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02
Mar
2021

Big Gigantic To Bring ROWDYTOWN 3D Experience To NYC

first_imgBig Gigantic has announced their plans to bring their Rowdytown 3D experience to New York City. The event will take place on Friday, August 23rd at The Brooklyn Mirage and feature supporting performances by Hippie Sabotage, shallou, Louis Futon, and ilo ilo.This will mark the first edition of the electronic duo’s long-running Rowdytown festival series to take place in New York. The 8th edition of Rowdytown at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO will take place on September 27th of this year.In a recent interview with Jennifer Hartswick, a veteran Big Gigantic Rowdytown collaborator, the vocalist/trumpeter issued a simple but stern endorsement of the 3D production: “The stuff that happens visually at that thing… I don’t know if you’ve experienced the 3D thing. Go experience the 3D thing. It will blow your mind.”GA and VIP pre-sale tickets for Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown New York are now available here using the code “rowdynyc”.You can check out the official teaser video for Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown New York event below:Big Gigantic Rowdytown New York Teaser VideoAside from their the Colorado and New York Rowdytown events, Big Gigantic has a number of summer festival appearances lined up including slots at Float Fest, The Werk Out Music Festival, Moonrise Festival, Breakaway Music Festival, and more. For a full list of Big Gigantic’s upcoming performances, head to their website here.last_img read more

26
Jan
2021

University renovates library

first_imgWith the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library less than a year away, Notre Dame officials decided it was time to give the campus landmark a much-needed facelift. Members of the Notre Dame Facilities Design and Operations office renovated the Library over the summer, guided by input from the University Architect’s Office and a team of librarian planners. Head librarian Diane Parr Walker said these renovations aim to modernize the Library and make it a more welcoming facility. “As a place where students spend a great deal of time in intellectual pursuits, we wanted the library to offer inviting, inspiring and comfortable spaces that will foster intellectual engagement,” Walker said. In response to complaints of drab interior decoration, the renovation team focused on remodeling the first-floor periodicals room, more commonly known as “The Fishbowl.” The popular study area was repainted and carpeted, its furniture was replaced, new lighting was installed and its remaining periodicals were moved to a nearby reference room. The new first-floor design also features a “digital sandbox” area equipped with a Microsoft touch-screen surface table. Walker said the Office of Information Technology hopes to use this area to determine which services and technologies students find helpful and to expand upon that information for future planning. Walker said plans are also underway to install a café in the former vending machine area, also on the first floor. Projected to open in November, the café will serve coffee, pastries, soups and sandwiches, and is intended to accommodate students studying in the library for long periods of time. “We’re anticipating the café will be a great service for people who are studying long hours in the Library to be able to get breakfast, lunch or a snack without having to leave the building,” Walker said. The design team also revitalized the Library’s exterior courtyard near the reflecting pool by planting a variety of trees and shrubs while bringing in benches and bistro tables for additional outdoor seating. Walker said the courtyard will be completed by early September. Walker said the renovation was initially set to be completed before the end of the last school year, but was ultimately delayed by furniture issues. “We were hoping to do the project really quickly and have it available by the middle of the spring semester,” Walker said. “What always happens with construction and renovation projects, though, is however much time you think they will take, you should go ahead and double or triple it.” Walker said new furniture was also ordered for the Library’s music and media area this summer after students complained the old tables were too small and inflexible to accommodate their equipment needs. The furniture is expected to arrive before the academic year begins. Walker said student input was highly valued during the renovation process, so students can expect to have future opportunities to express their concerns and provide feedback. “I hope students will be excited to see how many of their ideas we’ve included,” Walker said. “We held many discussions and planning sessions with students last spring to gather input, and we incorporated as many ideas as we could.” Although no additional projects are planned at the moment, Walker said the Library would carry this summer’s momentum into establishing a comprehensive interior renovation plan. Overall, Walker said she hopes to realize University President Emeritus Fr. Ted Hesburgh’s vision of the Library as Notre Dame’s academic heart and a modern center of inspiration and higher learning. “Twenty-first century libraries should offer a variety of spaces to foster and inspire intellectual engagement across disciplines,” Walker said. “Many peer institutions have already renovated their libraries to offer these kinds of services. I’d like to see us at Notre Dame do the same for our students and faculty.”last_img read more

