16 New COVID-19 Cases Reported On Wednesday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Sixteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Wednesday.The county health department says there are now 104 active cases that continue to recover.Out of the new cases 7 are in Jamestown, 3 cases in Asheville, 2 cases in Falconer, 2 cases in Frewsburg, 1 case in Lakewood, and 1 case in Dunkirk.There are currently 10 active cases among employees and 51 active cases among residents at Tanglewood Manor. To date there have been:o   695 recovered cases;o   13 deaths; ando   812 total confirmed cases. 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)last_img

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50 Facts About Fiddler on the Musical’s 50th Anniversary

first_img 47. When Harvey Fierstein told producer Susan Bristow he’d like to star in the 2004 revival of Fiddler, she responded, “Who are you going to play, Golde?” 7. Harold Prince originally passed on producing Fiddler on the Roof. Bock and Harnick sweetened the deal by offering Prince their musical She Loves Me, and wonder of wonders, Prince agreed to take on Fiddler. 39. There have been five Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof to date. The original 1964 production ran for 3,242 performances; the 1976 production ran for 167 performances; the 1981 production ran for 53 performances; the 1990 production ran for 241 performances, and the 2004 production ran for 781 performances. 13. There were many changes made to the script as the production got rolling. For example, Tevye’s first number, “What a Life,” which was sung to his horse, was replaced with “If I Were a Rich Man.” 25. Merlin went on to be a casting director for Sondheim musicals. She worked with producer Prince on Company, A Little Night Music, Follies and Sweeney Todd. 5. The title of the musical and Boris Aronson’s set design for the original production are based Marc Chagall’s painting “The Fiddler.” 49. Harnick wrote new lyrics to “Sunrise, Sunset” for same-sex weddings in 2011. The male version includes these lines, “When did they get to be so handsome?/When did they grow to be so tall?/Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?” 10. Lee Grant, Nancy Walker and Mercedes McCambridge were all considered for Golde. 37. Of the film’s major reviews, eight were favorable, six were negative and two were mixed, according to the American Film Institute. The movie cost $9 million to make and grossed $50 million in its initial release. 11. The first person cast in the show was Austin Pendleton. Pendleton, who played Motel the tailor, would later go on to be a notable director and actor. 33. Three villages in Yugoslavia were transformed into Anatevka for the film. 18. Joanna Merlin, who originated the role of Tzeitel, was cast in the show on November 22, 1963. She came out of the theater to learn that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. 6. Stephen Sondheim urged director/choreographer Jerome Robbins to get involved with Fiddler after hearing the score at a private party at Stein’s home in New Rochelle. Good thing Jerry listened to Steve! Check back all week long for more Fiddler features! 12. Famed comic actor Gene Wilder also auditioned for Motel.  Though he didn’t get the part, he would go on to star alongside Mostel in Mel Brooks’ 1968 film The Producers. 1. It’s widely known that Fiddler on the Roof is based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories, but did you know that the real name of this “Jewish Mark Twain” was Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich? His pen name Sholem Aleichem literally means “peace be with you.” 16. Bea Arthur auditioned multiple times for the role of Yente, but Robbins thought she was too contemporary for the role. She eventually got the part, but many of her lines were cut. In her 2002 Broadway show, Just Between Friends, Arthur says Robbins was only director who ever made her cry, and called him “a really dreadful human being.” 23. No one mentioned Zero Mostel in their Tony acceptance speeches. When Mostel went up to accept his award, he said, “Since no one else has thanked me, I will thank me.” 22. Fiddler was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won nine (all but Best Set Design). 44. John C. Reilly played a Russian commissar in a local Chicago production. He stood backstage and sang “Sunrise, Sunset” every night because he was upset he didn’t have a singing role. 47. While sitting in her seat before the curtain went up, Jerome Robbins’ sister Sonia Cullinen suffered a heart attack on opening night of the 2004 revival of Fidder. She was taken to Bellvue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 36. Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and John Ritter auditioned for the role of Motel, but were passed over for Leonard Frey, who had played a small role (Mendel, the rabbi’s son) in the Broadway production. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. 14. Fiddler on the Roof held the record for the longest-running show on Broadway for 10 years, when it was succeeded by Grease. Wonder of wonders, it’s the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof! It’s been five whole decades since the celebrated musical first premiered on Broadway on September 22, 1964. To celebrate, Broadway.com is doing a daily bottle dance will offer up a week of Fiddler features. With some help from the new book Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, we’ve got 50 Fiddler facts about the hit musical by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. So grab your yarmulke and study up—the show is aiming to return to Broadway in the 2015-16 season! 34. Jewison tried to get Anne Bancroft to play Golde in the film but was unsuccessful. Other possible Goldes included Colleen Dewhurst, Zoe Caldwell, Dorothy Loudon, Marian Seldes and Beverly Sills. It finally came down to Norma Crane and Lee Grant—Crane got the role. 40. In 2007, Time magazine ranked Fiddler on the Roof the 7th most frequently produced musical in American high schools. 21. Paul Lipson, who was Mostel’s understudy and later played Tevye in his own right, clocked over 2,000 performances in the role. His first performance in the part was during the pre-Broadway Washington, D.C. engagement.  27. The iconic violin solo in the film was played by renowned violinist Isaac Stern. 2. Composer Bock and lyricist Harnick originally wanted to write a musical based on Aleichem’s Wandering Stars, about a traveling Yiddish theater company. “It would have to had 40 minor characters on stage and it was just too big,” Harnick said in an interview. They settled on the Tevye the Dairyman stories instead. 8. Speaking of passing up a terrific opportunity, Stein showed Fiddler to Zero Mostel while he was still starring in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Mostel turned it down, but later had a change of heart when he heard a more complete version of the show. 35. Robert De Niro read for the role of Perchik—the role in the film eventually went to Paul Michael Glaser, who later became Starsky in the hit cop TV show Starsky & Hutch. 29. Norman Jewison was then asked to direct the film—he agreed, but he was worried the producers assumed he was Jewish. “The whole world thinks I’m the Jewish son of a Jew—Jewison,” he said. 15. Maria Karnilova, who played Golde in the original production, famously played stripper Tessie Tura in the original cast of Gypsy. View Comments 24.  Bette Midler joined the Broadway cast of  Fiddler as Rivka, one of the villagers, and understudied the role of Tzeitel. When Merlin left the show, Midler took over and played the role for four years. 9. Walter Matthau, Eli Wallach, Rod Steiger, Tom Bosley (who played the title role in the Bock-Harnick hit Fiorello!), Jack Gilford, Danny Thomas and Alan King were all considered for the role of Tevye in the original Broadway production. 45. The Book of Mormon and Frozen star Josh Gad played Tevye in his high school production. He calls it his “least celebrated” performance. 31. Frank Sinatra’s agent called Jewison to try to get his client an audition, but he didn’t envision the crooner as a Jewish milkman. 48. Sacha Baron Cohen played Tevye when he was studying at Cambridge. For his Sweeney Todd movie audition, he sang “If I Were a Rich Man.” 20. According to Pendelton, Robbins finally staged “Tradition” in the middle of the final week before they were set to leave for their Detroit tryout. It only took him an hour and a half to stage it. 26. Fiddler on the Roof premiered in Tokyo on September 6, 1967—it has since been mounted in Japan more than 1,300 times. 41. Composer Jerry Bock died November 3, 2010—10 days after the death of Fiddler book writer Joseph Stein. 42. Translated into Spanish, Un Violinista sobre el Tejado premiered in Panama’s National Theatre of Panama in October 2012, featuring Aaron Zebede as Tevye. 43. Grammy winner Josh Groban played Tevye in high school—if you missed his performance, don’t worry, it’s all available on YouTube. 19. Bert Convy, who originated the role of the revolutionary Perchik, went on to be a famous host of TV game shows, including Win, Lose or Draw and Super Password. 32. Israeli actor Chaim Topol was playing Tevye in Tel Aviv when he was asked to audition for the London production. He barely spoke any English, and learned to speak the language by studying the script. 4. The first draft of the show was called The Old Country—other working titles included Tevye, Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away and Where Poppa Came From. 17. When Fiddler on the Roof premiered in Poland in 1985, the show’s authors donated their royalties to preserving the country’s Jewish monuments. 30. Jewison thought Mostel was “too big” to star in the film, and went in search of another actor to play Tevye. Danny Kaye was an early choice, but “his wife turned us down saying he was too young to have marriage-age daughters,” Harnick said. 38. Fiddler was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1972, winning three: Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score. The French Connection beat it for Best Picture. 3. Pass the apples and honey! Bock and Harnick began writing Fiddler on the Roof on September 11, 1961, which was Rosh Hashanah (a.k.a. the Jewish New Year). 50. The final script of Fiddler on the Roof is dedicated “to our Fathers.” Prince said later that the show was “clearly conceived” by Stein, Bock, and Harnick “as a kind of valentine to their grandparents.” 46. Beam me up, Hodel! In 1971, Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy played Tevye for eight weeks in Ohio, Massachusetts and upstate New York in a local touring production. 28. United Artists was contractually obligated to ask Robbins if he wanted to direct the film version. The director, who was wary after the conflicts that arose during the filming of West Side Story, turned the offer down.last_img read more

