Sanders’ support from the music community has been a key to spreading his message, and in advance of the crucial April 19th New York Democratic Primary, a stellar assortment of musicians are getting together to back their candidate. On April 18th at The Hall at MP, in Brooklyn, NY, the “Get Out and Vote For Bernie” benefit concert will be led by the group Kung Fu, with special guest support from an all-star cast, including Phish’s Jon Fishman, Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge, String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman, and so many more.As Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign is “people-powered,” any and all donations to the campaign can go a long way. Donation stations will be set up at the event, and you can also contribute prior to the event here.SHOW INFO:“Get Out and Vote For Bernie” ft. Fu & Phriends, with Jon Fishman, Oteil Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Kung Fu, and more guests TBAMonday, April 18thThe Hall At MPBrooklyn, NYDoors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pmAdmission is FREE with RSVP, Suggested Donation: $27 Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike have long been friends, so it came as no surprise that Sanders showed his appreciation for Run The Jewels by introducing them at Coachella last night. Sanders appeared via video, expressing his sincere appreciation for Killer Mike’s efforts.Watch Sanders’ video introduction below:
However, he emphasised that the growth objective was “not a question of being aggressive” or competing against other countries, but about growing the second pillar and taking a part of the additional assets. The EU’s latest triennial pension adequacy report, published last year, showed that Europe faced “a major challenge… to avoid retirement poverty”, he said.According to PensioPlus, 19 cross-border pension vehicles have been established in the country. Information maintained by FSMA, the Belgian financial markets supervisor, showed these pension funds were active in countries including Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.According to FSMA, at the end of 2017 the total balance sheet of pension funds in Belgium stood at €35bn, up 18% from the year before. Asset transfers from foreign pension scheme providers played a big part in this growth.Speaking to IPE’s sister title Pensioen Pro, Neyt said there were a number of countries that could transfer pension funds to Belgium using cross-border rules introduced under IORP regulations. This was despite new restrictions brought in last year in the Netherlands in an attempt to raise the bar for such transfers.Aon last week relaunched a plan to switch the Pensioenfonds Aon Groep Nederland to Belgium – although it must now obtain the backing of at least two thirds of its members. Credit: Joaquin Aranoa Brussels, BelgiumInvestment returnsBelgian pension funds lost 3.2% on their investments in 2018, PensioPlus reported, although this result was more than offset by performance in the first quarter of 2019.The association said stronger financial market conditions at the beginning of this year meant investments run by domestic pension funds had gained 2.2% by the end of February.PensioPlus also suggested that the 2018 result was a snapshot of “little significance”, with pension funds’ investment performance needing to be analysed over the long-term. Over 34 years Belgian pension funds’ invested assets had gained 4.4% a year net of inflation, it reported.Funds were also in a “very strong” funding position as at the end of 2018, PensioPlus said: based on figures from the end of 2017, the short-term funding ratio was 137% and the long-term funding ratio was 114%.Every year PensioPlus surveys domestic pension funds about their investment performance and asset allocation. The latest survey captured 63 workplace pension funds with €22.6bn in assets under management, representing 64% of the sector. Belgium’s workplace pension fund association would like to see the country’s schemes hold a collective €100bn assets under management by 2025 – more than twice as much as they currently manage.Philip Neyt, president of PensioPlus, told IPE the objective was not “far-fetched”. Inflows into Belgian pension funds were still larger than outflows, and there was also scope for the second pillar sector to grow further in the public sector, where many employees – as opposed to civil servants – did not have access to workplace pension funds. In addition, a growing population of mobile Europeans would appeal to pan-European pension funds, which were also attractive to multi-national corporations from an efficiency and oversight perspective, according to Neyt. Belgium has emerged as the primary domicile of choice for pan-European schemes.Neyt said that pan-European pension funds in Belgium currently accounted for around 25% of the sector’s €40bn in assets under management, with the expectation that this would increase to around half by 2025.
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t use these products. The study published online Dec. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer and suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products.Using data from 46,709 women in the Sister Study, researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH, found that women who regularly used permanent hair dye in the year prior to enrolling in the study were 9% more likely than women who didn’t use hair dye to develop breast cancer. Among African American women, using permanent dyes every five to eight weeks or more was associated with a 60% increased risk of breast cancer as compared with an 8% increased risk for white women. The research team found little to no increase in breast cancer risk for semi-permanent or temporary dye use.An intriguing finding was the association between the use of chemical hair straighteners and breast cancer. Dr. White and colleagues found that women who used hair straighteners at least every five to eight weeks were about 30% more likely to develop breast cancer. While the association between straightener use and breast cancer was similar in African American and white women, straightener use was much more common among African American women.Co-author Dale Sandler, Ph.D., chief of the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch, cautioned that although there is some prior evidence to support the association with chemical straighteners, these results need to be replicated in other studies.When asked if women should stop dyeing or straightening their hair, Sandler said, “We are exposed to many things that could potentially contribute to breast cancer, and it is unlikely that any single factor explains a woman’s risk. While it is too early to make a firm recommendation, avoiding these chemicals might be one more thing women can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer.”
IN a display reminiscent of Shane Warne in his pomp, 18-year-old Australian leg-spinner Lloyd Pope decimated England’s Under-19 side, knocking them out of the World Cup in the unlikeliest of fashions.England looked to be on course for a comfortable quarter-final win, having reduced their opponents in Queenstown to 127 all out and cruising at 47 without loss in reply.But Pope entered the attack to take the first five wickets of the innings in just 32 balls, returning for a second 15-ball spell in which he bamboozled England’s tail-emders for three further wickets.His figures of eight for 35 off 9.4 overs led to inevitable comparisons to Warne, who tweeted his congratulations and revealed he had bowled with the youngster two years ago, hailing him as “a real talent”.Warne wrote: “This is terrific and brings a huge smile to myself. I had the pleasure of meeting this impressive young man in Adelaide a while ago. Was nice to bowl with him too – Lloyd give it a rip – well done and congrats! Spin to win my friend.”It brought an abrupt end to England’s hopes of winning the tournament, with Australia lined up to face either Afghanistan or hosts New Zealand in the last four.“You always have to have belief to win the game,” said Pope after his one-man performance. “All the boys have worked so hard for this and we never gave up – that’s the true spirit of all the boys. I always love playing for my country and to take some wickets was really awesome.”The red-haired Pope, who understandably boasts Warne as his idol, got into England’s heads from the outset of his spell. First, England opener Liam Banks was stumped by Baxter Holt, then captain Harry Brook was bowled by a googly, leaving Pope on a hat-trick.Although he failed to get his three in three, he did not have to wait long before Will Jacks was out for a solitary run.England still looked in the ascendancy with Tom Banton having scored 58 runs off 53 balls but his departure – caught at slip – caused panic in the England camp as wickets then fell steadily and they lost their final six wickets for just 25 runs.