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first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Les Miserables Tony nominee Will Swenson is set to return to Les Miserables on Broadway on November 18 in the role of Javert, stepping in for Earl Carpenter as he recovers from a neck injury. Carpenter will undergo an MRI this week to determine a treatment plan and timetable for recovery. Swenson was the original Javert in the revival, which is playing at the Imperial Theatre.”As long as the results of the MRI aren’t too scary, I’ll be back on the barricade as soon as possible,” Carpenter said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Will Swenson for filling in for me on short notice!” Swenson added: “Super happy to get the chance to come back to Les Miz for a couple of weeks and fill in for Earl while his injury heals up. We’ve all been there before. And for all the times I’ve been hurt, I’m glad to repay the karma cycle of filling-in. Wishing the amazing Earl Carpenter a speedy and healthy recovery!”Swenson received a Tony nomination for Hair. His additional Broadway credits include Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestate and Brooklyn: the Musical.The newly reimagined production of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s tuner is directed by James Powell and School of Rock’s Laurence Connor. The current cast also includes Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Montego Glover as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alexandra Finke as Cosette, Wallace Smith as Enjolras and Gavin Lee and Rachel Izen as the Thenardiers. Hayden Tee will assume the role of Javert on January 29.last_img read more


first_imgMore than 70 percent of Hispanic children have family origins in Mexico. (Child Trends, America’s Hispanic Children, 2014)Now is an ideal time to work at building relationships with the young people in your local area. In fact, April offers two opportunities for credit unions to execute youth-membership strategies. National Credit Union Youth Month is celebrated in April, as are many Hispanic communities’ Children’s Day activities.Children’s Day events can be a great place to start as your teams look to connect with Hispanic youth and their families. Children’s Day is celebrated in many places around the world on various days; in Mexico, “El Día Del Niño” is celebrated on April 30. To coincide with the holiday in Mexico, many U.S. Hispanic communities also celebrate Children’s Day during the month of April. Many of these events seek to recognize children and families and pose an opportunity for your credit union to engage with Hispanic families as a part of National Credit Union Youth Month.April is also an ideal time to bring awareness about culturally relevant youth-focused products, such as savings accounts, education loans and financial education programs that have the Hispanic consumer in mind. Hispanic parents and grandparents, too, may benefit as they witness the healthy relationship budding between their children and a local credit union. As Hispanic youth get older, they have more of an influence on their foreign-born parents and therefore marketing and outreach campaigns that target both youth and their parents in a culturally relevant way are very effective.While many Hispanic youth are native-born and are growing up in bilingual households, they continue to learn their initial financial behaviors from their parents and grandparents in many cases. These individuals may be foreign-born and not familiar with or trusting of traditional financial institutions. For this reason, it’s incredibly important to ensure your messages are culturally relevant, in-language and incorporate information for parents, as well as children.Part of the draw to serving Hispanic consumers – particularly for credit unions who struggle with aging memberships – is the unmatched youth of the U.S. Hispanic market. As the Hispanic community continues to grow at a fast pace, so does the market’s influence and purchasing power. For these reasons, targeting Hispanic families with culturally relevant strategies for both adults and youth is a smart approach for credit union leaders who want to introduce their cooperative to the next generation of financial-service consumers. As your credit union seeks to reach a younger member, remember that strategy often will be synonymous with reaching a Hispanic member.Beyond the Hispanic market’s youth, Hispanics are the largest, fastest-growing and one of the most untapped groups in the U.S. Here are five specific facts about Hispanic youth:Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing racial/ethnic minority group of children in the U.S. with 17.5 million Hispanic children. (U.S. Census Bureau)One U.S. child in four is Hispanic.(Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project)By 2050, more than one in three U.S. children will be Hispanic. (Child Trends, America’s Hispanic Children, 2014)More than 90 percent of U.S. Hispanic children are U.S.-born citizens.(U.S. Census Bureau) 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: https://www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more


first_imgA bipartisan group of 133 House members asked heads of NCUA, CFPB and other agencies to give examples of what they have done to tailor their rules to the business model and risk of institutions they regulate in a NAFCU-supported letter sent Monday.The letter was spearheaded by Reps. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and David Scott, D-Ga., both members of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img


