New Curious Incident Star Tyler Lea Reveals the Book Alex Sharp Gave Him

first_img View Comments The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Related Shows Age: 27Hometown: Pinehurst, NCCurrent Role: A powerhouse Broadway debut in the Tony-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old on the autism spectrum, who confronts harsh family realities.Stage Cred: After graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lea appeared off-Broadway in The Family Room at the ArcLight Theater and in Shakespeare’s R+J at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre.”I went to vacation bible school. We had to do a play there. I chickened out and ran off the stage and sat with my mom. I was crying, and I hated it. Once we got home, I felt so guilty that they didn’t get to see me in the play that I did my part for them.””Alex [Sharp] is a great guy. He gave me The Alchemist; he liked to read it during his run. He also wrote me a letter about Christopher. There’s definitely pressure from following a Tony winner, but the more important thing is that the character is beloved by whoever sees the show.””Christopher is an everyman. People are inspired by him because everyone has something that makes them feel different. Christopher’s way more confident than I am. He believes in himself way more than I do. Finding that is the heart of the role.””I really like terrariums. I feel so nerdy, but it’s relaxing to have my plants. My dad was always into that kind of stuff. Our backyard was always landscaped with awesome plants. My green thumb comes from that. So my yard up here is my terrarium.””My mom was basically hyperventilating when she came to my dressing room after seeing it. But she might have been more excited for Henry Winkler when he came. She used the whole ‘My son’s in the show, can I have a picture with you?'””I worked in in-room dining services. I had the breakfast shift. I actually worked at the Steak ‘n Shake outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre for a hot second. That was a scary time. But I’m living a dream right now.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

Your Trees Can Have Heat Stroke

first_imgIt gets hot enough in Georgia to give a tree a heat stroke.Really.The north Georgia mountains average more than 20 days per year above 90 degrees, andthe coastal heartland averages more than 100 days above 90. Such heat loads can influencethe way trees grow. And extreme heat can injure trees.As a rule, trees grow best from 70 to 85 degrees. Their temperature normally runs justabove that of the air. Trees cool themselves by reradiating heat, transferring heat to theair and evaporating water from leaves. The latter is a major mechanism of tree cooling. Without this evaporative cooling, heatradiated to the surroundings and wind cooling are the only means of keeping trees near airtemperatures. And sometimes radiated heat from pavement and hot breezes keep trees fromdispelling the heat.Heat makes the air much drier and causes leaves to lose water fast. As the leaf closesdown, a tree can’t cool itself as well, and its leaf tissues can heat up above the heatdeath threshold — around 115 degrees.A compounding problem of rapid water loss and temperature increase is a delay in theroots’ water intake. Leaves can lose water much faster than the roots can absorb it. Awater deficit develops in the tree and can start many problems.Heat injury is most prevalent during sunny middays and afternoons. Water shortages inthe leaves partly cause a midday slowdown in leaf evaporation. The tree corrects the day’sshortages overnight if water is available. The roots’ night uptake can amount to 40percent of the tree’s water needs. Heat injury in trees includes scorching of leaves and twigs, and sunburn on branchesand stems. In leaves, wilting is the first major sign of excess water loss and heatloading. Then they’ll turn fall colors, die and fall off.Under heavy heat loading, leaves begin to take themselves apart, if they have time, andthen brown out and finally fall. Leaves quickly killed by heat are usually held onto atree by tough xylem tissue and the lack of a prepared splitting zone. Early leaf fall,even of green leaves, is a symptom of water and heat stress.The bare soil surface, or other hard surfaces, reflects and absorbs heat. In fullsunlight, the soil surface can reach 150 degrees. It radiates and reflects this heat ontotrees, causing tremendous heat loading. New plantings are especially vulnerable.Heat loading causes large amounts of water to be evaporated, starts major metabolicproblems and can generate heat lesions just above where the ground and tree meet. Heatlesions usually first appear on the south and southwest side of stems.Trees in containers in full sunlight can be under large heat loads that quickly injureroots and shoots. Depending on their color, exposure and composition, containers canquickly absorb large amounts of heat. For instance, black plastic containers can absorbradiation at 9 degrees per hour until they reach 125 degrees or more. Treatments for tree heat stress syndrome include:* Watering, sprinkling and misting to improve the water supply and cool tree tissues.* Partial shading to reduce incoming radiation and control hot, dry winds.* Reflecting and dissipating heat using colorants and surface treatments around thelandscape and on trees.* Using low-density, organic surface covers such as mulches, ground covers and hardsurface blankets.* Using well-designed active shade structures in the landscape, such as arbors andtrellises.* And establishing better tree-literate design and maintenance practices that deal withheat problems. Watch your valuable trees for signs of heat damage. And give them a cool drink ofwater.last_img read more

