Happy to See You! Alan Cumming Is Back in Cabaret Drag

first_img Cabaret Alan Cumming Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Related Shows Life is a Cabaret, old chum! Alan Cumming, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as the Emcee in the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall revival, tweeted this selfie March 21 just before his first performance in the production at Studio 54. The Scot has been brutally honest about the changes he’s undergone in the last 16 years since he played the part, even tweeting about how he’s now a man who dyes his hair and talking about how he’s now an “ancient old hag” in interviews. Well, we can’t wait to see you at Studio 54, Mr. Cumming, you’ll always be young in our eyes. We do have a favor to ask, though: how about tweeting a hot shot of your co-star Michelle Williams? We really want to know what she looks like as Sally Bowles! Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

When it comes to credit union website design, stop counting clicks

first_imgThe Rule of Three applies to a lot of things: comedy, composition, even computer programming. But there’s one thing to which the rule of three no longer applies — clicks.It happens all the time. You’re reviewing the prototype of your new credit union website design and everything looks good until it hits you. “It’ll take four clicks for a visitor to find the best checking account for her,” you’re thinking. “She should be able to get there in three!”The three-click rule. Its spectre has been looming over everyone from marketing managers to CEOs for nearly three decades, but this stifling statute probably should have died with dial up.If you’re trapped under the assumption that your credit union website design must follow to the three-click rule, you’re not alone. At BloomCU, we frequently talk with credit union marketers who hold fast to the dogmatic belief that it should never take more than three clicks to arrive at any page of a credit union website. And we get it. I mean, if you read something about the internet on the internet, it must be true 😉After careful consideration of the data, we’ve finally uncovered the truth: it’s not the number of clicks that matters. It’s how you use them.What is the Three-Click Rule?Fewer clicks equals happier users. At least, that’s the conventional wisdom. Since the dawn of the internet, web designers have taken this rule for granted, contorting their wireframes and user journeys in a Herculean effort to keep their conversion funnel — the path a user takes to go from potential customer to happy client — limited to no more than three clicks. Rules like these can be reassuring. Believing that three clicks from homepage to home base makes for a simple and effective website takes a lot of the guesswork out of the website wireframing process, which takes a lot of work to do well. The only problem is that the whole premise — that users get angry if it takes more than three clicks to get to their online destinations — is just a guess, and the data doesn’t back it up.Where Does the Three-Click Rule Come From?Nobody really knows.We have some guesses as to where it started, but the origins of the three-click rule are murky at best. In his book “Taking Your Talent to the Web,” Jeffrey Zeldman maintains the rule is intuitive, logical, and “based on the way people use the Web.” The three-click rule became the de facto solution to a perceived problem and, until recently, it went untested.It’s certainly possible that some website visitors might be operating on a three-click attention span. And if they’ve heard about the three-click rule, you can’t really blame them. Luckily, studies show that when every action they take gets them closer to their intended destination, they’re too focused on their user journey to count their clicks. And you should be, too. Here’s why.The Three-Click Rule is a MythIf you’re crafting your credit union website design to get users to open an account in three clicks or less, there’s only one way to do that: a giant homepage navigation. The three-click rule forces you to cram as much information as possible on your homepage — every service, every call to action, every form field — and the result is choice overload. You’ve given your visitors too many choices, and too many choices make decision-making more difficult.Not only does the three-click rule force you to make cumbersome design choices, but experts have discovered that those choices aren’t worth it because the rule they’re based on is a fallacy. A recent e-commerce study tested the behavior of 44 people tasked with completing various online assignments. The results showed that users were no more likely to quit their task after three clicks than they were to quit after 12 clicks, or even 25. And the people who completed their tasks in fewer clicks were no more satisfied than those who took a little longer to navigate through the website.That isn’t to say everyone was satisfied. People often complain about not being able to find what they’re looking for online. But that has nothing to do with the quantity of clicks, it has to do with the quality of results after clicks.So if We’re Not Tracking Clicks, What Are We Tracking?Rules are nice. They provide a sense of confidence that if we follow them, success will be right around the corner. So if you have to follow a rule, make it the one-click rule. In his book “Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability,” Steve Krug recommends increasing usability by keeping things simple. Users don’t mind clicking, he says, as long as each click is a clear choice that gets them closer to their goal. Let’s say your visitor wants to buy a used car. She can click the “loans” tab on your homepage, then clearly see the auto loans option on the next screen. She now has all the info she needs about loans, and if she’s ready to apply, that’s the third click. But wait! A lightbox pops up asking whether she’s looking for a new or used vehicle; that’s another click. Four worthwhile clicks later, your visitor is clicking through a membership eligibility questionnaire — at least four more clicks — but each one brings her closer to that auto loan.So the one-click rule doesn’t mean one click terminates the conversion funnel. It simply means that instead of counting clicks, make every single click count. With BloomCU’s personalization software, it’s easier than ever to do just that.“I don’t know,” you may be thinking. “The three-click rule has been around for a while, and I’ve never even heard of personalization. Who even uses it?”Everyone.The truth is, personalization is so simple and intuitive, you’ve seen it without even noticing it. Take Netflix, for example. Because you watched “House of Cards,” they think you want to watch “The Crown,” too. And they’re absolutely right. It’s not magic, it’s just personalization at work.Your members want so much more than the minimum clicks. With Persona, BloomCU’s personalization software created specifically for credit unions, you can find out exactly what your users care about. With dynamic personalization built into your credit union website design, you can track visitors’ behaviors, record data, and adapt your content so every single click counts.Information architect Shari Thurow recommends taking your focus off the clicks and putting it on your visitors.“It all begins with your users. Understand and accommodate their mental models. Understand their tasks and how they go about completing them. Use the users’ language. Understand their context. Then? You might have a website that is worth its weight in gold.”Your credit union website visitors aren’t blank slates with tiny attention spans. They’re a diverse population of people with particular needs — needs that you can track, assess, and fulfill. Personalizaton makes it possible to lay the groundwork for long-term relationships with current clients and potential customers so they keep coming back. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Detailslast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events September 17 – 23

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Frank KellyThis poet/lyricist will read from his collected works to kick off the fall Visiting Writers Program. Kelly, a former English professor at Farmingdale State College, has co-authored the book and lyrics for two musicals: “The Texas Chainsaw Musical” and “Pageant.” The latter played off-Broadway and across the US, and as far away as Japan and Australia. He also wrote lyrics and sketches for the satirical cabaret revue “Xmas! The Xpose!” He authored his first book, Growing Up Me: A Memoir of Poems, in 2012. Farmingdale State College, Great Room in Ward Hall, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. farmingdale.edu 11 a.m. September 17. GwarGalactic criminals imprisoned on Earth for more than a millennia, these demonic creatures formed a bloodthirsty band hell-bent on luring unsuspecting humans to to a grisly end via their savage but irresistible heavy metal screams. If you’ve never experienced this unbelievable band of extraterrestrial outlaws live, well, you just simply have not lived! At least, not on this planet. Press music critic Zack Tirana remarks: “Oh hells yes!!” This means you should do everything in your mortal and immortal powers to attend this rare, cosmic gig. [See also: “Blood Moon SuperMoon Incites Fears Of Natural Disasters“] With Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Moon Tooth. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 7:45 p.m. September 17. Billy CollinsSoft-spoken before his large accumulations, the poet laureate reads his record-breaking poetry like he writes: short, precise, and with a tinge of humor. Hot damn, son. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. September 17.West Side StoryFrom the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable modern American musicals and greatest love stories of all time. And to think it all takes place in Manhattan. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. This landmark Broadway musical opens on Long Island at 8 p.m. Sept. 17. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $69-$74. Times vary, runs through Nov. 8.Charlie MusselwhiteDispelling the depressing connotation surrounding blues music, the 71-year-old harmonica master empowers the genre with stirring and fun tunes that immediately triggers foot tapping all the way to full-on dancing. The man is a living, breathing legend, who rubbed shoulders with some of the great bluesmen of yore, from Chicago to the Delta. He honors his roots and embraces the present. Play that thing until the cows come home! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $60-$65. 8 p.m. September 17. Rachel FeinsteinThis comic actress who’s gearing up to shoot her one-hour comedy special later this year has made cameos on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Inside Amy Schumer and has co-hosted The View. Fans may also recall her voice from Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers and Grand Theft Auto V. Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $14. 8 p.m. September 17.Bellmore Family Street FestivalCarinval, craft fair, petting zoo and much more! Long Island Rail Road station, Sunrise Highway, Bellmore. bellmorechamber.com Free, fee for rides. 6-10 p.m. September 17, 18; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. September 19, 11a.m.- 9 p.m. September 20. Kunal NayyarThe star of the Number One hit comedy The Big Bang Theory will speak about and sign his new memoir, Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You. In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, this collection of humorous, autobiographical essays Raj Koothrappali, the selectively mute astro physicist, is bound to both entertain and inspire. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. September 18.Popa ChubbyBeneath this intimidating, towering, and heavily tattooed man is a lovable performer still rocking and redefining the blues with his guitar jams since the early ’90s. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. September 18. Young ThugYoung Thug’s music doesn’t just push the envelope—it tears it up and sets the pieces on fire! Describing his eccentric flow, Fader Magazine said, “He slurs, shouts, whines and sings, feverishly contorting his voice into a series of odd timbres like a beautifully played but broken wind instrument.” Still, no words can define what Young Thug does on the mic. His set is sure to include favorites from his three-volume mixtape series, I Came From Nothing, as well as “Best Friend,” from his upcoming mixtape, Slime Season. Get ready for this hot, new hip-hop artist to blow the roof off! Opening the show are Tory Lanez, Ami the God and The Villain$. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$50. 9 p.m. September 18. HelmetLead singer/guitarist Page Hamilton leads the latest lineup of his influential post-metal quartet in performing the entirety of their critically acclaimed third album, Betty, featuring “Milquetoast,” one of their biggest hits. The Betty tour, launched upon the 20th anniversary of its release in 2014, passes through home turf as New York City’s answer to the Seattle grunge scene prepares to drop their eighth studio album later this year. With any luck, they’ll play some of their non-Betty hits, such as “Unsung,” “Sinatra” and “In The Meantime.” Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/revolution-bar-music-hall $20. 7:30 p.m. September 18.The NieldsSisters Katryna and Nerissa Nields will perform songs from their seventeenth album The Nields – XVII. Well into their third decade as musical partners, and at the top of their game with this latest album, the Nields turn to meditations on time and turning points, their roots and their community. The primary inspiration behind the new album is their hero Pete Seeger. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $20 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. September 18.Dragon Boat Race FestivalThis event will include local and regional teams facing off against each other in a series of heats. Spectators are encouraged to come to Port Jefferson harbor with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities.Bring your water-wings, too. Food vendors and music will keep the event lively for all throughout the day. Port Jefferson Harborfront Park 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson. portjeffdragonracefest.com Free. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. September 19.Pickle FestivalThey’re green. They’re slimy. They are both sour and the sweetest of sweet. (And, wow, do they taste great on top of burgers, hot dogs and even ice cream!) Yes, you know you love them. This extraordinary, do-not-miss festival features specialty pickles, jams, jellies, vegetables, baked goods, a lollipop farm train (!!), corn maze, and hayrides. Rain or shine. John Gardiner Farm 900 Park Avenue, Greenlawn. greenlawncenterporthistorical.org $5, kids under 5 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m September 19.Kite FestivalGliding through the sky, their movements dictated by the wind and the gentle, light tugging from their human operators, kites symbolize so many things: freedom, the fragility of this divine realm, life. Come celebrate all that is good and just in the world, and revel in the supreme glory that is these winged, tethered-yet-moving-at-the-whim-of-Mother Nature, yes-they-are-amazing creations! Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. limaritime.org 11 a.m.-5 p.m. September 19.Antigone RisingThis inspiring all-female country band is headlining the second annual BeachFest in Long Island’s artsiest downtown. The group is adding special guests Trina Hamlin and Annika to this year’s concert bill, as well as inviting Mia Alonso—a North Shore High School aspiring singer-songwriter. Wow. 56 The Blvd., Sea Cliff. AntigoneRising.com Free. 5:30 p.m. September 19.Eric PaslayAt 15, Eric Paslay wrote his first song. The rest, as they say, is history. Whether he’s penning number-one hits for Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum, or captivating listeners with his own tunes, Eric Paslay is rocking the country music world with his soul-searching lyrics and on-stage charm. No longer the guy behind the scenes, Paslay has taken centerstage with last year’s eponymous record. With so much radio airplay, “Friday Night” is sure to be a singalong and “Song About a Girl” will have everyone on  their feet. Don’t miss Paslay live—he loves to entertain, and it shows. He’ll be headlining the Salute to Heroes show featuring Parmalee, Brothers Osborne and Chr Lane. Pennysaver Amphitheater, Ski Run Lane, Famingville. pennysaveramp.com $30-$75. 6 p.m. September 19. Stephen Bauman, “The End of the Night,” graphite on paper, 2015 (photo by Stephen Bauman)Selected WorksAn opening reception will be held for a gallery exhibit featuring the works of internationally renowned, award-winning artists Stephen Bauman, Cornelia Hernes and Steve Forster. This exhibition reunites three graduates of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Studying together more than 10 years ago at this prestigious institution, each artist brings his and her own unique vision and experience to this special show. Long Island Academy of Fine Art in Glen Cove, 14A Glen St., Glen Cove. hershfineart.com 6-8 p.m. September 19.The Charlie Daniels BandThe devil goes down to Westbury when The Charlie Daniels Band takes the stage with their Southern Rock/Country roots. Be prepared to stomp to the fiddle and whoop it up as Long Island goes country for the night. With opening act The Marshall Tucker Band. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. September 19.James MaddockIt’s impossible to place James Maddock into a neat little box and label it with a musical genre, and that’s exactly why fans keep coming back for more. In fact, his latest album, The Green, was funded by his devoted fan base. His repertoire, spanning six records, gives listeners a little taste of everything—rock, funk, blues, country, folk, even a little gospel. Whether his breathless, gravelly voice is singing about heartache, moving to a new city, or painful regrets, his lyrical depth is bound to pull you in and move you. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. September 19.Jay & the AmericansKnown for their hits “Tonight” from the Broadway Musical “West Side Story,” “Only in America,” “This Majic Moment,” these legends are bound to astound on this one-night-only performance! The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. September 19.ShahkarShahkar Bineshpajooh’s accomplishments as a musician, composer, singer, poet and producer could fill volumes. Born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran, Shahkar taught himself guitar, piano and drums when he was only 15 years old. At his family’s behest, he turned his focus to academics and became the youngest student in Iran to receive a doctorate in urban planning. Still, his love of music and poetry never died. His moving vocal performances with the Los Angeles and London Symphony Orchestras electrified his audiences. Experience the musical whirlwind that is Shahkar, live, before his tour takes him to California and beyond! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$150. 9 p.m. September 19.BorisThese experimental metal demigods flew all the way in from Japan to disperse their high-octane, crushingly sludgy and droning sonic avalanches to the suburban masses. Lift one high. Shout aloud. Time to live. Opening the show is Jay R. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15 ladies, $20 guys. 10 p.m. September 19.TremontiRemember the devastatingly ear-candy guitar work that took alt-rockers Creed and Alter Bridge “Higher”? [See what we did there? Lol.] Of course, you all do. Well, that was guitarist Mark Tremonti, and this gig features his latest project, which includes Wolfgang Van Halen on bass. Get ready to rock. Seriously. Warming up the crowd are Trivium and Wilson. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25, $30 DOS. 7:30 p.m. September 20.Garlic FestivalYes, yes, yes-yes-yes! No matter how you peal it, this must-go-and-devour festival will offer garlic-fiending food hounds garlic-inspired delicacies ranging from garlic soup and garlic jelly to garlic ice cream, just to name a few appealing treats. Aside from many garlic-themed vendors and the usual festival fare, there will also be a garlic-eating (!!) and garlic cooking contest. Come and toss back several dozen cloves! Garlic was a sacred food in ancient cultures, known for its healing powers and divine aroma! Guaranteed there will be no vampires at this garlic love fest. So please, if that was the concern, no worries! Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $5 adults, kids under 6 free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 19, 20.Dockside Family FestivalBoat rides, pirate shows, live music, pony rides, crab races, magic shows, vendors and yes, seafood, glorious seafood. Captree State Park, Ocean Parkway, Babylon. nysparks.com/events Free with $8 parking fee. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. September 19, 20.Long Island Heart WalkPut your best foot forward and help raise funds to fight heart disease and stop strokes at The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, guaranteed to get the heart a-pumpin’ and the blood a-flowin’. Jones Beach State Park, Field 5, Ocean Parkway. heartwalk.kintera.org 8:30 a.m. September 20.Syosset Street FairArts and crafts, knickknacks, food and great conversation abound at this go-to event for fun and all that is handmade in Long Island’s basements and living rooms. Peruse. Admire. Rejoice! Nassau County Craft and Street Fairs, 15 Jackson Ave., Syosset. nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. September 20.ApppleFest 2015: There will be pie.Apple FestivalApple-head doll making, apple relay races, candied apples, apple cider, an apple pie baking contest and so much more! If you love apples as much as a certain Press associate editor does (Hint: He’s got the same middle name as Press music critic Zack Tirana does! And, yes, his favorites are Macouns!), then this is the must-attend gathering for you and your family! Sherwood-Jayne House, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket. $7 adults, $5 seniors and kids ages 2-12. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. September 20.OmpahfestGet a jump on Octoberfest with this festival of authentic German cuisine, beer, dancing, imported goods, raffles, activities for children, prizes and much more! So don your lederhosen and raise a stein or two. Plattduetsche Park Restaurant 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square. parkrestaurant.com $10, kids under 12 free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. September 20.BeachFeastEat, drink and enjoy the music at a bistro setting steps away from the beach. BeachFeast will also have vendors on hand selling food and spirits. Food trucks will feature an eclectic mix of culinary delights. This year’s event will even feature a classic car show along the boardwalk. Music and entertainment will be provided by rockers Firestone, new wave/post-punk misfits the Retromantics, and ’80s tribute band the Rubix Kube. Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington. Price of parking. 12-5 p.m. September 20.Frank Olt Meet & GreetPatrons will have a chance to pick the brain of this Oyster Bay-based contemporary artist. Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. nassaumuseum.org Price of museum admission. 3 p.m. September 20.Joan LundenThe journalist and bestselling author will speak about and sign her new memoir Had I Known. In this brave and deeply personal memoir, the former Good Morning America host speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect the experience has had on her life. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. September 21.—Compiled by Chuck Cannini, Desiree D’Iorio, Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery drops hint over his next job in management

first_imgFormer Arsenal boss Unai Emery drops hint over his next job in management Unai Emery has been out of a job since his dismissal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says he’s open to all opportunities after being sacked by Arsenal but the Spaniard admits he keeps a particularly ‘close eye’ on Serie A football ahead of a potential move to Italy.Arsenal’s miserable Europa League defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last November proved to be the final straw and Emery, 48, has been out of a job ever since, with compatriot Mikel Arteta taking over the reins at the Emirates. However, the three-time Europa League winner is looking to move back into the world of management and has not ruled a return to the Premier League in the not-too-distant future. Arsenal legend Tony Adams defended Emery this week (Picture: Getty)Earlier this week, Tony Adams jumped to Emery’s defence and instead hit out at the club’s flawed recruitment strategy which he feels let the Spaniard down.‘I have been speaking for the last ten years about recruitment at the club and I think that really needs to up it’s game,’ the former Arsenal captain told Sky Sports.‘The coach is irrelevant. Emery was a fantastic coach but recruitment let him down. ‘If you get that right then the coach has a chance.’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 ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil a ‘huge problem’ in Arsenal’s contract renewal talks with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal legend Paul Merson tells Manchester United to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and become ‘major force’ Advertisement Emery has talked up a potential move to Italy (Picture: Getty)But it appears Emery has a preference for Serie A where he has considered working in the past.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I coached for 16 years in a row, so decided to take a little rest to prepare for the project that most inspires me,’ Emery told TuttoJuve.com.‘I won’t rule out any country: England, France, Spain, where I already worked, or Italy, which I’ve never worked in before.‘I did have some contact with several Italian clubs, but for one reason or another, it was not possible to work here. I am open to everything and keep a very close eye on Serie A.‘Out of respect and fairness, I will not name the clubs who contacted me in previous years.’center_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Mar 2020 3:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link855Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Palm Cove masterpiece proves its worth as FNQ holiday retreat

first_img4 Muller St, Palm CoveTHIS tropical oasis has allowed Tasmanians Brett and Sharee Gleeson to enjoy the best of both worlds.The 1045sq m property is a standout home of Palm Cove’s Argentea residential estate.The couple, farmers from the picturesque Derwent Valley, first clapped eyes on the stylish three-bedroom manor in 2009.It has since been their perfect Far North holiday retreat.“We did look at Port Douglas, but when we first saw this place we just went ‘wow’,” Mrs Gleeson said.“It was an architectural masterpiece and perfectly built for the tropics. Coming from Tasmania, you’d assume we’d always have the airconditioning, but it hasn’t been the case at all.”Built 10 years ago, the Palm Cove home ticks all the boxes for people looking for a patch of paradise that can be relished in privacy.The master bedroom features a colossal walk-in wardrobe and en suite, while the large kitchen adjoins a plush outdoor entertaining area.A media room has the potential to be converted into a fourth bedroom if needed.A swimming pool forms the centrepiece of the leafy backyard.“We try and come up here two or three times a year,” Mrs Gleeson said. “It’s so private, you back on to rainforest and don’t even realise you’ve got neighbours.”“It’s a great lifestyle – you can ride your bike down to the beach and enjoy beautiful meals. We have family up here, and this house has given us a really great balance between warm and cool climates.”A pool is a great feature of the leafy yard.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMrs Gleeson said the house was a hive of activity last month, when her stepdaughter Maegan was married at Palm Cove.But now, after eight years, the couple has decided to put the property on the market.“It’s an amazing home, and we’ll be sad to sell it, but it’s time for the next chapter,” she said. We want to travel Australia in a Winnebago.”Along with Port Douglas, Palm Cove has long been a destination of choice for many southerners who, like the Gleesons, are keen on having a home away from home during the winter months.The average selling price for houses at Palm Cove, according to CoreLogic, was $558,000 as of February.The property at 4 Muller St is open for inspection today from 11-11.30am.Selling agent John Pirie, of Twomey Schriber Property Group, said the home was “one of the best in Argentea”.“It’s an ex-display home and the design is still cutting edge,” he said. “There is not much land left in Argentea, and this is just a cracking house.”Mr Pirie said the home had “enormous potential” to generate income through Airbnb or as a holiday rental.last_img read more

