Earlier this year, jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee premiered an hourlong archival documentary called Reel To Real, spotlighting the band’s formative years with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and more. Directed by LD Jefferson Waful, the movie has gotten rave reviews from fans everywhere. Finally, after months of waiting, the band has finally released Reel To Real to the public!Starting today, June 1st, UM fans can acquire the entire film online through Vimeo. For just $14.99, fans can stream and download the movie when they so desire. Take a look at the embed below or head to Vimeo for details.Reel To Real from Umphrey’s McGee on Vimeo.The video description reads:Reel to Real is an archival rock documentary about the innovative Umphrey’s McGee, diving deep into the early years by examining their inner workings through unreleased band shot camcorder footage. It reflects on UM’s days of suspended youth, racking up thousands of miles in a van and trailer without a worry in sight. But reality knocks as a founding member walks away mid tour, putting the entire venture in jeopardy. It’s a view behind the curtain, one designed not to paint a picture of what you think it’s like, but what it’s actually like to make the journey.You can check out more about the video below from the trailer.
Belgian banks and asset managers Petercam and Bank Degroof have confirmed plans to merge operations and expand Petercam’s asset management operations in the Netherlands.Once approved, the merger will create a €47bn asset manager and the largest independent financial services provider in Belgium, the two privately owned companies said.In 2012, Petercam had roughly 40 mandates for Dutch institutional investors of between €10m and €15m, according to IP Nederland, predecessor of IPE sister publication PensioenPro.The mandates focused on specialised strategies, such as European equity and agricultural equity. As of the end of 2013, Petercam had €8.6bn in institutional assets under management (AUM), while Degroof has €4.3bn in institutional AUM.It does not, however, have a presence or institutional clients in the Netherlands.A spokesman for the bank said the newly merged company would seek to expand in the Dutch pensions market.“We have a European target,” he added.The merger could be completed in the second half of this year, pending regulatory approval, the parties said.In other news, the €225m pension fund of Dutch investment bank NIBC has switched to a collective defined contribution plan.It added that the employer had provided an extra contribution of €12.5m to compensate for the “disadvantages” of the new arrangements, as well as to end its obligation to meet future funding shortfalls.NIBC had partial final salary arrangements in place for its 500 employees.
Sead Kolasinac played an excellent first part of the Bundesliga season for Schalke. BiH national team member made four assists and scored twice, and recently, according to the famous Kicker, he was introduced as the second best left quarterback in the league, just behind Philipp Lahm.After the interest for Kolasinac was shown by Bayern and Manchester City, another big European team wants this BH team member in its ranks.According to information released by Sky Sports, current Italian champion Juventus wants to strengthen its defensive line in the winter transfer period, and they see Kolasinac as a quality football player for whom they would not have to pay a lot of compensation due to the fact that his contract expires in the summer with the team from Gelsenkirchen.Chances for the transfer are increased by the fact that the return of Patrice Evra in England was announced.(Source: faktor.ba)