BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is looking at legal means to guarantee the delivery of all the COVID-19 vaccine doses it bought from AstraZeneca and other drugmakers. EU regulators are expected to authorize use of the vaccine AstraZeneca developed with Oxford University. However, officials in Brussels have quarreled with AstraZeneca after the pharmaceutical company said it would deliver smaller than expected supplies to the 27 EU nations. AstraZeneca cited reduced yields from its manufacturing plants in Europe, but the EU suspects doses produced in Europe have been directed elsewhere. EU Council President Charles Michel said Thursday that the EU “should explore all options and make use of all legal means and enforcement measures at our disposal.”
Waitress Sara Bareilles View Comments Laura Michelle Kelly to Perform With Jeremy JordanBelieve! Laura Michelle Kelly is set to reunite with her Boston Finding Neverland co-star Jeremy Jordan on May 30 at 54 Below. The Broadway leading lady will present us with a revealing evening of song and stories, sharing her journey of coming to New York City and making it her home, with Jordan making an appearance. Directed by Corey Mach, with musical direction by Joshua Stephan Kartes, Kelly will also perform on May 2 alongside special guest star Dez Duron, who rose to stardom on The Voice. Buy tickets here.Lesli Margherita & Tom Hewitt Tapped for HunchbackBroadway favorites Lesli Margherita and Tom Hewitt will take on the roles of Esmeralda and Frollo, respectively, in the Los Angeles premiere of The Huchback of Notre Dame. Alan Menken (Aladdin) and Stephen Schwartz’s (Wicked) musical will play as part of La Mirada Theatre’s 2016-17 season. Directed by Glenn Casale, the retelling of Victor Hugo’s classic is scheduled to begin performances on September 16.Artwork Revealed for Josh Groban’s Great Comet”Key” artwork has been unveiled, below, for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Headlined by Josh Groban in his long-awaited Broadway debut, the production will also star Denée Benton. Dave Malloy’s new tuner is set to blaze into the Imperial Theatre in the first week of October, officially opening on November 14. Sara Bareilles(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Sara Bareilles Pens Anti-Cellphone Ditty for WaitressSara Bareilles didn’t just write the score to Broadway’s Waitress—she also came up with a song for the production’s turn-off-your-mobile-device warning. “I wrote it in an evening and recorded it at home,” the singer-songwriter told the AP. “It seems to have done the trick, although the errant cellphone still makes me crazy.” Based on Bareilles’ tune “Cassiopeia,” check it out on Soundcloud below. No word yet on whether Patti Lupone will be recording a little pre-show something for War Paint. Josh Groban
Wood Mackenzie retains positive outlook on U.S. solar market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:WoodMac’s U.S. Solar Market Update webinar took a look back at the record PV installation results for 2019 — those long-ago simpler times — and looked ahead to 2020’s new solar landscape.Colin Smith, senior analyst at the fossil fuel and renewables research firm, gave some reasons to be cheerful. He said, ‘Even going into a pandemic, the market is well-positioned.”When the U.S. makes it through this episode, there’s still 30.4 GW of new solar contracted. This is voluntary procurement driven by price, rather than mandate. Solar growth is driven by merchant projects in ERCOT with no off-take agreement — just selling into the power markets. And it’s driven by corporate procurement. These conditions are in place now and will be in place as we recover.Smith noted that “Economic competitiveness is still the primary driver” for solar, and that states without an RPS “are still seeing gigawatts come into play.”Despite the collapse of the economy and our species’ immune systems, Smith expects 2020 to beat 2016 as the biggest year for utility solar on record. He said that even with a 26% shortfall from their forecast, “2020 would be the biggest year for utility solar.”Smith parsed the risks to utility projects into port shutdowns, component shortages, travel delays and site shutdowns. Best-case scenarios found delays of a few weeks. Worst-case scenarios envision delays of 2 to 3 months.[Eric Wesoff]More: Reasons to be cheerful: U.S. utility solar pipeline is ‘stronger than ever’
