Share via Shortlink Phase 2 of New York City’s reopening is off to a slow start, as office landlords see occupancies of just 5 percent their normal levels. (Getty)Phase two of New York City’s reopening started Monday, with office workers allowed to return to their buildings, brokers allowed to resume in-person showings, and a limited reopening of retail and outdoor dining. But the city is still a far cry from its pre-lockdown self.Rudin Management Company reported that occupancy across its 14-building commercial portfolio was at just 5.2 percent of the normal level, based on initial data collected on Monday. Silverstein Properties is expecting similar figures.“A lot of it had to do with building tenants not feeling comfortable with public transportation,” Silverstein COO Dino Fusco told Politico, pointing to the experience of other global cities that reopened before New York.Real estate brokerages are also seeing limited enthusiasm for a quick return to the office.“I saw today firsthand that a huge majority of our agents aren’t willing to come into the office and I think that’s going to take a period of adjustment,” Douglas Elliman New York City CEO Steven James said.The slow return of office workers will have serious implications for the broader economy and small business that depend on their patronage. “We rely on office people, and if offices don’t come back, we’re done,” said the manager of Friendly Pizza.Although 3,192 restaurants have received approval to set up tables for outdoor dining, this represents barely one-ninth of the restaurants that were open before the pandemic.The reopening of the city has proven to be a complex process, with many interconnected factors to consider. “Most working parents can’t return to the office until kids can return safely to school, daycare, or summer camps,” former Friends of the BQX executive director Ya-Ting Liu tweeted Tuesday. “This will be a long summer followed by an unpredictable fall.” [Politico] — Kevin Sun Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCoronavirus
UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, called for young people to be even bolder in their actions to secure a clean energy transition that leaves no one behind. Following a live pitch competition, Adekoyejo Kuye, Uzochukwu Mbamalu, Charles Aliozo and Chigozie Enemoh from Nigeria were announced as the winners and will now receive $2,500 funding to support their innovation. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Mohammed said: “Young people understand the links between sustainable development and climate justice. You have risen to the forefront as advocates and innovators in bringing sustainable energy solutions to homes, communities and countries.” The Florence School of Regulation (FSR) also announced 10 new scholarships to their 14-week Regulation of the Power Sector training course that delegates could apply for. Winner of youth SDG7 competition announced Addressing youth delegates in the opening keynote, Amina J. Mohammed, United NationsDeputy Secretary-General, said it was unacceptable for governments to continue to build polluting economies of the past by investing in fossil fuels. Generation Have you read?SEforALL releases new research findings-‘Energy Safety Nets’ Image: Malp©123RF.com Their proposal was for a solar-powered cold storage unit that used one compressor for multiple applications, helping smallholder farmers with food cool chains to reduce food loss. The solution could also be extended to keep vaccines safe. A virtual career advisory and academic fair also connected youth delegates with experts and universities from around the world to discuss energy-related opportunities and courses. Speaking on their win, the team said: “If youth don’t care and act to bring about SDG7, we will be the ones to bear the negative impacts in the near future. We have what it takes to bring about change—all we have to do is take action.” She commented: “As the largest youth generation in history, these young energy leaders are our future—and what a bright future it is. That is why I strongly believe engaging youth in the energy transition is not just desirable, it is essential. We must maximise their incredible innovation, passion and commitment to help create real change so we can meet our global climate and energy goals.” This includes a set of recommendations outlining how to place a clean energy transition at the heart of the youth climate action movement developed during the SDG7 Youth Roundtable session with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake. The outcomes of the three-day Summit will now feed directly into key SEforALL-led events in 2021 to drive more ambitious action towards universal energy access, including the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy in September and the UN climate change conference, COP26, in November. With their future at stake, young leaders from around the world issued a clear call to action to reset the energy transition, demanding bolder clean energy and climate progress at the first SEforALL Youth Summit. Have you read this exclusive interview with Damilola Ogunbiyi?Not even a global crisis will sway her from reaching