(Photo: Jeremy Daniel, Joan Marcus, Matthew Murphy, Brigitte Lacombe & Chad Batka) View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.The only thing more fun than obsessing over an endless supply of end-of-the-year-lists? Making your own (trust us)! We want fans to rank the top 10 Broadway productions of 2016, and we can’t wait to see what makes the cut. Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan kicked things off with her top 10. Take a look at all of the musicals and plays 2016 had to offer, and give us your picks!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!
Business leaders in New England are cautiously optimistic about the local and national economies, according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter (NACD New England). Seventy-eight percent of the boardroom directors and other business leaders surveyed believe that the U.S. economy will recover either significantly or slightly within the next 12 to 24 months. Only five percent believe the economy will worsen, and 16 percent expect it to remain the same.NACD New England’s 2009 Leadership Survey on Economic & Corporate Governance Trends surveyed 145 business leaders who serve on corporate or non-profit boards or hold other leadership positions at New England companies regarding the economy, as well as corporate governance issues including risk management, government oversight and boardroom diversity.”NACD members represent some of the region’s most influential business leaders, and they are optimistic about the national economy,” said NACD New England Chapter President William A. Earon. “Even more encouraging, the prevailing sentiment is that New England’s economy is stronger and will recover from the recession faster than the nation’s as a whole. These findings have positive implications for everyone who lives or does business in our region.”Sixty-three percent of the survey respondents believe the New England economy is stronger than the national economy, as opposed to 20 percent who see little difference between the two and 11 percent who feel the national economy is stronger than the economy in the region.The survey respondents also expect New England to recover from the recession before the rest of the country. Forty-two percent believe the New England economy will recover faster than the national economy, while an additional 34 percent expect the two economies to recover at the same pace. Just 15 percent see New England lagging the national economy in recovering from the recession.”These leaders who have a close pulse on business in this region seem confident in the New England economy’s ability to rebound from this recession,” said Ronald Skates, former president and CEO of Data General Corp. and a member of the NACD New England Chapter’s Board of Directors.The survey also produced findings in the areas of risk management, government oversight and boardroom diversity which suggest that New England’s business community is seriously confronting some of today’s most critical issues in corporate governance.Risk Management a Hot-Button TopicSurvey respondents highlighted the importance of risk management, as 52 percent said it is either the top priority or one of the top priorities of their boards. Forty percent said that risk management is important but not a top priority, while only seven percent said risk management is not a priority at all.When directors were asked for their opinions on federal regulation of corporate risk management, their responses were split. Forty- three percent think the U.S. government should regulate risk management, similar to how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regulates accounting. But 41 percent believe government regulation is not necessary. Sixteen percent do not know or are not sure.Risk management was also listed as the leading concern for the audit committees of corporate boards of directors. When asked to list the top two challenges facing audit committees, 48 percent of the respondents cited an inadequate risk management program as the leading challenge.”These results show that Board members are very aware of the importance of managing risk at the Board level,” said Skates. “Though there is not a majority view in this survey that Boards are ready for regulation of risk management, it is good to see that Boards want to make managing risk a priority.”Mixed Support for Government Involvement, RegulationThe survey revealed mixed sentiment regarding how much power government should have in regulating the corporate sector, particularly in light of recent federal bailouts in the automotive and financial services industries.While 59 percent of respondents said they believe the economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy, only 25 percent said they believe that, given the current state of the global economy, the government should intervene in business.That sentiment was different when the questions focused on companies participating in the TARP. Eighty-eight percent of the directors surveyed believe the government should have a say regarding executive compensation at companies that received government bailout money as part of TARP. Of that 88 percent, 52 percent believe the government should have input but not control over executive salaries at companies receiving TARP funds. Thirty-four percent think the government should have both input and control.Diverse Skills Critical for a Successful BoardThe ability to assemble a board that possesses diverse skills is important to New England directors. An overwhelming 84 percent of the survey respondents see a need for boards to increase the focus they place on candidates’ skill sets and experience when selecting board nominees.Thirty-five percent of the survey respondents said that their boards are already comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds. Fifty-two