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Don Felder Announces New Solo LP Featuring Bob Weir, Chad Smith, Slash, & More; Shares First Single [Listen]

first_imgFormer Eagles guitarist Don Felder has announced the forthcoming release of his first solo album since 2012’s Road To Forever. His star-studded album, titled American Rock ‘N’ Roll, is scheduled to arrive on April 5th via BMG. The 11-song album will have a much more of an expansive sound than his last effort, which heard the rock musician playing all of the guitar parts on his own. Felder has recruited the help of a few well-known musicians to play on the album this time around, including Bob Weir, Slash, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, and Mick Fleetwood.Felder shared the album’s title track to go with his announcement on Thursday. “American Rock N’ Roll” sticks pretty close to the traditional classic rock sound, acting as a tip of the ‘ol cap to some of America’s rock heroes ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to Duane Allman and Guns N’ Roses, all of whom are mentioned in the song’s lyrics. The song’s recording process actually featured two different drummers, with Mick Fleetwood coming in first and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith taking over in the latter half. Fans can listen to the audio-only video for “American Rock ‘n’ Roll” below to see if they can hear when Fleetwood’s playing ends and Smith’s begins. Listeners should be warned, though, that an impressive guitar solo courtesy of Slash also comes in just after the song’s halfway mark.Don Felder – “American Rock ‘N’ Roll” – Official Audio[Video: Don Felder]“I wanted to bring in as many people as possible to share the experience with me,” Felder explained in a statement about his desire to work with as many of his musician friends on this album as possible on the new record. “I knew it should be bright, cheery and fun or it wouldn’t be worth doing. It should be a labor of love, not a labor of work.”Related: Sammy Hagar Taps Bob Weir, Dave Grohl, & More For “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” Benefit ConcertFelder kicked off his 2019 concert campaign earlier this month with a show at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California on January 18th. His 2019 winter tour continues next week with a performance in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Fans hoping to catch Don Felder on the road this winter can click here to reference his full tour schedule and ticket information. Fans can also click here to preorder American Rock ‘n’ Roll prior to its April 5th release.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Indictment Against Man Charged With Multiple Arson Counts Dismissed

first_imgROCHESTER – New York State’s Fourth Appellate Division ruled Friday that they’ve unanimously dismissed the indictment against Jonathan H. Young, 22, who was charged in connection with numerous fires in the Jamestown/Falconer area.The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office previously appealed a decision from Judge David Foley dated Feb. 8, 2019 suppressing statements that Young allegedly made to Pennsylvania State Police. Young was indicted on 14 counts of arson and 11 counts of criminal mischief.Assistant District Attorney John Zuroski appeared before New York State’s 4th Appellate Division in December to argue the appeal of a ruling that suppressed evidence against Young.Zuroski told the court that Jamestown Police did not participate in questioning, but rather, observed Pennsylvania State Police interrogate Young. The troopers, according to Zuroski, were primarily focused on their case, not the case in New York. Kaixi Xu, who represented Young, argued that Pennsylvania State Police acted as “agents” of the Jamestown Police Department. Furthermore, Xu said that Young should have been re-mirandized when asked questions about New York’s case.When reached for comment, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson declined.WNYNewsNow also reached Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone via phone for comment Friday evening Barone said that his office, along with Young, are “thrilled” with the outcome.“We’re extremely thrilled with the decision,” Barone said. “I know they took a little bit of extra time given the importance (of the case). I think the appellate division saw it for what it was.”“I think it’s a win for our fundamental rights (rather than for his office and Young)…Don’t forget, he spent over a year in jail on these charges.”Barone said that the District Attorney could refile charges if they so choose. The attorney added that Young was released from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.WNYNewsNow will continue to follow the story. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events February 4 – February 10

