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Four New Seasons Will Land in the West End’s Jersey Boys

first_imgMatt Corner, Simon Bailey, Matt Hunt & Declan Egan. View Comments Four new Seasons are heading to London’s West End! From March 15 Matt Corner will step into the spotlight as Frankie Valli, with Simon Bailey as Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio and Matt Hunt as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys. Dayle Hodge is set to play Frankie Valli at certain performances at the Piccadilly Theatre.Corner joins the West End cast direct from the U.K. and Ireland touring production of Jersey Boys; additional West End credits include We Will Rock You. Bailey’s West End credits include I Can’t Sing! The X-Factor Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. Australian-born Egan played Bob Gaudio in the Australian and New Zealand tour of Jersey Boys and has appeared in the U.S. Tour of The Book of Mormon. Hunt made his professional theatre debut in the Australian and New Zealand touring production of Jersey Boys and Hodge also joins the London cast straight from the U.K. & Ireland touring production of the hit tuner.Additionally joining the London company on March 15 will be Mark Dugdale, Leanne Garretty, Will Haswell, Mark Heenehan, Joe Maxwell, Nathaniel Morrison and Dan O’Brien.Nicola Brazil, Stuart Dawes, Lucinda Gill, Nicky Griffiths, Mark Isherwood, Ben Jennings, Chris Stoddart, Helen Ternent and Ben Wheeler are set to continue with the cast of the Tony and Olivier-award winning musical.last_img read more

Yoplait Eliminates rBGH Milk from Products

first_img ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —SOURCE Health Care Without Harm Yoplait has announced to its hospital customers that it will stop using milk from cattle injected with the growth hormone rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to make its yogurt products, beginning in early August 2009. Yoplait is among the first major manufacturer to totally eliminate rBGH from their product line, a move widely seen as a response to demands by the health care sector and consumer groups to provide rBGH-free products.The health care system purchases approximately $12 billion worth of food and beverages annually. In their drive to serve safer, more sustainable foods, major health systems across the country are switching to rBGH-free (also called rBST) milk and milk products, due to the evidence showing the hormone’s adverse effects on animals and potential to harm human health. The use of rBGH in banned in Canada, the European Union, Australia and Japan.”This speaks to the collective buying power of hospitals to shift the marketplace,” said Jamie Harvie, Health Care Without Harm Food Coordinator. “Now we need Dannon and other milk and milk product producers to show the same leadership.””This is great news for the health of consumers, communities and the planet,” stated Pat Burdullis, R.D Administrator, Non Clinical Contracts, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) Supply Chain Management, one of the many hospitals across the country that have initiated steps to eliminate their use of dairy produced with rBGH. “To date we are approximately 90 percent rBGH-free in our liquid dairy.” CHW is the largest Catholic health system in the United States and was among many healthcare organizations that sent letters to their suppliers requesting products produced without rBGH.Upon receiving the news, Diane Imrie, Director of Nutrition Services, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont, stated, “This is a major act by Yoplait, one which we have asked for and totally support. It is a large step that will help hospitals reach their goal to provide safe, healthy foods to their patients, staff and visitors. I hope that other major brands, like Dannon, will follow their lead.”The American Nurses Association also supports the development of national and state laws, regulations and policies that specifically reduce the use of rBGH or rBST in milk and dairy production in the United States and has called on nurses and hospitals to purchase dairy produced without rBGH. In 2008 HCWH nurses work group developed a rBGH free toolkit and initiated a letter writing campaign demanding that Yoplait and Dannon change their practice.AdvertisementHCWH is an international coalition of more than 430 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on the rBGH and the role of healthcare see http://www.noharm.org/us/food/resources#rbgh(link is external). To learn more about HCWH’s work on food and other issues related to health care and the environment, visit www.noharm.org/(link is external).HCWH has an ambitious healthy food agenda, which includes buying fresh food locally and/or buying certified organic food; avoiding food raised with growth hormones and antibiotics; encouraging group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to support healthy food in healthcare; supporting local farmers and farming organizations; introducing farmers markets and on-site food box programs; reducing food waste; and establishing an overarching food policy at each health facility. More than 200 hospitals have signed the HCWH “Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge.” Signers pledge to work toward developing sustainable food systems in their facilities.In 2008, Catholic Healthcare West sent a letter to Health Care Without Harm discussing their Sustainable Food Vision and other food-related positions. View the letter at http://www.noharm.org/details.cfm?ID=2134&type=document(link is external).Heath Care without Harm, an international coalition of more than 473 organizations in 52 countries, is working to transform the health care sector, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on the healthy food pledge see http://www.noharm.org/us/food/pledge(link is external). To learn more about HCWH’s work on food and other issues related to health care www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org(link is external).last_img read more

