Broadway Grosses: SRO Crowds for Taye Diggs’ Hedwig Swan Song

first_img View Comments Taye Diggs took off the make up and put the wig back on the shelf for good on September 13, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch played its final Broadway performance at the Belasco Theatre. Though grosses had taken a considerable dip in 2015, the show ended with a macroscopic box office push, returning above the $600k mark. In terms of capacity, Hedheads were in full force as the reached Standing Room Only for the first time since Neil Patrick Harris left the show in August 2014. Mamma Mia! also ended its run in high tide, while Hamilton maintained its prominent placement on the boards. Finding Neverland appeared in the bottom five by capacity for the first time and took a hit in revenue, though it’s no immediate cause for concern; many family-friendly shows face a downtick once school is back in session.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 13:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,727,320)2. Hamilton ($1,561,640)3. Wicked ($1,472,236)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,438,096)5. Aladdin ($1,386,168)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($625,159)**4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ($499,576)3. Spring Awakening ($448,879)*2. Amazing Grace ($332,663)1. Hand to God ($250,923)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.26%)2. Hamilton (101.28%)3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (100.13%)**4. The Lion King (99.96%)5. Fun Home (99.83%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Finding Neverland (77.98%)4. Jersey Boys (76.57%)3. Something Rotten! (67.78%)2. Hand to God (58.47%)1. Amazing Grace (53.46%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Bellpoint Energy Hosts Female Youth Football Tournament

first_imgB ell Point hosted its annual female secondary school football event with the Sunshine Queens triumphing over the Collin Edwin Girls 5-3 on penalties after an exciting 2-2 score draw.The final match, which was held in the Asfro stuff pitch, National stadium, Surulere Lagos, at the weekend, was among the several initiatives Bellpoint carries out annually as part of it cooperate social responsibility to the community.Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Bellpoint, Mrs. Gladys Amefele, represented by Mrs. Yemisi Adebambo lauded the partners of the event, stating that the competition was among other initiatives Bellpoint employs to channel young people’s resources towards positive endeavours. Amefele stated that Bellpoint’s commitment is to continue to assist the youths and engage them in positive and constructive projects that would help them become productive individuals in the community.BellPoint Energy, she stated would continue to bridge the gap between the demand for and supply of petroleum products in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. “Beyond trading in petroleum products, Bellpoint impacts the business value chain of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry by leveraging its skilled and experience human resources to provide core value-based services such as consultancy, engineering services, as well as  product shipping and logistic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tooro United to play season remainder at Wankulukuku

first_imgTooro United have hosted 13 games at Buhinga this season (Agency Photos)Tooro United will have to host their last three StarTimes Uganda Premier League, home games at Wankulukuku.This was confirmed on Friday evening after the Club received a letter from the Kabalore District Authorities notifying them about the construction works that are set to be undertaken at the Buhinga Stadium.Tooro have been hosting their games at Buhinga since early November, with the first fixture being the 0-0 draw against Onduparaka FC.The first game that Tooro played at Buhinga was the 0-0 draw with Onduparaka FC“We received a letter from the Kabarole District authorities notifying us about the start construction process that will be done on the stadium, said Tooro United owner Smart Obed.“So we had to look for an alternative home venue for the rest of the season.“We shall play the remaining games this season at Wankulukuku,” he added.Wankulukuku will be the third stadium that Tooro United will be hosting their home games in, this season.At the start of the season, they used the Kavumba Recreation ground as their home venue. At Kavumba, they played one game, a 2-1 loss to Kirinya JSS before moving to Buhinga.They had turned Buhinga into a fortress of sorts, playing 11 league games there, without testing defeat (W7 D4).Tooro also played two Uganda Cup games at Buhinga, winning both of them including a penalty shoot-out victory over holders KCCA FC in January.Tooro United have three more home games to play this season. They host BUL FC, Mbarara City FC and URA FC.Tooro United are currently 7th on the standings with 33 points from 23 games.Their next fixture will be at home to Bul FC on Tuesday, 26th of March.According to the architectural designs, the newly proposed Buhinga stadium will comprise a football pitch, Tennis Court, netball and volleyball court, offices, dressing rooms, two gymnasiums, a clinic, hotel facility and other hospitality facilities.Part of the architectural plan for Buhinga stadiumA perimeter wall, a pavilion, standard dressing rooms and modern toilets will be completed by August this year.President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni presided over the official groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Buhinga Stadium last year.The process is expected to cost six billion shillings with the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) construction unit given the role of constructing the facility.Comments Tags: Smart ObedStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTooro unitedtopYOweri Kaguta Musevenilast_img read more

