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Hamilton Aims to Reopen London’s Victoria Palace Theatre

first_img Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments The writing was on the wall when London’s Billy Elliot announced it was departing the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9. The venue’s owner, Cameron Mackintosh, is set to refurbish the house and is aiming to put a small show you might have heard of called Hamilton in there. As previously reported, the British mega-producer will team up with the new musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring it to the West End in 2017 and the Daily Mail writes that the tuner will go into the venue as long as it’s ready.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Hamilton is currently playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also includes Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus)last_img read more

Engie to redevelop U.K. coal plant into ‘sustainable village’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:An old coal power station is set to be transformed into a “sustainable village” of 2,000 homes powered by solar panels, in the biggest redevelopment yet of a former UK power plant.French firm Engie said it had decided against selling off the Rugeley site in Staffordshire and would instead build super-efficient houses on the 139-hectare site as part of its bid to “move beyond energy.”Half of the energy required by the new homes will come from green sources, predominantly solar, which will be fitted on rooftops, in a field and even floating on a lake. The company is planning for 10 megawatts of solar capacity in total, equivalent to one of the UK’s smaller solar farms. Batteries will be used across the site, both in homes and at a communal power storage facility, to balance out electricity supply and demand.Wilfrid Petrie, Engie UK’s chief executive, said: “We are positioning ourselves as going beyond energy into place-making. It’s an example of us closing down our coal power plant and, instead of selling off the land, we’ve decided to regenerate it ourselves.”Rugeley, which stopped generating electricity in the summer of 2016, is one of several coal plants to close in recent years due to economic pressures and environmental regulations.There are seven operational coal power stations left in the UK, but all are due to shut by a government deadline of 2025, raising questions over what happens to the sizeable parcels of land afterwards.More: Rugeley coal plant to be transformed into a sustainable village Engie to redevelop U.K. coal plant into ‘sustainable village’last_img read more

Comeback Kid

first_img“l’ve done my share of bleeding,” says Bryan Hill, a senior at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C.“I don’t remember the collision at all, but I was completely lucid when the ambulance came. I still have flashbacks of coming to and lying in a pool of my own blood. Imagine two or three Nalgene bottles full of blood, dumped out onto the road. It took four weeks and two torrential rains to wash the blood off the pavement.” “It was a sort of half shuffle, half run. But it felt okay,” Hill says. “I ended up going six miles that day. The pain stayed with me for days after, but I knew after that run that I’d be able to come back.” “I lay in bed for 24 hours trying to focus on other things,” Hill recalls. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to see the morning, let alone be able to run again.” Two years after the wreck, the pain is still present when Hill runs. He says it comes and goes in waves, but it doesn’t keep him off the trail. If anything, the pain and the memory of his accident are what keep him running.“The accident has allowed me to tap into a mental toughness that I never knew I had,” Hill says. “Many times during ultras I think, ‘wow, this hurts.’ But then I think of the pain I went through, and that puts the ultra in perspective.” Two weeks before the Mount Mitchell Challenge—a 40 mile race to the top of the East’s tallest mountain and back down – the race director called Hill and offered him a spot at the starting line. It was only nine months after the accident, and Hill wasn’t completely healed, but he jumped at the opportunity. “Coming down the mountain, my tibia got shocks of pain every time my foot hit the ground. I started to worry that I was affecting the healing process. I kept telling myself I was going to quit at the next aid station. Then I’d drink some water and say, ‘Okay, I’l quit at the next aid station.’; That’s how I finished the race, telling myself I would quit around the next corner.” “The pain was tremendous, so they put me on morphine for a week,” Hill says. “I had lost so much blood that I didn’t have enough liquid in my body to throw up. I was sick from the pain and the morphine, but all I could do was dry hack.”center_img Hill completed the Mount Mitchell Challenge in 8 hours, 6 minutes, which was 40 minutes faster than his time before the accident. “Most of my friends and family tried to talk me out of it, but one of the things that kept me going in the hospital was the realization that if I could get through that pain, I could do anything. After that sort of trauma, nothing in life is that big of a deal.” Bryan HillBryan HillHill is talking about his near-fatal accident in April 2007. He was riding his bicycle home from school when he was hit from behind by a drunk driver going about 50 miles per hour. The grill of the car severed his calf in two; his tibia was shattered; and by the time he reached the hospital, he had lost five pints of blood. Six weeks after leaving the hospital, Hill took his first steps, using a walker to travel from one end of the room to the next. Even after eight transfusions, his body still lacked the proper amount of blood, so the minor activity sent his heart rate to 200 beats per minute. In August, just four months after the accident and still unsure if he’d be able to run normally, Hill went for his first jog. Over the course of Hill’s hospital stay, he went through general anesthesia five times, underwent one major knee surgery, had tibia reconstruction where pins and rods were fixed to the pieces of bone to hold the leg together, and skin grafts were taken from his thighs and stapled over his calves. All the while, Hill moved through a cornucopia of pain medications.last_img read more

