Pictured in the sketch (clockwise from top left) are Ewan McGregor as Henry, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Annie, Alex Breaux as Brodie, Ronan Raftery as Billy, Josh Hamilton as Max, Cynthia Nixon as Charlotte and Madeline Weinstein as Debbie. Happy opening to the cast of The Real Thing! Tonight, we’re singing Smokey Robinson and eating Hawaiian dip (was that an ‘80s thing?) in your honor. View Comments The Real Thing Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Break out your record player, because the Great White Way revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing opens officially on October 30 at the American Airlines Theatre. To celebrate the big night for the Roundabout production, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of the cast. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015
It’s had audiences dancing in the aisles since 2001, but Mamma Mia! is still the name of the game. The ABBA musical, which is set to close on September 12 at the Broadhurst Theatre, continued its record-breaking streak by once again playing its highest grossing non-holiday week since moving to the space in November 2013 (from the Winter Garden Theatre). It was also the third highest frontrunner on the Main Stem by capacity. Though its box office bump could be indicative of another extension, the stage adaption of Misery is set to begin performances in the theater on October 22. At $932,929, the tuner was short of reaching seven figures, but 12 shows did break the $1 million mark this week, including perennial box office favorites (including The Lion King), Main Stem mainstays (such as The Phantom of the Opera) and Broadway newcomers (including Hamilton).Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 26:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,408,501)2. Wicked ($2,002,632)3. Aladdin ($1,831,846)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,505,083)5. An American in Paris ($1,429,500)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. On the Town ($476,502)4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($405,108)**3. It Shoulda Been You ($404,467)2. Hand to God ($339,642)1. Amazing Grace ($297,904)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.13%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.58%)3. Mamma Mia! (100.80%)4. Hamilton (100.47%)*5. Matilda (100.05%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hand to God (73.30%)4. Jersey Boys (72.86%)3. It Shoulda Been You (72.43%)2. Amazing Grace (56.40%)1. On the Town (54.66%)* Number based on seven preview performances**Number based on six regular performancesSource: The Broadway League Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 Mamma Mia! View Comments
College acceptance is not typically at the top of a middle school student’s to-do list, but preparation for higher education should begin somewhere between after-school practice and math homework at this age.Believe it or not, students should be thinking of their future career paths before they tackle high school, said Katie Murray, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences admissions counselor for the University of Georgia Tifton campus.”I do think middle school students should be aware that the classes you take in high school will affect what college you get into in terms of GPA and rigor,” said Murray. “Middle school students do not have to know what they want to be when they grow up, but it is a good time to explore their interests.” The best tools for this sort of planning may not be a laptop or notebook, but rather real-life, hands-on experiences that give students a better idea of what they are passionate and excited about, said Murray.While it might not be easy to convince a middle school-aged student that it is time to build their resume and begin collecting community service hours, youth development organizations like Georgia 4-H can help and even make the process fun.“In general, 4-H gives youth many opportunities to develop skills for the workforce, and those opportunities often result from participation in 4-H summer camp,” said Charlie Wurst, UGA Extension 4-H specialist and camping coordinator. “Many 4-H’ers pursue service and education-related careers as the result of relationships with caring adult leaders who nurtured and supported them. Many of those relationships were first built at 4-H camp, and those experiences encourage youth to want to serve others.”Other career exploration opportunities are available through specialty camp programs such as Marine Resources Camp. “It’s not uncommon to hear 4-H’ers indicate they want to explore a career in the sciences after being exposed to unique activities in areas in which they are passionate, whether it’s in an area like marine biology or in engineering after building robots in a STEM class at camp,” Wurst added.Georgia 4-H provides experiences for young people to “learn by doing” through completing hands-on projects in various focus areas. Through 4-H, youth develop lifelong friends and mentors through engaging in various programs and experiences. 4-H programs can be found in every county throughout the state.For more information about Georgia 4-H and how to get involved, visit georgia4h.org.
