OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: New Windy City Playhouse opens with 'End Days'

Windy City Playhouse is the newest theater performance space in Chicago to entice audiences with something new.

The intimate and elegant venue at 3014 W. Irving Park Road not far from Wrigley Field offers something, that at this moment, doesn’t exist anywhere else in Chicago theater.

Patrons not only can enjoy a sophisticated bar and plush seating surrounding the performance area, but there is also server service and tables with all of the seats, along with a complete menu of delicious offerings from small bite plates and desserts to custom craft cocktails and a wide variety of wine and beer.

The Playhouse is led by John Morris, who has had distinguished careers in both professional theater and architecture, along with Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein.

In 1986, he founded a Chicago architectural firm, where he designed several residential and commercial projects. He headed the firm’s theater design division, leading design teams for several adaptive re-use and new construction on theater projects, including the new home for the internationally known Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other Morris-designed spaces that enhance Chicago’s off-Loop theater districts include Lookingglass Theatre at Chicago Water Tower Pumping Station, the Beverly Art Center, Raven Theatre and the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.

It should come as no surprise that guests are wowed the moment of arriving in the lush lobby, with chandeliers, fireplace and rich decor.

There are two distinct seating types, each one a comfortable way to experience live performance:

Top Shelf ($30 – $45, depending on performance day) — The top shelf seats are swivel lounge chairs close to the stage separated by contemporary side tables. Top Shelf is a great option for small groups as it allows you to turn in and socialize with friends.

House ($15 – $25, depending on performance day) — The house seating is a slightly more traditional rowed-style seating, but still extremely comfortable. These movie theater seats are a bit wider and more plush than most, and best of all, they have cupholders and a small shelf to hold drinks and snacks.

The inaugural production opening this space is a run of the play “End Days” by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Henry Godinez and playing through April 26.

Running two hours and 20 minutes, which includes a 20-minute intermission, I wasn’t as impressed with this convoluted and contrived play as I was with this new opulent space of future artistic opportunities.

The cast includes the capable Keith Kupferer and Tina Gluschenko, who always rank as two of my stage favorites. He plays the long suffering, depressed out-of-work husband opposite her role as a wife and mother who has recently become a reborn-Christian and is convinced the end of the world is just days away and it is up to her to save her family, which also includes her downer daughter, overplayed by Sari Sanchez and her goofy Elvis-obsessed friend, really overplayed by Stephen Cefalu Jr.

Add to all of this cameo figment-of-the-imagination appearances by Jesus and wheelchair genius Stephen Hawking, played with a cardboard performance by Steven Strafford, with the result being, even before the first hour was over, I was already looking at my watch.

FYI: (312) 374-3196 or windycityplayhouse.com

Was Joe Giudice Banned From Visiting Teresa Behind Bars?

Joe Giudice is reportedly no longer welcome at the federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut. According to a new report, Teresa is fed up with her alleged cheater husband and doesn’t want him to visit her behind bars.

On March 26, a source told Life Style via Radar Online that Joe Giudice was no longer traveling to visit his Real Housewives of New Jersey wife.

“Teresa said that Joe is not visiting her anymore, for the rest of her sentence. So her mom will have to bring her four girls to see her.”

In recent weeks, Joe Giudice visited his wife a number of times, and on occasion, also brought their four daughters. Unfortunately as the source told Life Style, it will now be up to Teresa’s mother to transport her girls to Connecticut from New Jersey.

Joe Giudice and his wife attended a sentencing hearing in October of last year, where they both received prison time for crimes of bank and wire fraud. Teresa was sentenced to a 15-month term while husband Joe Giudice received 41 months.

Although they both received time, the judge on their case allowed Teresa and Joe Giudice to serve their time separately, meaning Teresa would turn herself in first, and after her sentence was complete, Joe Giudice would serve his term.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joe Giudice was accused of cheating on wife Teresa earlier this month. In an In Touch Weekly publication via All About The Tea, it was alleged Joe Giudice had engaged in an affair with a 30-year-old Atlantic City model named Jamie Jackson.

