Anderson .Paak was at Boston Calling Music Festival on Sunday for the latest stop on his ongoing Best Teef In the Game Tour. .Paak’s festival performances have become a headline-worthy spectacle in their own right, as earlier this year the Ventura singer surprised attendees at Coachella by welcoming late-90s pop artist Brandy to join him on stage. For his set at Boston Calling on Sunday, .Paak again welcomed a surprise guest. This time, it was controversial hip-hop/country crossover sensation Lil Nas X. Together, the two treated the audience to a duet performance of the rapper’s chart-breaking 2018 hit, “Old Town Road”.Related: Anderson .Paak Appears On ‘CBS This Morning’, Performs Music From ‘ Ventura’, ‘Oxnard’The surprise sit-in started with .Paak’s keyboardist hammering away on the keys for a few different songs before transitioning into “Old Town Road”. Lil Nas X found his way to the stage in his trademark cowboy hat and a flame-embroidered black and white leather suit–a bold move during a hot holiday weekend. Lil Nas X’s presence at the festival had been hinted at by organizers, as the artist was billed as a “Special Guest” going into the weekend event.Watch the opening portion of the sit-in performance from Sunday below. .Paak continues his spring tour with his next scheduled performance at the MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday. Head to his website for tickets and tour info.[H/T Billboard]
The credit strength of asset managers in the UK and the remaining European Union countries would not “materially” weaken in the event of the UK leaving the bloc without a withdrawal agreement, according to Moody’s.The credit rating agency said the asset managers would face some pressures in the event of a no-deal Brexit – such as uncertainty about the future status of EU employees working in the UK and vice versa – but that it considered these manageable.Temporary measures put in place by UK and EU regulators would minimise the operational disruption of a no-deal outcome, and asset managers’ own efforts to prepare for such a situation would also help protect their credit profiles, Moody’s added.The rating agency highlighted that UK-based asset managers had focussed in particular on creating or expanding entities regulated in the EU under MiFID legislation to prepare for the loss of EU “passporting” rights if the UK left the EU without a deal. This exercise had entailed costs so far contained at estimated 0.1%-0.6% of operating expenses, according to Moody’s.In February, the European Securities and Markets Authority and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced an agreement to preserve delegation rules in the event of a no-deal Brexit.These rules allow UK asset managers to create funds that are domiciled and regulated in the European Economic Area (EEA) – which includes EU countries – and market them to clients in the EEA or EU while continuing to manage them from the UK via an outsourcing arrangement.According to Moody’s, about 84% of the assets that UK-based firms manage on behalf of non-UK EEA clients are in funds managed via delegation.In addition, the UK has put in place a “special permissions regime” to allow asset managers based in the EU or EEA to continue operating in the UK for up to three years after a potential no-deal Brexit.Last month the FCA published final rules aimed at providing certain about the financial regime firms would be operating under even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. After an extension of the original deadline, the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on Friday, 12 April. Prime minister Theresa May has yet to secure a majority in parliament for her withdrawal agreement and the outcome of talks with the Labour party about a compromise is uncertain. May is about to visit several European capitals in an attempt to get agreement on postponing the date at which the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. Tomorrow she will meet Emmanuel Macron in Paris and Angela Merkel in Berlin followed on Wednesday by an emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels.
Franklin County, Ind. — An ATV accident injured two Sunman residents last week.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says Briana Gore, 20, was driving the ATV on St. Mary’s Road June 9 around 8:30 p.m. when she failed to negotiate a curve near Tree Road and went into a ditch. The ATV rolled ejecting Gore and a passenger, Daniel Lower, 22. Both were flown to a Cincinnati area hospital for treatment.
