Michael Roberts’ Greed: A Musical for Our Times to Have Off-Broadway Premiere

first_img View Comments Michael Roberts’ Greed: A Musical for Our Times, is to have its off-Broadway premiere. Directed by Christopher Scott and starring Tony nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo, the show will begin performances at New World Stages—Stage 2 on March 19. Opening Night is set for April 3. What do Jamie Dimon, Lance Armstrong, Pope Francis and Bernie Madoff have in common? They all appear in Greed: A Musical for Our Times. The musical comedy’s targets range from Ponzi schemes to the not-so-subtle sales pitches of retirement planners and mortgage bundlers. With numbers like “A Little Juice,” “Inside Information,” “I’ll Cheat On My Taxes” and “The Ballad of Jamie Dimon,” Greed takes aim at the obvious, and not so obvious, targets.center_img D’Abruzzo received a Tony nod for Avenue Q. She will be joined in the cast by Julia Burrows, James Donegan and Neal Mayer.last_img read more

Estonia, Latvia agree to jointly develop 1GW offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea

first_imgEstonia, Latvia agree to jointly develop 1GW offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:The governments of Estonia and Latvia have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Riga, the Baltic Sea.The capacity of the proposed offshore wind farm is up to 1,000 MW and the project is expected to be commissioned by 2030.The wind farm would produce approximately 3.5 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is approximately 40 percent of Estonia’s annual electricity consumption. The signing of the MoU follows several months of discussions on the project.According to Taavi Aas, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure developing the wind farm in partnership with Latvia makes this a cross-border project which as such qualifies for support from the European Union. “This, in turn, makes it cheaper to build other wind farms in the area, as other projects in the same area would also benefit from the grid infrastructure to be built for the farm,” said Aas.The two countries will jointly carry out studies to determine the best location for the construction of the offshore wind farm, taking into account wind conditions, plans, existing projects, environmental protection, and all other factors. Once the necessary studies have been carried out and the permits have been obtained, an auction will be held for the offshore area with a building permit and the winner will be able to build an offshore wind farm there, the Estonian government said.[Adnan Durakovic]More: Estonia and Latvia to jointly develop 1 GW offshore wind farmlast_img read more

The role of women in credit union leadership

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Matt WilhelmTaking a break from our regularly scheduled Credit Union IT Compliance discussions this week in honor of March being Women’s History Month. I read some interesting articles with statistics specific to credit unions that prompted me to write this blog. What got me started was this one: Women account for more than half of entry-level jobs in America, but they make up only 37% of mid-management positions and 28% of VP/senior management jobs.So I did some research and, as I had suspected, the credit union industry has a very different story. According to CUNA, 57% of credit union CEOs overall are women. In fact, credit unions in the United States have a much higher percentage of female CEOs than other institutions and industries.These numbers didn’t surprise me since A) I have a large number of credit union clients I work with where women lead the charge, and B) I work in IT, where the statistics for women in the work force could not be more opposite than in CU’s, so it is nice that the disparity does not extend to my client base.  Consider these statistics of women in my industry – IT:57% of professional occupations in the U.S. workforce are held by womenOnly 26% of professional IT jobs are held by women continue reading »last_img read more

Stretch Armstrong, minus the speedo

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In life and business, we have to adapt to changing situations that confront us. Not because we want to, but because we have to. Who doesn’t crave consistency and stability? But we cannot deny that change happens constantly.According to a Right Management study, 91% of HR decision-makers say people are being recruited on their ability to deal with change and uncertainty. The report adds, “As resilience and agility enter the business lexicon, the time is ripe for workforce transformation – with businesses putting people at the heart of their business plans in good times and bad.”Adapting on the fly is a crucial skill. Credit unions are being stretched. Too often staff become frazzled and overloaded. They get cluttered and bogged down in minutiae that they lose focus. We’ve seen two-person teams close more loans than five-person teams. We’ve even met a loan manager who made the claim that closing loans wasn’t in her job description. She was just too busy. continue reading »last_img read more

