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NBC Doesn’t Save Sean Saves the World; Low-Rated Sean Hayes Sitcom Canned

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first_img View Comments The bad news: NBC has sent Sean Saves the World packing. The low-rated Sean Hayes sitcom vehicle (the Broadway vet is both a producer and star) has been struggling to find an audience since premiering in October 2013, recently hitting a series low of 2.6 million viewers. The Hollywood Reporter reported the network stopped production on the show, which also features Tony winner Linda Lavin, after filming only 14 of the 18 ordered episodes.The good news: series regular Megan Hilty is once again available to return to Broadway! We’ve got the roles, she’s got the time. Now who has a few million dollars? Star Filescenter_img Sean Hayeslast_img

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Governor Shumlin announces additional assistance package for towns

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first_imgGovernor Shumlin was joined by Treasurer Beth Pearce and other state leaders today to announce an Irene recovery package for municipalities struggling with the effects of the tropical storm. ‘We recognize that the disaster is putting a strain on local governments,’ Shumlin said.  ‘This assistance package will help ensure that they have the support they need to emerge stronger than before the storm hit.’The financial package includes: ·         $24 million in advanced State payments: To assist towns struggling with immediate cash flow needs, the State will advance payments of key state and federal programs.   $6.2 million in town highway funds have been delivered this week instead of on October 15.  $12.3 million in Current Use payments will be advanced this week rather than on November 15.  $5.8 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) payments will be delivered shortly, instead of by October 31.  This is not new revenue to municipalities, but faster revenue, and will help ease short-term cash needs. ·         Local bank loans:  Vermont’s local banks will be offering loans to communities in need with favorable terms.  ·         Municipal Bond Bank loans: The Municipal Bond Bank has initiated a program to assist towns with low-interest loans to finance response and recovery efforts.  In the short term, the Bond Bank will provide stop-gap funding to local banks as needed and may provide direct loans in the future. ·         FEMA Community Disaster Loan (CDL): The State has requested that FEMA initiate its CDL program to assist towns with low-interest loans. ‘The assistance we are announcing today will help the municipalities hard hit by Tropical Storm Irene,’ said Treasurer Beth Pearce.  ‘This package provides a series of options for communities; they can opt for all, none or part of the options beginning with short-term financing all the way through long-term bonding. The banks are on the ground providing short-term financing and the State is advancing payments to municipalities to provide some relief for their short-term cash needs.’ Towns are also struggling with the massive impact that Irene had on the municipal transportation infrastructure.  During the first week of Irene Emergency Response Vermont officials at VTrans realized the extent of damage to local roads and mobilized additional resources to aid towns.  VTrans reached out to the Regional Planning Commissions and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns for assistance.  Vermont’s 11 regional planning commissions (RPCs) formed a State Resource Coordination Center with the mission of helping towns with not only local highway recovery, but also other forms of storm-related assistance. Regional Commission staff have been assessing damage to the local system and today report that Irene washed away more than 1950 local roadway segments, undermined more than 917 culverts, and damaged more than 200 bridges owned by municipalities.   Today, 184 roads and 94 bridges, within the municipal system remain closed.  The regional commissions launched their emergency efforts in coordination with VTrans with the goal of helping towns get the majority of their roads open, safe and passable by winter. ‘The goal of our efforts is to work with towns face that continued stress and mobility challenges, and to help them get back on their feet and establish access through emergency repairs,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. Road assistance for towns includes: ·         Unmet Emergency Needs Assessment: VTrans has asked towns to request assistance for any unmet emergency needs.  Unmet emergency needs include closed bridges, failed roads, and impassable roads that need to be made safe and passable before winter.  Towns should submit that information to the Regional Commissions as soon as possible and VTrans will work to coordinate additional resources to help towns. ·         VTrans has found that there is a shortage of bridge parts nationwide due to the tremendous need brought on by weather all over the country.  To ensure that towns receive the temporary bridges they need before winter, VTrans will serve as a clearinghouse and source of information on bridge acquisition and a resource for ordering these structures and parts where needed. ·         VTrans and the RPCs will create and update town maps depicting open and closed town roads so the traveling public can plan accordingly. These maps are being used by customer service representatives at VTrans’ Irene Storm Call Center, which can be reached at 1-800-VERMONT. They are also available to the general public at the agency’s website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external). To view them, users should activate the ‘local roads and bridges’ section of the Google map.  Smart phone applications of the Google map are also accessible on the Vtrans website. ·         Associated General Contractors (AGC) Clearinghouse: AGC is coordinating Vermont contractors available to help towns repair damaged roads and bridges. This is the principal resource for towns that need outside contracting for rebuilding. ·         Public Assistance (PA) Teams: State & FEMA PA teams are on the ground assisting communities with paperwork needed to obtain reimbursement for FEMA-eligible costs. ‘Vermonters have responded to this disaster with determination, tenacity and hard work,’ said Governor Shumlin.  ‘It is in large part due to the indomitable spirit of Vermonters that our recovery is going so well.  All recovery is local and this package will help ensure that our communities have the support they need.’ ###last_img read more

