EXCLUSIVE: Anders Osborne Talks Tour, Aiding Musicians In Recovery With “Send Me A Friend”

first_imgThis April, New Orleans rocker Anders Osborne will mount his final tour behind his uplifting 2016 LP Flowerbox, with his “free flowing, sensitive, precise and high energy” four-piece lineup. The tour will take Osborne and company down the west coast before stopping at several southern festivals on the way home to NOLA for a slew of shows during Jazz Fest. Live For Live Music’s Andrew O’Brien sat down with Anders ahead of the tour to talk about the upcoming tour, his “Send Me A Friend” initiative to help musicians in recovery get back to work, and more:Andrew O’Brien: Hey Anders, thanks for taking some time to chat! I know you’re a busy man these days…Anders Osborne: The management and the booking agents, they keep me busy—I’m out there with all kinds of people, whether it’s Jackie Greene or Southern Soul Assembly, which is what I’m out with right now, with JJ Grey and Luther Dickinson and Marc Broussard. We have an acoustic singer-songwriter “in the round” thing which is really, super cool. You get to listen to all these amazing artists, sit up there and just kinda check it out from the best seat in the house, we play our own stuff.[Photo via Jayne Tansey-Patron]Andrew: …And you’re getting ready to kick off your own solo tour on April 5th behind your 2016 album Flowerbox. What can you tell us about the upcoming tour?Anders: Now with the band, I’ve changed it up a lot over the years. But this tour coming up is with the band from Flower Box, the four-piece, two guitars with me and Eric McFadden, and Carl Dufrene on bass and Brady Blade on drums. The four of us have been grinding at it, getting in the center of the songs and jamming, stretching it, but also shortening some songs. This band tends to get a little more muscular, and we just kinda get in there—I don’t really know how to explain it more than that. We crank it up, with a lot of guitar, bass and drums. We like to see how deep we can dig. It’s more shovels and stones and rocks and dirt than it is spacey and stuff like I’ve done with some of my other bands in the past. It’s just a really wonderful rock outfit for me, and I love the way we explore the songs from that perspective. We get really intimate and tight, even when we play loud and dirty. We’ve changed up the cast quite a bit, but this tour is gonna be what I envision as the last hooray playing really playing Flowerbox, which is a true four-piece record. And after that’s done, I’m gonna start teaching and start preparing for the new record, which we’re wrapping up right now.[Photo via Dino Perrucci]Andrew: So is this four-piece the band that recorded Flower Box, or is this just the lineup that you put together to tour behind it?Anders: It is the band, except I had Scott Metzger doing most of the 2nd guitar on the album. Right now he’s doing a lot of JRAD [Joe Russo’s Almost Dead] stuff, but he was with me for two years. So between him and Eric McFadden, those are the guys that you hear on the record. Andrew: Can you tell us a little about the new album? Anders: We’re kinda planning that whole thing right now. Without revealing too much, it has a slightly different ensemble. It has two beautiful ladies singing background on everything, and one of the girls featured on this is such a force. She’s just an amazing presence. You’ll recognize the girls, I think. I wouldn’t put them in the jam band scene, exactly, but they’re well-known names, especially the one girl who’s written all the vocal arrangements and stuff–she’s tremendous. So I’m hoping to put that together where I can add that to the bill coming up. Now, I don’t know what the other changes will be. Probably stay with a lot of the band, but I don’t know that yet. So I just want to be clear that, for a moment, this is the last big run for the four-piece, and we’ll see where we end up. We’re super excited.Andrew: I’m sure you’re asked about this a lot