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Broadway Grosses: Disgraced Celebrates Box Office Jump; The River Overflows

first_img UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. On the Town (58.36%) 4. Once (57.08%) 3. Cinderella (48.52%) 2. This Is Our Youth (47.81%) 1. Love Letters (46.36%) Lips are chapped, scarves are out: it is officially chilly in New York. The temperature dropped on the Great White Way this week, as well—nearly every Broadway show saw a decrease in gross from the previous week. The one exception was Disgraced, which at $408,008, saw its highest gross since it began in September. With positive reviews across the board after an October 23 opening, it’s possible the Pulitzer-winning drama will continue to climb the chart. Meanwhile, another drama made a big splash in its first weekend of performances: The River, starring Hugh Jackman, hit 103.54% capacity, rising instantly to the top of the frontrunners. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,700,190) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,535,238) 3. It’s Only a Play ($1,338,059) 4. Wicked ($1,329,813) 5. Aladdin ($1,280,885) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The River (103.54%)** 2. The Book of Mormon (102.61%) 3. A Delicate Balance (100.00%)* 4. It’s Only a Play (99.02%) 5. The Lion King (98.49%) View Comments UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Once ($341,135) 4. This Is Our Youth ($294,214) 3. Rock of Ages ($278,848) 2. Love Letters ($258,377) 1. The Country House ($217,819) *Number based on eight preview performances **Number based on three preview performances Source: The Broadway League Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 2:last_img read more

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‘Always right by you’

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CU leaders explain how they put members’ needs first.At Hawaii State Federal Credit Union in Honolulu, three letters represent staff’s commitment to fostering service excellence: RBY.That acronym reflects the key words in a motto introduced recently by the credit union’s president, Andrew Rosen: “Always right by you.”“He has made everybody in the organization believe that everything we do always has to be ‘right by you,’ ” says James Haid, Hawaii State Federal’s director of corporate development.“We go through the workday keeping that in mind with every situation that comes up.”Credit unions across the country adhere to that philosophy by putting their members first in every decision they make, and every action they take.Here, six credit union leaders share perspectives on how their organizations fulfill the three Unite for Good principles of removing barriers, creating awareness, and fostering service excellence. continue reading »last_img read more

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The ‘golden age’ for credit unions

first_imgCUs can be more agile and better serve the new economy led by micro-entrepreneurs.by: Michelle WillitsThe idea of frugal innovation—or jugaad—often focuses on saving money.But organizations must be frugal with their time as well so they can be agile, says Navi Radjou, co-author of “Frugal Innovation: Doing More With Less.”He’ll address the America’s Credit Union Conference/World Credit Union Conference in Denver July 12-15.Radjou says the association of frugality with agility is very strong.Large companies’ layers of bureaucracy, which are costly, reduce frugality. In a small organization, the lack of hierarchy allows for more agility.“Agility means you save time, and time is your most valuable resource,” he says. “That’s why we think being frugal is not only about saving money, it’s saving on time.”Large organizations understand they must be nimble, but their structure prevent them from helping the micro-entrepreneur, Radjou says. “The heart is in the right place, but the body isn’t responsive.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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New marijuana banking brief available

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A new version of NAFCU’s marijuana banking issue brief is now available online, providing credit unions with comprehensive updates on federal legislative efforts and state-level marijuana laws. The brief provides information on the political and regulatory landscape surrounding marijuana banking to help credit unions better understand the current state of play in this area.On the federal side, the issue brief outlines the current status of three bills – including the SAFE Banking Act and STATES Act – that have been introduced in Congress. NAFCU continues to support legislative steps to provide clarity and legal certainty to the question of whether financial institutions may safely allow state-authorized, marijuana-related businesses to have access to their services.Insights from FinCEN’s latest Marijuana Banking Update and changes as a result of the Hemp Farming Act are also highlighted in the brief. continue reading »last_img read more

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Running toward relief

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr UW Credit Union, Madison, Wis., has partnered with former Wisconsin Badgers Football running back and NFL draft pick Jonathan Taylor to raise money for coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.The $3.5 billion asset credit union will donate $23 to both the United Way of Dane County and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County for every new checking account opened with the organization’s Jump Around or Bucky debit cards.“The $23 is significant on multiple levels,” says UW Credit Union President/CEO Paul Kundert. “Of course, it’s the number Jonathan has worn on his back for three great seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But it’s also a reflection of our shared pride in Wisconsin, a commitment to doing what we can to help carry others through these difficult times.”last_img read more

