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Stephen Ashfield to Say Hello to The Book of Mormon

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first_img The Book of Mormon Related Shows Stephen Ashfield Star Files Praise heaven! Broadway.com has confirmed that Stephen Ashfield will reprise his Olivier-winning performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon on the Great White Way. The native Scot will step in for Grey Henson from August 23.Ashfield made his West End debut in 2002 as Boy George in Taboo; additional London stage credits include Fame, Tomorrow Morning, Jersey Boys, Boy Meets Boy and Legally Blonde. He has been seen on screen in Sweeney Todd and Call the Midwife.Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon earned nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical.Ashfield will join a cast that includes Nic Rouleau as Elder Price, Christopher John O’Neill as Elder Cunningham, Nikki Renée Daniels as Nabulungi and Daniel Breaker as Mafala.center_img Stephen Ashfield(Photo: Darren Bell) from $69.00 View Commentslast_img read more

Mobile banking has become the most common way to pay bills, it is time to digitize our tourism

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first_imgMost mobile payment services are used by an average of 4 to 6% more users than last year. The only exception is payment via SMS, which is used by 4% fewer users compared to the last survey.  Opportunity for tourism? Yes, absolutely. What are we waiting for? We are still struggling with a good part of restaurants on the Adriatic that only accept cash, let alone have implemented mobile payments. And it is not only restaurants, but also cafes, bakeries, deck chairs for rent, etc.… and all other basic and additional services in the destination. How important and what digitalization means in the tourism sector is also shown by yesterday’s news, how Spanish destinations are introducing the reservation of a place on the beach via a mobile application. A significant majority of respondents (90%) use cards at least occasionally when shopping online, which is the same as in November 2019. However, the frequency of using cards when shopping online decreased by 7% on a monthly basis. In addition, the share of those who use cards when buying online only once or twice in three months (7%) also increased slightly. Debit cards (32%) proved to be the most common method of payment, followed by credit cards (34%) and PayPal (21%).  We are satisfied with the level of digitalization in Croatia The results showed that almost three-quarters (71%) of cardholders check their account balance and card charges via mobile phone. Almost the same number (67%) use SMS payments, while 59% use mobile banking. To a lesser extent, card users use payment through the services of teleoperators (26%) and m-wallet (9%).  “For many years, the MasterIndex research has provided us with the opportunity to get to know the habits of card users better, and it certainly has added value in this period, which deviates from our usual everyday life and in which we regularly seek answers to many questions. In Croatia, almost all of us still use cards, but although the share of credit card users is growing somewhat, debit cards are still used significantly more. We are also glad to see that the number of users who pay contactlessly is growing, because this is the safest way to pay and our recommendation during the corona crisis, but also after”, Pointed out Helena Šekerija from Mastercard.  Furthermore, approximately 70% of respondents have an interest in using online mobile payments, which is practically at the same level as in the previous wave of research from November 2019. Furthermore, most banking users are interested in certain mobile payment methods – 59% for payment by connecting the mobile phone to the POS terminal, and 63% for online card payment via the mobile application.  Contactless payment is becoming more and more popular, so as many as nine out of ten of us have and use a contactless card, while a year ago that ratio was eight out of ten. In addition, as many as 60% of cardholders pay contactlessly at least three to five times a week, an increase of 5% over last year. The number of those who pay contactlessly every day is also slightly increasing (+ 2%) and now their share is 23%. Contactless is mostly paid in supermarkets and shopping malls (71%), followed by local shops (17%). Although more and more people pay non-contact, respondents would like such payment to be enabled to an even greater extent, primarily in supermarkets and shops (36%), restaurants and cafes (16%) and public transport (14%).  Most of us are satisfied with the level of digitalization in the country, almost all of us use smartphones and cards, and we are more and more inclined to new payment methods such as mobile and contactless, the results of regular MasterIndex research which was conducted for Mastercard by the Improve agency.  In addition to the aforementioned data, it is interesting that all types of cards are used on average slightly more among respondents older than 40 years (99%), those with a monthly income of more than HRK 5.500 and among the male population. The results also showed that users have an average of three (2,8) cards, which is the same as last year.  Cover photo: Pixabay.com The MasterIndex online survey on the habits of using financial services in Croatia and attitudes towards payment cards was conducted in April 2020 for Mastercard by the market research agency Improve, on a sample of 1.046 users of banking services in Croatia aged 18 to 55.  Furthermore, the digital devices most respondents use are smartphones (95%), laptops (83%), personal computers (55%) and smart TVs (54%). Apart from the fact that the largest number of respondents own it and spend an average of five (4,8) hours a day on it, a mobile phone is also a means that respondents would use for payment cards to the greatest extent (71%). To a much lesser extent, they emphasize ID cards or passports (17%) and biometrics (14%) and smart watches (14%). PIN is still the preferred (50%) method of payment authorization, and finger scanning (34%) is also highly preferred. The research also confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic has reduced the number of those planning a holiday in Croatia, but also the more frequent online purchase of food, software and gaming products and the preference for contactless payment as the healthiest. We use mobile payment services more than last year The above-average share of card users is in Zagreb and its surroundings (98%), and the lowest in Lika and in Kordun and Banovina (91%).  But now is the opportunity to accelerate development and catch up with all digital trends, in fact, to set global trends ourselves. But in order to be able to plan, we need to know what the current situation is, what are the habits and expectations of consumers in Croatia, when we talk about digital payment. Almost all of us use payment cards Cards are used for various purposes. Almost half (48%) of cardholders withdraw cash from ATMs once or twice a month, over a third (35%) the same number of times a week, while only a few do so more often. On the other hand, cards are used much more regularly to pay at points of sale. Over a quarter (27%) of users use them for this purpose every day. More than a third (35%) do this three to five times a week, and about a quarter (22%) once to twice a week. Research has shown another interesting fact, and that is that internet banking is no longer the most common way to pay bills – it is now mobile banking with 51% of users compared to 42% of e-banking users.  Growth of mobile banking The crisis caused by the epidemic, among other things, has shown that it is high time for digitalization, and in the recovery period the smart state will embrace digitalization in the true sense. Also, digitalization will be a term that will be most often used in the tourism sector, and in Croatia, in my personal opinion, we are lagging behind digital trends. Contactless payment is viewed more and more positively – as many as 82% of card users consider it really fast and easy, and 61% definitely intend to use it more often in the future. In addition, this method of payment is considered the safest when it comes to health and hygiene. As many as 71% of cardholders firmly believe that contactless payment is the healthiest, and another 20% have a similar opinion. In a period when great attention is paid to the cleanliness of sales areas and hand hygiene, such a dominant attitude on this issue may not be a big surprise, but it is certainly a clear indicator of consumer preferences. As many as 85% of respondents are satisfied with the level of digitalization in the country, which is an increase of 3% compared to November 2019 and the continuation of this positive trend. However, a significant number of respondents still want to see more innovation and digital services in health (70%), public administration (54%), education (50%) and the judiciary (27%). When it comes to personal use of digital services, in the first place is the mobile phone with the Internet and online chat (89%), followed by online shopping (81%), e-mail (80%) and social networks (79%) and Internet search engines (77 %). These services are also most used on a daily basis, with the exception of online shopping which most respondents make on a monthly basis.  But someone has to lead the development strategy of digitalization of our tourism, both from the national narrative and from the destination. And that is where we unfortunately fall. 9 out of 10 pay us contactless, we are increasingly using mobile payment The increase in the use of mobile banking for this purpose is as much as 12% compared to last year, and the share (16%) of those who pay their bills exclusively in physical branches is still not negligible. The main obstacle to paying bills online is the habit of paying in cash (50%). Most of us use online shopping cards and m-banking to pay bills As many as 9 out of 10 pay us contactlesslylast_img read more

Five-star Glamping Village opened in Terme Tuhelj. An investment worth three million euros

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first_imgAfter last year’s opening of Camp Vita, the first five-star camp in continental Croatia, Terme Tuhelj opened the luxurious five-star Glamping Village in the heart of Zagorje, thus laying excellent foundations for additional growth and development of continental tourism.  However, in this story from Hrvatsko Zagorje, it is precisely the local trump card that makes the difference. Namely, each house bears the name of a famous Zagorje locality, as well as recommendations for sights that are worth visiting in Krapina-Zagorje County, and in Glamping Village a local breakfast is served in a basket. Breakfast will be prepared according to the wishes of the guest, who will receive their basket full of local and freshly grown ingredients every morning in their cottage. All the facilities of the camp, but also the attractions in Terme Tuhelj – from the Sauna World, through the rich wellness offer to the Water Planet with swimming pools and adrenaline slides – are available to the guests of Glamping Village. The investment, worth three million euros, was realized in cooperation with the Austrian partner Gebetsroiter, a company with a forty-year tradition in creating camping destinations of the highest quality. “We have clear goals, vision and strategy, which is confirmed by the new glamping resort, which will soon, I am convinced, be full of guests. We know that we are on the right track, last year we generated ten million euros in revenue and 136 thousand overnight stays, almost a third in Krapina-Zagorje County. By continuously investing from year to year, we raise the bar of quality and respond to the demands of the tourism market, we look positively to the future in these uncertain times that have slowed us down, but have not stopped us from realizing our plans.”, Said Vasja Čretnik, director of Terme Tuhelj at the grand opening of the luxury Glamping Village in Terme Tuhelj.  In this way, Terme Tuhelj combines modern luxury with the local offer, and in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Krapina-Zagorje County, they present themselves to guests as good hosts, who take care of every detail. center_img Glamping Village offers new five-star content, the only one of its kind in continental Croatia, and the offer consists of 36 modern mobile units, a wellness center, a whirlpool, a sauna and a massage room.  Local breakfast in the basket for those who know the difference The modern glamping resort Terme Tuhelj is a great upgrade to Camp Vita, the first five-star camp in continental Croatia, opened last summer.  Glamorous camping, in recent years, is a global trend and the perfect answer to the growing need of people to return to nature, which is currently the best and safest way to relax.last_img read more

Up the Resolution

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Basildon – Unglamorous, but promising

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Unai Emery praises Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti after Arsenal transfer link

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Apr 2019 7:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link329Shares Unai Emery says Umtiti is ‘a very good player’ (Getty Images)‘France has a lot of very good footballers who are playing abroad.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The French league is a very attractive market for a lot of teams.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal.‘I’ve always been able to count on those players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Samuel Umtiti has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has suggested he would approve Arsenal’s bid to sign Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.The Gunners have been heavily linked with a £60 million move for the France international at the end of the season.Umtiti, meanwhile, has reportedly told his Barcelona teammates that he is considering his future after losing his regular role alongside Gerard Pique to Clement Lenglet.But Emery has hinted that he would welcome the chance to have Umtiti in his squad at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT‘He’s a very good player,’ Emery told RMC Sport. Advertisement Advertisement Comment Unai Emery praises Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti after Arsenal transfer linklast_img read more

PGGM director joins UK’s NEST investment committee

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first_imgNEST Corporation, the trustee body that runs the UK’s workplace pension fund NEST, has appointed Jaap van Dam, the director for investment strategy at €238bn Dutch pension investor PGGM, to join its investment committee.Van Dam will be responsible for further developing NEST’s investment practice in order to continuously improve it, the fund said.He has broad knowledge and experience on strategy, investment policy formulation, asset allocation and value chain design.He is chair of the VBDO, the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development, chair of European Chapter of the 300 Club, and member of the research committee for the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM). Van Dam said: “The rapid growth of NEST over the coming decades will require important decisions around investment management. I am a great admirer of the intellectual rigor NEST applies to its practice – from the behavioural choice design to the investment solutions it implements.”The appointment comes as the fund reaches £10bn (€11.9bn) in assets under management invested on behalf of its more than 8.6 million members, it announced.Mark Fawcett, NEST’s chief investment officer, said that reaching such a milestone “shows NEST is set to become one of the largest players in the UK pensions market and the scheme is now receiving £400m new contributions every month.”Additionally, following a competitive recruitment last year, Jennie Austin also joined NEST’s investment committee last November.She has spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry, and ran funds both actively and passively as an equities manager with the BT and Post Office pension schemes.Most recently at FTSE Russell, Austin worked for 10 years with some of the UK and Europe’s largest pension and sovereign wealth fund investment teams.“There are a range of investment approaches, such as climate funds and factor investing, where I can offer my expertise and help shape the right approach to deliver the best member outcomes,” she said.Chris Hitchen, chair of the NEST’s investment committee, said this was the first time the fund had made appointments to its investment committee from outside of its trustee board.He added that both van Dam and Austin’s “deep experience and international perspectives will really help NEST as it grows into a large-scale investing institution.”last_img read more

