News Round-Up: Kristin! Audra! And Nathan Lane’s No Longer in The Money!

first_imgWelcome to our round-up of news stories, your daily guide to all the latest buzz in and around the Great White Way! First up? Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane, Tony nominee Billy Magnussen and Broadway alums Rosemary Harris, Mamie Gummer and Ray Liotta are no longer in The Money. According to Deadline, David Milch’s HBO pilot The Money is no longer moving forward. Nathan Lane Kristin Chenoweth Rosemary Harris View All (5) Finally, the complete cast has been announced for Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall. Joining the previously reported stars Nathan Lane, Patrick Wilson, Sierra Boggess and Megan Mullally will be Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd) as Arvide Abernathy and Tony nominee Lee Wilkof (Assassins) as Harry the Horse. Other cast members also now on board for the one-night-only event include Allison Blackwell, J.D. Webster, Linda Mugleston, Joseph Torello, Glenn Seven Allen, Manuel Herrera, Adam Jepsen, Jason Mills, Curt Olds, Nicholas Rodriguez, and Cody Williams. Adam Alexander, Nicolas Dávila, Rebecca Eichenberger, Constantine Germanacos, Gaelen Gilliland, Juan Jose Ibarra, Denis Lambert and Brian Charles Rooney. Star Files Over in Washington, The Kennedy Center has set dates for the previously reported productions of the Susan Stroman helmed Little Dancer and the Broadway-bound Gigi. Little Dancer will play October 25 through November 30. Gigi will play January 17 through Feburary 15. Meanwhile, Kristin Chenoweth has revealed her decade-long struggle with asthma in the hope of bringing asthma awareness. The Tony winner told E! Online that it’s had a very real impact on her career as she can suffer from “shortness of breath” or “wheezing” before an important performance. View Comments Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will present and Tamara Tunie emcee at The League of Professional Theatre Women’s 2014 Awards Celebration and Big Mingle Reception. The event will be held March 10 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Zoe Caldwell, Judith Dolan, Joanna Sherman, Sondra Gorney, Meiyin Wang and Katherine Kovner will all receive awards during the evening. Audra McDonald Billy Magnussenlast_img read more

BroadbandVT.org to use crowdsourcing to identify unserved areas of state

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin unveiled a new website today, BroadbandVT.org, a one-stop information resource and interactive tool for Vermonters to use in the quest to obtain statewide, universal availability of broadband service. ‘I think we are all well aware that some Vermonters are without broadband service today,’ the Governor said. ‘We have federal, state and privately funded projects in progress to build more broadband connections. As we achieve the broadband build out, we need to identify those remaining unserved areas down to the location level.’He said one of the important features of BroadbandVT.org is it allows Vermonters to participate and tell us where ‘ down to their individual home addresses — they know service is missing.   ‘But the site does more than tell us where service is not — it also tells us about the types and speeds of broadband already in use,’ said Karen Marshall, Chief of ConnectVT.  ‘For those Vermonters who are fortunate and already enjoy high speed access, the site identifies service options at any residence, business, or address in the state, as well as detailed information about the service providers. It also works on a dial-up connection, and can direct visitors to the nearest location offering public, high speed Internet access.’ BroadbandVT.org was designed as a neutral, broad based and singular resource for all things broadband.  The  central element of the site is the coverage map ‘ which is continuously updated to reflect the data input from visitors ‘ a process known as ‘crowdsourcing.’  The map includes various overlays that identify areas without service, existing broadband service speeds, and public facilities, such as libraries, that offer broadband service. The map is updated on a 24-hour cycle to reflect the information recently gleaned from Vermonters visiting and providing data to the site. ‘Key projects by Sovernet, VTel, FairPoint, Cloud Alliance, EC Fiber and others are building fiber connections deep into our communities, and beginning to create a canopy of wireless broadband in many areas of the state. We are coordinating with the Department of Public Service and providers to keep people informed as to when service will be available,’ said Marshall.   ‘I encourage all of our residents to visit BroadbandVT.org and let us know where and how you get broadband. This information will be invaluable as we aim to complete our broadband infrastructure together, by 2013,’ Shumlin said. Source: Governor’s office. 5.12.2011last_img read more

Belgium appoints Europe’s first transgender deputy PM

first_imgA transgender woman was sworn in as deputy prime minister in Belgium’s new government on Thursday, becoming the most senior trans politician in Europe.Petra De Sutter, a gynecologist and Green party Member of the European Parliament, became one of seven deputy prime ministers in Belgium’s coalition government, ending a 16-month deadlock after an inconclusive election.”Incredibly grateful for the confidence I have received from my party!” De Sutter wrote on Twitter. “Now I can do whatever it takes to relaunch our country and work on a new future for all Belgians together with that government!” With LGBT+ rights becoming more accepted worldwide, gay and trans politicians have gained greater prominence in recent years, with Pauline Ngarmpring becoming Thailand’s first trans candidate for prime minister last year.In the United States, more than 880 openly LGBT+ candidates have appeared or will appear on ballots across the country this year, nearly double that of 2018, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute, which supports LGBT+ candidates.Belgium has been without a fully-fledged government since December 2018, when a four-party coalition collapsed.On Wednesday, seven parties agreed to form a coalition headed by Alexander De Croo to replace the caretaker administration appointed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March. De Sutter, who is also minister for public service and public enterprises, was elected to the European Parliament in 2019 representing the Flemish Green party, Groen.Prior to that, she served as a senator for the Groen party in Belgium’s upper house of parliament for five years from 2014.LGBT+ rights groups welcomed De Sutter’s appointment as an important step forward for trans politicians.”We are delighted that a member of the trans community has been appointed to this senior political post,” Matt Beard, executive director of international advocacy group All Out, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”Petra’s appointment is a calling and an inspiration to governments across the world to increase trans representation in senior positions.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Swiss municipal pension schemes face funding shortfalls: analysis

first_imgLucerne1,487 5,701 107.7%2.00%107.7% – Lukas Rühli, adjunct fellow at Avenir Suisse“2017 was a very good year on the stock markets, from which the pension funds benefited,” he wrote. “2018 was rather bad, but at the end of the day compared with 2016 asset values noticeably increased nearly across the board.”In addition, funding restoration plans for the Lausanne Pensionskasse and the Geneva pension fund were having an effect. A few years ago the Lausanne Pensionskasse was 40% funded, compared with 65% as at the end of 2018. The city has agreed a financing plan with the federal state targeting a funding level of 80% by 2050.According to Rühli, the pension funds for the cities of Biel and Lugano showed the most improvement, with funding on the harmonised basis increasing from 87.3% to 95.4% within two years for Biel, and from 85.6% to 92.8% for Lugano.The Bern Pensionskasse’s situation deteriorated from 87.3% to 84.1% funded – the worst performance of the 10 cities.Lugano and Biel lowered their technical interest rates in the direction of the reference rate set by the Swiss chamber of pension actuaries (SKPE). The SKPE rate has been 2% since the end of September 2017.In 2016 the Biel and Lugano Pensionskassen discounted their future liabilities with a rate of 3.5% and 3%, respectively, while last year the rates were down to 2.5% and 2%.Rühli said that left Basel, Geneva and Bern as cities “making their pension liabilities look better with a significantly higher technical interest rate”.The recapitalisation needs across the seven underfunded city Pensionskassen stood at CHF4.9bn (€4.5bn), according to Avenir Suisse. It noted that this was almost as much as the annual budget for the entire canton of Aargau, but nonetheless CHF800m less than at the end of 2016.Aargau is the fourth most populous Swiss canton, according to federal government statistics.Municipal pension fund rankingSource: Avenir Suisse, IPE AuM (CHF, m) MembersRegulatory coverage ratioTechnical interest rateCoverage ratio with 2% technical rateFunding needs with 2% rate (CHF, m) The differences between the coverage ratios of Swiss municipal pension funds are “enormous” and in some cases there are big holes, according to analysis carried out by the think tank Avenir Suisse.Lukas Rühli, adjunct fellow at Avenir Suisse, compared the coverage ratios of municipal pension funds for the 10 biggest Swiss cities, applying a technical interest rate of 2% to harmonise the regulatory levels disclosed in annual reports for 2018. The resulting funding levels ranged from 107.7% to 64.2%.Rühli also said that, as with cantonal pension funds, coverage ratios for the pension funds of cities in French-speaking western Switzerland were lower than in the rest of Switzerland.He noted that the underfunding at times took on proportions that would be unthinkable in the private sector, where coverage levels significantly below 90% hardly occurred as pension funds there had already been forced to take remedial measures.  Bern 2,265 9,767 91.0% 2.75% 84.1% 429  Zurich 16,647 52,956 110.9% 2.50% 105.2% –  Winterthur 1,912 8,145 89.1% 2.25% 86.8% 291  Lugano 717 4,268 92.8% 2.00% 92.8% 56  St Gallen 1,429 5,696 101.4% 2.00% 101.4% –  Biel 900  5,977100.6% 2.50% 95.4% 43  The figuresThe Pensionskassen for Luzern, Zurich and St Gallen were the only funds on a sustainable footing, with funding levels in excess of 100% as at the end of 2018.Out of the seven underfunded city pension funds, Biel and Lugano were clearly underfunded (95.4% and 92.8%, respectively); Basel, Winterthur, Bern and Geneva substantially so with coverage ratios between 80% and 88%; and Lausanne extremely underfunded (65%).Avenir Suisse analysed the funding levels of Swiss municipal pension funds for the first time last year as part of a wider study, based on annual reports for 2016. According Rühli, the municipal pension funds were in a better situation in 2018 than two years before.  Basel 12,341 39,104 97.6% 3.00%87.8% 1,708  Geneva 4,388 12,818 89.3% 3.00% 80.4% 1,069  Lausanne2,27411,82567.7%2.50% 64.2%1,267last_img read more

