Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited (SBU.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited (SBU.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited (SBU.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited (SBU.ug) 2011 annual report.Company ProfileStanbic Bank Uganda Limited is a leading financial institution in Uganda offering banking products and services to the retail, commercial and corporate segments. Its product offering ranges from savings, fixed deposits and call accounts to term loans, mortgage lending products and vehicle and equipment finance. The commercial division offers investment banking services ranging from corporate finance, debt primary market, securitisation and equity capital to exchange control advisory, credit trading, equity derivatives and interest rate trading and lending. Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited targets the oil and gas, power and infrastructure, public, consumer and financial institution sectors in Uganda. The company has an extensive network of branches, ATMs and customer service centres. Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange
Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileSouthern Cross Tourist Company Limited is a Mauritian company that has activities in the tourism and leisure sector where the company owns and operates hotels in Mauritius. The company manages hotels such as the Preskil Beach Resort at Pointe Jerome, Mahebourg, Astroea Beach at Pointe D’Esny, Mahébourg, and Solana Beach at Belle Mare, Mauritius. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is headquartered in Curepipe, Mauritius, and operates as a subsidiary of The Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Both nominated: Tom Curry of England and Ardie Savea of New Zealand embrace (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Here is the shortlist for men’s and women’s 15s players of the year, the breakthrough player of the year and try of the year. Also make sure you know about the Groups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In the build-up to the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa on Saturday, we saw World Rugby announce men’s player of the year nominees as well as the shortlists for several other awards.The nominees for World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard are: Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa), Tom Curry (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa), Ardie Savea (New Zealand) and Joe Taufete’e (USA).The nominees for World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard are: Sarah Bern (England), Pauline Bourdon (France), Kendra Cocksedge (New Zealand), Katy Daley-Mclean (England) and Emily Scarratt (England).World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said of both prestigious lists: “The World Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year awards are the ultimate accolade for Test players and this year there have been an exceptional number of outstanding candidates. I would like to congratulate all 11 players who, deservingly, have been nominated for this year’s award.”World Rugby also gave us the list of coach of the year award nominees. On it are South African coach Rassie Eramus, New Zealand’s Steve Hansen, England’s Eddie Jones, Japan’s Jamie Joseph and Wales.For try of the year, the nominees are Charles Ollivon (France), Cobus Reinach (South Africa), TJ Perenara (New Zealand), Sergio Parisse (Italy). You can watch all of the scores above. And then there’s the award for breakthrough player of the year. Up for the gong are Joe Cokanasiga (England), Herschel Jantjies (South Africa) and Romain Ntamack (France).The winners will be named at the World Rugby Awards at The Prince Park Tower in Tokyo, Japan, on 3 November.Who do you think should win the gongs?Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.
