Get ready for “A Great Night in Harlem”! The 15th annual benefit concert, which raises money for the Jazz Foundation of America, has pulled together an impressive lineup for this year’s event at the Apollo Theatre. Topping the bill is Dr. John, who will receive the Hank Jones Award that evening, as well as the the elusive John Mayer Trio.The trio, featuring Dead & Company man Mayer, famed session bassist Pino Palladino, and drummer Steve Jordan, will return to the stage for the first time since Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in June 2010. The band has been in the studio prepping Mayer’s new solo album, so we’re hoping to hear some new material at this show!Also on the lineup is pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, blues guitarist Robert Cray, and famous actor, singer, and harmonica player Bruce Willis. The concert will take place on October 27th, and tickets are on sale now via this link.
Gov’t Mule has announced special guests for their upcoming New Year’s Eve blowout show at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.On December 28th, Gov’t Mule will perform at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania with special guests Oteil & Friends. Then, Gov’t Mule will return to The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY for their annual celebration on December 29th, followed by their three set extravaganza on December 31st, where the band will be joined by guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Shawn Pelton. Greene and Pelton are no strangers to Mule Year’s, as the two sat-in with the rock quartet last NYE for their “The Rocking Mule Revue” set.Tickets for Gov’t Mule’s upcoming New Year’s run are still available here for all three performances.For a full list of tour dates and more information, head to Gov’t Mule’s website.
Dell EMC World 2017, Las Vegas style, is now midway through Day Three and I can finally stop, catch my breath, and read up on some of the coverage. This year we were delighted to be able to invite a nice-sized group of bloggers and podcasters to attend the general and breakout sessions, meet with spokespeople, network with each other, and get a first-hand look at what Dell EMC has been cooking up over the last few months. In between all of that excitement they somehow also managed to create some content.Media, analysts and influencers gather for a Day One welcome sessionIn this post, I thought I’d do a few call-outs on some of blogs and podcasts that have already started hitting my RSS feeds.Lots of folks did summaries of the Day One news (and there was a LOT of news), including this thorough write up from Dave Henry on Geek Fluent:Dell Technologies really seems to be taking their message of transforming IT to heart. Personally, I believe that the announcement of new pricing models is the biggest news from today. This will likely be a huge agent of change in IT.Didier Van Hoye sums up some of the strategy around our digital transformation strategy in this post.Given the vast amount of attention digital transformation gets nowadays it will be no surprise that DELL EMC is focusing its efforts to facilitate this transition for its customers. After all, an unrelenting focus on real customer needs is one of the cornerstones of digital transformation. As such, DELL EMC is drinking its own champagne.Andrea Mauro joined us all the way from Italy for his first Dell EMC World. In his blog, he focused on the announcement of our 14th generation of PowerEdge Servers.The newly designed 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a secure, scalable compute platform that is the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives.John Herbert helped to provide some context and perspective on our networking announcement on his Moving Packets site:Dell EMC has moved from being a network vendor whose equipment sits within server racks, and is now a player capable of providing the whole switching infrastructure for the data center or campus network. That’s quite a transition…Greg Schulz had this writeup on the Microsoft Azure Stack announcement.…essentially you can have the Microsoft Azure experience (or a subset of it) in your own data center or data infrastructure, enabling cloud experiences and abilities at your own pace, your own way with control.“We have @SPEAKINGinTECH on the #vBrownBag stage at #DellEMCworld @Knieriemen will not sleep tonight until the episode is published pic.twitter.com/E2eEUHNeuI“— Alastair Cooke (@DemitasseNZ) May 9, 2017ShareLast but not least, we got the whole gang together for a Speaking in Tech reunion of sorts. You can listen to the episode on The Register. And I haven’t seen Keith Townsend all week because he’s been subbing in on theCUBE. Their Dell EMC World interviews are all here. And the vBrownBag crew has been set up in the Village space all week recording interviews with subject matter experts and community members. There’s some great content already hitting their YouTube channel.I’ll be watching my feeds for more content over the next few days and will follow up next week with some highlights. In the meantime, there should be plenty here to inform and entertain you! Thanks again to all the bloggers who made the trip to Las Vegas, it’s great to have you here at the show.
