Angela Lansbury to Headline The Chalk Garden on B’way

first_img View Comments Star Files At long last, it looks like Grande dame Angela Lansbury will return to the stage in the first Broadway revival of Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden. The five-time Tony winner has been eyeing the project since 2012. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Rudin and Andrew Bryan will produce the show in the 2017-18 season.Lansbury has earned Tony Awards for her performances in Blithe Spirit, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World and Mame. She was also nominated for A Little Night Music and Deuce. Lansbury most recently appeared on Broadway in The Best Man, starring opposite James Earl Jones; the two went on to headline an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy in 2013. Her myriad screen credits include Oscar-nominated performances in The Manchurian Candidate, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gaslight, as well as Murder, She Wrote, for which she received 12 Emmy nods.The Chalk Garden follows a grandmother who tries to find a suitable governess to look after her disturbed granddaughter, Laurel, who is more concerned with exposing the sordid pasts of her potential caregivers.The play originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and starred Gladys Cooper and the late Marian Seldes (whom Lansbury starred opposite in Deuce). It received five Tony Awards nominations including Best Play. The story was adapted into a feature film in 1964 starring Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills. Angela Lansbury(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Angela Lansburylast_img read more

Cotton cash

first_img Experts/Sources: Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Don Shurleycenter_img By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe U.S. government will send little to no price-support help to cotton farmers this year. But cotton farmers don’t mind. They don’t need any help this year.Averaging around 70 cents per pound, cotton prices are the highest they’ve been since 1997, said Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Important but volatileWorld cotton prices can be volatile. But cotton is important to Georgia and other producer states, adding billions of dollars a year to their economies. That’s why the government steps in from time to time when prices swing low, Shurley said, to help cotton growers stay in business.Cotton and many other crops have price-support programs funded through the U.S. farm bill. Many complicated formulas determine if and when and how much money the government will send to cotton farmers.Essentially, when world cotton prices fall below 65 cents, farmers get government payments that help ease the price shock. When cotton prices are high, as they are this year, growers get no help.Farmers don’t have to think back too far to remember low cotton prices.LowIn 2001, an oversupply of cotton in the world plunged average cotton prices to a dismal 31 cents per pound, Shurley said. In 2002, prices rebounded only slightly to average 45 cents per pound.Due to low prices and poor yields brought on by drought, the 2002 Georgia cotton crop, on its own, was worth only about $338 million, Shurley said.Through programs called loan-deficiency and counter-cyclical payments, though, Georgia farmers got another $202 million in government price support. This made the 2002 crop worth about $540 million.HighThe 2003 Georgia cotton crop is expected to be worth about $722 million on its own.“This year, because prices are much better,” Shurley said, “government spending will be greatly reduced.”Cotton money, he said, filters from farmers’ hands into the rural economies where the crop is grown.Economists figure that for every cotton dollar spent by a farmer for such things as equipment, chemicals, loan payments and land, three more dollars are generated throughout the economy.The 2003 Georgia cotton crop is on pace to generate about $2.1 billion in economic activity in Georgia.“This year’s cotton crop will definitely be a boost for Georgia’s economy and the local, rural economies where cotton is grown,” Shurley said.Cotton prices are up because demand is as strong as ever and supplies are shorter. They have remained high and stable in the past month because China, a major cotton-producing country, had a bad crop and is buying more than expected this year.last_img read more

