The White Stripes are pissed. Just two days ago, former band members Jack White and Meg White made a rare joint statement to denounce presidential candidate and all-around terrifying human being Donald Trump‘s use of their song “Seven Nation Army” at his campaign rallies. Jack White is a very vocal member of the music community, while Meg White has faded into recluse since they disbanded, so Trump’s use of their song must have really struck a nerve if she was involved in a public statement. The Stripes did not mince words, making their feelings perfectly clear on the matter, as you can see below.Well, the Stripes’ outrage continues, as they have now released an anti-Trump t-shirt for sale on the website for Jack White’s Third Man Records. The shirt says “Icky Trump” on the front, a play on their hit single “Icky Thump”, with a verse of lyrics from the song on the back of the shirt that perfectly matches their anti-Trump sentiment. The verse reads:White Americans? What?Nothing better to do?Why don’t you kick yourself out?You’re an immigrant too.Who’s using who?What should we do?Well, you can’t be a pimpAnd a prostitute too.Pretty powerful and spot on stuff. You can purchase the “Icky Trump” t-shirt for $25 at this link.
“We are committed to genuine transparency in investment cost disclosure and wish to make clear we were neither consulted on nor endorse the Investment Association’s recent report on investment costs and performance.“However like many in the industry,” Fawcett concluded, “we are reviewing its contents and will be feeding back detailed comments to the Investment Association in due course, as part of our advice on cost disclosure.”Responding to Fawcett’s letter, a spokeswoman for the IA told IPE it welcomed the advisory board’s input as work on the new disclosure framework progressed. ”More than ever,” she said, “it is vital that savers and those who make investment decisions on their behalf have full confidence in the pensions and investment management industries.”‘Loch Ness’ feesThe IA’s research, conducted by Fitz Partners, was released earlier this month, weeks after the industry body announced Fawcett as the chair of the 12-strong independent board meant to offer advice on a new cost disclosure framework for the sector.The research examined a universe of equity funds, and concluded that average fund transaction costs stood at 0.17% across the sample of funds, which captured cost data from a three-year period starting in 2012.In its accompanying commentary, the IA claimed the findings cast doubt on “hidden-fees hysteria”, and likened the existence of such hidden costs to the Loch Ness monster.Reaction from fee campaigners was swift, with Con Keating, head of research at BrightonRock Group, attacking the IA’s findings.“I have read many hundreds of empirical financial studies and reports, perhaps even thousands,” Keating wrote in a riposte for IPE.com. “This report is by far the worst – so bad that it is offensive, insulting both our common-sense and intelligence.”The founding chairman of the Transparency Task Force was equally scornful, questioning the “churlish” invocation of the mythical beast, and saying hidden fees were a “festering sore on the face of financial services”.The UK’s local government pension schemes are separately drawing up a new framework for fee disclosures, which is hoped will be in place by the autumn. Mark Fawcett, chair of the Investment Association’s (IA) independent advisory board on cost disclosure, has declined to endorse the findings of widely criticised IA report on fees, noting the board was not consulted on its contents prior to publication.In a letter sent to editors of a number of publications, including IPE, Fawcett stressed that, in the board’s view, investment costs mattered to all those managing assets on behalf of long-term savers in the UK.Acting as chair of the board rather than in his capacity as CIO at the £1bn (€1.1bn) National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), Fawcett said that he and other members of the independent review board believed the industry could improve on its current level of fee disclosure.“Members of the Investment Association’s Independent Advisory Board on Cost and Charge Disclosure believe there is scope for improvement in the way the asset management industry discloses transaction costs and in how they talk about the issue with their customers,” the letter said.
Sharing is caring! Nationals of Guyana and St Lucia are casting their ballots to elect a new government for the next five years.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday November 28, 2011 – Stephenson King is for the first time seeking his own mandate to become the prime minister of St Lucia, while in Guyana, the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is aiming to extend its 19-year government rule.The historic elections are taking place today in both countries – the first time polls are being held on the same day in two Caricom states, according to reports.King, the United Workers Party (UWP) leader, was appointed in 2007 following the death of former Prime Minister Sir John Compton.He is being challenged by Kenny Anthony of the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) which was defeated at the 2006 polls.Overall, five political parties are contesting the election in which more than 151,000 people are registered to vote. Only the UWP and the SLP are fielding full slates of candidates.Meanwhile, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) said all systems were in place for today’s polls.“We are ready, GECOM is ready to carry out that mandate that was given to us by the state,” GECOM Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally stated.More than 475, 000 nationals are eligible to vote at 2,075 polling stations across the country.The incumbent PPPC is being challenged by the Alliance for Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Observer missions from the Caribbean Community, the Organization of American States and the Commonwealth Secretariat are monitoring the two general elections. Caribbean 360 News /strong> 72 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Share NewsRegional Historic general elections underway in two Caricom countries by: – November 28, 2011
Bicycle theft is on the rise in Los Angeles, but the trend seems to be reversed at USC.Although officials say such crimes are actually becoming less common near the university, bicycle theft is still higher at USC than almost anywhere else in Los Angeles.Nearly 2,000 bikes in the L.A. area were reported stolen last year — an all-time high in the city — and police suggest the number could be even higher because most people do not report stolen bikes. Reported bike thefts rose 29 percent last year and jumped 57 percent in the Downtown area.But despite LAPD’s analysis, bike thefts in the USC area are actually decreasing.“We have a decline in bike thefts over the past three years,” said David Carlisle, USC Department of Public Safety captain.In 2009, the number of bike thefts reported to DPS dropped to 139 from 274 in 2008. In 2007, 337 bikes were reported stolen and 384 went missing in 2006.Those numbers, however, might not be quite accurate. Carlisle said many bikes that are reported stolen are often lost, misplaced, borrowed or taken by friends.DPS has been promoting many initiatives to decrease bike theft at USC.“We need to take proactive steps to catch bike thieves,” Carlisle said.Carlisle noted that most bike thefts occur in remote areas around campus when bikes are not locked up properly.Students, however, said they’ve had bikes stolen even when they were locked and in public areas.Katie Morris, a freshman majoring in critical studies, said a number of bikes have been stolen from the Radisson hotel where she lives.“My roommate’s bike was stolen, my bike was stolen, my roommate’s new bike was stolen,” Morris said. “Our bikes were definitely locked, but DPS thinks they were taken around late afternoon. The bike rack is behind the Radisson right next to Figueroa [Street], so people can just load the bikes and drive away.”Ashley Phillips, a freshman majoring in gerontology, said she had a similar experience.“I came back after a party late one night and locked my bike in front of New/North but it was gone the next morning,” Phillips said. “I reported it to DPS, but they were never able to find it.”DPS encourages students to take measures to safeguard their bikes.“It is important not to leave bikes where they are vulnerable to theft,” Carlisle said.This is especially important since some thieves even carry tool to destroy even the most expensive locks, Carlisle said.He also said it is important for students to register their bikes with DPS, as it helps officers locate and return the bikes in a more efficient manner.“With the cooperation of students registering early and listening to crime prevention advice and warnings, we have seen a significant decrease,” Carlisle said.