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Jessie Buckley on Jumping from Reality TV to Being Romanced By Jude Law in London’s Henry V

first_img You’ve helped make your own luck by getting off the musicals treadmill to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Yes, I’d been busy after I’d Do Anything working at the Menier [in A Little Night Music], and I’d even been a jazz singer for a year, but something in me said, “Sod the lot” [to hell with it]. It was time to go back and properly train. So I ended up on the three-year course at RADA pretty clear as to what I wanted to get out of my training and streetwise as to what I wanted to achieve. I knew it was a risk, but I also knew it was something I had to do. Your role in Henry V is comparatively small, but your rapport with Jude Law makes a big impact. Thank you! I auditioned for the part last summer while I was doing The Tempest at the Globe, and I got the call the next day that I had it. Because Jude was in the room during the audition, I got a sense right away of how our onstage relationship might work; there was a great sense of fun from the get-go. Does your musical experience come in handy in performing Shakespeare? I suppose it does help me to the extent that the two [disciplines] don’t feel all that different. If anything, there is something quite musical in Shakespeare’s heightened use of language and the way he shapes his speech. How would you describe the wooing scene, which brings a bit of femininity to a very testosterone-charged play? What’s lovely is that Katherine is being used as a political pawn; she has heard a lot about this guy she hasn’t met, and when they come together she discovers a real longing for love and connection. I think what’s amazing, too, is that Shakespeare doesn’t just give you one set play about one thing. You never know which way the play might turn. Your scene brings a burst of romance into a play about heroism—or the lack thereof. Very much so: Katherine and Henry begin by playing games, or what I call a sort of verbal ping-pong, and fall in love by the end of the scene. Do you come from a family where language was valued? Very much so. My mum is a musician, so language has always been there for her, and my dad is a fantastic poet —not a professional one, but the way he uses language is really exciting. Language is so important to the Irish almost regardless of education. It’s amazing to think that Sean O’Casey didn’t learn to read until he was 12, but it’s as if it’s in your blood! [Laughs.] You didn’t picture yourself hopping from one West End musical to another? No, and I don’t think there’s anything on [in London musicals] at the moment that I feel terribly drawn to. That’s not to say I wouldn’t do a musical again. For me, it’s about the work itself, whether it’s interesting and who it happens to be with. I still can’t believe I came out of RADA early in order to play Miranda in The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe with Roger Allam as my dad. That was just bloody brilliant! View Commentscenter_img So, does the prime-time TV hoo-ha and buzz of I’d Do Anything feel like a lifetime ago? Totally! The show was amazing in that it got me to London and gave me experience, but it really does feel like a completely different me. What’s the same, I suppose, is that I know I have a lot to learn, and I’m going to make a lot of mistakes along the way. But that’s okay, isn’t it? Kidding aside, how valuable is it to work with someone who has combined film and theater, contemporary and classic roles? Jude is absolutely an inspiration, and I can’t say enough about how great and approachable he has been from day one. He’s a real leader—a true leading man—and that in itself has been fantastic to watch. I remember hearing that when Judi Dench was starting out at the Old Vic, she used to stand by the side of the stage watching the actors around her, and I can see why: That is where you really learn! Have you gone to Jude for career advice? Not really. I don’t think I would want to take up too much of his time with that sort of talk. The thing is, everyone’s journey [as an actor] is different, and so much of it has to do with people’s desires. And luck. And you get to snog Jude Law eight times a week. That in itself must make you the envy of all your girlfriends. [Laughs.] Um, yes, I think there are quite a few who are wishing they were in my shoes! Jessie Buckley was still a teenager when she made it to the finals of I’d Do Anything, the 2008 BBC reality TV competition to find a Nancy for the West End revival of Oliver! She didn’t get the role but went on to other musical gigs before taking time off to re-train as a classical performer. That explains why the 24-year-old Irish actress is currently charming audiences as French princess Katherine opposite Jude Law in Henry V at London’s Noel Coward Theatre. (Her director, Michael Grandage, spoke to Broadway.com of the “winning smile and immediate warmth” that helped her land the part.) The charming Buckley took time one recent evening to talk about the shift from singing to Shakespeare, and what it’s like to be wooed by an international movie star eight times a week. You’re Irish, playing a young French royal. That’s quite a leap in terms of accents! [Laughs] I know, especially since I’d only done a bit of A-level [high school] French. But once I got the part, I recorded some French people saying my lines, and I met a waitress in Brixton [south London] who was very helpful. I also watched a lot of Marion Cotillard on YouTube—interviews and the like—to see how the French hold themselves and how they speak.last_img read more

