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In Transit’s Aca-Crew Celebrates Opening Night

first_img Related Shows In Transit View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Next stop: Broadway! In Transit officially opens on December 11 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. With music by an all-star team, including James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth and Frozen’s Academy and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez, In Transit takes audiences on an entirely a cappella journey. The tuner follows a group of 11 New Yorkers as they navigate the streets (and tunnels) of the city. So think about it: experience all of the quirks and charm of the New York City subway system without any lines, delays or (real) rats.To honor the aca-awesome production, which features Justin Guarini, James Snyder, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Margo Seibert, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward, Steven “HeaveN” Cantor, Chesney Snow, David Abeles, Moya Angela and Gerianne Perez, Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson gave the cast the ink treatment. A collection of characters come together in a circle (not unlike the theater In Transit takes place in), truly showcasing just how much more vibrant sound (or anything else) is when a bunch of individual voices come wishes In Transit’s sonic youth a wonderful opening night and perfect harmony throughout their run! Catch the show at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 © Justin “Squigs” Robertsonlast_img read more


Casey Promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff

first_imgCasey Promoted to Deputy Chief of StaffMontpelier, Vt. November 19, 2008 Dennise Casey has been appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Jim Douglas announced today.Governor Douglas said Casey’s new duties as Deputy Chief of Staff will include, among other things, coordinating the administration’s legislative relations.”Dennise is smart, energetic and understands the important work we have before us,” Governor Douglas said. “I have every confidence in her and her ability to help make this legislative session a success as we work to pass an economic growth plan in the first 100 days, balance our budget in very challenging times and enact comprehensive safe communities’ legislation.”Casey, 27, is native of Starksboro, Vermont, a 2003 graduate of the University of Vermont and a long time member of Douglas’ senior staff. She has previously served as special assistant to the governor and Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs. She has also managed the Governor’s 2006 and 2008 reelection campaigns.###last_img read more


People will determine credit unions’ digital transformation

first_imgDue to rapid changes in our business environment combined with digital transformation, the rules of business are being rewritten. The credit union industry needs to quickly evolve and continuously reinvent itself, or it runs the risk of watching as it gets disrupted.Many factors are driving business transformation, including industry consolidation, increased member and employee expectations and, yes, the war for talent. However, arguably nothing will impact the future of the industry more profoundly than the availability of new technology and our ability to leverage it to meet the evolving needs of credit union members. If we are not already looking at how to hire, engage and lead digital talent, we are already behind the curve. Embracing new technology is only the first step to becoming a digital organization. It also requires new processes, skill sets, mindsets and talent.First, we must agree on what defines digital transformation and digital talent. For discussion purposes, let’s define digital transformation as leveraging technology – such as data analytics, machine learning, robotic process automation, AI and new digital products and services – to solve problems and create the future of business to ensure credit unions can compete. Digital talent encompasses individuals who are skilled at using today’s digital technology and adaptable enough to quickly learn and leverage emerging technology to keep credit unions relevant. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Valley Stream Man Fatally Shot by NYPD After Alleged Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York City police officers fatally shot a Valley Stream man who allegedly stabbed a man and refused to drop his knife inside a synagogue in Brooklyn early Tuesday morning, authorities said.NYPD officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the central headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement on Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, where they found 49-year-old Calvin Peters armed with a bloody knife at 1:41 a.m., police said.“Kill the Jews,” the suspect allegedly shouted repeatedly during the incident, according to The New York Post.Officers ordered Peters to drop the knife, police said. He placed the knife on a table, but then picked it up again “and lunged at one of the responding officers, who then discharged his firearm one time,” the NYPD said in a news release.No other shots were fired. Peters was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.The victim, a 22-year-old male who was stabbed in the left temple, was taken to the same hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.The officer who fired his gun and two other officers were taken to Methodist Hospital for treatment of tinnitus.A nine-inch knife with a four ½-inch blade was recovered at the scene. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more


