Tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock. The MCC Theater production, directed by Trip Cullman, will star Big Love’s Douglas Smith. Performances begin on October 29 at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, where it will run through December 7. Opening night is set for November 17. In addition to Smith, Punk Rock will feature Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. Stephens is currently represented on Broadway by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Punk Rock View Comments Related Shows Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014
Business leaders see that technology is increasingly significant to their companies. The relationship to the customer is evolving as technology allows companies to get closer to the customer. Smart CEO’s are engaged with these emerging trends. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ recent, “Redefining Business Success in a Changing World, CEO Survey”, which recorded data from 1,409 CEOs in 83 countries, indicates that CEOs view technology as the top way to assess and deliver on changing customer expectations. Nearly 70% of them believe that the power of data and analytics is the best way to assess and deliver on changing customer expectations. More than half of the CEOs were making significant changes in their technology to better interpret the complex and emerging needs of customers.Mobile technology in particular can help a company to better know the customer. In her fascinating new book, Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology, SC Moatti, a “mobile veteran” from Silicon Valley, reports that globally in the last two years, there have been more mobile devices than desktop computers, and people spend more time browsing the Internet on their Smartphones than on their desktops.Smartphones are always there, and personalization of mobile products is essential to make them successful. Successful apps put the user in control of the experience. The software notes what is important to customers and it connects them to what matters. She describes that the best mobile products are simple and elegant. They help us learn. They also learn from us and with us. They focus on the things that matter, and they constantly adapt to our environment.“Apps like Uber meet these conditions of success and society is finding them transformational. Moreover, mobile products can be transformational in the developing world as well. They are changing the face of healthcare delivery among the world’s poorest. For example, in Mozambique, mobile technology advances the fight against HIV and AIDs through texts that remind patients about appointment dates and to take their medication. Compared to the non-mobile average of 72%, 96% of participants were following protocols after six months and 85% after 12 months. The Grameen Foundation’s African “Mobile Midwife” program has improved outcomes with delivery of daily texts and weekly voicemails to women in their native languages with advice during pregnancy and the first year of the child’s life.Whether it’s providing day-to-day services or managing the data analytics, with transformational technology, people skills are even more important. Three-quarters of PwC’s surveyed CEOs named as a top priority, creating a skilled, educated and adaptable workforce. Millennials’ can bring something particularly useful to companies, given their native comfort with constantly changing technology and preference for apps over sites. They are part of this new wave. Moreover, leaders know that the growing role of technology in business, changes the dynamics of managing such a workforce. Skill and mental agility are required more than ever. As the surveyed CEOs reported, they know they must be conversant with data, analytics and new technology. Technology can transform industries. Leaders know they must be ready. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It seems all the pundits are criticizing the new tax proposals as being a disaster for the middle class, especially in New York and other highly taxed states.I don’t claim to be a tax expert, but basic mathematics is still within my grasp.I understand that the new program will eliminate some valuable deductions. But at the same time, they are proposing to double the standard deduction.I pay taxes on several pieces of real estate and we have had fairly large medical expense. But the last few years, we couldn’t exceed the standard deduction allowance. The retirement incomes of my wife and I are low-middle class, so these very vocal individuals must either own a stupendous amount of property or be complaining for completely political reasons.Maybe they might know a very clever, but not really honest tax attorney. If so, please refer me.Peter HenningsonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
He then proceeded to beat the man with a plastic pipe. “Even after he had gone down, Alaa M. continued the beatings and additionally kicked the victim,” the statement said.The next day, Alaa M. and another doctor are said to have subjected the victim to further beatings. He later died, though the cause of death is unclear.Alaa M. left Syria in mid-2015 and moved to Germany, where he also practiced as a doctor.Syria’s civil war, which started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests, has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced nearly half the country’s pre-conflict population. A Syrian doctor living in Germany has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out crimes against humanity at a prison in his war-torn country of origin, prosecutors said Monday.The suspect, identified as Alaa M., is accused of having “tortured a detainee … in at least two cases” at a prison run by Syrian intelligence services in the city of Homs in 2011, said German federal prosecutors in a statement.Alaa M. was called to the assistance of a man who had suffered an epileptic fit after being detained for taking part in a protest, the statement said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group estimates that at least 100,000 people have died from torture or as a result of horrific conditions in government prisons.In April, the first court case worldwide over state-sponsored torture by Bashar al-Assad’s regime opened in Germany.The two defendants are being tried on the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows a foreign country to prosecute crimes against humanity.Germany has taken in more than 700,000 Syrian refugees since the start of the conflict. Topics :
