Cats’ Christine Cornish Smith on Her Dream Jellicle Date & More

first_img Age: 25Hometown: Dallas, TXCurrent Role: Christine Cornish Smith is making her Broadway debut in Cats as flirtatious feline Bombalurina.Stage Cred: Cornish Smith appeared in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Her regional credits include Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Victor/Victoria and Fiorello!. She has appeared as a principal dancer with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and as a lead vocalist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017 Catscenter_img Related Shows Christine Cornish Smith photographed at The Copacabana NYC(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

A credit union’s on/off card switch

first_imgMembers of Educators Credit Union can now download an app to turn their credit and debit cards on and off, setting controls for purchases by transaction and merchant type or location.The $1.4 billion Racine, Wis., CU rolled out the app, called CTRL and developed by Ondot Systems, in August. “It puts complete control of their cards into members’ hands,” says Katherine McCabe, AVP/e-strategy.Members can restrict their cards from use for online purchases, for example, or to allow purchases only in the Racine and Kenosha areas, McCabe notes. They could set dollar limits or turn their debit cards off for gas purchases at the pump to avoid preauthorization holds.The app permits members to enable push notifications to get alerts of attempted card transactions thwarted by the controls they set. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The final prepaid rule: Version 3.0

first_imgSince 1982, no less than seven different cuts of Ridley Scott’s science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner have been shown to theater audiences. The initial workprint version didn’t test well, so the studio re-cut it, adding a rightfully maligned voice-over and a preposterous “happy ending.” Both the director and generations of film snobs-to-come found it insufferable. A version with extended, more violent fight scenes was released for international audiences, and a version with toned down violence and nudity was produced for television broadcast. In the early 90’s, positive responses to an unauthorized release of the original workprint prompted the 1992 release of a director’s cut version, but Ridley Scott still didn’t feel he had sufficient time or control to finish it the way he wanted. In 2007, Scott was able to make the version he wanted — the “Final Cut” — which was released with the 25th Anniversary Edition blu-ray. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies, and it proves that, sometimes to get something right you need a quarter of a century and at least seven iterations.Which is to say, the CFPB is still working on the Prepaids Rule.The initial proposed rule was released on December 23, 2014, with following corrections to the proposal being released February 5, 2015. The rule went final for the first time on November 22, 2016, with an effective date of October 1, 2017. Less than 4 months later, on March 15, 2017 the Bureau issued another proposal, recognizing some issues with implementation of the final rule, seeking more time for additional adjustments and suggesting the effective date be delayed six months. That proposal went final on April 25, 2017, with a new effective date of April 1, 2018. However, the Bureau did believe further adjustments were necessary, and on June 29, 2017, another proposal was issued, delaying the implementation date further and proposing changes to the regulation. While it has not yet been published in the Federal Register, the Bureau has released the third Final Rule on prepaids, and the new effective date is April 1, 2019. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tips For Decorating Your Home For The Holidays

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Taylor K. VecseyMore people than ever will be spending the holidays on the East End this year, and that means dressing up Hamptons homes more than ever for the season.Even leading up to Halloween, “Everyone decorated way more this year,” says Jillian Griffiths, who runs Griffiths Property Management and takes care of estates from Montauk to Bridgehampton. It’s a trend that is sure to continue through Hanukkah and Christmas, and one that goes well beyond a few lights strung here and there and a wreath on the door. Some clients ask Griffiths to decorate their homes, from outdoor décor to setting up the presents and making sure the toys have batteries. “They say, ‘We just want to walk in and be like a kid on Christmas morning ourselves,’” she says. “If the Barbie Jeep needs the battery charged, we’ll take care of it.” Griffiths has even partnered with Meg Caswell, a Chicago-based interior designer who won HGTV Design Star season 6, to offer consultations virtually. Caswell offers the interior design tips and Griffiths executes them.Holiday décor consulting is something that Dee Ann Federico, an interior designer based in the Hamptons who has 23 years of experience, also provides. “It’s like a holiday mini-makeover,” she says. Clients will lay out all their decorations and show her pictures of what they’ve done in the past, and she advises on a new way to set them up or how to include new pieces. The “holiday refresh,” as she calls it, simplifies and elevates a look “by blending family favorites with updated elements that can add new spirit and sparkle to their home.“I absolutely love to decorate for the holidays. You can really just let yourself go,” Federico continues. “People have started to decorate their  bedrooms, not just the public rooms in their house…There’s pretty much not a room where you can’t put some holiday influence.” And she doesn’t just mean those old-school holiday hand towels in the bathroom.For the full story, visit read more

