Odds & Ends: Imelda Staunton Joins Cast of Downton Abbey Film & More

first_img View Comments Imelda Staunton(Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images) It’s a Man’s World, by Playwright Theresa Rebeck, Receives Pilot Order from YouTubeYouTube has greenlit a pilot for It’s a Man’s World, a half-hour comedy about gender inequality in the gaming industry written by theater scribe Theresa Rebeck, according to Deadline. It’s a Man’s World follows video game design executive Emma, who is facing the challenges that come with being a woman in a male-centered field. Pulitzer finalist Rebeck’s newest play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, begins Broadway previews tonight and opens on September 25.Paul Mecurio’s Solo Comedy Permission to Speak Moves Theaters & Extends RunAudiences now have more chances to catch Permission to Speak, Emmy-winning comedian Paul Mecurio’s new off-Broadway solo play which recently concluded its engagement at the Jerry Orbach Theater. The show is now transferring to the Actors Temple Theatre on September 12 for an extended run through October 30. Permission to Speak features Mecurio improvising with audience members by randomly bringing them onstage and talking with them about who they are, their lives, interests, personal experiences and what they honestly think. The show began its off-Broadway run on July 16.First Look at Elizabeth Olsen & Janet McTeer in Moving New Series Sorry for Your LossFacebook Watch has just released the first trailer for the upcoming series Sorry for Your Loss, starring off-Broadway alum Elizabeth Olsen (Romeo and Juliet) and Tony winner Janet McTeer (currently on Broadway in Bernhardt/Hamlet). Sorry for Your Loss follows Leigh (Olsen), a young widow who is working to put her life back together following her husband’s death. Watch Olsen and McTeer in the trailer below, and check out the series for yourself on September 18.center_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Imelda Staunton to Appear in Downton Abbey FilmJust in case the upcoming Downton Abbey movie had fallen off your radar, now there is a major reason to pay serious attention. Four-time Olivier winner and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (Follies, Gypsy, Vera Drake) has just joined the film’s cast, according to Deadline. Staunton will appear alongside cast members from the Emmy-winning series, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville. A release date for the film, which is about to begin production, will be announced at a later time. Till then, indulge in this footage of Staunton’s Olivier-winning turn as Rose in Gypsy.last_img read more

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FairPoint expands coverage in Eden, Hyde Park and Johnson

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications in northern New England, has expanded broadband to more than 120 homes and businesses in Eden, Hyde Park and Johnson.’ FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.’ ‘Our next-generation network allows us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint state president for Vermont. ‘Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.’’ FairPoint provides residential speed options up to 15Mbps. Broadband service on the next-generation network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease.’  Reliable broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.‘ FairPoint’s broadband Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: ‘ In Eden: Ober Hill Road and Route 100.In Hyde Park: Deer Run Lane, Ferry Street, Heath Road, Locke Avenue, Mudget Drive, Mudgett Hill Road, North Hyde Park Road and Route 100.In Johnson: Ober Hill Road and Windy Hill Drive.’ FairPoint has invested nearly $100 million in its network in the Green Mountain State and has added 1,100 miles of new fiber, providing high-speed access to more than 90 percent of its Vermont service areas.’  SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (Dec. 17, 2013) ‘ FairPoint Communications, Inclast_img read more

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Vermont Foodbank welcomes everyone

first_imgVermont Foodbank The Vermont Foodbank is committed to ensuring that every person in our state has the food they need to reach their human potential. Those with the courage to ask for help must trust that the Foodbank and each of our Network Partner food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, shelters and youth programs care only about their human potential. Making that personal, trusting connection means that anyone—regardless of national origin, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, culture, age, income level, disability or any other attribute—should feel the place they access food assistance is open, diverse and welcoming.In response to the current social and political climate, including the President’s recent Executive Order on immigration, The Vermont Foodbank wants every individual in need of food assistance to be assured that they are welcome to access the food and services we provide without concern for their safety or privacy.The Foodbank and our Network Partners have all committed to treat our neighbors with dignity and respect. Any information collected is used only to provide better service to our neighbors. Food is a basic human right, and our network is a sanctuary for those seeking to exercise that right.A listing and locator of local food shelves can be found at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/agency-locator(link is external).About the Vermont FoodbankVermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs and through direct distribution to individuals. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 12 million pounds of food The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. Learn more at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external),Yeslast_img read more

