New Orleans Jazz Fest Announces 2018 Lineup

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first_imgNew Orleans’ world famous Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course from April 27th to April 29th and May 3rd to May 6th. Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffet & His Acoustic Airmen,, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, David Byrne, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common, and Cage the Elephant are scheduled to headline the iconic two-weekend celebration.This year’s Fest will feature Beck’s long-awaited return after his 2016 set was cancelled due to inclement weather. It will also showcase a rare performance from New Orleans rockers The Radiators, who have only played gigs at Tipitina’s and Jazz Fest since the band began a semi-hiatus in 2011. Additionally, R&B star Anita Baker will swing through the festival on her upcoming farewell tour. Of course, plenty of local Louisiana artists will be on the bill, such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Aaron Neville, The Radiators, Big Freedia, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Batiste with The Dap Kings, Dumpstaphunk, Sonny Landreth, Galactic, Better Than Ezra, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, Anders Osborne, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Davell Crawford, Boyfriend, The Soul Rebels, Sweet Crude, Jon Cleary Kermit Ruffins (leading a tribute to Louis Armstrong), and many more. The festival will also celebrate the music of the late Fats Domino as well as the City of New Orleans’ 300th anniversary.Other acts on the lineup include Juanes, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Steve Miller Band, Smokey Robinson, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Toots & The Maytals, George Benson, Steel Pulse, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charlie Wilson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Ron Carter Trio, among many others.The full lineup for Jazz Fest 2018 can be found via the festival’s website. Tickets are now on sale.[Photo: Dave Vann]last_img read more


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first_imgMore than 50 students, faculty members, and administrators gathered Wednesday night to commemorate National Coming Out Day and to memorialize the bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer (BGLTQ) students nationwide who committed suicide in recent years following brutal harassment and discrimination.The event, organized by the group Queer Students and Allies (QSA), began at Sever Hall and concluded with a candlelight vigil on the steps of University Hall that both honored the recent progress toward equality for the BGLTQ (bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer) community and the suffering many still face as a result of their sexuality.“On this day, the day after National Coming Out Day, we would like to celebrate our sexual and gender diversity, while simultaneously recognizing the discrimination and harassment that many BGLTQ people, and youth in particular, face,” QSA board member Sam Bakkila ’12 said. “We want to thank everyone here. Your efforts to make Harvard and the world a more welcoming place have transformed coming out from a scary process into something to celebrate.”Among the administrators who attended the event was Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, who recalled the words of poet and essayist Audre Lorde in her comments, which urged students to continue efforts to make the BGLTQ community visible on campus.“Audre Lorde was one of the most influential people in my life,” said Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies. “One thing she said that was very meaningful for me was ‘your silence will not protect you.’ Those words made us feel that being open and out and expressing ourselves and claiming our identity was what would make our lives better.”“Harvard today is very different from the Harvard I came to in 1985,” Hammonds continued. “I think it’s very different in important ways. We still have a way to go, but only by your voices, your activities, and your visibility will we get to where we need to be.”Harvard President Drew Faust also attended, and reminded students, staff, and faculty that the University must be a shining example of a community where all sexualities are appreciated.“Every fall, when I welcome the freshman class to Harvard, I tell them to ‘make Harvard yours.’ But when I say that, I’m always aware of the groups for whom that was not possible for so many years,” Faust said. “One of my highest aspirations as president is to ensure that all the members of this community feel that they fully belong here.”“We at Harvard must strive to build communities, here on this campus and throughout our lives, that promote inclusion and encourage participation, and we must affirm to the world our commitment to ‘making it better’ for future generations,” Faust continued. “Bi, gay, lesbian, transgendered, and queer students, staff, and faculty are an integral part of Harvard University. Let’s all work together to create a future where no one asks, ‘Do I belong here?’ because the affirmative response to the question is already completely clear.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe Danish krone is unlikely to become decoupled from the euro in the way the Swiss franc recently parted company from the pan-European currency despite today’s expected decision by the European Central Bank (ECB) to initiate a wide-scale quantitative easing (QE) programme, according to Danish pension funds.However, one suggested the Danish currency may end up fluctuating more widely against the euro than is now the case.Michael Kjærbye-Thygesen, senior portfolio manager of fixed income at Sampension, said he believed the Danish krone’s euro peg would hold.“It has been in place since 1982, and the Danish central bank will do all in its power to maintain the peg,” he said. This would mean interventions and possibly further interest rate cuts, he said, adding that Danish rates were still attractive compared with core euro rates.Kjærbye-Thygesen said he believed the market was now pricing in purchases by ECB of government bonds of the order of €500bln, as the central bank aimed to bring its balance sheet up by around €1trn.“We expect the ECB to meet expectations with an announcement of €500bn balance sheet expansion from the purchases but will keep the door open for further purchases, should that be required,” he told IPE.Sampension holds a large part of its bond portfolio in euro government bonds, as well as Danish government bonds, Kjærbye-Thygesen said, adding that the pension fund expected these holdings to benefit from today’s announcement. “We are not moving bond risk to the US, as there is a clear decoupling between the euro area and the US, both on the macro economy and the reaction of central banks,” he said.Sampension takes the view that the US Fed will hike rates around the middle of this year.Similarly, pensions provider SEB Pension sees no chance at all that the Danish currency will become uncoupled from the euro.Jorn Styczen, CIO at SEB Pension in Denmark, said: “There is zero probability that Denmark is going to break the link with the euro.”He said he thought there was general misunderstanding on the Danish krone and the position of the Danish central bank (Danmarks Nationalbank). “The situation of the Danish central bank does not resemble the Swiss National Bank (SNB) at all,” Styczen said, referring to the SNB’s decision earlier this month to cut the peg between the Swiss franc and the euro.While the SNB’s peg to the euro was a relatively recent policy action, Styczen said the Danish krone had been pegged to the euro for many years. “It is the regime Danish investors are working with,” he said. “The euro is incorporated in all the legislation we have.”If the Danish krone were to go the way of the Swiss franc, it would be a major change to the structure of the Danish economy, he said.“Based on this, we are not changing our euro-hedging strategy,” he said.SEB Pension’s assets had been positioned in anticipation of euro-wide QE for some time, he said, with the overall portfolio overweight in equities, long in US-dollar holdings and long in bonds.“In general, we have been positioned for the ECB to act for many months,” Styczen said.Elsewhere, Lars Lyhne, head of asset allocation at labour-market scheme PenSam, pointed out that, technically at least, there was a lot of flexibility in the Danish krone’s link to the euro.“We tend to forget the krone is allowed to move 15% without leaving the peg,” he said.“It was conceived in the days of the ERM (exchange-rate mechanism), where currency movements were more common at this level,” he said.That said, the Danish central bank would be defending the plus or minus 2.25% band against the euro, he said.“There is a lot of political will to maintain this peg, and the Danish perspective is very different from the Swiss one,” Lyhne said.If the Danish krone were to fluctuate more widely against the euro, Lyhne said PenSam’s investments would suffer no direct impact because they were currency hedged.“But there would be an indirect impact, as a 15% swing would hurt the Danish equity market, so there would be second-round effects on us,” he said.“We are overweight equities compared with our benchmark, and one of the reasons for that is our expectations of more expansionary monetary policy.”Separately, KLP Kapitalforvaltning, the asset management arm of Norwegian public sector pension fund KLP, said it was making no special preparations for the possible consequences of QE.Lars Mouland, portfolio manager at the division, said the fund believed market expectations of an ECB announcement would be met.“We expect some volatility in the next couple of days, but then things will continue,” he said.“The ECB will buy enough to meet the €3trn balance sheet within a couple of years.”He predicted national central banks would buy the majority of that amount.last_img read more


