Gimme, gimme, gimme a Broadway star before midnight! The Olivier Awards has announced that this year’s ceremony will include a performance by two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, as well as ABBA’s Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting alongside the current West End cast of Mamma Mia! as the show celebrates its 15th anniversary. Additional performances will include opera singer Joseph Calleja, who is currently singing the title role in the Royal Opera’s production of Faust, the casts of the Best New Musical nominees: The Book Of Mormon, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys, as well as the nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award: Les Miserables, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Star Files The awards will take place on April 13 at the Royal Opera House. As previously reported, stage and screen stars Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan will host. Presenters will include Sex and the City and Fatal Attraction’s Kristin Davis, Rufus Hound, Mark Strong, Michael Ball, Nigel Harman, Luke Treadaway, Ruth Wilson and Dames Penelope Keith and Gillian Lynne. Bernadette Peters View Comments
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Listen to the Darts Show podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxFollowing the Grand Slam, the tungsten stays at the Ricoh Arena with three days of Players Championship Finals action and then the final qualifier for the World Championship.Sky Sports Darts will keep you across all the action as the season reaches its climax. As well as all the action, The Darts Show podcast will catch up with all the players, discuss the talking points and get expert opinion from former world no 1 Colin Lloyd.Follow the action from the Grand Slam with all nine days covered on Sky Sports Arena – and if you are out and about updates via our live blogs and @SkySportsDarts for regular updates Friday Michael Smith ended a run of 10 consecutive final defeats and a two-year wait for a PDC title by beating Jermaine Wattimena to win day one of the Winter Series.A little less than 48 hours after his latest final defeat, alongside Rob Cross for Team England at the World Cup of Darts, Bully Boy finally made his return to the winner’s circle, beating Wattimena 8-6 in Tuesday’s final in Coventry.Smith had started fast, averaging more than 100 in three of his first four matches to reach the last eight where he ended a career-best run to the quarter-finals for Conan Whitehead. Bully Boy then produced a superb performance to beat Jose De Sousa in the semi-final. TuesdayMichael Smith 8-6 Jermaine Watimena Michael Smith lifted the title on the opening day of the Winter Series – his first title in two years Winter SeriesNovember 10-14 Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pmLive on – Advertisement – Wednesday Quarter-FinalsJermaine Wattimena 6-3 Vincent Van der VoortBrendan Dolan 6-0 Damon HetaJose De Sousa 6-3 Peter WrightMichael Smith 6-2 Conan Whitehead PDC Winter Series – Winners
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“I only use my mobile phone for three hours a day at work, but at least eight hours every day during the Spring Festival, because it’s so boring,” Lu Zhang, a junior high school teacher in eastern Shandong province, said of the enforced holiday.Investors have seized on the trend, with shares of Chinese game publishers, such as Tencent, rising 2% in Hong Kong on Tuesday, outstripping a rise of 1% in the benchmark , while in New York, NetEase rose nearly 3%.US-listed shares in Chinese video platform Bilibili rose almost 7%, while shares of search engine Baidu and e-commerce giant Alibaba also rose.Five mobile game developers, including Ourpalm, surged by the maximum allowed 10% on Tuesday. Weekly downloads jumped 77% on ByteDance’s Xigua video app from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, after it announced plans to stream the premiere of a movie, “Lost in Russia” for free, data from performance tracker App Annie showed.”My screen time yesterday exceeded 10 hours,” one Shanghai resident, identified only as Wang, said in a social media post, adding, “What do you all suggest I do other than look at my cellphone?”Also popular are health and fitness apps, such as Keep, which livestreams fitness classes. Its revenue surged 15% for the week, while healthcare app Pingan Good Doctor saw downloads jump 1,186%.”We believe that China internet and logistics companies are somewhat sheltered,” from the impact of the virus outbreak, analysts from Bernstein Research wrote in a Monday note, amid a growing trend for all products and services to move online.Tencent’s blockbuster mobile game, “Honor of Kings” made up to 2 billion yuan ($286 million) on the Jan. 24 eve of the holiday, estimated Pei Pei, an analyst with Sinolink Securities Co, exceeding all the Chinese mobile games on Apple’s app store during the entire week-long break in 2018.Tencent declined to comment.Strategy simulation app “Plague Inc.”, which jumped to the top of the charts in Apple’s app store, retained its popularity.The game, which allows users to create and evolve a pathogen to destroy the world, generated 78,000 downloads in January, up from 16,000 in December, according to Sensor Tower.”Many students play games during the Spring Festival,” said the junior high teacher, Lu, adding that she spent more than five hours each day playing poker, among other games. “Sometimes they invite me to join when they see me online.”US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc, which started delivery in December of cars built at its $2-billion Shanghai plant, stepped up daily livestreamed sales events on video app Douyin to highlight features of its vehicles.Several sales dealers for Mercedes Benz also took to the WeChat app with a link to a 360-degree interior view of its GLB compact SUV, simulating the passenger experience and offering close-ups of the seats’ leather stitching details and dashboard.”Not leaving home, so use virtual reality to look at cars!” one of the representatives exhorted viewers.Topics : Online games and short video apps have been among the few beneficiaries of China’s virus outbreak, raking in millions of views and downloads as people stuck in self-quarantine at home seek entertainment and ways to beguile their time.The shift has even drawn companies more used to doing business in showrooms, such as carmakers Tesla and Mercedes-Benz, to promote products heavily online during the week.Chinese travel and gather with family and friends during the traditional Lunar New Year holiday, but many postponed or cancelled their plans over concerns sparked in mid-January about the spread of a new virus that has killed 420.
