PNUMA – Upcoming DatesApril 6th – The Fillmore – New Orleans. LA (Supporting STS9)May 23 – 26 – Summer Camp Festival, Chillicothe, IllinoisMay 25 – Red Rocks, Morrison CO (Supporting The Disco Biscuits)June 27 – 30 – Electric Forest Festival, Rothbury Michigan*More Dates to be Announced very soon*View Upcoming Pnuma Dates Today, The Disco Biscuits announced their annual Bisco Inferno blowout in Colorado with an exciting guest: PNUMA. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for PNUMA in 2019.PNUMA, the virtual band that formed in Memphis, TN and later relocated to Denver, Colorado, achieved popularity in the early 2000s by touring extensively and releasing live music, recordings of their live shows, and one studio album. Combining electronic elements with hip hop, jazz, bass music, and dance music, countless fans would travel to see them play all over the country and world.Sometime around 2008, the band quietly withdrew from the music scene and became silent for many years to come. During that time, they did not grant any interviews or appear anywhere on the internet. At the end of 2018, however, the world received the first communication from the band in a decade in the form of a live show announcement.On December 28th, 2018, PNUMA took the stage for the first time in close to ten years, opening for STS9 at The Fillmore in Denver, CO. With considerable demand from the PNUMA fanbase, the band opted to release the soundboard recording of this first live show in years, which became available Monday of this week after reaching the goal of 1,000 followers on Instagram. You can listen to full audio of PNUMA’s return to the stage below.PNUMA Live – 12/28/18 – The Fillmore DenverWhile 2 of the 3 original members of the band—Alex Botwin (aka Paper Diamond) and Lane Shaw—will continue performing with the group, the third original member, Ben Hazelgrove, will not be part of the comeback. You can read Hazelgrove’s comments about his absence from this new iteration of PNUMA in his letter to fans below.Letter From Ben HazelgroveDear Pnuma Friends and Family,I’d like to start off by saying what a journey. There are so many stories I would love to share in this letter and so many people individually that I would like to thank, but this would slowly turn into a book. Thank you everyone for the love and support along the way. I love you all and would not be who I am and where I am today without the Pnuma experience.As three Virgos whose birthdays all fell in the same week, we traveled the world together, became family and made unforgettable memories. When hearing from the guys that a reunion was in the air, I was thrilled. But reality sunk in and I had to remind myself how hard the tour life was on me and the toll that it took on my mental and physical health. I retired from it due to the overwhelming anxiety I felt from playing so many shows in addition to outside personal factors. There were instances when I begged the band to let me not perform because of the level of my anxiety attacks, and there were times when I was too scared to face the crowd. The stage would later become a place where I felt moments of peace and euphoria, but the anxiety and depression remained. Regardless of the level of my anxieties, the team always had my back, and I thank them for that.So thank you Alex and Lane, Keith, Jake, Madison House, friends, family and fans. In closing, I will always be an artist in my heart, but I am no longer the road warrior I once was. I hope y’all can understand.Peace and Love,Ben HazlegroveRead Ben Hazelgrove’s Letter To FansThe band has retained the services of a new member and is considering other live elements for future shows. More details can be found in the live recording of the Fillmore show.Below, you can watch a video recap of PNUMA’s triumphant return in Denver and check out a list of their upcoming tour dates, including a gig supporting STS9 in New Orleans (4/6), slots at Summer Camp Music Festival (5/23–5/26) and Electric Forest (6/27–6/30) , and more. Additional dates are set to be announced soon. For more PNUMA news, hit the band’s Instagram, Facebook, or SoundCloud page.PNUMA (Live) – 12/28/18 – Recap Video
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday morning honoring Captain Richard Phillips of Underhill, his crewmembers aboard the Maersk Alabama and the United States Navy personnel who secured his release.The resolution was authored US Representative Peter Welch and was cosponsored by 87 Members of Congress. It passed on a voice vote. Captain Phillips acted bravely and selflessly in the face of extraordinary danger, putting his own life at risk to protect his crewmembers. Like all Vermonters, I am tremendously relieved that Captain Phillips has returned home safely to his family in Underhill, Welch said. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the United States Navy for its quick, effective and heroic rescue of Captain Phillips.A similar resolution was expected to be introduced in the Senate Wednesday by Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders.Welch s comments on the floor of the House can be viewed by clicking here. Text of the resolution, H.Res. 339, is below:111th CONGRESS1st SessionH.RES. 339Expressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives regarding the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the kidnapping of Captain Richard Phillips by Somali pirates, the rescue of Captain Phillips by United States Navy SEALs and the crews of the USS Bainbridge, USS Boxer, USS Halyburton and Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 and for other purposes.ResolutionExpressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives regarding the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the kidnapping of Captain Richard Phillips by Somali pirates, the rescue of Captain Phillips by United States Navy SEALs and the crews of the USS Bainbridge, USS Boxer, USS Halyburton and Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 and for other purposes.Whereas on April 8, 2009, a group of armed Somali pirates hijacked the Norfolk, Virginia-based Maersk Alabama, a U.S. flagged cargo ship;Whereas this attack represents the first such attack on a U.S. flagged vessel in modern history;Whereas Captain Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vermont, commander of the Maersk Alabama, graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and has over 20 years of maritime experience;Whereas Captain Phillips and the crew of the Maersk Alabama were