Free Coronavirus rent payment plan tool launched for landlords and tenants

first_imgOnline rent payments firm Flatfair has launched a free tool for landlords and letting agents to help set up rent payment plans with tenants if they amass arrears during the Coronavirus crisis.Called Resolve, the tech has been launched as the government urges landlords and letting agents to talk to struggling tenants and work out payment plans rather than initiating eviction proceedings.Once the courts lockdown ends and judges start to deal with evictions once more, the tool may also help satisfy the strengthened pre-action protocols to be introduced.These will require landlords and letting agents prove they have worked with tenants to avoid legal proceedings before they can apply to the court for possession. A landlord who has or expects properties to fall into rent arrears can ask their tenant to upload proof of financial distress on to the platform such as a redundancy letter.These documents can then be reviewed before a landlord proposes a payment plan which the tenant can accept or reject. Once the payment plan is agreed, both parties sign the documents electronically.Any landlord, not just those who use Flatfair’s deposit alternative product, can sign up for Resolve free of charge.Disruption“As the disruption caused by Covid-19 started to mount across the rental sector, we knew we had to build something that would help landlords not get left behind,” says Franz Doerr, CEO of Flatfair.“This is a very uncertain time for landlords, most of whom work extremely hard to provide a good home to their tenants, and now see their livelihood put at risk.”“Resolve will give landlords certainty that they can simply arrange a rental payment plan online with their tenants and electronically sign a legally binding agreement with everything clearly documented.”Flatfair also plans to support landlords in recovering any outstanding rent as part of Resolve’s premium offering, which is being rolled out soon.Read more about Flatfair.  no deposit scheme coronavirus tenancy deposits flatfair Franz Doerr May 11, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Free Coronavirus rent payment plan tool launched for landlords and tenants previous nextCOVID-19 newsFree Coronavirus rent payment plan tool launched for landlords and tenantsFranz Doerr, CEO of deposits firm Flatfair, says its new Resolve service will help both sides negotiate instead of ending up in court.Nigel Lewis11th May 202004,260 Viewslast_img read more

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US Navy names sixth Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer

first_img View post tag: Flight III View post tag: USS George M. Neal View post tag: US Navy US Navy’s sixth Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be named in honor of Korean War veteran, and Navy Cross Recipient, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class George M. Neal, the US Navy secretary has announced.Neal, a native of Springfield, Ohio, served with Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE (HU-1), a Navy Helicopter rescue unit embarked from Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney during the Korean War.“At significant risk to his personal safety, Petty Officer Neal distinguished himself by volunteering to go into harm’s way into North Korea to rescue a fellow service member,” said Spencer. “He was a hero, and I am proud his legacy will live on in the future USS George M. Neal (DDG 131).”Neal was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on July 3, 1951, when, while serving with Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE, he and pilot Lt. j.g. John Koelsch attempted to rescue Marine Corps Captain James Wilkins. Wilkins crashed near Yondong in North Korea after his Corsair took antiaircraft fire.Keolsch and Neal located Wilkins and under increased enemy fire lowered the rescue sling, however the helicopter was soon disabled and crashed. For nine days, Neal assisted Keolsch and Wilkins in evading enemy forces before being captured and held as a Prisoner of War. Keolsch died during captivity but Wilkins and Neal were released and returned to the United States with more than 320 fellow POWs in 1952.The future USS George M. Neal (DDG 131) will be a Flight III destroyer capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously, and will contain a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems designed to support maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defense and vertical launch capabilities.The ship will be constructed at Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots. View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class Photo: An artist rendering of the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS George M. Neal (DDG 131). Photo: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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THE REQUEST AND REPLY RE: CARL SCHMITZ by The New Harmony Gazette Publisher Dan…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare So there you have it! The County Commissioners never engaged or directed an engineer’s study related to the Harmony Way Bridge. If they had or if a Commissioner had a copy of such a study it should have been turned over to and maintained by the County Auditor’s office for safekeeping. Mr. Schmitz has never produced the report that he claimed to have had and has not responded to emails, texts and letters from the New Harmony Gazette requesting a copy of the report. He has instead allowed the attorney for the County Commission to answer for him.FOOTNOTE: The City County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing. THE REQUEST AND REPLY RE: CARL SCHMITZ by The New Harmony Gazette Publisher Dan Barton(This is a copy of an Indiana Access to Public Records letter sent by The New Harmony Gazette to Posey County Commissioner Carl Schmitz on May 11th.)Dear Commissioner Schmitz:Pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act ( Ind. Code 5-14-3) I would like to obtain a copy of the following Public Records:In a cell phone text dated March 24, 2017, you stated to me that you had an engineer’s report stored in your barn that would confirm the remarks that you made to citizens of Posey County, Indiana at a public meeting on March 11th, concerning the status of the Harmony Way Bridge. You indicated, after I requested the report for the New Harmony Gazette, that it would take a couple of weeks for you to get it.More than two weeks have come and gone and I have not received the report nor any word from you regarding this matter. I also requested the report from you via a text message to your cell phone at 812-483-1629, on April 12, 2017. Again, no response! I believe the statements that you made were false and I am now taking steps to formally request the engineer’s report, that you say you have, through Indiana’s Public Access Act.Also on March 24, 2017 you indicated, via text, to me that the reason you voted “NO” twice in 2014 for Posey County to “Not” take title to the Harmony Way Bridge, was because of this unsubstantiated information which you indicate shows that it would cost $41 to $50 million to reopen the bridge. This decision had a potential negative effect on the economy of both The Town of New Harmony and Posey County. It has been calculated that the Harmony Way Bridge can attract gross receipts of nearly $600,000 per year and possibly as much as $500,000 in transient income per annum. It’s important for the voters and citizens to know that what you said that you depended upon to make your decision was based on factual data, such as a valid engineer’s report.On March 11, 2017 at a Public Meeting in Poseyville Indiana, entitled, Farm Bureau/Cracker Barrel Legislative Forum, you made the following statements pertaining to any assistance by the Posey County Government, whom you represent, participating in the reopening of the Harmony Way Bridge. The bridge is located on the Wabash River between New Harmony, Indiana and Crossville, Illinois:1)”I wouldn’t drive over it on a four wheeler.”2)“No one owns it.”3)The cost to update the bridge is $41 to $50 million dollars.Regarding the first comment, it must be pointed out that in July 2016, six citizens of Indiana and Illinois, myself included, walked across the entire Harmony Way Bridge together from Indiana to Illinois and back without any bridge