Last night, after a night off following their performance at SPAC on Tuesday, Dead & Company continued their summer tour at Bristow, VA’s Jiffy Lube Live. While Tuesday’s concert noticeably dragged a little after the previous weekend’s grade-A Fenway Park performances, the band beat their Boston hangover and delivered an excellent, creatively adventurous show in Bristow.The show began with a languid but meaty “Shakedown Street,” a song that’s emblematic of many fans’ hesitance to buy into this current incarnation of the Dead. There’s no way around it–Dead & Co plays it slow. That’s not how most Deadheads are used to hearing it, and the truth of the matter is that’s not going to change. But once you give a listen to the improvisation that came out of it on Thursday (below), and you’ll see that a ride down Shakedown is still worth taking, even with its new lower speed limit.“Shakedown” moved into “Uncle John’s Band,” with the band’s own John leading a beautiful, textured rendition, trading fluttering major key runs with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The Workingman’s Dead favorite also got the improv treatment, as the band expertly toyed with the tune’s rhythm and dynamics. “Minglewood Blues” came next, giving Jeff a chance to show off his chops as Oteil Burbridge‘s driving bass line kept the engine purring and Bob Weir mustered his best highwayman howl.The first “Althea” since night one at Folsom Field followed. Mayer does some of his best Dead & Co work leading this classic Garcia/Hunter tune, which had been part of his solo band’s live repertoire since well before he became involved with the Dead family. The band then closed out set one with a subtly bouncing “Peggy-O” and a pair of sing-alongs in “Bertha” and “Women Are Smarter.” You can watch fan-shot footage of “Althea” below, courtesy of YouTube user Tom Libera:After a fine first set, Weir, Mayer, Chimenti, Burbridge, and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart returned to the stage revitalized, with all six musicians connecting and communicating effortlessly. You beed not look much farther than the typed-out setlist the band posted on their Facebook page following the show to see that Dead & Co was letting the music steer the ship in Bristow, as they scrapped most of their planned second set in favor of simply letting it flow:After a set-opening “Playing In The Band,” the band kept on chugging along with a Weir-led “New Speedway Boogie” and a particularly twangy “He’s Gone.” While Mayer and Weir traded singing duties on the wistful tune, it was John’s thoroughly impressive vocal flourishes and searing blues riffing that made the song shine so brightly. “He’s Gone” eventually gave way to “Fire On The Mountain,” which was once again led by Burbridge on lead vocals, who seems to have officially taken over the tune’s singing duties from Mayer after handling the last two renditions (including last weekend in Boston).After ceding the spotlight to the Rhythm Devils for the ensuing “Drums” > “Space,” the band returned to the stage and slid into a misty rendition of John Coltrane‘s “A Love Supreme” (marking the instrumental’s first appearance in the Dead & Company setting) before landing on a dreamy reading of Bob Dylan‘s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” “Hard Rain” eventually found its way back to the “Playing In The Band” theme for a reprise of the set opener before an emphatic “Throwing Stones” > “U.S. Blues” one-two punch brought the set to a close.When the band returned for their encore, they dove right back into “U.S. Blues”–one last chance to sing about the summertime and appreciate their ongoing nationwide run–before resolving into “Liberty,” making for a particularly patriotic ending to a show that exuded a down-home, highway-bound, adventurous American spirit throughout.With a solid performance in Bristow, the band dispelled any notions that they had lost a step after SPAC and affirmed the excitement for their return to New York’s Citi Field tomorrow, Saturday, June 24th. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the Dead & Company website.You can listen to full audio of the performance below via archive.org user TaperJeff, and enjoy a gallery of photos from the show courtesy of photographer Mark Raker below:You can also see official pro-shot video of the show’s first three songs (via nugs.tv), as well as crowd-shot videos of “Peggy-O” and “Playing In The Band” > “New Speedway Boogie,” (via YouTube user Tom Libera) below:Pro-shot “Shakedown Street”/”Uncle John’s Band”/”Minglewood Blues”“Peggy-O”“Playing In The Band”/”New Speedway Boogie”SETLIST: Dead & Company | Jiffy Lube Live | Bristow, VA | 6/22/17Set One: Shakedown Street > Uncle John’s Band, Minglewood Blues, Althea, Peggy-O, Bertha > Women Are SmarterSet Two: Playin’ In The Band > New Speedway Boogie > He’s Gone > Fire On The Mountain > Drums > Space > A Love Supreme > A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall > Playin’ In The Band (Reprise) > Throwing Stones > U.S. BluesEncore: U.S. Blues (Reprise) > Liberty[Cover Photo via Mark Raker]Dead & Company | Jiffy Lube Live | Bristow, VA | 6/22/17 | Photos by Mark Raker Load remaining images
The Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board presented a new tourist promotional film – The Art of Travel, in which the narrator takes us through the tourist story of the Osijek-Baranja County through 04:11 minutes.The new promotional video was recorded in both the English and German versions, and later short videos will be easily extracted from the entire material.ENG versionNJEM version In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”
