Ed Hyland & Dierdre Friel Join Off-Broadway’s Under My Skin

first_imgThe upcoming off-Broadway premiere of Under My Skin has added two more Broadway alums to the mix. Ed Hyland and Dierdre Friel will join the cast as Poppa Sam and the Angel, respectively. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 8, 2014 Hyland was last seen on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Machinal. His additional credits include Arcadia, Festen, and The Man Who Had All the Luck. Friel appeared on Broadway in Leap of Faith. The two join a cast that includes the previously announced Kerry Butler, Matt Walton, Megan Sikora, Allison Strong, Kate Loprest and Andrew Polk. Under My Skin The show begins previews on April 5 and officially opens on May 15 opening at the Little Shubert Theatre. Under My Skin explores the three things we all want, but can’t always get: sex, love and healthcare. It tells the story of the twist of fate run-in between Harrison Baddish, New York’s most eligible bachelor (Walton), and single, working mother Melody Dent (Butler).  View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Aladdin’s Carpet Still Flies High

first_img View Comments The Broadway box office continued its slow decline, as is par for the course during this time of year. Most shows faced either a dip or a minimal bump in grosses. Two perennial hits—The Book of Mormon and The Lion King—capitalized on their evergreen popularity with an added performance. Aladdin, while taking in a lower number than in the previous week, held its place in the top five by gross and appeared in the frontrunners by capacity. Crowd favorites Les Miserables and Matilda—both closing in the coming months—inched toward seven figures, at $947,202 and $997,525, respectively.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 31:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,554,453)*2. Hamilton ($2,041,865)3. Wicked ($1,899,742)4. Aladdin ($1,711,547)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,462,531)*UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Jersey Boys ($548,113)4. Fully Committed ($468,583)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($461,263)2. Fun Home ($386,965)1. An Act of God ($311,773)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.31%)*2. Hamilton (101.77%)3. The Lion King (99.34%)*4. Aladdin (98.20%)5. Waitress (98.19%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Fiddler on the Roof (64.67%)4. An Act of God (63.71)=4. Jersey Boys (63.71%)3. Kinky Boots (63.53%)2. An American In Paris (62.92%)1. On Your Feet! (57.81%)* Number based on nine regular performancesSource: The Broadway League Courtney Reed & Adam Jacobs in ‘Aladdin'(Photo: Deen van Meer)last_img read more

Dirty Dancing to Play Holiday Engagement in the West End

first_img‘Dirty Dancing’ Don’t put your heel down! The new U.K. production of Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story On Stage will play a season in the West End this Christmas, mambo-ing into the Phoenix Theatre. Starring Lewis Griffiths as Johnny Castle, Katie Hartland as Baby Houseman and Carlie Milner as Penny Johnson, the tuner is scheduled to run December 6 through December 31.Directed by Federico Bellone, choreographed by Gillian Bruce and with design re-imagined by Roberto Comotti, the classic story of Baby and Johnny features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey! Baby,” “Do You Love Me”’ and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”The company also includes Simone Craddock as Marjorie Houseman, Roger Martin as Max Kellerman, Jo Servi as Tito Suarez, Lizzie Ottley as Lisa Houseman, Michael Kent as Billy Kostecki, Greg Fossard as Neil Kellerman, Tony Stansfield as Mr. Schumacher, Daniela Pobega as Elizabeth and Camilla Rowland as Vivian. View Commentslast_img read more

