Tony Odds & Ends: Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Return to Hamilton & More

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Here’s a quick roundup of stories from the Tony winners in the press room that you may have missed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards tonight. Lin-Manuel Miranda Intends to Return to HamiltonHamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda has confirmed that he is set to depart the Tony-winning tuner: “I will leave sometime this summer.” However, the show’s creator and star revealed that he intends to return to the musical over the years. “I’ve built something that I can drop in on over and over again.” Miranda also fielded a question about what Alexander Hamilton would make of Donald Trump. “I have no idea,” came the diplomatic response. “I think Hamilton would be too busy looking at the electric lights!” Miranda then firmly added: “I think the show speaks for itself.”Renée Elise Goldsberry Eyes the West End? asked Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry whether she’d consider reprising her role of Angelica Schuyler Church in London or in any of the upcoming American productions of Hamilton. “I would love to,” she replied. Watch this space!A Bronx Tale Likely to Land on Broadway This FallPaper Mill Playhouse is the recipient of this year’s Regional Theatre Tony Award: asked about two of their Broadway-aimed projects, A Bronx Tale and The Bandstand comes the news that the former is “further on in process” in landing a Main Stem theater. They would not confirm the rumor that A Bronx Tale had landed the Longacre Theatre and would open on December 1.Ivo van Hove Talks David Bowie’s Lazarus in LondonTony winner Ivo van Hove, who took home a trophy for A View From the Bridge, also directed David Bowie’s Lazarus off-Broadway this season. He says it “would be a wonderful idea to do that in Bowie’s hometown,” adding that producer Robert Fox has said it’s “inevitable.” View Commentslast_img read more

Georgia’s Grape Industry

first_imgGeorgia’s grape industry, once dormant, is now thriving, according to Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist. Growing potential for prosperity in the wine industry will require that farmers stay vigilant about certain diseases, like Pierce’s disease, that could negatively impact production.“Pierce’s disease is the major disease to limit European grapes in Georgia. It is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by numerous sharpshooter insects, such as the glassy-winged sharpshooter. It clogs the grape xylem, cutting off nutrient and water flow,” Brannen said.Once infected with Pierce’s disease, vines die within one to two years. Because of Georgia’s warm climate, European grape varieties like merlot and chardonnay can only be grown in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, according to Brannen. Colder temperatures reduce the number of insects present as well as bacterial numbers in the plant.Muscadines are generally resistant to Pierce’s disease, while ‘Norton’ and hybrid cultivars vary in resistance.Other diseases that grape producers need to watch for vary depending on the grape species. Georgia wine comes from grapes of European descent (Vitis vinifera), muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia), and the ‘Norton’ (derived from Vitis aestivalis) and hybrid cultivars. Producers worry most about powdery and downy mildews and various rots, like black rot, bitter rot, ripe rot and sour rot, Brannen said.Powdery mildew can infect all green vine parts and produces a white, powdery growth. Early sprays are required for control, Brannen said.Downy mildew attacks all of the green parts of the vine, but the leaves are extremely susceptible. The infected leaves drop, resulting in reduced sugars in the fruit and a decreased hardiness in overwintering buds. While leaf loss may affect the current season’s crop, it may also impact next year’s crop by retarding the maturation of canes and decreasing stored food reserves. This may kill the plant. Muscadines do not contract downy mildew.Brannen emphasizes that any practice that promotes good drying conditions, such as proper pruning, vineyard aspect and weed control, should reduce downy mildew pressure.One of the most destructive grape diseases in Georgia is black rot. Black rot will wipe out all of the crop as it spreads to new green growth in the spring. Growers of European and American bunch grapes should be especially wary of this disease.“Like any other fruit, grapes can be impacted by diseases if they’re not managed correctly. Georgia farmers need to be mindful of what these diseases are and what chemical treatments are appropriate,” Brannen said.Brannen also stresses the importance of nematode control. Nematodes are microscopic worms that feed on roots of plants and stunt plants’ growth. In grapevines, nematodes can infest the roots and inflict direct damage, increase fungal invasions on damaged roots and spread viruses. European grapes require nematode-resistant rootstocks.In addition, Brannen suggests preplant fumigation, which may be necessary if nematode populations are high. Farmers are advised to sample for nematodes prior to planting in order to understand how significant a problem nematodes are in their vineyards.Brannen recommends that growers purchase certified rootstock to combat certain grape diseases. If plants have been certified, then they have been officially declared free of viruses and crown gall bacteria, both of which decimate grape production in a vineyard. Crown gall bacteria can develop on trunks and canes that have been wounded by subfreezing temperatures. The plant cells active in healing the wound are susceptible to an infection.Once wiped out by Prohibition, Georgia’s wine industry is now thriving throughout Georgia, Brannen said. Essentially, there were no wine grapes in Georgia from Prohibition until the late 1970s, but that has changed in recent years.“The combination of locally grown (crops) and agritourism makes Georgia wine grape production a viable industry for the future,” Brannen said. “Though most wineries are in north Georgia, wineries are opening up throughout the state.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for grapes in 2015 was more than $8.9 million.last_img read more

