Dopapod has just announced that original drummer Neal “Fro” Evans will be rejoining the band on a full-time basis, replacing current drummer Scotty Zwang. Zwang joined the band after Evans had to leave the band for personal reasons, and helped the group record 2014’s Never Odd Or Even, while touring with the group non-stop across the country the last few years.Evans will rejoin the group for their upcoming performances at the Resonance Music & Arts Festival, as well as the Catskill Chill Music Festival. We look forward to seeing Evans rejoin Dopapod and seeing where the group goes from here, and wish Zwang the best of luck in his future musical endeavors. Here is what the group had to say, via their Facebook page:Friends, Family, and Fans,As we step out of another incredible summer and look towards what is sure to be an exhilarating Fall Tour, there is news that we’d like to share. Neal “Fro” Evans is returning to Dopapod behind the drums. For those unaware or needing a refresher, Fro was our drummer for the years that the band was really shaping its sound and stepping into full stride. We came to a bit of a crossroads with Neal back in 2013 and he needed time away from the band for personal reasons while we wanted to continue playing and growing as a band. Having already been good friends with Scotty Zwang, when the time came to look for a replacement, he made for an incredible fit. Since that point in time, the band has experienced an incredible ride of musical, personal, and career-building growth. As we count our blessings for every moment that we’ve experienced while surrounded by a wonderfully supportive family of fans, we’ve also found ourselves recounting the original chemistry that undeniably forged the path that we’re grateful to be walking. That has landed us in the present moment of welcoming Neal back to the fold and him being more than happy rejoin. Scotty will surely be staying on the map with other exciting projects and will always be a part of our family. We wish him the best and encourage everyone to support his new endeavors. In our time playing together, Scotty has truly become one of our best friends and we cherish the time he spent in the band with us. Neal’s first shows back will be Resonance Music & Arts Festival & Catskill Chill Music Festival. See you all soon!Explore The New Catskill Chill Home With Aerial Drone Footage & Co-Founder Josh CohenThe group shared this video from Neal’s “GoFro” back in 2013:
On Friday night, Method Man and Redman hit Philadelphia, performing a concert with Ja Rule at North Seventh, the Philadelphia venue formerly known as the Electric Factory. Offering up a characteristically high-energy performance, the two Def Jam rappers have frequently performed along the East Coast since first coming together in the mid-90s. The show also marked one of the first performances at the North Seventh—the venue’s temporary name—since the AEG-owned concert promotion company, Bowery Presents, acquired the standing-room-only concert hall with a capacity of 2,500 to 3,000 people.You can check out a gallery of photos from last night’s show with Method Man and Redman below, courtesy of Adam Barnard.Method Man & Redman | North Seventh | Philadelphia, PA | 10/12/2018 | Photo: Adam Barnard Photo: Adam Barnard Load remaining images
Jacqui Dubois, Denise Gough & Sally George in ‘People, Places and Things'(Photo: Johan Persson) U.K. stage favorite Denise Gough will bring her Olivier-winning performance in People, Places & Things to New York. The Duncan Macmillan play will kick off St. Ann’s Warehouse’s 2017-18 season beginning October 19. It is set to run at the Brooklyn venue through November 19.This marks the first collaboration of St. Ann’s Warehouse with the U.K.’s National Theatre and Headlong. The show, directed by Jeremy Herrin, follows an actress struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. As she navigates through rehab, her complicated story begins to blur the lines between truth and lies. Gough, who will star in the National Theatre’s upcoming production of Angel in America, took home an Olivier for her performance as Emma in the show’s West End transfer.The season will continue with the New York premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, adapted by War hourse author Michael Morpurgo and directed by Emma Rice. Performances will run from March 16 through April 9. Beginning May 9, St. Ann’s Warehouse will present the American premiere of Enda Walsh’s Arlington; at that same time, Irish Arts Center will stage Walsh’s Rooms. Performances of both will run through May 28. View Comments
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 24, 2016 The Argentine Government has begun a new stage in its relationship with its military. On August 1st, during the traditional “Comradeship Dinner” in Buenos Aires, Argentine President Mauricio Macri called on the Armed Forces to play a “predominant role” in defeating drug trafficking, uniting Argentines and decreasing poverty. “We Argentines need our Forces to participate actively because, for us to grow, develop and create employment, there has to be peace and tranquility in the country,” he said in a speech during the ceremony. “And we have to be certain that someone is looking after our borders, our air space, our continental shelf,” continued the head of state. “In this stage of growth, we need to be united and participating along with the world. And that is where, you [the military] also have a very important role to play,” he added. “A consistent defense policy is beginning to take shape in the