Odds & Ends: Bright Star Eyes the Road & More

first_img View Comments Carmen Cusack & Paul Alexander Nolan in ‘Bright Star'(Photo: Nick Stokes) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.The Sun Is Gonna Shine Again for Bright StarCould Bright Star keep shining across America? At the musical’s one-night-only concert reunion on December 12, music director Peter Asher announced that a national tour is in the works, as assured to him by producer Joey Parnes. Asher went on to say the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical is rumored to kick off in Salt Lake City, Utah in early 2018. Broadway.com has reached out to representatives of the show for comment.Denzel Washington Receives Filmmaking HonorDenzel Washington, star, director and producer of the film adaptation of Fences, will be honored by the American Society of Cinematographers next year. Washington, who won a Tony for his performance in the 2010 revival of the August Wilson classic, is set to receive the group’s Board of Governors Award at the ASC Awards on February 4, reports Deadline. In a statement, ASC president Keen van Oostrum said, “A true artist is empowered by the era they live in, and [Washington] expresses an awareness of the world around us through his work. It is that strength of character that we honor.” Fences arrives in movie theaters on Christmas Day.Heidi Blickenstaff & Emma Hunton Are Still FreakyBroadway alums Heidi Blickenstaff (Something Rotten!) and Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening) will reprise their performances in Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse. The duo previously played the roles of Katharine and her daughter Ellie, respectively, in the recent world premiere presentation at Signature Theatre in D.C and on the upcoming cast album. Performances of the Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical begin on January 31, 2017 at the California venue, where it is scheduled to run through March 12.Lin-Manuel Miranda Fantasy Becomes More RealLin-Manuel Miranda has found his new right hand man. John Rogers, creator of the 2015 NBC series The Player, has been tapped as the showrunner for Miranda’s previously announced The Kingkiller Chronicle series, according to The Wrap. The Hamilton mastermind will serve as creative producer for both a film and TV series based on Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy trilogy; he is also tasked with composing the score and original songs and fleshing out new storylines for the small screen.last_img read more

Macron pays tribute to de Gaulle on WWII battle anniversary

first_imgThe president did not wear an anti-virus mask for the occasion to mark the battle’s 80th anniversary, but he and a handful of other participants observed a safe social distance. Europe has been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with more than half the global death toll of over 300,000 in what is described as the biggest crisis since WWII.The health emergency has seen the continent, and much of the rest of the world, impose strict lockdowns that have devastated economies to an extent not seen in peace time.Eighty years ago, de Gaulle launched a resistance army from abroad as France’s wartime leader Philippe Petain capitulated to the Nazis, which occupied large swathes of the country.The general-turned president is a personal hero of Macron, who features de Gaulle’s war memoirs on his desk in his official photograph, and had the Cross of Lorraine — a symbol of the Free French Forces — added to the logo of the Elysee Palace.Sunday’s event was Macron’s first official outing unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak in over two months.He will mark two more de Gaulle anniversaries this year — his Appeal of 18 June from exile in London for French citizens to resist, and the 50th anniversary of the general’s death on November 9. It is near the site of the Battle of Montcornet, where French fighters inflicted heavy losses on German troops and briefly stalled their advance before ultimately being defeated.Though lost, the battle is considered one of few effective counter-attacks by French soldiers against the Nazis, and de Gaulle himself later said it was the moment that hope returned to the campaign.Even as the Paris government of the day capitulated before the German military might, a then-unknown colonel de Gaulle embodied the French spirit: “Fiercely free and proud, determined and unwavering,” said Macron.He laid a wreath at a monument honoring France’s war dead, and commended the military bravery that ultimately allowed the country to shake off its Nazi occupation. President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute Sunday to World War II resistance hero Charles de Gaulle at the site of a key battle he said epitomized French resilience in the face of overwhelming odds.Macron took time out from directing the country’s latest battle, against the coronavirus, to hail his predecessor’s courage in taking the fight to Nazi soldiers sweeping across western Europe in the early years of the war. “De Gaulle tells us that France is strong when it knows its destiny, when it stays united, when it searches the path of cohesion…” Macron said in the town of La-Ville-aux-Bois-les-Dizy in northeast France.center_img Topics :last_img read more

BP strengthens in-house team with hires from PPF, Aon Hewitt

first_imgSmart joined in June from consultancy Aon Hewitt, which he joined in December 2012 as senior researcher for bond managers.Prior to that, he spent nearly three years as managing director at Switzerland’s Helvetica WMP.However, Smart spent the majority of his career at Lazard Asset Management, leaving Invesco in 1995 for his new role.Prior to his departure in 2009, he was the firm’s UK head of fixed income.Sara also joined in June, after nearly five years at the PPF as principal fund manager, in charge of asset allocation and investment strategy.In June, he told IPE the lifeboat fund would look into building its funded hedging strategy following concerns over the price of derivatives trades.Prior to joining the PPF, Sara spent more than nine years at HSBC Global Asset Management, starting his career at WestLB Asset Management in 1994.BP IM declined to comment on either appointment.Both appointments come after Sally Bridgeland resigned as chief executive of the fund.Bridgeland, who had been chief executive of BP Pension Trustees for nearly seven years, left in April and has since confirmed she will join Dutch outsourcing advisers Avida International.The fund slightly underperformed its 15% benchmark in 2013 – the last full year under Bridgeland’s tenure – returning 14.7%. BP’s £19bn (€22.7bn) pension fund has increased its in-house capacity, hiring new heads of fixed income and investment strategy.BP Investment Management (BP IM) has named Ian Smart as head of fixed income and the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) Opkar Sara as head of investment strategy.In his new role, Smart will be responsible for more than £3.3bn in fixed income holdings, spread across the fund’s £2.6bn fixed interest and £469m index-linked bond portfolio.It holds a further £201m in UK fixed income as part of its pooled investments.last_img read more

