Email Address 20th December 2019 | By contenteditor Gambling Commission to consult on proposed social lottery reforms Tags: Charitable Gaming Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Social responsibility Social gaming CSR The GB Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on proposed changes to social lottery regulations, including a potential increase to how much players can win.The consultation will run from December 19, 2020 until March 12, 2020, with the Commission seeking opinion from consumers, licensees and prospective licensees, charities and organisations concerned with gambling and social responsibility; and academics and organisations with an interest in lotteries.In July 2019, the UK government set out plans to amend section 99 (3) of the Gambling Act 2005 in response to its own consultation on society lottery reform. The consultation was aimed at helping society lotteries grow, removing the need for lotteries to slow down fundraising, and allow them to remove bureaucracy designed to stop them breaching the current limits.Proposed changes include increasing the maximum amount individual players can win in lottery draws from £400,000 (€468,974/$521,474) to £500,000.There are also plans to raise the limit on ticket sales for each draw from £4m to £5m, as well as the annual aggregate proceeds limit will from £10m to £50m. Such limits have not been changed for more than a decade.Section 99 of the Act sets out that the Commission should attach conditions to lottery operating licences. This means that if the amendments come into effect, licences would need to be altered to reflect the new limits.The Commission will also look at current regulatory requirements to ensure that issues related to the fair and open licensing objective, regarding transparency to consumers, are addressed.“We are seeking views on strengthening some aspects of the Licence conditions and codes of practice and producing guidance related to information available to consumers,” the Commission explained.Consumers, operators, charities, organisations and other parties that want to contribute to the consultation can do so via the Commission’s website. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games The GB Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on proposed changes to social lottery regulations, including a potential increase to how much players can win. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland
Operators recorded a total of €138.9m (£128.1m/$164.8m) in the first half of 2020, up by 44.2% on a year-on-year basis. The new licence comes after national regulator Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) last month revealed that online gambling revenue drastically increased under lockdown. Regions: Portugal 14th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Solverde, which operates five land-based casinos across Portugal, also holds an online casino licence in the country, offering a range of casino style games via Sasinosolverde.pt. Awarded by the Comissão de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal, the new licence will enable Solverde to accept online sports bets through its Solverde.pt website. Email Address However, SRIJ also noted that this boost appeared to be short-lived, with June revenue returning to pre-pandemic levels. Portuguese casino operator Solverde Group has secured an online sports betting licence in the country. Solverde lands online sports betting licence in Portugal Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games
Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) 2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileGhana Commercial Bank Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the personal, commercial, corporate and treasury sectors. Its product offering is geared to offer financial solutions for loans, overdrafts, deposits, investments, money transmission and international services. Its Personal banking division offers consumers the choice of a Kudi Nkosuo account, Flexsave account, Save and Prosper account, overdrafts and loans and ReadyCash ATMs. Additional services offered by its business division includes corporate and investment services such as call accounts, treasury bills, fixed deposit accounts and Money Transfer. Ghana Commercial Bank Limited facilitates foreign banking and overseas inward money transfers. Its Treasury division manages market risk exposures and funding requirements as swell as overdraft facilities, bulk cash collection, trade finance, payroll solutions and electronic banking services. Ghana Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Heavy rains drench cardboard cathedral, repairs underway Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Jul 22, 2013 Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion The construction of Christchurch, New Zealand’s transitional cardboard cathedral now includes work to repair damage caused by recent rains to some of its 24-inch cardboard tubes. Photo: Diocese of Christchurch[Anglican Journal] Parts of Christchurch, New Zealand’s transitional cardboard cathedral have become sodden following heavy rainfall in late June, but a church spokesperson expressed confidence that the project will still be completed next month.The $5.3 million cathedral will be dedicated at a special service on Aug. 15.The cardboard cathedral will temporarily replace Christchurch’s Anglican cathedral, which was destroyed in a February 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people.Designed by “emergency architect” Shigeru Ban, the 82-ft cathedral is being constructed with 24-inch cardboard tubes as well as timber beams, structural steel and a concrete pad.Church spokesperson Jason Rhodes told New Zealand media that, “It was always known from the very beginning that there would be some rain that would hit the cardboard in some way, shape or form.”He said it was easy enough to pull out the damaged tubes and replace them.