the North Hudson Rotary Club.Fonseca confirmed with Hudson County View that he has chosen to leave his job in West New York, forwarding us a copy of his resignation letter:“The time has come to move on. My new opportunities and my mother’s medical needs are my priorities,” he wrote in the September 9th letter addressed to Roque.“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Town of West New York. Thank you for the opportunity.”The move marks the second high-profile member of Roque’s administration to seek employment elsewhere this week, as Business Administrator Matthew Watkins will be leaving forÂ the same position in Bloomfield, effective October 5. Watchdog congratulations natalia walking by the townhall the other day and you couldnt even say hello because of your colleagues wow i was so dissapointed in you but proud of you at the same time my mother always said this to me and it stuck in my head for years BE CAREFUL OF THE TOES YOU STEP ON TODAY CAUSE THEY JUST MIGHT BE CONNECTED TO THE ASS YOU HAVE TO KISS TOMMORROW !!DONT FORGET WHERE U CAME FROM Comments are closed. Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter September 10, 2015 4:27 pm at 4:27 pm September 11, 2015 8:23 pm at 8:23 pm Facebook Twitter September 10, 2015 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm 14 COMMENTS NewsWest New York What are Ms. Novas’ qualifications? VERY PROUD OF YOU NATALIA! We know you will do a great job! (Victor.m) September 10, 2015 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm October 7, 2015 6:21 pm at 6:21 pm September 10, 2015 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm Wny dude Victor.m September 12, 2015 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm Pablo! good ridance dont let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!!!!please take all your garbage with you too… Pablo Fonseca resigns as WNY spokesman, Natalia Novas to serve as replacement With open arms and empty wallets, we welcome Pablo to Hoboken. Michael Russo, Carmelo, Eduardo, Ruben and the crew need you!Save us from these Zimmerists do gooders Pablo! Good riddance to Fonseca, a lowlife liar and bully. This town can’t move forward till Roque goes away also. Let’s not forget that he’s the root of the problem, or at least a big one. September 10, 2015 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus September 12, 2015 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm September 10, 2015 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm Pablo protected that mental genius Silvio Acosta so Pablo should take Silvio with him. September 10, 2015 7:51 pm at 7:51 pm Carl Nicole Wow Rebeca Four TAGScosmo cirillofelix roquegabriel rodrigueznatalia novasPablo Fonseca SHARE September 21, 2015 1:47 pm at 1:47 pm cuquito September 10, 2015 6:02 pm at 6:02 pm Now Silvio Acosta should go and the town of wny can move forward with the support of all the residents and no in fighting on the board of commissioners. Crime Where is Felix Roque?? Why is he living in Guttenberg and not showing up in WNY for any Mayor duties? Where is the State of NJ Investigating this fraud on people of West NY?Cosmo shame on you for covering for Felix Roque!!!! Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Wny dude Who’s going to jump ship next week ? September 11, 2015 7:38 am at 7:38 am Anthony M.DeFino Previous articleAfter 17 months of negotiating, county welfare office workers close to new contractNext articleProtest to reinstate ex-Jersey City Rec Director Ryan Strother barely makes noise John Heinis By John Heinis – September 10, 2015 1:37 pm 14 Hoboken OG Bayonne wny4life wnydude Watchdog RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network The Hoboken City Council approved an override of Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s veto of a measure to park bicycles in municipal garages for $52 a year at a special meeting this afternoon.“It’s unfortunate that we’ve scheduled a special meeting to force a veto vote on an override related to bicycle parking when the main bicycle advocacy organization in Hoboken is not in favor of this ordinance,” said 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen, who along with Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour were the only council members to vote against the 2nd reading on July 8th.He referenced that Bike Hoboken has also cited concerns with the ordinance, since it says little other than residents can park their bicycles in covered parking spaces in municipal garages for $1 a week annually.” … I suspect that people’s minds are made up because we wouldn’t be dragged out at 4 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon if people didn’t think they had the votes to override this,” Cohen continued, emphasizing thee difference between owning and maintaining a car vs. a bicycle, as well as that more time should’ve been spent on drafting the ordinance than PR.Additionally, Councilman-at-Large James Doyle indicated that he voted yes on second reading because he though Bike Hoboken supported the legislation, and since that’s not the case, he would be reversing course.Nevertheless, the override went through 6-3, with Cohen, Jabbour, and Doyle voting no.After the meeting concluded, the ordinance sponsors, 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, doubled down on the significance of the measure.