Governor Quarantines New York Town Most Impacted By Coronavirus

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a containment area will be set up in the city of New Rochelle as Westchester County works to stop the spread of coronavirus. Schools and facilities within will be closed for two weeks, and the National Guard will deploy to this area to help support the community.Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said the area is a circle with a radius of about one mile.Starting on Thursday, facilities and schools within the area will be closed for two weeks. The National Guard will help deliver food to homes and clean public spaces in the containment area, Cuomo said, describing the plan as a “dramatic action.” This will go on through March 25.“We’ll go in, we’ll clean the schools and assess the situation,” Cuomo said. “This will be a period of disruption for the community.”Cuomo described it as a “matter of life and death.”New York is also setting up a satellite testing facility, partnering with Northwell Health, in New Rochelle, which is in Westchester County.New Rochelle is “a particular problem,” Cuomo said, adding that “the numbers have been going up, the numbers continue to go up, the numbers are going up unabated.”Cuomo stressed the shutting facilities in the area is a “dramatic action” that applies to “large congregate facilities for gatherings,” including schools and temples, but not “everything.” 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)last_img read more

Congressman Reed, Problem Solvers Caucus Support Job Protection Credit Bill

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.WASHINGTON — A bill to extend a tax credit for businesses to keep employees on the payroll and receiving benefits has picked up a key endorsement from the Problem Solvers Caucus.The Caucus officially endorsed the JOBS Credit Act, a bill that would expand the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) to provide struggling businesses with funds to keep workers on payroll and receiving benefits.According to Congressman Tom Reed, if passed, the bill could help protect nearly 60 million jobs at 6.1 million businesses by expanding the ERTC.Problem Solvers, Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D- FL) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan JOBS Credit Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation received the caucus’ endorsement after more than 75 percent of the 50-member caucus agreed to support the bill. Congressman Tom Reed. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now. 05/12/20.“As we continue to fight COVID-19, we must continue to meet the changing needs of our small businesses that are vital to our country’s economy, providing jobs and critical services to millions of Americans,” said Reed. “I am proud that the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed the JOBS Credit Act, so we can continue to enhance programs like the Employee Retention Tax Credit that will allow small businesses to pay their bills, retain their employees, and remain ready to open their doors again soon.”The bill aims to help employees keep their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters said.The JOBS Credit Act improves employee retention tax credits by replacing a higher share of an employee’s wages, increasing the amount of wages covered, and covering more businesses, supporters said. 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)last_img read more

Congress Reaches Deal Securing $900-billion For Stimulus Relief Package

first_imgCutout James Palinsad / CC BY-SA 2.0 WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders are expected to vote Monday after announcing over the weekend that they have reached a sweeping $900-billion stimulus deal to help a struggling nation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the news on Sunday in a tweet.“As the American people continue battling the coronavirus this holiday season, they will not be on their own,” McConnell said in a tweet. “Congress has just reached an agreement. We will pass another rescue package ASAP. More help is on the way.”Propelling optimism on Sunday was a Saturday night agreement on the last major obstacle to a COVID-19 economic relief package, top negotiators agreed, yet Sunday was being spent ironing out a handful of issues. All sides said a Sunday agreement appeared very likely, but it quickly became clear that another stopgap funding bill would be needed to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight.“Barring a major mishap, the Senate and House will be able to vote on final legislation as early as tonight,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.The Saturday night breakthrough involved a fight over Federal Reserve emergency powers that was resolved by Schumer and conservative Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.Aides to lawmakers in both parties said the compromise sparked a final round of negotiations.Lawmakers and aides had said it would likely require all of Sunday to finalize and draft the final agreement, which was already guaranteed to be the largest spending measure yet, combining COVID-19 relief with a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill and reams of other unrelated legislation on taxes, health, infrastructure and education.The virus relief measure was finally nearing passage amid a frightening spike in coronavirus cases and deaths and accumulating evidence that the economy was struggling.Late-breaking decisions would limit $300 per week bonus jobless benefits — one half the supplemental federal unemployment benefit provided under the CARES Act in March — to 10 weeks instead of 16 weeks as before.The direct $600 stimulus payment to most people would be half the March payment, subject to the same income limits in which an individual’s payment begins to phase out after $75,000.President Donald Trump was supportive, particularly of the push for providing more direct payments. “GET IT DONE,” he said in a late-night tweet.It would be the first significant legislative response to the pandemic since the $1.8 trillion CARES Act passed virtually unanimously.The COVID-19 legislation was held up by months of dysfunction, posturing and bad faith. But talks turned serious last week as lawmakers on both sides finally faced the deadline of acting before leaving Washington for Christmas.The measure was being added to a $1.4 trillion spending bill and combined with lots of other unfinished work, including previously stalled legislation to extend tax breaks, authorize water projects, and address the problem of surprise sky-high medical bills for out-of-network procedures.It would be virtually impossible for lawmakers to read and fully understand the sprawling legislation before a House vote. Senate action would follow.In the meantime, with a government shutdown deadline looming at midnight Sunday, lawmakers faced the reality of needing to enact another temporary spending bill — the second in as many days — to avert a shutdown of non-essential activities by federal agencies on Monday.They had not announced any plans, but such legislation quickly swept through on Friday to keep the government fully open another two days for weekend talks.Lawmakers had hoped to avoid that step, but progress slowed Saturday as Toomey pressed for the inclusion of a provision to close down Fed lending facilities.Democrats and the White House said it was too broadly worded and would have tied the hands of the incoming Biden administration, but Republicans rallied to Toomey’s position.The Fed’s emergency programs provided loans to small and mid-size businesses and bought state and local government bonds.Those bond purchases made it easier for those governments to borrow, at a time when their finances were under pressure from job losses and health costs stemming from the pandemic.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month that those programs, along with two that purchased corporate bonds, would close at the end of the year, prompting an initial objection by the Fed.Under the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law passed after the Great Recession, the Fed can only set up emergency programs with the support of the treasury secretary.Toomey said those emergency powers were designed to stabilize capital markets at the height of the pandemic this spring and were expiring at the end of the month anyway.Democrats said that Toomey was trying to limit the Fed’s ability to boost the economy, just as Biden prepared to take office.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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),$600 for NINE MONTHS of Shutdown…. Name one politician who didn’t receive a paycheck during this time….. And they think a payout of $600 of OUR tax money, given back to us is FAIR?,The 5,593 page budget-busting bill was posted online Monday afternoon, only hours before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a vote would be held.For some countries, Christmas came early: $169,739,000 to Vietnam, including $19 million to remediate dioxins (page 1476). Unspecified funds to “continue support for not-for-profit institutions of higher education in Kabul, Afghanistan that are accessible to both women and men in a coeducational environment” (page 1477). $198,323,000 to Bangladesh, including $23.5 million to support Burmese refugees and $23.3 million for “democracy programs” (page 1485). $130,265,000 to Nepal for “development and democracy programs” (page 1485). Pakistan: $15 million for “democracy programs” and $10 million for “gender programs” (page 1486). Sri Lanka: Up to $15 million “for the refurbishing of a high endurance cutter,” which is a type of patrol boat (page 1489). $505,925,000 to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to “address key factors that contribute to the migration of unaccompanied, undocumented minors to the United States” (pages 1490-1491). $461,375,000 to Colombia for programs related to counternarcotics and human rights (pages 1494-1496). $74.8 million to the “Caribbean Basin Security Initiative” (page 1498). $33 million “for democracy programs for Venezuela” (page 1498). Unspecified amount to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago “for assistance for communities in countries supporting or otherwise impacted by refugees from Venezuela” (page 1499). $132,025,000 “for assistance for Georgia” (page 1499). $453 million “for assistance for Ukraine” (page 1500).,NO MONEY TO ANY OTHER COUNTRIES NOW.PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!WE NEED TO HELP OUR OWN PEOPLE AND OUR OWN “FAMILIES” IN OUR COUNTRY FIRST.OH YES, FORGET THE SMITHSONIAN, THE KENNEDY CENTER AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART. FUNDING SUSPENDED INDEFINTELY.NO MONEY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EITHER.NO MONEY TO COUNT AMBER JACK FISH IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. INSTEAD, LET’S COUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA THAT REALLY NEED OUR HELP.ASIAN CARP: NO MONEY TO COMBAT.GIVE OUT FISHING LICENSES FOR THEM INSTEAD.NO MONEY FOR CONSTRUCTION AT FBI EITHER.TERM LIMITS FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!,Just another example of “we’ll see what’s in it once we pass it!” How absurd. And look at ALL the Pork for other countries while Americans starve and lose their homes without jobs. Members of congress should live by the same standards as other Americans. Maybe they would act more responsibly!,IMPOSE TERM LIMITS IMMEDIATELY !!!!!!!!!!,No wonder why the United States is going bankrupt while Americans are suffering job losses and evictions during the coronavirus pandemic and more individuals/families are becoming homeless while we fatten the bellies of the countries listed. Too bad that the majority of voting citizens will not be aware of those dole outs to these other countries.,NO MONEY FOR OTHER COUNTRIES !!!!!!!!!!last_img read more

