Robert Plant Releases 11th Studio LP “Carry Fire” With The Sensational Space Shifters

first_imgRobert Plant is a musician who needs no introduction. Today, the iconic Led Zeppelin singer presents his eleventh LP, Carry Fire, via Nonesuch/Warner Bros—a follow-up to 2014’s Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar. For Carry Fire, Plant teams with The Sensational Space Shifters, a group composed of Justin Adams, John Baggott, Dave Smith and Liam “Skin” Tyson, though other numbers on the record include cameos from cellist Redi Hasa, violist/violinist Seth Lakeman, and vocalist Chrissie Hynde.As Plant noted to Rolling Stone about the creative direction of Carry Fire, “It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. . . . Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will begin their North American tour on February 9 at Raleigh, NC’s Memorial Auditorium and then continue through early March (complete dates below). Additional dates will be announced soon. For updates, please visit Robert Plant’s website. In addition, every ticket purchased online will be joined by either a physical or digital copy of the new album, Carry Fire, upon its October 13 release. Instructions on how to redeem the album will be emailed after ticket purchase.ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERSCARRY FIRE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2018FEBRUARY9 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium11 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium12 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre16 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre17 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall20 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre22 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre24 – Denver, CO – Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre26 – Phoenix, AZ – Symphony Hall28 – Oakland, CA – Fox TheaterMARCH2 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum TheatreADDITIONAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCEDlast_img read more

Watch the sugarplums

first_imgFill up on low-calorie vegetables and salads.Avoid second helpings.A small portion of dessert can be eaten in place of other carbohydrate foods.Avoid beverages sweetened with sugar. Go to the mall for exercise, especially during inclement weather.Walk around your neighborhood to view holiday decorations.Park farther away from the store when shopping.Make the evening walk a family activity where you can catch up on your family’s daily activities.Wear walking shoes while traveling by airplane, and go early to walk the concourses before your flight and during layovers. Use defatted turkey or chicken broth instead of butter in preparing stuffing.Use nonfat chicken broth to replace milk and butter in mashed potatoes.Skim the fat from gravy and use it sparingly.Avoid high-fat condiments like whipped cream, butter and creamy salad dressings. By Brooke HatfieldUniversity of GeorgiaWeight gain isn’t the only side effect of a poorly controlled diet during the holidays. For people with diabetes, a lax approach to diet can wreak havoc on blood-sugar control. “High blood glucose in the short term makes people feel tired and less energetic,” said Janine Bicherman, a nutrition specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Long-term, it causes devastating complications that involve many parts of the body.” Making daily physical activity a priority can help with blood glucose control. But it can be easy to overlook exercise during the busy holidays.Less exercise and more food “People are less active during the holidays,” Bicherman said. “They also have a lot more tempting foods available.” Walking and other types of exercise can help relieve stress, improve your mood, lower your blood glucose level and help control weight. If 30- to 45-minute increments seem too daunting for this busy time of year, try setting aside two to three segments of 15-20 minutes each. Other tips to include more activity include: Have family or guests help with holiday decorating.Organize groups to attend holiday musicals or plays.Have a caroling party.Go shopping with family or friends.Focus on nonfood gifts for gift-giving.”People eat portions that are too large, which leads to increased carbohydrates, which increases glucose,” Bicherman said.Plan meals, don’t overload on carbsPlanning meals ahead of time can help keep blood glucose in check. If you take your pre-meal insulin, you can adjust your insulin to the amount of carbohydrate you’re planning to eat. (The more carbohydrate you eat, the higher your blood glucose will rise.) Typical carbohydrate-containing foods that are popular around the holidays are stuffing, potatoes, breads, cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, pies and eggnog. Low-calorie sweeteners can help reduce carbohydrates in some desserts, such as pumpkin pie, cranberry salads and sweet potato casserole. But sugar is usually needed in cakes and cookies. To further minimize high blood glucose levels after holiday meals: Traditional recipes can be altered, too, to reduce fat, Freeman said. Plan nonfood-centered activitiesSince holiday customs tend to center around meals, Bicherman said, it can be helpful to focus on activities that don’t involve food.last_img read more

Osaka Gas withdrawal may kill planned 1.2GW coal plant development in Japan

first_imgOsaka Gas withdrawal may kill planned 1.2GW coal plant development in Japan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s Osaka Gas Co Ltd said on Wednesday that it will pull out of a plan to build a coal-fired power plant in Yamaguchi, western Japan, citing changes in the electricity market and future business risk.Osaka Gas had planned to build a 1.2-gigawatt (GW) coal-fired power station in the city of Ube in Yamaguchi prefecture, aiming to start operations around 2026. Electric Power Development (J-Power) and Ube Industries Ltd are partners in the project.J-Power said it and Ube Industries have agreed to continue the plan to build a coal-fired power plant, but they will halt an environment access process to revise the plan. “We will consider scaling down the size to a single 600-megawatt ultra super-critical (USC) power plant or building a few 300-megawatt integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants,” J-Power Executive Managing Officer Hitoshi Kanno told a news conference.A spokesman at Osaka Gas said the company’s decision reflected concerns over tighter regulations on coal power stations after 2030 and intensifying competition after the liberalization of the power market in Japan.The move by Osaka Gas comes after other Japanese companies have withdrawn from new coal-fired power projects amid growing global pressure for companies to divest coal assets due to environmental concerns.More: Osaka Gas to withdraw from coal-fired power station projectlast_img read more

How CUs can leverage ‘Big Data 2.0’ with OnApproach’s Paul Ablack

first_imgThe term “Big Data” was thrust upon us a few years ago, hitting us like a Rob Gronkowski haymaker in the waning seconds of the Super Bowl. At that time we had all this consumer data, but what do we do with it? Fast forward a few years later and we’ve learned pretty quickly and effectively what do with this information, as the usage of Big Data continues to evolve — allowing credit unions to provide more refined products and services for enhanced value.To get the inside scoop on how today’s Big Data has evolved, we invited OnApproach’s Founder and CEO Paul Ablack on the program to divulge his expertise in this area. Paul not only provides great insight on this information evolution, but he also gives us a couple of eye-popping examples of how credit unions are benefiting from this customized content. Really good stuff here. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bali governor closes beaches a day after reopening for foreign surfers

first_imgBali Governor I Wayan Koster has said he would revoke Badung Tourism Agency’s decision to reopen two beaches in Badung regency for foreign surfers.”I’ll inform the head of [Badung] tourism agency that we haven’t reopened our tourism yet. I disagree [with the reopening] and the decision should be annulled,” Koster said on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.Koster said he had issued a circular that regulates the closure of tourist destinations in Bali until further notice and he had not yet revoked it.”We had instructed to close tourist attractions through a circular and we have not reopened them yet,” he said.On Monday, Badung Tourism Agency opened access to two beaches in Badung regency, Canggu Beach and Labuan Sait beach, for foreign surfers.Read also: Hotels in Bali brace for travel-restriction relaxation, ‘new normal’The agency head, I Made Badra, said the beaches were still off limits to domestic tourists and non-surfers.”The foreign surfers are stressed-out after staying indoors for three months, so we gave them a little leniency as long as they follow health protocols,” Badra said. “[Before entering the beaches], they had to be examined in Balawista posts and by the [COVID-19] task force of the two villages where the beaches are located.”He also said that all foreign surfers were required to wear face masks.”We’ll check the temperature of each visitor, those who have a high temperature will be taken to the nearest community health center [Puskesmas] immediately,” Badra said.As of Monday, Bali recorded 482 cases of COVID-19 with five fatalities and 334 recoveries. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Pertamina to drill up to 180,000 bpd from Rokan oil block after takeover