relationship between the Argentine Government and the military,” Juan Belikow, professor of International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires, told Diálogo. The Comradeship Dinner was held in the headquarters of the Argentine Ministry of Defense in Buenos Aires. In his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Macri headed the event alongside Defense Minister Julio Martínez and other military and civilian authorities. Among those present were Brigadier General Bari del Valle Sosa, the chief of the Joint Staff of the Argentine Armed Forces; Brigadier General Diego Luis Suñer, chief of the Army; Vice Admiral Marcelo Hipólito Srur, commander of the Navy; and Brigadier Enrique Víctor Amrein, chief of the Air Force. Combating drug trafficking As he had done during his campaign, President Macri also announced that he would be setting aside more of the government’s resources for the fight against drug trafficking. “The current government established the necessity for the Armed Forces to provide logistical support to the police and security forces,” explained Belikow. Police forces include the provincial police, the Argentine Federal Police and penitentiary services. Security forces, in turn, include forces that have military training, but whose function is policing: the National Gendarmerie (which patrols the borders), the Airport Security Police, and the Naval Prefecture (Coast Guard). “The Armed Forces’ logistical support includes the provision of helicopters, radar and sensor capabilities, and the transportation of police-force leaders operating under the jurisdiction of the judiciary,” said Belikow, noting that the Armed Forces don’t have direct confrontation functions in these types of operations. One of the key logistical support areas is the strengthening of Operation Northern Shield, which was created in 2011 to stop crimes like drug trafficking, contraband smuggling, and human trafficking. The original plan, which was never implemented, called for installing radar and using planes, helicopters, trucks, four-wheel ATVs and 6,000 troops from the Gendarmerie and Prefecture along the northern border, where drug planes from Bolivia and Paraguay enter the country, according to Belikow. Last January, President Macri issued a decree extending Northern Shield for one more year, “until such new and more efficient security measures can be implemented for the ground, river and air spaces.” Argentine Blue Helmets During the dinner, the President also highlighted the Argentine military’s “professionalism” in United Nations peacekeeping missions. “The Blue Helmets are a source of pride for Argentina,” he said, noting that 75 Argentine soldiers will oversee the peace process between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “It is important to have Armed Forces that are capable of contributing to Argentina’s integration in the world,” concluded the head of state.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Clay McNaught Clay McNaught is Vice President at GMC Software Technology, North America. With an impressive history of experience in document management, customer communication management and business intelligence, McNaught offers extensive knowledge … Web: www.gmc.net Details Much has been written about how banking organizations large and small have been caught flat-footed in the face of the digital disruptions taking place in the financial industry. On the bright side, a recent Accenture study concludes that, “Forward-thinking banks are differentiating themselves through continuous innovation such as beginning the digital journey, developing convenient mobile banking solutions and connecting with entirely new customer segments. None of this was even a thought just five years ago. This is an industry that’s on the move.”One thing is clear—simply offering online banking options or the ability to embed a PDF of a statement into an email does not constitute a digital member communications strategy. Credit union members want (and expect) more. True digital bankers will have the capability to follow their customers along their financial and increasingly digital journey, developing new touch points and digital offerings along the way.Mobile has changed the landscapeMobile is driving this trend and desire for instant access to all services, not just account transactions. For example, the Accenture study cites mBank of Poland’s Quick Loan program that allows customers to request a loan online or on a mobile device and receive a response approving or declining the loan from mBank within 30 seconds. Differentiation will require innovative capabilities like Quick Loan, including:Mobile onboarding and account openingE-signature applications that align with customer communication management systemsSingle capture of member information that populates and updates all relevant systems, andThe creation of dynamic (versus static) communications for member statements and other communications, enabling the member to create custom views and engage with videos as well as interactive charts and graphs.All of this highlights the shift taking place in the credit union customer experience from a transaction-centric focus to a value-added focus.Moving beyond multichannel Today’s customers no longer have a mere preference for multichannel interaction with their credit union, it is an expectation. Moreover, beyond the expectation for multichannel, members really want an omnichannel experience—for example, allowing them to begin a transaction on their smartphone and pick up the interaction on their PC. Credit