Fixed-term regulations… at a glance

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Fixed-term regulations… at a glanceOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Fixed-Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable TreatmentRegulations) 2002 come into force today. Marcus Rowland provides an overviewThe Fixed-Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment)Regulations 2002 come into force on 1 October 2002. the regulations thatprohibit the less favourable treatment of employees on fixed-term contracts Which employees are covered by the regulations? Unlike the regulations relating to part-time workers, these regulations onlyapply to employees. Agency workers, employees on apprenticeships or governmenttraining schemes and students on work placements of up to one year, arespecifically excluded. The individual must also be employed on a contract for a specific term orwhich terminates automatically on the completion of a specific task, or uponthe occurrence or non-occurrence of a specific event. Who is a comparable permanent employee? When deciding whether a fixed-term employee has been treated lessfavourably, it is necessary to compare their treatment with that applied to acomparable, permanent employee. This is defined as an individual employed on a permanent contract by thesame employer who works or is based at the same establishment as the fixed-termemployee, and is engaged in the same or broadly similar work having regard,where relevant, to whether they have a similar level of qualification, skillsand experience. Are remuneration and pensions covered? It was initially thought that the regulations would not apply to pay andpensions on the basis that these fell outside the scope of the EC Fixed-TermWork Directive. However, the Government decided that the regulations will go beyond therequirements of the directive and prohibit pay and pensions discrimination. Therefore, a fixed-term employee will be able to bring a claim under theregulations if he or she receives inferior terms – such as a lower rate of payor less generous benefits – than a comparable permanent employee unless theemployer is able to justify the difference in treatment on objective grounds. What constitutes ‘less favourable treatment’? The regulations provide the following specific examples of what constitutesless favourable treatment: – Requiring fixed-term employees to accrue a longer period of service toqualify for benefits – Not providing fixed-term employees with the same training and permanentemployment opportunities Can less favourable treatment ever be justified? Importantly, the fixed term regulations state that when questioning ofwhether a fixed-term employee has been treated less favourably with regard toany term of their contract, it is necessary to look at the package as a whole,rather than the individual terms. Therefore, it will be permissible to deny a fixed-term employee certainbenefits as long as the overall package is just as good. Although this provision is sensible, there is scope for dispute over whetherthe overall package is comparable, in the event that fixed-term employees areoffered different benefits to permanent employees. Information about available vacancies Since one of the aims is to make it easier for fixed-term employees to moveinto permanent jobs, the regulations contain a provision requiring employers toinform all fixed-term employees of ‘available vacancies’. Key points From 1 October 2002, unless different treatment can be justified, ensurefixed-term employees receive: – the same overall package as comparable permanent staff – access to the same training and permanent employment opportunities – information about available vacancies Marcus Rowland is a partner at law firm Kemp Little Comments are closed. last_img read more

Tommy Hilfiger’s Greenwich estate sells for $45M

first_imgTommy Hilfiger and his recently sold estate in Greenwich, CT. (Getty, Janet Milligan)When Greenwich real estate broker Janet Milligan stopped for an ice cream more than 40 years ago, she didn’t expect she would meet two of her most high-profile clients.At that time, Tommy and Susie Hilfiger were married and “just normal people,” who approached Milligan as she was reviewing listings at Friendly’s to ask if she would show them some homes in the area.Fast forward and the Sotheby’s International Realty agent has handled numerous transactions for the two, who are now divorced but remain friends. And now, Milligan is helping them both leave the tony Connecticut town they’ve lived in for years.Susie Hilfiger and her $40 million Greenwich house. (Getty, Sotheby’s Realty)On Friday, the fashion mogul’s sprawling estate sold for $45 million and he and his current wife, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, are now bound for Palm Beach. The same day the deed for his estate was filed, Milligan listed Susie Hilfiger’s home, known as Denbigh Farm, where the couple’s children grew up, for $40 million. She is heading to California where all the children live. The Wall Street Journal first reported the sale and the listing.Tommy Hilfiger’s 22-acre property with a more than 13,000-square-foot mansion was asking $47.5 million, and Milligan said it had three buyers vying for it after she showed the home four times.Read moreTommy Hilfiger finds buyer for historic Greenwich estateTommy Hilfiger lists Greenwich estate for $48M; calls it “very strong” marketHFZ’s Ziel Feldman sells Hamptons home for $50M Message* Full Name* TagsCelebrity Real EstateResidential Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Sally Slater of Douglas Elliman represented the buyers who purchased the estate through a limited liability company.“They’re not showy people. They’re just looking to start their life in Greenwich as opposed to where they were,” Slater said of her unnamed clients. A staffer at the Greenwich Country Clerk’s office confirmed the estate was bought without a mortgage.Meanwhile, Susie Hilfiger’s just-listed property spans 17 acres and is an equestrian estate that was previously owned by diplomat Joseph Verner Reed, Jr. The grounds also include a pool and tennis courts.The farm comes online as demand in the town continues to grow. Last month, Greenwich saw the number of contracts signed for single-family homes triple compared to December 2019, though there were no contracts penned above $10 million, according to Douglas Elliman’s monthly report. The number of homes on the market in Greenwich are also increasing, albeit at a slower pace than buyers are willing to purchase.Contact Erin Hudson Email Address* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Rental searches drop 35% as lockdown stops viewings, but tenants ARE getting ready to move

