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first_imgHamilton and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time were the big winners at the 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards on May 31. Curious Incident won in every category it was nominated in, garnering six trophies, including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play for Alex Sharp. The much-buzzed about Broadway-bound Hamilton won Outstanding Musical, picking up seven awards in total. An American In Paris followed with four, including Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Robert Fairchild; Kristin Chenoweth, Helen Mirren and Christian Borle were among the other notable names to take home prizes. The ceremony, which honors Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions, took place at Town Hall and was hosted by Laura Benanti.The full list of winners is as follows:Outstanding PlayThe Curious of the Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding MusicalHamiltonOutstanding Revival of a PlayThe Elephant ManOutstanding Revival of a Musical or RevueThe King and IOutstanding Actor in a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Actress in a PlayHelen Mirren, The AudienceOutstanding Actor in a MusicalRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisOutstanding Actress in a MusicalKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyOutstanding Featured Actor in a PlayK. Todd Freeman, Airline HighwayOutstanding Featured Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with YouOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalChristian Borle, Something Rotten!Outstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalRenee Elise Goldsberry, HamiltonOutstanding Director of a PlayMarianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Director of a MusicalThomas Kail, HamiltonOutstanding ChoreographyChristopher Wheeldon, An American in ParisOutstanding MusicLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonOutstanding LyricsLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonOutstanding Book of a MusicalLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonOutstanding OrchestrationsChristopher Austin, An American in ParisOutstanding Music in a PlayArthur Solari & Jane Shaw, Tamburlaine the GreatOutstanding Set DesignBob Crowley, An American in ParisOutstanding Costume DesignCatherine Zuber, GigiOutstanding Lighting DesignPaule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Projection Design Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Sound Design in a MusicalNevin Steinberg, HamiltonOutstanding Sound Design in a PlayIan Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Solo PerformanceBenjamin Scheuer, The LionUnique Theatrical ExperienceQueen of the NightOutstanding RevueJust Jim DaleProductions with Multiple Wins:Hamilton – 7The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 6An American in Paris – 4 View Commentslast_img read more


first_img View Comments Dean Jones, a Broadway alum who created the role of Bobby in Company, died on September 1, Variety reports. His death at his Los Angeles home, following copmlications from Parkinson’s disease, was confirmed by Richard Hoffmann. Jones was 84.Jones was born on January 25, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama to Andrew and Nolia Jones. Following his service in the navy during the Korean War, he joined the Bird Cage Theater at the California amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm. It was the same stage that launched the careers of Steve Martin and Lauren Tewes.After stepping in last-minute during an out-of-town tryout in Boston, Jones made his Broadway debut in 1960 opposite Jane Fonda in There Was a Little Girl. Later that year, he appeared in Under the Yum-Yum Tree. He would go on to reprise his performance as Dave Manning in the 1963 film adaptation.In 1962, Jones starred in the NBC series Ensign O’Toole, drawing from his military experience to play the titular officer aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific Ocean. He went on to appear in numerous Disney films over the course of his career, including That Darn Cat!, The Ugly Dachshund, and what has become his signature screen performance: The Love Bug, in which he played Herbie’s driver Jim Douglas. He reprised his performance in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and the TV series Herbie, the Love Bug. He was named a Disney Legend in 1995.Following a string of on-screen appearances, including the romantic comedy Any Wednesday opposite his former Broadway co-star Fonda, Jones returned to the stage in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. He created the leading role of Bobby, a bachelor who navigates the various marriages of his friends as he searches for —and perhaps flees from—a relationship of his own.Jones played the role in Boston before the Broadway bow and originated it on the Great White Way, though withdrew shortly after opening night. He cited his departure to stress, as the role was perhaps too close to home while he went through a divorce with his first wife, Mae Entwisle. Jones was replaced by Larry Kert, who received a Tony nomination for his performance: a rare occurrence for a replacement.After Company, Jones married actress Lory Patrick. It was around that time that he became a devout Christian. He took on many roles in projects with religious themes, including Into the Light on Broadway and the Visual Bible series. In 1998, he founded the Christian Rescue Fund, an organization aimed to provide relief for people persecuted for their religion.Jones is survived by his wife Lory, their son Michael Pastick, his two daughters from his marriage with Entwisle, Caroline Jones and Deanna Demaree, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.last_img read more


first_imgThe Task Force Trident’s most recent operation on April 8th included the capture of three Ecuadorians and the seizure of 497 kilograms of cocaine worth about $12.5 million during an interdiction off the coast of the department of Sonsonate. Two days later, the Navy confiscated 795 kilograms of cocaine it found tied to buoys floating in the sea. The drugs were valued at nearly $20 million. Joint Group Cuscatlán has collaborated with Operation MARTILLO, an effort led JIATF-S to neutralize transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit area. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom to improve security and peace throughout the region. By Dialogo May 04, 2016 “This special task force has improved its capabilities through expertise shared by SOUTHCOM, particularly to improve interdictions,” said Major General Félix Edgardo Núñez Escobar, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of El Salvador. “The result can be seen in the various seizures that have been made, preventing these drugs from reaching the black market in the United States.” Eleven days later, the task force stopped a boat transporting 600 kilograms of cocaine – worth about $15 million on the U.S. black market – off the Sonsonate coast. “The support of Task Force Trident through the Joint Group Cuscatlán has been invaluable because in a very short period of time it has allowed us to raise the level of efficiency in the fight against drug trafficking,” said Commissioner Juan Carlos Martínez, Deputy Director of Investigations with the National Civil Police during the presentation of the seizure. On March 16th, the Task Force Trident, which is part of the Joint Group Cuscatlán – an interagency task force that combats narco-trafficking nationwide – intercepted a boat sailing under an Ecuadorian flag off the coast of the department of La Paz. Its crew was transporting 280 kilograms of cocaine valued at approximately $7 million, based on the price of $25,000 per kilo on the United States’ black market. “There is coordination and interagency work, with our special forces constantly monitoring the territorial sea and responding to international alerts,” said one Task Force Trident member who could not be identified due to operational safety reasons. The operation has focused its efforts in northwestern Honduras and northern Guatemala over the past year because 80 percent of drug trafficking to the United States crosses both countries’ northern areas, according to the Salvadoran Armed Forces. Task Force Trident receives assistance from the United States based on the January 2009 Letter of Agreement of the Central American Regional Security Initiative that facilitates coordination between Joint Group Cuscatlán and the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S), which is based in Key West in the state of Florida. International cooperation “The mission of the Trident Force is to protect national maritime territory with operations to combat international drug trafficking, through direct interagency coordination and with friendly countries,” Salvadoran Navy Chief of Staff René Merino said. “In this way, we are able to raise the level of effectiveness,” The Salvadoran Navy’s Task Force Trident is dismantling narco-trafficking organizations operating in the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean, thanks to the intensive training of its members and the support of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). The force, which was formed in October 2015, has used special interdiction techniques in operations that have struck heavy blows against groups trying to bring cocaine from South America to the United States. “Thanks to the constant work being done by Task Force Trident, we are prosecuting people for the crime of drug trafficking who could face penalties of up to 20 years in prison under our current criminal code,” said Cecilia Rivera, the Chief of the Specialized Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Attorney General’s Office. last_img read more


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first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Berks County after intense storms produced flash flooding between July 11 and 12, 2019.“Low-interest loans are a significant part of helping people and businesses recover from flooding,” said Gov. Wolf. “We appreciate that the SBA granted our request.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flooding in Berks County, as well as neighboring counties Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery and Schuylkill may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:Salvation Army409 S. Reading Ave.Boyertown, PA 19512Opening: Friday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m.Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 7 & 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Closed: Sunday, Sept. 8 & 15Closing: Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailingdisastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 4, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is June 3, 2020. September 04, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Berks Countycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgThe pension fund of professional services group Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) has hedged £3.4bn (€3.8bn) of liabilities against increases in member longevity.The deal is thought to be the third-largest longevity risk transfer for a UK pension fund, and the second largest using a captive structure.In MMC’s case, the trustees established a wholly owned insurance company on a Marsh captive platform with its own independent board of directors. Marsh is the world’s largest captive insurer, according to the company.Canada Life Reinsurance and Prudential Financial were the reinsurers, each covering half of the liabilities. These were the liabilities associated with around 7,500 members. Mercer, which is owned by MMC, acted as adviser. Source: Credit – Steve JohnsonGuernsey is a top growth domicile for captive insurersLongevity swap pricing has come down over the past 12 months and other large transactions are expected to be completed this year.Ian Aley, head of transactions at Willis Towers Watson, said: “Despite the current debate regarding whether recent heavier-than-expected mortality should delay activity to manage longevity risk, we are advising many schemes for whom a longevity swap is a key next step on their risk management journey, and who are taking advantage of the fall in longevity swap pricing over the last 12 months.”The MMC transaction is at least the second this year to use a captive insurer. Earlier this week IPE revealed that one of British Airways’ defined benefit pension schemes also created its own insurer for the purposes of a longevity risk transfer, which covered £1.6bn of liabilities.The structure was pioneered by the BT Pension Scheme in 2014, for a £16bn hedge. A few months later the Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund also used a captive structure for a £1.5bn deal.The pension schemes of Aviva and AXA UK have completed relatively large longevity swaps with internal insurers, but these were not captive structures given that insurance is their sponsors’ business. The MMC pension fund has roughly £7.5bn of assets, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds survey.Using a captive insurer avoids paying an upfront premium, Prudential said.William McCloskey, head of international longevity transactions at Prudential, said: “This significant transaction highlights the importance of the captive solution in longevity risk transfer and proves the captive remains an important option for trustees to efficiently and cost effectively transfer longevity risk in the manner that works the best for them.”last_img read more


first_img2 Marita Crt, Bushland Beach“I do love this house and it’s such a shame I can’t pick it up and take it with me.”Agent Michele Hyde found the multiple living spaces and big bedrooms a major plus.“There’s lots of space for the whole family as well as a huge entertaining deck which opens to the pool which is very private,” she said. “It’s close to the water at the end of a nice quiet court.”Ms Hyde said Bushland Beach was a “very nice, relatively new suburb so you get nice new houses like this one. It’s very well planned, with wide streets.”“The great thing is if you look at that home and consider trying to rebuild one like it, you couldn’t possibly reproduce it at anything under $800,000.”The double-storey home also has a gourmet kitchen with huge five burner gas stove and a double pantry, and is just a couple minute’s walk to the beach. 2 Marita Crt, Bushland Beach“A great feature is we can have many people visiting at one time and never feel we are sitting on top of one another,” Ms Schmitt said.“It has a beautiful sea breeze right through the home and you can hear the beach at night from our beds.”She said the home also had a “huge amount of storage” which she loved, and multiple zones so everyone could also have space to relax or chill out.It has a pool with a massive patio for entertaining and a carpeted theatre room with Western red cedar louvres tucked away off the rumpus/gym area. And the white plantation shutters throughout kept the house very cool.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The family has lived in the home for 12 years and built it to have “a very relaxed beachy feel with neutral tones”.The home even allows for a small business to be run on site.“I have a hair salon/waxing studio with its own side entrance private from the house,” Ms Schmitt said. “Great for teens or office or hobby or another bedroom.”The suburb was “very family oriented”, she said and had its own beachside resort, medical centre, Coles, chemist and pathology centre. 2 Marita Crt, Bushland BeachMARIANNE Schmitt feels a bit teary at the thought of leaving her family’s much-loved home close to the beach.“Bushy Beach,” as the area is affectionately known to locals, “has been a wonderful place to raise my two sons,” she said.“My oldest is 28 and my youngest 19, we are relocating due to work opportunities and commitments.“This home has seen many a party and family celebration which will make it hard to leave.”The contemporary five-bedroom, two-bathroom, twin garage house at 2 Marita Court, Bushland Beach was listed at $649,000 by Remax agents Michele Hyde and Alex Wellman.It sits on a large 855 sqm block and was the second home the family had built.last_img read more


