Broadway Theaters to Dim Lights in Honor of Legendary Director Mike Nichols

first_imgBroadway theaters will dim their lights to pay tribute to the passing of the acclaimed director, producer, writer and performer Mike Nichols, who died on November 19 at age 83. Marquees will go dark for one minute at 7:45PM on November 21. Nichols was among only a handful of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, the EGOT. He won more Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play than any other individual, his six wins being for Barefoot in the Park (1964), Luv and The Odd Couple (1965), Plaza Suite (1968), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1972), The Real Thing (1984) and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (2012). He also won in other categories—for directing the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot (2005), and for producing Annie (1977) and The Real Thing (1984) under the company he founded, Icarus Productions. In total he won nine Tonys and received an additional eight nominations. “Legendary director Mike Nichols shared his distinct genius for storytelling through the worlds of stage and film. Throughout his celebrated career in many mediums that spanned decades, he was always in awe of the thrill and the miracle that is theatre,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League in a statement. “His notable presence in our industry will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie Is Named Aspen-Rodel Fellow

first_imgLt. Governor Brian Dubie is among a group of 24 elected public officials convening for the first time today in Aspen, Colorado as 2008’s recipients of The Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. The opening session runs through this weekend.According to the Institute, participants are “selected on their reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a bipartisan approach to governing.” The class is evenly divided between Republican and Democratic office-holders who serve in state and local government, and this year represent 22 states.The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program, established in 2005, works to enhance American democracy by convening the nation’s most promising young political leaders in a casual, bipartisan setting to explore the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership. The Class of 2008 will meet two more times over the course of their 24-month Fellowship.All expenses associated with attending the program are paid for by The Aspen Institute.More information on Rodel Fellows and the program can be found at aspeninstitute.org/rodel.last_img read more

MOUNTAINEER COUNTRY, WV: THE NEW GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY

first_imgMorgantown’s treelined downtown is compact, friendly, and filled with local proprietors that are anxious to please. Start with Hoot and Howl, an eclectic collection of artisan chocolates, vintage antiques and bath products. Girlfriends love creating something together in their workshops; take home a stenciled pillow as a memory of your time in Mountaineer Country. Just around the corner, River Fair Trade stocks handmade gifts (the denim wine bag is a winner) and accessories that span the globe, from cloth beehive lanterns to socks made from organic cotton and vegan certified. Coni & Franc is a fashionista destination for women, and you’ll find all those jaw-dropping accessories that complete an ensemble. The flavor-packed cuisine tour continues along Morgantown’s riverfront with Table 9, Morgantown Flour and Feed, Bourbon Prime and Mountain State Brewing, home to wood-fired flat breads and craft beers that are West Virginia born and brewed. A walk along the rail trail will drop you at Sargasso where you can cap off the night with cocktails. The menu is decidedly “cutting edge.” We’ll “cheers” to that! Relaxation is on every girlfriends getaway itinerary and a unique option is is Himalayan Salt Spa and Cave in Bruceton. Start with a hot stone or deep tissue massage, followed by 45 minutes in a comfortable zero gravity chair, listening to soothing sounds of music and breathing the mineral saturated therapeutic salt air. For year-round festivals that celebrate motorcycle riding, wine and jazz, art, Broadway and buckwheat harvest, Mountaineer Country ticks all the boxes. But that isn’t the only reason northcentral West Virginia is a popular girlfriend getaway. With wineries and whitewater rafting, this memorable Appalachian paradise is simply a delightful place to visit. You’re bound to run into friendly people, eager to reveal the local hidden treasures and share the best-kept secrets for hometown attractions. Did we mention shopping? Do yourself a favor and leave some room in your suitcase! The Elegant Alley Cat’s shelves are brimming with personal gifts, WVU souvenirs, home décor and jewelry, like Puravida bracelets from Costa Rica. Mountaineer Country is centrally located in the mid-Atlantic, just 2-1/2 hours from the Metro DC market or a short flight on Southern Airways from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) or Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW).  Daily flights from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) arrive in North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB). Rise early and meet the sun with a long, leg-stretching hike to Coopers Rock State Forest. The 1,200-ft. scenic overlook delivers beauty in every season and has been dubbed one of the most “Instagrammable” places in Mountaineer Country. Gather your girlfriends . . . Mountaineer Country is the perfectbalance of relaxation, culinary exploration and (surprise!) shopping. This is also the mountain home toWest Virginia University (WVU), so there’s a fair amount of nightlife aswell! From itstranquil green lawns and historical brick buildings to theAppalachian cultural scene, this is a casual destination with serious style. This would be a great time to drop by the Cupcakerie, where it’s hard to say no to a “Chocolatey Caramel Kiss”–decadent chocolate cake filled with a chocolate caramel candy, topped with silky caramel butter cream and sprinkled with dark chocolate shavings. Or a “Red Carpet Red Velvet.” Or a “Gimme Some More S’More.” Accommodations range from mountain cabins–complete with hot tub and breakfast basket–to boutique hotels situated in the heart of downtown Morgantown. Discounted rates are available at MountaineerDeals.com. Ask any local where the best “guac and margaritas” can be found and they’ll steer you to Black Bear, a homegrown gastronomical experience. The owners are WVU alum and the ingredients are fresh. center_img Go completely Zen on land and water! Take an afternoon stroll through the West Virginia Botanic Garden, complete with Butterfly Garden and Secret Garden–both natural masterpieces. Plan accordingly and you can catch one of their farm-to-table dinners prepared by the area’s master chefs and accompanied by live entertainment. The waterways in and around Mountaineer Country provide a serene opportunity for kayakers. There are plenty of rental companies and an occasional tour guide that ensures an informative, yet enjoyable experience. For help planning your girlfriends getaway, contact theGreater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-458-7373 or visittourmorgantown.com. Speaking of nightlife, the scene at Bartini Prime is upscale and energetic, a perfect place for the late-night party–which makes it a great place to cut loose on a girls weekend! Another oasis where girlfriends create memories together is Harmony Esthetics: imagine rustic glam meets pure relaxation to deliver a personalized spa experience­–all in the heart of Masontown. Downtown Morgantown is packed with timeless eateries–most with sidewalk chalkboards boasting old-world family recipes. Iron Horse Tavern is a local favorite for fine pub fare that includes bulgogi pulled pork tacos and wild mushroom pierogis. For a great craft beer-and a bartender who knows her brews–stop by Apothecary Ale House & Café. Grab lunch at The Farmhouse Café. Fresh, make-to-order salads and sandwiches take second place to the adorable gift shop that is impossible to ignore.last_img read more

