Weekend Poll: Who Should Play Marian in NBC’s The Music Man?

first_img View Comments If you haven’t heard about NBC’s plans for a live broadcast of The Music Man in 2015, well, ya got trouble (and you should really read our site more). As soon as we learned the news, we came up with five leading men we would pitch to NBC to play phony band leader Harold Hill. Now it’s your turn. We want to hear your picks for Marian “The Librarian” Paroo! Remember: She should be able to play both prim and tender, and girl’s gotta be able to SING. Take a look at our list of stage and screen stars and let us know: Whose soprano should soar on that footbridge? If you wish they may and you wish they might, cast your vote below!last_img read more

TruexCullins & Heritage Aviation receive BBA’s Hertzel Pasackow Award

first_imgTruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design and Heritage Aviation received the Burlington Business Association’s Hertzel N Pasackow Architectural Excellence Award for the General Aviation facility project in South Burlington, Vermont.  The total renovation of this vacant 60,000 SF 1955-era Army National Guard hangar, located at the south end of the Burlington International Airport, stripped the existing building of all exterior walls and windows to expose the underlying steel and concrete structure.  A 25-foot wide addition at the runway-side of the building increased the size of the existing hangar space and includes a two-story passenger lobby with views to the airport and Vermont landscape through two-story glass windows. The exposed structure was outfitted with a high-performance exterior envelope including insulated metal panels, thermally efficient windows and a new high-insulation-value roof. Multiple large-format skylights and extensive glass at the upper areas of the hangar walls introduce natural sunlight to the interior of the hangar space. A complete renovation of the building interior included new stairs and elevators, energy efficient heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems, and utilized sustainably and regionally-sourced interior finishes and state-of-the art LED lighting.The facility will function both as a maintenance hangar for general aviation aircraft that visit Burlington and require scheduled or unscheduled service as well as an FBO (Fixed Base Operation) providing facilities for transient flight crews and allowing access for General Aviation (GA) passengers to and from their flights.  Another 11,000 SF building addition at the northeast corner of the hangar provides the Customs and Border Protection Service with an air-side office and the ability to process larger numbers of international passengers.This project is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is on track to obtain a USGBC LEED Silver Certification.  Energy efficient features include:On-site renewable energy generation through a 10 panel solar thermal (domestic hot water) system, a 120 panel solar photovoltaic (PV) array, and a 100 kW wind turbine.Water Conservation and Control Strategies include a 30,000 gallon rainwater harvesting/storage system to supply landscape irrigation, green roof irrigation and plane-washing, parking lot of porous concrete pavement for on-site stormwater treatment, and a bio-swale stormwater collection area. Building Envelope and Energy Conservation strategies included recycling the building structure to avoid waste normally associated with building demolition and reconstruction; thermally improved building envelope with air-sealing and testing; a vegetated (green) roof; high-albedo (white) roof to minimize absorption of unwanted solar gain; daylighting strategies, including vision/daylight glass specification, skylights, and lighting dimming; LED parking lot lighting and interior lighting. The design team included: Architects: Richard Deane, AIA, Tom Hengelsberg, AIA, LEED AP, Peter Burns; Interior Designers: Kim Deetjen, ASID, & Cecilia Redmond, LEED AP; & Casa Bella Design, Hinesburg, VT;Civil Engineer: Stantec, South Burlington, VT; Landscape Architect: H. Keith Wagner Partnership, Burlington, VT; Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Hallam ICS, South Burlington, VT; Structural Engineer: Artisan Engineering, Charlotte, VT;Commissioning: Thomas Engineering, Warren, VT; Construction Manager: Engelberth Construction, Inc., Colchester, VT; Owner s Construction Representative: Barden Inspection Service, Hinesburg, VT; Air-Sealing Testing Authority: Building Energy, Williston, VT.TruexCullins is a Burlington based architecture and interior design firm providing clients with the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios: education, workplace, home, resort and interiors for over 40 years.For more information contact Susan Weeks, Director of Marketing, or visit www.truexcullins.com(link is external). Source: TruexCullins. 4.16.2010. Photos by Susan Tearelast_img read more

