After months of anticipation, Dead & Company‘s 2017 tour is finally upon us! Last night, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti rolled into Las Vegas to kick off their 20-date summer run. The band came in hot in their first performance since 7/30/16 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, opening the show with classic cuts including “The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw,” each highlighted by poignantly beautiful guitar interplay by Mayer and Weir. You can watch pro-shot footage of the show’s first three songs (“The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw”) via nugs.tv, which the band streamed live on their Facebook page:Set one continued the string of jukebox Dead sing-alongs, including “Loser,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Brown Eyed Women,” and “Bird Song.” Set two kicked off with a joyous “Playin’ In The Band,” which eventually bled into “Deal,” sung with sly charisma by Mayer. A classic “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” pairing came next, and eventually dissipated into “Drums/Space,” giving Mickey and Billy their first crack of the year at their patented percussion odysseys. Out of the “Space” arose “The Other One,” as Bobby fearlessly led the band on vocals through the remainder of the set, including “Black Peter” and the obligatory “One More Saturday Night.”However, as we all know, yesterday wasn’t just another Saturday night. Earlier that evening, the music world received the devastating news that Gregg Allman, the leader of the iconic Allman Brothers Band and widely respected rock and roll elder statesman, had passed away. In a moving tribute to the fallen legend (and Burbridge’s former Allmans bandmate), Dead & Company delivered a delicate rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” the Bob Dylan classic performed by the Allmans, the Dead, and just about everyone else. As the band played, images of Gregg were projected behind the stage, blending with visuals of fluffy white clouds to give Allman’s an angelic aura. After the touching tribute, the band slipped back into a “Playin’ in the Band” reprise to cap an excellent tour opener. Watch fan-shot footage of the end of the encore tribute to Gregg Allman below, courtesy of YouTube user Nala ThaBoxer:SETLIST: Dead & Company | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 5/27/17Set 1: The Music Never Stopped, Dire Wolf, Jack Straw, Loser, Friend of the Devil, Brown Eyed Women, Bird SongSet 2: Playin’ In The Band > Deal, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Drums > Space > The Other One > Black Peter, One More Saturday NightEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door > Playin In The Band (Reprise)The band keeps playin’ on tonight as they make their way to Phoenix AZ for a performance at Ak-Chin Pavillion. From there, the band will play a pair of two-night runs in California, at Hollywood Bowl and Shoreline Amphitheatre, respectively. For a full list of upcoming Dead & Co shows, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Erik Kabib[Cover photo via Instagram user @deadandgang]Dead & Company | MGM Grand | Las Vegas, NV | Photos by Erik Kabib Load remaining images
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The Dutch government, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council (at the time of writing, only for a few more hours), has since published the text of the draft directive following calls from its parliamentarians that they debate the law. The Council’s agreement with the European Parliament was approved today by the Permanent Representatives Committee, the final stage of decision-making on the Council of Ministers side.Provisional agreement had been reached with the parliament on 15 June, the date of the sixth political trialogue on the recast directive.The Council said the directive was expected to be approved by the European Parliament at first reading, and that it would then be submitted to the Council for adoption.The parliament’s first reading is understood to be scheduled for a plenary session in early September. Member states will have two years to transpose the directive into national laws and regulations.The PLSA, the occupational pension fund association in the UK, noted that the implementation period was a “modest extension” from the 18 months in earlier drafts.Amid the uncertainty triggered by the recent UK vote to leave the European Union, lawyers and other pension experts have noted that current UK law, incorporating a substantial amount of EU pensions law, continues to apply just as it did before the referendum until changes are made, which will be a matter for the government and parliament. Commenting on the final text of the revised IORP Directive, the PLSA said: “Note that we can expect some consultation from [the Department for Work and Pensions] or [the Pensions Regulator] on the precise details of implementation in the UK, so schemes will have only a short period in which to adjust their arrangements to ensure compliance.” UK-based campaign organisation ShareAction has welcomed the revised Directive’s mention of stranded assets and its broad focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk. Cross-border, governance, transparencyIn its announcement, the Council said the revised IORP Directive was aimed at “facilitating the development of IORPs and better protecting pension scheme members and beneficiaries”.It added: “The directive will improve the governance and transparency of IORPs and facilitate their cross-border activity.”The directive has four objectives, according to the Council: Clarifying cross-border activities of IORPsEnsuring good governance and risk managementProviding clear and relevant information to members and beneficiariesEnsuring supervisors have the necessary tools to effectively supervise IORPsThe European Parliament, in its statement on the IORP II agreement, highlighted as achievements that the overhauled directive clarifies the cross-border transfer of pension fund portfolios and what happens in the event of underfunding when pension schemes engage in cross-border activity.Brian Hayes, Irish MEP and the rapporteur for IORP II, said: “We have achieved the right balance between respect for difference but also ambition for new cross-border activity. “In changing the rule on how cross-border schemes are established, on how pension schemes are transferred and how schemes can be funded, we have brought certainty to the process.”The Parliament also said the revised directive enhanced protection for members and beneficiaries, including via the introduction of a Pensions Benefit Statement.The requirement for pension funds to consider ESG risks, meanwhile, is “a new measure of its kind for a financial services directorate”, it said. The Council of the European Union confirmed it has reached an agreement with the European Parliament on the revised EU directive for occupational pension funds, which it said would “reinforce their role as institutional investors and help channel long-term savings to growth-enhancing investments”.The statement by the Council today, 30 June, is the first official announcement of the agreement on the final proposal for the revised IORP II Directive. The European Parliament also today announced that a deal had been reached.IPE obtained a leaked copy of the compromise text last week.
Enugu Gov gives immediate employment to Chukwu’s sonDuro IkhazuagbeAiling former Captain of the Green Eagles, Christian Chukwu has received the lifeline promised him by billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola.The former head coach of the Nigerian senior football team yesterday in Enugu received the money promised him by Otedola to enable him proceed to UK in early May for treatment of the prostrate cancer he has been battling for sometime now. THISDAY learnt last night that the COO of Otedola Foundation, Phillip Akintola represented the chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd at the cheque presentation to Chukwu.He was accompanied to Chukwu’s home by Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and others.“Otedola’s decision to extend his hand of fellowship to Chukwu is a “token of support to a great Nigerian who served this country to the best of his ability,” THISDAY was informed by a top football personality in Enugu last night.In a similar development, Gov Ugwuanyi has directed the immediate employment of Emeka Chukwu, the first son of the ailing Chukwu into the state’s civil service fold.The State Commissioner for Sports, Josef Udedi made the announcement after a closed-door meeting between the delegation and the family of Chukwu.Udedi said that the engineering graduate would be given automatic employment by the state government.On his part, Pinnick said that the NFF would approve an appointment for the former skipper of the Green Eagles as a Life Ambassador of the organisation.He said that the management of the NFF would work out a stipend that would be paid to him.Pinnick said that the football house was desirous of improving the welfare of ex-internationals.He said that one of the objectives of the proposed NFF Foundation was to build a database of every player that represented the country whether in the past or in time to come.The NFF president described Chukwu as a living legend, adding that the NFF would not allow him to die.Responding, the son of the former coach, Emeka Chukwu, thanked the donor and the NFF for their interests in his father’s illness.The NFF had originally offered to step in to help the 68-year-old, who captained the Super Eagles to their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram L-R: Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Former Green Eagles Captain, Christian Chukwu, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Phillip Akintola at the presentation of cheques to Chukwu in Enugu…Wednesday