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What a Knockout! See Andy Karl’s Muscular Makeover for Rocky

first_img Star Files Andy Karl Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Rocky Rocky headliner Andy Karl has obviously been eating his raw eggs and doing his pull-ups! Judging by this shirtless photo of the Broadway vet in Vogue, Karl is taking this whole Italian Stallion thing very seriously, and with the help of director Alex Timbers, he looks like he’s ready to rumble. He’s even got an “Eye of the Tiger” tattoo! Featuring music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, Rocky is a new musical adaptation of the beloved boxing movie of the same name. Check out this Hot Shot of Timbers and Karl (or as we like to call it, Rocky’s one-two punch), then catch the production beginning February 11 at the Winter Garden Theatre! View Commentslast_img read more

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1% is no longer enough

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Can a credit union “buy” a member’s love and loyalty? Perhaps not, but if they want to try, card rewards are the single biggest currency the cooperative has at its disposal.This is particularly true for credit unions chasing the affection of the digital shopper. Because online purchasers are often value seekers, they are big-time fans of cash-back rewards. These individuals want very much to extend the value of the money they are spending, and they often view cash back as a way to do precisely that. This is why e-commerce giants like Amazon and PayPal are upping the ante on the amount of cash coming back to their credit cardholders.Amazon Prime Store Card offers 5% back on all purchases (on or off Amazon). With the PayPal Cashback Mastercard, cardholders earn 2% cash back.An accepted truth in the credit card game is that a rewards program is only as effective as its redemption rate. Simply put, if a cardmember isn’t using her rewards, they certainly aren’t that motivating. And according to Bankrate.com, 31 percent of credit cardholders in the U.S have never redeemed their credit card rewards. continue reading »last_img read more

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Hempstead Woman Hit, Killed by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car while crossing a road in Roosevelt shortly after midnight on Memorial Day.Nassau County police said Maria Cebellos, of Hempstead, was crossing Nassau Road at the corner of West Roosevelt Avenue when she was hit by a Ford sedan at 12:10 a.m. Monday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives inspected the vehicle and determined that there was no criminality involved, but the investigation is continuing.last_img read more

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Zagreb Burger Festival has made the burger evolution on the gastro scene

