AP PHOTOS: Designer Julien Fournie’s showcase is a movie

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital.  With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the virus pandemic, some designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. The designer says he started out learning how to draw, but now he realizes he also needs to learn how to become a filmmaker. He was speaking at a behind-the-scenes preview of his spring-summer 2021 couture movie filming. The fashion industry — along with the retail industry in general — has been hard-hit by pandemic restrictions.last_img read more

Most Wanted! Philosophy for Gangsters Opens Off-Broadway

first_img The cast features Courtney Romano, Tom White, David Demato, Tally Sessions, Bruno Iannone, Shabazz Green, Kyle Robert Carter and Leajato Amara Robinson. Philosophy for Gangsters follows Mafia heiress Callie Rizzoli who has a lot on her plate. A street gang is fighting to take over her territory. She wants to make someone pay for her parents’ deaths. To top it off, she and the philosopher she’s kidnapped are lifted to top slot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Philosophy for Gangsters is a clever, provocative comedy about ideas and messy deaths. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2014 View Comments Philosophy For Gangsters Philosophy for Gangsters makes an offer you can’t refuse as it opens February 4 at The Beckett Theatre. Written and directed by Barry and Reparta Peak, the mobster comedy will play a limited off-Broadway engagement through March 1. Related Showslast_img read more

Pension funds ‘remain in scope’ of financial transaction tax law

first_img“We believe that this contradicts and undermines many initiatives on the EU and national level to strengthen workplace pensions.”Taxes on financial transactions ended up being taxes on savings or pensions, added PensionsEurope, and the FTT would “increase the costs, lower the returns and reduce the efficiency of the investment strategies of pension funds, which will ultimately lead to lower benefits for pensioners”.“The FTT would have a significant impact on the future retirement income of European pensioners”PensionsEuropeIt also argued that the proposed “mutualisation” system, whereby revenues from the tax would be pooled and shared among the countries applying it, would mean that “to some extent” pension income from members in one EU country would be transferred to another country.“This clearly cannot be the purpose of an FTT regime,” said PensionsEurope.It called on the 10 member states to dismiss the proposal or, if the tax were to be introduced, to exempt pension funds and their assets from its application.Insurance Europe, PensionsEurope’s counterpart for the insurance sector, said exempting pension products from the scope of the FTT was “crucial”, and distinguished this from exempting only specific types of pension providers.In its view, it said, it would be best to leave the definition of “pension products” to be exempted to national authorities, whereby the principle of ‘substance over form’ should be observed.“All financial institutions that provide occupational pension products should be regulated not on the basis of the legal vehicle through which the products are sold, but rather according to the benefits those products provide to beneficiaries,” the insurance association wrote.*Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Slovakia Industry associations have reiterated their concerns about plans for a financial transaction tax (FTT) ahead of a meeting tomorrow of the technical experts from the EU states aiming to implement the tax.PensionsEurope and Insurance Europe have written to ambassadors from the 10* EU countries that have pursued the introduction of an FTT under the so-called enhanced cooperation procedure after an initial proposal from the European Commission was blocked by a majority of member states.Exempting pension funds from the tax has been discussed before within the group of 10 countries, but according to PensionsEurope, pension funds and their asset managers regretfully “remain in the scope” of the legal text being negotiated.“As a result, the FTT would have a significant impact on the future retirement income of European pensioners,” said the association in its letter.last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers “incredibly disappointed” over Liverpool sacking

first_img The Northern Irishman was relieved of his duties after Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw after owners Fenway Sports Group decided a change was needed to deliver success. Rodgers’ standing has declined since the high of almost guiding the club to their first league title in over two decades in 2013-14 and results towards the end of last season and the beginning of this forced FSG to pull the trigger, albeit earlier than many expected. In his final press conference, just over an hour before his contract was terminated, Rodgers spoke of the rebuilding job which was required at Anfield and the time needed and he reiterated that in a statement released by the League Managers’ Association. “I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club,” he said. “It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game’s great clubs for the last three years. “I have worked every day to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop both individual players and a team that the club’s magnificent fans can be proud of. “There have been some very memorable moments during my time at Liverpool and I would like to thank all of the players for their hard work and commitment. “The current squad is one in transition, but they have some real talent and are showing a strong sense of togetherness. “I expect to see them continue to grow and develop over the coming weeks and I wish them and my successor well for the rest of the season.” Despite the manner of his departure, Rodgers spoke fondly of the club and the owners. Sacked Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his disappointment at being dismissed but has wished his successor well for the future. “Liverpool has a magnificent football heritage and I have nothing but respect and admiration for the history, tradition and values that make the city and the club so exceptional,” he added. “As well as my players, I would like to thank everyone connected with the club; Fenway Sports Group, the Liverpool directors, in particular (chief executive) Ian Ayre, my coaching staff, the staff throughout the club, the volunteers, the academy staff and its young players and of course the amazing Liverpool fans for their unwavering support, passion and dedication which has made my time at the club so special. “Finally, I would like to give a special mention to John W. Henry, Tom Werner (chairman) and Mike Gordon (FSG president). “They gave me this great opportunity and even though we will no longer be working together I am sure our relationship and friendship will continue into the future.” LMA chief executive Richard Bevan is confident Rodgers will not be out of work for long. “Brendan is without doubt one of the most talented and forward-thinking British managers in the game,” he said. “His abilities were formally recognised in 2014, when his peers voted him LMA Manager of the Year following his brilliant work at Liverpool, which very nearly guided them to the Barclays Premier League title. “His time at Liverpool has demonstrated he has both the skills and personality to manage at the highest levels of the game. “Brendan has dedicated his entire professional life to developing players and teams, and I am certain that with his knowledge and passion for the game it won’t be too long before he finds a new challenge.” Press Associationlast_img read more