Weekend Poll Top Three: How Very! Fans Want to Pass Notes with Heathers’ Veronica

first_img 1. Veronica, Heathers—22% She’s not even technically a “Broadway” student, and yet she still won. Veronica Sawyer is just that badass. But here’s a tip: try to stay on her good side. She has some questionable taste in “friends,” and there’s a distinct possibility that you could end up a dead girl walking if you cross her. Just shy away from the prairie oysters, and you should be fine. 3. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde—10% Elle seems like the kind of girl who you could swap beauty secrets with in the back, but when it’s time to get “serious,” you could still trust her as your study buddy. She did end up valedictorian, after all. All those boring Harvard seminars would be “so much better” with Elle by our side. Hear that sound? Yes, it’s the dreaded school bell. Summer camp is over; it’s time to crawl out of the pool and hit the books. Hopefully your teachers, principles, professors, headmistresses, et cetera make the return to the classroom marginally tolerable, but at least you have your friends to keep you company. And by friends, we of course mean fictional characters in musical theater. We asked you which Broadway student you’d like to pass notes with in the back of the class this semester. The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 2. Elphaba, Wicked—15% Let’s be honest. This girl could definitely use some more friends. Glinda’s great, but pink isn’t the only thing that goes good with green. (What about tangerine?) Though would Elphaba be one to pass notes at the back of the class at Shiz University? We have a feeling she’d be too busy answering all of the professors’ questions in the front row. View Commentslast_img read more

Hairspray Live!’s Maddie Baillio on Which Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

first_imgMaddie Baillio photographed at Beauty Bar(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Age: 20Hometown: League City, TXCurrent Role: Following in the footsteps of Hairspray Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and original film star Ricki Lake, Maddie Baillio adds her own unstoppable beat as Tracy Turnblad, an aspiring Corny Collins Show star who inspires all those around her with her big, beautiful heart and boundless optimism.Stage Cred: Plucked from the halls of Marymount Manhattan College as a sophomore, Baillio has had starring roles in the school’s productions of Once Upon a Mattress (Princess Winnifred) and Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula (Dracula). She was named 2014’s Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador and performed with Michael Feinstein at the Kennedy Center, the Grand 1894 Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Birdland Jazz Club in 2015. Hairspray Live! marks her superbly starry screen debut.last_img read more

Turning Back

first_imgTwo experienced backpackers, Ryan Baxter and Tyler Wilkerson, met at Caves Cove in blowing snow and single-digit temperatures to embark on a six-day, 72-mile winter Appalachian Trail thru-hike of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.But this isn’t the story of how these two gents braved the forces of nature and succeeded. In fact, the plan failed. Miserably. Instead, this is the story of a successful failure: how careful planning and strategy can be applied to disaster and still result in triumph.“Sometimes you have to define success in different ways,” Ryan said. “In this case we succeeded in making it out of the woods with all of our digits intact.”The ingredients in the recipe for disaster began to stir together almost immediately. First the snow started to fall. As night fell, the snow began falling heavier and faster than expected. At their campsite, they used trekking poles and guylines to set up a tarp over bivy sacks for their minimalist shelter.Fool Proof Survival Tips“We knew we were getting weather. We didn’t expect we were going to get as much weather as we did,” Ryan said.Temperatures never once climbed above freezing and would not rise above 18 degrees for the rest of their hike. Because the temperatures were so low, it took much longer to boil water than it normally would. By morning, they were already low on fuel.Over a foot of snow slowed their progress. That afternoon they reached Russell Field and assessed their situation. Should they press on to Newfound Gap, some 17 miles away, and hope to resupply or bail out there?  Or should they turn back?Thanks to prior planning, they knew that cell signal was available at Russell Field and they called the ranger station. Bad news: every route, including Newfound Gap, was closed, except for the road to their starting point at Cades Cove.Had they gone out with planned escape routes but no communication plan, they may have continued on, hoping the snow was over, only to find themselves deep in the wilderness, with diminishing fuel, and approaching escape routes where they would find little help due to closures.Using cell phones, they were able to call Ryan’s wife, who came to pick them up at Cades Cove. They successfully completed their (failed) journey. No harm, no foul, no lost digits, limbs, or lives. Baxter and Wilkinson are even planning another attempt this winter. Why?“No bugs, no people. The solitude on a winter backpacking trip cannot be matched the rest of the year. There’s no life out there except for your own. Most of the vegetation is toast. Most of the critters that are out there may be moving around a little bit, but for the most part are hunkered down for the winter, so you get a much different feel for that environment.”No trip is perfect, but thorough planning can ensure your chances for completing the hike—or just surviving disaster. For two skilled, goal-oriented backpackers, turning back made this snow-shortened trip a surprising success.The Little Tips That CountKeep your fuel canister in your sleeping bag to regulate its temperature.Put boots in a stuff-sack at night will keep them from freezing badly overnight.Always bring an extra set of keys. Baxter lost his car keys in the snow at Mount Rogers. He spent the next two days getting out of there.Keep your water bottle in your sleeping bag with you at night to ensure you have liquid hydration in the morning.If you can bear the weight, snowshoes are always good to have as backup on winter expeditions. Had Ryan and Tyler had them, they would have expended far less energy struggling with footing in deep snow.Ryan’s Winter-trip Must HavesDown BootiesDown JacketBalaclavaGaitersSoft-shell/Windproof Pantslast_img read more