SDG7 TAGSenergy transitionSDG7SE4ALLYouth investment Previous articleKoeberg Nuclear Power Station containment buildings suffer damageNext articleEnergy for economic reconstruction & recovery forms State of Nation Address Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. Over 30 institutions took part, including Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Indian Institute of Science, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Brazil, Enel Group, Camco Clean Energy and the ASEAN Centre for Energy. New SE4ALL campaign and scholarship launched BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A highlight of the Summit was the Troubleshooting for SDG7 Finals, which called for youth-led technology or policy ideas to support SDG7 progress. Have you read?Nigerian universities to sport Africa’s largest solar hybrid project Launched by SEforALL ahead of the event, 133 proposals from representatives of 42 countries were received, and three finalists from Cameroon, Nigeria and China were identified by a panel of judges. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA In her closing remarks, Damilola Ogunbiyi also announced a new upcoming campaign from SEforALL. The ‘Be Bold’ campaign will launch in March to promote more ambitious progress on SDG7. UN Young Leader for the SDGs, AY Young, who performed his song ‘Save the Planet’ at the Summit, was also announced as the Youth Champion for the campaign. More than 2,000 delegates from over 120 countries registered for the Youth Summit to discuss topics including gender equality, industrialisation and clean cooking access to support progress on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – and the Paris Agreement on climate. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The summit concluded on 11 February hosted by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) in partnership with the Clean Cooking Alliance and EM-ONE Energy Solutions – and organised by youth, for youth. Finance and Policy
Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* The ‘National’ Tournament is the first in five weeks of competition during this year’s Summer Series at Spruce Meadows. The week concludes on Sunday with the $210,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup 1.50m Derby.On Saturday, Italian course designer Uliano Vezzani set the track for the afternoon’s feature competition in the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix, presented by Rolex. Twelve out of 50 entries qualified for the jump-off, where fans were on the edge of their seats as many of the world’s very best battled it out for a top prize of $132,000. Only five were able to clear the short course without fault as times got faster and faster.Francois Mathy (BEL) was the first competitor to go clear in the jump-off aboard his own and Team Harmony’s Polinska des Isles and finished fourth with a time of 46.55 seconds. Jaime Azcarraga jumped next with his family’s Anton and earned the third place prize in 44.22 seconds. Reed Kessler upped the speed with her round in 42.69 seconds aboard Kessler Show Stables Cylana, eventually settling for second place. Yann Candele (CAN) and Watermark Group’s First Choice 15 then clocked the fifth place time of 47.57 seconds. Last to clear the short course without fault, Kent Farrington notched the winning time of 41.75 seconds with Amalaya Investment’s Voyeur.This win marks Farrington’s 24th FEI victory at Spruce Meadows since 2011 and brings his all-time money earnings at the competition to an impressive $1,306,560. The rider has been on a role with Voyeur, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill), including their most recent victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) Grand Prix of Hamburg in Germany.When asked the secret to his success, Farrington simply stated, “The secret is to get really good horses.”“Luckily, I have some great people behind my career,” he detailed. “The Nusz family that owns Voyeur have been really supportive of me, and that is why I am able to do it at this level today, because of them and a bunch of other people that have really stepped up to help me get here.”Commenting on his jump-off round, Farrington explained, “I did not see the horse that finished second go. People just told me that it was full speed all the way around. My plan with Voyeur is usually just to match one rhythm and keep him even the whole way. He is a very hot horse, so if you go too hard on him, you will sort of blow his mind a little bit. I would I say I was a more consistent speed throughout the whole course. He has been on form. This is his third big class in a short time, so he is up and running so to speak.”When Farrington first got Voyeur almost three years ago, he saw great potential and hoped that the horse would be successful. Voyeur has now turned into his top ride.“I always have high expectations for the horses that I get. Even when they are young, I try to see their qualities and their best abilities and hope that I can pull it out of them,” Farrington said. “It is really more a realization of what I hoped that he could be, but I always thought that he could get there.”Farrington credits jumping at Spruce Meadows as one of the factors that helped Voyeur advance to the top level.