18 Jan

Jessie Fisher is the New ‘Girl’ of Once

first_img Once Related Shows Fisher makes her Broadway debut with Once. She has previously worked in Chicago with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company. She is half of the folk duo Erik and Jessie. In addition to Fisher and Nolan, the current cast features Adam Wesley Brown, Laurel Griggs, David Patrick Kelly, Katrina Lenk, Brandon McGibbon, Anne L. Nathan, Madeleine Pace, Andy Taylor, Ryan Vona, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J. Michael Zygo. Based on the award-winning 2006 indie film, Once tells the story of a whirlwind romance between an Irish street musician (known as “Guy”) and a Czech immigrant (known as “Girl”). Directed by John Tiffany and featuring music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova with a book by Enda Walsh, Once is the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Jessie Fisher goes from Broadway standby to leading lady when she assumes the role of Girl in Once beginning June 17. She steps in full time for Joanna Christie, who played her final performance on June 15. Fisher stars opposite Paul Alexander Nolan as Guy. View Commentslast_img read more

17 Jan

Deep budget cuts

first_imgNot since the Great Depression have Americans been so concerned about food security in this country. At the same time, demand for more and better food to feed the hungry around the world is exploding. U.S. agriculture, and especially agriculture in the Southeast, is prepared to ramp up production to meet the demand. Exports are at an all-time high. Yet, devastating funding cuts from state legislatures across the nation over the past two years have threatened our ability to develop better crops, advance food safety and improve packaging and shipping technology. Earlier this week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released proposed cuts to agriculture that, if passed, will endanger the U.S. food system.Food and shelter Nothing is more important to Americans than keeping a roof over their heads and food on their dinner tables. In the proposed Continuing Resolution that will determine budgets for the remainder of the 2011 calendar year, Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are asked to shoulder disproportionate cuts. The resolution would cut $5.21 billion, or 22.4 percent, from agriculture-related programs and operating budgets during the remaining seven months of FY-2011. This is more than double the 10.3 percent cut proposed in overall non-defense discretionary spending. The burgeoning federal deficit must be brought under control. Few Americans disagree. Getting the deficit under control means all departments of the federal government must tighten up. However, necessary cuts should be shared equally among all areas of federal government and ensure the least amount of damage to the American way of life.These proposed cuts would mean massive job losses, weaken our food supply, damage our research and education system and keep agriculture from helping grow the U.S. economy. These cuts could eliminate close to $6 million from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences alone. Land-grant universities across the country will face similar cuts. The U.S. agriculture industry relies on the land-grant university system to provide research, development and training shared equally and openly among producers. Unlike other industries that employ proprietary research and development organizations, this public system of research and education was designed to give all involved in producing our nation’s food supply equal access to innovations that help feed the nation and protect the environment.Impact at home These are funds we rely on to conduct vital research in crop development, environmentally sound practices, water protection and food safety. These funds provide needed local education to agriculture producers, nutrition information for families and 4-H programs for more than 160,000 Georgia youths. Coupled with the 24-percent cut in state funds we have faced over the past two years and a proposed additional 4 percent state funding cut in July, this 10 percent cut in federal funds will further cripple our research and Extension programs to Georgia.In Georgia, the agriculture sector of the economy has been a stabilizing force amid a stormy economic outlook. Exports are strong. Demand and prices are high. We must be positioned to meet the demand and capitalize on this economic opportunity. Every federal agency should do their fair share of belt tightening to rein in the deficit. We are willing to do our fair share. But exacting a 22 percent cut on programs that make up just 2 percent of the federal budget is far from fair.last_img read more

18 Dec

Teacher from Massapequa Charged With Having Sex With Student

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 39-year-old New York City school teacher from Massapequa has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student at the school last year, Queens prosecutors said.Joy Morsi was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and 23 counts each of third-degree rape and criminal sexual act.Prosecutors said Morsi, a physical education teacher at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, engaged in sexual relations with a male student in the basement and other locations inside of the school on multiple occasions between June 5, 2013 and July 24, 2013.Judge Ernest Hart set bail for Morsi at $25,000. She faces up to four years in prison, if conviction. She is due back in court June 23.last_img read more