TOP Ships Acquires Newbuilding Tanker with Time Charter

first_imgGreece-based ship owner TOP Ships has purchased all of the outstanding shares in a Marshall Islands company that owns a newbuilding contract for M/T Eco California.The high specification 50,000 dwt medium range product/chemical tanker is under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea from an entity affiliated with TOP Ships’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Evangelos Pistiolis.The company paid USD 3.6 million for the outstanding shares and the vessel is scheduled for delivery during January 2019. Upon its delivery, the tanker will be employed under a time charter with an undisclosed oil major for a firm duration of two years with a charterer’s option to extend for one additional year.TOP Ships expects a total gross revenue backlog associated with this time charter of USD 15.1 million, including the optional period but excluding any upside from the profit share arrangement.The transaction was approved by a special committee of the company’s board of directors. The capital commitments from this acquisition are estimated at about USD 13 million.“As of today, the total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of all of the company’s operating fleet, excluding any upside from profit share arrangements, stands at about $110 million and when adding the 50% of our joint venture vessels, it increases to about USD 126 million, with cash flow visibility reaching into 2021. Our business strategy remains focused on growing our fleet,” Evangelos Pistiolis, President and CEO of TOP Ships, said.last_img read more

With coronavirus spike, some Mason City School Board members wonder about delaying start of school year

first_imgMASON CITY — With the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Cerro Gordo County, some members of the Mason City School Board are wondering if it would be wise to delay the start of the school year, which currently is scheduled to start on August 24th. Board president Jodi Draper says while she  wants students back in school, the rise in coronavirus cases in the community is concerning.   “If you had to start school tomorrow, I would have to say we can’t. I want normalcy and I want us back in school, but with our numbers doing this — you aren’t keeping a five-year-old in a mask. You’re just not doing it. They hug each other, and they want to hang out with each other, and they’re kindergarteners, and at recess, and then we get to where colds start, and we sneeze, and we wipe our hands and our nose.” Draper says she’s been hearing from parents concerned about what the school year ahead will be like, with some threatening that they’ll yank their kids out of the school district for online-only approved options.   “I’m so much for ‘let’s go to school’ because I’ve had double-digits of emails almost every day of people saying if we don’t do online learning, ‘I’m going to go to an accredited place that has been tried and tested, and I’m going to put my kids in that, I will not use the public education, and then I’m not returning’. Now people say a lot of things when they are emotional and angry, and fear is very hard to reason with, but they are thinking about that, they are doing that.” Board member Jacob Schweitzer says it may be a good idea to delay the start of school and see how COVID-19 impacts other districts.  “There’s some wisdom in delaying the school year even by a couple of weeks to see what happens in the other school districts and learn from them. There may be some wisdom in that.” Superintendent Dave Versteeg says if the start of the school year would be delayed, those missed days would have to either be made up in June or extra time would have to be added to the school day.  “The issue is the 1080-hour minimum school calendar has to still be met. No school means we have no hours toward the 1080. If we have continuous learning, those hours count. If we have hybrid, those hours count. If we have on-site, those hours count. But not to have school, we don’t get to bank any hours, so if we were going to delay past the 24th, we have to add hours somewhere into the calendar to come up with the 1080 we need to meet the requirement. So the requirement has not been waived, but how you get to it has been.” The conversation was part of the review of the district’s draft “Return to Learn Plan” at this week’s school board meeting. The board will further discuss that plan at a special meeting on August 4th.  Click here to read the full “Return-To-Learn Plan”Click here to watch Monday night’s meetinglast_img read more

