This month’s issue of Billboard Magazine has a particularly special note within the pages, sponsored and penned by John Mayer. The Dead & Company guitarist has been expressing gratitude to the music and culture of the Grateful Dead since he first started the gig in 2015, even calling it the best thing to ever happen to his career. Somewhat of a late-bloomer in this definitive style and genre of music, Mayer continuously finds new ways to let the fans know how grateful he is for these life-changing times.In a full page spread in Billboard, he writes quite simply,“To the band that changed my life, and for the music that keeps on coloring it in:Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your debut album.Forever Grateful, John Mayer”In March of 1967, the Grateful Dead released their debut album The Grateful Dead. The record included few originals, “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” and Jerry Garcia‘s “Cream Puff War,” along with some of their signature covers of “Beat It On Down The Line,” “Cold Rain and Snow,” “Sitting On Top of the World,” “Morning Dew,” “Viola Lee Blues,” and more.It’s no wonder John Mayer felt the need to attribute these career-shaping sounds, as he continues to carry the torch 50 years later while performing alongside original members guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Bill Kreutzman, and long-time percussionist Mickey Hart. The revitalized music is only accentuated through the bass wonders of Oteil Burbridge and the psychedelic keys of Jeff Chimenti. The six will hit the road again this summer. Check out the full schedule here!John Mayer will also be on solo tour this summer, promising an acoustic set, a set with the John Mayer Trio (featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan), and a set with his full live band as well. More information can be found here.See below for the page from Billboard Magazine:
Saudi Arabia is pressing on with plans to double the size and population of its capital city in the next decade, a government official said, despite an economic downturn due to the coronavirus crisis and low oil prices.Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of Riyadh’s royal commission, said the government has already committed some $266.6 billion for ongoing and new projects as part of total investments of some $800 billion over the next 10 years in participation with the private sector to transform the city.”The idea is for Riyadh to become a 15 million person city by 2030,” he told Reuters, saying growth would create jobs. “Riyadh is already the epicenter of economic development in the country and the region … We have now the ambitious plan under Vision 2030 of doubling both our economy and population over the next 10 years.”Vision 2030 is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to shake up the conservative kingdom by weaning the economy off oil and building new industries and mega projects with the private sector to generate millions of jobs.But low oil prices and the coronavirus have hit the country’s finances at a time when state spending remains its economic engine and large foreign capital inflows have proven elusive. Unemployment among Saudis stands at 11.8%.Rasheed first disclosed plans to turn the city of some 7 million people into what he then described as a mega-metropolis in an interview with the Arab News daily in January, before the coronavirus swept the world and oil prices collapsed in April. The government this year launched austerity measures, including a tripling of value-added tax, after posting a budget deficit of $9 billion in the first quarter.Work on the Riyadh Metro and an industrial and financial zone in the capital continues, and authorities last year announced four initiatives worth $23 billion to improve the city’s quality of life.These include an entertainment complex and sports venues, installing more than 1,000 works of public art and the creation of a park four times the size of New York’s Central Park. https://reut.rs/2O4w84WRasheed said most of the projects to transform the city are scheduled for completion between 2023 and 2025, but parts of the metro would be running by year’s end.”We know there is a deep need and pent up demand for entertainment: 65% of the population is under 30 and they’ve been craving this kind of change,” Rasheed said.Topics :
Meanwhile, Jonathan Hill, Britain’s member of the Juncker Cabinet in charge of stability and regulation of financial markets, has used the aforementioned “quick” and “effective” to describe how he would react to proposals to streamline financial regulation.Answering questions from the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs ahead of his confirmation hearing with lawmakers tomorrow, Hill says the prior overhaul of financial regulation completed “while the flames of the crisis raged” is a remarkable feat, and praises the leadership of outgoing internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier. However, he distances himself from the legacy with his next breath, saying that his appointment would mark “a new phase” without a significant increase in financial regulation.“Although we must continue to be alert to the emergence of new risks in our system and stand ready to take appropriate action, we are unlikely, over the next five years, to need to pass the same amount of new legislation again,” he says. As Hill sees it, his focus will be on regulatory implementation, enforcement and, importantly, evaluation – the last potentially being code-speak for a relaxation of the current regulatory requirements.He adds that if regulation is not flawless, “quick and effective adjustments” are required, emphasising the need for jobs and growth above all else.The supremacy of growth, not regulation, is also clear in comments from Jyrki Katainen.A former Finnish finance minister and prime minister, Katainen says he wants “concrete proposals” that will do away with regulatory “bottlenecks” undermining growth in the energy, telecom and transport sectors.Nominated for the position of vice-president in charge of the growth agenda – a new position that sees commissioners divided into topical clusters – Katainen is also very keen on greater financing of the real economy.The development of a more diversified financial system will require the removal of barriers, again emphasising less regulation.The resulting development of the Capital Markets Union, one of Juncker’s stated aims delegated to Hill, is likely to strengthen the hand of the pensions industry in Europe.After all, despite the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s continued work on the holistic balance sheet for pension funds, the Commission is unlikely to push ahead with any changes that would cause institutions to be more averse to risk. The Finnish commissioner-designate sees a threat of a regulatory “bottleneck” stifling growth, while Jonathan Hill wants regulation tweaked and growth to prosper. Does the European Commission’s focus on growth above all else mean the pensions industry no longer faces an uphill battle against further regulation?The words “quick” and “effective” are not ones often associated with the European Commission – at least by its critics.Yet the language coming out of Brussels ahead of Jean-Claude Juncker assuming the presidency has been markedly different than that employed in the recent past, stressing the importance of a nimble executive that does not unduly burden the economy with red tape.Frans Timmermans, the Dutch nominee for the College of Commissioners, will specifically be tasked with the oversight of red tape, and granted the power to veto any decision that increase the regulatory burden unnecessarily.
Super Evil Megacorp, the mobile game developer behind Vainglory has announced a strategic partnership with Razer, the lifestyle brand for gamers. The partnership will see the two work together to further advance mobile esports and it follows the recent launch of the Razer phone.Cloud9 lifting the Unified Western Championship trophy (Credit: Ravi Lakhani/Super Evil Mega Co)The two companies collaborated for the launch of the Razer Phone in the UK, San Francisco and at DreamHack Winter 2017 in Sweden. The partnership will see a Vainglory event held at the Microsoft Store in New York City, and Razer will now be the title sponsor of the Vainglory World Championship in Singapore. The Vainglory World Championship is edging ever closer, and will take place at the Kallang Theater in Singapore between the 14th and 17th December and will feature the twelve best Vainglory teams in the world battling it for superiority. Singapore will be a fitting host as it’s where Vainglory’s alpha was first launched and is home to Razer’s Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. The World Championship will also showcase for the first time Vainglory’s 5 versus 5 mode which has been eagerly anticipated by the community for quite some time. “Super Evil Megacorp and Razer share the same fundamental belief, that gamers are gamers no matter the device they play on, and deserve the best experience that technology has to offer,” said Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp. “We’re honored to partner with Razer at a very exciting time, to further advance our mission to bring the best gaming experience possible on mobile devices.”“With a 120 Hz UltraMotion™ display and Dolby Atmos® and THX®-certified audio hardware, Razer Phone was perfected for playing Vainglory on-the-go,” says Min-Liang Tan, CEO and co-founder of Razer. “We are incredibly happy to support Super Evil Megacorp with the only smartphone that can handle the maxed framerates and audio capabilities of Vainglory, their mobile MOBA played by gamers all over the world.”Esports Insider says: Congratulations to both Super Evil and Razer on what we’re sure will be a fruitful partnership. We look forward to seeing a first glance at the five versus five mode.