Load remaining images Photo: Doug Siegel; from Xmas Jam 2018 Photo: Doug Siegel Warren Haynes and a number of special guests returned to the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday evening for the second of two nights of the guitarist’s 30th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. To add to the weekend’s celebratory drama, a rare snowstorm in the Asheville area prohibited many of Saturday’s Christmas Jam performers from leaving as scheduled. The predicament led to Warren and several of his talented friends returning to the nearby Orange Peel—where their pre-jam was held on Thursday—for a surprise, cover-filled pop-up concert on Sunday night.Night one of Christmas jam on Friday saw Haynes and Gov’t Mule channel their inner Pink Floyd with a full headlining set as their common alter-ego, Dark Side of the Mule. Saturday’s festivities picked up right where Warren and company left off on Friday, beginning with the guitarist reuniting with his old friends as part of the 45 Cherry Band. The live band included a mix of musicians who played at the very first Christmas Jam back in 1988, which took place at an Asheville club named 45 Cherry. The band would play through a few tunes before Jeff Anders joined in for a cover of U2‘s “One”. Next, Philip Ashley came on to play on Haynes-penned latter day Allman Brothers Band hit, “Soulshine”. The festivities continued with a performance from Joe Bonamassa, who jammed out to his own “If Heartaches Were Nickels” before giving fans a mix of classic rock covers from Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, and Cream.Jim James‘ performance followed shortly thereafter, with the My Morning Jacket singer/guitarist returning after his impressive showing on Friday to play some of the songs off his recent solo album, Uniform Distortion. Joanne Shaw Taylor followed with a trio that also included drummer Rocky Lindsley and bassist Johnny Jump. The three appropriately played a trio of songs, ending with a cover of Freddie King‘s blues power anthem, “Goin’ Down”.Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl took the stage next, beginning with the live debut of his lengthy “PLAY” instrumental. Grohl continued jamming with a sit-in from Haynes that saw the two rock heroes lead the way on a cover of the Foo’s “Times Like These”. Grohl would go on to repay the favor during Gov’t Mule’s headlining set, during which he joined the quartet for a killer cover of Neil Young‘s rock and roll anthem, “Rockin’ In The Free World”, featuring a mid-song interlude of Band Of Gypsys’ “Machine Gun”.Eric Church also took the stage as the evening continued for a mix of solo acoustic and full band performance. Some of the solo songs Church performed for his fellow North Carolinians included “Desperate Man” and “Record Year”. Church continued with full band covers of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”, and The Band‘s beloved classic, “The Weight”.Finally, Gov’t Mule capped the memorable night with a headlining set including “Thorazine Shuffle”, “Revolution Come, Revolution Go”, “Million Miles From Yesterday”, “Dreams & Songs”, “Red Baron”, the Grohl-assisted Neil Young cover, and a set-closing “Mule” with the help of Audley Freed and Ron Holloway.Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl – “Rockin’ In The Free World” (Neil Young cover) – 12/8/2018Sunday’s weather-induced pop-up show may have caught fans and Asheville residents by complete surprise, but Gov’t Mule and Grohl (on both drums and guitar) made sure that fans stuck in the city would have as much fun as possible with a two-set, 13-song performance that included covers of songs by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Tom Petty, just to name a few. The show began with another live rendition of Grohl’s instrumental marathon, “PLAY”, before continuing with covers of Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and Tom Petty’s southern rock masterpiece, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”. Set continued with more covers including Nirvana’s 90s grunge ballad. “All Apologies”, Petty’s “Breakdown”, and The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” with Jimmy Vivino on guitar before closing out with The Rolling Stones‘ “Bitch”.Sunday’s second Gov’t Mule + Dave Grohl set kept the moving with more fan-favorite covers, as the band began with Temple of the Dog‘s “Hunger Strike” before tearing into a cover of Traffic‘s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and transitioning right back into “Hunger Strike”. The augmented band continued their classic rock run with a cover of The Who‘s “Eminence Front”, followed by a return to Zeppelin for their hypnotizing psych-rock power ballad, “No Quarter”. Finally, the was rounde out with one last cover of the evening in Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Simple Man”.You can watch videos from the surprise Sunday performance below:Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl – “Since I’ve Been Loving You” [Led Zeppelin cover] – 12/9/2018[Video: Tom Libera]Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl – “You Don’t Know How It Feels” [Tom Petty cover] – 12/9/2018[Video: Tom Libera]Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl + Jimmy Vivino – “Helter Skelter” [The Beatles cover] – 12/9/2018[Video: Tom Libera]This weekend turned out to be quite the marathon of great rock and jam performances by Warren and company, making for a fitting 30th anniversary of his Asheville benefit show for his hometown community. Fans can catch Haynes early next year when he heads down to Runaway Bay, Jamaica for the 10th running of his annual Island Exodus destination event featuring performances from Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, and more. Tickets and information for the snowbird-friendly music event in late January can be found and purchased here.