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The Fans Have Spoken! Your Picks to Play Harry Potter in the West End

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first_imgEddie Redmayne Henry Cavill David Tennant Tom Hiddleston Ben Whishaw Orlando Bloom Wanted: charming British guy who can make major stage magic. That’s right, we’ve all put our heads together and cooked up some fabulous dream casting for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End. In this version, Harry is all grown up with a kid of his own. So who should play everyone’s favorite boy wizard as a 37 year old? We didn’t include Daniel Radcliffe because we’re mean it was a little obvious, but we did ask you to rank your top 10 choices on Culturalist.com. The results are in; see who made the list.center_img Hugh Dancy James McAvoy Richard Madden Benedict Cumberbatch View Commentslast_img

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Tony Yazbeck Will Replace Matthew Morrison in Finding Neverland

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first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Star Files We bet his feet aren’t touching the ground! After much speculation, Tony Yazbeck has been tapped to headline the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning new musical Finding Neverland. The Tony nominee will begin performances as J.M. Barrie on January 26, taking over Matthew Morrison, who as previously reported, will depart the production on January 24.Yazbeck received a 2015 Tony nod for his performance in the On The Town revival; additional Main Stem credits include Chicago, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma! and Never Gonna Dance. He also recently starred in the world premiere of Hal Prince’s Prince of Broadway in Japan.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.The cast at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre also currently includes Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier and Teal Wicks as Mary Barrie. Kelsey Grammer is set to return to the tuner as Charles Frohman on January 19 for a limited engagement through February 28, stepping in for Terrence Mann. Finding Neverland View Comments Related Shows Tony Yazbecklast_img read more

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Paraguayan Joint Task Force Increases its Presence to Improve Security

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first_imgThe JTF sent reinforcements to the area to protect civilians from the EPP and find those responsible for the killings. Military authorities have ordered a “significant contingent” of service members to be deployed to the departments of San Pedro and Amambay, said Interior Minister Francisco de Vargas, who declined to disclose how many additional Troops had been deployed to those departments for security reasons. Law enforcement authorities have been working in the region for two years to eradicate the terrorist organization and the Armed Peasants Group (ACA), an offshoot of the EPP. Five days after the first attack, on July 17, a second shooting killed three more police officers; Sergeants Agustín Romero, 40, Roque Salinas, 28, and Crispín Rojas, 34, were in a patrol car when they were ambushed and shot near the Yaguareté Forest subdivision, in the district of Santa Rosa del Aguaray. “At this time, the Military is in the area of Santa Rosa del Aguaray cooperating with investigations and with the search for the eight people suspected of perpetrating the attacks,” Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of communications at the Army Social Communications Division (DICOSO), said. Paraguay’s Armed Forces have increased their presence in the country’s northern region in response to recent attacks allegedly by the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) that killed five police officers who were part of the Joint Task Force (JTF). A recent intelligence report states that EPP and ACA terrorist cells are moving beyond their original area of influence – the departments of San Pedro and Concepción – and are also operating in the department of Amambay, the minister said. On July 12, suspected EPP operatives killed National Police Sergeants Adalberto Candia Sanabria, 44, and Egidio Ramón Chávez, 32, in an ambush in the Yaguareté Forest, on the border between the departments of San Pedro and Amambay. “They were ambushed by about eight people who rained gunfire down on them and then set the patrol car on fire,” Major Alfredo Jonás Ramírez, spokesperson for the Paraguayan JTF, said during a July 14 press conference. The EPP attacks police officers who are working with the JTF because the terrorist group considers them “the enemy,” according to Minister De Vargas. For example, the EPP has held police officer Edelio Morínigo hostage since July 5, 2014. The operation also offered several lectures in which officials discouraged young people from joining illegal groups and engaging in unlawful activities, such as drug trafficking. EPP attacks law enforcement officers For example, on August 1-2, Troops, police, and civilian government agencies cooperated to conduct Operation Ñepohano y Py’a Guapy II, an initiative that provided medical and dental care to 6,000 people. However, law enforcement authorities will not be intimidated by EPP’s attacks, Minister De Vargas said during a July 18 press conference. By Dialogo August 13, 2015 With regard to the terrorist actions carried out for the last several years by the so-called EPP in the northern region of the country, I think only the Armed Forces should fight them, given that this criminal group turned into a guerrilla force, which only soldiers, deputy officers and military officers are trained to fight, and for which they would have to have the unconditional support of the Law, in order not to be accused later before the Courts by Organizations dedicated to doing this. I believe that the Joint Task Forces should be put out of order because it has been shown that up to now the results for which it was established, it has not delivered positive results, even though it has a large budget and the support of most of the Paraguayan population to this effect. Why don’t they seize the assets belonging to the families of the EPP and put them in jail. It won’t take long for them to inform where their criminal relatives are. Investigate the M.E.C. It’s a shame the students can’t read or write…Books don’t make it to rural areas…nor do they have a Library…Please, let’s motivate [students] to read through teachers, parents…students…the educational community in general. In addition to confronting the EPP and the ACA, the JTF works closely with local residents, including meeting with them regularly and helping provide basic services, such as health care and education, to the region. last_img read more