In an interview with Us Weekly, Joe Giudice denied the allegations.

“I did not flirt with her. I did not make out with her, nothing happened between us. Everything InTouch is saying that happened between us are lies.”

Joe Giudice’s alleged mistress also spoke out, denying having slept with the married father of four.

“I definitely never slept with him… Nothing happened with me and Joe, I didn’t know him prior, nothing inappropriate happened at any time. We did not hook up, kiss, or anything more. I saw him at the two business meals and nothing more, it’s all made up bulls—.”

Although Joe Giudice denies having engaged in any inappropriate behavior, In Touch Weekly claims to have more incriminating photos and a secret video of the reality star.

Joe Giudice will begin his 41-month prison term in early 2016.

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Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers

The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach.

The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament.

The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, were among those who attended the Brisbane summit in November and whose details were exposed.

The Australian privacy commissioner was contacted by the director of the visa services division of Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection to inform them of the data breach on 7 November 2014 and seek urgent advice.

In an email sent to the commissioner’s office, obtained under Australia’s freedom of information laws, the breach is attributed to an employee who mistakenly emailed a member of the local organising committee of the Asian Cup – held in Australia in January – with the personal information.

“The personal information which has been breached is the name, date of birth, title, position nationality, passport number, visa grant number and visa subclass held relating to 31 international leaders (ie prime ministers, presidents and their equivalents) attending the G20 leaders summit,” the officer wrote.

“The cause of the breach was human error. [Redacted] failed to check that the autofill function in Microsoft Outlook had entered the correct person’s details into the email ‘To’ field. This led to the email being sent to the wrong person.

“The matter was brought to my attention directly by [redacted] immediately after receiving an email from [the recipient] informing them that they had sent the email to the wrong person.

“The risk remains only to the extent of human error, but there was nothing systemic or institutional about the breach.”

The officer wrote that it was “unlikely that the information is in the public domain”, and said the absence of other personal identifiers “limits significantly” the risk of the breach. The unauthorised recipient had deleted the email and “emptied their deleted items folder”.

“The Asian Cup local organising committee do not believe the email to be accessible, recoverable or stored anywhere else in their systems,” the letter said.

The immigration officer then recommended that the world leaders not be made aware of the breach of their personal information.

“Given that the risks of the breach are considered very low and the actions that have been taken to limit the further distribution of the email, I do not consider it necessary to notify the clients of the breach,” she wrote.

The recommendation not to disclose the breach to the world leaders may be at odds with privacy law in some of their countries.

Britain, Germany and France all have different forms of mandatory data breach notification laws that require individuals affected by data breaches to be informed.

It is not clear whether the immigration department subsequently notified the world leaders of the breach after the initial assessment.

The office of the Australian immigration minister, Peter Dutton, did not respond to questions.

Australia’s deputy opposition leader, Tanya Plibersek, called on Tony Abbott to explain why the world leaders were not notified of the breach.

“The prime minister and the immigration minister must explain this serious incident and the decision not to inform those affected,” she said.

Disclosure of the data breach is likely to embarrass the Australian government after controversial mandatory data retention laws were passed last week.

The passage of the laws – which require telecommunications companies to store certain types of phone and web data for two years – has been marked by concerns about the adequacy of privacy safeguards by companies and government agencies that will handle the data.

The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said: “Only last week the government was calling on the Australian people to trust them with their online data, and now we find out they have disclosed the details of our world leaders.

“This is another serious gaffe by an incompetent government.”

Australia’s immigration department was also responsible for the country’s largest ever data breach by a government agency.

In February 2014 the Guardian revealed the agency had inadvertently disclosed the personal details of almost 10,000 people in detention – many of whom were asylum seekers – in a public file on its website.

