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Sara Bareilles Will Star in Waitress on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 View Comments Waitress Related Showscenter_img Sara Bareilles(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles will make her Broadway acting debut when she steps into her musical Waitress next month. She’ll play the leading role of Jenna Hunterson for a 10-week run from March 31 through June 11, replacing Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller. As previously reported, Mueller will take her final bow at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 26.In an October 2015 interview, singer/songwriter Bareilles revealed, “I hope to get to see those stage lights at some point. I certainly have dreams of being on a Broadway stage someday…whether it’s in this show or something else.” While Bareilles has not performed as an actress on the New York stage, she did reveal in her book Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) that she auditioned for the role of Cinderella in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods—a role she coincidentally lost to Mueller.Bareilles rose to mainstream acclaim in 2007 with the tune “Love Song,” which earned her two Grammy nominations in 2009. She was also nominated in 2011 for “King of Anything” and in 2014 for the album The Blessed Unrest and the single “Brave.” Waitress, her Broadway composing debut, earned her a Tony nomination for Best Score and a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.The current cast of Waitress also includes Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie, Charity Angel Dawson as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Dakin Matthews as Joe, William Popp as Earl and Eric Anderson as Cal.For a taste of how Bareilles sounds on her own score, check out the concept album What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, as well as her music video for the 11 o’clock ballad “She Used to Be Mine.”last_img read more

January 18, 2021 0

Vermont among lowest, as US residents carry more than $10,000 in debt on average

first_imgStateAverage Consumer DebtAverage Number of CreditorsAverage Credit Score Vermont$13,7095606 Research MethodsTo gather the data for this report, CareOne Services Inc. pulled verified debt and credit card information on more than 135,000 people who enrolled in a debt management or debt settlement program in 2009 or 2010.Source: COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — CareOne CareOne Services Inc. is a debt relief company formed in 2002 to provide consumers with multiple solutions to complex money issues.  CareOne takes a holistic approach to assisting customers in debt and reviews each situation to create achievable financial solutions. CareOne’s services include credit counseling, debt management, debt settlement, as well as free referrals to bankruptcy attorneys if that is in the best interest of the consumer.CareOne also provides the CareOne Community (, a free online resource for consumers that includes educational tools, blogs and forums where more than a million people share their experiences and receive support from others in similar situations.Headquartered in Columbia, Md., CareOne has helped more than 2 million people. In 2010, it provided consumers with the tools and assistance to pay down more than $385 million in debt. CareOne provides services in 41 states. For more information, call 1-800-373-3225 or visit Alaska$19,2256591 Michigan$13,3285591 Mississippi$13,5126581 Colorado$18,8116592 StateAverage Consumer DebtAverage Number of CreditorsAverage Credit Score Missouri$13,7376590 Iowa$14,0995600 Alabama$16,5917579 10 States with the Lowest Average Consumer Debt in 2010 Rhode Island$20,1307593 Wisconsin$16,9035611 California$12,8015597 Indiana$13,9455599 While much attention has been given to the need for consumers to pay down debt and build up savings, residents in all states still carry an average of more than $10,000 in debt, according to a recent analysis of consumer debt by CareOne Services Inc., one of the nation’s leading debt relief firms. Vermont ranked fourth lowest with $13,709 and five creditors. Residents of California had the least amount of debt, with an average of $12,800 and five creditors. Residents of Delaware, Rhode Island, Maine and Alaska carried the most debt.These findings come from CareOne’s first “State of Debt Ranking,” which examined the amount of debt, number of credit cards and credit scores of more than 135,000 people nationwide who enrolled in debt management or debt settlement programs in 2009 and 2010.The ranking lists the 10 states with the highest average consumer debt and the 10 states with the lowest average consumer debt. Delaware tops the list with an average debt of more than $20,000 spread across seven unsecured creditors, such as credit cards.”In the last few years, we have seen financial necessity cause more people to turn to credit cards to pay for daily expenses such as groceries, gas and utilities,” said Jenny Realo, a CPA and executive vice president of CareOne Services. “But a growing number of people are realizing that their debt is a burden and seeking solutions to get their finances under control, pay down their debt and boost their savings.”In 2010, CareOne Services provided the tools to help consumers pay down more than $385 million in debt.”We are excited to see more people taking control of their financial situations and reaching out for the help they need,” said Mike Croxson, president of CareOne Services. “As evidenced by the findings in our State of Debt Ranking, it is apparent that high debt will continue to be a burden for many people for years to come.”10 States with the Highest Average Consumer Debt in 2010 Maine$19,4546610 Connecticut$17,3346595 North Carolina$18,5366586 Tennessee$14,2226589 Delaware$20,2337576 Virginia$14,1945586 South Dakota$18,7077587 Kentucky$14,0286590last_img read more

