Watch Sutton Foster, Christopher Jackson & On Your Feet! Get Patriotic

first_imgSutton Foster, Ektor Rivera, Ana Villafañe & Christopher Jackson(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images) Nothing says “Happy Fourth of July” like Millie Dillmount doing a patriotic medley, George Washington singing a Disney song and a Gloria and Emilio Estefan megamix. A handful of Broadway favorites took part in A Capitol Fourth, the annual Independence Day celebration from Washington D.C. Take a look below at musical performances from two-time Tony winner and Younger star Sutton Foster, Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson and the cast of On Your Feet! (led by Ana Villafañe and Ektor Rivera). Who needs fireworks?! View Commentslast_img

Metro’s sales philosophy is not based on prices, but on a smart focus on added value

first_imgSmart, sustainable, long-term and stable. What is your added value that you provide to your customers? Namely, METRO launched a new digital platform today DISH (Digital Innovations and Solutions for Hospitality) intended for caterers who want to modernize their business, save time and increase revenue.  Added value is more important than price. Yes, this is finally becoming a reality in Croatia, and Metro’s new move shows how to differentiate the market and how it really cares about its customers. METRO’s digital platform DISH offers caterers digital business solutions, and users will soon find news within the platform such as useful information on the latest gastro trends and events, tips for optimizing business and access to the community of chefs and restaurant owners. Among the novelties, Metro especially emphasizes the possibility of using a text generator, a function that will create a personalized description of the website in Croatian in a few seconds with the help of artificial intelligence, with the possibility of automatic translation into 13 languages.    On the other hand, with this move Metro shows how much they care about their customers, and directly gives them tools on how to improve their business. And if caterers grow, so does Metro. Win-win. One third of METRO’s customers in Croatia come from the HoReCa sector, which is why METRO continuously cooperates with local companies that develop various business solutions for catering, such as Coffee Cloud devices for measuring quality and coffee consumption and SMART software solutions that support caterers from receiving orders and billing. all the way to conducting business analysis. Also, Metro organizes HoReCa MeetUps, educates, rewards young chefs and waiters, encourages innovation and start-up companies in the HoReCa channel through METRO Accelerator in cooperation with Techstars, and a cooperation agreement has been signed with the Croatian Network of Business Angels – CRANE, with with the aim of strengthening the digital capacities of small and medium-sized enterprises, connecting Croatian startups with potential partners in the business sector and developing domestic startups. What is important to point out, this is just another new added value that Metro gives to its partners. Of course everyone works to make a profit, but in this case the success and growth of their partners is a long-term and stable success of Metro as well. Cooperation and quality customer growth is more important than short-term profitcenter_img Users of the DISH platform have access to free digital services such as web design which has so far, with the support of experts from METRO, served more than 1.100 caterers or applications for online table reservations which is currently used by 400 Croatian caterers.  The race for the lowest possible prices does not make sense nor is it sustainable in the long run A smart move anyway, because it’s not all about the money, in fact, the added value is much more important. This is exactly an example of how sales are moving from the dead race of lowering product prices, to long-term and quality cooperation, and added value. “DISH is a new internet address for gastronomy and the latest step in the improvement of METRO’s digital service. Registration on the DISH platform is free, as well as currently available web design tools and online booking tools, and in the future the offer of our tools will be upgraded with more complex solutions. By continuously developing digital solutions that contribute to business optimization, we want to strengthen caterers and facilitate their access to tools that can significantly improve their business. “, emphasized Vladimir Gnjidić, Executive Commercial Director and Member of the Management Board of METRO Cash & Carry Croatia. All of the above and much more, makes specific free services and support for their partners, both through education and through technical support to the business. By focusing on the needs of its customers, Metro gives value you can’t buy with a better deal. Also, this is not a PR move or figurative support, but concrete and tangible support for the HoReCa channel. Thus, strong ties are built between partners, and few will outperform the competition due to savings of “one hundred” kuna. This is how the best defense against competition and differentiation on the market is built. last_img read more