F Yeah! Watch Elaine Stritch Uncensored on Today

first_imgBroadway icon Elaine Stritch is currently on a publicity tour for her no-holds-barred documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Unfortunately, when the Tony winner stopped by Today’s fourth hour February 18, we have a feeling she might have been at hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s red wine—she managed to drop the F-bomb live on air. The way we see it is that Stritch will be Stritch and at least she managed to wear pants for her morning outing! Check her out uncensored below and then go see the film, which features a slew of famous folks including Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, James Gandolfini, Alec Baldwin and Harold Prince, when it goes on limited release February 21. View Commentslast_img read more

Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Join Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 6, 2014 Hamish Linklater Brian Stokes Mitchell Lily Rabe View Comments Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) and Steel Burkhardt (Hair) are among the performers joining the previously announced Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater for the Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Jack O’Brien, the production will play June 3 through July 6. Opening night is set for June 16 at the Delacorte Theater.In addition to Rabe (Beatrice), Linklater (Benedick), Mitchell (Don Pedro) and Burkhardt (Balthasar), the cast will include Austin Durant (Friar Francis, Sexton), John Glover (Leonato), David Manis (Antonia, Verges), Kathryn Meisle (Ursula), Ismenia Mendes (Hero), John Pankow (Dogberry), Pedro Pascal (Don John), Eric Sheffer Stevens (Borachio) and Zoë Winters (Margaret). The ensemble will feature Matt Bittner, Alex Breaux, Paco Lozano and Matthew Russell.Set design will be by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Jeff Croiter, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and original music by David Yazbek. Much Ado About Nothing Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

