London Datebook: Beautiful, The Book of Mormon & More

first_img ALSO: First performances February 10 of Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini, who are joining the Menier Chocolate Factory company of director Jamie Lloyd’s superlative revival of Assassins, replacing Aaron Tveit and Catherine Tate, respectively. (Tate then returns to the show after two weeks.) The same night sees the first preview at Wyndham’s Theatre of another of the best productions of 2014: director Ivo van Hove’s searing take on A View from the Bridge, now on the West End after deserved praise at the Young Vic. Mark Strong and Nicola Walker once again head the cast. ALSO: Greg Wise—also known as Emma Thompson’s husband—returns to the London stage for the first time in 17 years to lead the Park Theatre cast of Brad Fraser’s play Kill Me Now: first preview is February 19. February 22 marks the final performance of writer-performer Daniel Kitson’s delightful two-hander Tree at the Old Vic, with the popular comedian playing the inhabitant of a tree who gets a chance visit from a lovelorn Tim Key. ALSO: Broadway’s favorite Frenchwoman Liliane Montevecchi (Nine, Grand Hotel), comes to the Crazy Coqs cabaret near Piccadilly Circus for five evenings beginning February 24. Last chance February 28 to see Jenna Augen’s star-making turn in the London premiere at the St. James Theatre of the off-Broadway hit Bad Jews; her excellent co-star is Ilan Goodman, son of the Olivier Award-winning actor Henry Goodman. FEBRUARY 16-22 Coming Home: Mark Rylance has three Tony Awards to his name, not to mention the starring role in the acclaimed new TV adaptation of Wolf Hall. Not one to forget his roots, Rylance stars in the new play with music, Farinelli and the King, opening February 20 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at his onetime home, Shakespeare’s Globe. The author is Rylance’s wife, Claire van Kampen. Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance returns to the playhouse he once ran, and the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon gets two new leads—these are just two of the highlights of a richly varied month in London. Plus, Patrick Marber’s era-defining play Closer is back on the London stage and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical premieres in the UK, with Katie Brayben stepping into Jessie Mueller’s Tony-winning shoes. For more on these shows and many others, read on. FEBRUARY 2-8 More Mormons: As proof that you can’t get too much of a good thing, along comes the third set of American leading men to head the West End cast of The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Nic Rouleau and Brian Sears will play Elder Price and Elder Cunningham beginning February 2; the invaluable Olivier Award-winning Stephen Ashfield continues as Elder McKinley. ALSO: Russell Labey’s adaptation of Gods and Monsters, the story of Frankenstein film director James Whale, begins February 5 at the Southwark Playhouse. Last chance February 7 to see the gifted Tobias Menzies steer his masterful way through Wallace Shawn’s solo play The Fever, which has been performed to audiences of 25 people a night in a suite at the five-star May Fair Hotel. FEBRUARY 9-15 Closer than Ever: Patrick Marber’s career-making play Closer was an instant London sensation in 1997 and crossed the Atlantic to Broadway acclaim in 1999, with the late Natasha Richardson heading the New York cast. The on-a-roll Donmar now hosts its first London revival, beginning previews February 12 and with an eye-poppingly good cast that includes Rufus Sewell, Nancy Carroll, Oliver Chris, and newcomer Rachel Redford; David Leveaux directs. FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 1 Crossing the Pond: The Carole King musical Beautiful has arrived in the land of the Queen. British performer Katie Brayben, most recently seen playing Princess Diana in the Mike Bartlett play King Charles III, will play the Grammy-winning singer songwriter, a role originated by Tony winner Jessie Mueller on Broadway. Alan Morrissey plays Gerry Goffin in director Marc Bruni’s production, opening February 24 at the Aldwych Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more

