Reeve Carney, Victoria Justice & Ryan McCartan Get Ready for Rocky Horror

first_img We’re counting down the (25) days until Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show broadcast! Between donning fishnets, filming the “Time Warp” and becoming behind-the-scenes BFFs, the star-studded cast has been busy. Reeve Carney, Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan attended the Broadway Flea Market on September 25 with theater legend Ben Vereen, who will appear in the broadcast as Dr. Everett Scott. Carney, Justice and McCarten then met the press on September 26. We’re shivering with antici…pation to watch Broadway alum Reeve Carney, screen fave Victoria Justice, Heathers star Ryan McCartan and the rest of the cast re-vamp this cult classic for its 40th anniversary on October 20. View Comments Reeve Carney, Victoria Justice & Ryan McCartan(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

12 Colorful spring start

first_imgSpring is perhaps the one season we gardeners are most eager for. We’ve spent months poring over catalogs and magazines, exchanging seeds and cuttings with fellow gardeners, sharpening tools and promising ourselves that this spring our garden will be the neighborhood show-stealer.Think about effectsWhen you plan your spring bed, think about the effect you’re trying to get. You can do this with color combinations. For a soothing look, try white, silver, pink, blue and purple. For excitement, plant red, orange and yellow flowers. Complementary colors, such as orange and blue or purple and yellow, form contrasts and create a lot of interest in the landscape.Plant height is important to the design, too. Next to the house, plant a flower border with the tallest plants in the back, medium plants in the middle and short ones in the front. In the front-yard island, put the tallest plants in the middle of the bed and surround them by plants of decreasing heights.With your design goals in mind, consider getting spring off to an early splash with annual bedding plants that grow well in the cool spring season. Among these colorful favorites are pansy, viola, lobelia, alyssum, snapdragon, flowering cabbage and kale and dusty miller.Buy carefully, plant and fertilizeLook for locally grown plants. Since they’ve been grown in Georgia, they’re better adapted to local climates and haven’t been put through the rigors of long travel.Georgia growers produce excellent plants. And after spending months carefully nurturing for their plants, they’re just as eager as you to show their colorful displays.You can buy these plants at a retail greenhouse business, garden center or local farmers market. All of them do best in full or partial sun in well-drained soils. They prefer moderate fertility, or roughly two applications of 1 pound of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet per season. Fertilize them once at transplant and once in midseason.SelectionsPansy and viola. Space these plants on 4- to 8-inch centers. They do best when planted in full sun and given plenty of moisture.Lobelia. This cool-season annual forms brightly colored mounds, 15 to 24 inches tall. The distinctive flowers have two small upper lobes and three lower, spreading, fan-shaped lobes. Depending on the cultivar, lobelias can be pure white, pink, red, violet or purple. Space plants on 6-inch centers. Like pansy and viola, lobelia prefers cool, moist soils.Alyssum. Tiny, cross-shaped, scented flowers in rounded inflorescences form mounds 15 to 24 inches tall. With colors similar to lobelia, treat alyssum similarly in the garden.Snapdragon. For providing height in the flower bed, there’s no better plant than the snapdragon. There’s no scarcity of colors, including bicolored flowers. Cultivars range from dwarf (15 inches) to tall (48 inches). Plant them in full sun on 6- to 8-inch centers. You may need to stake the plants and deadhead to prolong flowering.Ornamental cabbage and kale. These wonderful plants are prized for their leaf color. They work well with pansies. The foliage is showy, with colors from white through pink or red. Kale’s leaves have frilly edges and are sometimes deeply lobed, while cabbage leaves are usually ruffled. Plants grow to 12 inches across and 15-20 inches tall. Plant them in full sun on 12- to 15-inch centers.Dusty miller. A traditional summer annual, you can use it as a cool-season annual by planting it between the flowering species. Its silver-gray, soft foliage complements a range of colors. And when it’s time to remove the early-spring annuals, leave dusty miller in place and plant around it with summer annuals. By Bodie V. Pennisi University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 12last_img read more