Andrew Lloyd Webber Cheers on Sierra Boggess After Her Final Phantom Bow

first_img from $29.00 Star Files View Comments Oh, Christine! The Phantom of the Opera favorite Sierra Boggess said farewell to the Opera Populaire on September 6, when she played her final performance as Christine Daae on Broadway. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was on hand to applaud his longtime leading lady—Boggess also appeared in the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Phantom in Las Vegas and in the West End mounting of Lloyd Webber’s Phantom follow-up, Love Never Dies. While taking her final bow, Boggess tearfully accepted a yellow rose from each of her Phantom castmates at the Majestic Theatre. Bravi, bravi, bravissimi, Sierra! Related Shows The Phantom of the Opera Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: B’way Vet & Mad Men Star Bryan Batt Gets Hitched & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Jane Alexander & Erika Henningsen Board Show Boat Tony winner Jane Alexander will play Parthy with Erika Henningsen as Kim in the New York Philharmonic’s semi-staged production of Show Boat. They join the previously reported Norm Lewis, Alli Mauzey and more at Avery Fisher Hall November 5 through November 8. Don’t worry if you won’t be able to make the show—the production will be telecast on PBS (air date to be announced later). B’way Alum & Mad Men Star Bryan Batt Gets Hitched Broadway vet and Mad Men star Bryan Batt recently tied the knot with his partner Tom Cianfichi. Batt told Us Weekly: “I’ve had some good ones, but this was the best night of my life!” The wedding took place in New Orleans; guests included Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and her hubby Geoffrey Arend, The Elephant Man’s Patricia Clarkson and Tony winner Harriet Harris. Congratulations from us all at to the happy couple! Iconic Hair Cast Member Steve Curry Dead at 68 Original Hair cast member Steve Curry, who featured on the rock musical’s original artwork, below, has died at the age of 68. The New York Times reports that the cause of death was sepsis. He is survived by his wife Susan, their sons, Matthew and Andrew; a daughter, Catherine Goddard, from a previous relationship with the actress Susan Anspach; and three grandchildren. Drama League to Honor James Earl Jones You Can’t Take it With You’s James Earl Jones will be honored by the Drama League at a charity gala on February 2, 2015. The 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway revue will feature numerous stars of stage and screen paying tribute to the Great White Way’s favorite Grandpa. Learn About The Oldest Boy Interested in discovering more about the background to Sarah Ruhl’s off-Broadway play The Oldest Boy? On October 28 there will be a discussion between Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche (Tibetan Buddhist Master and Founder of Jewel Heart), Mickey Lemle and Ruhl entitled Life Imitates Life, Again and Again. Additionally, on November 4, there will be a talk by Dr. Thupten Jinpa Langri on The Story of Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism. Both enlightening events will take place at Lincoln Center Theater.last_img read more

The Heart of Robin Hood Cancels B’way Engagement Set for this Spring

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015 Related Shows The Heart of Robin Hood, which has been scheduled to begin performances on March 11 at the Marquis Theatre, will no longer play the Broadway venue. Instead, the show will extend for four additional weeks through March 29 in Toronto, where the show currently runs at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. In the play, Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, but they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John as he plots to steal his brother’s crown. In this time of chaos and fear, Marion must boldly protect the poor and convince Robin to listen to his heart if they are to save the country. The show premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2011 and played the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts in 2013, as well as Winnipeg’s Royal Manitoba Theatre last year. The Heart of Robin Hood The new take on the familiar tale was set to play a limited summer engagement through August 23 at the Marquis before On Your Feet!, the new musical from Gloria and Emilio Estefan, took the space this fall. “In light of the great reception we are getting,” said Robin Hood producer David Mirvish in a statement, “We now feel that [the show] would be better served by a venue where we had the potential to play longer than our limited run.” No plans for a future Broadway engagement have been announced.last_img read more

Lisa Joyce & More Complete the Cast for Hamlet, Starring Peter Sarsgaard

first_imgA slew of stage and screen stars complete the casting for the upcoming Classic Stage Company production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring Peter Sarsgaard in the title role. Lisa Joyce, Penelope Allen, Two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella and more will join the production, which will play a limited engagement March 27 through May 10 at CSC off-Broadway. Opening night is set for April 15. Related Shows View Comments Directed by Austin Pendleton, the show will feature scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Justin Townsend and original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery. Hamlet Joyce (Boardwalk Empire) will play Ophelia, with Allen (Richard III) as Gertrude, Spinella (Angels in America: Perestroika, Angels in America: Millenium Approaches) as Polonius, Glenn Fitzgerald (The Sixth Sense) as Laertes, Harris Yulin (Frank’s Home) as Claudius, Austin Jones (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me), Jim Broaddus (13 Rue de l’Amour) as Player King, Scott Parkinson (The Coast of Utopia) as Rosencrantz/others and Daniel Morgan Shelley (Othello) as Guildenstern/others. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015last_img read more

