Constellations, Following U.K. Tour, to Return to West End

first_imgThe Royal Court Theatre production of Constellations will play the West End’s Trafalagar Studios beginning on July 9. The production, directed by Michael Longhurst, is currently on tour in the U.K. and stars Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey. The Nick Payne play will run through August 1.Constellations tells the story of one relationship with infinite possibilities. It explores the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will and friendship. The play opened at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2012 before transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End.Armstrong’s previous stage credits include the Royal Court’s The Empire, as well as Orphans, A Night at the Dogs and Protection. Brealey’s stage credits include Miss Julie, The Herd and The Trojan Women. On screen, she can be seen in Sherlock and the upcoming Victor Frankenstein.Longhurst’s production played the Great White Way earlier this year, with its final bow on March 15. The show marked the Broadway debuts for Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson; Wilson received a Tony nod for her performance. View Commentslast_img read more

Burlington answers Citibank’s lawsuit over Burlington Telecom

first_img(2) Citibank failed to negotiate in good faith with Burlington and summarilyrebuffed Burlington’s attempts to resolve this dispute. In order to fulfill itsobligations under the Lease Purchase Agreement, Burlington petitioned the PublicService Board (“PSB”) in January of 2010 for permission to utilize Burlington’spooled cash funds to make the February 2010 lease payment. This request wasrejected by the PSB. Burlington notified Citibank of this development immediatelyand, failing other options, the lease was terminated as of June 30, 2010. Ourunderstanding through Dorman & Fawcett is that Burlington made numerous attemptsin 2010 and early 2011,to engage Citibank on a plan to restructure the Lease PurchaseAgreement. This included minimum monthly payments from BT operations coupledwith a cash flow sharing arrangement and credible growth plan.Burlington’s proposals were summarily rejected and the rulings of the PSB ignored.Citibank insisted on full payment of the lease amount despite the legal constraintsplaced on Burlington with respect to the use of non-BT revenue. Burlington thenoffered to work with Citibank on a plan to inventory and return the equipmentcovered by the lease ‘ equipment in the possession of BT or in the form ofreplacement equipment. Alternatively, we understand that Burlington advisedCitibank that a cash payment in lieu of a return was possible. Despite attempting towork cooperatively with Citibank on an orderly and responsible plan to returnequipment, in effect Burlington received no response.It is disingenuous of Citibank to claim it has been damaged by Burlington’s actionsunder these circumstances. Enclosureslb/c: KAS 2011/City Council re CitiBank v. City and McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan (BT)CITIBANK FILING Burlington Telecom,The City of Burlington responded yesterday to a lawsuit filed by Citibank over Burlington Telecom, calling the financier “disingenuous” and even going so far as to blame it for some of Burlington Telecom’s troubles. Citibank filed the action in Federal District Court Monday saying the situation was “irreparable.”Burlington’s response was swift and sharp. The city stated that Citibank knows very well, through agreements it signed, that it cannot simply repossess the BT equipment. The city also charges that Citibank had agreed to continue financial assistance through the process of BT’s buildout. Citibank never came through with that support and the city maintains that without it BT’s buildout was stunted and its business model suffered.Citibank claims that it has not being paid on the lease of the equipment, that the city is refusing to return the vehicles and equipment as compensation, and is still owed $33.5 million with no resolution in sight. Burlington has not made a payment since November 