January 1, 2021 0

Leahy sympathizes with GE over F-35 decision, slams Pentagon

first_imgBefore the program was terminated, six F136 development engines had accumulated more than 1,200 hours of testing since early 2009. The FET consistently delivered on cost and on schedule, and was rewarded with high marks by the Department of Defense in a successful joint venture between GE and Rolls-Royce. With the F136 engine development almost 80 percent complete, the Department of Defense terminated the program in April of this year. Following termination, the GE Rolls-Royce FET had offered to self-fund F136 development through fiscal year 2012, but will now end its development work. The FET will continue to fulfill its termination responsibilities with the federal government. “GE and Rolls-Royce are proud of our technology advancements and accomplishments on the F136,” said Dan McCormick, President of the FET. “However, difficult circumstances are converging that impact the potential benefit of a self-funded development effort.” The decision, reached jointly by GE and Rolls-Royce leadership, recognizes the continued uncertainty in the development and production schedules for the JSF Program. Throughout the F136 program, GE and Rolls-Royce have been leading advocates of defense acquisition reform – offering unique and aggressive fixed-price proposals for F136 production engines for the JSF program.center_img For 15 years, the FET has developed a competitive fighter engine for JSF with the world’s most advanced propulsion technologies, including numerous patented technologies from both companies. GE Aircraft Engines – Rutland Operation,GE Aviation announced with Rolls Royce on Friday the discontinuation of a program to develop an alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 or in GE’s development the F136 engine). The entire JSF program is very behind schedule and very over budget. Both The Atlantic and Aviation Week have suggested there is little alternative other than termination or full buildout for a program estimated to cost $1 trillion. GE, with a turbine-making plant in Rutland, Vermont, had been squeezed out of the development for the engine, but had forged ahead with its own plans in hopes that the Pentagon would opt for a better solution to the engine now receiving federal funding.Vermont also is on a short-list of possible bases for the F-35 when and if it is ever built and deployed, as the Vermont Air Guard base at Burlington International Airport is under consideration to replace its F-16s with a more modern and stealthy weapon system. Vermont Senator Leahy issued a terse statement following GE’s announcement. In it he denounced the Pentagon’s handling of the entire program:”While I am deeply disappointed by the decision by GE Aviation and Rolls Royce to terminate their self-funding of the F136 alternate engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, I understand why they made that choice.  The F-35 program has performed miserably with delays and cost overruns becoming the rule rather than the exception.  In fact if the Pentagon had diversified its fighter portfolio instead of putting all of our eggs in just one basket, the F-35 program probably would have been declared a failure and terminated this year.  Given how long it will take to produce and deploy Joint Strike Fighters and the likely shrinking number of jets the program will yield, the business case no longer gives GE Aviation and Rolls Royce a good reason to self-fund further engine development out of pocket.  Without a doubt, this decision ‘ by eliminating engine competition ‘ will mean further cost overruns to the overall program and more taxpayer dollars for a less-capable fighter. “Whether or not the F-35 ever gets off the ground, the program has performed poorly and extends the Pentagon’s decades-long record of acquisition program failures.  I will work with others on the Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee to find ways that Congress can help the Pentagon restrain its skyrocketing costs and dismal record of program cancellations.  For the sake of our troops and taxpayers, the Defense Department needs to completely revamp the culture and strategy of its acquisition corps ‘ reforms that will no doubt will require congressional insistence and direction to accomplish.’  GE/Rolls-Royce Joint Press Statement:The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team (FET) has reached the decision to discontinue self-funded development of the F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) beyond 2011. “GE and Rolls-Royce are deeply grateful to our many Congressional supporters on both sides of the aisle over these many years as well as the military experts who have supported competing engines for JSF,” said McCormick. “We do not waver in our belief that competition is central to meaningful defense acquisition reform.”December 2, 2011last_img read more

