Country Hall of Famer, actor Kris Kristofferson has retired

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has announced his retirement after five decades and named a manager for his estate.,A press release issued Wednesday said that the 84-year-old actor and singer actually retired last year and his son, John, stepped in to oversee his father’s business, including special projects and his record label KK Records. His estate will be managed by Morris Higham Management, which also manages clients including Kenny Chesney, Barbara and Louise Mandrell and the Roger Miller estate.,Kristofferson, an Oxford scholar from Texas, brought introspective and poetic lyrics to country music with songs like “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee” and was a member of the supergroup The Highwaymen. He has starred in 70 films and earned a Golden Globe for his performance in “A Star is Born.”,He was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame and was awarded the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame. He also received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.,As for retiring, the release said Kristofferson will celebrate his 85th birthday this June with several special projects.last_img read more

Into the Woods Film Star Lilla Crawford Is a Vegas High Roller!

first_imgLilla Crawford isn’t old enough to gamble, but she still had a blast rolling the dice with the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway! The Into the Woods film star and Broadway vet wouldn’t miss the chance to reunite with her former Annie co-star Brynn O’Malley, and after the show, the duo caught up while hanging out backstage with Honeymoon headliners Rob McClure and Tony Danza. Click for photos Crawford’s January 2 visit to the Nederlander Theatre, then catch Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Honeymoon in Vegas Related Showslast_img

Odds & Ends: Jerry O’Connell on Stripping for Living On Love & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Faves Join Jessie Mueller at Carnegie Hall Haven Burton (Violet), Carly Hughes (Chicago) and George Salazar (Godspell) are among the Main Stem faves who will join the previously reported Tony and Grammy winner Jessie Mueller for Take The Stage with Broadway Stars. The interactive kids event, which will also feature Jessie’s big sister and Kinky Boots star Abby Mueller, is scheduled to take place at Carnegie Hall on April 18 and teach the music and moves to some of the toe-tapping-est shows of the Great White Way. Living on Love Lisa Kron & Quiara Alegría Hudes Board Residency Five  Fun Home scribe Lisa Kron and Quiara Alegría Hudes have joined off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre’s Residency Five program, which provides five-year residencies for multiple playwrights, guaranteeing three full productions of new work over the course of each playwright’s residency. The other artists currently in the program are Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Regina Taylor. Congratulations to them both! View Comments The Rockettes’ Designer Wardrobes Well this will help put the spectacle into spectacular! The Rockettes are set to don custom costumes designed by Diane von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi and Zac Posen in New York Spring Spectacular. The show, starring Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough, is running through May 3 at Radio City Musical Hall. Related Shows Jerry O’Connell on Stripping Jerry O’Connell recently stopped by LIVE with Kelly and Michael for a hysterical chat about his return to Broadway in Living on Love, including details about his nude scene. Apparently the amount he reveals is “not like a late night cable movie” partly because his idea of a workout is to “sit on a ball with a milkshake.” Sounds like a perfectly good idea to us! Living on Love begins previews on April 1 at the Longacre Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015last_img read more

Are mortgage rules hurting home ownership?

first_imgA recent GAO report points out that a “key challenge” of the Dodd-Frank Act mortgage regulations is to balance the goals of increasing borrower protections while not decreasing access to credit. How are regulators doing so far?A report released by the Commerce Department yesterday demonstrates just how much homeownership rates have tumbled over the last decade. The national home ownership rate stood at 64.4 in the fourth quarter of 1992 and reached its zenith of 68.4% in the first quarter of 2007.  According to the numbers released yesterday, the homeownership rate now stands at 63.4%. The decline is even more dramatic for minorities. In the third quarter of 2006, the homeownership rate for African-Americans was 48% and 49.7% for Hispanics. Today those rates stand at 43% for African= Americans and 45.4% for Hispanics.Do these declines reflect inevitable retrenchment following a housing bubble, as I would suggest, bad public policy, or racial bias in lending? This is going to be the most important and hotly debated public policy question over the next decade (surpassed in importance to the American public only by whether or not Tom Brady received a just punishment for his deflated balls?). How it is answered will impact your credit unions’ operations for years to come. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Tourist Board adopted the proposal of the Annual Work Program of the CNTB for 2018