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Video has taken the social media world by storm. According to YouTube, the site garners more than 1 billion views per day. Video has proven to be a powerful storytelling tool, helping people and businesses alike connect with their audience in a meaningful way. For credit unions, video provides a compelling channel to tell your unique story, deepen member relationships, forge connections with the community and engage the next generation.There is a common misconception that creating a video is a complex, expensive, time-consuming process. This simply isn’t the case, and the following three examples are videos that can be created in less than a day, often a few hours, using simply an iPhone or other mobile device. Integrating video can boost the success of your social media strategy, drive website traffic, improve organic search engine results and boost the success of member outreach campaigns.Highlight Videos: Showcasing News, Events and ActivitiesCredit unions recognize the significance of social media, and in response, a growing majority have established a presence on popular platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with their members. Creating a short video to introduce or preview new content—including new blog entries, press announcements or educational materials for members—is a simple, yet effective way to gain additional visibility and boost social media engagement. Including video as a supplement to other marketing materials helps ensure your messaging resonates with the audience. Additionally, highlight videos showcasing community involvement, volunteer efforts or other events are relatively easy to create and help your credit union stand out in a crowded market. Short videos are easy to consume and quickly grab the viewer’s attention. continue reading »
Ivana Alilović: Holiday homes are a real hit, but this is just the beginning of a new tourist story of the Zagreb Green Ring
“We have extremely positive reactions to accommodation facilities in holiday homes. Judging by all the market research and data from the eVisitor system, it can be seen that we have hit the niche well with our campaign. We wanted to position ourselves and send a message that guests in our county can stay in a green, rural and protected environment. And all just half an hour from Zagreb. At the moment when everything stopped, it was necessary to react and position ourselves, so we decided to start the campaign and we did not hesitate in that segment, it turned out to be a complete success. current situation, but this is a great start to the development and promotion of a new platform around which we will build our tourism promotion ” Alilović points out. Despite all the challenges, this is exactly what the Zagreb County Tourist Board did with the platform and the “Vacation never closer” campaign. The goal is, of course, to position the entire Zagreb green ring towards Zagreb as much as possible as an ideal weekend destination close to the city bustle. Also, the Zagreb County Tourist Board wants to additionally connect new tourist products and expand the offer because, according to Alilović, they have excellent niche stories that have yet to be developed and presented well. It is through a complete tourist offer and story that we want to unite everything we offer in one place, close to Zagreb as our primary market, says Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board and confirms that holiday homes in Zagreb County are a total hit. Since the beginning of the crisis, I emphasize that special focus and demand will be on continental and rural tourism. But just as continental destinations, despite all the challenges, need to impose and position themselves. The green ring of Zagreb is certainly an ideal destination as an escape from the city crowds and stress, which offers a lot of quality content, all half an hour from the center of our capital. Travel agencies, get involved and see your opportunity, because you can’t do without each other. The entire campaign is accompanied by a new destination platform www.odmorniakdablize.hr which brings together holiday homes in one place, ie accommodation facilities, gastronomic offer, facilities in destinations and wine story, which is certainly one of the main brands of Zagreb County, but so far insufficiently valorized in terms of tourism. “We want to connect them all, both through our platform and through niche tourism products. We also have a strong scene with local distilleries engaged in the artisanal production of gin, which, along with craft breweries, is in a big positive trend. With cycling and bike trails, a green story and all of the above, we can conclude that we have great potential, which we must turn into quality resources. It is good to network everything, complete it and present it as ready-made tourist products. ” Alilović points out and concludes that she is aware that she has a lot of work to do and that nothing goes overnight, but that a defined and rounded product is an imperative and basis for today’s tourism development that Zagreb County certainly deserves in accordance with all these potentials. In conclusion, it is certainly about great potential, but also the challenge of how to network it all well and make a unique tourist product. Here, the proximity of Zagreb as the largest and economically strongest market and the primary market is logical. Especially because in Zagreb a few years ago the awareness and audience for all these products developed. One of the goals is to further promote and highlight our winemakers and wine roads, by which the Zagreb Green Ring is recognized, but also new products that we want to focus on, says Alilović and adds: “Although we managed to position ourselves with relatively modest budgets and get positive feedback from the