Commission Approves Federal Tax Reduction For Vectren BillsCustomer bill amounts to decrease by $125 over a 12 month periodThe Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approved the final phase of an agreement between Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren) and various consumer groups to reflect decreases in natural gas and electric rates as a result of the Federal income tax reduction prescribed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.Today’s approval, combined with the first phase approved in June, results in customers who receive Vectren electric and natural gas service seeing their annual energy bill reduced by a combined total of about $125 over a 12-month period; roughly $90 is associated with the electric portion of the bill, and the remaining $35 related to the natural gas charges.“Current bills include the cost of income taxes and with this agreement, customers will directly benefit from this reduced cost resulting from the lower tax rate,” said Brad Ellsworth, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South. “Vectren is committed to ensuring all reductions approved within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 are received by customers.”Vectren announced its plan to lower rates in February, which was followed by a March regulatory filing with the IURC. The first phase of the plan was approved by the IURC in June and immediately implemented. The additional reductions approved today are expected to be reflected in bills by the end of 2018 or early 2019.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Historian Robert Allison, an instructor at Harvard Extension School, colors in Cape Cod’s record with photographs, historical figures, and far-from-dry tales. “A Short History” is part beach read, but suitable for the most scrupulous history buffs.
The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a historic step. It affirms American ideals of equal opportunity and underscores the importance of the right to military service as a fundamental dimension of citizenship. It was no accident that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation not only guaranteed freedom to black Americans, but at the same time opened the Union Army to their participation. Because of today’s action by the Senate, gay and lesbian Americans will now also have the right to pursue this honorable calling, and we as a nation will have the benefit of their service.I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard’s full and formal recognition of ROTC. I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country. I am grateful to the Massachusetts congressional delegation for its unified support for repeal.— Drew Faust
BUFFALO — A Jamestown felon is facing a charge of possessing ammunition.Walter S. Duprey, also known as Spoons, or Waldo, 36, of Jamestown, was charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to U. S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr.The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr.Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on April 30, Duprey and two other individuals were pulled over in a vehicle by Jamestown Police Officers. During the traffic stop, it was determined that the license plates on the vehicle actually belonged to another vehicle. In addition, officers observed three hypodermic needles in the driver side door panel in plain view. After stepping out of the vehicle at the request of officers, Duprey was patted down for weapons. Officers retrieved a green leafy substance from the defendant’s pocket, along with a 12 gauge shotshell.A search of the vehicle recovered a 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, several digital scales, a red ski mask, a quantity of heroin, several cell phones, two laptop computers, an I-Pad, a bag containing flashlights, a paintball mask, and black duct tape. As a result, officers believed that the defendant and the two other individuals either had conducted an armed home invasion or were about to conduct an armed home invasion.Duprey was convicted in 2005, 2006, and 2012 of felony charges in Dunkirk City Court, and as a result is legally prohibited from possessing ammunition. The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Three-for-OneThough the three operas make up what is now frequently referred to as Donizetti’s “Tudor Trilogy,” the composer did not intend for them to be performed as a collective unit. This is in large part due to the range of vocal technique required; Radvanovsky juggles both a lilting lyric soprano and fiery dramatic coloratura throughout the pieces.While Radvanovsky winkingly doesn’t recommend anyone perform all three concurrently, she observes a connective thread throughout that informs her perspective on the operas as a series: Elizabeth.A child actress plays a young Elizabeth in Anna Bolena, and in Maria Stuarda, she’s Mary Stuart’s fierce rival. “Now I understand why she was such a militant, strong lady—because of all the adversity she went through. I got to see that from the outside, and now, finally playing Elizabeth, I have that vocabulary.” Marathon Training“It’s like her coat of armor,” Radvanovsky says, describing Elizabeth’s (“Elisabetta” in Donizetti’s world) ornate appearance. “She puts it on, and it’s her queen persona.” The role presents a tremendous physical challenge, as the crippling effects of age and resentment threaten her regality.