first_img View Comments We love everything about the Fourth of July: The fireworks, the day off, the commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence… But the thing we love most? The delicious, delicious barbecues. It’s always a blast to have burgers and beer with friends on the fourth, but might we suggest you invite a few Broadway party animals to make things interesting? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite crazy characters currently on Broadway—while any one of these guys and gals would instantly make your Fourth of July barbecue more entertaining, we’re making you pick only one. So, which Broadway party animal are you inviting to your Fourth of July barbecue? Cast your vote below!last_img read more

first_img Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, the late Howard Ashman and Beguelin. Additional cast members include Clifton Davis as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago, Brian Gonzales as Babkak and Jonathan Schwartz as Omar. Related Shows Hair alum Steel Burkhardt will fly into the Broadway cast of Aladdin. Beginning December 22, he will assume the role of Kassim, taking over for Brandon O’Neill at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Burkhardt joins a cast that includes Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Aladdin View Comments Burkhardt made his Broadway debut as a tribe member in the Tony-winning revival of Hair. He starred in the touring production as Berger, and went on to reprise his performance in the West End and later on Broadway. This past summer, he appeared in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing. from $57.50last_img read more

first_img“It is just normal to go back to regular eating without the desserts in the new year,” she said. “I don’t buy cookies or chips so the kids get back to regular foods, too.”Connie Crawley, a nutrition expert with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, says people should return to their pre-holiday eating — if that diet was healthy. “It is up to each person to do a self-assessment and determine if that diet was healthy,” Crawley said. “I encourage people to look at food items to substitute to start eating healthier items.” She suggests fruit instead of cookies, milk instead of soft drinks, a garden salad instead of fries, and whole-grain bread instead of white bread. “Slowly make healthier changes so it is more natural,” she said. “Make the changes that are easier for you first. If switching to whole grains will be something pretty simple to do, do that first. You can also make a change by not purchasing unhealthy items at the store, just leave the cookies and chips on the store shelf. If you’ve got the junk in the house or your office, you will eat it.” Rochelle Beckstine baked cookies with her kids over the holidays and openly admits she ate way too many tasty treats recently.“I always bake a lot for Christmas. We buy pounds of butter and have Christmas eating for a couple of weeks,” said the Commerce, Ga., mother of three.Beckstine said goodies at home weren’t the only holiday temptations she encountered.“Parties always have tons of dips that are high in fat, making it hard to eat right because you are hungry, but there is nothing to eat but chips and dip,” Beckstine said. “When you get home you feel bloated and horrible.”Now that holiday baking has ceased and party hopping stopped, Beckstine wants her family to get back to “regular eating.” Cut backCutting back the amount of food you’ve been eating isn’t always the answer because if you drastically cut portions you may feel deprived and end up binging. But, if you ate too much over the holidays, eating smaller portions is a healthy move now, Crawley said. “If you know you have been overeating, start by cutting back one fourth of your larger food portion,” Crawley said. “Then, if you still feel this is too much, cut back another fourth.”To limit food intake in a more structured way, use a 9-inch salad plate as a dinner plate and divide the plate into sections. Fill half the plate with salad or green or orange vegetables. A quarter of the plate should hold a starch like bread or potatoes. The final quarter is reserved for a lean protein like lean meat, skinless poultry or fish. Add fruit for dessert. “People are more satisfied with their meal if they drink milk,” Crawley said. “They can add some sugar-free chocolate mix to the milk for a little flavor. Just don’t drink sugary beverages like soda, tea or energy drinks.” Milk is also a needed change in the winter because people may become vitamin D deficient due to spending less time outside, she said.If you don’t like milk, add some non-fat yogurt or another dairy item to keep the calcium, protein and vitamin D up.Eat 3 meals a dayDon’t skip meals, she said.