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The event is hosted by Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.FEATURED BANDS: Traditional Bluegrass Reunion • Potato Patch Band Back Porch Bluegrass Bandits • Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band • James Reams & the Barnstormers • Greenwood Sidee • Sound System by Old Blue SoundFREE INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP: Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass will host a free full day workshop with guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and wash-tub bass for children and adults. (Free with admission)Admission: $10 advance / $12 at the gate(Children 7-12: Half price / 6 and under: Free)For more information and tickets, please contact: (928) 632-4355 or highway69chamber [at] gmail [dot] com May 3, 2013The crew is preparing for the third ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, tomorrow, Saturday May 4, 2013. It will start at 10 am – 6 pm.The wind has finally calmed down and a large parachute was installed this morning over the audience area in the Colly Soleri amphitheater. Covers for the stage will be installed this afternoon.This is a wonderful event and we look forward to great music and fun for the whole family. You don’t want to miss this.[photo by Young Soo Kim in 2011]
EE has become the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter to let users see which TV programmes are trending on the social network.The launch of ‘Watch with Twitter’ lets EE customers discover and watch the most talked about programmes in real time using data provided by Twitter UK.Up to five of the highest trending live shows will be highlighted in the EE TV electronic programme guide and EE TV interface, as well as popular programmes that are due to start in the next hour.In the programme view, EE TV will also include the official hashtag of major shows so that viewers can join in the conversation on Twitter, with more ‘Watch with Twitter’ functionality due to be added next year.“Great telly and Twitter have always gone hand-in-hand – people love talking about their favourite shows and our new partnership with EE makes it easier than ever to discover which programmes are creating the biggest conversations,” said Dara Nasr, UK managing director, Twitter.At the same time, EE announced a number of other TV enhancements, including an update to its Replay functionality – increasing the number of standard definition channels customers can select on Replay from six to eight.EE is also taking 41 channels from two of its most popular apps, TVPlayer and Box Plus and is making them easier to find by integrating them into the EE TV electronic programme guide.“We continue to evolve the EE TV experience for new and existing customers – ensuring it’s even easier for them to discover shows they’ll love,” said Noel Hamill, managing director of marketing, EE.“We’re also excited to be the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter on integrating its ‘Watch with Twitter’ features, meaning customers are in the loop on all the most talked about programmes.”Watch with Twitter has already been deployed by other European TV operators, including Orange in France and Ziggo in the Netherlands.
By WVUA 23 Reporter Emily Moessner and WVUA 23 Web Writer Bryant HornApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and a Bibb County family is using this cause to share their story. The Lunsfords, who lost their daughter Camryn in late February, have been active in their community expressing the danger of texting and driving.Camryn, or Cici as her friends called her, was driving home from work on Feb. 22 when she decided to send her friend a “Happy Birthday” text. Seconds later, her vehicle hit a stopped 18-wheeler. The wreck killed her instantly.“All I want to do is make sure that no other parent goes through the devastating loss of losing a child to distracted driving,” said Cici’s mother Michelle Lunsford.Family members, classmates and members of the community who came to the event all signed a pledge saying they’ll put the phone down before getting in the driver’s seat.The pledge reads:“Starting today, I will be dedicated to driving without distractions. I am making a commitment to not use my phone while I am in the driver’s seat. I will ask my friends and other drivers I know to make the same commitment. I pledge to make a difference.” Nearly 200 young drivers were in attendance and signed the pledge.“We told them don’t sign it unless you take it seriously,” said Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade. “This is a commitment, a promise that you won’t drive distracted. They all walked up there and put it in the basket and it was amazing.”Wade said preventing distracted driving can be as easy as setting your phone on “do not disturb” mode before getting behind the wheel.
