‘Disaster’ star Adam Pascal (Photo: Andrew Eccles) There’s a whirlwind of questions you probably have for him, and that yearning for his answers burns with the fire of a thousand active volcanoes. Concerned? Don’t be. Disaster! star Adam Pascal is stopping by Broadway.com HQ to answer your questions. What’s his number one disaster preparedness tip? Does Memphis still live in him? How do you write a song when the chords sound wrong? If you’re dying to know, here’s your chance! Ask away, and check back later to catch his answer!&amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1xqhxkd0uw53me/&amp;quot; href=&amp;quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1xqhxkd0uw53me/&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 Disaster! View Comments
Star Files Jeff Daniels View Comments To call the work Tony nominees Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams are doing in Blackbird intense would be an understatement. “It’s a brutal 90 minutes,” Daniels told late night king Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on May 26. “If you’re an actor and want to be challenged, it does that.” He went on to discuss the upcoming Tony Awards, and while he was thrilled to be nominated for his role, Daniels is less enthused about getting posey for the press. Watch him show Fallon the sass he won’t be serving up on Broadway’s biggest night below, and be sure to catch Blackbird through June 11. Blackbird Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2016 Jeff Daniels Michelle Williams
While most middle-class people are losing ground economically, the wealthiest Vermonters have seen their incomes grow, according to information from the Vermont Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission. On average, the well-heeled have seen a 7 percent average increase in personal income per year. Since 2002, people who make more than $200,000 per year have seen a 50 percent increase in their incomes, according to the report.Rep. Chris Pearson, D-Burlington, cited statistics from the commission’s report as part of a pitch to the Legislature to consider raising taxes slightly on Vermont residents who fall in the top two tax brackets.The 5 percent of top income earners in the state will save $190 million this year in federal income taxes as a result of the extension of the Bush tax cuts.‘Vermonters agree with the congressional delegation that the wealthy can pay more,’ Pearson contended.Pearson’s proposal is a 1 percent increase in the marginal rate for those in the highest tier, and 1.5 percent for the fourth, the next-to-highest tier.Sen. Dick McCormack, D-Windsor, said asking the rich to pay more is part of the social contract. ‘It’s how we maintain a civil society,’ McCormack said. ‘This is not eat the rich. You go where the money is.’Under the proposal, the effective rate for people in the top tier would be 0.9 percent. On average Vermonters who fall in that bracket would pay about $10,000 more in taxes. The Bush tax cuts protect savings of $150,000 a year on average for the wealthy.The bill, which will be introduced very soon, has 16 sponsors, according to Pearson. It would raise $17 million.The governor and legislative leadership haven’t signaled support for the bill. ‘There is a growing realization that something has to give,’ Pearson said.Sen. Anthony Pollina, D-Washington, said the governor has been using ‘scare tactics’ about the number of people who might move out of state if the income tax increases.When asked if he felt like a turn coat to his party, McCormack said he supported Shumlin in the campaign, but lawmakers have an obligation to speak their own minds.‘We have three branches of government,’ McCormack said. ‘This is not (an act of) disloyalty to the governor.’Public Assets Institute, a nonprofit research organization in Montpelier, issued the following statement: ‘Vermont cannot continue to cut its way out of its budget problems. The Legislature needs to include new revenue as part of a balanced approach to balancing the budget.’‘We also hope,’ the statement said, ‘the Legislature will follow through on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission. The commission proposed some sensible changes to the income tax, which should make it easier to understand. However, the rates recommended by the commission need to be adjusted to make sure the income tax, which is our fairest tax, continues to generate at least as much money as it does now.’MOTHERS CALL FOR BAN ON TOXIC CHEMICALSA group of mothers, grandmothers and small children converged on the Cedar Creek Room in the Statehouse on Thursday to call on lawmakers to ban toxic cleaning products in schools. They cited scientific studies that show a correlation between the cleaning chemicals with a host of health problems, including asthma, cancer, developmental disorders and hormone disruption.According to the Toxics Action Center, there are 80,000 chemicals in everyday products that have not been tested for safety to human health.TAC was one of the six environmental and children’s groups sponsoring the press conference.Maine and Washington have banned the sale of chemicals from common products, according to the center. by Anne Galloway, vtdigger.org A single-payer health care system would likely save money in the first few years of implementation, but over time costs would likely outstrip revenues, according to Steve Klein, director of the Vermont Joint Fiscal Office.The House Health Care Committee asked Klein to evaluate the financial implications of the Hsaio single-payer report on Thursday.