Liza Learns About #ToplessTuesdayLiza and Kelsey meet up with Lauren for lunch. (Since when does Publishing Demon Trout allow lunch breaks?) Lauren then does what any driven millennial would do at the table: Take off her shirt for her 35,000 Twitter followers. “Breasts aren’t shameful. Ask Rihanna,” she says. The whole scene is just like that Sondheim ditty: “Here’s to the ladies who lunch—everybody strip!” Liza Learns About Lena DunhamSix skinny margaritas later, Liza meets Brooklyn-based hot tattoo artist Josh (Nico Tortorella), whose claim to fame is having “tattooed the insides of Lena Dunham’s ass cheeks” because “she wanted to keep some things private.” Not that Liza knows who Lena Dunham is. (She’s old, remember?!) Josh orders shots, sparks fly, Liza accidentally demands to see Josh’s junk. Nailed it. The Sutton Foster-led Younger premiered on TV Land on March 31 with two back-to-back episodes. In the half-hour comedy, the Tony winner plays Liza Miller, a 40-year-old newly single mother who passes herself off as 26 to resume her professional life. Along the way, she learns all sorts of tidbits that every 20-something should have on their radar. Here are just some of our favorite lessons that we learn with Liza in the first two episodes.EPISODE 1: PilotLiza Learns About Bang with FriendsWe first encounter 40-year-old Liza mid-job interview at a publishing firm. On cue, her significantly younger interviewers go off on a social media-fueled tangent, because they’re millennials. Facebook! Twitter! Instagram! Bang with Friends! We (Liza included) are then treated to a very work-appropriate story about Tinder and breast recognition. Welcome back to the working world, Liza! Liza Learns About Viral MarketingLiza, inspired by topless Lauren’s lunchtime reveal, convinces Trout to push the big Joyce Carol Oates release to a Tuesday. Because… #ToplessTuesday. Yep, after a half-naked photshoot in the middle of a crowded office and just a bit of internet magic, Liza has women from all over the globe showing off their Oates. Girl power! Literature! Boobs! Liza Learns About Ass ‘n’ TittiesDuring a meeting at the publishing firm, Liza’s phone goes off with a brand new ringtone: One that mentions two female body parts described in A Chorus Line’s “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three.” Her boss, Diana Trout (Miriam Shor), is disgusted; however, they’re all in a conference room discussing a Pride and Prejudice rerelease with what appears to be 50 Shades fan art on the cover. Mixed signals, Trout.EPISODE 2: Liza Sows Her OatesLiza Learns About the GridAt the start of episode two, Liza cements her place as a “millennial” and renounces her Gen X days. Unfortunately, her vision board looks like something out of a Lisa Frank psychological thriller. But hey, props for organization. With the help of an internet guru, Liza says goodbye to her 40-year-old web presence. She’s officially younger. Star Files View Comments Liza Learns About Booty CallsLiza, back to her 40-year-old self, goes on a blind date with an age-appropriate Chipotle investor. Mr. Chipotle Investor, despite contributing to literal Heaven on Earth, is a terrible human being. But after a flirty text from Josh, Liza forgets all about the burrito schmuck. She rushes to her hipster hottie in the heart of Williamsburg, just as all 26-year-olds do. She leaves him with just a kiss at his door—the rest (i.e. her Oates) is for a future episode.Younger airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on TV Land. Tune in to discover what Liza will learn next! Liza Learns About Her Lady GardenLiza gets a publishing job and quickly befriends co-worker Kelsey (Hilary Duff). But with the exception of Helen Mirren, no one can de-age 14 years without a hitch. Following a Krav Maga class with Kelsey and their friend Lauren, Liza unleashes her literally gasp-inducing nether region. Liza, in need of some consulting after her hairy situation, turns to Maggie. Maggie’s seen her “fair share” of vaginas. Maggie is a gynecologist. Just kidding. Maggie is a lesbian artist. Liza Learns About Harry StylesWith the help of her best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza concludes that the best way to resume her career is to tell potential employers she’s 26 (I-9s be damned). Cue montage, in which Liza develops those key features every 26-year-old has: highlights, a nose ring, a Gmail account and One Direction flashcards. (RIP Zayn. And Caesar?) Liza Learns About MouthgasmsWhile out on the town, cutie Josh brings Liza meatballs. This scene, aside from a potentially disastrous run-in with some of Liza’s adult friends, does little to advance the plot. But it does have Foster reach sexual climax while eating a meatball. Now it’ll be even harder to tell him that she’s been lying about her age (and her daughter and her alleged work in India) this whole time. Meatballs have that effect. Sutton Foster
Timothy Ware Everybody say yeah! Timothy Ware has been cast as Simon/Lola for the third year of the national tour of Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots. Ware will begin headlining the high-heeled and fabulous show on February 28 when Kinky Boots plays Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center.Ware was the Lola standby on Broadway where he performed the role 186 times. He’s previously been seen across the country in the national tours of Mamma Mia! and Jesus Christ Superstar.Also featured in the Kinky Boots tour is Curt Hansen as shoe factory owner Charlie Price, Rose Hemingway as Lauren, Aaron Walpole as Don, Katerina Papacostas as Nicola and Jim J. Bullock as George.Rounding out the ensemble are Meryn Beckett, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Justin Colombo, Tami Dahbura, Tony d’Alelio, Alfred DalPino, John J. Dempsey, Madge Dietrich, Alex Dreschke, Ian Gallagher Fitzgerald, Gavin Gregory, Landon Maas, Sebastian Maynard-Palmer, Ciarán McCarthy, Julia McLellan, Jacob Morrell, Mary Mossberg, Christian Mullins, Erica Peck, Xavier Reyes, Andy Richardson, Casi Riegle, Tom Souhrada, Dan Tracy, Robert Zelaya and Sam Zeller.Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots opened on Broadway on April 4, 2013 and continues to play at the Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical took home six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lauper), Best Choreography (Mitchell), Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design.In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. View Comments
