Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their magic to the desert on Tuesday night with a spellbinding performance to open their two-night run at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Following the opening act, Austin, Texas’ The Greyhounds, who perfectly set the tone for the evening, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivered a near-two-hour set mixed with old favorites and newer instant classics among the group’s legion of fan.Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes Blake Mills & Carey Frank For Night One In LA [Setlist/Photos]During the show, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivered some well-loved tunes from their earlier catalog, such as “It’s So Heavy”, “Part of Me”, and a bold “Bound for Glory” encore. The show also saw the group lay out a fiery rendition of Derek & The Dominoes’ “Anyday”, which offered some dynamic vocal work between Susan Tedeschi and Mike Mattison, as well as Tedeschi Trucks Band’s own take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.” Also on the docket for the evening was the band’s relatively new number, “Shame”, which made its debut over the summer and was performed last during the group’s highly anticipated run at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre this past weekend.Relive Tedeschi Trucks Band & Trey Anastasio’s Collab At The Beacon [Pro-Shot Video/Audio]However, one of the stand-out MVPs of the evening was Kofi Burbridge, who it’s safe to say is fully back in the saddle following his medical emergency earlier in the year that prevented him from touring with the group while he recovered. Last night’s show in Phoenix saw a stand-out performance by Burbridge, with his awe-inspiring flute solo leaving the crowd’s jaws dropped. Derek Trucks made his way across the stage to initiate the solo, and then followed it with a particularly effortless slide guitar rebuttal, underlying the undeniable chemistry between the two prolific musicians.Tedeschi Trucks Band Side Project, Whose Hat Is This?, Announces Winter Tour Tedeschi Trucks Band will return to the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday. Thanks to Glen Petitt for capturing some of the magic from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s show in Phoenix last night. Enjoy his videos below.“Anyday”“Shame” [Photo: Phierce Photo; Show notes via Lizzie Morelli]
My View Ensuring care for each incapacitated person Sen. Burt L. Saunders Recent news articles on guardianship imply that Florida statutes governing guardianship are lacking and need revision. I wish to address this issue because I believe Florida is on the cutting edge of guardianship issues and is leading the nation in protecting our most vulnerable citizens.Guardianship is a complex and often misunderstood relationship. Often confused with the guardian ad litem program, guardianship is the process designed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals who lack the capacity to make their own decisions and have not made plans to address this possibility. Florida is a leader in protecting individuals who are declared incapacitated. The state needs to remain in the forefront of this effort by ensuring that our low-income citizens have access to public guardianship.Generally, there are three types of guardians in Florida. If a court determines a person needs a guardian and that person has a family member or friend who can serve, then the court may appoint that person. These people are considered nonprofessional guardians. If the incapacitated person does not have a loved one willing and able to serve, but does have assets, the court may appoint a professional guardian. If the incapacitated person has no family or friends and limited financial means, the court may appoint a public guardian. Each of these types of guardians must meet specific registration, education, and background checks as set forth in Florida statute.Many of the past legislative sessions have addressed public guardianship funding and other critical guardianship concerns. In 1999, the legislature, recognizing a need for administrative oversight of public and professional guardians, created the Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO). SPGO may not be the most comprehensive name, since the office is responsible for far more than public guardianship. SPGO not only appoints local public guardianship offices but is also responsible for the registration and education of professional guardians.In 2003 I filed a bill which resulted in two significant milestones for Florida guardianship. Florida became the first state in the country to require professional guardians to pass a competency examination. Since this requirement went into effect in July 2005, approximately 300 professional guardians have taken the exam, with an overall passage rate of 81 percent. The bill also created a Guardianship Task Force within the Department of Elder Affairs to examine guardianship and incapacity and make recommendations to the governor and the legislature for the improvement of processes and procedures related to guardianship and incapacity.The Guardianship Task Force quickly realized that Florida needs to examine more issues than just the number of persons who may require guardianship, including: uniform professional guardian education, funding for public guardianship, education of the persons responsible for determining incapacity, safeguarding minors’ property, promoting advance directives, and much more. Public testimony provided the task force with real-life examples of the issues and gave the members insight into the differences among the counties and within judicial circuits. Recognizing the importance of the task force’s recommendations, I have filed Senate Bill 472 for the 2006 Session, incorporating all these ideas.Guardianship in Florida has grown tremendously in recent years. Florida has seen an increase in public and professional guardians alike, but we still have work ahead of us as we seek to ensure that each incapacitated person is cared for. One way we can all help is by taking the time to speak with our loved ones about our wishes for decisionmaking, should we lose that ability. Additionally, every person over 18 years of age should have an advance directive. Although we all hope we will never become incapacitated, a simple car accident, fall, or other misfortune can cause even the healthiest person to lose his or her ability to make informed decisions. Regardless of our age or current health, it is never too early to plan. Sen. Burt L. Saunders, R-Naples, a lawyer, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee, and is a candidate for Florida Attorney General . April 15, 2006 Regular News My View