World’s largest solar project now operational in Abu Dhabi

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The 1.78 GW Noor Abu Dhabi solar park has entered commercial operation on time and on budget.The announcement, confirmed to pv magazine today by EWEC, the Emirates Water and Electricity Company referred to Noor Abu Dhabi as “the world’s largest single solar project”. The project is up and running and supplying power for AED0.08888/kWh ($0.024), a figure that marked the world’s cheapest solar power when the tender was awarded in 2017.The winners were a consortium made up of newly formed Emirati water and power investment fund the Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni Corp. and Chinese solar giant Jinko Solar Holdings.According to the EWEC release, the AED3.2 billion ($871 million), 8km² project was built with more than 3.2 million solar panels, employed more than 2,900 workers at the height of construction at the Sweihan site and will provide power for 90,000 people.EWEC chairman Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi said: “The completion of the project marks a significant milestone in the UAE’s energy strategy 2050, launched in 2017, to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50% by 2050 while reducing the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%. This is in line with the sector’s transformation strategy by providing alternative sources of energy that can help us improve the sustainability of the water and electricity sector.”More: Noor solar park operational World’s largest solar project now operational in Abu Dhabilast_img read more

Medford Robbery Spree Couple Tried to Quit Heroin, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Christopher Marino (Left) and Jamie Greco (Right) are accused of 15 armed robberies across Suffolk County that began on Dec. 9.The Medford couple that allegedly robbed more than a dozen eastern Long Island stores in a six-week span to fuel their heroin habit took a 10-day break to get clean, authorities said.Jaime Greco, 23, and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Marino, had a bag-and-a-half daily heroin habit after Greco was released from jail on an unrelated charge in late November, but their pace quickly increased to four-to-six bags per day, which motivated the month-long crime spree, Suffolk County police said.After twice robbing the same Subway sandwich shop in Medford on Dec. 9 and 11 as well as a nearby Hess gas station Dec. 15, the couple decided to detox, according to investigators.“We were doing real good for a while, but on Christmas day I couldn’t take it anymore,” Marino told detectives, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, who read from the statement during a news conference Friday at police headquarters.Greco and Marino are being held on $1.5 million cash bail or $3 million bond after pleading not guilty Thursday to 13 robbery charges and two counts of attempted robbery.An attorney for Greco said he has not seen any witness statements supporting authorities’ allegations that a woman was involved in the robberies. An attorney for Marino could not be reached.Authorities said Greco staked out the locations and drove the getaway car for Marino, who allegedly pointed a pellet gun at clerks during the holdups. Police said the weapon appeared in surveillance camera footage to be a .45-caliber handgun.Once the couple allegedly resumed their spree by holding up a Sonoco station in Coram on Christmas, their pace increased to almost one armed robbery per day for two weeks—twice hitting two stores in one day, police said.The suspects are accused of using the cash stolen in each case to buy heroin from a known heroin dealer’s house in Shirley, Spota said.Greco and Marino also allegedly robbed the Hess Express in Ronkonkoma on Dec. 26, Subway in North Patchogue on Dec. 28, Subway in Ronkonkoma on Dec. 29 and another Hess in Medford on New Year’s Eve.They then allegedly robbed Carvel in Center Moriches on New Year’s Day,  Royal Market in Shirley on Jan. 2 and both the 7-Eleven in Medford and Subway in Nesconset on Jan. 3. Two days later, they allegedly robbed a Subway in Ronkonkoma and on Jan. 7 they robbed KFC in Shirley and Mobil on the Run in Islip Terrace.Police alerted the public to the crime spree the day of the last two alleged robberies by releasing a photo of the suspect to the media. Investigators apprehended the duo shortly after midnight Wednesday, a week later.last_img read more

