Umphrey’s McGee‘s New Year’s run in Chicago has been off to a solid start. Previously at the Riviera Theatre, Umphrey’s moved over to the Aragon Ballroom last night and will hit it again tonight to welcome in 2017. Last night, the Motet joined in on the fun, kicking off the show as support and having drummer and bandleader Dave Watts out during UM’s cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Bombtrack.”Once the house lights went up, however, the night was far from over. Post-show, band and audience members alike moseyed over to the official FiyaWrapper afterparty at the Concord Music Hall. Featuring Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & the Family Band), Joel Cummings (Umphrey’s McGee), Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Dave Watts (The Motet), Maurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Nicholas Gerlach (Michael Menert Band), Alex Wasily (Nasty Snacks/Pocket Radio), and Emily Clark, the stacked super-jam kept the party going late into the night. Check out videos from the afterparty below, courtesy of Kevin Higley!
Colorado’s fan-favorite funk act, The Motet, has big plans to ring in 2019. Today, the group has announced a four-night New Year’s Eve run across the Northeast, which will span from December 28th to December 31st. Furthermore, the band has tapped a number of exciting up-and-comers as support for their New Year’s run, with TAUK, Sophistafunk, Moon Hooch, and JAW GEMS slated as support for the four respective shows.On December 28th, The Motet will kick off their New Year’s Eve tour at Albany, New York’s Jupiter Hall @ Lucky Strike, with support from TAUK. The following night, on December 29th, The Motet will head to Fairfield, Connecticut, marking their first of two stops with friends Sophistafunk. Sophistafunk will continue to travel with the Colorado funk act to Providence, Rhode Island, on December 30th, where the two groups will perform at The Met. To round things out, for their official New Year’s Eve show, The Motet will play the State Theatre in vocalist Lyle Divinsky‘s native Portland, ME, where they will be joined by Moon Hooch and JAW GEMS.For more information and ticketing, head to The Motet’s website here.
On Monday, FKJ mounted a very special performance as a Facebook live stream via Cercle, a platform dedicated to filming and broadcasting DJ sets and live performances from “carefully selected and unusual places.”For this livestream, FKJ transmitted his signature “expanding grooves” from the Salar De Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. Located in southwest Bolivia near the crest of the Andes mountain range, this incredible geological formation creates an almost alien landscape, with beautiful panoramic views of the mountainous surroundings and the crystal mountain skies above. Thanks to its unusually flat topography and high mineral content, when it rains on Salar De Uyuni, the salt flat acts as an enormous natural mirror, creating the visual illusion of being able to walk on water.As Cercle explained in a previous post announcing the stream, “although this one will be extremely difficult to organize (Salar de Uyuni is 12000 feet high, with no cellular connexion [sic] and difficult weather conditions), we are more than excited about it.”Needless to say, the video is visually astounding. It’s something you need to see to believe—and even when you do see it, it’s still difficult to wrap your head around exactly what’s happening. Check out the video for one of the most beautiful, entrancing, and surreal live performance videos we’ve ever seen below:FKJ – Live at Salar de Uyuni – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: Cercle]FKJ has a history of staging unique live performances with breathtaking backdrops. In 2017, he shared a breathtaking video of an intimate performance at the Paris Modern Art Museum in front of “La Fée Electricité” (“The Electricity Fairy”), a massive mural by late French painter Raoul Dufy on the gently curved wall to the entrance of the museum’s Pavillon de la Lumière et de l’Électricité (“Pavilion of Light and Electricity”). You can watch that performance here.FKJ is currently in the midst of an extensive 2019 world tour. Following stops in the U.K. and Europe over the course of the past month, FKJ will head to North America for a lengthy run of shows throughout the months of April and May. For more information, head to his website here.