Access queries over new health centre in Dunfanaghy

first_imgPlans to construct a €2.5 million health centre for Dunfanaghy has been found to be at variance with the official policy of Transport Infrastructure Ireland in regard to access onto the N56 in the townland of Kill.Local residents on this part of the N56 have said that in recent years say the road has been ‘a no go’ area for housing construction with a high level of planning rejections based on safety fears about additional access and an increase in traffic in this areaTII in correspondence to Donegal County Council on November 29th said the proposed development by itself, would adversely affect the operation and safety of the national road network. They put forward their national policy guidelines to substantiate their views including frontage onto developments on national roads.Today’s Tir Chonaill Tribune reports  that a number of applicants on the N56 in the vicinity of the proposed health centre have already had applications for private houses rejected and they are watching developments with much interest.Transport Infrastructure Ireland has said that the proposal, if approved, would create an adverse impact on the national road and associated junction and would, in the Authority’s opinion, be at variance with foregoing national policy.Meanwhile Donegal County Council’s planning office requested further information ahead a proposed decision on the application in two weeks time. They deferred consideration the application made on December 20th pending compliance with revised proposals.The compliances noted include: ‘The proposed internal access road to be omitted from the scheme’. A number of other changes are also proposed in relation to the relation to the staff car parking proposal to be omitted and located elsewhere on the site.The planning application was submitted on November 11th to include: Permission for demolition of existing agricultural sheds as part of the site preparation works to allow for the construction of a new multi-disclipinary health centre including gerneral practice, dental suite, mixed general primary care facilities and an ambulance service base with all associated works and services including the provision of a dedicated ‘on-site’ wastewater treatment system prior to dischage to the public sewer.In their response to the proposal, Council officials contacted the architects on December 20th saying: “The design of the proposed building to be amended so that it is set back within the site (building facing housing estate road) to be in line with the rear wall of the adjacent detached 2 storey house to the south westA return to be added to the building in the southern end of the site (where the staff car park is currently proposed) so that the revised building is generally ‘L’ shaped. The entire revised building to be further relocated within the site and at a minimum to double the current distance provided between the rear building line and the north eastern site boundary.All parking including staff parking to be located in the northern and north eastern part of the site.”The architects have responded to the Council saying that in terms of the building footprint they can offer little in terms of compromise as the HSE need this as a minimum level of accommodation.Back on October 16th Minster Joe McHugh was pictured on social media ‘signing’ the contract for the new primary health care centre. He said it was a major boost for the people of this region of Donegal with one-stop facility providing vital care and services through the clinic and alongside GP and dental care. Minister Mc Hugh paid tribute to the community for their part in getting the project to ‘where it now is’ and he had a particular mention for the support of Michael McClafferty who has been vocal exponent of the project.McClafferty is now the FG candidate in the area for the local elections in May.Attempts by the Tribune to get confirmation from the Health Service Executive that the contract had been signed for the €2.5 million facility failed to get a positive response. The site of the new building is close to the Oakgrove Estate on the edge of the town.The new centre is also expected to offer a range of HSE clinic services including public health nursing, physio, occupational therapy and other supports. It had been hoped that the new centre would be open in 2020.Access queries over new health centre in Dunfanaghy was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilDunfanaghyhealth centrelast_img read more

