Newfoundlanders portrayed in Come From Away celebrate Tony nominations

first_imgGANDER, N.L. – Cheers went up Tuesday at the legion hall in Gander, N.L., as 9-11 volunteers portrayed in the hit Broadway musical “Come From Away” celebrated its seven Tony Award nominations.“It was a super morning, and there was so much excitement,” said Beulah Cooper, who is still close friends with the unexpected guests she welcomed into her Gander home during five extraordinary days after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.“A tray of sandwiches got me here,” she joked.“I just want to congratulate everyone involved. It was a super job and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”Gander almost doubled in population as the attacks closed U.S. air space, diverting 38 planes with 6,579 passengers and crew to the sprawling international airport on the edge of town.What happened next has become a legendary tale of simple compassion. With few questions asked, Gander and the surrounding communities of Gambo, Appleton, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Glenwood donated everything from food to prescription drugs as they turned schools and meeting halls into shelters. Many residents threw open their own homes to “the plane people.”Stranded travellers from all over the world were often floored when their offers to pay for such help were turned down with remarks such as: “You’d do the same for me.”Those true stories of human kindness during a horrific time struck Toronto theatre producer Michael Rubinoff, a self-described “recovering lawyer,” as fodder for a musical about this uniquely Newfoundland 9-12 aftermath.The result is a critically acclaimed production that has won over audiences in La Jolla, Calif., Washington, D.C., Seattle, Toronto and now on Broadway.Two benefit concerts showcasing a pared-down version of the show last fall in Gander had both sold-out crowds on their feet clapping long before the final number finished.Rubinoff, a producer of “Come From Away” and associate dean of visual and performing arts at Toronto’s Sheridan College where it was developed, was back Tuesday where it all began.“Whether it was good news or not so good news, I wanted to be in Gander with the people that inspired these stories,” he said in an interview.“As we were watching together, waiting, just to hear ‘Come From Away’ nominated for best musical and six other nominations, it was really special. The people that are portrayed, they’re just incredible.“It’s very rare that you have a musical that not only is a true story, but where the characters who inspired it are alive, and to be with them to share in this milestone, oh boy, it was quite emotional.”Rubinoff said about 25 people shared a meal of breakfast bakes and traditional Newfoundland toutons, a type of thick pancake served with molasses.“To be surrounded by these people who have really become like family, and to share in something so special, it is another moment on this journey that I will never forget.”Gander Mayor Claude Elliott, who is also portrayed in the show, said “Come From Away” offers a hopeful message that is very timely, especially in the United States.“It’s about helping people with wanting nothing in return, and that’s what probably the world is missing today, more of that. That’s our way of life here.”The Tony Awards will be presented June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.— By Sue Bailey in St. John’s, N.L.Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

WilsonRaybould will have uphill climb as independent expert says

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Jody Wilson-Raybould’s political career has taken another turn. The former Attorney General for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals has announced she will seek re-election this year as an independent candidate.However, one expert believes it’s going to be an uphill climb.Hamish Telford is the Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley. He says Wilson-Raybould has name recognition and she’s in the right riding for her brand of politics, but it’s still going to be a tough race as an Independent.“They are generally not successful in part because they don’t have a party machine to help them identify the vote and get the vote out, knock on doors, and do all of the things parties do to get their candidates elected,” says Telford.However, he notes when independents have been successful, it’s because they have name recognition and Wilson-Raybould has become a household name following the SNC-Lavalin affair.But why did she decide to run as an independent and not join the Greens or the NDP?Telford says it might have something to do with Jane Philpott, Wilson-Raybould’s close friend, who has also announced she’s running as an independent.“My sense is that Jane Philpott did not stand much chance of re-winning her riding as an NDP or a Green,” says Telford. “Both of those parties were in single digits in the last election. So if they are going to work together, that would lead Jody Wilson-Raybould to also run as an Independent.”Overall, Telford is a bit surprised by her decision. He thought WIlson-Raybould and Philpott were going to leave federal politics altogether.“I thought under the circumstances they would both conclude that their political and professional objectives could be better realized outside of Parliament, outside of electoral politics, in some other capacity.”The upcoming federal election takes place in October.last_img read more

Major reforms of Ontarios class action law needed new report says

first_imgTORONTO — The law governing class-action lawsuits in Ontario needs far-reaching reforms to ensure they are a fair, efficient and effective way for plaintiffs to get justice, a report released on Wednesday concludes.The report by the Law Commission of Ontario, billed as the first independent, comprehensive assessment of the provincial legislation in 27 years, aims among other things to tackle concerns over the fees lawyers earn, the sometimes ugly fights among competing law firms, and what is often a protracted and expensive process.Included in the report are more than two dozen recommendations covering virtually every step, from initiating litigation to distributing proceeds and reporting on the results.Ontario enacted the Class Proceedings Act in 1992 as a way to allow people with a common grievance to sue as a group — governments and big corporations are frequent targets — without having to dig into their own pockets and prove claims individually.Increasingly, claims involve thousands of people and settlements worth hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They have also led to hotly contested fights among law firms over who gets “carriage” of the litigation.“There is a strong belief within the class-action community that the system for determining carriage in Ontario is inefficient and unpredictable,” the report states. “The (act) needs dedicated new provisions to better manage and focus carriage hearings … to promote high-quality representation for class members, improve judicial economy, and increase predictability and finality in carriage decisions.”Recommendations include setting up a process and timetable for determining which among competing law firms gets to represent plaintiffs.The report, two years in the making, also takes aim at the fierce criticism of the fees law firms collect — often in the tens of millions of dollars — if the action proves successful. In many cases, court-approved legal fees dwarf what individual plaintiffs end up with.“Lack of compensation to class members is one of the most common and trenchant criticisms of class actions,” the report states. “Many people believe that access to justice in class actions is hindered by … claims in which minimal compensation is paid.”The report does note that lawyers would be reluctant to gamble on pressing a difficult lawsuit if fees are too low. Still, it urges better protection for plaintiffs, including increased transparency, monitoring and measurement of settlements, and reporting in detail the outcome.Other areas the report addresses include concerns over “copycat” claims in which law firms simply piggyback off the work of another firm that is actually pursuing results.“There is a pressing need to establish clear and enforceable rules and benchmarks early in the class action litigation process,” the report states. “The (commission) is recommending several targeted but significant reforms that will establish reasonable expectations — and firm consequences — for parties to advance their actions in a timely manner.”In all, figures suggest Ontario saw roughly 1,500 class actions between 1993 and February 2018, with more than 100 new ones now being filed annually. Roughly three quarters get certified — meaning they fulfil the requirements for staking a group claim.“Class actions have become one of the most high-profile and far-reaching legal procedures in the Canadian justice system,” Andrew Pinto, commission chairman, said in a statement. “The report’s 47 recommendations represent a necessary and important update to this very significant piece of legislation.”The report urges all levels of government to work together to develop a framework for dealing with class actions that span multiple provincial and territorial jurisdictions. It also takes aim at new legislation under Premier Doug Ford that could put the government beyond the reach of the courts by barring negligence lawsuits against it.Kirk Baert, a Toronto-based class-action lawyer whose firm has found itself in pitched battles with other legal firms and come under fire from a judge about the level of fees negotiated, called the report “well thought out and fairly balanced.”The law commission is an independent organization that researches legal issues and recommends improvements.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A world apart

