Krasno, Nikki Glaspie, Taz, Mobetta Brown & More To Support Dumpstaphunk’s Phunksgiving Eve In NYC

first_imgDumpstaphunk has just announced support and a bevy of special guests for their 3rd annual Phunksgiving Eve show in New York City on Wednesday, November 23rd at American Beauty (purchase tickets here). This is going to be one hell of a way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.Bob Weir Joins Ivan Neville And Dumpstaphunk At Sweetwater Music Hall [Watch]Joining Ivan Neville and his cast of NOLA-based funk brethren will be Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno, former Dumpsta member and current Nth Power drummer Nikki Glaspie, 13-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and the Steel Town Horns. Grammy Award-winning trumpet player/producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown will be bringing along his band SOUL’D U OUT to open up the celebration proper.With this lineup, it’s safe to say that this will be the best Phunksgiving Eve event yet. American Beauty is a more intimate venue, so don’t snooze on getting tickets for this special performance.Purchase tickets to Phunksgiving Eve on Nov. 23rd at American Beauty here.Join the Facebook Event page to get additional show updates and info here.Dumpstaphunk “Dancing To The Truth” from last year’s Phunksgiving throwdown:Maurice “Mobetta” Brown & SOUL’D U OUT – “Nighttime”:last_img read more

Jamiroquai Shares Official Music Video For “Cloud 9” Dance Anthem [Watch]

first_imgWe cannot wait for Jamiroquai’s full fledged return with Automaton on Friday, March 31st.Automaton Tracklist:01. Shake It On02. Automaton03. Cloud 904. Superfresh05. Hot Property06. Something About You07. Summer Girl08. Nights Out In The Jungle09. Dr Buzz10. We Can Do It11. Vitamin12. Carla,We cannot wait for Jamiroquai’s full fledged return with Automaton on Friday, March 31st.,Automaton Tracklist:01. Shake It On02. Automaton03. Cloud 904. Superfresh05. Hot Property06. Something About You07. Summer Girl08. Nights Out In The Jungle09. Dr Buzz10. We Can Do It11. Vitamin12. Carla Just last month, Jamiroquai snapped back into action with the announcement of their new album, Automaton. Since then, the group has announced tour dates and shared their first new music since 2010 in the form of Automaton’s title track. They followed up the future funk track with another dance anthem, titled “Cloud 9.”Today, the group shares the official music video for “Cloud 9” that sees frontman Jay Kay fall in love with a woman after being heartbroken from a past partner. See below:last_img read more

