Primus Celebrates Halloween In Brooklyn With Rainbow Goblin Showdown [Photos]

first_imgPrimus kicked off their fall tour last week, and made their way to New York last night for a special Halloween celebration at Brooklyn Steel. Currently on tour in support of their recent release, The Desaturating Seven, the trio played two sets of Primus originals and a double encore to a sold-out, costumed crowd. The first set opened with a nearly 15-minute “American Life” from their 1991 Sailing the Seas of Cheese, giving all three members–Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim “Herb” Alexander–space to get warmed up to deliver their individual goods. The set continued with Primus essentials, “Moron TV”, “Too Many Puppies”, “My Name is Mud”, and more twisted tunes signature to the 30+ year-old band. Over the course of the first set, the crowd gradually formed what became one of the largest and most contained mosh pits the new venue has seen. With dozens of people crowd-surfing their way to the front, Primus on Halloween proved to be the right choice for all.Primus Details New Year’s Plans With Supergroup Featuring Tool & Mastodon MembersFor their second set, the trio expanded their stage setting and performed all seven numbers off The Desaturating Seven, inspired by Ul de Rico‘s 1978 children’s book The Rainbow Goblins. In a storytale setting, with Les Claypool as the narrator, the band played through “The Valley”, “The Seven”, “The Trek”, “The Scheme”, “The Dream”, “The Storm”, “The Ends?” before concluding the section of the show with a traditional bang.Primus Shares New Album “The Desaturating Seven” Inspired By Rainbow GoblinsMuch like Primus’ tribute to the Willy Wonka soundtrack in 2014, the book’s “vibrant and intense and eerie and somewhat creepy” vibe inspired Claypool, who told Rolling Stone, “I remember being incredibly impressed with the artwork and the storyline and the content and the message, and I thought, ‘Wow, this would make a great piece of music.’” Riffing off the album’s origins, visuals from de Rico’s The Rainbow Goblins were projected behind the band for the second set, with blinding lasers punctuating the aggressive riffs.The trio once again returned to the stage for a show-closing double encore, with “Those Damn Blue-Collar Tweakers” and “Tommy the Cat”. With a night off ahead of them, Primus continues tour in Akron, Ohio tomorrow. Check their website for a full listing of tour dates.Setlist: Primus | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 10/31/17American Life, Moron TV, Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread, Too Many Puppies > Sgt. Baker (with Hello Skinny and Too Many Puppies Reprise), Over The Falls, Lee Van Cleef, Nature Boy, On The Tweek Again, My Name is Mud, Over the Electric Grapevine (with full band teases of Nutbutter’s House of Treats and Shake Hands With Beef at the start)The Desaturating Seven: The Valley, The Seven, The Trek, The Scheme, The Dream, The Storm, The Ends?E: Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweakers, Tommy the CatCheck out Andrew Blackstein‘s images from last night’s show below!Primus | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 10/31/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein Photo: Andrew Scott Blacksteincenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Hamilton Starts Off Strong at Box Office

first_img from $149.00 View Comments In a box office coup surprising no one, Hamilton, the new musical created by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, debuted on the boards with a capacity over 100%, and with only seven preview performances (one of which attended by Obama), grossed nearly $1.3 million. The highly-anticipated Broadway goliath surpassed its gross potential, hitting 110.3%. We expect that number to rise alongside the average ticket price. Meanwhile, On the Twentieth Century, starring Kristin Chenoweth, ended its run at the American Airlines Theatre on July 19, appearing in the top five shows by capacity. Mamma Mia!, which will take its final Main Stem bow on September 12, celebrated its highest non-holiday week since moving to the Broadhurst Theatre and played to a capacity over 100%. Meanwhile, in the week of its opening night, Amazing Grace saw a slight increase in gross and attendance, though it still sinks to the bottom of the boards. Will word-of-mouth keep the show afloat?Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 19:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,620,016)*2. Wicked ($2,167,815)*3. Aladdin ($1,833,662)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,654,152)*5. An American in Paris ($1,439,179)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder ($538,813)4. On the Town ($501,525)3. It Shoulda Been You ($392,500)2. Hand to God ($344,030)1. Amazing Grace ($321,914)***FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.38%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.44%)3. Hamilton (100.28%)**4. On the Twentieth Century (100.21%)5. Mamma Mia! (100.15%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (75.63%)4. Amazing Grace (74.58%)***3. Hand to God (74.45%)2. It Shoulda Been You (70.71%)1. On the Town (61.22%)* Number based on nine regular performances**Number based on seven preview performances***Number based on four preview performances and four regular performancesSource: The Broadway League Hamilton Related Showslast_img read more

