Tix Now Available to See Patti LuPone & More in Shows for Days

first_img Related Shows Tickets are now on sale to see Patti LuPone, Michael Urie and more in Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days off-Broadway. The Lincoln Center Theater production will begin previews at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on June 6. Opening night is set for June 29.Shows For Days follows 14-year-old Car (Urie), who becomes involved in community theater in Reading, Pennsylvania at the Prometheus Theatre. The theater is led by Irene (LuPone) a woman who dedicates her life to directing, designing and starring in the group’s shows.The cast will also include Dale Soules, Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams and Zoë Winters. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015 Shows For Dayslast_img read more

US Says Venezuela Not Cooperating With Drug War

first_imgBy Dialogo October 21, 2011 Venezuela is not cooperating with the United States in its fight against illegal drug trafficking, U.S. officials told a congressional panel in Washington D.C. In Bolivia, another nation that has cut off most U.S. cooperation, information from neighboring countries indicates the chiefs of some Mexican and Colombian drug cartels are moving to Bolivia to evade pressure from police, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s intelligence chief Rodney Benson told a committee assessing U.S. aid funds for the Andean region. Meanwhile, Venezuela continues to be the main launch point for regional cocaine transport en route to Central America and then Mexico and the United States, though only one percent of the cocaine Bolivia produces ends up in the U.S. market, the official said. “Clearly, Venezuela is becoming more significant for drug trafficking organizations,” Benson said. “Right now we have one agent in the country. We need to continue to build with authorities there… but clearly we’ve taken several steps back,” Benson said. And “I don’t know the reasons why,” he stressed.last_img read more

U.S. Marine Corps Commander Visits Brazilian Navy

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 22, 2018 An invitation from the Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Marine Corps (CFN, in Portuguese) Command prompted General Robert Blake Neller, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps, to visit Brazil, August 22nd-24th. The officer and a delegation of seven marines visited training centers, participated in lectures, and attended a work meeting. Gen. Neller also received a Navy Commendation Medal as a grand officer. The decoration, which Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, MB commander, presented, is conferred upon national and foreign personalities, government ministers, naval force commanders, and other military leaders. “The Brazilian and U.S. Marine Corps see the world through similar lenses, face the same challenges, and need this mutual cooperation to build a better world,” said Gen. Neller upon arriving at CFN headquarters, in Rio de Janeiro. On August 23rd, the officer and his delegation participated in a lecture at the Almirante Sylvio de Camargo Training Center, where General Alexandre José Barreto de Mattos, CFN commander, along with other Brazilian marines, seized the opportunity to share CFN’s history and current organizational structure. Brazilian officials addressed CFN’s doctrine, plans for the future, main tasks, operations, and exercises conducted throughout the year. “We reinforced the importance of an enduring partnership with the United States and the strong bonds that unite both corps,” said Colonel Luiz Guilherme Dias Guadagnino, chief of staff of the CFN commander. During his speech, Gen. Neller emphasized today’s challenges in the military arena. No single country, he stressed, has all the capabilities required to fight current threats. “He pointed out the importance of coalitions and partnerships, and summoned everyone present to work together,” Col. Guadagnino said. Speaking from a training center, Gen. Neller took the opportunity to address participating marines, reminding them of the importance of physical and mental preparedness to overcome adversities. He stressed the importance of adapting to fight under conditions that differ from training. The U.S. Marine Corps commander reminded leading officers to be ready to make decisions, even when they lack all the necessary information. Old and new partnerships On August 24th, Gen. Neller and his team visited the Marine Corps Special Operations Battalion, in Rio de Janeiro. U.S. and Brazilian marines held a bilateral work meeting on interoperability. “Both delegations demonstrated interest in improving interoperability through a common planning process, knowledge exchange agreements, and increased communication capabilities,” said Col. Guadagnino. As a result, CFN and the U.S. Marine Corps agreed to strive to increase existing professional exchanges. Every year, CFN sends marines to the United States to participate in short-term U.S. Marine Corps exchanges and operational exercises, such as Steel Knight. The Marine 1st Division-led annual exercise tests marines in different environments, maximizing combat skills development. CFN also receives U.S. marines yearly to take part in exercises or activities such as subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs). SMEEs promote expert encounters for knowledge exchange at the highest level. U.S. Marines took part in the 2018 edition of Operation Formosa, among other Brazilian exercises, carried out September 21st–October 3rd. CFN also works with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South to carry out UNITAS Amphibious, a multinational exercise scheduled for August 2019 in Brazil. “All exercises and exchanges are previously agreed upon during an annual bilateral conference, the Operational Naval Infantry Committee [ONIC],” Col. Guadagnino said. In 2018, the ONIC conference, ongoing since 2015, took place in Brazil, February 26th–March 1st. Both countries also have officers serving in each other’s military organizations, focusing on doctrine improvement and development or operational roles.last_img read more