18 Dec

Generating profit & revenue in emerging cash intensive businesses (Part 1)

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andre Herrera Andre’s broad experience in payment system and banking technology management spans over 22 years and includes the management of complex, large-scale conversions, migrations and new product implementations. He also … Web: hypur.com Details Financial institutions for years have been seeking ways to supplement traditional revenue by increasing their profits through non-interest income. More challenging verticals such as cash intensive businesses are becoming more attractive as profitable clients. When discussing the various sub categories of cash intensive businesses (check cashers, payday lenders, MSB’s, etc.), the emerging vertical obtaining the most attention is that of state legal Marijuana Related Businesses (MRB’s). Whereas the profits may be significant, these monies are not without risk and hard work. In this vertical, you do not have the option to be non-compliant. The goal is to generate significant profits while avoiding CMP’s, enforcement actions, and criminal prosecution.I receive calls every week from bankers wishing to use our company’s compliance management, and payment technologies to assist with the banking of MRB’s as well those wishing to establish a de novo for the purpose of serving MRB clients. This will be the first in a series of articles to assist in the process of due diligence, risk mitigation, and regulatory compliance of the banking of MRB’s.I would like to begin this discussion with the concept of “Permissible vs Appropriate”. Although the banking of MRB clients is a permissible activity, the appropriateness of this activity for a particular institution may only be determined through a regulatory onsite examination on that activity. Given the discrepancy between state and federal laws on MRB’s, this only complicates the due diligence process. Just because your institution can do this, does not mean that it should.You should evaluate your institution on the following:CAMELS Composite Rating: I recommend a composite rating of 2 or better. If you are currently rated a 3 or below, it is doubtful that your primary regulator will be enthusiastic about your involvement in this vertical.Board of Director Support: This critical component is key in the due diligence process prior to entering in the banking of MRB’s. All aspects of the program must be thoroughly reviewed and approved by the Board and the minutes carefully documented. Examiners have even queried institutions as to the tone and tenor of the Board discussions regarding MRB’s. The questions and responses from each board member should be duly noted in the minutes.Enforcement Actions: Although best to have none, many of the financial institutions currently banking MRB’s by my research have been under a Consent Order within the past five years.Staffing Expertise: You must have a strong Chief Compliance Officer with significant BSA/AML experience. Expect that a strong performance will be required pre, post, and during examinations.Training: Anticipate additional training for staff involved in the MRB process. Both Federal and State laws must be studied.Third Party Auditors: Know that engaging a third party auditor with MRB experience may be difficult. As this is an emerging vertical, there are fewer individuals with this specific type of experience.Sufficient Allocation of Resources: This includes both human and financial resources. It is also best to have senior management supportive of this endeavor. You may receive pushback should you have employees that object to the product.Proper Technology: There is little to no room for error banking this vertical. You must have the proper technology in place before you enter this market. Automation is key and manual processes are sure to produce mistakes.In conclusion of this first segment, take your current processes of compliance and due diligence and raise them several degrees. Embrace transparency and set the bar to supervisory expectation, and not just regulatory compliance. With proper planning, policies and procedures, you can make your program a success.last_img read more