Malian Guilty Of Drug-Running For Al-Qaeda, FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo November 17, 2011 A Malian man faces up to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine to fund the activities of Al-Qaeda and FARC guerrilla fighters in Colombia, US prosecutors said. Oumar Issa, who was arrested in Ghana in December 2009 at the request of the United States, and subsequently transported to New York, admitted one count of “conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.” Court papers said he agreed to move cocaine through West and North Africa to support the drug-trafficking activities of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). From September 2009 through December 2009, Issa and two other Malians agreed to provide the FARC with “logistical assistance and secure transportation for a shipment of cocaine across Africa, (and) false identification documents,” despite knowing the FARC “was engaged in terrorist activity,” prosecutors said. “The defendants also agreed to provide material support and resources, including property, and currency and monetary instruments to Al-Qaeda and AQIM, knowing that these groups were engaged in terrorist activities,” they added. Issa is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Richard Holwell on February 15, 2012. Cases against his two conspirators are ongoing. Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the southern district of New York, said narcotics trafficking provided vital cash to terrorist organizations, and Issa’s guilty plea underscored prosecutors commitment to catching wrongdoers.last_img read more

Inwood Man Admits Sexually Abusing, Plotting to Kill Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Inwood man has admitted to sexually abusing a teenager who worked for him and then trying to have the victim killed so that the victim couldn’t testify against him in court three years ago.Daniel Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to charges of criminal sexual act and conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $206,000 in a check scheme.Prosecutors said the 47-year-old man, who owns Botanica, a religious supply store on Mott Street, gave the victim a cup containing a liquid mixed with Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, and told him to drink it on Jan. 3, 2012.After he was arrested three months later, Miller’s family helped him concoct a $15,000 murder-for-hire plot, but an informant tipped off investigators before they could hire a hit man to make the victim’s death look like a robbery, authorities said.Miller’s mother, Mary, a  secretary at a local high school, had stolen the personal records of the intended victim from the school in an attempt to facilitate the plot, prosecutors said. Mary and Miller’s sister, Ann, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2013.In addition to the sex crime and attempted hit, investigators also found that Miller was using shell companies he created to defraud three check-processing companies out of a combined $140,224 in 2009 and 2010, prosecutors said.Those same years, he also used fake checks from nonexistent companies to con $66,180 worth of merchandise out of two companies, one of which furnishes office supplies and the other being a computer supply firm, authorities said.Judge Angelo Delligatti is expected to sentence Miller on June 4 to nine years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Miller to a maximum of 18 years.last_img read more

EUSAIR: “Istra Inspirit” is one of the examples for the development of a joint sustainable tourism practice of nine countries

