Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we realize it can be a stressful time, whether you’re in love with a wonderful guy (or girl), looking for somebody to hold you too close or in full “I Hate Men” mode. Fortunately for you, you’re not currently on a train wreck of a date with a fictional Broadway character. We played matchmaker matchmaker with a few musical theater favorites then imagined how their nights would go down. Using Plotagon, we’ve simulated our bizarre cross-fiction for your viewing pleasure. Take a look below. Aaron Burr, Lola, Velma Kelly, Elphaba, the Phantom & Norma Desmond(Photo via Plotagon) Velma Kelly & Aaron BurrYou’d think a merry murderess and the damn fool that shot Alexander Hamilton would hit it off on a blind date. The Chicago and Hamilton scoundrels have so much in common, including a penchant for homicide, jealousy and intense FOMO. But that might just be too much baggage to unpack in a first encounter. Looks like these two will just have to wait for it a little longer. The Phantom & ElphabaElphaba is one smart Wicked witch, but like all of us, she occasionally has a lapse in judgment. (Seriously, why would you run upstairs to an attic when you’re fleeing?) She probably could have predicted that a visit to Phantom’s box five would not have ended well, either. Her date has little respect for boundaries, but Elphaba holds her own. If she’s flying solo, at least she’s flying free from a possessive creeper. Norma Desmond & LolaWe all have our quirks in relationships. Some of us use obnoxious pet names. Others are PDA culprits. And some perpetually obsess over young artists and don’t let them leave their mansion. The Sunset Boulevard diva didn’t learn her lesson with Joe Gillis, and that doesn’t bode will for her new relationship with the Kinky Boots’ thigh-high-clad drag queen. Let’s hope things turn out better in the Land of Lola. View Comments
An analysis conducted by one of the UK’s leading ecologists suggests that half of all insects have gone extinct since 1970 as a direct result of pesticide use and environmental destruction. The analysis also suggests that 40 percent of the 1 million known insect species are also facing extinction. A new report warns of the “unnoticed insect apocalypse” The public comment period for this project has closed so stay tuned for the outcome. If the proposal is successful, Yellowstone might be the first of many national parks outfitted with high-speed Internet. “We anticipate that the installation will be expanded in the future to offer the same service to the National Park Service and other concessioners,” the National Park Service said in a statement. Yellowstone National Park considers adding Wi-Fi throughout the park The European Investment Bank, the world’s largest international public bank, has announced that it will cut financing to most fossil fuel projects in an effort to become the first ‘climate bank.’ Between 2013 and 2018, the European Investment Bank lent 6.2 million euro every day to fossil fuel companies. The report focuses on the UK, where insects have been studied more closely than anywhere else in the world. According to The Guardian, insect population collapse has been documented in Germany and Puerto Rico and the first global study of insect decline, published earlier this year, said widespread declines pose a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.” World’s largest public bank announces it will no longer lend money to coal and oil companies AccessParks, a company that supplies broadband Internet to remote places, wants to bring Wi-Fi to Yellowstone National Park. The company has teamed up with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which runs the park’s concessions, in hopes of installing high-speed Internet in buildings and at popular attractions throughout Yellowstone. The company claims that installing Wi-Fi will help more people experience the park for longer periods of time. “When parents can keep up with work for an hour in the evening, the kids benefit from longer stays,” the company says on its website. “When the world’s biggest public lender decides to largely ditch fossil fuels, financial markets across the globe will take notice,” said Kate Cahoon, a campaigner with 350.org. Though the gas lobby has managed to negotiate some loopholes into the policy, Cahoon says that the gas projects better take notice of the “growing list of pipelines, terminals and fracking wells that are scrapped thanks to local opposition and the unprecedented masses of people mobilizing for climate justice.”
By Dialogo May 12, 2010 Panamanian gangs have copied the bloody methods of their Central American counterparts, known as maras, according to statements by the Panamanian minister of government and justice, José Raúl Mulino, published by the local press Tuesday. Mulino attributed the wave of violence experienced by the country in recent weeks to organized crime and affirmed that local gangs “have adopted techniques used by Central American maras,” such as the settlement of accounts, “homicides with mutilation and the dismemberment of bodies, in order to send messages to their adversaries and enemies,” according to the daily La Prensa. In recent weeks three corpses cut into pieces have been found, attributed to fights between local gangs involved in stealing drugs. The Panamanian government has identified 245 gangs, principally concentrated in the capital and the populous district of San Miguelito, neighboring the capital, and they are considered responsible for the country’s increase in crime and activities related to international drug trafficking. Mulino affirmed that it is necessary to apply strategies in order to “avoid turning drug traffickers and murderers into celebrities,” for which reason the handbook of gang members will be given to the press in order to make their identities known. So far this year, there have been more than 300 homicides in Panama, while there were 808 in 2009 and 363 in 2006, despite increased penalties, the creation of naval air bases, and the reorganization of several ministries by Ricardo Martinelli’s administration.
Traditionally, organizations have believed that, to create higher-performing workplaces, employees must:be more committed and dedicated to the cause;stay later and come in earlier; andmake more of an effort—that is, “try harder” (such as by learning new skills).In other words, organizations seem to think that sheer determination is the key to helping employees perform their absolute best.But when a person is depleted of energy, all the skills and know-how in the world won’t be able to help them, especially when it comes to managing their time.That’s because wherever you see high performance, you will see the efficient management of energy. Let’s look at time management differently—through the lens of brain science. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As vice president of analytics and consulting services at Wings Financial Credit Union($5.5B, Apple Valley, MN), Mike Lindberg knows well the challenge of finding the right people in a job market ripe with competition.Lindberg’s task is made more challenging by the need to find people with the right mix of technical aptitude and collegial attitude to work in a collaborative culture across departmental lines.But Lindberg doesn’t go it alone. Linwood Mielke, who joined the credit union in the summer of 2018 as an HR business partner, has helped Lindberg on his now five-year journey that has resulted in the creation of a data solutions department as well as Lindberg’s recent promotion to his current position after three years as manager of strategic analytics and member insights.“I lead a team of servant leaders who help satisfy our members and business leaders goals by understanding business process and strategy, building and leveraging deep analytical insights, and applying automation to create better and simpler solutions faster,” Lindberg says in his LinkedIn profile. continue reading »
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At Robeco, Oldenkamp will be responsible for expanding the firm’s fiduciary management and multi-asset businesses. He replaces Martin Mlynár, who will step down to fully focus on his role as managing director or Robeco’s manager selection platform Corestone. Gilbert Van Hassel, CEO of Robeco, said the appointment “underlines our commitment and ambition to grow our fiduciary business, which is a key element of our strategy for 2017-21”.USS Joint Expert Panel – Three professors have been named as members of the group of experts who are to examine the valuation of the UK’s biggest pension fund, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Representing the University and College Union (UCU) will be academics Saul Jacka, Deborah Mabbett and Catherine Donnelly. PLSA, USS Joint Expert Panel, Bayerische Versorgungskammer, EZVK, Association of Consulting Actuaries, Aon, BlueBay Asset Management, Martin Currie, TISA, NewtonPensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) – Emma Douglas, head of defined contribution (DC) at Legal & General Investment Management, has been appointed chair of the UK association’s new policy board.Creating a policy board was one of the changes announced at the PLSA’s annual conference in October. It will start its work in the autumn, taking strategic oversight of the PLSA’s policy work programme. Douglas is already chair of the PLSA’s master trust Committee and sits on the PLSA’s DC Council. The association will begin searching for the remaining members of the policy board in the coming weeks. PLSA members will be asked to approve Douglas’ appointment and the other appointments. Robeco – The Dutch asset manager has appointed Bart Oldenkamp as head of investment solutions, effective from 1 July. He leaves NN Investment Partners where he has worked for three years as managing director of the integrated client solutions team. He was previously head of Cardano’s Netherlands office. Jacka is professor of statistics at the University of Warwick and a Turing fellow at the Alan Turing Institute; Mabbett is professor of public policy at Birkbeck, and Donnelly is associate professor at Heriot-Watt University, where she heads up a unit focusing on pensions, investment and insurance research.Their appointments followed the announcement of Joanne Segars, former CEO of the PLSA, as chair of the group.Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK) – Axel Uttenreuther is replacing Reinhard Dehlinger on the board of the €72bn Bavarian multi-industry pension fund. Dehlinger, who had responsibility for the medical care profession, information processing and mathematics, is retiring. Uttenreuther has been at the Bayerischen Ärzteversorgung, the retirement scheme for medical professionals in Bavaria, since 1997. BVK is an amalgamation of more than 10 schemes providing first pillar pensions to professionals such as doctors, architects, chartered accountants and pharmacists.Evangelische Zusatzversorgungskasse (EZVK) – Christina Jasmin Hofmann is to join the board of the €9.6bn pension and retirement welfare fund for parts of the Protestant church in Germany. Effective from September, she will be the board member with responsibility for finance – and in particular investments, accounting and IT. The position had been vacant since August 2017. She has many years’ experience within the Allianz group, where she is currently department head for finance for its private health insurance company, Allianz Private Krankenversicherungs-AG. Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) – Effective from 1 June, Jenny Condron will be the new chair of the UK actuarial trade body, succeeding LCP’s Bob Scott. She is the first woman to hold the role. Condron is currently chief actuarial officer at Mercer, where she has worked since 1991.In a statement, Condron outlined several areas of focus for the ACA, including savings levels within defined contribution pensions, financial education, improved communications, and the retirement income gap between defined contribution and defined benefit savers.At the ACA’s recent annual meeting, Phil Simpson (Milliman) was re-elected honorary secretary and Patrick Bloomfield of Hymans Robertson was elected honorary treasurer.Aon – Vicky Kydoniefs has joined the consultancy as a partner in its EMEA fiduciary management team. She was previously at Charlemagne Capital for 11 years, where she was director and co-head for distribution. Before that she had senior roles at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where she was head of UK and Irish institutional business development, and at Mercury Asset Management. BlueBay Asset Management – The specialist fixed income manager has appointed Stephen Thariyan to the newly created role of co-head of developed markets, working alongside Mark Dowding, the other co-head. Thariyan will take on responsibility for the corporate credit investment process and for growing related strategies across investment grade, leveraged finance and convertible bonds. He was previously global head of credit at Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson), a role he held for 10 years. He has also worked at Rogge Global Partners, Natwest Markets and Chevron Corporation.Martin Currie – The Edinburgh-based equity fund manager has hired Zehrid Osmani to lead its “global long-term unconstrained” investment team. He replaces Tom Walker, who has stepped down from the role as part of a leadership succession plan. Osmani joins from BlackRock where he worked for 10 years, mostly on European equity management and research. Walker has led various regional and global teams at Martin Currie since joining in 1996.Tax-Incentivised Savings Association (TISA) – Gregg McClymont, head of retirement at Aberdeen Standard Investments, and Jane Goodland, responsible business director at Quilter, have joined the investments and savings membership organisation as non-executive directors.McClymont is a former shadow pensions minister in the UK parliament. In addition to his role at Aberdeen Standard, he is chair of the board of directors for the PLSA’s Pension Quality Mark. Goodland has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, having worked in sustainable investment in roles for HSBC, Janus Henderson and Willis Towers Watson. Current TISA non-executive director Richard Freeman is retiring from Quilter but will stay involved with TISA.Newton Investment Management – The UK investment manager – part of BNY Mellon Investment Management – has appointed Andy Warwick to its “real return” team, which manages the company’s flagship diversified growth strategy. Warwick is due to join at the end of July as co-manager alongside Suzanne Hutchins and Aron Pataki. He joins from BlackRock where he was a manager on diversified growth and multi-asset funds.
Stuff co.nz 17 March 2015A government investigation into the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has found little evidence to support a wider review.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne called on the Ministry of Health to provide a report, amid growing domestic and international pressure to legalise the drug’s use among certain patients.The report said although some research had found evidence was accumulating to show cannabinoids might be useful to treat some ailments, overall, data was limited.“To date, clinical trials of unprocessed or partially-processed cannabis products have suffered from limited participant numbers and lack of data on long term effects.“Results can’t be compared across trials because they have used different products in different patient groups,” the ministry said.A 2013 review of trials on adults with HIV or AIDS concluded evidence for the effectiveness and safety of medicinal cannabis was lacking.But the report cited “recent developments” in Australia toward allowing the use of medicinal cannabis.Late last year, the New South Wales Government announced A$9 million (NZ$9.3m) to support clinical trials, and the Victorian Government asked the Law Reform Commission to report on options for changes to legislation to allow people with terminal or life-threatening illness to be treated with cannabis.But the ministry here said one of the major challenges to any potential law change would be developing a regulatory regime for the production, manufacture and supply of cannabis to patients. Dunne, who spoke on the topic at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna last week, said the evidence was “underwhelming”.“So I took the opportunity there to discuss with both the United States Federal Director of Drug Policy and Australia’s Assistant Health Minister on the work being done in both countries in the area of clinical trials.“In both cases, the response was similar: it is simply too early to draw definitive conclusions.”The Government would not be changing its stance on the use of medicinal cannabis, but Dunne said it needed to be addressed as and when new evidence emerged.New Zealand already regulates the medical use of one cannabinoid product, but in highly restricted circumstances.That only product available in New Zealand is Sativex, which is unfunded and costs about $1000 a month for patients using it.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/67419474/Medicinal-cannabis-data-limited-report-finds
