On November 8th, this country will make one of its most important decisions for the Presidency. As the results come in, the non-profit voter registration group HeadCount has set up the most engaging way to follow them. In conjunction with Magic Hat, HeadCount has announced the “Soundtrack To History” event, featuring the Everyone Orchestra creating live improvisation to the results.The previously-announced performance saw an impressive lineup of Steve Kimock, Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Vinnie Amico (moe.), Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and Jans Ingber (formerly of The Motet). Today, the lineup grows by one as the organizers have revealed Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis as a special guest.You can watch Brownstein and Magner talk about this event and more in the live video interview, below.Tickets and more information about this show can be found here. Twiddle is also gearing up for a major three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl from October 27-29, before flying across country to perform a late-night Halloween show at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. You can find all things Twiddle on the band’s website.
Large German companies have called for membership of industry-wide pension plans to be voluntary, as the country’s parliament debates reforms to its system.Wolfgang Degel, head of BMW group’s centre of competence for retirement provision, was among the most outspoken on the topic at this year’s Handelsblatt conference on occupational pensions in Berlin.“The collective bargaining agreements should only set minimum standards for the new pension vehicles,” Degel argued. “Participation should be completely voluntary for companies and they should not be forced to transfer existing pension plans.”He added that occupational pensions were an important feature of a good employer: “With industry-wide pension plans companies can no longer set themselves apart with special arrangements.” Evelyn Stoll, head of pensions at fellow German car producer Volkswagen, said: “We do not have to be among the first to introduce a new pension vehicle. We can wait – maybe for the teething troubles to be over.”She emphasised that Volkswagen would stick to its on-book pension promises, known as “Direktzusage”, echoing similar commitments by other large companies.Carsten Velten, head of pensions at Deutsche Telekom, said he was in favour of the new pure DC plans in principle. “It is an option, but my gut feeling says that our employees might not want this,” he said.Robert Bosch Group’s head of the retirement provision Dirk Jargstorff was a bit more positive, adding: “What really helps during the retirement phase is to get away from the dogma of the strict investment strategy.”Under the proposed pure DC model – to be introduced via the “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz” (BRSG) – asset allocation would no longer be limited by the need to provide guarantees to retirement benefits.“We would not have any commitment to make additional payments, which we currently still have for retirees if we cannot reach the promised guarantee,” Jargstorff said. “This would bring even more stability and equality among the generations.”However, BMW’s Degel was convinced of his company’s existing provision: “What we are offering will be more attractive than the defined ambition plans created under the BRSG – and we would like to continue the way we do.”BMW introduced a new pension plan last year for new entries after March 2016, and any employees who chose to switch. It does not have a pension payout phase – instead money can be withdrawn upon retirement in instalments.This year and last BMW paid €200m into the new plan both from the company’s 150th anniversary bonus and the employees’ share of the success premium.
â€œSo, it seems to me thereâ€™s interest but itâ€™s not a serious interest.â€œSo, what weâ€™ve decided to do is, Eddie (Hearn) is going to America for the Danny Jacobs fight, and heâ€™s contacting the champions that are interested in fighting.â€œIâ€™ll have to put my foot forward and start making the offers and try to secure a fight with the likes of Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker.â€Hearn is planning to get the wheels in motion for a fight with Wilder, but added that a bout with WBO champion Joseph Parker remains a possibility with the New Zealanderâ€™s representatives claiming earlier on Wednesday that dialogue has begun.Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn said: â€œIâ€™m sitting down with [Wilderâ€™s representatives] Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon later this week to have our first conversations regarding Joshua versus Wilder.â€œLike all these big fights itâ€™s never easy but hopefully we can find somewhere between reality and fantasy that suits all.â€œI had a good meeting with AJ (on Tuesday) â€“ itâ€™s his goal to try and become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world by the close of 2018 so, at present, to do that we must go through Parker and Wilder.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua has told heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder that he will not negotiate in public as his promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed talks over a much-anticipated fight will take place this week.WBA and IBF champion Joshua has been on a collision course with WBC title-holder Wilder throughout their respective rises to the top of the division.American Wilder called out Joshua following his first-round destruction of a hapless Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, but the powerhouse Briton believes his rival has not shown a serious interest in fighting him.â€œWe [Joshua and Hearn] had a meeting and I said â€˜are there any offers that have come your way?â€™ because Wilder seems to say that I am ducking him and that he is really interested in fighting me,â€ he said to iFL TV.â€œThereâ€™s not been any offers to say â€˜weâ€™ve got this venue free on this day, weâ€™ve this broadcaster and that broadcaster interested in taking the fight and these are the terms and conditions of the fightâ€™ â€“ I havenâ€™t had anything.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Could’ve been worse for sure,” Clayton Kershaw said after his duel with Madison Bumgarner fizzled into a bullpen game and a no-decision, “but I’ll take it.”A walk by Chase Utley, a single by Yasiel Puig and a pitch that hit Justin Turner allowed the Dodgers to load the bases in the ninth inning against Casilla trailing 2-1.With one out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a routine ground ball to second baseman Kelby Tomlinson. Tomlinson couldn’t transfer the baseball out of his glove in a steady rain, so he threw to first base for the sure out. That allowed Utley to score the tying run.In the 10th, Corey Seager and Charlie Culberson hit back-to-back doubles against Josh Osich. Kenley Jansen nailed down his second save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning.“I’ve never played in the postseason,” Culberson said, “but that’s what it felt like … postseason baseball, first week of the season.” One day after the Dodgers failed to reward Ross Stripling’s stellar pitching performance ‑ the right-hander didn’t allow a hit for 7 1/3 innings in his major league debut ‑ they squandered more opportunities than they were given the previous two days combined. The Dodgers finished 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position.They began four different innings with a leadoff double, and each time they failed to score. The Dodgers’ only run against Bumgarner scored when Scott Van Slyke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning ‑ and Van Slyke was subsequently removed from the game with tightness in his lower back.Kershaw, for one, deserved better. In his second start of the season, Kershaw allowed four hits in eight innings and threw only 91 pitches. Two of the hits were solo home runs by Bumgarner and Ehire Adrianza. It was the first time Kershaw had ever allowed solo home runs to the opposing number-8 and number-9 hitters in his career.Bumgarner is the only pitcher to hit a home run off Kershaw in the major leagues, and he’s done it twice.“Maybe it was over the plate a little too much, but he got it pretty good,” Kershaw said.The Dodgers had plenty of chances to answer but Bumgarner escaped every jam while allowing only the one run. The left-hander threw six innings, allowed six hits, walked one batter and struck out eight.The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes due to rain, which passed over the park only to reappear in the late innings. Dodgers pitcher Chris Hatcher slipped on the mound at one point in the ninth, but remained in the game.Roberts said there was no talk of delaying the game to wait out the storm in the late innings. He was more concerned about running out of players.Pitcher Kenta Maeda, who hit a home run three days earlier in San Diego, was at one point two at-bats away from appearing as a pinch hitter, Roberts said. After back-to-back losses to their rivals, Roberts sounded prepared to pull out all the stops. He had pulled out most of them by the time Saturday’s game was over.“Now we have a chance to split the series,” he said. “That’s the goal.” SAN FRANCISCO >> The Giants beat the Dodgers with a series of well-placed base hits Thursday. Friday, they won with two home runs.Saturday, the Dodgers nearly beat themselves.After eight innings of missed opportunities, the Dodgers rallied against Giants closer Santiago Casilla for a run in the ninth, and scored another in the 10th, to salvage a 3-2 win.“My card is a mess,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after using every position player at his disposal ‑ including second baseman Micah Johnson, who didn’t arrive until the seventh inning.