While officials from many nations gather in Copenhagen to debate further action against climate change, Harvard University is taking action on its own.Last year the University pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, inclusive of growth, with 2006 as a baseline year.Meeting the ambitious goal “is both urgent and difficult,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust, who appointed a task force on greenhouse gas reduction in 2007. Such reductions “are not just Harvard issues,” she said earlier this year. “They are part of the national agenda.”Greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide and methane, contribute to global warming by trapping heat in earth’s atmosphere. Perhaps 40 percent of the emissions are tied to making the energy required for lighting, heating, and cooling buildings.On Monday (Dec. 14), Harvard released its first data on the University’s progress toward meeting the pledge. In fiscal 2006-09, greenhouse gas emissions dropped 10 percent University-wide. With growth factored in, that reduction is about 5 percent.The cuts came from energy-efficiency projects in buildings, more than half from efficiency improvements at Harvard’s Blackstone energy plant and its new chilled-water plants.According to Thomas E. Vautin, Harvard’s acting vice president for administration, greenhouse gas emissions at the Blackstone plant have already dropped by 28 percent as a result of improvements. These include changing the primary fuel source to natural gas, and installing a new steam boiler, as well as a high-efficiency combined heat and power generating system.“These are smart choices that will have a long-term positive impact on the environment and the cost of our operations,” said Katherine Lapp, Harvard’s new executive vice president. She will oversee the implementation of the University’ greenhouse gas reduction plan.Click image for full view (graphic by Gervis A. Menzies Jr./Harvard Staff)The bulk of future emissions reductions will have to come from greater energy efficiency in Harvard’s buildings, said Heather Henriksen, director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS).Mostly, that means optimizing building operations, especially when occupants are not present, as well as deploying conservation measures. But it also means behavioral changes, like shutting fume hoods, turning off computers, switching off lights, and setting what Henriksen called “other pragmatic defaults.”In November, each Harvard School and unit completed comprehensive draft plans for greenhouse gas reductions — blueprints for how they can meet the 30 percent goal, and for how much money. Once finalized, those plans will be incorporated into a master policy for University-wide reductions.OFS spearheaded an implementation planning process that included a Harvard University Greenhouse Gas Executive Committee and targeted working groups. The idea was to streamline the assessment process and to convene the Schools and units so they could share best practices.The executive committee co-chairs are Jeremy Bloxham, dean of science at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Robert S. Kaplan, professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School; and Lapp.The task force — about 200 staff members, faculty, administrators, and students — met regularly this year in five working groups: finance, building efficiency and demand management, energy supply, greenhouse gas inventory, and communications and engagement.The initial infrastructure is now in place, said Kaplan, including an updated methodology to inventory greenhouse gas emissions and a common framework for cost-benefit analysis. “OFS ran a collaborative process, and the working groups, comprised of School and unit leaders, created alignment across the University,” Kaplan said. “We now have a much more integrated assessment of the University, and we are moving forward to create and implement an effective University-wide plan.”In a mid-year meeting with working group members, Faust listened to updates. Afterward, she said the collaboration should be a model for future action at Harvard and other universities.“This is not just a set of solutions to one of the most important problems we face on the planet,” she said, but a way to “attack” other big issues that require large-scale cooperation.A sixth working group, with heavy participation from the faculty, will start meeting early in the new year. It will analyze options for closing gaps in the goals over time. Not every school may be able to meet the 30 percent goal by 2016, said Henriksen, so backup solutions are needed to help make up the difference.Among other strategies, the “gaps” working group will look at creative options, including Renewable Energy Credits, energy from renewable sources, and investing in local carbon offset projects.A Student Advisory Group, made up of 50 students from each of Harvard’s 10 Schools, will approach greenhouse gas emissions from a student perspective. The group will report its recommendations by the end of the spring semester.In addition, Harvard adopted a University-wide temperature policy designed to reduce energy use. It was designed with attention to human health and comfort and to legal codes. Helping in its creation was John “Jack” Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Harvard’s Schools and units have completed basic energy audits for most buildings and are midway through comprehensive audits to be completed by 2011. (The University manages 26 million square feet of space in 700 buildings.) At the same time, the University has also completed audits of its central steam and chilled-water plants for energy conservation.As University buildings are more efficiently heated, cooled, and lighted, more of Harvard’s reduction in greenhouse gases will depend on individual action and on reducing energy demand, said Henriksen. Her office oversees programs on changing behavior in offices, classrooms, dormitories, and laboratories.These are values already “held very deeply” at Harvard, Faust said, and there are signs she is right. Since 2007, more than 15,000 Harvard staffers, students, and faculty have signed a sustainability pledge, which is renewed each year.Harvard also has the highest recycling rate in the Ivy League at 55 percent, gets about 16 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and has 66 LEED-certified or registered projects, the most of any institution of higher education. (LEED, a U.S. system of green-building standards, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)“Energy use varies widely across the University, from energy-dense laboratories to offices to student houses, each posing very different challenges in reducing our emissions,” said Bloxham, who is also Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics and a professor of computational science. He praised the collaborative ethic of the working groups, as well as the OFS planning.When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, said Bloxham, “the problem belongs to all of us.”To view a snapshot of Harvard’s emission reductions.