North Yorkshire retail: Stunted growth in York

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Lana Soelistianingsih appointed LPS executive director

first_img “[I also hope Lana] will improve LPS’ performance in insuring deposits are more sustainable in the future,” the minister said in a statement.Read also: LPS lowers deposit insurance rates to 6.25 percent until end of yearShe added that she also hoped Lana could turn the LPS into a corporation that contributed more to the stability of the Indonesian financial system.Lana earned a Master’s degree in economic development from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, United States, in 1995, and a doctorate degree in economy from the University of Indonesia in 2003. She joined Indonesian investment management company PT Samuel Aset Manajemen (SAM) as the head of economics and research in October 2013. (hol)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appointed Lana Soelistianingsih as the new Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) executive director on Thursday, replacing Fauzi Ichsan. The decision to appoint Lana and honorably discharge Fauzi was stipulated in Presidential Decree No. 10/M/2020.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who handed over the decree to Lana in a ceremony on Thursday, said she hoped Lana would be ready to collaborate with relevant parties and be aware of any economic challenges coming from inside and outside the country.last_img read more

EIOPA rolls up sleeves on new HBS proposal for IORP II

first_img“EIOPA stands ready to undertake all the necessary work in order to ensure safe, sustainable and adequate pensions for European citizens.”He said EIOPA was now working to improve definitions and methodologies for assessing the HBS approach and would run further assessments in the coming months.“My aim,” he said, “is to present the next Commission with further tested technical proposals for a European, risk-based prudential regime that appropriately reflects the specific reality of pension funds.”At a closed-door event in Brussels in July, Bernardino announced that the HBS approach within the revised IORP Directive was not “a dead-end street”, in spite of the European Commission’s decision earlier this year to postpone pillar one for the same directive.The HBS approach is, according to him, a way to capture “the wide variety of occupational pension systems in the different member states in a single, European prudential regime”.“The holistic balance sheet allows pension funds to recognise the value of all security and benefit-adjustment mechanisms available to them,” he said at the time.“All in all, the holistic balance sheet is able to provide a comprehensive and comparable view of how far occupational pension promises are supported by financial assets, sponsor support and pension protection schemes, and how far benefit adjustments are expected to occur.”In May, Michel Barnier, the current commissioner for internal market, said the Commission would postpone the implementation of pillar one, which focuses on capital requirements, arguing that solvency rules should be an “improvement for the pensions sector, rather than a punishment”.Barnier said he considered the quantitative rules to be a job for his successor. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is working to improve methodologies for assessing the holistic balance sheet (HBS) approach within the IORP II Directive, with the view to presenting further tested technical proposals to the new European Commission next year.  EIOPA’s chair, Gabriel Bernardino, speaking at the hearing of the chairmen of the three European Supervisory Authorities, said the first quantitative impact study – which aimed to assess the HBS approach – had revealed large differences in the protection of members and beneficiaries across Europe.He also pointed out that pension funds disposed of “vulnerabilities” in different areas.“Some are very dependent on future payments by the sponsor, and, in others, substantial benefit reductions are expected,” he said.last_img read more