‘The good news is, if we take on this whole system â ¦ in the first two years we’ll see cost savings,’ Klein said.The bad news? Klein said in countries that use single-payer systems, the long-term, economic trends show an underlying financial dynamic in which health care costs ‘rise faster than revenues.’Klein also warned that building a system will entail making difficult choices regarding benefit levels and revenue sources for the system. On the federal level, he anticipates there will be fewer resources available.‘It’s not going to be a pretty picture,’ Klein said.He advised the committee to adopt legislation that would create an independent governing and oversight board, along the lines of what Hsiao and Governor Peter Shumlin recommend. Lawmakers, in his view, should not be making decisions, for example, about how much providers should be paid or what the health care benefits should look like.‘The success (of the system) is going to depend on how much autonomy you give this body,’ Klein said.The three main issues the board will need to grapple with include estimating the price tag for the system, creating benefits packages and figuring out a system for payments to providers.‘Every time I take one of those issues off the table, the others move around,’ Klein said. ‘An independent board would play with all three and develop a comprehensive plan.’The Legislature’s role, in this scenario, would be to provide oversight and to appropriate the money for the system. Klein suggested that lawmakers set the goals, outcomes and performance measures that would enable them to hold the board accountable.‘You want to give the board autonomy, and get yourself out of the direct negotiations,’ Klein said.Last week, when Hsiao presented the final draft of his report to the Legislature, he also advised that lawmakers try to depoliticize the board as much as possible.Klein told the committee that he has concerns about the information technology that will serve as the underpinnings of the single-payer system. He outlined the four streams of IT data KL ‘ clinical records, the financial payment system, eligibility and monitoring reports ‘ that will require integration. The timing of the creation of all four streams is crucial, he said. It’s an area, Klein said, where ‘we need a lot more work.’ MCCORMACK JOINS WITH PROGS ON TAX-THE-RICH PLAN Bill H.349, recently introduced in the House, would ban the use of non eco-friendly cleaning products in schools. www.vtdigger.org(link is external) February 25, 2011
March 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Panel pushes plan to empower jurors Associate EditorThe Jury Innovation Committee, said Third District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Shevin, was on a mission to join the nation’s “jury reform revolution” and “push the envelope” to empower Florida’s jurors.“The traditional adversarial courtroom model, which views jurors as passive triers of fact, is being correctly challenged,” Shevin, the committee’s chair, said in oral arguments February 4 at the Florida Supreme Court.“It is antiquated. It does not reflect the way that adults learn and process information. The new learning model treats jurors not as children, but as intelligent, informed adults who possess the ability to multitask and interactively process information. It recognizes that jurors are not and should not be bystanders, but, rather, full partners in the trial proceedings.”Of the committee’s 48 recommendations — that include allowing jurors to ask witnesses questions and take notes during trial — “the most cutting-edge” and “probably the most important one,” Shevin said, was allowing jurors in civil trials to discuss the testimony as a group before actual deliberations begin.The “most hotly debated issue,” Shevin said, was whether to reduce or eliminate peremptory challenges, when lawyers get to dismiss prospective jurors from serving without giving a reason. In the past, the justices noted, peremptory challenges were abused to exclude racial groups and others from serving on juries.Even though the Jury Innovation Committee, of the Judicial Management Council, merely suggested studying the peremptory challenges matter further, even thinking about changing the status quo sparked strong concern from both Tom Scarritt of Tampa, chair of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, and Dave Dunlap, Jr., of Tallahassee, on behalf of the American Board of Trial Advocates.“Peremptory challenges is a subject that is very dear and near to the hearts of trial lawyers,” Scarritt said. “We state it plainly that we do not think that there should be any change whatsoever.. . . It is really a de-selection process, some people think, and judges do not have as good of knowledge, and they can’t, of the facts of a particular case, than do the advocates. And so the advocates should be allowed to have some control over the de-selection process, with the peremptory challenges.”Justice Harry Lee Anstead asked how they would explain the need for peremptory challenges to the public at large, when it is something as amorphous as “the vibes weren’t there” with a particular prospective juror.Dunlap responded: “Is that a good reason for doing away with it, if it is difficult to explain to the general public? I don’t think so.”The litigants involved have the right to a fair and impartial jury, Dunlap said.