Broadway Grosses: Fun Home & More Draw Crowds Before the Big Night

first_img View Comments With one week until the Tony Awards, audiences are clamoring to catch Broadway’s latest offerings before some shows win big—and before tickets become elusive. While many productions saw a drop in grosses from the previous week (though no cause for concern; it was a holiday weekend), some shows continued to climb the boards. Fun Home, which received 12 Tony nominations, celebrated its highest gross to date at $628,970 and led the pack by capacity for the second consecutive week. Something Rotten! and The King and I, up for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively, also brought in their highest grosses this past week. We’ll soon find out which shows will benefit most from Broadway’s biggest night.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 30:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1.The Lion King ($2,026,910)2. Wicked ($1,670,922)3. Aladdin ($1,469,138)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,417,312)5. An American in Paris ($1,339,416)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hand to God ($406,784)4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($390,177)*3. It Shoulda Been You ($272,693)2. Airline Highway ($160,888)1. The Visit ($149,023)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (102.76%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.45%)3. Fish in the Dark (101.56%)4. Aladdin (100.03%)5. The King and I (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (61.09%)*4. Gigi (54.31%)3. It Shoulda Been You (54.26%)2. The Visit (49.45%)1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (49.13%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Colombian and Ecuadorean Presidents Reinforce Links Towards Border Development

first_img The Colombian and Ecuadorean presidents, Juan Manuel Santos and Rafael Correa, respectively, met in the border town of Tulcan (Ecuador) on December 11 to strengthen bilateral relations, by means of signing eight cooperation agreements, and to analyze security and defense concerns. The heads of state met at the Polytechnic State University of Tulcan to enhance development plans on the bi-national border of 720 km between the Pacific and the Amazon. In this context and in the presence of Santos and Correa, who ratified a joint declaration, the two countries signed ministerial agreements for health, security, social security, education, science and technology, among others. “We have 180 years of diplomatic relations, and we are in one of our best moments,” expressed the Colombian president at the closure of the meeting, adding that the initiative of meeting his counterpart “is a great way to bring the two countries together.” Santos also added that “we are going to encourage more commerce” of Ecuador to Colombia, and he highlighted that “we have ignored our borders for 200 years, and we have decided that this is a mistake that we should amend by means of cooperation and good relations.” Correa stated that the Tulcan meeting “has been a historical, successful day.” “Long live Colombia, long live Ecuador,” he added. Both heads of state are promoting links between their countries after the diplomatic crisis that emerged following a Colombian military attack on an illegal camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Ecuadorean territory on March 1, 2008, by which Ecuador broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia. By Dialogo December 13, 2012last_img read more