One in four Aussie households renting

first_imgMore households with children are in private rentals now. Picture: Inside Outside Design.NEW research has found the private rental sector was the fastest growing part of the housing system, with one in four Aussie households now renting.Latest research for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute called for nationwide cultural change to not just modernise the private rental system (PRS) but remove any stigma associated with renting.It said 2.1 million Aussie households — about 26 per cent of all households — lived in the private rental sector in 2016.The sector grew 38 per cent between 2006 and 2016 — increasing at twice the rate of household growth.Most current figures (2013-14) have the number of investor households at 1.135 million — with 72 per cent owning one property and the rest having multiple.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoAmong the cultural changes needed to modernise the system, AHURI said, was “encouraging investor landlords to see themselves as being in the business of being a housing provider, rather than an informal arrangement to ‘let’ someone use their property”.It also called for Australians to acknowledge that “private renters are not second-class citizens and increasingly expect and require a high level of service for the rent that they pay, including timely and accurate responses to requests”.With three quarters of private rental properties sitting with rental property managers, it called for more recognition and training in that area too.AHURI said renting was “no longer a transitional sector for younger people between leaving the family home and becoming homeowners”.“There are now more private renters on lower and higher incomes, more households with children; more households renting at midlife, and more long-term renters (10-plus years).”FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKFREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more

Forget the commute, this house has parking for the helicopter

first_img Inside Tim Cahill’s ultimate sports mansion The entertainment veranda on the side spills out onto the lawn and the pool. You can have eight people in your personal cinema. 101 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, comes with helicopter parking.This home has the ultimate way to beat the commuters blues with parking for the helicopter — though there’s also underground parking for your seven luxury cars.The three storey mansion called Tulsa is at Paradise Waters on the Gold Coast and the sellers are keen to hand it over to the next heli-commuter. MORE: Is this Australia’s cheapest island? Maybe some drinks on the deck before the movie.The riverfront property also has a self contained au pair’s quarters, an office, library, an eight-person home theatre with 140 inch screen and it’s very own formal bar room.Of the six bedrooms on the property, one is an outdoor one, for washing off the saltwater or tidying up after a swim. The wide block has 30m of waterfront access.“The sellers health forces the sale of this once in a lifetime property,” was how the five bedroom property at 101 Commodore Drive was listed.Agent Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast — Surfers Paradise described the 10m by 10m helipad as a unique feature of the luxury home. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago101 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, Qld 4217 House earns owner $200k a year There is a formal bar as well.“You may already own an incredible waterfront property with a boat/yacht mooring however, when it comes to getting further afield, there’s no denying that the ability to land a helicopter at your home is a rarely available benefit,” was how he listed it.“This is the only home on the Gold Coast that you can land your helicopter on the waterfront. Whether you’re arriving by car, boat or even helicopter, this is an optional convenience on a whole new level.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Tennis ace Pat Rafter the new Thor neighbour The helipad is on the water and measures 10m by 10m. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Year round swims are possible in the heated pool.It even has a powered workshop in the basement of the 1,129sq m block and a massive 30 metres of water frontage.The kitchen servery opens out to an outdoor covered terrace, and the “sunset entertaining terrace” comes with a barbecue and a sink.All the blinds inside and out are motorised and the pool is heated.This type of luxury will definitely cost you mega bucks, but one of the best features of the property right now is that the sellers have dropped the price, going from $16.25m to $14.88m now.last_img read more