“The mayor’s initial veto was nothing more than a ploy to discredit those of us on the City Council who do not always agree with him politically. Politics and good local government should never mesh and unfortunately we have an administration that continues to put politics over policy in effort to divide us,” said DeFusco.“I am proud to co-sponsor this piece of legislation to provide a valuable amenity to Hoboken’s bike enthusiasts who are tired of locking their bike outside, carrying it up a flight (or more) of stairs or storing it in their living room,” added Fisher, also the chair of the Parking and Transportation Subcommittee.The mayor’s office declined to comment beyond what they said after Monday’s veto announcement, though re-emphasized that there is no plan to implement the legislation if it is not amended to be more comprehensive.“In the absence of a more robust plan, the administration does not have the resources nor does it intend to implement and administer this proposed fee for bicycle parking.”This was the third time in four tries that the council successfully executed a veto override under the Bhalla administration.Just last month, the governing body overrode a veto that abolished the city’s Office of Constituent Affairs.The council also successfully did an override in 2018, allowing a runoff referendum to appear on the November ballot (which passed easily) and were a vote shy last year when they tried to limit the number of non-civil service employees in the mayor’s office.Interestingly, Bhalla applauded an unrelated measure introduced by the Fisher and DeFusco that was approved in order to provide open streets on Sinatra Drive between Newark Street and 4th Street.“I’m thrilled the city council is supporting the city’s efforts to provide additional outdoor space for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the mayor said.“I’m proud that in just a few months, we’ve been able to successfully implement a number of initiatives including open and slow streets, over 50 parklets and streateries, Summer Streets to close streets for dining and shopping, and now our Sinatra Drive ordinance, all of which facilitate safe, socially distant outdoor activities that enhance the quality of life within Hoboken.” Facebook Twitter Bayonne By John Heinis – July 22, 2020 6:45 pm 0 Bayonne CommunityHobokenNewsPolitics & Policy Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGShoboken city councilmike defuscoravi bhallatiffanie fisherveto override SHARE Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Previous articleJudge dismisses OPRA aspect of One Journal Square case that pits Jersey City vs. Kushner Cos.Next articleAmbrossi announces that he’ll challenge Jersey City Ward D Councilman Saleh for his seat John Heinis Bayonne Hoboken council approves override of Bhalla veto for measure to park bicycles in city garages Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops
iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who died from multiple gunshot wounds when police fired on him 20 times as he stood in his grandmother’s yard, is planning to sue the city of Sacramento for at least $15 million. Attorneys representing Clark’s family and Clark’s estate filed the requisite forms on Sept. 4, the city said in a statement dated Sept. 6.“Because such government claim forms must be filed before litigation can be commenced against a municipal entity, the filing of such forms is generally a precursor to a lawsuit,” the city said. “Accordingly, the Office of the City Attorney will review the claims and follow the appropriate legal process. The likelihood of litigation limits the City’s ability to discuss the claims publicly.” Damages sought by Clark’s family include loss of financial support, funeral expenses, attorney fees and punitive damages, the city said.“The police shooting of Stephon Clark is the subject of an ongoing and extensive investigation by the Sacramento Police Department,” the statement continued. “This incident is also under investigation and review by the Sacramento County District Attorney and the California Department of Justice.” Clark was shot March 18 as Sacramento officers were responding on an emergency call that someone was breaking car windows.Officers confronted Clark, whom they said appeared to be holding a weapon.He was holding a cell phone.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Atlanta Police Department(ATLANTA) — An Atlanta college student missing for more than a week was found dead on Friday, and police have identified two suspects, officials said.The body of Alexis Crawford, a 21-year-old senior at Clark Atlanta University, was discovered in a park in DeKalb County, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said at a press conference.Crawford’s roommate, 21-year-old Jordyn Jones, is considered a suspect and led police to the body, Shields said. Jones initially told police that she had last seen Crawford on Oct. 30 at her off-campus apartment, according to a police report.Jones’ boyfriend, Barron Brantley, 21, also is considered a suspect, Shields said.Police are working to secure arrest warrants for both individuals.“Jordyn had been Alexis’ friend and her roommate. … The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking” Shields said.Shields said a motive had not yet been clearly established. However, she noted that Crawford filed a police report on Oct. 27 in regard to Jones’ boyfriend, alleging unwanted kissing and touching by him.Crawford was reported missing on Nov. 1 by her family after she didn’t show up for class or work, police said.Crawford’s mother, Tammy Crawford, said she “seemed to be in good spirits and was laughing” during a FaceTime conversation with her and Alexis’ sister around 3:30 p.m. on the last day she was, according to a police report.“I just want you to come home and be safe,” her younger sister, Alexandria Crawford, told reporters Monday. “I hope God is walking with you and please prevent any evil that comes her way — and we’re here for you.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