Happening this weekend: Pet-related events you can attend

Thursday

Pet health and loss support group: A free support group for people whose pets are ill or dying, led by clinical social worker Kate Davis of Pets Are Family Members, will take place 7:30-8:15 p.m. Thursday at Powell Veterinary Center, 6330 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., Portland. The group is open to clients of Powell Veterinary Center, their friends and friends of Pet Are Family Members. To become a friend of PAFM, call Davis at 503-265-9390 or katedavismsw@petsarefamilymembers.com. 

Friday-Sunday

Agility Ring Crews needed: Animal Aid seeks volunteers to adjust equipment during an agility trial, Friday-Sunday at the Clark County Fair Grounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Ring crews are seated inside each of the 100-by-100-foot agility rings during the competition. The hosting clubs donate to Animal Aid in exchange for the crew’s work. To learn more or sign up, sign up online or visit animalaidpdx.org.

Saturday

Oregon Greyhound Adoption: Talk with volunteers, learn why greyhounds make great pets and meet adoptable retired racing greyhounds from Oregon Greyhound Adoption, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Furever Pets, 1902 N.E. Broadway, Portland. Details: oregongreyhound.com.

Oregon Dog Rescue adoptions: Adoptable dogs from ODR will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tualatin PetSmart, 7029 S.W. Nyberg St., Tualatin. Details: oregondogrescue.org.

MCAS dog adoption outreach: Meet dogs available for adoption through Multnomah County Animal Services or just spend time socializing with them, noon-4 p.m. at Mud Bay, 12186 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard. Dogs will be available for adoption that day. Details: multcopets.org.

Cat adoptions: Cats from the Cat Adoption Team will be available at various Portland-area PetSmart locations and the Tualatin PetCo, noon-4 p.m. today and tomorrow. Visit catadoptionteam.org for more information.

Cat adoptions from Cat’s Cradle Rescue: Adoptable cats and kittens from Cat’s Cradle Rescue, which helps find homes for Oregon cats, will be available noon-4 p.m. at Petco Beaverton, 4037 S.W. 117th Ave. (at Canyon Road) in Beaverton. Adoption fees: $120 for kitten, $80 for ages six to 12 months (discounts for pairs adopted together); $30 for adults. See adoptable cats at catscradlerescue.com.

Show and Tell Saturday: Animal Aid invites the public to visit with adoptable cats, noon-4 p.m. at the shelter, 5335 S.W. 42nd Ave. in Portland. Details: animalaidpdx.org.

“Give a Lick” fundraiser: Enjoy locally made ice cream at Fifty Licks and 10 percent of your purchase will go toward Cat Adoption Team, noon-11 p.m. at Fifty Licks, 2021 S.E. Clinton St., Portland. catadoptionteam.org.

Canine Body Language workshop: Learn what your dog is really trying to tell you during this interactive, humans-only presentation, 4-6 p.m. in Manners Hall at the Oregon Humane Society, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd. in Portland. Participants will learn to read canine signals by observing shelter dogs, examining photos and watching videos. Please leave pets at home. Suggested donation: $15; details at oregonhumane.org. 

Spay-ghetti benefit dinner: BrightSide Animal Center in Redmond will host a spaghetti feed and dessert auction, 5-8 p.m. at The View restaurant at the Juniper Golf Course, 1938 SW Elkhorn Ave., Redmond. The event will feature vegetarian items, dessert auction and cash bar; proceeds will benefit shelter animals and low-cost spay/neuter program.  Tickets: $20; purchase at BrightSideAnimals.org or call event coordinator Sana Hayes at 541-923-0882.

Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals fundraiser: The annual gala for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals will take place 6-10 p.m. at Estate Sales Unlimited Auction Center, 6585 N.W. Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro. The event will feature food and drinks, live and silent auctions and a chance to meet Jack Hoffman from the Discovery channel show “Gold Rush.” Tickets: $50 for individuals; $75 per couple; purchase online at ofosa.org.

Sunday

Greyhound art gala: Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest will host an art show and live auction, 4-8 p.m. (auction starts at 5:30 p.m.) at the Oregon Society of Artists gallery, 2185 S.W. Park Place, Portland. Proceeds will go toward the organization’s mission of caring for and finding homes for retired racing greyhounds from across the United States. Details: gpa-nw.org.

