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Levi Lowrey reminds me a lot of two of my favorite songwriters, Darrell Scott and Shawn Camp. You might not know their names, but I can just about guarantee you know their songs.If you are a fan of the Zac Brown Band, you have heard Levi Lowrey’s songcraft. Unwittingly, you have probably sung along with his words. Levi earned a CMA Song of the Year nomination for his co-write on “Colder Weather,” from the 2010 Zac Brown Band release You Get What You Give, and he co-wrote “The Wind,” which was on Uncaged, Zac Brown Band’s chart topping and Grammy winning 2012 record.I first heard of Levi Lowrey when he was tabbed to replace Bryan Simpson following his departure from Cadillac Sky. That collaboration didn’t stick, but I have been following Levi ever since. I Confess I Was A Fool, his 2011 release on Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label, is a Southern Americana masterpiece. For proof, listen to “Whiskey and Wine” or “Freight Hopper,” two of my favorite tracks from a record that has rarely been far from my stereo these last few years.Levi’s eponymous sophomore effort, which releases February 25th, met my expectations easily. Tracks like “Picket Fences,” which is featured on this month’s Trail Mix, “December Thirty-One,” and “Before The Hymnal Died” confirm to me that Levi Lowrey stands shoulder to shoulder with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Will Hoge as the best in what Southern songwriting has to offer.Trail Mix recently caught up with Levi to chat about working with Zac Brown, heavy metal music, and the new record.BRO – As an emerging Americana artist, what does it mean to be associated with Southern Ground?LL – I think that Southern Ground is the perfect place for ANY Americana artist. Zac really knows allows artists to be themselves. I’m making music the same way that I always have, without being pressured to cut my hair, shave my bear, and wear a baseball cap (the new cowboy hat). Zac throws his full weight behind it, because he believes in his artists. He doesn’t try to manufacture pop stars.BRO – The world knows Zac Brown as a performer. How was it working with him as a producer?LL – Zac has a really good grasp on track listings. He’s always amazed me with his ability to pick songs for records, put them in order, and then pick singles. It’s the kind of skill that only a music lover and seasoned reader of liner notes can possess. I have to also stress that Matt Mangano and Clay Cook did an incredible job producing this record. They took the aforementioned hand picked songs and elevated them to a new level.BRO – We are featuring “Picket Fences” on Trail Mix this month. What’s the story behind the song?LL – First, thank you for this honor. There are several viewpoints that are represented in this song. There is a kind of U2 element to this one. The cheater is me. The wife is God, and the lover is the world. There is another story that’s far more straight forward. It’s that story that most people will latch onto and pick up on the first listen. Both stories are true.BRO – Is there a song on the record that you just fell into, something that happened unusually quickly?LL – “Trying Not To Die” came rather quickly. I was at a family Thanksgiving gathering, watching my kids play with their cousins out in the yard. They were trying to kill themselves on a Cozy Coupe and various other playground items. It reminded me of my childhood, when I’d spend all of my time outside playing with my cousins. It made me sad to realize that, somewhere along the way, I lost that daredevil mentality. Now I am an overly nervous father, trying not to die.BRO – Why aren’t more Americana artists covering Black Sabbath tunes?LL – Why isn’t Black Sabbath covering more Americana artists?Levi Lowrey is out on the road in support of the Zac Brown Band for much of the month of February. For more information on Levi, the new record, or when you might be able to catch him live, point your browser to www.levilowrey.com.And, if you want to grab a signed copy of Levi’s record early, take a shot at our trivia question in the form down below – just fill it out and submit!. We’ll pick a winner from all of the correct responses received by noon (EST) tomorrow – Thursday, February 6th.Good luck!!
Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., recently received $133,000 from Carlton Fields as a result of the firm’s endowment fundraising campaign for Bay Area Legal Services.Carlton Fields donated $50,000, and its attorneys made additional individual donations in the amount of $83,000. Carlton Fields has a longstanding relationship with Bay Area Legal Services as a donor, volunteer, and advocate of the agency.“This generous gift to the endowment will continue to generate income to service low-income families that have nowhere else to turn, and leave a legacy that will benefit Bay Area for years to come,” said Beth Eppley, development director at Bay Area Legal Services, an agency in Hillsborough and Pasco counties entrusted with providing legal services to the indigent.Florida graduates donate $25,000 to the law school Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Brad Alexander has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for reinstatement to the Bar from a rehabilitative suspension.This suspension was effective January 27, 2000, and was for a period of one year resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Alexander’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Court sets arguments July 1, 2003 Regular News Members of the Treasure Coast Association of Women Lawyers recently held its second annual Law Day program at the PACE Center for Girls, Inc., in Ft. Pierce.TCAWL members, joined by representatives from Florida Rural Legal Services for the 19th Circuit, participated in class discussions on school, careers, and overcoming obstacles to goals. The classes were followed by a barbeque for the students of the PACE Center for Girls.SanGiovanni named new Orange County Bar leader Briefs In an effort to more effectively communicate with and assist Florida’s burgeoning Caribbean-American community, the Caribbean Bar Association has launched a new Web site, www.caribbeanbar.org.Visitors can find help locating Caribbean-American attorneys from a range of practice areas, access Caribbean consulates in South Florida, and throughout the nation, and keep track of current events and initiatives affecting the Caribbean community.The Caribbean Bar Web site was created to better interact with the Caribbean community at large, which represents one of the fastest growing populations within America’s black community. According to sociologist John Logan, co-author of a recent report on black diversity, the number of blacks from the Caribbean increased 63 percent to more than 1.5 million in the 1990s, leading to the birth of black advocacy groups, such as the Caribbean Bar, in communities across the nation.As a result of this tremendous population growth, the Caribbean Bar has grown from 25 to more than 150 attorneys from the Caribbean-American community in South Florida’s tri-county area, according to Caribbean Bar Association President Marlon A. Hill.Hill said that the new Web site will serve as a “valuable resource” for both the Caribbean-American legal profession in Florida, as well as to the Caribbean-American community by providing legal resources and information.“The sad truth is that the vast majority of citizens in most minority communities don’t know where to turn for dependable legal counsel for even the most basic needs, such as drafting a will, purchasing real estate, starting a business, or adopting a child,” Hill said. “This Web site will allow the Caribbean Bar Association to develop a more intimate relationship with the community, thus enhancing greater interaction with bar members across Florida, as well as with citizens in need of legal service throughout the country and the world.”The Caribbean Bar Association was founded in 1994 and is based in Miami. For information call (305) 548-3800, or visit www.caribbeanbar.org. The Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is seeking those interested in filling a 16th Circuit vacancy created by the resignation of Samuel Kaufman.Anyone wishing to fill the vacancy should send a letter of intent and a resume to Austin Newberry, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by July 18.Alexander petitions for reinstatement For the third year, the South Eastern Bar Circuit (England and Wales) is sponsoring the Gerald T. Bennett Scholarship for the Advanced International Trial Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford University, England.The course offers week-long practical experience on trial advocacy in the format of the Trial Lawyers Section Advanced Trial Advocacy held annually at the University of Florida. The criteria for the scholarship are membership in the Trial Lawyers Sections and five to eight years of trial experience.To apply for the scholarship, submit your resume and a letter stating the reason for your interest in attending the seminar, by July 13 to Connie Stewart at cstewart@FLABAR.org or fax the information to her at 850-561-5628.The program will be held August 25-30. The Executive Council’s Oxford Committee will make its decision by July 15.Communications panel wants to promote public participation in the Bar’s grievance process The Orange County Bar Association is still taking reservations for its Eighth Annual and Final Jet Break to Scotland set for September 16 – 29.The cost this year is $3,279 for 14 days and 13 nights and includes airfare from Orlando or Miami, hotel rooms, some dinners and breakfasts.The tour includes visits to historic castles of Scotland, including Blair, Scone, Glamis, and Stirling, a visit to Edinburgh and historic Edinburgh Castle, a leisurely ride through the loch, hills, and glens of the Trosachs area of Scotland, a tour of a Scottish distillery capped off by a tasting at the bar, plus a day free for salmon or trout fishing in the famous Tay River or playing golf.After