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first_imgMarisa Tomei Photo: Bruce Glikas View Comments Star Files Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 62nd season will kick off with Oscar winner Marisa Tomei in Tennessee’s Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, directed by Trip Cullman. Also tapped for the summer season are Alfred Molina, a new musical by Craig Carnelia and Joe Tracz and a world premiere helmed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.In The Rose Tattoo, Tomei takes on the role of Serafina, a widow who leaves behind her grief with the arrival of the trucker Alvaro. Performances will run from June 28 through July 17.Next up on the Main Stage is the world premiere of Boo Killebrew’s Romance Novels for Dummies, directed by Hand to God’s Stuelpnagel. The new comedy will run from July 20 through July 31 and explores the unlikely relationship between Liza, a southern stay-at-home mom, and Bernie, a failing actress in New York.Evan Cabnet will direct a production of Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter; performances will run August 3 through 21. The play, which premiered on Broadway in 1997, follows Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes and her tumultuous path to becoming Surgeon General.The Nikos Stage season begins on June 29 with the world premiere of Cost of Living, written by Martyna Majok and directed by Jo Bonney. It tells the intersecting stories of four people: an unemployed truck driver, his ex-wife who suffers a serious accident, a doctoral student and his caregiver. Performances will run through July 10.James Macdonald will direct The Pillowman Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg in the world premiere of The Chinese Room, written by Michael West. Stuhlbarg plays Frank, an Artificial Intelligence stalwart who seeks to save his wife’s memory by preserving it in a humanoid before he’s ousted from his own company. Performances run July 13 through 23.Next up is the world premiere of Carnelia and Tracz’s musical Poster Boy. The Stafford Arima-helmed production is set for July 28 through August 7. Inspired by the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, the musical follows a community of gay men in an Internet chat room after one of their members takes his own life.Wrapping up the season is the American premiere of And No More Shall We Part, featuring Molina and Jane Kaczmarek. Anne Kaufman directs the Tom Holloway drama, which tackles the hardest decision a married couple can face as the wife becomes terminally ill.Additional casting for the season will be announced later. Marisa Tomeilast_img read more

first_imgAs emerging international markets for Georgia agricultural products continue to grow, Georgia farmers need to be aware of the impacts the global marketplace can have on their bottom line. This year, in recognition of the growing importance of the global marketplace to Georgia farmers, Georgia Department of Economic Development Director of International Trade Kathe Falls will deliver the keynote talks at the 2013 Ag Forecast series. The Farm-to-Port Ag Forecast will be held in locations across the state Jan. 25 to Feb. 1. Falls, whose team works to find and open new markets for the state’s exports, will discuss the ways that the world’s developing markets and access to the state’s transportation infrastructure will affect Georgia agricultural exports in 2013. “Exports have been a driving force in the U.S. economy during this recent downturn,” Falls said. “During the presentation we will take an in-depth look at Georgia’s agricultural exports over the past six years and discuss how GDEcD is positioned to help ag companies accelerate their export growth through our new joint trade initiative with Commissioner Gary Black and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.” The Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Agriculture launched a joint agricultural export initiative in June 2012, with the goal of supporting farmers wishing to export their products and increasing the global visibility of Georgia agriculture. Georgia farmers exported more poultry in 2011 than any other state in the nation and sent millions of dollars of peanuts, pecans, wood products and cotton overseas as well. “You always want to grow new markets for your products,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “Georgia has a competitive advantage over our South American competitors in shipping agricultural products overseas to both Europe and China. As a result, Georgia producers need to be in a position to take advantage of overseas demand for Georgia’s food and fiber products.” UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have sponsored the annual Ag Forecast seminar series for the last several years. The six, half-day programs bring together agricultural economists and economic development experts from around the state to give producers and business owners a preview of what they can expect from the market in the coming year. “The main objective of the Ag Forecast is to provide Georgia’s producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we think the industry is headed in the upcoming year to help them plan more effectively,” Wolfe said. Economists from the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics will deliver the forecasts for individual Georgia commodities. In addition, local producers from across the state will share their stories of how they were able to access overseas markets. The 2013 Farm-to-Port Ag Forecast will be held Jan. 25 in Athens, Jan. 28 in Rome, Jan. 29 in Macon, Jan. 30 in Tifton, Jan. 31 in Bainbridge and Feb. 1 in Lyons. Registration is now open and information about the 2013 Ag Forecast is posted at georgiaagforecast.com and on Twitter through @GaAgForecast.last_img read more