 –Monique Balas; msbalaspets@gmail.com

Entertainment City: Is Kanye the new Madonna?

The latest in entertainment news, including Madonna telling the New York Daily News that Kanye West is the “black Madonna.” Also, Bobbi Kristina is still fighting for her life in hospital, celebrities celebrate International Women’s Day, and Theo Fleury chats career change from NHL player to country singer.

Scott Disick Addicted To Cocaine? Kourtney Kardashian's Breakup With Longtime Boyfriend: Report

Scott Disick’s alleged addiction to cocaine has led to a split with longtime girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian, the cover of Life Style magazine claims. The couple has had a tumultuous relationship through their seven years together and despite having three children together, they’re ready to call it quits, according to the magazine.

The reality couple is on the cover of Life Style’s latest issue for its “world exclusive.” The headline reads: “Addicted to Cocaine! Inside Kourtney and Scott’s Nasty Breakup.” The cover makes three claims: There’s a $50 million fight over her fortune, their children are caught in the middle of their breakup and there’s been cheating and an overdose. Disick’s lies have been “exposed,” the magazine claims.

Since the death of his parents over a year ago, Disick has neglected Kardashian and his children, Celeb Dirty Laundry wrote. The reality star announced he briefly left them to go to rehab, but reports surfaced days later that he had left the Costa Rica facility.

He also has been plagued by rumors that he got Kardashian’s half sister Kendall Jenner pregnant and proposed to her. No one in the Kardashian-Jenner brood acknowledged the story. 

There also is concern in the family about younger brother Rob Kardashian. Since gaining nearly 50 pounds, the Arthur George sock designer is rarely spotted in public. He seemed to take a hiatus from social media, except when he posted a graphic picture this week of Rosamund Pike from “Gone Girl” and compared her to his sister Kim.

Some have denied there’s a family feud brewing and claimed Rob just has a weird sense of humor, while others have said the only Kardashian brother is depressed. His sister Khloe recently said he wasn’t in the best place.

For all the latest Kardashian drama, check out Season 10 of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E! every Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT.

Follow me on Twitter @mariamzzarella 

Germanwings co-pilot’s home town stunned as health details emerge

For a year before embarking on a career as a pilot, Andreas Lubitz worked in his local branch of Burger King, serving up french fries. The restaurant – on a busy A3 junction – is a few kilometres outside the small German city of Montabaur where Lubitz grew up. The branch manager, Detlef Aldolf, described Lubitz on Friday as dependable and inconspicuous. He earned €400 (£290) a month, he said, and quit his part-time job to join Lufthansa.

In 2009, however, Aldolf said Lubitz abruptly reappeared. Lufthansa had sent him on a training course, initially in Bremen and then in Phoenix, Arizona, in the US. “I asked him how it was. He replied: ‘Too much stress. I’m going to take a break’,” Aldolf said. The manager added that Lubitz didn’t formulate this stress as depression. But, he said, the future pilot seemed overwhelmed.

For 24 hours French and German investigators had been at a loss: why would a 27-year-old co-pilot deliberately fly his plane with 150 people on board into the French Alps? This, certainly, is where the black box pointed. By Friday there were uncomfortable answers. Lubitz had a history of psychological problems, which he had apparently been concealing from his colleagues and bosses.

State prosecutors in Düsseldorf said medical documents had been retrieved from his flat there, which suggested that treatment for an unspecified illness was ongoing. Investigators found a torn-up current medical certificate. It was dated the day of the crash. “The assumption is that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and his professional circles,” prosecutors said, without specifying whether the illness was mental or physical. They added that no suicide note had been found. Nor were there indications of a “political or religious background”.

Citing police sources, the German media said that Lubitz had broken off his pilot training several times. At one point the Lufthansa flight school in Phoenix designated the man later left in sole charge of Germanwings flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf as “not fit to fly”. He spent a year-and-a-half receiving psychiatric treatment. In 2009 he was diagnosed with a “severe depressive episode”, according to the German newspaper Bild.