2009. Citibank claims that Burlington is already $3.5 million behind in payments. It further states that the city should be required to make back payments, make payments of $235,631.44 per month for continued rent of the equipment, return the equipment, or short of that, have the court invoke “replevin,”  in which the court could order BT to return the equipment or cease using it – effectively shutting BT down – before the legal case is actually resolved. Citibank is also asking for a punitive award. Its filing, in part, can be found below.The city’s filing answers Citibank’s claims, contains several defenses, and makes 12 counterclaims against Citibank for damages. At issue in the proceeding is Burlington’s Lease-Purchase agreement with Citibank for Burlington Telecom equipment. ‘Burlington Telecom provides critical communications infrastructure and economic development opportunities to residents, businesses, and City departments in Burlington,’ said Mayor Bob Kiss.  ‘While addressing Citibank’s legal claims, we continue to work on finding solutions for BT that will preserve and enhance its services and set a more financially sustainable course for the future.  We must always keep in mind BT’s tremendous value to Burlington.’ The memo from Burlington’s lawyers to the City Council and Mayor Kiss regarding the filing is pasted below and is also attached. A copy of the city’s “Answer” can be found at: www.burlingtontelecom.net/CityofBurlingtonAnswerAffirmativeDefensesandCo…(link is external).  (1) Citibank misconstrues and misstates the nature of its lease-purchase agreementwith Burlington. This agreement was an equipment lease, subject to annualappropriation. When Burlington failed to appropriate payments for the lease by June30, 2010, for fiscal year 2011, the agreement terminated under its own terms.Citibank has acknowledged its termination, yet sidesteps this crucial fact in itscomplaint. While Citibank would like to convert the lease agreement to a debt ofBurlington or bend the facts to make it seem as though Burlington defaulted on theagreement, this is not the case. Citibank’s failure to properly understand or describethe basic nature of the lease agreement is a fundamental flaw in its case againstBurlington.The programs and services of the City of Burlington are accessible to people with disabilities.For disability access information for the City Attorney’s Office, please call 865-7121 (TTY information ‘ 865-7142). City of Burlington’s Answer, Affirmative Defenses and CounterclaimsThe City of Burlington filed its response today in Federal District Court to the CitibankComplaint related to Burlington Telecom. Burlington strongly disputes Citibank’s case and thefactual assertions it is based on. The filing answers Citibank’s claims, contains severalaffirmative defenses, and makes twelve counterclaims against Citibank for damages. At issue inthe proceeding is Burlington’s Lease-Purchase agreement for Burlington Telecom equipment.Burlington’s Answer, Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims are founded on severalfacts and principles, among others: (3) Burlington has been damaged by Citibank. Burlington makes twelvecounterclaims against Citibank in its answer. Among other things, these relate toCitibank’s unfulfilled promise to do a refinancing of the BT equipment whichinduced Burlington to enter into the lease purchase agreement and Citibank’s clearfailure to negotiate in good faith to resolve the dispute. Citibank falsely inducedBurlington into the lease purchase agreement and took other actions and inactions thatsignificantly reduced BT’s value. A copy of the Answer, Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims is attached. We’ve alsoattached a copy of the Motion to Dismiss with supporting Memorandum filed by McNeil, Leddy,and Sheahan this afternoon. MEMOTO: Burlington City CouncilMayor Bob KissFROM: Kenneth A. Schatz, Esq., City AttorneyMichael L. Burak, Esq.RE: CitiBank v. City of Burlington and McNeil, Leddy & SheahanDATE: December 22, 2011 AttachmentSize City_of_Burlingtons_Answer_to_Citibank.pdf129.12 KBlast_img read more

