13 Going on 30 Stage Adaptation in the Works

January 18, 2021

first_img Wishes do come true, Broadway.com readers!* After you requested it this past summer, 13 Going On 30 could be landing on the Great White Way. Andy Fickman (Heathers: The Musical) will direct the stage adaptation of the hit 2004 film, which starred Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. According to Deadline, the producing team includes Fickman, Revolution Studios, Dean Stolber and Todd Garner.The production will feature music and lyrics by First Date team Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and a book by the movie’s screenwriters, Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. 13 Going on 30 follows the story of unhappy middle school student Jenna, who makes a wish on her 13th birthday and wakes up the following day as a 30-year-old woman.The movie contained a big “Thriller” dance, which may be included in the tuner if licensing allows. Check it out below. View Comments *So maybe don’t wish that you want to be 17 years older than you are.center_img Jennifer Garner in ’13 Going on 30′(Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)last_img read more

Dr. Gary Scudder earns Champlain College faculty award

January 1, 2021

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College Professor Dr. Gary Scudder has been awarded the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship. The Professorship is awarded annually to a senior faculty member who-through a strong record of service, excellence in teaching and advising, and work on faculty and College committees-has been dedicated to students and to Champlain College.Scudder is Champlain’s social science coordinator and a professor of history. He also founded and directs the Global Modules program, an innovative means of opening Champlain’s classrooms to a world of viewpoints. The Web-based forum can be inserted into just about any course, allowing Champlain students to share readings, discussions and projects with students in countries such as Jordan, India, Kenya, Austria, Australia, Canada, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.”Gary weaves politics, ancient and contemporary cultures and an appreciation of ‘the other’ into his courses,” said President David F. Finney.Scudder has taught at Champlain since 2001 and he also spent a summer teaching at the College’s satellite campus in Mumbai. He is active internationally in expanding the Global Modules program, including recent trips to Jordan, India, Austria, Spain, Australia and the United Arab Emirates to present at conferences and run workshops at interested universities.Scudder holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in British history from University of Cincinnati. While teaching at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta he received the Outstanding Teaching Award and was also recognized as a Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning by the state of Georgia. He is a resident of Shelburne.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Introduces the New Super Tucano

December 20, 2020

first_img The Brazilian Air Force Aerial Show Squadron introduced the first A-29 Super Tucano fighter plane painted with the colors of the country’s national flag on December 18. It will be used by the pilots from the Brazilian Air Force air show squadron during presentations starting next year. The delivery of the first aircraft was held during the Aerial Show Squadron change of command ceremony. The current commander, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Wagner de Almeida Esteves, transferred the post to Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Marcelo Gobett Cardoso. The military ceremony took place at the Aviation Academy in Pirassununga, Sao Paulo, and was led by Air Force Commander, General Juniti Saito, and attended by the general officers from the Aviation High Command. In 2001, the Tucanos abandoned the red with black and white stripes, and replaced them with the traditional Brazilian color of green, blue, and yellow. The graphics on the A-29 can now be better recognized. The Brazilian flag has been painted on the A-29 rudder, and it appears as if it were flying. Another change is the pilot’s identification number, which is no longer on the tail, but on the side of the fuselage. Since its debut, 60 years ago, this is the fifth airplane to fly for the aerobatic team of the Air Force’s air show squadron, and the first fighter plane. The fleet already had a T-6, T-24, T-25, and the latest one a T-27. Designed by Embraer, the A-29 has been flying for the Brazilian Air Force since 2005, on missions such as attack and interception of low performance airplanes in border regions, like Roraima, Rondonia, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Rio Grande do Norte. The transition from the T-27, which has been with the fleet for 29 years with over two thousand presentations, to the A-29 Super Tucano, will start in 2013. The transition is very important because the fighter plane is faster, has more than twice the power, and can enable new maneuvers during presentations. According to the Lieutenant Colonel Gobbet, stunts performed by the A-29 and the adjustment to the new model will take some time before its introduction. In July of this year, three new A-29 pilots joined the air show squadron. They will train other pilots on the aircraft, and in return they will also learn acrobatics from the fleet. “According to the Brazilian Air Force air show squadron’s evaluation at the Air Force Base in Natal last January, the transition will be safe and harmonious, so that we may have a show similar to what we see today,” stated the new commander. The four aircraft are two-seaters. The others, which are scheduled to arrive in the beginning of next year, will be delivered in groups of two or three, until the end of the first quarter. By Dialogo December 24, 2012last_img read more

Cardholder appetite for elite/premium cards on the rise – How credit unions can benefit

