It’s finally Friday, and we think you deserve a reward. No, not peanut butter cups—the Lessons of the Week, of course! Every Friday, Broadway.com recaps the craziest things we’ve learned in the last seven days. Ready to be shocked, amused and just a little bit angry? Great! Check out this week’s lessons below.Meryl Streep Steals Broadway RolesThe great and powerful Meryl has been cast in another film remake of a Broadway show—Master Class. We can’t wait to see her Streep it up as Maria Callas, but we’re hurt she hasn’t appeared on actual Broadway in almost 40 years. What are you afraid of, M? Jazz shoes? Tiny dressing rooms? The occasional roach? What?This Xmas, Give the Gift of Idina MenzelFa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la moo. Yep, If/Then leading lady Idina Menzel has announced that she’s recording a Christmas album. But there’s one catch: She’s Jewish. Hey, works for us! We’ll keep it right next to our other favorite, the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John holiday album. Ooh-ooh-ooh, honey.Vampires Will Suck in a Musical (Again)First there was Dance of the Vampires. Then Dracula. Then Lestat. But alas, every vampire musical thus far has been a major flop. Will the in-the-works musical adaptation of True Blood be the exception to the rule? Hey, as long as it has sexy vampires ripping their shirts off and biting people’s necks, we’re there.Wait, Lea Michele Has More to Say!Glee star Lea Michele’s new memoir Brunette Ambition taught us tons of useful info, like how to make gluten-free pizza with a fried egg on top. But the Broadway babe has so much more material, she’s writing a sequel. Maybe she’ll remember to thank her Glee mama this time.What Happens on B’way Stays on B’wayWe’ve been betting our bottom dollar that the new musical remake of Honeymoon in Vegas would dance its way to New York next season—and luck be a lady, our dreams have came true! Bring on the singing Elvises, pole dancers and endless buffets! We’re ready.Nothing You Read About DanRad Is TrueThe Cripple of Inishmaan star Daniel Radcliffe wants to set a few things straight: He does not have a giant bronze statue of himself at home, he does not order beer from monks, and he is not getting married soon. That’s his evil twin, Raniel Dadcliffe. Get it right, people.B’way’s Beginning to Look Like HogwartsSpeaking of Raniel Dadcliffe, his pal Rupert Grint is riding his broomstick to New York to star in It’s Only a Play (with a ton of other big stars) next season. Wow, two Hogwarts students on Broadway in the same year? This is fantastic news! Your move, Hermione.You Can Now Step on Kristin ChenowethIf you’ve ever wanted to throw cigarette butts and used gum on your favorite Broadway stars, now is your chance! Kristin Chenoweth, Daniel Radcliffe (not to be confused with his evil twin), Jim Parsons, Paul Rudd and more are being inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Come on, boots! Start walking!Tupac Was a Theater GeekOn opening night of Holler If Ya Hear Me, Tupac’s brother Mopreme told us something else awesome about the late legend: He loved blasting Les Miz in the car. Damn, this is information we really could have used when we were getting beaten up in middle school.Lindsay Lohan Needs a Wake-Up CallThe screen star has announced she’s planning to make her West End debut in Speed-the-Plow, despite being a no-show on some important press opportunities. Lindsay, we know you’ll probably oversleep and miss some performances, but let’s make a deal, OK? As long as you don’t pull a Piven and get mercury poisoning, we’ll call this whole thing a success. Idina Menzel Star Files View Comments
Dairy farmers who say attorneys representing them are not looking out for their best interests have filed opposition to the proposed settlement submitted in the class action antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vt. Acting on behalf of its dairy farmer owners, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), together with Dairy Marketing Services, LLC (DMS), also has filed objections to this settlement.DFA and DMS’ filing on January 18 joins at least 24 dairy farmers ‘ representing diverse cooperative members and independent producers ‘ who submitted their own affidavits challenging the fairness of the settlement.”We objected on behalf of our members because the attorneys for the entire class of dairy farmer plaintiffs have favored one segment