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Centenary of the 1916 Easter UprisingBarbara Jones, the consul General of Ireland, will discuss Irish history and the commemorations planned in New York for the Easter Uprising’s 100th Anniversary. On Monday, April 24, 1916, the day after Easter, Patrick Pearse and his comrades took over the General Post Office in Dublin and read what is known as the “Proclamation of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the People of Ireland.” They proclaimed their sovereignty over the then-British controlled state. While the proclamation at that time did not hold, within the next few years, Ireland declared its independence. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. molloy.edu Free. 5 p.m. February 4.Sam WoolfThis folk/pop singer songwriter known for his original arrangements, beautiful pitch perfect tone and emotional original songs. He gained national recognition as a finalist on American Idol’s 2014 season where he placed in the Top 5. Warming up the crowd are Dylan Brady, a multi-instrumentalist, and Como Brothers, a blues, pop music and rock band. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 7 p.m. February 4.Jack LicitraTriple J Productions presents: Jerry Schaefer’s Americana Showcase with Jack Licitra. Expect a musical mash-up as they play together and on their own, with musical director Jack Licitra providing some extra flavor! Radio host, Jerry Schaefer will be hosting a Q&A, with each artist, prior to their respective sets. The whole show will be recorded for broadcast on Jerry’s Sunday night Graveyard Blues program. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. February 4.Bye Bye BirdieThis classic musical comedy about rock star Conrad Birdie, the women who love him and the guys who want to be him. But when the U.S. Army drafts Birdie, his manager sends Conrad to small-town America to plant his goodbye kiss on one lucky fan for the entire world to see. See what happens next! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $27.50. 7 p.m. February 4, 8 p.m. February 6.Earth, Air and Water: A Celebration of Tri-State Wildlife and Nature ***RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 12An opening reception will be held for a photo exhibit showcasing the natural beauty and splendor of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition to many spectacular images of animals, flowers and breathtaking water scenes, some photographs include people and man-made structures. Exhibit runs through February 27. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org Free. 6-8 p.m. February 5.Todd RundgrenThis multi-talented songwriter and producer will play his classic hits spanning 24 albums, including “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light” and “Bang the Drum All Day.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. February 5.Eric Martin of Mr. BigThis hometown hero is best known for penning/singing the classic ’90s ballad “To Be With You” when he led the supergroup Mr. Big, before going solo. Now he’s back and playing both Mr. Big classics as well as new solo material. Opening the show are Craving Strange, No Angelz, Mick James and The Heartless Devils. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $18, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. February 5.Lez ZeppelinThe New York City-based all-girl band has gained worldwide critical acclaim—from no less than Jimmy Page himself, who praised the group for “extraordinary musicianship,” passion and the sensuality they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin. Opening the show is Anna Rose. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35. 8 p.m. February 5.The Lords of 52nd StreetLong Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand-selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog including hits and rarities with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known, because the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of hit records with Joel including: “The Stranger,” “52nd Street” and “Glass Houses.” Opening the show will be Rick & Tara Eberle of iRideSense The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury.venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $30-125. 8 p.m. February 5.Rex & The Rockabilly KingsThis Elvis celebration show is all about The King’s early era. Bring your Pink Cadillac and your Blue Suede Shoes and dance to the dozens of amazing songs that inspired John Lennon, Keith Richards and so many more, and changed popular music forever. The Rockabilly Kings features Scotty Moore-style electric guitar, Bill Black-style slap back bass, DJ Fontana-style drums and Elvis Presley-style acoustic guitar plus great lead, and Jordanaires-style backing vocals. Add it up and you get a whole lot of burning love. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m.  February 5. SingStrong New York A Cappella FestivalThe movie Pitch Perfect and the TV show Sing-Off give you a glimpse of the incredible A Cappella concerts at SingStrong. Five completely different concerts and two days of classes feature A Cappella pop, jazz, doo-wop, barbershop and even beatbox artists—all performing with nothing but the human voice. Professionals, high schools, college groups—there’s even an open group you can join! Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20-$200. Times vary, February 5-7.Artists’ Choice 2016An opening reception will be held for this art exhibit that compares and contrasts artists’ interpretations of subject matter and styles. Gallery members invite artists they respect and admire to show with them. “The emotional strength of Evan Campanella’s artistic vision influenced my newest series of photographs,” said member Katherine Criss. Runs through February 28. b. j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St, Huntington. bjspokegallery.org $3. 