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | U.S. Cellular Center | Asheville, NC | 12/8/2018Set: Rockin’ In The Free World (Neil Young cover with Dave Grohl) > Machine Gun Jam (Band of Gypsies cover) > Rockin’ In The Free World, Thorazine Shuffle, Revolution Come Revolution Go, Million Miles From Yesterday (with Machan Taylor + Mini Carlsson), Dreams & Songs (with Machan Taylor + Mini Carlsson), Red Baron (with Mike Barnes + Ron Holloway), Mule (with Audley Freed + Ron Holloway)Setlist: Gov’t Mule + Dave Grohl | The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC | 12/9/2018Set One:Play (Dave Grohl cover), Since I’ve Been Loving Your (Led Zeppelin cover), You Don’t Know How It Feels (Tom Petty cover), All Apologies (Nirvana cover), Breakdown (Tom Petty cover), Helter Skelter (Beatles cover with Jimmy Vivino), Bitch (Rolling Stones cover)Set Two: Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog cover), Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic cover) > Hunger Strike, Eminence Front (The Who cover), No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)Encore: Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)View Setlists[H/T JamBuzz, JamBase] Photo: Doug Siegel; from Xmas Jam 2018
On Friday night, Athens, Georgia road warriors Widespread Panic opened up the 2019 edition of Panic En La Playa, their annual beachside destination event, at Riviera Maya, Mexico’s Hard Rock Hotel.For their first show of 2019, Widespread Panic appropriately opened up their first set with “Coconut”, as the six-piece powerhouse set the tone for the evening alongside the picturesque Caribbean coastline. Next, keyboardist JoJo Hermann took the vocal lead on “One Arm Steve”, before WSP worked through solid, seamless takes on “You Should Be Glad” and “Junior”. Following “Junior”, Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville joined the stage to lead the band through a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman”, and stayed up on stage to help close out “You Should Be Glad”.Widespread Panic w/ Ivan Neville – “Pusherman”[Video: Eric Nelson]Neville exited the stage and Widespread Panic pushed forward with “Diner”, with John Bell shining bright on lead vocals. Guitarist Jimmy Herring then took the lead, firing off a roaring solo on his beautiful PRS guitar. The band harnessed the crowd’s infectious energy, as they moved forward with “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” and “Time Zones”, before bringing the first set of the weekend to a close with a raucous rendition of “Imitation Leather Shoes”.Following a brief break that gave attendees a chance to refill their cups and take a breather, Widespread Panic came back out to open their second set with “1 x 1”, before Duane Trucks and Sunny Ortiz led the band into “Worry”. With Bell leading the way on vocals, Herring showcased some intricate work on his 6-string, eventually peaking as he reached a monumental high-note. A cover of Vic Chesnutt’s “Aunt Avis” came next, before moving forward with the fan-favorite “Driving Song”. WSP left the scorching hot “Driving Song” open-ended, as they dove head first into “Impossible”, which featured an extended jam on the Grateful Dead’s “The Other One”.Widespread Panic – “Driving Song” > “Impossible” > “The Other One Jam” > “Rock”[Video: Eric Nelson]Widespread Panic landed into “Rock” out of their “The Other One” jam, and finally returned to “Driving Song”, giving the rocker the proper closure. Following a bluesy take on “One Kind Favor”, the six-piece brought their second set to a close with “All Time Low”. WSP delivered a two-song encore with a cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” followed by “North”.Widespread Panic – “One Kind Stranger”[Video: MrTopdogger]Widespread Panic – “Ophelia”, “North”[Video: Eric Nelson]Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from last night’s show courtesy of photographer Dave Vann.Tonight, Widespread Panic returns to Rivera Maya, Mexico’s Hard Rock Hotel for the second night of their Panic En La Playa destination event.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Panic En La Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 1/25/2019Set One: Coconut, One Arm Steve, You Should Be Glad > Junior > Pusherman* > You Should Be Glad**, Diner > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Time Zones, Imitation Leather ShoesSet Two: 1 x 1, Worry > Aunt Avis > Driving Song > Impossible > The Other One Jam > Rock > Driving Song > One Kind Favor > All Time LowEncore: Ophelia, North* Ivan Neville on keyboards & vocals, ** Ivan Neville on keyboardsWidespread Panic | Panic En La Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 1/25/2019 | Photos: Dave Vann Load remaining images
