Colin Stinton & More Announced for London’s The Pajama Game

first_img Stinton’s stage credits include Rain Man, Mother Courage and Her Children, Death Of A Salesman and Guys and Dolls. His screen credits include Foyleʼs War, Dr Who, Trail of Tony Blair, Spooks, Captain America-The First Avenger, The Bourne Ultimatum and Closer. Polycarpou’s stage credits include The Magistrate, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. His screen credits include Birds of a Feather, Evita and Oklahoma!. Wilmot’s West End credits include Me and My Girl, Copacabana, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Oliver!. TV credits include Cue Gary and Showstoppers. Featuring a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross with a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, The Pajama Game is set in 1950s America. Love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin (Xavier) falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams (Riding). Sparks fly when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents raise, leaving Sid and Babe deliciously at odds as the temperature rises…Will love, eventually, conquer all? View Commentscenter_img Colin Stinton, Peter Polycarpou and Gary Wilmot are set to star in the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Pajama Game, joining the previously announced Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier. Stinton and Polycarpou will reprise their roles as Hasler and Vernon Hines, with Wilmot taking over the latter role from June 2. Directed by Sir Richard Eyre, performances are set to begin May 1. The show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through September 13 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.last_img read more

Vegetable field day

first_imgVariety trials and pollenizer and fruit blotch studies on watermelons.Variety development and a storage study on pumpkins and a seed increase on the new “Orange Bulldog” pumpkin variety.Variety trials on tomatoes and cantaloupes.A shade study on peppers and tomatoes. University of GeorgiaMelons, pumpkins, peppers and tomatoes will take the spotlight in a twilight summer field day June 21 at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center.The field day will start with supper at 6 p.m. at the research center on Georgia highways 178 and 47 near Reidsville, Ga. Visits to the field plots will follow.The research under way at the center include: Immediately after the field day, the organic Vidalia onion working group will have a short meeting. The discussion will focus on plans for a fall field day and an overview of this year’s organic onion crop.To learn more about the field day and directions to the research center, call horticulturist George Boyhan at (912) 682-3481 or superintendent Randy Hill at (912) 565-7822.last_img read more

Stormwater seminar series July 20, Aug19

first_imgSTORMWATER SEMINAR SERIES SPARKS STATE-WIDE INTERESTLake Champlain Chamber, GBIC arrange expert panel to discuss issueBURLINGTON – Following the passage of landmark stormwater legislationduringthe 2004 Legislative Session (Act 140), the Lake Champlain RegionalChamberof Commerce and GBIC will host a two-part stormwater seminar series tohelpeducate the community on this extensive issue.”We thought it was appropriate to provide continuing education on thiscomplex and sometimes intimidating issue,” said Frank Cioffi, GBICPresident. Added Chamber President A. Wayne Roberts, “This is a crucialissue for businesses. People need to understand how the new legislationaffects them as they plan for future economic endeavors.”The first part of the series, which will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. onTuesday, July 20 at the organizations’ offices at 60 Main Street inBurlington, will focus on how stormwater regulation has evolved and whatthelatest legislative changes mean for the regulated community. The secondinstallment takes place at the Wyndham Burlington Hotel on Thursday,August19, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Both seminars will feature Commissioner JeffreyWennberg of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, JeffNelson of Pioneer Environmental, Daniel Smith of Downs Rachlin Martin, andBill Bartlett of Bartlett Associates. Approximately 40 differentbusinesses, municipal representatives, engineers, and state agencies havealready signed-up for the July event.Both events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration isrequired.To register or for more information, contact Mary Sprayregen at 863-3489ext. 206 or sends e-mail).The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profitorganizationthat seeks to promote and support the healthy environment and quality oflife that makes the Lake Champlain Region of Vermont the ideal place tolive, work, and do business.last_img read more