December 18, 2020

first_img 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dean Knudtson People don’t like to pay fees, and many credit union members love their credit unions precisely because they don’t like the fees that big banks charge. But there is one area where members may be willing, and actually want to pay fees. Credit cards with high annual fees that also come with equally generous benefits are in high demand. And credit unions should take advantage of this increasing appetite for what are known as signature, premium, or elite cards, along with the high interchange rates that come with the card.Two examples that have been in the news recently: The number of Citi Prestige cardholders increased six fold in the last 18 months, despite an annual fee of $450. For that annual fee, cardholders get a $250 annual travel credit that can be used to pay for airline fees; up to $100 to spend on TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership, and a free fourth night on hotel stays, and may other benefits.Chase Sapphire Reserve launched in August also with a $450 fee, and it immediately went viral, Many YouTube videos of people unwrapping their card were posted; every travel blog site touted this card as “best”. This new high-end signature card was so popular that after sending out “tens of thousands of cards”, Chase ran out of card stock and had to issue temporary cards. These cards carry rich reward programs including 100,000 initial bonus points, a $300 annual travel credit, triple points on travel and dining, airport lounge access, and several other benefits.Granted, all of these benefits are a cost to the issuer; but these cards generate significantly higher interchange for the issuer. 2.10% + $0.10 is the lowest published rate for Visa Signature Preferred (Visa’s term for premium cards), versus an average of 1.55% + $0.10 across traditional card accounts.Credit unions are unlikely to tread into the stratospheric $450 annual fee cards, given their fee adverse nature. But there is a happy middle ground to attract the affluent market, in fact one that’s taking off even faster than the ultra-premium cards. Known as Visa Signature cards and Mastercard World cards, these cards carry a moderate annual fee, usually in the range of $49 to $75, and provide enhanced rewards, such as triple points for travel, double points for dining, and the standard single point per dollar spent on all other spending. Data from credit unions that offer signature or world cards shows that these cards are far more profitable than traditional cards. Typical usage on these cards averages 25 times per month, versus 6-10 transactions per month on a traditional card. More frequent usage, combined with the higher interchange fees highlighted above translates into higher revenue, over $275 annual revenue per signature/world card versus around $50 per traditional card. Cardholders who are willing to pay an annual fee are invested in using their card to accumulate points, and are also much less likely to churn.These cards typically come with higher credit limits, allowing the cardholder to make bigger purchases. For cardholders who revolve a balance, this corresponds to higher interest income to issuers as well, making these cards even more profitable. In exchange for the higher interchange, issuers take on added responsibility. In addition to the cost for the enhanced rewards, issuers of world and signature cards must provide (by self-hosting or out-sourcing):Phone Support. The level of cardholder support required by the “brands” (Visa, MasterCard) that the issuer must provide is significantly higher than with traditional rewards cards. In addition to 24/7 customer support with the option for an “early and on-going option to talk to a knowledgeable representative”, the issuer must also provide emergency cash disbursement and emergency replacement cards. The service must be offered toll free from anywhere throughout the world. Many issuers offer this level of support to their traditional cardholders today, so this requirement may not actually be an incremental expense.Credit Limit. The requirements of the issuer for credit limits and allowed revolving balance amounts entail correspondingly greater risks. Signature and World cards must allow at least a $5,000 credit limit. But given that the average credit limit is $12,000-$15,000, this requirement is easily met for most accounts.Enhanced Benefits. Issuers must pay for additional products for signature cards, such as Roadside Dispatch, Lost Luggage Reimbursement, travel accident insurance, auto rental collision damage waiver, and other brand-specific required services. These benefits are usually offered as a per account charge (i.e. a variable charge).Enhanced Chargeback Processing. In the case of a dispute with a merchant, a cardholder is typically encouraged to resolve the issue with the merchant first, before initiating a chargeback with the issuer. With enhanced chargeback processing, the cardholder may request the issuer to resolve the issue with the merchant. This benefit entails added staffing to perform the manual tasks of calling and tracking issues.SummaryDemand for affluent cards with richer rewards in on the rise, and are highly profitable. Moving a cardholder from a traditional card to a signature or world card means increasing revenue per account by over $200. Offering these cards to attract new members means over $450 per account in new revenue. Even after taking into account the additional costs required to offer these cards, world and signature cards are far more profitable than traditional cards. They have higher interchange revenue, higher interest income, and lower churn. And given cardholders’ increasing demand for cards with annual fees that offer double and triple points, this is nothing but a win-win for both credit unions and members. Provides consultative services to credit unions in the Western Region of CSCU. Reviews all aspects of the member credit union’s electronic payment portfolio’s and makes actionable recommendations for growth and … Web: https://www.cscu.net Detailslast_img read more

Why is ‘leadership’ so misunderstood?