18
Jan
2021

London Phantom Star Geronimo Rauch on His Broadway Dreams and Unique Name

first_img What does that mean in practice? It means that my performance depends on my mood and on how I’m feeling. Sometimes he’s a more aggressive Phantom and sometimes more melancholic—and sometimes I cry like a baby! I have to ask about your fabulous name: it sounds like something out of an adventure movie. [Laughs] It’s real, I can tell you that, and not made up! When I was a kid I hated it because it was so strange and unique and I didn’t want to be unique. No kid does. But now I love it. It’s very theatrical. Would you like to play Broadway? Absolutely, though I am the first to realize that I am a bit limited there and in London because of my accent, so I cannot dream high. I would need to find someone who could ignore the fact that I’m not fully British or American but I hope that happens because I would really love to create a role or do a revival that I start. What about Hal Prince’s time with you was especially helpful? He really helped me understand the Phantom’s movements, which themselves are so iconic. Before I met him, I found myself not being sure why I was doing this or that movement, but of course [Prince] has a reason for everything that’s on that stage—which in turn frees you up as a performer so that you’re not just copying someone or doing something you’ve been asked to do. You now seem pretty settled in London. I am! My wife had a business in Spain, where she is from and where we met doing Jesus Christ Superstar, but now we have fully moved to the U.K. and our son, Gael, was born here. He’s now two. What else did you see on that trip? Oh, all my favorite musicals: Les Miserables and Jekyll and Hyde, which I would love to do, and Miss Saigon, Rent, Contact, the original Aida with Heather Headley—that was incredible. They have certain themes in common. They share one topic, which is love. The Phantom of the Opera is, of course, a love story about a person who’s rejected and how Christine makes him who he is, and Les Miserables is all about love and redemption. Love is what makes Jean Valjean change his life. You’ve only been resident in London a few years and already you have played two of the defining roles in musical theater. It still amazes me when I look at the journey I have been through. I came here to do Les Miz and ideally they wanted me to stay another year as Jean Valjean, but I was interested in auditioning for the Phantom. Thank God they gave me the chance. I’ve got the best job in the world! Jean Valjean is a far larger role, though, in terms of actual stage time. Valjean is just incredible and you need to be completely trained and prepared; the role challenges you in every way. But with the Phantom, I feel as though I never stop even though I may not be on stage. Waiting for my appearance or getting ready to go on is a lot of work and you need to be in the zone, so it’s not like you can be backstage hiding or reading the newspaper [laughs]. The last half hour of the Phantom is like doing three of Jean Valjean’s “Soliloquy.” It’s exhausting and demands all your attention. Do the two r make similar demands on you as a performer, or do they feel quite different? They’re completely different. I can speak mainly about my characters but the challenges are completely opposite: Valjean reflects more of my own personality, even as far as the vocal range and how it’s written, whereas the Phantom is a total challenge because I’m playing a murderer, so I’ve got to go to that place every night. There seem to be quite a few prime musical opportunities for Latino performers from whatever their background—one thinks of Nine and Kiss of the Spider Woman, just for starters. Yes, I could do those. And the funny thing is that I visited New York before I ever came to London. My first and only trip to New York was in 2000 when I was 21 or 22 and it was there that I first saw the legendary Phantom of the Opera, though I couldn’t imagine myself playing the Phantom at that point—just maybe Raoul. View Comments Geronimo Rauch not only has one of the best names on the West End, but the Argentinian actor has also had two of the best jobs. He first played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre before shifting British mega-musicals to take on the equally iconic part of the lovesick anti-hero of the title in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, where he is signed through August 2015. Broadway.com caught up with the charming recruit to the ranks of London leading men to talk musical mainstays, wearing a mask and his dream of originating a major role one day. When you exit the stage door at Phantom, do people sometimes not recognize you without your mask? Yes, that happens many times! I say to them, “Hello, I was the Phantom; did you enjoy the show?” In fact, it feels like a complete freedom for me to play a part where you don’t see yourself reflected back at you because it means you can do anything you want. Is it frustrating coming into long-running shows and perhaps not encountering the original creative team? Except that I have! I had the privilege on Les Miz to work with [co-director] John Caird, and we had [Phantom director] Hal Prince over for the tech run, which was just amazing.last_img read more

19
Dec
2020

What role do constitutions play?

