first_imgIf you see someone walking toward a concert with their finger in the air, it’s because they are looking for a ticket. These people are typically willing to pay for said ticket, making the exchange easy-breezy for those heading in to see the band. It becomes an easy exchange, where both parties win. On the flip-side of this equation, there are times where the giver expects nothing at all and the receiver wins. This is called a “miracle”, when someone hands you a ticket and asks for nothing in return.One phan, Ryan Carey, had a miraculous concert experience at Madison Square Garden last New Year’s Eve when Phish played. He penned this story about his entire experience, which you can enjoy below:Our story begins Saturday December 19th, 2015. I was sitting in my usual 10am bikram yoga class in Lefferts, Brooklyn. My favorite teacher was teaching. It was about 105 degrees with 60 degree humidity. Most bikram teachers just say the same thing – they recite the class. There’s no room for originality or stories. They’re more robotic, but that’s just the style. My favorite teacher is named Robbin. She’s different because she always strays off the path and throws in jokes and zingers and stories. It’s a breath of fresh air. We’re kicking off 90 minutes of heat, where students are silent and only the teacher instructs.On the 3rd or 4th pose, students cross their legs standing up and form somewhat of a pretzel. The goal is to keep it tight and balance on one leg. Robbin is walking us through the pose and says,“Keep those legs tight, like you’re squeezing a ticket.”We continue holding, trying to focus.“Hold that ticket tight. Don’t let it go.”We have a theme now, this ticket. It would continue to pop up in class. It didn’t make much sense but, whatever.“That’s it. Hold that ticket in place, like a Phish ticket.”What?I assume I heard her incorrectly. Or that there is some other form of fish Robbin is talking about. Not to be judgmental but Robbin is mid 40’s African American and although she does often make amazing music references, I could not believe she was talking about what it sounded like. Each pose in bikram is done twice, so we set up to do another pretzel. Once again, the ticket theme comes up.“Hold that ticket tight! It’s valuable. Those Phish tickets are hard to come by. I know.”OK. Where is this going?To back up a few months, Phish announced a 4 night run at MSG over New Year’s. Tickets sold out immediately but I was fortunate enough to grab some nosebleed seats for the final night. My eyes are locked on her and mind is racing with possibilities, as I hold myself in a pretzel. Silent. In 3 digit heat. We move onto the next pose and Robbin begins to tell a story.“Man, those Phish tickets are beautiful. The art work! I’ve never seen anything like them. Do any of you know who I’m talking about? The band? They play every New Years’ at the Garden?”About 5 people flash a hand, saying nothing.“My apartment building got a new mailman recently and he delivered my neighbor’s mail to me instead. They’re out of town, but there was an official looking package so I called them to see if I should open it, and they said sure.”I know exactly where this is going. The image in my head is crystal clear.“Well, I opened this cardboard FedEx envelope and wouldn’t you know. 8 tickets to these concerts! 2 for each of the 4 nights! And the seats are amazing. Something like section 103. I’m thinking, I should go sell these! They’re valuable. I know how this goes. And it turns out my neighbors had lost track of it, were out in Seattle, and can’t go anyway.”Now, I’m starting to lose it. My eyes haven’t left her. I want to break the pose. It’s like when Alex Trebek starts reading a question on Jeopardy and the contestant doesn’t let him finish the sentence because they know they answer. She doesn’t need to finish anything. The pose, the sentence, the class. I’m there. In my seats. At MSG. I go to the dark side. My competitive razor edge pokes out. I gaze around the class examining every student, wondering which one of these motherfuckers is thinking the same thing I am. Well, you’d better stop thinking it, because I will stab you. Those tickets are fucking mine.This exchange occurred in 5 minutes and now I have over an hour to sit in silence, sweating, waiting. I start to day dream. I’ve got 2 amazing seats to 4 nights of Phish. Who will I take? Who will I surprise? Who’s never been? Who do I want to experience it? This is going to make the best story. Only in NYC does this happen.The core of these tickets is obviously New Year’s Eve. It often looks like this:Being in the building for a Phish show on New Year’s Eve is guaranteed fun and one of the hardest tickets out there, especially in New York. I need to somehow tell Robbin that I want those tickets if they’re free. The final posture of the class is just laying there in your own sweat, the room silent, to let your body cool down. As she says the final Namaste, I spring up to follow her out of the room like a creep at a bar following a girl around (not that I’d know).I say, “Hey Robbin, if somehow those tickets you mentioned in there aren’t going to be used, I will buy all of them. I’m a big fan and have seen a bunch of their shows.”