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Here’s The Real Story Behind The Daft Punk & GRiZ Collaboration At Burning Man

first_imgFor the last few days, a video has circulated featuring acclaimed saxophonist/producer GRiZ with two gentlemen who appeared to be Daft Punk. Taking place at Burning Man, some fans bought into the hype while others rolled their eyes and said, “not this rumor again…”Here’s the video that was shared by GRiZ, serving to fuel the fires of humorous rumors. For the record, the video has over 1 million views!For the past few years, a rumor about a secret Burning Man Daft Punk performance has permeated through social media. It makes sense, as Burning Man is a sprawling locale and Daft Punk shroud everything they do in mystery. Still, it seemed very unlikely that Daft Punk played at Burning Man. Fortunately, Billboard shed some light on the situation.As it turns out, it was a man by the name of Tucker Gumber (aka The Festival Guy) who set the whole thing up. Gumber had witnessed one of the very first fake Daft Punk performances at Burning Man, and, eager to be in on the joke, he financed some particularly realistic looking costumes for the illusion of a true Daft Punk performance. Gumber then recruited Canadian duo Funk Hunters, who talk enthusiastically about the fake set in a new Billboard feature.Says Nick Middleton of Funk Hunters, “This has been Tucker’s dream forever and as a massive Daft Punk fan I couldn’t think of anything cooler than actually getting to BE daft punk for an hour!” Eyes rolled.Regardless, by all accounts the collaboration between The Funk Hunters and GRiZ was certainly a memorable one. Fortunately, there’s a full audio stream of the set, for anyone interested in pretending they’re listening to Daft Punk.last_img read more

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‘Gardening’ chores

first_imgOn the Sept. 28 “Gardening in Georgia,” host Walter Reeves covers several fall chores for your flower beds and landscapes.”Gardening in Georgia” (www.gardeningingeorgia.com) is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. It airs twice each Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m.On the Sept. 28 show, Reeves tells the best time and shows the best way to plant pansies to keep them blooming even during cold weather. Don’t forget his advice: thoroughly tilled, heavily amended soil will keep pansies and violas looking great from now until next April.One trick to give a color contrast in a pansy bed is to underplant them with spring-flowering bulbs. Fall is the time to do that. Reeves shows how to plant bulbs in a pansy bed and tells which ones do best.Finally, he walks through the Research and Education Garden on the UGA Griffin campus, highlighting plants that give great fall color without flowers. Reeves shows, too, how ornamental grasses bring dramatic texture and subtle sound to a landscape.last_img read more

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Perú and the U.S. conducted maneuvers onboard the USS America to aid civilians

