18 Jan

A Funny Thing Happened…, Starring James Corden, Eyeing Broadway

first_img Featuring music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum follows scheming slave Pseudolus as he attempts to win his freedom from the henpecked Senex and his overbearing wife Domina. When he learns his master’s dim-witted son has fallen in love with a virgin courtesan, he seizes the opportunity to secure his release. The musical first opened on Broadway on May 8, 1962 at the Alvin Theatre. The show earned six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Star Files View Comments Corden, who stars as the Baker in the upcoming Into the Woods film adaptation, earned a Tony for his portrayal of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors after originating the role in London. He also appeared in The History Boys on Broadway and in the West End. In addition to Into the Woods, Corden’s screen credits include One Chance, in which he played Britain’s Got Talent sensation Paul Potts, Begin Again, The Three Musketeers, Gulliver’s Travels, The Gruffalo, Gavin & Stacey and Horne & Corden.center_img James Corden Comedy tonight—give or take a year! Tony winner James Corden is in negotiations to star as Pseudolus in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. According to The New York Times, the tuner could return to the Great White Way in the spring of 2015 under the direction of Tony nominee Alex Timbers.last_img read more

31 Dec

Global utility company AES sees 12-gigawatt capacity growth by 2022 driven largely by renewables

first_imgGlobal utility company AES sees 12-gigawatt capacity growth by 2022 driven largely by renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):AES Corp. executives have laid out an ambitious plan to add nearly 12,000 MW of new capacity to the company’s portfolio by 2022, fueled in large part by the rapid development of the sPower renewables pipeline.“Our goal is to earn attractive returns while greening our portfolio,” AES President and CEO Andrés Gluski said Aug. 7 on the company’s second-quarter 2018 earnings call.AES has signed 1,500 MW of long-term power purchase agreements so far this year and is on track to exceed its internal projection of 2,000 MW for the full year, Gluski said.The company attributed a significant portion of this growth to renewable energy developer sPower, which AES bought in 2017 through a joint venture with Alberta Investment Management Corp. AES in February 2017 predicted sPower’s development pipeline of more than 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects would initially deliver about 500 MW of signed PPAs per year.Gluski pointed out that year-to-date sPower has about 1,200 MW of renewable capacity locked into long-term contracts with large corporate customers, such as Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc., as well as utilities. “This is more than double the 500 MW annually of signed PPAs that we expected to achieve when we acquired sPower last year,” Gluski said.“The business has outperformed our expectations since we acquired it, both from an operational and development perspective,” AES Executive Vice President and CFO Thomas O’Flynn said on the call. Because of sPower’s contributions, AES is now “on pace” to sign 2,000 MW to 3,000 MW of new renewable PPAs annually in 2019 and 2020, Gluski noted. “This would result in 7.5 GW of new renewable PPAs being signed through 2020, all of which would be online by 2022.”More ($): AES exceeding portfolio growth targets through long-term contractslast_img read more

29 Sep

Swiss BVK members threaten to drop scheme due to rate changes

first_imgPeople above the age of 48, once the new parameters are applied from 2017, will receive a monthly top-up if they remain with the BVK for another five years. Those that have already reached the age of 60 that year “will be guaranteed a minimum pension based on a theoretical retirement a day before the lower conversion rate takes effect”, a spokesman for the pension fund told IPE. “This is to prevent people being forced into early retirement because of the measures taken.”The BVK’s spokesman said there was “a lot of pressure on the young people who are getting less interest on their assets today because the money is needed to finance pension promises made with a too high conversion rate”.Many of the authorities that are currently members of the BVK, however, are now criticising the move, and some are even mulling an exit.The University of Zurich has now established a working group to look into the effects the changes will have on its 4,500 employees in the fund.The university said in a newsletter to its members that the “drastic changes allow the University to terminate the contract with the BVK early per year-end 2016 and to join another pension fund”.It put together a panel of experts to look into “all possibilities”, including “getting offers from other Pensionskassen”.Another body in Zurich, the VZGV – an advisory board to municipalities made up of former municipal and city employees – has also commissioned an independent study with the consultancy Dipeka that will be used to advise municipalities and cities in the canton.The study’s author, industry expert Boris Morf, said the cut in the technical parameters was an “adequate response to future developments” and that the application of a generation table instead of a periodic table was “sensible” and “positive, especially for young members.He added that “most of the providers are confronted with the same problems as the BVK, and members have to be careful not to get out of the frying pan and into the fire”. The University of Zurich has commissioned an independent study to determine whether recent technical-parameter changes will affect the pension fund’s ability to fulfil its obligations.The fund (BVK) – for local entities and other authorities in the canton of Zurich – decided last summer to make major cuts, lowering the conversion rate to 4.8% and the discount rate to 2%. Other pension funds in Switzerland have taken similar steps in recent years, but the BVK’s amendments, while welcomed by many experts, were seen as being particularly drastic.The BVK is investing CHF950m (€775m) in total to soften the effects of the changes to the technical parameters.last_img read more