BURLINGTON, Vt.–Area experts in Internet marketing and business practices are teaching five new ‘mini-courses’ at Champlain College this summer and fall. The online courses are well-suited to business professionals who want to use Internet technologies to advance their organizations. Each of the one-credit courses runs for five weeks.”These are tactics that don’t require traditional textbook teaching,” said Elaine Young, director of Champlain’s e-Business Management program. “These are practical, ready-to-use-right-away courses.”Dave Winslow and Alex Broussard of EpikOne will teach the first three courses, where students will getting the most current information possible in the areas of: ‘Search Engine Optimization,’ ‘Google AdWords’ and ‘Web Analytics.’ These three courses begin July 5. Winslow, a Champlain alumnus, and Broussard are Google Enterprise Professional and Google Analytics Authorized Consultants.”One of the biggest challenges in e-business is staying current,” Young said. “If tomorrow Google announces a major change in its search algorithm, we are ready to include that information because current professionals and experts are teaching the course.”Starting August 28, Justin Siegel of JNJ Mobile will teach a course called ‘Social Networking’- allowing participants to explore the effectiveness of social networking as a communications vehicle. Siegel’s company develops and publishes innovative mobile entertainment and social networking applications.In October, Elaine Young of the Champlain faculty presents an ‘Online Visibility’ course while in November, Champlain faculty member Robin Lane teaches an ‘Ethical Policy Development’ course, covering privacy policies and Internet policies for staff and customers. Young has previously worked with a Web development firm and Lane was previously CEO of an Internet service provider.These one-credit ‘mini-courses’ are $420 in the summer and $440 in the fall. Group tuition discounts are available through the Champlain College Workforce Development Center at (802) 865-5402 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). Individuals may register through Champlain College’s Center for Online and Continuing Education at (888) 545-3459 or www.champlain.edu/coce(link is external).# # #
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed seven contracts for a combined 770 megawatts of battery energy storage projects, one of the biggest single procurements of its kind. The utility also wants to turn them on by August 2021, which would be a record-fast turnaround for projects of that magnitude.The seven projects, which still need approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, will help meet a fall CPUC order for 3.3 gigawatts of carbon-free resources to help meet the state’s grid reliability needs. Half of that solicitation is due online by August 2021, and SCE must deliver the largest share among the state’s utilities and community choice aggregators.Most of the winning projects will be co-located with existing solar farms that will charge the batteries, making them useful for integrating and smoothing the intermittency of the state’s growing share of renewable generation, as well as providing resource adequacy for times of peak demand in the late afternoons and evenings. That’s needed to replace grid capacity provided by four natural gas-fired power plants on the Southern California coast that use seawater for cooling, and have been ordered to close as soon as possible to reduce their environmental impact.SCE’s single 770-megawatt procurement “tops the entire 2019 US storage market by more than 200 megawatts,” said Daniel Finn-Foley, head of energy storage for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The consultancy expects the U.S. storage market to grow by more than 7 times from 2019 to 2021.“The storage market is approaching a deployment acceleration over the next two years that will be unprecedented in recent U.S. electricity history,” Finn-Foley said.NextEra Energy Resources will build three of the SCE projects, which are also the largest of the seven selected by the utility. Those include a 230 megawatt/920 megawatt-hours project connected to NextEra’s 250-megawatt McCoy solar farm, and two projects of 115 megawatts/460 megawatt-hours apiece adjacent to NextEra’s two Blythe Solar Energy Center solar farms. All are located in Riverside County.[Jeff St. John]More: Southern California Edison contracts mammoth 770MW energy storage portfolio to replace California gas plants Southern California Edison contracts 770MW of battery storage to replace gas plants
