Bring Them Silver! Tickets Now Available for 25th Anniversary Revival of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2014 The remounting of the interactive comedy puts theater audiences in the middle of a big Italian ceremony at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. Immediately following the nuptials, the bridal party will escort their family and friends through Times Square to Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, where guests will celebrate with lovebirds Tony and Tina, members of their outrageous families and get taken to Guy Fieri’s Flavortown. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding was created by the improv comedy troupe Artificial Intelligence and its success inspired a slew of copycat shows. View Comments Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding spent its first 10 years at St. John’s Church on Christopher Street with the reception above Gus’ Restaurant on Waverly. The show moved uptown to the Theater District in August 1998, where it ran for another 10 years. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Related Shows Make sure you have an envelope filled with a wad of cash, because tickets are now on sale for the 25th anniversary engagement of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding! The long-running comedy is returning with a brand new contemporary setting and the show begins performances on March 5.last_img read more

Meet Tony-Nominated The Audience Star Richard McCabe!

first_img The Audience Age: 54Hometown: Born in Glasgow, Scotland; raised in LondonCurrent Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut in The Audience as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who enjoys bantering with Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren) at their private weekly meetings.Stage Cred: A Olivier Award winner for his current role in Peter Morgan’s historical drama, McCabe has spent three decades juggling classical parts at the Royal Shakespeare Company and other British theaters, including the title role in Hamlet at Elsinore Castle.“I’ve played four prime ministers in the past three years. I did Churchill on TV and fictional prime ministers in a miniseries and [the hit play] Yes Prime Minister. It’s strange, because I would be a lousy politician—I couldn’t keep up that pretense all the time.”“Sometimes I look at Helen Mirren on stage and think ‘You really are the Queen.’ You see people bowing to her at the stage door! She doesn’t have a fixed performance, which makes acting with her a joy. We keep ourselves amused by trying new things every night.”“In England, I’m known for playing villains. I’m thought of much less as a Harold Wilson and more as a Richard III, a part everybody tells me I should do. I’ve been up for three different roles on Game of Thrones and never gotten one of them!”“Broadway has a lot more razzle-dazzle than the West End. In terms of the everyday work routine it’s not different, but there’s a cachet about Broadway that lends itself to more anticipation among audiences.”“There’s a mythical status to the Tony Awards. When you’re growing up as an actor, you hear about Broadway and the Tonys, but it’s not something you ever expect to experience. The nomination is thrilling, and even nicer to be recognized for playing someone absolutely unknown in America.”“My partner is a costume designer [Fotini Dimou], and she’s dressing me for the Tonys. We’ve got a beautiful dark blue Canali suit, and she is designing her own gown, which is simple and elegant, just like her. I’ve done the Oliviers, but I’m sure the Tony red carpet is going to be something!” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Richard McCabe photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com at Paramount hotel.center_img Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Crop Update

first_imgGeorgia farmers plan to plant more cotton and peanuts this year. And timely spring rains have helped get both crops off to a good start. Corn growers, on the other hand, are seeing a reduction in their acreage due in part to that same rainfall.Some 30 percent more cottonGeorgia cotton growers will plant more than 1.25 million acres of cotton this year, 25 percent to 30 percent more than last year, said Guy Collins a cotton expert with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.“We knew acreage would increase, but it’s looking like it will be higher than we thought it would be,” Collins said.Cotton prices are near 70 cents per pound for farmers, more than 10 cents more than in previous years. The higher prices, cued by higher global cotton demand, encouraged the increased acreage this year.Timely spring rain around the state has kept planting right on schedule, he said. Between 75 percent and 80 percent of the cotton is in the ground. Harvest should begin in October and be complete by Thanksgiving. Despite record rainfall during last year’s harvest, Georgia farmers pulled in an average yield of 902 pounds per acre, a new state record.Growers search for replacement varietiesIn recent years, a variety called Deltapine 555 dominated 85 percent of the cotton acreage in the state. But the variety is being phased out, Collins said, leaving farmers looking for another “work-horse” variety. “Georgia is in a state of flux in the cotton industry,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of new varieties going into the fields. We are looking to see which variety is going to replace our staple. I think it will be a bunch of varieties, not just one. But, we will have to manage the crop differently than in the past.”Peanut acreage up, tooGeorgia peanut farmers will plant 540,000 acres this year, 6 percent more than last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released March 31.“The industry indicated we could withstand a slight increase because peanut consumption is up. They didn’t need an excessive surplus, but could withstand a slight increase,” said John Beasley, UGA Extension peanut agronomist.“We’re off to a good start with the peanut crop, and it looks like the majority of fields are up to a good stand,” he said. Most farmers are planting a variety called Georgia-06G. Other top varieties are Florida-07 and Tifguard, he said.“Georgia-07W and Georgia Greener were in demand, but there weren’t enough seeds to meet demand. These varieties are still in the seed-increase stage,” Beasley said. For the past few years, drought then wet weather pushed planting dates into June or even July. “This year we were cool in the later part of April with decent moisture. In the first of May, we had as ideal of a situation (for planting) as you could imagine,” Beasley said. Most planting began around May 8 and should be ready for harvest in September. Corn and wheat downCorn acreage is down, too, in Georgia. Declining prices and wet weather in the spring and fall added to the reduction. Farmers planted 380,000 acres this spring, 10 percent less than last year. “We’ve gone through some nutrient deficiencies due to excessive rains, but the crop is expanding rapidly and as a whole the crop looks good,” said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension grain specialist.The next three to four weeks will be a critical time for corn development and a time when its demand for water will be the highest, he said.Farmers have planted 200,000 acres of wheat, 140,000 acres less than last year. “Wheat acreage is down severely,” Lee said. “We’ve begun harvest and are average to below average in yields. Test weights are off in some areas.”last_img read more

