Odds & Ends: Ralph Fiennes’ Richard III Eyes N.Y. Transfer & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Ralph Fiennes’ Richard III Eyes New York TransferThere’ll be no need for discontent if this happens! The Almeida Theatre’s production of Richard III, led by Ralph Fiennes, could be heading to the Big Apple. Helmed by Tony winner Rupert Goold (King Charles III, American Psycho) and also starring Vanessa Redgrave, Shakespeare’s classic may also tranfer to the West End, the Daily Mail reports. The show is currently running at the Almeida through August 6 and will also broadcast live to movie theaters around the world on July 21.Waitress Aiming for London’s West EndPies all round! Waitress is circling a West End opening in spring 2017. According to the Daily Mail, the producers and director, Diane Paulus, are looking at potential theaters for Sara Bareilles’ tuner; no word yet on whether Tony winner Jessie Mueller would cross the pond with the production. Waitress is currently baking up a storm at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Watch Broadway Faves Tackle Difficult PeopleIt’s a case of spot your Broadway favorite in the first trailer of the second season of Difficult People, starring New York BFF’s Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. Watch out below for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrea Martin, Jackie Hoffman and Derrick Baskin; the first two episodes of the upcoming series will be available on Hulu on July 12. View Comments Ralph Fiennes in ‘Richard III'(Photo: Marc Brenner)last_img read more

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Value of construction contracts falls

first_imgVermont and New Hampshire have seen the value of construction contracts diminish as federal stimulus money has been mostly spent. This is most evident with road and bridge construction, which was at a very high level a year ago. In Vermont, commercial building has suffered significantly as well, down 81 percent for the month of May and 87 percent for the year-to-date. Meanwhile, somewhat surprisingly, Vermont residential construction has rebounded, up 27 percent for May and 37 percent for the year. The total value of Vermont construction contracts for the year, which is a reflection of future building, was $208,287,000, down 61 percent from last year’s $535,994,000.New Hampshire has seen most of its numbers in total also go down, but it is showing more strength than Vermont in both commercial (up 66 percent) and residential (up 48 percent) for the year. The New Hampshire total for the year was $658,526,000, down 36 percentlast_img read more

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West Virginia. By Rail.

first_img Experience West Virginia’s beautiful mountain landscapes onboard one of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Mountain Rail Adventures. Spring train rides will begin on Saturdays in April with our spring-summer schedule taking effect Memorial Day Weekend in late May. With three depot locations and six regularly scheduled trains, there’s a destination for everybody! For full scheduling, our 2019 calendar, and special event lineup, visit our website at www.mountainrail.comor call 304.636.9477. Step back in time in an area where cell phones do not work and relive history onboard our Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass. Here we have the largest collection of Shay steam locomotives in operation in the World – many of which spent their early days hauling timber off the mountains of the very route our tourist trains travel today. These more than 100-year-old titans of the timber travel to some of West Virginia’s most remote destinations in existence. Experience the history and beauty as you travel to Whittaker Station – a former logging camp – and continue upgrade to one of the highest mountain overlooks at Bald Knob. Our Whittaker excursions are 2-hours long and the flagship Bald Knob excursions are 4.5-hours long and feature an onboard lunch.  Enjoy our tourism hub by visiting historic downtown Elkins and combine the town’s local food, live music, craft beer, and the arts with a train ride to the High Falls and back onboard our New Tygart Flyer. This 46-mile round-trip excursion features a sandwich buffet lunch, scenic layover at the High Falls, and live music onboard our train. Take the trip an extra step and reserve our parlor car seating for additional comfort and your own train attendant.  For a different vibe, plans your visit to Elkins on a select Saturday when our Mountain Explorer Dinner Trainis running. This 4-hour, 4-course dinner train is West Virginia’s premiere dinner train experience and includes a beautiful evening ride to the High Falls and back featuring your choice of prime rib, chicken, or seafood. Parlor car upgrades also available on our dinner train.  last_img read more

