New director at Dawn

first_imgDawn Foods, the bakery ingredients producer, has recruited a new boss to head up its business in the UK and Ireland.Chris Jenkins has joined as cluster director for UK and Ireland following the promotion of Karl Brown to vice-president of global planning.Jenkins will oversee all Dawn business, including sales, marketing and customer services, working closely with HR, finance and the supply chain.He joins the group from Belgian bakery and patisserie company, Gourmand, where he was the UK sales manager. This follows an expansive career in the UK and Europe across multiple channels in the food and grocery sectors with brands such as Marlow Foods, Sara Lee and Mars.Commenting on his new role, Jenkins said: “I’m thrilled to join Dawn at such an exciting time of growth and bring my experience to a new challenge. We’re set to launch a number of new products in the UK and Ireland in 2016, substantially increasing the range of products available to our customers and strengthening Dawn’s position in the market.”Brown added: “I would like to welcome Chris to Dawn Foods and thank all of our customers with whom I have greatly enjoyed working over the years. I’m confident Chris will be a brilliant asset to the Dawn team and look forward to the exciting plans we have for 2016.”last_img read more

STS9, TAUK, and SunSquabi Lift Off At Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas [Photos]

first_imgSTS9 came to Sin City this past weekend for a highly anticipated two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV. With TAUK and SunSquabi on as support, it was all brights lights, big city on the Vegas strip for an incredible weekend of music. Check out a full picture gallery of both nights courtesy of Erik Kabik Photography & Paul Citone Photography and video below via Heady Flair:STS9 | Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | 3/31/17 SetlistSet I: Mobsters, F Word, Light Years>>, Wika Chikana, 20-12, Ad Explorata> Shock Doctrine, TotemSet II: Get Loud, Instantly>>Nautilus>>Instantly, Sun, Moon and Stars, Gobnugget>>Surreality>>Eb, The RabbleE: Music, UsSTS9 | Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | 4/1/17Set I: To The World, Frequencies 2 >*Out Of This World >>Frequencies 3, Really Wut, Looking Back On Earth, Hubble **, MarchSet II: Bigs, Worry No More, Moonsocket *** >4 Year Puma >Moonsocket >> 4 Year Puma >>Moonsocket*^, Hi-Key, Oil & Water > Zach****, Grow >>Call Jam >>Grow *^*, SchemeE: SatoriShow Notes:*Rent tease** We’re Sharing audio sample*** Insane intro and an incredible standout version*^ Inspire teases**** Are you guys having as much fun as we are?*^* Incredible Grow Call mashup with a really incredible drum jam by Jeffree and Zach.[setlist courtesy of The Church of STS9] Photo: Paul Citone Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Cynthia Erivo to Star Opposite Viola Davis in Widows

first_imgCynthia Erivo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017center_img Well this is one way to celebrate completing a marathon. The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo will join fellow Tony winner Viola Davis on the big screen for the thriller Widows, Variety reports. 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen will helm the film, which will feature a screenplay by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn.Based on the 1983 British miniseries, the film will follow a group of women who unite to pull off the heist that left their husbands—a group of armed robbers—dead. The original incarnation starred Ann Mitchell, Fiona Hendley, Maureen O’Farrell and Eva Mottley.Erivo will join the project hot off the heels of her Tony-winning performance as Celie in The Color Purple. She’ll take her final bow in the musical when the production closes on January 8, 2017. She has previously appeared on screen in the U.K. series The Tunnel and Mr. Selfridge. Her additional stage credits include I Can’t Sing! in the West End, the U.K. tour of Sister Act and the recent one-night-only concert performance of The Last Five Years.Davis, who won a Tony Award in 2010 for Fences, reprises her performance in the film adaptation of the August Wilson classic later this year. It is set to premiere on December 25. The Color Purplelast_img read more

