first_img Related Shows The cast is now set for the previously announced world premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Leon Addison Brown (The Train Driver) will star as Nukain in the Signature Theatre production. Performances will begin in the Romulas Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center on April 21. Opening night is set for May 11; the play is scheduled to run through May 31. The new play is inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek will feature scenic design by Christopher H. Barreca, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge and sound design by Stowe Nelson. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2015center_img View Comments The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Fugard directs a cast that also includes Bianca Amato (Macbeth) as Elmarie, Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King) as Bokkie and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) as Jonathan.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $33.5 million in financing assistance to Vermont businesses undertaking commercial and manufacturing expansion projects throughout the state. Also included is financing to support agricultural, real estate development, and business technology projects.”VEDA is pleased to offer financing support to these projects,” said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. ‘Jobs are being retained or created in a variety of economic sectors, and that is good news for Vermont.’ Projects approved by the Authority for financing assistance are:· Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Rutland ‘A total of $30 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bond (RZFB) financing was given final approval by the Authority to support the $48.7 million in planned infrastructure upgrades by Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS). The low-interest, tax-exempt federal bond financing was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (a.k.a. the Stimulus Act). In May of this year, VEDA gave inducement approval for $25 million in bond financing for the CVPS project; an additional $5 million in eligible project costs have been approved since then. Vermont’s largest utility, CVPS operates in 13 of the state’s counties and employs 530 people. Over the next two years, CVPS plans to install and upgrade distribution and transmission lines. Improvements and upgrades are also planned to distribution and transmission substations and hydro systems, telecommunication infrastructure and a Smart Grid investment is anticipated.· Swan Valley of Vermont and Jonergin Realty, LLC, Swanton ‘ A $5.6 million project to purchase a former cheese manufacturing facility and bring it back to productive use will receive $1.3 million in VEDA financing assistance. Through a newly-formed partnership between Jonergin Realty, LLC and Swan Valley of Vermont, LLC, the former VIA (Lucille Farms) cheese facility in Swanton will be purchased and upgraded with new equipment and machinery. Swan Valley of Vermont will gear up to produce a variety of specialty artisan cheeses for wholesale to various institutional buyers. It is estimated that within three years of the project, more than 50 new jobs will be created. Bank of America is also participating in the project.  · Rock Art Brewery, Inc., Morrisville ‘ Financing was approved to help Rock Art Brewery buy land and build a new brewing facility, more than doubling their current leased production and retail space in Morrisville. The project also includes financing participation by Merchants Bank. The brewing company, started as a home business in 1997, will move from their current leased facility to property which they will purchase on Route 100. The company will build a new structure and purchase machinery and equipment to be used in the brewing process. Rock Art Brewery employs eight people, a number expected to grow to ten within three years of the expansion project.  · Mad River Park Corporation, Waitsfield ‘ Financing of $210,000 was approved to Mad River Park Corporation to fund its purchase of a 14,000 square foot industrial building on 3.47 acres of land in Waitsfield.    In addition, VEDA approved:· $1.05 million in financing to Vermont farmers through the Authority’s agricultural loan program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC);· $100,000 in financing through the Authority’s Technology Loan Program, designed to assist smaller technology-related firms; and· $350,000 in small business project financing through the Authority’s Small Business Loan Program. VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.5 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.Source: VEDA. 9.22.2010last_img read more

first_imgLife is fleeting. I know, that’s a well-worn cliché, but hear me out. I was riding my road bike the other day and I almost died, which isn’t really that unusual. I’d estimate that I almost die on 10% of my road rides. Sometimes it’s because of suicidal squirrels that throw themselves beneath my front tire, but mostly it’s because of crazy/distracted/aggressive drivers. Road cycling is dangerous and I try to mitigate that danger by riding low-traffic roads in areas where the drivers are used to seeing cyclists on the road.So, there I am, riding one of those low traffic roads close to town, enjoying a mild downhill without the burden of cars when I have to slam on my brakes because some dude walks out of the woods on the side of the road with a freaking 40-foot ladder. The guy came out of nowhere and I almost went headfirst through the top of his ladder.The incident had me thinking that maybe there is no way to mitigate the danger of road cycling. That maybe I should give up the endeavor all together and just start taking spin classes. This is what I’m thinking about later on that same ride when I see a man in his pajamas getting his mail. He has a very peaceful look on his face as he approaches his mailbox, like he’s retired and this is the only obligation he has to fulfill on this particular day, and I see him jump, like he was startled by something. As I ride past him, I see what startled the guy: a very large bear is sitting in the brush right next to his mailbox. Maybe four feet from that retired guy. And that big bear’s cubs were only a few feet