First Look! Tony Winner Mary-Louise Parker Takes Flight in Poster Art for MTC’s The Snow Geese

first_img Mary-Louise Parker Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 15, 2013 Star Files We’re counting the days until Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker steps back onto a Broadway stage as the star of Sharr White’s new play The Snow Geese. Directed by her Tony-winning Proof director Daniel Sullivan, Parker will play Elizabeth Gaesling, a recently widowed, financially ruined mother of two sons who gathers her family in upstate New York at the start of hunting season in 1917. Shadows are cast over the event by her eldest son’s imminent deployment to the battlefields of World War I and his younger brother’s discovery that their beloved father has left them mired in debt. The Snow Geese starts a limited run at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on October 1. The Snow Geeselast_img read more

VSECU is first credit union to earn values-based banking designation

first_imgVermont Business Magazine VSECU, a credit union based in Montpelier, today announced it has been accepted as a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), an independent network of values-based banks, banking cooperatives, credit unions, microfinance institutions, and community development banks from across the world. 
VSECU is the first credit union in the US to earn membership in the global organization, joining 35 other financial institutions in a joint commitment to use finance to promote sustainable social, environmental, and economic development. GABV members work together to ensure that banking is a healthy and productive system of society and to develop a positive, viable alternative to the current banking system. 
“We are excited to welcome VSECU, as we grow our network of like-minded, values-based financial institutions,” said Dr Marcos Eguiguren, Executive Director of GABV. “Our members are proven to be independent and profitable organizations that deliver long-term benefits for people and the environment. They play a crucial role in the transition to a more sustainable global economy and advance positive change in the banking sector.”Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU“By focusing on values and impact, we are excited to be part of a larger movement of values-based financial institutions that endeavor to reach above and beyond industry norms, helping to build a framework for financial prosperity that makes a meaningful impact on our employees, our members, and our Vermont communities,” said Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU. “This important membership enables us to tap into resources that help us learn, discover and participate with top minds in our financial eco-system.”To earn membership in GABV, financial institutions must have a values-driven agenda at the core of their mission and adhere to the organization’s Principles of Sustainable Banking(link is external). Those principles include a triple bottom line (people, planet, prosperity) approach; grounding in communities and serving the real economy; transparency; long term resiliency; focus on and deep knowledge of clients; and a values-based organizational culture. VSECU’s innovative initiatives such as Co-op Capital(link is external), which invests in cooperative organizations, unique products such as its VGreen Energy Savings Loans(link is external), and collaborative partnerships(link is external) with organizations like equity crowdfunding platform Milk Money(link is external) and co-working space The Lighting Jar(link is external) contributed to its selection as a GABV member. Under its vision to inspire a movement that brings people together to empower possibilities for greater financial, environmental, and social prosperity, the entire organization is empowered to think about impact over activity to maximize the positive effect on members’ lives and Vermont communities.“By joining this global values-based banking movement, we have greater resources to leverage as we work to increase our local impact in a sustainable way,” added Miller. “This relationship will help guide our efforts to put finance to work for meaningful social impact for our members, employees, and all Vermonters, and help us demonstrate the value of a model that puts people before profit and invests in the financial well-being of our members and communities.”Source: MONTPELIER, VT, DECEMBER 6, 2016 — VSECU. VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives and works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. For more information about VSECU, call 802/800 371-5162 or visit www.vsecu.com(link is external).last_img read more