first_imgLast week’s release out of the NCUA that taxi medallion losses might result in a smaller corporate stabilization refund than anticipated was ironic, because it reminded me of the way the agency handled the corporate credit union meltdown.You can’t help but wonder if this news was deliberately downplayed. It was released on a Friday in a speech by minority party board member Rick Metsger at a state regulator roundtable during the Holiday season. That’s a basic lesson in Government Publicity 101: deliver bad news when nobody is paying attention.Taxi medallion loans failed because of market disruption. Nobody saw Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services coming. Taxi medallion loans were mandated and regulated by city governments, which made them very attractive assets.It’s hard to believe the NCUA’s claim that the MBL cap exception prevented the regulator from controlling taxi medallion concentration risk. Like mortgage securities, which at one time were described to me “as good as gold,” taxi medallion loans were a similarly favorable asset for credit unions and approved without objection by their examiners. The NCUA also has plenty of other tools at its disposal to control credit union balance sheet decisions. No one has ever accused the NCUA of being soft on examinations. Except, ironically, onsite at corporate credit unions during the years leading up to the corporate crisis.In true Washington form, the NCUA threw taxi medallion lenders under the bus in Metsger’s speech, calling them gamblers that (in my words) pooped in the corporate refund punch bowl for everyone else, due to recent auctions that have lowered taxi medallion values.Does that mean the NCUA is admitting it underestimated taxi medallion loans losses? Just two months ago, New York House Democrats accused the NCUA of driving down the values of taxi medallion loans by forcing borrowers to repay the loans in full and refusing to allow third party valuations or attempts to refinance.That finger pointing came less than a month after the NCUA Board merged the corporate stabilization fund into the share insurance fund and raised the Normal Operating Level. The NOL increase was necessary, the board said at the time, to account for potential risks still remaining from corporate assets and the possibility of a recession. Nothing in NCUA releases following the merged funds vote mentioned taxi medallion losses.Now, after several years of taxi medallion concern and two conservatorships, suddenly the $1 billion retained from the corporate windfall just a little more than two months ago may not be enough.Only time will tell if credit unions receive the $600 million to $800 million offered by the NCUA to gain approval from the credit union community to merge the funds. Let’s hope the NCUA makes good on these visions of sugarplums dancing in credit unions’ heads, and they don’t turn into yet another regulatory nightmare. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more


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first_imgThe new chief executive of Finnish local government and church pension fund Keva has resigned suddenly due to a crisis of confidence between him and the management board, the fund announced.Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, chairman of the Keva board, said: “Unfortunately, Jukka Männistö’s term is very short. “I would like to thank Männistö for his cooperation with the board and for his role in implementing changes in the management of Keva.”Keva, which has €41.5bn in investment assets, manages pensions for employees of local government, the state, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and benefits agency Kela.  Keva said Männistö had handed in his letter of resignation to the board of directors on 30 September.“The reason behind the resignation is a crisis of confidence between the board and CEO Männistö,” the pension fund said.Ikonen was not immediately available for further comment.The pension fund said the resignation would be put into effect once Keva’s council approved it, adding that the next council meeting would take place on 8 October.But the process of appointing a new chief executive will begin immediately, it said, with the new leader likely to take up his or her post in the spring of 2016.“Despite the resignation of the CEO, Keva will continue to operate without disruption,” Keva said.Männistö’s appointment as chief executive was only announced last year in May. He was then taking over from Pekka Alanen, Keva’s deputy managing director, who had been acting as interim head following the resignation of Merja Ailus in November 2013.Ailus had become caught up in a scandal involving accusations over personal expenses, taxes and benefits.Following the scandal, Keva worked on reforming its management guidelines, saying it needed to develop a leadership culture by other means than just instructions and rules.last_img read more


first_imgThe campaign group argued that the funds, through their large holdings in coal, oil and gas companies, were acting against the Paris agreement on climate change as well as certain national laws and agreements. A Greenpeace banner outside AP3’s office last weekA spokeswoman for AP3 said: “Greenpeace haven’t had an honest intent and therefore the prerequisites for a dialogue do not exist.”AP1, AP2 and AP4 did not comment.The AP funds are well-known for their emphasis on environmental issues and sustainability within their investment activities, as well as taking a leading international role in ESG campaigns.Their mandate is currently in the process of being reformed, and includes new legal requirements for the funds to be managed in an “exemplary manner” with regard to responsible investment and responsible ownership.In February 2017, AP3 reported that it had doubled its holdings in green bonds in 2016 SEK9.5bn, and is one of the largest Nordic investors in the instruments.In March this year, AP3 and AP4 were among the backers of a $1.42bn green bond fund, which was said to be the largest such fund launch up to that point. AP2, AP3 and AP4 were also among 60 investors earlier this year to support an engagement project to push international food companies to use more non-meat-based proteins.AP1, AP2, AP3, AP4 and AP7 are all members of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, while all six funds in the AP system – including private equity specialist AP6 – have all signed up to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment.Note: This story was updated to include a comment from AP3. One of Sweden’s state pension buffer funds was targeted by activists from campaign group Greenpeace last week in a protest which included the occupation of a meeting room.The Swedish branch of the environmental organisation is currently conducting a campaign aimed at persuading the four main AP funds to divest from their coal, oil and gas stocks.AP3’s central Stockholm offices were invaded by the activists early on Wednesday morning, who then locked themselves in a meeting room and hung up paintings “to remind the AP funds that they, as state authorities, must live up to the laws and objectives decided by the Swedish Parliament”, according to a Greenpeace press release.Meanwhile, other protestors from the group went onto the roof and hung a large banner on the front of the building with the slogans “lyd lagen” (obey the law), and ”flytta pengarna” (move the money).last_img read more