“Oh! Isn’t that great! Yes, of course. I’ll give my neighbor a call after class and see what they were thinking. Here, give me your number.”Wow. That was easy. And I didn’t have to make anyone bleed. Later that day, she texts me that she’s made the call but no word back. I try not to get ahead of myself but it’s hard not to. All they have to say is “Yes, Robbin, that would save us so much hassle. Have Ryan pay you and grab the tickets.” A few more days pass and while I haven’t lost hope, I know how this goes. If these people scored 8 tickets, they’re not rookies. They have other die hard friends who’d kill for these and probably just need to make a phone call. Their neighbor’s yoga student is not super high on the list of people to bestow these gifts up.On the 23rd, I’m on a bus driving south to DC when I get the text:“Hi Ryan. Turns out they’re going to try to give the tickets to a friend their indebted to. Sorry but wishing you well on getting into the shows.”Sigh.Oh well, it almost became a great story. At least I’m seeing one of the shows. But all 4 would have been swell.Christmas comes and goes. It’s a time to look back at another uphill year that saw some highs and lows. Being away from NYC allows me some silence and space to catch up on a few months of reflection I suppose. I’d thought about booking my bus back to NYC early juuuuuuuust in case the yoga thing worked, but there were no last minute miracles this year.On 12/30, I took a late bus up to the city, leaving Bethesda, MD at 7pm. The whole way up, I was listening to the first night’s show live from the Garden, sitting in the front row of the bus. That made the trip easier, and as the band starts their encore in my earphones, we are pulling into the city, our final stop literally 2 blocks from MSG. We pull up and I see the masses leaving the show. The circus was officially in town. As we pull up to the curb, there lies a litmus test that there’s a Phish show nearby. 4-5 nitrous tanks filling balloons for willing customers. C’mon, guys. It’s not 1997. I hop on in a taxi and make my way home.The next day is New Year’s Eve and my goal is to stay in, not drink, and prepare for the 2 final nights at the Garden. I thought about just popping over on the train to see if there were any tickets being sold. Although scalpers were asking in the realm of $500-$1,000 per ticket in certain sections, Wayne Gretzky once said, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. At around 6pm, I hopped on the subway to Penn Station, giving myself about a 90 minute window to check the market before heading back and staying in for the night. I come up from the subway and before I’m outside, people are already looking, holding single fingers over their heads as the universal sign for ‘I need a ticket’.Aside from a few non-Phish fan scalpers, I didn’t hear anything. I started walking against the grain, away from MSG, trying to get people approaching the venue. A mix of die-hard fans and people wondering WTF I was doing with my finger. After about 30 minutes, I circle back. A guy in the street says,“Hey, Mr. Finger.”Yeah.“You should go to the will call window where they’ve been re-releasing tickets.“Oh, no shit.“Yeah, do it.”I roll over to a line about 60 people deep. As people cancel tickets last minute, they’ll sell them at face value to this line. Who the hell would cancel their Phish New Year’s tickets?! The latest stat was 10 tickets sold in the past 4 hours. Not in my favor. Need to keep moving. I roll toward the back side of MSG, switching arms to hold up because they’re getting more tired. A trio walks by and one guys says “Hey, we’ve got one. Let’s take a walk so we don’t get busted for scalping.” Cool. Sounds good. We roll down a street and chat. They’re in from Colorado. The ticket they have is to sit with them. They got it off of Stubhub. For $240. I kindly decline, as we all know, somewhere unwritten in the Phish scene is that buying a ticket above face value isn’t too cool. I lose a little steam, thinking this was one of my closest chances. I start walking back towards the front of MSG on 33rd St., finger again in the air.A woman, tall, attractive, early 30’s walks past me, makes eye contact, and without breaking stride, hands me a ticket. The exchange was, at most, 3 seconds. It felt like an hour. My brain quickly puts the pieces together. I’ve been given a piece of paper. I’m holding it. I look at her and can only involuntarily say “No.” As in, no, this can’t be. All she says is “Happy New Year.” I look down again. General Admission West. I look up and she’s gone.I’m alone again. In the cold. In the middle of New York City. Holding what could be a free ticket to a Phish New Year’s show. After having no expectations. After having acknowledged it’s been a hard year of fighting to stay above water in this god damn city. After acknowledging that, in some ways, I’m more tired than I’ve ever felt in my life. After, not asking for anything, but deep down knowing I could use a win, she gave me one. I take a minute to gather myself.There is a specific entrance for these GA stubs. I walk in and go through security, then it’s D day with the ticket scanner. I hand it to the woman, still not fully believing I’m walking closer to the show.It beeps.I’m in.Unreal.These are the things you only hear stories about.So, where exactly in the building am I going? It soon became clear I wasn’t like the others and whatever ticket I had lead me down a different roped off path. Up ahead was a table where they called me over. Wristband station. This is a good sign. It’s New Year’s, I’m at a Phish show and I’m getting a wristband. They equip me with an orange one and I’m on my way. Up some escalators. Through some doors. It’s soon clear I’m underneath the stands. I’m low. I’m floor level. There are ritzy concessions and people milling about, exuding the energy anyone would knowing they’ve gotten inside the building for an event like this. There’s a hole in the stands. I go towards it and can see the stadium. Far in the distance is the stage and I’m standing at the back of the floor. Security is ushering people through, calling for hands in the air. Blue wristbands step in here. Orange keep walking, so I did. Next thing I know, I’m standing in the front section of the floor which is now only 20% full since we’ve got about 90 minutes til showtime. I sit down on the floor and realize 2 things. 