first_imgOscar winner and The Velocity of Autumn Tony nominee Estelle Parsons will receive the Lifetime Achievement Obie at the 59th annual Village Voice Obie Awards, which will be presented on May 19 at Webster Hall. The ceremony, which honors outstanding achievement in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, will be co-hosted by Tamara Tunie (The Library) and Hamish Linklater (Shakespeare in the Park’s upcoming Much Ado About Nothing). Unlike most awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. As previously announced, this year’s judging panel will include Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, Voice chief theater critic Michael Feingold, Voice critic Alexis Soloski, musical theater writer Kristen Childs, La MaMa director of programming Nicky Paraiso, writer Michael Sommers and fight director Rick Sordelet. The 2014 Obie Awards will also feature a special performance from the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning musical Fun Home, which is eyeing a move to Broadway. Presenters for the evening will include 2014 Tony nominees Lena Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Andy Karl and Kelli O’Hara, as well as Betsy Aidem, Harvey Fierstein, David Bar Katz, Cristin Milioti, Lily Rabe and Stephen Trask. In addition to The Velocity of Autumn, Parsons has appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It and has earned Tony nominations for The Seven Descents of Myrtle, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Miss Margarida’s Way and Morning’s at Seven. She received an Oscar for her portrayal of Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgPP & D Brochure Distribution,Bill Orleans, president of PP&D Brochure Distribution is proud to announce he is now assuming the operations of Kingdom Brochure Distribution in the St. Johnsbury, Newport and Jay regions of Vermont.Raymond Menard has owned and operated Kingdom Brochure Distribution for ten years. It was founded in 1994. They have over forty locations in the Northeast Kingdom, including Fairbanks Museum, The Eastside Restaurant, Jay Country Store, Newport City Motel, Maple Grove Farms, St. Johnsbury’s Comfort Inn, and The Great Vermont Corn Maze.‘I’ve admired the Kingdom Brochure displays for years. Raymond has done a really great job promoting Northeast Kingdom businesses. I look forward to working in the community and continuing his efforts’ says Orleans.PP&D, founded in 1981, currently distributes in these regions. ‘I am very pleased to add these new displays to our routes. We will better serve our current clients and offer a wider variety of brochures to the new host locations.’PP&D is located in Burlington, Vermont and has seven employees. They have over 700 brochure displays in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Some of their over 300 clients include; Fairbanks Museum, Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, Maple Grove, Billings Farm, Farm Way, Ben & Jerry’s, Jay Peak Resort, Cabot Creamery and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

first_imgI got to spend a few days exploring the New River Gorge, in West Virginia, recently, hiking and biking and swimming with my kids. We crawled on our hands and knees out onto rocky overlooks, biked sinuous singletrack and swam off a sandy beach below the massive, steel arch bridge (longest arch bridge in the Western hemisphere!). I’ve spent my fair share of time inside and around the gorge, running races, climbing and rafting, but this was the first trip that I actually paid attention to the cultural history of the area. I’m talking about coal and the role it played in the development of that 800-foot deep canyon and the area surrounding it.The natural beauty of the New River is stunning, but if you pay attention, it’s laced with coal’s fingerprints. You can hike and ride past old mine sites, forgotten company towns that sprouted up when the mines were booming…even some of the trails are laced with tiny, black shards of coal.miners-daughterIt seems natural, after spending a day hiking in that sort of terrain, to drink a beer that pays homage to West Virginia’s coal mining culture. Enter Miner’s Daughter, an oatmeal stout from Mountain State Brewing, out of Davis, West Virginia. The label is a little disturbing if you look closely—two tired miners with helmets and headlamps, sad, haggard, resigned. I couldn’t imagine doing that sort of work, actual work digging through the side of a gorge collecting dark rocks to power the country. A bad day in my job is when my laptop battery runs out before I finish a story.The beer itself isn’t that disturbing. It’s a rather thin oatmeal stout, almost watery with notes of coffee and chocolate. But not the sweet kind, the bitter kind. Imagine a cup of coffee, without the sweetness of cream. That’s this beer. Comforting, in a way, like after you spend the day ski touring or hiking through the cold and you hit a Waffle House after your adventure and all you want is that cup of hot, black coffee. I can imagine the two dudes on the can, finishing a day of work in the mine, desperately needing a beer exactly like this one.Related:last_img read more