6-9 p.m. February 6.Joey KolaThis comic’s high energy, spot-on punch lines and fast delivery assault an audience like a comedic freight train. Joey’s topical and timeless material combine to always make his audiences laugh hard. He always leaves everyone drunken with laughter. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $22. 7:30 p.m. February 6.Eric Burdon & The AnimalsFifty years since this great band took over the airwaves at the forefront of the British Invasion, the band is back on tour so you can relive the legendary singles such as “Baby, Let Me Take You Home” and “House of the Rising Sun,” and enjoy so much more of their powerful repertoire as it evolved over the years, from San Francisco to New Castle. With Burdon’s soulful vocals, they’re the definition of classic rock and roll. Opening the show will be Randy Jackson of Zebra. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$45. 8 p.m. February 6.Long Island House of RockLong Island classic rock bands Blue Oyster Cult and Vanilla Fudge will rock their hometowns once more. BOC, who’ve sold 24 million albums worldwide, need no introduction, but for those readers living under rocks, they’re best known for their hit “The Reaper.” Fellow hometown heroes Vanilla Fudge are best known for their hit “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” Opening the show are fellow New York-based band Blue Magoos. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. February 6.Paul ReiserThe star of Mad About You shares his tales of love, life and the funny things people do in relationships while he tours the comedy circuit between movie roles. The Main Stage at Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nichols Rd., Stony Brook. $48. 8 p.m. February 6.ShahkarShahkar Bineshpajooh’s accomplishments as a musician, composer, singer, poet and producer could fill volumes. Born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran, Shahkar taught himself guitar, piano and drums when he was only 15 years old. At his family’s behest, he turned his focus to academics and became the youngest student in Iran to receive a doctorate in urban planning. Still, his love of music and poetry never died. His moving vocal performances with the Los Angeles and London Symphony Orchestras electrified his audiences. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury.thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$150. 9 p.m. February 6.Lil Kim and Funk FlexThe high-power hip hop DJ and the Queen Bee herself on one stage? No, this is not too good to be true—these two rap legends are joining forces for one incredible show. For more than a decade, two million listeners a week tune into Flex’s sizzling radio show on Hot 97, where he’s played ‘Lil Kim hits aplenty over the years. Actress, rapper, songwriter, record producer, and model, Kim has established herself as one of the world’s most accomplished female rappers. She knows exactly what her audience wants: classics from 1996’s double platinum Hard Core, plus newer tracks from her mix tapes Black Friday and Hard Core 2k14. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20, $30 DOS. 10 p.m. February 6.Black History Month CelebrationThe Uganda Cultural Art Network presents an African cultural experience through interactive storytelling, music and dance. Jones Beach State Park at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, Ocean Parkway. nysparks.com Free. 1-3 p.m. February 7. The Many Moods of MommerTransformations of a Visionary: Paul Mommer is an retrospective art exhibit exploring the diversity of the painter’s style and technique throughout the first half of the twentieth century. This exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the work and historical documentation of the artist. Mommer died suddenly in 1963 and only one piece of his work has been exhibited since, making this a rare showing not to be missed. This transcendental reception features live music and refreshments. Exhibit runs through March 13. Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. islipartscouncil.org Free. 1-4 p.m. February 7.“White and Black Abstraction” by Paul Mommer, 1950.Super Poem SundayThe annual Super Bowl Alternative for Poets—which still ends in enough time for you to catch the actual Super Bowl—will be, as usual, a poetry slam! (Note: you do not need to memorize your poems to compete.) Every participant gets three minutes to perform a poem. First, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. Food will be provided. Co-sponsored this year by the Bards Initiative. Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington. waltwhitman.org $10. 1-4:30 p.m. February 7.Bert Williams: Lime Kiln Club Field DayHeadlined by Bert Williams, the first great black star on Broadway, the never-released Lime Kiln Club Field Day is thought to be the oldest surviving feature film with an African-American cast. The film was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in December. MoMA Associate Curator of Film Ron Magliozzi, and Peter Williamson, Preservation Officer, who oversaw the film’s restoration, will discuss the project and its historical importance at the screening. Cinema Arts Centre. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 9.Printmaking Exhibit Opening ReceptionAn opening reception will be held for this exhibit focused on the many methods of fine art printmaking: woodcuts, engraving, etching, lithography and screen-printing. The art of printmaking consists of the production of images, usually on paper, but occasionally on fabric, parchment and even plastic. Exhibit runs through March 10. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5-7 p.m. February 10.John ReidThis magician and Long Island native will speak and sign his new book, I Got You Something! This full-color book with attached silicon bake form has more than 100 pictures and 365 ideas and recipes of something you can make—everything from candles and soap to gummies and a microwave cake. Make something gluten-free, something to say thanks, something for your dog, or leave something on your friend’s doorstep. The possibilities are endless! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. February 10.-Compiled by Nick Pasco and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

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As Heartland Shows in Suffolk, Dollars and Planning Sense Are Not in the Same Zone

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rich MurdoccoWhen the shovels finally break through the virgin dirt, the press cameras click, the blue ribbon parts and the courteous applause swells. It is in this very moment that land, once wooded and vibrant, becomes “improved.”But the moment that the fate of the land is actually sealed is when an elected official, in the deciding majority vote, approves a change-of-zone for the parcel. At this time, the policymaker has heard all sides of the debate concerning the vote ad-nauseam – from the “concerned” residents who, most of the time, are looking to protect their homestead, and from the “concerned” developers, who, most of the time, are “concerned” about their project’s progress, and are looking to make good on their sizable investments.Before that vote is cast, the policymakers should have been informed by the municipality’s planning department about the ins and outs of the proposal, answering critical questions such as these: “Can the impacted neighborhoods absorb the after-effects of growth? What are the assessed needs of the community and does this project meet them? How does the public benefit from this zoning change?”Armed with a thoughtful assessment of the project’s merits, the policymaker would cast a vote that has the potential to change the course of history not only for the community, but the region as a whole.Sadly, this scenario is seldom the case. In a system mired down by insider deals and local “politics as usual,” local officials usually vote on zoning changes less on sound planning principles, and more on flavor-of-the-day dealings. To make matters worse, developers often get cozy with advocacy groups, who lobby the local municipality to build projects that fit not only their vision of what a region should look like, but to suit their own interests as well.In Suffolk County, the specter of Heartland looms over the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center in the Town of Islip. The 495-acre site, in development limbo since the 1980s, is slowly moving towards “improvement” of its own. Thanks to an agreeable Islip Town Board and a Suffolk County Executive who, guided by his own development goals of tying the area together with Bus Rapid Transit and other various transit-oriented projects, the $4-billion Heartland project seems to have evolved in a few short years from being a nonstarter in the township to holding the future of not only Islip, but of Long Island as a whole.We could go on, lest we forget the money.  In the end, development is always about the money.In particular, $40,000, which is the ample sum developer Jerry Wolkoff gave to the Suffolk Democratic Committee on the eve of Nov. 3, Election Day. Aside from the timing, what makes this donation curious is why it happened in the first place. Current incumbent Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was not only ahead in the polls by a substantial margin, he had a political fiscal war chest that some villages would envy.Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, told Newsday’s Rick Brand that his ties to Wolkolf go back to when he was a county legislator. “We’ve always had a good working relationship,” Schaffer said, “and I consider him a longtime friend and supporter.”Is Wolkoff trying to leverage his ample resources  to oust the current GOP-led town government? Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Bellone’s foe in the 2011 County Executive race, seems to have mended fences and built bridges with her former political foe since she took office in Islip Town hall earlier this year. With the Town of Brookhaven she’s forged a widely celebrated “regional planning alliance” over the longtime-coming Ronkonkoma Hub Project.This alliance, along with Bellone’s deliberate attempts to cross the partisan line and link up with the GOP in Islip and Brookhaven, speaks to why Wolkoff’s money may be better spent elsewhere. Simply put, Wolkoff may not see the return on investment he was hoping for.Perhaps Wolkoff is looking beyond short-term politics to remind the current regime in Hauppauge that he is still here, and still waiting for his mega-project proposal with its 9,100 apartments, 1 million square feet of retail and 3 million square feet of office space, to be approved by lawmakers. If the approval comes from the GOP or Democrats, it doesn’t matter to him—he just wants that change of zoning.In an ideal world, development approvals should come after a recommendation in a comprehensive, science-backed study and a measured assessment of an area’s needs. Instead, the process has been subverted by those who have the biggest checkbook. Heartland should be built – but only if its expansion is phased in to accommodate changing market dynamics, and scaled down substantively so it doesn’t overburden the area’s inadequate infrastructure.One can bet that residents in the areas Heartland will impact definitely have more than 40,000 reasons why the project isn’t right for Long Island. Unfortunately, none of that matters, because they can’t fill a political coffer like $40,000 can.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

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Impressed by talk with juror assistant

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was recently summoned to serve as a juror in Schenectady. The potential trail for this jury turned out to be a civil matter. It was settled out of court and the summoned were excused.After going through this process, I had several concerns. So I phoned the commissioner of jurors, Nicole M. Salamone and talked to her assistant about my concerns.She told me that Nicole may call me back. In about an hour, I received a call from Nicole. We had a nice conversation and it soon became apparent to me that this woman really cares about her responsibilities. She really wants to do the best job possible for the citizens of Schenectady County.I’m not easily impressed, but this woman is impressive. If we had more public servants like her, we could be in much better shape. Thanks, Nicole.Thomas SingerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Israeli bank enters City scene with £55m scheme

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Domestic market to be driver of recovery, Garuda chief says

first_imgNational flag carrier Garuda Indonesia expects the domestic market to drive its business this year, which is showing signs of recovery despite the heavy blow to the aviation sector by COVID-19, the company’s top executive has said.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra told The Jakarta Post in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the company was currently exploring new opportunities in the domestic market, as it provides better opportunities than the international market during the ongoing health crisis.“During the recovery process, we agreed that the domestic market will be the driver. The reasoning behind the decision is that we have more control in the market in regard to the [industry] authorities,” he said, referring to the firm’s relationship with aviation stakeholders such as state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II. “The only way to accelerate recovery is by boosting [the number] of passengers.”The airline enjoyed an increase of 58.1 percent month-on-month (mom) in the number of domestic passengers to over 110,400 passengers in July, which the airline attributed to the relaxation of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) by the government.However, the airline saw an overall 61 percent drop year-on-year (yoy) in total numbers of passengers as of July this year, down to 3.6 million passengers, as the pandemic stymied the airline’s operations and hit its financial performance, with social restrictions and border closures deterring people from flying.The airline posted a US$712.73 million loss in the first half of this year after booking net profits of $24.11 million in the same period last year. Furthermore, Irfan said the company had recently found new opportunities in the domestic market, which had previously been overlooked by management, such as freight exports.“There are huge opportunities to work together with small businesses, fishermen and other industries to provide them with logistics services for exports. We hadn’t thought about that in recent years,” he said.However, while the freight business provides an additional source of income, Irfan said it was unlikely that the contribution would significantly improve its profitability as its main revenue is still dominated by the passenger business.AP II previously projected a full recovery of Indonesia’s aviation industry to occur by mid-2023, with domestic flights projected to be the backbone of the industry’s recovery process.The forecast is slightly more optimistic than that by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which expects the full recovery of global air passenger traffic by 2024, a year later than its initial estimate, given slow virus containment in developing economies, corporate travel cuts and weak consumer confidence during the global health crisis.However, regarding the international flights market, Garuda will maintain its current routes and only expand its routes once the pandemic ends, Irfan said.