percent said their Boards are somewhat diverse, though most members have skill sets similar to those of their representative industries. Only 12 percent of respondents do not consider their boards to be diverse.About the SurveyThe NACD New England 2009 Leadership Survey on Economic & Corporate Governance trends surveyed 145 local members of public, private and non-profit boards. Each respondent was asked a total of 19 questions about the economy and issues surrounding boardroom leadership.For full survey results and for ready-to-use graphics, please contact Jim Connelly at 617- 861-3654 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).About the National Association of Corporate DirectorsThe National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is a not-for-profit membership organization devoted exclusively to improving director and board effectiveness in fulfilling their obligation to ensure shareholder and stakeholder value. Founded in 1977, NACD conducts educational programs and standard- setting research and provides information and guidance on a variety of board governance issues and practices. NACD’s 10,000 director members comprise both individual directors and entire boards ranging from the Fortune 100 to smaller public, private, and closely held companies. NACD distributes NACD Directorship magazine and provides governance information online at www.nacdonline.org(link is external).Source: NACD. BOSTON – July 6, 2009 –
In the early hours of Monday, July 9th, eight heavy-eyed, and coffee-fueled individuals met at Kite Lake trailhead near Alma, Colorado, and starred up at the three mountains they were going to attempt to summit that day. The three fourteeners, peaks reaching above 14,000 feet above sea level, sat in a pleasing loop. The loop is named the Decalibron Loop, a mash-up of all the peaks (three official fourteeners and one unofficial) you hit along the way– Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross. Over 7.25 miles and 3,700 feet of elevation gain, you can summit all three and walk away feeling like a champion.The group of eight (plus three pups) comprised of team members from both Elevation Outdoors and Big City Mountaineers, were all there as a challenge to raise money for Big City Mountaineers through the Summit for Someone program. BCM provides wilderness experiences for under-resourced youth. It is an awesome non-profit committed to helping tons of kids experience the outdoors and hopefully, learn to love it and take care of it. “At BCM, we work alongside the transformative powers of Mother Nature to leave a lasting impact on the lives of under-resourced youth. Our wilderness expeditions bring kids out of their comfort zones and into the wild, where they develop the confidence needed for more promising futures. Our programs focus on improving the self-esteem, sense of responsibility, group communication and decision-making skills of nearly 1,000 youth annually.”Elevation Outdoors did a custom trip with Summit for Someone, but there are plenty of pre-planned trips where you pair with a group and a guide to summit the mountains you’ve been dreaming of. You raise and donate a certain amount, and they provide the guide and adventure.At 6am in the Colorado summer, mother nature is already in full swing. The sun is up, the birds are singing, and plenty of fellow hikers have already left for their adventures. We stuffed our bags with snacks and started hustling. The fourteener game is 1/4 fitness and 3/4 mind games. For most of the journey, you are looking up at what seems like an impossibly far, high, minuscule goal, which is probably a false summit anyways. The higher you go, the less pressure there is (literally, not figuratively), and the more room oxygen molecules have to spread out. The farther apart the oxygen molecules, the less you are breathing in, and the less that gets to your muscles (and brain). At some point in every 14er hike, you fight headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Of course, this trip was no different! One by one we ticked the 14ers off in a huffing and puffing line up and down, up and down. We chose to summit Mount Bross first (although due to land ownership you can only get within 192 verticle feet of the summit). Kite Lake campground, the beginning of the loop, sits at 12,030 feet and you head up loose scree all the way to 13,980 feet. With a huge climb out of the way, we had the pleasure of meandering over to Mount Lincoln. And finally, across Mount Cameron (an unofficial 14er because a mountain has to gain at least 300 feet of prominence off the ridge to be considered an official 14er, sorry Cameron!), on up the daunting summit of Mount Democrat. Then we tackled the long descent back into the valley with tired knees, achy muscles, and a gratitude for hiking poles. The dogs were energetic the entire way, and our jealousy was palpable. We had a crew of mixed ability and experience, but everyone stuck together and smiled up the climbs. Elevation Outdoor’s newest intern, Sophia, had only been in Colorado for three weeks (coming from sea level Florida) and had never climbed a 14er. She chugged along with the rest of us and showed incredible lungs on the climbs. Megan, from Big City Mountaineers, and her husband Andrew, led the pack with confidence. Conor, our Elevation Outdoors rock in the office, supplied Dad Jokes the entire way up, something I was extremely thankful for.Ben: Which one is Mount Lincoln?Conor: Look for the one with the mutton chops.If you also enjoyed Conor’s Dad Joke, our fundraising page is still up and accepting donations. Although we completed our climb already, any and all donations will still go to BCM to support getting kids outside. Below are our three summit group pictures. We did it! Three 14ers down, and so many more adventure to go. Find us next in Salida, where we are helping reshape Double Rainbow Trail, a mountain biking trail near town on Saturday, July 14th, 2018. For more info click here!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click hereto enter for a chance to win
