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Congrats to Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson as The Color Purple Officially Opens

Star Files View Comments The Color Purple Jennifer Hudson Danielle Brooks Cynthia Erivo Related Shows 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. View All (4) Joaquina Kalukango Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Celie’s here! The Color Purple, starring Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and more, officially opens on December 10 at the Great White Way’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.To celebrate the too beautiful for words revival of the John Doyle-helmed tuner, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait. There’s Erivo as Celie, Hudson as Shug Avery, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo, Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie, Patrice Covington as Squeak and Kevyn Morrow as Pa.Broadway.com wishes the The Color Purple team a happy opening—enjoying pushing “da button” tonight! read more

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Peru to Track Narcoterrorists by Satellite

first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2012 Peru arranged to use a satellite and 20 acquired helicopters in the fight against remnants of the Shining Path, who are acting in alliance with drug traffickers, stated Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano, on October 13. “We are initiating efforts to obtain cutting-edge technology, because we will start monitoring narcoterrorists by satellite,” highlighted the Minister. Cateriano declined to give further details about these events, and indicated that the government of President Ollanta Humala has taken “urgent measures” to provide law enforcement with “modern technology to better confront these criminals.” According to the government, the term “narcoterrorist” refers to the partnership between drug trafficking gangs and the Shining Path guerrilla remnants that take refuge in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM), a jungle and mountain area where the majority of coca crops are grown. “We want to increase the acquisition of helicopters, because it is extremely urgent to combat terrorism and drug trafficking due to the wild geographic characteristics of the VRAEM,” said the official without elaborating on details about the negotiations. During U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s official visit to Lima, Cateriano said they discussed the possibility of using some of the helicopters sent by Washington in the fight against drug trafficking.last_img read more

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10 simple money-saving tips that carry a big bang at the end of the year

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Joe YoungSome of the more frequently touted personal finance tips can come across as unreasonable, too difficult, too time consuming, or irrelevant. Yet, the search continues across all income brackets for how to comfortably spend less and save more.Below are 10 simple money-saving tips that you may not have thought about – each with some serious financial benefits. Saving money does not have to be a chore; it is an accumulation of habits and adjusted perspectives, none of which are detrimental to your daily routine.The goal of these 10 tips is to not overhaul your life, but to make manageable, tiny tweaks that carry a big bang at the end of the year.1) Use Cash. After setting budget, take out cash for your entertainment-spending pocket. It’ll ensure that you do not spend above the designated amount. Since a coffee here, a hamburger there really adds up, and quickly, making sure that those erroneous expenses are always paid in cash will help you stay on top of that expense area, an area frequently a victim of the swipe and forget plague. continue reading »last_img read more

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Towns, city deserve fair share of sales tax

first_imgAs a former Schenectady city councilman and county legislator, I can speak from experience regarding the need for our elected city, town and county officials to fight for the people who elect them into office. There’s a real issue this election that the Schenectady County Legislature has truly hoarded a disproportionate share of the sales tax dollars and is shortchanging every town and the city of Schenectady.Every legislator up for election this year has failed the people who have voted them into office with the exception of Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle and Councilman Jim Martin — they’re the only ones speaking up. And if we want our fair share, we need to have a clean sweep of the career politicians, especially those who are double-dipping from public dollars on the county payroll.In 2004, Schenectady County sales tax revenues were approximately $48 millio. Since then, these revenues have grown to approximately $98 million. Niskayuna, Glenville, Rotterdam and the city’s share have practically remained stagnant, while these revenues have more than doubled. The bottom line is every local portion of your property tax bill could be reduced by up to 50 percent.Do you want your fair share? Vote Row B and send a message that we are mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.Peter GuidarelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, music Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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US tops world in virus cases, overtaking China and Italy

first_imgEconomic devastation The pandemic has already, and rapidly, been catastrophic to the global economy.In the United States, the world’s largest economy, the Labor Department reported that 3.3 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week — by far the highest number ever recorded.Job losses have swept across sectors from food services to retail to transportation as nearly half of the country has closed to “non-essential” businesses.”It is staggering. We are only seeing the initial numbers; they will get worse, unfortunately,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, estimating that half a million people in the city would lose work. But Wall Street soared for a third straight day, recouping more of this month’s hefty losses, on expectations for the largest stimulus in US history.The Senate early Thursday unanimously passed a $2 trillion package that will provide cash payouts averaging $3,400 for a  family of four. Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced confidence that the House of Representatives would follow suit on Friday.President Donald Trump, who has been hoping that a strong economy would win him re-election in November, has been one of the few US leaders to seek a quick return to normal. Priests at risk The global lockdown — which also hemmed in India’s huge population this week — tightened further on Thursday as Russia announced it was grounding all international flights, while Moscow’s mayor ordered the closure of cafes, shops and parks.Tokyo’s millions of citizens have been told to stay home, too, just days after the city was forced to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games for a year.China said it was barring entry to most foreigners, fearing that imported cases were undermining its success in bringing domestic transmissions way down.And South Africa braced for a nationwide lockdown as its cases climbed to more than 900 — about a third of Africa’s 2,975 cases.   The impact of the virus has stretched well beyond frontline health workers, with billions trapped in their homes and facing what experts say could be lasting psychological harm.In virus-stricken Italy, clergy members have been among the worst affected. Out of Italy’s more than 7,500 deaths, 67 have been priests.But offering a glimmer of hope, both Italy and Spain have seen lower daily rates of new infections this week. The World Health Organization called Italy’s numbers “encouraging signs” but warned it was “still too early to say whether the pandemic is peaking.”A study from Britain’s Imperial College provided a grim prediction, saying 1.8 million people could die worldwide this year even with swift action to halt the virus. With fears mounting of a global recession if not depression, leaders from the Group of 20 major economies held crisis talks by video link Thursday, pledging a “united front” to fight the outbreak — along with an enormous financial injection. “The virus respects no borders,” the leaders said in a statement.”We are injecting over $5 trillion into the global economy, as part of targeted fiscal policy, economic measures, and guarantee schemes to counteract the social, economic and financial impacts of the pandemic.” They also pledged “robust” support for developing nations, where coronavirus could next take hold after ravaging China and then Europe. Record one-day toll in France Alarmed by the rapid spread of the sickness in Italy, France has taken aggressive action to stem the virus and went under lockdown on March 17.But the 365 deaths reported Thursday was its highest in a one-day period and, alarmingly, included a 16-year-old girl — a rare case of a young person succumbing to a virus that has devastated the elderly.”It is very difficult to estimate when the peak will come,” French health official Jerome Salomon said. “People who are ill now were infected before the confinement began.” “Now there is less contact, people are going out less and get infected less. So we hope there will be fewer people getting sick next week and fewer people going to hospital,” he told reporters.With hospitals under severe strain, medical workers in Italy and Spain are making painstaking choices.”If I’ve got five patients and only one bed, I have to choose who gets it,” Sara Chinchilla, a pediatrician at a hospital near Madrid, told AFP.”People are dying who could be saved but there’s no space in intensive care.”In Britain, the National Health Service said London’s hospitals are facing a “continuous tsunami” of seriously ill COVID-19 patients, despite a lockdown imposed this week.And in New York, the virus  hotbed in the United States, authorities hope to stem the growth of infections as the city needs to more than double the number of available hospital beds.”Almost any scenario that is realistic will overwhelm the capacity of the current healthcare system,” Governor Andrew Cuomo warned. Topics : The United States on Thursday took the grim title of the country with the most coronavirus infections and reported a record surge in unemployment as world leaders vowed $5 trillion to stave off global economic collapse.More than 500,000 people around the world have now contracted the new coronavirus, overwhelming healthcare systems even in wealthy nations and triggering an avalanche of government-ordered lockdowns that have disrupted life for billions.In the United States, more than 82,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, edging out Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China, where the virus was first detected in December in the metropolis of Wuhan. But the unity pledged by the G20 has been in short supply with China and the United States trading barbs over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.And Italy as well as Spain, which has the second-highest death toll, objected to a draft economic plan by the European Union which they saw as too weak.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wants a “strong and sufficient” financial response that deploys “innovative financial instruments truly adapted to a war,” his office said.last_img read more

