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Jan
18

Lana Gordon to Take Over as Velma Kelly in Chicago

first_img Related Shows Lana Gordon View Comments from $49.50center_img Chicago Lana Gordon can’t do it alone! The Broadway alum will begin performances as Velma Kelly in Broadway’s Chicago on August 15. She steps in for Amra-Faye Wright in the role at the Ambassador Theatre.Gordon previously appeared on Broadway in the original casts of The Lion King and the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Over the last 10 years, she has performed extensively throughout Europe in various productions including Chicago as Velma Kelly, Sister Act as Deloris Van Cartier, Tarzan as Kala, West Side Story as Anita, and the title role in Carmen Cubana.The cast also currently includes Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn (through August 23—Jason Danieley returns to the role on August 25), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, Ron Ryan as Matron “Mama” Morton (through September 4—NaTasha Yvette Williams returns to the role on September 5), and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.  last_img read more

Jan
1

Third Sector Systems and Entango Partner to Offer Nonprofits a Totally Integrated Technology Solution.

first_imgThird Sector Systems, developers of software that integrates a nonprofit’s departments, tracks constituent contact and measures outcomes, announced today that it is joining with Entango, a pioneering provider of personalized and secure online services, to offer nonprofits a complete technology solution from online donations to outcome reporting.Third Sector Systems CEO Yves Gonnet said “Entango’s services enable an organization to provide their constituents with the opportunity to donate, register for events, start or renew their membership, and purchase merchandise from their own website.”Gonnet continued “Then, all of the information is seamlessly integrated into our software which the organization uses to manage all the details of their work — the programs and services they provide as well as advocacy, fundraising and membership.Entango CEO Steve Harkness added “In Third Sector Systems software, the outcomes the organization achieves are automatically measured, tied to funding sources and reported on. Once that’s done, organizations can use our email outreach services to share their successes with their supporters, constituents, community and legislators.”Since 1998 Third Sector Systems has provided an organization-wide system to integrate a nonprofit’s departments, and track each constituent’s contact — as service provider, prospect, donor, volunteer, attendee, client, board member — or any other role. Nonprofits of all types and sizes nationwide have replaced their disconnected spreadsheets and databases and integrated their organizations with our software. For further information, please visit our website at www.thirdsectorsystems.com(link is external) or www.firstchair.com(link is external). Third Sector Systems has offices in Waterbury, VT and New York, NY.San Francisco-based Entango has provided personalized and secure online services that enable nonprofit organizations a way to connect with supporters since 1996. Its competitively priced services include online donation, event registration and membership/renewal processing, merchandising, email outreach, creative services, reporting, and receipt fulfillment. Entango’s customers include the national chapter of Toys for Tots, the Glaucoma Foundation, national and local chapters of the Children’s Starlight Foundation, the Rutgers University Foundation, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and local chapters of the American Red Cross, and the United Way. For more information, please visit www.entango.com(link is external) or call 1.877.ENTANGO.last_img read more

Dec
31

Delhi approves state subsidies for rooftop solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Delhi state government has approved the Mukhyamantri Solar Power Scheme, which offers five-year subsidies on electricity bills for group housing societies and individual consumers installing rooftop solar panels. Under the scheme, the Delhi government will provide a generation-based incentive (GBI) of Rs 2 (US$0.027) per unit against the initial solar power generation cost of Rs 3 ($0.041) per unit. In effect, the consumer will pay just Rs 1 ($0.014) per unit for five years.This is not the first time the state government has offered electricity subsidies. Under the Delhi Solar Policy 2016, the Rs 2 per unit subsidy was valid for just three years. As the scheme did not find many takers, the government has now extended it from three to five years. Chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Cabinet also approved half-yearly, instead of annual, disbursal of GBI by [distribution companies].Addressing a press conference, Power Minister Satyendar Jain said that group housing societies that wish to participate in the scheme will not have to pay the installation costs, which will instead be borne by the company. “The cost of solar power will also depend on the space provided by the society for the installation of solar panels. In case the society provides more space for solar panels than its requirement, they will get the benefit in return in terms of further reduction in the price of solar power,” Jain said.The Delhi government is also planning a Solar Rooftop Demand Aggregation Program, which will benefit consumers, including residential, schools, hospitals, and municipal segments with an expected aggregated demand of 40 MW using the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.Delhi has an installed solar capacity of 100 MW, of which 5 MW is in the domestic sector. The state aims to generate 1 GW by 2020 and 2 GW by 2025 through rooftop solar installations.More: Delhi cabinet approves rooftop solar scheme Delhi approves state subsidies for rooftop solarlast_img read more

