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first_img Tony, Pulitzer, Emmy and Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda now has a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award to add to his trophy cabinet! The creator and star of Hamilton received the prestigious prize at the 82nd annual Drama League Awards on May 20. Miranda was one of 50 nominees for the top honor, which a performer can only win once in his or her lifetime. Additionally, Hamilton and The Humans, along with the revivals of The Color Purple and A View from the Bridge, were presented with trophies.Certified genius Miranda’s Hamilton has received a myriad of accolades. The off-Broadway run picked up Drama Desks, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Lucille Lortel Awards and more. Since transferring to the Main Stem, the show won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, the Pulitzer, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and an unprecedented 11 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. The musical is nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards on June 12. Miranda’s first Broadway tuner, In the Heights, received four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, with Miranda garnering a Tony for Best Score, as well as a nod for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt), and co-lyricist (with Amanda Green) of Broadway’s Bring it On: The Musical and he picked up an Emmy in 2014 with Kitt for their song, “Bigger” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards telecast. Upcoming projects include Disney’s Mary Poppins and Moana.The ceremony was hosted by 2016 Tony nominees Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) and Megan Hilty (Noises Off) at the Mariott Marquis Times Square, and also honored Sheldon Harnick, Deaf West Theatre and Ivo van Hove.Distinguished Performance AwardLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonDistinguished Production of a MusicalHamiltonDistinguished Production of a PlayThe HumansDistinguished Revival of a MusicalThe Color PurpleDistinguished Revival of a PlayA View from the Bridge Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentslast_img read more

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today from the U.K. Fall Will Be the Age of Aquarius in LondonHope Mill Theatre’s production of Hair in Manchester, England won’t exactly cross the Atlantic sea, but it is genius genius enough to head to London. The revival will play off-West End venue The Vaults from October 4 through December 3. The production of the classic ‘60s musical, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle premiere at Hope Mill in November last year. Casting will be announced at a later date.New La Strada Adaptation Receives London PremiereA new stage adaptation of Federico Fellini’s 1957 film La Strada will head to London following a U.K. tour. The production, featuring music by Benji Bower and directed by Sally Cookson, will play The Other Palace in London from May 30 through July 8, after concluding its tour on May 27. The cast will be led by Cirque du Soleil alums Audrey Brisson, and Bart Soroczynski, as well as Stuart Goodwin. The movie, about a young girl sold into a circus to a brutish strongman, also inspired the 1969 BroadwayJudith Street Takes Center Stage in The GirlsJudith Street assume the role of Jessie in the West End production of The Girls. The stage veteran, who currently plays Lady Cravenshire in the Gary Barlow and Tim Firth musical, takes over for Michele Dotrice, who has been diagnosed with acute bronchitis. Street joins a septet of leads at the Phoenix Theatre that includes Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Claire Moore as Chris, Claire Machin as Cora and Joanna Riding as Annie.Stars Set for Lettice and LovageFelicity Kendal and Maureen Lipman will headline the previously announced London engagement of Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage. The Trevor Nunn-helmed production will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from May 4 through July 8. Kendal, whose recent credits include the U.K. and Australian tour of Hay Fever and Relatively Speaking in the West End, will play Lettice Douffet, while Lipman, an Olivier winner for See How They Run, will take on the role of Lotte Schoen. Nunn is also set to direct Love in Idleness at the venue this spring. View Comments The Hope Mill Theatre production of ‘Hair'(Photo: Anthony Robling)last_img read more

first_imgI drive my truck up the steep gravel road leading to the Bracken Mountain trailhead, my mountain bike in the back, my journal and pen in my pack.A few years ago, in the face of a budget crisis, the city of Brevard was presented with an easy way out—a developer offered to buy 400 acres owned by the city. Instead, the city of Brevard turned the area into a trail that bridges downtown with Pisgah Forest.For the first time dread doesn’t consume me as get on my bike, because the alternative, sitting down in front of my computer and work on my book, seems much worse.The climb robs me of my breath within the first five minutes, a welcome distraction from thinking about how to write the difficult parts of my book.Writers lore has it that ideas drift about, waiting for a person with whom to partner. It seems possible that among all the woodland creatures, sprites and gnomes spread ideas like fairy dust. While I’m not buying the open-your-hands-and-an–idea-will-find –you philosophy, writing has been tough these past few days and I’m open to muses in whatever form. I pump my legs, which more often than not came out in stomping bursts instead of fluid rotations. As the trail steepens, I push the flat pedals with as much force as I can muster and when I can’t pedal any longer, when my pedals stubbornly and resolutely refused to turn, I push.Ride and push. Sip some water. Repeat. That’s how I summit Bracken Mountain, an elevation gain of 1200 feet, pedaling and pushing and luxuriating in long stops when I sprawl on the forest carpet and stare at the pine needles dancing above in the gentle breeze.The summit sparked my imagination – the forest dense with hardwoods and hemlocks, where rhododendron and mountain laurel grow in abundance. I turned my head at every rustle in the leaves, half expecting to spot wild turkey, a deer, or perhaps even a bear.I press my back into the truck of a solid oak and practice being as still as the tree. Siting in the presence of all those lofty giants, I root myself, going deeper inside of myself and quieting the noise of daily life. Every time my mind wonders and self -destructive phrases loop through my head about how awful my writing is and that nobody will read it anyway, I think about trees.Trees stand exactly where they grow, owning that space, stretching and reaching upward and out. Trees don’t judge. They don’t say that hemlock is a better writer. They don’t look think I can’t do this and even if I do, nobody will ever read it. No, trees stand and stretch and reach for the rays of the sun.I write like a tree, without judgment, accessing parts of myself that I couldn’t before.In the shade of the trees, I write about other adventures, of the endless ocean stretching on the horizon, the turquoise of the Caribbean waters, the relentless sun beating down. Distance frees me somehow to write about those stories without judging their magnitude or worth, to let the words flow knowing I’ll edit later.As I ride back downhill to my truck, my hands hover on the brakes, my mind turned to how riding Bracken was breaking me. Bit by bit, with every pedal stroke mental blocks about what I considered possible are falling down.last_img read more

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Louis BerylTwo months ago, Ben Bernanke, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, revealed that he had been shot down by lenders for a mortgage refinancing.The farcical circumstance made big headlines, mostly about the ridiculous tightness of credit markets.So it’s no surprise that when several of the largest US mortgage lenders recently announced plans to ease standards for borrowers according to new guidelines from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Bernanke’s story was the first thing that came to mind.Bernanke himself admitted that credit conditions “may have gone a little bit too far.” But the fundamental roadblock he faced in our modern financial system has more to do with credit evaluations than credit conditions. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgPresident Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday calling on federal agencies to identify regulations that can be rescinded or temporarily waived to promote job creation and economic growth.The order calls for agencies to address the COVID-19 economic emergency by rescinding, modifying, waiving, or providing exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery, consistent with applicable law and with protection of the public health and safety, with national and homeland security, and with budgetary priorities and operational feasibility.”Section 4 of the order calls for the heads of all agencies to “identify regulatory standards that may inhibit economic recovery and shall consider taking appropriate action, consistent with applicable law, including by issuing proposed rules as necessary, to temporarily or permanently rescind, modify, waive, or exempt persons or entities from those requirements, and to consider exercising appropriate temporary enforcement discretion or appropriate temporary extensions of time as provided for in enforceable agreements with respect to those requirements, for the purpose of promoting job creation and economic growth.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionChartock needs to follow his own adviceIn its bellicose tone, Alan Chartock’s recent column accusing “progressives” of causing division in the Democratic Party ironically demonstrated the very faults he was criticizing. In a troubling attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, he refers to comments she made regarding the Israeli lobby as “…what many people are calling anti-Semitic tropes and not for the first time.” Regrettably, he leaves unresolved the essential issue of whether Ms. Omar is simply guilty of a poorly worded comment that was subject to exploitation by her critics or whether she is actually an anti-Semite.Mr. Chartock is too adroit an observer of the media to miss that this will simply contribute to the suspicion that Ms. Omar is, in fact, an anti-Semite and fuel the divisions he laments. Include all $2.5B for water infrastructureIt’s easy to ignore the hundred-year-old water pipes running beneath our feet, out of sight, out of mind.But these pipes are corroding, and they’re increasingly a threat to the safety of our drinking water. When pipes burst, dangerous contaminants can enter the water that flows to your kitchen tap. Plus, water main breaks frequently damage streets and shutter businesses, harming the economic potential of our communities.As plumbers and pipefitters, we’re in the business of making water flow, and we’re eager to get to work to fix our pipes and protect clean water. But we need the state government as a partner.  I applaud their leadership to make this project happen for our community.Weber and McGraw are exactly the kind of collaborative leaders our community needs.Dede HildrethNiskayuna If Ms. Omar is an anti-Semite, she deserves the harshest condemnation. If, on the other hand, she is simply guilty of language that could be exploited, then it deserves a more measured response by him.The distinction is not trivial.If she is not an anti-Semite, then in the interest of unity and civility, he should caution her critics from making intemperate attacks, while urging her to show more care in crafting her public statements.  I would urge Mr. Chartock to follow his own dictums and more carefully craft his own language to set an example of how unity can be achieved.John KaufmannSaratoga Springs It can provide the grant funding that is critical to jump-start local infrastructure projects.The state Senate and Assembly recently announced their budget proposals for the coming year.Budgets reflect values and priorities, and the Senate led the way by stating loud and clear that water infrastructure can’t be a back-burner issue.Its multi-year, $2.5 billion investment in clean water grants will best help our union members tackle New York’s enormous, $80 billion need.But the $2.5 billion isn’t a sure thing. Budget negotiations are happening right now, and clean water funding might be cut before the final budget is signed and delivered on April 1.I urge Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins help ensure the full $2.5 billion makes it across the finish line.Frank NataliRotterdam The writer is a business agent with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 7. Grateful for effort to improve Nisky parkAs a longtime resident of Niskayuna, I want to express my sincere gratitude to town Councilwomen Lisa Weber and Denise Murphy McGraw for their efforts to bring about a plan to improve one of our community’s jewels, River Road Park.According to news reports, Lisa Weber and Denise Murphy McGraw worked with Assemblyman Phil Steck, Niskayuna Softball, town department heads and residents to come up with a plan and funds to address much-needed improvements to drainage, parking, paths, and recreational activities in that park. More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Dunmore, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and participated in a roundtable discussion with employees focused on expanding manufacturing jobs in the commonwealth.“Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is a great Pennsylvania business success story,” said Governor Wolf. “Talking to businesses like Gertrude Hawk about how we can help them thrive is extremely important to helping the commonwealth set the table for robust private sector growth to create and retain good jobs while strengthening the middle class.”Gertrude Hawk Chocolates has had three manufacturing locations since 1936, all within a 10-mile radius of each other in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where the company’s signature Smidgens® have always been crafted.Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Governor Wolf plans to invest in job creation by:Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Founded in 1936, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates operates over 60 retail store locations located across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey and a growing e-commerce website. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Governor Wolf Visits Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Discusses Manufacturingcenter_img June 02, 2017last_img read more

first_imgCrystal Hateley-Watson in her apartment in Fortitude Valley, which is one of Brisbane’s densest suburbs. Picture: Annette Dew.BRISBANE’S most crammed suburbs are getting even more crowded thanks to a high rise boom, increased migration and an emerging preference for inner city living.The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the 10 most densely populated suburbs in Greater Brisbane were all within 5km of the CBD, but city planning experts said that was not a bad thing. LIST: SCROLL DOWN FOR MOST CROWDED SUBURBS LIST It comes amid signs the inner city’s beaten down unit market is making a comeback, with the latest home value data released by property researcher CoreLogic revealing apartment values outperformed houses in Brisbane last month, as cashed-up Baby Boomers swap the suburbs for city life.Just 2km from Brisbane’s CBD, covering more than a square kilometre of prime real estate and with a median house price of just over $1 million, you’ll find the city’s most packed suburb — Kangaroo Point. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Kangaroo Point is the most densely populated suburb in Brisbane, according to ABS.The riverside suburb is home to 9110 people, which worked out to be 6804 residents per square kilometre — that’s an extra 1154 people per square kilometre since 2007.On the other side of the Story Bridge, New Farm is the second most congested suburb in Greater Brisbane, adding 442 new residents per square kilometre over the past five years to increase from 6011 to 6453. GINA RINEHART SECURES $18.5M BRISBANE DIGS Balmoral has a population density of 3330, according to ABS figures.But Brisbane pales in comparison to some of the country’s most dense suburbs, with 19,500 people per square kilometre living in inner-city Melbourne and 16,300 residents per square kilometre in Potts Point in Sydney.The more populated a suburb, the better according to Steven Burgess, a consultant with engineering and transportation adviser MRCagney.Mr Burgess said high density areas were cheaper to run as a community, sharing infrastructure, services and assets. “Density is pretty good for cities,” he said.“The more stuff is closer together means people don’t have to drive far, it makes a city more efficient, more community focused, more socially sustainable.“What you’ve got to be careful of is that all your density doesn’t end up in one or two places in the city.” New Farm, the second most crowded suburb in Brisbane, is well-known for its cafe scene. Picture: Jamie Hanson.Neighbouring Fortitude Valley was the city’s third most packed suburb with 6288 people per square kilometre.It experienced the biggest jump in population density between the 2012 and 2016 Census, with more than 1800 people per square metre squeezing into the suburb in that time.In the past decade, it has become home to more than 2000 people per square kilometre. BRISBANE’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SALES Steven Burgess from MRCagney.Ethos Urban planning director Greg Vann, who was the project director for the Southeast Queensland regional plan, said two of the biggest generations were showing a distinct preference for inner city living.“Baby Boomers are downsizing and wanting to head back to where the buzz is, and Millennials are upsizing and wanting to stay close to the action,” Mr Vann said. “People are choosing to trade space for place.“Instead of having a bigger home further out, a lot of people are choosing to have a smaller home, but close to everything.”Mr Vann said that while the “high rise boom” in recent years in Brisbane’s inner city had contributed to population density, there remained a “missing middle”.“74 per cent of housing in southeast Queensland is still made up of detached houses,” he said.“It’s the stuff in the middle we need more of.” By that, he means townhouses and other forms of lower density, ground-oriented attached housing. “Those choices will be more attractive to people as housing needs change,” Mr Vann said.Mr Burgess said there was a significant difference between the population density in inner Brisbane and the middle to outer suburbs.“Once you get out of the inner city, you have to drive to do anything,” he said.“What I would love to see is the real revitalisation of the urban village (in Brisbane), so everyone didn’t have to come into the city to get to employment, night life, restaurants.”center_img Crowds of people in Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City.Real estate agents were also seeing a strong appetite from downsizers and millennial buyers for inner city housing.While some concerns remain about an oversupply of inner-city apartments, the high-end of the unit market is still in strong demand.Michael Bacon of Place Kangaroo Point said more buyers were looking for the convenience of having “everything at their doorstep”.“Another key factor is low maintenance,” he said.“They’re looking for something they can lock and leave.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMr Bacon believed projects such as Queens Wharf would lure more people to inner city locations. “Once that goes up, people will be like ‘I want to be near that or have views of that’,” he said. There has been plenty of construction happening in Fortitude Valley. Picture: Richard Walker.West End has experienced the biggest increase in population density over the past decade, with 2083 additional people per square kilometre packing into the eclectic suburb since 2007.Even suburbs with under half the population density of frontrunners Kangaroo Point and New Farm are humming — Wooloowin-Lutwyche sits at 3424 people per square kilometre and Balmoral has 3330. BARGAIN PROPERTY IDEAL FOR INVESTOR Crystal Hateley-Watson in her apartment in Fortitude Valley, which is one of Brisbane’s densest suburbs. Picture: Annette Dew.Crystal Hateley-Watson rents a one-bedroom apartment in Fortitude Valley and loves the convenience of being able to walk to so many amenities and benefit from all the infrastructure in the suburb.Originally from Adelaide, Ms Hateley-Watson said she did find the inner-city suburb a lot busier and more populated, but doesn’t mind it.“Traffic’s crazy, but that’s Brisbane,” she said.“I think it’s a happy medium where I am.“I definitely see myself staying in the Valley, if I stay in Brisbane.”TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2017)1 Kangaroo Point — 68042 New Farm — 64533 Fortitude Valley — 62884 Highgate Hill — 56225 West End — 55196 Spring Hill — 53637 Brisbane City — 47898 Auchenflower — 47179 Taringa — 434910. Annerley — 4244(Source: ABS)TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2012)1 New Farm — 60112. Kangaroo Point — 58263 Highgate Hill — 52954. Spring Hill — 48565. West End — 45956. Auchenflower — 45487 Fortitude Valley — 44048. Brisbane City — 43569 Taringa — 403610. Annerley — 3934(Source: ABS)TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2007)1 New Farm — 56812. Kangaroo Point — 5650 3 Brisbane City — 48934. Highgate Hill — 47125. Spring Hill — 46256. Fortitude Valley — 42507. Newstead — 42378. Taringa — 38089. Annerley — 355010. West End — 3436(Source: ABS)last_img read more

first_img Number eight Heaslip has relinquished the permanent leadership role he fulfilled during Ireland’s Six Nations under Declan Kidney last season. No sooner had he ceded the honour to second row O’Connell though, he found himself back in command. Munster’s 34-year-old totem O’Connell is still recovering from calf trouble, and is not deemed fit to start against the South Sea islanders on Saturday. O’Connell takes a seat on the bench, leaving Leinster loose forward Heaslip back in immediate charge. Admitting the captaincy was a ‘tough decision’, Schmidt also confirmed Jonathan Sexton has been left out of Saturday’s squad as a precaution against his ongoing hip complaint. Racing Metro fly-half Sexton is expected to be fit for Ireland’s Australia clash on November 16. Heaslip pledged to lead or follow with equal ambition. The 29-year-old explained: “Obviously you would like to be captain all the time, but Joe made the decision he did. New head coach Joe Schmidt has named talisman lock Paul O’Connell as his skipper for the impending autumn series. Heaslip has been installed as vice-captain – but will actually take the armband in Saturday’s Samoa clash at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. “I’m really proud at being vice-captain, really proud of when I was captain during the Six Nations, and I’m proud of the chance I’m getting this week to lead the team out. “There were probably as many as eight candidates for the captaincy, and in my experience of successful teams, it’s not any one player that’s the leader, it’s the group, the core, that’s really important in terms of showing how we do our business. “Joe said ‘this is what we’re doing, would you like to be vice captain’. “I jumped at it with both hands, then went straight over to Paul, shook his hand and said ‘congrats skip’. “I’m delighted for Paul, he doesn’t change in what he says or what he does, whether he’s captain or not. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of leading the team out this week, then hopefully I’ll get the chance to step out behind Paul – both are a great honour. “Just as long as the team go well I’m a very happy man.” Decorated British Lions centre Brian O’Driscoll would have been firmly in that eight-strong captaincy shake-up. But Heaslip confirmed the 34-year-old ruled himself out of the running. O’Driscoll has pledged to retire at the end of the season – but Heaslip joked it is not worth ruling out a change of heart. He continued: “You never know with Brian, there could be chance for one more year after this season. “Is he going to go as long as Simon Shaw or Brad Thorne even? He’s maybe counting on that! “I suppose the decisions he’s made haven’t been easy, but he thinks quite a lot outside of himself. “A lot has changed for him since even this time last year; he has a kid to think about as well, there’s a big life outside of rugby when you finish up too.” Elsewhere in Schmidt’s first seletion, Paddy Jackson got the nod to start at fly-half in Sexton’s absence. O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy win selection in the centres – meaning the midfield duo will rack up a combined 200 caps when they step out at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Fast-developing Leinster front-rower Jack McGrath will win his first cap at loosehead prop against the Samoans. The 24-year-old was called up to the Emerging Ireland squad to play in May’s Tbilisi Cup, the inaugural round-robin tournament also including Georgia, a South Africa President’s XV and Uruguay. Schmidt has also named versatile Leinster back-three Dave Kearney on the bench, who will win his first cap if he takes the field. Kearney could even line up alongside brother and starting full-back Rob, if he comes on at wing. Press Association Jamie Heaslip is unfazed at being overlooked for Ireland’s full-time captaincy.last_img read more

first_imgA 21-year-old man was caught on video abusing his friend’s dog in a Brickell elevator.Surveillance video footage showed Karim Ellaisy getting into the elevator with the 6-month-old Siberian Husky, shortly after the dog appeared to have had an accident and that’s when Ellaisy grabbed the dog by its leash and slammed him into a wall before throwing punches repeatedly.Ellaisy was arrested during the last week of January, and is being charged with animal cruelty.According to reports Ellaisy bonded out, and is expected back in court on Feb. 28.last_img read more