first_imgZagreb Burger Festival launched the street food revolution in Croatia and, most importantly, proved that burgers are a new trend and a “must have” in tourism.The best proof of this thesis is the fact that all serious hotels have included burgers in their offer, and dropped burgers. This is a big change in the market, so I can freely conclude that ZBF actually made not a revolution, but an evolution – and completely kicked burgers out of the gastronomic game. Also, burgers were found in the offer of top restaurants. So, from spaghetti, pizza and burgers to burgers.It all started with Fuliranje, which laid the foundations of Advent in Zagreb and practically branded Advent through Fuliranje, and continued with the Zagreb Burger Festival, Articulation and Foodballer – what accompanies the whole story is great, quality content and production and “that something” and a great atmosphere. What is the magic formula for success? Excellent production, quality and story.And on Sunday, ZBF closed its third edition, and once again proved that quality content is a motive for coming as well as a generator of tourist spending.So far, the most successful edition of this gourmet event in eleven days was visited by about 190.000 people, which once again confirmed and defended the title of the most visited Croatian street food event.Visitors enjoyed the offer of as many as 18 caterers from Zagreb, Split and Pula, 5 bars and accompanying facilities such as Kid’s zone and photo points. 18 DJs showed their skills on stage, and two concerts were held. This is a short summary of the Zagreb Burger Festival, which again this year showed the direction in which festivals must develop and grow – and this is primarily by raising the quality of performance, content and raising the scale from year to year.Also, it should be noted that ZBF grows, develops and surprises with something new every time. It doesn’t grow in the context of expanding headlong, just to sell another cottage, but it grows in quality and production. This is exactly the trap of various festivals and events, which are always the same and do not innovate or develop through some new content or better production. So every year ZBF surprises with something new and different, and the expectations of visitors are not that they are completely met, but even exceeded.So this year, for the first time, the beer sponsor is no longer one of the famous industrial breweries, but a craft brewery, more precisely The Garden Brewery, has bravely taken its place. Also, this year the organizers tried to reduce queues and waiting by introducing a mobile application, through which you could order your burger and get a notification as soon as it is finished. I emphasize they tried, because I’m not sure how successful they were at it. Not because of poor performance, but simply because of too much crowd. Proof of this is my personal arrival at ZBF on Monday at 22:30 p.m. I emphasize, Monday before the end of working hours at ZBF was all full. From the musical point of view, famous foreign DJs came to the Festival for the first time, including the popular Huey Morgan, frontman of the famous group Fun Lovin Criminals and Kenny Dope. And another proof of how the organizers think about the details is the outdoor playroom (inflatable, bungee jumping and trampolines) for the youngest. Some would say it’s an unnecessary expense, as well as investing in flags, arranging tables and many more small details, details that just make a difference and define successful. Burgers with homemade authentic ingredientsEach burger is different and 18 burger masters put so many combinations on the table that you only need “one whole day” to choose which is your favorite burger (about 70 types). But what fascinated me was that there is no industry, only fresh meat from home production, as well as a combination of flavors with local and indigenous ingredients. This is a strong message, as each region can have its own specific and indigenous burgers, which gives it added charm. The food combinations that go with the burger are unlimited and it’s all a matter of imagination and combining different flavors, but it is this authenticity and local affiliation that gives a special charm and stamp to the whole story.Burger made of teran, polenta, kulen, truffles… not every burger is the same and we are leaving the comfort zone of standardization. It is this message that we must send through our tourist offer, quality and authenticity.Pula’s Mason burgers & staff won in as many as two categoriesOn the last day of the Festival in Strossmayer Square, the winners in three categories were announced.Except for the already known one – The Best Burger by People, the best burger flavors were chosen in two more categories: The Best Burger by Food Bloggers i The Best Burger by Food Media. The Best Burger by People is the most important category, because the best of the best are chosen by visitors, but blogger ratings as well as those of the leading gastro media are valuable. In addition to a great offer of food and drinks, the great success of the Festival was favored, in addition to nice weather and a great music program with a change of great beats, with leading world DJ stars such as Huey Morgan, Kenny Dope, Amerigo Gazaway and Danny Kane.By choice visitors the best burger was offered by Mason burgers & staff, the second best burger comes from The Burger Bar, and in third place is Đura’s house. gastro media the best burger at this year’s Festival was offered by Mason burgers & staff. The second place went to Zagreb’s Kascheta, which is participating in the Zagreb Burger Festival for the first time, while the third place is shared by Đurina Hiža, another debutant this year, and 50 A Burger & Champagne Bar. Gastro bloggers were declared the best by Zagreb’s The Burger Bar, and the second place was won by the team from Submarin. Another debutant at this year’s Festival, Cellar Grill, took third place, and outside the mentioned categories, the best vegetarian burger Toto’s Burger Bar from Split was chosen.Solu outRegardless of the fact that the burger masters knew what awaited them, it was difficult to stay on their feet, ie prepare well and stay open until the end of each day. If we know that the price of the burger ranged from 45,00 to 80,00 kn, then we add the price of beer and multiply that by 190.000 visitors – it is quite clear that this is a great consumption and a complete story.Word of mouth marketing has always been and always will be the best advertisementZagreb Burger Festival has achieved one of the few phenomena, so it practically does not need marketing, because the best marketing is their story and the enthusiasm of visitors. Also, all the media has written about him, and if you’re a food blogger and haven’t taken a selfie with ZBF, that’s a miss of the year. It simply created a quality buzz and a casual and urban atmosphere that deserves all the media attention, and yet offers so many stories to tell. Another message for the organizers of other festivals. Follow the example of ZBF, where the media is provided with quality content and many interesting thematic stories, because that is the only right way and a fair relationship with the media, instead of sending dry and low-quality PR announcements. It is important to ensure quality content, as well as to hire professionals who are currently dealing with media relations, as well as professional photographers, designers, etc.… as is the case at ZBF. Nothing is accidental.Visitors are important, not you as the organizerWe organize every festival and event not for ourselves, but for the sake of visitors. That is why it is important to take care of this segment. how visitors move, feel and behave. What is the atmosphere, interaction with visitors, how long they stay, etc.… You can find out this in two ways. The first is to get into the shoes of the visitor himself. Before starting and when planning the festival itself, try to visualize what the festival will look like in the space, what is the layout, where they can throw garbage, what and how they see from all positions, where they can sit…. Stand in the middle of the space, turn around and visualize the whole space. Another way is to monitor and watch during the manifestation the reaction and movement of the visitors. Some things you can fix on the go, while others you can fix for next year.It is ZBF that follows this feeling for visitors at every turn. People are full of positive, energy, nothing is intrusive but spontaneous, people hang out and talk, enjoy quality food and craft beer, listen to quality music that does not rush to New Zagreb, but still gives space for everyone to find their place at the festival in which feels best. Perhaps the best description and image of the whole story is just when you look around you, and everyone is happy, smiling, talking, hanging out live, not over cell phones and the virtual world. ZBF is not just a festival, it has grown into something much bigger, a way of life.Zagreb Burger Festival has evolved on the gastro scene and street food. Of course, he was not the only one responsible for the whole story, but he was the first to show and start a story about burgers or a plastic example to explain, he rolled the story, and the rest is history. In the end, the Zagreb Burger Festival, due to its attractive program, top catering offer, decoration, small details, production, and accompanying content, would not be ashamed of the world’s leading metropolises, and the concept itself is a successful example of how festivals should look and develop.last_img read more

