Veronica Dunne Begins Performances in Chicago

first_img Chicago She’s starting with a bang! Veronica Dunne begins performances as Roxie Hart in Chicago on October 17. The Disney star makes her Broadway debut as the leading lady during the Tony-winning revival’s 20th anniversary, which officially takes place on November 14. Dunne steps in for Dylis Croman and is set to play a six-week limited engagement through November 26 at the Ambassador Theatre.Dunne stars on Disney’s K.C. Undercover and recently wrapped production on the Lionsgate film The Ninth Passenger with Jesse Metcalfe. She got her start on stage in the Lythgoe Family Production of Cinderella with Broadway veterans Shoshana Bean and Jennifer Leigh Warren. Dunne went on to star in the stage productions of Into the Woods, Chicago, Cabaret and most recently, the world premiere of Joe Iconis’ new musical, The Black Suits.Chicago currently stars Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Jason Danieley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. View Comments Veronica Dunne(Photo: Nathan Johnson)center_img Related Shows from $49.50last_img read more

Stylish Yeronga home sells to family looking to upgrade

first_imgThe auction of 15 Heritage Close, Yeronga.“They were looking to upgrade as they plan to grow their little family. “Yeronga is the perfect family neighbourhood — close to the river and parks and the home is in a child-friendly cul-de-sac. “Yeronga is continuing to see incredible growth as families see the value in this highly convenient and attractive suburb.” The home at 15 Heritage Close, Yeronga sold at auction for $1.8 million.A two-storey executive home with an entire level dedicated to entertaining has sold under the hammer to a young family. The property at 15 Heritage Close, Yeronga sold at auction on March 4 for $1.8 million.Place New Farm marketing agent, Judy Goodger said the home was a hidden gem close to the Brisbane CBD. The house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and, on the lower level, an entertaining area with wet bar and wine cellar that opens to a poolside alfresco pavilion. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe poolside entertaining area at 15 Heritage Close, Yeronga.The Saturday morning auction of the Yeronga home attracted four registered bidders and a crowd of about 40 people. Bidding began at $1.65 million and stopped right on $1.8 million. Ms Goodger said the home was purchased under the hammer by a young couple.“On the same day the buyers bought this Yeronga home under the hammer, their other house at Fairfield went to auction, so it was a day of excitement for the young pair,” she said. last_img read more

Rental disputes push tenants to brink of homelessness: QSTARS

first_imgIt might be considered a renter’s paradise, but tenancy disputes are rising on the Sunshine Coast, according to QSTARS.AN alarming number of renters on the Sunshine Coast are facing homelessness as tenancy disputes escalate, according to a local community legal centre.The Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service, which is a free program run by Tenants Queensland, has reported a spike in referrals for complaints around repairs and maintenance in the region.QSTARS advocate Christine Lepp said her organisation had received 178 referrals for complaints around repairs and maintenance since January.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThere are reports tenancy disputes are rising on the Sunshine Coast amid a tight rental market.Ms Lepp said some tenants were asking for rent reductions from agents and landlords for serious breaches relating to emergency repairs.“The reality is many tenants are too afraid to ask for a rent reduction or complain to the Residential Tenancies Authority for fear of being told to leave their home at the end of their lease so it’s impossible to see how widespread the problem is,” Ms Lepp said.“They are concerned that they will not be able to find alternative accommodation at short notice and simply put up with unreasonable conditions.“We certainly see this situation increase in periods where there is a tight rental market.”Tenancy disputes are rising on the Sunshine Coast amid a tight rental market. Photo: Lorraine Hanna.In one instance, Ms Lepp said a real estate agent threatened to blacklist a first time renter paying $400 a week because he had been asking for repairs to be made to the property for more than a year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoShe said that property had now been deemed unliveable.FRESH MODERN DESIGNRURAL HOMES OFF TO A FLYING STARTRBA TO KEEP RATES ON HOLD“This particular tenant was given 24 hours to move and threatened with being placed on a tenancy database,” she said.“Often these tenants are then forced into homelessness or have no choice but to give away their pets in the rush to find alternative accommodation.”The Sunshine Coast had a vacancy rate of just 0.7 per cent in the December quarter, according to the latest REIQ Residential Vacancies Report.The vacancy rate on the Sunshine Coast was just 0.7 per cent in the December quarter, according to the REIQ.The average weekly rent is $360, according to property researcher CoreLogic.Tenants Queensland chief executive Penny Carr said rising housing affordability pressures meant many of the state’s renters were living in substandard properties.Last year, draft legislation was passed allowing the introduction of a head of power to regulate minimum standards in rental properties.Tenants Queensland CEO Penny Carr. Picture: Rob Maccoll.Ms Carr said any new standards needed to be clear, comprehensive and specific to protect tenants and landlords.“The poor quality standards of rental accommodation has been an issue for Queensland renters some time,” she said.“These guidelines need to ensure that properties are safe and healthy places to live in, that tenants have access to important amenities in their home and that the requirements are clearly expressed in tenancy laws rather than vague references to other legislation.”last_img read more