Somerset, last coal plant in New York State, is closed

first_imgSomerset, last coal plant in New York State, is closed FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Buffalo News:New York State’s coal-burning era will end Tuesday, when Somerset Operating Co. officially retires its power plant on the shore of Lake Ontario in Niagara County. It means the share of the state’s power generation coming from coal will fall to zero.The 675-megawatt plant, opened by New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) in 1983, last generated electricity on March 13, when it burned off the last of its coal. The process ended at 12:02 a.m. March 14.The plant sat idle more than it ran in recent years. It has been at least five years since the plant operated without interruption for as long as a month, [plant manager Brian] Gregson said.The business hasn’t been healthy for years. In December 2011, AES Eastern Energy, which had bought the plant from NYSEG in May 1999, went bankrupt because it was unable to pay bondholders. The creditors formed Upstate New York Power Producers and took over the plant. Beowulf Energy of New York formed Somerset Operating Co. and bought the plant in 2016.Plans are in the works for a town park on part of the 1,800-acre Lake Road parcel. A long-term plan, agreed to by NYSEG when it acquired the land in the late 1970s, envisioned a park in the northeast corner of the site.Meanwhile, Beowulf Energy is seeking state assistance to erect data centers in Somerset and at another mothballed coal-burning plant in Tompkins County. Last July, the New York Power Authority agreed to sell 10 megawatts of electricity to what Beowulf calls the Empire State Data Hub. At the time, the company said it would need more electricity.[Thomas Prohaska]More: New York’s last coal-burning power plant closes on Lake Ontario shorelast_img read more

Big data analytics for keeping at-risk members

first_img 145SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nagendra Sastry Nagendra Sastry is head of analytics for IQR Consulting, a provider of data analytics solutions to retail and financial services firms.He can be reached at Web: Details Fortunately for many credit unions, new memberships are at an all-time high. At the same time, member attrition continues to be an issue.There are a number of ways to prevent credit union members from leaving the cooperative for another financial institution. One of the most time-tested approaches is to learn from the members who are leaving today or have left recently. With Big Data analytics growing in both sophistication and accessibility, this is getting easier for credit unions of all sizes.Investing in the analysis of departing members gives credit union leaders the opportunity to proactively identify and engage other at-risk members. The intelligence can not only be used to optimize marketing and other engagement plans; it can also inform the credit union’s overall SWOT analysis and strategic plan.Recently, a mid-sized credit union in Santa Rosa, California, embarked on a plan to learn more about the behavior and attributes of departing members. The initial step was to determine characteristics of departing members so as to identify other members most likely to part ways with the credit union over the next four to six months. From there, strategies to retain those individuals would be developed.Credit union leaders hypothesized the number of years a member had been with the credit union would be a telling characteristic for the likelihood of attrition. The thinking was that the longer a consumer had been a member, the more accounts or products he or she was likely to own. Therefore, the “pain” of transitioning these accounts or products to a new provider would be more acute.The hunch of leaders was not enough, however. The credit union wanted to prove its hypothesis by taking a closer look at the data. Preliminary analysis confirmed the leaders’ suspicions. Analysts then dug deeper and found a series of additional attributes that indicated a member’s likelihood for attrition. These included the age of the member, number of products members owned, loan expiration dates and several other characteristics.Once identified, members with the recognized attributes were segmented by product category. Specifically, the following segments were created:Members with deposit sharesMembers with both deposit shares and loansMembers with checking accountsMembers with deposit sharesAnalysis of the credit union’s total deposit share population found approximately 21 percent of those members under the age of 18 were likely to leave the credit union in the next four to six months. Of deposit share members over 18, 24 percent were identified as likely to leave in the same time period.Members with both deposit shares and loansAmong members with both deposit shares and loans, 30 percent were seen as being at risk for attrition. Although they may not have met all of the attrition criteria, any member with an auto loan expiring in the next six months was included in the segment.Members with checking accountsOf members with checking accounts, 33 percent were identified as at risk. This group was then divided into three segments: under 18 years of age, over 18 with a low checking account balance and over 18 with a higher balance.Now that the credit union had identified and segmented those consumers most likely to leave the credit union, the goal was to set a course for retaining their memberships. Analysts determined the best product lines on which to focus were student credit cards, money market options and certificates of deposit with a higher rate of interest than the credit union was currently offering.New product strategies to encourage loyaltyTo retain the credit union’s younger members, the credit union is currently considering a student credit card with the following features:2% cash-back on specific categoriesA credit line increase and/or an APR reduction for high FICO/engaged membersBT & spend offers to encourage useImproving certificates and money market accounts will require the following adjustments:An increase in the APYA low APR loan offer on specific certificate balances after a particular duration of timePartial amount withdrawalsFor members with checking accounts, the following strategies were identified as most likely to increase checking account engagement:Waiving annual feesWaiving overdraft fees if the overdraft is less than $500Offering a cash bonus for maintaining a particular balance levelWaiving or reducing the NSF feeOffering a second checking option for business accountsFor new and used auto loans, HELOCs, first mortgages, and other loans, the credit union is considering pursuing member retention through:A lower APR offer on the next loanThe last installment waived on the purchase of the next loanIf a member has fewer than two products, the goal should be to increase the number of products used. For members who always use more than two products, increasing engagement would be the ultimate goal.Test and learnTo pin-down those product improvements most effective at lowering attrition rates, the California credit union is currently undergoing a one year test-and-learn strategy. In the first quarter, analysts will run a model on the latest data to collect a list of members at risk for attrition, also suggesting specific product offers for each of those members. Second quarter activities will be similar, yet the analysts will only check for new at-risk members.In the third quarter, the credit union will monitor engagement of the product to gauge cross-sell effectiveness. By the fourth quarter, the credit union and its analysts will have compiled enough data to make informed decisions at to which attrition avoidance strategies are truly working.last_img read more