beyond that, scrambling around a fallen tree.Now, I don’t think that the guy was in any direct danger from that bear—black bears don’t typically make a habit out of mauling people–but a heart attack? That was a legitimate outcome from that particular scenario. I can see the headline now: Retired Guy Dies While Getting Mail.Thankfully, the dude didn’t have a heart attack. He slowly backed away from the bear and went back into his house to enjoy the rest of his day. But again, the incident had me thinking: road cycling isn’t dangerous. Life is dangerous. You can kick the bucket at any time, anywhere. Slip in the shower. Have a heart attack while getting your mail. Contract a flesh-eating virus at the water park. Have a seizure while watching Fox News and fall down and hit your head on the kitchen counter…there are so many random ways to die, there’s probably no logic in trying to avoid it. Like, I have a brother who won’t surf because he’s scared of sharks. But he smokes and eats fast food and has already had to have a stint put into one of his arteries, so it’s probably not going to be a shark that gets him, you know?Anyway, the two incidents on that particular ride (the ladder surprise and the bear surprise) only reinforced the notion that I actually should be riding my bike. To quote the great Ferris Beuller, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”If I’m going to die (and I reluctantly accept that I will die at some point), I might as well pedal my bike while I can.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2009 El Salvador has declined to host four of seven sports assigned to it for the IX Central American Games, which the country will hold jointly with Panama and Guatemala in March, due to the damage suffered by its stadiums during November’s rains, an official announced. The Games should have taken place this month in Honduras but were suspended as a result of the political crisis, for which reason the Central American Sports Organization decided to reschedule them in three locations, the president of the Salvadoran Olympic Committee, Eduardo Palomo, said. Seven sports were initially assigned to El Salvador, but due to November’s torrential rains, which left around two hundred dead and millions of dollars in damage, including damage to sports venues, the country declined to organize four competitions and will only host three, rowing, fencing, and archery, Palomo said. “An effort is being made at the federation level, trying to decide whether the four sports that we can’t host here can be hosted in the other locations,” he said. The sports rejected by El Salvador are squash, skating, bowling, and weightlifting, the official explained. The IX Central American Sports Games, which were going to take place this month in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, will be held from 2 to 14 March 2010, and their opening ceremony will be in Panama. “The Central American Games have not followed the normal course that a set of games should follow,” Palomo acknowledged.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo October 31, 2011 The United States and Chilean navies will conduct CHILEMAR III, a bilateral exercise designed to demonstrate interoperability between the U.S. submarine rescue system and Chilean submarines from November 2-3. The exercise will take place off the coast of San Diego, California. Chilean submarine CS Carrera and the U.S. Navy’s Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) will practice a rescue scenario in which the DSU’s submarine rescue diving and recompression chamber will mate with Carrera for a transfer of personnel from the simulated distressed submarine to the rescue vessel. CHILEMAR III will be the third exercise of its kind between the U.S. and Chile. The previous one took place in October 2010, with the participation of Chilean submarine CS Thomson. “CHILEMAR III is an illustration of the continuing cooperation between the United States and Chile,” said Cmdr. Dave Lemly, commanding officer of DSU. “Conducting exercises like CHILEMAR fosters more than safety and interoperability – it promotes greater understanding and commitment to stability and peace through enhancing regional cooperation.” The ability to work together on such a technical exercise allows both nations to prepare for the unlikely event of an actual submarine emergency.last_img read more

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Spence At the age of just 26, John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, Winthrop … Web: johnspence.com Details I think best practices are often useless. I think benchmarking is really stupid. Actually, I think they’re both really stupid and useless … if they are done improperly. Many companies examine alleged best practices in an attempt to simply replicate the exact same processes and practices within their organization – even though the practices might be from a completely different industry and have little or nothing to do with how the other companies actually do business.On the other hand, I think it’s absolutely brilliant to study best practices and then determine specifically what ideas you can adapt, change, modify and then apply to get seriously positive results in your organization. I also think looking at best practices from other industries is essential because it gives you access to something called “the adjacent new.” That’s when you take a brand-new idea you have never seen before, introduce it to an idea you’re already familiar with – and hope the two of them get along and eventually have offspring: a brilliant new idea that did not exist before. That’s originality born out of creativity – that’s where strategic insight comes from.In anticipation of seeing many of you at NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference in Key West, Fla., this April, I sent out a survey to ask what prospective attendees would like me to cover during my session. The answer came back loud and clear: a “master class” on best practices. I’m going to assume you all would rather hear about the useful best practices than the stupid ones …So here’s my plan: I’m going to show you some of the newest ideas on strategy, innovation, competitive differentiation, member service, employee engagement and more. I am also going to reiterate some of the key fundamental ideas that have been around for decades and are still absolutely critical in running a successful organization. Then I’m going to challenge you to look at all of these ideas from multiple angles and figure out how to change them so they will work well for you and your credit union.Lastly, I’m going to do everything I can to encourage conference attendees to do much more networking than they typically do. That’s a lesson I’d like credit union executives to remember whether they’re at conferences or anywhere else. It is the single most important thing I’ve ever learned in my life: You become what you focus on, and you become similar to the people you surround yourself with. One of the keys to success is creating a huge network of bright, sharp, smart and talented people who are interested in your success – then go to them often and ask for help. There is no better place for a credit union executive to build a powerful and helpful network than at a conference like this, and I’m going to give folks lots of thought-provoking and challenging ideas to discuss and explore together.So if you have not yet made plans to join us in Key West, I strongly encourage you to do so – it’s going to be a wonderful event, with lots of great information and ideas and plenty of very talented and friendly people to connect with. I look forward to seeing you in April!last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michele DowisWe all know that Disaster Recovery plans are required. The examiners make mention of them and audit them regularly. Are you planning just to get through the audit or are you focused on credit union business continuity as a whole? The more engaged staff is in planning, the better prepared they are to react and respond to a disaster.Credit union BCP Staff engagement begins with participation and accountability! Participation isn’t only about documenting processes and writing procedures. It includes updating, testing and communicating the plan to others. There’s a lot involved in your credit union’s business continuity plan. Create a Business Continuity Plan Committee comprising of representatives from the functional areas. This team should regularly update the Board of Directors with status, challenges and progress. Keep in mind that the board has oversight and strategic responsibility over your credit union – this includes business continuity. 5 Important Things to Tell (Show) Your Board About Your Credit Union DR/BCP provides some additional detail of keeping the Board engaged as well.At the beginning of the year (or another regularly scheduled timeframe), outline a testing and training schedule. There may be some changes in dates, but the more you plan these out and perform them on a regular basis, the more likely for follow through. Your schedule should include (but not be limited to the following): continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgIt’s not all about moneyMillennials know what is a fair wage for their work before they step in the door for the first interview. However, it’s not always the size of the paycheck, the most important thing to young prospects is the ability to grow within a company and for that company have an interest in growing them into a more successful person.Increase your online presenceYou spend so much time appealing to potential clients online, you need to think about appealing to potential employees as well. Without a positive online presence millennial may think twice about apply as it could imply an unwillingness to evolve. The last thing a young employee wants to do is move backwards when they take a job.Be upfront and openJust like when marketing to millennials, you have to understand that very few of them have never known a world without the internet. Armed with super computers in their pockets tapped into an endless streams of answers, they have grown accustom to being able to know everything they want. For this reason, you have to be more transparent on why decisions are being made to foster trust and a feeling of value amongst your younger workers.Give immediate feedbackBeing somewhat the pioneers of the internet space, where everything moves as fast as your strongest internet connection millennials don’t like to waste time. If they are not doing something correctly or are not suited for something address it immediately and get them back on track. On the flip side of that coin, treat their input as a unique asset, and ask for their immediate feedback.Have set plans to attain career bettermentMore so than any generation before, millennials are discouraged by seeing others promoted based on seniority. Every business should value performance over tenure, but that isn’t enough. Millennials like to be able to see their progress to a promotion. Having well defined requirements for each position and offering the tools anyone become eligible will see those roles filled with eager youthful workers. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgAfter months of fan speculation, the duo confirmed in June 2020 that they are dating.Scroll through their cutest moments and quotes about each other: “I think there is such thing as a love that just absolutely takes over and it flips your world upside down,” Cline told Seventeen magazine in May 2020 about John B. and Sarah’s love story. “I remember when I was a teenager, I was into young adult books and there was always a pinnacle love story of star-crossed lovers. So to be able to be a part of creating that for this next generation was really a dream come true as a storyteller.”She added that the chemistry between her and Stokes came naturally.“Chase, [our creator] Jonas [Pate] and I all sat down from the get-go and spoke about the relationship. We wanted to make sure it was real and it had depth to it,” Cline explained. “There were things that Chase and I specifically added to the script that felt personal. You have to sell it. It’s got to be compelling. Thankfully the cast all clicked and we had such great chemistry, so we all had this friendship from the very beginning. So building on that and then projecting it on the screen felt very, very real.”- Advertisement – Stokes, for his part, told Nylon magazine that he and Cline “wanted to do justice to shows of the past and create a really authentic love experience,” citing Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The O.C. and 90210 as examples.