Odds & Ends: Alan Cumming is (Still) Sexy & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Gets Sexy (Erm, Sexier)Still yearning for the studs of the Great White Way, even after Broadway Bares? Roberto Araujo, a photographer and performer originally from Mexico City, is showing off the sexy side of Broadway in Male Exposure—B Side, a new photo gallery at G Lounge in Chelsea. The models include Tony winner/recent host Alan Cumming as seen above in his Cabaret drag, Aladdin’s Yurel Echazarreta and Alec Vargas of the late 50 Shades! (who we’ve gotten to, uh, know, previously). Araujo’s work will be on display from June 30 through July 7.Scream Queens Sets Premiere DateBrace yourself for some fresh hell. The new Ryan Murphy comedy-horror series Scream Queens will premiere on Fox on September 22. As previously announced, the series will feature Broadway alums Lea Michele in full headgear, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and a shirtless Nick Jonas. It’ll be like Glee, but less singing and more blood-curdling shrieks.James Corden Honored with OBETony winner and Into the Woods star James Corden received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) on June 25 at Buckingham Palace. “It’s overwhelming,” the Late Late Show host said of the honor, reports the International Business Times, “the things that have happened in the past few years. I feel very underserving…but I feel very grateful.” Take a look at the overwhelmed but grateful show off his medal below.last_img read more

Ready to learn?

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaA television or computer may be easier to find than a babysitter. In the long run, they may even be cheaper. But they’re far from ideal ways to give your children a head start on their education.Too much screen time could hurt children come school time, says Don Bower, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist.Bower said the issue for many teachers is “at what cost is a child spending time at a screen instead of playing with friends and exploring outside, activities that are important for a successful school experience.”Schools focus on teaching children specific subjects. When kids show up at school lacking the basic skills necessary for learning, teachers have a much more challenging task.”The kids who show up ready to learn usually go on to be more successful students and, in turn, successful adults,” Bower said. “Schools do try to address students’ deficiencies. But it’s when children show up at pre-kindergarten and kindergarten without the building blocks for learning in place that puts them behind.”Bower sees a connection between intense screen time and decreased readiness to learn.”Kids involved in screen time aren’t involved in activities that are more interpersonal and physical,” he said.Television is the No. 1 activity for children ages 6 to 17, according to the Center for Media Education. By mid-adolescence, the average child has watched 15,000 hours of television. That’s more time than they’ve spent with teachers, friends or parents.”The number of screen time hours continues to increase,” Bower said. “The average U.S. child watches 25 or more hours a week. The American Academy of Pediatrics says there should be no screen time for kids under the age of 2 and only one to two hours per week as children get older. There’s a huge disconnect between what is healthy and what is actually happening in many homes.”Electronic media isn’t necessarily the bad guy, Bower said. “There are many electronic activities that complement and supplement educational learning. I hope parents become better consumers of electronic entertainment so their children can become better users.”His main concern is unmonitored screen time.“Parental monitoring of their children’s activities is a strong predictor of kids staying on track,” he said. “That monitoring includes discussion of the amount of time that kids are ‘plugged in’ and regular checking of their online activities.”When the screen goes off more often, students have a greater chance of developing building blocks for school success: the seven elements research has shown all successful students have in common. Bower gives tips on each to help students hit the ground running when they show up for school.Sense of curiosity: Children are naturally curious. But with more time in front of an electronic screen, there is less time to feed curiosity.Imagination: Electronic media doesn’t ask for much interaction. Instead of screen time, help your kids play games, make projects and read books.Ability to focus attention: Reading, art, science and building projects, as well as outings, are all activities that reward your child for paying attention.Ability to maintain attention: Too much fast-paced media trains children to expect constant sensory stimulation. Avoid extremely fast-paced programs, movies and games, especially when children are very young.Persistence: Television and computers often offer instant gratification. Too much media affects a child’s ability to stick with an activity when things get frustrating.Language: Talk to your children, read to them and expose them to the wonder of books from their earliest days. Early school success is related to the kind and amount of reading and talking at home.Inner speech: Most electronic media doesn’t engage critical thinking. Encourage your kids to think before they act. The ability to reflect and have a private conversation with ourselves helps us think things through and control our impulses.”When it comes to success in school, a healthy media diet is just as important as what your child eats,” Bower said. “Do your kids a favor and turn off, or limit, the electronic screens.”last_img read more