of the class while it penalizes another segment,” said Brad Keating, chief operating officer for DFA’s Northeast Area. “As the milk marketing entity representing many of the members of this class, we have a responsibility to ensure their interests are fully considered.”In its filing, DFA and DMS cite concerns that the settlement creates both winners and losers in the class of dairy farmers represented by a single law firm by taking market access from one group of dairy farmers at the expense of another within the same class. The filing also describes how, if the settlement is approved, dairy farmers stand to incur financial damages by receiving a lower pay price for their milk.A provision in Dean Foods’ proposed settlement would allow the dairy processor to determine, in its sole discretion, the competitive market price at which it will purchase up to 60 million pounds of milk per month from non-DFA and non-DMS sources for a period of 30 months.DFA’s filing recognizes the business rationale for Dean Foods to manage its ingredient costs. However, if approved, this settlement is likely to create a downward ripple effect on current pricing for milk purchases from DFA, DMS and other milk suppliers in the Northeast. In turn, other customers will make demands for price equality.The result is price erosion for all dairy farmers.”This provision seems to undercut the very reasons why we at St. Albans decided to join DMS in the first place ‘ to work together with other co-ops to make sure that we were able to serve an increasingly consolidating marketplace, and to do so in a way that will protect prices and premiums for dairy farmers,” said Ralph McNall, president of the board for St. Albans Cooperative Creamery and a dairy farmer who independently filed opposition to the settlement.An additional component of the proposed settlement calls for a payment of $30 million in damages (less $10 million in attorney fees) to be paid to dairy farmers who produced raw Grade A milk in Federal Order 1 and pooled raw Grade A milk in Federal Order 1 from January 1, 2002, through December 9, 2010.”This $30 million settlement has been touted as a real win for dairy farmers,” said Greg Wickham, DMS general manager. “We believe the per-farmer award has been highly exaggerated, but more importantly, we believe the benefit of a small one-time cash payment is far over-shadowed by the long-term negative impact on farmers’ wallets.”After the money is divided among the approximately 13,000 dairy farmers who pooled milk in Order 1 (based on the most current Market Administrator’s Annual Statistical Bulletin, as of 2009), the average farmer stands to receive approximately $1,500.If the market is disrupted such that there is even a meager reduction in milk price, the impact to farmers’ milk checks would be swift and substantial, Wickham said. For example, a 5-cent-per-hundredweight reduction in pay price would cost a farmer milking 300 cows as much as $3,400 in lost revenues in a single year.”The proposed settlement that these class representatives and their lawyers have negotiated takes sales away from dairy farmers, turns those sales over to someone else, threatens to help undercut our organization, and pits dairy farmer against dairy farmer with the end result that prices are bound to fall,” McNall said.Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) is a national dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by nearly 17,000 members on more than 9,500 farms in 48 states. Global Dairy Products Group, a division of DFA, is one of the country’s most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components and ingredients, and is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products. For more information, call 1-888-DFA-MILK (332-6455) or visit www.dfamilk.com(link is external).Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) is a milk marketing joint venture between Dairylea Cooperative Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. and St. Albans Cooperative Creamery. Annually, DMS markets approximately 16 billion pounds of raw milk produced from more than 8,000 Northeastern U.S. farms. DMS continually works to increase efficiency on milk assembly, hauling and administration.SOURCE Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Editor’s Note: Additional information and background materials are available online at www.dfamilk.com/newsroom(link is external).
The Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August 2011 was 5.9 percent, an increase of two-tenths of a percent from the July rate. Compared to a year ago, the rate is lower by one-tenth of a percentage point. Despite the increase, Vermont still has one of the lowest state unemployment rates in the country and is well below the national average of 9.1 percent. Additionally, the current state rate is well below Vermont’s recent high of 7.3 percent percent in May of 2009 which was during the height of the last recession. The employment numbers do not include the bulk of Hurricane Irene-related impacts, as the storm hit on August 28. However, the first two weeks of September saw a spike in unemployment claims.‘The employment picture in Vermont has softened as the summer has progressed, and has become complicated by the disruptions to local economies due to the flooding in May and now Hurricane Irene. We anticipate some temporary and permanent worker displacement as a result of the disaster. On the ‘flip side’, we have also seen significant numbers of job openings for cleaning, repair, restoration and demolition work as a result of the hurricane. Also, three industries of note each reported job gains: Professional & Business Services, Local Government, and Trade, Transportation & Utilities Work. ‘It is important for employers and workers to know that resources are available to assist them rebound from the disaster. As a result of the governor’s efforts, Vermont has qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, which has broader eligibility parameters than regular unemployment, including assistance for people who are self-employed. The claims line for new claims is 1-877-214-3330. In addition, the Department of Labor regional Career Centers can match employers with job seekers, and offer a wide array of services that can assist the business community and the public, and those office numbers are posted on our website. We urge the employer community to list your job openings with our offices so that we can help you keep your business moving forward,’ said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan. State of Vermont Overview The Vermont seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percent in August to 5.9 percent. The comparable rate over the same time period for the United States was unchanged; remaining stable at 9.1 percent. The seasonally-adjusted Vermont data show the total Vermont labor force is unchanged over the month. Total employment declined by 500 while total unemployment increased by 600. None of these over the month changes were statistically significant. July unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.7 percent in Hartford to 7.8 percent in Newport (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted). For comparison, the August unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.4 percent which reflects a decrease of two-tenths of a percent from the July level and a decline of one-tenth of a percent from a year ago. Analysis of Job Changes by Industry The preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for August show an increase of 1,200 jobs when compared to the revised July numbers. This reported over the month change does not include the 150 job decrease between the preliminary and the revised July estimates due to the inclusion of more data. As detailed in the preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ August data, Total Private reports an increase of 800 jobs and Government reports an increase of 400 jobs. In the private sector, Professional & Business Services (+750 jobs) and Leisure & Hospitality (+650 jobs) reported the largest nominal increases. Reported job declines over the month by industry were minimal with a 350 job loss in the private industry Educational & Health Services being the only one of note. The seasonally adjusted data for August reports a 1,400 jobs increase from the revised July data. As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised July numbers which experienced a downward revision from the preliminary estimates by 200 jobs. A review of the seasonally adjusted August numbers shows the job gains were distributed across both Private and Government employers. Vermont’s Private Industries reported an increase of 800 jobs while Total Government reported a 600 job increase. As with the not-seasonally adjusted data, the seasonally adjusted data had few over the month changes of significant magnitude. The three industries of note each reported job gains: Professional & Business Services (+700 jobs), Local Government (+500 jobs) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+400 jobs). All other over the month fluctuations by industry were +/- 200 jobs or less. Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) Total Labor Force359,800359,800360,0000-200 Employment338,800339,300338,400-500400 Unemployment21,10020,50021,600600-500 Rate (%)5.95.76.00.2-0.1Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling. The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor.RELATED: http://vermontbiz.com/news/september/weekly-unemployment-claims-continue… Changes From August2011July2011August2010July2011August2010
All roads of adventure will eventually land you in the Mountain State. For those who seek to push life a little harder, a little faster and experience the here and now, will find opportunities of all kinds in West Virginia. Home to some of the world’s best whitewater, rock climbing, hiking, along with a location for a Spartan Beast Trifecta event this summer, high adventure seekers won’t be left wanting when visiting.Whitewater RaftingSouthern West Virginia is home to the New and Gauley rivers. Here, you’ll find some of the best whitewater rafting on the East Coast (but we bet you already knew that). Plus, this year marks the 50th anniversary of West Virginia’s commercial rafting industry! Get your thrills with a whitewater rafting trip, or if you’re already an experienced paddler, bring your boat with you!In summer, the Lower New is prime rafting territory. Class III-V rapids await along this stretch of water, as the New River narrows and makes its steep descent into the Gorge. A trip down the Lower New River is perfect for everyone – a great adventure for a first-time rafter and exciting enough to thrill a seasoned whitewater enthusiast!Looking for more heart-pounding thrills? A summer Gauley trip may be right up your alley! This trip will take you out