When LCD Soundsystem said their ‘Long Goodbye’ in 2011, the band filled Madison Square Garden for the emotional performance. Now, almost five years to the day, LCD will return to New York once more. Already announced to headline Panorama Festival in July, the band will hit Webster Hall for two nights of musical mayhem, this Sunday March 27th and Monday March 28th.These mark the band’s first shows in five years, though the group is slated to perform at a number of summer festivals, including Coachella and Bonnaroo. While MSG holds roughly 18,000 people, Webster Hall’s main stage has a capacity of 1,500 – and you can bet that it will be a packed house.To gain entry to the shows, dubbed “Back From The Dead,” fans can enter a lottery for tickets. Best of luck to everyone who enters!
Wouter Pelser, CIO at the €90bn asset manager MN, shares Lindeijer’s enthusiasm for responsible investing.“We don’t have a single indication our ESG policy has led to negative returns,” he said.He indicated that MN, together with the €1bn pension fund for the fashion, interior, carpet and textile industry (MITT), had begun engaging with 15 international clothing chains to “counter the negative aspects” of the textile industry.After two years of dialogue, he said, most companies have agreed to introduce certification and independent monitoring of their suppliers under the international ESG standard SA8000 to ensure a decent labour environment.He added that Adidas and H&M had taken positive steps on this front, but he argued that some luxury brands were still lacking in transparency.Edith Siermann, head of fixed income at Robeco, also believes responsible investment “contributes to long-term returns”.She said Robeco’s engagement with energy companies had focused on the introduction of best practices for deep-sea drilling – for example, through safety, transparency on failures and compliance with regulation.“We already see progress on regulation and transparency on policy,” Siermann said, adding that BP was now “leading the pack” as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Erik Jan van Bergen, head of asset management at SNS AM, said engagement with 16 individual mining companies had led to a concrete agreement with Chilean firm Antofagasta over transparency as a starting point for further dialogue.He said SNS had decided to disinvest from US mining firm Rio Tinto after engagement over its allegedly polluting activities in Papua New Guinea had failed.SNS AM’s engagement process focuses on mining, forestry and the energy sector, “as we expect we can achieve the largest ESG effects in these areas”, Van Bergen said. Responsible investment does not come at the expense of returns, and it could even lead to better results, according to the CIOs of six large Dutch asset managers, with combined assets of €450bn.Eloy Lindeijer, CIO at the €153bn PGGM, said: “We assume ESG investments will generate higher returns over the long term.”As an example, he said energy-saving improvements at PGGM’s real estate investments had reduced vacancies and improved returns.What’s more, PGGM’s recent intervention at German property firm GSW Immobilien – which culminated in the resignation of GSW’s new chief executive and its chairman of the supervisory board – triggered an increase of the company’s market value by 10% within a month, Lindeijer told IPE.
City lived up to that bullish statement as they secured an ultimately comfortable victory over the Swans at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a Samir Nasri double and Alvaro Negredo free-kick. The win lifted them up to third in the table and maintained their 100 per cent home record. The priority is now to carry that form into away performances, starting with next week’s trips to West Brom and Southampton, after losing four times on the road this season. Asked if he was confident of reaching the top during December, Pellegrini said: “I can answer your question after we finish the two games we are going to play away. “I have a lot of trust in this team. We have to play six more Premier League games during December. “We hope we can do it, it will be very important for us. “We are six points behind Arsenal, that is too much. “We will try to cut this, but if Arsenal continue winning it is not easy. Pellegrini revealed in his programme notes prior to his side’s 3-0 win over Swansea in the Barclays Premier League that he wanted to begin 2014 at the summit. “I would like to arrive at the new year in first place but if that is not possible, then no more than three points from the number one position,” he wrote. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini accepts his team must now deliver away to make good on a challenge to reach top spot by new year. “It will be difficult but if you can’t be top a good target for our team is to be three points behind.” After thrashing Tottenham 6-0 last week, City looked in the mood for more goals as they tore into Swansea early on and went ahead through Negredo after just eight minutes. But Swansea responded and dominated the remainder of the first half. They should at least have been level by the interval but Jonathan de Guzman put a good chance over. City upped the tempo after the break and eased to victory with goals from Nasri in the 58th and 77th minutes. Nasri, after toiling last season, is enjoying a rich vein of form but Pellegrini insists there is no magic formula to his revival. He said: “I think Samir played very well, especially the second half. He also played very well in the Champion League. “He is playing free, he is happy and he feels again he is an important player. “The way he plays maybe is very comfortable for him also.” Pellegrini was happy with his side’s second-half display. He said: “I am very pleased because we won against a very strong team. It is not easy to play against them. “They have a lot of possession of the ball. “We played too quickly in the first half after the goal. We lost too many balls and they started attacking but in those moments we defended very well. “That was important. I just remember one clear chance of Swansea in the first half. “In the second half we improved with the ball. We scored two goals more and we had three or four clear chances.” Swansea boss Michael Laudrup felt his players could be pleased with their performance despite the scoreline. The Dane said: “I think it is a little strange to stand up here after a game you lost 3-0 and feel we did many things right. “I think we played very well in the first half and even at the start of the second half. “But to win against teams like this, especially when you play at their home, you have to take the few chances you get and keep on playing. “But I think we did well until the third goal, and after that the game was over. “It is a strange feeling. Of course I am not happy we lost 3-0 but on the other hand I am not really disappointed because I think the players did what they could, what they should.”