Members of CUNA’s Consumer Protection Subcommittee discussed the need for regulatory relief and other topics with NCUA, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), legislators and CUNA staff during their fly-in meeting this week. A chief topic of discussion with both NCUA and CFPB was CUNA’s Telephone Consumer Protect Act (TCPA) petition, and CUNA’s subsequent letters to the agencies asking for their support.“Our subcommittee members represent a diverse section of the credit union industry, each heavily invested in seeing regulatory relief,” said Elizabeth Eurgubian, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer. “We had substantive discussions about ways we think regulatory burdens can be eased on credit unions, we thank the agencies and staff for their time and look forward to continuing discussions as policies take shape.”CUNA’s TCPA petition requests the Federal Communications Commission issue a declaratory ruling that provides 2 routes to resolve confusion about what communication between credit unions and members are permitted under the TCPA. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Listed companies paid a record $497.4bn (€435.1bn) in dividends in the second quarter of this year, according to Janus Henderson Investors.The asset manager’s Global Dividend Index reported record dividend totals in 12 countries in the period, including for France, Japan and the US. European companies outside the UK paid a record $176.5bn.Year-on-year growth was 12.9% in dollar terms, the company said. Although currency “exaggerated the headline performance”, Janus Henderson reported underlying growth of 9.5% – the index’s fastest increase in three years. Ben Lofthouse, head of global equity income at Janus Henderson, said the growth was mostly due to “ongoing economic and earnings growth”. He added that, despite trade tensions between governments and regions, “we are still optimistic that in aggregate corporate earnings can continue to grow next year, and payout ratios in key parts of the world like Japan have scope to rise further too”.“Dividends in any case are less volatile than profits, and we are confident that 2019 will see the global total continue to rise in underlying terms,” Lofthouse said. “The trajectory of the dollar may affect the headline growth rate next year, but exchange-rate fluctuations have little impact over the longer term.”Within Europe, total dividend payouts hit record levels in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Ireland, Janus Henderson said.The company said it expected underlying total dividend payments to increase by 7.4% in 2018, compared with 2017’s total. In dollar terms the company did not change its forecast for the year, however, as the strengthening dollar was expected to offset this improvement.Janus Henderson estimated that $1.36trn would be paid out in 2018.According to consultancy group Mercer’s latest European Asset Allocation Survey, European defined benefit pension schemes allocated an average 28% of their portfolios to equities. This ranged from 10% in Denmark to 45% in Belgium. Source: Janus Henderson Investors
John Preston at LPFAThe LPFA is a defined benefit local government pension scheme with more than 88,000 members, 142 actively contributing employers and assets of £6bn (€7bn).Together with Lancashire County Council, the organisation is also a shareholder of the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), which manages the assets of, and administers, the LPFA scheme.He said: “We will carry on our working with LPP to ensure that we provide efficient administration services to all clients and the scheme will continue to invest prudently and be recognised for our approach to responsible investment.”The LPFA is a Tier 1 signatory to the UK’s Stewardship Code, a signatory of Climate Action 100+, a member of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) and is a participant in the C40 Cities Divest Invest Forum. John Preston, chair of the Sainsbury’s defined benefit pension scheme, has joined the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) as chair. He replaces Sir Merrick Cockell, who stepped down last December after four years in the role and nine years on the LPFA board.Preston is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a council member and past president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.He spent 23 years as a partner at PwC working on global clients within financial services and other industries.He held several management positions within PwC’s lines of service including chief operating officer, head of risk and quality, financial services market leader and global head of external relations, regulation and policy. In addition to his role as chair of the LPFA, he is also chair of the Medical Research Council pension scheme. He will continue at Sainsbury’s DB scheme.His other roles include treasurer and council member of the University of Bath.
