View Comments Broadway darling Sutton Foster’s latest small screen star turn is a hit! TV Land has renewed her series Younger for a second season, Variety reports. Created and executive produced by Sex and the City creator Darren Star, the show also stars Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella.The comedy, which the two-time Tony winner previously described to Broadway.com as “Tootsie but with age,” follows Foster as a New Jersey divorced single mother in her early 40s who kickstarts her career by passing herself off as a 20-something, landing a hot job at a New York City publishing company. Younger is based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran.Foster, who won Tonys for work in the musical comedies Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, last appeared on Broadway in 2014 in Violet. She was previously seen on the ABC Family drama Bunheads, which was canceled following a one-season run.Check out Broadway.com for our Younger recap every Tuesday and Foster’s recent Show People with Paul Wontorek interview below! Star Files Sutton Foster
Credit unions continue to offer free checking accounts to their members at a high rate, while more and more banks continue to charge for them.Nearly three-quarters of credit unions (72%) offer free checking, compared with only 38% of the largest banks in the United States, according to a recent report from Bankrate.com .Five years ago, 65% of banks offered free checking, compared with 78% of credit unions.“As not-for-profit, member-owned, community-based financial institutions, credit unions are focused on providing the best service for their members,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “The fact that credit unions by and large offer better deals to their members than other financial institutions is no surprise. With lower fees and better rates, more and more Americans are discovering that credit unions are their best financial partner.”In addition to those that offer always-free checking accounts, 26% more–for a total of 98%–offer accounts that become free when certain requirements are met, such as when e-statements, direct deposit or a combination of both are used, the report found. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: www.ddjmyers.com Details The cornerstone of competitive advantage and performance is the design of an organization. No matter how incisive and cunning your strategic plan is, an organization’s ability to reach its potential is jeopardized if the design, culture, and structure are not aligned.The alignment challenge is ongoing because of increased complexity, unpredictability, and instability of external environmental change. An organization design needs to be performance efficient today while embodying flexibility for the long-term unforeseen future.We have been researching and studying the components of sustainable high performance and share some observations for you to consider as you evaluate practices to evolve your organization for ongoing success.Traditional strategic planning focuses on creating stability in the conditions among an organization’s customers, its suppliers, competitors, and distributors or delivery channels. An agility framework is designed and constructed differently; each element and feature embeds flexibility as the foundational practice. The pieces are then aligned to support long-term adaptability with high performance.The agile organization has three common elements:1. Robust Strategy produces results regardless of the environment.Take advantage of momentary opportunities with the assumption that one single opportunity will not last forever, yet the profit generated exceeds the cost of change.A robust strategy does not minimize enduring traits and dynamics of the organization; it fully leverages them for an advantage.The agile organization moves with speed and elegance as its Board and CEO approve and orchestrate the change.Elements needed are a broad range of products and services supported with passion, urgency, enthusiasm, and engagement; and, a compelling competitive advantage in offerings, quality, service, and support.2. Adaptable Organization Design features maximum surface area, transparency in information flow, relevant and deft recruitment and talent management and rewards systems, and fluid decision-making.Promote a shared perspective on motivating and engaging employees.Implement clear and open information-sharing practices and processes for real-time communication.Use multiple reward and bonus practices aligned with the strategy and expectations. Each person understands how his or her contribution is meaningful and relevantly rewarded.Recruit employees who are quick learners and appreciate the change.Employees are self-accountable and conduct frequent goal-setting reviews.Use a talent management strategy wherein the employment contract states change is an expectation and a condition of employment.3. Shared Leadership and Organization Identity understand that any change effort requires more than a single leader and an aligned organization identity.Leadership is an organization capacity rather than an individual expectation, thereby maximizing the surface area.Share knowledge and spread power, empowerment, and accountability throughout the organization.Minimize with intent, top-down direction, and decision making.Create organization identity with intention. Integrate internal culture, external brand, image, and reputation.Proactively promote value-creating capacity and capabilities. Ongoing learning, including double-loop learning, generates current and future value.Integrate critical thinking, competency building, and capacity.Transforming an organization to be truly agile is not easy in the short term. People will readily accept some of the changes and resist others. We notice employees excited about understanding how their contribution connects to an objective, that their rewards are tied to individual performance, and the expectation to be self-accountable. However, getting to that excitement and understanding is a challenge, and once on the other side of the transformation, it makes the new practices worthwhile in sustaining an organization in a complex environment. Leadership alignment, in thought, words, and actions, is the most important factor of success.