first_imgEmerson, a tiger, came from a roadside zoo in Missouri. It was shut down due to safety concerns after a volunteer went to the hospital with a bite wound supposedly from a dog, but actually from one of the zoo’s tigers.text and photographs by Nick PironioTucked away just off NC-64, between the town of Pittsboro and Jordan Lake, lies Carolina Tiger Rescue. To visit this 55-acre refuge for rescued lions, tigers, and other wildcats is to enter a surreal foreign land. More than 40 neglected or abused wildcats have found safety in this vast sanctuary, just down the road from the farms and churches that dot the otherwise-familiar North Carolina landscape. With their growls and roars, territory-marking scents, and majestic beauty, the place sounds, smells, and looks like a world apart.The entrance to Carolina Tiger Rescue.Carolina Tiger Rescue was founded in the 1970s as a research institute by UNC geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman. His task was to breed keystone species (those that perform a crucial role in the life of a particular ecosystem) as a way to protect the population of those animals until their home habitats could support them once more. As time went on, the organization decided the need to breed wildcats was less important than the need to rescue abused and neglected wildcats.Roman, a lion, prowls about. He came to North Carolina from a rescue in Ohio that shut down due to lack of funding.How does a lion or tiger wind up in North Carolina and need rescuing to begin with? There’s an online market for these big cats, which are bred (often excessively inbred, resulting in deformities) to be sold for a profit. It’s made worse by the lack of state regulation on the ownership of a non-native species. Some counties in the state including Wake, Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties have made it illegal to possess these animals, but it’s usually only when these animals happen to be found – often in the wake of their owners’ brush with another law – that they are taken into custody.A note that was attached to Elvis, a serval, or medium-sized cat, when his owners left him at the rescue. The note documented his care, which Carolina Tiger Rescue realized was inaccurate based on the animal’s actual health.As I photographed the wildcats, many hobbled around in pain from arthritis caused by years of abuse. Some were declawed by their owners, or locked in small cages for long periods of time. Once-mighty creatures, they now live out their days riddled with aches and pains. Spending time with them – which I did several times over the course of the last few months – was both a humbling and disheartening experience. It’s no wonder the rescue, which employs 17 people, has a list of approximately 160 volunteers to help them care for these beautiful animals.Fenimore, a tiger, gives a big yawn. He was rescued from the same Missouri zoo that Emerson came from.But it’s not all sadness there. Many of the wildcats are still playful and energetic, despite their circumstances. Some even played a game of “hide-and-seek” with me as I tried to photograph them through the mesh of their spacious cages. Once, when I turned my back, a tiger named Madonna playfully pounced on the cage wall behind me.Madonna, a tiger, eyes the photographer from behind a tree.Still, they’re dangerous, and never in direct contact with any humans. And only half of the wildcats at the rescue are on view for what the organization calls “The Show,” which is what visitors see when they take a tour of the refuge. Those with anxiety or aggressive tendencies are kept out of view, and spend their time alone being cared for by the staff.After emerging from her hiding spot, Madonna reclines in her rescue’s habitat.Safety cages are scattered throughout the complex, and are used to protect people in emergency situations or any time a wildcat is moved.Elvis, a serval, in a contemplative pose.Tarzan, a lion, reigned over the first floor of a hotel in Mexico until he was one year old. When he became too large for that task, he was locked in a cage in front of the hotel that was 3-feet tall, 3-feet wide, and 6-feet long. He spent two years there, and now cannot stand up or fully extend his legs.Tarzan curls up for a late-afternoon snooze.Star, a cougar, gazes through a fence. Star came from a roadside zoo in Mississippi that was shut down due to numerous violations of animal welfare and human safety.Aria, a tiger, was a privately-owned pet in South Carolina for 10 years. She became sick, and her owner’s neighbors called authorities, who contacted the rescue. She was found to have a pancreatic deficiency that required a specifc diet. The family eventually gave her to the rescue so she could receive better care.The memorial gardens at the resuce, where each brick bears the name of a wildcat that has died.A well-loved toy.last_img read more

