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Thumbs Up! Chicago’s Carousel with Osnes & Pasquale is Broadway-Ready

first_img Star Files View Comments Seventy years old, Carousel remains the rich jewel in the crown of songwriting titans Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, whose collaboration has given birth to 11 Broadway musicals. Although the rich, complex show has been gone from the main stem since Lincoln Center Theater’s ravishing 1994 revival, we keep crossing our fingers that it’ll be back, and the time may have finally come.As the stars of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s staging, Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes are delivering career-defining star turns as doomed lovers Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. From the moment their eyes lock during the ravishing “Carousel Waltz,” the chemistry is unmistakable. Osnes is deftly navigating a darker world than her roles in Cinderella, South Pacific and, yes, even Bonnie and Clyde offered, bringing intriguing shades to the story of a girl drawn into a doomed relationship, especially during the pair’s gorgeous “If I Loved You” at the top of the show and her deeply felt “What’s the Use of Wond’rin.” And Pasquale (who was robbed of a Tony nomination for last season’s The Bridges of Madison County) is intoxicating throughout as Billy, delivering a towering “Soliloquy.”The leads are supported by great turns from an enviable cast that includes the warm Jenn Gambatese as Carrie Pipperidge (who previously played the role in another Broadway-worthy staging of the show at Goodspeed Opera House in 2012), Matthew Hydzik (of the late Side Show revival) as Enoch Snow, Tony winner Jarrod Emick as Jigger Cragin and Charlotte d’Amboise in the amped-up role of carnival owner Mrs. Mullin.Director/choreographer Rob Ashford’s production embraces the show’s dark, lush undertones with great style, but the big ballet needs storytelling focus and the decision to move the action from the late 1800s to the Great Depression feels more arbitrary than inspired. But these are minor gripes; it’s the lovers that elevate this new Carousel. The pairing of Osnes and Pasquale already feels like a legendary Broadway coupling. Now someone just needs to actually get them on Broadway. Soon, please.center_img Laura Osneslast_img read more

