Trail Mix November 2012

first_img Powered by Flash MP3 Player Winter has come a little early to the mountains of the Mid-Atlantic.  As this November Trail Mix goes live, the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains are blanketed with an early – and heavy – snow.  Time to hit the slopes or strap on the snowshoes, get outside and head into the whiteness!Make sure you take this month’s fantastic Trail Mix with you!We kick off November with “Bilgewater Blues,” a funky blues jam from Jimmy Herring, one of the South’s living guitar legends.  Herring has played with Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, and more, and has spent much of the latter part of 2012 supporting his second solo release, Subject To Change Without Notice.Trail Mix is also thrilled to present a track from Grammy winning artist Kathy Mattea.  Mattea, a West Virginia native, has become a leading voice in the struggle mountain top removal.  Her latest record on the Sugar Hill label, Calling Me Home, speaks to her deep Appalachian roots.True to form, Trail Mix is all over the musical map this month.  We have Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, Irish folkie Luka Bloom, rockabilly queen Rosie Flores, and some great regional artists in Antique Firearms, The Mason Brothers, The Bloody Angle, The Last Bison, Aaron Burdett, and Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts.We are also happy to have tracks from Ari Hest, Jim Byrnes, Forest Sun, The Coal Porters, The Trishas, and many more for you.  Make sure to give Trail Mix a spin this month.  Download or stream at home, work, or on your intelligent device of choice.  Spread the word.  Help us share the music these fantastic artists have so willingly shared with us.  And if you take a notion, grab a disc from one or two or these great bands or catch them live if they are coming through your neck of the woods.Download Trail Mix November 2012 here.Click here to open the player in a new window.Download more music from month’s past here! They never go out of style.No flash player!It looks like you don’t have flash player installed. Click here to go to Macromedia download page.last_img read more

Luxembourg regulator highlights hard Brexit implications for UK firms

first_imgCSSF headquartersUK fund managers wanting to take advantage of this arrangement would need to notify CSSF “of their intention and way forward” to continue to provide services in Luxembourg after the occurrence of a hard Brexit, the regulator announced yesterday.The notifications would need to be lodged by 15 September via an online portal, which is due to be opened in the coming weeks. The asset managers would then need to submit, by 31 October, “the corresponding application for authorisation, or, as the case may be, the corresponding notification or information on any action taken otherwise, depending on the nature of the activities they intend to pursue after the occurrence of a hard Brexit and/or the steps undertaken to address the loss of passporting rights”.Both the “Brexit notification” and subsequent application or notification would need to be submitted in order for a UK asset manager to be eligible for the transition regime.According to consultancy EY, financial services firms paused or slowed down their Brexit planning between March and May once EU leaders in April agreed to extend the deadline for the UK’s exit to the end of October. Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party politician who looks likely to become the next UK prime minister, has pledged to take the UK out of the union on 31 October regardless of whether or not a withdrawal agreement has been finalised.The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has signed memoranda of understanding with a number of other regulators in an effort to reduce the impact of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. It agreed terms with the 27 remaining EU national regulators in February, and has signed similar deals with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the US’ Securities and Exchange Commission.The FCA has also signed an agreement with Dutch regulator the Financial Markets Authority to increase their co-operation regardless of the Brexit outcome. The Luxembourg regulator also confirmed it would be offering a transitional regime, which it has set at 12 months. Luxembourg’s financial regulator has called for UK asset managers to notify it as soon as possible if they want to be able to conclude new contracts in the country following a potential “hard Brexit”.In a press release, CSSF reiterated that, if the UK exits the EU without ratifying a withdrawal agreement, it would become a “third country” in relation to providing services to EU entities. CSSF emphasised that providing regulated services in Luxembourg without proper authorisation was illegal and therefore subject to sanctions.UK asset managers and other financial services firms that wanted to continue their business and conclude new contracts in Luxembourg following an abrupt UK departure from the EU should apply for authorisation with the regulator as soon as possible, it said.Authorisation could take up to 12 months to be granted, CSSF said, so any asset managers without such permissions would have to cease all business as of the date of a hard Brexit. The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.last_img read more

‘True Liberation Comes in October, 2017’

first_imgAfter 169 years of experiencing the good, the bad, and ugly, I would like to firstly wish all Liberians both home and abroad, a Happy Independence Day and pray that God continues to bless our great land of liberty. As we celebrate this milestone, I cannot stress enough the resilience that we as Liberians have shown after all of the tumultuous experiences we have had as a people, and yet, we are still moving stronger than ever before.Our nation remain alive today because of the resolve that you all have exhibited and continue to fight through; despite the challenges we are faced with as a country, including the rampant corruption, mismanagement, nepotism, cronyism, and lack of care under this Sirleaf-Boakai led government.With these countless difficulties our citizens are encountering, I would like to admonish every Liberian across the globe to take a sober reflection and look back at the 169 years of existence we have had as an independent nation and ask ourselves these rhetorical questions: Is our nation on par with otherAfrican nations that obtained their independence after us? If not, what is the problem, and how can we collectively address the problem as one people? What are those forces that have been in the way of making progress and how can we reckon with them? Are we heading in the right direction as an independent nation since our 169 years of existence? What can we do as a people to make Liberia a better place for all?With the above rhetorical questions, and as we reflect on the way forward, I would like to in this public manner pledge my re-commitment as Senator of Montserrado County to continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to bring about the changes we need to thrive as a people. I would like to assure you all of my commitment to continue the fight for the less fortunate; to continue the fight for social justice for all; and most of all, I will continue to promote peace and unity amongst our people.I’m also calling on all Liberians to adopt a new mindset of positivity as we embark on a new journey. If we must progress as a people, we must be willing to embrace change and have a new mindset and attitude comprising of positivity towards our fellow Liberians and nation as a whole.True liberation comes in October, 2017 when the voices of the people will speak in the first truly, free, fair, and transparent election in Liberia. I am therefore calling all Liberians including CDC partisans to believe in the cause and stay the course because HOPE is still alive.With my commitment, I also add my voice in calling on the entire opposition bloc to come together and collaborate, not only to democratically remove this corrupt government but to emphatically reject the notion of an Ellen-Boakai third term.I would like to once again, as we have always done, extend an olive branch to all of our brothers and sisters within the political vanguard of the opposition bloc to join the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change in forming a formidable coalition to defeat the political establishment that is part of the problem we are faced with today as a country.I’m using this occasion in my capacity as senator of the largest county and political leader of the mighty Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to call on my fellow opposition to put our differences aside and unite for the common good of our people.As I prepare to celebrate the festivities of the independence, my thought is with our future leaders–our children. I’m concerned for their well-being. As we have witnessed in past times during these national celebrations, our children get killed from accidents due to the high consumption of alcohol.I’m therefore calling on all businesses that are engaged in the sales of alcohol to please refrain from selling alcohol to our minors, and also appeal to our adults to please drink responsibly and not drink and drive. It is my prayer that we will celebrate this independence in peace and harmony; and that there would be no casualty and news of death.I thank you all for your support over the years, and pray that we will continue to work collectively to make Liberia a better place for all.I conclude this special message by thanking you all for continuously exhibiting HARD WORK, PATRIOTISM AND ETHICAL practices, no matter the deplorable conditions currently facing our motherland.Once again, happy independence and May God richly bless you all.From the desk of the Senator, George Manneh Weah.Thank you.Sam MannahPublic Relations OfficerShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more