Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Announce David Bowie Masquerade Ball In New York City

first_imgA few weeks ago, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies announced an extensive Fall tour. A few select dates received a “Masquerade Ball of Light & Dark”, in which attendees are encouraged to dress up in black and/or white, as well as wear a masquerade mask (available at the merch table at each show). While the band will play originals, there is also a musical theme for each show.On Saturday, November 5th, the Babies will play NYC’s American Beauty and tackle David Bowie‘s Blackstar, the icon’s final album before his unfortunate passing, as well as some other choice cuts. Expect some very special guests for the Bowie performance. Purchase tickets here.Up and coming, Boston-based folkadelic act Hayley Jane & The Primates will act as support for the NYC play. Winners of a New England Music Award, Americana/Roots Act of the Year in 2014, the group has taken off over the last year, with solid musicians led by the dominant stage presence of Hayley Jane.With regards to the masquerade theme, Hamilton explained, “A group of our fans in Rhode Island organized a group of people to wear masks similar to the characters from the cover of our Epic Battle Between Light & Dark album cover to a show, and we just loved it….It was super cool to play to an audience that was dressed up like that, and we wanted to expand on the concept.” He continued by saying, “working on and rehearsing these songs has already been incredible, we can’t wait for the show.”Purchase tickets for Tom Hamilton’s American Babies American Beauty performance in New York City on 11/5 here.last_img read more

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‘Game-changer’ COVID-19 demands pension policy urgency, says Allianz

first_imgAnd they warned: “Against the background of demographic change, time to fix the pension systems, in order to guarantee not only intra- but also inter- generational equity, is running out for all countries.”The API was last published four years ago. Since then, its methodology has changed, combining the indices for sustainability and adequacy, and including demographic and fiscal prerequisites. But this proved more difficult than expected, said Allianz.The index, covering 70 countries, is based on three sub-indices: demographic change and the public financial situation (financial leeway); sustainability; and adequacy (providing a sufficient standard of living in old age).It takes into account 30 parameters, rated on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being the best grade. The results are based on the latest available data as of March 2020.While there are similarities with the annual Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI), Allianz said its API places a greater focus on demographics, while the MMGPI puts greater weight on administration and regulation.Meanwhile, the current pandemic has now pushed up the need for pension reform several notches, said Holzhausen.Holzhausen told IPE: “COVID-19 is a game changer. Before, pension reform complacency could at least partially be explained by benign economic and fiscal conditions. Those times are gone for good, thanks to the devastating effect of COVID-19 on public debt. Pension policy has acquired a new urgency.”But he added that the political landscape after the pandemic might open up new opportunities for – even radical – reforms.He told IPE: “COVID-19 showed that rapid, formerly unthinkable change is possible. It would be a pity if the crisis is not used for far-reaching changes, but wasted.”And he added: “It’s all about the balance, between adequacy and sustainability, between social security and individual efforts, between younger and older generations. That’s why we think that an open public debate is of the essence.”He told IPE: “Our rankings reveal that demography is not destiny. Even countries with dismal prospects – like China, Japan or Germany – can have decent pension systems, if the relevant parameters are right.”He concluded: “Pension policy is not rocket science, it requires ‘only’ bold policymaking.”The next API report is expected to be published in two years’ time. Meanwhile, Allianz intends to publish regional editions, with more detailed analysis of the countries in focus.The full report, Allianz Global Pension Report 2020: The Silver Swan, can be found here.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Sweden, Belgium and Denmark are the three highest-ranking countries worldwide in terms of the sustainability and adequacy of their pension systems, according to the latest Allianz Pension Index (API).The Netherlands, Norway and Bulgaria also featured in the top 10. Among other European countries, the UK ranked 16, Italy 18 and Germany 26, while France came 51st.However, with demographic change set to accelerate within the next few decades – for instance, the dependency ratio will reach 51% in Western Europe by 2050 – the study said that pensions policy globally had been eclipsed by other topics, particularly climate change.The report’s authors – Arne Holzhausen, head of wealth, insurance and trend research, and Michaela Grimm, senior economist, both at Allianz Global Investors – said: “’Ageing’ has vanished from the headlines in recent years, and so has the pension reform assiduity of many governments. Instead, pension reforms have been postponed, already adopted measures revoked, or new and costly benefits introduced.”last_img read more

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