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LOCKN’ Festival Shares Playlist From Their Magical “Garcia’s Forest” [Listen]

first_imgWhile the music was king at LOCKN’ Festival 2016, the Arrington, VA event made sure to entice fans with enchanting areas for musical magic. One such location was Garcia’s Forest, a psychedelic non-stop shrine to the late great Jerry Garcia. With Garcia’s music playing an almost all hours of the event, not to mention the stunning visual displays and artwork nestled in the woods, the Forest provided the perfect locale to unwind after a long day of raging with our favorite bands.Fortunately, LOCKN’ has dug into their Garcia’s Forest catalog and curated some of the best selections in a new playlist! This listing focuses exclusively on the Grateful Dead tracks that were played, running in alphabetical order from “Bertha” to “Wharf Rat.” With 25 songs selected, sit back, relax, and relive the splendor of Garcia’s Forest.You can stream the Spotify playlist below.[Photo via LOCKN]last_img read more

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Top football recruit James dies in Florida

first_imgJames, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle, was set to enroll in the fall as Kelly’s first major recruit at Notre Dame. The All-American chose the Irish on National Signing Day over Ohio State and Cincinnati. Police said James, 17, was “drunk” at the time of the fall, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Days Inn Motel in Panama City Beach. An autopsy showed James died of brain injuries. He was vacationing with six parents and 40 fellow students from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, police said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Matt James in this most trying of times,” Kelly said in a statement Saturday. “On a personal level, I got to know Matt quite well over the past few years, and he was a wonderful young man from a great family. Matt was an extremely talented person who was very bright and possessed a great dry sense of humor. He could not wait to join the Notre Dame family.” “We are united in our grief over Matt,” St. Xavier president Fr. Tim Howe said in the release. “Our community is strong, and I know that the strength we receive from our faith in Jesus’ resurrection will help us get through this difficult time. Our love and prayers are for Matt and his family as we accompany them in the coming days of shared mourning.” Irish football coach Brian Kelly said his program was “in a state of disbelief and incredible sadness” following the tragic death of top recruit Matt James, who fell from a fifth-floor hotel balcony and died while on Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Friday. Visitation will be held at St. Xavier High School on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and a funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati, according to a Tuesday press release from the high school. “We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this tragic time, particularly the family at St. X,” James’ parents, Jerry and Peggy, said in a statement Saturday. “Matt was a very special young man, and it is gratifying to us that you all could see that as well. We are touched by this outpouring of love.” James’ high school quarterback, Luke Massa, is an Irish commit and was also on the Spring Break trip, according to the AP. “This is just such a tragedy because he was just a wonderful, wonderful kid,” Massa’s mother, Mary, told the AP. “It’s heartbreaking.”last_img read more

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Politician demands answers over regulator’s oversight of USS

first_imgSource: Warwick University UCU branchUCU members striking at Warwick University in 2018 over proposals to shut USS’ DB sectionWriting in response to the interview on USS’ website, Sir David Eastwood, chairman of the USS trustee board, refuted some of Hutton’s claims and said the board was “hugely saddened” by Hutton’s statements.He wrote: “It is important for you to know the board is clear in its view that Professor Hutton’s concerns have no material impact on the decisions that have been made in relation to recent valuations.“Professor Hutton recently decided to recuse herself from the board pending the outcome of an entirely separate and independent investigation into her conduct over an extended period of time. The board commissioned this independent investigation to determine the facts.”Sir David said he wanted to “set the record straight by clarifying that the issues which led to this ongoing investigation are entirely separate from other investigative work examining ‘whistle-blowing’ allegations Professor Hutton has made about the valuation process and outcomes”. Source: UK ParliamentFrank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select CommitteeField’s letter came as former trustee Jane Hutton spoke out about her concerns on national radio, prompting a strong rebuttal from USS’ trustee board.In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 26 June, Hutton – a professor of statistics at the University of Warwick – claimed she had been suspended from the board of the defined benefit (DB) scheme after she raised concerns about the way in which USS calculated its deficit.She said: “I’m an internationally recognised statistician. That’s why I was appointed to the [trustee] board, and I’ve simply not been able to get the information I require in order to satisfy myself of the quality of the work. What I have seen is not of a quality I’m happy with.”The £64.4bn (€71.9bn) USS reported a funding deficit of £7.5bn in November 2017, but this shortfall was later lowered to £3.6bn following the panel’s report. While initial plans to shut the defined benefit section of the scheme have been shelved, employers and employees have been asked to accept higher contributions in a bit to plug the shortfall.Hutton has been suspended from the trustee board pending an investigation into what the pension fund claims is an unrelated matter.She told the BBC: “My lawyer in fact asked on 5 June in a letter for precise details of why I’d been suspended. We haven’t received those at all yet. There are simply allegations of misconduct, but those allegations have not been given in detail.” TPR has yet to respond to Mr Field’s letter.In a report published in September last year, the panel criticised TPR for not recognising the collective strength of the 350 higher education establishments that sponsor USS. This had also encouraged an overly cautious approach as USS’ trustee board worked to keep the scheme in line with changing regulations, the panel said.center_img An influential politician has written to the UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) to flag concerns about its oversight of the country’s largest pension fund, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).Work and Pensions Select Committee chairman Frank Field wrote to TPR’s new chief executive Charles Counsell this week to question the watchdog’s delayed response to concerns raised by a former trustee about how the scheme’s funding deficit was calculated.In his letter, Field said: “The concerns were first raised with TPR on 20 March 2018. Might you please tell us why TPR did not then write to USS until 3 April 2019?”He added: “The USS Joint Expert Panel said that TPR appeared to have a disproportionate influence on the valuation and may have steered the employer. How does TPR intend to respond to these findings please?”last_img read more

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