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Beer For Gear

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first_imgIt’s been just over a year now since I wrote an article on My Fellow Millennials, a piece dedicated to denouncing the stereotypes made about the Millennial generation. By putting the spotlight on seven regional twenty-somethings who are doing cool things, my mission was to showcase that Millennials are not narcissistic, lazy, uncreative, and as addicted to technology as the older generations let themselves believe. Actually, the Millennial generation as I know it has proven time and again to be quite the opposite.Fearless. Patient. Radical. Inspirational. Tough. Grounded. Ambitious.After those eight interviews with ultrarunners, environmental economists, Montessori guides, and farmers, these were the words that came to mind about my generation. Now, a year later, I still feel very passionately that hope for our future lies in the Millennials’ hands. If anything, our older generations should not look on us with doubt and criticism – they should be proud at what we have managed to accomplish so far in the face of international turmoil and environmental crises. They should look not at statistics and sweeping generalizations about twenty-somethings, but at the twenty-somethings themselves who are actively carving out a lifestyle that incorporates passion with doing good, whether it’s on the community front or the international scale.That’s where Theresia Hinton comes into play.I met Theresia through my road ramblings this past summer. Based out of Asheville, N.C., Theresia is a Millennial who works long hours at the ER at Mission Health as an Emergency Department Tech. While she loves hiking and biking in and around Asheville, her true passion lies in helping others. As the volunteer Outreach and Fundraising Director for the non-profit MedicForce, Theresia was tasked with the duty of creating a fundraiser to help raise awareness and money for building a health clinic in Kenya. Her idea? Tap into the outdoor recreation community in western North Carolina and host an event that no adventure nut can turn down – Beer For Gear.“We’ve seen an incredible response,” Theresia says on the subject of reaching out to outdoor brands for donations. “The fact that we’ve had local companies donate gear or items to us who don’t know anything about MedicForce is amazing.”From SylvanSport to Watershed Drybags, Pyranha Kayaks, Astral Designs, Threshold Provisions, Adventure Technology Paddles, ENO, and Catawba Brewing (just to name a few), Theresia’s not kidding about that impressive response.1422467_835207869831780_7655148472260435250_nThe idea of Beer For Gear is simple. Show up to Catawba Brewing in Asheville, Thursday night at 5:30pm, bring a piece of new or used gear to donate to MedicForce, and you get a free beer (and who doesn’t love free beer). Those items will then be placed on a table for direct purchase – name your price, pay up, and the gear is yours. What’s more, that money you spend will go directly to the construction of that health clinic in Kenya (so treat yourself, and shop big). In addition to this yard sale of sorts, Theresia will be putting on both a silent auction and a raffle for the products donated by the above-mentioned (and many more) brands.Paddles, PFDs, drysuits, drybags, a 60-minute massage, a free WFR course, even a few kayaks! Thus far, Theresia has secured over 20 items to be included in the raffle and silent auction. From local artisans and coffee roasters to internationally recognized outdoor brands, it seems that everyone everywhere has been more than willing to support the cause.Attachment-1For those of you that don’t know anything about MedicForce, look ’em up. Theresia first got involved with the organization after taking her EMT course at the NOC, where she met the head of MedicForce and hopped on board a trip to Belize. For nearly two weeks, she traveled with the organization from village to village teaching women in particular about their bodies, cervical cancer, and basic health education and first aid.“A lot of people don’t know this, but the healthcare workers in these villages are oftentimes either voted in or they volunteer despite having no medical experience,” Theresia says. “Our goal is to go in and see what they know, what kind of access to natural medicines they have, what they want to know, and then to stay there as long as they need us. Compared to other charities, we don’t want to just throw medical supplies at them and say ‘we fixed you’ and leave. We want to let them teach us, create a sustainable healthcare system, and then work from there.”That trip to Belize was life-changing for Theresia. She returned to the States with a newfound appreciation for the life she led here, but with an itch to do more. Though she has been the sole organizer for this fundraiser, a task that has eaten up nearly every hour she’s not sleeping or working a 12-hour shift at the ER, Theresia says she is more than happy to help with a cause she feels so passionately about.“After Belize, just seeing the smiles on people’s faces and the gratitude for what we were doing, that made it all worth it,” she says. “I’d say for people who want to do good but feel like they can’t, go after something you love and nothing else will really matter. Money isn’t a factor in donating to a cause. There are so many other ways you can help organizations.”If you’re in the Asheville area this Thursday (or even if you’re not) come out to Catawba Brewing to support the cause and walk away with some awesome gear. Even if you don’t end the evening with a new Pyranha kayak or AT paddle in hand, you’ll be supporting a good cause and drinking a good beer (or three) in the company of good people. What more could you ask for? Raffle tickets are cheap too – 1 for $5 and 5 for $20.Check out the Facebook event here for more information on the raffle and silent auction items as well as updates on the fundraiser.last_img read more