first_img“Istra Inspirit” thus became one of the first examples of how to exchange knowledge in practice and set new standards in an area of ​​about 70 million inhabitants in 9 countries. In addition to the four EU members – Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece, EUSAIR also includes 5 non-EU countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and more recently Northern Macedonia. EUSAIR builds on the 15-year cooperation within the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and the European Commission’s November 2012 Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. AIR Cultural Routes project or Adriatic-Ionian Cultural Routes follows the EUSAIR thematic priority for the development of sustainable and thematic cultural routes and the linking of cultural routes in EUSAIR and focuses on addressing the need for a harmonized distribution of tourist flows. CulTourAir is a leading project that addresses the need for structured and harmonized data on the demand for cultural tourism in the Adriatic-Ionian region, the need to establish a single and harmonized methodological framework, and enables joint regional and transnational entrepreneurial projects. Handbook of participatory tourism DES_AIR addresses the need to harmonize training and education programs for responsible integrated tourism management, establishing a master’s program in tourism management, hospitality and services, sharing the same methodologies and approaches within EUSAIR countries. The manual is available at this link. In addition, the Strategy seeks to develop common standards in education for tourism professionals and thus encourage future tourism entrepreneurship towards development, which will satisfy special and alternative tourism programs by creating groups of bidders, which should extend the season to the whole year. CRUISAIR is is a project aimed at extending the tourist season throughout the year through better management of cruise destinations, coastal and continental destinations (along rivers and lakes), promotion and support of development of special interest related to cruising and rural and alternative forms of tourism. GREEN MAPPING or Green Map for the Adriatic-Ionian Region – support for the development and market access of responsible and sustainable tourist destinations and the business of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. The elaboration of another project idea called has been announced Cycling Tourism which would rely on popular and growing cycling tourism, and which should be presented in Zagreb in October. This project should cover an area covering all 9 Member States and will include the thematic and infrastructural or transport side of cycling tourism development in a framework that will guarantee sustainability. At the meeting of the thematic steering group for sustainable tourism of the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy (EUSAIR) of nine member states, the list of so-called leading projects in line with the two priorities adopted under that theme. It is about the development of a diverse tourist offer, sustainable and responsible tourism management, through which Member States should jointly develop sustainable and thematic routes, encourage the inclusion of the common cultural heritage of the two seas in attracting tourists, but also improve cooperation between tourism entrepreneurs throughout macro-regions and increase their performance. Manuela Hrvatin, Croatian National Coordinator for INTERPRET EUROPE, presented to partners from all 9 countries A handbook of participatory tourism that connects community and culture through storytelling. The manual, published by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, includes a theoretical part of the explanation of participatory tourism – the involvement of numerous stakeholders in the cultural and tourist product, which are present in all phases – from idea to realization. It explains the topic – what is storytelling and what can we expect from storytelling, and what are its steps and ways. A good Istrian example is one of the mainstayslast_img read more

Hong Kong opens makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients

first_imgThe opening of the hospital comes a day after city leader Carrie Lam announced the postponement of upcoming legislative elections for a year, saying that the decision is purely protecting public health and has “nothing to do with politics”.More than 2,000 new infections have been detected since the start of July — 60 percent of the total since the virus first hit the city in late January. The new makeshift hospital set up at the city’s AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition center near the airport, will take in COVID-19 patients aged from 18 to 60. Read also: Hong Kong opens dining in shelters as residents struggle with restaurant ban “Our goal is to triage the patients from the community and provide them with appropriate treatment and hospitalization arrangement,” Dr Larry Lee from the Hospital Authority told media, adding that around 20 to 30 patients are expected to be admitted on the first day.Lee said that arriving patients will go through X-rays as well as blood, saliva and heart tests. If found unstable, patients will be sent to hospitals while stable ones will get treatment and put under medical observation at the facility.New daily infections have been above 100 for the past 10 days with total infection numbers rising to 3,272 on Friday. The death toll rose from seven to 29 in July.China has offered to send mainland testing staff to the city to carry out “large scale nucleic acid testing”. In a Saturday statement, the National Health Commission of China (NHC) said it has set up a team comprised of 60 clinical laboratory staff and an “advance unit” will arrive in the city on Sunday. Topics : Hong Kong opened a temporary field hospital with 500 beds on Saturday to house stable COVID-19 patients as the city battles a new wave of virus infections.The financial hub had been a poster child for tackling the coronavirus, with local transmissions all but ended by early summer.But since July the pathogen has returned, with some cases brought in by the tens of thousands of people who were exempted from a mandatory quarantine imposed on most arrivals.last_img read more

