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5 Reasons Not To Miss The Inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival In Days Between Jazz Fest

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first_imgThe inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival runs during the days between Jazz Fest, from April 25th through the 27th. The fest brings together all the elements of a perfect party: Awesome music, delicious food and plenty of refreshing beer. With music fans everywhere descending on New Orleans for beloved music festival, the city is gearing up to show the world why it’s known as one of the greatest places to party on the planet. While there’s no shortage of fun to be had during Jazz Fest itself, there is a three day lull in between weekends that cried out for a party, and those pleas were answered by the NOLA Crawfish Festival. Situated in the “Daze Between,” the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when Jazz Fest is resetting itself, the NOLA Crawfish Festival is giving local fans and visitors to the Crescent City alike a way to let the good times keep rolling.Here’s the top five reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime combination of authentic New Orleans tunes, food, friends and fun.1. The MusicThe musical legacy of New Orleans will be on display for all three days of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, with appearances by local legends like The Meters George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk‘s Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne, The Radiators’ David Malone, Papa Mali, Papa Gros and many more in a series of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Gathering so many gifted improvisers together and turning them loose guarantees that, wherever the music flows, the players will be ready for whatever they throw at each other. There are also a few of Nawlins stalwart bands on the bill, including Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Honey Island Swamp Band, Colin Lake, Mike Zito & The Wheel, and Johnny Sansone who will be delivering sets of home grown funk to the lucky attendees.  2. The FoodThe NOLA Crawfish King himself, Chris “Shaggy” Davis, will be on hand to feed the crowd with his world famous crawfish boil. No stranger to music events, Shaggy has earned a reputation as the “Go to” source for anyone who wants to bring the spirit of New Orleans to their shows across the country. Ever since a fortuitous accident brought him to the city decades ago, Shaggy has worked to unite the community through his lovingly prepared boil.  Using the freshest ingredients and an on-site boiler system, Shaggy will be overseeing the preparation of thousands of pounds of tasty crawfish and fixings for the crowd.  The best part?  The incredible feast is included in the ticket price, and you’ll find yourself bellying up to the buffet tables next to fellow fans and musicians alike.NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New Festival3. The BeerThanks to the NOLA Crawfish Festival host, the NOLA Brewery, there’s no worries about running out of tasty beverages to wash down all that scrumptious crawfish boil. The NOLA Brewery has earned a strong reputation for crafting a wide selection of year round offerings like ales, IPAs, stouts and special, seasonal concoctions that reflect the ingredients available during the different stages of the year. To help wash down all the wonderful food, there’s nothing better than an ice cold, hand crafted beer, and The NOLA Brewery is even crafting a special, limited edition signature brew to help wash down all the wonderful food that crowds will enjoy.4. The LocationThe city itself is more than just a backdrop for the NOLA Crawfish Festival; its laid back demeanor and round-the-clock celebration is the very ground on which the event is built. New Orleans is a hodgepodge of building styles that reflects the diverse heritage of its citizens. Countless homegrown legends have emerged from the Crescent City in nearly every genre, from funk to jazz to rock and beyond. And of course, there’s the city-wide commitment to gather together for practically any excuse to party at the drop of a hat! 5. The TimingThe saddest sounds you’ll ever hear in New Orleans during Jazz Fest are always the last notes of the night. The three days in-between the official event weekends usually leaves diehard music fans adrift during the daytime hours, with nothing to feed their cravings until the night-time shows.  With the arrival of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, those three days are a shining oasis of revelry.With all the wonderful reasons to attend, it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend the days between Jazz Fest weekend than listening to some of the finest in New Orleans music, bellying up to tables laden with some of the best crawfish boil in the world, and  washing it down with a variety of locally made craft beers. With the addition of the NOLA Crawfish Festival to the Jazz Fest season, it’s possible to spend ten straight days going around the clock in a magical musical marathon. Join the fun and get your tickets while they last HERE.You can enter to win tickets below!last_img read more

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Pension fund for Danish teachers returns 2.1% after turbulent year

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first_imgIt said this was particularly the case for foreign shares, including emerging markets equities, high-yield bonds and timber land.The investment portfolio’s rate of return amounted to 1.2%, compared with an expected long-term rate of 5.2%, according to the investment strategy, the pension fund said.Total group assets grew to DKK88.1bn at the end of December 2015 from DKK82.0bn 12 months before, and solvency coverage rose to 316% from 311%.Contributions rose to DKK4.8bn in 2015 from DKK4.5bn the year before.The interest rate paid on pension savings (depotrente) after pensions tax rose to 5.5% from 3.75%.Lærernes said its supervisory board had approved its investment strategy for 2016 to 2020 in December.The new strategic investment portfolio had an expected return of 5.2% before tax and a risk level of around 23%, measured against a confidence level of 99.5%.It explained this meant that, statistically, there was only a 0.5% probability the investment portfolio would suffer an unexpected loss of more than 23% in the course of a year.Lærernes said the new investment strategy meant the pension fund would increase the proportion of its investments in alternative asset classes over the next few years, including property, private equities, forestry and infrastructure.To ensure costs are kept low, it outsourced a large part of its portfolio management to external managers. Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, reported a 2.1% return on investments last year, down from the 12.6% produced in 2014, with most asset classes performing more weakly than expected, according to the fund’s annual report.In absolute terms, the investment return fell to DKK1.4bn (€188m) in 2015 from DKK7.2bn in 2014.The pension fund said 2015 had been marked by big swings on the financial markets.In the report, the labour-market scheme said: “Lærernes Pension achieved a very high return on its holdings of Danish equities and on its real estate investments. But returns on the majority of other asset classes were more modest and lower than expected.”last_img read more

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Joseph Mariathasan: Fading glories and rising stars