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From Manhattan to Hiroshima: The race for the atom bomb

first_imgConventional bombs On March 9-10, 1945, US warplanes carry out massive firebombing attacks on Tokyo and other major Japanese cities. Around 100,000 people die in the capital alone. Hiroshima and Nagasaki On August 6 the US B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” drops a 9,000-pound atomic bomb over Hiroshima at 8:15 am, killing 140,000 people by the end of December, according to a widely accepted toll. Truman tells Japanese leaders that if they do not surrender “they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this Earth”.On August 8, the Soviet Union declares war on Japan.On August 9, a second atomic bomb explodes over Nagasaki at 11:02 am, killing 74,000 people.On August 15, Japanese Emperor Hirohito tells his nation it has lost the war. He remains on the throne during post-war reconstruction of the country. Allied ultimatum On July 26, in the Potsdam Declaration, Britain, China and the United States warn Japan that it must surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction”. Japan decides to “ignore” the ultimatum, although the word used – — mokusatsu —  also translates as “no comment”. German surrender On May 8, Germany surrenders, but fighting continues in Asia and the Pacific. Potential targets Around spring 1945, possible targets are evaluated and a list drawn up of Japanese cities that could be hit with an atomic bomb. At the top of the list is Japan’s seventh-largest city, Hiroshima. Kyoto is rejected as a target owing largely to its historic and cultural importance. Einstein warning  Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes destroy much of the US Pacific fleet based at Pearl Harbor. The next day, the United States enters World War II. Topics :center_img First American test Between May and July, components of the atomic bombs are shipped to Tinian, an island in the Marianas chain from where B-29 bombers are able to reach Japan.On July 16, at 5:30 am, the “Trinity” test takes place near Alamogordo, New Mexico, demonstrating the awesome power of an atomic bomb and marking the dawn of the nuclear age.On July 25, Truman agrees to a mission to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. It included approval to drop additional bombs as soon as they became available. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki capped six years of top-secret work by scientists from Europe and North America. Here is an overview of how that process unfolded. In 1939, Albert Einstein signs a letter warning US president Franklin D. Roosevelt of the destructive potential of nuclear fission, which was discovered by the German chemist Otto Hahn. The letter says the process could result in “extremely powerful bombs of a new type”. Roosevelt creates the Advisory Body on Uranium. Battle of Okinawa On March 26, the battle of Okinawa begins. More than 100,000 Japanese soldiers and a similar number of civilians die over the next three months, while 12,000 US soldiers are also killed. The battle is used by US officials to justify using atomic bombs, since an invasion of mainland Japan is forecast to result in an even higher cost.On April 12, Roosevelt dies and Harry Truman becomes president of the United States and learns of the “Manhattan Project”. First Soviet bomb On August 29, 1949, four years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki are destroyed, the Soviet Union successfully tests its own atomic bomb in Kazakhstan and becomes the world’s second nuclear power. The Manhattan Project In August 1942, the US officially launches a top-secret program to develop an atomic bomb. The project, which had been approved the previous year, comes to be known as the “Manhattan Project”. Approximately two billion dollars are spent to achieve its goal.In 1943, Robert Oppenheimer is named scientific director of a secret lab at Los Alamos, New Mexico that is to build the bomb. The project includes top physicists from the US, Britain and Canada, in addition to several who fled the Nazi occupation of their homelands in Europe.last_img read more

