Tix Now On Sale for Mother Courage, Starring Tonya Pinkins

first_img View Comments Tickets are now available for the Tonya Pinkins-led production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. Directed by Brian Kulick and featuring original music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, the show will play a limited engagement December 9 through January 24, 2016. Opening night is set for January 7 at Classic Stage Company.The indomitable Mother Courage (Pinkins) follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children, in this timeless tale of war and big business updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo.The cast will also include Joshua Boone, Curtiss Cook Jr., Kevin Mambo, Jacob Ming-Trent, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Potts, Deandre Sevon, Mirirai Sithole and Zenzi Williams. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Mother Courage and Her Childrenlast_img read more

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Choice One Communications and CTC Communications merge

first_imgWaltham, MA and Rochester, NY February 10, 2006 CTC Communications and Choice One Communications today announced their agreement to enter into a merger of equals, creating one of the largest competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in the United States, and the largest privately held CLEC in the Northeast. Post merger, the combined entity is expected to generate over $550 million in annual revenues by serving over 100,000 customers by way of over 1,000,000 access line equivalents. The companies combined network will consist of 7,000 route miles of fiber connecting 630 collocations. The current shareholders of Choice One and CTC will each own exactly 50% of the combined firm.Choice One, headquartered in Rochester, New York, offers various combinations of bundled voice and data services, along with web hosting, design and development in 29 markets and twelve states in the Northeast and Midwest. CTC, headquartered in Waltham, Mass., has been the fastest growing CLEC in the Northeast this past year, completing the acquisitions of Lightship Telecom in May 2005 and Connecticut Broadband in October 2005. The company has been providing carrier-class VoIP services for five years, and offers a full range of voice, Internet and data services to businesses in eleven states throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, as well as the District of Columbia. The two companies networks overlap in seven states from Maine to Pennsylvania.The combination of Choice One and CTC is a significant and exciting development. It has become clear that in order to prosper in a competitive sector we should respond to the recent mega-mergers of the dominant incumbent phone companies, said Kenneth D. Peterson, Jr., Chairman of CTC and CEO of Columbia Ventures, sole owner of CTC. Both companies understand the power of synergies from this combination and believe in the necessity of continuing consolidation.This merger brings together two highly complementary CLECs with a shared strategic vision and strong operations in the Northeast, said Thomas J. Casey, Chairman and CEO of Choice One. Not only do weshare a similar passion for our clients and for delivering results, but we also share a common facilities-based strategy. CTC and Choice One each have unique strengths in network, systems, product and sales. Our customers will benefit from an expanded product suite and a denser and more expansive network. Simultaneously, our investors and employees will benefit from excellent growth opportunities.This merger is about leveraging greater financial strength and capabilities to the benefit of our customers, said Ray Allieri, President and CEO of CTC. The combination of CTCs fiber-based IP backbone network, which overlaps with Choice One markets from New England to Pennsylvania, together with Choice Ones extensive local network presence, gives us a powerful set of complementary assets and great growth prospects. We continue to believe that a high touch customer support approach will distinguish us in the marketplace.Peterson will serve as Chairman of the Board of the combined organization, which will consist of an equal number of directors appointed by the shareholders of each company. Casey will serve as CEO, while Allieri will serve as President. The merger of Choice One and CTC is subject to customary closing conditions, including a refinancing of existing bank debt and receipt of regulatory approvals. The name of the merged entity has not yet been determined. The merged company will continue to maintain a significant presence in both Rochester, NY and Waltham, MA with senior executives in each location.The Choice One Board was advised by The Blackstone Group L.P.s Corporate Advisory Services team, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo P.C. Choice Ones largest shareholder is an advisee of Camulos Capital LP. The CTC Board was advised by Columbia Ventures Corporation and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.About Choice One CommunicationsChoice One Communications is a leading provider of voice and data services, including local and long distance phone service, high-speed Internet, T1 access, web hosting, design and development services in the Northeast and Midwest. The companys expansive network footprint, including 490 collocation facilities, reduces their dependency on the LECs, enabling them to be highly responsive to client needs. Visit Choice One Communications online at www.choiceonecom.com(link is external).About CTC CommunicationsCTC Communications is a leading integrated communications carrier providing business customers from Maine to Maryland with a full range of converged voice, data and Internet services, dynamically allocated on a next-generation, all-IP packet-based network. The company serves small, medium and larger business customers. CTCs Cisco-powered IP+ATM packet network runs over a fully managed and CTC-owned fiber optic network. CTC has provided cost-effective communication solutions since 1981 and is today part of Columbia Ventures Corporations worldwide family of businesses. Visit CTC Communications online at www.ctcnet.com(link is external).About Columbia Ventures CorporationColumbia Ventures Corporation, the parent company of CTC Communications, based in Vancouver, Washington, is a multinational, entrepreneurial, private equity company. Other wholly owned CVC telecommunication investments include Hibernia Atlantic, a transatlantic cable system linking Boston, New York, Halifax, Dublin and London; and Magnet Networks, a Dublin company bringing triple play services via Fiber-To-The-Home and ADSL2+ to Ireland.last_img read more

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Peru rebels recruit kids to fight

first_imgBy Dialogo August 24, 2010 Peru’s leftist Shining Path guerrillas recruit children into their ranks, training them in armed combat and drug trafficking, an army general said on August 22. “They recruit children by force to indoctrinate them in their Shining Path schools. And they call them pioneers,” counterinsurgency chief for the southern Apurimac Valley region, General Leonel Cabrera, told reporters. He said a child fighter named Alcides was rescued recently during a military raid on a rebel camp in the area. Cabrera said the Shining Path faction involved in child recruitment is headed by Victor Quispe Palomino and two of his brothers, who have turned the rebel unit into “a family clan that operates like an extension of drug trafficking” groups. Peruvian human rights groups have been reporting the rebels’ child recruitment tactics to the United Nations since August 2009. Blamed for more than 70,000 deaths between 1980-2000, the Shining Path was almost destroyed during former president Alberto Fujimori’s tenure (1990-2000). In addition to their decades-long anti-government struggle, Cabrera told the Andina news agency, the remnants of the rebel group are now heavily involved in drug trafficking and illegal logging, especially along the Apurimac Valley region.last_img read more

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7 Threats to your credit union’s downtime lurking below the surface

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » by: Matt WilhelmThe importance of data backup & business continuity can’t be overstated, especially when one of the most common threats to downtime is all around you, moving through your branches and data centers at this very moment. The Aberdeen Group identified the 7 leading threats to your credit union’s downtime are, in order, as follows:Network outagesHuman errorServer failuresStorage failuresApplication errorsPower outagesUsage spikes/surgesBeing near that fault zone or flood zone may not be as risky as expected… the human zone knows no bounds when it comes to data. Even with top-notch hardware and protection, you can still be vulnerable.When you take in the average cost of downtime at $163,674 per hour, according to the Aberdeen Group, having a backup plan is more important than just a safety net. Aside from outages, errors, and failures, there’s the ever-looming threat of malicious attacks on your data. Whether it’s in the form of malware, phishing, or exploited applications, breaches are still a very real threat.last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine order for CSL, global count tops 15,000, unknown exposure source, students quarantined in China, novel virus name

first_imgMay 29, 2009US orders novel H1N1 vaccine from CSL BiotherapiesCSL Biotherapies, part of Australia-based CSL Limited, said today it has signed a contract to sell at least $180 million worth of novel H1N1 influenza vaccine in bulk form to the US government. The company said it “anticipates initial delivery of the antigen by September, subject to regulatory approval.” The firm has an option to finish processing the bulk vaccine at its plants in Illinois and Germany. The US also has ordered H1N1 vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline recently.[CSL news release]WHO tally of novel H1N1 cases reaches 15,510Fifty-three countries have reported a total of 15,510 cases of novel H1N1 influenza with 99 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. Countries added to the list since the WHO’s last update on May 27 are the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Romania, Slovakia, and Uruguay. The United States, Mexico, and Canada continue to lead the list. Other countries with more than 100 cases are Japan (364), Britain (203), Chile (165), Australia (147), Spain (143), and Panama (107).[WHO update 41]US case count approaches 9,000The US count for novel H1N1 flu rose to 8,975 cases in 48 states today, with 15 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. Alaska and West Virginia are the only states reporting no cases. Wisconsin led the list with 1,430 cases, followed by Texas with 1,403, Illinois, 1,002, and Washington, 575. New York has had 4 fatal cases, while Arizona and Texas have had 3 each, and Illinois 2. Single deaths have been reported in Missouri, Utah, and Washington.[Current CDC numbers]CDC: Exposure source unknown in 45% of US casesThe source of exposure is unknown in about 45% of US H1N1 flu cases so far, according to findings presented yesterday by Michael W. Shaw, PhD, of the CDC’s Influenza Division. Speaking at a webinar sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), Shaw said that 25% of patients contracted the virus from a family member, 12% had traveled to Mexico, 12% had contact with a known or suspected case, and 5% were healthcare workers who were exposed on the job.[NYAS H1N1 webinar information]Venezuela, Paraguay, Bolivia report first novel flu casesVenezuela, Paraguay, and Bolivia are the latest South American countries to report their first novel flu cases, according to media reports. The first case from Venezuela is in a man who had traveled to Panama, and five infected patients in Paraguay had contact with a traveler who had returned from New York, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Bolivia’s health ministry said today that its first two case-patients had traveled to New York before they got sick.[May 29 AFP story]USDA study suggests swine lack immunity to novel virusUS Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have found that previous vaccination or infection with classical swine flu viruses does not appear to protect American swine from the novel H1N1 virus, according to a May 26 report from the USDA. In serologic studies the group found little cross-reactivity against the new virus. They said the next step is to challenge vaccinated pigs with the novel H1N1 virus to learn whether antibody titers in the pigs correlate with protection from the virus.[May 26 USDA report]US students quarantined in ChinaChinese officials have kept 21 US high school students and their three teachers in quarantine at a hotel in Guizhou province since May 25, after a passenger on a flight they took got sick with a suspected novel H1N1 infection. Although the airline passenger has tested negative for the virus, officials said the US group would be kept until today, CNN reported yesterday. The students are scheduled to return to the US on May 31.[May 28 CNN story]Eurosurveillance says novel H1N1 virus needs better nameFor manifold reasons, the novel H1N1 virus and its disease need a better name, says an editorial in Eurosurveillance. Calling the virus “swine flu” worries the pork industry, while “novel influenza A(H1N1)” is a term that can’t last, and mere “influenza A(H1N1)” fails to distinguish the virus from seasonal H1N1. One option the authors like is “influenza A(H1N1)swl,” with “swl” meaning “swine-like.” As for the illness, “2009 pandemic influenza” won’t do, because no pandemic has been declared.[Eurosurveillance editorial]last_img read more

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Pricoa begins £300m spend in Europe

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LGIM launches ‘delegated solutions’ as consultants debate market impact

first_imgLGIM will also track buyout pricing using credit investments and taking regular advice from the bulk annuities business on the direction of pricing levels.Third, the insurer is undercutting rival bulk annuity providers by waiving the cost of transferring assets from an investment manager to an insurer, if LGIM clients insure with L&G.The manager said this could shave around 50 basis points off the cost of a bulk annuity purchase.Aaron Meder, head of LGIM’s Solutions Group, said the delegated solution allowed LGIM to pay more attention to clients’ overall aims.“We have made buyouts simpler and more affordable for UK pensions schemes,” he said.LGIM is one of the UK’s largest managers of DB assets, mainly within LDI and index-tracking equity funds. Meder said the manager losing assets to non-related insurers as schemes bought out was “not a great outcome” for the L&G umbrella group.James Mullins, a partner at consultancy Hymans Robertson, said the funds could prove very popular, given the interest in buyouts from smaller schemes and concern over appropriate asset allocation.However, he warned of there being no perfect solution to tracking and hedging buyout costs while remaining in a competitive insurer market.“Pension schemes would still go out into the market, and the most competitive insurer winning would still remain the case,” he said.“I imagine the other insurers will react to the 50bps [savings], which could be good news for the entire market.”Dominic Grimley, principal consultant at Aon Hewitt, said L&G’s 50bps saving figured raised questions.He said the whole concept would be negated if, as Mullins suggested, rival insurers dropped their fees.However, he suggested other insurers could become less likely to quote on LGIM clients, leading to L&G not pricing competitively.“An extreme viewpoint, but not impossible,” he said. “So the client actually loses out rather than gaining anything on buyout, especially if the case is not attractive in other respects for an alternative annuity provider.”He also warned that some schemes would not want to match buyout pricing tightly for a prolonged period.“Matching pricing will mean other measures – such as accounting and scheme actuary valuation of liabilities – [are possibly not] being matched,” he said.“A managed level of mismatch risk may create that level of volatility that may actually help reach a target.”The corporate bonds in which LGIM invests, he said, would be ideal for L&G’s bulk annuities arm but may not be the best priced asset for other annuity providers.LGIM said the delegated solution would not block schemes from transacting with another insurers.However, schemes would have to account for asset mismatch and transaction costs.Meder also stressed that the manager was not entering the fiduciary management space, as this offering lacked independent advice and manager selection.“We’re offering an approach to implementing partial or fully delegated solutions,” he said. Legal & General (L&G) is to launch a suite of ‘Buyout Aware’ investment funds for UK defined benefit (DB) pension funds in a bid to develop a bridge between its investment and bulk annuity divisions.Looking to maintain Legal & General Investment Management’s (LGIM) share of UK DB assets, and support L&G’s annuities business after this year’s Budget, the “delegated solution” will see it provide buyout-designed investment funds for small and medium-sized schemes.However, consultants warned of negative impacts on the bulk annuity market’s competitiveness should it become popular.The funds offer exposure to liability-driven investments (LDI) and corporate bonds, so assets reach buyout-pricing level.last_img read more

