Denee Benton & Josh Groban Begin Performances in Great Comet

first_img View Comments Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017center_img Denée Benton(Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva) Denée Benton and Josh Groban are officially geeking out. The two Broadway debut-makers start performances in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on October 18. After an acclaimed off-Broadway run (which boasted an uproarious score, Hamilton fave Phillipa Soo and borscht), Dave Malloy’s Rachel Chavkin-helmed musical snapshot into Tolstoy’s Russian masterpiece War and Peace officially opens on November 14.In addition to Groban and Benton, the cast includes Brittain Ashford, Lucas Steele, Gelsey Bell, Nicholas Belton, Nick Choksi, Amber Gray, Grace McLean, Paul Pinto, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Alex Gibson, Billy Joe Kiessling, Mary Spencer Knapp, Andrew Mayer, Ani Taj, Cathryn Wake, Scott Stangland, Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Nick Gaswirth, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Katrina Yaukey and Lauren Zakrin.Great Comet follows follows Natasha (Benton), a young girl who forms a relationship with the attractive rebel Anatole (Steele) while her betrothed Andrey (Belton) is off fighting. Andrey’s best friend Pierre (Groban) remains on high alert as the new romance blossoms.last_img read more

Nicaragua Captures Honduran Fishing Boat

first_imgBy Dialogo February 05, 2013 Nicaraguan Naval Force captured a Honduran-flagged fishing boat with a crew of 13 members of the same nationality for fishing illegally in their territorial waters of the Caribbean Sea, the institution reported on February 2. The authorities seized over 1.4 kilos of marihuana and 454 kilos of lobster on the boat, whose 13 crew members were arrested, the report added. The vessel “Capitán Bimbo” was intercepted “fishing illegally in our jurisdictional waters (…) at 100 nautical miles northeast of Cayos Misquitos on January 30,” the military spokesmen explained in a press report. On August 22, the boat left Roatán (Honduras) under the command of Captain Hildebrando Madrid, who had no identification and said he was a Honduran national, according to documents seized by the naval personnel.last_img read more

NCUA Board seeks feedback on NAFCU-urged call report modernization

first_img The NCUA Board on Thursday issued a request for information (RFI) on its call report modernization efforts. During the meeting, attended by NAFCU, the board also released a proposal on involuntary liquidation and adopted its 2018-2022 strategic plan.The board also received a briefing on the civil monetary penalty statutory inflation adjustment.Call report modernizationDuring the board briefing on call report modernization, the agency summarized the work already completed, including the gathering of information through a public comment-and-review process on how it can modernize credit unions’ call reports. continue reading » NCUA headquarterscenter_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Norges Bank to acquire US office assets worth nearly $1bn

first_imgThe joint venture is focusing on office buildings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Washington DC.The deal will be the joint venture’s fourth in the US and second in Boston, having bought the city’s One Financial Center (also from Beacon), Washington DC’s Thurmond Arnold building and 425 Market Street in San Francisco.In San Francisco, NBIM will pay around $350m for 405 Howard Street.Langley Investment Properties and GE Asset Management are selling the 521,000 sqft property, which is fully let.Based on current net operating income, the cap rate on the sale will be around 4%.All parties declined to comment. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, is in talks to buy two office buildings in the US for $915m (€677m), according to sources.The properties in Boston and San Francisco are being bought in joint ventures with US insurer MetLife and TIAA-CREF, respectively.The Boston property – the 1m sqft One Beacon Street building – is expected to be sold for around $565m by Allianz Real Estate and Beacon Capital Partners, which bought the asset for its closed-end Strategic Partners IV fund in 2006.NBIM and MetLife’s joint venture, split 47.5% and 52.5%, has invested $2.26bn since its creation in December last year, with no target for future investment.last_img read more