1. Something just amazing happened and 2. I’m by myself, for the first time ever at a Phish show. The ceiling is covered in netting, holding thousands of balloons to be dropped at midnight. Hanging towards the back of the floor is an unusual structure that most likely would come into play later. I make friends with some people and blow their minds with my story. They all sort of validate my feeling by the sheer shock of their response. Yes, getting miracled into a Phish NYE show is one of the greatest things out there to some people like me. The rest of the night was spectacular. I did what you’re supposed to do when someone hands you a free Phish ticket of out the kindness of their heart – danced my ass off for 4 hours.At one point during set break, I talked to this girl and told her the story. We discussed going to shows solo and she does it often, preferring it sometimes. When you’re solo, you don’t have to wait and can mill about the madness as you please. You can also leave whenever you want.After the balloons dropped and Aud Lang Syne was played.After the weird bizarre hour glass structure jam happened.I was fulfilled. So, I left.As I walked back along the floor, looking up into the crowd watching them watch the last song of the set, I felt lucky and I I felt like I’d been gifted. Depending how you look at it, someone somewhere did in fact grant me the gift of luck.last_img read more

first_imgThe Big Melt, a brand-new multi-band concert event, will take place this Saturday, April 13th at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO from 6:00 PM through 12:45 AM MST. For those of you that can’t make it, Live For Live Music has teamed up with ReThink My Healthcare for a free live stream on L4LM’s Facebook page, produced by Ninja Video.The Big Melt will see a massive list of artists from bands such as The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, Brazilian Girls, Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Break Science, Ghost-Note, Pretty Lights Live Band and more come together to create several unique, exciting bands and lineups for a full night of music.First up, from 6:00-7:15 PM MT, the inaugural event will see a massive edition of JEDI: Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised featuring renowned mandolinist Michael Kang and percussionist Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident, guitarist Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds/Matador! Soul Sounds, bassist Ashish Vyas of Thievery Corporation, and keyboardist Borahm Lee of Break Science and Pretty Lights Live Band, led by drummer Aaron Johnston of Brazilian Girls.Up next, from 7:45-8:45 PM MST, Dominic Lalli’s Bluebird Quintet will mount their second-ever performance following a high-profile sold-out debut performance at Denver venue Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. In addition to Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), the band features Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band) on keys, Gabe Mervine of (formerly of The Motet) on trumpet, Hunter Roberts on bass, and Dru Heller filling the drum chair.Then, Eric Krasno & Friends will take the stage from 9:15-10:45 PM MST, featuring frequent collaborator and Lettuce keyboardist/vocalist Nigel Hall, as well as Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar) and MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note), in addition to special guests Robert Randolph on pedal steel and Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) on sax.The Big Melt will culminate with the Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince‘s debut performance from 11:15-12:45 AM MST. Headed up by Colorado favorite and Magic Beans keyboardist Casey Russell, this edition of the Purple Party will once again feature enigmatic bass hero and former Prince bassist, MonoNeon, as well as mega-talented drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar) and his partner in crime and fellow Ghost-Note member, percussionist Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy). Fellow local heroes Joey Porter, Ryan Jalbert, Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming of The Motet will round out the band alongside percussionist Will Trask (Great American Taxi) and vocalists Adryon de León (Orgone, Matador! Soul Sounds), Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia), Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze) and Ziek McCarter (Con Brio).In addition to all this, there will be a HeadCount-sponsored DJ Booth featuring the incredibly talented DJ and turntablist, Chris Karns. Karns, a crucial member of Pretty Lights Live Band, is a former World and USA Battle Champion at the DMC World DJ Championships, a three-time Redbull Thre3style Champion, and a finalist on VH1’s Master of the Mix. Karns will DJ at the HeadCount booth during set breaks on the main stage, as well as during the event’s VIP pre-party.The Big Melt will also feature visuals by Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, best known for their 2018 appearances with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as well as at several psych/alt-rock festivals like Desert Daze. Get ready for one of “the most complex and detailed oil light shows on the planet,” a style of visual wizardry synonymous with the psychedelic San Francisco music scene in the late-60s and early-70s.Tickets to The Big Melt are currently on sale at this link. Tune in here for the full live