Circ highway plan clears major environmental hurdle

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation learned today that the US Army Corps of Engineers determined that the Agency’s preferred alternative for the next phase of the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway (Circ) passes environmental muster. If all goes as planned, the construction on the Williston phase of the Circ could begin in 2013. VTrans did not say what the total cost might be.The Corps of Engineers determined that the so-called Circ A/B Boulevard is the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA) for the purpose of satisfying a key federal milestone known as the Section 404 Water Quality permit process. VTrans applied for this permit in 2007 in conjunction with the issuance of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which evaluated not only the Circ A/B Boulevard but other roadway alternatives as well.‘The Corps of Engineer’s determination is a key decision because the Corps cannot issue a water-quality permit unless it first determines that a proposed project is the least environmentally damaging of the practicable alternatives,’ said VTrans Secretary David Dill. ‘The Corps’ acceptance of our LEDPA recommendation is a significant hurdle that we are glad to have cleared.  Our goal is to have our 404 Permit and Federal Highway’s Record of Decision in hand this year.’VTrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in July 2008 identified the A/B Corridor, which requires that a new exit be built along Interstate 89, as the Circ’s preferred alternative.  Since that time, VTrans and FHWA officials have been engaged in an intense cooperative effort with the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to permit the corridor as a new roadway.As a result of these discussions, the original Circ alternative that called for construction of a limited access highway with a 50 mph speed limit was modified to a 40 mph, four-lane boulevard-style roadway with at-grade intersections and a raised median. In addition, the modified Circ A/B Corridor includes a minor shift in alignment to minimize impacts to wetlands and vernal pools, as well as increased bridging of streams to minimize other impacts to both water quality and wildlife habitat.To compensate for the unavoidable impacts of the Circ A/B Corridor, VTrans has proposed a mitigation plan that includes the protection of nearly 500 acres of wetland and wildlife habitat.With the LEDPA in hand, VTrans can now issue its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Circ-Williston project, identifying the Circ A/B Boulevard as the Preferred Alternative. A 30-day public comment period follows the issuance of the FEIS, after which Federal Highway officials will issue their Record of Decision.  The Record of Decision is FHWA’s formal decision document under the National Environmental Policy Act.Other permits are needed before construction can begin.  VTrans hopes to complete design and permitting work such that construction could begin in 2013. Source: VTrans. 7.7.2010last_img read more

Shirley Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Shirley man was sentenced Wednesday to 1 ⅓ to 4 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his 29-year-old passenger in the victim’s hometown of Brentwood last year.Oscar Rivera pleaded guilty last month at Suffolk County Court to second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.Prosecutors said the 27-year-old man was drunk when he was driving his Lincoln southbound on Grand Boulevard, where he lost control of the car and hit a tree on the morning of Oct. 4, 2014.His passenger, David Gonzalez, was pronounced dead at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.Judge Fernando Camacho handed down the sentence after prosecutors requested Rivera get 2 to 6 years in prison.last_img read more

Should credit unions combine forces with fintech?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions’ relationships with financial technology (fintech) companies might define their future in financial services, according to Tom Davis, CSCU’s senior vice president of finance and technology.It is the age of unbundling—where services are being peeled off—and fintech companies are thriving.“These folks are here in our space and we’ve got to deal with them one way or the other,” says Davis, who spoke recently at the 2016 CSCU Solutions Conference in Orlando, Fla.Fintech companies take a single line of the business and develop a better, easier user experience. “They do one thing, they do it with laser focus, and they do it very, very well,” Davis says. continue reading »last_img read more

Belgium closes schools, bars to fight coronavirus outbreak

first_imgTopics : Belgium will close schools, cancel all cultural events and shutter bars and restaurants to stave off the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the government said on Thursday.Announced by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes after a meeting of the national security council, the measures will come into force at midnight on Saturday (2300 GMT on Friday).”This is not a lockdown,” Wilmes said. “We want to avoid situations like Italy. These measures must prevent lockdowns.” Wilmes said at the press conference that “all recreational events: sporting, cultural or folkloric” are cancelled, “regardless of size and whether it is a private or public meeting.”The closure of schools at national level will be effective until April 3, the day before the Easter holidays, effectively keeping students out of school for a month.The government said that parents with no option for child care would be helped by authorities. This was an effort to avoid citizens resorting to retired people, the age group most vulnerable to the virus.”The idea is not for children to be looked after by their grandparents,” she said.center_img Nurseries or crèches can remain open, Wilmes added.Beginning Saturday, only stores that provide essential services — such as pharmacies and grocery stores– will remain open under normal conditions. All other stores will remain open during the week, but closed at weekends.The government asked Belgians to work from home as much as possible. Wilmes said those heading to the office should stagger their shifts to keep public transport uncongested.If followed, Wiles said the measures could allow Belgium to avoid an uncontrollable epidemic such as seen in Italy, where more than 1,000 people have died.Neighboring Luxembourg also closed schools for at least two weeks and closed all retirement homes to visitors.last_img read more

Governor Wolf to Nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to be Inaugural Secretary of Health and Human Services

first_img May 23, 2017 Governor Wolf to Nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to be Inaugural Secretary of Health and Human Services Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced his intention to nominate current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to serve as the inaugural Secretary of the prospective unified Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Miller has served as Insurance Commissioner since January 2015, where she has worked on a range of issues, including the administration’s top priorities – fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic and helping seniors.“Teresa Miller has established herself quickly in Pennsylvania as a leader in her field, an advocate for consumers and the less fortunate, and an effective administrator whose department quickly found new success in a challenging national environment,” Governor Wolf said. “Over the past two years, Commissioner Miller has fought to protect health care for seniors and kids, increased the department’s efforts for consumer protection and education, and made the department more transparent.“She embodies the best of public service – effectively working across the aisle and state lines – to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better and more secure. It is my honor to ask her to be the inaugural leader of the prospective unified Department of Health and Human Services.”Governor Wolf proposed integrating the Departments of Aging, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into a new, unified Department of Health & Human Services to deliver public health, social, and human services to Pennsylvanians in the most efficient and effective way by fostering innovation, creative thinking, and practical solutions. Over the past several months, Governor Wolf has worked closely with each of these four agencies to identify and break down silos and reimagine how we deliver such critical services.Pennsylvanians can learn more about the proposed unified department and how it aims to improve services for populations such as seniors and those seeking substance use treatment here.Governor Wolf also announced his intention to nominate Jessica Altman, current Insurance Department Chief of Staff, to be Miller’s eventual replacement.STANDING UP FOR SENIORS“Seniors have been a priority of mine at the insurance department,” Miller said. “Early in the administration, I worked closely with the governor to protect seniors who faced the loss of access to their doctors in Western Pennsylvania.”​Teresa Miller has been a leader in the administration’s efforts to protect seniors. Her work to ensure seniors in Western Pennsylvania were protected and would not lose access to their doctors helped prevent disruption in care for 180,000 by ensuring UPMC providers continued participation in Highmark’s Medicare networks.In 2017, Teresa was named chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Senior Issues Task Force. Also at the NAIC, Teresa has been a leader in taking on the current challenges of the long term care insurance markets. At her request, the NAIC created the Long Term Care Innovation (LTC) Task Force, which she now chairs and which is working to increase long term care funding options for consumers, including increasing the number of affordable asset protection options available.Teresa has also looked for ways to innovate in long term care insurance in Pennsylvania, making a change to the requirements for long term care insurance policies that will allow lower-priced products to be considered LTC partnership products; products that allow consumers to retain some assets if they need to transition to Medicaid after exhausting their private coverage.Teresa has taken on the challenge of the long term care insurance market, holding a public hearing to increase transparency into the market and the process by which rates are determined. Teresa feels strongly about keeping long term care insurance consumers informed, and often personally corresponds with consumers impacted by long term care insurance rate increases.FIGHTING THE HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS “This will be a chance for me to continue working on issues I have been passionate about, in some cases for more than seventeen years, and issues that are top priorities for this governor,” Miller said. “Early in my career, I fought for state adoption of mental health parity legislation in Oregon, representing drug and alcohol treatment providers, social workers, the Arc of Oregon and other advocates for people with disabilities. Then, as the insurance regulator in Oregon, I worked to ensure consumers received the benefits of that law.”Under Teresa’s leadership, the Department of Insurance (PID) has begun a comprehensive strategy to ensure insurance companies are complying with all laws related to coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The strategy includes three prongs: increasing consumer outreach and soliciting consumer complaints, reviewing insurance policy forms to ensure they describe proper coverage, and performing compliance audits on all of Pennsylvania’s major health insurers.In order to enhance consumer awareness and understanding, the PID published new, comprehensive guidance aimed to help consumers understand what mental health and substance use disorder benefits they are entitled to under law based on the type of health insurance they have and to provide them with information on who to call if they experience issues with this coverage.Teresa received the Ambassador for Recovery Award at the 2016 Recovery Walk in Philadelphia in recognition of her leadership on parity enforcement. This award is organized and presented by the Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) and The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania.While CHIP was still under PID, Teresa ensured children and teens had access to comprehensive substance use disorder treatment by ensuring all CHIP plans complied with Act 106 requirements.Working with the federal government, Teresa had direct oversight of implementation of parity for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, working to make sure parity was effectively implemented across the country.In Oregon, Teresa fought for state adoption of parity, and represented drug and alcohol treatment providers, disability providers, and social workers.BACKGROUNDPrior to coming to Pennsylvania, Miller served as acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group in the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Before going to Washington, Miller served as the administrator of the Oregon Insurance Division.Miller received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pacific Lutheran University.Miller is a national leader on insurance issues that impact consumers. At the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), she chairs the Senior Issues Task Force and its Long Term Care Innovation Subgroup, which is examining the future of private solutions to long term care financing, with a focus on removing barriers to pursue concrete solutions that can pave the way for the private market to play a more meaningful role in financing the long term care needs of society. She is also on the Congressional Budget Office’s panel of health advisers, offering input on the potential impact federal policies and proposed legislation may have on health care consumers.Commissioner Teresa Miller’s portrait is available here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

