View Comments This year, we asked Justin “Squigs” Robertson, who you already know from his Broadway Ink drawings of Broadway’s biggest shows and stars, to create a one-of-a-kind holiday card. And he brought along some of his famous friends–namely Tevye the Milkman, Evan Hansen, the Phantom, Gloria Estefan, Alexander Hamilton, Dewey Finn, the Genie and a litterbox of kitties–along for the ride. Watch Squigs at work in this special video feature below. Happy holidays from everyone at Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office! Illustration from Justin “Squigs” Robertson About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FaintDon’t call it a comeback. With a reinvented creative process, The Faint has injected passion and fun back into their punk rock-esque artistry. Their newest album, Doom Abuse, is raw and unpolished in a good way. Meant to be conceived holistically rather than track-by-track, it seeks to implore exploration and curiosity within accidental recurring themes, unveiling a rare and genuine insight into the subconscious minds behind the music. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. Boweryballroom.com. $25. 8 p.m. May 19Barbara WilliamsSigning and speaking on behalf of her new instructional hockey book, Positive Power. Williams is a Suffolk County Long Island Sports Hall of Fame inductee and also the first female skating coach in the National Hockey League. Ideal for young hockey players ages 7-14 aiming to get an edge over their competition by learning from the best. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com. Free Admission. 7 p.m. May 20Conor OberstBetter known as the thought provoking lyricist and singer with the voice sweet as a bowl of oranges for Bright Eyes, Oberst remains equally if not more sentimentally driven as a solo act. Album release celebration event for his latest venture, Upside Down Mountain. Strummin’ pain and bliss and everything in between with his fingers. Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn. Roughtrade.com. $20 at the door. 7 p.m. May 20Emily GiffinFrom The New York Times best-selling author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes another beautifully written tale, The One and Only—a story of love and trust told through the eyes of a tragically relatable heroine. When the safety net of routine is ripped from beneath Shea Rigsby, will she land gracefully or get tied up? Emily Giffin will be speaking and signing copies. Book Revue 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com. Free Admission. 7 p.m. May 21Blackmore’s NightRenaissance inspired folk melodies as authentic as they are joyous. Party like it’s 1599 with a modern twist with Blackmore’s Night. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com. $48.50-$76. 8 p.m. May 22Manchester OrchestraIn support of their third record, Simple Math. Andy Hull and the rest of Manchester Orchestra are back with vengeance, spilling their guts lyrically and compositionally to take listeners on a guided journey through all of the most human pangs and prides. With Balance and Composure and Kevine Devine and the Goddamn Band. Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. Terminal5nyc.com. $22.50 advance/ $27 day of show. 7 p.m. May 22Rusted Root/The WailersNotorious happy-makers Rusted Root and The Wailers double-headline this love and good vibes fest, sure to send fans home smiling and exasperated, but forever thirsty for more. Rusted Root has laid countless tracks for feature films including Matilda and Ice Age as well as having performed beside powerhouses Carlos Santana and Dave Matthews Band. The Wailers continue their New York run lead by founding member Aston “Family Man” on the bass. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com. $31-$60. 8 p.m. May 23Jim JefferiesAustralia’s quickly rising shining star, stand-up comedian and television actor Jim Jefferies takes the stage offering up a taste of everyone’s favorite medicine: laughter. Writer and star of FX series, Legit, Jefferies knows what it is to couple content with performance in such a way that anyone with a pulse can get a kick out of. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Thespaceatwestbury.com. $48. 7 p.m. May 23Chelsea Handler at the 2012 Time 100 Gala. (Photo credit: David Shankbone/WikiMedia Commons)Chelsea HandlerBoisterous but lovable host of Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler turns up to sign copies of her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. Nobody gets into trouble more hilariously (or frequently) than Ms. Handler, so one can expect silver-lined misadventures galore between the covers of a memoir dedicated to her worldly travels. Her book signing is followed by a stand-up performance at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com. Free Admission. 2 p.m. May 23Men are from Mars Women are from Venus- LIVEActor Peter Story stars in this theatrical, comedic rendition of the best-selling book of the decade, Men are from Mars Women are from Venus by John Gray. For adults only. This witty, helplessly significant collection of scenarios is brought to life on stage in what Story calls “a delicious evening of entertainment.” The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Thespaceatwestbury.com. $52.65. 8 p.m. May 24
When a member goes to check their account balance through a mobile banking app, they don’t think about the types of integrations that were put in place by their credit union in order to allow their transactions to happen. Although your credit union understands how the core is integrated with mobile apps, that’s not something the member is thinking about. The member expects their account information to be there, and the app to work as expected. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the credit union to anticipate members’ needs and provide the supporting technological solutions they demand. However, your credit union can’t provide a solution if you aren’t aware of the new technologies available to you. Technology is changing every day, and staying up-to-date on the latest features will give you a competitive edge and allow your credit union to provide a better range of member services. Here are 3 simple ways to stay on the cusp of trending credit union technology:Marketing Communications Opt-in to your technology provider’s marketing emails, and actually read them. Not every email will be a goldmine of information, but keeping your eyes on what’s new will help your credit union stay knowledgeable. Your core system provider is likely offering services you didn’t know were available to you and your members, and you won’t discover them if you aren’t looking at what’s out there.Webinars Tech partners frequently offer webinars and they’re a low-risk form of continued education for your credit union. In a 30 minute to one-hour session, tech partners might discuss new and emerging technologies or ways to better use your existing system. Using your core technology to its fullest potential will make your operations more efficient and effective for both you and your members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA announced Tuesday that the Awareness initiative’s Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® campaign will launch in three new states within the next month. Currently running in Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan, the campaign is set to expand to North Dakota, South Dakota and Indiana.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle made the announcement during his presentation at America’s Credit Union Conference (ACUC) taking place in Orlando, Fl. at Walt Disney World®.“I’m thrilled to announce that Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® is expanding to more states in July. The campaign has been extremely successful to date and is performing beyond our expectations,” said Nussle. “Thank you to the hundreds of credit unions that have made contributions to this initiative and to the Credit Union Association of The Dakotas and Indiana Credit Union League. I’m confident that nearly doubling our state presence across the country will continue to spur more positive momentum.” continue reading »
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Jan 31, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – School-based vaccination could be a cost-effective option for preventing influenza in school-age children and their families, according to a recent multistate trial.The study, published Jan 23 in an early online edition of Health Affairs, used a population of more than 15,000 school children ages 5 to 18 from a previous study that showed the intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine, FluMist, reduced flu-like illnesses in the households of children who were vaccinated. That study was conducted during the 2004-05 influenza season and was supported by MedImmune, the maker of FluMist.The current study was designed to gauge whether school-based immunizations are cost-effective, according to the authors, led by Jordana Schmier, a managing scientist at Exponent, a research group based in Menlo Park, Calif. The trial grouped 28 elementary schools from four states into 11 demographically similar clusters, each of which included one intervention school that offered the vaccine plus one or two schools that served as controls. The vaccine was offered free of charge at school to all healthy children aged 5 or older during the fall of 2004.Investigators did a cost-benefit analysis of the previous trial, which was published in a December 2006 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Phone surveys during the peak week of the flu season revealed that 17% of households of students in the intervention schools reported a child with flulike illness, compared with 26% of households in the control schools. In the same week, 8% of households in the intervention group reported an adult with a flu-like illnesses, compared with 13% in control-group households.The authors of the new study used “event rate” data from the earlier study—such as rates of medical visits, prescription drug purchases, and missed work days—to estimate the per-household costs of vaccination and costs related to flu cases. In intervention schools, where almost half of the students were vaccinated, peak-week vaccination costs were estimated at $41.66, compared to $5.58 in control schools, where about 2% of students reported vaccination outside school.However, the researchers reported that the expense of the vaccine program was exceeded by the direct and indirect flu-related costs. During the peak influenza week, intervention households used $57.63 in healthcare resources to treat influenza infections, compared with $75.50 used by control households. For indirect costs such as care-giving and absences from school and work, intervention households spent $64.48 during the peak week of flu season, while control households spent $81.97.The difference in costs during the peak flu season was small—only 71 cents—the researchers reported. However, they said the difference would be magnified over the entire flu season, during which intervention households would incur an estimated total cost of $759.92, versus $931.88 for the control group—a difference of $171.96.”The major cost disadvantage for intervention schools is the costs of the vaccine themselves,” said Schmier in a Jan 23 Health Affairs press release. “But by peak week, most students who are going to be immunized have already received their vaccines, leaving intervention schools to reap savings from their higher vaccination rate for the rest of the flu season.”Previous studies on the cost-effectiveness of school-based immunizations have shown mixed results, the authors reported. However, none of them were designed to gather data about household protection due to vaccination of school-age children.The authors wrote that their study supports two key points about vaccinating school-age children: “First, that its effectiveness extends to the household, and second, that a high-efficiency immunization program that requires minimal time from parents provides economic benefit.”Amanda Honeycutt, PhD, a health economist at RTI International, a research institute based in Triangle Park, N.C., has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on projects to improve immunization rates. She told CIDRAP News that the researchers established that if a school-based program immunizes a high percentage of students, the results could yield cost savings. (The immunization rate in the intervention schools was 47%.)In a school-based immunization program, administration costs are lower and the cost of the vaccine is probably lower than in a physician’s office, Honeycutt said. “A nurse can give