first_imgBy Dialogo September 08, 2014 The USS America has a hospital with 250 beds. It also can transport LAV-25 amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) – which can cover any type of terrain – as well as brigades of explosives for training exercises. “The ship can carry 3,000 crewmembers and 31 airplanes,” said USS America Mission Commander Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” L. Ponds, who was also the mission commander for humanitarian aid operations in Haiti in 2008. “The USS America’s visits [to Latin American countries] contribute to increasing and strengthening relationships in the region,” Ponds said. “Our presence demonstrates our common interest [as countries] such as democracy, human dignity and common values.” “Our presence is a sign, and clearly shows the level of cooperation that exists between our two governments,” said U.S. Ambassador to Perú Brian A. Nichols, on Aug. 31 during a press conference held aboard the USS America. Other participants in the press conference and subsequent tour of the ship, which was anchored at the Port Terminal of Callao, included the Commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) General John F. Kelly, Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano and Peruvian Minister of Foreign Relations Gonzalo Gutiérrez. Gen. Kelly underscored the level of cooperation between the two countries and said that when the United States thinks of its closest allies and friends, “Perú is always at the top of the list.” USS America’s visit to Perú confirms the good relationship between the navies of both countries, and consolidates the countries’ cooperation in defense and security, Cateriano said. “The United States is a top-priority partner for Perú,” Gutiérrez said. The USS America has a landing that measures 257 meters long by 57 meters wide. It’s optimized for aviation operations and can transport aircraft such as the F-35B hunter and the latest generation of tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey planes, which take off like helicopters and fly like airplanes. It’s also capable of vertical take offs and landings, as well as stationary flight. Peruvian and U.S. Marines conducted joint maneuvers along the coast of Perú in training for natural disasters, humanitarian aid, and peacekeeping. The maneuvers were conducted onboard the new U.S. Navy vessel USS America, within sight of the Andean nation. “We are trying to achieve interoperability in matters of communications and procedures to follow with our friends from the U.S. Navy,” said Peru’s Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Carlos Tejada. The USS America’s actions during these exercises also included two Peruvian frigates that began the exercise when the U.S. ship and its crew of 1,400 departed for its final destination, San Diego Naval Base in California, on Sept. 3. The ship departed Pascagoula, Mississippi, on July 11 and has traveled through Brazilian, Chilean and Colombian waters. “Five hundred Marines from Perú participated in these exercises,” Tejada said. center_img New ships for Perú Admiral Tejada said that the South American country has been performing technological surveillance in its waters to decrease the impact of threats such as drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, and illegal fishing. “We have a system that allows us to identify movements of vessels and, with our ships, we can interdict and capture those who are perpetrating illegal activities,” Admiral Tejada said. The Peruvian Navy will soon have three more ships for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid operations in the event of a natural disaster, Admiral Tejada added. The Peruvian company Servicios Industriales de la Marina (Sima) is building two of the three ships, which will be used to render assistance during natural disasters. The third ship, which will arrive this year from the Netherlands, has been designed for supporting coastal populations that may be affected by tsunamis or earthquakes. This is yet another ruse by that country USA. We already know what it’s going to be for: To have a pretext to freely dig through the wealth of Peruvian oil fields, and take away for free everything they produce. We still have the sell-out politicians representing us. My question: Is the U.S. giving Peru something under the table? When the U.S. knows very well that Peru is tightly tied in military terms to Russia since 1968 thanks to our compatriot PPK (Pedro Pablo Kuczynski) who now wants to be President of Peru in 2016, what do you think of that? He’s responsible for our external debt which in 1968 was 800 million dollars, growing to 12 billion dollars in 1980…hmmm? You come to your own conclusions regarding this tremendously detrimental subject … And there is more…regarding this social parasite. But enough for now. I leave you, sincerely, always grateful to the Facebook team. AGAIN, YANKEES ON OUR LAND…THEY SHOULD GO, SINCE THEY’VE DONE ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE PLAN COLOMBIA AND IN THE MIDDLE EAST..! The naval task of the U.S. is to teach, train in technological and military terms our Latin American armed forces exclusively. Our Peru giving it their logistic and humanitarian support.last_img read more

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Countdown to Denver: Examining ‘big data’ potential

7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA and the World Council of Credit Unions launch a collaborative event in Denver starting July 11, a meeting that will bring nearly 3,000 credit union leaders from 61 countries together for a look at the present and future of the cooperative financial system.The “CU in Denver” event combines CUNA’s annual America’s Credit Union Conference and the World Credit Union Conference into one experience–a collaboration that last occurred in 2010.The agenda features renowned keynote speakers, as well as content experts in a broad variety of fields leading breakout sessions each day. News Now will bring you a sneak preview of three of the breakout sessions leading up to the Denver conference.One breakout session will examine the very hot topic of big data and how that information about credit union members and other consumers is being created at an exponential pace. The information can create opportunities for credit union growth, but also regulatory challenges for credit unions. The session will feature a look into the ways big data is used to transform business, increase efficiency and drive innovation. continue reading » read more

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Government won’t sell zero-coupon bonds to Bank Indonesia: Sri Mulyani

first_imgThe government has stated it will not sell sovereign debt papers with a zero coupon rate to Bank Indonesia (BI) as part of its efforts to close the widening state budget deficit despite pressure from lawmakers to do so.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government and the central bank were still discussing instruments that could be used to step up the country’s response to the pandemic, adding that this did not include zero-coupon bonds.The instruments would have to allow BI to “share the burden, but in the medium [and] long term we still continue to maintain the credibility of fiscal and monetary authorities in managing macroeconomic discipline in Indonesia,” Sri Mulyani said as quoted by Reuters on Tuesday. “We are seeing a dramatic increase in the budget deficit that will be a burden for the next 10 years, so sharing the burden with BI is key to managing the coronavirus without increasing the fiscal burden on development programs,” Sri Mulyani said recently.Indonesian lawmakers are putting pressure on the central bank to purchase zero yield government bonds in a bid to reduce the government’s burden.House Budget Committee chairman Said Abdullah urged BI on Friday to buy government bonds with a zero coupon rate to take part in “burden sharing” to help bolster the economy.Golkar Party lawmaker M. Misbakhun, separately, pushed the central bank to play a significant role in addressing the economic impacts of the crisis, noting that the country’s debt would rise significantly so that it could provide fiscal stimulus.“The mounting debt must be reduced with a low interest rate,” Misbakhun said in a statement on Tuesday. “Government bonds yields are currently 7 to 8 percent […] we need government bonds with a zero yield that can be bought specifically by Bank Indonesia.”Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah, meanwhile, stressed the importance of prudent monetary practice.“The idea that the central bank should buy zero yield bonds is too extreme,” he said. “Unlike other investors, BI is not a profit seeker, so it would make sense for it to buy bonds with lower yields to lower the government’s burden, but again, not at zero yield.”Topics : She said the government and BI focused their discussion on finding a “very fine balance” so as to maintain prudent policy making, with the central bank called on to broaden its focus beyond inflation and rupiah stabilization.The central bank can now buy government bonds directly in auction using a market rate and as a buyer of last resort, as stipulated in Law No. 2/2020. Previously, BI could only buy government bonds on the secondary market.BI purchased up to Rp 166 trillion (US$11.75 billion) in government bonds on the secondary market during the first quarter of 2020 to stabilize the rupiah and another Rp 26.1 trillion to support budget financing needs, boosting the central bank’s ownership of government bonds to Rp 445.4 trillion.With the government having allocated Rp 695.2 trillion for fiscal stimulus to address the impacts of the coronavirus crisis on the economy and public health, it expects the budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent of GDP this year, more than double the prior legal limit of 3 percent.last_img read more

