Soul-funk outfit Crowd Company has announced the forthcoming release of their third studio album, Lowdown, which will arrive on January 31st via Vintage League Music.The group also noted in a press release on Monday that the studio album will feature guest appearances by a pair of familiar horn players in Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom from Lettuce. The two will be featured players across the album’s 12 total tracks.Related: Denver Comes Alive Reveals All-Star Artists, Unique Supergroups, Special Tribute Sets For Inaugural EventThe band has already released two singles from Lowdown over the past two months via their official Spotify. These include the instrumental “Express 76”, in addition to the female-led title track. It’s peculiar that Crowd Company would record an instrumental song, seeing how the group is stacked with three talented vocalists who are able to seamlessly shift lead vocals in addition to three-part harmonies. Yet, the resulting groove of “Express 76” can’t be denied.Crowd Company is currently on tour playing dates throughout the United Kingdom, and are scheduled to remain across the pond until September. However, there are sizable gaps in the band’s tour schedule between May and July, which could leave room for some American festival appearances.Tickets for the band’s upcoming shows are available via their website.
DOCTORS HAVE CRITICISED prescription charges for acting as a disincentive to patients taking their medication.This comes after a report from the EU finding that fees for prescriptions put an unfair burden on patients.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Chris Goodey, head of the National Association of General Practitioners said charging extra for prescriptions can encourage patients not to get them, which can have negative repercussions.Charging for prescriptions and encouraging patients not to take medication is not a positive thing. If your patients are taking their medication, it keeps them out of hospital, keeps the blood pressure under control, stops strokes and things like that.In the report by the European Comission, charges for GP fees and outpatient prescription drugs are described as “inequitable and inefficient in comparison to pooled funding”.The study found that it had been consistently demonstrated that user demand decreased when charges were applied for outpatient drugs. This was regardless of whether the drugs were part of essential or non-essential treatments.It was also found in the report that even where charges were low, patients were still likely to be deterred. It was said that:This undermines financial protection and can have a negative impact on health.Prescription charges in Ireland sit at €2.50 per item for someone with a medical card and up to a maximum of €25 per family.On GP care, Goodey emphasised the need to ensure that standards are maintained:In Ireland, we still have a system that isn’t completely broken. Massive cuts are affecting our system. Even our established GPs are leaving… we want to keep the heritage of seeing the GP on the same day of asking.The report was published last month by the European Comission’s ‘Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health’. In a report released earlier this month, the expert panel outlined plans to tackle inequality in European medical systems.Read: Residents of disability support service had to pay for kettles, toasters and curtainsRead: So it turns out that ‘free GP care’ might not actually be free
View comments PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros The Bogo-Medellin Sugar Milling Corporation (Bomedco) has never seen such destruction since it was built in 1928. Declared a local heritage site, the withering of age-old giant acacia trees within its compound say it all.MORE STORIESnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoSuspected drug peddler killed in Albay bustnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosMORE STORIESnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoSuspected drug peddler killed in Albay bustnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosThe next milling season was moved to January. If not for Yolanda, thousands of sugarcane workers would have received their first week’s salary of the milling season last Saturday, Nov. 16. The same is true for another landmark in the town, the ALA Mercedes Golf Course. Its water tank toppled to the ground, pine trees felled, its structures left roofless.A group of Koreans who were supposed to arrive November 15 and were scheduled to tour around “FUNtastic Medellin sites” e-mailed to cancel their trip.Gibitngil Island, whose 400 households had never known what it was to have Christmas lights or watch television or sing in the karaoke, until last December when the municipal government facilitated the establishment of solar power connection in each household will again have only the stars in the skies twinkling this season.The island had also became the banner for Medellin’s tourism promotions when bridges and cottages were constructed on its rocks, complete with zip-lines, kayaking and other recreational water activities dubbed as “Funtastic Island.” Yolanda blew away all the solar lamps, along with all of the island’s tourism gains.ADVERTISEMENT The town is the sugar bowl of Cebu, and was promoted as the golfing capital of the north and the eco-adventure tourism capital of northern Cebu.It has municipal waters both in the eastern and western side of Cebu island, so fishing was a thriving industry. But Yolanda has erased all that. What’s left of the town are signs of desolation and despair – houses gone, fallen trees, destroyed tourism facilities, damaged crops, unusable boats, tattered government buildings and schools torn to shreds.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew LATEST STORIES Another tourist spot the local government established and which was already earning for the municipality was the “Hideaway” in Barangay Tindog. Yolanda destroyed the 500-meter bridge along with its cottages and the local income it brought.The “Zipaway” in barangay Caputatan Norte which drew thousands of tourists for its zipline, cable car, tarzan jump and its rural scenery of rolling hills, green plains and hilltop view of the San Remigio bay was also a casualty.In one fishing village in Medellin, only two of the many boats remained, and both needed repairs. All the rest Yolanda either sank or tore to pieces.A local worker availed of P600,000 loan to establish a bangus business, but it has been all wiped out. Now the problem is how to repay the loan.Market roofs were blown away, stalls were damaged and stocks water-damaged, so the treasurer does not expect to be able to collect taxes from local businesses. Real property taxes will be collected, but for sure taxpayers will not be able to pay right away. Business taxes are supposed to come in January of each year.No trisikad or tricycles could be seen plying the roads. With people having no work and no income, and with stores closed, there were no passengers to transport. But a popular bakery in Poblacion has opened to bake bread with its generator supplying the needed power for its ovens. There was bread amidst the bakery’s smashed roof and broken walls, and that itself is a glimmer of hope. /Jeanette Malinao, Copy editorRead Next Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system SMC bags Bulacan airport project MOST READ BPI nets P13.74B in H1 NEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeNo harvestThe milling season was supposed to start last November 11. But no sugarcane harvest ever started. About half of the town’s 51,000 population are dependent on sugarcane farms which cover up to 70 percent of the town’s total land area. Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements IT’S not only Christmas that’s bleak for the people and local governments in northern Cebu, but the next six months at least, if they can recover that fast at all.In Medellin, for example, the economy is so battered that the town’s treasurer, Ruth Gillamac sees zero prospective income across sectors in the next six months.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros