View Comments The stars are aligning off-Broadway. Richard Chamberlain, Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman officially open in the first major revival of David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones on November 6. The New Group production, directed by Scott Elliott, will run through December 14 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Sticks and Bones tells the story of a family pulled about by the return of a son from the Vietnam War. Pullman and Hunter star as husband and wife Ozzie and Harriet. Related Shows Sticks and Bones In addition to Chamberlain, Hunter and Pullman, the cast will include Nadia Gan, Morocco Omari, Ben Schnetzer and Raviv Ullman.
On Feb. 27, the gas savings program that has put more than $10 million back into the pockets of consumers throughout New England returns to participating Shaw’s Supermarkets, Dunkin’ Donuts locations and Irving Oil gas stations.Participating Shaw’s Supermarkets will once again be offering powerful gas savings to their customers, which can then be redeemed at Irving locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and in select areas in Vermont and Rhode Island.To make Override even more convenient, customers using their Shaw’s Rewards Card when they shop for groceries can use that same card right at the pump to lower their price of gas. For the past year, people participating in the program were issued paper coupons, which meant having to go into the store to redeem the savings.Now, with paper coupons eliminated, everyone can lower their price of gas right at the pump, saving both time and money.What makes Override truly powerful for the consumer is that participants who make purchases at a participating Shaw’s, or at a participating Dunkin’ Donuts in Maine or New Hampshire by using their Dunkin’ Donuts Card, can combine those savings to lower their price of gas even further. These two cards can be linked at Override.com, where more information can also be found.“This is the right program at the right time. It’s not a gimmick, it’s not complicated, and Override does not make you buy anything you do not want in order to save,” said Override CEO Mike Crosby. “Best of all, Override will bring people real savings just when they need these savings the most.”The program is simple: A minimum purchase of groceries with a Shaw’s Rewards Card earns savings off each gallon of gas at Irving up to 20 gallons. The savings increase if the grocery purchase is larger. At Dunkin’ Donuts, purchases totaling $20 earns 5 cents off each gallon of Irving gas.“Override is an innovative program that offers our customers another way to save in this very tough economy,” said Larry Wahlstrom, President of Shaw’s Supermarkets. “We are always looking to provide quality products, a fresh shopping experience, and, most importantly, ways to provide maximum value for our customers’ hard-earned dollars. The gas savings program does just that. People will see a very real and positive impact on their wallets when they participate in Override.”Restrictions may apply. For more information, visit Override.com.About Shaw’s SupermarketsShaw’s, Osco and Star Market are a division of SUPERVALU INC. Throughout the six New England states, there about 200 store locations employing approximately 28,000 associates. SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $45 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with approximately 2,500 retail grocery locations. Through SUPERVALU’s nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 2,500 independent retailers and other grocery endpoints across the country. SUPERVALU has approximately 190,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com(link is external).About Dunkin’ DonutsFounded in 1950, today Dunkin’ Donuts is the number one retailer of coffee by the cup in America, selling 2.7 million cups a day, nearly one billion cups a year. Dunkin’ Donuts is also the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world and sells more donuts, coffee and bagels than any other quick service restaurant in America. Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 6,700 shops in 29 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin’ Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.dunkindonuts.com(link is external).About Irving OilFounded in 1924, Irving Oil is a regional energy refining and marketing company serving customers in New England and Eastern Canada with a range of finished energy products and complimentary products and services. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to win a USEPA Clean Air Excellence award for its low sulfur gasoline. For more information, visit www.irvingoil.com(link is external).About OverrideOverride, created in July 2007, is a network of highly respected retail brands that provides consumers an opportunity to lower their individual price of gas at the pump. Consumers can earn gas savings at participating Shaw’s Supermarkets and Dunkin’ Donuts, and the opportunity to save is also offered to more than 9,000 L.L. Bean employees through the Override employee program. Gas savings are redeemable at 200 participating Irving fuel locations throughout New England. For more information, please visit www.override.com(link is external).