unions need to leverage the latest technologies for responsive design that deliver a seamless, consistent online experience regardless of the channel the customer happens to choose. Delivering anything less will undermine member loyalty.Mining data for a personalized experienceAccenture aptly observes that “…banks have a wealth of customer data to guide them in shaping the next generation of customer experiences.” However, another Accenture study notes that while a majority of customers would like their banking organization to proactively recommend products and services that match their financial needs, they see a disconnect between the traditional and digital experiences they receive.Putting a Customer Communications Management (CCM) strategy in place that enables business users to easily leverage customer data will support your credit union’s efforts to forge lasting, multi-layered relationships with members through highly personalized and targeted communications delivered over digital or print channels. Implementing a CCM strategy of this kind will reduce confusion and service calls, promote education and build loyalty. Costs are reduced by eliminating the need to develop separate communications packages.With a recent survey commissioned by GMC Software Technology showing that 72 percent of banking customers want to request the format in which they receive information from their bank, along with 48 percent of them feeling their bank doesn’t value them, it is critical for all banking organizations to have modern, responsive customer communications capabilities that make them a partner in their customers’ digital lives.Differentiation in today’s competitive environment is a question of what you do to meet member expectations, as well as how quickly you can do it. Communicating as a true digital banker with customers who move at the speed of light means finding solutions that make it easy to transform valuable member data into relevant, personalized digital communications.
Did you get a replacement credit card in the mail recently? Are you confused as to why?You’re in good company. The U.S. is adopting a significant change in how credit card payments are processed in stores, which will have consumers inserting cards equipped with a special chip rather than swiping at the checkout counter, but many people are still in the dark.Nearly 3 in 5 of the 1,000 consumers surveyed by payments solutions company ACI Worldwide have not yet received a chipped card. Among those who already have their new card, only 32 percent said they understand the U.S. is moving to a new card processing system.To get up to speed, here are seven things you need to know about the transition to chipped technology.The U.S. is the last major country to transition its cards. The U.K. was the first to adopt the new payment system, known as the EMV standard. Developed by and named for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, EMV requires cards be outfitted with a chip that transmits a unique code for each transaction. The technology dramatically reduces the ability of thieves to use stolen credit card numbers in stores. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Well, the marketing dust has settled. Hopefully the chip on your credit or debit card has cooled off since Black Friday, your keyboard (or Buy Button thumb) didn’t lock up on Cyber Monday, and your fingers didn’t get pinched by the dispenser on “Withdraw Cash Wednesday.”Wait—hadn’t you heard about that last one?Withdraw Cash Wednesday, a brainchild of the ATM Industry Association, is a campaign to encourage consumers to keep their wallets stocked with cash and to use it for everyday purchases, touting its budgeting benefits and freedom from interest charges.Designed as a year-round effort, it got an added push in November coinciding with the holiday shopping season.
Cover photo: Henry & Co. from Pexels I must also warn of the illegal process of adopting the Tourist Tax Act. Namely, the text of the proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax, which was in the process of public debate from 19.09. 2018 to 18.10. In 2018, it did not contain a provision on the payment of a flat fee on extra beds, but it was subsequently inserted immediately before the enactment of the Law on 09.05. 2019 in the Croatian Parliament. This grossly violated the prescribed procedure for passing the Law. The interested public could not comment on the provision of payment of a flat tourist tax on an extra bed for services in the household and on the family farm because this provision was not in the text given for public consultation. In addition, the insertion of the said appendix significantly changes the significance and impact of the entire Act on the business conditions of the owners of accommodation in the household and on the family farm. This raises the question of whether the Law was passed in an illegal manner and is in fact null and void and subject to repetition of the entire procedure? ARTICLE 12 OF THE LAW IN CONFLICT WITH ARTICLE 11 OF THE RULES Article 12 I quote: Persons providing catering services in the household or on the family farm pay an annual lump sum tourist tax for each bed (main and auxiliary) and the accommodation unit in the camp and camp-rest area, ie according to the capacity in the Robinson accommodation facility used for the provision of accommodation services in accordance with a special regulation governing the performance of catering activities. – completed quote. Due to the above, I hold that the insertion of the obligation to pay a flat-rate