Broadway Tug-of-WarAfter his musical The Boy Friend became a big hit in the West End and on Broadway in the mid-’50s, composer/lyricist Sandy Wilson adapted I Am A Camera into a musical, only to find that the rights had been scooped up by producer Harold Prince. Prince commissioned Joe Masteroff to write the musical’s book, but the pair agreed that Wilson’s take on the material didn’t feel authentic to 1920s Berlin. Instead, they enlisted John Kander and Fred Ebb to write the score, and Wilson got the boot. If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It21 years after he first put on his Emcee’s dingy suspenders and nipple glitter, Cumming is returning to Broadway in the role that made him a star. “It starts rehearsals the day after my 49th birthday,” Cumming teased in The Aesthete. “So I’ll be entering my 50th year dancing my tits off and being a sexpot.” Thank God, he says, for muscle memory! Sam Mendes Made it Seedier…In 1993, Donmar Warehouse artistic director Sam Mendes revived the stage musical at the non-for-profit theater in London’s Covent Garden, starring then-unknown Scottish actor Alan Cumming as the Emcee and Jane Horrocks as Sally. The director made it just as game-changing as the original—he stripped down the material, sat the audience at tables and let them order drinks, and was one of the first directors to cast actor-musicians to be both the ensemble and the band. Best of all, the production got the stamp of approval from John Kander. “[Alan Cumming] is disgusting,” the composer told Mendes with delight. “He’s right in your face.” Related Shows Cabaret Redefining BroadwayWhen Cabaret opened in 1966, it turned the idea of a Broadway musical on its head. There was no overture—instead, audiences were caught off-guard by a drumroll and loud cymbal crash. A giant mirror reflected the audience back on itself. The story dealt with everything from anti-Semitism to abortion, which was unusual for the day. “This marionette’s-eye view of a time and place in our lives that was brassy, wanton, carefree and doomed to crumble is brilliantly conceived,” wrote New York Times critic Walter Kerr. The Evolution of the EmceeWhen it came to creating the world of Cabaret, director Hal Prince recalled his own time in Germany as a young man in the army—specifically a Stuttgart nightclub called Maxim’s. “There was a dwarf MC, hair parted in the middle and lacquered down with brilliantine, his mouth made into a bright red cupid’s bow, who wore heavy false eyelashes,” Prince explained in The Making of Cabaret. Joel Grey, who created the role of the Emcee on Broadway, came up with the white-faced, pink-cheeked look that defined the role for decades. “I found this greasepaint called ‘Juvenile Pink,’ and I thought to myself, ‘This creep, he would want to look young, and this is what he would use,'” Grey recalled. Welcome to BerlinThe Weimar Republic, which flourished between Germany’s defeat at the end of World War I and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, was a vibrant cultural period famous for its music, film, art and philosophy, as well as its tolerance of decadent behavior (including prostitution and homosexuality). 1920s Berlin was the center of Weimar culture, but when the Nazi Party began rising to power, this liberal mecca started crumbling as artists and intellectuals fled to safer shores. …And Wilder…When Roundabout Theatre Company wanted to bring the production to Broadway, Mendes insisted they find an honest-to-God nightclub. After two years, they found Henry Miller’s Theatre (now the Stephen Sondheim), which had previously been a nightclub called Xenon, and before that, an X-rated movie house. Renamed the Kit Kat Klub, the rundown theater’s gritty atmosphere was just the place for the in-your-face revival. View Comments Star Files The Toast of MayfairWhen Cabaret announced its return to Broadway, the question on everyone’s mind was, who will play Sally? Anne Hathaway and Emma Stone were rumored to be interested in the part, but in the end it went to stage newbie Michelle Williams. Williams admitted that being the new girl makes her “feel like a baby” in rehearsal, but she has a champion in Liza Minnelli. “I’m excited to see what they will do with the show and am sure it will be great,” said Minnelli, calling the new star a “wonderful actress.” Come to the Cabaret, Michelle! In here, life is beautiful…See Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams in Cabaret at Studio 54. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 At First, Liza Didn’t Get the PartThe 1972 film version of Cabaret was just as successful as its stage debut, due in part to its magnetic leading lady, Liza Minnelli. But the young actress had initially tried out for the Broadway musical, and didn’t get the part of Sally. “I knew I’d get the movie for some reason,” Minnelli told The Huffington Post. “I remember saying to myself, ‘That’s all right, I’ll do the film.” Minnelli not only got her wish, but she won an Oscar for her performance, alongside original Broadway star Joel Grey as the Emcee and director Bob Fosse. And as an added bonus, the film basically revived the whole concept of the movie musical, which had been languishing for years. Thanks, guys! Capturing a CultureWriter Christopher Isherwood compiled his experiences living in Weimar Berlin into a semi-autobiographical collection of stories, Goodbye to