first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 6 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews 2012 Budget set to further protect Dominica from effects of global economic shocks by: – July 7, 2012 Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritWhen Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit presents the 2012-1013 national budget on Tuesday July 17 2012, Dominicans can expect him to address Government’s plan to further cushion the country from the economic shocks now taking place globally.The Prime Minister says a decline in revenue and increase in expenditure are major factors which will be taken into consideration in the upcoming budget.“Clearly the budget is being prepared against the backdrop of what is happening around the world. We have to be mindful of the challenges confronting us. We have seen in some cases, a drop in revenue and an increase in expenditure.”The Prime Minister who will be presenting his ninth budget since assuming office in 2004, says this year’s budget will continue to put the people of Dominica first.“Certainly we are mindful of some of the challenges confronting our people. Conatined in this budget, you will see some measures towards addressing some of the concerns that people have been raising from time to time.”The prime minister has assured Dominicans that while the budget will not address all the challenges confronting the country, it will take into consideration aspects of Dominica’s growth and social protection strategy (GSPS).“We have a GSPS- Growth and Social Protection Strategy which informs us of what we can do to improve the economic fortunes of the country and so we are following that GSPS and the budget is being prepared within the framework and the context of that GSPS.”As is customary at the start of a new Parliamentary Session, there will be an address by the President of Dominica, His Excellency, Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool DA.H. O.C.C.Government Information Servicelast_img read more


first_img “Ibig sabihin tama ang ginagawa ng ating national government. Gusto ng tao ang ginagawa ng Pangulong Duterte sa program kontra ilegal na droga,” Aquino said. Gamboa also said that the anti-drug campaign cannot be a massive failure when an estimated 5.1 tons of shabu, 2.2 tons of marijuana, 400 kg of cocaine, and 42,473 ecstasy pills all estimated worth P40.39 billion were taken off the streets. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino also belied Robredo’s claim, saying the latter had “dismissed” and “ignored” all efforts of the government in curbing illegal drugs for the past three years and was obviously speaking to politically attack President Duterte. “With a slim margin and you talk big,you know, for all of these years she has done nothing. She is a colossalblunder. Colossal blunder. Blunder,” he added. Duterte said that Robredo “has donenothing” as the second-highest official of the land. “Masakit din sa amin na ganito ang comments ng Vice President. We have demolished 14 clandestine laboratories, 419 drug dens could not be the 1% cited by Robredo, but perhaps, 100% success. There is no more production (of shabu) in the country,” he said. The PDEA chief added that when it comes to the number of crimes, incidents have declined from 11,860 in July 2016 to 5,000 in July 2019. Survey results in September 2019 also showed that 82 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the war on drugs. “As far as PDEA is concerned, the metrics for the success of the anti-illegal drug campaign is drug clearing, crime index, trust rating and operational accomplishments,” Aquino said. The PDEA also seized a total of P45 million worth of illegal drugs as the authorities have conducted a total of 162,987 anti-illegal drugs operations and arrested 225,284 suspected drug personalities. Philippine National Police officer-in-charge General Archie Gamboa also belied Robredo’s allegations that the administration’s war against illegal drugs was a failure. “Her appreciation of the drug war statistics was wrong. Whether the numbers were merely an estimate of exact value, in any case, the figures derived were totally wrong,” he added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday called Vice President Leni Robredo a “colossal blunder” for branding his controversial war on drugs a “massive failure.” “With all due respect, I beg to disagree with the public relations bombshell of Vice President Leni Robredo on the national anti-drug campaign as a massive failure,” Gamboa said in a press conference on Tuesday. “She has been there how many days? 18days. You know, I hate to say this but how many voters are there in thePhilippines? Just do away with the 200,000 plus that she got as a majority over(then Senator Bongbong) Marcos, it was really a mistake,” the President said ina media interview Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte slams the report of Vice President Leni Robredo on the so-called “war on drugs,” saying she does not have the experience nor enough time on the job to comment. On Monday, Robredo said the fightagainst illegal drugs was a “massive failure,” also giving the government’scampaign a score of 1 over 100. Robredo was previously appointed by Duterte as co-chairperson of Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs along with Aquino following her comments that the administration’s war on drugs was a failure. Robredo’s stint however lasted for just over three weeks after she was fired by President Duterte over fears that she will “mess up” the government’s campaign against illegal drugs./PNlast_img read more