William Ivey Long In search of the heat

first_imgby Liza Robertsphotographs by Nick PironioWilliam Ivey Long, the prolific, multiple-Tony Award-winning costume designer, has drama – and Raleigh – in his blood, and in every single one of his earliest memories.“I grew up in the stage left dressing room,” Long says as he gestures around a tiny, WPA-built stone structure that still stands at Raleigh Little Theatre’s outdoor amphitheater. He’s not speaking metaphorically: The dressing room  is where he lived until age 3 with his father, a technical director, and mother, an actress who wore many play-making hats. “People would change clothes in our house, and put on costumes … You would open the door, and you’d be on the stage.”Doors – and stages – have a way of opening up for Long. On Broadway and London’s West End, he has showcased his talent for almost 40 years. He has 15 Tony nominations and six Tony Awards, and has designed costumes for more than 70 Broadway productions. He has received the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Legend of Fashion” award and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. He has the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the City of Raleigh Medal of Arts Award, and the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts. Costumes for the likes of the Metropolitan Opera, Mick Jagger, the New York City Ballet, and Siegfried and Roy round out his resume.William Ivey Long fits Robin Givens for Roxie Hart; photo courtesy of Alessandra PetlinVanessa Redgrave wears a Long-designed costume as Queen Elizabeth I in The Lost Colony; photo courtesy of Aaron TrotmanBut despite his starry spot in the Broadway pantheon, manifested by his current role as head of the American Theatre Wing (the organization that runs the Tony Awards), Long remains resolutely North Carolinian, a natty Southern gentleman with gracious manners, good humor, and stories to tell. He’s as likely to digress about his large extended family (and their furniture) as he is to talk about his life of glamour. And he has remained loyal to the theaters here that launched him: This summer will be his 45th working on The Lost Colony play in Manteo.Growing up in the South has informed “every one of my sensibilities,” Long says. “How I was raised, telling stories, being in North Carolina, which is, I think, a very diverse culture … the abundance of educated, cultivated people … Revering the word, growing up in a family where the play is the thing …”Long’s words meander happily as he recalls his early influences: old Western movies; the Raleigh Rose Garden; the Long ancestors who were members of the first class at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1795; the actor Andy Griffith; Long’s great-grandmother’s sister; The Lost Colony costume designer Irene Smart Rains; the playwright Wendy Wasserstein; his parents.“I’ve always been interested in the making of theater, because of being right here.” He takes in the dressing room with a glance. “The business of our family was always play-making.”Destined, not designedConsidered by critics a nimble designer whose work marries  storytelling and glamour – together with an unmistakably sexy jolt that “hovers between taste and travesty,” as famed New York magazine theater critic John Simon put it – Long is also considered technically ingenious, with a specialty in “transformations,” costumes that seamlessly turn a scullery maid into a princess, for instance, or a greasy car mechanic into a rock star.The Frogs, Dress Rehearsal, Lincoln Center Theater, June 19, 2004, Credit Photo ©Paul Kolnik, NYC 212.362.7778Costumes and sketches for The FrogsLong’s crimson feather ballgown that morphed into a living Christmas tree in La Cage aux Folles; @CarolRosegg“I love transformations,” he says. “I love transforming people.” At the same time, he says, his main goal is always to help tell the story. “I like to think that I’m an honest and true designer who supports the material.” Michael Feingold, theater critic for the Village Voice, agrees. Long deploys “a kind of secret, supplemental playwriting,” he wrote, “done not to compete with the script being performed, but to enhance it … William is one of the master dramatists of our day.”Long’s ethereal, transformational costumes for Cinderella, which won him the 2013 Tony; his over-the-top looks for Hairspray, which won in 2003; and his canny creations in last year’s On the Twentieth Century, which nabbed a nomination, showcase a portion of his talent.“His costumes look more than designed – they seem destined,” says critic Simon.Destined, not designed might be an apt description of Long’s career as well. He never set out to design costumes, he says; never gave them much thought at all. His interests were more varied. He took himself to William & Mary for college, for instance, because he loved the campus architecture and wanted to study art history. Then he took himself to Yale School of Drama because he wanted to be a set designer. He moved himself to the Chelsea Hotel in New York because he wanted to work for the couturier Charles James, who lived there. (It took Long six months to get James’s attention; in the meantime, neighbors like Andy Warhol “superstar” Viva and a punk-rocker called “Neon Leon” kept things interesting.) Long only became a Broadway costume designer, he says, after a friend from Yale was hired as the set designer for The Inspector General in 1978 and recommended Long to do the costumes. One production led to another, and “it slipped up on me,” he says. “It wasn’t conscious. It was so omnipresent that it became a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Long had become a costume designer.That was 38 years ago. “I am much more focused now and fierce – fearsome – in my approach than I was then,” he says. “I was young and naïve.” His first Tony, for Nine, focused his mind and gave him bigger dreams. “It didn’t just overnight change my life, but it did inside.”Of a pieceWherever his profession takes him, Long is never far from home. It’s not only on his itinerary year-round, it’s also readily in his thoughts, forming his frame of reference. Home and theater were and are of a piece.Long works on the set of Grease: Live; David Korins“The front hall of our big house in Rock Hill was always a scene dock,” he recalls. (His father, William Ivey Long Sr., was founder of the theater department, stage director, and professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.) “And the big dining room table, which I finally restored, my grandfather’s dining room table from Baltimore, it was always the cutting table during shows. I think twice in my life, my father did The Heiress. Well, the entire house was emptied on to that stage. It’s set in 1840, so all of the portraits, all of the furniture … routinely, pieces of furniture would go missing and be on stage.”Long as a young man, preparing a prop; courtesy William Ivey LongTrim in the navy Brooks Brothers suit and polished loafers that serve as his uniform, curly hair askew, it’s not hard to picture Long as a younger man; his bearing and energy alone take decades off of his almost-69 years. “If you don’t look in a mirror,” he says, “you don’t know how old you are. I stand in front of mirrors all the day long for the fitting process, and I do not look.”He always wears a rep tie, he says, and almost always one with a blue stripe. For someone in his line of work, this conservative lack of ostentation is striking. It suits him to be as polite in his clothes as he is in his manner, even as it adds an extra wink to his conspiratorial smiles.The stage left dressing room at Raleigh Little Theatre where Long lived with his parents, Mary Wood Long and William Ivey LongVanity Fair zeroed in on this ineffably put-together quality last year when it put him on its international best-dressed list. Alongside the likes of Prince Harry in a top hat and Eddie Redmayne in Gucci plaid, Long appeared in his Brooks Brothers suit and shoes, accessorized only with a grin and glinting eyeglasses. But he’s nonplussed by all of that; doesn’t bring it up unless asked, and then changes the subject.Long with his parents, Mary Wood Long and William Ivey Long; courtesy William Ivey LongAsk him what does excite him most these days, and he might tip over his chair with glee. “I’m charting new courses,” he says, with several projects in the works, including costumes for the new weekly television variety show by Lorne Michaels, Maya & Marty. It’s not Long’s first foray into live TV, for which his background in theater is well-suited. He also designed costumes for Grease: Live, as well as the TV version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the Fox network.“All three things are different. Now I can say I design for stage, screen, and television.”New things excite him most, he says, and always have. “When I was in the 8th grade,” he recalls, “in Mrs. White’s biology class, she asked: ‘Why does a bug go from one side of the leaf to the other? It’s in search of the heat.’ And I knew then and there in the 8th grade that that was my path in life. I was going to be in search of the heat. That’s how I choose my course. That’s how I choose my friends. That’s how I do everything. I’m a bug on a leaf in search of the heat.”Early yearsJust like that 8th grade revelation, much of what fires Long’s imagination got to him early. Summers spent in Manteo, working with his family to help put on The Lost Colony, where his father was technical director, were an important early experience, not only for the time he had on stage beginning at 8 in the role of a child colonist, or for his time soaking up the work of the costume shop (the Elizabethan ruff he made for his dog out of a scrap of pillowcase when he was 4 is hard to forget), but for the late-night movies he’d watch once the family got home from the evening Lost Colony performance at around 11 p.m.William Ivey Long with his hero, former N.C. Governor Jim Hunt“The black-and-white late movies on the Norfolk station were Hollywood musicals, Hollywood Greta Garbo films. That began my fascination with glamour … and influenced my sense of shape, and style, and proportion.”Long and Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane take a selfie in front of the plaque commemorating his childhood years at Raleigh Little TheatreDuring the winter, he’d watch Picture for a Sunday Afternoon: “Our family did not watch football.” He credits his great-uncle in Waynesville for taking him to the movies on Saturdays, where they saw Gene Autry and Tom Mix Westerns. “It was high style in the Old West. And it’s a next step to Gary Cooper in Morocco. The most glamorous, handsome, stylish American in the history of America. Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich in Morocco: If you want to mess up a child, have them watch that late at night.”And give him a homeplace out of a fairy tale. Long leans almost entirely off of his chair as he describes his first three years living in the dressing room where he sits. The one-room building is almost impossible to imagine as a home – but in Long’s memory, it’s fully that. “There were two mahogany Chippendale chairs and a tilt-top table,” he says, “even in this little manger.” Red draperies: “brocade, or velvet. I remember red. I don’t remember bathing, or going to the bathroom, or cooking, or eating … but I remember playing on that stage.”He also remembers playing in the Raleigh Rose Garden (“I thought everyone had one”); remembers “sitting on a bench in the dark” and watching a “strange man pulling my mother’s hair.” Turns out she was onstage just outside their tiny home, acting in Death of a Salesman.At the dedication, guests enjoy a cool refuge inside the diminutive cottage.On that same stage on a sultry evening in mid-May, dozens of notable Raleighites gathered to honor Long. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane introduced him as “one of our prominent native sons” and unveiled a plaque on the house to commemorate his childhood years in the place.“My oh my, not everybody gets to see their tombstone!” Long exclaimed. Governor Jim Hunt (“my hero,” Long calls him) and his wife Carolyn came to pay tribute, as did former News & Observer publisher Frank Daniels Jr. and his wife Julia, along with dozens of other art patrons and theater lovers. Long greeted them all with kisses and hugs, taking in their congratulations with humble humor.“The lesson to take home for your children and grandchildren,” he told the crowd, “is be careful where you grow up!”last_img read more

