On the Town Revival Begins Broadway Previews

first_imgWelcome back to this helluva town! The Broadway revival of On the Town begins preview performances on September 20 at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods). The new production, directed by John Rando, stars Tony Yazbeck as Gabey, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Chip and Clyde Alves as Ozzie. Opening night is set for October 16. First seen on Broadway in 1944, On the Town, which features music by Leonard Bernstein and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical’s toe-tapping hits from the show include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” The new production premiered at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts last year. In addition to Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves, the cast includes Alysha Umphress as Hildy, Megan Fairchild as Ivy Smith, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire, Jackie Hoffman as Madame Dilly, Michael Rupert as Judge Pitkin and Allison Guinn as Lucy Schmeeler. The ensemble features Chip Abbott, Tanya Birl, Angela Brydon, Holly Ann Butler, Julius Carter, Kristine Covillo, Lori Ann Ferreri, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephen Hanna, Eloise Kropp, Brandon Leffler, Jess Leprotto, Cory Lingner, Skye Mattox, Michael Rosen, Samantha Sturm, Christopher Vo, Cody Williams and Mikey Winslow. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 Related Shows View Comments On the Townlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Sutton Foster’s Special Guests & More

first_imgDavid Yazbek Tapped for Fish in the DarkSo far we’ve been left somewhat in the dark about Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, which begins previews at Broadway’s Cort Theatre tonight. To keep the mystery up (and we can’t wait to see the show, we admit it!), we’ve been told purposefully little about the production’s plot and it turns out, creative team. Until David Yazbek’s recent tweet we had no idea that the Fully Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels scribe would be doing the music for Fish. Yazbeck also revealed something that we’ve been longing to know about the play: “I got to tell you it’s really f**king funny.” Thank you for the update, Mr. Yazbek!Off-Broadway’s Big Love Delays First PreviewA little delay for Big Love off-Broadway. Owing to the recent winter storm and subsequent loss of rehearsal time, the Signature Theatre production has pushed back its first preview by a day—the modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Danaids will now begin performances on February 4. Written by Charles Mee and starring Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert and more, the show will still officially open on February 23 and run through March 15.Michael Ball Will Headline Mack & MabelAcross the pond, West End fave and Broadway alum Michael Ball (The Woman in White, Aspects of Love) is returning to Chichester this summer in a new production of Mack & Mabel. Directed by Jonathan Church, the classic musical comedy will run July 15 through September 5 at the Festival Theatre, with opening night set for July 21. The show will then head out on a U.K. tour.Derek McLane Has Another Beautiful NightTony and Emmy-winning production designer Derek McLane won another gong to add to his collection on January 31—a Directors Guild Award for his work on the 86th Annual Academy Awards. McLane is currently represented on the Great White Way by Beautiful: The Carole King Musical—watch below as he exclusively shares with Broadway.com the vision behind his set. You’ll soon also be able to see his designs in the upcoming Gigi and Living on Love. Sutton Foster Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Sutton Foster’s Special GuestsWe now have more details about Sutton Foster’s previously announced solo debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Pops’ latest season! The two-time Tony winner will be joined by special guest artists Joshua Henry and Megan McGinnis on March 13. Whatever they have in store for the Big Apple, it looks like it’ll be toe-tappingly good fun—check out below Foster’s Instagram pic of herself and Henry in Houston this weekend. Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ Elena Kampouris on Wanting to Chill with Marie Antoinette & More

first_imgElena Kampouris(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Les Liaisons Dangereuses View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017center_img Related Shows Age: 19Hometown: Bridgewater, NJCurrent Role: Elena Kampouris makes her Broadway debut in Les Liaisons Dangereuses as Cécile Volanges, a young convent girl who is ensnared in La Marquise de Merteuil (Janet McTeer) and Le Vicomte de Valmont’s (Liev Schreiber) games of seduction as lovers-turned-rivals.Stage & Screen Cred: While this role marks Kampouris’ Broadway bow, she has been seen onscreen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, American Odyssey, The Cobbler, Labor Day, Men, Women & Children and Gossip Girl. She will also appear in the upcoming film Before I Fall.last_img read more

