View Comments Willkommen to 30 Rock! Alan Cumming and his Cabaret costars recently brought some naughtiness to The Today Show. The tuner was originally supposed to perform on the 30 Rock plaza in May as part of the Today’s “Best of Broadway” series, but unfortunately canceled their appearance due to weather. With the rain clouds gone, Cumming and the Kit Kat Klub boys and girls grabbed their instruments and performed the Kander and Ebb tuner’s steamy opener, “Willkommen.” Watch the clip of their performance below then check out Cabaret for yourself at Studio 54! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret Star Files Alan Cumming
Tickets are now available to see Oscar nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man on the Great White Way. Directed by Scott Ellis, the show will play a limited engagement November 7 through February 15 at the Booth Theatre. The production will officially open on December 7. Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The play premiered on Broadway in 1979 and won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. It was revived in 2002 with Billy Crudup in the lead role. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015 Related Shows View Comments The Elephant Man ‘s cast will also include Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne. The Elephant Man
Price collapse threatening LNG producers worldwide FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are on the cusp of having to halt output as mild winter weather and the coronavirus cut into demand for the fuel.Prices for the super-cooled fuel are near a record low as an inventory glut built up during what’s usually a season of peak demand. That, according to analysts and industry researchers, threatens to make LNG-producing plants unprofitable from the U.S. to Malaysia.“We see the U.S. projects struggling,” Carlos Torres Diaz, senior vice president and head of gas and power markets at Rystad Energy, said in an interview in London. “We see coal-bed methane projects in eastern Australia struggling.”The warmest winter on record in the Northern Hemisphere has left storage tanks full at a time when they’re usually nearly empty. While demand slumped, capacity to make the fuel is set to extend the record build-out of the last decade, growing 28 million tons this year, according to Rystad, a Norwegian research company.Producers and traders are closely watching who will blink first and cut output. Vitol Group Chief Executive Officer Russell Hardy said at the IP Week conference in London that levels are now close to where it doesn’t make sense to bring U.S. exports to the market.As the coronavirus is causing havoc in markets from oil to stocks, Rystad Energy slashed its global price outlook for LNG this year by about a third for Asia and Europe. China will probably consume only 62 million tons this year, compared with an earlier forecast of 67 million tons and the impact will also be felt in 2021.[Anna Shiryaevskaya]More: Sinking gas threatens to halt LNG plants from U.S. to Malaysia
The fair was officially opened by Chilean president Sebastián Piñera, who expressed his gratitude for “the arrival of cargo planes from abroad (with humanitarian aid), the donation of resources in cash by the exhibitors, and the donation of the entrance fees for this fair.” The planes flew from the United States to Chile without stops and were refueled in the air by U.S. Air Force tanker planes. They have the capacity for radar invisibility and are expected to be the fighter planes of the next fifty years. By Dialogo March 25, 2010 The fair’s star attraction is the U.S. F-22 fighter plane, known as the ‘Raptor.’ Two of these planes, valued at more than 200 million dollars each, arrived for the exposition. The International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE), considered the most important on the continent, opened this week with 120 planes from around 40 participating countries, and a number of the planes arrived with aid for the victims of February’s earthquake. He noted that the entrance fees collected over the weekend, when the fair will be open to the public, will be turned over in full to the victims of the earthquake and seaquake of 27 February.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details Unlike the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, or a pack of snarling Yeti, the misconceptions people have about credit unions can do real harm. There are four myths in particular that dissuade people from banking with credit unions. As the number one touch point with your potential members, your credit union’s website is an ideal place to dispel these myths. What are the myths? In 2018, CUNA sponsored a detailed round of research—including focus groups, surveys, and other qualitative data—to get a better idea of how people perceived credit unions. They discovered four key barriers to membership: myths that keep people away from credit unions and stuck to big banks.Myth #1: I can’t join Why would someone bother with a credit union if they can’t become a member? Credit unions need to clear up eligibility confusion as early and prominently as possible. In our highly digital world, the most prominent place you can address this misconception is on your website. Adopt a welcoming tone and be immediately transparent. Your homepage is often the best place to start; and using personalization technology, you can deliver targeted messages to potential members. When explaining your field of membership, use inclusive words. Phrases like “Anyone who…” or “Everyone who…” work well, as in “Anyone who works or lives in Delaware County can open an account with us.” What if your eligibility requirements are complicated? This may require a little creativity. For example, OAS FCU’s website has a fun, interactive quiz right on the homepage to help people find out if they are eligible.Eligibility quiz built for OAS FCU by an award-winning credit union website design agencySolutions: Use welcoming language, be transparent about your field of membership, and make it easy to determine eligibilityMyth #2: Accessing my money may be hardMost credit unions today have online and mobile banking options, but that doesn’t mean most Americans are aware. Feature these options prominently within your credit union website’s design. We suggest making it easy for members to log in to their accounts from any page. Furthermore, your site should be mobile-friendly, so people can see you’re with the times and can provide mobile access to their money.As a credit union, you probably offer Shared Branches and ATMs through the CO-OP network. Don’t forget to advertise that! On SIU Credit Union’s website, there’s a tab on the contact page that’s dedicated