This property has the lot, tennis court, swimming pool and more than 4ha of land, just 20km from the city

first_img249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.She loved the quiet, small valley and the real feeling of community it gave them. “It was just more quietly unassuming, it had a gentleness to it,’’ she said.There was a house already on the site which they eventually put their own stamp on.“We did extend parts of it and we renovated what was there and I think because we took the time, we lived in it for a period of time and got to understand how it was through the seasons and then we went into renovating it. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“We just knew how we wanted to use it, we really wanted to enjoy the outside and so that is why we have a couple of areas that we can use depending on the seasons.’’Mr McRae, who is a consultant and board director in the energy and renewable energy industries, said the family was looking for a home that was peaceful and allowed them to take a breath of fresh air in the middle of their busy lives. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper BrookfieldWhen Lisa and Steve McRae moved to Brisbane from the United States in 1996 their priority was to find a home with plenty of space for their young children.They definitely found that at 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, securing a house on 4.3ha of land.Mrs McRae said one of the reasons for coming back to Australia and choosing Brisbane was so they could have some space around them.They went to an open inspection at Brookfield and knew immediately it was the right place for them. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“When we first came upon this house the drive took us up to the crest of a hill which opened up to 360 degree views over the valley to Mt Coot-tha which was stunning,” he said.Now that their children have left home Mr McRae said they were empty-nesters with only their dog at home and it was time to downsize.“It’s time to think about moving on and letting another family enjoy this environment,” he said.The property has a fully self-contained studio, with an ensuite and kitchen while in the main home has a wine cellar.There is a swimming pool and championship-size tennis court.There are also three stables and a large shed plus an orchard with citrus trees.The kitchen has a marble island bench and Bosch appliances, and there is a home office. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper BrookfieldA gas lit fireplace is in the main living area and the property has a 5.6 kilowatt solar power system and solar hot water system as well as ducted heating and cooling. DETAILSlast_img read more

Perfect announces reelection bid

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Republican state senator Chip Perfect from Lawrenceburg has announced plans to run for reelection in the 43rd District in Indiana. Perfect said, “It has been an honor to serve my fellow Hoosiers in southeastern Indiana. I certainly have learned a lot in my first four years in the Indiana Senate. I look forward to putting that knowledge and experience to work for another term.”Perfect was elected for the first time in 2014 and serves all or portions of Bartholomew, Decatur Jackson, Jennings, Ohio, Dearborn and Ripley Counties. Perfect is the assistant caucus chairman of the senate Republicans, chairman of the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Pension and Labor Committee, Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.The Indiana primary election will be held on May 8, 2018.last_img read more

Southampton leading race to seal £5.5m transfer for Welbeck

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All Time7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Aston Villa are weighing up a move for £10million-rated Obafemi – but face competition from West Brom for his signature. Villa have been tracking the highly-rated Southampton striker, 20, as they look to solve the goalscoring problems which blighted them last season. But newly-promoted Midlands rivals West Brom are also looking to strengthen their attack and they have highlighted Obafemi as someone who can help them thrive in their first season back up in the top flight. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan of the Republic of Ireland forward who made 25 appearances for the club in all competitions last season. read also:Super Falcons coach’s wages available -NFF But the big problem is how much game time he can give Obafemi with Danny Ings the clear first choice starter in that position, and with Che Adams and Shane Long also in contention. If anything he is spoilt for choice, but that could be a problem for Obafemi as he looks to continue his development as a player to become a regular starter in the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Southampton are among the clubs trying to sign Danny Welbeck for a cut-price £5.5million. The Watford striker wants to leave Vicarage Road after relegation to the Championship and it has emerged he has a release clause in his contract. It has sparked a lot of Premier League interest. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan and wants to land the former England striker, who has only been with the Hornets for a season. He only has one more year left on his Watford contract. The 29-year-old former Manchester United and Arsenal ace is seen as a bargain buy and a deal will almost certainly be struck before the new season. Meanwhile, SunSport revealed Saints forward Michael Obafemi is in demand.Advertisementlast_img read more