Renewable energy has provided 43.6% of Spain’s electricity year to date—grid operator

first_imgRenewable energy has provided 43.6% of Spain’s electricity year to date—grid operator FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Spain produced 43.6% of its electricity with renewables energy technologies in the year to December 11, Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said in the summary of its 2020 forecast report.The figure represents the highest proportion of renewables in Spain’s power mix since the records began in 2007, REE noted. On the opposite end were coal-fired plants, which cut down production by 60% compared to 2019 and reached an all-time low share of 2% in the total generation.By the December cut-off date, Spanish plants generated 109,269 GWh of renewable power, up by 11.6% year-on-year, owing mostly to favourable weather conditions and an increase in the total installed renewable energy capacity.This year, the country added 2,706 MW of new wind and solar capacity and disconnected 3,486 MW of polluting power plants, mainly coal-burning units. Today, Spain’s total installed generation capacity stands at 109,674 MW, with renewables accounting for 53% of the total.The overall electricity production levels decreased by 4% to 250,387 GWh, while emissions stemming from power generation fell by 27.3% compared to 2019. With a 21.7% share in the total generation, wind farms were the country’s biggest producers of renewable power this year and the second biggest after nuclear energy. Solar photovoltaic (PV) plants managed to raise their output by 65.9% on the year and reach a share of 6.1%.REE said it expects some changes in the figures to pop up before the year ends, mainly due to the addition of more renewable energy capacity and a shutdown of more coal-based units.[Sladjana Djunisic]More: Spain generates 43.6% of power from renewables in 2020last_img read more

Admiral Tidd Reaffirms SOUTHCOM’S Commitment to El Salvador

first_imgThe Salvadoran Military has improved its capabilities for conducting overseas peacekeeping missions by building a modern training complex at the Peacekeeping Operations Center. The facility was funded with a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The GPOI, which is sponsored by SOUTHCOM, is an assistance program designed to improve international capacity to effectively carry out the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. Peacekeeping missions His words inspired confidence and encouragement among the FAES, whose Soldiers are patrolling streets and neighborhoods throughout the country to fight gangs and improve security. “The Southern Command has always provided us with resources and personnel to strengthen capacities in different areas,” stated Major General Félix Núñez, Chairman of the FAES’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. “At this time, the continuity of that support will protect our forces as they continue to support the safety of the population.” The leader of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to continue working “shoulder to shoulder” with the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) in the fight against the violence generated by gangs and narco-trafficking. Many of these training programs were conducted by SOUTHCOM at the Regional Training Center Against Transnational Organized Crime (CRACCT) – a space designed specifically to share the most successful strategies against drug trafficking, money laundering, gang activity, and other criminal actions. “Admiral Tidd expressed his intention to further strengthen the capabilities of CRACCT, where we are training our units to combat criminal organizations formed by gangs,” Maj. Gen. Núñez explained. The FAES also thanked Adm. Tidd for the arrival of the hospital ship USNS Comfort in April 2015 at the Port of Alajuela. Medical specialists from various branches of the U.S. Military descended from the ship for two weeks to conduct an extensive and long-awaited medical campaign, providing consultations to 12,000 Salvadorans and performing 100 surgeries. Admiral Tidd honors Salvadoran Troops “We thank SOUTHCOM for their unconditional support in equipping and training contingents each year to join peace operations, increasing our professionalism and increasing our capacity to continue this effort to maintain global security,” Maj. Gen. Núñez added. center_img Currently, the FAES supports missions with three peacekeeping contingents: the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. The FAES is collectively represented in these operations by more than 175 Military members, including officers, non-commissioned officers, Troops, and administrative staff. “We will work together and share the best practices and information to tackle problems together, because no country in North America or South America has the ability to work on their own,” Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, SOUTHCOM’s commander, said during a visit to El Salvador on February 25th. “We all have to work together.” Salvadoran Troops are working diligently to reduce violence. From January 1st to March 13th, more than 1,680 Salvadorans – an average of 23 a day – were killed in violent acts. To deal with this challenge, the FAES is providing rigorous training to experienced Soldiers to prepare them to confront the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) gangs, as well as other gang factions. By Dialogo April 01, 2016 During his visit, Adm. Tidd paid tribute to Salvadoran Soldiers killed in peacekeeping and cooperation missions throughout the world, highlighting their professionalism and willingness to join international forces to safeguard peace. “From its participation in peacekeeping missions in Haiti and Mali, to coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, El Salvador has worked alongside its international partners in support of peace and security, sometimes even at the expense of losing the lives of their young and valuable Soldiers to protect defenseless citizens in lands thousands of [kilometers] away,” Adm. Tidd said at the Monument to the Fallen in Combat, which is in the heart of the FAES Doctrine and Military Education Command. This country’s armed forces are very excellent and greatlast_img read more

Former Indiana CU assistant manager sentenced for bank fraud

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Paula Awe, a former assistant manager of an Indiana credit union who ran a check-kiting scheme along with her manager, was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison.U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGulio in Hammond, Ind., also ordered Awe to pay $180,000 restitution and to serve two years of supervised release following her prison sentence.She pleaded guilty to bank fraud in February.Awe and her manager, Sandra Santay, of the Lakeside Federal Credit Union in Hammond, had each been operating two independent check-kiting schemes that fraudulently inflated their respective share accounts over three years, according to court documents.The scheme was detected by a routine NCUA examination.last_img read more

England’s Vitality Roses to host Jamaica for four-match series in 2021 | Netball News

first_img Hornsby: England Netball’s humble history-maker Jean Hornsby, England Netball’s first black player, as she reflects on her pathway to the top of the sport. The competition will be live on Sky Sports; the Vitality Netball Legends Series is a new tournament named to represent the netball players who are making their mark on the international stage Last Updated: 12/11/20 7:16pm – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We are absolutely delighted to announce that international netball will once again be showcased on home soil,” Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball said.“After an incredibly tough year for not only netball, but all sport, we didn’t know if this series would be possible. Getting the Vitality Roses to New Zealand for a tournament there in November was a huge feat, but to now be able to host some competition ourselves, is a huge privilege.“Whilst this series will look different from what we’re used to, without fans in attendance, we know that the netball family will be cheering on the Vitality Roses from homes across the country.“A tremendous amount of work and effort has gone into making this possible, and we will be following extensive medical guidance and ensuring strict safety protocols are in place throughout for the safety of all involved.“There’s still a lot of work to do but we are so pleased to be able to get this series agreed,” Connolly added.“Thank you to everyone at England Netball for their tireless work, Public Health England for their ongoing guidance and Netball Jamaica for making this happen.”The exact dates, venue and times of the series, which will be live on Sky Sports, will be announced in due course. England Netball has revealed its plans to host a four-match test series against Jamaica at the end of January 2021, which will be the first international competition on home soil in a year.After extensive planning, plus regular conversations with Public Health England, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls have agreed to travel to the UK for a period of isolation before facing the Vitality Roses on court.The Vitality Netball Legends Series is a new tournament, which has been named to represent the netball players who are making their mark on the international stage.- Advertisement –center_img For the first installation of the series, the Sunshine Girls and the Vitality Roses will battle for the Jean Hornsby Cup For the first installation of the series, the Sunshine Girls and the Vitality Roses will battle for the Jean Hornsby Cup
For the first installation of the series, the Sunshine Girls and the Vitality Roses will battle for the Jean Hornsby Cup

Talk of the towns

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​UK public pension body renews assault on bank reporting failings

first_imgInvestor dissatisfaction with International Financial Reporting Standards and the UK Financial Reporting Council shows no sign of abating following the release of a report from the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) into impairment accounting by major banks.In an analysis document, entitled ’Banks Post Mortem – Follow Up’, the LAPFF claims that the UK’s accounting framework for listed companies has allowed major British banks to keep substantial losses out of net income.Elsewhere in the document, the LAPFF renews its long-standing charge that the IFRS accounting framework runs counter to UK public law as well as investor interests.Finally, it delivers a line-by-line rebuttal of the FRC’s legal response to LAPFF’s barrister, George Bompas QC, on the legal status of the IFRS accounting framework in the UK. The release of the analysis comes in the wake of the publication in December 2011 by LAPFF of its report into banking losses in the UK and Ireland, ’UK and Irish Banks Capital Losses – Post Mortem’.The 2011 inquiry by LAPFF into the accounting for financial instruments by major banks focused on the collapse of the capital adequacy regime of banks in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.The latest LAPFF findings show that unbooked losses at the failing Co-operative Bank now total £1.5bn — 88% of the bank’s capital resources (Core Equity Tier 1).And the LAPFF highlights unreported losses totalling £12.1bn (€14.5bn) for the Lloyds Banking Group, 43% of the bank’s capital resources.In a foreword to the finding, LAPFF chairman, Keiran Quinn, writes: “LAPFF is still of the view that until there is an independent enquiry into the failures of the IFRS standard setting and adoption process, matters will not be settled within an appropriate timescale.“The consequences of faulty accounts not discharging solvency duties under the Companies Act create too many conflicts for the various parties involved, particularly when the companies involved are as large as banks.”Quinn concludes with the warning that LAPFF “continues to consult legal advice with regard to these matters.”The roots of investor dissatisfaction with IFRS lie in part with the loan-loss impairment model found in International Accounting Standard 39, Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement.Critics of the standard, which sets out an accounting framework for the reporting impairment losses, argue that its incurred-loss model allows banks to delay the recognition of losses on loans that have turned bad.In response to these and other criticisms, the International Accounting Standards Board has been working since 2008 on an IAS 39 replacement.Just like IAS 39, the new standard, International Financial Reporting Standard 9: Financial Instruments, deals with classification and measurement, impairment, and hedge accounting.Crucially, although the board has finalised the hedge accounting module of IFRS 9, and has almost finalised work on classification and measurement under the new standard, it has struggled to round off work on a more forward-looking impairment model.“IFRS 9 is practically finished and will soon be ready to be endorsed,” IASB chairman Hans Hoogervorst said recently.Nonetheless, investor discontent with accounting standards has mounted in recent months.The Universities Superannuation Scheme, Threadneedle Asset Management and the UK Shareholders Association recently joined LAPFF in seeking advice from George Bompas QC on the legality of the IFRS framework within the UK.The FRC countered, however, with its own legal advice: “On the specific issue of its legality, the Department for Business has today confirmed that the concerns expressed by some are misconceived.”But earlier this week, in response to questions from IPE.com, the FRC confirmed that it is “undertaking a review of our paper on the ‘true and fair view’”.And in a letter leaked to IPE.com earlier this week, major UK institutional investors told the FRC that the inclusion of prudence in the IFRS conceptual framework, the true and fair view override, as well as capital maintenance, were areas of major concern for them.Another group of investors, the CFA Institute, also questioned the quality of financial-instruments accounting by banks earlier this year.In a 1 May 2013 blog post, the CFA Institute’s Vincent Papa hit out at the quality of the big banks’ accounting for reclassified financial assets.The concern dates back to the IASB’s decision in 2008 to amend IAS 39 in order to permit banks to move distressed financial assets – excluding derivatives – out of the standard’s fair-value-through-profit-or-loss category to more benign amortised-cost treatments.Papa wrote that for “some” systemically important UK, French and German banks, “there were significant amounts not recognised on income statements due to reclassification, when compared to overall net income or loss.”On the topic of Greek debt holdings, the CFA Institute representative argued: “In 2011, the European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) voiced concerns regarding the inconsistency in how several banks holding Greek sovereign bonds were applying IFRS requirements including reclassification and impairment rules to avoid loss recognition.”last_img read more

PM urges fathers to take more responsibility

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