Lettuce’s Shady Horns Will Join Umphrey’s McGee For Upcoming Summer Performance

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has announced that they will once again welcome the Shady Horns, aka Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet and Ryan Zoidis on saxophone, at an upcoming performance. The Lettuce horns players will link up with Umphrey’s McGee on August 12th, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Brownout Plays Brown Sabbath will be on as support as well.The Shady Horns are no stranger to Umphrey’s McGee, having collaborated with them a handful of times in recent memory. The horn players added some funk to a show in New Orleans, LA earlier this year, and even linked up when Lettuce opened for Umphrey’s on a run of shows last summer.While this is quite the exciting announcement, we know what you really want… a video of The Shady Horns, Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Umphrey’s McGee playing “Sledgehammer.” Listen to the jam below.For fans of the funk, don’t miss Lettuce make their headlining debut on Long Island. It’s coming up on July 8th at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY – find out more information here.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Jams With Luther Dickinson, David Hidalgo & More At SPAC [Watch]

first_imgThe Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels Of Soul tour is off and running, stopping last night at the renowned Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY for a full night of musical celebration. Initially conceived last summer, Wheels of Soul pairs TTB with some of the best groups around. This summer, the band brought along The North Mississippi Allstars and Los Lobos for the run, and brought out members from each supporting group to enhance their own performance.No stranger to collaborations, the Tedeschi Trucks Band has hosted some all-stars in their day. Last night, the band brought out a ton of guests, including Cesar Rosa, David Hidalgo and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, as well as Luther Dickinson of NMA. After about 10 songs of just TTB action, the band first called on Rosa for Elmore James’ “The Sky Is Crying” before bringing out Dickinson for “Angel From Montgomery” and “Let Me Get By.”The Sky Is CryingAngel From MontgomeryJam > Let Me Get ByIt was the encore that saw Hidalgo and Berlin appear with TTB, coming out for the two-song boogie of “Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring” and “Sticks and Stones.” By all accounts, the show was a real treat.Who Knows What Tomorrow May BringSticks And StonesAdditionally, Derek Trucks made an appearance during Los Lobos’ opening set, bringing along Tim Lefebvre and the TTB Horn section to accompany on “Mas Y Mas.” Enjoy it below:Let’s give a huge thank you to Sean Roche for capturing all of these glorious videos. Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Tedeschi Trucks Band setlistslast_img read more

Members Of Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Antibalas, Toubab Krewe To Host Afro-Dub Soundclash In NOLA

first_imgJazz Fest is a celebration of all kinds of music from across the spectrum. People assume that jazz is the focus, but these days, the festival and the city’s related after-parties are a melting pot of styles and genres. Sure, there’s jazz, but also gospel, funk, jam and a healthy dose of world music. A few years ago, Luke Quaranta of Toubab Krewe decided that it was time to put the spotlight on West African music, and from that seed, JuJu Fest was born. JuJu Fest is a world music mini-festival-within-a-festival concept that takes place across the city of New Orleans during the ten days.This year, one show in particular tops the bill with a killer lineup and an awesome theme. Raja Kassis, guitar player of modern Afrobeat legends Antibalas (and co-founder of JuJu Fest) reached out to Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights) and Josh Werner (Original Matisyahu band, Lee Scratch Perry, Wu-Tang Clan), two long time friends who all share a storied history playing Dub and Reggae music together, to create Megawatt: Afro-Dub Soundclash. This will certainly be an incredible night of dub, reggae and afro vibes that will hit The Maison on Wednesday, May 3rd. Joining them will be modern jazz/funk legend Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), master percussionist Weedie Braimah, local sax hero Khris Royal, and trumpet master Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.  As if it couldn’t get any better, Megawatt will be fronted on vocals by none other than Bajah, a superstar in Sierra Leone affectionately know back home as the “Lyrical Bomber.” Bajah has been a frequent guest in years past of such acts as Break Science, Talib Kweli and The Roots, to name a few.We can’t wait for Megawatt’s awesome Dub and Reggae grooves to reverberate up and down Frenchman Street on May 3rd. See below for full show details.SHOW INFO –Artist: Megawatt feat. Raja Kassis, Luke Quaranta, Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Josh Werner, Weedie Braimah, Bajah, Khris Royal & Maurice “Mobetta” BrownVenue: The Maison – 508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 (technically early AM May 4th)Price: $20adv / $25dosTickets: Click HereTime: Doors 12:30am / Show 1:00amIf you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.last_img read more

