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Sheri Sanders Tapped for NEWSical the Musical Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 17, 2019 Created by Rick Crom and directed by Mark Waldrop, NEWSical also currently features Christine Pedi, Michael West and Dylan Thompson. Sanders’ stage credits include Urinetown, Encores! Hair, Fame and Fiddler on the Roof. She has taught her masterclass, ROCK THE AUDITION at Pace University, Penn State, Syracuse University and other educational establishments, and is the author of a book by the same name. Sheri Sanders will join the cast of the long-running show NEWSical the Musical on November 17. The production is playing at off-Broadway’s Kirk Theatre. View Commentscenter_img NEWSical the Musical is a forever changing, complexly un-sanitized musical mockery of all the news that’s fit to spoof. NEWSical sets all of today’s biggest pop culture headlines to music, including news about Ebola, Obama, Honey Boo Boo and more. Newsical The Musical Related Showslast_img read more

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Sustainable Aquaponics

first_imgThe system includes a small garden of vegetables and a tank of fish, including bluegill sunfish, channel catfish and carp. Through the aquaponics process, the fish consume food and excrete waste in the tank. Bacteria in the tank convert the toxic ammonia in fish feces into nitrates, which are then used as nutrients to help the plants survive. The fish tank is connected to the bed of vegetables by pipes that deliver water and nutrients in one pump and flow back to the bed with another pump, creating a constant flow. The $500 grant was used to design and set up the system, but families don’t need that much money to run a successful aquaponic system, according to Burtle.“They can do it for a lot less than $500. There are things a person can do to minimize the cost,” said Burtle, who added that changing the size and quality of the parts needed for the system can reduce costs. “Vegetables and greens can be selected for each season. Fish can be fed all year, and the species changed to include those that will grow in cool water. Catfish grow better in warm weather, bluegill sunfish grow in warm-to-cool weather and rainbow trout and carp grow in cold weather.”Miller plans to educate and train individuals in the community how to build their own low-cost aquaponics systems. She hopes to have a workshop in the spring or summer.“That’s where the empowerment aspect is going to come in. We want to see how many people would do this in their own homes if they knew they could,” Miller said.According to Miller, the number of people who construct their own system will depend on what they believe is valuable. If homeowners value homegrown food, they are more likely to take part and build their own system. Miller, an agricultural education major, has one more year at the UGA Tifton Campus as she completes her master’s degree. University of Georgia Tifton Campus student Amanda Miller is educating her community about sustainability through aquaponics one homegrown meal at a time.Miller constructed an aquaponics system to demonstrate that such a system, based in the home, could feed a small family. The project was funded by a $500 grant from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“The actual research involves empowering people to make their own food and demonstrating that a family is able to do this,” she said.Miller built the aquaponic system as part of the Tifton Campus’ Future Farmstead program in January, with the support of Jason Peake, director of academic programs, and Gary Burtle, an aquaculturist on the UGA Tifton Campus. The system that she helped put in place on campus will remain at its location, and Miller hopes another student will continue and expand the project. (Jordan Hill is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

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Community bank regulatory changes coming soon, credit unions left out?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Treasury Department shortly will issue recommendations on how to better tailor regulations for community banks, Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the Senate Banking Committee Thursday.“We have taken a systematic approach in our work by meeting with a variety of stakeholder groups to hear what works, what does not work, and what can be improved,” Mnuchin said, during testimony before the committee.  “Our initial report will contain recommendations to provide relief for community banks and make regulations more efficient, effective and appropriately tailored.”It is unclear what impact those recommendations may have on credit unions, since, during more than two hour of testimony, Mnuchin never mentioned credit unions.At one point, Mnuchin said that report may be issued within the next few weeks, but was not more specific than that. And he said that report will be followed up with others recommending further changes to the financial regulatory regime. continue reading »last_img read more

