Christine Baranski & Cynthia Nixon Will Play Sisters in Downton Abbey Mastermind’s New HBO Drama The Gilded Age

first_imgSo excited to work with the great Christine Baranski again (36 years later!)#DowntownAbbey creator Julian Fellowes’ HBO drama #theGildedAge.— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 26, 2019 They have four Tony Awards and three Emmy Awards between the two of them, and now they will be playing sisters! According to TVLine, stage-and-screen greats Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon are teaming up to appear in HBO’s The Gilded Age. The series comes from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, who will write and executive produce; the story will center on the orphaned daughter of a Southern general who moves in with her aunts in 1880s New York City and is thrust into high society.Baranski, who will play stubborn aristocrat Agnes van Rhijn in the series, was last seen on the Great White Way in Boeing-Boeing. She has Tony Awards for her performances in Rumors and The Real Thing, also alongside Nixon. Her additional Broadway credits include Nick & Nora, The House of Blue Leaves, Hurlyburly and Hide and Seek. Baranski has an Emmy Award for Cybill.Nixon will play Baranski’s character’s sister Ava Brook, who is forced to rely on her sister’s charity. She has an Emmy Award for her iconic role as Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s hit series Sex and the City. Nixon garnered Tony Awards for her performances in The Little Foxes and Rabbit Hole. In addition to her turn in The Real Thing alongside Baranski, she has appeared on Broadway in Wit, The Women, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Indiscretions, Angels in America, The Heidi Chronicles, Hurlyburly and The Philadelphia Story.The cast will also include Broadway alums Amanda Peet and Morgan Spector. A timeline for this series will be announced at a later date.Check out Nixon’s fun throwback Tweet about the news! Christine Baranski & Cynthia Nixon(Photos: Emilio Madrid for View Commentscenter_img Star Files Cynthia Nixonlast_img read more

