Sting Boards the Cast of His Broadway Musical The Last Ship

first_img Featuring a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship is inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences and his album of the same name. It is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence. The new tuner, directed by Joe Mantello, has had disappointing box office grosses since opening on October 26 at the Neil Simon Theatre. It earned $536,449 out of a potential $1,243,260 for the week ending November 16. “I’ve been working on this show for five years and been at every rehearsal, every performance, so it’s not like I’ve flown in from Planet Rock Star to save the day,” said Sting told The New York Times. View Comments The cast also includes Broadway faves Michael Esper and Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker, Fred Applegate, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet. Related Shows The previously reported rumors were true. Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship on December 9. The Grammy winner will replace Jimmy Nail as Jackie White and perform in the production through January 10, 2015. The Last Ship Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015last_img read more

Auction numbers surge as bidders start to compete

first_imgAuction numbers in Townsville have more than doubled over the past quarter as agents seek to create buyer competition for quality stock.AUCTION numbers have more than doubled over the past quarter as agents seek to create buyer competition for quality stock.Since January this year, auction listings jumped from 39 to an average of 63 this week, an increase of 61.5 per cent.Auctions now account for 3.05 per cent of all stock on the market with clearance rates sitting at an average of 50 per cent, according to auctioneer and sales agent Sam Musumeci of RE/MAX Excellence.“I do think the market is turning which is why there are more auctions as sellers don’t want to undersell their homes,” he said. “Clearance rates are at around 50 per cent at the moment which, for our market, is a pretty good result and shows that auctions do work but it is a lot of hard work for agents as we’re a buyers’ market so you need to create competition.“Overall I think sellers are becoming more savvy with the auction process as it’s the purest way to sell a home as it has no price on it.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020According to Mr Musumeci, auctions — if done right — also created buyer competition which could result in a higher sale price.“Often, when you put a price on a property you don’t get anyone through the door during open homes,” he said.“Auctions, on the other hand, create curiosity.”With Townsville still on the road to recovery, Ferry property sales agent Paul Bow said auctions offered a point of difference.“By taking away the price, you remove any negativity about a property,” Mr Bow said.“It allows the buyer to inspect a home without any preconceived idea or expectation.“On top of that, auctions give a clear market indication of what a home is actually worth and prevents properties being undervalued.“If a property doesn’t sell at auction, it helps set an accurate market price as a property is only worth what buyers are willing to pay. As a result of that properties generally do sell within three weeks after auction.”last_img read more

Huge Turnouts for Umole 70th Birthday Golf Tourney

first_imgOver one hundred golfers will participate at the Sylva Umole 70 Birthday Golf Tournament which tees-off today at the Benin Club Golf course, Benin City, Edo State.The birthday tourney will feature golfers various golf clubs in Nigeria, mostly from Edo, Lagos, Delta and other South-south states.Among them are Ibori Golf and Country Club, Asaba; Shell Golf Club, Warri; Ikoyi Golf Club, Lagos; UBTH Golf Club, Benin and many more.According to Kingsley Okunbo, the tournament is being bankrolled by the Sylva Umole Committee of Friends in collaboration with the club to celebrate Umole whom he described as a great golfer and friends who had paid his dues in the game.Okunbo, the former captain of the club noted that organising the one-day event would feature golfers from across the zone and that all necessary arrangements to ensure hitch-free tournament have been perfected by the committee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Christer Fahlstedt – Paf on course to eliminate all big player losses by 2020

first_img StumbleUpon Share Detailing an ‘industry first’, Åland Island (Finland) based betting group Paf has moved to openly publish a detailed breakdown of its customers’ annual wins and losses as part of its corporate social responsibility mandate.Updating the market, Chief Executive Christer Fahlstedt detailed that the initiative would bring stakeholder transparency to Paf’s player wagering limits and further sustainability directives.“We are probably the first gaming company in the world to show openly and transparently what our customer database looks like,” he said. “These are the figures that most gaming companies want to hide because it shows that a few individuals can have an enormous impact on their operating results.”In 2018, Paf governance announced that it would introduce ‘permanent year limits’ set across its customer base and games portfolio, with the company announcing that it would enforce a ‘maximum €30,000 player loss limit’.Leading Paf, Fahlstedt states that they have refocused the business on servicing recreational players, noting that earnings generated from top wagering accounts have decreased.In its breakdown, Paf figures detail reduced revenues from ‘big player’ segments, with the operator able to increase its number of active customers by 24% during the course of 2018.“The figures show that the ‘loss limit’ and our tougher measures in gambling responsibility mean that we have lost over €4 million in revenue annually from our big players,” Fahlstedt added. “It is a lot of money. But it is unsustainable money that we no longer receive and which the whole gaming industry should say no to.”As a corporate directive, the Paf executive team has stated that it anticipates completely withdrawing its big player wagering services by 2020.Fahlstedt said: “We can guarantee that Paf won’t have any ‘high roller’ revenue by 2020 – since the ‘loss limit’ will be fully implemented then. I can also promise that we will continue to report with complete transparency on the revenues from our various customer groups.”Aiding the firm’s sustainability principals, Fahlstedt outlines that the betting group is developing further resources which will enable Paf verticals to detect and better monitor gambling harm behaviours.Daniela Johansson – PafPaf  Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson commented: “Previously we did not send direct marketing to players who play for large amounts and who have been flagged for a responsible gaming reason.“Now we are expanding our restrictions to more customer segments, which in practice means that we will double the amount of customers who do not receive direct marketing offers from us.” Share Submitlast_img read more