View Comments London Martyn Ellis is set to star in the West End cast of Wicked as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.’ Beginning performances February 17, Ellis replaces Sam Kelly, who has withdrawn from the production due to ill health. Ellis joins a cast including international Wicked star Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond); Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda). Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. Ellis’ theater credits include Guys and Dolls, One Man, Two Guvnors (National and Broadway), My Fair Lady, The Lion King, Grand Hotel and Les Misérables. TV credits include The New Adventures of Robin Hood and The Smoke.
Northstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Corporation reported fourth quarter 2010 earnings of $1.26 per share on an as-reported basis, compared to the same period last year of $1.64. For year-end 2010, earnings were $6.66 versus $6.30 for 2009. Entergy is the parent company of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. SEE FULL REPORT HEREOperational Earnings Highlights for Fourth Quarter 2010â ¢ Utility results were lower due to an increase in non-fuel operation and maintenance expense.â ¢ Entergy Wholesale Commodities earnings decreased as a result of lower net revenue and a higher effective income tax rate, partially offset by a gain on sale of an investment.â ¢ Parent & Other results declined due to several individually insignificant items including higher interest expense.‘Once again our businesses delivered strong operational performance and for the sixth year in a row we achieved record operational earnings per share,’ said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. ‘Our efforts in 2010 have positioned us for future success. The Utility’s regulatory progress, including rate case settlements in Arkansas and Texas, and future opportunities for productive investments provide one of the best growth stories in the industry. The execution of the reorganization to establish Entergy Wholesale Commodities further enhances our focus on license renewal efforts. And as EWC faces challenging power markets, we are largely hedged in the upcoming years to provide certainty in a bearish environment.’Entergy’s business highlights include the following:â ¢ The Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its final supplemental environmental impact statement for Indian Point’s proposed 20-year license renewal, concluding that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude license renewal for an additional 20 years of operation.â ¢ The Public Utility Commission of Texas unanimously approved the Entergy Texas rate case settlement.â ¢ In January, Entergy Louisiana received the remaining regulatory approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission for its proposed acquisition of the Acadia Unit 2 power plant paving the way for a first quarter 2011 closing.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “Hey, want to make some quick cash? Hit me up @CardCrackingFraudster121! Must have a bank account.” While it may seem an obvious scam to some, millions of people are falling victim to this method of social media fraud, and when one of the victims is your member, your credit union could be on the hook for the loss.Card cracking, or card popping as it’s sometimes called, is a scheme that fraudsters use to make quick cash outs using your members’ banking information. In the typical card cracking scheme, the fraudsters attempt to convince your member to act as an unknowing accomplice in stealing money from their credit union. Unlike other fraud schemes, where the fraudsters acquire account details from the dark web or another illicit source to commit fraud, the card cracking fraudster uses social media to get your members’ attention and account details. Often justified as a victimless crime, the enticement of fast money can be difficult for your members to refuse, and in some cases your members may even be complicit in the fraud.Card Cracking 101 The characteristic card cracking scheme begins with a post on social media. The post will often show stacks of cash in a fancy car or depict a fraudster living the good life with an abundant amount of cash in their hands. The post is accompanied with a comment advertising quick money if you have a particular account with a financial institution. Once the fraudster contacts an interested party on social media, they will often provide a small upfront payment of a few hundred dollars in exchange for the member’s debit card number, PIN and online banking details. Their hope is that the member will not ask too many questions, but it’s at this point that your member may become complicit in the fraud. Typically, the fraudster will ask the member to report the transactions as fraudulent once the fraudster has finished. However, this scheme can play out in many different ways, and sometimes the fraudster will frame the situation in such a way that the member doesn’t fully understand the consequences.