“We will try to maintain our existing routes as best as we can, and ensure our international routes can reach breakeven point during normal times. We are also working together with all stakeholders to establish new routes, which will bring in high-spending tourists to Indonesia,” he said.Garuda currently has 22 international routes to 10 countries including China, Japan, Australia, Netherlands and Singapore, according to the company’s website.The total number of international passengers carried by the airline plunged by 96 percent yoy to 10,581 passengers in July.During a hearing with the House of Representatives earlier in July, Irfan said that the airline was mulling whether to establish direct flights that will connect the resort island of Bali with cities in the United States like Los Angeles and San Francisco and Indian cities like Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as with France.However, during the interview, Irfan said the company was still “miles away” from the expansion plan as it was currently still focusing on the recovery process.“We’ll get through this pandemic first. Once it’s all over, then we’ll talk about the [expansion] plan and how we work together with other stakeholders to boost our tourist sector,” he said.In a research note published on Wednesday, Lee Young Jun from Mirae Asset Sekuritas expected that the airline’s monthly seat load factor (SLF) would not exceed 50 percent, while its SLF stood at 30 percent in July, according to the company’s data.“Although the management claimed that the improvement should continue until the end of 2020, we believe that monthly SLF will not exceed 50 percent, given the fact that new COVID-19 cases are continuously hitting new records,” the research note reads.It expects the company to book $1.63 billion in revenue by 2020 year-end, a sharp drop from $4.5 billion last year.Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal star Kieran Tierney to miss Manchester City clash after Scotland team-mate tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal star Kieran Tierney to miss Manchester City clash after Scotland team-mate tests positive for coronavirus Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Oct 2020 3:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Celtic midfielder Christie will have to self-isolate for 14 days (Picture: Getty)‘While this is obviously disappointing news the most important thing is the health and safety of the individuals involved and the wider group,’ Scotland head coach Clarke said.‘As soon as we were informed of the positive test, the Chief Medical Consultant immediately contacted the Scottish Government’s clinical adviser, who in turn alerted the local Health Protection Team.‘We have informed the respective clubs from whom we have borrowed the players and backroom staff and we now have to prepare for a huge match ahead tomorrow.’ Armstrong returned a positive test on Wednesday morning (Picture: Getty)Every other player in Steve Clarke’s squad tested negative for COVID-19 but Ryan Celtic’s Christie and Tierney came into close contact with Armstrong, meaning they too will have to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTwo members of Scotland’s staff – a masseur and a physiotherapist – will also have to self-isolate after being identified as close contacts. Kieran Tierney will miss Arsenal’s match with Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Arsenal look set to be without Kieran Tierney for their trip to Manchester City in the Premier League after the defender’s Scotland team-mate, Stuart Armstrong, tested positive for coronavirus. Armstrong returned a negative test on arrival at Scotland’s Oriam training base but the supplementary UEFA test came back positive on Wednesday morning. The Southampton midfielder must self-isolate for ten days from October 6, the date he was tested, and will therefore play no part in Scotland’s upcoming matches with Israel, Slovakia and Czech Republic,center_img The Scotland full-back has impressed for Arsenal this term (Picture: Getty)Tierney has started three of Arsenal’s four opening matches in the Premier League this season and looked set to continue his run in the side after the international break, when the north London club travel to the Etihad. The left-back’s progress was hampered by injury problems following a £25million move from Celtic to Arsenal last summer but he went on to cement his place in the side towards the end of the campaign under Mikel Arteta and has impressed this term.‘The winning mentality means a lot in football, the manager wants to bring that to Arsenal because they’ve obviously gone through a spell were the fans weren’t happy, the club was not happy and the players weren’t happy, we were not achieving what we wanted to achieve,’ Tierney said when asked about Arteta last month. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Him coming in and knowing what the club was about helped, knowing it needed success and trophies, Arsenal need to be high up in the league as well.