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Hamilton Brings Big Ratings to the 2016 Tony Awards

first_img Hot shows are gold for Tony Awards ratings, so the annual Broadway trophy-fest got a big boost from Hamilton this year. In fact, overnight ratings for the 2016 Tony Awards show a 35% bump from last year’s numbers, and the highest overall viewership since 2001, which theater fans tuned in to get a peek at another buzzed-about musical, The Producers.The CBS live telecast reached 8.7 million viewers, averaging a 6.8/11 in overnight metered markets, up from 6.5 million and 5.1/8 for the 2015 Tony Awards, the least-watched telecast in the show’s history. The Tonys also earned a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, up 60% from last year.For more coverage of the 2016 Tony Awards, click here! Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry & Jasmine Cephas Jones in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentslast_img read more

On Your Feet!’s Doreen Montalvo on Waking Up to Roaring & More

first_img Related Shows Age: 53Hometown: New York, New YorkCurrent Role: Doreen Montalvo plays the mother of Gloria Estefan (Ana Villafañe) in On Your Feet!Stage Cred: Original On Your Feet! cast member Montalvo congas from the ensemble to center stage in her new role. She last appeared on Broadway in In the Heights; she was also featured in the Tony-winning musical’s off-Broadway run. Montalvo was also seen off-Broadway in Giant and on the national tour of Flashdance. On screen, she has appeared on Smash, The Good Wife, One Life to Live, Elementary and Law & Order. On Your Feet! Doreen Montalvo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more

Freestyle’s Ski Favorites

first_imgWhy we love the Joy Series:The Joy series is light done right—it’s so light that you will have more energy to enjoy your day. Thanks to the GRAPHENE™, the ski is lighter and also more durable, providing you with more natural balance and control on the slopes. Never before has a material made skiing so much fun. GRAPHENE™ simply makes the skis do the work, so your feeling of joy lasts longer. Viva joy! Here at Freestyle, we know that a good pair of skis can make your season. Some of our personal favorites are the HEAD Joy series, and Instinct series, and we want to offer anyone who buys a pair between now and January 14th the opportunity to win one of two amazing prize packages:1. Complete Clothing Outfit by Obermeyer2. Any GIRO Helmet and Goggle Combination Why we love the Intinct Ski Collection:From beginner to intermediate, skiers of all levels can trust the INSTINCT ski collection to help them surpass their own limits with the perfect combination of technology and innovation. The skies are more reactive, always balanced and in complete control of whatever the mountain throws at you thanks to the revolutionary GRAPHENE™ technology, the lightest and thinnest, yet strongest element discovered by mankind. The material’s unique properties allow the reduction of common material like wood and glass fibres, and, consequently, allow the addition of extra titanal layers, which creates a ski with unique reactiveness and responsiveness.. And if it is the control you worry about, worry no more. Thanks to GRAPHENE™, the ski’s camber has a lower profile, which makes for easy turn completion. In combination with the HEAD ERA 3.0 technology, the evolutionary rocker architecture for superior steering, increased floatation, and tremendous turning, these skis will chew up and spit out any terrain that comes your way.Don’t forget to stop by Freestyle before January 14th to purchase your pair of skis and be entered to win one of our two prize packages! last_img read more

Negotiating card processing contracts

first_img continue reading » A credit union’s card portfolio can be its most important revenue source, aside from loans. Even when credit unions are satisfied with the performance of the card processing contracts that support their programs, regularly assessing these relationships to ensure that they are delivering the expected benefits has definite merit.Because credit union leaders must address so many issues, they may have a tendency to apply the old axiom, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” However, applying this approach to card processing contracts can leave money on the table—perhaps millions of dollars—that could be applied elsewhere to return value to members. Taking a second look at card processing contracts may reveal opportunities to increase interchange revenue and/or lower overall cost.This is not to say the contract was not fair in the beginning. It may have been very competitive when signed, but years later—near the end of the typical five-year contract term—certain factors can limit a credit union’s leverage. Changes in the market or the vendor landscape—e.g., consolidation, increased competition, introduction of new technology—all may influence a contract negotiation.Proactively managing contract negotiations does not necessarily mean switching vendors. Rather, sometimes just by applying a few key principles, a credit union can make its relationship with an existing processing vendor even more valuable to the institution and its members. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Arsenal chiefs ‘furious’ with Mesut Ozil after explosive interview

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShares Advertisement Arsenal chiefs ‘furious’ with Mesut Ozil after explosive interview Advertisement Ozil hit out at his employers (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Arsenal chiefs were reportedly left ‘furious’ with Mesut Ozil after the playmaker defended his decision to refuse to take a pay cut, while criticising Mikel Arteta’s move to not play him for a single minute in Project Restart. Ozil refused to take a 12.5% pay reduction on his £350,000-a-week wages – unlike the majority of the Arsenal squad – during the coronavirus pandemic and claimed the only reason it became public knowledge was because ‘people have been trying for two years to destroy me’. Despite him believing there is ‘an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me’, Ozil insists he will not be forced out of the club and plans to honour the final year of his contract. AdvertisementAdvertisementHis comments have left Arsenal bosses angry and they have taken a ‘dim view’ of the interview, according to the Daily Mail. ADVERTISEMENTOzil suggested he had not been picked in the final portion of the Premier League season because he refused to take a wage cut. ‘You don’t play 10 games in a row if you’re unfit, not good enough or don’t behave well,’ the midfielder told The Athletic. Comment Ozil has annoyed Arsenal bossed (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)‘If I played these games badly and was then left out completely for that reason then I might understand, but this was not the case. ‘Possibly the decision affected my chances on the pitch, I don’t know. ‘But I’m not afraid to stand up for what I feel is right and when you see what has happened now with the jobs [55 Arsenal staff members are being made redundant], maybe I was.’Despite clashing with the club’s hierarchy, Ozil insists he is going nowhere.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 CityHe added: ‘My position is clear.‘I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club. ‘I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years. I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.’Should Mesut Ozil leave Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Video: Jan de Nul discusses the next generation in offshore wind

first_img“It’s an opportunity to become even more integrated into the market in Europe and the far-East”, comments Carl Heiremans, Business Development Manager at Jan de Nul Group in regards to the company’s dedication to offshore wind since 2013. With two cable installation vessels and the recently renamed, and former MPI vessel, second addition wind turbine installation vessel Taillevent.Watch the Expertise Hub video to find out more about what Jan de Nul is preparing for the future in renewable energy and next-generation turbines.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In 2019, Jan De Nul will commence with the installation of the Northwester 2 wind farm with 23 turbines of 9.5MW each, the largest offshore wind turbines in the world.last_img read more

UWP lawyers and petitioners optimistic about appeal

first_img Share Share Two members of the United Workers Party (UWP) who have recently filed an appeal at the High Court of Justice contesting the recent ruling of Justice Gertel Thom in a dual citizenship trial involving the Prime Minister of Dominica and Minister of Education, say they are optimistic about the outcome.(L-R): Senator Ronald Green and Maynard JosephOn January 10th, 2012 Justice Gertel Thom dismissed two election petition cases filed by petitioners Senator Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph of the United Workers Party.It was her ruling that the petitioners did not present sufficient evidence to the Court to prove that the Members of Parliament contested the general elections illegally.Senator Ronald Green who confirmed that the ruling has been appealed said his lawyers; Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, Stuart Young and Geoffrey Letang as well as himself and Maynard Joseph are optimistic about the outcome.“A notice of appeal has been filed in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on 17th February, 2012 and this is in regard to an appeal against the decision contained in the order of the 10th of January, 2012. This Notice of Appeal cites findings of law which are being challenged, findings of fact which are being challenged and there are grounds for the appeal and we expect the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to give a decision on the matter sometime this year. Our lawyers are optimistic and we are looking forward to getting justice at the highest court.” Senator Green further explained that the decision to appeal the ruling is a very pertinent one as it deals with the Constitution of Dominica. (L-R): Prime Minister Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean“It’s very important to go further and it’s very important that we appeal it and get a decision because it is a matter of our Constitution; it’s a matter of full and proper justice. We think that the decision at the lower level needs to be reviewed by a Court and it is the best thing for Dominica in the long run; all of us both myself and Mr. Maynard Joseph.”He also thanked the many supporters who have contributed to the Democratic Legal Fund; “we have received about 20% so far. Our target amount is $20, 000.00”. In related news; Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who is the lead counsel for the Respondents; Prime Minister Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean, describes the appeal as a “political campaign”.Astaphan told DBS News on Friday morning that his team has already filed a counter appeal asking the Court to dismiss the appeal.“In anticipation of a possible appeal we had already prepared and we were ready to file and we have already filed a cross appeal on the question of the French law. We feel that it borders on harassment and the Learned Judge should perhaps have agreed with us that the case should have been struck out on the basis simply that there was no evidence.”According to Astaphan; there was no evidence “of French National law of the French Civil Court, or any act of omission, or anything done by any of the respondents to show any act of allegiance or obedience to France”.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews UWP lawyers and petitioners optimistic about appeal by: – March 2, 2012center_img 16 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

PRO Shocks continues awards for IMCA Sprint Cars, Stocks, Hobbies, SportMods

first_img“These highlighted divisions will benefit from PRO’s involvement in our contingency sign-up program and we encourage all racers participating with their shocks to let us know through these forms that aree located on our website,” emphasized IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is never too early to get signed up so we can track your participation.” Certificates, in increments of $300, $200 and $100 go to top three eligible drivers in the two re­gions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, and in final national stand­ings for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. The Boonville, Ind., manufacturer again gives a set of four shocks to the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national champion while drivers in four other divisions share nearly $5,000 in product certifi­cates. Stock, Hobby and SportMod drivers are required to compete with four PRO Shocks and display two PRO Shocks decals on their race car.center_img BOONVILLE, Ind. – A popular post-season awards program for five IMCA divisions has been re­newed by PRO Shocks. PRO Shocks is in its 11th season of IMCA sponsorship. Information about PRO shocks is available at the web­site, by calling 855 682-4404 and on Face­book.last_img read more

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup watched by 1.12b viewers

first_imgRelatedPosts France president, Infantino booed at FIFA Women’s World Cup final ceremony FIFA Women’s World Cup: Henry sends France into last 8 with extra-time win over Brazil Super Falcons’ victory over South Korea has given hope to Nigerians – Galadima The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup held from June 7 to July 7 in France was watched by 1.12 billion viewers across all platforms.According to world football governing body, FIFA, linear TV accounted for the majority of the global audience.It said 993.5 million viewers watching at least one minute of coverage on a TV set at home.This was an increase of 30 per cent on the audience for the 2015 edition held in Canada, which reached 764.0 million.An estimated 481.5 million people accessed coverage of France 2019 on digital platforms, equivalent to 43 per cent of the total audience reach.The digital audience, which overlaps with the linear TV audience, was up considerably on the estimated 86.0 million in 2015.The final match between the US and Netherlands was the most watched FIFA Women’s World Cup match ever.It had an average live audience of 82.18 million, up by 56 per cent on the 2015 final audience of 52.56 million.This reached a total of 263.62 million unique viewers (one-minute reach), which accounted for 22.9 per cent of the overall tournament reach.Over the 52 matches played in nine host cities across France and broadcast in 205 territories around the world, the average live match audience was 17.27 million viewers.This is more than double the 8.39 million average of Canada 2015 and this can be attributed to the greater distribution of matches on higher profile broadcasters in many countries.With the distribution of matches, many participating teams’ matches drew record audiences in their home territories such as Brazil, France, Italy and the UK.“More than a sporting event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 was a cultural phenomenon attracting more media attention than ever before and providing a platform for women’s football to flourish in the spotlight. The fact that we broke the 1 billion target just shows the pulling power of the women’s game and the fact that, if we promote and broadcast world-class football widely, whether it’s played by men or women, the fans will always want to watch,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Publicist Sport Entertainment compiled the consolidated audience figures for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.It was based on audience data and scheduling gathered from official television auditing agencies in markets around the world.It also came from FIFA’s Media Rights Licensees and from non-captured (out-of-home and digital) audience data provided by Nielsen.NAN. Tags: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

Obama proposes changes to federal financial aid

first_imgAs President Barack Obama readies the final budget proposal of his first term, major overhauls in federal financial aid processes will be among the proposed key changes that he will introduce Feb. 13.In a series of speeches last week, Obama outlined the foundation of a financial aid proposal that would, for the first time, link a college’s eligibility for financial aid programs, such as Perkins loans, to gauges for increased affordability and value.Nearly $8 million in Perkins loans are available for USC students this year by the Financial Aid Office, according to Thomas McWhorter, dean of financial aid.“We use the Perkins loans funds for some of the neediest students,” McWhorter said. “We want to give them the most attractive, the best loans, first.”In an address at the University of Michigan on Friday, Obama discussed a proposal to increase funding available for Perkins loans — federally funded loans that are distributed by individual institutions, unlike Stafford loans and Pell grants — from $1 billion to $8 billion annually.“We should steer federal campus-based aid to those colleges that keep tuition affordable, provide good value, serve their students well,” Obama said Friday.The Obama administration also stressed that an “antiquated” formula, which currently dictates where federally funded campus-based aid goes, would be overhauled to meet the new approach.During last week’s State of the Union address, Obama warned that institutions unable to curtail ballooning tuition costs would find their funding for certain financial aid programs cut.“Colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down,” Obama said.In addition to Perkins loan allocation, the revised formula would impact supplemental educational opportunity grants and the work-study program allocations. Perkins loans are fixed at 5 percent interest and are repaid and therefore have no impact on the federal bottom line; however, increases in the Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant and work-study, as outlined in the proposal, could prove another burden on the federal budget.“[Perkins loans] go out the door to universities to figure out how they can help as many students as they can,” Jennifer Grodsky, executive director of federal relations for USC, said.In total, the proposal aims to leverage more than $10 billion to colleges and universities to pressure them to keep tuition affordable and maintain value — qualities McWhorter already sees at USC.“Their definition of value is offering quality education that prepares graduates to gain employment and repay their loans,” McWhorter said. “Private [universities] have the lowest loan default rates. Do I think [USC] can make that hurdle? Yes.”Joyce Fienman, a senior majoring in history who received Perkins and Stafford loans, was encouraged by the strive to expand the programs and to make them more affordable.“For President Obama to try to add to federal financial aid programs is a sign that providing for higher education is a priority,” Fienman said.As part of the plan to overhaul critical aspects of the federal financial aid program, the Obama administration will look to push for individualized financial aid fact sheets to help prospective students better understand the financial aid each institution can provide. The information will give students information about postgraduate earning and employment at the institution.Many institutions call similar financial aid provisions by different terms, and this proposal will look to avoid adding any more difficulty to the already grueling financial aid process, according to Grodsky.The more stringent informational standards could, however, make the process more difficult for financial aid offices around the country, according to McWhorter.“I understand the need for greater transparency,” McWhorter said. “[But] I have concerns about a ‘one-size-fits all’ approach. How can you standardize letters that would apply to community colleges, vocational schools, publics and private institutions?”Obama’s proposal to Congress will also include a call to delay an increase in the Stafford loan interest rate, which is set to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent July 1. Stafford loans, like Pell grants, can be used by students at any college or university and are federally distributed.The five-year hold on Stafford interest rates is coming to an end, however, and as they affect the federal bottom line, it will be difficult to keep rates low, Grodsky said.“Everyone wants students to have access to affordable student loans. The challenge is the price tag,” Grodsky said. “Congress is going to have to help [Obama] find the money to pay for that.”last_img read more