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the proliferation of communication channels available today—from traditional print media and broadcast to online and social media—effectively managing a credit union’s communications strategy is a complicated business. While credit unions have always tailored their messages to specific groups of members (auto loans to younger members or estate planning to older members, for example), as recently as 10 years ago, there was a fairly simple distribution strategy including local print media, direct mail and perhaps local broadcast media that was used to reach all members.Today, that is simply no longer the case. Millennial members consume information in different ways and through different channels than Generation X members do, and Gen Xers, in turn, consume information differently than baby boomers. Not only are there different communication channel preferences among demographic groups, but there are unique preferences in terms of format and even time of day for consumption.With so many variables in play, how can credit unions communicate most effectively with all of their members?The good news is that there is a wealth of data available to help guide credit unions’ communications teams as they develop content and distribution strategies. Recently, Target Marketing released its 2017 Media Usage Survey, and within it are some valuable insights into the media consumption tendencies of millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers that could benefit credit unions. Key takeaways include: continue reading »last_img read more

first_img continue reading » Today we are sharing a live blog from the Financial Brand Forum 2019. In this session by James Robert Lay, of Digital Growth Institution, we will explore how content can fuel the growth of your financial institution.From experience working with over 475 financial institutions Lay found through research that dealing with money feels confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming. More than 70% of people fee STRESSED about their financial situation. This stress takes a toll.And when they asked marketers how does content marketing make you feel? The pattern is the same… confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Lay believes the way to escape this is through a journey of simplicity.According to Facebook, Millennials want a bank or credit union to guide them through financial stress to a bigger brighter future… but people don’t TRUST these same financial institutions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe project INTER-PASS – Intermodal Passengers Connectivity between Ports and Airports – Intermodal passenger connectivity between ports and airports has started, which includes Pula Airport and Pula Port Authority, Glas Istre writes.The project aims to improve intermodal connectivity between ports and airports in the Adriatic-Ionian region in order to improve the flow of passengers, mainly cruise passengers and tourists, in reaching tourist destinations located on the Adriatic and Ionian coasts during the main season.The realization of this project requires 1.498.568 euros, of which 85 percent is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project involves eight partners from Croatia, Italy and Greece, including Pula Airport and the Pula Port Authority. Pula Airport should receive 192 thousand euros, which will be spent on better connections with Pula and the port of Pula, through the purchase of new buses. LUP will receive 166 thousand euros for its activities, which fit perfectly into the plans to build a maritime passenger terminal in the Bay of Pula. Donald De Gravissi said on behalf of the Pula Port Authority that the project had been declared a strategic project of the Republic of Croatia, and that its ultimate goal was to build a terminal that would reach a staggering 600 passengers on cruise ships in a few years. When that project rolls around, the story of the intermodal connection between the airport and the seaport will make a lot of sense. Also during the project, the procurement of buses for passenger transport is planned, which is currently underway, which will connect Pula Airport and Port by road.In the Adriatic-Ionian region, there are many maritime cities that have to deal with a very large number of passengers during the main season and in which cruise tourism is an important factor in regional and local development. However, most of these “home ports” for cruise ships and ferries lack integration with different modes of transport, especially regional airports, which should be addressed by this project.Cooperation between the Airport and the Port of Dubrovnik AuthorityAs part of the same project, Dubrovnik Airport and the Dubrovnik Port Authority, by cooperating on the international project INTER-PASS (Intermodal Passengers Connectivity) worth almost one and a half million euros, intend to improve the organization of guest transfers from British airports to Gruž as a home port by the end of 2019. port (home-port) for Marella Cruises.Dubrovnik Airport received almost 360 thousand euros for the upgrade of infrastructure such as luggage lanes and security equipment for scanning with the software part, and the Port Authority 193 thousand euros for the purchase of a canopy for boarding and disembarking passengers in bad weather and hardware and software package for better and more complete communication with guests who have just arrived or are leaving Dubrovnik. “After landing at Dubrovnik Airport, guests board the ship Marella Celebration, and at the end of the cruise through the Dubrovnik port, they return to Dubrovnik Airport and fly to their destinations. Let’s optimize and improve the transport of guests from the port to the historic center in the summer months, especially at the peak of the season, in order to reduce traffic jams to a minimum”Explained the transfer process by the Deputy Director of the Dubrovnik Port Authority Hrvoje Kulušić for Dubrovački list and added that the goal of the Dubrovnik Port Authority is infrastructural development through the construction of the coast on Batahovina and cooperation with city services through the project ‘Respect the City’.INTER-PASS – Intermodal Passengers Connectivity between Ports and Airports (Intermodal Passenger Connection between Ports and Airports) is a project approved for co-financing under the INTERREG ADRION program. The project activities started in January 2018 and are expected to be completed in December 2019. The total amount of the project is 1.498.568 EUR, of which 85% is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).The project involves 8 partners from Croatia, Italy and Greece and one associate partner from Italy. The partners are as follows: Dubrovnik Airport, Dubrovnik Port Authority, Airport, Airports of Apuglia, Southern Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Pula Airport, Pula Port Authority, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus – Research Committee, Corfu Port Authority SA and associated partner Venezia Terminal Passeggeri SpASource: Voice of Istria / Dubrovački listRelated news:LESS AND LESS CRUISES ON THE ADRIATICPULA IS A STEP CLOSER TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CRUISE TERMINALACTION PLAN FOR THE FUTURE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF DUBROVNIK PRESENTED – RESPECT THE CITYlast_img read more

