The spring season is in full swing, and there’s enough opening nights, starry benefits and special events going on this week to make your head spin. But don’t worry! We’ll make it nice and easy for you. From a super-stoned benefit concert to a trip to Hell with a former Mormon, here are our picks for the next seven days. See you there! Sing the Blues with Audra McDonald Opening April 13 at Circle in the Square Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald can do no wrong—after wowing us in her tour-de-force performance in Porgy and Bess in 2011, her turn as Billy Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill doesn’t disappoint. See her sing the jazz legend’s hits (and croon to a pooch) before it’s impossible to snag a seat. Click for tickets! Explore the Underworld with Matt Doyle Through April 13 at the West End Theatre We never thought The Book of Mormon favorite Matt Doyle would end up in purgatory, but that’s exactly where he’s going in Jasper in Deadland, a new musical by Ryan Scott Oliver, and featuring a book by Oliver and Tony nominee Hunter Foster. It’s your last chance to check out the Prospect Theatre Company’s memorable new trip underground. Way underground. Click for tickets! Bask in the Love Beginning April 14 at the Public Theater If you missed the unforgettable immersive experience Here Lies Love at the Public Theater, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about—or better yet, your chance to catch it again. The collaboration by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim tells the journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos. Warning: You will dance. Click for tickets! View Comments Smoke Reefer with Alan Cumming April 19 at New World Stages For one night only, Cabaret star Alan Cumming is leaving the Kit Kat Klub to preach the dangers of a very scary drug called…marijuana. Ever heard of it? Cumming, Lesli Margherita, Andrea McArdle, James Snyder and more will rock out in Reefer Madness, a musical satire by Heathers co-composer Kevin Murphy based on the cult film. We wonder what that theater’s gonna smell like. Click for tickets! Join the Wild, Wild Party April 17 at 54 Below The Wild Party (the one that starred Idina Menzel, not Tonya Pinkins) is raging in New York City! 14 years after the jazzy musical by Andrew Lippa premiered at off-Broadway’s Manhattan Theatre Club, Queenie is back (and still a blonde) in a one-night-only concert at 54 Below. See original star Julia Murney getting wild with Jeremy Jordan, Ciara Renee, Michael Cerveris and more. Click for tickets!
Two companies that offer to negotiate debt settlements, a service also known as ‘debt adjustment,’ will pay Vermonters and the state over $206,000 as a result of recent settlements with the Office of Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell. The Mossler Law Firm, PC and SCF State Capital Financial, Inc agreed to make refunds to Vermont consumers and pay civil penalties to the state to resolve claims that the companies violated Vermont law by engaging in the business of debt adjusting without a license and failing to comply with the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act’s three-day right to cancel provision. The Attorney General also claimed that SCF State Capital Financial, Inc further violated the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act by failing to substantiate claimed results it advertised on its Web site.‘Vermonters who might be considering the services of a debt adjuster should know if the company is licensed to do business in Vermont, as required by law,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. ‘Consumers can also call the Consumer Assistance Program to find out if any complaints have been logged by other Vermont consumers against a particular debt adjuster.’The Mossler Law Firm, PC, of Carmel, IN, entered into contracts with 51 Vermont consumers. It has agreed to cease all business in the State of Vermont and will refund approximately $79,500 in fees paid by Vermonters. It will also pay $60,000 to the State in civil penalties.SCF State Capital Financial, Inc. of Hallandale Beach, Florida had contracts with 11 Vermont consumers. The Attorney General alleged that it did not have factual substantiation to support claims on its website that promoted its debt adjustment services such as ‘Debt free in 12 to 36 months’ and ‘State Capital Financial settles your outstanding debt by eliminating 40-60% of your total outstanding debt through negotiations!’ SCF State Capital Financial, Inc. will pay approximately $26,800 in refunds and $40,000 in penalties to the State. It will also offer to complete, without charge, negotiations with the creditors of its Vermont customers.Both companies will pay $2,000 to any Vermont customer who was sued by a creditor after signing up with the company.For more information on Vermont’s debt adjuster law, including other recent settlements and links to the Consumer Assistance Program and to the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance and Health Care Administration’s (’BISHCA’) debt adjuster licensing database, visit the Attorney General’s Office website’s debt adjuster page.Source: Vermont Attorney General. 7.19.2010