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The easy way to speed up your credit union audits by 25%

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first_imgThere are only a few things one can be sure of in this world: death, taxes, and audits, apparently.The credit union regulatory space is, let’s say, rigorous. (Stifling seems like such a harsh word.)But it’s true. As smaller credit unions continue to disappear, either through consolidation or some other dark magic, some doomsayers worry about the future of the credit union industry as a whole. Grim stuff, to be sure.But this case study from audit software provider Redboard offers a little hope: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Understanding the consumer dynamics of auto refinance

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first_imgAs vehicle sales decline and credit supply tightens, auto lenders are exploring growth options. Lenders have a large untapped opportunity to grow their portfolios: auto refinance. Auto refinance is beneficial for lenders, but it also offers a powerful proposition for consumers. By offering auto refinance options, lenders can build trust with consumers and deliver opportunities to reduce their interest rates or lower their monthly payments.Auto refinance is appealing for lenders for many reasons. First, most auto delinquency occurs within the first few months of purchase, which means auto refinance loans typically have a better risk profile and performance than purchase auto loans. Additionally, direct-to-consumer loans generally perform better than dealer-originated loans. Lenders also eliminate the challenges associated with identifying or predicting consumers in the market for an auto loan.Analyzing trends in the auto refinance marketTo understand the market opportunity, we analyzed auto refinance originations from 2013 to the end of Q1 2020. Affordability continued to drive consumer behavior and consumers had more exposure to refinance products than ever before in auto finance. We observed 10% growth year over year in refinanced loans — even with stronger incentives on new vehicles. This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 14

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrocery store needed in RotterdamMy husband and I have had an ongoing discussion about the same subject that was expressed in Dayton Skelly’s March 7 letter. We need a grocery store on this side of Rotterdam. Via Port is a perfect location, with ample parking. The former KMart is a perfect location, with a large store that has entrances on two sides. Shop Rite may be the perfect choice, because the nearest one is in Colonie.There are several apartment complexes in that area, one within walking distance. Unless you are a member of BJ’s, there is no accessible grocery store for many. Campbell Road is a high traffic area, with people cutting through to go to work, either by getting on 890, or going to the Thruway, so you would catch people in the morning and the evening. In warmer weather, people go by to use the walking and bike trail as well. Dunkin’ Donuts is extremely busy in the same area, so that is a good example of how the right business could flourish there. A solid business would encourage other businesses. I still miss the businesses that we have lost.Suzanne CollinsMariaville Lake Recall Secure Fence act of 2006If your readers would open their eyes and look back to 2006, when Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama all yes to a bill for building a physical barrier on the southern border. This was called the Secure Fence act of 2006. At this time, Senators Obama, Clinton, and Schumer voted in favor of the act and it passed in the Senate 80-19. Recently President Trump in his prime time address, said that the Democrats changed their view when he was elected. I have a suggestion. If the liberals do not want a physical barrier in the south anymore, let’s relocate these illegal immigrants to the neighborhoods of these prominent pro-illegal immigration leaders. Then watch how their neighborhoods put up barriers such as walls, fences, and even implement some security measures. Watch how quickly they change their minds and how soon a border wall will be built.Paul MoranRotterdam Voting Connie, Dean, Ed for boardThere has been no school issue more important to me in recent years than safety. Tragedies like Parkland hit all too close to home. As a parent and community member, I was eager to hear Connie Woytowich, Dean Kolligian and Ed Cubanski speak last week at the “Meet the Candidates” evening hosted by Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools.While listening to their introductions, I realized how many other significant issues we have within our district. While safety is still paramount to me, all three candidates spoke about their plans to effectively improve upon our district’s education programs, student wellness, building infrastructure and facilities management.Their qualifications and prior experiences in regard to volunteerism are beyond impressive. More importantly, their dedication to our community and our children is clear. They possess the commitment and experience we need now more than ever.On May 21 I will be voting for Connie, Dean and Ed for the Saratoga Springs Board of Education. Thanks to all three of you for your determination to make our schools a better place for our children.Erika BormanWiltonTrump is worse than we thoughtWhen President Trump was elected, our national nightmare began, leaving many of us shocked, unnerved, even nauseous. But our worst fears have been dwarfed by his shameless corruption, relentless dismantling of our democratic institutions, and his disgraceful behavior at home and internationally.We knew Trump was a liar, but 9,000 lies is sick, insane and a clear pathology. We knew he was a self-absorbed narcissist, an egomaniac, but who could fathom that he would betray America by deliberately alienating our closest allies in favor of “courting” corrupt, despicable dictators, seemingly for personal financial gain.Trump’s outrageous behavior at Helsinki, publicly supporting Putin on the world stage instead of our C.I.A. was blatantly treasonous. His “bromances” with Putin, Kim, and the Saudi crown prince reveal his autocratic desires and intentions; red flags which should alarm every American citizen.We knew Trump’s reputation as a ruthless, corrupt, sleazy businessman, but who could imagine that he would actually cage innocent children at the border and separate them from their families; an inhuman cruelty, an indelible stain on America.Finally, and most alarmingly, who thought that this shameless demagogue, this master con man, could transform the entire Republican Party into a personality cult, obedient toadies supine at the altar of Trump.America has two choices: preserve our cherished democracy and world leadership or Donald Trump. We can’t have both.Vince DacquistoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Asset owner-steered project delivers blueprint for net-zero investing