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Facebook sees uptick in Proud Boys content after presidential debate

first_imgTopics : Facebook Inc identified an “uptick” in content related to the far-right Proud Boys on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump declined to condemn the group during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, a company executive said on Twitter.The content included memes featuring Trump’s instructions to the group to “stand back and stand by,” said Brian Fishman, who directs Facebook’s team handling counterterrorism and dangerous organizations.During the debate, Trump deflected an opportunity to denounce “white supremacists and militia groups” amid violence that has marred some protests against racism and police brutality in multiple U.S. cities. “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump said, before immediately pivoting: “But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa,” he said, referencing the largely unstructured, anti-fascist movement that broadly aims to confront those it views as authoritarian or racist.Extremism experts warned the president’s response could embolden Proud Boys supporters, who promptly circulated memes quoting the president’s words on various social networks.Most of the content Facebook identified on Wednesday condemned the Proud Boys and Trump’s comments about them, but the company was removing any posts it found that praised the group, Fishman said.In 2018, Facebook banned the Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group, and it has removed three networks of related accounts and content this year.center_img Still, the world’s biggest social network failed to catch organizers publicizing a rally in Portland earlier this month, which went on for weeks before it was spotted by the Tech Transparency Project, an outside watchdog group.On Wednesday, Trump supporters in Facebook Groups – which the company has promoted heavily this year, despite concerns about the difficulty of moderating those spaces – defended the Proud Boys and accused left-wing protesters of being “domestic terrorists.”One member of the 30,000-member Trump Train MAGA Group called the Proud Boys “hardcore patriotic Americans.”On Facebook, a group called Refuse Fascism that organizes nationwide protests characterized the president’s words as “bullying, lie-filled fascist assault” and accused the Proud Boys of being “fascist thugs.” last_img read more

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Jack Wilshere reveals the moment Arsene Wenger advised him to leave Arsenal

