Hand to God, Starring Steven Boyer, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Hand To God Along with Steven Boyer as Jason and his alter-ego sock puppet Tyrone, Hand to God stars Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles as Jessica, Geneva Carr as Margery and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy. Off-beat comedy Hand to God opens off-Broadway March 10. Penned by Robert Askins, the new MCC Theater mounting is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and is playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Related Shows In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more

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Market bulletin fundraiser

first_imgThe Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia 4-H have joined forces to increase subscriptions to the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin while raising funds for Georgia 4-H clubs.The Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin, a biweekly publication, was founded in 1917. It provides Georgia’s agriculture community a place to advertise, educate and network. Through the bulletin’s classified advertising, members of the agriculture community can buy or sell agriculture products ranging from horses to chickens or blueberry plants to vegetable seeds.Georgia residents can receive 26 issues of the printed publication for a yearly fee of $10. The annual fee for out-of-state residents is $20. From Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, through Saturday, March 31, 2012, participating 4-H clubs will earn $2 for every subscription sold. The final deadline for all county fundraiser subscriptions to be reported to the Bulletin office is Thursday, April 5, 2012. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office whose 4-H club sells the most subscriptions will be rewarded with a visit from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. The commissioner will attend an annual banquet or other prominent event of the club’s choice.For more information on how to participate in the subscription fundraiser, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or Andrea Burruss in the State 4-H Office at 706-542-4H4H.last_img read more

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Coronavirus causing campaign hiccups for 22nd District candidates

first_imgAs the coronavirus pandemic has changed so many parts of daily life, 12 News asked the candidates how their campaign trails have changed in light of this crisis. The race currently pits him against former congresswoman and republican candidate Claudia Tenney, republican candidate George Philips and libertarian candidate Keith Price. (WBNG) — Candidates vying for the 22nd congressional district seat in November told 12 News Tuesday the coronavirus has impacted their campaign plans. Former Congresswoman and republican candidate Claudia Tenney said, “It’s obviously very different because we can’t go door-to-door, we can’t have meetings, we can’t meet with people one-on-one, we can’t have any personal contact, so it makes it a little more challenging, so what we’ve been trying to do is using obviously Facetime, Skype, we used a tele-town hall which is a little bit costly, but that was a way to get to a lot of voters, we’ve been trying to use that method and I’ve been just doing a lot of community outreach, personally.” The position is currently held by Democratic Congressman Anthony Brindisi. And current democratic congressman Anthony Brindisi responded, “For me I really just have not been focused on campaigning at all at this point in time, I think there’s going to be plenty of time for politics down the road, certainly in the fall, but for me right now it’s important to do the job that the people elected me to do and that’s making sure that our healthcare workers have the resources they need and our essential workers have the resources they need, to make sure we’re getting assistance to our hospitals and small businesses and families who are most effected by coronavirus.” Republican candidate George Philips responded, “Our campaign was traveling, going to events, a lot of door-to-door, we just finished up petitioning, all of that has stopped, so now we are like everyone else, working from home, I’m on the phone a lot, a lot of emails and trying to be positive and upbeat.” Libertarian candidate Keith Price explained, “One of my big campaign techniques is to be out and among the people, yes I use social media, yes I use Facebook and Twitter, but I set up a lot of town halls, I go to a lot of meetings, public meetings…and so with all of those events being canceled, it’s caused me to sort of shrink, now I have to do everything on social media.” The primary election for these candidates and many others is currently scheduled for June 23 with the general election arriving on November 3.last_img read more

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UK pensions industry meets collective DC announcement with scepticism