Retirement ‘is harmful to health’

first_img Share Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Retirement ‘is harmful to health’ by: – May 16, 2013 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Retirement can affect your mental health, the study suggestsRetirement has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health, a new study has found.The study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a “drastic decline in health” in the medium and long term.The IEA said the study suggests people should work for longer for health as well as economic reasons.The government already plans to raise the state pension age.The study, which was published in conjunction with the Age Endeavour Fellowship, a charity, compared retired people with those who had continued working past retirement age, and took into account possible confounding factors.Philip Booth, programme director at the IEA, said the government should go further to deregulate labour markets and allow people to work for longer.No ‘normal’ retirement age“Working longer will not only be an economic necessity, it also helps people live healthier lives,” he said.Edward Datnow, chairman of the Age Endeavour Fellowship, said: “There should be no ‘normal’ retirement age in future. “More employers need to consider how they will capitalise on Britain’s untapped grey potential and those seeking to retire should think very hard about whether it is their best option.”The study suggests there is a small boost to health immediately after retirement, before a significant decline in the longer term.Retirement is found to increase the chances of suffering from clinical depression by 40%, while you are 60% more likely to suffer from a physical condition. The effect is the same for men and women, while the chances of becoming ill appear to increase with the length of time spent in retirement.BBC Newslast_img read more

Usain Bolt says open to comeback — if coach asks

first_img Loading… Read Also: La Liga: Real Madrid in sight of title after beating Alaves “I got sick that first week as I was scared to fall asleep so I stayed up at nights just watching her,” he said. “I am a heavy sleeper but I have learned that I am going to wake up, I am going to get up no matter what, I am getting better and I am learning.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “My coach gets too excited when I come to the track, so I stay away,” he said. Bolt meanwhile said he is adjusting to life as a father after he and partner Kasi Bennett welcomed a baby girl in May. Bolt said fatherhood was “harder than breaking a world record.” “If my coach came back and told me, let’s do this, I will, because I believe so much in my coach,” Bolt said. “So I know if he says we’re going to do this, I know it’s possible. Give Glen Mills a call, and I’ll be back.” Bolt, who last competed internationally at the World Championships in London in 2017 where he won bronze in the 100m, said he does not visit the track any more.center_img Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has hinted he could be tempted out of retirement if former coach Glen Mills asked him. The world 100m and 200m record holder and eight-time Olympic champion told Variety magazine he had no plans to resurrect his sprinting career. However the 33-year-old told Variety magazine in a video interview he would at least consider a comeback if veteran coach Mills asked him. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist8 Most Beautiful Modern Chinese ActressesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocketlast_img read more

Alleged $9.5m FIFA grant fraud: Court dismisses application to join Pinnick, Sanusi

first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 NJustice Peter Affen of an FCT High Court, Maitama on Thursday dismissed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to join the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, in the alleged misappropriation of $9.5 million FIFA grant. Affen in his ruling held that it would amount to abuse of court processes to join the duo after they were acquitted of similar charge at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division. He held that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had earlier acquitted Pinnick and Sanusi. Affen added that there was a similar charge before her (Ojukwu ) and in line with the provisions of section 355 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, they were acquitted. He then adjourned until April 30 for the trial of the other three. The EFCC dragged three officials of NFF before the court in an alleged $9.5 million FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30, 2019 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants. Those being tried earlier were Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan Zaka, Cashier; and Fadanari Mamza, Head, Finance and Account Department. The EFCC charged the defendants with five counts bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation. The EFCC alleged that they conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offence, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code. Andekin was alleged to have been entrusted with money meant for the development of football in Nigeria, a grant from world football body, the Federation of International Football Association. He was alleged to have fraudulently diverted $1.3 million from the NFF domiciliary account with Zenith Bank, an act that is contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code. Zaka, on his part, was said to have fraudulently diverted $7.2 million from the FIFA grant, while Mamza was accused of diverting $2.3 million. The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge. On June 27, 2019, while adopting processes filed in support of the application for joinder the prosecuting counsel, Steve Odiase, urged the court to grant the application.Tags: NFFlast_img read more