because you’re generally pretty open and vocal about it, but a subject that is of interest to myself and, I’m sure, a lot of our readers in the music scene is your longstanding sobriety. It’s something that’s relatively uncommon and certainly difficult to maintain as a touring musician. What it’s like trying to maintain that sobriety in a work environment where mind altering substances are never far away?Anders: My personal journey has been one with lots of fun times and partying and experimenting with all kinds of things. And it’s been part of my ride—it was really great. But there’s also a darker side to my addiction, and the negative impact it had on me and my professional life. I got to a place almost a decade ago when it was just time for me to make a decision what to do, cus I couldn’t continue that way—professionally or personally. I had lost everything. I didn’t have a career, I didn’t have any contact with anything. I was just on the flip side of those fun times. They had turned into nothing but darkness. So when I made that decision [to get clean], that was my first step—to get help, and kind of see if I could climb my way out of it.I reached out, and the more people that, y’know, grabbed my hand and guided me and helped me out, it gave me strength and it gave me a lot of courage to continue in the music business. And this business is just filled with drinking, and drugs—it’s infused in the culture of what we do. So it took me quite a while to figure out how to get back out there without being scared all the time, and without sacrificing all the fun and all the musical endeavors that I wanted to accomplish. Once I got a hold on it, I realized that there is a huge community of people that are clean, and they do amazing work—a lot of them, because they’re clean.Andrew: I was really moved when I read about the launch of your Send Me A Friend initiative late last year, and I’m excited that a portion of the proceeds from our upcoming NOLA Crawfish Festival, which we’re putting on with your friend Chris “Shaggy” Davis, will be donated to the cause. I was hoping you could talk a little about Send Me A Friend. Can you tell me about the initiative? How did it come about? Anders: So the foundation I started is pretty simple—if you’re in the music industry and you’re in early recovery, trying to be clean, we’ll send you somebody who’ll sit there while you work. It’s a clean friend who will come and sit through the show, they’ll show up a little bit before, and be your buddy, and that’s it. It’s not there to get you sober. It’s just there to keep you company while you work.Andrew: How did you come up with that premise? Because, like you said, it’s not like AA–it’s not a program to get you sober–but it’s kind of a way to stay keep you accountable. I’ve heard it said that overcoming addiction comes down to setting up a system of roadblocks for yourself, so that if you do start to slip, there’s something to stop you–friends, family, whatever or whomever can help keep you accountable, help keep your eye on the prize, so to speak. And I think this is a really effective way to do just that.Anders: The idea started with these two guys who I met when I was getting sober, and they said to me ‘Hey, you’ve got a New Year’s Eve show coming up. If you want to, we can come and sit.’ I was like, ‘What? That doesn’t make any sense.’ And they said ‘well, don’t worry about it, we’ll be there, we’ll come and sit with you.’They just sat there. They didn’t drive me there, they didn’t take me to a meeting, they didn’t do anything. They just came and sat. Right before the show, they showed up. They sat on the side of the stage. They made a couple of blocks—some old friends who showed up and wanted to share some of their good stuff with me—and they were like ‘no brah, he’s good.’ But that wasn’t the necessary thing. The point that stood out to me was that they just sat there, and so I looked over during my show and just saw these two guys sit there, and thought wow, this is really simple and this is so helpful and powerful. These guys keep me accountable. They know I’m trying to be sober, and they know that all I’m doing is working. That’s my work—I entertain people. But I felt…I don’t know, I just felt I was being held responsible for what I had chosen to take on, which was charging people money to go up and play for them.So instead of focusing on the drinking and the drugs, I was focused on my music, which is why I’m being paid. I’m not being paid to be a fool [laughs]. But I was being paid to be a fool for a big part of my life—be a fool, you know? Be silly, be clownin’ around up there, to be all those things. And I realized, well, maybe somebody wants that, but the majority of people wanna hear great music—they wanna hear me do my job well. So these two guys spawned the idea without knowing it.Many years later I told the idea to a guy I know who works for a bunch of foundations, and we said this is great, let’s put it together. We hooked up with Can’d Aid, which is an organization out of a brewery, actually, in Colorado called Oskar Blues Brewery–which is sort of ironic, but also very positive. They’re selling a product that some people may have trouble with, so they say ‘sure, we’ll help out.’ We’re gonna work it on a national level, try and get the word out more and more, so my name can kinda disappear from it and it can just be an institution in itself that doesn’t need anyone to promote it. But we have a long way to go, so we’re trying to get that out there.Andrew: This is a really great idea. They’re not there babysit, they’re not there to get you in trouble, it’s just as you said—they’re just there to be a friend. And for people in that situation, that’s exactly what they need.Anders: And it covers everybody: sound engineers, music writers, anyone in the music industry that does this, like we do, all the time—it helps us go back to work. Because it’s a little difficult, those first 6, 12 months. the first few months. It’s almost impossible. It suuuuuuuucks [laughs]. And you go [fake whining] “Oh my god I can never have fun again, I hate my life!” But then you get help and you get a new network of people, and all of a sudden things start to get brighter and brighter. And eventually things feel better than they ever did. This is what’s so beautiful about this network of sober friends. A guy that has 2 hours sober inspires a guy that has 30 years. Everything is connected together. I don’t know how it works, but it works.**Don’t miss Anders Osborne on tour this spring for the final run with his Flowerbox four-piece outfit. See below for a full list of dates. To purchase tickets, head to Anders’ website.**Anders Osborne Upcoming Tour Dates:4.05 || Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom || Monroe, LA*4.06 || George’s Majestic || Fayetteville, AR*4.07 || Knuckleheads || Kansas City, MO*4.08 || Gothic Theatre || Denver, CO* (w/ special guest Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds)4.10 || Belly Up Aspen || Aspen, CO4.11 || The State Room || Salt Lake City, UT*4.13 || Crystal Bay Casino || Crystal Bay, NV#4.14 || The Filmore || San Francisco, CA*4.15 || Teragram || Los Angeles, CA*4.16 || Belly Up || Solana Beach, CA4.18 || The Dirty Bourbon || Albuquerque, NM4.20 || Gas Monkey || Dallas, TX4.21 || Old Settler’s Music Festival || Austin, TX4.22 || Sweetwater 420 Festival || Atlanta, GA4.27 || Tipitina’s || New Orleans, LA^4.28 || Republic NOLA || New Orleans, LA (New Mississippi Osborne)4.29 || Republic NOLA || New Orleans, LA (Dead Feat)4.30 || Republic NOLA || New Orleans, LA (Dead Feat)5.05 || New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival || New Orleans, LA5.06 || Howlin’ Wolf || New Orleans, LA@* w/ New Breed Brass Band# w/ Scott Pemberton & after party w/ New Breed Brass Band^ w/ Ryan Montbleau Band@ w/ The Pimps of Joytime, The NO Suspects and more[Cover photo via Bob Adamek]last_img read more