Embrace and employ the innovators

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert Trunzo Robert (Bob) N. Trunzo is the president and chief executive officer for CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions and their members. He … Web: Details Remember being told to “think outside the box”? It used to be such a common phrase; asking you to forget the norm and imagine greater possibilities. Throw a curveball. No idea’s a bad idea. Blue sky thinking.When a group of college students visited CUNA Mutual Group earlier this month, it occurred to me just how obsolete the phrase has become.Looking around, it’s been a long time since we settled on the norm. Innovation is everywhere. The app you just downloaded needs updating. The new phone you bought is great, but an even better version is just around the corner. You can refinance your mortgage with the push of a button – in the time it takes to order a coffee.The pace of change is simply so rapid now, so unrelenting, that the only true constant is change itself.But for credit unions and their partners – regulated institutions with complex, legacy processes – it can be a challenge to keep up. Large or small, we were built in the box.CUNA Mutual Group is no different. For generations we’ve been a proud member of the credit union movement and a trusted provider to 95% of all credit unions in this country*. But the world we operated in yesterday is not the world our customers live in today.That’s why I’m proud to lead an organization that recognizes the only way to truly remain competitive, to provide continuing value to our customers long into the future, is to embrace innovation – by employing the innovators.It was a privilege to have a group of talented students visit our Madison, WI, campus as finalists in the 2017 FOCUSS Idea Competition; a national contest CUNA Mutual Group has sponsored for two consecutive years.The program challenges students from four historically black colleges and universities – and two Wisconsin colleges – to propose solutions to issues facing credit unions and their members.This year’s participants were challenged to provide hypothetical product and marketing solutions to help the millions of U.S. households that are either financially unbanked or under-banked access safe and affordable credit.And while each finalist received a cash prize, for CUNA Mutual Group the reward is much greater. It’s an opportunity for us to work with and learn from a group of young, innovative thinkers. Each participant is given the opportunity to enter into our internship program – a program recently overhauled to ensure every placement offered is done so with the expectation of continued employment.Our intern program is now a funnel for new, innovative and exciting talent. It’s a process that strengthens our future as much as theirs.Because it truly is exciting to see and hear from the next generation of credit union leaders: those who simply don’t recall that the box ever existed.last_img read more

A case involving synthetic identity fraud, credit card bust-out scheme and money laundering

first_imgLate last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York announcedeleven defendants had been charged with defrauding banks to the tune of approximately $3 million.  How?  By using fake or “synthetic” identities to get credit cards, running up charges and not repaying the issuing financial institutions.  Three of the defendants then laundered the proceeds to conceal the source of the funds.Synthetic identity fraud happens when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing a real person’s identity.  It generally involves mixing real and fake personal identifier information such as names, dates of birth, addresses and social security numbers to create an entirely new identity.  For example, the synthetic identity could have a legitimate address and the social security number could appear valid, but the social security number, name and date of birth combination do not match with any one person.A bust-out scheme is generally when someone applies for credit (credit cards, retail cards, home equity) using a synthetic identity.  They build good credit by making timely payments, obtaining credit line increases and with increasing usage. They then max out all available lines of credit, with no intention of repaying and drop the account. These then go into collections and turn into charge-offs and a loss for the financial institutions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Finland recommends face masks as coronavirus cases creep up

