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Float Fest, Music And Tubing Festival, Announces Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop, Modest Mouse, & More

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first_imgFloat Fest is an outdoor camping music festival that will take place at Cool River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, on July 21st and 22nd. The festival is set apart by the fact that it also serves as a tubing event, inviting 20,000 music fans daily to take the opportunity to float down the San Marcos River during its two days.For its fifth year in 2018, Float Fest boasts a truly impressive artist lineup as well, tapping Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop Dog, Modest Mouse, Run The Jewels, Lil Wayne, Glass Animals, Toadies, Cashmere Cat, White Denim, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Com Truise, The Suffers, and more for performances.With Tame Impala heading the lineup, Float Fest marks the third announced appearance the massively popular Australian psych-rock act will be making this year in addition to headlining at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival and California’s Desert Daze. The group last performed in the United States when the band headlined the Panorama Music Festival in New York City last July. The Australian rockers’ set marked only their second U.S. date of the year, which made sense considering they planned to take a bit of a hiatus in 2017.This year, Float Fest has expanded its capacity after an embattled back-and-forth with Guadalupe County officials. While the festival originally requested a permit for 30,000 fans daily, the two parties eventually settled on 20,000 after locals complained about the influx of traffic to the area as well as waste and noise left by attendees. In response, Float Fest founder Marcus Federman and his attorney filed a 150-page safety and traffic plan detailing how the large-scale festival plans to deal with parking control, waste management, and the distribution of 120 police officers. The plan also shared past efforts to ensure the San Marcos River isn’t unduly affected—over the past three years, the festival has spent $10,000 on mesh bags for floaters to use as trash bags in addition to crews cleaning the river during and after the event.As Federman shared with Community Impact, a local news source, “I hope the commissioners would agree and acknowledge that it’s been a different permitting process this year. … What we put in here will be followed to a T, and if it’s not, it’ll be with everybody’s knowledge and acceptance.”For more information on Float Fest and to purchase tickets, you can head over to the festival’s website here.[H/T Pollstar]last_img read more

Highpoint Health restructuring to ensure future of high-quality, affordable care

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first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—This week Highpoint Health laid off 31 employees (less than 5% of the workforce) and reduced the hours of 50 employees, 23 of whom will move to part-time. Highpoint Health, like many rural hospitals across the nation, is facing significant financial challenges. This includes an increase in expenses, a decrease in patient volume, a reduction in reimbursements alongside a higher number of uninsured patients and increased regulatory burdens.“We’ve already taken decisive action aimed at enhancing our revenue cycle, reducing expenses and exploring growth opportunities,” said Michael Schwebler, President and CEO of Highpoint Health. “However, a significant decrease in patient volume has made it necessary for us to right-size our workforce. This decision was made only after careful consideration and will not affect the high-quality care we provide our patients.” “Our hearts and prayers go out to the employees affected by this reduction in force,” said Schwebler. Departing employees will receive severance pay based on length of employment, tuition assistance to the end of the current semester, and either conversion or portability for voluntary term life. Highpoint Health is also working with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and WorkOne Southeast to help displaced employees find jobs. For employees whose hours have been reduced to part-time, Highpoint Health is offering health insurance for three months at the full-time rate.Schwebler attributes the decrease in patient volume to a changing healthcare delivery system. More and more procedures that were inpatient are performed in an outpatient setting. Additionally, increased competition has significantly impacted the number of patients admitted to Highpoint Health.“Equally as challenging as rising costs and a decrease in patient volume is the ongoing challenges we face getting reimbursed for the services we provide,” said Schwebler. “While this problem certainly isn’t unique to us, rural hospitals do treat a population that tends to be older, poorer and sicker when compared to national averages.”According to Schwebler, this means Highpoint Health relies more heavily on reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, which pay below the cost of care. Not to mention, rural hospitals have the same regulatory burden as other hospitals, despite lower patient volumes. Ultimately, the price for compliance is often higher than for larger, urban facilities. “We’re proactively addressing our challenges so Highpoint Health can continue to deliver quality and affordable care to our community,” said Schwebler. “By reducing costs, we can continue to achieve our strategic objectives, remain financially stable and grow well into the future.”last_img read more

Wilder Gets Improved Offer to Fight Joshua

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first_imgHe told Sky Sports: “It’s frustrating. We keep requesting these meetings and they don’t want them to take place, which is a bit strange when you’re talking about the biggest fight in world boxing – you can’t negotiate fights like this over the internet or over a telephone.“So we wrote to them after our fight with (Alexander) Povetkin and said we need to make our move soon because of mandatories in place for April 13, so could we have a meeting?“They got back and said no, we’re not interested in meeting you, make us an offer and we’ll let you know.“We went back and made a much-improved offer from the first one – this one with a percentage split – a very attractive offer and then requested a meeting, but they turned round and said ‘no, we won’t meet you’.“There’s not much we can do. It’s frustrating because we know the public wants to see that fight and are putting pressure on us and Anthony Joshua, but we are continuously making offers, we keep requesting meetings and keep getting turned down.“We will probably have to move forward with a fight before December 1, but we hoped that at least we could have a meeting so we can go face to face to discuss it.“The previous offer was accepted and we sent a contract but they didn’t respond, so this offer is much better than the previous offer.“This is an improvement on the previous offer that was accepted. But obviously, if he won his fight with (Tyson) Fury, it would increase his value in the fight and we’ve taken that into consideration.“It’s only binding if he beats Fury so we have taken that into consideration and offered him more money. I am not expecting them to sign the deal within a week or two weeks, but we have to have a meeting.”Wilder will defend his WBC title against Fury in Los Angeles on December 1, and Hearn has pencilled in that date as decisive on the chances of the American agreeing to meet Joshua in April.The promoter though, who is out in Chicago for the first Matchroom USA show, is not using it as a deadline, but again urged Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel to at least meetup and discuss the improved offer face to face.Hearn said: “I understand Deontay Wilder has a fight with Tyson Fury to focus on but the job of an adviser or as a manager is to plan the future and if there is the opportunity to have an undisputed heavyweight world champions’ fight, they have the responsibility to explore that.“But they are not even willing to explore that and something doesn’t smell right. But we’ve got to go about our own business. Can we wait until after December 1? Well there’s mandatory situations as well, so it’s just frustrating we can’t even have a meeting to discuss it.“Shelly replied last night and just said we don’t want to have a meeting with you to discuss the fight, which is strange and frustrating, but we just have to carry on with our business and see what the next steps are.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Deontay Wilder and his team have been given a “much-improved” offer to face Anthony Joshua, but are still refusing to have a meeting, Eddie Hearn has revealed.The Matchroom promoter and his father Barry have been trying to negotiate a unification showdown between Wilder and Joshua that would take place at Wembley Stadium on April 13.Hearn Snr has already been denied a meeting and even though Eddie Hearn sent his second offer – involving more money and an updated percentage split – to Wilder’s team, he admits he has been left frustrated and suggested “something doesn’t smell right”.last_img read more