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A campaigning alliance has called for disabled people and their organisations to join its fight to use the UN disability convention to defend attacks on their rights by the UK government.The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) was holding its third national conference in the five years since it was founded by a small group of disabled people’s organisation (DPOs) and grassroots groups.Last week’s conference (pictured) was attended by more than 50 representatives of DPOs and groups.The conference heard that ROFA had campaigned over the last year on issues such as cuts to Access to Work; the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund; cuts to employment and support allowance and personal independence payment; proposals to legalise assisted suicide; and the government’s planned cuts and reforms to disabled students’ allowance.Over the next year, ROFA will continue to campaign on welfare reform, independent living, disability hate crime, employment and education.This will include campaigning on the social care funding crisis; developing a disabled-led vision for independent living; continuing to campaign against Department for Work and Pensions contractors Atos, Maximus and Capita; and developing a vision for community and welfare support that delivers choice and control to disabled people.Tara Flood, chief executive of The Alliance for Inclusive Education, one of ROFA’s founding members, told the conference: “It feels like the movement is coming together in a way we haven’t seen before.”But she said there was still a need to “strengthen and broaden our movement”.And she said: “ROFA isn’t going to be rich anytime soon, but we are rich in terms of experience and history and commitment to disability rights.”Flood called for more to be done to find and work with younger disabled people.She said: “I worry about the cumulative impact on disabled young people of austerity as they move into adult life.“Children’s services are far from perfect, but the reality is things are being decimated.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said the conference – which was hosted by Disability Sheffield, with the venue at Sheffield town hall provided free by Sheffield City Council – was “a real achievement”.He said: “When we lost UKDPC [the UK Disabled People’s Council], when that collapsed, DPOs and disabled people didn’t have a national voice in England, and now we do.“Change starts from us, it’s not going to come from anywhere else.“We need to build inclusive, diverse disabled people’s organisations and we cannot do it at a local level, that’s why we need ROFA, a national voice of DPOs in England, to join our voices with those of the representative voices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”He said this would provide a “real voice to fight for the UN [disability] convention” and use it “as a weapon” against a government that “tries to take our rights away”.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said there was a need to build the alliance, despite there being no funding to do so, and added: “We have a big informal membership but we need to formalise it.”Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, pointed to comments made by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who said in May at the launch of Beresford’s book All Our Welfare: “We know the media is hostile to the kind of values we have.”Beresford told the conference: “We must have conversations with each other, we need to think of ourselves as kind of Jehovah’s Witnesses and have the confidence to go and talk to people and tell them our truths.”Simone Aspis, from Changing Perspectives, said she was concerned about the risk of disabled people’s campaigns working too closely with left-wing political groups and unions, which might not understand or support vital issues such as inclusive education.She said: “It’s really important that when we work with allies we are really clear, nothing is left unsaid, because anything left unsaid is maintaining the status quo unless we challenge it.”Andrew Lee, from People First (Self Advocacy), said: “It’s important that local groups come together.“It’s really important that we have the alliance coming together so that we can build up our strength and give ourselves some confidence.”Roger Lewis, from the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said there was a “huge amount of fear” among disabled people about how they were being targeted, which meant there was a need to be “united and strong” in the face of “any attempt to divide us or any other group that could be scapegoated”.After the conference, Andrew Crooks, development and engagement worker for Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living, which helped organise the event, as it did last year, said: “We feel it’s important for local disabled people and disabled people’s organisations to feel part of the collective voice of disabled people and we truly value the idea behind ROFA, where disabled people can unite and defend our rights together.“They say there is strength in numbers and that is true but for disabled people in Sheffield and all over the UK I think disabled people need to know they are all in this together and can at least seek strength from other like-minded people.”He said that Disability Sheffield feels that it is “fire-fighting” and is “constantly hearing from disabled people who are in fear of their very existence” and “really fear for their basic rights”.He said disabled people were facing the pressures of losing benefits through the government’s personal independence payment reforms, concerns about the work capability assessment, and problems with discrimination at work and access to the built environment.Crooks said: “In Sheffield I think we are now beginning to see the effect of swingeing austerity cuts where Sheffield City Council, with a 50 per cent loss in government support, is now taking its toll on disabled people in relation to social care.”He said there were about 200 people in Sheffield who lost their access to the Independent Living Fund after it was closed and now “see no guarantees of being able to live their lives the way they need to”.He said: “The feeling in our city is that there are moves back to more institutionalised methods of care and people are fearful it’s beginning to affect their ways of living.”Disability Sheffield’s chair, Kate Whittaker, a public law solicitor who has taken high-profile legal cases in areas such as community care, disability discrimination and human rights, said: “It’s more important than ever for us to work collaboratively all over the UK where we can campaign for stronger rights, build the capacity of DPOs to deliver vital services like advocacy and support with direct payments, and tackle the barriers disabled people face to equality and full inclusion in society.”
