Guys and Dolls to Close When Rebel Wilson Departs

first_img View Comments The West End revival of Guys and Dolls will close when current star Rebel Wilson exits the production on August 21. The production, which is playing at the Phoenix Theatre, had been scheduled to run through January 7, 2017.Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show follows a desperate Nathan Detroit in prohibition-era New York. He needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen “sinners” for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?Directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, the current cast of Guys and Dolls includes Wilson as Miss Adelaide, Simon Lipkin as Nathan Detroit, Oliver Tompsett as Sky Masterson and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown. Rebel Wilson in ‘Guys and Dolls'(Photo: Johan Persson)last_img read more

National Forests in North Carolina closes all campgrounds Asheville, NC

first_imgThe National Forests in North Carolina continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies through Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages of any changes affecting their reservation. Visitors will receive a full refund for their reservation. For the most current and accurate information about COVID-19, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: For an updated list of forest closures please visit our Alerts and Notices website at Croatan National ForestCedar Point CampgroundFlanners Beach CampgroundOyster Point Campground Uwharrie National ForestArrowhead CampgroundBadin Lake CampgroundBadin Lake Group CampgroundBadin Horse Campground (and overflow)Canebrake Horse Campground (and overflow)Uwharrie Hunt CampWest Morris Mountain CampgroundYates Place Camp Pisgah National ForestBlack Mountain CampgroundBriar Bottom Group CampCarolina Hemlocks CampgroundCove Creek Group CampCurtis Creek CampgroundDavidson River CampgroundHarmon Den Horse CampKuykendall Group CampLake Powhatan CampgroundMortimer CampgroundNorth Mills River CampgroundSunburst CampgroundWash Creek Horse CampWhite Pines Group CampWolf Ford Horse Camp Nantahala National ForestAppletree Group CampBalsam Lake LodgeBristol Fields Horse CampCable Cove CampgroundCheoah Point CampgroundHorse Cove CampgroundJackrabbit Mountain CampgroundKimsey Creek Group CampRattler Ford Group CampStanding Indian CampgroundSwan CabinTsali CampgroundVan Hook Glade CampgroundWine Spring Horse Camp The following is a list of campgrounds that will be closed beginning March 23. Some campgrounds are currently closed for the season, and these campgrounds will remain closed. Visitors are primarily responsible for their own safety. Keep in mind, trails and roads may be open for use, but please recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High risk activities such as rock climbing or motorized activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. center_img Photo of Downtown Asheville skyline flowers in spring from Getty Images The National Forests in North Carolina will close all campgrounds as of Monday, March 23, for the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes all concessionaire operated campgrounds and all day-use areas associated with those campgrounds. Campgrounds will be closed until at least May 15, at which point they will be reevaluated. By closing campsites and group recreation sites, the USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public. The health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service. Please remember to review current recommendations from the CDC and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers. last_img read more

Be a future freak

first_imgNavigate the future with confidence as technology transforms financial services, Lee Wetherington, director of strategic insight at Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., told credit union leaders.Wetherington encouraged attendees at the CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations, Sales, Service Council Conference to get their “future freak on” in an informative and funny keynote speech.Some of Wetherington’s tips include:Provide relevant services to young adults, and their parents, as they first start to interact with money. If you want to interact with the next generation, provide an app that allows them to save and spend their allowance.Watch the industry shift to faster payments and pay close attention to how faster payments—including same day and real time—are monetized. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ronkonkoma Armed Home Invasion Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Ronkonkoma on Monday night, authorities said.Two men entered a Boulder Street home, displayed a gun, demanded cash from at least one victim inside and fled with stolen money at about 9 p.m., police said.Authorities noted that the suspects neither barricaded themselves in the house nor took any hostages, despite a miscommunication indicating otherwise after the initial 911 call.There were no injuries, arrests or description of the suspects.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-854-8452 or Crime Stoppers at 631-220-TIPS.last_img

