first_img Joining Coy (Downton Abbey) in the cast will be Paul Chahidi (TV’s The Hour), Gunnar Cauthery (This House), Joshua McGuire (The Magistrate), Nina Sosanya (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof) and Olivier winner Michelle Terry (Tribes). Privacy looks at how governments and corporations collect and use our personal information, and what that means for our security, our identity and our future. Is there any such thing as privacy in the 21st century? Jonathan Coy and more will explore the question in James Graham’s Privacy at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Josie Rourke, the new play will run April 10 through May 31, with opening night set for April 22.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_img Daniel Radcliffe Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Audience Updated With General Election ResultFollowing the U.K.’s General Election on May 7, the Queen today invited David Cameron to form a new Government. And quick as a flash, playwright Peter Morgan has updated his script for the West End’s Kristin Scott Thomas-led The Audience! The show is about the weekly meeting between the Queen and her Prime Ministers and the updated scene between Her Majesty and David Cameron, played by Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter, will be performed for the first time tonight. Across the pond, The Audience is currently running on Broadway, starring Tony nominee Helen Mirren.Galavant & Nashville Picked Up AgainBig fan of Galavant and/or Nashville? Both shows have been renewed by ABC, TV Line reports. Fairytale musical comedy Galavant comes from the minds of Tony winner Alan Menken, Tony nominee Glenn Slater and Dan Fogelman. Nashville has recently featured Broadway faves including Laura Benanti and Kyle Dean Massey. Congratulations to all involved!Amanda Seyfried to Star Opposite Daniel RadcliffeAmanda Seyfried, currently appearing off-Broadway in The Way We Get By, will join Broadway alum Daniel Radcliffe in Young Americans. The Wrap reports that the buddy movie follows future political consultants Karl Rove (Radcliffe) and Lee Atwater (Dane Dehaan) as they take a cross-country road trip. Seyfried will play a young political femme fatale who possibly runs rings around the boys.Elaine Paige is Still Here!A quick reminder that Elaine Paige will be coming to a movie theater near you! I’m Still Here, the First Lady of British Musical Theater’s Royal Albert Hall farewell (to touring) concert from October, will hit cinemas in the U.S. and Canada on May 12. Check out’s interview with the original Evita and Grizabella here. Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgWe just had a recession that lasted from fall 2007 until summer 2009. That’s rather long for a U.S. recession. But, notice I did use past tense. The recession is over. How can we tell if it’s really over and the economy has bottomed out? There are a couple of easy-to-understand economic statistics you can follow that will help you track the economy. The most important guide to our economic health is consumer confidence. The Conference Board puts out a consumer confidence index each month. You can watch for it in the news or Google it on the Web. It started to decline in the summer of 2007, warning anybody who was paying attention about what was coming. When consumers worry about their jobs and futures, they’re more likely to save and less likely to spend money. When consumers don’t spend, the economy shrinks, and we get a recession. Consumer confidence has bounced back from its lows of last summer, but is still a long way from where it needs to be for a healthy recovery.The next thing to watch is manufacturing. U.S. manufacturing has actually expanded for seven straight months (meaning we are making more stuff). This is a very good sign that means businesses think we’re about to resume buying things and are restocking their inventories. If they are right, the recovery finally is about to pick up some steam.The third economic statistic to track is employment. You can watch unemployment, too, if you want, but employment is a better guide, albeit harder to find. For example, Georgia’s unemployment rate went up .1 percent in February. That sounds bad but employment actually increased by 10,000 jobs. That’s a good sign. How do those go together? It’s simple. Because 10,000 more people are working in Georgia, people without jobs are feeling a little hope and beginning to search for jobs. If you’re out of work, but not looking for work, you don’t count as unemployed. So, when things get better, unemployment usually briefly rises as job seekers renew their efforts. Employment is a better guide in these early stages of a recovery.Finally, watch housing inventories. You can find data on the number of months of supply of homes (total homes for sale divided by the number sold last month). If this number is dropping, the real estate market is improving and home prices should start to increase again. In fact, home prices have already risen 4 percent from their May 2009 low. A normal number is 6 to 8 months of supply. In many counties, we are back to that number or close to it.There you go. Four things you can watch to confirm that things are no longer getting worse. Taken together, these four measures and other economic statistics tell a story of an economy that has hit bottom and is beginning to climb out of the recession. The recession is over. Still, the recession being over just means we bottomed out, not that we’ve made any progress in getting better. There are things that will remain bad through the early part of the recovery. Since we’re starting from such a low point, it will take some hard climbing to feel better.(Jeffrey Dorfman is an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This is part two of a three-part series titled “Rising from the Recession.” In part three of the series, Dorfman looks to the future.)last_img read more