Holder content with underdogs tag … ODI series bowls off today

first_imgTWO of the most unpredictable teams in World cricket – West Indies and Pakistan – will commence the three-match One Day International (ODI) series today at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.West Indies during their net session yesterday.However, West Indies captain Jason Holder says he has no issues with his team being branded the underdogs going into the series, but he believes they can prove a few people wrong.“Pakistan have been hard on us. They have beaten us in the last series we played in the UAE and they started this tour well. So we probably are the underdogs right now … it’s not a bad tag to have.“The expectations are pretty much on Pakistan to beat us and that is an incentive for our guys. We must go and must show that we can beat Pakistan.“They are just a step ahead of us in the ICC rankings and I don’t think they are impossible to beat,” Holder told media operatives at a press conference yesterday.Further Holder said he expected a different approach from his side in the 50-overs format, as batsmen would have the benefit of time on their side to explore the Pakistan attack, especially leg-spinner Shadab Khan.West Indies captain Jason HolderThe 18-year-old (Khan) made his international debut in last week’s Twenty20 series and could hardly have been more impressive, capturing 10 wickets against the world champions to be named player-of-the-series.His main attacking weapon is the googly – a delivery that spins from the off side towards leg – baffling batsmen expecting the ball to turn the other way.“He obviously had some success so far in this series. He is something new. Everybody is now getting accustomed to seeing him but what I can say is that this one-day format you have a bit more time than the T20. Having said that we have our game play against him,” Holder reckoned.Meanwhile, notwithstanding carrying the favourites’ tag, the Pakistanis will also be wary of the conditions as well as the opposition.Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said, “It is important that we continue the momentum and sustain the same kind of focus.”Both teams have faded away in terms of performance, but the West Indies are under pressure to reverse a run of poor form that could see them face the indignity of having to qualify for the next World Cup in 2019.Pakistan captain Sarfraz AhmedThe top eight teams in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings at the end of September 2017 automatically advance to the event in England.Pakistan are currently No. 8 in the ICC’s ODI rankings, holding the final automatic qualification spot for the 2019 World Cup; West Indies are ninth, with five ranking points separating the sides.Failure to beat Pakistan would leave West Indies – who will be absent from this year’s Champions Trophy – struggling to catch them ahead of September’s cut-off and facing the prospect of having to come through the ICC Qualifier.Today’s match will be followed by another on Sunday and the final match of the series next Tuesday; all matches bowl off at 09:30hrs.West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt.), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.Pakistan ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt. & wkp.), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar.last_img read more