December 17, 2020

first_img continue reading » “Leadership is not a position or title, it is an action and example.”I recently posted that quote from Cory Booker on my Facebook page. The first two comments I received were, “Doing what is right for the majority, not the select few,” and “Great way to think about it.”As a consultant working in the leadership arena for more than 20 years, both comments confused me. It left me wondering whether professionals today understood leadership. With all of the fantastic speakers, books devoted to leadership, and the internet overflowing with leadership information, why would people still believe that just having a title deems you a leader?I wanted to respond to both with a lengthy explanation of leadership to help enlighten them, but what good would that do? They really believe they know what leadership is and I would just be another argumentative person on social media. No thanks. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUM ‘Our goal is not only to escape the pandemic’: Jokowi wants nation to take leap

October 19, 2020

first_imgTopics : Wrapped in the traditional black and golden garb of the people of East Nusa Tenggara, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made a big ask when he gave his annual state of the nation address in the chambers of the People’s Consultative Assembly in Jakarta on Friday.He asked the people to support his massive development drive, even in the midst of an unfurling multidimensional crisis.“Our current goal is not only to escape the pandemic but also to get through the crisis. We are taking measures to take a big leap by making the most of the ongoing crisis,” Jokowi said.In his speech, held to commemorate Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day that falls on Monday, the President acknowledged that, like most countries in the world today, Indonesia was facing one of the worst economic crises in history, due to a pandemic that has killed nearly 800,000 people g… Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin State-of-nation-address Jokowi pandemic economic-crisis democracy intolerance structural-reform omnibus-bill Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Falling interest rates largely offset strong returns at biggest Dutch schemes

September 29, 2020

first_imgThe five largest Dutch pension funds saw their assets increase by several percentage points during the second quarter, following positive results on all asset classes. However, because their liabilities also increased as a consequence of falling interest rates – the discount rate fell by 21 basis points to 2.54% over the period – their funding improved only marginally.All of the larger Dutch schemes achieved good results on fixed income and equity, with several pension funds noting that emerging market equities were “making up” for their disappointing returns last year.The €325bn civil service scheme ABP reported a quarterly return of 5% (8.2% year-to-date) and saw its coverage ratio increase by 1 percentage point to 106.7%. But, according to vice-chair José Meijer, the slight improvement in the scheme’s financial position is “no reason for cheering yet”.She pointed out that, if interest rates remained at their current levels, ABP’s funding would decrease as a result of the three-month average approach for the discount rate.Emerging market equity, with an 8.4% return, was the best performing asset class, ABP said, adding that emerging market debt (5.9%) and property (6.5%) also performed well.Its investments in government bonds, credit and inflation-linked bonds (ILBs) generated 3.1%, 2.9% and 3.1%, respectively, while developed market equities returned 5.3%.The scheme reported returns of 4.7% for private equity, 4.8% for commodities, 2.9% for infrastructure and 1.8% for hedge funds.Meanwhile, €152bn healthcare scheme PFZW produced a quarterly return of 5.6% – and a return of 9% over the first six months – and said its funding had improved by 1 percentage point to 110%.The scheme attributed its 5.1% equity return to stimuli from central banks and an improved economic outlook.Its fixed income holdings generated 3.2%, benefiting from falling interest rates as well as from narrower credit spreads.PFZW further reported quarterly returns of 4.7% on property, 3.9% on high-yield/emerging markets debt, 2.5% on hedge funds and 2% on infrastructure.Its ILBs returned 3.5%. The healthcare scheme said its 4.8% profit on commodities was largely due to rising oil prices.The €53bn metal scheme PMT – the largest pension fund in the market sector – reported a quarterly return of 5.2%, and said its funding remained stable at 105.2%. PMT said its investments in equity, fixed income, property and alternatives returned 5.4%, 5.5%, 3.8% and 2.5%, respectively. Its year-to-date return was 11.6%.The metal scheme had to cut pension rights by 0.4% last May, following a funding shortfall at the end of 2013.The €43bn pension fund for the building sector, BpfBouw, returned no less than 6.9% over the second quarter, although the result included 3.1 percentage points from the interest hedge of its liabilities.BpfBouw’s funding increased by 2.2 percentage points to 116.4% at June-end.The building scheme also made clear that it was anticipating a funding drop during the third quarter, as a result of the three-month average of the discount rate for liabilities.It said it returned 6.1% on equity, 3% on fixed income and 1.9% on property.The €36bn metal scheme PME generated 4.9% on its investments and also closed the second quarter with a funding of 105.2%.It noted that it was able to benefit from falling interest rates due to its 59% fixed income allocation, which returned 3.4%, and that the 50% interest hedge on its liabilities added another 2 percentage points to its quarterly result.However, it also pointed out that its low-risk profile – with equity holdings of no more than 34% – also limited its ability to benefit from improving markets.Its equity investments returned 4.9%.last_img read more