seven days in Scotland the group travels to London via first-class Britrail to stay six nights at the Knightsbridge Green Hotel in the Knightsbridge area of London, around the corner from Harrods and across from Hyde Park.Another highlight of the trip is the optional law day which includes a tour of Westminister, the Middle and Inner Temples, the Temple Church, Lincoln’s Inn, a four-course lunch with the barristers at the 600-year-old Middle Temple dining room, ending with tea at the Law Society.For more information contact John Pattillo at 146 Virginia Drive, Winter Park 32789; telephone (407) 644- 2816; fax (407) 629-5209 or e-mail email@example.com.Carlton Fields donates to Bay Area Legal Services Beginning July 1 the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida will implement its Facsimile Noticing Program.Attorneys who have returned the “Authorization for Participation in Facsimile Noticing Program” form will receive by fax, in lieu of transmission by United States mail, orders, judgments, and notices that originate with the court.The Clerk’s Office will maintain a report confirming delivery of each facsimile transmission. If the Clerk’s Office is unable to confirm receipt, the document will be sent by U.S. mail no later than the following business day.Attorneys who have not yet registered, but wish to participate in the Facsimile Noticing Program, must provide the Clerk’s Office with a completed form “Authorization for Participation in Facsimile Noticing Program.”Contact any divisional Clerk’s Office for the authorization form or download it from the court’s Web site at www.flmd.us courts.gov, under “Attorney Resources.”A separate authorization form must be completed by each attorney in a firm. Note that participation in this program requires that a dedicated fax line (not shared with a phone line) be available.Gerald Bennett trial scholarship now available The revised second edition of The Florida Public Records Handbook is now available with profiles on more than 150 of Florida’s most useful state and local public records.The handbook is published by the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee and is writen by Jacksonville journalist Joe Adams, who has spent more than a decade researching Florida public records and coaching others on how to use them.The handbook gives details about useful documents available at state agencies, the courthouse, city hall, and online. Many agency phone numbers, office addresses, and Web links are provided. It also includes a public records law question and answer section by Barbara A. Petersen, president of the foundation, and a summary of the state’s public records laws from Pat Gleason of the Florida Attorney General’s Office.Adams, an editorial writer and opinion page editor at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, also will provide periodic update information through his Web site at www.iDigAnswers.com.The publication debuted at the beginning of 2000 and quickly became a staple for lawyers, journalists, civic activists, paralegals, public officials, librarians, and residents throughout Florida.Petersen edited the project along with Mark Middlebrook, a former president of Investigative Reporters and Editors and now a public official with the Jacksonville Mayor’s Office. The handbook is the companion to the Government-in-the-Sunshine manual produced annually by the Florida Attorney General’s Office and also published by the foundation.Copies are available from the foundation prepaid for $24.95 or may be purchased in combination with the sunshine manual for $34.95. Make payment to The First Amendment Foundation, 336 E. College Ave., Suite 101, Tallahassee 32301. Order forms are on the foundation Web site at www.floridafaf.org. Call the foundation at (850) 822-3518 or (800) 337-3518 for more details.Florida Bar member becomes NY Bar leader A. Thomas Levin took office on June 1 as president of the 70,000-member New York State Bar Association.Officially elected this past January by the House of Delegates, the association’s decision and policy-making body, Levin – who also is a member of The Florida Bar — is the fourth president from Long Island in the 127-year history of the NYSBA, and the first from Nassau County.According to Levin, during his one-year term as president of the nation’s largest voluntary state bar, he will focus his efforts on several initiatives, including: increasing access to civil legal services for the poor, making legal services more affordable for middle income consumers, enhancing the state bar’s outreach to other professional organizations, and improving the public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.Since 1972, Levin has provided free legal services as general counsel to the Day Care Council of Nassau County and the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center, Inc. He is the 2002 recipient of the Nassau/Suffolk Legal Services Commitment to Justice Award for his tireless support of pro bono work in the community. He is a shareholder in the Mineola firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar will now make Okaloosa and Walton referrals Florida Bar members should now have received their 2003-2004 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.FLABAR.org.Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a late fee.YLD to fill 16th Circuit vacancy Paul L. SanGiovanni has been named president of the Orange County Bar Association for 2003-04.Other new OCBA officers include Wayne L. Helsby, president-elect; William E. Sublette, treasurer; and Rebecca L. Palmer, secretary.Funds raised for accounting scholarship Bar fees are payable July 1 The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, SC03-705 for August 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m.A maximum of 15 minutes to each side has been allotted for the arguments.Middle District implements fax notice program The Broward County Bar Association’s Solo/Small Law Firm Networking Group reached a new milestone with more than 60 attorneys attending a recent dinner program.