Memphis & Beautiful Lead Olivier Nominations

first_img BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Jon Jon Briones for Miss Saigon John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon Killian Donnelly for Memphis The Musical Brandon Victor Dixon for The Scottsboro Boys BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL Samantha Bond for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical Haydn Gwynne for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical Nicole Scherzinger for Cats Lorna Want for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical BEST ACTOR Richard Armitage for The Crucible James McAvoy for The Ruling Class Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge BEST NEW MUSICAL Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Here Lies Love Memphis The Musical Sunny Afternoon BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Gemma Arterton for Made In Dagenham Katie Brayben for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tamsin Greig for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical Beverley Knight for Memphis The Musical Nominations have been announced for the 2015 Olivier Awards, which will take place at London’s Royal Opera House on April 12 and Broadway faves had a strong showing! Memphis the Musical led the pack with nine nods, closely followed by Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which picked up eight nominations. Meanwhile, Wolf Hall, which will open on the Main Stem on April 9, garnered five nods, as did the Broadway-aimed King Charles III. BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER Jerry Mitchell for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical Annie-B Parsons for Here Lies Love Josh Prince for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Sergio Trujillo for Memphis The Musical BEST NEW PLAY King Charles III The Nether Taken At Midnight Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies BEST NEW COMEDY Handbagged The Play That Goes Wrong Shakespeare In Love BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION Benvenuto Cellini Dialogues Des Carmélites Die Frau Ohne Schatten The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg BEST ACTRESS Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra Imelda Staunton for Good People Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY Dance ‘Til Dawn Hetty Feather La Soirée BEST REVIVAL A View From The Bridge A Streetcar Named Desire The Crucible My Night With Reg Skylight BEST SOUND DESIGN Tom Gibbons for A View From The Bridge Matt McKenzie for Sunny Afternoon Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical Brian Ronan for Beautiful BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE David Calder for The Nether Richard Goulding for King Charles III John Light for Taken At Midnight Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC The Orchestra for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for Here Lies Love David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Tim Sutton and the Memphis Band for Memphis The Musical Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon The compete list of nominees is as follows: AUDIENCE AWARD Billy Elliot The Musical Jersey Boys Matilda The Musical Wicked BEST DIRECTOR Rupert Goold for King Charles III Jeremy Herrin for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies Josie Rourke for City Of Angels Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge BEST LIGHTING DESIGN Jon Clark for King Charles III Paule Constable and David Plater for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies Howard Harrison for City Of Angels Jan Versweyveld for A View From The Bridge BEST SET DESIGN Bunny Christie for Made In Dagenham Es Devlin for The Nether Rob Jones for City Of Angels Jan Versweyveld for A View From A Bridge OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE Christopher Wheeldon for The Winter’s Tale Crystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates: A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris Rocio Molina for Bosque Ardora The Elders Project as part of the Elixir Festival at Sadler’s Wells BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION 32 Rue Vandenbranden by Peeping Tom Mats Ek’s Juliet And Romeo by Royal Swedish Ballet Tabac Rouge by Compagnie Du Hanneton/James Thiérrée OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA Jonas Kaufmann for Andrea Chénier and Manon Lescaut Richard Jones for his direction of The Girl Of The Golden West, The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and Rodelinda Royal Opera House and Early Opera Company for their offsite programme at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Roundhouse Welsh National Opera Chorus for Moses Und Aron BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL Cats City Of Angels The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess Miss Saigon OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE Bull at The Maria at Young Vic Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Hampstead Downstairs Juma Sharkah for her performance in Liberian Girl at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Tanya Moodie for her performances in Intimate Apparel at Park Theatre and The House That Will Not Stand at Tricycle Theatre BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL Rolan Bell for Memphis The Musical George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon Ian McIntosh for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jason Pennycooke for Memphis The Musical BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Phoebe Fox for A View From The Bridge The Girls playing Iris for The Nether Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit Lydia Wilson for King Charles III View Comments BEST COSTUME DESIGN Rob Jones for City Of Angels Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies Paul Tazewell for Memphis The Musical Alejo Vietti for Beautiful: The Carole King Musicallast_img read more