first_imgLegendary soul man James Brown is the focus of an exciting new tribute, as an all-star lineup of musicians will join the James Brown Band for an exciting “James Brown Birthday Family Bash” event. Held at the Augusta Common in Augusta, GA on May 3rd, a who’s who of jammers will be in attendance for the tribute.The lineup features Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester, as well as thirteen members of James Brown’s classic crew. If that doesn’t get you grooving, nothing will!Of course, you can always head down to Fool’s Paradise from April 1-2, where you can catch Porter Jr. and Neville as part of the festival’s Soul Revue superjam championed by Chris Robinson. Hosted by Lettuce, the inaugural festival in St. Augustine, FL will feature performances from Vulfpeck, GRiZ, The Nth Power, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Tickets are available here.The James Brown Birthday Family Bash performance is set to take place on May 3rd, which is held to benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), whose mission is to further music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown. More information about this exciting show can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgDefined contribution (DC) plans—such as 401(k) plans—are now the dominant form of retirement plans for U.S. workers, yet 60 percent of all households have no retirement savings in a DC plan, and that poses retirement security challenges for low-earning households that rely on Social Security as their only source of retirement income.These and other findings are highlighted in a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report prepared for Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The report, titled “Retirement Security: Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges”, focuses on recent trends in DC plan participation and savings, how much households could potentially save in DC plans over their working careers, and how key individual and employer decisions affect savings.GAO FindingsThe GAO analyzed household financial data from the Federal Reserve’s “2013 Survey of Consumer Finances”, the most recent data available, and found that most households (60 percent) have no DC plan savings, a 3 percent increase from 2007. When the GAO limited its analysis to working households—defined as households in which at least one person is working, but is not self-employed, and the head of household is between the ages of 25 and 64—it found that 34 percent of working households had neither a DC or defined benefit (DB) plan. For households age 55 and older, an estimated 29 percent had neither a DB plan nor a DC plan, and would need to rely on Social Security as their main or only source of retirement income.The good news is that 61 percent of working households have access to a DC plan, and when provided access to a plan, 86 percent of working households participated in the DC plan. The not-so-good news is that 39 percent of working households do not have access to a DC plan, either because their employer does not offer a plan or they are ineligible to participate.Low-earning and minority households have less access to DC plans compared to other income groups, which results in low DC plan participation and savings. The GAO found that about 35 percent of low-earning working households had access to a DC plan compared to 80 percent of high-earning working households. Among minority households, 35 percent of Hispanic households and 56 percent of Black households had access to a DC plan. But when given access to a plan, an estimated 64 percent of low-earning working households, 80 percent of Hispanic households, and 81 percent of Black households participated in the plan, compared to 95 percent of high-earning working households.As a result, low-earning and minority working households have much less retirement savings in a DC plan. Among working households, only 25 percent of low-earning households had savings in a DC plan, with an estimated median account savings of $10,400, compared to the 81 percent of high-earning households that had savings in a DC plan, with a median account savings of $201,500. Among Hispanic households, 31 percent had savings in a DC plan with an estimated median account savings of $18,900. And, for Black households, 47 percent had savings in a DC plan with an estimated median account savings of $16,400.The GAO report found that projected DC plan savings at retirement vary widely by earnings. Based on GAO projections, households on average would save enough in their DC plans over their working career to generate a monthly lifetime income of $2,970, but low-earning households would save enough to generate a monthly lifetime income of only $560. These low-earning households—especially the 35 percent who have no DC plan—are much more likely to rely on Social Security for the bulk of their retirement income.Ways to Raise DC Plan SavingsThe GAO report indicated that employers could help raise participation rates by sponsoring a DC plan if they do not currently sponsor a plan. And, employers that currently offer a plan could help raise participation rates by offering automatic enrollment—whereby individuals are automatically enrolled in the plan unless they opt out—and allowing for immediate eligibility and immediate vesting. Taking these steps would significantly increase the percentage of low-earning households with DC plan savings at retirement.Individuals could help increase their DC plan savings at retirement by participating in a plan if they are offered one at work, transferring or rolling over their DC plan assets to another tax-advantaged account upon leaving employment (rather than taking a distribution), and maximizing their employer match by contributing  the amount needed to receive their employer’s maximum matching contribution. The GAO report found that taking full advantage of the employer’s maximum matching contribution would increase DC plan savings at retirement by 31 percent for low-earning households.While taking these actions will help increase DC plan savings at retirement for low-earning households, many low-earning households will still have no DC savings at retirement, in part because low-earning households are the least able to save for retirement. That poses