“The networking group features group members who speak about their own law firm’s areas of practice, promoting the visibility of the participants,” according to Nancy W. Gregoire, president of the Broward County Bar Association. “The Broward Bar has created these interactive programs to enhance networking opportunities for law firms having four or fewer attorneys.”“Some attorneys have already received case referrals from other participants,” said Loring N. Spolter, a Ft. Lauderdale employment law attorney who is the group’s chair. “Many of the participants are ‘repeaters’ who recognize how the networking group can assist in business development.”Attorneys and mediators working in a variety of legal fields comprise the Networking Group without any single practice type dominating, Spotter said. With so many participating attorneys, dinner events are now being held every other month. On those months between dinner programs, the networking group is organizing neighborhood lunches to create more business development opportunities.For more information call Spolter at (954) 728-3494.Seats available for Scotland trip The Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is now serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, which previously were covered by The Florida Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service.In 2002, the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service submitted a request to the Board of Governors to add Okaloosa and Walton counties to its coverage area, which was approved.“We had to wait until the new telephone books were published in those two counties so that the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association’s Yellow Page ad for the referral service would appear,” said Karen Kelly, director of the Bar’s LRS. “The telephone books were published in May, so we are now making the transition from covering those two counties to the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar covering those counties.”Kelly said letters have been sent to all the attorneys that are currently on The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service informing them of the change and asking them to contact the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association if they wish to join its service.Those interested in joining the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association’s referral service may call (850) 434-8135 to receive an application.Broward’s small firm networking group begins to draw crowds Continuing a renewed tradition of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, spring 2003 graduates presented approximately $25,000 in gifts and pledges to Dean Jon Mills at recent commencement ceremonies.John Marshall Bar Association “Student of the Year” Nicole Kibert of Tampa presented the contribution to Mills with the request it be used to help support 10 of the school’s student organizations and a variety of student/faculty programs.Student members of the Law Alumni Council coordinated the fundraising effort. This is the fourth consecutive class to raise funds for the school since renewal by the 2001 graduates of a tradition dormant in the ’90s. With return of the “class gift,” more than $66,400 has been given or pledged to the college by its last four graduating classes.Treasure Coast women lawyers assist students The Suntrust/Fowler White Boggs Banker Local Accounting Scholarship Fund now exceeds $120,000 thanks to this year’s recent CPA Extravaganza, an annual continuing education day for Tampa Bay area certified public accountants.Proceeds from the seminar go to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to award scholarships to University of South Florida and University of Tampa students and to continue building an endowment for those scholarships.Scholarship recipients Kelley Neff from the University of Tampa and Jason Burkett and Deborah Bischsel from the University of South Florida were introduced to the more than 300 seminar attendees.“This event continues to be a model effort for other organizations in combining philanthropy with professional education,” said George Baxter, president of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.Jack Boggs, chair of Fowler White Boggs Banker said, “Our participation not only provides continuing education to local CPAs but provides funds for students who can hopefully make a difference in the future of our community.”Caribbean Bar launches Web site Expanding ways to recruit public members for Bar grievance committees, monitoring the Dignity in Law program, and continuing the Bar’s outreach program with local bars has been occupying the Communications Committee’s time.Chair David Welch reported to the Board of Governors recently that the panel considered a suggestion from a Bar staffer to more widely publicize public member vacancies on grievance committees and have a screening committee review applicants.Currently, Welch noted, Board of Governors members make recommendations for public appointees for their local committees.The Communications Committee recommended organizing more publicity, but not using screening committees.