18 Nov

Croatia and China will cooperate in the field of special forms of tourism

first_imgRELATED NEWS: “We have once again confirmed the good cooperation, and Minister Shugang invited us to China this fall to be special guests of the International Tourism Fair, which is attended by representatives of 100 countries.”, Said Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli and stressed that the signing of the Memorandum clearly shows interest and a sign that both China and Croatia recognize potential cooperation, which is also the foundation on which to build future concrete activities in tourism. This is supported by the activities prepared and agreed as part of the celebration of 2019 as the “Year of Culture and Tourism of Croatia and China”. As part of the Chinese delegation’s multi-day stay on the occasion of the China + 16 summit, Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism Lu Shugang and Croatian Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli signed a “Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Special Forms of Tourism”. After the signing of the Memorandum, at a bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Tourism, it was concluded that this, but also every next, year of tourism in China and Croatia, reports the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia. Recall, Chinese tourists in 2018 realized 234.111 arrivals and 344.083 overnight stays, or 46 percent more arrivals and 45 percent more overnight stays compared to 2017. “We will work together to promote cooperation between our countries, strive to establish stronger transport links and exchange experiences in the field of special forms of tourism. In addition, Chinese investors are interested in investing, especially in health tourism”, Cappelli pointed out and added that the Chinese market is extremely important because it is about tourists who are not motivated by holiday tourism, but by the cultural offer, gastro-eno and other special forms of tourism.last_img read more

19 Oct

China, US spar over origin of coronavirus

first_imgZhao posted the clip on Twitter.Dali Yang, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, said he believes Zhao was “tweeting in his official capacity”.China’s intention in promoting the conspiracy theory is “to divert from domestic discontent” over the handling of the outbreak, which has killed more than 3,100 people in the country. A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fueling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and Washington calling it the “Wuhan virus”.The spat comes as China tries to deflect blame for the contagion and reframe itself as a country that took decisive steps to buy the world time by placing huge swathes of its population under quarantine.With cases falling in China and soaring abroad, Beijing is now rejecting the widely held assessment that the city of Wuhan is the birthplace of the outbreak. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian went a step further on Thursday, saying on Twitter that “it might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan” — without providing evidence.He doubled down on his claim on Friday by posting a link to an article from a website known for publishing conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks.Censors usually vigilant against rumors have also allowed Chinese social media users to spread similar claims about the US being behind the virus.A video showing a US health official saying some flu victims were posthumously diagnosed as having had COVID-19 was among the top searched items on China’s Twitter-like Weibo this week, with some users saying it was evidence the virus originated in the US. Seafood market The push to question the origin of the disease contradicts China’s own initial assessment about the source of the virus, which has now killed nearly 5,000 people worldwide.Gao Fu, head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in January “we now know the source of the virus is wild animals sold at the seafood market” in Wuhan.Chinese authorities themselves saw Wuhan and the rest of Hubei province as a threat as they placed the region of 56 million people under strict quarantine to contain the epidemic.But Beijing began sowing doubts in late February, when Zhong Nanshan, a respected expert affiliated with the National Health Commission, told reporters “the epidemic first appeared in China, but didn’t necessarily originate in China.”Scientists, however, have long suspected that the virus jumped from an animal at the Wuhan market to a human before spreading globally.The World Health Organization has said that while the exact path the virus took between its animal source and humans is still unclear, COVID-19 was “unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019”.Christl Donnelly, a professor of statistical epidemiology at Imperial College London, said genetic analysis of coronavirus samples collected from around the world shows a common ancestor in China, “This is not in any way blaming a particular country,” she told AFP.center_img ‘Wuhan virus’ The United States, meanwhile, has angered China by using language to directly link the virus to the country.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called it the “Wuhan virus”, prompting China’s foreign ministry to reject the term as “despicable” and “disrespecting science”.Despite the protests, US President Donald Trump started a televised address to his nation on Wednesday by speaking about the outbreak “that started in China”.The WHO warns against naming infectious diseases in a way that encourages discrimination against ethnic groups.The Trump administration’s emphasis on the virus’ origin in China is “part of his dog-whistling politics,” said Australian National University researcher Yun Jiang.Robert O’Brien, the US national security adviser, on Wednesday insisted that the virus originated in Wuhan.Blaming the pandemic on an initial lack of cooperation from Chinese officials and a cover-up when the outbreak first emerged, O’Brien said this had “cost the world community two months to respond” to the threat.Beijing called his remarks “extremely immoral and also irresponsible”.China’s objections have extended to criticizing anyone suggesting the virus originated in the country.Zhao said last week that journalists using the term “China virus” were “suggesting its origin without any supporting facts or evidence” and had “ulterior motives.”Jiang, the researcher, said that “by sowing doubts into people’s mind about where the virus originated, they’re trying to deflect part of the blame for the outbreak”. Topics :last_img read more

