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Six Leading Ladies About to Take the Stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below

first_imgHave you heard?! 54 Below is now Feinstein’s/54 Below! To celebrate the new partnership and moniker, the swanky venue has lined up an impressive series of acts over the next couple of months. From a werking colonial woman to a woman who once showed us her packer, here’s who we’re looking forward to!KERRY BUTLER10/15-16 at 7PM & 10/21 at 11:30PMThe Tony nominee makes her Feinstein’s/54 Below solo show debut, joined by her longtime friend Seth Rudetsky at the piano. Fans can expect a slew of tunes from her sizable Broadway pedigree, including Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (were there songs in that?). GET TICKETSPHILLIPA SOO10/19 at 7PM & 10/22 at 11:30PMHow lucky we are to be alive right now! The Broadway newcomer, who’s making an impressive debut as Eliza in a little show called Hamilton, heads to the hotspot for her first solo show. She brings (or burns?) the house down nightly at the Richard Rodgers, now catch her on the cabaret stage. Werk! GET TICKETSTHE JULIE JAMES SHOW10/19 at 9:30PMBroadway! Belting! Booze! The Julie James Show’s got it all, and it’s coming back to Feinstein’s/54 Below. The Great White Way darling and Sirius XM host, who we love to see on our side of the red carpet, returns to the spotlight for a night of show tune staples, gossipy stories and a host of surprise guests. GET TICKETSRUMER WILLIS”Homage” with Tye Blue – 11/4 at 7 & 11:30PMHotcha! The latest Chicago star and Dancing with the Stars victor will rake in the chips for her New York cabaret debut, joined by her “mystery man” Tye Blue. The BFFs will present a set list that includes some jazz, Motown, folk and more. What a cute non-couple! GET TICKETSJULIA MURNEY11/19-21 at 7PMThree years after her solo debut, the beltress returns to the theater district hotspot to show off an act replete with chest voice. From flying high as Elphaba to Falling off-Broadway, Murney’s a mainstay, and we’re thrilled she’s back on the cabaret stage. It’ll be a month late, but here’s hoping a certain story about the month of October makes the cut. GET TICKETSLENA HALL”The Villa Satori: Growing Up Haight Ashbury” – 11/28-29, 12/2 & 5 at 9:30PM, 11/30-12/5 & 7 at 7PMThe Hedwig Tony winner will rewind a few years to revisit her hippie upbringing in San Francisco. With a classical, soul and punk rock backdrop, Hall will sing, dance, and show off embarrassing home videos. GET TICKETS View Commentslast_img read more

