Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Have you ever thought of making your own soap? Well, you are in luck with help from the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Jamestown.The group is holding an old-fashioned soap making demonstration on Saturday, March 28 at SUNY JCC’s Sheldon Center.In the class, participants will also learn the history and science behind soapmaking.They will additionally learn about the needed equipment, supplies, and how various fats and oils affect the finished product. Part of the $10 registration fee covers material costs. For more, and to register, visit chautauqua.cce.cornell.edu/leaf2020.The demonstration is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Star Files Darren Criss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Comments White Rabbit Red Rabbit Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 First rule of White Rabbit Red Rabbit: don’t talk about White Rabbit Red Rabbit! Although, theater fans will definitely be buzzing about the latest players set to open the envelope at the Westside Theatre. Stage and screen favorites Darren Criss and Michael Urie are next to perform the play stuffed inside; Criss will have his turn on August 29, and Urie is scheduled to take the stage on August 22.Criss and Urie join the ranks of stage faves like Nathan Lane, Bobby Cannavale, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, David Hyde Pierce and more who have already had their shot at performing whatever’s inside that telltale envelope. As previously announced, How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor will hit the off-Broadway stage on July 25, and Ramin Karimloo is set to take his turn on August 1. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights off-Broadway.Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not—distilling the experience of his isolation in a non-traditional new play. The show had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since been translated into fifteen different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide. A portion of the play’s profits will go to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world. Darren Criss
The UK’s banks could pool the assets of their pension funds to create a scheme with the ability to compete with large Canadian and Asian investors, the head of Santander’s £10bn (€13.7bn) UK fund has suggested.Antony Barker, chief pensions officer at the UK bank, said he could imagine a time would come when the industry would pursue a sector-wide arrangement, as there was no competitive advantage to be gained from the operational management of pension funds.He argued in favour of pooling, as it would allow for the sector’s pension assets to pursue a different investment strategy.“From a pension fund perspective, we [the Santander UK pension fund] are probably more transactional than most,” he told attendees at the recent joint IPE/IP Real Estate Real Assets & Infrastructure conference in London. Barker added that the pensions sector was often unable to trade, due largely to a lack of sufficient in-house staff.“I can envisage a time where it makes sense to have a national Bank Pension scheme,” he added, citing the Dutch market’s industry-wide funds as inspiration.“The operation of a pension scheme is not a competitive element,” he added, “and [a single scheme] would actually pool together a £100bn portfolio that could compete directly with the Canadian and Asian investors to get involved in these major projects.”Across the UK’s main retail banks – HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which also owns NatWest – assets within their defined benefit funds approached £130bn at the end of 2014.Germany has long had a pension fund for the financial services sector.BVV, founded more than 100 years ago, is the largest Pensionskasse, with €25.1bn in assets, second only to the Bayerische Versorgungskammer, with €62bn in assets.Barker went on to outline the benefits of a more proactive approach to investment, arguing that the Santander UK Group Pension Scheme – itself a merger of six funds consolidated into a master trust structure in 2012 – had begun approaching investments more akin to the strategies pursued by endowments, lowering its equity exposure to around one-fifth of assets.He said the approach allowed for the acquisition of “material” stakes when investing.“We typically like to take 20-25% holdings, which gives us access to the board,” he said.“Therefore, we are able to direct management as a very interfering limited partner rather than simply trying to apply some rules of either tilting the portfolio or voting engagement.”
Belgian pension funds generated an average investment return of 6% for 2017, up from 5.1% in 2016, according to the Belgian industry association PensioPlus.Investment returns averaged 6.8% a year since 1985, the association added.PensioPlus said: “Last year was characterised by strong economic growth, while central banks maintained their policy of quantitative easing [QE]. These two factors led to stock market climbs and consistently low interest rates. Equally notable in 2017 was the strong performance by the euro.”The return was calculated on a weighted average basis from a sample of 58 schemes with combined assets of €17.6bn, out of a total €29.8bn assets under management in the second pillar. At end-2017, Belgian pension funds had allocated 43% of their assets to fixed income, 38% to shares, with 11% in alternatives and 6% in real estate.While equity allocations remained roughly the same as the previous year, allocations to fixed income showed a slight fall. However, the percentage held in alternatives – such as insurance, infrastructure, private equity and convertible bonds – rose from 7% in 2016.PensioPlus said that, in 2018, it expected the European Central Bank’s QE policy to be phased out, leading to a risk of asset prices overheating and higher inflation in the long term. Meanwhile, stock market volatility could increase.The organisation warned: “Since pension funds have as much as 43% invested in debt, if their investment strategy remains unchanged, any increase in interest rates could have a negative effect on future returns.”However, it pointed out that stress tests carried out by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) showed that Belgium’s pension funds continued to be adequately funded.PensioPlus said: “EIOPA’s study shows that Belgian pension funds are resistant to stress, both in periods of crisis when stock markets are falling sharply, and when the long-term interest rate is falling.”Meanwhile, with 19 pan-European pension funds already based in Belgium, the country is forging ahead with its ambition to triple second pillar pension assets under management to €100bn by 2025, 30% of which would be linked to pension assets of multinational companies.
Unique Group has appointed Matthew Gordon as the new regional vice president for the Europe & UK region to oversee the company’s strategic expansion plans.Under Matthew’s leadership, the company aims to see further growth and expansion across Europe. He will be based in Aberdeen, UK.Matthew has over 22 years of experience in the subsea oil and gas industry, with previous senior management roles held in Fugro Survey, Subsea 7 and Viking Seatech.His last role before joining Unique Group was as managing director – UK at Atlantic Offshore, an emergency response and rescue vessel provider.Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group, said, “We are pleased to welcome Matthew to our team. His operational and commercial experience in the subsea and offshore industry, along with his successful track record, will prove to be of great advantage to Unique Group’s strategic goals.”Matthew Gordon added, “Unique Group has a well-deserved reputation in the industry as a reliable solutions provider with its broad range of offerings worldwide. I am excited to join the company as it is moving on this growth curve, and I look forward to playing an active role in Unique Group’s future successes.”Matthew is heading the region with immediate effect.
HealthInternationalLifestylePrint New York to raise cigarette sale age by: – October 31, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 44 Views no discussions Share The bill’s supporters say a higher age limit stops young people developing smoking habitsNew York City Council has voted to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.New York will now become by far the most populous place in the US to impose such a high age limit, the Associated Press reports.The new age limit includes electronic vapour cigarettes.Across the US there is a minimum age for smoking of 18. Some states have raised the limit to 19 and at least two other towns have raised it to 21.The bill’s sponsor, City Councilman James Gennaro, said it would “literally save many, many lives”.Mr Gennaro, whose mother and father died from tobacco-related illnesses, said: “I’ve lived with it, I’ve seen it… but I feel good today.”Critics of the measure have argued that young people may turn to the black market for cigarettes.New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who supported the bill, has 30 days to sign it into law. The measure would then come into effect after 180 days.“We know that tobacco dependence can begin very soon after a young person first tries smoking so it’s critical that we stop young people from smoking before they ever start,” Mr Bloomberg said in a statement.A plan by Mr Bloomberg to make shops keep cigarettes out of public view was shelved earlier this year.BBC News
VERSAILLES, Ind. — Area residents are invited to the Art in Nature Art Show Saturday, April 8, 6-8pm at the Recreation Hall in the Group Camp at Versailles State Park.This is a display of the artwork created during the week of Art in Nature Classes April 3-8.In addition, there will be live music by Sandy and Chopper and refreshments by Rumps provided by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau.The classes are sponsored again this year, thanks to a second grant received by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau from the Indiana Arts Commission.Art from the classes that will be on display will be stepping stones, garden art posts, recycled art, water colors, wood turned items, and jewelry.Signs will be set up to direct the public to the Art Show.Because of the expected increase in those attending the art show, Versailles State Park has arranged to have a shuttle running throughout the show from the swimming pool parking lot to the Recreation Hall in the group camp.