kali9/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Gun violence in Philadelphia continued over the weekend after 11 people were shot in a 24-hour period, according to police.Three people died as a result of the shootings. A 10-year-old was among those wounded, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV reported.One of the victims was a 34-year-old man who was shot in the back of the head three times and once in the chest on Saturday around 7:30 p.m. in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood.Several shootings have occurred in the city in recent months. Hunting Park resident Kareem Singletary told WPVI that the shootings have gotten so bad that “people are used to it happening every day.”Four people died and another 10 were wounded after several shootings last Monday, WPVI reported.Federal officials announced Thursday they are partnering with the Philadelphia Police Department to combat the city’s gun violence epidemic with an “all hands on deck” effort.In 2020, 499 people were killed as a result of gun violence in Philadelphia — a 40% increase from 2019, Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said in a statement. The city is on pace to surpass 600 shooting deaths in 2021, Williams said, describing it as a “horrible milestone.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
In a bid to gain MEPs’ support ahead of today’s (14 January) crucial censure vote, Santer made a number of pledges which could lead to a radical shake-up in the way the Commission manages itself and an increase in the Parliament’s power to control its activities. Addressing MEPs during a debate on the censure motion earlier this week, Santer sketched out what he described as an “ambitious” eight-point programme to reform the EU executive, largely reflecting Euro MPs’ criticisms of the way the Commission handled its 1996 budget.Stung by a stream of accusations of nepotism, waste and corruption within his institution, Santer claimed that more had been done to fight fraud in the past four years than in the previous 40, although he admitted: “Good is not enough in the fight against fraud; we must be above reproach.”In a bid to bolster public confidence in the Commission, Santer announced plans to set up an independent anti-fraud office last October. But MEPs have questioned whether it will be truly impartial. As a peace offering, the Commission president offered to draw up an inter-institutional agreement containing concrete measures to keep the assembly better informed. He also raised the possibility of individual parliamentary committees being given the right to scrutinise the institution’s spending programmes.Although Santer’s pledges were enough to placate some MEPs, others predicted his bullish speech would backfire on him in today’s vote. “Instead of boasting about the Commission’s achievements, he should have eaten dirt,” said one.The performances of the two Commissioners directly in the line of fire, France’s Edith Cresson and Spain’s Manuel Marín, prompted strikingly different reactions. Cresson angered MEPs by refusing to accept that she might in any way have been at fault, while Marín won plaudits for acknowledging that he may have made some mistakes. Santer said this week that he was willing to take up German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s suggestion that a high-level group of Parliament, Commission and Council representatives be set up to look at ways of improving the Commission’s proposal by the end of March. MEPs say this is likely to lead to a beefed-up fraud-busting unit.The Commission president also promised three new codes of conduct to govern the work of Commissioners and officials, and relations between the two.Socialist Group leader Pauline Green called on Santer to “grasp the nettle and develop a common European administrative culture”, while European People’s Party Group leader Wilfried Martens said the Commission was “confronted with a heritage of bad management” and the time for a “softly-softly approach” was gone.In reply, Santer promised to come forward with a timetable for modernising the administration by the end of this month and pledged to consult MEPs on the best way forward.Parliamentarians will also sit alongside Council and Commission officials on a committee of ‘wisemen’ which will be set up to examine how the EU’s budget is managed.MEPs complained repeatedly during this week’s debate that they had been kept in the dark by the Commission and that light had only been shed on allegations of wrongdoing under threat of censure. “Why do you always have to be dragged here before the bar of public responsibility?” Liberal Group leader Pat Cox asked Santer.