Revenue-boosting opportunities in the new year

first_imgThe environment credit unions operate in is constantly changing amid new regulations and compliance issues, evolving technologies and shifts in members’ needs. But while these changes present their own set of challenges, they also come with great opportunities. When leveraged correctly, today’s financial services environment offers many ways credit unions can stay ahead of the curve while stimulating their own growth. Here are a few options to consider as you seek new ways to help your members and grow your credit union’s  bottom line:Investing in technologyCredit unions are investing significant resources in new technologies, and it’s no wonder why – technological advancements are disrupting the way consumers use financial institutions. From online banking to remote deposit or contactless payment, credit unions need to embrace the tools and services that can make it easier for members to manage their finances. Credit unions that stay ahead of the technological curve – in both services and the protection of members’ sensitive data – will be the ones best positioned to grow and thrive in the marketplace of tomorrow.Member business lendingCredit union member business lending – commercial lending – can be critical to boosting local economies and strengthening credit unions’ bottom lines. Commercial lending can mean the difference between the success or failure of a member small business. When conducted in a safe, sound manner, it offers an avenue for diversifying the credit union loan portfolio and growing net interest income.Investing in a credit union service organization (CUSO)CUSOs can offer a cost-effective means to expand member services and strengthen the bottom line. As fintech expands and more market disruptors enter the financial space, CUSOs can help drive down costs per loan, increase access to new technology and expertise and give credit unions a stronger foothold in the consumer financial services market.Other growth opportunitiesMy own expertise in strategic growth planning includes significant experience guiding Webster First Federal Credit Union through a number of mergers over the past many years. Some institutions approach mergers as a way to strengthen and diversify the balance sheet, but it’s important for credit unions contemplating a merger to consider how the institutions involved will complement one another and ensure the best outcome for members.I’ll be speaking about the merger process during the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions’ Strategic Growth Conference March 5-7 in Nashville. I’m excited to be part of this conference – NAFCU has built the agenda to give attendees revenue-boosting solutions that are achievable now.We live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world, so it’s important for credit unions to take advantage of these opportunities before they’re gone. I hope to see you at the Strategic Growth Conference in March – the strategies it will cover will help you as you forge a path to keep your credit union the best financial institution it can be. 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Lussier Mike Lussier is the president and CEO of Webster First Federal Credit Union (Webster, Mass.) and has worked in the credit union industry for 30 years. He is the author … Web: https://www.websterfirst.com/home/home Detailslast_img read more

Alex Iwobi ready to ‘fight’ for place at Arsenal if Wilfried Zaha completes transfer

first_imgAlex Iwobi ready to ‘fight’ for place at Arsenal if Wilfried Zaha completes transfer Arsenal had an opening bid for Wilfried Zaha rejected by Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Alex Iwobi has claimed he’s ready to ‘fight’ for his place if Wilfried Zaha completes a move to Arsenal this summer.Zaha is among Emery’s top attacking targets and Arsenal have had an opening offer of around £40million rejected for the 26-year-old Crystal Palace forward.It’s understood Palace are holding out for a fee closer to their £80m valuation of Zaha, but the Gunners remain hopeful of landing the Ivory Coast international.Zaha, a lifelong Arsenal fan, reportedly told Palace that he’s desperate to leave after returning from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityAsked about the added competition a player like Zaha would bring, Iwobi told The Sun: ‘I am not one to chicken out,’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough. Iwobi feels ‘more comfortable’ playing as an attacking midfielderIwobi has opened up the possibility of playing more centrally for Arsenal, a position where he feels ‘more comfortable’.‘I was still at school when I was hearing [I wouldn’t make it at Arsenal],’ he added.‘Maybe you think: “Football is not for you and you don’t want to play no more.” But it’s good to have that self-motivation to believe you can prove your critics wrong.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But I do play in a different position for Nigeria, as an attacking midfielder with a sense of freedom. I am more comfortable there.‘However, if I’m told to play on the left or the right, or left-back, like I have sometimes, I will always do my best.’MORE: Emery breaks silence on Saliba as Arsenal close in on transfer Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Iwobi admits he could be forced to leave Arsenal if Wilfried Zaha takes his place‘So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting. But it’s going to be difficult if Zaha comes. He will add more stress.‘Obviously my joy is to play football and not just sit out.‘If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I’ve done all my life.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jul 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link677Shareslast_img read more