“If you skip breakfast, you lower your metabolic rate for the entire day,” Crawley said. “If you are too busy for breakfast, take it with you to work, but eat something before lunch.”She suggests avoiding overly sweet and processed foods, like donuts and pre-packaged sweet rolls. Try not to eat too late in the day either, ideally nothing after 7 p.m. Exercise On average, Americans gain 1 to 3 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. To lose the weight, combine a healthy eating plan with exercise. “When you lower food intake by dieting, you lower your metabolic rate, and the only way to raise it back up is to exercise,” she said. “You need to combine aerobic exercise with weight training and flexibility to be effective.” Exercise that raises the heart rate for at least 10 minutes is aerobic. Stretching after exercising will increase flexibility. Strength training will maintain muscle mass. Crawley suggests strength training only twice a week, with sessions at least 48 hours apart, to properly build and tone muscle. “If you haven’t been exercising and then go to a strenuous boot camp or body attack program, you will likely injure yourself and not go back,” Crawley warns. “Work up to a healthy exercise routine.”Try out some Wii games, join a gym, or turn on the radio and dance, she said.“You don’t have to be good at it, just start getting more active and gradually work up to a total of 30-60 minutes a day at least five days a week,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgVermont business women and leaders will learn how to build ‘courage skills’ from leadership and customer service expert Cindy Solomon at the 10th annual Key4Women Forum hosted by KeyBank. Held at the Sheraton in South Burlington, the Wednesday, November 2, event begins with breakfast at 7:30 am.  Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power and business entrepreneur, will be honored for her leadership in business and community with the Key Achieve Award, presented at the event. Solomon will present ‘Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge’ in which she discusses the four types of courage and when and how to invoke each for success in business, why finding the courage to move forward is the key to success in today’s new business economy, and how to inspire courage personally and professionally.The Key4Women Forum, which traditionally attracts 250 -300 attendees, is offered as an educational and networking event for women business owners and leaders. It includes a strong philanthropic aspect as well, as all proceeds from the $30 registration fee benefit the Vermont Women’s Fund.‘The Vermont Women’s Fund is thrilled to once again be the beneficiary of the Key4Women Forum. The funds we have received thru this inspiring event have allowed us to invest in programs throughout the state that promote leadership, equality, economic independence and opportunities for personal and professional growth for Vermont’s women and girls,’ said Catherine Kalkstein, Vermont Women’s Fund Executive Director.Registration information is available at is external).  For more information, contact Lesli Blount, KeyBank Community Relations Director, at 802.660.4223 or sends e-mail).KeyBank N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through branches and offices; a network of approximately 1,500 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site,, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.last_img read more

first_imgCrazes and trends can hit anywhere at any time, but they seem to hit particularly hard and fast in the outdoor industry. Think about neon in the 1980s, baggies in the 1990s, and ultra-light backpacking in the 2000s as just a few recent examples. The most recent trend to sweep the outdoor world has been the rise of minimalism. Of course the ounce counters of the ultra-light backpacking world have been into minimalism before it was cool, but the fad has infiltrated other sections of the industry recently. The most obvious example is of course the barefoot running movement – although the benefits of running in bare feet or shoes that mimic bare feet has been under attack of late – but you can also see it in the rise in popularity of single speed mountain bikes, and of course tenkara fly fishing.Tenkara style fly fishing – the setup ditches the reel for a fixed line, long rod, and fly – is significantly appealing to the Southern trout angler due to its pack-ability, simplicity and distinct advantages when fishing high, tight mountain streams. The extra long, super sensitive rod gets the fly where it needs to be – and keeps it out of the bushes – with just a flick, and the telescoping rod fits in a backpack for the occasional long hike to the best pools. If you love brook trout fishing and have not tried tenkara, you are missing out. But, you are also in luck.This weekend is the 3rd annual Tenkara Summit in Harrisonburg, Va. hosted by Tenkara USA and Mossy Creek Fly Fishing. Everything you could possibly want to learn about tenkara style fly fishing will be taught during this two-day summit. Casting, technique, and fly tying clinics will be held, along with free demos and guides on where to fish in Virginia. Whether you are just getting into it or are already deep into the tenkara scene, there will be something for everyone at this event.View Larger Maplast_img read more

