Killian Donnelly Begins Performances in Kinky Boots

first_img Kinky Boots West End star Killian Donnelly will make his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots from December 6. Donnelly, who earned Olivier—and Grammy!—nominations for originating the role of Charlie in the West End staging, is replacing Aaron C. Finley.In addition to Kinky Boots, Donnelly’s additional London stage credits include Memphis, Billy Elliot, The Commitments, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. He also appeared in the screen adaptation of Les Miz, playing Combeferre.Featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, the Tony-winning Kinky Boots follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a local drag queen. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.The cast also currently includes Todrick Hall as Lola, Haven Burton as Lauren, Shannon O’Boyle as Nicola, Marcus Neville as George and Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019center_img View Comments Killian Donnelly(Photo courtesy of Jo Allan PR)last_img read more

Governor announces $2.5 million for renewable energy projects

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas announced today that the Department of Public Service (DPS) will award $2.57 million from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) for renewable energy projects throughout the state. The goal of the CEDF is to increase the development and deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies and renewable energy generation. I am pleased to announce $2.57 million in grant awards for the development of clean, renewable energy in Vermont, said Governor JimDouglas.  As we continue to work hard with our federal partners and energy stakeholders across the state, we have a tremendous opportunity to create greater energy independence for Vermonters.  These awards will help us continue to expand our efficiency and renewable energy efforts from funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Governor said.DPS received 39 proposals seeking $5.3 million in funding, in response to the CEDF grant solicitation issued in January.  Applicants submitted proposals for projects in the following categories:  Pre-Project Financial Assistance, Small-Scale Systems, Large-Scale Systems, and Special Demonstration Projects.  There was a maximum grant award of $100,000 for Pre-Project Financial Assistance, $60,000 for Small-Scale Systems, and $250,000 for all other projects. The following projects were selected for grant awards:Pre-Project Financial Assistance:Biomass-Fueled Combined Heat & Power Project with District Energy Heating System in Brattleboro, Town of Brattleboro: $20,000Georgia Mountain Community Wind Project, Georgia Mountain Community Wind, LLC: $75,123Troy Hydroelectric License and Feasibility Study Project, Jonathan & Jayne Chase: $48,375Montpelier Community Energy System, City of Montpelier: $75,000Bolton Wind Power Project, Green Mountain Clean Energy, LLC: $82,700Vermont Pellet Works Biomass Cogeneration Feasibility Study, Vermont Biomass Energy Corporation: 25,000Rutland Wastewater Treatment Facility Digester Co-Generation Project, Rutland Redevelopment Authority: 25,000Sunrise Village Northwind 100 Project, Sunrise Homeowner s Association: $25,000Large-Scale Systems:Camel s Hump Middle School Solar Photovoltaic Project, Mt. Mansfield Union School District: $250,000St. Francis Xavier School Proposal for Photovoltaic Power System, St. Francis Xavier School: $250,000Monument Farms Anaerobic Digester, Monument Farms: $250,000Shore Acres Farm Pole Mount Photovoltaic System, Shore Acres Farm: $20,000Tracking System for Net Zero Building at The Putney School, The Putney School: $221,000Rock of Ages Wind Turbine Replacement, Northern Power Systems: $130,000Heritage Aviation Solar Photovoltaic System, Heritage Aviation: $20,000Shelburne Farms Solar Photovoltaic Project, Shelburne Farms: $250,000Joneslan Farms Small Digester, Brian & Steve Jones: $250,000GWR Engineering Photovoltaic Colony, Bill & Karen Root: $31,920Williams Hill Community Renewable Energy Project, Peter Schneider & Jessica Donavan: $33,250Barrett Green Business Building Solar Photovoltaic Installation, Barrett Enterprises: $32,760Special Demonstration Projects:Riverside Industrial Center Biomass Cogeneration, Economic Development Group, Inc.: $250,000Carbon Harvest Energy Randolph Landfill Gas-to-Combined Heat & Power with Agricultural Integrations, Carbon Harvest Energy, LLC: $200,000 This is an exciting time for renewable energy development in our state, said Robert Dostis, Vice-Chair of the CEDF Investment Committee.  The Clean Energy Development Fund continues to provide Vermonters with the opportunity to undertake smaller, locally owned renewable energy projects that are uniquely Vermont, he said.The CEDF was established in 2005 through ACT 74 and is currently funded through proceeds to the state from Entergy.  Additional information on the CEDF, including grant solicitation RFPs, the CEDF loan application, and the CEDF municipal technical assistance application, is available in the on the DPS website at: is external).last_img read more

