[Photos by Erika Goldring] Fans attending a Stevie Wonder tribute show led by Irvin Mayfield at the House of Blues in New Orleans last night were treated to the surprise of their lives when the legend himself decided to pop in for an appearance. NOLA favorite Trombone Shorty was also along for the ride. The pair joined along with Irvin Mayfield & NOJO’s “Living for the City – The Songs of Stevie Wonder” to close out Jazz Fest weekend two on Sunday, May 1st.Stevie Wonder Leads ‘Purple Rain’ Sing-Along During Jazz Fest Storms, Plays Surprise Late NightWonder came on stage and played through a brief medley of his classics with the band, including an extensive harmonica jam. He then paid a tribute to Prince with an a cappella version of “Kiss” as the audience joined in on the sing-a-long, much to Wonder’s delight.He briefly left the stage, then returned to speak to his audience about his vision of America, even throwing in a stab at Donald Trump. “America is already great and has always been great,” he proclaimed, “And we should all share a message of positivity.” Men have had enough time running things, he went on to explain, and the time has come to put a woman in charge.The special show came to a close with Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” followed by Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”.Only in New Orleans!
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s pandemic-hit economy shrank 8.5% in 2020. It was the largest single-year drop since 1932 and the second consecutive year of economic contraction. Mexico’s national statistics agency said Friday Mexico’s gross domestic product grew 3.1% in the final three months of the year. Growth in the second half of 2020 allowed Mexico to beat projections earlier in the year of a double-digit contraction. The second trimester of the year when the pandemic took hold and much economic activity was frozen saw a contraction of 18.7% compared to the same period a year earlier.
On Dec. 8 Athens dropped to 16 degrees, beating 20 degrees set in 2006. On the same day, Augusta was at 16 degrees, beating 18 degrees set in 1954, and Brunswick dropped to 30 degrees, beating 31 degrees set in 1954. On Dec. 10 Macon hit 19 degrees, beating 20 degrees set in 1995. Drier than normal, tooGeorgia was drier than normal across the entire state in December. The wettest areas were along a strip inland from the coast, several counties east of metro Atlanta and Rabun County. The driest area was in the far southeastern corner of the state near Brunswick.The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 3.21 inches in Valdosta (0.45 inch below normal). The lowest was in Brunswick at 0.65 inch (2.18 inches below normal). Athens received 1.92 inches (1.79 inches below normal), Atlanta 1.62 inches (2.20 inches below normal), Alma 1.42 inches (2.25 inches below normal), Columbus 1.56 inches (2.84 inches below normal), Macon 1.08 inches (2.85 inches below normal), Savannah 1.63 inches (1.18 inches below normal) and Augusta 1.17 inches (1.97 inches below normal). Despite overall dry conditions, some precipitation records were set in December. Atlanta reported a daily record rainfall of 2.11 inches Dec. 1, surpassing the old record of 1.89 inches set that date in 1880. 3.3 inches of rain fell on Dec. 1The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 3.30 inches near Carnesville in Franklin County Dec. 1. This was a continuation of the heavy rain from the last day of November. An observer near Riverdale in Clayton County reported 3.24 inches on Dec. 1. An observer near Dillard in Rabun County reported the highest monthly precipitation at 5.76 inches, including the water equivalent of 5 inches of snow. Many Georgians enjoyed a rare “White Christmas” last month, but also had to contend with unusually frigid temperatures. Less-than-normal precipitation has led all but the northeast corner of the state deeper into drought conditions.Atlanta reported a record snowfall of one-tenth of an inch Dec. 26, the first time measurable snowfall has been observed on that date. Athens reported a snowfall of 1.3 inches Dec. 26, beating the old record of a trace of snow on that date in 1953. Two inches fell in Athens on Dec. 25, passing the old record of two-tenths of an inch on that date in 1993. Columbus also reported a trace of snow for the first time on Dec. 26. Macon reported one-tenth of an inch of snow Dec. 25, the first time for that date.Last “White Christmas” was in 1882Two stations near Rabun Gap reported more than 6.5 inches of snow Dec. 26, the highest one-day values for the state in December. This was the first white Christmas for many areas in northern Georgia since 1882. Measurable snowfall was observed everywhere north of a line from Troup County on the western border to Elbert County in the northeast, and flurries were noted at many locations further south.Black ice associated with the record-setting cold temperatures Dec. 14 and 15 led to thousands of accidents in northern Georgia. Ice accumulations of up to a quarter-inch were reported in the northern suburbs of Atlanta Dec. 15.Low temperatures across the stateTemperatures across the state were significantly below normal in December. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 38.3 degrees F (7.1 degrees below normal), in Athens 37.4 degrees (7.4 degrees below normal), Columbus 42.8 degrees (6.3 degrees below normal), Macon 40.9 degrees (6.9 degrees below normal), Savannah 43.7 degrees (7.7 degrees below normal), Brunswick 47.1 degrees (7.1 degrees below normal), Alma 43.8 degrees (9.8 degrees below normal), Valdosta 44.6 degrees (6.7 degrees below normal) and Augusta 39.4 degrees (7.5 degrees below normal). Many daily record-low temperatures were broken. Temperatures were particularly low Dec. 14, when low temperatures broke records in Atlanta (14 degrees, beating the old record of 15 degrees set in 1917), Athens (14 degrees, beating 15 degrees set in 1942), Macon (18 degrees, beating 20 degrees set in 1960) and Augusta (10 degrees, beating 15 degrees set in 1960). There was no reported severe weather in December in Georgia. Cold and dry conditions led to continuing deterioration of range and pasture, which was reported as poor to fair across most of the state by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Equinox Resort has announced theappointment of Courtney Lowe as Director of Sales and Marketing. He comes to the Resort from the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville Virginia where he served in the same capacity. “We are fortunate to have attracted someone of Courtney’s caliber.” said Resort General Manager Gary Thulander. “His enthusiasm is infectious. Courtney’s knowledge of the region, coupled with his marketing and sales acumen will help us take the Resort to the next level. It’s all part of our quest to be the number one Resort in New England.”This is a homecoming of sorts for Courtney. He worked at the Equinox as Director of Sales between 1992 and 1998. “It very exciting for me to have the opportunity to return to the Equinox.” commented Lowe. “We have familyand friends in the area. Personally, I’m looking forward to being closer to them. Professionally, my goal is to bring the Equinox Resort to a newlevel and develop it as a Rockresort brand.” Lowe is a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School and Ohio Wesleyan University. He will beresident in Dorset with his wife and two daughters.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:To achieve its goal of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, the Indian Government says in its end of year review that it will tender a further 60 GW of solar and 20 GW of wind capacity in 2018-19 and 2019-20.The aim is to close off bidding for the entire amount by March 2020, thus leaving two years’ time for the execution of projects.Despite the issues in the country’s renewables industry, the [Ministry of New and Renewable Energy] finds that globally, India now has the fifth largest installed capacity of renewable energy with around 73.35 GW as of October 31, 2018. Meanwhile, it ranks fourth in terms of installed wind capacity, and fifth for solar power.Out of the around 73.35 GW of installed capacity, 34.98 GW is said to comprise wind, 24.33 GW solar, 4.5 GW small hydro power and 9.54 GW bio-power. Furthermore, projects totaling 46.75 GW of capacity have been either tendered or are under installation, including 36.6 GW of solar and 9.42 GW of wind.Overall, it says that renewable energy accounted for 21% of the country’s cumulative installed energy capacity (347.37 GW), with 101.83 billion units of renewable power generated during the year 2017-18. Notably, during the last four and a half years, India’s cumulative renewable energy installed capacity jumped around 106%, from 35.51 GW as of October 31, 2014, to 73.35 GW as of October 31, 2018.In the grid-connected solar sector, the MNRE says that 47 parks with an aggregate capacity of 26,694 MW have been approved in 21 states up to November 2018. “Over 1,00,000 lakh acres of land identified for various solar parks out of which over 75,000 acres have been acquired. Solar projects of aggregate capacity 4195 MW have been commissioned inside various solar parks,” it adds.More: India will auction 80 GW of solar, wind capacity by March 2020 India plans major renewable energy push to meet 2022, 175GW green goal
Photo: Jadranka group He also announced the World Meeting for the Protection and Cleanliness of the Seabed, which is planned for the beginning of 2020 in Mali Lošinj. Lošinj Camp Čikat was awarded the White Flag, an international symbol of clean sea and submarine. On the occasion of raising the White Flag, the director of Camp Čikat emphasized environmental protection as a key value that guides the business: “Preserving the nature of Lošinj and its richness of flora, fauna and natural landscape that we inherited from our ancestors, and we leave as a pledge to future generations, provides a basis for providing a superior experience to our guests. It is known that campers are a category of guests who feel closest to nature and the superbly preserved environment of Lošinj is one of the key reasons why they return to us every year. “, said Zlatko Vukajlović and added that with the latest White Flag at the foot of Camp Čikat, Lošinj’s Jadranka sent a message to the public that it is necessary to uncompromisingly protect the environment in which the company operates. Thus, Camp Čikat became the first Croatian camp with the White Flag, and Srebrna uvala the fifth Lošinj location under the management of Jadranka Group awarded this environmental recognition, which was awarded to Hotel Bellevue in August 2015, Boutique Hotel Alhambra in October 2017 and 2018. and the beach of Vitality Hotel Punta and Sunny Bay.