Shumlin appoints Noelle Mackay as Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Affairs; Jennifer Hollar to be Deputy

first_imgGovernor-elect Shumlin announced today that Noelle Mackay will be Commissioner of the Department of Economic , Housing and Community Affairs and Jennifer Hollar will be the Deputy Commissioner.”I am tremendously excited that we have been able to bring together a team with such diverse backgrounds and common interests to meet the challenges we face,’ said Shumlin. ‘Our mission is to support economic development, while preserving Vermont’s heritage, promoting vibrant communities, and creating housing that is affordable for low and moderate income Vermonters. Noelle Mackay and Jennifer Hollar each bring a deep personal commitment to improving the lives of Vermonters. I thank them both for being willing to serve the state in this way.’Noelle is currently the Executive Director of Smart Growth Vermont, where she has been working with participants from across the spectrum to build growth plans that can work for businesses and local communities in a way that is consistent with our broadly held values. Prior to this, Noelle served as the Deputy Director at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in Princeton, NJ, one of the oldest and largest watershed associations in the US. Noelle received a B.S. in biology from Mount Allison University and an M.E.S. from Dalhuosie University. As Commissioner, Noelle’s salary will be approximately $82,000.‘When people talk about predictable permitting Noelle knows what they mean, and she knows how to get us there,’ said Lawrence Miller, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.Jennifer Hollar’s experience in housing and community development spans twenty-five years and includes service at the state, local and federal levels. She has worked at the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and a municipal development organization in Washington, D.C. For ten years, she served as a commissioner of the Montpelier Housing Authority and has been on the Board of the Central Vermont Community Land Trust for six years, until recently as its president. Jennifer has also served as a board member of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. Currently, she is a member of the Government and Public Affairs Group at Downs, Rachlin, Martin, PLLC.Jennifer’s family has lived in Vermont for six generations. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College and an M.P.A. in State and Local Government from George Washington University. As Deputy Commissioner, Jennifer’s salary will be approximately $72,000.‘Our affordable housing issues have not gone away during the recession, and as we face the dual challenges of preserving our affordable housing stock and at the same time accelerating the construction of new units we will need exceptional creativity to meet our needs, Jen has demonstrated that creativity in this area again and again,” said Lawrence Miller.  Jennifer Hollar photo by Vermont Business Magazine, 2010last_img read more