Berlin, in 1939. The character of Sally Bowles was based on German nightclub singer Jean Ross—her name was borrowed from composer Paul Bowles. British playwright John Van Druten adapted Isherwood’s work into the 1951 Broadway play I Am a Camera, which was panned by the critics (Walter Kerr of The New York Times famously said, “Me no Leica”), but won actress Julie Harris the first of five Tony Awards for playing Sally. Alan Cumming Willkommen back to Broadway, Cabaret! The classic Kander and Ebb musical has arrived for a return engagement on the Great White Way, with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning performance as the Emcee alongside Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who is making her Broadway debut as British cabaret singer Sally Bowles. In the iconic tale set in 1930s Berlin, the Emcee holds court over the seedy Kit Kat Klub, where Sally strikes up a relationship with an American writer, Cliff. Cabaret opens at Studio 54 on April 24, but a classic isn’t born overnight! Read on for a look at what has long made Cabaret such a crowd-pleasing, game-changing favorite. …And It Paid OffCabaret opened on Broadway in 1998 (with some major changes from new co-director and choreographer Rob Marshall) and scooped up Tony Awards for Best Revival, for Cumming, for Natasha Richardson as Sally, and for Ron Rifkin as Herr Schultz. But when a construction crane fell on the Kit Kat Klub, the show had to temporarly close—that is, until Mendes kicked in the doors on the then-derelict Studio 54. “In addition to its rich and varied history, [Studio 54] happens to be the most atmospheric, theatrically viable space that I’ve seen in New York,” he told the Associated Press. Michelle Williams
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier died after his mail truck was rear-ended in Lloyd Harbor on Monday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Alan Nobile of West Islip was driving along his route southbound on West Neck Road when his vehicle was hit from behind by an Audi near the corner of Barberry Lane at 3 p.m.Nobile was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Huntington Hospital, where he died five hours later. Suffolk County medical examiners will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.The second driver, a Lloyd Harbor resident, refused medical treatment at the scene.Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Higgins Mike Higgins is a partner at Mike Higgins & Associates, Inc. who has authored Filene research papers on measuring and managing credit union performance. His firm consults with credit unions … Web: www.mhaplanningforsuccess.com Details Whenever I attend a conference and talk with a credit union executive or board member, the first three things they use to describe their credit union are asset size, return on assets and net worth. It always strikes me as odd the fixation with rate of return. Return on assets is profit extracted from members in the current year. Net worth is cumulative profit extracted from members in prior years. I thought the objective was to create value for members instead of boasting about how much profit you have extracted from them!Credit unions serve a dual mandate. They need to generate enough return on assets to stay adequately capitalized, but at the same time, must create value for members, which comes at the expense of return on assets. Given this reality, where should the credit union set the bar in terms of expectations?Fortunately, the answer to the dual mandate riddle is easily answered and can be illustrated using the simple graphic above.Let’s start on the far right side of the graphic. A credit union that is performing in this area has a return on assets that is too high; it is extracting too much profit from its members and hoarding it as net worth. It needs to figure out ways to return more value back to members in the form of favorable pricing, supplemental dividends, etc.A credit union that is performing on the far left side of the graphic is generating a return on assets that is too low; it cannot sustain itself for an extended period of time operating here. It must figure out ways to increase productivity, improve product mix, reduce member favorable pricing and/or reduce provision for loan loss expense.As I am sure you have surmised by now, credit unions that perform in the middle of the graphic have found the optimal return on assets – one that generates enough profit to keep the “financial house” in order, but at the same time, avoids extracting excessive levels of profit from members.The math behind the graphic is remarkably simple. Multiply the credit union target net worth ratio by its appetite for asset growth and you have identified the optimal return on assets. For example, a credit union that desires to maintain net worth at 10% and has an annual appetite for asset growth of 5% needs a return on assets of 0.50% to maintain net worth. Add a safety margin of 0.20% and you have identified the optimal return on assets – somewhere between 0.50% and 0.70%. Anything below that amount and net worth will decline; anything greater than that and excessive levels of profit are being extracted from members and hoarded away as capital.At the end of the day, the optimal, member focused ROA provides a way for both the management team and board of directors to agree upon an acceptable rate of return.