The years following World War I were a time of uncertainty, upheaval, disillusionment. Many young Americans left behind the comforts of home in search of adventures and answers abroad. Among them were journalists who tried to make sense of a world so utterly changed, even the borders of much of it were no longer familiar. It’s these journalists whom historian Nancy F. Cott focuses on in her new book, “Fighting Words: The Bold American Journalists Who Brought the World Home Between the Wars.” Cott, the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, studies the work and lives of four of them at a time when authoritarianism and facism were beginning their creep across the ruins of the old international order. The former director of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute, Cott is the author of six previous books, including “Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation.” She spoke with the Gazette on her latest and what parallels she sees between then and now. Q&ANancy CottGAZETTE: The book centers on the work of four American journalists abroad between World War I and World War II. Can you tell us who they were and a bit about each of them?COTT: The short version is that they were young and restless Americans who each went recklessly abroad and reinvented themselves as international journalists while living very tumultuous personal lives. Dorothy Thompson was a woman who went abroad with vague intents, but with a clear hope that she would break into journalism. She quickly became a foreign correspondent and made quite a name for herself in Central Europe. In fact, Thompson was the first American journalist expelled from Nazi Germany for her reporting and came home to become one of the nation’s first “op-ed columnists” for the New York Herald Tribune. She was probably the most consistent anti-fascist voice in America in the ’30s.Then there was Vincent Sheean, who became a friend of hers because they met in Europe, but was a different type of person: a freewheeling Catholic boy who spoke numerous foreign languages and went to Paris, where he got a reporting job with an American newspaper. It didn’t last. He became so politically passionate about opposing European imperialism that he dropped it because he did not want to be an objective journalist, so he made his way as a more opinionated freelancer through the later 1920s, ’30s, and into the ’40s.His friend, John Gunther [also from Chicago], had in certain ways a similar career. Gunther dabbled in newspapers at home first and then managed to sort of nerve his way into becoming a foreign correspondent when he was about 24 for the Chicago Daily News, which had a very important foreign service, and did that until he was 36. After, he gained even more renown as a writer of books about foreign affairs. He, Sheean, and Thompson had lots of ups and downs in their personal, marital, and sexual lives.Finally, my fourth character is an even-less-known woman, Rayna Raphaelson, who left the United States after her marriage fell apart. Raphaelson’s career was different in that she went to China, not to Europe, where she became enmeshed in the Chinese Nationalists’ struggle and worked for the revolutionary Guomindang [Nationalist party].,GAZETTE: What drew you to write a historical account of international journalists during the 1920s, ’30s, and part of the ’40s? COTT: I started off wanting to write a book about the youthful generation of the 1920s. My previous book had been about marriage and the state, involving a lot of legal cases and lots of government documents. This time, I wanted to write a book driven by the narratives of real individuals. I started reading a large number of biographies and autobiographies of people who were young in the 1920s, and I was struck with how many of them went abroad. It was not something I expected to find, and it’s a point I want people to take from my book: There was a lot of global searching by this generation who had inherited a destroyed world after World War I. So, I started looking more and more in detail into some of their lives and I decided that in order to make my book go where I wanted it to, I needed to have some organizing theme. I chose journalism because, again, I discovered just how common a pass abroad that was for many young people who were smart, had a way with words, and had some education — which all four of these subjects did. GAZETTE: In the book, you explore how Thompson, Sheean, Gunther, and Raphaelson pursued international headlines while you make it a point to delve deep into their personal lives, including their marriages and many romantic and sexual affairs outside of them. Why was that important?COTT: I see this as a newer principle of historical writing, influenced by women’s history and gender analysis, insisting that people’s personal and public lives are always intertwined. It’s not typical in historical writing, except in biography. I think that one has to look at the public accomplishments in view of the personal life. In part, this is because no one accomplishes what he or she accomplishes alone. The other people in that individual’s life are always contributors. Sometimes they’re positive contributors. Sometimes they are negative contributors. I think Dorothy Thompson’s travails with her husband, Sinclair Lewis [who was one of the most famous novelists of the time], because of his alcoholism, did not advance her professional aims. Yet, there were other features of her association with him, especially his very great fame, that did. These things have to be recognized. I also think that the opinions of those one is with intimately, or in friendship networks and social networks, are influential in terms of opinions that may be expressed professionally. They certainly were for these people. These things are relevant; they’re part of the historical data one should be consulting when writing about any individual. Bringing the two together is important. “There was a lot more nonmarital sex and adultery in this generation of young people from the 1920s and 1930s than is recognized; it has never really been looked at as a generational phenomenon.” GAZETTE: Did your subjects reflect certain trends from that youthful generation you wanted to look at? If so, what were they?COTT: To an extent. In their generation there was a minority of cosmopolitan-minded, international-minded people who paid attention to social, cultural, and political emanations from other parts of the world. In that sense, I think these people do represent that very important and large minority of their generation; and also in their freewheeling sexual lives. There was a lot more nonmarital sex and adultery in this generation of young people from the 1920s and 1930s than is recognized; it has never really been looked at as a generational phenomenon. It seems to me — although I’m risking a generalization here — that in the stratum of the socioeconomic population my subjects represent (they might be called the aspiring middle class) there was a lot of sexual experimentation, since sexual adventure is part of what it meant to be modern at that time, and that the clampdown on sexual so-called social deviance in the post-World War II period changed that.GAZETTE: At this particular moment in history, why was the work of international correspondents so important?COTT: The participation of the U.S. in World War I changed the nation’s orientation toward the world. American commercial policy, American industry, and American business had been international for at least 100 years by that time, but the U.S.’s position in international foreign relations wasn’t large or that influential. The position that the U.S. assumed during World War I — saving the Allied side with its supplies and its soldiers — was very, very important in making the United States a player on the world stage in a way that it had never been before, especially because it was economically positioned after the war so much better than any of the other former belligerents. (Also, a lot of war debt was owed to the U.S.) It was clear that the U.S. was going to have a position in international relations that it could not avoid, but the big question was whether culturally and even informationally, the U.S. population was up to speed with that. Some were, but I would say probably more than half were not, and so it took the prime information agency of the day, which was the press, to get the American public to see that this was an age of speedy transportation, and communication, and that just having an ocean on each side did not insulate us from involvement in quarrels and potentially wars that took place on other continents. The U.S. had international responsibilities and had to figure out how to or if to take these on.GAZETTE: That echoes a bit today. From your research and looking at this particular point in American history, are there any other parallels laid out in the book? COTT: Yes, the first, which is perhaps the most disturbing, is the one between the world’s political situation then and now in terms of the ability of authoritarian leaders who have popular support to take over in many important countries and destroy democratic institutions, especially representative parliaments. When I began this book, of course, I was aware of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, but I really did not know how many countries in Central Europe had been taken over by authoritarian leaders — some who by the 1930s were fascists. It was really striking that by the mid-1930s many European countries had an authoritarian or fascist leader. It wasn’t just Italy. It was Austria. It was Hungary. It was Yugoslavia. It was Poland. That’s all to say, the question — will democracy survive? — was on the table from the late 1920s into the 1930s. Today, with countries like Poland, Hungary, Brazil, and India sliding toward authoritarianism, I think it’s becoming a question as well.Secondly, international journalists then, including the ones in this book, by making it a major issue that Americans had to be concerned about these failings, showed that Americans could not take their constitutional system and its continuation for granted. I think that’s very true today, too.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. “Fighting Words: The Bold American Journalists Who Brought the World Home Between the Wars” is available in stores and online .