Shumlin appoints Steve Kimbell to lead BISHCA

first_imgAnya Rader rejoins forces with KSE in health care reform plan … Jul 1, 2010 … Kimbell Sherman Ellis, LLP, (KSE) a national government affairs and strategic communications firm, announced today a joint venture with Anya … ### Leonine Public Affairs,Governor-elect Shumlin announced today several appointments that will make up his health care reform team. Steve Kimbell will assume the role of Commissioner of BISHCA, Harry Chen will become the newly appointed Commissioner of the Department of Health, Susan Besio will remain in her role as Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access and Anya Rader Wallack will lead the health care reform efforts as Special Assistant to the Governor.‘I pledged during the campaign to work for a single payer system that provides all Vermonters with affordable, quality health care. Vermonters can no longer afford to pay a million dollars more a day for health care. We are bankrupting our small businesses and the middle class’ said Shumlin. ‘A single payer system is not only the right thing to do, it is absolutely necessary to ensure that we put Vermont on a fiscally sustainable path. This is a complex undertaking. It will require careful planning at the state level, and pushing the limits of laws and regulations at the federal level. I have put together my health care dream team. All of the members of this team have the experience, skills and knowledge of both Vermont and Washington D.C. that is necessary to get the job done.’Anya Rader Wallack is President of Arrowhead Health Analytics. A native Vermonter, Anya has a deep knowledge of state health policy, including Medicaid policy and the effect of national health reform on states. She established Arrowhead after serving as interim President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMAF) and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI). Anya has served as a consultant to state governments and multi-state organizations for most of the past decade. For the past two years she has been deeply engaged in Massachusetts health care reform through her service at MMPI and BCBSMAF. Anya served from 1991-1994 as Policy Director and then Deputy Chief of Staff for Vermont Governor Howard Dean, M.D. In that capacity she coordinated efforts to pass and implement two major health reform initiatives and served as the governor’s liaison to the Agency of Human Services and BISHCA. From 1995-1998 Anya ran the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, a quasi-governmental agency that specializes in quality measurement and improvement at the state level. Anya earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School. As Special Assistant to the Governor on Health Care, Anya’s salary will be approximately $125,000.‘Implementing a system where all Vermonters have access to quality, affordable health care and where health care is no longer the responsibility of the employer is going to be very hard work,’ said Shumlin. ‘Numerous agencies and departments will need to work together toward this goal and Anya will lead this effort from my office. Anya has had the frustration of seeing health care reform efforts falter in both Vermont and Massachusetts and has the commitment, skills and experience to now get it done.’Steve Kimbell, the Commissioner-designee for BISCHA has been involved in public policy issues in Vermont since 1973. He was born and raised in Illinois, attending public schools and the University of Illinois. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan and spent three years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. In 1973, he moved to Vermont. He worked as a staff attorney for Vermont Legal Aid for five years, then started his own law practice/lobbying business. In 1987, he joined with Bob Sherman to create the public affairs firm now known as Kimbell Sherman Ellis. He retired from the firm and from the affiliated law firm of Kimbell Storrow Buckley Hughes on July 1, 2010. Kimbell managed statewide campaigns for former governor Madeleine Kunin in 1978 and 1982 and served as state planning director from 1984 to 1985. Kimbell’s salary will be approximately $127,000 as Commissioner of BISCHA.”The excellent health care providers that serve Vermonters and the entities that now operate the claims payment systems will be full partners as we take the next steps in health care reform,’ said Shumlin. ‘Steve Kimbell and the other members of our health care team will be working closely with them to achieve our goals. The banking, securities, captive insurance and traditional insurance companies regulated by BISHCA are important job creators for Vermont. With Steve’s leadership skills and experience they can expect a predictable, consistent and collaborative approach to both regulation and reform. I am deeply grateful to Steve for coming out of retirement and taking on this challenge.’Dr. Harry Chen, the Commissioner-designee of Vermont’s Health Department has been an emergency physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center for over twenty years. He earned his medical degree at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, serving as Chief Resident. He is also on the clinical faculty at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. From 2004-2008, Dr. Chen served in the Vermont House of Representatives; during his final term he was Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee. In 2008, Dr. Chen received the Vermont State Medical Society Physician Award for Community Service. He has served on numerous statewide boards addressing health care and medical issues, including the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. Dr. Chen has spoken on the issue of health care reform nationally and regionally, including presentations to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and the New England Medical Society Leadership Conference. Dr. Chen’s salary will be approximately $115,000.‘Harry’s experience as a physician in our emergency rooms has given him the understanding of the challenges facing both Vermonters and our health care providers. In addition, his time served in the legislature working towards health care reform will be invaluable as he now assumes the role of Health Care Commissioner,’ said Shumlin. ‘In this role, Harry will both oversee the public’s health and be an integral member of my health care reform team.’Susan Besio will remain in her current role, serving as the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) ‘ the State of Vermont office responsible for the management of Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and other publicly-funded health insurance programs in Vermont. Prior to her current position, Dr. Besio served Vermont in a number of leadership capacities, including Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Developmental & Mental Health Services from 1996 to 2004, and as Director of Planning and Operations for the Vermont Agency of Human Services from 2004 to 2006. She was one of the architects of Vermont’s Global Commitment to Health Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver, which provides the state with financial and programmatic flexibility to help Vermont maintain its broad public health care coverage and provide more effective services. Dr. Besio received her undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, earned a master’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Her salary will remain at $100,714.‘Susan has done an incredible job administering our publicly-funded health insurance programs in Vermont,’ said Shumlin. ‘I am delighted that she is willing to continue in this role as her wealth of experience and knowledge regarding Vermont’s health care system will be critical as we move towards a single payer system.’Source: Shumlin’s office. 12.13.2010RELATED:Inside the Insiders: Kimbell & Bob Sherman | Vermont Business Magazine Jul 31, 2006 … Founded in 1987, Kimbell Sherman Ellis (Kevin Ellis joined in 1991) is located in a warren of rooms on one floor in an antique building in …last_img read more

Adams: Love your people

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Patrick Adams is alive and well and eating bacon.That wasn’t a likely prospect five years ago when he suffered a massive heart attack while exercising and was clinically dead for three minutes.The traumatic experience gave Adams, CEO at St. Louis Community Credit Union a new appreciation for life, especially the people in it. He shared his story at the 2019 CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference Thursday in Las Vegas.“I died in the best possible place: a YMCA with a working defibrillator where a Secret Service agent trained in life-saving skills was working out, and a fire department across the parking lot,” he says. “It was good to die there. Every night since I think, ‘What am I supposed to do with the gift I’ve been given?’”last_img read more

Have a look at what is on offer across Brisbane this weekend

first_imgPerfect for entertaining.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago This charming brick house in Fortitude Valley will also be auctioned, and at first glance you might not pick that the home once served a very different purpose. Although 194 Arthur St is now a modern four-bedroom home, it was originally the local police station for the neighbourhood. Classic Queenslander.But it is undoubtedly the full-sized tennis court that has sparked a lot of interest according to agent Tom Lyne.“We expect there to be multiple bidders on this,” Mr Lyne said. “A lot of people appreciate that this sort of property does not come up very often.”The home will be auctioned off on site on Saturday, February 17 at 1pm. Impressive house, but wait until you see the view.THERE is something on offer for just about everyone this weekend with a number of unique and interesting homes going under the hammer. Tennis lovers could find themselves right at home at this colonial Queenslander home in Windsor. The property at 38 Palmer St, Windsor already has an awful lot going for it, with its city views, inground pool and its charming historic Queenslander home. The Indooroopilly home is just four years old.Agent Jason Adcock said potential buyers said the four year home had a lot of modern conveniences that you would not find in historical homes. From cop shop to laid-back retreat.Over in Indooroopilly a three-storey riverfront home is attracting interest from international buyers. The home at 10 Twigg St has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, in ground pool, all overlooking the Brisbane River. What’s behind the red door?Agent Karla Lynch expected the unique home to be sold this weekend. “It’s a really cool property, it’s got a great vibe to it,” she said.The agent has tried something different to show off the property by hosting a yoga session at the open house. It will go under the hammer on-site at 11am, Saturday, February 17. Riverfront views.“It’s got a self contained granny flat on the downstairs level and it’s got a lift that covers all three levels,” he said.“It is very luxurious.”It will be auctioned on-site on Saturday, February 17 at 10am.last_img read more

