BRO – Tell me about the Groundhog Gravy Gauley adventure. SF – For a good groundhog gravy, trim a bit of the gristle off an ol’ fat groundhog, toss it in your family’s old cast iron skillet on low heat, use white flour from a brown burlap sack with dark stains on the outside to indicate freshness, and use cool, clear water from the well out back. Season to taste. I recently caught up with drummer Scott Ferris and guitarist/singer Ed Lehrter to chat about the Gauley, overnight rafting trips, and how to whip up some tasty groundhog gravy. SF – This is a difficult question. It feels like picking your favorite grandmother – you may have an answer, but you don’t want to say it out loud. Ed says he’d take the river. He grew up alongside a river and feels that he makes music by the physical interaction he has with the water. The day he quits the river and adventuring is the day the music in him dies. For me, I’d choose music. As a passion, it was here first and is deeper in my soul than anything. I’ll be playing and watching live music as long as I am able. BRO – If you had to pick you one – the river or the music – could you? Which would it be? You can catch Groundog Gravy this weekend at the Wanderlust Muzik Festival in Hinton and then next weekend at the Rendezvous Lodge in Lansing. Both venues are in the band’s home state of wild and wonderful West Virginia. For more information on the band, be sure to paddle over to their website. SF – Personally, my first time on the Gauley was a dizzying blur of fun and fear. It’s reputation had my nerves higher than getting on stage for the first time where I was nervous, yes, but still in a familiar setting behind my drums. Ed has a different opinion. He says, “Rapids can kill you, but playing music in public can incite the ridicule of your peers. Death is easier to come to terms with.” BRO – What’s the secret to good groundhog gravy? SF – The Groundhog Gravy Gauley overnight is the culmination and union of two of our largest passions as individuals and as a group. Current and previous members of Groundhog Gravy are all Gauley guides, so in addition to being your fearless, talented, and humble river guides, we provide musical entertainment in the evening while we are at our overnight camping spot at the breathtakingly beautiful Canyon Doors. This is a special edition of our deluxe overnight and hasn’t yet been marketed except by word of mouth. It’s the best rafting trip you’ve never heard of. The members of this folk rock quartet, based in Fayetteville, West Virginia, ultimately crossed paths because of their passion for whitewater. All of the Gravy boys, when not dishing out funky rock and roll at night, spend their days as whitewater guides on the Gauley River. BRO – Is there a symbiotic relationship between your time on the river and your music? BRO – Which was scarier – first time hitting big rapids on the Gauley or your first time playing music on stage? SF – Absolutely. I’d say a majority of our songs, and definitely all of Ed’s songs, are directly influenced by the river and the surrounding community. We all met by of our love of whitewater bringing us to the same place, and our bond continually strengthens with the trust that inherently grows by running dangerous whitewater as a team. After having dug into their tunes the last few weeks, I am really looking forward to catching them live. Also, I just might find myself on the river with them this summer for some whitewater and a riverside concert, as the band is now booking spots on their Groundhog Gravy Gauley overnight adventure. Groundhog Gravy describes themselves as a bunch of aquaholics. If you are interested in finding out more about the Groundhog Gravy Gauley overnight adventure, surf over to the Adventures On The Gorge website for that and more on all sorts of outdoor activities around the New and Gauley Rivers.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 60-year-old North Amityville man was fatally hit by a car in Copiague on Thursday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Jorge Molina was walking in the roadway on Sunrise Highway when he was struck by an eastbound Hyundai Sonata between Great Neck Road and Bayview Road at 2:40 p.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was neither injured nor charged.Route 27 was closed in both directions while investigators were on the scene.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8152 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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Credit: Hans BraxmeierIs the QE wave retreating from the shores of financial marketsEmerging markets rallied in 2016 and 2017, but 2018 saw a pronounced setback. Does this mean that the analogy is no longer valid?Understanding what happened in 2018 to EMD is critical to deciding whether emerging markets will seeing another rally lasting for several more years as markets ‘normalise’ following the QE distortion, or whether EMD is just an unattractive asset class for investors.In 2018, Dehn argues, there was a short-term blip in the ongoing normalisation process between emerging markets and developed markets. This blip, he says, was essentially caused by three policy mistakes by the US that drove the dollar up.First, the US congress approved tax cuts in December 2017 equivalent to 7% of GDP, at a time of full employment. Economically it made no sense, but it did produce a 4.2% GDP growth figure for the next quarter, in time for elections.Jay Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman then made what Dehn describes as a rookie mistake by declaring his intention to push for a series of rate hikes from April 2018, combined with quantitative tightening – which further pushed dup the dollar.Finally, US president Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric – and actions – regarding a trade war with China, leading to reduced purchases of Chinese goods and therefore a reduced outflow of US dollars.These three steps are not sustainable. The Federal Reserve is now looking more dovish, and Trump is looking for trade agreements with China before the US slides into a recession.The key insight Dehn makes is that the unwinding of QE and the normalisation of relative asset valuations across the globe can be likened to the waters of the tsunami being driven by gravity back to the oceans. That force will, he argues, prove to be a