Phish returned to The Gorge last night to finish off their two-night stand at the famed George, WA venue. After Friday night’s top-notch tease-fest—easily a contender for best of the tour so far—excitement was high for Gorge night two.The band got the show on the road with the tour debut of instrumental “Buried Alive” into the second “AC/DC Bag” of the tour. “The Moma Dance” came next, adding a dose of funk before hopping into Bill Monroe’s bluegrass standard “Uncle Pen”. Up next was a well-played version of the Mike Gordon-penned “555”. This song has appeared to be on the verge of a really great, jammed out version for a long time now, consistently reaching some cool grooving places, but never breaking through to the other side. While well played, this version followed precedent, staying strictly inside the lines.“Sleep Again” followed, making just its sixth-ever appearance in a Phish setting. The “It’s Ice” that came next was, as always, a welcome addition, and stayed mostly within its meticulously composed structure, but featured a super funky breakdown from keyboardist Page McConnell.“Driver” came next, making its first appearance in three years (111 shows), followed by a rare first set “Sand” dance party. “Horn” and “Halfway To The Moon” offered a breather before dropping into “Bathtub Gin”. The set-closing Gin was the improvisational highlight of the show, building to several ripping peaks with Anastasio leading the way, hose on full blast.The second set had a noticeably different feel from the previous night’s. While Friday’s set flowed cohesively, weaving the songs together with quotes, teases, and segues, Saturday night’s second set was lighter on the improv and more song-oriented. It was almost as if the first night was about the Phish, but the second night was about the Gorge—singing along, being with your friends, and appreciating the incredible beauty of the surroundings.The band got the set started with a relatively standard “Blaze On” that briefly flirted with some major key jam space before Trey opted for an unusually placed “Backwards Down The Number Line”. Normally appearing late in sets or as a closer or encore, hearing it pop up here was a little jarring. “Number Line” gets a lot of flack from fans for supposedly disrupting setlist flow, and while the song is upbeat, its appearance in the generally improv-heavy second song spot was a bit disappointing.If the crowd deflated a little at the first notes of “Number Line”, the opening riff of “Carini” had the opposite effect, bringing the energy right back up to a boil. “Birds Of A Feather” followed, maintaining the momentum that “Carini” had injected. Next, the soaring, Pink Floyd-esque “Wingsuit” gave way to the new ballad “Shade”, making just its fifth-ever appearance after debuting last year.The Mike’s Groove that came next followed suit with the rest of the show, featuring well played but straightforward versions of “Mike’s Song” and “Farmhouse”, and an upbeat, bass-heavy “Weekapaug Groove”. Finally, the band closed out the set with a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Shine A Light”.With the previous night’s “Tweeprise” still on the table, many fans had an idea of where the encore would end up, but nobody predicted what came first: the familiar piano part of “Hold Your Head Up”, which sends Trey to the drum set and Fishman to center stage. After admitting that he only ever remembers Syd Barrett songs, Fish sang Barrett’s “Love You” (the first in 216 shows) before delivering an always-hilarious vacuum cleaner solo. The “HYHU” refrain saw Fishman run and jump around stage—as he is known to do—before taking his usual seat behind the drums for the meat of the encore: “Harry Hood”, a song that’s become a sort of Gorge tradition for Phish. During the song, Trey asked lighting designer Chris Kuroda to turn off the lights so that everyone could appreciate the beautiful night sky, making for a glow stick war of epic proportions. Finally, the “Tweezer Reprise” that we all knew was coming rang out through the Gorge to bring a great run to a close.The one drawback of such a strong first night of a run is that it always has the potential to overshadow the second, and last night surely didn’t shine as brightly as Night 1. But with the ripping first-set “Gin”, the long, crazy encore, and tight playing from all four members of the band throughout, there was certainly a lot to like in this show, which rounded out a successful run at one of the world’s most beautiful venues.Phish makes their way to San Francisco tomorrow to begin a three-night stand at the famous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, another venue where Phish is known to bring their A-game. Check out the full Phish.net setlist below.Setlist: Phish at The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA – 7/16/16Set 1: Buried Alive, AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance, Uncle Pen, 555, Sleep Again, It’s Ice, Driver, Sand, Horn, Halfway to the Moon, Bathtub GinSet 2: Blaze On > Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini > Birds of a Feather, Wingsuit > Shade, Mike’s Song > Farmhouse > Weekapaug Groove, Shine a LightEncore: Hold Your Head Up, Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood > Tweezer RepriseNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Driver was played for the first time since August 3, 2013 (111 shows). Love You was played for the first time since October 23, 2010 (216 shows).Photography by Jordan IngleeInstagram: @visualsuplex Load remaining images
The beloved “Screaming Eagle Of Soul,” Charles Bradley, has unfortunately come down with a serious illness after touring through Europe. The illness has forced Bradley to cancel a few upcoming performances, including dates at Festival of Friends tomorrow, Flood City Music Festival on Saturday August 6th, and a headlining spot at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT on August 11th.The Festival of Friends announcement refers to Bradley’s condition as a “serious illness,” though no announcement details the nature of the situation. Whatever it is, we’re hoping that Bradley will make a full recovery and resume life on the road.Festival of Friends is replacing Bradley with the local Monster Truck band from Hamilton, ON. Meanwhile, a combination of Marc Broussard and Anders Osborne will replace Bradley at the Flood City Music Festival, with local band FlowerChild filling in on a secondary stage as well. There will be refunds issued for the lost New Haven performance.Our thoughts go out to Charles Bradley as we wish him a speedy recovery.
