Annie Potts Tapped to Lead Ann National Tour

first_img The one-woman show follows Ann Richards, the famed and charismatic former governor of Texas. Ann brings the audience face to face with the political icon, whose personality was said to be bigger than the state from which she hailed. The play premiered in Gavleston, Texas in 2010 and went on to play San Antonio, Austin, Chicago and Washington, D.C. before opening on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 7, 2013. In addition to Pippin, Potts appeared on Broadway in God of Carnage in 2009. She garnered an Emmy nomination for the Lifetime drama series Any Day Now. Her additional film and TV credits include Designing Women, GCB, Corvette Summer, Love & War, Pretty in Pink, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Screen star Annie Potts, who recently appeared on Broadway as the trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin, has been tapped to lead a forthcoming national tour of Ann, slated for spring 2016. The play is written by Holland Taylor, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2013 for her performance in the Great White Way production. The tour will play Dallas, Texas (naturally) from March 22 through April 3, 2016. Additional dates will be announced later. View Commentscenter_img Star Files Annie Pottslast_img read more

Classic City Awards

first_imgFor a full list of the Classic City Award winners and more information about the gardens and next year’s trials, visit Summer’s end often means that spring’s colorful annuals have started to fade, but the end of Georgia’s growing season also means it’s time to debut the University of Georgia Trial Gardens’ annual Classic City Award winners. These awards represent plants that thrived during the punishing conditions of a Georgia summer.In addition to being one of the most beautiful places on the university’s Athens campus, the gardens serve an important purpose in the research and development of new ornamental varieties.The gardens provide variable, real-world conditions for testing new varieties developed by commercial nurseries and academic breeders. This testing provides third-party, verified data for consumers, retailers, breeders and many others.Trial plants are planted every spring and are watched carefully throughout the summer to determine which plants will make the cut and be sold to Southeastern gardeners the following season.The gardens face a unique set of challenges during Georgia’s unpredictable summers, which makes the facility an ideal proving ground for new plants.“June was a wet month. We had rain almost every week. When it’s cloudy and wet, plants like petunias, ptilotus and geraniums struggle in different ways,” said Brandon Coker, manager of the gardens.For example, the dry-loving ptilotus thrived in early summer, but when June brought frequent rains, the three varieties of plitotus at the gardens completely rotted.However, when plants like ptilotus thrive in the dry weather, other plants, like dahlias and chrysanthemums, need at least daily or twice daily watering to survive. To balance these needs, the gardens overcome rainfall challenges by keeping the plants on a watering schedule based on their individual needs.  Some of the plants that overcame individual challenges this summer earned the title of “Classic City Award winner.” With any luck, they’ll make it to local garden centers and gardens next spring.Canna Toucan ‘Scarlet,’ Proven WinnersAs the name implies, this canna is deep red, but the foliage is nearly black, which provides a beautiful contrast. The flower heads stand tall above the foliage line and when one bloom falls, another is ready to open. Don’t be discouraged if the plant starts off slow. At the gardens, the plants started off slow, then exploded in a continuous floral display in July that continued well into September.Salvia Cathedral ‘Sky Blue,’ Green Fuse BotanicalsThis light-blue salvia is a lower-growing variety and gets to be about 12 to 18 inches tall, according to the breeder’s website. ‘Sky Blue’ stayed in bloom from May to September, an impressive span of time for any flowering plant. It’s versatile in floral arrangements, containers, accent plantings, pollinator gardens and in a host of other settings.  Echinacea Sombrero ‘Granada Gold,’ Darwin PerennialsOf the three Sombrero varieties planted last spring, all of which were good performers, ‘Granada Gold’ was the best. The flawless, golden flowers bloomed profusely in a beautiful floral presentation and lasted longer than the other two varieties.Coleus FlameThrower ‘Spiced Curry,’ Ball FloraPlant“It’s not always about flowers,” Coker said. This colorful, leafy coleus looked stunning well into September and October. The leaves are serrated with purple outlines, and the underside and veins of the plant are also bright purple, which offers a beautiful contrast to the lime green leaves. last_img read more

Nassau Reopens Fifth Precinct in Elmont

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police reopened their Fifth Precinct station house in Elmont on Monday morning, two years after it was downgraded to a “community policing center” during a controversial precinct consolidation, officials said.Elected officials, police union leaders and community members who cheered the reopening urged police brass to also reopen the Sixth Precinct in Great Neck and Eighth Precinct in Levittown, but the county’s top cop quickly shot those hopes down.“I wouldn’t say anything’s definitive, but at this point in time there are no plans to reopen the Sixth or the Eighth precincts,” Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told reporters Monday during a news conference in the Fifth Precinct lobby.The police department, with legislative approval, planned to cut the number of precincts from eight to four in 2012, but police put the brakes on the plan before consolidating the last two—the First Precinct in Baldwin and the Seventh Precinct in Seaford—after Superstorm Sandy.James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, was among the loudest critics of the consolidation, but praised the department for partially reversing its mergers.“If you make a decision, that doesn’t mean you have to stick by that decision forever,” he said, noting that officers continued patrolling sectors within Fifth Precinct boundaries despite the consolidation. “This was the right thing to do.”Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) took credit for helping broker the legislative deal that led to the reopening of the Fifth Precinct, which had been merged with the Fourth Precinct in Hewlett.“By having our precinct back, we’re going to have that visibility, that presence and strong vision and perception of keeping our neighborhood safe,” he said.Krumpter said that the consolidation saved $10 million over the past two years—half of the amount that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano touted upon proposing the plan. The commissioner added that reopening the precinct would not add to the police budget and was made possible “by moving some administrative positions around.” Opening the other two precincts, he noted, would cost $10 million.last_img read more

Innovation can light the way

first_imgAs a movement, credit unions always put members and communities first, practicing empathy in designing products that solve real life problems.As a company that has grown up transforming and protecting your industry, we are choosing to lead by your example. Managing a crisis is never an easy task. When we look at unprecedented events in our past, we remember those who used their time to innovate and create revolutionary solutions.This is a moment in our history to come together and align our energy to do good – to be better. Humanity is at its best when we connect and share experiences.  The credit union industry is made up of passionate rebels with an entrepreneurial spirit who have always persevered and emerged from adversity wiser and stronger. As events unfold, we have a choice to either join in collective panic or use the resources we have at our disposal – time, technology, untapped creativity, each other (and our captive children!) to find innovative new approaches to everyday and not so everyday problems.  We have the ingredients to thrive together, solve problems, prototype quick but lasting fixes and improve how we prepare for the unforeseeable future. It’s an ideal time to highlight problems, scrutinize processes and prototype new ways of working together. We love journey mapping as one method to drive innovation by improvement. This exercise cuts through the noise to focus on a specific process that is causing friction and provides a common lens to view a situation, quickly bringing people and teams out of their silos and into a collective problem-solving mindset. Mapping starts with single process (usually with butcher paper on the wall and magic markers) and you map every step – the activity, people involved, and their experience. A lot of journey mapping ends here; we recommend you dig into the “back channel” – the technology that supports the process and expose what risks, inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement exist. The trending problems we have been applying this methodology to these past few days have been: Remote work: how to securely and productively be as useful remotely as we are at work. Increased cybersecurity: how to stay vigilant and secure during this time of heightened security. Not repeating our lack of preparedness: This event has highlighted lack of preparation for disasters. We are listening, learning, and documenting every scenario so we can minimize future impacts.Think|Stack is built on our guiding values, the most important being Family Trust.  You are our credit union family, and we want to help.Only human centered design and collaboration can lead us through this crisis.We Think|Stackers are design thinkers and we are opening our virtual doors, with no commitment or future agenda, to help solve problems. What journeys are you currently navigating that could use a map to light the innovative path through the adversity? 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Sachse Chris found his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. He used that vision and drive to found Think|Stack.  Demonstrating the path, while relentlessly moving forward, Chris is passionate about … Web: Detailslast_img read more

How does compliance affect customer experience?