From rock and roll to pet clothing, the Poison frontman is always looking for a good time. And for profit. Bret Michaels’ resume includes, but is not limited to, being the frontman for Poison, winning 2010’s Celebrity Apprentice, starring on Rock of Love With Bret Michaels and launching a line of pet clothing dubbed “Pets Rock” at PetSmart and a luggage collection at Overstock. Oh, and he also has a rock star suite at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. But who doesn’t have one of those, right?I spoke with the multifaceted music man about creativity, risk taking and his opinion on a certain former boss who is now leader of the free world.What does the word entrepreneur mean to you?It’s a person who handles the world of business in a free-spirited manner. To be a good entrepreneur, you need to have that inner fire, nerves of steel, creativity and perhaps most important of all, the desire to take risks. You have to be confident without being arrogant. You are a leader but you can be led, which means that you need to listen to everyone around you. An entrepreneur doesn’t lose who they are and they manage to stay relevant.Related: All 7 Shark Tank Stars Share Tips on How to Become a MillionaireThat sounds a lot like the definition of a successful musician.You’re right. A musician stays true to who they are and looks out there to try and be relevant. It works for an entrepreneur as well.You talk about taking risks. What’s the greatest risk you’ve taken as an entrepreneur?I like a challenge. When I was in the middle of working on Rock of Love, I was asked to do Celebrity Apprentice. People around me said, “You’re nuts. Why would you take a risk like that? A lot of people look really bad on that show.” But that challenge was a turn on to me. I’m from Pennsylvania and come from a family of veterans. We’re always up for a firefight. It’s not that I don’t have fear. I just have enough courage to move forward.What was Donald Trump like when he was lording over Celebrity Apprentice?Trump was so unpredictable. He’s actually a very funny guy. When I was on the show I was what every entrepreneur should be: focused. I kept my eyes on the prize. I was totally focused on winning. I tried to be the best listener. It worked. I won.You’re always optimistic. Is that a necessary ingredient for an entrepreneur?I think so. I’m a dreamer but I’m also a realist. I call myself a “drealist”. You need to dream. You put a lot of hard work in to make that dream a reality.Related: 11 Habits of Truly Happy People How did the music industry prepare you for all of your other business and TV projects? It taught me one thing: adapt or die.What was it like when Nirvana pricked the hair metal bubble in 1991?I accepted that that was part of rock and roll. First of all, I loved Nirvana’s music and the other bands that came out of Seattle. We took Alice in Chains on its first arena tour. I loved everything about Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I loved the video. I loved the song. To me “Teen Spirit” sounded like a new version of “Wild Thing.” I learned to adapt during the ‘90s. When you have a company, things will shift. You have to make changes on the fly.Related: This Elon Musk Heavy Metal Music Video Will Rock You Into the FutureWhat are you working on?I’m always working on music, but I have my attention on other things as well. That’s my entrepreneurial side. I’m working on a show called Surrealestate. It’ll be just like what it sounds like, surreal real estate. Maybe someone wants to build a farm in the middle of the city. Maybe someone wants an amazing body of water in the middle of Arizona. I’m also going to be in Sharknado 5. You’ll enjoy the opening scene.Any favorite inspirational quotes?”Have fun but get it done.” I’m quoting myself!How would you rate Trump as an entrepreneur?Donald Trump would be at the very top. Trump has the entrepreneurial spirit. He also has tough skin.Were you surprised he won the presidency?No. America is built on capitalism. Trump is all about capitalism and he is patriotic. You have to put money back into the pockets of people to make democracy work. Hopefully, Trump can make America a better place and I think he can do that if he starts with the entrepreneurial spirit. Here’s What Former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Winner Bret Michaels Really Thinks About Trump Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Entertainment Ed Condran Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. July 20, 2017 5 min read Guest Writer Writer and comedian –shares Image credit: Gary Miller | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5
