Helen Mirren named Woman of the Year

first_imgHarvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals has announced Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren is its 2014 Woman of the Year.“How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award,” said Mirren. “As someone who adores pudding in all its manifestations … suet, Christmas, treacle, bread-and-butter, Yorkshire, plum, figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding.”The Woman of the Year award is Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the award has been given to such notable entertainers as Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and, most recently, Marion Cotillard.“It gives us great pleasure to bestow Ms. Mirren with our prestigious Woman of the Year award recognizing her significant contributions to entertainment,” said Tony Oblen ’14, president of Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “We look forward to welcoming Ms. Mirren and celebrating and honoring her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way.”The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will begin at 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 30, when Mirren will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4 p.m., Mirren will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, Hasty Pudding’s home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group’s production “Victorian Secrets.” Mirren will also receive a tour of the new Hasty Pudding Clubhouse, which recently relocated to the historic Hyde-Taylor House in Harvard Square.Mirren has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen, and television. For her portrayal of Elizabeth II in 2006’s “The Queen,” she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress.In 2013, she again met critical acclaim for reprising that role, this time in Peter Morgan’s play “The Audience.” Her performance earned her the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, the highest honor in British theatre.Mirren will star in the upcoming Walt Disney Studios’ film “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Her recent projects include HBO’s 2013 biopic “Phil Spector,” for which she received Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations; Summit’s action sequel “Red 2”; and Disney’s animated sequel “Monsters University.” In 2012, she starred in Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” for which she received Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG, and BAFTA.Her film career began with Michael Powell’s “Age of Consent,” but her breakthrough role came in 1980 in John Mackenzie’s “The Long Good Friday.”  Mirren earned her first Oscar nomination for “The Madness of King George,” for which she also won Best Actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.  Her second Oscar nomination came for her work in Robert Altman’s 2001 film, “Gosford Park.” Mirren earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in “The Last Station,” playing Sofya Tolstoy.On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series “Prime Suspect” and earned an Emmy and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous award nominations.  She won another Emmy and earned a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison in 2006’s “Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” the last installment in the PBS series. Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” winning Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG awards.Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.Hasty Pudding Theatricals will announce its Man of the Year at a later date and the recipient will be honored on Feb. 7.To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 166th production, “Victorian Secrets,” contact the HPT Box Office at 617.495.5205, or order online at the Pudding’s website, www.hastypudding.org. The show will be performed at Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St., until March 9. It then travels to New York to Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse on March 14 and 15 (call 212.772.4448 for tickets). The tour continues to the Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda for performances on March 19-21.Press credentialing is now open for the Woman of the Year event. Press information and an online application form can be found at http://hastypudding.org/media-room and completed forms may be submitted to press@hastypudding.org.last_img read more

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Norm Lewis & More Join NY Philharmonic’s 2014-15 Season

first_img Osnes and Fontana will lead A Broadway Romance on February 14, 2015. The Valentine’s Day concert will feature romantic tunes from scores including West Side Story, She Loves Me, Carousel and Follies. Of course, the duo know how to bring a love story to the stage after both receiving Tony nominations for their performances in Cinderella. The concert will be conducted by Tony winner Ted Sperling. If you’ve been dream casting Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in more romantic musicals after hearing about the Transport Group’s The Music Man concert, well, you’re in luck. The Broadway duo, as well as The Phantom of the Opera headliner Norm Lewis and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, have joined the lineup of the New York Philharmonic’s 2014-15 season. Lewis will take part in a special New Year’s Eve concert, A Gershwin Celebration. He will join jazz singer Dianne Reeves in performing jazz-inspired selections from the Gershwin songbook. The concert, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, will also feature the composer’s Cuban Overture and Catfish Row, a suite of music from Porgy and Bess (for which Lewis received a Tony nod in 2012). Star Files View Comments From June 10 through June 13, 2015, Cotillard will star in the U.S. premiere of Joan of Arc at the Stake, an oratorio by Arthur Honegger. The staged production will be helmed by Côme de Bellescize and conducted by Alan Gilbert. The actress took home an Oscar for portraying Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, and also starred in the film adaptation of the musical Nine.center_img Santino Fontana Laura Osnes Norm Lewis As previously announced, the New York Philharmonic will also present a semi-staged production of Showboat from November 5 through November 8. Broadway alums Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham are set to star.last_img read more

Got GERD?