delivering a life-sustaining USAID shipment of over 8,000 metric tons of food aid to Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda when the ship came under pirate attack;Whereas the crew of the Maersk Alabama overpowered one of the pirate attackers, and Captain Phillips offered himself up in return for the safe release of his crew and ship;Whereas four pirates then fled with Captain Phillips to an 18-foot lifeboat;Whereas the United States Fifth Fleet immediately dispatched Maritime Patrol (P-3) Aircraft to locate and positively identify and monitor the Maersk Alabama to vector the closest U.S. Navy ship to the scene;Whereas the United States Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge, which had been patrolling the region due to increased pirate activities, arrived on the scene;Whereas the USS Bainbridge, under the command of U.S. Navy Commander Frank Castellano, monitored the conditions on the lifeboat and prevented the pirates from escaping;Whereas Commander Castellano served as the on-the-scene coordinator for the combined rescue efforts of the State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation hostage negotiators, and the U.S. Navy;Whereas U.S. Navy SEALs quickly deployed to the scene;Whereas, while being held by pirates, Captain Phillips attempted a daring escape, diving into the ocean and trying to swim to safety before being recaptured;Whereas the pirates held Captain Phillips at gunpoint for 5 days;Whereas the Navy SEALs once again demonstrated their extraordinary bravery, skill, and professionalism in rescuing Captain Phillips;Whereas the USS Halyburton assisted the USS Bainbridge with the rescue operation, by skillfully ensuring that the pirates were blocked in their attempt to reach the Somali coast;Whereas the USS Boxer assisted in the rescue operation by standing by to provide immediate medical support, which was thankfully not needed in this operation.Resolved, that the United States House of Representatives—Commends the crew of the Maersk Alabama and Captain Phillips, who selflessly placed himself in harm s way to protect his crew;Recognizes the United States Navy, the crews of the USS Bainbridge, Boxer, Halyburton, and Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 for their role in the rescue;Congratulates the Navy SEALs on the scene for their decisive action that resulted in the rescue of Captain Phillips; andJoins all Americans in expressing great relief that the crew has returned home safely.
Catherine Lewis La Torre, CEO of the bank’s investment arm, British Business Investments, said the organisation’s earlier venture capital project – the UK Innovation Investment Fund – had backed a number of funds that had already invested in “a large number of outstanding UK businesses”.“The £500m made available today under our new Managed Funds programme will build on this experience by attracting more institutional capital to the venture and growth asset class,” she added. “Through this Managed Funds programme, prospective investors will be able to access high quality venture and growth capital funds that will be investing in the success stories of tomorrow.”In November last year Chancellor Philip Hammond, head of the UK’s Treasury department, announced plans to “unlock over £20bn” for “scale-up businesses”.As part of this move, the Treasury said the Pensions Regulator would “clarify guidance on investments with long-term investment horizons”.“With over £2trn in UK pension funds, small changes in investment have the potential to transform the supply of capital to innovative firms,” the chancellor’s report said.However, JP Morgan Asset Management’s Sorca Kelly-Scholte previously warned that the mature nature of UK defined benefit funds – which still account for the majority of the country’s pension assets – meant that illiquid asset classes such as venture capital were not always suitable.“Funds are maturing and they often think that private equity is not the right risk or liquidity profile for them,” Kelly-Scholte told IPE in November. “They don’t want to get into illiquid assets if they are going for buyout.”Last month, the European Commission and the European Investment Fund launched a similar venture capital programme, VentureEU, with initial capital of €410m. The Commission said it expected to unlock €6.5bn of new investment in start-up and high-growth companies across Europe. The UK government has launched a £500m (€567.3m) venture capital programme as part of its stated aim of encouraging more pension funds to invest in small domestic companies.The Managed Funds programme, launched by the government-funded British Business Bank, aims to increase long-term allocations through investing in “large scale” funds of funds.In a statement, the bank said its project would “boost the amount of patient capital available to the UK’s high-growth businesses”. The programme aimed to generate a “commercial rate of return” from a diversified portfolio.Managers interested in running money through the programme have been invited to pitch to the British Business Bank.
Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Following completion of his one year fixed term of appointment, Carl Leaver has stepped down as a Director of Ladbrokes Coral Group plc. In accordance with the Companies Act of 2006, Mr Leaver will receive his current salary, pension and benefits up until 31 October 2017 but will not receive any further fixed pay, notice pay or severance after this date.John Kelly, Chairman of Ladbrokes Coral commented: “Over a period of 6 years, Carl led a major turnaround of the Gala Coral Group, culminating in the deal to merge with Ladbrokes to create Ladbrokes Coral Group plc.“I would personally like to thank Carl for agreeing to join the newly merged company for a fixed one year term to drive the integration of the two businesses. Working with the management team, his leadership has been critical to the delivery of synergies well over double the original target. He leaves a business well-positioned for the future and we wish him well.”Since the 2016 merger between Ladbrokes and Coral, financial results for the group have indicated the integration process is going smoothly between the two. In its last set of results, digital revenue led to a profitable H1 2017 period. Looking ahead, given that Ladbrokes and Coral combined have over 3500 UK retail outlets, there is a potential period of uncertainty for the group as the government makes its decision on any future changes to regulations of gaming terminals.