Throughout this difficult period it appeared Lubitz was getting regular medical help. A special coding “SIC” was entered into his pilot’s licence, which means “Specific Regular Medical Examination”, according to Germany’s Federal Aviation Office. It is unclear, though, if this treatment was for episodes of depressive illness or some other complaint. Mental health professionals have urged caution until all the facts are known.

On Thursday, prosecutors in France gave details of the final moments of flight 4U9525, travelling from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. For eight minutes, during which the cockpit voice recorder revealed Lubitz said nothing but was breathing normally, the 27-year-old ignored captain Patrick Sondheimer hammering on the cockpit door and did not respond to increasingly urgent radio calls from air traffic controllers and nearby aircraft. At approximately 10.40am the aircraft smashed into the side of a mountain near the picturesque mountain village of Seyne-les-Alpes.

“The air disaster was so devastating that we have not found a single body intact. We have found parts of bodies and biological matter that are currently undergoing post mortem examinations,” Colonel Patrick Touron, deputy director of the Institute for Criminal Research at the National Gendarmerie, told a press conference near the crash zone on Friday.

“We have sent out an urgent medical-legal team to start identification and we have a team working on the site to recuperate the bodies, parts of bodies or biological matter, depending on the circumstances, so we can proceed with the identification of the victims,” he added.

While the full picture surrounding Lubitz’s mental state is unclear, these are terrible times for Lufthansa. The airline’s chief executive, Carsten Spohr, insisted this week that Lubitz was fine to fly at the time of the disaster. He was, Spohr said, “100% fit”. Now, this assertion will come to haunt the airline amid further claims – so far unproven – that Lubitz was suffering emotional problems, too, with his girlfriend of seven years. Aldolf said he had chatted with her at Burger King in Heligenroth, where Lubitz worked, and which he listed on his now-deleted Facebook profile.

As of Friday, all German airlines including Lufthansa have introduced a new two-person cockpit rule, seemingly to prevent the horror of flight 4U9525 from ever being repeated. It is an admission that procedures failed to anticipate what a determined and troubled individual might do, when given a small window of opportunity.

Neighbours, though, condemned any rush to judgment. They said it was too early to blame Lubitz or to extrapolate what may happened above the Alps from his apparent secret backstory. “I’m shocked. But it’s not proven yet that he killed 149 people,” Johannes Rossbach said. “The other black box hasn’t been found and evaluated. I won’t believe this until it has been properly investigated.” Of Lubitz, he said: “He seemed friendly and polite. We simply said hello.”

Rossbach lives two doors down from Lubitz’s home in Am Spiessweiher, in the sleepy southern part of Montabaur. The pilot lived with his parents some of the time as well as at his small flat in Düsseldorf. The two-storey house is a model of order. Large, it has a pleasant balcony. The garden is immaculately tended. It has daffodils, ornamental shrubs, and a perfectly trimmed hedge. Someone has stacked the garden gnomes neatly by the back shed.

Lubitz’s father is a banker; his mother an organist who plays at the local evangelical church. He has a younger brother. On Friday the white shutters were drawn, with no one at home. Police had earlier removed papers and a computer. The Lubitzs appear to come from the more prosperous end of the German middle class; unusually for a town this size – it has 13,000 people – Montabaur has a high-speed rail connection to the banking mega-hub of Frankfurt. Many commute.

A short walk from Am Spiessweiher is a grassy field surrounded by pine trees. It is here Lubitz learned to fly. Age 14 he joined the local LSC Westerweld flying club, which boasts a small hangar, a control tower, and a couple of gliders. There are around 100 members, 20 of them teenagers. According to Ernst Müller, novices fly at just 300 metres in a postcard-like rectangle. The view over Montabaur’s yellow-painted baroque castle is terrific, he said. Lubitz last visited at Christmas, Müller said, adding: “The club attracts a wide section of society. We have doctors, dentists and workers.”

