Marlee Matlin Will Lead Spring Awakening Revival on Broadway

first_imgOscar and Golden Globe winner Marlee Matlin will headline the previously reported Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. Directed by Michael Arden, the Deaf West Theatre incarnation of the Tony-winning tuner will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8 and officially open on September 27. The limited engagement is currently set to end on January 9.Matlin will play Adult Woman. She won the Oscar and Golden Globe for her film debut in Children of a Lesser God and was nominated for Emmys for Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice and Law and Order: SVU. Additional screen credits include The West Wing, The Player, Hear No Evil, It’s My Party, What the Bleep Do We Know, Reasonable Doubts, Glee, Family Guy and Switched at Birth. This will mark Matlin’s Broadway debut.A re-imagining of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, Spring Awakening depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. The story centers around a brilliant young student named Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz and Wendla, a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood. This production will feature choreography by Hedwig’s Spencer Liff and be performed both in American Sign Language and English.Spring Awakening opened on Broadway on December 10, 2006 and received eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Great White Way production ran for 859 performances before closing on January 18, 2009.Additional casting will be announced shortly. The Deaf West production starred Smash and Broadway alums Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus (Arden’s fiancé), along with Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Natacha Roi, Howie Seago, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter and Alex Wyse.The Brooks Atkinson currently plays host to It Shoulda Been You, which will close on August 9. Related Shows Spring Awakening View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016last_img read more