“Some of the cardboard got wet when the building was not fully enclosed…the roof is now enclosed and finished so that same risk doesn’t exist,” Rhodes was quoted by AFP as having told radio station Newstalk ZB. “It’s nothing to be worried about at all. The builders anticipated this would happen. It’s just cosmetic.”The cathedral was originally expected to be completed last December, but had been delayed by a number of factors. For one, “a Christchurch company could not make tubes thick enough to support the building, and Ban wanted to use local materials rather than import them,” reported New Zealand’s The Press. Heavy rain early in construction, the difficulty in installing the colored windows and late design changes also delayed the project, it added.A local television news report about the damage repair work is here. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this “Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S.” is a new anthology contrasting the effective Chinese response to COVID-19 with the disastrous response here in the U.S. It pushes back against the racist anti-China campaign in the media.Due to the growing hostility of the U.S. establishment toward China, and the accompanying surge in anti-Asian racism, it was an enormous challenge to find printers and distributors for this book.The chapters include articles by many published authors, including: Ajamu Baraka, Monica Moorehead, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Margaret Kimberley, Vijay Prashad, Lee Siu Hin, Sara Flounders, Carlos Martinez, Kevin Zeese, Deirdre Griswold, Max Blumenthal and more.The effort to place “Capitalism on a Ventilator” on a large corporate website turned into a several-month struggle with the world’s largest online bookseller – Amazon. Amazon Books promises ease of placement, best order fulfillment and lack of censorship, but failed to deliver.Amazon’s blocking of this book is a clear example of U.S. corporate censorship. We were notified: “Due to the rapidly changing nature of information around coronavirus, we are referring customers to official sources for advice about the prevention or treatment of the virus. Amazon reserves the right to determine what content we offer according to our content guidelines. Your book does not comply with our guidelines. As a result, we are not offering your book for sale.”Despite claims that it publishes only “official sources for advice” on COVID-19, Amazon has allowed books promoting wild conspiracy theories – saying the virus is exaggerated, a hoax or human-made and that masks and quarantines are useless. Amazon has also listed products that are dangerous quack “cures” for COVID-19.Behind the censorshipHostility to China as national policy impacts every area of discussion. This is reflected in the trade war, sanctions and military operations, in the canceling of educational, sports and cultural exchanges and in the suppression of any coverage on any level of China’s accomplishments. It is hardly surprising it extends to blocking books.Many important chapters in this anthology were written in March, April, and May as the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. and people were actively looking for answers. Why has China done so much better in containing COVID-19 and saving lives?The questions working people worldwide started asking sent U.S. media outlets and private corporate platforms into a wall of censorship and political repression.Be part of challenging the corporate media’s lies and racism!The book’s table of contents and list of authors, along with four chapters, are available at https://wp.me/p4Yme1-404The print book can be purchased online at: tinyurl.com/y4bg7d32It is also available as a downloadable ePub at KOBO.com: tinyurl.com/yxj8xu5qFor those able to help in the publication of this book see: Amazon is Censoring ‘Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of Covid-19 in China & the U.S.’ tinyurl.com/y6pleh23
