Randy Elf To Discuss Political Speech Law Before Advocates For Balance

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) CHAUTAUQUA — Dr. Randy Elf will discuss How Political Speech Law Benefits Politicians and the Rich before the Advocates for Balance at Chautauqua at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.The Chautauqua County native will address constitutional law, particularly the constitutionality of law regulating political speech, in a program called “How Political Speech Law Benefits Politicians and the Rich.”Elf has practiced constitutional, appellate, and political-speech law and is a columnist.The event will be via Zoom. For information on attending, visit abcatchq.com. Advocates for Balance at Chautauqua’s mission is to achieve a balance of speakers in a mutually civil and respectful environment consistent with the historic mission of Chautauqua.last_img read more

Amanda Seyfried to Replace Tatiana Maslany in The Way We Get By

first_img View Comments Related Shows The Way We Get By This is some off-Broadway switcheroo. Amanda Seyfried will step in for the previously announced Tatiana Maslany in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By. Orphan Black star Maslany has withdrawn from the Second Stage production due to filming schedule conflicts. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the world premiere will now begin previews earlier on April 28 and play a limited engagement through June 14. Opening night is set for May 19 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.Seyfried will be making her off-Broadway debut in the drama. Her extensive screen credits include Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Mean Girls, Gone, The End of Love, Jennifer’s Body, Letters to Juliet, Big Love and the upcoming Ted 2, While We’re Young and Pan.Also starring The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski, the two-character play follows Beth and Doug, two people who wake up together following a drunken wedding reception they both attended. Forced to question how much they really know about each other and how much they care about what other people think, the two face a very awkward encounter revolving around love, lust and the whole damn thing.The play will feature set design by Neil Patel, lighting design by Matthew Frey, costume design by Emily Rebholz and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Darren Criss, Lupita Nyong’o & More

first_img View Comments Darren Criss Happy Friday! The Emmy Awards are this weekend, so before you go home to watch Cicely Tyson’s guest performance on How to Get Away With Murder on loop, we want to make sure you’re up to speed on all things Broadway. From misguided cell phone companies to a gorilla singing JRB, some crazy things happened this week. Take it all in with the Lessons of the Week!There’s a Curly-Haired TveitertotWhen Darren Criss and Paul Wontorek went on a field trip to the site of next week’s Elsie Fest, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner made a taxicab confession: he’s “absolutely” an Aaron Tveit fan boy, and he freaked out when meeting him at a pre-Oscars party for Les Miserables. You could call us Tveitertots as well. We wouldn’t go to jail for him or anything, but…AT&T Is Sending Mixed SignalsWhen AT&T released an ad encouraging anti-Patti behavior, virtually everyone who’s worked on Broadway, has seen a Broadway show or at some point heard the term “Broadway” had something to say. But then the company backpedaled and said the ad existed in an alternate universe (or something), then they applauded our facetious retort. Stop making ads right now. Who do you think you are?! Melchior Is a Leading Lady at HeartFresh face Austin McKenzie gives a heartfelt performance (in two languages!) as Melchior in the Spring Awakening revival, but when he saw the show 10 years ago, he connected to another character: Wendla. We’re not sure that role is in the cards for him, but hey, it’s 2015. You never know. At least he gets to be (very) up close and personal with her now.Lupita’s Her Own AgentOscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, at long last, is making her New York stage debut this fall in the Public’s Eclipsed. We have two people to thank: Emma Thompson, who encouraged her to do more stage work, and Lupita, who chose the play herself. Would that it were always so simple! We’ve been trying to stage a one-woman Jersey Boys in our office for over a year!Alex Sharp’s Talking to AliensHe talked to rats on stage, but now that he’s left Curious Incident, he’s talking to another, perhaps otherworldly, species on screen. The Tony winner has boarded the film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, appearing opposite Nicole Kidman. It’s billed as a Romeo and Juliet-esque tale between punks and aliens, so let’s hope Sharp can trade Christopher’s math talents for some astronomy skills.There’s a Gravity-Defying Diva at the MetThe Metropolitan Opera’s lineup features an assortment of classic characters, including Musetta, Figaro, Cio-Cio San and, uh, Elphaba? Sort of. Stay with us. In Maria Stuarda, Mary Queen of Scots, after asserting her innocence and lamenting those she’s indirectly harmed, accepts her martyrdom and marches to her beheading. It’s just like “No Good Deed” in Wicked. But, you know, with less belting.Truffles Are Big at the BrooksWhen Andy Mientus hosted a snack taste test backstage with four new potato chip flavors, the West Coast Truffle variety was far and away the victor. On the other hand, it was a quartet of weak contenders. Oh, well. By the way, if anyone wants us to taste snacks, please send them our way. Are there West Coast Truffle-flavored peanut butter cups? We will try any flavor of peanut butter cups.The Key to Success Is a F*cking GloveThe Gentleman’s Guide cast is quite talented, especially when it come to high notes and quick changes. But the most dedicated performer is one who you don’t see: glove wrangler Andrew Sliwinski, who has an extremely involved prep for his bit in the show. This includes the mantra, “It’s a f*cking glove, it’s a f*cking glove, it’s a f*cking glove.” We’re petitioning to have glove wranglers recognized at the Tonys. #TonyCanYouFeelMe?King Kong’s Not Fading AwayThe classic gorilla monster-meets-girl story is still planning to stomp on the Great White Way. Boarding the project are the two writers behind The Bridges of Madison County: Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. We can’t wait to see Broadway sweetheart Kelli O’Hara win her second Tony Award for her daring performance as the titular misunderstood creature. We have chills already picturing her performance of “Falling Into You (The Empire State Building).”Lesli Won’t Stop VloggingIt’s a good thing we let her keep that camera. After a successful 17-year stint of Looks Not Books, the Dames At Sea queen Lesli Margherita is back for more vlogging (OH. MAH. GAW.) Think of it as a Broadway.com spinoff, not unlike Kyle Dean Massey’s Normal Life and Fresh Prince. Ship Happens will still have crotch punches (we hope!), just at a different theater.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Nicaraguan Government Harasses Catholic Clergy

