Photo: Must Have Media Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rounded out their West Coast run over the first weekend in October, including return shows to both San Francisco and Santa Cruz, Saturday, October 6, and Monday, October 8. After three nights in SoCal, including a two-night run at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, PPPP wrap their California run on Wednesday night in Arcata.Check out this video of the band debuting their cover of “New Light”, the latest single from John Mayer, in the Teragram Ballroom: Load remaining images [Video: Must Have Media]After two sold-out shows within eight months of each other at The Independent in San Francisco in 2017, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have quickly risen rank as a favorite act to catch in the Bay Area. The upgrade to The Regency afforded the band three times as many seats available, serving as an unofficial late-night to the city’s free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park.San Francisco showed up for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Adding to the crowd’s intense energy were two surprise sit-ins by a few hometown heroes from Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) and Hot Buttered Rum in set one and two, respectively.The first set opened with a trio of P4 favorites. “Upfunk”, “Something For Ya”, and “Porcupine” before inviting out the first guest of the evening, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz from ALO. Lebo joined the stage for over fifteen minutes and two songs. After getting loose with the P4 original “Julia”, the band quickly transitioned into a familiar melody as lead singer Greg Ormont began singing the ALO original, “Living in a Plastic Bubble.”Lebo and P4 lead guitarist Jeremy Schon traded licks back and forth throughout the following jam section. An island-hopping whirlwind of energy between the guitarists even brought bassist Ben Carey into the middle of the stage before wrapping up “Julia”.Watch officially released pro-shot footage of the whole song here:[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]As if the entire show was going exactly to plan, the band next launched into “Whirled” before popping into “Poseidon”. The first set ended with “Funk in Funk” around 11:45 pm. Prior to the show, fans speculated on whether it would be a two-set show or not, but halfway through the set Ormont confirmed there will indeed be a second set.By 12:10, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong were back on stage with a tie-dye costume change. It couldn’t have been more obvious that this next set was going to get explorative. It began with “Walk Outside” before “Melting Lights” turned into “The Liquid.” The light design for these opening segments was of superb quality and absolutely added to the power of the band.“The Liquid” filled the cup of the Regency Ballroom until it was “Overrun” with gratitude and joy. “Overrun” is a brand new song, debuted only days before and during the two night run in Los Angeles. Watch an officially released pro-shot cut of the song here:[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]Following the new track, the band launched into Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”, a track that they also played during their SF debut in 2017. This wasn’t a typical “Psycho Killer”. Before the song was finished, the band eventually segued into “Say Cheese,” an original love song to cheese from Ormont’s side project, Scrambled Greg. By the time they finished “Psycho Killer”, Ormont was cheesing up the lyrics.As the crowd and band took a moment to breathe, Hot Buttered Rum’s singer/guitarist Nat Keefe strolled out on stage. Earlier in the day, Hot Buttered Rum headlined a craft beer and bluegrass music festival in Felton, CA, and Keefe still had the energy to haul himself to the second set of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong to sit in on the track, “Fortress”.The lights got dark, and once again Schon and the guest guitarist traded licks. Keefe also made sure to interact with drummer Alex Petropulos as well as Carey and Ormont, grooving with all of the parts of the song and diving deep into the moment. Once Keefe exited, the band ended the set with the track “Couldn’t We All”. With a standout two set performance like they had just delivered, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong had one more card up their sleeve. After releasing the debut video from the band’s DisNYE New Year’s Eve show encore, they returned with the same segment: “Zydeko” > “Tale As Old As Time” > Zydeko”. Yes, as in the from The Beauty and The Beast.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Regency Ballroom | San Francisco, CA | 10/6/2018Set One: Upfunk, Somethin’ For Ya, Porcupine, Julia1 > Plastic Bubble1,2 > Julia1, Whirled, Poseidon, Fun In FunkSet Two: Walk Outside, Melting Lights > The Liquid, Overrun, Psycho Killer3 > Say Cheese4, Fortress5, Couldn’t We AllEncore: Zydeko > Tale as old as time > ZydekoNotes: 1 – featuring Dan LEBO Lebowitz of ALO; 2 – cover debut, ALO; 3 – cover, Talking Heads; 4 – cover, Scrambled Greg; 5 – featuring Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered RumThe band took one day off on Sunday to enjoy Hardly Strictly Bluegrass before heading to Santa Cruz for a single set extravaganza on Monday in the main room at The Catalyst Club. In October of 2017, a full year prior, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performed in the front room, The Catalyst Atrium, and sold out the intimate venue with force. This time