Suwannee Hulaween is set to return to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL from October 28-30, bringing a host of incredible artists for the musical experience. If last year’s festival was any indication, Hulaween offers one of the most exciting Halloween parties in the country, with top notch performers packed onto the beautiful campgrounds.This year is no exception, as the festival has unleashed an incredible initial lineup for the event. Not only will there be three nights of The String Cheese Incident, but My Morning Jacket, Disclosure (DJ Set), Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, and Big Gigantic (ft. The Motet) are all sitting at the top of the bill.The lineup keeps getting better, with Rebelution, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Boys Noize, Anderson .Paak & The Free National, Snarky Puppy, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bob Moses, Slow Magic, The Revivalists, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Future Rock, Manic Focus, The Motet, and more! Considering this is only the festival’s first wave, we cannot wait to see what they have in store.The festival also promises to expand their Spirit Lake artistic community; for a better sense of that, check out these stunning photos from last year’s event. There will also be a pre-party on Thursday, October 27th, but the lineup for that has yet to be revealed.Check out the full lineup on the poster below. Tickets are now on sale, and will be capped to just 20,000 people… so don’t miss out. More information can be found here, and the full lineup can be seen on the poster, and in plain text, below:Suwannee Hulaween 2016 Lineup (Wave 1):The String Cheese Incident (Three nights)My Morning JacketDisclosure (DJ Set)LogicUmphrey’s McGeeSTS9Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet)RebelutionThe Claypool Lennon DeliriumGramatikGreensky BluegrassLettuceBoys NoizeAnderson .Paak & The Free NationalSnarky PuppyRÜFÜS DU SOLBob MosesSlow MagicThe RevivalistsKarl Denson’s Tiny UniverseFuture RockManic FocusThe MotetUnlike PlutoCome Back AliceSavi Fernandez BandEl DubAjevaPost PlutoSavants of Soul
Cambium Group, a leading web site development firm based in Montpelier launched a new e-commerce web site today for Strategies Publishing Group, Inc. The new site, www.strategies.com(link is external) offers an online shopping system, seminar/event registration and ‘members only’ area with exclusive content for Strategies Magazine subscribers.Located in Centerbrook Connecticut, Strategies Publishing Group, Inc. (Strategies) is the professional beauty industry’s largest provider of business education through printed media, seminar events and consulting services. Strategies was founded in 1994 by Neil Ducoff, one of the most respected minds in the professional beauty industry for over twenty-five years.Neil had this to say about the new web site:“From the very first meeting, the Cambium Group team was tuned into our unique web site needs with real solutions and the experience and expertise to back it all up. After selecting Cambium Group, we were given a project plan with timelines to complete each critical step. Progress was smooth, always on schedule. Interaction was seamless.””Cambium’s guidance and technology expertise delivered an amazing web site to Strategies that our customers will enjoy, learn from and, most importantly, buy from. And the most important feature of our web is our ability to update and modify our site from our office with Cambium’s powerful “back end” system. We thank the Cambium Group team for taking our web vision and making it a reality.”Key features of Strategies’ dynamic web site include Cambium’s E-Commerce System combining the power of Cambium’s Content Management System (CAMAS) with a full-featured store/order management module. Strategies has the ability to distribute their product lines (books, CD ROMS, videos, and the Strategies magazine) throughout the web site, and directly control store attributes including product prices, inventory stock levels, and shipping costs. Strategies is also taking advantage of cross-sell and up-sell opportunities by placing promotional spotlights throughout the site.Cambium’s Event Registration System allows Strategies to manage all aspects of their seminar registrations including number of seats offered, seats available, wait lists, registration confirmations, event reminders and payment processing. And, to round-out the new web site design, Strategies offers exclusive content to their online members and magazine subscribers with a “Members Only” section. This password-protected area provides online subscribers with access to 10 years of magazine archives, hot topics and industry news, downloadable business tools and calculators plus other valuable members-only benefits.“The Strategies site showcases many new features of our content management system and is a great addition to our portfolio of designs” announced Scott Wells, owner and President of Cambium Group. “The site is already receiving positive results through traffic, orders and customer feedback.”