dominating long-term factor favouring emerging markets over developed markets.Even Ashmore’s own US institutional client base – who must be relatively comfortable with EMD – reduced exposures following the crisis, from 6% of their portfolios to 2%. Yet EMD represents 22% of the $109trn global fixed income market, according to Ashmore. Can institutional investors move away from the risk on/risk off paradigm that has characterised emerging market investment to a more objective recognition of relative attractions? Someday that may be the case but, in the meantime, if Dehn’s analysis holds true, the retreating tsunami of QE-induced mis-valuations can only favour emerging markets. During 2010 to 2015, that led to three trades dominating – US equities, the US dollar, and European fixed income – as yields on sovereign debt dropped to negative levels. It also led to investors selling out of emerging market debt (EMD), equities and currencies.In the US, the Federal Reserve stopped expanding its balance sheet through QE in 2014, and began to raise interest rates at the end of 2015. This, as the analogy suggests, allowed the equivalent of gravity to act once again, in the form of the force of converging relative valuations as EMD began to look cheaper than developed market bonds. Devastating tsunamis caused by earthquakes can wreak destruction for considerable distances inland – but the waters do not stay inland because the force of gravity will always pull the waters back to the oceans.Ashmore’s global head of research Jan Dehn declares that the impact of tsunamis and the subsequent retreat of the water is an apt analogy for financial markets.He sees the earthquake and tsunami as the global financial crisis followed by central banks engaging in sustained quantitative easing (QE), which was the largest and most distortionary intervention ever made in financial markets.It resulted in central banks purchasing an estimated $15trn (€13trn) worth of bonds. As central banks only bought predominantly their own countries’ sovereign debt, along with a limited amount of corporate debt, it caused massive distortions in global asset allocation, favouring developed markets and working against emerging markets.
The Union, the alliance between the Christian Democratic Union CDU and the Bavarian Christian Social Union, CSU, proposes a standard product without a high burden of administrative costs, that can be finalised online, for example, and to simplify the structure of the system to receive the full contribution.“The ministry of finance evaluates these points, and we have also exchanged opinions with some providers that find the proposals essentially positive,” the MP added.He believes it is possible to build political support for a change, as different committees work in parliament to make the Riester-Rente more attractive, he said.The final report of the Rentenkommission, a panel with representatives of the governing parties CDU/CSU and SPD, and trade unions, conceded that the Riester-Rente supplementary system has stagnated in recent years.“There will be further discussions and hopefully improvements in the framework of the implementation of the points of the Rentenkommission,” he added.The pressure to review the Riester-Rente may rise following the latest data published by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.According to the ministry, the number of contracts of Riester pensions fell in Q1 2020 for all the products, a result never recorded since its introduction.Riester products saw an overall decline from 16.530m contracts last year to 16.478m in Q1 2020.Investment funds contracts also decreased from 3.313m in 2019 to 3.307m this year, and residential Riester contracts fell to 1.811m in Q1 2020 from 1.818m last year.“In this phase of low interest rates, that will last longer, the product is not fully attractive,” Brodesser said.“In this phase of low interest rates, that will last longer, the product is not fully attractive”Carsten Brodesser, member of the finance committee of the German Parliament and MP for the CDU/CSU groupA spokesperson of BVI, the German Investment Funds Association, told IPE that the Riester pension is a business that requires “intensive” advice.“One reason for the slight decline in the number of contracts of fund products in the first quarter of 2020 could be that many local bank branches were not open in the face of the coronavirus crisis and as a result it was not possible to conclude contracts for old-age provision,” he said.Another reason, the spokesperson added, could be that the public discussion on the further development of the Riester pension has unsettled some savers, who are currently waiting to sign a contract.Last November, the BVI submitted to the government a five-point plan to design a simple, standard product, available to everyone, including self-employed, with relaxed guarantees on total gross contributions, and a simplified procedure to grant bonuses.“There’s not much time left in this legislative period for a reform of subsidised pension provision,” the spokesperson said.For the BVI, the bureaucratic system of the Riester pension system has to be simplified, also to save product costs.“There are now discussions in politics about how the Riester pension can be improved. We are campaigning for a simplification of the Riester pension scheme – which offers special subsidies and tax incentives – and for significantly less complexity and bureaucracy,” he concluded.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The German ministry of finance is working behind the scenes with insurance companies and banks to evaluate possible changes to the country’s the privately funded pension system, Riester-Rente, Carsten Brodesser, member of the finance committee of the German Parliament and member of parliament (MP) for the CDU/CSU group, told IPE.“The point is that the Riester-Rente stagnates for different reasons,” Brodesser said, adding that such stagnation creates the condition for the coalition parties to review the model’s weak points.To reform the third-pillar Riester private pension, introduced in 2002, state-subsidised with tax privileges, different approaches are on the table.“There are thoughts in the finance ministry to change it, but it is not clear which models are taken into consideration. We think that after the summer break discussions will pick up again,” he said.