FirstEnergy to close Bruce Mansfield coal plant two years early

first_imgFirstEnergy to close Bruce Mansfield coal plant two years early FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:The owner of the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Beaver County, the largest in the state, said the facility will shutter in November, nearly two years ahead of an already truncated schedule.Bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. blamed a “lack of economic viability in current market conditions” for the decision to close the remaining unit still operating at the plant. Two other units have been offline for a year and a half, following a January 2018 fire that damaged pollution control and other equipment.Last month, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 272 that represents 230 workers at Bruce Mansfield scored a victory against the company in federal court that could yield about $5.5 million in back wages. The union alleged that after contract negotiations resulted in an impasse, FirstEnergy Solutions unilaterally imposed working conditions.A spokesman for the company said last month that FirstEnergy Solutions would review the decision and that any payments would ultimately get hashed out in bankruptcy court. The company’s reorganization plan is slated to be heard by a bankruptcy judge this month, four months after the same judge called FirstEnergy’s earlier disclosures about the plan “patently unconfirmable.”“Deactivation activities” at Bruce Mansfield should be done by May 2020, FirstEnergy Solutions said in a press release Friday. “In all cases, the company will comply with its collective bargaining agreement, including severance as applicable, and have already initiated discussions with union leadership.”More: Bruce Mansfield to close in November, FirstEnergy Solutions says.last_img read more

Bozinovic: Self-isolation is being abolished for those entering BiH

first_img“We are in the stage of dancing with the virus, we analyze on a daily basis. The EU is likely to come up with recommendations, these talks are ongoing today. We are likely to liberalize the border crossing regime to some extent when it comes to EU citizens and our neighboring countries. This will mean entering the Republic of Croatia in a way that all those who enter adhere to epidemiological measures, would no longer mean the obligation of self-isolation for those who come from BiH. I expect it tomorrow at the latest. “, said Bozinovic. Minister of the Interior and Head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters Davor Bozinovic announced today the opening of borders towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, ie the abolition of mandatory two-week self-isolation for those coming from BiH, and the decision should be made tomorrow, reports Index.hr Source: Index.hrlast_img read more

