James Snyder, LaChanze & Anthony Rapp Join Idina Menzel in If/Then On the Road

first_img Idina Menzel Star Files Broadway’s fabulous foursome are hitting the road together! Tony winner LaChanze, James Snyder and Anthony Rapp, the original Broadway stars of If/Then, will join Tony winner Idina Menzel in the national tour of the hit musical. The four stars will reprise their roles for the Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tempe and Costa Mesa stops. The tour kicks off on October 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Complete casting for the remainder of the If/Then tour will be announced at a later date.“If/Then is partly about how the communities we live and work in become our families,” said producer David Stone, in a statement. “The original Broadway cast was like a family, and I am very excited for the family to be reunited on tour and to give audiences outside of New York the opportunity to see these exceptional Broadway stars in the roles they created.”If/Then is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth (Menzel), a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.Directed by Michael Greif, If/Then features music by Tom Kitt, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. The writers earned the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for penning Next to Normal. If/Then earned Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Actress (Menzel). The musical features choreography by Larry Keigwin, set design by Tony nominee Mark Wendland, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Tony winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony winner Brian Ronan.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

It keeps getting drier

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. –- Drought conditions continue to worsen across the entire state. Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 74 are classified as being in extreme drought, 79 in severe drought and six in moderate drought.The drought has become extreme across the north Georgia counties of Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Meriwether, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Towns, Troup, Union and Whitfield.In northwest Georgia, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Polk and Walker counties remain in extreme drought.Across south Georgia, 44 counties are classified as being in extreme drought.Since early May, extreme drought conditions expanded into the south Georgia counties of Ben Hill, Bulloch, Candler, Colquitt, Decatur, Effingham, Evans, Irwin, Mitchell, Montgomery, Seminole, Tattnall, Telfair, Tift, Toombs, Turner, Wheeler and Worth.Extreme drought conditions remain in the south Georgia counties of Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Glynn, Grady, Jeff Davis, Lanier, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McIntosh, Pierce, Thomas, Ware and Wayne.Moderate drought exists in the east Georgia counties of Burke, Columbia, Elbert, Hart, Lincoln and Richmond. Conditions in counties now classified as being in moderate drought are deteriorating very quickly.The remaining 79 counties in Georgia are classified as being in severe drought.Rare conditionsExtreme drought conditions are defined as those expected once in 50 years, based on many indicators. Severe drought conditions are those we expect once in 20 years.Preliminary rainfall deficits for Jan. 1 through May 21 include Athens at 6.49 inches, Augusta 6.61, Savannah 7.63, Columbus 8.68, Brunswick 9.28, Macon 9.30, Atlanta 10.02, Plains 10.09, Alma 11.15, Tiger 11.45, Tifton 11.72, Blairsville 13.89 and LaFayette 14.05.The U.S. Geological Survey reports daily record to near-record low stream flows for May 21 across all of Georgia.Across north Georgia, record low flows for May 21 are reported on the Chattooga River near Clayton, the Coosawattee near Ellijay and Pine Chapel, the Conasauga at Tilton, the Oostanaula at Resaca and near Rome, the Middle Oconee near Athens, the Oconee at Milledgeville and the Ocmulgee near Jackson.Across south Georgia, record low flows are reported on the Ocmulgee River at Lumber City, the Oconee at Dublin, the Flint at Newton and Bainbridge, the Ochlockonee near Thomasville, the Alapaha near Alapaha, the Satilla near Waycross and at Atkinson and the Suwannee at Fargo.Groundwater levels are dropping statewide. Many wells are approaching their average yearly low water level, which is reached normally in late summer or early fall.Relief?Little if any widespread, sustained relief from the drought is anticipated. The long-term outlook is for the drought to continue to intensify.If extremely dry conditions continue into the summer, afternoon temperatures between 100 and 105 will be common across the coastal plain and piedmont regions of the state. Temperatures in the 90s will be common across the mountains.The entire state remains under the level-2 outdoor water-use schedule. Outdoor watering is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number street addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses. It’s banned all day on Fridays.Local water authorities may further restrict outdoor watering.Get updated drought information at www.georgiadrought.org. The state drought Web site includes information on how to deal with the drought.Updated weather information is at www.georgiaweather.net. This University of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stations statewide.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. One group quickly emerged as a bright spot. While victims in New York’s hardest hit neighborhoods were stuck in the cold and dark, volunteers from the spontaneously formed Occupy Sandy became a widely praised lifeline.Occupy Sandy was “one of the leading humanitarian groups providing relief to survivors across New York City and New Jersey,” as a government-commissioned study put it.Yet the Red Cross, which was bungling its own aid efforts after the storm, made a decision that further hampered relief: Senior officials told staffers not to work with Occupy Sandy.Red Cross officials had no concerns about Occupy Sandy’s effectiveness. Rather, they were worried about the group’s connections to the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.Three Red Cross responders told ProPublica there was a ban. “We were told not to interact with Occupy,” says one. While the Red Cross often didn’t know where to send food, Occupy Sandy “had what we didn’t: minute-by-minute information,” another volunteer says.The three spoke to ProPublica on the condition of anonymity because they continue to work with the Red Cross. One says the direction came from an official based in Red Cross headquarters in Washington. Another understood the direction came from Washington. A third was not sure who gave the instructions.The government-sponsored study that praised Occupy Sandy—written in 2013 for the Department of Homeland Security—also cites a prohibition: A Red Cross chief of volunteer coordination recalled that “he was told not to work with Occupy Sandy because of the affiliation with [Occupy Wall Street],” the study says.Fred Leahy, a veteran Red Cross responder who was a Community Partnerships Manager in Sandy’s aftermath, recalled a meeting a week after the storm in which he and two other officials, one from Washington, discussed “the political and donor ramifications of associating with Occupy Sandy due to its outgrowth from Occupy Wall Street.” He says the meeting was called after an inquiry from Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern.“Occupy Wall Street was not very favorably received by the political people in the city,” Leahy says. Major Red Cross donors were from the same elite political circles “and they didn’t understand Occupy Wall Street.”Red Cross responders says that many staffers and volunteers objected to the charity’s stance on Occupy Sandy because among the Red Cross’ fundamental principles is that aid must be delivered without regard to politics or ideology. “We are a neutral, humanitarian organization,” one staffer says. “We don’t take sides.”Leahy says Red Cross officials decided at the meeting to wait for Occupy Sandy representatives to come to them, rather than to approach the group. When a subordinate inquired about working with Occupy, Leahy says he told the person: “We really don’t need to worry about them at this time. Because we’ve got more important concerns at the moment.”Nevertheless, Leahy denied there was a explicit injunction not to work with Occupy Sandy.The Red Cross said in a statement that “there was never at any time a policy prohibiting Red Cross staff or volunteers from working with Occupy Sandy.”“We linked them with partners,” the charity wrote. “We provided them with meals and other supplies 2013 to the point of providing them with an entire warehouse full of material in March 2013.”But Occupy Sandy organizers interviewed by ProPublica say the Red Cross did not take their calls in the early days and weeks after the storm hit in October 2012. Nathan Kleinman, an Occupy Sandy organizer, recalls a Red Cross employee telling him that “they couldn’t be seen working with us.” He says some Red Cross responders attempted to help Occupy behind the scenes with advice and occasionally supplies.“I have no doubt we could have had a much more productive relationship with the Red Cross if they’d been willing to associate themselves with us out in the open,” Kleinman says. “I have no doubt their failure to look past politics hurt the overall recovery.”Workers inside the Red Cross’ Manhattan headquarters say they were furious with the delay, which hampered the ability to provide aid.Indeed, some Red Cross responders were so troubled, they tried to work with people from Occupy covertly. They say they maintained a spreadsheet of Occupy contacts separate from the other contact lists to hide from senior Red Cross officials that they were working with the group.Contemporaneous Occupy Sandy meeting minutes show some examples of fruitful cooperation. An Occupy Sandy volunteer described the Red Cross as being “our lifeline in terms of hot meals.”The minutes also record an incident in which two Red Cross employees showed up at an Occupy site in Brooklyn “asking if we could send them volunteers—and their stipulations for that: they couldn’t wear any Occupy stuff.” Those conditions were rejected.The Red Cross responders who say there was a clear ban on working with Occupy differ on how long it was in place. One person says the policy was rescinded in a matter of days, but that it took weeks to communicate to all the corners of the Red Cross relief effort.A third Red Cross worker says that the policy was still in place in December, more than a month into the relief effort.Read about how the Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in PR Over People: The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster. And about how the Red Cross’ CEO has been serially misleading about where donors’ dollars are going.Can you help us with our Red Cross reporting? Learn how to share a tip or email justin@propublica.org.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

The financial storm on the horizon

first_imgAmericans are becoming more pessimistic about what the coming year could hold for them financially, with a Gallup poll reporting that 48 percent say the economy is worsening, up from 45 percent in December and 36 percent in October.But if bad news is what 2019 has in store for us, no one should be caught off guard completely.Frankly, I find it surprising that people are shocked that the stock market went down substantially two times in 2018. Do markets go up forever? No. Are 13.2 percent average annual S&P 500 returns since 2009 normal? No.Our brains are designed to remember the good times and forget the bad times. This is why people believe that markets that are going up will keep going up, and may forget the impact of losing a portion of their portfolio like they might have back in 2008-2009. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

American Red Cross honors essential workers with blood drive

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The American Red Cross held a blood drive on Thursday. A “thank you” card table was set up with a registry of essential workers currently working throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood to prevent shortages in hospitals as they resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were put on pause early in the spring due to COVID-19. “We are wiping down all the hard surfaces that we are using, our phlebotomist are wearing gloves and changing them between donors, that’s something they’ve always done and will continue to do,” she says “We wipe down the donation beds people are using. Wiping down all the health histories and equipment we are using.” While the blood drive was happening during a pandemic, the Red Cross wants you to know that they are taking all the proper steps to make sure donors are safe. Donors who gave blood walked away with a SaveAround Broome County coupon book, an American Red Cross reusable bag and a $5 Amazon Gift Card that will be sent via to donors via email. Esperanza Gutierrez, the Broome County Account Manager for The American Red Cross, says people’s temperatures were taken at the door.last_img read more

Rovinj Hospital, Veneto Orientale Health Region and Italian Villa Salus Hospital establish International Medical Tourism Cluster

first_imgHospital for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation “Prim. Dr. Martin Horvat ”in Rovinj and the Health Region“ Veneto Orientale ”based in San Dona di Piave and the Italian Hospital“ Villa Salus ”based in Mestre Venice and the Hospital in Jesolo will soon work closely together through the International Cluster of Medical Tourism.Namely, as part of the cross-border Croatian-Italian health cooperation with reputable Italian health institutions, a Protocol on the agreement for defining health, administrative and health care programs was signed in order to perform rehabilitation activities of high specialization. To this end, the signatories of the agreement undertook to propose and develop a common model of “Medical Tourism Cluster” and activate as potential beneficiaries of European structural and investment funds (CEE funds, ie the Cross-border Cooperation Program Italy – Croatia) for the period 2014-2020. , the primary objectives will be the continuous education and training of health professionals and physicians of the three hospital structures as well as the development of joint processes in the provision of cross-border health care according to the model of cooperation between Member States and regions.The agreement also envisages the development of diagnostic activities and the establishment of diagnostic frameworks for rehabilitation in the E-Health regime, with the application of telemedicine systems, digitization of hospital records and administrative flows as well as specialist health care activities of the second opinion. Thanks to the possible access to EU funds, but also defining the training of health and other staff involved in providing services in hospital structures, not only for specialist rehabilitation activities but also for the sector of providing health care to patients or tourists in the emergency department, as well as proposal and implementation joint international research and development projects for the introduction of new treatments and the development of new technologies in a specific sector of rehabilitation, such as neuroscience and robotics “points out Doc.dr.sc.Marinko Rade, director of the Hospital for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Prim. Dr. Martin Horvat ”. Hospital for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Prim. Dr. Martin Horvat is located on the west coast of Istria, in the town of Rovinj. It is one of the older orthopedic rehabilitation institutions, and was built in 1888. It has a specially prepared beach that can be used by all disabled people, regardless of the severity of the disability, several sports fields as well as a covered swimming pool with warm sea water, all prepared for disabled people.last_img read more