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Avian Academy

first_imgChickens are a vital part of Georgia’s economy and the state’s agricultural heritage. And thanks to a University of Georgia program for teachers, chickens will be helping middle school and high school teachers educate students in Georgia classrooms.About 30 Georgia agriculture and life sciences teachers from more than a dozen counties across the state came together at the UGA Department of Poultry Science this summer to learn how to incorporate chickens into their lesson plans — both in traditional agricultural education and STEM classrooms.The program — Avian Academy — has brought middle and high school teachers together with poultry science faculty each summer for almost a decade. Over the last two or three years, organizers have actively recruited life sciences teachers from across the state in addition to agriculture teachers.“We have a lot of poultry in our county,” said Samantha Chang, a biology teacher from Jefferson High School in Jackson County. “This workshop has really equipped me to use chickens as examples of some of the topics we cover in biology class and have students be able to understand those concepts because it’s something they’re familiar with.”Chang was at the 2019 Avian Academy with Jefferson High School agriculture teacher Melissa Webb, who attended the 2018 academy last summer. Webb convinced all of Jefferson High School’s life sciences teachers to join her. Having the same familiarity with chickens means they’ll be able to link concepts to one another’s classes more easily, Webb said.As part of the workshop, teachers learned how to handle live birds and receive a crash course in the economics of poultry farming, the physiology of poultry, the history of poultry breeding, careers in poultry science, reproduction and egg laying, and food safety.Bridgette Rains, a first -ear seventh grade life sciences teacher in Bartow County, came to the workshop looking for inspiration for the upcoming school year.“I’ll be teaching in a more rural area, and I’ll definitely be using a lot of the lesson plans and techniques they presented,” Rains said. “I had never thought of using chickens before but they really are the easiest way to demonstrate what they’re learning: embryology and the life cycle. I mean, in 21 days you go from an egg to a chicken.”The three-day workshop equips the teachers with new skills and lesson plans that they can take back to their classrooms when students head back to school in August.“I’m so proud of our department for being able to partner with teachers from throughout Georgia. Avian Academy is a great program that builds bridges between our faculty, college and university resources while obtaining priceless feedback from the teachers. Getting students involved in tangible ways of learning life sciences concepts is critical, and having a practical application helps demonstrate future career paths,” said Todd Applegate, department head for poultry science in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.For more information about other outreach programs from the UGA Department of Poultry Science, visit poultry.caes.uga.edu/about/community-outreach.last_img read more

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$4,000 grant to support Jim’s House providing lodging for neurological patients

first_imgThe Executive Board of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (Vermont Chapter) will officially recognize Jim’s House, Inc., with a grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in the amount of $2,000. The APDA Vermont Chapter will match PhRMA’s grant for a total of $4,000. Jim’s House was founded and named after Jim Crevier who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in 1997 and died in 2001. The house has been made available for people with Neurological Diseases and their care providers coming to Fletcher Allen Health Care from such a distance to require an overnight stay. Recognizing the ongoing maintenance costs, and services currently performed by hosts Peter and Alphonsine Crevier, the goal of this grant is to help defray the financial obligations and to ease the burden of upkeep for this house.  To honor the many years of dedication, generosity, and service provided by the Creviers to those living with Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS), and other Neurological Disorders, APDA Vermont is pleased to assist in promoting financial viability and increasing visibility of this service within the community. The Vermont Chapter of APDA has provided information and guidance to the Parkinson’s community since 1998. With a mission to “ease the burden and find a cure” for Parkinson Disease, the chapter is now proud to extend support to an even larger community in Vermont. Caption:Michael O’Connor presented the $4,000 to Peter Crevier and his wife Alphonsine (seated to Peter’s right).  Also joining in the celebration (from left to right) were; Rachel & Lyle Miller of Belvidere, Tara Klyszeiko, Treasure of APDA Vermont, and Ruth Ann Rhodes (standing far right) an RN at the ALS Clinic.last_img read more

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Dave Hakins named publisher of Vermont Life Magazine

first_imgPrior to Vermont Life, Hakins was the director of business development for The Essex Resort & Spa. He also served as executive director and COO of the Vermont Convention Bureau and director of sales and promotion for VDTM. Additionally, he managed group travel programs and marketing events as the founder, chairman and CEO of Hakins Meetings and Incentives, and served as vice president and director of corporate promotion for Chase Manhattan. For more information, visit vermontlife.com. Vermont Life 12.20.2011 Effective December 19, Hakins replaces Steve Cook, who has served as the magazine’s interim publisher since 2009. Cook will continue to serve as the deputy commissioner for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM). Miller praised Cook for taking on a second, full-time job as Vermont Life interim publisher for more than two years. ‘Steve has multitasked so skillfully and executed both jobs very well,’ Miller said. ‘He can now focus 100 percent of his attention on marketing and operations as deputy commissioner for VDTM.’ A resident of South Burlington, Hakins will maintain his role as director of the magazine’s advertising sales, partnerships and events, and continue to work closely with Vermont Life’s editor, Mary Hegarty Nowlan. ‘Dave Hakins and Mary Hegarty Nowlan have demonstrated a successful team approach to the magazine’s growth and success,’ Miller added. ‘The 65-year-old magazine was redesigned in the past year, which has also helped attract a younger demographic of subscribers and contributed to an increase in advertising sales.’center_img The Agency of Commerce and Community Development today announced that Dave Hakins has been named Publisher of Vermont Life magazine. Hakins, who joined the magazine last spring as an advertising contractor, helped boost sales revenues in 2011 and oversaw several initiatives to increase the magazine’s visibility. He launched the new ‘Dine, Shop, Stay & Play’ advertorial sections for local communities, including Waterbury and Addison County, and developed the Vermont Life Emporium, a special section intended to make advertising affordable for Vermont entrepreneurs selling art, crafts, gifts, specialty foods and other Vermont-inspired products. Hakins is also credited with the magazine’s increase in full-page advertising displays from some of Vermont’s largest companies, such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, People’s United Bank, Long Trail Brewing and Hannaford. ‘Dave Hakins is a natural fit as the publisher of Vermont Life magazine,’ said Lawrence Miller, Vermont’s secretary of Commerce and Community Development. ‘What the magazine needs now more than ever is someone with a strong foundation in marketing and media who also possesses an entrepreneurial spirit to uncover new revenue streams for the magazine. Dave has an extensive background in publishing, marketing, sales and management, as well as experience in the tourism sector of Vermont.’last_img read more

