View Comments It’s Only a Play’s Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are just some of the stars who will make special appearances at the 26th annual edition of Gypsy of the Year. Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the event will take place on December 8 and December 9 at the New Amsterdam Theatre.Other Broadway faves set for this edition are Hedwig’s Michael C. Hall and Lena Hall, Aladdin’s James Monroe Iglehart, Beautiful’s Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector and The Assembled Parties’ Judith Light. This year’s judges include You Can’t Take It With You’s Julie Halston, Aladdin’s Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, Curious Incident’s Alex Sharp and It’s Only a Play’s Micah Stock. The event will be hosted by Seth Rudetsky.The Gypsy of the Year performances mark the culmination of six weeks of intensive fundraising by Broadway, off-Broadway and national touring companies. The event features a display of some of the most talented singers and dancers in the ensemble of shows, known as “gypsies.” Awards are given for the best presentations and the companies that raise the most money. This year, the opening number will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking musical The Wiz.Over the past 25 years, Gypsy of the Year has raised more than $57.2 million for BC/EFA. Nathan Lane Star Files
All it took was $500 and a dream.That’s what The Nouveaux Honkies – Tim O’Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins – plunked down on a beat up RV and, six months and much elbow grease later, the Americana duo from Florida was on the road full time in their own home on wheels.Rebecca and Tim have been playing music together since 2005 and were married in 2013. This month marked the release of their latest record, Blues For Country, a project that was, ultimately, borne from the inspiration drawn from the duo’s travels across American’s highways.With the holiday season squarely upon us, I recently caught up with Tim O’Donnell to talk turkey.BRO – Does your RV have enough room to cook a killer Thanksgiving dinner?TO – Last year, we were in Dallas for Thanksgiving with our buddy Coleman and another RV’er named Julie. We don’t have an oven, so I cooked a turkey in Coleman’s oven, but all the sides were made in the RV. I do make a wicked smoked turkey. The kitchen is small, but last fall we had an after show party in Colorado and I whipped up tacos for about twenty people.BRO – Favorite Thanksgiving memory from your childhood?TO – I had Thanksgiving dinner with some friends from Trinidad. It was Caribbean food with lobster and oxtail and a bunch of stuff I wasn’t sure what it was. This giant dog started humping this girl and everyone just kinda watched and laughed. My mom brought a crackhead home one year, too.BRO – What one food item are you looking forward to eating tomorrow?TO – I am chowing some chorizo cornbread stuffing. Rebecca wants my taters.BRO – Something for which you are incredibly thankful?TO – We can’t believe we live this life. We are completely thankful for being able to do what we love and to do this together. All the people we get to meet, the people that help us out on the road, and our fans. We are thankful we get to make people smile. It’s overwhelming.BRO – What’s the perfect record to listen to while cooking Thanksgiving dinner?TO – I get down with Captain Beefheart’s Safe As Milk. Rebecca puts up with it because I am cooking.The Nouveaux Honkies have a string of dates throughout Florida between now and the end of December. Tonight they are in Stuart at The Deck. Friday and Saturday nights will find them in Jupiter.For more information on tour dates and how you can get a copy of the new record, surf over to the band’s website.
