The Wait Is Over! Star Ian McKellen Answers the Ultimate Godot Question

first_img Stewart agreed with his co-star, but turned to McKellen and said, “I have a feeling that answer is going to follow you for the rest of your life.” Related Shows Does Godot exist? That has been the question (among many questions) for audiences of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot since it premiered in 1953. So… Does he? Ian McKellen, who plays Estragon in the play, knows. The actor confidently responded to the question when he visited Broadway.com’s Times Square studio with Godot and No Man’s Land co-star Patrick Stewart, who plays Vladimir. Look for more answers to your questions, when the Ask a Star feature on the pair of Sirs premieres on January 3. Waiting For Godotcenter_img View Comments “He certainly exists,” McKellen said. “He’s a farmer. He has goats and sheep. And he doesn’t treat his employees very well.” The actor went on to describe evidence of play’s absent title character, and then added, “He doesn’t keep his appointments. He’s a thoroughly unreliable person. And Beckett doesn’t want you to be interested in him whatsoever. But he exists.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more

Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement Projects

first_imgGovernor Announces Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement ProjectsMontpelier, Vt. – Nearly $4 million dollars will be distributed among 40towns and sponsoring organizations for projects that improve localtransportation, expanded recreational opportunities and encourage andsupport economic development of Vermont’s historic downtowns and villagecenters, Governor Jim Douglas and Transportation Secretary Dawn Terrill hasannounced.Governor Douglas said these resources, from the 2005 transportationenhancement projects fund, help to preserve historic transportationbuildings and create visitor centers; construct sidewalks, bicyclepathways and bridges; and purchase scenic easements that enhance thestate’s travel and tourism industry. “These funds are a significantcontribution to our intermodal transportation system and help us tocontinue to strengthen our economy,” Governor Douglas added.”Since 1995, these grants have been a base for funding local and regionaltransportation development projects,” noted Secretary Terrill. “It is abroadly based grants program representing the best of Vermont forVermonters.”The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), passed byCongress in 1991, created the Transportation Enhancement Program offeringcommunities new funding opportunities to help expand local transportationchoices including safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic routes,beautification, and other investments that increase recreation opportunityand access.In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)reaffirmed the federal commitment to communities by increasing fundingsupport for enhancements. Applications for enhancement funding arereviewed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to affirmproject eligibility criteria, then are individually considered and awardedby a grant committee.VTrans staff also provides technical and limited project assistance togrant recipients. Most community projects are completed within two yearsof the grant award. Since 1995, 239 grant awards have been made toVermont communities totaling $30.5 million.The next round of grants will be available in April, 2005 when the Agencyprovides application booklets to municipalities, regional planningcommissions, and non-profit organizations.2005 grant awards are listed below.2005 ENHANCEMENTS APPLICATIONS FUNDEDTownSponsorActivity FundedGRANT SHARETOTAL PROJECT COSTSt. Albans CityCity of St. AlbansEngineering and Construction of Lower Welden Street Sidewalk & PedestrianBridge$103,000$131,970BartonBarton VillageSidewalk Feasibility Study for Barton Village$13,000$16,440BenningtonTown of BenningtonEngineering and Construction of West Main Street Sidewalks and HistoricLighting.$168,000$212,025BenningtonVillage of North BenningtonEngineering and Construction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping atthe Main Street/Bank Street Intersection$121,000$151,893ColchesterColchester Historical SocietyEngineering and Construction of the Colchester Log Schoolhouse Bike PathVisitors Center$147,000$183,500Hyde Park V.Village of Hyde ParkEngineering and Construction of Sidewalks in the Village of Hyde Park$87,000$210,000WallingfordWallingford Fire DistrictConstruction of Wallingford Village Sidewalks$128,000$160,000Middlebury & WeybridgeMiddlebury Area Land TrustEngineering and Construction of Sidewalks and Erosion ControlDemonstration Project at the Otter Creek Access Site$290,000$595,237ChelseaTown of ChelseaEngineering and Construction of Chelsea Connector Pedestrian Path$75,000$96,000BrightonTown of BrightonEngineering for Island Pond Sidewalks$90,000$123,000WillistonTown of WillistonEngineering for Route 2A Multi-Use Path (River Cove Road to EssexJunction)$130,000$162,000FairleeTown of FairleeEngineering and Construction of the Historic Fairlee Railroad StationVisitors’ Center$170,000$388,150Multi-TownConnecticut River Transit, Inc.Installation of Bike Racks on Public Transit Buses$10,000$15,123BrandonTown of BrandonEngineering and Construction of Maple and Union Street Sidewalks$155,000$193,210MiddleburyTown of MiddleburyEngineering and Construction of Court Square Historic Lighting$130,000$282,620RutlandTown of RutlandEngineering and Rehabilitation of the Twin Covered Bridge$30,000$77,000MorristownTown of MorristownEngineering and Construction of Wilkins Ravine Stormwater Mitigation$75,000$104,149NorthfieldVillage of NorthfieldPlanning for Depot Square Improvements$20,000$25,000LondonderryFriends of the West River Trail, Inc.Engineering and Construction of the Historic South Londonderry DepotVisitors’ Center$298,000$376,561ShelburneTown of ShelburnePlanning for the Harbor Road Shared-Use Path$20,000$25,000TroyTown of TroyPlanning for Troy Village Common Improvements$16,000$20,000South BurlingtonCity of South BurlingtonEngineering and Construction of San Remo Drive Sidewalks and Landscaping$265,000$438,930RockinghamTown of RockinghamDocumenting and Stabilizing the Historic Bellows Falls Canal$21,000$27,250WinhallTown of WinhallPlanning for Bondville Village Sidewalks Design$15,000$20,000VergennesCity of VergennesEngineering for Vergennes Upper Basin Pedestrian Improvements$12,000$15,000BristolBristol Friends of the ArtsEngineering and Construction of Howden Hall Visitor Center$80,000$251,305MiddlesexMiddlesex Conservation Comm.Planning for Middlesex Village Bike/Ped Improvements$16,000$20,000HartfordTown of HartfordEngineering and Construction of Railroad Row Improvements, Phase III$50,000$200,900WoodstockTown of WoodstockConstruction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping at the TaftsvilleGreen$50,000$62,752JohnsonVillage of JohnsonEngineering and Construction of Phase 1 of the Johnson Village Main StreetProject$294,000$367,254ThetfordTown of ThetfordPlanning for Thetford Village Bike/Ped Improvements$25,000$33,000HartlandTown of HartlandEngineering for Hartland Village Bike/Ped Improvements$45,000$75,018HinesburgTown of HinesburgEngineering and Construction of Hinesburg Village Pedestrian Improvements- Phase III (near Town Hall)$79,000$98,450AlburgTown of AlburgPlanning for Alburg Village Streetscape Improvements$16,000$20,000Barre CityCity of BarreConstruction of a New Sidewalk and Restored Historic Gazebo in City HallPark$100,000$343,400BurlingtonCity of BurlingtonEngineering and Construction of the Battery Street Shared-Use Path$200,000$250,000LyndonTown of LyndonEngineering and Construction of the Passumpsic River Pedestrian Bridge$114,000$145,740BrightonBrighton Community Forum, Inc.Engineering and Construction of an Island Pond Welcome Center$150,000$385,810BenningtonVT Housing and Conservation BoardRestoration of Historic Farmhouse and Provide Visitor Information$100,000$338,448StatewideVermont Bicycle & Pedestrian CoalitionBike/Ped Safety Education Programs$60,000$140,677TOTALS:$3,968,000$6,782,812###last_img read more