LGPS investment regulations should mirror private sector, says GMPF

first_img“A similar approach would be an appropriate basis on which to design new LGPS investment regulations.”However, Morris – despite his call for a more relaxed framework for LGPS investments – acknowledged the GMPF had not been constrained by the requirements, and praised the relaxation for investment in alternatives in 2013.He said the 30% cap, raised from 10%, gave the fund a lot more scope to invest in alternatives, particularly infrastructure.“In the past, there was not a great deal of headroom for an upward increase in strategic allocation to private equity and infrastructure investments through limited partnerships,” Morris said. “There are [still] a number of potential investments that might be appropriate for an LGPS fund but are not permitted under the regulations because of the way they are drafted.“However, an alternative approach can generally be found.”GMPF recently unveiled a £500m infrastructure and alternatives vehicle together with the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA), allowing both schemes to scale up.The fund is currently £260m below its target allocation to alternatives and will now contribute £250m to the new vehicle.Morris also said the requirement for LGPS funds to obtain “proper advice” remained a crucial component, and ensured prudent investment decision-making.He said the GMPF’s structure and size meant it was well placed to provide cost-effective advice to its own board and other schemes.“GMPF has the particular advantage of scale, which allows us to build up significant internal expertise that can provide cost-effective advice both to our scheme, and potentially other funds in the LGPS,” he said.To read this month’s On The Record with the GMPF in the UK, Migros-Pensionskasse in Switzerland and SEB Pension in Denmark, click here Investment regulations and limits for UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) should be more akin to those in the private sector, according to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).The £13.2bn (€18.1bn) pension fund provides pensions for around 286,000 current and former public sector workers in Northwest England, the largest LGPS in England and Wales.Speaking in IPE magazine’s On The Record for April, Peter Morris, director of pensions at the scheme, said the current set of investment regulations for LGPS could be too prescriptive.“By comparison, private sector pension scheme investment regulations are set up on the basis of a prudential framework,” Morris said.last_img read more

Nothing boring about this bespoke renovation

first_imgThe home has been given an LA mid-mod makeover. Photo: Andy Macpherson StudioWhen some of the country’s most popular home design shows are lining up at your front door, there must be something pretty special to see inside.Film crews have become regular visitors at The Kira House, owned and renovated by Gold Coast couple Simone and Grason Kira with cover-worthy results. The home has been styled using hand-picked items both old and new. Photo: Andy Macpherson StudioThe couple purchased the original 1970s brick home on Jabiru Avenue in 2011 and lived in it for 10 years with their two sons before diving into a major renovation last year.“Our vision was to design a home that was timeless, but we didn’t want it to be boring,” Mrs Kira said.“Grason has to push the boundaries and likes things to be interesting.”Describing the style as LA mid-century modern, Mr Kira drew inspiration from Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan who favours raw materials such as wood, concrete and stone. Every room in the house looks onto water creating a relaxed energy. Photo: Andy Macpherson StudioThe no-water LA-style garden features palm trees, cactus, grasses and white dust to bring their Palm Springs dream to life and a skate ramp is purely for fun in the front yard.Warm and unpretentious, the family has bypassed the luxury features seen in many modern homes in favour of creating multiple zones to sit and relax.“That was really important to us,” Mrs Kira said. “There are no media rooms, gyms or saunas, we really just wanted lots of spaces where you can sit and relax both inside and out.”“The whole house just has a really good energy.” Ready, Set, Reno airs on Channel 9 Life today at 1.30pm. A hanging fireplace creates a point of interest in the lounge room. Photo: Andy Macpherson StudioThe personable couple is well-known in design circles around Australia as the owners of self-titled interior styling store, Kira & Kira in Miami. The retail and workshop space showcases bespoke furniture made by Mr Kira alongside the work of local artisans in line with their “buy once, buy well” ethos.All local trades were used for the building and landscape work on The Kira House, which was styled using their own handmade furniture and a selection of vintage treasures.“I do have eclectic tastes,” Mrs Kira said. “I’ve got some interesting things, like a big taxidermy peacock, and a quirky way of putting them together.”center_img The Kira family share their renovation journey on Ready, Set, Reno today. Photo: Andy Macpherson StudioThe bespoke Burleigh Waters home is set to feature on Channel 9’s Ready, Set, Reno today, in the first of a four-part series documenting the couple’s eight-month renovation journey. Back in January, the Kira’s home was also showcased over three episodes on Channel 9’s Open Homes Australia.“The whole experience has been so much fun,” said Mrs Kira, who insisted on filming each take once only.“It’s all very real and raw because that’s who we are.” Curved walnut timber makes a statement in the kitchen. Photo: Andy Macpherson StudioCarefully crafted timbers form a major feature throughout the home, including the kitchen where a curved walnut timber island bench and seamless cabinetry take centre stage.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The kitchen makes a bit of a statement,” Mrs Kira said.“Grason wanted the kitchen to look more like a piece of furniture.”Doorknobs are excluded so as not to disrupt the flow of American oak along the hallway while a single live-edge timber slab creates warmth and interest in the entrance way. With a pool in the centre of the house and a canal at the rear, every room in the four-bedroom home looks onto water.last_img read more