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3 simple strategies for praising employees

first_imgAs a leader, it’s critical that you ensure your employees feel appreciated. It’s no mystery that when employees are valued and respected, office morale is positively affected. Here are a few simple ideas for ensuring your team feels recognized.Act nowDon’t wait too long between strong employee performance and recognition. The more time that goes by before you express your appreciation, the less effect it will have on your team. So, when someone knocks it out of the park, praise them immediately and it will mean a great deal.Get specificShowering your staff with general praise is not a bad idea. But, the more specific you can be the better. For example, instead of saying, “Great job, team. Well done,” say, “Congratulations on making that sale” or “Excellent work helping that new member.” Getting specific shows you’re paying close attention to your employees’ work.Hold off on being constructiveDon’t follow up your praise with constructive criticism because that makes your kind words seem insincere. Instead, save your feedback for a later date. Although you may just be trying to help with your input, your employee may focus more on how you’d like to see things change than any actual recognition you may be giving. 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Tech Time: Selecting a new core vendor on a limited budget

first_imgYour credit union has not been pleased with its core system performance in the past year or so, and your contract renewal is approaching. The management team has decided that it is time to look at alternative vendors and see if the grass is greener elsewhere. You need to keep costs down and have opted to use an internal team to manage the vendor selection process.Smaller credit unions may not have the budget to hire a consultant to manage a core systems provider selection. As a result, we often get the question:“What is your best advice for managing a core systems selection on a limited budget?”Most do-it-yourself systems selections fail for one of two reasons: Either the credit union fails to dedicate a full-time project manager to the effort, or the person chosen to lead was the wrong one. The wrong individual could be a person without solid project management skills or someone without the authority to make decisions and lead the team. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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New Mexico, Arizona have year’s first West Nile cases

first_img The Ohio Department of Health reported a probable WNV case in a 79-year-old man Apr 9, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eventually concluded that he had acquired the virus last year, according to CDC spokesman Llelwyn Grant in Atlanta. “It was believed that the virus was present from the previous season,” he told CIDRAP News. CDC information on current WNV activityhttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount04_detailed.htm The New Mexico Department of Health announced last week that a man in San Juan County had tested positive for the virus and had recovered after having only mild symptoms. The debut of West Nile this year was slightly later than in the past 2 years but earlier than in 2000 and 2001, according to Grant. Last year the first confirmed human case was reported Apr 14 in Texas, and in 2002 the first case showed up May 19 in Washington, DC, he said. The first case of 2001 was logged July 13 in Florida, and in 2000 the first case was identified July 20 in New York City. Jun 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The nation’s first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection were reported last week in New Mexico and Arizona, marking the first time the West Nile season has begun so far west. In Arizona, Maricopa County health officials in Phoenix said last week that a local man became ill May 8 with what turned out to be WNV infection. He subsequently recovered. The only states that have yet to see their first known human cases of the infection are Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii, Grant said. California had three cases last year. The nation had a total of 9,862 human cases in 2003, with 264 deaths, according to the CDC. The Great Plains were hard hit; Colorado alone had 2,947 cases. See also: WNV has moved steadily westward since it first emerged in the New York City area in August 1999. Last year was the first year the virus was found west of the Continental Divide. Birds are the natural host for the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. CDC’s 2003 WNV case statisticshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount03_detailed.htmlast_img read more

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ID Riva Tours focused on the offer of holiday homes in Croatia

first_imgAgency ID Riva Tours, which is synonymous with Croatia on the German market, has published an offer of holiday homes in Croatia, which is accompanied by a promotional video. This year, there will be a special or biggest focus on holiday homes / villas with swimming pools, which are currently the best filled. By the way, holiday homes with swimming pools in the interior have a better price as well as a longer season than the same on the coast. And I personally think that luxury houses with swimming pools will not only be a short-term trend in accordance with the current situation, but will remain the most sought-after form of accommodation because privacy will become the most sought-after currency. See the entire offer of holiday homes for Croatia from the IDRiva Tours agency HERE According to the current offer of Villa Marija in Svetvincenat (cover image) at the promotional price of the agency is rented for 1990 Euros for 7 days. Photo: Villa Marija, IDRiva Tourslast_img read more

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EIB president named head of new long-term investing association

first_img“The ELTI association is a genuine European project,” he added. “Following the EIB capital increase, it is yet another way to multiply our mutual leverage effect in federating the financial strength of our institutions for growth and employment through long-term investment.”The general assembly also saw the association’s first action plan for 2014-20 agreed, with its goal to foster “sustainable, resource efficient, socially inclusive and innovative” growth and employment.Alongside Hoyer, Anton Kovacev and Franco Bassanini were named vice-presidents.Kovacev is chairman of the board at the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and Bassanini president of Italy’s CFP. Werner Hoyer (pictured), current president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), has been named head of the European Association of Long Term Investors (ELTI) following the association’s inaugural general assembly.The ELTI, launched in June, said it aimed to promote long-term investment across the Continent and encourage academic research on the subject.Its 17 founding members, including the EIB, include central banks of some European Union member states, as well as development banks, such as Germany’s KFW and the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB).Hoyer said he was “honoured and happy” to act as a link between the work for EU banks and those supporting EU policy.last_img read more

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Beware of dodgy renos

first_imgAGENTS sometimes are called on to list a property that has had renovations. Some of the renos are done by good tradies and some by the owners. There is nothing wrong with a DIY reno but please be aware of the ramifications of shoddy work and no permits. The reno may look great but may never be able to get a council permit for one reason or another. Two of the most common renos we see are granny flats and/ or an extra bedroom added to the property underneath a highset home. Firstly, there are regulations that need to be met for a room to be called a bedroom. The same applies with a granny flat. Just because you have four walls and carpets on the floor doesn’t constitute a bedroom. Things like legal height from floor to ceiling is a factor and the slab must be a certain height above normal ground level. So, if you have just enclosed the garage, and even though you have made it look pretty, you may be breaching the council specifications if you are allowing people to sleep in that room. You can use the room as a rumpus room or a multipurpose game or TV room but not a bedroom. There are other ramifications that arise around this situation as well and they impact the insurance on the home and the agent when advertising the home for sale. Let’s look at the insurance first. Insurance companies have told me if a property is damaged by fire, flood cyclone or any other major impact, you may not be covered under your policy if any of your renos do not have a council permit. This also includes pergolas, especially the ones that are tacked on to the house or have a solid roof instead of just shade cloth. You should get a certifier to organise council approval for all work carried out.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The second issue is when you are selling or buying property. Your REIQ agent has an obligation to inform you that they are unable to advertise the home as a four- or five-bedroom or advertise the home as having a granny flat if, in fact, there are no permits in place. This applies regardless of whether the room is being used to sleep people or even has a kitchen. Your agent is not permitted by law to misrepresent the property in any way and buyers may have legal recourse against the agent and/or seller if both parties conspire to misrepresent the home when advertising it for sale. Caveat emptor (buyer beware) does not combat misrepresentation. It is simply not good enough to say: “Well, the seller told me to advertise it as a four-bedroom”. The seller may even say that they bought it as a four-bedroom and so we want it advertised as a four-bedroom. If I was the agent, I would inform the seller of the legal ramifications and I would not advertise the home that way. A good agent will walk away from the listing rather than put themselves and their seller in a compromising legal position. As a buyer, you should always ask the agent if the extensions are legal and have a permit. The agent will know or can find out. As a seller you should not expect your agent to advertise the home as having an extra bedroom or granny flat if you have no permits. Talk to your REIQ agent about what is required when it comes to DIY extensions or renos.last_img read more

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Two more lucky customers win big in Digicel’s ‘Spell and Win’ promotion

first_img Share LocalNews Two more lucky customers win big in Digicel’s ‘Spell and Win’ promotion by: – January 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share 54 Views   no discussions Thursday 12th January 2012 – Roseau, Dominica: Digicel continues to wow customers with its exciting ‘Spell & Win’ promotion in which customers get the chance to win some fantastic prizes.The latest winners, Sherma Vidal and Tamisha Chasseau, each won a weekend getaway to the Rosalie Bay Resort and Guadeloupe respectively, having successfully spelled the word, Digicel. On Monday 9th January, the lucky Digicel customers were announced and the weekly winners live on the “Digi in 30” programme on DBS radio. Miss Sherma Vidal of Bath Estate qualified by simply paying her post pay bill on time and in full and Miss Tamisha Chasseau of Goodwill won herself a trip to Guadeloupe just by topping up with Digicel. The promotion – which was launched in November with much hype and excitement among Digicel customers – has seen weekly winners walk away with cash and prizes as part of the $80,000 promotion. Digicel’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Nathalie Walsh, said; “Digicel, Dominica’s Bigger, Better Network continues on its commitment to deliver the best value to its customers in 2012 with innovative and exciting promotions. As such, we are kicking off the new year with the first big prize draw in the “Spell Digicel and Win” promotion which is set to take place this Friday 13th January at our Digicentre Store on Great George and Great Marlborough Street from 4pm when our four semi-finalists, Monique Canoville of Belles, Carleen John of Goodwill, Joy Bardouille of Pointe Mitchel and Shervon Andre of Goodwill will compete for the cash prize of up to EC$25,000.” Prepaid customers can still enter by simply topping up by $15 or more and postpaid customers can enter by paying their bills on time and in full to be automatically in with a chance to weekly prizes and to qualify for the second big prize draw set for February 2012. In addition, there’s also a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab in January. Simply text the word “PLAY” to 7171 and unscramble the Digicel carnival word game. Digicel would like to wish all its loyal customers and potential customers a bigger and better new year. Press ReleaseDigicel Dominicalast_img read more

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