January 1, 2021 0

UNWTO seeks solutions to cure tourism

first_imgIt’s a call OTVoren from March 25, and the deadline for submitting candidacies is April 15. The UNWTO is for everyone finalists, which will be announced on April 25th, prepared awards and benefits about which you can read more on this connectors. OutcomesSupport Member States and tourism stakeholders in identifying and mitigating global and local tourism-related risks: mitigation strategies, actions and risk assessment instruments of global and local importance.Strengthen the coordination of all tourism stakeholders in the tourism value chain.Adopt measures to facilitate international travel by ensuring the safe and efficient movement of passengers: including the exchange of information, the development of standards and procedures designed to deter threats, reduce costs and protect the movement of passengers.Promote new technologies and facilitate investment. Source and photo: U The global call is a step forward for sustainable development in crisis situations, providing support to passengers, companies and authorities. We already wrote about invitation of the World Tourism Organization to seek solutions to heal tourism globally. In this way, the United Nations Tourism Organization wants to gather ideas from around the world and find solutions to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on tourism through health, economic and destination management solutions. It would also be a step forward for sustainable development in crisis situations. Facts and figuresTourism has been recording continuous growth for 10 years in the period from 2010 to 2019, which, they emphasize, makes tourism the most resilient economic sector. According to UNWTO data, in 2019 it was achieved 1,5 billion arrivals and recorded growth of 4%. One in ten jobs the world is in tourism where it is realized 7% of global exports. Recovery for people and stakeholders in tourismSolutions focused on security measures, remediation methods, early detection, among others for stakeholders in tourism and travel, and which will be used by: tourists, travel employees, restaurants, travel agencies, travel agencies, transportation, amusement parks, etc. Recovery for destinationsThe solutions focus on destination recovery techniques: crisis communication, crisis management, mobility, re-branding of tourist destinations, recovery of trust in travel, among other related areas. Target audienceStartups, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with ready-made solutions to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in tourism. The following can be proposed: methods, processes, governance structures, social impact initiatives, new technological applications, existing technologies. Recovery for the economyThe solutions are focused on digital applications for tourism, sharing economy, circular economy, revenue management, demand recovery, investment, among other areas, which will be implemented for the whole sector in the near and long term. UNWTO: tourist arrivals from 1995 to 2019last_img read more

November 18, 2020 0

Austrian pension commission to launch multi-pillar reform talks in autumn

first_imgThe commission will begin its work this autumn, with first reform proposals expected for end-February next year.Andreas Zakostelsky, chairman of the Austrian pension fund association (FVPK) and an ÖVP member of of the lower chamber of parliament, welcomed the scheduled talks in which representatives of the second and third pillar will also be included.At a press conference, he stressed it was important to increase participation rates in the second pillar, as 75% of Austrians still had no supplementary employer-provided pension.The FVPK will call for changes to the tax treatment of contributions made by employees to pension plans – both Pensionskassen and the insurance-vehicle BKV.For one, the FVPK wishes Austria to finally introduce the EET system in place in most European countries, which exempts contributions, investment income and capital gains from tax. The change would mean that not only employer contributions, but also those paid by employees would be tax exempt until the pension payout phase is reached.In addition, Zakostelsky proposed at the press conference to make the second pillar more comparable to the third pillar by introducing the same state subsidies up to the same threshold of savings.To boost participation in the second pillar, the FVPK will also suggest integrating pension saving more closely into industry-wide collective bargaining agreements.This would mean – unlike the Dutch-style approach proposed for Germany – that each employer would still have to set up its own pension contract with a provider or create its own pension fund. Zakostelsky noted that the reform talks scheduled for the coming months did not include representatives of Austria’s mandatory provident funds, or Vorsorgekassen, but said that over the long term it would “make sense to consider these in talks about retirement provision as well”.In total, the 14 Austrian Pensionskassen were managing just over €20.5bn at the end of June, with a half-year performance of 4.34%.The market has recently seen several funds merge. It is not yet known whether the sale of the Victoria-Volksbanken Pensionskasse (VVPK) to pension provider Bonus will see the company continue to run the two funds as standalone entities, or merge them into one. Austria’s goverment has for the pledged a more holistic approach to pension reform and announced that the statutory pension commission will soon examine all three pillars of its pension system before deciding on necessary adjustments and reform measures.To date, the Pensionskommission – consisting of civil servants, experts and politicians and established in 2000 – has only ever examined the country’s first pillar. Its proposals have so far included changes to the calculation of pension payouts – such as an end to payments being based on the 15 best years of workers’ earnings – increasing the statutory retirement age or tackling hurdles to early retirement and invalidity pensions.However, in 2013 the current coalition government consisting of Austria’s two main parties, the conservatives ÖVP and the social democrats SPÖ, vowed that future pension reform would take all three pillars into consideration.last_img read more