to Shared Branches and ATMs, making it easy to learn more about the service. ATM locator tool on SIU Credit Union’s website, designed by BloomCUSolution: Highlight online banking and mobile banking, as well as shared branches and ATMsMyth #3: Credit unions are too smallAlthough the local, community feel of credit unions has its advantages, it can also make people nervous. One of the biggest ways you can appear trustworthy is to improve your credit union website design. Beautiful design shows you are a top-notch financial institution with substantial resources and not just a “mom and pop shop”. Don’t be afraid to highlight stats in your messaging, especially if you’re a bigger credit union. People love social proof and respond well to it. In the example below, we did a “by the numbers” feature for OE Federal’s website, making the popularity of the credit union among union workers readily apparent. Stats featured on the homepage of OEFCU.orgSolutions: Invest in beautiful design and leverage social proofMyth #4: They’re just for those in needAlthough credit unions have fantastic rates and services, they aren’t specifically for those who need extra financial help. However, many Americans believe this myth. Addressing it on your website takes some subtlety. You don’t want to alienate anyone, rich or poor, so make it clear that financial status is not a factor for eligibility. We recommend really focusing on high-quality, realistic photography to promote a diverse image that addresses the different groups in your area: people of varied gender, financial background, race, etc. Here’s an example of some of the different photography on Hoosier’s Hill’s website: The right photography within your credit union website design can showcase the diversity of your membership baseUseful Resources for Photography: How to select fantastic images for your credit union websiteA guide to the best stock photos for credit union website designSolutions: Use authentic photographs with real people in all stages of life
Four Danish pension funds are planning to invest tens of billions of Danish krone in alternative credit, capital funds, infrastructure and forestry over the next five years.Danske Capital will act as an adviser to the funds, which manage a combined DKK500bn (€67bn).The four funds – Danica Pension, a pension and insurance provider; DIP, the pension fund for engineers; JØP, the scheme for lawyers and economists; and Lægernes Pensionskasse, the doctors’ pension fund – said they expected alternatives would become a larger portion of their portfolios in future, yielding higher and more stable returns in combination with more liquid assets such as listed equities and bonds.The funds said they saw particularly exciting alternative investment opportunities in areas where banks no longer had the same capacity to lend due to tighter regulation in the wake of the financial crisis. The new collaboration has already resulted in the first investment in alternative credit, where the pension funds, together with Goldman Sachs, will provide loans directly to businesses.Torben Visholm, chief executive at JØP, said the cooperation would give the funds access to better investment terms due to economies of scale.He said the agreement would allow the funds to invest better, faster and in a wider range of assets.The joint venture’s large investment capacity will produce cost advantages and better investment terms, as well as positioning the participating pension funds to enter into public-private partnerships (PPP), they said.Søren Kolbye Sørensen, chief executive at DIP, said his pension fund had in recent years entered into a number of innovative collaborations with other institutions to reap cost advantages as a result of economies of scale.At the beginning of the year, DIP and JØP established a joint investment department, and the agreement on alternatives is another step in that direction, he said.
Institutional investors are increasingly aligning their investments with energy technologies of the future, a new report claims.According to the 2015 ESG Trends to Watch, from MSCI’s global head of ESG research Linda-Eling Lee, investors have begun to scrutinise the carbon-related risks embedded in their portfolios, using a sophisticated range of tools.In addition to the measurement of companies’ current carbon emissions, investors can now adopt a total portfolio accounting of current and future emissions, measured against market benchmarks.They can also access portfolio construction techniques ranging from selective exclusions to tilts of portfolio weights based on current and future carbon characteristics of individual securities. But the report warns: “Investors can be highly exposed – both positively and negatively – to fundamental shifts in energy technology in the broad, diversified equity and fixed income holdings that can make up the vast majority of a portfolio.”For example, the diversity among utility companies in the MSCI ACWI Index, a global equity index consisting of developed and emerging market countries, means that while more than one-third of the companies by market capitalisation currently derive less than 10% of their generation capacity from renewables, 11% of companies get more than 50% generation capacity from renewables.The report says: “Without deliberately tilting more aggressively towards the companies with large and growing renewable capacity, investors potentially risk being under-exposed to significant growth in future fuel technology.”Another theme highlighted is corporate governance.While a plethora of company scandals have highlighted the more sensational details of directors’ behaviour, the report says institutional investors are making more systematic efforts to assess the effect of two types of factors on company performance – the industry expertise of individual board members, and the diversity of perspectives across the full board.A governance analysis by MSCI ESG Research showed that, within the MSCI ACWI, those financial institutions with boards composed mainly of industry experts generated a larger return on equity (ROE).The analysis also found that ROE for the one-third of MSCI ACWI constituents with no women on the board averaged 13.15, compared with 20.21 for the benchmark.Lee said: “As the availability of analytical tools improves, we anticipate institutional investors will shift beyond targeted scrutiny of corporate ‘blow ups’ and towards systematic integration of these types of factors that are less about meeting best practices and more about capturing material impact.”The report also highlights the increasing interest of large institutional investors in linking investing to positive social impact.So far, they have been hampered by the lack