View Comments The nonprofit Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the expansion of its relaxed-performance initiative for 2019 Broadway and off-Broadway productions, beginning with a performance of True West on March 2 at the American Airlines Theatre. Roundabout’s relaxed performances, with the intention of making theater more accessible to audiences with special needs, launched in April 2018 during the world premiere of Amy and the Orphans at the Laura Pels Theatre.Following True West, Roundabout will present relaxed performances of Merrily We Roll Along on March 30 at the Laura Pels Theatre, Kiss Me, Kate (date to be announced) at Studio 54 and Toni Stone on July 20 at the Laura Pels Theatre. All relaxed performances will be matinées.Relaxed performances are an inclusive theatrical experience designed to welcome individuals with special needs and those attending with them. These performances are less formal and more supportive of sensory, communication, movement and learning needs; they are intended to present the full artistic vision of the production with minor modifications and supports, including: capped sound levels with house lights set at a low level; materials provided in advance to help attendees prepare for the experience, including detailed directions to the theater as well as plot and character descriptions; and a break area for anyone who would like to step out during the performance.In addition to relaxed performances, Roundabout also offers assistive-listening devices, on-demand captioning and audio description, ASL-interpreted performances, accessible seating and restrooms at all venues.”Roundabout Theatre Company is firmly committed to reducing the barriers—financial, physical and cultural—that can inhibit theatergoing through a full complement of accessibility programs to welcome theatergoers with disabilities,” said Todd Haimes, artistic director/CEO of Roundabout. “I am thrilled to announce these relaxed performances to further expand our capacity to offer an inclusive, welcoming environment for all our patrons.”
Vermont Business Magazine In response to President Trump’s disapproval of the $908-billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement:“In America today, millions of Americans are facing economic desperation and need help now. I have been calling on Congress for months to pass legislation to provide every working class American with $2,000 a month until the pandemic ends. Now that Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and President Trump have all indicated strong support for a $2,000 direct payment the ball is in Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s court. I say to Senator McConnell: Let the Senate vote immediately on a stand-alone bill to provide a $2,000 direct payment for the working class and $4,000 for couples. If no Republican objects to that bill, it could pass by unanimous consent today.”Sanders is the co-author, with Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), of the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act, which would provide $2,000 direct monthly payments to working-class Americans for the duration of the pandemic.Source: BURLINGTON, December 23, 2020 — Senator Bernie Sanders
Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield Credit union roots are anchored in the philosophy and action of helping members improve their financial well-being, and they accomplish this in a number of ways. One of the most important has been and continues to be credit-building activities to help members deepen and improve their credit profiles. These credit-building activities include offering small-balance or share-secured loans with clear goals to improve a member’s credit score. Many credit unions take this step to the next level by requesting and manually reviewing alternative credit sources such as phone, rent and utility payments to factor into the equation. It’s a clunky and labor-intensive process, but it illustrates how far many of us will go to help credit-challenged consumers and those with thin credit files. Combined financial education, credit building and improved savings develop members, and ultimately this improves the quality of life for members.A new tool to develop member credit scoresExperian recently announced a new product, Experian Boost. This industry-first online platform will help millions of consumers have the opportunity to instantly improve their credit scores by adding positive telecom and utility payment information directly into their credit profile. Experian Boost is free.“Globally, we are constantly innovating and leveraging technology to find new ways to help consumers gain access to quality credit, while promoting fair and responsible lending,” said Experian Global CEO Brian Cassin. “We are committed to financial inclusion, and Experian Boost is the latest example of our efforts to increase consumer awareness of credit’s impact and value while giving them greater control.”We’re grateful to have collaborated with Experian for many years now. Experian’s latest announcement reinforces what we’ve known for a long time – its commitment to inclusion and support for underserved markets. It’s committed to helping consumers and businesses in their financial journey.How credit unions can utilize Experian BoostBoosting one’s credit score with the addition of timely alternative data is valuable to many credit union members (and potential members).Low-income and credit-challenged consumers – nearly half of all U.S. credit unions are Low Income