first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 View Comments “It’s a bore” for this Broadway revival, which received no Tony love this year. The Vanessa Hudgens-led Gigi will shutter on June 21. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed tuner, adapted by Heidi Thomas, also stars Corey Cott, Howard McGillin, Steffanie Leigh, Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty, officially opened on April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre. At time of closing the musical will have played 20 previews and 86 regular performances. A national tour is planned in the 2016-17 season.Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The show features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more.Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Hudgens won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her performance in this incarnation.The cast also includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Gigi Related Showslast_img read more


first_imgThe annual South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium will be held March 23 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Garden Club of Georgia – Camellia District IV, sponsor the daylong event. The symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the opening of the day’s plant sale followed by registration at 9 a.m. Symposium topics will include designing with native plants, integrated pest management, native plants and butterflies and soil fertility. The day will conclude with a walking tour of the UGA Coastal Plain Arboretum at 3:10 p.m.The cost of the symposium is $30 with an additional $10 fee for an optional lunch. For more information about the event, see the symposium’s website at www.nespal.org/wildflower, or call Amy Carter at (229) 391-6868 or email her at abcarter@uga.edu.last_img read more


first_imgThe Vermont Economic Progress Council authorized $8.3 million in incentives under the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program in 2011, which will encourage the creation of 988 new jobs in Vermont. The Vermont Economic Progress Council met throughout the year to review and authorize the incentives. No incentives are paid when the companies are authorized. The authorization means that the companies met statutory requirements to be authorized to earn a certain level of incentives. Overall, these projects will create 988 new jobs and about $40 million in new payroll for Vermonters, and the companies will make $302 million in capital investments in Vermont, between 2011and 2015. The jobs must be new, full-time, permanent, non-owners, and pay more than 160 percent of the Vermont Minimum Wage (about $13.04/hour) and provide benefits.  ‘In the end, there are well-paying jobs with benefits for Vermonters, there is investment in new facilities and machinery and equipment to keep Vermonters competitive, and there is $8 million in new tax revenues to support other state programs,’ said Lawrence Miller, Vermont’s secretary of Commerce and Community Development. To earn the incentives, authorized companies must meet payroll, employment and capital investment performance requirements each year between 2011 and 2015. If earned, the incentives would pay out to the companies over nine years between 2012 and 2020, only if the performance requirements are maintained. The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine ‘quality control’ program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that calculates the level of new tax revenue a project will generate for the state. The model estimates that the economic activity approved will generate $7.7 million in new tax revenue, even after payment of the incentives.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner (the ‘but for’ test) if not for the incentives being authorized. ‘We determined that these projects would not have occurred in Vermont or would have occurred in a way that generated far fewer tax dollars,’ said Stephan Morse, VEPC Chairman. ‘Instead, the projects will occur and if the companies meet their performance requirements, they will generate enough new tax revenue to the state to pay the incentives that are earned and still generate almost $8 million in new tax revenue for Vermont.’ Included in the $8.3 million authorized were incentives totaling about $1.7 million in ‘Green’ VEGI incentives for companies that will create jobs in environmental technology sectors. These companies plan to develop and produce recyclable or biodegradable containers, develop and operate an integrated energy/food production facility; produce energy efficient turbo-machinery, and build a wind testing facility. The following is a list of those companies authorized for VEGI incentives in 2011: NAME                                                                        LOCATION                           AMOUNTALPLA, Inc                                                    Essex                                        $654,438Bariatrix Nutrition Corp                                 Georgia                                     $135,653eCorporate English, Ltd                                 Middlebury                               $464,731WCW, Inc.                                                      Manchester                               $512,449Vermont Smoke and Cure                              Hinesburg                                 $156,913Carbon Harvest Energy                                  Burlington, Brattleboro            $568,913Concepts NREC                                             Wilder                                       $290,335SOH Wind Engineering, LLC                        Williston                                   $153,995Green Mountain Coffee Roasters                   Essex                                     $4,696,809Ellison Surface Technologies, Inc.                  Rutland                                     $688,462Total:                                                                                                             $8,322,698 The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor, and two members appointed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs. The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. For more information, visit:http://thinkvermont.com/Programs/VEPC/tabid/124/default.aspx(link is external) VEPC 12.21.2011last_img read more


first_imgWe watched their music videos: guitar licks, tight pants and bravado. We wept to power ballads as we raised our lighters. We felt the noize and banged our heads.Little did we know, those screaming songsters had more to teach us than how many inches hair can add to one’s height.  Put the needle on the record and read on for some marketing tips just for credit unions, inspired by heavy metal music.No One Like You (Scorpions)Differentiate. Credit unions are not the same as traditional financial institutions. Educate people how we’re different and why that’s good.But keep it positive. Instead of pointing out negative bank practices that credit unions don’t do, focus on why credit unions are the right choice. For instance, credit unions are not-for-profit. We reinvest profits to benefit members, who are also our owners. Our mantra “people helping people” is a testament to how we focus on members. We’re local but national all at once.You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (Judas Priest) Our industry and our world can expect the wind of change to blow without a break for the foreseeable future. The tools available to help reach certain audiences, and measure a campaign’s data, are constantly evolving, becoming ever more customizable and powerful. Adaptability to new market environments and new technologies is important.Keep content optimized for each delivery method. Evaluate appropriate avenues for delivering messages to audiences. You wouldn’t advertise studded leather jackets on the Gramophone site. Likewise, reaching millennials will require different tactics than if you were trying to reach retirees. Consider investing in outside help to harness available digital marketing capabilities, educate your department on how they can best serve your purposes and let you plan for future innovations.Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)The six most groan-inducing words at a rock concert just might be “here’s something from our new album.” Old hits are crowd-pleasers, and it’s okay to keep using what works.  At the same time, you don’t want to be that classic rock station with the tired playlist. Keep it fresh and think beyond what’s always been done.Great performers read the audience and adjust plans for the biggest impact. Likewise, analytics are an awesome tool. Use them to see what campaign elements work and are worth replicating. Eliminate what didn’t work and move on. A mullet can be fixed with a few snips.And go ahead and rehash an idea from past experience, inspiration boards or such. Just be sure to tailor it to your audience and your purpose, and make it yours.Photograph (Def Leppard)We live in a visual age. Sadly for us writers, images are the lead singer of modern marketing. They grab attention, draw people in and make audiences want to see more or scroll on by. Visually-based social media platforms show no signs of ebbing.Make sure your images, graphics and videos are top-quality, communicate what you want and support your brand. Remember, too, that you may have only a fraction of a second to convey your message. Make the image easy to decipher quickly.And be very selective using stock images. That grinning fellow from your mortgage post looks great, but there he is on a blog about communicable diseases. Bad Medicine, indeed.I Remember You (Skid Row)Lots of people aren’t currently looking to switch financial institutions or sign up with an additional one, but they may at some point. Who will make their short list?To be top of mind for potential members, we need to earn space in their memory.  And what we pour into that space ought to be relevant to their needs.  Define the audiences you want to reach, and for each one, formulate a marketing strategy aligned with your organization’s business strategy.Depending on the audience, marketing campaigns may need to look beyond rates or short-term reward incentives to make a lasting impression; a prospective member can find competitive offers in a few keyboard strokes.The CUNA messaging guide is a great resource for creating an awareness campaign’s content.One bonus tip: rock bands need to work together to be successful onstage. The same is true for marketing departments. Utilize the various perspectives and skills of your department to produce the best result. And when you need to get outside input, either from other departments or outside your organization, have at it.Now that you’re energized by these tips, go forth and use them to produce marketing campaigns that rock. Just leave the painted-on pants at home. Please. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Kolko Cynthia Kolko manages community involvement and public relations activities for The Summit Federal Credit Union, which serves members across Western and Central New York. She is also The Summit’s copywriter, … Web: https://www.summitfcu.org Detailslast_img read more


first_imgPlaces where the virus has been felt most severely, such as Wuhan in central China, northern Italy and parts of the United States, share similar climates and temperatures.The 2002-2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) eased over the summer months, although it is not clear if that was related to weather or coincided with tighter public health interventions.The World Health Organization said this month that there was no evidence that temperature would play a role in the coronavirus outbreak but it was an avenue worth exploring.In Southeast Asia, which shares a hot tropical climate, many countries had reported few cases even months after the initial outbreak at the end of last year in China, in spite of the region’s close travel, business and investment ties to China.But health experts said, rather than the hot climate, this was more down to limited testing, under-detection due to a lack of resources and more imported cases as the virus moves to multiple epicenters outside of China.Cases spike “At best, warm weather might influence the spread but it will not see the end of it,” said Dale Fisher, chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the World Health Organization.”What is important is how effectively countries are isolating cases, removing people from communities. That’s the biggest factor, not the weather.”The spike of cases in many Southeast Asian countries has been dramatic in recent days, leading governments to take drastic action to stem the tide.In the Philippines, deaths more than doubled to 12 at the weekend, with confirmed cases rising to 140 – compared to three 10 days ago – prompting authorities to place the entire capital Manila under “community quarantine”.Malaysia reported a further 125 coronavirus cases on Monday – bringing its total to 553 – the highest in Southeast Asia. Many were linked to a single event at a mosque.Thailand, which reported 33 new cases on Monday, its biggest daily jump, plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres, cockfighting arenas and other entertainment centers.Indonesia confirmed 17 more cases on Monday, taking its toll to 134, amid concerns that there could be large under-reporting in the world’s fourth most populous country.Indonesia, which only recorded its first cases on March 2, had carried out only 220 tests a week ago but that has now risen to nearly a thousand.Singapore, which has been widely praised for its monitoring and isolation of infected patients, from Monday implemented tighter restrictions on visitors from other Southeast Asian countries after a wave of imported cases from the region.With so much still not known about the coronavirus, health experts say countries should not rely on warmer weather to slow the rapid spread of the virus across the globe.”It is too simplistic to suggest a tropical climate can stop coronavirus because there are many other factors, like human to human contact which can happened very fast,” said Sugiyono Saputra, a microbiology researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.”Environmental factors may not affect the virus at all.” A dramatic surge in coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia in recent days has increased doubts over a theory that warmer weather could stem the spread of the virus, health experts say.Relatively low cases of infections in many Southeast Asian countries had been cited as possible evidence that hotter weather was suppressing the virus, giving hope to Europe and the United States as they head into spring.But countries from Indonesia to Thailand to Malaysia and the Philippines have recorded their highest rate of infections in recent days as testing has ramped up, in a sign seasonal factors may only play a limited role in coronavirus’ spread. “The temperature theory doesn’t really hold up given what’s happening right now in much of Southeast Asia,” said Tikki Pangestu, a professor at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.”People in Europe hope warm weather will kill the virus. I doubt this will be the reality.”The coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19, has infected almost 170,000 and over 6,500 have died.Though a limited amount is known about the new virus, some of the symptoms show similarities with winter influenza, which is more widespread in colder temperatures, although this is partly attributed to people crowding together inside.center_img Topics :last_img read more


first_imgThe Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency has banned entertainment establishments from operating on Thursday and Friday in observance of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).In a circular published on Monday, the agency’s head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia asked tourist attraction operators in the capital to operate inline with the regulations for the Idul Adha celebration, which falls on Friday.According to the city’s regulations, entertainment establishments, such as saunas, nightclubs, massage parlors, discotheques, spas, karaoke bars, pubs, pool halls and other tourist attractions must be closed one day prior to and on the day of Idul Adha.Read also: Idul Adha festivities banned in COVID-19 ‘red zones’“Discotheques that are located inside commercial areas or four-starred [or above] hotels and not located near places of worship, schools, housing complexes or hospitals are exempt [from this policy],” Cucu said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.The agency will enforce strict punishments on business owners caught violating the regulations during the Idul Adha celebrations, he added. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


first_img“The proposals reflect a thoughtful mix of prescriptive and principles-based requirements that should result in improved disclosures and the elimination of unnecessary costs and burdens.”The proposed changes included dropping a requirement for companies to disclose the “most significant” risks to their business and replacing this with a requirement to disclose the most “material” risk factors.Clayton highlighted that the SEC’s proposal recognised that “intangible assets, and in particular human capital, often are a significantly more important driver of value in today’s global economy”.According to the commission, its proposed amendment of the rule relating to companies’ “narrative description of the business” would also “refocus the regulatory compliance requirement by including material government regulations, not just environmental provisions, as a topic”.Company disclosure of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) topics has become a topic of debate in Washington recently.In October, a coalition of asset managers, public pension funds, lawyers and responsible investment organisations filed a petition with the SEC to request that it develop a comprehensive ESG disclosure framework. Last month US lawmakers in the House Financial Services Committee debated five draft bills that would require public companies to disclose information on certain ESG topics. Source: SECThe SEC’s headquarters in Washington DC The US financial markets regulator has proposed amendments to corporate disclosure rules in a bid to improve information for investors and ease compliance by public companies.More specifically, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said, the proposed changes were intended to make disclosure documents easier to read and to discourage repetition or disclosure of information that was not material.“The world economy and our markets have changed dramatically in the more than 30 years since the adoption of our rules for business disclosures by public companies,” said Jay Clayton, chairman of the commission, in a statement yesterday.“Today’s proposal reflects these significant changes, as well as the reality that there will be changes in the future.last_img read more


