Rocky Delays First Preview Performance

first_img In addition to Karl as Rocky and Seibert as Adrian, the cast includes Danny Mastrogiorgio as Paulie, Dakin Matthews as Mickey, Terence Archie as Apollo Creed and Jennifer Mudge as Gloria. Rocky Rocky brings to life the story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. The new musical is based on the Academy Award-winning 1976 film of the same name, which starred Stallone in the title role. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Directed by Alex Timbers, with a score by Tony-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and a book by Tony winner Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, the production’s opening night is set for March 13. The Italian Stallion’s grand entrance has been postponed to February 13. The first preview of Rocky, starring Andy Karl and Margo Seibert, had been set for February 11, with February 12 a scheduled rehearsal day with no performance. According to a statement, the cancellation is a result of a delay in technical rehearsals after salt and melted ice caused damage to underground cables near the Winter Garden Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014last_img read more

Don’t mix chemicals

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Snickers and Scotch

first_imgI blame the scotch. Dewar’s to be exact. It’s not my drink of choice, but when you’re backpacking in the winter, you drink scotch. “To keep warm.” Sure, liquor has the opposite effect on your body temperature, but you can’t argue with tradition. What you can argue with, though, is my proximity to the fire during the bout of scotch worship. But I’m getting ahead of myself.Really, the trip went askew long before I lit up like Michael Jackson. The fact that we started four months late should have tipped us off that we weren’t on top of our game. It was supposed to be a summer backpacking trip. A chance for three high school buddies to wander deep into the Smokies and rediscover our friendship. There is no male bonding like Wilderness-based male bonding. Credit the campfire, the absence of Twitter, or the potential of a bear visit…whatever the reason, the recipe for forging friendships is at its most potent in the woods.But the summer trip got pushed into a fall trip, which then got pushed into a winter trip. Blame our kids, our jobs, whatever, but play “Cat’s Cradle” because eventually we all felt so guilty about postponing the adventure that we finally just said “screw it” and met at a corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ready to pick up our friendships where we left off.It’s balls cold by the time we meet, but we are all experienced woodsmen: a Marine, an Eagle Scout, and an adventure journalist. We’ve seen the world. We can handle the Southern Apps with temps in the teens and a chance of snow.This is what we tell ourselves over coffee, eggs, and hash browns at the Waffle House near the trailhead. We talk about the winter treks we’ve bagged over the years and how we’re not worried about the current weather. It’s easy to put up a strong front when you have unlimited refills of hot coffee.Reality hits on the hike into the backcountry. My shoes don’t fit right and I imagine large blisters growing on each big toe. The Eagle Scout keeps stopping to adjust his back brace (or is that a girdle?) and the Marine keeps stripping, peeling off sweaty layers at the top of each small hill. He’s dressed for the Antarctic and it’s probably 40 degrees in the noon-day sun. Most of our conversations throughout the hike have to do with how we each combat carpal tunnel in the workplace.The route I choose is just as lame. I handle logistics, choosing a half-ass route in the Deep Creek corner of the park for three reasons. 1) There’s good fishing. 2) It has almost no elevation gain. We’re all out of shape and the last thing I want to do is give mouth to mouth to one of these guys. And 3) There’s a Waffle House near the trailhead. All male bonding trips need a plate of hash browns.The path is more gravel road than trail, moving through a winterized hardwood forest, offering nothing but dormant trees as scenery.I’ve never had a winter backpacking trip go well. In college, two buddies and I were supposed to spend the entire week of spring break hiking the Georgia portion of the A.T. One night of trying to melt snow and shivering in our K-mart sleeping bags sent us packing for warmer environs. Then there was the frost-bite incident. The “hot stone” in the bottom of the sleeping bag incident. The “too much snow to build a fire” incident. Anyone can fake it through a summer backpacking trip, but sub-freezing temperatures expose all of your backcountry shortcomings.The campsite I randomly choose has promise, though. Flat, with a nice-sized fire ring just steps from a broad, rushing trout stream. The trail may have been forgettable, and we may all be larger, sweatier versions of ourselves, but at least there will be fishing. Except the Eagle Scout forgot the rods. He brought the case—the one that keeps his graphite fly fishing rods in pristine condition—but no rods.“I thought the case felt light when I was packing the car,” he says, smiling. “But look, I’ve got chocolate. And scotch.”He reaches into his bag and pulls out a giant sack of fun-sized candy bars—leftover Halloween loot from his five kids—and a fifth of Dewar’s. Combined, it’s easily 12 pounds of gluttony stuffed into the bottom of his pack. The trip is saved.There’s an argument over the proper way to build a fire, but soon, we have a hot-burning “log cabin” going and we start passing around the scotch. The conversation is easy, moving through the typical work-wife-kids topics until we land on the topic of dream jobs. With each pull from the Dewar’s, I get a little closer to the fire, relaxing deeper into my Therm-a-rest chair.Before long, we decide we’re all quitting our jobs to start a backpacking guide service. We’ll lead city folks into the woods. Show them the true Southern Appalachians. This is when we are at our happiest, after all. Together, next to a campfire, passing around a bottle of scotch and a bag of Halloween candy.Never mind the fact that we forgot half of our gear for this trip. Our lack of cardiovascular fitness and rusty backpacking skills are of no concern either. We want, no need, to share this experience with the rest of the world.I doze off by the fire trying to think of a good name for our guide service (Three Amigos? Snickers and Scotch Backcountry Adventures?) and wake up when the Marine yells, “dude, you’re on fire!”A large portion of my boot sole has melted and errant embers have burned holes in my Therm-a-rest, pants, and puffy jacket.It’s decided that when we do this professionally, we won’t let our clients pass out so close to the fire. Or drink so much scotch. And we’ll have an ironclad insurance waiver. Because we have no idea what we’re doing. •last_img read more

