Photo: Phierce Photo Lotus and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been out on the road together for the last few days, turning heads each with their unique brand of improvisationally-influenced music. Whether it’s the funky rock approach of Pigeons or the smooth electronic influences of Lotus, both bands know exactly how to keep fans engaged when they’re on stage. Both bands continue to evolve with experience, as Pigeons are planning a new album release later this year and Lotus just released their first ever album with vocals on every track. With the two bands going back to back at Express Live in Columbus, OH, you can bet that this was a great night of music!Check out a full recording from the Pigeons’ set, courtesy of taper mott77.You can see the full gallery of images from the night below, courtesy of Phierce Photo, as well as a video recap from the performance. Load remaining images
BUKU Music + Art Project is an annual New Orleans celebration that hosts a number of big-name musical acts each year. In 2019, the festival will return to N’awlins on March 22nd and 23rd, taking over Mardi Gras World in downtown New Orleans. Described as an “urban music and art festival meets epic warehouse party celebrating the progressive subculture of New Orleans,” BUKU has released one of their biggest lineups yet.On Friday, March 22nd, the 2019 BUKU Music + Arts Festival will be headlined by Lana Del Rey, Excision, Kevin Gats, and RL Grime. On Saturday, March 23rd, A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood, GRiZ, and Louis The Child will lead the charge.While the daily lineups haven’t been fully announced, BUKU Music + Arts Festival has also confirmed Ella Mai, NGHTMRE B2B Slander, $UICIDEBOY$, Playboi Carti, Dashboard Confessional, Gunna, Claude Constroke, Fisher, and many more to perform over the late-March weekend.You can check out the full lineup thus far below, and snag tickets on BUKU’s website here.
Jordan Donica photographed at The Knickerbocker Hotel(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Shows Age: 22Hometown: Indianapolis, INCurrent Role: The Phantom of the Opera’s Raoul, who is Christine Daaé’s childhood friend and later love interest in the Tony-winning musical.Stage Cred: Donica is making his Broadway debut in Phantom. He has appeared onstage regionally in Jesus Christ Superstar, Dames at Sea and South Pacific. The Phantom of the Opera from $29.00
Georgia Vidalia Onion growers are ready for Mother Nature to turn off the tap. Record rainfall has dampened their crop, prevented them from getting into fields to take care of it and put it behind in development, says a University of Georgia onion expert.Record rainfall swamped Georgia over the past three months and continues to keep things soggy in southeast Georgia, where farmers typically plant each year an estimated 12,000 acres of Georgia’s official vegetable.“Right now, I’d say the condition of the crop is fair,” said Reid Torrance, UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Tattnall County and onion expert. “It’s the wettest I’ve ever seen. We’ve had record rainfall — three to four times normal — which has put everyone behind. We just can’t get in the fields. Basically, we’re trying to play catch up at this point.”Farmers start transplanting onions into fields in November. Conditions were drier then. Onions planted that month had a good head start on the weather, he said. Then the sky opened, dropping 12 inches of rain in December around Tattnall and Toombs counties, where the majority of the crop is planted. Over the past 8 weeks, the region has received close to 20 inches of rain.The crop is usually planted by the end of the year, he said. But this year, only 80 percent was in the ground by Jan. 1. The rest has trickled in during short dry spells.Farmers are a month behind in weed management and fertilizer applications. What they’ve been able to do in fields, he said, in many cases, has been washed away.In a few cases, Torrance has seen entire planting beds washed away, leaving the tiny bulbs once in them piled knee deep at the bottom of fields. In all, an estimated 15 percent of the planted crop is likely already lost.If there is a silver lining, he said, foliar diseases, up to this point, haven’t been a problem for the crop. Prolonged freezing temperatures in January zapped what foliage had sprouted. So, there is nothing for diseases to attack.The onions will be ready to hit the market in April, when harvest typically starts. “But whether it’ll be early or late April right now we don’t know,” he said.Georgia’s climatologist David Stooksbury recently said the wet, cool weather that has blanketed the state this winter will likely continue through spring.“We still have a lot of season left, and onions are resilient,” Torrance said. “But we’ve got to get a break here soon. Rain is the last thing we need.”
