(Photo by Bruce Glikas) View Comments This is some lineup! Tony winner Nathan Lane, EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson and more have been tapped for White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Tickets are now available to Nassim Soleimanpour’s play, which will make its New York Premiere in a limited engagement playing Monday nights at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre from March 7.No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. The rotating cast will each perform the show once.Lane is set to appear on March 7, Goldberg on March 14 and Wilson on March 21, along with Brian Dennehy on March 28 and Mike Birbiglia on April 11. Other artists tapped on dates soon to be announced (pending availability) include Tony winner Christine Baranski; Tony Winner Alan Cumming, Ramin Karimloo, Tony winner Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Tony winner Donna Murphy, Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, Tony winner David Hyde Pierce, Tony winner Martin Short and Allegiance’s George Takei. Additional casting will be announced later.Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not—distilling the experience of his isolation in a non-traditional new play. The show had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since been translated into fifteen different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide. A portion of the play’s profits will go to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world. Related Shows Nathan Lane White Rabbit Red Rabbit Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Nathan Lane
Get off yer butt and FISH, in N.C.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 1o – the day Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers, the Titanic set sail, and the Beatles broke up:GSMNP Tops Attendance AgainLike there was any doubt: in the land of open spaces, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is king. The National Park Service released its official attendance numbers this week and GSMNP again topped the list of most visited parks. Its 9,685,829 visitors trumped number two Grand Canyon National Park (4,421,352) by over double. This is not only a testament to the park’s natural beauty and wonder, but also to all the fine folks that keep it up and running smoothly, from the administration to the rangers. In all, more than 282 million people visited a national park in 2012, up from 2011, and the sixth highest total ever. While the rest of the list is dominated by national parks in the Mountain West – including Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Grand Teton – number ten on the list was a surprise: Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park.Also, GSMNP is looking for volunteers.North Carolina Named Top Fly Fishing State…by ForbesFly fishing may not be shedding that elite reputation anytime soon, I guess. North Carolina was named one of the top states to go fly fishing in the U.S. by none other than Forbes, that bastion of information aimed at the down and out…no, wait, I mean the opposite. In his piece, Monte Burke lumps N.C. in with Montana, Oregon, New York, and Idaho, saying the Tarheel State has tremendous variety from brook trout to stripers to redfish. Although it is great to see N.C. continue to receive deserved recognition as a fly fishing hotbed, the fact that Forbes is on the case will not help shed fly fishing hoity-toity, stuffed shirt, tweed jacket image from those who still have that image…and who also read Forbes. So, that one guy’s perception will be confirmed.Winter Athletes Descend…on WashingtonWinter season may be over, but the winter of our discontent may last a while longer. A group of snowsports and Olympic athletes including heavy hitters like Jeremy Jones, Gretchen Bleiler, Julia Mancuso, and Kit Deslauriers are urging President Obama do what he said he was going to do about climate change in his State of the Union address. This includes reducing carbon emissions, rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, and basically ebbing the continued man-made warming of the globe. This comes on the heels of the joint effort by Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council on a report stating the U.S. ski and snowboard industry could lose as much as $1.9 billion during warm winters and as many as 27,000 jobs. On top of that, if there is less snow, there is less opportunity to shred which is what all these people do for a living, and that is no bueno. While most of the concern lies in the West, this is an especially pertinent issue here on the East Coast where temperature is incredibly vital to putting manmade snow on the slopes and keeping it there. Also, we are really close to the ocean, which is rising. Gulp.
By Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo August 25, 2017 The international Women, Peace, and Security course was held July 26th to 28th at the National Peace Operations Training Institute of Uruguay (ENOPU, per its Spanish acronym), with students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. All of the activities were based on the application of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on the same topic. Uruguay ranks 11th worldwide for female participation in UN peacekeeping contingents and is in first place at the regional level. In all, 122 nations participate in these missions. Women in peacekeeping missions “The first time in history that a woman from the Uruguayan Armed Forces participated in a peacekeeping mission was in 1987, on the Sinai Peninsula. This fact represented the start of a permanent practice, and Uruguayan women have also been in the Congo and Haiti,” Uruguayan Army Captain Carina de los Santos, who served as the course coordinator, said. “However, they still continue to be a minority within the contingents – from six to nine percent, approximately.” Twenty-eight students from the four South American nations attended the course. Members of the Uruguayan Army and Foreign Ministry were also in attendance. The closing ceremony was attended by Uruguayan General of the Army Marcelo Montaner, the director of the National Support System for Peacekeeping Operations, and Uruguayan Army Colonel Niver Pereira, the director of ENOPU. Seminar activities Capt. De los Santos said the seminar included various activities, such as a lecture by Angelina Vunge, author of the book “Angelina: Las huellas que dejó Angola” (Angelina: Impressions of Angola). “Angelina Vunge is originally from a rural town in Angola. She was a victim of abuse, including indecent acts and psychological abuse, and she suffered physical and sexual violence. Vunge currently resides in Uruguay, and in her book, she recounts how she came to the country by chance. As happens in most cases, her final destination could have been Portugal or Brazil, given their cultural and linguistic closeness, but a female Uruguayan member of the Blue Helmets reached out to her and thus changed the course of her life,” Capt. De los Santos explained. “The Women, Peace, and Security course was held for the fourth consecutive time in Uruguay, based on the premise that there needs to be more female participation in peacekeeping missions,” Capt. De los Santos added. The course is held yearly from July to September. The classes are taught in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation. Resolution 1325 Gender inclusion in peacekeeping missions and the sexual violence committed against people in the regions hosting the missions as well as the difference between sex and gender were among the notable topics addressed at the seminar. All of these issues were addressed according to the implementation of Resolution 1325, which the Security Council was adopted unanimously in 2000, after the Security Council acknowledged the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls. The resolution is one of the first resolutions to legally enshrine the requirements the parties to a conflict have for women’s rights during repatriation and resettlement, and also during the process of post-conflict rehabilitation and adaptation. It also emphasizes the role that women play in conflict prevention and resolution as well as in peace building. Col. Pereira stressed the importance of women’s participation in these missions, noting their sensitivity in taking on and dealing with different risky situations that come up on the ground. “Women perform various roles in these missions, ranging from captains in charge to doctors, cooks, nurses, dentists, translators, vehicle drivers, and radio operators in message centers,” he explained. “Over the years, we’ve taken on our share of international training on gender issues, which is so important to the Uruguayan Armed Forces. For example, we’ve trained with the Naval Postgraduate School in the United States, as well as with students from the American Association of Training Centers for Peace Operations. That’s why it’s essential for us to hold this course,” Col. Pereira noted.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Smith David M. Smith is the Director of Statement Services for OSG Statement Services, specializing in statement print, mail and electronic presentment. He brings thirty plus years of experience in the … Web: www.osgbilling.com Details As Baby Boomers retire and Millennials grow up and increase their purchasing power, it’s important for credit unions to know who this audience is and what their expectations are. According to a report recently released by Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insights and targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, “Millennials are sometimes referred to as the Selfie Generation because of their penchant to take pictures of themselves with their mobile phones, but a better name would be the Smartphone Generation because this generation is leading the way on smartphone adoption and incorporation into their daily lives.”1The report describes Millennials as the most digitally-connected generation yet. The report relates that 77 percent of adult Millennials own a smartphone and spend an average of 14.5 hours a week—that’s around 2 hours a day—using their phones to talk, text, browse the internet, email, network socially, and the list goes on.Just Who Are the Millennials?Millennials are in their mid-teens to mid-thirties and are the most connected and tech savvy generation ever. Also known as Digital Natives, they have literally grown up during the age of technology and have never known a world that wasn’t online. Take a moment to think about that. As opposed to Generation X or Baby Boomers, mobile devices and 24/7 internet access are not things this generation has to adapt to. These are things they’ve come to expect as standard operating procedure. These plugged-in consumers report to checking their smartphones an average of 43 times a day2 and using two or more internet devices while watching TV2. It’s important for credit unions to recognize that Millennials are an audience we should be paying attention to and courting. It’s estimated that by 2017, the Millennials, or Gen Y, will spend more than $200 billion annually.3What People Think MattersMillennials have the world at their fingertips. Not only are they visiting our websites, they’re also checking our online reviews and our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see what people are saying about us. Some 84% of Millennials say social opinions influence their decisions when it comes time to make a purchase. Seven in 10 Millennials4 also say they feel the need to share feedback when they have a good or bad experience. Think about that. By providing them with a good experience they can become an extension of your salesforce—your brand ambassadors, so to speak. But of course this works both ways. They actively add content via their social media outlets whether they are a happy Members…or not. Millennials do require a bit more nurturing than previous generations. When they are engaged, they are your vocal consumers who have some real influence on the purchases of others. But once they lose their trust or faith in a brand, it’s nearly impossible to get them back on board. That’s why it’s so important that you establish a positive relationship with this core group.Now is the time for us to adjust and adapt our marketing strategies if we want to succeed with this generation. Understanding their habits and their preferred communication methods will serve us well.References: 1Experian Marketing Services. Millennials come of age. June 2014. 2Mobile Marketer. How to build loyalty with millennials on mobile. June 2014. 3Advertising Age. Millennials Want to Party with Your Brand But on Their Own Terms. August 2012. 4Edelman. 2.0 Insights Study. December 2012.