“Temperament and tightness often go together,” Radvanovsky explains. “But if you’re tight, you can’t sing. So I have to have that tension in my body, but not in my voice.” The singer, who’s over two decades younger than Elizabeth at the time of her death, observed her elders’ movement on the street and on film to find that balance. “I have to be aware of how my body works and how Elizabeth’s body worked at that time, and integrate the two.”From the sound of her exercise regime, you’d expect her to be an Olympian, not an opera singer. But they’re not that unlike: “You go to the gym to make sure you have the stamina to breathe in the corsets.” Radvanovsky often memorizes music while on a machine. Metropolitan Opera: Roberto Devereux The radiant Sondra Radvanovsky enters her dressing room at the Metropolitan Opera. Some two hours later, and with the help of a 35-pound gown, liquid latex and—who’d have thought—tissue paper, the soprano, barely recognizable, emerges as Elizabeth I in her final days.The metamorphosis, for the Met’s new production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, marks the third and final queen Radvanovsky has taken on this season. She previously portrayed Anne Boleyn and Mary Stuart in director David McVicar’s stagings of Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, respectively. She’s the second singer to perform all three in one season and the first to do so at the Met.Before Roberto Devereux opens on March 24, Broadway.com visited Radvanovsky’s dressing room to witness the transformation and discuss the operatic feat. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 19, 2016 Related Shows Roberto Devereux begins performances at the Metropolitan Opera on March 24. Performances will run through April 19.(Dressing room photos: Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Ugly Is BeautifulRadvanovsky brings a distinct theatricality that may raise the eyebrows of opera’s more devoted patrons. The most jarring examples are her visceral—at times guttural—outbursts of emotion that punch through Donizetti’s bel canto score. Bel canto means “beautiful singing,” but the soprano constantly toys with the balance between beautiful and frightful.“It can be shocking when people hear it,” Radvanovsky says, “but that’s supposed to be the point. There are moments where ugly singing and screaming are required.” With a smirk, she adds, “Not everyone will love it. It’ll be criticized, I’m sure.”Radvanovsky, who studied acting as well as singing, stresses that it’s not entirely about the vocals. “Look past [the singing] and see that these were human beings at the heart,” she advises. “Remember that Elizabeth lived; she breathed. We know a lot about her.” Broadway at the MetThe leap from the Great White Way to the Met is closer than ever as theater directors—including Tony winners Susan Stroman, Bartlett Sher and Michael Mayer—offer a contemporary Broadway sensibility to opera. While these stagings often polarize traditionalists and newer audiences, Radvanovsky encourages the interplay between the two.“[Opera] is a lot like Broadway,” she says, before confessing to previously turning down a Main Stem offer and wanting to try her hand at The King and I or Carousel. “The plot is there, and it’s enthralling. I know I’m an opera singer, but we’re actors, too.”Radvanovsky says there is a stigma surrounding opera, citing the “fat soprano” and “park and bark” tropes. But while those stereotypes fade with new and inventive stagings, opera has to evolve to survive. The first step is exposure: “Getting people to come for the first time is difficult,” she says, “but if people give it one try, they’re really drawn into it.”And for those who are still skeptical? “You went to your first Broadway play or musical at some point, right? Come to opera.” Sondra Radvanovsky in ‘Anna Bolena,’ ‘Maria Stuarda’ & ‘Roberto Devereux'(Photos: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA sent a risk alert to credit unions Monday, warning the industry of the rise in business email compromise (BEC) fraud schemes and potential related losses. Regulators are targeting this type of fraud, which recent data from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) revealed that BEC scams led to more than $300 million stolen a month in 2018 – more than three times what was reported in 2016.NAFCU recently shared with FinCEN ways to improve information sharingbetween government agencies, law enforcement and financial institutions to better combat Bank Secrecy Act-related issues. The agency highlighted its efforts to combat BEC scams as it released related data last month.In its alert, the NCUA explained what BEC scams typically look like and encouraged credit unions to report such fraud to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, which created a recovery asset team last year due to the significant increase in complaints and losses.
“I was totally shocked because I knew nothing of this at all. My daughter did say the neighbor is going to come by and talk to us in the driveway but that, that was going to be it. But I couldn’t believe it, I still can’t believe it,” said Sandy Polakovich. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Sandy Polakovich recently lost her husband, Bill Polakovich, who was the first individual in Broome County to pass away from COVID-19. After contracting the virus herself, Sandy spent days in the hospital on a ventilator. She was eventually able to beat it and return home. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. “I’m just honored really, it’s a miracle that mom is here with us. Unfortunately we lost my father a few weeks ago, but it’s very touching,” said Sandy’s daughter, Lisa Gallagher. On Saturday, over 70 cars filled with family and friends drove from the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City to Sandy’s house to celebrate.
Thomas Meunier appears desinted to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)‘It would annoy me a little if it ends like that, without having the opportunity to finish beautifully. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s true, I had a rough season, but a title is still a title and I am very happy. You know, even if I only took part in four or five matches in 2019, my stats, offensive and defensive, are among the best in the PSG defence alongside Bernat’s’.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsBorussia Dortmund, according to Le Parisien, are the most serious rivals to Jose Mourinho’s side. The Spurs boss reportedly contacted Meunier last month in a bid to persuade the versatile defender to join him in north London.Mourinho is anticipating working with a severely limited transfer budget when the window opens and could be restricted to making loan signings and scouring the market for free agents. MORE: John Terry reveals what he messaged team-mates after Chelsea appointed Jose MourinhoMORE: John Terry reveals Chelsea squad were in on Jose Mourinho’s plans to flout UEFA suspension by hiding in a skipFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Jose Mourinho in pole position to sign Arsenal and Man Utd transfer target Thomas Meunier Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 May 2020 12:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link376Shares Jose Mourinho reportedly contacted Thomas Meunier directly in a bid to convince him to join Spurs (Picture: Getty)Tottenham are leading the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain contract rebel Thomas Meunier.The experienced Belgium international is out of contract this summer and is destined to leave on a free transfer. Unai Emery was reported to have earmarked his former PSG charge as a primary target for Arsenal last summer, while Manchester United were considering the 28-year-old as a potential alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Meunier, however, decided to remain in the French capital and fight for his place, but he has fallen down Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order and is ready to seek a new challenge. ADVERTISEMENT‘The discussions with management are hanging around a bit. I can understand because of the deadlines of the team that my personal case was put in the fridge, but since then nothing has happened, the message seems clear enough,’ Meunier said last month outlining his frustration at a lack of movement over contract negotiations.
He told IPE the new appointment was not a material change in strategy but an evolution of the existing strategy for the Commissioners’ investment portfolio. The Church of England’s investment arm has appointed James Barty to the newly created position of director of investment strategy.He was previously head of global cross-asset strategy and European strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a role he held since March 2016. He also spent 16 years at Deutsche Bank, latterly as head of global equity and asset allocation, before co-founding the bank’s spin-out Arrowgrass Capital Partners, where he was head of macro strategy.At the £8bn (€8.9bn) Church Commissioners for England, Barty will report to Tom Joy, the Commissioners’ chief investment officer.Joy said: “[Barty] will be bringing his impressive track record in multi-asset investing at a critically important time for investors. We expect the next decade for markets across all asset classes to be very different to the one we have just experienced and managing overall portfolio risk, more dynamically, will become increasingly important.” James BartyThe CIO added: “We wish to add internal resource focused on asset allocation, strategy and overall portfolio risk and doing this will allow us to be more nimble and dynamic, which we believe is going to be more important in the next decade compared to the one we have just experienced.“This is especially important, we believe, at a time when traditional portfolio hedges like fixed income offer such poor prospective returns in real terms.”Barty said he had been “greatly impressed” by the Church Commissioners’ approach and its focus on responsible investment.His appointment follows the hire of Mary-Pat Barron as head of equities earlier this month. She joined from US investment firm Sawdust Investment Management Corporation to run the Commissioners’ £3.5bn equity portfolio.
The Lincoln, Neb., high performance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor is the sanctioning body’s longest tenured sponsor, tracing its association with IMCA to the 1950s. The Speedway Motors website is www.speedwaymotors.com. More information is also available by calling 800 979-0122 and on Facebook. “We’re proud of our long relationship with IMCA and we’re grateful for the support they’ve given us all these years,” Speedway Motors President Clay Smith said. “Our goal at Speedway Motors is to keep racing safe, affordable and fun, and our strong partnership with IMCA allows us to support today’s racers and for generations of racers to come.” Speedway Motors is in the second year of its latest five-year marketing agreement with IMCA. New this year are $100 gift certificates for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car track and special series champions. Highlighting the current pact, Speedway Motors renews its title sponsorship role of IMCA Weekly Racing for an 12th consecutive season and returns as title sponsor of Super Nationals, to be held Sept. 2-7 at Boone Speedway, for the 24th consecutive year. “The new Speedway Motors logo has been a huge undertaking to say the least, and we’ve been in communication with them throughout the process to ensure the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing logo was in step with their new design,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “A brand new line of apparel is available to all IMCA sanctioned tracks and crews across the country will be proudly wearing the new design during the 2019 racing season.” For the fourth straight season, drivers winning national championships in all eight sanctioned divisions receive helmets. And first-year competitors filling out and returning rookie application forms to the IMCA home office get $100 discount certificates, along with a T-shirt and decal from Speedway Motors following initial rookie season feature wins. LINCOLN, Neb. – The company synonymous with speed continues its support for IMCA and its 9,000-plus drivers in 2019. Speedway Motors unveiled its new logo in January, in conjunction with its What Moves You social media campaign. Speedway Motors has renewed a program benefitting more than 200 tracks in the United States and Canada by providing jackets, promoter and tech official shirts and discounts on tech inspection equipment, flags and signage to help those facilities defray costs of their weekly programs, plus decals, driver’s suit patches and feature winner hats. The Speedway Motors program again includes post-season awards in five divisions: Top eligible finishers in Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional standings, and in Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings, all receive a pair of TruCoil springs. Drivers in all five of those divisions are required to fill out and return the sign-up form soon to be available online to become eligible for those contingencies.