Video Odds & Ends: Idina & Kristin Reunite for Hillary & More

first_imgP.S. Netflix’s Gilmore Girls will air on November 25 and we are counting down the days to see what Tony winners Sutton Foster and Christian Borle have in store for us in the revival! Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson Auditions for HamiltonSpeaking of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning hit, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, during his final week of performances in Fully Committed, appeared at #Ham4Ham on July 27 to audition for the role of Lafayette/Jefferson. The Modern Family star’s take on what was required was slightly different to Tony winner Daveed Diggs’ interpretation, let’s put it that way. Ellen Green, Billy Porter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ben Platt , Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth First Trailer of M. Night Shyamalan’s Betty Buckley FilmWe have our first look at Betty Buckley in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split, and it looks as terrifying as you would expect. The Tony winner previously appeared in his 2008 movie The Happening. Also starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, and Haley Lu Richardson, the film is slated for release on January 20, 2017. Buckley is currently appearing on stage on the West Coast in Grey Gardens. View Commentscenter_img Zachary Quinto’s ‘Gypsy Spock’Broadway alum Zachary Quinto recently celebrated the release of the latest Star Trek movie with a little help from “Gypsy Spock” and dubsmash. Needs to be seen to be believed… Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos you may have missed from today. Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth ReuniteA slew of stage favorites including Tony winners Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming and Billy Porter, along with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ben Platt and Ellen Greene, were just some of the talents who teamed up for Hillary Clinton on July 26. Check out below their cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Expect more big Broadway names to appear later today at the Democratic convention. Hopefully, the politicos in the room where it happens in Philadelphia have learned their lesson and won’t be requesting any more Hamilton tickets.last_img read more

Blockchain comes to bond market as Lombard Odier backs $15m deal

first_imgBlockchain also “mitigated counterparty risk” in the transaction and sped up the completion of the deal, Vuille added, “reducing what normally takes a few days to a matter of seconds”.Stéphane Rey, chief technology officer at LOIM, said: “Through this blockchain transaction, we have learned more about using the technology and the more practical aspects that needed to be handled, not least legal and compliance to name a few.”Solidum developed its own blockchain-based system, dubbed ILSBlockchain, to support its transactions in insurance-linked securities.Cedric Edmonds, director of Solidum Re, said the project was in part a reaction to difficulties raising small amounts of capital efficiently through traditional platforms such as Euroclear.The transaction is the latest example of asset managers and other financial services providers exploring the uses of blockchain.Last year, Northern Trust teamed up with IBM to provide a blockchain administration system for a private equity fund run by Unigestion.At the time, Northern Trust’s president of corporate and institutional services Peter Cherecwich said the system was “designed to deliver a significantly enhanced and efficient approach to private equity administration”.Vanguard is currently exploring the use of blockchain in the construction of its index-tracking products, while Dutch pension managers APG and PGGM are jointly working on a blockchain-based administration service. Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) has completed a bond deal using blockchain technology, in a transaction it claims is among the first of its kind.The manager participated in a $15m (€12.6m) issue of catastrophe bonds by a Guernsey-based subsidiary of insurance specialist Solidum Partners in August.Details of the transaction were recorded and communicated to deal participants via blockchain, a digital ledger technology that has risen to prominence in finance as the backbone of Bitcoin. The system allows participants near-instant access to secure, encrypted records of transactions that would otherwise be handled manually and take several days to complete. These records can be shared with regulators if needed.Simon Vuille, a portfolio manager in LOIM’s insurance-linked strategies team, said the technology had “markedly lowered the transaction costs relative to other settlement methods where costs are prohibitive for transactions of this size”.last_img read more

Mixed fortunes for Irish fighters at World Championships

first_imgKatie Taylor has set up an Olympic final rematch, with victory this morning in the last-16 of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Bray fighter will face Russian Sofya Ochigava tomorrow, the woman she beat to claim gold in London two years ago. There was disappointment for Belfast’s Michaela Walsh, who lost her 54 k-g bout on a split decision to Azerbaijan’s Anna Alimardanova.last_img