of your comfort zone and into new rafting territory. Expect technical lines, huge boulders and churning waves on this challenging class V river. If you’ve never rafted before, you may want to try the Lower New before attempting the Gauley – this trip is not for first-timers!Rock ClimbingRock climbing is one of the most challenging sports – physically and mentally. But the good news is, you don’t have to be an expert to go rock climbing here! A guided rock climbing trip with expert instructors is perfect for beginners. You’ll learn the basics of top rope climbing and rappelling on world-class climbing routes in the New River Gorge. See Southern West Virginia from new heights when you climb massive sandstone cliffs on a rock climbing trip!HikingNeed a break from all the adventure? Explore Southern West Virginia on a leisurely hike! Wherever you stay in Southern West Virginia, remember that the New River Gorge National River is right in your backyard. For scenic views, hike Endless Wall Trail, chosen as the Best National Park Hike by USA Today in 2015, or Long Point Trail, featuring a stunning view of the New River Gorge Bridge at the end. Or, stroll to the overlook at Grandview at the New River Gorge National River for a sweeping view of a famous horseshoe bend in the New River.For a look into the rich coal history of our region, check out the old Nuttal coal mine on the Headhouse Trail! The Kaymoor Trail passes through the Kaymoor historic coal mine site. Take the stairs (821 to be exact!) on the Kaymoor Miners Trail to go even deeper into the Gorge and see more historic buildings from the Kaymoor coal mine.SpartanAdventure comes in all kinds and over the course of two days this August, West Virginia will play host to one of the most grueling events: Spartan Trifecta. Racers will have two days to earn the trifecta achievement: a three-mile sprint (20-23 obstacles); super endurance event, 8 to 10 miles of running and obstacles; and, the Beast, 12 to 14 miles with over 30 obstacles, a “true test of mental and physical endurance.” The demanding and physical event is set to showcase some of the wildest aspects of the Mountain State.DiningAfter a day of conquering new feats, you’ll be ready for a good meal—refuel at one of these Southern West Virginia staples, or browse all our casual dining options!Southern West Virginia is home to so many adventures, you’re going to need a few extra days to take it all in. So, stay a little longer for an action-packed vacation to remember! Start planning today at visitwv.com.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Cyndy StewartThe process for collecting past-due loan accounts is extremely challenging for many financial institutions. It can be tedious because most institutions use a manual rather than an automated process, leading to low productivity. However, transitioning your in-house collections to a seamless and efficient process is not as difficult as you may think.In fact, you could easily transform your collections operations in 60 days or less.I bet you’re wondering, “How on Earth is that possible?” Keep reading to find out how!Step 1: Audit Your Current ProcessGet a “big-picture” understanding of how your collections agents are currently operating and how conducive the process is to success and productivity.Conducting a thorough synopsis of your collections “state of the union” will help you to understand how things are being completed. From this audit, you’ll be able to find holes in the process and see exactly where things can be improved. It could be that manual processes are dragging you down, or it could be the level of talent you’ve hired isn’t the best fit for the work being done. Either way, you won’t know the root of the issue until you audit your current collections process. continue reading »
T examinations are not getting any easier on credit unions, especially with the rising demands from examiners to focus on cybersecurity. With that in mind, below are 6 steps your credit union can take to ensure that you are prepared and IT Compliant:1. DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENTThe biggest mistake credit unions make is the easiest. Not documenting IT policies and procedures, no matter what those policies and procedures are, shows to your examiner a lack of concern or attention. It is also a violation of compliance. According to the FFIEC Handbook, “It is the responsibility of an institution’s board and senior management to ensure that the institution identifies, assesses, prioritizes, manages, and controls IT risks as part of the business continuity planning process. The board and senior management should establish policies that define how the institution will manage and control the risks that were identified.”2. Show documentation that you have tested your backup and recovery plan… and have done so recently.Run tests of your data backup randomly through out the year to make sure your systems will survive, and be prepared with reports from the tests. Again, documentation, and not just a firm head nod to confirm your backup plan works, is important. The FFIEC Handbook states: “To maintain the effectiveness of the BCP (Business Continuity Plan), the board and senior management should ensure that enterprise-wide BCP tests are conducted at least annually, or more frequently depending on changes in the operating environment. Formal procedures should be established for reporting the implementation of the testing program and test results to the board and senior management.” continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 04, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to implement additional accountability requirements on grant programs following the results of a recently completed audit of the Democratic National Convention related to the spending of a $10 million state special event grant. The audit was requested by legislative leaders and the governor following reports of bonuses paid to staff. The governor has also called on the Commonwealth Financing Authority to undertake their own immediate review of the process for approving projects by the board at its next meeting.