Oscar-Winning The Sting May Come to Broadway

first_imgThe Sting is on! The classic 1973 Oscar-winning heist film is set to make the leap from screen to the Broadway stage. According to Deadline, Tony winners Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, the composing team of Urinetown, along with Bob Martin, who received a Tony for the book of The Drowsy Chaperone, will pen the stage adaptation. In addition to Best Picture, The Sting took home six more Oscars including Best Director for George Roy Hill and Best Score for EGOT club member Marvin Hamlisch. The film utilized ragtime music, including Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” which was adapted for the film by Hamlisch and became a Billboard chart-topping single. No word yet as to whether Hamlisch’s work will make an appearance in the show. View Commentscenter_img Set in 1930s Chicago, The Sting follows Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker, two con artists played on screen by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who plan to swindle a fortune from criminal banker Doyle Lonnegan, portrayed in the film by Robert Shaw.last_img read more

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It’s Only a Play’s Micah Stock on His Stint as a Real-Life Coat Check Boy

first_img “Working with this cast, I’ve learned that you have to be bold. You have to ride the line of confidence without dipping into arrogance and know when to pass the ball on to someone else. It’s such high art to be in an ensemble, and it’s something that I’ll never forget.” Hometown: Dayton, OH “Neither of my parents are artists—they’re both economists, but reading was essential. If you go back to my childhood home, there’s books stacked on chairs and on top of the oven. Reading as a way of comprehending the world is paramount in my family.” “I was in dance and gymnastics classes when I was a kid. I would dance around our living room doing that Danny Kaye song from White Christmas, that was a classic. I think I made some…additions to the choreography.” [Laughs.] “I made it my own.” Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Current Role: A scene-stealing Broadway debut as Gus, an “actor-slash-singer-slash-dancer-slash-comedian-slash-performance-artist-slash-mime” working the coat check in the star-packed revival of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play.center_img “Terrence McNally has been deeply kind to me and placed a lot of faith in me. For so many years, I read his plays in the middle of the night in my bedroom in Ohio and fell in love with him. It’s really special that he’s such an important part of my first years in New York.” “To make money, I’ve done all the classic things—I’ve waited tables, I’ve babysat. Ironically, I’ve been a coat check guy. When we went into rehearsals and I was figuring out how to check all these coats, I felt the residual stress and terror creep up again.” Stage & Screen Cred: Stock appeared in the off-Broadway world premiere of McNally’s And Away We Go; his screen credits include Pan Am, Law & Order: SVU and King Kelly. Age: 25 “Seeing my name on the marquee [with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick] is so surreal. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve walked by the theater more often than I needed to in the initial weeks. I’m spoiled just to even be on the poster, let alone be on stage with them!” It’s Only a Playlast_img read more

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USS Thach Arrives in Panama for PANAMAX 2011

first_img The guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) arrived in Panama City, Panama, for PANAMAX 2011, a multinational exercise focusing on the defense of the Panama Canal. Thach is participating with forces from 17 nations in live and simulated scenarios conducted in the region surrounding Panama, including visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), littoral operations, counterdrug interdictions and simulated riverine operations. “During PANAMAX, Thach will operate as part of the Pacific Task Force, a multinational force that will provide maritime domain awareness in the Pacific approaches to the Panama Canal,” said Cmdr. Jeff Scudder, Thach commanding officer. “Maintaining awareness of the maritime commons and the VBSS missions will ensure the exercise’s opposing forces are not able to threaten the Panama Canal.” PANAMAX 2011 officially began Aug. 15 and runs until Aug. 25. The Pacific Task Force, which includes Thach and navy ships from Canada, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, will work together at sea during the two-week exercise. “The collective defense of the Panama Canal, exercised during PANAMAX, fosters collaboration and interoperability among partner navies and builds trust among the partner nations, which directly contributes to regional security,” said Scudder. PANAMAX 2011 is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of infrastructure in the world. The exercise includes 3,500 personnel and 22 vessels from 17 nations and is conducted off the coasts of Panama and in U.S. locations. The sea scouts from the city of Cananéia, SP, Brazil follow with great interest the news from the multinational army PANAMAX 2011, with the usual Brazilian Navy participation. We are sure that the unfolding training will reach the desired goals and it will straighten the friendship relations and the interamerican navy cooperation. Success for all the seamen. Ney from Araripe Sucupra Se Scout Master By Dialogo August 18, 2011last_img read more

