We’ve Got a Friend! Beautiful’s Jessie Mueller Is Taking Your Questions

first_img Related Shows View Comments Guys, we’ve got Beautiful news: Tony winner Jessie Mueller is the next star to take a seat on the comfy grey couch! She’ll be making a visit to Broadway.com HQ to film her very own “Ask a Star” feature, where she’ll field questions about playing legendary singer-songwriter Carole King, her native Chicago and what she’s been up to since her Broadway.com video blog “Natural Woman” ended. So, do you have a must-ask question for Mueller? Fill out our form below—you just might see her answer your question on Broadway.com! Star Files <a href=”https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z12xl12g0s9qv6e/” title=”html form”>Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jessie Muellerlast_img read more

Nazi ‘Gold Train’ Discovered In Poland

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Polish government official confirmed Aug. 28 that an armored WWII-era Nazi ‘ghost’ train that went missing in 1945—rumored to be laden with looted gold, precious jewels, art and other treasures—has been located, hidden underground within the southwestern city of Wałbrzych.Though declining to provide the exact location of the find or speculate on its cargo, Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski told reporters at a press briefing in Warsaw that he had viewed geo-radar imaging of the more than 100-meter-long train, and that its discovery was the result of a deathbed confession of a person who helped hide it, according to The Irish Times.“This is an absolutely unprecedented situation,” he told the paper. “There is a very high, over 99-percent, probability that this train exists.”Zuchowski declined to identify the person who made the deathbed confession, but added that the government would attempt to dig out the train following military engineers securing the area, the paper reports.The Telegraph states the train was pinpointed using ground-penetrating radar photography. The BBC reports such imagery reveals the train is equipped with gun turrets. The Nazi ‘ghost’ or ‘gold’ train, as it’s been dubbed, has fueled imaginations and local folklore since it supposedly vanished in 1945, though there has never been official documents unearthed even proving its existence. As legend goes, as the Red Army advanced against the Nazis in the waning days of World War II, the train and its fabled cargo of more than 400 tons of gold, gems and unknown treasures (worth tens of billions today) went missing somewhere near Wałbrzych’s ancient 13th-century Książ Castle, which was taken over by the Germans and used as a headquarters for the Nazis. In 1943, the occupying forces began forcing an estimated 13,000 prisoners to carve a vast network of tunnels within the nearby Owl Mountains in operation called Project Riese.Countless lost their lives during the construction of these tunnels, which remain in various stages of completion—some present-day tourist attractions.Though there have been many attempts to locate the fabled train and its rumored hordes of gold throughout the last half-century, none have been successful. The recent finding comes on the heels of news reports earlier this month that two treasure hunters—a Pole and a German—had contacted local authorities through an attorney and claimed they’d discovered the train. They reportedly sought a 10-percent finders’ fee. “‘Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this,” Marika Tokarska, an official at the Wałbrzych district council, told Reuters,’ reported an Aug. 19 article in The Guardian. “‘The area has never been excavated before and we don’t know what we might find.’”Since then, would-be treasure seekers from across the globe have descended upon the city.Deputy Culture Minister Zuchowski asked such excavators to keep away from the area, warning the train may in fact be protected by explosives such as mines. “There may be hazardous substances dating from the Second World War in the hidden train, which I’m convinced exists,” reports the Daily Mail. “I am appealing to people to stop any such searches until the end of official procedures leading to the securing of the find. “There’s a huge probability that the train is booby-trapped.”last_img read more

How to compete in today’s tough credit card market

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit card industry has become increasingly competitive. What was once just a payment method – a short-term loan – is now a full consumer experience threaded with rewards programs, fraud protections and too-good-to-be-true promotional offers. According to creditcards.com, the top 10 credit card issuers are issuing 90% of credit cards in the United States. With these big issuers controlling the marketplace, how can credit union programs compete and continue to thrive?Establishing successful partnerships is critical, particularly for credit unions that have made the strategic decision to focus on lines of business other than payments.TMG Financial Services (TMGFS), for instance, has a group of dedicated and knowledgeable employees who manage credit card programs day-to-day. Serving as advisors, these experts provide credit unions analysis and guidance on the credit card portfolio the financial institution owns and manages. The main goal of Advisory Services is true to the TMGFS mission, to help credit unions grow using the credit card program as a growth mechanism.And it’s working. In just under a year, our advisors have assisted several credit unions from across the United States to solve a variety of issues they had in growing and maintaining the health of their credit card portfolio. Here were some of the highlights: continue reading »last_img read more