structure reverberations. Everything went just fine.New Harmony Indiana, Road Maintenance Supervisor Bobby Grider has been observed by me and by several other residents of New Harmony over the past two years crossing the Harmony Way Bridge by bicycle from Illinois, where he lives, to New Harmony, Indiana, where he works. Grider comes over on the bridge in the morning, and back to Illinois in the afternoon. The bridge has not shown any negative effects from Mr. Grider’s many crossings back and forth on his bicycle. Please furnish the New Harmony Gazette, to my attention, the proof that you say you have in the form of an engineer’s report that validates your statement, “I wouldn’t drive over it on a four wheeler,” pertaining to the Harmony Way Bridge.In your second statement, “No one owns it,” I merely ask that you answer the following questions, in writing. Have you ever heard of the White County Bridge Commission? Are you familiar with the names David Rice and Michael Spud Egbert in that regard? Are you familiar with an Act of Congress dated April 12, 1941 under 55 Stat. 140, which created the White County Bridge Commission and authorized the Commission, the current owners, to purchase the Harmony Way Bridge? Please be so kind as to answer these questions in writing so that the New Harmony Gazette can convey your answers to the People of New Harmony and Posey County, Indiana.Your last statement was about the cost to update and reopen the Harmony Way Bridge at a cost of $41 to $50 million dollars. You confirm in a text message to me dated March 24, 2017, that this cost was your primary reason for voting “no” on the option of Posey County taking title to the Harmony Way Bridge on two separate occasions in 2014. You say it was from data on the engineer’s report which you have in your barn. According to all of the engineers reports, that I personally have in my possession currently, your comment has no basis in fact. This is the third time that I have requested the engineer’s report that you say you have, that proves your assertion regarding these inflated cost figures and was reported by you to the public on March 11, 2017. Please forward that engineer’s report to my attention at The New Harmony Gazette.I understand that if I seek a copy of these records, there may be a copying fee. Could you please inform me of that cost prior to making the copy. I can be reached at 347-757-8142 and email at [email protected] to the statute you have 7 calendar days to respond to this request.If you choose to deny the request, then you are required to respond in writing and state the statutory exception authorizing the withholding of all or part of the public record and the name and title or position of the person responsible for the denial.Please comply and release these reports to the New Harmony Gazette, to my attention at:The New-Harmony Gazette. Dan Barton, PublisherP.O. Box 551New Harmony, Indiana 47631Thank you for your assistance in this matter, Respectfully,Dan Barton, Publisher ——————————————————————————————————————————FOOTNOTES: As a post script to this Access to Public Records request: On Wednesday, May 24th, a letter was received by the New Harmony Gazette from W. Trent Van Haaften of the law firm Van Haaften & Farrar on behalf of the Board of Commissioners for Posey County Indiana, whom they serve.It is a three page letter. So in this edition of the Gazette I will simply try to summarize Mr. Van Haaften’s thoughts and statements regarding the issue of the engineer’s report that Commissioner Schmitz claims that he has and which The Gazette has requested. —————————————————————————————————————————— In short, Mr. Van Haaften said: “An elected official, in their capacity does not fall within the definition of a “public agency.” “We are interpreting and responding to your request as if it were directed to the Board of Commissioners as a commission, although it appears the request is directed at an individual office holder.”Mr. Van Haaften went on to say, “ …the Posey County Auditor serves as clerk of the county executive. This role includes maintaining the public records of the county executive (i.e County Commissioners).”In addition he said, “In one instance of your correspondence you pose a question to Commissioner Schmitz and ask him to answer it in writing. Since this request is being directed at an individual officeholder, we do not interpret the request as being made to a “public agency” as defined by Indiana Code….”However Mr. Van Haaften then stated, “Your correspondence does request an engineer’s report which you claim (actually Commissioner Schmitz claimed in his March text) is in the personal possession of Commissioner Schmitz. Again, we interpret the email correspondence directed at an individual officeholder as not being directed at a public agency as contemplated by Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act….”We have asked the County Auditor to provide us with any engineering reports maintained on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, if in fact any such records exist. Once she has had an opportunity to search the public records we will advise you of the outcome.”Finally, he further suggests, “Until such time, you may want to inquire of the Indiana Department of Transportation for information regarding studies of the Harmony Way Bridge. The Board of Commissioners for Posey County have not engaged or directed the study or preparation of any engineer’s for any purpose related to the Harmony Way Bridge. However, because of the State of Indiana’s involvement in the past with the bridge, a state agency such as INDOT may have created and/or are in possession of studies and reports relating to the Harmony Way Bridge.”——————————————————————————————————————————last_img read more

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Nature and nurture

first_imgWhat does a raspberry taste like? Well, to give a scientific answer, 13 hydrocarbons, 36 alcohols, 17 aldehydes, 22 ketones, 16 acids and 27 esters.Enter the ’flavourist’ a scientist who can mix up a quick raspberry in a test tube, and whose skills are increasingly in demand as the baking industry looks at ways to cut costs and reap various technical benefits.Estimates from Leatherhead Food Research suggest that the global flavourings market in food and drink was worth something between $6.5bn and $7bn in 2008, and growing at a rate of about 2% a year.By application, bakery, snacks and confectionery account for around a third of food and drink flavours consumption worldwide, according to Leatherhead’s Food and Beverages Trends in Western Europe report, published in November 2009.So what exactly do bakery flavourists have to offer and what are the market trends? Well it may not be as weird and wacky as one might expect. Of the growth areas that Leather-head has identified in its research, three chime with sup-pliers to the bakery sector: escalating demand for natural flavours; products that allow reductions in fat and sugar; and flavour alternatives, which allow cost savings.Firstly, though, there is the question of delivery. Flavours are generally used in baking in liquid or powdered form. Encapsulating the flavour is an area of innovation. The flavour releases at a set stage in the baking process, offering technical benefits as well as potential cost savings.Supplier Tastetech says hot cross buns are a seasonal example. Technical manager Gary Gray says bun spice can be quite aggressive to yeast. Encapsulating the flavour keeps the yeast and the spice separate and also means that, as the spice flavour releases later, less of it is needed to give the same impact.Lemon is another example of a flavour that it is useful to encapsulate so as not to clash with baking powder.Fresh approach neededMike Bagshaw director of International Taste Solutions says his firm, launched last year, wants to be an innovator on flavours. Bagshaw believes it is time for a fresh approach to flavour delivery. “Everyone thinks the flavour industry is innovating all the time, but customers often have the same old thing rammed down their throats. We want to help them come up with new solutions,” he says.To that end, he is working on some new top-secret proprietary delivery systems for flavours, set to launch in July.Stepping away from the lab to look at trends, natural and “authentic” flavours are increasingly in demand as clean-label continues to be a priority at retail level.It’s partly due to rising consumer awareness of healthy eating and artificial additives, but also driven by the fact that revised European legislation on labelling, making it mandatory to provide information on food colours and flavourings on the label (EC 1334/2008), comes into effect in January 2011.”Real fruit” and fruit flavours, which consumers see as being more natural and providing essential vitamins and nutrients are big growth areas. Simon Solway, MD of Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients says: “Customers want pure flavours. They have got to be natural it’s a prerequisite now. Retailers want to be innovative, but the most important thing is good, natural flavours.” Unifine’s products include Delifruit, a range of ready-to-use 70% fruit fillings in flavours such as strawberry and apple, for example.Meanwhile, supplier Frutarom has created what it calls a more natural strawberry flavouring, rather than the typical sweet confectionery strawberry flavour. The company cultivated a crop of strawberries, which were analysed at the point of optimum ripeness to take and replicate their profile.Other fruit flavour products coming through include URC concentrated fruit pieces, manufactured by Taura Natural Ingredients, which contain up to seven times their own weight in real fruit and are bake-stable.Dark chocolate, origin-specific flavours and flavours demonstrating provenance also tie in with the ’natural’ trend and, from the retailer’s point of view, give products a premium edge.Putting the flavour backThe second big focus in the flavours sector is on putting taste back into lower-sugar, lower-fat and lower-salt products, as well as gluten-free bakery products. Suppliers must ensure that taste profiles do not suffer.Balancing potential sensory disadvantages for the consumer is key, says Axel Graefe, general manager, taste solutions Europe at Frutarom, which already offers what it calls a “broad range of masking flavours” to cover any undesirable tastes.Meanwhile, supplier Synergy predicts that, as bakers become more aware of the health and wellness trend, products related to fat and saturated fat reduction, as well as sugar reduction, will become increasingly significant to the sector. Looking to the future, adding functional ingredients that allow manufacturers to make positive health claims will gradually become more common, says Donna Rose, marketing manager for Synergy Europe and Asia.The third trend, particularly in an economic downturn, is that manufacturers are looking at ways to cut ingredients’ costs by using flavour substitutes.Unifine’s Solway comments: “You see that cost is a huge issue; we are starting to win business by making sure that the flavours are at the right cost. People don’t just switch flavours from one day to the next it’s the ultimate characteristic of their product. But we can show them that using our products can improve taste.” Honey and butter are examples of ingredients where suppliers can save money by using alternative flavours, he says.Other examples from Frutarom include cocoa enhancer and two natural vanilla replacers, which can be used instead of synthetic vanilla in bakery. These enable manufacturers to make the claim “natural flavour”, while avoiding the higher costs of natural vanilla.But maybe more tried-and-tested routes are also worth reviewing. Malt supplier Muntons suggests it might be time to look again at malt. Marketing manager Andy Janes says using malt reduces the inclusion rate of the main flavour component. “Take savoury biscuits one of our customers wanted to introduce a cheese flavour and discovered that adding malt extract achieved this, without the addition of cheese. When cheese was then added, the flavour was outstanding far better than when cheese was added on its own.”California Raisins says raisins have a key role to play. Tartaric acid, found in raisins and juice concentrate, acts as a flavour enhancer, so any other flavours involved in the product will benefit. Raisins also contain propionic acid, which inhibits mould growth, thus potentially extending shelf-life.It seems that as science paces ahead, nature may already hold some of the best solutions. After all, it certainly thought of raspberries first. Blending in at BIE Dandy LionsDandy Lions, a honey importer and blender, promoted a new side to its business at this year’s Baking Industry Exhibition the manufacture of syrups. The company can offer refined and blended agave and maple syrup, as well as bespoke blends, where customers want extra ingredients blended with invert syrup. “It cuts out the processes for them,” says the firm’s Hamish Deas. “For example, we’re producing a maple-flavoured syrup that contains invert syrup, pure maple syrup and a maple flavour in there to stand up to production, and it also has some salt, because that’s what our customer wants bespoke to them. Basically, anything anybody wants blending, we can blend it.” Elgar FoodsAlso offering bespoke blends was Elgar Foods, which showcased spicy apricot, apple with toffee fudge, minty raspberry, rhubarb with a hint of ginger and a cherry ’Bakewell’ jam with an almond flavour. It uses cold-stable starch, as well as heat-stable starches to mimic the characteristics of a hot processed jam. These are ambient-stable with a 12-week shelf-life. “We’re trying to give customers the opportunity to put different flavours into their products; 99% of our products are bespoke,” said business development manager Adam Day. Another jam it makes uses 2% expanded orange peel to give 30% more fibre.last_img read more