Over time, paying executives too little risks starving the credit union of critical managerial talent. Paying too much wastes assets and risks embarrassing the board and sowing discord among employees and with members. This article reviews the reasonableness standard and how board members, who constantly walk this tightrope, can reach the right balance of paying enough but not too much.For federal credit unions, the Federal Credit Union Act empowers the board to hire and compensate officers and employees. NCUA regulations then empower credit unions to provide employee benefits, but the “kind and amount of these benefits must be reasonable given the federal credit union’s size, financial condition, and the duties of the employees.”The NCUA Examiner’s Guide then picks up the baton. In the chapter on “Management,” the Guide tees up the issue:While examiners generally should not require changes to compensation arrangements in healthy credit unions, they should note, when appropriate, unsafe and unsound compensation practices.The Guide then provides a dirty-dozen list of practices that “may constitute unsafe and unsound practices.” Chief among them:Compensation arrangements that significantly exceed compensation paid to persons with similar responsibilities and duties in other insured credit unions of similar size, in similar locations, and under similar circumstances, including financial health and profitability.Therefore, reasonable compensation is a safety and soundness issue that is resolved by paying for executive services only what similar credit unions are paying similar executives. The challenge lies in identifying similar credit unions and similar executives, and determining how much the credit unions pay those executives.Fortunately, credit unions can learn from the experiences of other organizations in different industries that face even greater scrutiny on this issue. The NCUA test of similarity is the same that the IRS applies to non-credit union charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, such as hospitals. These organizations, however, are subject to additional restrictions.A 501(c)(3) organization executive who receives unreasonable compensation personally incurs significant “intermediate sanction penalties.” Additional penalties are also imposed on decision makers at the organization that approved the compensation.Given these penalties, 501(c)(3) organizations have become very good at ensuring they pay only reasonable compensation. Their best practices, together with lessons learned from specific credit union failings, are a road map for credit unions to follow to achieve that same assurance:Board-driven process—The board should direct the process by overseeing those who are collecting the comparability data and retaining any consultants involved. Findings should be reported directly to the board without filtering by the executives whose compensation is being determined.Independent body—The compensation decisions should be made only by those who have no family, employment, business or other relationship with the executives that could taint their decisions. Deliberations should be in executive session, excusing those whose compensation is being determined.Data sources—Published surveys can be the single most helpful source of compensation data. To supplement or assist in fine-tuning the data, additional sources for comparable employer compensation data include IRS Form 990s (filed by state-chartered credit unions), private inquiries to other credit unions, and written job offers from other credit unions.Recordkeeping—The board should keep careful, contemporary records of the comparability studies and surveys used, the analysis for selecting the proper peer group, the process for determining total compensation (see below), and who participated in the deliberations.Similar credit unions—While perfect matches may be difficult to find, most surveys aid in coming close by reporting data based on asset size. In selecting size, the board should use the credit union’s actual current size, not the size the credit union wants to become. For example, some boards say, “We’re $750M now but we want to grow to $1B, so we will use the data from $1B credit unions.” The problem with this approach is every $750M credit union wants to grow to $1B, so the growth objective is already built into the compensation $750M credit unions are paying.Total compensation—The comparison should be based on total compensation, consisting of salary, bonus and benefits. A comparison based only on total cash compensation (salary and bonus) can result in a total compensation package that is significantly lower or higher than the peer group depending on the strength of the benefits package. Surveys become more helpful as they address the prevalence and amount of key benefits such as nonqualified retirement plans and paid time off.Nontaxable benefits—The benefit comparison should include all elements of compensation whether or not the element is taxable. For example, loan regime split dollar may result in no taxable income for the participant, but it provides an economic benefit that should be valued and included in the comparison.Prior under-compensation—The IRS allows a 501(c)(3) organization to pay higher than the peer group currently if the organization previously under-compensated the executive. A credit union seeking the same treatment should follow the requirements articulated by the IRS and courts addressing the issue—quantify the amount by which the executive was undercompensated in the past, determine when and how the employer will make up the shortfall, and include the information in formal board or compensation committee minutes.A credit union board that follows these best practices in setting executive compensation will have greater comfort that it is neither under- nor over-compensating executives, and will be able to demonstrate compliance to its examiners, members and executives. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Sherman Kirk Sherman is a partner with Sherman & Patterson, a law firm focusing in the areas of tax (e.g. 409A and 457(f)), nonqualified deferred compensation and employee benefits. … Web: www.bfbbenefit.com Details