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Pink Slip – March ’13

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box color=”red”]Stefan SchindlerFacebook may have put MySpace out of business but there’s nothing like quality face time when the message is a matter of life and death. Using a Facebook page to notify a mom that her son had died may have sounded like a good idea to Lt. Stefan Schindler, a Clayton County Police detective, because his department hadn’t been able to reach her. But the mother, Anna Lamb-Creasey, had already been calling hospitals and jails in her Atlanta, Ga.-suburb for weeks trying to find out what had happened to her 30-year-old son Ricky Lamb so they couldn’t have been totally clueless. But it sounds like they were. The detective’s message came from an account belonging to a “Misty Hancock,” someone unknown to the family, and went into a folder labeled “Other” with a profile photo of the Atlanta rapper TI, where it languished because the mom and her daughter assumed it was spam. Finally, out of desperation, they called the number listed and the detective finally gave her the bad news: her son had been struck and killed by a driver as he was crossing a highway. He’d been in a morgue for almost three weeks.Lisa Traylor-WolffThe case is still pending, but one of Indiana’s senior judges, Lisa Traylor-Wolff, stands accused of having sex in jail with her 26-year-old client, Scott Wampler, a serial offender serving 40 years in prison. Wampler had been convicted in 2011 of breaking into a house, tying up two women at gunpoint and stealing their money. We don’t know much about the accommodations of the Miami Correctional Facility in Peru, Ind., but we’re pretty sure that the locked prison visiting room is no honeymoon suite. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications now claims she’d begun an affair with Wampler before he was jailed, and the Indianapolis Star reports she continued the relationship as his appointed public defender when she represented him as he appealed his conviction. Maybe she’s a good attorney, but we think she granted her client the wrong kind of service and she should have known better.Donald TrumpThe Donald may not have much hair upstairs as he used to, but is he running low on cash too? Is that why he’s out to make the former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin pay him $5 million because she dared claim—on her Facebook page—that his beauty pageant was “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy”? That last part must have really stung. Trump sued her on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant, which he owns. He said her malicious accusations cost him a $5 million sponsorship from British Petroleum. She’s amazed that BP visited her page. Trump got an arbitrator, a retired federal judge, to back him up and recently he asked a U.S. District Court judge to confirm the award that would send the 27-year-old brunette to the poor house. She won’t back down: the contest is rigged. This whole thing is just not right, on so many levels, but maybe a pound of flesh would suit him better. If so, he should cut that deal, and then leave her alone.Ben ShapiroPresident Obama has lots of opposition; in fact, his presidency is supporting a whole conservative industry profiting from his time in office. One of those overly ambitious guys is Ben Shapiro, who writes for the right-wing web site Breitbart.com. He took a legitimate inquiry from a Daily News journalist, Dan Friedman, and turned it into a wildly stupid rumor that rocked the internet—just because Shapiro and his ilk are so hungry to drag Obama down. In this instance, Friedman had called a Congressional Republican source to wonder whether Chuck Hagel, then Obama’s embattled nominee to be secretary of defense (since confirmed by the Senate), had ever given speeches to controversial groups that might scuttle Hagel’s chances. For instance, Friedman joked, had Hagel ever given a speech to the Friends of Hamas or the Junior League of Hezbollah? Of course, those groups were hypothetical but when the source blabbed to Shapiro—another no-no because the query was supposed to be confidential—the hypothetical part became more than theoretical. Shapiro rashly called the White House for comment on the false allegation that Hagel had given a speech to the Friends of Hamas. Understandably, the spokesman hung up on him. But Shapiro played it this way: “Secret Hagel donor?: White House spox ducks question on ‘Friends of Hamas.’” There used to be a motto at the Wall Street Journal’s copy desk: “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.”Unit 61398 of the People’s Liberation ArmyThe personnel in this army unit is waging their cyberwarfare against American targets from a 12-story building near Shanghai. An American computer security firm, Mandiant, recently traced the systematic disruptions of more than 140 U.S. firms ranging from telecom, transportation, high-tech, and aerospace businesses and other groups to these shady operatives that call themselves the Comment Crew or Shanghai Group. They don’t sound like a rogue operation. More likely they are fully aligned with that part of China’s ruling elite which encourages industrial espionage, intellectual property theft, black market rip-offs, phony products, unsafe pharmaceuticals, dangerous working conditions and corrupt currency manipulation. In other words, they’re just not nice people.Anna AyalaRemember that Northern California woman who was convicted of planting a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili? That was in 2005 when she wanted to sue the restaurant for the disgusting deed that she’d actually done herself. Recently Ayala, 47, was arrested for making up another story, although this one had nothing to do with fast food, thank goodness. She claimed her 26-year-old son, a felon according to news reports, had been shot in the ankle by two unknown assailants. But she really sent police on a wild goose chase because her kid had shot himself, and he wasn’t supposed to have a firearm and ammo. The truth is best served cold.Oscar Pistorius and Hilton BothaThey call Pistorius the “Bladerunner” for his prosthetic prowess at the Olympics and they dub Botha “Inspector Clouseau” for the way the South African police detective has botched the murder investigation of the death of Reeva Steenkamp, the blonde model shot to death in Pistorius’s bathroom on Valentine’s Day. Four times at least. As she cowered behind the door. The sprinter told prosecutors he thought she was an intruder. Botha, the first forensic sleuth to arrive, contaminated the crime scene with his blundering and contradicted his own testimony on the stand during Pistorius’s bail hearing. Now Botha is off the case because a 2011 attempted murder case against him and two other cops has been reinstated—they’re charged with firing on a packed minibus taxi. We don’t know if Pistorius has a leg to stand on—he sobbed as he recounted the tragic night—but neither man gets our vote of sympathy.Micky ArisonRemember what happened aboard the Carnival Triumph last month? A fire broke out and left the ship powerless in the Gulf of Mexico for five days. Some 4,200 passengers coped with overflowing toilets, the stench of shit everywhere, no electricity and nothing but cold food—if they had the stomach to eat anything. Remember what happened to the Carnival Splendor? In 2010 the cruise ship lost power when a fire knocked out its electrical systems and stranded 4,500 passengers off the California coast. Arison—the lucky bastard—was not on board either time. He is the chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator. If his company doesn’t learn its lesson and install a back-up plan, then he belongs in the brig. Let him be the example for an unregulated industry that looks like it has pirates at the helm.Dov HikindMany colorful public figures serve in the New York State Assembly but perhaps Brooklyn’s Dov Hikind should not have donned blackface, an Afro wig, and an orange basketball jersey when he attended a costume party celebrating the Purim holiday. The conservative Orthodox Jew did not do the Brooklyn Nets any favors. The constituents in his predominantly white district may not see the harm of his minstrel show but the offensive stereotype runs deep. And, witting or not, he perpetuated it. If he had to find comic relief in the NBA, Hikind would have been better off impersonating James Dolan.Lena KoschmannThe worse thing Fire Island’s nude bathers should have to fear is a severe case of sunburn, but now Fire Island chief ranger Lena Koschmann plans to slap their fannies with some serious fines if they’re caught in the buff. Okay, so there are no lifeguards, bathrooms or trash cans on Lighthouse Beach, the most popular venue for letting it all hang out, as they say, but surely the authorities didn’t have to be so prudish to the nudists. The chief didn’t have to confront this conundrum in Alaska, her previous post, but the bare truth here is that these folks like to celebrate their natural state and New York is the place to do that right, within reason of course. We could understand if the rangers—six on staff are responsible for overseeing 32 miles of sand and surf—wanted to look the other way. But now they’ll have their hands full on that strip.Beppe GrilloSadly, Italian elections have become a long-running gag but giving Beppe Grillo, a former comedian, the power to make or break Italy’s political future is no laughing matter. The hoarse-voiced, shaggy-haired anti-establishment 64-year-old entertainer says he was merely the spokesman for the Five Star Movement and didn’t really anticipate that his party would actually have to govern in parliament. But the M5S, as it’s known, won enough seats in the Chamber of Deputies and the senate to make this jokester the key player in this embattled country’s future. And by splitting the left, disillusioning his grassroots supporters and making a grand nuisance of himself, he’ll just end up handing over the keys to the demagogue Silvio Berlusconi and let that corrupt billionaire clown around with the eurozone’s third-largest economy, which could adversely affect the world. And that’s no joke.[/colored_box]last_img read more