around, they did not fill out the main room (it was a Monday night) but the room was far from empty.The show kicked off with “Too Long” and “Burning Up My Time” before segueing into the jubilant original “Horizon” about the band going to see Lotus play. “Fade Fast” gave way to the standout of “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, an ultimate highlight from the show. Following the Pink Floyd cover, the band busted into “King Kong”. Eventually, everyone sat back and let Petropulos drive for a thrilling drums segment before finishing the tune. A triple segue struck some of the strangest and most explorative sounds of the evening as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong flew through a “Sunny Day” > “The Hop” > “F.U.” combination, ending the set with “Dawn A New Day”. Last year in San Francisco, the band debuted “Dawn A New Day” during the release party for their fourth studio effort, Pizazz.For the encore, P4 didn’t let Santa Cruz go without squeezing every last drop of funk out of the crowd. They opened with a “Skipjack” > “Paint It Black” > “Skipjack” sandwich before unleashing a tidal wave of energy within “Ocean Flows” to cap the evening.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Catalyst | Santa Cruz, CA | 10/8/2018Set: Too Long, Burning Up My Time > Horizon, Fade Fast, Pigs1, King Kong > drums > King Kong, Sunny Day > The Hop > F.U., Dawn a New DayEncore: Skipjack > Paint It Black2 > Skipjack, Ocean FlowsNotes: 1 – cover, Pink Floyd; 2 – cover, The Rolling StonesPigeons Playing Ping Pong | San Francisco & Santa Cruz, CA | 10/6/2018 & 10/8/2018 | Photo: Must Have Media
UK charities are facing pension deficits proportionately higher than listed company schemes, according to a report from consultancy firm Hymans Robertson report.The report, titled ‘DB pension funding in the charitable sector’, found that across 40 of the largest charities in England and Wales, the average pension deficit equalled 18% of their unrestricted reserves – funds freely available to spend on a charity’s purposes, and which therefore indicate a charity’s ability to support its defined benefit (DB) obligations.In contrast, the DB scheme deficit for the average FTSE 350 company was only 1% of its market capitalisation, the consultancy said.Alistair Russell-Smith, head of corporate DB consulting at Hymans Robertson, said: “Charities are facing the double whammy of fundraising pressures hitting income, at the same time as The Pensions Regulator [TPR] wants them to put more cash into their pension schemes.” Action for Children£614.4m£614.6m(£0.1m)100% RSPB£194m£267.6m(£73.6m)72% Royal National Institute for the Blind£263.7m£266.4m(£2.7m)99% National Trust£628.9m£754.1m(£125.2m)83% RSPCA£260.3m£306.6m(£46.3m)85% Cancer Research UK£725.3m £651.8m £73.5m111% NSPCC£168.4m£186.4m(£18m)90% Barnardos£684.6m£823.5m(£138.9m)83% Age UK£125.2m£143.3m(£18.1m)87% Mencap£131.2m£140.1m(£8.9m)94% General Medical Council£233.3m£219.4m£13.9m106% Royal National Lifeboat Institution£329.9m£380.4m(£50.5m)87% Guide Dogs for the Blind£302.8m£298.6m£4.2m101% Canal & River Trust£551.8m£539.7m£12.1m102% In its report, the consultancy warned that TPR was expected to introduce stricter funding requirements for DB schemes, which many charities could feel was “onerous”. The company also expressed concern that such a regime could force some schemes to take more investment risk.However, Russell-Smith said charities should seek to make use of their advantages over companies.“Charities tend to have far less covenant leakage than corporates – they don’t pay dividends, often have no debt, and there tends to be a strong focus on preserving reserves,” he said. “So pension scheme trustees may have more confidence in the long-term covenant support than with a corporate.”He added that some charities had unencumbered assets such as property on their balance sheet, which could be used to provide additional covenant support to the pension scheme.“The long-term covenant, bolstered where possible with security over charity assets, could support a longer recovery period for the pension scheme,” he said. “All this helps set a sustainable funding and investment strategy for the pension scheme with appropriate contingency plans in place.“As The Pensions Regulator becomes tougher and intervenes more in pension funding in the sector, I expect this to become an increasingly important feature in a charity’s toolkit.”Russell-Smith also highlighted consolidation as an option for charity DB schemes. One option was “sectionalised DB master trusts”, which he said could reduce scheme running costs by as much as 50% while removing the ‘last man standing’ risk inherent in some multi-employer schemes.TPT Retirement Solutions is one such offering, and already runs a number of charities’ DB funds.Russell-Smith added: “Commercial consolidators can provide a clean break to employers from their DB pension scheme at a lower cost than buy-out, and especially for charities in multi-employer schemes to exit cost-effectively, while improving benefit security for their members.”Pension funding levels of UK charitiesFor some UK charities, maintaining DB schemes has proven a near-impossible challenge, writes Nick Reeve.In March this year, a small development charity in Northern Ireland shut down, citing the unaffordable cost of its DB scheme, and IPE research has shown that larger charities also face large shortfalls.More than half of 44 charity DB pension funds analysed by IPE were in deficit according to their latest annual reports. Of the sample, 29 funds recorded a shortfall, and