NCUA and FinCEN issue COVID-19 guidance

first_imgYou asked, you received. NCUA and FinCEN issued guidance for credit unions and other financial institutions concerned about the effects of COVID-19. Additionally, NAFCU received some clarification from the Federal Reserve on reserve requirements and Regulation D’s six transaction limitation.NCUA Guidance“We plan to take every step to ensure that our agency’s critical mission of protecting the safety and soundness of the credit union industry will continue to be executed as effectively and efficiently as possible,” the NCUA said in its Letter to Credit Unions. The agency’s letter contains helpful information about how to assist members, answers some FAQs, and gives information about upcoming examinations.Helping MembersMany credit unions are trying out new strategies and offering different products or services in order to accommodate affected members. NAFCU has heard from many credit unions about the ways they’re attempting to ease the financial burdens of members. NCUA has encouraged these efforts and gives a few examples of how credit unions may assist members, including: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing

first_imgOct 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Recent US government contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs could lead to the purchase of up to 100,000 doses of each.Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man., has received a contract from the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to supply its anthrax immune globulin (AIG) for preliminary efficacy testing, according to a company news release. The company describes AIG as a hyperimmune product for treating or preventing inhalational anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis.HHS has the next year to decide whether to purchase from 10,000 to 100,000 doses of AIG over three years. If that happens, Cangene must seek Food and Drug Administration approval of the product.HHS has awarded a similar contract to Human Genome Sciences Inc. (HGS) of Rockville, Md. In the first phase of the contract, worth $1.8 million, the company will sell the government 10 grams of ABthrax, a human monoclonal antibody for treating anthrax, the company announced on Oct 3. The government then will have the option to buy up to 100,000 doses of the product within a year.B anthracis is considered a category A bioweapon. Four years ago this month, soon after the Sep 11 attacks, anthrax spores sent through the US mail caused a series of anthrax cases that eventually totaled 22 (11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational). Five patients with inhalational anthrax died. The case has never been solved.See also: CIDRAP anthrax overviewhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/biofacts/index.htmllast_img read more

