Beloved bluegrass ensemble Yonder Mountain String Band has announced a major tour schedule! The group will hit the road from March 15th through April 8th, touring venues in the Western United States. The tour comes in support of their recently released Black Sheep album, as well as new music that is planned for an upcoming release. You can find out more about this new music in our recent interview with Adam Aijala.The band will also recruit Montana-based group The Lil’ Smokies for the tour, hitting spots in lesser served regions like Wyoming, Montana, Utah and more. They’ll pass through the Pacific coastline as well with shows in Washington, Oregon and California, and will be featured on the Winter WonderGrass California lineup in the midst of this touring route.A ticket pre-sale begins today, January 4th, at 11AM Pacific Time. You can see the full tour schedule below, and head to the band’s website for details.
Magnus Billing, Alecta CEO“But it requires focused and comprehensive efforts that can be promoted by clear political governance,” they wrote. “In this perspective, we see that a government green bond can be an account for the climate initiatives decided by the Riksdag in connection with the budget, and link long-term Swedish pension funds to a development in society’s real economy.”However, the Swedish National Debt Office, which has now been commissioned to review the possibilities for issuing a Swedish government green bond, has repeatedly expressed its scepticism about the work.“As long-term actors and managers of occupational pensions and research capital in a foundation created by the state, we want to encourage the debt office in its work to test the options for issuing a government green bond, to be responsive to the present, and learn from the experiences of the French equivalent of the debt office,” Billing and Iverfeldt wrote.France and Sweden have co-operated on green development for just 18 months, they wrote, adding that, at the end of 2017, France gained attention when it issued the then-largest government green bond worth €7bn, with a term of 22 years.The pair shared a number of points encountered by Agence France Trésor (AFT), the French national debt office, in its experience issuing green bonds.Advice included introducing a clear framework and reporting structure early on to ensure the integrity of the process regardless of political position, and paying particular attention to making the framework for the bonds robust and sustainable when new scientific findings caused movement in what was considered sustainable. Citing the Swedish Climate Policy Council’s first annual report, published in March, they said that in the area of domestic transport – which accounts for a third of Sweden’s total greenhouse gas emissions – there was potential to reach the target of a 70% cut in emissions by 2030. The head of Sweden’s largest pension fund has called for the country’s National Debt Office (Riksgälden) to get past its objections to issuing green bonds and learn lessons from other governments.Alecta chief executive Magnus Billing said in an article in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri: “This is a development that we are convinced that Swedish citizens and pension savers want to participate in.“So it is emphatically that we now want to ask the National Debt Office to consider the possibilities of a government green bond and its value in a transition towards a more climate-adapted society.”The opinion piece, co-authored with Åke Iverfeldt, chief executive of environmental research foundation Mistra, argued that big policy steps were needed for Sweden to reach its goal of zero emissions by 2045. read more
BACOLOD City – A total of 70 former rebels and their dependents in northern Negros Occidental completed various trainings with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) this month.The participants availed themselves of the agency’s Special Skills Training Program (SSTP), a report from the TESDA and the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion (79IB) said on June 23. The 70 graduates received training allowance ranging from P1,000 to P2,800 each. On June 18, some 47 trainees from Calatrava town finished a course on bread making (Leading to Pastry Production) National Certification (NC) II while a group of 23 participants from Escalante City completed the training on electrical installation and maintenance, also NC II, on June 19. Under the SSTP, the participants are provided skills training with entrepreneurship, free assessment, allowance of P100 per day, and free starter tool kits. The PRLEC aims to provide responsive measures to address poverty affectation among marginalized communities and basic sectors through the whole-of-nation approach. “TESDA has been making sure that our programs and services are felt by all sectors of society to live up to our agency’s tagline ‘TESDA Abot Lahat’,” she added. “I thank the government through the TESDA, Atoniya Skills Education Inc., and the Philippine Army for extending your helping hand to us,” he added. (With a report from PNA/PN) Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Alvaran, commanding officer of 79IB, commended the former rebels and their families for showing determination, perseverance and sacrifice to finish their respective trainings. TESDA acting provincial director Beverly Insular said the SSTP was conceptualized in response to the mandate of the agency as the chair of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. In Calatrava, the training program was implemented by TESDA in partnership with the municipal government, 79IB and Atoniya Skills Education Inc. while those from Escalante were trained by the TESDA Provincial Training Center in Cadiz City. “The knowledge you have acquired, together with the materials and equipment that you received from this program, will enable you to help your families. Continue your journey towards a peaceful and prosperous life and never turn back to the way of living you once had,” Alvaran said. Jaime Cogonon, one of the graduates in Calatrava, said the training and the tool kits will greatly help them in setting up a livelihood. Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Alvaran (standing), commanding officer of the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion, speaks before the 47 trainees from Calatrava, Negros Occidental during the graduation ceremony held at the municipal hall last week. The participants attended a course on bread making under the Special Skills Training Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. 79TH INFANTRY BATTALION, PHILIPPINE ARMY VIA PNA read more
The Bora Hansgrohe sprinter is in good form of late having taken a stage win in Paris Nice and helping team-mate and World Champion Peter Sagan to 3rd in Ghent Wevelgem at the weekend.Bennett finished 17th in that one. Also taking to the start line today is the Irish team Aqua Blue Sport. Included in their line-up is the Irish pair Conor Dunne and Matt Brammeier. Just yesterday they were confirmed as a wildcard entrant for the Tour of Spain later this year.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The corner of The Old Road and Church Street remained taped off late into the afternoon as Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials investigated the scene. Church Street residents clustered together to discuss the find. From farther away, some stood on their toes to catch a glimpse into the ditch. Neighbors wondered when and how the body got there, saying they hadn’t noticed it earlier in the day. Next to the ditch where the man was found, bulldozers and grading equipment sat behind a chain-link fence where a construction project is just beginning. Cars racing past on Interstate 5 could be heard from across the street. California Highway Patrol officials blocked off traffic at the intersection of Parker Road and The Old Road, about a block away from where the body was discovered. Thirteen-year-old Tanner Lyon ventured outside to see what was happening after he saw the squad cars cruising down the street. “I thought they might be shooting something from ‘CSI,”‘ he said, referring to the CBS drama about forensic science. Other residents noted that a Canyon Country man was found dead Thursday in the back of his pickup truck. They wondered what was happening to the usually peaceful Santa Clarita area. Castaic resident Gina Marino said that sometimes people walk along the road at night to local bars. She said the area is also a popular rest stop for truckers who pull off the freeway and catch a few winks on the back roads. “This is not a good thing,” Marino said. “It’s not a good thing for us here.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – A Castaic pastor made a grim discovery Saturday afternoon when he found a dead man lying in a drainage ditch, next to a sleepy residential area. Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives were called out to investigate the death, but there was no immediate word on who the man is or how he died. Jeff Craig of First Baptist Church of Castaic was driving when he saw two human feet in a culvert. He turned his van around to check it out and saw the man lying on his side. “I looked down at him and noticed he wasn’t moving and called 911,” the 33-year-old pastor said. read more
PRAGUE — Belarus beat the United States for the first time 5-2 at the ice hockey world championship on May 7.Also, the host Czech Republic bounced back from a loss to Canada with a 5-1 win over France for its second victory.Following five losses to the Americans, Belarus’ milestone win in Ostrava was its third in the group stage, and a major step to advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.Belarus tops Group B after four games with 10 points, one ahead of the U.S. and Russia.The top four teams in each of the two groups of eight will advance to the quarterfinals.The Czechs are fourth in Group A with seven points. Canada leads with 12, followed by Sweden and Switzerland with eight.After a scoreless first period between Belarus and the U.S., Artur Gavrus and Artyom Volkov scored 70 seconds apart in the second period, and Alexander Kitarov added a third for a commanding 3-0 lead.It was too much for the Americans to overcome, especially with goaltender Kevin Lalande having a good game making 28 saves, including a big stop in the second to deny Jimmy Vesey on a breakaway.Brock Nelson finally scored for the U.S. before the end of the second, but a pair in the third by captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, around his two-minute penalty for hooking, sealed Belarus’ historic day.“We had the momentum early and they pushed back through work and discipline,” U.S. coach Todd Richards said. “They turned the tide and put us on our heels.”Belarus coach Dave Lewis agreed. “We did not settle into the game until the second period.”Czech defenseman Ondrej Nemec broke the scoreless deadlock in his game 1:10 into the second period, and added another goal and an assist against France.“I’m glad we won,” Nemec said. “The goals are an extra bonus for me. Our offense was good but there were some mistakes in the defense again, and a better opponent could punish us.”Vladimir Sobotka, Jaromir Jagr, and Roman Cervenka had the other Czech goals.Kevin Hecquefeuille scored the lone one for France.Later Thursday, Sweden played Germany in Group A, and Finland faced Slovenia in Group B.(KAREL JANICEK) TweetPinShare0 Shares read more