Slain Man’s Body Found Near Patchogue School

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 65-year-old man who investigators described as “a victim of violence” was found dead outside of a parochial school in Patchogue on Saturday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a call of a body found outside the Emanuel Lutheran School on East Main Street, where they found the victim, who was later identified as Nicholas MacQueen, shortly before 2 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Government Releases Massive Trove of Data on Doctors’ Prescribing Patterns

first_imgThis story has been updated to include a statement from the American Medical Association.The federal government released detailed data today on nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions dispensed to seniors and disabled people in the Medicare program in 2013, bringing more openness to the medication choices of doctors nationwide.The data release comes two years after ProPublica reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had done little to detect or deter hazardous prescribing in its drug program, known as Medicare Part D. ProPublica analyzed several years’ worth of prescription data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and created a tool called Prescriber Checkup that lets users compare individual physicians to others in the same specialty and state.But Medicare itself hadn’t made this information easily accessible—until now.“This transparency will give patients, researchers, and providers access to information that will help shape the future of our nation’s health for the better,” said acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt in a statement accompanying the data’s release.The information released by CMS is part of the agency’s data transparency initiative. In recent years, CMS has released data on hospital charges, geographic variations in the way health care is delivered, and Medicare’s payments to doctors. The payment data, first released last year, came after the Wall Street Journal and its parent company challenged a long-standing legal injunction that had kept the information private.Medicare changed its approach to overseeing Part D after the ProPublica reports.Before, agency officials insisted that monitoring problem prescription patterns fell to the private health plans that administer the program, not the government itself. Congress never intended for CMS to second-guess doctors – and didn’t give it that authority, officials said.Doctors didn’t even have to be enrolled in Medicare to prescribe to patients in Part D, making it impossible for the program to know basic facts about whether the prescriptions these doctors wrote were appropriate.Since our reports, CMS has moved to fix Part D’s excesses and blind spots. In May 2014, the agency gave itself the authority to expel physicians from Medicare if they are found to prescribe drugs in abusive ways. Beginning next month, the agency also will compel health providers to enroll in Medicare to order medications for patients in Part D, closing the loophole that has allowed some practitioners to operate with little or no oversight.Medicare Part D is popular among seniors for helping to lower their drug costs. But experts have complained that since Part D began in 2006, Medicare has placed a higher priority on getting prescriptions into patients’ hands than on targeting problem prescribers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general has repeatedly called for tighter controls.Among ProPublica’s findings:Medicare had failed to use its own records to flag doctors who prescribed thousands of dangerous, inappropriate or unnecessary medications.One Miami psychiatrist, for example, wrote 8,900 prescriptions in 2010 for powerful antipsychotics to patients older than 65, including many with dementia. A black-box warning on the drugs says they should not be used by such patients because it increases their risk of death. The doctor said he’d never been contacted by Medicare.ProPublica also found that many of the top prescribers of the most abused painkillers had been charged with crimes, convicted, disciplined by their state medical boards or terminated from Medicaid. Nearly all remained eligible to prescribe in Medicare.Medicare wasted hundreds of millions of dollars a year by failing to rein in doctors who routinely give patients pricey name-brand drugs when cheaper generic alternatives are available.The top prescribers of some drugs received speaking payments from the companies that made them.Medicare’s process of flagging fraud was so convoluted and ineffective that the program was losing millions of dollars to schemes. Though the number of prescriptions attributed to Florida kidney specialist Carmen Ortiz-Butcher more than quadrupled in a year and the cost of her drugs to Medicare spiked from $282,000 to $4 million, Medicare didn’t ask any questions until Ortiz-Butcher realized that her prescription pads had been stolen and falsified.The data released by Medicare today includes summary information, such as the total number of prescriptions written by each doctor in 2013, as well as more detailed information about each drug a doctor prescribed. It covers prescriptions worth more than $103 billion, not including rebates that lower the cost by an undisclosed amount.The top prescribed drug in the program in 2013 was the blood pressure drug Lisinopril, prescribed 36.9 million times, including refills. Medicare spent the most on Nexium, $2.5 billion, not including rebates. The drug taken by the most Part D patients was the narcotic hydrocodone-acetaminophen. More than 8 million users filled at least one prescription for it.Eric Hammelman, a vice president at the consulting firm Avalere Health, said the prescribing data could unlock clues about differences in how doctors practice medicine. Take, for instance, antibiotics, he said, which are often prescribed for inappropriate reasons. While the new data won’t show which prescriptions are inappropriate, it may flag providers who should be asked questions because they prescribe the drugs to a high proportion of their patients.Beyond that, if consumers compare the prescribing data to data on the payments drug companies have made to doctors, they can see how often doctors prescribe products sold by companies with whom they have financial relationships.“Knock on wood, these files are coming out on a regular basis. I think some of the doctors and manufacturers would prefer this goes away,” Hammelman said.Robert M. Wah, president of the American Medical Association, said in a statement that the data “is much more complex than initially meets the eye. The limitations of it should be more comprehensively listed and highlighted more prominently so that patients can clearly understand them.”ProPublica will be analyzing the information in coming weeks and incorporating the data into our Prescriber Checkup tool.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

How Golden 1 Credit utilizes social media to engage with members

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Golden 1 Credit Union is California’s largest credit union with over 800,000 members and the seventh largest credit union in the country. They are also very successful at social media and member engagement.According to SGM Advertising, Golden 1 Case Study, the objective is to “Create marketing that would help activate their corporate initiatives in several markets, with a unifying message created in partnership with their internal marketing team. This included stronger brand identification, increase brand recall, media buys, digital, creative and production. Goals included promoting the benefits of membership – auto loans, mortgage, free checking, online banking, and mobile apps.”Stronger TogetherIn 2014, Golden 1 launched “Stronger Together.” Working with a brand strategy company, DNA, they created TV, radio, and digital ads focused on the Sacramento and Fresno markets. Their plan was to air 30-second and 60-second commercials on highly rated programming such as the Winter Olympics and entertainment awards shows. continue reading »last_img read more

Velocity Solutions Fort Lauderdale Executive Summit – Free to qualified attendees

first_imgThe Industry’s Most In-Demand Event for Credit Union Executives!February 5, 2019 – Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Digital solutions. Big Data. Technology. Automation. Machine-led intelligence.  There’s no question about it: data and digitization are transforming banking. How will you harness the power of these elements to move your credit union into the next phase of the digital revolution? Attend our one-day educational seminar delivered by seasoned, knowledgeable presenters with decades of experience.  Topic highlights include: Digital Banking Strategies and the Regulatory LandscapeLeveraging Data & Digitization to Build Revenue & RelationshipsDigital & Dynamic Data-Driven Overdraft ManagementBig Data Profits through a Unified Platform ApproachThe Power and Profitability of Digital Lending Digital & Social Strategies for Account Acquisition And the best part? For credit union executives it’s all FREE! That includes the one-day seminar, one hotel night, your roundtrip airfare, and event-related meals.  Yes, that’s right. It’s 100% complimentary! Click here to see the agendaClick here to registerClick here to see what past attendees say about the Velocity Executive Summits! (video)Hurry! Space is limited and these events fill up! 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

EFL approve Derby County takeover by Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan | Football News

first_imgDerby’s prospective takeover by Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan has been approved by the English Football League. Sheikh Khaled, who is the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, fronts Bin Zayed International LLC and previously made high-profile bids to buy Premier League clubs Liverpool and Newcastle.- Advertisement – Former Derby head coach Steve McClaren says the club and its boss Phillip Cocu are ‘underachieving’ with the Rams second from bottom in the Championship. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The impending deal, which has been agreed in principle following discussions with Derby owner Mel Morris, was discussed at an EFL board meeting on Thursday.Derby said in a club statement: “Derby County Football Club’s Owner and Executive Chairman Mel Morris CBE has been in discussion with Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited since May in relation to taking over the ownership the club. 0:55 Derby are second-bottom of the Championship table after a six-game run without a win since the October international break, form that has increased the scrutiny on manager Phillip Cocu.Dutchman Cocu, who has won just won of his opening 10 league games this season, will not be in the dugout against Barnsley on Saturday as he and Morris are self-isolating after club chief executive Stephen Pearce tested positive for coronavirus.Cocu and Morris, who has already publicly backed the Dutchman earlier this season, both came into contact with Pearce during individual meetings. “These talks progressed to the point where a deal has, in principle, been agreed between the two parties.“The club’s submission under the Owners and Director’s test for Derventio was approved by the EFL board on Thursday.Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited, who’s ultimate controlling entity is Bin Zayed International LLC, owned by Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan, may now proceed with the transaction, which is a expected to close very soon.” Wayne Rooney is 'disappointed and angry' with the situationImage:Wayne Rooney is the Derby captain – Advertisement –last_img read more