first_imgSearches for rental property have dropped  by 35% but many renters are getting ready to move as soon as the lockdown ends, hopefully in early May, Rightmove has revealed.The portals says agents report they’re helping their landlords line up new tenants ready to physically view properties when restrictions are lifted and that ‘we’re also seeing a lower but steady level of tenant referencing taking place’, it says.Also, there is building momentum for renting homes with a garden. This week searches by renters looking for a garden are almost double compared to the first week of lockdown. Over the longer-term they are now 16% higher compared to the average seen in January and February, and are also up 26% on the same week last year.Although overall search activity in the rental market is expectedly still lower than usual, it is starting to recover and is now running at around 20% down on normal levels.Total stock available to rent is up 2.6% in the second two weeks of lockdown compared to the first two weeks, as some agents re-list properties they’ve let out previously in order to line up new tenants for when lockdown ends. Some agents have video of their rental stock, and some prospective tenants are happy to secure a property and start an application and referencing process now to save time.Take me to the beachDuring the lockdown some renters are considering moving to places with a scenic river or a coastal town, based on the top ten biggest increases in searches comparing the first two weeks of lockdown with the second two weeks.Southsea tops the list followed by Cambridge and Worthing. Others in the top ten include Marlow, Bognor Regis, Dover, Southend and Margate.“Having a garden is often a rarity for many rental properties in larger cities, and so it may be that during lockdown people are rethinking their needs and location and are searching for some outdoor space and tranquillity,” says Rightmove’s Commercial Director and Housing Market Analyst Miles Shipside.“That allure may draw them further away from where they have habitually lived and travelled to work from, as can be seen by some of the coastal locations that have seen the largest search increases.” Rightmove Miles Shipside April 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Rental searches drop 35% as lockdown stops viewings, but tenants ARE getting ready to move previous nextHousing MarketRental searches drop 35% as lockdown stops viewings, but tenants ARE getting ready to moveDespite demand weakening, Rightmove says tenants are getting ready to make their delayed move, in many cases to a property with a garden.Sheila Manchester24th April 20200842 Viewslast_img read more

