first_img Beaches started as a 1985 novel about a 30-year friendship and is best known for the 1988 movie featuring Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey and THAT SONG: “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” The Grammy-winning ballad will not be heard in the musical, which features an all-new score by composer David Austin, with lyrics by Dart herself. The book of the musical is a collaboration between Dart and librettist Thom Thomas. Under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, performances start February 18 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Davi made her Broadway debut as Maggie in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line and later replaced Sutton Foster in The Drowsy Chaperone. She also had memorable roles in Blue Bloods and Smash. Umphress has been featured in the ensembles of both American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Here’s hoping their onstage chemistry brings us to tears! Get ready to cry, Virginia! The stage adaptation of Iris Rainer Dart’s tearjerker of a novel Beaches is gearing up for a February premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, with Broadway vets Mara Davi and Alysha Umphress now set to take on the roles of two unforgettable BFFs: uptight Bertie White (better known as Hillary Whitney Essex from the film version) and wild child Cee Cee Bloom, respectively. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgAs a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Vermont has been recognized for leadership in reducing emissions responsible for global warming.   The EPA recognized the RGGI states for building a cap-and-trade program, which limits emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The RGGI, created in September 2007, is composed of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic state.  Member states have capped power sector carbon dioxide emissions at current levels through 2014. The cap will then be reduced by 2.5 percent in each of the four years 2015 through 2018, for a total reduction of 10 percent.The Climate Protection Awards were presented at an annual awards ceremony held in Washington, DC. Vermont is the greenest state in the nation and was the first to sign onto RGGI, Governor Douglas said. I maintain that the course to economic prosperity is tied to our abundant natural resources and respect for a healthy working landscape. I call it the Vermont Way.The EPA recognized the RGGI states for their leadership in building a model cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Each participating state has implemented rules to cap emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. Together, the RGGI states auction over 80 percent of allowances and dedicate the proceeds to consumer benefit programs. To date, the RGGI states have conducted three auctions that have generated over $262 million for energy efficiency, energy conservation, clean energy development, and other consumer benefit programs throughout the region.Winners of the awards were chosen on the basis of originality and public purpose; global perspective and implication; and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”EPA applauds the leadership of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in protecting our global environment,” said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “You have set the bar high, and for that, we thank you.”To date, the EPA has presented over 150 awards to individuals, dedicated companies, forward-thinking organizations, and government institutions from eighteen countries, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Last year, 15 individuals and organizations earned the award by advancing climate science, slashing energy consumption, inventing technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring others to take action. More information about past winner accomplishments is available online at www.epa.gov/cppd/climateawards(link is external).This year s ceremony was attended by over 200 high-ranking corporate officers, notable individuals, influential NGOs, and foreign dignitaries who are current or previous winners of the Climate Protection Awards.The Climate Protection Partnerships Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the EPA Climate Protection Awards. This award program was established in 1998 to recognize exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the climate.About the Regional Greenhouse Gas InitiativeThe 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states participating in RGGI (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) have designed the first market-based, mandatory cap-and-trade program in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Participating States have regulations in place to cap and then reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that power plants in their region are allowed to emit, limiting the region s total contribution to atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.A CO2 allowance represents a limited authorization to emit one ton of CO2, as issued by a respective participating state. A regulated power plant must hold CO2 allowances equal to its emissions to demonstrate compliance at the end of each compliance period. Because CO2 allowances issued by any participating state are usable across all state programs, the ten individual state CO2 Budget Trading Programs, in aggregate, form one regional compliance market for CO2 emissions. For more information about RGGI, turn to: www.rggi.org(link is external)About Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc.RGGI, Inc. was created in September 2007 to provide technical and administrative services to the states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. For more information please visit: www.rggi.org/rggi(link is external)Source: Governor’s Officelast_img read more

first_imgAusbuild has just launched Hampton Rise, a new infill estate in Bridgeman Downs.Prestige land in a new infill estate in Bridgeman Downs has just been launched with five lots already sold to pre-registered buyers.Hampton Rise, being developed by Ausbuild, is the company’s second estate to be launched in the north Brisbane suburb, with its sister project, Harrington, selling out stage one in six months.Ausbuild joint managing director, Matthew Bell, said despite knowing there was pent-up demand for this style of development on Brisbane’s northside, they had still been pleasantly surprised by the flurry of sales.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“Hampton Rise is a unique opportunity to buy prestige land in an established community that is close to premium amenities, yet also bordered by natural reserves and parklands,” Mr Bell said.“The traditional larger block sizes, proximity to the new Chermside precinct and public transport make Hampton Rise an attractive choice.“Ausbuild has a reputation for sourcing the best land in the best locations and creating communities people are proud to call home.”The well-established suburb of Bridgeman Downs is experiencing a revival with families wanting access to parks, natural reserves and well-regarded schools. The 22 lots released in stage one are sized from 450sq m to 674sq m with a starting price of $395,000.Mr Bell said Ausbuild aimed to create a suburban oasis at Hampton Rise, with the newly released two-storey designs set to feature prominently throughout.last_img read more

first_imgCharles Barkley, a lightning rod for hecklers during his playing days, has some advice for athletes facing smack-talking fans: walk away.TMZ Sports caught up with the former NBA star and current TNT analyst and asked him about the incident Sunday involving Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, who threatened a fan after Sunday’s loss in Nashville. Fournette said the fan used a racial slur. “If you hit a fan and hurt them, you might kill them. I don’t want to sound morbid, but if you just start beating the hell out of a fan, you might kill them. But the main thing, you just gotta walk away or they’re just gonna sue ya.”Several NBA players have dealt with hecklers recently. Kevin Durant was fined for cursing at a fan, Patrick Beverley was fined for tossing a ball at a fan, and Clippers star Montrezl Harrell confronted a heckler Saturday. Even DeMarcus Cousins has been heckled despite the fact he’s still benched with an Achilles injury. Barkley conceded he “gets nervous playing the race card, because that’s a dangerous subject,” but said athletes must simply walk away in those situations.”You’ve got to be careful. You can’t hit a fan because they’re just gonna sue you,” Barkley said. “You have nothing to gain. I mean, you hit a fan, you’re going to lose a lot of money. Related News Barkley noted “Most of the fans are amazing, but there is a certain part of the fan base that is crazy.”Barkley’s advice when facing those crazies?”You gotta let it go,” Barkley said. “You got nothing to gain. Suck it up, brother.” Leonard Fournette confronted fan over alleged racial slur, Doug Marrone sayslast_img read more

first_imgIn an interview about the Troiano matter, J.C. Lore, a Rutgers Law School professor, spoke of the importance of judiciary independence, even as he criticized the “ill-informed” comments Troiano made. Judges are living in a different era, he said, amid a “greater awareness and recognition” of rape and sexual assault and social media’s ability to “bring to light a situation like this pretty quickly.” A spokeswoman for the state judiciary declined to say whether Troiano might be reassigned. “We’re notcommenting at this time,”spokeswoman MaryAnnSpoto said in an email. At another point, thejudge said, “I still in mymind…distinguish betweena sexual assault and arape… [I]n my mind thereis a distinction.” State Sens. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr. (R-13) issued separate statements July 8 criticizing Judge James G. Troiano, who serves in the family division, about his remarks last year. “As with all cases, we are assessing our next steps, which will include discussions with the victim and her family,” said Christopher Swendeman, the prosecutor’s office spokesman, in an email. “He (the accused) can be tried as an adult,” he said. As for the case against G.M.C., the prosecutor’s office gave no indication this week when it might present the matter to a grand jury. In July 2018, Troianoruled against the MonmouthCounty Prosecutor’s Office,which wanted to waive up toadult court a then 16-year-old boy to face charges thathe raped a 16-year-old girl ata party in 2017. Troiano, a former mayor of Cedar Grove in Es- sex County, was appointed to the bench in 1992. He earned tenure, retired and was subsequently brought back to the bench on recall. Now 69, he is serving his latest two-year stint on recall, according to a record at the state judiciary website. By Philip Sean Curran On Tuesday, Assembly members Joann Downey (D-11) and Eric Houghtaling (D-11) also called for Troiano to immediately and permanently resign his position. “Judge Troiano’s comments are truly abhorrent and clearly highlight the fact that he needs to be re- moved immediately by the Supreme Court,” O’Scanlon said. “The Supreme Court has the ability to remove a judge for misconduct in office, or conduct evidencing unfitness for judicial office. G.M.C.’s attorney, Mitchell J. Ansell, could not be reached for comment July 9. O’Scanlon issued a similar call for the judge to step down, also noting that the state’s highest court can take action. “The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office does not discuss security issues regarding Superior Court judges at the Monmouth County courthouse,” he said in a statement July 9. “However, we take any threat against a judge seriously and address and coordinate with the New Jersey State Police and the Administrative Office of the Courts, accordingly.” Published reports this week said Troiano has been facing threats in the wake of news accounts about his remarks. But the prosecutor’s office, asked if it was investigating threats against the judge, said that as a practice it does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations. Lawmakers from Monmouth County said this week they want a Superior Court judge sitting in Freehold off the bench after his “despicable” comments during a rape case that left critics demanding he resign. In his remarks, the judge noted the boy, identified as G.M.C. in court documents, “comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.” “Judge Troiano must resign, effective immediately, from any judicial posts he still holds – just based on his commentary and word-for-word thought process by his direct quotes,” Gopal said in a statement. “Situations like these destabilize the public’s trust in our judicial institutions. His comments regarding the accused ‘coming from a good family’ are disgraceful.” Likewise, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden declined this week to say if his office would be adding more officers to Troiano’s courtroom. Troiano could not be reached for comment July 9. No one answered the phone in his chambers in the Freehold courthouse. Those and other comments were included in a 14-page decision by a two-judge state appeals court which reversed Troiano’s ruling June 14 and remanded the case to Monmouth County. But Troiano’s remarks have prompted a backlash. “He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” the judge said. “His scores for college entry were very high.” Judge Troiano’s disturbing and biased comments from the bench are a glaringly obvious display of his unfitness for judicial office.” last_img read more