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August 1, 2005 On the Move

first_imgAugust 1, 2005 On the Move August 1, 2005 On the Move On the Move Patrick H. Willis has joined the law firm of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap as a new associate. Michael Seese joined Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group. Dion J. Cassata and John J. Hanson announce the opening of Cassata & Hanson with offices at 1250 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Suite 607, Hallandale Beach 33009; phone (954) 364-7803; fax (954) 251-4787; Web site www.cassatahanson.com; e-mail thefirm@cassatahanson.com. The firm focuses on matters of employment law including overtime issues, wage disputes, discrimination, medical leave, EEOC matters, and harassment. Luis Perez and Carlos Deupi have joined the Miami office of Hogan & Hartson as partner and counsel, respectively. Perez has extensive experience in matters related to corporate and international law, and mergers and acquisitions. Deupi advises clients on corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, and real estate investment transactions. Lynn M. Dannheisser joined Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart as a shareholder. Her practice areas include real estate, local government, and land use law. Philip Irish joined Hagen & Hagen in Ft. Lauderdale as of counsel assisting with general commercial litigation matters. Lori K. Mans, Rupesh J. Patel and Melanie Lastrapes joined the Jacksonville office of Constangy, Brooks and Smith as associates. Jodi A. Fischer announces the opening of The Law Offices of Ms. Jodi A. Fischer at 12411 Southwest First Place, Plantation 33325; phone (954) 317-6931. Fischer concentrates in the areas of private insurance disability in state and federal arenas, ERISA and health law, and community association law. Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs announced its merger with the Law Offices of Pheterson & Bleau, which concentrates in labor and employment law, business, executive contract work and negotiation, complex litigation, and administrative law. The firm will continue to be known as Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs. Anneli Nystrand Magee joined as in-house counsel at Linderand, Inc., a real estate developer in Tallahassee. Justin C. Leto joined Goldfarb & Gold in Miami. Leto focuses his practice on complex civil litigation including personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and medical malpractice. Gregory C. Ward and Jay Kim have formed WardKim and practice in the areas of commercial litigation and personal injury. WardKim’s new address is One Financial Plaza, Suite 2600, Ft. Lauderdale 33394; phone (954) 527-1115. Ron Baskin and Jennifer Taylor joined Akerman Senterfitt as associates in Miami. Baskin’s practice focuses on creditor’s rights and debtor’s estate administration. Taylor focuses on labor and employment law, litigation of civil rights and employment-related claims. Erin E. Dardis joined the law firm of Abadin Jaramillo Cook & Heffernan in Miami. Dardis concentrates in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance defense, and appellate work. Schoeppl & Burke announces its new location at 4651 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton 33431-5133; phone (561) 394-8301. The firm concentrates in the areas of securities litigation and arbitration, regulatory defense, appellate, federal trial, and complex business litigation. In addition, Adam D. Palmer has joined the firm as of counsel and practices business-related litigation and securities arbitration. Kara S. Nickel joined the law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson as an associate in the labor and employment department in Miami, and Jason A. Post joined the Miami office as an associate in the real estate department. Sandra I. Murado announces the relocation of her office to 999 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 740, Coral Gables 33134; phone (305) 448-4300; fax (305) 448-4300; e-mail: sandra@muradolaw.com. The firm concentrates in immigration and nationality matters. Juan C. Villaveces joined Abel Band in Sarasota as an associate in the firm’s real estate practice. Beverly Thomson Shaw has opened her own elder law practice located at 5001 9th Ave. North, St. Petersburg 33710; phone (727) 327-9222. J. Ray Poole joined the Jacksonville office of Constangy, Brooks, and Smith as an associate. Poole joins the employment law and litigation practice. Daniel E. Faggard joined Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Naples as an associate in the litigation department. Peter S. Baumberger was named a member of the Miami firm of Rossman Baumberger Reboso & Spier. Baumberger handles claims involving wrongful death, admiralty, products liability, premises liability, medical negligence, as well as commercial litigation. Robin Taylor Symons joined Epstein Becker & Green as a member of the firm in the law firm’s national labor and employment practice in the Miami office. Alexander P. Heckler joined the Ft. Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen as a member of the firm’s governmental law practice group. Bradley S. Shraiberg and Leslie S. Osborne joined Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin to head its Palm Beach County bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice in Boca Raton. Tamara Kulyk Holden has joined The Law Offices of Justin G. Joseph and practices primarily in the areas of mobile home law and family law. Tim Benter was promoted to vice president and associate general counsel at Republic Services, Inc. John Wilke and Jonathan Brooks announce the formation of Wilke & Brooks located at 1800 NW Corp. Blvd., Suite 310, Boca Raton 33431; phone (561) 353-0999. Humberto Ocariz has joined John Golden and Mark Grimes to form Golden, Grimes & Ocariz, a law practice representing foreign and domestic clients in matters of product liability, employment, personal injury defense, real estate, and complex commercial litigation. The firm was previously known as Golden & Grimes. John C. Rockwell joined Jerry Coleman in Key West as an associate. Rockwell practices in the areas of real estate, contracts, and litigation. Joseph R. Furst joined Ratzan & Alters in Miami as an associate. Furst focuses his practice on cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, and catastrophic personal injury claims. William P. Burns joined Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon in Sarasota in the firm’s employment law practice group. James O. Cunningham announces the opening of his firm located at 3117 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 32804; phone 407-425-2000. The firm concentrates in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Glen H. Waldman joined Bilzin Sumberg as a partner. Waldman concentrates in reinsurance law and complex commercial litigation. Juan-Carlos Planas joined Pathman Lewis in Miami. Planas concentrates his practice in litigation, land use and zoning, and automobile dealership law. Carolann Mazza, P.A., has relocated its offices to The Advocate Building, Suite 200, 315 S.E. 7th Street, Ft. Lauderdale 33301; phone (954)527-4634; fax (954)527-4634; e-mail: carolannmazza@bellsouth.net. The firm concentrates in the areas of family law, criminal law, and general litigation. Becker & Poliakoff announces Ft. Lauderdale office attorneys Grace N. Manne, Bradley J. Gross, and Donna D. Berger have been promoted to shareholders of the firm. Lisa Clements joined the Miami office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as an associate practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and general liability. Herschel Gavsie, Michael Weiss, Todd Feldman, and Evan Klinek joined Greenspoon Marder Hirschfeld Rafkin Ross Berger & Abrams Anton as associates in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Iraima C. La Nuez has joined Akerman Senterfitt as an associate in the Miami office’s corporate practice group. Additionally, Gerald W. Pierre joined the firm as of counsel in the private client services group. Robert D. Brown announces the opening of Robert D. Brown, P.A., in Miami. The firm concentrates on litigation including personal injury, nursing home, and general tort & commercial litigation. Sherry L. Hyman announces the relocation of her office to 3801 PGA Blvd, Suite 107, Palm Beach Gardens 33410; phone (561)744-7231; fax (561)744-3041; e-mail: slhyman@aol.com. Jeffrey M. Novell and Ronald Pena were elected partners of Hinshaw & Culbertson. Novell, of the Tampa office, concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation insurance defense litigation. Pena, of the Miami office, practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on general liability litigation as well as the defense of transportation companies. Steven A. Grigas has joined GrayRobinson in the firm’s Tallahassee office as of counsel. Additionally, three attorneys joined the firm in Orlando: V. Nicholas Dancaescu, eminent domain; Grant A. Kuvin, medical malpractice defense, general liability defense, and construction litigation; and Marc D. Pelzman, eminent domain. Clifford R. Repperger, Jr. , has also joined the firm as of counsel in Melbourne. Repperger concentrates his practice on administrative, land use, and local and state government law.last_img read more

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Authority to spend Rp 4 billion to help Labuan Bajo tourist industry

first_imgOnce the pandemic is over, the BOPLBF will start the recovery efforts by strengthening the region’s human capital and promoting its tourist attractions to woo visitors and boost the industry.“We know that we have to try anything. We can get through this situation in good shape if we work together,” Shana said.She said the normalization measures would begin next year, when economic conditions were expected to improve, she added.While the authority puts its focus on providing medical equipment and aid for tourist industry workers, a local tour guide expressed hope that the budget would prioritize the workers.“I urge the authority to disburse the Rp 4 billion in funds for tour guides, hotel workers, travel bureaus and others that are hard hit by the COVID-19. As a tour guide, I’ve lost my income, since no-one is visiting Labuan Bajo,” Muhamad Burhato told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Labuan Bajo, located in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is one of the 10 “New Bali” destinations developed and promoted by the government to increase foreign tourist arrivals in the country.Tourism in Indonesia has been deeply affected by the pandemic, with many hotels and travel agencies closing down due to a lack of guests.The association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) reported that 98 percent of its 7,000 members, consisting of travel agents and tour operators, have temporarily closed their operations and furloughed employees.Meanwhile, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) reported that 1,642 hotels and 353 restaurants had so far shut down. The association also reported that 180 tourist destinations and 232 tourist villages across Indonesia had been temporarily closed.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on April 16 ordered his ministers to disburse a stimulus package for businesses in the hard-hit industries of tourism and the creative economy to help them survive the economic impact of COVID-19.He urged his Cabinet to support the tourist industry and said he believed it would bounce back after the pandemic is over by 2021.“We must take advantage of the tourism boom that will rise after COVID-19 is over,” the President said. (mpr)Topics : The Labuan Bajo and Flores Tourism Authority (BOPLBF) will spend up to Rp 4 billion (US$257,549) to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hard-hit tourist industry in the region, the agency’s top official has said. BOPLBF’s president director Shana Fatina said the agency had prepared a three-step program to reignite the region’s tourism, which consisted of emergency, recovery and normalization measures.“We can’t deny the fact that our hospitality and tourism services industry has grounded to a halt since both foreign and domestic tourists have stopped visiting,” Shana said in a press release issued on April 21.As part of the emergency program, the authority will provide medical equipment and humanitarian aid for workers in tourism and carry out labor-intensive programs to employ furloughed workers.The authority would also start collecting data from all involved in the tourist industry to assess the economic losses caused by the COVID-19 crisis, while simultaneously establishing a media center alongside the local administration to help disseminate information regarding the pandemic.last_img read more