Nov 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza virus found this week in turkeys at a farm in Suffolk, England, is the lethal H5N1 variety, veterinary officials announced today.Laboratory experts are still running tests on the samples to gain clues about the strain’s origin, according to a press release today from the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The farm is located near Diss, about 107 miles northeast of London.Authorities have declared a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the farm, plus a much wider restriction zone. Farmers in the zone are required to isolate poultry from wild birds, and movements of birds out of the zone are banned. DEFRA also banned bird-related gatherings in England, including bird shows and pigeon racing.The BBC said 6,500 poultry at the farm would be culled. The farm produces mostly turkeys but also raises ducks and geese.”A full epidemiological investigation and tracings of any dangerous contacts are underway and all possible sources of the outbreak will be investigated,” the DEFRA statement said.Fred Landeg, DEFRA’s acting chief veterinary officer, told BBC News today that initial genetic sequence data suggest that the outbreak strain is closely related to H5N1 viruses found recently in the Czech Republic and Germany, “which does suggest a possible wild bird source.””However, at this stage we are looking with an open mind as to the origin, and all potential sources of the origin will be investigated,” Landeg said.Previous news reports said the turkeys were free-range, which could have allowed them to come into contact with wild birds. Landeg said there is a lake at the affected farm that attracts a number of wild fowl, the BBC reported.Wild birds were initially suspected as the cause of an H5N1 outbreak in February at the Bernard Matthews turkey farm in another part of Suffolk, about 70 miles from London, but officials said later that the source was probably contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.The H5N1 findings at the Matthews farm represented the first outbreak of the lethal virus in British poultry. However, authorities also identified the virus in a wild swan that washed up on a Scottish shore in 2006 and in an imported pet bird in 2005.Today’s confirmation of H5N1 represents yet another infectious disease setback for Britain’s farmers. A laboratory leak of the foot-and-mouth disease virus from a vaccine research and production facility sparked outbreaks at five cattle farms in August and September. Veterinarians have also recently reported outbreaks of bluetongue disease in English cattle herds.See also:Nov 12 CIDRAP News story “UK reports H5 flu outbreak in turkeys”
Gov. Wolf: $50 Million in Grants Available to Support Fire and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: $50 Million in Grants Available to Support Fire and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19 June 04, 2020 Press Release, Public Health, Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of State Fire Commissioner will be working to enact recent legislation to provide $50 million in direct financial relief to fire and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.“Since we began taking action to curtail the spread of COVID-19, our state’s fire and EMS companies have seen record-breaking call volume and fewer opportunities to raise funds,” Gov. Wolf said. “These grants will go a long way to support their heroic efforts amid a very difficult public health crisis that has created a financial burden for many of these companies.”“It has become a struggle just to keep the lights on for far too many of the companies that protect our communities,” State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego said. “I am pleased that our office can help get these funds out to the companies most in need.”Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies. Though the legislation took immediate effect, the Office of State Fire Commissioner must now establish the protocols for application, review and disbursement of grant funds.In the coming weeks, detailed information about the program and instructions on how to apply will be available online at the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website. Companies are advised to check back regularly for updated information.
