View Comments Birthday Candles Star Files Related Shows Debra Messing(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Debra Messing is headed back to the Great White Way. The beloved stage-and-screen star will headline Noah Haidle’s Broadway-debut play Birthday Candles next spring at the American Airlines Theatre. The production of Roundabout Theatre Company, directed by Obie winner Vivienne Benesch, will begin previews on April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 21.Birthday Candles sees Messing as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday and even sooner, her 41st, her 70th and her 101st. Birthday Candles questions what makes a lifetime into a life.An Emmy winner for her portrayal of Grace Adler on Will & Grace, Messing made her Broadway debut in John Patrick Shanley’s Tony-nominated play Outside Mullingar. She won the attention of musical-theater fans for her turn as Julia Houston on Smash.Haidle has earned acclaim for his off-Broadway plays, which include Smokefall, Saturn Returns and Mr. Marmalade. His first produced screenplay, Stand Up Guys, starred Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.The Broadway production of Birthday Candles is scheduled to play a limited engagement through June 21, 2020. Additional cast members will be announced soon.Birthday Candles was commissioned and previously produced by Detroit Public Theatre in the spring of 2018. from $49.00 Debra Messing
Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, announced that its Board of Directors declared today, October 17, 2013, a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable November 14, 2013, to shareholders of record as of October 31, 2013. This quarter represents the 68th consecutive quarterly dividend payment and the 32nd consecutive quarter at the current payout level.Merchants plans to release earnings on or about October 24, 2013. Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Janet P. Spitler, Merchants’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Geoffrey R. Hesslink, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Merchants will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 25, 2013. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing U.S. number 1-888-317-6016, Canada number 1-855-669-9657, or international number 1-412-317-6016. The title of the call is Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Q3 2013 Earnings. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 1st, 2013. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is 1-877-344-7529. The international replay telephone number is 1-412-317-0088. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 100 23214. Additionally, a recording of the call will be available on our website at www.mbvt.com(link is external)Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank, independent and locally operated. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, more than 30 community bank locations statewide, plus a nationwide network of over 55,000 surcharge-free Allpoint ATMs. Merchants Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”), and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide, and has earned several “Best Place to Work in Vermont” awards. American Banker ranks Merchants Bank #10 in America among 851 peers. www.mbvt.com(link is external).SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwired – October 17, 2013) – Merchants Bancshares, Inc
by Morgan True vtdigger.org The state pledged to make 90 percent of health care payments ‘value-based’ within five years, as part of its application for a $45 million state innovation grant.Anya Rader Wallack, a consultant for the state who leads the team that is allocating the State Innovation Model grant award, said payments to providers must be in some way be tied to quality of care.Anya Rader Wallack. VTDigger photoJump-starting payment reform was the reason Vermont applied for the grant, and tying payments to the quality of care is reasonable, she told lawmakers on the House Health Care Committee on Thursday.‘I’m not sure what they’re going to do if we don’t make good on that pledge,’ said Rader Wallack, the former chair of the Green Mountain Care Board.Rep. George Till, D-Jericho, said he was dumbfounded that the administration would make such a pledge.‘In actuality, only a very small portion of the payments received by the practice are based on the quality measures,’ Till wrote in an email.Wallack tried to reassure him, explaining that federal regulators’ definition of ‘value-based’ payments includes Vermont’s payments to primary care providers through the Blueprint for Health.The majority of Vermont’s health care providers have signed up with an Accountable Care Organization, and with Medicaid and commercial insurers beginning to offer shared savings programs to the organizations this year, the state is increasing the opportunity for value-based payments, Wallack said.Shared savings payment programs are considered value-based because the amount of savings payers give back to the Accountable Care Organization is partially based on how well they do in meeting the payers’ quality measures.Over the three-year lifespan of the federal State Innovation Model grant, a steering committee will work to develop pilot models for two other versions of value-based payment reform, Wallack said.One is called episode-based care. In this model, payments are made for treating a specific condition over a period of time. The provider shares in savings based on the cost and quality of that care.The other pilot programs will be based on a pay-for-performance model in which providers are compensated for meeting or exceeding quality thresholds.Those pilots must be launched with enough time for the steering committee to evaluate and possibly modify them before the grant is up in 2016.The steering committee is led by a core team that includes Wallack, Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, Al Gobeille, chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, Robin Lunge, director of Health Care Reform and Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services.That team must coordinate