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We must call Trump out on his many lies

first_imgBeing a snowflake, I was indeed offended by someone who represents me and speaks for me on the international stage calling other nations sh–holes.” However, if Mr. Weidman thinks me too weak to handle such things, let’s discuss statements Donald Trump made at the economic summit in Davos on the day Mr. Weidman’s letter was published.Mr. Trump asserted that 2.4 million jobs were added to the economy in the 14 months since he was elected. He left out that 2.8 million were created in the 14 months before he was elected, or that the number of jobs created since he took office is 1.8 million. He also left out the governing reality that in the first year of office, the president has very little impact on job growth or decline. So, for someone who wants consistently degrades the Obama presidency, he certainly has no problem taking credit for its accomplishments. Similarly, he seems to take credit for the lowering rates of unemployment among woman and minorities, when those rates have been going down for years. In other words, President Trump is full of exactly what he called those countries.This is the core of how President Trump is most offensive. He doesn’t tell the truth. The New York Times has verified more than 2,000 lies since he took office. Americans have become a cynical lot. We expect politicians to spin or engage in one type of subterfuge or another. However, this president tells outright lies several times a day, and they are easily caught and proven false. Yet, his supporters call it “talking straight.” I call it once again lowering our expectations for the people to whom we are entrusting our lives and the lives of our children.James Cimino Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI read Ray Weidman’s Jan. 26 letter asserting that “liberals” are too soft for our straight-talking president’s language as “a bit much for the snowflake PC crowd.” last_img read more

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Was everything bad about casino factual?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I just read the June 4 letter by Mr. Mohamed Hafez [“Casino has proven supporters wrong”] on the editorial page, and I must say you are one bundle of information. Congratulations. Now, I have never been one to dispute actual facts. But is what you are saying all facts or is most of it second-hand hearsay? Do you go around the neighborhood asking people about their car insurance? Do you ask to see the books from Proctors? Is the city budget really in trouble because of the casino? Are you keeping track of all police calls? How many fights, recorded or otherwise, has any one really seen? I have been in and out of that casino many times, and I can honestly say I have never seen any thing close to muggings. I’m not quite sure what you mean by addiction, dope and gambling.If that was the case, you would have to shut down every casino in existence. But any way Mr. Hafez, you could be right on all counts.           Ron CapulloRotterdam   More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 20