WAIVING THE WHITE FLAG AT BERKELEY

first_imgWAIVING THE WHITE FLAG AT BERKELEYBy Rick JensenUniversity of California at Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, is either a raging liberal or an incompetent bureaucrat who has lost control of his campus.Granted, it’s not an easy job to manage a campus where decades of liberal entitlement have devolved into the rather predictable violent rage that now consumes the campus and town.After all, this is a town where legally marching down the street with a permit and an upright, properly displayed American flag draws crowds of smug, angry liberals shouting epithets.Legally carrying a sign that says you support the Republican President brings liberals armed with rocks, sticks, M-80’s and Molotov cocktails burning in the street.It is true that Trump supporters marching through the streets of Berkeley is certainly considered an act of war to the alt-left liberals and does, indeed, stir that hornet’s nest.Some people believe those Trump supporters deserve to be attacked for daring to stage such an outrageous act of publicly supporting the President.Others blame the actions of the leftists for their actions.Either way, following the politically liberal attacks on Republicans at Berkeley, the Chancellor has one of two options: Surrender to the liberals the campus has spawned or defend free speech.Dirks chooses to wave the white flag, giving control of his campus to violent agitators.When Milo Yiannapoulos was to appear and give his usual snarky talk, skewering liberals as Bill Maher does to conservatives, 1,900 left wingers and agitators protested in Sproul Plaza, setting fires, beating and pepper-spraying Milo and Trump supporters and destroying property that their parents and federal loans pay for.Dirks cancelled the speech.When Trump supporters were attacked in another march, police kept their distance, telling reporters, “We don’t reveal our tactics.”At this one, a couple of racists did infiltrate the marchers and one was caught on video punching a leftist woman foolish enough to try to push him around.Now comes the scheduled, cancelled, rescheduled and re-cancelled appearance of Ann Coulter.Like her or not, she is the author of multiple best-selling books and a hot commodity on the political talk show circuit.She’s popular, formidable … and conservative.For this reason, Chancellor Dirks cowered in terror behind his public relations director’s desktop, pushing out a flaccid statement supporting free speech while fearing the violence wrought by his own institution.The late night talk shows regurgitate angry, smug humor about Trump, conservatives and anyone who doesn’t think like Seth Meyer, Stephen Colbert or Trevor Noah.Samantha Bee titillates her liberal audience by publicly ridiculing and shaming children of conservatives on national cable.There is now a popular medium of millionaire entertainers reminding their audience that they are smarter and morally superior to conservatives, and are thus entitled to their schadenfreude when a woman supporting life of the unborn is pepper-sprayed by a masked left-winger.Now, suppose Trump himself were to agree to speak at Berkeley. Would Dirks ban him, too?Of course he would.A University Chancellor would likely ban the President of the United States from speaking to a group of students because he fears liberal students and left-wingers from off-campus would trigger thousands of dollars of insurance deductible claims at the idea of conservative ideas being advocated out loud.At Berkeley, the left-wing censors have won through violence and intimidation.What should Dirks really do?Use social media, the newspapers, radio and media websites to make the message clear: Regardless of politics, there is no safe space for violent protesters.You will be arrested. You will be prosecuted. You will be banned from every U.C. campus for life.The university and town of Berkeley need to enact a broad ban on masks, like New York, making it illegal for anyone, “being masked or in any manner disguised.”Arrest and seriously prosecute masked people immediately.It’s better than surrendering your free speech to the left-wing mob. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Warburtons seeks best picnic spot

first_imgWarburtons is on the hunt for Britain’s best picnic area, as part of its National Bread Week celebrations from 4-10 May.Consumers are being encouraged to join in by voting for their favourite picnic spot on the website www.welovebread.co.uk and all those who vote stand a chance of winning a year’s supply of bread. In addition, people can upload images of their own picnics and take part in an interactive sandwich game.Warburtons is also offering consumers a chance to win £1,000 daily during National Bread Week by way of an on-pack promotion. The promotion will run across Warburtons’ top-selling lines: the 800g Toastie Loaf, 800g Medium and 800g Farmhouse loaves.To enter, consumers enter a product code from the packaging on the website for the chance of winning a prize.last_img

President limited in duties, campaigning, due to positive coronavirus status

first_img Pinterest President Trump was taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center “out of an abundance of caution,” the White House said Friday evening, after testing positive for COVID-19 and experiencing “mild symptoms.”Hospitalized or not, the president’s positive test will put some limits on what he can do as president, and as a candidate for a second term, said Charles “Chip” Taylor, a political science professor at Ball State University.“This development has an immediate impact on the president’s ability to travel for at least the next 10 to 14 days, which in turn will likely affect some planned campaign activities,” said Taylor.He said he expects the president, depending on how his health holds up, will likely be campaigning in some capacity using technology. Trump’s schedule already had him participating in a campaign phone call event.“It was clear in the debate earlier this week, if not before then, that Joe Biden is making the president’s response to the COVID pandemic a large part of his campaign messaging. This development brings even greater salience to message,” said Taylor.He said that also means that the Biden team will need to handle their messaging carefully.“I think that everyone hopes for a speedy and full recovery for President and First Lady Trump. The Biden team would certainly want to avoid any comments that might be construed as less than sympathetic about their contracting the coronavirus.”Taylor said it is worth acknowledging that the president is in a high-risk age group for having more severe consequences from a coronavirus infection.“If his experience with the virus was one with extended or more severe symptoms, then the impact on the campaign and his presidency would likely be more serious,” he said.Taylor also said the president may be able to participate in the next debate, which is two weeks away, if his health doesn’t deteriorate. Google+ Facebook WhatsApp President limited in duties, campaigning, due to positive coronavirus status Previous articleNotre Dame’s Father Jenkins tests positive for the coronavirusNext articleMore Greek house at I.U. Bloomington forced to halt activities Network Indiana WhatsApp (“Trump, Pentagon leaders honor 9/11 victims” by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CC BY 2.0)center_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter By Network Indiana – October 2, 2020 0 250 CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

