Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table Starts Previews Off-Broadway

first_img The production will play in repertory with Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda, which will kick off on October 31 and open on November 5. In Chairs and a Long Table, a group of Asian American Actors prepare to attend a conference in Los Angeles addressing racial discrimination after a classic Chinese play is cast with two non-Asian actors as the leads. The cast includes Ron Domingo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Julienne Kim, Moses Villarama and Jeena Yi. View Comments Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table will begin performances off-Broadway on October 28. Directed by Linsay Firman and presented by the Ma-Yi Theater Company, the show will open officially on November 7 at the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. Chairs and a Long Table Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 22, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

Vermont housing market stable despite losses in other New England states

first_imgAcross New England, single family home sales dropped an average of -5.0% in 2010, the 2011 Housing Market Outlook and Forecast from RE/MAX of New England states. Some New England states, like Vermont, bucked the trend however, and were not hit as hard as other states by the continued housing market woes this year.As anticipated, the overall home sales in 2010 were down, despite a stronger showing in the first two quarters of the year, thanks to a federal tax credit extension and an uptick in seasonal buying. For the second half of the year, despite mortgage interest rates hitting historic lows, home sales stalled. Jay Hummer, RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President and Regional Director, believes this to be because of lower consumer confidence in the face of a struggling job market.Remaining largely flat in 2010, Vermont, with the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the nation, was not hit as hard by the recession as many of its neighboring New England states. Single family home sales posted modest gains of 2.7%; multifamily homes faired better with increases of 7.0% in 2010, while condominium sales were down by -5.0%.Bill Desautels, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX North Professionals in Colchester, maintains that Vermont was largely unaffected by the nation’s recession. ‘Statewide, we’re up less than one-tenth of a percent, putting us just about even with 2009.’According to a report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Vermont’s housing decline has been far less significant than the rest of New England and even the nation with only seven states faring better. In fact, foreclosure activity in Vermont is down more than 20% over last year.Overall, in 2011, RE/MAX expects the market to stay on a continued path of stable home prices, increasing mortgage interest rates and an escalation in foreclosure activity. In addition, the current level of investment purchasing will increase significantly this year.Source: RE/MAX of New England. Natick, MA – January 10, 2011 –last_img read more

Switchback Results: Parks, Firearms and Animal Rights

first_imgIllustration by  Wade Mickley. Do you feel safer now that firearms are allowed in National Parks?Yes: 80% Allowing law-abiding citizens to carry guns levels the playing field and makes the thieves and felons who want to take advantage of hikers think twice. —E., Winchester, Va.I’m not worried about wild animals—just the savage human animal. If I’m in the backcountry, regardless of the laws, expect me to be packing a gun. Part of carrying a handgun is responsibility. A responsible firearms owner does not pull his gun and fire into the night and does not endanger anyone that has not already returned the favor. —Jesse Cecil, Morgantown, W.Va.I feel safer knowing that my constitutional rights do not end at the park gate. Legal concealed weapons are a great way for the smaller and weaker to protect themselves against those who intend to harm others. There are bad people out there, and the good people should have the right to protect themselves. —Matt, Richmond, Va.Sleep tight in your sleeping bags this summer knowing that the bad guys now won’t be sure whether you have a pistol in your tent. You are safer. —Edward, Fort Mill, S.C. No: 20% I don’t feel safe, because I do not trust the average gun owner to be responsible. I do not want some scared false bravado firing into the air to scare a bear. I have had run-ins with mountain lions and bears but still never felt like I needed a firearm. —Justin, Greenville, N.C.The odds of being harmed in a national park are much less than they are in an urban area. Carrying a gun just increases the risk of accidental danger. —Ben Jacobson, Raleigh, N.C.A national park is a sanctuary for people and for wildlife. Leave your gun at home. It is like smoking; keep your bad habits and your emotional crutch away from those I care about. —Anonymous, via e-mailIt’s not about the gun; it’s about the individual with the gun. Because I don’t know that individual, I’ll always be wondering about how responsible they are with a weapon. I worry that people’s first instincts will be to use the gun. —Jay, Charlottesville, Va.Do animals have rights?Yes: 79% They at least have the right to be treated humanely and the right to preservation of their habitats. —Bryan James, Atlanta, Ga. Laws should be stricter against those who abuse, starve, or neglect animals. Prosecute them as if it were a case involving a human. Animals feel pain and get hungry. They deserve to be protected. —Anonymous, Charleston, W. Va. No: 21% Animals cannot only have rights without responsibilities. If animals do have rights, then we need to set up courts and try them for murder and stealing. —Roy McGinnis, Greenville, S.C. 1 2last_img read more

What makes a good leader?