first_imgJack Wilshere was advised to leave Arsenal by Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2017 (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere has lifted the lid on the ‘really honest conversation’ he had with Arsene Wenger in which the Arsenal manager advised him to leave the club for the good of his career.The midfielder joined Arsenal at the age of nine and rose through the academy ranks before making his first-team debut in September 2008, coming on as a second-half substitute for Robin van Persie in the side’s 4-0 victory away to Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League. Quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting prospects in English football, Wilshere was tipped for a huge future with both club and country and went on to win two FA Cups and a Community Shield with the Gunners. FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This 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.‘At the time I was still injured and nothing really came up. I was considering everything. Once I realised that I wasn’t going to leave, that I was going to stay for another year, I looked around the midfield and thought to myself, “If I get myself really fit and I’ve got a manager who trusts me, who backs me, who knows my ability and if I can prove my fitness to him, I think I can get in this team”, and I did. ‘The team didn’t really do well in the league, they started badly. I played a few Under-23 games and then got into the Europa League squad. I played a few of those games, I played well. ‘Then as I thought, Arsene showed faith in me and I played and I managed to play quite a lot of games that season. It was quite a good season.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 10:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Wilshere is in his second season with the Hammers (Picture: Getty)However, Wilshere’s Arsenal career was largely defined by a series of frustrating injuries and the England international was sent on a season-long loan to Bournemouth in 2016 to help get his career back on track.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut a serious calf injury ruled him out of the final few months of Bournemouth’s campaign and Wenger encouraged him to leave Arsenal that summer.‘I’d got injured and stepped away from football for a little bit to take my mind off things,’ Wilshere, now in his second season with West Ham, told Arsenal’s ‘In Lockdown’ podcast. ‘I’d got married and gone on my honeymoon. When I came back I still wasn’t with the team, I was still training on my own, doing my rehab.‘I remember one afternoon I was sitting in the gym on a bike and Arsene just came and sat next to me and we had a really honest conversation. He said, “Look, this is your last year, the club aren’t going to offer you a new deal. If you find a club who is going to give you a long term deal, if I was you I would go.” Emery told Wilshere he would not be in his starting XI (Picture: Getty)Wilshere says a frank discussion with Wenger’s successor, Unai Emery, convinced him to leave the club ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. ‘I was enjoying it and then I got offered a new deal at Arsenal. I obviously had a year left and even into January I was playing in the team and there were still no discussions happening,’ he continued.‘Then finally the discussions happened. I got offered a new deal and I wasn’t really happy with it. I’d have conversations with Arsene and he was doing all he could for me. We sort of got to the point where we’d almost agreed it and I was almost ready to sign. ‘Then the news came that Arsene was leaving and I just thought, “How can I sign a new deal at a club that is based on appearances? I need to play to get a decent amount of money with a manager who I don’t know if he likes me”. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I wanted to see who was going to come in and then when Emery did come in I wanted to sit down and have a conversation with him. ‘He said to me, “If I was you I would leave, you’re not in my starting XI”. He had plans to buy a midfield, I think he bought [Lucas] Torreira and a few others and I wasn’t in his plans. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That was the moment when I decided. A lot of people who I’d grown up with, the staff, the physios, my friends basically [had left] – it felt like the club was going in a different direction and I decided to leave.‘I was part of Arsenal, it’s a massive club and I was a big part of it, it was difficult. It was a sad time to leave and even now I look back and think, “Yeah, that was a tough time”.’Did Wilshere leave Arsenal at the right time?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Robin van Persie reveals the moment he realised Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira was a ‘true leader’MORE: Manchester United should have signed Arsenal legend Tony Adams, says Phil Neville Jack Wilshere reveals the moment Arsene Wenger advised him to leave Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Retirement community takes the Hampton’s theme to the next level

first_imgPalm Lake Resort Beachmere Bay is going Hampton’s style.The development will have 291 homes, all with two bedrooms, an activity room and a double garage. 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 investor2 hours agoPrices start from $455,000, with all homes including solar panels, Smeg appliances, immaculately landscaped gardens, window furnishings, luxury flooring and emergency alert buttons.Construction will soon be starting on the Hamptons Country Club, which will include ten-pinbowling, cinema, indoor & outdoor pools, library, Milon gym, craft and billiards.Development approval has also been received for a 102-bed aged care facility due to start construction next year.Residents will also share existing facilities at the adjoining Palm Lake Resort Beachmere Sands,which has 182 occupied villas. Those facilities include caravan storage & a wash bay, resident workshop, a golf course, dog run, recreational gardens, tennis courts and waterfront beachside centre.“We are hoping to build a real sense of community amongst the two resorts,” Ms Baldwin said.“One of the wonderful things about Palm Lake Resort is seeing the residents band together as a community. We are excited to see the new friendships that will be built amongst new and existing residents in both of the resorts.”For a limited time when you place a deposit on a home in Beachmere Bay, you will receive a$14,000 luxury inclusions package. Palm Lake Resort Beachmere Bay is embracing a Hampton’s theme with 291 homes, all with two bedrooms, an activity room and a double garage.BEACHMERE is getting a touch of Hamptons luxury with 10 new floorplans being released at Palm Lake Resort’s latest retirement community.Palm Lake Resort Beachmere Bay sales manager Brittany Baldwin said the Hampton theme, which would run throughout the resort, was really taking the resort’s designer lifestyle to the next level.“The development at Palm Lake Resort Beachmere Bay will allow residents to live andbreathe a luxury lifestyle in their retirement,” Ms Baldwin said.“The entire resort will look and feel like it’s been airlifted from the Hamptons and dropped right here in Beachmere.”Launched in May, earthworks and civil works have started at the new Beachmere Bay development, with construction set to start in the coming months.last_img read more

