This Week’s Picks! Katy Perry, Sutton Foster & More

first_img View Comments It’s the dog days of summer, but the Great White Way is buzzing with opening nights of Penn & Teller on Broadway on July 12 and Amazing Grace on July 16. What else is up this week? We’ve got Aaron Lazar singing solo, Sutton Foster back on stage and Broadway favorites honoring a bubbly pop princess. Get ready for this week’s picks! Take Home Peter Pan & the BardIn stores July 17If you sing along at a Broadway musical, you’ll probably be asked to leave…or if you’re good, sign a contract and join the ensemble. (Hey, it could happen.) But singing along to the tunes coming from your phone or computer? Go full-on Merman and reach for those stars, you lovable dreamer! You have two more opportunities today with the release of the original cast recordings of both Finding Neverland and Something Rotten! Make Time for NPH on TVJuly 14 on NBCWe’re a bit confused about all the talent shows on TV. Is The Voice the one where the losers are covered in honey and wrestle a hungry bear, or is that American Idol? Anyway, for four weeks we’ll know America’s Got Talent because that’s the one Neil Patrick Harris is on! The always-game NPH begins his stint on the show to determine which contestants get a chance to perform at Radio City Music Hall. Find Aaron Lazar…Singing!July 13 at BirdlandIn “Look for Me in the Songs,” Broadway favorite Aaron Lazar lends his pipes to selections ranging from the Great American Songbook to Billy Joel. Good thing we have context, because the title sounds like a murder mystery TV series where the clues are presented in song lyrics. We’d watch that, especially if Patti LuPone played the tough, but big-hearted police chief. Click for tickets! Star Files RSVP for The Wild PartyBegins July 15 at New York City CenterSutton Foster’s success on Younger is awesome, but it’s great to have her back on stage—even for a little while (through July 18). The two-time Tony winner takes the lead in The Wild Party at Encores! Off-Center. Andrew Lippa’s 2000 musical tells the story of jazz baby Queenie (Foster) who throws the party to end all parties with her lover Burrs (Steven Pasquale). Click for tickets! See Broadway Go PopJuly 13 at 54 BelowKaty Perry isn’t on the Great White Way yet, but we can totally see a Perry-inspired musical: Flashy costumes, loads of camp and big emotional lyrics. (Or maybe she can just star in the Clueless musical?) Taylor Louderman and Lesli Margherita are among the big-name voices on hand for two performances of Broadway Loves Katy Perry. Click for tickets! Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

Voice of the customer: First West Credit Union tackles operational complexity with Doxim CRM

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First West Credit Union had a challenge that will be familiar to many community financial institutions. Like many larger credit unions, First West was formed through the merger of 4 smaller regional CUs. The mergers were welcomed by members, who gained access to more branches and a wider array of financial services.But the mergers also created a complex back office with 4 core systems and nearly a dozen secondary systems performing CRM functions. It was difficult for First West staff to get a unified picture of members and their interactions with the organization.First West selected Doxim® CRM as its enterprise CRM solution, to provide a single view of members across all divisions. To ensure success, a cross-departmental team first meticulously documented First West’s CRM strategy including goals for system rationalization and process harmonization, then ran a pilot program to ensure the system met everyone’s needs. continue reading »last_img read more

Italy to extend COVID state of emergency to end of Jan: PM

first_imgItalian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday he would ask parliament to extend the country’s COVID-19 state of emergency to the end of January, as the government tries to avoid the surge in cases seen in other European countries.The state of emergency, due to expire in mid-October, gives greater powers to central government, making it easier for officials to bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.”We will propose to parliament to extend the state of emergency, probably to the end of January 2021,” Conte told reporters during a visit to Caserta, in southern Italy. The government holds a majority in the legislature.Italy, the first European country to experience a major coronavirus outbreak during the spring, managed to curb infections after a strict lockdown that ran between March and May.However, it has the highest COVID-19 death toll in continental Europe, with 35,894 confirmed fatalities.Daily cases have picked up again over the past two months but they remain under 2,000, a fraction of the number in France and Spain, which have been forced to tighten restrictions again in some areas.”The situation remains critical, although the infections are under control,” Conte added.  Topics :last_img read more

