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Ben Platt named Man of the Year

first_img Related Ben Platt’s Grammy, Tony, and Emmy awards will be making room for a Pudding Pot on Friday after he receives the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of the Year award.Platt, 26, perhaps best known for his Tony-winning turn in “Dear Evan Hansen,” is the youngest man  to receive the Pudding Pot in Hasty Pudding’s 54-year history.“We’re thrilled to honor Ben Platt as our 54th Man of the Year because of the incredible impact he has had on Broadway and in Hollywood at such a young age,” said Hasty co-producer Natalie Needle. “Ben has had a remarkable career as an actor and musician. We are also avid musical theater fans, so we are very excited for him to watch our production,” added co-producer Samantha Meade.The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1967. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Robin Williams.Platt is currently filming season two of “The Politician,” a popular Netflix series by Ryan Murphy on which Platt is the executive producer. Season one earned Platt a Golden Globe nomination for best lead actor in a comedy. He will soon be starring alongside Beanie Feldstein in the film adaption of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” directed by Richard Linklater.Platt’s 2019 debut album, “Sing to Me Instead,” along with a new single, “Rain,” were performed to a sold-out crowd in Radio City Music Hall. The concert was filmed for a Netflix special being released this spring.On the big screen, Platt is known for his role as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures’ franchise “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” (This year’s Woman of the Year, Elizabeth Banks, made her directorial film debut with “Pitch Perfect 2.”) Platt also starred in “Ricki and the Flash” alongside Meryl Streep. His newest film, “Broken Diamonds,” has a 2020 release date.Platt made his Broadway debut as Elder Cunningham in the Broadway production of “The Book of Mormon.”  But it was his role as the title character in “Dear Evan Hansen” that won him the 2017 Tony award for best leading actor. He also won the Drama League Award for distinguished performance . “Dear Evan Hansen” also won the Tony for best musical, and the cast recording took home the Grammy for best musical theater album.The Man of the Year festivities, presented by Related and Equinox/SoulCycle, will be held Friday. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Platt and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Pudding’s historic home in Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 8:30 p.m. The troupe will perform “Mean Ghouls,” its second production featuring both men and women in the cast.To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 172nd production, “Mean Ghouls,” contact the box office at 617-495-5205, email tickets@hastypudding.org, or order online at www.hastypudding.org/buy-tickets. The show will be performed at Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke St. from Feb. 7-March 8. The company then travels to New York to perform at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 13 and 14, followed by performances on March 18-20 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda. Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year honored with tour, parade through the Squarecenter_img Elizabeth Banks is roasted, toastedlast_img read more

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Helping disabled farmers

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaFarmers with physical disabilities are often a little too self-reliant to ask for help or don’t know where to find it. But help is out there, and a new program can link them to it.AgrAbility in Georgia is a program designed to aid farmers who have physical injuries, disabilities or illnesses that hinder their work day. It gets them back farming or makes it a little more comfortable, says Glen Rains, the program director and an engineer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The program is a partnership between the CAES and the Institute on Human Development and Disability in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”We’d like for farming to stay a vocation for people as much as possible,” Rains said. “This program is one way of keeping farmers farming who don’t want to be rehabilitated into another job. We want to help them do it.”The program is a service that links someone in Georgia to a chain of Cooperative Extension educators, disability experts, rural living professionals and volunteers across the state and the country, Rains said.Anyone who works or wants to work in agriculture and has a physical, cognitive or illness-related disability is eligible. This includes many things like amputations, arthritis, cancer, heart problems, diabetes or mental illness.With loads of bureaucracy and red tape, finding help “can be a really drawn-out process for some,” Rains said.AgrAbility is geared to cut through the hassle, he said.Working through UGA Extension county offices, experts with AgrAbility identify clients or are contacted by them. The expert then visits the client and assesses the needs.The process includes “explaining to the client all the resources that are available and will work for their needs,” Rains said.AgrAbility is not set up to give direct payments to help farmers. But it can “hook them up with the right people who can,” he said.The Georgia program is in its second year of four funded by a $150,000 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.”We know that some farmers are reluctant to ask for help, and getting them open to the idea of receiving it is a challenge,” Rains said. “But this is paid for by their taxes. Everyone is pitching in.”The program has handled many referrals in Georgia, he said. It’s directly helping six farmers, mostly in north Georgia.But the program is expanding, he said.A workshop called “Duct Tape, Velcro and Beyond: Quick Solutions for Farm Families” was recently held in four locations across southern Georgia. It drew those with special needs and those who wanted to be trained in ways to turn simple materials into assistive technology, he said.Similar AgrAbility programs are funded in 30 other states.To find out more about the program, call (877) 524-6264, or go to www.agrabilityinga.com or www.agrability.com.last_img read more