WHO: H5N1 strikes two more Indonesians

first_imgFeb 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 29-year-old Indonesian woman recently died of H5N1 avian influenza and that another Indonesian, a 38-year-old woman, is hospitalized with the disease.The 29-year-old woman was from Tangerang, the same western suburb of Jakarta where several of Indonesia’s most recent H5N1 case-patients lived. She fell ill on Jan 22, was hospitalized 6 days later, and died on Feb 2, according to a WHO statement. She is listed as the country’s 125th case-patient and its 103rd fatality.The WHO said an investigation into the source of her illness was under way. Lili Sulistyowati, a spokeswoman from Indonesia’s health ministry, said the woman’s neighbors raised chickens, but it’s not known if the birds were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.The WHO also announced that the 38-year-old woman, who is from West Jakarta, is in critical condition. She became ill Jan 24 and was hospitalized 2 days later. She is now confirmed as Indonesia’s 126th H5N1 case-patient, according to the WHO.The source of the woman’s illness is also still under investigation, the WHO said. Sulistyowati told Xinhua that a week ago the woman visited her parents, who live next to a family that raises ducks.Indonesia has been hit hardest of any country by the H5N1 virus. The WHO’s global H5N1 count stands at 359 cases and 226 deaths.See also:Feb 5 WHO statementlast_img read more

BMW fined $18 mn in US over inflated sales data

first_imgUS securities regulators charged BMW with inflating its retail sales volumes to investors, fining the luxury car company US$18 million in a settlement announced Thursday.BMW of North America, a subsidiary of the German company, provided inaccurate and misleading information while raising $18 billion in corporate bond offerings, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said.From 2015 to 2019, BMW relied on a reserve of unreported car sales that it used to meet targets regardless of when the sales took place. BMW also inaccurately designated some vehicles as sold when they had not been, and adjusted its sales reporting calendar in 2015 and 2017 to meet targets or bank excess sales for future use.”Companies accessing US markets to raise capital have an obligation to provide accurate information to investors,” said SEC enforcement director Stephanie Avakian.”Through its repeated disclosure failures, BMW misled investors about its US retail sales performance and customer demand for BMW vehicles in the US market while raising capital in the US.”BMW said it was “pleased” to resolve the matter, noting in a statement that the SEC had praised the automaker for cooperating with the probe.”Much of the conduct at issue in the SEC settlement occurred over three years ago,” BMW said. “The order is based on US securities laws which can be satisfied by negligence. There is no allegation or finding in the order that any BMW entity engaged in intentional misconduct.”Topics :last_img read more

​PenSam hands €2.6bn equities to Amundi, keeps Nordea for rest [updated]

first_imgDenmark’s PenSam has picked Amundi to manage more than half of its €4.8bn global listed equities portfolio, months after the pension fund announced the entire portfolio would be re-weighted and measured against the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) Climate index rather than the original ACWI.Amundi said that under the new mandate from the Danish labour-market pension fund, it will manage over €2.6bn of the fund’s global equities in a separate account, tracking the climate-tilted index while incorporating “client specific customisations”.Claus Jørgensen, PenSam’s CIO, said: “The partnership was a natural fit for PenSam as we see Amundi as a leader within ESG indexing.“The mandate will be key to achieving our key goals of strong returns, integration of climate objectives and low cost,” he added. Asked by IPE about the management of the remaining half of the global equities portfolio, PenSam said this would continue to be handled by Nordea, with the external manager having “more or less” kept its mandate and allocation.PenSam senior portfolio manager Henrik Lorin Rasmussen told IPE that Amundi had taken over the assets from a number of other external managers, but added that it was the pension fund’s policy not to disclose names of firms it had chosen not to use anymore.“We are currently not looking to use other managers than Amundi and Nordea – as we are quite happy with both,” he said, referring to the pension fund’s listed global equities allocation.For its part, Amundi said it was selected for the task based on its expertise in indexing, combined with its “commitment and track record within ESG and climate investing,” adding in the joint announcement that it had been managing tracking strategies and co-developing ESG-focused indices for many years.Fannie Wurtz, head of Amundi ETF, indexing and smart beta, said: “As a pioneer in index managed climate solutions since 2014, Amundi’s size and scale positions us perfectly to deliver best-in-class index management.”The €20bn Danish pension fund announced four months ago that it had switched weightings in its passively-managed listed global equities portfolio to take account of climate factors, by adopting the MSCI climate index for the whole €4.8bn allocation.This article was updated on 8 July to add more information and comment from PenSam on its choice of external managers.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Mushrooms Kill Fourth California Senior; U.S. Cases on Rise