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Cali Cartel kingpin Victor Patino Fomeque resumes drug trafficking in Colombia

first_img Authorities suspect The Chemist is the leader of a coalition of sons and other relatives of former Norte del Valle Cartel operatives who have united with Los Urabeños to fight Los Rastrojos for control of drug trafficking routes and other criminal enterprises. With the other organized crime groups decimated, Los Rastrojos emerged in the early 2000s as the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Valle del Cauca. Los Rastrojos began in 2002 as the armed wing for drug trafficker Wilber Varela, who was known as “Jabon.” Los Rastrojos fought on behalf of Jabon against the Norte del Valle Cartel. Jabon was murdered in 2008; by then, Los Rastrojos was operating as an independent drug trafficking group. Beginning in 2006, Los Rastrojos expanded rapidly. But in 2012, three of its top leaders were captured or surrendered, leaving Los Rastrojos in disarray. The return of ‘The Chemist’ Senor de la R’s organization is now battling the remnants of Los Rastrojos for control in Valle del Cauca, according to published reports. At the same time, Los Rastrojos is fighting with Los Urabenos, a paramilitary style drug trafficking group based in north-central Colombia but now expanding into Los Rastrojos strongholds. Senor de la R is not the only former Cali Cartel higher-up and U.S. ex-convict who has resurfaced in the Valle del Cauca drug trade. Victor Patiño Fomeque, also known as “The Chemist.” He also returned to Colombia in 2010 after serving a prison term in the U.S. and reportedly has organized a potent alliance of criminal organizations. The Chemist was a high-ranking leader of the Cali Cartel when he surrendered to Colombian security forces in 1995. Authorities extradited him to the United States to face federal charges related to drug trafficking. The Chemist served six years in prison after cooperating with U.S. authorities. While The Chemist provided information to U.S. authorities, his former drug trafficking associates retaliated by killing members of his family, as many as 35 in all, according to published reports. Security forces must remain vigilant By Dialogo December 22, 2013 Security forces defeated the Cali Cartelcenter_img An organized crime coalition Senor de la R is a family member of former Cali Cartel leader Helmer “Pacho” Herrera, who surrendered to Colombian security forces in 1996 and was assassinated in prison two years later, according to El Tiempo. Herrera was the last of seven major Cali Cartel kingpins who Colombian security forces captured in the mid-1990s. Those arrests and others decimated the ranks of the Cali Cartel, which had once been the world’s biggest supplier of cocaine. With the demise of the Cali Cartel, much of the Valle del Cauca drug trade was taken over by the Norte del Valle Cartel (NDVC), although it too was soon broken up by arrests, extraditions and internal dissension. An older generation of drug traffickers from the defunct Cali Cartel is re-emerging to wage violent struggles against a younger generation of drug traffickers in Colombia’s Pacific region. The violence has resulted in as many as 2,000 killings in the region in 2013, authorities estimate. Colombian security forces report that the spike in gangland violence in the Valle del Cauca department has been largely fueled by a former Cali Cartel kingpin who returned to Colombia after serving almost two decades in U.S. prison. The former Cali Cartel drug lord, identified only as “Señor de la R,” was deported from the U.S. to Colombia in 2012 after serving an 18-year prison sentence, according to interviews with Colombian security officials reported in El Tiempo. After his return he set up his own criminal group and launched a battle with the new generation of organized crime groups to reclaim control over drug trafficking routes and other criminal operations in the Valle del Cauca department. The rise of Los Rastrojos In an ongoing effort to stamp out the violence, the Colombian government has deployed hundreds of additional security forces and increased patrols in the Valle del Cauca. Colombian security forces must remain vigilant, said Raul Benitez Manaut, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Many Colombian drug traffickers who were extradited to the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s are now completing their prison sentences and are returning to their home country, Benitez Manaut said. “Some narcotraffickers are returning without any money or contacts to continue in the drug trafficking business, and many of them do not want problems with security forces,” the security analyst said. “However, others are returning with little money and few contacts and are returning to drug trafficking. Those who are already active, such as ‘R,’ are seeking to revive their old business through violence, murder, and betrayal. The younger generations of drug traffickers will not cede control of their organizations easily.” Colombian security forces must continue to keep a close eye on older drug traffickers who return to the country after serving long prison sentences, Benitez Manaut said. “These people can become a serious problem for society and the security forces,” Benitez Manaut said. “The Colombian government has the challenge of watching each of the kingpins who are returning to the country and using intelligence to detect which ones are returning to drug trafficking.” Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Not even the government can handle than criminal influence, please end that war now.. Very good for the government to become stronger and win this war Very interesting. The problem is precisely with the end to sentencing…we need to keep an eye on Carlos Lehder…last_img read more