The Lions cut the Bearkat lead in half with just their second hit of the day coming with two outs in the sixth inning. First baseman Rebecca Skains doubled to right-center to score shortstop Jaquelyn Ramon and second baseman Mahalia Gibson. Skains crossed the plate with designated player Mattie Ort’s single to left field. LAKE CHARLES, La. – In the second extra innings, walk-off ending of the day, No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana sees another game at the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. It took nine innings to declare a winner, but SLU defeated No. 8-seeded Sam Houston State 7-6 on Thursday. Southeastern will now play No. 1 Nicholls for a shot at the tournament championship tomorrow against No. 3 McNeese at noon on ESPNU. The Lions put the game away with third baseman Madison Watson’s triple down the right-field line to score rightfielder Ali McCoy in the ninth inning. It was the only lead of the game for Southeastern after Sam Houston State held it since the fourth inning.SB: What a game! @SLULionSoftball does it. The Lions eliminate Sam Houston State and move on to play Nicholls in approx. 30 minutes. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/En0DXkF1Gh— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 The Bearkats added a fifth run in the seventh inning off first baseman Codi Carpenter’s single to right field to score Thompson, but the two-run lead did not last long. Southeastern tied things up at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh with no outs as catcher Ella Manzer notched her second home run of the tournament, banging the scoreboard in left field. With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth, Sam Houston State took advantage of an unusual infield fly that scored centerfielder Megan McDonald for the 1-0 lead. Third baseman Katie Andrie almost made it 4-0 by the end of the frame with a blast to leftfield but the Lions’ Kinsey Nichols leaped high to rob the senior from her third homer of the season.SB: And it’s 4-0 Sam Houston State!Wait.. nope. Nevermind. @SLULionSoftball’s left fielder Kinsey Nichols makes the incredible play at the wall to keep it 1-0 in the fourth! #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/KzGqLKel7m— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 Bearkats’ shortstop Tiffany Thompson hammered her eighth home run of the season with a solo shot to left-centerfield in the fifth inning. Sam Houston added a pair in the sixth inning with catcher Megan Crosby’s double down the leftfield line followed by a groundout to second from Andrie that scored designated player Bailey White.SB: Okay, now that one is forsure out of here! @BearkatsSB ahead 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth after this one from Tiffany Thompson. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #EatEmUpKats #LionUp pic.twitter.com/vExkFLPq7N— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | Replay Gibson was not ready for the Lions season to end as she homered to left-centerfield to even the score at 7-7 before Watson claimed the win for Southeastern in the eighth.SB: Hold up wait a minute, y’all thought we were [email protected] ties it up again! This time Mahalia Gibson goes yard to make it 6-6 in the eighth. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #EatEmUpKats #LionUp pic.twitter.com/ZQPubirb66— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 Crosby scored unearned in the top of the eighth as leftfielder Samantha Belongia reached on a fielder’s choice. The Bearkats had runners in the corner before Belongia stole second to put two in scoring position, but Southeastern avoided further damage, tagging one out, striking out Thompson and getting second baseman Brooke Malia to ground out to the third baseman.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on proposals designed to help consumer credit organisations manage risks associated with staff incentives and performance management processes.The FCA, which has overseen the regulation of consumer credit since April 2014, has published findings from a thematic research report that surveyed 98 consumer credit organisations. The research found that some of these organisations had not recognised the potential harm to customers that its incentive schemes could pose, and therefore did not have adequate systems or controls in place to manage the risks of these staff incentive arrangements. Examples include features of bonus calculations or where retail organisations pay bonuses on the sales of retail goods rather than the associated finance product.In light of the research findings, the FCA is consulting on a package of rules and guidance to help consumer credit organisations, such as banks, insurance organisations, and investment firms, identify and manage risks effectively.The proposed guidance will include examples of different kinds of incentives, how incentive schemes affect risks to customers, and how organisations can control these risks. The FCA will also provide examples of good practice for robust approaches to risk management. It will also include a high-level rule requiring organisations to establish adequate arrangements to detect and manage any risk of non-compliance with regulatory obligations arising from their remuneration policies and performance management practices.The rule and guidance would apply to an organisation with respect to its credit-related regulated activity and unregulated activity that is financed by a credit arrangement for which the firm is carrying on consumer credit lending or broking.The consultation will run until 4 October 2017.Jonathan Davidson, executive director of supervision, retail and authorisations, said: “The way [organisations] pay and manage the performance of their staff is a key driver of culture and customer outcomes, and a continuing priority for the FCA. We expect firms to understand the effects their staff incentives might be having.”