Odds & Ends: Aaron Tveit Heading to Boston Stage & More

first_imgAaron Tveit(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Aaron Tveit Heading to BostonAttention Tveiter Tots! There’s another chance to get up close and personal with your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit. The Grease: Live star will headline at the House of Blues Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 27. This gig is in addition to his previously reported solo show at New York hotspot Irving Plaza on June 11. Date(s) with Tveit? Talk about multiplying thrills.Megan Hilty Set for TV Adaptation of First Wives ClubBroadway bombshell Megan Hilty has been enlisted as one of the leads for a TV Land pilot of The First Wives Club, a remake of the 1996 hit movie. Penned by Rebecca Addelman, Deadline reports that the 2016 Tony nominee will star opposite Alyson Hannigan in the project, which will be set in present-day San Francisco. Hilty is set to take on the role of Kim, a once successful actress who is now too old for Hollywood, while Hannigan will appear as Maggie, an English professor. Separately, there’s still no word on whether the 2014 stage adaptation of the property will land on Broadway.B’way-Bound Groundhog Day Cancels First PreviewsLondon will have to wait a little longer to see Broadway favorite Andy Karl. The world premiere of the Main Stem-bound Groundhog Day at the Old Vic has canceled three previews owing to the “technical requirements” of the production. Directed by Matthew Warchus, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the new musical will now begin performances on July 15 (instead of July 11); it will still officially open on August 16. According to the New York Times, the producing team has also recently undergone a shakeup; we hope that Groundhog Day will still start performances on the Great White Way as planned on January 23, 2017.Eclipsed to Land on West CoastThe Tony-nominated Eclipsed will have its west coast premiere engagement at San Francisco’s the Curran next spring. Directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Danai Gurira, the Broadway production is led by Oscar winner and 2016 Tony nominee Lupita Nyong’o.J.K. Rowling’s Cursed Child WarningThe eagerly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to begin previews in the West End on June 7. However, that doesn’t mean that spoilers are allowed—check out J.K. Rowling’s message to all of us about the project below. Star Files Aaron Tveitcenter_img View Comments Megan Hiltylast_img read more


House bill would rewrite Art.V

first_img March 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News House bill would rewrite Art.V Senior Editor A proposed constitutional amendment that would do away with all judicial nominating commissions, require appellate judges up for retention to get a two-thirds approval rate, and dismantle The Florida Bar has been proposed in a rewrite of Article V introduced in the Florida House. HJR 627, by Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka, would allow the governor to fill directly all appellate vacancies with the consent of the state Senate. It would also set a two-year minimum limit on writs of habeas corpus and give the legislature vastly increased powers over court procedural rules. And those are only some of the changes in the 36-page measure. Bar President Herman Russomanno said many of the changes in bill are “troubling” and some of the proposals would have the state revert to systems and practices which were purposefully changed decades ago to provide accountability and remove politics from the system. “Floridians expect fairness and impartiality in the court system and their expectations are justified and attainable,” Russomanno said. “But the efforts to stampede the judicial branch and the legal profession with unwarranted changes such as those proposed in HB 627 are completely contrary to what Floridians clearly want.” Bar President-elect Terry Russell said the bill ignores several past problems with the judiciary and court system that the current constitution fixes. “It’s regressive,” he said. Tallahassee attorney Barry Richard, the Bar’s outside counsel, said the overall effect of the proposal would be to increase the influence of politics in the court system. “This resolution would set our state back 100 years,” Richard said. “It would remove all checks on the politicization of judicial selection, place incumbent judges at the whim of the legislature or any groups of persons dissatisfied with a particular decision, and significantly reduce the independence of the judiciary, a critical element in the maintenance of a just and democratic society,” Richard said. The Bar has also picked up indications that the House Committee on Judicial Oversight could consider Brummer’s bill early in the Regular Session, which opened March 6 as this News went to press. At deadline, no companion bill had been introduced in the Senate. As a constitutional amendment, it must get a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate before it can be submitted to voters next year. Russomanno also said in many respects the Bar was “stunned” by the bill, particularly in that it addresses many issues studied extensively by legislative directive in recent years by the 1995 Article V Task Force, the 1997-98 Constitution Revision Commission and the 2000-01 Supreme Court Workload Study Commission. HJR 627 makes changes throughout Article V. One provision appears aimed at Secretary of State Katherine Harris’ actions in last year’s disputed election that were challenged in court. A new subsection (b) in Section 1 provides that there must be some legal or equitable claim for a court to issue a quo warranto writ. It also limits cases when those writs could be used, which apparently would drastically limit citizens’ ability to challenge a public official’s action in court. The language specifically provides: “The power to issue a writ of quo warranto does not establish power to review any right, power or duty of a public official other than the right to hold the particular office claimed by such official, and the writ of quo warranto shall not be used for any purpose except to test a person’s authority to continue holding an office when challenged by competing claimant to such office.” The section would also allow the legislature by law to set a statute of limitation on the writs. Other sections on specific courts’ powers affect habeas corpus writs. The amendment adds language that judges may issue the writs “provided that such writs are subject to statutes of limitation of not shorter than two years from the final judgment or mandate on direct appeal in a criminal case.” Judicial Restraint Several other sections are aimed at restricting the power and activities of the courts. Section 1 would have language added that, “Subject to any additional limits in this constitution, the jurisdiction of such courts shall extend only to actual cases in law, equity, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, and to actual controversies arising under the constitution and the laws of the State of Florida and of the United States.” Richard noted that could be read to eliminate the court’s authority to issue declaratory judgments and also to exercise oversight of the practice of law. The legislature also would be given power in that section to designate that a district court of appeal could exercise statewide jurisdiction “respecting any subject matter granted. . . by general law.” Richard said this provision could be read that the legislature could assign a matter to a DCA to the exclusion of the Supreme Court. Some observers have suggested the legislature could use the section to create a statewide court of criminal appeals. Court procedural rules “may not be inconsistent with statutes in place at the time of adoption of such rules, shall be revised to conform to subsequently adopted statutes that regulate substantive rights, and may be repealed by general law. Rules adopted pursuant to this section shall neither abridge, enlarge, nor modify the substantive rights of any litigant, but additional rulemaking power may be expressly delegated to courts by general law.” Richard noted that language eliminates the distinction between substantive and procedural rules and allows the legislature to write court rules. He said there has not been any criticisms or problems with rules that would justify such a change. Dropped from the constitution would be a provision requiring a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate to override a court rule. The court would be allowed to issue advisory opinions on the request of the attorney general or governor, but opinions issued at the request of the governor “shall not be binding upon any party not voluntarily participating in such proceeding.” The measure would also limit the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to items enumerated in the constitution, including judicial discipline. Section 9 of Article V would be rewritten. Currently, when the Supreme Court certifies the need for new judges or to reduce judges, the legislature can change the number, but it requires a two-thirds vote. The bill would simply allow the