Plava Laguna was the first to translate the “savings” created by the amendments to the Ordinance on income tax into workers’ rights

first_imgThe Association of Hospitality and Tourism within HUP initiated changes in the tax treatment of accommodation costs and hot meals for seasonal workers so that they would not be treated as a salary in kind but as necessary business expenses. A logical change that, for some inexplicable reason, has always been a mitigating circumstance for all employers in tourism.In line with the positive change, leading travel companies they stated that they would make a decision to redirect the funds resulting from this tax relief to increase the material rights of workers. Thus, Plava Laguna is the first tourist company to fulfill its “promise” and decide on the “savings” caused by changes to the ordinance on income tax, more precisely the fact that accommodation and meals for seasonal workers will no longer be considered a gift in kind and will not be taxed accordingly. translate into workers ’rights.In agreement with the representatives of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia, Plava Laguna agreed that starting from February 1, it will subsidize the hot meal service 50 percent for all who are not users of personal accommodation, since users of personal accommodation already have a free hot meal . “This is just one of the measures we want to contribute to increasing the material rights of workers. We remind you that from June 1.6.2018, 4. basic salaries for all workers of Plava Laguna will increase by 5%, and in this way there will be an increase in the total material average rights for workers in the destination Poreč in the amount of almost 9 percent, and the destination Umag over XNUMX percent“, Emphasize the Management of Plava Laguna and add that in agreement with the union for 2018, the gift in kind will amount to the maximum allowed 600 kuna, instead of the previous 400 kuna.// POREČ BLUE LAGOON PRESENTED A NEW BRAND STRATEGY AND VISUAL IDENTITYBlue Lagoon at the level of material rights exercised by workers is one of the most successful tourist companies in Croatia. In addition to the increased salary from June 1.6.2018, 70,00, Blue Lagoon workers can also count on holiday pay of HRK 500,00 gross per day of vacation, one-time payments of HRK 2500 gross for June and July, Christmas bonus in the amount of maximum non-taxable amount of HRK 12, ie a proportional part for workers who have worked for less than 2 months and longer than XNUMX months, as well as as a gift to a child in the maximum non-taxable amount.”The Blue Lagoon is continuously improving the rights of its workers, as well as the conditions of accommodation and stay of workers in our destinations. This year, we will invest as much as 10 percent of the capital budget, or 50 million kuna in the improvement of personal accommodation. We will continue to increase the quality of working conditions, as well as accommodation, because we are aware that development is based on satisfied workers.”, They say from the Blue Lagoon.Related news:BLUE LAGOON INCREASES THE MATERIAL RIGHTS OF WORKERS WITH A NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTHOTELS ANNOUNCED INCREASE IN SALARIES FOR SEASONAL WORKERSFINALLY FOUND SOLUTION AGAINST LACK OF LABOR IN TOURISMlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Approves $26.5 Million to Bolster Healthy, Thriving Neighborhoods throughout Pennsylvania