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Large Scale Device underwaterLimerick based company DesignPro are hosting a community information and engagement night for the proposed temporary deployment and testing of a 60kW hydrokinetic turbine in the Shannon Estuary on Tuesday March 13th at 8pm in Kildysart Community Centre.DesignPro Automation is proposing to test a 60kW hydrokinetic turbine close to Canon Island on the Shannon Estuary as part of a European Union funded Horizon 2020 project. The proposed deployment is planned to run from September 2018 for a period of 12 months.In 2017, Rathkeale based DesignPro Automation were awarded €2.7 million of EU Horizon 2020 Phase 2 funding to develop and commercialise a 25kW and 60kW river turbines. As part of this project the company is required to test their tidal devices in realistic environmental conditions. DesignPro has secured a test site in France for their 25kW device and are now looking to test their 60kW device closer to home in the Shannon Estuary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The company is hoping that the successful testing of the device will help place the Shannon region to the forefront of the marine renewable energy sector and will be highly beneficial to the local economy.All members of the public are invited to attend the information night and questions are encouraged.More about business here. €1.5 million boost for five County Limerick towns from Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Sauce for Adare must be spread across other districts Rathkeale fundraiser for vital Cancer services NewsBusinessTidal energy device proposed for Shannon EstuaryBy Staff Reporter – March 6, 2018 3307 Gardaí appeal for witnesses to serious Road Traffic Collision in County Limerick Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale Rathkeale rises to the 52 coin challenge Print TAGSDesignProhydrokineticRathkealeshannon estuary Facebook Previous articleChristian response from family of man killed with a single blowNext articleAmerican metal band Bad Wolves pay tribute to Dolores O’Riordan Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Advertisement
Home » COVID-19 support » City watchdog warns insurers to be ‘fair’ over business interruption insurance claims previous nextCOVID-19 newsCity watchdog warns insurers to be ‘fair’ over business interruption insurance claimsAs The Negotiator highlighted yesterday, many estate agents have found out that their cover doesn’t include the mother of all business interruption events – Coronavirus.Nigel Lewis16th April 20201 Comment1,402 Views Following our story yesterday highlighting the anger of one estate agent over insurer Hiscox’s reluctance to pay out on the firm’s Business Interruption Policy, it has been revealed that agents may now get some help in persuading insurers to ‘do the right thing’.City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority has written to the chief executives of the UK’s insurers including Hiscox to put pressure on them to settle claims faster and more fairly and make interim payments if there are reasonable grounds to partially pay out on a claim.The FCA has taken the step after thousands of small business owners, like Mark Rath who we highlighted yesterday, have complained loudly that policies that they thought would help them recoup revenue lost during the crisis have proved worthless.FCA letterIn the letter sent out by the FCA, it says that many business interruption policies “have basic cover, but do not cover pandemics and therefore would have no obligation to pay out in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic”.“In contrast, there are policies where it is clear that the firm has an obligation to pay out on a policy. For these policies, it is important that claims are assessed and settled quickly.”Mark Rath and his business partner Lesley Rath, whose claim was refused by Hiscox, sent a letter to Propertymark highlighting their frustrations asking for the organisation’s help.Propertymark’s approved broker for business interruption insurance, Gallagher, sold the Raths their policy.“We have had a number of fellow agents contact us stating they are in the same situation,” the letter says.“We would like to know what your comments are on this and whether Propertymark will help with this fight.”Read our story yesterday outlining the Rath’s case.Gallagher HIscox Business interruption insurance April 16, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentBen Williams, Wootton Estates Wootton Estates 16th April 2020 at 9:36 amIn exactly the same position with Hiscox refusing our claim … I do wonder if Property Mark make commissions from Gallaghers? If so I’ve not seen it declared anywhere…Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
IntroductionLadies and gentlemen – thank you for having me to speak this morning.As the City Minister and your advocate in government – I fight your corner every day.And looking out here today, the City’s crucial significance to our future is beyond doubt.I want to focus my remarks today on Brexit; how close we are to securing a deal, and why I believe the deal we’ve secured is good for the City. I am a Minister, an MP, but first and foremost I am a democrat.And I have faith in the political system on which this country’s prosperity rests.One predicated on trust……trust in elected representatives……and trust that the system works.The faith placed in this government on 23 June 2016 came with one test……and that was honouring the decision of the electorate.Honour it we have – with unwavering dedication and determination to minimise disruption to the economy.The deal that we have agreed with our EU partners will set us on a course for a brighter future……as Global Britain…outward looking…and unlimited in potential.BrexitWhat we have negotiated is the right Brexit deal for this country……that provides for an orderly exit……but also realises the opportunities presented by Brexit.At its core, it honours the decision of the British people by taking back control of our borders, our laws and our money……all the while protecting jobs, security and the integrity of our precious union.I understand that people want Brexit to be settled……they want the deal sealed……so they can get on with their business.The deal that will enable us to do that is now within our grasp……and we will do everything possible to deliver it.