Odds & Ends: Barbra Streisand’s Broadway Encore & More

first_imgBarbra Streisand(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Barbra Streisand’s Broadway EncoreIt’s as if Barbra Streisand never said goodbye to the Great White Way! The legendary star will release a duets album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, later this year. Streisand has also announced a new tour, which is scheduled to kick off on August 2 at L.A.’s Staples Center and run through August 23 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The honorary Tony winner is set to play August 11 and August 13 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. No word yet on who has been tapped to appear on the record with Streisand, but we can think of a three-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner who would jump at the chance.Now Megan Hilty Will Sing for Queens2016 Tony nominee Megan Hilty is set to team up with the previously reported Matthew Morrison for a concert with the New York Pops. Under the musical direction of Steven Reineke, the performance is scheduled for July 7 at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, N.Y. We’re sure it will be smashing.CBS Enlists Steven PasqualeCongratulations to stage and screen favorite Steven Pasquale—Doubt, the pilot he starred in opposite Katherine Heigl, has received a series order from CBS. Variety reports that the show follows a hotshot defense lawyer who falls for her charming client, who could be responsible for a brutal crime. You can catch Pasqaule off-Broadway in The Robber Bridegroom through May 29.Nigel Lindsay Tapped for Guys and DollsNigel Lindsay will join the oldest established permanent floating craps game in New York London! The stage and screen vet is set to step into the West End cast of Guys and Dolls as Nathan Deroit, taking over for Richard Kind. Lindsay will play a limited engagement May 26 through June 26; Kind’s final performance is scheduled for May 22.Lin-Manuel Miranda & Adam Pascal Duet in #Rent4HamThe always entertaining #Ham4Ham paid tribute to Rent over the weekend. The classic tuner is celebrating its 20th anniversary so Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda got together with quintessential Roger, Adam Pascal, along with Kenny Brescia (Rent’s original guitarist) and Alex Lacamoire on keys for a rendition of “What You Own.” Check it out below!center_img P.S. Sean Hayes (An Act of God) and CBS’ Mo Rocca will host this year’s Stars in the Alley on June 3.last_img read more

Northeastern states tighten belts as economy weakens

first_imgSTATES EXPERIENCE TIGHTER FISCAL CONDITIONS AS NATIONAL ECONOMY CONTINUES DECLINENGA and NASBO Release Latest Fiscal Survey of StatesWASHINGTON-Fiscal 2008 marked a turning point in state finances, with a significant increase in the number of states experiencing fiscal difficulties after several years of relative stability, according to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).In a report released June 19, 2008, The Fiscal Survey of States, NGA and NASBO found that while fiscal conditions varied dramatically across states, overall expenditure growth rates declined in fiscal 2008 and the number of states experiencing revenue shortfalls increased. States expect continued expenditure pressures from a variety of sources, including health care and Medicaid, employee pensions and infrastructure. In addition, because states historically have continued to feel the impact of national economic downturns even after recovery begins, states could face even more difficult financial conditions in fiscal 2009 and beyond.In fiscal 2008, state general fund spending growth was 5.1 percent-about one-quarter lower than the 31-year state spending average of 6.7 percent. Additionally, governors’ recommended budgets for fiscal 2009 reflect a 1.0 percent increase in general fund spending. For 2008, four states projected negative expenditure growth, and 18 states reported negative growth in the governors’ recommended budgets for fiscal 2009. Also in fiscal 2008, 13 states reduced their enacted budgets, compared to three states in fiscal 2007, primarily as a result of a slowdown in revenue collections.”Fallout from the housing market decline, coupled with dramatic increases in the price of energy, is having a negative impact on state revenues, particularly corporate and sales tax revenues,” said NGA Executive Director Raymond C. Scheppach. “Governors know that meeting increasing expenditure expectations with limited revenues will present challenges even after the national economy rebounds.”State revenue collections were up 1.7 percent in fiscal 2008, with 15 states exceeding their original revenue projections, 14 states meeting their projections and 20 states falling below their projections.States’ largest expenditure for fiscal 2008 was health care, which accounts for nearly one-third of total state spending. Medicaid alone comprises about 22 percent of total state spending. With a projected growth rate of 8 percent annually through fiscal 2018, health care spending will continue to strain state budgets. Meanwhile, about half of governors included proposals to expand health care coverage for the uninsured in their proposed fiscal 2009 budgets. Approaches include using traditional Medicaid expansion and flexibilities offered under the Deficit Reduction Act, expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and using public-private partnerships to increase coverage.”This report reflects the impact of the economic downturn across the states, with some states beginning to experience a period of much slower spending and revenue growth,” said NASBO Executive Director Scott D. Pattison. “Although states’ total balances are relatively healthy right now, we are likely to see them dip dramatically over the next year or two as more states feel the full effects of the downturn.”Total year-end balances-ending balances and the amounts in budget stabilization funds-are a critical tool states use to balance their budgets during downturns. For fiscal 2008, however, the report shows a decline. At their peak in fiscal 2006, state balances totaled $69 billion-a very healthy 11.5 percent of expenditures. In fiscal 2007, total balances dropped to 10.5 percent of expenditures. Balances for fiscal 2008 are estimated at 8 percent of expenditures and are projected to drop to 7.5 percent of expenditures in fiscal 2009.This edition of The Fiscal Survey of States reflects actual fiscal 2007, estimated fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2009 state budget data from governors’ recommended budgets. The data were collected during spring 2008.###Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s, most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org(link is external).The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) has served as the professional membership organization for state finance officers for more than sixty years. NASBO is the instrument through which the states collectively advance state budget practices. As the chief financial advisors to our nation’s governors, NASBO members are active participants in the public policy discussions at the state level. The major functions of the organization consist of research, policy development, education, training, and technical assistance. These are achieved primarily through NASBO’s publications, membership meetings, and training sessions. For more information, visit www.nasbo.org(link is external).last_img read more