Danish pension firms say ECB still under pressure to ease credit

first_img“We would need a new negative shock to inflation before the ECB would ramp up their monetary policy,” he said, adding that there would be a bias in the markets towards further easing in the coming quarters.Meanwhile, Anders Schelde, CIO at Nordea Life & Pension in Denmark, said: “We are not too bullish on equities globally for next year because there are too many problems in emerging markets and the energy sector.”“Europe offers very good value, and I don’t think the ECB’s decision yesterday really changed that.”Schelde put the afternoon sell-off in the markets yesterday down to bad communication by the central bankers in the run-up to the announcement, rather than seeing it as evidence ECB policymakers had misjudged the economic situation when formulating their response.“At the end of the day, their number-one priority is to get the European economy going, and they will do what is needed,” he said.“If it turns out the economy needs a little more down the road, they will also do that.”PFA’s Pilegaard said: “It’s pretty safe to say the market got carried away prior to yesterday’s ECB decision.”However, one lesson to be learned from yesterday’s events was that the market was still showing clear signs of herd behaviour, he said, adding that he expected 2016 to be significantly more volatile compared with 2015. The European Central Bank (ECB) is likely to remain under pressure to cheapen credit despite yesterday’s decision by its governing council to extend its quantitative easing (QE) programme and cut its discount rate by 10 basis points, and may react further if later warranted by economic data, according to investment experts at two Danish pension providers.Rasmus Pilegaard, senior strategist at PFA Asset Management, said: “Looking ahead, some pressure will persist on ECB to do more.“Especially considering that ECB project inflation to increase to a meagre 1.6% by 2017, which is clearly below the ECB target – despite low interest rates oil prices, and foreign exchange.”But he questioned whether ECB president Mario Draghi would in fact be able to loosen policy again at a time when inflation was increasing, owing to base effects.last_img read more

Aon Hewitt offers blueprint for new Dutch pension system

first_imgAon Hewitt has presented its blueprint for a new, alternative pensions system in the Netherlands, focusing on fine-tuning the current one rather than radical change.The consultancy recommended splitting pensions into compartments for workers and pensioners within an individual pension fund, and introducing age-dependent indexation.Aon said its plan, unlike others under discussion, would avoid a complex transition and deliver better results than those produced by the current system.At the moment, the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) is considering two alternatives for a new, sustainable pensions system. In addition to a variant of individual pensions accrual combined with collective risk-sharing, the SER is also assessing a pensions contract based on real pensions, rather than nominal pensions.The latter option is to be combined with degressive accrual, rather than the current average accrual, which would be more equitable for younger participants.However, according to Mike Pernot, an actuary at Aon, the SER’s first alternative would be complicated “because of the required financial buffers, while it would not provide certainty, as it is basically a defined contribution system”.He added: “Besides the degressive accrual, the latter variant would not differ much from the current system, and it would also have its drawbacks.“Our blueprint would provide more stable pension rights for pensioners, as well as advantages for younger participants, because the solidarity between the generations would, in part, disappear from the system.”Aon cited age-dependent indexation as an alternative for the introduction of degressive accrual, as pension rights accrued as a 25 year old would entitle workers to full inflation compensation sooner than rights accrued close to retirement age.Indexation for all age groups, however, would start at a scheme’s funding of 105%, according to the consultancy, which noted that pension funds would face increasingly complex administration.By separating pensions rights into compartments for active participants and deferred members and another one for pensioners, the latter group could be offered a defensive investment mix.If funding for pensioners falls short of 100%, any necessary rights discount could be limited in scale through a contribution from the workers’ compartment.On the other hand, any surpluses relative to a coverage of 130% would flow back to the workers’ compartment, Aon said.Pernot pointed out that indexation for pensioners would already be possible at 100% funding but would be less following the defensive investment policy.In Aon’s plan, younger workers would be entitled to inflation compensation as soon as their funding exceeded 105%, as financial buffers to protect pensioners against cuts would no longer be needed.Under the rules of the current financial assessment framework, pension funds can start indexing in part with funding of 110%, while full indexation is only possible with a coverage of 125%.In Aon’s plan, retiring workers would migrate to the pensioners’ compartment at ‘neutral funding’ – i.e. their rights would be discounted in the event of a shortfall and they would be granted additional rights if there were a surplus.Measuring its plan against 2,000 economic scenarios used by the Dutch regulator, Aon concluded that the current pensions system only performed better in the worst scenarios.Pernot said Aon’s system could be introduced relatively easily, and before 2020, by adjusting the nFTK.last_img read more