first_img 119SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: Details CUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by David Sweitzer, SVP of Consumer and Advisor Experience at CUNA Mutual Group, for a quick interview with just 3 questions about the COVID-19 crisis…(0:35) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(3:59) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(7:54) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about CUNA Mutual Group’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here.last_img read more

first_imgFight back against pro-violence rhetoricIn a letter to The Gazette published on September 29, 2016, I quoted these comments from candidate Donald Trump at a rally: “She [Hillary Clinton] wants to destroy your Second Amendment…. I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons. … She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her. It would be very dangerous.”This past weekend from the White House, President Donald Trump spoke as follows: “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump.“I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they (presumably his opponents?) go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. But the left plays it cuter and tougher.“Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this investigations). …” (quoted in the Albany Times Union editorial , ‘Mr. Trump’s violent talk,’ dated March 19.)There’s a name for this kind of talk. It’s called talk that engenders “stochastic (statistically random) violence,” talk that somehow gives the OK to unspecified violence at an unknown time and place.But against whom? In this instance, the president names a specific group of people: “they (the left)…in Congress.”I urge readers to do as I have: Request our elected representatives in Congress to rebuke the president for talk that presents an enabling vision of political violence in this country. We went this way once before, and now we observe Memorial Day in remembrance of the carnage.Hugh NevinSlingerlands Fighting dirty is only way to defeat TrumpThe 2020 election is soon upon us. Mercilessly, candidates are announcing early and in great number.To date, none of them can win against Trump. Here’s the sickening truth: If the embarrassment we call a president today can keep his base, he will carry another electoral win.Neither party has a candidate so far willing sink to the level it takes to compete for his devoted voters.Michele Obama’s suggestion “When they go low we go high” is laughable. Republicans lack the courage to take on the president and Democrats are too concerned they may offend voters’ sensitivities to produce a winner.Elizabeth Warren had an opportunity to be a front-runner in the race, but she squandered it when she failed to respond to his “Pocahontas” slur with two words: a verb and a pronoun.Trump is clearly hoping to play the accusation that anyone opposing him is a socialist. The answer isn’t to point out his lies, but top them with their own. Outrageous unfounded claims are what his base feeds upon. The first candidate to accuse him of incest, the one who questions the first lady’s gender at birth or accuses her of being a Russian spy, that person will be the next president of this country. Sad, but still better than what we have now. There is always 2024.Nikolas KaiserSchenectady Journalists must express objectivityThe Merrimack-Webster dictionary defines “journalism” as “writing characterized by a direct presentation of events without an attempt at interpretation.”By this definition, it is in my opinion that journalism is dead. It seems that the vast majority of the articles in the newspaper today have so much interpretation, untruths and agendas (Covington, Smollett, Trump, ISIS, Korea, China, illegal immigration) that it can be said that journalism is dead. Where is the pride of the journalist?Geraldine M. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Congress must pass Dream/Promise ActWe must not look the other way as Trump terrorizes our immigrant neighbors.Whether somebody is protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), they are integral parts of our community and we want and need them here. We cannot stand by as Trump tries to send them to a place that is no longer home. They belong here.These long-time residents, as well as their families and communities, had their lives thrown into limbo when President Trump made the cruel decision to strip away their legal status. DACA, TPS and DED holders have built their lives in the United States. The average TPS holder has been here for 22 years, and the average DACA recipient came at age 6. They have homes, businesses, schools and places of worship. They are integral parts of our communities.Congress can address this urgent need by passing H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This excellent legislation will protect beneficiaries of DACA, TPS, and DED and should be passed “clean” without amendments that fund further militarization of our southern border, separate immigrant families, or otherwise double-down on Trump’s heinous human rights violations at the border.Congress must pass The Dream and Promise Act now.Alexandra van den HeeverMaltacenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBystanders renew faith in humanityA few days ago, my friend and I were going to the movies. We are old. As we started to walk down the Jay Street mall, my friend fell. In an instant, she was on the concrete, bleeding, bruised and disoriented. The EMTs and an ambulance came and they were caring and professional, as they should be. But it is what happened before their arrival that has buoyed my spirit.Young people, (younger than I am, at least) came out of stores or apartments to offer help. One said, “I’m a nurse, let me help stop the bleeding.” Another came back with ice from a nearby store. One man knelt down behind my friend and said, “It must be hard for you to sit there unsupported: Lean back on me.” Another took off his jacket and put it over my friend’s legs. To all who said, “I will stay with you until help arrives,” I thank you.Altruism is ingrained in the human being. It is this urge, this drive, to help the other that has enabled the human race to thrive, and it is this urge, this drive, that will save us in the future.Out of tragedy, my hope and my optimism have been renewed.Bill MacTiernanSchenectady Dems didn’t oppose new border securityIn a recent letter to the editor, the writer expressed dismay that top Democrats Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted for a border wall in 2006, yet oppose funding for a similar project today.He probably got that information from watching White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney say on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace that “We still don’t understand why the Democrats are so wholeheartedly against it. They voted for it in 2006. Then-Sen. Obama voted for it. Sen. Schumer voted for it. Sen. Clinton voted for it. So we don’t understand why Democrats are now playing politics just because Donald Trump is in office.”Let’s get the facts straight.The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which these Democrats supported, authorized about 700 miles of fencing along certain stretches of land between the border of the United States and Mexico. That’s a far cry from Trump’s ambitious plan to build a $10 billion-$12 billion 50-foot high cement wall, or the like, extending some 1,000 miles across the border.The Act also authorized the use of more vehicle barriers, checkpoints and lighting to curb illegal immigration, and the use of advanced technology such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles.That’s pretty much the same mix of measures the Democrats offered in their latest deal to end the government shutdown.Fred ComoBurnt Hillslast_img read more

first_imgMV Allegoria, a Post-Panamax containership operated by Hapag-Lloyd, has suffered a main engine problem off Freeport, the company informed.The 5,527 TEU vessel is currently at anchor in Freeport for repairs, which are expected to be finalized early next year.Subsequently, MV Allegoria is scheduled to continue its voyage from Miami on May 30, 2018, according to the company.The 2006-built ship is deployed in the company’s Mediterranean Gulf Express (MGX) service connecting America with the Mediterranean.“We have re-assigned vessel positions in the service and updated the MGX schedule to ensure again a weekly sailing frequency,” Hapag-Lloyd said.last_img read more

first_img“To the best of my knowledge the athletes have done very well and I want to commend all the medalists especially in the track events. But l also want to observe that if the stands had been a bit full, it will add more and perhaps motivate the athletes to do better and will translate to a good public relation stuff to our sport.“I am not indicting the organisers considering the fact that the programme had suffered endless postponements and it’s a good thing that we are enjoying it now.“I recalled at 2004 festival here in Abuja and my second appearance at Ogun 2006 the ambient at the stadium was astonishing and a great motivating factor that brought some of us to national limelight we are today.“It will be a good thing if all the potentials discovered here are are nurtured to greater height instead of leaving them to their respective State government to lie idle and lose the steams in them,” remarked the 30 year-old sprinter.On why she failed to participate in the events in spite of the fact that it’s an open contest, the athlete, whose personal best in 100 meters stands at 10.79 secs in 2013 and 200 meters at 22:04 this year said she would had wished to perform before her numerous fans but as a programme athlete, the up coming events on the global stage will not give room for that and that she hopes to come back and burn the tracks at the next available opportunity.