legislature to set the number of judges by law, including the number in each circuit and county court. The Supreme Court would be able to make recommendations on increasing or decreasing the number of judges and also on changing the district and circuits. The proposed revision did keep the number of Supreme Court justices at seven. Retention Upped Section 10 would be changed to require that Supreme Court justices and district court of appeal judges get a two-thirds “yes” vote in their merit retention referenda. That could have a potentially devastating impact on the First District Court of Appeal and substantial impacts on other appellate courts. While all three First DCA judges on last November’s ballots would have been retained, it would have been very close if they were retained with 68 to 69 percent of the vote. However, all six judges on the 1998 merit retention ballot and all four on the 1996 ballot would have lost, as they garnered 63 to 64 percent “yes” votes less than the 66.67 required in the proposed amendment. Results from 1994 were not immediately available, but in 1992, all six First DCA judges on the ballot would have lost, as well as all five on the ballot in the Fifth DCA and two in the Second DCA. In 1992, there was organized opposition to then Chief Justice Rosemary Barkett and she wound up with 60.9-percent approval a landslide by most standards, but not enough under the bill. In addition, the other three justices on the ballot Justice Major B. Harding and former Justices Ben F. Overton and Parker Lee McDonald would have fallen short of the two-thirds vote, by one to less than two percent. As Richard noted, “Judges, who among public officers should be the least sensitive to public opinion, would be made more subject to the sway of public sentiment than executive or legislative officers.” Trial judges would remain elected, but midterm vacancies, as well as all vacancies on the appellate courts, would be filled directly by the governor without using judicial nominating commissions. Those appointments would be subject to “the advice and consent of the Senate.. . . ” The Article V provisions setting up the JNCs and governing their actions would be stricken under Brummer’s measure. The bill provides that if the Senate is not in session when the appointment is made and does not call itself into session to consider a nomination within 30 days, then the nomination is deemed approved. If the Senate is in session and fails to confirm a nominee within 30 days, then the nomination is rejected, unless Senate rules allow for an exemption. If judges find their jurisdiction and powers limited, they could become more politically active. Brummer’s bill would constitutionally override judicial canons that prevent judges from becoming involved in partisan politics or expressing their views on issues likely to come before them on the bench. The bill specifically provides, “No judicial rule of conduct or other court rule may limit the political rights of candidates for election or appointment to judicial office, including, but not limited to, serving a political organization, endorsing or opposing other candidates for public office, making speeches, attending political functions, or making statements with respect to issues; however such limits consistent with other provisions of this constitution may be imposed by general law.” The amendment, while not mentioning it by name, would do away with or substantially reduce The Florida Bar by changing Section 15. That revised section would allow the legislature to assume at least some oversight of the profession. The section provides that the Supreme Court would have exclusive jurisdiction over admission and discipline for those practicing, according to a new phrase added to the section, “before the courts of this state.” Also added to the section is this provision: “The cost of such regulation and discipline shall be funded by appropriations, disciplinary penalties, and fees paid to the Supreme Court as authorized by general law. No attorney may be required to pay dues to any organization and no fees may be otherwise assessed by the court as a condition to admission to practice law before the courts of this state. The professional practice of law other than before the courts of this state may be regulated by general law.” “This provision would eliminate the Bar as an arm of the Supreme Court and make the court’s ability to regulate [the] practice [of law] entirely dependent upon the willingness of the legislature to fund the regulation,” Richard wrote. With the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Bar’s four lawyer appointments would be taken away and given to the legislature. Among other changes proposed in Brummer’s bill are: • An addition to Section 14 that, “Any prevailing party in any civil proceeding or any defendant convicted in any criminal proceeding may be assessed, as provided by general law, the full cost of all services utilized and expenses incurred in such proceeding as determined by the clerk of the circuit or county court, to the extent that such services or expenses are provided by appropriations, fees, or service charges.. . . Such assessments may be enforced as any money judgment or tax obligation.” • An addition to Section 3(b)(5) that when a case is certified to the Supreme Court as being of great public importance, “the district court’s jurisdiction shall be retained unless and until the Supreme Court issues an order accepting jurisdiction.” • The opt-in, opt-out merit selection plan for trial judges added to the constitution in 1998 by voters would be stricken. (That was a two-part process. The voter approval in 1998 set up a referendum in every circuit and county last November, on whether voters wanted to continue electing their trial judges or switch to a merit system. By a decisive margin in every jurisdiction, voters chose to continue with elections.) • A provision of Section 14 that says courts have no power to fix appropriations would be changed to read that courts “have no power to fix or order any modification of appropriations.” • The requirement that one Supreme Court justice come from the jurisdiction of each of the five district courts of appeal would be removed. • The section that allows retired judges over the age of 70 to sit in temporary assignments would be removed. • Various requirements to hold law-related offices, such as judgeships, or elected state attorneys or public defenders, would remain unchanged except that those office-holders would not be required to be Florida Bar members. Instead they would have to be “authorized to practice law in Florida.”center_img House bill would rewrite Art.Vlast_img read more


