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Stage and Screen Star Rosemary Murphy Dies at 89

first_img Perhaps best known for playing Miss Maudie in the 1962 classic film To Kill a Mockingbird, Murphy also had a distinguished career in the theater, receiving Tony nods for her performances in A Delicate Balance, Any Wednesday and Period of Adjustment. She made her Great White Way debut in 1950 in The Tower Beyond Tragedy and her many other Broadway credits included Weekend, Ladies at the Alamo, Coastal Disturbances, The Devil’s Disciple and Waiting in the Wings. Stage and screen star Rosemary Murphy died on July 5 at her home in New York City. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy winner and three-time Tony nominee had recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. She was 89. On screen, Murphy won the Emmy for her portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s in the 1976 ABC miniseries Eleanor and Franklin. Other screen credits included Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, September with Elaine Stritch and the 1966 film version of Any Wednesday that starred Jane Fonda. View Comments Survivors include her sister Mildred and nephew Greg.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Steven Spielberg Thinks He Rescued Mark Rylance From Theater & More

first_imgMark Rylance(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Spielberg Thinks He Rescued Rylance From TheaterWe’re hoping that three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is joking about Oscar winner Steven Spielberg here. “In his mind he’s rescued me—rescued me from the slums of the theater! You know, discovered me, bless him,” the British actor told the New York Times. There was another interesting tidbit from Rylance in the interview—although it was a “great thrill” to appear as Wolf Hall’s Thomas Cromwell and portray all his “internal thinking” on PBS: “I’m glad I didn’t have to play it onstage actually.” Ben Miles took on the role on Broadway last year. Rylance is up for an Oscar on February 28 for his performance in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and is currently at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Nice Fish. He’s then returning to New York’s boards in November in Farinelli and the King. Some rescue, Spielberg!Don’t Cry for Jenn Colella & Ramin KarimlooWhat’s new, Canada?! Jenn Colella (If/Then) and Ramin Karimloo (Les Miz) will play Eva Peron and Che, respectively, in a Vancouver Opera production of Evita. Directed by by Kelly Robinson, the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner will play a limited engagement April 30 through May 8 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.Tony Kushner to Team Up With Brad PittTony winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America) will join forces with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Cross Creek Pictures to work on He Wanted the Moon, Deadline reports. The medical research drama is based on a doctor in the 1920s and 1930s, who studied the biochemical root of manic depression just as he began to succumb to the illness, eventually undergoing a lobotomy.Bobby Cannavale’s Vinyl Picked Up for Season TwoCongratulations to new Dad and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale—HBO has renewed his drama Vinyl for a second season. The series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and more, follows Cannavale’s record label honcho Richie Finestra as he lives the dream of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll; we can’t wait to see more of this on our screens!Sneak Peek of New Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtGet that “Peeno Noir” ready! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will return for its second season on Netflix on April 15. Check out the first trailer of She Loves Me’s Jane Krakowski, Broadway alum Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper all strutting their stuff below! View Commentslast_img read more

Get Rid of the Gadgets

first_img“I don’t go to humid places, use tents, sweat suits, heart rate monitors, GPS systems etc. I love the purity and simplicity of training hard on the trails and roads of home. As soon as this is compromised, I am compromising my reasons for staying in this sport for so long. It is not to say that these alternative preparations don’t work, they just wouldn’t work for me.”I love this quote from Deena Kastor, 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist. For me, it captures the essence of running, and the point that so many self-described “gear junkies” miss. Part of what draws so many of us to the sport is the simplicity of lacing up the sneaks and heading out the door. No need to drive to the slopes, reserve a court, or make sure the tires are pumped up. Running is just about the only sport in which one can be completely spontaneous and self-sufficient.Sure, it’s entertaining to download a profile of your latest epic run onto Facebook for all of your friends to see. And interesting, I guess, to compare the stats on your GPS to a race director’s promise of a certain mileage or amount of climbing in an event. Yes, I’ve been beaten by competitors who sleep in altitude tents. And I’ve heard of people training for Badwater by running in saunas or dragging tires up mountainous terrain. I know there’s some merit to paying attention to your heart rate monitor, but I’d rather just listen to my body.Like Deena points out, these training tools do work for a lot of athletes. And were I a professional, attempting to make a living and to support my family on race earnings, I would probably experiment with anything (legal) that might give me an edge. But I’m not, and for this reason, I choose to keep my running as pure and simple as possible. For me, there is no gadget or supplement that can replace good, hard work. There are no shortcuts, just the basic principles of training hard, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough rest. Period.Now ditch the gadgets and just get out there and run.last_img read more

USNS Spearhead Concludes Training Mission in 4 Latin American Partner Nations

first_imgSouthern Partnership Station–Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) gave Military officials from the U.S., Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Colombia the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. The mission, which occurred between June and October, is a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-directed operation planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) and the U.S. Fourth Fleet. “By visiting the same countries, we are able to expand and improve on our previously established relationships with our host nation counterparts,” Lt. Cmdr Harvey said. “This offers greater flexibility in useful training and provides the opportunity to offer assistance in critical mission areas for each country. “The Seabees will be building and teaching the Colombian engineers how to create a road challenge course,” Lieutenant Sean McSwain, from NMCB 133, said upon arriving in Colombia. “This is the first country where the Seabees are able to conduct SMEEs.” “The mission is special because each of the Adaptive Force Packages (AFPs), which are specialized teams of joint-service personnel, are able to deploy to the countries for longer periods of time than traditional U.S. Navy deployments,” Lieutenant Commander Nathan Harvey, SPS-JHSV 15 Mission Operations Officer, said in an interview with Diálogo. “This allows for enhanced partner-building exercises that strengthen our relationships with our counterparts and allow us to improve our interoperability.” The USNS Spearhead recently ended a 2015 training mission that was part of the U.S. Navy’s annual series of deployments aimed at fostering lasting relationships with host nations by promoting and enhancing regional stability and security. Successful exchange of ideas “During our two-and-a-half weeks in Belize, we conducted five days of demolition operations, including two days of an ordinance disposal operation,” said Ensign Pierce, who participated in the operation, which included the disposal of nine 81-mm mortar rounds that were no longer serviceable and were a safety hazard to the ammunition storage point in Hattieville. “Additionally, we conducted diving familiarization training which directly improved the maritime safety capabilities of Belize’s Coast Guard (BCG) and Defense Force (BDF).” Combat and ordnance training in Honduras In its final stop, the USNS Spearhead visited the port of Cartagena, Colombia, from mid-September through mid-October. There, U.S. Navy service members assisted the local community while strengthening ties with their Military partners in the 4th Fleet’s AOR, according to a SOUTHCOM statement. The USNS Spearhead, a 103-meter-long catamaran capable of transporting approximately 600 tons of Military troops, vehicles, supplies, and equipment up to 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, can operate in shallow-draft, austere ports, and waterways. The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command operates vessel, one of four under contract to Military Sealift Command; a crew of 26 civil Service Mariners navigates and maintains the platform, and the number of military personnel embarked was based on mission requirements, ranging from 104 service members for extended durations to 312 personnel for transits up to 96 hours. The USNS Spearhead made its third stop in Guatemala from August 25-September 14, when U.S. Navy Divers provided training and conducted SMEEs with their counterparts to bolster the Central American nation’s counter-trafficking fight. “We accomplished quite a lot while in Honduras,” said Commander Robert Toth, commander of the AFP for SPS-JHSV 2015 and the commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6. Belize, Guatemala, and Colombia Raúl Barreno Castillo contributed to this story from Guatemala City, Guatemala.center_img A team of U.S. Marines assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion in Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was deployed to support SPS-JHSV15 operations in Honduras and later in Guatemala. In Honduras, water purification specialists cleaned 5,000 gallons of water for the local community using their Lightweight Water Purification System (LWPS). The mission was not the first time the USNS Spearhead arrived in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia, as the vessel stopped in those countries in support of SPS-JHSV 14 in 2014, when it also visited the Dominican Republic. The latter training sessions were held during different components of the mission. In Belize and Colombia, U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) divers and technicians covered more than 60 training topics with their local counterparts. And in Guatemala, medical AFPs and Guatemalan medical teams participated in a joint effort Medical Civics Action Program (MEDCAP), during which more than 400 women were given prenatal care and many children were treated for parasitic infections. Additionally, personnel tended to more than 250 patients and conducted Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEEs) to assist in future medical procedures. The courses were aimed at personnel from the Marine Brigade, the Caribbean Naval Command, and the Special Operations Jungle and Naval Special Forces Brigade. The United States has also supported the Central American nation with humanitarian and medical assistance through the hospital-ship Comfort, in which 10,000 low-income Guatemalans were seen in various medical areas, between April 22 and May 2. During the four-nation tour, the USNS Spearhead teams trained and worked with partner nations’ Militaries and security forces on locally identified needs, such as port security, non-commissioned officer professional development, operational risk management, and medical readiness, among others. It anchored on its first mission stop in Honduras on July 11, where U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen taught a Combat Lifesaver course to Honduran Naval students in Puerto Castilla. In the same port, EOD technicians trained Honduran divers in the use of an underwater handheld sonar devise known as AN/PQS-2A to locate objects; meanwhile, in Trujillo, AFP builders and equipment operators assisted in a water reservoir repair project. By Dialogo October 19, 2015 It’s good that the Central American countries strenuously work and train to fight illegal drug trafficking. Thank you to SOUTHCOM for facilitating this kind of training for the countries! “This mission has been successful in the exchange of ideas, in training in medical readiness, and EOD.” “The idea of ​​this type of Military exchanges is to update knowledge in [both] the fight against organized crime and new underwater search and rescue techniques,” said Guatemalan Army spokesman Colonel Hugo Rodriguez. “The support given by the United States in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking is important. The cooperation between the two countries has been positive for Guatemala in its goal of defeating criminals.” At the same time, a team of Navy divers and technicians were deployed from Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, to conduct SMEEs in Colombia. “The Colombian divers have a great diving program, which allows us on to focus on advanced techniques,” Ensign Pierce said. In previous countries, divers and EOD personnel worked together during SMEEs, but in Colombia, they focused on rating specific specialties and teaching two different groups. Following its stop in Honduras, the Spearhead went to Belize, where U.S. Navy Divers and EOD technicians trained and conducted SMEEs with their counterparts to improve the Central American country’s fight against illicit trafficking and disposal of explosives. “The Guatemalan divers were eager to learn our diving techniques,” said Navy Diver 1st Class Joseph Olin of Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 31 from EODMU3, stationed in San Diego, California. “We started in the pool reviewing basic diving procedures and practiced different searching methods. By the end of our time in Guatemala, we were conducting searches off a pier in open water.” “Working alongside the Honduran Buzos de Combate [Combat divers] unit, the EOD and dive teams conducted SMEEs,” said Ensign Adam Pierce, EOD platoon officer-in-charge. “We engaged in demolition operations, diving, and underwater sonar techniques, while forging relationships that will benefit both nations in the near future.” last_img read more

Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chapter

first_img Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chapter July 1, 2004 Regular News Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chaptercenter_img South Florida’s multi-cultural legal community has a new diversity bar association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida.APABA is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.Founded in March, APABA will speak for the legal needs and interests of the burgeoning South Florida Asian Pacific American community. It will also provide resources and networking opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, law students, and legal educators.“South Florida’s legal community has been very supportive,” said Jay Kim, APABA’s president. “APABA could not have formed without the backing of Steel Hector & Davis, Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin, and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. Those firms really encouraged the participation of their attorneys, and gave APABA the financial and legal assistance needed to get the ball rolling.”Kim said APABA seeks to build coalitions within the legal profession and the community to address issues vital to people of all colors and creeds, such as equal opportunity, civil rights, ethnic and religious tolerance, and increasing diversity in the federal and state judiciaries. APABA will also monitor state and local legislative developments that affect South Florida’s minority populations.“Our goal is to build an organization that will serve as a voice for the hundreds of Asian Pacific American legal professionals in South Florida, and as an advocate for the tens of thousands of Asian Pacific Americans who call South Florida their home,” said Mimi McAndrews, the first Asian Pacific American woman elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and member of the APABA Board of Directors.APABA will also serve as a vehicle for Asian Pacific American legal professionals to interact socially.“Asian Pacific Americans are still just a small portion of The Florida Bar, and it is easy to feel culturally isolated,” said William Simonitsch, APABA’s secretary. “While there is significant cultural diversity among Asian Pacific Americans, we have many shared experiences that bind us. Through APABA, we can explore common ground.”For membership information contact Alice Sum or Eugenia Chu, at (305) 379-9000.last_img read more

Credit unions outperform banks in 4Q consumer credit

first_imgCredit unions expanded their consumer credit 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, outperforming both banks and financial companies, NAFCU Director of Research and Chief Economist Curt Long said after analyzing data published by the Federal Reserve Monday.For the month of December, total consumer credit increased an annualized 5.4 percent. Total consumer credit for credit unions increased 0.2 percent during that month as consumers took advantage of low interest rates, Long said.Non-revolving credit, which is mostly motor vehicle and education loans, increased at an annual rate of 4.4 percent, while revolving credit, which is primarily credit cards, increased 7.9 percent in December.“Non-revolving credit remained solid as consumers took advantage of low interest rates to purchase vehicles and as young adults pursued higher education,” said Long. The Federal Reserve data also showed that revolving credit growth rebounded from November but still revealed that consumers are refraining from taking on excessive credit card debt. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Things must change to restore civility

first_imgAll of these are extensions of very bad manners. We aren’t respecting other people or their property. We need to inspire and equip this generation of children, teens and parents to live with civility, character, integrity and respect, the principles our country was founded upon.Our problem seems to be from our busy, fast-paced society, where often both parents are working outside the home. Where children are overly involved in sports, music lessons, and other activities, there’s often little time available for parents to pass on important life skills and basic manners to their children. Compounding the problem are the many overly stressed single-parent families and the high number of latch-key children who have excessive unsupervised time.In addition, parents and educators are realizing that much of the music, movies, television and the internet children consume are generally not good reinforcers of the proper moral values and manners. The impact of these social forces is having a serious effect on our society. We need to address this growing problem before it gets worse. Remember, our country is only as good as the people who are living in it. So it is about time we change how we are doing things.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes America as a country was where people cared, where they were kind, helpful, and civil. A country where people greeted you politely on the street, who treated others with respect, and who obeyed the law of the land.Unfortunately rudeness, crudeness, bullying, cheating, embezzling, murder, and drug abuse are getting to be more prevalent. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Homeowners expect heavy trading in 2017

first_imgSurvey results show almost two-thirds of Australian homeowners think now is a good time to buy property.Survey results show Australian homeowners expect a big year in property.A study commissioned by LocalAgentFinder asked over 1000 respondents their opinion on property market trading conditions.The analysis revealed 62 per cent of Australian homeowners think it’s a good time to buy.LocalAgentFinder CEO, Matt McCann, said the positive result was despite a number of potentially negative influences.“It is interesting to see two-thirds of Australians believe property is a good buy this year, given the double-digit percentage increases, talk of interest rates potentially rising, and potential changes to property investment legislation.”The study also revealed 67 per cent of Queensland homeowners believe it’s a good time to sell while 65 per cent of Queensland homeowners believe it’s a terrific time to buy property.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThis is compared to the country’s two biggest markets where 81 per cent of New South Wales residents and 82 per cent of Victorians believe 2017 is a good time to sell“Many of us are talking about Sydney and Melbourne’s strong property market, but that is not really being seen outside of the Eastern Seaboard,” McCann said.“In fact, the value of property in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart were lower in 2016 than they were eight years ago.”Based on age demographics, 53 per cent of over 60s believe it’s a good time to buy, compared to just 35 per cent of those in their 20s.Mr McCann said the results fit the prevailing wisdom.“Older Australians typically have more purchasing power than young people, as they are able to rely on the equity of existing assets to purchase.“Younger people are struggling to keep up with rising house prices, and they are less likely to be inclined to purchase this year,” he said.last_img read more

BBC scheme seeks to cap inflation increases with risk-transfer exercise

first_imgPIEs have previously sparked some controversy and were criticised by then-pensions minister Steve Webb over the language used in literature for the exercises.Due to government and industry criticism, incentive exercises such as PIEs and enhanced transfer values (ETVs) are now subjected to a code of conduct.The code banned the use of cash incentives for participation and made providing independent financial advice to members compulsory.As part of a separate exercise, the fund also said it would start laying out its flexible retirement offer (FRO), offering members over 55 the chance to access their defined benefit (DB) pension in line with the new pension freedoms introduced in April.The tender also said the FRO would be part of its usual communication with all active members in future, but added that up to 30% of the 3,500 members able to take part would transfer their benefits out of the DB fund into a defined contribution (DC) vehicle of their choice.The use of FROs was expected to increase after the UK government added flexibility to DC schemes, with savers no longer being forced to purchase an annuity.Members of the BBC scheme will be consulted regarding the additional freedoms of DC schemes, including accessing pensions as cash, in order to increase participation.Both exercises would allow the BBC to reduce its deficit, which, according to the most recent actuarial valuation, stands at approximately £1.7bn. The BBC Pension Scheme is hoping that as much as 10% of its membership will sign away the need to offer inflation-proofed benefits as part of a planned pension increase exchange (PIE).The £10.8bn (€13.1bn) scheme, which closed to new entrants in late 2010, is planning to offer around 16,900 members the chance to take part in the PIE, which, at retirement, sees members offered higher up-front benefits at the cost of future statutory increases to inflation.As part of the three-month exercise, which the scheme expects to launch in November, the national broadcaster is tendering for independent financial advisers to support the fund’s 65,000-strong membership.According to the tender notice, the fund hopes 20-40% of those eligible to take part in the PIE – close to 17,000 members – will take up the offer, although a further 4,900 members over 80 could also be offered the opportunity to take part.last_img read more

Cricket News Marnus Labuschagne, super sub for Steve Smith, helps Australia draw Lord’s Ashes Test vs England

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Marnus Labuschagne had created history by becoming the first concussion substitute in history when Steve Smith was withdrawn from the Lord’s Test after suffering a blow to the side of the neck by a pacy bouncer from Jofra Archer. Labuschagne’s first delivery was a bouncer from Archer at 92 mph and it hit him flush on the helmet and he looked rattled. However, the right-hander showed tremendous composure and slammed a fifty and aided by some sluggish England fielding, Australia managed to hold on for a thrilling draw as the Lord’s Test ended with Australia still leading 1-0 in the five-match series.Labuschagne was not confirmed as playing until Sunday morning. Previously, a substitute would only have been permitted to field. But this series is the first in the ICC’s inaugural World Test Championship featuring new rules that allow replacement players to bat or bowl if they are covering for concussed team-mates.Earlier man-of-the-match Stokes made a fine hundred before Root declared England’s second innings on 258-5. Stokes slog-swept off-spinner Nathan Lyon for two sixes in as many deliveries on the way to a 160-ball century, his seventh in Tests and second against Australia.England pressed hard late on to level the series at 1-1 after captain Joe Root declared to set Australia a stiff target of 267 in 48 overs following Ben Stokes’s 115 not out. It seemed the match was destined for a draw, with Australia 132-3 after tea in a Test where five sessions were washed out and rain also delayed Sunday’s start by over an hour. But Australia, who won the first Test at Edgbaston by a huge margin of 251 runs, lost three wickets for 17 runs to give England renewed hope.Labuschagne fell when his sweep off Leach deflected off Jos Buttler at short leg before looping to Root, diving forward at midwicket. The onfield ‘soft signal’ was out and third umpire Joel Wilson upheld that verdict to the disgust of Labuschagne. Leach then had Matthew Wade (one) taken at short leg before Joe Denly held a sensational diving left-handed catch at midwicket to dismiss Paine following a full-blooded pull off Archer. But with the natural light fading, the umpires appeared to instruct Root not to bowl Archer even though the floodlights were on — effectively depriving the Sussex quick of two overs. Come the last over, bowled by left-arm spinner Jack Leach, England needed four wickets for victory, but Pat Cummins played out three deliveries to secure the draw. Fast bowler Archer took 3-32 to finish with five wickets on his Test debut, with Leach returning figures of 3-37.center_img Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in cricket.In new ICC rules, concussion substitutes can be allowed to bat or bowl.Australia lead the five-Test Ashes series 1-0 against England. last_img read more