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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions, just like many other types of businesses, recently found themselves with the need to quickly implement a work-from-home strategy for their employees. This pandemic brought social distancing requirements, which included closing offices and branch lobbies, forcing most employees to work remotely. While many were evaluating the work-from-home model, few had the systems in place to allow 70-80% of their staff, including call centers, to be completely untethered from their brick-and-mortar components.Customers or members provide the measurement of the success of any business. Since members expect an excellent level of service, credit unions face a significant business challenge. How will they cope with the current need for immediate virtualization across all stakeholders in the organization, from staff to membership service? How will credit unions maintain the level of service and financial offerings over a new virtual platform and prepare to increase that service as market conditions require further financial help in our struggling communities? How can we empower staff for productivity to decrease the interruption of “business as usual”?This is advanced mobility — shifting the traffic flow from inbound to outbound service and reaching members on their devices and empowering employees to conduct necessary work functions from their homes. With likely increases in membership needs based on future indications of higher demand for financial services (economic implications), remote capacity will be a long-term business requirement. Successful remote deployments require aligning a strategy that adheres to business continuity plans and pandemic disaster recovery efforts while moving along a roadmap across temporary to long-term initiatives. continue reading »
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Advertisement Comment Advertisement Arsenal board overrule Mikel Arteta after disagreement over Ainsley Maitland-Niles Maitland-Niles is valued at £20m by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arteta, wary to start the summer on a bad footing, accepted his board’s decision as he understands their need to balance the books.Everton and Brighton are both said to be interested in Maitland-Niles, who would ideally like to revert to his favoured position in central midfield if he leaves the club this summer.The 22-year-old is unlikely to be the only high profile name leaving the club this summer, with the Gunners putting the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi in a desperate bid to raise cash. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal announced a £27m loss in March, before the coronavirus pandemic forced the Premier League into suspension.With the Gunners failing to finish in the Champions League for a fourth successive season,the club announced 55 redundancies to staff yesterday.The decision has been roudnly criticised, particularly given outcast Mesut Ozil earns £350,000-a-week and didn’t feature in a single match after the restart.Arsenal are also confident of agreeing a new £300,000-a-week deal with star striker Pierre-Emerick AUbameyang but reports claim some players will speak to the club about the redundancies. MORE: Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin open to a new challenge as Mikel Arteta plots summer sales Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to leave Arsenal this summer after the Gunners’ board overruled Mikel Arteta’s plea to keep the versatile youngster. The 22-year-old is a product of the club’s Hale End academy and is keen to continue his development with the Gunners, despite falling out of favour under Arteta.The Spaniard had appeared to deem Maitland-Niles surplus to requirements but the defender’s end-of-season form, where he starred in the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, convinced Arteta that he had a future at the Emirates.Arteta made this point to his board but the club are under pressure to raise cash this summer and have overruled the Spaniard’s decision by putting Maitland-Niles up for sale, report the Telegraph.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta is believed to have made the case that Maitland-Niles could prove crucial next season given Arsenal will be competing in the Europa League and he will therefore need a bigger squad to deal with the congested fixture list.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, the Gunners’ board think they can raise as much as £20m from selling the defender and they fear that his value will plummet if he stays for another 12 months. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Aug 2020 8:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares
The non-mandatory industry-wide scheme had hedged three quarters of its listed securities denominated in US and Hong Kong dollars, sterling and yen. It also fully hedged its fixed income investments in developed markets and US dollar-denominated emerging market debt. PNO Media, the Dutch pension fund for the creative sector, gained 2% last year after its alternatives holdings and allocations to European and US large cap equities outperformed.In its annual report for 2018, the €6.3bn scheme said the return exceeded its benchmark by 0.5 percentage points.However, the result was fully offset by a 2% loss incurred on its currency hedge, as the US dollar appreciated 4.8% relative to the euro.The scheme’s overall result of 0.1% was due to a 32% interest rate hedging position, PNO said. PNO Media caters for people working in the Dutch media and creative sectorsSeveral other Dutch schemes have recently revealed the negative impacts of their currency hedge positions over the course of 2018, including medical consultants’ scheme SPMS, Achmea’s company scheme, construction sector fund BpfBouw and corporate scheme Philips Pensioenfonds.Mixed equity performancePNO Media reported a 3.9% loss on its equity portfolio, but this amounted to