18 Jan

Michael Grandage Enlisted to Direct B’way-Bound Frozen

first_img Related Shows View Comments Michael Grandage has been tapped to helm the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Frozen. The New York Post reports that the Red Tony winner has boarded the production after a bit of a switcheroo with the creative team, which saw Alex Timbers depart the project as director, Bob Crowley as designer and Peter Darling as choreographer. Grandage’s longtime colleague Christopher Oram will now design the sets and costumes. A spokesperson for Disney Theatrical Productions declined to comment.The move comes after reports that Billy Elliot’s Stephen Daldry could take charge of the tuner.The show is currently scheduled to make its world premiere in August 2017 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts followed by a New York bow in spring 2018. The New York Post has previously reported that the musical would play the St. James Theatre—the current home of Something Rotten!. Jujamcyn Theatres recently announced renovations to the St. James to expand the back wall.Along with Red, Grandage garnered Tony nods for The Cripple of Inishmaan, Mary Stuart and Frost/Nixon. His largest Broadway musical to date was the 2012 Evita revival.The stage adaptation of the Disney blockbuster will feature the beloved tunes (and several new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee. Frozen Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020last_img read more

1 Jan

Retailers, legislators meet to discuss Vermont’s first-in-the-nation credit card law

first_imgToday, Vermont legislators, retailers, and representatives from the Vermont Retail Association and Vermont Grocers Association met at the Elmore Store in Elmore, Vermont, to discuss the importance of Vermont s new credit card law. Passed unanimously by both legislative bodies in Vermont, the law, S.138, prohibits abusive practices by credit card companies. The law will take effect on January 1, 2011. It is the first and only such state law in the country.The Elmore Store was a fitting location for the gathering as Kathy Miller, who owns the store with husband Warren, has been supporting credit card legislation at the state and federal level for years. She first testified in Washington, D.C. in 2006 at the request of Senator Patrick Leahy and testified again in 2009 at the request of Representative Peter Welch. Kathy Miller stated, ‘the passage of this Vermont legislation will definitely help small stores like ours and is an important first step in the fight for reasonable and fair transaction fees to storekeepers and our consumers.”Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith, a key supporter of the new law, said The bargaining power that Visa and MasterCard have is greatly out of balance with that of our small merchants. This law shows once again that Vermont can lead the way in assisting small business.This event caps many months of hard work by the legislature, the Vermont Retail Association and the Vermont Grocers Association to draft and support the law. It will be a boon to retailers, who have long suffered under the credit card companies coercive practices. Merchants often lose money on small purchases made with a credit card because the fee paid for processing the credit card exceeds any profit margin.Key elements of the new bill:· Allows merchants to set up to a ten dollar minimum for credit card purchases without being fined or penalized by the credit card companies.· Allows merchants to offer discounts for cash, checks or other forms of payment.· Allow merchants to determine which business locations will, and will not, accept cards, without being fined or penalized by the companies.Tasha Wallis, Executive Director of the Vermont Retail Association, concluded, It has been a long, hard battle, and we re so pleased that, at the end of the day, Vermont legislators showed bipartisan support for a law that assists small grocers and retailers around Vermont.”Source: VRA. 6.22.2010-30-last_img read more

31 Dec

Settlement paves way for Consumers Energy coal phase-out in Michigan

first_imgSettlement paves way for Consumers Energy coal phase-out in Michigan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:Consumers Energy has reached an agreement with a broad coalition of advocates on the utility’s long-term clean energy transition, weeks after the plan was in jeopardy due to disputes over key provisions.In June 2018, Consumers was the first utility to file a long-term integrated resource plan as required in 2016 state energy laws. Key aspects include Consumers’ plan to eliminate coal and reduce carbon emissions 90 percent by 2040. The company also proposes a 5,000-megawatt increase of solar capacity by 2030 and to ramp up energy storage capacity in the plan’s later years. The plan does not call for new natural gas plants.While subject to commission approval, the proposed settlement agreement no longer puts the plan in jeopardy. The agreement was filed with regulators on March 23.“The settlement enables our Clean Energy Plan and puts us on a path to zero coal substituted by increased renewable energy — most notably solar — all done in an affordable way through a competitive marketplace,” Consumers President and CEO Patti Poppe said in a statement. “Michigan will have one of the cleanest and most affordable energy systems in the country through this standard-setting plan.”Environmental groups have called Consumers’ plan transformational in its commitment to clean energy and raised concerns about the judge’s rejection recommendation last month.“The settlement agreement reached by a diverse set of groups on Consumers’ integrated resource plan demonstrates clearly that Michigan can transition from uneconomic coal plants directly to efficiency and renewables while maintaining reliability and saving ratepayers money,” said Charlotte Jameson, energy policy and legislative affairs director for the Michigan Environmental Council. “If approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, the settlement will ensure that Consumers’ customers realize the full clean air and affordability benefits that come when our utilities retire coal plants, ramp up energy waste reduction programs, and build out renewables instead of gas.”More: Michigan utility reaches deal over long-term clean energy planlast_img read more

