Lake Street Dive continued on their path to greatness, with a fiery performance at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater on Thursday night. After a powerful opening from Robert Finley, the five-piece outfit shined, as they rocked through tunes from their new album Free Yourself Up, as well as hitting the band’s classic hits and covers.Lake Street Dive started off with some funk from the new album, as singer Rachael Price dove into “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts”. The light show was a giant disco ball behind the band, that shot out beams to match Mike Calabrese’s romping dance beat and Akie Bermiss’s funky fills. Bermiss joined the band on tour in 2017, and Free Yourself Up is the first studio effort he’s contributed to. His spacey synthesizer riffs on this song illuminated a new layer of depth for the band.Lake Street Dive – “Baby Don’t Leave Me In Your Thoughts” – 9/20/2018[Video: Lawrence Buccat]Mike “McDuck” Olson then bit into “You Are Free”, with an ascending guitar riff. Price continued to demonstrate her fiery singing style, with the rest of the band showing off their pipes with flawless harmonizing. Next was “I Don’t Care About You” from Side Pony, the first song of the night that was not off of the new album. This song was lit, as it ended with a gospel-like repetition of the chorus where the entirety of the band sped up their parts. Lake Street Dive harmonized behind Price, who riffed like Etta James until the crowd was in a frenzy, and hats were being thrown across the crowd.The band then jumped back into the new album with “Red Light Kisses”, which featured Bermiss using a funky organ sound. Lake Street seized the energy of the crowd as Price implored half of the audience to sing part of the chorus, while Calabrese showed off one of the finest falsettos on drums. The group then slowed it down, with a trip back to 2014’s Bad Self Portraits with “Better Than”. Olson broke out the trumpet for this one and matched Price’s vocals with some beautiful fills.Price introduced their classic set of “Bobby” songs, that tell a story of the band’s relationship with “Bobby Tanqueray”, the name of the first song in the trilogy. Stand up bassist Bridget Kearney had been anchoring the rhythm all night, but she really showed off what she could do with an awesome bass solo that played off of the melody. Lake Street Dive then shot into “Spectacular Failure”, before closing the Bobby saga with “Doesn’t Even Matter Now”, which featured a rocking slide guitar solo from Olson.With the Bobby trilogy complete, the band played the first song of the night off Fun Machine with “Clear a Space”, before coming back to Free Yourself Up with “Hang On”. Kearney and Calabrese took a break and Price sang a haunting “I Can Change” with Olson on acoustic guitar.Price spoke about the addition of Bermiss and how talented he was, before backing away to harmonize, as Bermiss took the lead on vocals for the first and only time of the evening. This was one of the high points of the show, as he amazed the audience with a soulful take on Shania Twain’s “Still The One”, sung in an entrancing falsetto.Price returned to lead vocals with a powerful “Call Off Your Dogs”, and followed that with “Seventeen”, which had everyone clapping and singing along to the lyrics. She then introduced their next song as a “song to sing when you’re feeling powerless and want to make a change.” The political undertones of the song were felt as the crowd passionately sang along with “Shame, Shame, Shame”.Next, the band rocked their classic cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It”, before tearing into some of the band’s biggest hits. “Bad Self Portraits”, “Good Kisser”, and “You Go Down Smooth” finished off the set. It was almost impossible to hear any of the music because of how many audience members were screaming along with Price’s passionate “Good Kisser”.Lake Street Dive – “Good Kisser” – 9/20/2018[Video: Lawrence Buccat]The screaming didn’t stop as the sold-out crowd demanded an encore. Lake Street Dive emerged for their curtain call and unleashed a powerful version of “Dude”. Price delivered her strongest vocal performance of the evening as they jammed through the end of the song with an incredible light display behind them. Looking out at the frenzied crowd, Price laughed in amazement before, Lake Street Dive sang the unmistakable opening lyrics to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The audience sang along one last time as this amazing coda ended another inspiring performance from the band.Lake Street Dive – “Bohemian Rhapsody” – 9/20/2018[Video: Lawrence Buccat]
Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), scored big at Sunday’s Tony Awards in New York City for her re-imagined version of the 1970s musical “Pippin.” The show, which premiered at the A.R.T. before moving to Broadway, earned Paulus her first Tony in three nominations for best director. “Pippin” also won three more trophies: for best performance by a featured actress in a musical for Andrea Martin, who plays Pippin’s grandmother Berthe; best performance by a lead actress in a musical for Patina Miller, the Leading Player; and best revival of a musical. The Gazette’s Colleen Walsh caught up with Paulus on her way back from Manhattan Monday to discuss the big night.GAZETTE: What time did you get to bed?PAULUS: I think it was close to 3 that I finally conked out. When you wear heels for 10 hours, you are just dying by the 10th hour. They have an official Tony gala at the Plaza, so I was there immediately after the ceremony, and then to the “Pippin” party, which I really wanted to get to because all the cast and the staff and everybody who worked on the show was there. That was at Hudson Bond, which is a restaurant bar in the theater district.GAZETTE: How does a first win feel, compared with being nominated?PAULUS: Just to be at the Tonys is such an honor and so thrilling. Every year that’s been such an exciting feeling to be recognized. Of course, you are never thinking about getting those recognitions, but when they come, you take a second to think: “O.K., maybe we did all right, maybe this is something to enjoy.” When you win, it’s kind of a surreal experience … [but] the thing that is so great about actually winning is that you get to thank everybody that you want to thank, you actually have that opportunity to publicly credit all the people who made it possible. And then it’s very odd because you get whisked away, and you leave the ceremony. And you are walked across the street to the press room in another building several floors up … and you’ve left the building, and the awards show is still going on, and you are hearing reports of who’s winning what.GAZETTE: Were you able to get back to see the other “Pippin” awards?PAULUS: I was actually so determined to see Andrea’s award, and she was coming up within 25 minutes, so I did the press in two phases. I went and I did half of it, and then I said to our press agents, “I really want to go back.” So I ran back to Radio City [Music Hall], and then watched through the best revival award, and then I went back to the press room.GAZETTE: Can you tell me about the spirit of collaboration on “Pippin?”PAULUS: You know, any musical you do lives and dies on its collaboration. That’s why I love musicals. It’s such a collaborative effort, truly across so many areas: choreography, music — in this case, with “Pippin,” that boundary extended to acrobatics and the circus. And the whole effort in “Pippin” was to find a stage language that was seamlessly integrated across all these very different areas, especially the circus, musical theater, traditional storytelling, and dance, and the [Bob Fosse] choreography, in our case. So I think to see that cast last night perform and to see them at the party, to see those acrobats side by side with the best of Broadway’s dancers and musical performers to me was one of the biggest rewards of working on the show, to bring this unique company together and to forge a vision of a kind of musical theater that could bring these different people together. I think people know — yet maybe they don’t know how many details are involved, from the orchestrations, to the music staff, to the music rehearsals, to the dance rehearsals … to the costumes that have to be worked to fit the acrobats, and the dancing, and the choice of shoes. Every single detail is layered. No decision can be made in an independent bubble. Everything is linked, and that makes it complicated. The potential for greatness is also there because you have so [many] minds working together on all the creative decisions.“It was always my dream that any success that the A.R.T. had would be a success for Harvard University and that we could be a leader in the arts nationally — that Harvard could be a leader in the arts nationally — and last night, was, I think, a moment of celebrating that,” said Paulus. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: What does this showing mean for Harvard?PAULUS: Throughout the broadcast, there were several mentions of the American regional theater movement. … It was the Steppenwolf in Chicago, it was the McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton. And when the Huntington won [the regional theater award], they actually acknowledged Boston University. The Tony Awards are a mark of excellence in our field in the theater … and you can only have a shot at excellence if you have a chance to take risks and innovate, when you have a safe place to incubate work. So that is what we do at the A.R.T. That’s what our relationship with Harvard stands for. And when you experiment and something works out, the fact that we get a chance to show it to more audiences is just such a thrilling opportunity … That is another one of my passions, to really think about theater as a popular form that can reach demographically to many, many audiences. And when you bring a show to Broadway, you have that chance. But really, it all starts with the birth of the creative work. It was always my dream that any success that the A.R.T. had would be a success for Harvard University and that we could be a leader in the arts nationally — that Harvard could be a leader in the arts nationally — and last night, was, I think, a moment of celebrating that.GAZETTE: Now that you’ve taken a show to the circus, how do you keep raising the bar on yourself?PAULUS: You just go back to the drawing board and on to the next. We are getting ready to dive into next season at the A.R.T. And all that planning is well under way. For me personally, I am directing a new musical next season, and I can’t wait to put all my energy into that production, “Witness Uganda.” After a little break, I will be diving into workshops all summer