• Fran Kranz Will Join Al Pacino in China Doll; B’way Dates & Theater Set

    first_img View Comments Related Shows Fran Kranz will star opposite the previously reported Al Pacino in China Doll. Directed by Pam MacKinnon and penned by David Mamet, the production will begin performances on October 20 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and officially open on November 19.Franz’s Broadway credits include You Can’t Take It With You and Death of a Salesman.”China Doll is a play about a wealthy man, his young fiancé, and an airplane,” Mamet has been quoted as saying. “The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement, and enjoy himself. He’s in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call…The characters are Mickey Ross, a billionaire; Carson, the assistant, and a telephone. I wrote it for Al. It is better than oral sex.”The production will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and costume design by Jess Goldstein. China Doll Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016last_img read more

  • Great Pumpkins

    first_imgGeorgia 4-H leaders say the pumpkin contest teaches students the responsibility needed to complete a long-term project, the self-motivation and confidence needed to tackle a project independently and the ability to use problem-solving skills to persevere against insects, dry spells and pumpkin diseases. “The 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest is a great project to get kids digging in the dirt, planting seeds and learning about gardening. Whether their pumpkins ends up the size of a Volkswagen Bug or just a grape, 4-H’ers can experience first-hand the challenges and satisfaction of growing plants,” said Jeff Buckley, a Georgia 4-H faculty member who coordinated the contest this year. “Perhaps this contest will spark an interest in gardening that will guide them to a career in the agricultural and environmental sciences.” p>To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, contact Buckley at or call (706) 542-4H4H (4444). The average Halloween carving pumpkin weighs 10 to 20 pounds, but with tender loving care the right pumpkin can grow to 10 to 20-times that size. That’s the goal Terrell County 4-H Club member Caroline Daniel set out to meet as she cared for her 430-pound, first-place winning pumpkin this fall. Daniel was one of dozens of Georgia 4-H Club members who entered the club’s annual pumpkin growing contest this year. It was a good year for big pumpkins, with Daniel’s winning pumpkin weighing almost 180 pounds more than last year’s winner. White County’s Christine Taylor took second place with a 354-pound pumpkin and Lauren Weeks of Tift County took third with her 112-pound gourd. This is Daniel’s second year placing in the pumpkin growing contest. Last year she took home third place with a 213-pound pumpkin. The top three 4-H’ers will receive a cash prize from the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association in recognition of the months they spent tending their plants. Other 4-H club members who produced pumpkins of note this year include: Fourth place, Kellee Alday of Seminole County; 106 pounds Fifth place, Savannah Anderson of Lumpkin County; 100 poundsSixth place, Taylor Weeks of Tift County, 79 poundsSeventh place, Braden Weeks of Tift County, 74 pounds Eighth place Ree Daniels of Tift County, 73 poundsNinth place Kaydee Huskins of Bartow County, 65 poundsTenth place, Ella Daniels of Tift County, 60 poundslast_img read more

  • GE Volunteers donate $2,000 to the Starbase Vermont youth program

    first_imgFor the second year in a row, GE Volunteers have donated $2,000 to the Starbase Vermont youth program to help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to elementary school students in Vermont.  Starbase offers students in grades 4 through 6 an exciting activity-based curriculum conducted over 5 days (25 hours) with a goal to inspire students in STEM fields.  The Starbase program typically occurs over a 5-week period and it is free of charge.”GE has been tremendously supportive,” said Doug Gilman, State Director of Starbase Vermont.  “In addition to the funds donated by GE Volunteers, over the last two years the Rutland GE Employees Community Concerns Fund has donated $2,000 to our cause.  With support from our community partners, we are able to serve about 1,500 Vermont students every year.””At GE Aviation we clearly understand the importance of the Starbase mission,” said Bill Sacco, a senior quality engineer at the GE Aviation plant in Rutland.  “Starbase has a special ability to inspire student interest and excitement in science and engineering.  That’s why I feel privileged to serve on the Starbase Vermont Board of Directors.”Through hands-on learning, the Starbase curriculum also teaches vital personal development skills including teambuilding, goal setting, and healthy choices.  With program sites in Rutland and South Burlington, Starbase Vermont reaches about 80 classes of students annually in Vermont.  All public and private schools are eligible to apply for this program and is there no fee for students to participate. Source: Starbase Vermont. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT (July 14, 2009) –last_img read more