On Compliance: Military Lending Act implementation

first_imgIf your credit union is like most financial institutions, you have been spending a lot of time and money over the past year preparing for the Military Lending Act revisions that took effect earlier this month. These amendments significantly expand the scope of the regulations governing credit unions’ extension of certain consumer credit transactions to active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents. Most notably, the revised rules widen the definition of “consumer credit,” offer two new safe harbor tests to determine whether a borrower is a “covered borrower,” and add new oral and written disclosure requirements.With the majority of these changes going into effect Oct. 3, have you done everything you need to do to ensure compliance? Here are some suggested steps to take to make sure you are ready for these new regulations.1.    Establish procedures to determine “covered borrower” status.In addition to broadening the definition of a “covered borrower,” the MLA amendments replace previous language with two new methods to conclusively determine whether a borrower is covered under the the act: (a) searching the Department of Defense’s database directly or indirectly and (b) verifying a borrower’s status using a consumer report obtained from a nationwide consumer reporting agency or reseller of consumer reports.To take advantage of either safe harbor, a credit union must make a covered borrower determination no more than 30 days prior to the initiation of the covered credit transaction or application for the covered credit account. A 60-day look-back period applies to firm offers of credit. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Consumers worry most about FI-targeted cyberattacks

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Almost six of 10 respondents believe it is “likely” the U.S. will suffer a massive critical infrastructure disruption within two years and 26% worry about a financial sector cyberattack.Those are among the results of an ESET survey of 1,500 Americans, conducted online via Google Surveys from October 8 to October 11, 2018, to find out what they think about CI attacks and cyber threats.The financial/banking industry is their top concern when it comes to cyberattacks. The study found that Americans are most worried about a cyberattack disrupting the financial/banking system, more than attacks against hospital/emergency services, voting systems, or power grid/energy supply companies.“Despite the news headlines and concerted efforts to provide education and awareness across the country, many people are still not aware of the risks that cyberattacks pose,” the survey reported.last_img read more

Government to suspend entry for foreign workers during COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgThe government has suspended entry for foreign workers during the COVID-19 outbreak following reports that hundreds of Chinese workers have tried to enter Southeast Sulawesi. “The government aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by limiting foreigners from entering the country. This policy will be in effect until the situation improves,” presidential spokeswoman for legal matters Dini Purwono said on Monday. Two companies in Southeast Sulawesi, PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry (VDNI) and PT Obsidian Stainless Steel (OSS), had planned to bring in 500 foreign workers from China to install smelter equipment. The companies claimed they had to outsource the workers due to a lack of capable local workers and said that once the equipment was ready, the company would hire 3,000 local workers. The foreign workers were scheduled to in Indonesia for six months and return to their home country once the installation was complete. The workers have yet to arrive in Indonesia.  Read also: High influx of Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia, despite call to stay amid outbreakDini said the foreign workers would be allowed to enter the country once the outbreak was under control. She added that the workers will be subjected to a series of tests and health protocols to ensure they were free from COVID-19 when they entered Indonesia in the future. “As for now, the Manpower Ministry is coordinating with the Southeast Sulawesi governor as well as the South Sulawesi Regional Legislative Council to find a solution that prevents the spread of COVID-19 while also ensuring that the project, which will employ 3,000 workers, can continue because this involves many people’s livelihoods,” she said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces New Funding to Repurpose Former Times Leader Building for Higher Education

