Chris Stapleton Announces 2019 Tour With Marcus King Band, Margo Price, & More

first_imgToday, Chris Stapleton has announced an extensive 2019 summer/fall tour featuring support from The Marcus King Band, Margo Price, Brent Cobb, Brothers Osborne, Kendell Marvel, and more.The tour will kick off on July 9th at Allentown, PA’s PPL Center and continue throughout the end of July and beginning of August with King and Price. On August 15th in Erie, PA, the support lineup will shift to The Marcus King Band and Brent Cobb for a seven-show run that will take Chris Stapleton and company through the end of August. The tour will resume in October and run through early November with help from Kendell Marvel, Brothers Osborne, and more.Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 1st. Sign up for exclusive pre-sale access at StapletonFanClub.com. Fan club pre-sales begin Tuesday, Jan 29th.The newly announced All American Road Show dates come in addition to a mix of festival appearances and other gigs that will keep Stapleton busy throughout the early months of 2019. For a full list of upcoming Chris Stapleton shows, head to his website. For a list of the newly announced performances, see below.Chris Stapleton – All American Road Show – 2019 Tour Dates July 9 – Allentown, PA*July 19 – Omaha, NE*July 25 – Bangor, ME*July 27 – Canandaigua, NY*August 1 – Charleston, WV*August 9 – Holmdel, NJ*August 10 – Burgettstown, PA*August 11 – Columbia, MD*August 15 – Erie, PA^August 16 – Grand Rapids, MI^August 17 – Toronto, ON^August 22 – Wichita, KS^August 23 – Little Rock, AR^August 24 – Bossier City, LA^August 29 – Huntsville, AL^October 3 – Springfield, MO+October 4 – Oklahoma City, OK#October 5 – Memphis, TN+October 10 – Jacksonville, FL#October 11 – Tampa, FL#October 12 – West Palm Beach, FL#October 17 – Charleston, SC+October 18 – Virginia Beach, VA+October 19 – Greensboro, NC+October 25 – Peoria, IL+October 26 – Kansas City, MO+November 1 – Greensville, SC+November 2 – Louisville, KY+*with Margo Price & The Marcus King Band^with Brent Cobb & The Marcus King Band+with Brothers Osborne & Kendell Marvel#with TBA & Kendell MarvelView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Falsettos Revival Sets Fall Broadway Dates

first_img Related Shows View Comments The Broadway revival of Falsettos is back on track. The William Finn and James Lapine musical will begin performances on September 29 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Opening night is set for October 27. Casting will be announced at a later date.Lapine, who directed the original production, returns to helm the revival. Spring Awakening’s Spencer Liff will choreograph. The production is a collaboration between Jujamcyn Theaters and Lincoln Center Theater; Jujamcyn president Jordan Roth initially announced plans for a spring 2016 Broadway bow.The tuner follows Marvin who struggles to create a “tight-knit family” out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist and his neighbors). Amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility and what it means to be a man.Finn took home the 1993 Tony Award for Best Score and shared Best Book with Lapine for the 1992 production. The cast included Michael Rupert as Marvin, as well as Chip Zien, Carolee Carmello, Barbara Walsh, Heather MacRae, Jonathan Kaplan and Stephen Bogardus.The new production will feature sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier.The Walter Kerr Theatre’s next tenant will be The Crucible, which plays a limited engagement from March 1 through July 17. Falsettos Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