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall for SNL:Tim Buckley is the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ director of energy finance studies for Australasia. He said that while the “sheer size and profile” of Peabody’s U.S. and Australia operations make “any bankruptcy problematic,” the fall of the world’s top private coal producer would also be highly symbolic of the direction of the industry.“Any bankruptcy of Peabody is of huge symbolic significance — IEEFA works on the premise that technology change will inevitably drive a global electricity market transformation,” Buckley said. “All along firms like Peabody have funded tens of millions of dollars into lobbyists and advertising campaigns denying climate change and trying to use regulatory barriers to favor their self-interest and stop technology change.”Buckley points to gross liabilities of $10.46 billion at the end of 2014 in calling any potential bankruptcy of Peabody “massive” as it has large amounts of debt and other significant unfunded liabilities. He said Australian pension and health liabilities are off-balance sheet and are required to be fully funded by corporate, but in the U.S. unfunded postretirement benefit obligations and net pension liabilities pose a serious problem.Specifically, Buckley noted that in 2014, Peabody had a defined benefit pension and savings plan for one group of staff at $1.0 billion in total and 85% funded. He said a second liability of postretirement health care and life insurance benefits was recorded as an $839.1 million liability, but was zero-funded.“How the board can allow staff to be fully protected and retired employees get zero protection is beyond me,” Buckley said. “So the workers and existing management it seems to me will be pitted against the retired workers. I’m not a lawyer, but that looks at face value like a potential breach of fiduciary duty by the board, given the board of directors was willfully borrowing to pay quarterly dividends until November 2014 when they should have been paying pension liabilities of retired and sick workers.”Buckley also said a bankruptcy process, to be handled in a U.S. court, will pit Australian liabilities against American liabilities, “raising questions of which government will get left to clean up which portion of the inevitable shortfall.” The land reclamation costs, he said, will largely be covered by U.S. and Australian taxpayers.The assets the company owns, Buckley said, face a tough market. He said “almost every global coal mining company” has mines for sale and any potential buyer is flooded with opportunity to buy. However, he said financial institutions are increasingly reluctant to extend credit to the sector.Full article ($): Opponents eye potential ‘massive’ bankruptcy of nation’s largest coal miner ‘Huge Symbolic Significance’ in Peabody’s Fall
18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Allen Jingst Allen Jingst is senior vice president for fintech CUSO LenderClose. He has an extensive background in the technology sector, having led sales and development teams for Dwolla, Dice.com and … Web: https://www.lenderclose.com Details Analysts are busy making all sorts of predictions about how the coronavirus pandemic may change the way humans behave, the things we value, and the types of activities we enjoy. Their forecasts range from the obvious (e.g., more companies will reconsider remote working policies) to the provocative (e.g., robots, rather than humans, will take vitals in a healthcare system).One prediction that really resonated with our team is the idea of the investor mindset shift. As one startup CEO surmised, venture capitalists will look less at revenue and funding rounds, more at things like culture and flexibility, which can sustain a young, scaling business through market fluctuations and unforeseen circumstances.The analyst and startup communities are far from the only ones pondering change. The credit unions we talk with on a daily basis are beginning to think about the longer-tail impact of COVID-19, too. After weeks of hustle and bustle to maintain the mission critical areas of their cooperatives, credit union executives are likely able to exhale long enough to consider what’s next.To be sure, credit union leaders are still very much in the throes of COVID-19 navigation. They also have a fair amount of qualitative and quantitative data from the past several weeks providing insight into member behavior, preferences, and needs. All of this is igniting their strategic fires and exciting them about further investigating the big questions about the future of the movement and the members it serves.We work primarily with lending teams, and the big questions they are facing hover around the borrower experience. Well before the pandemic crisis, local lenders were already struggling to compete with megabanks and fintechs that were beginning to offer faster, simpler engagements for homeowners and homebuyers. As COVID-19 created further complexities, the playing field became even less level.But, here’s the thing about community lenders, credit unions in particular: They have a completely different way of looking at challenges. Whereas a megabank or big tech firm sees challenges as a threat to the bottom line or a potential disappointment to shareholders, credit unions see them as an impediment to a person’s, a family’s or a business’s financial success. When you’re driven by this kind of a value system, you can move mountains.It’s exactly what we’ve seen happen with the credit unions in our ecosystem the past few weeks. They did not allow quarantining, social distancing, or business closures to stop them from seeing member loans through to closing. They moved mountains. They pulled together their providers, mobilized their IT teams, lobbied their legislators – all to accelerate the legalization of contactless lending. I’m talking specifically about remote online notarization (RON). Since March, we have worked alongside some of the most progressive and people-centric credit unions in Iowa to execute the state’s first-ever RON to close a mortgage loan. It has been a harrowing, busy, and exciting experience, one of the greatest our company has experienced since its founding in 2015.All of this brings me to my post-COVID-19 prediction. Over the next year, maybe less, contactless lending will evolve from a ‘nice-to-have’ to a core expectation among borrowers. Digital technology has drastically changed daily life for nearly every person today, and with rare exception, it’s improved daily life. Technology hold-outs who have been “forced” to adopt new tools to cope with COVID-19 stresses are, often to their great surprise, loving the outcomes. All of the fears and objections which kept both credit unions and members from taking larger strides on their respective digital banking journeys have evaporated. Sure, there have been stumbles and hiccups; new technology has a way of generating them. But, given the right support and encouragement, both members and the cooperatives who support them will overcome them because they’ve seen the value of technology.Lots of things will change in a post-pandemic world, but many will stay the same. Credit unions will become braver and more intentional about adopting technology. Yet, the reason they’ll pursue digital maturity with newly dogged determination will be rooted in the unwavering tradition of people helping people.