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How Trump, Tariffs & Retaliation May Impact Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Driving onto the campus of Stony Brook University recently to attend a global trade conference, I passed the new research center under construction in the college’s technology park. I could see that the building’s foundation was done. Steel beams framed the half-built structure as workers jackhammered away.At the conference itself, government employees, trade lawyers and consultants talked up the benefits of exporting. The small-business owners in the audience took business cards and brochures, sipped cups of coffee from the urn, and contemplated how they might do a little exporting one of these days.Leaving the conference, I passed the construction site where steel girders glinted in the noon light. Those beams, if imported, now faced the 25 percent tariff ordered by President Trump in retaliation for what, in language evoking military threat, he called “an assault on our country.” In recent remarks Trump has described America as a nation “ravaged by aggressive foreign trade practices” and positioned himself as protecting workers who had been “betrayed.”The bellicose talk visibly spooked some of his most conservative supporters, who, for whatever their positions on domestic issues, had consistently opposed protectionism throughout their careers, and reflexively defended keeping markets – foreign and domestic – open.To provide visuals for a televised tariff-increase signing, the White House collected a bevy of hulking steelworkers with whom POTUS could shake hands and beam with their presumed post-signing appreciation. The steelworkers – and surely the owners of the companies they work for – indeed looked pleased that the president of the United States was raising the prices customers would have to pay to assure their livelihood.News analysts, reporters, and policy commentators, whose own jobs are decidedly far less secure, immediately raised questions about the prospects of a trade war. Trump, never one to shy away from an argument, asserted the war was “winnable.” He looked like the kid in the schoolyard readying for a fight as friends stood behind him holding rocks.Politicians who call for using tariffs as trade-war ammunition remind me of the old Woody Allen bit where he describes a fight where he hurt the other’s guy fist with his nose. This is what Trump is doing to us. By raising the price of imported steel by 25 percent, Trump effectively punches the public in our collective noses. We lose our freedom to choose cheaper or better-quality imports. As for the price differential, Washington pockets the change.While prior presidents have indeed applied economic sanctions, they’ve been aimed at countries with whom relations have been chilly. At my trade conference, Jim Black, a partner with the SilvermanAcampora law firm in Jericho, recalled earlier years when a mention of the “Nasty Nine” nations referred to hostile states like Russia, Iran and Cuba.“That number is way down now,” Black said shortly before lunch. One reason adversaries become friends is that trade brings nations together; sanctions drive them apart. Another speaker, trade expert Bill Laraque, dismissed the America First rhetoric.“Trade sanctions aren’t going to make America great,” he said. “They are going to make America mediocre.”Merely raising the cost of imports, he said, was no answer.“What about improving the infrastructure? Charging ourselves more for steel is missing the point.”As his swerve towards protectionism took shape last month, the president replaced his chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, with TV talking head Larry Kudlow. The ousted Cohn is a free-market advocate. Kudlow, of course, is the well-dressed talking head who plays an economist on TV. He is an unrepentant supply-sider but by no means is he a trade hawk. It seems the president didn’t get that memo.On March 6, one week before getting Cohn’s old job, Kudlow blogged on under the headline “Tariffs are Taxes,” tariffs and import quotas are what we do to ourselves in times of peace and what foreign nations do to us with blockades… in times of war. But now we are imposing sanctions on our own country by punishing with tariffs in order to make Americans more prosperous.”In other words, we’re punching their noses with our faces.“If ever there were a crisis of logic,” declared Kudlow, “this is it.”Warren Strugatch is a partner with Inflection Point Associates, a consulting firm in Stony Brook. Contact him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Swanson charges to Algona SportMod checkers

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (April 26) – Last week’s runner-up was this week’s winner as Shane Swanson topped Saturday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event at Algona Raceway.Swanson was the hard charger after going to the front from the outside of the fourth row. Greg Sidles was second and Nick Meyer ran third.A familiar face found the winner circle in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature as David Smith earned his first feature victory of the season by holding off a determined Derek Green. Placing third was Devin Smith. Mike Jergens was another first-time 2014 winner, in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature. He started on the outside of the fourth row and piloted his no. 37 flying banana rig to the front of the pack and took the checkers ahead of Jesse Hoeft and Tim Ward. Brandon Nielsen earned his first local IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory of the season. Pole starter Daniel Smith finished second and last week’s winner Cody Nielsen took third Cory Peters came from the inside of the fourth row for the Mach-1 Sport Compact win with Jay DeVries second and Kaytee DeVries third.last_img read more