long, and into other projects on which we are in development. So it’s back to the lab, so to speak, this summer.GAZETTE: So many of your shows have gone on to New York. Is the A.R.T. becoming a feeding station for Broadway?PAULUS: I think if you look at the field, theaters like the A.R.T. are creating work that is finding its way to the Great White Way, to Broadway — with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?,” which won as a revival last night, and with “Pippin.” I think it’s part of a larger theatrical ecology that is the reality now for how we work. The truth is, every show we make for the A.R.T. is about making it for the A.R.T., and for our Boston audiences, and for our community at Harvard. That is why we make our work. It’s been a kind of crazy ride that so many of our shows have been brought to New York. And with “The Glass Menagerie” opening in September, that will be another wonderful moment for the A.R.T. and for Harvard. I think it’s more about Broadway recognizing the importance of the American regional theaters, and certainly recognizing the quality of the work that the A.R.T. is nurturing.GAZETTE: Any other thoughts on the evening?PAULUS: I just think what was so phenomenal last night was the number of women who were honored. It was only the second time in history that two women have won in the best director categories, for a musical, and a play. That’s extraordinary. And four African-Americans won in the acting categories.GAZETTE: Is there a message in that?PAULUS: I just think we live in a different world in the 21st century, and I think maybe the Tonys reflected that last night, which is thrilling. For me, I just hope that it gives courage and inspiration to all the young women out there who are dreaming of being leaders in the arts.GAZETTE: What are you plans for the summer?PAULUS: A little break, a little travel, some time with my kids, then a little more vacation later in the summer when we go to the Cape. So that’s coming. The beach is not coming soon enough, but it will eventually, in August.
Initial success or total failure.That was the motto Matthew J. Allen’s team lived by day in and day out. His team was responsible for decommissioning Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) during active wartime in Afghanistan. Allen and his Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team were on call 24×7 to defuse IED’s as they were discovered to clear the way for troops.In October 2013, his team was called in for what has been dubbed the “Block Buster Truck Bomb,” one of the largest Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBID) ever discovered.In comparison to the truck bomb that leveled buildings and killed 168 people in Oklahoma City back in 1995, this bomb was estimated to be more than 12 times larger at 61,500 pounds. If that wasn’t distressing enough, the massive bomb was composed of a chemical compound that proved deadly to Allen and his team.In the 12 hours it took to decommission the massive VBID, Allen and his team continually inhaled the chemical compound which has been known to cause respiratory trauma. For Allen and a few of his teammates, the prolonged exposure led to cancer. Lucky for Allen, during a routine medical visit, his esophageal cancer was detected.“They caught it extremely early so it was really good, they took care of it, took it out and I just get monitored now,” says Allen. Due to his early diagnosis, the rest of his team were tested and treated as well.Allen initially joined the Army as a young college kid looking for direction in his life. What he came away with was a lifetime of memories and experiences that he now uses in his daily life and his job at Dell.“Attention to detail is key here, as one small misstep causes orders to break, be miss-shipped or wrong items/pricing to be placed.Share“Attention to detail was a big thing for us.” Allen said, “In schooling and in the field, you make a mistake, you fail. With my job here at Dell, I am very detail-oriented, making sure I get everything right the first time.”That attention to detail has garnered the appreciation of his management team and his customers at Dell.“Allen has been a home run hire for us,” raves Allen’s manager, Greg Smith. “Allen manages the tactical execution of our Federal consumer program business. Allen had some legacy customer issues that he needed to solve before he was really able to be proactive. He had no problem jumping in, researching the root cause of the issues, putting a plan in place to solve, and then putting that plan into action. Attention to detail is key here, as one small misstep causes orders to break, be miss-shipped or wrong items/pricing to be placed. I have several customer ‘raving fan’ emails for Allen, which only further cements his place as a rockstar on our team.”With Allen’s days of defusing intricate and enormous bombs behind him, he now repurposes his talents to calmly defuse potentially detrimental customer issues for Dell, ensuring the success of his customers’ organizations and proving himself invaluable to his Dell team.We’re actively recruiting the next generation of movers, shakers and innovators and we think military experience fits the bill. Learn more about how you can discover what it feels like to focus on a healthy lifestyle after your military service, meeting personal and family needs all while empowering career growth at Dell.
