Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jeremy Irvine Set for West End’s Buried ChildScreen favorite Jeremy Irvine (Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, The Railway Man, Stonewall) will make his West End debut as Vince in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child. As previously reported, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan will reprise their performances from the New York production in the London transfer, which is set to play a limited engagement November 14 through February 18, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for December 1. Scott Elliott once again directs the New Group revival of the painfully funny family drama, which casts a brutal light on disenfranchised Americans.Comedy Central to Air Lewis Black’s Broadway ShowCan’t get to Broadway to see Lewis Black’s latest show? Never fear, Comedy Central will film his performance of Lewis Black: Black to the Future at the Marquis Theatre on September 26. The one-hour politically-themed special is slated to premiere on October 7.Davenport Theatre Switches It UpName change! After weeks of major renovations, the Davenport Theatre Black Box is now remodeled and renamed The Loft at the Davenport Theatre. The intimate off-Broadway space has a flexible seating capacity of up to 99. The first production scheduled to run at the renovated venue is A Dog Story, which begins previews on November 3.Joshua Henry Proves His Love for the 1980sWe’re loving Joshua Henry’s #HamJams from the Windy City. Check out the latest from the Chicago company of Hamilton showing the classic rock band Chicago some love. Next up, we expect a rendition of “All That Jazz!” Happy Flashback Friday! Jeremy Irvine(Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images) P.S. Slight date switcheroo for the buzzy La La Land, starring Broadway alum Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling; the film will now debut in limited theaters on December 9 (instead of December 2). Wide release is still planned for December 16, Deadline writes. View Comments
Related Shows In & Of Itself, a new magic-storytelling hybrid show created by and starring Derek DelGaudio, will head off-Broadway this spring. Tony-winning magic enthusiast Neil Patrick Harris will produce the New York premiere, which is directed by Emmy winner Frank Oz. The 10-week limited engagement will begin on April 5 at the Daryl Roth Theatre.The show premiered at Los Angles’ Geffen Playhouse last year. It explores the illusion of self-identity as it weaves memories and secrets of the past, present and future.Harris, a Tony winner for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, previously directed DelGaudio in the off-Broadway magic show Nothing to Hide.In & Of Itself will open officially on April 12 and is scheduled to run through June 18. The production is designed by A. Bandit and features original music by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh. Derek DelGaudio in ‘In & Of Itself’ at Geffen Playhouse(Photo: Jeff Lorch) In & Of Itself View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 19, 2017
South Australia launches sweeping residential energy storage program FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:South Australia’s Liberal government officially opened the country’s biggest support scheme for household battery storage, with up to 40,000 homes able to access grants and low-interest finance for both battery storage and new rooftop solar installations.The $200 million scheme – half in grants and the other half in loans provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – delivers on a pre-election promise from the newly elected Marshall government, but is heavily modified after the then Labor government proposed a similar scheme, but with more focus on low-income housing and more connection between installations.South Australia – as most people are aware – is leading the country and possible the world in terms of penetration of wind and solar, with more than 50 per cent of its generation coming from these variable resources, and the Australian Energy Market Operator predicts that share could rise to near 100 per cent by 2025.While much of the focus has been on the state’s large-scale renewable investments, the state also boasts the highest penetration of rooftop solar, with more than 930MW, and this is starting to have an impact on the way the grid is managed. Rooftop solar is now providing up to 45 per cent of generation at certain times of the day, and the growing amounts of solar could push that grid demand to zero in coming years, causing AEMO to look for ways to try and “orchestrate” this resource for the overall benefit of the grid.The scheme could add up to 400MWh of storage to the grid – not quite four times the size of the 100MW/129MWh Tesla big battery next to the Hornsdale wind farm that has dominated interest from operators and market players – and this could time shift the output of solar, and provide essential grid services.More: South Australia opens biggest household battery storage support scheme
