Maureen Lipman & Harry Shearer Will Star in West End Transfer of Daytona

first_img View Comments Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer will star in the West End transfer of Oliver Cotton’s Daytona. Directed by David Grindley, the show will begin performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on June 28 and play a limited engagement through August 23. Opening night is set for July 7. Lipman’s stage credits include When We Are Married, A Little Night Music, Oklahoma! and School for Scandal. Her screen credits include Ladies of Letters, Skins, He Kills Coppers, Sensitive Skin, The Pianist and Educating Rita. Shearer is making his West End debut; he has provided character voices for The Simpsons since it began in 1987, including the role of Mr Burns. Cotton’s writing credits include Wet Weather Cover for the stage and A Touch of Frost for the small screen. Set in New York in 1986, Joe (Shearer) and Elli (Lipman) share a love of ballroom dancing and are practicing their routines for the next big competition. Despite constant bickering, the love they have shared for nearly fifty years is clear. Then one night, out of the blue, Joe’s long-lost brother Billy bursts back into their lives with an extraordinary story to tell. Starring Lipman, Daytona had its world premiere at London’s Park Theatre in 2013. This production marks the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s first collaboration with an off-West End theatre venue.last_img read more

Canoe-Uber Will Revolutionize Modern Transportation

first_imgI admit there are some logistics to work out. Namely, rivers only flow in one direction. So, you can really only order a Canoe-Uber upstream and travel downstream. If you need to go the other direction, you’ll need to just get a regular Uber. We can’t help you. We discovered this ourselves at about midnight on Wednesday night when we reached our terminus and our shuttle truck was locked behind a gate. All we could do was ditch the boats until the morning, scale the fence and order a bunch of Ubers to take us home.Is Canoe-Uber a perfect concept? No. But the principle is strong. I even have a slogan:“Canoe-Uber: Paddling you where you want to go, as long as you want to go downstream.” I spend a lot of time riding my bike, because A) it’s fun and B) it’s a great way to get around town. I’m convinced that Asheville has some of the best urban riding in the country. You want some singletrack? We got that in town. Gravel grind? Yep, that’s right here in town too. Heart-pounding, 1,000-foot climbs, brewery stops, mind-blowing graffiti…you can see it all from the saddle of your bike and never leave the city limits. You can also see the best of town from a canoe. The French Broad River runs along the western edge of downtown, connecting container bars and fried chicken joints with breweries and dive bars. I guess there are some parks and cultural landmarks along the way too, but I’m mostly concerned with the bars here. It’s a stellar two to three-mile paddle, so this past Whiskey Wednesday we decided to trade our bikes for boats and reimagine our typical pub crawl as a boat cruise.The beauty of powering a pub crawl with canoes is that you can carry beer with you in the boat. And drink between bars. Perhaps, because of this logistical nuance, the shenanigans escalated rather quickly during our weekly meeting of middle aged dads. Within a few minutes my canoe was flipped and sunk to the bottom of the river because of the actions of an aggressive Canadian. We played some ping pong, saw some amazing graffiti, over-stayed our welcome at several bars and ended up paddling a mile of the river in the dark. We also saw a submerged Jaguar (the car, not the animal) that had been stolen and driven into the river, and witnessed one of the most spectacular firefly shows I’ve ever seen in my life. At some point, one of the Whiskey Wednesday crew disappeared. He just vanished from the bank of the river, leaving his canoe-mate to navigate his ship solo.The whole thing made me revisit what might be my most lucrative half-brained idea yet: Canoe-Uber. Imagine the convenience of Uber, but instead of cars, you use canoes. Wait, hear me out. Most major cities in the US were built around navigable rivers. Let’s put that built in infrastructure to work with canoes for hire. Staff the canoes with professional boaters, build an app around the service and release the boats.last_img read more