First buyer to buy a townhome will drive away with a new car

first_img MORE: Star builders’ new home for sale Camille Zhang, 23, is looking to buy a property at Ascot Silver which is in a trendy and affluent area close to the CBD, shops and airport. AAP Image/Richard GoslingCONFIDENCE has returned to Brisbane’s property market with a spike in apartment inquiries from investors and first homebuyers in the wake of the federal election.After months of uncertainty, developer Abacus Property Group said the level of inquiry for the last remaining apartments at its Ivy and Eve project at South Brisbane had more than doubled in the past week.Abacus development manager Bryant Greenberg said: “There are some very positive signs emerging that southeast Queensland buyers are back in the hunt for new apartments.Some developers are not taking any chances through with Ascot Silver, a new development in one of Brisbane’s blue-chip suburbs, giving away a car to the first person who buys a townhome. The new car is worth $20,000. Brisbane kitchen scoops top award Worst suburban credit scores revealed Prospective buyer Camille Zhang, 23, was among those intrigued by the property and prospect.Ms Zhang said she was looking to buy a property in a trendy and affluent area close to the CBD, shops and airport.“I love the idea of having a four-bedroom townhome which I can share with flatmates.” Camille Zhang is a prospective buyer of new this new Ascot townhouse, Ascot Silver. AAP Image/Richard GoslingCoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said he was not surprised interest in apartments had piqued.“I think it really highlights that people were sitting on the sidelines waiting for the outcome of the election,” he said“There was clearly some concern about those policies (proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax) and now that they’ve passed, people are more inclined to go and purchase properties, or at least have an interest in purchasing a property.” Mr Kusher said there was still plenty of apartment stock on the market in Brisbane and developers were still offering good buyer incentives. “There’s probably a sense now from people who are thinking … I can maybe go out and start looking for some good deals in the market,” he said. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 One-bedroom apartments are for sale at Ivy and Eve.Mr Greenberg said “together with expectations of a drop in interest rates and growing awareness that the stock of available apartments is facing a sharp decline, it seems people are suddenly much more confident.”He said Ivy and Eve had booked 18 new inspections in the first week after the election and expected the remaining apartments to be sold very quickly.“The likelihood of improved conditions will also start to put upward pressure on prices so now is a great time for buyers to take advantage of prices set during the slowdown in activity leading up to the election,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe one-bedroom luxury apartments remaining at Ivy and Eve, a 476-unit complex, are priced from $399,000.Azara Projects development manager Amy Tang said: “With the election being over, we’ve had an increased number of queries for our luxury townhomes (at Ascot Silver) in Brisbane and more visitors to our inspections as well”. Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker said the increase in activity was due to stability in the market.“There was a lot of uncertainty around the proposed changes in the real estate industry and people didn’t want to make decisions that impacted their lives,” Mr Walker said. “People who were sitting on the fence are now looking at committing to buy.“If you have higher than average stock on offer, I think that’s what people want — it’s nice to see some activity.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Ireland: Providence boasts ‘significant’ Avalon prospect

