Summer tours are always the breeding ground for new Phish material, as the band typically takes a few weeks (or months, in 2016) off to work on new songs. We recently spotlighted two Phish favorites, “Waste” and “Character Zero,” that were debuted in June of 1996, but this Phishtory feature goes back one year further to a little tune called “Prince Caspian.”While “Caspian” would eventually sail his way onto the late 1996 album release Billy Breathes, the Narnia namesake had some trouble finding his footing in the earliest days. The slower song was a better fit for arena rock than Phish’s complex improvisation, though the band was able to stretch the tune out in later renditions. The first-ever version sounds similar, yet somewhat different from its current form. The false-ending and longer jam sections weren’t added until ’96.Of course, “Prince Caspian” took on a new life in summer of 2015, during Phish’s Magnaball Festival. It’s interesting how a twenty-year old song can take on such energy while still remaining in regular rotation.The debut show itself is some classic 1995 Phish, opening with a rare gospel cover called “Don’t You Want To Go?” that hasn’t been performed since the year of 1995. There’s some “Ha Ha Ha,” some “Runaway Jim,” a great “Tweezer -> Lifeboy” in the second half, and many more Phish gems. Fortunately, you can listen to the whole 6/8/95 show below, thanks to fromtheaquarium.Setlist: Phish at The Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT – 6/8/95Set 1: Don’t You Want To Go?, Ha Ha Ha > Runaway Jim > Guelah Papyrus, Mound, Fast Enough for You, Reba, Prince Caspian, Chalk Dust TortureSet 2: Simple > Rift > Free > Bouncing Around the Room > Tweezer -> Lifeboy > Poor Heart > JuliusEncore: Good Times Bad Times No whistling. Debut.Teases: Third Stone From the Sun tease in Runaway JimNotes: Runaway Jim contained Third Stone from the Sun teases. Reba did not have the whistling ending. This show marked the debut of Prince Caspian. This gig was originally scheduled for the outdoor Wolf Mountain Amphitheatre in Park City; due to a late spring snowstorm, the day before the show took place it was moved to the indoor Delta Center.Don’t miss Live For Live Music’s official Baker’s Dozen late night shows!
Limited government, liberty and free trade are the basic goals of the College Libertarians at Notre Dame. “The first step is education and logical discourse,” according to senior Todd Velianski, president of the club. This fall, the club will run voter registration drives with College Republicans and College Democrats, said sophomore Nick Frecker, club treasurer. “We dispense and discuss literature dealing with civil rights, libertarian philosophy and current issues,” Frecker said. “We have a shipment of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ books coming in.” Frecker and Velianski will campaign on the behalf of the Libertarian presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, and host debate watches in LaFortune Ballroom. “I consider myself fiscally responsible, socially tolerant and an avid lover of liberty,” said Frecker. “I believe people have the right to effectively do what they see fit, as long as their actions don’t infringe on the rights of others.” The views of the party seem to resonate with many students on campus, Frecker said. “Last year at the ‘Holy Votes’ debate, they had representatives from all parties and the applause for all three were equal,” he said. “The ideas of libertarianism are very popular among young people, but [many] are trapped in the two-party er of two evils.” Velianski said he hopes students stay informed for the election process. “Students here will go on to take key roles in the formation of society, in business, politics, religion and technology, and to be good citizens they must be well educated on current events and varying political philosophies,” he said. Velianski said he fears what Mitt Romney’s nomination as the Republican presidential candidate will mean to the Libertarian party. “With the nomination of a New England progressive like Romney … I don’t know where the Libertarian votes will go,” Velianski said. “[But] the movement is becoming something that both major parties can’t afford to ignore if they wish to maintain electoral domination.” Dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties led Velianski to the Libertarian party, he said. He said libertarianism is a philosophy based on the Golden Rule: Do unto others what you would have them do to you. “Libertarianism is the belief that the individual knows how to live his life better than a government official knows how to,” Velianski said. “The greatest problem in society and at Notre Dame is the belief that the rules of morality do not apply to the government.” Velianski said he is unfazed by those who think voting libertarian is essentially the same as throwing a vote away, due to the party’s relatively small size. “[What they] fail to realize is that Obama’s and Romney’s policies on social issues are largely the same,” Velianski said. “The only vote I can cast with a good conscience is a vote for the party whose integrity has not been corrupted. I vote Libertarian so I can sleep at night.” Contact Meghan Thomassen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mediation instead of violence Police also have taken steps to reduce violence. For example, police in Pernambuco divided the state into 26 specific zones. This organization