Extraterrestrial Signal Kept Secret By Russia Sparks SETI Probe

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A mysterious extraterrestrial signal emanating from an ancient solar system kept secret by Russia has sparked an investigation by the SETI Institute into the possibility it was sent by super-intelligent life forms.Yes, you heard that correctly: An extraterrestrial signal from another solar system is being investigated by SETI in the hopes it is a cosmic communication from really really smart alien beings. The otherworldly blip was first detected by Russian astronomers in May 2015, yet in a bizarre break with established protocol, they’ve only just alerted the nonprofit, and other interstellar investigators, now. In response, SETI, aka the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, swung the Allen Telescope Array (ATA)—a team of 42 radio telescope dishes in Hat Creek, Calif.—in the direction of the alien signal’s source, a solar system several billion years older than the sun called HD 164595.Although HD 164595 is known only to have one Neptune-sized planet that we know of, scientists speculate the system could host other worlds yet undiscovered. Related: Proxima b: Second Habitable Earth Discovered Near Proxima CentauriIf in fact the mystery message did originate from that particular solar system—something the ATA is scanning the skies to verify—SETI’s Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak explains in a recent analysis that the extraterrestrial beings who sent it would be uber-intelligent, and would have developed technologies far beyond mankind’s wildest dreams. To begin with, says Shostak, HD 164595 is 94 light years away. These alien creatures wouldn’t have any reason to have targeted us, specifically, since any TV or radar communications we’ve sent out to the outer depths of the universe haven’t even reached their solar system yet. “There are two interesting cases,” speculates Shostak. “They [the alien beings] decide to broadcast in all directions. Then the required power is 1020 watts, or 100 billion billion watts. That’s hundreds of times more energy than all the sunlight falling on Earth, and would obviously require power sources far beyond any we have. Related: Sonic Boom, Earthquake, Government Cover-Up, Meteor, Or Something More Sinister?Second, he continues: “They aim their transmission at us. This will reduce the power requirement, but even if they are using an antenna the size of the 1000-foot Arecibo instrument [at 96 feet in length, the world’s largest single dish radio telescope, located in Puerto Rico] they would still need to wield more than a trillion watts, which is comparable to the total energy consumption of all humankind.’Related: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island ParallelsSETI’s search amid the enigmatic HD 164595 has only just begun, and it’s uncertain if the unearthly call will ever be detected again. Nonetheless, it is quite astonishing, and has had the perhaps unintended effect of millions of us learning about SETI, the perplexing realm of HD 164595, and wondering if it is indeed the latest “What’s up?” from another curious martian species. Or us, our highly evolved ancestors, in the future. Or simply neighboring cousins from those “extraterrestrials” already living among us. The search, therefore, for now, dear friends, continues.Stay tuned…Main Art: An extraterrestrial signal from an ancient world kept secret by Russia is being investigated by SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. (Photo: An artist’s impression of the recently discovered Earth-like exoplanet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. Credit: SETI Institute, ESO/M. Kornmesser)last_img read more

KPU prepares health protocols as government insists on holding year-end regional polls