  • Vermont producers compete for “Best of Vermont”

    first_imgChevre            First Place:                  Does Leap            Second Place:              Fat Toad Farm            Third Place:                 Blue Ledge Farm Maple Mustard            First Place:                  Northeast Kingdom s Spicy Maple Mustard            Second Place:              Northeast Kingdom s Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce            Third Place:                 Butternut Mountain Maple Horseradish Mustard One Year Cheddar            First Place:                  Grafton Village Cheese            Second Place:              Cabot Creamery Cooperative            Third Place:                 Shelburne FarmsSalsa            First Place:                  Mariah s Specialty Vermont Maple            Second Place:              Gringo Jack s Harvest            Third Place:                 Granny Blossom s Hot Apple The Ware Building at the Champlain Valley Fair was bustling from morning to night with special events, cooking demonstrations and kids activities. This year something there was something new – the Best of Vermont competition.The Agency of Agriculture identified categories of foods made in Vermont,  and each day of the fair was dedicated to a specific category. Fairgoers visiting the Ware Building sampled the items and voted on their favorites. This was a great success. Not only did thousands of fairgoers get to sample tasty food, the producers were able to highlight their products to potential new customers, said Koi Boynton, Agricultural Marketing Coordinator with the agency. We will certainly try this again next year.The Ware Building each year is programmed and staffed by agency of agriculture employees. The events and demonstrations focus on Vermont products and agriculture.Results of the Best of Vermont Competition:Strawberry Jam            First Place:                  Side Hill Farm            Second Place:             Summer in Vermont Jam            Third Place:                 Elmore Roots Granola            First Place:                  Nutty Steph s            Second Place:              Red Door Bakery            Third Place:                 Woodstock Cookie Co. Exotic Jam            First Place:                  Summer in Vermont Jam s Blackberry Currant            Second Place:              Side Hill Farm s Habanero Mango            Third Place:                 Elmore Roots Red Currant Kiwi Source: VT Dept of Ag. 9.10.2009###last_img read more

  • The Orphans of Ciudad Juárez, a Generation Marked by Hate

    first_imgBy Dialogo April 26, 2011 Its necessary to work harder Save the children. Human tortured mindsOf in need of understanding At six years old, Jorge is filling a piggy bank with which he hopes to “buy a goat’s horn” (an AK-47 rifle) to kill his dad’s murderers, according to the psychologist who cares for a handful of the twelve thousand minors orphaned by violence in Ciudad Juárez, in northern Mexico. The little boy is one of the few receiving psychological treatment to overcome the trauma of seeing one of their parents die in this city on the U.S. border where seven thousand people have been murdered in the wars among drug traffickers and in anti-drug operations since 2007. “At least twelve thousand children have lost one or both of their parents. Right now, it’s hatred and desire for vengeance against whoever killed their parents, but tomorrow it’s going to be hatred and desire for vengeance against the state that allowed them to be killed,” warned Gustavo de la Rosa, a local inspector for the State Human Rights Commission. De la Rosa calculated that number on the basis of the fact that the majority of the seven thousand victims were between seventeen and thirty-five years old. Couples in Ciudad Juárez usually have an average of three children, often before reaching the age of twenty. The official explained that he has only twenty psychologists to provide care to the family members – adults and children – of the dead, whose numbers are increasing by an average of fifty a week. At the end of a meeting of local institutions with victim-services departments, he confessed, “We just counted how many psychologists we could come up with among all of us, and we didn’t get to a hundred.” “We urgently need psychologists who’ve had experience with children in the Balkans, in Africa,” he affirmed. In addition to the psychologists employed by the public prosecutor’s office, an association of Catholic specialists in end-of-life care provides free services to children younger than eight. Jorge is one of them. His mom “arrived in hysterics to tell us what her son told her about the piggy bank, and these are stories we hear over and over,” said Silvia Aguirre, founder of the Family Center for Integration and Growth, which has six therapists. Another boy asked for a piggy bank in order to “set it up at the television station that showed his dad’s decapitated head,” she added. The children receive play therapy in order to bring them out of the isolation and episodes of rage into which they fall after the deaths of their parents and the stigma they face in their communities as ‘drug traffickers’ children.’ “We also give workshops for adolescents and adults. There are many, many people who need help. Just in one secondary school near here, with 300 students, 210 have lost one of their parents to violence,” she said. Myrna Pastrana, a writer born in Ciudad Juárez, has collected another hundred stories of young children. Pastrana is the author of Cuando las banquetas fueron nuestras [When the sidewalks were ours], which deals with the traumatic situation of Ciudad Juárez, a once-tranquil city that is now desolate as soon as night begins to fall, especially downtown, where a number of shops have been burned and abandoned. The main bridge connecting the city to neighboring El Paso (Texas) is not far away. “A six-year old boy said that some men came to his home, took him out together with his parents and his three older siblings, lined them up, killed his parents, and put them in a cart, and the boy saw how they took them off, leaving pools of blood behind,” she recalled. “Thousands of children are not receiving help. Undoubtedly, they are going to turn into resentful adults; they’ll probably feed the cycle of death,” said Pastrana, with whom De la Rosa and Aguirre agreed. The state government has created a fund of 100 million pesos (800,000 dollars) for victim services, but even Ciudad Juárez’s mayor, Héctor Murguía, acknowledges that the amount is insufficient.last_img read more