Europe sets sights on dud antibody tests amid COVID-19 free-for-all

first_imgMuch is on the line, even beyond the potential for fraud.Governments and companies are relying on these tests to measure how widely the virus has spread as they rush to get their economies and employees back to work and avoid a second wave of infections, even if they do not prove immunity.False results could undermine that effort.Many people have also been using kits, also known as serological or blood tests, at home or for personal checks in clinics. Topics : Since April the number of antibody kits carrying the region’s CE mark of quality doubled to more than 200, according to a list compiled by the EU Commission, the EU executive.Some of these kits are unreliable, half a dozen national regulators and industry sources across Europe told Reuters. A dozen tests have been subject to regulators’ warnings for mis-selling, including in Spain and Sweden.At least nine of them are no longer allowed to be sold in the United States, according to a Reuters analysis of public data from the Food and Drug Administration, which clamped down on the sector last month.The EU Commission is now looking at changing the self-certification regime that allows test-makers to label their products with the CE mark themselves, an EU official and two European regulatory sources told Reuters, declining to be named as the plans have not been made public.Among changes being examined, companies could be required to have tests reviewed by independent watchdogs before placing the CE mark on them, the sources said.That would mark a significant toughening of the current regime, whereby makers merely self-certify compliance with EU safety rules and supervisors can subsequently penalize them if their claims turn out to be false.Guidance setting out minimum performance criteria for tests could also be adopted, the two regulatory sources told Reuters. Under current rules, kits can carry a CE mark regardless of their accuracy.When asked about the plans, a spokesman for the Commission, the EU executive, said it was “currently considering the best way forward”.”We are assessing a number of different instruments available together with member states to see which action is the most appropriate,” he added.’Spending lots of money’Scientists have not yet definitively proven whether or how long COVID-19 survivors are immune to new infections, even if they developed antibodies.Nevertheless, many people are willing to pay for the tests – and many don’t come cheap, selling for anything from a few euros to more than 150 euros in some private clinics in Europe.It’s a potentially lucrative business: testing about 450 million people in the EU would cost billions of euros based on such prices.”People might be spending lots of money for nothing,” said Pauline Constant of BEUC, a European consumer organization.Severin Schwan, CEO of Swiss drug giant Roche which has its own antibody test, sounded an alarm in late April, when he said some tests on the market were a “disaster”. The World Health Organization also warned that tests on the market were not sufficiently reliable and could not prove immunity.Such comments were backed up by a study conducted by the Dutch regulator who found in May that none of 16 reviewed tests were trustworthy.”The test results are not reliable. The percentage of false positive and false negative results is too high,” the study concluded, without naming the manufacturers.”Those tests are quite meaningless,” said a spokesman for the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate, a part of the health ministry that supervises public health.Despite the poor results, clinics and labs in the Netherlands are still allowed to offer these tests.Industry backs rule reviewIntroducing an independent review of products would bring forward an EU reform that had been agreed before the coronavirus crisis but was not due to take effect until 2022.In the absence of an EU performance standard for tests, France has already set its own thresholds. About 60 kits have met the country’s requirement of at least 90% of correct positive results, a measure known as sensitivity, and 98% of correct negative results, so-called specificity.Under current EU rules, overseen and enforced by national watchdogs, manufacturers must seek authorization before using the CE mark only for so-called home or self-tests, which are those who can be performed at home without professional advice.About a dozen antibody devices have been unlawfully marketed as CE-marked self-tests without prior authorization, according to the Spanish and Swedish regulators.Low performance is not in itself illegal and has been tolerated in Europe in the initial phase of the COVID-19 crisis because tests were rare. But companies cannot exaggerate the accuracy of their devices.An official at the Swedish regulator said the body had yet to start performance checks, while two pharmaceutical industry sources said such checks were rare in Europe.There is however a balance to be struck on regulation, according to industry experts who worry that if new rules are too strict or onerous they could delay the deployment of tests to conduct large-scale epidemiological surveys.But greater scrutiny could help improve the tarnished reputation of the sector.MedTechEurope, the trading body for medical technology firms including Abbott, Roche and Siemens Healthineers , backed plans to review industry regulations.”We support the intention of these plans, and would welcome the opportunity to provide the industry’s input into this debate on how to best ensure only well-performing tests are on the market,” it said.center_img The market for COVID-19 antibody tests is red-hot. It has ballooned in a matter of months as hundreds of products flood the world for people who want to find out whether they’ve already had the virus.The problem is, some of them don’t work properly.As a result, European authorities aim to tighten regulation of the new sector, to weed out tests that give consistently inaccurate results and crack down on companies that make false claims, three sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.last_img read more

