Prepare for retirement with a balancing act

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Gov. Wolf: CARES Act Funding Now Available to Museums and Cultural Organizations

first_img June 26, 2020 Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $20 million in grant funding for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order.The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved the program guidelines for the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program, which is funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).“As Pennsylvanians stayed home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth, our museums and cultural centers lost not just patronage, but revenue,” said Gov. Wolf. “As these organizations are so critical to maintaining community culture and safeguarding our history, it is imperative that we allocate the funding they need to continue their operations.”Eligible cultural organizations or museums must be one of the following categories to be eligible for funding through the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program:Children’s MuseumGeneral Museum with at least two equally significant disciplinesHistory Museum or Historical SiteMilitary or Maritime MuseumNatural History MuseumAccredited ZooPlanetariumScience and Technology CenterOrchestraArt MuseumPerforming Arts OrganizationThe minimum amount of grant funding will be $25,000 to a maximum of $500,000. Funds may be used to offset lost revenue for eligible cultural organizations and museums that were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure. Funds cannot be used to offset revenue which has already been offset from other sources, including philanthropic and federal, state and local government sources. Additional eligibility requirements and program details can be found in the program guidelines.Applications will be accepted between June 29, 2020, and July 31, 2020, through the online Electronic Single Application for Assistance, www.esa.dced.state.pa.us.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf: CARES Act Funding Now Available to Museums and Cultural Organizationscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Off-the-plan property appeals to Melbourne couple

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMelbourne residents Doug and Claire Owens have bought an off-the-plan property at Robina’s $170 million Vue Terrace Homes development. Not only will it serve as a smart investment but a comfortable place for them to retire.Mr Owens, who is a finance broker, had owned several investment properties in Melbourne but said it was becoming too expensive. “I looked at investing in Melbourne again but the price for properties was too prohibitive and the return on investment just wasn’t there,” he said.“I looked at Tassie but felt it was starting to get too expensive, and the Gold Coast has always been somewhere I would like to retire so it made sense to consider a property suitable as an investment now and a place to live in the future.”The couple were among the first buyers to settle at the Robina development when stage one was completed this month.The fourth and final stage of the residential project, which is being developed by Robina Group, is now selling with prices starting at $635,000.Robina Group sales manager Azura Griffen said the modern design and central location at the heart of Robina’s education and transport hub was attracting buyers.A sales and display centre is open from 10am to 5pm every day on the corner of East Lane and Stadium Drive. Robina’s master-planned residential community, the $170 million Vue Terrace Homes, is located at the heart of Robina’s education and transport hub, making it an ideal location for students and families. Photos: SUPPLIEDSky-high prices in southern states prompted a Melbourne couple to look further north for an investment property.Doug and Claire Owens had their long-term future in mind when they decided to buy an off-the-plan property at Robina’s $170 million Vue Terrace Homes development.last_img read more

RRS Sir David Attenborough Hits The Water

first_imgUK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, was launched on Saturday at the Cammell Laird’s shipyard.The 129-metre long, 10,000 tonne hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough was launched into the River Mersey for the first time. Once in the river, tugs towed hull number 1390 to Cammell Laird’s wet basin for the next stages of construction.The polar research ship, scheduled to come into operation in 2019, is commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation), built by Cammell Laird and will be operated by British Antarctic Survey.Shipyard workers, engineers, scientists and maritime industry experts gathered with special guest speakers, including world-renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, to celebrate the launch, the company noted.Special guest Sir David Attenborough said: “Britain began exploring the Antarctic over a century ago when it seemed to be an empty wilderness of little importance to the world as a whole. Now we recognize that what happens at the Poles is of the greatest importance to everyone, everywhere.“The UK and the British Antarctic Survey have been making discoveries in both regions that enable us to better understand these global processes and this wonderful new research ship will enable British scientists to continue their crucial work in both the Arctic and Antarctic for decades to come.”Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE, added: “The launch of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is a really important milestone in the build programme, and it is a great day for the Cammell Laird team. We have said that this Cammell Laird generation is proud of its heritage and is determined make its own history, and the launch of Sir David Attenborough polar research ship underpins this commitment and ambition. “I want to thank NERC, British Antarctic Survey, Rolls Royce, Lloyds Register, Houlder Offshore and the entire supply chain for their commitment and support.  This is one team, ‘team UK’ working in partnership to deliver a unique ship with unique capabilities and capacity. I also want to thank our workforce and their families as well as Wirral Borough Council, the Rt Hon Frank Field and all in the community who have supported Cammell Laird on our journey to date. We are now back in the premier league of the shipbuilding world, it has been a herculean effort by all to get here, this launch raises the brand profile and as a result provides increased global recognition, which bodes well for the future.”last_img read more