These business and management texts strike a chord with CU leadersby: Craig SauerNeed a good book?Credit Union Magazine’s 2014 Rock Stars recommend a slew of business and management titles to fill up your reading list for the year.Jonathan Patrick, senior vice president/chief lending officer for UT Federal Credit Union in Knoxville, Tenn., recommends:• “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich”Because: Some of the book’s suggestions can increase efficiency.• “The E-Myth : Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It”Because: Every employee is a better employee if they think like an owner.• “The Dream Manager”Because: Helping your people get what they want will help you get what you want.Kristen Mashburn, vice president of marketing for Listerhill Credit Union in Muscle Shoals, Ala., recommends:• “Leading for Growth: How Umpqua Bank Got Cool and Created a Culture of Greatness”Because: It offers practical advice on building great teams, cultivating culture, and positioning your organization for growth.• “The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice”Because: It can change how you start your morning and prepare you to think more strategically. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “Alexa, tell me the best auto loan rate.”Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and voice recognition technology are recent examples of the growing effect fintechs continue to have on credit union lending.For instance, Square’s decision to file for a bank charter and ongoing partnerships between fintech and financial industry stalwarts are reshaping our industry and how we interact with members today and, more importantly, in the future.To help assess this dynamic industry, here are a few questions to ask when considering new technology solutions to enhance lending:
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Put yourself in the customer’s shoes.”“Create a compelling customer experience.”“Make it easy for them.”While all very valid, do you ever sit staring at your credit union website wondering how to put advice like this into practice? Obviously you didn’t set out to build a website that provides a poor or difficult customer experience. In your eyes, your website journey is easy and compelling for your existing and potential credit union members. But the metrics beg to differ.And while these metrics are key for informing when you need to make changes, the raw numbers alone don’t tell you where the changes need to occur. That kind of information comes from, yes, putting yourself in the customer’s shoes—and session reply software (SRS) allows you to don those sneakers. continue reading »
Krka Trophy – a new mountain biking race in the service of promoting Drniš and the Krka National Park
A new mountain race, the Krka Trophy, has been announced, which will take place in Šibenik-Knin County at the end of September. Depending on fitness and affinities, recreational athletes and athletes can choose between four different tracksAfter the mountain bikers got to know Istria and the Littoral well, they moved further south. In order to discover the Dalmatian hinterland, the organizers of the Mitas 4 Islands race, which attracts as many as six cyclists to the Kvarner islands every spring, have decided to organize a new race on Promina.Cyclists will start conquering that mountain on Sunday, September 30, 2018, from Drniš. Depending on dexterity, endurance and affinities in the race, the Krka Trophy can choose between four tracks. There are trails in lengths of 25, 40 and 70 kilometers and the All Mountain trail, ideal for adrenaline enthusiasts.”Žwe wanted to create a race fun to drive. Namely, mountain biking is a sport that provides a lot of excitement to everyone who is ready to release their adventurous spirit far from the city asphalt. The Krka Trophy offers them a unique perspective. Promina is a mountain that like an island rising between the river Krka and Petrova polje. It is about ten kilometers long and 1149 meters high. It is networked with interesting paths from which a magnificent view can be seen”, said Tomislav Zobec, race director.The race is organized in cooperation with the Krka National Park and the Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board. It is the content that will enrich the local tourist offer, especially in the off-season.In addition to a wide range of accompanying services to important competitors such as service, bicycle washing and logistics, facilities have been designed for their entourage, and the day before a visit to the Krka National Park, tasting of Dalmatian hinterland specialties, trial rides and bicycle exhibitions.
Britain has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from coronavirus in Europe with more than 32,000 deaths, figures released on Tuesday showed.The high death toll could increase political pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who waited longer than other European leaders to order a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in March.Weekly figures from Britain’s national statistics office added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, raising the total for the United Kingdom to 32,313. The figure is one of several methods for calculating deaths and difficult to compare with other countries, but it offers the clearest sign yet that Britain could emerge as the worst-hit country in Europe, despite being hit later than other countries.Opposition parties have raised questions about Johnson’s initial decision to delay a lockdown at a time when hospitals in Italy were already being overrun.They also say his government was too slow to introduce mass testing and provide enough protective equipment to hospitals.The true figure for deaths from coronavirus may be even higher. The Office of National Statistics said 33,593 more people had died than average up to April 24 in England and Wales, compared to 27,365 cases in which coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificates. Topics :
86 Yabba St, AscotThey commissioned heritage architect Desley Campbell-Stewart to do the work, with an aim for the extension to blend seamlessly with the original house.Mrs Arnison said they also wanted the home to have as much natural light as possible.The work was done on a tight timeline, as the couple needed to move back in when the new governor was sworn in. 86 Yabba St, AscotBy July 2003 they were ready to move back in after Major General Arnison finished his term as governor.Mrs Arnison said they had carried out some work on the property during their ownership.“During the first half of 2003, an old extension at the back of the house was demolished and rebuilt,” she said. 86 Yabba St, AscotMarketing agent Scott Darwon, of Ray White New Farm, said it was “one of the best houses in one of the best streets in one of the best suburbs of Brisbane”.He said there had been strong recent sales in the area.“This sale is a coveted opportunity to secure a significant piece of Ascot history,” he said.The home is airconditioned and has solar panels and solar hot water and is listed through Scott Darwon of Ray White New Farm. 86 Yabba St, AscotMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“This is the house where we have lived the longest and it is our favourite,’’ she said.Major General Arnison said they had enjoyed many years living in the house, but it was time to downsize.“The street is changing, there’s lots of young families returning and it’s a wonderful place to raise children,” he said. 86 Yabba St, AscotThe home is on a 1001sq m block of land. Despite renovations it still retains many original features. It has a sweeping wraparound veranda, wrought iron balustrades and sash windows. There are original polished hoop pine floors, VJ walls and high ceilings with pressed metal finishes.The full exterior of the gabled Queenslander was painted this year and the home was re-roofed in 2003.It has a 14,000-litre rainwater tank, and a saltwater swimming pool. This Ascot Queenslander has only changed hands twice during the past 50 years, and for 24 of those it has been owned by former Queensland governor Major General Peter Arnison and his wife Barbara.The couple are selling now to downsize to an apartment on the Brisbane River.They moved into the home when Major General Arnison retired from the Australian Army in 1996, but were only there until 1997, when they moved into Government House.The home at 86 Yabba St was then leased.
