Quindell names new boss to unravel mess

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Following a revision of accounting policies, Quindell revealed a post-tax loss of £350m for 2014 earlier this month.“I’m of course aware of the challenges the company has been facing and respect the chairman, board and rest of the team for the way that they have been identifying the issues of the past, and dealing with them resolutely and rapidly,” Mukerjee said. He is expected to take up the new role on 7 September. Quindell has also announced that Peel Hunt has replaced Cenkos as its nominated adviser and broker (nomad). A nomad advises the firm on the appropriateness of an application to admission to AIM and subsequent guidance on all the index’s rules. Who is Indro Mukerjee?OXFORD-educated Mukerjee holds a masters degree in engineering science. He is also a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Programme and is able to speak several European languages.Mukerjee is the driving force behind launch of FlexEnable, which developed the world’s first fully flexible electronic paper display. FlexEnable technology has also made strides in fully plastic, conformal LCDs as well as flexible sensors and smart systems, which have played an important role in the development of the much­-hyped wearables sector.He accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited FlexEnable’s Cambridge engineering plant in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.He is the co-­founder and chairman of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation, an award­ winning charity set up to help reverse the diminishing skills capability in the UK electronics sector. The charity connects employers with students in schools and universities.TIMELINEAPRIL 2014 Gotham City Research releases a devastating report attacking Quindell’s accounting methods. Its shares lose half their value, and the firm successfully sues.JUNE 2014 Quindell announces it doesn’t meet the requirements for a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange. Shares fall a further 20 per cent following the announcement.NOV 2014 Shares hit an 18-month low, and founder and chairman Robert Terry is ousted from the board following investor concern over a share-transfer agreement between himself, directors and a third party while sitting on price- sensitive information.MARCH 2015 Australian law firm Slater & Gordon purchases Quindell’s professional services division for £637m. Incumbent chief exec Robert Fielding steps down.JUNE 2015 The FCA opens an investigation into Quindell’s public statements regarding its accounts during 2013 and 2014.5 AUG The SFO confirms it has launched a criminal investigation into Quindell. The Financial Reporting Council says it too will investigate the firm’s accounts.17 AUG Indro Mukerjee is announced as the company’s newest chief exec. He will take up the role on 7 September. Share Express KCS center_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Quindell names new boss to unravel mess by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailGameday NewsNASCAR Drivers Salaries Finally ReleasedGameday NewsUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorlast_img read more

TSB, RBS and Sage chiefs challenge employees to beat the boss, but are some taking it too far?

first_img TSB, RBS and Sage chiefs challenge employees to beat the boss, but are some taking it too far? by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal Past Sunday 6 September 2015 11:12 pm whatsapp whatsapp Of course, City A.M. has nothing but praise for brave bosses who abseil, run and cycle alongside their staff for charitable causes, but are some getting too into the competition?  The Capitalist has had growing concerns  in recent weeks, after seeing three separate bosses goading employees into beating their fun run times. First to raise an eyebrow was TSB boss Paul Pester, who urged his employees to “beat the boss” when he ran in the AJ Bell London Triathlon in August. Pester, who had been training since April, coined the hashtag #BeatTheBoss on Twitter to get momentum going and rewarded any employee who could beat his race time of 78 minutes. Just one employee pipped him to the post. Next there was RBS boss Ross Mc­Ewan, who took part in a cycling marathon across the country last week with fellow bank workers and challenged staff to beat his 1km sprint time of 1:33. Starting to see a pattern here? And now, Sage’s chief Stephen Kelly is rallying troops at the software company to beat his time at the Great North Run. Kelly, who plans to tackle the northern road race next week is leading the largest team to have ever been entered with 200 runners, and has set a “beat the CEO” challenge, pledging to give £2 per minute to any Team Sage runner who beats his time in the race.  Ok guys, we get it; you’re the big boss and you can take on the world.  Show Comments ▼ Share Express KCS Tags: Company Royal Bank of Scotland Grouplast_img read more

When a new biotech’s drug pipeline is more of a ‘hypeline’

first_img GET STARTED Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED @sheridan_kate STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. When a new biotech’s drug pipeline is more of a ‘hypeline’ Kate Sheridan Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More Adobe [email protected] center_img The easiest way to peek inside the inner workings of a brand-new biotech company? Check out its pipeline. For some early-stage companies, however, what would otherwise be a useful chart is better referred to as a “hypeline.”It’s a tongue-in-cheek moniker for the overly braggadocious renderings and descriptions of the drug candidates and therapies a new company hopes to bring to market. A normal pipeline might include just one column for preclinical studies. A “hypeline,” in contrast, will include milestones above and beyond the three traditional phases of clinical trials. Others might conveniently forget to represent later-stage clinical trials, like Inozyme, or find creative ways to represent discovery work, like Mersana did. What’s included? About the Author Reprints Biotech General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. What is it? By Kate Sheridan April 18, 2019 Reprints Tags biotechnologyBostondrug developmentfinancepharmaceuticalsresearchSTAT+last_img read more

Jilted lover in Hoeryong murders woman and sets her body on…

first_img North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% AvatarKim Yoo JinKim Yoo Jin is one of Daily NK’s freelance journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHAREcenter_img A gruesome incident in which a man murdered his lover and set her body on fire recently occurred in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province.A source from North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK last Tuesday that “earlier this month, the Ministry of Social Security arrested a married man in his 30s who worked on a farm in Hoeryong on charges of entering his lover’s house, stabbing her to death, and setting her on fire while under the influence of alcohol.”The source reported that although the man had a wife and children, he had been in an affair with a woman for more than a year who was part of the same farm work unit he was in charge of. Rumors of their affair had circulated throughout the work unit and among farm management officials and other farmers.The affair continued even after the woman was criticized by members of her Youth League branch and reprimanded by her parents. Her parents responded by deciding to arrange a marriage for her. They convinced her to meet with a bachelor living nearby and even arranged a date for the wedding.Household near the Chinese border in North Hamgyong ProvinceHouses near the Chinese border in North Hamgyong Province. Image (June 2019) / Image: Daily NKAfter hearing the news, the man she had been having an affair with found her and shouted that she should “abandon [her] marriage immediately,” while she argued that he was “trying to stand in the way of her future without even getting a divorce first.”A few days later, he was ruminating over his lover’s marriage while drinking with a friend when he pulled out a knife in a fit of rage and went with his friend to her house in the middle of the night. He argued with the woman again, and then pulled out the knife he had been hiding and swung it at her. The woman died at the scene from multiple stab wounds.When his lover collapsed in front of him, the man became frightened and attempted to conceal his crime by covering her body with some dry corn stalks behind a dry stalks fence and fleeing the scene after setting her body on fire.“Thinking it was strange that their daughter left the house and then did not come back, her parents went out as the fire blazed, but it was already too late,” the source said, adding, “The neighbors became aware of the incident when they came outside at the sound of her parents’ wailing.”The jilted lover and his friend attempted to escape, but were arrested and are currently under a preliminary examination. The source said that the two will be given a life sentence or will be sentenced to death for the crimes of homicide and mutilation of a corpse.*Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean Facebook Twitter News News last_img read more

IA Clarington proposes fund changes

IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based IA Clarington Investments Inc. said Thursday it will change the name of IA Clarington American Fund to IA Clarington U.S. Dividend Growth Fund, and intends for the fund to be managed directly by its current portfolio advisor Industrial Alliance Investment Management Inc. (IAIM), replacing the current sub-advisor. IA Clarington plans to amend the investment strategy of the fund to invest primarily in U.S. equity securities that IAIM believes will provide long-term capital appreciation and total return with a focus on dividend growth. In addition, beginning in 2013, the fund will employ a covered call strategy, generally targeting one-third of the portfolio, in order to provide additional yield. The changes to the sub-advisor and investment strategies are expected to become effective on November 26. “These changes reflect the strength of the in-house capability of IAIM, and our commitment to provide investors with product solutions that will benefit them and help meet their future income needs,” said Eric Frape, senior vice president, products and investments, of IA Clarington. The management fee on Series A units of the fund will be reduced from 2.00% to 1.95%. Target Click Funds IA Clarington also announced its intention to suspend sales of securities of the IA Clarington Target Click Funds under the DSC and low load options within the Target Click Funds effective at the close of business on Friday November 2. Front end sales options remain available. The Target Click Funds will continue to be managed in the same manner, and IA Clarington is also lowering the management fees on the funds. Desjardins to close four ETFs Related news HSBC changes strategy, lowers fees for global equities fund Keywords MERs and management feesCompanies IA Clarington Investments Inc. Unitholders approve changes to NEI funds Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

A.M. Best affirms Foresters rating

Keywords Life insurance industryCompanies Foresters Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Manulife Canada CEO sees Apple and Netflix as competitors as insurance evolves Related news Sun Life Financial buying Pinnacle Care International IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A.M. Best also gave Foresters an issuer credit rating of “a+”. A.M Best has now affirmed Foresters “A” rating for 13 consecutive years. In addition, A.M. Best assigned an “A-” (Excellent) rating for Foresters subsidiary Foresters Life Insurance Co, and an “A-” (Excellent) rating for subsidiary First Investors Life Insurance Company. The outlook for all ratings is stable which means it is unlikely to change in the near future, assuming the organization’s financial strength is maintained and its operations grow. Commenting on the ratings, George Mohacsi, president and CEO, Foresters said, “The continued “Excellent” ratings for Foresters and its subsidiaries attest to our financial strength and stability. We’re looking forward to increased growth and continued financial strength as we deliver on our purpose to champion family well-being.” Toronto-based Foresters has received an “A” (Excellent) rating from rating agency A.M. Best Company. The independent rating is an important measure of the international life insurance provider’s financial strength and stability, reflecting Foresters ability to pay claims. Manulife, Sun Life report modest impact from Hong Kong turmoil read more