The coverage ratio at the three large KLM pension funds rose by more than 6 percentage points over the third quarter, thanks to rising long-term interest rates and positive returns on investments.Both the €6.3bn pension fund for ground staff (the Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM) and the €2bn scheme for cabin staff (Cabinepersoneel) reported quarterly returns of 1.8%, resulting in year-to-date returns of 0.4% and -0.1%, respectively.The schemes said they benefited in particular from rising interest rates, which have risen by approximately 0.2 percentage points since June.With funding of 120.3% and 120.6%, respectively, at September-end, the schemes’ coverage now exceeds the government’s required financial buffers. Both pension funds reported a quarterly return of more than 5% on their equity holdings, as well as a 1.8% return on real estate.However, due to increasing in interest rates, they incurred losses of 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, on their fixed income investments.In addition, they lost 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively, on their interest hedge – covering between 45% and 55% of the interest risk on their liabilities.They also took a 0.3% loss on their equity hedge, on the back of rising markets.The €7bn KLM scheme for flying staff (Vliegend Personeel) reported a 1.7% return during the last quarter, and saw its funding improve to 130.1%.Blue Sky Group manages the KLM pension funds’ assets.
Syntrus Achmea – Fiduciary management guru Anton van Nunen has left his job as director of the Strategic Pensions Management (SPM) division at Dutch pensions provider and asset manager Syntrus Achmea. Johan Cras – who has had joint responsibility for fiduciary advice since October 2012 – has now taken on Van Nunen’s position. Van Nunen is to relaunch his consultancy, which he quit following his appointment at Syntrus to avoid conflicts of interest.PME – The €40bn pension fund for the Dutch metal industry has appointed Eric Uijen as chief executive. He is to succeed Hans van der Windt, who is to retire on 1 July. Currently, Uijen is director of the notaries scheme SNPF, which is preparing a merger with the pension fund for notaries’ staff in the Netherlands. At the same time, he is chairman at SBZ, the industry-wide scheme for care insurers.Momentum Investment Solutions & Consulting – The company has been appointed to act as the CIO for Lloyds Bank’s pension schemes. Richard Cooper, head of Momentum ISC, will become the CIO for the pension schemes during the term of the appointment and lead the teams responsible for the management and oversight of the investment of the group’s pension scheme assets. Before joining Momentum in August 2014, Cooper was at Mercer for 20 years, where he was a senior partner in the Investment Business.Amundi – Two senior fixed income portfolio managers have been added to the London-based Global Fixed Income team. Myles Bradshaw, head of global aggregate strategies, joins from PIMCO, where his main focus was European macro strategy. David Ric, head of absolute return strategies, joins from BlackRock, where he was responsible for rates strategies across institutional total return G10 currency, euro and sterling-denominated portfolios.Newton Investment Management – Henrietta Jowitt and Susan Noble have been appointed independent non-executive directors to the board. Noble has more than two decades of experience as an investment management professional, including key roles at Robert Fleming Asset Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Jowitt has held a number of senior marketing roles within the financial services industry, with stints at private equity house Advent International Corporation and global asset manager Schroders.Erste Asset Management – Stepan Mikolasek has been appointed head of equity. He was member of the board and CIO at Investiční společnost České spořitelny, the Czech investment company of the Erste Asset Management group. He will be in charge of the newly created equity management team of Erste Asset Management. At the same time, Peter Szopo will become head of the equity team in Vienna and chief equity strategist.Polaris Private Equity – The Danish/Swedish lower mid-market private equity investor has appointed two new members to its team. Martin Lindh joins as investment manager from SEB, while Thorsten Madsen, who also joins as an investment manager, was previously with Implement Consulting Group.Schroders – Dan McFetrich has been appointed as a global sector specialist within the Global & International Equities Team. He joins from Fidelity Worldwide Investment, where he had worked since 2008 as senior industrials analyst. Before then, he held roles at Dresdner Kleinwort and Nomura Asset Management.Meketa Investment Group – Timothy Atkinson has been appointed senior vice-president. Atkinson, who joined Meketa in 2008, was previously based in the firm’s Boston office. He joins the London office to perform manager due diligence across the