Stuff co.nz 30 June 2018Family First Comment: “The pushback continues more than a decade on, with Family First NZ recently joining what it says are “calls for a critical review of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act, the criminalisation of the pimping and purchase of women for sexual purposes, and greater support for workers wishing to exit prostitution”.You bet!It might be “the world’s oldest profession” but prostitution has had a fraught history globally and in New Zealand.But on June 25, 2003, to many people’s surprise, the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) narrowly passed – by 60-59. One MP, Labour’s Ashraf Choudhary, the country’s only Muslim MP, abstained.The key aims of the act, which was championed by Labour MP Tim Barnett, were to safeguard the human rights of sex workers and protect them from exploitation, and to promote their welfare and occupational health and safety.While sex work had not been illegal before the act, the majority of activities involved in sex work were criminal offences. The Police Offences Act 1884 made it an offence for “common prostitutes” to solicit for business in public and The Crimes Act 1961 made it illegal to keep a brothel, live off the earnings of the prostitution of another person, and procure sexual services for someone else.The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, but the pushback continues more than a decade on, with Family First NZ recently joining what it says are “calls for a critical review of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act, the criminalisation of the pimping and purchase of women for sexual purposes, and greater support for workers wishing to exit prostitution”.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/104999995/flashback-new-zealand-parliament-votes-in-favour-of-prostitution-reform
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Lawrenceburg, In. — It took a Dearborn County jury about 30-minutes to convict Sunman resident, Scott Vaughn Jr., 32, for multiple drug-related offenses.During the four day trial, the jury heard testimony from investigators from the Indiana State Police, Aurora Police Department, lab technicians and witnesses.Following the verdict, judge Jon Cleary ordered Vaughn to be sentenced on May 20 for dealing in methamphetamine (more than five grams), possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia.Vaughn could face up to 16 years in prison for the dealing in methamphetamine charge alone.
Villa have injected fresh life into their survival bid with a decent run of form, thumping Sunderland 6-1 on Monday night, and they did enough to merit another maximum-points haul with two fine goals from Agbonlahor in the second half. The Villa winger had drilled in a superb 25-yard effort on 55 minutes, which was cancelled out by a penalty from Norwich captain Grant Holt. However, Lambert – who had guided the Canaries to successive promotions back up into the top flight before an acrimonious departure last summer – enjoyed the last laugh as Agbonlahor rolled in a late winner which leaves his old club still looking anxiously over their shoulders heading into the final two matches. The home side started brightly, with wingers Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass dangerous down the flanks.Villa, however, looked strong on the break as Agbonlahor’s shot was blocked behind. Villa opened up the Norwich defence at the start of the second half when Benteke waltzed into the penalty area, only to then shoot tamely at Bunn from 10 yards out. The visitors did break the deadlock on 55 minutes. Agbonlahor picked the ball up just inside the Norwich half and, as the defenders back off, the Villa winger surged forwards before unleashing a superb strike into the bottom corner from 25 yards. Benteke and Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong got involved in an unnecessary confrontation, with both players raising hands and were somewhat fortunate to only be shown yellow cards. With 20 minutes left, Kamara replaced Hoolahan – a change which was greeted with chants of “you don’t know what you are doing” by some in the home crowd. Not long after, those same supporters were in more positive mood as Holt equalised from the spot on 74 minutes. Snodgrass got away down the right and cut back into the area, where he was bundled over by Bennett. Holt had missed Norwich’s only other penalty this season, in stoppage time here against Southampton, but he made no mistake this time as he crashed the ball into the bottom left corner. Both sides pressed for what would be a crucial winner in their battle for Premier League safety. And it was Agbonlahor who secured a crucial three points for Villa when he got goalside of Bassong, before rolling the ball into the far corner. Press Association Gabriel Agbonlahor struck a last-minute winner to give Aston Villa what could be a crucial victory in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League as Paul Lambert returned to beat his old club Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road.