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first_imgThe results of this analysis will be launched with the final framework, which is expected to be out before the end of this year.“Setting a long-term net zero target is the easy part, the challenge is to have a credible and transparent framework that enables your fund to convert intent into practical decisions and action,” said Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board and co-chair of the PAII.Speaking to IPE, he said those involved felt the framework was “a hugely important piece of work”.Claudia Kruse, managing director, global responsible investment and governance at APG Asset Management, which co-chairs the PAII, said the Net-Zero Investment Framework needed to be established as a global industry standard.Primary objective: real-world decarbonisationThe framework covers four different asset classes – sovereign bonds, listed equities, corporate bonds and real estate – with infrastructure and private equity to be added in a second phase.It identifies five components of an effective net-zero investment strategy – objectives and targets, strategic asset allocation and asset class alignment, policy advocacy, investor engagement activity, and governance – and recommends a comprehensive set of actions, metrics and methodologies. “The framework overcomes limitations of other approaches that leave room for investors to technically meet targets while selling the problem to someone else”More than 25 different methodologies and tools were assessed in the development of the framework, with those considered best fit approaches included.The PAII followed five key principles to guide its work, and to assess methodologies and test conclusions: impact, rigour, practicality, accessibility, and accountability.According to the IIGCC, the focus on driving real-world decarbonisation “overcomes limitations of other approaches that leave room for investors to technically meet targets while selling the problem to someone else”.“This falls short in delivering additional meaningful long-term emission reductions,” it said.Vicki Bakhshi, director in the responsible investment team at BMO Global Asset Management, was involved in the PAII working group on listed equities and corporate fixed income and said that although there were many climate change-related initiatives and methodologies in the market, the PAII framework was the first to bring these together.“It’s a way of piecing all that together for a much more comprehensive strategy across asset classes,” she said.Tools that the framework leans on include the Transition Pathway Initiative and the EU’s “taxonomy” of environmentally sustainable economic activities, which the framework says should be used, to the extent possible, as the basis for targets for allocation to climate solutions.‘No excuses’According to the consultation document, the intention is that once the framework is finalised, investors would adopt it on an “implement or explain” basis, to take account of specific strategies where certain elements may not be applicable.“We really encourage investors to implement the framework as soon as possible,” said Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO of the IIGCC. “There’s no excuses not to do something immediately and certainly no time to waste.”The IIGCC is asking for feedback on the framework by 25 September.It is also launching a second phase of PAII work, aimed at expanding the framework to include infrastructure and private equity, and to address technical issues, such as identifying and measuring material Scope 3 emissions and assessing the potential for methodologies that capture relative impact of climate solutions investment.Besides APG and Church of England Pensions Board, the PAII steering committee include representatives of AP2, Brunel Pension Partnership, LGPS Central, Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees, PKA and TPT Retirement Solutions.The PAII consultation document can be found here. A major collaborative process overseen by some of Europe’s best-known pension investors has produced a framework aimed at enabling asset owners and asset managers to maximise the contribution they can make to keeping global warming to 1.5°C.Published today for consultation, the Net-Zero Investment Framework is the first output of the Paris-Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII), which was established in 2019 by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) at the request of European asset owners who felt that a comprehensive approach to help investors take action in support of the Paris Agreement was missing.More than 70 investor members of the IIGCC contributed to the PAII-produced framework across different working groups, and input from a wide range of stakeholders is being sought to help validate and strengthen the proposed framework.APG, Brunel Pension Partnership, Church of England Pensions Board, PKA and Phoenix Group will be putting the framework to the test across their portfolios, including with a view to assessing the financial implications. Source: European ParliamentParis Agreement signing ceremony in the European ParliamentLooking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Area Volleyball Sectional Scores-Lady Chargers Win Sectional Title