stream, courtesy of ReThink My Healthcare and Ninja Video.For those of you that can’t make it, Live For Live Music has teamed up with ReThink My Healthcare for a free live stream on L4LM’s Facebook page.Rethink My Healthcare is bringing in the New Age of Healthcare. Instead of paying ridiculous Healthcare Premiums every month, you get the coverage you need for an affordable cost by paying for the care you receive. For as little as  $60/Month, Rethink My Healthcare members receive unlimited Telemedicine/Therapy/Psychiatry with $0/Copays, 48% – 80% off dental, surgical, vision, & lab testing and up to 90% off medications.So, if you’re “down with disease” and pick up the “wook flu”, or you just don’t have time to wait in a doctor’s office, you can call or video chat with one of ReThink My Healthcare’s doctors for a diagnosis and prescription (non-narcotic medications) on the go all from your phone. For the unexpected, every Rethink My Healthcare member gets a critical illness & accident coverage plan. The average member saves over $5,500 a year on healthcare premiums!Visit rethinkmyhealthcare.com and get three months FREE today with the promo code: “TheBigMelt”, courtesy of L4LM in collaboration with Rethink My Healthcare. You’ll get unlimited 24/7 telemedicine, up to 90% off prescriptions, huge savings of 48% – 80% on healthcare through their direct pay network, and a critical illness & accident coverage plan. Stay healthy and start saving!last_img read more

first_imgFarley Hall is hosting its signature event, Farley Hall Be Fine Day, on Friday to encourage conversations about femininity and raise money for the YWCA Women’s Shelter in North Central Indiana.The event began Thursday with an open mic night in the Farley basement. Throughout Friday, Farley residents will be handing out buttons and bananas outside DeBartolo Hall to encourage healthy eating, hosting yoga on North Quad at 1 p.m. and hosting a “Walk in Her Shoes” walk in high heels across South Quad at 5 p.m.Senior Yomara Acevedo, one of the event’s coordinators, said when the event was started during her sophomore year, it received a lot of backlash.“I thought it was a fun and interesting event, but it just sparked a lot of controversy that may or may not have been a good thing for an inaugural year,” she said. “So then last year … I remember it just being really watered down.“ … It wasn’t sparking any conversations. Part of this is we want to spark conversations on what it means to be feminine. So this year we’re trying to find a balance between it.”Junior Carly Gray, Farley Hall vice president, said they wanted to incorporate the word “fine” — Farley’s mascot — into their signature event’s slogan, eventually settling on the phrase “Today, I’m at my finest.”“Even if it does change year to year, we think we’ll still have a stronger message for the day than we have in the past and a concrete set of events that people can point to, and say, ‘That’s what Be Fine Day is about,’” Gray said.According to junior Micaela Mitchell, one of the Be Fine Day coordinators, the “Walk in Her Shoes” event will raise funds for the YWCA women’s shelter in North Central Indiana. The Be Fine Day Facebook page features stories from some of the women at the shelter, Mitchell said.“ … A lot of them were domestic violence victims,” she said. “One of them was a meth addict after her domestic abuse. They all were really positive and really emphasized that they have a place and a purpose and YWCA has really helped them find that, and find friends and find housing.“I think the most shocking about that was most of them were from different states — faraway states like Alabama, Florida — one of them is from Chicago — and they were escaping people.”Gray said she hoped the walk would also ignite conversations between men and women about femininity.“One of the goals of our event is sparking conversation and dialogue about different expressions of femininity and certain things that apply to women that wouldn’t apply to men — or at least men that don’t conform to feminine stereotypes, or something like that,” she said. “So we hope the walk will do that while also raising awareness about the Women’s Shelter, and also raising money for them as well.”Mitchell said Be Fine Day’s organizers wanted Be Fine Day to be an inclusive event, while still focusing on discussions about femininity.“ … We really tried to find a way to highlight the differences between men and women, but still create a dialogue so that we were still focusing on our goals and ideas, but we weren’t excluding people from engaging in that,” she said.Junior Lauren Saunee, Farley Hall president, said she hopes the event works to draw the community’s attention to the issues Be Fine Day addresses.“I think that at the end of the day, if people are talking, that’s what we want,” she said. “And also — bringing awareness, too. We talked about the women’s shelter. There [are] so many different charities in South Bend, but this is something we obviously have invested an interest in so just bringing that to the surface.”Acevedo said the ultimate goal of Be Fine Day is to recognize all types of femininity.“We want to emphasize, ‘If you’re athletic, you’re still a queen, and if you’re really, really feminine and you like dressing up, you’re also a queen,’” she said. “We want to highlight and celebrate all forms of femininity, whether you really like makeup and you really like dressing up, or you don’t.”Tags: Be Fine Day, Farley Hall, signature eventlast_img read more