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Pennsylvania Closes Bond Sale

first_img August 09, 2016 By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary Pennsylvania Closes Bond Sale Government That Works,  The Blog The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania closed a $1.2 billion bond sale today. The funding will be used to support capital projects, including infrastructure projects, across the commonwealth.The sale received strong interest from 6 banks. The winning bidder, Bank of America Merrill Lynch had a 2.75 percent True Interest Cost. Over the long term, this will save hardworking taxpayers money.The market clearly recognized that the commonwealth has turned the corner and begun to place itself on stronger financial footing.The 2016-17 budget was an important step forward, and Moody’s and S&P’s positive actions regarding Pennsylvania’s outlook, combined with today’s bond sale results, reflects that fact. When the Governor Wolf came into office, following years of unbalanced budgets, the commonwealth faced a structural deficit of more than $2 billion. As a result of the governor’s push for sustainable, recurring revenue, we have made significant progress in reducing the deficit. We still have more to do and the governor looks forward to continuing to work with the legislature to finally fix the deficit and move the commonwealth forward.Following the completion of the budget, S&P removed the commonwealth from CreditWatch, and recently Moody’s revised Pennsylvania’s overall outlook to stable from negative.This all follows the final enactment of the commonwealth’s 2016-17 budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue to reduce our structural budget deficit. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter   SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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AP3 vice-president leaves amid doubts over fund future

first_imgGustaf Hagerud, the third AP fund’s vice-president and head of asset management, has left and relocated to London after six years with the state buffer fund.Hagerud is set to manage a global equity and bond fund in the UK, as well as become partner in his new firm.AP3 confirmed his departure in a statement posted on the fund’s website.He leaves AP3 amid doubts over the future of the fund as the Swedish government accepted recommendations to reduce the number of funds from five to three. The five funds, AP 1 through 4 and AP6, have been under review since 2011, with the final findings recommending the closure of two funds to increase cost efficiencies.AP3, alongside fellow funds 1, 2 and 4, all invest in a range of real assets and listed equities and bonds, whereas AP6 focuses entirely on private equity.In the final report, it was suggested the three remaining funds closely coordinate their investments in the unlisted space, either through collaboration or by investment in unlisted ventures to be “concentrated” into one fund.It is also expected one of the Gothenburg-based funds, AP2 or AP6, will survive given the report’s stance on retaining one fund in Sweden’s second city.AP6 won praise in the report for its innovative investment approach and its speciality in private equity investing.Given this, it is likely one of the Stockholm-based funds – AP1, AP3 or AP4 – will close, with the assets of the two closed funds distributed among the remaining three.AP4 had performed the best on a 10-year average return basis.In August, Hagerud’s former chief executive, Kerstin Hessius, strongly criticised the report’s recommendations, suggesting the closure of two of the funds could have a negative impact on both current and future pensions in Sweden.Between the buffer funds, they have contributed SEK90bn (€9.8bn) to Sweden’s mandatory pay-as-you-go pension system, Hessius said.The review to decide which two funds are closed is ongoing, although a response will depend on the outcome of Sunday’s general election, with polls showing the opposition Social Democrats Party in the lead.last_img read more

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​‘Fundamental’ reorganisation sees Deutsche Asset Management spun out

first_imgDeutsche Bank has split its asset and private wealth businesses fewer than three years after unveiling its new “super-brand” after abortive talks to sell part of the business.In a statement, the bank said a number of its divisions would be reorganised in line with its new Strategy 2020.Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (Deutsche AWM), formed after Guggenheim Partners backed out of buying real estate business RREEF in 2012, will be split into the private wealth management business, part of the private and business clients division.The re-branded Deutsche Asset Management is set to become a standalone business division, with an exclusive focus on institutional clients. Paul Achleitner, chairman of the company’s supervisory board, said the changes were some of the most fundamental in the company’s history.“This also requires tough decisions,” he added. “I would like to stress all parties involved have tried to achieve the best possible outcomes for Deutsche Bank, having set aside personal interests.“For this, and for their contributions in the past years, we would like to thank those executives leaving the company.”The reorganisation will see the four new divisions each represented at board level, with Quintin Price, formerly head of alpha strategies at BlackRock, joining to take on board responsibility for the new asset management division.Michele Faissola, who has headed DAWM since its creation, will leave the company “after a transition period”, according to a statement.last_img read more

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Redcliffe property market expected to strengthen in 2020

first_img Cameron Reid says buyers are attracted to the peninsula by the lifestyle, value for money and location. Picture: Richard Walker“Owner occupiers and investors alike have compared the price/value of Margate against Woody Point and Scarborough and have found great buying in Margate,” he said. Clinton Viertel of Belle Property Redcliffe said Margate also offered great buying opportunities for high end buyers. “The prices are on the up in Margate,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“Margate has been identified as a great investment hotspot and as such there are many cottages coming onto the market.”Mr Viertel said the high end of the peninsula property market performed well across 2019 but buyer interest was strongest in the last quarter of 2019. Clinton Viertel, of Belle Property Redcliffe, expects strong interest in the high of the peninsula property market in 2020. Picture: supplied.“The high end market on the peninsula is shaping up for a huge year in 2020,” he said. “With interest rates at record lows and more confidence returning to the market, we are expecting higher listing volumes and sales. “Scarborough has been a standout performer and looks like continuing this trend.”According to Core Logic data, the top growth suburb for 2019 was Rothwell where the median house price increased 13.6 per cent to sit at $375,000. Margate was in second place with a median house price growth of 4.9 per cent to $427,500 and Woody Point was third with an increase of 2.5 per cent to $410,000. Local real estate experts are predicting a good year for the Redcliffe peninsula property market. Picture: Richard Walker.LOCAL real estate experts are predicting a cracker 2020 for the Redcliffe peninsula property market after a sluggish start but strong finish to 2019. Cameron Reid of Crown Properties said results in the low to mid range of the market were solid in 2019. “The market bottomed out around Easter when the number of listings peaked as did the average days on market,” he said. “An unexpected federal election result, combined with three additional RBA rate cuts and banks relaxing their lending criteria saw somewhat of a recovery over the last four to six months of the year. “There has been significant increase in buyer interest over the last few months. This has been driven by buyers having increased access to lending and the return of interstate investors – who once again found themselves with increased equity in their southern state homes and viewed the Redcliffe market as being well priced with solid rental returns. “These buyers find the low-mid range Redcliffe property market particularly attractive.” Crown Properties agent Cameron Reid says owner-occupiers and interstate investors will be competing for property on the peninsula in 2020. Picture: supplied.Mr Reid predicted the strong finish to 2019 would continue into 2020.“The transport infrastructure giving easy access to Brisbane and the airport will continue to be a catalyst for young families and first home buyers making the decision to move to the peninsula. “The lifestyle benefits, the quality schools and the community atmosphere is unique and desirable and not available to young families, for the same money, anywhere else. “Investors will continue to see value on the peninsula in this price range and will need to compete with owner occupiers for quality properties.”Mr Reid said buyers looking for home in the low to mid price point should check out Margate. last_img read more

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Hydrotube Energie gets free power from tidal turbine

first_imgFrench hydrokinetic developer Hydrotube Energie has installed and connected its H3.V2 tidal turbine in Bordeaux, France.Following the installation of the turbine in the Garonne river, the company informed its offices in Bordeaux are running on free power provided by the tidal turbine since November 2017.The turbine houses three-bladed propellers designed by Hydrotube Energie, and can generate more than 50kW of power depending on tidal resources.Hydrotube Energie’s turbine converts the kinetic energy of river currents into mechanical energy, which is then transformed into electricity by an alternator.The company is targeting isolated, off-grid markets in developing countries for the application of its system. H3.V2 turbine (Photo: Hydrotube Energie)last_img read more

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Cannabis crash victim’s mum lives with horror five years on

first_imgNZ Herald 19 June 2019Family First Comment: Lawyers prosecuting Lewis in 2016 said his decision to take marijuana before getting behind the wheel had “the direct consequence” of taking another life, local media reported. His defence lawyer also admitted Lewis’ driving ability had been impaired by the amount of marijuana in his blood and that he had battled drug addiction since being exposed to cannabis as a child. Semb feared legalising cannabis would lead to more people using the drug and driving while high. She doubted the law would be enough to deter them from driving while impaired.A Kiwi mum who continually relives the moment her son was killed in a crash by a drug-affected driver says she cannot support legalising cannabis.“Ask any parent who has lost a child to a cannabis-impaired driver if they would agree to it being legalised,” Barbara Semb said in a recent letter to the editor published in the Herald.Her son, Chris Semb, died aged 51 in Queensland, Australia, in 2014 when an oncoming van crossed the centreline near Bundaberg and hit his motorbike.He was thrown up to 60m down the road by the force of the collision.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12241051 (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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