Colorado’s own Leftover Salmon has announced details with their annual SolShine Music Festival, which is set to take place in Winter Park, CO from August 11th-14th. The festival will feature four sets from Leftover Salmon – two sets each on August 12th and 13th – while the rest of the lineup rounds itself out nicely with sets from Trout Steak Revival, The Record Company, Gipsy Moon, DeadPhish Orchestra and Sweet Lillies.Erik Deutsch, Greg Garrison and Alwyn Robinson will play a special late-night set one night, while DeadPhish Orchestra will kick things off on August 11th. The event will be held in Hideaway Park, and is a free, while ticketed shows will be held at Ullrs and Winter Park Pub. For more information and details, check out the Winter Park website.
The class of 2019 spent its first days at Notre Dame participating in events organized by the University and its 29 residence halls during this year’s Welcome Weekend, formerly known as Frosh-O. Over the course of the weekend, freshmen partook in a variety of activities alongside their classmates and older student ambassadors, which were designed to make the first-year students feel comfortable as they adjust to life away from home.Michael Yu | The Observer Freshman Andy Nelson said he felt a sense of belonging within the Notre Dame community when he pulled up to Morrisey Hall for the first time.“I just opened my car and everyone helped take my stuff to my dorm room,” Nelson said. “It helped me feel welcomed. Everyone had Morrisey T-shirts on and when I got mine, I just felt like part of the group.”Nelson said he enjoys the energy, community and faith that he has experienced at Notre Dame.“I went to a Catholic grade school and high school, so I’m kind of used to Catholic schooling,” Nelson said. “I liked how faith is an important part of school here at Notre Dame. Over Welcome Weekend, we had a lot of stuff centered around faith, like the opening Mass and the visit to the Grotto.”Welcome Weekend was led in the dorms by staffs consisting of current student ambassadors who worked to help the first year students move in and transition into their lives at Notre Dame.Junior Maggie Blake, Walsh Hall’s Welcome Weekend captain, said she thought this year’s Welcome Weekend was the best one yet. Blake said an event called “Ice Cream on Ice” was her favorite.“We did an event with Keenan where we went ice skating at Compton and ate ice cream,” Blake said. “It was so much fun. Everyone was having a blast and everyone skated, even the people who didn’t really know how to or went in not wanting to.”Blake said she wanted to highlight the sense of love and community within Walsh for the first year students.“I remember when I was I freshman, I was really nervous coming in,” Blake said. “Just coming to this place, where people love each other so much, made me feel way better.”Freshmen Kimberly Faust and Caroline Forlenza, roommates in Farley Hall, said their residence hall’s Welcome Weekend staff made them feel comfortable and excited to begin their time at Notre Dame.“They were really helpful just while moving us in and helping us organize our furniture,” Faust said. “I didn’t expect them to carry all our stuff for us.”Forlenza said she felt a sense of unity with her new classmates after the weekend.“When we were all at the Grotto, we were holding candles and they read aloud some of the concerns I’ve felt,” Forlenza said. “It was nice to hear that everyone’s feeling the same way.”Junior Jay Dawahare, the Welcome Week captain in Alumni Hall, said his favorite part of the weekend was teaching Alumni’s serenade songs to the first year students.“Every year we teach the Pups ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion,” Dawahare said. “The words are easy enough to teach, but the emotion behind the song and dance takes a skilled and passionate staff. Usually the Pups laugh at us at first, but by Sunday night you can see a few Pups serenading the women.”Dawahare said Welcome Weekend was a success, although he said he felt some of the changes this year have hindered the ambassadors’ abilities to welcome new students. Alumni Hall was unable to host its traditional Dawg Run across campus, according to Dawahare.“In general, there is too much emphasis on one individual, instead of the group,” Dawahare said. “Because a couple people might not want or be able to fully participate, they shut down the whole event. There are carts as an option for people unable or unwilling to run so they are able to ride alongside.”Dawahare said he presented Alumni Hall as a home and family to its new residents.“My goal was and still is to foster the sense of brotherhood and community that Alumni Hall is known for, and that has been integral to my experience at Notre Dame,” he said.Tags: Alumni Hall, Class of 2019, Frosh-O, Grotto, Welcome Weekend
