Lesli Margherita Gives an Early Morning Taste of Dames at Sea

first_img Star Files Dames at Sea Lesli Margherita Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Related Shows View Comments Broadway favorite Lesli Margherita stopped by the PIX11 studio this morning to give early birds a taste of her latest gig: the first Broadway production of Dames at Sea. The Olivier winner will take on the role of grand diva Mona Kent; have a listen as she performs “That Mister Man of Mine,” which, as Queen Lesli explains, is “a very dramatic song about a man that she once loved, and sadly, he has no more money, so ‘goodbye!’” You can catch Margherita in Matilda on Broadway through September 6, and then in Dames at Sea, beginning at the Helen Hayes Theatre on September 24. But before that, catch her live at the last Broadway in Bryant Park concert on August 13!last_img read more

Assets, loans, deposits, membership up in Q1 2017

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) reported that assets, loans and shares (deposits) at federally insured credit unions expanded during the first quarter.According to the NCUA, loans grew by 10.6 percent over the last year to to $884.6 billion. However, loan growth slowed during the first quarter of 2017 to an annualized rate of 7.12 percent. With the exception of credit card loans, all other major loan categories posted an increase during the first quarter.Insured shares and deposits rose $78 billion, or 7.8 percent, over the four quarters ending in the first quarter of 2017 to $1.1 trillion. However, the pace of share growth accelerated during the first quarter of 2017 to 16.62 percent.So, while the loan-to-share ratio of 77.73 percent was up from a year ago, it was down from the end of 2016. continue reading »last_img read more

Exploring Regulation Z’s opt-in requirement for over-the-limit fees

first_imgNAFCU has covered many of the different credit card rules in past Compliance Blog posts. However, one topic we haven’t covered lately is the requirements around charging members for exceeding a credit limit. Section 1026.56 covers the rules for over-the-limit transactions on a credit card. An over-the-limit transaction is “any extension of credit by a card issuer to complete a transaction that causes a consumer’s credit card account balance to exceed the credit limit.” Today’s post addresses the opt in process for over-the-limit transactions and related fees.Section 1026.56(b) provides a blanket prohibition on charging a fee when a member exceeds a credit limit unless the credit union has properly obtained the member’s consent. The rule provides a five-step process for obtaining consent:Providing a notice, segregated from all other information, describing the member’s right to opt-in to the credit union’s payment of over-the-limit transactions;Providing the member with a reasonable opportunity to opt-in; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pandemic now driven by 20s, 30s, 40s group, many asymptomatic: WHO

first_img“This increases the risk of spillovers to the more vulnerable,” he added.A surge in new cases has prompted some countries to re-impose curbs as companies race to find a vaccine for a virus that has battered economies, killed more than 770,000 people and infected nearly 22 million, according to a Reuters tally.Surges were reported in countries that had appeared to have the virus under control, including Vietnam, which until recently went three months without domestic transmission due to its aggressive mitigation efforts.”What we are observing is not simply a resurgence. We believe it’s a signal that we have entered a new phase of pandemic in the Asia-Pacific,” Kasai said. The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was concerned that the novel coronavirus spread was being driven by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, many of which were unaware they were infected, posing a danger to vulnerable groups.WHO officials said this month the proportion of younger people among those infected had risen globally, putting at risk vulnerable sectors of the population worldwide, including the elderly and sick people in densely populated areas with weak health services.”The epidemic is changing,” WHO Western Pacific regional director, Takeshi Kasai, told a virtual briefing. “People in their 20s, 30s and 40s are increasingly driving the spread. Many are unaware they are infected.” He said countries were better able to reduce disruption to lives and economies by combining early detection and response to manage infections.While mutations had been observed, the WHO still saw the virus as “relatively stable”, Kasai said.WHO also reminded drugmakers to follow all necessary research and development steps when creating a vaccine.Socorro Escalante, its technical officer and medicines policy advisor, said the WHO was coordinating with Russia, which this month became the first country to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine.”We hope to get the response in terms of the evidence of this new vaccine,” Escalante said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Perfect slice of high life on offer in Sunnybank Hills