ANC Women’s League Demand Long Jail Sentence for Pistorius

first_imgSouth Africa’s African National Congress Women’s League’s (ANCWL) members are demanding a long prison sentence for former paralympian Oscar Pistorius.Pistorius was on Thursday found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in an appeal of a court ruling that could reportedly see him sent back to prison for up to 15 years.The paralympian was transferred into house arrest in Octber one year after he was handed a 5-year sentence for manslaughter.“We are looking forward that Oscar Pistorius should get up from 20 years and or life,” the league’s Free State chairperson Mapaseka Nkoane said outside court.Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June was reportedly seen outside the court in Bloemfontein, embracing members of the ANCWL, who were singing songs of celebration.Part of the ANCWL members have been supporting Mrs. Steenkamp throughout the trial and subsequent appealPistorius’ family have reacted to the ruling, saying that its legal team will study thejudgement.“We have taken note of the judgement that has just been handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal,” family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess said.“The legal team will study the finding and we will be guided by them in terms of options going forward.“We will not be commenting any further at this stage.”last_img read more

Renewed investigation of unsolved murders in BVI

first_img Share 221 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Inspector Patrick Harewood, speaking at the panel discussion on Sunday. Photo: Melissa Edwards/BVI Platinum NewsROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands — Since the year 2000, there has been a total of 32 murders in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and to date only six of them have been solved. This is according to police inspector in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Patrick Harewood, who also noted that there are officers from the United Kingdom in the territory who have been hired to focus mainly on the unsolved murders.During a panel discussion on the “Virgin Islands Dirty Little Secrets,” which was held on Sunday evening, Harewood revealed to residents that there is a continuing effort on the part of the police to solve these murders. The inspector was, at the time, responding to questions from the residents as it relates to the murders in the BVI. He said, “We recently had the arrest of a young man over the shooting death of Tiger [Daren Hodge]… But there is a continued effort on the part of the police. As you know, we have an investigative team that came down from England to look at the unsolved murders and the backlog, and they have been given a special task, along with help from local officers, to pay specific attention to these murders.” Harewood also revealed that, although the police know who the perpetrators are of some of the murders, the police cannot arrest them, due to the lack of evidence. “What usually happens in this case; we do have ideas of the persons who are responsible for the murders, but we cannot be too hasty to just have an arrest,” Harewood said. He added, “And then to find out that we don’t have sufficient evidence to actually go before the court and win that case. Because you know once you go before the court and that person is found not guilty, we will be criticized for being too presumptuous in our efforts. So some investigations take some time, and it depends on the support that we get from the members of the community who in most cases do have an idea who is responsible.”According to the inspector, the fact remains that when police do a crime-pattern analysis of crimes throughout the territory, the situation with crime is concerning, but it’s not the worst, since the territory does not have incidents of random violence, kidnapping for ransom, incidents of stalking and random rape, or routine attacks on witnesses.“It is obvious, however, that crime in other areas is increasing and alarming as it relates to burglaries, theft, domestic violence, violence in general, sexual molestation, youth violence and crime, and the list goes on and on. The big question that we should be asking ourselves is how did we get from where we were to where we are now,” he said.Harewood noted that when someone looks at the history of crime in the territory, it is easy to blame it on the tourist dollar following tourism and economic development since 1970. However, he added that, realistically, many parents who came up through the 60s, 70s and 80s became complacent and less concerned about the crime the territory was experiencing at the time.He said only until the double murders in Sage Mountain in 1992, followed by 13 armed robberies in the latter part of that year until the beginning of 1993, did residents become concerned.Harewood said swift and strong actions by the police and the community were taken then to address whatever broken windows needed fixing, and as a result the territory did not experience any serious firearms-related incidents or murder for a period of five years from 1993-1998.“Our major problems with incidents of murder, started after the shooting deaths of Eaun Watkins and Jason Bally in 1999. Those incidents followed with a string of firearms-related incidents leaving over 32 persons murdered. After the highest murder incidents in 2008 with 8 reported incidents, we have begun to see a decrease to two, but even two are too many,” he said.Some of those incidents, he said, were not gang related, although the BVI was already experiencing gangs such as the ‘Sudan Posse,’ ‘the Boys from the Country,’ ‘Rasville Posse,’ and the ‘Lower Estate Posse.’“Those were not the typical posses fighting over the territorial bounders… or posses driven to rob and commit acts of murder,” he said.The inspector noted that, in today’s society with advanced technology and so forth, children are getting what they want, and this should not be the case. He explained that children should learn some of the same rules that their parents learned whilst growing up — carrying out house chores; for example, washing the dishes and cleaning the room.“And when they [children] do that then they can have things that they need, but what is happening now is that children are getting things — whatever they ask for…. We are in the information technology age; young people are driven with the desire to have everything that they see, particularly on BET; even though BET has a lot of wonderful things going, it also had some things not necessarily good for our children,” he said.In giving statistics to the residents, Harewood revealed that, in 2010, there were 37 incidents of robbery in the territory, when compared to 41 robberies in 2011. As it relates to burglary, there were 405 cases in 2010 and 465 in 2011. According to the police inspector, over 70 percent of the perpetrators were young people between the ages of 14 and 25. According to the inspector, the problem that the police force is experiencing has to do with a steady increase in burglaries, thefts and occasional robberies. He said that these incidents are usually committed by young people between the ages of 14 and 25, where a disconcerting percentage of those young people have been found to be involved in either one of seven new gangs on the block, such as ‘The Crips,’ ‘The Bloods,’ ‘Brave Heart Soldiers,’ ‘Squad Up,’ ‘Lower Estate,’ ‘Purcell Estate,’ and ‘The Black Shirt Gang,’ out of Baugher’s Bay. “Over a period of time, we have discovered that some of those gang members were operating in twos, sometimes in groups depending on the type of violence (particularly gang fights with rivals) or to settle a score in support of one or two gang members, resulting in what we believe to be a few gang – related murders or incidents of shootings,” Harewood said. He explained that some gang members were being influenced by foreign gangs, which were coming into the territory from other Caribbean countries to commit serious crimes. According to Harewood, some of those gang members have also been arrested for incidents of robbery, burglary, theft and possession of drugs and firearms.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Renewed investigation of unsolved murders in BVI by: – April 19, 2012last_img read more