first_imgThe bedrooms are spacious. The kitchen has been renovated.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago Good spot to let the kids run loose.Both other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, while one also offers French doors to a veranda overlooking the gardens.Inspections are by appointment with the home set to be auctioned at 6pm on October 5 at 74 Kedron Brook Rd, Wilston. 10 St Clair Street, Kedron Qld 4031. Picture: Realestate.com.auCLASSIC features such as polished timber floors, French doors and two verandas lend this three-bedroom replica Queenslander plenty of character. Agent Brooke Copping of Ray White Wilston has been marketing the home at 10 St Clair Street, Kedron as being extensively renovated. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a three-car garage. A modern open feel inside. Great spot for a Sunday barbecue.The house’s living areas have polished timber floors and sliding glass doors to a covered deck, ideal for outdoor dining and entertaining. The modern kitchen boasts Caesarstone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. The bedrooms sit at the rear of the floorplan, with the main containing a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. French doors are a nice touch.last_img read more

first_imgR&M said the merger would benefit both arms of the business, as it creates a natural extension from its equity specialism to other asset classes.For P-Solve, the company said, the merger provides the opportunity to develop its asset allocation and derivative capabilities.Faulkner told IPE that, with the demand for outcome-led solutions growing, the merger made sense given the two sets of skills.“There is a logic to bringing together the skills, based on the trend to outcome orientation in investment markets,” he said.“We can do this by bringing together the alpha and security selection skills [from R&M] and derivatives and asset allocation skills [from P-Solve], which help manage the downside of equity investing.”Responding to concerns over potential conflicts of interest between the investment consultancy and investment management arms of the new group, Faulkner said managing potential conflicts would be akin to the ones the firm already comes up against.“The conflict question is one of the things we have to be wary of, and one we have to address properly,” he said.“We are not going to change the fiduciary proposition, which is something that finds a range of managers, and suddenly fill it up with internal products.“That isn’t the rationale for what we’re doing.“This is just like the normal conflicts of doing business. There are currently some clients that choose to engage us on a pure consultancy basis, sometimes on a fiduciary, and some in between, and all of those require different types of behavior.“This is the same idea, and we have managing those sorts of issues forever.”On the deal, James Barham said the merger would accelerate plans for R&M to develop a broad-based diversified business.“We will have a strengthened platform from which to work and support our clients and consultants,” he said. UK investment consultancy and fiduciary manager P-Solve is to merge with equity boutique River & Mercantile (R&M) to form a new group that will look towards integrating specialist skills for product development.P-Solve, previously a wholly owned subsidiary of UK consulting group Punter Southall, has joined forces with R&M as both look towards product development in their current areas of focus.P-Solve chief executive Mike Faulkner will remain head of the new group, which will be known as R&M Group, with James Barham, current chief executive of R&M, continuing to run the equity management business in addition to becoming the group’s head of distribution.The R&M Group will continue to offer P-Solve’s investment, and delegated, consultancy propositions, as well as the equity management business from R&M.last_img read more