first_imgIf it were a matter of life over death, most people would munch on a grasshopper. But would you do so purely by choice? University of Georgia student Harman Johar is counting on it.A year and a half ago, Johar formed World Entomophagy, a business that produces wholesale raw edible insects. An undergraduate entomology student in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Harman’s business grew from his undergraduate research project in entomophagy, the study of humans eating insects. The food of the future“Insects have been considered the food of the future,” said Johar, 21, of Sandy Springs, Ga. “They’re sustainable and environmentally friendly and it just so happens that my company was one of the first to provide them to the market. A few other companies are researching the field, but we have turned into a leader and are taking control of industry brokerage.”Johar’s support team includes 15 undergraduate students across the U.S. and nine in the Athens, Ga. area. “We have a graphic designer, an accountant, marketer, dietician and pharmacist,” he said. “And I’m the only entomology student. They are all helping me out, and without them I wouldn’t be able to do this.” Don’t say “ewwww”Their goal is to fundamentally change people’s bias against using insects as food.To those who say “ewwww,” Johar asks their take on lobsters and sushi. “Lobsters were once viewed as a food only for poor people and so was eating raw fish,” he said.“It’s just a matter of getting past the mindset,” he said. “If you’re going to eat a crab, oyster or shrimp, why not eat a cricket?”For now, he is focusing on the U.S. and selling bugs to a variety of public and private customers, including Yale University’s Peabody Museum. “We also sell to a few restaurants, cafes, bakeries and private citizens,” he said. “And, our meal worms and crickets are very popular in Germany.”Insect livestockJohar raises his insect livestock in his Athens, Ga. apartment and feeds them local, organically-grown produce and whole grain oats. The company plans to soon offer wax worms, scorpions, stinkbugs and grasshoppers.“We raise and process our insects so they are shelf stable for a few weeks. Just open a bag and add them to stir fry or just eat them out of the box,” he said.Upon request, the insects can be flavored, but typically they are seasoned with “just a little salt.” The company’s best sellers are crickets, but Johar’s personal favorite is scorpions. “They taste like delicate fish,” he said.Tastes like soy nuts or tofuAt a recent UGA outreach event, the Insect Zoo, Stephanie Schupska of Athens, Ga., tried several insect-based foods. “Seasoned mealworms are crunchy, and they taste like a mix between soy nuts and peanuts,” she said. “Almost anything is good fried or baked in a cookie or coated in chocolate. I’m not sure I’m adventurous enough to stick my hand in a squirming bowl of worms and pull out an instant dinner or anything like that.”Marianne Cruz, a CAES entomologist and Johar’s faculty advisor, is partial to salted roasted crickets and likens the taste to that of tofu. “They remind me of tofu in that they taste like how you season them–sweet, salty, spicy, blackened, grilled or fried,” Cruz said. “I probably eat insects once a week or so through various outreach programs and with my students and classes.”In addition to becoming a successful businessman, Johar hopes to develop insect-based famine foods and ship them worldwide.“Insects require much less water and land and excrete minimal waste,” Cruz said. “Their carbon footprint is minute, and they can be sustainably grown and harvested at home. There will come a point with our expanding world population and need to feed the world that large mammals won’t cut it. They’ll have to be alternate healthy sources of proteins, vitamins and minerals.” To learn more, see the World Entomophagy website at worldento.com. In addition to information about the company, the website includes recipes, poems, ballads, blogs and academic publications about eating insects and a list of restaurants that serve them.last_img read more

first_img“It’s their form of solidarity and support for fellow Chinese who are currently enduring a rough time because of the outbreak,” he added.Suwarso said the tourists made up the third and final batch of Chinese tourists departing from Batam after their travel agents had shortened their holiday period in Indonesia due to the recent upsurge of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in China. The first outflow of Chinese tourists from Batam occurred Monday with 145 tourists returning home that day, followed by 127 tourists the next day.“In total, our figures show that 399 Chinese tourists have returned to China this week alone,” Suwarso said.Suwarso also said the airport terminated on Tuesday two direct flights to and from two cities in China — Shenzhen and Xian — even though the flights were recently added to the airport’s newest flight schedule. He said the direct flight connecting Batam and Shenzhen launched on Dec. 28 while the flight between Batam and Xian opened on Jan. 1.“We finally terminated both flights after many requests from travel agents in China,” Suwarso said.Meanwhile, the head of the Batam chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), Andika Lim, said the coronavirus outbreak in China would hit the tourism sector in Batam since the majority of international tourists there came from China.“So far, we are still calculating the losses in the tourism sector as the coronavirus outbreak has caused a major drop in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia,” Andika said. (glh)Topics : More than 100 Chinese tourists shouted “Jia you, Wuhan!” (Stay strong, Wuhan!) in unison while standing in line at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, to depart for their home in Shenzhen, China, on Thursday afternoon.“They shouted those words as a form of encouragement for the city of Wuhan, which is currently in the spotlight for being the origin of the coronavirus outbreak,” Suwarso, the head of the airport, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Beyond just shouting some words of encouragement, the tourists were also carrying 30 boxes of masks, each containing 50 facemasks, bought from pharmacies and drugstores all over Batam. They are to be given to Wuhan citizens after their arrival in China. The airport’s authority, he said, had granted the tourists authorization to carry the masks without further inspection of the items.last_img read more