Mission: “We must remember what we started out to do and then find ways to do it with the modern techniques available,” said Louise Herring, one of the pioneers of credit unions. It would be silly to think we could go back to what we did decades ago and expect success. Credit unions were started to serve people with modest means. Today, that doesn’t just mean impoverished people. Who could use a break from the big banks? College students sure could use a financial institution, which had their best interest in mind. Small business owners could use a financial institution that would work hard for their $100,000 loan unlike a large bank that doesn’t have much time for such a “small” transaction. Chances are, your quarterly newsletter and statement stuffers aren’t going to reach those people. Find the “modern techniques” that Ms. Herring referenced and craft a relevant consumer centered message that solves their problem.“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life,” said Steve Jobs in his 2005 Stanford commencement address. In the case of many credit unions, you’re a beginner again. You have work to do and decisions to make. Your much larger competitors can outspend you in the marketing race, but as we always tell our clients, there’s no way in hell they can outwork you. You’re smaller, more nimble, and, if you choose to do so, can sneak up on them and reinvent the game. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details In one 10-year time frame, Apple went from death’s door to the dominant player in mobile devices. Better yet, when Apple reached the top of their market, their competitors imploded one at a time. Research In Motion (RIMM), Motorola, Sony, and HTC all slowly lost ground.What can you learn from Apple about success in your credit union? Most companies with an overwhelming market share would have taken their foot off the gas and enjoyed success. The C-Suite and senior managers would have accepted offers to pose for Fortune magazine covers, served on several different corporate boards (each to further raise their profile), and cashed in on their hard earned accomplishments. When the world is worshipping you, you bask. You coast. You rest easy for a little while — especially after 10 hard fought years of rebuilding a company. Apple did none of that.Credit Unions did. Through the heyday of credit unions, when visions were clear and missions were noble, success came without much work. HR Departments sent new employees to you to open an account. Companies supported their credit unions because the credit unions provided a crucial service for their employees who needed it the most.So what happened? Times changed. Visions were lost. We took our foot off the gas. Community charters muddied the waters and greed overtook some credit unions. But that’s not the end of the story, if you don’t want it to be.Apple made a comeback after near extinction— so can your credit union. How?Vision: Apple didn’t play the computer “game” the way everyone said they needed to. They went from being 3 months away from shutting down to introducing the iPhone within 10 years. During that time frame, Napster was introduced and made music pretty much free. Apple produced the next “Walkman” with the iPod, which forced users to pay for music. Dell lead in PC sales during that time, selling boring looking computers with no middle man to keep the costs down. Apple created a bunch of Apple stores and sales skyrocketed. In 2007, all the leading smart phones, such the BlackBerry, Palm Treo, and the first versions of Google’s Android, had physical keyboards. Apple came up with something utterly different. So why is your credit union playing the “game” the way everyone else is? Don’t just dream about beating the competition. Think differently and create a new game.
The European pensions industry has taken a dim view of recent news the European Commission is planning to submit IORPs to stress tests as early as next year.Earlier this week, IPE revealed that the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is preparing stress tests for institutions for occupational retirement provision (IORPs) for some time in 2015, according to Patrick Darlap, chairman of EIOPA’s Financial Stability Committee.James Walsh, EU and international policy lead at the UK National Association of Pension Funds, said EIOPA’s plan to begin stress tests in 2015 risked imposing “new and unnecessary burdens on schemes without strengthening protection for members”.“The UK has just introduced a revised approach to the regulation of DB schemes funding, and we have a range of initiatives underway to ensure quality in DC schemes,” he said. “It is difficult to see what value EIOPA stress tests would add, or what mandate EIOPA has for this project.”The Finnish Pension Alliance (TELA) said EIOPA should hold off on aiming for early stress tests, and that EU regulation should be changed to take account of the social aspects of pension funds.Ilkka Geitlin, legal counsel at TELA, said: “Instead of aiming for the stress tests, EIOPA should wait and see what direction economic development will take and what the new Commission will look like.”He said that, having reviewed the recent draft of the Shareholder Directive and IORP II, he questioned whether EIOPA and European Commission completely understood the social and labour dimensions of IORPs.