Chris Matthews 3 Reasons You Should Care About Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 6 min read Image credit: Spencer Platt—Getty Images January 20, 2016 Add to Queue –shares This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine The Puerto Rican debt crisis has yet to capture the political imagination of the American voter, if the presidential primary contests under way are any indication.The territory’s government, which represents roughly 3.5 million Americans, is “already in default,” according to a letter that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan last week. Lew, who is traveling to Puerto Rico on Wednesday to meet with leaders to hash out a solution to the crisis, admitted on Monday that its debt problem is actually $2 billion worse than previously thought.Despite the severity of the crisis, Congress has not made resolving it a priority, and the issue has been barely mentioned in presidential debates. It would behoove the public however, to pay attention to what is happening to their southern compatriots, as the Puerto Rican debt crisis is likely a foreshadowing of political fights to occur on the mainland in decades to come concerning public pensions and social services.At first glance, Puerto Rico’s debt crisis appears unique. Its economy has struggled more or less since the United States annexed the territory following the Spanish-American War. Economic interests on the mainland joined racist forces in the government to prevent Puerto Rican statehood, forcing the economy into a limbo status that created countless impediments to economic growth. For decades, economic activity was propped up by tax breaks for manufacturers that made setting up shop in Puerto Rico economical. But those benefits were phased out in 2006, triggering an economic depression that has continued unabated to this day. Because Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, the best and brightest have left the island for better opportunities on the mainland. And so Puerto Rico is facing a toxic blend of a shrinking economy and population. And it must continue to finance social services without reneging on what it has promised to pay its creditors and retirees. In this sense, the Puerto Rican debt crisis is the same sort that will likely strike many American states and perhaps even the federal government in the decades to come. Here’s why we all should be paying closer attention to the drama in San Juan:1. The longer the crisis festers, the more expensive it will be.Debt crises inflame political passions. Those on the right tend to think that borrowers borrowed too much, and that they should be punished for doing so. Those on the left argue that it’s the lenders who lent too freely, and that they should share in the burden by accepting less than full repayment. Of course, when you’re dealing with a legitimately insolvent entity, these moral arguments are beside the point. If there’s simply not enough cash to pay back what is owed, another arrangement has to be made.The Republican Party is loath to give Puerto Rico access to Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which is available to municipalities across the country, with the logic that this would open the door to other basket case states like Illinois clamoring for the same rights. But as muni bond market maven Kristi Culpepper has put it:”People can talk about the government’s bloated payroll, vacation days, and whatever other financial outrage they want to hold up as An Alternative Reason for Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis — many of which are legitimate complaints, if minor in the grand scheme of things — all they want. However, it is not possible for Puerto Rico to adopt austerity measures that will offset what it has borrowed.”As long as Puerto Rico tries to solve its crisis through budget cuts alone, the worse its economy will get. Talented Puerto Ricans will continue to leave in droves, driving up budget deficits and forcing more economy-slowing budget cuts. The death spiral will continue until Puerto Rico and its creditors come to some kind of agreement.2. It’s merely an extreme version of the struggles that states like Illinois are going through.While Puerto Rico’s unique relationship to mainland America and its shrinking population and economy make its crisis quite acute, it’s not much different than what other states are going through. Illinois is grappling with pension costs that it cannot meet without sharply raising taxes. Voters won’t brook paying more for the same services, forcing the state to choose between breaking promises to creditors or to pensioners, two options that in Illinois’ case might be considered unconstitutional.Long-term projections from the federal government indicate that we will soon be having the same discussion over federal entitlements like the Social Security Disability program and Medicare. Every working American pays into these programs and expects that the benefits will be there when they need them. But without increases in taxes or cuts to benefits, both of these programs will likely run out of money over the course of the next generation. Though it’s unlikely the U.S. government will ever have to renege on its promises to creditors given the fact that it can simply print dollars to pay its debts, the fight over whether to raise taxes or cut benefits will be a central political struggle for at least a generation.3. The crisis lays bare crippling divisions in American politics.The Congressional Republican’s plan to help Puerto Rico wouldn’t allow the territory to access bankruptcy courts. Rather, it would hand over fiscal decisions to a federal control board and force the territory along with other states in the union “to disclose, for the first time, the true financial condition of their pension systems for government workers,” according to report in Dealbook.Public pension funds have long plagued state governments. The Pew Charitable Trusts estimates that there is nearly a $1 trillion gap between what is promised America’s public sector workers and what is needed to make those fulfill those obligations. The Republican bill in Congress would force states to reckon with this problem publicly, possibly drawing a rift between Democrats and one of their biggest constituents — public sector unions.The drama in Puerto Rico is a prelude to a bitter fight over whether the defined-benefit pensions that many public sector workers receive today are lavish relics of a previous age in which the American economy could support high living standards for our retirees, or if they are something that many more workers deserve in an age of high corporate profits but low wage growth. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Debt