first_imgThe UK government has confirmed its intention to legislate for the permittance of collective defined contribution (CDC) pension funds, with industry representatives mixed on responses.The commitment to CDC was made in today’s Queen’s Speech, a statement by the UK’s head of state regarding Parliament’s course of action in its next session, which begins in the autumn.The general aim is to implement CDC, which will require the creation of new legislation, by 2016, in line with the launch of the new single-tier first-pillar pension.The requirement of CDC’s implementation by 2016 is significant as it heralds the end of contracting out for defined benefit (DB) schemes, with the expectation for scheme closures, due to additional costs. CDC, part of pensions minister Steve Webb’s aim for greater risk-sharing, is seen as a potential midway point, stopping these DB closures resulting in members being moved into pure-DC arrangements.The legislative background in the UK does not currently permit any such arrangement, with any pension scheme where 100% of the risk is not placed on an individual member regulated under the complex DB code.However, while some sections of the UK industry welcomed an additional feature of the pensions market, many have lamented its lack of appeal or consistency with other proposals, as well as its timing.The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) praised the increased flexibility CDC brings, but said the focus for DC should remain on good member outcomes.The group had previously called on the government to slow down its reforms of the DC market, as the industry swallows recent Budget changes, and a cap on charges by 2015.Chief executive Joanne Segars admitted CDC had a role to play in this, but governance, low charges and investment strategies were fundamental.“The real goal here has to be schemes operating at scale,” she said. “Scale is a necessary precondition for CDC, but it also enables a much wider range of member benefits.”Duncan Buchanan, a lawyer and president-elect of the Society of Pension Consultants (SPC), said, given increased flexibility in at-retirement DC options, CDC’s appeal in the UK was diminished.“It is unlikely employers will feel pressure from employees to establish or contribute to new-style ‘risk-sharing’ schemes,” he said.“CDC requires critical mass to make risk sharing fair. Without large numbers of members, these collective schemes might not be able to get off the ground.”LCP, a consultancy, said while it welcomed the reforms, it agreed with the SPC that quick take-up was unlikely.Alex Waite, LCP’s head of corporate consulting, said: “This type of pension scheme has some attractions. However, pooling risks between members generates winners and losers, and it is likely that anyone that loses out materially will call foul. Against this background, it is unlikely employers will rush to set up CDC schemes.”However, defending the announcement, Danny Wilding, partner at consultancy Barnett Waddingham, said while CDC might not be right for all employers, allowing it as an option is welcome.“CDC has the potential to offer more generous and stable pension returns to scheme members and act as a viable alternative to both DC and DB schemes,” he said.Lee Hollingworth, head of DC at consultancy Hymans Robertson, said CDC would have distinct winners and losers.“Potential losers include younger savers and the less well-off,” he said. “The muted reaction of employers is based in part on the Netherlands’ experience. There, employers have found themselves paying in extra money rather than face the industrial relations impact of benefits being reduced.”Tony Hobman, chair of the advisory board at Lincoln International Pensions Advisory, and former chief executive of the UK regulator, said CDC funds come with greater risk which need greater governance in order to be mitigated.”We need to understand who will be looking after this money, who will they be investing it with and who will be monitoring the risks involved,” he said.“Collective pensions will need very high standards of governance and risk monitoring. The DC environment is only just beginning to get to grips with this challenge.”last_img read more

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Lafferty returns for Russia clash

first_imgNorthern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has named a 20-man squad for next week’s World Cup qualifying home clash against Russia. Press Association The fixture had originally been scheduled for March, but heavy snow and icy playing conditions in Belfast saw it postponed. Brunt is unavailable as he has to serve a one-match ban after picking up a yellow card late in the last qualifier, a 2-0 home defeat to Israel on March 26. O’Neill, whose men have scored only three goals so far in a qualifying campaign that has seen them draw three and lose two of their five contests, has called up five forwards. Along with Lafferty, a summer signing for Italian side Palermo, and new Huddersfield recruit Martin Paterson, there are also places for Billy McKay of Inverness, Will Grigg – now a Brentford player – and Derby’s Jamie Ward. The latter pair were both ruled out of the Israel encounter due to injury. Kilmarnock midfielder Sammy Clingan misses out this time as he is nursing a knee problem and O’Neill has also not selected New York Red Bulls’ midfield man Jonny Steele, who he last month said would “get his chance soon”. With their three points, Northern Ireland are currently fifth of the six teams in Group F and a point behind fourth-placed Azerbaijan, who have played two more matches. Russia are second on 12 points from five games, sandwiched between leaders Portugal (14 points from seven games) and third-placed Israel (11 points from six games). O’Neill is still searching for his first victory since being appointed as Northern Ireland boss in December 2011, having overseen a total of nine fixtures. Northern Ireland squad for Russia: Carroll (Olympiacos), Mannus (St Johnstone), Hughes (Fulham), McGivern (Hibernian), Cathcart (Blackpool), McAuley (West Brom), D Lafferty (Burnley), J Evans (Manchester United), Bruce (Hull), Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), McCann (Peterborough), McGinn (Aberdeen), Ferguson (Birmingham, on loan from Newcastle), C Evans (Blackburn), Grigg (Brentford), McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby), K Lafferty (Palermo). center_img Striker Kyle Lafferty, who sat out the last qualifier due to suspension, is among the party for the Group F game next Wednesday at Windsor Park. Fellow frontman David Healy, midfielder Paddy McCourt and defender Chris Baird – all currently without a club – have not been included, while West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt is also absent. last_img read more

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Danny Ings vows to avoid risky return to Liverpool action this season

first_img It appears the initial six-month prognosis was a little too hopeful and the former Burnley striker accepts it is unlikely he will play for Jurgen Klopp this term. “When I got the injury I said straight away I will play again before the season finishes,” Ings told NBC Sports. “But I think with the advice I’ve had of the surgeons and physios, I know they won’t risk me and I don’t want to risk it myself. “This is all about the highs and lows of football. I was at the happiest point of my career and then, at the time of the injury, I felt like I was at my lowest point. “I just felt like I got my foot in the door. “I was becoming established here at Liverpool, playing games and scoring goals, keeping my place in the team and had made my debut for England, then somebody took that all away from me. “It is absolutely gutting because football has been my life. If I can’t do what I love doing then it is like someone having their kids taken away from them. “That is how I felt. I know that I am going to come back extremely strong.” Press Association Danny Ings has all but given up hope on playing again for Liverpool this season, but has pledged to come back “extremely strong”.center_img The 23-year-old striker was beginning to find his feet when his maiden season at Anfield was brought to a shuddering halt by a cruciate knee ligament injury. Ings sustained the injury during Liverpool training just days after making his England debut in October. last_img read more

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Jorge Mendes says reports that Jose Mourinho has written to Man Utd are ‘absurd’

first_img He wrote on www.gestifute.com: “It does not occur to anyone that a coach like Jose Mourinho can write letters to clubs offering their services. “It is absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd.” Mourinho left Chelsea in December after a poor start to the season, despite his team winning the Barclays Premier League in the previous campaign. According to the report, Mourinho explains in the letter how he would be prepared to adapt his style of management to suit the demands at Old Trafford, and how he would seek to overhaul the squad. The 52-year-old Portuguese’s fondness for United is well known and he has been linked with the job before, but United chose David Moyes to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 and Van Gaal to come in a year later. As well as two spells at Chelsea, Mourinho has previously bossed Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. After he departed Chelsea before Christmas, Blues coach Steve Holland predicted Mourinho would want to soon be back involved in the game at the highest level. ”He’s a guy who needs and wants football,” said Holland. ”There will be clubs and big clubs who will want him. ”And he’s not in my opinion the sort of guy who’s going to spend six, seven, eight months sitting at home doing nothing in particular.” Pressure mounted on Van Gaal after United’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday, which left the Red Devils five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham. A report in the Independent on Sunday suggested that the former Chelsea boss had written a six-page letter outlining why he would be the right man to replace Louis van Gaal, as and when he leaves Old Trafford. United declined to respond to the reports on Saturday night, but in a statement on Sunday morning, Jorge Mendes categorically denied them. Jose Mourinho’s agent has described claims the Portuguese has written to Manchester United to state his case to become their next manager as “absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Police Chief Admits Tear Gas Was Used on West Palm Protesters

