Hedwig and the Angry Inch Begins Broadway Previews

first_img Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score includes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “Angry Inch” and more. Neil Patrick Harris Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Star Files Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Commentscenter_img Lena Hall Related Shows Just try and tear her down! The new production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch begins preview performances on March 29 at the Belasco Theatre. The cast is led by Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris as the transgender rock goddess, who will be joined by Lena Hall as Yitzhak. The show will officially open on Broadway April 22.last_img read more

Casting Complete for Head of Passes Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Phylicia Rashad(Photo by Matthew Jordan Smith) Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks and Arnetia Walker will complete the cast of the New York premiere of Head of Passes. The trio take on the roles of Dr. Anderson, Creaker Johnson and Mae, respectively. Penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney, led by Phylicia Rashad and directed by Tina Landau, the new drama will begin previews on March 15, 2016 in the Newman Theater. Opening night is set for March 28.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.The cast will also include the previously announced Alana Arenas as Cookie, Francois Battiste as Aubrey, Kyle Beltran as Crier and J. Bernard Calloway as Spencer.The limited engagement will run through April 17.center_img Head of Passes Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016last_img read more

World Record Soybean Holder

first_imgSouth Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy is the new world record holder in soybean yield, and he credits University of Georgia Cooperative Extension for playing a role in his success. A Brooks County, Georgia, farmer, Dowdy was recognized by UGA Extension Agronomist Jared Whitaker at an event on Friday, Sept. 9, in Tifton, Georgia, for producing 171.8 bushels per acre of soybeans. This is 10 bushels more than the previous record holder. Dowdy holds the world record in corn yield. He also grows peanuts and wheat.Dowdy believes UGA played a vital part in this achievement, which Whitaker believed unattainable just a couple of years ago.“We always have ideas and we always have concerns and we always have things that we don’t understand as farmers, and I have tapped into the UGA resource quite often, whether it’s at the local county agent level or at the university level,” Dowdy said. “They bring a wealth of information. They’ve been doing this for a long time. I’m not interested in reinventing those wheels. They’re open to new ideas and vetting new concepts. That’s been a good deal.”According to Whitaker, Georgia farmers average 37 soybean bushels per acre every year, although that number increases to over 60 bushels per acre for farmers who irrigate their soybeans. Still, Dowdy’s feat is more than four times the state average. He is the only Georgia farmer to have officially produced more than 100 bushels per acre. It’s a staggering accomplishment considering Dowdy has only been farming soybeans since 2014.“He has taken what the University of Georgia has done and worked with a lot of industry people to try to push the boundaries of yield potential,” Whitaker said. “The first year he did it, he broke 100 bushels and he’s increased that each year.”Whitaker said Dowdy’s achievement is extremely impressive considering the environmental factors that soybean producers must overcome in south Georgia.“It’s a world record, which stands on its own. But the fact that it came from south Georgia is the most impressive thing,” Whitaker said. “Our soils are dry to the point of drought. Our temperatures are hot. Soybeans typically do not flourish in those environments. The fact that it’s a world record in south Georgia is beyond my belief.”Dowdy’s record-setting yields occurred on 3.15 of the 2,000-plus acres he farms. The crop was planted April 22 and April 23 in Brooks County and was harvested on Aug. 28. Ben Shirley, the UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Brooks County, confirmed Dowdy’s contest entry.“Specifically, Randy works diligently to eliminate stress to the plant via soil fertility and soil moisture and to limit losses via insects and diseases. He also harvested the crop in an extremely timely manner,” Whitaker said.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, more than 289,000 acres of soybeans were planted in Georgia in 2014 with a farm gate value of over $125 million. Brooks County is the top producer of soybeans in the state.last_img read more

4 mobile apps every executive should download now

first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Love it or hate it, we live in a fast-paced digital world. The key to getting ahead is embracing the technologies that are now so easily accessible. As a leader, it’s important you take advantage of the many mobile apps readily available to you. Downloading these four apps now will make your life much easier by assisting you with your many administrative tasks.CamScannerThis free app has received a five-star rating from users and is available for download here. With CamScanner you can quickly and easily turn any document into a PDF by taking a photo with your smartphone. The app also allows users to make notations on the PDFs or highlight certain portions and share with colleagues.EvernoteDo you prefer to use your mobile calendar and “notes” app instead of a physical day planner? Evernote is the perfect option for organizing your professional projects for increased productivity. This popular (and free) app lets you store all your notes, images, article clippings, and to-do lists all in one convenient place, allowing you to work smarter and faster.DuolingoWith Duolingo, professionals can enjoy language courses through the app’s “gamification” technique of teaching. Unlike traditional language learning programs, Duolingo teaches by rewarding users with virtual currency called Lingots and allows them to compete with friends and colleagues. In its four-year existence, Duolingo has been downloaded over 100 million times.ExpensifyIf you’re not careful your office expenditures can quickly spin out of control. Expensify helps professionals stay organized and on top of travel and other business expenses by creating concise reports. Simply take photos of your recipients and Expensify automatically takes control of each step of the itemizing process. The app is free and currently boasts over 4.5 million users from over 300,000 companies.last_img read more