first_imgGreenpeace has informed that its 35 activists and its Arctic Sunrise ship have been released following last week’s arrest in Norway.The Norwegian Coast Guard last Thursday boarded the Arctic Sunrise and arrested the ship and the crew at Statoil’s Korpfjell drill site in the Barents Sea, after Greenpeace’s protest against Statoil’s drilling in the Arctic. Apart from Statoil’s drilling, the activists were also protesting against the Norwegian government’s granting of oil licenses “in violation of Norway’s Constitution and the Paris Agreement.”The crew and the Greenpeace have been released in Tromsø, Northern Norway.Six activists have been fined for breaching the safety zone around the semi-submersible drilling rig, Songa Enabler, on Thursday.“Greenpeace considers the arrest by the Norwegian authorities to be unlawful as the protest was carried out in an area, where the activists have a right to protest peacefully in connection with the right of freedom of navigation and none of the grounds for boarding a foreign flagged vessel under international law were present. Greenpeace believes the action was important and necessary to highlight the Norwegian government’s granting of licenses for Statoil’s irresponsible drilling program,” the conservation group added.“The activists stand for what they did and are facing the consequences. They have acted peacefully and with the urgency necessary to protect the global climate that the Norwegian government is right now putting at risk with reckless oil drilling in the Arctic. This new aggressive search for oil is a violation of Norway’s Constitution and a completely backwards decision while the rest of the world is agreeing to phase out fossil to reduce global warming,” said Truls Gulowsen, head of Greenpeace Norway.“I am happy that we managed to expose the Norwegian government’s true face behind the self-proclaimed image as a green frontrunner. We protested peacefully with the support of hundreds of thousands people to make it clear that the Norwegian government is making a historic mistake with the opening of a new oil frontier. They know that more oil extraction will fuel extreme weather events like typhoons and droughts, so it’s about time they set people’s lives and health higher than short term oil profits,” said Austrian activist Dalia Kellou.Greenpeace said it would continue to oppose Arctic drilling.Statoil is using the Songa Offshore-owned Cat D drilling rig Songa Enabler to drill the Korpfjell well in production license 859, which was awarded in the 23rd licensing round in 2016. As such, Greenpeace alleged, the license is subject to a lawsuit filed together Nature & Youth last October and scheduled for hearing in November.“The next battle will be fought in the courtroom through a climate lawsuit brought against the Norwegian government for handing out new Arctic oil licenses. Greenpeace Nordic and Nature and Youth will meet the Norwegian government in court on 14th November, arguing that the new oil licenses are a violation of the right to a safe and healthy environment as stated in the Norwegian Constitution (Article 112), also safeguarded for future generations as well as the Paris Agreement,” Greenpeace said.The drilling site is in the northern sector of the Barents Sea South-East area, 37 kilometers from the Russian boundary and 415 kilometers from the Norwegian mainland. Water depth at the site is 253 meters. The Korpfjell well is the northernmost oil operation ever in Norway.The Korpfjell well might be one of Statoil’s last chances for a major discovery in this year’s Barents Sea drilling campaign. Statoil’s previous wells, Blåmann, Kayak, and Gemini North, were a bit of a disappointment. Namely, the first one was a small gas discovery, the second one was an oil discovery totaling between 25 and 50 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalents, and the third one aimed for oil but made a small, non-commercial, gas discovery.Once the rig completes its operations on the Korpfjell well, it is scheduled to drill the Koigen well from August 22 until September 17. It’s unclear whether the Greenpeace protest has impacted the drilling schedule. Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more


first_imgBatesville, IN—The Margaret Mary Health Foundation was recently the recipient of a generous donation from Izzy’s at Hillcrest. The $1,000 donation will benefit the Foundation’s Girls on the Run Fund.In late June, Izzy’s hosted a fundraiser featuring 5 Lights, dancing and appetizers, all in the name of raising money for the Health Foundation’s Girls on the Run Fund. “Girls on the Run is a really great program,” says Bill Gardner, Co-owner of Izzy’s at Hillcrest. “I’m a dad myself now so this [program] hits a little bit closer to home, being able to empower young girls and give them the confidence to grow up and be successful young adults.”“We’re so grateful to Izzy’s at Hillcrest for supporting Girls on the Run and the Margaret Mary Health Foundation. Thanks to Adam [Israel], Bill, their staff and the community for their generous support,” says Mary Dickey, Foundation Executive Director.Margaret Mary’s Health Foundation was established in 2012 to raise money to enhance hospital programs, services, technology and educational opportunities, and to engage the community as partners in health improvement.  The Foundation’s role is to receive, manage and disburse funds to meet current hospital needs as well as ensure long-term growth and viability.last_img read more


first_img “We were absolutely delighted with his run, I think everybody was. It just looked like he was back to his old self again,” said Hennessy. “We knew his work lately and his schooling was just a lot better than it had been over the past few seasons for some reason. He’s been jumping out of his skin this year. “We didn’t want to say anything until he ran and when we saw him 20 lengths clear down the back straight, he looked back to his old self. Andrew (Lynch, jockey) said he was tanking along. “He was up against a horse that was rated 173 the last time he ran. We were 145 and had to give him 7lb. Our horse stuck at it well enough. “He’s taken the race very well, not a bother on him. “He’s going to get an entry in the good handicap at Cheltenham and the same weekend there’s a big handicap in Navan. He’ll get an entry in that. “The handicapper has only put him up 3lb for the other day. He could have put him up more, so were delighted with that. “I’ll put him in both and have a look nearer the day.” Trainer Robbie Hennessy had been buoyed by Rubi Light’s homework in the build-up to his reappearance so was not surprised to see his stable stalwart running the 2013 Punchestown Gold Cup winner to two and three-quarter lengths on unfavourable terms. The County Meath handler will now look at the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on December 12 and the Foxrock Handicap Chase at Navan the following day for his next run. Rubi Light is set to run at Cheltenham or Navan next month following his excellent effort behind Sir Des Champs at Thurles last week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more