88th min: Chelsea 2 Spurs 2 …Leicester back in it

first_imgKicked offHT Chelsea 0 Tottenham Spurs 2  Vardy awardEven before Monday’s kick-off there was a fresh award for Leicester, with England striker Jamie Vardy voted the 2016 Footballer of the Year by England’s Football Writers’ Association.The 29-year-old striker took the award ahead of team-mate Riyad Mahrez, who had already won the Player of the Year award voted on by his fellow professionals.Vardy, who only a few seasons ago was playing non-league football, has scored 24 goals for club and country this season — a haul that includes scoring in a Premier League record 11 consecutive games.Accepting the “great honour”, Vardy said: “We’re all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we’ll never forget.”Despite the banned Vardy’s absence in their last two games because of his red card against West Ham United, Leicester have still taken four points from a possible six. That suggests that the Foxes can cope without Danny Drinkwater too.The midfielder will serve a one-match suspension against Everton after being sent off at Old Trafford, having received two yellow cards.But while Vardy saw his ban increased for an aggressive reaction, Drinkwater escaped any additional punishment Monday after referee Michael Oliver opted against reporting his response to being dismissed.As Leicester gets ready to party, Britain’s bookmakers are bracing themselves for a record football pay-out of £15 million ($22 million, 19 million euros) should the Foxes take the title.Leading firm William Hill are set to hand over £3 million alone and spokesman Rupert Adams said Monday: “I wish we had diversified our retail portfolio to include a few pubs in Leicester!”The scale of Leicester’s looming triumph can be gauged by the fact that when the 5,000/1 odds were first offered in August, bookmakers considered there was greater likelihood of pop music great Elvis Presley, who died in 1977, being found alive (2,000/1).No wonder that, in the words of one of Elvis’s greatest hits, the British betting industry is “all shook up”.Share on: WhatsApp But even if Tottenham beat Chelsea, last season’s champions, Midlands club Leicester can secure the title in front of their own fans by defeating Everton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.Ranieri, sacked by Chelsea in 2004, has urged his side to keep their concentration on the Everton match as he expects Spurs to win their three remaining league games.“In my mind Tottenham will win all three matches,” said Ranieri after Leicester’s 1-1 draw away to Manchester United on Sunday took them to within touching distance of the title.“I know all the city (Leicester) is blue, but we must continue to stay concentrated without special fireworks.“We have to stay there, on the pitch, and think there will be another tough match.”center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP |Leicester City’s remarkable season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on Monday if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the title race alive.Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge  — a ground where they haven’t enjoyed a league win for 26 years — will see Claudio Ranieri’s men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph.But as the eyes of English football, as well as fans round the world captivated by Leicester’s rise after the club were nearly relegated last season, turn to Chelsea’s west London ground, Foxes manager Ranieri won’t be watching the game.Instead the Leicester boss is due to be on a plane back from his native Italy after having lunch Monday with his 96-year-old mother.LIVE TWITTER FEEDlast_img read more

IT’S PADDY’S DAY AS DONEGAL CLAIM VOCATIONAL SCHOOL’S TITLE

first_imgPaddy by name and Paddy by nature.When Donegal needed a hero on St.Patrick’s Day, then Patrick McBrearty was willing to fill the shoes.McBrearty forgot about the pressure and blasted home a penalty to give Donegal their sixth title Vocational Schools title at Pearse Stadium in Galway yesterday. The Kilcar lad’s goal at the end of the third quarter was decisive and Donegal will feel justice was done after being denied victory in the drawn game after a mix-up in scores.Donegal minor McBrearty — who hit 2-6 in the draw — was taken down when they led by 0-9 to 0-8 after 44 minutes and he converted.Reigning champions Cork never recovered and while Jeff O’Donoghue, Gary Farrell and Michael Vaughan found their range, Donegal had points from Shaun Boyle and John O’Malley to lift the crown for the first time since 2002.Aside from the penalty, all bar one of the remaining scores from both teams came from play in a high quality game which saw Cork race into a three-point lead in the opening eight minutes. But by half-time John Joe O’Shea’s team had reduced the margin to 0-6 to 0-5. The sides were level twice in the second half before McBrearty decided the issue with his penalty.SCORERS — Donegal: P McBrearty 1-1 (1-0 pen), S McGarvey 0-3, S Boyle, J O’Malley 0-2 each, L Barrett, B McNeilis, D White 0-1 each.Cork: J O’Donoghue 0-4, J Corkery, D Harrington, M Vaughan 0-2 each, G Farrell 0-1 (1f).Donegal — C McGlynn; J Campbell, A Blair, A McCloskey; M Reilly, P Doherty, N Breslin; D White, L Barrett; S McGarvey, J O’Malley, R McHugh; B McNeilis, P McBrearty, S Boyle.Sub: S Ellis for Breslin (38). Cork — S Masters; J Ryan, E Delaney, N McCarthy; L O’Neill, D O’Connell, TJ Brosnan; G Farrell, M Howard; M Sugrue, M Vaughan, D Harrington; S Ryan, J O’Donoghue, J Corkery.Subs: G Barry for O’Neill( 42); C Flanagan for Harrington (50); A Goold for J Ryan (58).Ref — D Corcoran (Mayo).IT’S PADDY’S DAY AS DONEGAL CLAIM VOCATIONAL SCHOOL’S TITLE was last modified: March 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Unai Emery reveals Holding suffered serious injury

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Rob Holding suffered a serious knee injury during the team’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners played a 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but Holding was stretchered off nine minutes from the interval after a coming together with Marcus Rashford.But Emery, who revealed the extent of Holding’s injury, had better news for Arsenal fans, when he said Aaron Ramsey didn’t suffer a similar fate.He said, according to Sky Sports:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s the worst news for us today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his knee.”“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.”Holding appeared in 16 games for Arsenal in all competitions this season with captain and first choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny still out with an injury.The Gunners continue their 20 games unbeaten following their draw at Old Trafford but slipped to fifth on the Premier League table.last_img read more