first_imgToday, the 26th session of the CNTB Tourist Council was held at the CNTB Head Office, at which the council members adopted a proposal for amendments, ie a rebalance of the CNTB Annual Work Program and Financial Plan for 2017 and a proposal of the Annual Work Program and financial plan of the CNTB for 2018.The members of the Tourist Council also appointed the members of the commissions for the implementation of the competition for the selection of the international marketing agency and for the selection of the international PR agency. Regarding the amendments to the Annual Work Program and Financial Plan for 2017, Director Staničić emphasized that the CNTB has so far carried out all key activities planned in the work program for this year. As he said, some additional or intensified activities are planned by the end of the year, which includes intensified general and image offline and online advertising, fairs, presentations and other activities.Director Staničić also presented to the members of the Tourist Board the Annual Work Program of the CNTB for 2018 and emphasized that the document contains all activities aimed at achieving the basic goals defined by national strategic documents. “The annual work program for 2018 is still designed with the aim of further focused implementation of the main operational plans, which relate to strengthening the strength of the brand, strengthening the pre- and post-season and increasing tourism spending. In accordance with the financial plan for 2018, the total revenues of the CNTB for the next year are planned in the amount of HRK 289.440.611,00, which is an increase in revenues of 12 percent compared to the plan for 2017. ” said director Stanicic.Minister Cappelli emphasized that this year’s results of tourist traffic, especially those in the pre- and post-season, best show how positive planning and marketing activities can achieve positive strides. “In order to continue to develop, it is extremely important to think long-term, and it is by adopting the annual work program for next year that we define the foundations for the continued development of Croatian tourism. Our desire is to position Croatia as an air destination and I believe that during the next year we will have an even more concrete step in that segment. Accordingly, cooperation with airlines and tour operators with organized programs for Croatia has been separated into strategic projects. The strategic projects themselves will be implemented at the national level in cooperation with all stakeholders, primarily primarily tourist boards, but also all other partners interested in destination promotion, and the CNTB offices abroad will certainly play an active role in this process.”, Said Minister Cappelli, adding that Croatia is a hit tourist destination today and that the goal is to maintain such a status in the coming years.Approved funds for joint advertisingThe agenda of the session also included the proposal of the decision of the Commission for Associated Advertising, but also the proposal of the Decision on the promotion of Croatia through sports and the report of the Supervisory Board on the supervision of the Croatian National Tourist Board for ten months in 2017.As part of the joint advertising, the requirements that meet the conditions for advertising in promotional campaigns of entities from the public and private sector in the total amount of the CNTB’s Main Office of HRK 21.302.737,49 including VAT were accepted. Observing the distribution of funds according to the models listed in the public invitation, within the “Model 1” applications were accepted in the total amount of HRK 15.039.789,95 including VAT, while within the “Model 2” applications were accepted in the total amount of HRK 6.262.947,54. XNUMX kn with VAT, they point out from the CNTB.Regarding promotion through sports, the CNTB recognized the importance of using sports in marketing activities, which directly affects the strengthening of the strength of the Croatian brand. In this sense, marketing cooperation with the Croatian Handball Federation on various activities has been accepted, with an emphasis on the upcoming European Handball Championship 2018 in Croatia. The sponsorship package was contracted in the total amount of HRK 500.000,00 without VAT, and it includes, among other things, printing of the CNTB logo on sports equipment, official documents and the HRS website, publication of the CNTB logo on LED monitors, visibility of the logo CNTB on sports surfaces and more.Related news:CNTB has announced a tender for an international PR agency <br />
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Castlemore’s shopping spree

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Switzerland should tighten coronavirus restrictions again: Govt advisor

first_img“We should intervene early to prevent exponential growth,” Ackermann told newspaper SonntagsZeitung. “Otherwise there’s a risk of drastic and expensive restrictions. This must be prevented under all circumstances.”Switzerland has lifted a partial lockdown that was imposed in March, when shops, bars and restaurants were ordered to close to prevent the spread of the virus which has infected 35,000 people and killed 1,707 in the country of 8.6 million people.Ackermann, who took over as head of the taskforce on Saturday, said he supported making it mandatory to wear face masks indoors. Face masks are currently only compulsory on public transport and at political demonstrations. The government has relaxed restrictions on gatherings, although it still bans events of more than 1,000 people.The size of public gatherings should be limited again, said Ackermann, who is an expert in microbiology. Switzerland should tighten restrictions to curb the coronavirus again following a recent spike in cases, in order to prevent the need for much harsher lockdown measures in future, the new head of the country’s coronavirus taskforce said.Switzerland has seen the number of new cases of COVID-19 surge to more than 200 a day recently after an average of 35 per day in June.Martin Ackermann, who heads the body that provides scientific advice to the Swiss government, said the country was on the brink of a big increase in infections and had little room to maneuver. “I also believe that the size of public events should now be reduced to 100 participants, as there is a risk of an exponential increase in the number of cases,” Ackermann told the newspaper.He said it was difficult to say whether large scale events were fuelling the epidemic.”Initial data …shows that where large numbers of people gather, there are also many infections,” he said.”Exact data on who is infected and where [they] are infected is absolutely vital. Without this data we are flying blind.”Topics :last_img read more

ATP puts domestic stock success down to patient, long-term strategy

first_imgDenmark’s ATP has said the very high returns it won on Danish equities were not due to short-term tactical investing but the result of thinking long-term and picking companies with global sales.Carsten Stendevad, chief executive at ATP, which runs the Nordic country’s giant supplementary labour-market fund, told IPE: “The Danish portfolio did better than the market, but that’s not how we evaluate it.”He said ATP was a long-term investor and that, while it had clearly adjusted the size of its positions in the home stock market, the outperformance was not a result of short-term tactical positioning.“This is a result of a fairly patient, long-term investment strategy,” he said. He said ATP did not have a desire to be exposed to the Danish equity index but had rather picked companies that fit well into its global portfolio.“Most of them are very global in their exposure, and the vast majority of their revenues are global,” he said.ATP’s annual report revealed its equity risk class produced an overall return in 2015 of DKK11.4bn (€1.5bn) on a portfolio of assets that began the year with a value of DKK57.5bn, which equates to a 19.8% return.By the end of the year, the portfolio had grown to DKK74.4bn.Within this class, listed Danish shares produced a return of 48.1% compared with growth in the main Danish stock index of around 30%.Private equity, which made up more than half of the risk class at the beginning of 2015, generated an 11.4% return, and listed foreign shares returned 3.4%.Stendevad said the unusually high return from Danish shares had come on the back of 30% returns in 2013 and nearly 50% returns in 2014.“So we’ve had three stellar years in Danish equities, and we’ve made DKK17bn on the back of Danish equities,” he said.The pension fund rebalanced these holdings in the meantime, however, selling around DKK10bn of them and re-deploying the proceeds elsewhere in its investment mix, he said, adding that this process would continue.Asked whether, looking ahead, he was moderately bullish on equities in general, Stendevad pointed to the fund’s allocation position.“If you look at our current risk allocation, we are overweight equities and underweight rates and slightly underweight inflation,” he said.“That is the best representation of our view, and that reflects our view of the market.”Property, which falls within ATP’s inflation risk class, produced 8.9% in return, while the return implied by the absolute figures for infrastructure was 19.4%. In absolute terms, the property portfolio grew to DKK34.6bn at the end of 2015 from DKK31.3bn at the end of the year before, and made a return of DKK2.7bn.While equities, inflation and credit produced positive returns for ATP in 2015, the other two risk classes – interest rates and commodities – made losses.Commodities made a loss of around one-third, or DKK1.5bn, in the year.ATP said it reduced its risk exposure to oil by just under 60% at the start of the second half, before oil prices fell markedly.It also cut risk in commodities by increasing diversification – by buying industrial metals and gold, for example.Stendevad said commodities were simply an asset class ATP had included in its overall investment mix since 2006, and that it would continue to have in the new portfolio approach based on risk factors that it has now introduced.He said the asset type was necessary because it would be needed strategically in inflationary environments or those with geopolitical risk.“There will be many years when our commodities may not really do much in our portfolio, but in those economic scenarios that we had in mind when we put it into our portfolio, in those scenarios, it will have a very important risk-diversification aspect,” Stendevad said.last_img read more