Joyce Marie Young

first_imgJoyce Marie Young, age 74 of Greendale, Indiana passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.  The daughter of Glenn and Dorothy (Green) Randall was born on August 27, 1944 in Lawrenceburg.Joyce was a homemaker and a member of the Aurora Church of Christ.  She loved the outdoors and caring for her flowers.  Joyce and James loved to go fishing together too.  She was always caring for her nieces and nephews and enjoyed spoiling them all.  She will be missed by many friends and family.She is survived by her husband James E. Young; son Randall Lee Young; siblings, Bonnie Laird (companion Tom Hamilton), Rida Gregory (John), Kay Cartwright (Vernon), Libby Hussong (Wilford), and Russell Randall (Violet).In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Nelson, Teddy, Leroy and Dale Randall along with sisters Debbie Baker, Patsy Randall, Shirley Randall and Sandy Randall.Cremation was chosen by the family.  A Celebration of Life will be Monday November 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 followed by as memorial service at 6:00.  All at Greendale Church of Christ.  Memorials may be given to the church.  Burial will be at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Aurora, IN.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Virat Kohli begins 2019 as World’s No. 1 Test batsman

first_imgDubai: India captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada have maintained their top positions in the ICC Test Player rankings which was announced on Monday.Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson, according to an ICC’s statement.Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all. Kohli overtook Steven Smith in August and has now held the top position for 135 days.Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary.Rabada, who became the youngest to take top position among bowlers during the year and held the spot for 178 days during the year, grabbed six wickets in the opening match at Centurion that South Africa won by six wickets to finish with 52 wickets in 10 Tests in 2018.Kohli’s compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara has maintained the fourth position after a first-innings century in Melbourne, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gained 10 slots to reach a career-best 38th position.Debutant opener Mayank Agarwal has entered the batsmen’s list at an impressive 67th place after scores of 76 and 42 that helped his side win by 137 runs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th after his match haul of nine for 86, the best-ever by an India seam bowler in Australia. He is now the highest-ranked India fast bowler in the format with Mohammed Shami next in 23rd position.For Australia, Pat Cummins has been the pick, gaining five slots to reach a career-best third position after finishing with nine wickets in the match. He has also gained 13 slots to reach 91st place among batsmen with some useful runs down the order. Travis Head (up seven places to 56th) has also benefitted in the latest rankings update.New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Trent Boult’s nine wickets in the match have helped him gain seven slots to reach the seventh position while Tim Southee (up two places to ninth) and Neil Wagner (up one place to 15th) have also moved up.Century-makers at Christchurch, Henry Nicholls (up two places to seventh) and Tom Latham (up eight places to 14th), and Jeet Raval (up two places to 35th) have also gained in the latest rankings update.For South Africa, former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 11th place) and Temba Bavuma (up four places to 31st) have gained among batsmen while fast bowler Duanne Olivier has gained 17 places to reach 36th position after his player of the match effort of 11 wickets.Pakistan’s Babar Azam has gained nine slots to reach 27th position after innings of 71 and six while left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (up two places to 34th) and Shaheen Afridi (up 38 places to 73rd) have advanced after taking four and five wickets in Centurion.Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa to take third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after starting the series against Sri Lanka with a chance of going up to the second position with a 2-0 win. IANS Also Read: Virat Kohli is an inspiring leader, says Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

