Stage Vets Lange, Paulson, Bates & More Will Reunite in American Horror Story: Freak Show

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img View Comments The new season will take place in Florida in the 1950s with Lange playing a German ex-pat who manages one of the final remaining freak shows in the U.S. The rest of the confirmed cast will take on the roles of members of the twisted act who will do anything to keep the show running. Send in the clowns! American Horror Story co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has revealed that the official title for the show’s fourth season will be American Horror Story: Freak Show. According to E! Online, Broadway vets Jessica Lange, Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Tony nominee Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett, along with Evan Peters, will reunite for the series after appearing in last season’s Coven storyline. Tony winner Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to join.center_img Murphy has brought on many Broadway guest stars in the FX series, including Tony winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. We recently asked readers which Broadway diva they would like to see in the next season, and Miss Betty Lynn Buckley took the lead. We would be thrilled (and terrified) to see the Tony winner take part: rival freak show leader? Fellow German ex-pat? Bearded lady? We hope you’re listening, Murphy!last_img read more


Disaster!’s Jennifer Simard is Broadway.com’s Next Vlogger

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 This is not a test. We repeat: This is not a test. Disaster!’s Jennifer Simard will grab a camera as Broadway.com’s latest video blogger. Keep watch for Help! Backstage at Disaster! with Jennifer Simard.Simard, who plays Sister Mary in the jukebox musical, will show us around the hallowed halls of the Nederlander Theatre, where she and her co-stars—including Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Roger Bart and Faith Prince—jump ship, do the Hustle and rock some serious black tie (or, if you’re Simard, a nun’s habit). We would like to request that she cameo her Bernadette Peters impression at least once.Simard returns to Disaster! after appearing in the show off-Broadway. Her additional credits include Sister Act, Shrek and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway, as well as Forbidden Broadway, Unbroken Circle and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change off-Broadway.Help! will premiere on February 17 and run every Wednesday for eight weeks. Jennifer Simard in ‘Disaster!'(Photo by Andrew Eccles) Star Filescenter_img Related Shows View Comments Jennifer Simardlast_img read more


Vermont and 16 other states join suits against drug giant Wyeth

Posted On Jan 1 2021 by

first_imgVermont Attorney General William H Sorrell announced today that Vermont and sixteen other states have filed a joint motion to intervene in two whistleblower lawsuits against the drug manufacturer Wyeth. In the motion and accompanying complaint, filed last Friday, the States allege that Wyeth knowingly failed to report certain discounted prices of its drugs as required by laws governing the Medicaid program. As a result, Wyeth allegedly avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in rebates owed to state Medicaid programs for its drugs, Protonix Oral and Protonix IV.”Vermont should not be forced to pay a premium price for these important drugs when it is entitled to a discount. By intervening in this case, we are attempting to protect the fiscal integrity of Vermont’s Medicaid program, and the health of the many Vermonters who depend upon it,” said Attorney General Sorrell.Under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, drug manufacturers are required to report to the government certain prices they charge their customers, including the “best price” offered for their drugs. They also are required to pay rebates to the state Medicaid programs which are calculated based on the reported discounted prices offered to other customers. Congress created the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program in order to ensure that Medicaid, the nation’s provider of health insurance to the poor and the disabled and one of the largest purchasers of drugs, receives the benefit of the same discounts offered to other large commercial customers in the marketplace.Between 2001 and 2006, Wyeth offered steep discounts to thousands of hospitals nationwide for Protonix Oral and Protonix IV, which are used to suppress stomach acid, under pricing arrangements known as “Protonix Performance Agreements.” These arrangements offered discounted prices based on certain conditions, such as market share or placement on formularies. The States allege that Wyeth was required under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program to report prices paid by hospitals under this arrangement, and to pass along the benefit of the lower prices to the state Medicaid programs. Wyeth allegedly failed to do so and therefore avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicaid in rebates.Vermont’s role in the case, now pending in the United States District Court for Massachusetts, is being handled by the Office of Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit. By intervening in the suits, Vermont seeks damages from Wyeth on behalf of its Medicaid program.Source: Vermont Attorney General. 5.10.2010last_img read more