27 Sep

PM says no to debate on broadening access medicinal marijuana

first_imgStuff co.nz 9 June 2015Prime Minister John Key says he would not support a parliamentary debate on broadening access to medicinal marijuana because there are alternatives available.His comments come after Capital & Coast District Health Board applied to the Ministry of Health on Friday for approval to use a marijuana extract to treat a Nelson teenager who is in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital.Alex Renton, 19, has been in the hospital’s intensive care unit since April 8 with a condition known as “refractory status epilepticus”. This condition causes him to suffer patterns of repeat and unremitting seizures.The cause of his seizures is unknown but it is thought his body’s immune system may be turning against itself, which is known as an auto-immune disorder.The heath board says it has exhausted all recommended and standard treatment options for Renton but his condition has not improved, which is why it sought permission to use medicinal marijuana.Renton’s mother, Rose, made a a tearful plea on Sunday for the drug to be approved. Labour MP Damien O’Connor also called for Parliament to debate the issue of access to medicinal marijuana.Key said that, while his advice on the subject could change, he was not “actively looking to progress” a parliamentary debate on the topic.He sympathised with the Renton’s and the “enormous anxiety” they were going through while they waited to see if their application was accepted.“But there’s no guarantee that even if they were given this medical marijuana, that it would achieve better outcomes for their son.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/69212610/pm-says-no-to-debate-on-broadening-access-medicinal-marijuanaMedicinal Marijuana Should Be Researched, Not LegalisedMedia Release 8 May 2015Family First NZ says that medicinal marijuana should not be legalised, but is calling for further research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms.“NZ’ers need to be aware of the smoke-screen of ‘medicinal marijuana’. The strategy of groups who want dope legalised is to promote medicinal marijuana which simply manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns. But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to ‘recreational’ purposes,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.Dr. Christian Thurstone, a psychiatrist and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado and medical director of one of that state’s largest adolescent substance-abuse-treatment programs, said: “In the absence of credible data, this debate is being dominated by bad science and misinformation from people interested in using medical marijuana as a step to legalisation for recreational use.” In 1979, NORML said “We’ll use medical marijuana as red-herring to give marijuana a good name”. In 1996 when California foolishly approved medicinal marijuana, NORML said “marijuana has been de facto legalised under guise of medical marijuana”. But a US study found that the average ‘patient’ was a 32-year-old white male with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and no history of life threatening illness. A 2011 study that examined 1,655 applicants in California who sought a physician’s recommendation for medical marijuana found that very few had cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma or multiple sclerosis.The American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicines, the American Cancer Society, the American Glaucoma Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics all report finding no documented medical value in marijuana. The British Medical Association asserts that marijuana use increases health risks.Similarly, the US FDA has stated that “no sound scientific studies supported the medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use. There are alternative FDA-approved medications in existence for treatment of many of the proposed uses of smoked marijuana.”[1]“Scientists have used the marijuana plant’s primary active ingredient – THC – as a pill form for nausea and appetite stimulation. It may be that there can be the development of non-smoked rapid-onset cannabinoid delivery systems. But this should be decided on the basis of thorough clinical trials, as recommended by the US Institute of Medicine.[2] We support the NZ government’s caution around this issue,” says Mr McCoskrie.Family First is calling for the following:the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms. (Supported by NZMA)the establishment of an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval.the Government instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex as a medicine under the Medicines Act 1981 and to continue to make pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines available to treat serious medical conditions when traditional methods have failed.ENDSlast_img read more

