Last Chance to Vote for the 2014 Audience Choice Awards!

first_img CLICK HERE TO VOTE! The winners of the 2014 Audience Choice Awards will be announced later this month via a special online show. The clock is ticking…have you sent in your ballot yet?! Now’s your last chance to vote for the 2014 Audience Choice Awards! Polls close at 11:59PM on Sunday, May 18, so show your favorite shows and stars some love while you still can! View Comments The process is simple. Click here to complete your ballot for 21 competitive categories, from favorite new musical and play to favorite diva performance and onstage pair.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Anastasia & Hamilton’s Legal Battles & More

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Polk & Co. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Anastasia & Hamilton Face LawsuitsA quick Broadway legal briefing: a New York District Court judge has denied the producers of Anastasia’s motion to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit. As previously reported, Jean Etienne de Becdelievre, an heir of Marcelle Maurette (playwright of the 1952 play Anastasia), claims that the upcoming musical, scheduled to begin performances on March 23, lifts heavily from Maurette’s text and intends to halt the production until a licensing agreement is made. Meanwhile, a Denver resident has filed a lawsuit against the Nederlander Organization and Hamilton producers over a lack of accommodation for blind patrons at the show, according to The Wall Street Journal. The plaintiff, Mark Lasser, alleges the production refused to add a live audio narrative as some others do, thereby violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.Ragtime, Company & More Set for Barrington StageBarrington Stage Company has announced its 2017 lineup, including new productions of Ragtime and Company. The season begins on May 18 with Jeffrey Sweet’s Kunstler. The production, directed by Meagen Fay, will star Jeff McCarthy. Joe Calarco will helm Ragtime; the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical will begin previews on June 21 and run through July 15. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, under the direction of BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will run from August 10 through September 2. The upcoming season also includes Conor McPherson’s The Birds, Alan Ayckbourn’s Taking Steps, Melissa James Gibson’s This and Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight. Casting will be announced at a later date.Trevor Nunn Returns to the MenierTrevor Nunn will return to the London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this spring to helm two revivals. The first, Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness, will run from March 9 through April 29. Next, he’ll direct Lettice and Lovage. the Peter Shaffer play begins on May 4 and will run through July 8. Nunn previously directed productions of A Little Night Music and Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the latter transferring to Broadway and the West End in 2009. Casting has yet to be announced.P.S. Mark your calendars: 13 Reasons Why, the previously announced Netflix series starring Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, will premiere on the streaming service on March 31, according to Deadline. View Commentslast_img read more

Native Plant Garden

first_imgNative plant gardens reduce the use of inputs like pesticides and fertilizer, positively impacting the environment. Native plants also provide food and habitats for a variety of native wildlife.One Macon, Georgia, garden evolved from a research garden to a native plant demonstration garden run by the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, part of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.This garden was established in the 1990s as a variety trial garden on the campus of Wesleyan College. When the trial ended, Master Gardeners repurposed the garden into a demonstration garden using native plant materials. When construction started on the college campus, the Master Gardeners relocated as many of the plants as possible from the full-sun demonstration garden area to a shaded area at Macon’s Museum of Arts and Sciences.The process took a year, but the hard work and diligent efforts of the Master Gardeners paid off. Central Georgia Master Gardeners from Bibb, Houston, Twiggs, and Crawford counties worked tirelessly to lay out, label and map the garden beds; provide appropriate, informative signage; and address the natural landscape challenges of the new location, like shade from surrounding trees and erosion of the sloping landscape during heavy rainfall.The installation of shade-tolerant native plants, undergrowth plantings to prevent erosion and a small retention pond to catch rainwater have played vital roles in ensuring the establishment and success of the garden, now the “Native Plant Garden,” on the museum grounds. Today, the garden thrives in its new location.The garden is open to the public and museum visitors. Surrounded by walking trails, it is an ideal educational opportunity and is frequently part of tours for numerous school groups. The garden is used by the resident naturalists and educators at the museum, and is used to teach youth about ethnobotany, or knowledge about native plants by indigenous cultures. The walking trails are often teeming with adults, children and pets.In 2013, the garden received the Native Landscape Award at the South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium. To explore the Native Plant Garden, visit the Museum of Arts and Sciences located at 4182 Forsyth Road in Macon. For more information about Georgia’s native plants, visit the Georgia Native Plant Society online at information on how to plant a native garden, read the “Native Plants for Georgia” publication series on the UGA Extension publication website at read more