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Mouthing off

first_img“Peter sets to work and introduces me to the ’Bitch’. The Bitch is the starter, the natural, yeasty leaven that makes the good bread really good bread. The Bitch smells strong and vinegary and she makes popping, breathing sounds that tell us she is alive and well”one food blog, This could be Ludlow or Anywhere, gets an insight into how Price & Sons’ head baker Peter Cook treats his starter”Greggs now sells water with a ’sports cap’. They might as well sell pies with track spikes”comedian and star of The Thick of It Chris Addison is unconvinced by Greggs’ latest offer”Clearly, the message from The Hague today is simple: you can kill and rape and mutilate as much as you like, but if you really want to gain a purchase on early 21st-century western discourse you need to have once had contact with a celebrity in some incredibly minor way. Even now, let’s hope that the Janjaweed militia are making a pitch for posterity by sending baskets of muffins to Lindsay Lohan”handing baked gifts to celebrities could be the best way for an aspiring dictator to gain global notice, says The Guardian’s Marina Hyde, irked by the media hype surrounding Naomi Campbell’s witness appearance at The Hague for having allegedly received a ’blood diamond’ gift from former Liberian despot Charles Taylorlast_img read more

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Weedmaps To Host Legal “Marijuana Oasis” During Coachella, Right Near Festival Grounds

first_imgIt’s no secret that our society’s views on marijuana have relaxed significantly over the past decade. More than half of the 50 states currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. Most recently, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all passed measures in November legalizing recreational marijuana. California’s Prop. 64 measure allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.But while the law has changed its tune about weed in California, many of the state’s large-scale music events–like Coachella–still don’t officially allow pot on their grounds–That’s where WeedMaps, the self-described “Yelp of marijuana dispensaries,” comes into play. Along with Talent Resources, the tech startup is planning a 420-friendly event just down the road from Coachella to provide festival-goers with a legal VIP weed “oasis” in the desert.[photo via TMZ]The companies have purchased a nearby compound to host the event, which sources say will play host to “two grow houses, a greenhouse, and 5 geodesic domes to test different strains from GenX, Brass Knuckle and West Coast Cure.” The TMZ exclusive also states that each of the domes pictured above will offer a different “pot experience,” including vaping, edibles, regular old toking, and basically any other method you can dream up.[h/t – TMZ][Cover photo via Herb.co]last_img read more