Vandenberg Harbor Dredging Proposed

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, has received an application for a Department of the Army permit for the Vandenberg Air Force Base Harbor Maintenance Dredging project.According to the Corps, the project calls for dredging of up to 10,000 cubic yards of sediment annually from an approximately 3.5 acre area in the Vandenberg Harbor.The overall project purpose is to conduct periodic maintenance dredging to a design depth of -10 feet MLLW plus a two-foot overdredge depth in a 3.5 acre area of the harbor and stockpile the dredged material in an upland location (for dewatering) prior to hauling the dry sediment to an inland/upland disposal site (a former quarry on Pt. Pedernales).If approved, the maintenance dredging will be performed in the same dredge footprint and with similar equipment and methods as used during prior dredging events, with the use of a clamshell bucket on a dock-mounted crane to dredge an approximately 70-foot radius area adjacent to the dock.Deadline for sending comments for the proposed project is September 22, 2017.[mappress mapid=”24370″]last_img read more

Seaway Heavy Lifting Installs All Beatrice Piles

first_imgSeaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) has installed the 86th and final four-pile set at the Beatrice offshore wind farm site. SHL carried out the piling work with the heavy-lift vessel Stanislav Yudin, which will now re-mobilise for jacket foundation installation.Image source: Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL)Currently deployed on the installation of jackets is SHL’s vessel Oleg Strashnov, which will depart once Stanislav Yudin takes over the work in mid-December.So far, 24 jackets have been installed, according to the project’s Notice to Mariners.Meanwhile, SHL and Siem Offshore Services are working on the inter-array cable installation from the Siem Aimery and Siem Stingray cable-laying vessels, and Nexans is carrying out export cable installation with its CLV Nexans Skagerrak.The 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm will consist of 84 Siemens 7MW wind turbines and two Siemens Offshore Transformer Modules (OTMs), all placed on top of jacket foundations.The first wind turbines are expected to be installed in summer 2018, with the wind farm anticipated to be commissioned by the end of 2019.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Gandhi’s ashes stolen in central India

first_imgGandhi led a non-violent resistancemovement against British colonial rule in India, inspiring people across theworld. Most Indians still revere him as the “father of the nation.” Some Hindu hardliners view Gandhi as a“traitor” for his advocacy of Hindu-Muslim unity despite him being a devoutHindu himself.       The ashes were taken from a memorialin central India, where it was kept since 1948 – the year a Hindu extremistassassinated Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India, inspiring people across the world. He was assassinated in Jan. 1948. GETTY IMAGES Police in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh statewere investigating the incident.(BBC) The thieves scrawled “traitor” ingreen paint across photographs of the independence leader. INDIA – Thieves stole some of MahatmaGandhi’s remains on what would have been his 150th birthday, police said.     last_img read more