LENA HALL Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch She might play a downtrodden dude who barely speaks in the hit rock musical, but Lena Hall’s Tony-winning powerhouse performance proves she’s bursting at the seams with star quality. View All (7) Idina Menzel BILLY PORTER Lola in Kinky Boots It’s no wonder Billy Porter snagged a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical: As drag diva Lola, he really knows how to strut his stuff in a red sequined dress and knee-high boots…on a moving conveyer belt! NORM LEWIS The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera Even if you’ve seen Phantom before, now is definitely the time to revisit the classic mega-musical. As the first African-American to headline the production on Broadway, Lewis brings a haunting vulnerability to the beloved role. JESSIE MUELLER Carole King in Beautiful A few short years ago, Jessie Mueller was a Broadway newcomer—now, she’s the Tony-winning toast of the town! This magnetic performer barely leaves the stage as real-life songwriting legend Carole King in the uplifting bio-musical. JEFFERSON MAYS A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder This Tony winner dies eight times in A Gentleman’s Guide! Broadway fans are obviously slayed by his hilariously impressive performance as every member of the wealthy D’Ysquith family in this Tony-winning musical. Jessie Mueller Lena Hall Ramin Karimloo Star Files JAMES MONROE IGLEHART Genie in Aladdin Ever given a performer a standing ovation in the middle of a show? Get ready to jump to your feet in the vibrant new Disney musical when the Tony winner busts out his energetic rendition of “Friend Like Me!” RAMIN KARIMLOO Jean Valjean in Les Miserables After garnering a huge following in London and Toronto, Ramin Karimloo is making his long-awaited Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. The Tony-nominated star’s soulful “Bring Him Home” alone is worth the price of admission. IDINA MENZEL Elizabeth in If/Then For the first time in 10 years, Wicked and Frozen favorite Idina Menzel is back on the Great White Way, and her powerful performance as Elizabeth in If/Then doesn’t disappoint. There’s absolutely no question why fans voted her the number-one must-see performance on Broadway! Visiting New York City and have no idea which Broadway musical to see? We’ve got you covered! Last week, we asked theater fans an incredibly tough question on Culturalist: Of all the stellar stars on the Great White Way, which are the top ten must-see performances? Hundreds of fans cast their votes, and the results are in! Check out the ten performances on Broadway you’ve just gotta see below. MICHAEL C. HALL Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch The Dexter and Six Feet Under favorite might be following in the high heels of Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew Rannells, but he’s definitely making the title role of the East German transgender rock goddess his own. View Comments Jefferson Mays Norm Lewis Billy Porter ALAN CUMMING Emcee in Cabaret Playing the mysterious Emcee put Alan Cumming on the map in 1998—now he’s back, reprising his Tony-winning performance alongside Emma Stone as Sally Bowles at Studio 54. What are you waiting for? Come to the Cabaret!
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) forms that take into account CUNA’s concerns brought forth in a July visit with the agency.CUNA advocated for removing the URLA requirement that lenders inquire about the language preference of borrowers, citing several compliance and legal concerns. Fifty-five members of Congress sent a letter to the FHFA, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with similar concerns.With Tuesday’s release of the new loan application, credit unions and other lenders will have time to appropriately update their loan origination systems, CUNA noted. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Finovate Fall assembled perhaps my favorite batch yet of product pitches for last week’s event in New York City.This may be because the balance of ideas tilted toward the pragmatic. There were a few moonshots, but I could envision most of these solutions winding up among a financial institution’s offerings and/or on an end-user’s mobile device in the not-too-distant future.For those unfamiliar with the drill, Finovate convenes a rapid-fire showcase of the latest fintech ideas. There’s a clear startup flavor to the lineup, but new product launches by established firms are fair game (Experian and Fiserv were on this agenda, for instance).Two key characteristics are that segments are strictly limited to seven minutes, and must consist of live demos—no slideware.Some recurring themes inevitably emerge over the course of two days of presentations (76 of them this time around), offering a handy barometer of insider sentiment.
In season 4 of The Crown, which dropped on Netflix on Sunday, November 14, Corrin portrays Diana between the ages of 16 and 28 — following her meeting Prince Charles, getting married, having sons and the start of the marriage falling apart.“She has no idea what she’s getting involved with,” the actress says of Diana at that point in her life. “And it was more exciting to play that, because you are showing sides of somebody people don’t know.”Prince Harry and Prince William arrive for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, Berkshire, UK on May 19, 2018. ShutterstockThe England native noted that she really enjoyed acting in the early scenes “when her fashion sense was awful,” over the scenes that covered the more publicized moments of Diana’s life — like her solo trip to New York City in 1989, which was chronicled during the finale.- Advertisement – Unfortunately, Corrin will only star as the Princess of Wales for one season as Elizabeth Debicki will step into the role for the last two seasons of the series.“It’s a shame,” she told the magazine. “I’m sad about it. But I’ve moved on.”The Crown is now streaming on Netflix.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! A bit curious! Emma Corrin, who portrays a young Princess Diana on season 4 of The Crown, is curious to hear what the royal family thinks of the show — but knows it wouldn’t be easy for them to watch.“I can’t imagine,” Corrin, 24, told British GQ when asked how she thinks Prince William and Prince Harry would feel about the show. “I’m not going to say it doesn’t matter, because that would be ignorant. If someone made a programme about my grandma, who died last year, that would be difficult for me to watch.”Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles in season 4 of ‘The Crown’ Des Willie/Netflix- Advertisement – The actress then noted that she is “interested to know what they think,” but would never ask. “If I ever saw them at a party, I’d probably leave!”William, 38, does not watch the show, according to Olivia Coleman, who portrays his grandmother in seasons 3 and 4.“I was so excited and asked, ‘Have you watched it?’” she revealed on The Graham Norton Show last year. “His answer was a firm, ‘No.’ But he was very charming and very lovely!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
7 Istana View, Clear Island Waters.OVERLOOKING a tranquil canal in Clear Island Waters is this two-storey “grand enclave”.The residence on Istana View has six bedrooms and a sprawling sense of space.Timber finishes and plantation shutters combine with high ceilings and wrought-iron features to create a contemporary setting.7 Istana View, Clear Island Waters.Ray White Broadbeach marketing agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo describe the property as the Gold Coast’s “best-kept secret”.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Whether it be for your growing or extended family, or to comfortably accommodate guests, this is a property which facilitates easy living on a large scale,” Guo said.“With multiple living spaces and six ensuited bedrooms over two impressive levels, there truly is ample room for everyone to enjoy their own private sanctuary.”7 Istana View, Clear Island Waters.There are a range of living spaces inside and outside, with the lounge offering a seamless flow to the covered alfresco terrace.The main bedroom stands out with its luxurious fittings, wide water views from the balcony plus a dressing room and ensuite with spa.“The remaining bedrooms are all generously sized and enjoy their own private bathrooms, with bedroom six also featuring direct access to its own secure garage and courtyard,” Guo said.The property has 27m of water frontage, an infinity-edge pool, pontoon and gardens.7 Istana View, Clear Island Waters.
