Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Can’t Wait to See Idina Menzel’s 2014 Broadway Return in If/Then

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Idina Menzel 2. Les Miserables – 17%Even though we’ve already heard the people sing first onstage in 1987, then revived in 2006 and on-screen in 2012, fans just can’t get enough of prisoner 24601 and it’s set to come back to the Great White Way in March. The tried-and-true musical featuring music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and a book by Schonberg and Boublil, is swiftly becoming a Broadway classic—and with a cast that includes Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy and Nikki M. James, this show is guaranteed to be one of the hottest tickets of the season. View Comments Star Filescenter_img 3. Aladdin – 11%Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the Genie are heading to Broadway (finally!), and 11 percent of fans are so ready to take a magic carpet ride to the New Amsterdam Theatre. Based on the 1992 Disney movie featuring music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, the new Broadway tuner also features additional lyrics and a new book by Chad Beguelin. In a few short weeks, you can catch the production on Broadway—until then, you’ll have to settle for belting out “A Whole New World” in the shower like you usually do. There are 22 brand new productions currently scheduled to hit the Great White Way in 2014, and with new revivals of Cabaret and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Violet starring Sutton Foster, All the Way led by Bryan Cranston and a stage adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway, how can we pick just one? Well, we can’t, so we asked you to make the tough decision, and three shows—all musicals—stood out among the crowd. Which productions are Broadway fans most excited to see in 2014? Check out the results below!1. If/Then – 25%Tony-winning Wicked and Rent favorite Idina Menzel is making her long-awaited return to Broadway in If/Then, and Broadway fans are absolutely psyched! The new musical by Next to Normal composing duo Tom Kitt and Bryan Yorkey picked up a quarter of the votes. If/Then tells the story of Elizabeth, a woman who decides to rebuild her life in New York City. Plus, it features a Rent reunion between Menzel and Anthony Rapp! Only two months and counting until If/Then hits the Broadway stage—mark your calendars.last_img read more


Landscape training

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia landscape workers can get valuable information andpesticide license credits at the North Georgia Landscape and TurfClinic Oct. 3 at Gainesville College.The program will cover the Worker Protection Standard, soilnutrition, tree and ornamental diseases, utility line safety,weeds in ornamentals and turf, water conservation and turfinsects.Participants can earn 4 hours of commercial pesticide licensecredit in category 24 (ornamentals and turf) and 2 hours ofprivate pesticide applicators credit. The update will start at 9a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The cost is $15.To learn more, call Billy Skaggs at (770) 531-6988. Or e-mail himat bskaggs@uga.edu.last_img


Bolivia and Brazil Plan for Anti-Drug Aviation Exercises

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_img Bolivian and Brazilian Military commanders met on March 26, to plan joint exercises on airspace control along the border, scheduled for June, in the context of the bilateral fight against drugs, a bulletin issued by the Brazilian embassy said. The meeting “represents a new paradigm for coordination between the two countries with regard to airspace and border control, which will strengthen, among other areas, joint efforts to fight drug trafficking,” the statement said. In June, the Air Forces of both countries will conduct “practice for the planning, coordination, and command and control of bi-national air operations, fighter aviation mission exercises, and exchange of information about illicit movements,” the announcement added. The preparatory meetings will last until March 30. In October 2011, La Paz and Brasilia signed an agreement to implement a joint air defense system, including unmanned flights, along their vast shared border of 3,100 km, targeting the movement of drugs and arms. Bolivia is a transit country for Peruvian cocaine headed for Brazil and European countries. By Dialogo March 29, 2012last_img read more


Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events September 3 – 9

Posted On Dec 16 2020 by

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The JacksonsCelebrating the first family of pop music’s 50th Anniversary tour, one of the greatest groups in history returns, electrifying the stage with the late Michael Jackson’s famous dance moves. The king may be gone but his legend lives on through videos of him unleashing his genius, played alongside the performance. Relive classics, such as ear candy “ABC” and so many others, for a crazy night you’ll never forget. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$89.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 3. Sailin’ Shoes, a Little Feat tribute band, rocks The Space at Westbury.Sailin’ ShoesThis tribute band performing music by Little Feat will play tunes from each incarnation of the influential group from the 1970s through the ’90s. This isn’t just any cover band, however. With a familiar classic sound bellowing with originality yet reminiscent of so many soul, blues, and rock greats of our time, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Newman brings tones of familiarity yet originality in his music throughout the many stages he’s had the presence of gracing throughout his acclaimed career. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. Sept. 3.The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity FestivalIf laughter is the best medicine, this festival is a miracle. Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari and Trainwreck’s Amy Schumer are joined by SNL’s Jay Pharoah, Comedy Central roaster Jeff Ross, ex-Daily Show correspondent Michael Che, Insomniac Dave Attell and so many others in what is expected to be a night of sharp-tongued, sexual, and morally questionable jokes. Get ready to laugh, uncontrollably. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $22-$125. 5:15 p.m. Sept. 4.Invitational Gallery Show OpeningBreathtaking oil paintings, ceramic works, photography and more define this Invitational Gallery Show and opening reception, featuring the works of Shain Bard, Puneeta Mittal, Pamela Waldroup and Constance Sloggatt Wolf. Art has the divine capability of transcending this realm and showcasing the boundless, unimaginable vortex of the soul. Come be inspired! The show runs through Sept. 19. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington huntingtonarts.org Free. 6 p.m. Sept. 4.Counting CrowsSinger Adam Duritz & Co. make this intimate, local stop in support of their seventh album, last year’s Somewhere Under Wonderland. Adjusting the setlist every show, fans should expect a different, undeniably memorable night of rock that includes gems from this most recent drop as well as a joyous barrage of hits from 1993’s August and Everything After. Warming up the crowd are Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $70-$150. 7 p.m. Sept. 4.Pat DixonExpect plenty of quirky crook jokes from this New York City-based comedian, writer and producer who hosts The New York City Crime Report with Pat Dixon, which is the only comedy podcast that focuses solely on the topic of crime in NYC. The weekly show presents a comedic take on the most bizarre and interesting criminal and court activity in New York City through the lens of the popular city tabloid news. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $17. 9 p.m. Sept. 4, 5. Fire Island Lighthouse just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5.Fire Island National Seashore 50th Anniversary Weekend CelebrationIf the late master planner Robert Moses had his way, Long Island’s largest and most magical barrier island would have a parkway running down the middle of it. Marking the preservation of this car-free paradise a half century ago are a slew of events that reveal the soothing natural beauty of one of the region’s only National Park Service sites. Events include a ranger-guided Sunset Paddle canoe tour in Watch Hill 5-7 p.m. Sept. 4, a Sunset Breach Hike from the Wilderness Visitors Center at Smith Point County Park in Mastic to New Inlet 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 4, an Evening Seaside Stroll from the Fire Island Lighthouse to Kismet 6:15-7:45 p.m. Sept. 4, the 50 Years, 50 Plants Tour of the William Floyd Estate in Mastic at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5, a Hike Through History from Robert Moses State Park Field 5 to the Fire Island