Linkedin LIMERICK-based neurolinguistic programming practitioner Moira Geary brings her National Positivity Trail workshop to the Absolute Hotel on January 28 to teach people tangible coping skills so they can manage the stresses of everyday life.An expert in cognitive re-imprinting and neurological re-patterning, Moira has worked with the world’s leading mind experts including Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler. The first of its kind in Ireland, her National Positivity Trail aims to “provide some light”, counteracting the effect of what some feel is the most depressing time of year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “After the glitzy celebrations and indulgences of Christmas, the anti-climax of a bleak January can bring doom and gloom. Struggling with strict diets, fitness regimes and restrictive New Year’s resolutions, it’s a time of year that can be synonymous with feeling deprived, deflated and down,” suggested Moira, a native of the South Circular Road.“As many of us battle with anxieties and fears around change, failure, money, work and relationships for much of the year, our worries are often exacerbated in January,” she commented.According to Ms Geary, a mother of three teenage sons, “positivity” is the ability to feel hopeful despite a challenging environment. Moira has taught thousands of people locally and all over the world how to manage stress and fear so they can create the good life they deserve.“There’s no escaping the fact that life regularly dishes up problems, but it’s our perception of these issues that determines our ability to cope. Every day we’re inspired by examples of people who uncover incredible strength and courage to overcome the most difficult and painful of situations. Attitude really is everything,” she believes.Ms Geary went on to say that late January and February represent new beginnings.“This period of renewal and growth marks the shedding of old stuff that doesn’t serve us and the potential of better things to come,” said Moira.Enduring financial hardship and personal tragedy has enabled the Limerick woman to overcome her own challenges so she can walk her talk. Moira is now on a mission to get everyone in Limerick on board The National Positivity Trail and feeling more optimistic about life.“There is always another way. It doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it, we can get relief,” she concluded.The National Positivity Trail aims to teach people key coping skills so they can feel lighter, more confident, and become open to the possibilities around them. Moira is giving her time free to teach her techniques at her workshop in the Absolute Hotel on Tuesday January 28 at 7.30pm and in return is requesting a €15 donation to support causes that are focused on empowerment. For more details log onto www.moirageary.com/trail. NewsHealthCoping skills workshop to ‘provide some light’By Alan Jacques – January 22, 2014 844 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Music: 40Hurtz #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp Print Previous articleState to gamble on seizing poker player’s cashNext articleFormer staff members hold sit-in protest at Ivan’s Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook TAGScoping skillsMoira GearyMusic Limerick Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement
Advertisement The European Expo 2020 is a unique exploration of the importance of the European Union to its people and vice versa. Over the course of 2020 it will showcase Irish and other EU cultures, through education, entertainment and information. It takes the form of exhibitions to educate us about the work of the EU institutions, debates about the big issues facing the EU and our region and of course fun participatory events highlighting the common ties which bind us together. At its heart is an exhibition from the European Investment Bank Art Collection, called Belonging, to be based in venues across the city and curated by the Hunt Museum.We have several partners (see below) already committed to bringing existing events under the European Expo banner: St. Mary’s Cathedral staging Ode to Joy, the European Anthem and a celebration of the birth of Beethoven; the Kemmy Business School, UL and RHH International running a more high level understanding of the politics and institutions of the EU; LC&CC running the Bastille/Wild Geese Festival with the Honorary Consul for France; a reunion of the UL Erasmus Alumni; national celebrations such as Romania day; the Art Business Europe conference; a high level economics conference Infiniti 2020; discussions on the importance of language from the Centre for European Studies; LSAD second-year students reflecting and interpreting the EIB Belonging exhibition; Mary I and the Limerick & Clare Education Training Board integrating Education as a core element; street parties from all our EU communities living in Limerick and much much more. It is a call out to future generations to look towards Europe and find ways of solving global issues around climate, migration, nationalism, finance, culture, economics etc.