Rare cutaway Corvette engine is a window into the 1960s

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada During the muscle car wars of the ’60s and ’70s, GM’s flagship Corvette stood out above the rest as the only two-seater sports car produced in the United States, and the good folks at the Corvette branch made sure no other vehicle in GM’s lineup could stand up to it in terms of power.Enter the 396, a short-lived hi-po engine first shown at the Futurama auto show in 1965, where Chevrolet engineers touted it as one of the most powerful V8 engines in their lineup, with 425 horsepower.Unfortunately, the engine was almost immediately replaced by the 427 big-block, so that Chevy could keep up with competitors Chrysler and Ford. The 396 would eventually find its way into the forthcoming Camaro, which would not receive the larger 427 due to the aforementioned supremacy of the Corvette division. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The cutaway is powered by a starter, and you can actually turn it and see how everything works. This is definitely a piece for a serious collector, as the 396 Corvette was kind of the black sheep of the Corvette family at that point. Trending Videos RELATED TAGSChevroletNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Now, a cutaway version of this special engine is coming up for auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, and we think it would make an awesome centrepiece for someone’s car collection (or living room).Various pieces of the engine and transmission either have transparent parts or open cutaways to show the quality and operation of components to patrons of that 1965 auto show, explains GM Authority. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 396 Corvette engine cutaway comes up for sale at the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction advertisementlast_img read more

California Congressional Delegation Asks USDA to Make Winegrape Growers Eligible for…

first_imgLinkedin Home Industry News Releases California Congressional Delegation Asks USDA to Make Winegrape Growers Eligible for Direct…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessCalifornia Congressional Delegation Asks USDA to Make Winegrape Growers Eligible for Direct ReliefBy Press Release – July 7, 2020 298 0 AdvertisementSACRAMENTO, July 7, 2020 – California’s congressional delegation wants winegrape growers to receive financial relief through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Beginning May 26, CFAP intended to provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to agricultural producers who suffered losses due to COVID-19 related market and supply chain disruptions. Winegrapes were not among the 43 commodities listed under CFAP specialty crops.“The COVID-19 pandemic has broadly undermined market prices for California winegrapes and we believe the U.S. Department of Agriculture should include winegrapes on the list of specialty crops eligible for direct payments in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program,” stated a July 6 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, signed by 25 representatives and two senators.The delegation’s letter follows a May 19 letter from CAWG and the California Farm Bureau Federation to Perdue, which also urged USDA to allow winegrape growers access to COVID-19 assistance. The letter cited several factors contributing to growers’ current and future economic losses. “The letter from the California congressional delegation is a tremendous boost to our efforts to seek vital financial assistance for winegrape growers,” CAWG President John Aguirre said. “We applaud and appreciate the leadership of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa) in crafting the letter and garnering support from his colleagues.”Advertisement Email TAGSCalifornia Association of Winegrape Growers Share ReddIt Facebook Pinterest Twitter Previous articleNew York Wine & Grape Foundation Partners with Padilla to Launch Global Messaging CampaignNext articleWIN Insider Series: Dale Stratton, President of the Wine Market Council Press Releaselast_img read more