helped police commanders determine which zones needed the most law enforcement resources, said José Luiz Ratton, sociology professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). “Until 2007, Pernambuco was one of the most violent states in Brazil. It is no longer one of the most violent, and our capital, Recife, isn’t even on the list,” Ratton said. “Essentially, this was thanks to the launching of a multinational program observed and followed up by civil-society agencies along various vectors including prevention, repression of violence and the enhancement of institutions, particularly in the area of capacity-building for law enforcement agencies.” Brazil’s crack cocaine epidemic helped push the homicide rate to record levels in recent years, prompting authorities to divide the state into 26 security zones, Ratton said. This reorganization helped improve security, he said. “We were able to earmark more resources for those areas that had shown a higher number of homicides,” he said. “In the capital city there are five security areas, and we have established protocols and indicators that have to be followed up every week and month. As a result, we’ve been able to benchmark those levels with the national levels, and we also created a system of rewards for line officers who were more successful. We had a downward trend of 12 percent in one year. Thanks to these protocols, we have seen a whole range of policies implemented.” By Dialogo April 21, 2014 Sports and cultural programs and job training for youths and improved police training are not the only methods officials are using to improve public safety in Brazil. In the cities of Lauro de Freitas, Vitoria, and Contagem, located in the states of Bahia, Espíritu Santo, and Contagem, respectively, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is providing mediators who talk to gang members to try to get them to resolve their conflicts peacefully. “We offer dialogue mediation. When we arrive in a given area, we say were from the UN and people listen because we have the concept of peace,” said Érica Mássimo Machado, program officer at the UNDP office in Brasília.“They allow us to serve as mediators. That’s a great advantage for us.” UN mediators work in neighborhoods troubled by gang violence, and cooperate closely with local Brazilian officials. “We target specific neighborhoods and we try to identify human capital,” Mássimo Machado said. “We don’t have a magic wand and we don’t perform miracles. But this connection with the UN is what differentiates us from other entities.” Police initiative improves public safety State governments throughout Brazil are employing innovative approaches to reduce violence, such as developing police zones to in high-crime areas, launching programs to steer youth away from crime, and hiring mediators to settle disputes in neighborhoods frequented by gangs. In the state of Paraná, authorities are using international funding to launch a broad security project known as “Paraná Seguro.” The ambitious program provides training for police officers and sports programs, cultural activities, and job training for teenagers, to divert them from street crime and gangs. Paraná Seguro will provide sports and cultural activities for more than 130,000 youths and job training for another 43,000 teenagers. The program was made possible by international cooperation. The Inter-Development Bank (IDB) is providing a $67.2 million (USD) loan to support the project. Local governments are providing $44.8 million (USD). The ambitious program “seeks to increase the effectiveness and capacity of law enforcement entities to deter crime,” according to the IDB. Providing additional law enforcement training will help law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal levels coordinate their efforts to achieve maximum results, said Dino Caprirolo, lead specialist at the IDB’s country office in Brasília. Paraná Seguro offers programs designed specifically to help juvenile offenders reintegrate into society and avoid committing further offenses. Here are some of the goals officials hope Paraná Seguro achieves in Paraná by 2019: • Reduce the homicide rate by 16 percent among people between the ages of 15 and 24 • Reduce the school dropout rate from 8.2. percent to 5 percent • Improve police investigations of homicides
Legislature agrees to DNA testing extension June 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Legislature agrees to DNA testing extension Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Legislation extending the deadline two years for criminal defendants convicted at trial to have their DNA tested for innocence claims unanimously passed both legislative chambers and was signed into law May 20.That means two law schools working on innocence claims in Florida — at Nova Southeastern University’s Innocence Project and Florida State University’s Florida Innocence Initiative — will have until October 1, 2005, to ferret out, investigate, and file petitions for DNA testing from about 600 cases.“It’s been a long road to get there,” said Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, sponsor of SB 44.A new feature added late in the House version of the bill by Rep. Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, would have expanded the law to those defendants who plead guilty or no contest also to be eligible for post-conviction DNA testing, but failed to gather enough support.That’s not because Villalobos, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, doesn’t agree with her equal-protection argument, a reminder that not everyone who pleads guilty necessarily is guilty because of coerced confessions or deal-making to avoid exposure to more prison time.“You’re either guilty or innocent, and it shouldn’t make a difference what the circumstances of your conviction are,” Villalobos said.“But it was an issue we couldn’t get the votes to pass it. I didn’t want to put the bill in jeopardy.”Villalobos also said he believes “the best way to do it is without a deadline.” That was the argument Second Judicial Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, and Jennifer Greenberg, director of FSU’s Florida Innocence Initiative, had made in testimony at committee meetings, echoing their stance in arguments made earlier at the Florida Supreme Court.But, again, Villalobos said, there were not enough votes in the legislature for the rationale that there should be no deadline on innocence.“We got what we could get. It’s not nirvana,” Villalobos said.Greenberg agrees the law could be improved.“Though this legislation is important, it is unsatisfying in many ways,” she said.While she said “we are thrilled to have additional time to work through and file meritorious cases,” Greenberg wants to work with legislators to create a “fairer DNA system.”To make the system better, she said, she agrees with Bogdanoff’s amendment that opens the DNA testing process up to those who enter pleas, not just those defendants convicted at trial. Secondly, Greenberg said, she hopes “some court with jurisdiction” will agree with her position that there should be no statute of limitations. Thirdly, what hasn’t been answered, she said, is: “How are we going to create and administer evidence preservation statewide?”Villalobos was prompted to file the bill after Barry Scheck, a defense attorney and co-founder of the national Innocence Project, delivered the message in person that the work could not be completed in Florida by the original October 1, 2003, deadline. But Scheck’s visit to the senator came seven weeks into the 2003 session, too late to file a bill last year. Villalobos said Scheck asked him if the DNA bill could be tacked onto other legislation.“If I amended this to the Article V bill, the Supreme Court would keel over,” Villalobos said. “I couldn’t put the Article V (court) funding in jeopardy.”But he promised to work to remedy the dilemma the following year.When the legislature passed the original DNA legislation effective 2001, everyone, including the Criminal Procedures Rules Committee, thought two years until October 1, 2003, would be sufficient time to investigate innocence claims. That has proven to be overly optimistic about the time-consuming task carried out by a three-person statewide staff and volunteer law students.In the meantime, the Florida Supreme Court stayed the October 1, 2003, deadline while it heard arguments November 7, 2003, (in case no. 03-1630) about whether the deadline should be extended. That case is still pending.During debate on the DNA bill in the legislature, there was some friction about the court’s rule-making authority in procedural matters and the legislature’s law-making authority in substantive matters.“Some people in the House thought the court overreached its authority in granting the stay,” Villalobos said. “But I am grateful the court did intervene and issue a stay. If evidence is destroyed, the law is not protected. Without the court’s intervention, I’m afraid some evidence would be lost. The court did the right thing, definitely.”Daniels said a bill in the House that proposed the legislature take over the court’s total rule-making authority became entwined in the debate on the DNA bill. She credits a meeting between Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Sandy D’Alemberte (former president of the ABA, FSU, former dean of FSU’s College of Law), working on the Innocence Initiative, as helping the DNA bill “steadily make its way through.”“Rep. Kottcamp was very open, and when he understood our position, very supportive,” D’Alemberte said. “He and Sen. Villalobos are the heroes of this piece, although there are others who deserve the credit.“We made it clear that the Innocence Initiative at FSU and the Innocence Project at Nova had sought legislation and that we were comfortable going to the legislature for relief. Indeed, the original activity in this important area was legislative,” D’Alemberte continued.“Once everyone understood that there was an important policy objective — to get innocent persons out of prison and to help identify the guilty persons — we had smooth sailing in the legislature.”Daniels said the bill’s fate became favorable, as well, “because the prosecutors signed off on it early on and the court held off ruling on the rule but stayed the deadline. It seemed like the right thing to do.”Whether an additional two years will be enough time remains to be seen.“It’s admirable the legislature stepped up. I’m sure the court case will be resolved in harmony with that,” Daniels said. “And we’ll see if we can get the work done in two years.”Greenberg isn’t so sure it can be done.“We will work as hard as we possibly can work to try to make sure everybody entitled to our assistance receives our assistance. However, from day one, this office has said there should be no statute of limitations. Will it be enough time? Probably not.”
