Watch a Critically Acclaimed Musical! From the Comfort of Your Home! Right Now!

first_imgIt’s sweeping love story has been described by critics as “enthralling,” “enchanting” and “heartwarming.” It’s directed by John Caird, the Tony-winning director of shows like Les Miserables and The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, who also co-wrote with Paul Gordon, the Tony-nominated composer of Broadway’s Jane Eyre. And it stars married Broadway pros Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin, who’ve been seen in shows like Les Miz, Kinky Boots, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rent and Parade.Yup, it’s Daddy Long Legs, playing off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre. But tonight and only tonight, it’s streaming LIVE right on this page. For free! The show starts at 8PM so grab some popcorn (and maybe some tissues), print out your program and kick back and fall in love with Daddy Long Legs! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 6, 2016 View Comments Daddy Long Legslast_img read more

German workers call out for employers’ active role on occupational schemes

first_imgHeinke Conrads at WTWThe study noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had exacerbated problems, causing uncertainty for employees who had been forced to work on short-term contracts or who had lost their jobs.For thsi reason, it is important for employers to motivate workers with additional support. “A good benefits programme and financial wellbeing solutions are important tools to keep commitment high,” Heinke Conrads, head of retirement for Germany and Austria at WTW, said.WTW’s research further showed that 42% of employees would receive digital help to manage their savings in order to improve their financial situation, while 38% required access to savings and investment models, with only 29% requesting the support of an advisor.Employees who rely on financial knowledge were more likely to feel therye were “on the right track” (62%). “Financial education is not yet common in Germany, but it is a good instrument to supporting employees, especially in times of crisis,” Conrads added.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Seventy two percent of employees in Germany have called out for active support from their employers on the design of their occupational pension plans, according to a recent survey conducted by Willis Towers Watson (WTW).Workers have asked primarily for flexibility, with 66% wanting to be able to transfer occupational pension schemes if they change jobs, and just as many have requested flexible payment options for pensions.The survey showed that protection for disability and death are also becoming increasingly important for employees.According to the research, companies may opt to improve benefits, especially among employees who are financially under pressure. It showed that 41% of these employees would like to receive more benefits, in the form of, for example, company pensions or protection for disabilities and accidents, with 38% wanting an increase in wages. But occupational pension schemes continue to play a very important role for the respondents, with 46% considering these schemes a reason to be loyal to their employers, and 70% of those with an occupational pension plan being proud to work for their employers. The numbers reflect the situation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.The economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis has unsettled employees, and the financial uncertainty has had an impact on health, family life and job performance. A solid occupational pension plan, however, can tick one major concern for German workers off the list, Wilhelm-Friedrich Puschinski, head of general consulting at WTW, told IPE.“Employees in Germany trust their employer to offer them a good solution with excellent value for money and without having an economic self-interest; they are willing to reward their employers for a needs-based design with better motivation and loyalty,” he added.The study revealed that occupational pension schemes are perceived as a source of stability for retirement. It showed that 85% of the employees with an occupational pension save part of their annual income for old-age provisions, while only 61% of those without such a scheme do the same.“Occupational pension plans in Germany offer the highest degree of security for employees”Wilhelm-Friedrich Puschinski, head of general consulting at WTW“Occupational pension plans in Germany offer the highest degree of security for employees, with all existing pension scheme employers guarantee a minimum benefit, even if the capital markets slip,” Puschinski said, adding that many employers have actively reduced the risks both for employers and employees over the last few years, whilst maintaining general benefit levels.“There are different layers of protection against insolvency of both providers and employers, and the strict labour law in Germany protects employees from disproportional benefit reductions,” he said.Looking ahead, 67% were expect to navigate in worse financial conditions than their parents at the age of retirement, while at the same time struggling to build-up savings. The study also showed that 44% would invest more in old-age provisions, but only around 42% achieve its savings targets, a result in line with a trend seen over the past years.It added that 36% of participants could only rely on their salary without savings – 21% of these said that financial problems would impact their professional performance, and 23% had suffered from stress, anxiety or depression in the past two years.last_img read more