this vaccine to 15 children an hour, and this does appear to be cost saving,” she said, adding that in economic terms, “cost saving” is a high bar to pass.The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet in February to update its flu immunization recommendations. In a February 2006 press release, the CDC said it would continue to review vaccination strategies to improve flu prevention and control, including the possibility of expanding routine vaccination recommendations to the entire US population.Among other strategies for boosting flu immunization rates in children, New Jersey in December became the first state to require flu shots for preschool children, according to a Dec 14 Associated Press report. The rule takes effect on Sep 1 and also covers three other vaccines for children, including the pneumococcal vaccine for preschoolers and the meningitis vaccine and whooping cough booster for 6th graders.Some parent groups opposed the new regulations because of concerns about vaccine safety and the role of the government in making medical decisions, the AP report said. The New Jersey laws grant religious and medical exemptions.Schmier J, Li S, King JC, et al. Benefits and costs of immunizing children against influenza at school: an economic analysis based on a large-cluster controlled clinical trial. Health Affairs 2008;27(2)(early online publication) [Abstract]See also:King JC, Stoddard JJ, Gaglani MJ, et al. Effectiveness of school-based influenza vaccination. N Engl J Med 2006;355(24):2523-32 [Full text]Health Affairs Jan 23 press releaseFeb 23, 2006, CDC press releaseDec 14, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Studies support flu vaccination in children, adults”
“The urban area of Pula is rich in cultural heritage, the development of which represents a huge social and economic potential. Precisely for this reason, the valorization and revitalization of heritage in the area, as well as the putting into operation of tourism, are of absolute importance when it comes to the ITU mechanism. Thanks to the implementation of sustainable urban development activities using EU funds, endangered and underutilized heritage that represents a valuable historical heritage will be restored and will be connected in a sustainable way with tourism, creating new innovative services and products. ” pointed out the head of the Pula City Office Aleksandar Matić, adding that only projects defined by the Pula Urban Development Strategy will be able to apply for this call within the ITU mechanism, which is recognized as a tool for implementing territorial strategies in an integrated manner. As they point out from the city of Pula, all the mentioned projects are of strategic importance for the urban area and will be fully implemented in the area of local self-government units of the Urban area of Pula, where the investment potential will be most pronounced. Under this call, non-refundable European funds, up to 85 percent of co-financing, will be awarded to projects that include content and thematically related investments necessary for the development of a particular area, which contribute to its socio-economic development through valorization of cultural heritage, making it a recognizable tourist destination . “Pula, which has an increasing number of visitors from year to year, thanks to the simultaneous investment in cultural heritage and the tourism sector will further strengthen its position on the tourist map of the world”, Said Matic, adding that having in mind the potential impact of investing in cultural heritage on urban development, that in addition to sustainable management of renewed resources, the goal is to improve the service through education of tourism workers and increase the number of employees, especially young people in tourism. The Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds within the mechanism of integrated territorial investments has published a Call for project proposals “Revitalization of cultural heritage in the urban area of Pula. Eligible applicants from the urban area who will restore the cultural heritage of local importance in this area are the City of Pula with the project of strengthening the Pula fortification system, the Archaeological Museum of Istria with the project of conservation and reconstruction of the Small Roman Theater in Pula, then the City of Vodnjan reconstruction of the old oil mill complex into the multimedia center MMC Torcio and the Municipality of Svetvinčenat, which will implement an integrated project for the preservation of Svetvinčenat’s cultural heritage. The call for project proposals for the revitalization of cultural heritage in the urban area of Pula is open from January 25 to March 25, 2019. This is a call in the amount of almost HRK 22.5 million announced within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020” for the specific objective 6c1 “Increasing employment and tourism expenditures through the improvement of cultural heritage”, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
”The EU can change this by agreeing a strong 2030 climate framework, which restores investor confidence and kick-starts investment.”She added: “In September, world leaders are due to attend a climate summit convened by UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon. By then, it will be clear which countries are forging an ambitious climate agenda and which countries are holding back progress.