In the first eleven months, tourists achieved a double-digit increase in arrivals and overnight stays

first_imgIn the first eleven months of 2017, tourists made 17,1 million arrivals and 85,6 million overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase of 13% in arrivals and an increase in overnight stays by 11% compared to the same period in 2016, according to data from the State Bureau. statistics (CBS).Domaći turisti u razdoblju od siječnja do studenoga 2017. ostvarili su 1,7 miljuna dolazaka i 5,8 milijuna noćenja, što je 5% više dolazaka i 3% više noćenja u odnosu na isto razdoblje 2016. Strani turisti ostvarili su 15,4 milijuna dolazaka i 79,8 milijuna noćenja, što je porast dolazaka za 14% i porast noćenja za 11% u odnosu na isto razdoblje prošle godine. Najviše noćenja stranih turista ostvarili su turisti iz Njemačke (24%), Slovenije i Austrije (svaka po 9%), Poljske (8%) te Češke i Italije (svaka po 6%).The city of Zagreb is the first in terms of the number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in November 2017 was recorded by the City of Zagreb County, 81 thousand arrivals and 149 thousand overnight stays, which is 26% of total arrivals and 22% of total overnight stays.Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Italy (9 thousand, which is 8% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists). Most overnight stays were realized in the group Hotels and similar accommodation (68%).Increase in arrivals and overnight stays of domestic and foreign tourists In November 2017, 308 thousand tourists came to commercial accommodation facilities, which is 9% more than in November 2016. Tourists realized 663 thousand overnight stays, which is 9% more than in November 2016.Domestic tourists came 6% more and realized 4% more overnight stays than in November 2016. Foreign tourists came 11% more and realized 12% more overnight stays in November 2017 than in the same period last year. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists in November 2017 were realized by tourists from Austria (12%), Slovenia (11%), Germany (10%), Italy (8%), Korea, Republic (6%) and the USA and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Herzegovina (5% each).Source: CBS Tourists spent most nights in hotels U studenome 2017. najviše noćenja ostvareno je u hotelima, i to 433 tisuće noćenja, što je 65% ukupno ostvarenih noćenja. U usporedbi s istim razdobljem prošle godine, u tim vrstama smještaja ostvaren je  porast dolazaka i porast noćenja turista za 9%.This is followed by overnight stays in rental rooms, apartments, studio apartments and holiday homes with 157 thousand overnight stays, which is 24% of the total overnight stays. Compared to the same period in 2016, in these types of accommodation there was an increase in arrivals by 29% and an increase in tourist nights by 19%.Turistima su u studenome 2017. bile ponuđene 73 tisuće soba, apartmana i mjesta za kampiranje s ukupno 170 tisuća stalnih postelja. U skupini Hoteli i sličan smještaj turistima je bilo raspoloživo ukupno 36 tisuća soba i apartmana s ukupno 72 tisuće stalnih postelja. Prosječna popunjenost soba bila je 30%, a stalnih postelja 24%.Tourists aged 35 to 44 spent the most nights The highest number of overnight stays in November 2017 was realized by tourists in the age group of 35 to 44 years, 129 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,4% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group from 45 to 54 years with 126 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,0% of the total overnight stays.Related news: ADVENT IN ZAGREB GENERATED OVER HALF A BILLION OF KUNA CONSUMPTIONlast_img read more