19 Oct

95 aircraft parked at Indonesian airports as virus puts airlines’ operations on halt

first_imgThe I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, has the most parked planes with a total of 30 aircraft, while Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, has 19 aircraft parked on its apron. AP I, which manages 15 airports in the central and eastern parts of Indonesia, recorded a total of 17.78 million passengers using its airports in the first quarter of this year, an 8.11 percent drop from 19.3 million in the same period last year. Aircraft traffic also fell by 6 percent to 175,143 flights in the first quarter from 184,085 flights during the same period last year.A combination of flight cancelations, travel restrictions and the sharp drop in air travel demand because of COVID-19 has also forced airports to adjust their operations by reducing their opening hours. AP I has decided to prolong its operational adjustments to deal with the drastic passenger movement at the airport. “Angkasa Pura I is prolonging the adjustments in several airports until May or July, but we are not closed to the possibility that operational adjustments will be extended again if the pandemic shows now positive developments,” said AP I president director Faik Fahmi on Monday. The pandemic has left more than 16,000 passenger jets parked around the world, according to data from Cirium, which provides travel industry data and analytics.Meanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that 25 million jobs in aviation and all related sectors, representing 11.2 million jobs in the Asia Pacific, are at risk due to COVID-19,Topics : A sharp decline in air travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Indonesian airlines to ground more of their fleets.According to state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I), 95 planes from various airlines are parked at its 11 airports across Indonesia for long-stay periods.  National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has the highest number of parked aircraft with 27, followed by Lion Air with 21 planes, AirAsia Indonesia with 19, Wings Air with 11 and Citilink Indonesia with eight aircraft, according to data provided by the operator on Monday.  last_img read more

18 Oct

Robbie Fowler slams Liverpool fans for loving Luis Suarez before Barcelona clash

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Comment Robbie Fowler does not like the love shown to Luis Suarez (BT Sport/Getty)Robbie Fowler admits he has a ‘big problem’ with Liverpool fans who still adore Luis Suarez since his move to Barcelona.The Uruguayan has remained a popular figure with Liverpool supporters following his sublime performances while he was at Anfield.But Fowler, who is Liverpool’s sixth highest scorer of all time, has accused Suarez of improving his performances in order to force through a move to Arsenal or Barcelona.Fowler was also unhappy with Suarez’s conduct during Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou, claiming that the striker showed his former club ‘no respect’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Look, I’m a big fan of him as a player, I thought he was brilliant while he was here. Suarez celebrated against his former club in the first leg at Camp Nou (AP Photo)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I have a big problem with the way the fans love him, I really do.‘Because he left Liverpool, the way he left, he wanted to go and move to Arsenal.‘All of a sudden people go: ‘oh, he stayed, he was still brilliant, he never downed tools’.‘He started playing well because he wanted to leave.‘He wanted to go to Arsenal, if Liverpool would have let him go…’center_img Robbie Fowler slams Liverpool fans for loving Luis Suarez before Barcelona clash Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 May 2019 8:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link82Shares Fowler accused Suarez of only playing well to force a move away from Liverpool (PA Wire)Asked if he felt Suarez only played well because he wanted to leave, Fowler replied: ‘Yeah, definitely.‘I have a big thing with that, that’s what annoys me about the Liverpool fans, they love him.‘I’m not interesting whether he celebrates or not, but his antics last week, playing against Liverpool showing no respect.‘I thought his behaviour towards the club, the fans, showed no respect whatsoever.‘And he’s coming on now talking about not celebrating. Where was his respect last week? I have a big problem with him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