Lighthouse 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 5, an Enchanted Evening Sunken Forest to Cherry Grove Walk starting at the Sailor’s Haven Visitors Center 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Maritime Music with The Shipmates at the Wilderness Center 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5, plus several sand castle contests.R5This pop/rock quartet is coming to Long Island from LA to play for fans songs off their debut album, Louder, which was released last year. Fans of Disney’s Austin & Ally will recall the band’s singer/guitarist, Ross Lynch, who appears regularly on the show. Opening the show are Jacob Whitesides & Ryland. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$75. 7 p.m. Sept. 5.The Brooklyn Bridge BandLong Island Music Hall of Famers and diehard rock and rollers will be delivering their legendary heartfelt hits “Sixteen Candles” and “The Worst That Could Happen,” along with other gems from their seemingly endless, four decades-plus career creating addictive melodies and seamless, ever-flowing harmonies. The late, great Johnny Maestro, will be singing along from the clouds, smiling. A great band, an unforgettable night. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. Sept. 5.BenyaminOne of Iran’s most famous religious and traditional pop singers will be perform hits from his latest album, 85. Benyamin Bahadori, a south of Tehran native, shares his musical talents with multiple countries around the world and is taking that world tour to Long Island. Don’t miss this rare chance to witness this musical maestro’s music and spirit of his culture. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westburythespaceatwestbury.com $55-$125. 9 p.m. Sept. 5.Sean PaulHe’s been heard on Beyonce’s U.S. #1 single “Baby Boy” and seen on various television shows like Punk’d, 106 & Park, and Making the Video. The Jamaican rapper and musician, sold more than six million copies of his album Dutty Rock, following his triumphant win of Reggae Album Of The Year for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards. His latest release, Full Frequency, furthers this amazing artist’s successful future, featuring guest appearances from Damian Marley, Iggy Azalea, and many more. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25, $35 DOS. 10 p.m. Sept. 5. Fine art, such as this work, will be available at the Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts.Westhampton Beach Festival of the ArtsExplore the world of art through these breathtaking creations of painters, jewelers, sculptors, photographers, mixed-media and fiber artists. Select from handmade originals in glass, ceramics, metalwork and woodwork. Purchase spectacular pieces for your home or office. Commission a piece specifically for yourself! Artists are available throughout the event. Great Lawn, 35 W Main St., Westhampton Beach. paragonartevents.com Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 6.FishboneFor more than 25 years Fishbone has been seen touring alongside acts including the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, and many more. American Ska, Punk, and Rock Fusion are only a few genres the band crossed paths with, as they continue to push their boundaries with their 2014 release Intrinsically Intertwined. Fishbone is known for their hyperactive and humorous live presence, even adding a bit of social commentary into the mix. The band’s top hits include “Freddie’s Dead,” “Sunless Saturday,” and “When Problems Arise.” Supporting acts include Downtown Brown, Nonstop To Cairo, Soul Junkies and Pillow Theory. Hells yes! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6.Blues LegendsJoin host Bill Shelley for a celebration of the unique musical talents who created the highly inspiring sound of The Blues. Some of the film clips that will be shared in this program are the only known filmed performance of the artists. This program will feature an assortment of legends and pioneers from the earliest days of Bessie Smith (known as the “Queen of the Blues”), John Lee Hooker, Son House, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Ida Cox, Pops Staples, Memphis Minnie, and many more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public, including reception. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.—Compiled by Nicholas Semelak, Chuck Cannini, Chelsea Russell Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more