U.S President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaLONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) – Donald Trump has landed a pre-emptive blow in a brewing fight over how to tax technology giants like Facebook. The U.S. president on Wednesday initiated a probe into whether France’s digital levy unfairly targets American companies. The move gives him more leverage in talks about how to revamp international corporate tax but also means there’s more riding on the success of those discussions. France’s plan to impose a 3% tax on the worldwide revenue of digital groups that generate at least 750 million euros of sales globally and 25 million euros in France aims to fix what Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire calls a “fiscal injustice”: tech giants paying little tax in large European countries. Trump and other U.S. politicians, including Democrats, suspect the levy, which was approved on Thursday by the French Senate, is a cynical raid on the likes of Google parent Alphabet. The U.S. probe means there’s a risk of U.S. tariffs on French goods. Yet shares of companies like LVMH, Pernod Ricard, Kering and Airbus, whose products are imported to the United States, were little changed on Thursday. That’s probably because investors view the move as classic Trumpian posturing. The problem is, both sides have a point and may not want to give ground. Le Maire’s tax would raise about 500 million euros from 30 companies. Only one is French – advertising-technology group Criteo – and most of the rest are American, such as Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. To the United States, that looks like discrimination, not least because European competition regulators have targeted many of the same companies with multibillion-dollar antitrust fines. At the same time, Le Maire is right to want a level playing field. International digital companies pay corporate tax in Europe at less than half the average rate of non-digital companies, according to the European Commission. And while France was in Trump’s sights on Wednesday, Britain, Austria, Spain and Italy have moved forward with digital taxes of their own. These European governments are effectively using national digital taxes as a way to press their case at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, where plans are afoot to rewrite global tax rules so that digital companies pay more tax in countries where users are based, rather than in low-tax countries like Ireland. Trump has just produced a bargaining chip of his own. But with both sides now brandishing threats, there’s a risk of a harmful spiral if the OECD talks break down. —Additional reporting by Gina Chon in San Francisco.BreakingviewsReuters Breakingviews is the world’s leading source of agenda-setting financial insight. As the Reuters brand for financial commentary, we dissect the big business and economic stories as they break around the world every day. A global team of about 30 correspondents in New York, London, Hong Kong and other major cities provides expert analysis in real time. Sign up for a free trial of our full service at https://www.breakingviews.com/trial and follow us on Twitter @Breakingviews and at www.breakingviews.com. All opinions expressed are those of the authors.
Questions the role of hedge fund set up by Ajit Doval’s son in the tax haven SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Published on The Congress has urged the Reserve Bank of India to reveal the details of all investments that have into the country from Cayman Islands, a tax haven. The demand comes in the wake of reports that National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval had set up a hedge fund — GNY Asia Fund — in the islands soon after demonetisation.Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Congress Core Committee member and former minister Jairam Ramesh said ₹8,300 crore came in the form of FDI from the Cayman Islands in 2017-18, which was equal to what was invested in the previous 17 years. “What is the reason for such a huge investment from the Cayman Islands after the notebandi? What is the role of GNY Asia in bringing FDI to the country,” Ramesh asked. He demanded the RBI disclose the details of the investors from the Cayman Islands, adding that the party will write to the RBI Governor regarding the same.Citing a report prepared by Ajit Doval and three others for the BJP on black money in 2011, Ramesh said the panel had advised caution in the matter of investments from tax havens. When asked whether Doval should resign, Ramesh said the NSA should first introspect and then implement his own recommendations. “Then we will see if a resignation is needed,” Ramesh said. COMMENT Indian Government national politics COMMENTS File photo of Congress leader Jairam Ramesh – PTI January 17, 2019 politics