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $26.5 million in funding through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to promote community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses and residents while producing outcomes that assist a distressed area or the low-income population in a neighborhood. The credits will support 197 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“Since taking office, my administration has been focused on the needs of all Pennsylvanians—no matter where they live—by helping them build stronger communities, schools, and business climates,” said Gov. Wolf. “The Neighborhood Assistance Program demonstrates the value of public-private cooperation in ensuring the health of our communities, and the benefits that Pennsylvanians see through these partnerships.”NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. NAP can be used for projects in categories including affordable housing, community services, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, blight, special population issues, veteran’s initiatives, and long-term community revitalization.The recently approved funding will support:Eighteen community investments in the central region of Pennsylvania in Adams, Cumberland, Clinton, Dauphin, Lycoming, and York counties. One recently approved project in Dauphin County will help the Salvation Army expand its food assistance programming, including its Choice Shopping & Nutrition Pantry, Breakfast Feeding Program, and nutrition education classes. The new facility will feature a nutritional education kitchen with eight workstations designed to replicate a home kitchen environment for cooking and nutrition classes for youth, adults, and families.Seventy-eight community investments in the southwest region of Pennsylvania in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. In Somerset County, one recently approved project will reverse the negative trajectory of Somerset Borough by acquiring centrally located dilapidated buildings, conducting a vacancy assessment and renovations, preserving low-income housing, constructing a trail in the only walkable outdoor recreation area in the borough.Forty-five community investments in the southeast region of Pennsylvania in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. In Philadelphia, one recently approved program will provide resources and supports to immigrants and refugees to help them start and grow a business. Resources will include a small business training program and workshops, a business innovator, technical support, networking assistance, job search assistance, marketing assistance, and workforce development opportunities.Ten community investments in the northeast region of Pennsylvania in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Susquehanna counties. One recently approved project in Luzerne County aims to end hunger in Northeast Pennsylvania by 2025 by investing in these five areas: food acquisition, food distribution, partner networking, providing household level access, and raising public awareness.Thirty-five community investments in the northwest region of Pennsylvania in Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, and Warren counties. One recently approved program in Erie County will assist unemployed women, single mothers, and mature women who are struggling with building job skills and securing new employment to reach self-sufficiency. The program will coordinate with mental health agencies and social service agencies to provide support services for each client and their specific needs. Additionally, three training cohorts will be held each year. Each class will be a three-hour session, once per week, for seven consecutive weeks and will include career center job searches, resume writing and completing job applications.Eleven community investments in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania in Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Snyder counties. In Berks County, one recently approved project will increase access to bilingual training education and consulting in Reading through new programs including workshops and consulting that utilize the Growth Wheel business advising online platform for entrepreneurs seeking to grow. In addition, a new computer lab will be installed at the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and the community will host an Entrepreneurs Growth conference for commercial developers, retailers, and entrepreneurs.The new approvals raise the total amount of funding under the Wolf administration to $99 million in NAP tax credits supporting 677 projects statewide. The investment will result in $395 million in additional funds leveraged through corporate contributions.“The Neighborhood Assistance Program is an invaluable resource available to distressed communities, helping them forge meaningful partnerships to create impactful change,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “I look forward to seeing how these projects will improve communities across the commonwealth and the quality of life for the residents who call those communities home.”The program has five main components: the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), Special Program Priorities (SPP), the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), the Charitable Food Program (CFP), and the Enterprise Zone Program (EZP). A description of each of these components is available within the NAP fact sheet.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. November 15, 2019 Governor Wolf Approves $26.5 Million to Bolster Healthy, Thriving Neighborhoods throughout Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Britain’s heaviest man Carl Thompson found dead at home

first_imgBritain’s heaviest man, Carl Thompson, has died – weeks after making a plea  for help to lose weight.The 33-year-old, who was 412kg, had been bedbound for more than a year – with one takeaway reportedly making deliveries using a key to his flat.He was found dead on Sunday morning, and emergency services in Dover  who were said to have difficulty removing his body from his house, finally were seen cordoning off a section of the road so they could remove Mr Thompson’s body through a window.In April Mr Thompson said on national TV that he needed to lose  – more than two-thirds of his body weight – otherwise doctors said he would die.It is thought Thompson began suffering from an eating disorder after losing his mother to brain cancer in 2012.After Thompson featured  in a TV interview live from his bed, he was swamped with offers to help him lose weight.He said he had always had a bad relationship with food and, as a child, would sneak downstairs in the night and raid the kitchen cupboards in his childhood home in Lydden.He said: “I was only about three or four and no one knew why I did it. I would just eat anything out of the cupboards.” Carl Thompson weighed 412 Kg’slast_img read more

Ripley County now joins in issuing burn ban

first_imgVersailles, IN—The Ripley County Board of Commissioners has declared a burn ban to be in effect in the county. Effective immediately, the following activities are prohibited in Ripley County:1. Campfires and other recreational fires; 2. Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane; 3. The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; and 4. The use of burn barrels for any open burning at residential structures.Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.In addition, they strongly encourage our residents to attend public displays of fireworks and limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and that they refrain from using aerial firework devices.last_img read more