In wake of historic loss, Trump continues his attacks on our democracy

first_imgDavid Graham at The Atlantic:One Republican refrain now is that the declaration of Biden’s victory is a media creation and not an official one, which is true. Real deadlines loom ahead: States will begin certifying election results, and on December 14 the Electoral College will meet. At some point, most of these people will have to bend to reality. Maybe not the president, though. If one lesson of the past four years is that it’s no fun to be a Republican on Trump’s bad side, another one is that anyone waiting for Trump to acknowledge reality could be waiting forever.- Advertisement – His refusal to accept the results, even though it wasn’t a particularly close election, has taken an insidious new turn now that his political appointee in charge of authorizing the start of the Biden transition is refusing to give the okay. The delay undercuts all aspects of government’s functioning and leaves the country needlessly vulnerable to security threats. At The Week, Damon Linker writes that just because it  doesn’t matter if Trump never concedes, we should still be outraged at what’s happening:Trump’s refusal to concede could nonetheless plant seeds of a future in which such processes of transitions are far from inevitable. If he begins to travel the country over the coming weeks, holding rallies during which he spreads the lie of a stolen election to cheering throngs of supporters, that could do even greater damage. That’s because words matter in democratic politics. By casting doubt on the legitimacy of the Nov. 3 election, Trump conveys the message to his most devoted followers that the political system of the United States is fundamentally rigged against them. And by implying that Philadelphia, with its large Black population, is the primary source of the fraud that will deny them their rightful political power, he interweaves a story of injustice and grievance with outright racism.On a final note, let’s not also forget that Obamacare is at the Supreme Court today. Here’s analysis from Abbe Gluck, writing at The Washington Post:Today, the newly constituted Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act — the seventh in eight years. It is the most challenged statute in modern American history. In addition to the Supreme Court cases, there have been more than 1,700 cases in the lower courts; Republicans in Congress have tried more than 70 times to repeal it; the Trump administration has engaged in an unprecedented array of executive actions to undermine the insurance markets and financially starve the law; red states rebelled against it from the day it was passed; and state initiatives have been enacted by supporters to force states to effectuate it.And still the Affordable Care Act, which may be the most resilientstatute in American history, has done more than survive: It has transformed our health care system and the way Americans think about their right to care. Even prominent Republicans like Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader, have concluded that we cannot go back to the era before the law, when millions fewer people had access. Yet here we are again, at the Supreme Court, for a case so weak that even many conservative legal scholars who oppose the law also oppose the lawsuit. – Advertisement –center_img So this will be President Trump’s parting gift to the nation: He is deliberately sabotaging the national security of the United States. Dana Milbank writes about Trump’s sabotaging of government:last_img read more

Mikel Arteta sends warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal transfer targets

first_imgAdvertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 14 months to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he’s not interested in having to convince players to join or stay at the club.The Spaniard signed Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari in January but Arteta had been expected to make sizeable changes in the summer transfer market.The coronavirus pandemic is set to impact those plans but the fundemantals of Arteta’s ambitions remain, with the Spaniard keen on signing a centre-back, defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder this summer.As well as additions, Arteta wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit his future to the club with the Gabon international having just 14 months left on his existing deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arteta has suggested he will not pander to Aubameyang’s situation by insisting he’s not interested in players that aren’t committed to either joining or staying at the club. Advertisement Arteta says he shouldn’t have to convince players to join the club (Picture: getty)Speaking to Ian Wright about signing players, Arteta expanded: ‘The moment we mention Arsenal you know what it means around the world.‘Everybody wants to come here. We have a very clear idea of what we are. It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do then it’s not a good starting point. ‘If i have to convince a player to stay or join us [grimaces] then I am a little bit [makes noise]…. it holds me back a little bit.‘It has to be ‘I want to play for that club, they represent the values and style of play i want’ that’s the emotion I want to see here. same with the players that are here, what’s your feelings, what are the things that you have towards the club. that’s what interests me.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAubameyang has attracted interest from Barcelona and reports in Spain claim the Gunners would accept a bid of around £30m for the former Dortmund man.Manchester United and Chelsea would both like to sign the forward but Arsenal would rather sell abroad, though their preference remains to keep him.Aubameyang was appointed club captain last autumn after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband.MORE: Emile Heskey reveals how Jack Grealish will feel about Manchester United transfer Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 May 2020 9:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Mikel Arteta sends warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal transfer targets Commentlast_img read more

Balmoral home sells for $2m above median house price

first_imgA marble bathroom at 8 Wentworth Pde, BalmoralThe master suite is by far the most impressive bedroom of all, boasting city views, large walk-in-robe, balcony and ensuite with double vanity and spa bath. The view from 8 Wentworth Pde, BalmoralMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThat said, with the vast number of amenities on offer at 8 Wentworth Pde, it’s not hard to see why it fetched such a princely sum. The infinity pool with a view at 8 Wentworth Pde, BalmoralSpread over four levels, the grand inner-city property features a water fountain, limestone flooring, infinity swimming pool, home theatre, billiard room and six bedrooms, four of which have walk-in-robes and ensuites made of marble from floor to ceiling. Inside 8 Wentworth Pde, BalmoralThe home also has an impressive kitchen, multiple open plan living and dining areas and a wrap around balcony. center_img 8 Wentworth Pde, BalmoralBoasting some of Brisbane’s best city views, this hilltop home at Balmoral has sold for $3.3m.According to the latest data from CoreLogic, that’s more than $2m above the median house price of $925,000 for a home in the area. Inside 8 Wentworth Pde, BalmoralThere is also a double lock up garage, study or home office and ducted air conditioning and surround sound ceiling speakers throughout.last_img read more