Self-help books, literature, and how they help us live

first_img How I wrote my Harvard essay Authors’ aerie First-years recount the agony and the ecstasy The New York Public Library recently reported that Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” was one of the library’s most requested books of all time. But despite the success of Carnegie and other self-help authors over the decades, scholars and literary authors often dismiss the genre as poorly written and commercial. By contrast, literature has historically been framed by self-improvement advocates as an unproductive distraction for readers seeking personal growth. In a new book, “The Self-Help Compulsion: Searching for Advice in Modern Literature,” Harvard Assistant Professor of English Beth Blum traces the historical relationship between “ambivalent shelf-fellows” of self-help and literature from the 19th century to the present, highlighting the different ways the two kinds of writing have influenced one another, and how readers have engaged with books as guides for becoming better people.Q&ABeth BlumGAZETTE: Why did you choose this topic?BLUM: The seeds of this project began when I was teaching a class called “Reading for Life Advice: From Socrates to Self-Help.” While teaching the class, I became really interested in the story of Samuel Smiles, who wrote the first book to be called “Self-Help.” The name was in circulation in other texts, but he published “Self-Help” in 1859, which was earlier than I thought the industry had started. The guide was written as a way to inspire working-class laborers to persevere to improve their conditions through self-education. The other point that interested me was the extent to which Smiles used literature in his manual. One of the great pieces of advice from Smiles is that you shouldn’t waste your time reading novels or literature, but ironically there were quotations from literature throughout the book. The quotations were decontextualized and then reassembled in interesting ways. So already, in one of the first self-help books, you see a real reliance on literature and an invocation of literary authority, yet at the same time a denunciation of literature as escapist and a diversion. It stirred my interest in this dynamic and often rivalrous history between self-help and literature.GAZETTE: Did you find that these connections remained an important part of self-help in the 20th century?BLUM: The more I investigated, the more I realized that there was this really substantial history that hadn’t been explored in literary scholarship: a history of self-help that went back further than I had thought, to include, for instance, the New Thought Philosophy movement of the 1920s, which is a fascinating mind-cure philosophy that emerged around the time of literary modernism. It was a direct precursor of today’s “positive thinking” movement. All of these pamphlets were emerging in the 1920s arguing that you could use your mind to achieve anything you want in life through positive visualization, meditation, and repeating mantras.I was also surprised to uncover examples of so-called serious authors who had had some encounter with self-help and were responding to it. One of the most striking examples is the case of Virginia Woolf, who had a famous feud with Arnold Bennett, an Edwardian novelist who was considered very stodgy. Woolf critiqued him for being realist, materialist, and boring. But Bennett was also a hugely popular early self-help author who wrote books like “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day,” “Self and Self-Management,” and “Literary Taste: How to Form It.” Woolf was aware of these books, so it became interesting for me to consider “Mrs. Dalloway,” which is a novel that famously takes place in a single day, alongside Arnold Bennett’s “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day.” For an example of a similar yet reverse relationship that I discuss in the book, take famous advice columnist Dear Abby’s vexed response to “Miss Lonelyhearts,” a 1933 short story by Nathanael West about an advice columnist suffering from a nervous breakdown. That’s a really intriguing case of self-help commenting on the limits and methods of fiction. “Why do people turn to literature for advice when there are so many other, more willing sources of guidance?” A new bright, open, inviting home complements the creative writing program Authors of their own storiescenter_img New first-generation Red Book helps bind a community GAZETTE: How do you bring your findings on the relationship between self-help and literature into your teaching?BLUM: One of my really popular classes is called “How to Live: When Literature Meets Self-Help,” where we read the contemporary novel and directly address questions like: Why do people turn to literature for advice when there are so many other, more willing sources of guidance? What is the relationship between the rise of commercial advice and the decline of religious authority? One assignment asks students to go to the Coop or the Harvard Book Store and look at the different ways self-help and literature are shelved, who is reading them, and to assess what the bookstore is trying to say about genre and audience by those different designs and displays. In all of my classes, I am interested in the question: How can a formal literary choice — for example, stream of consciousness or narrative omniscience — reflect an argument about how a person should live? It’s a concern that’s threaded throughout a lot of my teaching. Students are eager to think about the life relevance of literature, and this is a tendency that professional academic literary critics are ambivalent about, but in general it can be a great way of bringing a student into a text and inviting them to consider the way the literature they’re reading responds to and prepares us for the challenges of daily experience.GAZETTE: What does the landscape of self-help look like today?BLUM: Self-help operates in waves, so you have one trend and then a reaction to that trend. For a long time, the self-help model popularized by “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was focused on how to please other people, to say what they wanted to hear in order to get what you needed from them. Much of contemporary self-help is reacting against that other-directed philosophy and the burden it places on the individual. Examples of that style include books like “Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals” by Rachel Hollis, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero, and “Drop the Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less” by Tiffany Dufu. All these contemporary books take the anti-people-pleasing approach, advising people to learn to redirect their sense of self-worth away from other people and away from the workforce and toward a more inward, self-determined metric for contentment.GAZETTE: Are others writing about these books? Related BLUM: A lot of the extant scholarship on this topic focuses on its rather negative political implications, particularly the idea that individuals are responsible for their own well-being and happiness in a way that absolves institutions and governments of responsibility for supporting people and making conditions more equitable. These are important arguments to make, but part of what drew me to this project was the slightly more affirmative story that I saw in the history of people turning to self-help, not just because they were being manipulated or out of a sense of political helplessness, but because they were successful in using books to improve their conditions. To me that’s a hopeful thing because it shows that there’s a strong demand for that textual-advice relationship. It’s one that professors of literature or the humanities can tap into in productive, socially responsive, and personally transformative ways.This interview was edited for clarity and condensed for space.last_img read more