“ It should be stressed that a decision to implement a hedging strategy now would not represent a tactical play on markets or reflect any fixed view on the short-term outlook for sterling,” McIndoe said.“ It is entirely possible that sterling will maintain its current value for a protracted period or depreciate further. In the former of those cases the fund would have incurred some additional cost for no additional benefit. In the latter, gains from currency would be reduced by the hedging. On the upside: future losses, should sterling subsequently recover, would similarly be reduced.”Alongside the currency hedge, the Strathclyde trustees also approved investments worth £160m (€180m) into its Direct Investment Portfolio, which consists primarily of allocations to Scottish and UK assets, including private equity, infrastructure and renewable energy projects.Within the new allocation, £80m is to be invested in the Pensions Infrastructure Platform’s (PIP) Multi-Strategy Infrastructure fund. Strathclyde was a founder member of the PIP – a collaboration between UK pension funds to promote investment in domestic infrastructure – and has already invested £50m in the multi-strategy fund.Strathclyde is also to invest in three other funds through the Direct Investment Portfolio:£30m in a renewable energy fund run by London-based boutique Temporis Capital;£30m in a private debt portfolio managed by Toscafund Asset Management; and£20m in a specialist wind power fund run by Resonance Asset Management.The Strathclyde Pension Fund gained 2.1% in the second quarter of the year, CIO Jacqueline Gillies reported, bringing the fund’s assets above £20bn for the first time. Scotland’s biggest public sector pension fund has moved to hedge the currency risk in its equities portfolio and crystallise investment gains.Strathclyde Pension Fund’s trustee board agreed earlier this month to hedge a third of its overseas listed equity exposure, which made up roughly 80% of its overall equity portfolio at the end of March this year.In a report to the trustee board, Strathclyde head of pensions Richard McIndoe said the fund had made “significant” gains from its foreign currency exposure in the 12 months to 31 March. This was largely down to the fall in the value of sterling following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016.The pension fund – which caters for public sector workers in the Scottish city of Glasgow – returned 23% in the 2016-17 financial year, according to its annual report released earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras clarifiedthe situation to the public yesterday as he advised them to refrain fromposting, sending and sharing unverified information or reports and “fake news”through short message services and social media sites./PN BY MERLINDA BAGNATE Therelease of the result is expected within 48 to 72 hours, it said. ProvincialHealth officer Dr. Samuel Delfin said the PUI, a 51-year-old man who had atravel history in Hong Kong and Macau from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, is still underhospital quarantine and in good condition. Accordingto PHO-Capiz, all collected specimen from the patient were sent last Feb. 3 tothe Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Alabang, Muntinlupa City forlaboratory confirmation. The PHO-Capiz made the statementyesterday following reports from social media that the first person underinvestigation (PUI) was reported positive of the disease. ROXAS City– There is no confirmed case yet of the 2019 novel coronavirus acuterespiratory disease in Capiz, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here said.
Over a dozen seniors are on pace to graduate from Batesville High School this December.As the fall semester is winding down at Batesville High School, some seniors will be clearing out their lockers and moving on to the next chapter in life.The number of Batesville seniors graduating in winter has increased the last few years.According to Batesville High School Principal Andy Allen, the program was implemented approximately five years ago when just a handful of students utilized early graduation.Fifteen of the 163 seniors chose to graduate early last year, and thirteen seniors are on pace to graduate this month.“We are willing to accommodate them if their willing to work sometimes during the summer or even in an online environment,” Allen indicated. “If that is in their best interest, it is our job to provide a curriculum for them to do that.”Students will begin classes at a college such as Ivy Tech while a couple others will enter the workforce as early as next month, Allen explained.“If you wanted to go into something specific and start in January, that option has to be available, and it is a good option for some kids,” the Batesville High School principal said.
Versailles, In. — The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for a Regional Dispatcher position at the Versailles Post to help staff its Regional Dispatch Center. Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test. Two years of public safety communications experience and an emergency medical technician certification are preferred but not required. The applicant should also reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center located in Versailles, Indiana.Pay starts at $30,082 per year.The deadline for applications is September 14, 2018.For more information and to apply, go to http://www.in.gov/spd/careers/ (Job Opening #2018-111). Once on the website, click ‘Apply for State Jobs’. Then type ‘Regional Dispatcher’ in the Keyword box. The job opening should appear. Persons that are interested may also contact Sarah Collins at the Versailles Post for assistance. (812)689-5000.