The Games are now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021, although they will still be known as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Officials from Japan and the International Olympic Committee have warned it will not be possible to postpone again, and even the year-long delay has created significant financial and logistical headaches.The poll, conducted ahead of the Tokyo gubernatorial election on July 5, also found incumbent Yuriko Koike leading her opponents “by a large margin”.Her precise lead was not specified, in keeping with a media tradition of not publishing polling figures in the days before a vote.Koike has been heavily involved in preparations for the Games, travelling to Rio for the handover ceremony after the last Summer Olympics.Earlier this month, she told AFP that the rescheduled Olympics will be safe despite the coronavirus pandemic, pledging a “120-percent effort” to ensure the first-ever postponed Games can go ahead. Just over half of Tokyo’s residents don’t think the postponed 2020 Olympics should be held next year, backing either a further delay or outright cancellation because of fears over the coronavirus, according to a poll published Monday.The survey carried out by two Japanese news organizations is only a single data point, but comes after health experts warned that even a year’s delay may not be sufficient to hold the Games safely.The poll conducted over the weekend found 51.7 percent of respondents hope the Games in 2021 are postponed again or cancelled, while 46.3 percent want to see the rescheduled Olympics go ahead. Among those opposed to a 2021 Games, 27.7 percent said they want them cancelled altogether, while 24.0 percent would prefer a second postponement.The telephone poll, conducted by Kyodo News and Tokyo MX television between June 26-28, received 1,030 replies.Of those who said they want to see the Games held next year, 31.1 percent said the event should be in a scaled-back form, including without spectators, while 15.2 percent said they wanted to see a full-blown Olympics.Tokyo 2020 was postponed in March as the coronavirus spread across the globe, causing the worst disruption to the Olympics since two editions were cancelled during World War II. Topics :
PPF 7800 Index shows an estimated aggregate deficit increase of £47.8bnThe Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has released the latest data for its PPF 7800 Index, which shows that the aggregate deficit of its 5,422 schemes is estimated to have increased to £176.3bn (€196bn) at the end of May 2020, from £128.5bn at the end of April 2020.The index – which shows the latest estimated funding position, on a section 179 (s179) basis, for the defined benefit pension schemes potentially eligible for entry to the PPF – also revealed that the funding ratio of the idex schemes decreased from 93.1% at the end of April 2020 to 90.9%.The PPF also said that total assets stood at £1.8trn, while liabilities were recorded at £1.9trn. There were 3,621 schemes in deficit and 1,801 schemes in surplus.The deficit of the schemes in deficit at the end of May 2020 was £290.1bn, up from £256.4bn at the end of April 2020.Lisa McCrory, PPF chief finance officer and chief actuary, said: “This month the funding ratio as measured by the PPF 7800 Index has gone down despite improvements in equity markets as the expectation of future inflation has increased the liabilities of schemes.”She added that although many schemes do have some exposure to inflation linked assets, “the falling index linked gilt yields have increased scheme liabilities by more than the assets.”On the PPF 7800 Index’s latest figures, Sion Cole, head of UK fiduciary business at BlackRock, said: “The month was marked by lower volatility in equity markets, implying that investors are cautiously monitoring the situation.” The average UK scheme experienced a 6.9% fall in funding level between the end of December 2019 to the end of March 2020, according to JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM).The manager said that “it’s potentially going to take up to three years to recover the serious dent to funding levels incurred over the past three months”. It would require a surplus return – assets in excess of liabilities – of 2.4% per annum for the next three years, it added.“The good news, however, is that we estimate a 58% chance of achieving this based on current allocations,” said Sorca Kelly-Scholte, EMEA head of pension solutions and advisory at JPMAM.“That said, as we know, not all pension funds are equal,” she added. Sion Cole, head of UK fiduciary business at BlackRockHe added that a decline in infection rates in many countries were also a reason for optimism. “Confidence that we have hit the peak number of cases and a flattening of the new case curve serve as key catalysts for driving a market recovery, alongside a significant policy response globally and liquidity in the financial markets.” Cole said, however, that despite this positive market sentiment, pension schemes are still some way off where they ended 2019.“This will no doubt have sparked conversations on whether changes need to be made to journey plans and how trustees and sponsors can ensure their schemes’ investment strategies are appropriate,” he added.He said BlackRock has seen an increase in the number of pension funds considering fiduciary management as a new approach, “to quickly take advantage of market dislocations, improve risk management and reduce trustees’ governance burden in this rapidly evolving landscape”.Dutch schemes’ funding levels see slight improvement in MayThe average funding levels of Dutch pension funds have slightly increased in May, largely thanks to improving equity markets and rising interest rates, according to consultancies Aon and Mercer.The duo said that coverage ratios had risen by up to 2% to 92% on average. However, schemes’ “policy funding” – their average coverage over the past 12 months, and the main criterion for rights cuts – had decreased to 98% on average, below the temporary required minimum of 100%, according to the firms.Based on the current rules, and without improvement before year-end, this will require a reduction of pension rights and benefits next year.Mercer said the 30-year swap rate – pension funds’ main standard for discounting liabilities – had risen by 10 bps to 0.4%, reducing liabilities by 0.9%.Aon attributed the more than 3% increase of equity holdings to investors regaining confidence because of eased lockdown measures, the proposed €750bn EU emergency fund for hard hit member states as well as rising oil prices.Emerging market equities, however, lost 1% due to tensions between the US and China, Aon stated, adding that real estate fell almost 3%.According to the consultancy, high yield had gained 5%, following narrowing spreads in the wake of improving investor sentiment.Mercer added that commodities had generated 2.7%, while euro-denominated government bonds and ditto for credit had returned 0.2% and 0.3%, respectively.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Hedgers – which potentially experience liquidity, income impairment and contribution impairment, if their employer is distressed – tend to review their liquidity, collateral and cashflow management, while refocusing on core real assets and raise the quality in credit exposures.Re-riskers – which potentially experience the same as hedgers but are less likely to have a distressed employer – tend to take advantage of credit opportunities, diversify their real asset exposure and re-risk into sustainable or growth equity strategies, in addition to reviewing their liquidity, collateral and cashflow management.Re-balancers – which can potentially experience heavy drawdowns and could be forced to sell assets if in a negative cashflow – tend to diversify into higher-returning credit and real asset strategies, and also revisit currency hedging.De-riskers – which can experience similar risk circumstances as re-balancers but are more likely to have a distressed employer – focus on diversifying as a means of derisking and go for liability-aware credit instead of liaility-driven investment. Kelly-Scholte has identified four types of pension fund and mapped out the kinds of levers they can potentially pull in today’s environment, faced with choppy returns and renewed funded status challenges.