What if credit unions embraced this model as the base model on which to operate? What if we built products, programs, and policies that encouraged financial health? This spring at two conferences, I was able to share this model and practical ways to implement it across the credit union (lending, collections, member services, HR, operations, and marketing). The implementation ideas were well-received because they were practical and the model is a simple way to inform strategy.When you think about your members or your staff, how many are financially healthy? If they are like the people in the research provided by the Financial Health Network, that states, 17% of Americans are financially vulnerable and 55% are financially coping – they need their credit union to help them improve their financial health.Next Steps: Ask yourself if your financial education program has a strategyGet to understand the Financial Health model – https://finhealthnetwork.org/u-s-financial-health-pulse/. Get involved with the Financial Health Network. There are some credit unions already involved. Brainstorm ways to help your members increase their financial health by looking at the indicators and seeing how the credit union can help. Contact me if I can help you brainstorm or share resources that BALANCE has in place to improve the financial health of your members. HEALTH …it is a word we think about every day. We think about our own health and the health of loved ones. How is health measured? We look at key indicators like blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI, Cholesterol, and heart rate, for example. Our desire is for increased health. So, when I first heard of the Financial Health model created by the non-profit, Financial Health Network (formerly CFSI), I was thrilled. This framework offers four main pillars of financial health and under each pillar, there are two indicators. It is beautifully simple. They offer this model up as an open source. Why did I get so excited about this model? The Financial Health model is easier for the consumers to understand because of the specific indicators. These indicators show whether or not they have daily financial systems in place that allow them to be resilient and pursue opportunities over time. It provides a roadmap for them to track progress. Using a financial health model to model seems less insulting than pushing financial “literacy” and less nebulous than trying to include the entire field of financial education. Financial health is a framework.Financial institutions can take this framework and use it as a strategy. Many financial institutions offer financial education from a tactical level but I am not sure that there is a financial health strategy in place all the time. This model provides that. 101SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Campbell Cynthia is a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), she holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Elmhurst College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in Adult … Web: www.balancepro.org Details
Jul 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Genetic studies show that the H5N1 avian influenza virus mutated multiple times as it spread through an Indonesia family in May, but the significance of the changes is uncertain, according to a news report today in Nature.The journal, basing its report on confidential genetic sequence data, published a chart showing that a total of 32 mutations were identified in viruses collected from six patients in the family case cluster. Previous reports from the World Health Organization and other experts gave the impression that only a few mutations had been found.The case cluster in North Sumatra involved a 37-year-old woman who apparently contracted the virus from poultry and then passed it to six relatives before she died. One of those six, a 10-year-old boy, then passed the virus to his father. WHO officials said last month that a specific mutation found in the boy and his father marked the first laboratory confirmation of human-to-human transmission of the virus.On May 23, the WHO said genetic sequencing of two viruses from the case cluster had shown “no evidence of genetic reassortment with human or pig influenza viruses and no evidence of significant mutations.” A month later, at the end of an avian flu conference in Jakarta, WHO officials told reporters the virus had mutated slightly when it infected the 10-year-old boy, and the same mutation showed up in his father. The mutation didn’t make the virus more transmissible or virulent, officials said.The genetic data obtained by Nature came from a presentation by University of Hong Kong virologist Malik Peiris at a closed session of the Jakarta meeting in June, the article says.The magazine says that 21 mutations were identified in a virus from the father of the 10-year-old boy, involving seven of the virus’s eight genes, suggesting that the virus was evolving rapidly as it spread. In addition, from one to four mutations were found in viruses collected from five other patients.The story says one of the mutations confers resistance to the antiviral drug amantadine, a finding not reported by the WHO.However, the virus did not spread beyond the extended family, as the article notes. “Many of the genetic changes did not result in the use of different amino acids by the virus,” the story says. “And there were no amino-acid changes in key receptor binding sites known to affect pathogenicity and transmissibility.”According to the magazine, viruses from six of the eight cases in the cluster have been sequenced, but the WHO has not shared the findings, saying they belong to Indonesia. The data have been released only to a few researchers linked to the WHO and the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the story says.Virologists quoted by the journal asserted that the withholding of sequence data on H5N1 is hindering scientists’ understanding of the virus. But WHO staff member Paul Gully replied, according to the article, that the agency’s job is investigating outbreaks, not doing academic research, and that labs don’t have the time or resources to do “high-quality sequencing” during outbreaks.See also:May 23 WHO statement on genetic data from the case clusterhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_23/en/index.htmlJun 23 CIDRAP News story “H5N1 mutation showed human transmission in Indonesia”