first_imgIrish oil & gas company Providence Resources has described its Avalon prospect off Ireland as ‘significant’ following a technical report for Licensing Option 16/27. The LO 16/27 is located in the central Porcupine Basin and is currently operated by Providence.Total farmed into the license in June but the change in ownership will become effective after receiving consent from the Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.Upon receiving the consent, the LO 16/27 joint-venture will consist of Total as the operator holding 50 percent of interest, Providence with 40, and Sosina Exploration Limited holding the remaining 10 percent.Providence said on Monday that it recently provided the Petroleum Affairs Division of the Irish Government’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with its End of Year 1 LO 16/27 Technical Report which was focused on the hydrocarbon potential of the Avalon prospect, on behalf of the JV partners.According to the company, a large scale calibrated petroleum systems model over an area of 48,000 square kilometers, which included the LO 16/27 area, supports the potential of a working petroleum system in the license.It demonstrates that the Avalon prospect could potentially access a total hydrocarbon resource charge of 8.67 bbo and 12 bboe, Providence stated.In the Monday statement, the company also said: “Whilst petroleum systems modeling in emerging frontier basins have inherently high degrees of uncertainty, the results of this study are directionally very positive for the potential charging of the Avalon prospect.”“Further positive outputs from the PSM indicate that the risk of oil biodegradation in the Avalon prospect is low to moderate based on the modeled temporal variations in reservoir temperature. Also, top seal integrity for the Avalon prospect was also assessed using inputs from both the PSM and a parallel basin-wide geomechanical modeling study. This work has positively demonstrated that there is a very low likelihood of a mechanically breached seal at Avalon based on modeled pore pressures,” said Providence.John O’Sullivan, technical director of Providence, said: “The work completed during the first year of Licensing Option 16/27 confirmed our view as to the significant hydrocarbon resource potential of the Avalon prospect.“While the nearby 53/6-A well program is currently assessing the similar-aged Druid stratigraphic prospect, as well as the deeper lower cretaceous Drombeg prospect, Avalon is somewhat differentiated insofar as it demonstrates a potentially different trapping mechanism with structural closure mapped in the proximal sediment transport direction. The proximity of Avalon to the deeper breached Dunquin North oil accumulation is also a potential positive in terms of hydrocarbon sourcing.“We look forward to working with our JV partners to mature the Avalon prospect to drillable status.”To remind, just last week Providence started drilling operations in the Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 2/14, which contains the Paleocene “Druid”, Lower Cretaceous “Drombeg” and pre-Cretaceous “Diablo” prospects.last_img read more

Reds Caravan Revisited

first_imgAs usual, it was a lot of fun to MC the Reds Caravan when they were in Batesville.  I was really impressed with Brayan Pena, the new catcher for the Reds.  The young man is a native of Cuba and a countryman of Reds relief pitcher, Chapman.  The soft-spoken catcher was friendly and was a big hit of the gathering at the Sherman House.  He is extremely humble and very thankful for this opportunity with the Reds.  The other hit was retired infielder, Doug Flynn.  We all know that Marty Brennaman is always funny, but we had no idea that Flynn would put him to shame.    Doug has done some guest announcing with the Reds and hopes to get more opportunities to do so again this year.  Can you imagine he and Marty in a blowout game where they would have time to go into story telling.   The present banker from Lexington, Flynn, had a lot of fun bantering with Eric Davis.  Eric, like Flynn, is very grateful that he is again working with the Cincinnati Reds.  Neither would bad mouth Marge Schott, but you can tell they are very glad that Bob Castellini has taken over the Reds ownership.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho remains defiant despite Chelsea’s poor form and FA sanctions