“They are the ones that we ought to focus on, and not whether this is going to be something that we can easily explain to the general public, in my opinion.”Peremptory challenges are very necessary, Dunlap said, “because they fill the gap between challenges for cause and those situations in which you inherently know that someone is not going to be objective.”On that contentious issue, Shevin said, “We took many votes, and most of them turned out to be ties. Just as many people supported reducing or eliminating and going to challenges for cause and having them issued more rapidly, readily, and liberally. And half of our group took the position it shouldn’t be changed at all. So we kind of punted and said, ‘OK. Let’s recommend this study.’ We recognized that, because of the financial condition of the state, a study would be very, very difficult to fund at this point. At the same time, we felt that at least it merited more review. And I do believe that there ought to be more liberalization of the court’s ability and desire to challenge for cause, so that we wouldn’t need peremptory challenges. But we understand the lawyers’ viewpoint that they know the case better than anyone else, and that they have views and feelings and instincts that they need to carry out through peremptory challenges.”The Jury Innovation Committee was firmer in its recommendation that jurors be allowed to discuss witnesses’ testimony before retiring to deliberate at the end of a civil trial.Justice Barbara Pariente had two questions: Why was the recommendation limited to just civil cases, and “is there some concern that this may be an adverse affect, as far as jurors making up their minds at the beginning of the case, when they are supposed to have an open mind?”Shevin said his committee followed what has been tried for four years in Arizona and proven successful: Jurors in civil trials can only discuss testimony when they are in the jury room together, and they can only discuss it as a group. This practice is not only allowed in Arizona, but also in North Dakota, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.Arizona has a proposed rule before its supreme court to extend the practice to criminal cases, as well.“We felt that because it may run into some constitutional restraints, that we ought to tread lightly, and that is why we recommended it at the present time only for civil cases,” Shevin explained.A survey in Arizona showed that up to 44 percent of jurors admitted to discussing evidence even though the judge directed them not to, anyhow.Shevin shared the findings of a study presented to the Arizona Supreme Court:“Juror discussions during breaks in the trial help them understand the evidence as it comes in,” Shevin said. “It serves as an aid in remembering the evidence. It allows deliberations to be more focused, because they have already discussed much of the evidentiary foreground, and it helps reduce juror stress. Judges in Arizona report no known instances of new trials having to be granted at the trial level or on appeal, due to jury discussions.“And the study dispels the notion that allowing such discussion will encourage premature judgments about who should prevail. In addition, the report reflects high levels of judge and juror support for the change. Notably, jurors reported that, as a result of the discussions, they gained a much better grasp of the evidence. And that has been the report in all of the states that have tried it. We think it is a very important recommendation that was made by our committee.”For a synopsis of all 48 recommendations of committee, see the sidebar to the right. To read the complete 111-page report on the Supreme Court’s web page, go to www.flcourts.org/pubinfo/summaries/briefs/01/01-1226/index.html. Panel pushes plan to empower jurors
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Robert Gioia (SCPD)Suffolk County police arrested a Babylon man Thursday in connection with three armed robberies of local tanning salons that occurred over the course of one week, police said.Robert Gioia Jr. was placed under arrest at the First Precinct Thursday night following an investigation into the tanning salon robberies, police said. He was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery.The first incident occurred on May 21 at 9:30 p.m. at Rockstar Tans salon on N. Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst, police said. Gioia allegedly entered the tanning salon armed with a black handgun, pointed at the victim behind the register and demanded money, police said. He fled after receiving cash, police said.The 29-year-old allegedly hit two other tanning salons—European Image Tanning Center in West Babylon and Perfect Color Tanning Salon in Lindenhurst—one week later, police said, allegedly pulling off similar robberies.Gioia was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.
