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Live Nation Cancels NYC Hip Hop Performances After Irving Plaza Shooting

first_imgRenowned venue Irving Plaza was the site of an unfortunate tragedy last week, as one fan at a T.I. concert was killed after a shooting inside the venue. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the corporate ticket promoter has cancelled a number of shows at both Irving and their Gramercy Theatre in response to the shooting.Irving Plaza was scheduled to host Joey Bada$$ tonight, but that show has been cancelled. Additional performances at Irving, including Mac Miller on Friday and Vince Staples on Saturday, were also cancelled. Furthermore, Live Nation cancelled Appetite for Destruction’s Friday night show, Black Pistol Fire’s Saturday night show, and YG’s Monday night show at Gramercy Theatre.While safety at concerts is of course an important concern, it’s just as troubling to think that one incident could set off a chain reaction that thwarts live music in New York City. Hopefully these measures are temporary while new security checkpoints are implemented, but it’s interesting to look at the shows that were cancelled. Four of them, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and YG, are hip hop artists, and the other two, Appetite for Destruction and Black Pistol Fire, have band names that are directly linked to guns (Appetite is a Guns N’ Roses cover band). Does this mean that the perceived threat of violence has outweighed the right for live music?It’s an interesting debate, certainly, but for now, these shows will not be happening.[H/T The Gothamist]last_img read more

Dutch scheme PMT refrains from taking ‘expensive’ Brexit measures

first_img“Moreover, such a construction would increase the exposure to US equity, including the uncertainty posed by the upcoming presidential elections,” it said, adding that it would incur a cost of a couple of basis points as a result of the transaction.The metal scheme further made clear that it had kept its investment portfolio “as neutral as possible” by keeping the scale of its asset classes closely to the centre of pre-set bandwidths.The pension fund said it expected to benefit from its decision last year to reduce the hedge of the US dollar from 75% to 50%.It added that it expected the currency to appreciate against the euro, “as investors are likely to flee into the ‘safe haven’ of the greenback in the event of a Brexit”.Early last year, PMT reduced the dollar hedge in anticipation of a possible Grexit.The metal scheme emphasised that the possible effects of a Brexit were unclear, but it predicted pensions would be affected if coverage ratios were to fall as a consequence of turbulence on the financial markets.“The main question is what the scale of the volatility would be and for how long it would last,” it said.The €417bn asset manager APG declined to comment on whether it had adjusted its hedge of the main currencies.Spokesman Harmen Geers said APG had anticipated the possible consequences of a Brexit by ensuring it had sufficient liquidity available as collateral in the event of currency movements.He added, however, that the large Dutch pension funds, with their broad investment portfolios, could hardly be immune to the effects of a Brexit. PMT, the €63bn pension fund for the metalworking and mechanical engineering sector in the Netherlands, said it has refrained from taking short-term measures to reduce the potential negative effects of the UK’s leaving the EU.The scheme said the protective measures available would prove too costly if the UK were to decide to remain in the EU in today’s referendum. It said it had the option of moving assets from its return portfolio to its matching portfolio but that it had considered that an overweighting of its matching holdings would result in lower returns if the UK voted to remain within the EU.PMT also said that “exchanging returns” on British equities for those on US equities through future contracts could negatively impact overall returns if the UK remained.last_img read more

Patriots uniform reveal had one crucial mistake: They used the wrong pants

first_imgMy dogs and I testing out these new 2020 uniforms 👌🏾#patsnationA post shared by James White (@sweetfeet) on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:08am PDTPaul Lukas at Uni Watch was able to confirm the pants White are wearing are the correct version, and the ones released in the promotional photos were incorrect. And the Patriots’ photo gallery has now removed any direct photo of the stripe on the pants. A fairly minor difference, sure, but it is interesting that New England failed to put on the wrong pants in its official unveiling. View this post on Instagram (Patriots / Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ca/fb/patriots-pants-ftr_1200z4ptolq2m1cfrdoqbimtcp.png?t=-1661595151&w=500&quality=80 The pant features a thick white stripe bordered by a red outline.But then something interesting happened. Patriots running back James White shared a photo of himself wearing the new uniform, and there was a clear difference in the pants. White’s pants featured a much thinner white stripe, and a thicker red stripe than what New England released in its promotional photos. The Patriots revealed their new uniforms on Monday, which were practically identical to the Color Rush uniforms the team had been using.”What was previously known as the Patriots alternate uniform has been promoted to the team’s home primary, and an entirely new version has been unveiled for away games,” a Patriots.com story explains. “The blue-on-blue home uniforms made their debut in 2016 under the NFL’s Color Rush campaign, and while the league discontinued Color Rush before the 2018 season, the uniforms lived on as the team’s alternate uniform through 2019.” MORE: Ranking Nike’s redesigns for NFL uniforms The statement also reads, “The blue pants will remain the same for both uniforms.” This was true in the team’s release of the uniforms. In photos released through Instagram, we can tell the pant legs look the same as the pants worn by players this past season.MORE: NFL uniform rankings heading into 2020last_img read more