This is what music is about. This is why we live for it, why we love it, and why we can’t do without it in our lives.This video of Lenny Kravitz stumbling upon a choir playing his song “Fly Away” in the streets of New Orleans is from a while back, but was recently rediscovered and posted on Entertainment.ie. As Kravitz puts it, “I was just sitting up on a terrace having a drink, and I hear some strange music.” What Kravitz heard was The Voice of Praise Choir from the First Baptist Church in New Orleans. So, he walks over, starts clapping along, gets behind the kit for a couple of minutes and jams, is prompted to sing by the guitarist, and pretty much creates a memory that these kids will have etched in their minds forever. Watching and listening to the excitement and joy that these kids feel is enough to give you chills and seriously move you. Because it is moments like this one that makes music what it is to people.
Late last year, we reviewed the first volume of Gov’t Mule’s recording of their 2009 Halloween concert, in which the southern rock giants performed a blistering set composed entirely of Rolling Stones classics. The two-volume album is entitled Stoned Side of the Mule Vol. 1 & 2. This time around, we examine the tightly arranged rock n’ roll perfection that continues on the second side of this record.These two volumes are exclusive vinyl-only releases and feature special guests: multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene (Phil Lesh & Friends, The Black Crowes, Trigger Hippy) and saxophonist Steve Elson (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Radiohead, David Bowie).The first song on this highly-festive, hit parade of a Halloween show is the classic Stones ballad “Wild Horses.” The band is right-on-the-money and Haynes’ voice is soulful as ever, as the delighted audience soaks in the ever-so-glorious sound of this bluesy masterpiece.Furiously picking up the pace on the next song, the boys rip into a raunchy rendition of “Bitch” from the Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Steve Elson’s uncanny saxophone playing shines as bright as the heavens on this in-your-face rocker. They then jump up one decade on the Rolling Stones timeline, to 1981’s Tattoo You for a funk-filled performance of the Stones standard, “Slave”. Drummer Matt Abts kicks into the steady drum opening with clocklike precision as the band harmonizes on the repeating refrain, “Don’t wanna be your slave!” Once again the sweet sound of saxophone turns up the heat as the boys groove out this jam-heavy rendition of the raucous Rolling Stones tune.Going way back, the next selection from the Stones’ vast repertoire is the 1965 hit song “Play With Fire”. While the performance is incredibly intimate and beautifully played, the psychedelic tinge of the original is not present in this interpretation. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable listen. On track nine, the Mule stomps into a impassioned performance of the classic “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’”, which turns out to be one of the strongest songs of the evening. Warren delivers the grungy opening riff with unmitigated flawlessness, as they proceed to hit this eight-minute jam-masterwork far out of the park.Finally, the rock n’ roll staple “Brown Sugar” puts a cap on this unforgettable evening. Continuing the top-notch playing and meticulous musical interpretations, the band ends on a high note as the audience is left breathless yet begging for more. Over the years and continuing into the present, Warren Haynes seems to show up everywhere in the musical stratosphere and there seems to be nothing he cannot do. As long as he keeps playing and kicking out these great albums, we are happy as can be.Stoned Side of the Mule is no ordinary cover album. It’s an absolute all-out party and also a limited vinyl-only release. Our recommendation is to go out and buy this record immediately. You will not regret it. Hey – it’s only rock n’ roll, but we like it!By Joseph Conlon