De Eendragt makes radical portfolio shift in bid to raise solvency level

first_imgDe Eendragt, the €1.5bn Dutch pensions insurer, has shifted its entire investment portfolio into fixed income to lift its solvency to the required level. To improve its risk profile, the insurer offloaded all stakes in equities, non-listed property and alternative investments, according to its 2013 annual report.The company – which provides defined benefit, defined contribution (DC) and collective DC plans for companies of the former paper mill Van Gelder – saw its financial position deteriorate following the adjustment of the European Central Bank’s AAA curve as a result of the downgrading of France.As a consequence, De Eendragt had to write off €38m worth of assets, it said. In addition, a new and improved internal model for liabilities had a negative impact on De Eendragt’s assets, which also suffered from stricter Solvency II requirements.As a result of these developments, the pensions insurer was unable – for the second time in a row – to grant indexation to deferred participants or pensioners.The insurer also revealed in its annual report that it failed to attract any new clients last year.De Eendragt argued, however, that its proposition was still attractive, pointing out that most expiring contracts had been renewed over the period.The board said it decided to carry on as an independent company after an extensive strategic study into the possibility of cooperating with other players in the pensions industry failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion.It also said its new executive board had been tasked with prioritising the development of a strategy for the long term, after Philip Menco, its director since 2004, departed last May.De Eengragt lost 5% overall last year, citing the effect of rising interest rates on its fixed income holdings in particular.Its ‘maximum diversification strategy’ for emerging market equities returned 31%, while its ‘minimum variance’ approach for the same segment returned 4%.De Eendragt’s 30% non-listed property holdings – the “cornerstone” of the investment portfolio since 2007 due to the attractive risk/return ratio over the mid term – generated 1.6%.The insurer attributed the result in part to a further decrease in the value of its assets after appointing a new surveyor.In its annual report, De Eendragt confirmed it divested its stake in a long/short commodities fund – after a 7% loss – due to disappointing long-term performance.It also terminated its Global Tactical Asset Allocation strategy earlier this year after it produced a net return of 1.2%.According to the insurer, its long-term trends-based investment in a CTA hedge fund returned 9%, while its stake in a short-term strategy delivered a slightly positive result.De Eendragt did not respond to IPE’s repeated requests for additional information.last_img read more

Shell upsizes shares sell-down to exit Woodside

first_imgImage courtesy WoodsideRoyal Dutch Shell has upsized its previously announced agreement to sell shares in Woodside Petroleum following strong demand from institutional investors. Earlier today, the company said its unit, Shell Energy Holdings Australia Limited (SEHAL) will sell 71.6 million shares in Woodside, representing 64 percent of its interest in Woodside and 8.5 percent of the issued capital in Woodside, at a price of A$31.10 per share.However, due to the demand, the company decided to sell a total of 111.8 million shares, representing 13.28 percent of the issued share capital of Woodside and the entirety of SEHAL’s total shareholding in Woodside, for total pre-tax proceeds of $2.7 billion (A$3.5 billion), despite claiming that it will not dispose of any of its remaining shares in Woodside for a minimum of 90 days from completion of the sell-down.Completion is expected to take place on November 14, 2017, with settlement expected on November 16, 2017.Speaking about the initial sale of SEHAL’s shareholding in Woodside, Shell’s CFO, Jessica Uhl, said, the sale is a step towards the completion of the company’s three-year $30 billion divestment programme, and that the proceeds will go towards the reducing the company’s debt.last_img read more

PIL Exits Transpacific Market to Boost Presence in North-South Trade

first_imgSingapore’s shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL) has decided to withdraw its services from the Transpacific market in an effort “to optimize the company’s network efficiency”.As a result of this service realignment, PIL’s last Transpacific sailing will be in March 2020.“The company has taken this decision as part of a wider strategic review of its business,” PIL said in a statement.“Henceforth, PIL will focus on further strengthening its position in the North-South Trade such as Africa, Middle East / Red Sea, India Sub-Continent, Latin America, and Oceania.”PIL is one of the top ten containership operators in the world. The company owns and operates a fleet of around 150 containerships, bulkers and multipurpose vessels.Read more:PIL Trials Delivery Using IBM Blockchain PlatformPIL Terminates Vessel Calls to Iran due to US Sanctionslast_img read more