Weekend Pick: Trail Days Festival

first_imgOne of the most beautiful places in the Southeast, if not the U.S., just happens to be where three of the core states of the Blue Ridge come together. The intersection of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee on the edge of National Forest land encompasses those traits we hold dear at Blue Ridge Outdoors, and we’re sure you do too. Small towns, open spaces, mountains, and rivers dot the landscape around this trifecta of states bisected by the Southern Appalachians. If it is adventure you are after in the Blue Ridge, this is the place to get it with the Virginia Creeper Trail, Mt. Rogers and Grayson Highlands, the South Holston and New rivers, and much more all within striking distance. Plus, the Appalachian Trail runs right through the region, and right through downtown Damascus, on it’s way into the mountains of Virginia. Indeed, Damascus touts itself as “Trail Town USA” due to the A.T., Creeper, Iron Mountain, Daniel Boone Heritage, and Crooked Road Musical Heritage trails all running through town or right by it.With this distance trail lineage, it is no wonder Damascus plays host to one of the biggest trail festivals along the A.T. Trail Days is a weekend long celebration of everything A.T. and distance hiking related, scheduled to coordinate with thru-hikers passing through town. This small hamlet becomes flooded with thru-hikers, former thru-hikers, campers, bikers, and plain old hiking enthusiasts. Vendors have the latest camping and backpacking gear on hand to demo or purchase and there are hiking workshops, clinics, and lectures from legends like Warren Doyle, Bill Walker and Jennifer Pharr Davis. Plus, free gear repair, gear auction, and of course the hiker parade. There is live music played by the pros throughout the day, and played by the amateurs at the campgrounds during the evening.This is the biggest and most robust hiking festival in the area, so if you are an A.T. enthusiast, it is not to be missed. Even if you are just getting into the distance or ultralight scene, or want to start, this is the place to be, where old and young, thru-hikers and A.T. alumni share their experiences, stories, and good will from the trail and beyond. Plus, the BRO Roadshow will be there so swing by the tent, say hey to Martha and the newest member of the BRO team Jess, and sign up to win some great prizes in our raffles being held throughout the weekend.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Brentwood Home Invasion Victim Pistol Whipped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Brentwood during which the victim was pistol whipped early Monday morning, authorities said.Three masked men broke into a Le Grande Street home through a downstairs window, hit the victim in the back of the head with a handgun and stole a cell phone at 4:34 a.m., police said.The suspects fled the scene. Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.The case came about an hour after a trio committed another armed home invasion 20 miles away in New Cassel.last_img read more

Is your brand the neighborhood Eddie Haskell?

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details Branding expert Chris Collins was quoted in a recent Forbes article as saying “You can’t talk your way out of a brand you behaved yourself into.”It’s a short quote — but powerful.It made me think about how credit union branding can apply to an old favorite television show of mine, Leave it to Beaver. You know, the one featuring Ward Cleaver as the sage father, June as his doting wife, Wally as the cool older brother and Beaver as the trouble-prone kid.While the show featured an assortment of other supporting characters, one of my favorites was always Eddie Haskell. Friend of Wally, Eddie was obnoxious, sneaky, insincere and, to use the word most often associated with him on the show, a real creep. Eddie was famous for saying one thing to adults on the show and entirely different things to the teenagers and kids. He was sweet as sugar to the parents and rotten as garbage to the kids. While he usually got away with it, Eddie was occasionally outted as the real creep he was.You see, Eddie Haskell professed one brand to one set of people but lived in an entirely different brand to another. And, after time, everyone noticed. Much to his chagrin, Eddie sometimes found himself unable to talk his way out of the brand into which he behaved himself.Your credit union brand is no different.Odds are, you’ve spent a lot of time, money and effort creating and nurturing a brand that speaks to the diversity and uniqueness of your credit union and its membership. For example, your brand might speak to the eclectic and quirky nature of the millennial crowd you’re trying to attract. Or, your brand might speak of speed, flexibility and understanding the challenging needs of young families. Whatever and whoever your brand speaks to — it must speak with a sincere and authentic tongue.Otherwise, just like with Eddie Haskell, eventually people will catch on to your ruse. Nothing can damage your brand more than a credibility gap.Your brand is the living embodiment of the promise made between a your credit union and its consumers. It is also important to remember that your brand is also what your consumers think about you. And, as with most things in life, perception is reality. If your consumers perceive your brand as authentic, terrific. However, if they see it as a lie, you’re in trouble.A powerful tool to help avoid the Eddie Haskell brand credibility dilemma is employee brand training. After all, your frontline staff are the ones tasked with living the brand in front of members every day. Sure, it’s up to your executive management team to lead the brand, but all too often I encounter credit unions with terrific brands that fall flat due to a lack of employee buy-in, comprehension and/or training. It’s simply not enough to talk about your brand – you have to train to it, as well.Ultimately, your staff will only live in love what you teach. Brand engagement training empowers your frontline staff to actively engage with members and live and love your unique brand. If your employees fail to execute the brand on a daily basis, and in front of members, all your branding efforts are for nothing.People are constantly bombarded with advertising. Consumers are increasingly jaded and crave authenticity. Your members are the same – increasingly jaded and in search of authenticity. For your credit union brand to be something into which they can truly place their faith and trust, it must be authentic. And not the “That’s a lovely dress you’re wearing, Mrs. Cleaver” Eddie Haskell approach to authenticity.last_img read more

NAFCU eyes CHOICE Act hearing, government funding, more

first_img continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU will closely monitor Wednesday’s House Financial Services Committee hearing on the draft “Financial CHOICE Act” as it continues its analysis of the measure’s full impact on credit unions and their members.Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, released a discussion draft of the CHOICE Act last week. The draft, contains numerous NAFCU-sought measures, including Durbin interchange amendment repeal and other Dodd-Frank Act reforms. However, there are also areas of concern, such as a proposal to subject the NCUA to congressional appropriations.The draft bill, at 593 pages long, would require regulatory agencies to improve their cost-benefit analyses and better tailor regulations to the size of regulated institutions. It would also preserve the NCUA Board’s current three-member structure (last year, a five-member board was contemplated) and mandate agency budget transparency.The measure is expected to be introduced as legislation before the end of the month. Wednesday’s hearing is slated for 10 a.m. Eastern.last_img read more

S. Africa records over 1,000 virus deaths, more than 50,000 cases

first_imgSouth Africa’s coronavirus deaths passed 1,000 on Monday and infections spiked to over 50,000 just a week after the continent’s worst-hit country further eased lockdown restrictions, official statistics showed.The number of detected infections was 50,879 — the worst in Africa.However, South Africa ranks second in terms of deaths at 1,080 after Egypt. Topics : “That is because we have the ability… to limit the impact of the disease on our people,” he said.Most of South Africa’s infections — around two-thirds — are found in the Western Cape province, a popular tourist destination home to the coastal city of Cape Town.The World Health Organization said Monday that the coronavirus pandemic situation was worsening around the globe, although the situation was improving in Europe.center_img The continent’s most advanced economy has since May been gradually easing tight restrictions imposed in March.It is now allowing some school children to return to classes and the majority of businesses to operate.More than a half of all cases have been recorded in the last two weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.”As we watch the number of infections rise further -– probably far faster than most of us imagined –- we should be concerned, but not alarmed,” he said.last_img read more

Governor Wolf to Attend ‘Stand Against Hate’ Gathering in Philadelphia on Thursday

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf to Attend ‘Stand Against Hate’ Gathering in Philadelphia on Thursday Hate Crime,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf will attend the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s ‘Stand Against Hate’ gathering along with inter-faith leaders from throughout Pennsylvania to denounce recent anti-Semitic acts and stand in solidarity with all faiths against the rash of hateful acts across the country and Pennsylvania.“I am proud to stand in solidarity with Jewish, Muslim, Christian and all faith leaders whom have united against the recent rash of hate in our communities and country,” Governor Wolf said. “The silver-lining in all of this that we have seen the best of Pennsylvania in response to these disgraceful acts – people of different background coming together to support each other and stand united against discrimination, hate and intimidation.“As Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers once said, “Look for the helpers” – and in the midst of violent threats and vandalism, we have seen so many people helping each other. We’ve seen our Muslim community raising money and putting in work to rebuild vandalized Jewish cemeteries, along with organized labor. Staff and volunteers at Jewish Community Centers, along with law enforcement and first responders, reacted swiftly and bravely to ensure children and all those that they serve were safe.“In these trying times, those who have come together to stand against hate and support their fellow citizens make all of us proud to be Pennsylvanians.”Yesterday, Governor Wolf denounced the terror being directed towards Jewish institutions and pledged the full support of the state to find those responsible and hold them accountable.Thursday’s event will be held in Philadelphia beginning at Noon.center_img February 28, 2017last_img read more

American Heart Association offers tips to stay active

first_imgBust a Move Anywhere– The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. That can be accomplished by taking small activity breaks, setting reasonable expectations and finding a move more buddy. No matter what you do, it’s important to stay motivated by making every move count and celebrate your accomplishments. Indianapolis, In. — Staying active is a no-brainer when it comes to improving how you look and feel, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 44 percent of Indiana adults are getting the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity. This month the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is challenging everyone to get moving.Move More Month is part of the association’s Healthy For Good™ movement, which inspires people everywhere to make lasting changes in their health and their lives, one small step at a time.“The human body was designed to move,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention. “Your body thanks you for moving by relieving anxiety, depression and even anger, and rewards you by making your brain and heart stronger.”Not only can moving more help improve self-confidence, energy levels and sleep quality, those who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active and are obese.People are encouraged to share how they’re moving more in April by using the hashtags #HealthyForGood and #MoveWithHeart on social media.“Just 150 minutes a week of activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless can provide major health benefits,” said Lenora Johnson, DrPh, director Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. “We started #MoveWithHeart in February to encourage everyone to move more and we’re excited to see the American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good movement promoting it in April.”The American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good movement encourages everyone to get moving with the following tips:           1.Work it… at Work– Whether you work in an office, at home or behind the wheel, chances are you spend a lot of time sitting. Not enough time to move? Try moving more while you perform routine tasks. Start by taking one weekly meeting to go by walking while you meet. Other options include taking the stairs more often, parking farther out or taking stretch breaks throughout the day.Play with Fido– Most pet owners will tell you that having a pet can relieve stress and boost overall happiness. But did you know that people who walk their dogs are more likely to get the recommended amount of physical activity than those who don’t. According to one study, dog-walkers got an average of 30 minutes more exercise a day than non-walkers. Make it a Family Affair– You don’t need to break the bank to move more with your kids. There are numerous tips to keep your family active on the cheap. And if the weather is bad or outdoor activities are out of the question, try dancing, playing orcleaning indoors. Want to get out? Go for a walk around the mall or check out recreation centers in your neighborhood.last_img read more