first_imgThe Green Race is almost upon us, and over 100 paddlers have been preparing for their race against the clock. But only a handful have the top place on their minds, and it’s going to take everything they’ve got to make that dream come true.Who They Are“The top contenders haven’t changed much,” said Geoff Calhoun, a Great Falls Race champion who’s lurked within the top 10 over the last 10 or so Green Races, “but we all are getting better every year.”He and others, like Green Race local Pat Keller, Pacific Northwest Isaac “Honey Badger” Levinson, and Red Bull athlete Dane Jackson are this year’s top racers vying for first place on Nov. 5. Add elite international athletes like Spain’s Gerd Serrasolses and New Zealand’s Mike Dawson into the mix now that the 2016 Olympics in Rio are over.“I’m sure some of those boys will come over to play,” Keller said. Which will take first place in a race where less than a second has separated first from second place the last two years and every mistake counts, he added, “You just never know.”The EdgeBorn and raised in the area, Keller has been competing in the Green Race for over 10 years, and when he’s not racing on the Green, he’s finding every other way to run the river as it’s never been run before. From connecting cartwheels at Go Left to hucking iconic Gorilla rapid blindfolded, Keller’s experience on and knowledge of the Green have helped to put him on the top podium three times, and this year could just as easily make number four.Most of the top dogs will have one to two weeks to dial in the same lines, calling upon different racing backgrounds to help. Last year’s tied winner and former international slalom paddler for France, Eric Deguil has seven Green Races under his belt to help pinpoint what he plans to do. Meanwhile, Calhoun has wildwater experience, first place in hand paddle at last year’s Green Race and, most recently, the domination at the Traditional Great Falls Race backing him.But even Keller acknowledged it’ll be tough to outpace slalom phenom Dawson, should he come to reclaim the title he earned in 2012 with the still-standing record time of 4 minutes, 10 seconds. Pacific Northwest paddler Levinson also has a Green Race win, impressive for having contended with paralysis to half of his face during his 2011 victory. Between that and regular race appearances on such epic runs as the Little White Salmon, the former East Coast resident remains a force to be reckoned with.Should 23-year-old Jackson compete this year, that’s another paddling prodigy and regular extreme whitewater race winner in the mix. Jackson tied with Deguil in 2015 and has a full-title victory to claim in the 21st annual race.The Race CourseWhat began as a friendly bout against 16 friends in 1996 has since turned into an international capstone to the whitewater race season. Racers blast out of the starting pool right into Class V Hammer Factor, down a half mile of near nonstop Class IV-V+ rapids and finish on the left shore below Rapid Transit. The winner-take-all category is the aptly named longboat class, where kayaks range between 11 and 12 feet. One little error means some five feet off the line and a series of adjustments, or worse, spinning out. To stay straight and shave off the seconds, the racers must use every advantage they have and everything they know.The Game PlanBetween longer stints in the gym to more days pounding out the longboat sessions to basically CrossFit, the top guns have tried different training regimes over the years to build the strength necessary for carrying out their game plans on race day.“It’s difficult to have a set strategy in the Narrows. The river tempo is hard to follow exactly when you’re exhausted,” said Deguil. So after knowing the lines, pacing becomes critical.“If you go wide open at the beginning, you’re crumbling by the time you get to Gorilla, and that’s where you have to be pacing and be fast and on top of the river otherwise you’ll blow it,” Keller added.The strategy most have agreed on is to step it up from the gate, making sure each stroke counts, and be at 100 percent just above “Whale Tale” a tenth of a mile downstream of the start. As for some strategies, like Calhoun’s, we’ll just have to wait until high noon on Nov. 5 to see them and if they work. The beauty of the Green Race, everyone agrees, is that ultimately it could be anybody’s game.Related:last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re a fan of fly fishing literature, you’re most likely a fan of the legendary fly fishing author John Gierach. And if you’re not, please remove yourself from whatever rock you’ve been living under, and join us in the real world.With eighteen