Even cattle, which feed on alfalfa, depend on bees. So if the collapse worsens, we could end up being “stuck with grains and water,” said Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for USDA’s bee and pollination program. “This is the biggest general threat to our food supply,” Hackett said. While not all scientists foresee a food crisis, noting that large-scale bee deaths have happened before, this one seems particularly baffling and alarming. U.S. beekeepers in the past few months have lost one-quarter of their colonies – or about five times the normal winter losses – because of what scientists have dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder. The problem started in November and seems to have spread to 27 states, with similar collapses reported in Brazil, Canada and parts of Europe. Scientists are struggling to figure out what is killing the honeybees, and early results of a key study this week point to some kind of disease or parasite. Even before the disorder struck, America’s honeybees were in trouble. Their numbers were steadily shrinking, because their genes do not equip them to fight poisons and disease very well and because their gregarious nature exposes them to ailments that afflict thousands of their close cousins. Pulitzer Prize-winning insect biologist E.O. Wilson of Harvard said the honeybee is nature’s “workhorse – and we took it for granted.” “We’ve hung our own future on a thread,” Wilson, author of the book “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth,” told The Associated Press. Beginning this past fall, beekeepers opened up their hives and found no workers, just newborn bees and the queen. In past bee die-offs, dead bees were found near the hive, but this time they have just disappeared. The die-off takes just one to three weeks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BELTSVILLE, Md. – Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation’s honeybees could have a devastating effect on America’s dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet. Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. They also pollinate lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons. In fact, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
QPR are close to agreeing a deal to sign Wolves winger Matt Jarvis, according to The People.Jarvis, 26, is keen to return to the Premier League and has apparently been spotted house-hunting in the west London area.Fulham are said to also be keen on the England international, but it is claimed they are not prepared to meet Wolves’ asking price.The paper suggests that Fulham have enquired about Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, but again are unwilling to pay the required transfer fee.The People also say Liverpool want to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham for £6m.The American is believed to be keen on a move to Anfield and it is claimed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will table a formal bid for him.Swansea’s Scott Sinclair and Luciano Narsingh of Dutch club Heerenveen are touted as possible replacements for Dempsey, while Bristol City have apparently refused to give winger Albert Adomah permission to speak to Fulham.Meanwhile, Chelsea will an reject an offer from Aston Villa for left-back Ryan Bertrand, according to the Sunday Mirror.It is claimed that Villa manager Paul Lambert is keen to sign Bertrand either permanently or on a season-long loan, but Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo is believed to want him to stay at Stamford Bridge and sign a new contract.The People report that relegated Bolton want to sign Oriol Romeu on loan from Chelsea, while the Mail on Sunday say Chelsea are vying with Tottenham for the signature of £20m-rated Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.And The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea have beaten off a host of Premier League rivals to sign 15-year-old George Brady – nephew of West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady – from French club AS Cannes.They are said to have paid £250,000 in compensation to land the 6ft 4in defender, who it is suggested was also wanted by Arsenal, Tottenham and both Manchester clubs.The Sun also have an interview with Frank Lampard, who denies speculation linking him with a move to LA Galaxy.“There’s nothing in that at all. I’m really looking forward to getting back to Chelsea,” he said.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Ronnie Lott watched the Warriors punch their ticket to the NBA Finals on Monday. His appreciation for that triumphant moment came from a place that most of us will never visit.See, Lott was one of the architects and caretakers of the 49ers dynasty. His 49ers won four Super Bowls in nine years. The Warriors are gunning for their fourth NBA title in five years. Not to mention a three-peat.“That doesn’t happen,” said Lott during an appearance on KNBR’s “Tolbert & Lund” show. “We tried. Got …