FIFA to clamp down on mobbing of refs at Confederations Cup

first_img(REUTERS) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA promised yesterday to take steps to stop what it called the mobbing of referees during the Confederations Cup in Russia this month as part of its so-called “play fair” initiative.FIFA formally launched the initiative jointly with the game’s law-making body IFAB yesterday as part of a strategy “focusing on improving fairness and the image of the game,” it said in a statement.Football is often compared unfavourably to other sports because of the behaviour of the players.Remonstrating with referees and surrounding match officials to protest decisions, known as “mobbing”, is common, along with play-acting, time-wasting and other forms of gamesmanship.YouTube has a number of clips of referees being attacked or chased off the pitch by irate players.“Referees, players, coaches and fans all agree that improving player behaviour and respect for all participants (and especially match officials), increasing playing time and the game’s fairness and attractiveness must be football’s main priority,” IFAB technical director David Elleray said.At the same time, FIFA technical director Marco van Basten told a news conference in St Petersburg that mobbing would be one of FIFA’s first targets during the Confederations Cup.Referees had also been instructed to be more accurate in adding time for major delays such as injuries and substitutions and to prevent more time-wasting, van Basten said.One of the most common time-wasting tactics used by teams holding a narrow lead is for a player to be substituted and then leave the field slowly, stopping to shake hands with opponents and match officials along the way.“The ‘play fair’ initiative is a plan for football,” said van Basten. “This strategy aims to promote fairness and integrity, ensure the game is accessible to everyone and optimise the use of technology.”The Confederations Cup, featuring the champions of the six continental confederations plus the World Cup hosts and defending champions, will be held in Russia from June 17 to July 2.last_img read more

Best U-20 teams on show in tonight’s LIMACOL Final

first_imgTHE best two youth teams in the district will lock horns this evening with the winners carting off the bragging rights and the trophy for the 2019 LIMACOL tournament.Santos U-20 will play their Fruta Conquerors opponents for the title of LIMACOL 2019 champions and both captains were at a press conference on Tuesday.Earlier in the week, Santos captain Marcus Wilson said, “Sunday we know we have to get this complete. We know it won’t be an easy match but we know that if we only lapse they will have us. We just want to come focussed on the game.”He said his players are charged and ready for action.His opposing number, Nicholas McArthur contended, “We just need to come out and train and play hard. Everyone knows what he has to do. We have a game plan. The strength of the team is there.”McArthur confirmed that his players are fit and ready for the final.Opening the proceedings was Petra co-Director Troy Mendonca who said, “We have a grand final scheduled for Sunday evening. I classified this as the young grudge match of the decade. “He continued, “They would have recently met in the U-20 GFF tournament where they beat each other once and this game will decide the best U-20 team.”Today’s final will be preceded by the third-place playoff between Pele and Riddim Squadlast_img read more

More than 1,000 fans shrug off virus concerns to attend match in Belarus

first_imgBREST, Belarus (Reuters) – More than 1,000 soccer fans cheered, chanted and hugged each other as they attended a Belarusian top-flight league match on Sunday despite calls from a growing number of supporters to boycott games due to the coronavirus pandemic.Belarus is the only country in Europe still playing a national soccer league, making it an unlikely draw for fans overseas who are starved of matches in their own countries.In choosing to stay open, the league took its cue from President Alexander Lukashenko, who has resisted imposing strict lockdown measures and variously prescribed remedies like drinking vodka or driving tractors to fight the pandemic.Many fans have chosen to stay away, but more than 1,000 attended the clash between FC Dynamo Brest and Isloch Minsk, one of three games played in the top-flight Vysshaya Liga on Sunday. Only a relatively small number were seen wearing masks.Defending champions Brest won 3-1 to go third in the standings after four matches.The club earlier launched an innovative solution to dwindling match attendance numbers — putting mannequins with cut-out photographs of fans into the stands.Belarus currently has 2,919 reported cases with 29 deaths from the new coronavirus.The World Health Organisation has urged the Belarus authorities to introduce tighter measures to contain the coronavirus, saying on Saturday that the pandemic was entering a “concerning” new phase in the country.Lukashenko dismissed fears about the virus as a “psychosis” and said it was more important to keep the economy going.last_img read more