first_imgWest Palm Beach’s police chief is apologizing and issuing a correction after providing inaccurate information following Sunday night’s violent protests.“I want to apologize. We don’t want to misinform the community,” Police Chief Frank Adderley told our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5.He admitted that mistakes were made when peaceful protests turned violent over the weekend in downtown West Palm Beach.“The question was asked on me on Monday, did you use gas? I said no. Then, we got more information that says, yes, we did,” Adderley explains.In addition, Adderley says he and his officers were not wearing gas masks on Sunday, and that they were ordered to deploy smoke into what he referred to as an unruly crowd.He goes on to say that he later learned after speaking with local restaurant owner Rodney Mayo that was not the case.“We later find out when we met with Rodney Mayo, he showed us the empty canister and he said people near him were gassed,” Adderley admits.West Palm Beach police chief issues correction, admits tear gas was used on protesters https://t.co/clKZOjt0tl pic.twitter.com/bCwKYQj41w— WPTV (@WPTV) June 3, 2020 The police chief says it appears accidental, explaining that his officer grabbed the wrong can, thinking it was smoke, but it turned out to be CS gas, also known as tear gas.“I’m asking that you accept my correction here with the info because we have some misinformation to the public,” Adderley asks the public.Kathleen Walter, spokeswoman for the city of West Palm Beach, released this statement to WPTV: “The police department’s reaction to disperse a crowd of individuals was entirely appropriate as our police were the subject of attack. Mayor James was absolutely right to debunk false claims that our police instigated a confrontation with protesters and that police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who had been mostly peaceful. Any information provided during Monday’s press conference by either Mayor or Chief was based on the information known to them at the time. In the interest of full transparency, new information they learned since, including a list of the non-lethal force used by officers in their defense, was shared with the media and posted on our website. You can’t get more transparent than that. To the credit of our Mayor and the West Palm Beach Police Department, it should be noted that more than 3000 individuals participated in the protest, and no one was injured.”center_img “We evaluate it, going to make some adjustments, and make sure it never happens again,” according to Adderley.He adds this is the first time gas has been used in the field since he started, and explains they were justified in using it because bottles and rocks were being thrown at them.last_img read more

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Hurricane Laura Gains Strength as she Churns Across the Gulf of Mexico

first_imgExperts say, Laura is going to be a storm that affects a huge amount of people because it is so much larger than Marco and it’s going to be so much stronger.Impact will even be felt in New Orleans, which could very well be over 200 miles from the center, when it makes landfall.Lakes and low-lying areas are already flooding because of Marco’s little impact, and will remain high through Laura. Laura is now a hurricane and it could blow up to a Category 3 storm as it passes over the open, 90 degree waters of the Gulf of Mexico.Forecasters say Laura could become a category three or higher storm as it approaches the Texas and Louisiana coasts.The storm sits about 625 miles southeast of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It’s moving to the west-northwest at 17 miles-per-hour.A category 3 hurricane could bring sustained winds of 115 mph on shore in addition to a massive storm surge.Not only is the anniversary of Katrina this week, but also the anniversary of Rita in a few more weeks, which impacted Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana that same year. As of Tuesday morning, millions of Gulf Coast residents are on alert as Laura gathers strength and moves toward Texas and Louisiana. A mandatory evacuation has been ordered in Galveston, Texas. JUST IN: #Laura has strengthened into a #hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. pic.twitter.com/nCMcvuyoPr— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 25, 2020last_img read more

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Barca-Las Palmas in Shadow of Referendum

first_imgBarcelona can extend their perfect start to the Liga season when they take on Las Palmas on Sunday in a game surrounded by political turmoil, as it occurs on the same day as a planned referendum in Catalonia on a break from Spain. There was concern that the match would have to be postponed due to a lack of police resources as a result of the vote, which the Spanish government says is illegal, although it was given the green light at a meeting of Catalonia’s security council on Thursday.The Nou Camp has witnessed displays of pro-secession fervour in recent years, including chants of “independence” which take place after 17 minutes and 14 seconds in a match to mark the 1714 siege of Barcelona. Barca defender Gerard Pique showed his support for the referendum on Thursday – although he has never expressed his outright support for independence – but urged citizens to behave in a peaceful manner.“From today until Sunday we will express ourselves peacefully. We cannot give them any excuse, that is what they want. We will sing loud and clear. #WeWillVote,” Pique wrote on his Twitter account.Barca have positioned themselves in favour of the right to decide and released a statement last week condemning crackdowns on referendum activity which led to the arrest of 16 local government officials.“It will be an important day in the history of our country but we have to focus on football,” said Barca vice-president Jordi Cardoner.“I think that all members, fans and supporters will express what they think is right.”Barca lead the Liga standings by four points over Atletico Madrid after winning six games from six and maintained their 100 percent start in Europe by scraping a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.They face a Las Palmas side who are 15th with six points from six games and reeling from the resignation of coach Manolo Marquez.New coach Pako Ayestaran takes charge of his first game for the club and has sweet memories of his last visit to the Nou Camp, where his Valencia side stunned Barca by winning 2-1 in April 2016.Las Palmas are facing an injury crisis with five players unavailable while Barca have no fresh concerns ahead of the game.Also on Sunday, Real Madrid will search for their first home win of the season in the league when they host Espanyol, who have proved generous opponents in recent years, with Real winning the last 10 games between the two sides in all competitions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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