SA woman to head World Editors Forum

first_img“While attention to content delivery channels is vital to the future of newspapers, our focus must equally be on ensuring that high editorial standards and ethics are upheld and that young readers are introduced to the joy and power that news and information can bring,” she said. Ireton is a seasoned newspaper professional with more than 20 years’ experience on South Africa’s top newspapers, including the Sunday Times and Business Day, where she worked as a journalist, editorial manager and chief operations officer. 26 January 2012 The Forum runs the Editors Weblog and organises several conferences and study tours, including an annual Newsroom Summit and its flagship event: the World Editors Forum Conference, intended for chief editors and other senior executives, a unique annual occasion for dialogue, debate and idea-exchange on the changing business of editing newspapers. “The World Editors Forum needs to build on its role as the leadership hub for editors by providing meaningful spaces, both physical and virtual, for editors to share intelligence, innovative ideas and their experiences with their peers,” Ireton said in a statement this week. WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. “Our interest must be in helping editors of news organisations lead change that builds loyal readership, strengthens titles and news brands. For the past six years she has been based in London, consulting on media matters to a variety of international organisations and governments.center_img Cherilyn Ireton, a South African editor and successful senior manager at some of the country’s top newspapers, has been appointed executive director of the World Editors Forum, the global organisation for editors within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). A unique annual occasion Ireton is the first woman to head the World Editors Forum, which was created in 1994 as a unique global network for exchanging ideas on newsroom management, editorial quality, online strategies and press freedom issues. The World Editors Forum conference is held annually alongside the World Newspaper Congress. Together the meetings are the global annual summit meetings of the world’s press. It represents more than 18 000 publications, 15 000 online sites and over 3 000 companies in more than 120 countries. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

UNDRIP not likely to apply retroactively Bennett says in Labrador talking circle

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsOn the eve of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to residential school survivors in Labrador, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Labrador MP Yvonne Jones met with Muskrat Falls land protectors for a sharing circle and to talk about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The event came just days after federal Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould announced the Liberals would support NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s private members’ bill, C-262, which calls for the full implementation of the UNDRIP into Canadian law.Land protectors and the leadership of two of Labrador’s three Indigenous groups have maintained at various times since the inception of the controversial hydroelectric project at Muskrat Falls that free, prior and informed consent was not given to the provincial and federal governments, or to the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, Nalcor Energy.Many have argued Muskrat Falls contravenes several articles from UNDRIP and calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.On Thursday evening, land protectors laid out their concerns for Bennett and Jones, arguing Muskrat Falls threatens Inuit and Innu communities’ food, culture and ways of life.“We have real genuine concerns about our families and our future, the future of our children and grandchildren on the land,” said Marjorie Flowers, an Inuk woman from Rigolet who was arrested in 2013 and 2016 for protesting the dam, and who spent 10 days in a maximum security men’s prison in St. John’s after refusing to promise a judge she would stay away from the project site.“We’ve lived here for hundreds and thousands of years. And this project moved in and ripped the land to shreds.”Linda Saunders-McLean, a social worker and occasional minister at the Moravian Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, told Bennett and Jones that the Indigenous-led resistance also was met with a frightening response from the RCMP, with the support of provincial Justice Minister and Attorney General Andrew Parsons.In a desperate, last resort effort to protect their country food from projected methylmercury poisoning last fall, dozens of land protectors blockaded and occupied the Muskrat Falls site, prompting Nalcor to apply for court injunctions, and subsequently for the RCMP to deploy hundreds of officers, at the time and in the months to follow, to the remote location in Central Labrador.Many, including elders and community members who had previously never been in trouble with the law, now face lengthy legal battles to defend their actions.