  • CUNA backs bill to study impact of HMDA data collection

    first_imgCUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in support of a bill that would call for a study of the data required by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) was introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.).“Your legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete a study on the data the CFPB is requesting from lenders. Studying the impact of increased data points will ensure that consumer data remains secure and not unnecessarily disclosed,” Nussle wrote. “It is important to do the study immediately, as credit unions have already begun the process of moving towards implementation of the rule. The GAO study will help to identify and reduce the risk of fraud or identity theft associated with the rule.“Furthermore, assessing the impact of increased data reporting will ensure that credit unions, which did not cause the financial crisis, are not overly burdened with unneeded data reporting,” Nussle added.CFPB’s amendments to the HMDA rule significantly increased the amount of data mortgage lenders, including credit unions, are required to provide. While the Dodd-Frank Act outlines 17 required data points, CFPB requires more than double that. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • CUNA Councils honor Excellence Award winners

    first_img continue reading » The CUNA Councils honored five credit union professionals for their efforts in marketing and business development, lending, technology, human resources/organizational development, and operations.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle lauded the group’s focus on peer networking. CU of Southern California’s Michelle Hunter, chair of the CUNA Councils Executive Committee, introduces five Excellence Award winners.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

  • Samobor Tourist Board issued a new plan of the city of Samobor

    first_imgAll accommodation providers can pick up a new ticket at the office of the Samobor Tourist Board. To make it easier to find the streets, the map is divided into a square grid with landmarks. The city plan contains a list of streets and important buildings and a tourist map of the square, illustrated by Marko Jovanovac. The map was made by Marcon HM, and the visual solution of the plan is signed by Symbol & Marivo. The Tourist Board of the City of Samobor has issued a new plan of the city of Samobor.center_img By the way, in 2018, Samobor recorded 13.569 arrivals and 27.363 overnight stays, and it was mostly visited by tourists from Germany (2.043 overnight stays), Bulgaria (1.712), Italy (1.093), the Netherlands (931), Serbia (887), Bosnia and Herzegovina. Herzegovina (773), Austria (659), USA (646) and Slovenia (638).last_img read more