Community service

first_imgWhile many teenagers play video games and hang out with their friends, 17-year-old Chelsie Restrepo spends her free time doing community service projects and helping the less fortunate.Helping others in needThe Bacon County 4-H’er began her community service when she was only 13. She and her mother organized a benefit that raised more than $1,000 for a local family with financial difficulties. Recently she raised enough money to purchase a swing-set and refurbish the local Department of Family and Children Services playground that is used for supervised visits between children and parents. For two summers, she organized a summer camp for DFACS children. And she collected more than 400 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts for the DFACS children’s Christmas party. A beauty pageant organized by Restrepo raised more than $3,000 which was used to buy Christmas gifts for DFACS children and fund a Teen Maze at Bacon County High School. The interactive event taught students how to make wise choices when dealing with sex, drugs and alcohol.Mastering in leadershipCombined, these activities earned Restrepo the title of Master 4-H’er in Leadership in Action at the 2010 Georgia State 4-H Congress. With encouragement from Bacon County 4-H Program Assistant Faye Miller, Restrepo began her community service work several years ago.“Chelsie wanted to do something that would make the lives of children better, so she selected human development as her 4-H project area,” said Ann Wildes, the Bacon County 4-H program coordinator.Wildes credits part of Restrepo’s success to her close knit and supportive family; especially her mother, Kim Manning. “Her mother is very, very community-minded and she is someone who supports and encourages Chelsie 100 percent,” Wildes said.Restrepo also earned first place honors in human development at 4-H District Project Achievement where her topic was child abuse, a topic she personally relates to. As a child, she was a victim of emotional abuse. Chartering a youth Exchange ClubTo learn public speaking skills, Wildes encouraged Restrepo to share her personal experience at the local chamber of commerce, Exchange Club and Lions Club meetings. “The Exchange Club raises funds for child abuse so they helped Chelsie fund the playground project,” she said. “They also asked her to start a junior Exchange Club at her high school.”Restrepo followed through on the request and started what is now the first high school Exchange Club chapter in the nation. She has since spoken at the district Exchange Club meeting on Jekyll Island and the club’s national meeting held in California. “Chelsie is a resilient young lady,” said Wildes. “She doesn’t let anything knock her off her feet. She works hard and always does anything we have asked her to do. Chelsie is a prime example of the fact that if you work hard, the opportunities are just endless in 4-H.”last_img read more

Mountain Mama: How to Stay Fit During the Holidays

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,The cooler temperatures, leftovers, football, and online shopping have left me feeling as if I’ve melted into the couch. I’m nervous that the next four weeks will derail my exercise routine. How do I stay committed to fitness during the holiday season?Thanks,Couch-Man———————————————————————Dear Couch-Man,Too often the food and cocktails conspire to add inches to our waist-lines. Even worse, the alcohol, sugar, and fat leave us feeling so sluggish that we lose motivation. Count ’em, there are 35 days of temptation this year between Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Here are four tips to fortify your commitment to health and stay fit during the holidays:Get Outside.Sure, the fire is cozy and the sofa is comfortable. Instead, embrace your inner child and discover the winter wonderland waiting outside your front door. The ski reports look promising for powder turns this winter. Even if you can’t hit the slopes, winter offers plenty of opportunities to play, from sledding and snowball fights to ice skating and snowshoeing.Start Active Traditions.Create something for you and your family to look forward to when the thermometer plunges. Check race calendars for jingle bell runs and New Year’s resolutions races. Encourage your family to ride their bikes to Christmas Eve service. Or rally your friends for a caroling jog around the neighborhood. Reinvent how you spend the holidays by adding a hike, run, or ride as part of your seasonal traditions.Bring Healthy Treats.The buffet line and dessert tray interferes with even our best of intentions. To ensure there’s a healthy option at the next holiday party, be sure to bring a dish that’s easy on the waistband. Consider healthy swaps while baking, like coconut oil instead of butter or almond flour in place of white flour.Incorporate Exercise.It’s easy to miss your bike ride because you had to mail a holiday package or attend the office party. If your calendar is crammed full of obligations, get creative and incorporate exercise into your holiday errands. Be the first one to get on the dance floor at the next party. Load up the jogging stroller with holiday packages and run to the post office. Worse case scenario, lace up your sneakers and power walk around the mall.Couch-Man, don’t let the turkey and leftovers lead to a downward spiral. Staying committed to your exercise routine will reinforce healthy eating choices. By eating right and working out, you’ll have room on your New Year resolution list for new fitness goals, like registering for a marathon or signing up for a century bike ride.Cheers!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million in Traffic Safety Improvements