BKPM head can now have 10 new expert, specialized staff members

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed a new regulation to allow Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia to have five new expert staff members and five new specialized staff members on top of six deputies.The Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 24/2020 comes as the government searches for ways to facilitate doing business in Indonesia, increase competitiveness among regional peers and stoke investment, job and economic growth.According to the Perpres, the five new expert staff members will be in charge of investment competitiveness, macroeconomics, institutional relationships, priority sector investment development, information technology and system integration. Bahlil previously said he was ready to resign if the country’s ease of doing business (EODB) rank did not reach the top 50 in the next four years.Read also: BKPM head vows to resign if fails to improve Indonesia’s doing business rankIndonesia ranked 73rd in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report released in October of last year. The country’s rank has stagnated since 2018, while neighbors Malaysia and Thailand have fared better at 12th and 21st place, respectively.The World Bank report highlights Indonesia’s rigid regulations on employment and minimum wage.In terms of competitiveness to attract foreign investment, Indonesia slipped five positions to 50th place of the 141 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2019. Malaysia and Thailand ranked 27th and 40th, respectively.Bahlil said in a press briefing on Jan. 29 that he would narrow more than 20 investment requirements down to 17 to further ease both foreign and domestic investment.“I am 90 percent to 100 percent sure that with the regulatory simplification, Indonesia’s doing business rank can go up,” he said.The government is currently planning to encourage investment and create more jobs through omnibus bills on job creation and taxation. If passed, the bills are expected to cut regulatory red tape to attract investment to help boost the country’s sluggish economic growth.Read also: It’s official: BKPM to handle all licenses, review policies unfavorable for investorsPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued in November Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 7/2019 on the acceleration of ease of doing business (EODB), which streamlines all business licensing through the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). It also grants the agency the authority to review policies deemed unfavorable to investors.Topics : The names of the new expert staff will be submitted to the President by the BKPM head for approval and will serve until Bahlil’s tenure is over.“Expert staff work under and report to the BKPM head and are coordinated administratively by the main secretary,” the new regulation stated.Meanwhile, up to five new specialized staff members will have different task and functions as required by BKPM head and the six BKPM deputies will be in charge of investment planning, investment climate development, investment promotion, investment partnership, investment services and investment administration control.The regulation was issued on Jan. 27 and came into effect immediately.last_img read more

2020 Franklin County 4-H Virtual Auction now open

first_imgBrookville, IN—To help support the 4-H Youth, the Franklin County 4-H Association has partnered with Breeders World Final Drive to offer an online 4-H livestock auction for the 4-H members this year. Buyers need to register for an account by clicking here.  Bidding opened on Thursday at noon and will close this Saturday, July 25 at 7 pm. Add-ons are available until Monday, July 27 at 7 pm.  So even if you don’t get the top bid on a lot,  you will still be able to help support the youth of your choice by adding on additional funds. This will be a “horse race” style auction, where all of the bidding starts and ends at the same time. Please refer to the Breeder’s World website for more detailed information, including payment terms. Bath State Bank will be supporting the 4-H Association and Breeder’s World with the financial aspects of the auction.last_img read more

Joy for Simpson at Olympia

first_imgDavid Simpson clinched victory in the puissance at the London International Horse Show at Olympia after clearing 2.20metres on Richi Rich. Press Association The young Irishman dazzled a packed crowd on the event specialist and managed to pip Belgian rider Karline de Brabander atop Fantomas de Muze to the top prize. “It gives you the tingles when you land,” Simpson said. center_img “You don’t get a better wall jumper than my horse and, for atmosphere and intensity, this win is right up there as one of my best moments in show jumping. I really wanted my first proper win to be here at Olympia.” Joseph Clayton finished in third riding Rockim, while his British compatriots William Whitaker and Guy Williams finished joint 10th and 12th respectively. Earlier, 59-year-old John Whitaker triumphed in the Horsezone Santa Stakes on stallion Argento, while young Dutchman Maikel Van der Vleuten topped the standings in the Kingsland Christmas Pudding Stakes on VDL Groep Eureka. last_img read more

Ireland lose warm-up clash

first_imgIreland began their World Cup preparations with a five-wicket defeat to Sydney grade club Randwick Petersham. Captain William Porterfield’s 74 helped lead an Ireland XI to 255 for seven only to see their hosts run down the target with 37 balls to spare. The Irish squad only arrived in Australia earlier this week, but Porterfield refused to use the recent long-haul travel as an excuse for defeat, saying: “I wouldn’t say it was to be expected. You can use that as an excuse but I’m not having it to be honest. “We’ve had three days of good training and we should have been a lot better than what we were today.” Ireland had looked well placed at 203 for three with 10 overs remaining, after Ed Joyce (49) and Niall O’Brien (31) chipped in with solid contributions. But the innings stalled after that before the home batsmen enjoyed conditions that improved for batting under sunny skies at Coogee Oval in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. “We weren’t good enough in all three facets,” Porterfield added. “We had good stages with the bat, we set a couple of good platforms, but we didn’t manage to kick on and get that one big score. “I don’t think we were anywhere near where we can be with the ball which was disappointing.” Ireland are due to play two more warm-up matches against Scotland and Bangladesh next week before their World Cup opener against West Indies in Nelson on February 16. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sunderland’s lack of discipline concerns Sam Allardyce

first_img Press Association Everton picked them off with Kone scoring twice to complete his hat-trick after a Sebastian Coates own goal and one from Romelu Lukaku had already taken the result away from them. “I am obviously concerned about the lack of understanding in certain periods of the game with the team, particularly when we got back to 2-2,” said the Black Cats boss. “There was nothing wrong with what we had been doing up to then apart from we gave a very soft first goal away which could easily have been avoided. The second goal was a cracker from Kone. “The (Defoe) goal before half-time and the chances and opportunities greater than Everton’s we created in the first half gave me some encouragement to say if we get the second then keep it tight but when we got the second we decided to go and attack for the third. “We didn’t get it and within seven minutes we tossed the game away and allowed Everton to score three silly, sloppy goals from counter-attacks they didn’t have to work very hard for. “That lack of discipline and understanding has really concerned me on the basis we should have been satisfied with the 2-2. “We should have frustrated Everton and maybe we might have got on the end of a counter-attack and made it 3-2. “We had 17 attempts on goal and 12 on target. At the top end we can score a goal and create chances but until we get into the habit of defending better out of possession it is worthless how many goals we score if we defend like that. The Black Cats had dragged themselves back into the game as Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher scored to cancel out the hosts’ 2-0 lead given to them by Gerard Deulofeu and Arouna Kone. However, the openness of the game lured Sunderland in and when Allardyce wanted them to close things down to take away a point his players went looking for a winner. Sunderland’s lack of tactical discipline is a concern for manager Sam Allardyce after witnessing his side being taken apart in the 6-2 defeat at Everton. “That lack of discipline and organisation as a team is obviously the biggest concern for me.” The result was Everton’s biggest in eight years since they beat Sunderland 7-1 at Goodison Park. Kone’s first hat-trick in English football was just reward for the players’ perseverance after a serious knee injury affected the first two years of his career at the club having followed Martinez from Wigan. The Ivorian, who was booed by his own fans when he came off the bench in the opening game of the season, was due to be out of contract in the summer but he has now triggered an appearance-based clause which entitles him to extend for a further 12 months. “It has been as difficult as you can get. It was a career-threatening injury,” said Martinez. “His attitude, his focus, never changed and he never chose to blame anyone and anything. “Against Watford, in difficult circumstances, it was a real turning point and from that point on he has been very impressive. “Today was the most complete 90 minutes he has had and it was a phenomenal 90 minutes because it triggers an extension to his contract. “He is a sensational example to any young footballer facing adversity.” last_img read more