Kelli O’Hara Will Play Mrs. Darling on NBC’s Peter Pan Live!

first_img View Comments Kelli O’Hara will play Mrs. Darling, the wife of George Darling and mother of the Darling children—Wendy, John and Michael, on NBC’s Peter Pan Live!. Starring the previously announced Allison Williams as Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, the December 4 telecast is the Peacock Network’s follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which featured Carrie Underwood along with many Broadway favorites. A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The show has been revived five times on Broadway since. The tuner’s classic songs include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”center_img O’Hara received Tony nods for her performances in The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza. Her other Great White Way credits include Follies, Sweet Smell of Success: The Musical and Jekyll & Hyde. She will headline the Broadway revival of The King and I in Spring 2015.last_img read more

Sierra House receives $1,000 donation from Northfield Savings Bank

first_imgSierra House/Washington County Mental Health has received a $1,000 donation from Northfield Savings Bank for their transitional program. Sierra House is a Montpelier based non-profit supporting and advocating inclusion of all persons into our community, and actively encourages self-determination and recovery by serving individuals and families coping with mental health and developmental related challenges.About Northfield Savings Bank Northfield Savings Bank was founded in 1867 by a group of area citizens, and with assets of $588 million, is now one of Vermont’s largest providers of residential mortgages and commercial loans. Northfield was the first savings bank in Vermont to provide checking services, computerized statements and ATM’s, and remains a leader in combining sophisticated financial services with personalized customer service. NSB is also known for its role as a corporate citizen, proudly donating 10 percent of profits to Vermont community organizations. NSB has contributed more than $4.5 million over the last 10 years. An independent community bank, NSB employs approximately 143 people and operates 13 branches throughout Central Vermont and Chittenden County. Member FDIC.Photo caption: (C) Marcy Couillard, Program Coordinator and (R) Emily Wilder, Peer Mentor/Social Support Specialist for Sierra House, receive a $1,000 check from (L) Debbie Kerin, Northfield Savings Bank’s – Montpelier Branch Manager.Source: NSB. Montpelier, VT October 14, 2009last_img read more

NextEra’s renewable energy, battery storage project pipeline tops 15GW

first_imgNextEra’s renewable energy, battery storage project pipeline tops 15GW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The world’s largest renewable energy developer says it has more projects in the works than it has connected to the grid — including plans for the biggest-ever stand-alone battery storage system. Renewable energy giant NextEra Energy Inc.’s competitive wholesale power unit has inked deals for more than 15,000 megawatts of wind, solar and storage projects, the utility giant announced yesterday.“Our backlog is now larger than [NextEra] Energy Resources’ entire existing renewables portfolio, which took us 20 years to complete,” Rebecca Kujawa, NextEra’s chief financial officer, said during the company’s third-quarter earnings conference call with financial analysts.South Florida-based NextEra has signed contracts for roughly 4,800 MW of renewable projects since the beginning of the year, including a record 2,200 MW in the past three months. This includes the newly announced 1,000 MW of solar and storage projects for NiSource Inc.’s Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and a 325-MW, four-hour battery storage system in California that NextEra says will be the largest of its kind in the world.NextEra has capitalized on growing demand from states and utilities that have set carbon reduction or net-zero targets. The company frequently touts that the cost of renewable energy has fallen to the point that it is more economical than most traditional forms of generation. What’s more, it has developed a battery storage system that pairs with wind and solar, removing the challenge of intermittency that comes with renewable energy. The company has dedicated $1 billion to invest in storage next year.NextEra announced a pipeline of 50 green hydrogen projects for the transportation and industrial sectors and hopes to add to that. The company considers hydrogen a long-term solution to decarbonization, particularly if [Democratic presidential nominee Joe] Biden’s plan to hit that target by 2035 for electricity becomes a reality.“Hydrogen could really be the solution for the last 10 to 15% where it gets very expensive to do with batteries, it’s more manageable to do with hydrogen,” [John Ketchum, CEO of NextEra Energy Resources,] said.[Kristi Swartz]More: NextEra announces record renewables, world’s largest batterylast_img read more