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first_imgVarma Mutual Pension Insurance Company – Reima Rytsölä has been appointed as CIO. Rytsölä will take up his new position in April 2014 at the latest. He will report to Varma’s president and chief executive and be a member of the company’s executive group. Rytsölä will join Varma from Pohjola Bank, where he was senior executive vice-president of banking and a member of the group executive committee. Matti Vuoria is president and chief executive of Varma.Henderson Global Investors – Rob Gambi has been appointed CIO, arriving from UBS Global Asset Management, where he was group managing director and global head of fixed income.Fidelity Worldwide Investment – Richard Parkin has been appointed head of retirement as part of the company’s plans to offer a new retirement service to its UK customers. Parkin will take up the role at the end of October.Man Group – Neil Mason has been appointed senior managing director and lead portfolio manager of the Man GLG multi-strategy portfolios. Mason comes from the role of chief risk officer at Harvard Management Company. Before then, he was CIO at FRM Capital Advisors.Liontrust Asset Management – John Husselbee, chief executive of North Investment Partners, and Paul Kim have been recruited to establish a new multi-asset team. Husselbee will join Liontrust along with the North Investment Partners operation before the end of October. Kim will join as senior fund manager.  He has had roles at Liverpool Victoria Asset Management, Capel Cure Myers, Sun Life Portfolio Counselling Services (AXA Sun Life) and other firms.Apollo Aviation Management – Pat O’Brien has been elected as an independent director to the board of Apollo, the Irish subsidiary of aviation asset manager Apollo Aviation Group. O’Brien is a former KPMG Partner who specialised in aviation finance and advising international aircraft leasing companies.State Street – José Almeida, chairman, president and chief executive at Covidien, has been appointed to the board of directors at State Street Corporation. Almeida joined Covidien, formerly Tyco Healthcare, in 1995. He is currently on the board of Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and Partners in Health.Investcorp – Lionel Erdely has been appointed head of hedge funds and CIO. He joins from Lyxor Asset Management, where he has been CIO since 2004, and chief executive of Lyxor Inc since 2009. National Asset Management Agency, Invesco Perpetual, Dutch Code for Pension Funds, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Henderson Global investors, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Man Group, Liontrust Asset Management, Apollo Aviation Management, State Street, InvestcorpNational Asset Management Agency (NAMA) – John Mulcahy, head of asset management at Ireland’s NAMA, will retire at the end of next February and be succeeded by Mary Birmingham, currently a senior asset manager at the agency. Mulcahy has been at NAMA since it was set up in December 2009, starting as head of portfolio management.Invesco Perpetual – Head of UK equities Neil Woodford is to leave at the end of April 2014, after 25 years with the company. He will remain responsible for all funds where he is the named manager through a transition period, the company said. At the end of that, Mark Barnett will be named manager of the High Income and Perpetual Income funds, and then succeed Woodford as head of UK equities. Ciaran Mallon and existing fixed income managers Paul Causer and Paul Read will manage the UK equity components of the Monthly Income Plus and Perpetual Distribution funds with immediate effect.Dutch Code for Pension Funds – Margot Scheltema has been appointed as chair of the five-strong monitoring committee for the new Code for Pension Funds, recently presented by the Dutch Pensions Federation and the Labour Foundation (StAr). Scheltema has ample experience in financial management, gained from national and international positions at energy giant Shell as well as from positions at the Foreign Ministry and the Treasury. Currently, she is on the board as well as on supervisory boards of several companies and institutions in the financial sector. Next year, she will leave the audit committee of the €292bn civil service scheme ABP.last_img read more

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