This month, 478 Vermont National Guardsmen will receive a free pair of Darn Tough Vermont socks thanks to overwhelming community support for a promotional program created by Darn Tough Vermont and Lenny’s Shoes & Apparel.In May, Darn Tough Vermont and Lenny’s Shoes & Apparel teamed up to raise socks for the Vermont National Guard. For every pair sold at Lenny’s stores in Williston, Barre, and Saint Albans, Darn Tough Vermont and Lenny’s donated a pair to the Guard. Their goal was to donate 300 pairs, but customers helped them far surpass that by purchasing well over 400 pairs, while many additional customers not only purchased a pair but also went ahead and donated that pair back into the program, doubling their individual donation.Darn Tough Vermont President Ric Cabot came to the Lenny’s store in Williston on Wednesday to personally deliver the socks before they are sent to the Guard and shipped overseas to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cabot is well aware of the important role that community support played in the program. “People felt good about it,” he stated. “It’s a Vermont manufacturer, a Vermont retailer and the opportunity to donate to Vermont troops. There’s a very good, wholehearted, local feeling to it.”Darn Tough Vermont socks have supported soldiers for years and many units are already wearing them. According to Cabot, “Soldiers love our socks and we continue to get reorders. We’ve made investments in the company to continue to produce socks that meet the needs of our soldiers being deployed and on active duty.”Lenny’s owners Mark and Todd McCarthy were at the store on Wednesday to receive the socks from Cabot and they were also enthused with the success of the program. Mark McCarthy said in a statement, “Lenny’s was honored to be involved with this. We support the effort of our guardsmen and what they’re doing for us overseas, and obviously the ability to partner with not just an American-made but also a local Vermont company was a win-win for everybody. The response from the community and our customers in particular was just overwhelming and we were extremely pleased with how things went.”Darn Tough Vermont is a manufacturer of premium, all weather outdoors socks, with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont. Darn Tough offers products in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt, and kid’s styles. In 2010, Darn Tough Vermont socks were approved by the Army for the FREE (Flame Resistant Environmental Ensemble) program and became the only US Army Team Soldier Certified sock. The company’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by: 100% USA manufacturing; small needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch and exceptional durability and cushioning; an exclusive blend of Coolmax® and ultra-fine merino wool for softness, fit, durability and moisture management; and a unique unlimited lifetime guarantee policy. For more information, visit: www.darntough.com(link is external).Source: Darn Tough. 6.10.2010
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont on behalf of a proposed class of Central Vermont Public Service Corp CV +0.21% shareholders who held CVPS shares during the period beginning May 30, 2011 through and including the closing of the proposed acquisition of CVPS by Gaz Metro Limited Partnership (“Gaz Metro”).Those who wish to serve as lead plaintiff must move the Court no later than 60 days from today. If they wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or their rights or interests, they may contact plaintiffs’ counsel, Darren Robbins of Robbins Geller at 800/449-4900 or 619/231-1058, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). A member of this class may view a copy of the complaint as filed or join this class action online at http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/cvps/(link is external) . Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member.The complaint charges CVPS and its Board of Directors with breaches of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty under Vermont state law, and CVPS, the Board and Gaz Metro with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“1934 Act”). CVPS operates as an electric utility company.The complaint alleges that the Board, aided and abetted by CVPS, in bad faith and for self-interested reasons, tilted the sales process for the Company in favor of Fortis Inc. and against Gaz Metro and thereby obligated the Company to improperly pay Fortis a termination fee of $19.5 million when the merger agreement with Fortis was later terminated after Gaz Metro made a superior proposal that was accepted by the Board. The end result of CVPS and the Board’s misconduct was to destroy shareholder value in the same amount of the termination fee, or approximately $1.57 per share. The complaint seeks damages for the Board’s breaches of fiduciary duty in this regard.The complaint further alleges that on August 29, 2011, CVPS filed a Form DEFM 14A Proxy Statement (the “Proxy”) that omitted or misrepresented material information regarding the proposed Fortis and Gaz Metro acquisitions in violation of 14(a) and 20(a) of the 1934 Act and in contravention of the Board’s fiduciary duties under state law. The Proxy fails to disclose, among other things, material information regarding: (i) the Company’s