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Contested Perrin mansion hits market with massive price tag

first_imgIt became the centre of a protracted battle with the bank.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoLocated on exclusive Cronin Island, the property was owned by Nicole Perrin nee Bricknell – the former wife of Mr Perrin – who sold it for $6.1m in 2012 after winning a protracted battle against bank seizure. SIGN UP FOR THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER The home features just about every luxury the millionaire set could want including a 2,000 bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, a rooftop deck with uninterrupted city skyline views, an elevator, a 10m infinity pool by the river and a 12m pontoon plus jet ski pontoons. The four-storey mansion, which is being marketed by Ryan Ward and John Natoli of The Agency, is on a massive 1,239sq m waterfront block. The home was owned by Nicole Perrin. A lot of work went in to making the most of the breathtaking location. 15 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.A JAW-DROPPING mansion at the centre of a battle between disgraced former Billabong head Matthew Perrin and the Commonwealth Bank has come back on the market at more than double what it sold for at the height of the drama.The seven bedroom, eight bathroom, 12 car space home at 15 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise, has been listed at $13.8m. The home was designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining.The Commonwealth Bank was still owed $9m of that loan when it attempted to seize Ms Bricknell’s Cronin Island mansion. During the trial, Ms Bricknell told the jury that her husband’s financial betrayal was “worse than having an affair”. Mr Perrin will be eligible for parole in three years. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Wine tasting anyone? Appealing entrance. Neat way to display that valuable wine collection.Mr Perrin was jailed a year ago today and sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty on nine fraud and forgery charges including forging his ex-wife’s signature so her property could be used as security for his loan.At the time, The Courier-Mail reported that “the conviction means the jury believed that Perrin, a father of three, was lying when he testified he didn’t knowingly deceive the Commonwealth Bank by signing for his ex-wife and his brother Fraser on loan documents worth $13m signed in 2008”. Now that’s a room with a view.last_img read more

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Geneva pension fund steps up climate change efforts

first_imgThe CHF12.8bn (€10.9bn) pension fund for the Swiss canton of Geneva has cut out coal-related companies as part of a wider plan to reduce the carbon impact of its investment portfolio.CPEG is also mulling further carbon footprint constraints, according to chief investment officer Grégoire Haenni, via exclusions or best-in-class approaches in its investment portfolio. Best-in-class approaches involve seeking out companies that are leaders on a particular matter within a given sector or industry.The changes have been influenced at least in part by former vice president Al Gore. The environmentalist and chair of Generation Investment Management was a speaker at IPE’s annual awards conference in Prague last year and also held a private session with a select group of pension fund delegates, of which Haenni was one.“I was very honoured to have the opportunity to meet with him in a closed session and it was very inspiring because I realised that it’s happening now, and that this is because governments are now involved and committed,” Haenni told IPE. Al Gore addresses IPE’s annual conference in Prague in NovemberRecent climate change-oriented steps taken by CPEG include measuring the carbon footprint of its equity and corporate bond investments, the first time the pension fund had conducted such an exercise.This week it announced that the results were encouraging, in that the CO2-equivalent emissions linked with the portfolio were less than the market’s.In connection with the carbon footprint results CPEG announced that it had decided to ban investments in coal extraction and production. This would only affect a few holdings and studies showed it would not cost much in the way of tracking, said Haenni.  “It’s not because we are excluding coal that we are really going to have a big impact on carbon emissions, but it’s an ongoing process and this is one step,” he said.Engagement and co-operation plansCPEG this week also announced that it was joining the internationally-oriented engagement group co-ordinated by Ethos. The Ethos Engagement Pool International carries out engagement programmes on a range of topics and sectors for its institutional investor members.The pension fund would also like to express its stance on climate change via impact investing, according to Haenni.He said CPEG was interested in exploring impact investing in Switzerland by inviting other asset owners to co-invest in domestic projects.Haenni emphasised that climate change was not a new consideration for the pension fund.Two years ago it embarked on a pilot energy efficiency project in its real estate portfolio, which saw it carry out more than 1,000 tenant visits and ultimately win the “Watt d’or” (“Golden Watt”) award from the Swiss federal energy department.Now, however, the pension fund wanted to implement climate change considerations across all asset classes, he said. “It’s always been important for CPEG but now we want to be an active member of the IIGCC [Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change].”CPEG joined the IIGCC in January.last_img read more