19 Oct

China bans trade, consumption of wild animals due to coronavirus

first_imgThe use of wild animals for non-edible purposes, including scientific research, medical use and display, will be subject to strict examination, approval and quarantine inspection.Prior to the announcement, traders legally selling donkey, dog, deer, crocodile and other meat told Reuters they planned to get back to business as soon as the markets reopen.Many academics, environmentalists and residents in China have joined international conservation groups in calling for a permanent ban. Online debate within China has also heavily favored a permanent ban. Topics : China’s top legislature said it will immediately ban the trade and consumption of wild animals, in a fast-track decision it says will allow the country to win the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.The announcement, made late on Monday according to the official Xinhua News Agency, comes after an initial suspension of the trade and consumption of wildlife in January.Scientists suspect, but have not proven, that the new coronavirus passed to humans from animals. The disease has now killed almost 2,700 people in China and spread to countries around the globe.center_img Some of the earliest infections were found in people who had exposure to a wildlife market in Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan, where bats, snakes, civets and other animals were sold.”There has been a growing concern among people over the consumption of wild animals and the hidden dangers it brings to public health security since the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak,” said Zhang Tiewei, a spokesman for the top legislature’s Legislative Affairs Commission.Zhang said it was both urgent and necessary for the decision to be made at the “critical moment for the epidemic prevention and control”.The decision, made by the National People’s Congress, stipulates the illegal consumption and trade of wildlife will be “severely punished” as will be hunting, trading or transporting wild animals for the purpose of consumption.last_img read more

19 Oct

‘It affects our revenue’: Garuda Indonesia suspends more flights as coronavirus spreads

first_imgTopics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced it expects its financial performance would be adversely affected by the global COVID-19 outbreak as it cancels more flights because countries around the world are struggling to limit the movement of people to contain the virus.The airline has been forced to cut flights to and from China and reduce the number to several other destinations, such as Singapore and Hong Kong.On Thursday, Garuda’s top executive said the airline was forced to halt even more after the Saudi government imposed a temporary ban on all umrah (minor haj) by foreigners because of the spread of the pneumonia-like illness.  The COVID-19 outbreak, which according to Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has infected more than 83,500 people worldwide and killed more than 2,800 as of Friday, has prompted several countries to impose travel bans or warnings in an effort to contain it.Indonesia’s tourism industry is expected to be hit hard as Chinese tourists were the second largest group of foreign visitors to the country last year.The government announced on Tuesday a stimulus package worth Rp 10.3 trillion ($742 million) to boost consumer spending and boost the tourism industry. Of that amount, about Rp 298.5 billion is to be channeled into incentives for airlines and travel agents to attract foreigners to Indonesia and another Rp 443.39 billion into discounts for domestic tourists visiting various attractions.“Hopefully, this one shall pass quickly, so we can recover fast,” Irfan said. Garuda Indonesia has stopped a total of 40 weekly flights from and to China and suspended its Denpasar-Hong Kong route, operating flights to and from Hong Kong from Jakarta. It has also reduced the frequency of flights between Jakarta and Singapore from 10 per day to only three. To cope up with the situation, Garuda wants to open new routes to replace the temporarily closed ones, such as by linking Denpasar with Brisbane, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.Garuda is not alone. Several international airlines, such as British Airways, American Airlines, AirAsia and Cathay Pacific, have also suspended or reduced flights because of travel bans and falling demand.  “This would potentially hit Garuda’s financial report this year,” Binaartha Sekuritas analyst Nafan Aji said on Thursday. “At times like this, government stimulus for the tourism and aviation sectors is very important to boost the industries and keep them surviving.” He expected the airline to implement strategic measures, such as cost efficiency and revenue maximization from other potential flights or new routes, to survive this situation.center_img “It is inevitable that the [COVID-19] coronavirus outbreak would affect our revenue significantly,” Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra told a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday. The Saudi travel ban has worsened the situation, he added, since the airline operated four daily flights to Mecca with wide-body aircraft. “However, we have yet to calculate the exact amount of the loss,” he said.Garuda Indonesia’s stocks, traded with the code GIAA on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, dropped by 5.63 percent following the statement. The stocks went further down by another 8.2 percent on Friday afternoon even as the bourse’s main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index, plunged 3.47 percent.The airline booked US$122.8 million in profits from January to September last year as its revenues jumped by 10 percent annually to $3.54 billion. Its total liabilities were worth $3.5 billion as of September, a slight increase from the $3.4 billion in the corresponding period of 2018.last_img read more

