Steely Dan announced today that the band will return to New York City’s legendary Beacon Theatre for a nine-night residency of themed performances. From October 17 – October 30, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will stage complete performances of Steely Dan’s Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), The Royal Scam (1976), Aja (1977), Gaucho (1980), as well as Donald Fagen’s solo album The Nightfly (1982), plus “By Popular Demand” and “Greatest Hits” nights. In addition to the nine-night NYC run, Steely Dan has announced five October performance dates in Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; Buffalo, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Bethlehem, PA.According to the band’s announcement, Donald Fagen will be joined once again by the crack group of brilliant and acclaimed musicians who have famously supported him in recent years, including: Jon Herington (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), a four-piece horn section and three backup vocalists.For the October concerts, American Express® cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning Tues., Mar. 27 at 10 a.m. EDT through Thurs., Mar. 29 at 10 p.m. EDT. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Fri, Mar. 30 at 10 a.m. EDT and can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges, and event time and date are subject to change. Fans should check local listings for updated tour and ticketing information. See below for Steely Dan’s fall schedule. For more information, visit the band’s website.
Notre Dame Food Services decked the dining halls Tuesday night for the annual Student Christmas Dinner, a tradition senior Susan Garabedian anticipates each year. “I’ve been looking forward to this,” she said at Tuesday’s meal. “I told all my roommates that we had to go together.” Staff did their part to make the meal special. Christmas music played, red and green Hershey’s Kisses adorned the tables and a Christmas tree and Santa Claus ice sculpture were displayed. The Handbell Choir performed carols at 6 p.m. North Dining Hall’s Christmas Dinner featured red and green candles, garland and poinsettias. Garabedian said she enjoyed the festivity of her meal at South Dining Hall. “I enjoy sharing a Christmas meal with my best friends,” she said. “It’s my favorite dining hall day of the year.” Garabedian and her roommates brought some holiday cheer of their own, donning Santa Claus hats. “We thought about dressing up but decided to go festive instead,” said senior Adriana Taylor, Garabedian’s roommate. John Ritschard, a University employee, said he has swiped students’ ID cards at South Dining Hall at four Christmas Dinners. “It’s the best dinner of the year, especially the decorations and prime rib and all the trimmings,” he said. “They do all the good stuff, and everybody on campus looks forward to the evening because it’s really special.” Christmas Dinners are much busier than other dinners in the dining halls, Ritschard said. He said the menu, featuring prime rib and swordfish, is the same every year. “Like I say, it’s always good food for good people,” Ritschard said. John Ritschard’s wife, Lila Ritschard, also swiped students’ ID cards at Christmas Dinner. She said the meal was “fabulous.” “You just can’t beat it, especially for the price,” Lila Ritschard said. “It’s more elaborate [than other dinners],” she added. “It’s more in line with the candlelight dinners after football.” Sophomore Lance Mulcahey said he attended last year’s Christmas Dinner as well. “I think the food is spectacular, considering the standard of the dining hall food,” Mulcahey said. “Although [the food is usually] good, this kicks it up a notch.” Sophomore Kim Halstead said she really enjoyed the meal. “Overall, I really, heartily enjoy the decorations, especially the glistening Santa Clause [ice sculpture],” she said. “The atmosphere in general is warm and inviting, and I want to steal that Santa Claus and keep it in my fridge.”
Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark“We submitted our application on 3 July this year,” he said. As yet, however, the DKK172bn pension fund is not listed on the organisation’s signatory database.The moves mean that all six Danish pension funds who left the PRI in 2013 have now become signatories once more.Four of the six funds – PKA, PFA Pension, ATP and Sampension – announced in December 2016 that they were signing up again. At the time, they said PRI chairman Martin Skancke had listened to their criticisms and the organisation had changed policies and management structure, making its plans and decisions more visible.According to the signatory database, all four rejoined between 3 January and 11 January 2017.In February 2015, following an 18-month independent governance review, signatories approved a new board governance structure for the PRI.When the six pension funds quit in 2013, they said would remain dedicated supporters of the organisation’s six founding principles, and continue to report individually on how they worked with responsible investment – including their compliance with the principles. According to the PRI’s signatory database on its website, the DKK250bn (€33.5bn) provider signed the principles on 10 July 2019.Fellow labour-market fund Industriens Pension has also decided to return to the ranks of PRI signatories, a spokesman for the scheme told IPE. Two of Denmark’s biggest pension providers have returned as signatories to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), reversing their 2013 walk-out staged in protest over the organisation’s governance.PensionDanmark and Industriens Pension both confirmed to IPE this week that they had rejoined the PRI. Four other Danish funds that exited in 2013 rejoined in January 2017.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark, said in a statement: “PensionDanmark can confirm the membership of PRI. We are looking forward to taking an active part in PRI’s actions for responsible investments.“This is particularly regarding the efforts to measure and benchmark investors’ impact on investments that meet the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals and the central aim of the Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.”
A nationwide lockdown was lifted last week, and Nepal is now open “for tourism activities, including mountaineering and trekking,” Mira Acharya of the tourism department told AFP. The decision comes despite over 1,000 new coronavirus infections reported this week, with a total of 19,547 cases. KATHMANDU – Nepal has reopened its mountains – including Everest – for the autumn trekking and climbing season in a bid to boost the struggling tourism sector, officials said yesterday, despite coronavirus uncertainty. The Himalayan country shut its borders in March just ahead of the busy spring season when hundreds of mountaineers usually flock to the country, costing jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. The government will permit international flights to land in the country from August 17. Officials were “working on” safety protocols Acharya added, including for how long visitors would have to quarantine on arrival. (AFP) Despite coronavirus uncertainty, Nepal has reopened Everest for the autumn trekking and climbing season.