Finn Wittrock on Tackling Othello, Not Singing in La La Land & More

first_imgDoes being around the words take you back to your childhood, getting up on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts?We never did a production quite like this! [Laughs.] But just to get to listen to the play… Most of us are onstage for the entirety of the show or, when not onstage, not far enough away that we have any choice but to listen to it, so hearing it every night does bring me back to my youth.You shot a new movie of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, didn’t you? Isn’t that also modern?Yes, I’m Demetrius. I don’t know what’s up with that film. It was very cool and modern. Basically the woods of Athens are the woods of Malibu. And the house of Hermia is a Hollywood movie studio. It’s a clever idea and Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe are also in it, so we got to finally do Shakespeare together, which we’d been dying to do. I hope it comes to a theater near you soon!I loved see you pop on screen in the new movie musical La La Land as Emma Stone’s date. But no singing and dancing for you!For everyone’s sake! [Laughs.]What was it like being on the set? That movie has such a fresh energy. It does, I know. I had a scene with Emma Stone that was actually cut out. It was mostly a great opportunity to work with her. During the read-through of the whole script, [director] Damien Chazelle was reading the scene directions and played us songs off a tape and you could tell just by the way he was reading it that he had the whole thing in his head and the concept was already living in his brain. Whenever that happens, it’s a very unique and special thing. I knew it was gonna be great, even when they all weren’t so sure!But bummer that your big musical number wound up on the cutting room floor!Ha! Sure, our big tap dancing, flying on the ceiling scene was cut! [Laughs.] Such is Hollywood. Related Shows Since holding his own as a newcomer opposite powerhouses like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 2012, Finn Wittrock has enjoyed many well-deserved big moments in Hollywood: an Emmy-nominated turn on American Horror Story: Freak Show (and showy roles on each subsequent season of the FX hit), a part in the SAG Award-nominated ensemble of the indie hit The Big Short and high-profile turns in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the acclaimed HBO film version of The Normal Heart and more. Now, he’s back on the theater scene doing back to back productions of Othello at New York Theater Workshop, which opens December 12 with David Oyelowo as Othello and Daniel Craig as Iago, and the hotly-anticipated The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field and Joe Mantello on Broadway in February. recently caught up with the stage and screen talent to talk about his golden year.Hey Finn! So happy to have you back on the boards this season. It’s nice to see you doing great in Hollywood, but we like to think of you as one of us.In my bones you know I am.I was looking back on your Fresh Face feature during the run of Death of a Salesman. At that time, you said, “I would love to do Shakespeare in New York. You get thirsty to say those words again.” Safe to say the thirst is now quenched?Definitely being quenched. It’s funny—I remember saying that. I’m a big Dandy Mott fan. It’s been so fun to watch you come back every season for American Horror Story and play all these crazy characters opposite so many great stage actors. Is it ridiculous that I dream of a Broadway version that you can all star in together?[Laughs.] You should put that in print because [AHS creator] Ryan Murphy reads everything and he might just have a great idea!Would you be game to do it?Yeah, sure. I’ll bring Dandy to the stage!You were terrific in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Goodman Theatre. So happy to see you doing more Tennessee Williams, playing the Gentleman Caller in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. Again, with Sam Gold directing!Yeah, it’s my year with Sam Gold. My golden year! You know, were actually at Julliard together. He directed a few plays while I was there and, randomly, he directed our senior showcase! [Laughs.] So it’s been fun to watch his meteoric rise. It’s all come full circle and now I can’t get away from him. This is really a one-two punch doing these back to back. I’ll be rehearsing Glass and then running down to Othello at night. I’ve always wanted to do the Gentleman Caller since I was in school. In my first year of Julliard, I did a scene from it in Richard Feldman’s directing class and I’ve always been enthralled by it. I feel like there’s more to that character than meets the eye or some people think. He’s not a stereotype. And the rest of the play is so magical and so sad so I said, what the hell and decided to do both shows. We did a three-week workshop in July with Sally [Fields], Joe [Mantello] and Madison [Ferris] and, knock on wood, it was magical. The chemistry of all of us together, with Sam and then [producer] Scott Rudin, who’s at the helm. You just know you’re in good hands.So did anyone explain what the big sculpture on the Glass Menagerie poster symbolizes?[Laughs.] I have no idea! I have an idea, but I’ll leave it to your own imagination! Finn Wittrock(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Top photo: Finn Wittrock and Nikki Massoud in Othello (photo by Joan Marcus); American Horror Story: Freak Show photo by Michael Becker/FX.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 The Glass Menagerie I assume doing playing Cassio in director Sam Gold’s Othello with this incredible cast was too good of an offer to pass up.It sure was. It’s never an easy decision to move your whole life and come back to the city you just left a year before, but it really was a project I couldn’t pass up on. This group of people and the chance to do Shakespeare. And to chance to work with Sam—he has a vision that is something exciting to help bring to the world. I’m really happy he brought me on.So what are audiences in for with this new Othello?It’s not your grandfather’s Othello. Tagline. [Laughs.] So far, audiences have been very surprised and shocked and moved at the same time. It’s a modern setting—when you walk in, you’re in some kind of military barracks somewhere in the Middle East. There’s guns, uniforms, video games. But other than that, we’re really just doing the play. It’s very exciting. Sam is very good at making things relevant to the modern audience—visceral, raw and current—but the most important thing is we’re telling the play as written. It’s a big, bold task that Sam is pulling off so it’s really exciting. 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Broadway’s Falsettos Cast Reunites for Performance

first_img View All (5) We know you miss having Falsettos’ tight-knit family on the Great White Way—but don’t break down! The cast recording is available for fans to listen to again and again (and again), and PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center special is on the way. As an added bonus, the company, including scribe William Finn, stars Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, Brandon Uranowitz, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms and Betsy Wolfe reunited at Barnes & Noble on January 27 to perform selections from the score and sign CDs for fans. Take a look at the reunion we’ve all been waiting for, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on when Falsettos is set to come to the small screen. Betsy Wolfe Star Files Stephanie J. Block Christian Borlecenter_img View Comments William Finn, Stephanie J. Block & Christian Borle(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Brandon Uranowitz Tracie Thomslast_img read more

Lightship Secures $12.7M in Funding

first_img(Feb 19, 2002) WILLISTON, VT — Lightship Telecom, an integrated business communications provider to Vermont and New England, today announced a private equity investment of an additional $12.7 million by JPMorgan Partners and Megunticook Management. This new funding represents an initial investment from Megunticook Management and continued support from JPMorgan Partners (formerly JPMorgan Capital Partners) in the Bedford, NH-based company. This investment fully funds Lightship to profitability.”This investment by JPMorgan Partners and Megunticook validates Lightship’s business model, to provide highly-reliable telephony, data and high-speed Internet services over a state-of-the-art, facilities-based digital switching network throughout the Northeast,” said Kevin O’Hare, President and CEO. “Our strong financial position will enable us to continue to offer innovative services and delight our customers at a time when other carriers are challenged. The company will realize its vision of being considered the provider of choice for business communications solutions in the markets we serve.”A provider of telephony, data and high-speed internet services to businesses and other organizations, Lightship allows its customers to enjoy single-source voice & data communications, supported by outstanding customer service.“JPMorgan Partners is pleased to continue its support of Lightship, its employees and its customers. We are excited to remain closely involved with one of the pre-eminent communications providers in New England,” said Matthew Niehaus, a representative of JPMorgan Partners.“Megunticook is thrilled to be partnering with a proven management team that has built a telecommunications company capable of making money rather than talking about it,” says Thomas Matlack, Managing Partner at Megunticook.About Lightship:Lightship is an integrated communications provider serving businesses with highly reliable and cost efficient telecommunications, data and high-speed internet services. To thrive in the dynamic telecommunications industry, Lightship implements customer-focused and conservative business strategies, leveraging a facilities-based digital switching network, strategically situated throughout New England. Lightship customers benefit from a single point of contact for customer service, and a single monthly invoice provided in a variety of formats, delivering on-line reports and various account summaries and statistics.The Lightship corporate name evokes the security of the lightship, an anchored vessel that serves as a floating lighthouse along rocky shorelines. Lightship business solutions include high-speed digital internet access, local phone service, regional and long distance services, web hosting, e-mail, conference calling, frame relay, ATM voice and data services, co-lo-cations and digital Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) door-to-door. For information about Lightship, contact Lightship at 877-548-7447, [email protected](link sends e-mail) or via is external).About JPMorgan Partners:JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), formerly JPMorgan Capital Partners, is a global partnership with over $30 billion under management. It is a leading provider of private equity and has closed over 1,800 individual transactions since its inception in 1984. JPMP has more than 150 investment professionals in eleven offices throughout the world. JPMorgan Partners’ primary limited partner is J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), one of the largest financial institutions in the United States. For additional information, visit is external).About Megunticook:Based in Boston, Megunticook invests in promising communications, media, and technology companies at the earliest stages of their development cycles. Megunticook’s goal is to produce superior economic and social returns by working closely with entrepreneurs to develop innovative products, services and technologies. For additional information, visit is external).Contact:Chip UnderhillManager, Corporate [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Long Island Weather Mostly Clear After Rainy Tuesday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A rainy and foggy Tuesday is forecast to give way to a mostly clear week ahead on Long Island after showers that may continue into Wednesday dissipate.Downpours Tuesday could be heavy at times and could add up to an inch of precipitation in addition to the patchy fog that should last though after sundown, when tempratures drop from the 50s into the 30s, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.The slight chance of showers Wednesday afternoon comes when it’s expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s. The possibility of showers continues after dark when it drops below freezing.Thursday is forecast as partly sunny in the low 40s with gusts up to 36 mph before dropping into the 20s at night, when it will be blustery.A mostly clear weekend is on tap after that as Friday is expected to be mostly sunny in the 40s. A slight chance of rain Saturday precedes mostly sunny skies Sunday as temps remain in the 40s both days.last_img read more