“I would had loved to run at list motivate most of the athletes in the sprint events but I have to guid my Calendar very well with the World Cup and Golden league that will soon commence, there is the need to follow my programme and ensure that nothing go wrong with it,” she remarked.Meanwhile, Samuel Kure Kure of Delta State set a new festival record in javelin men final with 70:24 meters to win the gold just as Arinze Chude of Anambra State won silver in 67:72 m throw and Kenechukwu Chijoke Edeefor of Rivers State came third with 66:16 meters.Also in Hammer throw, emerged at a festival record by Chukwuebuka Connel who attained 65:22 metres to win gold in the men event. Ibrahim Baba of Rivers State was second with 51:72 meters and Enahoro Dauda from Oyo State placed third with44:72 meters.In the chess event, the trio of Oyo, Delta and Bayelsa states are still dominating in the male event as at seventh round with 10 points each but the last two rounds which comes up today will determine the medal status just as Lagos, Edo and Ogun state are also in the run for the final round of the nine-round Swiss event pairing tournament.In the female section, Oyo, Edo, Lagos, Bayelsa and Delta states are dominating proceedings after seven round and the final rounds are coming up today with the medal presentation in the evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Femi SolajaNigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor has expressed her displeasure to the low turn out of crowd at the Athletics event of the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja.The sprint specialist and Olympic and Commonwealth medalist for Nigeria has been watching with keen interest the track and field events of the games and observed that the empty stand since day one of the Athletics events is not a good publicity of the sports even when it’s an open event.last_img read more

first_imgJunior guard Ariya Crook led the charge as the No. 5 seed Women of Troy (19-12, 11-7 Pac-12) scored a 59-54 win over the Arizona Wildcats (5-25, 1-17) in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. The success continues for USC after finishing off the regular season with one of its best Pac-12 records ever. Coming up big · A suffocating Arizona defense held senior All-Pac-12 forward Cassie Harberts to just six points, allowing junior guard Ariya Crook to step up with a 19-point effort. Crook is averaging 15.8 points per game. Ricardo Galvez | Daily TrojanFirst-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke’s preparation was on display as the Women of Troy executed well, especially defensively.The win was a collaborative effort, as Crook scored 19 points while senior forward Cassie Harberts and junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama each added six.  Harberts and Vaioletama also tag-teamed to rack up the boards, collecting 11 and 12, respectively. The duo came away with eight combined offensive rebounds in the game. The frontcourt mates each nearly doubled their rebounding averages — Harberts has led USC with 7.6 boards per game this season while Vaioletama has added 7.3. Sophomore guard Brianna Barret led the team in assists with four.The Women of Troy started the game strong, with three different USC players scoring the game’s six points. This spreading of the wealth would be a theme all day. Four of the team’s players would contribute five or more points in the game, though only Crook reached double figures.USC would hold its lead until just four minutes remained in the half, when Arizona guard Carissa Crutchfield nailed a three-pointer to put the Wildcats ahead 22-21. The game would be close the rest of the way.Coming from behind after Arizona jumped out to a five-point halftime lead, USC senior forward Kate Oliver led the charge in the final 20 minutes. One of USC’s tallest players at 6-foot-4, the reserve provided a necessary spark by making her first six shots off the bench. Oliver ended the afternoon with 12 points, well above her season average of 1.8.The Women of Troy kept within a basket of their opponents for a much of the half, but finally turned the tide at the 12-minute mark with Harberts’ jumper that gave them a 39-38 lead.Still, it was defense that made the difference for USC. The Wildcats couldn’t manage a basket for nearly five minutes in the latter part of the half, staying put at 49 points from the 7:41 mark until just 2:22 was left in the game. To 12th-seeded Arizona’s credit, there was plenty of defense from both teams. The Wildcats kept themselves very much in the game until the final minutes, when a trio of Crook free throws finally put the contest out of reach.It was a rarely unproductive day on the offensive end for Harberts. The two-time All-Pac-12 forward was held under 10 points against the Wildcats for the second time this season. Harberts, who will go down in USC history as one of the school’s best women’s basketball players, is highly ranked in various categories for her dynamic playing style. She became one of the school’s top-10 all-time leading scorers this season.Breaking school records