…I am confident and hopeful that my colleagues understand……that rejecting this deal will take us back to square one.It would prolong the uncertainty and turbulence which threatens the unity of our country and stability of the City.Brexit and Financial ServicesIn all my engagement on Brexit with the financial services sector, I have urged business leaders to have faith that we will negotiate a deal that works in their interests.I am pleased to stand in front of you today to confirm that this is within reach.We have successfully negotiated an agreement on the future relationship for financial services when we leave the EU.The relationship will be of greater depth than any other the EU currently has with a third country in financial services.This joint position respects both sides’ autonomy and reflects the full ambition of our proposal set out in the White Paper.It improves on the existing equivalence regime to allow for a continued close relationship, in recognition of the fact that the UK financial services hub is a European asset, as much as a British one.Crucially, the UK and EU intend to take decisions on granting equivalence at least 6 months before the end of the Implementation Period – giving the critical time and certainty to businesses.This acknowledges our unique starting point, and is unprecedented.The deal establishes a basis on which to review and improve equivalence as part of the future relationship negotiations, including in areas such as timeframes, information exchange and scope.The joint position also includes a commitment to establishing processes to ensure close cooperation on regulatory and supervisory matters and structured cooperation around the adoption, suspension and withdrawal of equivalence.This will help to stabilise the arrangement, helping to ensure strong ties to preserve market integration, financial stability and investor protection.What we have delivered is a strong and credible basis for moving our negotiations with the EU forward into the Implementation Period to achieve a deal that works in our mutual interest.Building our international strategyThe financial sector is the lifeblood of the real economy, providing the capital for people and firms across the UK and around the world to thrive.That’s why I have been fighting the City’s corner, to ensure we get the best possible deal for the sector.The UK has long been the global capital of banking, with a unique and dynamic ecosystem…… an ecosystem characterised by innovation and openness.And this will not change after March next year.Once we leave the EU, our traditional strengths will remain.…But as our horizons broaden, and we throw open our arms to the world……new vistas of opportunity will present themselves.It’s already the case that 56% of our financial services exports are to countries outside the EU.And the fact is that this is where the world’s fastest growing economies lie.Many of us in this room have been eager to make the most of this golden opportunity – soon we will be able to.At the Treasury, one of my central priorities has been to build the UK’s international strategy. This is what I wanted to better understand during my trip to Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.And our Global Financial Partnerships will be key to this……helping to propel capital and connections across the globe.This strategy brings together the full international toolbox with the aim of solidifying London’s position as the deepest, most liquid, and most globally connected wholesale market.For the banking sector, this means better access to clients and trading venues around the world……facilitating lower compliance costs and more efficient capital structures……as well as leveraging UK leadership to shape global standards.This will support resilience and our standing as the foremost global financial centre.Channelling industry expertise into an effective strategy is critical. This is the start of an ongoing dialogue as we will continue to seek input as detailed negotiations get off the ground.ConclusionWe will continue to build on our assets…and strengthen our ties with economies beyond our shores.There will be no complacency…no limits to our ambitions for this sector or for our country.Our success has always been based on having the deftness to constantly innovate and adapt.So as we push forward with an eye to the future…we must look beyond Brexit…… continuing our efforts to maintain and further the UK’s position as a leading global financial hub……and fostering rich and open markets in the years to comeAs the City Minister I am committed to doing anything and everything I can to develop the framework for the future of the sector.Thank you very much.