Study ranks most/least healthy cities

first_imgBatesville, In. — Health care costs are on the rise and a new study by WalletHub ® ranks the most and least healthy cities in the nation. Using 42 categories the study ranked 170 cities in the United States. The study reveals Cincinnati is the 68th most healthy city in the country, Indianapolis was ranked 127th.A link to the complete study is here.last_img

Shirley M. Sintz, 85, Brookville

first_imgShirley M. Sintz, age 85, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday evening, May 28, 2019 at her residence in Brookville.Born July 19, 1933 in Franklin County, Indiana she was one of three children born to the late Harry W. & Iolene (Snapp) Stang.  Shirley was a graduate of the former Springfield High School with the class of 1951.On October 23, 1954 she was united in marriage to Burton R. Sintz, and he preceded her in death on February 1, 2019.  She was retired, having been a Teachers Aid at Brookville Elementary School in Brookville for many years.  She and Burton also owned and operated the former Montgomery Ward Catalog Store in Brookville.She was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church and the Oak Forest Church of Christ in Brookville; and the Beta Eta Chapter of Tri Kappa.  In her leisure time she enjoyed sewing, watching television and talking on the telephone.Survivors include two daughters & their spouses, Donna (Gerald) Wendel of Cedar Grove, Indiana, Patti (Jeff) Teufel of Brookville, Indiana; a brother, Donald Stang of Brookville, Indiana; four grandchildren, Kyla (Andrew) O’Connor, Randal Teufel, Jennifer (Mark) Zimmerman, Krystal (Danny Greene) Minton; two step-grandchildren, Mark Wendel and Sara Wendel; four great-grandchildren, Alexandra Cordon, Andromeda O’Connor, Apollo O’Connor and August Greene; and four step great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, Burton, she was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin G. Stang.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Ladona Webb, pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:30 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of the Donors Choice.  Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Sintz family, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

After dad’s burial, Osimhen stranded in Nigeria

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Nigeria: We can’t breathe, by Gabriel Agbo Super Eagles’ striker, Victor Osimhen, is stranded in the country as uncertainties have beclouded his return to France.A competent source close to the player accused the Ministry of Aviation of frustrating the player’s travelling plans, claiming it refused to grant travel approval for LOSC Lille star. The source said: “Osimhen and his club, Lille, have made several attempts to get flight approval but all efforts have so far been futile.“The Minister is not picking his calls and has also not replied all the messages sent to him.“The situation is becoming chaotic for the player because he needs to be back at his desk.”Speaking further, the source pleaded with the Ministry and the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to come to the aid of the player and facilitate his return to France.The source said: “At this point, we can only appeal to the Minister on this great talent who is passionate and have won laurels for the country at different competitions. “LOSC Lille have indicated their readiness to send a private jet to get him back and the process needs to start now in order for the player to join up with the ongoing pre-season games.”Recall the Super Eagles’ goal banger courtesy Lille stormed the country on May 24 aboard a private jet for his father’s burial.Tags: LOSC LilleNigeriaSuper EaglesVictor Osimhenlast_img read more