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $5 Million in Traffic Safety Improvements SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 04, 2019center_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 24 municipalities will receive over $5 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania’s communities through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) “Green Light-Go” program.“The safety improvements supported by the Green Light-Go program not only help municipalities relieve congestion and traffic flow, they help Pennsylvanians move safely and efficiently,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m proud to help our communities improve mobility for Pennsylvanians.”Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited t: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.Following is a list of approved projects:Allegheny CountyBethel Park – $44,000 for installation of pedestrian countdown signals, push buttons, and pavement markings at the intersection of Fort Couch Road and Oxford DriveCoraopolis Borough – $160,000 to modernize the traffic signal at State Avenue and Montour StreetSpringdale Borough – $430,000 to replace two traffic signals at the Pittsburgh Street/James Street and Pittsburgh Street/School Street intersectionsBerks CountyWyomissing Borough – $173,995 for LED replacement, pedestrian signal upgrades, and controller upgrades at 29 intersectionsCentre CountyFerguson Township – $80,000 for modernizing loop detectors with dilemma zone radar detection at two intersections along Blue Course Drive and Science Park RoadChester CountyEast Whiteland Township – $195,760 for use of automated traffic signal performance measures with upgraded detection at five intersections along PA 29 Morehall RoadSchuylkill Township – $64,455 for upgrading vehicle detection at two intersections along Valley Forge RoadColumbia CountyTown of Bloomsburg – $172,624 for retiming traffic signals at nine intersections, upgrading controllers, and providing connectivity to the regional Traffic Management CenterCumberland CountyEast Pennsboro Township – $160,000 for LED installation and controller replacement at 18 intersectionsSilver Spring Township – $219,436 for replacement of the traffic signal at Carlisle Pike and Commerce DriveDauphin CountySwatara Township – $210,406 for modernization of the traffic signal at SR 441 & Chambers Hill Road including additional left turn phasesLancaster CountyLancaster City – $691,760 for development of updated signal timing for the City’s 90 downtown traffic signals, including vehicle detection installation at eight key intersections for traffic signal performance measuresLititz Borough – $132,400 for upgrading outdated controllers at nine traffic signals and improving phasing and timing at the PA 501/PA 772 intersectionsWest Lampeter Township – $269,889 for upgrading vehicle detection at six intersections, signal retiming, signal head upgrades, and left turn phase evaluationLebanon County:Union Township – $187,572 for traffic signal retiming, vehicle detection upgrades, and controller replacement to provide monitoring and communications technology at three intersections along Fisher AvenueMercer CountyHempfield Township – $44,292 for upgrading pedestrian signals and developing optimized traffic signal timingsMontgomery CountyCheltenham Township – $537,138 for modernization of the traffic signals at the Washington Lane/Shoppers Lane and Greenwood Avenue/Longfellow Road/Rices Mill Road intersectionsLower Providence Township – $342,025 for use of automated traffic signal performance measures with fiber optic communication, controller upgrades, and detection upgrades at three intersections along Egypt RoadMontgomery Township – $400,206 for modernization of four traffic signals at Bethlehem Pike/Montgomery Mall entrances, Bethlehem Pike/North Wales Road, and Horsham Road/Pheasant Run.Upper Moreland Township – $160,000 for upgrading traffic signals at Davisville Road and Easton Road to improve safety at the at-grade SEPTA rail crossingSusquehanna CountyChoconut Township – $7,193.20 to upgrade vehicle detection at the intersection of SR 267 and Stanley LakeUnion CountyKelly Township – $263,094 for traffic signal retiming, controller upgrades, and communication at seven intersections along US Route 15York CountyFairview Township – $30,990 to upgrade three traffic signal controllersManchester Township – $269,889 for upgrading vehicle detection at three intersections, controller replacements, and signal head upgradesA list of recipients, project descriptions, and the amount of state investment is also available at www.penndot.gov on the “Traffic Signals, Management” page under “Travel In PA”.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.last_img read more