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo January 23, 2020 In Nicaragua, the Catholic Church is one of the most critical voices of President Daniel Ortega’s actions, denouncing reprisals, murders, and human rights violations in the country.The Church’s remarks are a “major annoyance” to Ortega, who sees its members as his enemies for denouncing the truth, said to Diálogo Marcos Carmona, president of Nicaragua’s Permanent Commission on Human Rights.“Throughout 2019, the Nicaraguan president intensified harassment and violence against Catholic churches that sided with people who took to the streets to express their disagreement with the Sandinista regime’s authoritarian actions,” Carmona said.A group of masked people loyal to Daniel Ortega meet outside a Catholic church in Diriamba, Nicaragua, to intimidate mass attendees, July 9, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Herrera / AFP)Nicaraguan bishops served as mediators in meetings between the state and civil society to find a peaceful resolution to the sociopolitical crisis the nation has been going through for two years. Talks were suspended in the spring of 2018, after security forces’ repression against the population escalated and public protests were criminalized.Ortega blamed the Catholic clergy of being “pro-coup” for supporting injured protesters during the 2018 protests, according to Nicaraguan state media El 19 Digital. The government onslaught against the religious institution includes priests, nuns, and parishioners. Edwin Román, a priest at the Saint Michael Church in Masaya, told the press that the wave of violence the Church experiences surpasses the attacks it faced in the 1980s, during the civil war.Ramón Alcides Peña, a pastor at the church in the municipality of Jícaro, was detained for 12 hours on December 7, charged with disrupting public order. The priest said on social media that he was celebrating mass as usual.In November, followers of the Sandinista regime entered the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua and attacked a priest and a nun. The same month, in Masaya, they attacked parishioners of the San Bautista parish, while police surrounded the Saint Michael the Archangel Church to prevent displays of solidarity with the priest Román and a group of mothers who went on a hunger strike for nine days to call for the release of their children, detained for demanding the end of the regime.Ortega himself threatened the opposition. “The people will feel within their rights, with the obligation, to seek arms to take power through revolutionary means,” he said in November before the Political Councils’ assembly of the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America and the Caribbean (ALBA, in Spanish).“I feel that it’s a real possibility. The more the doors for a peaceful road close, the wider they open for an armed one,” said Rafael Solís Cerda to French radio RFI. Solís was a guerrilla fighter with Ortega and a judge at Nicaragua’s Supreme Court for 19 years, until his resignation in February 2019.last_img read more

NCUA’s revised RBC rule coming January 15th

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyThe NCUA’s revised risk-based capital proposed rule is on the agenda of the agency’s Jan. 15 board meeting. The agenda was posted Thursday on the NCUA”s website.CU Times asked NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz if she thinks the revised proposal will be well-received by the industry.“Absolutely. Of course I don’t expect to hear from them, ‘thank you.’ I don’t see this rule as something that most credit unions would welcome – not because they’re going to be adversely affected, because the vast majority of credit unions won’t be – but I think it’s just the fear of a new regulation that they’re not familiar with,” Matz said in an interview Tuesday. “I think once they have to deal with it, I think they will realize that there really wasn’t much to be concerned about because the vast majority of credit unions won’t be immediately impacted by it.”NCUA Board Member Rick Metsger said no one should be surprised by the content of the revised risk-based capital proposal. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 10 Additional Counties Moving to Yellow and 16 to Green on June 5