Costa Rica Keeps up Fight against Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo July 31, 2020 Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security Michael Soto Rojas took part in the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) 2020, which was held virtually for the first time, on July 14. Diálogo spoke with Minister Soto about the conference and Costa Rica’s role in the fight against narcotrafficking.Diálogo: What is the importance of Costa Rica’s participation in CENTSEC?Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security Michael Soto Rojas: CENTSEC allows us to listen to our colleagues and ministers who are responsible for security, about the strategies that their security forces use to confront the coronavirus pandemic. This is important, because we listen to the good practices that they carry out, so that we can take what we think might be useful to us based on our reality, and implement it. Our participation is also important, because we have an issue that is central to our relationship with U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which is the fight against narcotrafficking.Diálogo: Do you think that narcotraffickers are taking advantage of the global pandemic to carry out illicit drug operations?Minister Soto: Each country’s security services are very involved in supporting the pandemic, especially with health services, without neglecting territorial security and vehicle movement restrictions, among other responsibilities, but criminal organizations can take advantage of this to make movements, especially involving drugs.In Costa Rica, we’ve strengthened our land borders with Nicaragua and Panama, and we’ve deployed our vessels to the maritime border with Panama. We are starting to see more alerts regularly, as we normally did before the pandemic. It seems that criminal structures are desperate to take their products north. Here’s where coordination between countries is important, and we have combined operations with Colombia, the United States, and Panama to deliver positive results.Diálogo: Costa Rica delivered historic results in drug seizures during the first quarter. What are these results due to?Minister Soto: Costa Rican security forces have strengthened and there is team coordination in the regional field. The results are positive because of this teamwork and the training that different U.S. security forces have provided throughout the years. We’ve also shared training in Colombia and Panama. When I look at SOUTHCOM’s data on the Southern Triangle, I see that as teamwork, because many times, for example, we begin a pursuit in Panama, and we carry out the interdiction.Our successes are also due to improvements to air and maritime resources, especially in interception. Last year’s results for example, were historic for cocaine and marijuana seizures, totaling nearly 40 tons, and right now we are close to 25 tons.Diálogo: What sort of combined operations does Costa Rica carry out with regional countries and the United States to defeat transnational organized crime?Minister Soto: Costa Rica takes part in different operations, such as Orión, led by Colombia, and other U.S.-led operations, in addition to our own. These operations are coordinated through the Joint Operations Center, which works 24/7 with members of different police forces in the country and coordinates information exchange with other countries.Diálogo: What training does the Drug Control Police (PCD, in Spanish) carry out to confront narcotrafficking?Minister Soto: The PCD is a criminal investigation police force that can identify a transnational criminal structure with branches in the country. It coordinates closely with Panama, Colombia, and other countries at the international level, including Europe.Diálogo: What actions is Costa Rica taking to support the population during the pandemic crisis?Minister Soto: During the pandemic, security forces have taken on a supportive approach for health and social services, citizen security, and general assistance. For example, we distribute food, we support humanitarian assistance in general terms with our boats and aircraft to move patients, and we help to isolate some communities that experience a cluster of infection.last_img read more

Delhi Class of 2020 stays strong together in face of coronavirus

first_imgClass of 2020 student Emilia O’Neill was reflecting on losing part of her senior year to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and decided she wanted to do something about it. “This is a message to tell you you will not tear us down, you will not ruin our senior year and the next few months of the rest of our lives,” O’Neill says in the video, which is written from the point-of-view of someone speaking to the coronavirus directly. O’Neill says she plans on attending Manhattan College in the fall, where she hopes to study child psychology. O’Neill says the purpose of the video isn’t to complain about losing part of senior year, but rather to give thanks for all of the other good years and memories the Delhi community has given them. She says in the video the pandemic will never change how she feels about her experiences growing up in Delaware County. To check out their video, click here. DELHI (WBNG) — For Delaware Academy seniors, the COVID-19 crisis does not define their community experience. School administrators say the video made them emotional watching it for the first time, and that they’re proud of the students who grew up largely in their schools. With the help of more than half her graduating class, she created a video as a testament to growing up in their small community.last_img read more

Another Brindleyplace for Birmingham?

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New regulation gives stronger protection for past terror victims