Last night, the Fonda Theatre kicked off the first night of Fleetwood Mac Fest in Los Angeles. The two-night event, honoring Fleetwood Mac, brought musicians and entertainment celebrities together in celebration of the nearly 50-year-old, British-American rock band.The night saw Courtney Love sing lead vocals on “Silver Springs,” Alison Mosshart of the Dead Weather team with Mark Ronson for “Dreams” and “The Chain,” Butch Walker appear on “Monday Morning” and collaborate with Sarah Silverman for “Go Your Own Way,” Doyle Bramhall II perform “Black Magic Woman,” Elvis Perkins sing “World Turning,” and a full band performance of “Don’t Stop.” Watch some of the highlights in these fan-shot videos and check out the entire setlist below!Courtney Love, “Silver Springs”Alison Mosshart & Marc Ronson, “Dreams”Butch Walker & Sarah Silverman, “Go Your Own Way”Full band, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Cold War Kids, Mark Ronson, KT Tunstall, Joanna Newsom, The Pierces, Perry Farrell, Butch Walker, Courtney Love, Karen Elson, Elvis Perkins, Jamestown Revival, Juliette Lewis, Jessie Baylin, Alison Mosshart, Sarah Silverman, Doyle Bramhall II, PHASES, Dhani Harrison, Mereki, Ruby Amanfu, Bijou Phillips, Will Forte, Brian Bell, Jack Dishel, Adam Busch, Danny Masterson, Emily Armstrong, Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Etty Lau Farrell and more, backed by Cabin Down Below Band perform “Don’t Stop”:Fleetwood Mac Fest 2/9/16Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Tusk (The CDB Band)Hold Me (Carly Rae Jepsen)I Don’t Wanna Know (Jess and Holly of Lucius)World Turning (Elvis Perkins)Holiday Road (Jack Dishel)Little Lies (Noah Gunderson)Second Hand News (Danny Masterson, Adam Busch and Bijou Phillips)Edge of Seventeen (Emily Armstrong)Never Going Back Again (Jamestown Revival)Say You Love Me (The Pierces)I’m So Afraid (Ruby Amanfu)Landslide (Dhani and Mereki)Everywhere (Phases)Monday Morning (Butch Walker)Gypsy (Jessie Baylin)Stop Dragging My Heart Around (Will Forte, Karen Elson, Brian Bell)Rhiannon (Elson)Black Magic Woman (Doyle Bramhall II)Man of the World (Cold War Kids)You Make Lovin Fun (KT Tunstall)Stand Back (Juliette Lewis)Beautiful Child (Joanna Newsom)Go Your Own Way (Sarah Silverman and Butch Walker)Silver Springs (Courtney Love)Dreams (Alison Mosshart and Mark Ronson)Gold Dust Woman (Perry and Etty Farrell)The Chain (Tunstall, Walker, Mosshart)Don’t Stop (ALL)[Setlist via Jambands]
After a flurry of cautions many of the leaders decided to pit for fresh virtual rubber as tire wear was an issue despite the overcast conditions. Zalenski and some others stayed out while Alfalla, Duval and erstwhile series point leader Ryan Luza all pitted and restarted outside the top 10. Alfalla wasted no time moving up from his fifth starting position and took the lead shortly after the initial start. However, Duval had the best car early and regained the lead from Alfalla on Lap 17. The pair continued to run 1-2 until both pitted for tires and fuel on Lap 39, handing the lead to Corey Vincent who chose to stay out longer before his stop. Alfalla and Duval both started to charging forward but a massive crash swept up Luza, heavily damaging his car and relegating him to a 32nd-place finish. After the green flew again Alfalla’s four fresh tires allowed him to quickly move back to the front before yet another caution slowed the pace again. When Vincent pitted and the pit cycle completed Alfalla returned to the point and this time he had a healthy gap on Duval and the rest of the field. The second run was about as clean as the first except this time Alfalla dominated before he and Duval short-pitted a second time, handing Vincent the lead once again. On the Lap 97 restart Alfalla wasted little time regaining the lead from his third place starting position as he tried to distance himself from the rest of the field once again. Duval found the going a bit tougher and was mired in the back half of the top ten as passing proved difficult as the run wore on. This time a caution flew before the cycle completed with Vincent in the lead. Meanwhile, Alfalla and Duval found themselves mired in traffic and would have to work to regain their track position. Ray Alfalla won his second straight NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series race of 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday night to move to the top of the series points race. The three-time series champion passed Taylor Hurst with 16 laps remaining, then held-off Cody Byus over the final laps to take the checkered flag. Alfalla led 108 of 200 laps and was the class of the field for most of the race. Byus was second at the checkers, 1.5 seconds behind the winner. Bobby Zalenski finished third after playing strategy to take the lead in the later stages, while polesitter Dylan Duval came home fourth as Hurst faded to fifth after losing the lead. This time, Alfalla was not untouchable on the short run as Hurst passed him on the outside with 21 laps to go. Alfalla was not to be denied though and fought back, retaking the lead for the final time on Lap 185 as Hurst’s car faded on the long run. Pocono Raceway is next up on the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series schedule and Alfalla will look to keep his momentum going as the series visits the Tricky Triangle. Can Luza recover from his poor finish at Charlotte, or will Alfalla continue to stretch his margin? Find out in two weeks’ time on iRacingLive! Alfalla’s victory vaulted him into the championship lead and he now leads Zalenski by seven points. Luza is third after his poor finish and now finds himself 31 points back of the lead. Darik Bourdeau and Logan Clampitt round out the top five.