RELATED NEWS: The high-speed city railway, or the Split metro as they call it from miles away, will depart every 20 minutes, with the journey on that stretch lasting only four minutes. The price of a one-way ticket is 11 kuna, and passengers will be able to use the same ticket in other areas of the city bus transport. City trains on the route Kopilica-Gradska luka and vice versa will run every 20 minutes, while the ticket price will be 11.00 kuna per person in one direction. With one-way regulation of road traffic in the city port and the introduction of new bus and railway lines, which will increase throughput and reduce waiting, the goal of this project is to provide quality intermodal service and traffic relief of the City of Split. As they point out from the city of Split, the organization of the Main Railway Station in Kopilica and the introduction of the city railway in the public transport service is expected to reduce the pressure of vehicles, especially tourist buses to the city center, and passengers can get to the center by train in 4 minutes which is valid for rail and bus hour. Photos: HZPP According to the new changes, disembarkation and embarkation of passengers from tourist buses at the terminals at the Tourist Palace on the Riva will be possible, but with a limit of 15 minutes, and each stop for embarkation and disembarkation will cost 400 kuna, ie a total of 800 kuna. Note, UHPA agreed at a meeting with the city of Split that pre-agreed and announced groups by tour operators and travel agencies in 2019 will be realized under the same conditions as before, and the new prices are valid for all from 2020. (more on the whole issue in the attachment) The City of Split has introduced changes in the regulation of public city transport as well as stationary traffic for tourist buses in the area of the narrower and wider city center. The feasibility study is currently being prepared for the connection of the air and ferry port by rail, after which further activities necessary for the realization of this project will continue. According to the results of the Feasibility Study, the Terms of Reference will be supplemented and the activities of conducting a public tender for the preparation of project documentation and obtaining permits would begin. Specifically, this means that the disembarkation and embarkation of passengers from tourist buses will be organized along the railway platform in Kopilica, where a parking lot for tourist buses with 48 seats will be opened. The daily parking ticket for tourist buses will be 120 kuna, as has been the price for parking in Dračevac so far. Tickets will be sold at the box offices of Promet and HŽ Putnički prijevoz. City-suburban trains on the route Split Predgrađe (Kopilica) – Split (city port) will run on average every 24 minutes, and the train ride takes 4 minutes. ANNEX: TIMETABLE Split – Suburbs of Split / Suburbs of Split – Split Yesterday, the first city-suburban train started on the route Split Predgrađe (Kopilica) – Split (city port), which started the realization of the project of connecting with the high-speed suburban railway station Split. Interestingly the historic first run was delayed by three minutes. “The goal is to connect the airport and Split’s City Port, the two busiest ports on the eastern Adriatic coast with almost nine million passengers. When we add to that the four cities connected by the railway, then it is quite clear that we could not have started this project without HŽ Putnički prijevoz, HŽ Infrastruktura, the Split city companies Promet and Split – parking. This is just the first step of something that we will achieve in the years ahead, and because of the better quality of life of our fellow citizens. We are aware of the daily, high traffic between Split and other nearby cities and outside the tourist season. In order to relieve the traffic in the center of Split, we are taking a number of measures, such as the purchase of new city buses, the preparation of city and electric bicycle systems, as well as the reform of the city parking system. Changes in the relief of city traffic are underway. It is up to us all to get used to the changes and the new system together and to encourage the railway as a relief”Said the first man of the city of Split, Mayor Krstulović Opara. The new traffic regulation means that one-way traffic will be introduced in the City Port, while the main railway station will be organized in Kopilica. Also, the above-mentioned city railway line Kopilica – Gradska luka was introduced, so that tourists, after getting off the bus, could reach the city center by rail. Also, it is planned to introduce the line Prometa doo Split on the route Airport – Kaštel Stari and joint tickets Promet doo – HŽPP for the route Zračna luka – Kaštel Stari – Split station (city port). / / / COMMON SENSE HAS OVERCOME IN THE CITY OF SPLIT: PRE-AGREED AND ANNOUNCED GROUPS WILL BE REALIZED UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS AS BEFORE