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Is your overdraft partner proactive or reactive?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » We schedule routine inspections for our cars. We protect our homes against unforeseen events. We visit the doctor and dentist regularly for checkups. And we attend parent-teacher conferences every school year. We all engage in preventive and proactive measures in our personal lives to avoid expenses, worries and problems down the road—so why should you expect to do otherwise when it comes to your overdraft program?Proactive support from a vendor means ongoing review and reporting from Day 1. For overdraft services, it’s critical you receive this type of preventive support in order to save your bank or credit union from compliance headaches, account holder confusion and stagnant (or lost) revenue.The Important Questions to AskIs your overdraft partner proactively supporting you, or simply reacting to issues? Ask yourself:last_img read more

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Engaging your CEO in pandemic preparedness: How to build a strategy to overcome indifference

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Some pandemic influenza preparedness planners start out with an advantage. Their company culture supports disaster preparedness and senior executives have educated themselves on the threat—or the CEO “has a certain degree of paranoia” as Boyd George, CEO of the Hickory, NC–based grocery supplier Alex Lee, puts it. He had read a book about the 1918 influenza pandemic that alarmed him.But for most CEOs, an influenza pandemic is a remote possibility that just can’t compete with other concerns for resources.According to a recent report on executive awareness of and involvement in corporate pandemic preparedness by Michael Evangelides, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, most top executives and boards of directors are not engaged in the influenza pandemic planning process and won’t give it equal billing to other potential disruptions until at least one of the following occurs:Media attention to pandemic influenza increases.Legislation or regulation emerges, requiring a high level of preparedness.Shareholders and investors demand a high level of preparedness.The financial impact of a pandemic on the corporation becomes evident.Obviously, planners can do little to nudge along the first three prerequisites. But, fortunately, the fourth is in their sphere of influence. And it is worth pursuing, says Penny Turnbull, senior director of crisis management and business continuity planning at Washington, DC–based Marriott International, Inc. “It certainly helps focus the minds of our senior executives to know that this is something that’s important for our chairman and CEO, because obviously that drives a lot of the momentum,” she says. “If it’s important for him, it means it’s an important issue for our senior executives, which means it’s important to our general manager, and it trickles down from there.”Weekly Briefing asked five successful pandemic preparedness planners for advice on getting CEOs to pay attention to the threat. Here’s what they had to say.Call on key contacts. If you don’t have easy access to the CEO, find someone who does and who understands the importance of addressing pandemic influenza, suggests Karen Dye, global crisis planning manager, Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, CA. Have this person paint a clear picture for the CEO of the implications of a pandemic on business, the economy, and people. When planners made a presentation to the president, “he immediately saw the implications to his family,” Dye says. “It was personal.”Demonstrate planning efficiencies. Put pandemic preparedness into a larger context, recommends an executive at a multinational, multi-industry manufacturing company who asked to remain anonymous. (We’ll refer to him as Company A planner.) “There’s always a risk when you try to get a CEO’s attention on just a single issue,” he says. “Explain that everything you do to deal with this particular risk is applicable to a wide array of risk-management situations. Use this as an example or pilot program for developing a more robust risk-management program for the company.”Zero in on key information. Pandemic preparedness planners need to frame their information within the context of their particular company, says Sol Sax, MD, global chief medical officer of DuPont Company, based in Wilmington, DE. “A CEO needs concise and credible information on the potential impact of a pandemic, particularly with regard to issues such as absenteeism and potential interruptions to IT, power, and transportation services,” he says.Present the return on investment. “Look around your company and see what resources, procedures, and processes you could allocate or adapt,” says Company A planner. “The return on investment is you keep you and your employees operating or available to operate later.”Push buttons. For each executive, identify a critical company relationship and how a pandemic would affect it, Dye says. “Figure out which kind of button to push. From a manufacturing perspective, we may have borders closed, we may not be able to get parts. For our customer service, [the CEO’s button was the question] ‘how are we going to take care of our customers?'”The issues should be clearly germane to your company’s sector. Know how to “personalize it.” she says.Illustrate what happens if you ignore planning. CEOs may consider planning for something that may or may not happen a waste of time. So use strong words to convey the consequences of not planning, Dye says. Example: “The consequences are so dire, so extreme, that we cannot ignore this.”Call in reinforcements. Business continuity planners may get tuned out by senior management because their job is to talk about crises, says Mariott’s Turnbull. Her CEO, Bill Marriott, had been engaged, but it was still helpful to bring in outside expertise. “I’m the company’s Chicken Little, so it doesn’t do any good for me to say ‘the sky is falling,'” she says. Bring in a credible expert to bolster your position.Point out what the competition is doing. Benchmarking data that show leadership how your firm compares with similar companies can spark an urge to catch up, Turnbull says: “If you can put it in front of your CEO’s nose and say ‘look, 75% of companies in our sector are at least thinking about this, and we’re not,’ that [will] help focus their efforts.”Add the larger context. Show the CEO that the public sector is also worried, suggests George of Alex Lee. “If you point out that the federal government is concerned about it, that’s a start.”Emphasize low costs. Like many companies, Alex Lee doesn’t have a dedicated pandemic planning staff. The company leverages existing resources, George says. “The amount of money we spent isn’t really that significant,” he says. “We bought some N-95 [respirator] masks, but that’s a product that can be sold if we don’t need them.”Dye’s team accomplished its planning with no additional funding. “[Our effort] was people-based. We had travel expenses, but part of our strategy was not to use antivirals and not to use personal protective equipment, so therefore we didn’t need funding for that.”Share customer questions. When customers ask about your company’s pandemic preparedness, share their questions and comments with the CEO, Turnbull says. Keep the issue on the radar and let leadership know that customers expect you to have a plan.Customers know they can depend on you if you have a plan. Asks Turnbull: “If you had a choice between two suppliers and one was planning and one wasn’t, who would you give your business to?”Dye agrees. “With our ability to say ‘this is our strategy and this has been approved by our senior management,’ we have something that is validated that we can share with our customers. It’s a very clear statement to our customers that this is how we are going to treat you, so there is no ambiguity.”Explain how pandemic preparedness differs. Executives may not understand what sets apart pandemic preparedness from other business continuity issues, Dye says. Explain that other types of disasters are local rather than global. “We’ve also never had the absentee rate that we’re going to have with this on a global basis. This is a catastrophe unlike any other we’ve experienced, and we can’t ignore it.”Urge them to read a graphic account of the 1918 pandemic. Hand your CEO a copy of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John Barry, George says. “If you can get a CEO to read that book and maybe some current literature on it, I think you’d get their attention,” he saysGet everyone on the same page. Engaging the CEO is important, but getting an audience with the entire senior leadership team is even better, Turnbull says. For example, the chief financial officer needs to understand the financial aspects of planning: the risks, the rewards, and the costs.Keep your goals realistic. “There’s always going to be a bell curve,” says Company A planner. “You’re never going to get everyone at the same level. If a company’s engaged, but maybe the CEO isn’t—maybe he’s delegated [the task]—it’s still good.”last_img read more