first_imgThe home at 101 Terowi St, Sunnybank Hills.AN architecturally designed home high on a hill is on the market in Sunnybank Hills. The two-storey property at 101 Terowi St has formal and informal living areas, plenty of bedrooms and a covered outdoor entertainment area with spa. Owner Ardyn Morton said she and her husband bought the home in 2003. “It was a totally unique home — it had beautiful high, exposed timber ceilings,” she said. “The original owners had it built and it was architecturally designed. Inside 101 Terowi St, Sunnybank Hills.“It’s probably one of the highest houses in the area and it’s a very comfortable house. “It’s a very cool house because it has double bricks and is up on the hill so you get a nice easterly breeze coming up the street.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020On the ground floor, the home has formal lounge and dining rooms, a rumpus room, sunken lounge and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. The galley-style kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space, a pantry and dishwasher. Inside 101 Terowi St, Sunnybank Hills.There is also a laundry, store room, bathroom and a bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe. Upstairs, three of the bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a family bathroom, study and storeroom. Outside there is a covered entertainment area, in-ground spa, double lockup garage, garden shed and established gardens and lawns. Mrs Moreton said the home was in a good, established neighbourhood.center_img Inside 101 Terowi St, Sunnybank Hills.“It’s a family area and it’s very handy to Sunnybank State Schools and close to the city express bus, which is just a five-minute walk away,” she said. “It’s close to Sunnybank shops, where you’ve got everything you could need, and just a hop, skip and a jump to Altandi train station.” The property is being marketed by David Hills and Graham Hills of Ray White Calamvale.last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: ABP completes nuclear, tobacco divestments

first_imgIt added that it expected the investments would not continue to deliver solid returns in the future.In May, ABP revealed that it had hit its target for reducing the carbon emissions of its portfolio assets two years earlier than planned. The €409bn civil service pension fund ABP completed the divestment of €4bn worth of holdings in nuclear arms manufacturers and tobacco producers in 2018.The divestment included all subsidiaries and companies in the supply chain, it added.The scheme said it had re-invested the proceeds worldwide and spread across several sectors. At the start of last year, ABP announced that nuclear arms and tobacco no longer matched its aim to invest sustainably and responsibly. Credit: Mark PrinsWouter Koolmees, social affairs ministerThey also want the government to drop financial sanctions on individuals taking early retirement and to prevent cuts to pension rights.Koolmees, who has already published a letter outlining his view on how to continue with the current pensions system, said he would thoroughly assess the ultimatum.He said he didn’t have plans to force through changes without involving the unions.Retail and food sector schemes raise premiums to boost fundingThe Dutch pension funds for the retail and food sectors are to raise contributions and reduce annual accrual rates in 2019.Both schemes said their goal was to increase their premium’s coverage of liabilities relative to the discount rate.The €20bn retail sector scheme (Detailhandel) said it wanted to increase its contribution from 21.6% to 22.6% of the pensionable part of the salary, while aiming at an accrual rate reduction from 1.62% to 1.56%.The €6bn scheme for the food industry (Levensmiddelen) said it intended to raise premiums from 20% to 20.6%, and to decrease accrual from the maximum tax-deductible level of 1.875% to 1.768%.Detailhandel said that its premium covered 87% of liabilities, a percentage that was meant to rise to 95% next year.For Levensmiddelen, its current premium coverage of 77% of liabilities was to rise to 85%.At November-end, the funding ratio of Detailhandel and Levensmiddelen stood at 109.8% and 102.3%, respectively.Bart Onkenhout, director of the food industry scheme, said that the measure had been triggered by an asset-liability management study last summer, which had suggested that the premium’s coverage of liabilities was unlikely to improve.Recently, the €72bn metal scheme PMT announced that it also wanted to raise its premium coverage above its existing level of 80%. However, it must wait until 2020 when the five-year agreement between employers and trade unions expires.The social partners at ABP agreed in 2016 to a phased contribution increase in order to boost the proportion of funding covered by premiums.center_img ABP has sold billions worth of nuclear and tobacco company stockUnions threaten strike action over pension demandsDutch trade unions have issued an ultimatum to the government demanding concessions in line with earlier calls made during last year’s negotiations over pension system reforms.In a letter to social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees, unions FNV, CNV and VCP threatened industrial action if the government refused to honour their demands.The unions want the government to freeze the retirement age for the state pension (AOW) at 66, introduce mandatory pension saving for self-employed workers, and relax the rules around pension schemes’ inflation-linked compensation.last_img read more

