This weekend, Lettuce is hosting their first-ever celebration of funk music at The Fillmore Philadelphia, dubbed Funk Of Ages: Past, Present & Future. The world-dominating future-funk trailblazers will host an incredible lineup of bands to honor the “Funk of Ages,” including multi-Grammy Award-winning funk/jazz/R&B ensemble Snarky Puppy, nine piece modern “power funk” act Turkuaz, Snarky bandleader Michael League‘s world-beat side project Bokanté (featuring Roosevelt Collier and more), and CT-based ensemble Funky Dawgz Brass Band.And now, The Brandon Niederauer Band has just been added to this incredible lineup! Fourteen-year-old “Taz” has been wow-ing audiences since before he entered double digits, gaining the respect of Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, and George Porter Jr. along the way. The young guitarist is well-versed in all things funk, rock, and blues, with a pocket full of originals ready to rock.Armed with an un-fuck-withable crew of musicians, Funk of Ages is set to elevate fans’ understanding and appreciation of funk music, providing a tour of different eras and approaches to the sound. From early innovators and modern-day funk ambassadors (Lettuce), to avant-garde jazz-funk heavyweights (Snarky), to modern funk with mass appeal (Turkuaz), “Funk of Ages” will highlight and celebrate all ends of the genre’s sprawling spectrum for one incredible funky day of music!Live For Live Music Presents Funk of Ages: Past, Present & Future will take place on June 24th at The Fillmore. Tickets are available here.In addition to the evening’s festivities inside the venue, Funk of Ages will also include a free block party from 1-4pm. Outside of The Fillmore and Punch Line Philly, there will be gourmet food, craft beers, beverages, beer gardens, yard games, and more for guests to enjoy. Music will be provided by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and others, while the day begins to take shape in a way like never before. Join Philly in showcasing their commitment to one-of-a-kind live music events at the first-ever Fillmore Block Party![cover photo by Josh Timmermans]
The world’s largest pension fund and the World Bank Group are forging ahead with efforts “to grow markets for sustainable investing”.In a statement, the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) said the two organisations had launched a new initiative to promote green, social and sustainability bonds. No further details were provided.Hiro Mizuno, executive managing director and CIO of the ¥1.5trn (€1.2trn) fund, said GPIF regarded buying these types of bonds “as direct methods of ESG integration”.According to a statement from the World Bank, asset managers running money on behalf of GPIF had invested more than $500m (€444m) in bonds issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), two parts of the World Bank Group. Kristalina Georgieva, the World Bank’s CEO, said: “Bond investors can be a key force in moving capital markets towards sustainability when they focus on transparency, purpose and impact. Through our deepening partnership, GPIF is leading by example and demonstrating that ESG considerations go hand-in-hand with long-term financial and social returns.”In October 2017 the World Bank and GPIF formalised an agreement to direct more capital toward “sustainable investments”, focusing on public bond markets.According to a report commissioned for the organisations and published a year ago, the practice of integrating environmental, social and corporate governance considerations in fixed income was catching up with that in equity markets, but there were still “significant constraints”. IFC pronounces on impact investingInvestor appetite for impact investing could amount to $26trn, according to a new report from the IFC.The figure relates to appetite for impact investment at commercial returns. It is the result of a top-down “speculative exercise”, in which the IFC’s starting point was the total pool of financial assets owned by households and public and private institutions.It then assumed that investor appetite for impact investing was 29% of that, corresponding to the share of assets managed under socially responsible investing, or SRI, strategies, based on information from the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance.“Crucially,” added the IFC, “our analysis accounts for the fact that investors hold financial assets in three broad asset classes, which vary substantially in their liquidity.”It discounted investments in cash, as these did not generate impact, and also discounted investor appetite for impact investment in the public markets “to account for additional uncertainty about how and whether one may have impact by investing in public markets”.Out of debt securities, only corporate bonds were included. For public equities, the IFC only counted 9% of their value, corresponding to the value of assets “managed under corporate engagement and shareholder action strategies”.Overall, this led to the IFC estimating appetite for impact investment in private markets as $5.1trn, and in public markets as $21.4trn.The IFC said the report was “the most comprehensive assessment so far of the potential