Panama and the United States work to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against drugs and organized crime. SOUTHCOM supports SENAN with maintenance and repair projects for air and naval assets. SOUTHCOM also trains, advises on planning and procedures, contributes to the implementation of exercises for the security and defense of the Panama Canal, and supports professional exchanges to strengthen relationships among regional agencies. Beyond borders The boats are 37 feet long and with a fiberglass hull. They are equipped with radios, radars, gun mounts, restrooms, and cabins to rest. They were assigned to the naval fleet that comprises the Maritime Interdiction Network (RIM, per its Spanish acronym) on the Pacific coast, to strengthen the tactical response capacity of the Special Boat Unit. The donation includes thermal binoculars and wireless broadband radios, as well as tractors for towing. Joint combined capacities “The aid from the United States government represents a mitigating factor to prevent drugs from transiting or entering the maritime jurisdiction of Panama or that of other countries in the region,” Commissioner Pino said. “This would cause structures dedicated to illicit trafficking to change their routes on open waters, prevent the entry of illicit drugs, and decrease the violence and negative impacts to society.” “SOUTHCOM is considered a key ally for joint combined efforts in operational capacities, and for the help it provides in support of assets, operational collaboration, and intelligence to combat the threat of drug trafficking,” Commissioner Pino said. “Southern Command is a strategic partner whose values we share for more than 100 years. We work together for the well-being of our nations, the region, and the world,” Vice Minister of Public Security Jonattan Del Rosario said. “A comparative evaluation of criminal drug trafficking behavior between 2014 and 2015 indicates an increase in counternarcotics operations with positive results,” Commissioner Pino said. “In 2015, authorities seized more than 15 metric tons of drugs in 44 operations.” “The donation of naval and communications equipment will increase our operational capacity for real-time joint and combined missions,” Commander Belsio González, general director of SENAN, told Diálogo. “Having assets with interdiction capacities will provide greater effectiveness and response to narcotrafficking alerts.” According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Central America has become a drug corridor due to its geographical location between the principal cocaine producers to the south and the principal cocaine consumers to the north. The main routes drug traffickers use go through Panama and the Pacific Ocean. In its 2016 annual report, the International Narcotics Control Board highlights Panamanian actions to prevent and suppress illicit drug trafficking. SENAN developed strategies to neutralize security threats and strengthen RIM’s capacities. It enhanced its air and naval fleet with greater capacities and autonomy, and improved its positioning through the establishment of air naval bases in strategic locations. SENAN also strengthened the bonds of collaboration with local intelligence agencies and those of partner nations to standardize information. In 2017, SENAN units played a pivotal role in seizing more than 22 metric tons of illicit substances in 66 strategic operations. “SENAN’s security strategy, created in coordination with other security institutions of the Public Forces of Panama, showed joint combined capacities to conduct different operations,” Commander González explained. “By understanding our capacities and limitations, the lessons we learned gave us the experience to conduct law enforcement operations, control, and interdiction of illicit maritime trafficking along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.” By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 07, 2017 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) donated tactical equipment valued at $1.8 million to the National Air and Naval Service of Panama (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym). On August 30th, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation in Panama delivered two Boston Whaler boats to SENAN at the Second Lieutenant Rigoberto Castillo Shipyard, on Perico island. The vessels will begin surveillance work before 2017 ends. “They will exceed the propulsion and speed capabilities of the go-fast [boats] used to transport illicit drugs,” said Commissioner Juan Pino Forero, director of SENAN’s National Intelligence Directorate. The new vessels join the eight speedboats used for maritime interdiction that Panama acquired starting in 2014, as part of its Multi-year Equipment Plan to expand its naval fleet. In February 2002, through the Salas-Becker Treaty, the governments of Panama and the United States formalized their agreement to jointly patrol Panamanian waters and fly over its airspace to monitor and intercept suspicious aircraft and ships. “The treaty helped prevent the transit of drugs from Panamanian waters to countries in Central America, Mexico, and the United States,” Commissioner Pino said. Under the administration of President Juan Carlos Varela, countries in the region signed more than 20 agreements in the area of security, according to a press release from the Ministry of Public Security. “Security is about the level of cooperation and trust among government leaders, the security sector, and international bodies to devise plans that go beyond our borders,” said Minister of Public Security Alexis Bethancourt.