“Vermont in Transition: Social, Economic and Environmental Trends” released today

first_imgAs Vermont is poised to make major financial decisions with far reaching policy implications, new research may prove instrumental in shaping the discussions. The Council on the Future of Vermont and St. Michael s College just published Vermont in Transition: Social, Economic and Environmental Trends, a comprehensive study of the major trends that are impacting life in the state. Over 300 graphs are included in this 150 page research book which documents and explains the key transitions that have occurred in Vermont in areas as diverse as education, the economy, agriculture, demography, crime, energy, climate and civic engagement. The study was commissioned by the nonpartisan Vermont Council on Rural Development as a facet of its two-year Council on the Future of Vermont program. This report is important for legislators, reporters, community leaders, advocates, philanthropists, and any citizen who wants to better understand the Green Mountain State. It provides critical data that will help decision makers as they plan ahead, explains CFV Program Manager Sarah Waring. The research, along with polling, public forums and listening sessions are helping to build a comprehensive picture of the aspirations of today s Vermonters and the place they would like our state to be in the future. The Council releases its final findings this spring.To look back at trends over time, The Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV) partnered with the well-respected Saint Michael s College Center for Social Science Research and Drs. Vince Bolduc and Herb Kessel. The project drew upon the work of analysts in federal and state government, other educational institutions, the non-profit sector, and the business community, including sources such as the Vermont Economy newsletter, the Congressional Quarterly, the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, and the Vermont Land Trust. This joint writing effort combines the expertise of sociologists, economists, biologists, physicists, and other specialists. This project is unique in many ways, says Dr. Bolduc, who teaches Sociology at St. Michael s College. It is holistic in its broad spectrum of subjects covered; historical in its focus on change over time; quantitative in its reliance on objective data, and it presents each topic in the context of regional or national developments.Dr. Kessel, a professor of Economics, noted The project brings together in a single document well over 300 charts and tables, which provided the basis for us to identify 160 of the most important trends in Vermont. When historians try to understand what life was like in Vermont at the turn of the millennium, we hope that they will turn to our study and the broader one being prepared by the Council on the Future of Vermont.Vermont in Transition is available online for free at www.futureofvermont.org(link is external), or by calling 802-223-6091 to request a hard copy. The Council on the Future of Vermont is a project of the Vermont Council on Rural Development through a special partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation.last_img read more

Local stores support one another on Small Business Saturday

first_imgBoth stores said it was scary to lock down and did not know what to expect. Mabel D.Orr said it had to adjust to online shopping and create more of a presence on social media. The store owners, Heidi Weeks and Sherry Eaton, are also good friends in real life and support one another by encouraging people to stop by each other’s stores, even handing out coupons for each other’s businesses. (WBNG) — Today was Small Business Saturday and local stores said they were thrilled with the turnout in the morning. Heidi Weeks said of her store, Mabel D. Orr, “When we first locked down, it was very scary. I hustled with getting online. I was hustling with a curbside delivery people were supportive. But with things spiking I’ve seen less people.” Now, since reopening, they say they feel a strong community presence and that residents have been supportive. But they add that spikes are still hard for certain residents who may feel nervous to shop.center_img This year’s Small Business Saturday is important, the stores say, as local shops took a hit earlier this year when they had to close due to the pandemic. Both stores say they take health measures seriously and enforce mask-wearing, using hand sanitizer, and socially distancing. Mabel D. Orr adds that people can even sign up for private shopping appointments if they would like to. Mabel D.Orr and Garland Gallery are business neighbors on Washington St., but they are also supportive of one another, especially today on Small Business Saturday.last_img read more