first_imgBy Voice of America December 12, 2019 On December 9, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about the final report issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) on the presidential elections in Bolivia.In a press release, Pompeo listed the strengths of the institution’s post-election audit, and described the evidence found as professional and overwhelming.“The United States commends the professional work of the Organization of American States electoral audit mission in Bolivia. The thorough investigation presented by the 36 experts of 18 nationalities underscores that deliberate and malicious actions were taken to rig Bolivia’s election in favor of former President Evo Morales,” said the press release.The 96-page report presents evidence and more than 500 pages of annexes, confirming the preliminary findings of the OAS. The report addresses the election held on October 20, in which Morales was allegedly re-elected in the first round, and includes data on the existence of two hidden servers used to process the results that were not controlled by Supreme Electoral Court personnel, which, according to the audit, facilitated data manipulation and electoral fraud.From the beginning, the U.S. government has endorsed and respected the credibility of the findings of the OAS report on alleged irregularities in the elections. The press release mentioned some of the points addressed in the report, such as at least two ballots filled out by the same person at hundreds of polling stations, which a handwriting analysis expert verified.The report points to a mathematical analysis that demonstrated it was highly unlikely for President Morales to obtain the margin of victory required to defeat his opponents without altering the results.“Based on the rigor of the independent report, the United States ultimately concurs with the report’s conclusion that, ‘given the overwhelming evidence we have found, what can be confirmed is that there has been a series of malicious operations aimed at altering the will expressed at the polls,’” Pompeo said.Pompeo urged the Bolivian transitional government to “continue its efforts to prepare for free, fair, and transparent elections that reflect the will of the Bolivian people as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court has directed The Florida Bar to draft a procedure whereby a medical liability claimant may waive the rights granted by Amendment 3, which limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases.The court acted December 14 in case no . SC05-1150. At the Bar Board of Governors meeting two days later, Bar President Alan Bookman announced he is appointing a special committee to write the rule.The court directed that the proposed amendment to Bar Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B):• Acknowledge the provisions of Art. 1, §26 of the Florida Constitution. That section contains the limitations approved by voters in November 2004, which sets fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 and 10 percent above that amount.• Affirm the obligation of an attorney to notify any potential client with a medical liability claim of the provisions of Art. I, §26.• Include a procedure whereby a medical liability claimant may “knowingly and voluntarily waive the rights” granted by Art. 1, §26.The court also said the proposed procedure may involve judicial oversight or review of the waiver and may include a standard waiver form or otherwise provide for the protection of the rights of a potential client.The court ordered the Bar to submit its proposed amendment to the court by February 12. Once the proposal is submitted, it will be published in the News for comment.Bookman told the board he was appointing a committee and former Supreme Court Justice Major Best Harding will serve as chair. He said he would also appoint three members from the board, three from the Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, three from the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and one each from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.He also named, as the board appointees, board members Jamie Moses, Eugene Pettis, and Murray Silverstein. The other members include Howard Coker, William Hahn, Thomas D. Masterson, Joseph Milton, Randy J. Ogden, Francis E. Pierce III, Herman Russomanno, and Bill Wagner.Earlier last year, former Justice Stephen Grimes and 53 other lawyers filed a rule petition with the court asking it to amend Bar contingency fees rules to conform with Amendment 3. The court held oral arguments on that petition, which drew hundreds of comments (almost all negative) from lawyers, on November 30. (See the December 15 Bar News. ) Court tells Bar to draft waiver for Amend. 3 January 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Court tells Bar to draft waiver for Amend. 3last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Spring may have sprung this week, but the threat of wintery weather still lingers as the latest Long Island forecast calls for a 50-percent chance of snow next Tuesday night into Wednesday.It’s too early to say if the storm will ride up the East Coast or go out to sea, how much snow might fall or whether—like a couple of the most recent local forecasts of snow—Nassau and Suffolk counties will wind up getting no snow at all, forecasters say.Spring weather will stick around for the weekend with temperatures expected to hit a high near 59 on Saturday and 43 on Sunday under partly sunny skies both days, but still dropping down below freezing after sundown.Temps are forecast to hit a high of 37 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before warming up again next weekend. The chance of snow Tuesday would be at night, when temps continue to drop below freezing.last_img read more