in some cases the nominal deficit was a significant proportion of the charity’s annual income.Hymans Robertson’s report showed that the average charity DB fund deficit was equal to 24% of annual unrestricted income, but this figure was much higher for some individual charity schemes.Animal charity the PDSA’s £49.7m pension fund deficit, recorded at the end of December 2017, was more than 48% of its total 2017 income, while Blind Veterans UK reported a DB pension deficit of £17.6m at the end of March last year, 59% of its annual income.Pension funding levels of UK charitiesCharityAssets Liabilities Deficit/(Surplus) Funding level PDSA£119m£168.6m(£49.7m)71% Children’s Society£143.2m£146.4m(£3.2m)98% Save The Children UK£161.3m£176m(£14.7m)92% Salvation Army£313.1m£341.3m(£28.2m)92% Oxfam£193.3m£196.6m(£3.3m)98% Scope£111m£96.9m£14m114%
28 April 2011Global satellite navigation provider Garmin is to acquire Garmin Distribution Africa, the distributor of Garmin’s automotive, outdoor recreation, fitness and marine products in southern Africa, for an undisclosed sum.“We are happy to welcome our South African team into the Garmin family,” Garmin chairman and CEO Min Kao said in a statement this week. “GDA has been our South African distributor for nearly two decades, and this acquisition will only strengthen our ties to our retailers and customers in this region.”After the acquisition is completed, the company will be renamed Garmin Southern Africa, and will continue operations at its current headquarters and warehouse facility located near Johannesburg, which employs approximately 70 associates.Confidence in South Africa“We have worked hard to grow the Garmin brand in South Africa,” said GDA chief executive Richard Fearon. “Once we are fully integrated into the Garmin fold, we expect to grow the business even more in our rapidly growing region.“This transaction demonstrates the confidence that Garmin has in South Africa, and the importance that it places in our office as being key to further developing Garmin’s African business.”The completion of the acquisition is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive acquisition agreement, the completion of legal and financial due diligence and regulatory approvals.The acquisition is expected to be completed in June 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Investigate the possibility of partnering with retail chain stores as well as government feeding schemes to expand its reach further into rural areas.Improve a pre-loan support programme in partnership with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and improve the uptake of its poorly performing credit guarantee scheme by July.Partner with more provincial development finance agencies to add to the current partnership with the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller.Expand the pilot project it has with the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants in a programme which takes young graduates and trains them in how to assist small businesses, from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.Roll out a further nine branches or satellite offices per year, which would be co- located within Seda or IDC branch offices, to add to the 11 regional offices the agency already has. Makhuvha said the cost of Sefa lending finance to business owners is also expected to fall – from 44c for every rand disbursed in 2013/14 to 25c for every year lent out in 2017/18. Sefa will run awareness road shows with financial intermediaries – starting with Alexandra and Sandton in Johannesburg this month and running to February next year, with two road shows to be held in the North West. The IDC has committed over R987-million as a shareholder’s loan to the agency until the end of 2014/15, with an option of a further R400-million capital injection in two years time. IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said the transaction had been structured as a loan and not a grant because there had to be a chance for the IDC to recoup the loan to ensure that Sefa funds sustainable businesses. Committee members questioned the use of retail finance intermediaries, pointing out that they were concerned that using intermediaries resulted in driving up the costs of lending for business owners. Committee chair Elsie Mmathulare Coleman said Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel had asked the committee to look more into the costs of lending through intermediaries. Source: SANews.gov.za 19 April 2013 South Africa’s Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) plans to disburse over R737- million to more than 15 000 small firms – most of these micro enterprises – by the end of the 2013/14 financial year, says Sefa chief executive Thakani Makhuvha. Briefing the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on economic development on its corporate plan for 2013/14 on Wednesday, Makhuvha – who was seconded from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in November last year to head the agency – said the targeted funding will help create over 18 000 jobs. In five years, the agency aims to have more than doubled lending and the number of business owners financed – with disbursements reaching almost R1.6-billion to over 34 000 small firms. Sefa lends between R500 and R5-million to small, micro and medium enterprises by way of three means – directly to business owners, via retail finance intermediaries and thirdly via banks through its using credit guarantee scheme. Sefa’s forerunner, the Khula guarantee scheme, ground to a virtual halt following the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, when the number of defaults spiralled, leading banks to steer away from the scheme. Sefa also aims to complete the development of its direct lending product – currently still being piloted at a number of sites around the country – by the end of November this year. Among Sefa’s other plans, the agency aims to:
Wondering whether the Employment Equity Act applies to you? Confused about how to implement employment equity in your company? Concerned about how to classify your employees in racial terms? Read on.The Department of Labour is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of affirmative action. To do this, it needs to receive regular reports from companies on their progress. Regular reporting to the department is a legal requirement.Wondering whether the Employment Equity Act applies to you? Confused about how to implement employment equity in your company? Concerned about how to classify your employees in racial terms? Read on.Employment equity requirements are giving me sleepless nights. How do I as an employer begin to address it?Don’t panic. It’s all on the Department of Labour’s website. But first read this summary of the basic information and the steps you need to take.What is affirmative action?Affirmative action ensures that qualified people from designated groups have equal opportunities in the workplace. Designated groups are blacks (Africans, Coloureds and Indians), women and people with disabilities.Who is affected by the Employment Equity Act?All employers, workers and job applicants (except for members of the National Defence Force, National Intelligence Agency and South African Secret Service). Affirmative action provisions apply to employers who employ 50 or more staff members or whose annual turnover is more than that set down in Schedule 4 of the Act (the figures vary according to the type of industry).How do employers go about achieving employment equity?Employers must draw up an employment equity plan, setting out the steps they intend taking to achieve employment equity, over the next one to five years. To do this, they need to analyse their workforce profile as well as their employment practices and policies.In drawing up the plan they must consult with unions and employees to get agreement around it. Employers need to report their equity plans regularly to the Department of Labour, which monitors implementation.What has to be included in the plan?Employment equity plans must show:objectives for every year;affirmative action measures that will be implemented;where black people, women and people with disabilities are not represented:numerical goals to reach this;timetables; andstrategies.timetables for annual objectives;the duration of the plan (not shorter than a year or longer than five years);procedures that will be used to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the plan;ways to solve disputes about the plan; andpeople responsible for implementing the plan.The Department of Labour recommends this is achieved in three phases: preparation (assign responsibility, set up consultative forum, analysis of employment practices and environment, draw up workforce profile); implementation (proactive steps to improve the company’s diversity profile); and monitoring.Employment equity helpline – 0860 101 018The Department of Labour has a series of basic guides to help you through this process.Do I have to submit reports?The Department of Labour is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of affirmative action. To do this, it needs to receive regular reports from companies on their progress. Regular reporting to the department is a legal requirement.Reports comprise two forms: the Employment Equity Report Form (EEA2) and the Income Differential Statement (EEA4).These can be submitted electronically or by hand to any labour centre. They can also be posted to:Employment Equity RegistryThe Department of LabourPrivate Bag X117Pretoria 0001Access the online service: https://ee.labour.gov.za/email: [email protected] can report employers who do not comply with the equity legislation to the department. (Image: Brand South Africa)How often must employers submit reports?Employers with more than 150 employees must report every year by the first working day of October, while employers with fewer than 150 employees must report every year ending with an even number (ie every second year).Copies of the reports must be kept for at least three years for large employers, or two years for smaller employers.What happens if I don’t report to the Department of Labour?Employers who do not comply with legislation will be excluded from the department’s public register. Government and other companies are encouraged to do business with those on the register.Employees can report employers who do not comply with the equity legislation to the department.What if I cannot submit my report?Employers who are unable to report must let the Department of Labour know in writing, giving reasons.Write to:The Director-GeneralDepartment of LabourPrivate Bag X117Pretoria0001I thought racial classification was an outdated practice, yet the Department of Labour requires this information. How do I as a company employer go about finding out the “race” of my employees in a tactful manner?The EEA1 form calls for voluntary self-classification on the part of the employee. If an employee refuses to fill this in the employer must rely on existing records of the employee, but must make sure that this information is made available to him/her. If an employee is “mixed race”, the