Ecuador and Colombia cooperate in fight against organized crime

Exchange of sports jerseys Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos discussed Colombia’s ongoing peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), during a binational meeting held on Nov. 25, 2013. The two leaders met in the border region which divides the two countries, in the Colombian city of Ipiales. Correa, Santos, the foreign ministers of both countries and several Ecuadorean and Colombian Cabinet ministers met for about four hours to discuss progress on agreements that were reached during the First Binational Cabinet meeting between the two countries. That meeting was held in December 2012 in the Ecuadorean city of Tulcán. Following the Nov. 25 meeting, Correa and Santos signed eight agreements regarding issues such as security, transportation, education, tourism, and the oil industry. In recent years, about 57,000 Colombians have crossed into Ecuador to flee the violence generated by FARC, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Ecuador has welcomed the refugees, Correa said, adding that they “did not leave by will, they were driven out by violence.” Because of the violence caused by FARC, Colombia is the country with the highest number of internally displaced people in the world, according to a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). Colombia has 4.9 million displaced people, according to the IDMC report. Violent organized crime groups are responsible for most of the displacement, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). There were 137 mass displacements in Colombia in 2012, which displaced more than 9,000 Colombians, according to the UNHCR. Violence caused by fighting between rival organized crime groups, including street gangs and transnational drug trafficking organizations, is responsible for much of the displacement, according to the UNHCR. Thousands of people have fled their Colombian communities to escape threats by the FARC and other organized crime groups. Criminal groups pressure teenagers and young men to join their organizations and engage in illegal enterprises, such as illicit gold mining. Organized crime violence has created displacement in every region of Colombia. The departments most affected by displacement include Narino, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Cordoba, and Antioquia, the UNHCR found. Presidents Santos and Correa exchanged gifts from their native countries at the end of the binational conference. The two presidents exchanged jerseys from their respective national futbol teams, which will be competing in the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil. “Good luck in the World Cup, you have a great team, good luck, except when you play with Ecuador of course,” Correa said with a laugh as he presented an Ecuadorean team jersey to Santos. Treaty to fight border crime Because they share a border and face many of the same security issues, cooperation between Ecuador and Colombia is crucial in the battle against organized crime, a security analyst said. “Colombia and Ecuador have many important common topics they need to tackle together, so binational cabinets are a great step towards achieving these common goals,” explained Hector Chavez, a security analyst at the University of Guayaquil. “We must keep in mind that because of the challenges the FARC poses to Colombia and the region, safety should always be one of the main topics to be discussed between the two nations.” Colombian President Santos thanked Ecuadorean President Correa for the support has given the process of peace talks with the FARC. Colombian officials have been meeting with representatives of the FARC in Havana. The discussions began in 2012. Colombian security forces have been fighting the FARC for more than 50 years. Santos said he appreciated the support Correa has voiced for the peace talks. “I want to reiterate my thanks for (Correa’s) continued support for the peace process. Since the beginning he has been aware and has indicated his willingness to support this process, which he defines as important not only for Colombia but for the entire region,” Santos said . Officials inaugurated the Rumichaca International Bridge during the binational meeting. The bridge was completed in eight months. Very detailed, really chock-full of information. It was important for my in my research. The importance of cooperation Santos thanks Correa A week before Correa and Santos met, the top federal prosecutors of Ecuador and Colombia signed an agreement to improve the exchange of information when it comes to battling weapons smuggling, human trafficking, and other crime along the border shared by the two countries. The agreement was signed during the XXI Assembly of the American Association of Public Prosecutors. The assembly was held in Quito, Ecuador. During the meeting, officials from Colombia and Ecuador discussed what legal tools they could share to fight transnational criminal organizations. Ecuador is proposing to create a Criminal Court of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to expedite the investigation and punishment of crimes committed by organized groups which cross international borders. The idea is supported by Colombian officials. Such a court would specialize in taking cases involving defendants who are affiliated with organized crime groups, said Colombian Prosecutor General Eduardo Montealegre. FARC violence For example, in August 2013, Ecuadorean security forces captured Jorge Dominguez, an alleged gang leader who is wanted in Colombia. He is known as “Palustre” and is suspected of being the leader of Los Rastrojos, a violent Colombian drug trafficking organization. Los Rastrojos trafficks cocaine, marijuana, and heroin, and engages in illegal gold mining. Los Rastrojos was formed in the mid-2000s by Wilber Varela, who was a leader of the Norte del Valle drug trafficking organization. Varela formed Los Rastrojos when he broke away from Diego Leon Montoya, who had been his co-leader with Norte del Valle. Montoya is known as “Don Diego.” In September, 2007, Colombian security forces captured Don Diego. Through cooperation with the United States, in December 2008 Colombian authorities extradited Don Diego to the U.S. to face federal drug trafficking charges. Varela, who was known as “Jabon,” was killed in January 2008. Authorities suspect he was killed by fellow organized crime members. Palustre was deported to Colombia, according to José Serrano, Ecuador’s Interior Minister. Cooperating to fight organized crime Violence and threats By Dialogo November 28, 2013 The two countries reached positive agreements that will strengthen cooperation in the fight against drug cartels and other organized crime groups, Correa said. “Where we have met most of our objectives is in security. We have to give transnational crime a collective response between the two countries,” Correa said during the meeting with Colombian officials. Ecuador and Colombia share a border that is 730 kilometers long. The FARC and other organized crime groups, as well as common criminals, are active in the region. Organized crime operatives and common criminals smuggle drugs and weapons, engage in human trafficking, and commit other crimes in the border region. Ecuador and Colombia have been cooperating closely on security in recent years. The capture of ‘Palustre’ read more

Facebook needs payments – but where are they?

first_imgFor Facebook, it would seem that ramping up its Buy button and Messenger Payments can’t come soon enough. As the social network’s user base continues to shift to mobile and expand into the rest of the world, advertising is no longer keeping pace with revenue expectations — and the logical answer would be payments.But as in previous earnings calls, Facebook executives didn’t say much directly about their payments projects that are slowly making their way into regular use.And they do appear to be needed. In Q1, Facebook’s ad revenue rose to $3.32 billion, up 42 percent from a year ago (and it reportedly would have been up 55 percent, except for the soaring dollar and the staggering euro). But that growth rate dropped from Q4, which showed a 53 percent increase. A breathtaking 73 percent of advertising revenue was from mobile ads — even more impressive because mobile advertising rates are typically lower than for desktop Web users.But payments and other fees dropped to $226 million, down 5 percent from a year ago. (In Q4, it was up 7 percent year-over-year.) That was largely due to a decline in games played on PCs, said Facebook CFO Dave Wehner. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Member dreams plus technology equals partnership