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) to perform an environmental assessment of the former Times Leader Building in the city of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. The city plans to renovate the 47,000-square-foot building for use by the students, faculty, and administration of King’s College.“It’s always great to see a previously unused space being utilized once again,” said Gov. Wolf “This investment will provide a clean and safe environment for the students and faculty of King’s College.”The ISRP grant will provide $400,000 for the abatement of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM), removal and remediation of Universal Hazardous Waste, and further assessment and remediation of a printing press room identified to be impacted with heavy metal contamination. The total project cost is $535,000.“The city and the college’s commitment to remediating this space will impact both King’s College and the surrounding community,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “We commend them for their efforts to bring an old building back to life with a new purpose.”Last year, the Wolf Administration approved $33,750 in ISRP funding to conduct the initial environmental assessment of the site of the former Times Leader building. Earlier assessment work has determined the presence of asbestos containing materials. The project included an ACM survey, Universal Hazardous Waste analysis, and an analysis of the metal contamination located in the printing press room.“King’s College, with the restoration of the former Times Leader building, continues its impressive partnership with the city of Wilkes-Barre to create educational and economic opportunities in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “I appreciate the support of Governor Wolf and the emphasis his administration has put into investing in the growth of Luzerne County’s knowledge economy.”“I am grateful to Gov. Wolf and DCED for their continued support for projects that invest in Wilkes-Barre and our region,” said Representative Eddie Day Pashinski “King’s College provides excellent higher education to our local students. The repurposing of the Times Leader is a perfect addition to their higher education footprint.”“I am proud to support the former Times Leader Building Industrial Sites Reuse Project, which will facilitate a future economic development project,” said Mayor George of Wilkes-Barre. “The building provides a strategic and cost-effective location for King’s College to continue its expansion of Allied Heath and Engineering Programs within the existing footprint of the city of Wilkes-Barre.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.“Renovating a building like this requires important environmental cleanup efforts to ensure that the space is safe,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This funding will allow the city to properly clean up the building to achieve its plan of revitalizing the site for an important purpose – educating students.”For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse program or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 09, 2019center_img Wolf Administration Announces New Funding to Repurpose Former Times Leader Building for Higher Educationlast_img read more