Younger residents grumble that there isn’t much to do in Montabaur, which they dub boring. The nearest nightlife is in Koblenz, they add. Sibila Zaccaron said that Lubitz was a regular at her ice-cream bar, La Galleria, on the city’s cobbled main street. She said she saw him frequently with his blonde girlfriend, adding that he came in for the last time a month ago with his mother. She served him a cappuccino; his favourite ice-cream a lurid green.

“He was a sympathetic guy. He didn’t seem depressed. He had a nice girlfriend,” she said. The town was in a state of shock, she said, adding: “Everybody here knows each other. It’s a small place.” Opposite the bar is the city’s town hall. It has a plaque commemorating Jewish residents murdered in the Holocaust as well as a map of Brackley, Montabaur’s English twin town. Officials inside did not want to comment.

Lubitz attended the Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium or grammar school, a 15-minute walk from his home. He graduated with a diploma, the German Arbitur, in 2007. Friends said Lubitz was known for being a “sporting type” who was frequently out jogging and took his exercise pretty seriously. Between 2010 and 2013 he took part in Lufthansa’s half-marathon in Frankfurt, clocking up a time on his last run of 1 hour and 37 minutes. He was a member of the city’s only health club, Fit-Up, in the centre of town, and on the first floor above a budget supermarket.

His Facebook page yields few further clues beyond an interest in flying and electronic music. His social life appears to have taken place largely in Koblenz. His likes include a disco there, the Agostea Nachtarena, a local bowling alley and a climbing wall. His favourite music acts include Paul Kalkbrenner, a German electronic producer, and David Guetta, a French DJ. There are signs too of a sense of humour. Lubitz favourites a website called “When Men Are Alone” or “Wenn Männer Allein Sind”. It isn’t a forum for singles but a light-hearted platform where men can post daft videos of themselves mucking about with chainsaws, or looking after babies badly.

Back at Burger King, Aldolf said the whole tragic story was nothing less than an unfathomable disaster. “I’m totally shocked,” he said. ‘I can’t believe it. Nobody would have expected him to do something this evil.”

Intersections Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings

CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Intersections Inc. (INTX) today announced financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Consolidated revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $56.6 million, compared to $72.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA before share related compensation and non-cash impairment charges for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $693 thousand, compared to $6.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Net (loss) for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $(22.0) million, compared to net income of $119 thousand for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, primarily due to a non-cash impairment of goodwill of $25.8 million. Consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $246.6 million, compared to $310.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA before share related compensation and non-cash impairment charges for year ended December 31, 2014 was $(2.6) million, compared to $32.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Net (loss) for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $(30.7) million, compared to net income of $2.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Diluted (loss) per share was $(1.66) for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.13 for the year ended December 31, 2013. As of December 31, 2014, we had a cash balance of $11.3 million.

Michael Stanfield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intersections commented, “I am pleased to report that we are well underway to transforming Intersections, and are drawing closer to the production of substantial value with a noticeably altered business model.”

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights:

  • Total subscribers as of December 31, 2014 decreased to approximately 2.2 million compared to 2.9 million as of December 31, 2013.
  • Consolidated net (loss) per share for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $(1.19) per diluted share, compared to consolidated net income per diluted share of $0.01 for the three months ended December 31, 2013.
  • Our Pet Health Monitoring segment succeeded in obtaining the required hardware certifications for our VOYCE™ product and service. This segment generated a (loss) from operations in the three months ended December 31, 2014 of approximately $(3.1) million, which was funded from available cash on hand. We began commercial production and fully expect to begin shipping the product and accepting orders within the three months ending March 31, 2015.
  • Consolidated cash provided by operations for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was approximately $2.3 million.

Full Year 2014 Results:

  • Consolidated net (loss) for the year ended December 31, 2014 was negatively impacted by an aggregate of approximately $33.5 million in pre-tax expenses for a non-cash impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges and estimated underpayment of non-income business taxes, which includes interest and penalties.
  • Our Pet Health Monitoring segment generated a (loss) from operations in the year ended December 31, 2014 of approximately $(13.5) million, which was funded from available cash on hand.
  • Consolidated cash flow provided by operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 was approximately $4.9 million.