Goodner named state courts administrator

first_img Goodner named state courts administrator Associate EditorElisabeth “Lisa” Goodner, a homegrown Tallahasseean who worked her way up the ranks of state government from clerical work, has been named the new state courts administrator.“As I’ve said to the staff and judges, I am humbled by their confidence in me, and I’m honored by the opportunity,” said 47-year-old Goodner, who had served as deputy state courts administrator since 1993, second-in-command of the office that provides administrative support to more than 850 Florida appellate and trial judges.“They know me. They know who they are getting, and they’ll take me anyway,” she said with a chuckle.“I know them, and I know the work we’re doing, and I’m deeply committed to seeing the judicial branch through the next several years and doing what I can to help with this big transition.”Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead gave Goodner a strong vote of confidence when he named her to the position: “Lisa’s experience, proven ability, strong leadership skills, and passionate representation of the third branch of government will provide the stability that is critically needed at this time.”Goodner is a veteran at working with the legislature on court budget issues and the Article V, Revision 7 transition. This year of severe budget cuts was the most challenging in her career, she said, which ended with the painful elimination of 13 positions from the Office of the State Courts Administrator, nearly 12 percent of the total staff of 116 employees.“Lisa has 24 years experience in Florida state government, with 10 years of direct service helping manage the Office of the State Courts Administrator at its highest level,” said Chief Justice Anstead.“Because the state courts are facing immediate challenges, including the final implementation of Revision 7 a year from now, the court determined it was important to fill this vacancy without delay with the most experienced person we could identify,” Chief Justice Anstead said.Revision 7, a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1998, requires the state to assume a substantial part of local trial courts that now falls on county commissions. The deadline for final implementation is July 1, 2004.“I would say life has never been the same since the Constitution Revision Commission met,” Goodner said. “We started working on the amendment with Ken Palmer (longtime state court administrator who died of cancer in 2001). He and I were the principals who worked on Revision 7, and it has been a major focus of this office ever since. The culmination of all those years we spent preparing for it came to the table with the legislature this session. I feel very good about the work we did with Revision 7. The budget, obviously, was a disappointment to us all. What we achieved with the implementation, however, we are well poised to go into next year and secure the funding. It’s challenging, no question it’s very challenging. It’s the biggest challenge we’ll face this decade.”Goodner replaces Robin Lubitz, who resigned his position effective June 30. When Lubitz came on board as state courts administrator in January 2002, he knew he was stepping into the firing line. In an interview with the Bar News last year, he said, “I knew that we were moving toward this change, but I don’t think I realized the enormity of it until I actually got here and realized all it’s about.”Before coming to Tallahassee, Lubitz had most recently served as chief deputy for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, helping to manage a court system with more than 5,000 employees and a budget in excess of $360 million.Goodner said she is excited about continuing to serve the judicial branch. Her favorite part of her job at OSCA, she said, is that “it’s just never the same any two days. It’s always a different challenge, and there’s always something new to learn. I enjoy tremendously working for the judiciary. I have so much respect for the judges in this state and have found it always to be a real pleasure to serve in this branch. It is fascinating work.”While dealing with changes sparked by Article V, Revision 7 will take a huge chunk of her time, Goodner said she looks forward to working on other court initiatives, as well.“OSCA has gotten a federal grant for good projects. These are court improvement issues I want to spend a lot of time on, projects that will improve case processing and will provide better outcomes for our citizens.”After receiving her bachelor’s degree in government from Florida State University in 1978, Goodner’s first state job was doing clerical work at the Department of Administration, where she worked for six years. From there, she spent another six years in personnel at the Department of Corrections, and came to OSCA in 1990, where she began as chief of personnel services and expanded to budget and finance areas.Among her accomplishments at OSCA has been developing policy and implementation planning for Revision 7, including being instrumental in the creation of the Uniform Chart of Accounts, helping pass legislation for the creation of the Article V Trust Fund, overseeing a significant study of court funding issues through cost inventory collection, helping develop policy relating to Revision 7 implementation legislation passed by the 2003 Florida Legislature, and serving as lead staff to the Trial Court Budget Commission.She was recently honored with the inaugural Kenneth R. Palmer Award of Distinguished Excellence in Judicial Administration, given by the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges and the Trial Court Budget Commission.Goodner is a third-generation Floridian whose family hails from Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach. Her father, the late Dr. I.N. Harrison, was director of medical affairs at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and her mother, Miki Harrison, now lives in Atlanta.Goodner is an avid runner, is active in her church, Christ Presbyterian, and has two children, Caroline, 17, a senior at Leon High School, and Andrew, 21, a senior at FSU. Goodner named state courts administrator July 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Saving The Planet Is Not A Luxury—It’s An Urgency

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Dan KriesbergIn the 1980s, two of the most serious environmental problems were the hole in the ozone layer and acid rain. As the gap in the ozone layer of the atmosphere grew bigger, increased levels of the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun would reach the surface of the planet. Increased UV light leads to increases in skin cancer in humans and other health risks. Acid rain was killing trees in the Northeast and causing lakes to become so acidic that freshwater fish could not survive.We don’t hear so much about these two problems because their threat has greatly diminished due to bipartisan legislation. In 1989 the Montreal Protocols went into effect. This international treaty was negotiated by President Ronald Reagan and banned the ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons. In the ensuing years the hole has been closing, although in 2015 its 10.9 million square mile size was still bigger than Russia and Canada combined. The Clean Air Act first signed into law in 1972 by President Nixon and revised in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush decreased levels of six common air pollutants by 69 percent. The legislation that eased these threats are lifesavers and money savers. Lawmakers were able to work together for the common good.There is a concept in economics called ecosystem services. It means the accounting of the economic value that the natural world provides for us. The ozone layer protects us from high levels of UV light. If we destroy the ozone layer, the expense of that protection will fall on us. Imagine the cost in health care alone. The forests that would be killed by acid rain provide us with flood control, increased water quality and act as a sink to absorb excess carbon. Without the forests we would have to pay for those vital services.There are no free lunches. Everything is connected. What we do matters. Laws and regulations that protect the environment are not just there for pretty flowers and cute animals. They protect us and save us money in the short and long run.Our elected officials need to know that environmental protection is not a luxury. The health threats are real. Solving the problems requires a long-range view into the future as well as creative thinking.When we had an administration with an environmental conscience, it was easy to be complacent. Trust them and let them do their job. We no longer have that luxury. We must speak up and act out. Write letters, make phone calls, visit offices, join organizations, take walks in the woods, donate money, talk to friends, learn about the issues and involve your children. Our government needs to know that environmental protection matters on the local, state, national and international levels.Here is a list of organizations on Long Island working for a better environment from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Join some today. http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/995.htmlDan Kriesberg teaches science at Friends Academy in Locust Valley. He is the author of A Sense of Place: Teaching Children about the Environment with Picture Books and Think Green: Books and Activities for Kids. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Karen, and two sons, Zack and Scott. He will be writing occasional columns on environmental issues for the Long Island Press. Whenever possible Dan spends his time in wild places backpacking, hiking and hanging out.last_img read more

A Popular Political Site Made a Sharp Right Turn. What Steered It?

first_imgOther times its stories have been inaccurate. Another Real Clear investigative piece from April misidentified the author of an anonymous New York Times Op-Ed article written by a member of the Trump administration who claimed to be one of many high-level officials working to thwart the president’s “worst inclinations.”The polling industry as a whole has taken a hit after the election, since most reputable organizations missed the mark with surveys showing a more dominant performance from Mr. Biden in key states. But in the lead up to Election Day, some of the country’s top political analysts raised questions about why the Real Clear averages often seemed skewed by polls that “have been a bit kinder to Trump” and didn’t adhere to best practices like person-to-person phone interviews, as Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report put it in August. – Advertisement – “One day we were all called in and told it was over,” said Alexis Simendinger, who was the White House correspondent for Real Clear Politics. “It was a very surprising thing.”They were never given much of an explanation why, the former employees said. But they were surprised to learn who was replacing them in some cases: writers who had worked in the conservative movement or for the Republican Party. One hire was the former chair of the Manhattan Republican Party and was married to a senior Trump administration official . – Advertisement –center_img Yet the polling averages and selection of political news and opinion pieces from across the internet were presented as they long had been: an authoritative curation of the best possible data and analysis on races around the country.The founders of Real Clear Politics, two self-described news junkies who became friends at Princeton and started the website in 2000, said over email that they “fully stand behind” the average and their editors’ decision to publish those pieces. “Our advertisers, sponsors, supporters, and readers represent an array of perspectives across the political spectrum,” wrote John McIntyre, the chief executive, and Tom Bevan, the president. “And they know we practice fiercely independent journalism that necessarily covers all relevant sides of our national political and policy debates.”Interviews with current and former Real Clear staff members, along with a review of its coverage and tax filings, point to a shift to the right within the organization in late 2017, when the bulk of its journalists who were responsible for straight-news reporting on Capitol Hill, the White House and national politics were suddenly laid off. Though the staff always knew the website’s founders were conservative and harbored strong views about liberal media bias, several said they never felt any pressure from above to slant their stories.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Geneva pension fund mulls exclusion-to-engagement shift

first_imgThe CHF13.7bn (€12.6bn) pension fund for the canton of Geneva is debating re-integrating into its investment portfolio previously excluded sectors to allow it to adopt a larger active ownership role, according to its CIO Grégoire Haenni.CPEG, which is a member of $35trn investor engagement group Climate Action 100+, currently has nine sector exclusions, such as armament, nuclear power generation, pornography, tobacco, coal, and gambling.Addressing delegates at IPE’s annual conference in Copenhagen earlier this month, Haenni argued that exclusions did not have any impact on corporate behaviour.By way of example, he said that despite institutional investors excluding tobacco holdings from their portfolios since the 1990s, the industry had been outperforming the wider consumer staples sector and the S&P 500 for some time until governments moved to ban smoking in public. “Consumer behaviour has a real impact on the company,” said Haenni. “We believe engaging with corporates leads to better results than just excluding them from our investment universe.” CPEG’s Haenni addresses delegates in Copenhagen at IPE’s annual conferenceThe CIO argued that exclusions and positive filters, such as best-in-class approaches, allowed investors to express values and present a better image, but restricted the potential for engaging with companies and had implications for expected returns and deviations from benchmarks – in addition to not having any impact on corporate behaviour.CPEG currently deviated 5.5% from its benchmark as a result of its sector exclusions, said Haenni, and was facing pressure from beneficiaries to exclude fossil fuels and potentially other sectors.“If we go down that path we will start to deviate a lot from our benchmarks, so that’s a major issue,” he said.Trade-offsHaenni explained that CPEG wanted to engage more with companies, combining this with “norms-based exclusions” that would be made on a case-by-case basis according to a company’s activity and willingness to engage.The CIO summed up the trade-offs involved with pursuing this route as follows: “You have concrete results, but it’s difficult to comply with your values, you’re not going to look good because you keep those companies in your portfolio and you need to team up with other investors.”Asked by panel moderator Mats Anderson, vice chair of the Global Challenges Foundation and former CEO of Sweden’s AP4, to provide examples of successful outcomes of engagement, Haenni brought up the subject of gun manufacturers and how a group of nuns in the US – the Sisters of Mercy – had decided to reinvest in armaments and had productively engaged with gunmakers on safety features.“I think this is something we want to imitate,” said Haenni.Asked by a delegate why no investors were building up case law in the face of the apparent ineffectiveness of shareholder voting, Haenni said taking companies to court was “another tool to consider”. He suggested that, in the US for example, investors should team up with actors like NGOs to put pressure on corporates via class actions.Separately, the CIO said investors could also drive change at companies as bondholders, giving the example of mining company Glencore.Earlier this year the company agreed to align its business and investments with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a move that followed engagement with a group of investors that included Kempen as bondholder.last_img read more