Dec
18

2 NYPD Officers Shot and Killed in Brooklyn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday afternoon when a gunman reportedly fired from close range into their patrol car in Brooklyn, according to multiple reports. The gunman fled to a nearby subway station where he reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police recovered a gun from the scene, according to The New York Times. The tragic shooting occurred in Bedford-Stuyvesant. “The perp came out of the [Tompkins] houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up,” an anonymous police official told the New York Daily News. A witness told the News that the suspect was being pursued by cops when he ran toward the subway station. The New York Post reported that the officers were working overtime when they were fatally shot. Multiple reports stated that at least one officer was shot in the head. Our prayers are with the family of the 2 #NYPD who lost there lives today. #BeSafe— NYPD 52nd Precinct (@NYPD52Pct) December 20, 2014 My thoughts are with the families of the #NYPD officers shot in the line of duty, in an act of horrific violence. We all mourn this tragedy.— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) December 20, 2014last_img read more

Dec
18

Can Apple disrupt the payment industry?

first_imgApple Changed the Music Industry, Can it do the Same for PaymentsThe introduction of the iPod and iTunes significantly changed the music industry and how we purchase and listen to music. With the announcement last year of Apple getting into the payment space the question now is can they disrupt the payment industry.Mobile payment (M-Payments) is not new and the technology has been around of quite some time. But outside of Africa and the success of M-Pesa in Kenya, M-Payments have not taken off in a big way. In more developed markets there are plenty of payment options from cash (plenty of ATMs) to credit cards to internet transfers. Many of these options are very cheap if not free so M-Payments do not fill an empty void and in most cases are competing with accepted and cheap alternatives.There has been some progress on M-Payments in the telecom space as the ability to use load (pre-paid air time) to pay for digital items has been enabled for some time. In markets like the Philippines there are apps that allow users to gift load to their friends making load something of a mobile currency. There are clearly limits to this and most of the advancements in the telecom space has been restricted to non-physical purchases.So what has held back M-Payments in more mature markets beyond the competition of other options? There is the physical infrastructure at the point of purchase (POS) that has been lacking as well as competing technologies and industry groups. This is where Apple could push things forward. Given their size and the number of Apple mobile phones in the market, they might just have the market muscle to get other players to move. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Oct
19

UNESCO condemns killing of AFP contributor in Yemen

first_imgThe UN’s cultural organization on Thursday condemned the killing of Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, a Yemeni journalist who contributed to AFP, in the southern city of Aden this week.”I call on all parties to respect their obligation under the Geneva Conventions to protect journalists,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) director general Audrey Azoulay said in a statement.”Brave reporters like Nabil Hassan carry out important work keeping people in Yemen informed and documenting the extreme conditions their country is experiencing. They must be offered every possible protection.” The 34-year-old videographer and photographer, who also worked for other major news organizations in the region, was shot in his car on Tuesday by unknown assailants shortly after leaving his home in Aden. A security source told AFP the armed men had escaped.Yemen’s government and the secessionist Southern Transitional Council (STC) both condemned the killing.Quaety, who also went by the name Nabil Hasan, began working with AFP in 2015. He was married with three children and had a fourth on the way. In 2016, he was a finalist in Britain’s Rory Peck Award for his work covering the long conflict that pits the government against the Huthi rebels, with an entry the judges described as “rare and outstanding”.In January 2019, Quaety survived a deadly Huthi drone attack on Yemen’s largest airbase, Al-Anad, north of  Aden, during a military parade he was covering.Another AFP contributor in Yemen, photographer and videographer Abdullah al-Qadry, was killed in 2018 during shelling while on assignment for Yemen’s Belqees television.Yemen lies in 167th position out of 180 countries on Reporters Without Borders’ world press freedom index.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Oct
6