first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs improve to 4-0 on the season with a 42-21 road win against The Rushville Lions this past Friday Night.Batesville Football RecapThe Bulldogs travel to St. Leon to battle East Central on Homecoming this Football Friday Night.  Kickoff at Trojan Field will be at 7.WRBI’s coverage starts with our Countdown To Kickoff at 6.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Eric Feller.last_img


first_imgJessie James Ballard entered this life 25 weeks prematurely at 8:53 a.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Vevay, Indiana. He was to be the loving son of, Devon Allen Ballard and Adrienna Rashon Lambert. His expected date of arrival was to be August 20, 2018. Jessie will be deeply missed by his heartbroken parents, Devon Allen Ballard and Adrienna Rashon Lambert of Vevay, IN; his big sister, Adrianna Candace Michelle Ballard of Vevay, IN; his maternal-grandparents, Shelia and Darrell Brookins of Louisville, KY; his paternal-grandfather, Larry Ballard of Florence, IN; his maternal-great-grandfather, Billy Ridgell of AR; his maternal-great-grandmother, Emma Gillum of Little Rock, AR; his paternal-great-grandmother, Mary Ballard of Glasgow, KY; his paternal-great-grandfather, Jamie Lester of Lawrenceburg, IN; his aunts and uncles, Jayme and Matthew Johnston of Florence, IN, Skylar and Terry Phelps of Cincinnati, OH, Josh and Heidi Harrell of Patriot, IN, Angel and Estol Cunningham of Lawrenceburg, IN, Gary Barnett of Bowling Green, KY, Darrell Brookins, Jr. of Louisville, KY, Kevin Trice of St. Louis, MO, LaDiamond Brookins of Little Rock, AR and Jayla Brookins of Little Rock, AR and his several cousins and other relatives.He was preceded in death by his paternal-grandmother, Candace S. “Candy” Ballard, died June 16, 1998; his maternal-grandmother, Romentha Hall; his maternal-great-grandmother, Mary Harrell; his paternal-great-grandmother, Clarence Ballard; his paternal-great-great-grandparents, James and Clara Lewis Cornett and his cousins, Kaitlyn Rose Eaglin, died November 22, 2013 and Kaden Lee Harrell, died October 20, 2010Graveside Services and Interment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 23, 2018, River View Cemetery, 3635 East Laughery Creek Road, Aurora, Indiana 47001.Memorial contributions may be made to Jessie James Ballard Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more


first_imgSaturday’s Stock Car main event boasts a $3,500 top possible check. The winner goes home with $1,000 plus a bonus of $50 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.  Nearly $300,000 will be paid out to competitors at the upcoming Super Nationals, scheduled Sept. 2-7 at Boone Speedway. Another $60,000 in contingencies will be awarded to Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact drivers.  The champion of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event could bank as much as $500. They’ll get a guaranteed $250 plus a $5 bonus for each of up to 50 starts.  Top prize for the Hobby Stocks could reach $1,850. They’ll race for $600 to win their Saturday night main and the bonus of $25 per start up to 50. All purse money is posted and paid at the event; Super Nationals champions’ bonuses will be presented during the national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November. Winning Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event could also be good for as much as $3,500. The Late Model tour event pays a guaranteed $2,000 to win, plus a bonus of as much as $1,500 based on $30 for each of as many as 50 starts. BOONE, Iowa – Great dirt track drivers will take home shares of a great purse at the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super National fueled by Casey’s.  “Over the years,” he continued, “we have been able to accomplish that because of the great contin­gency award support given by IMCA spon­sors.” Potential payday for the Northern SportMods on Saturday is $2,250. That main event pays a guaran­teed $1,000 to win plus a bonus of $25 for each of up to 50 starts this season.  Every driver starting the Modified Big Dance earns $1,000. “So many elements have gone into making and maintaining Super Nationals as the premier event for weekly IMCA racers,” observed IMCA President Brett Root. “Our goal has always been to keep entry fee and admission costs at reasonable levels while continuing to provid­e the best possi­ble purse structure that attracts and benefits the weekly IMCA racer the most. The Weekly Racing bonus accomplishes just that. We welcome all racers to attend but our bonus is geared toward IMCA’s most loyal racers.” Modified drivers are guaranteed $300 providing they race each night Wednesday through Satur­day. Stock Car drivers are guaranteed $200 if they race Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Saturday, Sept. 7 Modified main event boasts a potential $7,000 paycheck for the winner. That includes a guaranteed $2,000 plus a $100 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the season.last_img read more