“The jumps here are very big and I think all of the horses, if they can jump a grand prix here, they can jump anything in the world,” Farrington acknowledged. “I really think that it helps build a lot of the horses. Especially for a lot of the North American riders that produce horses here, you usually see them go on to do really big things at championships. Horses like Hickstead, and Authentic and Sapphire, they grew up jumping here and I think this field and this jumping really helps bring them to that level.”Second place finisher, Reed Kessler, can attest to the experience that she has gained at Spruce Meadows, especially with her top mount Cylana. The pair finished second in the $1.5 million CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex at last year’s ‘Masters’ Tournament, and Kessler is thrilled to be back for this year’s Summer Series.“I think I just have the most amazing horse to come here. She loves it here,” Kessler stated. “I have the kind of horse that she rises to the occasion when she feels it is really important, so to step through the clock tower and into the International Ring with tens of thousands of fans, that is when she is really at her best. When you jump here and then the pressure is on at any big competition in the world, the horses really learn to step up to the occasion.”Commenting on the jump-off and her final outcome with another second place finish, Kessler admitted, “It is a little frustrating, but I was not too upset because when I came out I really felt like my horse gave me everything and I really gave it everything I had. I think even if I went after Kent I would not have done anything differently. He is an amazing rider and I think everyone in the world would say that he is just about the last person you want to go after you in a grand prix, so I am pretty happy. I think that is one of the fastest jump-offs I have ever ridden.”Jaime Azcarraga returned as the reigning champion of the RBC Grand Prix from 2014 with his mount Anton, but settled for third place this time around.“The conditions here at Spruce Meadows are always top. I think the horses can really jump at their best when they are in the International Ring,” Azcarraga stated. “Anton loves it here too. Last year was the first time that he jumped in the International Ring and when he comes in he is always trying.”Course designer Uliano Vezzani was happy to see many of the top riders in the world excel over his course, and following the competition, Farrington praised Vezzani’s efforts.“I think Uliano is one of the best course designers in the world, if not the best, and that is why he is working all over the world,” the rider remarked. “I see him all the time at the LGCT competitions and I think he really has the modern sport down to a science. I thought the grand prix today was excellent. It was intelligently built. It was a great day in Spruce Meadows with beautiful weather and an exciting jump-off.”Fellers Flies to VictoryThe $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse was the first competition to award honors in the International Ring on Saturday with a win for USA’s Rich Fellers with Colgan Cruise, a horse he owns in partnership with Harry Chapman.The Parcours de Chasse is a speed competition in which horse and rider combinations complete a course where faults are converted into time. The course features twisty turns and varied obstacles, including derby-style natural obstacles such as the bank, table top and devil’s dyke. One of the final competitors, Fellers and Colgan Cruise were the fastest combination of the day and cleared the course without fault in a time of 86.45 seconds.Sixth to go in the order of 35 entries, Eric Navet (FRA) cleared the course in 87.24 seconds, a time that would hold on for second place aboard Signe Ostby’s ASB Conquistador. Leslie Howard (USA) put her experience to good use for the third place prize, clear in 88.80 seconds, with her own and Peter Howard’s Lennox Lewis 2.Fellers had a busy day of riding and also teaching students in other rings and did not get to see any of the competition before he went in the ring. He stuck to his original plan for the course and trusted in the speed and experience of his horse. He has owned Colgan Cruise, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Cruising x Clover Hill), since the horse was five years old.“I know her so well and I was so busy at the other rings with my junior and amateur students that I did not even watch anyone. I just rode my plan from my course walk,” Fellers stated. “My horse is kind of fast on the ground, she is fast in the air, and when she is smooth and she is riding well I know she is going to be right there at the end. I really did not have a beat on where I needed to be, I just felt like I trusted her speed, her instincts and her experience. You can’t replace experience.”“She was a winner when we bought her,” Fellers noted. “She was third or fourth at the five-year-old world championships for young horses. We bought her after that and she has been a great horse. She did not turn out to be a 1.60m horse, but she has just become a real money machine. In the speed stuff, and the 1.45m, she is very consistent.”Colgan Cruise is by the same stallion as Fellers’ longtime champion mount, Flexible, who is still going strong at 19 years of age.