China’s CDB Financial scraps purchase of 29 Boeing 737 MAX jets

first_imgChina Development Bank (CDB) Financial Leasing Co said on Monday it had agreed with Boeing Co to cancel the purchase of 29 undelivered 737 MAX jets, adding to a string of recent cancellations of the grounded airplane.The model has been grounded globally for more than a year following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.“In light of evolving aviation market dynamics, we’ve been working together with Boeing over many months to re-calibrate our MAX orderbook to be in line with our long-term view of the market and related opportunities,” Xuedong Wang, chairman of CDB Financial unit CDB Aviation, said in a statement. “As we work to return the 737 MAX to service, our focus remains on addressing our customers’ fleet needs while optimizing the delivery of the more than 4,000 airplanes in our 737 backlog,” it said.Read also: Will the US government nationalize Boeing?“As market conditions normalize, Boeing anticipates that lessors who have restructured or reduced their orderbooks will continue to add MAX aircraft to their portfolios through sale leaseback agreements with airlines,” the planemaker said. “Longer term we expect these lessors will again place orders for direct MAX purchases.”CDB Financial Leasing said that all 737 MAX 10 jets still on order will be switched to the smaller 737 MAX 8 model, and 20 deliveries will be deferred to dates in 2024, 2025 and 2026.Topics : Read also: Boeing finds new software flaws on 737 MaxThe lessor said it retained an order for another 70 of the planes that also have yet to be delivered.Boeing recorded a total of 150 MAX cancellations in March, including 75 from Irish leasing company Avolon. Boeing remains in talks with regulators seeking approval to return the plane to service, but its customers have also seen a sharp fall-off in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.Boeing said in a statement it continued to partner with leasing company customers to help them balance their portfolios in a challenging market.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Manufacturing Sector to Report Critical COVID-19-Related Supply Capabilities, Needs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Urges Manufacturing Sector to Report Critical COVID-19-Related Supply Capabilities, Needs April 06, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today urged Pennsylvania manufacturers that currently are producing or can pivot to producing COVID-19-related supplies to submit their information to the newly developed Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal.“We’re asking everyone to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that our health care system is prepared to care for patients and that there is access to critical personal protective equipment and products as more individuals and businesses take preventive measures,” Wolf said. “Throughout our commonwealth’s history, our manufacturing sector has answered the call to move us forward and contributed tremendously in times of turbulence. I call upon our private sector to be a part of the solution to this crisis.”The portal will identify businesses’ critical supply chain capabilities, needs, workforce gaps and innovative opportunities. Reporting this important information and identifying both abilities and needs will help facilitate the connections businesses need to get critical COVID-19-related products to market or retrofit their operations to begin production of those products.This manufacturing portal builds on the recent creation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal to source the most needed supplies for medical providers, emergency responders, and health care professionals.“We must take every step to protect our health care workers and frontline responders from COVID-19, and provide them with the necessary equipment to help patients,” Wolf said. “We cannot rely on the federal government alone to provide us with necessary equipment. We must tap our own valuable resources, including our manufacturing sector, to help our health care workers save Pennsylvanians’ lives.”The portal was a joint effort of DCED, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, IRC Network, Life Sciences PA, Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouses, and the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.“As we work to protect public health and safety and create a robust supply chain, we know that there are manufacturers across the commonwealth who are willing and able to help,” Wolf said. “The portal will bring these manufacturers together to work as a team to help us get the equipment we need.”While hospitals have not yet experienced a surge of COVID-19 patients, Pennsylvania is taking additional steps to ensure that our health care system has access to critical equipment, as the number of positive cases of the virus rises daily.Pennsylvania has requested 1,000 ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile but at this time the request is on hold due to the current availability of ventilators in Pennsylvania.The state has procured and is awaiting receipt of 400 additional ventilators from a private vendor. The commonwealth has also requested N95 masks, ventilators, gowns, gloves, goggles and face shields and have received several shipments from the national stockpile.The Pennsylvania Department of Health continues to work with federal partners, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Questions about the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal can be directed to [email protected] the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: this information in Spanish here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Belgian government courts MasterCard for cross-border IORP

first_imgBelgium’s finance minister, Johan van Overtveldt, has been in talks with management of multinationals in New York in order to attract pension funds of multinational companies.Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported that the minister had discussed a potential move with MasterCard, and said that Van Overtveldt wanted to position Brussels as a financial centre.According to the paper, MasterCard is the only known company the minister has visited.It noted that firms were loath to see their name publicly mentioned due of the sensivity of the subject – and earlier resistance to cross-border moves by BP and ExxonMobil. In Van Overtveldt’s opinion, Belgium not only could offer a beneficial tax framework, but also the required expertise for pensions management, the paper noted.“As we appear to be attractive, I want to step up efforts and convey the message to other companies with pension funds all over Europe,” the newspaper quoted the minister as saying.Van Overtveldt’s comments come less than a year after Belgium’s penisons minister Daniel Bacquelaine told the IPE Conference & Awards in Barcelona his government planned to reduce obstacles facing cross-border IORPs in order to attract a greater number of transfers.Several political parties in the Netherlands have voiced their concern about Dutch pensions assets moving to Belgium.Helma Lodders, MP for Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte’s VVD, said the Netherlands was not sufficiently attractive for foreign pension funds to wish to relocate.The opposition Christian Democrats (CDA) and the Socialist (SP) parties said that they opposed pensions funds leaving the Netherlands.Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the CDA said: “Our national employment benefits agency UWV doesn’t move to Brussels in order to carry out its tasks from there either.”Responding to the Belgian efforts to attract pension funds, Omtzigt said he had serious objections in regard to the IORP Directive.IPE has contacted both MasterCard and Belgium’s finance ministry for additional comment.last_img read more