The cost of going to court may rise

first_imgThe cost of going to court may rise The cost of going to court may rise Associate EditorIdeas afoot at the Capitol during all of the court-funding-shift debates are to raise court clerks’ fees on circuit civil cases and require surcharges on cases with large judgments.In an exercise to get a grip on just how much new money could be raised from those ideas, Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Article V Implementation and Judiciary, asked the Florida Association of Court Clerks to provide some numbers.“I just wanted everyone to get some sense that there is a huge potential, if we make the civil system what it is supposed to be: user pays,” Smith said at a March 6 meeting.That huge potential translated into $80.6 million in new revenues if a surcharge of one-half of 1 percent were to be assessed on judgments of more than $100,000.If filing fees on circuit civil cases were raised from the current cap of $200 to $300, that would bring an additional $21.6 million to state revenues and $57.7 million to clerk revenues.“I’m always scared when I show numbers. But I wanted to know if there are dollars out there. All this is a snapshot. There is the potential for significant dollars. The state — cross my heart — is not going to cover the shortfall. And the constitution says the civil system is to be self-funded,” Smith said.The filing fee, Smith explained, “hits you in the door,” applying to every civil case filed in circuit court for disputes involving more than $15,000. There are access-to-court issues involved with raising filing fees, Smith added.“When we go to a $250 filing fee, it’s not much more than one hour of a lawyer’s fee. So I don’t think court access is denied for $250 or $300,” said Smith, a former elected state attorney.Douglas Isabelle, director of court services for the clerks’ association, began his presentation with a caveat that they were only able to do a limited survey because clerks do not routinely collect or maintain final judgment data.“The primary reason for this is that in many cases the parties settle out of court and do not report the final monetary judgment to the clerks,” Isabelle explained, adding that the clerk is not involved in the disbursement process of funds between parties.So the numbers were extrapolated for a statewide estimate from data gathered from six counties: Pinellas, Pasco, Escambia, Alachua, Marion, and Miami-Dade. The survey collected judgment information on 10,025 cases, or approximately 6 percent of the statewide circuit civil cases filed during 2000-2001.Though the survey was limited, it did reveal that those 10,025 cases had resulted in $1.3 billion in judgments. About 65 percent of those judgments were in the $50,001-$100,000 and $100,001-$250,000 ranges.(The average judgment was about $134,000, arrived at by dividing $1.3 billion by 10,025).“If the judgment trends from these six counties can be extended statewide, below is an example of potential revenues that could be raised if such a surcharge were enacted,” Roger Alderman, of the clerks’ association, wrote in a memo to the Senate subcommittee staff.• Based on the current data, 70 percent of cases had judgments greater than $50,000.• Assume that during 2000-01, 70 percent of the circuit civil cases filed were eligible (171,775) for the surcharge. This would result in 120,242 cases.• These 120,242 cases, average $134,000 per judgment, would result in an estimated $16 billion in total judgments statewide.• If the surcharge of one-half of 1 percent (.005 percent) were assessed on these judgments, this could result in an estimated $80.6 million in potential revenues.“Should adding a surcharge on selected circuit cases emerge as a viable funding option, it would require substantive language requiring the collection of final monetary judgment data to the clerks’ offices,” Alderman wrote.In his presentation to the subcommittee, Isabelle discussed charts that showed:• If circuit civil filing fee caps were raised from the current $200 to $250: the potential new funding for the state would be $21.6 million (currently $3 million is collected and total estimated revenues from raising the fee would be $24.6 million); and clerk revenues would increase from the current $13.1 million to $54.9 million, for $41.8 million in potential new funding.• Increasing the filing fee to $300 would not increase the state’s revenues because the state’s $75 per cases remains constant. But it would increase the clerk’s revenues from current collections of $13.1 million to $70.8 million, totaling $57.7 million in new funding. (In contrast, the clerk’s portion of the $250 cap is $172.50, but it would increase to $222.50 if the filing fee cap were set at $300.)“Increasing the circuit civil filing fee cap will only cover a small percentage of the anticipated Article V costs to the state, as well as those of the clerks,” Isabelle concluded.“What is the bottom line of dollars we need?” asked Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville.Smith replied: “That’s not ready for prime time. We’re not there yet.” April 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Worker experience: The other experience worth our attention