James: Reds better without Suarez

first_imgFormer Liverpool goalkeeper David James believes his old club have a better chance of finishing in the top four without striker Luis Suarez. The ex-England international, who was at Anfield for seven years in the 1990s, thinks the 26-year-old’s presence is actually getting in the way of them becoming a better side. He said the Reds were restricted by having him in the side because everything seemed to focus on the Uruguay striker and not on the wider team element. Manager Brendan Rodgers reiterated at the weekend after Gerrard’s testimonial at Anfield that the striker was not for sale, and if he was his true worth was not in excess of 50 per cent less than Tottenham’s Gareth Bale who is rumoured to be a £100million target for Real Madrid. Suarez made his second appearance at Anfield in three days with the club holding an open training session for about 5,000 selected fans. Just like during his 30-minute cameo at the weekend, the striker was cheered at every opportunity during the hour or so the players were out on the pitch but was reluctant to acknowledge such support. But while he is still warmly regarded by supporters James said they should not fear a future without the player who scored 30 goals last season. “They love this man, or the vast majority of them do,” he said at the launch of a deal which sees bookmakers Betfred show BT Sport in all their 1,370 shops as part of Betfred TV. “For all the turmoil he has been through at that club he came on the pitch at Stevie G’s testimonial and got a very good reception. “But I still think Liverpool can progress without him so it is not a case of them having to turn their back on him or dislike him. “I think if you are a Liverpool fan you just say ‘We can do well without him – we don’t need him as our talisman’. “If he goes to Arsenal then I would argue that Luis Suarez will do what Luis Suarez does. Will that make Arsenal a better team? “He might score as many goals but I think you would lose goals from elsewhere. “It wouldn’t be a loss for Liverpool.” Suarez is still banned for the first six matches of the season as his 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April is carried over. With that in mind, irrespective of the transfer saga, the Anfield training session saw the welcome return of Sturridge, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since May. He will not play in Wednesday’s friendly against Valerenga in Norway but could feature against Celtic in Dublin on Saturday. “I thought he looked very sharp,” Rodgers told “It’s important he has another good week’s training and it was great to see him back today, because for me he can be one of the top strikers in the Premier League this season. “He’s played no part in the pre-season so when you put him in at the top end of the field with his pace, power and his quality we are able to add something more to the group as well.” Liverpool are still pursuing a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa after making a £21.8million bid and they could find out later this week whether they have been successful. Press Association “On a purely footballing side of things, as talented an individual as he is, the problem I find is that everything seems to go through Luis Suarez,” said the 43-year-old. “You have this talented player and there is no question about that but does it make the team better? “I think there is so much hinging on Suarez that it is actually stopping Liverpool from progressing. “I think the club, in letting him go, can actually then develop a lot more unpredictability about them, in the sense that they will have more options to play. “(Daniel) Sturridge came in and was their second top goalscorer in half a season and you have Stevie G (Gerrard) there as always bolstering those numbers but there is so much focus on one player. “Last season Liverpool finished seventh. I think without Suarez, they have a better chance (of finishing top-four).” The Uruguay international has made it clear to the Reds he wants to play in the Champions League and that has alerted Arsenal, who have made two failed bids, the last an offer of £40million and £1. They believed that would trigger a sale clause in his contract but Liverpool are adamant that figure only requires them to inform the player of the offer and negotiate if they wish to sell. last_img read more

Thirty-three women players invited to Demerara trials

first_imgA RELEASE from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) yesterday indicated that 33 female players have been invited for a two-day trial, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday at the Everest Cricket Club ground, starting at 08:00hrs daily.According to the release, the trials will be used as a yardstick to select a Demerara team for the GCB Women’s Inter-County 2017 tournament.The players invited are: Angalie Mohabir, Ashley Singh, Cassie Charles, Chitra Mohabir, Grace Ishrilall, Gai Singh, Shamika Edwards, Tishawn Ward, Sapria Sahadeo, Solendid Hodge, Mantana Cambridge, Nafeza Persaud, Gayanamattie Sawh, Chandraoutie Ramkissoon, Jessica Orford, Sabita Persaud, Yogeeta Balkishun, Mandy Mangru, Latoya Smith, Leana Harris, Hema Singh, Keisha Fraser, Loushana Toussaint, Hasena Mohamed, Sherry-Ann-Fraser, Abigail Scott, Amanda Persaud, Shelly Balkishun, Akaze Thompson, Odessa Oneil, Keysia Schultz, Letisha Jordon and Cynthia Rampersaud.last_img read more

2018 SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship Finals to Hold at Ikoyi Club

first_img“The juniors are highly motivated and challenged by the break Marylove Edwards and Angel Mcleod (former champions of the SNEPco tournament) have to pursue professional tennis careers at the IMG Academy in America and we are expecting the tournament to be well subscribed and competitive.”Over 160 players have so far registered for the event with arrivals and screening expected to be completed today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The finals of the 2018 SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship which kicks off Tuesday in Lagos will take place at the elite Ikoyi Club on Saturday May 26 starting 2 pm prompt. This will be the first time a national junior championship will take place at the club which had only hosted the Ikoyi Club Senior Masters in the recent past.The SNEPCo Junior championship is featuring competitions in four categories – boys and girls 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under and 16 & under with the preceding rounds taking place at the National Stadium Tennis Centre.The International Tennis Academy, organisers of the championship, said in a statement that “playing the finals at the Ikoyi Club is a privilege well appreciated because it will expose the enormous talent we have at the junior level to potential sponsors.last_img read more

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