Designated. This means that more than half of their members live in low-income census tracks. Many, if not most, of these consumers live paycheck-to-paycheck and are credit-challenged. A boost from alternative-data sources may help these lower-score members improve their scores and qualify for credit – at their credit unions.Thin-file consumers – at a time when credit unions are assertively trying to lend to Gen Y and Z consumers, Experian Boost may help credit unions thicken thin files for younger people, and help them qualify for credit – at their credit unions.Why it mattersConsumer lending drives our business models. We exist to lend to members. I hope credit unions will embrace this new free tool, incorporating it into their member development and onboarding process. An estimated 41 percent of adults have thin or no traditional credit trade lines. This tool, especially when it accompanies credit education, could help countless more consumers improve their credit scores and qualify for credit.I hope credit union leaders and lenders will take a moment to learn more about Experian Boost and consider how this tool can help members boost their credit profile, increase organic loan growth, and deepen member relationships.Related articles:https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/18/experian-to-offer-a-way-to-add-your-phone-bill-to-your-credit-report.htmlhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/12/18/how-boost-credit-score-experian-new-tool/2349887002/https://www.bankrate.com/personal-finance/credit/experian-boost-platform-higher-credit-scores/
Dec 7, 2011US calls for global cooperation to confront threat of bioterrorismUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appealed today for increased international efforts to confront what she called the growing threat of bioterrorism. Speaking in Geneva at the 5-year review conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), which bans such weapons, Clinton said the ability of terrorists to use bioweapons is growing, even as governments around the world have renounced them. As an example of recent warning signs, less than a year ago, al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula urged “brothers with degrees in microbiology or chemistry to develop a weapon of mass destruction,” she said in prepared remarks. Though Clinton said it is not possible to devise a verification mechanism to ensure that all countries are abiding by the BWC, she called for revision of the treaty’s annual reporting systems to ensure that all governments report what they are doing to guard against the misuse of biological materials. She also called on countries to take steps to demonstrate transparency and promised that the US would hold an international forum to exchange views and discuss the evolution of its own biological research programs. In addition, Clinton urged countries to strengthen their ability to detect and respond to disease outbreaks and appealed for better global coordination. She also called for “thoughtful international dialogue about the ways to maximize the benefits of scientific research and minimize the risks.”Clinton’s prepared speechDec 7 Reuters report on the speechDec 5 UN press release about related speech by Secretary-General Ban Ki-MoonDec 5 White House statement about the BWC meetingUS House passes biodefense reauthorization billThe US House of Representatives yesterday passed a reauthorization of the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, designed to protect the country against infectious disease threats and acts of bioterrorism, Global Security Newswire said today. HR 2405 renews components of the 2006 act, which established the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). It renews the Special Reserve Fund of Project Bioshield, which is responsible for maintaining medical supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile for combating anthrax, smallpox, flu, and other diseases. The bill authorizes $2.8 billion for that fund from 2014 through 2018. It is also designed to aid state and local public health preparedness, bolster bioterror-related efforts in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and expand the duties of the Health and Human Services Department’s assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “I hope and pray that we never need to use such defensive measures, but they are critical to ensuring that the public stands protected,” said Rep Mike Rogers, R-Mich., one of the bill’s sponsors, in a press release. The Senate’s version of the bill was introduced Nov 10 and awaits committee action.Dec 7 Global Security Newswire storyDec 6 press release from Rep Mike Rogersgovtrack.us tracking page for HR 2405, with links to full textNorovirus vaccine cuts risk of illness in half in early clinical trialResearchers conducting the first clinical trial of a norovirus vaccine said it reduced the risk of illness in experimentally infected patients by 47%, according to their study today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The vaccine, made by LigoCyte, is a dry powder formulation that contains virus-like particles (VLPs) and is administered inside the nose. Today’s report offers a more detailed account of the initial trial results, which the company first unveiled in October 2010. The phase 1/2 study involved 90 healthy adults who received either two doses or the vaccine or two doses of placebo, 3 weeks apart. Three weeks after the final doses, subjects who agreed to participate in the second phase of the study were admitted to a nursing unit and given a drink that contained the same type of norovirus contained in the vaccine. Patients were monitored for at least 4 days. The vaccine showed 47% (P = .006) efficacy against any norovirus illness and 26% (P = .046) efficacy against infection. In vaccine recipients who got sick, the severity was decreased and illness onset was delayed. The researchers emphasized several caveats about the study, including that the placebo did not contain the vaccine’s two adjuvants, that they had problems with the dose-delivery device, and that the efficacy must be determined in younger and older populations. They noted that the vaccine’s efficacy will need to be determined in a natural setting and that a multivalent vaccine will likely be needed to protect against GI and GII norovirus strains. The CDC estimates that noroviruses, frequently spread by food, cause about 21 million illnesses a year. LigoCyte is developing an intramuscular norovirus vaccine, and at least one other group is working on a norovirus vaccine that is produced with a vector-based technique.Dec 7 N Engl J Med abstractOct 28, 2010, CIDRAP News story “First clinical trial results for norovirus vaccine outlined”Mar 15 CIDRAP News Scan on vector-based vaccineJapan logs more reports of abnormal behavior after antiviral useAfter the Japanese government restricted the use of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in March 2007 in children aged 10 to 19 because of concerns over abnormal behavior associated with its use, reports of such behavior dropped in that age-group but more than doubled in younger children and increased dramatically in those taking zanamivir (Relenza), another antiviral, a new study found. In PLoS One yesterday, Japanese scientists detailed their analysis of 100,344 dispensation (sales) records from November 2006 through March 2009 for the two antivirals. They report that sales for oseltamivir in 2008 dropped to 20.4% of 2006 levels in the targeted age-group. Reports of abnormal behavior in 10- to 19-year-olds likewise dropped, from 24 in 2006 to 9 in 2008. However, oseltamivir-associated reports climbed from 12 to 28 in children under 10 during that same period. In addition, reports of abnormal behavior in children taking zanamivir rose in proportion to increased sales of that drug, from 11 to 114 cases. The authors conclude, “The observed increase in abnormal behavior reports in oseltamivir patients under age 10 and in zanamivir patients suggests that these patient groups may also be at risk, calling into question the validity of the current discrimination by age and agent.”Dec 6 PLoS One study
DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hawley Chester III has been promoted to the position of vice president of Canadian Sales & Marketing for SPEED, the Charlotte, N.C.-based motor sports and automotive lifestyle network. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In addition, Chester will oversee Canadian affiliate relations for the Big Ten Network, a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks which launched last August. A graduate of the University of Denver, Chester has a long history in cable television, previously serving as vice president of Canadian Sales & Marketing for Turner Broadcasting and manager of Sports & Special Programming for Cox Cable Communications. In 2004, Chester was elected to the Cable Television Pioneers organization, honored for his “special involvement in cable related issues” at the annual Cable Pioneers dinner during the National Show.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.
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Yesterday on HLPFI’s website, the company reported on damage to the gantry cranes at San Antonio Terminal, the closure of Talcahuano port, problems at San Vincente port and how three of the four crossings of the River Bio Bio have been severely damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.New on-the-ground intelligence from CSL’s Major Incident Response Team and local agents show that conditions are still not easing for the maritime or cargo industries.CSL reports that the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service operated by the Chilean Navy has issued multiple urgent Notices to Mariners about navigational buoys out of position or disappeared, land based navigational marks and lights destroyed, out of action or working at reduced power.Coronel port is reported to be operational with minimal damage from the earthquake and associated wave activity. The port depends upon mobile cranes to handle general cargo but there are no confirmed reports regarding the current operating status of the cranes at this time.Penco port remains inoperative with little validated information about port installations and infrastructure.Two ships remain stranded in Talcahuano Bay.Structural damage to roads and bridges continues to severely impact movement of people and cargo in the earthquake zone. It should be considered that whilst a number of port facilities are reported as being “operative”, road access to the port areas in the earthquake zone continues to be severely hampered. Main arterial roads and secondary roads are also damaged and those which remain open are heavily congested.From March 9, the CSL partner office in Talcahuano has been fully operational with office infrastructure and landline and mobile communications functioning. Three marine surveyors are active in the field conducting business as the local circumstances permit.