Pennsylvania Revives Solar Initiatives to Boost Clean Energy Jobs

first_imgPennsylvania Revives Solar Initiatives to Boost Clean Energy Jobs November 29, 2017 Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf touted the commonwealth’s commitment to the advancement of solar energy and clean energy job creation by emphasizing the importance of two​ recent announcements and two ongoing initiatives that will help ensure Pennsylvania remains at the forefront in competing for good paying clean energy jobs.“We all have long known that the future of our country and our commonwealth’s energy economy will include a robust renewable energy sector,” said Governor Wolf. “In Pennsylvania, we are making sure that the benefits of increased renewable jobs, a cleaner environment, and a growing renewable economy will be felt in the commonwealth and that the environmental benefits of solar generation which are being paid for by Pennsylvania consumers and businesses are experienced here as well.”Earlier this month the governor announced that the state’s Solar Energy Program will make available $30 million in new grant funding to be used by eligible applicants to promote the installation of new solar projects and the manufacture or assembly of solar equipment in the commonwealth, another move which will encourage the deployment and creation of solar jobs.For solar equipment manufacturing projects, the program will offer up to $40,000 in loans or $5,000 in grants for every new job created within three years. For new solar panel installations, the Solar Energy Program will offer loans up to $5 million or $3 per watt, and grants up to $1 million or $1.50 per watt.Additionally this month the governor signed legislation which will strengthen Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act by requiring that solar renewable energy credits used to demonstrate compliance with the Act must be generated at solar facilities delivering electricity to the grid here in the commonwealth.Prior to the change, Pennsylvania was one of the few states that allowed out-of-state transactions of solar renewable energy credits, which resulted in a huge supply of credits being available, in return diminishing the value of Pennsylvania’s credits. This fix will help to ensure that the environmental benefits of new solar installations are experienced here in Pennsylvania, and that we build a more competitive energy economy in the state.These recent moves reinforce the work the administration is already doing to expand the use of solar energy and other renewables in Pennsylvania including the development of strategies to cost effectively increase the amount of solar electricity generated in Pennsylvania to 10 percent by 2030 through the “Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future” project led at the Department of Environmental Protection.Additional efforts include the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) deployment of small scale solar arrays to take certain buildings and facilities on state park and forest lands off the grid, saving money and reducing DCNR’s carbon footprint. By the end of 2018, DCNR’s more than 18 solar installations should:Save more than $65,000/year on electric;Reduce CO₂ emissions by 350 tons/700,000 lbs. per year (average car emits 6 tons/12,000 lbs. per year); andReduce energy consumption by up to 600,000 kWh/year (average American home uses 10,812 kWh per year).center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK pension funds focus on inflation, rate protection as LDI market grows

first_imgQuarterly figures, gathered from derivatives trading desks, showed interest rate liability hedging grew an additional 9%, which the firm put down to an increase in funding levels boosting risk-reduction.The manager said pension funds’ previous interest in inflation hedging had led them to add interest rate mechanisms to create real rate hedges.Inflation hedging decreased for the second quarter running. However, even interest rate hedging remains below a record of £23.4bn set in the third quarter of 2013.KPMG’s research, brought together using figures from LDI managers, showed growth in the use of swaptions within LDI strategies, albeit to a limited audience, generally larger schemes.Allocations grew by £9.8bn over 2013, but the number of pension funds utilising swaptions was still only 25.Other synthetic return generating approaches were not as popular, with some strategies seeing a decline in allocations.The use of equity options within LDI strategies fell, with small growth in the use of futures and total return swaps in equities. However, the use of these strategies remained limited.As with swaptions, the concept of LDI also remained fairly limited and under-utilised by schemes smaller than £50m.Some 21% of the 825 mandates seen to date have been used by schemes of this size.KPMG said there was not significant appetite for LDI strategies, despite some allocations from smaller pension schemes, .“There appears to be plenty of opportunity for small schemes to access well structured and good value pooled vehicles,” the KPMG report said.“It seems the demand from small schemes is much less than from larger schemes.”With regard to implementation, schemes larger than £500m implemented segregated and bespoke mandates from managers, while those between £50m and £500m have appetite for this and pooled mandates.KPMG’s report also predicted further growth in the LDI market through 2014, as funding levels continue to improve for UK schemes.Barry Jones, head of LDI at KPMG, added: “With many pension schemes looking to lock in the profits following another bumper year for equities, we’d expect another wave of de-risking in 2014, and the LDI market is likely to be the primary recipient.” The UK liability-driven investment (LDI) market continued to grow in 2013 as the value of allocated assets broke £500bn (€628bn), with a 21% increase in the number of mandates, research shows.Annual research from consultancy KPMG showed the level of assets from pension funds reached £517bn by the end of last year, an addition of £74bn.During 2013, in an alteration from the year previous, growth in liability hedging was shared equally between inflation risk and interest rate risk, compared with 2012, where inflation caused more concern to schemes.This trend has continued into 2014, according to additional research from asset manager F&C.last_img read more