50 Jamaicans Free of Mortgage Under Special Debt Forgiveness Programme

first_imgFifty Jamaicans from across the island will close out the country’s Jubilee year mortgage free, under a special debt forgiveness programme called the Jubilee ‘50 for 50’ Housing Initiative, by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.The beneficiaries were on July 30, handed their titles at a special ceremony, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who delivered the main address at the event, noted that her administration has a firm commitment to put thousands of land titles in the hands of Jamaicans, through the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.“We believe that security of tenure, the ability to own your house should be the right of every Jamaican. And so this gesture today is one of several programmes being implemented by the Ministry of Housing to provide opportunities for security of tenure for persons who have been occupying lands over a period of time,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She however, warned against the capturing of land, noting that the Government has plans for the land.  “What is not for agriculture is to provide housing for our people and we are not into people breaking the law. (I am) not supporting it. Not in my constituency, not anywhere in Jamaica,” she emphasized.Under the Jubilee ‘50 for 50’ Housing Initiative, the primary account holder should be 50 years or older; balance on the account should be less than $50,000; the account should not be inactive for more than 50 weeks; and the Registered Certificate of Title for the property should be available.The Prime Minster pointed to the historical significance of the beneficiaries getting their titles just two days before Emancipation Day (August 1) and close to Independence (celebrated on August 6), noting that it was a  fitting tribute to “our ancestors whose struggles achieved freedom from slavery,” and to (National Heroes) Norman Manley and Sir Alexander Bustamante, who fought for independence.She contended that the celebration of Emancipation should mean something to the nation. “That is why the government took the decision that the great, great, great grand children of our ancestors should benefit while we celebrate as we close out our 50th anniversary,” she said.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, challenged beneficiaries to make good use of the money saved from the debt forgiveness exercise.“The money that you will no longer be required to pay as mortgage this month, next month and all the other months that would have become due without this initiative, I want you to put it to good use. We are investing in you and in turn, we are urging you to invest in yourself, invest in your family, invest in your home and invest in your community,” he urged.He noted that the 50 titles are among the approximately 7,000 titles that the Ministry is pushing to have transferred within this fiscal year.The Minister also informed that the Jubilee ‘50 for 50’ Housing Initiative is symbolic of the administration’s social partnership with the people. RelatedFocus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedInformation Minister Calls for More Gender Equality Policies 50 Jamaicans Free of Mortgage Under Special Debt Forgiveness Programme Office of the Prime MinisterJuly 30, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham 50 Jamaicans Free of Mortgage Under Special Debt Forgiveness ProgrammeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right), has a special hug and a Certificate of Title for Melbourne Wilson of Creighton Hall, St. Thomas, who is one of 50 persons who will close out the Jamaica’s Jubilee year mortgage free, under a special debt forgiveness programme called the Jubilee ‘50 for 50’ Housing Initiative, by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. The presentation was made on July 30 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. Story HighlightsSpecial debt forgiveness programme called the Jubilee ‘50 for 50’ Housing InitiativeThe 50 titles are among the approximately 7,000 titles to be transferred this fiscal yearThe Jubilee ‘50 for 50’ Housing Initiative is symbolic of the administration’s social partnership with the people RelatedHealthy Fruit Snacks for Four St. Andrew Schools Advertisementslast_img read more

Art of the Cross

first_img Email As a kid, Pamela Hughes doesn’t remember a time that her father didn’t paint or sculpt during her childhood in Illinois.Once Marvin Messing’s kids were asleep at 9 p.m., he would unleash his creativity until midnight, painting and sculpting in the house or the garage. “It was kind of an interesting home to grow up in,” Hughes said. “He never actually had his own studio … he’d do life-size statues of Christ in the garage.”After a lifetime of painting and sculpting religious and political art, Messing’s work is now being recognized at The St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago where his charcoal drawings exhibit, “Art of the Cross,” will be displayed throughout the 40 days of lent.The set of 17 drawings depict Christ’s journey from Pilate’s judgment hall to Golgotha where he was crucified.As a World War II veteran, Hughes says her father’s work was heavily inspired by the War Requiem, a composition of World War I poetry, which she says he regularly listened to while he worked.“My dad continued to illustrate the lines of the poetry for the rest of his life,” Hughes said.Born and raised in northern Illinois, Messing attended the Art Institute of Chicago before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. His artistic talents allowed him to work with the Naval Intelligence as a topographical map and model maker. As an intelligence officer, Hughes says he refused to divulge his war experience, but she says it heavily influenced his work.Hughes describes her father’s art as “disturbing and brutal” work that’s more suited for museums and exhibits rather than living room decorations. She says his work often triggers discussions from people of all denominations.“Some of it is uncomfortable and he felt that it was important to challenge the viewer, to make them think,” Hughes said.While he often created religious art, Hughes says he painted some rather disturbing pieces of Native Americans and multiple war themes in his roughly 300 paintings and 150 statues.After painting every night for as long as Hughes can remember, Messing retired from the sporting goods store that he owned and operated in Illinois and he and his wife moved to Whitefish in the 1980s where he was able to pursue his passions for art and skiing fulltime.For 11 years, Messing was an associate professor at Flathead Valley Community College where he taught art in his retirement.“He felt that teaching was an important part of being an artist,” Hughes said.Messing felt that every person had an artistic voice, and teaching enabled him to challenge his students to find it.Following his death in 2014, Hughes received several calls from people who were searching for his paintings.“People could describe paintings to us that he did 40 years ago,” Hughes said. “They could describe them to the point where I immediately knew and I thought it was amazing that his stuff could stick that long in someone’s memory.”After Hughes and her sister decided not to sell any of his work, they began showing his paintings in the churches across the Flathead Valley and the Midwest. Priests remembered Messing when he lived in Illinois and they became interested in showing his work following his death.Hughes presented the idea to the St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago and she was amazed how receptive they were and agreed to show Messing’s art.Hughes hopes to show more of her father’s work in future exhibits and more churches.Messing’s “Art of the Cross” exhibit will show during lent at the St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago from Feb. 26 to April 12.For more information, visit http://[email protected] Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more