‘From me learning there and hopefully bringing a bit of that here, it’s going to benefit everyone.’AdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta told Emiliano Martinez he had a 95% chance of starting Arsenal’s first game of the seasonMORE: Thomas Partey spoke glowingly about new Arsenal teammate Granit Xhaka during transfer talks Clarke’s side take on Israel before facing Slovakia and Czech Republic (Picture: Getty)Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell added: ‘We were made aware of the positive test this morning and I reiterate Steve’s view that the health and safety of those involved is paramount. ‘We will maintain constant dialogue with Dr John MacLean to ensure that those who are required to self-isolate are given the full support of the Scottish FA in conjunction with their clubs. ‘Equally, the protocols and procedures in place are designed to ensure that the remaining members of the squad – who have all returned two rounds of negative tests – can continue to prepare for the forthcoming matches in a safe and secure environment.’ Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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CFA Institute to oversee fiduciary manager performance standard [updated]

first_imgOne of the CMA’s proposed “remedies” for the fiduciary management sector was for providers to be required to report their performance track record to prospective customers using a standardised methodology.CFA Institute’s discussions with IC Select predate the CMA’s investigation and the Financial Conduct Authority’s asset management review, which led to the investigation. Cardano’s Ralph Frank also contributed to the discussions, having been working on his own methodology for fiduciary management analytics. “We were always going to do this because IC Select is a UK-based entity and, for them, maintaining this and ensuring its continuation is a large chunk of work,” said McAra.In addition, CFA Institute saw an opportunity to cover an area its framework for GIPS did not. The original standard IC Select developed was based on GIPS. The direction the CMA had taken meant it made more sense to pursue transferring the responsibility for the standard, said McAra.CFA Institute would like to retain the governance structure IC Select had set up for developing the standard and consultations, involving a steering group and a forum, both of which McAra chairs.Global reach?At the industry event – organised by the Transparency Task Force (TTF), a campaign group – McAra said CFA Institute “would anticipate” the standard being of use elsewhere in the world, and that it had already held discussions with US and Dutch stakeholders.The right language could make a single standard applicable globally even if regulatory requirements varied geographically, he said.“We’re all about making things level, constant, and comparable, both through timeframes and across the firms operating in those particular areas,” he added. “So a prospective client can take information from any person, any firm that claims compliance with this standard, look at them and know they have comparable information.”McAra told IPE he had spoken to fiduciary managers in the US and Netherlands who are aware of GIPS and the IC Select standard, and that the feedback was comparable to that received from UK fiduciary managers.“For those managers that are investing against asset-based benchmarks, then GIPS can be used as a standard for presenting their past performance to prospective investors,” he said. “For those implementing liability-driven investment [LDI] strategies, the IC Select standard provides a framework for generating composites that are relevant to prospective investors considering LDI strategies.”Carl Hitchman, head of fiduciary management advisory at Stamford Associates, also attended the TTF event, and later told IPE it was important there be some flexibility to avoid a situation where performance was quoted against an inappropriate benchmark.He noted that the IC Select standard as currently drafted directed fiduciary managers towards the GIPS approach if their benchmark was “a fixed asset split”, but said this opt-out did not reflect – as he understood the CMA’s intention – the requirement for a single standard to apply to all fiduciary managers. This article was updated on 31 January 2019 to amend the name of CFA Institute. CFA Institute is taking over responsibility for the fiduciary management performance standard that could satisfy a pending UK regulatory requirement facing providers of the service.The transfer of intellectual property rights from IC Select, which has developed the standard, was scheduled to complete at the end of June, Iain McAra, director of global investment performance standards (GIPS) at CFA Institute, told attendees at an industry event earlier this month.This was slightly earlier than initially envisaged given the timetable set out by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following its investigation into the investment consultancy and fiduciary management sectors.“The CMA’s agenda really wants everything wrapped up by mid-November,” McAra told IPE. “We had proposed that we complete the transfer by 1 January 2020, but we can accommodate that change.”last_img read more