CFO Focus: Independent model risk management

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Although the National Credit Union Administration has not issued any overarching guidance on model risk management, it has published various comments on model validator independence and the importance of a risk-focused approach. Absent more explicit NCUA direction, many credit unions have adopted other regulators’ supervisory guidance on model risk management, e.g., the Office of the Comptroller of Currency’s 2011-12 bulletin or the Federal Reserve’s SR 11-7 supervisory letter. Regardless of the standard, resource limitations frequently make independent, competent, risk-focused model risk management a challenge for credit unions.This article is a guide for deciding between staffing a fully independent internal model validation department, outsourcing the entire operation, or a combination of the two.Striking the appropriate balance is a function of at least four factors:control and independence,cost,financial risk, andexternal (regulatory, market, and other) risk considerations.last_img read more

Person who attended large gathering on Front Street tests positive for virus

first_imgFor updated numbers on the coronavirus in Broome County, click here. Symptoms of the coronavirus include cough, fever and shortness of breath.  The health department says the gathering was held on July 4 and they are asking all individuals who were there that day to self-quarantine until July 18.  Broome County Executive Jason Garnar released the following statement: center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department is alerting residents that an individual who was at a large gathering at 82 Front St. in Binghamton has tested positive for the coronavirus. “This is EXACTLY what will drive our COVID numbers back up and put people’s lives at risk in addition to putting our local businesses in jeopardy of being shut down again. I will use whatever means I have at my disposal to stop this.”last_img read more

Posh designer sets up shop in Sloane Square

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Chance to improve space brought in the buyers

first_imgThe home at 38 Delaney Rd, Burpengary.DESPITE an already huge floor area, the buyers of 38 Delaney Rd, Burpengary, which sold for $612,000 on August 18, plan to make the home even bigger.Raine & Horne agent, Francine Deeks, said they were attracted to the 370 sqm, four-bedroom, four-bathroom home because of its size, but the potential to create even more floor space sealed the deal.“The fact that it had a very high ceiling and was very big under the roof — the master suites were real master suites,” Ms Deeks said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The new owners have got massive plans for it. They actually want to build into the alfresco area and make a big office.” The home at 38 Delaney Rd Burpengary.Ms Deeks said the home was beautifully presented with features such as timber-frame glass doors and a designer kitchen. It will be perfect for its new extended family, she said.“They were living down at the Brighton Sandgate area and they’re now going to be living with their parents here.”Ms Deeks said the market was attracting interstate investors and others seeking a better lifestyle. “It’s really good at the moment. We’ve got lots and lots of buyers from Sydney, Melbourne and all over the place,” she said.last_img read more