Vermont Business Roundtable Names New Board

first_imgMarc vanderHeyden, PresidentSt. Michael’s CollegeColchester Continuing on the Board are: Newly elected Board Officers, serving two-year terms beginning December2006, include: Vice-Chair       William P. Stritzler, ManagingDirectorSmugglers’ NotchResortJeffersonville SOUTH BURLINGTON—The VermontBusiness Roundtable (Roundtable) on Monday announced the names of its new BoardDirectors and Officers.  “Vermontfaces pressing challenges in the coming years, and collaboration between publicand private sectors is the fastest and most efficient way to addressthem,” said Roundtable President Lisa Ventriss. “We’refortunate to have, once again, Board members and leaders with extensiveexperience in shaping public policy, spurring workforce growth, anddemonstrating corporate responsibility.” Douglas H. Griswold, PresidentS.T. Griswold & Co., Inc.Williston                                                             ### John H. Marshall, Managing Partner, Downs Rachlin Martin (St.Johnsbury), was re-elected as Director. The three new Directors, named forthree-year terms beginning December 2006, are: Chair                Timothy R. Volk, PresidentKelliher Samets VolkBurlington Treasurer          Douglas J. Wacek, Presidentand CEOUnion Mutual of VermontCompaniesMontpelier Ventriss believes the Roundtable’s new Board directors andofficers will distinguish themselves in addressing Vermont’s energy, education and healthcare issues. “This team represents a variety of counties, industries andinterests, but shares a passion for effecting change. These leaders wereelected, and will get things done, because they’re deeply committed toimproving the quality of life in Vermont.” Carolyn Edwards, President & CEOCompetitive ComputingColchester Staige Davis, PresidentLang, Lion & DavisSouth Burlington Pennie Beach, PresidentBasin Harbor ClubVergennes Secretary          James L. Daily, PresidentPorter Medical Center,Inc.Middlebury Aboutthe VermontBusiness Roundtable Steven P. Voigt, President & CEOKing Arthur Flour Company, Inc.Norwich Thomas W. Huebner, PresidentRutland Regional Medical CenterRutland Mark R. Neagley, PresidentNeagley & Chase Construction Co.South Burlington Vermont Business Roundtable Names New BoardNew members will address key state energyand education issues Ellen Mercer Fallon, PartnerLangrock Sperry & Wool, LLPMiddlebury Christopher L. Dutton,  President& CEOGreen Mountain Power CorporationColchester TheRoundtable is composed of 115 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofitemployers dedicated to making Vermont the best place in America to do business,be educated, and live life. Member businesses employ over 49,000 employees invirtually every county across Vermont. For more information contact:Christian FalkDirector of CommunicationsVermontBusiness Roundtable802-865-0410 x14www.vtroundtable.org(link is external)”Making Vermont the Best Place to Do Business, Be Educatedand Live Life.” st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }last_img read more

Seven things to stop doing to your boss

first_imgWe all have bosses.  I have one.  Even if you’re a CEO, you have a boss.  More likely, bosses. I’ve written before how great managers see themselves as servants. They look for ways to make your job easier.  To clear the path.  To knock down walls. They protect you. Inform you.  Arm you with knowledge.So, why not return the favor?Looking at the world through the prism of service is a two-way street.  With that in mind, here are seven things you should stop doing to your boss.Stop assuming your boss has all the answers.  Most bosses have one or two areas of expertise, such as accounting, compliance, finance, etc.  You were hired to bring something to the table. Weave that “something” into the reports and feedback you give your boss.  Making decisions is tough.  When you highlight a problem, include a proposed solution.  A good boss will appreciate it. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