first_imgThe LPSK has compensated a number of victims of past terror attacks before the new policy was enacted, such as the victims of the 2016 church bombing in Samarinda, East Kalimantan and the Thamrin bombing in Jakarta, although the payment was made only after the perpetrators were sent to jail.Sucipto Hari Wibowo, chairman of the Indonesian Survivors Foundation (YPI), a civil organization that helps victims of terrorist attacks, welcomed the government’s move, saying that the assurance over the compensation could help terror victims to become more resilient and overcome dark chapters in their lives.”This is the kind of intervention that should have been made from the get-go. In the past, payment of compensation was stalled due to the absence of regulations,” said Sucipto, who himself was injured in the 2004 Australian Embassy bomb attack in Kuningan, South Jakarta.“This intervention can help motivate victims psychologically as they transition to become a survivor.”Another organization that works with victims of terror attacks, the Alliance for a Peaceful Indonesia (AIDA), has been pushing for the issuance of the regulation, considering the three-year deadline for the government to resolve compensation for victims of past cases since the enactment of the 2018 law.One of the sticking points in the deliberation of the regulation was when the government could pay compensation to victims of incidents that occur after the 2018 law was enacted — who are now entitled to compensation only if a court ruling against the perpetrators includes it. If the suspect is dead or cannot be identified, these future terror victims can still receive compensation through a court order.“Although it cannot replace material and immaterial damages the victims and their families have suffered, the fulfillment of compensation is an integral part of the government’s protection of victims’ [rights],” AIDA’s chairman Hasibullah Satrawi said in a statement.The new regulation also stipulates the rights of Indonesian victims of terror attacks abroad to seek medical and psychological assistance, and compensation from the government, in a provision the LPSK formulated after the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand, in which one Indonesian was killed and two others were injured.Presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono said the new regulation represented the Jokowi administration’s commitment to protect victims of terror attacks at home and abroad.“The government understands the difficulty and pain experienced by families who have become victims of terror acts, which is why it was amended — to ease their financial burden,” Dini said in a statement.Topics : The 2018 Terrorism Law has been lauded for opening the door for past terror victims to seek compensation through the LPSK. However, the law requires the recently issued implementing regulation to detail the payment mechanism for the victims, thus enabling the LPSK to disburse the compensation funds.LPSK deputy chairman Edwin Partogi Pasaribu said the new regulation was a significant advancement of the rights of terror victims. It also revised an outdated implementing regulation, which was crafted before the 2018 law was enacted.“This government regulation is needed because it is an extension to the 2018 Terrorism Law,” Edwin told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “This government regulation accommodates victims rights on three events: past terror attacks, future terror attacks and terror incidents that affected Indonesians living abroad.”The LPSK estimated that around 1,100 people could fall into this category of past terror victims — about 400 of whom have already sought compensation from the agency long before the new regulation was issued. But without the revised regulation, the LPSK could not process the requests from victims of past cases that had been closed by the court without any compensation orders. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has issued a long-awaited government regulation that ensures the right of terror attack victims to seek compensation for damages incurred in the past.The policy — issued on July 7 as an implementing regulation of the 2018 Terrorism Law, will allow victims and their families affected by past terrorist attacks who have yet to receive state compensation to seek it through the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) without having to wait for a court order. However, they have only three years since the 2018 law came into force, or until 2021, to apply for compensation.Government Regulation No. 35/2020 defines past terror victims as people impacted by past acts of terrorism in Indonesia since the inception of the first terrorism law in 2002. This includes victims of the 2002 Bali bombings.last_img read more

‘False security’: WHO advises against using COVID-19 rapid test as travel requirement

first_imgDespite the WHO’s stance, the Indonesian COVID-19 task force allows the nonreactive rapid test result as a valid health document required for passengers traveling domestically by land, sea or air, according to its latest circular on June 26. The rapid test document is valid to use for 14 days.The regulation was issued after transportation companies were heavily impacted by the pandemic, as social restrictions prompted people to avoid travel.The ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati, during the discussion acknowledged that the ministry was not on board with the WHO’s recommendation on the use of rapid tests, citing that the ministry followed the briefing from the country’s COVID-19 task force instead.“I understand that the WHO does not support referring to rapid test results for diagnosis. However, as long as there are no changes from the task force, we will make it a requirement in all types of transportation,” she said.The government’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s questions regarding reasons for retaining the rapid test as a travel requirements despite the WHO’s disapproval.Furthermore, state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) commerce director Maqin Norhadi said the company was providing a rapid test facility at railway stations to test passengers who had yet to acquire the health document.“We are providing a rapid test service at several stations at a low price. KAI as a public transportation operator should protect the health of its passengers,” he said during the discussion.Flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia’s business development director Ade Susardi said burdensome and frequently changing travel requirements had dissuaded the public from using air transportation.According to Garuda Indonesia’s internal survey, while 73 percent of respondents feel confident to fly in the next 6 months, only 12 percent of respondents had gone ahead to purchase airline tickets.“The public is confused about which tests should they take and documents to be prepared. The requirement is also a bit complicated for airline passengers,” he said.Read also: Airlines adopt strict new health protocolsIndonesia set another daily record in confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities on Thursday, recording 3,622 new infections and 134 deaths linked to the disease. The increase brings the country’s tally to more than 184,200 and 7,750 fatalities.Indonesia now has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia after the Philippines.Topics : The WHO released a scientific brief on April 8 regarding the use of rapid antigen and antibody tests, in which the agency does not recommend the use of either rapid test for patient care.According to the brief, the rapid antibody test detects antibody response to the COVID-19 virus, while the majority of patients develop only in the second week after the onset of symptoms, leaving the potential for a false negative. The rapid antigen test’s sensitivity varies between 34 and 80 percent.Indonesian experts have also long voiced concerns over the widespread use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 as requirements for various activities during the pandemic, including for traveling. According to the Association of Indonesia’s Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine specialists (PDS PatKLIn), many of the rapid antibody test brands used in the country had sensitivity and specificity lower than 50 percent. Read also: Doubts loom over widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken Indonesia The World Health Organization (WHO) Indonesia Office stated that the agency did not recommend the COVID-19 rapid antibody test as a requirement to travel, citing the test’s low accuracy level and fearing that a nonreactive result could provide a false sense of security.WHO national professional officer Dina Kania on Thursday said the agency urged travelers to adopt strict health protocols instead.“What’s more important is that sick persons should not travel, and all passengers must always use face coverings and maintain their physical distancing as it is proven to be more effective. The rapid test could create a false sense of security which could lead passengers to disregard the protocols,” she said in an online seminar held by the Indonesian Global Compact Network (IGCN).last_img read more