Extending your disaster recovery plan beyond a battery powered radio

first_imgThis week at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, Ted Koppel was a keynote speaker, discussing his latest book “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.” It was a fitting discussion for credit union executives given not only the importance of disaster preparedness within our industry, but the major importance of banking and finance to our country’s survival.Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon…And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio.Can you imagine a discussion with your examiner about your disaster recovery plan where you point out that you are prepared while holding up your transistor radio? continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Radio star Luke Bradnam sells Gold Coast home

first_imgThe Monaco St property.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe and partner Cathy Hallam bought the 2031sq m property — made up of one 981sq m block and one 1050sq m — 11 years ago for $1.85 million.At the time it was newly renovated with separate lounges, pool, a full-size all-weather tennis court and a boat shed.The home also has a purpose-built concrete mechanics pit in the four-car garage, ideal for a serious racing/car enthusiast according to a listing by agent Campbell Moore of Harcourts Coastal. Luke Bradnam has sold his Gold Coast house.RADIO announcer and Gold Coast Bulletin fishing columnist Luke Bradnam has sold his waterfront home in a multimillion-dollar deal.Mr Bradnam listed his five bedroom Broadbeach Waters home in November.It is on a “massive block on two titles” on popular Monaco St, a riverfront enclave made up of mega mansions on sprawling blocks. The Monaco St property.Mr Moore declined to reveal the sale price but said both the buyers and sellers were happy with the deal.Mr Bradnam, whose “first gig in radio” was giving out cold soft drinks off the B105 Black Thunder according to his TripleM bio, has a fierce love of the ocean and fishing — so it’s no surprise the property also has direct ocean access with 35.8m water frontage.center_img Luke Bradnam, right, with his Triple M co-hosts Ben “Dobbo” Dobbin and Libby Trickett. Pic Mark Cranitch.The property is 3km from the Surfers Paradise party strip and beach, and close to the new multimillion-dollar Pacific Fair shopping centre, Star casino and convention centre.Mr Bradnam works on radio for Triple M during the week and does weather, beach and surf reports for Channel 9 and the Bulletin.last_img read more

