A starry lineup of Broadway favorites and Saturday Night Live veterans have been tapped to pay tribute to television legend Lorne Michaels on February 11. Tina Fey and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, will write and direct a celebration of the SNL producer’s career as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala. Audra McDonald, Jane Krakowski and more are on board to perform.Six-time Tony winner McDonald will take part in the festivities before starring in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. 30 Rock vet Krakowski will also appear on Broadway this spring in She Loves Me. Additional names tapped for the lineup include two Broadway alums who appeared in 30 Rock: Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess and Cheyenne Jackson, as well as an assortment of favorites from SNL and beyond: Jimmy Fallon, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Taran Killam.Fey and Richmond also have another composing project in the works: a musical adaptation of Mean Girls. Unlike “fetch,” it looks like the show’s still going to happen, although we could use another status update. Last March, the two revealed they were about “60% done” with the script and that readings were on the horizon. Jane Krakowski Star Files View Comments
By William Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s been a long, hot summer and vegetable gardening has become more work than reward. You may be ready to hang up the hoe and spade for the winter, but don’t quit just yet. Some fall garden maintenance will help you avoid several problems next spring.Remember this season Till debris under, compost inNow that you have all the obstacles out of the garden, run a rotary mower across the garden to chop up any plant debris that remains. This allows plant debris to dry down more quickly and also keeps weeds from going to seed before frost. An application of a burn down herbicide a few days before mowing is even more effective. Finally, order seed catalogs and begin planning next year’s garden. Ordering seed early in the year will increases your chances of getting the varieties you want. Have a cozy winter. Spring’s just around the corner, and garden fever will be getting your blood pumping to get out and play in the soil again. Now, remove any trellises from the garden and store them in a dry place. This will help preserve the life of the trellis materials. Also, remove any string or plant debris and knock off any excess soil. First, make some good notes before you forget this season. Write down varieties that performed particularly well and those who didn’t. Make a map of areas in the garden that have problem weeds and identify them if possible. Note any areas that stay particularly wet or any areas that did not produce well. Fall is an excellent time to add organic matter like grass clippings, manures and composted leaves to your garden site. Bury the organic matter and debris by turning the land and planting a cover crop for the winter. This will help prevent soil erosion and build up the soil when you turn the cover crop under in the spring. Grains like rye or wheat work well. Be sure to mark your calendar to take a soil test within the next couple of months. This will give you time to apply any needed lime well in advance of the spring planting.Remove and store trellises, irrigation and tools If your garden has an irrigation system, prepare it for winter, too. Remove and store hoses, sprinklers, drip tape, etc. As before, remove any excess soil or plant debris. Garden implements should be repaired, sharpened and lightly oiled before they are stored for the winter.
by: Bill ChappellCiticorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS AG have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay billions in criminal fines, the Department of Justice says. The offenses range from manipulating the value of dollars and euros to rigging interest rates.Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland will pay fines totaling $2.5 billion to the Justice Department. In addition, the Federal Reserve is imposing fines of more than $1.6 billion on the five banks.In separate arrangements, Barclays will pay other U.S. and British agencies an additional $1.3 billion, and UBS will plead guilty to manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other benchmark interest rates, after the Justice Department found the bank’s actions had breached a December 2012 non-prosecution agreement.A breakdown of the fines paid to the Fed and Justice:Citicorp: $1.26 billionBarclays: $992 millionJPMorgan: $892 millionRBS: $669 millionUBS: $545 millionBank of America: $205 million continue reading » 73SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Collecting payments from past-due account holders, although never a simple task, has grown in complexity over the past several years. For many credit card issuers, restrictions on how they are allowed to interact with cardmembers via cell phones are adding to the intricacy of executing a successful collections strategy.Part of the problem is these restrictions first came on the scene at a time when most people were still reachable via land-line home phones. Today, however, those same restrictions can render contact nearly impossible. That’s because it’s not uncommon for an individual to go without a land line completely, relying on his or her cell phone for all communication. In fact, more than four in 10 U.S. adults live in households with cell phones and no land-line telephones.Lenders and their representatives are allowed to call a cell phone if the account holder has given permission. Yet that opt-in is not simple to secure or to maintain. For instance, an account holder who owned a land line when he established the account may have since cancelled that line and is now using only a cell phone. Even if the lender is able to locate and validate that cell number, its representatives may not be able to call it because the account holder did not opt-in to calls to his mobile number. Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently ruled that consumers have the right to revoke previously given consent at any time. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As branches downsize and more member interaction becomes virtual, headquarters locations can no longer be built cheaply to be acceptable places to house people. Like a branch must drive desired interpersonal interactions, headquarters facilities must drive desired staff interactions with members and each other.Today’s headquarters need to be workplaces of the future that consider the way employees function best within a strong brand culture. Employee expectations for the places they work have elevated significantly. People create space and space creates people. The more thoughtful the design, the better the performance results.Coast Capital Savings’ new facility in Surrey, British Columbia, is an example of thoughtful headquarters design. President/CEO Don Coulter generously shared his thoughts about the development of this space.Seibert: What factors drove your decision to develop a new corporate office?Coulter: A major factor driving the development of our new LEED Gold building, which we call Help Headquarters, was the desire to bring our employees together under one roof in a building that would reinforce our values. Before Help Headquarters, we had one administration office and our contact center in one location in Surrey, and another administrative office operating out of a second location in Surrey. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Tweet NewsRegional CARICOM countries benefiting more from US trade pact by: – January 6, 2012 Sharing is caring! The latest Caribbean Basin Initiative report shows significant gains for CARICOM exporters to the United States.WASHINGTON, United States– As more Central American countries opt out of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) trade pact with the United States, more Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are witnessing export surges.Trinidad and Tobago has become the leading source of United States imports entering under the CBI tariff preferences, displacing the Dominican Republic, according to the latest report issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative.In the “Ninth Report to Congress on the operations of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act 2011” , the United States imported US$2.2 billion under CBI tariff preferences from Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, an increase of 43.8 per cent from 2009.“Imports under CBI tariff preferences from Trinidad and Tobago are dominated by petroleum and methanol and 75 per cent of imports of these two goods entered under CBI provisions in 2010.“U.S. imports of petroleum under CBI tariff preferences increased in value in 2010 because of both higher volume and higher prices. U.S. imports of methanol increased in value mainly because of higher prices.”The report noted that Haiti became the second leading source of U.S. imports entering under CBI tariff preferences in 2009 after Costa Rica left CBI.It said that apparel accounts for over 90 per cent of U.S. imports from Haiti and almost all imports of apparel from Haiti enter under CBTPA or the two HOPE Acts. Imports of apparel from Haiti at preferential tariff rates increased nearly 26 per cent in 2009, as utilization of preferences under the HOPE Acts became established.The report noted that the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti slowed the growth of imports of apparel under preferential tariffs to 0.7 per cent in 2010, but such imports surged 46 per cent in the January–August 2011 period compared to same period in 2010.Since Costa Rica left the CBI in 2009, Haiti has become the source of virtually all imports of apparel from CBI countries.The Bahamas replaced Jamaica as the third leading source of U.S. imports entering under CBI tariff preferences in 2010 as imports of fuel ethanol from Jamaica plummeted and imports of apparel from Jamaica declined.“Jamaica had been the major U.S. source of fuel ethanol in past years, but market conditions in 2009 and 2010 radically changed the profitability of fuel ethanol production in Jamaica, and there were no imports of fuel ethanol from Jamaica from March 2010 to June 2011,” the report noted.It said that after several years of decline, there were no U.S. imports of apparel from Jamaica under CBI tariff preferences in 2010.The United States continues to have a small amount of bilateral trade with many of the Caribbean economies.“While the overall value of imports is small, imports under CBI tariff preferences account for relatively significant proportions of total U.S. imports from these countries. Cane sugar, non-monetary gold, orange juice, papayas, and electrical machinery were some of the leading categories of CBI- imports from the smaller Caribbean economies,” the report noted.The Office of the United States Trade Representative said that although the CBI was initially envisioned as a programme to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies, U.S. export growth to the region has been a “welcome corollary benefit”.It said that the value of total U.S. exports to CBI countries fell 38.4 per cent in 2009, but rose 27.6 per cent in 2010.When only 2010 beneficiaries are considered, U.S. exports decreased 21.5 per cent in 2010. Collectively, at US$18.5 billion, the CBI region ranked 16th among U.S. export destinations in 2010 and absorbed 1.7 per cent of total U.S. exports to the world.“Panama, The Bahamas, the Netherlands Antilles, and Trinidad and Tobago were the principal markets for U.S. products in 2010, accounting for 72 per cent of U.S. exports to the CBI region in 2010,” the report said, noting that the United States exports a broad range of products to the CBI region.In 2010, the leading categories included refined petroleum products, aircraft, jewellery and jewellery parts, rice, and corn.Caribbean 360 News 8 Views no discussions Share Share Share
According to EACC, the project was procured, implemented and commissioned without an Environmental Impact Assessment and license from the National Environment and Management Authority.Also Read Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“The fraud at the County, Government was perpetrated by the county officials at the Procurement Department and Finance Department who disregarded the procurement laws and procedures,” said DPP Haji.Also Read 2/3rd gender headache: Maraga calls for dissolution of Parliament“Due to the fraud involved in winning the tender, Westomaxx Investments Limited fraudulently acquired the said amount of Ksh 34M from the County Government of Tharaka Nithi.”Also Read Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekThose to be arraigned alongside Governor Njuki are Fridah Muthoni Murungi (Chief Officer Environment and Natural Resources), Floridah Kiende Nyigwah (Acting Director Procurement) and Murithi Njue (Finance Officer).The DPP in finality said he was satisfied with the recommendations of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission on the involvement of the governor in the tender award. According to DPP, Westomaxx Investments Limited, a company that had submitted fraudulent documents was awarded the tender at a cost of Ksh 34,998,500.00.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has surrendered to the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission.Njuki surrendered on Monday morning and arrived at EACC headquarters in Nairobi for processing.The embattles Governors surrender comes just days after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered his arrest over the irregular award of a Ksh 34M tender.
Decatur County, IN—In a press release from the Decatur County Health Department, Dr. Alunday, the Health Officer for Decatur County has issued a guideline based on the recommendations of The Indiana State Department of Health [ISDH], the Decatur County Health Department, with the powers authorized by IC 16-20-21 and 16-20-1-24, immediately orders the following for the next 30 days, unless extended:Non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled. This includes any event or gathering of people who are in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, cafeteria, church, stadium, arena, large conference room, or meeting hall. This would include gatherings such as concerts, conferences, social and community events.Smaller, non-essential gatherings held in venues which do not allow social distancing of six (6) feet per person should be postponed or canceled.If an event cannot be canceled or postponed, institute the following precautionary measures:Use phones or video conferencing to reduce the number attending and the need for close interactions;Stagger activities or add frequency of an event to spread out attendance;Encourage those in a high-risk group to not attend the event;Attendees must stay home if they have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms;Practice social distancing, such as adding distance between where individuals sit or stand around tables, and also limit the number of people in lines;Avoid direct physical contact with others, such as hand-shaking, holding hands, and hugging.Event organizers should:Explore alternative site design and set-up;Prop doors open to avoid touching;Increase ventilation within the facility;Increase the number of hygiene stations;Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails and countertops, during the event.For those who attend the event, recommend they take the following precautions to prevent possible transmission of the COVID-19 before, during, and after the event:Wash hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer;Cough and sneeze into the elbow or into a tissue;Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.Certain activities are essential to the functioning of our county and must continue. The goal of this order is to prevent people from being together unnecessarily where viruses can be easily spread to others. This guidance does not apply to essential activities or services. Hence, this guidance does not apply to the workplace, essential public transportation and travel, or shopping.
Brad Guzan insists Aston Villa’s players will not be bullied when they tackle the physical challenge posed by Stoke in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium. He continued: “It’s high tempo, high energy. We want to make it difficult for them. Stoke are a big team, we’ll have to go there, be confident and make sure we win those battles. It won’t be easy but we’ll definitely be ready for it. “It’s a man’s game and you have to be a man about it, win balls in the air, whatever it may be. “We have to be ready to compete. That’s what the Premier League is all about.” Villa are bottom of the Fair Play League and have accumulated 65 bookings and two red cards this season, but Guzan can take positives from that statistic. “That’s the competitive nature,” he said. “You never want to see guys get booked but it’s about fighting and showing that competitive spirit. “I’m sure there are some reckless ones in there but that’s not going to change the way we play. “There’s a competitive spirit we have in the dressing room where we fight for each other – and fight for the shirt.” Manager Paul Lambert admitted last week that Villa “are not the biggest team” and he joked “we’ve got one player over six feet tall, the rest are three feet, nine inches tall!” But Villa stood up to be counted when they matched the Potters in a goalless draw in December and goalkeeper Guzan knows the same attitude will be required on Saturday. The United States international said: “Every game is physical and the more that we can get into team’s faces and make it difficult for them to play, the better it is for us.” Press Association
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