2017’s three best QLD homes have made the national award shortlist

first_imgJust because it’s called “tent” doesn’t mean you have to skimp on life’s luxuries. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones This is inside the house. Picture: Toby Scott Tent House by Sparks Architects Jury citation: “The tent house defines inside outside living in the Noosa hinterland. Walls and ceilings dissolve into carefully crafted openings, leaving nothing but the ethereal fly roof, sky and the surrounding rainforest.” There’s no hiding from the forest in this house the Cape Tribulation House. Picture: Peter Bennetts. The kitchen was practical yet so beautiful. Picture: Peter Bennetts. Tent House by Sparks Architects is one of three QLD homes in the AIA shortlist for New Houses. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesTHESE are the best homes in Queensland this year, all three of which have just made it into a fiercely contested national shortlist for house of the year.The National Architecture Awards jury released the shortlist for Australia’s highest architecture accolades this week, with competition at “its most fierce”.A record 983 entries were received in 14 categories for the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards, with 13 Queensland projects making it into shortlists for eight categories. Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect is all about bringing the outdoors in. Picture: Toby Scott The home made the most of its surroundings. Picture: Toby Scott“Surrounded by rainforest, this enjoyable environment for multiple families to gather is surrounded by rainforest and encourages activities from playing in the courtyard pool during summer to sitting around an open winter fire, — all while being delicately wrapped in a protective shade cloth veil.” Cape Tribulation House by m3architecture is deep in the Daintree. Picture: Peter Bennetts. Tent House by Sparks Architects is surrounded by bushland. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.Jury chair Ken Maher said the projects were “exceptional” exemplifying “the positive impact architecture has on our cities, towns and landscapes”.Other jury members were Mel Bright, Lawrence Nield, Sue Dugdale and Peter Maddison. The 2017 winners of the National Architecture Awards will be announced at Albert Hall in Canberra on November 2.All three of the Queensland’s homes short-listed for the Residential Architecture — New Houses award have some element of being in woodlands, and made good use of bringing the outdoors in. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago Cape Tribulation House by m3architecture Jury citation: “Deep in the Daintree, a playful rope is a reassuring guide for the narrative of revealing the built form as a lens and mirror to the dense tropical rainforest. Judges liked the careful sculpting that Cape Tribulation House had. Picture: Peter Bennetts.“The social heart is a breezeway deck with pavilions offering contemplation and comfort. A disciplined and deep respect for the rainforest drives the holistic approach from siting to occupation. The careful sculpting of the section offers abundant and varied prospect over the World Heritage setting while affording intimate scale contemplative retreat.” Rope and multiple levels gave the home a playful air. Picture: Peter Bennetts. Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect Jury citation: “The Mitti Street house is a purpose built semi-enclosed structure designed to experience the elements while on holiday.” Tent House by Sparks Architects was also all about flow. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones A little slice of green heaven. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“This permanent state of camping, belies none of the luxuries of a new architecturally designed home gifted with an efficiently planned scheme and bespoke detailing throughout.” Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect was strong on open spaces. Picture: Toby Scott What a fly roof. Picture: Christopher Frederick Joneslast_img read more