The neoliberal seductiveness of euthanasia

first_imgThe Daily Blog 17 December 2017Family First Comment: We are being conned into believing euthanasia is a solution to a fear of living in pain during death that isn’t the reality for the vast majority of us.This legislation is to appease alpha personalities who can not tolerate the idea of needing help in the painful end of their lives, but it will be used against the poorest and most vulnerable who are already so easily abused by the State.Self-assisted suicide – which is what we are really discussing here, not the far more sterilised ‘euthanasia’, will become a means to a neoliberal end in NZ.There is a neoliberal seductiveness about euthanasia.It creates this false narrative of ‘choice’ and puts us all in the fake position of ‘what if it was me’.The truth is that the vast majority of those who die do so without immense pain and suffering, this is legislation for the exceptions, not the rule…Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets.There is often the belief palliative care may not alleviate such pain, leaving many people to die excruciating deaths.But an excruciating death is extremely rare, reports The Conversation.The evidence about palliative care is that pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.More than 85 percent of palliative care patients have no severe symptoms by the time they die.Evidence from the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) at the University of Wallongong shows that there has been a statistically significant improvement over the last decade in pain and other end-of-life symptoms.…more than 85% of palliative care patients have no severe symptoms by the time of death? The issue here is that palliative care is expensive, and what the Government are suggesting is cost cutting.It should come as no surprise that ACT, the far right political party are pushing for this reform. For them it is the perfect collusion of total individualism (the act to kill yourself) and the purity of the market to efficiently end those no longer contributing.Self-assisted suicide – which is what we are really discussing here, not the far more sterilised ‘euthanasia’, will become a means to a neoliberal end in NZ.Look at the horrific manner in which NZs institutes treat the most vulnerable. Look at how we treat the mentally ill, the poor and prisoners. How long do any of you honestly believe it will take for some Wellington bureaucrat to start planning to use this legislation for all those costing the health budget?It happened before under National in the 1990s, and that was when euthanasia was illegal.We are being conned into believing euthanasia is a solution to a fear of living in pain during death that isn’t the reality for the vast majority of us.This legislation is to appease alpha personalities who can not tolerate the idea of needing help in the painful end of their lives, but it will be used against the poorest and most vulnerable who are already so easily abused by the State.https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/12/17/the-neoliberal-seductiveness-of-euthanasia/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Avic and Shacman merge to facilitate distribution of heavy trucks…

first_imgChinese companies, AVIC International Beijing and Shacman have merged to supply heavy-duty trucks for the Kenyan construction market. Both companies are well known for their expertise in that particular sector and have promised to scale up business activity even as demand for materials soars in the country.AVIC-SHACMAN Company limited will distribute heavy trucks under the brands SHANTUI and JAC. The joint venture will facilitate distribution of heavy trucks.last_img

2 suspects jailed for ‘theft try’

first_imgWith the help of the closed-circuittelevision footage, the suspects were nabbed and identified as 19-year old SkyInventor and 24-year-old Jay Rose Delprado, a police report showed. Personnel of the Majesty Spa reportedInventor and Delprado to the police around 7 p.m. on Dec 29, the reportadded. Bacolod City – Police arrested two suspects who tried to cart awaykaraoke equipment worth around P46,340 at a bar in Barangay Singcang-Airport. Inventor and Delprado were detained inthe lockup facility of Police Station 8. Charges will be filed against them./PNcenter_img Sky Inventor (right) and Jay Rose Delprado were arrested for allegedly stealing karaoke equipment at a bar in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City on Dec 29. POLICE STATION 8/BCPO Recovered from them were two karaokeplayers with remote control, a microphone and a songbook, the policeadded. last_img read more

Extra security for Boxing Day Test after terror-related arrests

first_imgPolice presence will be increased around the MCG for the Boxing Day Test after a series of terror-related arrests in Melbourne on Thursday night.Seven people were arrested over what Victoria’s Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said was a potential multi-mode attack at Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral, believed to be planned for Christmas Day.Although there has been no suggestion of the Boxing Day Test being targeted, Mr Ashton said police presence would be heightened around the cricket, as it would at other major events in Victoria during the holiday period.“We’ll see a lot of additional police presence in the CBD particularly, through the Christmas period, right through the new year period,” he said. “We’ve added additional layers of security to the cricket Boxing Day Test. These are precautionary measures but it’s important the community is reassured that we are putting these additional resources in place.“I took the opportunity to talk to Cricket Australia this morning and had a discussion with them, informing them that we will have an increased police presence for the cricket. But we are doing the planning across the state. So all of those significant events that will be occurring across the state will be complemented by additional police during this period.“I do stress that there’s no intel, there’s no information suggesting a threat at this time to any of those events. However, we’re just making sure that we’re taking those extra precautions given what we’ve been dealing with over the last couple of weeks in relation to this.”Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: “Our security team is in contact with the relevant authorities to ensure we have the appropriate level of security at the Boxing Day Test and other cricket matches being held around the country.“The safety and security of our fans, players and officials attending any cricket match is our number one priority. We applaud Victoria Police for their efforts this morning in neutralising the threat and we will continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure the highest security standards and protocols are maintained.”A “ring of steel” was erected around the MCG last summer as a security measure, with full bag and body searches conducted at the fence before fans were allowed inside the perimeter. Although it was decided not to put the fence in place again this year, the same searches will again take place as patrons enter the MCG proper.last_img read more

Cricket News THIS player wanted indefinite break from International Cricket after World Cup T20

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Harmanpreet Kaur wanted indefinite break from International Cricket. Mithali Raj was dropped from playing XI in semi-final of World Cup T20. India players recently played Women’s T20 Challenge. “I wanted to get away from cricket. Whatever happened around the team before that was immensely draining for me. Some of the things said were so far from reality that I felt, ‘I need to step away from this madness for a while’. I’m here to play cricket. If people want to drag me into unnecessary things, drag the team into unnecessary things, I have to stop trying to reason with them,” said the 30-year-old.She twisted her ankle ahead of the first T20 International in New Zealand, following the team’s triumph in the preceding ODI series.”I twisted my left foot while playing football during a warm-up ahead of the first T20I in New Zealand (in early February). I somehow managed to play all three T20Is despite being in some discomfort because to call up a replacement at such short notice may not have been possible.Besides, all through my career, I’ve played with fevers, shoulder, ankle and wrist injuries, so I didn’t feel like this was going to be anything significant. “The taping and painkillers had been working fine in the warm-ups, so I thought I could deal with it. But during the matches, my movement was severely affected. Scans later revealed that there were some Level 1 and 2 ligament tears near the back of my ankle. I was at the National Cricket Academy from February 22 to April 9, and that break was a blessing in disguise for me,” she said.Harmanpreet said the negative talk around the team after the World T20 affected her mindset adversely.”Look, I was to play in the WBBL after the World T20, and for a while, after coming from the West Indies, I was even considering only playing in the overseas leagues and then making my way back into the Indian team.I spent hours alone, asking myself, ‘Why do I play sport?’ Because I enjoy it, because playing cricket is the only thing I’ve ever done in life.”Agar khelke mazaa nahi aa raha hai (If I’m not enjoying the game) then I don’t want to block a place in the side, because money is not everything.Yes, we’ve only just started making some money from playing cricket, but if cricket is not giving me joy, I am happy to walk away rather than hold on to that spot just because I have a Grade A contract. “So all of these thoughts were bothering me a lot. Mentally I was unwell, unfit, but that injury bailed me out of that terrible head space,” she added. (With Inputs: PTI) New Delhi: The India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has revealed that she wanted to take an indefinite break from the game because of the controversy that followed the World T20 in the West Indies.The team management and Harmanpreet took a collective call to drop senior player Mithali Raj for the semifinal against eventual runners-up England, triggering a massive controversy that led to divisions in the team and ouster of coach Ramesh Powar.Harmanpreet played the Women’s Big Bash League right after the World T20 in November but back home the talk of unrest in the team and her strained relationship with ODI captain Mithali gathered more steam. She was fed up with it before the New Zealand tour began under new coach W V Raman. And then came the ankle injury that gave her a “much needed” break from the Indian dressing room.”It (the injury) gave me a much needed break from international cricket and the Indian dressing room. I had almost made up my mind to let my parents know that I wanted to take a break. I don’t want to hold on to a spot in the Indian team just because I am a senior player,” she told ESPNCricinfo. last_img read more