Frequent-flyer programs and global airline alliances have become front-line weapons in the fight by the world’s oldest airlines to stave off unprecedented market disruption and price competition from new competitors.Despite predictions that ballooning contingent liabilities would kill off frequent flyer programs, they’re still going strong four decades after their invention and global alliances have cemented them at the heart of the relationship between airlines and their customers.The world’s oldest alliance, Oneworld, will this year celebrate its 20th birthday as the networks of frequent flyer programs it stitches together hold the line against new long-haul low-cost competitors and market disruptors like the three Persian Gulf-based hub-and-spoke carriers, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.Of the three, only Qatar Airways belongs to an alliance (Oneworld): the other two, including the world’s biggest international carrier, Emirates, have declared their independence from alliances and instead have pursued bilateral relationships – like the Qantas-Emirates joint venture, which was launched in 2012, and this week’s co-operation agreement between Etihad and Lufthansa.Each of the three major alliances – Oneworld, Star and Sky Team – carries 550-650 million passengers a year, in total about half of the 3.6 billion passenger trips by air globally in 2016.Nowhere is the battle of the alliances more hard fought than in Europe between one of Oneworld’s founding members, British Airways, and Star Alliance mega-carrier Lufthansa.Though their frequent flyer programs are dwarfed by the 100 million members who belong to Oneworld giant American Airlines’ AAdvantage after the merger with US Airways, they’re still among the biggest in the world outside of America.In 2014, it was claimed that Lufthansa’s loyalty program, Miles & More, had 25 million members, but Lufthansa Manager of Program Marketing, Bastian Neumann-Semerow, told AirlineRatings.com Miles & More now has 10 million active members. (“We don’t talk about our members in total,” he says.)That’s considerably more than the seven million members claimed by British Airways’ loyalty program Executive Club – headquartered at London Heathrow airport, just 650 kilometres (less than an hour’ flying) from Lufthansa’s fortress, Frankfurt Main airport – though fewer than the 11.4 million frequent flyer members, for example, at Oneworldcarrier Qantas’s Qantas Frequent Flyer, which has extensive retail inter-relationships.Most of the world’s frequent-flyer program have been overhauled in the past five years to give more benefits to travellers according to the amount they spend rather than the volume of miles or kilometres they fly.That has led to a backlash from once-a-year travellers whose points buying power has been reduced.But airlines like British Airways have been listening to their Executive Club members – in particular, to the long-standing, widespread gripe among frequent travellers everywhere that award seats in the past have been too hard to obtain.“Reward seats are extremely popular with customers and we guarantee that at least nine million reward seats are offered across BA operated flights every year,” a BA spokesman told AirlineRatings.com.“Some of the changes we have made to our loyalty program include guaranteeing a minimum number of seats available on every flight (and) ensuring that customers who have paid more for their ticket … collect more Avios (points).”Customers flying on the cheapest economy class tickets now collect 25 per cent Avios per mile flown; customers on mid-range economy class tickets collect 50 per cent Avios per mile flown; and customers on flexible economy class tickets receive one Avios per mile flown. For Club World business class/Club Europe business class and First, the spokesman says, Avios earned now either stay the same or increase by up to 300 per cent, depending on the cabin and type of ticket purchased, the BA spokesman says.Introducing off-peak pricing means that for two thirds of the year, customers need fewer Avios for their reward flights. On average, a customer would need 26 per cent fewer Avios for an off-peak booking in economy. “The key to frequent flyer programs is ensuring that benefits are easily accessible to members,” the spokesman says. “In recent years we have seen a change in how loyalty schemes are run. We’ve made changes to provide more opportunities for members to spend Avios on reward flights as well as to ensure that the Executive Club continues to deliver a competitive and rewarding loyalty program for the future.”Like other airlines loyalty plans, Lufthansa’s Bastian Neumann-Semerow says Miles & More is no longer just a frequent-flyer program but a multi-partner program that can deliver many benefits beyond flight redemptions.“We are continuously working on further improving the attractiveness of Miles & More for our sophisticated members,” he says.In the past two years, he says, Miles & More has added new partners in the premium segment and continually expanded premium offers for earning and redeeming award miles “in all key areas of life”.Crucially, the program has reduced surcharge prices for award flights within Europe operated by Lufthansa and its subsidiaries, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS.In addition, a new option, “Cash and Miles”, allows members to pay for any flight booked with a Lufthansa Group airline at LH.com using miles, either wholly or in part. Neumann-Semerow says Miles & More is adding new members every day.“Miles & More is the expert in successful customer retention,” he says. “Due to its easy handling, the attractive incentives for earning and redeeming award miles and its award flights there are Miles & More members all over the world.” Indeed, the geographical spread of Miles & More members is impressive: while a third live in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and the next most popular catchment is the rest of Europe, Americans are the third-largest group and Asians the fourth largest. “Customer retention is important and will be as important in the future,” Neumann-Semerow says. “It will always be essential to provide relevant and attractive offerings. Miles & More is working continuously to achieve these objectives. We have our eye on our members’ needs.”