A new survey has revealed how clueless many Aussies are about their finances

first_imgNatalie Jones fears she will never own her home and is stuck on the rental, November 28, 2018 (AAP/Image Steve Pohlner)ARE you financially fit? A new survey has seen homeowners and renters go to head-to-head to test their ‘financial consciousness’.The Financial Consciousness Index (FCI), which was commissioned by and developed by Deloitte Access Economics, tested 3000 individuals’ belief in their ability to influence their financial outcomes, as well as their willingness to make a change to improve their financial wellbeing. Whether some owned their own home was a major contributing factor affecting a respondents score, as was their age, income, gender, location, and education. As a result, Aussie homeowners came out on top, scoring 56 out of 100 compared to renters, who scored 44 in the financial test. Natalie Jones, 34, can’t imagine ever owning her own home. She works full-time as an administrator in manufacturing services, but says saving for a deposit seems impossible.“Over a quarter of my wage goes to paying rent for a studio apartment (in Auchenflower),” she said. “My savings are dwindling, wage growth is barely CPI, job security is a concern.“I have had to cut right back on lots of things, but it seems to be getting harder and harder to make ends meet.” Many Aussies are clueless about the cash rate Thinkstock.Alarmingly, the survey found that many Aussies were “lost’ when it comes to the cash rate, while over two thirds of homeowners (68 per cent) had never or don’t know if they have stress tested their loan. One in 10 respondents (11 per cent) admit they would have to draw down on their mortgage or take out a loan if they were suddenly unemployed.Mr Attrill said 54 per cent of respondents very rarely or never monitor cash rates, and a further quarter (24 per cent) had never heard of the RBA cash rate announcement. “This dearth in financial literacy and a general lack of engagement with other key financial indicators is concerning given its potential for broader economic implications to the nation’s financial health,” he said.Further, the survey revealed that 27 per cent of respondents were not convinced they were getting the best deal on their home loan, but many admitted to not shopping around. Mr Attrill likened it to “decision paralysis”, saying many respondents feared making the wrong decision. Natalie Jones fears she will never own her home and is stuck on the rental wheel (AAP/Image Steve Pohlner)More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoOther survey findings included that 73 per cent of homeowners believed their property would either hold or increase in value next year, and 70 per cent believed their home had either held or increased its value compared to last general manager of banking Rod Attrill said homeowners should not presume their property would always rise in value.“Like all investments, the property market demonstrates a cyclic pattern with stagnation following a period of growth,” he said. “Although the cash rate still remains unchanged, there are obvious signs that the market is turning and we’re seeing out-of-cycle rate increases by major and non-major banks alike. “Interest rises should be a reminder for consumers to compare home loans to see if they can get a better deal.”last_img read more

Gordon dares Duterte to name 2 ‘narco generals’

first_imgHe added that the prompt identificationof these high-ranking police officials will speed up their apprehension.“They can be put into administrative arrest already. Puwede na niya i-put intoquarters ang mga ‘yan. In fact, kahit na ang mga regional commanders cansummarily dismiss them and even file a case,” said Gordon.President Duterte recently revealed in a forum in Sochi, Russia that there weretwo generals who are involved in the illegal drug trade but did not identifywhether they come from the police or military.Duterte’s statement came after the revelation at the Senate hearings that outgoingPhilippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde asked to stop theimplementation of the dismissal order against 13 ninja cops, who conducted ananti-drug operation in Pampanga that was allegedly riddled with irregularities.While the President would let the Senate finish its investigation on ninjacops, he would wait for the recommendation of the Interior Secretary Eduardo Añoto finish his internal investigation before acting on the case./PN MANILA – Sen. Richard Gordon has dared PresidentRodrigo Duterte to reveal the names of the two generals who were allegedly“still playing” with illegal drugs. Naming the so-called “narco generals”will send a strong message that the government were not just targeting thesmall fry, stressed Gordon.  “Kung alam na niya [Duterte], dapat tuluyan na niya. ‘Wag na niya kaming hintayin,” Gordon saidin an interview with DWIZ. last_img read more