Though the Dave Matthews Band is on a hiatus, their two leading men Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are anything but. The two have made regular appearances at benefit performances in the latter half of 2016, and will continue that trend this Sunday, November 27th with a Stand With Standing Rock benefit concert that will feature Neko Case, Graham Nash, Ledisi, and Lakota Thunder, as well as Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds.Set to take place in Washington D.C. at the DAR Constitution Hall, organizers have teamed with Ben & Jerry’s to provide a full length live stream of the event. Though the stream is free, fans are encouraged to donate to the Stand With Standing Rock cause. You can find more information about this event here, and tune in via the YouTube player embedded below.We’ll be sure to share this again on Sunday, so you don’t forget!
A cross-party committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into the future of the UK’s financial services after the country has left the EU.The Treasury Select Committee – made up of members of the UK’s lower house of parliament – will examine what the government’s financial services priorities should be when it negotiates the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU and other countries.The inquiry will also consider whether the UK should maintain the current regulatory barriers that apply to third countries.Nicky Morgan, chair of the committee, said: “London is the world’s premier financial centre, and many of us want to keep it that way.” Headquarters of the CSSF, Luxembourg’s financial regulatorThe Luxembourg financial services regulator, the CSSF, has issued a reminder that fund management responsibilities could still be delegated to the UK in the event of the latter leaving the EU without a withdrawal deal, if companies fulfil certain conditions.The CSSF said it was working towards the required co-operation with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) being in place by 29 March in the event of such a “no deal” Brexit.The regulator also reminded Luxembourg firms and investment funds passporting activities into the UK that a temporary permissions regime had been operating since 7 January.Firms and investment funds notifying the FCA under this regime would be authorised to continue existing regulated business within the scope of their current permissions in the UK for a limited period after 29 March while seeking full FCA authorisation.The regime also allowed inbound marketing of EU funds in the UK to continue temporarily.According to Luxembourg for Finance, a public-private partnership established to develop the Duchy’s financial centre, the country’s regulators granted 80 new licences for banks, management companies, alternative asset managers, insurers and investment firms in 2018.This included several financial institutions that had publicly announced their decision to relocate some activities because of Brexit.The agency said 47 financial institutions had publicly disclosed Brexit relocation plans involving Luxembourg, half of which were asset managers.M&G and Columbia Threadneedle are among those who have announced plans to transfer assets to Luxembourg. Others have opted for Dublin. She added: “Brexit will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the financial services sector, including the insurance, retail banking and asset management sectors, in the UK, the EU, and potentially the rest of the world.”The inquiry will weigh up the pros and cons of different possible future relationships with the EU – convergence, equivalence, or divergence.“We’ll also seek to conclude whether it would be in the long-term interests of the UK to align closely with EU financial rules, or to forgo financial services trade with the EU and pursue trade with other third countries,” said Morgan.The committee would also consider “the opportunities outside Brexit”, such as fintech, she added.There is no set deadline for submitting written evidence to the inquiry. Luxembourg regulator issues Brexit delegation reminder
CALAIS — The first competition of 2020 was a major success for local wrestlers with Ellsworth, Bucksport and Mount Desert Island athletes all earning hardware at Saturday’s Calais Invitational.At the team level, Bucksport continued its successful 2019-20 season by winning the tournament title. The Golden Bucks registered 172 points to beat out Caribou and Piscataquis, which tied for second with 120 points.Bucksport had great success in the two smallest weight classes with Kaleb Nightingale (113 pounds) and Travis Hutchinson (120 pounds) winning individual titles. Grayson Fernald added a third title for the Golden Bucks at 195 pounds, and Jaxon Gross gave the champions their fourth with a win at 220.Gross won his 220-pound title bout over teammate Cameron Rich, who was one of Bucksport’s three second-place finishers along with Elizabeth Bernier (160 pounds) and Gavin Billings (285 pounds). Jazmyne Rines (120 pounds), Cody Overlock (145 pounds), Sam Soper (152), Shawn Bernier (170) and Adrian Russell (285) placed fourth in their respective weight classes for the Golden Bucks.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor Ellsworth, junior Noah Hughes earned a first-place finish in the 170-pound weight class. Matt Reid took second place for the Eagles at 126 pounds, and Everett Huckins placed third at 145.MDI got an individual title from Ethan Harkins at 195 pounds, a second-place finish from Logan Blanchette at 113 pounds, a third-place finish from Baylor Landsman at 170 and a fourth-place effort from Hunter Gray at 145. MDI and Ellsworth tied for fifth place in the team competition with 54 points apiece.All three Hancock County teams will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 8, with Ellsworth and MDI competing at Ellsworth High School at 5 p.m. and Bucksport competing at Dexter Regional High School at 6. The Eagles and Bucks will compete at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Skowhegan Area High School, and the Trojans will compete at 1 p.m. at Foxcroft Academy.