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Carter collects two at Osky

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (May 24) – Cayden Carter was a double winner Wednesday night at South­ern Iowa Speedway, topping features for the Musco Lighting IMCA Modifieds and the Budweiser IMCA Stock Cars.The third different leader in the Modified main, Carter held off Derrick Stewart in a green, white, checkered finish. His last-lap surge allowed Carter to edge Nathan Wood at the line for his first local win in the Stock Car class.Shannon Anderson held off Bill Bonnett for his third win in as many KBOE Radio/Mahaska Bottling IMCA Hobby Stock outings this season and Daniel Fellows became a three-time Kelli Steil State Farm IMCA Sport Compact feature winner.Curtis VanDerWal scored Oskaloosa True Value IMCA Northern SportMod win number two on the season.A total of 113 cars checked in at Osky.last_img read more

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Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana invests in legal marijuana operation

first_imgJoe Montana is ready to start his next business venture. The Hall of Fame quarterback is involved in a $75 million investment into Caliva, a company that works with medical marijuana and includes a farm, retail store, distribution center and delivery service, according to The Associated Press. The investment would be used to open more stores and launch products, including cannabis-based beverages.  Super Bowl 53: Ranking Tom Brady’s best, worst championship performances Montana, 62, retired from the NFL after the 1994 season. He played 13 of his 15 seasons with the 49ers, leading the team to four Super Bowl wins as its starting quarterback.center_img Montana believes the legal marijuana operation “can provide relief to many people and can make a serious impact on opioid use or addiction.”The former 49ers star joins a growing list of former athletes that have endorsed medical marijuana. Heisman trophy winner and retired NFL running back Ricky Williams and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton have both been outspoken about their support.  Related Newslast_img read more

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Public servants should become familiar with Indigenous languages – Granger

first_imgIn order to facilitate effective communication between the coastland and hinterland citizens while at the same time helping to preserve ancient languages, it is recommended that public servants become familiar with the various Indigenous languages that exist within the country.Caretaker President David GrangerThis recommendation was made by caretaker President David Granger, who delivered the feature address on Saturday at the St Cuthbert’s Mission (or Pakuri) Heritage celebrations.Granger was at the time commenting on the village’s efforts to preserve the native languages, particularly that of the Arawaks, when he highlighted the importance of public servants learning those languages“I spoke to the Toshao, and she advised me about the efforts being made to preserve and continue the important language. And it is something that I’ve emphasised that when public servants go into the hinterland, go into Indigenous communities, they must be able to communicate,” he added.But while Granger did not state how public servants should go about acquiring such knowledge directly, he anticipated favourable outcomes for the village’s Indigenous language project.“I insisted that all public servants serving in the hinterland must able to if not converse but be able to send greetings or ask questions in the nine languages of the Indigenous people so I expect in months to come we will hear more about this language project in this village of Pakuri,” he told the gathering.The United Nations (UN) has since recognised that despite the immense value of languages, many of them that exist not only in Guyana but around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Considering this fact, the UN has declared 2019 as the year of Indigenous languages, as it seeks to raise awareness not only to benefit those speaking the languages but also for those who recognise the contributions they make to the world’s cultural diversity.Some of the Amerindian languages spoken by a minority of the population include that of the Macushi, Akawaio, Wai-Wai, Arawak, Wapishana, Patamona, Warrau, Carib, and Arecuna.So far, efforts to preserve these local languages in Guyana have resulted in Government inviting applications for employment and contracts being published in the Indigenous languages, together with interior radio stations carrying broadcasts in the Indigenous languages and the Education Ministry focusing on introducing these languages in the schooling system.last_img read more

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Proteas ready to challenge at T20 World Cup