first_imgIndustry Partnership Webinar Powerpoint (video) Registered Pre-ApprenticeshipsRegistered Pre-Apprenticeship Application Questions (for reference only) Advancing GrantsAdvancing Application Questions (for reference only) FAQsK-12 Computer Science Targeted GrantsK-12 Computer Science Advancing GrantsK-12 Computer Science FAQs Applications for Industry Partnership grants are due by December 14, 2018. November 02, 2018 ChecklistApplications for all Apprenticeship Grants are due by December 21, 2018.Industry Partnerships grants: $3 million Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships program brings together workers and multiple employers in the same industry along with local economic development, education, workforce development, and community organizations to provide worker training. These highly successfulpublic-private partnerships cluster similar employers to enhance the regional workforce and economy.PAsmart provides a $3 million increase for Industry Partnership grants, for a total investment of $4.6 million.PAsmart Industry Partnership grant resources:Request for ProposalGrant application materialsConvening PartnershipsConvening Application Questions (for reference only) Applications for target grants are due by December 14, 2018 and advancing grants are due December 28, 2018.Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships grants: $7 millionRegistered apprenticeships provide hands-on experience for students and workers to gain skills for employment or advance their careers while earning a paycheck from their employer. The Department of Labor & Industry launched the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs. Since then, the number of registered apprentices has increased by 26 percent to 16,832.PAsmart invests $7 million to develop and expand registered apprenticeships and support industry’s need for more skilled workers.PAsmart apprenticeship grant resources:Request for ProposalGrant application materialsAmbassador NetworkAmbassador Application Questions (for reference only) Registered ApprenticeshipsRegistered Apprenticeship Application Questions (for reference only) Alternative Workshop Approval WebinarsTargeted Grants –Targeted Grants Webinar Powerpoint (video)Advancing Grants –Advancing Grants Webinar Powerpoint (video) FAQsApprenticeship FAQ Sheet (updated 11/27/18) Webinar Registration – Nov. 20, 2018 @ 1:00pm or Nov. 27, 2018 @ 1:00pmWebinar Powerpoint (video) Partnership/Budget Forms Governor Wolf Extends Technology Education, Apprenticeships, and Job Training Opportunities through $30 Million in PAsmart Grants Implementation PartnershipsImplementation Application Questions (for reference only) ChecklistFAQsNext Generation Industry Partnership FAQ Sheet(updated 11/27/18) Webinars Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Workforce Development These links are no longer active. Please visit the new PAsmart website for current information.Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today launched the next phase of his new and innovative PAsmart initiative by announcing that $30 million in grants are available to invest in K-12 computer science and STEM education, expand registered apprenticeships, and support job training with Industry Partnership programs.“With PAsmart, Pennsylvania will have the most prepared and talented workforce in the country, which will help businesses succeed, grow the middle class, and strengthen the economy for everyone,” said Governor Wolf. “We are partnering with private industry and schools to strategically invest in science and technology education, expand apprenticeships and increase on-the-job training for good careers.”PAsmart is built on recommendations of Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force, comprised of business, labor, education, and workforce development leaders. The task force concluded there are jobs without trained people to fill them and some workers need new skills, but a four-year degree is not for everyone and a one-size fits-all approach will not work.In response to the task force’s findings, the governor secured $30 million to strategically invest in education and workforce development with competitive grants to enhance the skills of Pennsylvania workers. The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, the governor’s private sector policy advisor, provided recommendations and approved the framework for the funding priorities.The competitive grants will expand classroom instruction and professional development in the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and computer science (CS), as well as training for in-demand careers, emerging industries, and underserved populations.Computer Science and STEM education grants: $20 million Over the next decade, seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use a computer and an estimated 300,000 STEM jobs will be available in the commonwealth this year. Already among the nation’s best in STEM education, PAsmart provides competitive grants to bring high-quality STEM and CS education to classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science.PAsmart provides $20 million to increase access to STEM and computer science education for Pennsylvania students, with an emphasis on girls, minorities, and other underserved students.View frequently asked questions about PAsmart grants.PAsmart computer science and STEM grant resources:Request for ProposalGrant application materialsTargeted GrantsTargeted Application Questions (for reference only) Application Budget Form SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates will be released each Monday beginning today.