2020 outlook roundup: Mercer expects global economy to recover

first_imgMercer doubts, however, that the labor market can improve much further and expects the unemployment rate to stabilize below 4%. That should continue to apply moderate upward pressure on wages, which should support household income growth and consumer confidence — a crucial factor in economic growth.If, as Mercer expects, the trade war doesn’t escalate further, there should be a pickup in business confidence. However, for that to lead to much higher capital spending, there would need to be an improvement in company profit margins, which have been under both internal (wages) and external (trade) pressures.In Europe and Japan, Mercer expects economic growth to recover on the back of the strength in labor market and consumer balance sheets as well as external factors, such as a pickup in global trade activity.The outlook for China may be improving, as both the central bank and the government are taking measures to stimulate the economy and reverse earlier efforts to restrict credit growth. Thus far, China has been less aggressive in stimulating the economy than it was in 2016, and whether they will do something on a larger scale remains to be seen.Most of the emerging world is showing broadly sound economic fundamentals; however, the trade-war narrative and the extent of the China stimulus are likely to be the ultimate deciders of whether the emerging economies move back to trend (and perhaps above) or stay at weaker levels. The global economy slowed in 2019 and is now growing at below trend. According to investment consultancy Mercer, this is mainly due to the slowdown in capital spending as the US-China trade war introduced significant uncertainty to business decision-making.The slowdown was also driven by the lagged effects from tighter financial conditions in 2018, the firm stated in its Economic Outlook 2020.Mercer expects the global economy to recover from below-trend growth rates to around trend as manufacturing picks up a bit and easier monetary policy begins to feed through, provided the US-China trade war doesn’t escalate and global labor markets continue to be strong.Within the pickup in global growth, the firm expects emerging economies to do slightly better than the developed world. It also expects the US economy to continue to do well, growing at close to trend. LCP predicts annual volumes of £30bn in de-risking marketRecent findings from pensions consultancy Lane Clark and Peacock (LCP) suggest that insurance capacity is likely to be able to accommodate £30bn (€35.4bn) of future annual volumes at attractive pricing levels for pension schemes, with the ability to flex up to £40bn as required.Findings from a recent survey indicate that 2020 will see continued demand for buy-ins and buyouts as more defined benefit (DB) pension schemes reach maturity and insurer appetite remains high.According to Willis Towers Watson (WTW), the bulk annuity market is set to return to ‘normal’ levels in 2020 with £30bn worth of deals expected over the course of the year. However, the firm has previosuly anticipated a higher volume – £40bn – in 2019.The firm said that “next year should see a more balanced market, allowing greater traction for smaller schemes and fewer ‘mega deals’”. WTW expects macro conditions to drive market volatility, and this may lead to opportunities for attractive pricing.The consultancy expects a particularly busy start to 2020, as those schemes that weren’t able to secure deals in 2019 seek to lock down risk.Myles Pink, partner at LCP, said: “Insurance appetite looks strong in the mid-term, and annual volumes of £30bn in the de-risking market could be the new normal for the market. Demand will remain high as more pension schemes approach maturity and are successful in reaching their long-term funding target.”Other predictions by LCP for 2020 and beyond include:A higher number of smaller transactions is expected in 2020. In 2019, more than 75% of total volumes was accounted for by 11 transactions. There is expected to be around 10 transactions covering a total of £15bn in 2020, leaving more capacity for buyouts and buy-ins covering liabilities in the range of £250m and £1bn, respectively.Over the next 15 years, almost £800bn of liabilities are expected to line-up for transfer to the insurance market.Momentum in the longevity swap market will continue into 2020. Volumes are already expected to have reached £15bn in 2019, and could reach £10-15bn in 2020.LCP’s recent survey showed that 57% of attendees said the long-term objective for their pension scheme is to buy out with an insurer. This compares with 40% of respondents answering the same question last year.Pink added: “2019 was a record-breaking year not only in volume, but also in the execution of 11 transactions covering in excess of £1bn of liabilities. We expect 2020 to see a greater mix of transactions, with fewer high-profile deals and an opportunity for smaller transactions to complete.”Ian Aley, head of WTW’s transactions team, agreed. He said: “[2019] has seen a remarkable number of mega deals, so although we expect a reduction in the number of large deals through 2020, there is certainly lots of ‘pent up’ demand in both the longevity swap and bulk annuity markets.”last_img read more