PFA boosts private equity investment as risk-return profile improves

first_imgPFA , Denmark’s largest pensions institution after ATP, has stepped up its investment in private equity in the first quarter, saying returns relative to risk are better in the sector than in the listed market.Reporting returns for the first three months of this year, the labour-market pensions provider said investment returns fell to 2.8% before pensions tax (PAL) for unit link products, down from 3.7% in the same period the year before.For with-profits pensions, however, investments produced a 4.0% return, up from 0.5% in the corresponding period in 2013.Jesper Langmack, director and head of equities at PFA Asset Management, told IPE: “We increased our private equity because we see better risk-reward compared to the listed market.” This year, PFA sold direct equity investments in health and roadside-assistance company Falck and commercial bank FIH at very good returns, he said. PFA invested in FIH in cooperation with ATP, and the two have also co-invested in DONG Energy. The DONG Energy deal, which also attracted funding from vehicles run by Goldman Sachs, was controversial at the time and led to a split in the coalition government. Langmack  was positive about the provider’s involvement in such deals alongside ATP. “As the leading investor together with ATP on the Danish market we get access to the best deal flow and normally exclusivity in the process, so we can de-risk the transaction in the process to minimise the tail risk.”“Furthermore, our clients are moving from defined benefit to mark-to-market products, so the capital consumption is much lower, allowing PFA to buy more risky assets than before,” he said.The investment deals with DONG, FIH and Welltec gave PFA a global footprint in the market, Langmack said, adding that this provided the institution with further access to good deals.At the same time as expanding its private equity investment, PFA has increased its holdings in Danish equities, Langmack said.“We are now the largest Danish shareholder on most Danish large caps,” he said.As examples of this, he said the pensions provider now had DKK4bn (€536m) in Novo and DKK2.5bn in Mærsk.“As well as this, we have increased our investments in high-dividend European equities to more than €1bn as part of our new strategy, producing high and stable returns of 6%,” Langmack said.This year Danish equities had outperformed global markets by 17%, he said.PFA also reported that contributions fell to DKK6.35bn in the first quarter from DKK6.67bn in the same period the year before.The reason contributions were down year-on-year was in part due to the regulator’s announcement in the Autumn of 2013 that there would be new rules on the transfer of pensions from with-profits products to unit link pensions, it said.This had kept the market for transfers on hold, it added.The draft law on how transfer sums should be assigned came into force on May 15, 2014, PFA said, adding that the company has since re-opened the option for customers to switch savings internally from with-profits products to its unit link pension product PFA Plus.Ongoing contributions, however, rose by nearly DKK200m in the first quarter compared to the first quarter 2013 to DKK4.48bn, PFA said this growth reflected the many new companies and organisations that had decided to switch to PFA as pension provider in 2013 and 2012.Total assets slipped to DKK408.1bn at the end of March 2014 from DKK417.5bn at the end of December.The solvency ratio increased to 254% at the end of the quarter from 240% at the end of 2013.last_img read more

ECB move provides ‘toxic cocktail’ for pension scheme funding

first_imgThe impact on pension scheme funding as a result of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing (QE) needs to be managed and considered, consultants say.Yesterday, Mario Draghi, ECB president, announced a €1.1trn programme to purchase euro-zone sovereign bonds in a bid to boost economic growth and stave off inflation.However, as additional capital flows into sovereign bond markets across the currency union, historically low yields will be squeezed even further – affecting the discount rate used in pension fund liability accounting.Research by Mercer in Ireland found deficits in defined benefit (DB) schemes for companies on the Irish Stock Exchange, and semi-state companies, increased by €10bn over 2014 as yields across Europe and the UK fell over the year. “Yesterday’s announcement will further increase liabilities and, in many cases, deficits,” the consultancy said.“The impact of QE, including falls in bond yields and the weakening of the euro, will cause further challenges for plan sponsors and trustees alike. Funding proposals, already facing pressure, may go off-track and need to be re-cast.”Aon Hewitt global head of asset allocation, Tapan Datta, said the cocktail of ECB capital moving into bond markets – lowering yields and forcing funds to look elsewhere – was almost toxic.“It could be worse if equity markets were weakened, but this has not happened,” he said. “It would have completed the damage that has been done to funding levels.”With funding levels, particularly in UK pension funds, now lower than they were five years previous, Datta said it gave credit to arguments for trustees to take liability risk management more seriously.However, he said, on the other side, many of the developments have been unexpected, and nobody predicted oil prices would fall 60% and 10-year UK Gilts to still yield less than 1.5%.“This is a rare market eventuality, which has caught a lot of people on the hop,” he added.Mercer UK partner Alan Baker said there was no real impact currently, but that this was because QE had already been priced in by markets.For UK pension funds, however, the outlook for funding was less rosy.“There will now be a downward pressure on UK Gilts with a shift from investors in euro-zone bonds,” he said.He said they would also be supported by a growing UK economy, which would also be boosted by economic growth for its euro-zone partners.“It is not entirely clear which one is going to win,” he said.“For European pension funds, the QE will not help them right now, as rates will be pushed down and stay down.“But in the long-run it demonstrates the bank will to do something and stimulate the European economy, which will be a good for them.“It is to some extent positive, but it is painful time now.”In the Netherlands, Mercer and Aon Hewitt both warned of significant negative funding effects for pension funds as a result of the expansionary monetary policy.last_img read more