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of August 14 – August 20 to the previous seven days, August 7 – August 13.“Our percent positivity decreased significantly this week, representing the fourth straight week that the percent positivity has decreased,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a testament that our actions are working, but we still have more work to do. The virus is still circulating, and we must continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings to keep our numbers low, stop the spread and allow more freedom.”As of Thursday, August 20, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 4,456; the previous seven-day increase was 5,598, indicating a 1,142-case decrease across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 3.4% from 4.0% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Perry (9.1%), Huntingdon (7.8%), Northumberland (7.3%), Indiana (7.1%), Union (5.9%), Susquehanna (5.7%), York (5.5%), Beaver (5.3%), and Blair (5.0%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Union County was the one county in the substantial level with several known sources of outbreaks fueling community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in Union County to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending August 20, 21 counties were in the low level of transmission, 45 counties in the moderate level, with one with substantial transmission:Low – Bedford, Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Pike, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Wayne, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Washington, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – UnionBusiness VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 5,649 confirmed cases reported between August 9 and August 15, 45 percent (2,541) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 13 percent, or 320, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:50 percent (159) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;23 percent (75) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;17 percent (55) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;8 percent (26) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and12 percent (38) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 5,649 confirmed cases, 48 percent (2,710) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 48 percent, nearly 12 percent (326) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on August 14, this week’s data saw an increase in people who reported visiting a restaurant (50 percent vs. 47 percent), people who reported going to some other business (23 percent vs. 19 percent), and people going to a salon/barbershop (12 percent vs. 9 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for going to a bar (17 percent vs. 24 percent), going to a gym/fitness center (8 percent vs. 10 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event remained the same (nearly 12 percent).Case investigator notes included frequent mentions of visits to bars and restaurants among positive cases. To better understand this emerging trend, on July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to remove Arizona from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. No new states were added.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.Ver esta página en español. August 24, 2020center_img Pennsylvania Shares Update on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, County Transmission Levels, Cases Traced to Businesseslast_img read more

first_imgThe two pension funds of engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV have announced that they are intending to merge into a multi-company scheme on 1 January 2015. The decision comes in the wake of the merger of the engineering companies Royal Haskoning and DHV in 2012, leaving the new company with two pension funds, the employer indicated.The new multi-pension fund is to carry out a new pension plan for all participants, and would also manage accrued pension rights of all participants and pensioners, said Royal HaskoningDHV.The Pensioenfonds DHV manages approximately €580m of pension assets for 3,400 employees and deferred participants as well as 1,100 pensioners of the former DHV. The €336m Pensioenfonds Haskoning (SPH) has 1,505 active participants, 1,475 deferred members and 610 pensioners.SPH has placed its pensions under a guarantee contract with insurer Nationale Nederlanden, which is to expire at year-end, according to the employer.A multi-company scheme operates under a single board, managing ring-fenced assets which are individually liable to the financial assessment framework (FTK).Contrary to an industry-wide pension fund, a multi-company scheme is open to pension funds from different sectors with different pension arrangements.The concept of the multi-scheme was meant as a transitional phase between the Premium Pension Insutitution (PPI), Dutch cross-border DC vehicle, and the proposed API for defined benefit funds.However, the API concept never made it onto the statute books and has been replaced with proposals for the APF, which will not be able to accommodate non-domestic pension funds for the time being.The interest from the sector for a multi-company pension fund has been limited to three schemes so far.last_img read more