With Halloween coming up, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “What am I most afraid of when it comes to my credit union and the industry as a whole?” Your short list of answers can be a guide to what your top priorities really are.Because CUES staffers talk every day with our members and others in credit union land, CUES has deep insights into the things that keep CU leaders up at night—things like payments, risk management, and keeping and developing top talent.And as a talent development organization, CUES responds to these fears by offering learning experiences to help credit union leaders effectively address their top concerns. For example we are currently working with CUES Supplier member CO-OP Financial Services, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to offer the new Payments University next April. We have partnered with the highly knowledgeable CUES Supplier member Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz., to bring credit unions enterprise risk management services. And our CUES Executive Compensation Survey and CUES Employee Salary Survey help subscribers know if they’re paying enough to keep and motivate the best people.While addressing specific fears with learning is important, CUES also excels at helping credit union leaders manage complexity. This means we offer programs that teach strategic tools to help leaders like you systematically sort through the sometimes overwhelming volume of news about payments, ERM, human resources and everything else. We know our attendees who attend and learn how to use these tools are well equipped to position their credit unions for success in the marketplace.Key CUES programs, including CUES’ flagship CEO Institute, the already-mentioned Payments University, Mergers & Acquisitions Institute (now in its second year) and Strategic Innovation Institute, teach top-level and time-tested tools for analysis, critical thinking and decision-making. The tools attendees of these programs take home can help them feel less afraid because they know they’ll be making solid decisions about how to handle the challenges they face.So, as the kids in your life dress up and go out to be scared this Halloween, be sure to ask yourself the question that led off this article: “What am I most afraid of when it comes to my credit union and the industry as a whole?” Take your short list of answers and seek reliable tools to help you best manage them. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details
The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called on the Government to stop blaming it for the troubles the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) finds itself in, indicating that the current Administration is in a position to save the company from bankruptcy.The BBCI recently proposed a 150 per cent increase in its tolls in order to meet its expenses. The Company said the increases were necessary, so it could make enough money to operate, conduct maintenance works, and pay dividends to shareholders.The new tolls proposed by the BBCI will see cars and minibuses paying $8040 to cross the bridge; pickups, small trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles $14,600; medium trucks $27,720; large trucks $49,600; articulated trucks $116,800 and boats $401,040.In a statement on Friday, the PPP called on the Government to take responsibility for its actions accusing it of decimating the local economy in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).“Thousands of workers were put on the breadline and, therefore, any toll increase will be an unconscionable burden on the backs of the users of the Bridge. The Government can address this issue and maintain the viability of the Bridge by doing either one of two things: provide a subsidy for the financing shortfall in the Bridge cash flows, and/or buy out the investors in the Bridge,” the PPP said.Additionally, the PPP reminded that in 2014 the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) used its one-seat parliamentary majority to pass a motion to reduce the tolls on the bridge. One year later when the APNU/AFC came into Government, it further reduced the bridge tolls “without making provision to fund capital repayment scheduled to commence in 2014 – a fundamental breach of the Concession Contract.”In accordance with the Berbice Bridge Act passed in Parliament in 2006, the Government entered into a Concession Agreement with the privately-owned BBCI with one important section being the Toll Formula to calculate tolls. No changes in tolls were projected until 2014, the year the Bridge Company was scheduled to start repaying the principal on its debt; up to the end of 2013, only interest was being paid on its debt financing.The PPP said it was willing to make public its 2006 financial model, which had toll increases in two years – 6.4 per cent in 2014 and 17.3 per cent in 2017 (compared to the 150 per cent that is now proposed), with these increases coming almost eight years after construction of the Bridge started.“There is no shortage of project documentation for the Berbice Bridge BOOT (Build Own Operate Transfer) model. Under this model, a 21-year concession was issued to the BBCI, whose ownership and financing involved most of the local private banks, insurance companies, pension funds, the NIS, and corporate investors of Guyana,” the PPP said.More than $8 billion was raised in the form of bonds, subordinate debt, preferred shares, and common shares (common dividends have never been paid). Government, with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), built the access roads. The project did not receive any Government guarantee.Just Thursday, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said he would be bringing Cabinet’s attention to the toll increases proposed by the BBCI. The Minister made the statement on the heels of the Public Infrastructure Ministry saying it rejected the proposed increases while alluding to the APNU/AFC’s campaign promise of reducing the tolls.The ownership structure of the BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $500 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). The Bridge has a wide cross-section of investors including various pension schemes, insurance schemes, local banks as well as private companies and NIS.