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nancy Rappaport, CCE, has been president/CEO of $82 million/10,250-member PriorityONE Credit Union of Florida, Sunrise, since 2006, just before the Great Recession. She successfully helped the credit union grow to $82 million in assets from $80 million, diversify its loan portfolio and strengthen staff morale. Here, her administrative team members describe what it is that makes Rappaport’s leadership style work.In the photo, below, members of PriorityONE CU’s team chat in the CU’s Sunrise branch. Pictured, from left, are: Sheila Jaggon, Jose Janvion, Pat Nobles-Walling, Ralph Pulles, Melissa Betancourt , Vanessa Soto, Heather Mobayed and Nancy Rappaport.What’s unique about Rappaport’s leadership?Executive Vice President Deana Hennessy, responsible for lending, IT, marketing, collections, and accounting, has been with the CU for 19 years. She has witnessed the extraordinary transformation under Rappaport’s leadership. “Nancy’s management style is totally different from any I have ever worked under,” says Hennessy, a CUES member. “She is not only genuine and caring, but a great listener as well. Her detailed, organized yet empathetic approach enables her to be a teacher, mentor, and leader. You always know what to expect. We’ve worked hard to get here, and we have an excellent team in place.” continue reading »last_img read more

Gov’t funded through Wednesday, CUNA hopeful for regulatory relief

first_imgWith the U.S. Senate and House agreeing last week on funding for the federal government through Wednesday, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan says CUNA is hopeful that a deal will emerge that contains regulatory relief for credit unions. Federal government spending was originally supposed to lapse last Friday at midnight.“It’s not looking good–there are a lot of competing issues–but we know our provisions have bipartisan support and we are hopeful they will make the final cut,” Donovan said.Both the Senate and House-passed version of the government funding bills contain regulatory relief provisions. The House bill contains an item that would make changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s structure, and the Senate bill has nearly a dozen CUNA-backed regulatory relief provisions that would benefit credit unions.Those include legislative language that would deem mortgages held in portfolio as Qualified Mortgages, and address concerns with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s proposal on Federal Home Loan Bank membership requirements. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Michael Heyward, Glion Institute: When my colleagues complain about problems with a lack of qualified people, I ask them what and how much they have invested in them