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Councillor James Collins, Cathaoirleach of the Metropolitan District of Limerick launched the European Expo 2020 by reinforcing the European credentials of Limerick and highlighting that it is looking to answer two key questions: Email Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! “This European Expo 2020 will help to demonstrate the role of the EU for each of us here in Limerick and to reinforce the European nature of Limerick and the region. We believe it is important to show, not just tell, what the EU has done and is doing for you.At the launch John Moran, RHH International, Chair of the Hunt Museum, LDA and #LiveableLimerick said:“The EU has been a force for development here in Limerick, but also across Europe, of a new shared community, not just a common market but the guardian of peace and European values.The European Expo is a moment for each of us to get involved to show the world we care to protect this against forces wishing to pull us apart and to welcome others who aspire to be part of our community.We want the year 2020 in Limerick to be a contemporary, people-focused, voyage of exploration through media like art, education, politics, culture and even sport. Discussions about the EU need to be interesting and exciting and involve everyone.”Professor Kerstin Mey talking about the essential European nature of the University of Limerick said:“Engagement of the UL, its staff and students is not only important from an institutional perspective. The extent to which globalisation is affecting Ireland demonstrates the need for more awareness of, and preparation for the impact of globalisation on the process of European integration. Developing Ireland’s direct links with other EU partners takes on a greater urgency, not only in the face of Brexit but with regard to the growing nationalism and populism across countries in Europe promoting cultural values of equality, inclusiveness and diversity.”European Expo 2020 is a fantastic expression of who we are and we would encourage cultural organisations, community groups, businesses and everyone to get involved. Limerick is the testbed for the European Expo 2020 which is going to have major implications for Europe and the world. Limerick is going to lead the way in finding solutions for Europe. Print WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleLimerick Post Show | European Expo 2020 LaunchNext articleMan arrested in Limerick City murder case Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsSocietyVideoEuropean Expo 2020 launched at Limerick’s Hunt MuseumBy Staff Reporter – September 10, 2019 378 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TAGSeuro expo 2020Limerick City and County Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
ColumnsReworking Approved Resolution Plans Under the IBC Harini Subramani & Saamir Raketla17 May 2020 11:06 PMShare This – xIn light of the lockdown implementation due to the COVID19 pandemic, it is imperative to re-examine resolution plans approved prior to the lockdown, mainly for two reasons: (i) the timelines approved in the resolution plan may no longer be practical and (ii) the commercial viability i.e. the underlying feasibility of implementing the resolution plan, given the present economic situation…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn light of the lockdown implementation due to the COVID19 pandemic, it is imperative to re-examine resolution plans approved prior to the lockdown, mainly for two reasons: (i) the timelines approved in the resolution plan may no longer be practical and (ii) the commercial viability i.e. the underlying feasibility of implementing the resolution plan, given the present economic situation may have changed. This article explores the legal provisions within the framework of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“Code”) to see if such resolution plans may be amended whether or not such plans have within it the construct of a force majeure clause. Under the Code, the following are the possible consequences for failure to implement or rescinding an approved resolution plan: (i) the corporate debtor may go in for liquidation; or (ii) penal and criminal liability (per section 74 of the Code). Earlier, there have been instances where approved resolution plans have been either withdrawn either under S.12A of the Code or where information supplied to the successful resolution applicant has been incomplete or (rescinded) where the time limit under the Code has elapsed or modified because of discrimination against different types of creditors. In the present situation due to the unprecedented effects of COVID19 pandemic, is it feasible or fair to send companies into liquidation for non-performance by the successful resolution applicant on account of frustration and/or (apparent) force majeure? Until the period of December 2019, reportedly the adjudicating authorities have approved 190 resolution plans. The need to find appropriate solutions has never been more pressing. The Code read with the Insolvency Resolution Regulations, mandates that the resolution plan must specifically demonstrate that it is inter alia ‘feasible and viable’ but does not specify the requirement of a force majeure clause. In its present framework, the Code does not carve out any options in case the approved resolution