Just a couple months ago, The String Cheese Incident announced a brand new studio project called the SCI Sound Lab. As guitarist Michael Kang explained to us in an interview, the Sound Lab was the band’s first-ever studio owned and operated entirely by themselves; a creative space for SCI and its band members to not only create and produce new music, but to release said music to the fans with immediacy.Among the band’s members, none has taken more of a shining to the Sound Lab than Kyle Hollingsworth. The keyboardist has worked on a number of singles with SCI, and released a series of his own solo band music through the new creative space. Hollingsworth has had a prolific summer, sharing fun songs like the Grateful Dead inspired “Tumbling” and the funky “Let Me In.”Today, we’re delighted to share the third and final in Kyle’s Summer Sounds From The Lab playlist series. Titled “So Fine,” the keyboardist tells us about the inspiration behind the track: “This is a song that KHB worked up in the new SCI Sound Lab. I grabbed Keith Moseley to help finish up the lyrics. It’s a bit of a happy-end-of-summer tune. Yes…Sorry…Sometimes I write happy songs.”Listen to the premiere of “So Fine,” streaming below exclusively via L4LM.The String Cheese Incident finished their summer tour last night at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, and will spend the next few months working in the studio before their Hulaween festival in Live Oak, FL from October 27-30. The band’s only other scheduled tour dates for 2016 are a New Years run at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, as the group aims to work on creating new music throughout the rest of the year. Of course, Kyle Hollingsworth has a few dates of his own on the books, including his annual Hoppy Holidays benefit on December 3rd! Information about that Conscious Alliance event can be found here.As a bonus, here’s Kyle telling fans about his new single!
The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.3 billion) from the state budget to fund its fight against the coronavirus. The funds are allocated to strengthen the healthcare system and bolster the economy during the virus-induced economic downturn, among other things.According to Finance Ministry data, the government had only spent 4.68 percent of Rp 87.5 trillion (US$6.09 billion) allocated for the healthcare sector as of Monday, while spending on social assistance reached 34.06 percent of the Rp 203.9 trillion budget.Meanwhile, the government has also spent 22.74 percent of the Rp 123.46 trillion allocated to incentives for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as it placed Rp 30 trillion in state-owned banks to boost loan disbursement for businesses.The government has also spent 10.14 percent of the Rp 120.6 trillion allocated to tax incentives, and 4 percent of the Rp 106.1 trillion allocated to be used as stimulus for regional governments.“We will track the stimulus spending so that it will go to those who need it most,” Sri Mulyani said on Tuesday. “This is aimed at addressing the economic impact of the pandemic and therefore the possibility of socioeconomic recovery will be bigger.”Economists have long pushed the government to swiftly disburse the allocated funds as various data indicate weakening private consumption and cooling business activity as the pandemic unfolds.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Wednesday that inflation stood at 1.96 percent year-on-year (yoy) in June, a 20-year low and below Bank Indonesia’s (BI) target range of between 2 and 4 percent for the year. BPS head Suhariyanto told reporters last month that this year’s low inflation was due to weaker purchasing power as the pandemic reined in consumer demand.Meanwhile, falling imports in all goods categories of more than 40 percent in May point to lower demand and weaker manufacturing activities as well as investment.“Fiscal authorities must be more aggressive in spending their budget to jump-start the economy in the near term,” Bank Central Asia (BCA) economist David Sumual told The Jakarta Post last week, adding that government spending should grow by double digits this year to prevent a greater economic downturn.Bank Permata economist Josua Pardede urged the government on Tuesday to speed up spending to bolster the economy. He warned that slow disbursement might hinder economic recovery.The government expects Indonesia’s economy to shrink 3.8 percent in the second quarter this year and rebound in the subsequent quarters as it began reopening the economy despite a surge in virus cases.It now expects full-year growth of 1 percent in the baseline scenario or contraction of 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.Topics : Disbursement of the COVID-19 budget for the healthcare sector, for instance, stood at less than 5 percent so far, she added. The Health Ministry has encountered problems in verifying the hospitals, the doctors’ names and their area of duty, meaning that not all frontliners had received government incentives, among other issues.“On that basis, the administrative and verification process remain obstacles [in disbursing the funds],” Sri Mulyani stressed.In a video released on Sunday by his press office, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo highlighted the slow disbursement of the government’s COVID-19 response budget as he called on his ministers to go the extra mile to accelerate the implementation of pandemic policies.“All the money that’s supposed to be for the people is stuck,” he said, telling his ministers to disburse the healthcare budget and the much-anticipated social aid program in an uncharacteristically angry speech. Several administrative issues have hampered the government’s efforts to disburse COVID-19 funds swiftly, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said, as economists push the government to quickly channel the funds to avoid slowing economic recovery.Sri Mulyani admitted that the stimulus spending was still slow to take effect on the economy due to the operational challenges.“The stimulus is currently in the early stage and we will improve [disbursement] to speed up spending,” she said on Monday, urging ministries and government agencies to accelerate spending in a bid to bolster the economy.
Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant he decides on which players he wants at the club, with owner Vincent Tan simply controlling the purse strings. Controversial Malaysian billionaire Tan pulled no punches in a wide-ranging interview with the BBC which fans’ groups believe will only serve to further divide opinion on the 62-year-old. One aspect saw Tan criticise former boss Malky Mackay and one-time head of recruitment Iain Moody for a considerable overspend on new players last summer. Tan is now keen to have a more hands-on role, although Solskjaer maintains that he chooses the players he believes will strengthen his squad. “I do football matters, the football decisions are mine,” said Solskjaer. “But Vincent Tan has to be a part of the structure that agrees on transfers – ins and outs – and that it’s managed with a budget of x, not x plus y. “He needs to know how much that is, and he needs to know agent fees and everything. “He is very willing to invest and wants us to be successful and wants to know what we do, but it’s got to be transparent, structured, and he is involved in that. “But he doesn’t identify players. We have scouts and I decide on who we go for, and then it’s about whether we have the resources.” With a clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane looming on Sunday, Tan’s comments – as he criticised fans, the British media and Mackay – have undeniably overshadowed the build up. Despite that, Solskjaer said: “It doesn’t change the focus for the game. He is coming on Sunday to watch, and he will come to see us before it.” Tan believes he should be seen as the hero for saving Cardiff from bankruptcy, rather than being portrayed as “a villain” by the British media he claims have been “a little bit racist and unfair”. Despite the fury over his decision to change the club’s colours from blue to red, Tan is adamant he has no qualms, and instead it is the fans who should apologise to him for some of their criticisms. The Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust suggests such comments will “divide the fan base even more than it is already”. But Solskjaer can understand Tan’s point as he said: “I see that he’s really backing or praising 95 per cent of the supporters. “My glass is always half full, so that statement he made is very pleasing. “Of course there are always going to be people criticising what you do, but we wouldn’t be in the Premier League without his investments.” Solskjaer can, however, appreciate the fans’ outcry over the shirt colour change, but again refused to criticise Tan for his decision. “Yeah, of course I understand fans’ concerns about the shirt change because that’s the identity they’ve been a part of,” added the former Manchester United star. “But that was a decision made before my time. “Was the shirt change a mistake? You know what mistakes I look at… maybe picking this player or picking that game plan.” Press Association