Will The Marketplace Lending Bubble Pop When Interest Rates Increase?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has indicated that the Fed will consider raising interest rates at its December meeting for the first time since 2006. Her confidence appears to stem primarily from strong, consistent employment growth, though other key factors such as global market performance and terrorism threats are in the decision-making mix. Market players and market makers are watching closely, knowing the stock market ride might be coming to a close. One caveat to whatever reaction to a rate hike ensues is that investors have historically taken gains off the table in December only to drive the market upward in January, so I wouldn’t place too much credence in market behavior, assuming Yellen decides to test the waters with an increase tomorrow. Click here for a guide to the Federal Reserve powers and what happens when rates move. While some market reactions are more predictable than others, the relatively new phenomenon of marketplace (peer-to-peer) lending has yet to weather a rate hike. As a practical matter, we’re likely only talking about 25 basis points, which is hardly a shock to the system. This should be seen as more of a test, with the understanding that Yellen can halt further increases or even reverse her decision at the next meeting in the event of a sustained negative reaction in the markets or unforeseen external threats to the US economy. Most economists and market players appear to believe the ramifications of a slight increase can be effectively sustained. Goldman Sachs has even ventured to predict multiple increases in 2016.But it’s worth exploring the issue of liquidity, and where exactly capital in marketplace lending is being derived. Marketplace (Alternative) Lending OverviewFirst, it’s important to draw a distinction between the major players in this arena. Companies such as Prosper and Lending Club are the most well-known among the peer-to-peer lenders in the consumer loan space. (Click here for a list of marketplace lending definitions.) These companies are essentially exchanges that pair investors—both private and institutional—and borrowers. Think of it as “crowd-funding” consumer loans. Borrowers on these exchanges submit an application through an automated decisioning process that runs their credit and identifies certain risk factors before placing their requests on the exchange. Portions of their loan request, or in some cases the entire loan, can be purchased by an investor on the other side of the exchange. OnDeck, the largest US company in the small business space, provides a similar borrowing experience for small business owners in need of capital. There are hundreds of companies that have entered both the consumer and small business lending space but are considered “direct lenders.” These are companies that evaluate applications and decide whether or not to fund them directly. Here again, many are using institutional funds from banks, hedge funds or investment pools to fund loans. Some loans move entirely to the investors or are “participated” out in packaged investments. There are, however, “balance sheet lenders” who maintain the entire portfolio, thereby assuming all of the investment risk. Because the lending criteria is more automated and unsecured, rates on these investments are typically much higher than rates offered by traditional lenders. Consumers with compromised credit looking to pay down student loans or credit card debt are typically the prime targets for the consumer exchanges and direct lenders. Likewise, small businesses that have been locked out of the capital markets, regardless of their creditworthiness, have found a haven in this type of lending arrangement. Searching For YieldThe growth of marketplace lenders such as Prosper, Lending Club and OnDeck has caught the attention of Wall Street in a major way. Projected returns for loans on the exchanges are typically in the high teens, and reported default rates (though there is debate about the efficacy of these numbers) hover between 4 percent and 8 percent. We know that consumer default rates are the lowest in a decade, since the run-up to the banking crisis beginning in 2008. Recent reports indicate this trend may be in jeopardy, but the numbers are still remarkably low compared to the height of the crisis. Given the low cost of capital and relatively stable consumer default environment, investors have been able to toy with marketplace lending with relative comfort. The same logic has applied to the dramatic recovery in the stock market, as institutional investors have been able to essentially participate in quasi-riskless arbitrage, borrowing cheap money and investing for substantial gains in equities. Yet because the equity market is still highly volatile compared to the seemingly consistent yields in marketplace lending, investors have been willing to provide liquidity to the exchanges. Now that the Federal Reserve is emboldened enough by the employment recovery and is testing the waters with a rate increase, it calls the above strategy into question. The increase the Fed is considering is on the interbank lending rate, which is the cost at which banks borrow funds. While 25 basis points isn’t likely to disrupt very much, it will give pause to some institutional investors and cause them to re-evaluate their strategies going forward. Because the consumer exchanges rely so heavily on institutional investment dollars and the space is relatively new, there’s a chance that some of the more conservative investors will pull back and seek higher ground. Hedge funds will no doubt continue to play a significant capital role on the exchanges, however. Perhaps the more important trend to watch is consumer default rates. Employment growth has certainly been good for the economy and lower daily costs, such as gas prices, have provided some spending flexibility. But wage growth remains frustratingly low, which means the consumer is far from out of the woods. The UpshotThe combination of higher borrowing costs and increasing default rates will challenge the marketplace lending model over the next 18 to 36 months. It’s likely that direct lenders with stricter underwriting policies will be better positioned to withstand market forces than the exchanges.Tags & Sources: Federal Reserve Rate Increase, Janet Yellen, New York Times, Financial Times, Marketplace Lending, Prosper, OnDeck, Lending Club, Mayava Capital, Goldman Sachs, Peer-to-peer lending, alternative online lending, Consumer lending bubble, business loan consolidation, Business Loan Today, credit card lending, student debt, small business loans, consumer lending(Photo: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen)last_img read more