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UK COVID-19 death toll rises to nearly 50,000, Reuters tally shows

first_imgTopics : Johnson’s government says that while it may have made some mistakes it is grappling with the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak and that it has ensured the health service was not overwhelmed.Still, the grim death toll surpasses even some projections by the government’s own scientific advisers.In March, Britain’s chief scientific adviser said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a “good outcome”. In April, Reuters reported the government’s worst-case scenario was 50,000 deaths.Unlike the daily death toll published by the government, Tuesday’s death certificate figures include suspected cases and confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Epidemiologists say excess mortality – deaths from all causes that exceed the five-year average for the time of year – is the best way of gauging deaths from a disease outbreak because it is internationally comparable.Some 62,000 more people than usual have died in the United Kingdom during this year’s coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest available data, an expert from the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday. The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll neared 50,000 on Tuesday, confirming its place as one of the worst hit countries in the world just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to ease the stringent novel coronavirus outbreak.The toll now stands at 49,646, including death certificate data for England and Wales released on Tuesday up to May 22, previously published figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and recent hospital deaths in England.Such a large death toll has prompted criticism of Johnson, who opposition parties say was too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to protect the elderly in nursing homes and too slow to build a test and trace system.last_img read more

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Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgPictet Asset Management – Christoph Lanter, global head of institutional business, is to retire next year, IPE understands. A spokeswoman confirmed to IPE Lanter would be retiring in “early” 2016 but could not provide any details of plans to replace him. She also declined to comment on whether Lanter’s replacement would be based in the UK or Switzerland.CERA Global Association – Dutch actuary Ron Hersmis has been appointed chairman of the board of the Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA) Global Association. He succeeds Frank Sabatini, who had been at the helm for the past three years. Hersmis has been a board member of the organisation since it was established in 2009. He is senior financial risk manager at Deloitte Netherlands and also chairs the international committee of the Dutch Actuarial Society.Dutch Pensioenregister – Josine Westerbeek-Huiting has been appointed chair of the Dutch Pensioenregister, the tracking system for pension rights. From 1 November, Westerbeek is to succeed Francine Giskes, who has been appointed a member of the Dutch national audit office (Algemene Rekenkamer). Over the last seven years, Westerbeek has been chair at charity Stichting Wilde Ganzen. Before then, she was vice-chair and trustee at the union federation CNV. Groupama Asset Management, UK National Infrastructure Commission, Allianz Global Investors, Pictet Asset Management, CERA Global Association, PensioenregisterGroupama Asset Management – Jean-Marie Catala has been appointed managing director as part of an organisational restructuring. In the role, he will have new responsibilities including taking charge of the legal, audit and risk functions, as well as development activities. Catala joined as head of business development in 2001. Gaëlle Malléjac has been appointed to lead active investment management, one of two separate departments created out of the asset management department. Her remit will include fixed income, equities, convertible bonds, dynamic asset allocation, directional multi-manager investment and financial engineering. Malléjac has been at Groupama AM since 1994, and a director since 2012. Meanwhile, Claire Bourgeois has been appointed to head up the other new asset management department, ALM investments. Thierry Goudin, who came to Groupama AM in 2008 as a director to head up marketing, is now taking charge of the business development department. Antoine de Salins, who was deputy chief executive and CIO at Groupama AM, left the role in September.UK National Infrastructure Commission – The UK government has named its commissioners for the new body. Michael Heseltine, a former deputy prime minister, and John Armitt, the former chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority, have been appointed as commissioners, along with Tim Besley, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. Demis Hassabis and Sadie Morgan, as well as Bridget Rosewell and Paul Ruddock, have also joined.Allianz Global Investors – Elizabeth Corley is to step down as chief executive after four years in the role. Corley, who led AGI’s European business prior to taking over as head, will become a non-executive vice-chair – a new role for the company – in April 2016. AGI co-chief executive and global CIO Andreas Utermann will succeed her. George McKay, the current global COO, who joined in 2006 from Mellon Bank, has been promoted to co-chief executive alongside Utermann.last_img read more