first_img12 March 2014 The Proteas will go in search of their first major ICC title since the 1998 Champions Trophy when the ICC T20 World Cup begins on 16 March in Bangladesh. Faf du Plessis’ team is currently ranked third in the world. In four previous T20 World Cups, South Africa’s best performance was reaching the semi-finals in England in 2009. However, in the last World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2012, the side performed poorly, losing all three of their group games to Pakistan, Australia and India to exit the event early. No doubt, that would have stung and the team will be out to turn its fortunes around. South Africa’s first match, against Sri Lanka in Chittagong, will be the 14th of the tournament and takes place on 22 March; the first week of the event will see second-tier nations in action, competing for two places in the Super 10 phase of the tournament. ‘Sub-continental conditions’ “We have two warm-up matches, one against Pakistan and the other against Bangladesh A,” Du Plessis told Cricket South Africa in Durban on Tuesday. “That’s great for us because it will be played in sub-continental conditions.” In 2013, the Proteas defeated Sri Lanka, currently ranked number one, and Pakistan, currently ranked number four, away from home, which will give them confidence that they can produce the goods in Asian conditions.‘Biggest key’ “For me the biggest key for us as a team is our reflection points,” Du Plessis said. “We beat Sri Lanka after getting hammered in the ODIs. Mentally we were nowhere but managed to pick ourselves up to win the series 2-1. We went to Dubai and beat Pakistan 2-0, which is why I feel that we are ready for the World Cup.” AB de Villiers Besides the role Du Plessis has to play as captain and one of the team’s leading batsmen, a lot will rest on the shoulders of AB de Villiers, who is generally regarded as the best batsman in the world at present. He is number one in the test rankings, number two in the one-day international rankings, but only 38th in the T20 rankings. That last ranking means little, however. De Villiers has all the shots to take any game by the scruff of the neck and make it his own. He is a scary challenge for any bowler.David Miller Another batsman who is a nasty proposition for opposition bowlers is the left-handed David Miller, whose clean, power-hitting is among the most devastating in the game. He proved his destructive abilities with a stunning 101 not out off of just 38 balls for the Kings XI Punjab against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in last season’s Indian Premier League. More recently, he struck an unbeaten 93 off just 37 deliveries for the Sunfoil Dolphins in the semi-finals of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. The Dolphins went on to win the competition, with Miller topping the run scoring charts with 383 at an average of 47.87 and an astonishing strike rate of 153.20. There have been some calls for coach Russell Domingo to bat De Villiers at number three and Miller at number four to get the most out of their match-winning abilities. Quinton de Kock Quinton de Kock scored only four runs less than Miller in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge at 42.11 and a strike rate of 132.98. While he lacks experience, he showed, with three consecutive centuries against India in one-day internationals, that he is capable of taking apart any international attack. While a player like Miller is recognised for his ability to turn a match on its head with his clean hitting, one would not necessarily think of Hashim Amla in those terms, but he was almost as effective in the recently concluded Ram Slam T20 Challenge, making 317 runs at 45.28 and a strike rate of 143.43, not far off of Miller’s outstanding mark.Bowling On the bowling front, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will lead the pace attack. Neither has anything to prove. They will be a tough test for any batting line-up and will be supported by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who has established himself as an effective bowler in the T20 format. JP Duminy will provide an all-round contribution, including as an off-spinner, while leg spinner Imran Tahir, according to captain Du Plessis, is as important to the South African attack as Dale Steyn.‘He’s a game-changer’ “He does really well in those conditions and we, as a team, back him completely,” Du Plessis told the South African Press Association (Sapa) on Tuesday. “I understand he’s a game-changer and I also understand what comes with that. Imran is never a guy that needs to bowl and keep the run rate down for you. “He’s a wicket-taker and you need to get the best out of him, bowl him in situations where we are looking to get wickets.” Albie Morkel and Wayne Parnell will provide experience and all-round ability, Farhaan Berhaiden adds batting depth, Aaron Phangiso is an off-spin specialist, and newcomer Beuran Hendricks provides an exciting left-arm pace option.Group 1 South Africa is in Group 1 of the Super 10’s, together with Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand and the winner of Group B, which features Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Nepal. The West Indies are the defending champions.last_img read more