Latin America On Its Way To Legalizing Drugs, Experts Say

first_imgBy Dialogo August 10, 2009 Latin America is headed towards the decriminalization of drug possession for personal consumption, according to experts and officials who took part in a regional conference in Buenos Aires. Those attending the 1st Latin American Conference on Drug Policy also said that legislative reforms are being designed to give smaller sentences “to small traffickers, and to create policies that minimize harm” by encouraging addicts who can’t quit to come into the health system. They also warned that the war on drugs “did not achieve its goal,” since Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, which together produce all the cocaine in the world, “could not manage in 10 years to reduce the area under cultivation,” according to a communique released at the end of the meeting, sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization. Brazilian lawmaker Paulo Teixeira said that his country’s current anti-drug law “increases the harm to users, because once in jail they get involved with organized crime.” The legislator, originator of Brazil’s first bill to “reduce the harm” of drug consumption, presented a study saying that 84 percent of those sentenced between 2006-2008 for drug possession in that country were not armed and 50 percent of those convicted for marijuana trafficking had less than 100 grams (1/2 ounce) of the substance. Teixeira said that the ruling Workers Party will submit a bill next month that establishes “a democratic model” for drugs, with the legalization of consumption, alternative penalties for small-scale drug dealing, the inclusion of a strategy for harm reduction and authorization for growing and marketing marijuana in small quantities. For her part, Ecuador’s deputy planning secretary, Michelle Artieda, said that her country is in the process of debating a drug bill that modifies the current legislation, which dates back to 1992 and “violates the principle of legality.” During the meeting, organized by the Argentine association Intercambios, the Ecuadorian official said that many of those detained in her country on drug charges “were carrying less than 2 kilos (4 1/2 pounds)” of narcotics. Artieda also spoke about Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s decision to pardon 2,221 people who were arrested for carrying small amounts of drugs and those known as “mules.” Dionicio Nuñez Tangara, coordinador of the Bolivian Coca and Sovereignty organization, regretted that under his country’s existing legislation, “coca-leaf growers are the same as drug traffickers,” and went into detail about the Evo Morales government’s initiative to industrialize the growing of that plant. Bolivian law permits the cultivation of 12,000 hectares (29,629 acres) of coca for legal traditional uses, and a similar arrangement prevails in neighboring Peru. Bolivian President Evo Morales, an Aymara Indian who rose to prominence as the leader of a coca-growers union, came to office in January 2006 pledging to redirect anti-drug efforts from coca eradication to cocaine interdiction. Meanwhile Peruvian expert Hugo Cabieses warned that “under the pretext of a war on drugs, the borders of the region’s countries are being militarized.” “In 1992 the hectares (acres) of coca grown in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia were 11,500 (28,395), but by 2004 they had been reduced to 11,000 (27,160). These plans (to militarize borders) do not expand democracy, they restrict it,” he said. The Argentine government defended the legalization of drug possession for personal consumption and said that it awaits “almost impatiently” a verdict by the Supreme Court that would make criminal punishment for a drug user unconstitutional. Legislative reforms in the matter of drug use sparked controversy in several Latin American countries, the region that leads the world in cocaine production. The conference, held at the seat of the Argentine Congress, was also sponsored by the British and Dutch Embassies in Buenos Aires, as well as by the Latin American Initiative on Drugs and Democracy.last_img read more