A dream to restore the Montgomery Canal, one of Britain’s most picturesque canals, took a giant leap forward yesterday with the start of a new £4 million project, the Canal and River Trust said in its latest release. A new nature reserve is to be created next to the canal near Oswestry which, together with work along the canal itself, means boaters could soon be returning to the area for the first time in 80 years.Works covered by this scheme will include creating extensive new nature reserves in recognition of the SSSI status of part of the canal in England; relining the canal bed to Crickheath.In Wales, the work will include restoring 12 historic structures; four areas of dredging to improve the flow of the water; towpath works and community involvement.The work is being carried out by the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the Montgomery Canal and 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.It is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by the Montgomery Canal Partnership.[mappress mapid=”24247″]
“Why are we welcoming UNIGAMES?Because it is one of the eight institutional advocacies of the university –sports advocacy,” he added. Quoting MICE center executive directorSalvador D. Sarabia Jr., Tan said they will be showcasing to the delegates the“historical and cultural values of Ilonggos”. “We would like to congratulate thehost; you are helping the Iloilo community in terms of sports tourism and thebusiness sector of Iloilo,” Banzuela said. He shared that proper coordination hasbeen made with the Philippine National Police, accredited hospitals, emergencyresponders and other concerned sectors. The athletes will be billeted in themain campus of the university, where the majority of the classrooms areair-conditioned and the Sambag campus in Jaro district. If they could not beaccommodated in the two campuses, the university is partnering with the IloiloDoctors’ College. ILOILO City – The staging of the 24thPhilippine University Games (UNIGAMES) here, which will gather more than 2,500delegates from colleges and universities in the Philippines, is expected toboost this city’s sports tourism. The opening program for the UNIGAMESwill be held in the afternoon of Oct. 20 after the 2 p.m. Eucharisticcelebration at the USA gymnasium. Last year, around 30 colleges anduniversities joined the 23rd edition in Dumaguete City. Fray Stephen Ong Tan, OSA, overallchair of the USA’s steering committee, said they are giving security, in termsof preparations, an utmost priority. Roger Banzuela, president and chairmanof UNIGAMES, said they are expecting 40 colleges and universities to join thetournament from Oct. 19 to 27 and hosted by the University of San Agustin(USA). Banzuela said this year’s number ofparticipating schools is higher because of the involvement of the 2019Collegiate Grand Slam in conjunction with the women’s volleyball championshipsof the UNIGAMES. He added the city government’sMeetings, Incentives, Travel, Conference, Convention, Exhibitions, Events(MICE) Center has been lending them a hand in the preparations. If each of the delegates will justspend P300 a day for their meals, excluding snacks, transportation andsouvenirs, then it means some P750,000 circulating in the city for food alone,he said. In 10 days that is equivalent to some P7.5 million. However, athletes from Manila could bestaying in hotels, too. “We are almost 85 to 90 percent ready in terms ofbilleting venues,” he said. Among the events are athletics,basketball, football, volleyball, and beach volleyball to be held in variousplaying venues in Iloilo City. The women’s volleyball indoorcompetition will be called the 2019 UNIGAMES-Collegiate Grand Slam 2nd DominicSytin Cup. “We are in the stage of already implementingour security measures. We’ve already done our orientation,” Tan added, statingthat USA also hosted the UNIGAMES in 2014. This year’s edition of the UNIGAMES isthemed “The Games that Bring Us Together for Unity and Peace.” (PNA)