Giving your marketing a second chance

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Liz Garster Liz Garster is AVP of Marketing & Client Services at TwoScore, a firm dedicated to helping credit unions achieve their strategic goals through marketing. Working in credit unions for over … Web: www.twoscore.com Details There is a moment in Forest Gump that perfectly encapsulates the magic we feel as we feel as we wind down the year. Forest’s date, Lenore, lights up as she watches the ball drop in Times Square on a tiny television perched over the bar.“Don’t you just love New Year’s?” she sighs. “You get to start all over. Everybody gets a second chance.” It’s easy to become swept up in the optimism and sense of relief when society’s big reset button is pressed on January 1; we want to leave the past behind us and move on to accomplish the next big thing at our credit union. The success of our marketing efforts in the coming year, however, depends on our willingness to review recent campaigns and initiatives with a critical eye.Whether you’re just getting started planning your marketing for 2018 or already have your plan in place, ask yourself the following questions when evaluating whether or not to bring past campaigns into the new year: What was the Return on Investment? The simplest metric in evaluating the success of a marketing campaign is whether or not the gains you saw paid for the campaign and also contributed to your credit union’s growth. A great number to shoot for is 200% ROI or more.Fix it, or pitch it? Perhaps a marketing campaign that worked in the past suddenly fell a little flat this year. In addition to re-evaluating your messaging and targeting, pay attention to recent industry trends to assess the role they may have played. Understanding these factors will help you determine if you should write off a campaign strategy in the future, or just make a simple tweak.How did employees respond? Marketing is taken to the next level when employees rally behind a campaign and get excited about it. Reflect on staff response to individual campaigns and what might have contributed to low enthusiasm.Did it help meet your credit union’s business objectives? Always view marketing through the lens of your credit union’s strategic plan and if the strategy and objectives of your campaign were in line with those goals. Getting excited about the coming year is great; however, if we overindulge our hopefulness and blindly look ahead without having tough conversations about the past, we’re doomed to repeat the same marketing mistakes year after year. Stay in 2017 for just a little bit longer to give your marketing a second chance come January 1.last_img read more

Best buys in November

first_imgWhen it comes to deals, there’s plenty to be thankful for this month.With discount shopping days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Deal Tuesday, November offers a buffet of saving opportunities for shoppers who’ve been biding their time.So start making your list, and check to see what offers your favorite stores, warehouse outlets and online retailers have planned for Veteran’s Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Here are just a few of the best buys to jumpstart your holiday shopping savings.Electronics: Look for deals on everything from televisions, smartwatches, gaming systems and laptops to tablets, desktop computers and smartphones. It may also be a good time to give a few smart home devices a try.  Experts at DealNews.com and ConsumerReports.org say maximizing savings means waiting until Black Friday, on Nov. 23. If the crowds aren’t part of your post-Thanksgiving dinner plans, you can always safely shop online.Video games: Just in time for the holidays, you’ll find discounted games across all platforms through December.Vacuums and appliances (both large and small): Time to get that InstantPot or finally replace your dishwasher. There are plenty of opportunities to save throughout the month especially around Veteran’s Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. You’ll find the deepest appliance discounts at home improvement stores toward the end of November.Wedding dresses: According to GoBankingRates.com, with the latest designs hitting the runway, brides-to-be open to considering “older” inventory can score discounts of up to 70% off their dream gown. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

Visitors observed the paths of the sun’s rays on the first day of summer through the windows of the church of Sv. Cross in Nin