Champions League final eight set to be played behind closed doors

first_img The other outstanding tie will see German champions Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea at the Allianz Arena in pole position having won 3-0 in the first leg. The winners of those four ties will join the already-qualified quartet of Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the last eight. The latter stages will be played out in a unique final eight straight knockout format in Lisbon in August, starting on August 12 with the first quarter-final and concluding with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23. All quarter-final and semi-final ties will be one-off matches. The Portuguese capital was announced as the venue in June but has since registered worrying numbers of coronavirus cases, with lockdown restrictions reimposed last week on 19 neighbourhoods across the northern periphery of Lisbon. The restrictions concern some 700,000 people and will remain in place for at least a fortnight. The Europa League will also be completed with an identical format, a final eight in Germany, with the final in Cologne on August 21. However, none of the last-16 ties have been completed, with only six of the eight first legs having been played. Benfica’s home stadium, the Estadio da Luz, will host the 2020 Champions League final Read Also: Ronaldo shows off ripped body as he recovers from AC Milan loss The other two ties – Inter Milan v Getafe and Sevilla v Roma – will be played as one-off ties in Germany. The women’s Champions League will be completed with a final eight in San Sebastian and Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country between August 21 and 30. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, following a review, UEFA has decided to allow those sides who were supposed to be at home to play the matches in their own stadiums on August 7 and 8. It means that Italian champions Juventus will host Lyon in Turin looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg played in France in late February. Loading… “Several elements were taken into account by UEFA when making a decision, such as the protection of the health of all those involved in the matches as well as the public at large; a responsibility to provide the safest environment for matches in order to guarantee the progress of competitions; as well as ensuring sporting fairness within a very inconsistent landscape (with some countries allowing and some forbidding stadium attendances),” European football’s governing body said in a statement. It added that “in light of the current situation, the UEFA Executive Committee felt it prudent to conclude that UEFA matches should take place behind closed doors until further notice.” UEFA said the decision had been made “in agreement with the national associations and authorities of the final eight tournaments’ hosts Germany, Portugal and Spain”. It also confirmed that “irrespective of any future decision, for reasons of sporting fairness”, all matches in the qualifying rounds of next season’s European competitions which are due to be held as a single-leg ties – so not including the play-offs for the Champions League – will be played behind closed doors. – Last-16 venues decided – Meanwhile, the remaining last-16 games, which were postponed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will not be played on neutral grounds when they finally go ahead in August. UEFA had indicated last month that the matches could be played in the northern Portuguese cities of Porto and Guimaraes depending on the health situation around the continent. The final eight of this season’s Champions League in Lisbon is set to go ahead behind closed doors after UEFA confirmed Thursday that all matches in European competitions would be played without spectators “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision also affects the four outstanding last 16, second-leg matches, as well as the remainder of this season’s Europa League and the women’s Champions League final eight, to be played in Spain in August. Manchester City will defend a 2-1 lead when they entertain record 13-time champions Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, while Barcelona will host Napoli at the Camp Nou with that tie poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

Cricket News England vs India 1st Test Preview: Virat Kohli and co face tough challenge against resurrected hosts

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian cricket team is set to begin a long five-match Test series against England at their home from Wednesday at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.If you go by the pre-series hype and discussion, England vs India must rank as one of the most anticipated Test series of recent times. The action in coloured clothing saw the honours shared evenly, as India won the T20I series and England picked up the ODI series. All that will count for nothing as the temperament, technique, and skill of the players will be put into real ‘test’ starting from August 1, which will be the 1000th Test for England.The series that pits fifth-ranked hosts against the top-ranked visitors, has a lot of undercurrent factors that could alter the course of action. England is currently witnessing an unprecedented heat wave, which means the pitches will more likely be sub-continental than English. Indian captain Virat Kohli could be checking the weather stats, as he gets set to improve his average of 13.4 from the 2014 series.ALSO READ: Google dedicates Doodle to Meena Kumari on her 85th birthdayEngland have responded to the ‘heat wave’ by calling up Adil Rashid from his self-proclaimed Test hibernation to put him on the verge of a sensational recall. What his club Yorkshire or Michael Vaughan think of the recall will become completely irrelevant, if he can replicate his form from the white ball cricket.That said, the hosts have a lot of worries on their plate. Opener Alastair Cook’s form recently has largely been hit-and-miss while his partner Keaton Jennings is more miss-and-miss! Having all-rounders Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Jonny Bairstow is a big cushion for skipper Joe Root, who is busy deciphering ‘How to convert 50s to 100s’.India, under Kohli, have always surprised opponents with their team selections and this time around could be the same. Shikhar Dhawan’s penchant to draw a line between his white-ball form and red-ball form could be a worrying crease on Kohli’s forehead. Cheteswar Pujara remains on the tenterhooks of selection, as KL Rahul continues to push for selection.ALSO READ: Lokmanya Tilak Death Anniversary: Famous quotes by Lokmanya that will motivate youRavichandran Ashwin’s bag-full of wickets on spinning tracks back home hasn’t cut ice in the recent past when it comes to overseas Tests. Add to that the presence of Kuldeep Yadav, who has earned his Test whites after troubling Root and co. with the white ball – another area where Kohli’s selection could be a surprise!Players to watch: James Anderson has 60 wickets at home against India in 12 Tests and has picked up Kohli five times in 2014. A battle royale between these two top performers could spice up the series. Jelly beans anyone?Stat attack: England have lost only once in Edgbaston Tests since 2002 (P13, W9, D3, L1). While, England have won five of their last six Tests at this venue, drawing the other.At the first venue (Edgbaston), India remain winless, losing five and drawing once and the visitors have lost seven of their last nine Tests in England (W1, D1). For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more