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Rosechasing: Bachelor producers instigated an extraordinary amount of drama this past season

first_imgUnlike Sydney, Victoria’s past was put on full display through the strange, interwoven history between her, Weber and Pence — and it proved too good an opportunity for the producers to pass up. The situation makes “The Bachelor” producers seem like cruel, evil masterminds, and it’s easy to see why. However, at the end of the day, you could also argue that the producers are merely doing their jobs. They’re simply increasing ratings, and the easiest way to do that is by making things as dramatic as possible. So maybe the producers aren’t fully to blame, as they are just one part of a bigger problem: The show itself is rotten through and through. Peter Weber set out on “The Bachelor” with hopes of finally finding love and a future wife. Instead, he got an extremely disappointing result that left him back at square one. While there were a number of self-inflicted factors that influenced the outcome of this season, there was still an overarching presence behind the scenes that orchestrated the overall plot.  This season, the producers showed that they never miss an opportunity to stir the pot. Their first bold act was to bring back Hannah Brown, who was fresh off a breakup with Weber from her season on “The Bachelorette,” on not one, but two instances.  (Angie Yang | Daily Trojan) I’m referring to the ABC producers and their unceasing dedication to concoct as much drama as possible for audiences. The problem is that they did so at the expense of the contestants and especially Weber, who was constantly confused and overwhelmed by the tensions around him. Social media exploded when she stepped out of the limo on night one and then again when she returned to ruin Weber’s first group date. For him, it was a nightmare. The woman who rejected him and broke his heart spoiled the group date by breaking down and tearfully talking about what could have been. The producers’ first curveball was almost too much for Weber to handle as his demeanor hinted that he still wasn’t over Brown, but this drama is exactly what they were aiming for since it drew attention on social media.  This further proves that the producers’ schemes overwhelmed Weber and left him confused and prone to making irrational decisions. With their extensive knowledge and research of each contestant, there was no way the producers were going to let such a major red flag slip through their fingers. The producers handpick the contestants for a reason, and in my opinion, they chose Victoria to be on the show because her controversy would create the notorious drama the show embodies. It’s possible that the producers were responsible for Peter’s unfortunate ending, as they added plenty of twists to this season, but a deeper look at the bigger picture once again exposes the dark reality of “The Bachelor” and its manipulation of people in the name of “good TV.”center_img Although there might not be any solid evidence showing that the producers were trying to haunt Weber with Brown, it’s also hard to argue in support of the idea that this connection was a mere coincidence. In light of the producers’ ability to mix things up in unexpected ways and Weber’s soft spot for Brown, it’s possible that the producers were trying to develop an intriguing storyline between Brown and Hightower. However, Hightower was sent home before Weber ever learned of her link to Brown.  But that’s not all that the producers did to Victoria. They pulled an even bigger wild card later in the season by using one of Peter’s ex-girlfriends, Merissa Pence, who happened to know Victoria (what a surprise). Pence told Weber that Victoria was responsible for ending multiple relationships among their friend group, which came as a major shock to Peter.  Of all the contestants, I felt that Victoria was manipulated the most by the producers. They first wronged her by setting up a one-on-one date between her and Peter at a special concert with country singer Chase Rice, who, by no coincidence, happened to be her ex-boyfriend.  While that was the last time we heard from Brown on the show, there was a third possible awkward scenario she was involved in. A former classmate of Brown’s revealed on Twitter that contestant Sydney Hightower went to high school with Brown.  While Hightower’s past didn’t come into play, Victoria Fuller’s history played a huge role in her relationship with Peter and further demonstrates the producers’ uncanny ability to make things awkward for everyone. Victoria had seemingly developed a good rapport with Peter, but their relationship was clearly not meant to last even though she was among the final three.  When she realized she would have to be seen front and center with her new boyfriend in front of Rice, she must have felt extremely uncomfortable. I’m sure Rice felt the same, as he was also blindsided by the encounter.  Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about “The Bachelor” and American pop culture. His column, “Rosechasing,” typically runs every other Friday.last_img read more