Survey: Most Americans concerned about avian flu

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgFeb 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More than half of Americans are concerned about the threat of avian influenza reaching the United States, but few are “very concerned” and fewer still have looked into getting an antiviral drug to protect themselves, according to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).In a nationally representative sample of 1,043 people taken in late January, 42% described themselves as “somewhat concerned” and 15% as “very concerned” about the avian flu threat, according to a Harvard news release.However, only 2% had asked their physician about the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or other antiviral drugs for protection from avian flu, and fewer than 0.5% had obtained a prescription.Only about one fifth of the respondents (21%) were worried that they or a family member would contract avian flu within the next year; 78% were unconcerned about that. For comparison, 12% were worried about this risk in a survey taken in December 2004, about a year after avian flu began to spread widely and cause human illnesses in East Asia.Fifty-nine percent thought that avian flu was likely to occur among wild birds in the United States over the next year, while 38% viewed this as unlikely. However, a 53% majority thought it unlikely that the virus would hit farm-raised poultry in this country. Forty-four percent thought poultry would be affected, though only 17% expected that outbreaks would be widespread.Close to two thirds of those polled (64%) thought it unlikely that there would be human cases of avian flu in the United States within the next year. Thirty-four percent thought this was likely, and 14% expected widespread human cases.The respondents were asked what they would do if avian flu did hit the poultry industry or led to human illness in the United States. Close to half (46%) of those who ate poultry said they would stop eating it if poultry outbreaks occurred.Most of those surveyed said that if human cases occurred in their state, they would reduce or avoid travel (75%), avoid public events (71%), try to get a prescription for Tamiflu or other antivirals (68%), and stay at home and keep their children at home during the outbreak (68%).In the Harvard news release, Robert J. Blendon, director of the survey, said this type of response “would likely slow the spread of the disease, but it would also have major impact on the state’s economy and healthcare system.” Blendon is a professor of health policy and political analysis at HSPH.A 54% majority of Americans follow news media coverage of avian flu closely, according to the results. Nearly the same proportion—53%—said the media were giving the subject about the right level of coverage, while 27% said the media were exaggerating it and 11% said they were underplaying it.A 69% majority of the respondents were aware that human cases of avian flu had occurred in Asia, and 73% knew there had been no cases in the Untied States. However, 15% thought human cases had already occurred in this country.Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading advocate of preparedness for pandemic flu, called the survey “an important study in that it begins to track the American understanding of both avian influenza specifically and the general concern regarding preparedness for a future influenza pandemic.” Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.However, he said the survey reflects some public confusion about avian flu and its relationship to the risk of a human flu pandemic. “To most citizens it’s not clear what avian influenza really means as a human health threat,” he said. “They still see this as largely a poultry problem with only occasional transmission to humans.”Thus, most people see the threat to the United States as a possible expansion of the Asian situation, in which widespread bird outbreaks could lead to occasional human cases, Osterholm said, adding, “It’s much more than that.”The immediate risk in the United States “will be much lower [than in Asia] because we’ll have a much lower rate of disease in poultry and much less human exposure,” he said. “But what the public health community is worried about is not that; it’s the risk of a pandemic with avian influenza as the cause. It’s about the birds, but it’s not about the birds. The real concern has to be about the future.”The survey was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:Harvard news release, with links to the full survey resultshttp://www.hsph.harvard.edu/press/releases/press02232006.htmllast_img read more


The first DHT on the continent: Three days of a rich program at the Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgWelcome lunches at the Slavonian Gate, Šokac dinner in Kunjevci, guided tastings in Kutjevo wineries, a lecture by the youngest Croatian chef from a restaurant with a MICHELIN star, a tour of the Papuk Nature Park, the Festival of Lights and the Red District in Osijek’s Tvrđa, awards for the most deserving Croatian tourism forum , all this and much more at this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, which are held for the first time on the continent from 2 to 5 October. The largest gathering of tourism workers in Croatia, the traditional event Days of Croatian Tourism (DHT), will be held at several locations in Slavonia from 2 to 5 October  The host of the largest gathering of tourist workers is taken over by Slavonia, while the organizers are the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which this year prepared a really rich three-day content. The visit to Slavonia, however, cannot pass without tamburitza players, so Thursday night is reserved for a shock dinner at the Kunjevci estate near Vinkovci, where, with a lot of fun, the annual Croatian tourist awards will be presented. On Friday, October 4, at 12.30 pm in the Osijek Fortress, the Croatian Tourist Forum is scheduled for the topic ‘Financing the sustainable development of tourism’, followed by the traditional Meeting with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The final evening of this year’s DHT, whose program is in charge of screenwriter and director Krešimir Dolenčić and concept author and co-screenwriter Milan Sivački, will be held in the evening at King Tomislav Park. The event will be broadcast live on the first HRT program with the director Mirena Stijačić. Photo: Hrvoje Serdar The general sponsor of the event is HEP.center_img In addition to all of the above, a rich program symbolically called Head On East will be held in the Baroque Fortress for all three days of the event. An invitation to go to the east of Croatia and experience Slavonia full of contrasts with a variety of music, gastronomic duels, top wines, a festival of light, a cabaret show, an antiques fair… At the same time, each of the five Slavonian counties organizes separate various programs about which you can find out all the details on the application of the asappx event. You can download it at the links for Android and for IOs You still get there REPORT for the richest and longest DHT so far! A welcome is being prepared for the participants of the event on Wednesday, October 2, at the entrance to Slavonia – a traditional Slavonian lunch in front of the Pejačević castle in Virovitica and at the Savus Farm in Slavonski Brod. In the evening, the event will be officially opened at 18.30 pm in front of Eltz Castle in Vukovar, where guests can expect an attractive garden party along the Danube, while the next day the program begins at 11 am with study tours of Papuk Nature Park, tastings in Krauthaker and Galić wineries. and the lecture ‘Movement Farm to Table’ which will be held at the Savus Farm by Deni Srdoč, chef of the famous Kvarner restaurant Draga di Lovran, which received a MICHELIN star this year.last_img read more