Four Uniformed Personnel Held Hostage By The FARC Rescued In Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo June 14, 2010 Four uniformed personnel, including a police general, kidnapped by the FARC guerrilla group almost twelve years ago, have been rescued in the jungles of southeastern Colombia, Colombian defense Minister Gabriel Silva said. The rescued hostages are Police Gen. Luis Mendieta, Police Col. Enrique Murillo, and Army Sgt. Arbey Delgado, who are currently “being well protected by three hundred military personnel” in the area where the rescue took place, the jungle department of Guaviare, according to Silva. A fourth member of the uniformed services, Col. William Donato, was found in good health after taking refuge among trees more than 260 feet (80 meters) tall, Gen. Freddy Padilla said. Colombian authorities say they found a Donato in the jungle, a day after he fled for his life and became lost during a confrontation between his captors and government troops conducting a surprise hostage rescue. General Mendieta – the highest-ranking hostage the guerrilla group had been holding – and Colonel Murillo were kidnapped on 1 November 1998 in an attack on Mitú, the capital of the department of Vaupés (in southeastern Colombia, on the border with Brazil), at which time the former had the rank of colonel and the latter that of captain. Sergeant Delgado and Colonel Donato were taken hostage on 3 August 1998 following a bloody attack on a police anti-narcotics base in the town of Miraflores (Guaviare). The uniformed personnel will be transferred to Bogotá Monday morning, the commander of the armed forces, General Freddy Padilla, announced. Despite the fact that Silva characterized ‘Operation Camaleón’ as “impeccable,” Padilla reported that a sergeant died during the operation, although not at the rescue site. Minister Silva announced that the authorities will continue to seek the liberation of the remaining military and police personnel held hostage. “We are happy. Those who have been kidnapped from us are not alone; this demonstrates it,” he indicated. President Álvaro Uribe, who during his eight years in office, which will end on 7 August, pursued an “iron fist” policy against the FARC, had announced the rescue of the general and the colonel hours earlier. “The joint operations command of our armed forces has just rescued General Mendieta and Colonel Murillo,” Uribe said in the city of Quibdó, the capital of Chocó (in northwestern Colombia). Sunday was Mendieta’s fifty-third birthday. “I’m happy; my prayers have finally been answered. It’s his birthday; it’s the best present for my husband and myself. I’m finally going to be able to celebrate his birthday with him. I can’t wait to hug him,” his wife, María Teresa, declared in a voice choked with emotion. Sebastián Murillo, an eleven-year-old boy born after his father was kidnapped, said about the father he has never met, “The first thing I’m going to tell him is that I love him, that I’ve missed him a lot.” The rescue of the uniformed personnel is a new success for the government in its efforts to free all the FARC’s hostages without negotiations. In July 2008, in a military operation worthy of Hollywood, Colombian-Frenchwoman Ingrid Betancourt, three Americans, and eleven Colombian military and police personnel were rescued. The new rescue comes a week before the second round of presidential voting, which will pit administration candidate Juan Manuel Santos against independent Antanas Mockus. Santos, then defense minister, directed the operation that rescued Betancourt and the other fourteen hostages. He then resigned to launch his presidential campaign, in which he has a wide lead heading into the balloting, according to the polls. Santos announced that if he wins the election, he will continue working to rescue the other uniformed personnel.last_img read more