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Visa joins Ohio-based Fintech71 to help accelerate payment innovation in the “Buckeye State”

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Visa is excited to join the board of directors of Fintech71, an Ohio-based start-up accelerator focused on financial technology. Visa’s role in Fintech71 comes on the heels of Visa’s acquisition of CardinalCommerce earlier this year, a Mentor, Ohio-based digital commerce authentication company, with more than 174 professionals working in the state. The Ohio Venture Association recently recognized Cardinal as the 2016 “Venture of the Year.”Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk and Authentication Products for Visa, will serve on the Fintech71 board. For Cardinal and by extension Visa, the Ohio-region continues to be a hub for collaboration and a hotbed for strong talent. The financial services category is already the second-largest private sector in Ohio and there are 200 universities graduating 170,000 students every year, making the state a great place for talent to live and work. continue reading »last_img read more

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Capture the small business market: Digital steps to take now

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every small business has unique needs, and determining what they need from their financial institutions can be difficult. However, identifying your small business customers and providing them with the right solutions – at the right time – can help you attract and keep business accounts as they grow from a startup garage office to a high-rise boardroom.Small businesses are an important segment for financial institutions of all sizes, representing a significant opportunity for diversified earnings that grow as the small business grows. Commercial customers look to their financial institutions to deliver the expertise, experience and specialized solutions businesses need to succeed.What can your financial institution do to capture a greater share of this important market?Identify Small Business CustomersAn important determination for financial institutions is whether to serve small businesses through retail or treasury lines of business. Either option can be successful with the right set of offerings, but one thing is certain: You can’t build customer relationships if you haven’t identified them. continue reading »last_img read more

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Valamar is looking for new scholarship holders for tourism and hospitality professions

first_imgValamar brings scholarships to students of tourism and catering professions, chef, waiter, pastry chef and tourist and hotel commercialist throughout Croatia, in the amount of HRK 1.200 per month during the school year, for a period of 10 months until the end of schooling.Valamar provides scholarships for students through partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, and in the school year 2018/2019. a total of 400 students will be included in the scholarship program. It is the obligation of all scholarship holders to regularly attend classes, enroll for a year and graduate properly during the scholarship. In one of Valamar’s attractive destinations from Istria and Krk to Dubrovnik, students have the opportunity to do a quality internship, and after graduation they are provided with their first job with a leading employer in tourism in Croatia. Also, Valamar provides its scholarship holders who come from other destinations with accommodation and meals at the expense of the employer.”The advantage of working at Valamar is personal and professional development in the profession, involvement in professional training and reward programs. Long-term connection with the employer can be achieved first through the status of a permanent seasonal worker with year-round income and regular service. The company offers Valamar scholarship holders the opportunity to develop their careers through a series of top educational programs, such as the Valamar Academy, which prepares employees for specialist and managerial positions.” points out Nevena Tolanov, head of human resources development at Valamar.Through the scholarship program, Valamar wants to encourage and support young people in Croatia in their decision to enroll and complete educational programs for catering and tourism professions. An important goal is also  better connections with secondary vocational and catering schools throughout Croatia and active partnership with educational institutions in the programs of future competence centers.By the way, Valamar is the largest scholarship holder in tourism in Croatia, and this year it employs 6.600 people in its hotels and resorts from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik.All students who are interested in a scholarship at Valamar can also apply via online applications.last_img read more