first_img What role do constitutions play? The difference between state and national charters At the House Judiciary Committee, which met before its Senate counterpart on January 25 (see story above), representatives heard from former Rep. James R. Eddy, who chaired a joint House-Senate panel that approved the final version of the 1968 constitution, and Robert F. Williams, a Rutgers University law professor and expert on state constitutions.Williams told the committee the role of state constitutions is evolving and their purpose is different from the federal Constitution in that they may address more local issues and reflect regional concerns. Even the idea of what is fundamental and should be addressed by a state constitution is changing.Constitutional scholars once cited the provisions in the Louisiana Constitution that addressed and regulated levees as an example of cluttering up a state charter.“If you talk to someone in Louisiana now, I think the attitude has changed since the hurricane [Katrina] and it [the constitutional levee provisions] seems pretty much fundamental,” he said.“State constitutions have been transformed into a multipurpose document,” he said. “They serve as a tool for lawmaking and policymaking. It’s true in every state, even those with the shorter constitutions. The gap between the federal Constitution and the state constitution is widening, and I think that’s a pattern that is going to continue in the future.”Williams advised the committee to look at why certain provisions were put in the constitution. In some cases, he said, it was to bypass the legislature because it had declined to take up the issue or its solution was unsatisfactory to voters. In other cases, provisions were placed in the constitution to inoculate a statutory provision against a constitutional challenge in the courts. And some are just statements of the public’s policy preferences, such as the English only amendment in the Florida Constitution, he said.Consequently, Williams said the committee should consider three factors when streamlining the constitution. One is the traditional matters of laying out the structure of government and the separation of powers between the three branches. The second is the delineation of rights of citizens. The third more difficult area is identifying policies and preferences that are so important to voters that even though they might be addressed by statute, the public prefers they be enshrined in the state’s charter.Eddy gave a history of the adoption of the state’s 1968 constitution, which replaced the previous 1885 document. He said the joint legislative committee reviewed and refined the recommendations from the special commission [chaired by former Florida Bar and ABA President Chesterfield Smith] that drafted the basic document. He noted that lawmakers made more than 700 individual votes on what to include or leave out of the constitution before sending it to voters.Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, asked to see a record of those votes, to determine how legislators reached their decisions on what should be included. February 15, 2006 Regular News What role do constitutions play?last_img read more

18
Dec
2020

DOL proposal further delays fiduciary rule effective date

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its much anticipated proposal to further delay full compliance with the fiduciary rule. The DOL is proposing to delay full implementation of the best interest contract (BIC) exemption and other prohibited transaction exemptions from January 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019. Prior to this proposal, a transition period has been in place that began June 9, 2017, and was scheduled to end January 1, 2018. It requires compliance with some—but not all—of the provisions of the final rule. With the transition period now extended, investment fiduciaries are required to only meet the regulations’ Impartial Conduct Standards, which require that they receive only reasonable compensation, make no misleading statements, and act in their clients’ best interest. This is significant news for credit unions, as the DOL has previously clarified that IRAs—along with Archer medical savings accounts (MSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and Coverdell education savings accounts (ESAs)—are included in the scope of the final rule. It also represents the latest delay to a rule that has been nearly seven years in the making.The DOL first issued proposed regulations in October 2010, but withdrew them in 2011 in the face of heated opposition from the industry and members of Congress, only to re-propose them in 2015. After holding four days of public hearings on the proposed regulations, hearing from more than 70 witnesses, and receiving thousands of comment letters, the DOL issued the final rule in April 2016. The final rule was effective June 7, 2016, 60 days after it was published in the Federal Register. But the implementation date was extended so that brokers and advisers were not governed by the conduct and disclosure rules until April 10, 2017. A transition period for compliance with the BIC exemption was put in place from that date until January 1, 2018, if certain conditions were met. Full compliance with the exemption was required as of January 1, 2018.Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election raised the hopes of the rule’s opponents that the rule would either be repealed or watered-down. That has not happened. Instead, the DOL in March announced a 60-day delay of the fiduciary rule implementation date from April 10, 2017, to June 9, 2017.The DOL also announced in Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2017-02 that during the initial compliance phase of the rule, enforcement policy would focus on good faith efforts to comply rather than strict adherence to the rule. While the rule’s Impartial Conduct Standards will apply during the initial compliance phase from June 9, 2017, through January 1, 2018, which is now extended, the DOL made clear in FAB 2017-02 that it “…will not pursue claims against fiduciaries who are working diligently and in good faith to comply with the fiduciary rule and exemptions, or treat those fiduciaries as being in violation of the fiduciary rule and exemptions.”The DOL also announced in FAB 2017-03 that it will not enforce the rule’s prohibition on investment advice contracts requiring clients to waive their right to participate in class-action lawsuits resulting from fiduciary breaches. The final fiduciary rule prohibits certain arbitration provisions in investment advice contracts and clauses that require participants to waive their right to participate in class-action lawsuits.Critics of the DOL’s fiduciary rule—including the Investment Company Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—urged the DOL to delay full implementation of the final rule. The credit union trade associations have also expressed concerns with the DOL’s fiduciary rule. In a comment letter earlier this year, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) urged the DOL to revoke the rule or exempt credit unions from it. NAFCU wrote that the rule’s complex requirements would discourage investment recommendations and restrict consumer choice. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has publicly stated that it supports the underlying intent of the fiduciary rule to protect investors, but is concerned that the new requirements could curtail credit unions and credit union service organizations from offering members retirement and investment products that would benefit them. CUNA submitted a comment letter in late June requesting that the DOL clarify that credit unions are exempt from the fiduciary rule.In releasing its proposal to delay full compliance with the fiduciary rule, the DOL noted that the purpose of the delay is “to give the Department of Labor the time necessary to consider possible changes and alternatives…” to the previously issued guidance. The DOL is accepting public comment during a 15-day comment period that ends September 15, 2017. While procrastinators and opponents of the rule may be pleased with the delay, many are left wondering how to proceed. Major financial firms have spent millions of dollars to comply with the rule. And many firms have overhauled their entire business model to move away from commission-based retirement accounts, and built marketing campaigns to demonstrate that they are acting in their clients’ best interest. If the rule is repealed, would these firms reverse course and go back to commission-based retirement accounts? If the rule is substantially changed, what will it cost to come into compliance with the changed rule? Credit unions would be well-advised to carefully monitor the evolving timelines for compliance with the DOL’s fiduciary rule and any changes to the final rule in order to ensure compliance. last_img read more

