View Comments Pick a card, any card! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned for its third season on August 8 with a special look at the touring production of The Illusionists—Live From Broadway. Jeff Hobson (“The Trickster”) visited correspondents Amber Milt and Olga Villaverde, in-studio, to show them one of his jaw-dropping illusions. Also, audience members reveal which moments and acts from the mind-boggling magic spectacular left them in awe. Click play! Amber Milt, Jeff Hobson & Olga Villaverde Broadway Balances America
Lady beetles have long been viewed as good bugs. Most peoplearen’t scared of them, and very few want to kill them with insectspray. But that’s quickly changing.Each winter, more and more Asian lady beetles, often calledladybugs, travel into homes seeking shelter from the cold. Cuteor not, these uninvited houseguests are outstaying their welcomeand ruining their reputations to boot.Asian lady beetles are one of several species in Georgia. Butthey’re the only one here with the annoying houseguest habit. Universal feel-good bug”Lady beetles are the universal feel-good bug, so it’sunfortunate a few are becoming pests,” said Kris Braman, anentomologist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.A researcher whose work focuses on integrated pest management,Braman has long supported lady beetles as beneficial insects.They feed on aphids, an insect that can cause major damage topecan trees, crepe myrtles, roses and many other plants.When lady beetles are around to eat the aphids, homeowners maynot need to spray insecticides to kill aphids, Braman said.”Unfortunately, I’m not getting calls from homeowners who arepraising lady beetles for controlling aphids,” she said. “I’mgetting calls from people who are vacuuming up Shop-Vacs full oflady beetles out of their homes.”Seal up the entranceBraman says the key to keeping them out of your home is findinghow they’re getting in and sealing the opening.”Sometimes this is easier said than done,” she said. If the bugsare able to get in, though, there are openings for heating orcooling losses that should be attended to.If you have to resort to physical removal, Braman urges you tobe careful. Lady beetles do have a defense mechanism.”They can release yellow hemolymph, which is reflexive bleedingfrom their joints,” she said. “It’s a defensive response for youthat can result in orange stains on your walls and furniture.”So how does an insect make the bad, pesty bug list? It’s up tous humans.”Paper wasps are beneficial insects that feed on caterpillarsthat damage crops like cotton and soybeans,” Braman said.”They’re also the wasps that build their nests in the eaves ofour houses and sting if you get too close.”No one thinks about the beneficial side of paper wasps whenthey’re applying Sting-A-Way first aid treatment and sprayingstreams of insecticide on their nests, she said.”You just dub them a pest because they’re a bother to you, yourfamily and your home,” Braman said.They aren’t cute on the ceilingThe pesty side of lady beetles is the aggravation they causewhen they come inside and the time it takes to remove them, deador alive. And when they die indoors from lack of food and water,they contribute to household dust and debris.”Living lady beetles don’t contribute to indoor air pollution,”said Nancy Hinkle, a UGA Extension entomologist. “But deadbeetles should be regularly swept or vacuumed, because as theirbodies decompose they contribute to household dust.”They’re no more likely than any other component of house dust(pollen, molds, dust mites, feathers, dander) to contribute toallergies, she said.Lady beetles can bite, too.”It’s just a little pinch,” Hinkle said. “Their mouthpartsaren’t really big enough to get much skin. But it’s uncomfortableenough to be annoying.”Hinkle said she has more than a thousand lady beetles living inher own house. “I think my house is the main overwintering sitein north Georgia,” she said.”When I read at night, the light burning over my bed lures inevery lady beetle in my house,” she said. “This is frustrating,but not enough to persuade me to use insecticides. But I do lookforward to them moving out in the spring.”
Banknorth Increases Quarterly DividendPORTLAND, Maine (July 27, 2004) Banknorth Group, Inc. (NYSE: BNK)announced today that its Board of Directors has increased the Company’squarterly dividend to 20 cents per share based on earnings for the quarterended June 30, 2004. The dividend increase represents a .5 cent per shareincrease over the quarterly dividend paid following the previous quarterended March 31, 2004 and a 1 cent per share increase over the quarterlydividend paid a year ago following the quarter ended June 30, 2003.”I am pleased to increase our dividend once again in accordance with ourpractice of returning approximately 35% of net income to shareholders inthe form of dividends paid each quarter, said William J. Ryan, BanknorthChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.The dividend will be paid on August 16, 2004 to shareholders of record atthe close of business on August 6, 2004.At June 30, 2004, Banknorth Group, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Maineand one of the 30 largest commercial banks in the country, had $29.3billion in assets. Banknorth’s banking subsidiary, Banknorth, N.A.,operates banking divisions in Connecticut (Banknorth Connecticut); Maine(Peoples Heritage Bank); Massachusetts (Banknorth Massachusetts); NewHampshire (Bank of New Hampshire); New York (Evergreen Bank); and Vermont(Banknorth Vermont). The Company and Banknorth, N.A. also operatesubsidiaries and divisions in insurance, money management, merchantservices, mortgage banking, government banking and other financialservices and offer investment products in association with PrimeVestFinancial Services, Inc. The Company’s website is at www.banknorth.com(link is external)
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT-Robert Gaydos, President of The Benefit Group of New England, has been appointed to the CIGNA National Producer Advisory Council.The council which met in Hallandale, Florida from March 27-29, 2007 was created to obtain feedback from top national producers and prioritize initiatives set underway at CIGNA HealthCare. This council meets twice yearly in order to prioritize producer and customer business needs and to evaluate CIGNAs progress on addressing these priorities. Two main topics dominated the discussion in March; Consumer-Driven Health Care and Assessment & Wellness.The appointment to the council is a two-year term. The council is made up of only twenty to thirty producers whom CIGNA recognizes as Preferred Producers. Their next meeting is scheduled for September of this year.CIGNA HealthCare, headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, provides medical benefits through managed care and indemnity health care plans, dental coverage, behavioral health coverage, and pharmacy benefits.The Benefit Group of New England based in Montpelier, Vermont is a group insurance agency & consulting firm serving over 350 New England employers. For more information on this topic or any inquiries please call The Benefit Group of New England at 1-877-479-3546 or e-mail at CustomerService@benefitgroupne.com(link sends e-mail).
By Dialogo January 22, 2010 For over 5 years now Brazil has been the leader of the humanitarian aid efforts of MINUSTAH, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. After the earthquake of January 12, which devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, and neighboring regions, the number of military personnel from other countries present in Haiti to help with the relief efforts for the victims of this catastrophe has increased substantially. In order to talk about the synergy between these efforts, the manner in which the aid strategy for the survivors is being carried out, and the future of the military missions in Haiti, Diálogo magazine spoke with Colonel Alan Sampaio Santos, Chief of the Social Communication Section of the Brazilian Battalion in Haiti. *Diálogo* – What got your attention most during the first moments right after the earthquake struck Haiti? *Colonel Alan* – The general devastation. It was a huge feeling of impotence, because we saw a lot of suffering, but we were not prepared for something so large and severe. The help had to be immediate. We wanted very much to help, to do more, but unfortunately we had no way to do so. It was very sad. To see the number of dead scattered in the streets was also something that had a big impact. It has now been a week since the tragedy, and a lot has improved, mainly regarding the assistance we are able to provide, but there is still a lot to do. *Diálogo* – How is the distribution of humanitarian aid to the Haitian population being coordinated among the participating countries? *Colonel Alan* – MINUSTAH has established centers for humanitarian aid and has also established some parameters for the distribution of the food that is arriving in Haiti. There are two main centers to which basically all the supplies that arrive here are being taken. *Diálogo* – And how is the distribution being done? Can people go directly to these centers? *Colonel Alan* – These are big storage warehouses. All the institutions authorized to distribute food go to these two centers, they pick up the food according to their capacities, and these same organizations are the ones responsible for distribution, at locations also determined by their personnel in charge. *Diálogo* – Is there also food distribution in the areas of Brazilian military responsibility? *Colonel Alan* – Actually, these places are areas where we control security, but with the earthquake, we are doing our best to also incorporate food distribution to those in need, who are many. *Diálogo* – With regard to family reunification, are Brazilian troops and those from other countries involved in this process? *Colonel Alan* – We are not working on it because the mission of the Brazilian Battalion, for example, is to provide security. It is very important to highlight that without security it would not be possible for any of the international agencies that are working in Haiti to continue with their work. It is our priority to keep the environment stabilized in such a way that all the agencies can perform their jobs: rescue, clearing the streets, humanitarian aid distribution, etc. In summary, it is currently possible to move freely around Port-au-Prince, so that all those who wish to work can work. Contrary to what some international news agencies have highlighted during recent days, that violence was increasing, there is a very high level of movement around Port-au-Prince, and all those who wish to help the Haitian population are in a position to do so. *Diálogo* – How do you compare the current ability to move around the streets of the capital with the days prior to the tragedy? *Colonel Alan* – As far as freedom of movement goes, the situation hasn’t changed much compared to what it was prior to January 12. In the first stages of post-quake operations we had more difficulties due to abandoned vehicles, bodies in the middle of the street … but we are now managing to move around despite the chaotic traffic situation; people are managing to move around and carry out the activities to which they are assigned. If there were no security, the NGOs, the UN and other organizations would not be able to perform the work they are currently doing. *Diálogo* – What is the policy for the Brazilian military – and perhaps for other countries, if you know – when a person approaches someone in uniform to ask for food, water, or help? *Colonel Alan* – We have been trying to help the entire population. Our current contingent is of approximately 1,300 men, and we are all working toward the goals of humanitarian aid and maintaining the level of security, and we have been helping as much as possible. Even if we are more focused on security, as I mentioned before, our cars always drive out carrying water and food, and individual cases are assisted as far as possible. I believe this policy is the same for all countries. *Diálogo* – Brazil has been the leader of MINUSTAH and of the actions to maintain security in Haiti for the last 5 and a half years. What will the role of the Brazilian military be in the country moving forward? And what is and will be the synergy between Brazil and other countries that are presently intensifying their actions in Haiti? *Colonel Alan* – All this help is very welcome. This idea of Brazilian leadership is ‘leadership’ in quotation marks. Brazil has a very active position in Haiti, but not a leadership position, instead one of dedication, of work, and I am certain that international help at this time is extremely welcome. All the initiatives that we have witnessed until now have been coordination initiatives and ones leading to joint planning. The main thing is that we can all work in coordination and in the best way possible. *Diálogo* – Will Brazil’s participation in Haiti remain the same in coming years, then? *Colonel Alan* – I believe so, only now with much more help present from other countries. This is wonderful. The international community has turned its attention to Haiti, and this is the time for Haiti to turn things around and move toward development and receive the solidarity of the world. *Diálogo* – There are no conflicts between the Brazilian military, other Latin American countries, and the United States, as some of the media recently announced? *Colonel Alan* – I have not seen any conflict until now. The media announced some sort of conflict, but it does not exist. The leadership of the United States, of MINUSTAH, and of the Brazilian Battalion have already met, coordinated, and determined what each will do. I am certain that this joint work will be very fruitful, especially for the Haitian population.
Take charge of making sure your Bar address is correct Take charge of making sure your Bar address is correct It is now easier for Florida Bar members to update their address information in the official Bar records thanks to a recent improvement in the Bar’s Web site.Not only can members now “proof” their data, but also control what is “on file” with the Bar.Members need only to log on to www.flabar.org. Once there, click on “Member Services” in the blue field to the left and a link to a “Membership Records Change of Address Form” will appear on the screen. Lawyers may then key in their own address changes, which will be sent directly into the membership records database.“This new system will relieve the staff in the Membership Records Department from having to manually type in members’ addresses,” said Membership Records Supervisor Willie Mae Shepherd.Before address changes can be made, however, lawyers will first have to provide their Bar number, date of birth, and the year they became a Bar member. This information is needed to register on the Bar’s storefront, is a security feature, and only has to be done once. Registered members will come back and put in their username (which is their Bar number) and whatever password they have selected, and then make the necessary updates. Only members who register on-line can update their own data. August 15, 2003 Regular News
Trump favors inviting Ted Nugent to share some of his thoughts, including: “I have busted more hippies’ noses than all the narcs in the free world.”From President John F. Kennedy’s stirring command: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.Trump’s reply: “Asking is for low energy people. Just take it.”President Franklin D. Roosevelt consoled an anxious America: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”Trump’s version: “Fear is a great motivator. All my employees are afraid of me, and I’m a billionaire. The only thing to fear is not having a pair.”During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”Trump interpreted it this way: “Fourteen months and five days ago I wasn’t even a politician. Now I’m the kick-ass president. Lincoln, who I knew personally, had some great lines. All men are created equal. The women? They love me.”President Woodrow Wilson defended the Bill of Rights: “I can imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticize their own public officials. While exercising the great powers of the office I hold, I would regret in a crisis like the one through which we are now passing to lose the benefit of patriotic and intelligent criticism.Trump’s interpretation: “Whatever.”President Ronald Reagan enunciated his conservative principles this way: “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”Trump’s response: “I’ll tell you what the problem is: China is ripping us off. Mexico and Japan are robbing us blind.”President Bill Clinton explained what went on in the Oval Office: “I did not have sex with that woman . . .”Trump would put it this way: “I did have sex with that woman.”In President James Monroe’s inaugural address, he said: “It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future.”Trump’s promise: “You’d better believe my nominee for the Supreme Court will judge correctly. If not, I’ll fire him.”President Martin Van Buren emphasized humility: “All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess.”Trump exuded: “I built a beautiful business. No debt and amazing cash flow. I am content that I know everything. Trust me.”President James K. Polk proclaimed: “Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country’s peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family.”Trump would tell the nation: “People fear and tremble when they see me coming. That’s the kind of leader who will make this country great again for the whole human family, minus the immigrants.”On behalf of working people, President Benjamin Harrison said: “I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.”Trump responded: “Listen, starvation is a way of life for some people.”President Woodrow Wilson counseled patience: “One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat.”Trump put it this way: “I’ve made thousands and thousands and thousands of impulsive decisions. I win every time. My secret? Keep people in the dark and turn up the heat.”President Lyndon B. Johnson focused on American values: “If we succeed, it will not be because of what we have, but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own, but, rather because of what we believe.”Trump expressed his values this way: “I’m worth $9 billion. I will be converting the White House into what will be the most magnificent Trump Tower in the world. Melania is already redesigning the interior. Wrap your burritos around that, Mexico.”President James Madison defended the free flow of information: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”Trump defended his own power: “I beat the governors. I even beat the senators. Now they’re bellyaching. I’m the one armed with power now. You’re gonna love me as your president. Case closed.”Arnold Dodge, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Dodge is a former teacher, principal and superintendent. In his forty-fifth year in education, Dr. Dodge is particularly focused on the effects of high-stakes testing on schools. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Arnold Dodge“Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way.” -Chris LoweFresh off his stunning triumph in South Carolina and heading into the Nevada caucuses with his ego on steroids, Donald Trump is planning to run the table and knock all those losers out of his way to the White House. Thinking ahead like the great executive he claims to be, he’s already got his people working on his inaugural address and we’ve obtained an exclusive look at an early draft.He plans on delivering a barn burner that will levitate the citizens to places they’ve never been before.Trump has ordered his handlers to produce a speech that fits his style yet sounds presidential. Key phrases and quotes from previous presidents have been forwarded to his trailer, the one he uses while on the road (flown in by helicopter for photo ops). He responds to each item and his ghost writers weave his responses together to create the inaugural address of a lifetime.Inside sources have revealed the work in progress, including the original material and Trump’s reactions.Maya Angelou read a poem before President Obama’s inauguration, which included these lines:“Freedom shines. A loud bell tolls the moment. We are astride a wondrous day.”
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Homegrown coffee chain Kopi Kenangan has raised US$109 million in its latest series B funding, securing the funding for its international expansion and technology investment, among others.Sequoia Capital led the funding, while new investors, including Hong Kong’s Horizons Ventures, Chinese internet company Kunlun, as well as the company’s first institutional investor, Alpha JWC Ventures, joined in on the latest effort to raise funds. Meanwhile, B Capital, a venture founded by social media giant Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin, also joined the series B funding, while Eduardo will also be joining Kopi Kenangan’s board of directors. Topics : “Food and beverage is one of the largest consumer opportunities in Southeast Asia and Kopi Kenangan has built a compelling identity among Indonesians. We are looking forward to bringing the same experience as the business expands into newer markets,” Sequoia Capital Singapore vice president Rohit Agarwal said in a statement on Tuesday.Founded in 2017, Kopi Kenangan plans to operate 500 stores across the country by the end of this year, from 324 stores currently. It also plans to offer a wider range of food and beverage options from local merchants and its cloud kitchens, apart from its current staples such as boba, tapioca pearl milk tea and iced coffee.The funding also gives a greenlight for the company’s expansion plan across neighboring countries, including Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia, after the pandemic ends.Kopi Kenangan received $20 million in series A in June last year, as well as additional investments from global celebrities such as rapper Jay-Z, tennis star Serena Williams and basketball player Caris LeVert, who invested in the company through their respective venture companies in December.Edward Tirtanata, cofounder and CEO of Kopi Kenangan, said the start-up had also been hands on in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing face masks, hand sanitizer and protective shields to customers and employees in stores. “The hospitality industry is facing the biggest existential crisis of our generation,” he said. “We are adapting quickly to the challenge through contactless commerce and uncompromising hygiene standards throughout our stores.” (eyc)
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Awards $4 Million in Strategic Innovation Grants Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry recently awarded $4 million in Strategic Innovation grants to fund 14 programs across the state in support of the commonwealth’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.“The Strategic Innovation grants promote further my goals of jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works by encouraging creativity and innovation in achieving workforce development outcomes for both employers and job seekers,” said Governor Tom Wolf.Job seeker programs will establish career pathways as the primary model for skill, credential and degree attainment.Programs focusing on employers will work to improve the connection and responsiveness of workforce programs to the demand side of the labor market, and increase public-private investment in critical skills through multi-employer workforce partnerships.“Developing workforce skills and connecting employers with qualified job seekers are efforts that require and often thrive by thinking outside of the box,” Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino said. “These efforts will strive to provide all Pennsylvanians, with an emphasis on Pennsylvanians with barriers to employment, an opportunity to obtain a job that pays, and support the spread of employer practices that create those very jobs.”One of the grants will partner South Central PA Works with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) to launch a transitional work program for formerly incarcerated men and women returning to Dauphin County. The program includes life skills education, paid transitional employment, job coaching and job development services, job retention, support and follow-up services, and job training along career pathways.“South Central PA Works is excited to partner with the Center for Employment Opportunities to create career pathways for formerly incarcerated citizens on parole supervision,” said Jesse McCree, CEO of SCPa Works. “Dauphin County has one of the highest recidivism rates in the commonwealth and this project will serve at least 100 formerly incarcerated people in a program focused on building a region where the opportunity for prosperity and growth exists for all.”Grants were awarded using state Reemployment Fund resources. For a full list of grantees and brief summaries of the funded projects, click here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf November 14, 2016