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Celebrate Chaka Khan’s 66th Birthday With These Live Performances

first_imgChaka Khan first came into the spotlight as the frontwoman for the funk band Rufus. Over the past five decades, Chaka Khan has had an immeasurable influence on music as we know it today, taking home ten Grammys during this time. She has been nominated to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice now, for both her work as a solo artist and with Rufus, and in December of last year, Billboard named her the 65th most successful dance music artist of all time. Affectionately referred to as the “Queen of Funk,” today, this powerhouse performer turns 66, still throwing it down and showing no signs of slowing down with each passing year.To celebrate the queen’s birthday, we’ve compiled a handful of our favorite live performances by this epic singer, which you can check out below! Most importantly, happy birthday, Chaka Khan!Rufus- “Stop On By” – 1975[Video: BLAQUEMUSCLE]Chaka Khan live in 1981[Video: funkyscope]Chaka Khan – “Whatcha Gonna Do For Me” – 2002[Video: TheKimRo]last_img read more

2nd Applebee’s employee test positive for virus

first_imgIf you ate at the restaurant on July 17 from 12:15 to 7:30 p.m. or July 18 from 3 to 7:30 p.m., the department asks that you self quarantine until Aug. 1. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. The department reported an employee testing positive for the virus on July 10. (WBNG) — A second employee of Appleebee’s on Front Street in the town of Dickinson has tested positive for COVID-19, the Broome County Health Department says. The restaurant temporarily closed to disinfect.last_img read more

​Berkshire to join LPFA/GMPF infrastructure pooling platform

first_imgAt present, this intention relates to Glassford, a joint venture with Housing Solutions, a housing association based in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The pension fund said it intends to expand this joint venture to develop additional housing schemes in the neighbourhood.The submission also said that in principle any future asset management agreement between the pool’s investment vehicle LPP Investments (LPPI) and Berkshire will be able to accommodate a percentage of assets to be allocated to local investments for the pension fund’s sole benefit.These could either be managed via LPPI on an advisory basis, or with Berkshire’s own resources.In terms of infrastructure, the target allocation for LPP could be as high as 10%-plus, with Berkshire planning to increase its own allocation to a maximum of 15%.In January 2015, LPFA and Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) – now part of the Northern Pool – established an infrastructure joint venture, which is being expanded this summer to include the pair’s pooling partners to lift total commitments to over £1bn.By end-2016, it is also planned to restructure the joint venture into an infrastructure fund open to every local government pension scheme pool or fund.Meanwhile, based on just the LPFA and LCPF participation so far, the LPP said it expects to save £33m in investment management fees over five years from pooling, and around £1m in pension administration costs in the second year of operations.It also said it anticipates improved investment outcomes of around £20-£30m from current levels over the next five years, and that even greater savings should be achieved with the addition of Berkshire to the pool and the opportunity to exploit further economies of scale. The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund is to join the £1bn (€1.1bn) infrastructure platform to be set up by the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) and the Northern Pool, two of the UK’s eight local authority pension pools which are being launched to enable increased infrastructure investing.Berkshire joined the LPP – whose other partners are London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) and Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) – earlier this summer, with its participation expected to be formally approved by end-January 2017, and assets transitioned by April 2018.The value of the three funds’ combined investments is currently around £13bn.However, according to LPP’s pooling proposal submitted to the UK government in July, Berkshire wishes to retain certain locally-focused investments permanently outside the pool and will seek its own approval from the secretary of state to do this.last_img read more

South Africa’s credit ratings affirmed

first_imgS&P indicated that the affirmation reflects the country’s prudent macroeconomic policies, moderate debt burden and stable political institutions. “The convergence of monetary and fiscal policy, as reflected in the recent interest rate cuts and fiscal expansion, are expected to soften the impact of the global economic crisis, while the massive infrastructure investment programme will ensure that South Africa’s economy grows even faster when the global economic cycle turns,” the Treasury said. “The affirmation of South Africa’s rating reflects confidence in our credit position and future policy direction, thanks in large part to a record of prudent execution of macroeconomic policies,” the Treasury said in a statement last week. Japanese rating Changed outlook Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed South Africa’s long term rating at BBB+ and foreign currency issue rating at A+ with a negative outlook.center_img S&P last upgraded South Africa in August 2005, and changed the outlook on South Africa’s credit to negative in November 2008 as a result of the global financial crisis. This follows an affirmation by Japan-based rating agency Ratings and Investment Information, earlier this month, of South Africa’s foreign currency issuer rating of A-, negative outlook, and domestic currency issuer rating at A, negative outlook. 22 June 2009 SAinfo reporter The National Treasury has welcomed the rating, particularly in the current economic climate, in which global ratings are dominated by rating downgrades.last_img read more