first_imgElo, the third largest of Finland’s four pension insurance companies, said its solvency levels staged a big recovery in the second quarter following its one-day breach of the regulatory floor in March, but still reported weaker end-June solidity figures than its peers.Satu Huber, chief executive officer of the mutual earnings-related pension provider, said: “The record-steep decline in the listed securities market in March had been followed by a fast rise, driven by exceptionally intensive stimulus measures.“After the temporary drop caused by the coronavirus shock, Elo’s solvency strengthened significantly due to the general market rise,” she said.In the second quarter, Elo submitted a recovery plan to the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA), drawn up after its solvency position fell one point (0.01) below the supervisory threshold of 1.0 for one day, the firm said in its interim results announcement. FIN-FSA approved Elo’s recovery plan on 16 June, the company said.At the end of June, the solvency position was 1.4, down from 1.6 at the end of 2019.Finland’s other pension insurers Varma, Ilmarinen and Veritas have recently reported solvency levels of 1.7, 1.6 and 1.8, respectively, for the end of June.Back in May, Finland’s government prepared emergency legislation designed to temporarily strengthen pension providers’ solvency, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic and its dramatic effect on financial markets could otherwise force the institutions to sell assets in unfavourable conditions.However, that legislation has not been submitted to parliament, as solvency levels have since bounced back.Elo reported a negative return on investments for the first half of 2020 of 4.1%, compared with a positive result of 13% for the whole of last year. Its average real return over a 10-year period stood at 3.9% and at 3.3% over a five-year period, the firm reported.Total assets dipped to €24.6bn from €25.9bn at the end of last year, according to the report.Hanna Hiidenpalo, Elo’s CIO, predicted uncertainty on financial markets would continue for the rest of this year.“A new concern is the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which would, at worst, stifle demand both in Finland and in the key export markets,” she added.Hiidenpalo said economic development and the development of the investment market had taken divergent paths for a long time.“What is crucial for the long-term development of the investment market is how long this divergence continues,” she continued.The lack of profitable investment alternatives seemed to be supporting development of the equity market in conditions where low interest rates prevailed, she said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

first_imgThe double-storey home delivers four spacious bedrooms, including a luxurious master suite, a study nook, huge integrated living hub and a secondary leisure or media room upstairs.The Biggest Volume Builder award recognised Metricon for completing the largest number of homes within Stockland’s Queensland communities from January 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. Mr Ryan said the group was thrilled to receive the awards.“To receive this recognition for our workmanship, design and innovation is a thrill and a credit to our Queensland team,” he said.“Entering the Stockland Vibe Awards has allowed us to showcase what we do and how proud we are of our team. Metricon Homes took out two awards at the Stockland’s recent VIBE Awards, and was named Biggest Volume Builder in Queensland, as well as winner the Best Double Storey Home in the Building Design and Principles category.This Newport home’s ‘sense of grandeur’, is what won the judges over at Stockland’s recent Vibe Awards. The floorplan of the Metro provides an abundance of space, but on a compact 31 square floorplan, which is ideal for narrow blocks just 10.5m wide.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoMetricon Homes design director Adrian Popple said when designing the The Designer by Metricon Metro 31 at Newport, they wanted to present a floorplan that used the 400sq m block to its full potential. The design makes the most of the 400sq m block size in the Newport community, with its 12.5m-wide frontage and northerly aspect.“Another critical element of the design was ensuring that the home did not feel narrow and confined, despite the modest width of the home,” Mr Popple said.“Upon entry, the most obvious feature of the home is the powerful and impressive void that immediately greets you. “A sense of grandeur that is simply not expected in a home of this size.”Metricon Homes Queensland general manager Peter Ryan said the floorplan was ideal for narrow blocks at 10.5m wide, making most of the 400sq m block size within the Newport community. “The Biggest Volume Builder win is very exciting for us as it’s a representation of Metricon’s ability to bring our customers value and efficiencies through economies of scale.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The Designer by Metricon Metro 31 at Newport took out The Best Double Storey Home category based on criteria including value for money, presentation, colour scheme, lighting, kitchen and bathroom and ensuite design.Metricon Homes took out two awards the event, including being named Biggest Volume Builder in Queensland, as well as winning the Best Double Storey Home in the Building Design and Principles category.last_img read more