Food security for low-income Vermonters on the line in Farm Bill squabble

first_imgby Alicia Freese May 30, 2013 Competing farm bills in Congress could reduce food assistance for some low-income Vermonters and knock others off the program altogether, hunger advocates were told Thursday in Randolph Center.Senator Patrick Leahy’s office and Vermont’s Department of Children and Families briefed nearly 100 food-security advocates at Vermont Technical College on what the 2013 Farm Bill will mean for Vermont’s food assistance program.From left, DCF Deputy Commissioner Richard Giddings, Hunger Free Vermont program director Dorigen Keeney and Chris Saunders, a staff person for Sen. Patrick Leahy, field questions from a group of food advocates Thursday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDggerVermont receives about $12 million a month from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly referred to as food stamps. 3Squares VT is the state program charged with disbursing these funds, which benefit roughly 101,000 Vermonters on a monthly basis.The federal legislation is still in flux ‘the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have passed different bills, and a lot hinges on how the two versions are reconciled. Both, however, contain cuts to SNAP.The Senate bill cuts $4.1 billion nationwide over the next decade. The House version is more draconian ‘it cuts roughly five times that amount. Floor debate on the bill began in the Senate last week; both chambers will continue to debate the legislation during the month of June. If Congress fails to pass a new Farm Bill, the SNAP program will stay intact.The speeches at the annual 3SquaresVT Outreach Conference on Thursday were part policy briefings, and part call-to-arms. Among the audience members were staff from veterans’organizations, shelters, senior centers, community action groups, schools, farmers markets and government departments.Dorigen Keeney, program director for Hunger Free Vermont, urged the advocates to push Vermont’s congressional delegation to preserve funding for 3SquaresVT.‘SNAP is being used as the punching bag to score political points in Washington.’Dorigen Keeney, Hunger Free Vermont ‘SNAP is being used as the punching bag to score political points in Washington,’Keeney said. ‘Last year, Sen. Leahy used your stories when he defended cuts to SNAP on the Senate floor. â ¦ He needs more of your stories now.’On top of the potential cuts embedded in the Farm Bill, states will see an across-the-board reduction in SNAP dollars Nov. 1, when American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for the program is terminated. As a result, Patricia Duda, the food and nutrition director for DCF, estimates a family of three in Vermont will see their monthly grant drop by $30 to $40.The federal sequester does not impact SNAP.Leahy supports the Senate Farm Bill. He released a statement earlier this month saying, ‘I am disappointed that this mark once again includes $4 billion in cuts to the SNAP program, which will predominately come from Northeastern states. I understand these cuts represent a compromise on behalf of the chairwoman, and they are certainly far more reasonable than the draft House mark, which includes $20 billion in food assistance reductions.’Chris Saunders, a staff member from Leahy’s office, gave a scathing assessment of the House version at the gathering of food advocates. ‘We believe they are trying to balance the budget on the backs of low-income folks.’DCF officials aren’t pleased about the cuts in either bill, but they agree the Senate version is ‘not as toxic.’The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that almost 2 million people will lose their benefits if the House version is passed. DCF officials say they aren’t sure yet how many Vermont households are at stake, but the deputy commissioner of DCF, Richard Giddings, said the impact would be ‘huge.’The House bill eliminates ‘categorical eligibility,’a policy some states, including Vermont, have adopted to allow families to qualify for food assistance even if their gross income falls above the normal cutoff. In Vermont, for instance, people can qualify for food stamps if they receive Reach Up or the Earned Income Tax Credit. This has allowed the state to distribute SNAP money to families with incomes at 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) instead of using the federal standard, which is 130 percent of the FPL.Duda, who describes categorical eligibility as ‘one of the greatest things that’s happened’in the program for reducing food insecurity, predicted, ‘a lot of people that are eligible now simply won’t be because their resources are going to be subject our review.’The number of people receiving food assistance has skyrocketed at both the state and national level in recent years. In 2008, there were only about 55,000 people on 3Squares. That increase was driven by the economic downturn and the state’s decision to loosen eligibility standards.Both the Senate and the House bills restrict what’s known as the ‘Heat and Eat’provision. If a family on 3Squares also gets fuel assistance, it automatically qualifies for a utility allowance, which increases the amount of food assistance they qualify for. Vermont is one of a host of states that doles out miniscule fuels benefits ‘think $3 a month ‘so families can get this allowance. The Senate bill would make the minimum fuel benefit $10 dollars; the House raises it to $20.That will force states to choose between increasing the fuel benefit for these families and watching other benefits for these families drop.Saunders said Leahy is confident the state can offset the benefit cuts that accompany the Senate bill.‘We believe that the state will step up, and if the threshold has to be put it in place, it will meet that threshold,’Saunders said.Giddings said the governor’s office has asked his department to calculate how much it would cost for the state to pay those additional LIHEAP dollars. DCF doesn’t have firm figures yet, but Giddings gave an off-the-cuff approximation. Increasing the LIHEAP benefit to $10 for the 28,000 families that receive a smaller benefit would cost the state between $300,000 and $400,000. But, Giddings pointed out, it would allow Vermont to hold onto the $5 million to $6 million in federal funds that brings.‘Our department is committed to maintaining what we have and trying to figure out what would the governor potentially need to add back. But we don’t know yet where they are going to end up,’Giddings said.last_img read more

Want to serve on a Bar committee?