26 Sep

Breaking: Solskjaer rules out Ighalo deadline-day arrival at Man Utd

first_img Loading… Read Also: Solskjaer eyeing late Ighalo deal on transfer deadline daySome fans are planning to walk out in the 68th minute of Saturday’s match at Old Trafford in protest at how the club is being run by the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The atmosphere at Old Trafford has turned toxic in recent weeks, with supporters voicing their anger at the club hierarchy and police this week launched an investigation into an attack on the home of Woodward.“For me, the fans have been backing us and I am sure they’ll back the team again,” said Solskjaer. “They’re important for us and this is an important game for us.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ighalo was offered to the Red Devils away from the Chinese topflight no thanks to the Coronavirus that have seen the suspension of all domestic football action indefinitely in the Asian nation.On the other hand, King, who played for the club’s reserves under Solskjaer, was also linked with a move and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe did not rule out an exit, but the United boss is not expecting any arrivals.“I don’t think we’ll do any more business, no,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.The Norwegian said he was happy with the forwards at his disposal at Old Trafford and that the arrival of Portugal midfielder Fernandes would give him options to tweak his tactics.Solskjaer confirmed the 25-year-old would go straight into the squad against Wolves after he completed his move from Sporting Lisbon for an initial 55 million euros ($61 million, £46 million) on Thursday.“We’re just happy to finally get it over the line. We followed him for years and he has grown in that period,” said the United boss.“He is more mature, a great leader of his team and even with all the speculation that has been around him from every club in Europe linked with him, he stayed focused and played some fantastic football for Sporting Lisbon.”Solskjaer is expecting Fernandes to provide leadership in a squad that has been accused of lacking strong voices on the pitch.“That is one of the boxes we had to tick,” said the manager. “We want players who this means a lot to, and he’s a winner, he hates losing.“I have seen it myself but he uses that anger in a good way, to play better and help his teammates.“He was a fantastic captain for Sporting Lisbon and he was a leader and he is going to come here and be a great leader.” The United boss has been open about his desire to bolster his squad with a striker after the injury to top-scorer Marcus Rashford and the summer exits of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.center_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect the likes of  Odion Ighalo and Josh King’s arrival at Manchester United on transfer  deadline-day but confirmed new signing Bruno Fernandes would be involved in Saturday’s home game against Wolves.Advertisement Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Agolast_img read more

23 Sep

Kenya in consultations with COVAX to facilitate access of vaccine

first_img“ Today our briefing shall focus on immunization services, noting that UNIVERSAL Health Coverage and immunization are fundamentally intertwined as they both contribute to diminishing health inequities, reducing poverty, fostering inclusion and catalyzing economic growth.” She saidAlso Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesShe noted that through the implementation of the National Immunization Program, with collaborative investment with development partners, Kenya has eliminated Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus disease and eradicated Wild Polio Virus.Also Read  Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the country“A scaling of these joint investments has seen a further expansion of our immunization programs through the introduction of 6 new vaccines in the past decade, all of which are contributing to the reduction of childhood diseases and deaths.” She addedDr. Mwangangi said the vaccines are available free of charge through a network of 9,500 health facilities consisting of public, faith based and Non-governmental Organizations’.She said sustained investments in immunization services have led to an improvement in the National Coverage of Immunization Services, with a National average of 83% in 2019. Noting that the achievement, a decline in the absolute number of children vaccinated has been observed as a result of disruption to service access in the earlier months of the COVID-19 Pandemic.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols“Compared to the same period last year, a 2.34% was recorded, with a previous year count of 640,000 children falling to 625,000. In addition, there has been a severe decline in coverage of HPV Vaccine for 10-year old girls, which currently stands at 46%.” She noted Dr. Mwangangi called upon all parents and guardians to ensure that 10-year old girls have received two doses of HPV vaccine and infants complete their vaccination schedule, receiving two doses of measles rubella vaccine by the time they are 2 years old.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Kenya through the Kenya Permanent Mission in Geneva is in consultations with the Global Umbrella Facility for the COVID Vaccine (COVAX), for the purposes of facilitating access to the vaccine.Speaking during the daily briefings on the status of COVID-19 in Kenya, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Mercy Mwangangi also took time to encourage Kenyans to visit health facilities for immunization.She added that all vaccines in the schedule are available at all the health facilities countrywide.last_img read more