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate is expected to vote today on a revised, House-passed defense authorization bill that provides for a NAFCU-sought study on the reliability of the Defense Manpower Data Center database and annual meetings with stakeholders, including credit unions.The House is on recess for Veterans Day this week; it considered the revised bill last week after an earlier version was vetoed by the president. The new bill was approved on a vote of 370-58.The bill contains a provision that NAFCU worked on with Reps. Denny Heck, D-Wash, and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, regarding the DMDC database. The bill will require the Defense Department to submit a report to Congress on the reliability of the database within 60 days of the bill being signed into law. The Defense Department would also be required to report on the accuracy and reliability of the database every six months through Dec. 31, 2020.In addition, the DMDC would be required to have regular meetings with financial industry stakeholders about the database. continue reading »
Seminars Penrith Home Show istock.FOR some, buying a house or unit that does not yet exist can be intimidating. As consumers we are conditioned to inspect goods before we buy so we know exactly what we’re getting.But buying property off-the-plan in Townsville can potentially be a sound strategy to maximise your personal wealth.A golden rule in real estate is that it is a long-term investment and not speculative. As a guide, plan to hold your property for at least a decade to give yourself the best chance for good capital growth. Benefits to buying off-the-plan can include lower prices than established properties (although, not always, so be sure to research the market), some customisation of floor plans and finishes could be available, only paying 10 per cent deposit until after the project is complete.In certain circumstances investors can access tax depreciation benefits post-settlement which means you can maximise benefits and improve after-tax cash flow. And, of course, don’t forget that the Queensland Government is offering a first-home buyer grant of $15,000 if you buy off-the- plan or build as well as stamp duty savings on properties up to $500,000. However, while there are many potential benefits, off-the-plan purchases also come with risks. If you are considering an off-the-plan purchase here are some tips that will help you make a more informed decision. ■ Research the market: The REIQ publishes a quarterly report that gives you the median price movements of established houses and apartments in most Queensland markets, comparing prices over the quarter, over the past 12 months and over the past five years. This gives you an indication of what demand levels are like and how quickly property is selling. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020If you’re an investor you may also want to look at vacancy rates because this data can help paint a picture about the rental market. Townsville’s vacancy rate is 5 per cent. ■ Sunset clauses: A sunset clause outlines the maximum amount of time the developer has to complete the project. This clause puts conditions and limits on the contract and it potentially could let you, the builder, or the developer cancel the contract in certain circumstances. Make sure you seek independent legal advice and understand what your contract says about when the sunset clause can be activated, why it can be activated and what happens when it is activated. ■ Background check: What other projects has your developer done? Have there been any failures? Check the builder’s references and work history, including any licence details, builders’ warranty, insurance and compliance certificates. Who is the financier of the project and what is their project history? ■ Check first: In certain markets there is some settlement risk. The property’s value may fall between the time you paid your deposit and the time it comes to settle and this may impact on the lender’s decision to approve the loan. It pays to check with your institution what conditions they’re offering on an off-the-plan loan and what happens if the bank deems the value to have fallen. ■ Rental guarantee: There’s no such thing as a free lunch and any developer who offers a rental guarantee has built this into the price. Do your homework and find out what the median rents are for similar style apartments in that suburb (our QMM report offers this information). Will you still be able to manage mortgage repayments when your rental income reverts to these more realistic levels?There are many opportunities in Townsville to grab an off-the-plan bargain, but like any major purchase, it’s important to do your homework first. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed consider retaining a buyer’s agent who will guide you through the process and be your advocate.