first_imgMobile banking is valued as a way to better serve and engage members, yet credit unions may not realize the potential for solid mobile ROI for institutions that focus on driving adoption and usage.To quantify the tangible returns generated by mobile banking users, Fiserv, in conjunction with Raddon Financial Group, conducted a year-long study and evaluated data from more than 67,000 mobile banking users at eight credit unions and nine banks. Researchers looked specifically at the actions of mobile banking users three months before and three months after they started using the service.The study found specific returns on the mobile investment in the following areas:Increased product holdings. The average number of product holdings, including loans, certificates of deposit, credit cards and mortgages, increased after consumers’ adoption of mobile banking.Increased transaction frequency. In the three months after adoption of mobile banking, consumers in the study significantly increased both the number and value of their debit and credit card, ATM and ACH transactions. This is significant because many transactions generate revenue, such as interchange revenue from card transactions. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgTopics : Skip kissing and consider wearing a mask when having sex to protect yourself from catching the coronavirus, Canada’s chief medical officer said on Wednesday, adding that going solo remains the lowest risk sexual option in a pandemic.Dr Theresa Tam said in a statement there is little chance of catching COVID-19 from semen or vaginal fluid, but sexual activity with new partners does increase the risk of contracting the virus, particularly if there is close contact like kissing.”Like other activities during COVID-19 that involve physical closeness, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus,” she said. Skip kissing, avoid face-to-face closeness, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and monitor yourself and your partner for symptoms ahead of any sexual activity, Tam said.”The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone,” she added.Sexual health is an important part of overall health, Tam said, and by taking precautions, “Canadians can find ways to enjoy physical intimacy while safeguarding the progress we have all made containing COVID-19.”Canada has reported 129,425 cases of COVID-19 and 9,132 deaths, as of Sept 1. New daily cases are far below peak volumes, but there has been a recent uptick, driven by more infections in certain western Canadian provinces. last_img read more

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced $400,000 in federal funds will provide support to veterans transitioning from military service to careers in education. The Troops to Teachers grant program, managed by the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), will create a robust network of teacher preparation programs around the commonwealth supporting veterans as they earn their teaching certifications.“It is critical to ensure Pennsylvania’s veterans have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling new careers and that systems are in place to support them as they transition,” said Governor Wolf. “Additionally, by assisting veterans in their journey to become educators while partnering with high-need schools, the Troops to Teachers program will benefit not only our veterans, but also our schools, classrooms, and students.”The Troops to Teachers grant program, in partnership with high-poverty and/or high-minority schools across the state, will enable veterans to gain critical skills and experience in the classroom, and help them with everything from navigating the certification process to securing a job in the field. The program will also provide targeted, intensive support during grantees’ first year by pairing them with teacher mentors and a Pennsylvania Department of Education certification staff point of contact. Under the program, certification costs will also be discounted, and application processing will be expedited.“This federal grant funding will provide Pennsylvania’s veterans with the tools they need to move from the military to the classroom, and will allow us to place more high-quality educators in schools,” said Education Secretary Pedro. A. Rivera. “It’s a comprehensive program that will offer preparation, support, and special consideration to these deserving, skilled individuals.”For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, or to read PDE Secretary Rivera’s budget testimony, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 16, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Announces ‘Troops to Teachers’ Grant Programlast_img read more

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials from the South Carolina Education Lottery say one ticket has matched the six winning numbers for an estimated jackpot of $1.6 billion.The winning numbers are: 05-28-62-65-70, Mega Ball: 5, Megaplier: 3.The Mega Millions website says the final nationwide results are still being tabulated as of 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, October 24.last_img