Tame Impala, Beck, Gary Clark Jr. And More Rock Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival [Photos]

first_imgShaky Knees Festival returned to Central Park in Atlanta, GA for its seventh year this past weekend. The three-day music festival treated fans to performances from a mix of artists within the commercial rock and indie realms, including Tame Impala, Interpol, Cage The Elephant, Sharon Van Etten, Maggie Rogers, Liz Phair, and The Struts, just to name a few.Related: Tash Sultana Shares Hauntingly Beautiful Video From Recent NYC Performance Night one on Friday featured performances from acts like The Joy Formidable, The Black Lips, Tash Sultana, Incubus, Tears For Fears and Beck. The following day (and night) brought more sets from indie-pop queens Natalie Prass and Jade Bird, in addition to Jim James, Gary Clark Jr., and Cage The Elephant. Tame Impala closed out the event with their headlining set on Sunday. Other Sunday performers included Foals, Maggie Rogers, Grouplove, Lucy Dacus, Slothrust, and many more.Fans can check out the gallery below courtesy of photographer Christian Stewart for a look back at the weekend’s performances.Shaky Knees Music Festiva | Atlanta, GA | 5/3-5/5/2019 | Photos: Christian Stewart Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Merrill-Oldham receives lifetime achievement award

first_imgJan Merrill-Oldham, Harvard’s Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian from 1995 through 2010, has received the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). Widely acknowledged as the driving force in developing Harvard’s renowned preservation programs, Merrill-Oldham received her award from Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, on behalf of ALCTS.According to Cline, “It is Jan’s knowledgeable tenacity, her ability to develop programs and staff, and her broad international network of colleagues that have made such a difference for Harvard’s preservation program.”It is to Merrill-Oldham’s credit that Harvard’s libraries benefit from a carefully coordinated relationship between collections conservation and special collections conservation; state-of-the-art conservation labs in Widener and the Weissman Preservation Center; a multifaceted special collections program for the conservation of books, paper, photographs, and film; a preservation review program; a comprehensive imaging services program; and a proven Library Collections Emergency Team. Her comprehensive approach to preservation yielded more than $11 million in support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.“Harvard’s library preservation programs stem from Jan’s wise decisions and her direction about people and programs, and her overall philosophy of preservation,” stated Harvard Library Executive Director Helen Shenton. “It is one of the paradoxes of preservation that at first glance it is about the past, but in fact, it is all about the future.”The award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a distinguished library leader, author, and scholar whose extraordinary service to the ALCTS and the library community at large serves as a model for those in the field. Read Full Storylast_img read more

ND strives to save energy

first_imgWhile students and residence halls are competing to see who can save the most energy during the Office of Sustainability’s month-long Dorm Energy Competition, the University is doing its own part to conserve as well. Though the University itself is not doing a particular push for the month of November to save energy, there are various programs effective all year long, according to Rachel Novick, Education and Outreach Programs Manager for the Office of Sustainability. “The University recently started work on stage two of its energy conservation measures,” Novick said. This $6.5 million investment means contractors will be around campus evaluating how to make the University more energy efficient. The Office of Sustainability is also involved in a trial run with Eaton, an engineering company with which the University has partnered. “We have an electric car on loan from Eaton,” Novick said. “We’re just trying it out and lending it to people on campus in order to explore the possibility of getting electric vehicles on campus.” The Office of Sustainability is also concerned about excessive waste in the dining halls. “The energy impact of food is tremendous, and people aren’t always conscious of how much energy and water went into the dining hall food,” Novick said. Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and GreeND, the eND Hunger campaign runs during Wednesdays in the dining halls. “The big focus is to raise donations for the food bank in northern Indiana, but it also includes a clean plate program at dinner on Wednesdays during November,” Novick said. Novick added that small-scale projects, such as turning off lights in unused classrooms was also “something we’ve been trying to work on.” “There is no reason for lights to be on at night in empty classrooms, and that’s definitely been something we are working on with the building staff,” she said. “We’re exploring ideas about how to involve students in some sort of ‘turn off the lights’ committee. If we can build a partnership with students and staff, we can be really successful.” There have been some improvements made to the process of reducing unnecessary lighting around campus, such as renovations that include lights with timers or motion sensors and emergency lighting that only turns on when a movement triggers it, rather than lights that stay on all night just for precaution. “Reducing our carbon footprint is our biggest focus,” Novick said. “Climate change is a global problem, and reducing our contribution to it will have an impact on the rest of the world.” On a local scale, Novick said saving energy results in the reduction of overall emissions and the result is cleaner air in our region. The grand total of both the monetary and energy savings from the Dorm Energy Competition won’t be announced until the end of the month, Novick said. “It always surprises people how much energy can be saved,” she said. “All the actions people do like turning off the light or unplugging unnecessary electronics are all really minor, but with a multiplication factor of 7,000 people on campus doing the same small actions, the numbers grow. Students as a community have a huge potential to save energy.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students participate in hunger banquet meant to illustrate America’s socioeconomic divide