When your credit union or financial institution is in the marketing for some help in this new age of digital marketing, it’s often a good idea to reach out to an agency for short term guidance or potentially long term implemention support. Whether you’re looking for an extended agency partner or for help with some one-time projects, here’s some great questions to consider when assessing a potential partnership with a digital marketing agency.1. What’s the process you use for working with a business to help with this type of project or service?The agency should be able to easily outline how they will interact with your staff and accomplish the goals of your engagement. This should also be clearly enumerated in any proposal or scope of service they provide. Some examples of elements that would likely need to be covered might include how many calls per month will take place, How the marketing strategy will be determined and shared, and which team members will be responsible for various deliverables.2. How do you track results for your clients?The answer needs to focus on what you think success should look like for YOUR financial institution. So if your CEO is focusing on loan growth, then the agency needs to use these revenue benchmark numbers to drive their suggested strategy and track any short-term marketing metrics back to longer-term revenue growth. Don’t let them push impressions or reach on you without a strategy for generating actual conversions and positive revenue impacts. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly and one of the most influential lawmakers in Albany for two decades, was reportedly arrested Thursday on federal corruption charges.Silver, a Democrat representing lower Manhattan, surrendered to the FBI Thursday morning, and is scheduled to appear in federal court later in the day, according to news reports.“I hope I’ll be vindicated,” Silver said outside the federal building in Manhattan on Thursday, according to The New York Times. The veteran lawmaker ascended to his role as speaker in 1994.Late last March, Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, reportedly opened an investigation into Silver after Gov. Andrew Cuomo had unceremoniously disbanded the so-called Moreland Commission, which was set up in July 2013 to investigate corruption in Albany.No charges have been announced.The Times has reported that federal prosecutors have been looking into payments Silver received from a law firm specializing in reducing New York City property taxes, which he may have failed to document on his financial disclosure filings.The New York Republican State Committee was quick to pounce. In a statement, the GOP called for Silver to step down.“Sheldon Silver must immediately resign from the State Assembly,” said NYGOP spokesman David Laska. “While this is another sad day for New York, we cannot be distracted from the important business of growing our economy and creating jobs.”It’s unclear who Silver’s successor would be.Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) currently serves as Deputy Speaker. According to news reports, she is not in line for succession, should Silver leave office. She has not returned calls to her office for comment.
Granit Xhaka has been left out of Arsenal’s squad for their game against Wolves (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka will not be involved for Arsenal against Wolves but the midfielder has taken to Instagram to show that he is working in the club’s gym instead.The 26-year-old was booed by his own supporters after being substituted against Crystal Palace last Sunday and he responded by cupping his hand to ear and telling them to ‘f*** off’ as he made his way off the pitch.Amid calls for Xhaka to be stood down as club captain, Unai Emery revealed in his press conference on Friday that the Switzerland international would not feature against Wolves at the Emirates this afternoon.AdvertisementAdvertisementInstead, Xhaka is keeping himself busy in the gym as he uploaded a picture of himself working out alongside a message which read: ‘We continue to work hard.’ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal fans ahead of Wolves clash Following last weekend’s incident, Xhaka released a statement which read: ‘After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response.‘The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch.‘My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have hurt me deeply.‘People have said things like “We will break your legs”, “Kill your wife” and “Wish that your daughter gets cancer”. That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.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‘In this situation, I let myself be carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy.‘That has not been my intention and I’m sorry if that’s what people thought. My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place. Let’s move forward positively together.’Explaining his decision to leave Xhaka out against Wolves, Emery said: ‘The focus is tomorrow’s match. It’s not in my mind that he will play tomorrow. It’s not in my mind that he will play tomorrow.‘He’s not in my mind. I think that tomorrow, he is not going to play.’Should Granit Xhaka be stripped of the captaincy?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Nov 2019 1:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link366Shares 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Full Screen PLAY Advertisement
