Fishing For Wives Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Fishing For Wives It’s 1913, Hawaii and two immigrant fishermen, Nishi and Aoki, are lonely and bored with only catching fish. Nishi sends for a picture bride from Japan, but sneaks a photo of his handsome friend in his place. The brides arrive and fall in love—with the wrong man—setting off a comedy of errors with mistaken identity, tragic drowning, seeming betrayal and a final surprise turn of events, colorfully visualized with mime and movement. View Comments Fishing For Wives will run through April 27 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. Edward Sakamoto’s Fishing For Wives opens officially off-Broadway on April 10. The play is directed by Ron Nakahara and stars Bobby Foley, Viet Vo, Akiko Hiroshima, Allison Hiroto, Rebecca Lee Lerman and Kiyo Takami. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel’s New Album & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Idina Menzel’s New AlbumBroadway supernova Idina Menzel has some big news! According to Billboard, the Tony winner recently revealed: “I’ve been working on a new album.” The record is still in the early stages, with Menzel going on to admit that “there’s not much to say other than that I feel creative and I’m sort of putting my heart out there and exploring different sounds and things like that. I’m not limiting myself.” It’s time to see what she can do, test the limits and break through…! OK, yes we admit that we know all the words to Menzel’s Frozen anthem “Let It Go”—doesn’t everyone?!Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for Drama DeskAnnaleigh Ashford, Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Sydney Lucas, Jessie Mueller and more will present or perform at the 2015 Drama Desk Awards. The previously reported event will take place on May 31 at The Town Hall, hosted by Tony winner Laura Benanti for the second consecutive year. Off-Broadway hit Hamilton, which will begin performances on Broadway in July, garnered the most nominations, with 13.Liza Minnelli Books Stage ReturnThe legendary Liza Minnelli is heading back to the London Palladium for the fifth time! The Tony and Oscar winner will appear in An Intimate Evening with Liza Minnelli at the venue on September 20. Minnelli will be interviewed for 90 minutes live on stage talking about her extraordinary career, from growing up in Hollywood to the present day, ending with a performance of a few intimate songs. She first appeared on the Palladium’s stage with her mom, Judy Garland, in 1964. The show will also play in Sheffield and Glasgow on September 22 and September 24, respectively.Off-Broadway SwitcheroosAn off-Broadway update. Due to his previously reported injuries, Sahr Ngaujah will now not return to Signature Theatre’s production of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Kevin Mambo will perform the role through May 31; from June 2 through the end of the run on June 14, the role of Jonathan will be played by Yaegel T. Welch. Meanwhile, over at of A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer Izzie Steele will join the company in the role of Elsie, also beginning June 2; she steps in for Kate McGonigle.Lloyd Webber’s Special School of Rock ConsultantAndrew Lloyd Webber famously loves his cats. Indeed his musical Cats ran at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre for 18 years. Now his latest show, School of Rock, will start performances there in November and he recently proudly emailed out a picture of his cat Mika deciding what the front of house at the venue will look like. Incidentally, a Cats revival is Broadway-bound in 2016. And on that meta note, have a lovely weekend! Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

Getting Drier.