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LIRR: Scattered Systemwide Delays Due to Winter Storm

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This 53-foot-long, 80-ton steel snow removal vehicle dubbed ‘Darth Vader’ is part of Long Island Rail Road’s winter weather arsenal. (Photo: MTA / LIRR)The Long Island Rail Road said Thursday it was experiencing systemwide delays due to the nor’easter pounding the Island.The scattered 15-minute delays were caused by trains forced to slow down because of slick tracks from snowfall that began overnight and intensified around 7 a.m..Luckily for many riders, the delays came toward the tail-end of the morning commute.“Throughout the rush hour, it actually went very smoothly,” LIRR spokesman Sal Arena said.With trains running all morning, the tracks didn’t see significant accumulation, he noted.Officials will continue to monitor the storm and update customers throughout the day.“We can’t predict right now what the [evening] peak is going to look like,” Arena said. “We anticipate full service.”Several LIRR branches were also experiencing delays due to a switch problem west of New Hyde Park.last_img read more

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CFO Focus: Tax reform, 2017 edition

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The 2017 tax reform bill is a potentially earth-moving event. It is the largest tax overhaul since the 1986 Tax Reform Act and the largest private business and public corporate tax cut in the history of our nation.The tax bill’s success or failure will have very significant outcomes for the credit union community and the economy. As I write this, the two chambers of Congress are in conference reconciling their differences. Therefore, I am using what I think are the most conservative versions between the House and the Senate.Predicting potential outcomes depends upon your perspective. If you believe in the supply-side approach that assumes that a massive corporate tax cut will quickly spur economic growth, the positives of the bill will more than offset some of negatives of the bill. The negatives would be the partial or total elimination of important individual tax deductions and exemptions.If you do not believe in supply-side economics (loss of tax revenue is made up for with tax-cut driven economic growth), there are some significant negatives for credit unions and their members.last_img read more

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Rum and Social Distancing FRIDAY!