Poland to begin lifting some restrictions from April 19

first_imgRestrictions on shops are likely to be lifted first, Poland’s government spokesman Piotr Muller told public radio.Muller said the government would decide on the lifting of further curbs on Wednesday or Thursday.Last week the authorities extended a lockdown on schools until April 26 and businesses until April 19. Limits for air and rail transport have also been extended. Poland’s borders will remain closed until May 3.The May 10 elections are now expected to be held exclusively by post in an effort to curtail the risks associated with coronavirus. Opposition politicians and critics say the election risks not being free or fair and some have called for voters to boycott the ballot altogether.Szumowski said on Tuesday that he is waiting on the General Sanitation Inspectorate to judge the safety of carrying out the elections by post before he will issue his own recommendation.Human rights officials, international organizations and European Union Commissioner Vera Jourova have criticized the Polish ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party’s push to hold elections by post. Topics : Poland will gradually lift lockdown measures imposed to contain the novel coronavirus from April 19, starting with restrictions on shops, the government said on Tuesday, as it prepares to hold presidential elections by post on May 10.As of Monday, Poland had reported 6,934 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 245 deaths.”From the 19th we will slowly start unfreezing the economy,” Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told Polish private radio station RMF FM.last_img read more

Two thirds of West Java residents need COVID-19 aid amid policy ‘injustice’, governor says

first_imgRidwan said the central government had the wrong perspective on aid policy; it had allocated budgets based on the number of regions in a province, not on the size of its population.As a result, he said, the funds allocated for West Java – with a population of more than 49 million, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) – such as the village funds, were less than those for other provinces with smaller populations, thereby impeding relief efforts.“There is fiscal injustice in the way the central government is providing funds to the regions. The size of the population is never used as a benchmark. [West Java] really felt [the impact] when COVID-19 hit,” he said.During the discussion, Ridwan called for solidarity and sensitivity to ensure mutual support during the economic crisis. He asked the community to embrace the spirit of Ramadan to do charitable work. The COVID-19 economic downturn has caused two thirds of West Java residents to need assistance, governor Ridwan Kamil has said, while criticizing the central government for mistaken calculations in aid policy.During a recent webinar held by the West Java Development Institute, Ridwan pointed out that the number of residents in need of aid had increased to 38 million from the initial 9.4 million, with the majority living in the southern part of the province.“So, ladies and gentlemen, about two thirds of people in West Java are asking for support from the government at the moment,” Ridwan said in the online discussion as quoted by Antara on Thursday. “We can change the narrative of social emergency to social solidarity. Moreover, this is the month of Ramadan, the month of blessings, the month of support,” he said.The West Java administration has been conducting 2,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests daily in 15 laboratories and is prioritizing testing in crowded places, such as traditional markets.Ridwan said the number patients being treated for COVID-19 at hospitals in the province – the second hardest hit after Jakarta – had decreased to about 300 in the first week of May from about 400 at the end of April. He said the number of recoveries had doubled.As of Friday, West Java had confirmed 1,404 cases with 92 fatalities, according to the central government’s count.“We hope this positive trend can be maintained,” he said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