Ambrose Efe has been without a club since his short loan spell with Derby County. However, hope was on the horizon last week with news of his return to Scotland with Livingstone boss, Gary Holt, confirming interest in the ex-Hibs, but no move forthcoming so farLivingston boss Gary Holt has confirmed his interest in former Hibs and Celtic defender Efe Ambrose.The Nigerian is currently a free agent after leaving Derby County in the summer. He has been training in his homeland to keep his fitness up.Ambrose previously revealed his desire to return to Europe, expressing his openness to a move back to Scotland. Ambrose Efe Hibs had been linked with their former defender. The 31-year-old played more than 100 games for the Easter Road side before departing a year ago after triggering a release clause in his contract.It allowed him to join Frank Lampard’s Derby in the English Championship but he didn’t play a game.Livingston were linked with a move for Ambrose last week and manager Gary Holt confirmed the club’s interest.No move is yet forthcoming, however, as he looks to add depth to his defensive options.He said: “Regarding that, is it someone I would be interested in? Yeah, probably. But there is a long way from being interested in someone to something then happening.”Ambrose emerged as a key individual under Neil Lennon last season. By the time he left, he was arguably the club’s most in-form player.The Lions are believed to be keen on adding the defender to their ranks and are said to have held talks.According to the Daily Record, Gary Holt wants the 31-year-old to strengthen his team’s hold on their top six spot after the winter break.In a chat with THISDAY, Efe gives an insight into his time at Derby County and his next port of call.On why he did not make much impact while he was at Derby County, he said: “that’s football, but the coach knows best. It was, however, a great privilege to be looked at by Derby County. I learnt a lot playing under a coach like Frank Lampard, who is a legend in the game. Wanting to learn more made me accepted to play for the Rams and I really enjoyed myself while I was there, but at time football does not go the way one plans it. However, the experience I amassed during my stay there would help me in my future challenge.“I had other offers from abroad so when my agent called me and said Derby were interested and they had put an offer to us, with Lampard, I said there is no second choice. That should be the first choice because for me, I’ve known Lampard since he was at Chelsea as a player, and he has been my hero and someone I’ve always enjoyed watching play football. He is a legend so when he told me about Derby and Lampard, I’ve always watched the Championship and known about the passion,” Ambrose said.Efe is indeed banking on agent to get him a new club him.“I believe my agent is working hard to get me a new club and very soon things would get in shape, though I cannot say exactly which club at the moment,” he noted.Asked if he would have stayed at Derby had the club gained promotion to the English Premier League; Efe said his contract with the Rams was just for a short period and would only have stayed if the club further wanted his services.Ambrose will perhaps best be remembered for his five-year stint at Celtic, where he replaced the former Owls captain Glenn Loovens and was a teammate of Gary Hooper, but the Nigerian spent the best part of two years at Hibernian before engineering his own release.After a good performance at the junior ranks, former national team coach, Stephen Keshi invited Ambrose Efe to the Super Eagles ahead of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the defender did repose the trust ‘Big Boss’ had on him as he stood like a Rock in the defence en route Nigeria’s third AFCON success. Dip in form; not having enough playing time however robbed Efe of his ambition of having a part at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. ChestersEuropean Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March.European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. The 12-strong side, which will be seeking a fourth successive success in the biennial event, also includes three other Great Britain and Ireland Zone players in James Ross from Scotland and the Irish pair of Dermot McElroy and Gavin Moynihan. The rest of the team is: Albert Eckhardt (Finland), Dominic Foos and Max Roehrig (Germany), Mario Galiano (Spain), Renato Paratore (Italy), Mads Soegaard (Denmark) and Robbie Van West (Netherlands). Both England players have achieved significant victories in recent months. Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), 24, achieved his biggest success when he won the European Amateur Championship at El Prat in Spain last summer. He is a former S&H county boy champion, won the Lee Westwood Trophy in 2011 and finished runner-up in the Simon Bolivar Cup in Venezuela the same year. Recently he finished equal fifth in the Portuguese Amateur and despite qualifying for the match play stages in the Spanish Amateur, was beaten in the first round. Evans (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), who will turn 27 during the Bonallack Trophy, enjoyed a highly successful trip to Australia in recent weeks including victories in the Lake Macquarie International and the Avondale Medal. He also finished as leading qualifier for the Australian Amateur and ended ninth in the Australian Masters of the Amateurs. Last year, when he finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf men’s Order of Merit, Evans won the Berkshire Trophy, the Biarritz Cup in France and the Scrutton Jug for the lowest aggregate from the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. He also finished runner-up in the St Andrews Links Trophy and the South of England Amateur and made his full England debut in the Home Internationals at Ganton. The European players have been selected based on their R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and high-level golfing performances. Special attention was paid to match play results, particularly those attained in the European Golf Association’s (EGA) international matches and European team events. The format for the match in southern India will include five morning fourball matches and five afternoon foursomes on days one and two and 12 single matches on the final day. Europe has won the last three encounters and five of the seven played in the series. The Asia/Pacific successes came in 2002 and 2004. The scheduled 2010 match was cancelled. Sir Michael Bonallack, who has an exceptional amateur record in golf, will be attending the match. Among many prestigious titles, he won the Amateur Championship five times and was a member of nine Walker Cup teams. He is known as one of the leading contributors in world golf development in the late 20th century. 13 Mar 2014 Chesters and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy
Those Esso Medal of Achievement recipients included:For for most improved, most dedicated and most sportsmanlike went to Sawan Bhabra, Xavier Tinholt, Ryder Nash, Dane Jones, Nathan Jackman and Sebastien “Seabass” Conne-Corrent in the Atom Division.In Peewee House, winners included Wyatt Groenhuysen, Ryan Durocher and Jack Steer.In Peewee Rep, winners were Nathan Medeiros, Dakoda Fizzard, Reid Gerrand, Joe Laren, Karim Nephin and Matthew Lehr.Bantam House were Ethan Grill, Pax Arrowsmith and Jackson Cousins.Bantam Rep were Carson Pottle, Logan Smart and William McLeod.Midget House winners were TJ Winters, Charles Curiston, Noah Marsh, Ben Price, Kyle Patton and Mike Zarikoff.Midget Rep were Jake Laplante, Adam Volansky and Matthew Zwick. Nelson Minor Hockey concluded its 2016-17 season with a recent Awards Banquet at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.Former NHLer Mike Laughton conducted the ceremony with the highlight of the night being the awards to the players.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute all of the winners with Team of the Week honours.Picture are players who won the Esso Achievement Awards.
PSG have won all their past 10 meetings with Monaco. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Tomas Tuchel made a brave decision on Tuesday night as he left Neymar Jr out of the starting team in the 2-2 draw away to Real Madrid.Luckily for him, it did not prove costly as PSG mounted a comeback in the second half to get a point.On Sunday night, Tuchel is again expected to make another big decision as PSG prepare to take on Monaco in the Ligue One at the Stade Luis II.With Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi all fit, the gaffer has to decide on the two that start on the bench in order to maintain the team’s shape in midfield.The Parisians are expected to field Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Idrisa Gueye in the center of the park leaving only three slots upfront.While Neymar, who looks short of sharpness, retain his spot on the bench or it will be Di Maria or Icardi who sits this one out? All that will be answered a few minutes to kick-off.However, PSG will be looking to win a third consecutive Ligue One game and possibly, build a bigger gap at the top.After losing 2-1 at Dijon, Tuchel’s side has defeated Brest and Lille and as a consequence, sits 8 points clear at the top of the log.They are yet to look like the ruthless side they have been for the past two years but with the sick-bay clearing by the day, it is just a matter of time.Ahead of the game on Sunday, only Ander Herrera is absent with injury meaning PSG have a near to full-strength side to choose from.For Monaco, they have upto five absentees for the game. Islam Slimani was sent off last weekend and Diego Benaglio, Pietro Pellegri, Stefen Jovetic and Guebbels are all injured.It is not the most ideal time to face PSG as Monaco are coming off a 2-1 loss at Bordeaux this past Sunday.The loss was Monaco’s 5th of the season and leaves them 14th with 18 points.However, they cannot be so disappointed after a poor start that saw them win just one in their first 7.It is a tall order to topple PSG but with the leaders having already lost three, Leandro Jardim’s men will fancy themselves to pull off another shock.To do that, however, they will need to do better than they have done recently against PSG as they have lost all the last 10 matches between the two sides including both last season.The French Ligue One match-day 15 starts on Friday with Marseille at home to Brest.Marseille have picked up form lately, winning all their past three games and climbed up into second on the standings.They beat Lille 2-1, defeated Lyon 2-1 and last Sunday, powered past Toulouse 2-0.After relaying heavily on Argentine forward Dario Benedetto at the start, the team looks more balanced with goals coming from everywhere as they have seen five different