first_img Below 10th percentile Source: U.S. Geological Survey As Georgia enters its third straight year of drought, conditions continue to worsen.There is no sign of relief as summer nears. With very little rain and temperatures in the80s and 90s, soils statewide are drying fast.Since January 1, rainfall has been well below normal across the state. As of May 15,Athens had received 57 percent, Atlanta 58 percent, Augusta 66 percent, Columbus 64percent, Macon 60 percent, Rome 58 percent, Savannah 75 percent and Tifton 56 percent ofnormal rainfall.Computer soil-moisture models from the NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ClimatePrediction Center show soil moisture at or near record-low levels.Soil moisture in the western half of the state is extremely low. It is near the firstpercentile in many places. This means that in 99 of 100 years, soil moisture would behigher than it is now.Georgia Rivers Register Record-Low Flows Explanation New record low for daycenter_img Streams south of an Athens-to-Atlanta line are at or near record-low daily flows. Record lowflows for May 15 are being reported on the Chattahoochee River at Atlanta and nearWhitesburg.Other daily record-low flows are being reported on the Flint River near Culloden and atMontezuma, Albany and Newton; on the Ocmulgee near Jackson and at Macon; and on LittleRiver near Washington. The Oconee and Altamaha Rivers are near record-low flows.Agriculture Feeling ImpactAgriculture is feeling the impact of the prolonged drought. In some Georgia areas,farmers have stopped planting because of poor seed germination. Crops that have beenplanted are showing moisture stress.Many farmers have started irrigating crops. They are thus drawing down farm ponds andgroundwater early in the growing season. Pastures are fast deteriorating.With the dry soils and warm weather, the wildfire threat is extremely high across thestate. Alan Dozier of the GeorgiaForestry Commission reports that since Jan. 1, the state has had 10 percent morewildfires, with twice the normal acres burned.Little Hope for ReliefThere is little hope for statewide relief during the next several months.Georgia is now in the time of the year when soil-moisture loss from evaporation andplant use (transpiration) normally exceeds rainfall. So even if normal rainfall patternsreturn during the summer, soil moisture will remain extremely low.The most likely result is that soil moisture levels will continue to decline during thesummer.The most likely form of relief during the summer is a tropical weather system. However, thereis a big price to pay for that relief.Tropical weather systems can and do bring flooding and wind damage statewide.Ironically, while we are in a drought, Georgians need to be preparing for possibleflooding and wind damage, too, as we enter hurricane season in a couple of weeks. O Not ranked 10th – 24th percentilelast_img read more

Gearing up for Singapore GP with live audience despite uncertainty amid COVID-19

first_imgTopics : While the fate of this year’s Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix remains up in the air, preparations are under way for it to go ahead with a live audience.At least four tenders related to the set-up of viewing facilities and ancillary activities for the Sept 20 Formula One race were put up by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) between February and last month, according to checks by The Straits Times.These include the construction and fitting out of the Temasek and Singapore suites at the F1 Pit Building, shuttle bus services for suite guests and precinct parties to be held in Orchard Road and Clarke Quay. Other tenders relate to works to be carried out at the F1 Pit Building and storage site in Tampines.Promoter Singapore GP said last week that it is not feasible to conduct the race behind closed doors, given that it is a street circuit.The Formula One season is expected to kick off in Austria in July without spectators, after a series of cancellations and postponements.The request for proposal to organize and execute precinct parties is part of the Grand Prix Season Singapore, scheduled to happen from Sept 11 to 20.center_img Race-themed parties were first extended beyond the racetrack in the lead-up to last year’s event, which drew 268,000 spectators over three days. Fringe activities including racing simulators, a carnival and live music were held in Orchard Road, Kampong Glam, Clarke Quay and Jewel Changi Airport.Examples of the desired scale and variety of activities this year include a “mega outdoor party” in Clarke Quay and partnerships with nightclubs in the area, as well as branded race-themed activities in and around Orchard Road, according to tender documents seen by The Straits Times.STB noted, however, that tenderers should factor the Covid-19 pandemic and any related regulations in their planning and proposals.A contractor is expected to be appointed by early next month, according to the request for proposal, which closed last Thursday with seven bids.The budget for the precinct parties is listed as between $490,000 and $590,000.The tourism board said in response to queries that it is working closely with Singapore GP and other government agencies to assess the feasibility of proceeding with the race.”Being a street circuit, more lead time for planning and preparation is required, which includes procurement,” STB said.If the event is called off, any awarded tenderers will be paid for work done, it said, adding that it will explore options to deploy the works for future use.Asked about safe distancing measures at the parties and whether entertainment establishments in Clarke Quay are anticipated to reopen by September, STB said the Government will monitor and assess developments in the global and local Covid-19 situation to determine the appropriate timelines for the gradual resumption of more businesses and activities.The Republic will be undergoing a phased reopening of its economy when it exits a two-month circuit breaker on June 2.The first phase, which will last for at least four weeks, will allow more people to return to the workplace, while the second phase, which will span several months, will see shops and sports and recreation facilities reopen.Social, cultural, religious and business gatherings are expected to resume by the third phase, with limits on gathering sizes.last_img read more

Amtrak signs Illinois contract

first_imgAN AGREEMENT securing Amtrak’s continued operation of three Chicago ’corridor’ services was announced on January 14. Illinois Department of Transportation had been threatening to invite open tenders for the State House to St Louis, Illini to Carbondale and Illinois Zephyr to Quincy, in an effort to lower the state’s subsidy payments.Amtrak said that it had been extremely aggressive in its efforts to retain the franchise and has made a number of concessions to win what it called ’an innovative, multi-year package’. Subject to annual appropriations from the state legislature, Illinois will pay US$7m in 1997-98, US$7·55m in 1998-99 and US$7·95m in 1999-2000, with Amtrak bearing the risk of any losses. The operator has promised to enhance service levels, improve productivity and develop a pricing structure affordable to Illinois and other states wishing to support services.Amtrak will operate the six return trips under parameters outlined by Illinois DOT including timings, scheduling and minimum seating capacity on each train. Food service must also be provided. Penalties will be payable if a train departs from an originating point more than 30min late or if departures from points of origin are less than 99% on time annually.last_img read more

€6.8bn chemical company scheme decides against consolidation

first_imgPDN, one of the Netherlands’ biggest corporate pension schemes, plans to continue independently for at least three years.The €6.8bn pension fund of Dutch chemicals giant DSM said in its 2018 annual report that it was no longer actively pursuing a growth strategy.The scheme said a thorough evaluation of its operations had shown that, in combination with its in-house pension provision, it was optimally prepared to address developments and uncertainties in the pensions sector.Following the assessment, it had decided to retain to its board of equal representation, but had extended its composition with the appointment of external experts. PDN is the pension scheme for chemicals company DSMPDN’s return-seeking holdings lost 5.2%. The scheme said the 6.9% loss from equity holdings was in particular due to disappointing performance from its portfolios of European and Pacific assets.It attributed the 4.1% loss from its listed property holdings to a slowdown in the rise of rental income and rising interest rates in the US, volatility in the UK, Italy and France, as well as a weakening housing market in Asia.By contrast, non-listed real estate generated 10.9% due to rising values of Dutch residential property, it said. The pension fund’s infrastructure investments returned 6.7%.Bridgewater leads multi-asset lossesPDN said its investment in Bridgewater Associates’ All Weather Fund was among the allocations that incurred a 6.2% loss for its “portfolio of strategies”. However, it noted that the scheme’s expected returns were still 6.9% since its introduction in 1996.The scheme also lost 2.1% on its currency hedge, following the appreciation of the dollar, the yen and the Swiss franc relative to the euro.It has sold swap contracts and shortened the duration of its government bond portfolio in order to keep its dynamic interest rate hedge at 35%.The annual report also showed that PDN had gained €400,000 from lending securities worth €109m.The pension fund was again unable to grant any inflation compensation while indexation in arrears increased to 14.3% for its active members and 15.4% for deferred participants and pensioners. PDN’s funding stood at 107.4% at the end of May.Asset management and transaction costs totalled 35 bps and 7 bps, respectively. PDN spent €233 per participant on administration. The company scheme incurred an overall loss of 1.8%, an underperformance of 0.2 percentage points.It said its liability-matching portfolio – 56% of its total assets – returned 0.6%, largely due to government bonds, which gained 1.2%. Its holdings of residential mortgages produced a gain of 2.6%. Inflation-linked bonds and investment grade credit lost 0.7% and 1.2%, respectively.last_img read more

UPTIME International wins Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG job

first_imgNorwegian offshore service provider UPTIME International has been awarded a contract from Eiffage Génie Civil Marine for the supply of access solutions for the LNG Hub Marine Terminal for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project offshore Mauritania and Senegal.UPTIME’s scope of work includes engineering, design and supply of access solutions between the LNG hub terminal and the FLNG vessel and consists of two large motion compensated gangways, pedestals and stair-towers, the company said in its statement.The project will commence immediately with a project duration of approximately 12 months.The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project located at the maritime border of Senegal and Mauritania has been sanctioned by BP and its partner Kosmos Energy in December 2018.The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project will produce gas from an ultra-deepwater subsea system and mid-water floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which will process the gas, removing heavier hydrocarbon components. The gas will then be transferred to a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility at a nearshore hub.The FLNG facility is designed to provide circa 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum on average, with the total gas resources in the field estimated to be around 15 trillion cubic feet, with first gas expected in 2022.BP Gas Marketing has been selected as the sole buyer for the investor partners’ LNG offtake for Tortue Phase 1.last_img read more

Serious flaws in survey on physician-assisted dying

first_imgViewpoint published in NZ Doctor 14 October 2015Many health professionals will have recently received an invitation from their professional organisation to participate in an online survey regarding “physician-assisted dying”.The research approved by the University of Auckland’s Human Participants Ethics Approval Committee (UAHPEC) appears to have process and methodology flaws that should be of concern to all health professionals who were asked to participate.First, the source of funding for the research is not disclosed, as required by UAHPEC.The UAHPEC Manual also requires that every participant should receive a Participant Information Sheet (PIS) when they are invited to participate. A comprehensive PIS was not provided at the start, nor was it provided when specifically requested.Second, incomplete and inaccurate information is provided. For example, reference is made to overseas jurisdictions that have some form of legalised euthanasia and/or assisted suicide, but no reference is made to the many more jurisdictions that have rejected it, including both the British and Scottish Parliaments in recent months. Nor is any distinction made between different jurisdictions such as Oregon (lethal prescription permitted for a person over 18) and Belgium (euthanasia permitted with no lower age limit).Respondents are instead directed to a Wikipedia page for further information!Third, participants engage in the online survey through an unprotected web-link. There is no verification procedure to ensure that a respondent is a New Zealander or, in fact, is a health professional. There is no procedure to prevent multiple responses. There can, therefore, be no confidence in the integrity of the data collected.Finally, the question and response options in the survey are leading ones. Question 13, for example, says, “What do you see as the role or responsibility of your professional body/ies (together with others) if assisted dying is legalised in New Zealand?” It asks participants to state their agreement or disagreement with various possibilities. The first option is: “a. Providing a position statement on assisted dying”.Despite all the pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide information noted above, the researchers fail to inform participants that the NZMA already has a statement on this issue which declares it would be unethical even if it were legal.Academic freedom to investigate complex and contentious issues is vitally important in a democratic society. With this freedom comes the responsibility to conduct research in a rigorous, professional way.It is regrettable that this survey has not met the University of Auckland’s own research standards.This is Catherine Hallagan’s personal viewpoint. She is a RNZCGP fellow, NZMA board member and chair of the NZ Health Professionals Alliance Inc, a society advocating for freedom of conscience in healthcare.New Zealand Doctor 14 October 2015 p 12 “Reprinted with Permission of New Zealand Doctor”last_img read more

Dominica police seizes 10,000 grams of Cannabis; Vincentian and four others detained

first_imgLocalNews Dominica police seizes 10,000 grams of Cannabis; Vincentian and four others detained by: – January 6, 2012 Share 383 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Matthew.Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew is reporting that police officers within the rank of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force while on duty seized 10, 000 grams of cured Cannabis and have detained five men including a Vincentian on Friday 6th January, 2012 in Soufriere.“About 2 am on Friday 6th January, 2012 the Police intercepted a Mitsubishi bus registration # PJ033 which is registered to Marcus A. Cuffy of #63-E Bath Estate which was being driven at the time by Yohan Flynn of the same address. Flynn was accompanied by Jerard Germain of Bath Estate and Irwin Miller a Vincentian national. They had in their possession 10,000 grams of cured Cannabis,” Sergeant Matthew reported.Sergeant Matthew also indicated that one Yamaha motorcycle and one open keeled boat were also seized during that operation. “During that same exercise at Soufriere, one Yamaha motorcycle registration #PF 350 which was being driven by its owner Craig Cochrane of Kingshill and one open keeled boat which was being commanded by John Sylvester of Portsmouth were also intercepted. All five persons and three conveyances were taken into custody in relation to illegal drug activity.”According to Sergeant Matthew, one of the five men; Irvin Miller was injured during the exercise and is receiving medical attention at the Princess Margaret Hospital.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetlast_img read more

Alex Akinyele: pace setter, astute administrator , accomplished technocrat- Sports Minister

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has described the late Chief Alex Akinyele as a pace setter, astute administrator  and accomplished technocrat Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime He was meticulous and a stickler to details. He never believed in impossibilities.Dare further described him as humane,humorous ,urbane and honest in his views. While some viewed him as too cosmopolitan,he was a grasroot man who was at home with his people,no wonder he held the title of Lisa of Ondo Kingdom. He made remarkable mark in the development of his community in Sports,education and infrastructural development . He United his people and brought them to national prominence. He was dutiful,loyal and patriotic. He was indeed passionate about the unity and progress of Nigeria. No wonder, he midwived so many reforms in Nigeria’s body polity. He headed the Reconciliation Committee set up by the late Head of State General Sani Abacha I. While he was widely condemned by the South West, he won accolades across the Niger for his courage,zeal and unflinching believe in the sanctity of the union called Nigeria. Before his foray into sports, he brought panache ,glamour ,Professionalism and respect to public Relations Practice as the pioneer President of the Institute of Public Relations of Nigeria. His contributions to Public Relations Practice continues to evoke found memories when he worked at the Nigerian CustomsAs Minister of Information under General Ibrahim Babangida,he developed the template that led to the of media practice in Nigeria. He was a stylish man,great orator ,full of wits and idioms,jovial and quite amiable. He was married to a South African,Indian and lastly a Nigerian. He can therefore be best discribed as a man of the universe. Read Also:SPORTS MINISTER, SUNDAY DARE, COMMISERATES WITH ALEX AKINYELE’S FAMILY Born on April 24th 1938 in Ondo town,Chief Akinyele was Educated at the University of Ife. He died on November 15th 2019. He would be buried today ,Friday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… According to him, Akinyele exemplified what genuine service to the country meant. “His personal charm was infectious and hard work quite motivational. He tried to use his position to impact on the society. He was simply a true Nigerian hero”” Sports remains our greatest unifying instrument,public Relation tool and could be the biggest source of revenue if properly harnessed. So many heroes have died unheralded and in penury. We must celebrate our athletes and Administrators while they are alive. The age long practice of paying glowing tributes to dead heroes without commensurate honour and monuments erected to immortalize them will no longer be the norm. Dare is committed to changing the narrative by ensuring that recognition and honour is bestowed on athletes,coaches and Administrators who have made immense contributions to Sports development. As the body of the late NSC Chairman Alex Akinyele is interned this Friday, Dare said beyond graveside oration,President Mohammadu Buhari is irrevocable committed to honouring sports men and women, coaches and Administrators that have contributed to Sports. Hence a powerful delegation is not only in Ondo to pay their last respect, the Minister is personally involved with the the burial. The Minister mobilized men and resources to ensure a befitting final rites of passage for the Ondo High Chief.While paying glowing tribute to heroes and heroines that had won laurels, brought glory and honour to our fatherland,Dare said it must go beyond mere rhetorical statements and empty promises.”We must learn to honour athletes ,coaches and Administrators that committed their lives to the service of the nation. According to Dare,Akinyele was a  consummate business man who left his mark in the sands of time. Dare affirmed that Akinyele led an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He was a man who abhorred failure, set his goals and ensured that they were accomplished. He presided during great epochs in Nigerian Sports like the 1994 Nations Cup Victory, the Atlanta 1996 Olympics feat among others.last_img read more