The music of the Allman Brothers Band has proven itself timeless, as recordings from nearly 50 years ago continue to circulate radio stations, television programs, vinyl record players, and our own at-home devices on a regular basis. And while the passing of founding member, lyricist, vocalist, and organist Gregg Allman seals the end of the live performance era, it’s certainly not the last fans will hear from the Midnight Rider and the Band that paved the way for southern rock and blues.Gregg Allman was recently in the studio with Don Was, promising an album of new material expected to come out this fall, “likely in September, with more details on that soon,” according to Billboard. According to longtime Allman Brothers Band manager Bert Holman, there’s also a great deal of Allman Brothers Band archives that have yet to be released via the band’s own label and RED distribution.“We’ll keep putting things out as long as there’s an appetite for it,” Holman tells Billboard. “There’s a great deal of material [left], and still a lot of interest in hearing these things, we think. We’re working on other stuff right now in the creative pipeline.”The band’s most recent release was The Fox Box, a three-night run at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from September of 2004. According to Billboard, “A number of other releases are in motion, including the individual digital release of six 2003 shows from the Instant Live series, as well as a ‘best of 2003’ four-disc set that Holman says will ‘cull the best songs and put together a mega-concert in terms of sequencing.’ Also on the near-term docket is a package featuring multiple shows by the original Allmans lineup at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.”Holman also reveals that the Allman Brothers’ legendary July 19, 2005 concert at the Warner Theatre in Earie, Pennsylvania is under strong consideration for release – a show that is greatly appreciated by ABB fans as one of the best the band has ever played, under a similar scope of the Grateful Dead’s 1977 Cornell University show. He also says that a “ferocious” small show from Fresno, California is also a potential release. The band’s manager is also working to release the Allman Brothers Band’s final concert from October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theatre in New York in physical form. A release that features guitarist Jack Pearson (1997-1999) is also in the works.The archival decisions are made by a committee that features veteran music industry executive Bill Levenson, Warren Haynes, who Holman describes as having “an encyclopedic mind about shows, certain song performances,” among other brilliant minds and historians of the Allman Brothers Band legacy.While the group’s musical collection will continue to grow, so will its museum in Macon, Georgia. The Big House is the current home to all Allman Brothers Band memorabilia, from instruments, clothing, and show merchandise, to the very walls that inspired songs like “Blue Sky.” The museum has expanded so much over the last few years, that they were able to acquire the neighboring house to utilize as the headquarters and open the museum’s third floor as exhibition space.“More stuff keeps showing up, a lot of memorabilia and other stuff,” Holman tells Billboard. “They recently found one of [drummer] Jaimoe‘s conga cases from the back of the Fillmore album in a building in downtown Macon where the old Macon Recording Studios were. Who knows how it ended up there. So that’s in the museum. And as the audience is aging, people are loaning and donating all kinds of stuff to us. Every time somebody comes to the museum they’re like, ‘I have a button you don’t have. I have a poster you don’t have.’ Well, we’d love a picture of it, and if you’d like to donate it, all the better.”Holman also comments on the passing of Gregg Allman, saying “During the last months of his illness he really wanted privacy. He had been deteriorating for a while; He just kept it private. He didn’t want people calling, didn’t want to see stuff on TV. He wanted dignity, and fortunately he was able to do that. I think it’s great he died peacefully at home rather than hooked up in a hospital room with tubes, listening to that high-pitched beep, beep, beep.”The closing sentiments from Bert Holman reveal that the rock legend perhaps could have avoided further health issues, but that his main concern was always to play music. “He maybe came back too soon, by his own admission, but Gregg lived for the music. That’s the only thing he really loved. Playing in his bedroom is not what he means by playing; He wants to play with a band and in front of an audience. He just loved to play, so of course that’s what he would do.” You can read the full story here.Funeral arrangements have been made for this Saturday in Macon, Georgia at Snow’s Memorial Chap. It will be very small and intimate, with a “no suit” rule, as per Allman’s request. According to the Macon telegraph, fans who would like to pay their respects are asked to create a mile-long motorcade route between the funeral home and Rose Hill Cemetery, where he will be buried alongside his brothers Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. It is in this cemetery where songs like “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Little Martha” were written, and much of the band’s early history was spent.Rest In Peace, Gregg Allman.[photo by Phierce Photo]