Swiss Pensionskasse are demonstrating an appetite for infrastructure assets as they seek to diversify their alternatives exposure.Speaking at the Institutional Retirement and Investor Summit in Vienna last week, Roger Mohr, chief financial officer at the CHF300m (€245m) pension fund for the Swiss air rescue service Rega, said the fund was seeking further diversification for its alternatives portfolio via infrastructure debt.“Infrastructure debt allows us to skim the illiquidity premium and for our fund it does not matter if 20% to 30% of the portfolio is less liquid,” he said.The Pensionskasse currently invests 16% of its assets in alternatives, with an increasing share of that being out to work in infrastructure and private equity. “Our strategic allocation is 19% but not all our capital calls have been invested yet,” Mohr said.When Swiss government bonds turned negative, new investments were made in “alternatives in the fixed income segment”.Mohr said: “Back then those were insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bonds, but those have become quite expensive already, especially when hedged in [Swiss francs].”For the CHF12bn ASGA Pensionskasse in Switzerland, infrastructure was also the way forward to further diversify the alternatives portfolio, said Sergio Bortolin, CEO.“But we are struggling to find new investments at the right time, so we are using proxy investments with higher liquidity to be able to take out the money when necessary,” he said.After a strategic review of the alternatives segment – which makes up around 17% of the portfolio – the pension fund began reducing its exposure to hedge funds, as the performance expectations hedged to Swiss francs were no longer being fulfilled.“We are also switching from a fund-of-funds construct to an individual fund to have more access and control over the around 300 hedge funds we are investing in,” Bortolin added.However, for investors like Pensionskassen in Germany – which are a completely different construct compared to the pension funds of the same name in Switzerland – investing in alternatives is much more difficult.Andreas Hilka, board member at the €7.9bn German Hoechst Pensionskasse, cited regulation as a limiting factor: “There are very strict rules for German Pensionskassen like stress tests and a requirement to be fully funded at all times. This means we cannot be invested economically correctly at all times.”Referring to credit risks in the portfolio, such as investment grade and high yield bonds, Hilka said: “Those have generated a lot of performance over the last [few] years but now we would like to reduce the credit risk. However, based on our risk specifications there are no risk-adjusted alternatives.”Charlotte Klinnert, CFO at the €750m Pensionskasse for the German Red Cross, said the cost of alternatives was a limiting factor.“Complexity is an issue which renders some alternative investments unaffordable, they simply are not worth the effort,” she said.In addition, the Pensionskasse had a low capacity for risk, Klinnert said. The core portfolio of bonds, equity and real estate was balanced to match the fund’s risk profile, meaning that “alternative investments like infrastructure are no option for us”.
Halvarsson said the figure was encouraging, adding that, for the first time, more than 10% of listed companies had a female board chair. In addition, the proportion of female chief executives rose 9%, from 8.4% last year.The study also found that proportion of companies with at least 25% female board members had increased to 254 of the 332 companies involved. Newly elected women on supervisory boards tended to be younger than their male counterparts, it reported.The 2019 Kvinnoindex covered 332 primary and secondary-listed companies on the NASDAQ Stockholm index.A global study published by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) earlier this year identified 1,265 companies that did not have a single female board member, up from 1,228 in 2017.SSGA said that, from next year, it would vote against “the entire slate of board members” on nomination committees if a company does not have at least one woman on its board, and has failed to engage with the manager’s diversity project for three straight years.Dutch and UK investors have also increased their focus on board diversity for companies and pension funds so far this year.Companies without a female board memberChart Maker The proportion of women on the supervisory boards of Swedish companies is still too low, according to the head of the SEK335bn (€31.4bn) Swedish national pension fund AP2.According to AP2’s latest Female Representation Index (Kvinnoindex) figures the percentage of women on the non-executive boards of firms listed on the NASDAQ Stockholm has risen only slightly, from 33.9% in 2018 to 34% in 2019.Eva Halvarsson, chief executive of the Gothenburg-based pension fund, said: “In the last five years the yearly increases have been greater. So, while this is the highest recorded level and the proportion continues to grow, I hope that this trend will not stagnate, as 34% is still too low.”The study, which the fund has conducted annually since 2003, also found that the proportion of women in executive positions increased to 24%, from 23.2% in 2018.