plan becomes impossible (read frustrated) to perform or is no longer commercially viable due to extenuating circumstances. To be sure, prior to its approval, the National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”) is the final authority on ensuring that the resolution plan contains provisions required for effective implementation of the resolution plan and the NCLT could determine that force majeure provisions are necessary for effective implementation. So, what when there is no force majeure envisaged under the resolution plan? Inherent Powers of the NCLT The inherent powers of NCLT have been laid down in section 60(5)(c) of the Code according to which NCLT “shall have jurisdiction to entertain or dispose of any question of priorities or any question of law or facts, arising out of or in relation to the insolvency resolution or liquidation proceedings of the corporate debtor or corporate person under this Code”. Further, rule 11 of NCLT Rules, 2016, provides: “nothing in these rules shall be deemed to limit or otherwise affect the inherent powers of the Tribunal to make such orders as may be necessary for meeting the ends of justice or to prevent abuse of the process of the Tribunal”. NCLT used this power in rule 11 in the case of NUI Pulp and Paper Industries v. Ms. Roxcel Trading GMBH Company Appeal (AT) (Insolvency) No. 664 of 2019 whereby it had held it was empowered to pass ad-interim order (a remedy that is not spelt in the Code) before admitting any application filed under sections 7, 9 or 10 of the Code. NCLAT in the instance of RGG Vyappar Pvt Ltd v. Arun Kumar Gupta, has ordered that NCLT has no jurisdiction to reopen the resolution plan upon approval. In January this year, in the matter of QVC Exports Private Limited vs RP Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, NCLAT opined that NCLT would not be permitted to alter a resolution plan in the guise of inherent powers where the change does not involve “the question of priorities or any question of law or facts..”. It reiterated the observations of the Supreme Court in Rahul Jain vs Rave Scans Private Limited that an order that has attained finality cannot be reviewed under the inherent powers of the Court unless to correct clerical or arithmetical errors. However, there have been certain instances where NCLTs while approving resolution plans have suo-motu granted liberty to approach the NCLT in case of any difficulties in implementation of resolution plans. Drawing from the above, it would not be wrong to assume that NCLT has inherent powers to reopen the resolution plan or for the purposes of amendments/extension of timelines in the resolution plan or for discharge of the resolution applicant. Relationship of the Code with Indian Contract Act, 1872 In the absence of a force majeure clause in the resolution plan, can the resolution application argue for a frustration to absolve itself from the responsibility? The relationship of the Code with other legislations is governed by section 238 of the Code. As per section 238, “the provisions of this Code shall have an effect, notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any other law for the time being in force or any an instrument having an effect by virtue of any such law”. Can NCLT may be able to import the doctrine of frustration under section 56 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 (“ICA”)? Loss of substratum / foundation is the cornerstone to prove the doctrine of frustration, however is lack of commercial feasibility a good enough reason to establish frustration? Unfortunately, there is enough jurisprudence that have established that loss of commercial viability is not a factor to provide frustration. Further, since there is a statutory obligation that lays down the essentials of a resolution plan, the key elements of a contract viz, offer, acceptance, and free consent, are missing. The non-contractual nature of resolution plans may be better understood in juxtaposition with laws preceding the Code. Prior to the enactment of the Code, the resolution process was inter alia governed by the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Act, 1985 (“SICA”), and the Maharashtra Relief Undertaking (Special Provisions) Act, 1958 (“MRU”). The mechanisms of Corporate Debt Restructuring (“CDR”) and Joint Lenders Forum (“JLF”) required a sign-off on inter creditor agreements and debt creditor agreements thereby offering room for applicability of doctrine of frustration enshrined in the ICA. It may be prudent to note that the UNCITRAL Model Law on Insolvency on which the Code heavily draws from, envisages scenarios such as discharge or amendment of the resolution plan when it becomes incapable of implementation. Perhaps, the Central Government needs to refer to such provisions to provide the much needed way forward during this unprecedented times. But how far along in time would we need to go to reopen the resolution plans, may be up for the legislature to figure.(The authors are associated with HS Law & associates and may be reached at [email protected]) Next Story