New study shows a third of Kiwi students have tried vaping

first_imgVaping has been recommended as an alternative to smoking tobacco by the Government and health agencies, but they are trying to steer away from people taking up vaping if they are not already smokers – especially young people. Males were more likely to vape than females, and students from lower decile schools were more likely than those from higher decile schools. About ten per cent of the students surveyed said they vaped regularly, and six per cent said they vape weekly or more often. The universities involved in the research were the University of Auckland, Victoria University Wellington, University of Otago and AUT.center_img TVNZ One News 31 March 2020Family First Comment: And if we legalise cannabis and put out the welcome mat to the marijuana vaping market, we’ll be in big trouble!Teenagers are being attracted to products such as vaping and dabbing high THC products.#addiction #healthharms #saynopetodopeA new study shows about a third of Kiwi high school students have tried vaping, but two thirds of those had never smoked tobacco.The study was carried out by researchers from four New Zealand universities in 2019, and included 7700 adolescents aged between 13-18 in 52 Auckland, Northland and Waikato schools. Researchers cited a recent New Zealand study which showed the long-term decline in smoking among Year 10 students, which began in 2000, had stalled in 2015, and that it may even be reversing.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-study-shows-third-kiwi-students-have-tried-vapinglast_img read more

Scrap season if it can’t be finished by end of June says Kane

first_imgRead Also: Coronavirus: Iwobi, Ndidi, Iheanacho face 20% pay cut“The further this season is pushed on, it would have such a big knock-on effect for next season, with the Euros in 2021, and even World Cup 2022. But that’s just my opinion,” he said.“Football is secondary at the moment. I know there still have to be plans in place, and I’m sure everyone is trying to do that.“All that is out of my hands though, there’s nothing I can do personally, so from my point of view we’ve just got to wait and see what happens. Hopefully this clears up as soon as possible, and we can try to get back to normal.” Promoted Content9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe There is no clear idea about when or if football will be able to resume, but Euro 2020 has been cancelled, which opens a window to bring domestic seasons to a conclusion in the summer.But Tottenham striker Kane does not want Premier League chiefs to let the current campaign go past June or even the start of what would be the 2020-21 season in August, as has been suggested in some quarters.“I know the Premier League will do everything they can to finish the season, and that they are looking at every option possible,” Kane said in an Instagram Live conversation with former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp.“I think, for me, we do need to try to finish the season. But there needs to be a point where enough is enough.“Playing into July or August and pushing next season back I don’t see too much benefit in that. But obviously I don’t know too much about behind the scenes and financially.“Probably the limit for me is the end of June. If the season’s not completed by the end of June we need to look at the options and just look forward to next season.”Premier League matches could potentially be staged behind closed doors in a bid to complete this campaign once the current lockdown in Britain is over.Kane does not think dragging out the season will help anyone though, especially if it delays the next term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… England captain Harry Kane said on Sunday the Premier League season should be cancelled if it cannot be completed by the end of June because of the coronavirus pandemic.The English top-flight is currently suspended until at least April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a likely further delay to be announced soon.last_img read more

Overturned semi on 421 near proving grounds

first_imgMadison, IN— U.S. 421 has been closed since around 6 am between County Road 400 North and State Road 250 in Jefferson County due to an overturned semi. INDOT reports there is significant roadway damage. Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route if possible as the road will be closed for some time for clean-up and road repair.  Officials report the driver, hauling steel on the trailer, sustained injuries in the accident, but no official cause of the accident has been declared.last_img read more