Live like Clive Mensink – international fugitive and nephew of Clive Palmer

first_imgThe kitchen of 36 King Arthurs Court, Paradise Point, owned by Clive Mensink. 36 King Arthurs Court, Paradise Point, owned by Clive Mensink. Clive Mensink and Clive Palmer in a file photo at the Supreme Court in Perth.CLIVE Mensink – international fugitive and nephew of Clive Palmer – might be missing in action offshore, but that hasn’t stopped his Queensland home coming up for rent.His luxury four bedroom, two bathroom, three-car garage waterfront home in prestigious Sovereign Islands hit the rental market priced at a massive $1,200 a week. While that may be small change for high flyers, it’s a 30 per cent jump on the $900 a week that what he had last charged for rent on the property in 2012.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mr Mensink bought the home in February 2012 for $1.35m. The property has fully ducted airconditioning, a large separate rumpus room with wet bar, undercover entertaining space, and a floating pontoon.According to the Professionals Vertullo listing, for that price you might also be able to have pets in the home. The property was listed as being available for rental from December 8.center_img The interior of 36 King Arthurs Court, Paradise Point, owned by Clive Mensink.last_img read more

Sep
29

University calls for alternative USS pension proposal instead of strike

first_imgThe scheme is currently split between final-salary and career-average benefits – with new proposals to make all members career average for earnings up to £50,000, and defined contribution savings thereafter.Balloted scheme members rejected the proposal, with staff at 69 universities in USS set to take up industrial action on 6 November.University College London (UCL), a USS employer, described the industrial action as premature and told its employees UCU had been asked to submit an alternative proposal but had yet to do so.The Union did submit a request to USS trustees to change the calculation of actuarial assumptions on the basis it did not share its “pessimistic” outlook.However, the trustees refused.Negotiations on changes to USS are being held by a joint negotiation committee (JNC) with representatives from the UCU and UUK.The union was asked to submit its alternative proposal at or before the next committee meeting in two weeks, with negotiations concluded and a final propsal for USS Trustees by January 2015.Nigel Waugh, UCL HR director, said the UCU’s notification of industrial action was premature.“The UUK and UCU continue to negotiate on a way forward for keeping a core DB pension across the sector,” he said.“No amount of industrial action will reduce the deficit of the fund, nor identify a panacea that does not include benefit change and contribution increases.”The USS scheme reported positive investment results until the end of March, but its chairman warned that the triennial valuation would reveal deeply concerning figures.The UCU said it would be consulting its branches on alternative proposals in the next week. A London university has urged the UK’s University and College Union (UCU) to submit an alternative proposal for benefit reforms in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) instead of industrial action.Universities UK (UUK), the representative group for employers in USS, made a proposal that would see USS change from final salary to a hybrid scheme with career-average benefits.Trade union UCU made counter arguments against the proposed reforms, attacking the statistical methodology, describing figures used during negotiations as “dodgy” and “misleading”.Changes to the benefits structure at USS are expected to help repair an estimated £8bn (€10.1bn) deficit in the £41.6bn scheme, one of the largest in the UK.last_img read more

