View Comments Stage and screen star Joely Richardson will star in the off-Broadway revival of The Belle of Amherst, William Luce’s one-woman play that captures the revered career and private life of poet Emily Dickinson. Under the direction of Steve Cosson, performances will begin on October 7 at the Westside Theatre. Opening night is set for October 19. In The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson’s poems, diaries and letters are woven into an illuminating portrait of the prolific wordsmith. Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family and her often-amusing observations come to life on stage. The play originally premiered on Broadway in 1976. Richardson has appeared on stage previously in Side Effects, The Lady from the Sea, Ivanov and Madame Melville. On screen, she has appeared in Nip/Tuck (for which she received two Golden Globe nominations) and numerous films, including The Patriot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 101 Dalmations, Thanks for Sharing and Endless Love. The Belle of Amherst will feature set design by Antje Ellermann, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Daniel Kluger.
The announcement is timely as September is National Puppy Mills Awareness month. OSTEGO COUNTY (WBNG) — The Susquehanna SPCA announced on Sept. 21 the creation of the “PAWS Before You Pay” program, aimed to educate, inform and even empower consumers in New York. For more resources to educate yourself on the Susquehanna SPCA click here. The program highlights the importance of adopting and buying healthy animals from responsible breeders and shelters instead of puppy mills, which animal advocates say are only in the business to make money and do not care about the pets themselves. Animal advocates spoke about how often times pets from puppy mills turn out to be sick with deadly diseases like parvovirus, leaving their owners to decide if it’s financially worth keeping their pets. “I can’t tell you the number of calls that I get,” said Libby Post, executive director of the NYS Animal Protection Federation.”The animal has parvo. What should I do? Well, you have three things: The first thing is you have to make the decision whether or not you want to spend thousands of dollars above and beyond of what you’ve already spent to care of this animal and get it through parvo, which is not a guarantee because parvo is a deadly, deadly disease for puppies. You can make the decision to put the animal down which is a heart breaking decision to make.” The SPCA also stressed that buying an animal from a puppy mill could even leave you with making a gut wrenching decision: putting your animal down.
Feb 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Deaths from H5N1 avian influenza were reported today in two women, one from southern China and the other from Vietnam, as officials in Egypt announced that a 4-year-old girl has been hospitalized with an H5N1 infection.China’s health ministry reported that a 44-year-old woman from the city of Shanwei in Guangdong province died of an H5N1 infection yesterday, according to a statement today from the World Health Organization (WHO). Her death raises China’s H5N1 count to 30 and its number of fatalities to 20.The woman got sick on Feb 16 and was hospitalized 6 days later. China’s national laboratory confirmed her infection yesterday, the WHO reported. An investigation into the source of her infection found that she had contact with sick and dead poultry before she became ill.Chinese officials said the woman was a migrant worker from Sichuan province, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Personal contacts of the woman are under medical supervision, and so far all remain healthy, the WHO reported.The woman’s death is China’s second fatality in less than a week. On Feb 22 the WHO reported that a 41-year-old man from Guangxi province died of an infection on Feb 20.Meanwhile, health ministry officials in Vietnam today reported that a 23-year-old woman from Phu Tho province in the northern part of the country died yesterday of an H5N1 infection, the WHO reported today. Her illness pushed Vietnam’s number of H5N1 cases to 105, and her death raises the fatality count to 51, according to the WHO.The woman got sick on Feb 14 and was hospitalized 5 days later. Investigators found that she had contact with sick and dead poultry before she got sick, the WHO reported.The woman worked as a teacher, according to a report today from Reuters.Elsewhere, the health ministry in Egypt today confirmed that a 4-year-old girl from Menia governorate, about 100 miles south of Cairo, is sick with an H5N1 infection and is being treated in a Cairo hospital, the Associated Press reported. If her illness is confirmed by the WHO, the girl will become Egypt’s 44th case-patient and the country’s first H5N1 case this year.Media reports on the girl’s illness gave no details on the possible source of her H5N1 infection; however, women and children are known as the primary caretakers of backyard poultry in Egypt.The two newly confirmed H5N1 infections raise the WHO’s global count to 368 cases and 234 deaths.See also:Feb 26 WHO statement on Chinese deathhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_02_26/en/index.htmlFeb 26 WHO statement on Vietnamese deathhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_02_26b/en/index.html
So you could read Tuesday night’s remarks (a better idea than listening to their somewhat soporific delivery) in part as an attempt to hit the reset button, to pitch himself as a centrist dealmaker rather than a predictable ideologue, to leave the legislative struggles of his first year behind and get back to selling people on things they actually want.Thus even as he touted his tax cuts, Trump effectively buried further efforts at Obamacare repeal by suggesting that the repeal of the unpopular individual mandate sufficed as health care policy.There was no mention of deficit reduction or spending cuts, nor of the entitlement reforms dear to the heart of the House speaker just behind him.Apart from a long riff on immigration and a nod to judicial nominations, the conservatism of the speech was heavy on generalities about flag, faith and family, with more polarizing issues like abortion mentioned only by implication.Apart from the Islamic State, North Korea and Guantánamo Bay, the foreign policy section was … strikingly empty. America First, it seems, means not having to bore viewers by bringing up anything about the world beyond our shores except our enemies.And then for domestic policy there was a list of ideas that Bernie Sanders might campaign on in 2020: cheaper prescription drugs, a $1.5 trillion gusher of infrastructure spending, even a promise to pursue paid family leave.Not conservative ideas, these — but mostly popular ones. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhere policy was concerned, the story of Donald Trump’s first year in office was simple.The populist of the campaign trail, the man who won the Republican nomination and the White House by ignoring conservative orthodoxy and promising the moon, was replaced by a president who essentially conceded control of his agenda to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.It was characterized by a president who spent down his limited political capital pursuing conventionally right-wing policies — unsuccessfully on health care, successfully on taxes, but in each case without much moderate or bipartisan support.There are many reasons — one for almost every tweet — that Trump arrived at his first official State of the Union address as a wildly unpopular president despite a reasonably strong economy, but his failure to follow through on his campaign’s populist promises is high on the list. In this sense, and also in the canny and sometimes moving choices of inspirational figures in the balconies, I suspect the speech was effective, that it might help lift Trump temporarily upward from his mean of 38 percent approval toward the “we’re holding the House by our fingernails” promised land of 44 percent.But an effective speech is not the same thing as an effective agenda, and right now there are no prospects for Trump’s popular ideas getting enacted or even really considered in Congress.His party’s ideologues don’t want them, the opposition party doesn’t want to make a deal with Trump to get them, and his White House doesn’t actually have any detail behind the rhetoric.The ideas are just things that the president would probably like to do but that someone will talk him out of, or that he’ll forget about, or that he’ll offer in a halfhearted way and that Congress will never bother to take up.The only exception, the only issue where he does actually have some details to offer, is immigration reform.But here the speech’s appeal to the assembled legislators to make a version of the deal he’s offering on DACA — essentially an amnesty and path to citizenship now in exchange for future immigration reductions — was undercut by all the fearmongering about immigrant crime that Trump wrapped it in.For Democratic politicians whose base doesn’t want to compromise and whose own political interest isn’t served by any kind of major immigration deal, the bloody-shirt business with MS-13 murders was a permission slip for intransigence: Why make a bargain with a president who talks like half your immigrant constituents are gangbangers? So this State of the Union both showed what a more successful version of the Trump presidency would look like — still conservative on many fronts but more genuinely populist, less same-old GOP — and why the possibility of that success has probably already slipped from this administration’s grip.There were ideas here that could make Trump’s second year more successful than the first, but there was no plan to actually enact them, no sign that Trump is prepared to build bridges where he’s burned them, no plan for getting more out of this speech than just a temporary polling bump.What there was instead was something you can expect to hear a lot of between now and November 2020: “If you like this economy, you should like me, too.”Politicians have won re-election with that sort of messaging.But few of them have had as far to climb to reach even basic likability as President Donald Trump.Ross Douthat is a blogger and columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
PROPERTY valuation and advisory firm, Herron Todd White, has compiled a list of must-do investor resolutions to ensure a financially healthy 2019. Angeline Mann, director at Herron Todd White, said now is the time to establish practises that will ensure a great outcome over the year. ■ Do your budget: Investors set to gain the most in 2019 will have healthy balance sheets, according to Ms Mann.“The tough finance environment that plagued borrowers in the second half of 2018 looks set to continue over the medium term – particularly with the banking Royal Commission findings due in February.“Now is the time to get your financial affairs in order so you can put forward a strong case to the lenders when a prospect to buy arises.” ■ Check your leases: Ms Mann says smart landlords study their existing lease details well before they’re due to be renewed. “Don’t wait to the last minute – know when your leases are due for renewal and understand the process. Being ill-prepared creates pressure and will have you making bad decisions. ■ Collect sales and rentals information: Being informed about markets helps investors spot opportunities quickly, Ms Mann said.“There’s no substitute for studying actual, completed sales or rentals in a suburb across a three-to-six-month period in order to paint a picture of a market’s direction. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“If you have selected a location, start putting together a file of properties that have sold and/or leased in your price point straight away. “This will educate you on what the market is doing and provide accurate evidence as to what you should pay for an investment property so you can secure it quickly. “Keeping a record of transactions is invaluable, and a file compiled over a minimum three to six months is absolutely essential.” ■ Revisit your investment goals: January is definitely a time to think about why you invest and how your strategy is playing out,” Ms Mann said. “Retirement plans based on a property portfolio will involve some element of timing the market.” Ms Mann said clever investors would be revisiting their strategy in January ■ Contact your advisers: Ms Mann said venturing into markets without having knowledgeable, independent professionals on your side can be risky.“Now is the time to ensure you have a solicitor, accountant and other professional advisers on hand and aligned with your ambitions for the year.”