7 sure-fire ways to help your next credit union merger go smoothly

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Penne D. VanderBush With over 10 years of experience in financial industry marketing, and former VP of Marketing for the largest state-chartered credit union in Vermont, Penne joined the FI GROW Solutions team … Web: figrow.com Details One of the areas where many Credit Unions struggle is when they are faced with a merger and all the various issues that accompany taking on a large number of new members all at one time. From issues regarding aligning products and services to basics about locations, hours and contact details, here are 7 tested merger communication tips that will ensure your Credit Union will be ready for your next merger!Merger Communication Tip #1: Follow the RulesThere are several guidelines and timeframes set by state and federal regulators regarding mergers. Your communication plan should incorporate timeframes and requirements set by these regulators regarding both your communication with the memberships effected by the merger, and the communication requirements to the regulators themselves.Merger Communication Tip #2: SynchronicityBoth the acquired and acquiring credit union should communicate the announcement of the merger at the same time. Prior to this communication, we recommend both websites be ready for an influx of traffic as members try to learn more about the details and how they’ll be impacted. Both credit unions should work together on these pages:Acquiring Credit Union: Use some homepage space to post a welcome graphic that links to a co-branded communication page. This page should include a summary welcoming the new members and explaining how the merger is best for everyone. It should also include a timeline of events and instructions for the new members. Even if the instructions at the time of the announcement are as simple as “you don’t need to do anything at this time. You will be contacted regarding the details of your accounts prior to any action taking place.” Be sure to update this page with current information throughout the merger process.Acquired Credit Union: Use significant homepage space to address the merger. Have that banner link to a page that offers a summary explanation about how the merger is best for everyone involved. Then, include a call-to-action (CTA) button linking to the acquiring credit union’s hosted, co-branded page mentioned above.Both credit unions: use these pages to communicate when the acquired credit union will stop opening new memberships and new accounts. Also communicate if you would encourage or discourage members from joining the acquiring credit union and moving accounts on their own.Merger Communication Tip #3: Over-CommunicateThat applies to frequency, not overwhelming details. For some members, you may be moving their entire financial portfolio. Members will not only want to know what’s going to happen with their accounts and how to manage their money going forward, they’ll also want to know if everything is still on schedule or if there are any delays. Merging account information into these communications as the merger date draws near will be imperative. If you’ve received a membership email list from the acquired credit union, remember you can only communicate account specific details if someone has signed an electronic disclosure agreeing to receiving this type of information via email. It may be best to communicate to everyone through formal direct mail packets (see below).Communicate profusely to members about what’s going to happen with their products. If nothing is going to change and it’s a 1-for-1 movement of their accounts, communicate that. If products are changing, i.e. a 21-month certificate special from the acquired Credit Union will roll into an 18-month certificate at maturity at your Credit Union, communicate that now rather than waiting for the 30-day notice date to generate at a future date. And new members will want to know when to expect debit cards, checks, if they’ll receive new online banking login information, how to change bill pay and direct deposit, etc. So, create short, but informative communications that give these details and then send them more than once to new members.Merger Communication Tip #4: Believe it or not… Direct Mail Helps!Not only does it help, it may be the only way to communicate account specific details to members who haven’t opted into an e-sign agreement for electronic delivery of sensitive information. It also feels more ‘official’ for a process like a Credit Union merger. We recommend a nice welcome packet or letter sized mailer that is not folded. Utilize mail merge to show old member number and account numbers alongside the new. If nothing is changing, communicate that. Print on the outside of the envelope to increase open rates. We don’t recommend printing “account information enclosed” or other phrases that would increase risk for the wrong person trying to open it. Instead try something like “your new ownership information is enclosed” or “get ready! This relationship is about to get serious” if that fits your brand. When they see the return address label they’ll know it’s important information from you.Merger Communication Tip #5: Be Staffed for the Phone CallsCalls will literally flood in from people who have products that are changing, people confirming nothing is changing, and people who want to know about services, branches, rewards programs, and more. Your team needs to be patient and informed about all the updates and changes and ready to put a positive spin on all of these new accounts and features. Make sure you run plenty of staff trainings and even some phone call role playing is a great way to work through details in a fun way.Pro tip: From someone who has been through several mergers I can’t express enough the importance of showing your service staff some love during this process. Let them wear jeans, bring them lunch and snacks, have senior management stop by and ask how it’s going or offer support. If you’ve put a PTO freeze on during this time, give them all an extra 8 hours of time off after. Let them know the entire Credit Union is behind them and appreciative of their extra efforts during this time.Merger Communication Tip #6: Be CLEAR About Online & Mobile BankingSend very clear instructions for online and mobile banking. Include screen shots and specific directions for how and when these digital access points will change. If possible, and instructional video can be very beneficial.Alternatively, consider hosting a webinar to walk people through the enrollment process. Or using a webinar recording in lieu of a professionally done how-to tutorial.Merger Communication Tip #7: Don’t Try for Cross-Sales at the BeginningPlease, whatever you do, don’t market your products to the new members during the merger. It’s confusing enough to switch your financial institution, and there’s a lot going on. Let new members settle in for at least the first month or two before marketing new/additional products and services to them. This includes third party mailers such as insurance offerings, rewards programs, etc.NOTE: It’s very important you, and all staff, understand the guidelines for product placement after the merger. If your loan rates are better than the rates in the portfolio you’re acquiring, you don’t want to find yourself in a position of repricing the book of business you’ve just acquired through a high volume of refinancing. Need some help with your internal communication and growth strategy? Well that’s ALL we do at FI GROW Solutions… Check us out at www.figrow.com or Email us today for more information.last_img read more

