Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Show Has the Wackiest Family?

first_imgYou Can’t Take It With You is returning to Broadway, starring James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Elizabeth Ashley as members of the snake-collecting, fireworks-making, ballet-dancing Sycamore family. This crew is so zany, it got us thinking about some of our other favorite kooky Broadway families, from Hope and Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown to the telly-obsessed Wormwoods in Matilda. So we want to know: Which Broadway show has the wackiest family? Cast your vote below! Related Shows You Can’t Take It With You Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 View Commentslast_img

Central Vermont Medical Center reorganized

first_imgThe Central Vermont Medical Center, Central Vermont Physician Practice Corp and Woodridge Inc will merge with and into Central Vermont Hospital Inc effective October 1, 2005. Immediately upon the effectiveness of the merger, Central Vermont Hospital Inc will change its name to Central Vermont Medical Center, Inc.Although the corporate structure of the various entities related to Central Vermont Medical Center will change, the operations and the people of Central Vermont Medical Center will not be affected.last_img

Aux Sable Liquid Products recalls to inspect propane gas; can pose fire and burn hazards

first_imgThe US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.Name of product: Propane (LP) Gas sold in portable cylinders and delivered to storage tanksUnits: About 700 rail carsManufacturer:  Aux Sable Liquid Products, of Morris, Ill.Hazard: Some of this propane does not have sufficient levels of the odorant that is added to propane to help alert consumers to a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion and thermal burn hazards to consumers.Incidents/Injuries: None reported.Description: This recall involves odorized propane gas delivered for storage tanks or sold in portable cylinders between February 25, 2010 and September 30, 2010. If the storage tank has been refilled or if the consumer has received additional propane since September 30, 2010, such propane is not included in this recall.Sold at: Propane retailers in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland,Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia from February 25, 2010 through September 30, 2010.Manufactured in: United StatesRemedy: Consumers in the affected states whose most recent propane gas purchase or delivery was between February 25, 2010 and September 30, 2010 should immediately contact Aux Sable to arrange for a free inspection. If there is insufficient odorant, additional odorized propane or a replacement portable propane cylinder will be provided free of charge.Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Aux Sable toll-free at (866) 473-7612 any time or visit the propane alert website at www.PropaneGasAlert.com(link is external).State fire officials in some of the impacted states already issued notice to users in limited areas.NOTE: Consumers should not attempt to test the propane gas themselves. In addition, if you smell even a faint odor of gas and suspect a gas leak:*Leave the house immediately.* Do not use your phone; Call your gas supplier or dial 911 for assistance from a neighbor’s house.* Do not light a match.* Do not turn on a light.* Do not switch on anything electrical.CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.  Please tell us about it by visitinghttps://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx(link is external).The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually.  The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals ‘ contributed to a significant decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or re-sell this or any other recalled product.To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772, teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit https://www.saferproducts.gov/CPSRMSPublic/Incidents/ReportIncident.aspx(link is external). Consumers can obtain this press release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov(link is external). To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go towww.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx(link is external).Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 473-7612 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —center_img CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908last_img read more