first_imgThe KPU is also adjusting some election procedures, including limiting the number of election campaign participants permitted to be present in indoor facilities to 20 people. It will also prohibit candidates from hosting campaign events that could attract massive crowds, such as music concerts, sporting events, bazaars and blood drives.The commission will still allow candidates to install and distribute campaign props, but it is also advising them to look to social media to campaign.The number of registered voters per polling station will be reduced from 800 voters to 500 to comply with physical distancing measures. Voters will be obliged to wear face masks and disposable gloves when voting, while polling stations should provide hand sanitizer, disinfectant and body temperature scanners on site.Any voters with body temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius will be banned from entering polling stations. Election officials will escort them to vote in specific polling stations.Registered voters found to be positive for COVID-19, patients under surveillance (PDP) and people under surveillance (ODP) will be allowed to cast their vote after 12 p.m., an hour before voting closes, at designated polling stations at nearby hospitals.These special polling stations will be managed by three polling station administrators (KPPS), consisting of regional KPU officers and hospital management representatives, who must wear personal protective equipment (PPE), transparent face shields and gloves.“But the long list of the new protocols requires additional budget funds,” Dewa added.The KPU previously estimated that the additional safeguards would add about Rp 536 billion (US$35.72 million) to the current regional election budget of around Rp 10 trillion, but the source of the extra budget remains unclear.Read also: Year-end regional polls risk low turnout due to virus fearsFadli Ramadanil of election watchdog the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) warned of possible delays in PPE procurement for the elections due to uncertainty over the financing of health protocols’ extra budget. He said the lack of budget would eventually affect the overall preparation stages and might put the balloting behind schedule, recommending the KPU to postpone the elections until next year.Activist Jerry Sumampouw from the Indonesian Voters Committee (TEPI) urged the commission to seek help from the COVID-19 task force to procure PPE.The Home Ministry’s acting director general for political affairs and general administration, Bahtiar, said that the government was exploring whether the state budget allocated for the COVID-19 task force could be used for procuring PPE and other health equipment during the elections.The government has allocated Rp 3.14 trillion for the task force to procure protective gear and pay for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the country.”The KPU should only focus on preparing for the elections as another agency has taken the responsibility of providing health equipment,” Bahtiar said.Topics : The General Elections Commission (KPU) is preparing health protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission during the 2020 simultaneous regional elections, which the government has insisted on holding in December despite the health risks.The protocols, which will be laid out in a set of new KPU regulations, will be mandatory for KPU officers, candidates and voters during all stages of the elections, from the preparations starting from June 15 to the final vote count a week after voting day.“We have coordinated with the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 national task force to prepare for health protocols,” KPU commissioner I Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi said in a virtual public discussion on Saturday. The move follows a decision by the government and the House of Representatives on May 27 to hold the regional elections on Dec. 9 to elect 270 regional leaders, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors. The elections were pushed back for around three months from their initial schedule of Sept. 23 after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued in May a regulation in lieu of law that mandated election organizers, the House and the government to decide on a new date for the ballot.Critics have urged policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the COVID-19 outbreak could continue late into the year – and even beyond it – and put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease. They also expressed concern about low voter turnout should the outbreak in the country show no signs of abating, thus discouraging people from showing up at polling stations.Read also: COVID-19: House, watchdog call for delay of regional electionsDewa said, however, that health protocols and their strict implementation would be sufficient to protect voters and KPU officers from infection.last_img read more

Beijing reports zero virus cases for first time since new outbreak

first_imgBeijing on Tuesday reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since the emergence of a cluster in the Chinese capital in June that prompted fears of a domestic second wave.A total of 335 people have been infected since a cluster emerged at the city’s massive Xinfadi wholesale market in early June.Beijing’s health commission said on Tuesday it detected only one asymptomatic case the previous day, which China does not include in its confirmed cases counts. Beijing’s outbreak is “stabilizing and improving,” Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the city’s center for disease control, told reporters Monday.China had largely brought the deadly outbreak under control before the new Beijing cluster was detected last month.The government has since also imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in neighboring Hebei province to contain a fresh cluster there, adopting the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the epicenter of Wuhan city earlier this year. While Chinese authorities are still investigating the cause of the latest outbreak, the virus was detected on chopping boards used to handle imported salmon at Xinfadi market, prompting a ban on certain imports and increased scrutiny of foreign food suppliers.The Beijing government has tested more than 11 million people for COVID-19 since June 11 — roughly half the city’s population, officials said at a press conference Monday.Residents lined up in the summer heat at testing venues across the city in June, with hundreds of thousands of samples collected each day.Localized lockdowns across the city have been eased in recent days, with people living in areas of the city considered “low risk” now allowed to travel freely again.center_img Topics :last_img read more