September 29, 2020 0

Head of LDI at Nordea appointed CIO at Industriens Pension

first_imgLaila Mortensen, chief executive at Industriens, said: “With his appointment, we have the organisation in place to continue our successful investment strategy and manage the growing complexity within the investment arena.” Danish labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension has found a replacement for its outgoing CIO, appointing Karsten Kjellerup Kjeldsen (pictured) to take overall charge of investment in the role, with effect from April 2016.Kjellerup Kjeldsen will come to the DKK139bn (€18.6bn) pension fund from the role of head of liability-driven investments and head of advisory and trading at Nordea Life & Pensions. Industriens’s previous CIO Henrik Nøhr Poulsen was poached last autumn by the country’s largest commercial pensions firm PFA, where he was to become one of the three directors of its subsidiary PFA Asset Management.In the meantime, Jan Østergaard is heading up investment at Industriens. The pension fund said it reorganised its investment activities into three units at the beginning of last month – listed investments, unlisted investments and investment risk.Jan Østergaard is in charge of unlisted investments, while Jacob Berring heads up investment risk.The pension fund said it aimed to hire someone else to become head of listed investments.Last October, Østergaard said the pension fund planned to treble its direct investment in property and infrastructure over the next 2-3 years, directing an extra DKK7bn (€938m) into those asset classes.He explained that these types of investment provided stability, critical at a time of floor-level interest rates and uncertainty on the financial markets.last_img read more

September 29, 2020 0

Schottel, Ulstein Partner Up on Maritime Automation, Digitalization

first_imgNorway’s Ulstein and Germany’s Schottel have decided to start cooperating to take the next step in automation and digitalization within marine operations.As informed, the duo will cooperate in a new company and focus on the development of intelligent systems for marine automation and digitalization.The former Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Blue CTRL, will continue as an independent company under the name Blue CTRL. Both Ulstein and Schottel will own 50 percent of the shares in the company.Deliveries from the company will be based on the X-CONNECT platform that has been developed by Ulstein for future marine automation since 2011.X-CONNECT is a universal digital platform for marine automation, control and monitoring. All functionality in the system is predefined and configurable supporting the work philosophy — configure, plug and play.Besides systems for newbuilding projects the new cooperation will also offer systems suitable for vessel upgrades.“There are many similarities between our companies. We are both privately owned. This implies the possibility of long-term strategic business concepts. We believe that we have products which are highly complementary,” Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO in Ulstein Group, explained.“Seen from the designer’s perspective, we believe that a closer integration between the development of the marine platform and the propulsion system will give far better operations of the vessel. If we manage to streamline more data between the different systems on board, we can optimise dynamic positioning and operations. This again will lead to reduced fuel consumption, reduced emission hence greener operations.”Schottel is already present on the vessel’s bridge with propulsion control systems. Propulsion controls together with the recent development of further assistance and positioning systems have always been a strategic focus for the company.“We very much look forward to this cooperation in Blue CTRL and to start the common development of intelligent systems for marine automation and digitalisation,” Stefan Kaul, President Industrial Operations & CEO in Schottel, said.“The Blue CTRL systems will not only enable us to offer our customers smarter and integrated controls for both newbuilding and existing vessels, but also provide a solid system for the offering of hybrid and electric solutions,” he added.With its headquarters in Ulsteinvik, Ulstein focuses on products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages.Based in Spay/Rhine, Schottel manufactures propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

