Got a Question for Bullets Star Zach Braff? Fire Away!

first_img Bullets Over Broadway He will be “sitting on top of the world,” and on’s comfy Ask a Star couch! Zach Braff, who is currently making his Main Stem debut in Bullets Over Broadway as the aspiring playwright David, is the latest star to answer your burning questions. Braff made his film debut in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery, and has since appeared on screen in the series Scrubs and the films Garden State, Oz the Great and Powerful and the upcoming Wish I Was Here. Dying to know what working with Allen on screen and stage is like? Wonder what number Braff wants to see in a Scrubs musical? Want to know what’s really in Marin Mazzie’s flask? Here’s your chance to find out. Ask him anything! <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View Comments Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Zach Brafflast_img read more

French investor association sets out pre-election wish-list

first_imgAf2i, the French institutional investor association that represents more than €2.2trn in assets, has written to the French presidential election candidates with its policy wish-list, ranging from domestic fiscal matters to Brexit and France’s place in the European Union.Released last week, ahead of the first round of presidential elections on 23 April, the open letter was split in two, covering issues at the national level, such as the financing of the real economy and infrastructure, and issues at the level of the European Union, such as accounting and prudential regulation. The association said the measures it proposed reflect the views of the majority of its members.At the national level, Af2i praised the work being done by industry-led initiatives, such as the FROG working group, to boost the competitiveness of French asset management. It said that these should be perpetuated in order “to promote and accelerate the reforms that our economy and financial players need”.It contrasted these types of initiatives with rules and regulation it said the financial industry wished were less burdensome and better co-ordinated or consulted on. Af2i highlighted draft reforms of the rules for pension schemes for the “free” professions (such as dentists, architects, and mid-wives), saying the envisaged regulations were difficult to follow, would increase operational and compliance risks, and would impose unjustified and detrimental asset sales.The regulation needed to be re-worked, but without haste and with full industry consultation, it said.Another specific request from Af2i was for the creation of a common institutional investor code, which it said would allow disparate and often obsolete rules – and good practice – to be unified in a single legislative or regulatory text.A spokesman for Af2i noted that there were more than 20 types of entities deemed to be institutional investors in France, each governed by their own set of rules, which can be different or relatively similar, albeit without being identical.He told IPE the association thought it should be possible to agree on matters such as the notion of prudent management, the definition of eligible assets, good governance, risk control, and the use of derivatives and financial instruments such as futures. Brexit concerns and opportunitiesThe UK’s pending departure from the European Union featured in Af2i’s letter, with the association saying that the country’s institutional investors feared unintended consequences if Brexit negotiations were unsuccessful and the European political climate deteriorated.The association estimated that more than €300bn of French institutional assets were managed by London-based financial institutions of various nationalities, and said that the loss of the European investment fund passport would lead to uncertainty that institutional investors could have done without.Af2i’s Brexit proposals to the presidential candidates included promoting the development of French subsidiaries of international fund managers in Paris and encouraging French expats to return to the capital. In connection with this, the state should promote accelerated construction of offices and quality accommodation in or near to the business districts in Paris, it said.In a section dedicated to France’s place in Europe, the association’s letter said the country had many attractive features with regard to finance, but that “its voice is timid, little heard, and misunderstood”.Brexit and the ensuing negotiations, both external and internal, were “a dream opportunity” for the country’s financial actors to be more present and more influential, with more support from the public authorities, said Af2i.The letter can be found in full here.Read more about French pension reform ideas and plans in IPE’s forthcoming May magazinelast_img read more

March 16th is the date for Oversight hearing about Glenwood facility

first_imgDES MOINES — The Government Oversight Committee in the Iowa House will meet March 16th to hear from the state agency director Governor Reynolds has put in charge of changes at the state-run Glenwood Resource Center.Department of Human Services director Kelly Garcia started in the job November 1st and 21 days later the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was investigating allegations of the disabled patients at Glenwood were being mistreated and being subjected to human experiments.House Speaker Pat Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, says enough information has been made public that the committee can have a productive meeting without jeopardizing any investigation.“We weren’t just going to hold a meeting to say we held a meeting,” Grassley says.Grassley credits the DHS director for meeting with the families or guardians of the patients at Glenwood as well as staff and for notifying key legislators of changes she’s making at the facility. Grassley says next month’s hearing will give Garcia a chance to address a larger audience.“One individual hasn’t had the chance to sit down with every single legislator to show the reaction that’s happened,” Grassley says.Earlier this week Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Senate unanimously confirmed Garcia to serve as director of the Department of Human Services.last_img read more

England internationals aim for team title

first_img Tags: Nations Cup, Women Three internationals will represent England in the Nations Cup at the Portuguese women’s amateur championship.They are Annabell Fuller of Surrey (pictured), Lily May Humphreys of Essex and Sophie Lamb of Lancashire.The championship will be played at the West Cliff Golf Resort from 24-27 January 2018, with the Nations Cup team event taking place alongside the first three rounds. The best two scores from three will count each day.The players 12 Dec 2017 England internationals aim for team title center_img Annabell Fuller, 15, (Roehampton) is the English U16 girls’ champion and the girls’ winner of the Telegraph Vitality junior golf championship. She was runner-up in the Annika Invitational Europe, after a play-off, and third in the European Young Masters.Lily May Humphreys, 15, (Stoke by Nayland) holds a trio of top titles after winning the British girls’, the English women’s and the European Young Masters championships. She was seventh in the world junior girls’ championship.Sophie Lamb, 20, (Clitheroe) won the Smyth Salver as the low amateur at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, Scotland, and helped England successfully defend the European women’s team championship. She is a past winner of the British women’s stroke play championship.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Trout Unlimited Brings Terry Rudnick To Olympia

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Chapter of Trout UnlimitedThe public is invited to the January 23rd meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a presentation by Terry Rudnick, refreshments, and fishing equipment raffle. Terry’s color slide presentation is on up-to-date vertical jig fishing for saltwater salmon. You will learn about techniques, locations, and appropriate gear to use in Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean for vertical jig fishing for salmon.Bio: Terry Rudnick.Terry Rudnick is a freelance outdoor writer / photographer / speaker specializing in Pacific Northwest fishing, hunting and boating subjects. Since beginning his career more than 30 years ago, he has had over 1,000 articles and photos published in more than two-dozen regional and national publications. Terry will have available and sign copies of his book Washington Fishing. An enthusiastic and entertaining speaker, he has given more than 200 slideshows and seminars.  Besides his more than two-dozen awards for writing and photography, Rudnick has received the national Silver Trout Award for Communications from Trout Unlimited and the Ken McLeod Journalism Award from the King County Outdoor Sports Council.last_img read more