ABP’s funding has been improving in recent months and rose to 104.7% over the last quarter, exceeding the minimum required level by 0.5 percentage points.“We are desparate for a decent pensions agreement”Peter Borgdorff, PFZWWortmann said this would limit the chance of cuts next year to almost zero, but would not allow for inflation compensation for a number of years. Dutch schemes cannot grant even partial indexation until they reach a funding ratio of at least 110%.Peter Borgdorff, chairman of the €203bn healthcare scheme PFZW, said it was still too early to exclude the possibility of cuts as the scheme’s funding stood at 101.5%, despite improving 0.9 percentage points in the third quarter.Borgdorff echoed the view that the lack of inflation compensation was increasingly difficult to explain while the economy was running at full steam.“Therefore, we are desparate for a decent pensions agreement,” he said.He said PFZW planned to factor in the most recent longevity projections into its funding figures, and that this would lift the scheme’s funding by one percentage point.Eric Uijen, executive chair of the €48bn metal industry scheme PME, said he didn’t feel confident about a further recovery in funding, which he said would require a further rise in interest rates.His scheme’s funding improved by 0.4 percentage points to 101.8% since the end of June, but PME has to reach at least 104.3% by December 2019 to avoid applying cuts to pensioner benefits.Uijen said that the lack of a new pensions agreement would increase the chances of a benefit reduction.The €72bn PMT, which also covers the metal industry, closed the third quarter with a coverage ratio of 102.5%. It also warned that the possibility of cuts was still real.BpfBouw, the €58bn scheme for the construction sector, has the strongest funding position of the Netherlands’ top five schemes with a coverage ratio of 118.7% at the end of September.Volatility poses problemsThe market correction during the first half of October – which wiped two percentage points off of Dutch schemes’ funding on average, according to Aon Hewitt – could have an impact on the chances of future rights cuts, albeit limited.Most Dutch pension funds have around two years to recover from any funding shortfall, as their financial position at the end of 2020 is the criterion for possible cuts in 2021.However, both PME and PMT were most at risk, said Corine Reedijk, senior consultant for asset-liability management at Aon Hewitt.She explained that the metal industry schemes were already underfunded when the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) was introduced in 2015.This meant that their five-year recovery plans would expire at the end of 2019, and that both pension funds would face the issue of whether or not to apply cuts by then. ABP and PFZW, the two largest pension funds in the Netherlands, have urged the government, employers and unions to press on with agreeing pensions reform.At the presentation of their third-quarter results, three of the country’s five largest schemes indicated that a cut to pension payouts and accrued pension rights remained a real threat in the coming years.Corien Wortmann, chair of the €419bn civil service scheme ABP, said she could no longer explain to members that her pension fund was not allowed to grant indexation for the forseeable future, even though the economy was booming and salaries were rising.“This should be a strong encouragement to put lots of work into a new pensions system,” she stated.
GUYANA’s Matthew Briggs is anxious to get into action with his new club HB Køge, after recently inking a deal with the side that competes in the Danish 1st Division. “For me, this is the start of me getting back to the level I belong at and I felt that I needed a fresh start away from England and club HB Køge gave me the opportunity to do so and I can’t wait to get started,” Briggs told Chronicle Sport yesterday from his base in Copenhagen.The 28-year-old is capped four times for the Golden Jaguars and was part of Michael Johnson’s selection for the country’s historic showing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup this year.Per Rud, HB Køge Director, described Briggs as a “strong defender who has top level experience in England.”“He is an interesting player who can help sharpen competition in central defense. Briggs has played both Premier League and Europa League, but has played in some of the slightly lower ranks in recent years. However, he has some qualities and skills that we believe we can benefit from,” Rud stated.Briggs, once the youngest player to ever suit up for an English Premier League club (Fulham), also played at Peterborough United F.C, Bristol City, Watford, Millwall, Colchester United, Chesterfield FC, Barnet, Maldon & Tiptree, and Coggeshall Tow.
Rassie Erasmus has brought his in-form side to Scotstoun to face Glasgow in a crucial Pool 1 encounter.Munster were bonus point winners when the two sides met earlier in the competition, in a game which was Munster’s first since the death of Anthony Foley.Kick off in Scotland is at 5.30pm.