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first_imgWhat lessons can cities like Rome learn from growing areas in China?Parts of Italy such as Rome, by contrast, have suffered from a build-up of garbage as the government grappled with replacing mob-related companies with legitimate ones.Dealing with wastes is an issue for both developed and developing countries, but the long-term solution cannot consist of the developed nations exporting their wastes to the developing – nor, indeed, allowing their industries to be subverted by corruption.As per-capita income in China increases, the lure of holidays to the great sites of Italy increases. At least relative to Hangzhou’s West Lake, many (with the exception of Venice) are still uncrowded.Europe aspires to a future greater than being a tourist theme park for wealthy Asian tourists. For that, perhaps countries like Italy need to take some lessons from what the Italian desk manager is seeing in China. By contrast, the desk manager said China had a long-term plan for development, seen through its focus on infrastructure, on education and on key areas of innovation including artificial intelligence and other technologies. One-yuan note displaying the West Lake in Hangzhou, ChinaHis views are clearly controversial, and perhaps extreme when it comes to the current situation and future prospects for Italy. Yet it is hard not to feel sympathy for his plight.Exploring West Lake also provided another perspective. Taking a tour by taxi on a Sunday – when Shanghainese come to the region for a break – was an exercise in frustration with an average speed in the taxi of perhaps a couple of kilometres an hour.Hangzhou is an ancient city with many areas of great beauty, particularly around West Lake. But today it is a fast-growing city of 9m people, and fast developing as a technology hub with the headquarters of Alibaba based in the city.As a result, the sheer numbers of visitors, particularly on weekends, is way beyond the numbers wandering around the forum in Rome – making a stroll around the lake akin to navigating London’s Oxford Street.Increased tourism in China is just one sign of its rising income. But as the Italian desk manager expounded, China has had to make choices between high growth and pollution.In the past it chose high growth, and that has come at a cost. China now has to grapple with solving environmental pollution issues such as air quality and river pollution.Europe also faced such issues in the past and has resolved many through government clampdowns, such as on coal-fired power stations. Where Europe and China have interacted more controversially recently has been over supposed recycling of Europe’s waste products in China.Concerns have been raised by the World Trade Organisation about China’s ban on imports of “foreign garbage”, and there have even been requests to halt implementation of the ban.As Zhang Ming, China’s head of mission to the EU explained in April, China started importing solid wastes in the 1980s and annual volume surged from 4.5m tons to 45m tons over the past 20 years. However, a large amount of prohibited wastes – or “foreign garbage” – was mixed up in the imports, harming China’s environment and threatening public health.Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environmental Programme, approved the ban, declaring: “We should see the Chinese decision as a great service to the Chinese people and a wake-up call to the rest of the world.”center_img Talking to a young Italian desk manager at a tourist hotel by the famous West Lake in Hangzhou in China in April provided a fascinating contrast between the fading glories of old Europe and the rising star of China.He had left a country with 45% unemployment amongst his contemporaries, he said, with an economy dominated by Mafiosi at the highest levels of provincial and state governments (so he claimed).The net result was endemic corruption and an exorbitant tax on middle-class employees who were unable to generate income in the black economy, he explained. He had had to depend on his mother’s income to supplement his own even while he was working as a young adult.  Italy has no plans for the future, he moaned, but instead harks back to a glorious but ancient past.last_img read more

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LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan rebounded from off games

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first_imgGuard J.J. Redick echoed that sentiment during a post-game interview.“DJ was great tonight,” said Redick, whose team finished 1-4 on their road trip and took on the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night at Staples Center. “More than whatever stats he put up, his energy was fantastic. That was big for us. I think he, more than anyone, kept us in the game.”Jordan also stepped out on the perimeter several times to guard Warriors guard Steph Curry. And did well.“I liked it,” Rivers said. “Curry got some garbage baskets at the end of the game. But overall I didn’t mind at all how we played him.”Rivers mentioned Jordan again prior to tip-off Thursday. DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers was coming off two subpar rebounding games when he took the floor at Golden State on Wednesday to take on the defending-champion Warriors.Jordan had just seven rebounds in Saturday’s loss at Memphis and only nine in Sunday’s defeat at New Orleans. Considering he averages 14.0 per game, that was noteworthy. But he was absolutely ferocious against Golden State, coming through with 20 rebounds to go along with 19 points, two blocks and three assists in the Clippers’ 114-98 loss.Were it not for Jordan, the Clippers likely would not have been as close as seven points in the fourth quarter.Afterward, coach Doc Rivers said Jordan was the “most dominant player on the floor, overall.” “His miles-per-hour last night was off the charts,” he said. Klay Thompson on sweepThe Golden State Warriors won all four games against the Clippers this season, six consecutive dating to this past season. After his Warriors defeated the Clippers 114-98 on Wednesday at Golden State, guard Klay Thompson spoke in complimentary tones about how difficult that was to accomplish.“It’s tough to sweep the same team four times, especially against one of the better teams in the league, so we’re proud of it,” he said. “It’s a team we’ll face down the line, so it’s always great to sweep a team; it’s not easy.”There is a strong chance the Clippers and Warriors will meet in the second round of the playoffs. Although Wednesday’s game was a 16-point margin, the other three games this season were much closer as the Warriors won by four (112-108), seven (124-117) and three (115-112) points.Clippers injured forward Blake Griffin played in the first two games, but not the last two.This and thatThe Clippers entered Thursday’s game with a record of 43-27, 26-14 without Griffin, who has not played since Christmas because of injuries. But they were just 3-7 over the past 10 games. … J.J. Redick was shooting 48 percent from 3-point range. The highest percentage from deep in franchise history belongs to Eric Piatkowski, who shot 46.6 percent in 2001-02. … Up next for the Clippers is Denver on Easter Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Then it’s the Boston Celtics on Monday night.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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