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first_imgArea Volleyball Sectional Scores.Saturday (10-14)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Hauser.South Decatur over Rising Sun 27-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17.Hauser over Oldenburg 25-15, 25-14, 25-11.Championship:  Hauser 25-9, 25-8, 25-3.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South Ripley.North Decatur  over Southwestern 25-21, 25-27, 21-25, 25-21, 18-16.South Ripley over Austin 25-21, 25-18, 25-10.Championship:  North Decatur 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24.Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Franklin County.Greensburg over Rushville 25-9, 25-11, 25-19.Madison over Lawrenceburg 20-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12.Championship:  Madison 23-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 15-10.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus North.Bloomington South over East Central 25-19, 25-20, 25-18.Columbus North over Columbus East 25-19, 25-20, 25-18.Championship:  Bloomington South 25-10, 23-25, 25-17, 25-15.The Volleyball Regionals will be taking place on Saturday, October 21st.  Hauser will be going up against Indy Lutheran at Morristown, North Decatur will be squaring off against Christian Academy at Mitchell, Madison will be taking on Silver Creek at Corydon Central, and Bloomington South will be clashing with Providence at Seymour.last_img read more

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Beatrice ends season with September Fest special

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first_imgBEATRICE, Neb. – Beatrice Speedway puts the wraps on its 2014 season with the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27 September Fest special.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features are on the program both nights in $1,500 to win, minimum $125 to start qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods race for $500 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win each night. Saturday’s Mach-1 Sport Compact feature pays $200 to win.Tow money is $75 for Modifieds and $50 for Stocks, SportMods and Hobbies.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, re­gional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Satur­day, with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.More information about September Fest is available from promoter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444, the track hotline at 402 228-2264 or the track office at 402 223-3158.last_img read more

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Advocaat: Expect more signings

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first_img Advocaat said: “We have brought in players who improve the squad. Too many players last season were very sure of their position and that is more difficult this season. “We have brought in five players and Connor Wickham has gone, and we still hope to bring in one or two players more. “The most important thing is that you have competition – that everybody has to fight for their places. You can see now in training that that is improving.” Jeremain Lens is expected to join Jermain Defoe up front in his new side’s season-opener at Leicester on Saturday, but there will be no place for fellow new boy Yann M’Vila. The French international is short of match fitness after arriving on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan this week, and is instead expected to start with the reserve squad. Advocaat added: “He is a player who has been very much in form for France. He didn’t do much for the last two years – he went to Russia for a lot of money – but he knows that Sunderland have given him the chance to do well.” The arrival of Lens will raise hopes among home fans that the club’s widely criticised negative approach under former boss Gus Poyet will give way to more permanent examples of the attacking football shown during another last-ditch survival bid. “We had a problem last season making goals and also creating chances, so something was wrong in both midfield and up front and that’s why we bought Lens.” added Advocaat. “He is a very good addition who has pace and can score goals. If we can play attacking football then we have the players who can do that.” Steven Fletcher could challenge for a starting place despite missing the last pre-season friendly against Hannover 96 with a slight knock, but defender Wes Brown is likely to be ruled out. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says his summer spending is far from finished as he aims to make his current crop of Black Cats stars fight for their first-team future. Press Associationcenter_img Advocaat has completed five new deals since making his own role at the Stadium of Light permanent at the end of last season, and is eyeing at least two before the end of the transfer window. The Dutchman believes many of his side’s problems during the last campaign came about because a number of players were able to rest on their laurels with their places in the starting line-up assured. last_img read more

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