Wynnum loo with a view draws last-minute bidders

first_img FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK MORE PROPERTY STORIES The Marks family with the house at 16 Besham Pde, Wynnum that has been in their family for over 60 years. Picture: Debra BelaA DECEASED estate in bayside Wynnum sold under the hammer for $44,000 less than its land value in a dramatic auction with two buyers registering to bid just as the property was about to be passed in. The house at 16 Besham Pde, Wynnum. Picture: Debra BelaDevelopers and land bankers were among the 10 people allowed on the 809sq m property at 16 Besham Parade, Wynnum, with another two parties on the kerb, in the first weekend of onsite auctions since COVID-19 restrictions forced auctions to go online seven weeks ago. Design your own sky home Raine and Horne Wynnum selling agent Chris Vine said with several unit developments being built in the Wynnum area, investors feared not being able to sell units once finished and were withdrawing from the property market to put their money into other ventures.“The buyer of this property is currently paying $400 a week rent,” Mr Vine said.“Now he can put that towards a property of his own and in 10-15 years’ time, properties like this will be like hens teeth. Even in three years’ time he might be able to put it on the market.”On Brisbane’s north side, Ray White Ascot sold two properties at auction yesterday, with a four-bedroom house at 25 Vale St, Wilston selling for $1.055 million and a three-bedroom house at 9 Marie St, Hendra selling for $847,500. Cinema returns to Wynnum in new development An aerial view showing the neighbouring unit development. Picture: suppliedThe lifting of travel restrictions this weekend also meant that David and Bronya Marks were able to drive from their home on the Sunshine Coast to be present for the auction of the two-bedroom house that had been in the family for more than 60 years.“It’s a bit like the movie UP this little place,” said Mrs Marks who was inside the original condition highset house during the auction.“It’s in the middle of all these developments. I think we’ve always known that once we’ve finished with it as a family, it would turn into everything else around here.” The winning bidder Baljinder Sandha (right) with his business partner Harish. Picture: Debra BelaBut the eventual buyer, who paid just $500,000 for the level block, is planning to live in the house with his wife for 10-15 years before deciding what to do with the property.“It is an incredible price,” Baljinder Sandha said after placing the one and only bid with his business partner to secure the sale. “I thought it would go in the $700,000s.“We saw this house three or four days ago. I am renting at the moment. This will be my first house.”Calling the auction for Raine and Horne Wynnum was auctioneer Michael O’Brien who started the event with just one registered bidder, a banker who refused to place a bid even when Mr O’Brien suggested $450,000. The Auction Group auctioneer, Michael O’Brien. Picture: Debra BelaThe property was about to be passed in when Mr Sandha and a developer made a last-minute decision to register to bid and the auction was paused while they signed up. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoA developer decides to sign up to the auction just as it is about to be passed in. Picture: Debra BelaThe local developer was considering turning the site into a block of units like those around it but when Mr Sandha made an offer of $500,000 and the property was announced on the market, the developer did not challenge the bid.“It’s the development costs,” he said. “These are entry level developments, the council fees are outrageous.”Proceeds from the sale of the estate will be divided between family members.“It’s fine,” Mrs Marks said after the house sold for less than the family had expected. “It’s bittersweet I guess.”last_img read more

Funding Secured for LaSalle Park Seawall Project

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District has received $3.7 million from the 2018 Continuing Authority Supplemental Appropriations to construct and repair approximately 1,300 feet of seawall of the northern section of LaSalle Park, Buffalo, NY.The seawall fronting the Colonel F.G. Ward Pumping Station has deteriorated over time due to Lake Erie ice and wave action. Projecting the pump station is essential because it is the primary source of drinking water for the City of Buffalo residents.“The work of the US Army Corps Buffalo District to protect the navigability of our waterways and reinforce the water’s edge is an essential component of ongoing efforts to revive our waterfront,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.“The reconstruction and repair of the LaSalle Park seawall is now more important than ever. Thanks to the generosity of the Ralph Wilson Foundation, LaSalle Park will be the latest revitalized attraction in Buffalo, and it is critical that the Park’s shoreline is protected. Further, the seawall protects the pumping station which provides the primary source of drinking water for Buffalo residents,” said Senator Charles Schumer.“The $3.7 million the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend for construction and repair of LaSalle Park’s northern section of seawall, is great news for the City of Buffalo. It saves the City from having to sell a planned $1.2 million bond to raise matching funds for the project,” City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said.“We appreciate the continued support of our elected officials and their commitment to repair and strengthen our Nation’s infrastructure,” said Lt. Col. Jason Toth, USACE Buffalo District Commander. “This project is a great example of how our Civil Works mission provides a key foundational component of the Nation’s public infrastructure and facilitates economic growth, environmental health, and quality of life for the American people.”This project is being conducted in partnership with the non-federal sponsor, the City of Buffalo, and has been cost shared through the feasibility and design phases totaling $1.1 million. The construction phase will be fully funded using the Continuing Authority Supplemental Appropriations, with a contract award expected around the spring of 2019 and construction starting as early as the summer of 2019.last_img read more