sojourn tax for household accommodation service providers on an extra bed is contrary to the legal provisions of the same Act on full or partial exemption from the obligation to pay the tourist tax. Also, this provision is contrary to the provisions of the ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household and on the family farm. ILLEGAL PROCEDURE FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE LAW ON TOURIST TAX? Furthermore, in the Tourist Tax Act (OG 52/19, in force since 30.05 May 2019, in Article 5, paragraph one, it is stated that tourist tax is not paid by children under 12 years of age. In the same law, Article 6, paragraph 1 states that tourist tax reduced by 50% is paid by children aged 12 to 18. So the most common users of an extra bed are either completely exempt from paying the tourist tax or pay a tax reduced by 50%. Having in mind the different treatment of extra beds in the Regulations on the classification and categorization of catering facilities that were in force for a certain year, today we have accommodation facilities with expressed and those with unexpressed extra beds. The current Ordinance also does not require the disclosure of extra beds. Consequently, it will happen that the owners of facilities that have a categorization according to the latest Ordinance will not be charged with the sojourn tax (and tax) for extra beds, while owners with an “older” categorization will be charged with the stated extra beds. Of course these owners will massively apply for a new categorization without extra beds which must be done by the end of this year. The large number of facilities that need to be visited and new solutions issued, and the small number of executors at UDUs, will create a chaotic situation and unnecessary tensions. CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH A LEGAL PROVISION WHY CAN’T YOU PAY A FULL TOURIST TAX ON EXTRA BEDS? I would like to draw your attention to the suspicion of the illegality of the provision on the payment of sojourn tax on an extra bed in a household from Article 12 of the Tourist Tax Act (OG 52/19, in force since 30.05.2019). The only possible payment of the tourist tax on extra beds would be after the overnight stay of persons who are obliged to pay the tourist tax. The collection of a flat tourist tax (and then a tax) on extra beds is too much of a burden that cannot be justified by anything. Extra beds are mostly used by children who do not pay the fee or pay only half of it. Extra beds are only available on request and are generally not charged separately. Their quality is also not the same as permanent beds, so it is completely illogical that tourist tax and tax are charged on extra beds as well as on permanent ones. If a flat tourist tax were paid for extra beds as stated in the Act, then an apartment with two permanent and two extra beds would be treated as an apartment with four permanent beds. This presupposes a new way of classifying and categorizing catering facilities, according to which extra beds become permanent. If the user of the extra bed does not pay the tourist tax, can the owner of the accommodation be required to pay the same? ARTICLE 12 OF THE LAW IN CONFLICT WITH ARTICLE 5 OF THE SAME LAW From the stated article of the Ordinance, on the basis of which the categorization of accommodation facilities in the household is performed, it is prescribed that the extra bed does not express in the capacity of the object except in the studio apartment (6).It is also prescribed that the extra bed (folding) is furnished at the request of the guest (sofa, two-seater, armchair, etc.) it does not have to be prescribed elements: bedside table or shelf, bedside lamp, carpet next to the bed and the ability to turn off and turn on the main lights from the bed (6). It is obvious that the extra bed is not in use except at the request of the guest, that it does not meet the requirements of the basic bed and that it is not expressed in the capacity of the facility. Accommodation capacity of the building is determined by the number of fixed beds, and in the studio apartment by the number of extra and fixed beds, depending on the area of the module. (2) The household facility has the following capacity: 1. single room – one bed (one person), width up to 120 cm, 2. double room – two beds (two single beds or one double bed), 3 triple room – three beds, if the area of the module for a double room is larger by 3 m4, 3. apartment and holiday house – one, two or three beds in each room (for the third bed the area of the module larger by 5 m3), 3. studio apartment – maximum four people on extra (folding) and / or fixed beds in an existing building. (4) An extra bed can be placed in a single or double room, if the area of the module is larger by 5 m3. (XNUMX) There may be two extra beds in the living room of the apartment and the holiday home if they are not in the rooms. (XNUMX) Extra bed (folding) is set at the request of the guest (sofa, sofa, armchair, etc.). Along with XNUMX of them, there are no prescribed elements: a nightstand or shelf, a night lamp, a carpet next to the bed and the possibility of turning off and on the main lighting from the bed. (6) Extra bed is not expressed in the capacity of the facility, except in the studio apartment. – completed quote. Namely, in the Ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household (OG 69/17), Article 11 states, I quote: Simply put – paying a flat tourist tax for extra beds is not justified, it is not legitimate, it is not fair. The only fair way to collect the tourist tax per extra bed is to collect the tax per night spent for persons from 12 to 18 years 50%, and for persons over 18 years 100% of the prescribed fee, according to the records in the visitor. LEGAL PROVISION CONTRARY TO OTHER PROVISIONS FROM THE SAME LAW