first_imgTPRA, a pensions rating agency, has said it found, after surveying more than 230 Dutch pension funds, no correlation between higher asset-management costs (or portfolio scale) and higher returns on investment. The Amsterdam-based agency, however, acknowledged that some pension funds with relatively high asset management costs – including those of Mars (1.86%), Hunter Douglas (1.05%) and C&A (0.9%) – had outperformed the market, returning as much as 6.6% over 2015.By contrast, the pension fund for Dutch communications watchdog AFM, with costs of 0.87%, returned just 0.6%.The survey showed that asset management costs ranged between 0.14% and 1.86%, and that they had largely remained unchanged year on year. TPRA said the most significant cost reductions were the product of pension funds simplifying their investment portfolios or switching from active management to passive.It added that the divestment of alternative holdings, as well as a reduction in the number of mandates tendered, had also played a role.The survey also found that administration costs per participant increased at 65% of the schemes, by 5.5% on average.It attributed the increase in these costs chiefly to the introduction of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) in the Netherlands.It also cited the cost of planned liquidations, adjustments for re-insured arrangements and the introduction of new administration systems.The survey highlighted significant differences in how administration costs have developed at Dutch schemes, with costs at some increasing by more than 100%, and at others falling by 50%.TPRA estimated that costs per participant, adjusting for pension funds’ scale, stood at €117 on average.It placed AT&T’s pension fund at the top of the scale, with costs of more than €6,000 per participant, whereas Ring A of the multi scheme of Pon limited its costs to €20.The researchers, however, put the figures into perspective by explaining that the AT&T scheme had the smallest number of participants, while Pon’s plan predominantly implemented “easy to administer” surviving-relative arrangements.The rating agency placed combined costs for pension funds at 0.69% of assets under management on average, ranging between 0.21% and more than 2%.It also claimed that pension funds had improved transparency and comparability, paying increasing heed to reporting guidance issued by the Dutch Pensions Federation.last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Tennis Team competed in the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday and came away winning one match, while losing two.In the opening match. Batesville was defeated by Providence 1-4. The lone winner was Henry Luchow at #1 singles.The second match, 12th ranked Columbus North defeated Batesville 5-0.In the last match, Batesville defeated Martinsville 4-1. Winners were Chris Hoseus at #1 singles, Blake Walsman at #2 Singles, Henry Luchow and Nick Kirschner at #1 doubles, and Jacob Paul and Brett Westerfeld at #2 doubles.Batesville is now 8-4 on the season and will travel to Franklin Co. on Monday starting at 4:30.Submitted by Batesville Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

first_imgCousins was convicted of murder in August. (Image; John Terhune/Journal & Courier)WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The man convicted of killing a fellow Purdue University student in January has died in prison.Cody Cousins, 24, was discovered in his cell at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City Tuesday night. He arrived last week at the prison and was being housed in the orientation unit.Indiana State Prison Superintendent Ron Neal said in a statement that it was determined Cousins died from self-inflicted wounds.Cousins was serving a 65-year sentence for the murder of student Drew Boldt, 21, a teaching assistant on campus.The January murder sent shock waves through campus and back in Southeastern Indiana.last_img read more