Blairmont Blazers crowned Floodlight Reload champions

first_imgBLAIRMONT Blazers were crowned champions when the Blairmont Cricket Club hosted the third annual fundraiser, the Blairmont Cup Floodlight Reload last Sunday at the Blairmont Estate ground.The hosts whipped Cotton Tree Die Hard by 32 runs, in the one-day tournament, which was affected by the inclement weather. Inserted to bat, the hosts reached 96-8, after the tournament was reduced to eight overs-a-side.Martin Singh hit an unbeaten 54, with six fours and four sixes. He received support from Parmanand Ramdhan and Nick Ramsaroop with 13 runs each.The run chase started positively for the visitors, as they reached 32 without lost in two overs, but thereafter steady bowling from Waqar Hassan (3-24) and Kassim Khan (2-12), restricted Cotton Tree Die Hard to 55-5 after seven overs.They eventually reached 64-5 when the overs expired. Pooran Persaud stroked a 16-ball 31, with three fours and two sixes in a losing effort.Singh was named man-of-the-match as well as player-of-the-tournament. Meanwhile, the one-day tournament was deemed a huge success.last_img read more

After successful playing career at Syracuse, Caira provides guidance as pitching coach

first_img Published on February 13, 2013 at 1:02 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse One thousand strikeouts.It was a mark no pitcher had reached in the history of Big East softball, until Syracuse senior Jenna Caira tossed her way to 1,043 career strikeouts during the 2011-12 season. She also became the only Big East player to be named to the Easton Fastpitch All-America team after going 27-9.No one has put on a Syracuse uniform and had the kind of on-mound success Caira enjoyed in her four years with the Orange. She is the school’s all-time leader in wins, starts, ERA and other pitching categories, and was instrumental in SU’s deep run to Game 6 of the NCAA Regionals a season ago.When Caira played her final game last spring, she set her sights on remaining with the program as a pitching consultant, but head coach Leigh Ross had bigger plans.“Originally, I was going to come back as an assistant and just help out,” Caira said. “But then coach Ross called me in July to offer me the official pitching coach position and I agreed to it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccepting Ross’ offer was an easy decision for Caira, as the opportunity to stay around softball and share her vast knowledge of the sport was impossible to pass up.As the team gears up for the start of the 2013 season, Caira looks to have her pitching staff in top form. She worked with the girls during the fall. Many were her teammates just a year ago, giving her familiarity with their individual tendencies that could produce sufficient results.“The best thing about her is that she can really relate,” said sophomore Lindsay Taylor, who appeared in 22 games last season. “Having played with her really helps both (Stacy Kuwik) and I because she knows how we operate, she knows how we think and she knows where we need help.”Now the staff’s ace, Kuwik finished with a 14-3 record and 1.60 ERA last season. In her final 15 appearances, she threw 76 innings altogether, gave up just eight earned runs and collected eight wins.“Stacy Kuwik is our senior and this is her time to really shine,” Caira said. “I know exactly what she is capable of doing and I have great expectations for her.”As Kuwik takes on a leadership role for the pitching staff and entire team, Caira has the utmost confidence she will take the torch and run with it. The two were teammates under Ross for three seasons, and thrived with her hard work philosophy that has revived the program.In her first three seasons, Kuwik finished second on the team in wins each year behind Caira. Now Caira will guide her from the sidelines as she takes the final step in her maturation as a collegiate pitcher.“I have become a better player already by being able watch her and play with her,” Kuwik said. “I probably have the best pitching coach out there, and I am really confident in the things that she’s taught me and I’m ready to go out there and use them.”For the coming season, Kuwik is looking to flourish in her first year as a full-time starter, while Taylor wants to command her team’s confidence as she moves into a bigger role.Caira, who met nearly all of her personal goals at Syracuse, had a word of advice for her pitching staff.“If you slack off one day or slack off one pitch, you are setting yourself up for failure,” Caira said. “I always say that every pitch has a purpose, and that it’s not enough to just go through the motions.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more