Ben Freeman
English actor
Ben Freeman
Benedict "Ben" Freeman is an English television actor, best known for his part in ITV's Emmerdale as Scott Windsor.
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Art Notes for Dec. 22
Blue Ridge Now - about 3 years
The Arts Council of Henderson County, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, has announced the Regional Artist Project grantees for 2013-14. This grant is for artists who wish to further their professional careers through such things as purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops and other related items. A total of $4,000 were awarded to the following five artists: u Keith L. Berner, a Henderson County metal artist, received funds for purchase of a professional rolling mill, which will allow him to pursue a textured woven metal design concept. u Jennifer “Finn” Ferrell and Mike Odle, working as collaborating artists from Polk County, are receiving funds to support the creation of their unique community-based theater project based on “Firebird.” u Henderson County painter Ben Freeman will illustrate/paint a children's book that he has also authored. The final book will be availab ...
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Brevard will host 3 festivals together July 4
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
BREVARD — The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host its 41st annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4. The event coincides with the Heart of Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration and Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show. The three festivals in one in downtown Brevard will feature music, arts, crafts, food and children’s activities. The Duck Race for Kreative Kids fundraiser will take place at 5 p.m., and the fireworks extravaganza is set for 9:30 p.m. Both events will be held at Brevard College. The 41st annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase will feature more than 40 North and South Carolina artists and crafters who have been juried into the show based on their original work in jewelry, pottery, fiber, wood, metal, painting, photography and more. Artists will be on West Main Street, from the corner of O.P. Taylor’s Toy Store and White Squirrel Shop down to the Co-ed Movie Theater. Artists and crafters in this year’s showcase include David Bo ...
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Robert Greenwald: Deadline Looms: Congress Needs to Get Serious, Cut the Pentagon Budget
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Co-authored by John Amick As the New York Times reported earlier this week, leading members of the U.S. Senate are scrambling to devise a plan that averts automatic sequestration budget cuts scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 2, 2013. What remains to be seen is how any kind of deal will address a massive, wasteful $700 billion-a-year Pentagon budget and not place the bulk of deficit-reduction solutions on slashing vital programs like Social Security and Medicare. The sequestration cuts, which passed in a bipartisan effort via the Budget Control Act of 2011, require a reduction of $54.7 billion per year over the next nine years to both the Pentagon budget and non-defense spending. Cutting this amount from the Pentagon would bring its budget back to 2006 levels, hardly a time of desperation for the Pentagon and the many contractors that got fat during two wars, as Brave New Foundation's War Costs campaign has pointed out before. While the sequester would enact indiscrimin ...
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William Hartung: Pentagon Spending: Profits and Politics Trump National Security
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This week in Washington the halls of Congress have been flooded with talk about looming cuts to the Pentagon. With members of Congress floating plans to undo planned cuts (known in Congressional jargon as "sequestration") due to start in January, the lobbyists for America's weapons makers, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), have been storming the Hill to scare Congress with talk of layoffs and 'doomsday.' Meanwhile, The Pentagon's bloated budget has even become an issue in the biggest game in town, the presidential election. Mitt Romney's campaign has begun airing a series of advertisements that assert that the Obama administration's policies on Pentagon spending will eliminate tens of thousands of jobs in key states such as Ohio and Colorado. The ads follow on a summer marked by a "scare tour" waged by the arms industry and its key allies in Congress, including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The Senators traveled aroun ...
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Average pay of defense contractor CEOs is $21.5 million
The Business Journals - over 4 years
An analysis by the Project on Government Oversight found that the average compensation package of the CEO for one of the top five Pentagon contractors is about $21.5 million, Federal Times reported. Ben Freeman, an investigator for the government watchdog group, looked at the compensation packages of CEOs at Lockheed Martin Corp., The Boeing Co., General Dynamics Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Co. reported in the firms' Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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1 defense contractor exec = hundreds of workers, analysis shows
Federal Times - over 4 years
The average compensation package of the chief executive officer for one of the top five Pentagon contractors is roughly $21.5 million, according to an analysis by the Project on Government Oversight. Ben Freeman, an investigator for the government watchdog group, looked at the compensation packages of CEOs at Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrup Grumman, and Raytheon reported in the firms’ Securities [...]
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Project On Government Oversight: Road Show with Senators, Brought to You by Pentagon Contractors
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Anna Meier and Suzanne Dershowitz Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte hit the road this week in Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina to preach against looming Pentagon spending cuts. Call it the "Misinformation Road Show" brought to you by defense industry contractors. The trio of Republican senators are throwing out words like "devastating" and "draconian" to describe the potential across-the-board spending cuts, known as "sequestration." Graham even warned people in Fayetteville that "Y'all are about to get screwed if this thing happens." Ah, nothing like a little fear and loathing to rile up swing state voters. Too bad, their message mostly parrots the talking points of the major defense industry contractors. What McCain, Graham and Ayotte aren't mentioning are the record earnings by large Pentagon contractors, the exorbitant executive salaries paid at these firms, the billions of dollars lost to waste and mismanagement and the fact ...
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Project On Government Oversight: Failed Equipment, Flawed Designs Plague Lockheed Littoral Combat Ship
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
By DANA LIEBELSON Cross-posted on POGO's blog. POGO sent a letter today to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees recommending that an expensive and severely flawed variant of the Littoral Combat Ship program be eliminated. The letter comes on the heels of POGO's release of Navy documents revealing serious cracking and corrosion problems with the ship -- along with evidence of dangerous equipment failures.   The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a surface vessel commissioned to operate close to shore. It's supposed to be the jaguar of Navy ships: fast and agile, with the flexibility to both engage in surface combat with modern-day pirates, and also take down submarines and mines. There are two variants of the LCS: one built by a team led by General Dynamics, which will cost $345.8 million per ship; and the other built by a team led by Lockheed Martin, which will cost $357.5 million per ship. As we've reported, The General Dynamics LCS has some problems with corrosi ...
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Ben Freeman: Fear and Loathing In the Pentagon Budget
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Since President Obama released his FY2013 budget request on Monday, proponents of Pentagon waste and inefficiency have been working overtime.
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Ben Freeman: The Hidden Costs of Star Creep: Generals Making More in Retirement Than in Service
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Our troops need to know that in this tight fiscal climate they still have our complete support. Former top commanders raking in seven figure salaries from taxpayers while active duty soldiers bear the brunt of the cuts sends the opposite message.
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Star Creep: The Empire Strikes Back
Time Battle Land Blogs - about 5 years
The Air Force has been busy adding more generals. But the same has been happening across the Defense Department, although the overall DoD growth isn’t quite as striking as it is within the Air Force alone. In a post this afternoon on the POGO blog, my colleague Ben Freeman wrote that: Seventeen general and flag officers were scheduled [...]
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High School Roundup: Deering wins on late goal in half - Press Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Andy Murray also had two assists, and JP White and Ben Freeman added one goal apiece. YORK 2, GREELY 1: Pierce Twohig scored off a scramble in front following a corner kick 1:29 into the second overtime for the Wildcats in an opener at Cumberland
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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay freshmen settle into residence halls - Green Bay Press Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Ashwaubenon High School graduate Ben Freeman only visited UW-Green Bay once, despite the proximity, but liked the school and thought it would be a good fit. He'll be living on campus but knows there are family and friends close enough to visit
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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure in National Security - Project on Government Oversight (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Is the US government penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to spending on national security? According to panelists at an event held at the liberal-oriented Center for American Progress (CAP) yesterday, the answer was a clear yes
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Smaller size, big gains for Pelion's Pontoon - The State
Google News - over 5 years
Coach Ben Freeman said the team's coaches did not approach Pontoon about his weight gain. “I think it just happened the way it does with most kids over the summer: He got a little bigger, but he was still working hard,” Freeman said
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Ex-Emmerdale star Ben Freeman to star in Legally Blonde The Musical - Superbreak
Google News - over 5 years
Legally Blonde The Musical has announced a change of cast, with Ben Freeman and Stephen Ashfield entering the production. The actors will take up their roles of Warner Huntington III and Emmett Forrest, respectively, from Monday October 10th in front
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Dear Super Committee: Defense Contractors are ... - defpro
Google News - over 5 years
In what some are calling an "unprecedented" campaign, defense contractors as an industry bloc are fighting reductions in national security spending to preserve their place on the government gravy train. Spearheaded by the Aerospace
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Stephen Ashfield, Ben Freeman Join West End's LEGALLY BLONDE - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
From 10 October 2011 Stephen Ashfield (Emmett) and Ben Freeman (Warner), will be joining Carley Stenson (Elle Woods), Natalie Casey (Paulette) and Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) in the Olivier Award winning show Legally Blonde The Musical, ... - -
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Man dies of heroin overdose following court case delay - Watford Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Detective constable Ben Freeman, who investigated the assault, spoke at an inquest into Mr Yule's death yesterday. He said “Our first meeting was when he told me what had happened to him. I was only the third person he had told, the first person he
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ben Freeman
    THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 31
    From 29 October 2012, he takes over as Fiyero from Matt Willis in the London production of hit musical Wicked.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 28
    As of May 2009 Ben has recently been linked to former Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Biddall, who played Jessica Harris in the soap. It was reported on Sunday 6 December 2009 that Ben and Jennifer Biddall had got engaged after enjoying a whirlwind 8 month romance. On 10 September 2010 Ben married Jennifer Biddall at The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe.
    More Details Hide Details Guests at the wedding included Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale), Kieron Norfield and cast members from Dreamboats and Petticoats. The eldest of five siblings (three younger sisters and a younger brother), living in Slough, Berkshire, Freeman went to St. Bernard's Convent School (now St. Bernard's Catholic Grammar School). While at school Freeman took a part-time acting course over a school half-term holiday and was spotted by an agent, who signed him up. Freeman also trained at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead. Freeman's first role was playing Chris Longworth in children's school soap Grange Hill.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    Freeman was found not guilty of rape on 17 October 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The jury took 90 minutes to reach a unanimous not guilty verdict. Freeman bowed his head slightly as the verdict was returned, but in the public gallery, his friends and family shouted "yes" while others cried. His sister Laura, girlfriend Sophie Ladds, and godmother Susie Duguid followed him out of the court in tears. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also started crying once Mr Freeman left the court. Freeman's QC Anesta Weekes said the girl "panicked" when she realised "it was all going to come out in the photographs" and "made that dreadful choice to lie to please her parents who had beaten her up". The actor said: "I'm grateful to be vindicated by the jury's verdict and am looking forward to spending time with my family and close friends who have been enormously supportive to me over the past two years."
  • 2007
    Age 26
    In December 2007, an ITV spokesperson confirmed that Freeman would not be renewing his contract for practical reasons, as it expired at the end of 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The ITV spokesperson said: "Due to the uncertainty of the process of law and the lead times in writing a character in and out of a soap we cannot be sure of Ben’s availability for work, so we cannot renew his contract at this stage." According to the website, Freeman would like to talk to ITV about a contract renewal, after this situation is over.
    In a subsequent hearing on 6 December, his passport was returned by the judge and he was free to leave the country, subject to agreeing to return for the formal hearing on 15 March 2007 and payment of bail at $100,000 Barbados dollars (£26,000).
    More Details Hide Details In mid-March Freeman appeared in court to deny raping a schoolgirl in Barbados. He admits they had sex but says she consented.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    On 3 December 2006, the British Foreign Office confirmed that Freeman had been charged with raping a British 16 year old girl, while on holiday on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
    More Details Hide Details Freeman, his stepfather and other members of his family had been staying at the Almond Beach Village resort, where the girl was also staying. The alleged incident took place on the night of Wednesday 29 November, at a pool-side sun lounger at the resort that both parties were staying at. Freeman left the Almond Beach Village the next day, while the 16-year-old girl stayed on until she and her family returned to the UK on Sunday 3 December. Freeman was initially ordered to stay on the island until the case was over, had his passport confiscated and was released to his lawyer on payment of $20,000 Barbadian dollars (£5,000) bail.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 17
    After leaving Grange Hill, when Emmerdale decided to recast the character of Scott Windsor from incumbent Toby Cockerell in 1998, Freeman won the role of the womanising car mechanic Scott.
    More Details Hide Details Following Emmerdale, Freeman took to the stage, playing the part of The Prince in Romeo and Juliet, Warner in the final cast of Legally Blonde and Norman in Dreamboats and Petticoats, both in London's West End.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on April 8, 1980.
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