“The committee recommended issuing press releases about the appointment of new lay people to local grievance committees to generate publicity about the fact that we do have public members on our grievance panels,” Welch said. “This would inspire people to seek membership on grievance panels.”Those interested would be told to contact the Bar’s Public Information Office for more information, he said.The committee has been active in monitoring the Dignity in Law program, and Welch echoed comments by outgoing Bar President Tod Aronovitz (see story elsewhere in this News ) about the success of the effort’s first year. “It’s been a remarkable program and it’s been very well received,” he said.Welch touted the success of the Bar’s outreach program that matches funds with local bars for programs that educate the public about the legal system and the judiciary. The two most recent grants went to the Tallahassee Women Lawyers and the Palm Beach County Bar Association for Law Week related activities.He noted a Broward County Bar Association produced a videotape explaining legislative actions on judiciary funding in the wake of 1998’s Revision 7 constitutional amendment has attracted interest. He said eight other local bars have requested copies to use in their public education efforts.On another matter, Welch said the committee had approved a new public information pamphlet dealing with revocable trusts. It is one of dozens the Bar makes available to the public to answer and explain common legal questions and problems.Public records guide available
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“The trial is expected to start in early July,” local police chief Wawan Sumantri told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.”The investigation showed the motive … was due to the family feeling ashamed,” he said earlier, adding that the case had forced the remaining family to leave their home in the area due to the rejection of the local community.So-called honor killings, which are more common in some parts of the Middle East and South Asia, are extremely rare in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of 260 million people.The United Nations estimates about 5,000 women are killed each year by family members over perceived damage to “honor” that can involve having a boyfriend, seeking a divorce or behaving in a way that is deemed inappropriate. Socially conservative Indonesia has the world’s eighth-highest number of child marriages, according to UN data, and the Bantaeng Regency case has sparked calls for public education campaigns to help end traditional practices that harm women and girls.”The victim must be given justice,” said Beka Ulung Hapsara, a commissioner at Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights, a government-backed body.”Local government and law enforcement officials must provide public education about existing traditions and eliminate them,” he added.In Pakistan in May, police arrested the cousin of two teenage sisters whom he is suspected of killing after a video of the girls kissing a man went viral on social media.Thousands of incidents of violence against women perceived to have “damaged” family honor are reported in Pakistan each year and many more go unreported, rights groups say.In Iran, a father’s killing of his 14-year-old daughter over her relationship with a man caused widespread anger in the country last month, with President Hassan Rouhani urging lawmakers to work on a bill to prevent violence against women. Two Indonesian brothers will go on trial next month for the murder of their teenage sister in a so-called honor killing, police said on Tuesday, a rare case in the country that has prompted calls for action to protect women and girls.The men are accused of killing the 16-year-old girl by attacking her with a machete and a wooden stick because they believed she had had sex outside marriage with a cousin, according to police in the Bantaeng Regency of Sulawesi island.If convicted of premeditated murder, the brothers – aged 20 and 30 – could face the death penalty. Topics :
Free The Six-Pack, Government That Works, Liquor Reform, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf sent the following letter to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board requesting that they “free the six-pack.” A copy of the letter can be viewed here.Dear Board Members:I am requesting that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) favorably consider license applications from businesses with appropriate protections to sell up to 192 ounces of malt or brewed beverages. Doing so will make purchasing beer more convenient for Pennsylvanians and is consistent with recent precedent in the Commonwealth Court. I understand that there are twelve such applications up for approval at the May 25 board meeting, and I respectfully ask that PLCB approve all of those applications that otherwise meet PLCB standards.Currently, the Pennsylvania Liquor Code requires that the PLCB “shall refuse any application for a new license [or] the transfer of any license to a location where the sale of liquid fuels or oil is conducted.” As you know, however, a recent Commonwealth Court ruling affirmed PLCB’s interpretation of this provision to permit the sale of malt and brewed beverages on the same property as liquid fuels, as long as points of sale are appropriately separated. The Court’s ruling in Water Street Beverage, Ltd. v. PLCB affirmed PLCB’s decision to approve a license for Weis Café, when Weis had gas pumps on the same property as the proposed Café. The Court’s decision sets important precedent that both clarifies this provision of the Liquor Code and allows for the sale of malt or brewed beverages at gas stations and other businesses under appropriate circumstances.I respectfully ask the PLCB to approve the license applications pending before the Board, as well as all subsequent similar applications, that involve the same factual circumstances approved by the Board and the Court with respect to Weis Café. Allowing malt or brewed beverages to be sold at gas stations under appropriate circumstances is an important step toward our shared goal of “freeing the six-pack” and increasing convenience and improving customer satisfaction for all Pennsylvanians.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernor SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 24, 2016 Governor Wolf Calls On PLCB to “Free the Six-Pack” in Gas Stations