Wall Street Journal 17 August 2015Since the voters of Oregon narrowly legalized physician-assisted suicide 20 years ago, there has been a profound shift in attitude toward medical care—new fear and secrecy, and a fixation on death. Well over 850 people have taken their lives by ingesting massive overdoses of barbiturates prescribed under the law. Proponents claim the system is working well with no problems. This is not true.As a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, as well as a licensed physician for 35 years, I have seen firsthand how the law has changed the relationship between doctors and patients, some of whom now fear that they are being steered toward assisted suicide.In one case a patient with bladder cancer contacted me. She was concerned that an oncologist treating her might be one of the “death doctors,” and she questioned his motives. This was particularly worrying to her after she obtained a second opinion from another oncologist who was more positive about her prognosis and treatment options. Whichever of the consultants was correct, such fears were never an issue before.Under Oregon’s law, a patient can request lethal drugs only if he has a terminal illness and less than six months to live. However, it is nearly impossible to predict the course of an illness six months out, and many patients given such prognoses live full, rewarding lives long past six months.The law requires that patients be referred for psychological examination if the doctor suspects they have depression or mental illness. But some doctors see suicide as a solution to suffering and depression as rational given patients’ circumstances. Last year only three of the 105 patients who died under the law were referred for a psychological exam.http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-doctor-assisted-disaster-for-medicine-1439853118
Batesville, IN—The City of Batesville held a swearing-in ceremony on Monday evening between the Batesville Board of Works meeting and the City Council meeting. The three newest full-time firemen are from left to right Lucas Garvey, Michael Orlando, and Christopher Decker. They have already completed schooling and will begin training in the city immediately.
RelatedPosts EPL: Watford battle Gunners for survival Premier League: Our survival in our own hands — Coach Pearson overwhelmed by fans support after Watford sacking Championship club Watford have confirmed the appointment of Vladimir Ivic as their new head coach.The 43-year-old has agreed a one-year contract, with the option of a further year held by the club. Former Maccabi Tel Aviv manager Ivic succeeds Nigel Pearson, who was sacked two games before the end of the season.Watford were relegated from the Premier League after losing their final game at Arsenal, with former player Hayden Mullins in caretaker charge.That result ended a five-year stay in the top flight for the Hornets, who were FA Cup finalists in 2019.“It’s my first time in England and I need to adapt as fast as possible, to do the best for the club is very important to me,” said Ivic, who represented Serbia and Montenegro at international level as a player.Ivic is Watford’s fourth full-time boss in less than 12 months as Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores were both sacked in the early weeks of last season, leading to Pearson’s arrival in December. He was a free agent after leading Maccabi Tel-Aviv to two consecutive league titles in Israel and has also previously managed Greek club PAOK, with whom he won a domestic cup.“I’ve worked with my coaching staff for three years, so I know that we will ask the most from ourselves so we can help the players to achieve the club’s goals,” Ivic said.Tags: Maccabi Tel AvivNigel PearsonVladimir IvicWatford
Press Association Wins from their last two games, against Uganda on Friday and then Hong Kong on Sunday, will see Ireland into the semi-finals as group winners. Ireland’s 100 per cent record in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifying was ended by the weather as their meeting with Italy was washed out without a ball being bowled. Having beaten the United States by 75 runs on Wednesday, confidence was high in the Ireland camp ahead of the Abu Dhabi meeting. Heavy rain put paid to that, though, leaving the sides to take a point each. Ireland are still top of the group, one point ahead of Hong Kong.