Foundation accepting donations for Maria relief

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Foundation is now accepting donations through the online disaster relief system to raise money for credit union people affected by Hurricane Maria. Credit union supporters in every state can make donations to the General Disaster Relief Fund at“Based on news reports and limited communication with credit union staff in Puerto Rico, the situation is truly dire,” said Foundation Communications Director Christopher Morris. “With CUAid now actively assisting credit union people affected by three large-scale disasters, we are now directing people to donate to the Foundation’s General Disaster Relief Fund, which will allow us the flexibility to direct dollars to wherever they are needed most on an ongoing basis.”Donations to the Foundation’s General Disaster Relief Fund will be used for any credit union employees and volunteers affected by Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Harvey.To distribute funds to credit union people in Puerto Rico, the Foundation will coordinate with the New York Credit Union Foundation. A number of credit unions on the island are members of the New York Credit Union Association through the partnership programs facilitated by the World Council of Credit Unions. continue reading »last_img read more

Just what is a robocall anyway?

first_img continue reading » As really hardcore readers of this blog know, my wife has suggested that I am a beater of dead horses. While I respectfully disagree some issues really do get under my skin and right now one of those is the recent ruling by the FCC banning robocalls. A recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit underscores that the FCC did not ban robocalls. Instead, it made it even more difficult to reach out to members using equipment that could make robocalls. I’ve explained this before but the 9th Circuit decision underscores just how unworkable the 1991 statute has become. Duguid v. Facebook, Inc., No. 17-15320, 2019 WL 2454853, (9th Cir. June 13, 2019)When Congress decided to clamp down on unsolicited marketing phone calls it decided to do this by placing restrictions on the equipment used to make such phone calls. Consequently the TCPA’s consent requirements are triggered any time “equipment which has the capacity—(A) to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator; and (B) to dial such numbers.” 47 USC 227(a)(1)(A).The plaintiff in this case brought a claim under the TCPA after receiving several unsolicited messages for Facebook even though he belongs to that rare group of people such as your faithful blogger who has never belonged to Facebook and never will. No one seems to know how or why he got these messages. In seeking to dismiss this lawsuit, Facebook made a frontal assault on the breath of the statute and the way some courts and regulators have chosen to interpret it. Specifically it complained that under the existing interpretation of the TCPA it could be understood to include smart phones because they can store numbers and use automated response technology. Consequently, any use of a smart phone triggers the TCPA. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CFPB ratifies prior regulatory actions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger on Tuesday issued a ratification of prior regulatory actions taken by the CFPB. The ratification covered actions the Bureau took from January 4, 2012 through June 30, 2020.This action was taken in light of the Seila Law decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that found the CFPB structure unconstitutional. This ruling created some uncertainty as to the legality of the Bureau’s past official actions.The CFPB declined to ratify some actions, including the voided Arbitration Rule and the rescinded provisions of the 2017 Payday Rule. The Bureau is also considering whether ratifications of certain other legally significant actions, such as certain pending enforcement actions, are appropriate.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 cases, avian flu in Kentucky, E coli in wildlife, food-import safety, FDA clears malaria drug, polio appeal