retirement security challenges for low-earning households as they are forced to rely on Social Security as their only source of retirement income.Implications for Credit UnionsThe GAO reports finding, that more than one-third of working households have neither a DC or DB plan, has significant implications for credit unions, as many of these households are credit union members. Following are actions credit unions can take to help their members ensure a more secure retirement.Offer a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan or a savings incentive match plan for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRA plan to small business members that do not currently offer a retirement plan for their employees.Educate members of the importance of transferring or rolling over their DC plan assets to another tax-advantaged account (such as a credit union IRA) when changing jobs, rather than cashing out the plan.Offer a no-fee IRA with a low-minimum balance requirement to help low-earning households that may not have access to a DC plan at work to save for retirement.Make a payroll deduction option available to help members save for retirement on a regular basis.The GAO report makes no specific recommendations—but its finding that most households have no DC plan access and that low-earning and minority households have much less retirement savings in a DC plan compared to higher-earning households—is certain to draw increasing scrutiny on the cost and effectiveness of retirement savings tax incentives as Congress prepares for comprehensive tax reform. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. 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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_img Press Association Those remarks attracted little attention at the time but they resurfaced on Wednesday – the day after United comfortably won their replay against the League Two side 3-0 – as the charge was issued. Van Gaal was given until Monday to respond but the 63-year-old has quickly made up his mind that he intends to fight. Asked if he will be contesting, Van Gaal told a press conference: “Yes, of course. I never said anything wrong. I never say something about the referee, never.” Van Gaal, a former Holland, Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, appears to have taken personal offence, believing the charge is a stain on an otherwise impeccable disciplinary record. He said: “I am not angry, I am very disappointed. For nearly 30 years a trainer, coach or manager and I have never been charged. “Up to now I don’t think that I said something wrong. I said in our press conference, the same phrases, because I knew in advance (of the tie) that everything (would be) in favour of the underdog. “It’s always like that. I said it in front of the game and I said it after the game, only in the meaning of the general feeling of everybody – everybody for the underdog. “So I cannot imagine (why) the FA has charged me. But, okay, it’s like that.” The veteran Dutch coach attracted the attention of FA disciplinary officials with comments he made about referee Chris Foy after his side’s goalless draw at Cambridge in the FA Cup last month. “You have seen the referee. It’s always the same,” Van Gaal said after his side were frustrated in the fourth-round clash at the Abbey Stadium on January 23. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced he is to contest the Football Association disrepute charge he was hit with this week. Van Gaal was then asked if he felt the FA might be making an example of him because he was the United manager. But he said: “If I say that, then I am maybe rightly charged, so I don’t say it.” Van Gaal was speaking at a press conference at Old Trafford to preview his side’s Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham on Sunday. His appearance came shortly after he attended a memorial service outside the stadium to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. Eight United players – members of the club’s famed ‘Busby Babes’ side – were among 23 people killed in the German city en route home from a European Cup game at Red Star Belgrade. Van Gaal felt it was important to attend and pay his respects. Van Gaal, who took charge at United last summer, said: “I represent the club nowadays as a manager and I represent my group of players. “This was also a group of players who gave a lot of joy to the people at that time. I think they played a big part in the history of this club. I think we have to remember that always.” Van Gaal added that he was impressed by the man who sang during the service and read out part of the song. “‘You are the strength and inspiration for those who play your roles today’,” he read. “‘We look for flair, pace and passion, to play the game United’s way’. “I was happy I was there because of this, and also the impression the people gave to me that I was there. We have made the right decision to be there, out of respect to the players and Matt Busby.” The responses and memories that Munich still evokes is a strong indicator of the magnitude of the club. Van Gaal finds that inspirational as he looks to lift United back into a position to challenge for honours after the disappointments of last season. He said: “I think it was impressive for all the people who were there, and also for me. It is 57 years ago but still the people are coming and still they remember. That (kind of thing) is not happening so often (these days). It is good.” last_img read more

first_imgSUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————–LOCATION…21.7N 64.9WABOUT 240 MI…385 KM NNE OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICOMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1003 MB…29.62 INCHES After passing over Puerto Rico, Tropical Storm Karen has sustained winds of 45 mph and is moving to the north at 15 mph, but the National Hurricane Center does forecast the storm to make a turn to the west by early next week.Longer term, Karen’s direction and longevity are uncertain.After leaving Puerto Rico, Karen is forecast to remain a tropical storm in the Atlantic for the next few days, not directly impacting land. Longer term, its direction and longevity is uncertain.— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) September 25, 2019last_img read more