Local businesses prepping for Super Bowl boost in business

first_imgFor other hot spots in the area, orders have already started coming in. “Last year we did just over 9,500 wings for takeout so we’re expecting to do right about there, just because we only have so much time in the day,” said Old Union Hotel owner Andy Kipp. And the more business, means the more preparations. “We just over-ordered to make sure we have pizza, wings, and dough and everything, and we’ll be ready for the big event,” said Matruski. “The kitchen usually closes at 2 a.m. on Saturday, so we’ll close a lot earlier to start getting everything ready, making sauces,” said Kipp. “We have a lot of time slots already filled up. We’ve been taking orders for about two weeks now. If you want wings Sunday from us, you should call as soon as possible,” said Kipp. “I would say the calls will start coming in early on Saturday and everybody wants their pizza and wings before the game. And after the game starts, the phone stops ringing,” said Matruski. (WBNG) — The staples of Super Bowl Sunday are football and food. While Americans will be spending the day in front of the TV, local restaurants will be spending the day in the kitchen.center_img Restaurants in our area say they’re ready to see an influx of orders this weekend. Once the weekend comes, it’s all hands on deck, as phones will be ringing off the hook. “The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. We’re going to be ready for it, there’s going to be a lot of pizza, a lot of wings, we’re just going to have a good time as family and friends are getting together, it’s just one big special day,” said Pizza on the Plaza owner Douglas Matruski. The Old Union Hotel is using the uptick in business to help out the community, calling the day ‘Super Bowl Sunday of Giving.’ “Oh, we’ll probably do like more than triple the business,” said Matruski. “Five percent of all sales Sunday will go to First Ward Charities, which goes to help the community,” said Kipp. So no matter who takes home the trophy, the day is already a win in the books of many businesses.last_img read more


Jordan Henderson: Liverpool midfielder injured for England against Belgium | Football News

first_imgThe defence is threadbare with left-back Andy Robertson also a doubt with a hamstring issue while Liverpool’s midfield is without Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as both players recover from knee injuries.Meanwhile, forward Mohamed Salah is set to miss Sunday’s match against Leicester City, which is live on Sky Sports, as he isolates after testing positive for COVID-19.Southgate said Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling would miss their final group stage match against Iceland with a calf injury but would be available for the weekend. Jamie Redknapp and Ashley Cole analyse England’s selection and formation problems after their Nations League hopes were ended by Belgium Southgate said the Liverpool skipper will be assessed when they return to England.Liverpool have had a number of regulars in their starting line-up sidelined with injury, losing defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez after both underwent surgeries while Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew from the England squad with injury. Kick off 7:15pm – Advertisement – 2:00 5:19 Sunday 22nd November 7:00pmcenter_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – England midfielder Jordan Henderson was withdrawn at half-time against Belgium due to tightness in his leg, says manager Gareth Southgate, casting doubt on his availability for injury-hit Liverpool this weekend.Harry Winks replaced Henderson in the second half of England’s 2-0 loss in their Nations League group stage match on Sunday which ended the visitors’ hopes of reaching the finals.- Advertisement – Highlights of the Nations League Group A2 match between Belgium and England  “Jordan had a bit of tightness at half-time and felt he couldn’t carry on,” said Southgate, adding he was not sure if it was a hamstring issue. preview imagelast_img read more


Report: Lab leak likely caused UK foot-and-mouth outbreak

first_imgAug 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A preliminary British government report says the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak discovered last week near London was very probably caused by a leak from a local laboratory. Initial report by the British Health and Safety Executive The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report said there was a “strong probability” that the virus came from a lab facility shared by the government-funded Institute for Animal Health (IAH) and the private company Merial Animal Health Ltd, which makes FMD vaccines. The facility is at Pirbright in Surrey. The government report does not point to either organization specifically, but HSE Chief Executive Geoffrey Podger implied that Merial is under more suspicion, AFP reported. He said it appeared there was no reason to prevent the IAH from operating, but said, “In relation to Merial, we advise that further work should be done before any operations involving live pathogens are restarted.” The highly contagious disease was discovered Aug 3 on a farm about 30 miles southwest of London. A second outbreak was confirmed yesterday on a farm a few hundred yards from the first affected farm, according to the Times of London. The Pirbright facility is said to be about 3 miles from the original outbreak site. About 200 cattle have been slaughtered so far in the effort to contain the disease, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Britain has banned livestock movements and the export of livestock, meat, and milk.center_img See also: In 2001, FMD outbreaks in Britain led to the destruction of about 7 million cattle, badly damaging farmers and rural tourism. The HSE report said the virus strain found at the first affected farm matched one being used by IAH and Merial in late July. Merial was engaged in large-scale production—10,000 liters—of the virus, while the IAH was conducting experiments involving less than 10 milliliters, the report said. The HSE report said there is a “real possibility” the virus was spread by human movement but little chance it had been spread by flooding or the wind.last_img read more