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Greensky Bluegrass Releases Psychedelic Title Track From Upcoming Album, ‘All For Money’ [Listen]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass is gearing up for the release of their seventh studio album, All For Money, due out on January 18th, 2019 via the band’s own label, Big Blue Zoo Records. Today, the jamgrass quintet has released the album’s title track, “All For Money”, a psychedelic exploration of the album’s core message that you can listen to below.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“The title of the album comes from a song with the same name. I thought on this concept for a long time,” said GSBG frontman Paul Hoffman in a press release. “This paradox that exists in doing what you love or having your dreams come true. We are so truly blessed. But also, what if the support and all the attention starts to feel like crowding and containment. I wanted to be careful about how to say this. It’s tricky. I’m not harboring any resent or regret. Far from it in fact. Pride and honor. But if we get tired or if we’re making decisions based on our needs to eat or the desires of others, well, that’s just not ‘doing what you love.’ The song and the album are so much about us. It’s about what we do and the love we receive in return. So ‘if you need a voice, I’m yours friend. For something better in the end.”“Never has one of our ‘title tracks’ felt more like a true title track to me,” added dobro master Anders Beck. “This song defines us, not just in Paul’s lyrics that speak of the roller coaster of emotions we go through as a band, but in the way in which we deliver the message. Playful, joyous, fearless, psychedelic, triumphant, weird, emotional … all of these words describe the way we play on this song. Each section feels like an opus. It comes in waves and requires your focus to make it through … if you do, the reward is strong. We’re asking the most we ever have of our listeners on this song. Believe us, the payoff is worth it.”The follow up to 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, the new twelve-track record was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White’s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown.ALL FOR MONEY TRACKLISTING1. Do It Alone2. Murder of Crows3. What You Need4. Ashes5. Courage for the Road6. Collateral Damage7. Like Reflections8. Cathedral Eyes9. Wish I Didn’t Know10. It’s Not Mine Anymore11. Do Harm12. All For MoneyView TracklistingGreensky Bluegrass has a handful of dates left before celebrating New Year’ Eve at the iconic Riviera Theatre in Chicago from December 28th through the 31st. Then, in January, the band will kick off an extended winter tour with special guests Circles Around The Sun, Billy Strings, and Cris Jacobs Band, with stops at famed venues across the country including The Ryman Auditorium, The Beacon Theatre, The Anthem, The Tabernacle, and more.REMAINING FALL TOUR DATESNovember 16 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ *November 17 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *November 23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre ^November 24 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre ^December 28 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre %December 31 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre – “Three Sets of Greensky Bluegrass”*w/ The Lil Smokies^w/ Lindsay Lou#w/ The Jeff Austin Band% w/ Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesWINTER TOUR DATESJanuary 10 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre *January 11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia *January 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre *January 16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *January 17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *January 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *January 19 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *January 22 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing Terrace ^January 23 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ^January 24 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine ^January 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz ^January 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte ^January 27 – Charleston, WV – Mountain StageJanuary 29 – Portland, ME – State Theatre #January 30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues #January 31 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #February 2 – Washington DC – The Anthem #February 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #February 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #February 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #February 8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitFebruary 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit*w/ Circles Around the Sun#w/ Billy Strings^Cris Jacobs BandUPCOMING FESTIVAL APPEARANCESDecember 7 – 11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & SolApril 11 – 14 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Bender JamboreeView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Candidates announced for Overseers, Alumni Association elected directors