PHOTOS: Stick Figure & Twiddle Honor Tom Petty, Cover The Beatles In Chicago

first_imgPhoto: Ojeda Photography Last night, the ongoing ‘Above The Storm’ tour arrived at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre for a night of reggae and dub. Headlined by Stick Figure, the show was supported by Iya Terra and well-known jam band Twiddle. It was interesting to see Twiddle play to an audiencethat was a bit different from their own, but ultimately the Rastafarian crowd that came to see Stick Figure left satisfied by all the musicians that played.Iya Terra opened up the show with a short and upbeat set. Twiddle was up next, dove right into their trademark style. Not catering to the crowd, they opened up with the authoritative power chords of “Nicodemus Portulay”. The reggae vibes then seeped in, as they followed that up with “Beethoven & Greene”. Fan favorite Plump: Chapter 1 track “Lost in the Cold” came next. “Doinkinbonk!!!” saw bassist Zdenek Gubb seemingly slapping his strings just short of their point of breaking. For the last song of their set, Twiddle brought out Stick Figure’s Johnny Cosmic on guitar for a rousing rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, perhaps not-so-coincidentally for the evening on which Petty’s autopsy results were made public and the world learned that his October death was caused by an accidental prescription drug overdose.The headliner of the tour, Stick Figure, then played a set filled with songs spanning their 10+ year career. The band’s leading force and frontman, Scott Woodruff, led the band through the set, bringing along his Instagram-famous tour dog, Cocoa, to join in the fun. At first, it was odd to see a dog on stage the entirety of their set. However, it quickly became clear that the dog was almost as much a member of the band as the other musicians. She had a great stage presence, and it was great to see that Tails of Love, a charity supporting animal rescue, had booths set up so fans could help support animals like Cocoa in need of a loving home.The band played plenty of old favorites like “White Fire” and “Livin’ It” as well as newer numbers “Fire on the Horizon” and “Easy Runaway”. They also invited Twiddle frontman Mihali out for a cover of Bob Marley‘s “Mellow Mood”. Perhaps the most special moment of the evening came during the show’s encore the encore, as Stick Figure worked their way through a sing-along rendition of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”. Finally, a show-ending version of “Smoking Love” with a multitude of musicians from the opening bands brought a great night of reggae music to a close. The ‘Above the Storm’ tour is just starting so be sure to check it out if it comes near your town.For a full list of upcoming “Above The Storm” tour dates, head to Stick Figure’s website here.Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from the evening courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.SETLIST: Twiddle | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18SET: Nicodemus Portulay, Beethoven & Greene, Lost in the Cold, Daydream Farmer, Doinkinbonk !!!, You Don’t Know How It Feels**with Johnny Cosmic of Stick FigureSETLIST: Stick Figure | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18SET: Lincoln Intro -> Shadow, Above the Storm, Fire on the Horizon, Weary Eyes, White Fire -> Bongs Jam, Think N Thin, Winds from the West, Coming Home, Mellow Mood^, Smiles on Faces, Boulevard, Livin It, Let the Music Play, Intro -> Choice is Yours, Weight of Sound, Easy RunawayEncore: Shelter, Breathe -> Hey Jude, Smoking Love^^with Mihali[Cover photo: Daniel Ojeda]Twiddle, Stick Figure | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images Ojeda Photographylast_img read more

