Odds & Ends: Lindsay Lohan Aims to Return to the Stage in Oleanna & More

first_img View Comments Full Cast Set for The Ruling Class, Starring James McAvoy We now know who will be joining the previously announced James McAvoy in The Ruling Class. Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge) will play Sir Charles Gurney, with Kathryn Drysdale (Suspects) as Grace Shelley, Joshua McGuire (Privacy) as Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O’Donnell (Skyfall) as Daniel Tucker. Trafalgar Transformed’s revival of Peter Barnes’ satirical comedy will be directed by Jamie Lloyd and officially open in the West End on January 27, 2015. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. Another Gigi in New York You wait your whole life (no really, that’s us) to see Gigi on stage and then two productions come along at once. A revival of Anita Loos’ Gigi, which opened on Broadway in 1951, launching the career of Audrey Hepburn, will run off-Broadway. The play will begin performances on January 12, 2015 at The Storm Theatre. This is not to be confused with the Great White Way-bound Gigi musical, which stars Vanessa Hudgens belting about the invention of champagne and urging us to say a prayer for her tonight. We’re looking forward to seeing both.center_img Lindsay Lohan Aims to Return to the Stage in Oleanna Lindsay Lohan has completed her London run in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, directed by Lindsay Posner. And guess what? Proving her detractors wrong, she got acceptable reviews and turned up to every show on time. So positive was the experience for all concerned that it would seem that the Mean Girls star is planning to headline Mamet’s Oleanna next year, also helmed by Posner. We’re impressed. A New Situation at My Big Gay Italian Funeral Frank Sorrentino (Jersey Shore’s The Situation’s big brother!) has been tapped for My Big Gay Italian Funeral off-Broadway. He will star opposite creator Anthony J. Wilkinson as his former gay lover Dominick Vitale. Currently being played by Addison LeMay, Sorrentino is set to step into the role beginning January 18, 2015.last_img read more

The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association (VTPA) to hold meeting.

first_imgThe Vermont Tax Practitioners Association (VTPA) will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 17th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn just off Exit 10 of I-89 in Waterbury, Vt.The morning session will be on “Employee Issues” and will be presented by Michelle Guilmette, a Sr. Tax Specialist with the Internal Revenue Service in the Taxpayer Education & Communication Division. Her talk will focus on employee versus subcontractor designations and related issues.The afternoon session will be on “Special Taxes” and will be given by Gloria Hobson of the Vt. Dept. of Taxes, or her designee. Ms. Hobson is the Department’s Taxpayer Advocate. She will discuss Vermont’s special taxes, various tax credits and some tax planning tips regarding the State’s new income tax structure.The meeting is free for VTPA members who have paid their 2002 dues. Annual VTPA membership dues are $50 payable in advance or at the meeting. Prospective members or other interested persons may attend one introductory meeting without charge. Lunch is an additional $10 charge for all attending. For more membership information call Rick Kane at (802) 463-1503.The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association is a professional organization formed in 1975 to advance the education of all those interested in the field of taxation. Members meet five times a year for workshops and networking.last_img read more

Long Island Heroin-Cocaine Drug Rings Dismantled, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County authorities said they disrupted two drug distribution networks and arrested 14 people as part of a months-long probe into drugs flooding into the East End.The East End Drug Task Force executed more than a dozen search warrants since July 14, resulting in the seizure of six kilos of cocaine and heroin, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said.Three of the 14 people swept up in the busts were either members of or belonged to an offshoot of the Bloods street gang, the DA’s office said.“Drug dealers and weapons are a deadly combination,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York, in a statement. “We are pleased to have removed several of both off the streets of Suffolk County during these enforcement operations.”The widening investigation into the pair of drug distribution networks took shape after patrol officers on the East End noticed “a significant upward trend” in heroin and cocaine drug busts beginning last September, the DA’s office said.Investigators then developed information that led them to focus on a cocaine operation in Riverhead and Southampton.Arrested as part of the large-scale bust were 36-year-old Corey Woodley of Flanders and 42-year-old Eric Thomas of Riverhead. Both men were allegedly involved in the operation of those two networks, authorities said.Thomas, who was out on parole, was arrested on July 14 after East End Task Force members executed a search warrant at his home. Investigators said they seized cocaine and more than $4,000 in cash from the house, along with scales and other drug paraphernalia. Thomas is facing several drug-related charges.The arrests associated with the months-long probe go back several weeks. On July 6, Task Force investigators arrested Ronald Paschall as he was returning to the East End after allegedly picking up more than a kilo of cocaine in New York City, authorities said.Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota alleged that Paschall, a purported gang member, traveled west twice a week to pick up cocaine, which he then sold to resellers, who would distribute the drugs to residents in East Hampton, Riverhead, Southampton and Southold Towns.Paschall’s 38-year-old associate, Jimmy Dean of Baiting Hallow and Dwayne Harris of Riverhead, his accused drug runner, were allegedly responsible for a second distribution ring, Spota said. Paschall, Dean and Harris were also accused of drug crimes and gang affiliation. Paschall was additionally charged with unlawful fleeing from a police officer.The East End Task Force is a multi-agency drug enforcement unit that includes Suffolk County police, New York State police, village and town police departments, federal agencies and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.DA Spota said there were more arrests to come.last_img read more

Indonesia says no H5N1 cases in suspicious cluster

first_imgNov 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry has ruled out H5N1 avian influenza in a cluster of 17 suspected cases in South Sulawesi province, countering earlier reports of positive hospital and university tests, Reuters reported today.According to an earlier report from the Jakarta Post, the patients—all from Sudiang subdistrict and most of them children—were hospitalized in Makassar with symptoms that resembled avian influenza infection. A hospital source had said rapid tests indicated the H5N1 virus and that officials were awaiting further test results from Hasanuddin University.A Nov 14 Reuters update on the suspected case cluster quoted Chandra Yoga Adhitama, the health ministry’s acting director of communicable disease control, as saying the patients were hospitalized as a precaution after chickens died in the area. He also told Reuters that the patients’ conditions were generally good and that their samples would be sent to Jakarta for testing at the health ministry’s laboratory.Then on Nov 15, the Post reported that Halik Saleh, a spokesman for the hospital’s avian flu team, said the university tests also indicated the patients had the H5N1 virus but that the hospital decided not to use either institution’s test results and would instead wait for results from the health ministry.Lily Sulistyowati, a health ministry spokeswoman, told Reuters today that the patients’ tests were negative for H5N1. She gave no further details.Reports of potential H5N1 case clusters raise concern because, if confirmed, they suggest the possibility of human-to-human transmission, which would increase the risk of a pandemic.News about human H5N1 infections in Indonesia has been sketchy since June, when the health ministry said it would no longer promptly report H5N1 cases and instead give only periodic updates. Some health officials have said the lack of timely reporting will hamper efforts to monitor the world’s pandemic risk level.On Nov 13 the country’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, denied media reports that a 15-year-old girl who died in central Java had avian influenza. News services had earlier cited one of the girl’s doctors and a local health official as saying tests from two laboratories indicated she did have an H5N1 infection.On some avian flu blog sites, participants have been translating reports from Indonesia’s Bahasa-language media outlets to comb for new details about the suspected case cluster. According to some machine-based translations, which are sometimes difficult to follow and can be unreliable, two more patients linked to the cluster were reportedly admitted to the hospital. Also, some reports claimed that polymerase chain reaction tests by the university on the patients were positive for H5N1.Sharon Sanders, editor-in-chief of FluTrackers, a well known Web message board that focuses on avian influenza and preparedness issues, told CIDRAP News that her community hasn’t been able to determine if the 17 to 19 patients are infected with the H5N1 virus, based on all of the conflicting information.”We simply do not know what conclusions to draw based on the recent denial by the Indonesian Ministry of Health of the apparent H5N1 death on November 7 of 15-year-old Dewi Sartika, from central Java,” she said.Sanders said the lack of transparency about the current H5N1 status in Indonesia is troublesome because the disease is endemic and current human H5N1 clinical samples are not being shared internationally. “We will continue to monitor the situation in Indonesia to ascertain, to the best of our ability, H5N1 status in Indonesia,” she said.Mike Coston, a former paramedic and author of the Avian Flu Diary blog, another well-known site for news and analysis, told CIDRAP News that media reports of supposedly positive H5N1 tests give him pause, “but on the whole, I believe the rapid recovery of all 17 suspect cases argues against these being genuine H5N1 patients.””This highlights the folly of the Indonesian-stated policy of not confirming H5N1 cases as they occur,” Coston said. “Even if these patients are negative, it makes it difficult to automatically take the government’s word for it.”See also:Nov 13 CIDRAP News report “Supari denies H5N1 caused girl’s death”last_img read more

Jay Street decision sets bad precedent

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 7 article, “Ex-inspector cleared of major counts”: [Kenneth] Tyree’s getting away with homicide in the Jay Street fire sets an interesting precedent.Defendants can plead ignorance, based on the fact that they weren’t properly instructed. I can just hear the defense counsel now: “Your Honor and members of the jury, no one taught my client how to properly use an AR-15, therefore, he’s not guilty of killing all those people.”The jury’s decision is pathetic.Arthur HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