first_imgThis spring, alumni can vote for a new group of Harvard Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) elected directors.Ballots will be mailed no later than April 1. Completed ballots must be received, at the indicated address, by 5 p.m. E.D.T. on May 16 to be counted. All holders of Harvard degrees, except Corporation members and officers of instruction and government, are entitled to vote for Overseer candidates. The election for HAA directors is open to all Harvard degree holders.Candidates for Overseer may also be nominated by petition. Eligible voters may go to www.harvard.edu/board-election for more information. The deadline for all petitions is February 1.The HAA Nominating Committee has proposed the following candidates in 2017:FOR OVERSEER:Paul L. Choi ’86 magna cum laude, J.D. ’89 magna cum laudePartner, Sidley Austin LLPChicago, ILMariano-Florentino Cuéllar ’93 magna cum laudeJustice, Supreme Court of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CADarienne B. Driver, Ed.M. ’06, Ed.D. ’14Superintendent of Schools, Milwaukee Public SchoolsMilwaukee, WICarla Harris ’84 magna cum laude, M.B.A. ’87Vice Chair of Wealth Management and Managing Director, Morgan StanleyNew York, NYLane MacDonald ’88 cum laudePresident, FMR Diversified InvestmentsBoston, MAElizabeth D. Samet ’91 magna cum laudeProfessor of English, U.S. Military AcademyWest Point, NYCraig R. Stapleton ’67 magna cum laude, M.B.A. ’70Senior Advisor, Stone Point CapitalGreenwich, CTLeslie P. Tolbert ’73 cum laude, Ph.D. ’78Regents’ Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of ArizonaTucson, AZFOR ELECTED DIRECTOR:Martha Abbruzzese Genieser ’91Director of Philanthropy, Alan Howard Family OfficeLondon, U.K.Nathaniel Q. Belcher, M.Arch. ’92Professor of Architecture, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, PASangu Julius Delle ’10 cum laude, J.D. ’17, M.B.A. ’17Chairman and CEO, Golden Palm Investments Corporation; Founder and President, cleanacwaAccra, GhanaDrew Engles ’87 cum laudeHand and Microvascular Surgeon, Akron Children’s HospitalAkron, OHSachin H. Jain ’02 magna cum laude, M.D. ’06, M.B.A. ’07President and Chief Executive Officer, CareMore Health SystemCerritos, CAElena Hahn Kiam ’85 cum laudeCo-Owner and Creative Director, K-FIVE LLC d/b/a lia sophia; Co-Owner and non-executive Marketing Director, Cirrus Healthcare ProductsNew York, NYRonald P. Mitchell ’92 cum laude, M.B.A. ’97Chief Executive Officer, Virgil Inc.New York, NYPaola A. Peacock Friedrich, S.M. ’06, Ed.L.D. ’14Human Capital Management Consultant, AchieveMissionMarblehead, MALeslie Miller Saiontz ’81Founder and President, Achieve MiamiMiami, FLlast_img read more

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New Business Starts Slow Down in 2007

first_imgMontpelier. Secretary of StateDeb Markowitz announced March 13 that the number of new businesses registered withher office’s Corporations Division during the year 2007 have declined ascompared to prior years.   As of January 1, 2008, there wereregistered in Vermont 16,561 Vermont corporations, 8,848 foreign corporations(out-of-state companies doing business in Vermont), 43,143 trade names (soleproprietorships), and 15,641 limited liabilities companies. Of these, 9,452were newly formed in 2007.  This is somewhat less than the 9,971 newbusinesses that registered in 2006. “In past years we have foundthat our business-starts statistic is a good barometer of confidence within thebusiness community, said Secretary Markowitz. The fact that wecontinue to have over 9,000 new businesses registering in the state is goodnews, but we should be watching carefully to see whether the slight decline isan aberration or the start of a new downward trend, Markowitz said. According to Markowitz, corporate dissolutions are also upslightly.  The 867 dissolutions in 2007 represent a small decrease from the883 dissolutions in 2006.  In addition to seeing a decrease ingrowth for certain for-profit enterprises, the Secretary of State’s office alsoexperienced a decrease in filings of new non-profit corporations.  The 413new nonprofit corporations represented 50 fewer filings than in 2006.  NewBusiness Starts Slow Down in 2007 Filings with Vermont’s Secretary of State’s Office shownew business starts lagging in 2007 Secretary of State Deb Markowitzsaid, The slow down of newly formed business entities is a change fromthe steady increases we have seen over the past decade. It may simply be ananomaly or it may reflect Vermonters concerns about a potentialrecession or it could be a result of the contraction of the lendingmarket.  Markowitz said, Although500 fewer new businesses registered in 2007 than the previous year, it isimportant to remember that this is considerably more than what we saw a decadeago.  In 1997 there were 7,235 new business registrations, which isover 2,000 less than in 2007. The 9,452 new Vermont business starts in 2007 includebusinesses that have been formed as corporations, as limited liabilitycorporations and those using a tradename.  Markowitz said We didnot see a decrease in every form of business entity this year.  This yearwe saw continued growth in new businesses forming as LLCs. Markowitz said, With the exception of last year, over the past six yearsthe number of new LLCs has increased by about 300 a year, said SecretaryMarkowitz.  In 2007 about 260 more new LLCs formed as compared to2006. Markowitz said The 929 newforeign corporations filed in 2006 represent a decrease of about 40 from thenew filings registered in 2006. #30Secretary ofStates Office New Business RegistrationsYEAR (1996 – 2007)199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007New Corporations283327032494263525562387257727532634247923911851New Trade Names402539983948402439893866432845914296421243174074New LLC18453468291712231504186322622801312432633527TOTAL704272357124757677687757876896069731981599719452 The Office of the Vermont Secretaryof State licenses and registers foreign and domestic corporations, non-profits,LLCs, and tradenames and is the repository for Uniform Commercial Code filings.Information about the services offered by the Corporations Division, includingregistration forms and searchable databases, is available at www.sec.state.vt.us(link is external).  last_img read more

