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Tony Shalhoub Discusses Next Stage Role: Happy Days with Wife Brooke Adams

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first_img View Comments Tony Shalhoub is going from multiple costume (and character) changes and climbing up and down a revolving staircase in Act One to a far less physically demanding role. The Tony nominee stopped by Late Night on June 12 to share with Seth Meyers his upcoming stage venture: Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days opposite his wife, Brooke Adams. Shalhoub explained that in the play, “She’s buried in a mound up to her waist in the first act and up to her neck in the second act. I’m her husband and I’m just basically behind the mound lying down. Every once in a while I pop my head up and say a couple of words.” Beckett’s not exactly light material, but at least it’ll be easier on your legs, Mr. Shalhoub! What other projects does the actor have in the works? The voice of the rat Splinter in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film…Check out clips from the interview below! Star Files Act One Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 Related Shows Tony Shalhoublast_img read more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Ingrid Temer promoted to Senior Account Manager

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first_imgBerlin, VT : Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announced recently that Ingrid Temer has been promoted to Senior Account Manager in the Sales and Service Department.Temer will assume additional responsibilities for advancing client-centric projects and initiatives that increase employer satisfaction with the health plan’s products and services. As the department’s Senior Account Manager, Temer will also serve a pivotal role as a resource for other account managers and sales and service representatives.Temer continues to fulfill her account management duties with key accounts such as University of Vermont, City of Burlington, Norwich University and Rock of Ages Corp. Temer joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont in 2004, bringing account management experience to BCBSVT from national health insurance carriers. Temer has earned the respect and admiration of co-workers, clients and consultants with her professional attitude and demonstrated commitment to advancing positive change.Temer is participating in the 2007 Leadership Champlain program, a community-service initiative which attracts civic and business leaders in Chittenden County. Temer is the first Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employee to be nominated to this highly regarded program. Temer also serves on the Diversity Committee at BCBSVT and the Community and Outreach Committee of the Community Health Center of Burlington.Temer, her husband and two children reside in Burlington, Vermont.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and has offered group and individual health plans to Vermonters for more than 60 years. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

Demystifying machine learning

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first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 1959, Arthur Samuel defined machine learning as a “field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.” No, wait – Did I just type “1959?”  Yes, true!Machine learning, which is a branch of artificial intelligence (AI), has been around a while, but the technology has made enormous strides since 1959.  The ability to learn without explicitly being programmed sounds like a mantra taken from a child-rearing manual from the 1950s. However, this concept has even greater potential today when we apply the technology to fraud prevention.Machine learning will still require the presence of humans to calibrate and confirm fraud, and to assist the model in learning from historical data.  But the promise of a faster and more accurate solution for fraud prevention has CO-OP very excited about the possibilities – which is why our company is becoming an early adopter of this technology. continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA backs proposed delay of payday rule, calls for changes

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first_imgCUNA supports supposed the proposed delay of the compliance date for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) payday lending rule, but also supports a delay of the entire rule, it wrote to the CFPB Monday. CUNA sent it letter in response to a proposed delay of the mandatory underwriting provisions to the rule to Nov. 19, 2020 (originally set for Aug. 19, 2019.).CUNA believes the proposed delay would provide credit unions an opportunity to adequately prepare for implementation.“Given the Payday Rule’s broad scope and the pending challenge to the rule’s legality in federal court, the Bureau should delay the rule in its entirety rather than merely delaying the ability-to-repay (ATR) provisions that are the subject of the rescission proposal,” the letter reads. “A delay of the entire rule is especially warranted if the CFPB intends to amend other aspects of the rule, such as the payments provisions, in the near term.”CUNA believes the CFPB’s approach to regulating payday lending should be consistent with several broad objectives: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Norwegian government rules out real assets for domestic sovereign fund

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first_imgThe Norwegian government has ruled out allowing either of its sovereign funds to invest in unlisted infrastructure and ignored calls from the Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN) to broaden its mandate to include real estate.Folketrygdfondet, which manages the NOK198bn (€21.4bn) Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), saw its calls to diversify the fund’s portfolio ignored by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, which said any diversification benefits stemming from a move into real assets could be achieved “by other, simpler means”.However, the government gave the larger Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) permission to expand its unlisted real estate allocation to 7% of assets, up from 5%.In its annual report to Parliament on the management of both sovereign funds – the GPFN and the substantially larger globally focused counterpart – the Ministry said the domestic infrastructure market was “small and underdeveloped”. “Any investments in infrastructure by the GPFN will most likely result from the sale of such assets by the central or local government,” the report said.“Such a change of ownership will leave the state’s overall risk level unchanged, and usually generate significant transaction costs.”The fund, which returned 7% last year, is currently limited to investing in equity and fixed income. Of its total portfolio, 85% must be invested in Norway, with the remainder able to be invested in neighbouring Scandinavian countries. With respect to the NOK 7.5trn GPFG, the Ministry said it was “uncertain whether unlisted infrastructure improved risk diversification or raised expected returns”, arguing that only 0.5% of the global investable market was currently unlisted infrastructure.Finance minister Siv Jensen said: “A number of important factors indicate that investments in unlisted infrastructure should not be permitted.“Such investments are exposed to high regulatory or political risk. Conflicts with the authorities of other countries regarding the regulation of transport, energy supply and other important public goods will generally be difficult to handle and entail reputational risk for the fund.”She added: “The government considers that a transparent, politically endorsed state fund like the GPFG is less suited to bear this type of risk than other investors. Following an overall assessment, the Ministry is not prepared to permit the GPFG to invest in unlisted infrastructure at this stage.Jensen said it would be useful to gain greater experience with unlisted real estate before considering other unlisted asset classes – likely a reference to the now-rejected infrastructure allocation, or the exposure to private equity long desired by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).The Ministry’s decision to grow the unlisted real estate allocation comes more than a year after the government commissioned a review, led by London Business School’s Elroy Dimson, on the current 5% cap on real estate.Real estate performance will also be benchmarked against a reference portfolio of equities and bonds.This would move the GPFG in line with some other large institutional investors that use a similar ‘opportunity cost model’, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.“The investments will be evaluated against a broadly composed index that can, in principle, be followed closely at low cost,” the Ministry said in a statement.The new approach should give NBIM more flexibility when it comes to deciding on new real estate investments.But the organisation will need to ensure real estate investments stay below the 7% limit to avoid any forced selling should the GPFG’s listed investments suffer significant falls in their value.The decision to increase the real estate exposure comes at a time when the government awaits a review of the GPFG’s equity allocation, due in October, which could also see an increase in the equity allocation beyond its current 60%.last_img read more

Terror drill at Kenya’s Strathmore University leaves worker dead, 20 students…

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first_imgA Strathmore University, Nairobi, staff member died and at least 20 students were injured Monday following a security drill that was conducted to gauge the institution’s level of preparedness in responding to a terror attack.The employee died in hospital where she and others who were injured in the drill were taken.“We confirm that we have one fatality, this evening.  One staff member by name Esther Kidemba, 33, has died from severe head injuries. Efforts to resuscitate her failed and she succumbed to the injuries.The family has been informed of this,” the university’s Director of Communication Betty Ngala said in a statement sent to newsrooms.Most of the injured were rushed to Nairobi West Hospital and some to Nairobi Hospital. Two of them were placed in the Intensive Care Unit at Nairobi West Hospital.“Most of those we received had fractures while some sustained head and chest injuries,” said Dr Evans Mwenda of Nairobi West Hospital.Some of the students jumped from upper floors of some of the university’s tall buildings, leading to the limb injuries.Shocked students narrated how the mock attack happened, their escape from class and nearby hostels and the frightening sight of the “attackers”.The drill was conducted near the Student Centre where most students gather before and after classes.Students said those involved in the exercise ‘‘carried real guns’’ and wore attire similar to those used by Al-Shabaab attackers.“I saw someone coming up the stairs with a gun and wearing Al-Shabaab outfit. I ran and hid under a table before getting out through a window. People were screaming all over. I am really scared,” said Martin Chege, a student who was at the Student Centre.The learners faulted the University for failing to inform them prior to the drill, saying they would have been better prepared and injuries would have been avoided.Parents of the injured students also said it was wrong for the university to conduct the drill without proper preparations.last_img read more

Man arrested for ‘illegal’ cock derby

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first_imgJoem Polmo, a resident of the village,was caught around at 1:20 p.m. on March 29, a police report showed. Polmo was taken to Police Station 1. Hefaces charges for violation of PresidentialDecree 1602, or the anti-illegalgambling law./PN At least nine persons inside the cockpithowever managed to evade police capture, leaving Polmo who resisted arrest but waslater subdued. ILOILO City- Police arrested a suspectedillegal cockpit maintainer in Barangay Rizal Pala-Pala, City Proper.center_img Recovered from the suspect were nine gamefowls. Polmo’s apprehension came after policeconducted an operation in the said village. last_img read more

College professor charged, weapons seized under ‘Red Flag Law’

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first_imgHanover, In. — A Hanover College professor has been charged with intimidation and his weapons have been confiscated by the court.Reports indicate James Stark has a history of making threats to coworkers and community members. On March 1, Stark made a comment about taking hand grenades into the emergency room at King’s Daughters Hospital. Nurses told investigators he called them “vampires” and threw his paperwork at them.After family members called police action was taken. Police filed intimidation charges and seized his weapons under the Indiana “Red Flag Law.” Mr. Stark is currently out on bail.last_img read more

Air quality advisory in effect until midnight

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first_imgCincinnati, OH—The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has issued an Air Quality Advisory for the Greater Cincinnati Area as well as Dearborn County until midnight EDT tonight. The Agency expects to see levels of ozone in the ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ range on the Air Quality Index.On Air Quality Advisory days, everyone can help reduce ozone formation by taking the following actions:*Take the bus, carpool, bike, or walk instead of drive.*Refuel your vehicle after 8 PM;*Do not idle your vehicle; exhaust contributes considerably to ozone formation.*Avoid the use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Advisory days.last_img read more

Cricket News Ravi Shastri considers sending Kohli at No. 4 in World Cup

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India coach Ravi Shastri is mulling to send skipper Virat Kohli to bat at No. 4 to protect him in bowling-friendly conditions during the World Cup in England. Shastri said Kohli at number 4 can make the batting unit more stronger.“The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them, if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up,” Shastri told Cricbuzz.“That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).“We will assess that on seeing conditions there in England. You don’t want to be 18-3 or 16-4 in a big tournament. I don’t care about bilateral ODIs, but why should I lose my best batsman early in a World Cup match (if the conditions are bowler friendly)?” he added.Also read | New Zealand shatters records with big total in Wellington T20I against IndiaAmbati Rayudu showed his prowess with a match-winning 90 at the Hamilton ODI and Shastri said he can be an option at number three.“Yes, maybe Rayudu, or someone else, could bat at number three, and Kohli comes in at number four. We wouldn’t want to disturb the opening combination. Separating the top-three could make the batting stronger.”Shastri said Rayudu’s innings eased his worries to an extent and his unorthodox style of batting can be an X factor for the team.“… the one quality Rayudu has, he can be very unorthodox. With the way he bats, he can be an x-factor for us. He will play shots that are unconventional at times, but they can be very effective,” he said.“The more he plays like this (like at Wellington), the more he will realise he can do that to the opposition.” last_img read more