Organ master Cory Henry has announced some very special guests for his New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City: global jazz/blues collective Mwenso and the Shakes and ever-creative bassist MonoNeon. For the past two years, Snarky Puppy have performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on New Year’s Eve.With the Puppies switching up their plans this year, it only makes sense that their place at Irving Plaza would be picked up by Snarky Puppy veteran and the Chief Apostle himself, Cory Henry. Henry will bring his Funk Apostles with him to New York for what’s sure to be a memorable New Years Eve performance.Henry won two GRAMMY awards for his work with Snarky Puppy, however he also has been an in-demand touring and recording musician for years now. Henry formerly toured as a member of Aretha Franklin‘s band, and his studio work has allowed him to cross paths with a diverse list of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, P. Diddy, Kenny Garrett, Yolanda Adams and more. Henry has also seen success as a solo artist, with two solo albums charting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Jazz charts.As a result of Henry’s many musical endeavors, he has crossed paths with tons of incredible musicians over the years, and from those experiences The Funk Apostles were born. All of the members of the band are talented players with years of experience under their collective belt who Henry met throughout his career. Guitarist Adam Agati has worked with everyone from Booker T. Jones to Ludacris; bassist Sharay Reed has performed with Patti LaBelle, Chakha Khan, and more; drummer TaRon Lockett has performed with some of the biggest names in R&B, such as Erykah Badu, Montell Jordan and Snoop Dogg; keyboardist Nick Semrad ’s credits include Miss Lauryn Hill and Bilal.Henry has put together a true all-star cast from the world of funk, R&B, hip-hop, and soul, and they are coming to New York prepared to ring in the New Year in the funkiest way possible. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.***Tickets On Sale Here***Show: L4LM & CEG Present – Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles WithCity: New York, NYVenue: Irving PlazaDate: New Year’s Eve! Sunday December 31st, 2017Doors: 8:00 PM || Show: 9:00 PMTickets On Sale Here
Norwegian pension provider KLP has divested four companies over “unacceptable” risks of human rights violations but re-admitted internet company Yahoo nearly a decade after exclusion.As part of its twice-yearly review of holdings, the local authority pension provider said it decided to exclude South Korean steel-maker POSCO, its subsidiary Daewoo International Corporation and Singapore-listed supply chain manager Olam International.All three companies were excluded due to their use of cotton sourced from Uzbekistan, which the provider said increased the risk of its contributing to human rights and labour law violations.In a statement, it said: “The use of child labour to harvest cotton has long been widespread in Uzbekistan. “In response to international pressure, the country has reduced the scale of child labour but has done so by increasing the use of adult forced labour.”KLP said all three companies acknowledged they were aware of the risks of Uzbek cotton but gave no indication that they would change their sourcing.Jeanett Bergan, head of responsible investment at KLP Kapitalforvaltning, said the companies should seek to introduce systems that “uncover and prevent” child and forced labour within supply chains.“Where violations of human and labour rights have been identified, KLP expects companies to respond by implementing reasonable measures to stop such abuses from continuing,” she said.The provider also excluded Canadian agricultural retailer Agrium over its use of phosphates from Morocco, and announced that Yahoo would be re-admitted to its investment universe after a 2005 exclusion triggered by the company handing over data to the Chinese authorities that led to the arrest – and jailing – of a journalist.Of the decision to once again invest in Yahoo, Bergen said: “Yahoo admits the incident that formed the original grounds for exclusion was worthy of criticism, and has introduced a number of measures to strengthen user privacy.”She said KLP still felt there was a need to engage with the internet giant over freedom of expression but that the exclusion was no longer required.KLP was not the only Nordic investor with concerns over Yahoo’s behaviour, with the Swedish AP funds engaging with the company over the incident in China.The decision to divest the four companies comes weeks after the provider divested several dozen fossil fuel companies and re-allocated capital to renewable energy.
The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), has noticed with profound regret the barbaric act of violence perpetrated on one of its members, Daniel Kenu of the Daily Graphic, by Baffour Gyan and a bunch of hooligans.Baffour, elder brother of captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan and some thugs physically attacked Kenu, at the Kumasi Sports Stadium last Friday, for asking questions relating the disappearance of Theophilus Tagoe, also known as “Castro” a popular musician during a press conference.A statement from the secretariat of the Association, said, SWAG was at a loss that, in this day and age, some people apparently suffering from some kind of delusions of grandeur, will take the law into their own hands and fly in the face of the laws of the land.It said the incident flowing from the press conference earlier in Kumasi, clearly shows how some national stars have assumed they are always a law unto themselves and can get away with irresponsible acts and behaviours. It said the Association will resist any attempt or overtures to settle the issue out of court adding that, it was time characters like Baffour are dealt with according to the laws of the land.It commended the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Ashanti Region branch and the Regional Police Command for the swift action on the barbaric act of Gyan and his thugs.The statement called on the Ashanti Regional Police Command, to pursue the matter to its logical conclusion as the entire nation observes with keen attention and interest. The statement also expressed shock at comments made by Mr. Farouk Al Wahab, a Sports Consultant and former Management member of Accra Hearts of Oak who publicly rationalised the attack on Mr Kenu. The statement described the conduct of Mr. Al Wahab as a height of ignorance and irresponsibility on his part.
Sonny Gray is not expected to be in a Yankee uniform next season.New York general manager Brian Cashman told reporters in early November that the team was looking to move Gray. Cashman said Friday that was still the case, even though the starter has not been dealt yet. MLB trade news: Yankees acquire starter James Paxton from Mariners “I’ve had a lot of interesting dialogue, whether it’s for prospects, whether it’s for major league, our need for their need,” Cashman said (via the New York Post). “Whether it’s part of a complicated, larger situation that involves prospects and major leaguers going both ways. So, I think we’ve had a little bit of experience with all aspects of it.”At least 11 teams have reportedly inquired about Gray, including the Reds, Padres, Brewers, Rangers and Braves. Related News Gray, however, struggled throughout 2018, tallying an 11-9 record and a 4.90 ERA in 30 appearances. He was removed from the rotation and placed in the bullpen in August.The Yankees were reportedly considering dealing Gray to a small market team around the trade deadline last season.Gray recorded a 3.42 ERA in 114 games with Oakland before he was sent to New York. Dellin Betances wants Yankees to sign Manny Machado: ‘I think he’ll put us over the top’ The Yankees acquired Gray from the Athletics at the 2017 trade deadline. He registered a 4-7 record with a 3.72 ERA in 11 starts that season.