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23 февраля, 01:46

Robbie Williams, Skepta, the 1975 and more – every Brits 2017 performance reviewed

Who rocked the house, and who made a mess of the carpet? Here’s the verdict on every Brits performanceThe Brit awards – as it happenedBrit awards winners 2017 – the full listThanks to their infectious realness, at least one solid gold banger per album and athleisure outfits seemingly taken from a pornographic remake of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Little Mix are the biggest (only?) pure pop group in the UK right now. Ditching the X Factor final ensembles that made Jesy look as if she’d urinated on herself, they instead plump for frosty silver numbers last seen on a Star Trek Beyond mood board. After screaming like banshees at the audience, they arrive on mirrored sedan chairs, before heavily channelling some Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation military-industrial vibes alongside some silver-coloured Blue Man Group wannabes. They perform Shout Out to My Ex – the solid gold banger for this particular album – and its blend of Appalachian hoedown and pep rally for jilted One Direction exes gets the evening off to a brilliantly bombastic start. Continue reading...

22 февраля, 22:19

Brit awards 2017: the George Michael tribute, the 1975, Little Mix and more – as it happened

Ed Sheeran and Skepta stole the show and Chris Martin did his best George Michael, but not a single grime artist took an award … we followed the winners and losers at this year’s Brit awardsBrit awards winners 2017 – the full list 10.09pm GMT Across the periodic table from the inert gases that most British male singers are formed from (eg James Bay, Ben Howard, even Rag’n’Bone Man), Robbie Williams is made from a violently unstable element, his charisma doing tequila shots with his ego and id until they come up with genius or Rudebox. This performance can draw from 20 years of solo material – and a host of Take That hits perhaps. Much of it is guff, of course, so does he control his volatility and pick out the pearls? Quite emphatically not. Underwear models parade past him to the strains of Welcome to the Heavy Entertainment Show as if TFI Friday never happened. He promises us that we can go home soon, but not before submitting us to songs that only the most craven performer would include in a lifetime achievement segment. He segues into I Love My Life, a 12-step affirmation bolted onto a Coldplay B-side; like Jeff Goldblum in Annie Hall, his is a mantra that is instantly forgettable. He then channels Jon Bon Jovi’s nasal wondering for Mixed Signals, a guitar anthem so anti-anthemic it’s evaporated from my head mere seconds after hearing it. In the crowd, five people point fingers to the sky while the rest stand stock still like characters contemplating their imminent death in a Roland Emmerich movie. It ends. Angels, She’s the One, Let Me Entertain You … all remain ignored by a performer who, for better but more often for worse, is at least convinced of his own unwavering brilliance. 9.58pm GMT Rob, mate. What happened there? We wanted the hits and you gave us some bemused gurns and a saggy rendition of some new songs nobody knows yet. What I said about British music being in rude health earlier, I take back. This is truly Brexit Britain. Let’s celebrate the complacency of mediocre white men forever!Robbie winning a Lifetime Achievement and doing a medley of the new album is the most punk thing that happened all night. Continue reading...