South African wine bottles get ‘smart’

first_img15 September 2011South African website wine.co.za is offering free QR-codes – codes that can be read by smartphones – to local wine estates for use on their bottles, giving consumers quick and easy access to information about the wine on the internet.QR-codes (Quick Response Codes) are a kind of barcode that is printed on a product or label, which can then be photographed and interpreted by a smartphone. They usually contain links to enable easy access to websites, negating the need for consumers to have to type in long addresses or URLs.“By placing a QR-Code on say a back label, a wine producer can supply much more detailed information about their wine, directly to the consumer, at the time of purchase,” wine.co.za said in a statement this week. “In the case of wine.co.za, we have already created a mobi-page for every wine in our extensive database.“This page will present the full technical analysis, tasting notes, accolades, contact details of the producer.”Adding value to marketingAccording to wine.co.za, Wines of South Africa recently requested producers to take a look at QR-Codes as they add huge value to marketing wines, at very low cost, and with the free QR-Codes the cost remains very low.All wine producers need to do is to ensure that their information is kept up to date on wine.co.zaTo check out QR-Codes in action, go to www.wine.co.za/mobi and select a winery name to show a list of wines that wine.co.za has generated QR codes for.Then use your cell phone’s barcode reader to “photograph” that image. A web page will appear on your browser with everything about the chosen wine.Many smartphones come preloaded with QR-code readers. Otherwise, QR-code readers can be downloaded from the native “app” store.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

American Agri-Women Partners with Ohio Corn & Wheat on ‘Drive Across America’

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its “Drive Across America,” a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Ohio Corn & Wheat, a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state’s grain farmers, is a sponsor of the Drive.Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability through two checkoff based organizations and one legislative entity, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. Working with its national counterparts, the National Corn Growers Assn. and the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, the state group works to advocate for supportive public policy and engage with consumer audiences at a grassroots level to ensure a climate for grower success.“Grassroots advocacy is among the best ways to influence change because it focuses on personal connections and shared experiences. We appreciate the work of Ohio Corn & Wheat in influencing policies that promote the future of agriculture. We are so pleased to have them as a sponsor of our Drive Across America,” says AAW President Sue McCrum.“Ohio Corn & Wheat is proud to support the American Agri-Women as they continue to advocate for agriculture and help lead our nation’s agricultural industry,” said John Hoffman, chairman of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. “We congratulate them on their 40th anniversary and look forward to their visit to Ohio for this weekend’s Preble County Pork Festival.”McCrum and other AAW leaders and members are driving in a specially wrapped pick-up truck, participating in educational, network and advocacy events hosted by AAW’s more than 50 affiliates. The Drive will finish at the 2015 annual convention in Portland, Maine.last_img read more

Gallery Stena Imagination Named in Dubai

first_imgMR tanker Stena Imagination was named at the Port Rashid Terminal in Dubai on April 18.The vessel is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Swedish Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR).“Naming the Stena Imagination in Dubai is very much a strategic choice. Stena Bulk recently opened an office here together with Stena Weco and Golden Stena Weco,” Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk and CEO of Stena Weco, said.Stena Imagination is the seventh of a total of thirteen 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk from Chinese shipbuilder Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI).Delivered in July 2016, the ship is operated by Stena Weco and sails in the company’s global logistics system, which currently employs some 60 vessels.On April 23, Stena Imagination, which features a length of 183 meters and a width of 32 meters, will leave for East Africa with a cargo of diesel oil.Ten of the thirteen tankers were handed over to their owners in 2015 and 2016. The remaining three vessels will be delivered by 2018, according to Stena Bulk.Five of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, four together with GAR, two by Stena Bulk’s sister company Concordia Maritime and two by Stena Weco.Image Courtesy: Stena Bulklast_img read more