December 1, 2002 Letters

first_imgDecember 1, 2002 Letters December 1, 2002 Letters L etters Stresslines This guy is joking, right? (“Boomers discover mortality,” November 1 News. ) Personally, I hope to extend middlesence as long as I can; and thus be more able to impart my legacy to others as long as I can (if they will listen anyway) — and make my life stand and stand and stand for something, and then when the time comes I am forced to lie down I will be ready, and feel that I well deserve the rest. And that includes embracing the oblivion of death, which I only hope comes so quickly and quietly, I don’t have time to pack a bag or see my entire life flash before my eyes. After all, I have lived a full, active life without fear of risk and with time for examination and self awareness, and have no reason to despair or regret what has been. I wish only this: That in my last times, I will be able to remember as many people that have touched my life as possible.Denise A. Scott (retired) Panama Citylast_img read more


CUNA-backed stabilization fund rebates on NCUA’s Feb. 15 agenda

first_imgNCUA headquarters The NCUA board will discuss the process of getting rebates to credit unions from the closure of the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization fund, according to the agenda released Thursday. NCUA closed the fund Oct. 1 of last year, and said rebates are expected in 2018.“NCUA’s decision to close the stabilization fund and start issuing refunds was a victory for credit unions and we look forward to hearing the board’s thoughts during next week’s meeting,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “CUNA was the only national trade association advocating for refunds to begin in 2018, and more than 90% of credit unions who commented on NCUA’s proposal supported our position. Credit unions look forward to getting their money back and putting it to work for their members.”NCUA merged the stabilization fund with the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund last year. While CUNA supported the plan, it expressed concerns about the rise in the Normal Operating Level, saying it was too high. continue reading »center_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Navy FCU sails past asset record

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For the first time in world history, a credit union has surpassed $100 billion in assets—and it continues to grow at a record pace.In the process, Navy Federal Credit Union has also entered the “Too Big To Fail” category, according to one economist.Navy Federal has for decades been a statistical outlier in the U.S. credit union community, and recent years have only seen it continue to sail far ahead of the rest of the CU fleet. Indeed, Navy FCU’s net income during just the first quarter of this year alone exceeded the individual assets of more than 85% of all U.S credit unions.As of March 31, Navy FCU reported it now has $103.2 billion in assets, up from the nearly $97 billion in assets reported at year-end 2018. continue reading »last_img read more