CHINA ACADEMY of Railway Sciences signed a co-operation agreement with Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute on January 28 covering the joint development of automatic train control for a possible Chinese high-speed line. The ´150m project to equip the CARS test track near Beijing with ’digital ATC’ by August will be funded by the two organisations and Japanese signalling suppliers, Nippon Sharyo, Keisan and Daido. High-speed trials are already under way on the CARS test track. A Shaoshan 8 electric loco and three prototype coaches built by Puzhen Rolling Stock Works and fitted with Changchun-developed CW-2A bogies set a Chinese record speed of 212·6 km/h on January 5.HChina’s Ministry of Railways has also reached an agreement with a Japanese group to boost international rail freight traffic. The Ministry’s wholly-owned freight subsidiary Zhongguo Teilu Duiwai Fuwu Gongsi will sign the formal agreement with Kukusai Kamotsu Tetsudo System, a grouping of JR-Freight, Nippon Express, All Japan Express Co and other Japanese shippers. The new joint venture will provide sea-rail services between Japan and China as well as domestic freight services within China. It will also bid for through container and parcel traffic from Japan to Vietnam, Mongolia, Kazakstan and Russia. o
Risk-taking is the primary order of business at major hedge funds, and as investors put the Greek situation into perspective this week, the potential for near-terms losses on Greek positions appears to be part of the lumpy return profile many hedge funds generate as they search for big winners.Hedge funds are at the sharp point of the Greek spear.Many have bet that Greek politicians and EU technocrats will avoid a Grexit.Since late 2014, for example, Greenlight Capital, the fund managed by founder David Einhorn, has discussed Greece at several investment forums.The firm has reportedly been one of the largest investors in Greek bank stocks.In a conference call this spring, Einhorn indicated that the firm invested in Greek bank equity through warrants to minimise its cash exposure while preserving potentially significant upside participation.“There’s a wide range of possible outcomes there relating specifically to our position,” he said.“There’s a lot of leverage to the upside if the situation resolves favourably and the warrants go into the money.”A spokesman for the Greenlight hedge fund declined to comment on the firm’s Greek positions.While a Grexit is not inevitable, fundamental changes are taking place; the current crisis will reshape the Greek economic and political landscape, as well as the broader EU financial order.Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras may have pushed EU, German and IMF officials too far, says Don Steinbrugge, managing partner at alternatives consultancy Agecroft Partners.“It’s very, very sad for the Greek people,” he said.Greek equity and fixed income markets are going to have difficulty attracting capital, and while a buying opportunity could exist several months from now for long-term investors, adjustment to the financial situation will be difficult for Greek markets and citizens, he said.With the country having missed a €1.6bn payment to the IMF on Tuesday night, Greece is technically in default.Steinbrugge said: “You’ve got to take a fairly hard line. If you forgive Greece, there are going to be a lot of other countries that want to be forgiven also.”Traditional investors took this week’s breakdown in talks between the EU and Greece in stride.Jack Ablin, CIO at BMO Private Bank, said a Greek default would probably not trigger a global financial crisis.While Greece’s €250bn in debt “is nothing to sneeze at”, he said more than three-quarters of it was held by international bailout funds, with private investors holding only €38bn of Greek government bonds, down from €150bn following a write-down and debt swap in 2012.With debt talks in limbo until after Sunday’s referendum on creditors’ terms, Greece now looks likely to miss a much bigger, €3.5bn repayment to the European Central Bank due on 20 July, and ratings agency Fitch says it views a default on government debt held by private creditors as “probable”. While the outcome remains to be seen, Ablin said, “we have to suppose that, after reading the headlines for four years, the people owning such speculative debt are hedge funds comfortable that their bonds are not of the Procter & Gamble sleep-at-night variety”. Hedge funds that have bet on Greek government bonds and banks stocks look set to face some near-term losses, but, despite acute concerns at the start of the week, they say careful management of the risk of investing in the market may yet yield gains if Greece and the EU can agree a long-term solution to the fiscal crisis.Hedge funds have made forays into Greece for the last two years, seeking opportunities in situations carrying more risk than traditional investors accept.Third Point’s Dan Loeb started the Hellenic Recovery Fund in 2013, and Randy Smith, who runs Alden Global Capital, started a Greek fund in December 2014.John Paulson invested in Greek bank stocks, while Perry Capital and others reportedly purchased Greek debt.