first_imgStudents gathered in the Haggar Parlor on Tuesday evening to participate in the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, an event Saint Mary’s hosted to raise awareness for world hunger. The annual event focuses on the realities of hunger in America and occurs at different institutions across America throughout the month of November. Julianna McKenna | The Observer Students who participated in the Oxfam Hunger Banquet sat on the floor of Haggar Parlor, where the event was held Tuesday evening. Hunger banquets are held at institutions across America throughout the month of November to demonstrate the realities of hunger.“It’s an experience to humble yourself and be grateful for what you have, but also to acknowledge that hunger is much more common than you might think,” senior and Student Diversity Board president Jazmin Herrera said. “It might be someone sitting next to you in class or someone that you know. The main purpose of the event is to raise awareness.” The event illustrate the impact of the socioeconomic divide in America as students were each assigned a different economic group and meal.“The 41 students who participated were randomly entered into a drawing and were placed in the lower class, middle class or higher class,” Herrera said. “The majority of people end up in the lower class because that is the real global ratio. Each group experienced the different classes through the meals that they were fed.”Students felt the occasion was an important opportunity to understand the challenges faced by many people across America. “I decided to attend because I had never heard of an opportunity like this,” freshman Angela Martinez-Camacho said. “It was a chance to see what it’s like for other people.”Martinez-Camacho noted the dread she felt sitting at a nice table while some of her peers had to sit on the floor. “I feel kind of bad because I already know that I will not finish my meal,” Martinez-Camacho said during the event. “I don’t like seeing people on the floor. Some of my friends are over there. If I could give them some of this I would.”For freshman Alok Agwick, sitting on the floor highlighted the separation between the different economic groups in America. “Seeing all the classes juxtaposed against each other really shows the struggle that people have in their lifetime,” Agwick said. “I definitely felt the separation because everyone else was sitting in chairs with different food options. We had to sit on the floor and had one thing to eat.” The event also raised awareness for the Mother Pauline Food Pantry, a new resource on campus that provides food and toiletries to students. Junior Kylee Abwavo said the pantry is a great resource for the College.“The Mother Pauline Pantry has helped me save money for college without having to worry about if I’m going to have enough food for a decent meal,” Abwavo said. “I hope that students will benefit from the pantry and try it out because it is a blessing when so many college students across the United States go to bed hungry.” Sophomore Karime Sanchez said she hopes the banquet will create a sense of awareness and help put into perspective the different backgrounds from which people come. “The hunger banquet teaches a lot of great things and creates a sense of awareness,” Sanchez said. “It really puts into perspective the different backgrounds that people come from and the different challenges people face. It really creates a desire to make a change and provide food for everyone.”Tags: hunger banquet, Mother Pauline Pantry, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

MyWebGrocer expands Midwest office

first_img### Mi9 Retail,In the last six months MyWebGrocer s customer reach has grown 40%, to 3.8 million monthly grocery shoppers. This expanded consumer demand has seen a matching growth in CPG programs running on the network. To meet this demand, MyWebGrocer s advertising team has promoted Helen Earling to lead an expanding Midwest team.Helen Earling joined the MyWebGrocer team in October 2007 with a decade of industry knowledge and experience. Her continued success and leadership has lead to her recent promotion to Senior Vice President of Western Ad Sales. Earling has been instrumental in helping MyWebGrocer s key Midwest advertisers, Kellogg’s and General Mills. Helen has been a driving force in MyWebGrocer s continued success and I m excited about her building out an expanded team in Minnesota to better serve our Western customers. Alec Newcomb, Vice President, MyWebGrocer.The expanded office is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota and includes a new team member, Colleen Pruyn. Pruyn s background includes work in broadcasting and media advertising fields.With the shift in media spend from offline to online advertising, MyWebGrocer will continue its rapid expansion. MyWebGrocer s grocery network now reaches 3.8 million grocery shoppers every month.About MyWebGrocer: MyWebGrocer is the leading digital services provider for retail grocers since 1999, connecting retail brands to their consumers through ecommerce and online tools.  MyWebGrocer has the largest online grocery-advertising network with 3.8 Million monthly Shoppers.  Advertisers include Kelloggs, Unilever, Nestle, P&G and 60 other leading brands. For more information please visit www.mywebgrocer.com(link is external) or call 1-888-662-2284. Source: MyWebGrocer. Colchester VT, July 1, 2009:last_img read more

