Josh Gad & Luke Evans in ‘Beauty and the Beast'(Photo: Disney) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and this weekend.What a Guy! Josh Gad Performs ‘Gaston’Get the popcorn ready! Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, and we could not be more excited. While we are counting the minutes to see Audra McDonald on the big screen, the Disney gods have graced us with a snippet of hilarious stage and screen fave Josh Gad performing “Gaston” alongside a brawny Luke Evans. Get psyched with the clip below, and we’ll see you at the movies on March 17! View Comments Bernadette Peters & More Join the PopsLeading lady alert! The Boston, New York and Cincinnati Pops have some starry guests joining them in their 2017-2018 season. Bernadette Peters will join the Boston Pops during their seven-city tour showcasing the music of the legendary George Gershwin. Peters will take the stage at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on March 31. Jessie Mueller will follow up her Waitress run with an appearance at Carnegie Hall on April 21 with the New York Pops in You’ve Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters concert. On February 25, 2018, Audra McDonald will perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Cincinnati Music Hall. Other acts to catch in the Queen City include the Holiday Pops concert starring Tony winner Laura Benanti from December 8 through December 10 and the West Side Story film with a live orchestra from April 27 through April 29, 2018. Mark those calendars now!Patti Haritgan Will Pen August Wilson BiographyAccording to The New York Times, Patti Hartigan, a former theater critic for The Boston Globe who interviewed the legendary playwright many times, will write the first significant biography of Wilson’s life. She will work in collaboration with Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow. The tentative title is August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He Was Fired, and 37 INK is scheduled to publish the book in late 2019.Emmy Winner Jon Cryer Set for ShelterFrom Two and a Half Men to a man and his computer! Two-time Emmy winner Jon Cryer will present two performances of Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer’s Shelter at Feinstein’s/54 Below on June 27. Shelter centers on Michael (Cryer), who uses his computer (and best friend) Arthur to perfect every aspect of his life. Are you a tech-lover who totally relates and wants to come see the show? Awesome, but you may want to leave your laptop pal at home.New York Premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus TipsKneehigh Theatre Company returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse! Shakespeare’s Globe Co-Artistic Director Emma Rice is at the helm of the New York premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, which will run at St. Ann’s Warehouse from March 16 through April 9. Adapted by Rice and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo from his book The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the play tells the true story of what happened when African American soldiers met the townsfolk from Devon, England, when they were sent to their shores to rehearse for D-Day. The cast includes Kneehigh founder Mike Shepherd, Nandi Bhebhe, Emma Darlow, Ncuti Gatwa, Kyla Goodey, Chris Jared, Craig Johnson, Katy Owen, Adam Sopp and Akpore Uzoh. There’s a production trailer below, and the kicklines, cartwheels and bicycle riding have got us on board. My, what a guy, that Gaston #BeOurGuest pic.twitter.com/s64za3iNAr— Beauty and the Beast (@beourguest) February 27, 2017 And then there were three…We are over the moon #babyonthewayA post shared by patinamiller (@patinamiller) on Feb 24, 2017 at 4:53pm PST P.S. She’s got mom magic to do! Tony winner Patina Miller and her husband David Mars recently announced that they are expecting their first child. Congrats to the happy couple!