“She is 13 now, which as an Irish horse is still young,” Fellers stated. “All I had for years was Irish horses. That is where I bought all my horses. I had a great agent there, Dermot Forde, and I had a lot of luck with the very first Irish horse I bought, McDougal. He won this class in 1998. He was on the trophy and that was the last time I won it. Irish horses are typically very bold, very brave and instinctive about jumping the natural obstacles.”The ‘National’ Tournament concludes on Sunday featuring the $210,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup 1.50m Derby in the International Ring. The day will also highlight the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics 1.45m.For a complete tournament schedule and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.$400,000 RBC Grand Prix, presented by Rolex1. $132,000 VOYEUR Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Tolano Van’t Riethof x GoodwillKENT FARRINGTON (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Amalaya Investments: 0/0/41.752. $80,000 CYLANA Belgian Warmblood / M / 13 Skippy II x DarcoREED KESSLER (USA) LEXINGTON, KY Kessler Show Stables: 0/0/42.693. $60,000 ANTON Warmblood / G / 11 Marlone x OrvilleJAIME AZCARRAGA (MEX) MEXICO CITY Jaime Azcarraga & Family: 0/0/44.224. $40,000 POLINSKA DES ISLES Selle Francais / M / 12 Diamant de Semilly x Valespoir MalabryFRANCOIS MATHY (BEL) BELGIUM Team Harmony & Francois Mathy: 0/0/46.555. $20,000 FIRST CHOICE 15 Warmblood / G / 12 Unknown x UnknownYANN CANDELE (CAN) CALEDON, ON Watermark Group: 0/0/47.576. $15,000 HH CARLOS Z Zangersheide / G / 13 Chellano Z x VoltaireMCLAIN WARD (USA) BREWSTER, NY Double H Farm: 0/4/42.467. $10,000 TRIPPLE X III Warmblood / S / 13 Namelus R x Catango ZTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN) SCHOMBERG, ON Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/4/42.488. $8,000 DIXSON Belgian Warmblood / G / 12 Vigo D Arsouilles x OliscoIAN MILLAR (CAN) PERTH, ON Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/4/43.489. $7,000 ARMSTRONG VAN DE KAPEL Warmblood / S / 10 Quasimodo Z x FarnOLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS (BEL) MEEUWEN-GRUITRODE Ludo Philippaerts: 0/4/44.0810. $6,000 QUINTOL Oldenburg / G / 10 Quintender x CentoEDUARDO MENEZES (BRA) CARLSBAD, CA Eduardo Menezes: 0/8/46.1811. $5,000 SIMON Dutch Warmblood / G / 16 Mr Blue x PolydoxBEEZIE MADDEN (USA) CAZENOVIA, NY Abigail Wexner: 0/8/46.8612. $4,000 JONKHEER Z Zangersheide / S / 13 Jetset D x Skippy IIERIC NAVET (FRA) ENCINITAS, CA Signe Ostby: 0/12/48.99$60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse1. COLGAN CRUISE Irish Sport Horse / M / 13 Cruising x Clover HillRICH FELLERS (USA) SHERWOOD, OR Chapman & Fellers: 86.4492. ASB CONQUISTADOR Belgian Warmblood / S / 14 Clinton x HeartbreakerERIC NAVET (FRA) ENCINITAS, CA Signe Ostby: 87.2353. LENNOX LEWIS 2 Oldenburg / G / 16 Loreatus x WeizenkornLESLIE HOWARD (USA) DARIEN, CT Peter and Leslie Howard: 88.7964. CARUSHKA 2 Warmblood / M / 11 Berlin x ContinueEDUARDO MENEZES (BRA) CARLSBAD, CA Eduardo Menezes: 89.5035. ZANDIGO Warmblood / G / 11 Jumbo Jet x HollandOLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS (BEL) MEEUWEN-GRUITRODE Ludo Philippaerts: 90.5476. COSMA 20 Hanoverian / M / 12 Couleur Rubin x StakkatoABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL David McArdle: 91.2117. BABEL Warmblood / G / 8 Billy du Lys x High FlyerPATRICIO PASQUEL (MEX) MEXICO CITY Patricio Pasquel: 91.9478. MOONDOGGIE Holstein / G / 10 Lord Continuet x South PacificLESLIE HOWARD (USA) DARIEN, CT Peter and Leslie Howard: 94.9299. ZAPRILIA M Dutch Warmblood / S / 11 Chin Chin x Silvio IRICHARD SPOONER (USA) AGUA DULCE, CA Maxine & Robert Jack: 95.15610. MELBOURNE Dutch Warmblood / M / 9 Verdi x ZeusRODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA) MONTERREY Mario Onate: 95.66911. EMMA Warmblood / M / 10 Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x GlorieuxMCLAIN WARD (USA) BREWSTER, NY McLain Ward: 96.46412. PROF DE LA ROQUE Selle Francais / G / 8 Kannan x UnknownNICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX) MEXICO CITY Postage Stamp Farm LLC: 96.790 Tags: Yann Candele, First Choice 15, SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. 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Gary Barnett, Central Park Tower, and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Bull (Credit: Wikipedia, iStock)Another New York real estate developer is attracting concerned looks from the Israeli bond market, as the coronavirus epidemic has brought construction and sales in the city to a near halt.A week after Related Companies’ bonds were downgraded, Gary Barnett’s Extell Development saw its bonds given a negative projection by rating agency Midroog, according to a disclosure published Sunday on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.