23 декабря 2016, 17:29

Strip hackathon: 24 hours to make a million – while surrounded by girls

The hackathon consists of several programmer teams that in 24 hours must create an IT project on a particular subject. But the task is complicated, since it is the strip club that has set the subject. Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn "Dude, what are you doing here?" a tall, broad-shouldered guard in a suit asks me. "You won't believe it – I'm working!" I reply. I'm sitting in a dressing room, surrounded by 20 half-naked girls. Some of the girls could be called "sweet," some "hot," others have a diabolical flame in their eyes, one that entices you despite their ordinary appearance. Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn But I am working. Honestly. I'm collecting material for this article on the Strip Hack Moscow 2016 marathon, the first hackathon in the world, which is taking place in Moscow's elite Golden Girls Club. The hackathon consists of several programmer teams that in 24 hours must create an IT project on a particular subject. But the task is complicated, since it is the strip club that has set the subject. There are three distinct groups in the club: the frightened 20-something programmers who are trying to win the million-ruble prize (about $16,500); the beauties who must use all their wiles to prevent the computer specialists from realizing their "golden" dream; the club's management, which has organized the contest in order to develop an IT project for attracting new clients to the club. Most of the performers are girls who are tired of the boring professions that their parents imposed on them. Among them are former ballerinas and professional dancers who refused to work for peanuts and an idea, as well as just money-hungry young ladies. Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn The girls The club's ambiance is saturated with the atmosphere from the 1995 film Showgirls. The dancers are basically living the life of the film's protagonist Nomi Malone. However, instead of Las Vegas, they are out to conquer Moscow. Most of the performers are girls who are tired of the boring professions that their parents imposed on them. Among them are former ballerinas and professional dancers who refused to work for peanuts and an idea, as well as just money-hungry young ladies. "They are all beautiful ladies who don't know how to be happy with men. We help them become happy," explains club owner Lucky Lee. Some of the girls could be called "sweet," some "hot," others have a diabolical flame in their eyes, one that entices you despite their ordinary appearance. Being uninhibited is their main quality. They tell me: "Whatever is forbidden is possible." Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn Being uninhibited is their main quality. They tell me: "Whatever is forbidden is possible." And throughout the evening they shower you with this illusion as the club's guards tirelessly look on. They merrily run around, laugh, change into expensive lingerie right in front of me without embarrassment and prepare themselves to seduce the men in the audience. The battle for the million Meanwhile, 100 programmers divide themselves into teams and start working. But with the appearance of the girls, problems begin to arise in the audience: Someone's system turns off on his laptop, someone else needs to urgently go and get some electronics for the gadget he is developing, etc. And obviously many begin socializing with the girls. The majority of the programmers are still trying to be patient and restrained and to continue working. Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn "I am not a stripper! I'm a flirt actress," says a minute 18-year-old girl with dark hair in pink lace underwear to a rotund programmer with a laptop in his hands. In response he mumbles something about morality and self-development. "I can develop here, in the strip club," parries the dancer. The majority of the programmers are still trying to be patient and restrained and to continue working. But others are deciding whether or not to forget the IT marathon and enjoy the free company of the girls. Besides, not everyone understands the concept of the "flirt actress" and they take the words "whatever is forbidden is possible" literally. "Can you believe it – I'm dancing for him and he [one of the programmers] offers me 500 bucks for a night at his place? Does he really think I cost so little?" complains Olesya, standing in front of me on her 20-centimeter-high heels and wearing turquoise lingerie. "Prostitutes have clients! We have guests. And we don't sleep with them," she adds after some thought. The winners The winners of the hackathon, as expected, are those who were able to resist the temptation. "I am a deeply married man with kids. What do I need strippers for?" says Ruslan, head of the Brocard team. It is his five-man group that receives the competition's main prize: financing for the project and a job contract with the strip club. He will have time to admire the flirt actresses later. "I am not a stripper! I'm a flirt actress," says a minute 18-year-old girl with dark hair in pink lace underwear to a rotund programmer with a laptop in his hands. Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn "Thanks to our development, the club will be able to screen people. We've invented the concept of cards that guests, after their visit to the club, will hand out to their friends and thus attract people from their social group to the establishment," explains Ruslan. Depending on the amount that a customer spends in one night, they will receive a certain set of services at the strip club: alcohol, food, private dances, etc. "This system also includes the "kickback algorithm," meaning that if you bring a friend with a similar social status, you'll get a bonus," says Ruslan. 24 hours later After the 24-hour hackathon you stop noticing all the delights of the strip club: The girls' beauty fades with your weariness and the ceiling lights lull you to sleep. The winning team celebrates their success with Lucky Lee and I make for the exit… bumping into a journalist colleague. Just like in a cheesy film my glass of red wine spills on her new blouse. "You goddamned journalist! Get the hell out of here!" she yells at me. I could have made a new acquaintance. But definitely not today. Not after the strip-hackathon. And so I leave. "You goddamned journalist! Get the hell out of here!" she yells at me. I could have made a new acquaintance. But definitely not today. Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn Read more: The wild times never end: Russia's oldest nightclub Night Flight turns 25>>> Subscribe to get the hand picked best stories every week

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08 декабря 2016, 21:33

Pierre Lagrange takes on advisory role at Man Group

Founding member of GLG to change jobs after hedge fund shake-up

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08 декабря 2016, 21:33

Pierre Lagrange takes on advisory role at Man Group

Founding member of GLG to change jobs after hedge fund shake-up

03 ноября 2016, 14:52

Звездные трейдеры проигрывают машинам

Алгоритмические фонды привлекли в этом году $21 млрд, тогда как фонды под управлением звездных трейдеров лишились около $60 млрд, сообщает агентство Bloomberg.

17 октября 2016, 09:24

Рынки акций Европы выросли в пятницу на данных из Китая

Фондовые индексы Западной Европы выросли в пятницу благодаря позитивным данным о китайской инфляции и ралли в банковском секторе, что помогло сводному индексу крупнейших предприятий региона Stoxx Europe 600 завершить неделю в плюсе, пишет Financial Times.