Inner city

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Dutch funds holding back on rate hedge adjustment

first_imgPension funds are increasingly looking into the hedge interest rate risk but will not rush to adjust cover despite record-low rates, Dutch consultants have suggested.According to Martijn Euverman, actuary and partner at consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren, a possible reduction of the level of hedging is on top of the agenda of schemes’ boards.“Hedging against falling interest rates has been a good strategy during the past years, but rates have come down so far that the risk of a further drop is limited now,” he told IPE’s sister publication PensioenPro.“And with the current low interest levels, solvency requirements for pension funds are lower, allowing them to take more interest risk,” he argued. “Moreover, rising interest rates would have a negative impact on returns.” However, Edward Krijgsman, investment consultant and team leader at Mercer, noted only a few clients had decided to implement a limited reduction in hedging, and based this on earlier decisions.“We observe pension funds want to discuss this with their [stakeholders] about risk attitudes as prescribed by the new financial assessment framework (FTK),” he said.“In addition, while rates are still decreasing, pension funds also seem to be waiting for clarity about the effect of the ECB’s bonds purchasing programme on interest rates.”In Krijgsman’s opinion, many pension funds are not in the position to reduce their interest hedge anyway.“If their coverage ratio is low, reducing their hedge would mean increasing the risk for liabilities, unless they reduce risk elsewhere in their portfolio,” he explained.Mike Pernot, actuary at consultancy Aon Hewitt also found pension funds did not have concrete plans to decrease their interest rate hedge.“Ten years ago, we thought that an interest level of 3.7% was a historic low, and last year we thought that interest rates couldn’t drop any further,” he said, explaining schemes reluctance.Pernot said he expected that pension funds first wanted to look at the interest hedge as part of a new asset-liability management study and feasibility check, following the new FTK.“Moreover, pension funds with a reserve shortfall are only allowed to change their risk profile once, while schemes with a funding shortfall cannot adjust their risk exposure at all,” he added.The comments of the consultancies came after Dutch pension funds reported record results over 2014, which were mainly boosted by an extensive interest hedge through government bonds and/or interest swaps.The €17.5bn pension fund for the retailsector (Detailhandel) said it returned 34.3%, with 20.3 percentage points attributable to its full interest hedge.However, despite this spectacular result, its funding had only increased 8.5 percentage points to 116.7%, as liabilities had also risen significantly in the wake of dropping interest rates.The industry-wide scheme for private road transport (Vervoer) reported a result of 27.6%, following an interest hedge of 85%. However, its funding rose no more than 1.6 percentage point to 111.5%.Recently, the €25bn pension fund of ING said that it had made a 32.4% profit last year, largely thanks to a full hedge of its liabilities.Read about how other Dutch and European pension funds have fared over the course of 2014last_img read more

Savvy Brexit strategy helps Oxford endowment’s 2016 return

first_imgThe Oxford Endowment Fund (OEF) reported a 16.4% investment return for the 2016 calendar year due in part to a flexible currency strategy.The £2.34bn pooled fund run on behalf of Oxford University and a number of individual colleges more than doubled its 2015 investment return of 7.6%. Over five years the endowment returned 11.8% a year on average.OEF said that the most significant risk for UK investors last year was the country’s referendum on its EU membership, so it planned clear practical outcomes for either result.OEF said: “We came to the conclusion that in the event of an ‘out’ vote, sterling would be the release valve and hence moved our currency exposure
 to the lower end of its permitted sterling range of 40-70%. “Following the result, we moved quickly to add capital to public markets which fell significantly, using our position as long-term investors to take advantage of a market overwhelmed by short-term fear.”As of the end of December 2016, 44.1% of the portfolio was held in public equities, with 24.5% in private equity, 10.4% in credit and 6.5% in property. While property, bonds and cash holdings (20% in total) were all held within the UK, 33% of assets were in North America, a further 13% in the UK, 15% in emerging markets, 11% in Europe (excluding the UK), and 8% in Japan and Asia-Pacific.There was significant exposure to investments related to innovation across a range of sectors such as technology, consumer products and pharmaceutical research in both public and private equity.OEF said it was also pursuing the theme of domestic growth drivers in emerging markets via publicly quoted companies, and in “exciting” niche private strategies.In credit strategies, a significant amount of capital was being used to fund growth and structural change in markets such as India and China.OEF has also started building a portfolio of UK commercial and residential properties to complement its holdings in strategic land and rural estates. At end-2016, it realised some value in its rural holdings through the sale of the Nuneham Courtenay Estate, publicly marketed at £22m – although the end sale value was not disclosed.Together with the £460m Oxford Capital Fund, which provides expendable capital over the medium term (typically for building projects), OEF is run by Oxford University Endowment Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of the university.  OEF’s investment objective is to grow its capital by an average of 5% a year in real terms, at a lower volatility than would be experienced by investing solely in the public equity markets.This means a focus on equity investments, using property and credit as diversified sources of return.last_img read more

