Tix Now On Sale for The Robber Bridegroom, Starring Steven Pasquale

first_imgTickets are now available to see stage and screen fave Steven Pasquale in The Robber Bridegroom. Directed by Alex Timbers, Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman‘s musical comedy will play a limited engagement February 18, 2016 through May 29. Opening night is scheduled for March 13 at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom transports the audience to the Natchez Trace in Mississippi, a dangerous and mysterious corner of the country teeming with a rogue’s gallery of the most beguiling con men, hucksters, and charlatans you’ll ever meet. Chief among them, Jamie Lockhart (Pasquale)—fair‐faced gentleman by day, hard‐hearted bandit of the woods by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down.The Robber Bridegroom marks the 40th anniversary of the original, which opened on Broadway in 1975 starring Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. The show’s bluegrass score has since been performed across the country, with the song “Sleepy Man” joining the canon of American standards.The production is part of Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 View Comments The Robber Bridegroom Related Showslast_img read more

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Ben Whishaw Circles Mary Poppins Returns

first_imgBen Whishaw(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Ben Whishaw, who recently appeared on Broadway in The Crucible, is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the stage and screen star would play a grown-up version of Michael Banks.The film will premiere on December 25, 2018. Meryl Streep is also in talks to join the project; the Oscar winner would play Mary Poppins’ cousin Topsy. Original Mary Poppins stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are also rumored to make appearances.The film, set 20 years after the events of the 1964 feature, will follow Michael as he seeks to reunite with his sister Jane. Mary Poppins (Blunt) flies in to help, with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Miranda) in tow. The movie will feature songs by Tony-winning composing team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.Whishaw made his Broadway debut earlier this year in The Crucible. His notable screen credits include Q in both Skyfall and Spectre, The Lobster, The Danish Girl and Suffragette. His U.K. stage credits include Bakkahi, Mojo, Peter and Alice, The Pride and an Olivier-nominated performance in Hamlet.last_img read more

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Bathe Your Produce.

first_imgUniversity of Georgia experts say some produce washes are moreeffective at removing harmful pathogens from fresh fruits andvegetables than the chlorine rinses the food industry uses.Larry Beuchat, a microbiologist with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences, has tested many produce washes inhis Griffin, Ga., lab.”I’ve tested produce washes that are currently on themarket and some that are in the developmental stages,” Beuchatsaid. “Some are as good as water when used to remove pathogenicbacteria from a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Some areperhaps even better than chlorine, which is used fairly extensivelyin the produce industry to wash fresh-cut produce.”Tested on Lettuce, Tomatoes, Apples andAlfalfa SproutsBeuchat says Fit, a Procter and Gamble product, worked wellin lab tests. “Fit performs as well as high levels of chlorinewhen used to remove populations of bacteria on lettuce, tomatoes,apples and alfalfa seeds intended for sprouts,” he said.”The science is there to prove it removes these pathogens,”he said. “But Procter and Gamble can’t state that on theproduct label until they get EPA and FDA approval to do so.”But should you add Fit or other produce washes to your shoppingcart? Beuchat said it’s your decision.”Whether you buy produce washes is a matter of personalchoice,” he said. “If you are concerned about pathogenicmicroorganisms on your produce, I would recommend buying it. Ihaven’t tested all the products on the market. But in my experience,it does as good a job as chlorinated water and sometimes better.”Pesticide ResiduesProduce-wash manufacturers label their products as effectiveat removing pesticides. But UGA foods and nutrition specialistsdon’t recommend buying the washes solely for this reason.”In the United States, there’s very little produce withpesticide residues anywhere near the allowed tolerance levels,”said Elizabeth Andress, an Extension Service food safety specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “It would be hard to find detectable levels of pesticide residues on our fruits and vegetables even if you went looking for them.”Andress said the FDA safeguards fresh produce by monitoringpesticide residues at wholesale and retail levels.”If you use a produce wash, you may be reducing the levelsof pesticide residues. But the levels were nowhere near harmfulto begin with,” she said.If you just want cleaner produce, Andress recommends washingproduce under running water.”Tests show produce washes do apparently make producea little bit cleaner,” Andress said. “But I would personallyquestion whether they are worth the extra cost.”Don’t Soak Produce in WashesDespite the introduction of produce washes, UGA foods specialistsstill recommend cleaning fruits and vegetables under running water.”What slightly concerns me is the way these products areapplied,” Andress said. “To clean produce, you haveto soak the food in the produce wash. Soaking produce can damagethe quality. I hope people don’t let their fruits and vegetablessit in these solutions, thinking, ‘the longer it soaks, the better.'”Aside from cleaning produce and removing pesticides and pathogens,produce washes claim to remove wax.”Even if the product does remove wax, these are food-gradewaxes that aren’t harmful,” Andress said. “They’re alreadyapproved for food use.”Produce washes have many uses. But as with other products,shoppers will ultimately determine their success.”We aren’t telling people produce washes aren’t safe touse, because that’s not true,” Andress said. “They areeffective. But to me, it’s more of an economic issue. Is the costreally worth it? It depends on whether you want to pay for theadded safeguard.”last_img read more

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The key to post-pandemic success for debit

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Bennett Tom Bennett is a Principal Consultant with the Checking and Debit Card practice at Advisors Plus with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Tom advises credit … Web: www.pscu.com Details A seismic shift is underway when it comes to member payment preferences, particularly as it relates to debit and digital payments. Debit has seen an impressive resurgence through the pandemic, helping to reposition checking at the pinnacle of the consumer payment relationship. The time is now for credit unions to cement their role as the primary financial institution (PFI) by adapting to this shift, capturing account growth and facilitating mobile and digital wallet options for their members. Debit by the NumbersSeveral findings from PSCU’s weekly COVID-19 transaction trends analyses give credence to the surge in debit and its importance to credit union success and growth:Double the growth rate – Debit purchase volume growth is currently trending in the teens through August, over twice its historical 7% mark.Strongest growth in CNP – Debit usage for card-not-present (CNP) transactions – including online purchases, recurring payments and digital wallets – is seeing significant growth.  Since mid-April, debit CNP growth year-over-year has averaged over 40%. Historical cash transactions flowing to debit – ATM withdrawal volume remains down over 20% year-over-year, while a national shortage of coins is testimony to the reduced flow of cash usage for transactions. According to the Fed’s 2019 Diary of Consumer Payment Choice, 80% of cash transactions are under $25. Given this small ticket size, the majority have likely flowed to debit.    More cards in use – A typical credit union portfolio has three times as many debit cards as credit cards, with each card conducting over three times as many transactions. Account acquisition is also multiples higher. This underscores the magnitude of debit as a payment vehicle and its importance to the credit union.Debit and Checking Growth OpportunitiesPSCU’s Advisors Plus consulting team has identified four areas of focus credit unions should pursue with respect to debit and checking:Capitalizing on Digital PaymentsThe growth of remote or CNP payments has averaged over 40% during the pandemic, as compared to the mid-teens before the pandemic. This makes it more critical than ever to obtain top-of-wallet position for members’ debit cards.Amazon, the clear e-commerce leader, has seen consistent year-over-year debit growth of more than 80%. Money services as a merchant category is also growing at a similar rate and includes person-to-person transfers and remittances. The recovery of quick service restaurants (QSR) has been faster than full-service restaurants, thanks in large part to their drive-thru option and food delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats. For successful credit unions, capturing this volume creates an “annuity” of transactions that will have a long-term impact.Nothing may be more imperative than keeping the debit card top of wallet among the many digital wallets in the market, including mobile apps and P2P platforms. This will require constant communication among credit union members and staff. Creating awareness of these offerings through various communication channels, member incentives, and staff training is key.Leveraging Contactless OpportunitiesNow is the time for credit unions to leverage contactless opportunities. Numerous studies confirm an increased desire among consumers for touchless payment options like contactless. Data from PSCU’s weekly analyses supports this, with strength in remote/CNP transactions, declining ATM cash withdrawals and growth in contactless products such as dual-interface cards and mobile wallets. Credit unions should consider the issuance and promotion of contactless cards and mobile wallets (“Pays”).  Reinvigorating Checking Account GrowthWhile debit volumes have trended upward overall, there has been a recent slowdown in checking account growth due to the pandemic, driven by reduced branch hours, closures and inadequate online account opening solutions. Many credit unions have also moved away from free checking, which could make them less appealing than competitors.PSCU’s analysis indicates that checking growth drives almost half of debit volume growth, in addition to new member growth. Successful credit unions have capitalized on this event. For some credit unions, this increased focus on checking has been internal – like employee incentive enhancements and more rigid tracking around active account growth – while others have focused on external promotion to members – including advertising and direct mail with incentives for new accounts. A combination of both strategies is critical.The design of the checking account can also have implications. Some credit unions continue to focus on dated accounts named “regular” or “golden” checking, with features that no longer resonate with the overall market, such as free money orders or free notary service. Others are adding fees in search of profitability, at times with ancillary benefits like cell phone protection or identity theft services. This transition has been tough, especially when existing members are impacted. Credit unions need to validate the strength of their solutions against their competitors, their target market, and their existing member base.Enhancing Checking Account ConnectivityThe checking account gives consumers broad access to a variety of services. Online banking and mobile deposit capabilities were critical in allowing credit unions to close branches while still servicing members during pandemic shutdowns. Direct deposit is the rocket fuel that makes debit run, as evidenced by the fact that debit growth turned positive when COVID-19 stimulus checks were directly deposited into checking accounts. Credit unions should increase focus on these services, continually soliciting enrollment and working to ensure members and staff understand their capabilities.  Credit unions that adapt to the changing payments landscape and facilitate mobile and digital wallet options for their members now will see rewards well into the future, regardless of what it might hold.last_img read more

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Expansion of Y starts this year?

first_imgThe most important Istrian road, Y, can never increase its modest capacity for the summer influx of tourists.Although the construction of the extension from Rogović to the Učka tunnel, which would give a full profile of Y in the area of ​​Istria County, according to the most pessimistic announcements should start at the beginning of this year, nothing is happening, Glas Istre writes.Announcements of the expansion of Y began in the winter of 2016, more than two years ago, but none of the construction stands in operation yet. According to the announcements, construction should take two years. For the upcoming tourist season, there is obviously no shift in road congestion on the eastern branch of Y, but the concessionaire of that road, Bina-Istra, is still announcing the start of work for the middle of this year.As Glas Istre writes, the upgrade of Y should be financed by the World Bank and commercial banks according to the public-private partnership model. In order for the loan to be approved, the permission of the European Commission is required, and in order for the EC to give permission, the Government and Bina-Istra must first draw up a new concession agreement. The first step in the approval of this new concession agreement by the EC is called re-notification, and this is the phase in which the business is now.”The long-announced continuation of the Istrian Y project is obviously entering the final phase of preparations. Namely, the process of re-notification of the concession agreement with Bina-Istra has just been successfully completed by the European Commission. For this type of project, which is based on a public-private partnership, each EU member must receive an assessment from the DG Competition Office in Brussels on the compliance of the provisions of the contract with EU competition rules. It is a process in which the experts of the said office study the details of the project financing model, analyze the risk-sharing mechanisms and evaluate the market prices of the investment. This important stage required a precise and in-depth analysis of every detail of the contract. The successful completion of this procedure was received very positively by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, especially when taking into account the complexity of the entire project and the fact that this is the first re-notification process for the Republic of Croatia.”, They say in Bina-Istra.Source: Glas Istrelast_img read more

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Iran coronavirus deaths jump to 26, top officials infected

first_imgAccording to media reports, among the deceased in Qom on Thursday was theologian Hadi Khroroshahi, who in 1981 was named Iran’s first ambassador to the Vatican.The announcement by Zolnour comes two days after another top official, deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi, head of the government’s coronavirus task force, said he too had contracted the virus. Must ‘not gather’ On Wednesday, Iranian authorities announced domestic travel restrictions for people with confirmed or suspected infections.They also placed curbs on access to major Shiite pilgrimage sites, including the Imam Reza shrine in second city Mashhad and the Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom.Visitors to the shrines will be allowed to visit on condition they are provided “with hand-washing liquids, proper [health] information, masks”, Health Minister Saeed Namaki said.They must “not gather together in groups but just pray and leave”, he said.In a rare move, authorities announced the cancellation of the main Friday weekly prayers in Tehran, Qom and Mashhad as well as in the capitals of 22 of Iran’s 31 provinces and other infected areas.School closures have been extended in affected areas and universities are to remain closed for another week starting from Saturday.”All of these decisions are temporary and if the situation changes, we might intensify or ease them,” Namaki said.In a message of thanks to doctors and nurses, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he hoped their efforts would help “eradicate this sinister virus soon”.International health experts have expressed concern about Iran’s handling of the outbreak. But Tehran insists the situation has been “improving”. The coronavirus epidemic in Iran has cost 26 lives, the health ministry announced Thursday, with a vice president becoming the latest top official to be infected as the spread appeared to accelerate.Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a news conference that the tally of infections had risen to 245 with 106 more cases confirmed — the highest number for a single day since Iran announced its first infections on February 19.The Islamic republic has the highest death toll from the virus outside China, where COVID-19 first emerged. Among the latest coronavirus sufferers is one of Iran’s seven vice presidents, Massoumeh Ebtekar, who oversees women’s affairs.Ebtekar, a former spokeswoman for students who took 52 Americans hostage at the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, is being treated at home and members of her team have been tested, state news agency IRNA reported. Mojtaba Zolnour, head of parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee, also contracted the virus, appearing in a video posted by Fars news agency saying he was in self-quarantine.The cleric is a deputy for the Shiite holy city of Qom in central Iran where the country’s first cases were detected. Topics :last_img read more