See, hear and feel the evolution of Visa

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2017, Visa rolled out a suite of sensory cues to express the Visa brand in our ever-expanding world of connected, payment-enabled devices—the first major payment brand to do so. Watch the video to learn more and read about our strategy to manifest Visa in emerging digital environments. continue reading »last_img

Trump administration says drug makers will work together to combat coronavirus

first_img“You seem to know what the answer is to this,” Trump said. “Get it done. We need it.”Pressed on whether the vaccine would be ready in the short timeframe he desired, Trump said he had heard from the leaders at the table a range of three to four months to a year. But Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, stepped in and urged those at the table to correct the president’s impression.”He’s asking the question: When is it going to be deployable? And that is going to be at the earliest a year to a year and a half,” Fauci said.Trump, who has sought to suggest a vaccine would be ready before health professionals have indicated, followed up after Fauci’s comments: “You think that’s right?”Attendees assured him that treatments, rather than a vaccine itself, could be ready before that.Attendees included the chief executives of Gilead Sciences Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Moderna Inc and GlaxoSmithKline Plc as well as research and development executives from Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi SA, all of which are working on vaccines or treatments for the virus.Even with Trump voicing hope that the companies can accelerate their development as much as possible, executives and other experts have suggested that clinical trials to guarantee a vaccine is safe and effective could mean that it could take a minimum of 12 to 18 months to hit the market.Antiviral treatments could possibly move faster toward approval.Pfizer’s chief scientific officer, Mikael Dolsten, told Trump the company had identified compounds that had a high probability of being effective against the virus.After the meeting, Pfizer said in a statement it had identified some antiviral compounds it owns as potential treatments for coronaviruses and was working with a third party to evaluate them.It said if they proved to be good candidates and passed toxicology studies, it hoped to start testing them clinically by the end of the year.Topics : The Trump administration said on Monday it had secured commitments from top pharmaceutical companies to work together to develop a vaccine and treatments to fight the coronavirus.At a meeting with industry executives at the White House, United States President Donald Trump exhorted the companies to collaborate to speed the process of getting a vaccine and therapeutics to victims of the virus.The company leaders indicated a willingness to cooperate with one another, but did not lay out how that would happen. The White House, which has clashed previously with the pharmaceutical industry over high drug prices and has been struggling in recent weeks to show it is on top of the virus response, saw the meeting as a victory.”This is all hands on deck. And the news out of this meeting that you’ve already formed a consortia … now we know they will be working together to create therapeutics and ultimately a new vaccine,” Vice President Mike Pence said as the session drew to a close.The global death toll from the illness caused by the new coronavirus now exceeds 3,000, with more than 60 countries affected. In the United States, there have been more than 90 cases, with six deaths.Trump pressed the representatives at the table about their timeframes for getting a vaccine ready and took upbeat comments from some of the company leaders to mean that it could be ready to deploy within months.last_img read more