Engineering Ventures PC,Engineering Ventures, Inc., based in Burlington, Vermont is pleased to announce the expansion of their operations into Saratoga Springs, New York. The new office, Engineering Ventures, P.C., located at 18 Division Street, will augment the services provided by the firm from their Burlington, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire locations. The expansion is seen as a way to provide the same innovation and dedication to sustainable design, to New York clients from a closer location.Engineering Ventures is an experienced, consulting engineering firm operating and licensed throughout the Northeast. Select, qualified professionals and technicians provide a broad range of civil engineering services with specialties in structural and site engineering and planning. Serving private, public, commercial, municipal and institutional clients, Engineering Ventures also offers full service from Burlington, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire.Currently the firm is working on various projects at GE Energy in Schenectady, New York, the Saratoga Race Track, and the High Peaks Intermunicipal Waterfront Revitalization for the communities of Keene, Jay, Wilmington, North Elba, and the village of Lake Placid. Recently completed projects include the rebuilt Lake Placid Lodge, Helen Hayes Day Care in Haverstraw, work at numerous Adirondack hospitals, many private residences in the Adirondack area including timber frame projects, great camps and boathouses, and various water and sewer projects for municipalities including the Towns of Peru and Westport.Engineering Ventures is dedicated to delivering well managed, quality engineering projects to clients through a close and personal service which is based on many years of reputable experience. The firm is committed to client involvement and satisfaction, and takes great pride in providing creative and cost effective solutions to engineering challenges.www.engineeringventures.com(link is external) ###
Governor Jim Douglas issued a statement yesterday regarding the Obama Administration s decision to adopt California standards nationally for automobile tailpipe emissions. Vermont was the first state to follow California’s lead in requiring a higher standard than the federal requirement. The Bush Administration had blocked the implementation of the tougher standards resulting in California, Vermont and other states suing the federal government. The auto industry then filed suit in an attempt to block the implementation of the California standards. I applaud the Obama Administration s clear-eyed decision to establish greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks based on California s strict tailpipe emissions standards. As the first state to adopt California s greenhouse gas emissions standards and to successfully defend them against legal challenges by the automobile industry in federal court, Vermont helped to pave the way for this decision. The science and economics of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles are irrefutable. Vermonters are proud that we have the smallest carbon footprint per capita in the United States. Yet, almost half of our carbon footprint comes from transportation. This decision is a significant win for the environment and for Vermonters pocketbooks. Although the details of this deal have not yet been officially announced, it is expected that the automobile industry will drop all the litigation challenging California s greenhouse gas emissions standards, including the lawsuit filed in Vermont.
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most executives realize that organizations are only as good as the people who make them run. According to a Harvard Business Review survey, more than 70% of executives rank employee engagement as very important to achieving organizational success.Yet, only 31.5% of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs in 2014, according to research from Gallup. More concerning, the survey finds that millennials—who increasingly make up a large portion of the workforce—are the least engaged, at just 28.9%.What are organizations doing wrong? Can they fix it?High levels of employee engagement don’t happen on their own, but they’re definitely achievable.Our organization, Elevations Credit Union, recently received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s only presidential award for business performance excellence. In our pursuit of the award, we made several improvements that radically boosted employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention. continue reading »
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are a number of value-add features and incentives that successfully draw consumers to credit cards. Of course, some card offerings are more attractive than others.A recent Raddon Financial Group survey found 80 percent of credit card holders participate in a rewards program. Of the different rewards programs, cash-back wins the day, with more than half (56 percent) of those polled currently enrolled in a cash-back program. Redeemable reward points came in second with 40 percent and travel-based rewards, including airline miles, were a distant third in popularity at 17 percent.Not surprisingly, in the era of instant gratification, 67 percent of reward earners like to redeem points on demand and without restrictions.Other key credit card features consumers found most desirable included: continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sitting down at my computer at the end of another long day, I find comfort and stress relief thinking about what our credit union has achieved in the last six weeks. In early to mid-March, our members and our staff quickly transitioned from COVID-19 prevention in the form of washing our hands and not touching our faces to a shelter-in-place order in a matter of 48 hours.Operationally though, the impacts had only just begun. Staff at risk of being acutely affected by the virus were sent home. Staff that could work from home started transitioning to a different and, in most cases, less productive environment. Requests for help from our members came flooding in. There’s a lot of things I could talk about that we faced and dealt with very quickly during a very short period of time. However, here are five things that I think were my most important lessons learned or validations of what we already knew about our organization.1. Past results are not a predictor of future success.A variation of this is most often used when describing the return on an investment, but was certainly applicable to my credit union and, specifically, our plans to assist members. We have a lot of practice either helping our members, or being prepared to help them, over many years. Ent was very much ahead of the curve with loan modification plans before the Great Recession. We developed what we believe were innovative strategies to reduce payments and interest rates through unprecedented member outreach as early as February of 2008. We had a series of natural disasters in Colorado between 2012 and 2017, from fires to catastrophic hail storms, for which we developed emergency loan plans to assist members with short-term funding. We also had developed a government shutdown loan plan as well. In short, we felt we were ready for anything. continue reading »
The ministry was therefore devising a protocol for implementing the so-called new normal at schools to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus among children, Ciput said.Read also: 22-month old baby in N. Sulawesi may be Indonesia’s youngest COVID-19 related deathAs of Thursday afternoon, Indonesia has recorded 24,538 COVID-19 cases nationwide, 1,496 of which have turned fatal. Based on the ministry’s statement, that would mean roughly 1,200 children are infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the country.The Indonesian Pediatricians Association (IDAI) previously revealed that at least 584 children in Indonesia had tested positive for COVID-19, 14 of whom had died of the disease.Meanwhile, up to 3,324 children have been classified under the PDP status, which refers to people with COVID-19 symptoms who have not been confirmed as having the illness. As many as 129 of them have died.”We retrieved the data on May 18,” IDAI chairman Aman Bhakti Pulungan told kompas.com last week.Topics : According to the Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, around 5 percent of all people found to be COVID-19-positive in Indonesia are children below 17 years of age.”Normally, children’s immunity is lower than that of adults,” said the ministry’s deputy assistant for child protection in emergency situations and pornography, Ciput Eka Purwianti, on Thursday.According to the ministry’s preliminary analysis, many children are infected with the virus due to the lack of a clean and healthy lifestyle, indicators of which include frequently washing hands with clean water and soap, eating fruits and vegetables in sufficient amounts and doing physical activities on a daily basis.
In a joint statement, the consortium members said: “Following the expiry of the offer period, the offeror [DK Telekommunikation] has learned that a number of investors, including some index trackers, continue to be interested in selling their shares to the offeror on the same terms and conditions as set out in the offer document.”If the 90% threshold is reached, DK Telekommunikation “intends… to initiate a compulsory acquisition of shares held by the remaining minority shareholders and to apply for a delisting of TDC’s shares”, the group said.Excluding treasury shares held by TDC, DK Telekommunikation holds around 88.5% of the company.Allan Polack, chief executive of PFA, said on behalf of the consortium: “With the majority of shareholders approving our offer, we are pleased to have reached this important milestone as TDC now transitions into new long-term ownership.”As a consortium of highly-experienced investors, he said, the group’s focus was turning to realising its vision and development plans for the growth of Denmark’s digital infrastructure, in which TDC would play a leading role.“We look forward to working in close collaboration with all of TDC’s stakeholders as we embark on this journey under the leadership of the company’s management team and the more than 8,000 dedicated employees in Denmark and Norway,” Polack added.The consortium’s offer won backing from the TDC management board in mid-February, just days after the board had rejected an offer from the group. Three of Denmark’s largest pension funds have succeeded in their bid to buy TDC, the country’s former national telecommunications operator, after receiving majority shareholder approval.However, the trio of ATP, PFA and PKA – in a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) – fell just short of the threshold required to delist the company from the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.Shareholders representing about 87.4% of TDC’s share capital and voting rights accepted the consortium’s bid, according to announcements made late last week. A 90% acceptance level would have allowed DK Telekommunikation – the consortium – to force a delisting.The pension funds said they may yet be able to increase their ownership and cross this key threshold.
Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has recently released a new Microplastics Sampler for the collection of water samples for the analysis of microplastics.“Microplastics” refers to plastic particles smaller than 5 mm and includes fragments, films, pellets/nurdles, granules/beads, filaments and foams.The Microplastics Sampler from OSIL is a large-volume water sampler that allows researchers to collect and characterise suspended and sinking particles in the water column.The sampler collects 50 litres of water in a single sample and upon recovery the device remains upright on deck to allow dense particles to slowly sink to the bottom. The upper 5 litres can be drawn off to be sampled for positively buoyant plastics, with the next 40 litres slowly drained through a tap for neutrally buoyant materials. The bottom section of the water bottle, containing the remaining 5 litres of water and the dense plastic particles can then be disconnected from the main body. This lower section can then be analysed in the laboratory where the flat bottom of the chamber offers an excellent backdrop for photographing/ and or subsampling using a wide-bore pipette for further analysis.