BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The “Jersey Boys” are in Binghamton Wednesday night and they are giving students a special behind the scenes look. Kevin Patrick Martin has over 10 roles in the production and said he hopes students learn they can make their dreams a reality. Students were given advice on how to project their voices as well as how to stand tall. The performers say getting this insight is especially important as they didn’t always have the opportunity when they were younger. “The first time doing something, it can be scary and that’s okay,” Kaish said. “The first time is always weird, but you need to do it once to do it twice.” Music director, Michael Kaish, said he hopes the music session not only strengthens their singing, but also their courage to perform. They also told students that “everyone gets nervous,” but to follow their passion. “I didn’t know that it could be a career and so to hopefully inspire some of them to follow that path could be really awesome,” he said. Sean McGee plays the role of Bob Crewe and said aspiring actors need to be tenacious and resilient. “I hope that they take away that it takes a lot of practice and coming back round after round and just not getting it right away doesn’t mean that you won’t get it ever,” he said. Wednesday afternoon, the Jersey Boys gave students vocal lessons at Binghamton High School. They say they want to inspire students to follow their dreams. The performers said not only do they enjoy performing, but they also love interacting with the crowd and community. They said they hope the students learn to trust themselves and to never give up. “A lot of people will tell you different things, good advice, bad advice, but you have to stick to who you are and know that and just keep going after that,” McGee said.
“Obviously it’s not surprising how many players have tested positive when you see the scenes and the images and the videos from the tournament and the players party with no social distancing in place,” Murray said on Tuesday.”I’ve seen some people say this puts the US Open in doubt but the measures and the protocols they have in place are completely different to what was going on in Serbia and Croatia.”For a start, there will be no fans and the players will now know we can all be affected by this, it doesn’t matter who you are, we need to respect the rules.”The players, however, did not break any government protocols in Serbia or Croatia with both countries easing lockdown measures weeks before the event. On Tuesday Murray enjoyed a winning return to action as he beat Liam Broady in the ‘Battle of the Brits’ charity tournament at the national tennis center in west London.The twice Wimbledon champion and former world number one eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over the British number six in his first competitive match since the Davis Cup Finals in November.The week-long event, organized by Murray’s brother Jamie while professional tennis remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being played behind closed doors with strict health protocols in place.While there were chair umpires, players picked up their own balls and towels and they did not change ends. The event is raising money for Britain’s National Health Service.There were also wins in London for British number one Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund on the opening day.Murray will face Edmund in his next round-robin match.”It was OK, I served well throughout the match. Didn’t hit the ball that well from the back of the court, wasn’t timing the ball well,” he said.”But it was okay. For a first match in seven months and not been practicing much, so it was alright.””Last time I picked up my own balls was when I was about 17. Although we do it all the time in practice.”The ATP Tour was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Last week the ATP and the women’s WTA issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August. Topics : Andy Murray criticized world number one Novak Djokovic for staging the Adria Tour exhibition tournament without adopting any COVID-19 precautions after the Serbian and three other players tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also returned positive tests after playing in the Balkan tournament where players were seen hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and partying like they did in pre-COVID-19 days.Murray said he hoped the players and their family members who tested positive recovered soon and added that the tournament should not have gone ahead in hindsight.
This threw a spanner in the works, as Grover said it was not the model the London boroughs had signed up for when the London CIV was originally set up. “One of the tricks I now see we missed at that point was to sit the boroughs down properly and debate: what does that mean and how does that change the vision?” said Grover. “There are a lot of people out there who just don’t want to be a mercenary” – Stefan Lundbergh, Cardano“As an organisation you have think about what you can pay, as that will also determine what kind of structure you’re going to set up,” Lundbergh said. “If you’re over-optimistic and hope you can attract super talent, they might leave you.”Pension organisations should also bear in mind that not everyone was primarily motivated by money, he added.“There are a lot of people out there who just don’t want to be a mercenary,” Lundbergh said. “People who have a passion and want to be a part of something – and if you can find them, that’s great for organisations like this because you can offer something more than a commercial organisation can.” L-R: Stefan Lundbergh, Cardano; Hugh Grover; Susan Martin, LPPHe was clear about the implications and the board also understood what had changed, he added, but there was not enough engagement with the boroughs about what this meant for London CIV and its purpose.“And if I’m perfectly honest I think London CIV is still suffering from not doing that,” he said. “That lack of vision really does cause a major problem.”Borough council documents indicate that some funds have expressed reluctance to pool assets within the CIV.The other asset pools that are emerging in the LGPS had mandatory pooling as their starting point, Grover pointed out. Although this still posed challenges for them, they did not have to deal with the transition from a voluntary arrangement to a mandatory one, according to Grover.Grover resigned as CEO of London CIV in early November. He said that, with space to reflect, his concerns had crystallised in his mind in the past three weeks.The London CIV was the first fully authorised and regulated fund management company to be set up by a local government entity, according to its website.It has so far launched nine funds to help council pension schemes pool equity and multi-asset mandates. The pool has £5.6bn (€6.3bn) under management currently and has said it aims to grow its assets to “more than £20bn”.Talent management questionsThe panel also discussed talent management in the context of the new LGPS pension structures.Susan Martin, CEO of Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), said that as a non-profit pension services provider it was finding it easy to recruit “quite good people” at the moment .“They’re coming with a vision and it’s all new,” she said.Things could become more difficult when the other LGPS pools were up and running, she said, but at LPP the feeling was that it was not about the level of pay but “the other things around it that you give people”.LPP is a collaboration between the London Pensions Fund Authority and Lancashire County Pension Fund and has some £13bn of assets under management from its two founder pension funds. The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund is also set to pool resources with LPP.LPP and London CIV are the only two of eight LGPS pooling structures that are already operational.Grover said London CIV had also experienced a “capital value in the newness of what we’re doing”, with individuals willing to take a pay cut and miss out on other potential benefits because of the novelty of the project.That capital would run out at some point in the next few years, however, he added. London CIV’s members would then find themselves confronted with the need to offer market competitive remuneration packages, while across the wider local government sector there were budget cuts and staff shortages.The debates about this would be difficult, he said.A large recruitment programme had helped London CIV grow from one person to 12, with a goal of being 20-strong by the end of the financial year. However, it was already experiencing “that treadmill of people doing their time and then moving on”.Stefan Lundbergh, director at Cardano Insight, said organisations facing constraints on remuneration needed to figure out what roles they wanted to have in-house and what they should outsource.Many lower paid jobs were actually quite important in pensions, such as asset allocation decisions, he said, while most “action-oriented” jobs like security selection and trading were better paid. The investment partnership set up by London’s borough pension funds is suffering after asset pooling became mandatory for its members, its former CEO has said.Speaking in Prague at IPE’s annual conference, Hugh Grover said London CIV – formed by the UK capital’s 33 public sector pension funds – began in 2014 as a defensive response to the threat of a full merger. At the outset, the participating funds were free to decide how much of their assets to pool.“Investing nothing was entirely OK,” he said. “Nobody was going to criticise a borough for paying their annual subscription and then investing nothing.”However, in 2015 the UK government announced that asset pooling would be mandatory across the entire local government pension scheme (LGPS). It has subsequently emphasised that there should be “minimal exceptions” to pooling and any assets held outside a collaborative structure should be continually justified.