first_imgThe most creative visitors took photos of just the first rays of the sun to launch a photo contest. A large group of the youngest creatives visited the church at 9 am where there was an art workshop led by Lucija Bubić. Tourist workers Ana Špac and Petra Sipina were in the role of villas that provided the art material necessary for the workshop, which made the children even happier. Everything was coordinated by Ana Glavan, the festival’s assistant. Marija Dejanović, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Nin, said that she was delighted with this year’s festival and the effort invested in its organization. She added that the festival attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. When asked about her satisfaction with the numbers so far this season, Dejanović said that they are extremely satisfied with the number of visitors, but that this is not surprising, given that Nin is extremely attractive to tourists in the pre- and post-season. dav From 10:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a specific trajectory of the Sun’s rays followed in the central apse of the church. Majda Dadić, curator at the Museum of Nin Antiquities, who is also an important member of the team that has been developing the festival since 2009, explained what is happening in the church on the day of the solstice. The church was extremely visited by tourists who asked many questions about the church, the festival and the history of Nin. Its special relationship with the sun is visible from the light communication, where the sun uses the church as a sundial and calendar. The basis of the festival is the research of Mladen Pejaković. In the central apse of the church on the first day of summer, June 21, or on the summer solstice, the light can be followed for two hours during the morning: between 10:20 and 12:30. Then the sun is very high and the least light rays enter the church itself. On the first day of spring at exactly 10 o’clock, that is, on the equinox, light enters through three windows, creating three rays of the sun which in the central part of the church reflect three parallel oval light shapes. The same happens on the first day of fall, but due to daylight saving time at 11 p.m. On the first day of winter we follow the appearance of the first morning ray inside the church in the early morning hours, and the light forms disappear exactly at noon. That is why watching the play of light and shadow is an exceptional experience for children and adults, scientists and all visitors. It is also an opportunity to promote the astronomical and architectural significance of the church. With the beauty of the play of light and shadow in this unique building and the excitement of just starting summer, this unique festival has more and more fans who enjoy the play of light and sun, participate in creative workshops and listen to interesting scientific and professional lectures. Many brave visitors of ancient Nin already at 5:39 welcomed the first morning ray of sunshine, which was accompanied by a concert by the excellent soprano Nela Šarić. It was the introduction to this year’s “Festival of the Sun and Light” in the royal city of Nin. The unique “Festival of the Sun and Light” in the church of St. The Cross is based on an evaluation of the astronomical and architectural significance of a 9th-century church that English architect Thomas Graham Jackson called the world’s smallest cathedral. Because of the depiction of the magical play of sun, light and shadow inside the church, some connoisseurs compare it to Stonehenge. last_img read more

Dutch roundup: Progress, Vervoer, PostNL

first_imgThe Unilever scheme saw its nominal funding drop by 15 percentage points to 126%, while its official policy coverage fell by 3 percentage points.It said the latter, however, still stood at 136% as of the end of September.According to Kragten, the pension fund lost more than 9% on equities and incurred a “significant loss” on its commodity holdings.Progress had a 42.2% allocation to equities and a 5% allocation to commodities as of the end of 2014, but it has scaled back its exposure to securities since then in a bid to reduce risk after the scheme closed to new entrants last April.Kragten said Progress made a modest return on fixed income over Q3 while also generating positive results on private equity.In other news, the €19.5bn Pensioenfonds Vervoer reported a quarterly loss of -1.1%, leading to a year to date loss of 2.2%.The scheme for public road transport attributed the 7.5% increase in liabilities over the period chiefly to a 28-basis-point drop in its discount rate to 1.77%.It added that its nominal funding fell by 9 percentage points to 99.3% and attributed nearly half of this decrease to the lower UFR.The pension fund conceded it was unlikely to grant indexation in the coming years.Vervoer reported a 9.8% loss on its 28.5% equity allocation, while real estate and infrastructure generated losses of 0.5% loss and 0.7%. The scheme’s 67.3% fixed income allocated returned 0.3% over the same period.Meanwhile, the €7.3bn Pensioenfonds PostNL reported a quarterly loss of 1.9%, due largely to an 11.4% loss on equities.The pension fund lost 3.7% on its remaining commodity stake before it fully divested its holdings in July.Fixed income and real estate delivered positive returns of 0.3% and 3%, respectively.The Pensioenfonds PostNL closed the third quarter with a nominal funding of 104.2% and a policy coverage of 107.7%. Progress, the €4.7bn Dutch pension fund of Unilever, lost 6.5% on investments over the third quarter due to falling interest rates and declining equity markets. The pension fund also cited the impact of the new ultimate forward (UFR) rate for discounting liabilities, which was lowered this summer.Rob Kragten, the scheme’s director, said he could not yet specify the exact cause of the “disappointing” third-quarter performance, which brought the scheme’s overall loss year to date to 5%.“We experienced headwinds in almost every asset classes,” he said.last_img read more