Cycling boosts Dorel results

first_img Related Dorel Industries Inc this week announced results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2011. While total revenue for Q2 2011 was US$619.0 million, up a modest 1.9% year on year, Dorel’s Recreational/Leisure segment saw a sales increase of 15.9%.This was driven by strong sales in Cycling Sports Group (CSG), Dorel’s Recreational/Leisure independent bicycle dealer (IBD) division. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange variations on the segment’s non-US based businesses, organic revenue increased approximately 12% for the quarter and 11% year to date.For the quarter, the IBD channel experienced sales gains in all of its divisions, which are located in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia, with Europe posting a particularly strong sales increase of over 50%. There was also strong revenue growth within the segment’s international IBD distributors in Europe and Latin America.“Dorel’s Recreational/Leisure segment maintained its strong performance through the second quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase of 16% and an operating profit gain of 25%. With its strong focus on innovation, Cannondale has become a much desired brand and is selling very well. In addition, the marketing investments made in Schwinn have brought the desired results,” commented Dorel President and CEO, Martin Schwartz.The recreation, furniture and baby products giant saw total company year to date revenue reach US$1.23 billion, compared to US$1.20 billion last year. Net income was US$54.2 million or US$1.65 per diluted share compared to US$71.1 million or US$2.14 per diluted share for the first half of 2010.Premium bike attractionAccording to the company, consumers remain attracted to Dorel’s premium bicycle brands. The demand for Cannondale is reported to be very strong; and GT, Schwinn and Mongoose continue to make important gains in key North American and European IBD markets. Growth is coming both from existing dealers and from new distribution for all brands through a combination of additional dealers and cross-selling at existing dealers.The sales success of the segment’s premium bicycles can be attributed to successful new product introductions and increased promotional spending, which is improving brand awareness. Product development also remains a key focus. This is evident in the innovations in the 2012 Cannondale line up, which is now ready to be shipped. The 2012 Schwinn and GT lines also feature significant changes with updated frame specifications and components.Pacific CycleAfter a slow start due to a wet spring and retailers closely controlling inventories, second quarter Pacific Cycle sales to the mass merchant distribution channel improved slightly over last year. (Pacific Cycle specialises in sales to local bike shops and mass-market retailers in the US. It was acquired by Dorel in 2004.) Here, POS levels have increased since the weather finally broke in early June. Bolstered by an aggressive advertising and marketing campaign which has increased Schwinn‘s brand awareness, Pacific Cycle is reportedly increasing its market share in the adult category. Schwinn is ‘outperforming the competition and has made gains over last year’s second quarter.’www.dorel.comlast_img read more

Kroells excels on, off mat

first_imgKroells excels on, off matMichael Kroells is a wrestler and an aerospace engineering major. Danny ChenNovember 20, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter two-time NCAA champion Tony Nelson graduated last spring, the Gophers wrestling program had a vacant starting spot at the heavyweight position.Redshirt sophomore Michael Kroells has taken Nelson’s spot and has big shoes to fill.The wrestling team has had 22 individual national championships, and seven of them have been heavyweights.Kroells, who is 2-0 to start the season, has a chance to add to that winning tradition.Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said Kroells has a chance to become great because of his discipline.“He spends a lot of time working with the coaching staff and looking at himself as a wrestler and figuring out what his weaknesses are,” Eggum said. “Those are the things that are necessary if he wants to be a great heavyweight.”Passion for wrestlingKroells’ father introduced him to wrestling in first grade, and he decided to give it a shot.“I was not very good as a young kid, but as I got older, I started to do a lot better,” Kroells said.He kept with wrestling throughout his life and realized as a freshman in high school that he might be able to compete at the collegiate level.“In high school, I [just] wanted to win a state championship,” Kroells said. “I was not even ranked my freshman year, but I ended up placing in the state tournament. … I was like, ‘Wow, I still have three years left. I still have a lot of time to [get better].’ That’s when I realized that I could make a career out of [wrestling] and use it to get into college.”More than 10 schools, including Central Michigan and Wyoming, were trying to recruit him. But he already had the choices narrowed down to two: Cornell and Minnesota.“I knew Cornell had a great academic program, and they had a pretty good history for wrestling too. [But] Minnesota being my home-state school, and a powerhouse even when I was in high school, eventually drew me here,” Kroells said.As he committed to Minnesota for wrestling, Kroells had another big decision to decide on — his major. An academic challengeComing into Minnesota, Kroells said he knew that he wanted to do something related to science and math, but he wasn’t entirely sure what that was.“When you fill [forms] out for college, the applications would always ask you what you wanted to do. When I was in high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do exactly. I had no idea, and so I just … picked chemical engineering.However, once he arrived to Minnesota for orientation, Kroells realized that he wanted to do something more physics-related.“People made aerospace [engineering] sound like one of the toughest majors in the engineer department,” Kroells said. “So, I thought that I might as well try out one of the harder ones. If it doesn’t work out, I can always drop out of it.”But he hasn’t dropped out. He’s excelled and achieved a 4.0 GPA in past semesters.Kroells said he’s glad he made the decision to stick with aerospace engineering.Roommate and teammate Brett Pfarr, who has known Kroells since fourth grade, said Kroells is very intelligent, but he also puts in a lot of work.“Every night, he would do three, four hours of homework, and he is very committed to [it],” Pfarr said. “He is a smart guy, but he definitely puts a lot of effort towards his classes.”Goal for the seasonEven though Kroells isn’t in the top-8 right now, he said it doesn’t make a huge difference to him.“I definitely expect myself to be an All-American this year, but I’ll be honest [that] I am not there yet. … I have a whole year to keep improving. I know that as long as I keep getting better, the results that I want will come eventually,” he said.Eggum said Kroells has potential to become an All-American, but there are still things he needs to improve on.“He’s got to get better on top, he’s got to be able to be quicker at getting away, and he has to be able to score more points for the team,” Eggum said. “He has already proven that he can compete with the best heavyweights in the country, but the big thing is that he has to show that he can be consistent and stream together a handful of good wins.”last_img read more

Self-Reflection is Critical for Wellness

first_imgMD Health Guide: As each day passes, the pace of life seems to accelerate – demands on productivity continue ever upward and there is hardly ever a moment when we aren’t, in some way, in touch with our family, friends, or coworkers. While moments for reflection may be hard to come by, a new article suggests that the long-lost art of introspection —even daydreaming — may be an increasingly valuable part of life.In the article, published in the July issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychological scientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and colleagues survey the existing scientific literature from neuroscience and psychological science, exploring what it means when our brains are ‘at rest.’Read the whole story: MD Health Guide More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Why that ‘Facebook copyright’ hoax will never, ever die

first_imgThe Washington Post:You may have seen a cautionary message on Facebook over the past few days, warning you to repost some legalese or risk sacrificing your almighty privacy to the social network.Alternately, you may have seen it toward the beginning of December.Or in November 2012.Or in June 2012.Or at innumerable other random times over the course of the past three years.The Facebook warning hoax, you see, is a very special and pernicious kind of hoax — the kind that flares back up, like herpes or asthma, long after it’s been debunked once and for all.To briefly surmise the work of a thousand previous debunkers: No, Facebook does not own the copyright to everything you post; no, posting a gibberish “statement” about your “rights” doesn’t actually establish them or override Facebook’s Terms of Service; yes, you are an idiot if you fell for this … again.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Schroders tunes into £35m Battersea Studios

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Japan: Tokyo Gas July Sales Up 2.1 Pct

first_imgTotal gas sales volume by Japan’s Tokyo Gas for the month of July 2013 came to about 1,113.664 million m3, up 2.1% from July 2012.In the residential sector, volume totaled 156.467 million m3, down 11.3% from July 2012, while in the business sector (consisting of commercial, public, and medical use), volume totaled 224.621 million m3, up 2.1% from July 2012.In the industrial sector, volume totaled 552.238 million m3, up 6.5% from July 2012, leading to the increased demand for power generation.Volume for wholesale supply to other gas companies totaled 180.336 million m3, up 2.4% from July 2012, due to the increased demand of the other companies.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, August 14, 2013; Image: Tokyo Gaslast_img read more

ABS Issues Guidance for Classing LNG Regasification Vessels

first_imgUS-based classification society ABS has published a guide for building and classing regasification vessels, outlining guidance for classing LNG regasification vessels.Floating LNG regasification uses specialized ships, commonly referred to as LNG regasification vessels or Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRU), which offer a flexible and efficient way to deliver LNG to new and expanding markets. The guide covers both purpose-built LNG regasification vessels and existing LNG carriers that are converted to operate with regasification plants onboard.Furthermore, the ABS guide presents guidance to designers and shipyards developing these types of ships and includes provisions that allow Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) for extended periods of time.“As the LNG supply chain expands, industry is considering its options for getting gas to demanding markets,” says ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solution Patrick Janssens.ABS classed the world’s first LPG carrier conversion, the first LNG carrier conversion, the Methane Pioneer, in 1959, as well as the first newbuild LNG carrier, Methane Princess, in 1964, and has extensive experience with the full scope of gas-related assets.last_img read more

Agility co-ordinates rescue of damaged Gulf Coast oil rig

first_imgThe Thunder Hawk Hull rig had been damaged during transport from Singapore to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) near Galveston, Texas. The rig was shipped to a position 150km offshore from Galveston, Texas then towed through the Sabine River to a dry dock facility at Port Arthur, Texas. Since the rig is 77.4m wide there was approximately 30.5m of overhang on ship used fro transport, which required a complete shut down of the river for approximately 12 to 14 hours. Agility co-ordinated between the various governmental agencies including the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection, port authorities, and other maritime interests to assure the safe arrival in Port Arthur and the re-delivery of the rig from the drydock to Corpus Christi, Texas.last_img read more