Bonus finalises purchase of Victoria-Volksbanken funds in Austria

first_imgPeter Deutsch, chairman at Bonus, said he was pleased the transaction had been given regulatory approval.He added that the company’s share of the multi-employer pension market had increased from 2.5% to 6.7% as a result and that it now counted among the four largest Vorsorgekassen in Austria, claiming a 10% market share. Bonus revealed in November that Generali Group, a shareholder in Bonus, would transfer its company pension plan to the multi-employer provider, a decision that has also received regulatory approval.KPMG and law firm Schönherr advised Immigon on the sale of its stakes in the Pensionskasse and Vorsorgekasse.Co-owner Ergo insurance group also sold its stakes in the VVPK and VVVK to Bonus.The deal follows the sale of Victoria-Volksbanken’s KAG business, Volksbank Invest Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, to Germany’s Union Investment earlier this summer.The KAG’s sale to Union was approved by the FMA earlier this year. Bonus’s acquisition of Austria’s Victoria-Volksbanken Pensionskasse (VVPK) and its Vorsorgekasse (VVVK) has passed its final regulatory hurdle.In the wake of banking group Victoria-Volksbanken’s insolvency, Immigon, Austria’s bad bank, sought to offload the company’s non-core business.The Bonus Pensionskasse, one of the smallest players in the Austrian pension fund industry, eventually won the bidding contest for both the bank’s pension and its provident fund. With the purchase now approved by the Austrian financial supervisory authority (FMA), Bonus Pensionskasse will more than double its assets under management, while Bonus Vorsorgekasse will see assets increase by 50%.last_img read more

Mandate roundup: FRR, ERAFP, Nutreco, SPT

first_imgFrance’s €36.3bn pension reserve fund, Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR), has awarded up to €5bn in mandates for ESG-strengthened passive equities management.The pension fund last week announced that it had selected Amundi Asset Management, Candriam Luxembourg, and Robeco Institutional Asset Management.The mandates were tendered in September 2015 to renew existing contracts for passive equity management, with FRR wanting managers to more strongly reflect the development of its responsible investment strategy and topical environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.The mandates effectively cover FRR’s entire passive equity portfolio, the bulk of which is in smart beta indices. The asset managers are charged with running the pension funds’ index-tracking investments through ESG processes. This means continuing with the implementation of FRR’s decarbonisation strategy and other aspects of its responsible investment policy, but also applying new policies, such as excluding tobacco and certain coal assets.FRR had already been implementing a low carbon approach for its passive equity holdings, having committed to an MSCI Europe low-carbon index strategy developed with Amundi.Anne-Marie Jourdan, head of communications and legal affairs at FRR, told IPE that its previous passive equity management mandates were for investments tracking “optimised” indices, but these did not systematically involve ESG processes.“These mandates have a proper ESG stamp – they have to implement decarbonisation, exclusion, or other ESG policies,” she said. “We’re really asking the managers to pay attention to all ESG aspects.“The mandates were coming up for renewal and even though our index investments were already decarbonised we wanted to strengthen the ESG dimension even more.”At the end of December 2015, just shy of 41% of FRR’s equity investments were passively managed.Elsewhere in France, ERAFP, the €26bn pension fund for civil servants, has chosen five climate change research providers and consultancies for mandates it put out to tender in October 2016.The pension fund has hired Trucost, I Care & Consult, Grizzly Responsible Investment, and Beyond Ratings to measure ERAFP’s equity and bond portfolios’ exposure to “climate change-related risks and opportunities”. Carbone 4 has been engaged to provide “assistance with the design of a methodology to measure, analyse, and evaluate exposure to climate change related challenges in the real estate, infrastructure and private equity portfolios”.The companies’ work will help ERAFP to “continue to better understand the environmental issues of its portfolio and define its carbon strategy”, the pension fund said.In Italy, the newly consolidated defined contribution (DC) pension scheme for employees of the Intesa Sanpaolo banking group is seeking 13 managers for asset management mandates worth roughly €3.4bn.The scheme is the result of a recent merger of several smaller schemes for employees of the group’s subsidiaries. In September last year, the scheme’s board decided to divide it into five funds, known as “comparti”. There are two fixed income funds, each with different time horizons, two balanced funds with different risk profiles, and an equity fund.The scheme is seeking to award a total of 24 mandates. Managers have until midday on 17 February to respond. Further information on the mandates, including benchmarks and various requirements, can be found on, Fondo Byblos, Italy’s DC pension scheme for the paper and publishing industries, is seeking requests for proposals (RFPs) from managers of private debt funds.The scheme, which had €721m of assets at the end of 2015, plans to invest €30m in the asset class. Byblos is seeking one or more AIFMD-compliant funds of at least €150m to invest in corporate private debt, infrastructure debt and real estate debt. Funds investing in distressed debt and non-performing loans will not be considered.The €30m private debt allocation will be placed within the “bilanciato” (balanced) fund, which is the largest of Byblos three-fund structure. The two other funds within Byblos are “garantito” (guaranteed) and “dinamico” (dynamic).Interested managers have until midday on 28 February to submit RFPs. Further information on how to submit proposals is available on the Netherlands, animal feed company Nutreco has outsourced the future pension accrual for 750 employees to Nationale-Nederlanden.The contract involves an insured defined benefit (DB) plan as well as defined contribution arrangements any contributions above Nutreco’s DB ceiling.Nutreco said the switch was in line with pension arrangements of parent company SHV, which had already placed pensions accrual with Nationale-Nederlanden. Nutreco’s pension scheme was implemented by Aegon after the firm liquidated its original pension fund in 2011.The company stressed that the new contract involved future accrual and that no assets would be transferred. Nutreco has 1,600 employees in total, most of whom are participants in industry-wide pension funds.SPT, the €153m pension fund of Dutch panelling manufacturer Trespa, appointed BMO Global Asset Management – formerly F&C – as its fund manager.BMO replaced Delta Lloyd, as new legislation prevented the pension fund from extending its contract, SPT said. The asset manager’s relationship with SPT began in 2002.However, SPT is to keep its stake in Delta Lloyd’s Institutional Global Equity fund, “as the fund represented the correct implementation of the scheme’s investment strategy”.SPT had already announced that it would outsource its administration and annual reporting to consultancy Aon Hewitt. SPT has approximately 1,000 participants and pensioners in total.last_img read more