Pumpkin Island can be rented for as little as $205 per person a night for 14 adults. Photo: SUPPLIEDIF the post-holiday blues have you feeling down, why not start planning a private island getaway.And don’t worry if you’re a bit cash-strapped after Christmas — there is a Queensland island you can book for as little as $205 per person a night, if you bring along 13 friends. Pumpkin Island is in the southern Great Barrier Reef just 14km off the coast from Yeppoon. The self-sufficient island is 6ha in size and can cater for up to 34 guests across five cottages and two bungalows — all with full kitchens, bathrooms and private decks offering sunset views. Each unit is run off solar and wind power. The sole lease on St Bees Island in the Whitsundays is on the market for $2.5 million. Photo: SUPPLIEDBut if you are in the market to purchase your own private island paradise, the 4.5ha lease on St Bees Island in the Whitsundays is for sale for $2.5 million. The sale includes 10 buildings and sheds with a main house on the south end of the lease, guest accommodation to north and no one else on the 1100ha island. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Pumpkin Island has just five cottages and two bungalows.Some may know the island from when it was renamed XXXX Island, between 2012 and 2015, and used by Castlemain Perkins to promote its range of XXXX beers. ISLAND GETAWAY WITH KOALA-TY NEIGHBOURS The island has sandy beaches, a licensed lounge area, lookout, bonfire area and a communal wood fired pizza oven. Guests have access to glass bottom kayaks, stand up paddleboards, paddle boats, fishing gear and snorkelling gear or they can hire a tinnie for a day of fishing. The cost to hire the whole island starts from $2220 a night for 10 adults across the five cottages or $2870 for 14 adults across the five cottages and two bungalows. The island’s maximum capacity is 34 people with children under 16 free.
The trustees were also given greater powers if any of the above commitments were not met.Malcolm Weir, director of restructuring and insolvency at the PPF, said: “This offer goes a long way to addressing the PPF’s concerns and, in de-risking the pension scheme, offering greater protection for the current and retired members in the pension scheme.”The PPF took over the pension creditor rights earlier this month when the company first lodged a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), as the restructuring proposals are formally called.Earlier this week it had said it “felt compelled” to vote against the CVA proposals despite its engagement with the company.In a letter to the chair of the parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee, PPF chief executive Alan Rubenstein had added: “The challenges faced by the company, with its US parent in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the current position of the UK high street, are not of the pension scheme’s making.”“The role of the PPF is to protect the pension scheme members and to reduce the potential costs to other employers who sponsor defined benefit schemes in the UK,” he noted. “We continue to engage with the company to strive to ensure an outcome in the best interests of our members and levy-payers.”The Toys R Us Pension & Life Assurance Scheme has around 600 members, a PPF deficit of around £30m and a buy-out deficit of approximately £93m, according to information in Rubenstein’s letter.Commenting on the last-minute agreement reached yesterday, Graham Barker, chair of the trustees, and Tom Lukic, director with Dalriada Trustees Limited, professional trustee to the scheme, said: “While the trustee board very much appreciates the impact of the CVA on a number of employees and stores, we are pleased that agreement has been reached for the PPF to vote for the CVA.” New PPF levyThe PPF this week published its final levy rules for 2018-19. The levy estimate is £550m, just over 10% lower than the levy estimate for 2017-18 (£615m).David Taylor, executive director and general counsel at the PPF, said: “The levy we receive continues to play a vital role in our funding strategy. Despite significant risks, we’re on track to meet our long-term funding target which means we can set the levy at this level.”The country’s pension fund association said the £550m levy was the lowest ever, and that two-thirds of schemes would pay a lower levy.“We are also pleased to see that SMEs will see both a 30% reduction in bills and a simplified process for certifying Deficit Reduction Contributions,” said Caroline Escott, investment and defined benefit policy lead at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.The PPF also updated its own insolvency model to make use of credit ratings where available, or a specific credit model for financial institutions, to assess insolvency risk. The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has struck a deal with the UK division of retailer Toys R Us to protect its pension scheme while preventing the company from falling into administration.The UK lifeboat fund had been poised to vote against a restructuring proposal at a creditors’ meeting yesterday, but before the vote took place the company made concessions to satisfy the PPF.The company agreed to pay £9.8m (€11.1m) into the pension plan: £3.8m upfront in 2018, and a further £6m promised during 2019 and 2020.The deal has also shortened the pension deficit recovery plan to 10 years, and Toys R Us has undertaken to seek additional support from its US parent company for the pension scheme.