Aside from the 7 straight days of temperatures exceeding 105, my family’s vacation to Las Vegas in early June was rather pleasant. But it did not start off too well and I experienced first hand how brand experience can go south very quickly.After a May business trip and a great experience at the Aria Hotel and Casino, I decided it would be a fun experience for my family. With just a couple of calls and some web searches, I found the best package via Priceline and booked two rooms at the Aria. I had high expectations and bragged to my wife and kids about how great the hotel was.Upon arrival, the four of us headed to the check-in desk, expecting a quick, uneventful check in experience. Unfortunately, we had no such luck. It took 20 minutes to check in once we began speaking with the check in person. It seemed that they could not find two adjoining rooms, even though they knew I requested two rooms, they knew we were a family and they knew we have two teenagers. After some running around and a lengthy conversation between the check in person and her supervisor, we were given our door cards to rooms on the 24th floor. In addition to taking 20 minutes to check-in, not apologizing for the wait and not acknowledging that I was just there 5 weeks ago, it was an instant disappointment and a let down. Strike one. Surely, things would be better as we entered our opulent, deluxe, adjoining rooms.The elevator ride was without a hitch. After-all, what could go wrong with an elevator? Once the doors opened on 24th floor, we were hit with a very strong smell that smelled like glue or epoxy. It turns out, part of the 24th floor was being remodeled with new wall coverings being affixed. Onward we went, towards the other end of the hallway thinking the smell would not be too bad. As we continued down the hall, the smell seemed to fade away. Thank goodness, because I really built up the expectation of the Aria with my family.A few minutes later we arrived at our rooms. They were next to each other, but not adjoining as we had requested. Strike 2. The kids went to theirs and we entered ours. I went right to the view (which was excellent) and my wife went right to the bathroom. That’s when things got rather ugly. On the bathroom floor lay a used, dirty towel. Another was on the shower floor with the shower completely wet. Above the toilet was an open compartment for access to the plumbing. Strike 3! What the heck is going on? Within a moment my wife went over to the kids room and noted a dirty, wet towel in their shower and a partially removed tile by the toilet. It was at this time that my wife darted to the phone and called guest services to let them know that our rooms were unexpectable. While on the phone, she noticed popcorn under our bed. Strike 4. My recommendation of the Aria was starting to backfire quickly.Housekeeping came up to the rooms rather quickly. They too seemed surprised by the condition of the rooms and stated “these rooms should never have been released.” They even photographed “the scene” to report it back to management. It felt more like a scene from CSI Las Vegas, than a nice start to a vacation in a luxury hotel. Ernesto, the housekeeping supervisor assured me that the Aria would “make this right” and likely put us up in some Sky Suites.After some back and forth on the phone, it was decided a personal visit to guest services was the way to go. So down 24 floors we went. Guest services informed us that they would have new rooms available the next day and that they would call us as soon as they were ready. In the meantime, they would thoroughly clean our rooms on floor 24, which they did promptly. We were also given a $50 credit per room. So no unpacking for the night, but we were ok with this, thinking they would take care of us the next day after we enjoyed spending our $100 on the buffet breakfast.By mid-afternoon the next day, we grew tired of waiting for a call regarding the status of our new rooms. If you’re counting, that’s strike 5. Off to guest services we went, yet again. Only one of the two rooms were available, but we could move into it and await for room number two. Strike 6. We were not happy that it was up to us to follow-up with guest services after that promised to notify us of our room availability. We vented and it was agreed that we’d get 2 nights resort fees credited to each room. There was no suggestion that a valet could assist us with the move, so off to the 30th floor we went, with our luggage in tow; to get the 30th floor, we had to go back down to the casino level first, then up another elevator to the 30th floor. As for Ernesto’s suggestion we’d end up in Sky Suites, no such luck, although he led us to believe we would. Strike 7.So what’s my point? Don’t stay at the Aria? No, it’s a great place to stay. For whatever reason, there were several breakdowns in communication and maybe some behind the scene blaming. Nobody on the hotel staff owned our experience, and that was a disappointment.Do you own your member’s experience at your credit union? 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: https://www.strategycorps.com Details
Topics : The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds. President Donald Trump said the coronavirus outbreak is as under control as it can get in the United States, where more than 155,000 people have died amid a patchy response to the public health crisis that has failed to stem a rise in cases.”They are dying, that’s true,” Trump said in an interview with the Axios news website. “It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague.”In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro has minimized the gravity of the pandemic and opposed lockdown measures, even as he and several of his cabinet tested positive for the virus.The pandemic was initially slower to reach Latin America, which is home to about 640 million people, than much of the world. But officials have since struggled to control its spread because of the region’s poverty and densely packed cities. More than 100 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean live in slums, according to the United Nations Human Settlements Program. Many have jobs in the informal sector with little in the way of a social safety net and have continued to work throughout the pandemic.Even in parts of the world that had appeared to have curbed the spread of the virus, countries have recently seen single-day records in new cases, signaling the battle is far from over.Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recently had record increases in cases.Australia also reported a record number of new deaths on Wednesday, taking the country’s total to 247.