first_imgGERD may be a funny-sounding name, but millions of Americans aren’t laughing. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause the mother of all heartburns and an array of other symptoms.The term itself has been used only a decade or two. But the disease has been around as long as heartburn. A National Institutes of Health publication cited by the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse puts the number of sufferers at 3 percent to 7 percent of the U.S. population — as many as 20 million people.”GERD occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach flow back into the esophagus and irritates or damages the tissue,” said Connie Crawley, an Extension Service nutrition and health specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.GERD BasicsThe esophagus is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Usually, the stomach contents are kept from going back up this tube by a sphincter, or a muscular ring that opens and closes as we swallow food.”When a person has GERD,” Crawley said, “this sphincter doesn’t close tightly, allowing the stomach contents to go back up into the esophagus.”That backflow happens to a slight extent in virtually everybody. But for many, the reflux is severe. Over time, the repeated flow of acids damages the lining of the esophagus.The most common symptoms are: Heartburn, an uncomfortable, rising, burning sensation behind the breastbone.Regurgitation of gastric acid or sour contents into the mouth.Difficult and/or painful swallowing.Chest pain. Sleep with your head elevated 6 inches.Don’t eat for at least two hours before bed.Don’t smoke.Avoid food and drink that cause symptoms.Keep meals and snacks small.Lose weight if you’re overweight. “Don’t keep suffering,” Crawley said. “If you have frequent heartburn, see your doctor right away to be sure you don’t have GERD.” Other symptoms can include sore throat, hoarseness, earache, coughing, wheezing, asthma, bad breath, tooth decay, gum inflammation and others.Overeating can make the symptoms worse, Crawley said. So can smoking, drinking alcohol or being pregnant or overweight, or even wearing tight clothes.Caffeine makes it worse, too, as do chocolate, fruits, juices, tomatoes, peppermint and fatty foods.”Fats stay in the stomach longer,” Crawley said. “Carbohydrates are the first thing out of the stomach, then proteins. High-fat meals are digested more slowly, and fat seems to make the sphincter looser and more likely to open. So GERD symptoms may be worse after high-fat meals.”The Best AdviceThe most important advice Crawley has for people with GERD symptoms is to see a doctor, especially if symptoms are getting worse or don’t improve with lifestyle changes.”If the problem isn’t treated, the tissue of the esophagus can be worn away, leading to an ulcer and even a narrowing of the tube due to scar tissue,” she said. “This narrowing makes it hard for the person to eat and requires surgery for repair. The reflux can even go into the lungs, leading to pneumonia.”For now, there is no cure for GERD.”But it can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes,” Crawley said.Managing GERDAmong the helpful things suffers can do:last_img read more

Shirley Home Invasion Under Investigation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Shirley last week during which a woman was tied up, authorities said.Two men armed with a shotgun walked in through the front door of a Tyne Road home, where they stole cash, a phone, a necklace and a watch from the victims inside at 2:48 p.m. Friday, May 24, police said.The victims were not injured. Police have not made any arrests in the case but Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.The case is the 17th armed home invasion in Suffolk this year. Nassau County is up to nine such cases, following a recent attempted New Cassel home invasion Thursday.last_img read more

How can credit unions cut check fraud nearly in half?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Check fraud accounts for 35% of industry fraud losses. In addition, with the growing popularity of new deposit channels – particularly mobile deposit – fraudulent deposits exploiting paper checks are rising again.Greensboro, N.C.-based cybersecurity firm Advanced Fraud Solutions and Alogent, a-payment processing solutions provider, announced the release of a joint case study, “Fighting Check Fraud in Real-Time.” The study explored how AFS’s TrueChecks in conjunction with Alogent’s ImagePoint Hub significantly reduced check fraud losses at two credit unions, bolstering their omnichannel protection, simplifying check decisioning and lowering fraud losses to the financial institutions and members. (For consumers, losses from check fraud are on the rise to a median loss of $1,488 per incident).As new deposit channels have gained widespread adoption, particularly ATM/ITM and mobile deposit, fraudulent actors search for new opportunities to exploit fraud prevention systems that have not kept pace with technological innovation.“Check fraud is a persistent threat to banks and credit unions,” Ted Kirk, director of industry partnerships, Advanced Fraud Solutions, said. “By partnering with Alogent, we were able to create significant fraud savings for our mutual customers, providing them with an integrated, real-time check fraud solution that addresses both in-branch and remote deposit capture points.”last_img read more

