Martin’s additional Broadway directed credits included Present Laughter, Mauritius, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler and The Rehearsal. He appeared on the Great White Way in productions including Alice in Wonderland, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Pantagleize, Exit the King, You Can’t Take It With You, The Wild Duck, Right You are If You Think You Are and The School for Scandal. Off-Broadway directing credits included Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Saturn Returns, The New Century, Observe the Sons of Ulster, The Time of the Cuckoo, Chaucer in Rome, Fully Committed, Full Gallop, You Never Can Tell, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Sophistry and Bosoms and Neglect. Martin also served as artistic director at two theater companies: Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company from 2000 to 2008 and the Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2008 to 2010. “Nicky Martin spent his life dedicated to the theatre. I felt fortunate that I was able to get to know him last year during Tony Awards season when he was nominated for Best Direction of a Play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike—a lovely last act to a long and prolific career directing and acting on stage,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.” View Comments Broadway theaters will dim their lights to pay tribute to the passing of distinguished director and actor Nicholas Martin, who died on April 30 after a long illness at the age of 75. Marquees will go dark for one minute at 7:45 PM on May 2.
The Vermont primary is TODAY, Tuesday, August 24. If you are voting with the Democratic ballot, you have probably had the following question posed to you and responded in the following way: ‘Who are you voting for?’ ‘I don’t know yet.’To assist in your decision making now that it is down to the wire, Vermont Business Magazine has packaged all its relevant stories and interviews into this one file, which includes the televised debate from the Addison County Fair and Field Days, done in conjunction with WCAX-TV and WDEV Radio.Debate: http://vermontbiz.com/video/addison-county-fair-and-field-days-gubernato…Economic Plans: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/august/democratic-candidates-governor-off…Candidate Statements when asked, ‘Why do you want to be governor?’:State Senator Susan Bartlett: http://vermontbiz.com/video/gubernatorial-interview-series-susan-bartlet…State Senator Peter Shumlin: http://vermontbiz.com/video/gubernatorial-interview-series-peter-shumlinState Senator Doug Racine: http://vermontbiz.com/video/gubernatorial-interview-series-doug-racineSecretary of State Deb Markowitz: http://vermontbiz.com/video/gubernatorial-interview-series-deb-markowitzFormer State Senator Matt Dunne: http://vermontbiz.com/video/gubernatorial-interview-series-matt-dunne
Northwest Trading Post on the BRP Mile Marker 259 Socially distanced, guided hike to benefit the Mountains-To-Sea Trail at the Trading Post FIND Outdoors, formerly the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, is one of the longest-running nonprofits in western North Carolina, and was begun as a “Friends of” group in 1972 to help operate the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest. Over time, the mission of the group expanded well beyond the Cradle and today, includes campgrounds, visitor centers and sales outlets in North Carolina, Indiana and Georgia. With a mission of education and recreation on our public and private lands, our goal is to help you FIND your adventure and make a connection to the natural world through our managed sites, programming and unique outdoor merchandise and souvenirs. Core to the culture at FIND Outdoors has been, and continues to be ensuring equitable outdoor experiences on our public and private lands for all – regardless of age, ability and socio-economic background. As the COVID pandemic has put a strain on society’s ability to interact with our fellow humans, nature and the great outdoors will continue to be the route that allows for healing, peace and a calm mind. As FIND continues to adapt to the needs of our visitors in a thoughtful way, we will continue to create comfortable, safe spaces at our sites to ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy what nature has given all of us – equally. As we reflect on the year 2020 and the challenges that we’ve faced as a nation and as a planet, one thing remains constant – the peace, tranquility and calming effect that the outdoors has on our souls. We welcome you to join FIND Outdoors in exploring our sites and discover for yourself why you should FIND your adventure with us! One of FIND’s campground managers at Morganton Point Campground, Georgia. Cover Photo: The peak of