first_imgTopics : Prior to Thursday, Finland had not officially backed the use of masks.Health authorities reported 41 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a daily record since the end of May, bringing the total to 7,683 since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 333 people have died.Marin also clarified the new quarantine rules for travellers from high-risk countries, following contradictory statements by ministers over a two-week quarantine earlier this week.She said the government had no legal grounds to order general quarantines but local health authorities and doctors were able to mandate coronavirus tests and quarantine decisions for travellers arriving from high-risk countries.Marin said anyone arriving from a country with more than 8 to 10 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the latest two-week period should go on a voluntary 14-day quarantine, while authorities would be mandating sanctioned quarantines on travellers from “red-colored countries” where infections are peaking.The government also decided to recommend returning to remote work whenever possible in regions where infections are on the rise, meaning the region around the capital Helsinki and two others at the moment, Marin said.  Finland recommended the use of face masks in public for the first time on Thursday as the number of coronavirus cases rises.Prime Minister Sanna Marin said masks should be worn in situations where social distancing is not possible, such as on public transport.People aged 15 or over who will stay for more than 15 minutes in crowded places should wear them, excluding regions where no new cases have been found in two weeks, the public health authority also recommended.last_img read more

North Yorkshire fund targets direct SME lending with strategy ‘tweak’

first_imgThe North Yorkshire Pension Fund (NYPF) is to lend directly to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the first time as part of a strategic “tweak” aimed at extracting more from its fixed income allocation.The local government pension scheme tendered a £120m-130m (€163m-177m) private corporate debt mandate in connection with the decision to move into this area, which follows a review of its fixed income strategy.The size of the mandate represents approximately 5% of the fund, the “relatively small” allocation the NYPF is aiming for initially, according to Tom Morrison, head of commercial and investments at North Yorkshire County Council.Direct lending to SMEs was one of several illiquid credit opportunities the fund considered as part of an investigation into how it could “get more out of our fixed income allocation”, given unattractive prospects in corporate and government bonds. “We were looking to see what else is around to complement our existing managers and mandates, and this seems to be the most sensible first step for us,” Morrison told IPE.“The idea is to generate extra return for the fund without us having our eye on anything particularly risky”Insurance-linked securities and bank capital release were other options the NYPF looked into during its fixed income review, which started nearly a year ago. The scheme would like to concentrate its direct SME lending on the UK and Northern Europe, in part because “arrangements for organisations other than banks lending to SMEs” are relatively established there, according to Morrison.“The idea is to generate extra return for the fund without us having our eye on anything particularly risky,” he said. “We consider this to be a relatively safe first step into this area.”He added, however, that the NYPF was mindful of the trend toward consolidation in the UK’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) system – “the LGPS investment landscape will look quite different in a few years”.The £120m-130m the pension fund is looking to invest in private corporate debt could be awarded to more than one fund or manager, according to the tender. The deadline for application is 17 February.The NYPF would not be the first UK local government pension scheme to make SME lending investments by bypassing banks. The Greater Manchester, Clwyd and South Yorkshire funds recently committed to a £60m SME development fund that will make private equity investments in businesses based in the North West of England.Amundi dropped The NYPF’s bond strategy review has also led to a shake-up of its liability-matching management, with the fund dropping Amundi to stick with one manager, M&G.The divestment from Amundi reflects the fund’s decision to separate performance generation and liability matching more clearly, thereby folding the role of the latter into one manager that “genuinely performs that function”.“That line,” Morrison said, “has probably been a bit blurred in the past, so we have simplified our arrangements and are looking to generate performance elsewhere.”Amundi and M&G both managed to a UK Gilt benchmark, but while M&G manages UK government bonds for the fund, Amundi managed in a “completely different way”. “They took advantage of a number of what I would describe as relatively esoteric opportunities that had the potential to add more value to the fund,” Morrison said.  Amundi’s recent performance has been satisfactory, and, overall, it has contributed significantly to the fund’s outperformance in the past, he added.“It was more a decision about the strategic direction of the fund and the role liability-matching allocation should be playing,” he said.last_img read more