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Renovation transforms Gold Coast house into resort-like home

first_img74 Port Jackson Blvd, Clear Island Waters. 74 Port Jackson Blvd, Clear Island Waters. 74 Port Jackson Blvd, Clear Island Waters.AN extensive renovation has breathed new life into this Clear Island Waters home.Owners Gary and Sandy Mills bought the five-bedroom house in 2017 with plans to give it a modern facelift.After six months of hard work, the couple transformed it into a waterfront retreat. MORE NEWS: Where the Coast’s interstate buyers are coming from 74 Port Jackson Blvd, Clear Island Waters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s been a major ‘back to bare bones’ renovation,” Mr Mills said.The house has an unusual floorplan with a lounge room and wraparound outdoor entertaining terrace at its heart. One side of the house has the kitchen, laundry, ensuited bedroom and double carport while the other has four other bedrooms, including the main, with three bathrooms.MORE NEWS: On the market for the first time in two decades 74 Port Jackson Blvd, Clear Island Waters.“The entertainment area is just amazing, we spend all our time there,” he said. “The whole thing just seems more like a resort than a house.”Mr Mills said they spared no expense in the renovation as they intended to stay there “forever.”However, they have decided to sell so they can move closer to their family. A path from the front gate to the porch lined with tropical plants runs through the middle.Mr Mills said the entertainment area, particularly the outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, was where they spent most of their time.last_img read more

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Chrysaor to use visualisation software on newly-bought North Sea assets

first_imgAberdeen-based Return To Scene Limited, part of James Fisher and Sons, will supply London-based independent oil & gas company Chrysaor with its R2S visualization software.As a result of last week’s deal between Chrysaor and Return To Scene, the North Sea operator will gain access to photographic models of the Everest, Lomond, and Armada assets which it acquired from Shell. R2S provides high definition, 360 degree photographic images – capturing any asset and providing the user with a desktop visual walk aroundThe three assets in question are part of a package of assets which consists of Shell’s interests in Buzzard, Beryl, Bressay, Elgin-Franklin, J-Area, the Greater Armada cluster, Everest, Lomond, and Erskine, and a 10% stake in Schiehallion. Chrysaor bought the asset package this year from Shell for up to $3.8 billion.According to Return to Scene, the R2S models of Everest, Lomond, and Armada will enable users to virtually walk around the assets, review, and add data from diverse sources and information systems, and plan for upcoming projects all from the comfort of the office.Ruth Christie, business development director at Return To Scene, said: “Having access to the R2S software and photographic models at this early stage in Chrysaor’s ownership of Everest, Lomond and Armada will enable rapid familiarisation with the assets acquired, and aid understanding of the requirements of its operation.“It will also allow Chrysaor to operate with efficiency, reduced risk, and reduced costs while maintaining all asset related data in a logical and central location. We are delighted to work with Chrysaor and support its aim to become the leading independent oil and gas company in the North Sea – a key region for Return to Scene.”Information available the Return to Scene website, the company’s client list includes the likes of BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Chevron, to name a few.The company explains that its solution, providing onshore personnel with a detailed view of offshore facilities, visual context and measuring capabilities, reduces Operational Expenditure (OPEX), increases efficiencies, improves operational safety and collaboration in the supply chain across the industry and throughout the lifespan of an asset from front-end design to eventual decommissioning.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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US LNG exports drop on week

first_imgLNG World News Staff Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States declined during the week ending Wednesday, April 11, the Energy Information Administration said in its weekly natural gas report.Five LNG vessels with a combined capacity of 17.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) have departed Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass plant from April 5 to April 11, according to EIA.This compares to six LNG carriers with a combined capacity of 21.4 Bcf the week before.In addition, one vessel with a 3.5 Bcf transport capacity was loading at the terminal on Wednesday.The natural gas feedstock to the Sabine Pass terminal averaged 3.5 Bcf/d during the report week, as compared to 3.7 Bcf/d last week.To remind, Dominion Energy said on April 10 that its Cove Point LNG export terminal in Maryland, the second US facility to produce LNG from shale gas, has entered commercial service for natural gas liquefaction and export.Following maintenance, the facility has been ramping up to full production.Shell’s LNG tanker Gemmata was docked at Cove Point on Friday, according to its AIS data.Two more tankers were en route to the terminal, with anticipated loadings in April, EIA noted in its report.last_img read more

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