Watch Anthony Rapp Go Looking on Grindr in Teaser Trailer for New Short Musical Film Grind

first_img Anthony Rapp View Comments This walk feels like forever! Check out the trailer for the new short film Grind starring If/Then’s Anthony Rapp. Written and directed by Zachary Halley, the musical follows the Tony nominee as Vincent, a late 30s gay man living in Hell’s Kitchen with an underwear model roommate in his early twenties. A Cyrano de Bergerac for the digital age, Vincent begins to ghostwrite for his hunk of a roomie, helping him find dates and with it uncovering truths about both of their online personas. Watch the video below for a taste of the original music by Derek Gregor and lyrics by Selda Sahin and a bevy of beautiful men. Grind is a timely look at gay culture in the 2010s. Release dates have yet to be announced.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Vermont tax revenues bounce back in March, GF up $13 million

first_img(Vermont Business Magazine) Secretary of Administration Neale F Lunderville announced today that all three state of Vermont revenue figures – General Fund, Transportation Fund and Education Fund – all exceeded forecasts for the month of March. General Fund revenues exceeded expectations by 21 percent, or nearly $13 million for a total of $75 million. The principal factor was personal income tax net, which was 37 percent higher than expected. Transportation was up nearly $1 million, or 5 percent, gasoline and vehicle purchase taxes were up significantly. The Education tax was up $560,000 or 5.3 percent.General FundMarch is the 9th month of FY 2010. General Fund revenues totaled $74.97 million for March 2010, were +$12.98 million or +20.94% above the $61.99 million consensus revenue forecast for the month, recovering the majority of the shortfall from the January and February receipts. Year to date, General Fund revenues of $748.44 million remained slightly below the year to date target of $750.46 million (-$2.02, or -0.27%).March’s are the third monthly results utilizing the revised FY 2010 Consensus Revenue Forecast, approved by the Emergency Board at their January 13, 2010 meeting. Statutorily, the State is required to revise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July; the Emergency Board may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary.”The continued underperformance in withholding remains troubling since it is an indicator of current economic conditions.”Personal Income Tax receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Personal Income Tax receipts for March of $8.80 million were +$2.39 million or +37.26% above the monthly target of $6.41 million.“A closer look at the major individual components of personal income tax reveals that the above target performance is due primarily to fewer refunds than was built into the target,” said Secretary Lunderville. “However, personal income tax withholdings finished below target by -4.6% for the month – the third month in a row where tax withholding has seen below target results. The continued underperformance in withholding remains troubling since it is an indicator of current economic conditions.”Corporate Income Taxes, which are also reported net-of refunds, were above target for March with receipts of $16.89 million against a target of $12.94 million or +$3.95 million (+30.54%). The consumption taxes were all above target for the month. Sales & Use Tax of $15.20 million was above target by +$0.38 million (+2.56%), and Rooms & Meals Tax receipts of $11.87 million exceeded target by +$0.81 million (+7.31%) for March.The year to date results for the four major General Fund categories are as follows: Personal Income Tax, $324.08 million (-2.94%); Sales & Use Tax, $159.10 million (+0.38%); Corporate, $48.62 million (+9.26%); and Meals & Rooms Tax, $92.68 million (+1.33%).The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and “Other” (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). The results for the month of March were as follows: Insurance Tax, $8.67 million (+20.91%); Estate Tax, $2.86 million (+62.84%); Property Transfer Tax, $0.42 million (+2.59%); and “Other”, $10.27 million (38.30%). Year to date results for these categories were: Insurance Tax, $46.20 million (-3.54%); Estate Tax, $12.18 million (-5.03%); Property Transfer Tax, $5.78 million (+1.74%); and “Other”, $59.82 million (+7.34%).Transportation FundSecretary Lunderville also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation Fund Revenue, with receipts of $19.60 million for the month or +$0.94 million (+5.03%), above the monthly target for March of $18.66 million. The year to date non-dedicated Transportation revenue was $151.62 million versus the target of $151.34 million (+$0.28 million, +0.19%).March results showed above target receipts in all categories, except Diesel Fuel Tax and “Other”. The Transportation Fund revenue results for March were: Gasoline, $5.76 million or +10.46% above target; Diesel Tax, $1.17 million or -24.73% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $3.99 million or 22.97% above target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $6.98 million or +5.73% above target; and Other Fees, $1.71 million or -16.76% below the monthly target. The March year to date Transportation Fund revenue results were: Gasoline, $46.48 million or -0.22% below target, Diesel Tax, $10.99 million or -2.04% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $31.82 million or +2.28% above target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $49.21 million or +0.62% above target; and Other Fees, $13.11 million or -3.00%, short of target.“March results saw a more favorable picture in Gasoline Tax and Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax in particular. As expected, we made up much of the slippage we experienced in Gasoline Tax last month,” said Secretary Lunderville.Secretary Lunderville also reported on the results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund (“TIB”). TIB Fund Gas receipts for March were $1.42 million or +8.43% above target due to the correction of a coding error where previous receipts were not properly reported. The correction closed some of the previous shortfall bringing TIB Fund Gas receipts to $9.68 million or -1.22% short of target. The TIB Fund Diesel receipts were $0.55 million or +193.49% above target for the month – again correcting for the miscoding; year to date TIB Diesel receipts were $1.00 million or +54.02% ahead of target. The TIB Fund receipts are noted below the following table:Education FundSecretary Lunderville released revenue results for the “the non-Property Tax” Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11% of the total Education Fund sources). The non-Property Tax Education Fund receipts for March totaled $11.23 million, or +$0.56 million (+5.29%) above the $10.67 million revised Consensus Revenue target for the month. Year to date, Education Fund revenues were $110.02 million or +0.58% ahead of target.The individual Education Fund revenue component results for March were: Sales & Use Tax, $7.60 million, or +2.56% ahead of target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.99 million or +22.96%; Lottery Transfer, $1.62 million or -0.56%; and Education Fund Interest, $0.01 million or +336.39%. Year-to-date results were: Sales & Use Tax, $79.55 or +0.38%; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $15.91 million or +2.28%; Lottery Transfer, $14.48 million or –0.17%; and Education Fund Interest, $0.08 million or -4.62%.Source: Lunderville’s office. 4.9.2010last_img read more