LCP: Dutch schemes lost 1.2% on average in 2018

first_imgDutch pension funds made a net loss of 1.2% on investments on average last year, according to pensions adviser LCP.The consultancy, which used statistics provided by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), said 80% of the 184 surveyed schemes had reported negative investment results.LCP indicated that the figure of -1.2% included the result of schemes’ hedging the interest risk on their liabilities.It said the outcome was a weighted average, corrected for a scheme’s scale. The unweighted average was -1.3%. According to the consultant, the weighted average return in the first quarter of 2018 was -0.7%.The result had improved to 2% and 0.9% in the second and third quarter, respectively, but became a 3.4% loss during the last three months of last year.The 2018 result contrasted sharply with the 5.7% generated on average in the previous year, when merely 2% of the surveyed schemes had incurred a loss on investments.Jeroen Koopmans, partner at LCP, said the DNB statistics did not offer clues as to why the results were so much lower last year.“In general, this was caused by returns on investments in particular and not by fluctuations in interest rates,” he said.LCP’s analysis showed that, with a 2% loss on average, general pension funds (APF) had performed worse than occupational schemes (-1.3%), industry-wide pension funds (-1.2%) and company schemes (-1%).Within the company pension funds category, the larger ones usually performed better than smaller ones, whereas for sector pension funds the opposite was the case. The pension fund for shipping firm Nedlloyd was one of the five best performing schemes in 2018The five best performing schemes last year were Kappers, the sector pension fund for hairdressers (2.3%), and the company pension funds for IBM Netherlands (2.2%), Mercer Netherlands (2.2%), shipping firm Nedlloyd (1.6%), and PepsiCo Netherlands (1.5%).LCP’s Koopmans attributed their results to the fact that most of them had a securities allocation of less than 30%, which had limited their losses as a result of declining equity markets in the last quarter of 2018.The five worst performing schemes last year were the pension fund of former cruise company HAL (-12.9%), the Pon compartment of multi-company scheme Pon (-5.3%), the pension fund of payment services firm Equens (-5.1%), industry-wide pension fund Sportfondsen (-4.5%), and the fund for publisher VNU (-4.2%).However, all of these pension funds had a coverage ratio exceeding their required funding level.Koopmans said the DNB figures did not directly explain the low returns and the difference in loss between the pension fund HAL and the Pon compartment, which both had invested around 67% in securities.“Moreover, with a securities allocation of 62%, civil service scheme ABP reported a loss of no more than 2.3%,” he noted.The LCP partner suggested that returns were also affected by the scale of schemes’ interest and currency hedge, the other asset classes they had invested in, the geographical areas of their holdings as well as whether investments were passively or actively managed.The number of pension funds in the Netherlands currently stands at around 230, with more than two dozen in liquidation.last_img read more