Luxury Gold Coast residence set to attract buyers with sophisticated taste

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 It has stunning views of the Gold Coast skyline.“It’s the first impression when you walk in the front door — it’s like a postcard image,” he said. The open-plan kitchen, family and dining room with an eco smart bioethanol fireplace forms the centrepiece of the home.Its vastness is accentuated when cavity retractable glass doors are pulled back, creating a seamless flow onto the alfresco area. There is plenty of space to entertain guests as well as an outdoor kitchen and pool overlooking the water. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe home’s north-facing position offers panoramic views of Adams Basin, Girung Island and the Surfers Paradise skyline. Mr Wardale, who is marketing the property with Kollosche director Michael Kollosche, said the position was one of the home’s best features. Kollosche agent Eddie Wardale said every aspect was breathtaking from the moment you stepped inside. It was for this reason Mr Wardale said the home would best suit a “power couple”.“The home was designed with an executive couple in mind,” he said.It also has two bedrooms on the ground floor, a CBUS home automation system and keyless entry. Mr Wardale said its proximity to Capri on Via Roma, a popular shopping and dining precinct in the prestige locale of Surfers Paradise, made it particularly appealing to house hunters.“Now the shopping centre offers a real village lifestyle and buyers are definitely drawn to the Isle of Capri because of Via Roma,” he said.The property is listed with a $4.995 million price tag. Views that look even better at night. It has a black and white palette with stone and timber finishes. The top floor was designed to be a parents’ retreat. The top floor has two bathrooms.“The position is the key to it,” he said.“On the Isle of Capri, there’s always a shortage of quality homes in key locations.”The main bedroom on the second floor is a standout feature of the home.It takes up most of the level with a balcony, ensuite, two walk-in wardrobes and access to the second bedroom’s ensuite.Mr Wardale said the second bedroom could be used as an office.“The second floor was designed to be a complete parents’ retreat,” he said.“The design is very clever.” MORE NEWS: Coast gets some rare auction action MORE NEWS: New home hot spots revealed It has a minimalist style with statement features. The house at 25 The Corso, Isle of Capri is all class.IT’S the epitome of sophistication.From its black and white palette with stone and timber finishes to a showpiece glass-encased wine cellar, the luxury home is a statement residence on the Isle of Capri’s waterfront.Contemporary style has been blended with state-of-the-art design to create the house at 25 The Corso.last_img read more

DFDS Finalizes Takeover of U.N. Ro-Ro Early

first_imgDanish shipping and logistics company DFDS closed the acquisition of 98.8% of U.N. Ro-Ro, Turkey’s largest operator of freight ferry routes, on June 7.The transaction was completed earlier than expected, DFDS said, adding that the integration process, which started immediately, is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.“We are now ready to start the integration of U.N. Ro-Ro after having closed the transaction earlier than expected,” Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, said.“The integration plan has been developed and completed in co-operation with our new colleagues,” Smedegaard added.Additionally, DFDS said that a new business unit named ‘Mediterranean’ will be established comprising all Mediterranean ferry activities, including the existing route between Marseille and Tunis.The existing business unit France & Mediterranean will thus be discontinued and the other route of this business unit between Newhaven and Dieppe will be transferred to the Channel business unit.The acquisition expands DFDS’ route network to include the fast growing transport market between Turkey and EU.U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight shipping routes connecting Turkey with Italy and France. The company deploys 12 freight ferries with an average age of 11 years. In addition, U.N. Ro-Ro operates two port terminals and also provides intermodal solutions.last_img read more