Precinct designed to challenge perceptions

first_imgThe aged care development, which has yet to be named, will be built during stage two.“We continue to explore how people like to live, and have been inspired by best-practice retirement living from Switzerland, France and Canada – with the Alondra Residences design fostering social connection,” Lutheran Services CEO Jacqui Kelly said.Ms Kelly said they hoped to “normalise” living environments for seniors, and keep residents connected to their local community.She said residents would be able to access most, if not all, services they required at Alondra Residences, but they would also be able to utilise existing neighbourhood services.“Alondra is being built on the edge of Nundah Village precinct … Alondra is stage one and it will be co-located with other existing services and then over the road we will create an aged care community,” Ms Kelly said.“The whole overall precinct has been designed to transform people’s expectations and experiences of aged care. “We wanted to create easy living environments rather than rooms where the dominant piece of furniture is the bed.”The move towards retirement living and aged care communities, rather than facilities, is the new norm, with Baby Boomer retirees more active, healthy and living longer than previous generations.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago The pet-friendly development will include spacious apartments, all with multiple balconies or a private garden and a range of amenities in the area.One bedroom apartments start from $430,000.Ms Kelly said a key advantage was that couples could stay together, or be co-located within the precinct depending upon their needs.Residents will have an in-house concierge, on-demand health services and secure living through a 24-hour emergency call system and access to neighbouring aged care facilities.Alondra Residences is seven train stops from Brisbane’s CBD and is close to public transport and major road networks. Designed by architects BVN, the firm behind numerous award-winning national and international designs, Alondra will continue the trend towards vertical retirement living, with resort-style inclusions. It will be built over seven levels, with almost every apartment coming with one secure carpark. Alondra, a Swiss-inspired community living retirement village, is being constructed in Nundah.Construction of a Swiss-inspired $30 million intergenerational retirement precinct has started at Nundah.Lutheran Services, which has 11 retirement communities across Queensland, is behind the Alondra Residences development, which will comprise 52 apartments.Alondra Residences is the first stage in a larger care and services development, and will include an in-house concierge, on-demand health services, bespoke retirement residences and a neighbouring aged care service. BVN principal Mark Grimmer said the design inspiration came from nature, home and community, resulting in a building that focuses on natural airflow and the outdoors.“The tree-centred design features thousands of plants, a cascading water wall, reflection gardens and a green rooftop and entertainment facility overlooking the city,” Mr Grimmer said.“We considered innovative designs from throughout Europe where retirement buildings are embedded within the community, alongside Brisbane affordable housing projects that have successfully created their own new communities. “There’s … wide open corridors, a central public cafe and landscaped seating areas, encouraging friendships within and outside the building.”last_img read more

New Dean of the Faculty of Education promises ‘a new face’ for the faculty

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet The new dean of the Faculty of Education at the Dominica State College, Merrill Matthew has promised to create ‘a new face’ for the faculty.Matthew who assumed the position as dean on January 1st, 2012, succeeded Mary Vidal who had been at the helm for several years.Merrill MatthewThe Faculty of Education, which is in its 39th year of operation is responsible for training early childhood educators, primary and secondary school teachers, and is considered one of the most critical faculties of the institution. In an interview with Dominica Vibes News, Matthew said that he is determined to eradicate the negativity that surrounds what he considers, one of the most important faculties of the institution.“What I expect to do at the faculty of education is to transform the image. There are many voices on the outside that think that we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing. Sometimes the voices are there because of individual stresses and disappointments of individual learners but I think on a whole the faculty is doing a tremendous job.”According to Matthew; within the Faculty are persons who have “a world of experience” and expertise which will enhance the department.His aim therefore is to “erase the negative picture that some people have of the faculty and show them the great things that are happening in the faculty. I want to create a new face for the faculty”.Matthew believes that students too, must see the impact of what is imparted to the teachers at the Faculty of Education. He said awareness is essential in the transformation process from the institution to the teachers and students.“In my first I want to empower our students. I think our students need to be encouraged to be proactive, to take their work seriously and look beyond the Dominica State College because we are just a stepping stone for them to move on to do their under grad and post grad programmes.” Matthew, who is still responsible for the Department of Continuing Education which he headed prior to his new appointment, foresees criticism as his main challenge. “It’s a big challenge because sometimes you train thirty persons in a group but two people have an attitude that is not great and you ask ‘how do you change people’s attitude in two years?’ – it’s very difficult.”Matthew noted that he will have to determine “how we can impact on the attitude of students” so that when they go back to the schools they hit the ground running ready to put into practice the things that we have trained them on at the Faculty of Education.He said that he is honored to continue building on the solid foundation that Mrs Vidal has laid in the Faculty of Education. Matthew described Vidal as “a model for other lecturers” including his staff. Mrs Vidal has viewed her contribution as an honorary one, she has pledged her support to the new dean and encourages him to continue the ‘good work of faith’.The Faculty of Education is located at Bath Estate Campus, commonly referred to as the ‘Teachers’ College’.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img EducationLocalNewsTertiary New Dean of the Faculty of Education promises ‘a new face’ for the faculty by: – March 7, 2012 Share 41 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Organic Produce Delivery Service Expanding To Area