CFA Institute ESG disclosures standard to be ‘broader’ than SFDR

first_img“It aims to help investors understand how and why ESG factors are incorporated in a product and investment strategy and how that may suit their needs, whatever those needs may be, which may go beyond environmental sustainability,” he said.With regard to the Eurosif code, Fidler said this was primarily for a retail audience while the CFA Institute standard was envisaged as being helpful for professional institutional investors and advisers as well.“Additionally, our standard will contain procedures for testing and assurance,” he added.ESG-related features, needsThe association intends that the standard it is working on apply to investment products, without extending to an asset manager’s organisation. This is arguably another difference with the SFDR, which foresees entity-level reporting for certain entities. A key concept of the envisaged standard is that of ESG-related features. CFA Institute said these were expected to serve as the backbone of the standard “in that they are a mechanism to connect investor needs and disclosure requirements”.Six such features are being proposed: ESG integration; ESG-related exclusions; best-in-class; ESG-related thematic focus; impact objective; and proxy voting, engagement and stewardship.The consultation paper sets out a proposed definition of each feature, which in turn consists of six components, including the feature’s function, the benefit, and “alignments” – how the feature’s definition aligns with other organisations’ definitions.The consultation paper does not set out disclosure requirements themselves, but for each feature identifies “types of issues to be addressed by disclosure requirements”.A series of questions are asked about each feature, such as whether the proposed definition is clear and, for certain suggested features, sufficiently distinct.As concerns ESG-related investor needs, CFA Institute has identified five, also distinguishing them from the motivation behind them. It has also proposed a ”matrix” showing the relationship between ESG-related needs and features (see below).Transparency, not ‘cheerleading’The problem CFA Institute is seeking to address with its standard is the inconsistency and variation in ESG-related terms, investment approaches and disclosures.“There is enormous confusion,” said Gary Baker, managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at CFA Institute, during the media briefing. “The primary aim of what this standard is trying to do is bring a degree of order out of that chaos.”The consultation paper emphasises that the forthcoming standard would not be about defining what constitutes an ESG or sustainable investment product or strategy, or pronounce on the relative strength of different approaches.Instead, the intention is to provide greater transparency and comparability for investors by enabling asset managers to communicate more clearly communicate the ESG-related features of investment products with such features.“We are not trying to be cheerleaders on any this, we’re trying to offer full, fair information to people that can then utilise it to make their own decisions,” said Baker.In going for a disclosure-based standard CFA Institute is leaning on its experience with its Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS). Fidler said the standard is “distinctly different from other standards that seek to establish disclosure requirements for corporate issuers, prescribe requirements for the labeling or rating of securities or investment products, or define best practice for a particular strategy or approach”.The consultation paper was developed with input from 15 investment professionals working as volunteers in the context of an ESG working group that was formed in January year.CFA Institute is now looking for volunteers to support the next phase of the standard’s development. It is looking to form two committes, a verification committee and a technical committee.The consultation paper and response reform can be found here.CFA Institute’s proposed ESG-related features-needs matrix#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. It has identified two other regulations or initiatives in this category: the SFDR, which is one of the regulations that has resulted from the European Commission’s 2018 sustainable finance action plan, and the Eurosif European SRI Transparency Code.Fidler explained that the CFA standard would be different to both. About the SFDR, he said its requirements were “geared to help investors understand the sustainability of investment products” but that the CFA Institute standard would be broader.center_img The ESG disclosure standards that CFA Institute is working towards will be “broader” than the EU’s sustainable finance disclosure regulation (SFDR), the lead on the former’s project told journalists yesterday afternoon.Chris Fidler, senior director, global industry standards at CFA Institute, was speaking during a media briefing about the launch of a consultation paper about the investment professionals association’s proposals for the scope, structure and design principles for the envisaged standard.It is looking for feedback on these aspects by 19 October, with a plan to publish an initial version of the proposed disclosure requirements for the standard in May next year.In pursuing the development of a standard, CFA Institute has taken the view that, despite a wealth of existing and developing ESG-related regulations, standards, labels, and initiatives, there was, according to Fidler, “still a place for CFA Institute to contribute, specifically in the establishment of specifications for investment product disclosures”.last_img read more

Bill targeting loan sharks clears first hurdle

first_imgStuff.co 27 Sept 2013Legislation targeting unscrupulous money lenders has had its first reading in Parliament and although it has been generally welcomed across the political spectrum, some question the time it has taken to reach this stage.The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill had its first reading on September 17.The bill has been referred to the Commerce Committee.The bill rewrites the rules for consumer lending with the aim of offering greater protection to those who are more vulnerable to  loan sharks.Minister of Commerce Craig Foss says vulnerable consumers often have limited financial literacy and lack knowledge of their rights.“This bill is about protecting vulnerable consumers,” Mr Foss says.“We know that, unfortunately, all sorts of people can be vulnerable because they lack financial literacy.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/central-leader/9212468/Bill-targeting-loan-sharks-clears-first-hurdlelast_img read more