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:The federal government’s top energy adviser Kerry Schott says the plunging cost of renewables will force Australia’s remaining coal plants to close even earlier than planned, as mining giant BHP renewed calls for a price on carbon to urgently slash national emissions.Energy Security Board chair Dr. Schott on Monday predicted that renewables would force many of Australia’s remaining coal-fired power plants to make an early exit from the energy market, by beating them on price.“Commercial reasons will be made about retiring coal plants and they’re likely to get dropped out the door faster than their technical lives would suggest,” she said at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event in Melbourne.But she said the transition must be well managed to avoid a hasty rush to renewables pushing up energy prices.More: Coal’s days are numbered, top government adviser says Key Australian energy adviser backs renewables over coal
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 44-year-old New York City man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle in Lakeview on Sunday night.Nassau County police said James Moy was riding a Harley Davidson westbound on Lakeview Avenue when he was thrown from the motorcycle at the intersection of Waterview Road at 8:28 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle but do not suspect foul play.
Before voting in Schenectady’s school board election, consider the district’s school quality, reading and math scores, and graduation rates since 2013 when candidates Lewis, Reilly, and Chestnut were elected to the board and a new superintendent was hired. In 2019, the state Education Department identified six Schenectady elementary schools (Keane, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln, Paige, Pleasant Valley and Yates) that are among the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state. Only four district schools were not cited for academic deficiencies. Last year’s on-time graduation rate of 58 percent was no better than in 2013. Additionally, fewer than 50 percent of SCSD’s African-American and Latino students graduated on time in 2018.Last year, English-Language Arts (ELA) proficiency rates for the district’s African-American students was 15 percent and 17 percent for Latino students. Overall, 22 percent of Schenectady students were ELA proficient. The changes from 2013’s ELA proficiency rate is due to changes in state testing. Schenectady schools lagged behind statewide ELA proficiency increases.In 2018, only 13 percent of all Schenectady third- through eighth-graders were math proficient. Math proficiency for African-American and Latino students was less than 10 percent. For details, see www.facebook.com/SDFelderman/Whoever is elected to the board will need to press hard on academic improvements and hold the administration accountable.Scot FeldermanSchenectady Nisky board member had info on issues Reach compromise on the environment Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSpa should adopt inclusionary zoningSustainable Saratoga applauds our city government for supporting new workforce rental housing developments in Saratoga Springs.However, we encourage the City Council to go farther to foster a more economically resilient, stable, and Sustainable Saratoga by working to create a more diverse portfolio of housing opportunities.The new generation of Saratoga residents can’t afford to live in the city where they were born.Saratoga Springs needs a comprehensive strategy to provide housing across a range of income categories, without depending on government funding.Most of the new affordable housing units target low-income households. Kudos to The Daily Gazette for their April 28 editorial “Time to get busy on environment,” advocating action on climate change by the New York State Legislature before their summer recess.As noted by The Gazette, the Climate and Community Protection Act (“CCPA”, Senate bill S2992, Assembly bill A3876) is an ambitious piece of legislation that requires the Legislature’s full attention.However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included equally ambitious legislation in his Executive Budget proposal that had very similar goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for addressing environmental justice concerns.Unfortunately, negotiations over the details of a compromise bill seem to have stalled, threatening what should be a slam-dunk piece of legislation for the environment and the Democratic majority.I urge everyone with a stake in these negotiations to remain flexible and accept whatever changes are necessary to ensure passage this session of some of the strongest climate change legislation in the nation.Otherwise, another year will pass before New York State is truly committed to a carbon-neutral economy and a just transition away from fossil fuels.Bryan SwiftAltamont Middle-income households also need housing opportunities.Diversity of household incomes within individual housing development projects would make them more inclusive, avoiding the problem of segregating housing by income.Current projects are all rental units. Saratoga needs more home ownership opportunities, so that low- and middle-income households can build equity.Almost all current workforce-housing projects depend on state and federal low-income tax credits. We caution the city against relying solely on unpredictable tax credits for its affordable-housing strategy.We urge the City Council to formally adopt inclusionary zoning to address the inadequacies mentioned above. Inclusionary zoning, with creative local public-private financing efforts, would guarantee the development of new mixed-income rental and owner-occupied housing units.The council has been studying the proposed Spa Housing Ordinance for several years. It’s time to stand up for the community and make a long-term commitment to sustainable affordable housing.Art HolmbergSaratoga SpringsThe writer is chair of Sustainable Saratoga. This is in response to Edward A. Carangelo’s May 16 letter (“Backus will meet the challenges in Nisky”), and comments made by Board of Education member Brian Backus at the Meet the Candidates forum. In Mr. Carangelo’s letter, he claims that Brian Backus stated “no member of the represented groups had chosen to speak to him before the meeting about the issues brought up to the board.” Sadly, this statement is simply not true.I serve as secretary for