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Holiday plants

first_imgBy Bodie V. PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaAs you decorate your home for the holidays, consider thesecolorful complements to the traditional poinsettias andevergreens.Christmas Cactus. This old-timefavorite gets its name from dependable holiday flowering.Actually, three related species look like Christmas cacti. Thethree types bloom faithfully at different times of the year:Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.They’ve been extensively hybridized to produce a wide range offlower colors: magenta, white, pink, salmon and orange.All holiday cacti need bright light and moderate moisture forbest growth and flowering. A south window is perfect. After thesix-week holiday blooming, remove spent flowers and apply ahouseplant fertilizer.Christmas Pepper. Thesegarden-pepper cultivars are selected for their fruit color andform. The peppers can be globe- or cone-shaped and yellow,orange, red, green or purple, with peak color for one to twomonths.The fruits will be brighter and last longer if you provide highlight and mild temperatures (60-75 degrees) and keep the soilmoist.Fertilize weekly with a soluble fertilizer. Be aware that thesepeppers are sometimes extremely hot. Keep them away from smallchildren.Gloxinia. Look for single orclustered, trumpet-shaped, red, violet-blue, pink, white orbicolored flowers. A 6-inch gloxinia will have a dozen or morebuds and will flower three to four weeks if properly cared for.The blooms last four to six days.Treat gloxinias as African violets: Avoid direct sunlight. Waterfrom the saucer with warm water (at least 70 degrees). Keep thesoil moist but not waterlogged. Avoid cold or hot drafts.Unlike African violets, gloxinias need to rest beforereflowering. When the leaves start to die back, water it lessoften. Allow the tuberous stem to rest two to four months in drysoil. Resume watering when new growth appears.Begonia. The Rieger (or hiemalis)begonia looks much like the garden tuberous and ‘nonstop’begonia. The leaves are somewhat glossy and can break easily.Both single and double flowers may be found on the same plant.Riegers are relatively tolerant of sun exposure and temperature.They prefer a slightly moist soil. A high-quality plant will beat least half-covered by flowers.Kalanchoe. A succulent plant withfleshy leaves, kalanchoe bears striking, bright clusters ofyellow, orange or red, long-lasting flowers. New multicoloredselections are available, too.This plant will be happy when warm and dry. However, droughtstress will shorten flower life. Feeding with houseplantfertilizer once a month helps. The plant will rebloom if youplace it in artificially short days for six to eight weeks.Amaryllis. A great spring bulb inthe garden, Amaryllis produces spectacular orange, red, white,pink and multicolored blooms. In pots, plants are generallyavailable from Christmas to Easter. They flower four to six weeksafter bulbs are planted.Individual blooms may last three to four days. To reflower, placethe plant in bright light (outdoors when temperatures permit).Let the foliage fully develop. Fertilize and water it all summer.In late summer or fall, as the leaves begin to die back, waterless often. When the leaves die, allow the soil to dry out. Placethe bulb in a cool, dry place four to eight weeks before resumingwatering.Cyclamen. These beauties show up instores from October through March. Attractive foliage and avariety of white, pink, lavender, purple, red or bicolor bloomsmake cyclamens excellent gift plants. They can flower for two tofour months with proper care.Cyclamens like cool indoor temperatures (50-60 degrees), so placethem on an east or north window. Take care when watering, asplants are easily damaged from over- or underwatering.After flowering has stopped, gradually water them less often.After the leaves die, allow the tuberous stem to remain dry sixweeks before rewatering.New foliage will appear after watering resumes. Bright light andcool temperatures, too, may sometimes produce a plant that willreflower.(Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more


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LIRR Train Hits, Kills Man, Snarling Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was fatally struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road train in Deer Park, forcing a since-lifted service suspension on the Main Line that snarled the Friday morning rush hour commute.The victim was hit at a crossing shortly before 6 a.m. east of the Deer Park station by the 5:29 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due in Penn Station at 6:38 a.m., according to the LIRR.Service was suspended in both directions between Ronkonkoma and Deer Park for several hours.It was mostly restored by the end of rush hour, but some trains were cancelled and there are scattered delays. Buses replaced trains commuters were urged to take trains on other lines.MTA police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the incident.last_img read more


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CUNA testimony, CUNA-backed bills on House floor this week

first_imgIt’s a busy week for credit unions on Capitol Hill, as a witness will testify on data breaches on behalf of CUNA and three CUNA-supported bills are expected to be considered on the House floor.Kim Sponem, president/CEO of Summit CU, Madison, Wis., will testify at a House Financial Services subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit hearing titled “Examining the Current Data Security and Breach Notification Regulatory Regime.”“Kim is going to reinforce a lot of the messages that we have been delivering to Congress for the last several year about the impacts that merchant data breaches have on credit union members and on credit unions as financial institutions,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “She’ll address the need for a strong national data standard that all who are involved in the payments system are subject to. We believe that the merchants that accept cards for payment ought to be subject to the same standards as the banks and credit unions that issue those cards.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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Staying ahead of the pack