first_img Want to serve on a Bar committee? Preference forms are now abailable at The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the presidential term of President-elect Frank Angones will again only be available on The Florida Bar’s Web site.The forms will be posted at beginning December 1. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, and request a form to be mailed or faxed to you.To apply to serve on a Bar committee, members must fill out the committee preference form and submit it online, eliminating the need to mail or fax in the completed form. The preference form is presented in its usual Internet format and should only take a minute or two to complete and submit.The move to an electronic committee preference form saves the Bar approximately $10,000 a year.“Many of you have expressed interest in becoming more involved in the work of the Bar,” Angones said. “I can think of no better way to do that than to actively participate in committee work. Although service on a Bar committee is a time-consuming and demanding responsibility, it is one of the most rewarding experiences an attorney can have.”Angones said there are many, though limited, opportunities to serve on committees and often there are too many applicants for certain committees and not enough for others. He encourages applicants to select in order of preference the committees they would like to serve on.“There are several factors which I will consider in making appointments to any committee of The Florida Bar,” Angones said. “Among the criteria are prior service to The Florida Bar and to voluntary bars, whether you have previously had an opportunity to serve on a committee, the need for new members to serve, and diversity in all forms, including gender, ethnicity, geography, and area of practice.”He said in the event a lawyer is currently serving or has previously served on a committee, the level of prior participation, the substance of contribution, and the evaluation of the committee chair will be considered.There are roughly 500 appointments to be made, and typically the Bar receives about 5,000 requests.If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check the Bar’s Web site at to determine when your term expires. If your term expires in 2007, you must complete a new form to be considered for reappointment. If you are not currently on a standing committee and wish to be appointed, complete the form and return it prior to January 16, 2007. If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you also must complete and return the form by January 16, 2007, to retain membership on that committee.“I encourage you to apply for committee membership, which I can tell you from my own experience is both enjoyable and personally rewarding,” he said. “The Florida Bar cannot function without your service and commitment.” Want to serve on a Bar committee? December 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Adorno & Yoss participates in the Fourth Annual Service Juris Day

first_img JULIE FEIGELES AND TAMYKO THOMAS were among 25 Adorno & Yoss employees and their families who participated in the Fourth Annual Service Juris Day in Miami, hosted by Hands on Miami, at the Children’s Courthouse & Juvenile Justice Center and Miami Dade-Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Volunteers from Miami’s legal community worked together to paint walls and murals; landscaped and created serenity gardens; and assembled picnic tables and furniture in and around the campus grounds. June 1, 2009 Regular News Adorno & Yoss participates in the Fourth Annual Service Juris Daylast_img

Friends and romantic partners might make a significant difference in how shy individuals feel about themselves

first_imgPinterest Share Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img Email “Peer relationships can be beneficial to individuals generally and some work even suggests that peer relationships may be especially helpful to shy children and adolescents. Thus, we wanted to test this notion with socially withdrawn emerging adults.”The researchers surveyed 519 college students from four universities across the United States regarding their social withdrawal, relationship quality, and self-worth.Shyness and avoidance were both related to lower self-worth overall. Shy individuals desire to interact with others but experience fear and anxiety in social situations. Avoidant individuals, on the other hand, do not like to be around other people in general.Clifford and his colleagues found that having high-quality relationships with friends and romantic partners made a significant difference in how shy individuals felt about themselves. But this was not true for avoidant individuals.“There are a few takeaways from this study. First, the familiar lyric from Bill Withers’ song ‘Lean on Me’ rings true for shy emerging adults. Indeed, these individuals could use a best-friend or romantic partner as somebody to lean on,” Clifford told PsyPost.“Specifically, when these individuals have a high-quality relationship with either a best-friend or romantic partner, they tend to report higher feelings of self-worth compared to others who report lower quality relationships.”“Second, this finding does not ring true for avoidant emerging adults. These contrasting findings reinforce the notion that social withdrawal is a multifaceted construct. For example, the term ‘shyness’ need not apply to all individuals who spend time alone while in the presence of others (i.e., social withdrawal),” Clifford said.The study — like all research — includes some caveats.“Additional work is needed before we can infer causal relations amongst these constructs. However, now that these findings are present in child, adolescent, and emerging adult samples, the next step is to examine this question longitudinally. This step would help answer the question of how peer relationships impact shy individual’s feelings of self-worth over time,” Clifford said.The study, “Somebody to Lean On: The Moderating Effect of Relationships on Links Between Social Withdrawal and Self-Worth“, was authored by Brandon N. Clifford and Larry J. Nelson. Shy emerging adults appear to benefit from having a high-quality relationship with a best friend or romantic partner, according to a new study published in the Journal of Relationships Research.But the research also indicates that not all socially withdrawn individuals benefit from these types of relationships.“Much of my interest in this topic stemmed from the question of what conditions best help socially withdrawn individuals avoid difficulties that they frequently experience (i.e., increased anxiety, depression, peer problems, lower self-concept),” said study author Brandon N. Clifford of Arizona State University.last_img read more