UK pensions industry bemoans lack of clarity on DC reforms

first_imgRuston Smith, chairman at the NAPF, said while there was no denying that the reforms were an “exciting and compelling” proposition for savers, the industry was beside itself as the deadline approached.“April is not far away,” he told delegates at this year’s NAPF Annual Conference in Liverpool.“The problem is, we do not know enough about the detail. This lack of detail and lack of clarity is severely limiting our opportunity to get things right for members – and it is increasing the risk of failure.”He said, with 4.2m savers eligible to take advantage of the reforms come April, products and legislation were still unprepared.The UK’s DC market has long supported the insurance annuity business, but concerns have grown over the value for money offered by insurers.Savers are now expected to look for more income-drawdown products, or to withdraw their DC savings entirely as cash.“These people will expect these products to work and expect us to help them make the right choice,” Smith said.“The government has set high expectations for the industry to respond positively and innovatively. But it is closing down the time we have to make this a real success.“I say to the government, help us to give freedom and choice and not fear and confusion. Give us the clarity we need to make this a success.”Speaking later at the conference, Labour MP Gregg McClymont, the opposition’s spokesman on pensions, said while his party understood it was “politically difficult” to speak out against the reforms, the party did in principle support greater freedom.However, his personal misgivings over the reforms were that it did not fix the main criticism placed on insurers or the UK annuity market.“There are good political reasons for [the reforms],” he said. “It is possible to work with [the government] on the reforms, while defending pensions as a concept.”McClymont said that, while the annuities market did need reform, the criticisms were based on DC savers never seeking out the right arrangement.He said he failed to understand how giving DC savers more choice was going to solve the situation. Industry figures and opposition politicians have condemned the lack of clarity from the UK government over fast-approaching reforms to the defined contribution (DC) at-retirement model.Reforms are set to go into effect in April 2015, just over a year after they were announced as part of chancellor George Osborne’s 2014 Budget.The ‘Freedom and Choice’ proposals, which removed the need for compulsory annuitisation, were welcomed by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and unchallenged by the opposition party.However, pressure for more detail is now mounting.last_img read more

Dutch pension system ‘in peril if interest rates remain low’, says minister

first_imgIn his opinion, the European Central Bank (ECB) was the main cause of the low interest rate level “as it has been keeping rates at 0% for 10 years, and is planning for a further decrease”. “We could keep on reforming as much as we want, but low rates would fully erode the value of pensions”Pieter OmtzigtAt its most recent meeting on 6 June, the ECB said it would maintain its current record-low interest rates at 0-0.25%, and expected them to remain unchanged “at least through the first half of 2020” or “as long as necessary” to keep inflation at roughly 2%. However, Koolmees defended the ECB, noting that interest rates had been steadily falling for 30 years.He said he would address the effects of long-term low interest rates on pensions in his “road map” for reform, which is to be published this autumn.Meanwhile, at a conference hosted by Dutch pensions publication Pensioen Pro last week, economist Matthijs Bouman said lower expectations for inflation and growth, as well as saving levels exceeding investing, were the main causes of low interest rates.“We want to save, we want to increase security and we want to accrue financial buffers,” Bouman said. “As returns on investment are low, so is the risk-free return on capital.”Also at the conference, Paul Frentrop, senator for the new right-wing party Forum for Democracy, argued that the capital-funded pensions system was no longer sustainable and suggested that the Dutch second pillar system should be transferred to the state. The viability of the Dutch capital-funded pensions system is in danger if interest rates remain at their current low levels, according to the country’s social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees.During a debate in parliament last week about the recent pensions agreement, the minister said that “we all have a problem in a capital-funded system, if interest rates remain zero for a very long time”.He made the remark while answering questions from Pieter Omtzigt, who had suggested that no capital-funded system could survive such a situation. The MP noted that the issue touched the core of the pension system and arming against the effect of low interest rates wasn’t possible.“We could keep on reforming as much as we want, but low rates would fully erode the value of pensions,” Omtzigt argued.last_img read more