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Dutch pension funds to increase mortgage investments

first_imgSyntrus Achmea RE&F €8.8bn €8.8bn 48  Beyond 2020In its 2016 report, DNB said it presumed pension funds would not be able to absorb the expected growth of mortgage debt in the long run.“The allocation of domestic institutional investors will at a certain point reach a level where any further increase is no longer attractive from a risk-spreading perspective,” the report said. “There is also limited pension asset growth due to the increasing number of pensioners.”DNB stated that the growth of pension investments in mortgages after 2020 would mainly depend on the speed at which mortgage debt grew and whether the Netherlands’ biggest pension schemes began investing in mortgages on a large scale. If the latter is the case, mortgage investments by Dutch pension funds would likely continue to rise right up until, and including, 2025. If just existing investors increase their allocations, capacity will run out in 2020.Of the biggest Dutch schemes, civil service pension fund ABP and healthcare sector fund PFZW invested less than 1% of their assets into mortgages at the end of 2017. Metal sector schemes PMT and PME were at 3.7% and 4.5% respectively. PME said it hoped to have increased its mortgage investments to 6% by the end of this year.The mortgage fund managers acknowledged that pension schemes could not increase their exposure to mortgages indefinitely. This is why several mortgage funds have also started to target investors other than Dutch pension schemes, both at home and abroad. Others are looking at other sectors of the lending market: Dynamic Credit, for example, plans to offer investments in buy-to-let mortgages and SME loans in the near future. Dynamic Credit €10bn not disclosed not disclosed  DMFCO (Munt Hypotheken) €12bn €10bn 15  Dutch pension funds will substantially expand their investments in residential mortgages for the next few years, according to asset managers and the national regulator.Managers that issue mortgages backed by pension money have predicted that pension funds will again make billions of euros available in the asset class in 2018.Munt Hypotheken, which invests exclusively on behalf of Dutch pension schemes, said it expected to grow its funds by €3.5bn this year. Syntrus Achmea Real Estate and Finance expected to invest €2bn in new residential mortgages on behalf of institutional clients, mostly pension funds.Dutch insurance giant ASR started a mortgage fund in 2017, with 70% of its assets supplied by Dutch pension funds. The group said it expected the fund to grow from €600m to €1bn in 2018. The managers expected Dutch pension schemes to keep increasing their investments in residential mortgages beyond the end of 2018. Munt Hypotheken was the most specific, saying it wanted to grow to €20bn in mortgages being issued by 2020 – doubling its assets in three years.The increase was expected to come from both current and new clients, the managers said. Several mortgage funds – including Syntrus Achmea, ASR, NN IP, Dynamc Credit and Aegon – said they would also target foreign money.Mortgages offer investors a higher return than government bonds, for example (roughly 150-175 basis points), the managers said. The asset class is also suitable for matching long-term liabilities. Pension funds still invest relatively little in mortgages compared to banks and insurers – just 2%-3% of assets.The predicted growth was underpinned by a report on credit markets published by regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in 2016. In it, the regulator stated that, with unchanged policies, mortgage debt in the Netherlands was projected to grow from around €662bn in mid-2016 to €800bn-€875bn in 2025. According to DNB, pension funds and insurers would be quite able to cope with extra mortgage investments until 2020.center_img Dynamic Credit, Aegon and NN IP were unable or unwilling to make a concrete prediction for 2018. They did, however, indicate that pension funds’ investments in their products would rise. Aegon said it planned to launch a second mortgage fund in the next quarter.The agreed or committed capital to the six leading managers granting residential mortgages currently amounted to almost €46bn, according to research by IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro (see table, below). The majority was invested by Dutch pension funds. In addition, insurers made a substantial contribution, and charitable institutions sometimes participated.Mortgage funds in which Dutch pension funds are invested. Source: Pensioen Pro Provider PledgedInvested Dutch pension investors  NN Investment Partners €2bn €2bn not disclosed  Aegon Asset Management €12bn €12bn ca. 50  ASR €0.8bn €0.6bn 14 last_img read more

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