Nearly half of young men report ‘sexual coercion’

first_imgFoxNews 27 March 2014A huge proportion of young men say they have ended up submitting to unwanted sexual advances—and 95% of the time, a female they knew was the aggressor, according to new research.The study found that 43% of high school or college-age men reported being coerced into unwanted sexual behavior, CBS reports. “Sexual victimization continues to be a pervasive problem in the United States, but the victimization of men is rarely explored,” the lead researcher said in a press release.“Our findings can help lead to better prevention by identifying the various types of coercion that men face and by acknowledging women as perpetrators against men.” How the coercion broke down: 18% said they were physically forced into it; 31% said they were verbally compelled.Around half of the students who gave in ended up having intercourse, while 40% said the result was kissing or fondling, the Smithsonian notes. Some 7% said they were coerced after being given alcohol or drugs—and experienced “significant distress” as a result. read more

Edo 2020: Ondo athletes protest non-payment of camp allowances

first_imgRelatedPosts Why Ondo athletes will be absent at Youth Sports Festival – Council Ondo sports council sacks FA secretary Athletes of the Ondo State Sports Council on Monday protested non-payment of camp allowances by management of the council after the state government had reportedly approved funds for the purpose. The athletes, who paralysed activities at the sports council, accused the General Manager, Wande Fabuluje, and the state Commissioner for Sports, Dotun Owanikin, of incompetence and shortchanging them of their camp allowances. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Sports Festival, billed to have started on March 20, was postponed by the Federal Government as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The leader of the protesters and Chairman of the labour union in the council, Moses Usifo, said the general manager had promised the athletes their allowances last Thursday. Usifo said: “Since 2018, we have been facing a big build-up of fraud in the Ondo State Sports Council and we say enough is enough. “In 2018, government released N75 million for the purchase of equipment, out of which N25 million was embezzled. “We wrote a petition and some people were begging us to withdraw it, but we are still standing on the petition. “We want to use this medium to plead with the Ondo State Government to take proper action on the incompetence of the general manager of the sports council. “Government has released money for the National Sports Festival. “While athletes had been decamped, they have not yet been paid since Friday. “The general manager told us that the money would be paid on Thursday, but they have yet to pay. “The athletes are stranded and angry, hence our protest.” Osifo said the council needed competent hands who knew much about sports management, adding: “There is nowhere in the world where camp will be disbanded without athletes being paid.” Also, the state Basketball Coach, Fisayo Bello, said the athletes were supposed to be at home with their parents as ordered by government due to COVID-19 threat, adding, however, that transportation and other camp entitlements had not been paid. Bello said Owanikin had promised the athletes that all allowances would be paid before the close of the camp. He accused the general manager of misappropriation of funds since he assumed office in 2018, stressing that the state athletes were tired of him being the head of the sports council. He said: “The National Sports Festival 2020 has been postponed and the commissioner gave his word that every allowance should be paid. “This was why they cancelled so many sporting activities. “By now, athletes are still in camp without being fed, while no allowance has also been paid. “Meanwhile, the funds he (the governor) has been releasing, he (General Manager) has been misappropriating them since his assumption of office in 2018. “We are saying No, we don’t want him anymore, we are saying enough is enough.” When contacted, the general manager, however, described the allegations that the athletes were still in camp as false. Fabuluje said camp had been disbanded, following government’s directives. He said the athletes had started receiving alerts in batches since Friday as approved by the state government. Fabuluje said the protesting athletes were those who belonged to the batch that had not received payment. “As I am speaking with you now, I am in the bank and their allowances are being paid,” he said. On the allegation of misappropriation of funds, the general manager said it was not true, maintaining that he had been given clean bill of health by the state House of Assembly and the Department of State Services on the allegation.Tags: Dotun OwonikinEdo Sports FestivalOndo State Sports CouncilWande Fabulujelast_img read more