Daily Wire 22 April 2016Family First Comment: These are just some examples that have made media attention. There will be plenty more….Here are 5 times “transgender” men abused women and children by exploiting such facilities:1. A Seattle man, citing transgender bathrooms laws, was able to gain access to a women’s locker-room at a public recreational center while little girls were changing for swim practice. In February, The Daily Wire reported that a Seattle man who walked into the women’s locker-room—on two occasions—and began undressing, cited the “new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity.” You know, those laws the ingenious left has been pushing because of “inclusiveness.”“It was a busy time at Evans Pool around 5:30 p.m. Monday February 8,” reports KING5 News. “The pool was open for lap swim. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, a man wearing board shorts entered the women’s locker room and took off his shirt. Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said ‘the law has changed and I have a right to be here.’”Subsequent to this new rule, no one called the police on this man who reportedly came back a second time when young girls were changing into their swimsuits for swim practice.2. A Toronto man claiming to be transgender was arrested and sentenced to jail for sexually assaulting several women in a women’s shelter after he gained access to the shelter and its shower facilitates as “Jessica.”As Life Site notes, “A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed ‘indefinitely’” in early March.Christopher Hambrook, 37, using the name “Jessica,” was able to gain access to Toronto women’s shelters.“Her tights had been pulled down past her bottom and her bathing suit had been pulled to the side,” reads a court document of one of the incidents. “She yelled at the accused, demanding to know what he was doing. He simply covered his face with his hands, said ‘Oops!’ and started giggling.”Per Life Site:Court also heard evidence of Hambrook terrorizing a deaf woman living in the shelter. “The accused grabbed the complainant’s hand and forcibly placed it on his crotch area while his penis was erect,” court heard.The same deaf women reported that Hambrook would peer at her through a gap between the door and its frame while she showered.3. A Virginia man was caught and arrested for peeping on and filming two women and a 5-year-old child in a women’s restroom after receiving entry by dressing in drag.“Richard Rodriguez, 30, filmed a woman in a bathroom stall at the Potomac Mills Mall, Prince William County Police said,” reported NBC Washington. His victim was a 35-year-old woman who was in a bathroom stall when “she saw a bag moved toward her under the stall divider.” According to police, Rodriguez had been filming her.Apparently, when the victim rushed out of the stall to confront the man, he had already moved to another woman just one stall over. “The victim alerted the woman and then contacted mall security of the shopping center on 2700 block of Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge, Virginia,” noted NBC Washington.Reports suspect that this was not Rodriguez’s first time peeping on women by dressing himself up as woman to enter a restroom; disturbingly, he likely spied on a 53-year-old woman in May of 2015 and a 35-year-old and her 5-year-old daughter back in October.“Rodriguez, of Fredericksburg, was charged with three counts of unlawful filming of a non-consenting person and three counts of peeping,” reported NBC Washington.4. A Los Angeles man dressed in drag, entered a Macy’s department store bathroom and videotaped women under bathroom stalls. As The Daily Wire reported in late March, charges were filed against Jason Pomare, 33, for allegedly disguising himself as a woman, sneaking in to the women’s restroom at a Macy’s department store and secretly videotaping hours of footage of women in bathroom stalls.Pomare reportedly disguised himself with a wig and fake breasts; he kept his video camera with him in a small purse.The suspect “was charged Tuesday with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for purposes of sexual gratification. After his arrest, investigators said a video camera found in his purse had ‘hours’ of video of women using the restroom inside the store,” reports NBC4 News.5. Two male students were caught at the University of Toronto exploiting “gender-neutral” facilities to peep on women in the shower with their cellphone cameras. As The Daily Wire’s Pardes Seleh reported in October, The University of Toronto had to change their gender-neutral bathrooms back to bathrooms separated based on biology “after two separate incidents of ‘voyeurism’ were reported on campus September 15 and 19. Male students within the University’s Whitney Hall student residence were caught holding their cellphones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they showered.”READ MORE: http://www.dailywire.com/news/5190/5-times-transgender-men-abused-women-and-children-amanda-prestigiacomoKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Sibunag police station chief PoliceLieutenant Colonel Maria Rosario Miranda identified the suspect as 29-year-oldJake Gersaniva of the Philippine Navy and assigned in Boracay Island, Malay,Aklan. Homicide and two counts of frustratedhomicide could be the charges Gersaniva would be facing./PN Occenola who was nearby was hit, too. ILOILO City – A senior citizen diedwhile his son and another person sustained gunshot wounds in Barangay Sabang,Sibunag, Guimaras yesterday. Gersaniva was detained at the Sibunagpolice station following the shooting. He could not be reached for comment asof this writing. Roel Tan, 60, died of multiple gunshotwounds while being treated at the Dr. Catalino Gallego Nava Provincial Hospitalin Guimaras. A dispute over a piece of rice landwas believed to have triggered the shooting. From what the Sibunag police so fargathered, the Gersaniva family and the Tan family had a dispute over a ricefarm in Barangay Sabang. A .45 pistol was used on the Tans. The shooting happened at around 12:30a.m. during a chance meeting between the suspect and the Tan father and son infront of a store. There was a heated argument, saidMiranda. “We are looking into this,” Mirandaadded. “The Tans and the suspect were drunk,”said Miranda. His son Reagan, 33, was taken to theWestern Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City for a gunshot wound on the waist.Rene Occenola, 53, was also there for wounds on the left thigh and left arm. The suspect was a member of thePhilippine Navy.