Two new law schools throw open their doors

first_imgTwo new law schools throw open their doors Florida A&M, FIU welcome inaugural classAfter years of intense debating and lobbying, Florida’s two new public law schools welcomed inaugural classes in August, with promises of bringing more minority lawyers to the state.In Orlando, historically black Florida A&M University proudly reclaimed its law school after it was forced in 1968 to close its doors in Tallahassee to make room for Florida State University’s new law school. FAMU established its original law school in 1949 at a time blacks were barred from the University of Florida’s law school.With renewed enthusiasm to open Central Florida’s only public law school, Dean Percy Luney — a Harvard law graduate and former dean of Nevada’s National Judicial College and North Carolina Central University School of Law — said: “We have a bright, talented, and enthusiastic group of individuals who make up this first class. We’re ready for the students, and we know the students are ready for their new venture.”In Miami, Florida International University’s College of Law welcomed its first class of students, boasting the largest percentage of Hispanics of any law school in the country.At FIU’s opening convocation at the Graham Center on the west Miami-Dade campus August 23, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead spoke about the rule of law and the renewed attention it has received after September 11, 2001.“Outside the courts themselves, I can think of no other legal institution that has a greater responsibility to defend and nurture the rule of law than the law school — and, especially, a public law school. And what more appropriate location. If New York was the gateway to our democracy in the early 20th century, Miami clearly claims that title today,” Chief Justice Anstead said.“Indeed, our recent immigrants sometimes seem to have more appreciation for our freedoms than we do. Further, in live contrast to our rule of law, lurking just 90 miles from our southern coast is one of the last bastions of communism — Cuba — the very antithesis of the rule of law.“Is this hallowed ground? Well, no, not yet, perhaps. Will it be? I hope so. The learning, the passion, the public service that we expect to flow from this great place of learning and the contributions all of you will make to your community, your state, and your nation, and especially to the rule of law, will surely be the measure of your greatness. And I am confident that the people of Florida and Florida’s justice system will mark this day with great joy.”Leonard Strickman, dean of FIU’s new law school, a Yale Law School graduate and former dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law, said his new students are grateful for a public law school with much more affordable tuition than the three private law schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.“We will have more blue-collar students than most law schools in the state,” Strickman told The Miami Herald. “We’re an incredible bargain and certainly as good as the other public schools, Florida State and the University of Florida.”While the yearly tuition at the University of Miami’s law school in Coral Gables costs $18,708 for part-time students and $25,984 for full-time students, FIU’s part-time tuition is $4,161 per year and the full-time program is $6,143.Because of the lower tuition and availability of part-time and evening programs, both FAMU and FIU have attracted both minorities and working professionals returning to school to get law degrees.At FAMU, the 2002 entering class is 90-students strong, with 57 in the full-time day program and 33 in the part-time evening program. Of those 90 students, 60 percent are female, 51 percent are minority, and 96 percent are Floridians, including 61 percent from the Metro Orlando area.The average age of the FAMU law students is 31, and the professional experiences of students include a firefighter, probation officer, practicing physician, and a pharmaceutical sales representative.“The diversity of this class will ensure a meaningful exchange of ideas and a healthy mix of discussions inside and outside the classroom,” Luney said.At FIU, more than half of its 115 students are minorities: About 44 percent are Hispanic, 8 percent black, and 5 percent Asian or other minorities. FIU’s first class has 67 full-time students and 48 part-timers.“There was a hundred years of pent-up demand in South Florida for this kind of law school,” FIU President Modesto Maidique told the school’s board of trustees in May.“Not everyone can leave town to become a lawyer, and not everyone can make the kind of investment in a private law school,” he said.But not everyone was gung ho to add public law schools in Florida, where there are more than 70,000 lawyers, of which about 8 percent are minorities. The now-defunct Board of Regents, which governed the state university system, argued Florida had enough lawyers and rejected FIU’s dream for a law school three times: in 1988, 1993, and 1999.In 2000, the Florida Legislature agreed to fund new law schools for both FIU and FAMU.Even though FIU faced deep cuts in the tight 2002 legislative budget year, the school was able to reap $2.3 million for operations and $10 million for permanent facilities.At FAMU, there is $22.7 million in hand, with another $5 million to be raised for a permanent campus. Now, students attend classes in a temporary facility at One North Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, where the law school fills seven of 20 floors with classrooms, faculty and staff offices, student services, and a law library featuring more than 125,000 volumes. The plan is to move to a new permanent facility, on 3.7 acres near the Federal Courthouse on Hughey Avenue, in the fall of 2005.Rising law school debt is blamed for new law school graduates choosing higher-paying private law firms over lower-paying jobs in public service government jobs, and legal services and non-profit organizations.With that backdrop, the FAMU College of Law is focusing on providing students with an opportunity to represent indigent clients in its clinical program. All third-year law students are required to provide 20 to 30 hours each week of pro bono legal services to the community.“Through our unique educational programs, the College of Law will enable the students to discover and realize their potential for effective and creative problem-solving and professional and civic leadership,” Dean Luney said.“We’re in a position to play a critical role in shaping the growth and development of Central Florida and its legal community in this millennium.” September 15, 2002 Regular News Two new law schools throw open their doorslast_img read more