first_imgHow does your credit union plan for the future? Do you actively watch and interpret the shifts in our industry, society and economy? Do you incorporate any of this into your strategic planning? Without visiting a fortune teller, how can you forecast upcoming trends?Predicting the FutureOver the past two years, MEMBERS Development Company, a network of nearly 70 leading credit unions, has been working on doing just that. The process is one that can help any credit union better prepare for the future.Step one is to identify early indicators of possible future trends or “signals.” For example, specialty retailers selling goods not available elsewhere in a given community, like hobby shops or specialty booksellers, might have noticed that fewer customers were coming to their brick-and-mortar locations in the early 2000s. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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Binghamton Police respond to car vs pedestrian crash in front of Nirchi’s

first_img12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. As of 12:24 p.m., dispatchers are unable to comment if any injuries have been sustained. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department is responding to a car vs pedestrian crash in front of Nirchi’s on Water Street.center_img This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates.last_img


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Be grateful for the blessings of the U.S.

first_imgWe raised five children, for 30 consecutive years, in the Schenectady school district. I have always been a strong advocate of the district and the educational opportunities that are available — if you choose to take advantage of them.The picture of the football teams in the Sept. 30 Gazette was great. It seems the coaches and players handled the situation nicely. They are to be commended for their maturity and resolve.That picture and the many flags I see flying (seems like there’s a lot these days) remind me that we live in a God-blessed country. We are not perfect, we are very diverse and we will never all agree on the same things.However, when was the last time you read or heard about people literally or figuratively dying to get into any other country in the world? This should speak to us that despite our differences, we should be thankful for the bounty and blessings of this country. We should continue to lend a helping hand here and around the world.Susan HoverSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more


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UK consults on new approach to defined benefit pension regulation

first_imgThe UK’s pensions regulator has launched a consultation on its oversight of the defined benefit (DB) market to better account for the current low interest rate environment and growing maturity of many funds.The consultation on the new code of practice, open until early February, will also seek to incorporate the Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) new statutory objective requiring it to have a “regard for the growth prospects of companies”.TPR noted that its current code had not been amended since the regulator was launched in 2005, and said it now possessed a better understanding of the DB market and how best to regulate it.“Difficult economic conditions – for example, low interest rates and volatile markets – as well as continuing increases in longevity in recent years, have also challenged schemes’ funding positions further and putting pressure on their employers,” the regulator said in its introduction. It emphasised that risk management would be a “guiding principle” in the revised code, “as it is key to schemes achieving good funding outcomes”, and said it would like to define a balanced funding outcome (BFO) for schemes to use as a key indicator of risk during assessments.The regulator also said the way it approaches DB deficits would be reviewed on an annual basis in future “to reflect the prevailing economic circumstances”.“Whilst the broad principles underpinning the approach and the factors we take into consideration are contained in the funding policy, the actual setting of risk indicators (including the BFO) and risk bar for intervention will be discussed on an annual basis and published in our annual funding statement,” it said.TPR first issued a funding statement in 2012, allowing DB funds undergoing triennial valuations during the financial year to better understand its approach.Helen Forrest, head of policy and research at the National Association of Pension Funds, welcomed the consultation, noting the more integrated approach being proposed by TPR.She added: “We are pleased to see the Pensions Regulator recognises collaboration between employers and trustees is crucial in establishing viable, long-term funding plans for DB schemes.”Aon Hewitt partner Aidan O’Mahony also said the consultation marked a “positive” step and welcomed the proposal for the guiding principle based around the sponsor covenant, investment returns and scheme funding.“It is also good that the regulator is being more transparent by providing information on how it ranks employer covenants,” he added, noting the four risk categories of Strong, Tending to Strong, Tending to Weak and Weak.However, Malcolm Rochowski, corporate consultant at Barnett Waddingham, had one concern on how the new statutory objective would be implemented.“There is one sting in the tail of the new objective – an expectation that planned investments used to negotiate down scheme contributions, but which are not actually invested later, should be made available to the scheme,” he said.“Employers must, therefore, be careful in claims made about their plans for capital investment.”last_img read more