As part of USC’s Healthy Trojans wellness initiative, the University Park Campus is beginning to make steps toward becoming smoke-free.The USC Academic Senate — composed of faculty members — began considering a smoke-free campus last December, when it started to conduct research on the feasibility and the possible benefits.Though this idea is only in its conceptual stages, members of the Academic Senate are pushing for a smoke-free campus to become a reality — as soon as within a few years.Chris Chomyn, a member of the senate and co-chair for the provost’s advisement on family rights, said he heard many arguments from USC community members in favor of going smoke-free.“One of the most compelling reasons that I heard was from Dr. Joseph Randolph,” Chomyn said. “He basically let us know that smoking causes tumors in nine different organs of humans. Additionally secondhand smoke causes cancer in people, and tobacco can be linked to more than 30 percent of all human cancers.”When research and statistics were presented to the Academic Senate in April, an initiative was almost unanimously passed to turn USC in the direction of a smoke-free campus. Since then, the USC Staff Assembly has also proposed and passed a similar initiative after talking with the Academic Senate.As the smoke-free initiative becomes more of a realistic possibility for USC, the Academic Senate has begun to think of the logistics involved in making USC smoke-free, said Patty Riley, co-chair of the faculty environmental committee of the Academic Senate.“It might follow the process that other organizations have used, which is a phased process where they first designate smoking areas for some amount of time,” Riley said. “Then, eventually the campus or the hospital or whatever sort of organization it is goes completely smoke-free.”Currently, there are a few designated smoking areas on campus, near the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and the Pertusati Bookstore.Though there is no campus ban on smoking, there are restrictions already in place, including a ban on smoking in or within 20 feet of university buildings.Administrators are not sure when the initiative will become a reality, said Peter Conti, head of the Academic Senate, but they do agree on one thing: USC’s transition to a smoke-free campus will attempt to be understanding of the students’ experience.“The most important thing here is that it’s not going to be a punitive process; it’s going to be an educational process,” Conti said. “I think we want to make it more of a joint effort between communities, saying, ‘We can do this as a community.’”Though the faculty and staff are in favor of the smoke-free initiative, it must next be approved by student groups in order to move forward.The Faculty Environmental Committee, along with the Advisory Committee on Work and Family Life, plan to speak to both the Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate this year to learn if students are in favor of the initiative.Alex Williams, a freshman majoring in theatre who does not smoke, said she is in favor of a smoke-free campus.“I just find it inconvenient to have to walk around and smell cigarette smoke everywhere outside because people don’t follow the rules necessarily of being far away from buildings or staying in the designated smoking areas,” Williams said. “I personally think [a smoke-free campus] is fine because my own personal view is that smoking kills and it is hazardous to people’s health, long-term and short-term.”Williams said student input should be a large part of the process, and suggested public forums or school-wide surveys to gauge student opinions.Other students said they felt differently.William Hellwarth, a freshman majoring in interactive entertainment who smokes, acknowledged that smoking is unhealthy, but said he believes it is a choice.“A lot of kids value very strongly their rights, including stuff like smoking on campus,” Hellwarth said. “They would feel trodden on, certainly.”Conti said although students do have the right to make their own decisions, others also have the right to be healthy.“People around you have a right to be healthy too. And we want to encourage people to choose that right as opposed to choosing the right to smoke,” he said.The university already has programs to help students stop smoking with the aid of counseling services, patches and even prescriptions. As the initiative progresses, the emphasis will be on helping students to make healthy decisions.“It’s important that the students get involved,” Conti said. “If the students want this to happen, it will happen.”