World competitiveness scale: Croatia ranks 60th out of 63rd in the world economy

first_imgCompetitiveness of Croatia and comparable countries according to IMD The IMD Competitiveness Scale shows 332 criteria, of which 2/3 refer to statistical indicators and 1/3 to the survey of business opinions. The survey was conducted in February and March 2019 and is based on available statistics for 2018 and 2019. This year, Singapore took the first position. The second country on the competitiveness scale is Hong Kong, followed by the United States, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Qatar.   The Institute for Business Development Development (IMD) in Lausanne, whose partner institute is the National Competitiveness Council, has published the results of the “World Competitiveness Yearbook 2019”. In this year’s report, Croatia ranked 60th out of a total of 63rd in the world economy, an increase of one place compared to last year.  In the survey, in the opinion of businessmen, as the most favorable indicators the following were singled out: skilled workforce, reliable infrastructure, high level of education, access to finance, cost competitiveness, while worst rated: efficient legal environment, government capacity, competitive tax system and business friendly environment. As the report points out, the results of this year’s Report have been greatly affected by the political and economic insecurity in Europe caused by BREXIT. Therefore, European countries have not achieved significant progress on the competitiveness scale this year. The exceptions are Ireland, which has improved its position by five places due to good economic performance driven by investment incentives globally, the public sector and areas such as branding and talent attraction. – Public sector efficiencies – improvement of the tax policy index (+2) and the institutional framework (+1)  Absolutely in every way when we talk about investments, especially foreign investments. One is the general impression, and quite another the facts. All investors look at these facts, and in accordance with them decide on their future investments. Remember that capital goes where it is desirable and where it can be fertilized, ie achieve growth. And here is the answer to why we do not have greenfield investments in our tourism. A more detailed insight at the level of 20 competitiveness indices indicates good rankings of Croatia in the area international trade, price te health and the environment. It has relatively good competitiveness in the area foreign investment, with Croatia better than Bulgaria and Slovenia.  business management, managerial credibility, digital transformation in companies, use of digital tools and technologies, sustainable development, public-private partnership. reform public administration and local self-governmentdevelop and reform the education systemincrease the efficiency of cooperation between the economy and the scientific community (better transfer of funds for research and development)reduce the share of the public sector in the overall economyreform the judiciary At first we can say that the great news is that Croatia has climbed on the list of world competitiveness. But it is a move from one place to the better, not thanks to our ability or positive change, but thanks to the fall of Argentina by five places. If we look at the bigger picture, Croatia is actually even less competitive this year than last year. High revenues from tourism and exports and a low cost of living index, low inflation and low office space rental prices.  Are we playing global market competition or not? It’s all up to us. “Decades of small shifts, inactions and delays of necessary changes have brought Croatia to the bottom when looking at the ability to attract investment, create a stimulating environment and especially conditions in which young and energetic members of our society see for themselves and their families the future in our country. The latest report shows that the level of change is insufficient, resulting in lagging behind other countries. The times we live in, characterized by abrupt changes, digitalisation of processes and mobility, require fundamental and rapid social change to ensure the desired business and social conditions for our citizens. In addition to the necessary thorough reforms of the public sector and governance modalities, it is necessary to redefine social values, establish a long-term national strategy and demand that all leaders in our society take responsibility for implementing these changes. It is the responsibility of all of us to make the necessary changes within our competencies and capabilities.”, Points out Ivica Mudrinić, President of the National Competitiveness Council. Those who are proactive, react quickly to new global trends, those who are creative and innovative, and those who deal with market development, not politics, succeed in the global game. – Infrastructure – improvement of the scientific infrastructure index (+2) Source: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook Management and service salaries, the level of benefits and the high share of women in employment.  The following indicators improve our overall competitiveness within the 4 basic pillars of competitiveness:  In the surrounding countries, the new EU members, the results are different. Slovakia and Croatia slightly improved their position, by two and one place, respectively. Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania have held positions since last year, while the Czech Republic and Poland have fallen by four places from last year. Croatia has improved its position by one place due to the fall of Argentina by 5 places in the rankings.  The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook measures how well countries manage their resources and competencies to enable the long-term creation of new values. The IMD methodology is based on an analysis of 4 competitiveness factors, namely: economic performance, public sector efficiency, business sector efficiency and infrastructure, and 20 indices, 5 for each area.  This year’s positive changes in Croatia’s competitiveness assessment at the level of 20 indices are: center_img Public sector efficiency “In a year of high uncertainty in global markets, due to rapid changes in the international political environment as well as trade relations, the quality of institutions is an important element for increasing prosperity. A strong institutional framework ensures business stability for investment and innovation, ensuring a higher quality of life for citizens. ”, Said Arturo Brice, IMD professor and director of the IMD Center for Competitiveness. What does this have to do with tourism? The results of the research can be downloaded at: www.konkurentnost.hr i www.imd.org/wcc . Infrastructure There is simply a political economy in Croatia, ie a contract economy, not a market economy. And here is the key problem of why we stagnate. One is politics, and something completely different is the market. Until we understand this and start dealing with market development, there is no economic development either. Global competitiveness The challenges for Croatia in 2019 are: low youth employment, negative population growth trend, attracting talent, employee education, knowledge transfer, poor adaptability to change The biggest weaknesses at the indicator level can be grouped as follows:  Business sector efficiency Economic results The biggest path compared to last year, it was recorded in the area of ​​price index (-25), social framework (-3), productivity and efficiency (-3), and education (-2).  – Economic results – improvement of the domestic economy index (+3), foreign investment (+12) and employment (+3)  Profit tax rate, low customs barriers, foreign exchange reserves and exchange rate stability. The last five economies on the competitiveness scale are Venezuela (63rd), Mongolia (62nd), Argentina (61st), Croatia (60th) and Brazil (59th). legal and regulatory framework, bureaucracy, state ownership in companies, protection of property rights, adaptability of government policies, audit and accounting practices, pension financing, immigration laws; Real progress requires swift and more thorough reforms Croatia has great problems and potential for change in as many as 13 competitiveness indices, with three areas that are often cited as priorities for reform (employment, tax policy i institutional framework) Croatia is not at the very back. Of the areas that are not in the increased focus of development policy, it is worth noting the very poor competitiveness in the areas scientific infrastructure i technological infrastructure. At the very back of the countries included in the IMD survey, Croatia is in terms of competitiveness in the area labor market, business management i attitudes and values relevant to competitiveness.  Investments in telecommunications, educated female workforce, favorable ratio of teachers to students as well as allocations for education, share of renewable energy sources and availability of health services.  Source: National Competitiveness Councillast_img read more