first_imgAn online home delivery service will expand to the Batesville-Oldenburg area. (image: Green Bean Delivery)Residents may start seeing the vehicles of a budding company sprout up around the area.Green Bean Delivery, an online home delivery service that provides organic produce and natural groceries to its members, announced that it is expanding services to the Batesville and Oldenburg area.The company distributes organic and locally grown food directly to consumer doorsteps.“What we’re trying to do is to make healthy foods more convenient, affordable and accessible to the communities we serve,” said John Freeland, vice president of Green Bean Delivery.“So we’re out networking with area food producers and growers and trying to combine a robust product offering and put that all on one simple, easy to access online ordering platform.”The company was founded in 2007 and has since grown to serve more than 15,000 customers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.Freeland indicated that the company has received interest from community members about expanding services to the region. Since inception, the company has invested more than $7 million into local food economies throughout the Midwest.Interested consumers create an account and place their orders through the company website. During account set-up, customers can select a produce bin of their choice and delivery frequency. According to the company, membership allows for no-sign up fees and no commitments. Deliveries begin the week of March 3.Freeland confirmed that a facility will not be located in Batesville or Oldenburg, as the company remains delivery-based. Learn more at read more

18th River Town Classic pairings announced

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Now in its 18th year, the River Town Classic Basketball Tournament runs Tuesday through Saturday, January 2 through 6.  The girls and boys Lawrenceburg Tigers, Rising Sun Shiners, South Dearborn Knights and Switzerland County Pacers will play in this annual competition, in addition to the freshman girls team from East Central High School.Sponsors of the 2018 Classic are Dearborn County Hospital Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, who will provide players and cheerleaders from each team with commemorative T-shirts.  Dearborn County Hospital Physical Therapy provides trainer coverage and Beacon provides medical coverage during the games.South Dearborn High School’s Athletic Director, Ryan Walston, noted, “I believe that the competing schools are closely matched in talent and I expect a competitive tournament.  It’s going to be exciting to watch.”The 2018 River Town varsity basketball schedule is as follows at South Dearborn High School in Aurora.Wednesday, January 36:00 p.m., Switzerland County vs. South Dearborn – girls8:00 p.m., Lawrenceburg vs. Rising Sun – girlsThursday, January 46:00 p.m., Switzerland County vs. South Dearborn – boys8:00 p.m., Lawrenceburg vs. Rising Sun – boysFriday, January 56:00 p.m., consolation game – girls8:00 p.m., championship game – girls Saturday, January 65:30 p.m., consolation game – boys8:00 p.m., championship game – boysThe schools’ pep bands will perform prior to their teams’ games.  Switzerland County’s band will perform before the first game Wednesday night, followed by the Lawrenceburg band prior to the second game.  South Dearborn’s band plays before the first game Thursday night, followed by Rising Sun’s band before the second game.Cheerleaders will compete between the boys’ consolation and championship games on     January 6. The winning and runner-up cheerleading teams will be announced during halftime of the championship game.Junior varsity basketball games will also be played that week.  There is a separate admission charge for these games.  Teams, dates and locations are as follows:Tuesday, January 2, at Switzerland County High School6:00 p.m., Switzerland County vs. South Dearborn – girls7:30 p.m., Switzerland County vs. South Dearborn – boysTuesday, January 2, at Rising Sun High School6:00 p.m., Lawrenceburg vs. East Central freshman – girls7:30 p.m., Lawrenceburg vs. Rising Sun – boysSaturday, January 6, at Lawrenceburg High School10:00 a.m., championship – girls11:30 a.m., championship – boyslast_img read more