the Niskayuna School District Employees Association (NSDEA), which includes kitchen staff, custodial and cleaning staff, security, print shop, and IT personnel, bus drivers, and grounds and maintenance staff. As secretary, I drafted a list of urgent safety issues that was hand-delivered by our union president to each board member, including Mr. Backus, on March 12. We did not receive a reply, let alone an acknowledgment, from Mr. Backus or any other board member.Mr. Backus made comments at the forum that our presence at a recent Board of Education meeting was disruptive because it overlapped on an evening honoring several of our students. I disagree. I’m glad that over 80 employees could attend and cheer our students on at a meeting that normally would have had a handful of attendees. Faculty and staff are the ones in Niskayuna who work directly with the students and provide all the educational, health, athletic, transportation and other services available at this great district. We are proud of their accomplishments, and our students always know they have our full support.Richard StigbergNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
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119 The Esplanade, Toolakea is for auction on February 4.“It creates an atmosphere and the buyers get to see the actual house they bit on and not just a picture on the wall.“Most agents also do a final open house half-and hour before auction and I’ve actually experienced sales were the buyer literally saw the house for the first time during that final open house, fell in love, decided to bid and won.”The auction process also generated greater competition among buyers, resulting in a better result for sellers and buyers.“For the buyer there are great advantages. The process is transparent, the buyer has the opportunity to know everything about the property before they even bid,” he said.“The buyer will have a good indication of the market value of the property through research or by obtaining an independent valuation from a registered valuer. “Armed with all the facts they can then bid with confidence or beat the competition and put an offer in before the auction. 49 Sycamore St, Pimlico is schedule for auction January 30“Remax agents have been busy and have booked up to three properties to take to auction every weekend for most of January and into February, ”he said.“More sellers and agents are beginning to understand the benefits of the Auction process. “When the process is followed correctly it can drastically reduce the time on the market and generate top dollar for the property. “Auctions are the purest way of selling. There is no price on the property for buyers to try and knock down and the seller will get a good idea of where the market sees value in the property, over the four week process.”Mr Musumeci, who auctioned two properties last weekend and will put three more under the hammer this Saturday, said all of his sales were conducted on site.“There are some agencies that auction of their properties in house but personally I love doing them on-site,” he said.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 2020 Remax auctioneer Sam Musumeci predicts a good auction market this year.MORE North Queenslanders are choosing to sell their property under the hammer with around 10 properties heading to auction each week. A parcel of land on Magnetic Island kicked off the what is hoped to be a successful auction year when sold by Smith And Elliott Real Estate for $250,000 last week.Re/Max Auctioneer, Sam Musumeci said Townsville’s auction market was shaping up to be the best it had been years. 18 Charlotte St, Aitkenvale is scheduled for auction on February 4.“Where else, other than at an auction, does the buyer know what the competition is offering?”In a private treaty sale it is against Queensland law to reveal what another buyer is offering on the property.“If the agent is well trained and experienced in the auction process, it is definitely the ideal way of selling. In a turning market, putting a price on the property greatly increases the chance of underselling.” Sam said.“Most of the top agents in Townsville prefer Auctions and for good reason.
Of the most common, a value tilt was used by just over one-third of those who use tilts, with quality, size and momentum each used by 16.9% of investors.However, despite the fact over-exposure to certain factors was a top concern regarding the use of risk-factor tilts, only 18% of respondents was ‘very certain’ of the total risk factor exposure in the entire listed equity portfolio.Just over 50% was ‘moderately certain’, while the remaining 31% was either ‘fairly uncertain’ or entirely unaware of cross exposure.Further analysis on three pension funds – one each from the UK, Europe and the US – Northern Trust found that investors’ use of varying tilt strategies negated any positive tilts through contradicting methods.As a result, those using a wide range of active and passive equity strategies in the portfolio ended up with a neutral factor exposure, despite intended tilts to one or more factors, the US asset manager said.“The portfolios do not always reflect the investors’ goals and objectives,” NTAM said.John Krieg, managing director of institutional distribution at Northern Trust, said the ability to understand cross exposure was imperative in multi-factor tilt circumstances.“The fact fewer than one in five respondents felt certain of their factor exposures shows the difficulty of monitoring a large, complex institutional portfolio,” he added.On analysing three pension funds’ equity portfolios and discovering a neutral factor tilt, despite intended exposures, Krieg said: “In general, taking an experimental approach to factor-based investing does not produce the desired results.“Investors have a greater likelihood of success if they make a substantial commitment to these strategies.” A significant proportion of global institutional investors are unaware of risk-factor cross exposure when applying tilts in equity portfolios, a survey has shown.The concept arises from applying risk-factor tilts in both active and passive equity portfolios, which has become increasingly common in recent years.Some of the tilt strategies are referred to as smart beta or alternative index strategies.A survey of 139 global investors by Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM) found a slight majority (51%) use factor tilt strategies within their listed equity portfolios.
