Who cares! It will be interesting to me watching Beyonce’s hips and ass spread wider than a garage door and see that wrinkled up stomach after the kid is born. I know they can fix stretch marks with a tummy tuck, but how do they fix the hips?
Perhaps they can put her in a huge vice for a couple of weeks and make the hips close up some. I don’t know but whatever the case, its the end of a beautiful body. Bob
They have always maintained that they would never re-form and famously turned down $1 billion (£600 million) to tour again, but Abba have given a new generation of fans hope of seeing the band perform live.
For the Mamma Mia! devotees who have come to the band’s music nearly 30 years after they split, tribute bands and YouTube clips of the Swedish foursome in satin and spandex seemed the closest they could get.
Asked if they would consider an intimate one-off performance — perhaps with an orchestra — that could be beamed around the world, Andersson said: “Yeah, why not?”
He added: “I don’t know if the girls sing anything any more. I know Frida [Anni-Frid Lyngstad] was in the studio.” Then a little later: “It’s not a bad idea, actually.”
Ulvaeus threw in a reference to the Super Trouper album’s last song. “We could sing The Way Old Folks Do,” he said. The pair’s comments may offer little more than a glimmer of hope, but they are in contrast to previous statements by the band members, who split in 1982.
Only two years ago Ulvaeus said: “We will never appear on stage again. There is simply no motivation to regroup. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were — young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition.
“I remember Robert Plant saying Led Zeppelin were a cover band now because they cover all their own stuff. I think that hit the nail on the head.”
Andersson has also previously derided talk of a reunion. “We’d need a good reason to re-form and I just don’t see one. We could never recreate the old days. I’d rather be remembered for the way we were 30 years ago,” he said.
Abba have enjoyed a renaissance. One in four British households owns the DVD of a film version of the Mamma Mia!, the musical inspired by their works. They have sold 370 million records, and sell about three million each year.
This year AbbaWorld, an attraction based on the careers of Ulvaeus and Andersson and their female bandmates Agnetha Fältskog and Lyngstad, opened at Earls Court, in West London. Visitors pay £22 for an adult ticket to see costumes that the band wore in 1974 on their way to winning the Eurovision Song Contest, and have the chance to wear a silver jumpsuit and sing and dance with holograms of the band.
Ulvaeus and Andersson are promoting their new musical, Kristina, which opens at the Royal Albert Hall on April 14. The production is based on a 2,000- page epic by the Swedish novelist Vilhelm Moberg, but has been changed for an English audience.
Ulvaeus said: “We’ve cut the play down from three hours down to two hours . . . And, also, I approached Herbert Kretzmer, who did Les Misérables, to translate the lyrics into English.”
Abba are thought to have sung together only once since they split. In 2003 they joined in a rendition of a Swedish happy-birthday song at the 50th birthday party of Gorel Hanser, Ulvaeus and Andersson’s manager, in front of about 150 guests.
In 2000 they turned down a $1 billion deal to reunite for a 100-date tour. At the time Ulvaeus said: “This is the budget of a small country so we had to give it some thought. In the end we decided that, whatever offer was on the table, it would be stupid to re-form and utterly ludicrous to change the images people all over the world have of us.”
It remains to be seen whether the female members would be interested in a reunion. Fältskog lived as a recluse on a remote Swedish island, saying that she hated fame, while Lyngstad married a German nobleman and is a princess.
For all of you simpletons that thought that health care reform was a good idea and it was a way to stick it to the rich Americans, let me explain corporate America to you.
John Deere makes tractors and farming equipment. Lets use nice round numbers here to keep it simple enough for the simpletons. Lets say a tractor used to harvest corn cost 10,000 dollars. A can of corn today is two dollars US.
This same tractor will cost roughly 1,000 dollars a year to maintain and fill with fuel. All of this is factored into what you pay for corn at the market.
Suddenly the John Deere Manufacturing Corporation has to shell out an addditional 250 million dollars a year for socialized medicine. The cost of their product, in this case the tractor that harvests your corn, as well as all associated replacement parts is going to have to go up to make up the difference.
Your can of corn just went up a dollar a can. Of course the reach of John Deere in the American economy goes much deeper than just a can of corn, but you should be able to grasp the concept.
The same goes for Caterpillar. Again for those of you that don’t know, Caterpillar makes a large percentage of the drive trains that push trucks across America with the goods and foods that you buy every day. Expect the price of virtually everything to go up exponentially.
Now I ask you, how could this possibly be good for the American economy? Bob
A pair of top U.S. industrial companies gave some of the first estimates of what the nation’s healthcare overhaul will cost them, although an Obama administration official called the moves premature.