books to his name, John is far and away the most prolific and quite possibly the most popular fly fishing writer alive today.If you haven’t read his books, do yourself a favor and pick one up. I personally cut my teeth on Geirach’s writing with a collection of short stories titled No Shortage of Good Days.In the book Geirach, chronicles fly fishing expeditions from the Great Smoky Mountains to his home rivers of Colorado. His witty style combines with decades of knowledge and insight about the fly fishing game to deliver the reader straight from the arm chair the banks of whatever tiny stream, wide river or high mountain lake Gierach happens to be writing about.A few other favorites are Trout Bum, Fool’s Paradise; Sex, Death and Fly Fishing; and Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders.If you’re already a fan of Gierach’s writing, don’t miss a rare opportunity to get inside the writer’s head by listening to a recent interview conducted by Orvis’ Tom Rosenbauer—a major fly fishing luminary in his own right—for his popular Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.In it, Rosenbauer talks with John about his latest book, A Fly Rod of your Own, and Gierach opens up about his life as a fishing writer and the methods to his writing madness.Click the image below to listen! last_img read more

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Details The data dialog is missing a significant component as it pertains to retail banking. It focuses on getting data and leveraging that data to drive relevancy and context. In other words, we’re all suppose to use data so we can better target consumers for offers that they respond to. Ok, we all get that. But if all financial institutions start using data as they should, and eventually they will, we’re just falling right back into the same commodity trap we’re in today.Omni-channel banking, the terribly overused, if not antiquated phrase, is also missing the consumer banking boat. David Gibbard recently blogged on the subject and said “the future of banking is bi-directional channel banking, the next step beyond omni-channel banking.” In short, he logically proposes that channels used by consumers and bank/CU staff, be closer aligned and share the same data. David goes on to say “The best customer experience can only occur if both the customer and the bank/credit union customer facing teams are on the same page.” This makes complete sense, particularly if the financial services industry can use data and interactions, regardless of channel, to genuinely connect with consumers on a more emotional level. This is includes predicting consumer needs and serving in more of an advisor role.The neo banks have done a good job of trying to reduce the chore of banking with its friction, and you of course should too (and you are likely beginning to do so.) Neo banks have realized that traditional banks are viable distribution partners, and in fact, their survival may depend on partnering with banks, not competing against them. While they focus on UX and digital solutions, they are in essence simply repackaging and distributing other banking services and products. What some may lack is personal consumer engagement. Guess what? Virtual and physical sales channels are going to grow in importance for consumers financial product decisions that are deemed high emotional value.Retail bankers must continue to recognize that consumer banking is very much tied to a human experience. When consumers use your services, for whatever reason, there is context tied to an event, a need or a purchase. We’re so focused on the transaction, that we can forget that. If I’m applying for a car loan, I’m dreading the loan process, but I’m excited about getting behind the wheel of the car. That new car smell is intoxicating. It’s a human experience. The mortgage application process is a nightmare from a consumer POV and anxiety can be overwhelming. The borrower is excited about the new home, but the process of applying for a mortgage and waiting for approval and funding, is a real drag. The consumer interest and emotion is tied to the purchase and that is where financial institutions have tremendous opportunity. Unlike neo banks, financial institutions (FIs) are well staffed and have broad distribution capabilities. Perhaps that’s why startups like Manilla failed and why dot.coms like Simple and Moven have turned to retail banks for distribution.Communication can’t be a one-way street where FIs broadcast their products to customers who may or may not buy them. The user experience (UX) and human experience (HX) must collide and bankers need to show interest, be interesting and be human. Listening and reacting to the customer’s voice and recognizing that the FI is enabling human fulfillment, can result in more satisfied and loyal customers. Offering products and services that make the consumer feel good and cared about, is an obvious imperative. This helps create a sense of belonging, empowerment, trust and security, all critically important to helping you differentiate in an evolving financial services arena.last_img read more 18 April 2013Money lenders will have to practice responsible lending under new legislation introduced to Parliament today that aims to crack down on loan shark practices. Finance and loan companies would have to ensure individuals had the resources to pay back their loans and could be banned from the industry if they failed to comply. Repossession powers, which currently allowed items such as children’s beds and toys to be taken if loan repayments weren’t made, would be curbed. Repossession agents would also have to be licensed. Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss introduced the Consumer Credit and Financial Services Law Reform Bill to Parliament this afternoon, calling it “the biggest overhaul of consumer credit law in a decade”. “The changes introduced today represent a crackdown on unscrupulous lenders who prey on desperate people and leave them and their families trapped in a spiral of debt,” he said. Other measures in the bill put stricter controls on loan advertising and tighter requirements on the provision of finance terms and conditions. read more

first_imgHealthLifestyle Call for hairdressers to get skin cancer training by: – March 20, 2012 Share Removing suspicious moles early can prevent a deadly invasive melanoma developingHairdressers can and should be trained to check their clients for skin cancer, say health experts. Currently there is no general screening programme in the UK, despite this cancer being one of the most common types.It is estimated that about 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year.But many cases go undetected for years, meaning delayed treatment and a poorer outlook.The most harmful type of skin cancer, called malignant melanoma, kills more than 2,500 people in the UK every year.Most cases are preventable – skin cancer is caused by too much exposure to UV light from the sun or sunbeds – but the rates have been increasing over recent years.People at greatest risk are those with fair, freckled skin and lots of moles.Signs to be aware of include changes to moles, such as itching, bleeding or changing shape or colour. In women, the cancers occur most commonly on the legs. For men, it is the back. But up to a fifth affect the skin of the head and neck. Lesions on the scalp and the back of the neck can easily go unnoticed, and experts say hairdressers are the ideal people to spot these.Untapped resourceWriting in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, US doctors say: “We should not wait for our patients with skin cancer to come to us when it may be too late, but use research and outreach methods to improve early detection of head and neck melanomas by capitalising on the role of hairdressers and their unique relationship with our potential clients.”Hairdressers would not be expected to make the diagnosis, but instead to tactfully point out any lumps, bumps or sores they find to their client who can bring it to the attention of their own doctor.Anecdotal research suggests such training is achievable, and work carried out by Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust found of those hairdressers polled most were keen to do take on the extra responsibility. Campaigners say the checks could become routine, alongside a cut and blow dry, in the UK’s 36,000 hair salons.In 2010, the Melanoma Taskforce, a panel of UK skin cancer experts chaired by Sian James MP, produced a set of guidelines for hairdressers and beauty therapists to help them identify malignant melanoma and two other common, less aggressive forms of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. A spokeswoman for the British Association of Dermatologists, a charity that is part of the taskforce, said: “It would be dangerous to suggest that such a small amount of ‘training’ qualifies health and beauty professionals to diagnose skin cancer. “However, they can help in spotting changes to the skin in places that their clients can’t usually see.”Sarah Williams, of Cancer Research UK, also part of the taskforce, said such strategies now needed evaluating to see whether they do achieve the desired effect. She added: “Spotting skin cancer early makes treatment more likely to be successful. So it’s important to raise awareness of the changes to look out for and encourage people to visit their GP if they notice anything unusual. “Signs of skin cancer everyone can look out for include changes to the size, shape or colour of a mole, any other change to a mole or patch of skin, or a sore that hasn’t healed after several weeks. If you notice any of these changes, it’s best to get them checked out by a doctor without delay.”By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC News Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 19 Views   no discussionslast_img read more