Dearborn County Hospital Hosts Blood Drive Thursday

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG — Dearborn County Hospital’s next blood drive, in association with the Hoxworth Blood Center of Cincinnati, will be on Thursday, September 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the conference rooms of the hospital, 600 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg.“Local blood donors ensure that patients at 30 area hospitals receive the lifesaving blood products they need to survive,” stated Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth Community Relations Manager.  “Community blood drives are vitally important and we hope to see a good turnout at DCH.”“Hoxworth’s motto is ‘Our donors save lives. Who will you save?’” added Pam Puterbaugh, R.N., DCH Occupational Health Nurse.A donor must be 17 years of age or older (16 years of age with the appropriate signed parental consent form) and weigh at least 110 pounds.  Donors must wait a minimum of eight weeks between blood donations or 16 weeks if they have participated in the automated double red cell donation.  Women who are pregnant may not donate.  Persons who have been tattooed in the State of Indiana must wait 12 months from the date of tattooing to donate.Persons who have tested HIV positive, injected themselves with illegal drugs or who participate in high risk behavior are prohibited from donating.  Individuals who had viral hepatitis after age 11 or a hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus infection at any age also are disqualified from donating.  Cancer and malaria survivors, persons who had a heart attack and those with heart disease should phone Hoxworth for information regarding allowances for donating.Blood donors should eat a well-balanced meal within four hours prior to donating and drink plenty of water.  They must bring a form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license or employee badge, with them to the drive.Individuals can maximize their donation by giving “Double Reds.”  The process of Automated Red Cell Collection is designed to make the most of donations.  Please call the Hoxworth Nursing Department at (800) 265-1515, ext. 81304, for additional information on donating Double Reds.last_img read more

Foxes win but Villa misery mounts

first_img The Foxes extended their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions in front of the watching Andrej Kramaric as the striker waits to complete his club record move from Rijeka. He saw Konchesky, who was controversially sent off at Villa last month before having the red rescinded, lash in the winner seconds before the break. Both sides were reduced to 10 men in injury-time when Matty James and Ciaran Clark were sent off after clashing. But only Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan and poor finishing had stopped Leicester adding to their lead as David Nugent missed two fine chances and James and Marc Albrighton were denied. The win failed to lift Leicester off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but they are just two points from safety. Wretched Villa drew another blank – their fourth in a row in the league – to slip to 13th, three points above the bottom three. And the visiting fans turned on manager Paul Lambert for the second game in a row, chanting for his head. Albrighton was recalled against his former club, the winger making his first league start since October – and just second of the season – after leaving Villa in the summer. Danny Simpson, Dean Hammond and Marcin Wasilewski returned following the 1-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle. New signing Mark Schwarzer was on the bench after arriving from Chelsea. Guzan and Gabby Agbonlahor were recalled for Villa as Shay Given and Jack Grealish dropped out. Leicester’s revival continued as Paul Konchesky’s winner handed them a valuable 1-0 victory over poor Aston Villa. Leicester conjured the first chance of a quiet opening through Albrighton. The winger’s wonderful touch allowed him to scamper down the left and he slipped in a stretching Nugent, who could only stab wide from 12 yards. Christian Benteke had the ball in the net after rounding Ben Hamer but was offside as Villa tried to force the play with little success. Agbonlahor lashed wide, but only after Nugent had wasted another golden opening on 27 minutes. Anthony Knockaert’s teasing cross was flicked on by Leonardo Ulloa, only for his strike partner to nod wide at the far post from four yards. While Villa looked sharper on the ball, the Foxes had created the better chances and Nugent came close again four minutes before the break. The striker found himself in a similar position to his goal at Liverpool this month, but fired a cushioned volley against the underside of the bar – and watched Ulloa head the rebound over. But the Foxes finally took the lead on the stroke of half-time with Konchesky’s first goal of the season. Ulloa hooked the ball across goal and Alan Hutton could only head out to the defender, who fired an 18-yard volley in off a post. Guzan kept the visitors in the game in the early stages of the second half with fine saves from James and Albrighton. He turned James’ header over after 52 minutes before parrying Albrighton’s fierce shot on the hour. Villa, in contrast, were toothless, failing to rouse themselves after going behind and have now won just three times in 18 games in all competitions. The anonymous Tom Cleverley fired a rare chance over from an angle with 20 minutes left and Leicester continued their profligacy when substitute Tom Lawrence shot over. They almost paid the price with two minutes left when Aly Cissokho blazed wide from eight yards. And the game sparked again in injury-time when Clark and James were dismissed. James went in hard on Clark and the two grappled in the centre circle after squaring up before both were shown straight red cards. The pair clashed again at the mouth of the tunnel as they went off and had to be separated by stewards and coaching staff. Benteke then headed over at the death as Leicester hung on for a deserved win. Press Associationlast_img read more