first_imgApr 8, 2009Vietnam reports H5N1 case, WHO confirms 3 Egyptian casesVietnam’s health ministry reported that a 3-year-old boy from Dong Thap province died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. He is listed by the WHO as Vietnam’s 110th case-patient and the 55th to die of the disease. He got sick on Mar 12, was hospitalized a day later, and died on Mar 19. An investigation revealed that he had close contact with sick and dead poultry. Also today, the WHO confirmed three of Egypt’s previously reported H5N1 cases, involving a pair of 2-year-old boys from Beheira governorate who are hospitalized in stable condition and a 6-year-old boy from Qalyubiya governorate who is hospitalized in critical condition. All three boys had contact with sick or dead poultry, the WHO said. Close contacts of the two boys from Beheira have been identified, and none have shown symptoms of H5N1 infection. The three boys’ cases brought Egypt’s H5N1 count to 63 cases, of which 23 have been fatal. The four WHO confirmations push the world’s H5N1 total to 417 cases, of which 257 were fatal.[Apr 8 WHO statement on Vietnam’s latest case][Apr 8 WHO statement on Egypt’s latest cases]Tests show Kentucky chickens exposed to H7N9Agriculture officials confirmed that chickens at a commercial poultry farm in Kentucky were exposed to a low-pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza virus, according to an Apr 6 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Routine testing revealed that the birds had been exposed to the virus, and they showed no increase in mortality or symptoms other than a modest decrease in egg production. Laboratory testing is continuing, but so far no virus has been isolated. As a precaution, authorities culled 20,000 birds in two barns at the farm in Grayson County, located in central Kentucky.[Apr 6 OIE report]Low rate of E coli O157:H7 found in California wildlifePreliminary results of a California study suggest that the prevalence of E coli O157:H7 in central California wildlife—seen as a potential source of crop contamination—is very low, according to a report today from in Nevada City, Calif. A team of university, state, and federal researchers found the pathogen in only 4 of 866 animals they tested, a rate of less than 0.5%. Tested animals included deer, wild pigs, birds, rabbits, tule elk, coyotes, rodents, and others; the pathogen was found in one wild pig, one coyote, and two tule elk. As noted in the report, E coli O157:H7 was found in 13 wild-pig samples during the investigation of the E coli outbreak tied to California-grown spinach in 2006. The leader of the study said the new findings indicate that the risk of produce contamination by wildlife is probably low.[ report]Former FDA official says imports pose top food safety challengeThe biggest challenge to US food safety is the global market for food, Margaret Glavin, the former head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement division, told food industry representatives yesterday, according to a Government Executive report. She said the FDA lags far behind the US Department of Agriculture in its ability to set standards for and inspect foreign food firms. She also called for a modernization of the nation’s food safety laws, urged that lawmakers harmonize food safety strategies across government agencies, and said food safety agencies need more power to enforce prevention measures and record-keeping.[Apr 7 Government Executive story]FDA approves new malaria treatmentThe FDA today approved a new two-drug tablet for treating patients who have acute, uncomplicated malaria. Coartem, made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, contains artemether and lumefantrine and has been found effective in parts of the world where resistance to chloroquine, a drug commonly used to prevent and treat malaria, has been reported. Coartem is approved for use in adults and children weighing at least 5 kg (about 11 pounds), but is not indicated for severe malaria or preventing the disease.[Apr 8 FDA press release]Aid group makes emergency polio appealIn response to outbreaks of wild poliovirus in 14 African countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched a $2.1 million emergency appeal. Fundraising will help reinforce immunization campaigns and help train and mobilize volunteers. Tammam Adoudat, the IFRC’s senior officer for health emergencies, said in a press release that polio is spreading, even to countries such as Uganda that have not had an outbreak in more than 10 years. He added that action is needed now to salvage progress made during the last 20 years of polio eradication efforts.[Apr 9 IFRC press release]last_img read more

HUP: The drafting of the Decision on the annual quota for the employment of foreigners for 2018 is underway.

first_imgYesterday, HUP called on its members to send the needs for foreign workers for 2018, given that preparations for the drafting of the Decision on the annual quota for employment of third-country nationals, in which process HUP is an active participant, will begin soon.Namely, the Aliens Act (OG 130/11, 74/13 and 69/17, hereinafter: the Act) regulates the stay and work of aliens in the Republic of Croatia, and Article 74, paragraph 1 of the Act stipulates that the Government of the Republic of Croatia determines the annual quota for employment of third-country nationals no later than 31 October of the current year for the following year for the renewal of already issued permits and new employment.The decision sets an annual quota for the employment of third-country nationals, which does not include nationals of EU Member States. Furthermore, the Decision is intended for the employment of third-country nationals with lower education (NKV and SSS), while for the employment of highly qualified workers from third countries, the institute of “EU Blue Card” is provided, regulated in Chapter XII. Of the Aliens Act, it is not necessary to register them in the quota for employment of aliens in accordance with (except in the case of transfer of persons within the company – Article 79.a of the Act).In 2017, 7.026 permits were issuedBy the decision on determining the annual quotas of permits for employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2017, it was determined that the total annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners in the Republic of Croatia is 7.026 permits. Of the total quotas for tourism, the most requested are quotas, 60 of them for masseurs of special types of massages, chefs of national cuisine a total of 4 quotas, 30 for tourist animators as well as 30 quotas for tourist agents and five quotas for diving instructors.last_img read more