Last year was the Chinese year of the monkey – and the monkeys ruled over traditional passive equity investing, too, according to academic research. In an influential 1973 book ‘A Random Walk Down Wall Street’, economics professor Burton Malkiel famously quipped that “a blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper’s financial pages could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by experts.”Fast-forward to the start of this year, and more financial academics had monkeys on their minds. Looking back on 2016, Andrew Clare, Nick Motson, and Stephen Thomas of City University’s Cass Business School set out to ascertain whether the monkeys had again beaten the professionals.In 2011 the trio had established that randomly weighted indices (i.e. those chosen hypothetically by monkeys) outperformed market-cap weighted indices 99% of the time, when backtested on US equity markets between 1968 and 2011.Using the 500 largest stocks listed on the NYSE, Amex, and NASDAQ stock exchanges, the authors constructed a market-cap weighted benchmark. They then used the “Monte Carlo” randomisation technique to generate another one billion indices – the “monkeys”.In addition they measured the performance of eight alternative indices such as smart beta benchmarks, equal-weight benchmarks, and the maximum diversification technique first introduced by TOBAM founder Yves Choueifaty in 2008.Lastly, they generated an index based on the rules of the word game Scrabble, with weightings based on the score of each company’s three-letter stock market ticker – a technique Clare has used previously with much success.The monkeys“In the interests of animal welfare we have since released our monkeys back into the wild for a well-earned rest and some energy replenishing bananas.”In 2016, according to Clare, Motson, and Thomas, “88% of the monkeys managed to produce a higher return than the market cap benchmark”.“The average monkey return was 13.4%; the luckiest monkey achieved a return of 27.2%; while the unluckiest monkey managed a return of just 3.83%,” the researchers wrote.The trio’s market cap benchmark posted a total return of 11.6%.Almost 90% of monkey indices performed better than the market cap index, the researchers found. On a risk-adjusted basis, 67% of monkeys performed better.Smart betaThe best of the alternative indices was the fundamentally weighted benchmark, a composite of indices with companies weighted according to book value, dividends, cash flow, and sales.It posted a total return of 16.1% during 2016, the authors reported. The Scrabble-based benchmark returned 13.4%.Only the minimum variance index underperformed its market cap rival, gaining 10.2%.On a risk-adjusted basis, the maximum diversification index had the best Sharpe ratio of the alternative benchmarks. All alternatives had a better Sharpe ratio than the market cap index, the authors found.“Taken together, our results suggest that it was a pretty good year for Cass Business School’s monkey index constructors, and another poor year for market cap weighted US stock investing,” Clare, Motson, and Thomas wrote.They added: “2017 is the Chinese year of the rooster. It remains to be seen whether the Cass Business School monkeys will be crowing at the end of next year or not… but all the evidence suggests that they have the beating of market cap-weighted index investing.”The authors sought to reassure readers in the paper’s abstract: “In the interests of animal welfare we have since released our monkeys back into the wild for a well-earned rest and some energy replenishing bananas.”The full paper can be downloaded here.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sites’Was 2016 the year of the monkey?’ – Clare, Motson, Thomas (2017)
MaRINET2 has launched its fifth free course on marine renewable energies, scheduled to happen from 22 to 24 April in Edinburgh, UK.The short course, entitled “Test and verification processes from tanks to the sea”, will be hosted by project partners FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility and European Marine Energy Centre, EMEC.These 2 to 5 days short courses are part of the Work Package 7, coordinated by WavEC, which aims to organize 10 short courses along the 54 months of the project.Just like the previous version of the international project MaRINET, the courses are organized and lectured by project partners, distributed equally among thematic areas such as wind, wave and tidal.Besides coordinating the short courses, WavEC is also hosting 3 of these courses.The registration deadline is March 17.MaRINET2 is a €10.5m project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, and coordinated by the MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland) Centre in University College Cork. The project has been set up to accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies by providing free-of-charge access to a network of 57 research facilities across Europe.