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Birkby sharpens bid to take over Workspace

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Watkins hat-trick leads Villa’s 7-2 rout of champion Liverpool

first_imgA superb first-half hat-trick from Ollie Watkins helped Aston Villa to a stunning 7-2 victory over Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday to end the champion’ 100 percent start to the season in extraordinary fashion.Villa narrowly avoided relegation last season and finished 64 points behind Liverpool, who conceded seven goals in a match in any competition for the first time since 1963.”It’s hard to lose the way we lost tonight. First and foremost well done to Aston Villa, we have to give them the credit the club deserves. It was one of those performances where we weren’t 100 percent at it from start to finish,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk told Sky Sports. “All the things you should not do in a soccer match we did tonight,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “The first goal had an impact but it shouldn’t. We conceded goals like that in the past, but the reaction wasn’t good, and we lost the plot.”If there was an element of good fortune about Watkins’s first goal in a Villa shirt, his second was all his own fine work, as he cut inside before firing into the top corner to stun the champions and make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute.Mohamed Salah’s fine left-foot finish seemed to get Liverpool back in the game in the 33rd minute, but John McGinn’s deflected strike two minutes later restored Villa’s two-goal advantage.Watkins completed a perfect hat-trick inside 39 minutes with his head, becoming the first player to score a Premier League treble against Liverpool in over a decade, and Barkley made it five 10 minutes into the second half.Salah did give Liverpool hope on the hour mark, but a late double from Jack Grealish completed the scoring.”I think when the first one went in I pinched myself a bit because of how early it was,” Watkins said. “I’m delighted to contribute and that we won at the end of the day. It’s unbelievable to score and get a hat-trick.”Villa rained in 18 shots on the Liverpool goal and could have added more before the final whistle as they climbed to second in the standings after a third successive win.”When Juergen Klopp says wow to you you know you’ve done something right,” Villa manager Dean Smith said. “The lads were superb, they executed the game plan perfectly.” “Overall, we’re all disappointed, we shouldn’t have lost with the numbers that we did but it’s about sticking together and making sure it doesn’t happen again.”Liverpool began badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from Adrian – deputizing for Alisson in goal for the visitors after the Brazilian picked up a shoulder injury – gifted Watkins his the opener in the fourth minute.Adrian has made five errors directly leading to opposition goals in his 21 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, the same number as Alisson in 92 games for the club.Ahead of the Spaniard, a full-strength Liverpool defense was carved open again moments later, with former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley – making his debut after joining Villa on loan – gifted another chance, but he dragged his effort wide.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Sweden sets tough new conditions for premium pension firms