A Brief History Of LSD Ahead Of The 75th-Anniversary Bicycle Day Tour

first_imgThis year, Bicycle Day will be celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the folks at Euphonic Conceptions and Legion of Bloom Music have something really special cooked up to mark the landmark year. In years past, the two promoters have brought their psychedelic celebration to San Francisco, California, for one of the largest Bicycle Day parties in the world. However, this year, Euphonic Conception and Legion of Bloom Music’s, in honor of the standout anniversary, will take their event—featuring musicians Shpongle (Simon Posford live) and CharlestheFirst and legendary visual artists Alex and Allyson Grey—on the road.For those unfamiliar, Bicycle Day is an annual celebration of Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman’s first intentional ingestion of the chemical compound LSD-25 on April 19th, 1943, following his discovery of the compound’s mind-altering properties three days earlier. Bicycle Day takes its name from Hoffman’s trippy bike ride home, a fateful trip (in both senses of the word) whose impact still permeates both mainstream and counterculture today.After Hoffman’s discovery, psychologists clinically researched the drug throughout the 40s, 50s, and 60s, with the Swiss company Sandoz Pharmaceuticals distributing free samples of the chemical for research purposes. Alfred Hubbard read a report discussing the hallucinogenic effects of the then-obscure drug and tried it in 1951. He became known as the first true proponent for LSD outside of the research world after realizing that it could be used to explore the depths of the human psyche. He began researching and distributing the compound, eventually swapping his LSD for psilocybin, the psychoactive chemical in certain mushrooms, being studied by a Harvard psychologist, Dr. Timothy Leary.Leary went on to become the most high-profile researcher and proponent of the drug, eventually losing his position at Harvard for the controversial nature of his advocacy. He published The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead with Richard Alpert in 1964, a work that compared the nature of tripping to the spiritual experience of birth and rebirth detailed in the Tibetan tome. He advocated for students to “Turn on, tune in, and drop out,” a message that was picked up by the counterculture and perpetuated with the rising prevalence of acid parties.Ken Kesey served as a medical guinea pig testing LSD and other psychoactive drugs in the 1950’s (at the time, the CIA was also testing LSD as a weapon as part of its MKUltra program, thinking that it could be used as “truth sermon” or to incapacitate enemy forces). After publishing One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in 1962, a book detailing his experiences during the research project, the financial success of the book allowed him to move to California, where he began hosting a series of “Acid Tests” in San Francisco along with his gang of Merry Pranksters. Enter the Grateful Dead, then known as The Warlocks, who served as the house band for these tests, during which attendees dropped acid and explored LSD’s mind-altering effects. After LSD was made illegal in 1968, there were few chemists who could successfully create the illegal compound. Owsley Stanley was one such chemist who nailed down how to synthesize the drug, serving as the supplier for Kesey’s acid tests as well as the sound technician for the Grateful Dead. With the Grateful Dead—declassified government documents reveal that the FBI cited the archetypal jam band as the country’s introduction to LSD—and other psychedelic rock juggernauts like Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Jefferson Airplane at the helm of the counterculture revolution of the 60s and beyond, increasingly, the government became worried about the use of the drug, associating it with the anti-war sentiment and viewing it as a threat to American middle class, traditional values. After Dr. Sidney Cohen, a doctor who tested the psychoanalytical capabilities of the compound, testified before Congress in 1966 and declared that the drug was dangerous in the wrong hands, LSD was made illegal in 1967.While the counterculture raged on, with time the popularity of LSD subsided in the 80s, as other drugs became en vogue. However, as the turn of the new millennium approached, so did the youth’s interest in the psychedelic compound, with the drug reemerging in popularity in the 90’s and into the 2000’s through to now. Considering LSD’s rich 75-year history, its no wonder that some of the most exciting artists in modern psychedelia are gearing up for a celebration. On Bicycle Day proper, April 19th, the event will return to its home at The Midway in San Francisco, the larger venue that the event moved to last year. The following day, on April 20th—which has become a holiday for users of a different (sometimes) illegal substance—the party will move south and take over The Mayan in Los Angeles. Rounding out the weekend, the Bicycle Day tour will hit New Orleans for a performance at the Joy Theater on April 21st. Tickets for the various stops on the Bicycle Day 75th Anniversary tour are currently on sale. For the 4/19 San Francisco show, head here. For the 4/20 Los Angeles show, click here. For the 4/21 New Orleans show, head here.,For those unfamiliar, Bicycle Day is an annual celebration of Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman’s first intentional ingestion of the chemical compound LSD-25 on April 19th, 1943, following his discovery of the compound’s mind-altering properties three days earlier. Bicycle Day takes its name from Hoffman’s trippy bike ride home, a fateful trip (in both senses of the word) whose impact still permeates both mainstream and counterculture today.,Considering LSD’s rich 75-year history, its no wonder that some of the most exciting artists in modern psychedelia are gearing up for a celebration. On Bicycle Day proper, April 19th, the event will return to its home at The Midway in San Francisco, the larger venue that the event moved to last year. The following day, on April 20th—which has become a holiday for users of a different (sometimes) illegal substance—the party will move south and take over The Mayan in Los Angeles. Rounding out the weekend, the Bicycle Day tour will hit New Orleans for a performance at the Joy Theater on April 21st. Tickets for the various stops on the Bicycle Day 75th Anniversary tour are currently on sale. For the 4/19 San Francisco show, head here. For the 4/20 Los Angeles show, click here. For the 4/21 New Orleans show, head here.last_img read more