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first_imgKieran Gibbs was Arsenal’s hero as he scored to cancel out Harry Kane’s opener and earn a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium.Spurs went ahead through Kane — who was let go by Arsenal’s youth academy at eight years old — with the England international breaking a weak offside trap 32 minutes in before slotting past Petr Cech.Mauricio Pochettino’s side wasted a number of second-half chances, and were made to pay as substitute Gibbs volleyed home 76 minutes in after a superb Mesut Ozil cross for a share of the points.Manchester City remained top of the table despite being held to a goalless draw at rock-bottom Aston Villa as Remi Garde began his reign with a positive result.Villa had lost all but one of their 10 league games since beating Bournemouth on the opening day, and last collected a point in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Aug. 28.However, they were able to frustrate City, who also saw striker Wilfried Bony suffer an apparent hamstring injury in the first half, despite having to fend off a host of chances. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne both passed up clear opportunities for the visitors, while Fernando headed against the crossbar in injury time and Fabian Delph sent the follow-up just wide.Jurgen Klopp suffered his first defeat as Liverpool manager as Scott Dann’s late goal gave Crystal Palace a 2-1 win at Anfield.Palace took the lead on 21 minutes when Emre Can failed to deal with a Wilfried Zaha cross, allowing Yannick Bolasie to blast home from 12 yards.Liverpool, who saw Mamadou Sakho injured during the first half, hit back just before the break when Philippe Coutinho side-footed the ball home after Adam Lallana had flicked on a Nathaniel Clyne cross.Dann had the last word, though, heading home at the second attempt from a corner to give Palace all three points. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


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first_imgLIME SPRINGS — The Iowa Economic Development Authority has approved state incentives for a Howard County beef processing facility. IEDA spokeswoman Jacque Matsen says tax incentives have been approved for Upper Iowa Beef in Lime Springs.  “This is a locally sourced state-of-the-art beef processing facility in Lime Springs. It was previously called Lime Springs Beef and now is changing to Upper Iowa Beef as they look to expand their production capacity,” Matsen says.  She says they want to dramatically increase their production. “They’ve been very successful in their first couple of years of operation and now are looking to add additional square footage onto their existing facility — which will mean they will be able to increase their processing capacity from about 500 head to about 15-hundred head per week,” Matsen explains. The additional capacity will require them to hire more workers. “It’s a total of 75 additional jobs in the community, and it’s an also nearly seven-million dollar capital investment going into the Lime Springs area,” Matsen says. Twenty of the new jobs will have a wage of nearly 22 dollars-an-hour.last_img read more