“You watch these shows and you genuinely think these people are in love with each other,” he said in May 2020. “We did a lot of research, did a deep dive into those shows, and made sure we followed the structure of how those worked. We decided to strip away the layers of the physicality of it and focus more on the intellectual connection between the two of them. John B. and Sarah obviously don’t have the same upbringing. They fall in love not because of what their worlds bring, it’s about what their emotional connection is. We just really wanted to make sure that Maddie and I became good enough friends to where we knew each other and find little ticks and nuances that would make each other laugh, and make sure we translated that into the performance.”- Advertisement – Sparks flying on the set of Outer Banks.Shortly after the Netflix drama started streaming in April 2020, fans began rooting for Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline,who play John B. and Sarah Cameron, respectively, on and offscreen.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgHe estimated that more hotels were likely to follow suit as business prospects in the tourist industry in the province of Riau Islands, especially on the island of Batam, were worsening.Read also: COVID-19 impacts across Indonesia’s business sectors: A recapThe hotel closures reflect the blow that the coronavirus pandemic has dealt to the hotel industry, with occupancy rates well below the seasonal average. The PHRI previously announced that, according to its estimate, occupancy rates across Indonesia had fallen to as low as 20 percent.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the occupancy of star-rated hotels in Indonesia stood at 49.17 percent in January, down slightly from 51.47 percent in the corresponding month last year. BPS usually announces February’s tourism data in early April. Mansur said the local hotel industry had begun to feel the COVID-19 impact since early February, and business had worsened by the middle of March after Singapore and Malaysia imposed lockdowns. The two countries make up a large portion of foreign tourists in Batam.The Indonesian government has attempted to cushion the blow with financial support for 10 tourist destinations, including Batam, by not collecting hotel and restaurant taxes for six months as part of a US$742 million financial incentive package rolled out in February. In return, the government will give regional authorities Rp 3.3 trillion to compensate for forgone tax revenue.But Mansur said the government’s tax breaks had failed to keep Batam’s hotel industry afloat. “There is no use at all even [when cutting taxes to zero] if there are no visitors,” said Mansur. The PHRI estimates that more than 1,000 employees have been dismissed due to the closure of the nine hotels, and it expects the number of dismissals to increase if the pandemic persists over the next few months.Read also: Tour guides hit hard as COVID-19 strangles tourist destinationsBatam chapter of the Indonesian Hotel Human Resources Manager Association (HHRMAI) chairman Bambang Surya added that the managers of various hotels were planning to put employees on unpaid leave starting in April, based on discussions with its 30 members, which are star-rated hotels in Batam.”Seeing current developments, the situation will probably continue until June. If it goes on beyond July, I don’t know how hotels will [cope] with the revenue [decline], as there are no tourists,” Bambang said.One hotel that has temporarily closed its doors is the four-star Swiss-Belholtel Harbour Bay-Batam, which has halted operations from March 25 to April 30, according to a notice pasted on its main gate seen by the Post. The hotel’s general manager, Willy Suderes, said his team would strive to halt the virus spread, as the comfort and security of guests was its main concern.”We are very concerned about the current situation, and we hope the situation improves soon,” Willy said.Meanwhile, a hotel worker who requested anonymity said he had been asked to stay at home since early March with a monthly salary of Rp 3 million, without the extra Rp 4 million he usually gets in service charges.He said he would strive for extra income, as the salary would not be enough for his family and for paying off a loan for his motorcycle.”Now, the hotel depends on local tourists with substandard rates. One or two have come, possibly to experience our hotel’s luxury, but with those tourists the hotel will be unable to survive,” he said.Harbor Bay shopping center and international ferry port looks a lot quieter than usual on March 7 as visitors from Singapore are dwindling because the COVID-19 coronavirus makes them afraid of travel. The shopping center is within walking distance of the Harbor Bay International Ferry Port Batam, which takes passengers on a one-hour trip to Singapore. (JP/Fadli)The hotel industry is not the only sector in Batam that is suffering from the pandemic’s impact. Other businesses, such as shopping malls like the Mega Mall Batam Centre, are a lot quieter than usual.Unless conditions improve within a month or two, ferry operators on the island are also likely to lay off some of their roughly 1,000 workers as they reduce the number of trips in response to low demand.“Normally, a ferryboat carries at least 50 people per trip; now it’s only 20 people,” Asmadi, chairman of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) in Batam, told the Post. “All ferry operators are reducing their trips. Operational costs are high, while passenger numbers have dropped drastically.” (mai) Topics :center_img At least nine hotels in Batam, Riau Islands, are suspending operations at the end March amid a lack of visitors following lockdowns imposed in major tourism markets, such as Singapore and Malaysia.The chairman of the Batam chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Muhammad Mansur, said on March 23 the closure was temporary for some of the hotels, while others had permanently closed their doors.The hotels were forced to suspend operations because occupancy rates had fallen below 5 percent since the virus became widespread in early February, far below the ideal 70 to 80 percent for four-star hotels.last_img read more