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Bath Estate Huskies knocked out of Roseau Valley Basketball League

first_imgNewsSports Bath Estate Huskies knocked out of Roseau Valley Basketball League by: – April 4, 2012 Share 23 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share The Bath Estate Huskies have been knocked out of the Roseau Valley Basketball League after they were defeated by the Fond Canie Upsetters by a final score of 76-71 on Tuesday.Both teams came in to the game needing a win to stand a chance to make the play-offs, as other teams are ahead of them in their zone however the Upsetters certainly lived up to their name, as no one would have expected them to beat the Huskies. They controlled the game from the tip off. Again, 80% of the load was carried on the back of star player, Lester Langlais, who again dominated with another 30 point game, his 3th of the season. Though it was minimal, he got efficient help from veteran, Lyndson Lynch and also Darrius Nichols, and a very unlikely player, Dr. Irving Mc’Intyre. He showed that he is not just a doctor, but can also bounce a ball. It was visible, that the big 3 from Massacre & the doc meant business. They now have 3 wins and 3 losses from 6 games. The Huskies are to be extremely disappointed with this loss. They have won only 3 games out of a possible 8 and will not be playing in the play-offs. They possess a championship team with the likes of Ivan “Bakery” Jno. Baptiste, Davidson “Ginny” Toulon, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Hypolite, Nigel “Gwen-La” Hilaire & Marcel Nicholas, along with 4 or 5 other big name players, but they were just not able to put it together, when it came to getting the wins.Their loss last night was mainly due to, a bit of poor team chemistry and unity, and crucial turn overs in the final minutes of play, when they were down only 2 points. There was a lack of fire power between Ivan “Bakery” Jno. Baptiste & Davidson “Ginny” Toulon which did not help their cause, as they only contributed 6 points between them. The huskies finally realize that when it comes to basketball, it’s not “blue blue, estate for true”. Top performers for Upsetters were; Lester anglais – 36 pts, 6 asts, Lyndson Lynch – 16 pts, 4 asts and Darrius Nichols – 13 pts, 5 rebTop performers for Huskies were; Marcel Nicholas – 24 pts, 7 reb, 2 blks, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Hypolite – 20 pts, 9 reb and Bedno Soanes – 9 pts, 2 asts.Next game is on Wednesday night at 7:30 between the Upper Village Huskies & Laudat Spartans at the Trafalgar basketball court.By: Edgar Georgelast_img read more

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Kabankalan sting op nets ‘shabu,’ gun

first_imgAside from suspected shabu, a.22-caliber revolver with five live bullets, two cellphones and cash whichamounted to P1,521 were recovered. They were caught in an entrapmentoperation around 2 p.m. on Nov. 19, the report added. BACOLOD City – Thirteen sachets ofsuspected shabu and a firearm were seized in a sting operation in Barangay 6,Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.  The 34-year-old resident Regie Liperand 32-year-old Ronel Laberos yielded the suspected illegal drugs valued ataround P420,000, a police report showed.    Liper and Laberos were detained in thecustodial facility of the Kabankalan City police station, facing charges./PNlast_img

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FCN Bank President Retiring

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — Art Hildebrand, President and CEO of FCN Bank will retire after 37 years of service.After December 31, Mr. Hildebrand will continue to serve as a director of FCN Bank and FCN Bancorp.The board of directors has chosen Mr. Thomas D. Horninger to succeed Mr. Hildebrand as the next president and CEO effective January 1.Mr. Horninger has been a resident of Brookville since 1998.A celebration for Mr. Hildebrand is scheduled for December 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Bank’s Community room at the main office in Brookville.The public is invited to attend.last_img

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