first_imgBy the Numbers:VeteransDay.jpg5 daysDays ’til Veterans Day: 5Increase in sales for the 26-state alcohol delivery company Drizly on election day compared to a typical Tuesday: 68%- Advertisement – Cheers and Jeers for Friday, November 6, 2020Note: Just a heads-up that C&J will not appear Monday. Back Tuesday with a massive new trophy for my mantle. Assuming I can steal it from the Elks Lodge without getting caught.–- Advertisement – Percent of Alabama voters who approved of a measure to remove racist language from their 119-year-old constitution: 67%Number of states in which voters approved measures authorizing legal sports betting and/or casino gambling: 6Number of background checks for gun purchases this year so far, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, versus 15.7 million last year: 17.2 million Number of Americans who bought a firearm for the first time in 2020: 5 millionValue of Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion that’s going to be demolished: $22 million–Puppy Pic of the Day: I’m dog, and I approved this outcome…Bidenpuppy.jpg Kellyanne Conway struggles through an interview about Michael Flynn and Donald Trump “306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic.”Now stay tuned for Trump to publicly go through his five stages of grief:  Denial, Anger, Golf, Depression and, finally, Offering every voter $120,000 to forget this election ever happened.CHEERS to previews of coming green attractions. Even during the fossil fuel-addicted Trump administration, we watched the green energy movement roll merrily on as the coal industry continued to shrivel and even Big Oil took it on the chin. Now that the orange climate-change denier is about to be replaced by a reality-based Democrat, things are looking sunnier, quite literally:After years of being shunned, solar stocks are suddenly all the rage on Wall Street. Sunrun, America‘s largest rooftop solar company, has spiked more than 300% so far this year. And the Invesco Solar ETF has more than doubled in 2020. […]GLENDORA, CA - APRIL 22: Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store that was toured by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wal-Mart officials before their press conference on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 in Glendora, California. Following the tour, the governor and Wal-Mart officials announced that Wal-Mart will expand its solar power programs by adding solar panels on 10 to 20 additional Wal-Mart facilities to generate up to 32 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy every year, the equivalent of powering more than 2,600 homes. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)Might have to upend my couch cushions and find some loose change to invest in solar.Meanwhile investors have been dumping fossil fuel stocks, particularly Big Oil companies, amid the rise of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) screens and socially conscious investing. ExxonMobil is no longer America‘s largest energy company by market value. It’s been dethroned by solar and wind company NextEra Energy.“It’s just a sign that renewables are going to be a faster-growing, more affordable solution. There’s just no denying that anymore,” Sunrun co-founder and CEO Lynn Jurich told CNN Business. […] “The Biden platform is very favorable to renewable energy, specifically residential solar,” said Sophie Karp, senior analyst at KeyCorp.In related climate news, Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement officially took affect yesterday, one year after he’d pulled the plug. His successor would just like to add:xToday, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. https://t.co/L8UJimS6v2— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020Consider this Part I in a 1,000-part series of tweets announcing heinous Trump executive actions that’ll be reversed by President Biden. With a grown-up pen.CHEERS to the first skinny-guy-with-big-ears president from Illinois.  On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president.  Even back then the party had its flamboyant wing.  From Joseph Cummins’ book Anything for a Vote:The Republicans held massive rallies and marches several miles long, with hordes of Wide Awakes—Republican faithful who would save the Union—marching with torches and likenesses of “Honest Abe.”This 1860 photograph of the founding Wide Awake club in Hartford, Connecticut, shows the paramilitary theme of the organization. Henry Sperry, the twenty-three-year-old publicist for the movement nationwide, stands on the far left, and James S. Chalker, a textile salesman who marketed Wide Awake uniforms, stands third from the right in the back row.People Magazine’s Sexiest Wide Awakes of 1860.The Wide Awakes wore oilcloth capes and strange black enamel caps to protect themselves from dripping torch oil.  In surviving lithographs, they bear a weird resemblance to certain members of the Village People.  Boston Republicans organized a rail-splitter’s battalion—in homage to Lincoln, every member stood exactly six-feet-four-inches tall.  And throughout the campaign, Republican newspapers published countless jokes at [challenger Stephen] Douglas‘s expense, such as: “Lincoln is like a rail.  Douglas is the reverse—rail spelled backwards—liar.”But Republicans got their share of guff, too, as when the New York Herald wrote: “The conduct of the Republican party in this nomination is a remarkable indication of a small intellect growing smaller.”  The words were wrong as applied to Lincoln…but, as it turns out, spot-on as applied to the party.P.S. It’s also the 159th anniversary of the day in 1861 when Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the confederacy.  True fact: the last two-and-a-half years were the lame-duckiest in the history of lameduckism.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–CHEERS to compassionate conservatism.  