McDermott Secures Zama Project Off Mexico

first_imgMcDermott has been awarded a contract for concept and engineering services by Talos Energy for the Zama field development project offshore Mexico.The contract award is for engineering services, including concept selection and follow-on pre-FEED.McDermott will execute this contract award with io oil & gas consulting, a joint venture between McDermott and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE).McDermott will manage all phases of the engineering services process and will workshare engineers and designers in Mexico City and will receive support from io and input from the customer. Based on the final concept solution identified by io, McDermott will provide the follow-on pre-FEED services for the Zama development.Work on the concept selection has begun with expected completion in the third quarter 2019.“The Zama discovery is a significant and historic project for Mexico, and our customer, Talos Energy,” said Richard Heo, senior vice president for North, Central and South America. “Early engagement during the conceptual and pre-FEED phases is a strategy that is proving beneficial to our customers. With high estimated oil production, designing an efficient concept solution, in combination with the integrated pre-FEED studies, allows us to help Talos maximize the value of this important greenfield project.”The Zama field is located in Block 7 of the Sureste Basin offshore Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico and has a water depth of approximately 165 meters. The field was discovered in July 2017, and Zama-1 was the first exploration well drilled offshore Mexico by a private sector operator. Talos estimates the field has 400-800 million recoverable barrels of oil equivalent (MBOE), with an estimated peak production of approximately 150 MBOE/day. Appraisal activities are planned for late 2018 with two additional wells and first oil is expected by 2022.The Zama field development project has shared participating interest among Talos Energy (35%), Sierra Oil and Gas (40%) and Premier Oil (25%).last_img read more