first_img“At this time, we are collaborating closely with SKK Migas to prepare the technical implementation,” a CPI spokeswoman told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.“We are grateful for the government’s direction and initiative to provide solutions to invest to optimize national oil production,” she added.SKK Migas had previously ordered Chevron to drill 11 new oil wells in November this year. The new wells are expected to boost block output by 3,000 bopd, prior to the takeover.Despite being one of the country’s most celebrated blocks,  Rokan block’s output has steadily declined over the past few years due to the natural exhaustion of reserves.The government expects nationalizing the block to maintain production levels, which saw a landmark decline of 9.2 percent year-on-year to 190,131 bopd in 2019. Prior to 2019, the oil block was the country’s most productive.Topics : He went on to say that PHE, a subsidiary of state-owned oil giant Pertamina, would continually drill new wells in the aging Rokan block in pushing production up to 200,000 bopd. He did not mention a timeline.The block yielded 190,131 bopd last year under the helm of PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI), a subsidiary of one of the world’s biggest oil companies, Chevron.Pertamina will be taking over the 50-year-old block, which is the country’s second-most productive oil block, from CPI next year, when the latter company’s permit is slated to expire.Pertamina, Chevron and the Indonesian government, through the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas), have formed a steering committee to ensure Rokan’s smooth takeover, defined as one without a sharp drop in output. Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE) aims to produce between 170,000 and 180,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from the celebrated Rokan block in Riau once it takes the block over next year.PHE president director Budiman Pahursip said on Wednesday the company aimed to maintain such output levels by drilling new oil wells starting “the first day” of the takeover, which is on Aug. 8, 2021.“This is important during a takeover to ensure production does not drop sharply,” he said during a webinar hosted by extractive industry watchdog Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia.last_img read more

KAS looks to ‘export’ Dutch transparency standards to Germany

first_imgVogel acknowledged that the bank, after holding talks with the industry, could conclude that this would make sense only for certain Durchführungswege – including Pensionskassen and Pensionsfonds – but this, he said, “remains to be seen”.He stressed that KAS Bank would take “small steps” on the question of transparency in Germany, as the industry was “not nearly as experienced” in collecting these data sets as its Dutch counterpart.Vogel said that, eventually, more in-depth data such as, for example, target fund costs in fund-of-hedge-fund structures, could be used in a portfolio optimisation analysis.“The pension industry knows it has to increase cost transparency,” he said.“The question is how.” The financial assessment framework (FTK) for second-pillar pensions in the Netherlands could be successfully “exported” to Germany with a few “adaptations”, according to KAS Bank.Frank Vogel, managing director of KAS Bank Germany, told IPE the banking group’s Germany subsidiary was now considering to “bring Dutch expertise” to the country.One of the models he wants to apply is the FTK’s cost-transparency regulation, which includes “a simple catalogue on how to collect data on costs”.“We are now in talks with German pension funds and associations trying to gauge which data can be reported, which makes sense and what is possible for which form of pension fund,” he said.last_img read more

PRI consults on challenges to ESG, active ownership in passive investing

first_imgThe Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has launched a consultation to try to identify ways of overcoming challenges to incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and active ownership into passive investing.The organisation hopes to obtain feedback from asset owners, investment managers, and index providers.According to Toby Belsom, director of investment practices at the PRI, the growth of ESG in passive investing was facing two challenges. One category of challenges had to do with technical issues surrounding ESG data quality and index construction, while the other was about how investors could ensure they remained active owners while following a passive strategy.For example, passive asset managers may not be incentivised to recall any shares on loan to vote at annual general meetings because of the bigger difference stock lending makes in terms of income for passive funds compared with active funds. The organisation intends to collect feedback via a short survey and events. The survey is not restricted to PRI signatories; questions are also being asked on the organisation’s “collaboration forum”, which is only for signatories. The consultation process will run until the end of October.The survey asks respondents to rank challenges, in order of significance, to ESG incorporation as well as active ownership. The challenges named include consistency of corporate data, complexity of benchmarks and indices, and unintended portfolio skews. For the active ownership question, challenges named include lack of research and resourcing, “free-riding”, and divestment.The survey also asks what impact the EU’s taxonomy of environmentally sustainable activities will have on the passive investment market. In a discussion paper, the PRI itself said the full implications of the taxonomy would not become clear for some time, but it was likely to influence the construction of ESG indices and passive funds. The PRI has already published research and case studies focusing on the integration of ESG into passive, quantitative and smart-beta strategies, but said it was launching the consultation because it was interested in “developing market thinking in this area due to its rapid development over the last couple of years and the increasing importance of passive strategies”.Signatories had registered significant interest on the topic, according to the PRI.last_img read more