It was an unseasonably warm December evening in the Russian capital and spirits were high inside Sixty, a restaurant atop a skyscraper overlooking the Moscow River where vintage Krug pops at $1,000 a bottle.Employees of the GL network of companies were cheering as their boss, German Lillevyali, showered them with golden Oscar replicas, 10,000-euro debit cards to shop in Milan and, for his very best performer, a $70,000 car.Six months on, there’s nothing left to celebrate.Lillevyali, a serial entrepreneur who’s dabbled in everything from vodka to health care, has left Russia , the money-raising hub of his GL Financial Group, a Swiss- and U.K.-licensed asset manager with affiliates in Moscow, Zurich, Geneva, London, Cyprus and Belize.The financier, who was managing at least $250 million of assets at the end of last year according to two former subordinates, seems to be in Cyprus. A Facebook message seeking to calm investors was posted under his name on April 20, purportedly … [Read more...] about Moscow Financier Goes AWOL as Global Clients Hunt for Millions
New global warming movie
WASHINGTON – Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study. The slowdown in the circulation — a crucial part of Earth's climate — had been predicted by computer models, but researchers said they can now observe it. It could make for more extreme weather across the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe, and could increase sea level rise along the U.S. East Coast, they said. The slowdown also raises the prospect of a complete circulation shutdown, which would be a dangerous "tipping point," according to a study in Wednesday's journal Nature . Such a shutdown was the premise of the scientifically inaccurate 2004 disaster movie "The Day After Tomorrow." Study authors said a collapse is at least decades away but would be a catastrophe. "We know somewhere out there is a tipping point where this current system is likely to break down," said study co-author Stefan Rahmstorf, a … [Read more...] about Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation
Benidorm Live, Motown The Musical, Saturday Night Fever and Fame are just a few of the hit shows lined up for the Station Street venue this year. Other productions that feature in the new season include: Kay Mellor's Fat Friends April 3 to 7 Hit TV show Fat Friends has made its way onto the stage. Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff will make his stage debut in the production alongside the likes of Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey and Kevin Kennedy. The musical follows the characters from the hit TV show as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers, while Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. The Last Ship April 16 to 21 Sting's political musical The Last Ship has its UK premiere this year. Featuring an original score with music and lyrics by Sting himself, the show stars Richard Fleeshman, Charlie Hardwick and Joe McGann The show tells the story of Gideon Fletcher who returns home from sea to discover the demise of … [Read more...] about Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre announces new season of shows
WHEN you look back at Britain’s history – the bits that have been immortalised in film – you’d imagine that we lost every single war that we fought, that our soldiers had no spines and that our leaders were drunken imbeciles.Dunkirk, for example. That’s one of our most famous military escapes and what does the movie celebrate?Yes, the total humiliation of our Army, which had to be brought home by a bunch of pensioners in rowing boats.Then you have Arnhem, celebrated by the epic movie A Bridge Too Far, in which we see the gung-ho Americans getting things done while the Brits hide behind walls, trying to make their faulty radios work.Oh, and then there’s Gandhi, where we have a man in his underpants taking on and beating the entire British Empire.And The Bridge On The River Kwai, in which a British officer is made to live in a box.The Falklands? Well we won that handsomely so as a result no films have been made at all.All of this is very different to … [Read more...] about Why can’t we win in our war films the way the Yanks do?
MUSEUM: V&A Dundee Not so very long now. At some point in the second half of 2018 the V&A Dundee will open its doors for the first time, marking the opening of a building designed by Kengo Kuma that has cost in the region of £80m and represents another giant step in Dundee's revival. Kuma's 21st-century ziggurat sits snugly alongside Captain Scott's Discovery and a mere hop, skip and dropped stitch away from the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre. Loading article content When it opens the V&A will shift the cultural heart of the city closer to the River Tay and, who knows, it might even drag a few Glaswegians to Dundee on days when Rangers or Celtic aren't actually playing at Dens Park or Tannadice. (Teddy Jamieson) SPORT: Glasgow 2018 European Championships Remember the buzz when Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games? Prepare to bask in sporting glory again as the city gears up to welcome the European Championships 2018 from August 2-12. The inaugural … [Read more...] about Hot List 2018: the people, places and events that will shape the year ahead