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August Wilson’s Jitney Opens Officially on Broadway

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first_img Related Shows © Justin “Squigs” Robertson About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 12, 2017 After premiering in 1982, August Wilson’s Jitney is finally on Broadway. The new production, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, opens officially on January 19 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. To commemorate the big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast in action.The whole crew’s here: featured in the portrait are John Douglas Thompson as Becker, André Holland as Youngblood, Harvy Blanks as Shealy, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding, Brandon J. Dirden as Booster, Carra Patterson as Rena, Michael Potts as Turnbo, Keith Randolph Smith as Doub and Ray Anthony Thomas as Philmore.Congratulations to the cast of Jitney! We hope you don’t have to drive yourself to your fancy opening night party. Jitney View Commentslast_img read more

Thai company indefinitely postpones planned polyethylene plant in Ohio

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Petrochemical Update:Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical’s long-awaited final investment decision (FID) to build an ethylene-polyethylene complex in Ohio will remain under consideration for an indefinite period.“Due to circumstances beyond our control related to the pandemic, we’re unable to promise a firm timeline” for an FID, the company said in a mid-May email referring to the project to turn shale gas ethane into ethylene to polymerize into 1.5 million tonnes annually of polyethylene.The Bangkok Post had reported as recently as on Feb. 12 that a decision related to the FID was going to be announced by mid-year. It quoted the company’s CEO Kongkrapan Intarajang saying PTTGC was seeking low interest financing for this project as it was a good fit in a strategy to expand overseas revenue.However, an industry expert told Petrochemical Update that conditions needed for such a complex had deteriorated even before Covid-19.“Prior to the pandemic the planned PTTGC project for Ohio faced a cumulative set of troublesome risks,” Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an organization that examines issues related to energy markets. “The pandemic only increased the weak fundamentals and created greater uncertainty about the fate of the project,” Sanzillo told Petrochemical Update on May 25.PTTGC officials have given a number of firm dates for final decision and now they have put the decision off indefinitely, he said. “It would be a very big surprise if this project was revived. The oversupplied market, low prices, increased competition and now an unpredictable demand outlook and uncertain growth path all weigh to the downside,” he added.[Renzo Pipoli]More: Thailand’s PTTGC indefinitely postpones Ohio project amid challenges Thai company indefinitely postpones planned polyethylene plant in Ohiolast_img read more

Staff Picks – February ’14

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first_imgSPENCER’S PICKTHE GOLDFINCH BY DONNA TARTTBorn in Mississippi, Donna Tartt is a rising star in the pantheon of young American writers. She made a name for herself when she published her first book, Secret History, before she reached 30. Then came Little Friend, which won her the WH Smith Literary Award in 2003. Now, a decade later, out flies The Goldfinch, a fiction finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. This woman is the real deal. Her Dickensian story involves Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New York kid who gets drawn into a criminal underworld, and revolves around his fixation on a real painting by Carel Fabritius from 1654, which Tartt first spotted in Amsterdam years ago and happened to be on display at the Frick Museum in Manhattan when this novel came out. In the book Decker steals the little painting from the Met.Don’t copy that!CHRIS’ PICKOUT AMONG THE STARS BY JOHNNY CASH (COLUMBIA/LEGACY)Rare are those transcendental occasions when new material from one of your favorite artists (and by favorite I mean someone whose life and work has touched yours so deeply that you integrate some of theirs into your own), who have long since passed, is posthumously released. Rarer still is when that new material is not just throwaways and B-sides, but an entirely brand new album of truly great songs. So is the case with Johnny Cash’s Out Among The Stars, slated for release next month. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1981 and 1984 and produced by famed “countrypolitan” architect Billy Sherrill, it contains 12 tracks that had been tucked away in Columbia’s vaults and simply forgotten—only to be discovered by The Man In Black’s son, John Carter Cash, while cataloguing his father’s archives in 2012. The songs include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings and Nashville’s “A-Team” of musicians at the time. They are tiny, sparkling, moving gems that demand to be cranked at maximum volume so they can travel through your eardrum, ricochet off your heart and join Johnny up there shining, glimmering, radiating out among the stars.RASHED’S PICKBRONX BOMBERSThe ghosts of Yankees past are currently on loan to the intimate Circle in the Square Theatre, where legends such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Thurman Manson and Joe DiMaggio come to life in a witty and heart-warming play centered around the iconic Yogi Berra, whose love of the Yankees is only surpassed by his devotion to his wife Carmen. Bronx Bombers (opening Feb. 6) begins with a tense scene in a Boston hotel room one day after megalomaniac Reggie Jackson’s epic dugout blowup with manager Billy Martin at Fenway Park. The aloof Berra, played brilliantly by Peter Scolari (Bosom Buddies, Newhart), appears rattled and calls a meeting with Munson, Jackson and Martin. The audience is then invited into Berra’s dreams, where his brethren come together to bicker, laugh and inspire. All the while, Berra looks on quietly before his long-simmering emotions pour out in a fiery, impassioned speech. Bombers is replete with Berra’s adorable “Yogisms,” a brilliant feast (featuring hot dogs; what else?), a beautiful love story, and a front-row seat into baseball heaven that reminds us why this is America’s favorite pastime.#TOMOTHY’S PICKJUNIOR JOHNSON’S MIDNIGHT MOONYou’ve got to love a label that says this about itself: “Few family recipes carry a jail sentence. But to Junior Johnson’s family, it was a way of life. With the law on his heels, Junior ran the finest moonshine to the dry rural south.” Each jar of Midnight Moon, distilled from corn at their place in Madison, N.C., is supposedly “hand-filled with real fruit, the way moonshine was meant to be made.” We started with the apple pie flavor—a blend of apple juice and a cinnamon stick—and found it hard to stop. In fact, we may never eat pie again if we can drink it instead from a mason jar. Fortunately we didn’t have to cross state lines to get some of this moonshine (just try a liquor store in Nassau or Suffolk)—and we heard no sirens following us when we took it back home for a little nip just before bedtime. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