Social media influences investment decisions, shows research

September 29, 2020

first_imgThe use of social media in investment management is influencing decision-making according to research studying the impact of asset managers’ social media presence on asset owners.Research carried out by Greenwich Associates towards the end of 2014 showed nearly a third of asset owners made an investment decision or recommendation based on social media output.A third said information from social media also led to discussing a specific topic with their investment consultants.The survey showed receiving timely news and industry updates was the most common reason to use social media, with 44% suggesting they sought educational content to be better informed on investments. Some 36% used social media platforms to research asset managers, with a third seeking recommendations for investment products.Greenwich Associates managing director, Dan Connell, said asset managers should consider social media strategies given its impact on investment decisions and usefulness in distributing messages.“Knowing decisions can result in the allocation of hundreds of millions of investment dollars, it is certainly notable that social media platforms are more often playing a role in achieving institutional investors’ workflows,” he said.Overall, LinkedIn was the preferred source of information with 85% of those using it doing so at least once a week.The study showed geographies different on their use and consumption, as European institutions preferred LinkedIn, the plurality in US asset owners leaned more towards Twitter, while those in Asia Pacific preferred YouTube.Facebook, while growing in use as a news source, was still not deemed as a professional tool by investors.However, 78% of institutional investors in Asia Pacific said Facebook was used at least once a month as a source of financial information, compared to 23% in the US and 17% in Europe.“More investors in Asia cited using social media sources in the past month than traditional financially oriented news websites,” the paper said.There was a strong split between the type of institution engaging with social media, with public and private pension funds falling behind insurance companies and endowment funds.However, Greenwich put this down to a number of regulations restricting corporate pension fund usage of social media.“Social media was originally developed to help people communicate with one another,” the paper said.“While this still remains the primary goal of most major social media sites, the application of social media to financial services yields different priorities.“Asset managers looking to attract investment from [institutional investors] should consider the nature of their social media presence.”However, the research firm warned a social media-savvy asset manager would fail if content was sub-par.“While the importance of fund returns is paramount, the impact of content that is unique, insightful, and ideally, actionable can be significant,” it added.last_img read more

SIMEC Atlantis Looking for New Team Members

September 28, 2020

first_imgSIMEC Atlantis Energy, a global developer of renewable and sustainable energy projects, is looking to recruit an operations engineer and a corporate finance associate.The operations engineer will lead the array performance monitoring, operation and maintenance for the company’s tidal energy project.The successful candidate is required to have a Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar, or equivalent qualifications, the company noted.The closing date for all applications for this position is April 26, 2019.Furthermore, SIMEC Atlantis is looking for a corporate finance associate.The candidate will work closely with the chief financial officer, other employees across all our divisions, and third-party consultants to develop and maintain detailed financial models and assumptions books across the comapny’s portfolio.The candidate will also monitor key project financial management performance indicators, identify areas for improvement, develop solutions and adjust tactics, policies and procedures to improve project and portfolio financial outcomes among other things.SIMEC is looking for a candidate with at least 2 years’ experience in investment banking, funds management or financial advisory.The deadline for the application is May 17, 2019.last_img read more

Preparations ongoing for Dominica’s hosting of the 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture

September 26, 2020

first_img Tweet 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Preparations ongoing for Dominica’s hosting of the 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture by: – July 22, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share In photo: agricultural producePreparations are well underway for hosting the tenth annual Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) in Dominica from October 9th to 15th 2011.A National Steering Committee and several subcommittees have been established to coordinate the events that will form part of the CWA. In addition, a secretariat, located on the ground floor of the former Dominica Banana Marketing Corporation (DBMC) building on Goodwill Road is expected to become fully operational next week, from which all activities for the week-long event will be coordinated.  Delegations for the CWA will come from countries across the Caribbean as well as various regional and international organizations and agencies whose work are related to Agriculture. Nearly four hundred foreign participants will be in Dominica for the event. They are expected take part in discussions and activities as well as outline plans for further advancement of the agricultural sector.Members of the regional alliance who are hosting the CWA in collaboration with the Government of Dominica are expected in the country on Friday 22nd July to take look at preparations for the major event.While the main objective will be on advancing Caribbean agriculture and rural life, organizers also expect several sectors of the Dominica economy to derive both direct and indirect benefits from the CWA, chief among them, hotel and taxi operators. An official press launch of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture is scheduled to be at the end of July.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more