Creative forecasting at your credit union

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Creative types who’ve had their ideas deep-sixed by managers will probably not be surprised by Stanford research indicating managers are not the best judges of good ideas. But neither are creatives good judges of their own proposals.According to Justin Berg, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, the best judges are the creator’s peers, because they’ve spent time generating their own ideas about the situation.“Managers Are Not Always the Best Judge of Creative Ideas” talks about a large study Berg conducted on creative forecasting (or predicting the success of new ideas) in the circus arts industry.In the study, he found creators overestimated how well their own videos would do with the audience, but were more accurate judges of their peers’ videos than managers. continue reading »last_img read more

81 percent of FICUs reported a profit

first_img continue reading » The National Credit Union Administration reported that 81 percent of all federally-insured credit unions (FICUs) reported positive net income through the first 3 quarter of 2017.A year earlier, 80 percent of FICUs reported positive net income over the same period.On the other hand, 1,068 FICUs reported a loss through the first 3 quarters of 2017.Twenty-seven credit unions reported losses in excess of $1 million through the first 3 quarters of 2017. Melrose Credit Union (Briarwood, NY) reported the largest loss of $178.3 million. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Forward thinking strategies to help your CU thrive, not just survive

first_imgThis is placeholder text With the recession continuing, it’s more important than ever to focus on your credit union’s growth – so you can thrive, not just survive. At NAFCU’s Virtual Strategic Growth Conference, February 17 – 18, you’ll learn forward thinking strategies and tactics to take your credit union’s growth to new heights. In addition, you’ll hear from highly successful credit unions about their experiences and what they’ve done to accelerate their growth.  You’ll also gain the most important, innovative, and revenue-boosting techniques so you can:Attract new members by utilizing new credit union technology to win the FinTech and payment warsDrive your revenue to the next level by developing key strategies to push your loan portfolio forward Rejuvenate your credit union and build loyalty with strategies that take your member experience culture to an even higher level of excellenceBoost share-of-wallet by learning best practices from the industry’s most successful credit unionsDiscover best-in class strategies for creating and effectively communicating a strong brand for your credit union.Access all of these takeaways and more at NAFCU’s Virtual Strategic Growth Conference. View the agenda and see more sessions built to help propel your credit union’s growth forward in 2021 and beyond. Unable to watch during the event dates, or want to re-watch a session? Your registration gives you access to on-demand recordings of all conference sessions! You can also save $100 on already-low virtual pricing with code VIRTUAL when you register by January 8, 2021.Special Virtual Event Pricing!NAFCU Member: $1,449 $599 $499 with code VirtualNAFCU Nonmember: $2,049 $799 $699 with code Virtual This post is currently collecting data…center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CSFB voted best analyst