Goals, Expectations & Excuses at the Flagline 50k

first_imgAs I crossed the finish line a few weeks ago at the Flagline 50k in Bend OR, I had mixed emotions due to my expectations of how I performed. Expectations of a running performance for me can be both personal and from what others expect out of you. I tend to focus on the personal and most of the time I have been quite hard on myself.I hate nothing more than to hear runners “sandbag” before and after a race. I’ve heard all the excuses imaginable, only to get my back side handed to me during the race by the same runner who considered himself unfit etc. However whether we realize it or not the sandbagging can sometimes be a human mechanism for quelling our own and other’s expectations. If the expectations become too great then it is human nature to diffuse the situation often through runners announcing publically our array of excuses.I’ve probably done this more than I realize or more than I care to acknowledge but I do try to keep my excuses to myself. If I am on the start line at a race, more times than not I’m ready to roll. I felt ready for the Flagline 50k and had fairly high expectations of how I would perform. Secretly I had a goal of breaking four hours, first male master or top three overall. However I did have two fears (excuses) in the back of my mind. The first concern was my ankle that I had sprained and the cause for a DNF at my last ultra. I had my suspect ankle taped and I wore a brace, still I worried. Secondly I knew this race was all above an elevation of 6200’and up to 7200’ so I was concerned some about running at a higher elevation.I finished just slightly below the mark on my goals. I had no issues with the ankle during the race but the higher elevation I felt hurt my time. Since I had set my own expectations to an all or nothing expected outcome, I unwillingly set my self up for failure. I grappled with my performance for the next few days. How much did the elevation affect my performance? It is hard to know but probably not all that much. There was nothing I could do about the altitude and I found myself using that as my excuse time and time again as people asked me how I performed. As I said I hate excuses and sandbagging but here I was consumed with seeking an excuse to help alleviate my own personal expectation and now what other people were possibly considering of my race performance.As the days have passed I’ve come to grips with my performance as acceptable. I chose this race mainly for the beautiful location in Bend, OR at Mount Bachelor and just to try something different in a new area. I wanted to approach this race in a more relaxed, low key mindset but as the days approached my competitive juices took over. My time goals were somewhat arbitrary as I’d never run the course and they were probably too rigid.In retrospect, what I should have done was stick to a three tiered goal approach that I most always use. I rank my race goals in order as A, B, and C. My “A” goal is my pie in the sky, all the planets lining up goal, down to goal “C”, which should still be a very acceptable outcome. Also having multiple goal levels has helped me relax more prior to a race. Setting goals is a great motivational tool as long as you are fair and don’t expect too much of yourself. By setting unattainable expectations and goals you run the risk of diminishing the outcome of your performance and thus the search for those post race excuses. I will soon enough be going back to my three tiered goal for my next race.last_img read more

French inspired luxury home in Brisbane’s east fails to find its new owner

first_imgSoft colours flow throughout the home.Agent Denis Najzar from Place Bulimba said it was hard to find the right buyer for a home that was very unique for the area. “It is so different to what else has been sold in the street, they have constructed such a beautiful house but you cannot compare it with other properties,” Mr Najzar said. 45 Nelson Place CarindaleA home that offered a touch of France in the heart of Carindale failed to sell despite bidding hitting well over a million.A bidder was willing to pay $1.35 million for the three-storey, four bedroom home at 45 Nelson Place but no-one was willing to pay above a $1.5 million vendor bid.The home was a passion project for owner Steve Stamatiou, a builder at Mati Constructions, and his wife Andrea. A spacious family room.“We wanted to mix the traditional with the contemporary for a home that would stand the test of time, I feel a lot of the contemporary homes go out of fashion quickly.” Andrea said. They originally planned on keeping the home, but once the construction phase was complete they decided it was simply too big for their family.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoTake a look inside.They built the home over seven months in the French provincial architecture style.Inside the home has high end features including a fish tank built in to a wall, a video intercom and a granite breakfast bar. last_img read more

IMO Members Agree on 50 Pct GHG Emissions Cut

first_imgCountries attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in London agreed to require the shipping sector to reduce its emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008.“Today’s commitment by governments to require international shipping to decarbonize and at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is a welcome and potentially game-changing development,” the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) has said.“But the lack of any clear plan of action to deliver the emissions reductions, including urgently needed short-term measures, is a major concern, according to the group of NGOs with observer status at the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO).”Specifically, the following objectives were agreed: to strengthen design requirements for each ship type, a relative reduction of 40 percent by 2030, and by 2050, global shipping shall reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 50 percent compared with 2008 and subsequently head for a complete phase-out.“Achieving these goals will be a major task and will require massive research and development efforts, as we will eventually have to use alternative fuels resulting in zero emissions at all. With the clear reduction target in mind, the shipping industry is ready to work towards the goal, and Danish Shipping will particularly engage in the development of alternative fuels,” says Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director at Danish Shipping.The target falls short of the 70-100 pct cut by 2050 that is needed to align shipping with the goals of the Paris agreement.The CSC said progressive states must now use the words “at least” to keep the pressure on for full decarbonization by 2050 so as to avoid the catastrophic climate change that a temperature increase of more than 1.5°C would bring.“The IMO should and could have gone a lot further but for the dogmatic opposition of some countries led by Brazil, Panama, Saudi Arabia. Scant attention was paid to US opposition. So this decision puts shipping on a promising track. It has now officially bought into the concept of decarbonization and the need to deliver in-sector emission reductions, which is central to fulfilling the Paris agreement,” Bill Hemmings, shipping director at Transport & Environment, said.“We have an important agreement, and this level of ambition will ultimately require a sector-wide shift to new fuels and propulsion technologies, but what happens next is crucial. The IMO must move swiftly to introduce measures that will cut emissions deeply and quickly in the short-term. Without these the goals of the Paris agreement will remain out of reach,”John Maggs, president of the CSC and senior policy advisor at Seas At Risk, said.BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, said it was very satisfied with the Green House Gas (GHG) strategy adopted by IMO today.“It is a landmark achievement in the effort to reduce emissions, and something that every other industry should look to for inspiration,” Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary-General and delegate at the IMO meeting, commented.“In BIMCO we believe that the industry can deliver on this target – even if we don’t exactly know how, yet.“Now we have to focus on the mid-to-long term. We have to find the technology and procedures that will drive us towards zero GHG emissions,” he added.  BIMCO sees zero carbon emissions as a realistic goal for the second half of this century, but investments in research and technology are required to get there.last_img read more

Albrighton released by Villa

first_img Striker Nathan Delfouneso has also been deemed surplus to requirements by boss Paul Lambert. Albrighton joined Villa’s academy aged eight before going on to make 101 appearances, scoring nine goals, and has been linked with a move to Barclays Premier League newcomers Leicester. Press Association The 24-year-old Tamworth-born winger made nine Premier League starts last season, with 10 more substitute appearances, following a loan spell at Wigan in the Sky Bet Championship. Albrighton made his debut in the UEFA Cup at CSKA Moscow in February 2009 and started a total of 48 Premier League games, with a further 38 substitute appearances in the competition. He also featured in 15 cup games. Villa manager Paul Lambert said on avfc.co.uk: “We wish Marc the best in his future career and acknowledge the contribution he has made to the club over the past several years having graduated from our academy.” Delfouneso, another academy graduate who spent last season on loan at Coventry, departs after 50 appearances following his debut, aged 17, in the UEFA Cup tie against Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjorour in August 2008. Lambert added: “We also wish Nathan the best for his career and thank him for his efforts since he, too, graduated from our academy.” center_img Aston Villa have announced the release of winger Marc Albrighton after 16 years’ service at the end of his current contract. last_img read more

Mourinho considering Drogba return

first_img “We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe. He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way.” Drogba was named as Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a poll of fans in 2012, having scored both the equaliser and the decisive shoot-out penalty as the Blues beat Bayern Munich in that year’s Champions League final. But Mourinho stressed: “If you bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea, or because I read I need an assistant, no. If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger. “The team is not about the 11. It is about the different options and w ith Didier’s profile, being a squad player I think he could be important for any team. “And because we know his heart is pushing him to where he feels he belongs, we are thinking about the possibility. (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich is very intelligent and he feels that people belong to the club. We feel that Didier belongs to us. “Is he coming back as a player one more year or a couple more years? Let’s see.” Drogba would join a crop of strikers including new signing Diego Costa as well as Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses, who both spent last season out on loan. Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have departed the club this summer. Reports in recent days have linked the Ivory Coast striker, a free agent after leaving Galatasaray, with a return to Stamford Bridge. And Mourinho has now broken his silence on the matter, telling several national newspapers: “We think about it. Press Associationcenter_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that a possible return for Didier Drogba is in his thoughts.last_img read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis welcomes all professional sports to Florida for practices, games

first_imgLast month, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said professional sports are considered “essential services” and can resume in Florida, as long as there are no fans. All professional sports will now be welcome in Florida!Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he plans to open up Florida to any professional sports team that wants to start practicing or playing again.During a news conference DeSantis said “All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing,”… “What I would tell commissioners of leagues is, if you have a team in an area where they just won’t let them operate, we’ll find a place for you here in the state of Florida.”The governor said that although the fans won’t be able to attend right away, he said “It’s an important part of people’s lives.”last_img read more

Wisconsin volleyball team heads to beach

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoEvery spring the University of Wisconsin volleyball team prepares for the upcoming season by working on conditioning and deciding which players will replace the graduating seniors.While the Badgers are again doing both of those things this spring, the team has a different approach to their training.UW hit the ground running during a trip to San Diego over spring break. While the team was out in California, head coach Pete Waite put his players through three hours of conditioning and stretching before they faced San Diego State in a five-game match, and Wisconsin won four of the five matches against the Aztecs.“It was more about getting our bodies realigned. We did a lot of different kinds of stretches combined with conditioning that made our hips aligned with our legs,” senior middle blocker Audra Jeffers said. “Now people are out here making a lot stronger movements and getting to different balls. We definitely are seeing a change and, with different drills that we have been doing, more stamina from everybody.”Once the Badgers got back to Madison they began a training program different from any they had ever been through. Instead of practicing five days a week in the UW Field House on the hard court, Waite now has alternated his training schedule, switching back and forth between the hard court and the sand court they have set up in an empty warehouse off campus.“It makes you a lot quicker, and you can see the court so much better,” junior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner said about training in sand. “Your teammates can see the court better, and they can tell you what kind of shots to hit, blocking, and serving and everything.”In the short time the players have been training on the beach, Waite has already noticed the improvements in his players when they bring the game back to the Field House.“Their ball control is much better,” Waite said. “You got people who are middle blockers and never play back row are back there passing and playing defense. You got the defensive specialists who normally don’t get to hit have to pass and then go hit. You have Nikki Klingsporn who, as a setter, usually doesn’t hit. She’s back there passing and hitting.“All of their games are going to be much more balanced. It really has been motivating them to be stronger and better, and it has been fun to watch.”For the players, alternating between the beach and the hard court has made spring practice more exciting, as the sand has broken up the sometimes monotonous schedule this time of year.“It definitely does (make spring more exciting),” Dolgner said. “It makes school go faster, too, which is nice. You are always looking forward to a different kind of practice that you are not used to. We’ve never done the beach thing, so it makes it a lot faster and a lot of fun.”“It’s almost like cross training,” Waite said. “You’re not bored with one thing where you are going five days a week just in the same spot. The sand is very different.”One of the main reasons the Badgers are training in the sand this season is to prepare for the third annual AVCA/CBS Collegiate Beach Championship, which they will participate in April 18-20 in San Diego. And while Waite already sees how training in sand has improved his team, he sees the move to the sand as a way volleyball is becoming even more of a year-round sport.“The coaches association is talking about a beach spring season,” Waite said. “A lot of schools would have beach tournaments, and players would go from the hard court to sand. It would increase television exposure because it’s a whole new sport out there, and it’s very big at the pro level. We are trying to push for it, and it is something that is really showing [to be] improving our team also.”Another reason for the training this spring is so the Badgers don’t suffer another letdown in the NCAA Tournament like they did last year in a loss to Iowa State at home in the second round.“I still think about it for sure,” Jeffers said about their second-round defeat. “Nobody wants to end a season like that. It’s great to have one more year where we could end on a good note.”“They were dealing with a lot of injuries that made it hard for them to be as good as they can be at the end,” Waite said. “That’s very tough. The big part of what we are doing is making sure they are all healthy at this point. Getting them healthy and making them stronger. That’s what they are doing right now.”While the rotation is not set yet, the rapid improvement in his players this spring will help Waite better prepare his team to move forward without one of the most successful senior classes in school history.?The quintet of Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson, Jocelyn Wack, Megan Mills and Amanda Berkeley led the Badgers to two Elite Eight appearances and 99 wins in four years. However, the training program UW is going through this offseason will make the transition easier for Waite.“We’ve got a number of people who had a good amount of court time last year,” Waite said. “Now it’s just stepping up and filling in the new roles. We’re seeing a lot of improvements in our first two months. They are doing really well. They are playing well as a group and as individuals.”last_img read more