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Belgian pensions industry organisation PensioPlus is planning further action to enhance the sector’s pioneering role as prime location for pan-European pension funds through the implementation of IORP II.In a memorandum about the sector’s future, it said it would focus on simplifying procedures for admittance and implementation for cross-border schemes as well as their fiscal treatment.PensioPlus said it would also look into the barriers to migrating pension funds caused by double taxation treaties. The introduction of the financial transaction tax, for example, would be “the kiss of death” for pan-European pension funds, it said.Citing figures from European supervisor EIOPA, the organisation said that Belgium was home to 14 cross-border schemes. This was expected to rise to 19. Ireland and the UK accommodated 26 and 19 cross-border pension funds, respectively. Earlier this year, PensioPlus said it wanted to grow the industry’s assets under management to €100bn by 2025 through expanding coverage and attracting more cross-border schemes.Belgian schemes net 8.5% return in H1 Credit: Dimitris Vetsikas The Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, BelgiumMeanwhile, PensioPlus’ 201 member schemes posted an average investment return of almost 8.5% during the first six months of 2019.The annualised historical return, adjusted for inflation, was more than 3.9% on average over the past 30 years, it said, attributing the results to a stable allocation of equity and fixed income.At June-end, Belgian funds held an average of 39% in equity, 45% in fixed income, and 4% in property. Cash holdings totalled 4% of the combined pension assets of €46bn, while alternatives accounted for 7%.The industry organisation highlighted that the search for yield in a low interest rate environment would increase the importance of alternative asset classes, including infrastructure and private equity, and would require greater risk management.In order to find investable projects of sufficient scale locally, it advocated “organisational improvements” at the supply side.“This would enable pension funds to take full social responsibility as long-term investors in the real economy,” it said.Further readingBelgium: Rolling out IORP IIBelgium is proud of its transposition of the EU’s new pension fund directiveCross-border pensions: Barriers to entryBosch Group’s Dirk Jargstorff explains his company’s efforts to set up a cross-border arrangement for its Austrian employees
Â At the sound of the final whistle against Mexico, the Russia players slumped to the floor, before picking themselves up again and heading over to the stands to acknowledge the support. There were still plenty of Russian flags being waved, as the team applauded the crowd despite exiting the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 at the group stage.The backing from the fans was probably the most pleasing outcome for the Russian national team. The Opening Match in Saint Petersburg drew over 50,000 to the stadium was followed by a sell-out in Moscow (42,759) and the Kazan Arena was almost at full capacity yesterday (41,585).However much criticism theÂ SbornayaÂ received in some quarters, their fans were still prepared to go to games and cheer them on, even after a painful defeat to Mexico in a game that was panning out perfectly until the 30th minute.“Weâ€™ve tried to change how the fans view the team for the better and improve the atmosphere,” said Aleksandr Erokhin, who provided the assist for the opener againstÂ El Tri. “Of course, we should have picked up some results along the way as well. Weâ€™ll continue to work on that.“I thought we added something in every match. Psychologically we were very well prepared for these games. We left no stone unturned, but we just needed to take our chances and try to avoid any slip-ups, especially in a contest which was tantamount to a final for us. Minimising errors and scoring goals is what football is about.“We need to analyse everything, both individually and together as a team, in order to draw our conclusions and move forward. All our efforts must be directed on preparing in the best way possible for the World Cup.”Aleksandr Samedov, who scored Russiaâ€™s goal against Mexico, agreed with his team-mate: “Of course, these games werenâ€™t in vain. This is a major tournament, held on home soil. I want to say a massive â€˜thank-youâ€™ to the fans for their amazing support and creating such a great atmosphere.“One positive is the way we built play, especially in the third match. It clearly didnâ€™t work out completely for us, but there were some positive moments that will help the team move in the right direction. We created five or six good chances apart from the goal; itâ€™s just a shame we didnâ€™t manage to take at least one of them.”The squad returned to Moscow immediately after the game and are now on a short holiday ahead of arguably the most important season in Russian football history.“Iâ€™m not thinking about the World Cup just yet,” Samedov admitted toÂ FIFA.comÂ in conclusion, “because weâ€™ve only just finished this big tournament. Weâ€™re disappointed but weâ€™ll move on. Thereâ€™s an important year ahead for the Russian national team. We need to draw the right conclusions and move in the right direction.”Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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Tipperary are ‘going to have to step up an awful lot’ if they’re to have a chance of beating Cork in the Munster Senior Football Semi-Final.That the verdict of Premier County boss Liam Kearns, whose side set up a meeting with the Rebels by beating Waterford yesterday.The match will take place at Semple Stadium in just under two weeks. Liam Kearns says Tipp will have their work cut out to win.