2014 Decatur County Fair Baby Show Results

first_imgBonita Hellmich with the Decatur County Extension Office has released this year’s Decatur County Fair Baby Show results:Twins1st – Jack & Henry Dwenger, sons of Jason & Michele Dwenger2nd – Kylee & Kinlee Schutte, daughters of Julie & Gary Schutte3rd – Jazmyne & JaydeAnn Hendershot, daughters of Kevin & Shanna HendershotGirls 0-3 MONTHS:1st – Abbigehl Comer, daughter of Michael & KayLynn Comer2nd – Zoey Elaine Coomer, daughter of Morgan Fasbinder & Ty Coomer3rd – Serenity Farless, daughter of Kayla Farless3-6 MONTHS:1st – Norah Lynn Francis Pinson, daughter of Rebekah Pinson2nd – Abigayle Meyer, daughter of Jody & Justin Meyer3rd – BraeLynn Dawn Balser, daughter of DarinRae & Brandon Balser6-9 MONTHS: 1st – Skyla Moore, daughter of Christina & Derek Moore2nd – Brittany Bridgewater, daughter of Jeremy & Angela Bridgewater3rd – Grace Hensley, daughter of Brandon & Sam Hensley9-12 MONTHS: 1st – Baylen Palmer, daughter of Briana Palmer2nd – Maci Marie Kelley, daughter of Heather Branstutter & Daniel Kelley3rd – Allison Jo Miller, daughter of Courtney Nichols & Zachary Miller12-15 MONTHS: 1st – Anna Gatewood, daughter of Jennifer & Darian Gatewood2nd – Harper Ogden, daughter of Natasha & Scott Ogden3rd – Maddi Jo Koors, daughter of Jodi & Randall Koors15-18 MONTHS: 1st – Lia Edmondson, daughter of Sasha Edmondson2nd – Nora Rathburn, daughter of Crystal & Jeremy Rathburn3rd – Sophia Lea Nowling, daughter of Lean Nowling18-24 MONTHS:1st – Jaylee Roth, daughter of Taneisha & Matt Roth2nd – Lilly Morton, daughter of Ashley & Eric Morton3rd – Rebekah Henson, daughter of Brianna & Rick HensonMOST FEMININE:Navy Rayne Class, daughter of Allison ClassBoys 0-3 MONTHS:1st – Parker Schneider, son of Kody & Jackie Schneider2nd – Jacob Lee Crowell, son of Nathan & Lynsey Crowell3rd – Jasper Williams, son of Robin & Charles Williams3-6 MONTHS:1st – Louis Little, son of Helen Macaluso & Cody Little2nd – Ayden Davidson, son of Tyler Davidson3rd – Timothy Porter, son of Gary & Jenny Porter6-9 MONTHS:1st – Jax Thompson, son of Kayla Ortman & John Thompson2nd – Samuel Cole Black, son of Elizabeth Bowman & Cody Black3rd – Jake Wright, son of Brandon & Heather Wright9-12 MONTHS:1st – Brett Carl Noah, son of Scott & Brandi Noah2nd – Gus Lane, son of Michelle & Charles Lane3rd – Landon Matthew O’Dell, son of Matthew & Cheyenne O’Dell12-15 MONTHS:1st – Xavier Vires, son of Becky Vires2nd – Bentley Underhill, son of Josh & Heather Underhill3rd – Owen Jones, son of Daniel & Lindsay Jones15-18 MONTHS:1st – Landon Lee Dwiggins, son of Jenna Dwiggins2nd – Logan Rouse, son of Chassidy Hubbard3rd – Nathan Allen Bowen, son of Angel Hopper & Chad Bowen18-24 MONTHS:1st – Aaron Abplanalp, son of Brett & Amber Abplanalp2nd – Jonathan Arnett, son of Stephanie McConnell & Tyler Arnett3rd – Kyle Beltran, son of Paige BeltranMOST MASCULINE:Markus Friend, son of Megan & Lyle Friendlast_img read more

Greensburg street overlay schedule released

first_imgGreensburg, In. — As part of the 2018 Greensburg street overlay program these street closures will take place between Wednesday, October 3 and Friday, October 12:West Washington Street from Ireland Street to West StreetKathy’s Way from N. Michigan Avenue to Neil Solgere WayWilder Street from Main Street to S. Michigan AvenueMacy Lane from E Greenview Drive to Freeland RoadThe following street closure will take place beginning Monday, October 8th and last through Friday, October 12th:Davidson Street from Main Street to Central Avenuelast_img read more