Goodnight Irene’ ale to benefit storm relief in Vermont

first_imgLong Trail Brewing Co,In a continuing effort to bring comfort to flood-stricken victims in Vermont, Long Trail Brewing Company has crafted a special edition ale, aptly named GOODNIGHT IRENE. This beer brings a focus to benefit those still struggling to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Irene’s devastating floods.Immediately following Irene’s wrath, the staff at Long Trail Brewing Company moved swiftly into action, converting the Visitor Center into a make-shift shelter serving 100 ‘ 200 meals daily for a week’s period of time to those in need. According to the company’s CEO Brian Walsh, ‘We were told that there was an urgent need for materials for communities that were completely cut-off by washed out roads and bridges. We chartered a helicopter and delivered necessities like diapers, baby formula and drinking water to Rochester, VT. Some of our employees took ATVs up the mountain to remote communities to deliver essentials to those folks who were stranded.’ Now, in this latest effort, Long Trail has introduced a special edition ale, GOODNIGHT IRENE, that sold out during the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals benefit concert at the Flynn Theater. GOODNIGHT IRENE will now also be available on-tap at bars and restaurants, and a limited number of kegs will be available at local independent beverage centers, exclusively in Vermont. Together with locally-owned Farrell Distributing, Long Trail Brewing will donate a portion of GOODNIGHT IRENE’s proceeds to benefit Vermont’s flood victims, through the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund, The Vermont Community Foundation, and The Vermont Foodbank. Additionally, Long Trail has created a special GOODNIGHT IRENE T-shirt that will be available both online at is external)   and at the Long Trail Visitor Center in Bridgewater Corners, as well as at upcoming promotional events, and will donate a portion of the proceeds from those T-shirt sales to the three associated organizations to aid in this benefit.‘Yes, we were flooded, but we’re recovering,’ said Walsh, ‘our neighbors need help. We all need to do whatever we can to bring down the curtains on this terrible disaster, and keep the assistance flowing to those yet to say, GOODNIGHT IRENE.’last_img read more

This is the most popular financial resolution for 2015

first_imgby: Christina LavingiaAlthough the end of the year can be stressful, it also evokes that natural inclination to look back, reflect, and resolve to make positive changes in the new year. For many, that means getting their finances on track once and for all.Last year, GOBankingRates conducted a poll asking respondents about their financial resolutions for 2014. Thirty-nine percent said saving money was their biggest financial goal, over paying down debt, investing, getting a raise and building an emergency fund.Popular Financial New Year’s ResolutionsMoney-related resolutions are common; according to Fidelity’s annual financial resolutions study, 31 percent of resolutions set this year revolve around money. But it’s not surprising money is a prevalent theme — GOBankingRates found in September that more people are scared of being broke than dying. Who can blame them? Finances are irrevocably tied to our freedom and touch every facet of our lives.This is the second year we conducted the financial resolutions survey. In last year’s poll, 39 percent resolved to save money, 29 percent selected pay down debt, 12 percent answered invest, 11 percent said obtain a raise and 9 percent said they wanted to build an emergency fund. This year produced largely similar results, though in this year’s poll, we included the answer option of “improve spending habits,” which had a larger response than building an emergency fund did last year. Interestingly, the only other response that fluctuated was paying down debt, which fell by roughly the same amount this year that improving spending habits increased over building an emergency fund. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

After holding out, Republican governors reverse course and issue mask mandates.

first_imgPresident-elect Joseph R. Biden warned on Monday that “more people may die” from the coronavirus if President Trump does not agree to coordinate planning for the mass distribution of a vaccine when it becomes available.Mr. Biden also issued a simple plea. Holding up a paper medical mask, he asked: “Does anybody understand why a governor would turn this into a political statement?”- Advertisement – In the United States, the wearing of a mask has been caught up in the swirl of the nation’s toxic political divide long after the scientific community reached a consensus that they can play a dramatic role in slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives.For months, Republican governors resisted calls for mask mandates. But as they have watched hospitals in their states stretched to the breaking point in recent weeks — driving home the reality of the dangers posed by a virus allowed to spread unchecked — that is starting to change.last_img read more

Tony Adams slams Unai Emery in extraordinary rant and says Gunners are weaker without Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey

first_img Comment Tony Adams slams Unai Emery in extraordinary rant and says Gunners are weaker without Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey Arsenal required an injury time equaliser (Picture: Getty)‘The boos are deserved. It was a terrible, terrible performance, very disjointed, no defending in sight, [Emery] changed his system three times – he’s not doing himself any favours,’ Adams told BT Sport.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want any coach losing his job but the club’s not going forward, it’s not progressing. The recruitment has been really poor. We got rid of Koscielny – our best player – he had to go last year & Ramsey, we lost. The team is evidently weaker because of it.‘I could put a team together that is more organised than that. There’s no one going out there to keep clean sheets, I can’t see a clean sheet in sight. When you’re giving the opposition team at the Emirates 20 chances on your goal, you’re never going to keep clean sheets’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEarlier, Adams claimed Emery could lose his job due to Spurs’ decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham sacked the Argentine and replaced him with Jose Mourinho earlier this week.‘What’s happened over the other side of north London has put huge pressure on this guy, they’ve made a significant change,’ said Adams.MORE: Unai Emery claims Arsenal played their best football of the season vs Southampton Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Nov 2019 5:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link209Shares Unai Emery admits he understands supporters’ frustrations (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Tony Adams tore into Unai Emery after the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Southampton and says the side are paying the price for losing Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey.Alexandre Lacazette grabbed his second of the game in injury time to ensure Arsenal got a point from the Saints but there were chants of ‘Emery out’ at the full-time whistle.The draw means Arsenal have won just one of their last seven league matches and Emery admitted afterwards that he understands supporters’ frustrations.But that didn’t appease Adams, who says fans were right to boo his former club off the pitch.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Bill Prohibiting State from Contracting with Businesses that Boycott Israel

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Bill Prohibiting State from Contracting with Businesses that Boycott Israel November 04, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 2107, sponsored by Representative Matt Baker, which prohibits the commonwealth from contracting with any company or organization that engages in an economic boycott against Israel. The movement to engage in these kinds of boycotts, called Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BSD, has actively encouraged boycotts in place of peace talks to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“We must make clear that we are in favor of a peaceful, negotiated solution to this conflict and that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States, stand behind our friends and allies, and will not encourage economic punishment in place of peaceful solutions to challenging conflicts,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We, as a Commonwealth, must make sure that Pennsylvania is not contributing to a cause that is antithetical to our country’s position on the world’s stage.”I would like to commend and extend my appreciation to the General Assembly and Governor for supporting and signing this important and historic legislation into law,” said Representative Matt Baker. “This legislation makes it very clear that companies can either perform a BDS action or they can do business with Pennsylvania.  However, they cannot do both.”This law will prohibit contracting with BDS businesses, states that a purchasing agency may not contract with a company unless the company certifies that it is not currently engaged in a boycott of an entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction not prohibited by Congressional statute from engaging in trade or commerce.  Also, the entity must certify that it will not engage in such boycotting during the duration of the contract.The Department of General Services will make available a certification form that verifies a company is eligible for business, which shall be provided when registering to do business as a vendor with the commonwealth.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Total spins drill bit at Brulpadda re-entry offshore South Africa