first_imgThere is one statistic we probably already know: Millennials (age 15-35) now make up the largest percentage of the U.S. workforce. If you observe any workplace today even without extensive research you can easily validate that statistic. Certainly, there is a great deal noted in what we read and what we listen to about how these workers come with an entirely new set of expectations for their workplace. With the influx of this generation into our workforce, “worker experience” is now becoming as important as one of our favorite phrases—customer experience. There is no doubt that the Millennials in the workforce today have high expectations regarding what their work environment should be like, bringing work values different than the previous generations.A Forbes article written on Millennials in the workforce stated that 88 percent of Millennials prefer a collaborative work culture. Additionally, they want to work in a place where they can make a difference. They want managers who give them room for self-expression and give them autonomy. This may seem a little idealistic (or even unrealistic) to anyone who has been in the workforce a long time. Many longstanding employees view work as a place where they can advance and make more money. However, for the Millennial demographic, money is no longer the main driver. Meaningful work is.So what does that mean for the credit union industry? Actually, a lot. If the term “worker experience” is becoming as popular as our attention to customer experience, then not only do we need to worry about providing the best tools to meet our members’ needs, we need to provide them to our employees as well. There is a driving importance for businesses to transform the work experience not only to make this new group of workers more likely to stick around, but to make work more efficient as well.If the technology you have in place today does not allow for the expectations of the Millennial workers referenced above—the need to be in a collaborative environment and to be more involved in the planning, creation, and delivery of the work they are producing—you may be missing an advantage for both your employees and your members. Having the ability to give employees (of all ages) control over the messaging and content of communications sent to members delivers huge benefits for both.We know that technology can streamline communications in a way that improves the customer experience. However, having the right technology infrastructure can also improve the worker experience by eliminating the frustration among marketing and business users, who complain that making even simple changes in customer communications they want to send can take weeks or months—and often requires a great deal of red tape and micro-management to get the job done. What’s more, Millennials choose to use more cloud-based technologies in their daily lives because manipulating hard to use, antiquated applications built when their parents were their age only serves to hinder the worker experience they are seeking. Giving today’s employees the ability to create and deliver relevant communications to members when they want them, and how they want them, puts the responsibility for all your credit union communications where it belongs—in the hands of those employees who are closest to the members’ needs.We are in a world where everything is evolving daily and we are re-imagining everything in business including how we deliver our messages, how we create content and how we get people what they want when they want it. We have a new workforce that gets it. If we put the right technology in their hands and let them go to work, everyone wins. 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nick Romano Nick Romano specializes in business process reengineering for enterprises migrating to new document delivery solutions. His primary expertise is on implementing messaging and personalization strategies, workflows and ROI tracking. Nick … Web: Detailslast_img read more

How to show up when you’re not feeling it

first_imgIt’s easy to be excited about your job and going to work when things are going really well there and in your personal life.  Cue the “Singing in the Rain” song as you happily plod or drive to the office.  But that’s not life very much of the time.  Historically, only about a third of Americans say they are actually “happy” at any given time.  So, what about the rest?   How do you stay excited when you’ve had a draining weekend or your boss upset you or you’ve had a disagreement with someone at work, or you are going through something really heavy like a death or a divorce?  It’s easy to let life get in the way when things aren’t going 100% according to plan.Here are some easy tips to help get you in a good frame of mind in order to shine at the office during difficult times:If you’re having a bad day, take a look at your to-do list and focus on something that you do really well.  Start your day off by doing something that shows your skills and you can feel good about when you have accomplished it.  When you do something you are proud of, it will improve your mood and motivate you to tackle the more difficult things on your list.Focus on the end result of what you are doing.  Instead of seeing a big pile of to-dos or tasks, take a step back and look at what those tasks all lead to, like serving your co-workers better, or serving your members better, or your community or making the world better in some way.  Whenever you can see positive impact on the greaterServing others is one of the easiest ways to boost your mood and help your perspective, and this can also apply to the office.  Pick up a caramel macchiato for a coworker on your morning trip to Starbucks or offer to help them with a difficult project.  Give yourself grace.  Yeah, you may not feel the best or be in the best mood, but beating yourself up about where you are right now is just going to make things worse.  Be kind to yourself as you would others and remember that change is constant and things will get better.   31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Vedran Jakominić: We will survive this as well. Be kind to each other. We wear masks. Let’s buy locally. Let’s protect our people