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4 sure ways to get in trouble on social media

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first_imgThe internet has opened up expansive possibilities for financial services professionals. At the same time, the decades-old world wide web still feels a bit like the wild wild west. The rules of engagement are not exactly clear, and hit-or-miss consequences for reckless and rude behaviors only add to the unpredictability of online engagement.Complicating matters is the fact that the internet brings out strange behaviors in otherwise reasonable people. Although lapses in judgment may be temporary, they can have lasting consequences, particularly for professionals in regulated industries like financial services.Luckily for credit union professionals, there are rules in place to help guide appropriate use of the internet. Unfortunately for credit unions, team members still have ample opportunities to make costly mistakes. Here are some of the more common ones our compliance team works with credit unions to guard against:Not following policy: Every credit union should have a social media policy that guides the online behavior of its team members. Beyond simply having the policy in place, credit unions should be updating the document annually at a minimum and providing training on the policy each time it’s updated. New employees should be provided a copy and allowed to ask questions, particularly when it comes to social media use on their personal time. If an employee’s personal social media presence makes it clear they are on staff at a credit union, you may require them to follow the social media policy at all times. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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PGN joins with Chinese company to develop LNG business in China

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first_img“This partnership will open opportunities to work together in developing the small-scale LNG industry in China as well as in the region,” Syahrial said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.He added that there was also a possibility for the gas company to cooperate with other companies as China had great potential and various business opportunities.Read also: PGN mulls global bonds issuance to fund capital expenditurePNG’s recent move is expected to support its vision of becoming a player in the international LNG market, as global demand for LNG has steadily increased thanks to a hike in energy consumption in recent years.According to PGN’s estimation, China’s potential demand for gas will increase by over 15 percent annually. As such, PGN’s expansion into China is the right move to add to the firm’s portfolio, Syahrial said.The state gas company also aims to run six cargos for the global markets, including one or two cargos to Japan this year. The firm saw potential for up to nine cargos to Myanmar by 2021 and 18 cargos for the Philippines by 2023, Syahrial went on to say.”These programs aim to give benefits [to receiving countries] through our strong capacity for LNG infrastructure,” he said. (mai)Topics : Publicly listed gas company PGN will partner with a Chinese company to bolster its liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in China, the firm’s executive has said.PGN strategy and business development director Syahrial Mukthar said the firm had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Friday last week with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and manufacturing company WnD (Liaoning) Heavy Industry Co.The Chinese company will provide logistical solutions for the plan over the next year.last_img read more

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UK government publishes DC charge-cap guidelines, transparency rules