“Earlier this year I worked with the Department of Community and Economic Development to implement more stringent funding requirements and stronger clawback provisions,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This new proposal places greater accountability on grantees, not just business, that use state funding.”Under the stringent funding and monitoring requirements, grants are awarded based on specific commitments which can be easily verified at regular intervals. Where a grantee fails to create the number of jobs, expend the amount of capital, or carry out a project to which they have committed, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has standard language in its contracts which allow for the clawback of funds, and a strong monitoring program.There are certain grants for special events—such as the 2016 Host Committee award related to the Democratic National Convention— where due to the limited nature of the grant, the grantee’s obligations are less defined beyond holding the event itself.Going forward “special event” grant funding will include specific contract language to:Prohibit the payment of bonuses: New contract language will require awardees to attest that they will not pay bonuses in conjunction with a special event which was funded with state dollars. Payment of any bonuses will trigger repayment of the grant.Require that the commonwealth is the payer of last resort: New contract language will require that funds provided by the commonwealth are to be utilized only after other sources of funding are exhaustedRequire that any surplus grant funds are returned to the commonwealth: DCED will strengthen and clarify language in its agreements to require that grant funds that are not expended be returned to the commonwealth with interest. This requirement will be enforced vigorously at the time of the project close-out audit.Require any surplus privately raised funds be used to pay back the commonwealth for grant funds up to the full amount of the grant: New contract language will require that if private funds remain after an event has concluded, these funds will be used to repay the commonwealth’s grant funding.Ensure all major grants, subgrants, contracts, subcontracts, or other agreements for construction, production, machinery and equipment, services, etc., are competitively bid: DCED will require that all grantees must obtain three arms-length bids if they meet the following criteria: The subcontract is for construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration and/or repair, acquisition of machinery and equipment, or the engagement of the services of a professional consultant, and either the amount of the contract exceeds $50,000, or the contract is at least $10,000 and funded at least 50 percent with state funds.Enhance scrutiny as part of close-out audits: DCED will apply enhanced special scrutiny to the close-out audits of all special event grants moving forward. Governor Wolf Announces Increased Accountability on Grant Programs
Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You LA Galaxy have denied reports claiming they have held talks over the possibility of signing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. MLS side LA Galaxy are keen on signing a big-name star to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite bringing in the popular Javier Hernandez. Reports had suggested they were planning on making Messi an audacious offer in order to lure the 32-year-old to California. Barros Schelotto said of a rumoured pursuit of Messi: ‘Nothing. There is nothing to tell.Advertisement Loading… ‘Obviously [everybody would like to have Messi] and the fact of having a certain relationship with him also brings about the possibility but there has been no approach recently.’ Messi is able to leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer in the summer if he chooses to exercise a clause that allows him to orchestrate his departure. The Argentina international has not been completely happy at Barcelona in recent months with the club captain even clashing with sporting director and former team-mate Eric Abidal. read also:Messi names his favourites to win Champions League Messi took exception with Abidal after the Frenchman said the players were to blame for Ernesto Valverde’s sacking. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Congratulations to recent Batesville High School graduate, Zach Britton, on being named the District H high school baseball player of the year. Britton was a 4-year member of the Batesville varsity as a catcher. This year he compiled the following statistics: batting average of .553 which included 6 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 34 walks.Britton’s high school statistics would have been higher on the all-time list except for an injury that cost him most of one season. He will, however, join another BHS graduate, Bryan Hoeing, in Louisville this fall if he chooses not to accept a major league baseball offer that is sure to come. Most experts say that the quickest way to the major leagues is as a catcher. Congratulations and good luck to Zach!I would like to thank the Herald Tribune for some of the statistics in this article.
Liverpool must pay some of their Premier League rivals millions in bonuses after clinching the title. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp and his team have worked wonders in the transfer market in the last few years. But many players brought in have been heavily-incentivised, with Liverpool promising to pay huge fees to selling clubs if the player involved wins the league at Anfield. With the Reds finally winning their first-ever Premier League title on Thursday, the Kop crew must now fork up. Southampton are thought to be due a staggering £3million in fees, with Liverpool raiding the south coast club time and time again down the years. Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are all former Southampton stars set to watch their former club get richer.Advertisement Arsenal are also due a monster fee, with former Gunners ace Oxlade-Chamberlain now a Premier League champion. Hull are set for a tasty little earner too, thanks to the deal which brought Andrew Robertson to Anfield. While Charlton will pocket a tidy sum due to the terms of Joe Gomez’s Merseyside move. read also:Hungry Klopp plans to build on Liverpool title win Inserting such clauses into transfer proposals often allows clubs to sign their target for less than the selling team would like. But the selling clubs also benefit from the one-off fee somewhere down the line should their new team be successful. Southampton, who have often been mocked for their “feeder team” status to Liverpool, will certainly be happy with their business now. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…