Reflecting On IGE 2018 In Barcelona With Alan Paul [Photos/Interview]

first_imgLoad remaining images I’ve long considered the music I love to be holy and compared going to a great show to attending religious services. But I rarely felt that emotion or thought that thought so viscerally as I did one rainy night last October in Barcelona.Wearing a sports jacket and walking through tiled hallways lined with giant looming statues, I felt a little awkward for a few minutes as I filed into a gallery at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, a rococo 19th century museum, and took my seat surrounded by a room full of new friends also scrubbed up clean for the evening’s formal gala, with guests and artists alike turning in their T-shirts for embroidered Western wear, sequined gowns, and a few tuxedos.Related: Jay Blakesberg & Alan Paul’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Diary: Sala Apolo, Everyone Orchestra, & The Music Of The Grateful Dead [Photos]Centuries-old paintings stared down at us from every angle: gorgeous, gold leaf-framed Catalan royalty. It was easy to imagine them wondering what the heck was going on in their home. They surely saw through our duds into this crew’s mongrel hearts.In the front of the room, the musicians started to file in and perform completely unamplified, their voices, guitars, mandolins, dobros echoing through the marble room. Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Scott Law, Nicki Bluhm, Holly Bowling, Matt Butler, Eric Krasno, Elliott Peck, Jillian Nershi, Greensky Bluegrass’s Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman, the String Cheese Incident’s Bill Nershi, Keith Moseley and Jason Hann all came and went from the front of the room, performing in various groupings for me and my 100 or so lucky fellow travelers. It was the midpoint, more or less, of last year’s IGE trip to Barcelona—a full-bore musical immersion.This was day 5 of 10, I think. Maybe it was day 6. Who’s to say. I could go check the itinerary, but the larger point would be lost; by then, the days and nights were blending together into a holistic whole. The days were no easier to separate than were the activities. Sightseeing. Exploring. Finding different pockets of friends to hang out with in the friendly little tribe. That day had begun with a wonderful guided tour of Sagrada Familia, the renowned, appropriately trippy cathedral designed by architect Antoni Gaudi early last century that remains under construction. I toured it in a smaller group with Moseley, Hann and their wives. The night before, we had been treated to a private flamenco guitar and dance performance in a 16th-century barroom. The next night we’d all be at the large Apolo club for the week’s single open-to-the-public performance, which would see the trip’s musicians collaborating with like-minded Spaniards. After that, we’d take over the Harlem Jazz Club, down a cobblestone street for an Eric Krasno trio performance featuring Hann and The New Mastersounds bassist Peter Shand. One cool thing after another, unforgettable nights and days blending together into an unforgettable whole.“It’s a wonderful opportunity to see cities and really get deep into them,” says Grahame Lesh, who was in Barcelona last year and in Venice with IGE the prior year, and who will be in Lisbon with them this October. “I’ve visited them, but we don’t have an opportunity to see the music scene of the city, to see the Grateful Dead scene and the American roots music scene in a city across the Atlantic.”“It’s also pretty great to hang out and jam with musicians that I know and don’t know, all of us brought together in different formations to try cool things,” Lesh continues. “We’re all on the road a lot so we know each other but never get to spend real time together and to meet one another’s spouses and have adventures together, so this is such a pleasure. All of this is why we block the time out and make the IGE trips a priority.”Grahame’s words encapsulated beautifully what I saw day in and day out, staying in an apartment building where the musicians were camped out in a block of units; what I saw walking a few blocks through some twisting alleys to the hotel where the 100 or so guests were staying. Many nights ended there, with groups of musicians taking the stage for impromptu acoustic performances, with the guests stretched out on the floor, chilling, sipping wine, doing yoga, canoodling in the corner. Their experience wasn’t all that different from the musicians’. Seeking a little insight into that, I got in touch with Dave Fleishman (@Deadesq), a Californian who has attended the last two IGE events and will also be in Lisbon. He told me that he’s transferred almost all of his music-travel spending to these events.