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Wortmann highlighted that mandatory merging of pension rights is “crucial for ABP as an industry-wide pension fund”.“Without compulsary joining, the risk is that our sectors drag their heels, which will delay reform,” she argued.“And we don’t want a pension fund managing existing pension rights alongside a second one for accrual under the new rules.”The chair said the issue must be solved in order to improve conditions for ABP’s participants and pensioners.In her opinion, new DC arrangements – without pension claims, but with merely targets – also require solid assumptions for future returns. “This must be translated into different discount rules.”“It is important that, in times of economic tailwind, results can benefit participants rather than be added to a pension fund’s financial buffers,” Wortmann noted.However, she also acknowledged that participants must equally accept the impact of bad financial conditions on their pensions as well.ABP’s chair reiterated that it is too early to make firm predictions about any rights cuts next year because of current “unknowns”, but said that there is a “fair chance” that pensions need to be reduced.That said, she noted that the social partners and the minister could take the planned new pensions contract into account when deciding about a pensions reduction in 2021.Wortmann further highlighted the urgency of a new pensions system. “Given the low interest rates, the elaboration of the pensions accord must succeed,” she said.She said that the introduction of an entire new system as a “big bang” in 2027 – as reportedly being discussed in the steering group for pensions reform – would be a “very long shot”.“Although the introduction requires a lot of preparation, we hope that we can adopt the new rules sooner,” she said.The chair also said ABP had given up hope that it can ever make up for inflation compensation in arrears. The pension fund hasn’t been able to grant indexation in the past 10 years.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Corien Wortmann-Kool, chair of the €440bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, said she was worried that not all important issues would have been solved, when the concept of the fleshed out pensions agreement is to be presented in the coming weeks.In an interview with Dutch pensions publication Pensioen Pro, she said she wasn’t aware of any satisfactory proposals for merging existing pension rights with pensions to be accrued under new arrangements.She added that she had also failed to spot recommendations for more generous return assumptions that pension funds could apply under the planned defined contribution (DC) contract, which is to replace defined benefit (DB) plans.Social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees had promised to send the draft of a new pensions system to parliament before the summer.
MORE NEWS: The Coast’s million-dollar club MORE NEWS: Gold Coast home tops Queensland’s ‘most viewed’ 27 Ferrymans Court, Helensvale. 27 Ferrymans Court, Helensvale. 27 Ferrymans Court, Helensvale.HOUSE hunters keen on a Helensvale mansion better find their sea legs before making a bid.Owner Aleta Webb said the house’s 41 metres of waterfrontage makes it feel like it is actually on the water.“You kind of feel like you’re on a boat,” she said.“Every room has a view.” The house has a “natural” style with polished concrete floors, a neutral palette as well as glass and wood featured throughout.A self-cleaning pool is the centrepiece of the residence while there are multiple decks and balconies to admire the water views.Mrs Webb said it was too difficult to choose one favourite feature. “I love the study, it’s just gorgeous, and I love the (main bedroom’s) wardrobe, it’s massive,” she said.Mrs Webb and her husband Peter have decided to sell the property to pursue a new project.It is being marketed by NGU Real Estate director Edward Smyth and principal Karen Stewart. 27 Ferrymans Court, Helensvale. 27 Ferrymans Court, Helensvale. 27 Ferrymans Court, Helensvale. The five-bedroom property, on the market for at least $2 million, was designed to make the most of its 914sq m fan-shaped water views.Created by Gold Coast builder Mark Underwood, the property won a regional and state title at the 2014 Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards.The house took years to build.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had ideas but then the designer came out and designed it for the block,” Mrs Webb said.“It was a long time in the making (but) we wanted to get the build perfect.” 27 Ferrymans Court, Helensvale.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was likely toannounce his plan for the emergency later on Monday, the Yomiuri newspaperreported, while Kyodo news agency said new measures would likely come intoforce on Wednesday. (Reuters) TOKYO – Japan will declare a state ofemergency as early as Tuesday in a bid to stop the coronavirus, media reported,with the government preparing a stimulus package to soften the blow on aneconomy already struggling to avoid a recession. More than 3,500 people have testedpositive for the coronavirus in Japan and 85 have died, not a huge outbreakcompared with some hot spots, but the numbers keep rising with particular alarmover the spread in Tokyo, which has more than 1,000 cases. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wears a protective face mask as he attends an upper house parliamentary session, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tokyo, Japan April 1, 2020. REUTERS