first_imgA defiant Jose Mourinho will appeal against the Football Association’s £50,000 fine and one-match suspended stadium ban and does not expect to be sacked even if Chelsea finish in mid-table. The Blues enter Saturday’s match at home to Aston Villa 16th after four defeats in the opening eight Premier League games. Mourinho called for the backing of the Chelsea board after the October 3 loss to Southampton and a first vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership was issued. Chelsea have dispensed with numerous managers, often when when Champions League qualification is in doubt. But Mourinho says he will not be sacked even if Chelsea are adrift in the race for the top four. Asked if he would still be in charge if Chelsea finish in mid-table, Mourinho said “Yes”, before adding: “No. I was not told that because we don’t expect to finish mid-table.” Following the Saints loss, Mourinho, who has won three Premier League titles over two spells, suggested the Blues would be sacking the best manager they ever had if he was fired. Now Abramovich’s approach to his managers is different, according to the Portuguese, who was reappointed in June 2013. “It’s different for many reasons, since the moment I came back in 2013, when I had my first conversation with the owner and the board in 2013,” he said. The competition in the Premier League means Chelsea could miss out on the top four this term, as Manchester United and Liverpool have done in recent seasons. The Blues are seven points adrift and 10 behind leaders Manchester City. “Somebody will be out (of the top four). Do I think it’s Chelsea? No,” Mourinho said. Mourinho lost one of 100 Premier League home games, but has now lost two in his last three after the Southampton defeat. The Portuguese admits playing at the champions’ Stamford Bridge home is a less daunting than it once was. “I really believe that every team that comes now to Stamford Bridge, they don’t fear us, they feel that they can get a result,” Mourinho said. Mourinho was sanctioned for comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton in which he said referee Robert Madeley was “afraid” to give Chelsea a penalty. Mourinho on Friday confirmed he had received the FA’s written reasons and will appeal. “I have to be honest with myself. It’s the most important thing so I have to appeal,” Mourinho said. Mourinho on Thursday night addressed the penalty, which was announced by the FA on Wednesday. “Every word I say is a big risk for me,” he said on Thursday. “I am happy that I don’t have an electronic tag. I think it’s not far from (that). “I also think that GBP50,000 in the world where we live today is an absolute disgrace. “And I also think that the possibility of getting a stadium ban is also something absolutely astonishing.” The stadium ban will be imposed if Mourinho speaks out of turn in the next 12 months, but it is understood the FA is unlikely to pursue Thursday night’s comments. A more pressing priority for Mourinho is finding solutions for Chelsea’s current slump, five months after being crowned champions. Press Associationlast_img read more

Russia eyeing knockout berth as Salah returns for Egypt

first_imgSaint Petersburg, June 18: Hosts Russia will be eyeing to seal their berth for the knockout stage when they face Egypt, who will be bolstered by the return of star forward Mohamed Salah, in their second Group A game here on Tuesday.Russia will be high on confidence after hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game in Moscow on Thursday. Egypt on the other hand suffered a 0-1 loss to Uruguay in the absence of Salah on Friday.However, Salah has been declared 100 per cent fit by Egypt’s team doctor which will be a major relief for the team management.Russia currently top Group A charts on goal difference ahead of Uruguay while Egypt are placed third and another defeat for the North African nation will force them for an early exit from the mega event.Egypt are strengthened by Salah’s return while Russia will be weakened by the absence of creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who suffered injury in the opening game.”Salah participated in training with his teammates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russia according to technical staff,” Egypt’s team manager Ihab Leheta was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.”Russia’s game is fateful and difficult because of our defeat against Uruguay,” he added.Denis Cheryshev, who was Russia’s hero against Saudi Arabia after scoring twice, however feels even if Salah misses Tuesday’s game, their task will not be easy.”If he (Salah) is not there, does that mean our task becomes easy? Not at all,” Cheryshev was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.The left winger felt that Salah’s inclusion in Egypt’s playing XI will make the issue interesting.”If he plays, it will be hard but more interesting. He’s one of the best and you always want to compete with the best and win,” Cheryshev added.Apart from Cheryshev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Golovin, Yury Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov will comprise the midfield behind Fedor Smolov. The dynamic midfield has shown in the previous game that it can initiate attacks from any part of the pitch.Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov and Sergey Ignashevich will form the defence.Russia have to put the result against Saudi Arabia behind them as the game against Egypt will a totally different story.With or without Salah, the hosts will have to fight hard to register another victory.A win or a draw against Russia will keep Egypt’s hopes alive ahead of its final group game against Saudi Arabia on June 25. IANSlast_img read more

Ellen DeGeneres Proud Of Dutee Chand

first_imgNew Delhi: Globally popular television show host Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand.Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town.Praising Chand for embracing her sexuality openly, DeGeneres tweeted: “She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her.”For Chand, the Supreme Court verdict in September 2018 that decriminalised same-sex relationships between consenting adults provided the impetus for them to arrive at a decision of spending their lives with each other.”When the Supreme Court ruling came on Section 377, then we decided that there is no harm in spending our lives with each other. We decided that we will get married and have a small family for ourselves.”She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other,” Chand said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more