“Social workers are here to protect children, but I feel like I can’t protect my children,” Saunders-McLean said, crying and holding a picture of her children and grandchildren. She said her family lives in the flood zone downstream of Muskrat Falls, and that she and many others are convinced once the reservoir is fully flooded, the dam will not hold. Their concerns are shared by independent observers, including retired engineer James Gordon, who has won awards for his work on large hydro dams around the world. Gordon and others have argued that a dam of Muskrat Falls’ size has never been built on the kind of sand and clay that make up the ground that stretches along the banks of the Churchill River. Many have called for an independent review of the North Spur, the natural geological feature on the river at the heart of the dam integrity concerns, and which Nalcor is figuring into its construction of the dam.“I feel like whenever I speak out against this, I have a fear that I’ll go to court, that charges will be laid against me and I’ll lose my job,” said Saunders-McLean. Land protector and event organizer Denise Cole asked Bennett to ensure her government moves “quickly” to align Canadian law with the rights outlined in UNDRIP, and to “look in retrospect at projects that have already been recently approved, such as Muskrat Falls…because that includes Gull Island, which has not officially begun yet.”Though the project has not yet undergone an environmental assessment and construction has not begun, a third dam on the Churchill River in Labrador, at Gull Island, a sacred place for the Innu, has already received approval from Labrador’s Innu Nation.“From coast to coast to coast, our waters, our lands, and our culture is being destroyed on this idea of resource projects for the country,” Cole said in the circle.“So we need to thoroughly look at what’s being approved, and sometimes we need to go backwards and change how things are,” said Cole. “We’ve very much asking for a suspension of the Muskrat Falls project until issues are addressed, including the fact that we no longer feel that we have ever been able to give our free, prior and informed consent to this project. “And UNDRIP specifically states that when it comes to duty to consult it is for the entire life of the project. The Crown should have automatically been triggered to do a new duty to consult as they are doing now in Clyde River.”Cole said in light of the new information and resulting concerns, Muskrat Falls “should have stopped and only moved forward with our free, prior and informed consent.”She maintains free, prior and informed consent “does not just include Indigenous leaders,” and that it “has to include the people.”Responding to the land protectors, Bennett said the government is working to bring Canadian law into accordance with UNDRIP, and that they will “go further than that in a Canadian way, in that here we have First Nations, Inuit, Metis rights, Section 35 rights and treaties, and so our legislation will be specific for Canada but will embody those principles.”However, Bennett indicated the Liberals are not likely to look at resource development projects that have already been sanctioned.She said, “going backwards is going to be very difficult.”But Cole said that if they need evidence as to why things that are anticipated to harm Indigenous people ought to be stopped before they inflict suffering, the federal government need look no further than their own present reason for being in Labrador.“They’re here apologizing for mistakes that were made many years ago. You can go back. You can do it right. You can change,” she said.The meeting was prompted by the actions of a Muskrat Falls solidarity group in Ontario, who occupied Bennett’s constituency office in Toronto last month and demanded the minister meet with land protectors in Labrador.Last week the provincial government launched an inquiry into Muskrat Falls, though the terms of reference do not mention environmental concerns or Indigenous rights.At the height of the Muskrat Falls protests last year, Jones, who is also Bennett’s parliamentary secretary, said she made recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the province’s request for a second loan guarantee to continue construction of Muskrat Falls, which is billions over the originally estimated cost.On Friday Jones told APTN that when she offered recommendations to the PMO last fall, they did not include attaching conditions to the new loan guarantee. “At the end of the day it was an economic decision in terms of whether we would assist the province or not,” she said. “It wasn’t a project that was in financial jeopardy, it was a province in financial jeopardy, and the federal government was asked to intervene and provide that support.”One week after the Indigenous-led occupation of Muskrat Falls ended in 2016, and as dozens of land protectors, including elders, were being charged, the Trudeau Government announced a $2.9 billion loan guarantee to Newfoundland and Labrador to continue work on Muskrat Falls.last_img read more