“The IGE experience is clearly music-oriented, but there’s so much more to it,” he says. “It’s also an incredible travel experience. You settle into this city and you learn the neighborhood you’re in and the city you happen to be in—and you have these remarkable musical experiences. It’s a fantastic combination of the two. And they do such a great job picking venues and putting unique and one-of-a-kind musical experiences together. It’s very different than the experience you would have anywhere else.”“It’s the essence of live music and I think it’s as much if not more fun for the musicians as it is for the fans,” he continues. “They seem to be having the time of their lives on these trips and it comes through in their music: the way they play, the explorations they make. There’s something about being cloistered away together for 10 days that allows for explorations you just don’t experience anywhere else. Some of the music makes me think, ‘I can’t believe I’m hearing this.’”“They know they’re with knowledgeable music fans,” Fleishman concludes. “We’ve got 10 days with these people and get to hang out with them outside the music. It’s a very relaxed way to vacation to hear music and to sightsee. There’s nothing like it and I’ll keep coming along as I can.”Below, you can check out some photos from the 2018 IGE experience in Barcelona courtesy of photographer Jay Blakesberg.The 2019 IGE Music & Art Immersion Experience will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from October 4th through October 13th, 2019.  For more information, or to book your spot on the 2019 IGE trip, head here. Load remaining imagescenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Mitsubishi wins orders for hydrogen-compatible turbines at three planned U.S. gas-fired projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The developers of more than $3 billion in planned natural gas-fired generation projects in New York, Ohio and Virginia have selected Mitsubishi Power Americas Inc., a Florida-based affiliate of Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., to supply hydrogen-compatible gas turbines along with the tools for generating and storing hydrogen produced from renewable sources of energy, the companies announced Sept. 2.The three projects, totaling nearly 3,300 MW, are Tiger Partners LP’s Danskammer Energy Center (Repowering) in Orange County, N.Y., Ember Partners LP’s Cadiz Combined Cycle Plant (Harrison County Industrial Park) in Harrison County, Ohio, and Balico LLC’s Chickahominy Power project in Charles City County, Va.The three projects would initially be capable of operating on a mix of 30% hydrogen and 70% natural gas. They are planned for completion in 2022 and 2023, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Similar to the Intermountain Power Agency’s planned 840-MW Intermountain project in Delta, Utah, a gas repowering of a coal-fired plant that also will rely on Mitsubishi turbines, the three facilities are designed to gradually transition to 100% green hydrogen. The projects will also use excess renewable energy to create and store hydrogen on-site through the process of electrolysis.“The size and pace of electrolyzers and storage will depend on the regional adoption of renewables and need for energy storage,” Mike Ducker, head of renewable fuels at Mitsubishi Power, said in an email.The orders are part of an emerging push to establish hydrogen as a critical element of utility, corporate and state efforts to develop power systems relying on very high levels of variable wind and solar energy. That includes an initial $100 million, five-year research and development initiative that includes Mitsubishi Power — recently rebranded from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc. — and a host of major U.S. utilities.The New York, Ohio and Virginia projects include six turbine power trains, bringing Mitsubishi’s total of gas turbine hydrogen conversions to eight and placing it at the forefront of the fledgling hydrogen industry, Ducker said.[Garrett Hering]More ($): Mitsubishi lands 3.3 GW of new US hydrogen turbine orders Mitsubishi wins orders for hydrogen-compatible turbines at three planned U.S. gas-fired projectslast_img read more