Swedish life and pensions provider Folksam Liv returned 12% on its portfolio for calendar 2014, up from 7.6% the year before.The company said that both equities and fixed income securities contributed to the substantial increases in returns.At end-2014, assets under management had increased to SEK350bn (€38.1bn) from SEK304bn at the end of 2013.However, the solvency ratio had fallen to 155% from 161% the previous year. Folksam said the decline was largely the result of increased technical provisions because of lower interest rates.But premium income rose by 57%, from SEK8.6bn in 2013 to SEK13.4bn in 2014.The company said demand was driven by “consistently strong key figures, broad distribution and strong interest for traditional life insurance with guarantees”.It said volumes within pension investments increased sharply, especially within endowment insurance and individual occupational pensions.The bonus interest on traditional insurances went up to 7% (it is now 8% from 1 February 2015), making it a very attractive investment alternative.Jens Henriksson, president and chief executive at Folksam, said: “Folksam, along with its subsidiaries, showed continued strong economic strength in 2014.“We are growing in virtually all areas at the same time, and we took important steps on our way to becoming a more modern financial institution.”But he added that Folksam has been impacted by both low market rates and comprehensive weather-related claims costs, as well as sweeping regulatory changes.Meanwhile, local government pension scheme KPA, which is 60% owned by Folksam, made returns of 13.3% for 2014, compared with 8.2% for the previous year.This result took five-year average returns between 2009 and 2014 to 8.5%.At end-2014, KPA’s portfolio was invested 55% in fixed income, 39% in equities (16% Swedish, 23% international) and 5% in property, with 1% in alternatives, including hedge funds.The company said it was able to give a substantial allocation to riskier investments such as equities because its solvency was strong (in spite of a slight decline from 172% at end-2013, to 166% a year later).During 2014, premium income rose nearly 3%, to SEK10.2bn from SEK9.9bn.As in the previous year, the company said this was because more people chose KPA Pension as their occupational pension provider, actively or by default, particularly for the KAP-KL collective pension, and also PA-KFS.