China Sees 1.8 Million Coal Layoffs Ahead

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kevin Yao and Meng Meng for Reuters:China said on Monday it expects to lay off 1.8 million workers in the coal and steel industries, or about 15 percent of the workforce, as part of efforts to reduce industrial overcapacity, but no timeframe was given.It was the first time China has given figures that underline the magnitude of its task in dealing with slowing growth and bloated state enterprises.Yin Weimin, the minister for human resources and social security, told a news conference that 1.3 million workers in the coal sector could lose jobs, plus 500,000 from the steel sector.China’s coal and steel sectors employ about 12 million workers, according to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics.“This involves the resettlement of a total of 1.8 million workers. This task will be very difficult, but we are still very confident,” Yin said.For China’s stability-obsessed government, keeping a lid on unemployment and any possible unrest that may follow has been a top priority.The central government will allocate 100 billion yuan ($15.27 billion) over two years to relocate workers laid off as a result of China’s efforts to curb overcapacity, officials said last week.China’s vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao quoted Premier Li Keqiang as telling U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday that the fund would mainly focus on the steel and coal sectors.The number of layoffs was reasonable based on the government’s capacity closure targets, said Jiang Feitao, an industry researcher with the China Academy of Social Sciences, a top government think-tank.He said the funds being made available would be used only after the enterprises go bankrupt and settle their debts. He said local governments would also be responsible for dealing with those debts.Full article: China expects to lay off 1.8 million workers in coal, steel sectors China Sees 1.8 Million Coal Layoffs Aheadlast_img read more


PODCAST: Kristen Tatlock on avoiding social media compliance pitfalls

Posted On Dec 17 2020 by

first_imgWhile social media opens many doors, it can also raise serious compliance hurdles.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, Kristen Tatlock, senior compliance manager for Credit Union Service Network, looks at common mistakes credit unions make when using social media, how social media risks are evolving, and some social media do’s and don’ts.“Advertising rules are an area that has failed to evolve as quickly as technology has,” Tatlock says. “At the pace which social media platforms are being developed and as credit unions expand the platforms they use, it’s going to provide exposure for potential violations.“Not only will credit unions need to understand the rules and regulations for advertising their products and services via social media,” she continues, “they have to be aware of the specific rules, regulations, and terms of service that each platform has.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more


Johnson City bus drivers take on big role in meal programs

Posted On Dec 8 2020 by

first_imgFor now, if you see a yellow school bus riding around town, it could just be Calsavina, who is still able to do what he loves. The drivers have began to think about what could happen once it’s time to begin driving kids to school again. “I love the kids, I really enjoy doing this, it’s an extended family,” he told 12 News. “We’re fortunate to be in that position where we do have work to do,” says Calvasina. “A lot of people don’t and I can’t imagine what that’s like for them,” Calvasina and Johnson City transportation play a big role helping out with the meal program and they say they are happy to be part of the program. “It’s almost an impossibility when your’e transporting 45 to 48 high school kids and you’ve got seating for 44,” said Calvasina. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – With schools closed for the rest of the academic year the BOCES pandemic-meal program will continue. “We don’t know what they are going to tell us, are they going to tell us we are going to sit how many on a bus, we don’t know,” Castellucci says. Johnson City Transportation Director Louis Castellucci says they will deliver meals through June. The extension is good news, not only for participants, but for one Johnson City bus drivers like Ziggy Calvasina. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter.last_img read more


Vivo S7e 5G With Triple Rear Cameras, 4,100mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