On November 6, 1986, mediocre President Ronald Reagan did something decent by signing into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act which, among other things, provided amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants.  Or as today’s Republicans like to say, “Absolutely nothing happened on this date in 1986 so shut up, shut up, and shut up.”CHEERS to home vegetation. Hooray! We can turn on our TVs again without getting smashed in the face with non-stop political ads. So what’s the first thing we’re doing tonight? Tuning into Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow to get smashed in the face with political analysis. (Oy…I’m a lost cause.) Then at 10 on HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher talks with counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance, Georgetown University of Law’s Rosa Brooks, and Center for Humane Technology’s Tristan Harris.Vintage ad for a cabinet TVTrust me. Put all your money in two-ton cabinet TVs and mirrored walls. They’re poised to make a comeback, bay-bee!The most popular home videos, new and old, are all reviewed here at Rotten Tomatoes. The NFL schedule is here, and college football will be all over the TV this weekend.  Saturday night at 8 on HBO the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees (including Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex, Depeche Mode, and The Doobie Brothers) get their official welcome into the Cleveland pantheon.  Then Dave Chappelle hosts SNL with musical guest Foo Fighters.Sunday on 60 Minutes: General Gustave Perna talks about being in charge of the Covid-19 vaccine effort, and an update on filmmaker Ken Burns, who is currently working on seven new documentaries, including bios of Muhammad Ali and LBJ.  A seaside vacation is on the agenda for The Simpsons, while Peter becomes a gangster on Family Guy. And John Oliver is back at 11 with his post-election thoughts on HBO’s Last Week Tonight.Now here’s your Sunday morning lineup:Meet the Press: TBAjohn-adams---creation-of-the-white-house.jpgAlso: the ghost of first incumbent to lose reelection John Adams joins the Sunday shows to praise 2020 voters.This Week: TBAFace the Nation: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA); election law expert David Becker; Bob Schieffer; CBS News elections guy Anthony Salvanto.CNN’s State of the Union: Mitt Romney. Fox GOP Talking Points Sunday: TBA Happy viewing!–Ten years ago in C&J: November 6, 2010JEERS to waiting around.  Grrrr—another delay.  Because of technical problems, the Space Shuttle Discovery won’t blast off on its final voyage until November 30th at the earliest.  It’s mission, should the flight crew choose to accept it in lieu of exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life and new civilizations:The STS-133 crew members will take important spare parts to the International Space Station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4. They’re also eager to git ‘er up thar because of a special passenger that’ll be on board: a hunky humanoid “robonaut” whose deployment was itself delayed because it ran into serious technical problems of its own.  It kept forgetting to put olives in the martinis.–And just one more…CHEERS to gazing yonward and dreaming of better days. Thanks to a strong get-out-the-vote effort, Republicans were unable to seize control of the universe on election day, and that means we can still enjoy the night sky without seeing “MAGA” emblazoned on all the planets. This month Pleiades takes center stage, Jupiter and Saturn get closer, and “Earthshine” does its thing. Preston Dyches has the lowdown—or should I say the “highdown” Ha Ha Ha!!!—of this month’s cosmic activity from NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory:–And this just in: while we were all fixated on voting, Elon Musk donned a sash and declared himself Viceroy of Mars. May he govern justly and compassionately. Ack Ack!Hey! The next president is a Democrat, and the next vice president is a woman of color. Have a great weekend. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–center_img – Advertisement – “Can we just take a moment to admit it is insane that an American president is just demanding that they stop counting votes while he’s ahead? This is such a textbook authoritarian move, which is impressive coming from a guy who has never read a textbook.”—Trevor Noah“If Donald Trump is right, and Joe Biden did pull the strings behind the scenes in Republican states like Arizona and Georgia, while coordinating with Democratic states like Pennsylvania and Nevada and Wisconsin and Michigan, and throwing in the red herring of letting the Republicans keep the Senate and gain a few seats in the House, while just barely removing Donald Trump? Wow! Kudos to that level of interstate coordination. Anyone who could accomplish that many things at once right now really would be the president we need during a global pandemic.”—Stephen Colbert–“According to a study, over 30,000 Covid cases and 700 deaths have been directly tied to Trump rallies. In the end, I guess Trump was right: he is not a typical politician, since politicians typically don’t spend the last week of the election murdering their own voters.”—Colin Jost, SNL“Dear White House Movers: Ask for the money up front.“—Conan O’BrienAnd now, our feature presentation…–- Advertisement – –CHEERS to terminating the suspense. Pennsylvania and Georgia having swung definitively for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and it looks like Nevada and Arizona will follow suit. But no matter how you slice all the MAGA hats in half, the 2020 race is over. I was planning to make the formal announcement myself tonight, given the magnitude of what we just accomplished. But then I thought, no, I believe it’s only right that we let the jubilant—[checks notes]—Kellyanne Conway deliver the news to the nation:last_img read more