We reduced our annualized cost base by approximately $14.0 million, and we incurred a one-time restructuring charge of $3.8 million, before income taxes, in the year ended December 31, 2014. We are continuing to review and adjust our cost base in 2015 and we may incur additional restructuring charges.

As previously announced, Intersections’ results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014 and a business update will be discussed in more detail on March 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time via teleconference. A live audio webcast will be available on Intersections’ Web site at www.intersections.com. Participants are encouraged to go to the selected website at least 15 minutes in advance to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. This webcast will be archived and available for replay after the teleconference. Additionally, the call will be available for telephonic replay from 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday, March 30, 2014 through Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 888-286-8010, or if you are based internationally, at +1-617-801-6888 (Passcode: 93401026).

Additional commentary on Intersections’ fourth quarter and year-end 2014 results will be available at the time of the live audio webcast on Monday March 30, 2015 by clicking the 4th Quarter 2014 presentation link under the “Investor Media” page of our website at www.intersections.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

This earnings release presents several non-GAAP financial measures, which we believe are important to investors and we utilize in managing our business. These non-GAAP financial measures should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant GAAP financial measures and are not presented as alternative measures of operating income, operating margin, net income or earnings per share as determined in accordance with GAAP. Intersections’ Consolidated Financial Statements, “Other Data” and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and related notes can be found in the “GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures” link under the “Investor Media” page on our website at www.intersections.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Statements in this presentation relating to future plans, results, performance, expectations, achievements and the like are considered “forward-looking statements.” You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “should,” “can have,” “likely” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. Those forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements, including the impact of the regulatory environment on our business, including the outcome of the CFPB investigation of our financial institution business; our ability to execute our strategy and previously announced transformation plan; our incurring additional restructuring and/or goodwill impairment charges; the timing and success of new product launches, including our VOYCE™ product, adjustments in investments in our IDENTITY GUARD® and insurance services businesses and other growth initiatives; our ability to control costs; and our needs for additional capital to grow our business, including our ability to maintain borrowing availability under our loan agreement. Factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ include but are not limited to the risks disclosed under “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Item 1. Business—Government Regulation” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in its recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements unless required by applicable law.

About Intersections:

Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX) provides innovative, information based solutions that help consumers manage risks and make better informed life decisions. Under its Identity Guard® brand and other brands, the company helps consumers monitor, manage and protect against the risks associated with their identities and personal information. The company’s subsidiary Intersections Insurance Services provides insurance and other services that help consumers manage risks and achieve personal goals. The company’s i4C Innovations subsidiary provides Voyce™, a groundbreaking pet wellness monitoring system for pet owners and veterinarians. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, the company was founded in 1996. To learn more, visit http://www.intersections.com.

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Having 'Fight Over Baby'?








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Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Having ‘Fight Over Baby’?

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting are not at odds over whether to have a baby, despite a new Life Style report claiming “the honeymoon is definitely over” for the couple, a little more than a year after they married. Gossip Cop can bust the story.

“They have been constantly fighting and at each other’s throats,” a so-called “insider” tells the outlet, explaining, “Kaley really wants a baby right now, but Ryan isn’t ready to be a dad.” The Life Style source adds, “He’s been pushing it off for a while now. And he recently told Kaley that he’s not sure he wants to have kids any time soon!”

The outlet says the baby argument has led to “escalated tensions” between the two. “It’s been a rough couple of months,” claims the tabloid’s source. “She wants kids soon, so this could be a deal breaker for Kaley. If Ryan doesn’t change his mind, they’ll probably get divorced.”

Hmm. Could it be that Life Style is still miffed its April 2014 report claiming Cuoco was “having second thoughts” about marrying Sweeting turned out to be completely wrong? Regardless, this new story is just as off base. A source close to the actress tells Gossip Cop exclusively it’s “ridiculous and completely fabricated.”