Now this is a jawdropping interior. 51 Orleigh St, West End.RELAXING outdoor rooms, spacious interiors and views of the Brisbane river are not too much to ask for in this idyllic riverside residence. Designed by L T Design architects, the three-storey house sits behind a high rendered front fence and features a warm and natural palette, timber and stone finishes and an abundance of windows letting ample light inside.The four bedroom, three bathroom, six car garage home at 51 Orleigh St, West End, is certainly one to add to the wishlist.Agent Josh Brown of Ray White New Farm described the house as the perfect blend of quality craftsmanship, innovative design and family functionality. He has it set to go to auction at 1pm next Saturday on site (September 23). A lucky buyer is going to have all this next weekend.Back inside, a spiralling staircase ascends to the second floor of the house, comprising another lounge room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling tiles.Two of these bedrooms have built-in wardrobes with mirrored doors and share a bathroom with a long shower and timber-finished vanity, while another has a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite with a glass shower and mosaic feature wall. At the front of the level, the main bedroom offers plenty of space with its sitting room, walk-in wardrobe and private balcony overlooking the river. It also includes an ensuite, with marble tiles, a freestanding bath tub, glass shower and double vanity. Other features of the residence include ducted airconditioning, ample storage space, a six-car garage and a shed. What’s not to love?On entry to the first floor, high ceilings and down lighting complement polished timber floors in a front formal lounge room and central formal dining room.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 agoNearby is a powder room, while bi-fold doors open the lounge room out to a river-facing balcony with a glass balustrade. This I could easily do.To the rear of the floor is an open-plan living and dining room with louvre windows, along with a kitchen featuring long granite benchtops, Miele appliances, a window splashback and recessed ceiling. The cooking space also includes a butler’s pantry with granite benchtops that leads through to a laundry with access to an external drying courtyard. From the living and dining space, sliding glass doors open to a covered, tiled patio and a pool with a timber deck.
The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (FRIC) has confirmed it will not seek to amend discounting rules under International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19).The decision relates to uncertainty regarding the discounting of liabilities when using more than one currency.According the latest IFRIC update, “the committee concluded that the requirements in IAS 19 provide an adequate basis for an entity to determine the discount rate when the entity operates in a country that has adopted another currency as its official or legal currency”.In March the IFRIC proposed rejecting the call for it to start work on a project to develop interpretive guidance on the issue. The IFRS IC launched its probe of the topic after a company in Ecuador sought guidance on discounting its defined benefit liability, as this was denominated in US dollars.IAS 19 requires sponsors to use a high quality corporate bond rate to discount liabilities, or failing that a government bond rate.In the March edition of IFRIC Update, the committee confirmed current discounting practice in those terms.It also added that the discount rate was not meant to reflect the return on assets.Environmental lawyer highlights BoE climate change concernsSeparately, lawyers from environmental campaign group ClientEarth have warned that the Bank of England’s (BoE) policy focus on climate-change risk should serve as wake-up call for companies.ClientEarth corporate lawyer Alice Garton said: “The Bank of England continues its leadership on the financial risks and impacts of climate change. This latest statement reiterates that climate-related loss, mispriced assets and potential disruptions to financial markets must be taken seriously by all market actors, now.”In a quarterly update written by bank staff with responsibility for insurance and cross-border issues, the BoE said that climate change presented financial risks “which impact upon the bank’s objectives”.The bank identified these risks as manifesting through both the physical effects of climate change and the transition to a lower-carbon economy.The update said: “As banks and insurers realign their portfolios and adjust their underwriting practices, this will have consequences across the economy. Businesses and investors not considering these issues will be left behind.”Through its policy response, the bank was working with the sectors affected by climate change, such as insurers, it said.It was also aiming to enhance the resilience of the UK financial system through an orderly market transition to a lower-carbon economy.Recently, environmental NGOs such as ClientEarth, as well as investors, have shown a growing willingness to use the courts where companies fail to match their green commitments with deeds.FTSE 350 firms improve auditsMeanwhile, the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced that its reviews of the audit environment among FTSE 350 companies during 2016/17 revealed an improvement in audit quality.Melanie McLaren, executive director at the FRC, said in a statement: “High-quality audit underpins public trust and confidence in business. While the progress made by individual firms differs, all firms are investing in audit quality and have set out further action to improve.”The FRC’s latest update revealed that 81% of the FTSE 350 audits it reviewed in the past year required no more than limited improvements.The FRC wants this figure to reach 90% by 2018-19.Among the areas singled out for improvement were revenue recognition and processes for complying with ethical or independence requirements.The review also noted that auditors must do more to challenge management in areas where significant judgement is exercised, such as impairment, asset valuation and provisions.