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Actuaries: Different discount rates for pension funds and insurers ‘illogical’

first_img“Given the looming benefit cuts at pension funds, this makes the issue a hot topic,” the AG said.However, the actuaries’ association did not ask its members to clarify their view, nor whether they thought the problem could be solved by lifting the UFR for pension funds to the same level required for insurers.The UFR was introduced in 2012 because of the lack of sufficient market data about interest rates for durations of 20 years and longer. Dutch pension funds have argued that a low discount rate has led to cuts to pension payoutsInsurers apply a discount rate set by European supervisor EIOPA, whereas Dutch pension funds must adhere to a UFR prescribed by local regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).The difference between both discount rates has been exacerbated by falling interest rates in the past few years. Many pension funds have argued that the Netherlands’ current low discount rate has led to unnecessary cuts to pension payments.However, the AG said that the low interest rate level should not be a reason to change the difference in discount rate for pension funds and insurers.Two thirds of the survey participants said that the current discount rates weren’t too low, but almost 50% thought that assumptions for future returns were too high.Since 2014, Dutch pension funds have been permitted to base their contribution level on assumed rates of future returns of 7% for listed equity, 7.5% for private equity, and 6% for non-listed property.For commodities and government bonds, assumed returns of 5% and the AAA forward rate, respectively, apply.A dedicated parameters committee – chaired by former finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem – is expected to come up with advice for an adjustment of these measures this month. The average funding ratio of Dutch pension funds would rise by 6 percentage points if schemes were allowed to apply the same discount rate as insurance companies, according to the Dutch Actuarial Society (AG).The fact that pension funds and insurers were subject to different discount rates for liabilities was illogical, a recent survey by the society suggested.Of 350 AG members who responded to the survey, two thirds felt having different discount rates did not make sense.Insurers’ use of an alternative liability measure is largely down to a different ultimate forward rate (UFR), a component of the discount rates that determines the level for long durations.last_img read more

Could Netflix, UberEats habits thwart your rent reduction?

first_img How to turn coronavirus isolation into gardening bliss The Residential Tenancies Practice Guide – outlining how landlords and tenants will manage tenancies throughout the COVID-19 crisis – has been released, laying out what exactly landlords and tenants have to disclose during rent reduction negotiations. Netflix and other online movie sites have been a godsend for many families staying at home these past few weeks.The results may surprise some experts, in that it does not mention bank statements, which is where spending habits such as Netflix and UberEats are mostly likely to show up. It states that tenants can be asked for “simple documents” as evidence of hardship such as proof of job termination/stand-down or loss of work hours, government income support, a medical certificate and prior income.“It is reasonable for a property owner to request information about changes to their tenant’s circumstances due to COVID-19 impacts,” the guide said.“It is common for prospective tenants to provide information about their income and employment status when they apply for and negotiate a lease. It is reasonable to provide similar information to substantiate tenant requests for rent adjustments due to impacts of COVID-19.” They may have been a godsend during lockdown, but your online entertainment and food ordering habits could work against you if you’re asking for a rent reduction.If you’re curious about whether your Netflix and UberEats habits might hinder your request for a rent reduction, the Queensland government’s new rental guide is a must read.MORE: Sick of home isolation? Buy a unit for the kids Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 rental market update00:38center_img The income asked for was total weekly income after tax, “including any government payments” such as JobSeeker or regular Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments.“Tenants will not be required to draw down on their superannuation and will not be required to sell basic personal assets, such as the family car or furniture.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThe tenant can also ask for the rent to be reviewed again if circumstances changed.“If the tenant is not able to meet the new rent amount, they should discuss their circumstances with their lessor. The repayment of rent arrears is a matter for negotiation between the tenant and property owner including through the conciliation process if required, to ensure a fair outcome that considers the circumstances of both parties.” Anger builds over kids playing in communal areas Coronavirus has changed the way Aussies live substantially, with governments now making moves towards some easing of restrictions. The guide also recognised that property owners could also be facing financial hardship during the coronavirus eviction moratorium period, and their options included talking to lenders about deferring payments and checking eligibility for land tax concessions.“Some property owners may be genuinely reliant on rental income to meet essential costs of living (such as costs of their own personal housing, food and utilities). These concerns can be raised during conciliation, and the owner should be prepared to provide evidence to support their position.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more