20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Calculating potential credit loss may have just gotten easier for community financial institutions (FIs). Recently, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) finalized a new credit loss model for financial assets. This model will allow for more timely recognition of expected credit losses.Although it’s been finalized, the new Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) model won’t take effect until 2019. The new model addresses the need for a more precise measurement of life of loan loss based on loan-level data. In order to achieve this, FIs will need to mine quality, secure, easily accessible data, as well as make the most of any currently stored data. continue reading »
Controversial legislation that would allow guns in vehicles on school grounds passed the Indiana House late Monday. Credit: file.INDIANAPOLIS – Controversial legislation that would allow guns in vehicles on school grounds passed the Indiana House late Monday. It’s currently a felony to bring a gun onto school property, but Senate Bill 229 would allow those with proper carry permits to keep firearms out of sight in vehicles on school grounds.Nicki McNally, leader of the Indiana Chapter of Moms Demand Action on Gun Violence, said she’s disappointed and hopes some of the issues can be clarified in conference committee.“There’s still a chance that we can get things changed or make it a little bit more tolerable,” she said. “This is something the schools don’t want, so the Legislature is going to have to listen to that eventually.”The bill also would allow individuals to carry guns to off-campus school functions.McNally said the bill also needs clarification on whether bus drivers can carry firearms while transporting pupils.“There’s no definition of ‘bus’ in the bill: it only refers to motor vehicles, so it sort of opens that window and that language really needs to be clarified,” she stated. “I think most people, even gun owners, would not want their bus driver having a gun on the bus.”McNally pointed out that the bill also prohibits schools from adopting policies related to firearms on school buses or school parking lots.“So it’s completely trumping their ability to decide what’s best for them as a school or as a school district across the state,” she said. “That’s a big thing, given that every school is different, every area is different, and this does not give them any choice in the matter.”According to McNally, the measure is dangerous because it will increase the risk of gun-related incidents. Supporters say it allows those who legally carry guns for self-protection to do so without committing a crime.
The St Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Boys Basketball team defeated the St. Michael’s Trojans by a score of 33-29. The win improves the Cardinals record to 7-2. Scoring for the Cardinals were Charlie Schebler, Alec Bunselmeier, Noah Tuveson, Benjamin Harmeyer and Peyton Ditmer.The Cardinals will be in action again this Thursday night against the Franklin County Wildcats at 6:00pm at the St. Louis Activity Center.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.St Louis 8th grade boys basketball team lost to St Michael’s Tuesday night by a final score of 33 to 32.The Cardinals started out slow and got behind early. They outscored St Michael’s in the second half but it was not enough. St Louis stands 3 an 6 on the season.Abe Streator led St Louis in scoring with 14. Adam Vogelsang added 7 , Joe Suttmann contributed 6, and Cj Grote finished with 5 points.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.
According to BBC Sport, official protocols were sent to players and managers on Tuesday which reveal that social distancing must be “strictly observed” along with new guidelines to adhere to. Teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham have already held short training sessions with players keeping to social distancing rules by participating in individual sessions. But there will be more stringent procedures in place, with measures including disinfecting playing surfaces after each session and ensuring equipment such as cones, goalposts and balls are thoroughly cleaned. Tackling could be banned as part of strict new guidelines as Premier League clubs prepare to return to group training following the coronavirus suspension. While the Premier League continues discussions over ‘Project Restart’ – to decide when top-flight football will resume – preparations are being made for group training sessions. Loading… It is also reported that Premier League bosses are hopeful that the training sessions, limited to 75 minutes, will take place from Monday, May 18. Under the new guidelines, players will be tested for Covid-19 bi-weekly and required to fill out a daily questionnaire before training. With relation to “control measures”, it reportedly includes “meticulous personal hygiene and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), no congregation in communal areas, including but not limited to medical rooms and gym areas”. Read Also: La Liga plan to restart with Seville derby on Friday night While many players usually carpool to their club’s respective training ground, this will no longer be allowed and team vehicles “should not be used”, the report adds. The Premier League are hoping to end the league’s suspension with its first fixture by June 12 and these measures could be crucial in helping League bosses convince club executives that it is safe to return. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Look At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World