PGN to lower gas prices ‘hopefully by April’

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgTopics : Four years have passed since the regulation’s issuance yet gas prices still hover around $8 per mmbtu, hurting manufacturing industry growth, at a time when Indonesia is trying to break free from the middle-income trap.In response, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced last month three possible solutions to reduce prices: domestic market obligation (DMO), fiscal incentive or import relaxation. Jokowi is set to make a decision on the matter by March.PGN has made clear that it favored the DMO option but Gigih, speaking on Monday, said the company also wanted tax cuts to reduce operational costs. Specifically, PGN wanted the government to eliminate value added taxes (PPN) for when the company purchased gas and do away with a gas distribution tax “that we will use to build infrastructure instead.”PGN expects the slashing of the two taxes to reduce transmission and distribution costs, which respectively comprise 13 percent and 17 percent of its final selling price. The remaining 70 percent comes from purchasing the gas, a price that the government does not want to cut as it would hurt oil and gas producers. Indonesia’s largest gas distributor aims to lower industrial gas prices to US$6 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) by April, from around $8 mmbtu today – a price point that has been considered burdensome for manufacturing industries.PGN president director Gigih Prakoso said on Monday that the company was engaged in talks with gas companies and the government to meet the $6 price mark, as stipulated by Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 40/2016. The regulation promises cheap gas for the rubber gloves, ceramics, glass, steel, fertilizer, petrochemical and oleochemical industries, which consume 70 percent of Indonesia’s industrial gas.“Hopefully, with all these discussions, there will be a way out such that on April 1 we can implement Perpres No. 40/2016,” he told lawmakers in Jakarta.last_img read more


Ministry offers partial refund to registered pilgrims after cancelling haj

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_img“We will process their requests [for a refund] and submit them to the BPKH in accordance with the predetermined [process],” Muhajirin said in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, referring to the Haj Fund Management Agency. Registered pilgrims may apply for the refund by submitting an application to the heads of local haj offices in their regency or city. They must also submit the original bank receipt for their final haj payment, copies of their bank book and identity card, and an active phone number.The haj domestic services directorate and the BPKH would process all verified applications and then transfer the refund to the registered pilgrim’s bank account. “The process is expected to be completed in nine days,” said Muhajirin. The Religious Affairs Ministry has announced that people who had registered for this year’s haj program may request a refund of their deposit, after the government cancelled this year’s haj on Tuesday due to concerns over COVID-19 transmission.However, those registered for next year’s haj program may not request a refund of their initial deposit, only a refund of the final balance they had paid for their haj trips.The ministry’s domestic haj services director, Muhajirin Yanis, said that at least 58 pilgrims had requested a refund, while 198,765 pilgrims from 13 “batches” had finished paying for their haj trips. Read also: ‘It’s impossible’: Indonesia holds firm on haj cancellationIn cases in which a registered haj pilgrim has died or has a permanent health condition, the haj ticket would be transferred to the pilgrim’s next of kin for next year’s program.Muhajirin said that the ministry would work with religious counselors and its partners on the haj and umrah (minor haj) guidance group to disseminate information on the new refund policy.Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, sends hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to fulfill their long-awaited haj obligation. As many as 221,000 pilgrims had originally registered for the government’s haj program this year.The Saudi government has granted Indonesia the largest haj pilgrim quota among participating countries, it also has the longest waiting list, with registered pilgrims waiting an average 17 years until they actually depart on their haj.Saudi authorities have announced that both the haj and umrah, which attract millions of Muslim pilgrims from around the world, will remain suspended until further notice.Topics :last_img read more