  • France’s Macron picks new PM after election rout

    first_img“Let’s be clear: I’m not here to seek the limelight. I’m here to get results,” Castex said in what was effectively his introduction to the general public during a prime-time interview on TF1.He said he would present his political road map next week, and a wider cabinet overhaul is expected in the coming days. Macron has promised a “new course” for France to deal with the crisis, which has plunged France into its worst recession since World War II and left millions of people facing unemployment.The former investment banker, who swept to power in 2017 on pledges to radically reform France, already has a wary eye on his 2022 re-election bid after months of protests and strikes that preceded the coronavirus outbreak. Speculation that Philippe was on the way out mounted this week after Macron’s centrists were routed in municipal elections last Sunday, which saw the Greens take control of several major cities.Philippe, a popular right-wing politician who never joined Macron’s Republic on the Move party, nonetheless easily won his bid to be mayor of Le Havre.His approval ratings have surged over his handling of the coronavirus crisis, while those of Macron, who has pursued ambitious economic reforms since coming to office in 2017, have fallen.While many analysts thought Macron would tack left or look farther afield for his new prime minister, Castex is a pure product of the French administrative elite, having attended the same ENA managerial university as Macron and Philippe.”We might have expected a political shift, but this is a technocrat,” Christian Jacob, head of the Republicans, told AFP, indicating that Castex would be cast out of the party.His nomination comes after Philippe has pushed through a series of Macron’s controversial overhauls that sparked massive strikes as well as the fierce “yellow vest” anti-government revolt.Sources close to Philippe told AFP on Friday that he would help Macron “consolidate” his majority in parliament, after an embarrassing series of defections in recent weeks by lawmakers unhappy with the president’s policies.Press reports had suggested that Macron might keep Philippe after all, not least after he praised his work as “remarkable” in an interview with regional newspapers published Thursday.Nonetheless, “we have to chart a new course” with “a new team,” Macron said.Other top ministers could also be on the way out, but analysts noted that Macron has a thin bench of potential replacements, not least because his young party has failed to produce any standouts from its parliamentary ranks.Under particular pressure is interior minister Christophe Castaner, who has been assailed by critics over the failure to contain the rioting and looting that marred the “yellow vest” protests of 2018-2019.More recently, Castaner has drawn the ire of police who say he has failed to support them against renewed claims of violence and racism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.Since the start of Macron’s presidency, a total of 17 ministers have quit the government, most recently Agnes Buzyn, who stepped down as health minister in a doomed bid to wrest the Paris mayor job from Socialist Anne Hidalgo.Topics : French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday tapped a senior but low-profile bureaucrat as prime minister to replace Edouard Philippe, the first move in a widely expected cabinet reshuffle after dismal local election showings for the ruling party.The new premier, Jean Castex, was drawn from the right-wing opposition to Macron’s centrist party, and was totally unknown to most in France until now.But Castex, a former top aide to ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, has been in charge of the country’s progressive emergence from the coronavirus lockdown, a policy greeted as a relative success by experts.last_img read more

  • Mikel Arteta blames the grass after Arsenal’s draw against Burnley

    first_img Comment Mikel Arteta blames the grass after Arsenal’s draw against Burnley Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Feb 2020 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Mikel Arteta says ‘conditions were difficult’ after Arsenal’s draw with Burnley (BPI/REX)Mikel Arteta has blamed the length of the grass at Turf Moor following Arsenal’s stalemate against Burnley on Sunday.The Gunners’ hopes of closing the gap on the top four were dealt another blow as they were held to a goalless draw by Sean Dyche’s side.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed two excellent opportunities to put Arsenal ahead, while Jay Rodriguez spurned a gilt-edged chance from close range in the second half.The result is Arsenal’s fourth in a row in the Premier League, while they remain 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the table.ADVERTISEMENT‘The conditions were difficult,’ Arteta said after the match. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed two excellent chances to put Arsenal ahead against Burnley (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘The grass was long, they didn’t put any water on it.‘Obviously, that’s not a very helpful thing to play football.’Asked if he expected Burnley to not water the pitch, Arteta replied: ‘Absolutely. I didn’t water the pitch yesterday in the training ground.center_img Mikel Arteta was unhappy with the length of the grass at Turf Moor (Getty Images)‘I was expecting it but that doesn’t make it easier to play.‘But it’s their game, they do really well what they do. It’s their strength, you are allowed to do it, you have to adapt.‘We adapted well in some moments and in some others it wasn’t the grass it was the quality.‘What they do they do really well and we could not cope with that in the right way.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more