It is a well known and accepted rule that, on one’s birthday, one should be allowed to sleep in, particularly if one’s birthday falls on a day off from work.My nearly three year old daughter, Lindsay, doesn’t give a damn about said rule.Today marks the end of my 41st trip around the sun. I held out hope that my eyes wouldn’t be opened until after the 7 o’clock hour. A frivolous birthday wish, for sure, but parents of toddlers will understand my longing. Lindsay, bright eyed and bushy tailed, bounded into our room at 5:45 and, now, here we sit, me with a cup of coffee as I bang out this blog entry while she watches some Caillou in our sunroom.Happy birthday to me!This birthday has begun somewhat auspiciously. My family should be waking up in Charlottesville, not here in Wise, as we were supposed to head up to visit my wife’s family for Thanksgiving yesterday evening. A particularly aggressive stomach bug and some snowy weather have delayed our travel plans – I don’t think we will get to Charlottesville until tomorrow – but good times await us once we arrive.Of course, I am looking forward to a fantastic meal with my family tomorrow. Our annual exercise in gluttony is always much anticipated.Also on my radar will be Friday night’s show at The Jefferson Theater with The Hackensaw Boys and Chamomile & Whiskey.The Hackensaw Boys have long been one of my favorite bands to germinate in Charlottesville. I can remember buying their first record, Get Some, on a whim at the old Plan 9 store on 29 North. I can remember the first time I saw them live at Starr Hill Music Hall. I remember being amused by the notion, seemingly, that if one played an acoustic instrument and called Charlottesville home, you could take on a folksy nickname and be a Hackensaw Boy your own self.Most distinctly, I remember the release party for the band’s second record, Keep It Simple. Hundreds of fans packed Starr Hill Music Hall and at least a dozen Hackensaw Boys took the stage. The energy was through the roof and the manic crowd was dancing so hard that the floor of the venue felt like it was going to give way. There were times during the show that I fully expected to end up in the lap of a dining guest downstairs; that I questioned the building’s structural integrity that night puts it mildly.While the cast of The Hackensaw Boys has remained pliable over the last 15 or so years, the band is still hard at it, churning our their frenetic, rough around the edges take on old time music. The band has cranked our four studio albums, two EPs and, this year, released For The Love Of A Friend, their first live record.The Hackensaw Boys sound as good as ever. Considering the holiday at hand, for that I am thankful.Joining the Hackensaws on the bill is one of Charlottesville’s up and coming bands, Chamomile & Whiskey. This band has been on my radar for some time; they have made the trip out here to Wise to play, though I was unable to see them, and we have featured them on Trail Mix. They were even joined by some good friends of mine in Folk Soul Revival – a band with Wise County roots – at a Fridays After Five show this summer. I am happy to be able to catch them live for the first time.In keeping with my birthday spirit, I have a gift for you. I’d like for you to be able to see Friday’s show at The Jefferson Theater. All you have to do is take a shot at the trivia question below and email your answer to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A winner of two tickets to the show will be chosen from all correct answers received by 5:00 today.Good luck, and have a happy Thanksgiving.Question – The Hackensaw Boys began their musical career banging out old time tunes at what West Main Street lunar greasy spoon?
19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Details One of my favorite customer service quotes comes from the automotive industry: “If we aren’t customer driven, then our cars and trucks won’t be, either.” In the same vein, whether members will still do business with their credit unions in 2015 and beyond has a lot to do with how credit unions set out to serve them.Members want to be served how they want to be served, and credit unions must meet those desires—which will likely be different by generation and by member. The goal for credit unions is to move repetitive, information-based transactions to online channels and have member needs related to life events (such as buying a home or saving for a child’s college education) served in the more expensive physical locations. There’s no magic formula for this, but it’s time to head in that direction.As you think about the new year—and the next five—consider taking the following three steps to get on the best possible path for member service delivery.Set up an executive- or board-level committee to spearhead knowledge and next steps in this arena.Stan Moeckli, CCE, president/CEO of $148 million Electro Savings Credit Union in St. Louis, told me recently about something I think needs to become an accepted best practice. Electro Savings CU put together a board-level committee to review the latest in service delivery, including possible fee structures; compare the CU’s offerings with market trends; and make recommendations to the CU’s board next spring. (To help in applying this idea, the charter for Electro Savings CU’s committee is available to CUES Members in CUES Members Share. Members can get password help by emailing email@example.com.)Look at what leaders in member service delivery are doing. It was my pleasure earlier this year to visit the “Inspiration Branch” of $2 billion Summit Credit Union, Madison Wis. President/CEO Kim Sponem is a CUES member and a member of our board. If you’re at this Summit CU location to talk about a loan for a special trip, you might head to the left side where you can make your plans in a room with airplane seats. Next door to that is a setting that feels like home, where members interested in taking out a mortgage might want to have their conversation with CU staffers. Next to that is a white building with big columns symbolic of a university, a place where members can talk about student loans or saving for college. You get the idea about just how cool service delivery feels when you’re in this branch. Notably, there isn’t a teller line at this location. Instead, there are half a dozen universal agents at a circular desk in the middle, all trained and ready to help you do whatever you want to do.Learn, learn learn.The service delivery landscape will continue to change and evolve. To keep up, look to periodicals and expert presenters for ideas that may become actionable. For example, you might want to read“Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?” about interactive teller machines from the December issue of our CU Management magazine. Or, you may find value in attending CUES School of Product and Channel Management in April, or the new CUES School of Payments in May, both in Chicago.And don’t think learning is just for members of the C-suite. CUES knows for sure that front-line branch staff need to be top member service providers. It’s a huge but key responsibility to ensure that your stars who interact with members every day have opportunities to grow and evolve their roles. That way, they can be of ever-better service to your members—and therefore to your organization. We’ll be here to help.Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III, is president/CEO of the Credit Union Executives Society, an individual membership association based in Madison, Wis. Before joining CUES in January 2013, Fagan served as executive vice president of PSCU’s national sales and client relationship teams and helped pioneer the company’s role in bringing emerging payments technologies to its member-owner credit unions. Previously, he held positions at Electronic Data Systems and Virginia Credit Union. Fagan earned a BSBA in finance from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters.