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Lauren approves Arsenal’s transfer move for £30m star Yannick Carrasco

first_imgUnai Emery is keen to bolster his options during the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)‘The English league is different to any other league in the world and takes time to adapt to.‘For his first year managing a Premier League side, he has done incredibly well especially as the Premier League is completely different from the Spanish league he has come from.‘The fact that Emery has led Arsenal to a European final speaks volumes for how he has improved the club so far and there is much more to come from him as he finds his feet in the league.’Arsenal kick-start the 2019-2020 Premier League season with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Jun 2019 12:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link128Sharescenter_img Lauren is a fan of Carrasco and Mario Gotze (Picture: Getty)‘Mario Gotze is also another very good player that has been linked with Arsenal and he could do a great job at replacing Ramsey in Arsenal’s midfield.’Lauren also assessed Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal. The Spaniard took over from legendary Frenchman Arsene Wenger last summer.‘Unai Emery has been brilliant at improving Arsenal since he has been at the club, he has brought fight to Arsenal and they needed that,’ Lauren added.‘Taking the team to the Europa League final, a final that Arsenal haven’t been in for a long time, and just missing out on the top four is a great achievement for his first season in England. Arsenal are interested in signing £30m-rated Yannick Carrasco (Picture: Getty)Lauren has approved Arsenal’s £30million transfer move for Belgium star Yannick Carrasco but says Mario Gotze would be an ideal alternative.Unai Emery is keen to bolster his options at the Emirates this summer but is said to only have around £40m to spend after the Gunners missed out on the Champions League.That figure will increase if Emery is able to offload any unwanted players, however, with Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil all being linked with summer moves.Emery has made defensive reinforcements his priority but Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Lauren says more attacking players are also needed to support Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.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 CityThe Gunners have been linked with a £30m deal for Belgian winger Carrasco and Lauren has approved the move, while insisting Gotze would also be welcome arrival in north London.‘Arsenal need to look at players to support both Aubameyang and Lacazette as the team have been relying on them too much,’ Lauren told bwin.‘This player could be from the Premier League or a European league, as long as they are given a pre-season to adapt to their team-mates.‘Yannick Carrasco has been linked with the club; he is a very good player and is someone that that Emery and his staff will be considering. Lauren approves Arsenal’s transfer move for £30m star Yannick Carrascolast_img read more

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Buyers snap up homesites in million dollar suburb

first_imgAn artists impression of Hydeberry Rochedale by MirvacMore than $13 million in sales were secured within 48 hours of a residential project launch in the “million dollar suburb” of Rochedale.The first stage of Hydeberry Rochedale was launched by developer Mirvac in March, with two thirds of the 46 lots sold in two days.First home buyers Vicky Sha, 26, and Ken Li, 26, were among the buyers who secured a site. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoVicki Sha and Ken Li have bought their first home at Hydeberry Rochedale by Mirvac“We have been looking to buy in Rochedale for some time because it is so convenient to everything we love in Brisbane’s southside, including the Asian supermarkets and major shopping centres,” Ms Sha said.“Hydeberry stood out because the homesites are more elevated than other land in the area and our lot is a good size, at more than 400sqm with a wide frontage.”Hydeberry Rochedale is just 14.5km from the Brisbane CBD, and will ultimately feature 133 lots. Land starts from $405,000, with civil construction underway. The first homes are set to be under construction by the end of the year. The median house sales price in Rochedale is $1.035 million, according to CoreLogic.That is an increase of 41.2 per cent in the last five years, with Rochedale joining an elite list of just 36 Queensland suburbs with median house sales prices over $1 million. Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said Hydeberry Rochedale had been in high demand, with the first sales made to a waiting list of pre-registered buyers. “To achieve $13 million of sales at the VIP Stage One launch is testament to the high demand for homesites in the community,” he said. “From the moment we secured the site early last year we started to receive inquiries.”Mr Bible said Hydeberry would do justice to its prime location, with an elegant entry statement. Tree-lined boulevards would also feature throughout the community.““The name celebrates its past and its future – “hyde” being a topographic name for living on land, while “berry” recognises its history as a strawberry farm,” Mr Bible said.last_img read more