Jack Wilshere reveals how Arsenal players reacted to Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving

first_imgArsene Wenger couldn’t convince the star trio to stay (Picture: Getty Images)‘He was going to be one of the reasons why we’d improve and start challenging.I’d always think back to that first season and when we came so close and thinking what would’ve happened. ‘Would Cesc have stayed, could we have attracted bigger players, challenged in the Champions League? But year after year players left.‘I saw it over when I first started to the expectation dropping even from then. From the first season challenging for the PL to then challenging for the top four was what we were going for.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsDutch striker Van Persie was next to depart from the north London club a year later in 2012, defecting to Manchester United are he wrote a letter to Arsenal fans which criticised the management of the club and questioned its ambition in the transfer market. Wilshere added: ‘Robin when he left he was coming to the end and only had a couple of years left he was arguably joining one of the biggest clubs in the world who had just won the league and obviously the manager was a big part in that.‘He was proved right in that he went on to win the Premier League the next season.‘There wasn’t really [any offers for me] and to be honest, I wouldn’t have gone anyway. I was happy playing at a club I dreamed of playing for since I was nine. I thought I was going towards being a big player for Arsenal, perhaps even captain.’MORE: Shaun Wright-Phillips details failed Arsenal move as Chelsea swooped to sign himMORE: Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool all interested in Monaco striker Wissam Ben YedderFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Jack Wilshere reveals how Arsenal players reacted to Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie all left within two years of eachother (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he and his teammates struggled to muster the belief they could challenge for major honours after watching a succession of key players depart for rival clubs.By the start of the 2010/11 campaign Arsene Wenger appeared to have built a squad capable of challenging for major honours. Wilshere, then just a teenager, emerged as a key component of a side which also contained the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie.Injuries, allied to a succession self-inflicted defeats, saw that particular team fail to reach its potential, however, and after one narrow miss too many both Fabregas and Nasri departed in the space of two turbulent weeks in the summer of 2011.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough Wilshere sympathised with the decisions made by two of his former teammates, he struggled to escape the feeling that losing two such prominent players set the club back significantly.ADVERTISEMENTHe told the Lockdown Tactics Podcast: ‘Why is our best player and our captain leaving? Then you see obviously Nasri went to City. I got on really well with Samir and I remember having a conversation with him and he was saying w’hat City are building, it’s hard not to want to be a part of that’.‘I could understand where he was coming from but at the same time it hurt because he was so good for us. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 3:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Munsters joins Edmond de Rothschild as asset management head

first_img“He has successfully run and grown large-size asset managers, empowering professionals in varying countries and with diverse backgrounds, with a strong focus on clients and portfolio performance.”She also thanked Tignard for his work since joining the company from HSBC Global Asset Management in France three years ago.On his appointment, Munsters said: “It is an honour to have the opportunity to take part in the group’s European and international development and to support the further growth of its reputation.”Prior to leaving Robeco last year, where he spent six years as chief executive, Munsters was CIO at APG.He joined the largest Dutch pension manager in 2005 from PGGM, where he spent seven years as a member of the executive investment committee. Roderick Munsters has joined Edmond de Rothschild Group, being named chief executive of the asset management business.Munsters, who most recently was chief executive at Robeco, replaces Laurent Tignard at the Swiss asset manager, effective immediately.Ariane de Rothschild, chair of Edmond de Rothschild’s executive committee, said she was “very pleased” to welcome Munsters to the CHF85bn (€78bn) asset manager.“He will bring a wealth of experience, strong knowledge of international financial markets, entrepreneurial spirit and recognised ability to generate long-term performance,” she said.last_img read more

T&T health authorities investigating latest case of microcephaly

first_img Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional T&T health authorities investigating latest case of microcephaly by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 27, 2016 Sharing is caring! Tweet 163 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share A baby born with microcephaly (file photo)PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Ministry of Health says it is seeking assistance from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to determine whether a baby born with microcephaly is as a result of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.In a brief statement, the Ministry of Health said that the mother of the unidentified baby was attended to privately and was not a patient of the Mt Hope Maternity Hospital where the national screening effort is located.“It is to be noted that Trinidad and Tobago registers approximately 12 cases of microcephaly yearly due to a variety of genetic causes.“To date, this case cannot be directly attributed to the Zika virus and the assistance of PAHO/WHO has been sought to make a clinical determination,” the statement noted.The Ministry of Health said that it was asking that the family’s privacy be respected and that it “will keep the public updated as new facts become available”.Last month, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the number of Zika cases recorded were inaccurate and there were more than the 247 confirmed cases, with the likelihood that the figure was in the thousands.At least 60 pregnant women have been diagnosed with the virus.last_img read more