France’s ERAFP tenders €3bn worth of equity, bond mandates

first_imgNo indicative minimum amount has yet been set for the two standby bond mandates, the pension fund said.The objective of the Asia-Pacific SRI equities mandates is to outperform the MSCI AC Asia Pacific index over the long term, while the euro-denominated SRI bonds mandates will follow a buy-and-hold investment style to maximise yields at the time of purchase and minimise default risk.The mandates will be for five years initially, and ERAFP will have the option to extend them by three successive periods of one year each, the fund said.Tender documents are available on www.achat.com. France’s ERAFP has launched tenders for three Asia-Pacific SRI equity managers and five euro-denominated SRI bond managers, investing an initial €2.9bn, as it renews maturing mandates and widens its investment universe.The €16bn public service pension scheme said it was launching a restricted call for tenders in two lots, for the award of eight investment management mandates.The initial investment in the Asia-Pacific SRI equities mandates would be around €400m, split between two managers, with the third manager having a standby mandate, ERAFP said.The euro-denominated SRI bonds mandates would have an initial investment of about €2.5bn, divided among three managers with a minimum of €400m per active mandate, it said.last_img read more

MDL Wraps Up North Sea FPSO Job

first_imgMDL has carried out a complete overhaul of a number of lifting equipment on board a North Sea FPSO, in the facility’s 20th year in operation.The marine services project, which reinstated a 25-tonne riser pull-in winch and three 200-tonne anchor chain winches, is estimated to have contributed to extending the working life of the FPSO by a further 10 years.The initial scope of work carried out by MDL’s project and engineering team was to survey the lifting equipment on board the North Sea facility, to assess condition and plan 5-year maintenance and testing, following a period of no operation.Following the survey, the MDL teams executed on-board equipment overhaul, including complete winch strip down, service, reassembly and load testing. MDL offshore expertise also came into play for winch wire respooling, carried out in-situ under tension.“Over 1400 MDL man hours have gone into this project across all MDL disciplines to deliver a solution that was fit for purpose and added value by extending the assets’ producing life, without costly repair works onshore,” said Steve Morrison, MDL project engineering manager.last_img read more

Louisville’s Punishment

first_imgRecently the NCAA handed down its punishment to the University of Louisville for its basketball “sex scandal”.  Most people feel that because Ric Pitino is a Hall of Fame Coach the NCAA just gave them a slap on the wrist rather than a severe punishment.The Cardinals will lose some basketball scholarships and Pitino must sit out 5 conference games next year.  My opinion is that they should have received a penalty similar to that which was handed out to SMU a couple years ago.  That punishment was referred to as the Death Penalty.  In those cases, the school’s program involved is literally shut down for a period of time.  Louisville’s punishment was simply too lenient.last_img

Marseille confirm fifth COVID-19 case as Ligue 1 starts amid virus cloud

first_img Read Also: Conte throws Inter future into doubt after UEL defeat A 57-page medical and health protocol set up by the French league is designed to limit stoppages and reduce contamination as much as possible. Players will be tested two to three days before each match and a game will be postponed as soon as four cases are found at the same club within an eight-day period. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “It complicates the planning. We’ll have to put up with it and be very responsible at home.” Newly-promoted Lens are awaiting the results of further tests after defender Jonathan Clauss returned a positive sample earlier in the week. “I hope we will play. If we start by postponing the first weekend, we’ll get nowhere,” said Lens boss Franck Haise. “I think we need to play as much as we can when it’s possible otherwise we’re going to finish the season in 2023.” Meanwhile, Nimes announced a fourth coronavirus case within their squad putting Sunday’s fixture against Brest at risk. “I hope we can play it, I think we can play it,” the southern side’s coach Jerome Arpinon said. According to a club source captain Anthony Briancon and striker Nolan Roux are among those to have tested positive for the illness. Brest also recorded a case, saying the individual had been placed in isolation while the rest of the squad and the coaching staff have tested negative. Marseille have found a fifth asymptomatic case of coronavirus in their squad, a club spokesperson on Friday, on the same day the new French Ligue 1 season kicked-off under an increasingly darkening COVID-19 cloud. According to AFP report, Andre Villas Boas’ squad had been scheduled to open the French season later in the day at home to Saint-Etienne, but the game was cancelled after the four earlier positive tests. The club have not revealed the names of the players but said they are in isolation at home. The rest of the Marseille squad were given the weekend off ahead of next Sunday’s game at Brest. Hours later, Saint-Etienne said one of their players had also tested positive. Nantes’ trip to Bordeaux was moved from Saturday to replace the season-opening fixture at the Velodrome. It proved little comfort as the game, the first in the competition in 166 days following the coronavirus lockdown and played behind closed doors, ended in a tame 0-0 draw. Nantes had a one-man advantage for more than an hour after a 20th-minute red card for Mehdi Zerkane. The Bordeaux player was punished after a VAR consultation for an ugly lunge into the leg of Nicolas Pallois. Earlier on Friday, Nice coach Patrick Vieira said he was concerned about the impact two coronavirus cases could have on his club. Nice said a pair of players had been held out of training and placed in quarantine after contracting the virus. “I felt on the pitch the rest of the squad is worried. I am too, for the match against Lens on Sunday and for what happens next,” Vieira told a press conference.center_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The WorldIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more