Deere & Co (DE.N) and Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) said they are expecting a combined $250 million in charges this year as a result of changes to the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system that President Barack Obama signed into law this week.
But U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke criticized those estimates as premature. The final law is still being tweaked, with the Senate expected to send a revised version of the landmark legislation back to the House of Representatives later on Thursday after eliminating two minor provisions.
“A lot of the regulations on how this will affect big business haven’t even published yet; so for them to come out, I think is premature and irresponsible,” Locke said in an interview on CNBC business television.
Republicans — who had fought the move that was a cornerstone of Democratic President Barack Obama’s domestic policy — jumped on the forecasts as evidence that the change would be damaging to the U.S. economy, which is in a phase of shaky recovery.
“It didn’t take 48 hours before the tax increases in this health care bill started to hit manufacturers and other employers,” said Representative Dave Camp, the top Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. “With over one-half trillion dollars in new taxes, the health care bill is the single largest tax increase in American history. It is a government takeover of health care that families cannot afford and our economy cannot afford.”
At issue in Deere’s and Caterpillar’s forecasts is a provision of the health care reform package that makes a subsidy paid to companies to provide prescription drug coverage to their employees taxable; previously this benefit had not been taxed.
Investors appeared to take the news in stride, as both companies’ shares were up around 2 percent, outpacing the broad Standard & Poor’s 500 index .SPX.
“This is a near-term, quick-hit charge,” said Jeff Windau, an industrial analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis, who follows both Caterpillar and Deere. “A lot of investors are still looking through to the longer-term question of what’s the economy doing? There’s growth out there and we can handle this one-time charge.”
Despite the political furor around the legislation, Windau said many investors may feel confident that companies that just survived the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s will be able to handle a change in the system.
“Investors have confidence that they can manage these costs as well,” Windau said.
Deere, a maker of farm equipment, said on Thursday it expects its after-tax expenses to rise by about $150 million this year as a result of healthcare reform. [ID:nN25216862]
The Moline, Illinois-based company, which expects the bulk of the costs to come in its current second fiscal quarter, had forecast full-year earnings of about $1.3 billion.
Analysts, on average, had looked for second fiscal quarter profit of $450.6 million, or $1.06 per per share, from Deere, with full-year profit forecast at $1.37 billion, or $3.21 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of earth-moving equipment, said in a filing with the SEC after the close of trading on Wednesday that it expects to record a $100 million after-tax charge in the first quarter related to the new law. [ID:nN24185079]
Analysts, on average, had looked for a first quarter profit at Caterpillar of about $280 million, or 45 cents per share.
Caterpillar and Deere are not the first companies to project their costs related to the reform package, which is high on corporate America’s radar since more than 150 million working-age Americans get health benefits from their employers.
Diversified U.S. manufacturer Honeywell International Inc (HON.N) in January estimated that healthcare reform would trim its first quarter earnings by 4 to 5 cents per share.
That forecast — which came at a time when it was unsure whether health care reform would pass at all, let alone what form it would take — surprised investors, who sent Honeywell shares down despite a fourth-quarter earnings report that topped Wall Street forecasts.
A Honeywell spokesman said on Thursday that the company has not updated the earlier cost estimate and would continue to review the legislation.
This is how you know that this country is run by women. If it were a male teacher that had confessed to having sex with a 14 year old girl, the public (mostly women) would be outraged and calling for his head . . . er . . . both of his heads.
If it were a man, he would be called a pedophile and a child molester. I have heard very little of that in the Amy Beck case.
But when its a female teacher that MOLESTS a male student, its viewed largely by the media and the people as a triumphant moment in the boys life and almost a rite of passage into manhood.
Amy Beck should have the book thrown at her for her LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS ACT WITH A MINOR CHILD! The constitution guarantee’s equality to all people. This includes the application of law. JD
A former Burbank sixth-grade teacher who confessed to having an affair with a male student pleaded no-contest today to having unlawful sex with a minor in a deal that will get her a two-year jail term.
During the brief hearing in Burbank Superior Court, Amy Beck, 33, entered the plea in exchange for prosecutors dropping four other charges against her. She will be sentenced to two years in jail during a hearing scheduled for May 7.
Beck also admitted to a new charge of committing lewd acts on a child under 16, which will require her to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Beck was arrested March 8 after walking into the Burbank police station and confessing that she’d had an affair with a male student at David Starr Jordan Middle School. She’d resigned her post teaching English and social studies at the school just a couple of days earlier.
Officials have said the boy no longer attends the school.