21 Sep

Rodgers not considering title bid

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he has not even considered the prospect of making an unexpected title challenge despite the club setting the early Premier League pace. Liverpool conceded their first goals of the league campaign at the Liberty Stadium, having won their opening three matches 1-0, and their defensive record has improved since the back end of last season. But Rodgers stressed there had been no significant change in the things he was asking the team to do and their progress, which sees them on an unbeaten league run of 12 matches spanning this campaign and the last, was more about familiarity. “Initially when I came in last season the emphasis was on football and naturally when you come in with these sort of ideas everyone forgets about what you want defensively and focuses only on the ball,” he added. “The players have not been asked to do anything different from what we’ve always asked. “There is a greater understanding of how we want to work and over a period of games we’ve had that resilience as well as quality in our football. There is great confidence within the group. “What we’re doing now is marrying together all of the qualities we work on every day, which are the football qualities, physical and mental qualities. That’s what you need if you’re going to succeed in the Premier League.” But there is no doubt their early form has generated additional positivity in and around the club as they seek to secure a return to the Champions League after a four-year absence. “I haven’t even considered that (a title challenge) at all – the only focus is the next game,” said Rodgers. “We’ll assess it after 10 games, see where we sit there, then the halfway point and we’ll probably have a more realistic idea of where we can be. “At this moment, we’ve played four – won three and drawn one – and we’re in a good moment. “There’s a lot more to come. We’ve made a good start. People will talk that it’s early stages, as will I, but these are hurdles you have to get over. “We’re on 10 points already; at the end of last season we finished on 61 points and we talked about those extra 10 points that might have taken us into the Champions League – at this early stage we’ve got them. “I believe the team has still got a lot of improvements to make because of the nature of what I’ve seen in the games and the potential we have in the players. “We’ve got to sustain that but I’m really happy that in these early stages we’ve shown at least potential. I think that potential can grow even more.” Press Association The Reds were the last top-flight side to surrender their 100 per cent record in Monday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea but the point gained was enough to take them back to the summit. Despite an impressive start Rodgers knows bigger tests lie ahead and he urged caution in making any snap judgements for another six matches. last_img read more

20 Sep

Van Gaal: This is my last club

first_img Van Gaal has enjoyed a stellar career that has taken him from Holland to Spain, Germany and now England, where he is contracted with United until 2017. The 63-year-old is enjoying his spell as United manager, but plans to walk away from football once his tenure is over as he wants to spend time with his wife Truus in their holiday home on the Algarve. Louis van Gaal says he will retire from football when his spell with Manchester United comes to an end. “I am old. This is my last job. For sure,” the Dutchman said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it. “Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don’t like it. “My wife wants to quit now already! Five years ago! “I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit to go there, play golf, eat fantastic food.” Van Gaal praised the United fans for the support they have given him during a mixed first year at Old Trafford. United have played some unimaginative football at times this season but they hammered Tottenham 3-0 last weekend to strengthen their hold on fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Van Gaal has managed Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich during his career, but regards United as the biggest club on the planet. “We were in the USA (in pre-season) and we played against Real Madrid, Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy, five matches in three weeks – 300,000 fans and I think 280,000 of them in a red shirt. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in the world,” he said. “Bigger than Real Madrid? Yes. In terms of global appeal, not history.” Van Gaal’s biggest signing Angel di Maria, meanwhile, is looking forward to returning to action following his one-match suspension. Di Maria sat out the win over Tottenham after being sent off for tugging referee Michael Oliver’s shirt in United’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. The £59.7million midfielder knows the next four fixtures – against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea will ultimately make or break United’s season. “We are all aware that a number of big games are just around the corner, and the season will be decided by these fixtures,” Di Maria told United Review. “We know all about these upcoming games and we have been thinking and talking about them for quite some time now. We’ve known that everything would be at stake over this final period of the season.” United lead Liverpool by just two points but they are also only two points shy of second-placed City. Di Maria is optimistic about the chances of United finishing in the top four. He added: “Everyone at the club is 100 per cent confident, we know we want to get back into the Champions League and that we want to be fighting it out. “We’ll battle hard right to the end of the season. From what I know of the club, United always fight right to the end and that’s what we’re going to do.” Press Associationlast_img read more