China supports WHO-led review of global pandemic response

first_imgHua stressed that any inquiry should be based on the International Health Regulations, and be authorized by the World Health Assembly or Executive Committee — the WHO’s dual governing bodies.WHO epidemiologist Dr Maria van Kerkhove said Wednesday the agency is in talks with China to send a mission to investigate the animal source of the virus. Both US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have heavily criticized China’s alleged lack of transparency, and have repeatedly pushed the theory that the virus emerged from a Wuhan maximum-security virology lab.The claim has become a key point of contention between China and the US, with Beijing accusing US Republican politicians of shifting the blame as an electioneering strategy. Most scientists believe the virus originated in animals before it was passed on to humans.Numerous countries including France, Germany and Britain have also urged greater transparency from China over its handling of the virus.China has strenuously denied accusations it concealed information relating to the initial outbreak, insisting it has always shared information with the WHO and other countries in a timely manner. China said Friday it supports a World Health Organization-led review into the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, but only “after the pandemic is over”.The comments from foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying came as China faces increasing global pressure to allow an international investigation into the origins of the pandemic.The review should be conducted in an “open, transparent and inclusive manner” under the leadership of WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Hua said at a press briefing. Topics :center_img She added that it should be at an “appropriate time after the pandemic is over”.But Hua did not say the review should probe the origins of the virus, despite growing calls led by the US and Australia for an international inquiry into the issue, which has become a key flashpoint in deteriorating tensions between Washington and Beijing.Instead, the review should “summarize the experience and deficiencies of the international response to the pandemic, strengthen the WHO’s work, enhance the construction of countries’ core public health capabilities, and provide suggestions to improve global preparedness against major infectious diseases,” said Hua.She said China would cooperate with WHO efforts to trace the origin, but rejected US calls for an investigation, accusing it of “politicizing the issue”.last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Philadelphia Phillies and MLB Announce 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf, Philadelphia Phillies and MLB Announce 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia Press Release Philadelphia, PA – As part of the 250th anniversary of American independence, Governor Wolf joined Major League Baseball (MLB) to announce the Philadelphia Phillies will host the 2026 All-Star Game and related All-Star Week events.“As the birthplace of our country, bringing the MLB All-Star Game back to Philadelphia is the perfect way to celebrate the 250th anniversary of American independence,” said Governor Wolf. “Hosting massive sporting events like Baseball’s Midsummer Classic or the 2017 NFL Draft brings even more excitement to the city and generates a huge economic impact for workers and businesses.”The governor joined Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton, current and former Phillies All-Stars, Mayor Jim Kenney and other local officials for the announcement near Independence Hall. This will be the fifth time the city has hosted the All-Star Game and the first at Citizens Bank Park. The 1976 All-Star Game was held at Veterans Stadium to mark the nation’s bicentennial.An estimated 100,000 fans will attend the multi-day event, providing an important boost for the region’s tourism and hospitality industry.“Pennsylvania is proud of our place in the history of our country and with baseball,” said Governor Wolf. “The commonwealth is home to two great MLB teams, numerous minor league and independent teams and the amazing Little League World Series in Williamsport. We will be proud to welcome fans from around the world to Philadelphia for this showcase event.”In preparation for the 250th anniversary of the nation’s independence, the legislature and Governor Wolf took action to create the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission in June 2018, becoming the second state to formally start the planning process. The governor appointed supermarket magnate and philanthropist Patrick Burns as chairman. The commission will engage people in all 67 counties to celebrate 250 years of commonwealth history and the contributions of all Pennsylvanians.center_img April 16, 2019last_img read more

DGS Class of 92’ Reunion Committee visits the Dominica Infirmary

first_img 38 Views   one comment Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews DGS Class of 92’ Reunion Committee visits the Dominica Infirmary by: – April 4, 2012 Share Assistant Director of the Dominica Infirmary Angela Pierre receiving donation from the DGS Class of 92’ Reunion Committee As part of its 20th school-leaving reunion this year, the DGS Class of 1992 has embarked on a number of projects geared at giving back a little to the needy within our communities. Like the Great American Poet, Maya Angelou, the Class of ’92 found that among other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. It was this liberation that they felt on Saturday 30th March when the planning committee presented some laundry suppliers and toiletries to the Dominica Infirmary and mingled with the inmates there. According to the Assistant Director of the Dominica Infirmary, Mrs. Angela Pierre, who received the items on behalf of the institution, it is always heartwarming when members of the public show support to the infirmary, no matter how small their contributions may be. She also stated that the infirmary needs much more assistance from cooperate citizens as it is often a headache to be asking the same contributors over and over again for assist.Her desire is that many more businesses and groups will do like the Class of ’92 Committee and make a donation. She said that the infirmary is in need of two commercial washing machines right now, and she does not know how they are going to be purchased as most of the infirmary’s subvention from the government goes towards the payment of salaries.Taking on the elderly in a friendly domino match.Mr. Irvin Hamilton, the Chairman of the committee, resounded Class of 92’s expectation not only to merry themselves at its reunion but also to give back to the society and the school, which molded them and guided them into being what they are today. This small contribution, according to him, is the first of a number of donations that the Committee intends to make to a number of similar institutions during this, its 20th Anniversary, year.Mr. Hamilton called on cooperate citizens and all religious entities on the island to come to the aid of the Dominica Infirmary, which has been doing a great job in caring for the elderly, to help it in its quest to purchase the washing machines. He said, ‘as the godly nation we always ballyhoo ourselves to be, we need to attend to the call that if there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the LORD your God has given you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be.’Having a laugh with Celus, the longest stay-in inmate at the infirmary.Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. The love brought about by the kindness of Class of ’92 giving to the infirmary warms the heart of all the members of the planning committee present at the small ceremony and was further reiterated by meeting Celus, the longest stay-in inmate at the institution and two centenarians presently sheltered under the infirmary´s roof. The DGS Class of ’92 20th Anniversary Reunion is carded for October 28 – November 5, 2012. The week-long event aims to bring together school mates and teachers to reminisce on the memorable time spent at our alma mater and share our life experiences. For further information on the reunion contact:Irvin Craig Hamilton (Chairperson) -Email: seehamc@gmail.comJanice Roberts (vice Chairperson) -Email: jayr23@hotmail.comor visit DGS Class of ’92 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/dgsclassof92/Press Releaselast_img read more