EIOPA calls for new powers to create pan-European personal pensions

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_img“This should entail an appropriate mix of centralised powers and tools and a clear mandate to reinforce supervisory convergence.”Bernardino said insurance providers following a standard design template for such “profit-sharing” PEPP products could receive more favourable regulatory treatment.“Provided that, by design, these collective profit-sharing products avoid the exposure to short-term market volatility, the regulatory treatment in Solvency II could be aligned to the risks effectively incurred, resulting possibly in lower capital requirements,” he said.He also reiterated the supervisor’s proposals for a hands-on policy for the creation of PEPPs.In February, EIOPA favoured a parallel, so-called second-regime approach for PEPPs and advised the Commission to adopt standardised information provision, standard investment choices, regulated but flexible charge caps, and flexible biometric and guarantee options as part of its technical advice.However, a Commission consultation exercise, launched in July and which closes at the end of October, presented four options, including enhanced co-operation between EU member states, creating a new product similar to a US individual retirement account (IRA), a voluntary approach based on common features and outright harmonisation.Martin Merlin, director in the Commission’s directorate general for financial services and the capital markets union, said it was too early to say whether there would be draft legislation on PEPPs but indicated that a decision was expected in the first half of 2017.Merlin acknowledged the hurdle of taxation and said the Commission had a study underway.“One possibility is to see to it that a new potential European pension product gets at least the same treatment that national products get, so that the European product is not disadvantaged against national products,” he said.Bernardino said the supervisory approach developed for collective risk-sharing PEPPs could be applied to defined contribution occupational schemes.“A further important step would be the design of a simple and transparent second regime for defined contribution occupational pension schemes,” he said, adding that such a framework could provide a cross-border platform for multinational sponsors.The chairman also acknowledged the need to make the CMU tangible for European consumers and said PEPPs could be part of this process.But he conceded that trust in personal pensions was lacking in many countries and said many products were sub-optimal in investment design and in scale. Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), today called for new powers to create a supervisory regime for Pan-European Personal Pension (PEPPs) products with collective risk-sharing characteristics.Boosting investment in personal pensions is a policy objective of the keystone Capital Markets Union (CMU) policy of the Juncker Commission, which aims to boost investment in areas like infrastructure and SME lending, and is seen as a way to boost Europe’s pension savings gap.Bernardino called for the CMU project to prioritise supervisory convergence to boost cross-border PEPP provision and ensure consistent quality of supervision between EU member states.“The evolution of the PEPP needs to be accompanied with an evolution in the powers and tools available to EIOPA,” the chairman told the supervisor’s annual conference in Frankfurt this morning.last_img read more


Naval Group names VP for international development

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgFrench naval specialist Naval Group has appointed Alain Guillou as its Executive Vice President (VP) for international development.Guillou will be responsible for boosting the group’s internationalisation in terms of business development and human and industrial presence.He spent most of his career in positions with an operational dimension and linked to social-change management, industrial management and international cooperation, Naval Group said.Alain Guillou said: “The aim is to transform Naval Group into a profitable international group to offer to our customers ships and equipment able to ensure sovereignty and possessing technological and operational superiority, with a high degree of availability and maintainability and at a price that is competitive on the market.“To succeed, we must bring together and mobilise all our energy, first and foremost that of the Naval Group teams but also that of the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement), French Navy and French government departments as well as that of our industrial partners.”To remind, Naval Group’s subsidiary dedicated to marine renewables, Naval Energies, appointed Laurent Schneider-Maunoury as its new president last week.last_img read more