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If beachfront and riverside homes are out of your price range, there are cheaper options

first_imgWater views from 24 Tarrabool St, Westlake. Picture: realestate.com.auWaterfront living is in high demand, whether it’s a riverside home, beachfront pad or a lakeside house.While many waterfront properties, particularly those on the Brisbane River or the Gold Coast beaches, are outside the budgets of a large majority of buyers, lake side is a different matter.Brisbane’s newest masterplanned communities make the most of their lake side locations, whether they’re natural or man-made. 24 Tarrabool St, Westlake. Picture: realestate.com.auAnd they come with price tags of less than $1 million which not too many home buyers would baulk at. At 24 Tarrabool St, Westlake, a five-bedroom home which backs onto the lake is listed for $879,000.The single-level home has an outdoor entertainment area and is on 704sq m.The main bedroom has a deck which overlooks the lake. All of the bedrooms have ceiling fans and built-in robes. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThere is a study and an open plan kitchen, family and dining room, which flows out onto the deck.It is listed through Jan Laing and Alan Peters of Innovation Real Estate – Jamboree Heights.In Forest Lake, south of Brisbane, a home at 57 Alexandrina Circuit is listed for offers of more than $659,000. The four-bedroom home has an outdoor undercover area, which overlooks the lake and the swimming pool. There is access to the lake through a private back gate.The home has landscaped gardens and a double lock up garage. ,9/11 Creek St, Redcliffe. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed with Jo Szulc and Caroline Rowe of One Agency Redcliffe – North Lakes.center_img 57 Alexandrina Circuit, Forest LakeIt is listed through Leisa Le of @ap-realty – Property Sales and Management.At Redcliffe, an offer of $429,000 should secure a two-bedroom unit at 9/11 Creek St.The unit, which has lift access to the second floor, overlooks parklands with not a lake but the Humpybong Creek and walking paths. And if the creek out the front of the unit isn’t enough to satisfy your thirst for water, it is a five-minute walk to the Redcliffe beachfront. It is in a complex of 10 units which has a rooftop deck, with an outdoor kitchen. The main bedroom has a balcony which overlooks the creek.last_img read more

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Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Remains on Track

first_imgProgress of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will remain on track with $49 million awarded in the Army Corps FY18 Work Plan.According to the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), the critical funds that will be coupled with financial support from the State of South Carolina will further secure the progress of deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet.“This funding is great news for continued construction activities and timely awarding of dredging contracts for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project,” said Bill Stern, SCPA Board Chair.Construction to deepen the Charleston Harbor Entrance Channel began in February following the awarding of the first two dredging contracts, totaling $260 million, by USACE.“The deepening of the Charleston Harbor is one of the most important strategic priorities for the State of South Carolina,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “The Southeast needs a 52-foot harbor to efficiently handle the large container ships now calling the East Coast. There are four other harbors on our coast at 50 feet of depth, and such large container ships call a network of ports.”The USACE Work Plan funding, in combination with a $50 million loan from the State, will enable the Charleston Harbor to be deepened to the Wando Welch Terminal by early 2021 in a record construction period of only 40 months. Upon completion of Charleston’s deepening, the Inner Harbor will offer 52 feet of depth with a 54-feet deep Entrance Channel.The project was designated a “New Construction Start” in the USACE Work Plan last year and received Congressional Authorization in December 2016.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Drop Games To Lady Panthers

first_imgBatesville drops both levels of play to Jennings County in first contest of 2015.  The Varsity score was 13-1 and The JV score was 14-0.Batesville vs JC Varsity Softball (3-31)Batesville vs. JC JV Softball (3-31)Next Batesville is scheduled to travel to Milan on 4/2/15 for a 5:30 Varsity start and JV to follow.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

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USDA invests in SEI REMC

first_imgOsgood, IN— U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director Michael Dora today announced that Southeastern Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation will receive $15 million from USDA Rural Development to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.“USDA is committed to being an effective partner to rural communities in building, expanding and modernizing electric infrastructure,” said Dora. “This investment will be used to assist 796 customers and build and improve 107 miles of line.” The loan includes $2.6 million for smart grid technologies. Southeastern serves approximately 27,000 customers over 3,225 miles of line in Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties.Today’s announcement is part of a larger statement from USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy in which he announced USDA is investing $251 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states that will serve rural areas in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The funding will help build and improve 1,971 miles of line to improve electric reliability in rural areas.SEI REMC has this loan as part of their current work plan for improvements in the area.  They also are considering additional broadband advancement for the future.last_img read more

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