Commercial loan review tips that create stability

first_img This post is currently collecting data… The initial process of qualifying a borrower for a loan is built on verifying their ability to repay the loan using the resources they have on hand, but reviewing their finances doesn’t end when the loan gets booked. If anything, 2020 has been a good example of how a borrower’s resources might change throughout the life of the loan.While commercial loan review is not something new, we believe this is an excellent opportunity to evaluate your current procedures and exposure limits. The ultimate goal is to build a loan review schedule that efficiently matches your credit union’s resources with your risks. The time that your staff has to dedicate to loan review is finite so allocating more of your team’s time to the highest risks in the portfolio is essential. Below is a simple example of different review and monitoring levels that might be appropriate for a mid-size credit union.Level I – Payment Performance onlyThese loans are selected for further review only in the event of a missed payment. Exposure limits for unsecured loans are less than $20,000 and secured term loans are less than $75,000. Time needed: minimal Level II – Payment/Score ReviewThese loans are examined annually for payment performance, personal credit scores, and business credit scores. Exposure limits for unsecured loans are $20,000 – $50,000 and secured term loans are $75,000 – $250,00.Time needed: 2 hours per loanLevel II – Full ReanalysisThese loans are re-underwritten with current financials every 1-3 years. Exposure limits for unsecured loans are greater than $50,000 and secured term loans are greater than $250,000. Time needed: 10 hours per loanThis example demonstrates how a credit union should dedicate their resources to a smaller set of loans that represent a larger credit risk to the institution, instead of spreading their time between a larger number of loans that present less risk. In addition to tying up internal resources, Full Reanalysis reviews can present a challenge with member relations. An annual request for updated financials and tax returns from a lender is not usually a busy borrower’s highest priority so it’s important to collect only when necessary.Even when the economy is stable, portfolio monitoring will continue to be a large focus of examiners and auditors. A well planned strategy that is executed consistently will ensure better portfolio outcomes and a smoother exam experience.Whether you have a seasoned book of business or are looking to begin offering business loans for the first time, Lucro Commercial Solutions can help you establish policies that maximize your impact with your borrowers. We can assist with reviews by setting up custom Tickler workflows for your team or take it a step further and outsource your reviews to our dedicated compliance specialists and business loan experts. Visit www.lucro.org/What-We-Do/Lucro-Services to learn more or contact Tami Chandler at tami@lucro.org. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tami Chandler As VP of Underwriting, Tami leads the largest team at Lucro. She and her staff are responsible for underwriting more than $2.5 billion a year in small business loans! … Web: https://www.lucro.org Detailscenter_img This is placeholder text last_img read more


Russia asks citizens to avoid foreign travel over virus fears

first_imgTopics : A senior Russian official on Saturday called on citizens of the country to refrain from non-essential travel abroad over fears about the growing number of coronavirus cases internationally.Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog, told local news agencies that Russians should stay put to avoid contracting the virus.”In order to consider yourself protected today, first of all possible future trips outside the native country need to be reduced as much as possible,” Popova said. “Now is a time when it is not worth leaving Russia.”Despite sharing one of the world’s longest borders with China, where the first coronavirus cases were recorded last year, Russia has relatively few confirmed cases of the illness on its territory.Three Russian nationals are receiving treatment in Russia after they contracted the virus on a cruise ship in Japan, the authorities have said. Two Chinese nationals were earlier taken to hospital in Russia with the virus but have since recovered.Russia has quarantined hundreds of people to prevent the spread of the epidemic, and authorities in Moscow are carrying out raids on potential carriers of the virus and using facial recognition technology to enforce quarantine measures.Moscow’s deputy mayor said on Friday that the country will deport 88 foreign nationals for allegedly violating quarantine measures imposed on them as a precaution against the coronavirus. last_img read more


US, UK troops among 3 dead in Iraq rocket attack: US official

first_imgIran retaliated by launching a volley of missiles at an Iraqi base hosting US soldiers days later.The US leads an international coalition — comprised of dozens of countries and thousands of soldiers — formed in Iraq in 2014 to confront the Islamic State, a jihadist group that Baghdad declared defeated in late 2017. While IS has lost its territory, sleeper cells remain capable of carrying out attacks.The Iraqi parliament voted to expel all foreign soldiers from the country in the wake of the killing of Soleimani, a decision that must be executed by the government. The outgoing government, which resigned in December in the face of mass protests, has yet to be replaced due to a lack of agreement in parliament — one of the most divided in Iraq’s recent history. Topics : An American soldier and a British soldier, as well as one US contractor, were killed Wednesday when rockets hit an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad, a US military official said.It was the deadliest attack on an installation hosting foreign troops in several years and comes after a spate of rocket attacks targeting US troops across Iraq as well as the US embassy in Baghdad. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Washington has blamed Iran-backed factions for similar attacks. The Iraqi army had earlier said the attack against the Taji base did not wound anyone or cause any damage, in what was the 22nd attack against American military interests in the country since late October.Previous rocket attacks targeting US soldiers, diplomats and facilities in Iraq in recent months have killed one US contractor and an Iraqi soldier. Two days after the death of an American in rockets fired on an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk at the end of last year, the US army hit five bases in Iraq and Syria used by the pro-Iran armed faction Kataeb Hezbollah.Tensions then rose further between arch foes Washington and Tehran, leading to the assassination in Baghdad on January 3 of the powerful Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and an Iraqi paramilitary commander in a US drone strike. last_img read more