Indianapolis, In. — A report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development says October unemployment in the Hoosier state inched up one-tenth of a percent from September to 3.9 percent, still two-tenths of a percent lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.In comparison to one year ago unemployment has dropped significantly. Ohio and Jennings Counties had the largest decreases from October of 2016. Each dropped six-tenths of a percent from 4.2 to 3.6 percent. Decatur County decreased four-tenths of a percent from 3.1 to 2.7 percent. Dearborn County dropped three-tenths of a percent to 3.8 percent over the period and both Franklin and Ripley Counties had slight decreases to 3.6 percent each. The Indiana unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent from 4.2 to 3.9 percent.The Indiana labor force totals 3.33 million, the participation rate is 64.2 percent.
By Stuart Grout from Manchester, UK (GoodYear) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsIndianapolis, In. — Some motorists may have seen an icon in the sky over the weekend. The Goodyear Blimp landed at the Greenfield Airport Sunday and is expected to liftoff from the Indianapolis Airport this morning around 9 a.m., weather permitting. The blimp is en route from Ohio to Kansas as part of the “2018 Summer Tour.”The airship has a crew of about 20 people.In 2011 Goodyear launched three semi-rigid airships built by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin. The new airships are 246 feet long, 52 feet longer than Goodyear’s old model, the GZ-20. The Zeppelin NT model is also slimmer, has a top speed of 70 miles per hour (versus 50 for the blimp), and has a passenger gondola that seats 12 (compared to seven in the blimp). The gondola also contains a restroom.Both craft are outfitted with LED sign technology Goodyear calls “Eaglevision.” This allows the aircraft to display bright, multi-colored, animated words and images. Goodyear also has blimps operating in other parts of the world. These airships are built and operated by Van Wagner of Orlando, Florida
Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Three former Hancock County basketball players will be among those inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame this summer, the organization announced Tuesday.Delmont “Del” Merrill, Keith Ogden and Elwood “Bimbo” Pinkham will be honored at a formal induction ceremony Aug. 19 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The three will be among 22 former players, coaches and administrators to be inducted.Merrill, born in 1925, graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1943 after spending four yours with the school’s boys’ basketball team, but his biggest exploits came after his playing career. After returning from World II and coaching basketball at Sumner, Merrill served as the head men’s basketball and baseball coaches at Husson College (now Husson University) as well as serving as the athletic director and later president.As head coach of the Husson men’s team, Merrill had a record of 197-86 and won seven league championships. After spending time as state basketball commissioner, he received induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Merrill died April 19, 2010. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOgden, a Bucksport native, led the Golden Bucks to back-to-back state Class B crowns in the late 1970s. The 1978 championship game win over Mexico and 1979 win over Medomak Valley remain Bucksport’s only state championships in the sport.Following his impressive high school years, Ogden continued his playing career at Husson, where he averaged 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game over three seasons. He later became a successful race car driver at Speedway 95 in Hermon.Pinkham etched his name into Sumner history in 1973 when he scored 38 points a 106-63 win over Yarmouth in the boys’ Class C championship game to give the Tigers their second state title win in four years. He will be one of six people to receive “Legends of the Hall” distinctions at the induction ceremony.Pinkham, who is now the head girls’ basketball coach at Sumner, previously held the same position at Narraguagus before returning to his alma mater for two separate coaching stints. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.Other inductees will include Clinton native Cindy Blodgett, the state’s all-time high school scoring leader with 2,596 points as a player at Lawrence, and Sandi Carver, who led Jonesport-Beals to a state championship in Class D in 1994. Following high school, Blodgett and Carver teamed up at the University of Maine and led the Black Bears four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020