Spotlight The Pianist

first_imgcourtesy Paderewski Festivalby Mimi MontgomeryIgnacy Jan Paderewski was a man of many roles – pianist and composer, politician and patriot, spokesman and humanitarian. This month, his life and accomplishments will be celebrated in Raleigh at the third annual Paderewski Festival Nov. 5 – 13.“Few musicians have been accorded such fame and honor,” says Mark Fountain, the festival’s president and treasurer. A renowned classical pianist and the Prime Minister of Poland, Paderewski was an avid supporter of Polish independence post-World War I. His music, charisma, and popularity around the world sparked conversations about diplomacy, the expansion of the arts, and the intersection between the two.His ties extended to Raleigh as well. Paderewski performed in the Triangle on several occasions, including in Raleigh in 1917 and 1923 at the Raleigh Municipal Auditorium (no longer in existence), and at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in 1939. He performed in Durham, too, appearing at Duke University’s Page Auditorium in 1931. In addition, Raleighite Mary Lee McMillan was Paderewski’s wife’s secretary in New York during World War I. When the Paderewskis moved to Poland to organize war-time relief efforts, McMillan moved to Raleigh, where Paderewski sent her an inscribed piano. Today that piano, which Fountain purchased directly from the McMillan family, resides in his Raleigh home.Paderewski’s ties extended all the way to Raleigh. He performed at the Raleigh Municipal Auditorium (no longer in existence) in 1917 and 1923.In 2016, Paderewski returns to the area once more in spirit with the week-long festival honoring his music and his life. “We now enter the third year with four pianists, some young, some mature, all accomplished,” says Fountain.On Nov. 5, St. Mary’s School hosts prizewinning Ukrainian pianist Artem Yasynskyy. French concert pianist Jean Dubé will play at the N.C. Museum of History Nov. 6. The N.C. Museum of Art on Nov. 12 will feature Greek-Venezuelan pianist Alexia Mouza, who participated in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw last year; on Nov. 13, the museum will host Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak, a renowned Chopin interpreter who also appears on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning film The Pianist, showing at The Cary Theater Nov. 11.Nov. 5-13; locations and times vary; paderewski-festival.orglast_img read more

Spotlight Warm from the oven wishes

first_imgcourtesy La Farm BakeryWith five bakeries in the downtown area alone, most of them less than a handful of years old, Raleigh has quickly become a destination for the gourmet baked good lover. Come holiday time, there’s something for everyone. An assortment of treats from Boulted Bread slivered into bite-sized portions would make a perfect cocktail pairing … a weekend morning stroll through the State Farmers Market would be sweeter with one of Annelore’s German Bakery’s spicy gingerbread cookies … a sticky toffee pudding-flavored macaron at Lucettegrace could turn an afternoon coffee break into a mini celebration … a crusty loaf of bread from any of these spots would make a perfect complement to a warm winter stew.Besides stopping in and stocking up, most local bakehouses have seasonal specials, too.Here’s what to plan ahead for. Boulted Bread provides rustic, hearty favorites. Last year’s spiced date levain was a hit and will be back; and there’s also old-fashioned apple and cranberry pies; crusty-sweet-croissant-y kouign-amann; and soft gingerbread. Order online or in-store between Dec. 2 and Dec. 18; 614 W. South St.; boultedbread.com Dewey’s Bakery is a seasonal taste of history. Many North Carolinians know the Winston-Salem outpost as the source of annual tins of Moravian sugar cookies; each year lately, the store opens a pop-up shop in Cameron Village from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Alongside those wafer-thin sugar cookies are boxes of cinnamon-bun-esque Moravian sugar cake, pies and cakes, and Lovefeast buns, sweet yeast rolls with nutmeg, orange, and lemon. 421 Daniels St.; deweys.com La Farm Bakery and its breads are featured in this month’s “Favorite Things” issue of O: The Oprah Magazine. Among their celebrated goods are dark chocolate babka, the traditional Jewish dessert; stollen German holiday bread; linzer-inspired challah: challah bread filled with raspberries and cream; and fig-polenta-walnut bread. Just in time for winter orders, the popular Cary spot opens its second production bakery downtown on West Chatham Street this month, and a new cafe adjacent to it is under construction to open come spring. Order by Dec. 21; 4248 N.W. Cary Parkway; lafarmbakery.com Lucettegrace is for the elegant dessert lover. This year, the pastry shop is increasing its in-store packaged treats, including fudge and sweet granolas, for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. There are also three bûche de noël French Christmas cake flavors to choose from and pre-order: Red velvet rolled with cream cheese mousse with raspberry jam; chocolate cake rolled in pecan pie mousse, set in chocolate mousse, and resting on chocolate brownie cake; and gingerbread cake rolled with lemon cream, set in chai mousse, and resting on more gingerbread. Order to pick up on Dec. 23 and 24; 235 S. Salisbury St.; lucettegrace.com Night Kitchen is where to find unexpected treats. Last year’s order-ahead, pre-wrapped assortment of homemade holiday cookies was popular and will again be an option; as well as linzertorte, an Austrian spiced nut pastry shell filled with raspberry and red currant jam; and panettone, an Italian celebratory cake studded with dried fruit. Order in-person or by phone by Dec. 20; 984-232-8907; 10 W. Franklin St., Ste. 140; raleighnightkitchen.comYellow Dog Bread offers baked goods with familiar Southern influences. Rosemary, cheddar, and pumpkin seed boule; yeast rolls; pumpkin walnut bread; and other treats are all available throughout the winter. For the holidays, the order-ahead selection includes salted pecan pie, cranberry apple pie, and sweet potato cheesecake. Order in-person or by phone by Dec. 21; 984-232-0291; 219 E. Franklin St.last_img read more