first_imgWe will survive this too. Be kind to each other. We wear masks. Let’s buy locally. Let’s protect our people. My dear caterers, bodies get used to breathing under masks. Top athletes have been using this fact for decades to improve their metabolism. In a few days, or weeks, life under a mask will seem just as normal as this damn unattainable VAT. We survived Linic, and his relentless surveillance. We survived moving the carpet under our feet with an overnight double tax. We have survived the rise in prices, and the terror of the media towards our profession. We survived the flight of our people to a golden Europe. We survived both the Government and the Ministers. My caterers are desperate. Furious. Rents are flowing, wages are coming to the workers. There are fewer and fewer guests, and consumption per guest is falling. We are disappointed and scared. Both you and I know that working under those masks is disgusting. Whining about our own destiny can only bury us deeper in despair. In chaos. Let’s rearrange our business. Let’s try to save our companies, so that we have a place to bring our people back when this chaos passes – said the famous Rijeka entrepreneur and caterer, Vedran Jakominić which and a member of the board of directors of the Association of Entrepreneurs, as well as vice president of the National Association of Caterers, as a comment on the current situation in the hospitality industry in Croatia. Vedran Jakominić: To breathe, or not to breathe… Autumn demands that the moment the need for staff ceases, you save the people in the institution. Put companies into hibernation, and try to keep the activity to a maximum – yourself. Hassle and ask landlords, lenders and everyone around you to squeeze in with you. Shop locally. Buy from small losers, like yourself. Buy products that carry the sweat of their creators. And your suppliers, and your workers, and your customers. They have their name and surname, they are not just a stamp at the bottom of the invoice or payroll. To breathe, or not to breathe… Whining about our own destiny can only bury us deeper in despair. In chaos. Let’s rearrange our business. Let’s try to save our companies, so we have a place to bring our people back when this chaos passes. After summer, and its apparent serenity, comes an ever colder autumn, and a damn winter. We will have to shelter people in the security of the CES, and we can no longer take care of them. Attempts to retain staff resulted in painful and prolonged mutual torture in the uncertainty of the domestic bureaucracy. The measures, retroactively, are rejected by some companies for a thousand and one reasons, while the fact remains that these companies, in the best of intentions, kept people. They were not allowed to go to the institution, but that is coming to an end. You run out of air as your vision slowly blurs. We are left without weddings. We are left without literally a breath of air and we are left without dignity.This is not temporary. This does not disappear. We suffocate even without masks, and with them the matter is inexorable. It tightens.center_img Author: Vedran Jakominić It is extremely frustrating to follow the increase in the number of infected, in fear for their own business, for their own health and for their family. We showed undeniable discipline and togetherness in the first months of this madness, with full confidence in the people who led us through completely unknown risks. However, time passed and it became increasingly clear that this condition was not temporary. This and this kind of social rearrangements are part of our new reality. Within that, our businesses are thrown to our knees, our intimacies exposed and everything we create suddenly becomes worthless and fragile. In that reality, the past week, after a relatively long period of relaxation and entering the tourist season, was getting heavier, and that familiar feeling of panic that we had plunged into the subconscious swept through the door again. Unfortunately, sometimes the best protection for our people will be outside of our companies. It seems that we will get the most air under the masks. Let’s play together, gain the trust of our guests. Let’s make the best coffee. Let’s gain each other’s trust, when we have long since lost trust in our society. Let’s build a new one, and better. No one will on our behalf. Full comment and post with FB UGP we transmit in full… We wear masks. We wear those damn masks to get used to, while we can still, in this beautiful summer time, breathe under them. It’s hard. So what? It’s not our first time. As trust crumbles through election celebrations, porous eastern borders, and irresponsible military weddings, we are left without measures, without support, and with a cold, painful command: wear masks.last_img read more