first_imgFrench oil company Total has started drilling the Brulpadda-1AX re-entry well on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa.The beginning of drilling operations on the Brulpadda-1AX re-entry well was announced by Africa Energy Corp., which holds a 4.9% effective interest in Block 11B/12B, on Thursday, December 27. Africa Energy closed the acquisition of interest in the exploration right for Block 11B/12B earlier in December.Total is the operator and has a 45% interest in Block 11B/12B, while Qatar Petroleum and Canadian Natural Resources Limited have 25% and 20% interests, respectively.Garrett Soden, Africa Energy’s President and CEO, commented, “The Brulpadda-1AX exploration well is a world-class, basin-opening opportunity in one of the last under-explored regions offshore Africa. We look forward to drilling results in the first quarter of 2019.”Block 11B/12B is located in the Outeniqua Basin approximately 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa. The area has a proven petroleum system from the nearby Sable and Oryx oil fields. The Brulpadda Prospect is one of five similar submarine fan prospects with direct hydrocarbon indicators defined utilizing 2D seismic surveys acquired across the Paddavissie Fairway in 2001 and 2005. The Brulpadda Prospect has gross prospective resources of more than 500 million barrels with significant followon potential in the success case.The Brulpadda-1AX exploration well is being drilled in 1,432 meters of water by the Odfjell Drilling-owned Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig to a total depth of 3,420 meters subsea.According to Africa Energy, the well will test the oil potential in a mid-Cretaceous aged deep marine fan sandstone system within combined stratigraphic/structural closure. Drilling and evaluation of the well is expected to take approximately 85 days with a gross budget of approximately $154 million, including contingency for downtime due to weather.last_img read more

Proserv launches two new facilities

first_imgProserv Posted: 3 months ago “Both Service Centres of Excellence in Abu Dhabi and Cumbernauld offer dedicated, larger spaces to support our clients’ needs. We made our commitment to these facilities before the pandemic arrived, and our team has skilfully harnessed their dynamic designs to make them safe and entirely fit for purpose within the current requirement for socially distanced work environments, with reduced physical contact. Proserv subsea controls for IOG North Sea development “This investment in a new site in Abu Dhabi strengthens our ability to support the operation and maintenance of a broad spectrum of Proserv legacy brand equipment that is located in the Middle East, as well as supply newly designed hydraulic and electrical control systems. Project & Tenders “Both locations provide dedicated factory acceptance testing (FAT) studios, which currently also have the flexibility to carry these out remotely for our customers, via live video conferencing links. Similarly, once life returns to normal, these new sites will then transition very smoothly back to their original plans. But, moreover, they give us the necessary scale and size to ramp up our expanding activities and enhance our efficiencies even further.” “Our improved Centre of Excellence will further allow us to continue to deliver rapid, locally based expertise to our valued customers, who include some of the region’s biggest operators.” Despite the on-going global challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Aberdeen based firm has proactively pursued the establishment of the new sites in recent months as it continues to win significant orders amid the general slowdown.center_img Categories: Proserv Controls has formally unveiled two new facilities in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi and Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland. The Mussafah site delivers a wide range of Proserv’s service and production capabilities including the build, repair and upgrade of all brands of hydraulic control systems, pressure testing facilities, as well as the provision of the firm’s bespoke AEGIS maintenance optimisation solution and remote asset monitoring. Proserv Controls’ new facility in Abu Dhabi is an upgrade on its previous base in the city, boasting a dedicated service workshop of more than 1,000 square metres, 400 square metres of office space and encompassing a total footprint of almost 3,000 square metres. The firm’s Abu Dhabi GM, Angus Rodger, said: Michael Purkiss, Proserv’s vice president, Services stated, Posted: 3 months agolast_img read more

ICT should become part of schools syllabus

first_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimary ICT should become part of schools syllabus by: – January 23, 2012 Share 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Hon. Kelver Darroux. Photo credit: GIS NewsJunior Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Information Technology Kelver Darroux is calling for the inclusion of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the schools syllabus.Darroux said ICT should be introduced to children from very tender ages.“It has to be incorporated at the soonest possible time. In fact moving forward the government is looking at formulating a policy geared towards universal access to early childhood education. Even at this tender age, the young ones can go on the computer, maneuver things on the computer…” he said.Darroux said government also wants to see an improvement in the use of ICT at the primary school level.“That is why we have trained teachers of primary and secondary school so they can now pass the knowledge on the students. By the time these students reach high school and college levels, they will have an idea already,’ he said.He said ICT is more than just typing a letter or sending an email.“It is more than that. To be able to get the fullest potential out of children, we have to ensure that they receive early training at the soonest possible time. We remain committed to the sector and we will ensure that what has to be done will be done so we can reap the benefits from this sector,” Darroux explained.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more