Only propagandists believe settled science

first_imgOn Sept. 15, David Gillikin, Ph.D., suggested that we keep politics out of climate science, since the science is clear and effectively all scientists agree and that the science is settled.Really? Anyone with any common sense knows that science is never settled. Einstein proved that in 1905 with his Theory of Relativity, which upended a 200-year-old Theory of Mechanics created by Isaac Newton.I’m not a global warming believer or a global warming denier. However, I do believe that those scientists who pretend to know what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. Scientists have a very difficult time predicting weather, let alone climate. Witness the recent computer model predictions of the paths of Harvey, Irma and Maria. These computer models could not predict a week in advance, let alone decades. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsAlbany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static and impervious to challenge.If climate science is settled, why do its predictions keep changing? Why does a great physicist like Freeman Dyson say: “The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans.“They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world we live in …” and, “What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger. It’s clear now the models are wrong, but it wasn’t so clear 10 years ago.”Climate-change proponents have made their cause a matter of faith. For a geologist who supposedly is the brave carrier of the scientific ethic, there’s more than a tinge of religion in his tirade.Bob LindingerGuilderlandcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Europe moves ahead with reopening as global virus cases top 7 million

first_imgBut in some places, it was far from business as usual.Britain on Monday rolled out a 14-day quarantine for all travelers entering the country, prompting uproar from the badly hammered aviation industry which is eager to see travel revived.Pubs and eateries flung their doors open in Belgium, but with social distancing measures in force, while Ireland opened shops and allowed gatherings and travel, also with limits.New Zealand meanwhile buoyed hopes for the rest of the world as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that her country had beaten the virus and lifted all restrictions, though strict border controls remain. The country’s measures were lifted after its final coronavirus patient was declared recovered, prompting the leader to dance around her living room in celebration.”We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now,” Ardern said, adding that Kiwis had “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus”.New Zealand Rugby also announced its top-flight domestic competition would restart this week, with fans allowed to pack into the stadiums for the first time in months.Governments around the world are cautiously peeling back punishing lockdown measures to resuscitate economies while trying to avoid a resurgence of infections.Moscow said Monday it would ease border restrictions and lift lockdown measures in the Russian capital from Tuesday, while Ireland said it would permit gatherings of six people and allow citizens to travel up to 20 kilometers from home, an extension from the previous five-kilometer limit. In Brussels, thirsty patrons lined up in the early morning for a cold beverage at L’Union, eager to drink in a pub again after three months of closures—much  to the relief of manager Bart Lemmens.”I was a bit worried beforehand,” he said, as some 50 people crowded into the pub.”We work to create a convivial atmosphere. I was afraid we’d lose that. But what happened? We were invaded.”Britain embarked on a more cautious reopening, imposing a two-week quarantine for anyone coming into the country by land, sea or air—British nationals included—sparking legal action by airlines.British Airways and low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair said in a joint statement the measure would devastate tourism and destroy even more jobs.At London’s Heathrow Airport, where only two of the five terminals are operating, the quarantine measures were welcomed by some.”It’s a good idea,” said Sandy Banks, 45, returning to Britain with her three children from Jamaica via the United States.”Other countries are doing it.”But across the Atlantic, countries were gearing up for the worst as the outbreak escalated in Latin America, the new virus hotspot, with Brazil, Mexico and Peru particularly hard hit.Brazil has the world’s third-highest death toll at more than 36,000, but President Jair Bolsonaro continues to play down the impact of the virus and has urged regional officials to lift lockdown measures.And in Chile the confirmed death toll reached 2,290 after miscalculations from March and April were corrected, adding 1,541 to the figure, officials said.Meanwhile in Asia, fears that the virus may not be under control persist, with the death toll and infection rate climbing sharply in India.Still, after a 10-week lockdown, the government is risking lifting some curbs to ease the devastating impacts on the economy, and malls and temples reopened in several Indian cities on Monday.Topics : European countries experimented with further lifting coronavirus restrictions Monday as New Zealand declared victory over the pandemic, even as global cases topped seven million and deaths mounted in Latin America.The number of COVID-19 fatalities has now passed 403,000 worldwide since the disease emerged in China last year before sweeping the globe, subjecting billions to some form of lockdown and paralyzing economies.But even the hardest-hit countries are lurching back to a new kind of normal, with bars and restaurants coming back to life and travel restrictions lifted from London to Brussels to Moscow.last_img read more