The club would not have to pay of any increase in construction costs however, while stadium sources say there will be no delay in completion. The London Legacy Development Company is in talks with constructor Balford Beatty about the increased cost. Construction Enquirer magazine has reported that Balfour Beatty has asked for an extra £50million, but the firm would not comment on the report. The Olympic Stadium is due to host 2015 Rugby World Cup matches in September and October next year, with West Ham to move in to the venue in 2016. The work to strengthen the roof and extend it to cover the retractable seating over the running track has proved extremely complex and construction experts are using similar technology to that used on North Sea oil rigs. The original stadium cost £429million to build and the fixed conversion fee with Balfour Beatty was agreed for a further £154milion. There was however a flexible cost element to the roof work as it is unique in terms of stadium development. Should the roof end up costing an extra £50million, and stadium authorities remain hopeful it will be significantly less, that would take the final bill to £634million. None of the extra cost will have to be borne by West Ham however. The deal it agreed last year with the LLDC, which is chaired by London mayor Boris Johnson, will see the club contribute only £15million for a 99-year lease together with annual rent and a share of income. It is understood any rise in cost would come out contingency funding and from other savings. An E20 Stadium LLP spokesperson said: “The project still has close to two years to run and we are in no doubt Balfour Beatty can deliver the programme as planned. This is a complex project and there are always ongoing discussions about specific elements within it.” Press Association The cost refurbishing the Olympic Stadium ahead of West Ham’s move could rise by up to £50million due to the complexity of extending the roof, according to reports.
Press Association Van Gaal’s team scraped into the fourth round of the FA Cup by the finest of margins, 1-0, thanks to Wayne Rooney’s stoppage-time penalty winner against Sheffield United at Old Trafford. The Blades started the day 46 places below the 20-time English champions in the league ladder, but the Red Devils could not break down the third-tier side until Memphis Depay was clipped in the box in injury time and Jonathan Moss pointed to the spot before Rooney banged the ball past George Long. Paul Scholes launched another attack on Van Gaal’s team after the final whistle, the former United midfielder claiming the players looked “bored” during the match. Van Gaal admitted his team’s performance was “not all right”, but he did not slate his players after the match. Instead he chose to focus on the positives, claiming he knew his team would find it hard to break down opposition as well organised and defensively minded as Sheffield United. “I can understand (why) the manager of Sheffield United choose this kind of tactics, but they didn’t have any chances, we have kept another clean sheet and we deserved to win,” the United manager said. “Okay it’s not good today. We did not move the ball quickly today. “But we have won and that is the most important thing in the FA Cup – we have to be in the next round and we are there.” United’s fans began showing their disapproval towards the end of the match when they started leaving in their thousands. Their disappointment was understandable. They had been made to wait 69 minutes before their team had a shot on target – and that was a weak effort from Matteo Darmian. Ironic applause came from the United supporters behind the home dugout when Blades goalkeeper Long was called into action for the first time. Boos were heard at half-time and a few came after the final whistle too as Van Gaal walked down the tunnel. Marouane Fellaini was jeered when he was taken off in the second half. Van Gaal said the under-performing Belgian – and he himself – would have to learn to cope with the stick that came their way. “I think a player of Manchester United has to cope with the pressure of the fans of Manchester United and also with the media pressure,” Van Gaal said. “That is also what I expect of the manager of Manchester United. It can have an influence, but I think a player of Manchester United has to deal with that otherwise you are not a good Manchester United player.” There was further disappointment for the United fans who are banking on a big-money transfer to turn the club’s fortunes around. Despite admitting his squad lacks pace on the flanks, Van Gaal does not anticipate any incomings at Old Trafford in the January transfer window. “I don’t think that we shall do business in January,” he said. “When there is a chance to make the selection better then we shall do it but I don’t think we shall do that.” Van Gaal complained at the start of his tenure that he was finding it hard to break down teams that defend in numbers. When asked why he had failed to rectify that problem 18 months into his reign, Van Gaal said: “Because it is the most difficult situation in the match. “It is like that and I have said also in the (summer) transfer period that we need creative players with speed and we don’t have that too much. “Juan Mata is playing the right side and he is doing fantastically well because he always has a big contribution for our team, but he is not a right winger in the profile I have. “But it is not so easy to purchase players who are better than Mata because even though he is in a different profile, he is a very good right winger in our way of playing.” Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins questioned why Depay went down so easily under the challenge of Dean Hammond. “It was an honest endeavour to put a block in,” Adkins said. “There is no need for the player to go to ground. There are a couple of players around him.” Louis van Gaal tried his hardest to put a positive spin on the latest dull and uninspiring performance of his tenure as Manchester United manager.