market, which is crucial, we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but through the new platform we have a good foundation to push forward. We started with the promotion of black truffles in the Zagreb County, ie the Turopolje region, where we showed that the surroundings of Zagreb have a great potential as a well-known truffle area. That story of course has to evolve and this is just the beginning. We are definitely planning to pair truffles with winemakers from Zagreb County, as well as cooperation with restaurants in Turopolje that have a special offer of dishes with truffles. We have very positive reactions, not only from the guests but also from the restaurant owners, which is imperative to complete the whole story. ” says Alilović and emphasizes that in the coming period he will pay special attention to networking with domestic craft breweries, of which there are almost a dozen in the county, and this is a scene that is developing rapidly and with quality. “Not only are we telling a story about a vacation that is never closer, but we are creating a destination around Zagreb that has and can offer much more. It is essentially a well-known county, but with undiscovered secrets at our fingertips. Through additional promotion and connecting the entire offer through one platform, we want to show all the motives for coming, because our county certainly has a lot to offer. In addition to the already recognized wine story, there are many valuable family farms that with catering facilities make an interesting and authentic gastronomic story that unites the area of Prigorje, Moslavina, Turopolje, Jaska, Samobor and Zaprešić because they all nurture a culinary identity in a similar way. And we know how an authentic eno-gastro product creates the motive of arrival ”Says Alilović. Of course, it is always important to accelerate development as quickly as possible, and that is why additional help from the County and synergy of all cities and municipalities is needed. Only as a complete tourist product, the Zagreb Green Ring has a chance to spread its wings and be an ideal weekend destination for the people of Zagreb, but also for tourists who come to Zagreb throughout the year. And that is why it is a positive story that this potential was recognized by the Tourist Board of Zagreb, and gave its contribution to the promotion of the entire Zagreb ring through a joint campaign – Around Zagreb. Win- win.
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also acting transportation minister, said that the government decided to allow an Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite also appealing to the public not to do it, for economic reasons.“Our main consideration is to prevent the economy from stopping altogether. After we calculated everything, [having no lockdown] is our best option among a number of flawed options,” Luhut said during a virtual press briefing from the Presidential Palace on Thursday. “Based on these considerations, we advised the President […] and he agreed that [if we ban mudik] it would affect low-income households the most.”He added that the decision was also taken based on the government’s modeling, which he said showed that the country’s hot weather and high humidity would slow the virus. “Even if we choose to prohibit people from mudik, they’d do it anyway. Therefore we decided to tell them instead that mudik will bring the disease to their families so it’s better not to do it,” he added.Luhut said the people who choose not to mudik would be given an as yet undisclosed amount of compensation.Earlier on Thursday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said there would be no official ban on mudik, asking local authorities to monitor potential virus carriers instead.The decision was made despite calls from public health experts and regional heads for the government to impose a lockdown for “red zone” areas, such as Jakarta, to prevent the disease from spreading farther across the island of Java.According to the central government’s official count, there were 1,790 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of Thursday, 897 of which were in Jakarta. Topics :
The UK’s largest pension scheme has proposed a new valuation that would put its funding shortfall at around half that under the current disputed valuation.The £60bn (€67.8bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) also indicated that, “with sufficient contingent support, the overall contribution rate could potentially be notably lower than that for the 2017 valuation”.Under a 2018 valuation issued for consultation to employers last week, the scheme would have a deficit of £3.8bn on a technical provisions basis as at the end of March 2018.The 2017 valuation, which led to a proposal to close the scheme’s defined benefit section and sparked protests on university campuses across the country, put the deficit at £7.5bn as at 31 March 2017. Aston University, BirminghamUSS said the changes could be incorporated in the 2018 valuation “without significantly increasing the aggregate risk position” – although it noted that the Pensions Regulator (TPR) would probably consider the higher discount rate as an increase in risk.All of the changes except the higher retirement age were among recommendations made by the joint expert panel set up to review the 2017 valuation. USS’s board indicated it was willing to consider two additional changes that could further lower contributions:increasing the target level of reliance on the employers’ covenant 20 years from the valuation date to above £10bn, “in line with employers’ more recent wishes”; andreducing deficit recovery contributions by allowing for investment outperformance or increasing the length of the deficit recovery period.