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brentwood teenager has admitted to targeting elderly men in a string of Queens burglaries last fall after he and two other suspects duped the victims into letting them into their homes.Justin Frank pleaded guilty Thursday at Queens county court to burglary as a hate crime.Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that the 18-year-old “shamefully targeted his victims because their advanced age and frailties made them easy targets.”Prosecutors said Frank and the other suspects who have yet to be apprehended tricked a 91-year-old man into letting them into his Flushing home, then threatened to kill him and forced him into his basement before stealing his cash, cell phone and eyeglasses on Aug. 28, 2012.Two hours later, Frank and the others allegedly told a 92-year-old Woodside man that they were from the water company and needed to check a broken pipe and then forced their way into the victim’s living room, pushed him onto the floor and stole money, authorities said.Minutes after that, the suspects allegedly knocked on the door of a 77-year-old man’s home, asked for a glass of water and stole money from the victim’s wallet, which had been left on a table, according to prosecutors.Judge Barry Kron is expected to sentence Frank to six years in prison and five years’ post release supervision on June 7.
The way in which the world accesses money is on the brink of change. By 2030, 2 billion people without a bank account today will store money and make payments on their phones, according to the 2015 Gates Annual Letter. During this shift, millennials (defined as anyone born from approximately 1980–2000) will carry the bulk of responsibility to accelerate the credit union movement. As early adopters, they are the ones evoking the “disruption” in the first place:A Scratch study found that 73% of millennials would be more excited about a new financial service offer from Google, Amazon, Apple, Paypal or Square than from their own bank.Fifty-two percent of millennials rank far above or above average as early adopters of technology.In addition, the world’s 2.5 billion millennials are currently experiencing some of the biggest transitions of their lives. Their financial needs are transitioning as they leave school, change employment or make larger purchases like a car or home. This generation will soon become the future financial services business’ largest source of revenue. For these reasons, millennials need to be at the front line of promoting credit unions’ unique ability to meet their transitional needs.But how can they if they don’t know what credit unions are?This is why World Council began a global networking initiative called weCU2, which connects millennials, technology experts and credit unions under one digital hub. Michael Mori, a millennial research fellow for the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, recently explained on a weCU2 interview that credit unions are a “natural” place for millennials to bank, but many don’t use them because:1) They don’t know about credit unions;2) They don’t understand their social value; and3) It’s easy to use the same bank account their parents set up for them earlier in life.In other words, once millennials start careers, set up account(s) and become more financially stable, enticing them to switch becomes much, much harder. So, what’s the difference?“None of the big banks have made a public shift from selling credit to empowering human endeavor,” says Scratch Executive Vice President Ross Martin.Credit unions can empower young adults in ways never seen before; but they need to effectively communicate how they are different from banks. Investment in innovation and communicating the credit union difference to millennials must be top priorities. 130SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Timmins Sarah is a passionate communicator, sociology-driven digital fanatic. She’s a millennial who began her career after graduating from UW – Madison by developing online communication strategies for the TechStars company, … Web: www.woccu.org Details
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544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooThe five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built to take in some great city views, although the outlook has dramatically changed over the years.“In the 1960s, Brisbane had no high-rises so the family literally watched Brisbane grow up in front of them,” Mr Leisemann said.“It’s been a bird’s eye view of Brisbane’s history.”Also scheduled for auction in Brisbane tomorrow is a renovated post-war home at Brighton, a large brick 1970s home at The Gap, and an original pre-war cottage at Moorooka. 544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooA fireplace, rich architraves, stone feature walls, ornate cornices, and picture rails are just some of the untouched features of the two-storey home which is scheduled to go to auction at 4pm.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMid century marvel02:03 Related videos 02:03Mid century marvel01:50A walk back in time03:19Billionaire donates architectural gem01:14Thurlow house added to the heritage register01:211960’s time capsule with Hollywood history02:57Hope estateHarcourts M1 Coorparoo’s Conrad Leisemann said the reaction to 544 Cavendish Rd, on the market for the first time, had been amazing.“We had nearly 100 groups of people through in three weeks,” he said.“It’s like a time warp walking through.” 544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooA groovy 1960s property is one of 14 Brisbane homes going under the hammer tomorrow, according to realestate.com.au.The architecturally designed Coorparoo house was designed by the Bell Bros, the company behind the Bell Bros building in Fortitude Valley.
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoIngenia Lifestyle BethaniaIngenia Lifestyle project sales manager Leanne Tate said downsizers could select a home that suits their lifestyle, with a variety of options on offer.“As part of our new stage, we have released a new range of home designs from two-bedroom floor plans, two-bedroom plus study and three-bedroom home designs,” Ms Tate said. “We’ve seen the popularity for our Beech Orchid home design soar over the past few months, with residents making the most of the flexible two-bedroom and study home.“These homes also feature a one-and-a-half garage space – a saving grace for those who need a little extra storage.”Homes in the new release start at $299,000.Since downsizing from their New Farm property, Lynette and Peter Ward have been able to travel for up to eight months at a time knowing that their home was secure. Lynette and Peter Ward have been able to travel for up to eight months at a time knowing that their home was secure.“We downsized into Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania when I was just 48 years old and my husband had not long turned 50. (We) used it as our base while we travelled around Australia,” Mrs Ward said. “It was great downsizing when we did – we were able to be close to family and still have the flexibility to travel. Knowing if we go away for a weekend or longer our home is safe and our neighbours are keeping an eye on it was a major drawcard.”Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania is a land lease community. Buyers can purchase a manufactured home and lease, rather than own, the land, eliminating the need to pay stamp duty. To help seniors transition through the downsizing process, Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania is offering seniors a $10,000 cashback bonus. Find out more at the open day. Refreshments and a light lunch included. Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania.Ingenia Lifestyle will launch its latest home release at Bethania today, with designs suited to downsizers needing extra storage space.The release will coincide with an open day at Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania, which runs from 10am to 2pm.