Start of Buxton Beach Nourishment Postponed

first_imgWeeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, said in its latest update that the first day of pumping has been postponed from the originally projected date of May 21 to sometime within the last week of May.The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton.Weeks Marine said that the project construction will initially proceed to the north of the starting point.The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.[mappress mapid=”24040″]last_img read more

Tiyani Behanzin’s Contract Not Renewed

first_img Share 162 Views   no discussions LocalNews Tiyani Behanzin’s Contract Not Renewed by: – March 3, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin says he will take to the courts, what he is describing as his wrongful dismissal from Dominica’s legal system.Behanzin’s two-year contract as magistrate came to an end 28, February, 2011 and was not renewed, despite a promise, he told a press conference Wednesday.He reported to work on Tuesday 01 March, stating at the time there was legitimate expectation that his contract would have been renewed, as he had not received any communication from government stating otherwise.“If you have a two-year contract as spelt out in the agreement, then three months prior to the end of that contract, I needed to have been informed that they would not be engaging me further and failing to do so, I then went to work, I stayed right up until the last day of the contract” he explained.“As far as I’m concerned the government of Dominica has engaged through its omission, a two year contract with myself, so any letter this morning received while in my office, that letter constitutes wrongful dismissal and therefore the matter is now a matter which will precede through legal channels,” he expounded.Behanzin who has often been in the spotlight, as a tough man on the bench, believes failure to renew his contract was politically-motivated.“I have been attempting to work in Dominica since 2006 and I believe I might have sent them [the government] about ten or twelve applications, all of which must have been lost and I think that from the start, there was always going to be this political convern as to whether or not this Tiyani Behanzin, whether he would be…treated as a potential political force if he’s been given any opportunity to have a footing and I think that’s what’s at the heart of this matter.”Attorney Don Christopher meanwhile has said Behanzin is still a magistrate as his service on the job officially began on 9th March, 2009.“Mr Tiyani Behanzin is still a magistrate both by contract and by the constitution. His position is protected under section 90 of the constitution…from the 9th of March 2009 for two years” he emphasised.Ian Douglas, Minister responsible for Legal Affairs has refused to comment publicly on the matter.DBS Newslast_img read more

Delbert Eugene Marshall age, 56

first_imgDelbert Eugene Marshall, age 56, of Liberty, Indiana died Monday, October 31, 2016 at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.Born June 25, 1960 in Connersville, Indiana he was the son of the late Henry & Ella Mae (Fabush) Marshall. He was a veteran of the Indiana National Guard.Survivors include eight sisters, Mary Terry of Laurel, Indiana, Janice Marshall of Liberty, Indiana, Sharon Marshall of Brookville, Indiana, Henrietta Hahn of Connersville, Indiana, Theresa Robertson of Laurel, Indiana, Tina Johnson of Oxford, Ohio, Judy Marshall of Laurel, Indiana and Catherine Yandell of King City Missouri; three brothers, David Marshall Sr and John Marshall both of Laurel, Indiana and Dewey Marshall of Willisburg, Kentucky.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Laurel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 167 Charles Street, Laurel, Indiana.Rev. Glen Goins, pastor of the Laurel Pentecostal Holiness Church will officiate the Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Church. Burial will then follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery in Metamora, Indiana.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Marshall family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Six new cases reported locally mid-week

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 671 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Wednesday. A total of 76,522 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 866,994 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 15 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,878 Hoosier deaths.Locally, Dearborn County has a total of 516 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 4 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 342 positive cases and 32 deaths (up 1 new case), Franklin County has 247 positive cases and 15 deaths (up 1 new case), and Ripley County has 213 positive cases and 8 deaths. This is an increase of 6 new positive cases in four-county area.last_img read more