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

first_imgTravis Long, News & ObserverTimes to be together throughout the Triangleby Katherine PooleWe’ve made our list and checked it twice. Here are a few ways to make merry across the Triangle during the month of December, if the fates allow. Faithful friendsTo experience a really Raleigh Christmas, plan ahead for these City of Oaks traditions.Dec. 6State Capitol tree lighting ceremony5 – 7:30 p.m.; free; N.C. State Capitol, 1 E. Edenton St.; nchistoricsites.org/capitolDec. 6 – 10Theatre in the Park presents A Christmas CarolWed. – Sat. 7 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 2 p.m.; $32 – $92; 2 E. South St.; theatreinthepark.com/whatson/a-christmas-carol-2017Dec. 7 – 17Holiday Express at Pullen Park4 – 9 p.m.; $11.29; 520 Ashe Ave.; raleighnc.gov/home/content/parkspec/articles/holidayexpress.htmlDec. 15 – 24Carolina Ballet presents The NutcrackerSee website for dates and times; $37 – $111; 2 E. South St.; carolinaballet.comLight heartChildren of all ages will delight in these shining stars. Catch a new spin on a holiday classic complete with Red Rider BB guns, Charlie Brown Christmas trees, reindeer games, and big bad wolves. Then, jam on some gingerbread house building at Marbles Kids Museum. Troubles will be guaranteed out of sight.Dec. 1 – 4The Cary Players present A Christmas StoryFri. Sat. and Mon. 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 3 p.m.; $18 – $20; 101 Dry Ave., Cary; caryplayers.org/shows/a-christmas-story-december-2017Dec. 1 – 10Theatre in the Park presents A Charlie Brown Christmas See website for dates and times; $12 general admission, $10 season member; 107 Pullen Road; theatreinthepark.com Dec. 5Carolina Puppet Theater presents Rudolph11 a.m.; $5; 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs; etix.com keyword: Carolina Puppet TheaterDec. 8 – 10A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol and The Great Big Holiday Bake OffFri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.; $10 general admission, $6 students 16 and under; Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex; etix.com keyword: Great Big Holiday BakeoffDec. 9Gingerbread Jamboree10 a.m. – 12 noon and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; $12 members, $15 non-members, $20 per household; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St.; marbleskidsmuseum.org/gingerbreadjamboreeHappy golden days of yoreYou can make a date to experience Christmas as in the olden days. Take the wayback machine to the 19th century Dec. 9 for a taffy pulling party at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, then travel over to Bennett Place State Historic Site to learn about Christmas during the Civil War. Or make a stop in the 20th century for an evening of holiday music in the style of Glenn Miller’s big-band swing.Dec. 9A Kid’s Life: Taffy Pulling at Leigh Farm Park10 a.m. – 12 noon; free, but a small donation is suggested; 370 Leigh Farm Road; durhamnc.gov/753/Parks-RecreationChristmas in the Piedmont during the Civil War10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; free; Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham; bennettplacehistoricsite.comDec. 15 – 18In a Holiday MoodFri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $18 students; $10 children under 12; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St.; ncmuseumofhistory.org/events/holiday-moodlast_img read more

Our Town Shop Local Emily Co

first_img“If you love it, it works. Everything in my house I have chosen because it has sung to me.” –Emily Cochran, founder, Emily & Coby Catherine Currinphotographs by Madeline GrayEmily Cochran knew she’d found her passion when her vintage repertoire surpassed the storage unit. “I kept outgrowing, from the storage unit to shared retail spaces, and eventually opened my own shop.” After four years of casual collecting, in 2016 Cochran opened Emily & Co. in Glenwood South. There, Cochran’s selection of wares reflects her statewide travels and her own personal style. “My house is a big melting pot of colors and textures and styles. I love classic with a fun twist.”During her early years of collecting, Cochran would update a chair’s upholstery or lacquer a table. But today at Emily & Co, she’s leaving most pieces untouched. “I find things that are beautiful as they are.” The vintage emporium reflects both old and new, from an antique bamboo mirror to luxe candles and newly tufted throw pillows.In Emily & Co’s inaugural year, Cochran invited customers to join her on on two “picking” trips, sifting through antiques in Burlington and Fayetteville. The trips have become a tradition, and now is the time to get in on the April 28 journey. These outings have a spirit of adventure: Cochran doesn’t reveal the destination until the morning-of. “We’ll go no more than two hours outside of Raleigh,” Cochran says. What is predictable is the agenda: “A delicious lunch and my insider tips on vintage shopping, where to go and what to look for.”last_img read more

WINi 2018

first_imgThe women Christmas Abbott, professional athlete Lara O’Brien Muñoz, principal dancer and owner of local ballet schoolsMolly Paul, college student and youth environmentalistKaitlin Ryan, jewelry designerCharlotta “Lotta” Sjoelin, nonprofit founder For the past three years, Walter has celebrated women in entrepreneurship through an annual fall event called WINnovation. There, a panel of honorees share 5-minute TED-talk-style “WIN” talks about their individual entrepreneurial paths. We have welcomed movers, shakers, and innovators from a diverse array of industries, all representative of the robust entrepreneurial culture in Raleigh. The event has become one of camaraderie. Our panelists have been candid, smart, and wise, by turns both inspirational and heartfelt. Our audiences – thinkers, doers, and leaders themselves – say they have felt heartened, connected, energized. They have plugged in and spoken up. And there was a resounding theme: “My daughter needs to hear this, too.”We hope you’ll bring your daughter to WINi May 6, no matter her age. Inspired by WINnovation, this afternoon will be less about entrepreneurship – although it’s an inherent part of leadership thinking – and more about empowerment. Five women will share their journeys and lessons, meant to encourage across generations. Presented by Bank of America with support from Diamonds Direct, this is women inspiring women.May 612 noonThe Umstead Hotel & SpaEnjoy an elegant lunch at The Umstead Hotel & Spa, including wine and mocktails, while five panelists share 5-minute talks about their individual journeys. During dessert, we will break out into an interactive social session about social media literacy. Presented by Bank of America, with support from Diamonds Direct.Tickets are $75 social session sponsored by Ravenscroft#WinAtSocial Our hour-long social session, led by The Social Institute, will explore the dos of social media, not just the don’ts. During an interactive program, mothers and daughters alike will consider ways to think carefully about technology habits: how to have devices enhance and not take over your lifestyle; how to use your personal social platforms for good; and the importance of taking privacy seriously. “With every social media post,” founder Laura Tierney says, “you have a chance to change your world.”Tierney is a Durham resident and digital native, or someone proficient in technology from having been brought up with it. She got her first cell phone at age 13 and went on to become a social media strategist for big-name brands. In 2016, she founded The Social Institute to revolutionize social media education. She and her team are on a mission to empower and equip teens to take on the modern digital landscape, rather than scare and restrict them.buy ticketsLearn more about our partnership with Bank of America, and our WINning Triangle community, by clicking here.last_img read more

Raleigh Astronomy Club

first_imgTravis Long“The show is on every night and it’s free.” –Phyllis Lang, Raleigh Astronomy Club memberIt’s always looking up for the Raleigh Astronomy Club. The group evolved from an adult continuing education class in casual observing at Meredith College in 1977; the experience was so stimulating that the students decided to keep meeting. Today, the RAC has over 200 members in the Triangle, who meet twice a month to learn about and observe the stars. There are educators, landscapers, engineers, car repairmen, and even elementary school students. “(People think) you have to be an egghead to belong to the RAC and that is not the truth,” says co-chairman Doug Lively. “If you have a passion for astronomy, the door is open. It really doesn’t matter what your background is.”Nor does it matter what equipment you have. Most members invest in a good pair of binoculars, Lively says, and a perk of club membership is the telescope loaning program. Members can try out an array of equipment and get tips on the best gear for the skywatching they want to do.Tips come from the monthly gatherings. Of the club’s two meetings, one is always an outdoor viewing session; the other is a lecture or lesson indoors at N.C. State University Crafts Center. The educational sessions bolster the starry sky scanning. Lively says he loves the transformative moment when a novice goes from “I don’t see nothing,” he says, to “having his socks blown off” the first time he sees Saturn.RAC members have a galaxy of tips for budding astronomers, which they share through community outreach. Astronomy Day is the club’s main event, held every January at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Through a partnership with NASA’s Langley Research Center and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the day brings astronauts, scientists, and a ton of impressive hardware together for two star-studded days. Last year’s event had more than 14,000 attendees. The RAC also works closely with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and has a sister club in CHAOS, the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society. –Katherine Pooleraleighastro.orglast_img read more

Shaquille ONeal Wants African Americans To Get Real About Heart Failure

first_imgArbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced the launch of the Shaquille Gets Real About Heart Failure campaign, a national educational initiative designed to raise awareness around the heart failure disparity in the African American community and ways to manage this condition.Though he does not have heart failure himself, Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq), recognized around the world as a Basketball Hall of Famer, is partnering with Arbor Pharmaceuticals to help spread the word that every African American needs to take this disease seriously.Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition where the heart weakens, causing the heart to pump less efficiently. Over time, the heart can no longer keep up with what the body needs. Studies have shown that African Americans are 20 times more likely than other ethnic groups to develop heart failure before the age of 50, and they are more likely to be hospitalized or die from heart failure than white Americans.“Even though I don’t suffer from heart failure, when I found out about this disparity, I knew I had to get involved and help educate my community about the burden of heart failure for African Americans,” said Shaquille O’Neal, Basketball Hall of Famer, former professional basketball player and sports analyst. “I’ve learned that there are not only specific risk factors in African Americans but also treatment options that offer them specific benefits. I’m partnering with Arbor to motivate African Americans living with heart failure to talk to their doctor and ensure they’re doing everything they can to take care of their health.”The Shaquille Gets Real About Heart Failure campaign includes a website, www.ShaqGetsReal.com, created to provide answers to African American heart failure patients and healthcare providers, an educational video series featuring Shaquille O’Neal and details about the Shaq BiDil Access Program. The Shaq BiDil Access Program brings together a set of savings options that ensures reasonable access to the treatment, BiDil (isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine hydrochloride), the first heart failure medication indicated for self-identified African American patients with heart failure. BiDil is a vasodilator that boosts the supply of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes vasodilation, which widens and relaxes blood vessels in the body.Studies have shown that African Americans may be more likely to have problems with their blood vessels being able to relax, which can narrow the blood vessels and make it harder for blood to get through. This may be due to a reduced responsiveness in African Americans to nitric oxide and lower amounts of nitric oxide produced by the body.In the landmark African American Heart Failure Trial (A-HeFT), BiDil was found to reduce the risk of dying by 43 percent and reduce the risk of first hospitalization for heart failure by 39 percent in African American patients with class III or class IV heart failure when added to current standard therapies.“Arbor is committed to identifying solutions to unique health challenges facing a number of different patient populations,” said Ed Shutter, President and CEO of Arbor Pharmaceuticals. “We are embarking on this campaign to support our ongoing efforts to improve the lives of African American patients suffering from heart failure and are thrilled to partner with Shaquille, as he shares our passion for helping others and educating the community on ways to better manage their health.”Disease disparities between people of different ethnicities continues to gather interest and support from the medical community. For example, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently published guidelines on cardiovascular risk factors, encouraging healthcare providers to consider ethnicity when determining risks and treatment options.“In the A-HeFT trial, adding BiDil to current therapies made a significant difference in the lives of African Americans with heart failure7,” said Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC, first female president of the Association of Black Cardiologists and Professor of Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. “I am proud to work with Shaquille O’Neal and Arbor Pharmaceuticals to encourage healthcare providers to consider the benefits of BiDil when evaluating treatment plans for their African American patients with heart failure.”For more information about Shaquille Gets Real About Heart Failure, visit www.ShaqGetsReal.com.last_img read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Feb. 18-Feb. 22.INCREASED DIVIDENDSAmes National .24 from .23Analog Devices .54 from .48Arch Coal .45 from .40BGC Partners Cl A .14 from .11575Bloomin Brands .10 from .09CB Financial Services .24 from .23Chicago Rivet & Machine .22 from .21Cimarex Energy .20 from .18Cisco Systems .35 from .33Cogent Communications Hldg .58 from .56Delek US Hldgs .27 from .26Devon Energy .09 from .08Emclaire Financial .29 from .28Employers Holdings .22 from .20Evans Bancorp .52 from .46Foot Locker .38 from .345Genuine Parts .7625 from .72Hawaiian Electric Inds .32 from .31Kearny Financial .06 from .05Kinsale Capital Group .08 from .07Kronos Worldwide .18 from .17LogMein .325 from .30MVB Financial .035 from .03ManTech Intl Cl A .27 from .25Marcus Corp .16 from .15Moodys Corp .50 from .44National Health Investors 1.05 from 1.00NextEra Energy 1.25 from 1.11PBF Logistics .505 from .50PPL Corp .4125 from .41Popular Inc .30 from .25Public Services Enterprise .47 from .45RE/MAX Holdings Cl A .21 from .20Regency Centers .585 from .555SS&C Technologies .10 from .08Seaboard 2.25 from 1.50Silvercrest Asset Mgmt A .15 from .14Sonic Automotive Cl A .10 from .06Steel Dynamics .24 from .1875Sturm Ruger .28 from .21Texas Roadhouse .30 from .25United Parcel Services B .96 from .91Walmart .53 from .52Waste Management .5125 from .465Wendys Co .10 from .085Williams Cos .38 from .34Xcel Energy .405 from .38INITIAL DIVIDENDSAvedro Inc .31Concho Resources .125SPECIAL DIVIDENDSPiper Jaffray 1.01NiSource pfd B .4559REDUCED DIVIDENDSCNA Financial .35Clearway Energy Cl A C .20 from .331Owens & Minor .0025 from .075g- CANADIAN FUNDSOTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKApartment Inv & Mgmt 1 for 1.03 reverse splitTrovaGene Inc 1 for 6 reverse splitACQUISITIONS AND MERGERSMINIMUM VALUE $300 MILLIONAspen Insurance Holdings Ltd – Apollo Global Management LLC (2.6B)Loxo Oncology Inc – Elly Lilly and Company (8B)Mindbody Inc – Vista Equity Partners Management (1.9)Orbotech Ltd – KLA-Tencor (3.4B)NEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEHighland Global Credit Allocation FundNASDAQ Global and Global Select MarketsEpsilon Energy LtdSTOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGCORPORATE NAME CHANGESDelta Technology Holdings Ltd to Urban Tea IncThe Associated Press read more