global market for impact investing”.According to the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the size of the impact investing market was an estimated $502bn, based on data self-reported by organisations identified by the GIIN, plus an additional $84bn on the basis of extrapolation. Campaign group drops Shell resolutionCampaign group Follow This has decided to withdraw its climate resolution for Royal Dutch Shell’s annual general meeting after “intensive discussions” with Dutch investors.The investors – including Actiam, Aegon, Blue Sky Group, MN, NN and Van Lanschot Kempen – have supported climate resolutions filed by the campaign group at Shell in recent years.However, Mark van Baal, of Follow This, told IPE that the parties had decided that the chances of Shell aligning its targets with the Paris climate accord would be higher if it dropped the resolution and gave the company “one year breathing space”.In a statement, the campaign group said shareholders could now focus on those companies that had not advanced as much as Shell, saying it expected many investors to support climate resolutions filed at Equinor, BP and Chevron.Speaking for all the investors in the group, Adrie Heinsbroek, head of responsible investing at NN Investment Partners, said: “We appreciate Shell’s positive steps to align its climate ambitions with the Paris Agreement and encourage them to continue the transition. We are giving Shell this year to align its climate ambitions. We will continue to monitor closely and actively engage with Shell in the coming months and years.“At the same time, together with numerous investors, we will strengthen our commitment in recent years to also encourage other oil and gas companies to follow the Paris Agreement and request concrete plans on how to achieve these goals.”The investor group is due to set out its expectations for the entire oil and gas sector soon.
The wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter has died. According to sources, 51-year-old Beth Chapman died on Wednesday at a hospital in Honolulu.Chapman had been in a medically-induced coma for several days, the result of a two-year battle with throat cancer.It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019 She and her husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman, starred in the television show, “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” It featured the adventures of the couple’s family-owned bounty hunting business from 2004 to 2012.A native of Denver, Colorado, Beth Chapman was the youngest woman to receive a bail license in that state, until her daughter later broke that record.The couple raised 12 children together and split time at their homes in Hawaii and Colorado.Duane and Beth, along with their son Leland, starred in another reality series on CMT, called “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,” from 2013 to 2015.WGN America was planning to debut a new series, “Dog’s Most Wanted,” with the couple next year.The network released the following statement regarding Beth Chapman’s passing:“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that Beth Chapman lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional woman, fiercely loyal and passionate about her family and she was a true joy to work with. All of us at WGN America will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane, her family, loved ones and millions of fans.”
Rivers United Secretary, Abdulrahman visited Gambo at BMH on Monday, accompanied by the club’s Co-ordinator, Bashiru Badawi and three of the Rivers United players, Wilson Andoh, Sunday Rotimi and club captain, Festus Austin.The Pillars burly forward had clashed in mid-air with United’s Ghanaian striker, Andoh on the 8th minute of the contest decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium and was promptly taken to the BMH after preliminary treatment by the two Rivers United doctors. Gambo was back to his feet by Monday evening.The Pillars captain was eventually discharged yesterday morning and was accompanied to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa by the club’s Team Manager, Salisu Yaro and team doctor as they made their way back to Kano.Abdulrahman said that Gambo had fully recovered and was full of gratitude for all who contributed to his rapid recovery.“I personally drove Gambo to the Port Harcourt airport on Tuesday alongside two other officials of Kano Pillars.“Their flight to Abuja from Port Harcourt was for 9am but we were at the airport before 7am.“I just received a call from the Pillars’ Team Manager, Yaro informing me that they had arrived Kano,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kano Pillars forward, Gambo Mohammed who was hospitalised following an aerial collision with Wilson Andoh during the Match-day 12 clash with Rivers United has been discharged from hospital and returned to Kano Tuesday morning.While in hospital, Gambo was visited by some players of Rivers United at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Port Harcourt.Gambo was taken to the hospital after suffering a rupture of the tympanic membrane in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Rivers United.