Canadian E coli vaccine for cattle gets preliminary nod

first_img Bioniche Life Sciences, Belleville, Ont., reported in a Dec 22 news release that it received CFIA approval to distribute its E coli vaccine to Canadian veterinarians. The approval, called a permit to release veterinary biologics, is similar to a conditional license in the United States. “Bioniche believes that this vaccine will be an important factor in helping to reduce the prevalence of this toxic bacterium, first implicated in meat contamination and now being increasingly identified as a contaminant of produce,” said Graeme McRae, president and chief executive office of Bioniche, in the press release. In a September 2006 National Public Radio (NPR) report, Terry Klopfenstein, PhD, an animal science professor and researcher involved in the cattle E coli studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, said marketing the vaccine to cattle producers might be challenging because they might not see an economic benefit in it. “There is no direct benefit because the cattle will not gain faster, they’ll not do it more efficiently; the meat won’t taste any better,” he told NPR. To receive full licensure, the company must provide additional data confirming reductions in E coli O157 shedding in vaccinated animals, the company said. The O157:H7 E coli strain doesn’t sicken cattle, but in humans it produces a toxin that causes diarrhea, often bloody, and abdominal cramps, but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days but can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal form of kidney failure, in 2% to 7% of patients. Several outbreaks of E coli O157:H7 have been linked to leafy greens in recent years, including two high-profile events in 2006—one that involved fresh spinach and another traced to lettuce served at Taco Bell restaurants in the eastern United States. In the spinach outbreak, authorities expressed concern about the proximity of cattle pastures to growing areas. Jan 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently gave preliminary approval for field use of the world’s first vaccine to reduce Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle and thereby help keep it out of food. See also:center_img In 1993, a nationwide E coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants led to changes in how cattle were slaughtered and processed. However, he said the vaccine would benefit producers by making the beef safer and reducing the risk of spreading contaminated manure. The vaccine was developed jointly by the University of British Columbia, the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization of the University of Saskatchewan, and the Alberta Research Council. In clinical trials conducted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, cattle that received 2 doses of the vaccine had 75% lower prevalence of E coli O157:H7, according to Bioniche. A 3-dose regimen was associated with a 98.3% reduction in prevalence. Bioniche is preparing to seek regulatory approval from the US Department of Agriculture, but it’s difficult to predict when the product might be licensed in the United States, Shea said. “This cattle vaccine is so unique because the cows aren’t the ones who are sick. This is being done to protect human health,” she added. Jennifer Shea, corporate communications manager at Bioniche, told CIDRAP News that the provisional approval allows the company to make information available to veterinarians and the cattle industry, but it cannot yet launch a marketing campaign. She said the price for a course of the vaccine hasn’t been determined yet, but is expected to be less than $10 per head of cattle. Dec 22 Bioniche press releasehttp://www.bioniche.com/news_item.cfm?id=2130last_img read more

First Season

first_imgThe record for the first Batesville football season was 4-1-1.  According to Bill Hisrich, this first team was very good.  They learned the game in a very few short weeks of practice.  They lost to North Vernon 12-6 which later was changed to a Win because of an ineligible player.  They won over Knightstown 19-6 and Connersville by a score of 51-6.  They suffered their their first real loss to Greensburg 25-6, tied Lawrenceburg 13-13 and then defeated the defending state champions of Jeffersonville 12-6.The schedule was very difficult to arrange because not a lot of schools had football teams in this area just after WWII.  It was a true testimonial to the young men who played and the coaching staff who instructed them.Tomorrow I will tell you how much it cost to put this team on the field.last_img read more

Dates determined for two Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational voting sessions

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Dates have been announced for two voting sessions to elect 28 of the 30 starters in the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Three drivers from each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds will be elected in polling conducted between July 23 and 26; another 13 advance from an at-large pool of the next 25 top vote recipients be­tween July 30 and Aug. 2.All voting will be conducted through the IMCA Facebook page. One hundred and nineteen drivers (listed on page 10 of this month’s newsletter) are already vote eligible for the 15th annual Invitational, to be held Sept. 7 during the IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.The final qualifying event will be the July 19 Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights show at Knox­ville Raceway.“We will notify All-Star drivers the day after each round of voting is completed and confirm they are attending Super Nationals,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “Four-day voting periods are planned again this year because of the time needed to tailor awards, namely the Velocita firesuits, that All-Star drivers receive.”All-Star drivers also receive mini-replica drive shafts from event title sponsor Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange.Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point to­tal and the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 31 competing at Super Nationals.The event pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start.The 119 drivers now on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot include:Craig Cassell, Chase Nieman, Danny Morrison, Ryan McDaniel, Ken Schrader, Justin Kay, Jordan Grabouski, Jon Plowman, Hunter Marriott, Michael Long, Chris Abelson, Jeff Larson, Jeff Waterman, Tim Ward, Richie Gustin, Tyler Droste and Robert Miller.Troy Foulger, Milo Veloz, Kyle Strickler, Drew Armstrong, Cory Sample, Rich Pavlicek, Lucas Rodin, Jake Donnelly, Doug Davenport, Austin Arneson, Darron Fuqua, Grey Ferrando, Michael Greseth, Steve Stewart, Kyle Heckman, Marlyn Seidler and Mike VanGenderen,Jay Foster, Jeff Aikey, Tony Leiker, Chaz Baca, Eddie Kirchoff, Dean Abbey, Robby Sawyer, Casey Delp, Terry Phillips, Anthony Roth, Ryan Gaylord, Austin Wonch, Clint Hatlestad, Rich Michael Jr., Dylan Smith, Dustin Strand and Kelly Shryock.Chris Zogg, Bobby Hogge IV, Daniel Gottschalk, Ricky Thornton Jr., Ethan Dotson, Jeremy Frenier, Chase Allen, Cody Laney, Collen Winebarger, Eric Barnes, Jason Barnhill, Steven Bowers Jr., John Burrow Jr., John Campos, Ryan Canon, William Gould and Chase Hansen.Branden Harris, Toby Herring, Shane Kelly, Clint Luellen, Cody Malcom, Jeremy Meirhofer, Kayden Menasco, Bob Moore, Brian Schultz, Scott R. Smith, T.J Smith, A.J. Ward, Will Ward, Jason Wolla, John Parmeley, Jeremy Payne and Jake O’Neil.Zach Madrid, Aaron Turnbull, Brad Pounds, Brad Doherty, Jeff Taylor, J.P. Dowell, Kevin Sustaire, Cayden Carter, Danny Lauer, Shane Hiatt, Joel Rust, Bob Zoubek, Paul Stone, Bryce Garnhart, Tyler Mecl, Shayne Bailey and Jay Noteboom.And Logan Drake, Darin Duffy, Butch Reid, Tyler Stevens, Mark Wauge, Josh Foster, Shane DeVolder, Josh McGaha, Mark Carrell, Chris Elliott, Nick Trenchard, Travis Hagen, Kody Scholpp, Mike Mullen, Tripp Gaylord, Zane DeVilbiss and Darin Center.last_img read more