Newcastle United back to square one after Saudi take-over bid fails

first_imgNewcastle United head into the short English Premier League close season surrounded by uncertainty.This has come after the collapse of the proposed Saudi take-over, with an owner who wants to sell the club, but with no viable purchaser in place. Club owner Mike Ashley was ready to sell the club to the investment group in a deal worth more than 305 million pounds.This group included Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers.But the take-over bid, announced in April, never emerged from the Premier League’s owners and directors test and on Thursday the consortium pulled out.Fans, who had dreamt of big money signings and competing for European places, now face a more mundane reality for a team which finished 13th in the Premier League last season.While there have been some reports of possible interest from potential purchasers in the US, no actual proposal has appeared. Sources close to the Saudi consortium said they never had to deal with any rival bid.The consortium blamed the prolonged scrutiny process and global uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 pandemic for their decision to withdraw.Staveley has however suggested there may yet be some way to get the deal done.Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley offered similar hope by saying Ashley, founder of retail firm Frasers Group, remains committed to the Saudi deal.Charnley said: “We acknowledge yesterday’s statement. Never say never, but to be clear Mike Ashley is 100 percent committed to this deal. “However our current focus must now be on supporting (manager) Steve Bruce in the transfer market and on the preparations for the new season.”Ashley has not taken the club off the market, but his chances of finding a new buyer may be hampered by the economic uncertainty following the pandemic.“It is genuinely unlikely at the moment. Premier League buyouts either need very deep pockets (sovereign funds, et cetera) or a high degree of borrowing,” said football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University.“This risk associated with the latter in an unsteady market looks unlikely. Hence, with no Saudi acquisition, it looks difficult,” he added.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Newcastle United have not featured in the UEFA Champions League since 2004.They have not even won the English title since 1927 or the FA Cup since 1955, in spite of claiming one of the country’s largest fan bases.One of the key problems for the bid was the continued conflict over Saudi Arabia’s response to cases of unauthorised broadcasting of Premier League games in the country.This is part of a long-running dispute between the kingdom and neighbouring Qatar.A source close to the bid said that PIF had offered to put together a Saudi consortium to buy the rights to broadcast the games in Saudi Arabia.This is in view of the fact that Qatari company BeIN Sports, who owns the rights, has had its licence to broadcast in the kingdom removed.Another source close to the deal put the blame for its collapse firmly on the Premier League.“The problem with the deal was the intransigence of the Premier League. Everyone else was happy to proceed,” the source said.The Premier League, who last year hired legal counsel to deal with the broadcast issues in Saudi, has declined to comment.Former Newcastle United and England forward Alan Shearer said on Friday that disappointed fans were hoping that a new owner would yet emerge.“There’s a lot of anger, understandably so, and a massive amount of disappointment,” he said.“We can only hope and pray that new owners come in at some stage and take the club back to where it belongs because that’s what the fans of Newcastle United deserve.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Newcastle UnitedPremier LeagueSaudi takeoverlast_img read more