Is the notion of water in a server, much less directly on the CPU, sending you into a panic? To ease concerns, Dell has done an inordinate amount of testing and has developed a host of leak detection and protection methods to virtually eliminate any added risk during operation. Come back next week to learn more about the precautions we take with Dell ‘Triton’ technology. —————————–(1) Based on testing by Dell Labs in May 2016, using the Linpack benchmark test, comparing the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v4 found in ‘Triton’ (3.3 GHz Turbo, 20C, 200W TDP) versus the Intel® Xeon® E5-2680 v4 (3.3 GHz, 14C, 120W) and Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 (3.6 GHz, 22C, 145W). Actual performance will vary.(2) Based on Dell internal analysis, May 2016.(3) Based on Dell internal analysis, May 2016, where the average data center PUE is 1.7, ‘Triton’ PUE is 1.023, and HPE Apollo 8000 PUE is 1.06. A Closer Look at ‘Triton’Because water can transport heat 25 times more efficiently than air, ‘Triton’ can run high performing components faster and more efficiently than traditional air-cooled systems. Its ability to sub-cool the processor and operate at higher frequencies means that ‘Triton’ can deliver up to 59% greater performance than the popular Intel Xeon processor E5-2680v4 for similar costs. The combination of ‘Triton’ and a customized 200W Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 can also provide double digit performance increases over the highest performing Intel Xeon processor on the market today(1).“We worked closely with Dell to develop a customized server solution which utilizes an innovative approach of liquid cooling 200W CPUs to deliver large performance and efficiency gains,” said Nick Whyte, Vice President, Fellow Search Technology, eBay. “By collaborating with Dell and Intel our search servers achieved an increase of 70% in throughput (QPS – queries per second) with the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2679 v4 versus the previous generation Intel Xeon processor E5-2680 v3 in the ‘Triton’ proof of concept.”“Pushing the thermal design power (TDP) boundary to provide a highly dense compute platform provides excellent TCO benefits by efficiently utilizing resources as well as providing an option for high top-end CPU performance,” said Raejeanne Skillern, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Provider Group, Intel. “Our collaboration with Dell on ‘Triton’ exemplifies this point and provides the increased performance, efficiency and TCO savings many organizations are looking for to address specific workload and infrastructure needs.”So how does ‘Triton’ do this? For starters, we’ve removed the need for more costly and less efficient liquid-to-liquid heat exchangers, cooling loops or pumping systems that most cooling solutions require. Dell is the first major vendor to safely bring facility water directly in each server sled to cool the CPU, which brings unparalleled cooling efficiencies along with the lowest water consumption of any liquid cooled solution on the market today(2). In fact, this approach uses 97% less datacenter cooling power than the average air-cooled datacenter, up to 62% less power consumption than HPE Apollo 8000, and has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) as low as 1.02 to 1.03(3). Such efficiencies translates into major operational cost savings while also increasing performance for demanding applications.The future of liquid cooling in the datacenter‘Triton’ is just the latest example of Dell’s commitment to increase datacenter efficiency and drive customer-centric innovation. While this liquid cooling technology can bring big advantages to large scale-out environments – especially where CPU frequency is a key driver for overall performance such as high performance computing, financial trading and related high-performance workloads – it’s important to stress that liquid cooling is not for everyone. In many cases, traditional air-cooled solutions will continue to make the most sense from a TCO perspective.While we’re excited to be showcasing ‘Triton’ to you today, this won’t be the last time you hear from ESI on liquid cooling in the datacenter. We’re currently evaluating a “closed loop” version of ‘Triton’ that offers the same liquid cooling technology and CPU support, but removes the need for datacenters to have facility water at the rack. This has the potential to bring liquid cooling to an even broader set of scale-out customers.To learn more, please watch the below video from Austin Shelnutt, our lead thermal architect on ‘Triton’ and download this report from Moor Insights & Strategy. The evolving needs of our customers shape the way we at Dell’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group innovate and develop industry-leading technology for the hyperscale and near-hyperscale market.For eBay, a global commerce leader, meeting their needs meant building a completely new datacenter cooling solution from the ground up to improve performance during peak times while reducing their total cost of ownership (TCO). Leveraging our deep hyperscale roots, we designed a unique approach to liquid cooling that’s built on our rack-scale infrastructure.‘Triton’ in the labToday, we are taking this technology from behind closed doors as proof of concept work for eBay and unveiling it under the codename of ‘Triton.’