seven work groups with more than 300 people representing a wide array of stakeholders.The work groups are exploring how these payment reforms will affect areas such as public health, the health care work force and disability and long-term services. They will then make policy recommendations to GMCB, DVHA and AHS for how to improve in those areas.Another important component of the State Innovation Model grant is assisting the development of the state’s health information exchange, which is operated through a public-private partnership known as Vermont Information Technology Leaders.A health information exchange will use analytics to guide providers and state’s decision-making, Wallack said.Some major components in the SIM budget set aside $10.9 million for analytical systems; $10.3 million for personnel costs for people supporting the grant’s work; $3.4 million for provider grants; and $3 million for evaluating the reforms.Requests for grant proposals went out to providers this month and are due by Feb. 14.Rep. Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington, asked if the state would be left holding the bag for the new programs when the grant money runs out. Wallack said these were initiatives Vermont was already planning to undertake, and if implemented correctly should result in savings over time.Rep. Doug Gage, R-Rutland, asked how factors beyond the scope of health care that affect people’s health, such as smoking or leading a sedentary lifestyle, are accounted for in value-based payments systems in which providers are compensated to some degree based on their patient’s health.‘It is more complicated than simply fixing health care delivery,’ Wallack acknowledged.The steering committee is exploring how incentives can be used to improve a population’s health.‘There are proven interventions,’ Wallack said. ‘There’s also a lot of stuff that we don’t know how to get at in terms of changing behaviors and changing the environment.’Dr. Karen Hein, a member of the Green Mountain Care Board, is leading the population health work group for the SIM steering committee. Hein will give more detailed testimony in the coming weeks on what mechanisms can be used to connect public health and health care.
Prairie Village police investigate shots fired report in Mission Hills. Prairie Village Police spent Monday evening investigating a report of shots fired in Mission Hills. Officers were called to the area of High Drive and Stratford Road about 10:15 p.m. after a man walking in the area reported hearing what he believed to be a gunshot. A Leawood Police K-9 responded to the area for a search, as Prairie Village officers surrounded the neighborhood. “There was no evidence of a shooting nor fireworks in the area,” Major Byron Roberson said in an emailed response to questions. “No damage nor injuries were found or reported.”JCPRD again receives perfect score during national accreditation process. The Johnson County Park and Recreation District was recently accredited for a fourth time through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. JCPRD first received accreditation 20 years ago. The announcement of JCPRD’s re-accreditation took place Oct. 25 in Baltimore during the “Best of the Best Ceremony” at the Annual Conference of the National Recreation and Park Association. Accreditation must be renewed every five years to ensure compliance with the 151 standards that have been established by the commission. Accreditation standards represent all areas of operation for parks and recreation departments, including administration, planning, human resources, financial management, programs and services management, facility and land use management, public safety and law enforcement, risk management, and evaluation and research. JCPRD was previously reaccredited in 2004, 2009, and 2014, and again garnered a perfect score by meeting all 151 standards.Sunderland Foundation gives $1.5 million to Barstow School’s IDEA Space. The Sunderland Foundation is providing $1.5 million for The Barstow School to support the renovation and building of IDEA Space KC, an innovative experiential learning center at 12200 State Line Road in Leawood. IDEA Space, at about 65,000 square feet, will be one of the largest centers for innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship and the arts in the nation, according to The Barstow School. The IDEA Space will house a STEAM space and fabrication lab, student-run retail space, esports teams, performing arts theatre, multi-use athletic space, an early childhood center and event space for community use.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board today is set to release a proposal on asset securitization by credit unions – as recommended by NAFCU in its “Dirty Dozen” list of rules to amend or eliminate – and a final rule on voluntary liquidation.The board today is also slated to propose changes to its appraisal rule, which could include measures sought by NAFCU to ease current appraisal disclosure requirements, and a charter conversion request from Mainstreet Credit Union in Lenexa, Kan.NAFCU’s “Dirty Dozen” list includes rules the association has targeted for revision or elimination to advance the goal of regulatory relief. Topping the list is expansion of credit unions’ investment authority to include limited derivatives activities (for which a rule was finalized in January) and authority for credit unions to securitize loans. It also calls for expanded authority for credit unions to invest in mortgage servicing rights.NCUA’s proposed rule on voluntary liquidations would allow use of electronic notices and electronic delivery of account funds in such liquidations. NAFCU supported the proposal insofar as it recognizes technological advances at credit unions, and it urged further measures along that line, such as revising the agency’s advertising rules to accommodate the rise of social media and mobile banking. continue reading »