Ronaldo enters 14-day quarantine after returning to Juventus

first_imgCRISTIANO Ronaldo will be placed in quarantine for two weeks after the Juventus star returned to Turin.The Portuguese attacker spent almost two months in his native Madeira as the coronavirus pandemic struck Italy, forcing the country into lockdown.Ronaldo was expected back on May 18, when clubs were initially scheduled to return to training.The Italian government moved that date forward to May 4 after many regions gave permission for training centres to open again, prompting Juventus to recall the foreign players who had left the country as the Covid-19 situation grew worse.The players coming back will have to undergo two weeks of quarantine upon their arrival in Italy before they can begin training again.While Ronaldo, 35, and his family were on the way back to Turin, many of his team-mates were being tested for coronavirus at the Juventus Training Centre.Aaron Ramsey, Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio and Merih Demiral, who is recovering from injury, were all examined.As of Tuesday, training will resume but players will have to work on their own to abide by social distancing rules.Although all 20 Serie A clubs voted to get the season underway again whenever it is safe to return and are now easing their way back to training, it remains unknown when football will be played again.Despite the government’s decision to lift restrictions on athletes of team sports returning to training, the nation’s Sports Minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, said there is “no way” football can return soon.Although there have been fears that the government could ban some sports for several months, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina has warned that such a move “would be the death of Italian football”, while Lazio sporting director Igli Tare said clubs are willing to wait several months before resuming the season.“I heard that the order could come from the Minister of Sport this week,” he said. “But that would not be within his remit. FIFA, UEFA and FIGC have explained that the leagues must be finished within the calendar year.“If we don’t start the league again in June, we will do it when it’s possible.”(GOAL.com)last_img read more

Event discusses role of Native-American history in education

first_imgStudents, faculty and alumni discussed Native American history and its role in education in the Taper Hall of Humanities on Tuesday night. The event, entitled “Reclaim Your Narrative: Indigenous America post-1492,” was sponsored by the Academic Culture Assembly for EdMonth.Taking place each March, EdMonth is a student-led series of events centered on a discussion of the current state of education in America. Its goal is to engage students in discussions about education as an important social and political issue. This year’s theme is titled “Reclaim-Recenter-Rebuild” with the aim of reestablishing standards, pinpointing systematic issues and remodeling the educational system with clear goals in mind.The event began with a presentation from Ava Burnell, president of the Native American Student Union at USC. Burnell focused on the common themes across Native Americans’ educational history such as assimilation.“By law, Native-American families were required to put their children into Christian boarding schools which stripped them of their culture,” Burnell said. “The schools prided themselves on the immersion into Western culture like the cutting of the hair and the removal of the traditional garb. When we hear about things like slavery and plantations, we think of the South being far removed from us. There were lots of tragic things happening to Native Americans and their education in California, right where we are.”The conversation shifted to the state of Native-American education in the United States in the present day with a presentation from Timothy Vizthum, the teacher advisor of the Indian Education Program of the Los Angeles Unified School District.“In school, the kids get the image of what Indian means through history classes,” Vizthum said. “Mentally say that’s not me, and that affects their identity because we limited the space that they can exist in. The feathers, dreamcatchers and drums are not the spaces most of our students live in.”In addition to pushing for a curriculum that is relevant to American Indians and Alaskan Natives, representatives from the LAUSD Indian Education Program visit classrooms to present model lessons that are culturally relevant to give Native-Americans a space to identify.“The Indian Education Program’s goal is to take the Indian out of the history books and show that there is a mosaic and community,” Vizthum said. “We want to show that no matter where you’re from you will be able to identify with others.”The event concluded with a talk from Kieras Wilson, a full-blooded Native-American and former USC Admissions staff member. Wilson shared the importance of Native-American programming in colleges to garner a sense of connection among indigenous peoples on campuses across the United States.“There weren’t higher educational programs back then like there were now,” Wilson said. “My schoolwork was really hard being a full-blood Indian. It was hard for people to understand and believe what I was saying in my papers. I couldn’t present evidence for my papers because there wasn’t any out there.”Next week will conclude EdMonth for the 2015-2016 academic year. Future events and topics of discussion include the representation of queer history in high school textbooks, the role of sex-ed in public education and an immersive event at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church titled “Building Community Around Food: Cooking Justice with Groceryships.”last_img read more

Disappointment for Irish at World Championships

first_imgThe Waterford athlete finished last in her heat in a time of 23-38 – just over 2 tenths of a second outside here personal best.Earlier this morning Ciara Everard and Ben Reynolds failed to advance in the 800 metres and 110 metres hurdles respectively.last_img