Few details have been floating around about a new Grateful Dead tribute piece, led by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. Some of the tracklisting from that recorded tribute recently leaked, and the band quietly slipped their way onto Justin Vernon‘s (Bon Iver) second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival for their first and only live performance as “Day Of The Dead.”Rolling Stone Australia sat down with Scott Devendorf, bassist of The National, to talk more about the project. “One of things we’ve been working on is a Grateful Dead covers record. We’ve been working on it for a number of years and it’s finally coming out some time in late [U.S.] spring. It’s all musical activity and exercise, versus sitting around and not doing anything [laughs].”He continues about this exciting new album, “It’s 60 songs and about five-and-a-half hours long, it’s really great. We worked hard on it and there’s a ton of other bands on it, and we’re the house band on a bunch of stuff. It’s a multi-artist effort, but we’re sort of curating and producing it. There’s so many people on it – the War on Drugs, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Lee Ronaldo, Ira from Yo La Tengo, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Hornsby with Bon Iver and a bunch of others. It’s gonna be cool.”According to some leaked information from Will Hermes’ Twitter account a few weeks ago, we can also expect to hear the Flaming Lips, Wilco with GD founding member Bob Weir, and many more on this 60-song compilation. We are indeed looking forward to this genre-spanning tribute collaboration. Projects like this go to show just how far music can really go. [via Rolling Stone AU]
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Fiduciary managers currently manage than 80% of Dutch pension fund assets, with the majority of mandates (68.9%) being ‘full service’ and another 14.6% partial or ‘modular’ fiduciary mandates, according to a survey conducted by IPE sister publication IPNederland.The sixth annual IPNederland Fiduciary Management Survey canvassed more than 50 trustees and pension fund managers representing 46 corporate, occupational and industry-wide pension funds with assets ranging from €123m to €145bn, and with total assets worth €278.4bn.According to the survey, just 16% of pension fund assets in the Netherlands is not currently covered by any sort of fiduciary management arrangement.Further, just 0.5% of assets under management (AUM) is currently ‘in the market’ for fiduciary management, with 0.17% of assets available for full service mandates and 0.31% for partial mandates. IPN said these figures suggested the Dutch fiduciary market had matured.IPN’s survey, in addition to an analysis in terms of AUM, also showed how the Dutch fiduciary market has evolved in terms of the number of pension funds taking a fiduciary approach.In 2013, 43.5% of funds surveyed said they were employing a full-service fiduciary manager, an increase of more than 5 percentage points from the previous year (over 38%).The percentage of schemes using partial fiduciary mandates remained largely unchanged at 17.4% (2012: 17.6%).Overall, the percentage of schemes using fiduciary management increased from 56% in 2012 to slightly less than 61% in 2013.The number of schemes that do not use a fiduciary manager at present or have no plans to do so in future has also risen, from more than 32.3% in 2012 to 34.8% in 2013.The percentage of schemes that intend to hire a fiduciary manager in future has, by contrast, fallen sharply, from 11.7% in 2012 to just 4.4% in 2013 – another indication the market has developed fully, IPN said.
BBC News 30 Aug 2012The more abortions a woman has before her first child, the more likely she is to give birth prematurely, a study has suggested.Data from all 300,858 first-time mothers in Finland between 1996 and 2008 was analysed.The study showed women were three times more likely to have a very premature baby, born before 28 weeks, if they had had three or more abortions.The report was published in the journal Human Reproduction.The overall risk was still low, the study suggested.Being born too soon is linked to higher risks of infection, hypothermia and death.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19409161