first_imgClearer rules about good practice and suitability would also make the new fund marketplace safer for savers, he said.“If we judge that trust in a fund has gone, then it should not remain,” Fransson said. Erik Fransson, head of the Swedish Pensions Agency’s fund marketplace departmentOther requirements being made by the Pensions Agency are that fund managers must follow good practice in the premium pension area and have at least three years of business history.The agency will charge managers fees to cover the cost of processing applications and auditing.Fund managers will be specifically required to act in the best interests of pensioners, and must live up to minimum requirements regarding sustainability.As the agency said back in July when outlining the likely new rules, in future a fund agreement will be required per fund instead of broader cooperation agreements being made with firms managing several funds.The new agreement will take effect on 1 November, with current and prospective providers having until 28 December at 4pm local time to lodge new applications.Funds which do not make a new application or which do not fulfil the new conditions will be deregistered from the system next year, the agency said.Fransson said the sustainability demands now being introduced are a minimum level which the agency will continue to work on.The new rules for the PPM fund marketplace is the first of a two-stage overhaul, with the second stage scheduled to be completed in 2020.This second stage of the reform will see the fund marketplace being transformed into a procured system, where investment options for savers are the result of an official tender process.The PPM is the defined contribution part of the Swedish state pension, in which people can allocate a proportion of contributions to private investment providers using the funds marketplace.But it has been beset with problems in recent years, mainly because of scandals involving dubious or fraudulent behaviour of fund management firms.The funds marketplace has more than SEK1.2trn of managed capital, and accounts for 35% of all new savings in investment funds in Sweden, according to the pensions agency. The Swedish Pensions Agency has unveiled details of the new set of conditions for pension providers operating in the Premium Pension System’s (PPM) fund marketplace, laying the next stepping stone in the reform of the first-pillar system.The new demands are the result of a parliamentary decision involving several legal changes aimed at creating a safe and sustainable premium pension system, the authority said.Key changes in the new agreement include a stipulation that companies listing their funds on the fund marketplace (fondtorget) must have at least SEK500m (€47.7m) in capital outside the PPM, and that no commission can be charged on the pension products.Erik Fransson, head of the Swedish Pensions Agency’s (Pensionsmyndigheten) fund marketplace department, said: “The quality is being improved for pension savers by us making higher demands of fund managers.”last_img read more

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Showdown as hottest Hamptons homes hit the market