1.8M Region 6 families to get P6K each

first_imgFor a family to qualify for the socialamelioration program, it must have any of the following as members: * persons with disability DSWD said it has already coordinated with LGUsand city/municipal links to ensure that proper arrangements will be made andthat social distancing and other health safety protocols will be strictlyobserved during the withdrawal of emergency cash assistance. * occasional workers like househelpers,drivers of pedicabs,  tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and publicutility jeepneys There are two releases for the socialamelioration fund, thus a family would be receiving P12,000 in total, saidRago-Castillo. The other 1,475,000 families will each receivethe whole P6,000 assistance. * lactating mothers * indigent * senior citizens Of the over a million target families, 325,000families are already beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps) that each receive P2,150 monthly. The DSWD central office earlier declared“force majeure” for the 4Ps program covering February and March, which suspendsthe monitoring of compliance that serves as the basis for the computation ofcash grants. Philippine Coast Guard personnel get ready to transport these boxes of family food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development to Negros Occidental from the seaport of Iloilo City via a ship of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. DSWD Region 6 has prepositioned 24,200 family food packs should local government units need more for their constituents adversely affected by the ongoing enhanced community quarantine aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * overseas Filipino worker in distress * sub-minimum wage earners * homeless * solo parentcenter_img * workers in the private sector observing “nowork, no pay” family (provided they have not availed themselves of  the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program ofthe Department of Labor and Employment) * pregnant women ILOILO City – An estimated 1.8 millionfamilies in Western Visayas would each be receiving P6,000 financial assistancefrom the government’s social amelioration program due to the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. * micro-entrepreneurs  * farmers, fishermen (provided they are notrecipients of assistance from the Department of Agriculture The first release will be made within theenhanced community quarantine period; the second release is after thequarantine. The Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment Office (DSWD) Region 6 has been tasked to release the assistancethrough local government units (LGUs). Under Republic Act (RA) 11469 or the“Bayanihan to Heal as One” Act, 18 million low-income households, including 4Pshousehold beneficiaries, are expected to receive emergency cash assistance tocushion the impact of the public health emergency due to COVID-19. * informal workers According to Rago-Castillo, the LGUs may tapbarangay captains to release the financial assistance house-to-house so as toavoid large gatherings what would make it difficult to observe socialdistancing – another strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19. This was later on extended to cover the monthsof April and May. Thus, according to DSWD Region 6 publicinformation officer May Rago-Castillo, these 4Ps families would be receiving anadditional P3,850 to reach the amount of P6,000. The prevailing regional minimum wage of P395per day was used as basis for determining the amount of financial aid for eachfamily, added Rago. The DSWD reminded all its beneficiaries to bevigilant and to only believe and rely on information released by the officialsocial media accounts and website of the Department./PNlast_img read more