The Washington Post:Dear Science, Why do we only laugh when someone else tickles us? Why can’t I tickle myself?Here’s what science has to say:Your question touches on one of the great mysteries of the human mind. No joke.Our inability to tickle ourselves has to do with self-awareness. At all times, without even thinking about it, we are conscious of where our limbs are and what our body is doing. And that means no funny business.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
Pinterest Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter How do young children learn to swear – and why do they seem to do it at the most inappropriate moments?Recently, a group of parents have become convinced that the Minion toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals are saying, “What the f—k!” To protest, they have taken to the airwaves to warn others about the potentially corrupting influence of the mealtime treat.McDonald’s responded to the criticism by explaining that Minions are just speaking Minionese, “a random combination of languages and nonsense words.” The company says nothing they say can be translated into any known language. LinkedIn Email As a child psychologist and early childhood educator, I study how children learn to communicate their feelings – and am well-acquainted with their ability to use new words at the most embarrassing moments.So, are children today swearing more than they did previously? Well – yes and no.Why children curseChildren are learning to swear at an earlier age. Timothy Jay, a psychology professor, suggests that the rise in profanity among children is not surprising, given the general rise in the use of swearing among adults since the 1980’s.“By the time kids go to school now, they’re saying all the words that we try to protect them from on television,” says Jay. “We find that swearing really takes off between (ages) three and four.”However, children do not appear yet to be using worse swear words than in the past – just common swear words more often, according to the new research.When young children swear before the age of two or three years old, they are usually just repeating what they have heard. Because they are learning to use language to communicate, children mimic words to make sounds and to see how those around them will respond. Through these responses, children come to understand what the words mean.So, before taking your young child’s insult to heart, it may be important to realize that she may have no idea what she is actually saying.When slightly older, children swear for different reasons. If they do not hear a word often, they may be using it because they do not understand that it is offensive.Perhaps they have heard it pass through the lips of someone they admire. And they say it in an attempt to be similarly cool. Or, they might just like the sound of it.By the time children are in pre-K and kindergarten, they often begin to realize that curse words are offensive and may quit swearing on their own. But, as I have found in my clinical work, they may still “drop the bomb” when they are scared, feeling frustrated or want to hurt others.While working as a school counselor, I found that some children like the attention receive when “talking dirty” and may use profanity to show off in front of their peers.When words have superpowersAs I have found in my work, when words get an extreme reaction, children are more likely to view that word as important and retain it for future use.Likewise, given that most people curse when they are frustrated, shocked, thrilled, or otherwise emotionally charged, profanity is usually uttered with a little extra “oomph!”Children in the midst of developing their own vocabularies are like language vacuum cleaners, sucking up as many words as they can. Emotionally charged expletives stand out like superheroes.Though they may not know what they mean, curse words are internalized as words with superpowers. And they get used when normal words just won’t fit the bill.That’s why children often curse at the most embarrassing moments – when visiting the dentist for the first time, in the grocery checkout aisle when told they can’t have a package of gum, on the first day of school or when your boss is invited over for dinner.In each of these examples, children might be confronting new or different expectations, experiencing fear, frustration or disappointment, or receiving less attention than might be typical.Likewise, during times when you are distracted, nervous or frustrated, your child’s anxiety may also be heightened. Because they have learned, perhaps from you, that curse words are for moments when we aren’t really sure what else to say, it often seems that they let them fly when we most wish they would not.How to clean up the potty mouthTo prevent younger children from cursing, prevention is the best strategy.If children are not exposed to profanity, they will not begin using it. Though television, cartoons and the world at large are full of curse words, children are most likely to hear adult language at home.It may not help that parents can sometimes be hypocritical when it comes to swearing. Nearly two-thirds of adults surveyed who had rules about their children swearing at home found that they broke their own rules on a regular basis.This sends a mixed, confusing message about swearing and when it’s appropriate.For older children, understanding why your child is cursing and what the cursing is meant to communicate is important in determining how best to respond. For example, if the child swears only when frustrated, he may not have another way to express himself.Suggesting more acceptable language or providing more constructive outlets for his frustration will redirect the behavior. And cursing should diminish.So, if the “Minions parents” are talking too much about “WTF” in front of their children, they can be sure that their children will likely be using the expression the next time they need to communicate a big emotion.My advice: if they don’t like what the toys are saying, throw them away and don’t make a big deal out of it!By Travis Wright, University of Wisconsin-MadisonTravis Wright is Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education, Teacher Education, and Childhood Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.This article was originally published on The Conversation.Read the original article.