is not the only history the Women of Troy are making this season. If the USC wins its next game and fails to make the NCAA Tournament, they will go down in conference history as the only team that has won 20 games in a season and failed to earn a bid to the tournament.Even if the team fails to make the big dance, the team has certainly shown improvement. This time last year, the Women of Troy were just the No. 7 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. If the Women of Troy come out of the Pac-12 Tournament as champions, they will be assured a spot in the tournament for the first time since 2006.The Women of Troy will now advance to the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament, hoping to sweep the Arizona schools. Fourth-seeded Arizona State (22-8, 11-7), the team’s next opponent, will be a difficult obstacle. The Sun Devils defeated USC in overtime earlier this year, the Women of Troy’s only loss in a stretch of eight midseason games.  If USC can survive this game, a potential date with No. 4 Stanford awaits. The Cardinal, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, face ninth-seeded Colorado tomorrow after their first-round bye.last_img read more

first_imgFemi SolajaDominant force in Nigerian cricket scene, Ibeju/Lekki team last Sunday confirmed their supremacy in the sport by winning the coveted Club Cricket Committee (CCC) League title which was rounded up at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval in Lagos.It was Abiodun Abioye who spear headed the team to a convincing win as Ibeju Lekki won by six wickets against the Lagos Asians, a team made up of Indian immigrants in Lagos.Ibeju Lekki’s Yusuf Mustapha took four wickets in 4.5 overs. Adedeji Sesan took three wickets in four overs, while Abiodun Abioye also of Ibeju took three wickets in four overs in the second innings. Ibeju Lekki scored 74 runs for the loss of four wickets in 10.3 overs. Jide Bejide scored 35 runs off 27 balls in 40 minutes, while Akachukwu Chima also of Ibeju scored below 15 runs off six balls in 13 minutes.Lagos Asians’ Endurance Ofem and Desai Dappa all took one wicket each, but this was unable to stop the rampaging Ibeju Lekki.A total of 12 teams participated in the league made up of six teams each in the Division One and Two.At the end of the league, Rocks Cricket Club gained promotion to the Division One from Division Two, while former Division One top club, Foundation Cricket Club got relegated to the lower division.The runners up in Division Two are the Cricket Lovers Club and Rocks Cricket Club of Abeokuta.Desai Dapan of Lagos Asian emerged Bowler of the series while Man of the Series award was won by Chester Ashmith. The Young Cricketer of the series award went to Sulaimon Rinsewe with 154 runs, 6 wickets and 9 catches in 9 games. CCC Chairman, Charles Omuerah, presented awards to winners.In his closing remarks, the representative of the sponsor and Head Corporate Communications, Notore Chemical Industries Plc, Ngozi Mba, said “at Notore, when we considered sponsoring the Club Cricket Committee League, (CCCL), we felt strongly that there is the need to help revive cricket at the grassroots level in Nigeria and it resonated greatly with our mission to enhance the quality of life for all Nigerians through our businesses.“We believe that our sponsorship of CCC will improve the welfare of some of Nigeria’s best rising young cricket players while also inspiring other young athletes to pursue their athletic aspirations“On behalf of our Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Onajite Okoloko, and everyone at Notore, we would like to congratulate the Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club and the Lagos Asian Cricket, Club on their performance during the championship finals, and we look forward to the upcoming cricket season,” she remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Submit Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Tabcorp Holdings has decided to shut down online property Luxbet (, as the company focuses on completing its approved AUS $11 billion merger with Tatts Group.The underperforming online betting division had been under strategic review throughout 2017.In its latest trading update, Tabcorp governance disclosed that Luxbet had made pre-tax losses of approximately AUS $13 million (£7.5 million) for its 2016 performance.Speaking to the media in June, Tabcorp CEO David Attenborough detailed that the enlarged enterprise would prioritise ‘extending the TAB brand above other assets’.Confirming the closure of Luxbet, Tabcorp sent communications to customers stating that the website would no longer take bets from 22 December. Furthermore, Luxbet customers have until 19 January to withdraw funds and close accounts.“The review has determined that Luxbet is no longer aligned with the long-term strategic interests of Tabcorp and as a result, Luxbet will be closed.” Tabcorp detailed in its customer statement.Luxbet esports platform partner, Unikrn has confirmed that it has ended its relationship with the Australian bookmaker, choosing instead to focus expanding its services within European markets, having secured its Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licence.last_img read more