first_imgThe second day of the largest investment conference in Southeast Europe Adria Hotel Forum, began with a lecture on the topic Are you ready for GDPR? (Regulation on the protection of personal data in the tourism sector).Marija Zrno (Law Office Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko) i Gregor Famira (CMS Croatia) warned the participants that the EU-wide Regulation on Personal Data Protection will enter into force on 25 May. The hotel industry, which otherwise frequently uses information about its guests, will need to prepare well and make sure that their associates comply with GDPR regulations. “The problem is not in collecting data but in the way you do it and with whom you share it. Don’t just copy the privacy policy from your colleagues because each agreement is specific. Penalties for violating this Regulation are large, amounting to five percent of your annual income”Warned Zrno.A panel on the currently most current global topic of the industry followed – Lack of skilled labor, led by a famous host Mislav Togonal. They participated in the panel Haris Neofytidis (Metropol Palace), Lachezar Nikolaev Todorov (Terra Tour Service), Michael Heyward (Glion Institute of Higher Education), Peter Ryrvik (Talent solutions AB) i Gordana Kolenko (BHV consulting), which in the introductory part of the panel presented the benchmark study Valamar Riviere, which uses sophisticated technology to define the formula for the success of its employees.Neofytidis, whose company operates in several SEE countries, made a comparison of the waiters ’salaries at a 5-star hotel. In Greece, for older and more experienced waiters, it costs 700 to 800 euros, in Bulgaria 400 euros, and in Serbia 250 euros. “Greece is a very mature tourist country, a million people work in the sector, however even there it is difficult to find a workforce to work in the resorts because a lot of people have their own private business in tourism. “Serbia has only taken tourism more seriously, employing only 75 people, while Bulgaria is somewhere in the middle.” said Neofytidis.Kolenko believes that the exodus can only be fought with a healthy economy. ” Whenever we talk about investments, we talk about new keys and real estate, never about investing in people and their development”Says Kolenko.Photo: AHFLachezar Nikolaev Todorov said Bulgaria’s labor problem began when the country joined the EU, as is the case with Croatia today. The profession has lobbied for practical classes to enter the educational programs of high schools and faculties, and today practical trainings are very popular. “Bulgaria has made a shift from a higher education system to a vocational education system in tourism. We don’t need so many managers but people with high school to serve breakfast to guests”Todorov explained, adding that Bulgaria has also turned to importing labor. His company last year hired 150 people from Ukraine and Moldova who saved its season.Michael Heyward of the Glion Institute, which creates leaders in business, insists on the practical experience of students who have to go through all the stairs (making the bed, working in the kitchen, etc.). “Practical experience still gives the best results and it is crucial for professional career development. When my colleagues complain about problems with a lack of qualified people, I ask them what and how much they have invested in them. They tell me that it is not worth investing because they can go to another job in a couple of months. I answer that then it is certainly best not to invest anything in your worker so that they have an unskilled worker with them forever. If you get back half the people you invested in last season, you’ve done a great job because you’re starting next season with a much better positionHeyward explained.Peter Ryrvik, since he comes from Sweden, spoke from a slightly different position because a lot of workers from SE Europe come to work in his country. His company uses sophisticated technology to introduce the mentioned benchmark studies and formulas into hotel companies. He referred to the problem of lack of middle management, believing that employers do not help potential managers enough to gain self-awareness. If they don’t understand themselves, they won’t understand others either.Another panel called Hotel companies in the capital market he led Andrej Erjavec (InterCapital Securities), and they participated in it Frank Reul (Accor hotels / Orbis), Krešimir Huljev (Sun Concern), Milena Perkovic (Arena Hospitality Group) i Marko Čižmek (Valamar Riviera). In the introductory presentation of the topic, Erjavec stated the fact that no country in the world has as many tourist companies on the capital market as Croatia. In total, 23 of them are listed on the Zagreb Stock Exchange and they make up 10 percent of the total stock exchange capital. The Sunce Group joined last year, and Arena Hospitality Group embarked on an IPO.Frank Reul believes that so many tourism companies on the stock market means that the sector is transparent and that it is good for more small investors to participate in the capital market because it reduces the risk and danger of a large company collapsing, which could be a blow to the economy and employment. . Krešimir Huljev explained that with the listing of the Sunce Group on the Zagreb Stock Exchange, the company received better conditions for access to capital and debt refinancing, and thus increased competitiveness and its own value in the long run.Milena Perković explained that her company decided to enter Arenaturist, recognizing a good opportunity among several projects in SE Europe, and that all shareholders, including Park Plaza, jointly decided to keep the company on the Zagreb Stock Exchange. “We currently have 10 more potential projects on the table in SE Europe, but patience is key at the moment. Our shareholders know that they cannot expect high dividends in the short term, but they expect a long-term increase in the value of investments”Pointed out Perković.Photo: AHFMarko Čižmek explained in general the reasons for the growth in the value of shares of hotel companies in the last few years. “The entire industry has experienced rapid growth in investment in both hotel and private accommodation, tourism is of great importance in GDP, we finally have liquidity in the market, and investors’ perception of Croatia has changed in the last five years. Today, all funds know the investment opportunities in Croatia”Pointed out Čižmek.The third panel, moderated by Branko Bogunović (Hotel & Destination Consulting), discussed whether hotel companies should fight against the influx of private accommodation or ‘flirt’ with it. They spoke on the panel Bernardo Retana (Otium Residences), Pawel Rek (Amadeus), Ivan Milotić (Mystria.com), Jeroen A. Oskam (Hotelschool the Hague), Takuya Aoyama (Hyatt International).Oskam’s company conducted a survey of Airbnab’s business, which showed that the number of overnight stays of tourists through that platform in some European markets increased by more than 100 percent, but he added that this growth slowed down last year. Last year, 258 thousand overnight stays were recorded in Zagreb through Airbnb, which is a 73 percent increase compared to 2016. Airbnb had a turnover of 13 million euros in Zagreb, which is small and means that a large part of that market ended up in the gray zone. , Oskam points out.Bernardo Retana said his company in Spain works closely with private accommodation owners. It offers them capacity management, marketing and operations services. “We do a very similar job as hotel management does, only on a smaller scale. The business with private accommodation must be legally regulated, but also professional. Airbnb is just one of 60 similar sales channels and if people are smart they will work with them. ” Retana concluded.Pawel Rek says that Airbnb’s business increasingly resembles typical OTA agencies (online travel agencies) and that the platform is increasingly expanding its services. He announced that the latest version of the Airbnb platform will be released next week, which is said to be the biggest change for the company in the last 10 years. Ivan Milotić, co-owner of the portal that rents exclusively villas to guests, invited hoteliers to cooperate with the cluster of quality villas, by offering villas hotel services. Takuya Aoyama does not consider either platforms or private accommodation a real threat because according to him, they, unlike hotels, have nothing concrete in their ownership. But that’s why they’re a competition in marketing that sells the experience and hotel loyalty programs. In Florida, he says, Hyatt works with luxury private accommodation owners.“Whenever we talk about investments, we talk about new keys and real estate, never about investing in people and their development”Gordana Kolenko, BHV consultingThe last panel called New products and their successful expansion gathered very interesting examples of new product concepts. Evgenia Jenkins from Netizen presented a concept from Russia, the so-called hostel, a hybrid of a hotel and a hostel, in which the facilities have the basic hotel infrastructure (reception, bar, lobby), but the rooms are adapted to all types of travelers. In addition to two hotels in Russia, it will soon open a 250-room facility in Budapest. Wolfgang Gold (easyHotel) explained the concept of his super-budget brand which offers guests very small rooms, only with a bed and a bathroom, and all other services are paid for. That this concept works is shown by easyHotel’s plans to expand to the Far East, Africa, Iran and Nepal.Jason Wischhoff (Dream Hotel Group) said his company is looking for facilities in public spaces that investors otherwise consider ‘dead capital’. As an example, he cited the recent opening of a hotel in Birmingham, which was once a church and then a disco.This year’s Adria Hotel Forum ended with a presentation of the best management schools for the tourism industry in Switzerland.last_img read more

Indonesia’s e-commerce sales to surpass India’s

first_imgManagement consulting company Redseer projected Indonesia’s online retail gross merchandise value (GMV), which indicates overall sales value, to surpass India’s this year, driven by a new cohort of e-commerce users amid the pandemic.Redseer Southeast Asia partner Roshan Raj Behera said Indonesia’s 2020 e-commerce GMV will reach US$40 billion this year, the third-highest in the world and higher than India’s predicted $38 billion. Last year, India’s GMV was higher at $29.2 billion, ranking third, compared to Indonesia’s $23 billion, which followed suit.The change is backed by Indonesia’s retail spending, which is 2.5 times higher than India’s, according to Redseer. Indonesia’s e-commerce marketing and subsidy outflow are also higher, aiding e-commerce adoption. In the online shop payment, the company predicted that there will be more e-commerce collaborating with e-wallet platforms as payment through digital wallet has been rising since the fourth quarter last year.Read also: E-commerce group sees room for digital wallet growthA recent survey from MarkPlus revealed that ShopeePay has outperformed competitors due to its integration with Shopee as well as the company’s vigorous marketing and discounts.Behera also said that e-commerce players would be most likely to continue advertising because the COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity to focus on online marketing.“This is a year for ads investment. E-commerce players should focus on getting people on board as the acquisition cost for post-COVID-19 will be higher,” he said, adding that e-commerce would also still be giving out discounts to gain traction.  “Some players are more mindful about giving out discounts in correlation with their profitability. However, subsidizing purchases is not necessarily bad in the long run as it can lead to higher revenue in the future.”  A 2019 study by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company showed that e-commerce has overtaken online travel to become the biggest sector of the internet economy in Southeast Asia, with a trajectory to reach exceed $150 billion GMV by 2025. Of the regional value, Indonesia is predicted to gain the highest GMV share at $82 billion.Topics : “Many people in Indonesia are looking to e-commerce platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of them will continue to spend money online,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Behera added that online shoppers grew to 85 million people during the pandemic, from 75 million pre-COVID-19.Indonesia’s e-commerce gross GMV grew strongly in the second quarter this year, reaching $10 billion and driven by people switching to online platforms to buy consumable products such as health and personal care, groceries and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).“The average order value in e-commerce platforms is down, but the average daily transactions are almost more than double,” Behera said, adding that people used to buy electronics online, which cost more but are bought less often than FMCG and groceries.last_img read more

Pot legalization: Link to marijuana and more car crashes, suicide

first_imgCar crashes, psychosis, suicide: Is the drive to legalize marijuana ignoring major risks?USA Today 7 March 2019Family First Comment: Finally… some mainstream media outlets are asking the questions that need to be asked.“These critics – doctors, police and auto safety officials, parents – point to stories and studies that link the drug to suicide, schizophrenia and car crashes. Marijuana might be safer than alcohol or tobacco, they say. But that doesn’t make marijuana safe.”In less than 25 years, marijuana has gone from illegal everywhere in the United States to legal for at least some uses in all but four states.Advocates say the drug can help patients who are suffering from chronic pain, multiple sclerosis-triggered muscle spasms and the grueling side effects of chemotherapy. Some states are exploring whether cannabis could help wean people from addiction to opioids.Beyond the medical claims, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and more are considering it. The advocates’ long-repeated argument: It’s safer than alcohol or tobacco.But as cultural acceptance of cannabis grows, opponents are warning of potential downsides.These critics – doctors, police and auto safety officials, parents – point to stories and studies that link the drug to suicide, schizophrenia and car crashes.Marijuana might be safer than alcohol or tobacco, they say. But that doesn’t make marijuana safe.An increase in impaired driving by people under the influence of drugs including marijuana, for example, is threatening the huge progress made in recent decades to reduce drunk driving crashes.EAD MORE: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/03/06/marijuana-legalization-risks-critics-downsides-car-crashes-psychosis-schizophrenia-suicide/2915860002/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Leicester City fans laud wonderful Super Eagles star

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Leicester are currently third on the log behind Manchester City and league leaders Liverpool. Meanwhile, the player had opened up about his opportunities at Leicester City this season and his determination to take his chances in the first team for the Foxes. The Nigerian has spent most of his ​Leicester City career  playing the understudy to Jamie Vardy and it is easy tosee why. Despite Jamie Vardy being 33 years old, he has  already found the net an incredible 17 times so far thisseason in just 24 appearances in all competitions. Having made a strong impression at current champions  Manchester City, Iheanacho has struggled to have quitethe same impact at his current club, having scored just  seven league goals in three seasons at the King Power. ​However, the formerly misfiring striker appears to have  turned his fortunes around and is having a strong season. Read Also:Westwood’s late strike helps Burnley stun Iheanacho’s LeicesterHe has managed to get on the scoresheet six times in his 10 appearances in all competitions this campaign. Having  found himself a peripheral figure at the start of the  season, a strong run of form near the end of 2019 hasseen Iheanacho force himself into Brendan Rodgers’ plans. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City fans across the world continued to encourage the inspirational support of Nigeria forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, following his terrific form for the Foxes this season. Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates  The Super Eagles striker who started the season on a wrong note has fully regained his form to fight for permernent position in the team. Iheanacho has virtually won the heart of his coach Brenda Rodgers who has tried many options to keep the player away from dumping the team this season. Iheanacho has now scored six goals and assisted five in all competitions for the Foxes, something that left the fans impressed. The fans however took to their social media handle to praise the Nigerian, after coming off the bench to help Leicester City sucure a 4-1 win over West Ham United at Kingpower Stadium on Wednesday with two assists. “Now an indispensable member of the team!’ Leicester Foxes twitted. Loading… Leicester City fans praise ‘indispensable’ Iheanacho https://t.co/5TtH6YlwDg pic.twitter.com/1FOdkK9HIF— omotimehin nelson (@omotimehinnelso) January 23, 2020last_img read more

Bing defends P9.5-M park rehab

first_imgHe added: “Rest assured, your city officials are not ignoring the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.”  This was the statement of Mayor Evelio Leonardia in relation to proposed rehabilitation of the Bacolod Rizal Park project worth P9,454,107.33 after the said project gained several criticisms from the public particularly from former Mayor Monico Puentevella. However, Leonardia countered that the funding for this infrastructure project will infuse funds into the local economy to help generate jobs and sales of construction and hardware materials and other supplies needed for the project.  He said that at this time when the city does not even have testing labs for COVID-19, no funds for mass testing and others. “This is the height of stupidity and insensitivity,” the former city official pointed out. The funding for the rehabilitation and improvement of the Bacolod Rizal Park was sourced out form the national government through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). According to Leonardia, it was called the Local Government Support Fund-Assistance to Cities or LGSF-AC.center_img “Thus, it will help spur the economic recovery of the City from the downturn caused by the recent quarantines to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Leonardia. In his public statement issued to several media outlets in this city, Puentevella said “it is not proper specially this time that the country is fighting against the corona virus disease 2019(COVID-19) pandemic. This funding was part of an appropriation item of close to P2.5 billion approved by Congress for the 2019 national budget as financial assistance to all cities nation-wide to fund the construction, rehabilitation, repair or improvement of public open spaces. “Local government units with project proposals evaluated and approved by the DBM were given until Dec. 31 to fully utilize their LGSF-AC project funds; otherwise, whatever will be left unused  will be forfeited and must be remitted back to the national government,” the mayor explained. BACOLOD City – “If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.”last_img read more