29 Sep

Dutch government fears losing UK as partner on EU pensions

first_imgOmtzigt had asked how the government would ensure it found new partners on the EU pensions dossier.In Klijnsma’s opinion, it was good that the review of the IORP directive had been completed, as it would provide clarity about European legislation during the coming years. The new IORP directive will be evaluated in six years’ time. However, the state secretary emphasised the importance of staying focused and keeping in touch with other EU member states, the European Commission, and the supervisor for the sector, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. Omtzigt referred to an earlier statement by Gerard Riemen, director of the Netherlands’ Pensions Federation, who had also noted that the country would “lose a partner in Brussels” when the UK leaves.Riemen predicted that finding a new partner would be difficult, “because of the differences between the predominantly capital-funded Dutch pensions system and the pension arrangements elsewhere in continental Europe”.Earlier, Dutch pension funds had made clear they feared the uncertainty for investments and their funding that Brexit was causing. The Dutch pension fund assocation expressed concerns about the impact of Brexit on EU pension legislation negotiations even before the referendum last year. The Dutch government has added its voice to concerns from the country’s pension funds that the UK’s exit from the European Union will mean the loss of an ally on pension matters.  Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for social affairs, has indicated that the cabinet fears losing a partner on the pensions dossier as a result of the UK leaving the EU. Answering questions in parliament last week, she said that Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrats (CDA), had rightly noted that the Netherlands’ best partner on pensions is to leave the EU.“This is a worrying development indeed,” she said.last_img read more

28 Sep

Maersk Drilling lands $300 million worth drilling contract with Inpex

first_imgMaersk Drilling-owned ultra-deepwater semi-submersible Mærsk Deliverer has been awarded a three-year contract by Inpex Australia and joint venture participants for drilling at the Ichthys gas and condensate field in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia. Mærsk Deliverer; Source: Maersk DrillingThe rig owner said on Wednesday that the estimated value (revenue) of the three-year contract is $300 million, including mobilization. This means that the rig’s dayrate is around $270,000.The contract is expected to start in second quarter of 2020 and it also includes two one-year options.Mærsk Deliverer, an ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig delivered in 2010, is currently operating offshore Timor-Leste.“We are very pleased to have secured long-term work for Mærsk Deliverer adding significantly to our contract backlog in the floater segment. Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project is one of Australia’s largest resources projects and we look forward to supporting a successful operation for Inpex and joint venture participants,” said Jørn Madsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling.“With this contract award we retain a well-balanced forward coverage in the floater market with long-term contracts while maintaining exposure to a market recovery,” he added.Demerger In related news, Danish shipping giant Maersk, the owner of Maersk Drilling, last February started a process to “demerge” the driller, living up to its August 2018 announcement it would split up with Maersk Drilling and list it as a standalone company, subject to shareholders’ approval.The company has already proposed a new member for the board of directors of the new company. Alastair Maxwell is expected be elected as a member of the board of directors of Maersk Drilling which will be named The Drilling Company of 1972 following the demerger.On Tuesday, April 2 at the annual general meeting of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S (APMM) it was resolved to complete the tax-exempt, partial demerger of APMM effected through a contribution of APMM’s holdings of shares in Maersk Drilling Holding as well as certain other assets and liabilities to a newly incorporated Danish limited liability company and, thus, The Drilling Company of 1972 A/S (Maersk Drilling) was incorporated and has been registered with the Danish Business Authority.Maersk Drilling will submit its application for admission to trading and official listing of its shares on Nasdaq Copenhagen. The first day of trading and official listing of the shares in Maersk Drilling on Nasdaq Copenhagen is expected to take place on April 4, 2019 at 9.00 a.m. (CEST).Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