an outperformance of 2.8 percentage points.The pension fund credited the result in particular to actively managed long-term investments in European and US large caps, which returned 2.2%.It added that the large caps portfolio had consistently outperformed its benchmark by approximately 2 percentage points since its inception in 2005.In contrast, the pension fund lost 17.6% on European small caps, in stark contrast to the allocation’s 23.4% gain in 2017.Alternatives holdings gained 14.3%, with infrastructure and non-listed real estate producing 13.4% and 13.6%, respectively.Private equity delivered 15.7%, the scheme reported, adding that the asset class had outperformed listed equity by 6.7 percentage points on average over the past 10 years.The scheme’s annual report showed that its fixed income portfolio generated a profit of 2.4%, largely due to long-duration euro-denominated government bonds, which improved by 6.1%.European investment grade credit lost 1.2%, while Dutch residential mortgages gained 1.2%.Separately, PNO Media said it had introduced a new defined contribution lifecycle plan, following its ambition to keep on growing in order to remain healthy and independent.It said its aim was for participants to purchase a pension from PNO at retirement, which would enable the scheme to invest in listed markets for longer during the accrual phase, increasing the chances of higher benefits.However, the new pension arrangements were a major contributor to an increase in pension provision costs by €70 to €306 per participant.PNO Media said it spent 71 bps on asset management and transactions combined. At June-end, the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 103.5%.
Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of DSME)Tight vessel supply and seasonal firmness in demand have pushed LNG shipping rates to $130,000/day from $80,000/day at the end of September. Furthermore, the upward momentum in rates is expected to be maintained in the fourth quarter of 2019 due to a reduction in the availability of vessels in the spot market, driven by several factors including US sanctions on COSCO-linked LNG vessels, a rise in LNG demand, vessels being used for floating storage and typhoons causing delays in China and Japan, the shipping consultancy Drewry said.The LNG shipping market, which had been reeling under a long spell of low charter rates in the first three quarters of 2019, finally came to life when a combination of factors worked in tandem to squeeze the vessel supply, Drewry said.First, the US sanctions on COSCO-linked LNG vessels forced charterers to find replacement vessels from the spot market, reducing the prompt availability of vessels.Moreover, the ongoing contango in LNG prices has resulted in a sudden jump in floating storage levels in Asia, further reducing the vessel supply in the market. In addition, typhoons in China and Japan have affected vessel offloading in the region.Adding fuel to the fire, high LNG inventories in Europe have caused LNG vessels to either slow steam or delay deliveries, absorbing more vessels from an already tight fleet.On 25 September 2019, the US imposed sanctions on Chinese shipping companies – COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) and COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Seaman and Ship Management for allegedly transporting Iranian oil on their tankers despite the sanctions on Iran. In the same line, 12 COSCO-linked LNG carriers were also blocked from trading. The resultant reduction in vessels has triggered LNG charter rates over the last two weeks, Drewry said.Among the 12 vessels, six Arc-7 class LNG carriers (with a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 1 million cbm) under the 50-50 Yamal LNG joint venture between Teekay LNG and China LNG Shipping (50 percent owned by COSCO) were blocked. This lead to a setback to the Russian LNG exports which are dependent on the ice-breaking capability of these vessels during winter.The remaining six LNG carriers linked to COSCO were on charter with China National Offshore Oil and Gas Company (CNOOC), which is now seeking to replace the carriers on an immediate basis, which will further deplete the prompt vessel availability, causing a surge in rates.As a measure to weather the storm, Novatek’s Yamal LNG project is seeking to use Norway or Murmansk as transshipment hubs to fulfill its contractual obligations.Furthermore, ongoing weather delays caused by typhoon Hagibis in China and Japan have resulted in a Chinese-receiving terminal being shut down and causing offloading delays in Japan and limiting vessel availability.The market is facing scarcity of prompt vessels at a time when LNG trading has started to rise ahead of peak winter heating demand. Drewry expects many Asian countries to increase their LNG imports in the fourth quarter of 2019, with expectations for a colder winter this year.Increased demand expectations have also spurred forward LNG prices, leading to a rise in the use of LNG carriers as floating storage. Higher LNG forward prices have also given an incentive for LNG carriers to take longer voyages and diversions to avoid quick deliveries, further contracting vessel supply.In addition, upcoming liquefaction capacity through Elba LNG T1-5 (1.5 mtpa) in the US, Vysotsk T2 (0.6 mtpa) and Yamal LNG T4 (1.2 mtpa) in Russia will further provide an impetus to keep shipping rates high in the fourth quarter of 2019.LNG shipping rates have gradually increased on the BLNG1 Index (the Gladstone-Tokyo route) to stand at $132,900/day on October 11 from $61,100/day on September 24 (before the sanctions), up by 117 percent.In the near term, vessel availability is unlikely to increase. Therefore, Drewry projects TFDE rates for a 170,000 cbm vessel to breach the $200,000/day mark in the short term, while steam turbine rates will cross the $100,000/day mark.Overall, we expect high demand and tight vessel availability to keep shipping rates high in the range of $150,000/day – $200,000/day in the fourth quarter 2019.