‘I lost control and started crying’: Colombian doctor evicted as neighbors fear COVID-19

first_imgRead also: Doctors, beaten and harassed, plan silent protest across IndiaOther cases of hostility to medical workers include an anesthetist in Bogota who told Reuters he had been prohibited from using communal areas where he lived, and reports by local media of graffiti on the wall of one doctor’s apartment that threatened to kill his family if he didn’t vacate the property.For frontline medical staff battling the virus, such open aggression by their neighbors can be devastating.”I lost control and started crying,” Botache said. “On the phone, my family members asked me to calm down… I didn’t hear what they were saying because I couldn’t even speak between sobs and tears.”The doctor has since moved into another apartment.”I felt enormously disappointed not just in my neighbors but in seeing how humanity behaves in the face of fear and the unknown, as well as the ignorance that characterizes many people,” he said. Topics : However, his new neighbors protested against his arrival and demanded the building’s owner evict him.”The owner told me that people were really scared, that they said they would leave if I didn’t,” Botache told Reuters in a video interview. The owner had asked him to leave, he added.The owner and neighbors could not immediately be reached for comment.Colombia has reported more than 4,500 cases of COVID-19 and over 210 deaths. More than 300 medical workers have been infected, leading to the deaths of at least four, according to figures by Colombia’s National Health Institute. A doctor in the Colombian city of Cali said this week that he was forced from his apartment just eight days after he moved in because other residents of the building feared he would bring the new coronavirus into their homes.It is the latest example of hostility to medical workers in Latin America, who have faced discrimination and even attacks amidst concerns they could be spreading the virus.Cristhian Botache, 22, said he moved out of his family home at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to protect his older relatives, who are more at risk of falling seriously ill.last_img read more

Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal, Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers

first_imgCharlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal, Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers Advertisement Comment Young Boys vs Rangers – Thursday, 5.55pm ‘Young Boys have always been a team that can take a scalp or two. Rangers have responded well to their tame performance against Celtic a few weeks back.‘It was a statement of intent at the weekend as they hammered Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. Steven Gerrard’s players are taking his points on board.‘He wants to play with speed, aggression – how he played. Rangers are not a bad side but they will only be getting 45-50 per cent of the ball as opposed to the 70 per cent they get in Scotland.‘Rangers are in a good place and this result would mean an amazing start for them in the competition.’Young Boys 1-1 Rangers Full Screen More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Man Utd and Arsenal are both in action in the Europa League (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has backed Arsenal to secure a convincing victory over Standard Liege in the Europa League and expects Manchester United to beat AZ Alkmaar.Arsenal and Manchester United drew 1-1 in the Premier League on Monday and both will be looking to maintain their perfect record in Europe on Thursday evening.Unai Emery’s Gunners, currently fourth in the top-flight, welcome Belgian side Standard Liege to the Emirates, while United travel to Holland to face AZ.Nicholas is also confident another one of his former clubs, Scottish champions Celtic, will enjoy a successful evening, although he expects Rangers to be held by Young Boys.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Pochettino: It is important to stay together after Bayern defeatTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:54FullscreenPochettino: It is important to stay together after Bayern defeathttps://metro.co.uk/video/pochettino-important-stay-bayern-defeat-2017850/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Solskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flagTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:37FullscreenSolskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flaghttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-says-man-utd-players-affected-linesmans-flag-2016988/This 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.center_img Unai Emery pre-match press conference for Standard LiegeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:57FullscreenUnai Emery pre-match press conference for Standard Liegehttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-pre-match-press-conference-standard-liege-2018240/This 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. Celtic vs Cluj – Thursday, 8pm ‘Everyone in Glasgow is talking about revenge as Cluj put Celtic out of the Champions League. They made it out to be a fluke, but you cannot lose 4-3 and say it is lucky.‘Cluj are a very clever side – they took on Lazio, who are one of the favourites for the Europa League, and reminded everyone of who they are with a smashing 2-1 win.‘Celtic gained a very good point at Rennes and could have come away with more. The crowd at Celtic Park gives the players another five to 10 per cent and that’s what will be the case here.‘It will not be a rollover, it will be tight but think Celtic will just edge it – it could be late on when the goals come.’Celtic 2-1 Cluj About Connatix V67539 Arsenal vs Standard Liege – Thursday, 8pm ‘This is another game to use the young talent. I would not expect Standard Liege to be great travellers, but they will try to counter-attack.‘When the Arsenal youngsters get a lot of the ball it suits them, that is what they are taught.‘I am expecting a change of goalkeepers and Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin to start. Kieran Tierney didn’t play at Old Trafford so he could be involved.‘Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are busting their gut to make a regular claim for the first team, and a convincing win for Arsenal in the Europa League is a good place to start.’Arsenal 3-0 Standard Liege Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Oct 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link249Shares PLAY 1 min. story AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United – Thursday, 5.55pm ‘It is a game-by-game situation for Manchester United at the moment. You would normally think Man United would blow these away.‘From his interviews, it seems as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to get something out, and it is probably anger and frustration.‘He can’t do that with the young players as he needs them and they have not let him down but he can’t do it with the older players as they will want to leave if it gets too much.‘What does he do to get more out of them? The confidence seems to have gone and individuals are playing for their own reputation and not the team. Dutch sides are technically good; these will be dangerous and have a go.‘You still would have thought that United would be too strong for them. It will not be inspiring but it will be a very important result for them.’AZ Alkmaar 0-1 Manchester United Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch government must create better projects for investors – Sibbing