20 Sep

Pochettino support for Adebayor

first_img “We have the opportunity to achieve fifth in the table and we need to put our energy into Everton.” One player who will be in action this weekend is Harry Kane. The 30-goal striker has been included in England’s Under-21 squad for the European Championships in the Czech Republic, giving him little down time over the summer. Pochettino said: “We need to be positive. We spoke with the FA and (manager) Gareth Southgate, and now we need to back the FA and Under-21. “We hope they come back with the trophy and Harry scores a lot of goals. Then we need to provide (him) a good rest to start next season in a good condition. Pochettino added: “It is our job to design a very good strategy to try and give Harry after the tournament a good rest and prepare him for the next season. “We need to back Harry and that Harry can be sure and confident in our skill to manage him when he is back from the tournament, so that next season he will be stronger.” Kane has not scored in his last four matches, but Pochettino is not concerned. “This happens in football, up and down with a player, and all some times the period during the season it is difficult to score every game,” he said. “But I am not worried about that and only now we need to back him and be positive in the future.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino continues to offer Emmanuel Adebayor the club’s full support after the striker was given compassionate leave to return to Togo, but will give no guarantees on his future at White Hart Lane. While Pochettino completely understands the player’s individual situation, the club will assess the future of several squad members once the season has concluded. “This is a private life. I spoke with him earlier in the week, it is difficult for him and for that of course we let him go to Togo and fix his problems with his family,” said Pochettino. “It is hard for him. It is sad but he needs to fix the problem with his family in Togo.” Asked about the future of the former Arsenal and Manchester City forward, Pochettino said: “This is a different problem. “One problem is his private live, the other is the sports side and always we need to take a decision for the future of the club, but here is no decision yet. “We need to take a decision (on what we will start to do with the squad) next week and at this moment we don’t take any decision.” Pochettino, though, will not allow any distractions ahead of the trip to Goodison Park, where Spurs could secure Europa League qualification. “We are very focused on Sunday, he is focused on sorting his problem,” Pochettino said. Earlier this week Adebayor published the latest in a series of lengthy Facebook posts in which he revealed he had contemplated suicide due to a family feud. The 31-year-old had already been allowed time away earlier in the campaign and will miss Sunday’s final Barclays Premier League match against Everton, as well as the post-season trip to Kuala Lumpur and then Sydney. Press Associationlast_img read more

19 Sep

Cricket News Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara fifties gives India edge in Boxing Day Test vs Australia

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mayank Agarwal’s journey from being ignored to becoming the 295th player to make his debut for India could be part of a thrilling Bollywood movie. The right-hander, who banged hard on the doors of national selection in 2017/18 with over 2000 runs in domestic cricket, was ignored then. He continued to score runs but was still ignored. Agarwal was picked in the West Indies series but not given a game. His omission from the initial squad for the Australia tour was interpreted as unfair. Agarwal got the nod for Melbourne only because Prithvi Shaw was ruled out. When he got the chance, the right-handed batsman pounced on it and struck a glorious fifty on debut. Aided by Cheteshwar Pujara’s second fifty in the series and Virat Kohli’s aggressive knock, India made a great start to the Boxing Day Test by reaching 215/2 at stumps on day 1 against Australia in Melbourne on Wednesday.Virat Kohli won an important toss and chose to bat. When Hanuma Vihari strode out to bat with Agarwal, the duo became the first Indian opening pair to open for the first time in Tests in 82 years. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all tried to extract life from a wicket which had some grass covering but lacked the zip, pace and bounce of Perth and Adelaide. Agarwal made confident progress while Vihari ensured that Australia could not capitalise the first hour.Read More | How Virat Kohli holds a crucial edge in Boxing Day Test vs Australia?However, Cummins broke the 40-run opening stand when he got Vihari (8) out with a sharp bouncer that thudded into the gloves and the ball lobbed to third slip where Finch took the catch. Agarwal was joined by Pujara and the duo steadied the ship. While Pujara focused on stonewalling the Australian attack, Agarwal got going with a couple of boundaries and reached his maiden fifty by smashing Nathan Lyon for two boundaries. The reception that Agarwal received at the G would have eased all the years of hardship and frustration.Read More | Pujara continues fine form with brilliant fifty in Boxing Day TestAgarwal grew in confidence and he launched Lyon into the stands at deep midwicket for a big six. However, in the last over of the second session, Cummins, who was the only bowler to extract some life from the deck, once again bowled a bouncer which Agarwal could only fend to the leg side. However, Pujara and Virat Kohli looked in great touch and ensured Australia toiled in the final session.Read More | India vs Australia, highlights: Pujara, Agarwal 50s keyKohli aggressive, Pujara solidThe final session saw Kohli easing into confidence with a couple of boundaries. Although the likes of Starc and Hazlewood tempted him to drive away from the body, Kohli survived and made good progress. The Indian skipper survived an LBW appeal off Lyon and it was not overturn on review as the impact was outside off stump. At the other end, Pujara continued to bat with positivity and reached his 21st fifty and second of this series.Read More | Agarwal, Vihari achieve a 1st for India in Boxing Day after 500 TestsWhen the second new ball was taken, Australia sensed an opening and they looked to take a couple of wickets. In the 87th over bowled by Starc, the pressure was built nicely. The left-armer got a ball to cut back in off the deck and Kohli was rapped on the pads but the ball was possibly going over the stumps and missing leg stump. Next ball, Starc delivered the sucker punch as he bowled a full and wide delivery. Kohli edged it but Tim Paine dropped the catch. The next four balls featured deliveries which were more than 150 kmph but Kohli negotiated it safely.India have made the right start but the dropped chance of Kohli at the end of the day has given the visitors plenty of momentum as the Test progresses. last_img read more

18 Sep

BCB/GNNL/RHTY&SC Upper Corentyne 100-ball tournament

first_imgNo. 73 Young Warriors, CWC Sports Club and No. 72 Cut & Load record victoriesLAKERAM Latchman led from the front with ball and bat to steer the No. 73 Young Warriors to an easy win over Scottsburg United in the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), RHTY&SC MS 100-ball knockout cricket tournament for teams in the Upper Corentyne.CWC Sports Club and No. 72 Cut and Load also recorded victories on Sunday.In their clash at the No. 73 ground, Scottsburg United batted first and scored 97-9 off their allotted balls. Shahab Rasheed scored 29, while Aaron Jamalodeen added 20. Bowling for No. 73 Young Warriors, skipper Latchman and Rajesh Bisnauth finished with 4-25 and 4-19 respectively.The home team in reply, raced to 103-3 off 84 balls, with Latchman finishing with 37 not out. Ojraj Singh, who scored 32, also finished not out. Akram Ally led Scottsburg United with 1-8.Meanwhile at the No. 69 ground, No. 72 Cut and Load defeated No 69 Vikings by 10 wickets. No 69 Vikings were routed for 48. Only V. Lallbeharry (12) and S. Rajaram (12) showed resistance, but neither could get on top of the bowling. Devanand Chattterpaul took 3-6, Abindra Paresar 2-10 and Victor Pedro and Rishi Persaud 2-11 each.Led by 28 from Persaud and 10 not out from Ramesh Omaperaud, No.72 Cut and Load then raced to 49-0.At CWC, the home team defeated Radha Krishna Academy by nine wickets. The visitors reached 77 in their innings, with Chandradeo Laljit and Khemraj Dhup scoring 13 and 12 runs in that order.Darshand Chalitar and Jalid Singh finished with 3-14 and 3-17 respectively to lead the home team, who replied with 78-1. Naresh Deo led the attack with 36 not out, while Bishram Shukram added 34 unbeaten runs.Twenty-four teams from the UCCA are in the competition.last_img read more