Your outdoor news bulletin for May 30, the day Mariner 9 launched on its mission to Mars in 1979, revealing the secrets of the Red Planet including dried riverbeds and huge mountains but sadly no hidden, underground, alien forged, mega oxygen producing machine. You’ve seen Total Recall right?Climbing and Rendezvous Report From the NewThe New River Rendezvous happened a couple of weeks ago and by all accounts was a huge success. After taking a hiatus in 2012, the ‘Vous came back in 2013 and was better than ever. Always a fun climbing festival and celebration of climbing in the New River Gorge, the ‘Vous also incorporates many, um, different types of events throughout the weekend. It’s all there in the wrap-up, so you may want to consider attending next year. One person who did attend and lived to tell the tale was pro climber and Mountain Hardwear athlete Matt Wilder. He gives and interesting take on climbing in the gorge and the New River Rendezvous on the Mountain Hardwear blog, along with some great photos.Check it out here.Pedaling Towards EquityA new report from the Sierra Club and the League of American Bicyclists is shedding some light on the current state of cycling in America and what the future holds. According to the report, titled “The New Majority: Pedaling Toward Equity,” biking boomed from 2001 to 2009, with the amount of trips by bike doubling from 1.7 billion to 4 billion. So who is driving this growth? Turns out, it’s women, youth, and people of color. Bicycling is fastest growing among African Americans, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. The report also delves into the issues of certain groups of people (poor, non-white) being marginalized by not having access to safe and accessible biking infrastructure. Very interesting stuff from this first-of-its-kind study.Read more about it here, on the Sierra Club Blog.Virus on A.T. Moving Toward PennsylvaniaThe norovirus outbreak among Appalachian Trail thru-hikers is spreading, and it’s no surprise. Moving north with the north-bounders, the outbreak has hiked from it’s starting point along the Tennessee/North Carolina border and has moved into Pennsylvania. There were a dozen cases reported in Shenandoah National Park a couple of weeks ago, but there is no confirmed number of cases in 2013. Norovirus is a stomach bug that can cause the usual gross stomach bug issues we need not mention, but can be transmitted three to 14 days after a victim has recovered. Also, the virus can only be killed with a bleach-and-water solution. They suggest avoiding certain campsites, washing hands with soap and water frequently, being generally clean, and treating all water. Because those things are so easy on a thru-hike.
To make Jaime, Howard traveled to Los Angeles to work with engineer Shawn Everett (Weezer, War on Drugs) and a core band that included keyboard ace Robert Glasper and her Shakes bandmate Zac Cockrell (bass). She came back to the South, though, to film the video for “Stay High,” a twinkling R&B gem that soundtracks footage of actor Terry Crews moving through a mundane day in Howard’s hometown of Athens, Ala. The song, written for Howard’s father, is a celebration of finding comfort in the familiar, and a revealing look at how an innovative artist needed a career detour to find her way back home. October 11-13 | Charlottesville, Va. But just as anticipation was starting to boil over for a third Shakes album, Howard dropped a surprise—her first solo effort, Jaime, which came out late last month. The album gets its name from Howard’s late sister, whom she lost to cancer as a teenager, and accordingly the record is full of personal introspection. Brittany Howard Pauses Popular Band to Release New Solo Record Lead single “History Repeats” is a retro room-shaker with industrial beats and angular guitar lines, but within the infectious groove Howard sings about her inevitable shortcomings as a flesh-and-blood human being. The slow-burning “He Loves Me” hits hard, too, with a lean, psychedelic arrangement that leaves room for Howard to ponder her relationship with God after an extended period in the spiritual wilderness. The Festy Blue Ridge Jam Jam-grass pranksters Leftover Salmon developed a high-octane string sound in their native Colorado, but for the fourth year in a row, the group will head to the mountains of western North Carolina to host the Blue Ridge Jam. Held on the outdoor stage at Pisgah Brewing Company, the one-day fest will also feature sets from Perpetual Groove, Acoustic Syndicate, and the Rev. Jeff Mosier. pisgahbrewing.com October 11-13 | Richmond, Va. Catch an array of sounds under the crisp autumn air at these regional