Other Sports Sushil Kumar earns World Championship ticket with win over gritty Jitender

first_imgNew Delhi: Wrestler Sushil Kumar sealed a berth in India’s squad for the World Championship, pipping a spirited Jitender Kumar 4-2 in a bitterly-fought 74kg final of the selection trials on Tuesday.Consistent attacks from both the wrestlers in the fast-paced final bout had the fans on the edge of their seats. Close to 1500 gathered at the IGI stadium to watch their favourite star in action.Sushil opened up a 4-0 lead in the first period and ended up inflicting an eye injury on Jitender early in the second period.Sushil, whose return to the mat after a year at an event in Belarus met with a disappointing end, apologised immediately.Later, another attacking move from Sushil had Jitender wincing in pain as he suffered an elbow injury.Nevertheless, Jitender did not give up and thrice he had got hold of Sushil’s right leg but lack of proper grip meant he could not convert them into points.The two-time Olympic medallist was feeling the heat and to the discerning, it seemed the two medical breaks he took was a ploy to catch some breath.With two push-out points, Jitender reduced the margin of defeat.It still is not over for Jitender as the federation has given him the option to book a World Championship berth in 79kg by challenging Tuesday’s winner Virdev Gulia.”Everyone saw how he (Sushil) fought. I was just doing wrestling and he was … I had trouble seeing after that eye injury. I had prepared well. He was also taking unnecessary breaks,” alleged Jitender, his left eye red-shot and elbow wrapped tightly.”In a day or two I should be fit. I will try to make it to the squad in 79kg,” he added.His coach Jaiveer accused Sushil of indulging in unfair practices.”He did it on purpose. He has been doing it for years. He employed same tactics in the 2012 Olympics. It was definitely deliberate. The referees were also hand in glove. They don’t want any other to win against Sushil,” alleged Jaiveer.Sushil, India’s only individual double Olympic medallist, though outrightly rejected the charge.”It was not done deliberately. He is like my younger brother. It was a good fight and if such bouts are fought consistently, the country will see good results,” said Sushil. “My style is not rough. My style is to win by technical superiority or pin the opponent. Today the instruction from the coaches was to just win the bout. It’s an art to win wrestling bouts. I wish Jitender all the best. He respects me and even touches my feet whenever we meet,” he said.The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh also backed Sushil.”It was not rough. When Vinesh Phogat suffered a broken knee, was her opponent rough. It happens in wrestling. No wrestlers comes with hands tied on the wrestling mat,” said Singh.When asked if it was fair on Gulia to be asked to fight again despite winning the trials, WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said, “This is not to favour any one particular wrestler. We want to send a strong team. Jitender is an excellent wrestler and should be given a chance to go to World Championships.”Sushil said he plans to get a training programme abroad approved from the WFI for his preparations for the World Championship, scheduled to be held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 14-22.Multiple-time national champion Amit Dhankar came a cropper in 74kg as he was no match to the class of Jitender.Rahul Aware (61kg), Karan (70kg), Praveen (92kg) abd Virdev Gulia (79kg) won trials in non-olympic divisions.Pune’s Aware beat Naveen 9-6 before overcoming Ravinder 6-2 in the final.The 70kg saw some interesting bouts. Rahul Mann fought intelligently against Majoj but the strategy to playing a waiting game cost him dear in the semifinal against Karan.In the top half of the draw, Rajneesh faced a stiff challenge from Pankaj Rana before prevailing, but eventually lost to Karan in the final.India’s men’s free style squad for World Championship:57kg: Ravi Dahiya61kg: Rahul Aware65kg: Bajrang Punia70kg: Karan 74kg: Sushil Kumar79kg: Jitender or Virdev Gulia86kg: Deepak Punia92kg: Praveen97kg: Mausam Khatri125kg: Sumit Malik For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more