To say that guitarist/vocalist Jackie Greene has led a charmed sort of musical life is a bit of an understatement. He’s payed with everyone from Phil Lesh to the Black Crowes to Huey Louis, and has managed to make some impressive music of his own along the way. After years of near-constant motion, Greene purposefully scheduled himself some time off this summer both to prepare for his upcoming acoustic run with Anders Osborne and to work on new material, some of which will be appearing on his upcoming EP, Modern Lives Vol I. As he puts the finishing touches on the new release and gears up to return to the road, we caught up with Greene to see how all his various endeavors are progressing:Live For Live Music: You’ve toured with Gov’t Mule, Los Lobos, Phil Lesh, Ratdog, Huey Lewis, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, Black Crowes, Levon Helm…Do you ever consider yourself something of musical ‘Rosetta Stone?’Jackie Greene: No, I just see myself as a lucky guy. All those acts are mostly connected in a way. To me, it doesn’t seem weird to be connected to all those acts. Like I said…I just see myself as lucky. I can’t really account for the reason why I am so lucky. In the end I guess I just say ‘yes’ a lot.L4LM: Having played with so many disparate artists have you developed a process for preparing for playing with these folks.JG: Well in the case of the Crowes, I was actually in that band, so I had a whole catalog of songs to learn. But I have gotten pretty good at learning material on short notice. Maybe it’s just the way I learn. Like right now I am playing bass on a record, which I have never done before, so that’s pretty exciting. I’ve got a knack for learning songs, I suppose.L4LM: You’ve spoken of your tendency to pick up elements and traits of artists you work with. Is your whole career like a musical version of Pokémon, where you’re trying to catch them all to make yourself the best you can be?JG: No, I think that just happens naturally. I don’t really seek it out, but it is definitely there. If you’re a musician you learn from listening to people, listening to records and just playing with people and incorporating into your own style. I love all that stuff and I try and use all of it. I feel like in some ways you’d have to be pretty dense to not have learned something playing with all the people I have. I think it would be a failure on my part to not come out of this decade of my life and not have learned anything.L4LM: You’re putting together all of this knowledge on your upcoming album, The Modern Lives Vol I. You’ve seen a lot of change over the last decade or so in the music business. What changes have affected you the most?JG: The technology aspect of it can’t be discounted. It’s weird. It is much more difficult to make a living selling recorded music. But access and ease of recording music has gotten so much easier. There is just this wealth of knowledge to swim in. It’s a sign of prosperity in terms of artistic endeavors, but it has made it harder to find folks who can make a good living at it. But–and I think this is true for all artists–you have to swim in the pond in which you were deposited. For me…I just continue making music the best way I know how. That may change over time. I don’t think about it to much. I don’t let it affect my process.L4LM: One of the pluses of all this new technology is how easy it makes things for artists who like to ‘do it all.’ You seem to have taken this to heart on Modern Lives. I understand you did pretty much everything on this EP yourself, is that right?JG: Yeah, I played every instrument myself. I did everything but mix the record myself. I did everything in my basement in Brooklyn myself. I even did the engineering…if you can call it that, myself. This isn’t really that big a stretch for me. There is a homemade element to a lot of my records that has been there since day one. It’s a part of my aesthetic you could say.There has been at least one or two songs on each record I have done that has been like that, even if I cut it in a big studio. This is just the first time where everything has been like that. I have always been interested in recording, ever since I was a kid and got my first four track recorder. I’d link two reel-to-reel recorders together to get more tracks. It turned into a part of my songwriting process. I’d make a demo of a thing I am working on. A lot of the time I’d end up using at least part of those demos in the final recording. It’s not something that is new to me. This is just the first project where everything in it is all me from the ground up. I’ve always had some form of a home studio. It’s how I like to work. It’s just so much more easy for me to just go around to all the different instruments and work on it until I am happy.L4LM: It makes writing the album liner credits a lot easier, I assume.JG: [Laughs] Definitely.Check out the video for “Modern Lives” featuring animation by the legendary artist Bill Plympton below:L4LM: You’re a big proponent of limiting creative choices to spark the artistic process. Do you believe having less options makes you get more creative?JG: I think that is a universal truth…You see it in all cultures, particularly when it comes to art. This is just me, my philosophy. There are plenty of people who have done great records and art with all the gear in the world. I like gear too, certainly. But there is a point, to me, when it becomes unnecessary. Sometimes you just have to look at what you have on hand and make something happen. When I was recording in the past I was using the tape machines, and you had a limited number of tracks and you had a lot of decisions to make. I am a big fan of committing to things early in the process.By way of example…if there is an effect like reverb or delay that I really like for a part of a song, I will print it. That’s what it’s called when you add something like that, printing. I’ll do that early on in the process, so then it stays. It is always there. To me, making decisions early can help expedite the process. If I was to not make these commitments early, I would be stuck at the end making thousands of decisions and that kinda bums me out…It transcends disciplines. It’s basic simplicity.L4LM: You put a “Vol. I” in the album title. Is this a true indication of a coming sequel, or is this a “History Of The World Part I”-type thing where it is just part of the title?JG: Yeah, hopefully part two will be out in the winter. This is an EP, there are six songs on it. Originally I was gonna put this out all as one record, but there were a couple of tunes that I wasn’t quite finished with yet. When I was looking at what I had, I realized that these six go together pretty well and the other six work well together also. It became pretty clear that what I ought to do is put it out as two separate EPs.L4LM: You’re releasing this on the Blue Rose Music label out of California. They do a lot of interesting charity work. How did you first get involved with them?JG: I played one of their benefits a while back and the owner, Joe Poletto, has become a really good friend of mine. Now we are in business together. It was a truly organic relationship that started out there in Petalula.L4LM: Blue Rose does a lot to help the next generation of musicians. Was that the attraction for you?JG: Definitely a big part of it. The last benefit we did was tied into started a music scholarship for kids in Sacramento, where I am from. Music programs in schools are pretty much always the first thing to get cut [when budgets decrease]. Who the hell needs that right? But it turns out that music programs are good for more than just music.Music is really important to the development of the brain. Sadly, I think mine is one of the last generations to be assured of having a music program in school. Even as basic as those programs are, they introduce kids to the idea that there are other ways to succeed in life. That is my angle on all this–to help kids see that there is more than one way to go.L4LM: You just mentioned you were in the studio playing bass on a project right now. Are you going to get out and promote the EP with some shows?JG: My friend Anders Osborne and I are going to be playing some acoustic shows together in October. Pretty much all of October I will be promoting that. It’s basically us, acoustic. Maybe I’ll bring a banjo. We did a few shows together earlier this year and people really liked it so I am excited to get out and do it again.This summer in particular I have been taking a lot of time off to make some new recordings. I am starting to write songs for another record next year with my touring band that will be a straight rock and roll record. It is nice to have some actual time off to write and just be in recording mode for an extended period of time.Check out a clip of Greene and Osborne performing “Ball And Chain” from their short run earlier this year (via Salt City Live):L4LM: Now that you mention it, you do always seem to have a show around the corner. Is this your first really long break from the road?JG: Absolutely. At first it was weird. I didn’t really know what to do with myself. In the past it has been that I had songs that I wanted to work on but no time to do it. This summer I have had enough time to work on things. It was scary at first but now I really like it. And I will have a lot of new tunes to share.L4LM: Is it ever weird introducing songs you have written all alone to the musicians who will be backing you up on them?JG: Not really. I am not that particular, and my band is really great. Sometimes I have to re-learn these tunes myself. I think after this time off it will be great to take these tunes out to the people! For more information on Jackie Greene and his upcoming releases and tour dates, head to his website.