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Ilkka Tomperi, Varma’s investment director responsible for real estate, told IPE: “Our portfolio includes very few assets in Helsinki’s [central business district]. That has been the main beneficiary from the rental growth and yield compression, while the demand for secondary locations has been limited. We saw values declining in many of our commercial properties, while the residential portfolio performed well.”In its report on 2016 results, Varma said its real estate investments ended the year at €3.6bn on the balance sheet, down from €3.9bn. Direct real estate investments made a loss of 2.6% in 2016, down from a 2.3% profit the year before, but real estate investment funds returned 6.8%, down from 9.9% in 2015.Varma continued with its strategy of increasing international diversification in its property investments during 2016, the report said.The company said its weighting of domestic, directly-owned real estate investments was reduced last year, with the company raising €301m through sales of direct real estate investments in 2016.Commenting on overall results for the year, Varma’s president and chief executive Risto Murto said: “A challenging year turned out to be a good one.”“Solvency, which is strategically important, strengthened and investment assets increased,” he said, adding that the company was in strong shape. Varma, the largest of Finland’s pensions insurance companies, reported an investment return of 4.7% in 2016 after taking a hit from its property portfolio.Writedowns in the values of some of its real estate assets knocked more than 10% off its annual investment profit, the insurer said.Varma reported its property asets made a 0.9% loss in 2016 as a result of €218m fall in value. Indirect real estate investments generated a positive 6.8% return, however.Despite this, total assets under management rose to a record high of €42.9bn last year, from €41.3bn in 2015. In absolute terms, Varma’s overall investment return for 2016 was €2bn.
An improvised shotgun with a livebullet was recovered from 19-year-old Ronnie Villaflor, a police report showed. Village councilman Ester Eno nabbedVillaflor and turned him over to the municipal police station around 4 a.m. onNov. 1. BACOLOD City – A man was arrested forillegal possession of firearm in Barangay Pingot, Ilog, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators,Villaflor was drunk when he created a commotion on Oct. 31. Villaflor was detained in the lockupcell of the Ilog police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PN
Congratulations 10 Batesville High School track and field athletes for being named to the Academic All-State Team! Six individuals were named to the first team and 4 were honorable mention.Academic All-State 1st Team were: Emma Gausman, Adam Bedel, Joseph Choi, Quinten Gowdy, Christopher Laymon and George Ritter.Honorable Mentions were: Stephanie Nobbe, Dylan Flannery, Eykis Fullenkamp and James Gosmeyer.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Edinburgh extended their unbeaten run in the Guinness PRO12 to four matches when they saw off Ulster in a tight encounter at Murrayfield. Neither side ever exerted complete control on the proceedings and the outcome hung in the balance right to the final whistle. The Scottish outfit’s points came from a try from Hamish Watson, converted by Greig Tonks, who also weighed in with three penalties, while Ulster’s points came through a try from flanker Sean Reidy, which was converted by Peter Nelson, who had slotted a penalty earlier in the game. Edinburgh had been forced into two late changes with prop Allan Dell stepping up from the bench to replace Rory Sutherland Andress and Murdo McAndrew taking the place of Sean Kennedy among the substitutes. Paul Marshall was given the honour of leading out Ulster on his 150th appearance and proceeded to play a key role in the proceedings. The Scots opened the scoring after four minutes when Tonks booted a penalty from the Ulster 10 metre line. That proved to be catalyst for the home side to enjoy a spell in the ascendancy who doubled their tally in the 18th minute when Tonks was again on target with a penalty. Ulster’s first assault on the home line almost produced a try but the referee brought play back for an offence at a maul and Nelson steered the kick between the sticks to cut the deficit in half. Attacks at both ends came close to breaking through, but neither side managed to add to their points tally and the hosts went in at half-time with a slender three point advantage. Marshall sparked the game into life four minutes after the restart with a deft chip which he regathered before racing into the home 22 where Ulster used the recycled ball to edge ever closer to the home line and create the platform for Reidy to force his way over. Nelson added the extras. Edinburgh had struggled to create try scoring opportunities but finally pieced together an incisive move with 55 minutes on the clock. Press Association Watson started a counter attack from inside the Edinburgh half and was on hand to take a scoring pass from Nasi Manu and touch down. Tonks continued his flawless kicking to add the extra two points. A penalty inside the home 22 presented a chance for Ulster to square matters but they opted to go for touch and subsequently squandered the scoring opportunity. Tonks added a further three points to the Edinburgh tally with his third penalty then, with 10 minutes to play, he recorded his first miss of the night. Ulster mounted a final effort and earned a penalty with less than a minute to play. The home defence held out to secure the win and leave Ulster with only a narrow defeat bonus point for their efforts.