EMEA, specialising in credit and other debt strategies.Skagen Funds – The Norwegian fund manager has appointed Sophie Brodie as communications manager for its UK business. She joins from Jupiter Asset Management, where she worked for seven years as investment communications manager.Stanhope Capital – Edward Clive, a senior director within the firm’s investment research department, has been appointed head of private funds. He previously worked at Lazard and Vantage Group, and has been with Stanhope for five years. EIOPA Stakeholder Group, ING CDC Pension Fund, Universities Superannuation Scheme, Syntrus Achmea, PME, SNPF, SBZ, Momentum Investment Solutions & Consulting, Amundi, Newton Investment Management, Erste Asset Management, Polaris Private Equity, Schroders, Meketa Investment Group, Skagen Funds, Stanhope CapitalEIOPA Stakeholder Group – Philip Shier has been elected chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s pension stakeholder group, following the resignation of Benne van Popta. Aon Hewitt actuary Shier, who was appointed to the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) in 2011 and reappointed in 2013, will serve out the remainder of Van Popta’s two-and-a-half-year term. IPE understands that members of the OPSG elected him during the group’s first meeting of the year, held in EIOPA’s offices in Frankfurt on 9 March.ING CDC Pension Fund – Fook Ley Wong has been appointed senior portfolio manager at ING’s new CDC Pension Fund. He will be co-responsible for the scheme’s matching and return portfolio. During the past two years, Wong has been in charge of portfolio construction, selection and monitoring of the global equity portfolio for the clients of the former DPFS, the provider for SPH, the €10bn pension fund for general practitioners. DPFS was taken over by the €188bn asset manager PGGM in 2013. Wong started at DPFS as senior portfolio manager in 2008 after two years as senior investment manager at PGGM. Between 1996 and 2006, he served as controller, senior performance analyst and fund manager at the €110bn asset manager MN.Universities Superannuation Scheme – Guy Coughlan has joined the multi-employer defined benefit (DB) scheme for the UK higher education sector as chief financial risk officer. He joins from Pacific Global Advisors. The newly created position will see Coughlan manage the integration of the scheme’s risk management strategies, and develop and oversee its funding strategy. Coughlan joined the scheme as a trustee in January and chairs its risk committee. He also spent 17 years at JP Morgan, where he left as head of pensions advisory for Europe.
Rush County, In. — A Thursday morning semi rollover crash in Rush County injured one person.A report from the Indiana State Police says at 8:20 a.m. Kevin Lucas, 61, was northbound on County Road 800 East near County Road 900 North when he drifted onto a soft shoulder. The truck went into the ditch and rolled over.Lucas was treated at Rush Memorial Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
Now aged 33, Messi starred under Guardiola when the latter was in charge at the Blaugrana between 2008 and 2012, with the two maintaining a personal relationship since. The report claims that whilst City’s stance is that they will not attempt to sign the player, that will change if he becomes available as a free agent and Guardiola has already initiated the talks. Inter are said to be a background option but their sporting project does not overly entice Messi, while Paris Saint-Germain is a more attractive option but they are unlikely to be able to justify his salary due to their spend on Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever CreatedReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth The report adds that the options of Manchester United and Newell’s Old Boys – Messi’s boyhood club in Argentina – have been ruled out. This follows multiple reports across Spanish and Argentinean media which state that Messi intends to leave Barcelona and will attempt to activate a clause in his deal which allows him to break his contract. Loading… Manchester City have tabled a three-year contract to Lionel Messi after his decision to leave Barcelona. That is according to a report in Marca, who outline the news on the front page of the Thursday edition. It is claimed that City are the club best placed to land the Argentine due to his personal relationship with boss Pep Guardiola, while he also shares a close bond with Argentina international teammate Sergio Aguero. Read Also: Messi speaks out amid Barcelona exit talks Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards during his spell at the Camp Nou, where he has spent the entirety of his professional career and firmly established himself as one of the greatest footballers ever to play the sport. Messi has scored a scarcely believable 634 goals in 731 official appearances for Barcelona, but his time at the club now appears to be up and he is hopeful of becoming a free agent. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享