South Dakota may regulate transgender students’ bathroom use

first_imgNZ Herald 18 February 2016Family First Comment: A practical and common sense (but politically incorrect) solution which parents would want schools in NZ to adopt. “Under the plan, schools would have to provide a “reasonable accommodation” for transgender students, such as a single-occupancy bathroom or the “controlled use” of a staff-designated restroom, locker room or shower room.”South Dakota would be the first state in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth if the governor signs a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate.The Senate voted 20-15 to send the bill to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who last week said he’d need to study it more before making a decision.Advocates say the bill is meant to protect the privacy of students, but opponents say it discriminates against vulnerable adolescents.Under the plan, schools would have to provide a “reasonable accommodation” for transgender students, such as a single-occupancy bathroom or the “controlled use” of a staff-designated restroom, locker room or shower room.The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota and Human Rights Campaign have called on Daugaard to veto the legislation.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11591556last_img read more

India temple: Last treasure vault stays shut says court

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyle India temple: Last treasure vault stays shut says court by: – September 22, 2011 21 Views   no discussions Much more treasure is believed to still lie undiscovered in the temple vaultsThe final vault at a temple in India’s Kerala state should not be opened until treasure already recovered is fully documented, the Supreme Court has said.Six vaults at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple contain a huge collection of precious stones, gold and silver worth millions of dollars.Five of the vaults have been opened and the contents itemised.The sixth and most secure vault will remain closed while officials digitally archive their contents, the court said.A panel of experts appointed by the Supreme Court is inspecting treasures already recovered at the temple, which is looked after by descendants of the Travancore royal family.The court accepted all suggestions by the five-member expert committee headed by CV Ananda Bose, director general of India’s National Museum, which is engaged in the tough job, except the suggestion of taking over the temple’s security by the central forces from the state police.“The court felt that the current security provided by the state government was satisfactory,” said CV Ananda Bose, director general of India’s National Museum, who heads the panel. “The court’s is the last word. We’ll follow its strictures in letter and spirit.”Local legend has long held that vast riches were interred in the walls and vaults of the temple by the Maharajas of Travancore over many years.Historians say it is almost impossible to assess the value of the objects, but officials have said it could be more than £12bn ($20bn).Neither the state of Kerala nor the descendants of the Travancore royal family have made any claim on the treasure, which they say is the property of the temple and its deity.But the discovery has sparked a public debate, with many believing the items should be put in museums or sold and the profits used for public good.Security has since been stepped up at the temple, which is now one of the richest in the world.Temple officials were pleased at the court ruling.“For us, there’s nothing to worry about. Protection of the temple wealth is for everybody’s interest,” said VK Harikumar, executive officer of the temple administration. BBC Newslast_img read more

DSS Says Early Retirers Cause Losses

first_imgBusinessLifestyleLocalNews DSS Says Early Retirers Cause Losses by: – February 4, 2020 More and more people are choosing to receive their pensions early according to Dominica Social Security.Deputy Director, Augustus Etienne was speaking on Vibes Radio recently when he explained that the pension fund of the social security system wasn’t designed for early checkouts; that means a loss for the fund.“This is not allowing the system to see the impact of the savings that that provision was meant for,” he said.“If people apply for the pension early, it means they’re not making additional contributions; the system has to pay them out earlier and longer and that is a challenge.”Etienne says, “It would be better for everybody concerned if people stayed in the workforce longer and make additional contributions because every year that you contribute, you get 1% added to your pension. If somebody works for an additional 6 years from age 60 to 65, that’s 5% added to their pension.”He revealed that contributors are also opting to accept a major loss with the decision to cash out early.“When they claim it earlier than it is due to them, they will receive it for longer than they should have rightfully received it.”The rate for that, he says, is 6% per annum.“If you take it a year early, you’re giving up 6% of your pension for the rest of your life.”The only increase applied would be inflationary every 3 years. 121 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more