Beehive.govt.nz 19 May 2016Family First Comment: Yes he’s right“The consistent feedback from experts in their field was that cannabis-based products should be treated no differently to other medicines – evidence-based principles should and will continue to be followed”, says Mr Dunne.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has welcomed expert clinical support of the Government’s approach to prescribing cannabis-based products from medical specialists and the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).Mr Dunne instructed Ministry of Health officials in March to undertake a targeted consultation with a range of medical specialists and the NZMA to determine whether the guidelines used to assess applications for prescribing cannabis-based products were still fit for purpose.The feedback received, which is being released today, was unanimously supportive that the guidelines and process are sound.“The consistent feedback from experts in their field was that cannabis-based products should be treated no differently to other medicines – evidence-based principles should and will continue to be followed”, says Mr Dunne.The specialists consulted agreed that the guideline recommending that a patient be hospitalised when treatment with a non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based product is initiated should be removed, which has been actioned.“As I said in New Zealand’s National Statement to the UN General Assembly Special Session last month, identifying the greatest therapeutic benefits and determining the most appropriate ratios, dosage and delivery mechanisms will only come through a robust, scientific approach.“Otherwise we are essentially flying blind and hoping for the best, an approach that flies in the face of evidence-based medicines policy.“It is my hope that by releasing this feedback it will go some way to balancing out the irresponsible and ill-informed messages being passed off as fact, and provide a degree of reassurance to those who are genuinely looking for respite to significant health issues”, said Mr Dunne.READ MORE: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/strong-clinical-support-government%E2%80%99s-guidelines-cannabis-based-productsFamily First is calling for the following:• the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms (Supported by NZMA)• the establishment of an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval• the Government instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex as a medicine under the Medicines Act 1981 and to continue to make pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines available to treat serious medical conditions when traditional methods have failed
St. Louis Golf team finished their second to last match, Tuesday night, against St. Mary’s of Greensburg at North Branch. The final scores of the match were St. Mary’s 174 and St. Louis 208.Scoring for the Cardinals were Jackson Wanstrath, Cael Rahe, Rhea Miller, and Eli Vogelsang.The Cardinals will be playing in the Batesville Invitational this Saturday to finish off their season.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his team deserved an apology after their two-year UEFA ban from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Guardiola had in describing the decision called the verdict a “good day for football”. He said the club’s reputation had been damaged by the furore around allegations that they broke Financial Fair Play rules.He then fired back at comments from managers Jose Mourinho and Juergen Klopp.He said at a news conference on Tuesday: “Jose and all the managers should know that we were damaged. We should be apologised (to).“Because, like I said many times, if we did something wrong, we will accept absolutely the decisions by UEFA and CAS because we did something wrong.“We have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct, is right. Three independent judges said this.” Liverpool manager Klopp had described the CAS verdict on Monday as “not a good day for football”, but Guardiola disagreed.“Yesterday (Monday) was a good day for football because we play with the same rules of FFP as all the clubs in Europe. All of them. (If) we break this FFP, we will be banned,” he said.“We were damaged. The people say (said) that we cheated and lying (lied) many, many times. The presumption of innocence was not there.“And after, when it happened and it was (found to be that we were) right, of course we are incredibly happy because we can defend what we have done on the pitch.”Guardiola also took aim at Spanish league president Javier Tebas, a long standing critic of Manchester City, who had questioned whether CAS was the right court for deciding such matters. “He is another one. This guy Senor Tebas must be so jealous for (of) the Premier League, the English football,” he said.“He is incredible legal expert from what I see. So, next time we will ask in which court, which judges we have to go. He has to be a little bit worried or concerned about La Liga, (he should) focus on there.“Normally these kind of people, when the sentence is good for him its perfect, like happened many times in Spain right now. But when the sentence is against, the problem is for the other ones.“We will be in the UEFA Champions League next season, Senor Tebas, because what we did, we did it properly.”RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Reuters/NAN.Tags: Court of Arbitration for SportManchester CityPep GuardiolaUEFA Champions League
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has tested positive for the coronavirus a day after taking part in a Serie A meeting for club bosses, the team confirmed on Thursday.The 71-year-old De Laurentiis received the positive result from a test taken on Wednesday, said Napoli. But the Serie A club did not provide further details.Serie A hosted Wednesday’s meeting with representatives from the league’s 20 clubs in Milan.It was decided the league should form a new company, with the help of external investors, to market media rights.Potential consequences of De Laurentiis’ infection for the Napoli team were not immediately clear.Coach Gennaro Gattuso’s team open the new campaign away to Parma on Sept. 20. (dpa/NAN)Tags: COVID-19Napoli