A new year…but a not-so-new examination focus

first_imgThe NCUA has not yet released its regulatory exam priorities for 2016 (stay tuned for that), but you can bet that it will not vary much from what the CFPB has recently indicated will be their exam focus in the new year. Speaking earlier this month at the California Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Legal Issues Conference, the CFPB’s Deputy Assistant Director for origination gave a heads up to attendees regarding the agency’s four main examination priorities for 2016. They are:Loan originator compensation plans;The ability-to-repay rule;The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) rule; andMarketing service agreements.First, at the MBA meeting, Calvin Hagins of the CFPB indicated that CFPB examiners will spend a substantial amount of time evaluating loan compensation plans at every regulated entity. The Regulation Z loan originator compensation rule prohibits loan originators from being paid based on a loan’s terms or a proxy for a loan’s terms. Although the CFPB has previously focused on loan originator compensation during exams, it appears they intend to increase efforts to assess compliance with the rule. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Discovery Conference brought credit unions together for 2019 strategic planning training

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our ninth-annual Discovery Conference brought credit union leaders and employees together to learn about and discuss strategic planning trends for 2019. Over the course of the day, speakers and panels discussed future economic trends and predictions, the auto lending boom, rising interest rates, technological advances, multicultural initiatives, analytics and much more.Keynote speaker Scott Bales kicked off the day by setting the technological landscape. With technology and data changing so quickly, he says businesses will need to make sure they collect only the data that is relevant to their industry. Bales suggests credit unions look to their employees to move forward with innovation. He says many employees already know what problems need to be solved. They just need to know their organization has confidence in them to pursue their ideas.In addition to changing technology, Anne Legg from AdvantEdge Analytics says credit unions must meet customers where they are. Because member expectations have changed, this integration will be even more important in the future. continue reading »last_img read more

Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation: What we know so far

first_imgThe government submitted the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, marking a milestone that will kick start deliberations on labor reforms that are intended to woo investors, boost economic growth and create jobs.  Some of the key highlights of the bill, a draft of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, cover issues related to foreign workers, wages, work hours, redundancy and social security. A one-off extra payment as a “token of appreciation” for workers, which the government calls a “sweetener”, is also introduced in the bill.“This is purely to create jobs amid the global uncertainty and the coronavirus crisis by transforming the country’s economy through the omnibus bill,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato told the press at the House after submitting the bill. “As for now, we will raise the public’s awareness regarding the bill by involving government officials and lawmakers.” The office of the coordinating minister has formed a consultative team consisting of government officials, businesspeople and labor representatives. Still, the government has not yet published the bill for general scrutiny.Major labor groups including the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), the Congress of Indonesia Unions Alliance (KASBI) and the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) have refused to join the coordination team. They have also rejected the bill because of its potential detrimental effect on labor rights.Here are some key points and changes related to labor reform in the omnibus bill on job creation compiled by the Post.Severance pay The calculation for basic severance pay remains unchanged, but overall rights for severance payments beyond basic allowances are either reduced or scrapped completely.The omnibus bill on job creation no longer mandates employers to pay for compensation of rights (UPH) for laid-off workers and instead stipulates that the rights can be regulated in a work contract, work agreement or corporate rules. According to Article 156 of the prevailing manpower law, UPH includes unredeemed annual paid leave, transportation costs and a certain sum from workers’ expenses for housing and medicines. The bill also cuts the upper limit for payments for recognition of service period (UPMK) to a maximum of eight months’ salary for a worker’s services of more than 21 years in a company. Article 156 in the manpower law caps the awards value higher at 10 months’ salary for more than 24 years of service.Meanwhile, rigid calculations on rights for severance payments, UPMK and compensation of rights (UPH) that are differentiated based on reasons for the lay-off, as stipulated in the prevailing manpower law, are all scrapped. Instead, the omnibus bill on job creation only requires employers to make severance payment and UPMK according to their time of service.Foreign workersIndonesia will open more chances for expatriates to work in the country, especially in start-ups.In the omnibus bill, foreign workers will also be allowed to work in Indonesia without a permit in positions that range from members of boards of directors and commissioners, and diplomatic or consular staff, to researchers and emergency engineers. Foreign workers in start-ups will also be exempted from work-permit requirements.This compares with a previous stipulation in Article 42 of Law No. 13/2003 on Manpower that only exempts diplomatic and consular staff from work permits for foreign workers.OutsourcingOutsourcing requirements would be significantly relaxed under the omnibus bill on job creation.Currently under Article 66 of the Manpower Law, workers from outsourcing agencies are prohibited from doing core tasks or those that directly relate to the production process. The prevailing rule stipulates workers from outsourcing companies can only have supporting functions.The omnibus bill on job creation amends this stipulation to open the possibility for outsourcing agencies to hire workers for various tasks, including freelance and full-time workers. This stipulation will be further regulated in a separate Government Regulation (PP).RemunerationGovernors across Indonesia will determine the minimum wage of each region, based on the inflation rate and economic growth in the region, to better reflect the need for salary adjustment. A so-called council for wages can provide input during the process, which would comprise government, business, labor and academic representatives. This stipulation is basically unchanged from the existing regulation.However, the significant difference under the omnibus bill on job creation is that labor-intensive industries will not have to adhere to regional minimum wages and the governors of respective provinces will use different formulas in their calculations. More details will be covered in a separate PP, according to the draft bill.Micro and small businesses are exempted from minimum-wage stipulations but must pay their workers above the poverty line rate, the draft states.Labor rightsMembers of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) protest against the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the Parliament Building, Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)A prevailing article that stipulates workers’ rights for paid leave under certain circumstances has been deleted from the omnibus bill on job creation.Article 93 of the Manpower Law allows paid leave of three days when workers get married, two days when their children are circumcised or baptized or get married, or when their wives are in labor or undergoing an abortion. Workers whose family members pass away get one to two days’ unpaid leave in the current regulation.The omnibus bill, however, deletes this stipulation and will only cover regular paid leave rights that include at least 12 days a year for workers that have been with their companies for 12 consecutive months. “Companies can grant long leave, which is arranged in the work contracts, company regulations or work agreements,” the draft bill reads.Further, in a case where a company goes into bankruptcy or is liquidated, labor rights are to be prioritized prior to other payments including to creditors – a stipulation previously uncovered by the existing law.Work hoursEmployers can implement work hours beyond stipulation for specific types of work or business sectors. These special conditions will be further regulated in a separate PP, which were not previously covered by the existing Manpower Law.Work hours as stipulated by the omnibus bill on job creation are eight hours per day and 40 hours per week—five days in a week. Beyond that employers must pay overtime to workers but not exceeding four hours a day and 18 hours a week, according to the draft omnibus bill.LayoffThe omnibus bill on job creation aims to provide a better safety net for workers with a minimum of one year’s service as a separate PP will stipulate compensation payments, according to Article 61A.Employees can be laid off for reasons that include mergers, acquisitions, divestment, business efficiency, business closure after two years’ uninterrupted financial losses or as a result of force majeure, debt restructuring and bankruptcy, among other factors, based on Article 154A.Workers are still entitled to receive their salary and other rights –also including their work responsibilities— during dispute-settlement processes at industrial relations agencies or in court, according to Article 157A. These three stipulations were previously not covered by the current law.Meanwhile, the omnibus bill revokes Article 159, which allows workers to file a lawsuit to an industrial relations court or agency if they want to challenge the reasoning behind the decision to lay them off.Social securityA new social safety net mechanism is added to the omnibus bill on job creation to revise Article 18 of Law No. 40/2004 on the National Social Security System (JSN) and Article 6 of Law No 24/2011 on the Social Security Organizing Agency (BPJS).The social security program for laid-off workers was introduced on top of existing programs that currently cover health, work-related accidents, pensions, old age and life insurance. The BPJS will be responsible for the fund so long as the workers or their employers pay the premiums.“Sweetener” bonusThe government has long campaigned about a “sweetener” in the omnibus bill on job creation that will include an immediate salary bonus depending on workers’ length of service in their companies.According to the draft bill, workers will get the “sweetener” or bonus as follows: one year’s salary for service of less than three years, twice the salary for three to six years of service, three times the salary for six to nine years of service, four times the salary for nine to 12 years of service. Finally, five times the salary for workers with over 12 years of service.The bonus will only be applicable to medium and large companies as micro and small enterprises are exempt from the stipulation. The bonus is a one-off payment to be made within one year after the omnibus law on job creation becomes effective and details will be further regulated in a PP.Editor’s note: The article has been updated to include a section on severance pay.Topics :last_img read more