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Diversity, ESG relatively low scheme governance priorities: survey

first_img“ESG” and external governance reviews also came out as low priorities in the ranking, according to the survey report, which did not define ESG beyond “environmental, social, and corporate governance”.It said some participants were not sure what ESG meant.“This is despite it receiving media attention and initiatives such as the Association of Member Nominated Trustees’ Red Line Voting to support trustees in being investors who are well-versed in ESG,” it noted.A recent BNP Paribas Securities Services survey of 461 asset owners and asset managers found that a fifth of respondents did not incorporate ESG, with the main reason being an inability to define it.In the Winmark/Sackers survey, regular board meetings came out as the most important governance element, with a score of 4.9. However, there was little variation in the scores for the top 10 elements (see graphic). For example, ‘clear and transparent communication’ came in as the 10th most important ranking with a score of 4.6.The survey found that trustees were spending 65% more time on governance compared with three years ago, although the majority of boards spent less than 20% of their time on governance.Sackers said that governance was “a balancing act” and that prioritising of tasks was a key part of good governance.“Prioritising is part of good governance, and so is having an understanding of what will add value and where efforts are most likely to be rewarded,” it added. “While the aspects of governance that were considered to be of least importance all have value, it is reasuring that the main priorities are understood.”The report is available to download from Sackers’ website. Board diversity, ESG investing, and external reviews are relatively low governance priorities for pension scheme trustees and managers, according to a report.It was produced by Winmark, which runs professional member networks to facilitate peer learning, and Sackers, a law firm. It was based on a survey of 84 pension schemes – trustees and pension managers – and 13 in-depth interviews with chairs of trustee boards and other pensions experts.Board diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and age came last out of a list of 25 governance elements that survey participants were asked to rank for importance, on a scale of 1-5. The report said this did not mean trustees think diversity was not important. “In their defence, many survey participants do recognise the need for diversity of skills and perspectives,” it said. “They just do not see diversity in trustees’ individual characteristics such as gender, age, or ethnicity as on a par with certain other aspects of governance.“Also, difficulties recruiting trustees mean that boards often do not have many candidates.”The UK’s pensions trade body has launched a ‘Breaking the Mirror Image’ campaign to try to encourage greater diversity on trustee boards and pension executive boards. It also put diversity at the heart of its annual investment conference in March.  #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more


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Guyanese attorney appointed special constable in Antigua

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Guyanese attorney appointed special constable in Antigua by: – January 9, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Datadin, who is representing the prime minister in a defamation lawsuit brought by Bird (pictured above), has denied any conflict of interestST JOHN’S, Antigua- Guyanese attorney Sanjeev Datadin has been appointed as a special constable to assist with investigations into the US$14 million dollar Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co Ltd (IHI) case and other fraud-related matters.His appointment on Tuesday was only made public yesterday.Former Prime Minister Lester Bird and one-time Finance Minister Asot Michael – both senior members of the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) – are among those linked to the 1990s scheme under which the funds, earmarked for loan repayment to the Japan-based IHI, were said to have been misappropriated.The appointment has been denounced by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, a legal advisor to ALP members.“What they are intending to do is to subvert the position of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions), seek to have a lawyer dressed up in the court as a constable with the powers of arrest, which strikes me as a fundamental conflict between a person who should be independently and impartially reviewing the evidence to decide whether an arrest should be made,” he contended.Datadin, who is representing the prime minister in a defamation lawsuit brought by Bird, has denied any conflict of interest.“I am no part of the government of Antigua nor have I represented the government of Antigua,” he said.“Attorneys are retained to do a job, and if you are retained to do a job, then you do your job. The only conflict that you would have and the only conflict you should not cross is (that) you can’t do a job for a person on one hand while working against them on the other.”He explained being “extremely disappointed that members of the ALP and their advisors have chosen to characterise my assistance to the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda as political rather than to acknowledge that matters of possible serious commercial fraud which may have taken from and diminished the opportunities of the Antiguan & Barbudan people is being resolved.” Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more