Lurline; Image courtesy of MatsonMatson’s first Kanaloa-class LNG-ready containership has been named at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard.Matson said on Monday that the vessel was named Lurline, a name carried by the company’s first ship of that name in 1887.The Lurline is the first of two new ships being built for Matson by NASSCO at a total cost of around $500 million for the pair. The company’s two Kanaloa Class vessels under construction at the NASSCO shipyard are being built on a 3,500 TEU platform.At 870 feet long and weighing in at over 50,000 tonnes, Lurline will be Matson’s largest ship and the largest combination container and roll-on/roll-off (con-ro) vessel ever constructed in the U.S.Both new Kanaloa Class vessels will also feature the first Tier 3 dual fuel engines to be deployed in containerships serving West Coast ports.Under the latest International Maritime Organization requirements for engine manufacturers, Tier 3 engines reduce the levels of particulate emissions by 40 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 20 percent, as compared to Tier 2 standards.Immediately after the breaking of a ceremonial bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull, the vessel was released from its build ways and slid backward into San Diego Bay.Lurline was then docked at NASSCO’s nearby testing and trials berth, where the final stages of construction will be completed. Matson is expected to take delivery of the vessel in late October 2019.It is worth noting that NASSCO cut first steel on the second Kanaloa-class LNG-ready containership for Matson back in April 2018. The vessel, named Matsonia, is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2020.
Ricky Thornton Jr. repeated as winner of the Clash at the Creek special for IMCA Modifieds at 141 Speedway. Thornton’s 17th Modified win of the season was good for $10,000. (Photo by Joe Slack, www.danlewisphoto.net) “I lapped just a handful of cars, so traffic was never much of a factor,” Thornton said. “I preferred the lower line but I could run wherever. Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Terry Phillips; 3. Hunter Marriott; 4. Jordan Grabouski; 5. Tim Ward; 6. Jeff Larson; 7. Lucas Lamberies; 8. Cody Laney; 9. Todd Dart; 10. Joey Taycher; 11. Shawn Kilgore; 12. Brock Bauman; 13. Josh Long; 14. Benji LaCrosse; 15. Joel Rust; 16. Marcus Yarie; 17. Mike Mullen; 18. Lance Mari; 19. Jason Hughes; 20. Johnny Whitman; 21. Greg Gretz; 22. Tanner Black; 23. Justin Ritchie; 24. Jake O’Neil. Thornton led the last 45 of the 50 laps in repeating as winner of the Clash at the Creek main event for IMCA Modifieds at 141 Speedway. “This event is definitely near the top of my list of wins. It’s huge,” he said. “The track fits my driving style and there were a lot of good cars here. Realistically, everyone in the feature had a shot to win it.” “We wanted to concentrate on the Modified here because we knew they’d have so many good cars,” he said of the decision to leave the Stock Car at home. “We wanted to put all our focus on the Modified.” FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 20) – The much-traveled Ricky Thornton Jr. made another stop in victory lane Thursday night, this time at the end of a $10,000 payday. Pole starter Terry Phillips was second and 13th starting Hunter Marriott ended in third. Rounding out the top five were Jordan Grabouski and Tim Ward. Grabouski, another two-division star, and Rod Snellenberger were IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winners at the Clash. Cody Schroeder and Travis Hansen topped Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod features. Hard charger Joey Taycher took the initial green flag last in the field of 24 and finished 10th. A pleasant surprise that followed the post-race check presentation was the temperature of 141’s infield pond. “It was warmer than I expected it to be,” Thornton said after the traditional post-race dip. “I thought it would be freezing.” Modified qualifying started Wednesday at Francis Creek; nine states were represented in the feature at the 11th annual event. Thornton had started third and made his run at Phillips and the lead following an early restart. There was only one caution when Thornton was in front and the race ended with 35 green flag circuits. A multiple-time qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Thornton has now won 17 of his 28 IMCA Modified starts this season, at 11 different tracks in five states. He’s also won four of seven IMCA Sunoco Stock Car outings.