Women lawyers do more pro bono work than men

first_imgWomen lawyers do more pro bono work than men Southeast Florida attorneys also do more than those in other parts of the state Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Sixty percent of all Florida lawyers report they perform pro bono work, with more women attorneys providing pro bono than male lawyers.The Bar’s latest Membership Opinion Survey also found that lawyers in private practice report performing pro bono at a higher rate (71 percent) than their government lawyer colleagues (15 percent) and those in other legal positions (38 percent).A higher percentage of women lawyers (61 percent) perform pro bono than their male colleagues (57 percent). The survey also found that older lawyers tend to do more pro bono than younger lawyers. Forty-five percent of lawyers 35 and under perform pro bono, compared to 63 percent of those 36 to 50; 65 percent of lawyers 51 to 65; and 69 percent of lawyers over 65 years of age.region, 68 percent of respondents in the southeast part of the state say they perform pro bono, while 60 percent of those in the central/southwest part of the state say they provide pro bono services, as do 51 percent of those in the northern part of the state. Forty-six percent of out-of-state respondents say they provide pro bono work.Half of all respondents cited personal satisfaction as their primary reason for conducting pro bono work, while another 43 percent said they have a professional responsibility to do so.Thirty-seven percent of respondents who said they don’t perform pro bono work cited time constraints for not providing free legal work for the poor. Other responses included their government job does not allow for pro bono work (20 percent); not interested (13 percent); family commitments (12 percent); lack of support from firm or legal office (12 percent); not finding appropriate matters to work on (12 percent); their government/public interest job provides sufficient public service opportunities (12 percent); and providing pro bono would negatively affect compensation (6 percent). Of the 18 percent of respondents who listed “other” when asked why they don’t provide pro bono, the most frequently listed responses were “inexperienced/don’t feel competent,” “do other volunteer/charitable work,” and “don’t believe in it.”Only 8 percent of respondents said their firms have a written pro bono office policy.Fifty-six percent of those polled said the Florida Supreme Court’s aspirational goal of 20 hours of pro bono work per lawyer per year should remain the same, while 13 percent said it should be decreased to 10 hours, and 4 percent said it should be decreased to 15 hours per year. Five percent of respondents said it should be increased to 30 hours, and 4 percent would like to see it increased to 40 hours. Of the 18 percent who listed “other,” the vast majority of those responses were “eliminate/delete/no longer require the 20 hours.”Just over two-fifths (41 percent) of all respondents believe that the aspirational goal of a $350 donation to a legal aid organization – as an alternative to the 20 hours of pro bono work per lawyers – should remain the same. Twenty-four percent believe it should be decreased, while 11 percent said it should be increased. Another 25 percent provided responses under the “other” category, the vast majority of which listed “eliminate/delete/no longer require the $350” contribution.The Membership Opinion Survey was mailed to 2,771 randomly selected Bar members in August. the September 27 deadline, 26 percent of the surveys had been returned. Mike Garcia, director of the Bar’s Research, Planning and Evaluation Department, said the results of the survey are statistically valid and the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence. Women lawyers do more pro bono work than mencenter_img January 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Salatiga opens traditional market with physical distancing requirements in place

first_imgRead also: Greater Jakartans show low awareness of physical distancing measures despite PSBB: Survey“Closing down traditional markets will put people’s access to food at risk. The best option is to practice physical distancing and implement health protocols, such wearing masks and providing hand sanitizer.”He added that the administration would take strict action against people found violating the health protocols at the market.“People are not allowed to enter the market if they refuse to wear face masks. We do this for the sake of the public’s health, so we can prevent the coronavirus from spreading,” Yuliyanto went on to say.A photo of sellers practicing physical distancing, first published by Kompas daily newspaper, went viral on social media and received praise from Indonesian netizens.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo had also lauded Salatiga for implementing health protocols in its traditional markets. “This is well-managed. […] The residents just need to participate by wearing face masks and gloves, or bringing their own disinfectant,” the governor wrote on his official Instagram account @ganjar_pranowo on Tuesday. (dpk)Topics : Salatiga city in Central Java has shown the world it is possible to maintain economic activity while also following health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with traditional market sellers in the city following physical distancing measures while working at the market.The Salatiga administration has allowed sellers to open stalls along a major road in the city to ensure physical distancing measures are followed by both sellers and customers. The market operates daily from 1 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, as reported by kompas.com.center_img Sellers and officials make sure the distance between booths is 1 meter, with the location of each booth marked with chalk.The mayor, Yuliyanto, issued a regulation requiring sellers and buyers at the market to wear face masks as a precaution. The administration has also assigned security officers to the market to ensure every one obeys the health protocols.“The government doesn’t want to kill the economy,” Yuliyanto said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