Here’s what attendees of the CUES School of Payments would do.by: Lisa HochgrafHere’s what attendees of the CUES School of Payments would do.Terence Roche asked attendees of the CUES School of Payments last week in Chicago what they would do if they were given license to spend a million dollars on payments systems for their credit unions. Here’s what attendees told Roche, principal of Cornerstone Advisors, a CUES strategic partner based in Scottsdale, Ariz.Targeted rewards. The team acknowledged these could be pricey, but thought that if there were really money to invest, this could be a very good way to go. Ideally, these would include loyalty options for people using CU services outside of payments as well.Upgrade analytics capabilities. This would put the credit union in better stead to evaluate its current programs and decide on next steps.Add self-service options. Attendees would add interactive teller machines, enhance mobile and add a system that would allow members to turn off (and on) their credit cards using their mobile devices.What would you do if you had a million dollars to spend on payments? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Bellerin came on just moments after Holding added to Gabriel Martinelli’s opener with a powerful header and the Spaniard instantly provided assist from the right flank for Joe Willock.Reiss Nelson added a fourth from close range in the 84th minute and Martinelli completed his brace at the death to seal a comprehensive victory for the Premier League giants.The one major concern for Emery will have been Emile Smith Rowe’s head injury just before half-time after a nasty collision with Forest defender Jack Robinson.It’s understood Smith Rowe suffered a slight concussion and fellow academy graduate Bukayo Saka came on in his place for the remainder of the match. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Sep 2019 9:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Arsenal fans give Hector Bellerin standing ovation before he assists Joe Willock against Nottingham Forest Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney all had nights to remember as Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin received a standing ovation from the Emirates faithful as he came on to replace Kieran Tierney during Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.Defensive trio Bellerin, Tierney and Rob Holding, who have all been sidelined with injuries, made significant contributions as the Gunners cruised into the last-16 in front of a noisy home crowd on Tuesday evening.Tierney and Holding were both named in Unai Emery’s starting XI and produced accomplished performances alongside Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers in a new-look back four.Bellerin, meanwhile, had to wait for his chance and made his way onto the field to a rapturous reception as he replaced Tierney in the 77th minute.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal supporters stood in unison to applaud Bellerin as he finally returned to action after nine months out with a knee injury.It was a lovely moment for the Spain full-back…This moment 😍😍😍@HectorBellerin 🤝 @kierantierney1 pic.twitter.com/DS4UfOwZbh— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) September 24, 2019 Advertisement
18A Uplands Drive, Parkwood.A PARKWOOD home with a unique pool-yard has just sold for a top price in its suburb.The family home at 18A Uplands Drive sold for $865,000 last week, more than $200,000 above the suburbs median house price. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoKarl Botha from McGrath Paradise Point negotiated the sale of the 4,258sq m property.Mr Both describes the five-bedroom home in his listing as a family haven“It sits on an elevated block and has beautiful leafy surrounds,” he said.“The kitchen has American oak and granite finishes.” But the standout feature of the home is the glass-covered pool-yard.Walls of glass combine to create a glasshouse effect, capturing the leafy backyard from every angle.