Yonder Mountain String Band have announced their Fall Tour dates. Starting on October 5th at the WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL, the jam-grass outfit will hit venues such as The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, The Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT before wrapping things up at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE on October 20th. The band will be supported by Fruition, Billy Strings, and Pert Near Sandstone on select dates throughout the run.See below for full details on all of the upcoming Yonder Mountain String Band fall tour dates.October 5th – Birmingham, AL – Workplay TheaterOctober 6th – Augusta, GA – Jessye Norman AmphitheateOctober 7th – Corolla, NC – Mustang Music FestivalOctober 8th – Charlotte, NC – US National Whitewater CenterOctober 9th – Boone, NC – Appalachian State LegendsOcotober 12th – Roanoke, VA – Jefferson CenterOctober 13th – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage MorgantownOctober 14th – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson TheaterOctober 15th – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubOctober 16th – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallOctober 19th-20th – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlOctober 21st – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubOctober 22 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomOctober 23 – Portland, ME – Port City Music HallOctober 26 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark.October 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomOctober 28th – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueOctober 29th – Chicago, IL – House of Blues ChicagoOctober 30th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Director Marlyn Convocar and Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Akokadamo man sang hinanakit. Kadamo man sang akon away kay DirectorConvocar but I feel it is not very good to change your commander in the middleof the fight. If you do that you will have to wait for the new field commanderto learn everything first antes masugod sya obra,” explained Treñas. ILOILO City – “Very, very, very, very ill-advised.” Bernadas said he is not fully appraised yetwith the issues in Region 6. Also the focal person of DOH’s FieldImplementation and Coordination Team in the Visayas, Bernadas said he isfamiliar with Western Visayas. “I’m not the Secretary of the Department ofHealth. I don’t know why this happened,” said Treñas. “Maymga innovations kami diri sa Central Visayas ngama-apply naton dira,” said Bernadasin an interview over DyFM Bombo Radyo Iloilo yesterday. This was how Mayor Jerry Treñas described thesudden removal of Director Marlyn Convocar of the Department of Health (DOH)Region 6 as overseer of Western Visayas’ response to the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. He also said he and Convocar already talkedand the DOH-6 director was thankful. Department Personnel Order No. 23 replacingConvocar was signed by DOH undersecretary Adbullah Dumama Jr. Dumama Jr.explained the decision this way: “It is vital to maintain harmoniouspartnership with local government units/local chief executives and otherstakeholders that play vital roles in this emergency situation.” “Parasa akon, there will be time to fight one another.What is important (for now) is that we work for the good of Iloilo,” Treñassaid. “It is not right to change your fieldcommander in the middle of a fight. I’ll be very frank, I do not like theidea,” said Treñas yesterday. Bernadas stressed the importance ofcooperation between DOH and local chief executives./PN He described the development as unfortunateand unnecessary. “Makadtoko da (next week). Istoryahon ta ang mga mayors kaggobernador,” said Bernadas. “Gustonaton ma-align ang mga trabaho dira.” It came right afterDOH Region 6 came under fire for classifying the people of Guimbal, Iloilo aspersons under monitoring following a case of local COVIOD-19 transmission. Bernadas, on the other hand, played down thisadded assignment. “Twinning arrangements” between regions were “just normal”,he stressed. On Thursday, DOH central office tasked thedirector of DOH Region 7 (Central Visayas), Dr. Jaime Bernadas, to take thelead in Western Visayas’ response to the pandemic. Convocar would just be managing the regular operationsof DOH-6.
Fiscal policies can help support job creation, though designing the right policies will depend on conditions in individual countries.Job creation sits atop the policy agenda globally. High and persistent levels of unemployment call for a broad policy response, generally encompassing structural reform and other economic policies. While fiscal policy cannot substitute for comprehensive reforms, it can support job creation in a number of ways, according to the IMF’s latest fiscal monitor.According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), global unemployment exceeds 200 million people, and an additional 13 million people are expected to be unemployed by 2018. In order to address the high and persistent levels of unemployment, the IMF is calling for a multipronged policy response, where fiscal policy works in tandem with broader structural reform efforts to support job creation.“Under certain conditions, the fiscal decisions taken by countries can help promote labor market reforms,” said Vitor Gaspar, Director of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. “Labor market reforms can have sizeable costs. A higher deficit or slower pace of deficit reduction can absorb these costs and offset the adverse short-term impact of reforms on output and employment. It can also facilitate political consensus on reform, for instance, by compensating groups that may be adversely affected by the change. Smart fiscal policy also values public investment.”Policymakers can use targeted measures—cuts in employers’ social contributions or reform of pension systems—as part of an arsenal of policies designed to help fix some of the current weaknesses in labor markets, such as high youth unemployment and low participation in the labor force by women and older workers. Measures targeted to specific labor market trouble spots are more cost effective than blanket ones.The IMF Fiscal Monitor is published twice a year to track public finance developments around the world.Advanced Economies’ Efforts on TrackIn advanced economies, a slowing pace of deficit reduction should provide support to economic activity. Fiscal efforts over the past five years in many of these countries have helped to stabilize debt-to-GDP ratios, though the average debt-to-GDP ratio across all advanced economies is expected to exceed 100 percent of GDP at the end of the decade. Hesitant recovery and risks of low inflation and reform fatigue call for fiscal policies that carefully balance support for growth and job creation with fiscal sustainability.With continued uncertainties regarding the strength of the recovery, fiscal policies now often include measures aimed at increasing competitiveness, employment, and long-term growth. The challenge, according the Fiscal Monitor, is how to absorb the costs associated with these measures in such a way so as to keep overall budget deficit in check. This could be achieved by cutting spending in other areas or shifting to other forms of taxation.Emerging markets on guardAlthough budget deficits and debt ratios remain moderate on average, fiscal positions and risks vary widely across emerging market and middle-income economies. While immediate pressures on public finances have eased, the IMF sees lower potential growth, prospects of tighter financing conditions, and rising contingent liabilities as looming risks.In emerging market and middle-income economies, debt ratios and deficits remain generally moderate, although on average above pre-crisis levels. The prospect of increasing risks calls for rebuilding the policy room for maneuver that was used during the last few years.Geopolitical conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East could also raise fiscal risks, but the report acknowledges these are difficult to measure at this point in time.Developing countries on uneven groundAs for low-income developing countries, with a few exceptions, immediate fiscal risks are generally moderate. A key policy challenge in low-income developing countries is to scale up the provision of social public services and growth-enhancing infrastructure, health, and education.Looking forward, efforts should focus on improving fiscal outcomes through revenue mobilization, budget prioritization, and greater efficiency of public spending. Another important policy challenge is strengthening fiscal governance, especially for the growing number of low-income developing countries that are gaining access to global financial markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)