“The rating has been placed under credit review as a result of the spread of coronavirus around the world and particularly in New York, which is expected to impact the company’s pace of sales, its cash flows, and the progress of development projects,” the agency’s announcement states.Read moreRelated tries to calm Israeli investors after market panic2018: Gary Barnett facing rising backlash in Israel over $75M payoutExtell bonds downgraded in Israel, but remain low risk Extell did not respond to a request for comment.Statewide orders by the Cuomo administration have forced the developer to close sales offices at all of its projects and work has stopped at the Central Park Tower, which topped out in September. The ultra-luxury sector is particularly vulnerable to deterioration in this macroeconomic environment, Midroog notes.Extell’s bonds are rated A3. Any further downgrade would bring the rating into B territory, characteristic of “speculative” investments.Midroog previously downgraded Extell’s bonds from A2 to A3 in 2017, citing New York City’s softening luxury market as a primary factor. In 2018, Extell faced a bondholder lawsuit and an investigation from the Israel Securities Authority amid concerns about the firm’s liquidity.Last week, Related Companies’ Israeli bonds were downgraded from A+ to BBB by Standard & Poor’s after an annual earnings report revealed concerns about its ability to repay maturing bonds during a financial crisis.Extell’s bonds are now trading at about 76 cents on the dollar, down nearly 25 percent from the start of the year. That is even worse than the 16 percent decline of the Tel Bond Global index — which tracks foreign bond issuers, including many New York-based real estate firms — over the same period.Extell Series B bond price over the past three months (Credit: Tel Aviv Stock Exchange) This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Democratic process For a court to undo the decisions taken in an evidently democratic process is wrong. Indeed, the court’s own rapporteur on the case, Osman Can, issued a non-binding opinion last month in which he maintained that the court had no authority over substantive constitutional changes approved by parliament but should restrict itself to procedural review. This is not even taking into account that the current constitution, which was passed in 1982, was drafted in the wake of a bloody military coup and is hardly the sort of document that will help Turkey on its way into the EU. The court’s understanding of secularism is curious. It is unclear to an impartial observer why admitting students who display religious symbols should constitute a violation of the principle that the state should remain neutral between religions or abstain from promoting a religion. Tolerating Islamic dress items in a public university does not imply an endorsement of Islam. (The issue of whether teachers should be allowed open displays of religious beliefs is considerably more complex, by contrast.) Political aims But the most worrying aspect of the ruling is that observers take it as an indication of the court’s leanings in the current litigation aimed at closing down the AK party. Turkey’s chief prosecutor accuses the AK party of violating the secular constitutional order and is seeking a five-year ban on holding political office for 71 AK party figures, including President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdog?an. Party closures are not unusual in Turkey – numerous Kurdish parties have been shut down over the years, and the AK party itself is the reincarnation of earlier mildly Islamist parties – but booting out the governing party would be a major blow to the country’s democracy. As Olli Rehn, the European commissioner in charge of enlargement, said in speech at Oxford on 1 May, “court cases to close political parties are not normal in EU democracies”. On 5 June, Turkey’s constitutional court revoked government measures that would have allowed women wearing the Islamic headscarf to attend classes at the country’s universities. This means that once again, women will have to choose. They can either uncover their hair as they enter university buildings – or they can remain outside. This decision was wrong on several counts. First, it forces women into a false choice between religious belief and educational aspiration. It is clearly illiberal to deny someone an education on account of their religion. It is in this context irrelevant whether the headscarf really is an integral part of Islam or merely a cultural tradition: women who wear it tend to believe the former and should have a right to act accordingly without being denied the chance to get a university education. Second, Turkey’s constitutional court considers secularism as the paramount principle upon which the entire edifice of the state rests and treats it as absolute and immutable. But there is no reason why secularism should be treated as a higher good than democracy and personal liberty. If a majority of the population wants to see secularism relaxed – and 47% of those who cast their ballot in last year’s parliamentary poll did so in favour of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party, which has Islamic roots – then the parliament should start out on that path, as it has.