Sydney Morning Herald 13 January 2016Feelings of isolation enhanced by our increasingly technology-obsessed lives have contributed to a record-breaking year for crisis support service Lifeline, which received more than one million requests for help from troubled Australians in 2015.It is the first time in the charity’s 52-year history that the number of crisis and suicide prevention calls passed the one million mark in a year, while September to December was the busiest four-month period ever for the service’s 24-hour crisis phone line.Lifeline Australia chief executive officer Pete Shmigel said it was no coincidence that more Australians were seeking help at a time when they were also spending more time online, particularly on social media.“We’ve seen the restructuring of the conventional way of our society. We don’t know the neighbours on our own streets … and at the same time you’re getting this amazing phenomenon called social media, which I believe has the capacity to accelerate those senses of loneliness and isolation,” Mr Shmigel said.“The more connected we are online, physically we don’t have time to be connected in real life, and that goes against the grain of hundreds of thousands of years of human experience.“We’ve been in families and we’ve been in communities because we need direct, real, human, sticky, gooey, social contact. It’s what keeps us well.”http://www.smh.com.au/national/facebook-twitter-drive-record-number-of-calls-to-lifeline-crisis-support-20160112-gm4p6n.html Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Versailles, Ind. — Members of the Southeast Indiana Mountain Bike Association, Inc. have announced improvements to the 22 miles of biking trails in the Versailles State Park. Park officials commend the hard work by members to make the trails some of the best in the state of Indiana.In preparation for increased usage SIMBA has purchased a Rokon, a motorized two-wheel drive motorcycle to respond to emergencies. The group used matching funds from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation to make the purchase.The unique piece of equipment has a litter used to transport an injured person and can access any trails in the park, including horse and hiking trails. Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth and Sgt. Corky Houseworth are members of the group and received authorization from county commissioners to purchase the litter with commissary funds.President of the association, Tim Webber says the trails will be highlighted this fall during the 4th Annual Hassmer Fest. Hassmer Fest is a regional event that draws many people to enjoy the park and trails.For more information about the mountain bike association you can contact: SIMBA PO Box 321, Aurora, IN 47001 or follow on Facebook @ Versailles State Park Mountain Bikers
Plans have been in place since last year when the Premier League met with the two currently-licensed GLT companies, Hawk-eye and GoalRef, to install the system at top-flight matches. That could be as early as next season after successful tests at last December’s Club World Cup in Japan. While the Premier League is unwilling to set down an exact date for the system’s first use – a tendering process between the GLT companies is still to begin – there is a desire to have it ready by August. One of the delaying factors in introducing a new system could be over the decision of which company to employ. While both Hawk-Eye, a British-based company, and Goal-Ref were used at the Club World Cup their co-existence was in order to test each against the other. It is understood the Premier League would look to agree a deal with only one of the companies. FIFA granted licenses to both last year, which prompted the Premier League to begin talks, but it is reported up to two new companies could be given the green light by April. That could yet muddy the waters further of a Premier League decision. In Tuesday’s statement FIFA welcomed tenders from “the GLT providers currently in the licensing process” as it determines who will host the technology at the Confederations Cup and World Cup. The Premier League remains hopeful of implementing goal-line technology in time for the start of next season. FIFA’s announcement on Tuesday that it will introduce the technology for the first time at this year’s Confederations Cup will have little bearing on the Premier League’s schedule for its use in this country. “The Premier League has been a long-term advocate for goal-line technology,” a statement from the Premier League read. “We have held discussions with FIFA licensed providers with a view to introducing it as soon as is practically possible.” Press Association
Republic manager Martin O’Neill has included Derby defender Cyrus Christie and Ipswich striker David McGoldrick after their eligibility documentation was finalised last week. The pair both qualify through having Irish grandparents. O’Neill had initially named a provisional 35-strong squad last month but injuries have had an effect with some players having to withdraw. “Marc Wilson misses out due to a torn hamstring during Stoke’s win over Tottenham yesterday,” said a statement on the Football Association of Ireland’s website. Press Association Everton midfielder James McCarthy will travel to Dublin to have his fitness assessed by the Republic of Ireland’s medical team ahead of matches against Scotland and the United States. McCarthy, who turns 24 on Wednesday, played the full 90 minutes of his side’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday but came off the pitch complaining of a hamstring injury. He will undergo assessment on the problem when he joins up on Monday evening with the rest of a 27-man squad which has been selected for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on Friday and a friendly against the United States next week.