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Dutch pension fund awards €3.2bn fiduciary mandate to F&C

first_imgVan Vledder said F&C’s proposals for improving strategic advice convinced Architectenbureaus it was the right partner, adding that, of the 24 potential candidates, three had been invited to tender for the contract.The contract will run for an indefinite period, but the scheme’s intention is to stay with F&C for 3-5 years.Van Vledder said Avida International acted as adviser during the tendering process.To further improve the board’s countervailing power, it has also appointed Triple A Risk Finance as additional adviser for asset-liability management.Willem Jan Boot, the pension fund’s chairman, said: “Among our targets were a proper insight into risks and management of risks, as well as limiting our dependence on parties we have contracted out our asset management.”Ben Kramer, CFO at F&C’s Netherlands, added: “The current economic climate has triggered a growing interest among institutional investors for an engaged partner that pro-actively advises the board and is critical if necessary. “Following the appointment of F&C as fiduciary manager, the pension fund’s board can now focus on essential issues, such as strategy and risk management.”F&C – recently taken over by the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Global Asset Management – has €100bn in assets under management.Its fiduciary proposition comprises advice, asset-liability management, asset allocation, derivatives management, the selection of institutional managers and advice on socially responsible investment. The pension fund has 7,065 active participants, 26,885 deferred members and 11,970 pensioners affiliated with more than 1,800 companies.Architectenbureaus, which had to cut pension rights by 2.8% last year, reported a coverage ratio of 109.4% at July-end.As a result of a decline in its sector, the number of active participants fell by 19% last year, and the board has indicated that it was expecting a further decrease in 2014. Architectenbureaus, the Dutch pension fund for architectural staff, has appointed F&C Netherlands as fiduciary manager for €3.2bn of its €3.5bn in assets. The scheme wanted to improve its asset management by separating fiduciary management from asset management and reporting and control, according to trustee Roeland van Vledder.He added that general asset management – and the management of Architectenbureaus’ 10% property allocation – would remain with PGGM and Syntrus Achmea Real Estate, respectively.“We wanted to separate the advisory role from the asset manager, by mandating F&C with strategic advice, hedging policy, the management of balance risk and monitoring the asset manager,” said Van Vledder, who is also chairman of the pension fund’s investment committee.last_img read more

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Dutch regulator promises to ease pension funds’ supervisory burden

first_imgHowever, it emphasised that pension funds would still have to check the details and correct them if necessary.The watchdog added that it would also allow pension funds to use its online portals to announce collective value transfers and to update details about their organisation.The working group had also called for DNB to review the appropriateness of its surveys, related communications, and the division of roles between DNB and other supervisors.In a response, the regulator said it would improve its communication about the purpose, approach and goals of surveys and information requests.The Pensions Federation said it was positive about the supervisor’s plans.However, it said that it wasn’t yet able to judge whether they would have an impact on pension funds’ annual costs of indirect supervision, which are estimated to be in the millions of euros. Dutch pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has promised to reduce pension funds’ supervisory burden by using its existing data to complete digital information requests.It said it would also take into account holiday periods by relaxing reporting deadlines.DNB responded to suggestions from a working group of representatives of the financial sector, including pension fund trade body the Pensions Federation, which had asked for better planning, more automatisation and better proportionality.In a letter, the supervisor said that it expected to start filling in the basis data of schemes and their trustees later this year.last_img read more

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Buy a mansion for $5.9m, get a free cruiser