With the proliferation of communication channels available today—from traditional print media and broadcast to online and social media—effectively managing a credit union’s communications strategy is a complicated business. While credit unions have always tailored their messages to specific groups of members (auto loans to younger members or estate planning to older members, for example), as recently as 10 years ago, there was a fairly simple distribution strategy including local print media, direct mail and perhaps local broadcast media that was used to reach all members.Today, that is simply no longer the case. Millennial members consume information in different ways and through different channels than Generation X members do, and Gen Xers, in turn, consume information differently than baby boomers. Not only are there different communication channel preferences among demographic groups, but there are unique preferences in terms of format and even time of day for consumption.With so many variables in play, how can credit unions communicate most effectively with all of their members?The good news is that there is a wealth of data available to help guide credit unions’ communications teams as they develop content and distribution strategies. Recently, Target Marketing released its 2017 Media Usage Survey, and within it are some valuable insights into the media consumption tendencies of millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers that could benefit credit unions. Key takeaways include: continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » The Senate Republican COVID-19 relief legislation unveiled this week, the HEALS Act, contains CUNA-supported liability protection, as well as other Paycheck Protection Program reforms. The House passed its COVID-19 relief bill, the HEROES Act, in May.The HEALS Act contains a provision providing no enforcement action could be taken against a lender who in good faith relied on a certification or documentation submitted by a borrower of a covered loan.Other PPP improvements include:Making certain operations, property damage, supplier and worker protection expenses forgivable;Simplifying the forgiveness process for loans under $150,000 and for loans between $150,000 and $2 million, but not to the extent CUNA seeks in the PPP Forgiveness Acts in the House and Senate; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) believes the European Commission has made a major concession in addressing investor concerns over International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).In a letter dated 17 May addressed to the European commissioner responsible for financial markets, Jonathan Hill, the LAPPF writes: “Your written answer to Syed Kamall MEP (E-106071/2015) confirms our belief on both points of law relevant to the endorsement criteria for IFRS – ‘the target’ (being a true and fair view of assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss) and ‘the purpose’ (being for creditor and shareholder protection).”The letter continues: “[It] represents a significant change to the landscape of accounting standard setting. Our evidence is that accounting firms, standard setters and regulators have been working on assumptions contrary to that.”This latest development in the long-running war of words follows a bid by commissioner Hill to reassure investors over the financial stability impact of IFRS, including the new financial instruments accounting standard IFRS 9. In a letter dated 10 May seen by IPE, he wrote: “We have analysed EFRAG’s advice, and we are satisfied the standard has been properly assessed against the endorsement criteria of the IAS-Regulation.“In particular, we believe the issues you previously raised in your letter to me of 23 September 2015 have been adequately addressed.”The spat over the purpose of and basis for financial reporting in the EU between some long-term UK investor interests and the wider accounting establishment dates back to the 2008 financial crisis.Since then, concerns have mounted that accounts prepared under IFRS – particularly by banks – could be defective.The LAPFF is among those long-term UK investors that have been vocal in their criticism that IFRS accounts let potentially insolvent financial institutions pay out dividends and bonuses.These investors have argued that dividends paid on the back of unrealised profits ultimately rebound on to shareholders and creditors.In December last year, the LAPFF called on the European Commission to clarify its position on IFRS 9.In particular, the LAPFF believes EFRAG has issued defective endorsement advice on the standard.The LAPFF first contacted the European Commission about the issue on 23 September.The local authority pension funds body warned that the EU Commission could in future face legal action were IFRS 9 to be endorsed.Meanwhile, this latter exchange of correspondence in the dispute leaves the LAPFF holding its line that IFRS 9 fails to meet the EU’s endorsement criteria.LAPFF chairman Cllr. Kieran Quinn wrote in the 17 May letter: “Given that, the only way IFRS 9 could ever comply with the criteria of EU