Martina Berto targets $39m in annual sales despite slumping cosmetics demand

first_imgThe company, part of cosmetics giant Martha Tilaar Group, has shifted its business focus to healthcare goods since the height of the pandemic by producing in-demand products such as hand sanitizers, hand gel, disinfectant and bottled herbal drinks.The company’s sales fell 38.2 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 87.06 billion in the first quarter of this year because of a pandemic-induced decline in consumption. Cosmetics sales, which previously made up more than 82 percent of Martina Berto’s total sales, fell by almost 35 percent yoy during the period.“We hope the easing PSBB [large-scale social restrictions] policy will boost people’s consumption by December,” Bryan said.To achieve its sales target, the company plans to launch a new herbal product, among others, in the second half of this year. However, Bryan declined to go into detail as the products were still under development. Martina Berto vice chairwoman Wulan Tilaar said on June 4 that the company had seen a 50 percent increase in revenue from its red ginger product, an ingredient commonly found in jamu (traditional herbal medicine), during the pandemic.Bryan thought the company’s shift to health care and hygiene would help it overcome its losses from earlier this year.The company, which sells the Sari Ayu and PAC cosmetics brands, recorded a loss of Rp 24.24 billion in the first three months of this year.The production shift is part of Martina Berto’s so-called “survival program”, as the company has been forced to temporarily close its outlets and spas because of social distancing measures.As part of the program, Bryan said, the company would conserve its cash by increasing efficiency.“We’ve conducted the efforts by adjusting raw material purchases for production and laying off contract workers so we can conserve cash during this time,” he said.The company has restructured its loans and delayed interest and debt payments to suppliers. It has also adjusted this year’s capital expenditure (capex) for the current situation, he said, without going into detail about the figure.Martina Berto’s shares, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the stock symbol MBTO, closed at Rp 68 per share on Tuesday, unchanged from its previous close, as the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) declined by 0.04 percent.Martina Berto stock has lost 27.66 percent of its value since the beginning of the year.Topics : Publicly listed cosmetics firm PT Martina Berto is targeting Rp 564 billion (US$39.09 million) in sales this year, 4.92 percent higher than last year’s figure, despite slumping demand for cosmetics.President director Bryan David Emil said on Monday that the company was optimistic it would achieve the target as it would focus on producing skin care, personal care, herbal and hygiene-related products this year to offset the low demand for makeup.“We won’t be focusing on makeup products because people’s faces will be covered by masks,” he said during a virtual public showcase. “That’s why we’ll focus on producing hygiene products, soaps, shampoos and hand sanitizers instead this year.”last_img read more

Works council scuttles move to Belgium for Bristol-Myers scheme

first_imgThe €63m Dutch pension fund of US pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb is to be liquidated and join insurer Aegon rather than follow the company’s initial plan to merge the scheme with its pension fund in Belgium. The Dutch scheme’s works council (OR) had opposed the plan, citing Belgium’s lower solvency requirements.The scheme’s board, in a letter to participants, said the pension rights in its final salary plan would now be transferred to and guaranteed by the insurer.It added that, as part of the transfer, Aegon would increase pension rights by approximately 1% in a one-off transaction. The pension fund also said its additional defined contribution plan, provided by Robeco, would be transferred to Aegon, and that the insurer would take over pensions accrual for its 80 active participants.The scheme announced its intention to liquidate in 2011, as it sought to merge with the sponsor’s Belgian pension fund. It also considered joining PGB, the €19bn pension fund for the Dutch printing industry. In the Netherlands, the merger of multinational companies’ Dutch pension funds with schemes in Belgium – often initiated by their sponsors – has become a hot topic. Aon Netherlands, for example, is awaiting the outcome of a legal dispute over its work council’s right to block a cross-border merger of its Dutch pension fund.The council raised concerns over participants’ right of say, as well as the quality of Belgian governance.Aon Netherlands has threatened to ignore future funding gaps if the works council fails to approve the relocation.Nestlé, meanwhile, ruled out relocating its €564m pension fund Alliance after the scheme’s works council, citing the quality of governance and fund structure in Belgium, rejected the move.The Dutch pension funds of Johnson & Johnson and Euroclear are among the schemes that have recently relocated to Belgium. Several other multinational companies, including BP, DuPont de Nemours and General Electric, are still weighing options on similar moves.last_img read more