“There seems to be an ambition to regulate these actors as if they were asset managers, banks or investment funds, which is troublesome since IORPs manage social pension security, not asset management per se, although managing the funded parts of pensions is necessary for actual payments,” he said.A spokesman at EIOPA confirmed to IPE that the main objective of the stress test is to “assess the resilience of IORPs to adverse market developments”, such as a prolonged low-interest-rate environment.He said the stress test would cover a “representative sample” of all types of IORPs in the EU, including defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid schemes.The spokesman pointed out that the test was part of the regulator’s remit to “conduct regular stress tests for IORPs and insurance undertakings”, and that there was “no relation with the review of the IORP Directive” scheduled for 2018.Helmut Aden, chairman at the VFPK, Germany’s association for company pension funds, said the stress tests would reveal EIOPA’s hand on which method it preferred for calculating additional capital requirements.He said “all signs pointed to the introduction of such requirements for IORPs in future”, but he questioned the use of stress tests in the current market environment.“It is more than questionable to talk about a mark-to-market approach when the market is massively manipulated by politics,” he said.Germany’s other pension fund association, the aba, also called on the European watchdog to apply the stress tests “responsibly”.Klaus Stiefermann, managing director of the association, warned that pension funds needed money and resources for the tests, and argued that they should only be put in place if the results provided valuable information.He also pointed to the “major political impact” of such tests and called on EIOPA to make use of them “as responsibly as possible”.The Dutch Pensions Federation said it was not surprised EIOPA wanted to link a stress test to a second quantitative impact study (QIS), as this would “make the conditions comparable”.But the industry organisation said it expected any second QIS would again conclude that quantitative demands at European level were “complex”, and that the introduction of the holistic balance sheet (HBS) would “prove difficult”.It also reiterated its view that the pensions industry would require “ample time to thoroughly map out the impact of the HBS”.
A Nordic pension fund is tendering $20m (€17.7m) worth of credit and commodities mandates, using IPE Quest.The unnamed asset owner tendered two $5m-10m mandates, building on a series of $40m worth of equity mandates previously released.Search QN-2158 seeks to allocate towards an actively managed US high-yield credit strategy, stating that performance will be measured against a “broad benchmark covering all sectors”.The pension fund asked that the strategy have a minimum tracking error of 1% but not exceeding 5%. The second search, QN-2159, is for commodities, measuring performance against the Bloomberg WTI Crude Oil total return sub-index, or the NYMEX WTI Crude or ICE Brent Crude futures market.The fund allows for the tracking error on the commodities mandate to be significantly higher, placing an upper limit of 10%.Interested asset managers must have at least $500m across either strategy, and total assets of $500m under management.Additionally, they should have at least three years’ experience, but preferably five years, and submit proposals stating net of fees performance to the end of January.Proposals for the searches must be submitted by 7 March.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email email@example.com.
The MSCI World index fell by 3.6% in euro terms over the course of 2018, but since the start of 2019 to 1 April the index rose by 16.1%.Velliv reported that, although DKK100 of customer savings at the beginning of 2018 had fallen to roughly DKK95-96 by the end of last year, it had risen to DKK103 at the end of March 2019.Christiansen said: “The development clearly shows that one must be careful not to think too short-term. Patience pays off.”He added: “There is a prospect of a good ending to the trade war between China and the United States. At the same time, the Chinese are doing everything to stimulate their finances. Finally, the US central bank has clearly signalled that it is no longer so busy raising its interest rates.”To illustrate the strength of long-term returns, Velliv reported that its VækstPension Aktiv product, with medium risk and 15 years to retirement, produced an accumulated return of 100% over the past 10 years, despite the loss in Q4 2018.Velliv had DKK219bn (€29bn) in total assets at the end of last year. Danish pension fund Velliv is to slow down the pace of its investment into equity markets because of uncertainty around economic growth that it predicts is looming on the horizon next year.The fund, which changed its name last year from Nordea Liv & Pension Denmark, said market returns in the first few months of 2019 had more than made up for the investment losses it reported for 2018.This recovery was due in part to the pension fund’s strategy of investing customers’ savings in a higher amount of equities this year, Velliv said, after turbulent financial markets in the fourth quarter of 2018.Anders Stensbøl Christiansen, CIO of Velliv, said: “In light of the significant increases in the stock markets in just two months, we are now slightly slowing down the share portfolio – also because in 2020 we see some uncertainty about global economic growth.”