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14 октября 2016, 12:52

Man Group to buy property manager Aalto Invest

Hedge fund company wants to reduce reliance on fees from AHL flagship range

30 сентября 2016, 16:00

Las Vegas Vacation: 7 Things to Do If You Don’t Gamble

Sin City has more to offer than slot machines. Even if you’re not a gambling man (or woman), you’ll find plenty to do during your Las Vegas vacation.

12 августа 2016, 00:52

Procrastinating on August 11, 2016

**Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org): Must-Reads:** * **Ryan Avent**: _[Absence of Evidence: The Fed Rethinking One Thing too Many][]_ * **Olivier Blanchard**: _[Do DSGE Models Have a Future?][]_ * **Dan Diamond**: [Obamacare](https://twitter.com/ddiamond/status/636217046863376384) * **Bridget Ansel**: _[A new proposal to reform the U.S. estate tax - Equitable Growth][]_: [A new proposal to...

05 августа 2016, 03:41

Links for the Week of August 14, 2016

**Most-Recent Must-Reads:** * **David Kamin**: _[Taxing Capital: Paths to a Fairer and Broader U.S. Tax System][]_ * **Simon Wren-Lewis**: _[A Divided Nation][]_ * **Janet Gornick and Branko Milanovic** (2015): [Income Inequality in the United States in Cross-National Perspective: Redistribution Revisited](http://www.gc.cuny.edu/CUNY_GC/media/CUNY-Graduate-Center/PDF/Centers/LIS/LIS-Center-Research-Brief-1-2015.pdf) * **Doug Jones** (2015): _[The Patriarchal Age][]_: The time of......

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20 июля 2016, 16:37

Pimco Finds a Good Man Manager for Tough Task

Pimco has poached Manny Roman, a talented chief executive from the world’s biggest listed hedge-fund manager, Man Group of the U.K.

20 июля 2016, 15:28

Глава Man Group уйдет из компании и возглавит PIMCO

Новым гендиректором американской инвестиционной компании Pacific Investment Management (Pimco) с ноября станет Эммануэль Роман, отмечается в сообщении компании.

20 июля 2016, 15:28

Глава Man Group уйдет из компании и возглавит PIMCO

Новым гендиректором американской инвестиционной компании Pacific Investment Management (PIMCO) с ноября станет Эммануэль Роман, отмечается в сообщении компании.

20 июля 2016, 11:19

Европейские индексы растут в среду

Европейские фондовые индексы повышаются в среду, инвесторы оценивают корпоративную отчетность крупных компаний.

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20 июля 2016, 09:23

Pimco turns to Man Group's Roman to lead revival

LONDON (Reuters) - Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco) has poached Emmanuel 'Manny' Roman from Man Group , the world's biggest listed hedge fund, as it tries to reverse a slump in fortunes since...

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12 июля 2016, 09:36

Хедж-фонды пытаются успеть заработать на росте рубля

Хедж-фонды по всему миру пытаются повторить успех Man Group, еще в феврале сделавшей ставку на укрепление рубля. За это время рубль подорожал на 21%. Если в феврале действия главного стратегия Man Group Гильермо Оссеса казались, как минимум, слишком поспешными, то теперь он выглядит победителем.

11 июля 2016, 16:29

За лучшим хеджфондом, спекулирующим на рубле, ...

Пять месяцев назад Гильермо Оссес из Man Group Plc, ставивший на рост курса рубля, казался одиноким волком, но его прогноз оправдал себя, и теперь другие участники рынка спешат присоединиться. Ведущий стратег Man GLG по долговым рынкам развивающихся стран вступил в лагерь быков по российской валюте и ОФЗ как минимум с февраля в расчете на то, что стабилизация цен на нефть остановит падение рубля и приведет к замедлению инфляции в стране, являющейся крупнейшим в мире э… читать далее…

11 июля 2016, 16:29

За лучшим хедфондом, спекулирующим на рубле, ...

Пять месяцев назад Гильермо Оссес из Man Group Plc, ставивший на рост курса рубля, казался одиноким волком, но его прогноз оправдал себя, и теперь другие участники рынка спешат присоединиться. Ведущий стратег Man GLG по долговым рынкам развивающихся стран вступил в лагерь быков по российской валюте и ОФЗ как минимум с февраля в расчете на то, что стабилизация цен на нефть остановит падение рубля и приведет к замедлению инфляции в стране, являющейся крупнейшим в мире э… читать далее…