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Social investment enshrined into law for UK charities, foundations

first_imgThe Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act in the UK has now received Royal Assent, giving foundations and charities in England and Wales the statutory power to make social investments from their endowment funds.Historically, the legal position was that charities had a limited ability to invest where their investment decisions were based on considerations other than the expected financial return.However, several years ago, the Charity Commission introduced into its guidance on investing the idea of mixed-motive investing by charities.This means funding an acquisition or project to make a financial return, while helping the charity’s mission at the same time (but where the investment could not be justified on the basis of its financial return or its charitable impact alone). But Elizabeth Jones, senior associate on the charity team at Farrer & Co, said: “This created some uncertainty because the existing law appeared to be stricter. While the Charity Commission’s guidance gave some support for social investment, there was also no confirmation from HM Revenue and Customs as to how this investment would be treated for tax purposes and whether it would be treated as a qualifying investment eligible for tax relief on income and capital gains.”Jones added: “The new Act now gives trustees a statutory power to make social investments – within the parameters of the Act – where an investment works to achieve the charity’s objects. However, it is hoped HM Revenue and Customs will clarify its approach to social investments in the near future.”The Act defines social investment as one made to directly further the charity’s purposes and achieve a financial return for the charity.This can either be done by investing in assets or by taking on a commitment in relation to a liability of a third party that puts the charity’s funds or other property at risk of being applied or used.Jones said: “In this context, ‘financial return’ does not mean getting back the original investment, plus an added amount. It means getting back anything at all, full stop.”But she warned: “If the return is only going to be a small percentage of what was invested, the trustees need to be satisfied the investment can be justified as being in the best interests of the charity, with reference to the charitable impact of the investment and any other relevant considerations.”The new law requires trustees to consider if they need advice before making a social investment.If so, they must obtain appropriate advice and, if they decide to go ahead, satisfy themselves that this is in the charity’s interests.However, the charity cannot use its permanent endowment unless its trustees expect this will not contravene any restriction on expending the endowment.It may also not make social investments if this is prohibited by its trust deed, or if the charity itself is established by Royal Charter or by legislation.The trustees must also periodically review the charity’s social investments.The Act also gives the Charity Commission, as the sector regulator, new powers to issue a warning to a charity or trustee it considers has committed a breach of trust or other misconduct or mismanagement, to disqualify a trustee, and to remove from office a trustee or officer who has been disqualified.It extends the list of criminal offences for which conviction means automatic disqualification from being a charity trustee to include terrorism, money-laundering and bribery.The timetable for specific sections of the Act to take effect will be published shortly. Meanwhile, Rob Wilson, the minister for civil society, has hinted at government plans to make social investing easier for pension savers.Speaking in London, Wilson said he was contemplating requiring pension providers to offer products to scheme members where a specified percentage of their money went to social investments.“It is something we already see working successfully in the French pension system, where billions of euros have been channelled to social impact investments,” he said.last_img read more

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Married lesbian threesome expecting their first baby in July

first_imgMail Online 23 April 2014The world’s only ‘married’ lesbian threesome are expecting their first child.Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July.Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor, and the trio eventually plan to have three children – one for each of them.The plan at the moment is that Kitten will bear all the children – possibly using her wives’ eggs and donated sperm – but they are open to other options, such as adoption.Brynn, 34, says: ‘The hope is to have three kids altogether. We always joke that the children should never outnumber the parents.’Doll, Kitten and Brynn Young married in a ceremony in August 2013, when each of their fathers walked them down the aisle. All three women wore white wedding gowns and exchanged rings.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2611020/Meet-worlds-married-lesbian-threesome-baby-make-four-July.htmllast_img read more