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCouncil also needs diversity of thoughtAfter reading the story of the Jan. 13 Schenectady City Council meeting, I have some concerns.The majority of the 2020 council seem to like using the word “diverse” to describe the current panel’s makeup. But it appears in their minds that word only constitutes color of skin and gender. And if that were the only components of this word, I would tend to agree. But it’s far from that. Unfortunately, they seem to overlook another of many components of the word diverse, and one would include “of a different mind.”Some members openly admitted the main reason a very qualified and deserving member of the council, Marion Porterfield, was denied the council presidency was her support of a non-endorsed member of her party to run for a county office in November — a sad excuse for denial indeed. During this questionable reasoning, some council members also choose to shut down a member of the public. During the privilege of the floor, that person was offering objections to the council presidency appointment by stating public facts, not hearsay or rumor. Calling it a personal attack by a council member is a stretch at best, which is another sad and scary state of council affairs.I implore the majority of this city council to open up its minds and ears to real diversity, and not let this first city council meeting of the decade become the model for future meetings by blurring the lines of openness, transparency and diversity. It’s simply wrong.Vince RiggiSchenectadyObjection to Green Light reflects biasThe Jan. 15 Gazette editorial (“Green Light hinders law enforcement”) objecting to restrictions on data sharing in the Green Light driver’s license law reveals a disturbing belief degrading much of the current debate about immigration in this country.Whether or not one agrees with it, it is now the law of New York state that the records of undocumented immigrants applying for driver’s licenses are not available for search by law enforcement officers except under clearly stated conditions.Why would The Gazette editors object to requiring law enforcement agencies to certify agreement to comply with those conditions? The only plausible reason is that the editors, disagreeing with the law in the first place, don’t believe that it should be obeyed.That belief is based on the very ugly assumption that immigrants in a range of categories, not just those who are undocumented, do not deserve equal protection under the law because they are somehow other, alien.This is the unjust belief that justifies, in the view of some, the separation by federal officials of migrant children from parents, in violation of U.S. law.This is the belief that motivates our federal government to require people to wait in Mexico while they appeal for asylum in the United States, in blatant violation of international law. This belief is not only unlawful; it is also immoral in its tendency to dehumanize. It is sad to see The Gazette editors buying into it.Terry DiggorySaratoga SpringsThe writer is co-coordinator of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition.Look at who’s really looking out for usA letter my fellow squawkers: “How did that fox get in our henhouse,” squabbled all us chickens?Even before he entered, we were protesting his presence. Doesn’t he know this is our house and he is an interloper?He started by inferring to the farmers that we have to start producing as we promised when we know better.He exposed the faulty trade arrangement with our neighbors that the ‘Great Rooster’ gave us and replaced it with one that our neighbors (and I understand quite a few of you feather-brained colleagues) agree is better. How dare he. Admittedly, it has stopped our neighbors from trying to steal our eggs, but I’m sure somehow, someway, he’s going to benefit by it.However, we must also admit he has given us more comfort and food for our workers. But I bet it won’t last. Let’s face it, he’s just not one of us and he must go. Makes no difference if we legally, illegally or forcefully remove him, for the end justifies the means (as long as we win.)”Dr. Arthur SalvatoreMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Denmark’s PFA Pension loses sales director Ellehave-Andersen

first_img“Lars Ellehave-Andersen said he had come to the conclusion he didn’t want to be part of the future PFA,” Polack said.“It is regrettable, but, of course, I accept it.”Polack will take responsibility for the sales and customer business previously handled by Ellehave-Andersen.PFA’s group leadership now consists of the remaining three directors – Polack, Anders Damgaard and Jon Johnsen.Danica Pension declined to comment on a report in the Danish media that Ellehave-Andersen was to move to a new job at Danica Pension in Norway.PFA had no further comment on his departure.PFA has lost the two managing directors of its asset management arm Poul Kobberup and Jesper Langmack to Danica Pension, with the men due to start at the Danske-Bank subsidiary in November.Danica has attracted several top pensions professionals in Denmark recently as CFO Jacob Aarup-Andersen hires specialists to build an in-house team to implement a new strategy taking on more direct investments.ATP’s former co-CIO Anders Svennesen started at Danica Pension as CIO in December.Meanwhile, PFA is in a process of change after Polack started as its new chief executive in April, having come to the company from Nordea Asset Management. PFA, Denmark’s largest commercial pension provider, is losing one of its four directors, as group chief commercial officer Lars Ellehave-Andersen resigns from the DKK552bn (€74bn) company.Ellehave-Andersen, who came to PFA from labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark, is responsible for corporate customers and partners, advisory services, subsidiary PFA Bank and Greenlandic business PFA Soraarneq.PFA’s group chief executive Allan Polack said: “I have had discussions with Lars Ellehave-Andersen since the early part of the summer about his future role in PFA.”He said the talks came at time when PFA was in the process of adapting its strategy, governance and value basis for the future.last_img read more

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Hyundai Heavy Clinches USD 189 Mn LNG Carrier Order

first_imgSouth Korean biggest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured an order for the construction of an LNG carrier. Placed by an unnamed shipowner from Oceania, the order amounts to KRW 228.9 billion (USD 188.8 million), HHI said in a stock exchange filing on September 2.The 174,000 cbm LNG carrier is scheduled to be delivered by the end of January 2022.Hyundai Heavy closed the second quarter of this year with a net loss of KRW 233.7 billion, compared to a profit of KRW 182.8 billion in the corresponding period a year earlier.The loss was attributed to higher steel plate prices and the one-off costs of a retirement program for seven hundreds of HHI’s employees.In addition, the result was affected by a drop in global ship orders and the US-China trade tensions.World Maritime Newslast_img read more

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