19
Oct
2020

Jakarta buries 639 bodies according to COVID-19 protocols

first_img“Our job is to transport and bury the bodies. We aren’t told by the hospitals whether a body is a COVID-19 patient or simply someone put under general monitoring or surveillance. All we know is those bodies need to undergo special protocols,” Suzy said during a press briefing on Monday.Read also: ‘Extremely disturbing’: Jump in Jakarta funerals raises fears of unreported COVID-19 deathsJakarta COVID-19 task force head Catur Laswanto said most of the cases were under surveillance or general monitoring and had died before their test results came back.“We have to adhere to the protocols as if they were [confirmed] COVID-19 cases, even though their status is not yet confirmed for the disease,” he said. The Jakarta administration has revealed it has buried more than 600 people according to the protocols for burial of people either suspected of or confirmed as having been infected with COVID-19.Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency head Suzi Marsitawati said 639 people had been buried following the special protocols as of Monday noon, with their bodies wrapped in plastic, put inside coffins wrapped in another layer of plastic and interred less than four hours after death.The agency, however, did not have data on which of the 639 people were confirmed COVID-19 cases or only suspected of having the disease. Workers preparing the funeral must also use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and protective coveralls. “These workers also have a high risk of COVID-19 infection,” Catur said.Most of the PPE for mortuary workers has been donated by the Jakarta branch of the National Zakat Board of Indonesia (Baznas) through the city parks and forestry agency.The administration is burying people suspected of or confirmed as having COVID-19 in Pondok Rangon cemetery in East Jakarta as well as Tegal Alur cemetery in West Jakarta.As of Tuesday, the capital city recorded 106 deaths as a result of COVID-19 of the total of 221 deaths recorded nationwide. Jakarta, the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country, has also confirmed 1,369 cases out of 2,738 total cases across the country.Jakarta has also seen a jump in funerals at the city whereby 4,377 people were buried in March, much higher than any month since 2010 with an average of 2,500. The data suggests that deaths from COVID-19 in the capital may be much higher than reported.Topics :last_img read more