Summit Racing Equipment enlists in second IMCA national decal program

first_imgTALLMADGE, Ohio – Summit Racing Equipment becomes part of the national decal program for a second IMCA division this season.The Tallmadge, Ohio high performance parts retailer takes on the new role for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks while returning to the national program for IMCA Modifieds. Drivers in both classes will be required to display two Summit decals on their race car in 2017.Those decals will be included in packets mailed to drivers beginning this spring. Deadline for sending car photos to the IMCA home office proving decal placement is Aug. 1.“Summit Racing has been involved with IMCA for many years and this is a great opportunity to extend our support,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing’s Motorsports and Events Manager. “It is exciting to see the continued growth of dirt car racing across the country and we’re proud to support the great racers who are making it happen.”In its eighth season as an IMCA sponsor, Summit again gives gift cards with a total value of $14,000 based on official regional or national point standings.One hundred dollar gift cards go to top 10 finishers in each of the five Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both Hobby Stock regions.Top 10 drivers in national standings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts also receive $100 gift cards.Gift cards will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week.Information about Summit products is available at the www.summitracing.com website, on Facebook and by calling 800 230-3030.“We will release the required decal placement sheets for all divisions soon, but want our Hobby Stock members to plan for Summit decals and logos for the 2017 season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Any time we can add value for our marketing partners as well as our members we certainly look to expand programs, and Summit does just that this season.”last_img read more

Johnson: Break is bad timing for me

first_img Press Association “The most important thing for me was getting fit and hoping the lads could pull us through while I was not able to help. “It is difficult when you have bad periods, but you’ll get good periods. That is football.” Johnson is in the last year of his contract and talks appear to have reached an impasse with Liverpool wanting to negotiate a reduced deal now the defender has turned 30. “Very quiet. I am just concentrating week by week and not thinking about it,” he said of his situation. Asked whether he wanted to stay Johnson added: “Of course, yeah. But I worry about this week, and then next week – that is how I live my life.” The right-back has been out since August 25, missing seven matches before making his comeback with a 30-minute substitute appearance in Saturday’s victory over West Brom. Johnson will now have to wait a fortnight for his next chance of competitive action when Liverpool’s league campaign resumes at QPR. Liverpool defender Glen Johnson admits the international break was the last thing he needed after just returning from injury. However, considering the problems the Reds have had with Daniel Sturridge on international duty fans will not be as disappointed to see Johnson miss out on England selection as the player is himself. “I would have preferred the international break to have come next week so I could declare myself fit and available (for England),” he said. “Obviously with the squad being picked last Thursday I hadn’t played for six weeks so I can’t be involved. “Of course I want to go away with the England team and play again for them as well. “Of course, no player wants to be injured. I feel good and it’s about match fitness now. “The body feels good so I just need some training sessions and I can take it from there.” While Johnson has been out Liverpool won just once in the league as their dip in results coincided with Sturridge’s absence. “It is frustrating to watch because you want to be out there on the line with the lads and you want to be there even more when it is not going too well,” he added. last_img read more