DEPA grabs stake in Alexandroupolis FSRU developer GASTRADE

first_imgGreek public gas corporation DEPA has approved the acquisition of a 20 percent stake in its compatriot utility GASTRADE, the developer of the FSRU project in Alexandroupolis.Northern Greece FSRU is a major pillar of the energy strategy implemented by the Greek government and a project of great significance on the national and EU level, DEPA said in a statement.The project is part of the European Union’s policy for Central and South-Eastern Europe (CESEC) energy connectivity to the National Natural Gas System, through the development of the Vertical Corridor, and is included in the updated list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI).This project is supplementary to the IGB pipeline, interconnecting the Greek market with the markets of Central Europe and Ukraine, thus contributing decisively to the diversification of supply sources and energy security of both Greece and Europe.The terminal consists of the FSRU with a storage capacity of up to 170,000 cubic meters of LNG and daily regasification capacity of 22.7 million bcm (8.3 billion bcm annually), that will be anchored at a distance of 10 km offshore Alexandroupolis and a 28km long pipeline system.The typical conclusion of the transaction for the participation of DEPA to the equity of GASTRADE is subject to the approval of the Hellenic Competition Committee.According to the project’s timeframe, the final investment decision is expected to be taken during the third quarter of 2020 and it is expected to start operation in September 2022.Through participation in the equity of GASTRADE, DEPA assumes an active role in the implementation of the project.last_img read more

Cantona: My proudest moment as Man Utd player

first_img Cantona points to the fact that Ferguson’s side featured academy products and young players such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Ince as the source of his pride. Asked what was his most most iconic moment on The Official Manchester United Podcast, Cantona replied: “Maybe when we won the double with a new generation of players. We won the double with Ince, with Hughes, and then Ferguson because he knew that the young players were great. For the first season we won the double with them. “Of course, it was an unbelievable generation of players. So it’s why it’s something special. It means something special for me and I think for the club also. Because I think it’s important to win things with players coming through the academy. It’s like Barcelona, you are prouder than if you win with the players you buy anywhere.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Eric Cantona says his proudest moment as a Manchester United player came in the 1993/94 season. After breaking their 36-year title drought the season before, Sir Alex Ferguson‘s side would go on to repeat the feat, as well as win the FA Cup.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

Priest with local ties resigns following abuse allegation

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A priest in Indianapolis with ties to the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon has now resigned from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis following what officials are calling a “credible” accusation of sexual misconduct has been suspended. Father Patrick Doyle, 68, has resigned as the priest of the Nativity Church after a review board looked at a sexual misconduct allegation from decades ago, officials at the diocese say.A separate investigation is being conducted by law enforcement.Here is the full statement from the diocese:“The Review Board for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has found an allegation of sexual misconduct by Father Patrick Doyle credible. Father Doyle has resigned as pastor of Nativity Parish in Indianapolis. He remains removed from ministry.The single allegation from decades ago involved an emotional relationship with a vulnerable 18-year-old female.Members of Nativity Parish were informed of the Review Board’s findings and Father Doyle’s resignation at Masses this past weekend.The Archdiocese is working with parish leadership to assist the parish through this time of transition and healing and will begin the process for assigning a new pastor.The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is committed protecting children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse and misconduct. If you are a victim of sexual misconduct by a person ministering on behalf of the Church, or if you know of anyone who has been a victim of such misconduct, please contact civil authorities and the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator Carla Hill at 317-236-1548 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1548 or email her at”In August of 2018 Father John Maung was suspended following an allegation of child sexual abuse.Fr. Doyle has had numerous ministry assignments. The complete list of his assignments are as follows: 1975, St. Mary-St. Michael, Madison, and part-time instructor, Father Michael Shawe Memorial Jr./Sr. High School; 1979, director, Christian Formation Program, Bishop Chatard High School, and part-time instructor; 1987, administrator, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, and continuing as full-time instructor, Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis; 1989, administrator, St. Patrick and Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, while continuing as administrator, Holy Cross, Indianapolis; 1993, priest moderator and sacramental minister, Holy Rosary and St. Patrick, Indianapolis, while continuing as administrator, Holy Cross, Indianapolis; 1993, dean, Indianapolis East Deanery; 1994, sabbatical 1995, pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis; 1996, dean, Indianapolis North Deanery, while continuing as pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis; 1999, reappointed dean, Indianapolis North Deanery, while continuing as pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis; 2000, priest moderator, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, while continuing as pastor, St. Joan of Arc and dean, Indianapolis North Deanery; 2001, reappointed pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, while continuing as dean, Indianapolis North Deanery and priest moderator, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis; 2005, pastor, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis; 2010, priest moderator, St. Maurice, Napoleon, while continuing as pastor, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis; 2011, reappointed pastor, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, while continuing as priest moderator, St. Maurice, Napoleon.Fr. Doyle is prohibited from all public ministry while an investigation is pending.If you are a victim of sexual misconduct by a person ministering on behalf of the Church, or if you know of anyone who has been a victim of such misconduct, please contact civil authorities and the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator Carla Hill.last_img read more