South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has won a contract from Zodiac Group Monaco to build four containerships.The shipbuilding major said the contract was worth KRW 436.8 billion (USD 407 million).The four container carriers are scheduled for delivery by July 2020. Further details of the order were not disclosed.HHI’s announcement comes as a confirmation of the broker reports from early April. The previous reports, however, linked the shipowner to an order for five ultra-large containerships featuring 14,000 TEU.Zodiac Maritime already has five 11,000 TEU containerships on order at Hyundai, scheduled for completion in 2019.The five New Panamaxes were ordered in November last year and have fetched a price of USD 90 million each.Zodiac Maritime has 132 vessels in its live fleet, including 15 newbuildings.Hyundai had a strong year start with regard to order intake having secured orders for over 30 ships, the majority being gas carriers and large ore and container vessels.The shipbuilder plans to keep its focus on gas carrier market amid the anticipated growth of LNG and LPG volumes coupled with the U.S.’s aggressive energy exports policy and China’s eco-friendly energy consumption campaign.For 2018, the group is targeting an orderbook value of USD 13.2 billion, up from USD 9.9 billion from 2017.World Maritime News Staff
Royal IHC has hit a milestone in the design and build of an integrated 550t reel lay system for Shanghai Salvage. It will be the first reel lay system in the Chinese market and moreover, it will be one of the largest and most sophisticated reel lay systems worldwide.Namely, this month, the tower and rigid pipe reel were loaded onto a barge in Penglai ready to be transported to Qingdao. The carousel for flexible pipe storage, the A&R winches and other underdeck equipment have already been delivered earlier this year.In 2020, the system will be installed on Shanghai Salvage new-build offshore construction vessel, followed by sea trials.Royal IHC announced the contract with Shanghai Salvage in November 2016.
The United States has warned of possible terror attacks in the Ugandan capital Kampala.The US embassy there issued the alert after receiving information that locations where Westerners frequent may be targeted.“The US embassy has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where Westerners, including US citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place soon,” the embassy said.The US mission has cancelled some non-essential events scheduled at local hotels in the coming days, and urges it’s US citizens to expect increased security sweeps and delays when entering or exiting hotel areas.It has been attacked in the past by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants, and the embassy last issued an emergency warning last September – after which Ugandan police and security sources said they intercepted a transfer of suicide vests by suspected Al-Shabaab members.The Islamists were also behind the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in neighboring Kenya’s capital Nairobi, and recently issued a call for fresh attacks against such locations.Uganda is a key contributor to the African Union force battling the Al-Shabaab inside Somalia. Uganda is a key contributor to the African Union force battling the Al-Shabaab inside Somalia.
How many have heard of the Rooney Rule in pro football? In essence, it states that you must interview at least one minority candidate before you hire a head coach. People are questioning if Oakland talked to anybody except John Gruden before they hired him.Pro football is basically a monopoly when it comes to coaching candidates. Most of the time NFL owners just rotate coaches when they want a change. They seldom go outside and look for any new talent. It is almost the same way with assistant coaches.One of the few exceptions is Chip Kelly who was the Philadelphia Eagles head coach between 2013-15. He was a college coach in Oregon before he went to the Eagles. Kelly is now back in the college ranks. The owners seem to think that only the pro experience is valuable enough for them to coach their teams. In most cases, this seems to be true.
Photo: Fear FactoryBatesville, In. — Batesville city council has awarded $2,400 in Belterra funds to Cierra’s Club to help market Fear Factory. The Herbert Brothers will produce a commercial that will run for three months in the following theaters:Gibson Theater- BatesvilleDamn Theater- OsgoodWolf Theater- GreensburgGreendale Cinema & LawrenceburgOrganizers say they can reach more than 110,000 within a 31-mile radius of Batesville with the marketing effort.Recent reports have placed the Halloween industry second only to Christmas with $9 billion in annual revenue. The report says haunted houses alone generate more $300 million nationwide every year.Cierra’s Club was formed in 2011 following the overdose death of Cierra Adams on her 18th birthday. In October of 2011 Fear Factory started as a 5,000-square foot attraction and has grown to more than 40,000-square feet. Fear Factory has also been named the “Best Haunted House” in Indiana by Cosmopolitan, Only in Your State/Indiana and Indiana Haunted Houses.In 2018 more than 3,000 people visited the Fear Factory over Halloween.