“For example,” said USS, “increasing reliance to £13bn and maintaining the current level of deficit recovery contribution at 2.1% would result in a contribution requirement of 29.7%.“However, whether or not that quantum of reduction could be achieved would be very much related to the level of contingent support provided.”Appropriate support from employers could include “contingent contributions” – effectively a pledge to finance a shortfall subject to certain triggers and limits – and negative pledges, which are commitments not to perform certain acts, such as granting new security over assets, without the prior agreement of trustees.The statutory deadline to submit 31 March 2018 valuations to the regulator is 30 June. UUK, which represents university employers, has said it would communicate to USS “the consensus position of all participating employers” by 28 February.The deadline for employer feedback on a consultation to conclude the 2017 valuation is Friday, 11 January.Once completed, the outcome of the 2018 valuation would result in a new contributions schedule and deficit recovery plan, which would replace those from the 2017 valuation. The required contribution rate under the proposed 2018 valuation would be 33.7% of salary without any contingent support, although USS said a contribution rate of slightly below 30% “could be acceptable” if “sufficiently strong contingent support” were provided to accompany any changes that would increase risk.Under a default cost-sharing process – currently in motion due to a lack of agreement between employers and unions – total contributions would rise to 36.6%.The reduction of the deficit to £3.8bn under the proposed 2018 valuation would reflect USS implementing four key changes relative to the interrupted 2017 valuation:increasing the retirement age to 66 for benefits accruing after October 2020;incorporating investment returns realised in the period between 31 March 2017 and 31 March 2018;incorporating observed lower rates of mortality improvement; andadopting a higher discount rate due to higher expected returns on assets as at 31 March 2018.Risk considerations
Randolph Lee Einhaus Sr., age 80 of Batesville formerly of Napoleon, IN passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018. The son of Harvey and Blanche (nee: Smith) Einhaus was born on April 18, 1938 in Napoleon, Indiana.Randy, as most people knew him, married Marilyn Jo (nee: Ricke) on April 24, 1982 in Greensburg, IN. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Napoleon. In high school he served as the student team manager for the Napoleon Bearcats before graduating from Napoleon High School. He retired from BCA in Greensburg where he worked in quality control.Randy grew up on the family farm. He loved farm shows and Allis Chalmer tractors. He and his wife, Marilyn, liked square dancing, country music and spending time with family. Randy will be remembered as a kind, gentle man, soft spoken and hard working. He loved watching sports and Nascar, but most of all, he loved his family.He is survived by his children Randy (Kathy) Einhaus Jr., Liconda (Jerry) Stutler, and Jackie (Jerry) Robinson; step-children, Pam (Randy) Cooper, Janet (Ed) Hodson, Christie (John) Clark and Mark Campbell; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; along with his brother Wayne (Helen) Einhaus.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Jo (nee: Ricke) and daughter Kim Jenkins.Visitation will be Tuesday, October 9th from 4-8pm with 10:00am funeral services on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, Indiana. Burial to follow in the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery in Napoleon. Janet Hodson officiating.Memorials may be given to the Hansen Center c/o of the funeral home. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