ASA rejects complaints about anti-cannabis billboard

first_imgAdvertising Standards Authority rejects complaints about anti-cannabis billboardNewsHub 30 April 2019 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints about an anti-cannabis billboard.Family First New Zealand funded the billboard, which displayed on a building beside the Southern Motorway in Auckland.It reads “You can’t legalise marijuana and promote mental health,” in large letters.Underneath this, it reads “Don’t legalise.”On Tuesday, the Complaints Board ruled the advertisement “did not contain anything indecent, exploitative or degrading, did not cause fear or distress and was socially responsible.”The ASA also ruled the billboard was unlikely to mislead consumers.A previous billboard from Family First NZ received multiple complaints earlier this year.This billboard was emblazoned with the slogan “Marijuana has a kids menu,” with photographs of various cannabis paraphernalia, some of which appeared to look like lollies.Seven complaints were received about this advert, with concern being the billboard was misleading, unsubstantiated and played on fear.In February, ASA ruled the billboard did not contain anything indecent, or degrading. It also ruled the advert didn’t cause fear or distress, and was socially responsible.“Drug use is a major health issue, and that’s why the role of the law is so important,” said National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie in a statement on Tuesday.“The public of New Zealand are not getting this information. Our billboards are designed to raise these inconvenient truths – and to provoke debate and discussion.”Family First NZ is an organization that seeks to promote “strong families, marriage and the value of life.”The organisation is vehemently against the legalisation of cannabis, saying it would be “foolish.”“The illegality of the drug and other drugs is vital as we fight the devastation its use causes on the users, their families and society in general,” they said in a statement in February.Family First NZ also led the opposition to the 2007 anti-smacking law, and the 2013 same sex marriage bill.https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/04/advertising-standards-authority-rejects-complaints-about-anti-cannabis-billboard.htmllast_img read more


Newtown Primary School launches Literacy Week

first_img Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions Share Education Minister Petter Saint Jean and Principal of the Newtown Primary School Jerry Coipel in the backgroudThe Newtown Primary School on Monday launched its first ever Literacy Festival week, the brainchild of Royette Charles, a teacher at that school under the theme “To learn to read is to light a fire”.Education Minister Petter Saint Jean who addressed the students said the festival presents an ideal opportunity to increase literacy awareness on the island.“This festival is a real excellent opportunity that I believe will create and heighten an awareness for reading among the students of the Newtown Primary School and throughout Dominica”.He said the Ministry of Education and Human Recourse Development “fully endorses the Literacy Week activities and remains committed to promoting an appreciation for reading among students, and also to arrest the decline in reading levels”.Principal and students of the Newtown PrimaryThe minister said it is hoped that at the end of the weeklong festival students will gain a greater appreciation for reading, as this is one of the “most important skills” a child can possess.“I believe it is important to note that you students recognize the importance of reading, the importance that it plays in the life of any individual as far as it relates to his mental development. It is my hope that throughout this week’s activities you will gain a greater appreciation for the wonders that can be discovered through reading”.A reading competition is part of activities planned for the Literacy Festival and will take place at the school on Monday. On Tuesday, parents and private sector readers will form part of the Read-a-Thon followed by an exhibition of the writing of students and teachers of the school on Thursdays.The weeklong activities will climax on Friday with a march by the students and teachers from the Newtown Primary School to the Newtown Savannah where the closing and prize giving ceremony will take place.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Newtown Primary School launches Literacy Week by: – March 26, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more