Posted On Nov 20 2020 by

first_imgTalking about its internal specifications, the Vivo S7e 5G runs on Funtouch OS 10.5 based on the Android 10 software. It features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 90.1 percent screen-to-body ratio, and 408ppi pixel density. The phone also supports HDR 10. It is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 720 octa-core SoC paired with 8GB of RAM. Internal storage is listed to be at 128GB.Coming to optics, the Vivo S7e 5G has a triple rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel main sensor with f/1.89 lens, an 8-megapixel super wide-angle macro sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel pixel blur camera with f/2.4 aperture. Camera features include 10x digital zoom, night scene mode, and more. Up front, the Vivo S7e 5G has a 32-megapixel selfie camera on board with f/2.0 aperture.The Vivo S7e 5G has a 4,100mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. It comes with a screen fingerprint sensor, offers face unlock support, and weighs about 171.7 grams. The dimensions are listed to be at 161×74.04×7.73mm. Connectivity options include USB Type-C port, 5G SA/ NSA, Bluetooth v5, and a 3.5mm audio jack.- Advertisement – Vivo S7e 5G has been launched as the latest smartphone from the Chinese brand. The company has revealed its specifications and features ahead of its pricing details, which are set to be announced on November 11, i.e. Single’s Day in China. The Vivo S7e 5G is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 720 SoC and has a triple rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel main sensor. There is also a 4,100mAh battery on board with the ability to fast charge at 33W.Vivo S7e 5G saleAs mentioned, the pricing of the Vivo S7e 5G is not revealed yet. The company says the price will be announced on November 11, i.e. on Single’s Day in China. The Vivo S7e 5G will be available in three colour options — Mirror Black, Phantom Blue, and Silver Moon. The phone is up for reservations of interest on the company site. It comes in a single 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model.Vivo S7e 5G specifications- Advertisement – Which is the bestselling Vivo smartphone in India? Why has Vivo not been making premium phones? We interviewed Vivo’s director of brand strategy Nipun Marya to find out, and to talk about the company’s strategy in India going forward. We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more


When are the Premier League fixtures released for 2019-20 and when does the season start?

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_img Comment When are the Premier League fixtures released for 2019-20 and when does the season start? Advertisement Man City are the defending Premier League champions in the coming season (Picture: REUTERS)The football season has only just finished, but the endless cycle of matches never really stops and the Premier League will kick into gear again very soon.With the Nations League returning and the Women’s World Cup beginning this week, there is almost no break at all in the football action this year.However, football fans are always hungry for more action and after a few weeks without seeing their team on the field, they will be raring to go again when the season begins again in August.Here are the dates for your diary with the 2019-20 season right around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to claim his first Premier League title (Picture: PA Wire)When are the Premier League fixtures released?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 20 teams will learn their fate on Thursday 13 June at 9am when all the fixtures are released.When does the 2019-20 Premier League season start?The season gets underway on the weekend of Saturday 10 August, although it may be that a game is played on Friday 9 August as last season began on a Friday evening.When does the transfer window close?The transfer window closes just before the season starts, on Thursday 8 August at 5pm.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhen are the EFL fixtures released?The fixtures for the Championship and Leagues one and Two are released on Thursday 20 June at 9am.When does the EFL start?The EFL begins a week before the Premier League with fixtures played on the weekend of Saturday 3 August, but with a match also likely to be played on the Friday.MORE: Daniel Levy makes a decision over Christian Eriksen’s Spurs future amid Real Madrid rumoursMORE: Juventus sporting director provides update on pursuit of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Jun 2019 10:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link59Shares Advertisementlast_img read more


New FTK to hit Dutch pension funds’ coverage ratios, consultancies warn

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgMercer concluded that the average funding had dropped 1 percentage point in July, based on the most recent funding figures of regulator De Nederlandsche Bank.In the opinion of Aon Hewitt, which uses the average strategic investment mix of Dutch schemes as guideline, the average coverage ratio increased by 1 percentage point last month. Mercer’s Van Ek said the official discount rate – the three-month average of the market rate with application of the UFR – for the average scheme was now 2.32%, below the three-month average. “If interest rates remained at their current level over the next three months, average funding would fall by 3 percentage points,” he said. Van Ek noted that the new FTK prescribes a funding policy based on the average coverage over the previous 12 months, rather than the previous three.Driessen of Aon Hewitt said coverage ratios would remain under pressure as a result of “interest-limiting decisions” at the European Central Bank, the crisis in Ukraine and new discount rules for pension funds scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2015.Aon Hewitt, meanwhile, estimated that pension funds’ liabilities increased by 2.3% in July on the back of falling interest rates.Mercer said the average market rate for discounting liabilities for an average pension fund fell from 2.65% to 1.97% in 2014.Van Ek added that the difference between the official discount rate and the market rate was 0.35 percentage points at July-end.Aon Hewitt estimated that Dutch pension funds’ combined assets grew by 1.6% in July due to returns on government bonds (1.9%), equity (1.4%) and property (3%). According to the pensions adviser, the average scheme lost 3.1% on commodities last month. Industry experts have warned that coverage ratios at Dutch pension funds could fall by as much as 5 percentage points under the new financial assessment framework’s (FTK) discount rules for liabilities.Frank Driessen, chief commercial officer for retirement and financial management at Aon Hewitt, estimated that average funding, under the new FTK, would have been 106% at July-end, rather than the current 111%. Dennis van Ek, a principal and actuary at Mercer, agreed, saying new ultimate forward rate (UFR), applied for discounting liabilities, would contribute no more than 2.5 percentage points to the funding of an average scheme, rather than 4% of the current methodology.Both Mercer and Aon Hewitt found that Dutch schemes’ average coverage ratios remained level in July, at approximately 111%.last_img read more