Disappointed that Moon Moon Sen using dead mother’s name for votes: Babul Supriyo

first_imgAsansol: BJP MP Babul Supriyo says his friendship with Moon Moon Sen goes back a long time but he is disappointed that his Trinamool Congress rival is resorting to personal attacks and also invoking her dead mother for votes. The two are locked in a straight contest in this Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to polls on April 29. “Initially, I thought being foreign educated and Suchitra Sen’s daughter, she would shy away from personal attacks. From whatever she has said in the last 10 days or so, I knew that this would happen once she starts spending time with TMC leaders… But I never expected her to do so soon,” Supriyo told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja In his office-cum-home in Mohishila, dishevelled, pouring over papers Supriyo looks tired. He says he could hardly sleep a wink on several previous nights as there was some problem that he had to deal with – be it workers being beaten up or raids being conducted by the police. “I do not want to engage in gutter politics. The entire discourse here is one of intimidation and I am not going to be part of it,” he says. Supriyo won this seat in 2014 defeating TMC’s Dola Sen while Moon Moon Sen was a giant slayer in Bankura, beating nine-time MP Basudev Acharya. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Sen has moved from Bankura to Asansol this time but Supriyo dismisses her rival’s prospects. “Will she ever be able to go back to Bankura? Why did she flee Bankura and come to Asansol. She did nothing there. Look at the social media jokes about her. “She is calling workers from Bihar police ka khabri and calling me a servant. She is invoking her dead mother for votes… It’s deplorable. Why would people vote for Suchitra Sen’s soul’s peace? When did Suchitra Sen becomes TMC’s. She has got a lot of love and adulation from the people when she was alive and rather than be happy, her soul would be very sad when she sees her daughter in a mafia party flanked by coal mafias,” argues Supriyo. Moon Moon Sen had created a storm when while campaigning in Amritnagar area here when she described the Bihari population in Bengal as “police informers”. The colliery belt of Asansol has a considerable number of non-Bengali, particularly Bihari, population. Again at another rally, Moon Moon had urged people to vote for her so it would bring peace to her mother’s departed soul. She has been using her mother’s name frequently in her campaign speeches. “I am Suchitra Sen’s daughter. When I come to Asansol, I feel her beside me,” she said in that rally. Late for his meetings, Supriyo steps out of his flat, even as dozens of people wait for him – people who need medical aid, his party workers who need his signature and even young girls waiting for a selfie. Supriyo helps out most, referring some to his office workers, as he hops into a waiting SUV. While travelling through Asansol town, Supriyo waves at people and at a petrol pump, stops to chat with the attendants, making sure to tell them that the central forces are in all booths so they should come and exercise their franchise. Coming back to Sen, Supriyo recalls how in 1992, he was part of an album by HMV where he had sung for Tapas Pal, a TMC MP, and Moon Moon Sen. “I think it was titled ‘Antakshari’ and surprisingly Tapas Pal and Moon Moon Sen featured in it and I sang all the songs. So, our friendship goes back a long time. “But now I would definitely not speak to her if I see her doing social events or while campaigning. I am absolutely disappointed and in many ways infuriated by the way she has carried herself,” he says. Sen could not be reached despite repeated calls to seek her version of their friendship. Ask Supriyo if politics has even changed him and he says, “I was always friendly. I always lived life like this. I think I have become a better person in terms of anger management, patience. So politics has helped me improve.” “I always sang ‘kuch to log kahenge’… with all my heart. But now, when I sing it, people say there is much more effect,” he says.last_img read more

Wife of former IAF Wing Commander found murdered in Dwarka

first_imgNEW DELHI: Meenu Jain, the 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander Vinod Kumar Jain, was found murdered at her house in Dwarka on Saturday. Vinod Kumar Jain who works as a commercial pilot with Indigo was in the flight when the murder was reported.The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening, but she did not receive the phone. After that, her father and brother came to see her but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. The duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side and saw Meenu Jain lying on the floor unconscious. They called the police and rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead. Two mobile phones, some cash and jewellery were found missing from the house, following which a case for murder and robbery has been registered by Delhi Police.last_img read more

NCW writes to UP DGP to enforce complete ban on sale of acid

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh to enforce a ban on the sale of acid while noting that it is “disturbed” by the rise in incidents of acid attacks in the state.According to NCW’s letter, they have come across the media report of the acid attack where a woman was allegedly attacked with acid by her two brothers who later dumped her in Kot village in Greater Noida’s Dadri on May 9. “The Commission is disturbed by the rise in the acid attack in the state of Uttar Pradesh,” reads the letter. “Considering the gravity of the matter, it is requested that action be taken to enforce the ban on the sale of acid in the state and a detailed action taken report in the matter may be sent to the Commission at an early date,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said. In a tweet from NCW reads”The NCW has taken Suo-Motto cognizance in the matter reported by the media” Greater Noida: Two men push sister out of car, throw acid at her “urging the DGP, Uttar Pradesh @dgpup, to enforce ban on the sale of acid in the state and a team of NCW has gone to visit the victim.” The incident of throwing acid is not new. Recently in South Delhi, a 22-year-old woman has alleged that an acid attack attempt was made at her by two bike-borne men. They had threatened her to withdraw a rape case that she had slapped against a person, she alleged. In June 2018, a 40-year-old man allegedly threw an acid like substance on his wife and two daughters and then drank it to kill himself in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar, police said on Sunday. The law enforcement agency claimed that initial probe asserted that regular quarrel between the couple was the reason behind the incident. In 2016, police arrested a man for allegedly throwing acid at his wife after she refused to go to her in-law’s house following marital discord. Recently, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had issued a notice to Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) of Delhi government seeking a complete ban on the sale of acid in the city since the unregulated acid sale is a major cause for continued acid attacks on women. “Citing data from NCRB, the notice says that there have been 20 incidences of acid attack in Delhi, the third highest state after West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,” said a press statement of Delhi Commission for Women.last_img read more