Queenslander delight in popular suburb

first_imgThe home at 44 Nathan Tce, Yeerongpilly is on the market.THIS beautifully renovated, triple-gabled Queenslander is new to the market in Yeerongpilly.The five-bedroom home at 44 Nathan Tce is on an 816sq m block with a swimming pool and three entertaining areas.Sue and Murray Stewart and their two children have called the house home for the past 15 years.Mrs Stewart said when they first moved in, the property looked like a traditional Queenslander.“It was quite dated and boxy, so we completely opened it up and added the pool and three-car garage,” she said.“We refurbished every room, knocked out walls, enclosed a veranda and added internal stairs.”The current owners added a pool and a triple lockup garage.Mrs Stewart said they retained heritage features such as the VJ walls, ornate ceilings and pine floorboards while creating a floorplan for modern living.On the ground floor there are two bedrooms with built-in robes, a rumpus room, storage space, bathroom, laundry and study.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The rumpus room opens through bi-fold doors to the outdoor entertaining area.Upstairs there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, a Caesarstone island bench and bi-fold doors that open to the back veranda.The kitchen opens through bi-fold doors to the back deck.The master bedroom has an ensuite and bay window and there are two other bedrooms and a family bathroom on this level.Outside there is a fenced, in-ground pool and a poolside pavilion with timber deck.Mrs Stewart said her favourite space in the home was the veranda off the kitchen.“It’s got a beautiful north easterly aspect and beautiful breezes,” she said.Mrs Stewart said her family was selling to downsize but would miss their lovely neighbourhood.The home is being marketed by Cathy Barnes from LJ Hooker Annerley/Yeronga for offers over $1.49 million.“This fully renovated, landscaped, extended circa 1920s, triple-gabled Queenslander is in the sought-after, leafy Nathan Terrace in Yeerongpilly,” Barnes said.last_img read more

Ex-Barca goalkeeper in ‘critical period’ with coronavirus

first_imgFormer Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber is in a ‘critical period’ in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, his wife has said. Now aged 46, the retired former footballer is currently in hospital having allegedly been infected by his wife, as reported Miliiiyet via La Vanguardia. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Read Also: Barcelona facing €100M loss amid Covid 19 outbreak He is said to have almost joined Arsenal in 2003 from Fenerbahce but had a late change of heart and moved to the Camp Nou, where he was the deputy to long-term goalkeeper Victor Valdes. He was admitted to hospital for care where he was put under isolation over the weekend and is now under constant care having tested positive for the global pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rustu retired in 2012 after a five-year stint with Besiktas having made seven appearances for the Catalan giants in the 2003-04 campaign.center_img Loading… Isil Recber said on her Instagram account: “We have taken my husband Rustu to hospital with a Covid-19 diagnosis. While everything was normal, we are still in shock by the sudden and rapidly developing symptoms. “This is a critical period and very difficult. May God give a speedy recovery to all the patients, including my husband.” Turkey’s most capped player won 120 caps and was one of the players of the tournament when the nation reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.Advertisementlast_img read more

N. Korea warns of retaliatory actions over defectors in South

first_imgSEOUL – The sister of North Korea’s leader has warned of retaliatory measures against South Korea that could involve the military, in the latest escalation of tensions over defectors from the North who have been sending back propaganda and food. Kim Yo Jong, who serves unofficially as one of Kim Jong Un’s top aides, issued the warning in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA on Saturday. (Reuters)last_img