Aussies go bloomin’ mad for botanicals

first_img The Courier-Mail caught up with The Block judge and design expert Neale Whitaker at the recent launch of Porter Davis’s World of Style display store in Fortitude Valley to find out why Australians are mad for botanicals. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMorgan Collection Landscape are made from oak and powder-coated metal, the Morgan round dining table, buffet, along with the Cleo Dining Chair, Aubrey Woven Pendant and Dakota Textured Rug are the perfect setting to complement any botanical design elements,“It segued into a very Australian take on that, through Australiana – with Australian plants and Australian flowers being very popular.”When it comes to redecorating the whole house in colour and botanicals, Whitaker said to “take it easy”. RELATED: Whitaker said botanicals were “really on trend”.“I think green has been popular for a couple of years now and that whole botanical trend started with the tropical fruit we were seeing and the palm trees,” he said. Neale Whittker pictured during the opening of Porter Davis’s World of Style in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Thursday 15th November 2018 Picture AAP/David Clark Design guru opens World of Style Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p216p216pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenThe top 5 Love It or List It makeovers from season 100:54 Tomic takes pay cut Whitaker said while he wasn’t an avid believer in trends, Australians’ love for colour and botanicals was hard to ignore.“I think there is a growing love for colour – we’re in the most generous period that we’ve been in for a very long time,” he said.“It’s just been about neutrals – neutrals, neutrals, neutrals.“But at the moment, people are getting more experimental when it comes to colours.“Whether they’re introducing it with a coloured tile in the bathroom, or through a few cushions on the sofa, they’re playing with colour through decoration in a way that they weren’t before.” MORE: At home with Lise Carlaw “It’s much easier to introduce this to your home through a cushion – don’t wallpaper a whole wall,” he said.“You have to be really committed to something to go for a whole wall, but I suppose you can always paint over it.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<<last_img read more

Tipp’s Bennett frustrated at missing sprints

first_imgHe was badly injured in a crash at over 60 kilometres per hour in the closing metres of the first stage on Saturday week.The Carrick sprinter had to undergo surgery on his hand and also suffered back injuries in the tumble.This has relegated him to a back seat in the bunch sprints on the opening week which has left him far from happy.last_img

Tipp management confident ahead of All Ireland Quarter Final

first_imgSelector Tommy Toomey believes the players’ proven resolve will ensure that Galway won’t have it all their own way in Sunday’s quarter-final.So far during the championship Tipp have come through difficult situations against both Cork and Derry to record famous wins.Tommy thinks the injection of youth into the squad has been a major boost… Kevin Walsh is the Galway manager and says Tipperary deserve to have reached this stage of the competition…Tipp FM’s live coverage of the game – which gets underway at 4 o’clock on Sunday – will be brought to you in association with John Kennedy Motors, Clonmel.last_img read more

Saint Lucia Anticipates Welcoming Over 140K Cruise Visitors in March 2019

first_imgCaribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) – The month of March is expected to be a record-breaking period in Saint Lucia’s cruise sector.Between Friday March 1, and Sunday March 3, 2019, twelve (12) cruise vessels including the inaugural call of Crystal Esprit brought an estimated combined capacity of 19,052 travelers to the destination. Expected through March 31, is the arrival of an additional 125,434 travelers.In an effort to maximize the benefits of tourism locally that is in direct keeping with our current plans and policy trends toward sustainable cruise tourism strategies, special focus is being placed on the development and management of the cruise sector.“We are doing everything possible to ensure that Saint Lucians benefit more from these impressive numbers. A revenue committee has been established at the Tourism Council to yield greater economic penetration for our people.” said Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee. “Therefore, the tremendous growth we are experiencing is a great beginning and we are committed to making this count by training our vendors and other stakeholders to focus on revenue.”With Saint Lucia’s capacity to welcome Vista, Quantum and Freedom Class vessels, cruise increased by 13.6% in 2018.  The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is projecting 6 to 7 percent growth this year, continuing an upward trend that began in September of 2018.In the near future cruise travelers will have much more to see and do, as Saint Lucia is moving towards community-based tourism strategies. The Department of Tourism has earmarked eight communities nationally for the development of the Village Tourism programme with the aim of promoting linkages between onshore businesses and other sectors of the economy.The idea is to convert each of the communities into a tourism destination, highlighting its unique culture, cuisine, heritage and history, thereby creating an experience for visitors unlike any other destination.last_img read more