He added that since March, health centers saw a 50-percent drop in people using their services, mostly due to lack of public transport, limited clinical staff and reduced clinic hours. Harold Alfred Marshall, director of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region 6, said that over 28,000 babies are expected to be born by December this year in the region or nine months after the beginning of community quarantine. The national lockdown started on March 16. This estimate, according to Marshall, was based on the 2010 to 2015 census of the Philippine Statistics Authority. He noted that the regular number of births in Western Visayas was 14,408 in a two-month period, citing the census. These commodities include pills, injectables, intrauterine device, and progestin subdermal implants. He said the quarantines imposed in various provinces and cities made it harder for married women of reproductive age to go to health centers where contraceptives are available. “We are looking twice the risk at 28,860 births pero these are just projections. We will see additional births kon tanan nga married couples nga na-lockdown will have unprotected sex,” Marshall said. ILOILO City – The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will not just cause deaths in Western Visayas but will also lead to the birth of more babies. “Amo ina ang estimated birth rate nga wala lockdown, ano pa gid ayhan kon may ara,” Marshall pointed out. Last March – when lockdown measures were still relatively new – POPCOM-6 urged couples to avail themselves family planning commodities at their health centers may it be a temporary, permanent, or natural modern scientific method. Apart from impeded family planning services, POPCOM-6, according to Marshall, is also looking into adolescent pregnancies and incest as contributing factors in the projected spike in the region’s population. “Possible ang family planning programs kon wala nag-untat, basi naghina kay nahadlok ang aton health providers mag-provide family planning kay may direct face-to-face contact. Ang iban nga health providers ginlain ang ila assignment; imbes nga mag-distribute sang family planning commodities, nag-distribute sang relief packs,” Marshall said. The pandemic also disrupted family planning services offered by local government units (LGUs). Marshall, once again, appealed to couples in the region: “Indi gid kita mag-untat demand sang serbisyo particular sang family planning sa aton local government kay inyo ini sia deretso.” He also urged LGUs to remain committed to their advocacy in ensuring uninterrupted rollout and access of reproductive rights, particularly on family planning services, despite the ongoing health crisis. “Kinahanglan padayun ang paghatag sang serbisyo sa family planning sa mga kababainhan kag kalalakinhan nga nagapangita sang sining serbisyo,” Marshall said./PN
South Dearborn Invitational (12-14)OA Girls Swimming-3rd out of 8 teams with 189 points.Meet highlights: 50 Free – Meredith Maier – 2nd, Madelyn Maier – 4th; 200 Individual Medley – Caroline Storms – 5th; 100 Fly – Erica Geers 4th; 100 Free – Meredith Maier – 4th; 500 Free – Caroline Storms – 3rd; 200 Free Relay – 4th (Meredith Maier, Erica Geers, Madelyn Maier, Caroline Storms); 100 Breast – Mikaela Fangman 2nd; 400 Free Relay – 4th (Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Elaine Welage, Mikaela Fangman).OA Boys Swimming-3rd out of 8 teams with 139 points.Meet highlights: 200 Medley Relay – 3rd (Chris Nurrenberg, John Pelzel, Ben Wanstrath, Liam Mungcal); 100 Fly – John Pelzel 2nd; 200 Free Relay 3rd (Ben Wanstrath, Jeremy Kelnhofer, Liam Mungcal, John Pelzel); 100 Breast – John Pelzel 1st; 400 Free Relay 4th (Jeremy Kelnhofer, Chris Nurrenberg, Eric Frey, Nathan Hurm).OA Combined Boys and Girls-2nd place with 328 points.Submitted by OA Coach Shawwn Storms.