Data use cases for credit unions: Chapter 1

first_img continue reading » Data Use Cases is an ongoing series showcasing real use cases of success that credit unions have had using data analytics to solve real world problems. Data analytics was once the sole domain of giant tech companies – Amazon’s suggestions “If you bought that you might like this”; Facebook’s algorithms that determine which of your friend’s posts you most want to see on your timeline; Google’s ability to propagate data about you so that when you search for something like “hotels in San Francisco” you start seeing ads for restaurants in San Francisco on other sites. With the proliferation of data across multiple systems, the increase in computing power at a decreasing price, and tools to extract and harness data, the science of data analytics to create solutions to business problems, also known as business intelligence, is being increasingly used by credit unions to make better decisions. And it’s not just the biggest credit unions introducing business intelligence through data analytics to their staff. Credit unions with under $500 million in assets are realizing that use cases for data analytics drive ROI, better member experiences, and increased product penetration across their member base. Almost ironically, it is the smaller credit unions that absolutely need to embrace the use of data analytics – they are the ones that need to remain competitive or be merged out of existence.Data Just For Data’s Sake – NOT!It’s important to keep in mind that no company, regardless of what industry, invests in data analytics just for the technology. The cost of the tools, the hardware (or more commonly, the cost of cloud storage), investment in staff such as business analysts and possibly a data scientist, consulting services to help get started, can represent not just a significant up-front investment, but an on-going cost that must be justified. The justification comes in the form of use cases – individual examples of data-driven decision-making that makes a difference in how members are rewarded, or sold-to, or what products are offered, or just making a member feel more connected to their credit union through targeted, meaningful campaigns. In fact, for a credit union that’s just embarking on the data analytics journey, the best way to start is with the end in mind. Pick a single use case, a single vexing problem to solve, ideally one that has a fairly high payback if solved correctly. There are many articles that talk about the intangible benefits of business intelligence. But credit unions, especially their CFOs, want to see a return on their investment. The following paragraphs are a few real use cases that credit unions have shown to prove out their investments. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Scottish Widows sells £77m shopping centre portfolio

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Wider proxy voting scope behind Candriam 2016 activity ‘surge’

first_imgPan-European asset manager Candriam increased its voting activity significantly in 2016 as a result of it further widening its proxy voting scope. The €107bn asset manager doubled the number of company general meetings it attended in 2016, to 557 from 258 in 2015, and voted on 72% more resolutions (6,993 versus 4,072 in 2015).A spokesperson explained that this increase was mainly due to the extension of the asset manager’s voting scope to equity strategies outside Europe. It had been already expanding its voting internationally and continued with this in 2016, but last year it also broadened the number of funds for which it carries out the analysis that informs voting, he added.The figures reflected a growing trend on the continent: In a study published yesterday, the French asset management association AFG said that its members’ international voting coverage had increased, with participation at general meetings up 13% in Europe ex-France, and 9% outside Europe. This reflected voting activity being extended to certain fund categories and countries, but also “the opening of this activity to new markets, notably Asian and emerging markets”, according to the trade body. Candriam – which is headquartered in Luxembourg – attended the most meetings in the UK (20%), France (19%), and Germany (14%). It said that the main areas of concern in these countries revolved around the themes of director elections, share capital issues, and remuneration.One-third of the group’s votes against resolutions related to director elections, while a third related to remuneration.The asset manager voted against 37% of pay resolutions, including a proposed €7.2m pay package for the chief executive of carmaker Renault. With 54% of votes cast against, it was the first rejection of a pay package in France, Candriam said.“The board of directors decided to ignore the non-binding vote of shareholders and endorsed the payout, stirring even more controversy,” it added.A non-binding vote on pay was introduced in France in 2014.The three top reasons for Candriam to have concerns about pay last year were poor disclosure (46%), remuneration not being linked to performance (20%), and excessiveness (15%).The company engaged with more companies on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues last year than in 2015, it said. “Social issues” are becoming a more important topic for Candriam’s engagement with companies, catching up with the more ‘historical’ topics of governance and the environment, it added.AFG’s analysis of the 2016 voting season for French asset managers found that, in keeping with the diversification of portfolios, foreign companies represented two-thirds of equities managed by the French asset managers, and accounted for four-fifths of the meetings they participated in.AFG said the increased activity was a good indicator of asset managers’ engagement and that of the institutional investors mandating them. It attributed the developments to a confluence of factors, including a strengthening of corporate governance expertise within asset managers, and greater use of software, data processing tools, and providers such as proxy voting agencies.It also highlighted French asset managers’ push to win business from foreign investors as a factor, saying that non-resident investors “encourage, even demand” extensive proxy voting practices.last_img read more

Total buys stake in US supplier of LNG for transport

first_imgFrance’s Total has agreed to buy up to 50.8 million shares of Clean Energy, the California-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier for transport, for $83.4 million. This will make Total, Clean Energy’s largest atock holder with 25 percent ownership of the company’s oustanding shares of common stock, Total said in a statement.With the acquisition, the two companies have entered into a strategic agreement to a strategic agreement to drive deployment of new natural gas heavy-duty trucks.This transaction is subject to, among other things, Clean Energy obtaining the approval of its stockholders’ meeting, which was originally scheduled for May 30, 2018, but which will be postponed to June 8, 2018, the statement reads.Clean Energy, with support from Total, also plans to launch a leasing program that is intended to place thousands of new natural gas heavy-duty trucks on the road and fueling at Clean Energy stations.Total intends to provide up to $100 million of credit support for the program, which the companies expect to launch in the third quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Damen to Build New RoPax for Timor-Leste

first_imgThe Republic of Timor-Leste and the Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group recently signed a contract for the provision of a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry.As informed, the vessel will operate a route between the Timor-Leste capital Dili, the Oecusse enclave and the island of Ataúro, providing regular transportation of passengers, vehicles and goods on the north coast of the island.Damen will conduct the design and management of the project at its head office in the Netherlands and construction of the vessel will take place at Damen’s Yichang Shipyard in China. Upon completion of its construction, the vessel will be delivered to Dili.With an aging vessel currently in operation, the Port Authority of Timor-Leste IP (APORTIL) decided to invest in a new ship that would begin operations in 2021. In a project co-financed by Timor-Leste and the Government of Germany, the RoPax is expected to lower operation costs, increase the reliability of the service, and improve employment opportunities due to the improvement in transportation networks.In preparation for the ferry’s arrival, APORTIL will undertake work to improve and build support infrastructures over the next 19 months.The extension of these maritime passenger connections will initially include a connection between Dili and Com, in addition to those already in place between Díli, Ataúro and Oecusse, with the aim of improving the quality of life of the populations in these areas, according to Damen. “This new ferry will help to connect Dili with other ports on the south and east coasts of Timor-Leste and improve access to market, education and institutions in Dili and provide other important services to Timor-Leste,” José Agustinho da Silva, Timor-Leste Minister of Transport and Communications said at the contract signing.The RoPax ferry 6716 will have a length of 67.3 meters, a width of 16 meters and a draft of 3.3 meters. The vessel is capable of a maximum speed of 10 knots and will have a carrying capacity of 380 passengers.last_img read more

Underage drinking party in Franklin County busted

first_imgBrookville, In. — Franklin County deputies raided an underage drinking party recently and arrested several people ranging in age from 14 to 24-years-old.Deputies were called to a residence on Rickman Road Saturday, November 10 around 11:30 p.m. After finding several people and alcoholic beverages Indiana State Police and the Laurel Police Department were called to assist.A total of 11 adults, under the age of 21 were arrested for Illegal Possession of Alcohol:Talia Ann Denney, age 18, of RushvilleDanny Lee Reed II, age 20, of RushvilleElizabeth Rose Cornelius, age 18, of West HarrisonZion Matthew Benjamin, age 18, of ConnersvilleBreydon Gage Thompson, age 20, of ConnersvilleBrandon Thomas Godar, age 18, of ConnersvilleBrady Alyn Gosnell, age 19, of ConnersvilleAniston Taylor Lee, age 18, of ConnersvilleJoshua Lee Durham, age 18, of ConnersvilleSkylar Hentz, age 19, of ConnersvilleAlan Christopher Jarrett, age 19, of ConnersvilleAll 11 were transported to the Franklin County Security Center and charged with illegal possession of alcohol. All were released after posting a $500 cash/surety bond.Eight juveniles were also charged in the incident.last_img read more