20 Sep

Murray: Ireland can get even better

first_img Press Association British and Irish Lions scrum-half Murray hailed the impact of taskmaster boss Schmidt in overhauling Ireland’s entire approach – and backed the Kiwi head coach to drive another lift in standards before the autumn’s global gathering. “We are at a good level anyway, but I still think we can improve quite a lot,” said Murray. “Every game through the Six Nations there have been things we have been frustrated with and we haven’t executed quite as well as we wanted to, but overall we are very satisfied with the way we have handled this championship. “It’s exciting that we can improve and with a World Cup coming up it’s a great position to be in.” Ireland will be gunning to top Pool D ahead of the likes of France in the World Cup, to tee up a likely quarter-final against Argentina. The perils of finishing as runners-up in Pool D are stark – a potential last-eight showdown with New Zealand, the only major power Ireland are yet to beat in Test action. Head coach Schmidt’s analytical and relentless approach raises hopes Ireland can pass the last-eight stage for the first time at a World Cup however, and Murray hailed his wide-ranging impact. “Right now we are going to relax and enjoy what we have done but when it comes to going back to camp and we gather again, we will be looking forward to a World Cup and that is really exciting for us,” said Murray. Conor Murray has fired a World Cup warning shot to Ireland’s Test rivals, insisting Joe Schmidt’s RBS 6 Nations champions still have plenty of improvements ahead. Ireland retained the Six Nations title for the first time since 1949 with a 40-10 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday, edging past England to glory. England fell short of the required points-difference buffer despite a 55-35 victory over France, sending the trophy to Dublin for the second-straight season. “Constantly through the Six Nations we have performed well, we have played well but there have been a few areas where we know we can do better. “That is quite exciting for us as a team with back-to-back championships now. “We know we can get better and push on. Joe is a world-class coach and there is no secret there. “The way he has the group organised, it is player-driven as well. “We take on board what he says and we really believe what he gives us and we have huge belief in the squad at the moment. “The longer we are together, hopefully the better we will get.” Munster scrum-half Murray has scaled the northern hemisphere half-back heights in this Six Nations, working in tandem with peerless fly-half Johnny Sexton. The British and Irish Lions star admitted Schmidt’s unremitting approach has helped him lift his craft to new levels. Ireland were languishing at ninth in the world rankings when Schmidt took the helm in 2013 – just three defeats later, the world’s third-best side have secured consecutive Six Nations titles. “He has been unbelievable for me: when he came in he challenged players to improve,” said Murray. “And if you are not doing the work, and not showing it in training and in games that you are working hard on your game, he will talk to you and take you aside and give you advice on what you should be working on. “From the moment he came in, he gave me a few pointers, a few little areas of my game that I wanted to improve and he’s done that. He has improved me as a player.” last_img read more

20 Sep

Support for Biden Plummets 10 Points after Debate

first_imgThe first Democratic primary debates have taken an initial toll on former VP Joe Biden’s numbers.A poll by Morning Consult and FiveThirtyEight before and after both debates shows that Biden’s support numbers plummeted by ten points with Democratic voters when asked who they would choose as a candidate.Before the debates, the poll showed Biden with 41.5% of voters’ support.After the debates, his support slipped by around 10%. If we want to make Donald Trump a one-term president, it’s going to take everyone stepping up and pitching in what they can. Will you make a donation before our big public fundraising deadline tonight? https://t.co/BWLrzM9AE6— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 30, 2019 The poll showed that Kamala Harris picked up support, with her poll numbers up by around 9%.This first debate was just the beginning. Help us build momentum and show the pundits just how strong our movement is.https://t.co/wVqKajoP42— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 28, 2019 Who do you think will become the Democratic candidate for president?last_img read more