Hamburg Port: Record Fine for Tanker Violating Open-Loop Scrubber Ban

first_imgAuthorities in Germany have imposed a record fine to a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker for breaching an open-loop scrubber ban in the Port of Hamburg. On November 18, 2019, local water police conducted a routine check of an unnamed vessel and determined environmental breaches.As a result, the ship has received a fine of EUR 50,000 (about USD 55,400) by the Department of Environment and Energy.As informed, officers found that the vessel was equipped with an open-loop scrubber. Such systems use sea water as the process fluid and discharge the treated water overboard.Under the relevant CDNI convention, the discharge of wash water from a scrubber into the river Elbe and in the Port of Hamburg is strictly prohibited. Ships equipped with open-loop scrubbers are required to timely switch to low sulphur fuel oil. It is only possible to dispose of closed-loop wash water and solid scrubber waste for a fee at the port reception facilities in Hamburg.Despite this prohibition, the ship already discharged 2,300 tons in the port water at the time of the inspection.A 43-year-old Philippine Chief Officer is held responsible for the incident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Anderlecht fined as firework explodes near ‘keeper Mignolet

first_img Loading… Belgian football club Anderlecht have been sanctioned after a firework thrown by a fan exploded next to the visiting ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who joined Anderlecht in June as player-manager, appealed to a rowdy section of home fans after the incident as the home side went down 2-1 on the day in a local derby against Club Brugge. Club Brugge’s Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after a recent defeat to Real Madrid Part of a stand will be closed for one game and the Brussels outfit must pay a fine of 5,000 euros after the incident. “We have zero tolerance when a firework is thrown at a goalkeeper, strict measures must be taken,” the Belgian Football League said.Advertisement Read Also: Shocking! as Man Utd scouts watch £30m striker earmarked to replace Odion Ighalo Runaway league leaders Club Brugge top the First Division with 57 points after 24 games while Anderlecht are in 9th on 34 points. Mignolet joined Brugge from Liverpool in July signing a five-year deal, FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Untold Truth Of Sasha ObamaCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombslast_img read more

MMH presents dangers of tobacco to St. Louis

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Margaret Mary Health employees recently presented “Get Real About Tobacco” to the 6th grade students at St. Louis School.Kim Linkel and Meg Applegate spoke on behalf of the Coalition for a Drug Free Batesville.They talked about what tobacco is, the multitude of chemicals contained in tobacco, and the effects it has on the body.Real life examples were used in the presentation to show the real life effects of tobacco use.One example was students calculated how much money they would save in a year if they did not smoke.Making good life choices was a main focus of the presentation.last_img

Reds gain revenge at Stoke

first_img Press Association Brendan Rodgers’ side lost 6-1 at the Britannia Stadium at the end of May to leave the Liverpool manager’s job hanging by a thread. A quirk of the fixture list sent Liverpool back to Stoke just 11 weeks after that embarrassment, but Rodgers was smiling this time as Phillipe Coutinho produced a brilliant late strike. But Graziano Pelle needed only 24 minutes to grab his first of this campaign when he headed home new boy Cedric Soares’ cross. Papiss Cisse levelled three minutes before the break when he bundled home from close range and summer signing Gini Wijnaldum put Newcastle ahead soon after the re-start, the Dutchman slotting in Gabriel Obertan’s cross. But Saints substitute Long gave the visitors a share of the spoils when he powered home Dusan Tadic’s cross with 11 minutes remaining. The Brazilian picked the ball up from deep and advanced with four minutes remaining to unleash a thunderous 25-yard shot past Jack Butland in the Stoke goal to hand Mark Hughes’ side an unfortunate home defeat. Stoke’s best opportunity came when Marco van Ginkel tested Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after the break. Petr Cech made an inauspicious Arsenal league debut as West Ham pulled off a surprise 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium – their first over the Gunners since April 2007. The former Chelsea goalkeeper, who moved across London in a £10million summer deal, was culpable for both goals as West Ham manager Slaven Bilic enjoyed a memorable first afternoon in a Premier League dug-out. Cech misjudged Dimitri Payet’s free-kick two minutes before the break to allow Cheikhou Kouyate to nod the Hammers into a half-time lead. And it got even worse for the Czech international when he was caught flat-footed by Mauro Zarate’s 57th minute shot and was beaten inside his near post. Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was prevented from making a winning start on Tyneside as Southampton substitute Shane Long headed a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park. Southampton were without manager Ronald Koeman who was at home nursing an Achilles injury, the Dutchman’s brother and his assistant Erwin taking charge of team affairs. Liverpool avenged their humiliation on the final day of last season at Stoke by opening their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory in the Potteries. last_img read more