UK reports record 381 coronavirus deaths, including 13-year-old boy

first_imgTopics : Some 25,150 people have now tested positive for the virus in Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.As of 5:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) on March 30, 1,789 people have died, the health ministry said on its Twitter page.But data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales on Tuesday revealed that the true toll could be 24 percent higher.The government figures cover those who have been taken to hospital and tested for the virus whereas the ONS data is for deaths in the community where COVID-19 is suspected. Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, including a 13-year-old boy, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours.The boy, who died Monday at King’s College Hospital in London, is believed to be Britain’s youngest confirmed death in the coronavirus pandemic, with relatives saying he had no underlying illnesses.The country’s previous highest daily toll was 260, recorded on Saturday, with the number dropping to 180 on Monday. ‘Green shoots’The government last Monday ordered a three-week lockdown, shutting non-essential shops and services to help reduce contacts and relieve the burden on the National Health Service.Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS in England, said that despite the latest fatality figures, overall there were “green shoots” because the rate of infections was slowing.But he added: “It’s really important not to read too much into this. It’s early days. We’re not out of the woods,” he told a daily briefing on the government response to the outbreak.”And it’s really important that we keep complying with those [social distancing] instructions.”Cambridge University professor David Spiegelhalter agreed that “great caution” was needed in interpreting daily figures.”The extreme day-to-day variation in reported COVID-19 deaths is far more than we would expect from chance variability and must be due to reporting practices,” he said.”Some deaths occurred many days ago, and there seems to be fewer reported over the weekend.”Scientists say the full effects of the lockdown are expected to be seen in two to three weeks, with predictions that life may not return to normal for at least six months.Britain has braced for an expected surge in coronavirus cases, including setting up a 4,000-bed field hospital at a giant London exhibition center — one of four across the country.But senior minister Michael Gove said there was “not a fixed date like Easter when you know that the peak will come”. The boy’s family said Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab “started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing” before he was admitted to hospital.”He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning,” they said through a family friend, Mark Stephenson, adding: “We are beyond devastated.”Johnson told the cabinet via video link that the rising toll “showed the vital importance of the public continuing to stick to the social distancing guidance which has been put in place by the government.””The situation is going to get worse before it gets better — but it will get better,” he added.last_img read more


COVID-19 aid stalled, used for political stunts

first_imgWhile millions of people out of work are depending on the arrival of social assistance to weather the COVID-19 crisis, bureaucrats have dragged their feet in the distribution process and have even taken the opportunity to boost their popularity among voters.The distribution of food packages and cash assistance is lagging outside of Jakarta as many regencies and cities continue to gather data about their poor populations, a problem that economists warned about.In Central Java, Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani faced criticism for putting her image on bottles of hand sanitizer in aid packages sponsored by the Social Affairs Ministry. She is seeking a second term in office in the regional elections scheduled to take place in December.Sri denied that it was her choice to put stickers of her likeness on the bottles of hand sanitizer, saying that the aid packages were distributed with those of other institutions, including the regency administration and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).“The aid from the social ministry was limited. More packages came from us. I personally also gave out hand sanitizer,” said the PDI-P politician. Sri said the stickers might have been placed on the bottles by people who wanted to tarnish her image.Read also: ‘Omnipresent’ Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani draws mockery About 24.8 million Indonesians, 9.22 percent of the population, are considered poor, living on under US$1 a day, Statistics Indonesia data shows. According to a World Bank report titled Aspiring Indonesia, more than 60 million Indonesians are at risk of falling into poverty.The central government has gradually implemented physical distancing across the country under large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) over the past month. It is also carrying out social assistance programs to help underprivileged communities endure the social and economic difficulties of the restrictions.The government has set aside Rp 110 trillion ($7.49 billion) for social safety net programs, including for the expansion of existing programs like the Family Hope Program (PKH) under the Social Affairs Ministry’s Integrated Data on Social Welfare (DTKS) and other forms of social aid and cash transfers for those who are not in the database.Problems have emerged in tracking down those who are not on the list. Some poor families have complained about not receiving packages while nearby well-off neighborhoods reportedly had.In Batam, Riau Islands, Mayor Muhammad Rudi said many residents had not received the aid. He told them to report to their subdistrict and district heads and promised them that help would arrive soon.“We will provide more packages. For instance, today [Sunday] I received 1,000 food packages. I will give them to those who have not received them,” he said, adding that he would prioritize the poor.  The NasDem Party politician said the city administration did not have enough money to enforce social restrictions on the island, which is located next to Singapore.Regions implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) (JP/Hengky Wijaya)In East Java, in addition to the social aid that is set to be distributed to 5.91 million families, the local administration will give Rp 100,000 to each family for three months. However, Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said municipalities and regencies in the province had not yet submitted the names of recipients.In Jakarta, the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, there were reports that several companies that the government had appointed to help pack staple foods for distribution to affected families had experienced delays caused by a shortage of special bags printed with a message from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.Jakarta-owned food security company PT Food Station Tjipinang Jaya has been packing staple foods into red-and-white cloth bags with the printed message: “Aid from the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Together We Fight COVID-19.”One of the firm’s workers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said his company had received an order to pack 20,000 bags per day in mid-April but that it had not been meeting the daily target because of insufficient packaging.Read also: Staple food distribution hampered as bags with President’s message run short Governor Anies Baswedan said that about 1.6 percent of the packages meant for 1.2 million beneficiaries had been misallocated in the first phase of distribution, which ended on April 25.“They did not reach the beneficiaries because of a wrong address or a case where the recipient had died,” Anies said on Friday.The distribution of aid is currently on hold and will resume 10 days before Idul Fitri. Anies said the administration was updating its data to include more beneficiaries.SMERU researcher Luhur Bima said the government had shown some improvements in updating the list of beneficiaries from 2005, when the first cash transfer program was rolled out. However, a lack of human resources has made it challenging for the administration to achieve 100 percent accuracy on poverty data.“The data updating process is still not optimal. This causes confusion over who is eligible for the aid programs,” he told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.Donal Fariz of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) criticized the politicians who used the aid distribution for political gain, saying that it was tantamount to corruption.  “But even the Corruption Law cannot charge such attempts as a form of corruption, [unless] they occurred during the election,” he said.ICW coordinator Adnan Topan Husodo pointed out that the mass distribution of aid during the pandemic could trigger many illicit practices, from illegal levies to price gouging.“During an emergency situation like this, unfortunately, supervision is lacking,” Adnan said.Topics :last_img read more


BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 26, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst Blizzard 2016,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Just like the National Guard and so many others, the Pennsylvania State Police went above and beyond to keep fellow Pennsylvanians and people from across the country safe during one of Pennsylvania’s worst winter storms in years, especially between Somerset and Bedford on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.Nearly 600 troopers worked statewide during the worst of the storm to keep Pennsylvanians, our communities and our roads safe.PA State Police helping get people unstuck on I-81 N at the Enola exit. @abc27News #27WinterAlert— Justin Raub (@Justin_Raub) January 23, 2016At a backlog on the Turnpike, more than 40 state troopers helped and assisted at the interchanges and throughout the Somerset and Everett station’s patrol area.There, Pennsylvania’s finest took charge of the scene, pushed vehicles, assisted checking on stranded motorists, passed out food and water, and stayed vigilant for any medical emergencies.Our rescue. Many thanks to @PennDOTNews @PAStatePolice @PANationalGuard and local Fire & Rescue #jonasblizzard— Franciscan U (@FranciscanU) January 24, 2016State Police leaders at the scene relayed some incredible stories of individual and collective bravery and service. From their perspective and mine, those troopers on the scene went above and beyond the call of duty – just like they have time and again.Some troopers were outside of their vehicles for over 17 hours – even as the temperature dropped to well-below zero at times. One trooper took it upon himself to commandeer a front end loader and directed the operator to make a path through the backlog so they could get to passenger vehicles, work with the National Guard to dig them out and push them out and onto the road to exit.@KnOwensboro @PA_Turnpike @PAStatePolice @PennDOTNews @PANationalGuard Thank you from a NE Mom for helping our kids on MM 127 #MFL2016— SteveLisaMiller (@slkmbhusker) January 24, 2016Along the backlog, troopers carried pets and even a baby out of cars, through snow and over barriers, to get them into warm buses and to a shelter. Another trooper heard there was a driver with a diabetic condition in the backlog. The trooper gave them his lunch he packed earlier in the day before work. He then put a flare out and marked the driver’s location so they could be checked on throughout the incident.Shoutout to Trooper Hophey of @PAStatePolice for going out of his way to help us out of the snow near New Baltimore on the PA turnpike— Joshua Herman (@TheHermanator91) January 23, 2016The Captain of the local troop said that in his more than 26 years with the department, these were the worst conditions he ever witnessed his members having to work in, especially for so long. He said he never heard one complaint about the cold or long hours, and his troopers never slowed down.I know he is proud of his troopers and I could not be more proud myself. The State Police’s Call to Honor, includes the promise:“It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.”In situations like we saw on the Turnpike and across Pennsylvania during this blizzard, this call was tested and our troopers passed that test with the highest marks and I thank them for their selflessness and commitment to service.last_img read more