From fish to fashion

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Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Eight Business Projects in Seven Counties, Supporting Nearly 400 Jobs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Eight Business Projects in Seven Counties, Supporting Nearly 400 Jobs April 04, 2018 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program, including eight business projects in seven counties across the commonwealth that will help create and retain nearly 400 jobs statewide.“One of my top priorities as governor is to provide Pennsylvania businesses with the tools they need to grow, and PIDA is one of the most vital programs for that purpose,” Governor Wolf said. “The projects approved today will enable companies to purchase property and equipment, redevelop sites, and most importantly, create jobs for Pennsylvania workers.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $35.8 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $53.3 million in private investment and supported 1,978 created and retained full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total of approximately $11 million in fixed, low-interest loans to projects in counties including Berks, Bucks, Erie, Fayette, Lancaster, Monroe, and Westmoreland.The following business project loans were approved:Berks CountyBerks61 LLC was approved for a $2,250,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Greater Berks Development Fund to purchase and develop an 18.44-acre brownfield site located in Muhlenberg Township. Infrastructure improvements will include the development and construction of a storm water management system, utility relocation, the construction of a main road through the industrial park site, and the completion of a new turning lane from the Pottstown Pike into the new industrial park.Bucks CountyLyophilization Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of clinical trial material in the health care field, was approved for a $1 million, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation for the acquisition and renovation of a 25,428-square-foot facility in Warwick Township to consolidate the company’s two buildings into one location. The move will enable the company to retain its 24 full-time employees and be able to create 4 full-time jobs within three years.American Overhead Door & Dock, Inc., which specializes in commercial and industrial garage doors and loading docks, was approved for a $564,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate and a $57,000, 5-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through Bucks County Economic Development Corporation for the acquisition and renovation of a 24,000-square-foot facility located in Bristol Township, as well as the acquisition of machinery and equipment for fabrication and repair of commercial overhead door and dock systems. The project is expected to retain 35 employees.Erie CountyVelocity Network, Inc., an internet service provider including enterprise-level IT solutions, was approved for a $720,200, 5-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Enterprise Development Center of Erie County, Inc. for the purchase of machinery and equipment associated with creating an operations center in their new facility in the city of Erie. The project includes data center equipment, workstations, a generator, and furniture. The project is expected to retain 53 full-time jobs and create 30 full-time jobs within three years.Fayette CountyC.R.H. Catering Co., Inc., a full-line vending and food service company, was approved for a $200,000, 10-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation for the acquisition of a 50,000-square-foot facility located in Dunbar Township for the company’s sandwich production operation. The project will enable the company to retain 25 full-time jobs.Lancaster CountyMaple Run, LLC was approved for a $1,575,000, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent reset rate through EDC Finance Corporation for the acquisition of a 72,141-square-foot multi-occupancy building in East Hempfield Township. Several tenants have already been identified for the facility, and the remaining available space is currently being marketed as manufacturing and warehouse space.Monroe CountyTerrafina, LLC, a producer of a variety of healthy snacks, was approved for a $1,192,558, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate and a $682,125, 10-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through Pocono Mountains Industries, Inc. for the acquisition and renovation of a 74,087-square-foot building located in East Stroudsburg. The project will enable the company to create 120 new full-time jobs within three years.Westmoreland CountyKeystone Foam Corporation, a manufacturer of foam products for the bedding, furniture, and packaging industries, was approved for a $1.7 million, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate and a $300,000, 10-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland for the construction of a 22,500-square-foot addition to the company’s existing building located in Derry Township, as well as the purchase of new machinery and equipment. The equipment being purchased relates to the production of the foam such as cutting machines, a pneumatic press, a carousel splitting machine, and a forklift. The project will enable the company to retain 75 full-time jobs and create 14 full-time jobs within the next three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

India lose to England in fourth T20I of women’s triangular series

first_imgMelbourne: England women rode on a strokeful half-century from Natalie Sciver to defeat India by four wickets in the fourth T20I of the women’s triangular series on Friday.Sciver’s composed 50 from 38 balls rescued England after they slipped to 28/3, chasing 124 for victory at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.Put into bat, India could only manage an underwhelming 123/6 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Besides opener Smriti Mandhana, none of the Indian batters could contribute much to the team’s total. Mandhana made 45 from 40 balls, hitting seven fours and India’s sole six of the innings, but after she was stumped off Katherine Brunt, India faltered. However, other batswomen, including Jemimah Rodrigues (23) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (14), failed to capitalise on their starts.The Indians managed to hit just four boundaries in the final 10 overs, with the batters struggling for rhythm as England took the pace off the ball.For England, Anya Shrubsole took three wickets and Brunt scalped two.It seemed a simple chase for England but once again their openers faltered, with Amy Jones falling to the sixth ball of the innings as she offered a simple catch to mid-on. When they both fell, England were in trouble, but Sciver kept scoring runs at the other end, working singles and rotating the strike before hitting out in the final overs.She brought up her half-century in fine style, striking left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad for six, but she was left frustrated after chipping her next delivery back to the bowler.Brief Scores: India Women: 123/6 (Smriti Mandhana 45; Anya Shrubsole 3/31); England Women: 124/6 (Natalie Sciver 50, Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/23). IANSAlso Read: India aim to bounce back in 2nd ODIAlso Watch: CM Sonowal and Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reviews preparations ahead PM Modi’s visitlast_img read more