“European leaders have an opportunity to attend the summit from a position of real leadership by putting decisive policy in place that sets the benchmark for international action.”In related news, Sean Kidney, chief executive and co-founder of the Climate Bonds Initiative, who attended the UN Climate Conference, called it a damp squib.Kidney said the Australian and Canadian government representatives were trying to torpedo things left, right and centre, while Japan bowed its head and said ’without nuclear’. However, as its renewables are not scaling up as quickly as the country hoped, it has to rely on gas – meaning its emissions targets are “wrecked”, he said.He agreed with US economist Jeffrey Sachs, who said 20 years had been wasted on on negotiations, and that emissions are rising faster than ever.He said a global carbon scheme remained a ”great theory in search of practical application – it may still be the long game, but it is not the short game we now need”.More can be read here.Elsewhere, UK asset manager Threadneedle has launched its UK Social Bond Fund in partnership with Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue.The fund aims to achieve both an investment return and a positive social outcome by investing in fixed income securities of organisations that support socially beneficial activities and economic development.It will invest in companies, associations, charities and trusts in ’social intensity’ areas, including affordable housing and property, community services, employment and training, financial inclusion, health and social care, transport and communications and utilities and the environment.Targeting an annual gross return in line with that of a UK corporate bond index, it will launch with £10m (€12m) of seed investment from Big Society Capital and £5m from Threadneedle.It will be available to institutional and retail investors from January 2014.In other news, the latest CDP forest annual report revealed that the business community remains largely unaware of the deforestation risks in its own supply chains, threatening shareholder value.Companies told CDP’s forest programme that they faced three key challenges, namely a lack of traceability in global commodity supply chains, challenges with certification and regulatory uncertainty.While businesses such as Marks and Spencer, Unilever, Nestlé and British Airways that have engaged with the programme for five years continue to improve their scores, few companies recognise supply and price volatility as a risk, customers assert no risk to their business from climate change, and only one company recognises fraud as a problem. However, across all companies, there is an average improvement of 27% this year, suggesting progress in managing deforestation risks.‘The commodity crunch: value at risk from deforestation’ report asked companies to disclose their exposure to deforestation risks through their use of five agricultural commodities responsible for most deforestation – palm oil, soy, biofuels, timber and cattle products.According to the CDP, deforestation accounts for approximately 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of the entire transport sector.And lastly, the Turkish Stock Exchange, the Borsa Istanbul, has chosen global responsible investment research provider EIRIS as its partner to develop the BIST Sustainability Index, which will be launched in early 2014.Borsa Istanbul-listed companies will be assessed against a set of environmental, social and governance indicators, and those companies that perform better than the required criteria will be included in the new index. Investors worth €7.5trn have responded to the conclusion of the UN climate change talks in Warsaw by urging the EU to lead by example ahead of a global deal in 2015 and implement strong climate policies that drive low-carbon investment.Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), which represents more than 85 of Europe’s largest investors, said: “The agreement on a timetable leading to Paris in 2015 is an important step, but the actions needed to back this up must start now.“Mobilising climate finance will be central to a global deal in two years’ time, and the only way this can be achieved is if public bodies and private investors work together.“This means putting policy frameworks in place, which are truly long term, enshrined in legislation and provide meaningful support for investors who want to back low-carbon energy. Lord Stern said this week that, wherever you look, government-induced policy risk is the biggest deterrent to low-carbon investment.
Veritas, the €2.7bn Finnish pensions insurer, made a 5.8% total return on investments in 2015, down from 6.4% the year before, according to preliminary results.At the end of October, the Finnish pension fund said it made a 2.4% total return on investments in the first nine months of the year, so returns appear to have accelerated in the last quarter of 2015. The pensions firm said market volatility intensified at the end of last year in liquid risk assets such as equities and corporate bonds.Niina Bergring, investment director, said: “Diversification became increasingly important, and its importance will increase further.” Bergring said real estate investments, which had traditionally performed well for the pension provider, produced good returns over the course of last year.“The Finnish real estate market really woke up in the last year, and there were a lot of transactions,” she said.The global economic cycle is approaching a mature phase and the market outlook characterised by uncertainty, she said.Bergring said the Chinese economy was continuing to cause concern, and that Veritas had taken a cautious position regarding this country.This stance has been advantageous, she said.“In 2016, we are striving for a steady return with a moderate risk profile,” she said.According to the preliminary annual figures, Veritas’s solvency capital stood at around 28%, with the solvency ratio at 2.2%For 2014, Veritas reported its solvency capital at 29.1% of technical provisions, and the ratio as 2.2%.
Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), on behalf of the OPIN project, will present the potential of marine energy during Europort 2019.Taking place in the world port city of Rotterdam from 5 – 8 November, Europort is setting up a series of high-profile masterclasses targeting a specific maritime sector.During this Europort Masterclass (November 6), frontrunners in the field of offshore renewables will present their newest solutions and share their vision on the future of offshore energy. What are the business opportunities for companies operating in the traditional oil and gas market today? And what technical innovations will reduce costs and increase efficiency? During the network lunch you will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers and other attendees.The Europort Masterclasses are jointly organized by Rotterdam Ahoy and Netherlands Maritime Technology.DMEC Director, Britta Schaffmeister, will present on the topic ‘The future of generating energy offshore‘.Those interested in joining this workshop can send an e-mail expressing your interest to Astrid Groot from the Dutch Marine Energy Centre firstname.lastname@example.org.Free attendance will be on a first come first serve basis for 15 OPIN members.