“The data and models to be developed will be available to mining companies seeking to assess, manage and mitigate a broad range of environmentally induced financial risks,” it added.“Other users include investors, mining companies, government regulators, non-governmental organisations and academics.”Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive at NBIM, last year called for more rationality in the sustainable investment debate, with the need for more data to underpin all decisions.NBIM has long advocated greater transparency over water management and in 2011 called for a universal approach to reporting.The manager last year sponsored a report by CDP that highlighted the risk of water shortages to a range of sectors, including mining.The report found that the impact of water shortages would be felt keenly in emerging markets including Brazil, China and India.For more from Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management, see the current issue of IPE Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) is to fund a US university’s work on sustainability in the mining sector, with the resulting work meant to assist the sector in assessing financial risk.NBIM, the manager in charge of Norway’s NOK6trn (€699bn) Government Pension Fund Global, said the work by Columbia University in New York would be funded by a three-year grant.It added that the project would study how a range of factors related to sustainability would influence the profitability of the mining industry.The work, conducted jointly by Columbia Water Center, the university’s department of industrial engineering and operations research and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Development, will aim to develop models to quantitatively assess mining-related water and environmental risks, according to an NBIM statement.
Solar power is one of 42 commodity types included in the mandateAmong the 42 sub-classes listed in the mandate’s universe are both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ commodities, from oil, natural gas, and solar and wind energy, to livestock, sugar, cotton and water, as well as 21 types of industrial and precious metals.Adam De Chiara, co-founder of CoreCommodity Management, described the mandate as a “customised real asset strategy that has been thoughtfully designed to provide portfolio diversification and inflation protection to NEST’s members in an ESG-compliant format”.The mandate does not have a set end date, as Fawcett said NEST wanted to forge long-term partnerships with its fund managers.Fawcett said NEST expected to double its assets under management next year as the rollout of the UK’s auto-enrolment project takes hold. Minimum contributions rose in April and will do so again in April next year. NEST – one of the leading providers of auto-enrolment pensions in the UK – has taken its first step into commodities with a mandate to be run by US firm CoreCommodity Management.The defined contribution master trust is to invest roughly £200m (€226m) in a segregated mandate. It is the first time NEST has invested in a bespoke vehicle rather than a pooled fund.Chief investment officer Mark Fawcett said NEST would invest roughly 5% of its growth fund in the mandate, with an upper limit of 10%.He said the asset class’ recent five-year “slump” meant it was “a good time to be investing in commodities”. “While markets have been benign since auto-enrolment kicked off six years ago, we’ve had a turbulent start to 2018 and volatility looks set to rise,” Fawcett added. Mark Fawcett, CIO, NEST“It’s our responsibility to help members weather all sorts of markets to achieve decent, consistent returns on their pots.“Commodities offer good value protection as inflationary pressures rise around the world and are supported by strong global trends.”What the mandate looks likeThe commodities allocation consists of 80% long-only futures with 20% in commodity-related equities.CoreCommodity will only invest in the top 20 most liquid futures markets, said co-founder Adam De Chiara. The mandate will aim to outperform the Bloomberg Commodities Index.The asset manager has also implemented NEST’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risk overlay, resulting in several commodities being excluded from the fund’s universe.Energy providers with high climate risk exposure are excluded, as are companies focused on thermal coal, palm oil, uranium, and tobacco.NEST has also banned investments in cobalt miners operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a recent CBS investigation uncovered evidence of child labour in cobalt mines.“There will be some equities we decide are unacceptable,” Fawcett said. “For others there will be engagement – but this is more of a quant-driven systematic portfolio.”He added: “We want to manage the ESG risk but don’t want to disrupt management too much.”Companies that systemically breach the UN Global Compact have also been excluded, the CIO said. However, he maintained that the ESG policy would not have a significant impact on the portfolio’s volatility or return.