first_imgThe Dutch Investment Institute (NLII) has called on its government to step up efforts to create profitable local-economy investment opportunities for institutional investors.In an open letter to lawmakers, Loek Sibbing, chief executive at the NLII, said there were far too few attractive projects in the Netherlands and called for a dedicated organisation to co-finance projects and make them “investment-ready”.He argued that, “even if €10bn of institutional assets were instantly available” to finance offshore wind farms, schools and thermal grids, “the money would remain unspent”.He singled out projects that were part of the transition to sustainable energy generation as being particularly well suited for institutional investors. “Management-consulting firm McKinsey recently concluded that, in the Netherlands, €200bn of investment is needed over the next 20 years,” Sibbing said.“Because pension-fund participants want their schemes to [embrace] sustainability, the funds are keen to invest in such things as energy-efficient housing, cleaner engines for inland shipping, wind farms and thermal grids.”Sibbing also advocated a “robust government organisation with the leeway to launch and guide well-designed projects in an entrepreneurial fashion”.He added: “A decisive body, with its own assets and skilled staff, would carry weight with local government and semi-public institutions and therefore be able to speed up projects.”He said the organisation should also have risk-bearing public funds available to make initially unprofitable investments and cover risks.He said that just such a concept – called P3 – was already operating successfully in Canada.Since last year, the NLII – an initiative launched by Dutch institutional investors – has established two funds for SME investments, as well as a fund for investments in care property.Its corporate-loans fund (BLF) has already raised €480m of its €500m target, with €180m invested and €140m in the pipeline.Investors have also committed €100m to the NLII’s subordinated-loans fund (ALF), which has a target of €300m.SPH, the €9.5bn occupational pension fund for general practitioners in the Netherlands, has committed €80m to NLII’s care property fund.Sibbing said €14m had now been invested in the Apollo Zorgvastgoedfonds, with €110m of concrete projects remaining.Elsewhere, Dutch labour party PvdA said in its election manifesto that it wanted pension funds to invest at least 20% of their assets locally, while the liberal democrat D66 said it wanted “a new public merchant bank that links existing government expertise and budget with assets that are available – from pension funds, for example”.last_img read more

Damen Wins 2017 Dutch Logistics Award

first_imgDamen Shipyards Group has won the 2017 Dutch Logistics Award in recognition of the company’s high standards of logistical management and efficiency.Established in 1984, the Dutch Logistics Award is organised by the Netherlands Association of Logistics Management (vLm).Previous winners include renowned industry names such as DAF Trucks, TomTom WORK, Nike, Heineken, and Philips Lighting.“We are extremely proud to have been presented with this prominent award for our work,” commented Jason Bronscheer, Damen’s Director Operations Support. “It is recognition of our strong track record that has been accomplished by a concerted effort from all our employees.”“We have a very future-proof way of thinking; we are utilizing advances in the Internet of Things, and the fields of robot and sensor technology and automation,” added Jason Bronscheer. “In fact, we do everything to make our work processes as efficient and safe as possible.”Furthermore, the company has developed a ‘vessel configurator’ as a tool for sales managers and their clients to configure a vessel with all the various options available.Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. The company has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide.last_img read more