law, having been designed on different premise, would be by accident.”The letter also reveals that the LAPFF continues to believe the EU’s advisory body on accounting matters, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG), has misapplied the EU’s accounting endorsement criteria in its formal advice to the Commission.Cllr. Quinn said: “The EFRAG has instead operated by taking the assertions of the International Accounting Standards Board as if it defined the purpose of accounts, rather than the rule of law.”Of particular concern to the LAPFF is the EFRAG’s continued support in its 15 September 2016 advice for IFRS 9, despite the fact it could mean banks pay out dividends based on what the LAPFF calls “unreliable level 3 numbers (mark-to-model asset values)”.This means, the LAPFF argues, that the profit or loss and financial position (net assets) will not be correctly stated either.It also dismisses the EFRAG’s suggestion any deficiencies in IFRS 9 could be fixed through a footnote disclosure. “[W]ords might accompany the numbers as a note to the asset valuations,” it said, “but, whatever that note is intended to do, it does not compensate for the asset value, and the profit or loss and the financial position being wrong in the first place.”The LAPFF argues that, although the purpose of accounts is creditor and shareholder protection, commissioner Hill has, in his latest letter, applied a far looser criteria of the Capital Maintenance Directive (2012/30/EU), not the Accounting Directive (2013/34/EU).Moreover, the Capital Maintenance Directive requires shareholders to pay back illegal dividends.The European Union’s endorsement criteria for accounting standards are set out in the accounting directive.The IASB’s efforts to replace its existing financial-instruments accounting literature with IFRS 9 has proved to be controversial.In March, it emerged that the European Systemic Risk Board has not yet undertaken a study of the financial stability impact of the new standard.
At least a dozen inmates and guards were reportedly injured during riots at an overcrowded prison in Guinea’s capital on Monday.The riots are said to have been sparked by the inmates’ dislike for the prison’s governor.Hundreds of police were deployed around and inside Conakry Civil Prison, from where gunshots were heard for at least two hours, according to witnesses.A government statement said that the situation was brought under control after timely and vigorous response from the security forces.“Hundreds of prisoners mutinied on Monday against the prison governor, who is immensely disliked by the prison population,” a security source based in Conakry is reported to have said.
Clark County—Preliminary lab results were positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus in a sample of a dead deer from Clark County the DNR staff submitted to a lab for testing early this month. Additional testing is required to determine the strain of EHD virus. Results of testing of samples from deer from several other counties are pending.EHD is a viral disease that may affect white-tailed deer to some degree every year. It typically occurs during late summer and early fall, and there is evidence that outbreaks may be worse during drought years. EHD is transmitted by flies commonly known as biting midges, sand gnats, and “no-see-ums.”Humans are not at risk for contracting hemorrhagic disease.The testing came about from investigations DNR staff have been conducting after receiving reports of sick or dead deer in central and south-central Indiana. Clark County seems to be experiencing the most intense outbreaks thus far, but suspect reports have come from 10 counties in total.“Although the reports DNR is receiving are consistent with EHD episodes of past years, it’s important for testing to be done on samples before it can be confirmed,” said Dr. Joe Caudell, DNR deer research biologist. “Samples need to be collected as soon as possible after the deer dies to be most useful for testing.”Caudell worked with Indiana Conservation Officers to collect an adequate sample, the one that tested positive for EHD, on Aug. 2.“Deer infected with EHD may appear depressed or weak and often seek out water. Other signs may include a blue-tinged tongue, swelling of the head, neck or eyelids, ulcers on the tongue and the oral cavity, or sloughed hooves,” said Dr. Nancy Boedeker, DNR wildlife veterinarian.Hemorrhagic disease is often fatal to deer, but some will survive the illness. Not every deer in an affected area will contract hemorrhagic disease. Localized death losses during an outbreak can range from negligible to greater than 50 percent. Outbreaks can be more severe in years in which there is a wet spring followed by a hot, dry fall. Severe outbreaks rarely occur in subsequent years due to immunity gathered from previous infections.“If you see a deer that you suspect may have died from EHD, you can report it directly to the DNR through our website,” Caudell said. “Just click on the link for Report a Dead or Sick Deer.”The DNR monitors for EHD annually. The most recent significant outbreaks were in 2007 and 2012.