De Nederlandsche BankOther sector schemes with a low interest rate cover were Schilders (25%), PGB (26.5%), PNO Media (21.6%), PWRI (26.7%), and BPL (29.4%).Some pension funds apply a dynamic interest rate hedging policy, aimed at reducing the interest cover when interest rates drop.Sector schemes with an interest cover of more than 55% include Recreatie (59.2%), Foodservice (57.5%), Particuliere Beveiliging (60.4%), Koopvaardij (63.1%), and Detailhandel (64.3%).With a cover of 121.4% the €4.8bn Dutch pension fund of IBM has the highest interest hedge, the DNB figures revealed.Usually sector schemes have a lower interest cover than company pension funds. An explanation for this is that sponsors want to exclude the interest risk as, contrary to equity risk for example, they deem it as a risk without a reward.Pension funds of financial institutions tend to have an interest hedge of more than 60%.According to DNB, seven company pension funds in the Netherlands have an interest rate hedge of 100% or higher. This means their euro-denominated investments are more susceptible to interest rate changes than their liabilities, according to consultancies WTW and Mercer.Earlier this month, the €3.6bn pension fund for KLM cabin staff increased its interest hedge from 31.2% to 47.5%, citing interest rates falling to “unprecedented levels”. The decision marked the end of its dynamic hedging policy of quarterly reductions of the hedge since the end of 2018. At the end of September, the pension fund’s funding ratio stood at 99%. Schemes with higher interest rate protection – usually through bonds and interest swaps – have been less hit by an interest rate fall than pension funds with a lower hedge. Highest level of hedging at IBMAt 22% and 32.5%, respectively, the interest rate hedges of the €459bn civil service scheme ABP and the €238bn healthcare scheme PFZW were at the lower end of the scale. The degree to which Dutch industry-wide pension funds have hedged the interest rate risk of their liabilities varies widely, according to pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). Based on second quarter figures, the interest cover of the more than 50 sector funds ranged from 15.1% at the €1.4bn scheme for the hydraulic engineering sector (Waterbouw) to 67.7% at the €1.5bn scheme for the wood trade (Houthandel), the regulator found.The interest rate hedge at the industry-wide schemes was 43.2% on average, it said.Because of the ongoing drop in interest rates, pension funds’ interest rate hedge significantly affected their coverage ratio.
LNG World News Staff Chinese Ministry of Transport issued a call to the relevant authorities and Chinese companies to pitch in opinions on its plan to boost the use of liquefied natural gas as marine fuel. In its notice, the ministry is seeking comments on the plan to be submitted by August 20.Under the plan, the ministry aims to have the standard specification for LNG as fuel in marine transport ready by 2020, with the bunkering network to be formed and built. By 2025, the ministry aims to have a comprehensive system for application of LNG as marine fuel, as well as a fully functional LNG transportation system along its inland waterways.It also aims to fully build out the LNG bunkering network adjusting the national energy structure as well as water transportation structure.The ministry adds that the proportion of LNG as fuel has significantly increased, reaching 15 percent in newly-built vessels. In China the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the inland waters of the Yangtze river delta, Pearl river delta, Yangtze river trunk line, Xijiang shipping trunk line and Beijing-Hangzhou Canal is at 10 percent.The proportion of LNG used in new and key areas such as Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and the surrounding areas, such as the Yangtze river delta, is closing to 50 percent.The ministry’s notice unveils plans to advance the development of LNG bunkering stations and inland LNG terminals in the specific sites of the Bohai area.The plan also includes the promotion of LNG use as fuel for port vehicles and vessels in key ports.