“I’ve worked really hard on my game, especially the last two years and it’s fantastic that the selectors have rewarded this with senior recognition.” Richardson has scored almost 1,000 runs, and taken 50 wickets, in the two tiers of Irish domestic cricket this season to prompt his call-up. “He’s been very consistent at all levels and the selectors were especially impressed by his form in the RSA Inter-Provincial Series,” coach Phil Simmonds said. “His volume of runs and wickets has warranted selection.” Ireland memorably defeated England at the last World Cup in India but are still yet to beat a full-member nation in the 50-over format on home soil. The hosts will unveil their new 10,000 capacity home at Malahide in north Dublin for the September 3 match, which is a near sell-out. “It’s certain to be a fantastic atmosphere at Malahide, given that nearly 8,000 tickets have already gone,” Simmonds said. “The players can’t wait to play at the new venue, and with England as the opponents, there’s always that little extra edge which you get when playing a ‘local derby’ so to speak. “It would be something special for the team to give the fans another famous win, which is certainly possible with the talent we have in our ranks.” Ireland squad: William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Leicestershire), Eddie Richardson (North County), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey). Richardson joins a 13-man Ireland squad, featuring seven county players, which last month confirmed their place at the 2015 World Cup. “It’s a dream come true for me really. I can’t wait to pull on an Irish jersey,” he said. Press Association Ireland have included uncapped all-rounder Eddie Richardson in their squad for next month’s one-day international against England in Dublin.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEJuventus’s Champions League hopes are hanging on Cristiano Ronaldo pulling off another sensational comeback as the Italians trail 2-0 to defensive specialists Atletico Madrid going into the last 16, second-leg tie in Turin on Tuesday.“We didn’t expect to lose the first leg 2-0, but anything can happen, and we want to give a great response in our home, in front of our fans,” Ronaldo told Juventus TV ahead of the game in the Allianz Stadium. “These are the great nights, the fantastic ones: the Champions League nights,” he continued.“The team is confident of playing a great game and I am too. To the fans I say: think positive, let’s believe.“Get ready to come back!”The seven-time reigning Italian champions bought Ronaldo last summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros to end their Champions League heartbreak going back 23 years.The 34-year-old’s stunning overhead kick for Real in the quarterfinals in Turin last April had dumped Juventus out of the tournament once again.Expectations are high that he can reproduce his improbable hat-trick which lifted Real Madrid past Wolfsburg in April 2016 with the Spaniards 2-0 down to the Germans after the first leg.Juventus have come from behind in the elite European competition eight times – including in the 1996 quarterfinals against Real Madrid on their way to winning the title.They also lifted the European trophy in 1985, but have finished runners-up five times since their last success, including twice in the past four years.“CR7 is here for that,” wrote Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport, of “a game Cristiano cannot get wrong.”“He wasn’t signed to win the Scudetto or to boost merchandising, Juve are waiting to end years of disappointments.”Ronaldo won five Champions League titles with Manchester United and Real Madrid and has scored a record 121 goals of which 57 have proved decisive.The top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons, he has however scored just once in this year’s competition, delivering a performance far below expectations in Madrid.Since the Madrid game he has not scored in the league and has been overtaken as the top Serie A scorer by Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, who has 20 goals to Ronaldo’s 19.The problem for Juventus is they need to score at least twice against a team that specialises in defence.Diego Simeone’s Atletico – second in La Liga – have not conceded a goal for five games.“Everyone knows that they are a strong team, they defend very well, they don’t take a lot of risks and they play on the counter-attack, but we are ready, and we will do everything we can to beat them,” said Ronaldo, who has scored 22 goals against Atletico.“The fine details will make the difference, and we want to win and qualify for the quarterfinals.”Former-Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking believes Ronaldo can make a difference.“Ronaldo is capable of everything, he can also score three goals again as he did against my Wolfsburg. Of course he can,” Hecking told Gazzetta Dello Sport.“Atletico have the best defence in Europe and an excellent attack: without Ronaldo, who can invent goals in any way, it would be impossible.“If I said that Ronaldo is not the strongest player I have ever met, I would lie.“I remember that night I told the team that we should not be afraid neither of him nor the Bernabeu, but at 17 minutes we were already 2-0 with a double by CR7, it was monstrous.”Allegri’s future at the club he has won 10 trophies with since 2014 will likely hinge on this game. The Juventus coach knows the stakes are high.“I think expectations have been raised far too much and it has become an obsession,” said the 51 year-old.“Since I arrived, the Champions League has always been an objective, but if people say that it’s a failure if Juventus go out, that is not right.”TODAYJuventus v AtleticoMan City v Schalke 04WEDNESDAYBarcelona v LyonnB’Munich v LiverpoolShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram