John Owen Jones Then Ben Forster Will Headline West End’s Phantom

first_imgDouble trouble! Broadway alum John Owen-Jones and Ben Forster will both be donning the mask in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Owen-Jones will play the Phantom September 7 through January 30, 2016, taking over for Geronimo Rauch. Forster is set to appear in the role from February 1, 2016 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.Owen-Jones has played the Phantom more times than any other actor in the West End production’s history and recently headlined the tuner’s U.K. tour. He has also appeared as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in the West End, on the 25th anniversary tour and on Broadway. Additional credits include Pirelli in the English National Opera production of Sweeney Todd. Forster is best known for winning the ITV1 show, Superstar, Lloyd Webber’s TV talent search for Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Other theater credits include Evita and Elf The Musical.Also joining the cast from September 7 are Celinde Schoenmaker (Les Miserables) as Christine Daaé, Nadim Naaman (Titanic) as Raoul, Michael Matus (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) as Monsieur Firmin and Christopher Dickens (War Horse) as Monsieur André.Continuing in their roles are: Lara Martins as Carlotta, Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry, John Ellis as Piangi and Alicia Beck as Meg. Emmi Christensson will remain as the alternate ‘Christine Daaé’ until June 2016 when Lisa-Anne Wood takes over the role.The musical opened at Her Majesty’s in 1986; the Broadway production officially opened at the Majestic Theatre in 1988, where it still plays. View Commentslast_img read more

Beginning Farmers Get Support from Federal, State and Private Agriculture Groups

first_imgBeginning Farmers Get Support from Federal, Stateand Private Agriculture GroupsMontpelier, Vt This week, representatives from Farm Service Agency (FSA), Yankee Farm Credit and the Agency of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help beginning farmers get financial assistance to establish viable farming operations.The MOU solidifies an agreement between the parties to provide cooperation and participation in joint funding between FSA and Yankee Farm Credit with the assistance of the State of Vermont for beginning farmers. Assistance will be provided for qualified beginning farmers through the use of the Down Payment Loan Program or guaranteed loan programs.”This Memorandum of Understanding will benefit beginning farmers in Vermont. For guaranteed loans that Yankee Farm Credit makes to qualified beginning farmers, FSA will waive the usual 1 percent guarantee fee thereby reducing costs,” said George Putnam, President of Yankee Farm Credit. “Cash flow is especially tight for beginning farmers. The waiver of this fee will allow these operators to keep more of their cash on the farm.”FSA has made a commitment, targeting several loan programs to assist beginning farmers to help create and launch their first farm and have targeted funds to help finance the purchase of a farm.”This initiative is a great opportunity for the farm community in Vermont and particularly for beginning farmers to get the benefits of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Yankee Farm Credit and the Farm Service Agency committing their combined resources to the future of Vermont Agriculture,” said Harvey Smith, State Executive Director of FSA in Vermont.”The costs to start a farm business can be very expensive equipment, land, facility can really add up. Many people starting out farming dont have that sort of capital on hand,” said Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture. “The MOU we signed today allows for lower loan costs and fees that will assist farmers in the lending process. Agriculture is a very important part of our economy and we continue to search for creative ways to make it as viable as possible for those who want to farm to be able to.”The MOU went into effect immediately. For more information about the assistance available, contact your local FSA office.###last_img read more

Embedded Banking : The next level of offering for financial institutions

first_img continue reading » Financial institutions have traditionally been comfortable in maintaining the ownership of customer relationships. The digital disruption in last 3-4 years has pushed them to adopt newer ways of banking, especially due to advent of plethora of fintech companies and neo-banks. That phase is gradually settling down with banks adapting to the tsunami of changes. Banks have either come up with their own fintech arms or collaborate with fintechs to offer their products and services.Is this the end of the story? Well, may not be. The core business of banks and financial instituions s are still going to encounter the next level challenge. Can banking be controlled only by banks? The challenge is that customers are demanding banking services to be available integrated with different points of sale, devices, service providers etc. In short, banking services are expected to be embedded into virtually anything and everything. The end state is that banks no more own thae banking relationship with customers alone.Why Embedded Banking:This leads to the discussion on banking service being offered in SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) way. Pay-per-usage, subscriptions, renewals – these terms were never traditionally associated with banking services. However gradually there is growing customer demand for such flexible approach to payments for banking services. Let’s analyze a bit deeper, as to why such model is going to be the future of banking: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘No One’s Listening and Everyone Is Talking.’ Swing State Voters Look to the Future.

first_img“Across the country anxiety is growing …” “One the most contentious elections in history …” “… and pandemic that has transformed the way the nation votes…” “Here’s Pennsylvania, a must win for Trump, his lead. has been …” “Votes are being counted in the states that will decide this election …” “Let’s take a look at Arizona now …” “Is trying to undermine this election …” “We are at a tipping point … Vice President Joe Biden will win Pennsylvania …” “… shows no signs of conceding …” [overlapping sound] “I would say the mood and energy of this election would be very chaotic.” “Unfortunately, no one’s listening and everyone is talking.” “I think the biggest part is just the relief. All the political ads are over. Everybody I know is just done with that.” “Around here, it’s suburbia, so you have that split vote, people feeling disenfranchised one way or the other.” “There’s a lot of inequality in this country, huge, you know. We judge each other by how we look. We hide behind our social media.” “Something that we’ve moved away from is having open discussion of ideas. And I think that Pinellas is such a swing area, it’s because we do have those type of discussions, hash some things out, you know.” “And they were teaching people to hate our country …” “Will you shut up?” “… 47 years you’ve done nothing, they understand …” “You’re the worst president America has ever had.” “I’m a patriot. So no matter who is in office, I respect that. But as it’s going right now, oh my God, it’s like a bunch of chickens fighting each other.” “The last four years have left me wanting more.” “It was a lot of anxiety leading up to this point.” “I want people to have more trust in government, have more trust in the political leaders and the people we elect.” “The politics are pretty divided and things seem really dark. But, you know, as a person of color, things have always kind of been dark.” “I don’t think we focus enough on environment. We certainly don’t focus enough on, you know, the downtrodden. We just don’t do enough to help people.” “Donald Trump has a death grip over the grass roots …” ”… Democrat Party wants to turn us into a socialist nation …” “Donald Trump is running a hustle on some of the most gullible voters in history.” “The silent majority.” “… against the truth …” “There’s a feeling as if middle America is just told to shut up and sit there and vote left.” “I did vote for Trump and I would again. There’s nothing that he doesn’t represent in who I am.” “We were not necessarily going to vote for Joe Biden until, you know, maybe May or June. And by then Covid was really pretty awful.” “I voted for Donald Trump despite the issues that I have with him. Just mainly for economic policy and for stances on international affairs.” “I mean, it’s difficult because neither party is really representative of a hyper-progressive stance that I would enjoy.” “I do not want to live in a socialist country. Not at all. That was my main focus. Secondly, right now, I think the economy is great. It’s making a huge comeback. And I think Trump was the man to do it and to keep it going.” “This country … it’s frightening how many states voted for Trump. I thought we would, he would, Biden would win in a landslide. And it’s shocking. I’m shocked.” “This has been a tough election for me, honestly. I’ve always voted Republican. I did not vote Republican this time. I voted Democrat because I do not like Donald Trump.” “There are downsides to both. And because of that, I personally, I didn’t do enough research to vote. Family-wise, I do have family that supports Trump. But I just … I couldn’t.” “Well, the one that stood out that he was for the little guy. Biden, because he’s down to earth.” “One side of a deeply divided country is celebrating this week.” “Biden-Harris campaign has the most radical platform …” “And Donald Trump has shown us time and time again, how he feels about our community.” “… completely sick of identity politics, it’s garbage …” “… a racist …” “When I was a younger woman, you know, we talked about the elections all the time. But we don’t anymore.” “I think Democrats are a little more open-minded, you know, fair to see the other side, thinking critically, and it just seems like the voters on the other side, just like, ‘This is how it is.’” “I would love to talk to my friends on the other side, but it gets too…heated.” “And that’s, that’s really bad. It stops the conversation that we need to be having, but we don’t do it. We don’t.” “A reshaped Republican Party, now grappling with what its future holds.” “… the president is now enveloping himself is this fantasy that the election is still ongoing.” “He is ignoring a pandemic, which actually is ongoing.” “… has been talking about unity, what they’re pushing for …” “… divided country … pay off all of this pain.” “Heck yeah, a united country matters. I mean, this is America. I hope my liberal friends are right. I still love them all the same.” “I do not think we will be unified at all.” “Honestly, it will probably get a little bit worse before it gets any better.” “I don’t feel any kind of way against anyone who chooses Trump. They have their reasons for doing what they do, like I have my reasons for voting for who I voted for.” “And I will respect the president, no matter who it is. And that’s unlike Trump. He got no respect from anybody that was against him. And I think that’s wrong.” “I don’t think we’ll ever get there. We’ve always been divided.” “America is America. But I look at the good side and there’s a lot of good people here. A lot.” “Yes, it matters that we are a united country. If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sexual predators are not role models