29
Sep
2020

IPE Views: Growth trumps regulation at the European Commission

first_imgMeanwhile, Jonathan Hill, Britain’s member of the Juncker Cabinet in charge of stability and regulation of financial markets, has used the aforementioned “quick” and “effective” to describe how he would react to proposals to streamline financial regulation.Answering questions from the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs ahead of his confirmation hearing with lawmakers tomorrow, Hill says the prior overhaul of financial regulation completed “while the flames of the crisis raged” is a remarkable feat, and praises the leadership of outgoing internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier. However, he distances himself from the legacy with his next breath, saying that his appointment would mark “a new phase” without a significant increase in financial regulation.“Although we must continue to be alert to the emergence of new risks in our system and stand ready to take appropriate action, we are unlikely, over the next five years, to need to pass the same amount of new legislation again,” he says. As Hill sees it, his focus will be on regulatory implementation, enforcement and, importantly, evaluation – the last potentially being code-speak for a relaxation of the current regulatory requirements.He adds that if regulation is not flawless, “quick and effective adjustments” are required, emphasising the need for jobs and growth above all else.The supremacy of growth, not regulation, is also clear in comments from Jyrki Katainen.A former Finnish finance minister and prime minister, Katainen says he wants “concrete proposals” that will do away with regulatory “bottlenecks” undermining growth in the energy, telecom and transport sectors.Nominated for the position of vice-president in charge of the growth agenda – a new position that sees commissioners divided into topical clusters – Katainen is also very keen on greater financing of the real economy.The development of a more diversified financial system will require the removal of barriers, again emphasising less regulation.The resulting development of the Capital Markets Union, one of Juncker’s stated aims delegated to Hill, is likely to strengthen the hand of the pensions industry in Europe.After all, despite the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s continued work on the holistic balance sheet for pension funds, the Commission is unlikely to push ahead with any changes that would cause institutions to be more averse to risk. The Finnish commissioner-designate sees a threat of a regulatory “bottleneck” stifling growth, while Jonathan Hill wants regulation tweaked and growth to prosper. Does the European Commission’s focus on growth above all else mean the pensions industry no longer faces an uphill battle against further regulation?The words “quick” and “effective” are not ones often associated with the European Commission – at least by its critics.Yet the language coming out of Brussels ahead of Jean-Claude Juncker assuming the presidency has been markedly different than that employed in the recent past, stressing the importance of a nimble executive that does not unduly burden the economy with red tape.Frans Timmermans, the Dutch nominee for the College of Commissioners, will specifically be tasked with the oversight of red tape, and granted the power to veto any decision that increase the regulatory burden unnecessarily.last_img read more

28
Sep
2020

Axminster Flood Protection Scheme Completed

first_imgA £1 million flood prevention scheme in Axminster has been completed, the Devon County Council said in their latest release. The council’s scheme in Willhay Lane, which has widened and realigned the Millbrook culvert to improve its capacity and flow of water, now provides vital protection to over 160 homes.Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for flooding, said: “I’m sure these improvements will be welcomed by the local residents in this part of Axminster who have suffered flooding in the past. This has been one of our priority schemes to reduce risk and it has improved the standard of protection up to a one in 100 year flood event.”Councillor Ian Hall, Devon County Councillor for Axminster, added: “These improvements have removed the bottleneck where the Millbrook approaches Willhay Lane and the rail culvert. This now reduces the risk of flooding to around 160 homes.”“I recently inspected the area and would like to say a great job has been completed and I would also like to thank Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and my predecessor Andrew Moulding for all the work involved to see this project come to fruition – a real team effort.”Work has been carried out by contractor South West Highways.[mappress mapid=”24473″]last_img read more

26
Sep
2020

Victor Moses: Proud To Make My Inter Debut

first_imgVictor Moses has taken to photo sharing social media platform Instagram to celebrate Inter’s 2-1 Coppa Italia quarter final win over Fiorentina on Wednesday night, a match which saw him make his debut for Inter. Loading… The experienced Nigerian international recently completed a loan with option to buy move from Premier League side Chelsea and he was given his first chance to impress since signing as he came off the bench during the second half at San Siro. Read Also:Serie A: Victor Moses watches from bench as Inter, Cagliari play 1-1 “Great to get the win last night and proud to make my debut! Thanks to the fans for the warm welcome,” he posted. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Promoted ContentDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement DealsA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

26
Sep
2020

Rummenigge: Coronavirus crisis to end ‘unhealthy’ spending in football

first_img “With every crisis comes an opportunity,” Rummenigge noted in Bayern’s own club magazine. “For a long time we have seen unhealthy amounts of money paid in wages and transfer fees. The coronavirus and the crisis it is causing will at least put an end to this idea of ‘always more, everything more expensive and quicker than before’.” He added: “Supply and demand will regulate the market and help establish a new equilibrium”. With the German season being halted on March 13, Bayern players have agreed to take a pay cut, as have players at other clubs in the Bundesliga.Advertisement The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic will stop the “unhealthy” inflation of player wages and transfer fees in football, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wrote in an editorial published on Thursday. Promoted ContentGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Dazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… Read Also: Barcelona coach warned by UEFA The reigning German champions are one of the world’s richest clubs although they have been reluctant to splash out on the kind of transfer fees paid by other top sides in Europe. Their record transfer fee is the 80 million euros ($87.3m) spent on France defender Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid last year, some way short of the world record 222 million euros paid by Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona for Neymar in 2017. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more