Deepwater Horizon: CPRA Highlights Decade of Restoration

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first_imgToday, on the 10 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) reflects on the tragedy and the decade of coastal restoration progress that has contributed to the state’s overall recovery. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion initiated an immense tragedy that took eleven lives and spewed over three million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.“The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an unprecedented disaster that sadly claimed the lives of 11 men 10 years ago today. We will never forget them, nor their families, who have been forever impacted by this tragedy, and I am praying for all who suffered loss that day,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “It further crippled Louisiana’s already fragile coastal ecosystems, which millions relied upon for their livelihood. But through hard work and dedication we have made great advancements. The disaster has become the impetus for some of the biggest projects in our coastal master plan and an opportunity for our state to grow its restoration and water management economy. It is our hope that in the coming years Louisiana will be building more coastline than it is losing each year.”As a result of the various legal settlements and fines imposed, more than $7.29 billion in settlement money will be awarded to the State of Louisiana for coastal projects through 2031, and another $1 billion will be awarded for economic damages. CPRA, the lead trustee administering the Louisiana settlements, has seized on the decade since the spill, making significant strides toward the restoration of the Louisiana coastline.Coastal Project Funding in Louisiana Using Oil Spill Settlement Funds:Projects Completed (9 projects): $555 million;Projects in or Near Construction Phase (12 projects): $320 million;Projects in Engineering & Design (26 projects): $4.21 billion.last_img read more

Manning Statue

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first_imgRecently the Indianapolis Colts unveiled a statue of Peyton Manning outside of their stadium in Indianapolis.  This is one of those cases when the statue was well deserved by the player being honored.  When Manning came to the Colts, he totally adopted Indianapolis as his home.Peyton got very involved with Children’s charities in the city.  He was very free with his time when different organizations asked him to either represent them or honor them with his presence.  He has a children’s wing named after him at a local hospital.Even though Manning’s career did not end in Indianapolis, his conduct in retirement is still exemplary.  If you haven’t seen one of his commercials which are well done and funny, you must be living in a cave somewhere.  Manning makes sure he stays away from controversial subjects that tend to cause dissension among the ranks.I can think of two statues outside of ball parks that the fans in those cities simply adore.  One is Manning’s in Indianapolis and the other is Ernie Banks outside of Wrigley Field in Chicago.last_img read more

Jayden Schmidt

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first_imgBut the cherry on top of Jayden Schmidt’s Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod season would be be qualifying for Saturday’s main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Sixth in current national standings and a contender for the Junior National Champion honors as well, Schmidt learned the racing basics in go karts before moving to the SportMod class. He’s got some time yet before deciding whether to go to work or continue his education after graduation from high school, with the ultimate dream, of course, of racing for a living. Jayden Schmidt Seventeen years old and a senior at Seymour, Wis., High School, Schmidt got his first look at Boone Speedway when he pulled into town on Sunday. He was comfortable wheeling his way around Iowa’s Action Track and ready to get down to the serious business of winning Monday’s 16th heat. center_img “I’ve driven on similar tracks so I’m used to corners like they have at Boone,” he said. “I know the competition here is very good. My goal is to make the show on Saturday, then I’ll be happy.” He’s got a career-best 14 feature wins and two track titles to his credit, long with a big lead in the state points race.last_img read more