Rodgers concedes Leicester may lose Ndidi,two others

first_img “It’s having those youthful players, who are hungry to learn, who want to be better, then, of course, having really, really top senior players, which I’m fortunate to have. “We have outstanding senior players here that are very concentrated, very professional, and of course they have big talents. read also:Premier League legend recommends Ndidi to Man United “Our challenge is to continue along that route, retain the hunger. It’s always going to be difficult for clubs like ourselves to be up there but we enjoy the challenge and that’s what we hope to try to achieve.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWorld’s Most Delicious Foods Key players like Ben Chilwell, James Maddison, and Wilfred Ndidi have drawn admiring glances from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United and while all have long contracts at Leicester, Rodgers also recalled the case of Harry Maguire, who left Leicester to join the Red Devils for £80million in summer 2019. “Harry came in, had a good couple of seasons playing at the club, great guy, good man, then obviously one of the so-called bigger clubs offers him the opportunity to go and play and he goes,” said the Leicester boss. “So that is always going to be there, especially when you have talented young players. But our organisation is very much based on the team.Advertisement Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, has revealed that they will always be vulnerable to losing their best players to higher-profile clubs.last_img read more

Baggies too strong for Burnley

first_img The Baggies were always in control against lifeless Burnley, who failed to deal with live-wire Berahino. The England Under-21 forward now has five goals for the season, with the Clarets having netted just once between them. They have not scored in eight hours and 46 minutes in the Premier League and already look destined for a long fight against the drop. The Baggies, though, clinched their third win in a week, following victories over Tottenham in the league and Hull in the Capital One Cup. They were unchanged from their 1-0 win at Spurs last week, their first of the season under head coach Alan Irvine. Berahino started after scoring the late winner in Wednesday’s 3-2 cup victory over Hull, but Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye were ruled out with hernia and ankle injuries respectively. Burnley recalled Ross Wallace, Michael Kightly and Steven Reid, who left the Baggies in the summer after a four-year stay at The Hawthorns. Dave Jones and Dean Marney failed to recover from their thigh and hamstring injuries. Burnley had not scored in the league in 436 minutes coming into the game and their lack of quality was evident from the start. The striker pounced in each half after Craig Dawson opened the scoring to condemn the Clarets to their third defeat of the Barclays Premier League season. Graham Dorrans then added a fourth with a minute left to underline the hosts’ dominance. Kightly shot over for the Clarets before Chris Brunt’s drive deflected off Michael Duff and dropped inches wide after 15 minutes. Berahino drilled across goal as the hosts took charge and tried to add to their own measly goal tally of just one in the last 376 minutes of league football before the game. And the opener came on 30 minutes to reward the Baggies for their more inventive play when Dawson headed in Chris Brunt’s deep corner from five yards. It was bitter for Burnley, who had three bids rejected for the defender – who also handed in a transfer request – in the summer. Brunt then volleyed over four minutes before the break and Tom Heaton superbly turned Dorrans’ fierce 25-yard drive behind. Albion were hunting a second and it came in first-half injury time as Berahino netted his fourth of the season, nodding in from a yard out after Dorrans flicked on James Morrison’s corner. Burnley offered little resistance with the Baggies in total control, and they hauled off Wallace and Reid for Nathaniel Chalobah and Ashley Barnes at half-time. Chalobah’s first action was to pick up a yellow card for a foul on Dorrans and the changes made little difference. The composed hosts continued to press as Craig Gardner’s deflected effort arrowed wide and Ben Mee blocked Stephane Sessegnon’s volley. Albion confirmed their dominance with a third on 56 minutes when Dorrans’ pass split the Burnley defence for Berahino to drill low into the corner from 15 yards. There was no way back for the visitors, although Ben Foster did well to keep out Lukas Jutkiewicz’s header on 66 minutes. Barnes ballooned over three minutes later as the Baggies switched off but there was little further danger. And it was left to Dorrans to add the gloss with a minute left when he swept in from 14 yards. Saido Berahino’s brace powered West Brom past hapless Burnley 4-0 to seal their third straight win. Press Associationlast_img read more