School nutrition policy being formulated

first_imgThe Ministries of Health and Education are collaborating to formulate a school nutrition policy as part of efforts to create healthy eating habits among children.Dominica has been working on the implementation of a school nutrition policy since 2012 when the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute facilitated a one day workshop here.The workshop was convened in December 2012 with a view to developing a policy that will improve the quality of nutritional care provided to students at school.The participants were afforded an opportunity to review and discuss a draft copy of the policy in order to provide feedback, critic and enhance the final document.Speaking on Vibes Radio earlier this week, Nutritionist Nurse Kerissa Shillingford said persons tend to choose to develop healthy habits when they’re either on the way of developing a Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) or when the doctor advises them to lose some weight. “So what we at the ministry of health are trying to put in place, together with the Ministry of Education, is to develop a school nutrition policy,” Nurse Shillingford informed.“Basically it would speak to what the children can eat on the school compound, what will be allowed to sell on the school compound,” she continued.Part of the objective of implementing this school feeding policy is to create an environment where students will also learn about eating healthy.“So then they will know that there’s no need to drink all that Busta or Chubby; I could just get a glass of water, or I could drink some coconut water, or I could just have a fruit as my snack,” Nurse Shillingford stated.Additionally, she said the school nutrition policy will educate the parents on better snack and food choices to give to their children as children live what they learn.“So if they don’t have that training in them, then they tend to become adults that are obese with NCDs so we will always have that struggle,” Nurse Shillingford added.The Dominica Government imposed a ten percent excise tax on alcoholic beverages and sugar confectionaries, to help reduce the incidents of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs). Share Share Share 164 Views   one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews School nutrition policy being formulated by: – May 4, 2018last_img read more

September 26, 2020 0

Murder rap sends Balasan man to jail

first_imgArbacan was detained in the lockup cellof the Balasan municipal police station. The 39-year-old Ramonet Arbacan ofBalasan, Iloilo was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant on March 14. ILOILO City – A frustrated murdersuspect was arrested in Barangay Pandan, President Roxas, Capiz.center_img The court recommended a P200,000 bailbond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

September 25, 2020 0

DOH records 2,141 dengue cases, 3 deaths in Region 6

first_imgILOILO City – This year from Jan. 1 to May 16 the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 2,141 suspected dengue cases with three deaths in Western Visayas. * others – 39 cases (illness contracted outside Region 6 but patients confined in the region) Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness that could sometimes be fatal. Its carriers are day-biting mosquitoes (Aedes albpictus and Aedes aegypti) that live and breed and clean, stagnant water. According to the World Health Organization, individuals should suspect dengue when a high fever (40 degrees centigrade) is accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea / vomiting, swollen glands, muscle and joint pains, and rashes. * Aklan – 275 cases The demand for blood (for blood transfusion to patients with severe dengue) also spiked. “We saw how difficult the situation was last year. Now that we are facing COVID-19, having dengue pa gid would be very difficult kay limitado ang aton hospitals,” said Treñas. Treñas recently tasked the City Health Office (CHO) to make sure the city’s 180 barangays are clean, that is, with no chance to harbor mosquitoes. * Guimaras – 35 cases This was 74 percent lower than the figures – 8,110 cases with 54 deaths – recorded in the same period last year, according to Dr. Jessie Glen Alonsabe, epidemiologist of DOH Region 6. “If anybody has fever, most especially children, go to the nearest health facility for proper screening,” said Alonsabe. * Bacolod City – 154 cases In this city recently, Mayor Jerry Treñas warned it would be doubly difficult for the city government to fight two viruses at the same time. Thus while currently busy fending off the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), he has started moving to ward off a potential surge in dengue cases. The age range of the dengue suspected cases were from one month old to 88 years old. Alonsabe urged Western Visayans not to be complacent but continue practicing the 4S strategy against dengue – “search and destroy” mosquito breeding places; “self-protection” from mosquito bites; “seek early consultation” when signs and symptoms of dengue occur; and “say yes to fogging” as a last resort. * Iloilo province – 401 cases The Sangguniang Panlungsod declared a state of calamity due to dengue in July 2019./PN Here’s the breakdown of this year’s suspected dengue cases: He also stressed the importance of personal hygiene, proper hand-washing and cough etiquette, pointing out the “overlapping” symptoms of dengue and influenza-like illnesses (ILI) such as fever. This resulted to hospitals bursting at the seams with patients. There was a shortage in hospital rooms, beds, doctors, and nurses. Last year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, the city recorded 3,329 dengue cases with 16 deaths, at an attack rate of 701 per 100,000 population. For influenza-like illnesses, the more prominent symptoms are fever and cough. * Capiz – 202 cases * Antique – 102 cases with one death * Iloilo City – 147 cases with one death * Negros Occidental – 786 cases with one death For severe dengue, the warning signs to look out for are: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, blood in vomit, fatigue, and restlessness.last_img read more

September 25, 2020 0