Growth spurt for Greenbank

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoIntrapac’s Harvest Rise development at Greenbank is already under construction.Intrapac spokesman Max Shifman said they chose Greenbank for many reasons, including its proximity to the established areas of the suburb.“There are a lot of great reasons to be in that side of the corridor in terms of location to natural features, great motorway access, obviously connectivity into the Gold Coast and so forth,” Mr Shifman said. “Greenbank is a very large suburb, so we’re the closest new development to the established area.”Villa World’s Covella estate is the developer’s largest Queensland project, providing 1502 lots at Greenbank and has sold 90 blocks since its launch late last year. Peet Limited’s Spring Mountain acreage estate will eventually be home to about 1000 houses.“As the suburbs nearby become more densely developed, many buyers look at the cost of a standard suburban block and realise they only pay about 20 per cent more for 10 times more land at Spring Mountain,” Mr Gore said. “It is a rare opportunity for anyone who loves the dream of tree-change living – from singles and families with young children, to empty nesters and active retirees.”More than 1500 people live at Spring Mountain Acreage Estate in more than 600 homes, with another 40 new homes under construction. When fully developed, the community will include about 1000 homes. 17/06/2008 LIBRARY: Generic construction industry worker on ladder inspecting timber frame of house during its construction at Mirvac’s Ormiston Springs development at Gordon Street 23 Jan 2002.A new community of almost 3300 homes and a “green heart” at Greenbank is set to form part of the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area.Mirvac will join a growing number of developers already investing in the suburb, with one of the largest projects, Everleigh, to be offered to the market by the end of the year.Greenbank is 39km from the Brisbane CBD, and the Greater Flagstone PDA aims to provide about 50,000 dwellings to house an additional 120,000 people by 2031.According to the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, Greenbank’s population is expected to grow nearly 630 per cent by 2036 to 55,959 which is a massive increase compared to the growth between 2011 and 2016 of just 5 per cent.Along with new housing, the master plannedEverleigh community will deliver amenities including a State Government primary school, retail centre, health facility and public open space with 85ha of conservation parkland.Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said construction work had started on stage one of the development.Mr Bible said the new community would have a “green heart”, with 25 per cent of the site dedicated to open space.“The community will include an 85ha conservation parkland, which will be linked to existing Logan City Council-owned conservation land via extended walking trails, approximately 25ha of regional sports and recreation parks and a series of neighbourhood and linear parks,” he said.Meanwhile, Intrapac’s Harvest Rise is 25 per cent completed, and will account for 440 of the almost 56,000 new homes in Greenbank.center_img And so is Villa World’s Covella estate.Villa World CEO and managing director Craig Treasure said the company was catering to the demand for affordable housing across the Logan corridor. “We’re seeing a long-term demand for housing in this marketplace with the growth of urban centres such as Greater Springfield,” Mr Treasure said. Covella will be developed in 27 stages over the next seven years and will eventually be home to about 4000 people.Peet’s Spring Mountain Acreage Estate will provide about 1000 additional homes upon completion. Peet Limited managing director and CEO Brendan Gore said while the estate was part of the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area, they were avoiding pressures of growing density and instead were providing more spacious lot sizes.last_img read more