Avian flu hits again in Iowa and NebraskaIowa ended an 8-day quiet spell today with the report of a new avian influenza outbreak on a chicken farm, while Nebraska reported that the virus was found on a farm that was already being depopulated because of outbreaks at neighboring farms.The Iowa outbreak involves an egg farm with an estimated 1 million birds in Wright County, in the north-central part of the state, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) reported. It is the county’s sixth outbreak, and the state’s first since Jun 8.Initial testing showed the presence of an H5 virus in the flock, the IDALS said. Confirmatory test results from the US Department of Agriculture’s national veterinary lab in Ames, Iowa, are awaited.Also, the IDALS said depopulation of flocks has been completed at all 76 of the previous outbreak sites, which housed 32.7 million birds total. That includes 35 turkey farms with 1.14 million birds, 35 egg and pullet farms with 31.56 million, and six backyard poultry flocks with 4,679.Meanwhile, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) said today that avian flu has now been confirmed on a Dixon County farm where a flock of 200,000 pullets was already being depopulated because of outbreaks at several neighboring farms.Four other farms in the county are under the same ownership, and three of those have had avian flu outbreaks, the NDA noted. The virus has not been found on the fourth one, but the owner decided to depopulate it as a precaution.One other Nebraska county, Knox, has a farm that is under quarantine because of a presumptive positive test close to 3 weeks ago, but further tests still have not confirmed the finding, the NDA said today. Plans call for lifting the quarantine after 21 days of negative test results. Dixon and Knox counties are both in northeastern Nebraska.Jun 16 IDALS press release Jun 16 NDA weekly update Southern Hemisphere flu levels on the riseFlu activity at the start of the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season is low but is increasing in most reporting countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in its latest global flu update.Flu is above the seasonal threshold in Australia, detection rates are increasing steeply in South Africa, and flu is at expected seasonal levels in South America’s temperate countries, the agency said. Influenza A strains are predominant in South Africa, with all three strains circulating in Australia.Other parts of the world seeing recent flu activity upticks include Guatemala, Vietnam, and Singapore, according to the WHO. Flu activity is decreasing in many parts of the world and is at interseasonal levels in North America.At the global level, 51% of recently subtyped viruses have been influenza B. Of the influenza A viruses, 77.1% were the H3N2 subtype and 22.9% were the 2009 H1N1 virus.Jun 15 WHO global flu update Study: Rates of flu higher in younger pigsInfluenza viruses are found in about 8% of nasal samples taken from farm pigs, but the rate is markedly higher in the youngest pigs in a herd, University of Minnesota researchers reported yesterday in PLoS One.The team visited five breeding herds in the Midwest, taking nasal swabs monthly for a year. At each visit they collected 30 swabs from each of three groups: (1) replacement females that had lived on the farm for less than 4 weeks (new gilts), (2) replacement females on the farm for more than 4 weeks (gilts), and (3) pigs less than 21 days old (piglets). They collected 4,190 swabs from 141 groups of pigs by study’s end.At least one sample tested positive for influenza A in 28 (20%) of the sampled groups using polymerase chain reaction testing. Overall, 324 (7.7%) of nasal swabs tested positive. The odds of testing positive for new gilts, however, were 7.9 times higher than for gilts, and for piglets the odds were 4.4 times higher than for gilts.The authors conclude, “Based on these findings, we recommend that IAV control strategies be aimed at preventing infection before gilts are introduced into the farm, and in pigs prior to weaning.”Jun 15 PLoS One study
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Source: NASA/Joel KowskyNASA said the countdown proceeded smoothly throughout the day yesterday, with no technical issues raised regarding the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket or the Crew Dragon spacecraft.But later in the day with operations underway to load the rocket’s propellants and the instantaneous launch window of 4:33 p.m. EDT drawing near, launch weather officials briefed SpaceX Launch Director Mike Taylor that there just wasn’t enough time to wait for weather to improve.Rain, cumulus clouds, attached anvil clouds, lightning and field mill data – which measure the amount of electricity in the atmosphere – all violated Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon launch criteria at times throughout the day.“There was a concern that if we did launch, it could actually trigger lightning,” Bridenstine said. “We made the right decision.”The Demo-2 mission, dubbed Launch America, has been postponed until 3.22pm EDT on Saturday (30th May). American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were due to liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4.33pm EDT, but bad weather forced mission managers to pull the plug just 16 minutes before launch.“I know there’s a lot of disappointment today. The weather got us,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. “But it was a great day for NASA. It was a great day for SpaceX. Our teams worked together in a really impressive way, making good decisions all along.”