Carillion – a major supplier of services to the UK government – was founded in 1999 and has since acquired a number of other companies, meaning that it is the ultimate sponsor for as many as 14 separate defined benefit pension schemes.The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is designed to step in to take over DB schemes when their sponsors go bust.However, the nature of the liquidation means that, so far, not all of its subsidiaries have been declared bankrupt. As such, only seven of the 14 schemes have today transferred into the PPF’s assessment period, according to a spokeswoman for the lifeboat fund.The spokeswoman said the schemes in assessment covered roughly 5,900 members (out of a total of 27,500 across all Carillion schemes).The PPF assessment period typically lasts about two years, during which time members’ data is analysed to ensure the correct payments are made, and the scheme’s financial position is assessed to ascertain whether it would be able to pay benefits above the level of PPF compensation. The UK’s pension scheme trade body has called for regulators to “act urgently” to protect defined benefit (DB) scheme members from scams, following the collapse of construction company Carillion.Joe Dabrowski, head of governance and investment at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), said the trade body had “already seen warning signs that scammers may be seeking to exploit DB scheme members’ fears about their future”.“We call upon regulators to act urgently to ensure that members are protected, and to take the strongest possible action against unscrupulous companies looking to take advantage of savers,” Dabrowski said. “Transfers should only be undertaken if they are in the best interest of the scheme member and with the right level of guidance.”A spokeswoman for the PLSA later clarified that its concerns related to the wider UK DB sector, and not just Carillion’s schemes. Both the Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have said that, in most cases, transferring out of a defined benefit (DB) scheme is not the best option.Responding to the PLSA’s concerns, a spokesman for TPR said: “Some members of the pension schemes connected to the Carillion group may be considering transferring their benefits (known as a cash equivalent transfer value) to other pension arrangements rather than staying in their scheme.“However, in this case, some schemes have already transferred to the Pension Protection Fund’s assessment period and so members are no longer eligible to apply for a transfer.”The regulator urged individuals to seek advice before making a decision. Under UK law, those with a pension valued at more than £30,000 (€33,800) must obtain advice from a regulated adviser.The PLSA’s concerns come after the FCA banned a number of financial advice firms from transferring members’ DB pensions to alternative arrangements.Some advice firms and introducers had targeted members of the British Steel Pension Scheme and persuaded thousands of members to exit the scheme as it underwent a restructure.At a hearing in front of a committee of UK politicians in December, the FCA was criticised for not acting quicker to clamp down on inappropriate pension transfer advice – although DB pensions are regulated by TPR.The Pension Advisory Services (TPAS) has established a dedicated Carillion line for pension scheme members: (+44) (0) 207 630 2715. Liquidator PricewaterhouseCoopers has a dedicated web page for the pension schemes available here.Note: This article has been updated following a clarification of the PLSA’s comments.Carillion: A rapidly changing situationThe London-listed construction company collapsed into liquidation yesterday morning after last-minute rescue talks over the weekend failed.
Denise R. Martin, 59, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 at her home in Greensburg.Born April 16, 1960 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Robert B. Parkison and Ethel (Gabbard) Parkison.Denise graduated from Greensburg High School in 1978. She worked at the Oddfellows Nursing Home, Pinkerton Security at Delta Faucet, Delta Faucet, Morning Breeze Nursing Home and enjoyed delivering flowers for Henningsen’s Florist.Denise loved to play bingo, loved winter-especially snow, IU basketball, everything Greensburg Pirates, the tower tree, and most of all her family, alot! She was involved in so many things around Greensburg that almost everyone knew Denise and how amazing and selfless she was.Denise married John F. Martin on October 15, 1977, and he survives.Other survivors include her father; Robert Parkison, Greensburg, two daughters; Lindsey (Jordan) Nasser, Laffayette, Lani (Josh) Stearns, Marion, one son; Landon (Elanza) Martin, Avon, one brother; Robert E. (Darla) Parkison, Greensburg, one sister; Beth (Greg) Dudley, Greensburg, one sister-in-law Brenda (Bob) Treon, Greensburg, 6 grandchildren ; Jolie and Luka Nasser, Leyton, Jada and Lyvia Stearns, and Madison Martin, 7 nieces and nephews and 12 great nieces and nephews, whom she loved with her whole heart.She was preceded in death by her mother; Ethel Parkison and sister; Debra S. Hogg.Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home.A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Lifeline Wesleyan Church in Greensburg with Rev. Doug Preston officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to All for One Ministry. Denise always wanted a balloon release to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests bouquets of balloons to honor her wish.Online contributions can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com