first_imgReopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 10 Additional Counties Moving to Yellow and 16 to Green on June 5 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today signed amended yellow phase orders to include 10 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, June 5. The counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia.In addition, the governor and the secretary signed amended green phase orders to include 16 counties moving to the green phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow. The counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.With these orders, there are no counties in the red phase. In total, on June 5, there will be 34 counties in the green phase and 33 in the yellow phase.Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania includes details of each phase of reopening.Yellow PhaseAs regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.Work and Congregate Setting RestrictionsTelework Must Continue Where FeasibleBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety OrdersChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care and Prison Restrictions in PlaceSchools may provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidanceSocial RestrictionsStay-at-Home Order Lifted for Aggressive MitigationLarge Gatherings of More than 25 ProhibitedIn-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery PreferableIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain ClosedRestaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and Delivery (effective 6/5/2020)Green PhaseAfter a county transitions to the yellow phase, we will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, we will transition the county to the green phase.The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.Work and Congregate Settings RestrictionsContinued Telework Strongly EncouragedBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety RequirementsAll Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% OccupancyChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care Restrictions in PlacePrison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual FacilitiesSchools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth GuidanceSocial RestrictionsLarge Gatherings of More Than 250 ProhibitedRestaurants and Bars Open at 50% OccupancyPersonal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment OnlyIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly EncouragedAll Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% OccupancyConstruction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of ProtocolsThe latest business guidance can be found here.The Governor’s amended yellow phase order can be found here.The Governor’s amended green phase order can be found here.The Secretary of Health’s amended yellow phase order can be found here.The Secretary of Health’s amended green phase order can be found here.Ver esta página en español. June 04, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Survey shows ‘voracious’ appetite for high-yield debt in EMEA region

first_imgInstitutional investors in Europe and the Middle East (EMEA) have a “more voracious” appetite for high-yield corporate debt than those on a global level, but they lag when it comes to alternatives, according to a survey by Allianz Global Investors (Allianz GI).For the fourth year, the asset manager has surveyed hundreds of institutional investors across the world on their attitudes to risk, portfolios and asset allocation.This year, the report covers 755 investors across 23 countries representing more than $26trn (€23trn) in assets under management.It is split by region, with 250 respondents in the Americas, 250 in the EMEA region and 255 in Asia-Pacific. One-third of the respondents for the EMEA were pension providers, with insurance companies the next biggest category (27%).According to AllianzGI, the study shows global investors have hardly changed their risk-management strategies since the financial crisis in 2008, yet investors in the EMEA have.The use of duration management in the EMEA increased by 15 percentage points compared with pre-crisis levels (43% to 58%).Diversification approaches – by geography and by asset class – remain prevalent, however.“This is understandable,” according to AllianzGI, “given that institutional investors in the EMEA region consider market volatility to be among the biggest investment concerns, along with monetary policy and the low-yield environment.”EMEA investors are less concerned about market volatility than institutional investors globally (36% versus 42%), but they view the low-yield environment as a greater challenge than do their global peers (29% versus 24%).In terms of asset allocation, equities are the preferred asset class for investors in the EMEA, as they are globally, although with a strong home-region bias.High-yield corporate debt is the second most attractive asset class among EMEA investors.“This highlights the thirst for yield in the region and hints at the increased risk EMEA investors are willing to stomach for performance,” AllianzGI said.“To further underline this trend, they have a larger appetite for private equity than their global counterparts (19% versus 12% globally).”The asset manager said that, despite this, investors in the EMEA region lagged the rest of the world when it came to investing in alternative assets.Corporate high-yield debt was one of the three top asset classes EMEA investors said they would go long on/buy, selected by 28% of respondents.The asset class did not make the top three list for investors globally.As concerns alternatives, 65% of institutional investors in the EMEA invest in this asset class compared with 74% worldwide.AllianzGI said it was interesting that fewer EMEA investors than globally believed alternatives could help as a source of diversification (18% versus 25%).Another finding of the survey was that institutional investors primarily incorporate ESG principles into the way they invest for ethical reasons.The desire to minimise risk was more of a driver for this for EMEA investors than worldwide (by 2%), while the “demand of corporate policy” was less of a factor.In terms of threats to portfolio performance, European institutional investors were most concerned about event risk, according to AllianzGI.It suggested this could be due to concerns about terrorist attacks, as well as the upcoming EU referendum in the UK.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to AllianzGI RiskMonitor reportlast_img read more