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Colombia Trains Partner Nations in Advanced Combat

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo August 02, 2016 Colombian Army officers trained 18 members of three partner nation armies in irregular combat, survival, intelligence, and human rights during the First International Advanced Combat Course (ACC) in Colombia. The training will help students increase their operational capabilities during security missions. A total of 114 cadets from Colombia and 18 from other Latin American countries –including 16 from the Dominican Republic, one from Peru, and one from Panama – participated in the first ACC. The training took place from March 21st through June 14th at the José María Córdova Military Cadet School (ESMIC, for its Spanish acronym) at the Tolemaida Military Base. The ACC consisted of “training and education, encouraging responsible leadership among [the students] in decision-making when undertaking small-unit combat operations, as well as teamwork in the realm of national security and defense,” Colonel Faustino Almonte, director of Plans, Operations and Training for the Dominican Army, told Diálogo. “The goal of the instruction is to increase capabilities in both regular and irregular tactical combat operations.” After eight weeks of intensive training, a closing ceremony featured the attendance of Dominican and Colombian Army authorities. The Colombian Army has entrusted the ESMIC with the responsibility of training and developing its members to take on distinct war-time or peace-time scenarios, with the goal of sharing the institution’s strengths with the world. The ACC is a mandatory prerequisite to advance to the rank of Second Lieutenant. At the end of the training, students who came in first in the overall rankings in each area received commendations such as the Fighting Spirit Award. Colombian Second Lieutenant Yina Paola Montenegro Villanueva was distinguished as the only woman to participate in the course. Maj. Gen. Matos said that “this is the first time Dominican Army members and cadets are being trained by another Latin American country, and it is also the first time since 1844 that they are being trained at a sister military academy. Today, in an unprecedented event, the first class of cadets – a class that had the privilege of receiving instruction in the ACC – is graduating from the Batalla de las Carreras Military Academy,” according to a May 21st ESMIC press release. Experienced Colombian officers taught participants the best irregular combat techniques including: signaling military ground targets, air assault, command station, lessons learned, urban combat, irregular combat maneuvers, communications, water combat survival, military geography, intelligence, health, and mines and explosive devices. At the same time, students participated in workshops on human rights and on the use of satellite navigation Global Positions Systems (GPS). The teamwork of Colombia’s different military units became evident during the ACC’s physical training exercises. The Air Force, Special Forces, School of Human Rights, Marine Corps, Ranger School, and School of Noncommissioned Officers lent their support to the joint exercises and shared knowledge with the students according to each partof the program. “This exchange was requested by the Commander General of the Domincan Army, Major General José Eugenio Matos de la Cruz,” Col. Almonte said. The exchange was a result of agreements reached at the Conference of American Armies, which took place in Bogotá in November 2015. “We are very thankful and we know it will be of great benefit for our Officers and Cadets,” Col. Almonte added. The cadets and the second lieutenant, all between the ages of 20 and 24, were selected after undergoing rigorous trust and ability tests. “This importance of this interesting Advanced Combat Course is the enrichment of tactical knowledge in a doctrine that is different than ours, specifically, the professionalism that the Colombian National Army has acquired from its experience and rigorous training,” said Col. Almonte. “The cadets will share their experience with their compatriots.” The cooperative relationship between the armies of the two countries is one of permanent solidarity. “We bind our armies eternally; we aspire to create a connection that lasts forever and is a model of brotherhood and permanent solidarity,” said Maj. Gen. Matos during the graduation ceremony. “Two military institutions created paths of friendship and mutual cooperation, paths of solid and unbreakable bonds.” Daniel Pou, an associate researcher at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute in the Dominican Republic, said, “It is a good thing that Dominican cadets are beginning to learn experiences that are different than the traditional ones they have always had. We hope that this training is more consistent with the holistic view of the focus of what we call defense.”last_img read more

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