Creators share exclusive projects at live magazine show

first_imgSaturday night’s show ended with filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s story of a man she’d had a raging crush on in high school but who barely knew she existed, culminating with her sitting down with him 20 years later and reading him a poem that she wrote him. Aldarondo’s willingness to revisit the depths of her lonely, awkward teenage years and reflect on her growth and maturation made for a rather poignant ending when her husband joined her onstage.  The fact that no Pop-Up Magazine show is recorded lends an ephemeral, fleeting quality to the performances which is what live theater  should be all about. Audiences walk out knowing they’ve witnessed something special, something they won’t be able to revisit later on YouTube. The only way you can relive it is to talk about it with others who were there with you — and that’s the purpose of any magazine, no matter the medium. Pop-Up Magazine is a project that started in 2009 as a side hobby of Douglas McGray, Lauren Smith, Derek Fagerstrom, Evan Ratliff and Maili Holiman. They wanted to find a way to bring together people from various artistic disciplines to tell stories in unconventional ways. The first show was at a small-scale theater of around 300 seats in San Francisco; since then, their audience has tripled and grown into a full-scale collaboration between people from all walks of life: writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers and illustrators.  The stories that the guests tell strike just the right balance between lighthearted and serious, entertaining and informative. That night, for example, Mexican American filmmaker Isabel Castro told the story of Scott Warren, who was arrested and put on trial for helping illegal immigrants cross the border, augmented with documentary footage she had captured while visiting the town of Ajo, Ariz. She was immediately followed by comedian Catherine Cohen, who dazzled onstage in a sequin dress and knee-high boots, belting out a dramatic cabaret performance that begged Urban Outfitters and Brandy Melville to make clothes in her size so that they could just “take her money.” There was a buzz in the air Saturday night as artsy, creative types — clad in glasses, mustard cardigans and chukka boots — gathered at The Theatre at Ace Hotel for Pop-Up Magazine’s Winter 2020 issue. As advertised in the program, it was a night filled with “cabaret, candles, crushes, dumpster diving, soap operas, small talk, town halls, homecomings, new jobs, and more!”  Many of the performers opt to tell personal stories from the heart. Artist Diana Markosian hired actors to recreate her turbulent childhood in Russia and Santa Barbara; rapper Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira ruminated on his time as a member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office; artist and filmmaker Jon-Sesrie Goff delved into the deep, layered history of a plot of land in South Carolina he would one day inherit; and painter Esther Pearl Watson animated her own art to tell the story of her dad’s obsession with building a UFO, with beautiful abstract brushstrokes rendering the neighborhood in Texas where she grew up.  Pop-Up Magazine’s executive editor Anita Badejo (left) and producer Anna Martin (right) kick off the live magazine’s Winter 2020 issue at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Erin Brethauer) But there is plenty of playful merriment to lighten the mood as well. Illustrator Liana Finck, who regularly contributes cartoons to The New Yorker, presented a short animated video exploring the disparities between what people say and what they really mean — a premise rich in humor. A story written by comedian Jo Firestone, who, unfortunately, was sick at home and unable to perform, was performed by podcast host Rose Eveleth with grace and aplomb. Eveleth instilled her story, about the power of scented candles to instantly transport you to a specific moment in time, with just the right amount of fun and whimsy.  In a typical Pop-Up Magazine show, a series of guests perform new, mostly reported stories, accompanied by videos or animations and a live original score courtesy of Magik*Magik Orchestra. After the show, performers and audience members are encouraged to mingle and rub elbows. Recording is strictly prohibited; unlike most shows nowadays that are filmed for posterity and later posted online, not a single Pop-Up Magazine show is ever documented, so if you miss it, you miss it. Past contributors have included author Michael Pollan, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, comedian Kumail Nanjiani and chef Samin Nosrat.last_img read more