Members of the the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union are to strike today following the revelation of plans by the Ministry of Justice to axe a £127m IT project and opt for an ‘outsourced solution’.The project was intended to join the department’s back office services into a ‘single system’. As a result of the cancellation the MoJ has written off £56.3m in staff and contract costs for 2013/14.The department said it intends to sign a contract with outsourcing company Steria later this year and will transfer £60m worth of assets and infrastructure from the old programme to be used under the new contract.Some 400 PCS members who work on the MoJ’s shared services centres in Newport, south Wales, and Bootle, Merseyside, are to strike against the staff cuts today.Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS, said: ‘This shows again how private companies are raking it in on the backs of taxpayers and being rewarded for failure. This contract should now be cancelled and a proper in-house bid given serious consideration to prevent millions of pounds more of our money being squandered.’An MoJ spokesperson said the new contract will save millions of pounds a year. He said: ‘We will work with staff, trade unions and other stakeholders to assess any impacts on staff.’The MoJ’s shared services project began in 2010 and was supposed to join the department’s human resources, finance and procurement services in a single system by June 2013. But the deadline was extended to December 2014 after the ministry identified a number of serious issues.Under the new plans the MoJ will join Steria’s existing shared services joint venture, in which the Cabinet Office has a 25% stake.Shared Services Connected Limited also runs systems for the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency.Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter critcised the decision not to use a British supplier. ‘Once again [Chris Grayling] is outsourcing major contracts to foreign firms at great cost to the taxpayer,’ he said. ‘The amount squandered is roughly a quarter of the amount he has savagely cut from the legal aid budget, leaving thousands without proper access to justice. Another promise broken from an increasingly out of touch lord chancellor.’In February 2014 the Gazette asked the MoJ if the shared services project was still on track for the December 2014 deadline for completiuon.A spokeswoman at the time said: ‘We are still considering options for the future delivery of our back office functions to ensure they provide the best possible value for taxpayers’ money.’
A judge who offered to pay a defendant’s victim surcharge has been issued with ‘formal advice’ after his comment was considered to lack impartiality.A statement posted by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office today said His Honour Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC (pictured) was subject to a conduct investigation into complaints following a comment he made during sentencing.The JCIO said Hall ‘stated that he would pay the victim surcharge himself if the defendant were forced to pay’.The lord chancellor and lord chief justice ‘considered this failed to demonstrate impartiality, and that his comment amounted to misconduct’, the JCIO said. Hall has been issued with formal advice.The statement does not provide any further details about the case. The JCIO said today it could not expand on published statements.The victim surcharge was introduced by the government in April 2007, and was paid only by people punished with a fine, at a flat rate of £15. It was increased and extended in 2012. Further increases came into force a year ago.Concerns from some parts of the magistracy about the latest increases were highlighted by shadow justice spokesperson Lord Beecham (Jeremy Beecham) last year.The Labour peer said frustrations expressed to him by a magistrate following a case ‘disclose a matter for real concern given magistrates’ hands are tied in being required to impose what is, in effect, an additional penalty without discretion, in circumstances which are unrealistic’.The magistrate told Beecham that they did not object to offenders receiving an additional charge, but were also aware that those leaving custody who are on benefits have to wait up to six weeks for their benefit payments to recommence.
NOW UNDERGOING trials in Japan is a lightweight freight electric multiple-unit. Developed by JR Freight, the M250 is intended to compete against road haulage for high-value freight moving between Tokyo and Osaka. If successful, the train will join JR Freight’s loco-hauled container trains on the 1067mm gauge conventional Tokaido main line.By distributing power over four vehicles, JR Freight has reduced the axleload of the FEMU compared with a locomotive of equivalent power – nominal rating for the train is 3250 kW.A pair of powered vehicles is marshalled at each end of the train. Each of these is designed to carry a 9·4m container loaded between two equipment modules. The leading module on the Mc250 vehicle includes a cab and houses train control and automatic train protection equipment; it also carries the leading pantograph for the 1·5 kV DC power supply. The second module carries the main traction equipment, including a variable-voltage, variable-frequency inverter for the three-phase asynchronous traction motors. Further equipment is carried in the two modules of the M251 vehicle immediately behind the Mc250, and the rear module of the M251 carries a second pantograph. A variable number of T260 and T261 platform wagons, each able to carry a pair of 9·4m containers, is marshalled ahead of the M251 and Mc250 powered cars at the rear.Marketed as Super Rail Cargo, the M250 will be used to offer overnight transits between the Japanese capital and the country’s second largest city. Apart from winning acceptance from the market, the FEMU may also face a significant challenge in securing paths from JR Central which runs overnight sleeping car trains on the Tokaido main line.CAPTION: The M250 is formed of a rake of container flat wagons, with two powered vehicles at each end