TPR said it had identified core regulatory risks that would pose “a significant threat to the achievement of our regulatory outcomes”, in order to establish its priorities for the next three years. Charles Counsell, chief executive, TPRThese risks included: the failure or unmanaged exit of a trust-based scheme or its provider; excessive numbers of individuals opting out or not saving into pensions; and pension schemes or their members becoming victims of fraud.Counsell – who took over from Lesley Titcomb as TPR boss at the start of last month – said that with the regulator’s powers now extending to far more schemes than in the past, including smaller schemes, it would engage with them “if they cause us concern”.TPR’s enforcement team would carry out “full investigations into those who wilfully or persistently flout their duties”, he added.In the plan, TPR said it had already been using “a broader range of our powers to deter and punish those who persistently fail to comply” over the past 12 months.“The past year has seen our first prosecution for fraud, our first custodial sentence, and the courts handing down the largest ever fine following a TPR prosecution,” said the regulator’s chairman Mark Boyle.“We have also seen a number of high-profile cases being resolved, including Southern Water agreeing to pay £50m [€57.1m] into its pension scheme under a shortened recovery plan.”TPR confirmed it would continue working with other UK regulators, in particular the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Money and Pensions Service, on DB to DC transfers, and that it would be launching a joint review of the “consumer pensions journey” with the FCA.Laura McLaren, partner at Hymans Robertson, said the regulator’s plan served to reaffirm its pledge last year to be “clearer, quicker, tougher”.“A clear sign of its hardening stance comes under the heading of ‘using a broader range of powers’ where the regulator is at pains to demonstrate it has both sharp teeth and well exercised jaws, with examples of where it has taken decisive action,” McLaren said.“With many trustees and sponsors already starting to feel the impact of this shift we believe that increasing clarity and transparency should be welcomed.Recent Hymans Robertson research showed 29% of trustees wanted to see “more clarity on what ‘prudence’ and ‘affordable’ mean”, she added, with 13% “valuing more clarity on when TPR will intervene”.“This greater clarity will in turn help to inform those who are at greater risk of intervention to understand what to expect if the regulator’s jaws come down in their direction,” she said.Further reading‘Clearer, quicker, tougher’: UK regulator sets out three-year plan In last year’s three-year plan, TPR said it would increase its staff and “take action in a broader and more visible way to improve outcomes for retirement savers” UK to consider criminal sanctions against negligent scheme sponsors The UK government last year pledged to grant TPR more powers to fine directors and companies “to tackle irresponsible activities that may cause a material detriment to a pension scheme”This article was updated on 17 May to add comment from Hymans Robertson. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has promised to extend its regulatory grip and intervene to ensure defined benefit (DB) schemes are properly funded to meet their liabilities.In its corporate plan for 2019-22 TPR stated that, as part of its more proactive and targeted approach, hundreds more schemes would be contacted in the coming year – including the use of a “rapid response” team to respond more quickly to intelligence about companies or major restructuring plans.The regulator said: “Communications clarifying duties and TPR’s expectations will be sent to DB schemes, newly authorised master trusts, defined contribution (DC) schemes and new employers with auto-enrolment responsibilities.”Charles Counsell, chief executive of TPR, said he recognised the plan was being published at a time of “great change in both the pensions landscape and the way TPR works”, citing the increase in automatic enrolment contributions to 8%, effective from last month, and the new authorisation regime for master trusts.
This house is set to be complete in less than six months and is on the market for $779,000.WHAT once was an asbestos ridden eyesore in Townsville’s Belgian Gardens is soon to be a two-storey, Hamptons-style haven. Developer Pam Ellis has been rebuilding Parramatta street one house at a time — earlier this year she completed another one-off home only a few doors down.“Young families are moving into the suburb to take advantage of character homes so close to the CBD and all amenities on The Strand,” Ms Ellis said. “I designed Parramatta House to be filled with kids, love and laughter, while also ensuring plentiful breakout spaces to suit the whole family,” she said. “The large multi-zoned entertaining space downstairs has a seamless flow between indoors and out.” Tropical oasis with heart of green The home is set to be complete in less than six months and is on the market for $779,000.Ellis Developments sales co-ordinator Tammy Bacxynski said she expected the property soon would be snatched up. “We had two families competing for the last Hamptons-style home on this street, even before starting construction on it,” Ms Bacxynski said. “This property won’t stay on the market for long.” BEFORE: What was once an asbestos ridden eyesore in Belgian Gardens is soon to be a two-storey, Hamptons-style haven.MORE NEWS Restored Queenslander snapped up after amazing transformation NEW HOUSE RENDER“The design pulls from a lot of international influence with the American-style barn door and Parisian balconies upstairs. “But the structure of the home is built to suit the North Queensland climate.”The house is ideal for families, being located within the Belgian Gardens school catchment. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020OLD HOUSE Where the most houses are selling in Townsville Combining a practical location with international influence, the four-bedroom home boasts luxury cathedral ceilings and a master suite with its own Parisian-style balcony. “I chose a modern Hamptons theme because I wanted Parramatta House to be complementary to the high-end surrounding Queenslanders in the street, while being a knockout in her own design,” Ms Ellis said. MORE NEWS