UN receives provisional voters list for much delayed Ivorian presidential poll

10 November 2009Côte d’Ivoire’s independent electoral commission today handed over a provisional voters’ list to the top United Nations envoy there, a step forward towards holding the much-delayed presidential poll in the West African country, split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-ruled south and a rebel-controlled north. But Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Young-Jin Choi warned that important steps remained to be taken and while the elections were now in reach, serious work was needed to overcome the final challenges.The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, are now planned for 29 November after repeated postponements, but UN officials have voiced concern at possible further setbacks.Mr. Choi, who heads the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), called for accelerating the remaining technical steps, such as the printing and distribution of national identity and voter cards.The Security Council established UNOCI in 2004 to help ensure a ceasefire and pave the way for permanent peace and democratic elections following the civil war. Reauthorized repeatedly since then, most recently until 31 January 2010, it currently comprises nearly 8,400 uniformed personnel, as well as 407 international civilian personnel. read more

Womens swimming Ohio State faces first conference opponent of season

The OSU women’s swimming team takes off during a meet against Ohio Nov. 9 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter a successful weekend at the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State women’s swimming team is looking forward to another road trip this Friday to face conference opponent Michigan State, followed by a home meet against Akron and Pittsburgh on Saturday.After competing in their fair share of races against teams outside of their conference this month, the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting a taste of some Big Ten competition on Friday.“It’s going to be a really good opportunity to have team building, and hopefully come back with a few wins,” senior Taylor Vargo said. “Michigan State is a Big Ten team, and it’s always exciting to go and compete against someone that we’re going to be competing against at the end of the season.”In addition to racing the Spartans, Vargo said she and her teammates are looking forward to their nonconference competition on Saturday as well. The team will race the MAC champions, Akron, and Pittsburgh from the ACC, so the weekend will be full of good competition, Vargo said.A change of scenery can prove to be rather challenging at times, but is necessary in preparing them for the future.“Away meets are necessary in helping us develop adjustment methods when swimming in facilities other than our own,” said senior Chantel Wynn. “It’s always nice to swim in our own pool, but I think it’s important to swim away once in a while heading into Big Ten’s at Purdue.”Wynn and her teammates are also using this away meet as an opportunity to spend more time team building before their trip to Purdue next month for the Big Ten Conference Tournament.“Traveling back and forth in a small period of time can be a little tough,” junior Meg Bailey said, “but we treat that time on the bus as more than transportation, but as time to bond as a team.”Aside from the challenge of traveling back and forth, the team looks at the meets this weekend as additional opportunities to improve their skills, techniques, and individual times before the conference tournament.“Every chance you get to race is an opportunity to perfect something or work on something that needs to be done before Big Ten’s,” Vargo said. “Each meet is just a practice run for our Big Ten meet.”Wynn explained their aspirations as a team for Friday and Saturday.“This weekend, our goal is to carry out each of our race plans, hone in on our technique, support each other, and have some fun,” Wynn said. “As we head into conference, I am confident that our team will execute with increased focus and excitement. Get ready to see some fast swims.” The competition on Friday is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., while Saturday’s competition is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. read more

Choose the best players of EHF CL F4 Teams

Ten days before the EHF Champions League Final Four in Cologne, Handball-Planet.com organising voting for the best players in the F4 Teams (AG Copenhagen, BM Atletico Madrid,  THW Kiel and Fuchse Berlin).Voting for the best players in your opinion will put them in the “Final voting Contest” for the Best Player of the EHF Champions League 2011/2012.MVP of the Women’s EHF CL is Bojana Popovic…BM ATLETICO MADRID – VOTEAG COPENHAGEN – VOTETHW KIEL – VOTEFUCHSE BERLIN – VOTE AG CopenhagenBM Atletico MadridCologneehf cl mvpF4 in CologneFuchse BerlinMVP HandballTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Mait Patrail to Hannover Burgdorf: “We have same goals” Next Story → Velimir Petkovic talks with Rhein Neckar Lowen read more

13 driving licence photos that are worse than yours

first_imgIF YOU ARE a living, sentient human being, then chances are you don’t like your driver’s license photo.But don’t despair, because things could be a lot worse.1. At least you don’t have a pasta strainer on your head in yours Source: Imgur2. You likely don’t look like a stunned deer Source: Imgur4. …or Quasimodo Source: imgur4. …or Jerry Seinfeld Source: Imgur5.  You probably don’t look as wrecked as Conan O’Brien Source: Art Brut(e)/Wordpress6. And you don’t look like you’re in the circus Source: imgur7. You didn’t opt to do your best Zoolander Source: xojane8.  You’re not wearing this t-shirt Source: WorldWideInterweb9. Your license doesn’t literally read “eat ass” Source: NBC10. You didn’t accidentally leave the curlers in your hair Source: imgur11. You don’t look like you’re full after a big dinner Source: imgur12. You probably don’t look rabid Source: Photobucket13. A fly probably didn’t land on your face right as the photo was taken Source: Imgur14. And you definitely aren’t Justin Bieber Source: justinbieberpictures11/Blogspot21 animal pictures to make you crease yourself >29 things you’ll only find funny if you’re Irish >last_img read more