5 September 2013MasterCard has partnered with local company Blue Label Telecoms in a drive to equip 22 000 small traders and rural shops in South Africa with point of sale (POS) devices, enabling them to accept card payments for the first time.Blue Label currently provides thousands of POS terminals in South Africa, which are used predominantly to sell prepaid vouchers such as airtime and electricity. Servicing millions of customers in rural areas and under-served settlements, these traders have historically operated on a cash-only basis.“Over and above the estimated 100 000 spaza shops [small-scale, home-based grocery stores] spread across South Africa, there are tens of thousands of small- and medium-sized retailers and service providers,” Blue Label joint CEO Mark Levy said in a statement on Tuesday.“Through our partnership with MasterCard, we will introduce many of these businesses to the safety, security, and convenience of electronic payments, enabling financial inclusion in communities where consumers have largely been unable to use formal payment products.”MasterCard South Africa division president Philip Panaino said that, while the number of South Africans with access to formal banking products had increased significantly in the last year, the number of card acceptance locations – especially in rural and peri-urban areas – had not grown in tandem.Blue Label will introduce innovative solutions to increase the number of MasterCard card acceptance locations in South Africa’s townships and informal settlements, with the aim of rolling out more than 15 000 new EMV-certified, contactless-ready POS terminals.These will allow traders to accept chip and PIN and contactless payment cards for goods and services, as well as sell Blue Label’s prepaid vouchers, using a single device.Blue Label also plans to upgrade some 7 000 of its existing terminals used in smaller spaza stores using MasterCard Mobile software. The MasterCard Mobile payment platform will enable MasterCard holders to use PIN-based debit, cheque or credit cards issued by Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank and the South African Social Security Agency, along with their mobile phones, to pay for their purchases in-store at selected merchants.“This is the first time MasterCard Mobile is made available to consumers in the physical retail environment,” Panaino said, adding: “This innovation is a cost-effective payment mechanism that doesn’t require customers to open another bank account.”Both of these payment solutions will help merchants to reduce the amount of cash they currently handle while increasing sales and improving cashflow. Merchants will also be able to offer cash-back and cash withdrawals to their customers, and provide them with the flexibility to pay the way they want to.Panaino said the new solutions, while responding directly to the needs of merchants, would increase the level of penetration of electronic payments in South Africa and help to stimulate economic growth.SAinfo reporter
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “We’re grateful to Berkman for coordinating this historic effort to create a Digital Public Library of America and to fulfill the vision of an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that draws on the nation’s living heritage to educate, inform and empower everyone in this and future generations.”The Berkman Center is well known for its research into online topics, including filtering and aspects of online tyranny. The project’s Steering Committee is made up of library and foundation leaders. They plan to announced the schedule early next year, which promises to announce a full slate of activities in early 2011. Among their tasks will be to gather a group of partners that will include public and research library reps, cultural organizations, members of government and industry and authors and publishers. The first meeting will be led by the official United States Archivist, David Ferriero. It will be followed by a host of meetings and workshops over the next year. The steering committee includes Berkman co-director John Palfrey; Charles Henry, President of the Council on Library and Information Resources; Stanford University’s Ida M. Green University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources Michael Keller; and Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress.With the Internet and e-readers, the question might arise “Why do we even need a digital public library?” David Rothman, founder of TeleRead and long-time proponent of such a project, makes the case ably in a November essay in The Atlantic. “Knowledge is the common property of mankind.” Thomas Jefferson curt hopkins Harvard Law‘s Berkman Center for Internet and Society has announced a “research and planning initiative” to construct and open a so-called digital public library. With the backing of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant, Berkman will bring together a large group to help “define the scope, architecture, costs and administration” of an online library of unusual scope. Doron Weber, Vice President of the Sloan Foundation sketched the scope of the project. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “(T)here is one thing I currently cannot do with my Kindle despite all the sizzle in the commercials–read public library books. Local libraries do not use the Kindle format for their electronic collections, relying instead on rival standards used by Sony Readers and certain other devices.”In short, those who own one type of reader or another can only buy a miniscule number of the books libraries contain. And anyone who isn’t rolling in money can’t even buy many of those. A DPL would solve both those problems, extending the joy of reading into a host of devices at no cost to the users. A professor of mine once complained about his latest crop of students. “There has never been a generation more capable of finding data nor less capable of understanding it.” Whether that’s true or not this is: Books provide the context for making sense of data. A digital public library would extend the reading of books to most people in all places in the U.S.Other sources: the super-ultra-mega awesome Resource Shelf A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The pro video production community is abuzz about the highly anticipated Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Here’s a few developments around the ground-breaking cam.Ahead of the Cinema Camera’s public availability, Blackmagic Design in cooperation with Director of Photographer John Brawley, has released the first downloadable test shots from the cam. Download each of the 5 Blackmagic camera test shots and experiment with the versatility and range of the 2.5K image.Users have already begun uploading their own graded versions of this test footage onto Vimeo. See some samples of those shots here. All early reports indicate a overwhelmingly positive response to the Cinema Camera’s image quality – especially for its relatively low price point.Premiumbeat blog favorite EOSHD.com has a great tutorial for a Cinema Camera workflow in Adobe After Effects and Premiere. Because Premiere is not yet setup to handle CinemaDNG files (the Cinema Camera native filetype) processing the files first through AE provides a portal for bringing them into your system and rendering out in a 2.5k lossless format for editing.Blackmagic has setup a forum called specifically for the Cinema Camera to encourage a vocal community and open exchange of news/information. Visit Blackmagic’s Cinematography forum to join in on the conversation.Want more info on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera specs? See our previous post from the Blackmagic announcement at NAB.Are you pumped up about the Cinema Camera? Is it a game-changer?Tell us your thoughts in the comments!