scorers score their last six goals.They will be expected to take all three points here against a Brest side that is slumping in the standings.After a good start that saw them climb as high as 6th at some point, Brest has not won any of their past three (D1 L2) and have dropped into 13th.Having lost both of their meetings with Marseille last season, Brest looks to be deprived of confidence ahead of the time and it would not come as a surprise if Marseille took the day.The other interesting fixtures to look out for in Ligue One this weekend include Lille hosting Dijon on Saturday night, Rennes at home to Saint Etienne on Sunday and Lyon’s visit to a rejuvenated Strasbourg side.All the Ligue One match-day 15 fixturesFriday, 29-11-2019-Marseille vs Brest @22:45pmSaturday, 30-11-2019-Strasbourg vs Lyon @7pm-Reims vs Bordeaux @10pm-Nimes vs Reims @10pm-Montpellier vs Amiens SC @10pm-Lille vs Dijon @10pm-Nice vs Angers @10pmSunday, 01-12-2019-Nantes vs Toulouse @5pm-Rennes vs Saint Etienne @7pm-Monaco vs PSG @11pmComments Tags: BrestFrench Ligue OneMarseilleMonacoPSG
Henry has impressed for QPRQPR boss Harry Redknapp has hinted that the midfield partnership of Sandro and Karl Henry is now his first choice.The pair have impressed in recent matches after Sandro returned to fitness and Henry, who was very much a fringe player, was selected because the likes of Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch are injured.And Barton and Mutch could struggle to get their places back in the side after Redknapp suggested he hopes the Sandro-Henry combination continues.Meanwhile, Diego Costa has travelled with the Chelsea squad for their Champions League game against Maribor but John Mikel Obi is still struggling with a knee problem.There has been transfer speculation today involving Chelsea and Rangers.Chelsea are set to sign winger Zakaria Bakkali from PSV Eindhoven, the Express say, while the Evening Standard reckon Jermain Defoe will get a three-year contract worth £90,000 a week at QPR.Elsewhere, a match between Brentford’s development side – who were 2-0 down – and Maidenhead United was abandoned after 54 minutes because of a waterlogged pitch.And in rugby union, Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea has praised his youngsters for the mental strength they showed against Saracens.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
14 October 2009 Nelson Mandela Bay is named after South Africa’s world-renowned “elder statesman”. It is fitting, then, that the oldest 2010 Fifa World Cup™ volunteer applicant also hails from the city. And 79-year-old Amrit Daya even shares a birthday with the great man. Born like Mandela on 18 July, albeit 12 years later in 1930, Daya has spent all of his life in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, the city that will host eight World Cup matches in 2010. “They say all great people are born on July 18,” Daya said in an interview at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium last week. “I feel greatly honoured to share a birthday with a great saint.” The volunteer hopeful remembers all too well the days when the city was known as “the ghost on the coast”, with not much going for it. And he is delighted to see how the city has used its 2010 host city status as a catalyst to reinvent itself as a hip, progressive destination now known as the “toast of the coast”. With a vibrant, growing economy, impressive tourist offerings and surprise status as one of the world’s most “intelligent” information technology communities, Nelson Mandela Bay is gearing up to make the most of its moment in the global spotlight in June and July 2010. And while he may be turning 80 a week after the World Cup final, Daya’s not about to turn down the chance of helping the city he loves put its best foot forward when the world comes calling. He was the oldest of 67 999 volunteer applicants from over 170 countries who applied for the tournament, offering his services as a welcome and information services volunteer. “The day Sepp Blatter opened the envelope and proclaimed South Africa as 2010 Fifa World Cup hosts, we all jumped for joy,” says Daya. “That moment was the beginning of the rejuvenation in the minds of our South African population. I thought this was one thing that can positively put Africa on the map.” Despite his age, Daya still drives himself around the city and walks without the aid of a walking stick. He says his daily yoga exercises and spiritual meditation ensure he is “always in a good frame of mind to serve my community at large”. “Nelson Mandela Bay is one of the most beautiful, laid-back cities where visitors always enjoy themselves,” he says. “It has so many attractions, such as its beaches and game reserves. “There will be many people of stature in South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Dignitaries from other countries, VIPs and heads of state. They will need people of good standing in the community to be of service to them. “We should do things in a very professional way. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and the city must give of its very best.” Daya says he is proud and blessed still to be around to see democratic South Africa’s finest moment next year. “I’ve been blessed to live through 15 years of democracy and to still be around to see what the country has achieved as its democracy has progressed. “I never in my wildest dreams thought I would see the day when South Africa hosts the Fifa World Cup. I would be delighted to make my contribution.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee