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Austin Rockers Mamafesta Prepare For KAABOO Texas Edition

first_imgHailing from Austin, Texas, Mamafesta is a band creating waves on both the local and national level. This unique five-member band brings a sound that is the “sum of all of our individual musical influences,” says Zack Morgan (keys/vocals). Mamafesta made their KAABOO debut at KAABOO Del Mar 2017 and returned again in 2018. They are set to play the festival’s debut Texas edition the weekend of May 10-12th at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.All Things KAABOO Texas: An Indulgent Adult Escape In TexasWe sat down with the band to catch up on all things Mamafesta, KAABOO, and what is in store for the future of this Texas Groove-Rock bowl of musical gumbo. Born in 2011 from a broad palette of sounds and a conscious awareness for the rhythms of the universe, Mamafesta has created a sound that entirely stands on its own two legs. 2019 has already been loaded with success for these guys– with highlights including a Texas run with Perpetual Groove and a slew of new music for their upcoming second album.Morgan says that “the band itself represents a sound reminiscent of The Allman Brothers, Little Feat, The Meters, and other southern rock and funk staples.” Lowell Carrico (guitar/vocals) voices that as a writer, his “role models include Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Hunter Thompson, and Ken Kesey.”A distinctive feature of Mamafesta is that every member of the band contributes to the vocals of their songs. Morgan says the band “puts a lot of work into the lyrics and vocal arrangements…each voice has its own characteristics and when they’re blended together it makes something special.”Lowell comments on the writing process of the band and that “regardless of how the song is conceived, it always matures with the help of all members of the band, the audience and the environment in which it is raised up in. No song shall be served before its time.”The band is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the KAABOO Texas lineup after playing two years at the fest’s Del Mar gathering. The 2019 KAABOO Texas lineup showcases some legendary musicians, and Morgan adds “we are honored and blown away every time we look at the list of artists. This year at KAABOO Texas I am really looking forward to Sting, The Avett Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Lukas Nelson, and many others.”Carrico sums up the festival quite wonderfully, “KAABOO, at its core, is the idea that a high end, luxury experience can take the shape of a giant, living, outdoor, feel good, let your hair down, rock and roll show and still provide the decadent culinary, world-renowned artwork and top tier comedic relief for the concert goer who thought their festival days were over as well as the youth of America in their coming of age.” We could not have said it better ourselves.We also heard that their tour DAD-AGER (tour manager/dad), Steve Sullivan, is making synthesizers inside of Tupperware containers that the band is now using at live shows…for real! Be sure to keep up with all things Mamafesta on the band’s Facebook and Instagram pages as well as catch their set at KAABOO on Sunday, May 12th. KAABOO Texas will feature performances from The Killers, Kid Rock, Sting, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Big Town, The Avett Brothers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Pitbull, Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette, The Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Flo Rida, Garbage, Andy Grammer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Violent Femmes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and many more.last_img read more

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Honduras, El Salvador and the U.S. Sign Cooperation Agreement

first_img On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo met with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 22 to sign agreements in support of strengthening economic development and growth in the Central American countries. Led by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, the so-called BRIDGE Initiative – Building Remittance Investment for Development Growth and Entrepreneurship – represents the United States’ commitment to working with Honduras and El Salvador to develop and strengthen partnerships with strong and reliable in-country financial institutions in order to maximize the development impact of remittances flowing from the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Spokesman. Each of the agreements signed are part of a goal to bring more players into the financial system, said Voice of America News (VOA), and they will also help establish strong foundations for sustainable, inclusive, and transformational economic growth. The Inter-American Development Bank has estimated that Latin America and the Caribbean receive some $50 billion annually in remittances from workers in the United States. These have the potential to become an important door to allow the region to meet its development goals as they can enable greater access to the different types of long-term capital needed for the investments that will sustain growth, said the Office of the Spokesman. Under the BRIDGE Initiative, strong financial institutions in Honduras and El Salvador will have the ability to become affiliated with partners including the United States to explore options for a safer and sounder flow of their remittances. This, in turn, will allow them to raise lower-cost and longer-term financing for infrastructure, public works, and commercial development initiatives, which are scarce in the region currently. Market assessments supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) confirmed the viability of the Initiative’s goals in Honduras and El Salvador, said the Dept. of State. By Dialogo September 27, 2010last_img read more