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Monitor and measure farm success through KPIs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsBy Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsIn a constantly changing business environment, what works for your business today may not necessarily work tomorrow. To ensure that your business continues to grow and thrive for years to come, you need to be monitoring and measuring your business in order to manage it. One way to monitor and measure the health of the business is through Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).KPIs are financial and non-financial measures of activity outcomes that indicate how a business, or a process within a business, is performing. The first step is to determine and develop KPIs that are vital to the growth and success of your business. In agribusiness, there are a number of KPI categories that your business may want to measure. For example, here are some categories of KPIs and some specific examples of ratios to track within each category:Productivity: Estimated production potential, fertilizers per output, chemicals per output, yield per acre.Finance: current ratio – the ability of your business to pay all of your financial obligations within a year; working capital — measure your business’s financial health by analyzing readily available assets, and; return on equity — measure profitability by examining your ability generate revenue for each shareholder; operating profit — can be expressed on a per animal or per crop basis; profitability per field/ department — this metric will address which areas need more attention. If you can calculate profit in each area of the farm is turning over within a given period, you can then consider potential expansion in those areas that are most profitable.Administrative: Planation age structure, total plant number, field utilization rates, people efficiency, and mechanization utilization.Inventory: Monthly stock usage, waste percentage, average usage period for various inputs.After identifying and tracking the actual results of the KPIs, you should compare them against your plan. You and your team should select those KPIs that provide meaningful and timely feedback about the strategy execution and financial performance of your business. The monitoring of KPIs will help you and your team to proactively identify emerging problems and opportunities and to ensure that you are getting the most out of your business plan. It is typically recommended that KPIs are monitored monthly, but this exercise can vary depending on the individual KPIs determined for the business. KPIs should to be available to the appropriate individuals within your business who can digest the information and make change within the organization accordingly. They shouldn’t sit on the owner’s desk, but should be seen by the people in charge of the particular KPI. Besides tracking KPIs for business growth, they can also be used to help with retainage of high-performing individuals on your team by getting their buy-in on decisions in order to help move them in the right direction.Remember, there is always an opportunity for your business to be better! If you aren’t monitoring your actual results regularly you may miss out on the next big opportunity or you may cease to exist. Holbrook & Manter has been utilizing KPI’s for their clients and also for the firm for almost a century as we look to celebrate our 100-year anniversary next year. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through or at [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgUdhagamandalam, May 13 (PTI) Following are theUdhagamandalam, May 13 (PTI) Following are the acceptances for the 14th day Udhagamandalam races to be held here on Sunday May 15, 2016.1st Race The Still Waters Plate 1300 M10.00 A.M.:- August Rush 60,Green Teak 60,Dazzler 57.5,Regal Groom 57.5,Admiral 55, Fashion Flame 55 (Total : 6)2nd Race The Hobert Park Plate 1200 M 10.30 A.M.:- Boogie Woogie 61, Atom Bomb 59,Rubys Charmo 53, Well Known 53, Ancient Warrior 51.5, Admirals Crown 50 (Total : 6)3rd Race The Malabar Plate 1300 M 11.00 A.M.:- Touch And Go 60.5, Black Belt 59.5,Casanova 59.5, Right On Time 58.5, Its High Time 56, Rhapsidion Rose 55, Legendary Warrior 54.5, Polynesian Pearl 51.5, Dazzling Valentine 51, Dream Come True 50,Serengeti 50 (Total: 11)4th Race The Defence Service Staff College Cup: 1800 M 1.30 A.M.:- Flying Expectation 60, Oxbridge 59, Fortaleza 58 , Jannat 57.5, New Wings 57.5, Scent Of Power 55, Marauder 52 (Total : 7)5th Race The Madras Regimental Centre Challenge Trophy: 1300 12.00 Noon: Ocean Flower 56, Queens Turf 56, Borntobeking 54.5, Empire Of Kings 54.5, Exceed And Excel 54.5, Starlight Heaven 53, Smile With Style 50 (Total : 7)6th Race The Palladam Plate 1400 M 12.30 P.M:- Phoenix Force 62 .5, Sweet Candy 61.5, Castle Stuart 61, Razzle Tazzle 59, Spirited Touch 56.5, Another Conquest 56, Summer Sun 56, Haunting Moments 55, Money Ball 55, Lucky Charm 54, Endless Tribute 53, Nanuk 50.5 (Total : 12)7th Race The Chenna Pattna Plate 1300 M 1.00 P.M.:- Custodian 60, Olive 59.5, Montedoro 58.5, Ashwa Prajot 58, Chiffon 57.5, Cristoffe 56.5, Sunshine Heart 55.5, Paris Lane 53.5, Biutiful 53, Samburu 53, Summer Sensation 53, Soneeyo 52.5 (Total : 12)Jackpot Race Nos:2,3,4,6 & 71st Treble Race Nos:3,4 & 52nd Treble Race Nos:5,6 & 7 PTI MAV CMlast_img read more