Brasstown Bald, GA during a special Astro-Photography workshop, photo courtesy of Find Outdoorsa As FIND worked to advance our mission throughout the years, the organization took on larger, regional roles in campground and visitor center management, as well as operations of sales outlets and began reinvesting heavily into our educational programming. FIND’s strength has been our collaborative efforts with local and national partners to achieve goals to benefit public lands. The US Forest Service has been our longest-running partner for decades but with the additional partnership of the National Park Service to operate the Northwest Trading Post on the Blue Ridge Parkway, our desire to branch out and expand became a reality. Additionally, we work with other non-profits and community partners such as the Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail to aid in maintenance and upkeep of NC’s longest thru-hike trail. To learn more about our organization, access our free educational materials, make a donation or FIND your next adventure, please visit www.gofindoutdoors.org or call 828-883-FIND. We’ll be happy to help you FIND an outdoor experience that you’ll remember! FIND unveiled its new brand name and look in March of 2020 to better unify all sites operated under the name FIND Outdoors – a name that literally spells out what we do: Forest Inspired Nature Discovery. After years of mistaken identity and confusing logos, it was time for the nonprofit to reflect on the message we were sending to our visitors and what path we wanted to travel with the organization as a whole. The intensive rebranding, which took place smack-dab in the middle of the COVID pandemic, cuts to the core of what we do while digging deep into the roots of our history. Education becomes a natural pathway to ensuring that the public, and especially FIND visitors, understand not just the importance of nonprofits in general, but the importance of our natural spaces for overall health. To this end, all FIND Outdoors sites offer safe, socially distanced educational opportunities in the form of nature-based and cultural programming, family activities, speakers and special events that highlight the Southern Appalachians and beyond. Our free, online “Virtual Forest Bathing” tour brought the wonder of our local forests to individuals from 21 states and seven countries, while the Cradle of Forestry offers parents and teachers free curriculum in the form of short, online videos that focus on social studies, nature and history.When not greeting visitors or helping the public FIND their connection to beautiful public lands, the headquarters staff, located in Pisgah Forest, NC, is hard at work at making sure nonprofit dollars are well spent. Because FIND relies heavily on grant funding, private donations and the revenue collected at the sites we manage, we make it a priority to reinvest our facilities, exhibits and programming at all managed sites. Grant support has allowed us to update the Cradle of Forestry with a Citizen Science Lab for students of all ages and abilities, creating a safe space for visitors to learn about modern forestry practices. Our “Round-Up” program at FIND visitor centers allows visitors to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar in order to use nickels and dimes to fund programs, facilities, speakers and exhibits. Additionally, we reinvest in campground and visitor center facilities throughout the year. Improvements to restrooms, trails and campground amenities are all examples of how we ensure public lands are available for generations to come.
Emily and Nicholas Doyle at their home in Geebung. Picture: AAP/Ric FrearsonEMILY and Nicholas Doyle can understand why the Geebung area is considered a good spot for first-home buyers.The couple bought their first property in Mayflower St two years ago.They hadn’t initially set out to buy in the area, but they searched for about six months before they found something they liked.“We wanted to buy on a train line for work circumstances,’’ Ms Doyle said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago“So we were looking at Zillmere, but (in the end) we preferred Geebung.’’The change of suburbs meant they had to save a little longer for a deposit but for them it was worth it.They bought a three-bedroom home and set about renovating it, pulling up carpets and doing the floorboards.Ms Doyle said they liked that the house was high and wouldn’t be affected by flooding and that it had a large 600sq m yard.“And we have beautiful neighbours as well,’’ Ms Doyle said.The home is close to shopping and not far from a dog park.Ms Doyle said the suburb could be affordable for first-home buyers, they just needed to be prepared to do a bit of tidying up and they would have a home that would suit them for many years.
Alfred Slager, professor of pension fund management at TiasNimbas Business School at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, has set out an eight-point checklist for institutional investors considering a factor-based approach to portfolio management or investments in smart beta.Factor investing takes into account risks that stretch across different asset classes – from economic growth and political uncertainty to credit, duration, size, value, volatility and illiquidity – to achieve more robust portfolio diversification and to refine exposure to factors with desirable risk/return characteristics.Slager – presenting the findings of a study into European pension funds’ awareness of and approaches to factor investing at a 31 January seminar organised for clients by Robeco in Rotterdam – laid out the advantages in terms of better diversification, improved benchmarking of active managers and more cost-effective exploitation of systematic market risks, but emphasised the governance challenges that face investors trying to adopt these new methods.“There is a lot of interest in these processes but also a lot of uncertainty about how to embed them into the portfolio,” he told the delegates, which included many leading Dutch and Belgian pension funds. “If factor investing is so compelling, how come every pension fund isn’t doing it? What are the barriers and challenges?” Slager reported three basic ways in which investors were implementing some of the ideas behind factor investing.The first approach involves leaving the portfolio as it is, with the fund using the additional insights about exposures and diversification.The second identifies existing factors tilts and corrects them to some extent to introduce a more desirable mix of factors.The third approach aims to create a portfolio that is unconstrained and fully factor-optimised.“Today, pensions funds that have taken any steps at all have usually taken steps one and two, and dream about step three,” he said.But Slager’s survey of the latest pension fund annual reports revealed almost no mention of factors or factor investing, suggesting that even many of those investors pursuing these ideas do so without fully considering the theoretical framework, or struggle to communicate that framework to trustees and members.“Trustees have pointed out to me that the level of abstraction we are dealing with is one hurdle,” explained Slager. “It is difficult enough trying to describe what equities and bonds do in their portfolio; if we move up a level and begin to describe term risk, volatility risk and so on, that is a considerable challenge under a governance structure that requires much greater transparency and communication that it has in the past.”This is important, Slager added, because investors need to establish their beliefs about whether individual factor risks are rewarded over time, how long it can take for those risks to be rewarded, how well the resulting risk/return characteristics fit with their own particular objectives and constraints, and how best to benchmark performance.Many of these points are still the subject of academic debate, and can be significantly affected by real-world investing constraints such as transaction costs or restrictions on short selling.“The fact many of these factors appear to have statistical persistence over time is all very well, but, to communicate properly with clients, we also have to know what realistic expectations we can have about these factors, how reliable they are and, most importantly, whether we have a persuasive economic story that makes sense for them,” Slager said.Even once these investment beliefs are agreed and communicated to members, factor investing introduces a range of potentially complex active investment decisions, and investors need to consider where in their governance structure those decisions should be taken and monitored.“We therefore tried to condense our findings from discussing these issues with pension funds into a checklist that would be helpful once an investor has decided to use factors in its model,” said Slager.His checklist had eight points:Treat factor investing as an investment belief and an investment paradigm, rather than merely a techniqueEducate stakeholders to a full understanding of factor investingEstablish common definitions for the terminology used with trustees and membersFocus on appropriate benchmark constructionRegularly review the economic rationale for chosen factorsBe consistent in implementationRecognise that these are active choices that require an active stanceDecide early on how static or dynamic allocations to factors will be
Legal & General Investment Management – Mark Johnson will join the fund management group in September as head of institutional client management. He moves from BlackRock following a 19-year career with the world’s largest asset manager. Most recently he was head of closed-end funds, and has also led the UK sales team for BlackRock’s exchange-traded fund arm iShares. Johnson replaces Chris DeMarco, who moved to Legal & General Retirement earlier this year to lead its pension risk transfer business.Actiam – The €55bn Dutch asset manager Actiam has appointed Arnold Gast as its new chief investment officer as of 1 June. Gast has been active in the investment sector for almost 20 years. Gast joins from Delta Lloyd Asset Management, where he had been tasked with setting up the investment office. He has also been head of credit and co-head of fixed income as well as a portfolio manager at Delta Lloyd.In addition, for the past four years, Gast was a board member of the European Private Placement Association as well as chairman of the Investor Advisory Board at the Delta Lloyd Mezzanine Fund. Prior to this, Gast worked at ABN Amro Asset Management. Actiam’s executive team now comprises Hans van Houwelingen (CEO), John Shen (chief risk officer), Arnold Gast (CIO) and Dudley Keiller (chief transformation officer).BNY Mellon Investment Management – The asset management giant has hired Chris Harmer as head of consultant relations, chiefly responsible for BNY Mellon’s interactions with consultants in the UK and Europe. He joins from Columbia Threadneedle Investments where he was consultant relations director for EMEA.Gresham House – The UK-based alternative investment manager has hired Michael Hart as head of distribution, a newly created role. He was previously global head of business development at Amundi Alternative Investments, and held a similar role for Aberdeen Asset Management’s alternatives business before that.Gresham House has stepped up its activity this year following a major investment in the firm by the Berkshire Pension Fund. It bought Hazel Capital, a “new energy” infrastructure manager, last month, and plans to launch a British Strategic Investment Fund later this year.State Street – The financial services group has named David Pagliaro head of State Street Global Exchange for EMEA. Global Exchange is the company’s data analytics and services business. He most recently worked for S&P Capital IQ for nine years, holding several roles including global head of S&P credit solutions. Pagliaro replaces James Lowry, who will return to the US in July to lead Global Exchange for North America, State Street said in a statement.The Investment Association – A former adviser to UK chancellor Philip Hammond has joined the Investment Association as a consultant. Graham Hook – who worked with Hammond in the UK’s departments for transport and defence, as well as the Foreign Office and latterly HM Treasury – is now the asset management trade body’s interim head of government affairs until September, according to his LinkedIn profile.Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group – Japan’s largest asset management group has transferred two long-term senior staff to its London office in a bid to increase its distribution outside of Japan. Akimichi Oi has become director of the company’s Investment Management Department, while Kota Murakami is now director of global business development. Oi joined the firm in 2001, and was most recently head of global client relations, based in Tokyo. Murakami joined in 1990 and was most recently head of the investment management group in Hong Kong. Janus Henderson Investors, Legal & General Investment Management, Actiam, Delta Lloyd Asset Management, BNY Mellon Investment Management, Columbia Threadneedle, Gresham House, State Street, Investment AssociationJanus Henderson Investors – The newly merged asset management group has announced the new structure of its institutional team for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), bringing together existing distribution staff from both Janus and Henderson. Jennifer Ockwell has become head of UK institutional – she held a similar role at Henderson Global Investors prior to the merger with Janus, which completed last month. She is also a trustee of Henderson’s staff pension scheme.Sylvain Agar is now head of EMEA ex-UK institutional. He was previously head of financial institutions for Janus, covering the UK and Europe. Both Ockwell and Agar report to Nick Adams, head of EMEA institutional. Agar’s team will be hiring “in the coming months”, Janus Henderson Investors said in a statement.In addition, Mark Fulwood has been named head of UK business development – he was previously director of institutional business for Henderson – while Anil Shenoy is now head of UK institutional clients. He was previously also a director of institutional business at Henderson. Both report to Jennifer Ockwell.
Share LifestyleTravel Jamaica named world’s leading cruise and honeymoon destination by: – January 17, 2012 24 Views no discussions Dr Wykeham McNeill. Photo credit: caribjournal.comKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has described Jamaica’s resounding success at the 2011 World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on January 11 in Doha, Qatar, as a ‘monumental achievement’. Jamaica won the coveted award for World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, and was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination.Several of Jamaica’s resorts and travel partners were also big winners, being recognized as the: World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company (Sandals Resorts International), World’s Leading Tourism Development Project (Port Authority of Jamaica – Port of Falmouth), World’s Leading Hotel Villas (Round Hill Hotel and Villas), World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Group (Island Outpost), World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive (Beaches Resorts) and World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company (Island Routes).McNeill said, “I am extremely pleased that despite intense competition Jamaica has won these prestigious and much sought after awards. Scoring these victories at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards is a monumental achievement, and is proof that despite our size Jamaica remains a ‘world-beater’ in the global travel industry. This achievement is testament to the tireless efforts to effectively market destination Jamaica, while at the same time developing the critical infrastructure needed to ensure that visitors are offered the experience of a lifetime, one which will encourage them to return again and again.”McNeill continued, “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all our resorts, travel partners and all the other stakeholders who have contributed to this accomplishment. These awards reaffirm that Jamaica remains a very attractive destination, and at the forefront of global tourism. I am confident that they will aid significantly in building brand Jamaica and in the marketing of our magnificent destination.”Director of Tourism John Lynch added, “As a destination, we’re honoured to be recognized as the world’s top honeymoon and cruise destination. I also want to congratulate our on-island partners which have also had world recognition in their various areas, demonstrating the strength of the destination. These awards serve as an endorsement of our combined and vigorous efforts to promote the destination worldwide. They reflect our commitment to providing top-notch offerings for visitors from around the world.” Caribbean News Now Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share
ILOILO – The provincial government isencouraging Ilonggos to avail themselves of its real property tax amnesty untilthe end of the year. * real properties which are declaredand the real property tax has not been paid * real properties which are declaredand subject to the taxes * Sept. 30 – Santa Barbara (2ndDistrict) * Oct. 2 – Oton (1st District) Real properties with pending cases incourt and those paid under a compromise agreement are not covered by theamnesty. * Sept. 25 – Anilao (4th District) The relief is applicable only to thefollowing: “This is your chance to take advantageof the relief and pay your taxes minus the penalties,” Umadhay said. Oso said many taxpayers in Iloilo,particularly the farmers and landowners, failed to pay their taxes as they wereadversely affected by El Nino. The schedules are as follows: In August, the Sangguniang Panlalawiganpassed a resolution embodying Provincial Ordinance No. 2019-198 which grantstax relief to delinquent real property taxpayers. The resolution was authored by 4thDistrict Provincial Board member Domingo Oso Jr. In May, the province was placed undera state of calamity due to huge damages in agricultural crops. PTO will have a launching in everydistrict to disseminate the program. Delinquent taxpayers have until Dec.31, 2019 to settle their debts without having to pay the penalties andinterests. Provincial Treasurer Jean MaireUmadhay said the capitol will start receiving payment on Oct. 7. * delinquent properties auctioned bythe province and for lack of bidders, were subsequently bought by the provinceof Iloilo * Oct. 3 – Sara (5th District) * Oct. 4 – Pototan (3rd District) Oso also noted other economicconditions such as increase in oil prices and other agricultural inputs whichhampered farmers from paying their taxes promptly. (LHC, Capitol News/PN)
Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PN ILOILO City – Suspected shabu valued at around P14,400 was recovered from a couple in Barangay Caingin, La Paz district, a police report showed. The couple – residents of Arevalo district – was caught after they sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer around 9:35 p.m. on July 15. The Prietos were detained in the lockup cell of the Arevalo police station. The suspected illegal drugs contained in four sachets were seized from 54-year-old Ricardo Prieto and wife Myra, 37, the report added.
In the debut for Mach-1 Sport Compacts, Chloe Van Sandt worked her way to the lead on the initial start and stayed there until lap three, when Barry Cannon made his way past. Defending Shaw Race Cars Western region champion Bricen James was the runner-up while Steven Sturdevant got third. Shawn Hand was quick in the early stages of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod race. The Springfield chauffeur led the first two trips past the flag stand before being overtaken by Art Hiatt, who then blazed the trail the balance of the distance. Campos seized the initial lead over the rest of the field, slowed only by three stoppages, and 0n each restart he managed to keep back all contenders to lead the distance for his first feature win of 2020. COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 4) – The roar of the engines returned to Cottage Grove Speedway for the Fourth of July and John Campos took care of business in the much-anticipated IMCA Modified main event. By Ben Deatherage Doug Coffman got second with David Schmidt behind him in third. John Campos collected the July 4 season-opening IMCA Modified checkers at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo courtesy of JRP Racing Photos) Cannon remained the leader until the 13th trip to the line when Cole Trissell passed him. Trissell, went unchallenged the rest of the way to win the main event. Chris Lemon got second while Van Sandt was third.