first_img continue reading » Perhaps now more than ever, financial institutions must understand their account holders’ needs, deliver a seamless customer experience, and operate with the utmost transparency. If there is any silver lining during this global crisis, it’s that these essentials have been brought front and center. Offering a compliant overdraft service directly and positively impacts relationships, so it is a good suggestion to take a critical look at your current strategy to make any necessary adjustments to deliver the best experience possible.Customer Service Backed by Compliance CertaintyAccording to a 2020 report by PwC, developing a customer-centric business model ranks as the top priority for banks this year. Furthermore, regulatory compliance and enhancing customer service rank as the top two investment priorities (at 56% and 46%, respectively). That signals that A) the money is going toward the stated objectives of leadership, and B) any improvement that addresses both compliance and service delivery makes a valuable impact.One way to accomplish both:  Ensuring your overdraft program—through disclosing terms and fees as well as any temporary changes for leniency during this crisis—is a reliable safety net for your account holders, now and once we’re on the other side of the COVID-19 outbreak. As account holders struggle to make ends meet, they’re frantically reworking their budgets and looking to their financial institutions for not only assistance but reliable solutions that can be quickly understood and utilized under their current circumstances. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Municipality of Klis has announced a public call for an attractive hotel project that it is offering to potential investors

first_imgThe deadline for submitting bids is September 23, 2019. Find out more information about the public call HERE “The municipality of Klis has decided not to wait for investors to knock on our door, but we have designed an attractive project and provided even more attractive land that we will offer them for investment.” are the words of the mayor of Klis Jakov Vetma, a year ago when the first one was originally published Public Call. Related news: The hotel, in addition to the basement and garage, will have four floors with a total capacity of 93 rooms and six suites. All are located in such a way that they have an open view of the sea and the entire pool of Klis, Solin and Split. The project also envisages an indoor pool within the SPA space. In addition to the three outdoor pools, it is possible to place individual pools on the terrace of the room, if the investor so wishes.  Although there were certain interests of investors, so far no one has officially responded and the public call has been repeated. center_img The conceptual solution and 3D visualizations of the future hotel, which should spring up on a plot of 20.000 m2 with a view from Omis to Trogir and the Split archipelago, were also presented. The construction conditions were set by the development of the solution and visualization, which was unanimously accepted by the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Klis at the last session held on 30 August. The plot itself is located 400 meters from the famous Kliška fortress.  NEW CATALOG OF INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES RELEASED, MOST PROJECTS FROM THE TOURISM SECTOR The Municipality of Klis has published a repeated Public Invitation for submission of bids for the purchase of real estate owned by the Municipality of Klis for the construction of a hotel with accompanying facilities for catering and tourism.last_img read more

New tourist lifestyle portal for the promotion of our tourism – TurističkePrič

first_imgPortal TurističkePrič is a new tourist lifestyle portal for the promotion of tourist destinations and Croatia as a tourist destination, which is intended for the general public (b2c). After many hours and changes, the beta version of the new lifestyle tourist portal is finally out – Tourist stories Now is the time for us all to join forces and do the most we can, and the new portal for the promotion of our tourism is another part of my contribution with the goal of making our tourism full again – Full of life. The portal will be further changed and supplemented in a month, there will be a total of 30 bloggers, a lot of new stories and inspiration for travel. As this year, as never before, the focus will be on domestic tourists and weekend trips, I invite you to send interesting tourist stories to publish them on the new portal – Tourist Stories As always, the question of how to move forward is always – the first step. The best time for a fresh start and challenge is always today.  And that is why I invite all tourist boards, hotels, agencies to send their interesting tourist stories, products, contents…. on – its free 🙂 In the current situation where the tourist season is in question, our tourism now needs the greatest support and help, and the meaning of the portal and the main guiding thread is the promotion of tourist destinations, content and Croatia as a tourist destination. PS Of course, I still stay on the portal. We read and think out loud together, and I hope to see you soonlast_img read more