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Despite tepid response to design, OP council advances plans for $182 million retail and apartment project near Town Center Plaza

first_imgA rendering of the apartment portion of the proposed complex.By Roxie HammillWith hopes of adding some pizzazz to the entertainment offerings near its convention center, the Overland Park City Council Monday night approved land use and development agreements for a $182 million retail and high-rise apartment project near the Jewish Community Center.The council also voted to create a community improvement district that could eventually raise $22.1 million to help pay for the project through additional sales taxes charged at the development.The project, a joint venture by Retail Connection LP and Block Real Estate Services LLC, would put two five-story apartment buildings plus about 241,000 square feet of retail in the area around the northwest corner of 115th Street and Nall Avenue that is owned by the Sprint Corp. The land has been vacant since 1999 and is the site of a landscaping nursery owned by Sprint.When finished in 2024, the 37-acre project will have 548 luxury apartment units along with the retail, specialty grocery and mix of retail tenants.Although an entertainment venue of 15,000 square feet was a relatively small part of the package, it is the reason some on the council backed a project whose layout they considered lackluster.“It’s been the better part of a decade we’ve been talking about having an entertainment district in the city,” said council member Dan Stock. “If we weren’t doing this, what other opportunity would we have as a city to provide the one thing we keep hearing our convention center lacks?”The 115th and Nall project’s northern edge is about a half mile from the convention center, but developers have agreed to pay $650,000 toward a walkway connecting it. However the developers and city dropped the idea to allow the developer to recoup some of that cost through credits to offset the expense of permits.No specific plans have been made for the entertainment site, although a recreation concept like Dave and Buster’s was mentioned during a committee meeting as an example the kind of attraction that could be included.The city planning staff gave the plan only a tepid review, saying it was “a pretty typical style suburban center without much creativity.” Some council members expressed reservations about the plan because of that, but were told another option for an entertainment district at northeast corner of College Boulevard and Metcalf Avenue is still years off.“This is the only thing imminent that might add to the charisma of that area,” said council member Terry Goodman during a committee meeting.Lawyer John Petersen, representing the developers, argued that people visiting the stores don’t like parking garages and that it would be more successful as planned with the surface parking for the stores.The design was a big reason council member Curt Skoog voted against the special taxing district. “It’s another suburban strip center. We have lots of those,” he said. “I think it’s important that when we’re going to make an investment for our community that the project is more than just a traditional strip center,” Skoog’s no vote was the only one on the project items.The plan got some opposition during the public hearing from Earl Long of Overland Park. Long said the public shouldn’t be expected to help finance a project that was not in a blighted area and undeveloped land. He added the project will get competition from Town Center Plaza just across Nall Avenue in Leawood.A rendering of part of the retail component of the project.A preliminary site plan.last_img read more

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UA study: Divorce can raise risk of early death

first_imgUSA Today:Be careful. Your health could plummet as if you had taken up smoking, become overweight or started drinking excessively.A new review by the University of Arizona of more than 30 published studies found divorced adults have a significantly higher risk of early death compared with married adults.The risk of dying early was 23 percent greater among divorced adults than married couples tracked by researchers for an average of 11 years. Researchers found the risks associated with divorce are similar to other well-established public-health risks, such as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, getting limited exercise, being overweight and drinking heavily, said the study’s lead author, UA psychology professor David Sbarra.The study did not conclusively determine that divorce leads to early death.Read the whole story: USA Today More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists

first_imgOne of the theses that has been constantly receding for years is that continental tourism cannot attract millions of guests. A thesis that has no foundations or arguments, in fact, the reality is absolutely the opposite – continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists.Minister of Tourism Anton Kliman visited Vukovar-Srijem County last week and said after the visit “Let’s not fool ourselves that hordes of strangers will be flocking here”.It is interesting that just after the press statements the Minister visited the Vučedol Museum and the Vinkovci City Museum where he could see on the spot the incredible potential of tourism in Slavonia only through the story of Vučedol culture which is the first developed and most advanced European civilization. Europe. Yes, we are talking about the cradle of European civilization that developed right on the Vinkovci-Vukovar stretch.For years, I have been claiming that the city of Vinkovci alone has the potential to attract over a million tourists a year.I am absolutely sure that “every” European tourist wants to see and experience Vinkovci, the oldest city in Europe with a continuity of life of over 8.300 years, as well as see Orion, the oldest calendar in Europe, which is much more advanced in civilization and about 350 years older. from the Stonehenge site.And that’s just the beginning of a story about significance Vučedol cultures.Egypt has its pyramids, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, England has Stonehenge… why couldn’t the people of Vinkovci have their monumental Orion? Close your eyes and visualize what it would look like… World, right? A new wonder of the world in Vinkovci! By the way, the Eiffel Tower is visited by almost seven million visitors a yearOrion, the oldest European calendar found in Vinkovci / Photo: Darko PuharićI have only touched on one tourist potential, and now consider and add other potentials. From the Danube River, which is used by millions of tourists, the Slavonian horizon, gastronomy, culture, heritage, Zagorje, Međimurje, Velebit ite continue the seriesAUSTRIA LIVES ON SUMMER TOURISM !?In Switzerland, tourism revenues amount to a staggering 28 billion Swiss francs. That is three and a half times more than the tourist income of Croatia.Interesting how Austria during the summer make more nights than in winter. Last year, 17 million tourists visited Austria in the winter months with 64,5 million overnight stays, and as many as 20 million arrived in the summer, with 67,2 million overnight stays. Of the total income from tourism, Austria earns 22,7 billion euros, of which 12,7 billion in the winter, which is slightly more than in the summer months because guests with higher purchasing power come.Switzerland and Austria do not have the sea, but they know how to make money from tourism. Why can Austria, in the summer months alone, be visited by 20 million tourists, and continental Croatia in 10 months cannot be visited by at least 5 million?Perhaps the better question is can the Adriatic accommodate more guests? Personally, I think it can’t do much, only through the extension of the season we’ve been struggling with for years. But here is a hypothesis and solution on how to extend the tourist season, make more arrivals and ultimately earn more from tourism. The solution is continental tourism!Continental tourism can have a tourist season of 10 months in which we can generate income as well as three months of sea tourism. In fact, I’m sure we can earn even more. The only problem is that we only have stories, and we don’t have content and infrastructure – again, there are tons and no pictures.Yes, it cannot today, it cannot tomorrow, nor in three years, but surely the potential of continental tourism can be turned into a rich resource in five or more years. It all starts with one passionate idea and vision. Of course only if we want to.One passionate man once said, “The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that the dreamer has his eyes closed and the visionary has his eyes open“- Martin Luther KingWake up to dream. Goran Rihelj, editor-in-chief of the Tourist news portal HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

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ATI Petroleum granted titanium mining license

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Airgas names top US national branches of 2015

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Harkand’s HOS Mystique Completes Jumpers Installation in GoM

first_imgHARKAND has completed the transportation and installation of two large jumpers in the Gulf of Mexico utilising the HOS Mystique.The global subsea inspection, repair, maintenance, and light construction company has provided a cost effective vessel for light subsea construction in 2000ft. (610m) water depth, approximately 160 miles southwest of New Orleans.The contract delivery was supported by Harkand’s onshore team of project managers and engineering services based in the Houston office.Managing director for Harkand North America and Africa, AJ Jain, said: “This project showcases our capability to engineer cost effective solutions for our clients. The jumpers which were originally designed to be installed with a bigger vessel; were installed using the HOS Mystique without any incident, on schedule and within budget.”The Jones Act compliant 250 ft (76.2 m) offshore construction vessel has accommodations for 62 personnel, a 70 MT AHC crane with 2500m wire, a Triton XLS ROV and full survey spread. Harkand is now adding a second light work-class ROV to further enhance the HOS Mystique capabilities. HOS Mystique now has a successful track record of installing jumpers, flying leads, SCM pod change outs and general IRM scopes at a fraction of the cost of the larger vessels.Press Release, August 28, 2014last_img read more

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Airport sale, media refinancing and fashion moves

first_img Industrious action: City firm Taylor Wessing advised Jersey-based investment vehicle Max Property Group on acquiring the Industrious property portfolio from the receivers of the collapsed Dunedin Group for £232m. Magic circle firm Clifford Chance advised the receivers Ernst & Young, while funders EuroHypo were advised by City firm Olswang. Sports deal: City firm Herbert Smith advised sports retailer JJB Sports on a £100m share placing and the amendment of its debt facility with Royal Bank of Scotland. Financial adviser Lazard and stockbrokers Numis and Panmure Gordon were advised by City firm Ashurst, while City firm Lovells advised RBS. Media refinancing: Freshfields advised Royal Bank of Scotland, Alcentra, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank on a £530m debt restructuring for Incisive Media Group, the business magazine publisher. Debt was reduced from £230m to £110m, with the banks taking majority ownership of Incisive in a debt-for-equity swap. Magic circle firm Allen & Overy advised Incisive. Next move: National firm Eversheds advised Next on opening its German flagship store in Dresden, marking the fashion retailer’s first foray into Germany. Next has around 500 stores in the UK and Ireland and a further 170 worldwide.center_img Taking off: Freshfields, alongside City firm Herbert Smith, advised airport operator BAA on its £1.5bn sale of Gatwick Airport to infrastructure asset investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners. Magic circle firm Slaughter and May advised Global Infrastructure Partners, while magic circle firm Allen & Overy advised a consortium of banks on financing the deal. Large beer: Clifford Chance advised brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev on the $2.23bn (£1.36bn) sale of its central European operations to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. CVC was advised by Freshfields.last_img read more

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