How MiFID II could ‘accelerate’ long-term investing

first_imgBaillie Gifford & Co52,857Manager TwentyFour AM9,175Manager Deutsche Asset Management230,789Manager Unigestion14,968Manager Union Investment63,812Manager Hermes Investment Management33,423Manager The unbundling of research costs under MiFID II could be “a very important accelerator” of long-term investing, according to Kempen Capital Management’s chief investment officer.“There is overwhelming evidence that a long-term focus creates more value”Lars Dijkstra, KempenLars Dijkstra, whose investment teams oversee more than £45bn (€50bn) in assets, told IPE that the new rules would add to the growing trend of asset managers bringing research capabilities in-house.Kempen earlier this year announced that it would pay for investment research from its own balance sheet rather than pass the cost on to clients, a move subsequently followed by a majority of asset managers. First State Investments11,282Manager Amundi309,169Client* HSBC Global AM90,636Manager Janus Henderson Investors40,997Manager UBS Asset Management169,643Manager Insight IM537,983Manager JP Morgan Asset Management131,707Manager Goldman Sachs AM223,210Manager Invesco34,004Manager AXA Investment Managers125,466Manager Robeco Group80,105Manager Northern Trust AM67,379Manager Vanguard Asset Management61,837Manager T Rowe Price11,759Manager APG443,194in discussionscenter_img CompanyAUM (€m)Who pays? Newton Investment Management43,719Manager “If you look at the active management industry, as an industry we don’t add value,” he said. “There is pressure on the buy side from passives to deliver value. In my view that means you have to focus on long-term, highly active, high-engagement portfolios. Probably 80-90% of sell-side research doesn’t qualify for that, which means you have to do the research yourself.”While investment banks and other research providers are scrambling to price their offerings for a MiFID II market, Dijkstra argued that the provision of research would become a question of quality rather than price in the years ahead.“There is overwhelming evidence that a long-term focus creates more value,” he said. The shift towards long-term investing “has been going on for the last 10 years, but MiFID could be a very important accelerator”, he added.Analysts that focus only on the last quarter or the next quarter would get less attention, Dijkstra said, as more investors engaged with companies on a long-term basis.The CIO added: “Most of the dialogue we want to have with companies we can do on our own. We want to have our own long-term relationship with companies. In general we would ask different questions than those relating to the next or last quarter.”Dijkstra’s comments reflected a report published this week by Aviva Investors calling for significant reform of sell-side research provision.The UK asset manager argued it needed to be “rational and commercial” for providers to consider long-term sustainability issues as well as short-term financial performance. It called for clients and regulators to take steps to encourage this change.“If the buy-side makes it clear that it expects, needs and values a far greater focus on long-term sustainable research, then practice and habit will change and the sell-side will respond,” Aviva Investors said.“It is a clear way for sell-side analysts to differentiate themselves from peers and offers a degree of protection in a fiercely competitive environment. It would align the research with the needs of long asset managers to invest over the long-term and deliver long-term performance.”Aviva’s full report, Investment Research: Time for a Brave New World?, is available here .How asset managers have movedIPE is tracking asset managers’ decisions on the unbundling of MiFID II research costs based on our annual list of the Top 120 European institutional managers.So far, 37 managers have declared their intentions, with just two planning to charge clients directly. Amundi is reviewing its plans to charge clients, while Fidelity intends to overhaul its equity fund fee structure globally.A spokesman for APG, the asset manager for Dutch civil servants’ pension scheme ABP, said the firm was in discussions with its clients but no decision had yet been reached.For updates/queries relating to this list, please contact [email protected] .Last updated: 6 October 2017 Franklin Templeton Investments19,440Manager Fidelity International23,281Client Legal & General IM792,950Manager Allianz Global Investors91,402Manager Aviva Investors42,856Manager Aberdeen Standard Investments393,759Manager BlackRock911,955Manager Notes: AUM figures relate to European institutional assets only, and are expressed in euros. Data from IPE’s Top 400 asset management survey, correct to 31 December 2016.* Under review; no final decision Record Currency Management48,552Manager BlueBay Asset Management18,565Manager Russell Investments24,922Manager NN Investment Partners36,382Manager J O Hambro Capital Management14,773Manager Schroders139,634Manager Kempen Capital Management32,274Manager Barings25,894Manager CBRE Global Investors41,000Managerlast_img read more