Topics : Australia’s wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country’s forests, making the blazes “globally unprecedented” following a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday.Climate scientists are currently examining data from the disaster, which destroyed swathes of southeastern Australia, to determine to what extent they can be attributed to rising temperatures. In a special edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, Australian researchers examined several other aspects of the blazes, including investigations into their extent and possible causes. Boer said his study almost certainly underestimates the extent of forest loss as the island state of Tasmania was not covered in the data.Australia’s annual average forest loss to wild fires is typically well below 2 percent.- Droughts linked to sea temperature -Another study published Monday looked at the conditions that made the fires so damaging — a years-long dry spell in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin.Droughts create more fuel for wildfires and make it harder for forests to recover after each blaze. Andrew King, from the University of Melbourne, and colleagues looked at a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which has a direct effect on rainfall levels in Australia and elsewhere. Since 2017 much of Australia has experienced widespread drought, something the study attributed to a relative lack of negative IOD events — when there are warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the east Indian Ocean with cooler waters in the west.These events tend to shift weather patterns and typically bring greater rainfall to southeast Australia, and are made less frequent as global sea temperatures warm. King and the team examined rainfall statistics and found that the winter of 2016 saw extremely heavy precipitation and a corresponding negative IOD event.Since then, the Murray-Darling Basin has experienced 12 consecutive seasons with below-average rainfall, the longest period on record since 1900.”With climate change there have been projections that there will be more positive IOD events and fewer negative IOD events,” King told AFP. “This would mean that we’d expect more dry seasons in Australia and possibly worse droughts.”Boer said that climate change was all but certain to make Australia more prone to wildfires and urged the government to strengthen fire readiness measures and “take urgent and effective action on climate change.” One study showed that between September 2019 and January 2020 around 5.8 million hectares of broadleaf forest were burned in New South Wales and Victoria. This accounts for roughly 21 percent of the nation’s forested area, making this fire season proportionately the most devastating on record. “Halfway through Spring 2019 we realised that a very large part of the eastern Australian forest could be burned in this single season,” Matthias Boer, from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University, Penrith, told AFP. “The shock came from realising that this season was off the charts globally in terms of the percentage of the continental section of a forest biome that burned.”
A street sign in Douglas.DOUGLAS, Bohle Plains, Mount Low, Deeragun and Idalia top the list of suburbs Gen Y residents like to call home in Townsville.According to Core Logic data the average age of residents is 30 or below for the five suburbs with the 20 to 29 age bracket having the largest percentage of residents.Ray White Douglas agent Nicole Plozza who specialises in the Douglas area was not surprised the suburb was so popular with young people as the university was nearby.“You get university students, nurses and army people as well,” Ms Plozza said.“You also get people where Mum and Dad have bought in Douglas then the kids end up buying there eventually, too.“You’ve got lots of walkways, beautiful ponds with turtles and everything and it is so well maintained, so it’s a place where a lot of people want to live.”Bohle Plains has surged in popularity following the Kalynda Chase estate which was started by Urbex and has continued to expand.In Douglas the average age is 24, followed by Bohle Plains at 27, Mount Low at 28 and Deeragun and Idalia both at 30.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020In Douglas more than one in three residents are aged between 20 and 29 and 61 per cent are under 30,Urbex general manager Peter Sherrie said Kalynda Chase offered affordability for young families.“Kalynda Chase is seeing a lot of interest from young couples who are looking for an affordable first house,” he said.“The local amenities within the estate certainly add value. The convenience of having facilities such as the tennis courts … a grocery store and restaurant, is very attractive to first home buyers.“Young couples want everything in one place and Kalynda Chase offers an affordable yet active lifestyle that first home buyers want.” Ray White Townsville agent Julie Munro said Mount Low had become popular with young families.“Mount Low is largely non-Townsvillians,” she said.“It’s people transferring here for work and professional people coming here that are migrating from smaller North Queensland communities.“They are happy to live out there and it’s absolutely swarming with young families and children.”