Sep
29

PPF extends advisory panel service range to pre-insolvency

first_imgThe Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed a group of specialist firms that stand ready to help trustees of defined benefit schemes whose sponsoring employer is in stressed or distressed circumstances, or expected to become insolvent and potentially enter the lifeboat fund.The new panel replaces the ‘Trustee Advisory Panel’, which was launched in 2014 to offer services to schemes in a PPF-assessment only.Now, according to the £32bn (€35.7bn) PPF, trustees can appoint a recommended expert panellist at an earlier stage than previously, to get advice and guidance that could help prevent insolvencies where possible, thereby potentially reducing claims on the fund.In addition, if the sponsor does become insolvent the firms on the panel would ensure that the pension scheme was fully prepared for entry into the PPF assessment period. This is the period during which the lifeboat fund checks if the pension scheme has enough assets to secure PPF-levels of benefits.The firms will advise on issues including covenants, restructuring, contingency planning, and moral hazard, and provide transactional expertise. All have agreed to a set of terms and conditions and advantageous fee rates.Sue Rivas, PPF’s director of scheme services, said: “I’m very excited about the new panel we’ve created.“We very much hope this will lead to better member outcomes as well as extending our understanding of the issues that schemes experience pre-insolvency.”Malcolm Weir, director of restructuring and insolvency, said: “We believe it is important that trustees have the expertise needed to protect schemes’ interests and maximise the likelihood of delivering the best outcome for the scheme and the PPF.“We encourage scheme trustees to recognise their knowledge gaps and to appoint a panel trustee and/or restructuring and insolvency adviser to support them with specialist advice as early as possible.”As with the PPF’s other panels, the new panel – for ‘Trustee and Support Services’ – was formed after a tender exercise.The firms that have been appointed are:20-20 TrusteesCVR GlobalDalriada Trustees LimitedDeloitteFRP AdvisoryITS LimitedLincoln PensionsOpen TrusteesOsborne Clarke LLPPunter Southall Governance ServicesSmith & WilliamsonAs at the end of April there were 3,503 schemes in deficit in the PPF 7800 Index, which provides the estimated funding position for DB schemes potentially eligible for entry to the PPF on a so-called section 179 basis.A scheme’s 179 liabilities represent, broadly speaking, the premium that would have to be paid to an insurance company to take on the payment of PPF levels of compensation.The funding ratio in the index increased from 92.5% as at the end of March to 93.1%, with the aggregate deficit decreasing to £128.5bn from £135.9bn.Given the timing of the appointment of the panel the PPF’s decision to create it would likely have needed to have been taken well in advance of the outbreak of the coronavirus, and a spokeswoman confirmed that the new panel has not been set-up because of COVID-19, with procurement of the panel starting in June last year.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Sep
25

Is People Power still alive, relevant?

first_imgHe pointed out the vilificationcampaign against progressive groups and leaders, the conduct of illegal houseand office raids through irregularly issued search warrants, the arrest ofactivists and the filing of trumped up charges against them, and theassassination of human rights leaders. “People are not concerned of the pastanymore but of the present and what their future will be,” he opined. Alvin Rey Montero who is the regionalsecretary general of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas – Western Visayas said PeoplePower has lost its credibility. For Bayan-Panay, the People PowerRevolution should remind Filipinos they have real power to resisttotalitarianism if they harness it. “Parasa akon EDSA Revolution was created to notfor the benefit of the common people but to let people who were hungry forpower take positions in government and satisfy their greediness. After PeoplePower wala namang magandang nangyari.Tumaas ang singil sa kuryente at nabigyan ng pagkakataon na mahawakan ng mga oligarchs ang mga pangunahin at malalaking kumpanya sa bansa na previouslyinvolved in tax evasion and other corrupt practices,” said Montero. There was a sustained campaign ofcivil resistance against the Marcos dictatorship and electoral fraudculminating in the fleeing of Marcos, thus ending his over 20-year rule. “Or are we stuck in the same systemwhere social justice is still elusive for the majority of Filipinos,” Yap said.“We are still a country of broken democracy.” Filipinos may brag to the world havingousted a dictator but “did we move forward as a country,” asked journalist TaraYap. ILOILO City – Is People Power stillalive? Is the celebration of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution stillrelevant? center_img For newspaper columnist andbroadcaster Roberto Ladera, the EDSA Revolution has become irrelevant. Today is the 34th anniversary of therevolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Some Ilonggos shared theirthoughts. Elmer Forro, secretary general ofBayan-Panay, warned Ilonggos that the country is again teetering towardsdictatorship, citing the government’s penchant to weaponize the law tosubjugate critics. The majority of demonstrations tookplace on a long stretch of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, more commonly knownby its acronym EDSA. They involved over two million civilians, as well asseveral political and military groups, and religious groups. The People Power Revolution was aseries of popular demonstrations, mostly in Metro Manila, from Feb. 22 to 25,1986. Today, to mark the 34th anniversary ofPeople Power, the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-Panay) and otherprogressive groups will hold a mass mobilization at 1 p.m. The assembly areasare at ABS-CBN compound in La Paz district her and the University of thePhilippines Visayas – Iloilo City campus in Molo district. Participants willmarch to Plazoleta Gay for a program. Feb. 25 has been declared a specialnon-working holiday to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the EDSA PeoplePower Revolution. But in Iloilo city and province, there are no officialcommemorative rites today./PNlast_img read more