Pooling pension fund assets into fewer, larger funds will not necessarily improve investment performance, according to the UK’s asset management trade body.In its response to the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) asset management review, the Investment Association (IA) said it was “not axiomatic that performance, and ultimately funding… will be improved” through greater consolidation.Citing data from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the IA noted that there was “no clear relationship between scheme size and funding level”.On a PPF basis, schemes with fewer than 100 members were 93% funded at the end of March 2016, according to the lifeboat fund’s annual report, while those with 1,000 to 5,000 members were 82% funded. Schemes with 10,000 members or more were on average 87% funded. The IA said in its report: “No evidence has been presented to suggest that increased scale alone will lead to better asset allocation decisions, a highly significant driver of returns for any investor.”Instead, the “key driver” of improvements for pension schemes was “enhanced investment governance”, the association argued.The UK’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) is undergoing a radical structural overhaul, involving the consolidation of assets into a small number of large asset pools. One of the most advanced, the London Collective Investment Vehicle, was cited by the FCA as an example of how pooling could help reduce costs.The IA agreed that consolidation would help improve competition for mandates, but argued that it was “unclear” whether the cost savings claimed by the LGPS pools could be replicated in other arrangements.“We think that some caution is justified here with a recognition that pooling on its own is unlikely to be a panacea,” the association said.“The LGPS experience is arguably a singular one due to the greater homogeneity in benefit structure (resulting in a degree of homogeneity in liability profiles) and the fact that the public sector ultimately underwrites these schemes.“The challenges of pooling corporate defined benefit schemes are likely to be greater, with different strengths of employer covenants and differences in benefit and liability structures.”The FCA’s review of the asset management sector leveled a number of criticisms at the industry, including a lack of transparency and “weak” price competition, particularly in the retail investment sector.In response, the Investment Association said the “direction of travel” for pricing was “not compatible, in our view, with a finding of weak price competition”. Following the introduction of new rules in 2013, known as the “retail distribution review”, which stripped out commission payments to distributors, the IA claimed pricing had become more transparent and competitive.
Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p216p216pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenONE Palm Beach01:11 The Courier-Mail was granted an exclusive preview of the luxury penthouse apartment at Velocity Property Group’s latest development — ONE Palm Beach — on the Gold Coast. Brisbane suburbs to watch in 2019 Display open at ONE Palm Beach Marble benchtops and state-of-the-art appliances are on offer in the penthouse kitchen.Spanning 466sq m, the penthouse occupies the top floor, with 360 degree views of the Gold Coast hinterland out to the ocean.It has four bedrooms, including a main suite and soaking tub with ocean views, four bathrooms and powder room, media room and two living areas.The kitchen features marble benchtops, a butler’s pantry and state-of-the-art appliances. ONE Palm Beach has direct beach access, a beachfront yoga deck and a designer pool surrounded by gardens. The rear entertaining deck still maximises the ocean views. In the foyer, there is a living “green wall” to reduce heat and sound.Velocity Property Group managing director Brandon Ansell said the development was the second project on the Gold Coast for the company after it sold out ONE Burleigh Headland which was completed in March last year. “They have to believe in what you’re doing in their suburb,” he said.“We create exclusive communities that people are proud to be a part of — we enhance the suburb. “We put a lot of effort into our buildings as well. RELATED: The butler’s pantry at ONE Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.“On ONE Palm Beach, the roof is fully solar. “We actually pour another slab on the roof and use the entire roof for solar. “The penthouse has an exclusive solar allocation and a Tesla power wall.“The common areas, including the foyer, basement and lifts are 100 per cent solar powered to reduce body corporate fees and ongoing energy costs.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< “Velocity Property has been in Brisbane for years, but we were excited to come down to the Gold Coast,” Mr Ansell said.He said the standard of inclusions throughout ONE Palm Beach was very high.“We have a lot of upgrade options, because it’s preference based, some people prefer tile flooring, some people prefer timber flooring,” Mr Ansell said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“You’ve got to have a base and allow for upgrades, which can be early on.“We try to encourage our buyers to engage quite early and have more say in our design.”He said most of the buyers were downsizers and had come from Brisbane, the northern end of the Gold Coast and internationally.But about half of the buyers had been local. Occupying a beachfront site, the nine-storey development offers 17 new residences — although only three remain for sale, including the grand penthouse. MORE: The ensuite offers a luxuriously large space, soak tub and ample storage. Amazing reno: from hovel to hip