first_imgRe Oct. 23 letter, “Adults must be role models for our kids”: Yes, Teresa Nowicki in reference to your letter.President #45 bragged about touching and grabbing women. Still no apology. These crimes of sexual harassment and abuse by rich, insecure male predator celebrities like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly and President #45 against women should be investigated and prosecuted.Real men don’t act this way. “It’s time for all of us to be role models — good role models.”Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Invites Public to Comment on Gerrymandering and Congressional Redistricting

first_imgGovernor Wolf Invites Public to Comment on Gerrymandering and Congressional Redistricting February 01, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – As a part of his continued effort to hear from Pennsylvanians on gerrymandering and congressional redistricting, Governor Tom Wolf is inviting the public to provide their feedback online at governor.pa.gov/fair-maps. The General Assembly has until February 9 to redraw the congressional map after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the existing districts last month.“I’ve already met with hundreds of people across the state about what they want in this redistricting process and I want to give everyone an opportunity to share their opinion with me and make their voice heard,” said Governor Wolf. “The comments people provide through this website will be invaluable to me. The state Supreme Court’s ruling that the current congressional districts are unconstitutional is an opportunity to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and protect the rights of all voters in Pennsylvania to have a fair map.”This week Governor Wolf held listening sessions in State College and Philadelphia on the impact on their communities from the now-overturned congressional maps, and will hold a third in Pittsburgh this afternoon.To provide guidance to evaluate the redistricting maps that will be created by the General Assembly, Governor Wolf has selected Moon Duchin, Ph.D., a non-partisan mathematician and Associate Professor of Mathematics from Tufts University.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Shares Update on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, County Transmission Levels, Cases Traced to Businesses

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Shares Update on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, County Transmission Levels, Cases Traced to Businesses September 08, 2020center_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates are released each Monday.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Data on cases among 5-18-year-olds.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of August 28 – September 3 to the previous seven days, August 21 – August 27.“Our percent positivity increased significantly this week, a sign that this virus is still affecting Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must continue our focus on taking actions to protect ourselves and others, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding large gatherings. Together, Pennsylvanians can work to prevent the spread of the virus.”As of Thursday, September 3, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 5,453; the previous seven-day increase was 4,188, indicating a 1,265-case increase across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went up to 4.0% from 3.2% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Columbia (18.9%), Armstrong (8.6%), York (7.9%), Clinton (7.4%), Beaver (6.4%), Northumberland (5.7%), Indiana (5.6%), Blair (5.2%), Centre (5.0%), Dauphin (5.0%), and Lancaster (5.0%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Columbia and Centre counties were in the substantial level with known sources of outbreaks fueling community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in both counties to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending September 3, 20 counties were in the low level of transmission, 45 counties in the moderate level, with two at the substantial transmission level:Low – Bedford, Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Perry, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Susquehanna, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – Centre, ColumbiaCases Among 5-18-Year-OldsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5-18-year-olds.Throughout the pandemic, there have been 7,788 total cases of COVID-19 among 5-18-year-olds. Of that total, 486 occurred between August 28-September 3.Cases by demographic can be found here.Business VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 4,442 confirmed cases reported between August 23 and August 29, 44 percent (1,953) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 13.5 percent, or 263, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:60 percent (157) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;21 percent (55) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;11 percent (29) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;14 percent (35) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and7 percent (19) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 4,442 confirmed cases, 45 percent (2,002) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 45 percent, nearly 14 percent (273) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on August 31, this week’s data saw an increase in people who reported visiting a restaurant (60 percent vs. 50 percent) and going to a gym/fitness center (14 percent vs. 12 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for people going to some other business (21 percent vs. 25 percent), going to a salon/barbershop (7 percent vs. 9 percent) and going to a bar (11 percent vs. 12 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went up from nearly 13 percent to nearly 14 percent.On July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to remove California, and add North Carolina to the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Aker BP in small gas discovery in North Sea