first_imgHealthLifestyle Mushrooms Kill Fourth California Senior; U.S. Cases on Rise by: – November 28, 2012 23 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Another person has died after a caregiver at their California senior-care facility served them poisonous mushrooms. (ABC NEWS)Another elderly person has died from accidental mushroom poisoning at a California senior care facility, bringing the death toll to four.The latest victim, 92-year-old Dorothy Mary Hart, died at a nursing home, according to The Associated Press. The date of her death has yet to be released.The first two women died the day after a caregiver at their senior-care facility inadvertently served them a meal with poisonous mushrooms picked on the Loomis, Calif., property Nov. 8. The caregiver and three other residents of Gold Age Villa were hospitalized, according to WTEN-TV, the ABC News affiliate in Sacramento.Hart was among those to be hospitalized after the poisoning, but she was released and living in a nursing home.Teresa Olesniewicz, 73, died the morning of Nov. 9 and Barbara Lopes, 86, died that night, according to the county coroner. Frank Warren Blodget, 90, the third victim, died Nov. 17.“It looks like a tragic accident,” Lt. Mark Reed of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said.Reed told the Sacramento Bee that the caregiver “just didn’t know” the mushrooms were poisonous. It is not clear what kind of mushroom the victims ate, however.Dr. Pierre Gholam, a liver specialist at University Hospitals in Cleveland, said he has seen an uptick in wild mushroom poisonings in his area, too. More than two dozen patients have arrived in the past three years with telltale mushroom poisoning symptoms, he said, including diarrhea followed by kidney and liver failure.Gholam, speaking to ABC News by phone from a meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in Boston earlier this month, said doctors there from across the country report similar increases in mushroom poisoning patients, even in areas not typically known for mushroom poisonings, such as the Midwest.Specialists historically see case clusters in Northern California and in the Northeast.“Clearly, there is something that has changed, in my mind, that has led to more mushroom poisoning cases,” he said. “It looks like a nationwide phenomenon.”The reasons are unclear but Gholam suggested that more people could be picking their own mushrooms in the bad economy to save money.Gholam’s hospital is one of only a few authorized by the federal government to give patients an antidote called silibinin, which blocks the poison from attacking the liver. Fourteen patients have come from up to 150 miles away for the life-saving drug.The poison in these mushrooms is called amatoxin, and it’s colorless and odorless, so people who pick or eat them won’t know until it’s too late, Gholam said. The poison fungi can also come in different sizes and shapes. Cooking or freezing the mushrooms does not deactivate the toxin.Typically, people begin to feel sick within six hours of eating the mushrooms, and come down with severe diarrhea, which causes dehydration and kidney failure, he said. Without the antidote, liver failure can set in after 72 hours, and the needs a liver transplant after 96 hours.“I think at this point, it is absolutely critical to spread the word — especially to folks that picked mushrooms — that the landscape has changed,” Gholam said.ABC Newslast_img read more

Ivy Tech Students To Celebrate Days Of Service

first_imgIvy Tech Community College will celebrate its 3rd annual Ivy Tech Days of Service, which will take place April 24-26 at all campuses statewide.More than 1,000 Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff from every Ivy Tech region will be completing service projects in their local communities.Local participants will work with the Dearborn County Solid Waste and Recycling Center on Tuesday.Volunteers will complete a clean-up project while promoting recycling and environmental awareness, as well as a celebration of Earth Day.Students and faculty at the Madison Campus will participate in the Jefferson County United Way Bowl for Kids’ Sake event on Saturday, April 26. Students have formed their own team to raise funds and awareness and will be on hand to assist as event volunteers.last_img read more

12-foot, 463-pound gator hit by semi-truck on FL highway

first_imgA nearly 500-pound alligator was captured after it was found wandering along a Florida highway earlier this month.The Florida Highway Patrol and Broderick Vaughan, the owner of Vaughan Gators responded to the scene after reports of a massive alligator.Vaughan was able to capture the gigantic reptile safely and said it was one of the largest alligators he’s confined.The alligator had to be euthanized a few days later due to severe injuries received from being hit by a semi-truck, according to the company.last_img read more