THE Guyana Baseball League (GBL) has recorded a productive 2016 with international competition being the highlight.In his New Year’s message president Robin Singh stated, “We are proud to report on our first foray into international competition, our U-21 female team took part in the Canadian U-21 Women’s Invitational. It was a wonderful experience for our players and a learning one for the management team.”The president said, “Baseball Guyana featured on Canadian National Television and local (Halifax) newspapers and radio, garnering great publicity for our 50-year old nation.”The message continued, “On behalf of the whole Baseball Guyana organisation, we wish you all the best as we begin another journey of challenges, victories, lessons and changes in the year ahead.“2017 will see us build on this experience with male teams competing in the Federation of Baseball and Softball Pará (Brazil) International tournament in April. The females will also play in a tournament in the USA.”Meanwhile the junior teams will begin competing in regional age group tournaments in the Americas region with the road to Olympic qualification beginning in September 2017.“2017 will also see the establishment of the much anticipated Georgetown programme at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue. We have been kindly accommodated by the Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, who continues to champion the cause of a holistic education encompassing academics, sport, music and arts.”The body will also be embarking on an ambitious coaching education drive and targeting the training and equipping of school teachers from all regions of Guyana.It’s often repeated main goal is the establishment of a baseball facility and in 2016 the body moved inexorably closer to achieving this.“We have no doubt that in 2017 much will be done to achieve our goal of a world class baseball academy for the benefit of our entire nation’s youths,” the statement ended by saying.
… Jaguars break tournament with huge points advantageTHE Guyana Jaguars romped to their fifth win in seven outings in the Regional Four-Day Championship when they crushed Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 10 wickets on Saturday night.The victory bolstered the team’s position at the top of the points table, with the three-time defending champions yet to lose a match this season after drawing with Hurricanes last month and tying with Windward Islands Volcanoes last week.However, manager/assistant coach Rayon Griffith feels that the Jaguars’ stupendous success as the most consistent team this season should be attributed to consistency, total team effort and the leadership skills demonstrated by captain Leon Johnson.“We played consistent cricket … we batted better in the first innings this year, but having said that it was a total team effort … the younger players in the squad also played a big part,” Griffith, the former national and West Indies B team fast bowler said.He added, “Yes, we played consistent cricket, yes, it was a total team effort, yes the younger players played their part, but the leadership skills of Johnson (Leon) also played a major part in our success. Johnson is a leader in the actual sense of the word. It is very evident from his body language and his constant interaction with the players. It is his confidence in the players’ ability which is helping them perform to their full potential and this is what gives them the belief.”Further, the 38-year-old Griffith believes that the support received from the local governing body also played a pivotal role in the team’s success.With three rounds remaining, the Jaguars are definitely on course for a fourth consecutive title.Looking at the individual performances, Bramble is Guyana’s leading run-scorer so far with 481 runs after scoring three fifties and one century. He is behind Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin (564) and Windward Islands Volcanoes opener Devon Smith, who is leading with 873 runs.In the bowling department, Veerasammy Permaul is the leading bowler so far with 41 wickets.The tournament will resume on January 4. After seven rounds of action, the Jaguars have accumulated 118 points, followed by Barbados Pride (75.2), Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (71.6), Jamaica Scorpions (71.4), Leeward Islands Hurricanes (61) and Windward Islands Volcanoes (52.2).