Outdoor kitchens to steal your vote this season

first_imgIf you think your right to a BBQ should be set in stone, 429 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, may be the home for you.Aussies go to the polls today and while the thought of numbering every box may be enough to make your stomach churn, the humble democracy sausage always gets the popular vote.But if you would prefer to toast your right to tick or flick a politician over a beer and a snag in the privacy of your own home, with not a single pollster in sight, then these outdoor kitchens should be enough to fire up the most cynical voter. MORE:Interest rate to drop to 0.75 per cent Classic feel at 3 Belgrade Place, Carindale.First up is 3 Belgrave Place at Carindale, a sprawling luxury house with five bedrooms on a 800sq m block.It has two kitchens that are perfect for cooking up a banger — an indoor one with a huge bench, a breakfast bar and a suite of luxury appliances and an outdoor one that perfectly suits the Queensland climate (and we are not talking about the state of the polls).More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoOverlooking the pool, this entertaining space has plenty of space to lounge around after you embrace your democratic right to feast on a frankfurter.Listed with Nick Foster of Ray White Carina, the property is for sale by negotiation. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK 429 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, was built for entertaining.But if you feel your right to barbecue should be written in the Constitution, then of corso you should check out 429 Brisbane Corso at Yeronga.Dad jokes aside, this architecturally-designed house has six bedrooms and is on a 1019sq m riverfront block. Spread over three levels, this house has three kitchens including a formal kitchen finished with granite benchtops and plenty of cabinetry storage. A walk-in pantry leads in to a second chef’s kitchen with commercial-grade, Liebherr and Gaggenau appliances and a full, stainless-steel cooking station with a servery. Outside there is a wraparound terrace with a built-in, outdoor kitchen, perfect for entertaining friends, family and fellow pundits. It is listed for sale with Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba. Loads of room for a party at 18 Gordon St, Hendra.In Hendra, Ray White Ascot agent Leigh Kortlang is making her pitch for 18 Gordon St — a four bedroom “entertainer’s delight” on a 405sq m block.Spread over two levels, the updated house has an indoor kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a five-burner gas cooktop and an outdoor kitchen with an Apollo Premium barbecue, sink, fridge, dishwasher and storage overlooking the pool, spa and poolside retreat. It is also listed for sale. MORE: Buy a house, get a free holiday MORE: Heading for the hillslast_img read more

Restored Queenslander snapped up in Townsville post-election

first_imgMore 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 2020BEFORE The ‘no hoper’ house with wannabe gangster graffiti She also added she would opt not to do it again. The outside of 152 Francis Street in West End before it was renovated.The house underwent more than a cosmetic facelift, with solar reflective roofing, new electrical wiring and plumbing throughout. Agent at Ray White Geaney Property Group Sally Ireland who sold the property said the house pulled in plenty of attention post-floods.“It went to market just after the floods so it was bad timing,” Ms Ireland said. “Post-election a lot of people pulled their hands out of their pockets and the house received multiple offers.” AFTERThe buyers Debbie and Dennis Barnes said they have bought the house to be their forever home.“It wasn’t even in the area that we were looking in and it was out of our price range but as soon as we walked in we thought it was perfect,” Ms Barnes said. “Nothing needed doing to it and we could just move in straight away.“We looked at a few other places but they just needed too much work, so we crunched the numbers and bought it.” BEFORE READ MORE AFTERThe owner and brains behind the renovation wanted to remain anonymous, but said she was inspired by home renovation shows, Selling Houses Australia and Better Homes and Gardens. This original Queenslander in Townsville’s West End has been snapped up post-election after an incredible transformation.THIS original Queenslander at 152 Francis Street in West End has been snapped up post-election after an incredible transformation.In just four-months, this house had an additional bedroom, a new roof, timber flooring and all it’s finer details restored.READ MORE Townsville residents sitting on property gold last_img read more

BTAO to reroute traffic for Bacolaodiat

first_imgPHOTO BY BACOLOD CITY PIO The BTAO chief noted that there willbe 160 traffic enforcers to be deployed during the occasion. BACOLOD City – The Bacolod TrafficAuthority Office (BTAO) will implement a simultaneous road closures and trafficrerouting during the kickoff of the 15th Bacolaodiat Festival on Jan.31.  Oddette Ong-Gomez, chairperson of theBacolaodiat Festival 2020, the event will run until Feb. 2. The conferment will be held on Feb. 1at the BGC./PN “There will be a total road closure at4 p.m. the activity will be finished,” said Acebuche. BTAO chief Police Lieutenant ColonelLuisito Acebuche said there will be initial road closures at 3 p.m. alongcircumferential Road, in Barangay Villamonte along Lopues East – two hoursbefore the motorcade starts from the New Government Center. Acebuche advised the public motoriststo take alternatives routes. He also advised commuters to expect roadcongestion.    One of the highlight of thecelebration is the declaration of the city to Megaworld Corporationchairman and chief executive officer Dr. Andrew L. Tan as“Adopted Son and Honorary Mayor of Bacolod City. The motorcade will start at the BGC,and it will pass going to the downtown area until they reach the Lacson Stripat the North Capitol Area. There will be several activities linedup in the two festival sites at Lacson Tourism Strip and at BGC.last_img read more