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Watch Prince Make It Rain During His Magical Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show [Full Video]

first_imgThe 2007 Super Bowl XLI saw the Indianapolis Colts top the Chicago Bears 29-17 in a muddy, rainy showdown, but perhaps the most victorious entertainment of the evening came from the Purple One himself.“Can you make it rain harder?” Prince asked the production managers of the halftime event, hours before he was to perform the biggest performance of his career. It was one of those heavy, tropical rain and wind storms in the heart of Miami; but for Prince, it was a dramatic advantage to the pivotal performance that carried in over a 100 million television viewers alone.“I was panicked. Prince was using four separate electric guitars; the stage was made out of a very slick tile, which when it got wet, was even more slippery,” explained one of the production managers. Along with the dancers, their heels, and all other electronic aspects involved, the state of the performance had a lot of reasons to worry.Carlos Santana Asks The NFL For ‘Real Live Music’ At Future Super Bowl Halftime ShowsYet, Prince, obviously, pulled through with one of the most epic halftime performances of all time. His guitar ringing, his voice soaring, and his overall demeanor taking the audience by storm; the rain became less of a distraction and more of an intensely beautiful spectacle.“He’s just one performer shaking the entire world,” described Jon Pareles, Senior Music Critic of the NY Times. Ultimately, Prince turned the horrific weather into his most powerful prop, mixing covers by Queen, The Foo Fighters, and Bob Dylan with originals hits like “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain”. Watch an NFL film made about Prince’s performance, below.[Video: NFL]Setlist: Prince | Super Bowl Halftime | Dolphin Stadium | Miami, FL | 2/4/071. We Will Rock You2. Let’s Go Crazy3. 19994. Baby I’m A Star5. All Along the Watchtower6. Best of You7. Purple Rain[Via Yahoo Sports]last_img read more

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Early educators bring message of quality education to statehouse

first_imgOver 175 women (and a few men) in blue t-shirts turned out at the state capitol today as early educators from across the state gathered to support legislation giving them a voice in making decisions to improve the quality of early childhood education.‘This is about children and the quality of care that we are able to provide. This is also about professionalism and respect for the 10,000 early educators who care for kids every single day,’ said Cathi Ste. Marie, who owns and operates a certified home care for 14 children in North Troy ‘I, and all the early educators here today are not babysitters ‘ we are professionals who care deeply about the children we are entrusted with. And our children will be better served if we are here as full partners in this process.’H.97 has received hearings in the House and has been endorsed by Governor Shumlin, former Governor Howard Dean, 53 Representatives and 11 Senators from all 3 major parties.The bill has also drawn support from parents and community members like Rebecca Haslam who spoke at today’s event on the value of early education to parents:‘I’m a first grade teacher, the former President of the Burlington Education Association, a member of the Vermont NEA, AND I’m the mother of a nine month old. I know kids. And I’m here today to say that early education is good for kids, good for families and essential to Vermont.’Legislators agreed on the importance of the legislation, and promised to double their efforts to move it swiftly through the committee process:‘Early education isn’t just good FOR business, it IS good business,’ said Tim Ashe a leading sponsor of the bill in the Senate. ‘Over 70% of our kids are in child care at least part time. The vast majority of those are private businesses with local customers and local employees. Passing this legislation is essential for our economy.’‘We know that our children are at a critical age for learning and cognitive development before they turn 5,’ explained Representative Mark Larson of Burlington. ‘We have to do everything we can to support them and make sure they get quality education and professional care at that age. I see H.97 as a vehicle to improving the system, as it allows early educators the opportunity to help shape the decisions that affect their businesses and the families they serve. That’s why I’m a sponsor of this bill and I have encouraged my colleagues to join me in supporting H.97.’last_img read more

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Long-dated UK bonds drive 20% return at BBC Pension Scheme

first_img“It has not bought more UK government bonds at current yield levels.”The performance marked the sixth successive year of positive returns, with the fall in yields on long-term UK Gilts and index-linked Gilts corresponding to a short-term return and rise in asset value.This, however, failed to help the scheme meet its 24% benchmark target. Liabilities also increased over the period.The scheme has built up its liability-driven investment (LDI) portfolio over the last two years, with its annual report suggesting it was now £1bn better off for having increased exposure without significantly reducing growth assets.Despite global equities returning 16.6%,10 percentage points above UK equities, the scheme still reduced overall exposure to the asset class by 5.1 percentage points.The scheme now has a 28.4% equity allocation – 10.5% in the UK and 11% across the US and Europe.Return-seeking bond exposure rose to 7.5% from 6.6%, while private markets rose to 22.5% from 19.9%.The main change in asset allocation came in index-linked UK Gilts, forming part of the scheme’s LDI portfolio.The scheme now holds 33.9% of its assets in inflation Gilts compared with 23.5% in 2014 – stemming mainly from trimming equity holdings.It holds £4.2bn in UK index-linked government bonds compared with £336m in UK corporate bonds.As of April this year, the scheme still had a funding shortfall of around £2bn.The scheme, which closed to new entrants in late 2010, is planning to offer around 16,900 members the chance to take part in the pension increase exchange, which, at retirement, sees members offered higher up-front benefits at the cost of future statutory increases to inflation. The £12.9bn (€17.6bn) BBC Pension Scheme returned 20.1% over the year to April, backed by its exposure to long-dated UK bonds and global equities.The pension fund for employees of the UK’s public broadcaster, however, said the long-dated bonds, while adding to performance, also hampered the scheme’s ability to meet its 2026 funding target.Chairman Bill Matthews said property, infrastructure and private equity also played a role, as did the pension fund’s lack of exposure to commodities.“The scheme reduced its equity exposure when the market was high and purchased assets that offer the prospect of stable long-term cash flows, such as UK corporate bonds, infrastructure investments and properties with long leases,” he added.last_img read more