Update on Derek Hough’s Injury & Spring Spectacular Schedule

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 New York Spring Spectacular Derek Hough, whose role of Jack was played by understudy Taylor Frey on April 22, has had to withdraw from more performances of New York Spring Spectacular. As previously reported, the five-time Dancing with the Stars winner sustained an injury during rehearsals for the TV show’s 10th Anniversary special.A spokesperson for Hough said in a statement: “He has been diagnosed with a broken toe on his right foot and sprains to his left ankle on both the inside and outside aspects and a bone bruise on the same ankle. Derek will remain in Los Angeles this week to rehab his injuries and his understudy will be filling in for him for New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York.”Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors, the show is penned by Joshua Harmon. The new production featuring the iconic dance troupe is a whirlwind adventure across the Big Apple that tells an inspiring and hopeful story about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Spring Spectacular contains 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits.Spring Spectacular also stars Tony winner Laura Benanti and recently extended through May 7 at Radio City Music Hall. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

SNL Data Dispatch: U.S. Coal Companies Tightening Supply in Face of Bankruptcies

first_imgSNL Data Dispatch: U.S. Coal Companies Tightening Supply in Face of Bankruptcies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Taylor Kuykendall and Arsalan Gul in SNL:The latest coal miner employment and production data indicates producers took huge steps towards a long-sought and much-needed tightening of domestic coal supply with those undergoing restructuring cutting the most production.A coal supply overhang across the U.S. has kept a lid on prices as demand has rapidly dropped off due to natural gas competition, environmental regulation and mild weather patterns decreasing electricity demand. The state of the market has been particularly troublesome for the debt-laden companies now going through bankruptcy reorganization due to unrealized expectations on global metallurgical coal demand.A new S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of production data shows that some of the nation’s top producers have accelerated their own efforts in supply rationalization in the past few quarters. Three companies that own some of the largest mines in the nation – Peabody Energy Corp., Arch Coal Inc. and Alpha Natural Resources Inc. — have also brought the largest amount of coal offline, on a quarterly basis, since the fuel’s near-term production peak in the fourth-quarter of 2011. All three companies are currently going through bankruptcy reorganization.Environmentalists and other activists have been highly critical of coal companies in bankruptcy. In a recent report, Public Citizens called on CEOs of bankrupt coal companies to divert bonuses they have received toward laid-off coal workers affected by declining production. They claim it is bad business decisions on management’s part that have landed the companies in their current position.“It is unfortunate that the political discourse has been framed by this fictitious ‘war on coal’ narrative, when the truth reveals an industry hampered largely by market forces and poor financial decisions,” said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program. “We need an honest dialogue about the future of our energy system and how to prioritize investing in coal mining communities that have been hurt by the transition.”The data analysis groups mines by current ownership, therefore production cuts over the period at mines that were bought and sold are attributed to the current owner.Mines currently owned by Peabody have cut 21.8 million tons of coal output between the 2011 near-term national peak in coal production and the first quarter of 2016, about 40.1% lower. Peabody recently secured approval for its debtor-in-possession financing as it prepares to readjust to current market conditions.“This marks another important step as we move through the Chapter 11 process and reposition the company for long-term success,” Peabody President and CEO Glenn Kellow said in a recent press release.Respectively, Arch and Alpha mines produced 17.1 million tons and 13.4 million tons fewer in the most recent quarter than the near-term nationwide peak in coal production.Companies that have not filed bankruptcy are also responding to a market signal to cut back on production. Cloud Peak Energy Inc. mines produced about 49.2% less coal in the first three months of 2016 than it did when U.S. quarterly coal production peaked. Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. produced about 66.3% less coal in the period.“We’re currently a non-profit,” Cloud Peak President and CEO joked at a recent hearing on potential reforms to the federal leasing process. In remarks in opposition to potential reforms that could make it more difficult or expensive to mine on federal lands, a large piece of Cloud Peak’s business, Marshall emphasized that coal is already in a tight spot.“With most federal coal producers bankrupt, coal prices at historic lows and taxes and fees on Powder River Basin coal alone at over 40% of the selling price there is no economic justification whatsoever to increase royalties or lease rates,” Marshall said. “To put this in context, last year Cloud Peak Energy paid $303 million in taxes and royalties when our business suffered a net loss of $204 million.”Other companies that currently own mines where there have been major supply cuts include Murray Energy Corp.,Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund Inc., Rosebud Mining Co., Revelation Energy Holdings LLC, Texas Energy Future Holdings and Westmoreland Coal Co.Full article $: https://www.snl.com/web/client?auth=inherit#news/article?id=36514802&KeyProductLinkType=4last_img read more

Square’s Apple Pay reader shows how we pay is still in flux

first_imgby: Cade MetzAfter unveiling its new credit-card reader at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco earlier this month, Square tested this newfangled contraption at a Blue Bottle coffee shop in Mint Plaza, just down the street.The reader doesn’t accept ordinary credit cards. It takes a newer breed of card equipped with an EMV chip for greater security, and it accepts Apple Pay, that much-hyped means of making card payments via the iPhone or the fledgling Apple Watch. With so many Apple faithful descending on the nearby Moscone Center for WWDC—the centerpiece of Apple’s year—Blue Bottle provided an unusually ripe proving ground for the new reader and the larger push towards Apple Pay and other “contactless” payments systems.According to Jesse Dorogusker, who oversaw the creation of the new reader as Square’s head of hardware, the tests revealed some “weird” behavior among those paying for some mighty good coffee with their personal Apple gadgets. Some people touched their wrists to the reader with their Apple Watches facing up, before realizing that the Watch doesn’t send a payment unless it’s facing down. “I’ve seen it,” Dorogusker says, shrugging his shoulders. “The new ritual is something we have to fine tune.” And sometimes, when they positioned their phones and Watches in the correct way and a payment went through flawlessly, they’re weren’t quite sure that it had. By the time they looked at their phone or watch display, he says, the notification saying they had paid successfully was already gone. “You have to adapt to the experience being too fast.”The Blue Bottle trial run was hardly a widespread test—Square kept its reader in the shop for only a week—and it may say more about the Apple Watch than Apple Pay. But it provides a nice metaphor for contactless mobile payments as a whole. Apple Pay and its ilk will take some getting used to. As Dorogusker says: “Changing buyer behavior is hard.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dykstra: CHOICE Act provides credit unions and members with relief

The Financial CHOICE Act gives Congress an opportunity to provide credit unions with relief from the regulatory scrutiny of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues wrote in an opinion-editorial published in the East Bay Times. The additional regulatory burden created by the CFPB is an unintended consequence of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, Dykstra wrote. “Congress was not wrong to establish the CFPB,” Dykstra wrote. “However, it is time to talk about why credit unions–which provide affordable savings and credit to 110 million account holders across the U.S., including 10.9 million of them in California–need relief from this agency.” Dykstra explained that while the bureau was created to protect the consumers from unscrupulous lenders, it has instead adopted a one-size-fits-all approach that negatively impacts community lenders. She provided several examples of how the CFPB has created processes created circumstances that run counter to its mission. For example, a CFPB rule requires a complicated hour-long procedure to wire money, a process that previously took 15 minutes. The bureau exempted financial institutions that handle less than 100 transfers per year. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

The future of payments: 5 trends to watch for the credit union industry

first_img1. Physical cards are here to stay… for nowAs U.S. spending shifts online and mobile payments proliferates, there may be concern among credit unions about the future of physical cards. However, physical cards will remain a central part of the payments experience. There are numerous reasons including the complexity of the POS infrastructure and challenges presented when creating a seamless experience regardless of the form the member prefers. However, in areas where contactless cards frequently use the response is overwhelmingly positive. We don’t know when the tipping point will come in terms of mobile payments, so for the coming years, it will be critical to providing your members frictionless ways to pay, whether that be with a card, mobile device or a computer.2. Security must continue to be top priorityWith EMV well underway, there have been significant reductions in counterfeit fraud at POS, and these reductions will continue as the rollout is completed. As the POS channel is further secured, credit unions should proactively address their weaknesses in security. Living in a digital world means that fraud is expected to shift to online channels, by employing solutions like tokenization your credit union can reduce the risk presented by fraudsters. Credit unions must take advantage of advancements in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and biometrics to improve their ability to combat these emerging threats. To reduce fraud, credit unions should also help put their members in control and provide their members with tools to control activity on their account and to monitor spend in real-time (e.g., text alerts).3. A digital payments roadmap cannot be staticAlthough a high percentage of purchases are still made using a card at a physical POS, almost all growth is coming from the online and mobile channels. All consumer segments are increasingly shopping online. When it comes to mobile millennials, in part due to their higher degree of comfort with mobile devices, are the earliest adopters. But usage is quickly expanding to other segments there as well. Being able to participate in digital wallets and establishing strong top-of-wallet strategies will be key. Given the dynamic nature of the space, it will be critical for credit unions to continually reevaluate their approach to ensure they have the right capabilities.4. Member service must also go digitalCredit unions have long been successful by providing unparalleled service to their consumers. As consumer preferences are changing, it is critical to expand service options accordingly. Online, and increasingly with mobile, banking has become the most vital touchpoint in a financial institution’s relationship with its members.As such, credit unions must have in place an online and mobile banking approach to manage their accounts through the channels they want to use. For example:61% of users noted online banking capabilities as a reason for staying at a current financial institution (compared to 37% for low cost or fees)Consumer expectations of what they can do through their mobile banking continue to increase.Consumers have quickly adopted text alerts for card purchases – which improves spend tracking, fraud identification, and provides a frequent source of member engagement 5. Invest in the next generation of credit union talentIn this rapidly evolving digital world, credit union leaders need to be thinking about long-term growth and success in their own organizations and their future leaders. They must take steps to attract the next generation of leaders within credit unions. Many industries are grappling with changing demographics, and credit unions are no exception. Credit unions face challenges with engaging, retaining and recruiting top young talent. New talent is essential to the success of the credit union movement. Young talent and millennials contribute energy, creativity and leadership to the businesses.  An example of work being done to attract this talent is Visa’s initiative with Filene – one of the most credible industry think tanks help find ways through networking opportunities and access to credit union senior leaders to support and attract young professionals into the industry, then to improve retention through mentorship programs. To ensure the future success of the credit union industry, investments in talent will be critical to ensuring new products and services are relevant to a new generation of members. 225SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Mumm Neil Mum is the currently Visa’s Head of Strategy, North America. Neil has over 15 years of experience in retail banking and payments, and has been with Visa since … Web: https://usa.visa.com Detailslast_img read more

Valentine’s Day ideas to show your credit union members some love

first_imgIt’s that wonderful time of year when everyone is thinking romance. And nothing says romance like credit union talk! Of course, we thought it would be good to publish our best ideas of how to show your members you love them!So, if you are in a romantic mood and thinking about your money, then this blog is for you.1.  No fee dayHey, why not? Everyone who calls in or might have gotten charged a fee today, let’s just waive them or not run the job schedule. What a great way to show some appreciation and get some free publicity!Instead of paying that crappy overdraft fee, they can share some ramen with their sweetie—courtesy of the credit union. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

The Masters: First round suspended for almost three hours due to bad weather at Augusta | Golf News

first_img The first round was suspended after just 25 minutes
The first round was suspended after just 25 minutes

Leipzig boss Nagelsmann aims to stifle PSG stars Neymar, Mbappe

first_imgRB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann plans to subdue Paris Saint-Germain’s counter-attacking game, inspired by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and pull off another upset in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final.Nagelsmann, 33, is the youngest coach to reach the last four of the Champions League and will attempt to repeat Leipzig’s surprise quarter-final win over Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid when they face PSG in Lisbon.”We are a team that can take our chances against the top teams in Europe. We saw that against Atletico,” Nagelsmann said Monday. Nagelsmann says the only way to stop PSG’s fearsome attack is to defend as a unit.”You can’t foresee what Neymar and Mbappe could do, they’re top players. We need to defend them as a team.”It’ll be difficult, but we need to make them work and put them under pressure.”We want to play our own game and focus on ourselves as opposed to thinking about Paris.”Nagelsmann will try to outfox opposite number Thomas Tuchel for a place in Sunday’s final, 12 years after the pair worked together in Augsburg’s reserves.When a persistent knee injury forced Nagelsmann to retire barely out of his teens, Tuchel offered the chance to scout for him.Tuchel, 46, is well aware of his protégé’s qualities as a coach. “We know Leipzig change their tactics from game to game and can also adapt mid-match,” said Tuchel.”It’s going to be a tough game to prepare for.”We just need to focus on ourselves, our tactics, structure and qualities, and look to impose our game.” Topics :center_img “The players really have the will to win, we are hungry and I can see that in their faces.”We were great against Atletico, now we have a chance against Paris.”We have to avoid losing the ball, because PSG are very strong on the counter-attack, but we’ll try to take the game by the scruff of the neck.”PSG reached the last four with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Atalanta when Neymar and Mbappe set up late goals for Marquinhos and Eric Choupo-Moting.last_img read more

Martin Keown concerned Aaron Ramsey is leaving Arsenal at his peak

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Ramsey scored against Napoli on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Ozil struggled to gain the trust of Emery early in the season, but has seemingly proved himself to the Arsenal boss in recent weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe German is playing regularly again, but Keown insisted Arsenal are losing their most influential player this summer.‘It’s a sad situation,’ Keown said about Ramsey. ‘He’s a victim of circumstances. He’s continued to mature as a player and develop. Coral BarryThursday 11 Apr 2019 10:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link110Shares Martin Keown concerned Aaron Ramsey is leaving Arsenal at his peak Ramsey is joining Juventus at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Aaron Ramsey has been harshly treated by Unai Emery when compared to Mesut Ozil.Ramsey leaves Arsenal at the end of the season having agreed to join Juventus when his contract at the Emirates expired.Under instructions from Emery, Arsenal withdrew their offer to extend Ramsey’s stay last year. (Picture: Getty)‘He’s a real leader in this Arsenal team. Playing in a deeper role, as he did under Arsene Wenger, I think that’s the best role for him if you want him and Ozil in the same team.‘He’s so important to everything they do. It’s the energy and the quality at the end of it. He really has become an outstanding technician.’Ramsey scored against Napoli on Thursday night in a 2-0 victory that gives the Gunners the edge heading into the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Ozil is under contract until 2021 (Picture: Getty)As Ramsey prepares to make his exit, Keown thinks he deserves a place at Arsenal ahead of Ozil.ADVERTISEMENT‘He’s at his peak and he’s leaving to go to another football club,’ Keown told BT Sport.‘I think he’s been harshly treated. I know there’s been the Ozil situation and if I was picking between Ozil and Ramsey, it’d have to be Ramsey.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard – Register to Vote!

first_imgHey Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf here to tell you that the deadline to register to vote in November’s election is just around the corner.By October 11, make sure you visit register.votespa.com to register to vote.This election year is a big one — we’ll elect our next president!So make sure your voice is heard. Register to vote! Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard – Register to Vote!   SHARE  TWEET The Blog,  Videos,  Voting & Elections Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img September 23, 2016 By: Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img