Airgas’ shareholders promised cash dividend on New Year’s Eve

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BW Offshore Wins Extension Contract for FPSO Sendje Berge

first_imgBW Offshore has signed an interim agreement for a six year extension for FPSO Sendje Berge with Addax Petroleum Exploration Ltd, an affiliate of the Sinopec Group.The firm period has been extended to Q1 2018, with options until Q1 2020. The agreement secures operational continuity while awaiting final contract approval by Nigerian authorities.BW Offshore is a leading global provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry. It is the world’s second largest contractor with a fleet of 14 FPSOs and 1 FSO represented in all major oil regions world-wide.BW Offshore, March 25, 2014last_img

MoJ review on separate budgets for criminal and civil legal aid

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has announced a review of the way the £2bn legal aid budget is delivered which could see separate civil and criminal funds run by different bodies. The review came as legal aid lawyers warned that firms providing social welfare work are at risk of collapse because of the ‘artificial’ way work is being distributed by the Legal Services Commission. Legal aid minister Lord Bach has appointed Sir Ian Magee, a former permanent secretary at the Department for Constitutional Affairs, to look at ways of optimising value for money in the way legal aid is administered. Bach said: ‘The time is right to review the channels through which legal aid is delivered. It’s 10 years since the LSC was established and there has been considerable change in the type of legal aid and services people want.’ He told the Gazette he was ‘ruling nothing out and nothing in’. However, he said he would be surprised if the LSC ceased to exist, but said it could work alongside another body, with one administering the criminal budget, and the other the civil budget. The two budgets could be ringfenced. An LSC spokesman said it would be working closely with Sir Ian to inform his review. Law Society president Robert Heslett said the legal aid system needed to be ‘reviewed urgently’. He added that the Society is conducting a review of access to justice, and it would be engaging with Magee’s review. Meanwhile, Chancery Lane has warned that the LSC’s policy of capping the number of new social welfare cases or ‘matter starts’ that a firm can take on could cause some firms to collapse. Richard Miller, Law Society head of legal aid, said he had been receiving calls from solicitors who had already exceeded their annual allocation of new social welfare matter starts, particularly in the Midlands. Firms will not receive their next allocation until the new civil contract next October. Miller said firms could be forced to lay off staff or close departments and will be experiencing major cashflow problems ‘that could be fatal’. ‘The overall effect will damage the supply of social welfare advice to vulnerable clients, to which Lord Bach has shown so much commitment,’ he said. Nicola Mackintosh of legal aid firm Mackintosh Duncan questioned why the LSC was ‘artificially limiting the number of clients who can get access to justice’ by allocating firms only a set number of new cases. The LSC spokesman said it would look to reallocate any surplus matter starts from firms not likely to use all of theirs, but its budget was reaching its limit and it could not expand the overall number of cases.last_img read more

Liebherr lift powers through

first_imgWasel used its own 500-tonne capacity 1500-8., and mobilised an identical crane model from Cologne-based crane rental company HKV Schmitz + Partner, to shorten two 138 m tall electricity pylons, so that their mastheads could be rebuilt.The two cranes had to work in unison, on opposite sides of the river, said Liebherr. Before dismantling the upper crossbeams, the transmission lines were simultaneously detached from both masts and lowered to a height of roughly 50 m, where they were temporarily suspended on the masts’ framework. Shipping traffic on the river was completely suspended during this phase of the project.Over the course of two days industrial climbers and crane crews dismantled the old mastheads and steel framework, before erecting new mastheads standing 100 m tall.”The corner posts of the masts had significantly more mass than the calculations predicted,” said Björn Kröger, project manager at Amprion. “Nevertheless, all lifts proceeded as planned, only the burn-through of the steel structure took more time than expected.”  www.liebherr.comwww.wasel-krane.delast_img read more