Divock Origi delivers a dramatic point for Liverpool

first_img The Belgium striker, only on the field because of a potentially serious injury to Dejan Lovren from Craig Gardner’s reckless knee-high tackle, fired in from distance with the aid of a deflection in the sixth of eight additional minutes after the Croatian’s lengthy treatment. Manager Jurgen Klopp had previously been critical of the fans leaving early because of lack of faith in the team’s ability to recover losing positions but not on this occasion. Striker Divock Origi’s added-time strike snatched a point for Liverpool in a controversial 2-2 draw at Anfield. The German turned around to the Main Stand and vigorously pumped the air before, at the final whistle, gathering all his players together and walking towards the Kop hand-in-hand in a gesture of thanks. Origi’s goal secured only a point but it felt like more than that considering what had gone before. Despite taking an early lead through Jordan Henderson’s first goal since April 4 they were undone by two set-pieces – a long-term Achilles heel – as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s blunder allowed Craig Dawson to equalise before Jonas Olsson nodded in a second. Klopp’s side thought they escaped on the stroke of half-time when an Olsson goal was ruled out for offside, after considerable confusion created by the officials, only for the defender to net the winner 17 minutes from time – which added to the Gardner tackle did not add up to a great day for referee Craig Pawson and his officials. At least Klopp’s decision to leave out Lucas Leiva in order for Henderson to make his first league start since August 17 paid off with a well-worked goal midway through the first half. Philippe Coutinho, who should have opened the scoring early on after returning to the starting line-up for the first time in six matches after a hamstring problem, floated over a left-to-right cross which Adam Lallana headed down for his captain to sweep home. Liverpool had utilised the diagonal ball regularly but it was usually aimed at Christian Benteke without much success; the closest the Belgium international came to scoring was when he shot wide on the turn after chesting down Alberto Moreno’s pass. The big striker had actually been more effective at the other end defending set-pieces but his usefulness was cancelled out for West Brom’s equaliser when Mignolet pushed his compatriot out of the way as he came to claim Chris Brunt’s corner, missed the ball and saw Dawson ram home the loose ball. Mignolet’s decision-making did not improve when he chased a wayward Gardner cross out to the touchline, preventing it going out for a throw-in but almost being caught in possession by James Morrison. Added time brought the most contentious moment of the game when assistant referee Roger West, who had already been on the receiving end of criticism from Klopp for failing to even make a decision when the ball went out for what the German felt was a throw for his side, did not flag despite three players appearing to be offside when Olsson scored. Several seconds of confusion followed with even Liverpool’s players unsure what to do next before there was clearly some intervention transmitted via the officials’ earpieces as Pawson walked over to his linesman, who only raised his flag after the official had blown his whistle to rule out the goal. Klopp just laughed but Baggies boss Tony Pulis was furious. Olsson finally got his goal, nodding in Brunt’s near-post corner, in the 73rd minute before Pawson missed Gardner’s reckless tackle on Lovren which left the Croatian screaming in pain with a gashed knee and potentially worse damage. Emre Can dropped into central defence to allow Origi to come on and, after Lallana had shot straight at Boaz Myhill, Origi capitalised on the lengthy injury time with a rasping, deflected drive. TWEET OF THE MATCH “1-0 not even close.If you score 2 goals against WBA at home and with their record you gotta win!Defending against set plays/corners Is awful” Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge @Realaldo474 gives his verdict on the 2-2 draw. PLAYER RATINGS LIVERPOOL Simon Mignolet: 4 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 Martin Skrtel: 6 Dejan Lovren: 5 Alberto Moreno: 6 Emre Can: 6 Jordan Henderson: 7 James Milner: 6 Adam Lallana: 5 Philippe Coutinho: 6 Christian Benteke: 5 Substitutes Jordon Ibe (on for Coutinho, 72): 6 Divock Origi (on for Lovren, 79): 6 Roberto Firmino (on for Lallana, 86): 4 WEST BROM Boaz Myhill: 6 Craig Dawson: 6 Jonas Olsson: 6 Gareth McAuley: 7 Chris Brunt: 6 Jonny Evans: 7 Craig Gardner: 5 Darren Fletcher: 6 James Morrison: 6 James McClean: 5 Salomon Rondon: 4 Substitutes Ricky Lambert (on for Rondon, 90): 4 STAR MAN Jordan Henderson – Led from the front on his first league start since August, scoring the opening goal and providing perpetual motion in midfield. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Jonas Olsson’s disallowed goal had everyone scratching their heads as the officials obviously realised they had made a mistake after the event and contrived to get the right result by circuitous means but making a fudge of it all the same. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Jurgen Klopp’s explosion of joy at Origi’s equaliser was the release of 60 minutes of pent up frustration after watching his side labour to throw away an early lead. Bold substitution in sending on a striker for an injured defender paid off. Counterpart Tony Pulis spent the whole game shouting and cajoling his side and it almost paid off. MOAN OF THE MATCH Referee Craig Pawson and his two officials, as a whole, had a poor day with a bizarre passage leading up to the eventual disallowing of Jonas Olsson’s offside goal and allowing Craig Gardner’s reckless challenge which injured Lovren to go unpunished. WHO’S UP NEXT? Watford v Liverpool (Premier League, Sunday December 20) West Brom v Bournemouth (Premier League, Saturday December 19) Press Associationlast_img read more