Also, comparing the period from 17.08. to 23.08.2020/2019/22 Compared to the same period in 19, there is a decrease in the number of invoices of 18% and a decrease in the amount of invoices of 9%, in the activity G – Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles there is a decrease in the number of invoices of 29% and a decrease account of 35%. In activity I – provision of accommodation and food preparation and serving, a decrease in the number of invoices of XNUMX% and the amount of invoices of XNUMX% is visible. Source: Tax Administration In the activity G-Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, the number of invoices decreased by 22% and the amount of invoices decreased by 10%. In activity I – provision of accommodation and food preparation and serving, a decrease in the number of invoices of 42% and the amount of invoices of 47% is visible. For all activities in the period from 24.02.-23.08.2020. in relation to the period from 23.02.- 23.08.2019. it’s visible 27% account reduction i 18% invoice reduction, say data from the Tax Administration.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe mass shootings using assault rifles (ARs) continue. The mass shootings in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Nevada and California have resulted in 190 deaths and many more wounded. All are equally tragic. In 1994, a law was enacted that prohibited the manufacture of ARs for civilian use, but it allowed manufacture for law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, this law expired in 2004 and there was no effort by Congress to extend it. Thereafter, AR manufacturing surged. In 2012, in response to the Sandy Hook shooting of children and their teachers, a bill entitled The Assault Weapons Ban similar to the 1994 law was introduced. The NRA condemned this bill and the Senate rejected it by a vote of 60-40. So now there are as many as 15 million civilian-owned ARs, and the number continues to grow.Certainly, a law like that proposed in 2012 should be enacted. But what should be done about the 15 million already manufactured and sold?To think that mental health expansion, which is worthwhile, will solve the problem alone is naive. This is because it would be impossible to find, evaluate, treat and monitor all those of the 15 million that might be thinking of using their ARs to kill. And, as we have seen in the past, the tracking of those individuals who are known to pose a threat is prone to human error. The only solution to this horrific problem is to ban ARs from our civilian population. People’s lives are at stake. Congress must act.Dale BrownNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Moscow, the epicentre of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, has been in lockdown since Monday and many regions across the country have since imposed similar measures.Russia has reported 4,149 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths.Some Orthodox priests have taken to helicopters or planes with icons, flying above some Russian regions while singing and praying in the hope of halting the virus. Topics : Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia’s influential Orthodox Church, drove a holy icon around the streets of Moscow in a procession of cars on Friday, as the country fights to halt the spread of the coronavirus.The icon of the Virgin Mary was driven 109 kilometers in a procession of sleak black cars shown on state television and was brought to a cathedral in Moscow for a service.Patriarch Kirill has said he would use the drive to pray for the end of the coronavirus outbreak and appealed to Russians to respect and follow restrictions introduced by the authorities to stem the contagion, Interfax news agency reported.
Topics : The United States will take action to prevent alleged espionage by Chinese students, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, ahead of an expected announcement by President Donald Trump.Trump earlier said that he will hold a press conference Friday about China amid soaring tensions between the two powers, including over the status of Hong Kong and the novel coronavirus pandemic.Asked about a report in The New York Times that Trump was considering throwing out thousands of graduate students, Pompeo said that Chinese students “shouldn’t be here in our schools spying.” Asian American activists have long voiced concern that the targeting of Chinese students impacts their own community, with US citizens of Asian ancestry coming under unjustified suspicion.”This isn’t a red scare, this isn’t racist. Chinese people are a great people,” Pompeo said when asked about the concerns.”This is like the days of the Soviet Union. This is a communist, tyrannical regime that poses real risk to the United States,” he said.Trump, in remarks to reporters, declined to preview the press conference on Friday but said, “We’re not happy with China.”The press conference will come two days after Pompeo certified to Congress that Hong Kong was no longer autonomous from China, as promised by Beijing before Britain handed over its colony in 1997.China has been pressing forward the drafting of a security law that Hong Kong activists say will end freedoms enjoyed in the financial capital, which was rocked by months of pro-democracy protests last year.Washington and Beijing are already clashing over responsibility for the extent of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China but has spread worldwide and caused devastation in the United States. Domestic critics accuse Trump of mismanagement and say that the 100,000 US deaths and massive unemployment were the result of a slow, patchy federal response to the virus’ spread across the world’s biggest economy.But Trump blames the crisis on China and for a long time insisted on calling the COVID-19 sickness the “Chinese virus.” He has threatened to cut off US funding for the World Health Organization, accusing the UN body of bias toward Beijing and assisting in a cover-up. “We know we have this challenge. President Trump, I am confident, is going to take that on,” Pompeo told Fox News, while declining to say if action would be announced on Friday.”We have an obligation — a duty — to make sure that students that are coming here to study… aren’t acting on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said.The New York Times said that the Trump administration was considering annulling visas for thousands of graduate students linked to China’s military.The move would be certain to draw criticism from universities, which rely increasingly on tuition from foreign students — of which China and India are the largest sources — and have already been hit hard by the COVID-19 shutdown.