Beanie Feldstein to Make Broadway Debut in Hello, Dolly!

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018 Beanie Feldstein will complete the principal casting for the eagerly anticipated revival of Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Helmed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, performances will begin at the Shubert Theatre on March 15, 2017 with an opening night scheduled for April 20.Feldstein is set to take on the role of Minnie Fay and recently starred in the film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising alongside Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Chloe Moretz; upcoming projects include The Female Brain alongside Sofía Vergara, and also Lady Bird alongside Saoirse Ronan. This is her Broadway debut.The previously announced cast will also include Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Will Burton, Melanie Moore and Jennifer Simard.Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. The tuner took home the 1964 Tony Award for Best Musical following its Great White Way premiere at the St. James Theatre.This production will mark the first mounting of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway since 1995, which was headlined by original star and Tony winner Carol Channing. A 1969 film adaptation starred Barbra Streisand in the titular role.Matilda, the current occupant of the Shubert, is scheduled to close on January 1, 2017. Beanie Feldstein Beanie Feldsteincenter_img View Comments Star Files Hello, Dolly!last_img read more

10 Ways to While Away the Summer in Southwest Virginia

first_imgSeekout the perfect picnic spot and get an eyeful of southwest Virginia’smountain-silhouetted vistas with a cruise on the nearly 50-mile MountRogers Scenic Byway. The scenic roadway showcaseswoodland-blanketed slopes, bucolic meadows, and gushing trout streams all whileskirting Whitetop Mountain, the second highest summit in the state. One of the most memorable ways to explore the high-country wilderness of Southwest Virginia is on horseback. The area is also especially conducive to equine escapes. A network of bridle trails includes the 68-mile Virginia Highlands Horse Trail, and you’ll find equine-friendly campsites spread throughout the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. An old-fashioned fishing trip is arguably the best way to spend a warm weather day—even if you don’t get a single bite. Luckily, the chances of coming up empty-handed are slim in Southwest Virginia. The region is loaded with some of the premier fishing spots in the state, from icy trout streams lacing mountain forests to massive lakes. 5. Find the Perfect Picnic Spot Usherin warmer weather, longer days, and the seasonal rotation of flavors inSouthwest Virginia. First peruse the bounty of fresh, locally sourced offeringsavailable at the Abingdon Farmers Market. After the market, head over to the Wolf HillsBrewing Company, which also plays host to a regularentertainment line-up, including everything from live music to trivia nights. 6. Take an Old-Fashioned Fishing Trip 3. High Country on Horseback Blanketedby a generous swath of the Jefferson National Forest, dappled with an eclecticpatchwork of wilderness areas, Southwest Virginia is a veritable backpacker’sbuffet—with plenty to offer trail-lovers after more than a mere day hike. Two women enjoy reading a book while floating on South Holston Lake near Abingdon, VA on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette 10. Hit the Water Sara Reese, a resident artist, works on a new piece in her studio at The Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA on Friday, October 19, 2012. Copyright 2012 Jason Barnette A man flyfishes near the weir dam in the South Holston River at Osceola Island near Bristol, TN on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette Lakes are the ultimate warm weather escape—a refreshing dip makes for the perfect finish to a hike, ride, or run. Luckily, Southwest Virginia is not only filled with trails, the region is also scattered with several sprawling lakes. Looking for moving water instead? Southwest Virginia is also braided with runnable rivers. Paddle or float the North Fork of the Holston River with Adventure Mendota, located outside Abingdon. center_img 8. Hike the Appalachian Trail A group leader watches as young backpackers admire a wild pony near the edge of Grayson Highlands State Park at Mile 493 on the Appalachian Trail in VA on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Copyright 2012 Jason Barnette InSouthwest Virginia, you can mingle with an array of local artisans—such asmembers of Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia Artisan Network, or the Arts Depot, a community-based gallery for local artists also located in Abingdon.Patronize the performing arts and catch a show at the Barter Theatre, one of the country’s longest-operating playhouses. 9. Coast the Creeper ExploreSouthwest Virginia on wheels on one of the state’s most stunning bike trails.Tracing the route used by the steam locomotives of the Norfolk & WesternRailway, the Virginia Creeper Trail runs 34.3-miles from Abington to Whitetop Station. Outfitterslike the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shopoffer bike rentals and can arrange trail shuttles for riders so you can enjoy aone-way journey downhill. Askalmost any Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and they will tell you the stretch insouthwest Virginia is one of the highlights of the entire 2,190-mile footpath.But the region is not just home to some of the trail’s most stunning scenery,Southwest Virginia is also loaded with backpacker-friendly towns and theirrenowned “trail angels.” 2. Flavors of the Season 1. Head for the Backcountry Southwest Virginia is the perfect place to while away the summer. With the state’s loftiest peaks, expansive wilderness areas, and a large chunk of the massive Jefferson National Forest, the southwest corner of the state is loaded with potential for outdoor adventure. The area is also a cultural hub, offering everything from artisan-fueled markets to legendary performing venues like the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. 4. Get Artsy Doesyour favorite road-trip buddy have four legs and a tail? The wild spaces ofSouthwest Virginia are ideal for exploring with your favorite outdoor-lovingcanine. Best of all, dogs are allowed in all Virginia State Parks—and SouthwestVirginia is home to several of the most stunning recreation areas in thestate.  7. Dogs Days of Summer last_img read more

EMV: A stepping stone to mobile

first_imgU.S. credit unions are gearing up for the transition to EMV-compliant credit and debit cards (aka “chip” cards) – a move that has the potential to reduce fraud and increase security in certain payment transactions.A newly released Association for Financial Professionals report shows that 62 percent of surveyed financial professionals reported their firms were targeted by payment fraud in 2014; this same report also shows that 92 percent of respondents “firmly believe” EMV cards will be effective in reducing point-of-sale fraud.But in addition to helping reduce fraud, EMV is part of a broader change in how consumers are paying for goods and services. Consumers can use an EMV card at the point of sale to conduct a contactless “tap and go” transaction. These contactless EMV transactions will feel similar to smartphone-enabled payments, such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Wallet, both in terms of how they take place—and how fast.For consumers, the convenience of “tap and go” smartphone and EMV transactions will ultimately drive a demand for faster, real-time financial services – including enhanced mobile banking and payment applications, remote deposit capabilities, loan application approvals, person-to-person payments, automatic payments, bill-pay transactions and account alerts via mobile. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

This week: NAFCU urging CU advocacy, following NCUA budget briefing, RBC rulemaking

first_imgSenate and House lawmakers are in their home districts and states though the Nov. 6 midterm elections, providing a great opportunity for credit unions to reach out on top industry issues as NAFCU continues its award-winning advocacy on Capitol Hill.On Wednesday, NAFCU Board Chair Jeanne Kucey (president and CEO of JetStream Federal Credit Union) will provide comments on the NCUA’s draft 2019 and 2020 budgets during a briefing. NAFCU has long supported public budget briefings to help ensure transparency and accountability in the budgeting process. The budgets estimate $304.4 million in spending for 2019 and $316.2 million in spending for 2020.On Thursday, the NCUA Board is expected to finalize a rule to amend its risk-based capital (RBC) rule and issue a proposed rule to modernize the Federal Credit Union (FCU) Bylaws.Also this week, NAFCU’s Regulatory Committee holds its monthly meeting Tuesday. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Tractor-trailer crash slows down Route 17 West

first_imgDispatchers tell 12 News they believe the tractor-trailer was the only vehicle involved in the crash. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information. (WBNG) — Traffic was slow for a time on Route 17 West after a tractor-trailer crashed. For the most up to date information on traffic, go to 511NY by clicking here. Additionally, dispatchers do not have any injuries to report.last_img

‘Authorities will not be taken away’: Government dismisses concerns over sweeping omnibus bill

first_imgTopics : Read also: Omnibus bill has authoritarian bent: Lawmakers, expertsArticle 170 of the draft bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates that the government will be able to revoke laws simply by issuing government regulations in a bid to resolve complaints from businesspeople. The government can consult with the House of Representatives leaders to devise such regulations.The omnibus bill, submitted to the House for deliberation last week, also gives the president the authority to revoke provincial and regency/city-level bylaws as well as gubernatorial and regency/mayoral regulations that contradict central government regulations by issuing presidential regulations.According to the Constitution, a law can only be revoked by a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) issued by the president with the House’s approval. The government has dismissed concerns the omnibus bill on job creation will centralize power under the president as lawmakers express concern the bill will be a setback for democracy.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the president would only be able to revoke regulations issued by administrations below the central government, including regional bylaws and ministerial regulations, based on the country’s regulation hierarchy.“[The president] will not take authorities from governors or regents,” Airlangga told a media briefing in Jakarta on Monday evening.center_img In a 2017 ruling, the Constitutional Court prohibited the central government from revoking bylaws and handed that authority to the Supreme Court.The government has high hopes the bill will cut red tape and improve ease of doing business as it seeks to attract investment to boost the country’s sluggish growth. Indonesia’s economy grew by 5.02 percent last year, the slowest rate in around three years, as investment and exports weakened.Read also: Omnibus bill allows President to scrap bylaws, weakens regional administrationsAirlangga said the proposed regulatory changes would allow the country to cut bureaucratic red tapes.Separately, Gerindra Party lawmaker Sodik Mudjahid of House Commission II, which oversees home affairs, said the bill had triggered a debate about whether Indonesia was on a path to becoming an authoritarian country.”This will be a setback to democracy. The executive will become so powerful that it will become authoritarian,” he said.“It’s contrary to the spirit of reformasi,” he added, referring to the reform movement that followed the downfall of president Soeharto. (awa)last_img read more

Governor Wolf Outlines Plan to Invest Additional $2.1 Billion for Highways and Bridges Through New Road MaP Program

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 28, 2017 Governor Wolf Outlines Plan to Invest Additional $2.1 Billion for Highways and Bridges Through New Road MaP Programcenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced plans for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to invest more than $2 billion in roadway maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years through its new Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) program.“We’ve made significant progress on our roadway and bridge needs and the Road MaP program will amplify our efforts statewide,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re bringing an even bigger focus to our interstates and to the lower-volume roads where many Pennsylvanians live and work.”The investments are being made possible due to legislative action in 2016 which caps the expenditures from the Motor License Fund going toward the State Police budget beginning with the 2018-19 budget and concluding with the 2027-28 budget. The program will see an additional estimated $63 million in the 2017-18 state fiscal year through Governor Wolf’s budget proposal of a $25 per capita fee for municipalities with exclusive State Police enforcement coverage.Of the capital-project investments, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department’s district and regional planning efforts.Another piece of Road MaP is aggressively addressing relatively low-volume roads with a reinvigorated initiative to use recycled asphalt to preserve and upgrade the condition of these roads. Recycled Asphalt Paving (RAP), which repurposes materials from projects onto other roadways by mixing ground millings with oil, allows the department to pave less-traveled roads that otherwise wouldn’t be paved, or to reinforce roadway shoulders.RAP is an environmentally conscious method that saves the need to purchase new material, stretching dollars to impact more miles of secondary roadways. In PennDOT’s northwest region where RAP is being deployed, they estimate roughly $5.4 million in annual savings due to RAP usage. RAP will be an increased focus with PennDOT forces in Armstrong and Berks counties in 2017, with expanded usage occurring in 2018.“Our county staff have aggressively managed their budgets over the past decade to maximize maintenance dollars and Road MaP will allow us to better complement the vital work of our private-sector partners to improve our transportation system,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.The savings achieved through county staff’s innovation and efficiency efforts have laid the groundwork for Road MaP to make the biggest impact with department and private-sector work. Roughly 75 percent of the department’s total highway and bridge investments go to the private sector and Road MaP’s maintenance component ensures that department forces and industry partners can continue and expand vital maintenance improvements.Road MaP addresses large needs on the 40,000 PennDOT-maintained miles. Specifically, the Interstate program will address the issue of more than half of the state’s Interstates being out of cycle for reconstruction, which should be considered every 40 years. Of the 2,691 department-maintained Interstate bridges, nearly 40 percent have exceeded their original 50-year design life and 44 of them are older than 65 years.In addition, of the roughly 18,000 miles of PennDOT-owned, low-volume roadways, 24 percent haven’t had structural resurfacing in more than 20 years. Of the PennDOT-maintained roads that aren’t Interstates or on the National Highway System, 27 percent are rated as “poor” on the International Roughness Index, which rates pavement smoothness.The department estimates that Interstate reconstruction costs roughly $2.6 million per lane mile, or $5.2 million if the segment mile of Interstate has two lanes. Resurfacing one mile of two lanes of interstate in one direction of travel costs roughly $1 million. On lower-volume roads, per-mile costs are roughly $24,700 to seal coat, $101,400 to resurface and $910,000 to rehabilitate.“We’re well aware that many Pennsylvanians are dealing with very old roads that sorely need repairs, and Road MaP is one way that we’re going to fix our connections within communities and to other states,” Richards said. “With this initiative we’re telling our customers that we’re using these new investments to better maintain and preserve our massive roadway system – the fifth-largest in the country.”Road MaP, with its additional resources making more contracts and department maintenance work possible, means that all maintenance projects listed in Act 89’s Decade of Investment will be completed by 2028. As of late February, more than 70 percent of projects accelerated or made possible by Act 89 were completed, are underway, or are on the department’s four or 12 year plans. The projects are viewable at www.projects.penndot.gov.More information on Road MaP is available at www.penndot.gov on the “Act 89 Transportationlast_img read more

Fringe dwellers make the tree-change move to Dayboro

first_imgMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Inside the home at 33 Diane Drive, Dayboro.He said the four-bedroom contemporary home offered plenty of land and the perfect outlook.“The mountain views were a huge thing,” Mr Henzell said.Mr Henzell said families were keen on chasing a tree-change.“We’re getting a lot of people from all the outer fringe suburbs — North Lakes, Chermside, Ferny Hills,” Mr Henzell said. The master bedroom at 33 Diane Drive, Dayboro.“They’re losing touch with their community in those suburban streets and looking for somewhere for their kids to grow up where they know everyone.”He said real estate in Dayboro also had consistent long-term growth. “The Dayboro market goes along fairly steadily and as those outer suburbs get busier and busier, I think people will keep heading out this way,” Mr Henzell said. The home at 33 Diane Drive, Dayboro.THE pace of growth in Brisbane’s suburban fringe has prompted buyers to look for lifestyle locations further afield according to Craig Doyle Real Estate sale agent, Drewe Henzell.Mr Henzell said the buyers of 33 Diane Drive, Dayboro, who paid $680,000 on October 9, were within this ‘rural escape’ demographic.“With those buyers — I sold their property for them in Warner and then sold them this one in Dayboro,” Mr Henzell said.last_img read more

Swiss regional parliament agrees to split €4bn pension fund

first_imgThe parliament of the Swiss canton of Wallis (Valais) has passed the local government’s recovery plan for its ailing public pension fund, the CHF4.3bn (€3.8bn) PKWAL/CPVAL.Politicians agreed to the plan by a large majority of 101 to 18 votes. The result means that, as per January 2020, the existing pension fund for employees of the canton and affiliated bodies will be closed and a new fund will be created.This is the first time such a split will be carried to ease the burden of an underfunded Swiss Pensionskasse.When the plan was first presented by a cantonal expert group over the summer, Swiss think tank Avenir Suisse called it an “innovative and elegant” solution.  Currently, the PKWAL/CPVAL has a funding ratio of 80%. As part of the split, the canton has pledged to inject CHF1.35bn into this part of the fund over the next 20 years.All employees hired after 2012 will be transferred to a new open fund, which will initially be funded by the canton with CHF265m.From 2020 onwards, however, it will not have a funding guarantee from the canton, but will have to be fully funded.To cope with increasing longevity, the technical parameters for both funds will be adjusted and a flexible retirement age of between 58 and 70 will be implemented.Public pension funds in Switzerland have traditionally seldom been fully funded as most cantons offered guarantees.However, in the continued low interest rate environment, and with the burden from demographic developments increasing, many cantons have reconsidered their financial commitments.According to the most recent pension fund “monitor” published by Swiss consulting company Prevanto, the average funding rate for public pension funds was 94.4% as per November 2018. The Swiss canton of Wallis/Valais is home to the Matterhorn, one of Europe’s tallest peakslast_img read more

Batesville businesses donate to fire victims

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — The Batesville Chamber of Commerce and Batesville Main Street have partnered up with area businesses to help with the relief efforts from last Monday’s apartment fire.Several businesses in and around Batesville are donating some of their proceeds throughout this week and next to support the families displaced from the fire.All this week and next:Hertel Shoes will donate 20% of their gift certificate salesjan Saner Photography will donate 50% of pre-booked session fees for family or high school senior photosMomentum Insurance will donate $20 for every new commercial, auto, life, or home insurance quoteQuality Auto Mart will donate 50% of any gift certificate salesShoe Sensation will take 20% off shoes purchased for the familiesWednesday (2/15) only Skyline Chili will donate 10% of all sales and Walhill Farm will donate 20% of all their sales.Each day different business will offer to donate a certain amount of their sales on those days.The community-wide fundraiser will continue through February 26.last_img read more