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Stellar boards make a bright future for credit unions

first_imgCredit union boards are a litmus test for good credit unions. If we can strengthen boards, we can expect credit unions to be stronger organizations that are more effective at serving their members.Why do I say this? Because good boards reflect their credit unions’ missions and members. Because boards’ agendas are their members’ agendas. And, because boards play a key role in attracting and retaining CEO talent, another key factor in credit unions’ success.Because boards are the glue that holds the movement together, I get really excited when they do things to better their leadership capabilities.For example, at last year’s CUES Director Development Seminar, I talked with a board member who had previously attended the program and learned a lot from speaker Les Wallace, Ph.D., president of Signature Resources and a big advocate of board assessments, such as CUES’ Self-Assessment for Credit Union Boards.Wallace emphasized that assessments could help a board establish where it is and what it can do to improve its governance culture and capabilities. The director’s chairman was staunchly against doing an assessment, but the director persevered. Now, he and his volunteer colleagues have done two assessments, with great results. (Notably, Wallace is again leading CUES Director Development Seminar , Sept. 16-18 in Savannah, Ga.)That same director and the other members of his board also are regularly using CUES’ Center for Credit Union Board Excellence, which includes a website of articles and videos for ongoing board development (as well as the assessment portion of Self-Assessment for Credit Union Boards). CCUBE was launched five years ago this month, after I heard Rick Powers, lead faculty for CUES Governance Leadership Institute (June 14-17 at the University of Toronto) talk about a Canadian board development program, the Institute for Corporate Directors.Modeled after ICD’s offering, CCUBE membership became available in 2010, shortly before NCUA delivered rule 701.4, requiring directors to have a foundational knowledge of credit union finance.The CCUBE website offers boards a wealth of resources about finance, governance, strategy and—importantly— CEO relations. To ensure the future success of credit unions, boards need to do a great job hiring, retaining and managing CEO talent.A recent addition to CCUBE—“Evolution of a CEO Evaluation”—describes the way the board of $1.7 billion University Federal Credit Union, Austin, Texas, bettered its CEO evaluation process over time. (Not yet a member of CCUBE? You can sign up for a 30-day free trial by emailing cues@cues.org.)Interestingly, CCUBE originally got underway because of a dream we had that we needed something like this to help further the development of credit union boards and, in turn, strengthen the movement. We have another dream now … that directors will actively boost their engagement in the near term. CUES stands ready to help; check out all the possibilities coming up yet this year at this one-stop CUES shop for directors. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dawn Poker Dawn joined cues in 2007. Dawn has served as VP of Conferences and Executive Education, SVP/CLO and in 2010 she became the SVP/Chief Member Relations Officer. Prior to … Web: www.CUES.org Detailslast_img read more

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Saturday at 10: CBS’s 48 Hours special report on Haley Anderson murder case

first_imgAs many may recall, 22-year-old Binghamton University nursing student, Haley Anderson, was found strangled in in an off-campus apartment. Her accused killer, Orlando Tercero fled to Nicaragua where he has dual citizenship. 12 News interviewed CBS Contributor, Maria Elena Salinas, on her piece. Saturday at 10 p.m. on CBS, the true crime series 48 Hours will have a special report on the Binghamton murder case. (WBNG) — More than two years after a Binghamton University student murder case that captured the nation’s attention, it’s once again making headlines on CBS’s true crime series, “48 Hours.”last_img

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Civil groups urge police to stop ‘repressing’ omnibus law protesters

first_imgRead also: Rallies against job creation law turn violent as police clash with protestersFatia Maulidiyanti of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said the commission had since Thursday evening recorded a number of incidents of police using excessive force against protesters in several cities including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, the East Java capital of Surabaya, the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar and Bandar Lampung, the provincial capital of Lampung. She also alleged that police had assaulted protesters who were taking part in peaceful rallies.For example in Harmoni, Central Jakarta, Fatia said that police officers reportedly fired tear gas at a group of protesters that was simply waiting for another group.“We want the police to stop using [excessive] force in dispersing the rallies, as they harm the protesters’ safety,” she said during a virtual press briefing on Thursday evening. The head of the Inter-Factory Laborers Federation (FBLP), Jumisih, who participated in a demonstration on Thursday, said that the police abruptly fired tear gas at FBLP members as they were marching from City Hall to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Central Jakarta.“We were just peacefully exercising our right to voice our opinions. [So] why did the police repress us, as though we were going to [attack] them?” she said.“Indonesia is a democratic country. We have the right to voice our opinions, and the police should protect us in exercising that right.”Read also: Facilities set ablaze as clashes break out in Jakarta during jobs law protestThursday saw the third and final day of union plans to hold nationwide demonstrations to protest the Job Creation Law.Clashes started occurring between police and protesters on the first day of the nationwide movement, with authorities reportedly arresting dozens of protesters across the country.The protests are demanding the immediate revocation of the new law that the House of Representatives passed on Monday. Scholars, activists and labor leaders have called the law a setback to worker’s rights and environmental protection in the country.Meanwhile, the government continues to insist that the law was necessary to cut red tape and improve bureaucratic efficiency, particularly to smooth business licensure and attract foreign investment.Topics : Civil society groups have urged the National Police to stop using repressive measures against protesters taking part in nationwide demonstrations to oppose the recently passed Job Creation Law, or omnibus law.The call came following reports alleging that police officers did not follow proper procedure or used excessive force to disperse the crowds of protesting students and workers, such as firing tear gas without warning, physically assaulting protesters and forcibly stripping them of their clothing.Several protesters also claimed that they had been injured as a result of such measures.last_img read more

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Irish electricity fund retains DB after long-running dispute

first_imgThe union added that as a result of the agreement, a threatened strike would no longer go ahead.In a separate note, the union also summarised the Commission’s decision, noting that the general employees’ pension fund would once again be regarded as a DB scheme.The note added: “Whenever deficits arise in the scheme the established practice is that the parties engage with each other to agree arrangements to deal with such deficits.“The parties are fully agreed that should deficits arise in the scheme at any time in the future they will engage together in line with normal practice to seek agreement in relation to that matter.ESB did not reply to a request for comment, but following the announcement that the Commission would intervene, chief executive Pat O’Doherty said the company would do everything it could to avert a strike and resolve the situation. The Irish utility ESB has settled a dispute with unions over one of its pension schemes, accepting a settlement under which it will recognise the fund as a defined benefit (DB) arrangement.The Electricity Supply Board previously reclassified the ESB General Employees’ Superannuation Scheme from a DB to a defined contribution (DC) arrangement to “address the actuarial deficit arising on this scheme”, the company said in its most recent annual report.The Labour Relations Commission was asked to mediate in the dispute, with both parties coming to agreement over the weekend.In a statement, the ESB Group of Unions said: “The resolution is on the basis of the union mandate to protect the ESB Pension Scheme as a defined benefit pension scheme and to maintain existing agreements being fully met.last_img read more

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West Brom reveal profit

first_img But Albion’s total salaries topped the £50million mark and represented 74% of the club’s turnover. West Brom paid out £6million during the summer of 2011 to sign striker Shane Long from Reading. Club chief executive Mark Jenkins said in a statement: “The club has continued to invest in its playing squad, both in transfer fees and wages and total salaries now exceed £50million per year. “However, with careful budgeting and tight financial controls, we have managed to match our revenue to our costs and record a pre-tax profit of £1.5million.” West Brom have announced a reduced pre-tax profit of £1.5million for the financial year ending June 30 2012. The profit compared with a surplus of £9.1million for the previous 12 months. It means the club’s net debt has been reduced from £2million to just £500,000. In the first full set of accounts released by West Bromwich Albion Group Ltd since its formation in August 2010, the club also reported a record turnover of £66.7million. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Madejski raises doubt over wage controls

first_img Reading abstained in February’s vote allowing it to be passed by 13 votes to six, and Madejski made it clear wage controls were the issue that concerned his club. He said: “I don’t think it would work. It is a very complex situation. It would be very difficult to make it stick. It is difficult to enforce. There always seems to be a way of overcoming it. “I am reasonably ambivalent and I feel clubs should be allowed to do what they want. “When you start handcuffing anything it leads to division. “I don’t know what the latest edict in terms of what we are voting for. We will decide then. We are not intransigent about anything. We will talk it over, then we will decide.” The affect of the financial controls should prevent hugely wealthy owners achieving the almost-overnight success of Chelsea and Manchester City. Any club breaching the rules will face tough sanctions – and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has said they would be pushing for points deductions. Press Association Reading chairman John Madejski has claimed wage controls will be difficult to enforce in the Premier League ahead of a key vote on spending restraints in England’s top flight on Thursday.center_img The 20 club chairmen agreed by the narrowest majority to bring in two significant controls – to limit players’ wage bills from next season, and longer-term measures that will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to £105million over three years. The detailed rules will be presented to the chairmen where there is likely to be pressure to change the proposals of wage controls. These state clubs whose total wage bill is more than £52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4million per season for the next three years, though that cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income. last_img read more

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Swansea confirm departures

first_img Both players will play in the Qatari Stars League with centre-back Flores linking up with former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup at champions Lekhwiya and midfielder Hernandez joining Al-Arabi. Both transfers are subject to international clearance but the moves will end two-year spells for the Spaniards at the Liberty Stadium. Press Association Swansea have confirmed the departures of Spanish pair Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez for undisclosed fees. center_img Chico, 25, made 75 appearances for Swansea after signing from Italian club Genoa and helped the club to Capital One Cup trophy success in 2013. “It feels like I am leaving my family,” Chico said. “I have really enjoyed my time here. When we won the cup it was one of the best moments in my career.” Hernandez, 29, was signed for a club record £5.55million from Valencia in August 2012. He made 57 appearances for Swansea but his time in South Wales was often interrupted by injury. Swansea hope to fill the loss of Chico by signing Federico Fernandez from Napoli and they are currently holding talks over personal terms with the Argentina centre-half having agreed a fee understood to be over £7m. last_img read more

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Other Sports Rani Rampal Appointed India Hockey Women’s Team Captain For England Series

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Star forward Rani Rampal was on Friday named captain of the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team which will take on England in a five-match series starting September 27 in Marlow. The series is scheduled to take place from September 27 to October 4 and Rani will have goalkeepeer Savita as her deputy. Savita and Rajani Etimarpu retained their places in the side following the team’s triumph in the Olympic Test Event in Japan recently. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar and Salima Tete have also been named in the squad.  The midfield sees the return of the experienced Namita Toppo after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, Hockey India said in a statement. India’s midfield will also consist of other experienced players in Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal and Lilima Minz.The forward-line features Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and youngster Sharmila Devi who made her international debut during the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo.  “The balance and mixture of players in our team remains the same from previous tournaments as go into an important phase in our objective of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said about the team selected for the event.  “It is good to have Namita Toppo back in the squad for the first time since Asian Games 2018…We still have ten days of training before we leave for the matches in England. “I am sure these matches will serve as good preparation for our vital FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha against USA in November 2019,” he added. The Dutchman also said the tour will help in preparing the team to face USA in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha.  The Indian Team   Goalkeepers: Savita (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu  Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete  Midfielders: Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo.  Forwards: Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur, Sharmila Devi. Namita Toppo returns to the side after a lengthy injury break.India won the Olympic Test qualifiers event in Tokyo.Savita and Rajani Etimarpu retained their places in the side.center_img highlightslast_img read more