2013 saw Trent Reznor write a new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, tour heavily in support of the album with a stage show that is complete and utter eye-candy, and make an announcement for a new music streaming service called Beats Music which he has been working on with Dr. Dre. Yesterday, Reznor released a free 77-minute live concert film from the recent tour (which will be part of a live Blu-Ray DVD set for release in the Spring of 2014), and took to the internet to answer some questions from fans, via Reddit.Reznor revealed that Nine Inch Nails will definitely tour in 2014 with a different lineup than the current Tension 2013 Tour one, discussed – among other things – Beats Music, what his favorite synth to use is (a Prophet 12), the different aspects of production looked good on paper but wouldn’t translate to the actual stage, his favorite NIN album is The Fragile, attempts for he and James Franco to work together, his work with How To Destroy Angels, and some other funny banter with fans. Here are some excerpts from the session:On stage production –Rob and I have learned over the years that looking at renderings and imagining how things will look in real life always winds up quite different when you get to production rehearsals and see what you’ve built. Those few weeks of sitting in a warehouse is where everything comes together (hopefully). The end result of the Tension tour is very different than what we’d imagined, for a number of reasons, some of which are explained in the Vevo behind-the-scenes clip. For example, one of the many technical hurdles we didn’t expect: When we set up the two front semi-transparent LED screens we had custom made for this tour, we discovered that in front of each other their structure created a moire effect, weird black lines over any video content. We had to work around it (Disappointed is the only song that uses all three screens layered in front of each other, the sparse white lines minimized the moire effect).On The Fragile being a predominant album to choose from for the current tour:With the expanded lineup of Pino and the backup singers, I started reworking some older material at rehearsals and The Fragile became the most fertile place to pull from, for whatever reason (which is currently my favorite NIN album).On his work with Beats Music, and appeasing both artist and fan:I’ve spent the last 2+ years (along with Rob) designing this platform and genuinely look forward to presenting it to the world. Our goal was to create something we would genuinely be excited to use ourselves that focuses on the joy of discovering great music, ease of use, and was built from the ground up as something that becomes an asset to the musician as well. There’s much you’ll hear me say on this in the near future.His attempts to work with James Franco:James was set to direct an Amex Unstaged with us that we unfortunately had to cancel because we couldn’t get production together in time. I met with him several times and we had the start of a great idea. I am very disappointed this didn’t come together and hope we can do something in the future.Thoughts on touring:Here are some thoughts on touring: When we commit to a touring cycle, it usually is at least a year long, and can start to feel stale after X amount of time. What I’m doing this cycle is making each leg of the tour have its own identity. The festival run we did over the summer was very different from the Tension tour we just finished. We’re currently rehearsing with a new incarnation of the band for what’s ahead. This keeps things fresh from a musician’s perspective, but also keeps things interesting for fans in an era where every show ends up on YouTube. The setlist and presentation moving forward will be very different from what we just did. That’s part of the incentive behind releasing the Tension footage now. That was one very specific look at Nine Inch Nails in the Fall of 2013, that I wanted the whole world to be able to see (just like you can see the festival footage on YouTube, which was its own thing). Yes, we are planning to return to North America in 2014…Read the entire Reddit AMA session here.[via Consequence of Sound]
Sugarbush Resort,Sugarbush Resort has been ramping up its commitment to employee health and wellness in recent years. Two years ago, the resort established a Health and Wellness Committee, inviting employees to have a voice in increasing the company’s commitment to personal health and wellness and environmental awareness. The resort has also taken a lead in encouraging and supporting athletic events that promote employee personal wellness.Here’s a recent look at resort employee athletic endeavors:Sugarbush sent 42 employees to participate in the Corporate Cup 5k Challenge on May 12th in Montpelier to benefit the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.Marketing Department Graphic Designer Audrey Huffman recently finished first among Expert Women in the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge in Sugarloaf, Maine; first in her division in the Vermont 50 Miler in Ascutney, Vermont; and first in her division in the Allen Clark Hill Climb in Fayston, Vermont.Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Babic recently competed in the Spartan Race World Championship Beast-Elite in Squaw Valley, CA and finished eighteenth in his age group. Joining Babic in an earlier qualifying race was VP of Food and Beverage Gerry Nooney, VP of Finance Melissa Roberts, and Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center (SHaRC) Fitness Instructor Kathleen Cosentino.Amy Kretz, Planning and Utilities Assistant, recently finished second in her age group at the Mt. Washington Road Race, second among women in the Mad Marathon half marathon, and first in her age group at the Vermont 50k.VP of Communications Candice White recently rode the 50-mile Kelly Brush Foundation Century ride with her two children Posy (LaBombard), a busser in Timbers Restaurant, and Owen (LaBombard). Sugarbush is a sponsor of the Kelly Brush Foundation Century Ride.Communications Assistant Nadine Rowell recently completed the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.Marketing Coordinator Cory Ayotte completed his first marathon–the Vermont City Marathon– in May, and went on to hike the entire Long Trail with his wife in June in just 16 days.Other athletic endeavors include Cliff Cox of the SHaRC, who completed a sail from Majorca to Antigua on a Super Maxi Yacht last year; Jill Wilkinson of the SHaRC and Ski and Ride School, who has completed five 5 k runs in the last five months; and Renee Lemieux of the SHaRC, who has served as a Routesetter in two bouldering series this year, and in June, completed a 1,130 mile section of the Appalachian Trail.The resort is a major sponsor of the Mad River Path Association’s Mad Dash 5k and 10k races over Columbus Day weekend, and will have a team of employees competing.Sugarbush increases its staff at this time of year, and is currently hiring for a number of positions including: administration, base area operations, food and beverage, lodging, ski school, communications and marketing, and mountain operations. The resort will be hosting the following off-site job fairs:October 11 – Bobcat Café & Brewery (Bristol)October 12 – Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen (Barre)October 18 – The Blue Stone (Waterbury)October 25 – Skinny Pancake (Burlington)November 1 – American Flatbread (Burlington)Source: Sugarbush.com,Yes
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Dan KadlecAs Millennials come into focus for banks, research consistently shows that this generation knows it must fend for itself and craves trustworthy guidance.Amid the emerging flood of research on the financial practices and whims of Millennials, one consistent finding stands out: this group craves information and advice that it can trust. It’s not clear that banks, with the most at stake, will ever get it right.Well, duh, you might say. We all crave advice we can trust. But not like Millennials. They represent a full swing of the pendulum. Consider our oldest generation, those now 70-plus. Many sacrificed mightily in The Depression and World War II. But they were rewarded with lifetime job security and generous health and pension benefits. They have always had faith in our institutions, from government and religion to private enterprise.Boomers questioned the establishment. We fought for civil rights and casual Fridays. Yet we generally trusted our financial institutions to guide us to long-term security. That may be why we weren’t paying attention when the switch to defined-contribution plans from defined-benefits plans went awry. Suddenly, an entire generation is woefully under saved and ill prepared for retirement. continue reading »
NPR:In my post last week, I wrote that “weak evidence is still better than no evidence.” The statement prompted some thoughtful comments from readers:I find that weak evidence is often worse than no evidence. (Chris Harlan) Is weak evidence a positive or a negative? Does weak evidence accomplish anything? My glass is half full on this point. (Bobbi Wilson)Weak evidence often does something, but what that something is may be quite destructive, from the invasion of nations to needless surgeries. A lot of damage can be done by a few misplaced assumptions based on something that appears to be there, but isn’t. (Chris Harlan)The kind of situation I had in mind was one in which the evidence points to one answer over another, just not very strongly.For example, suppose you have two identical bags full of candy. You’ve filled one bag with 45 caramels and 55 red candies. You’ve filled the other with 55 caramels and 45 green candies. But you’ve forgotten which bag is which, so you decide to sample a candy at random from one of the bags to attempt to figure it out.Read the whole story: More of our Members in the Media >