How to balance saving for retirement with saving for your kids’ college education

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first_imgParents often find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to doing what’s best for themselves and their children. One financial adviser offers a formula to make it easier.by: Ruth Davis KonigsbergIt’s a uniquely Gen X personal finance dilemma: Should those of us with young children be socking away our savings in 401(k)s and IRAs to make up for Social Security’s predicted shortfall, or in 529s to meet our children’s inevitably gigantic college tuition bills? Ideally, of course, we’d contribute to both—but that would require considerable discretionary income. If you have to chose one over the other, which should you pick?There are two distinct schools of thought on the answer. The first advocates saving for retirement over college because it’s more important to ensure your own financial health. This is sort of an extension of the put-on-your-own-oxygen-mask-first maxim, and it certainly makes some sense: Your kids can always borrow for college, but you can’t really borrow for retirement, with the exception of a reverse home mortgage, which most advisers think is a terrible idea.The flip side of this, however, is that while you can choose when to retire and delay it if necessary, you can’t really delay when your kid goes to college. Moreover, the cost of tuition has been rising at a much faster rate than inflation, another argument for making college savings a priority. Finally, many parents don’t want to saddle their young with an enormous amount of debt when they graduate.According to a recent survey by Sallie Mae and Ipsos, out-of-pocket parental contributions for college, whether from current income or savings, increased in 2014, while borrowing by students and parents actually dropped to the lowest level in five years, perhaps the result of an improved economy and a bull market for stocks. But clearly, parents often find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to doing what’s best for themselves and their children: While 21% of families did not rely on any financial aid or borrowing at all, 7% percent withdrew money from retirement accounts. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

TrizecHahn to float by 2002

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Russian meddling casts ‘dark shadow’ over MH17 trial: Prosecutors

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first_imgDutch prosecutors accused Russia on Tuesday of interfering with the probe into the downing of flight MH17 and casting a “dark shadow” over the trial of four suspects in the disaster.Moscow had tried to track down witnesses in the trial that started on Monday in the Netherlands, leaving some in fear for their lives in case they were identified, prosecutors said.Three Russians and a Ukranian are on trial over the 2014 crash of the Malaysia Airlines jet in rebel-held eastern Ukraine with the loss of all 298 people on board, 196 of them Dutch. “There are clear indications that Russian security services are actively attempting to disrupt efforts to establish the truth behind the shooting down of flight MH17,” prosecutor Thijs Berger told judges.Russian spies had also tried to hack Malaysian and Dutch authorities investigating the crash, he said.”Seen as a whole, this information casts a dark shadow over these proceedings,” Berger said.The trial opened in the absence of the suspects — Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatov is the only one represented by a lawyer and he denies all involvement. International investigators say the Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile, fired from territory held by pro-Moscow rebels battling Kiev. ‘Campaign of disinformation’ Relatives of those who died have repeatedly called for the trial to examine the role of Russia in the crash.”The court has made it crystal clear that the Russian government is staging a campaign of disinformation,” Anton Kotte, a board member of a foundation for MH17 victims, said Tuesday.”And we will have to be prepared for much more distortion of the truth as the case proceeds.” Kotte lost his son, daughter-in-law and grandson.Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the crash of MH17, or in eastern Ukraine generally.Pulatov’s defence lawyer rejected the prosecutor’s “sharp” comments, saying the remarks on witness safety were “not only premature, but highly public”.”I wonder why the Dutch authorities at the same time when it suits them, ask for the cooperation of the Russian Federation,” lawyer Boudewijn van Eijck said.Prosecutors have said Russia was trying to trace potential witnesses in the trial, some of whom will testify anonymously.”The use of Russian security services to discover the identify of witnesses in this investigation is a very real scenario,” Berger added.”Several witnesses in this investigation say that they fear for their lives if their identities were to come to light.”‘Fear of reprisals’ The prosecutors added that Russian security services were already “accused of multiple murders that have been committed in various European countries”.Special protection had been given to one witness, who was willing to be named later in the proceedings but was remaining anonymous for now given the security concerns, prosecutors said.Only referred to as M58 at this stage, the witness was a Russian volunteer attached to a separatist unit close to the BUK when it was launched on the day MH17 was shot down.The witness had testified that Russian military personnel — whom separatists said were from Russia’s FSB security agency — were with the missile at the launch site, they added.”Once it became clear in the following hours that it was not a military aircraft but civilian flight, MH17, the disinformation campaign started immediately,” prosecutor Dedy Woei-a-Tsoi said.Another witness identified only as S24 had “expressed a fear of reprisals by the Russian Federation”. And a third, known as V9, had asked to remain anonymous because “I might get picked up by Russian special services,” the prosecution added.The case was adjourned for two weeks and will resume on 23 March.Topics :last_img read more

Church of England to file shareholder resolutions at BP, Shell AGMs

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first_imgEdward Mason, the Church Commissioners’ head of responsible investment, said in a Church of England blog post: “It is clear from the latest assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released this year, that the world is on a path towards dangerous climate change.  “It is imperative that, over the decades ahead, we make the transition to a low-carbon economy.” The CIG’s largest members have helped establish an investor initiative to engage on climate change with the 10 largest extractives and utilities companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).The coalition also includes the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum and Rathbone Greenbank, the ethical fund manager, and is led by CCLA Investment Management, the specialist church and charity fund managers. Every year, the performance of global companies on climate change is rated by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), an NGO that collects and analyses data for this area.It is the investors’ initiative – called ‘Aiming for A’, after CDP’s highest rating (A) – which has prepared the shareholder resolution.Mason said: “We have chosen to file shareholder resolutions at BP and Shell because they have the biggest carbon footprints of all the companies listed on the LSE, and they are yet to achieve A ratings (they are both rated B).”He added: “The resolutions are supportive but stretching. We want the companies to be sustainably profitable.“The idea is to give all the shareholders of both companies the opportunity to signal that, like us, they want to see BP and Shell adapt their businesses over the long term for a low-carbon economy.” The special resolution – ‘Strategic resilience for 2035 and beyond’ – and amplified by a supporting statement, calls for routine annual reporting from 2016 to include further information about ongoing operational emissions management; asset portfolio resilience to the International Energy Agency’s scenarios; low-carbon energy research and development and investment strategies; relevant strategic key performance indicators and executive incentives; and public policy positions relating to climate change.The resolution says this additional ongoing annual reporting could build on the disclosures already made to CDP and/or those already made within the company’s energy outlook, sustainability review and annual report.A BP spokesman said: “We have had constructive discussions with CCLA and are aware they intend to file a resolution for our AGM in April 2015.“We will carefully consider it and respond appropriately before the meeting.”The shareholder resolution for Shell’s AGM will be very similar.The group’s UK AGM takes place in May 2015, shortly after its Netherlands AGM. The Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board are to co-file shareholder resolutions on climate change at the annual general meetings of BP and Shell next year.The two bodies, which together own £7.7bn (€9.8bn) worth of assets, are members of the Church Investors Group (CIG), made up of institutional investors from mainstream Christian denominations and church-related charities, predominantly in the UK and Ireland.As a whole, the group’s investments total £15bn.The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church is also co-filing the resolutions, as are some other CIG members.last_img read more

Paulinho ‘considered quitting’

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first_img “I suffered from racial abuse,” he told several national newspapers. “In two particular games when I went out to play the fans were making monkey noises and throwing coins at me and I just thought, ‘I don’t need to tolerate this’, so I made the decision to move on. “I don’t want to speak about the internal problems in Poland because this was still a team that helped me, but I went through a worse time there. There were problems at the club relating to certain individuals but never in an interview would I speak about this, I don’t want to speak ill. “I lost hope, I lost confidence, I was basically stuck – and when you are in that position that’s when sadness comes. “I did think about leaving football behind. I just thought I didn’t need to do something that put me in these situations, so I went three weeks without playing and the reasons I returned to the game were mainly family ones. “I felt a responsibility to my mum and my dad and I spoke an awful lot with my wife. She mentioned that my mum and dad had always backed me up and they always did everything for me and that I should return to football to fight for what they had given me. “And she had said, ‘if you leave football, what are you going to do?’ and she was right. If I had left football I would not have had anything.” Paulinho has made a positive impression in his first two games in English football following a summer move from Corinthians and opened his Tottenham goalscoring account in the Europa League play-off first leg win over Dinamo Tbilisi. He is happy to have arrived in north London and said: “When the offer came I reviewed it with my agent, who knows England well and looks after other players over here. “I came to the conclusion that Tottenham would be the right offer because of the environment and the league and the other players I would be playing alongside.” The Brazilian, now 25, was a teenager when he first came to Europe with Lithuanian side Vilnius before moving on to LKS Lodz in Poland. While he impressed on the pitch, the abuse from the stands almost proved too much for him to bear. Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has revealed how his wife Barbara had to persuade him not to quit football after he was the victim of racist abuse in eastern Europe.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Assam Budget Allocates Rs 177 Crore For Sports

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first_imgGUWAHATI: State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has allocated a total amount of Rs 177 crore for the Sports and Youth Welfare Department for the year 2019-20. Sarma announced the new allocation during his Assam Budget speech here today.In his speech, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “The Government of Assam is committed to realize the vision of the Chief Minister of making Guwahati the ‘Sports Capital’ and develop Assam as a emerging sports hub of the country. Working towards this, the Sports and Youth Welfare Department has formulated and notified an ‘Integrated Sports Policy’ to address all issues for the overall development of sports in the State and to bring about a systemic transformation in the entire sports ecosystem.”The highlights1. The Government shall start a state- of-the-art sports academy in the name of Arjun Bhogeswar Baruah catering to six Olympic sports disciplines in the year 2019.2. ‘Mukhya Mantrir Mohila Krira Protiyogita’ 2019, to promote games and sports among women and facilitate mass participation and scouting of sporting talents.3. State School Olympiad at district and State levels to promote school sports in Olympic sporting disciplines and to identify new talent.4. ASEAN Football Championship among ASEAN countries to project Guwahati as the emerging sports capital and to promote sports tourism in tune with the “Act East Policy”.5. Construction of permanent District Sports Offices (4 offices in the first phase) and providing of vehicles to the District Sports Officers (33 districts) in order to develop the office infrastructure and mobility of the key field officials of the department.6. A sports college will be established at Kokrajhar.7. One-time cash incentive of Rs 50,000 each to a total of 2,000 sports and art personalities.Also Read: LOCAL SPORTSlast_img read more

Quadre, Mohammed Win J5 Abuja ITF Titles

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first_imgNTF president Ifedayo Akindoju expressed delight at the performance of Nigerians at the two week tourney pledging support for development of junior players in the country.Quadre, Nigeria’s No. 1 junior player, outclassed her compatriot adding the J5 Abuja title to the Megrine and Cotonou titles, she won in April and September, respectively.US-based Edwards, who claimed the first leg title last week, came into Sunday’s final on a 7-match winning streak, but was overwhelmed by her Morocco-based compatriot, who dictated proceedings all throughWhile Quadre’s victory over Edwards was quick and efficient, Mohammed who was the vanquished in the final of the first week losing to Canice Abua, had to dig deep to beat the tournament’s top seed, Abayomi Philips, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 and claim the boys singles title – his first title-triumph on the ITF Junior Circuit.He thus denied Philips a second iTF title of the season following the youngster’s success in Benin in September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barakat Oyinlomo Quadre Oyinlomo Quadre claimed her 3rd ITF Junior title of the season, with a sublime display to beat 2nd seed, Marylove Edwards 6-1 6-0, in the second leg of the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja.The boy’s final which was also an all-Nigerian affair, saw Musa Mohammed edged top seed Abayomi Philips in a thrilling contest with scores at 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2.last_img read more