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a way to concentrate solar energy so that each photovoltaic cell produces 100 times the power of a conventional solar panel, which could have major implications for homeowners hoping to save money while helping the environment.Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers can now funnel solar energy into antennas that capture and focus light energy, potentially allowing for much smaller and more powerful solar arrays.“Instead of having your whole roof be a photovoltaic cell, you could have little spots that were tiny photovoltaic cells, with antennas that would drive photons into them,” says Michael Strano, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and leader of the research team. Strano and his students describe their new carbon nanotube antenna, or “solar funnel,” in the Sept. 12 online edition of the journal Nature Materials. The antenna consists of a thin fibrous rope (about four millionths of a meter thick), containing about 30 million carbon nanotubes. Strano and his team have not yet built a photovoltaic device using the antenna, but they plan to. In such a device, the antenna would concentrate photons before the photovoltaic cell converts them to an electrical current. This could be done by constructing the antenna around a core of semiconducting material. While the cost of carbon nanotubes was once prohibitive, it has been coming down in recent years as chemical companies build up their manufacturing capacity. “At some point in the near future, carbon nanotubes will likely be sold for pennies per pound, as polymers are sold,” says Strano. Strano’s team is now working on ways to minimize the energy lost as energized electrons flow through the fiber, and on ways to generate more energy per photon. The nanotube bundles described in the Nature Materials paper lose about 13 percent of the energy they absorb, but the team is working on new antennas that would lose only 1 percent. (Read more in MIT News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Their juggling and puppet shows prove that entertainment doesn’t have to involve a whole bunch of Hollywood technology. But they do need horses and a second cart, so they are crowd-funding their tour.Kenn Musso, the Director and Cofounder of Elsewhere Events believes that a more sustainable society will be better equipped to find creative solutions for problems, and hopes to inspire children to look toward nature for solutions and fun.If you’re able to catch the performance, please let us know if the Hobbit drives a Prius.(WATCH their enchanting video below) – Story tip from Antti JalkanenAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIs old-fashioned storytelling and merriment a thing of the past?Nay! The fantasy lives, and it’s eco-friendly.Inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkein, ancient mythology and Victorian romanticism, The Travelers of Elsewhere circus troupe will be enchanting Scottish audiences this summer by performing in forests across the country–and sleeping under the stars while they do it.The small group will travel to local woodlands in a horse drawn carriage to perform in green spaces within walking distance of towns. Promoting love of the environment and sustainable lifestyles, the caravan will entertain with a mix of interactive theater, improvisation and storytelling in the midst of their encampment.Tiny Library in Dr. Who Box Restored for Neighbors by Random Kindness
by Laura Krantz vtdigger.org(link is external) Senators on Monday approved a proposal for a bureaucratic shuffle that has alarmed some state health officials. The Senate OK’d a budget amendment that would transfer oversight of the state office that runs substance abuse programs from the Health Department to the Department of Vermont Health Access, which manages the state’s publicly funded health insurance programs. The switch of the program away from the Health Department is not final because the budget has not passed in final form. The Secretary of Human Services, whose agency oversees both departments, opposes the proposal, as does the health commissioner.Secretary Doug Racine. VTD/Josh Larkin“I think we’re doing a good job, so why upset this apple cart?” Human Services Secretary Doug Racine said.The Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, known as ADAP, works with the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) to run the state’s new hub and spoke substance abuse treatment and recovery system, which officials say is extremely successful and a national model.Racine said ADAP and DVHA work well together and a shuffle will cause more harm than good. Administration officials were not consulted about the idea, he said.