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Jesus play Golgota Picnic angers Christians in France

first_img 37 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyle Jesus play Golgota Picnic angers Christians in France by: – November 16, 2011center_img Tweet Share The play has already drawn protests in ParisChristian groups have condemned a provocative Spanish play about Jesus called Golgota Picnic (Golgotha Picnic), due to premiere in France.Street protests are planned when the play is performed in the southern city of Toulouse, before moving on to the capital Paris.While urging restraint, Toulouse’s Catholic archbishop said the play “fouled the faith of many believers”.Its Argentine-born author said he found it “healthy” when people took a stand.The theatre’s manager, Jacky Ohayon, insisted Rodrigo Garcia’s play was not blasphemous and pointed out it had run for six months in the Spanish capital Madrid “with no trouble”.Christian fundamentalists are expected to protest publicly outside the Garonne Theatre in Toulouse on Wednesday, while a counter-demonstration in support of freedom of speech is being organised by leftist groups. CRS riot police have reportedly been put on stand-by. Last month, a similar demonstration in Paris “against Christianophobia” gathered about 1,000 people. ‘Christ as madman’In a message carried by the Toulouse diocesan website, Archbishop Monsignor Robert Le Gall said: “Mr Rodrigo Garcia wants to denounce forcefully all forms of fundamentalism and rebel against an all-powerful God he has feared since childhood – that is not the God Christians proclaim…“Is it right to foul the faith of many believers, to attack them in their devotion to Christ? I do not think so.”But the archbishop warned protesters to be wary of being “manipulated by fundamentalists and political groups”, and condemned any use of violence.He distanced the Church from activists who had, he said, been distributing leaflets outside Toulouse churches. Another senior Catholic cleric, Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon, condemned what he said was Garcia’s depiction of Christ as “madman, dog, pyromaniac, messiah of Aids, devil-whore, no better than a terrorist”.Garcia himself said his play, which depicts the life of Christ through shocking images of contemporary consumer society, was a reflection of everyday reality.“I find it healthy to see people take a stand and say they don’t like it, even if what I show is only a reflection of what is in front of our eyes every day but nobody chooses to see,” he was quoted as saying in France’s La Depeche newspaper. A bid by Catholic groups to have the play banned was rejected by the regional authorities in Toulouse. BBC Newslast_img read more

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Shelvey settling in well at Swansea

first_img He added: “When I spoke to the Swansea chairman (Huw Jenkins), he said they had been tracking me from my Charlton days. I also heard of a link when Joe Allen was going to Liverpool, but that never happened. It raised its head again over the summer and I was following it in the papers every morning while on holiday until it happened for real.” Shelvey has spent the last few days getting to know his new team-mates, although that is a process which has proved easier than it might have been with the rest of the squad welcoming him from the off. He said: “It’s always a nervous time joining a new club. It was the same when I went from Charlton to Liverpool, then to Blackpool on loan and now Swansea. “You don’t know what to expect meeting the players for the first time, even down to the staff. But I have learnt that you can’t be negative. You have got to be positive and confident in order to show your character and ability. “In fairness to the boys here, they welcomed me in straight away. They were having dinner at the hotel when I arrived and they all got up to shake my hand and welcome me to the club. “I had heard that Swansea was a friendly club. I spoke to Joe Allen just before I signed and he had nothing but good things to say about the club and the fans. (Liverpool and former Swansea boss) Brendan Rodgers and Colin Pascoe were exactly the same. “The fans seem passionate as well. Less than two hours after I had agreed to sign, people were coming up to me in the local Sainsbury’s in Swansea for autographs and pictures. They were all very welcoming, which was great.” Swansea new boy Jonjo Shelvey cannot wait for the latest phase of his career to start in earnest. Press Associationcenter_img The 21-year-old midfielder completed a £5million move to the Liberty Stadium last week and was quickly whisked off to the club’s pre-season training camp in Holland, where he has played 45 minutes in each of their friendly victories over FC Gravenzande and Excelsior. Shelvey told the club’s official website, www.swanseacity.net: “I’m looking forward to being part of it. I watched Swansea play a lot in the Premier League. The way they play football excites me and I can’t wait to be part of it.” last_img read more

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Premier League clubs keen on Cahill

first_img Press Association The 34-year-old, who scored 56 goals in 226 appearances for Everton, left England in 2012 for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, for whom he was named Most Valuable Player after scoring 11 times. Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer (34 times in 71 internationals) has settled well in the United States but it is believed he would consider a return to Europe if the right offer came along. Press Association Sport understands that there has been significant interest from both QPR and Sunderland, as well as number of other top-flight clubs in the Premier League and also across Europe. Cahill enjoyed a good World Cup for his country, becoming the first Australian ever to score in three successive tournaments, and netting one of the goals of the summer with a brilliant left-foot volley against Holland. center_img Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is in line for a surprise move back to the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

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