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The greatest success we can have as a credit union is to be able to help our members achieve their dreams.  Credit unions do this every day by helping members buy their first home, or working with a member on getting out of debt, but what if we can be there throughout the member’s journey to reaching their dream and partner alongside them for success?  We are working on an app at White Crown Federal Credit Union to make this possible.The Dream Maker App would be a two-way communication tool between credit union staff and members regarding what the member is striving for and providing opportunities for the credit union to become a partner by rewarding savings and helping the member build credit.  These member dreams would be unlimited by traditional lending products and range from a dream wedding, to a classic car to a trip to another city to see their favorite singer in concert.Across Generations According to a recent study from Charles Schwab, people from across the generations prefer a mix of the human element with technology when it comes to managing their money.  While credit unions have had heightened focus on attracting the millennial generation, the Dream Maker App would be something that can both attract Millennials and Gen Z, but also form stronger relationships with Gen Xer’s and Baby Boomers.  The use of apps is increasing in all age groups and by adding the convenience of access with the support of a real person, it’s the best of both worlds. continue reading »last_img read more

How you can help Johnson City Police raise money in support of autism awareness

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — April is just a few weeks away marking the start of Autism Awareness Month. “First it started as a thing on Facebook with New Rochelle police department as a campaign for autism awareness and we wanted to do something that kept all the proceeds here locally, so we started this campaign,” said JCPD patrolman Joshua Bilek. “Three or four hundred t-shirts is a pretty big profit that we can give to those guys,” said Bilek. Shirts are $15 each with money going toward Alive With Autism, an organization right here in Broome County. In support, the Johnson City Police Department is launching its autism awareness t-shirt fundraiser for the third year. “We’re a 40 man department, we have three or four people who have autistic family members, myself included,” said Bilek. “The biggest thing I want people to take away from this is that if they have loved ones with autism, to know that the police department is training their guys, they’re taking a step to be there to help and they don’t have to be afraid to call us and we’ll be there and know there might be special circumstances that we have to take into consideration.” “There’s a statistic that says one out of 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. There’s newer statistics that say that’s going to be high as one in forty. So it’s not a chance of it we’re going to assist people with autism, it’s when. So for us to bring that recognition to our officers and understand there might be something a little different, that’s huge for us,” said Bilek. It’s a two-fold campaign. Not only does it raise money, it also raises awareness within the community and the department. You can place an order until April 4 by clicking here. All to support a cause that hits close to home for many, and one that is being addressed in our own backyard. Shirts can be shipped to you directly through CK Prints or can be picked up at the Johnson City Police Department on April 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Development blooms at Stanhope’s Hemel park

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‘Tis the season: Make millions for the price of a secret santa gift

first_imgIt comes with gold bullion and furniture. The beachfront apartment is the latest prize home listing.Mr Rankin has advised the future winner to look at listing the property.“If the winner was looking to sell I’d put it on the market during or just after Commonwealth Games as everyone on the way to the beach volleyball will be driving past it,” he said.“It will attract top dollar, I’d suggest in this market even more than what it is valued at currently.”The 192sq m three-bedroom, two-bathroom luxury apartment on the ninth floor of the Kirra Surf building showcases coastal chic and features panoramic views from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta. The Kirra Surf apartment can also be rented out.“Tickets are just $5, less than the price of a secret santa gift, so it really could be the start of a fabulous new life in the New Year,” Mrs Bishop said. “Not only are people in the draw to win a life-changing prize home but supporting a wonderful cause at Christmas time with money raised going to help our returned veteran family.”It will be drawn on January 31, as the first draw of 2018. It came with $124,287 of furniture and appliances.“The Kirra market is red hot right now, and in fact anywhere from Burleigh south is incredibly strong,” said John Rankin of Armstrong Real Estate, who specialises in the Kirra area. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe RSL Art Union has launched another ticket draw of a nearby Kirra unit, valued at $2.4 million. This prize home at 302/1 Haig St, Kirra just sold for $2.35 million. Win then sell: the prize is a lucrative one.“Another option is to rent it out for fantastic returns as the apartments in that building are constantly booked out for top dollar,” Mr Rankin said.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom luxury beachfront apartment in Kirra Surf features ocean views, a spacious al fresco area, and comes with $93,376 worth of furniture and appliances, rates, water and body corporate paid for 12 months and $650,00 gold bullion.RSL Art Union General Manager Tracey Bishop said Kirra and the southern end of the Gold Coast are their most popular lottery locations. 902/2 Creek St, Kirra is the latest prize home up for grabs.A GOLD Coast property owner is a winner all over again, with the multimillion-dollar sale of their Kirra prize home. The $2.1 million three-bedroom, three-bathroom beachside entertainer’s apartment, won through the RSL Art Union Prize Home Lottery in May this year, has settled for $2.35 million, an increase of $350,000 on valuation. last_img read more

Tidal pioneer floats out to make room for optimized sibling

first_imgThe SR2000 tidal turbine (Photo: Scotrenewables Tidal Power) Scotrenewables Tidal Power has started working on the removal of its record-breaking SR2000 tidal power turbine from the test berth in Scottish waters ahead of site preparations for commercial production model – the SR2 -2000.The SR2000’s withdrawal from service at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) follows a record-breaking year of testing which saw it generate more than 3GWh of renewable electricity.The same grid-connected test berth at EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site will welcome Scotrenewables’ optimized 2MW floating tidal turbine  most likely in early 2020, following its launch scheduled for the next year.The already trialed device, however, could in the meantime be re-deployed at some other site, not necessarily in the UK, according to Andrew Scott, the Chief Executive Officer of Scotrenewables.“The last 12 months have provided unrivalled validation of our engineering and, more importantly, our low cost, low risk solution for tidal stream energy.“Having completed the engineering designs for the SR2-2000, we are now preparing for the build and installation phase – this will see the new, optimized unit installed at EMEC. As such, we need to start preparing the site for that installation and concentrate our resources on the build.“Our priority now is to ensure we build on this success with the delivery of our next generation turbine, which is supported by EU Horizon2020 funding under the FloTEC project,” said Scott.Commenting on the future of the SR2000, Scott confirmed the company is in discussions with a number of interested parties on the potential to re-deploy the turbine at other sites internationally.The technology has been under continuous engineering development, including testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments, since the company was founded in Orkney in 2002.More recently, Scotrenewables has been selected by the European Commission to lead on the engineering and delivery of an improved model of the SR2000 machine, the SR2-2000. Leveraging £7 million Horizon 2020 funding, the Scottish company is leading an industrial consortium to optimize the technology under the FloTEC project.last_img read more

Cricket News India vs Australia, highlights, 3rd Test day 2: Kohli’s side on top after Pujara century

first_img 10:28 (IST) 06:16 (IST) Rishabh Pant plays a poor shot as he slogs a short ball from Starc and the top-edge is taken by Usman Khawaja. After two boundaries, the adrenaline was too difficult to control. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:10 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! Finally, Australia have the wicket and Mitchell Starc has a sheepish smile. Kohli was looking to take the attack to the bowlers but has perished. Kohli upper-cuts a short ball from Starc and the top-edge sails to third man where Finch takes the catch. Misses out on a century but he was apparently discomforted with a back injury. 11:01 (IST) Cheteshwar Pujara, you star! You champion! What a moment. He drills Nathan Lyon down the ground to bring up his 17th century and his second in the series. India are grinding Australia to the ground.  India have gone past 300 but they will be eyeing a total in excess of 450-500 in order to put pressure on Australia. The pitch is starting to show some uneven bounce. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:56 (IST) There is the declaration. Jadeja looks to drive a wide ball from Hazlewood and edges it to the keeper. Kohli immediately calls them in and Australia will have a tricky period to negotiate. 08:37 (IST) Both batsmen are ticking along at a nice rate. However, Kohli has played some loose strokes but he is hanging there. Pat Cummins really troubled Kohli. India have gone past 350 with Rahane and Rohit, the two Mumbai batsmen making good progress. Nathan Lyon has gone wicketless for over 40 overs now which is a huge feat. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. WICKET! Brilliant ball from Pat Cummins and Australia are fighting back. Good length ball on middle and leg stump, it nips away sharply and squares up Pujara, it stays low and Pujara falls for 106. Brilliant knock comes to an end. 06:30 (IST) 05:36 (IST) WICKET! That is a magnificent ball and Lyon breaks the wicketless jinx. This ball hits the rough and stays low, Rahane stays back and looks to work it to midwicket but gets hit on the pad and he trapped plumb in front.  05:20 (IST) Cheteshwar Pujara is into the 90s and Australia are in danger of ending another session without a wicket. This will not help their prospects one bit. Rahane is looking in great touch and he steers Josh Hzalewood to the third man fence.  Rohit Sharma is nearing a fifty. India have already batted for 157 overs. On this pitch, this might be the scoring rate and taking 20 wickets might prove to be a big task. It is a question of how Australia’s batsmen cope with the conditions. A warm welcome to day 2 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia. Virat Kohli has hit his 20th fifty and is on course to score yet another century. Cheteshwar Pujara, on the other hand, is in great touch and is eyeing yet another 100. The partnership is now over 100. This looks like a day of centuries in Melbourne.  Rohit Sharma is also batting in an aggressive manner as India aim to make good progress ahead of the Tea Break. Maybe, India will be aiming to get Australia in for one final hour.  Lunch on day 2 of the Boxing Day Test. Cheteshwar Pujara has ensured India are in a commanding position and with Virat Kohli eyeing a ton, the situation is looking ominous for Australia.  10:19 (IST) 09:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:04 (IST) 08:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:49 (IST) Australia have dropped two catches in the last 30 minutes, with Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant getting a life. On such a lifeless wicket, these chances have to be taken. 08:29 (IST) Pujara enters the 80s by steering a full and wide ball from Mitchell Starc to the third man fence. Pat Cummins is bowling brilliantly and is troubling Virat Kohli while Starc continues to struggle slightly for rhythm and control. Rahane and Rohit are stitching a solid partnership as India look to avoid further setbacks ahead of the Tea break. 11:51 (IST) New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his 17th century and Virat Kohli displayed his consistency by blasting his 20th fifty. The Indian skipper was unlucky to miss out on a century while Pujara was undone by some low bounce. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma strung a solid partnership, with Rohit also hitting a solid fifty. Some aggressive hitting from Rishabh Pant helped India reach 443/7 before they declared. Australia’s openers survived a testing spell from Jasprit Bumrah and India will be counting on more wickets from the right-arm pacer ahead of day 3 in the Boxing Day Test. (SCORECARD)  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Australia are working extremely hard to break this stand but there is just no help from this wicket. The MCG wicket is once again under scrutiny and another bad review could potentially be disastrous.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:13 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:03 (IST)last_img read more

N’Zealand Athlete Kidnapped, Seven Russian Swimmers Banned

first_imgThose deemed ineligible for Rio include Yulia Efimova, a 200m bronze medallist in London, who had a provisional ban lifted by FINA last week.It said the McLaren Report has showed anti-doping rules were “not properly applied” by Russian authorities.FINA will also now re-test all the samples of Russian athletes collected at last year’s World Championships.As well as Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova and Anastasia Krapivina were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee.Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and 17-year-old Daria Ustinova appeared in the World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned investigation.That report by Dr Richard McLaren claims Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports.Following the findings, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would leave it up to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.FINA said it “acknowledges and supports” the IOC’s position.FINA will, therefore, “as a decision made as an emergency in the context of Rio 2016” subject the eligibility of Russian athletes to specific additional criteria, which are:No athlete corresponding to the samples mentioned in the McLaren report will be eligibleA board will review whether Russian athletes were subject to reliable anti-doping scrutinyNo athlete who has already sanctioned will be declared eligible to compete at RioFINA said the “exact implication for the Russian Swimming Federation is still to be clarified” and an “ad hoc commission will have to investigate”.The commission will consider any further information from McLaren’s ongoing investigation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A New Zealand jiu-jitsu athlete claimed yesterday that he was “kidnapped” in Rio de Janeiro.Jason Lee, 27, tweeted: “What did you guys get up to yesterday? I got kidnapped. Go Olympics! #Rio2016.”The athlete said he was taken by men in police uniform and forced to withdraw money from two cash machines (ATMs).Lee has been living in Brazil for 10 months, but is not participating in next month’s Rio Games – which begin on August 5- because jiu-jitsu is not an Olympic sport.Meanwhile, the Australian Olympic team is refusing to move their athletes into the Rio Olympic Games Village because of concerns about the state of the accommodation.Also yesterday, seven Russian swimmers were banned from competing at the Rio Olympic Games by swimming’s governing body FINA.last_img read more