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first_imgIn line with this, insurance providers are to be forced to ensure their schemes are independently scrutinised, also by April 2015.Webb said the requirement for governance committees in non-trust schemes means there would be, for the first time, a body acting on behalf of members in every pension scheme.The 75bps charge cap move by the government represents a much harder line than three previous options put out to consultation.In October 2013, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) suggested imposing either an absolute 75bps or 100bps cap, or allowing a comply and explain mechanism between the two.The consultation, however, led to further complications for the government, as it was forced to delay its response and suggested measures, with a cap initially expected to be in place by next week, and not 2015.However, after eventually forging a response, the 75bps will also be joined by increased transparency requirements for pension schemes.Under a new legal duty, trustees and independent governance committees will be forced to demand all charge data from providers, in order to scrutinise value for money.The government is also to consult with the Financial Conduct Authority on how to define additional member transaction costs for disclosure, and how to include this in the cap.“Over the next 10 years, the new charge cap will transfer £200m from the profits of the pensions industry to the pockets of savers,” Webb said.“To shine some light into the dark corners of the pensions industry, we will enforce full transparency on all charges faced by pension members. People need to have confidence [they’re] putting money into good pension schemes where their money will be looked after.”In additional moves, the government will also outlaw active member discounts, where charges are added when a member moves employers and ceases contributions.It will also outlaw consultancy charging and commission, where members are charged, via the scheme, for services received by their employer or sales commission. The UK government has moved to cap the charges borne by members saving into auto-enrolment defined contribution (DC) schemes, as its overhaul of the market continues.Announcing the reforms in Parliament, pensions minister Steve Webb said the proposed 75 basis point cap on DC default fund charges would be in place by April 2015.Schemes with all-inclusive annual and default fund charges will also see equivalent caps put into place.The government will also compel DC pension providers to reveal fully all member-borne charges to either trustees or independent governance committees in the case of non-trust DC schemes.last_img read more

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EPL: Watford climb out of relegation

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first_imgRelatedPosts Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs Watford appoint new head coach EPL: Watford battle Gunners for survival Watford moved out of the relegation zone as their stunning revival under new manager Nigel Pearson continued with a 3-0 victory at south coast strugglers Bournemouth on Sunday. Abdoulaye Doucoure’s goal shortly before half time gave Watford the lead and Troy Deeney smashed in their second midway through the second half. Bournemouth offered little by way of a response and substitute Roberto Pereyra completed the rout in stoppage time. Watford produced an impressive display to climb out of the relegation zone. The win, Watford’s fourth in the six games since Pearson took charge with them bottom of the table, lifted them to 17th place, ahead of Aston Villa who play Manchester City later. While Watford, who won only one of their opening 17 league games, are on the up, Bournemouth’s hopes of a sixth successive season of top-flight football are sinking. Eddie Howe’s side looked short on confidence as they slipped to their third successive defeat without scoring a goal. They are second bottom with 20 points from 22 games having been as high as seventh in early November.Tags: Abdoulaye DoucoureNigel PearsonRoberto PereyraTroy DeeneyWatfordlast_img read more

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Gerrard revels in Coutinho ‘brilliance’

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first_img Press Association The Brazil international has scored once, had two assists and looked one of the side’s brightest players in recent matches and although he has yet to complete a full 90 minutes, having been substituted in his three starts, Gerrard has no fears the youngster will be unable to handle the pace of the Premier League. “I think you’ll see the best of him next season when he gets a full pre-season under his belt and gets used to the speed of the game,” Gerrard added. “What he has shown for 55 or 60 minutes is that he’s a top player and he belongs in a Liverpool shirt. If we can get that for 90 minutes from him next season then he’s going to be a great asset for us.” Team-mate Jose Enrique is another similarly impressed by Coutinho’s start to his Anfield career. “The numbers speak for themselves: in four games he has two assists and one goal so I hope he will continue like this scoring goal and making assists,” said the left-back, who combined well with the Brazilian in the build-up to Liverpool’s first goal against Tottenham last weekend. “He is the type of a player, as a big team, you have to have. He can create from nothing in a one versus one. He is playing really well right now and he is the type of player we need. “Defenders are important but you need people who can score goals and we have now.” January signing Philippe Coutinho’s “moments of magical brilliance” have given Liverpool just the lift they needed, according to captain Steven Gerrard.center_img The 20-year-old has played just 202 minutes since his £8.5million arrival from Inter Milan but his impact has already been significant. “He’s got moments of magical brilliance,” said the Reds captain of Coutinho, who is already on his fourth professional club having left Vasco da Gama for Italy in 2010 and also spent six months on loan at Espanyol. last_img read more