designation he/she volunteers must be used. If the employer must make the choice, he/she is advised to put the employee in the “designated group” category – in other words, black.How can I assess whether my employee falls into the disability category?Once again, the EEA1 form calls for voluntary self-classification on the part of the employee. According to the Act, people with disabilities are defined as “people who have long-term or recurring physical or mental impairment which substantially limits their prospects of entering into, or advancement in, employment”.Are all organisations regarded as designated employers if they employ the minimum number of employees?Yes, as long as they employ more than 50 people or meet the annual turnover requirement (see Schedule Four of the Act for this). These include: NGOs, trade unions, trusts, co-operatives, professional practices, sport codes and churches.Source: Brand South Africa reporter, with information from the Department of LabourWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts david hamilton Tags:#Edward Snowden#email#nsa#public-key encryption#surveillance Lavabit, a secure-email provider startup that counted NSA leaker Edward Snowden as one of its customers, abruptly closed down in August rather than “become complicit in crimes against the American people,” as founder Ladar Levison wrote at the time. And now we know why.Federal court records unsealed yesterday reveal that the FBI demanded access to Lavabit’s private SSL keys, which would have allowed the feds to decrypt the email of any Lavabit user, not just that of Snowden—the FBI’s presumed target, although the documents redacted names associated with accounts sought by the feds. (The government denied any interest in reading email unrelated to its target.)See also: Death Before Dishonor: Secure Email Services Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds“[T]hey wanted to break open the entire box just to get to one connection,” Levison told the New York Times.Levison initially refused until threatened with fines and criminal contempt charges—at one point, he printed out the keys in a four-point font that filled 11 pages, which U.S. government lawyers complained was “illegible.” Finally, however, he ran out of options. So he turned over the digital keys, but simultaneously closed down Lavabit, rendering further surveillance impossible.Levison is appealing the lower-court order; opening briefs are due by October 10. See the unsealed documents in the case here. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with training consultant Freddie Roach. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao continued working with former head trainer Freddie Roach as he prepares to defend his WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner.Roach worked the mitts with Pacquiao for 10 rounds on Monday (Los Angeles time) at Wild Card Gym, the Filipino’s former stomping grounds where he built his legacy as an all-time great.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pacquiao and Roach parted ways before the Filipino’s fight against Lucas Matthysse in July of 2018 with long-time friend Buboy Fernandez, who’s been a veteran corner man for the American, becoming the fighter’s head trainer.Roach, however, is now back in the Pacquiao camp as a consultant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionManny Pacquiao takes on the hills at Griffith Park. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPacquiao (60-7-2) also did roadwork at Griffith Park where he drew a crowd to watch his workout. He posed for photos with fans afterward.The fight will be Pacquiao’s first title defense of the WBA belt after his technical knockout win over Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacers’ Myles Turner breaks nose in win over Hawks Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue
New TCI based magazine debuts: Karibe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Caricom reaffirms support for Paris Agreement as Trump pulls US out Kazz Forbes no longer managing Miss TCI Universe; may not happen for 2015 Related Items:donald trump, miss universe, shanice williams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2015 – A range of reactions by readers once Magnetic Media revealed that the online voting for Miss Universe Turks and Caicos, Shanice Williams was not actually linked to the official pageant owned by Donald Trump. For weeks, residents have been pushing and voting for the Grand Turk beauty who amassed over 40,000 votes. Major beauty pageants website on its home page offers the disclaimer that it is not associated nor endorsed by the Miss Universe pageant but still showcases the 88 contestants and encourages voting; some say they are exploiting contestants of the Miss Universe Pageant and their fans around the world. These websites promise to name the contestant with the most votes, Miss Photogenic. Magnetic Media has been bombarded with requests to promote the voting as TCI fans of Shanice Williams believe the voting is linked to the Miss Universe Pageant. Well it is not and even though Miss Universe TCI has been trending exceptionally well, even being named a winner by at least one website there will be no announcement on pageant night, which is this coming Sunday, about her strong show. Others believe residents should continue voting; saying it is good exposure for the Turks and Caicos and gives Shanice a good feeling and more confidence as she steps into the spotlight on live TV. The Miss Universe Pageant will be carried live on NBC this coming Sunday at 8pm.