Hiram "Hank" Williams was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one. Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Williams relocated to Georgiana with his family, where he met Rufus Payne, an African American blues musician, who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams' musical style, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. Williams would relocate to Montgomery, where he began his music career in 1937, when producers at radio station WSFA hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program, he formed the Drifting Cowboys backup band, managed by his mother, dropped out of school to devote his time to his career. When several of his band members were conscripted into military service during World War II, Williams had trouble with their replacements, WSFA terminated his contract because of his alcohol abuse.
Williams married Audrey Sheppard, his manager for nearly a decade. After recording "Never Again" and "Honky Tonkin'" with Sterling Records, he signed a contract with MGM Records. In 1947, he released "Move It on Over", which became a hit, joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program. One year he released a cover of "Lovesick Blues" recorded at Herzog Studio in Cincinnati, which carried him into the mainstream of music. After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry, he was unable to notate music to any significant degree. Among the hits he wrote were "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Hey, Good Lookin'", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". Years of back pain and prescription drug abuse compromised his health. In 1952 he divorced Sheppard and was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry because of his unreliability and alcohol abuse. On New Year's Day 1953, he died while traveling to a concert in Canton, Ohio, at the age of 29. Despite his short life, Williams is one of the most celebrated and influential popular musicians of the 20th century in regard to country music.
Many artists covered songs Williams recorded. He influenced Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, George Jones, Charley Pride, The Rolling Stones, among others. Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Pulitzer Prize jury in 2010 awarded him a posthumous special citation "for his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life." Williams was born in Alabama. His parents were Jessie Lillybelle "Lillie" and Elonzo Huble "Lon" Williams, he was of Welsh and German ancestry. Elonzo Williams worked as an engineer for the railroads of the W. T. Smith lumber company, he was drafted during World War I, serving from July 1918 until June 1919. He was injured after falling from a truck, breaking his collarbone and suffering a severe blow to the head.
After his return, the family's first child, was born on August 8, 1922. Another son of theirs died shortly after birth, their third child, was born on September 17, 1923, in Mount Olive. Since Elonzo Williams was a Mason, his wife was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the child was named after Hiram I of Tyre, his name was misspelled as "Hiriam" on his birth certificate, prepared and signed when Hank was about 10 years old. As a child, he was nicknamed "Harm" by his family and "Herky" or "Poots" by his friends, he was born with spina bifida occulta, a birth defect, centered on the spinal column, which gave him lifelong pain – a factor in his abuse of alcohol and drugs. Williams' father was relocated by the lumber company railway for which he worked, the family lived in many southern Alabama towns. In 1930, when Williams was seven years old, his father began suffering from facial paralysis. At a Veterans Affairs clinic in Pensacola, doctors determined that the cause was a brain aneurysm, Elonzo was sent to the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.
He remained hospitalized for eight years, rendering him absent throughout Williams' childhood. From that time on, Lillie Williams assumed responsibility for the family. In the fall of 1934, the Williams family moved to Greenville, where Lillie opened a boarding house next to the Butler County courthouse. In 1935, the Williams family settled in Garland, where Lillie Williams opened a new boarding house. After a while, they moved with his cousin Opal McNeil to Georgiana, where Lillie managed to find several side jobs to support her children, despite the bleak economic climate of the Great Depression, she served as a night shift nurse in the local hospital. Their first house burned, the family lost their possessions, they moved to a new house on the other side of town on Rose Street, which Williams' mother soon turned into a boarding house. The house had a small garden, on which they grew diverse crops that Williams and his sister Irene sold around Georgiana. At a chance meeting in Georgiana, Hank Williams met U.
S. Representative J. Lister Hill while he was campaigning across Alabama. Williams told Hill that his mother was interested to talk with him about his problems and her need to collect El
Fusion Asset Management LLP is the asset management firm based in central London and Moscow specialising in managing volatility risks and risk hedging. Established in 2004 by Kirill Ilinski, a former JP Morgan trader, Fusion nowadays is a group of companies managing around £1 billion across a variety of volatility-related funds and advisory services. Fusion Asset Management was established in 2004 by a former JP Morgan trader and the head of derivatives desk Kirill Ilinski to manage portfolios focusing on quantitative methods and risk management; the firm's starting fund, Fusion Credit Relative Value Fund, was one of the first quantitative credit funds in Europe. In 2006 Ilinski set up Fusion Long Volatility Strategy, a protective strategy, which achieved top positions among other multi-strategy funds in the crisis months of 2007-08 and 2010–11 and became the core of the firm's products. In 2009 Fusion launched its own hedge advisory and started offering exotic option-based low-cost hedges to the financial intermediaries funds of funds.
Fusion's products were aimed against large-scale FX moves' impact on the investor's liquidity. The same year the company announced Fusion Sovereign Yield strategy. Fusion’s option products were the first of its kind in Europe to help corporate clients managing their liquidity while minimising the credit-related costs. In July 2010 Fusion launched its own long-short volatility hedge fund, Fusion Global Volatility, that grew out of the group's long-only volatility strategy, in use since 2007. Although, in 2009 the strategy made 10,3%, the hedge fund made only 7% in 2011. In 2011 Fusion started offering corporate access to its liquidity hedges aiming to provide a bespoke overlay for the group's FX hedges. Managing volatility risks in Aug 2011 Ilinski's team achieved 16,5% return. Starting from 2012 Fusion expanded its services to the private clients market now offering a range of wealth management solutions including the access to the products available to institutional investors only. In 2015 Fusion obtained a license to manage the pension funds in the United Kingdom and started trading under the name of Loyal North.
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Nainar Nagendran is an Indian politician in the state of Tamil Nadu who left the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party in August 2017 to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was one of several AIADMK figures to do so and soon after his move he was appointed as a state-level BJP vice-president; as an AIADMK candidate, Nagendran was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Tirunelveli constituency in the 2001 and 2011 state assembly elections. He lost the seat by 606 votes in the election of 2006 and in 2016, when the difference was 601, his opponent in the latter election was A. L. S. Lakshmanan of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, a person he had beaten in 2011 by over 38,000 votes. Nagendran served variously as a Minister for Electricity and Transport during the AIADMK-led government of 2001-2006, he was not a member of the cabinet during the AIADMK government led by Jayalalithaa from 2011 but he said it was her death and the subsequent rudderless situation in which the party found itself that caused his move to the BJP in 2016