Virtual future

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Dani Ceballos reveals phone call with Jose Antonio Reyes’ Dad convinced him to join Arsenal

first_img Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jul 2019 11:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link414Shares 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 CityCabellos hails from the same town, Utera, as Reyes and confirmed he spoke with the farther of the former Arsenal star before making the decision to commit his short-term future to Unai Emery’s side.‘This is a historic club that I’ve always looked out for because of Jose Antonio Reyes, who is from the same town as me and played here,’ he told the club’s website.‘He made history at this club, winning the league title, so it’s an important step in my career for me to join Arsenal.‘I spoke to his father just before coming here and he told me not to think twice because this is a wonderful club. José had a fantastic time here.‘When I came into the training ground I saw a picture of him and it really struck me because he’s like my childhood idol.‘Being at the club where he made a name for himself is a big step forward and I hope to make this club even bigger.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Read More Skip Top articles Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More 1/1 PLAY Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad Read More Dani Ceballos reveals phone call with Jose Antonio Reyes’ Dad convinced him to join Arsenalcenter_img SPONSORED Coming Next 1 min. story by Metro Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on a season-long loan from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has revealed a phone call with the father of Arsenal Invincible Jose Antonio Reyes helped convince him to sing for the north London club.The Spain Under-21 international’s arrival on season-long loan was confirmed on Thursday and the highly-rated playmaker is in line to make his first appearance in Sunday’s Emirates Cup match against Lyon.Reyes, who tragically died aged just 35 last month in a fatal car crash, joined Arsenal from Sevilla in what was then a club-record £17million deal in January 2004.The former Spain international played a prominent part in Arsenal’s unbeaten season, won the FA Cup in 2005 and was a substitute in the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Read More Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Bahamas should abandon Privy Council, says chief justice

first_imgNewsRegional Bahamas should abandon Privy Council, says chief justice by: – October 8, 2011 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Sir Michael Barnett. Image via: Bahamaspress.comNASSAU, Bahamas — Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett said on Thursday that The Bahamas should eventually abandon the Privy Council as the final court of appeal and move toward the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).While that decision would be up to the government of The Bahamas, Sir Michael said there is a “powerful argument to moving eventually toward the CCJ”.“Whether we do that now is a matter for political debate and a matter that [the government] will have to discuss and consider,” Sir Michael told the Nassau Guardian following the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers Conference. “I have my own views and I think it’s almost a natural progression of our constitutional development that we move away from the Privy Council and I think the Caribbean Court of Justice is likely to be the alternative to the Privy Council.“I think that as a part of our constitutional development it’s almost inevitable that we move away from the Privy Council like lots of other countries, including Australia and New Zealand.”Sir Michael said while the Privy Council has been useful, the CCJ would better serve the country’s needs. “It’s a regional court but it’s also part of our development as a nation that we look to our own court for the resolution of disputes.” CCJ president Justice Dennis Byron also talked about the benefits of Caribbean nations turning to the CCJ. According to Byron, the regional appellate court has a quicker clearance rate than the Privy Council. “In the six years of its lifetime, 78 matters have been filed before the appellate jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice and 74 decisions have already been delivered,” he told conference participants. “This comes from just the three countries who have signed up for this final jurisdiction. “By comparison, the number of appeals that have gone before the Privy Council from all the remaining territories have not amounted to 50.“So just by virtue of that simple statistic we have seen that the CCJ has already improved the access of our people to justice.”Byron added that it’s even more important to ensure the quick delivery of justice as the region reports higher levels of crime.In The Bahamas, grave concerns have been raised over the crime problem. So far this year, 104 people have been murdered, up from the record 94 last year.“All of our communities are affected by the increase of crime which is a major issue affecting the stability of our region,” Byron said.“And I recall that many years ago when people were considering what were the factors that assisted in reducing crime and improving the stability, a key factor that was identified was the improvement of the justice system. It’s not just justice delivery but the delivery of civil justice.”He added, “At the hallmark of the aspirations of our people is the idea of justice is critical.”Sir Michael admitted that the Bahamian judicial system has its share of problems. “We are all sensitive to the need to give access to the court to be able to deliver the adjudication of disputes in a timely matter – [impartial] trials in a reasonable time. These are things that we struggle with and we look for ways in which we can refine and improve on what we do now,” he said.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reporter 19 Views   no discussionslast_img read more