Accounting roundup: More illegal dividends unearthed

first_imgMeanwhile, Hargreaves Lansdown admitted it breached the Companies Act by failing to file interim accounts to support dividend payments.It is believed the breaches extend back to 2008. A random inspection by the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) picked up the issue.The rules for determining whether a company can pay out a dividend or make a distribution are complex.In the UK, the requirements are broadly set out in the Companies Act 2006. However, lawyers who spoke to IPE last March warned that companies must also consider the common law alongside the act.The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has long argued that what it considers defective IFRS accounting standards put companies at risk of paying illegal dividends out of illusory IFRS profits. The row, which has culminated in calls for companies to ignore the FRC on the question of distributions, has also put the wider question of dividend payments under the microscope.In addition to claimed flaws with the IFRS numbers, directors are also at risk of failing to comply with the requirement in the Companies Act to file interim accounts to show that their company has sufficient reserves to support a dividend.Most recently, the affordability crisis among the UK’s defined-benefit pension schemes has left companies either unable to afford to pay a dividend or having to deal with a trapped dividend.In other news, it has also emerged that the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has no plans to start work on its pensions accounting research project in the near future.According to meeting papers posted on the board’s website: “The staff do not expect to begin work on any of the [research] pipeline projects in the next few months.”At the conclusion of its agenda consultation last year, the board opted to assign a relatively low priority to pensions accounting and said it would focus on the effort as and when resources were available.The IASB’s pension project is expected to examine pension benefits that depend on asset returns. The board decided not to investigate other aspects of accounting for post-employment benefits.Finally, analysts at Barclays Bank have warned that the IASB’s new IFRS 9 accounting rules will increase volatility in bank earnings and capital.IFRS 9 is the IASB’s replacement for its existing financial instruments accounting standard, IAS 39.It comes into force on 1 January 2018. Supporters say that it will force banks to set aside provisions against expected losses on loans rather than wait for a loan to turn bad.Critics of the model, such as the LAPFF, argue that it is too little too late.The Barclays analysts wrote: “Capital headwinds in a downturn could be much more severe under IFRS9.”They went on to warn that IFRS 9 could knock as much as 300bp off a bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio during a typical downturn.The analysts also claimed that the provisions made under IFRS 9 will provide an insufficient buffer during a downturn.Last year, IPE reported that the financial stability impact of the new standard was ‘unknown’. Two further publicly quoted companies in the United Kingdom have owned up to paying out illegal dividends.The admissions from furniture company Dunelm and retail stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown follow IPE’s report last week that Domino’s Pizza had uncovered problems with illegal dividend payments going back to 2000.In a statement, Dunelm said its board had “become aware of an issue” with a dividend payment made in November 2015.The company described the affair as a “technical infringement of the Companies Act 2006”.last_img read more

Siblings create townhouse project with original Queenslander

first_img MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: BUYERS HUNGRY FOR RIVERFRONT LUXURY AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST HOUSING JUMP IN 16 YEARS Enjoy kicking back and relaxing at 82 Dobson Street, Ascot. 82 Dobson Street, Ascot.A unique townhouse development in the premium suburb of Ascot is giving buyers the opportunity to secure stunning freehold properties at an affordable price.Located at 82 Dobson St, the newly completed project comprises a renovated four-bedroom Queenslander and two modern three-bedroom townhouses. HISTORIC REVAMP OF HOMESTEAD There’s plenty of space to unwind at 82 Dobson Street, Ascot. The kitchen area is spacious at 82 Dobson Street, Ascot.The development is a joint initiative of brother and sister team John and Mia Pradella of the development company Pradella Property Ventures.“Pradella has a name in property that dates back 60 years and normally our projects involve active retirement resorts,” Ms Pradella said. “In this case, my brother and I recognised a need in key suburbs of Brisbane for people seeking beautiful freehold townhouses.”The properties are designed to cater to either professionals or downsizers looking for low maintenance yet quality homes.“There’s a real need for properties to suit people who want to stay in their area and downsize, without living in a high-rise,” Ms Pradella said. “We wanted it to have a real owner-occupier focus resulting in a beautifully finished product that people can see themselves downsizing to or enjoying as a professional couple.” Ms Pradella said finding the right site proved a challenge, but the result was worth the wait.The project involved shifting, lifting, building beneath and completely renovating the existing Queenslander on the block to create a spacious four-bedroom home with a study.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoTwo bright and airy townhouses were built behind it, each with three bedrooms, a study nook, two bathrooms and powder room. 82 Dobson Street, Ascot.The townhouses feature 2.7m ceilings, north-facing patios, and have bi-fold doors and windows to maximise indoor/outdoor living.Ms Pradella said quality and smart design were the focus inside each home, with premium appliances and high-end finishes among the features. “We are passionate about design and owner occupiers, and we really wanted to create something beautiful which honours what the area of Ascot deserves,” she said. The Queenslander and townhouses are each for sale by expression of interest. Phone Ray White Ascot’s Kate Francis on 0438 800 849.last_img read more