29 Sep

Railways Pension Scheme ramps up exposure to growth assets

first_imgThe Railways Pension Scheme (RPS) increased its exposure to growth assets significantly in 2013 and looked to take advantage of rallying equity and economic markets, according to its annual report.The fund, a multi-employer defined benefit (DB) scheme for the British rail industry, continued to benefit from global equities while reducing its liability-driven investment (LDI) portfolio.After reaching a total of £18bn (€23bn) at the end of 2013, an increase of 6.8%, it now allocates less than 1% to LDI strategies and only 12.5% to its defensive and bond strategies.Over 2013, the fund reduced its LDI exposure by 54%. The fund is also examining its investment beliefs and reviewing the use of pooled funds, which it uses for all asset classes.Derek Scott, chairman of the scheme, said the board was engaging with the pensions committee, employers and stakeholders before proposing a new investment and pooled fund strategy, after also reviewing investment beliefs.RPS made significant shifts in diversification as it reduced its global equities portfolio by 65%, moving the majority of the assets into its mixed-asset growth portfolio.The growth portfolio pooled fund changes allocations depending on the scheme’s risk budget, allocating to equities, corporate bonds, property, commodities, hedge funds and reinsurance.It returned 8.6%, accounting for 61% of total assets, much of which was down to the performance of global equities.Its standalone global equities portfolio, made up of active and passive mandates, returned 23% over the year and now accounts for £1.2bn, or 6.7%, of the fund.This was despite the £1.5bn redemption of assets moving to the lower-returning growth portfolio.Its £1.9bn private equity holdings returned 11.4%, which the fund said was less than the benchmark.“There is often a significant time lag for revised information on underlying investments to flow through to valuation,” RPS said.“Therefore, due to this lag, the return for 2013 has not fully captured the rally in equity markets.”The fund also made positive returns in infrastructure and held £876m in assets at the end of 2013, after returns of 21.3%.Property returned 11.5%.However, the fund’s defensive pool of assets, which it set up in 2012 to “facilitate risk reduction”, lost 1.1% after investing in sovereign and corporate bonds, both which suffered drops in value.Scott said the investment returns were “reasonably strong”, with the growth fund boosted by double-digit equity returns.He also pointed out that the growth fund – which underperformed benchmark – was not designed to match the performance of equities but to “balance the risks and volatile returns”.last_img read more

28 Sep

Cashed-up buyers spend millions on Gold Coast property

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The property at 26 Southern Cross Drive on Cronin Island has sold for $4 million.A WATERFRONT home on one of the Glitter Strip’s most popular islands is among several properties across the Coast that have fetched hefty prices in the past week.A local buyer snapped up the five-bedroom house on a corner position of Cronin Island for $4 million.Ray White Broadbeach agent Sam Guo, who marketed the property with Julia Kuo, said its location and position facing the Surfers Paradise skyline attracted the attention of prospective buyers. It has some of the best views. MORE NEWS: Jetsons house still up for grabs after world-first auction The agent said the house was in one of the island’s best positions.Meanwhile, a towering four-storey Paradise Waters mansion sold for a multimillion-dollar price before its scheduled auction.Marketing agent Jackson Paradise, of Ray White Prestige, sold the Admiralty Drive home for a whopping $5.7 million.“The buyers are local Gold Coast business people and they are thrilled at securing such a landmark property,” he said.A custom-built Cape Cod-style home at Southport also sold hours before auction for an undisclosed price. It was last advertised with a $4.75 million price tag in December. A local buyer snapped up the property.“This is probably one of the best positions on Cronin Island,” he said.“The buyer had been looking for a property for a while.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“I had a couple of other interested buyers as well.”Mr Guo has sold nine properties on Southern Cross Drive, which is the island’s only street, and said it was a highly sought after location.The property had been on the market for a total of seven months with various agents before it sold.While it marks a significant sale, property records show it sold for $60,000 less than it last did in 2007. MORE NEWS: Waterfront mansion could mark Coast’s top sale It had been on the market for months with various agencies prior to selling.last_img read more