“I was not aware they had any issues with ADAP,” Racine said.The proposal to move ADAP is an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 budget. The Senate on Monday gave the budget preliminary approval.Sen. Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, is chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerSenate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, presented the amendment to her committee last week. Kitchel on Monday said the switch has to do with the source of ADAP’s funding, as well as promoting accountability.Much of ADAP’s funding comes from DVHA. Administration officials have said they expect DVHA to save $6.7 million next year by treating substance abuse patients through the hub and spoke system, which links methadone-dispensing hubs with local doctors and outpatient services.Administration officials proposed to transfer that savings to ADAP to reinvest it in substance abuse programs. As the Senate Appropriations Committee considered that potential transfer, the committee floated the idea of transferring ADAP to DVHA instead, Kitchel said.“The programs move, it’s just we’re putting all the funding together,” she said.The hub and spoke system builds on the state’s Blueprint for Health(link is external) and Community Health Team programs, which are run by DVHA, Kitchel said. DVHA also pays for much of the addiction treatment medication, she said.The transfer will streamline the treatment process and create more accountability and flexibility, she said. It should also result in better care for patients, she said.“What we’re trying to do is what is the best programmatic and functional alignment to manage the policy, manage the development of treatment and not fracture it,” Kitchel said.She is aware that the Agency of Human Services opposes the proposal.“Organizations find it very difficult to change, and ADAP has been in a variety of places,” she said.Racine said he intends to talk to Kitchel to learn more.Health Department Commissioner Harry Chen said Monday the proposal was an unwelcome 11th-hour surprise. The Health Department did not have a chance to comment, he said.“It is a proposal that could be very disruptive to the substance abuse treatment system we are creating, one that we hope will serve as a model for other states,” Chen said in an email.The amendment asks state officials to make sure the positions at ADAP that serve public health functions remain in the Department of Health. Positions and associated state and federal funding may be transferred to DVHA by June 30, 2015, the amendment says.If there are any savings as a result of the increased spending on hub and spoke, $30,000 should be used for needle exchange programs, the amendment says.It asks for a report to the Joint Fiscal Committee by September on the progress of the transfer. It should include a report on the impact to capacity and sustainability of residential substance abuse treatment facilities in the state, the amendment says.
Commercial Properties, Inc., Arizona’s largest locally owned commercial real estate brokerage, announced the sale of 4522-4530 N 7th Street in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Brandon Koplin of CPI’s Tempe Office Group represented the Buyer, Canal and Seventh, LLC.The ±12,613 SF, fully leased building was built in 1965 and is located just south of Camelback Road in the College Vista Subdivision adjacent to the Grand Canal. Brandon Koplin commented, “The buyer was motivated by the existing income on the property, excellent street frontage and future development potential on the 7th Street corridor.”The new owner, Canal and Seventh, LLC purchased the multi-tenant property, which closed at a value of $1.35 million.Just over a few blocks in the Camelback Corridor, Brandon Koplin also represented both sides of a Office Plaza deal at 4641-4645 N 12th Street in Phoenix, Arizona.The ±14,903 SF Class B, office plaza was built in 1982 and is just south of Camelback Road on the corner of 12th Street and Highland Avenue. Brandon Koplin stated, “12th Street Office Plaza sold to an owner/user, Arizona, LLC, in a quick 14 day escrow. The property is being updated cosmetically and 1/3 of the plaza will be available for lease.”The new owner/user, Arizona, LLC purchased the multi-tenant office plaza from the Gould Living Trust, which closed at value of $750,000.