Before the MTA board can implement the increases, public hearings will have to be held. And although fares haven’t been raised since 1988, those who rely on buses and subways are sure to raise objections. Under the proposal, the cost of a day pass, which allows unlimited rides on MTA buses and subways, would increase by about 66 percent in just under two years – from $3 currently to $5 in July and $8 in 2009. Weekly passes would increase 128 percent – from $14 to $20 to $32. And monthly passes would jump nearly 130 percent, from $53 to $75 to $120. Senior citizens would see their monthly passes jump a whopping 400 percent – from $12 currently to $37.50 in July and $60 in January 2009. With 1.2 million daily boardings on MTA buses and 124,000 boardings on its subways, the fare increases are sure to have wide-ranging impact. Bus and subway fares for most riders would more than double by 2009 under a plan unveiled Friday by MTA officials, who are struggling to close a stubborn budget gap. The two-tier plan would bump up the cost of daily, weekly and monthly passes in July and again in January 2009. Individual fares would jump only once, in 2009, for passengers who pay cash for a one-way trip. The proposal comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority considers cutting some bus routes and streamlining others. CEO Roger Snoble said the agency simply can’t pay rising fuel costs and eliminate a looming $1.8 billion deficit by fare increases alone. “We are heading toward a cliff,” Snoble said in an interview. “And if we don’t do something, we will fall off that cliff.” Rachel Thompson, 24, a Texas native who has to stretch her paycheck from a minimum-wage job to pay for food and rent, worries how she’ll pay the higher cost of public transportation. “I don’t know how people make it here in California,” Thompson said as she waited for the bus. But Burbank resident Robert Brooks was more sympathetic, saying public transportation is a better deal – even if fares rise – than paying skyrocketing prices at the gas pump. “You just have to suck it up,” Brooks said. “It still costs less than when I had a car.” MTA officials said the fare hikes will bring those in Los Angeles in line with those in other major cities. In New York, for instance, a one-way bus or subway ride costs $2, while a day pass costs $7 and a monthly pass costs $76. And commuters in Chicago pay $2 for a one-way ride, $5 for a day pass and $75 for a monthly ticket. Terry Matsumoto, the MTA’s chief financial officer, noted that the agency had been prohibited from raising fares under a 1996 consent decree that forced it to invest $1.3 billion to improve bus service. A federal judge ruled last October 2006 that the MTA had improved its service sufficiently to allow the consent decree to expire. The Bus Riders Union – an advocacy group whose lawsuit against the MTA triggered the consent decree – has appealed the judge’s decision and asked that the decree be reinstated. BRU spokesman Manuel Criollo also decried the proposed fare hikes. “We think it strikes at the heart of the struggle for civil-rights enforcement that we’ve been fighting for the last 12 years,” Criollo said. But MTA officials and some transportation advocates say the consent decree’s mandates are a major reason for the transit agency’s budget woes. “We believe that any reasonable plan to bring fares back in line with reality is the best thing for Metro to do,” said Kymberleigh Richards, public affairs director for Southern California Transit Advocates, a nonprofit group that focuses on the improvement of public transportation. [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!