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 “This 90ft cruiser is advertised for sale for $1.25 million but included in the sale of the property for $5.9 million,” Ms Mills said. “We wanted to sell the luxury lifestyle with the property.”The residence, at 68 The Promenade, is set on a 991sq m waterfront block with 27m of water frontage.“This home is suited for the buyer who loves to entertain and also enjoys their own space and privacy with multiple living zones,” Ms Mills said.“Choose between staying at home with the gorgeous open-plan design with soaring high voids, or escape for the weekend on the 90ft luxury yacht.“It’s not often you get the opportunity to buy this grand home with the luxurious lifestyle to match.” It has a seemingly endless list of luxury features including a theatre, rumpus room, jacuzzi, resort-style pool, boat ramp, pontoon and jet ski dock.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMs Mills said selling property during the COVID-19 pandemic meant her agency had to think outside the box when it came to marketing. “We’ve had to adapt and come up with different angles to get properties sold,” Ms Mills said.“It’s the new way of selling.”The first inspection for the property is on Sunday and Ms Mills said she was expecting strong interest.“The owners have purchased elsewhere and are extremely motivated to sell and ready to move on,” she said.“This property looks to be great value for a potential buyer.” Home built by pokies heir has jaw dropping twin poolscenter_img 68 The Promenade, Isle of Capri, is on the market for $5.9m including the million-dollar cruiser.A GOLD Coast vendor is throwing in a yacht with the sale of his mega mansion in the hope it will seal the deal.Carlie Mills of Amir Prestige is marketing the six-bedroom mansion on the Isle of Capri at $4.9 million. For an extra $1 million, the buyer can also secure the 1995 Azimut 78 Flybridge. MORE: Massive mega mansion record price revealedlast_img read more

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Thousands flee in Turkish attack

first_imgTurkey’s defense ministry said 228militants were killed so far in the attacks. ISTANBUL – Turkey pounded Kurdishmilitia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday, forcing tens ofthousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in across-border assault on United States (US) allies.  Fire burns and smoke billows out in border town Tel Abyad, Syria on Oct. 10. REUTERS/REUTERSTV The Syrian Observatory for HumanRights, meanwhile, said at least 23 fighters with the SDF and six fighters witha Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group were killed.(Reuters)center_img The SDF have been the main allies ofUS forces in the battle against Islamic State (IS) since 2014. They have beenholding thousands of captured IS fighters in prisons and tens of thousands oftheir relatives in detention.  The offensive against the SyrianDemocratic Forces (SDF) led by Kurdish YPG militia, which began days afterTrump pulled US troops out of the way, opened one of the biggest new fronts inyears in an eight-year-old civil war that drew global powers.     last_img read more

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India Aim to Start Test Campaign on Positive Note

first_imgAdelaide: Aiming to win their maiden Test series in Australia, India want to start the campaign on a positive note, when they face the hosts in the opening match of the four match series here on Thursday.World No. 1 India are coming on the back of some good performances at home, thrashing West Indies but were shocked by hosts Australia in the recently concluded Twenty20 International series while fifth ranked Australia had a torrid year due to controversies and poor outings. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa India’s overseas record is not that impressive as they lost a Test series in South Africa at the back end of last year and fell to England in a five-Test series away from home in the middle of 2018.Skipper Virat Kohli said that this time around the team is more experienced and players are fit as compared to the previous tours.The batting department is comprised of some quality batsmen like Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Cheteshar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who on their day can turn the game in their favour. Also Read – COVID-19: Football team observes ‘social distancing’ during match, loses 37-0In the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI, Indian batsmen were on the mark as all have scored runs.India have also changed the five bowler strategy as Virat Kohli named only four bowlers for the upcoming match. The pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will be complemented by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.Australia, on the other hand, dropped Mitchell Marsh and handed Marcus Harris his debut in the upcoming match. Also Read – Big push to sports infra in Mizoram, gets Khelo India State CentreThe conditions here are best suited for fast bowlers and the hosts are well prepared for it with the likes of Nathon Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.The batting department also seemed settled with Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb. But the hosts will definitely miss the experienced players — Steve Smith, David Warner — who are serving bans for ball-tampering. Also Read – Manipur’s Thounaojam Kritina Devi all set to be part of the FIFA U-17 World CupWith India having struggled — specially in batting — during their previous tours to England and South Africa, skipper Kohli wants his boys to adapt quickly to the conditions.“We don’t want to wait to figure out what is happening with the conditions or the pitch. We need to read it really early and alter our game, which we couldn’t do in the last two tours,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.The Indian captain also dismissed the idea that Australia will be easier opponents due to lack of experience in their current squad. (IANS) Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

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