Beach Boy Mike Love Shares Whimsical Video For “Do It Again” With John Stamos And Mark McGrath

first_imgRecently, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love recently joined forces Full House star John Stamos and Extra host/former Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath for an updated rendition of the surf-rock icons’ 1968 single “Do It Again.” On Wednesday, the trio premiered the official video for their self-described “reincarnation” of the track, directed by Stamos.While Love’s relationship with the rest of his original band, particularly songwriting collaborator Brian Wilson, is publicly contentious, the relationship between these three performers is all love. The clip is a thoroughly satisfying dose of fun-in-the-sun nostalgia, with shots of Love’s younger days singing with the Beach Boys interspersed with a whimsical Love-McGrath-Stamos karaoke montage. Take a few minutes to watch the video (via OfficialMikeLove), and we promise your day will be just a little more light-hearted if you do.“The whole song’s about getting together with old friends and sharing good times and talking about the old times,” Love told Billboard. “The fact that here we are decades later, recreating it with old friends, having a great time – it doesn’t get much more organic and perfect and fantastic than that.” Love also commented on the old-school footage used: “Sometimes it’s embarrassing to see myself with a beard as long as ZZ Top’s or looking like Duck Dynasty or jumping around with my shirt off and rockin’, but, hey, it was the ’60s and the ’70s and it was rock and roll and there’s a whole lot of history there.”As fans of Full House know, the connection between Love and Stamos goes way back, at least as far as the Beach Boys’ guest roles on the show in the 90’s. Love, Stamos, and McGrath performed their “reinvigorated” version of the 60’s tune for a 4th of July TV special in Washington, D.C. for PBS earlier this month.:[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Making small changes to achieve extraordinary results

first_imgWhat would happen to your life if you gave everything just 5% more effort?Michael Alden, author of 5% MORE: Making Small Changes To Achieve Extraordinary Results, says it transforms everything. Success is often the result of applying just a little bit more effort.It’s not always a massive effort, a radical change, or an overhaul. Often it’s just changing at the margin that makes all the difference.I recently had the opportunity to ask Michael about his research and new book. Michael Alden is the founder and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing and a recipient of SmartCEO Magazine’s 2016 Future 50 Award.What made you decide to research the concept of 5%?After the publication of my first book, Ask More, Get More, I received some fantastic feedback and accolades.  But as I continued to speak with people about achieving their goals, I found that many of them wanted more.  Despite all of the time and money they put into “personal development,” they were not where they wanted to be.  I wondered, why are so many people stuck?  Is there something that the average, everyday person can do to get ahead?  And is it something that is truly achievable, something that doesn’t cost money, something that yields real tangible results? continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia raises $1.5b from government bonds to fund fiscal deficit

first_imgIndonesia has raised Rp 22 trillion (US$1.51 billion) from government bonds issuances as of Tuesday as it moves to fund the fiscal deficit and the country’s COVID-19 response.The government received total bids of Rp 72.78 trillion – from an indicative target of Rp 20 trillion – from both domestic and foreign investors, which means the bonds were oversubscribed by 3.6 times. The bonds series have varied maturity periods of five to 20 years, said Finance Ministry director for government debt securities Deni Ridwan.“Investor confidence in the government bonds has increased,” Deni said in a statement on Wednesday. “The rising participation from foreign investors and the high level of banking liquidity amid slowing credit demand have bolstered incoming bids.” The big appetite of investors has lowered the weighted average yield for the bonds compared to the previous auction. The five-year benchmark bonds, for instance, now offer a yield of 5.94 percent versus 6.29 percent in the previous issuance, while the 10-year bonds have a 6.81 percent yield from the previous 7.05 percent.The 15-year and 20-year bonds offer a yield of 7.28 percent and 7.4 percent from the previous 7.54 percent and 7.56 percent, respectively.The government plans to raise Rp 35 trillion to Rp 40 trillion from bonds issuances every two weeks throughout the remainder of the year as it seeks to raise a total of Rp 990.1 trillion in the second half of the year to fund the fiscal deficit.The government expects the state budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) as it allocated Rp 695.2 trillion for its COVID-19 response to strengthen the healthcare system and rescue the economy, which is expected to shrink 0.4 percent under a worst case scenario or grow 1 percent under a best case scenario this year.The country’s financial markets have also been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with foreign investors dumping Rp 122.4 trillion in Indonesian assets as of July, according to the ministry’s data. The selling spree has weakened the rupiah exchange rate and caused a spike in yields of government debts earlier this year.Bank Indonesia agreed earlier this month to buy Rp 397.5 trillion worth of government bonds in a burden sharing scheme to fund healthcare and social safety net programs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The central bank will fully bear the costs of the bonds.The burden-sharing scheme between the central bank and the government is expected to start this week and last until this year end.Topics :last_img read more