first_img The kitchen at 116 Edinburgh Road, Benowa Waters. Price: $3.795 million Views: 2024 since listed in May. Wow factor: Brand new home with free flowing spaces and an impressive alfresco area overlooking the pool and main river. Hamptons and coastal are a marriage made in heaven, like this waterside home at 116 Edinburgh Road, Benowa Waters.A battle of the hottest Hamptons home is brewing on the Gold Coast where a trio of bright white coastal classics has hit the market all at once.Buyers can’t get enough of the Hamptons-style beauties, with each of the homes clocking up thousands of views from property lovers online.Ranging in price from $2.5 million to $3.8 million, each home enjoys fantastic water frontage, immaculate Hamptons styling and more white than an Aspen Christmas. Spa king’s beachside trophy home for sale The kitchen has cute coastal appeal inside 23 Sunshine Boulevard. The corner position allows water views from all rooms. Price $2.595 million Views: 18,231 since being listed in March. No detail has been overlooked inside this Hampton-style home.Located on the main river, the design and craftsmanship hit all the right Hamptons notes with VJ lined coffered ceilings, arched windows and wainscoting throughout. A central courtyard ensures the whole home is bathed in all-important natural light to make all that heavenly Hamptons white shines brighter than bright. 116 Edinburgh Road, Benowa Waters This Hamptons-style haven was one of the most-viewed properties in Queensland last month and holds celebrities and Instagrammers among her biggest fans.The four-bedroom beauty had a major overhaul which saw the original home transformed into a picture of Hamptons perfection. No expense was spared in the kitchen at 34 Fitzwilliam Street, Carrara.Michelle Bingham, an interior designer, drew on time spent in the Hamptons and the colonial influences of her upbringing in South Africa to nail the classic coastal vibe.“The coastal, colonial, classic look has always been my favourite,” she said.“Hamptons and coastal make for a happy marriage.”The two-level home enjoys views over the pool, main river and the city skyline from the upper level with the Hamptons styling on point all the way through. 23 Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters Natural light adds to the coastal ambience at 23 Sunshine Boulevard.“Not only is it in a great area, it’s got that light, bright aesthetic that everyone is looking for at the moment,” said Jesse Willcox of Willcox Estate Agents – Broadbeach.“You can see the water from every room in the house and views of the Gold Coast skyline from upstairs.”Natural light is the unsung hero inside this timeless treasure which also boasts a feature staircase, Italian tiles, a limestone bath and a cast iron stove. Price: “Immediate sale” Views: 3177 views since being listed in May. Wow factor: The kitchen features five slabs of marble at a cost of $100,000. A 75-year-old Croatian stone mason hand laid the natural Italian stone feature wall in the bar.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoKollosche agents Josh Longhitano and Nick Lapenna are marketing the property.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: What will happen to house prices? 02:13 MORE: Every day’s a holiday in this home 116 Edinburgh Rd, Benowa Waters is listed for $3.795 million. Classic comfort and coastal vibes at 34 Fitzwilliam Street, Carrara. 34 Fitzwilliam Street, Carrara 23 Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters is on the market for $2.595 million. Drawing on classic, coastal and colonial styles, this waterfront stunner is being promoted as the “pinnacle of Hamptons perfection”.The owners spent 2.5 years renovating to the point that the original Mediterranean-style residence is no longer recognisable. The listing on this brand new Hamptons home claims to “surpass all others in beauty, originality and sophistication”. That’s a big call but one marketing agent Kurt Reid of John Reid Real Estate is standing by.“This home has the true coastal Hamptons style,” said Mr Reid.“Every little detail in the property has been carefully finished to suit the Hamptons style.“The owners and builders on this joint venture are of the belief that if you’re going to do it, then do it right. I think they have succeeded.” The original home at 34 Fitzwilliam Street, Carrara had a full Hamptons makeover. Suburb booming with mega sales Wow factor: Corner position on water in one of the Gold Coast’s most sought-after suburbs.last_img read more

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Grace Mugabe denies wanting to succeed her husband

first_img“Let me tell you, I am standing here as the wife of the president as well as a person that you who chose to lead the women’s league then it ends there full stop. I do not need any other position.” said Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert MugabeZimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe first lady has come out and denied allegations of harbouring ambitions to succeed her husband.Speculation is rife about the health of the 91-year old president who has been in power since 1980. Grace has become increasingly powerful since her elevation last year to lead the ZANU-PF women’s wing. Late last year she led a campaign to expel former vice-president Joice Mujuru who had been seen as Mugabe’s heir. Speaking at a rally in the capital Grace Mugabe has said that her focus is on leading the Zanu PF women’s wing and supporting her husband if and when he seeks a reelection bid.last_img read more

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