London Datebook: Aaron Tveit in Assassins, White Christmas & More

January 18, 2021

first_img NOVEMBER 10-16 Yuletide Greetings: Haven’t done your holiday shopping? Maybe tickets to the eight-week West End run of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, opening at the Dominion Theatre November 12, are the way to go. Tom Chambers, fresh from the Olivier Award-winning Top Hat, heads the cast alongside Welsh singing star Aled Jones. The production is choreographed by Randy Skinner, who has worked on the piece several times Stateside. ALSO: Lauren Fox and Peter Tate head the cast of Go See, the world premiere of play by the late Norris Church Mailer, onetime wife of legendary author Norman Mailer. Opening night is November 14 at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington. Last chance November 15 to see English actor and funnyman Kevin Bishop’s virtuosic turn across a slew of roles in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of the solo play Fully Committed. NOVEMBER 24-30 Live in Living Color: It’s the first full week of previews for Assassins, headlined by Broadway favorite Aaron Tveit and English comedy star Catherine Tate. Director Jamie Lloyd helms the new revival of the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Can the intimate south London venue contain Tveit’s talent—and his fanbase? We shall soon find out. The October explosion of musicals continues into November with a heady mixture of new shows and revivals that mix beloved British names like Gemma Arterton and Catherine Tate with Broadway golden boy Aaron Tveit, an American first-timer to the London stage. At the same time, a good month for British writing, past and present, makes room for Emlyn Williams and David Hare. For more information, read on! NOVEMBER 3-9 Home “Made”: After a swath of Broadway shows making their way to the West End (think The Scottsboro Boys and Memphis), along comes Made in Dagenham, an entirely homegrown British musical adapted from the low-budget 2010 British film of the same name. Onetime Bond girl Gemma Arterton makes her musical theater debut inheriting the part of the feisty factory worker played on screen by Sally Hawkins, with a score by Bond composer David Arnold and lyricist Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera). The new musical opens November 5. ALSO: Lloyd Newson, the dance-theater provocateur behind the DV8 company, brings his latest devised piece John to the National Theatre’s Lyttelton auditorium, opening November 4. Last chance November 8 at the Chichester Festival Theatre south of London to see Imelda Staunton’s scorching performance as Momma Rose in Gypsy, alongside Lara Pulver (Sherlock) as a scintillating Louise: a West End transfer is all but certain during the first half of 2015.center_img View Comments NOVEMBER 17-23 Hare’s Breadth: The prolific David Hare, whose Skylight returns to Broadway later this season, opens the fall’s most eagerly awaited play, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, November 18 on the National’s Olivier stage. Adapted from the prize-winning Katherine Boo book of the same name, the staging promises an epic depiction of Indian life; incoming National artistic director Rufus Norris is at the helm. ALSO: Gifted young director Blanche McIntyre revisits her acclaimed 2011 revival of Emlyn Williams’ 1950 drama Accolade, this time for the larger St. James Theatre and with Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward) heading the cast. The West End transfer of Forbidden Broadway says a frolicsome farewell November 22 at the Vaudeville, so this is your last chance to see Christina Bianco and her co-stars make hay at the expense of many a long-running hit. ALSO: Mordant Shairp’s once-scandalous 1933 play The Green Bay Tree opens November 28 at the Jermyn Street Theatre, about a young man’s conflicted sexuality. Final performances November 29 of director-star David Cromer’s triumphant Almeida Theatre reappraisal of Our Town, featuring a large British cast speaking in their natural accents. The same day bids farewell to Lindsay Lohan’s professional stage debut in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow at the Playhouse Theatre, in which LiLo was eclipsed in terms of performance if not publicity by co-star Nigel Lindsay (Shrek).last_img read more

Bamboo grooming day

January 17, 2021

first_imgThe Southeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society will host its annual meeting and grove cleanup at the University of Georgia Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens Saturday, Feb. 13 in Savannah, Ga.The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. The historic bamboo groves on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences site will be used as a demonstration venue to show how to properly maintain and care for a bamboo grove.Participants can take home bamboo poles that are cut during the day’s grooming event. A live plant auction and a general SCABS membership meeting will also be held.For more information, contact Tracy Cato at (706) 255-4901 or email her at [email protected] For directions, see the farm’s Web site at read more

More than $1.2 million in Homeland Security grants to improve communications

January 1, 2021

first_imgGovernor Douglas today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded over $1.2 million in grants to the Vermont Homeland Security Unit to assist with increased interoperability and improvements to the state s emergency operations center.   In November of 2008 FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security made available over 3 billion dollars in grant funding for fiscal year 2009.  The Vermont Homeland Security Unit, a division of the Vermont State Police and Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) qualified for and applied for several programs. These funds are critical to our emergency response system, said Governor Douglas.  Grants will be used to improve interoperability among emergency responders and ensure that we have the tools we need to handle any emergency.Based on qualifications, applications were submitted and the following three programs, to date, have been awarded:FY 2009 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) for the amount of $17,500FY 2009 Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP) for the amount of $242,875FY 2009 Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) Grant Program for the amount of $1,000,000The Port Security Grant Program will provide funding for the capabilities to respond to Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in a marine environment.Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program allows funding to enhance emergency communications for first responders.  This will be broken down into two areas, planning and exercises.Emergency Operations Centers Grant Program will provide the funds for Vermont Emergency Management s need to update the Emergency Operations Center to meet the needs to respond to all hazards that may impact Vermonters.  This will allow for a modest expansion to the existing facility with a new shared secure entry way.  It also allows for renovation to the existing building for training and classrooms. Source: Governor’s Officelast_img read more

Access Denied: Landowners Win Jackson River Case

December 30, 2020

first_imgSigns like this now indicated private property along the Jackson River. Previously the water was advertised as public by VDGIF.PrintLandowners along Virginia’s famed Jackson River have won a lawsuit against an angler from Charlottesville who entered the river from a public access spot and floated downriver.Landowners claim to hold a Crown Grant to the property in question. Such grants, issued by the King of England to loyal subjects in the colonies, convey ownership of land and, in some cases, certain waterways that traverse that land. An 1802 statute passed by the Virginia legislature states that all lands under water not otherwise conveyed by deed or special grant are to be held essentially in trust for the use and enjoyment of the Commonwealth’s citizens. The plaintiffs in North South Development v. Crawford believe that because they hold a Crown Grant to the disputed stretch of the Jackson River—a grant older than the 1802 statute—that property is privately owned.The Commonwealth of Virginia, however, appears to have assumed otherwise. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) made maps to the area available to the public on its website and at kiosks along public access points on the river. In 2009 the VDGIF also sent the landowners a letter informing them that their no-trespassing signs would have no influence on the public’s use of the river.The angler in question entered the river at a public access point, possessed a valid Virginia fishing license, and floated downstream to the disputed section in a kayak. He didn’t venture out of the river onto its bank. The landowners asked the angler to leave and he refused to do so. After he was charged with trespassing, VDGIF officials informed him that they had no statutory authority to defend him in court. When he turned to the Virginia Attorney General’s Office for legal help, he was again rebuffed. According to Brian Gottstein, director of communications, “This is a civil trespassing case between private parties, and the commonwealth generally doesn’t intervene in disputes between private parties.” Having followed the law to its letter, the angler was on his own in court.In the end, the court decided that the riparian landowners had a better claim to the disputed river bottom than did the angler. In light of the case, the VDGIF has changed signs along the Jackson River to indicate that this section of the river is off-limits to the public. In the end, the angler agreed not to return, and because he essentially represented the public, anyone else who ventures into that part of the river uninvited can now be criminally charged with trespassing.Why does this case matter to Virginia’s outdoor enthusiasts? Nearly all of the commonwealth—including its rivers—was conveyed before the 1802 statute. It is now clear that the state will not defend the public’s use of what was thought by all for years to be public property.The defendant in North South Development v. Crawford is soliciting funds from concerned citizens to help pay his legal bills, which have exceeded $100,000. ( read more

What the strong U.S. dollar means for you

December 18, 2020

first_imgby: Caitlin WhiteThe U.S. dollar is stronger today than it has been over the last few years. What does that mean? When we talk about the U.S. dollar being stronger, it’s about you being able to exchange more euros, pounds, yen or any other world currency for your dollar. With summer fast approaching, the strong dollar could have a positive effect on future travel plans and foreign purchases.Strong dollar = better travel deals. Summer is one of the most popular times to travel abroad, which means it’s also one of the most costly—especially when the dollar is weak in comparison to your destination’s currency.Fortunately, this summer may be the perfect time to plan your European vacation. In the last year, the euro’s average exchange rate against the U.S. dollar has decreased by almost 25 percent. Once you get there, your dollar will buy you more souvenirs than last year.  According to TripAdvisor, European hotel prices are predicted to decrease by 9 percent.1 As a result, you may be able to upgrade to a nicer hotel! continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Strong communication supports a smooth conversion for a New York credit union

December 17, 2020

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For the past several years, Corning Credit Union($1.5B, Corning, NY) has been thinking about its future. In particular, the credit union has been working on a digital strategic plan to better serve members in the channels they most use.After an assessment more than two years ago, Corning recognized its then-mobile and online banking provider wasn’t suited for the credit union’s long-term plans. At the end of 2017, the credit union set out on a 12-month RFP process in search of a provider that would help the cooperative upgrade the look and functionality of its technological experience and continuously evolve its features and functionalities in the years to come.After signing with Alkami, Corning kicked off a yearlong implementation process that culminated in a January 2019 go-live date. The scale and potential for disruption the conversion presented meant communication would be integral to a successful rollout, so the credit union created a formal team to run a three-pronged outreach strategy.“Our biggest fear was that we would get to go-live and members would be shocked we were making a change,” says Stephanie Carl, director of marketing and digital experience at Corning. “We wanted no surprises.”last_img read more

England call-up for Rankin

September 21, 2020

first_imgEngland have added uncapped Irish seamer Boyd Rankin to their NatWest Series squad following injuries to Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. Broad and Finn were unavailable for the first one-day international against New Zealand at Lord’s, because of respective knee and shin niggles, and have also already been ruled out of Sunday’s second match in Southampton. England have already called up Jade Dernbach – initially as cover for Tim Bresnan, whose wife is due to give birth soon. Both Dernbach and Bresnan played against New Zealand. Rankin is a veteran of two World Cup campaigns with his native Ireland, but the 28-year-old Warwickshire seamer confirmed at the start of this year he plans to pursue his future international ambitions with England instead. He made his England Lions debut back in 2011 and was subsequently selected on the England Performance Programme. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Best to sit out South Africa Test

September 20, 2020

first_imgRory Best has been ruled out of Ireland’s autumn Test opener against South Africa in Dublin on Saturday. Tighthead prop Mike Ross, meanwhile, is battling to be fit after a month out with groin trouble, although he returned to training on Tuesday. “F ollowing a medical review yesterday evening, Rory has been ruled out of selection for the game against South Africa,” the Irish Rugby Football Union said in a statement. “His calf strain has been slower to heal than expected. “He is partaking in modified training, but a decision has been made not to risk him this weekend, and his progress will continue to be monitored.” Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is due to announce his starting line-up for the South Africa clash on Thursday. After the Springboks, Ireland continue their autumn campaign against Georgia on November 16 before hosting Australia the following weekend. The Ulster hooker, who has won 77 caps, is sidelined due to a calf muscle strain. Leinster forward Sean Cronin is now likely to start against the Springboks after 32-year-old Best became Ireland’s latest front-row injury casualty following props Cian Healy, Martyn Moore and Nathan White. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Archers Atanu, Deepika Get Engaged

September 20, 2020

first_imgRanchi: Indian archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das got engaged here on Tuesday and are slated to tie the knot next year.The couple exchanged rings in an engagement ceremony as Deepika, wearing a cream and green coloured ‘lehenga-chunhi’, performed a traditional puja with Atanu at her residence in Ratu-Chatti.Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda and his wife Mira Munda were present on the occasion. Deepika, who has not had a great year and slipped to fifth in the rankings, said they got engaged this year as 2019 is going to be busy.The 24-year old former world number one archer has won three silver medals and one bronze in World Cup Finals but has repeatedly failed to make a mark at the Olympics.Atanu has also been out of form recently, returning empty handed from the Asian Games in Indonesia earlier this year. He is currently world number 17 and is a regular in the men’s recurve team. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

The Latest: Coach ‘still hanging on’ to NHL season resuming

September 19, 2020

first_imgThe Latest: Coach ‘still hanging on’ to NHL season resuming March 23, 2020 Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo is being turned into an open-air hospital to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled.Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak. Krueger says he’s “still hanging on to the possibility,” and adds he’s been trying “not to let my brain go there until that plug is actually pulled on us.”Krueger spoke to Buffalo-area reporters during a conference call Monday, 12 days after the NHL postponed its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sabres were waiting to play a game in Montreal on March 12 when the league announced its decision. The team then flew home.The first-year Sabres coach and the players remained in Buffalo through the weekend in anticipation that teams would eventually be allowed to hold practices. He booked a flight to Switzerland once the NHL pushed back its timeline from a two-week break to 45 days.Krueger keeps in touch with players and team management by text, and says he has no knowledge of any Sabres testing positive for COVID-19.The Sabres had 13 games remaining and had fallen out of playoff contention. Associated Press “Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee.AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.” Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC.The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger is trying to remain patient while biding his time back home in Switzerland and hoping the NHL’s regular season will resume eventually. ___The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___ Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.”The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside.center_img Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics.The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24. FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health.FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___ A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement. Krueger believes there is still much to be gained for the Sabres to continue playing, but adds he’ll abide by whatever decision the NHL reaches on whether to resume the regular season.As for the possibility of the NHL holding its playoffs in the summer and awarding the Stanley Cup as late as September, Krueger said “there’s nothing that I cannot imagine as an option.”___The president of the Portuguese Olympic Committee says he hopes the Tokyo Games are postponed.José Manuel Constantino says “the most reasonable thing is for the IOC, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo government and the Japanese authorities to find a consensual solution to allow the Tokyo Games to take place on another date.” The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___ Constantino was speaking to Rádio Observador.He says “I hope the games are postponed.”Constantino’s comments come a day after the IOC said it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks.Constantino says Portugal’s Olympic team is not prepared at the moment, adding “some athletes found alternative ways to prepare themselves, but others don’t have the conditions to do so.”___ The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation. Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally.____More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more