Go Into the Woods with Meryl Streep! First Look at the New Movie Poster

first_imgIf you’re like us, you’ve been counting down the days until Into the Woods finally hits the big screen this Christmas. There’s still quite a few weeks left, but this awesome new poster is making the wait a little easier! The eerie and gorgeous new poster for the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s hit musical features Streep looking witchy with gnarled hands and long, fake nails. We can’t wait! In addition to Streep, the musical will star James Corden, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Billy Magnussen and more. See you on December 25 in the Woods! View Commentslast_img read more

Statewide fund launches for business flood relief

first_imgThe devastation from Tropical Storm Irene is evident throughout Vermont, from flood-blasted bridges to wrecked roadways to mud-crusted houses. But it’s the impact on small local businesses that got Todd Bailey motivated to create a statewide relief fund. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund, administered by Central Vermont Community Action, will raise funds to help affected business owners get their doors open quickly. Donations can be made online or by check (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) and fellow businesses in unaffected areas of the state and around country will be holding fundraising events to support the effort. Bailey, a Montpelier communications professional at KSE Partners, has partnered with local organizations to launch the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund. Central Vermont Community Action Council will be acting as the fiscal agent, accepting these donations and providing the grant funds to businesses. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund will be focused on raising funds to support small businesses affected by the flooding. Funds raised will be disbursed as cash grants, designed to help businesses keep operating through the immediate aftermath and storm clean-up. Bailey explains the rationale: ‘ Small businesses all over the state are digging out. They are paying employees to clean up and rebuild ‘ and in the meantime, no money is coming in. A short-term grant can be a lifeline for a local store ‘ and we need our businesses ready to go for the critical tourist season.’ Bailey launched a similar effort in Montpelier after the late May flooding damaged inventory and equipment for many downtown businesses.  His grassroots fundraising effort ‘ begun with a ‘boot-filling’ on the State House lawn ‘ ultimately raised $27,000.  Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, echoed the need for these funds. ‘Many small and micro businesses do not have the ready cash to carry them through a disaster, and it can take a while before loans are made available. This kind of support can be an excellent way to fill the gaps and keep small businesses in downtowns and village centers intact. We’re proud to partner on this statewide effort.’ Donation information can be found athttp://www.vtirenefund.org/(link is external). Businesses will be able to apply for fund relief, and a statewide review team will review applications and make grants available as quickly as possible. About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief FundThe Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has been founded by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey to raise funds for small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August, 2011. All funds raised will be donated to help Vermont businesses come back from damage or losses sustained. www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)About Central Vermont Community Action CouncilFounded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external) Montpelier, VT ‘ September 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Komnas HAM gathers reports on alleged sexual assault in Depok catholic church

first_imgThe National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has opened a complaint service at St. Herkulanus Church in Depok, West Java, following reports of sexual assault against dozens of altar boys by their mentor Syahril Parlindungan.“Komnas HAM opened the service last week to gather as much information as possible from victims, their parents and church administrators regarding the assault,” the alleged victims’ attorney Azas Tigor Nainggolan said on Thursday.He added that Komnas HAM commissioner Choirul Anam would subsequently bring the information gathered through the service to the Jakarta Police to be further processed. Read also: Depok case shines light on sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic ChurchForty-two-year-old Syahril was arrested on June 14 after parents reported his suspicious behavior of kissing, hugging and putting boys on his lap, as explained by Tigor previously. Some parents also claimed that he verbally bullied the kids.At least 20 boys had reportedly come forward during an internal investigation conducted by the church administrators and parents, to say that Syahril had molested them.Tigor added that the police investigation further revealed that Syahril had been abusing altar boys aged 11 to 15 since 2002. Two out of the 21 victims had reported the incidents to the police.Police charged Syahril with violating the 2014 Child Protection Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment.Topics :last_img read more

Lionel Messi on Barcelona roster for first leg of Copa semifinal against Madrid

first_imgBut he trained Tuesday and was subsequently named to Barca’s 19-man squad to take on rival Madrid, although coach Ernesto Valverde had earlier indicated in a news conference that he would not risk Messi unless he was fully fit.”We treat every player exactly the same, some players are declared fit at the last moment and we will react exactly the same to Leo Messi as with any other player in the squad,” Valverde said.”I like to take risks when you have a cushion to fall back on. If it was the last game of the league it would be a different question. But you wouldn’t risk a player with an injury under any circumstances, Messi or anyone. Players with an injury are playing with the handbrake on.”SQUADFC Barcelona Real Madrid#CopaBarça #ElClásico pic.twitter.com/BAUCa0Xdi1— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 5, 2019Although Messi has been deemed fit enough to be on the squad, there is no place for winger Ousmane Dembele. He trained Tuesday but the visit of Madrid has come too soon for the France forward to make his return from a hamstring injury.With reserve goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen sidelined, having played throughout Barca’s run to the semifinals, Inaki Pena is included as cover for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Messi did not play in the most recent Clasico between the sides in October at Camp Nou due to an arm injury, but Barca ran out 5-1 winners regardless.25% – @FCBarcelona have lost 25% of their games without Lionel Messi this season in all competitions (2/8) compared to 7.4% with him (2/27). Essential. pic.twitter.com/cI2VetwBB6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 5, 2019 Lionel Messi has been included on the Barcelona squad that will face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.Barca’s captain had been in doubt for Wednesday’s game at Camp Nou because of an apparent thigh injury sustained in his team’s last game, a 2-2 draw at Valencia, in which Messi scored twice.last_img read more