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Tablelands real estate: Why prices are set to stay up

first_img MORE NEWS First National Atherton’s Zach Reid. PIC: SARAH BOOTH“We have properties that have been on the market for 18 months that now have three people lined up to buy them,” he said.“Stock is down and we have been telling people genuine about selling that now is the time, because there’s not a lot (of properties for sale) around at the moment and we have buyers that are keen.“I always say people should buy and sell when they are ready, don’t wait for the ifs and buts or the market to do something in particular because you could be waiting forever.” Atherton property worth $3M listed for half price “We shut down for four weeks (at the beginning of the COVID-19 restrictions), so the phones did stop, but when we reopened we did six contracts in the first six days and the buyers are still out there.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoZach Reid from Atherton First National said prices were also holding steady around his patch with increased competition expected to drive the numbers up in coming months.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenLocation, Location, Location: What Aussie renters want00:46TABLELANDS real estate agents have predicted the local market will hold strong while property prices plunge in other parts of the country.This month’s Finder RBA Cash Rate Survey – which collected predictions from Australia’s top financial experts – reported property prices were expected to drop by 8 per cent during the next three months.But low supply and high demand in the Tablelands would to keep the local market buoyant with Vince Costas from Central Realty Mareeba reporting there were still buyers keen on securing property in his corner of the Far North. Vince Costas, Central Realty Mareeba. PIC: Supplied“We don’t have a lot of stock on the market at the moment” he said.“When I started in real estate 10 years ago Mareeba had 1200 properties for sale and now there are less than 400 on realestate.com, and we’ve had a massive three years and not been able to replenish stock.”Mr Costas said those looking to get into the Mareeba market were both locals seeking a new place to live and those from down the hill chasing better value than was on offer in Cairns.“Prices are good in Mareeba and people are looking to get out of Cairns because their money buys more up here,” he said. Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein’s Brisbane penthouse up for grabslast_img read more

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Girl, 8, found dead in sugarcane field

first_imgBACOLOD City – Already in the state ofdecomposition, a body of an 8-year-old girl was found in a sugarcane field in HaciendaPalma, Barangay Andulauan, Ilog, Negros Occidental. Police investigators said sugarcaneworker Ode Cahilig discovered the girl’s body on March 5. On March 8, the parents of thevictim reported to the police that their daughter was missing since evening of March6. The victim, whose name was withheld byauthorities, was a resident of Ilog’s Barangay 1.   Initial investigations revealed thevictim was last seen on the evening of March 6, together with the person ofinterest. Officers of the Ilog police station werestill investigating the incident as of this writing./PN The victim’s body was brought to a localmortuary for a “post-mortem” examination.last_img read more

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Community Crossing Grant Recipients in Southeastern Indiana

first_imgGovernor Eric Holcomb announced yesterday the Community Crossing matching grant award recipients list.  Launched in 2016, the CCMG Program provides funding to cities, towns, and counties across Indiana to make improvements to local roads and bridges. Community Crossings is a partnership between INDOT and Hoosier communities, both urban and rural, to invest in infrastructure projects that catalyze economic development, create jobs, and strengthen local transportation networks. Grant recipients in Southeastern Indiana include:CountiesDecatur County $999,970Fayette County $1,000,000Franklin County $1,000,000Jennings County $1,000,000Ohio County $760,250Ripley County. $995,548Shelby County $997,537TownsBatesville $217,090Dillsboro $232,964Greensburg $237,292Madison $721,870Moores Hill $372,228Patriot $143,155Rising Sun $227,122Rushville $712,025Versailles $12,600last_img read more

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