Arsenal struggling with move for goalkeeper David Raya as Brentford stand firm

first_img Phil HaighTuesday 8 Sep 2020 8:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Arsenal struggling with move for goalkeeper David Raya as Brentford stand firm Advertisement David Raya has caught the eye at Brentford (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are keen on Brentford goalkeeper David Raya but the Championship club are standing firm and insisting the stopper is not for sale.The Gunners have an uncertain situation with their goalkeepers with Bernd Leno and Emiliano Martinez battling it out for the place in the first team.Martinez deputised for the injured Leno so impressively at the end of last season that he now feels he deserves the gloves and will not play understudy for the German again.If Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reverts to picking Leno as first choice then Martinez is almost certain to leave, which will mean the Gunners need to sign a new back-up ‘keeper.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThey are looking at Raya to fulfil this role after impressing for Blackburn and now Brentford in the Championship.The 24-year-old Spaniard came through the Blackburn academy and was signed by the Bees last summer for around £3m, making 49 appearances for them this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Telegraph report that he would be keen on the move to Arsenal, and he has told his club as much, but Brentford are adamant that he is not for sale.The Bees are reportedly not even willing to negotiate for their ‘keeper, although this may of course change if he looks to force through a move or Arsenal make a substantial bid.Aston Villa have made a second bid to sign Martinez as they look to pounce on the situation at the Emirates and snap up the Argentine.The second offer is reportedly close to Arsenal’s £20m valuation of the goalkeeper, but he will not be allowed to leave until they sign a suitable replacement.MORE: Aston Villa submit second offer for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano MartinezMORE: Dani Ceballos reveals influence of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on his developmentFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Athletics star Sally Pearson is selling her Gold Coast home

first_imgThe couple own one other property on the Coast. Pic Adam Head It’s modern and open.“The $1 million to $2 million price point is currently very active and I have already received numerous enquiries from prospective buyers who are showing interest,” he said.“Sally and Kieran have invested a lot of money into the extensive renovations over the last couple of years and the property presentation is outstanding. MORE NEWS: Huge interest in Seychelles The pool is slightly elevated and overlooks the two residences. MORE NEWS: Melbourne businessman selling Coast sub-penthouse Australian athlete Sally Pearson has listed her Gold Coast home on the market. Pic Adam HeadCHAMPION hurdler and Coast golden girl Sally Pearson has listed her Helensvale home on the market with a million-dollar price tag.The acreage estate, which has two residences and a pool, hit the market earlier this week with an asking price of more than $1.199 million.Property records show the athletics star and her husband Keiran bought the property in 2015 for more than $900,000.Marketing agent Julian Porter, of Harcourts Pacific Pines, said he’d already had strong interest in the property. The home has been renovated since Pearson and her husband Kieran bought it in 2015. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“There is really nothing more for the new owner to do here. “All the hard work is done so they can just move in and enjoy.”Among its features is a large room being used as a gym, which Mr Porter described as “fit for an Olympic athlete”. The perfect spot to entertain guests.The house also has an automatic security gate with intercom and CCTV.Mr Porter helped the couple sell their Pacific Pines home for $727,000 in 2015.“I have assisted Sally and Kieran with their real estate matters for many years now and they are lovely people,” he said.“Very down to earth, always professional and just an absolute pleasure to work with.”Property records show Pearson, who is known for leading a private lifestyle away from the track, owns one other Gold Coast property with her husband.The Helensvale State High School product has long led Australia’s athletics charge, winning a gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics.She was forced to withdrawn from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year because of an injury. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

Red Cross calls for more volunteers on the heels of Red Cross Day Sunday

first_imgLocalNews Red Cross calls for more volunteers on the heels of Red Cross Day Sunday by: – May 6, 2011 Share Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share All plans are in place to commemorate Red Cross Day on Sunday. As part of the Red Cross Week observance a simulation exercise was done this afternoon at the Digicel Office in Roseau.Director General of the Dominica Red Cross Mrs. Kathlyn Pinard Byrne said the purpose is to raise the awareness among the public.“We had the onlookers paying attention to the procedures that were being carried out and the intent of it is to draw attention and to promote the role of Red Cross volunteers,” she said.According to Byrne, the provision of first aid training and services is one of the major activities of the Red Cross.“We are also looking to recruit new volunteers and volunteers and can non Red Cross members as well but when you join us, we provide you with a number of skills,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more