Parry Bellot’s apology to DPSU

first_imgParry Bellot during his press conference on 15th January, 2012.Government’s productivity consultant Parry Bellot who suggested at a press conference on January 25th, 2012 that 80% of public officers were unproductive has issued an apology to that organization.In a letter dated March 8th, 2012, Bellot communicated to the Union that he thought it best to retract his statement “in the interest of moving forward.He underscores in his letter that the statement was made based on his personal assessment and not on any scientific analysis.The letter which is addressed to the president, general secretary and membership states as follows;“Gentlemen:As promised at our meeting today which included your Executive, I am pleased to put in writing the following:I hereby, after much thought and in the interest of moving forward, formally retract my statement (expressed as a personal opinion in reply to a question at my press conference on the 25th Jan, 2012) that in my rough estimation, the public service works at about 20% efficiency. I understand that this caused some hurt among your membership, especially as it was not based on any scientific analysis, merely my own opinion based on several years personal assessment.In retrospect, it probably would have been best, given the importance of the subject and the many persons impacted, NOT to have even suggested that personal opinion. For that I apologize.As indicated at our very friendly meeting (and in previous discussions) I look forward to us working together to improve productivity throughout our society, and specifically to help the PSU be able to fully justify in the not too distant future, substantial increases in pay because of equivalent increases in productivity that is then appreciated by Dominica and Dominicans generally.I thank you for your continued cooperation.Sincerely, P.R. Bellot”Dominica Vibes News Share 27 Views   one comment Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Parry Bellot’s apology to DPSU by: – March 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Juventus to offer player-plus-cash deal for Paul Pogba

first_img But the midfielder has increasingly tested his manager’s patience since suffering an ankle injury which has seen him play just twice in three months. Pogba jetted off abroad during his recovery and posted videos dancing and playing basketball. This was despite him complaining of discomfort, which his camp now claim needs surgery to resolve. Juventus will offer Adrien Rabiot in a player-plus-cash deal for Paul Pogba. The Italian giants believe they can tempt Manchester United into selling — with Pogba’s relationship at Old Trafford breaking down. Read Also: Man United eye £50m-rated Everton star as replacement for Haaland Pogba will only have a year left on his contract this summer and United would risk losing him on a free in 2021. So striking a deal now might represent their best chance of getting a decent fee. And with Rabiot a ready-made replacement, it might be the ideal arrangement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juve were prepared to wait until the end of the season before trying to entice the French midfielder back to the club. But SunSport understands they now believe a deal worth around £85million can be done this month as United want rid of their wayward star. French World Cup winner Rabiot has struggled to settle in Turin since his move from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. And Juve reckon they can solve both problems for the clubs by throwing him in to sweeten a deal. United tried to sign midfielder Rabiot when he quit PSG on a free and Juve hope the 24-year-old would be seen as an easy replacement for Pogba in the Red Devils’ midfield. He is valued at around £25m, so the Serie A champions would still need to find around £60m cash to interest United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been supportive of Pogba, despite the 26-year-old revealing last year he wanted to quit.center_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksJapanese Inventions That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaGeeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For Adults7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more