Universities propose closing DB scheme of largest UK pension fund

first_imgThe union representing university staff has warned that “chaos” would ensue if the row over the scheme were not resolved.Responding to UUK’s proposals, the University and College Union (UCU) said they “were a bolt from the blue” and that it would ballot members for industrial action. The strike ballot will open on 27 November.UUK said the threat of industrial action was “premature and disappointing as there is an agreed series of imminent meetings between UUK and UCU to discuss USS pension benefit reform”.“Employers have been requesting discussions with UCU on reforms to USS benefits for the last six months to deal with the significant funding challenges facing USS,” the organisation added.UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said the employers’ proposal was “categorically the worst proposal I have received from universities on any issue in 20 years of representing university staff”.The union pointed to analysis commissioned by USS that it claimed showed that most universities have the ability to pay extra in order to safeguard existing benefits.Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of UUK, countered this, saying: “Most universities can’t afford to pay more into pensions without diverting money from other central areas, such as teaching or research, reducing their positive impact.“Increasing contributions could damage the high standards that students, research funders and others rightly expect.  It could even undermine the sustainability of some institutions.”A spokesman for USS said: “Very low prospective returns across all asset classes have created very challenging circumstances for all pension providers. USS’s primary duty is to ensure pensions already promised to its members are secure, and that pensions offered in future can be met with a high degree of confidence. It has been impartial and objective in its analysis and is now working with employers and union representatives as they determine future benefits. Benefits members have earned to date are secure and protected in law.”Frank Field, Labour politician and chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, has urged all parties to safeguard university finances to avoid pension costs being passed on to current and future students. UK universities have proposed closing the defined benefit (DB) section of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the country’s largest pension fund.Future benefits should be provided by the defined contribution (DC) section of the £60bn scheme, Universities UK (UUK) announced today after tabling the proposal at a joint negotiating committee.“This proposal would tackle the scheme’s financial deficit and rising future costs whilst ensuring that it continues to offer attractive pensions benefits to members,” it said.USS reported an official deficit of around £5bn following its 2017 actuarial valuation, but other valuations have put the shortfall as high as £12bn-£17bn. It said the cost of funding future pension benefits had increased by 35% and that contribution increases of six to seven percentage points could be required.last_img read more

Bulldogs Get ‘W’ Over Knights

first_imgThe Bulldogs traveled away to face the Knights Tuesday evening winning 3-1.The field was wet from a light shower so we knew we would have to adjust to the conditions during warm ups. The game started a little shaky for Batesville and South Dearborn was able to score a goal with 30.29 on the clock for an early lead. A ball was placed through the defensive line and a player broke free from his man allowing a close shot on goal. Luckily, we were able to stay composed and focused on our game. We did well to possess and connect combination passes throughout the field, but we struggled to finish. With just 2.04 in the half Michael Ripperger played a through ball to Ian Yorn with a nice placed shot to the right side of the net. We outshot the Knights 12 to 4 first half.Second half started strong and 17.40 Salvador Blanco ripped a shot and it deflected off the keeper. Michael Ripperger crashed in and finished. The final goal started with Zach Harmeyer on the left wing at midfield, containing his mark, and stealing the ball and played a low leading pass for a breakaway on goal for Michael Ripperger. Final Score 3-1 Batesville Win.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Seventh annual Modified Stampede this Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park

first_imgPonca City, Okla., native Brendon Gemmill reigns as the defending Stampede champion after making a late move to top last year’s event.  It was his second Modified Stampede triumph after capturing his first win in 2014.  Money was one of a handful of drivers to kick off the new season on the right foot with Luke Cranston (Sprint Cars), Dakota Sproul (SportMods), Angel Munoz (Stock Cars) and Tathan Burkhart (Hobby Stocks) each getting an early head start towards a potential 2019 track championship by racing to victory lane.  Penokee’s Clay Money tuned up for the Stampede by besting a field of 22 in Saturday’s season opener, fending off challenges from past track champion Clay Sellard and reigning track champion Nick Link for his first Modified triumph atop the 3/8-mile clay oval. Tickets to Saturday’s Stampede are $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Pit passes are $30. Gemmill joined Woodward’s Cole Traugott and multi-time national champion David Murray Jr. as two-time winners of the event.  Traugott reeled off back-to-back wins in 2016 and 2017 while Oberlin’s Murray swept both nights of the Inaugural event in 2013 before topping the 2015 edition as well.  Along with the Modified Stampede, Saturday’s card also includes championship chase action in the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks with the green flag flying at 7:30 p.m.  DODGE CITY, Kan. – After a stellar opening night that attracted a total of 108 racers to Dodge City Raceway Park this past Saturday night, the spotlight shifts to the IMCA Modifieds with Saturday night’s seventh Modified Stampede. Saturday’s card that will attract the top Modified contenders from throughout the area offers up a $1,000 winner’s share and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. By Lonnie Wheatleylast_img read more