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas company Aker BP has completed the drilling of a wildcat well and an appraisal well located in the North Sea and made a small gas discovery as a result.Odfjell Deepsea Nordkapp; Source: Odfjell DrillingThe wells are located in production license 869, where Aker BP is the operator. The wells were drilled about 6 kilometers southwest of the Bøyla field, and about 230 kilometers west of Stavanger.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reported on Wednesday that the objective of wildcat well 24/9-13 was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks (sand injectites) in the Eocene. The objective of appraisal well 24/9-13 A was to prove petroleum/water contacts.The well 24/9-13 encountered a gas column of about 3 meters in the Hordaland group, whereof a total of 2 meters of sandstone with mainly good reservoir quality. Several sandstone layers with mainly good reservoir quality were also encountered, totaling 17 metres in the Balder formation. These showed traces of petroleum.The sandstones are interpreted as being remobilized sand from the Heimdal and Hermod formation, and injected into overlying stratigraphy in the Rogaland and Hordaland group.The appraisal well 24/9-13 A encountered a gas column of about 40 meters in injectite zones, of which a total of 7 meters of sandstone with good to very good reservoir quality. The sandstones are interpreted as being injected sands in the Hordaland group, as in well 24/9-13.Petroleum/water contacts were not encountered in any of the wells, but the wells overall proved a gas column of minimum 77 meters.According to the NPD, preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between 0.6 and 1.7 million standard cubic meters (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The licensees will assess the well results for further delineation of the discovery.The wells were not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been conducted. These are the third and fourth exploration wells in production license 869, which was awarded in APA 2016.The well 24/9-13 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2272 meters below the sea surface. 24/9-13 A was drilled to respective vertical and measured depths of 2240 meters and 3433 meters below the sea surface. Both wells were terminated in the Heimdal formation in the Palaeocene.Water depth at the site is 118 meters. The wells have been permanently plugged and abandoned.Wells 24/9-13 and 24/9-13 A were drilled by the Deepsea Nordkapp drilling rig, which will now drill a production well on the Skogul field in production license 460, where Aker BP is also the operator.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

CariMAN devises action plan to address crime and violence

first_img Tweet 28 Views   no discussions LocalNews CariMAN devises action plan to address crime and violence by: – May 10, 2012 The Caribbean Male Action Network Dominica branch (CariMAN) who has been working assiduously in addressing and creating awareness on violence on the island have devised an action plan to deal with these challenges.The organization held a one day symposium on April 20th and a panel discussion on Violence and the Family, Education, the Law, Spirituality, Violence against Women and Children, and The Role of Men in Ending Violence. That symposium which the organizers have hailed as a success; members of the private and public sector met and devised an action plan for addressing crime and violence.According to an update from CariMan’s President Thomas Holmes, there were four main ideas identified which the organization hopes to address from a “practical standpoint”.These four areas include “The Family Structure, a Prison Project, An Anti-Bullying Programme and Utilizing music”.CariMAN intends to “address the traditional values” by working closely with families, government officials and family oriented groups to initiate a Character Counts Programme.In that programme the six pillars of character; Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship will be highlighted.“We believe that inculcating these values in our daily lives will help reduce ill-discipline and violence, especially among our youth, and young males in particular. This will be piloted in two communities,” Holmes said.CariMAN will also seek to develop a “positive self image” programme at the Dominica State Prison in collaboration with the Management of the institution.According to Holmes they will implement a practical programme in working with young male offenders.“The young male offenders will be engaged in practical activities that will help boost their self- confidence and self-esteem. We envisage that they can put into good use the skills that they will acquire from this Training Project. This Programme will also include ongoing counseling intervention for the young males”.The third aspect of the action plan will be an anti-bullying programme which will be targeted at the primary school level.The purpose of this is to “address the incidence of violence from an early age. This is one avenue where we can help children respect and be tolerant of each other. This will also help parents take up their responsibility as parents and provide the base for positive relationships”.Music was another area identified at the symposium which could assist in reducing the occurrences of crime and violence.This programme will “address aspects of the music industry in collaboration with songwriters, singers and musicians and other relevant stakeholders. There will be emphasis on lyrics, rhythm, etc.”CariMAN notes that they also “intend to take on the biggest challenge” which is “reaching out to the young males out there especially “Those on the Block.” The organization admits that this is a “big task” and is therefore seeking the assistance of all sectors of society including “Parents, the Family, Faith-Based Organizations, The Private Sector, The Government and its relevant Departments, The Opposition, NGO’s, Clubs” to make it successful.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

ORVC Girls Basketball Jamboree

first_imgThe ORVC Girls Basketball Jamboree will be taking place on Saturday, November 9th at South Ripley High School.ORVC Girls Jamboree 2013Submitted by South Ripley AD Deb Jett.last_img