Raspberry Pis Gertboard expansion board already works video

first_imgIn the middle of December last year the Raspberry Pi Foundation made a surprising announcement that not only would we see the $25 PC released in 2012, it would also be getting an expansion board–possibly joining it at launch.The expansion board is called the Gertboard, and is being developed by Broadcom employee Gert van Loo in his spare time. When completed, it will allow Raspberry Pi owners to play around with flashing LEDs, electric motors, and a range of different sensors. It effectively takes the $25 Raspberry Pi beyond just being a very cheap PC.Gert clearly didn’t take much time off during Christmas and the new year celebrations, as he’s already got the Gertboard working, albeit with limited functionality. The video below demonstrates the 12 LEDs being lit up and the board powering an electric motor more than capable of lifting something like your garage door. As these are beta boards Gert is working with, the Raspberry Pi doesn’t yet connect directly on to the Gertboard, but that should happen when the final board ships.At the rate development of the Gertboard is happening, with further progress expected as early as next week, I can definitely see this being a day-one purchase option when the Raspberry Pi finally goes up for sale. That means not only will we have access to a very cheap Linux PC, but robotics fans and anyone already hooked on Arduino will have something new and inexpensive to start experimenting with.Read more at Raspberry Pilast_img read more

Contractor who isnt white collar gets suspended sentence for €25m tax fraud

first_img 41 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Andy Dean Photography A COUNTY CLARE building contractor walked free from court after receiving a three-year suspended jail term for a €2.594 million Revenue tax fraud.At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Gerald Keys said that married father-of-four Patrick Mahony’s (49) “significant tax fraud” had cost the State a “tremendous amount of money”.However, Judge Keys said he was prepared to suspend the three-year prison term as jailing Mahony would rob his family of their only source of income and put the family home at risk of repossession.Keys said Mahony had co-operated fully with Revenue, had no previous convictions, had pleaded guilty and received no monetary gain from his fraudulent conduct.Keys also fined Mahony €10,000 and give him 12 months to pay the fine.The judge noted there is a €4 million judgment against Mahony, who continues to work in England today where his tax affairs are in order.Keys said Mahony couldn’t be described as a ‘white collar’ businessman as he didn’t have the background or skills to run a business employing over 300 people.None of the €2.594 million has been paid back to Revenue – Mahony’s company’s Boxform Ltd went into liquidation in April 2008.In 2007, Boxform Ltd had a turnover of €8.6 million and employed 326 people over a 12-month period.Keys said Mahony of Craglea, Woodstock, Ennis, on receipt of finding out from the company bookkeeper the VAT, PRSI and PAYE sums had to be paid to Revenue in 2006 and 2007 had directed the bookkeeper to reduce the amounts to be owed.The judge said: “This was a deliberate act of fraud on your part and cannot be excused.”If everyone behaved in the manner that you did, this country would have no revenue for services and no sustainable economy and people would have no jobs.Boxform Ltd made 12 incorrect VAT returns – six in 2006 and six in 2007. Keys said it has been submitted to him that Mahony’s actions were “not out and out fraud – that it wasn’t out of greed”.“Mahony found it difficult to be paid and this resulted in a cashflow problem. Also, there was a downturn in business and there was an attraction in reducing the returns so that the company could possibly continue.”Five properties Judge Keys said there is no evidence of Mahony pocketing the money that should have been returned to Revenue.He said, at one time, Mahony owned five properties but they are all owned by the bank now.Boxform had lucrative contracts with some of the country’s biggest constructions firms and local authorities and was involved in projects such as the Moat bypass and Waterford bypass.The court heard how Patrick Mahony “consistently, knowingly and willfully” filed incorrect VAT returns between 2006 and 2007.The charges relate to Mahony’s time as director of Boxform Ltd – a Clare based company that traded as a sub-contractor involved in steel fixing, concrete finishing and labour.The firm went into liquidation on 23 April 2008 after a Revenue query into its affairs.Mahony was barred from being a company director for five years following a High Court action initiated by the company’s liquidator.Read: Some of Three’s customers wrongly told they’ve spent hundreds on internet servicesRead: St Vincent’s chairman: Any legal medical procedure will be carried out at new maternity hospital http://jrnl.ie/3358085 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gordon Deegan Apr 25th 2017, 6:39 PM Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 6:39 PM 29,615 Views Share43 Tweet Email5 Image: Shutterstock/Andy Dean Photography Short URL Contractor who ‘isn’t white collar’ gets suspended sentence for €2.5m tax fraud Patrick Mahony “consistently, knowingly and willfully” filed incorrect VAT returns, Ennis Circuit Court was told. last_img read more

Registration Now Open for ASA Succession Planning Workshops

first_imgWondering about how to protect your family’s farm legacy? If you answered yes or maybe you’d like to learn more but don’t know where to start, you need to sign up for the upcoming ASA Succession Planning Workshops. ASA, in partnership with eLegacyConnect, is conducting a series of six regional succession planning education workshops in 2014. Registration is now open. To register, click here and choose which city and session you want to attend.Succession is the watershed issue facing America’s family farmers. Planning for smooth ownership transition and preparing the next generation to lead is tough. Providing financial security and eliminating the estate tax can be complex and confusing. If multigenerational success is your goal, this presentation is for you.The Succession Planning Workshops are titled “Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning” and are sponsored by Farm Credit and AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Kentucky Soybean Association and Ohio Soybean Association.Through the five keys, you’ll learn about the planning process, good communication strategies, and how to overcome obstacles. Utilizing tips from this session will help ensure the farm remains in the family, provides financial security and offers career opportunities for generations to come.The workshop dates and locations are:June 24, Memphis, Tenn., University of Memphis/ University Center BallroomJune 26, Paducah, Ky., Julian Carroll Convention CenterJuly 30, Sioux Falls, S.D., Sioux Falls Convention CenterAugust 19, Columbus, Ohio, Renaissance Columbus DowntownAugust 21, Fort Wayne, Ind., The Landmark CentreDecember 4, Moline, Ill., Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference CenterThe workshops are open to all soybean producers with a registration fee for ASA members of $50 for the first person in a family and $30 for each additional family member. For non ASA members, the registration fee for the first person in a family is $90 and $70 for each additional person.The Succession Planning Workshops are one-day sessions starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. All participants will be required to register through an online process beginning May 1, 2014. The exact workshop locations are still to be determined and will be announced at a later time.The workshops are taught by Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design. Legacy by Design is a firm dedicated to succession planning for farm families and agribusiness owners. Over the last 10 years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.Kevin involves audiences in experiences that encourage action and generate results. His efforts focus on personal contact through print/social media and live experiences. Kevin has provided a depth and breadth of education, motivation and direction for succession planning to both consumers and professional advisors. His speaking style is highly interactive, which is both entertaining and educational.For more information about these workshops visit the ASA website. For more information about eLegacyConnect click here.last_img read more