events. “The title is in memoriam, and she definitely did shape me as a human being,” Howard explained in a statement on her new album. “But, the record is not about her. It’s about me. I’m pretty candid about myself and who I am and what I believe. Which is why I needed to do it on my own.” Richmond Folk Festival Brittany Howard will perform at the AfroPunk Festival in Atlanta on October 13. October 10-13 | Livingston, Ky. The Festy is rebooting for its 10th running, moving from the mountains of central Virginia into the city limits of Charlottesville. Bands performing on the stage of the event’s new downtown home at the IX Art Park include Dawes, Della Mae, Samantha Fish, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. thefesty.com October 6 | Black Mountain, N.C. Eclectic roots artists from around the world converge on the RVA waterfront for this annual fest that turns 15 this year. A variety of genres and cultures will be represented at the always-free event; this year set to feature sets from Cajun stalwarts BeauSoleil, honky-tonk ace Dale Watson, Tuareg guitarist Bombino, Tuvan throat-singing group Huun-Huur-Tu, and a taste of home with Appalachian pickers Lonesome River Band. richmondfolkfestival.org Highlands Food and Wine Festival Moonshiner’s Ball For Brittany Howard, the safest bet would’ve been to make another Alabama Shakes record. As the frontwoman and guitarist of the soul-driven Southern garage-roots outfit, Howard found fast success earlier in the decade. The group’s 2012 debut Boys & Girls was a breakout hit that earned the band an immediate, fervent fanbase, and the 2016 follow-up Sound & Color was an experimental step forward that, including nods for the hard-hitting single “Don’t Wanna Fight,” notched three Grammy Awards. As the organizers of the Moonshiner’s Ball put it, this is “not a corporate mega-festival.” Instead expect a homegrown hoedown in the hills of Kentucky with a carefully curated line-up of roots artists, including Tauk, Rayland Baxter, Sinkane, Brass Against, Lilla Mae, and Ghost of Paul Revere. A mix of music, art, poetry, and yoga, the event takes place at Rockcastle Riverside, a scenic hideaway on the banks of the Rockcastle River. rockcastleriverside.com Shake It Up November 7-10 | Highlands, N.C. Five Fall Fests Roots music heroes and regional culinary innovators both take center stage at this increasingly popular festival in western North Carolina. While you’re enjoying dishes from some of the South’s best chefs, sounds will come from the Infamous Stringdusters, Anderson East, the Wood Brothers, and Nicole Atkins. highlandsfoodandwine.com
Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Billy Joel will open the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum next spring, giving the “Piano Man” yet another high-profile gig at the arena where he holds the record for the most consecutive sold-out shows.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano made Joel’s opener official in a statement Tuesday, declaring, “There’s no better performer suited to reopen the transformed” Coliseum.It was Joel, of course, who closed the original Coliseum in August 2015 before it was shuttered ahead of an ongoing $261-million renovation.The lifelong Long Island entertainer performed 32 shows at the 43-year-old Uniondale arena, and, in 1998, set the record for most consecutive sold-out shows in one year with nine.His much-anticipated performance inside the new building is slated for April 5, 2017, officials said.Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, officials said. American Express members get an exclusive opportunity to claim seats for the gig on Thursday, between 10 a.m. through 10 p.m.When Joel bid farewell to the Coliseum more than a year ago, he played before several dignitaries, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which will operate the refurbished Nassau Coliseum, said the building is in the final phase of construction and “will soon be ready to rock again.”“April 5 is a celebration for Long Island, and it’s spectacular venue, which will revive the area as a vibrant entertainment market,” Yormark said in a statement.Unlike the original Coliseum, which opened in 1972, the renovated version will not have a professional sports team as an anchor. The New York Islanders have since moved to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center after several failed attempts by the organization to build a new arena and transform the surrounding area.Once re-opened, the revived Coliseum will boast 13,000 seats for preseason Islanders games, 13,500 for an NBA development league associated with the Brooklyn Nets, and 14,500 for concerts.