of comparable outcome measures across projects, the small scale of projects and illiquidity.To discover the feasibility of using public equities as an investment route, a sample portfolio of companies was created from the MSCI ACWI.Companies were screened for characteristics including products having an impact (such as a high percentage of loans to small and medium-sized enterprises) and strong innovation capacity for addressing social needs (such as telecommunications companies targeting lower-income groups).The resulting sample of 100 companies demonstrated some promising upside, including increased exposure to markets with social needs, and risk-adjusted returns during the sample period that are comparable with the benchmark.Lee said: “Social impact investing does not necessarily improve returns by itself, but, by opening access to markets that have been underserved, as these markets get bigger, these companies will be in a better position for growth.”She added that the ability to overlay exposure to social impact opportunities across broad, diversified public equity portfolios was expected to attract new investor segments with the potential to shift significant capital towards social needs.Institutional investors are also looking to invest in infrastructure where it is most needed and least politically risky.The key financial characteristics of infrastructure investments – higher income yield, stable quality cash flows and lower market volatility that is less correlated with equities exposure – are gaining appeal in the shift towards alternative investments in the asset allocation process.And the report says the sector represents an even more attractive investment proposition than might first be thought.It said: “While public attention to potential losses has often focused on the threat to poor island nations, of the 20 countries projected to have the largest number of people living in areas at risk of flooding, six are developed markets including Germany, Japan and the US. Others include some of the fastest-growing economies of the past decade, such as Brazil and China.”The report analyses countries in the MSCI ACWI Index, finding that the top five European Union economies (excluding Spain) all face potential vulnerabilities to flood risk that require attention to climate adaptation investments.It concludes: “We anticipate that, as institutional investors increase allocations to this asset class, they will rely on an ESG lens to help target growth opportunities in building climate resilience and to minimise governance-related risks that currently present barriers, especially for non-domestic infrastructure investments.” Meanwhile, a study from the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources has found that one-third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and more than 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050, if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target agreed by policymakers.The study, funded by the UK Energy Research Centre, also identifies the geographic location of existing reserves that should remain unused, setting out the regions that stand to lose most from achieving the 2°C goal.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has blamed the ongoing refugee crisis on interference in the domestic affairs of independent nations.While addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Mugabe said that the harrowing scenes od desperate refugees seeking shelter from instability and war have been caused by destabilizing policies of ‘external forces’.Mugabe went ahead to say that the tragic situation could have been avoided through the respect of independent countries and non-interference in their internal affairs.The 91-year old also denounced what he termed as ‘illegal’ sanctions imposed on his country by the US and the European Union, calling for their immediate and unconditional removal.Mugabe also told the Assembly that Zimbabwe has peace and does not want war. That the country does not want any interference, and does not also want to hear talk of a regime change at all.
Medical specialists wearing protective gear push a stretcher towards an ambulance while relocating a non-transparent bag outside a hospital for patients infected with the coronavirus disease on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia April 20, 2020. REUTERS MOSCOW – Russia recorded 5,642 newcoronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its nationwide tally to52,763, the Russian coronavirus crisis response centre said on Tuesday. The number of coronavirus cases inRussia began rising sharply this month, although it had reported far fewerinfections than many western European countries in the outbreak’s early stages.(Reuters) Fifty-one people with the virus died inthe last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 456, it said.
RelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Nadal withdraws from US Open Rafael Nadal cruised into the US Open fourth round with a business-like 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Chung Hyeon. The three-times champion took control of the match when he broke the South Korean’s serve in the first set to grab a 4-2 lead. Thereafter, he never looked back on the sun-soaked Arthur Ashe Stadium court on Saturday in New York. Next up for Nadal is a last 16 clash with 2014 champion Marin Cilic, who came out on top in his slugfest with John Isner on the Grandstand court. Nadal had been on court for just over two hours prior to his third round match. He had defeated John Millman in straight sets on Tuesday, before getting a walk-over into the third round when Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew. The second seeded Spaniard, who has been hampered by troublesome knees throughout his career, did not wear his usual tape on his legs during the match. “Tape is not working anymore,” he said with a smile during his on-court interview. “I am happy to be playing on hard courts and I am trying to play a little more aggressively.” Nadal will have his work cut out when he meets big-serving Cilic on Monday, who defeated Isner 7-5 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4. He said the key to toppling an opponent like Cilic was holding serve and making the most of his opportunities when receiving. “Chances are not a lot, so you need to be ready to expect a very tough one,” he told reporters. “I need to be focused with my serve, as always. I need to be ready to accept the challenge that brings the competition in days like these ones. “And I hope to be ready to play my highest level, because that’s what I am going to need.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Arthur Ashe CourtChung HyeonRafael Nadal