current and future value; (ii) details about the sales process, including details concerning the favored treatment of Fortis, and the conflicts of interests faced by the persons involved; and (iii) the financial analysis conducted by the Company’s financial advisor. Without this material information, the Company’s public shareholders are precluded from casting a fully informed vote. The complaint seeks injunctive relief in connection with defendants’ violations of 14(a) and 20(a) of the 1934 Act.Plaintiffs seek injunctive, monetary and other equitable relief on behalf of all shareholder of CVPS who held CVPS common stock during the period beginning May 30, 2011 through and including the closing of the proposed acquisition of CVPS by Gaz Metro (the “Class”). The plaintiff is represented by Robbins Geller, which has expertise in prosecuting investor class actions and extensive experience in actions involving financial fraud.Robbins Geller, a 180-lawyer firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Boca Raton, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Atlanta, is active in major litigations pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States and has taken a leading role in many important actions on behalf of defrauded investors, consumers, and companies, as well as victims of human rights violations. The Robbins Geller Web site ( http://www.rgrdlaw.com(link is external) ) has more information about the firm.SOURCE: Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP SAN DIEGO, Sep 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/cvps(link is external)
Procyclical Momentum to an Industry’s Misery FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daniel Gross for Slate:Electricity plants that burn coal are being shut down at a rapid clip. The industry’s main domestic customers are simply disappearing. And this is not a cyclical phenomenon: Once coal is out of the power system, there will be immense pressure to keep it out. The U.S. continues to build electricity generation capacity to deal with plant retirements and rising demand in certain areas. But it just isn’t building any that burn coal.There’s a procyclicality to coal’s misery. What is popular and has momentum gets more popular and gains more momentum as a result. The use of natural gas has encouraged more production of gas, which has led to a glut and low prices—which encourages more usage. State requirements and federal subsidies that promote the construction of wind and solar power at scale have helped make the industry more efficient, which helps bring down the cost of wind and solar and makes these alternatives more appealing. And in America, when industries gain size, they gain lobbying clout that helps them advocate for politics that further improve their lot. For example, the federal tax credit for wind and solar investment, which was supposed to expire at the end of last year, was instead extended for several more years. And as more states achieve the goals of having 20 or 25 percent of their power come from renewable sources, they set more ambitious goals: 50 percent in California, 100 percent in Hawaii.On Thursday, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy, which last year generated 47 percent of the electricity sold to its customers from wind power, announced it will invest another $3.6 billion in wind in the state. “When the 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project is completed, our annual renewable energy generation is expected to reach a level that’s equivalent to approximately 85% of our Iowa retail customers’ annual use,” the company said. Five years from now, there may literally be no need for coal-fired electricity in the state.The procyclicality works the other way. What is unpopular and loses momentum becomes more unpopular and loses momentum as a result. There’s still a lot of coal produced in the U.S.—even a 30 percent decline this year would result in more than 600 million tons of production. But the last time production was so low was in the 1970s. Employment in the coal industry has shrunk. And so, too, has the industry’s political influence. Yes, politicians at the state level in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Wyoming will lobby for the industry in Washington. But you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a worse set of pleaders for your cause with the Obama administration than senators like Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell and Wyoming’s John Barrasso.Things will likely get worse for the coal industry in Washington because its problems are about to become the public’s problems. Coal is dirty, dangerous, and Dickensian. (Last week, the CEO of a mining company was convicted for violating safety laws over an episode in which 29 miners died; he was sentenced to only one year in prison.) When companies file for bankruptcy, the fact that they can’t meet their obligations to creditors like banks or bondholders isn’t that much of an issue. They can absorb the loss and wind up with ownership of the company. But bankrupt coal firms will have a hard time meeting their obligations to the environment, to employees, and to retirees. Which means they will either need a bailout or they will suffer further obloquy when they walk away from commitments. Both of those outcomes will make the industry less popular than it already is. And they will only further blacken coal’s dim future.Coal Is Officially a Zombie Industry
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The decline in coal production and exports will slow considerably or even reverse course from 2020 to 2021 compared with this year’s expected trajectory, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).The EIA projected that domestic coal production will fall 13.5% this year to 596.6 million tons. But that decline may level off in 2021 with estimated output totaling 580.6 million tons, slipping 2.7% year over year “as export demand stabilizes and declines in U.S. power sector demand slow,” according to the administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook report, which was released Jan. 14.In terms of consumption, the EIA expects 2020 coal use to drop by 11% from 596 million tons last year and by another 3% in 2021. The power sector accounted for 91% of the nation’s coal consumption last year, and decreases largely mirror declines in utility coal demand.“The decrease in power sector coal consumption in 2020 reflects expected coal plant retirements and increasing shares of electricity generation from low-priced natural gas and new renewables generating capacity. However, because EIA expects slight rises in natural gas prices in 2021, coal will become slightly more price competitive,” the report stated.Coal’s share of the country’s energy makeup will fall from 24% last year to 21% in 2020 and 2021, the EIA estimated. Natural gas will account for 38% of the total this year and 37% next year, while renewable energy sources’ share increases from 17% in 2019 to 19% in 2020 and 22% in 2021 amid increases in wind and solar generation capacity, according to the EIA report.[Ellie Potter]More ($): U.S. EIA expects YOY decline in coal exports, production to slow in 2021 EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electricity generation to drop to 21% in 2020
Bell Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) are teaming up to award $100,000 in trail building grants to the common man. Three grants of up to $33,000 each will go toward technical assistance for the projects which will be planned, designed, and build by IMBA’s Trail Solutions team with help from local volunteers. The money will go to three separate entities: a pump track or bike park, a flow trail, and a downhill trail. The application is open to anyone, nationwide, and twelve finalist will be selected and voted on by the general public. There are fairly stringent guidelines for the projects – which can be read here – most of which deal with land management, local support, and accessibility. All applications are due by Feb. 8th.Needless to say, $100K is a lot of dough to be tossing around, especially in the context of building mountain biking trails. This is a very cool project and having the mountain biking public vote on the winners adds an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings. Mountain biking, and outdoor sports in general, seem to be gravitating toward the more extreme end of the spectrum, and this grant process is another example of the way things are going. Once limited to the North Shore of British Columbia, gravity oriented riding is taking off in the Blue Ridge in recent years with ski resorts fostering a four season revenue stream by utilizing their lifts to cater to downhillers. Pump tracks and bike parks are popping up everywhere and North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort will even host the National Downhill Championships this year. Advances in technology allow riders to push the limits – see this trailer for Red Bull’s upcoming film “Where the Trail Ends” to see exactly how far (spoiler alert: it’s really far) – and this makes downhill riding more and more accessible to the average rider. Which is great, if you are into that sort of thing. Personally, it looks like the scariest thing a person could ever do short of riding a great white shark over Victoria Falls while trying to wrestle a Rambo knife away from Man BearPig. But that’s just me, I guess.If you want to get your hands on the grants, check out the application and guidelines here.Do you have spot you think is primed for the project? Let us know in the comments if you are sending in an application.
The St Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Boys Basketball team defeated the St. Lawrence Panthers tonight by a score of 46-21.Scoring for the Cardinals were Charlie Schebler, Alec Bunselmeier, Nate Vankirk, Noah Tuveson, Peyton Ditmer, Cy Muckerheide, Abe Hollins, Aiden Geers and Conner Ertel. Ben Harmeyer, Frank Forbeck and Luke Meyer played tough defense. With the win, the Cardinals record improves to 10-2.The Cardinals will be in action again this Thursday night against the South Ripley Raiders at 5:30pm in Versailles.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.The St Louis Cardinals traveled to Lawrenceburg Monday evening to take on the St Lawrence Panthers. It was a close game throughout the contest with the Panthers getting the win.The Cardinals were lead offensively by Adam Vogelsang with 14 points and Cody Mohr with 10. Kyle Salatin contributed a big 3 point play.St. Louis will visit South Ripley on Thursday.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.