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Star stallion Beneficial dies

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first_img The leading sire of Graded and Listed jumps winners collapsed on Saturday due to the infirmities of old age. His big-race winners include Benefficient, who was victorious in the Jewson Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, three-times Grade One chase scorer Realt Dubh, 2009 RSA Chase hero Cooldine and smart staying hurdler Monksland. Star Irish stallion Beneficial has died at the age of 23. Press Associationcenter_img Sean Kinsella, of Knockhouse Stud, where Beneficial had resided since he was a six-year-old, said: “Horses like him don’t come around too often and he’ll be missed by everyone. He only covered a lot of average mares, but the quality of his stock was exceptionally good. “He had four winners alone in Ireland on Sunday, so that just shows you how good he was. “It’s a big loss to Irish racing – whether we’ve got anything close to what he was like, I’m not so sure. “He was a six-year-old when he came to us and has been a great servant. “I’m sure his legacy will live on throughout the years.” last_img read more

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United impress in Real victory

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first_img It took Carlo Ancelotti’s team just six minutes to equalise though. Michael Keane, making his first start of the tour, clambered all over Bale’s back and the Welshman went to ground to earn a penalty. The former Tottenham winger converted the spot-kick to David de Gea’s left. Bale tested De Gea with an overhead kick, but United remained on top and they deservedly regained the lead nine minutes from half-time. Young cut in from the left and floated a ball to the back post. Rooney missed as he jumped for the header, but his body movement was enough to wrong-foot Casillas and the ball sailed in at the far post. Welbeck suffered an injury and came off for Wilfried Zaha just before the break. Van Gaal made three substitutions at half-time, and another three on the hour. With Rooney, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata off the pitch, United were nowhere near as strong. Bale struck a post with a dipping free-kick. Madrid fans called for Ronaldo’s introduction, yelling his name as he warmed up on the touchline. Then, with 17 minutes left, the decibel levels rocketed inside the Michigan Stadium as Ronaldo replaced Alvaro Arbeloa. The Portuguese wowed the crowds with a couple of neat step-overs, but he could not swing the match in Real’s favour. Hernandez put the result beyond any doubt when he nodded in Shinji Kagawa’s pin-point pass from close range in the 80th minute. A US record crowd of 109,318 watched United’s new manager rack up his fourth win of the summer thanks to two goals from Ashley Young and another from substitute Javier Hernandez. Even the second-half introduction of former United star Cristiano Ronaldo could not help an out of sorts Madrid, whose only goal came courtesy of Gareth Bale’s penalty. Van Gaal, who has recorded wins over the Los Angles Galaxy, Roma and Inter Milan in the US, will now take his squad to Florida for the final of the International Champions Cup. There, Van Gaal will get his first taste of United’s bitter rivalry with Liverpool, who qualified for the final after Manchester City lost 5-4 on penalties to Olympiacos following a 2-2 draw in Minneapolis. Real Madrid’s starting XI did not include Ronaldo, and new signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, but there were still plenty of stars on show in white. The likes of Bale, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso were second best in the opening half though as United dominated from the off. Darren Fletcher in particular impressed early on. The Scot dictated play from deep, spraying passes across the vast surface in Ann Arbor. United’s captain for the night flashed a shot wide from 20 yards after 13 minutes and soon after he played a big part in the brilliant first goal. The midfielder played the ball into Wayne Rooney, who returned it with a deft backheel. Fletcher then squared to Danny Welbeck, who teed up Young and he drilled the ball past Iker Casillas at his near post. The final move, and the 20-plus passes that preceded it, made the goal very pleasing on the eye. Louis van Gaal claimed his biggest scalp of pre-season as Manchester United beat European champions Real Madrid to set up a Miami meeting with Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

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