Osgood, IN—CROP Hunger Walk to be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Registration is at 1 pm and the walk starts at 1:30 pm. The walk will begin and end at St. Peters UCC (Finks Church) on the corner of 700 N. & Finks Road, Osgood. The Keith Swinney Band will be kicking off our Walk from 12:45-1:30 pm. After the walkers finish they are invited to enjoy cake, cookies, fruit, etc. in the fellowship hall. All walkers will receive a free CROP Walk 50 anniversary T-shirt donated by CRUM Trucking. For more information on how to get involved contact Pastor Sandy Gruell at 765-932-4749 or at Sandrasgruell@gmail.com
By Sudipto Ganguly(REUTERS) – Dominic Thiem ended a six-year wait for a new name on a men’s Grand Slam trophy on Sunday with his U.S. Open triumph but it was not just Alexander Zverev that the Austrian had to battle on court to fulfil his “life goal”.Rafael Nadal had denied Thiem the French Open trophy at the previous two editions of that tournament, while at the start of 2020 it was world number one Novak Djokovic who outlasted him in the Australian Open title clash.Thiem did not have to go through Djokovic, Nadal or Roger Federer, the sport’s ‘Big Three’, during the two weeks at Flushing Meadows this year but that presented a unique mental challenge as the 27-year-old wrestled with long-time friend Zverev, 23, for success in his fourth Slam final.“We both didn’t face one of the ‘Big Three’, so I guess that was in the back of the head for both of us,” Thiem told reporters. “That’s why we were nervous. (It) was a very good chance for both of us.”The experience of playing three Grand Slam finals previously was supposed to be an advantage for the Austrian against an opponent who was featuring in his first final at a major.But it proved to be a burden for Thiem, who found himself two sets and a break down against the big-serving German before fighting back to win 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6).“Honestly, I think it didn’t help me at all because I was so tight in the beginning. Maybe it was not even good that I played in previous major finals,” he said.“I mean, I wanted this title so much, and of course there was also in my head that if I lose this one, it’s 0-4. It’s always in your head.“Is this chance ever coming back again? This, that, all these thoughts – not great to play your best tennis, to play free. That’s what exactly happened in the beginning.”But Thiem managed to quell those doubts and levelled things against Zverev before winning a nerve-jangling final set tiebreak to achieve “a life goal, a dream”.Thiem hopes to play more freely with fewer nerves in future, having finally tasted success at one of the sport’s biggest stages while also becoming the first man since Croat Marin Cilic won the 2014 U.S. Open to secure a maiden Grand Slam trophy.He is also the first player born in the 1990s to claim a men’s Grand Slam, and the first outside Nadal and Federer, who both missed the tournament, and Djokovic, who was disqualified, to win a major since Stan Wawrinka’s 2016 U.S. Open triumph.CHARTING OWN PATHThiem will now face heavier expectations in future Grand Slams but has proved he is not one to shy away from pressure.The Austrian, who faced his share of criticism for playing in Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour event, declined to contribute to an emergency fund for financially struggling lower-ranked professionals during the COVID-19 shutdown, fully aware that he would draw flak from pundits and fellow players for his stand.Thiem, who has earned almost $27 million in career prize money, stood his ground in the face of criticism, proving that he was ready to chart his own path forward.Most of Thiem’s early success came on claycourts, where long baseline rallies test a player’s patience and endurance, but he showed the first signs of a smooth transition to hardcourts when he won last year’s ATP Masters at Indian Wells.Reaching the season-ending ATP Finals further underlined his development while he put any lingering doubts about his hardcourt prowess to rest by progressing to the Australian Open final in Melbourne earlier this year.“Before I started to work with him, when I saw him like a spectator, I said he can play everywhere, not only on clay,” his coach Nicolas Massu said.“He can have the same results on every surface because of his shots, he’s talented, he has everything. Maybe he needs to adjust small things.” Caption:Dominic Thiem of Austria won the U.S. Open on Sunday in five sets. It was his first singles title in a Grand Slam event.Photo saved: Thiem