High marks

first_imgBy Terry Marie HastingsUniversity of Georgia University of Georgia research funding reached a record high last year with UGA researchers receiving more than $173 million from external sources. “This is a very welcome indication that our efforts to enhance UGA research are paying off,” said Vice President for Research David Lee. “Through the efforts of many across campus, we have worked to build interdisciplinary themes, leverage our strengths and recruit outstanding faculty. In current times, academic research is extraordinarily competitive, so that if you’re not moving forward, you’re inevitably slipping behind. We’d rather move forward.”The previous peak, $150.6 million, was reached in fiscal year 2005. UGA is among the top 100 public and private research universities for federal research and development expenditures. The National Science Foundation ranks UGA 94th in nation among all universities, based on 2007 rankings, the most recent available. Sponsored research funding stems from contracts and grants awarded to the university primarily by federal, state or local government agencies; state, national or international private foundations; or individual donors from Georgia and elsewhere. “The funding success achieved by UGA faculty researchers this year is a reflection of their scientific contributions in areas of important state and national need, such as health, sustainable energy, human development and the environment,” Lee said. “It is work they will continue to build on in the future.”In addition, Lee said, “the funding UGA researchers bring in, mostly from the federal government, benefits the local and state economy.” By conservative estimates, every research dollar UGA researchers earn generates almost $2 that is spent in Georgia on services, equipment and support personnel, according to Jeff Humphreys of the Selig Center for Economic Growth, UGA Terry College of Business. In 2009, federal agencies awarded grants and contracts to UGA researchers totaling $100.6 million, or almost 60 percent of the total. Funding agencies include NSF, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Education, Defense and Commerce. UGA researchers also received sponsored research funding from the state and local governments, international agencies and foundations and private companies developing new technologies.UGA’s total external funding—which includes research, instruction, public service and outreach—also rose, ending the year at $246.7 million, according to Regina A. Smith, associate vice president for research. Declines in instruction and public service awards were offset by increases in Cooperative Extension and research awards. A sample of 2009 research awards include: $1.7 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Faculty of Engineering Outreach to improve air quality by retrofitting diesel vehicles in Athens-Clarke and Washington counties. $18.7 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases to research ways to reduce morbidity from schistosomiasis in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. $2.4 million from the National Science Foundation to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to understand how to genetically engineer better soybeans; $1.7 million to from the USDA to advance the blueberry industry in the Southeast, $1 million from the Georgia Peanut Commission to improve peanuts, and $1.75 million to reduce risk to tomatoes and peppers from thrips and tomato spotted wilt virus in the southeastern U.S. $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to the College of Veterinary Medicine to “bring biology to life” for high school students using 3-D models and animation. $149,999 from the National Science Foundation to the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, to explore the link between creativity and solutions for complex human and environmental systems. $648,000 from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to the University of Georgia Press to support “Early American Places,” a new scholarly book series devoted to early North American history.Complete information on award data can be found in the Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Report, Office of the Vice President for Research, http://www.ovpr.uga.edu/communications/facts/reports/2009/.last_img read more

Planning stage integral part of EMV card instant issuance

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For financial institutions planning to implement an EMV instant issuance program, taking a few steps early on can help ensure a successful implementation down the road.The EMV Migration Forum recently teamed up with a number of leaders in the payment and financial industry to explore EMV instant issuance planning and other topics in a new white paper, “Implementing EMV in the U.S.: Best Practices in Support of EMV Instant Issuance.” I was honored to be included in the group of co-authors.Below is an excerpt from the paper that breaks down some of the steps in the planning phase of an financial institution’s EMV instant issuance program, including cost considerations and card ordering. continue reading »last_img read more

Developing a better digital retail experience

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions tend to put a great deal of emphasis on the brick-and-mortar aspect of the retail experience. And that makes sense, as financial institutions are every bit as much of a retailer as the traditional big-box stores and malls are. However, the rapid rise of e-commerce means that an ever-increasing number of consumers will prefer to do business with you digitally or, at the very least, will check out your website presence before setting foot in a physical location. Understanding that, there are a number of litmus tests which you can apply to your bank or credit union website. Following are just a few of those. Give consumers a reason to visit your website. It may sound arbitrary, but it’s anything but. Simply slapping a digitized version of your brochure line on the website and expecting consumers to click happily to you isn’t going to happen. Your digital retail experience must offer a compelling reason for consumers to drop by. Are you offering high-value consumer information? Online-only specials? Regardless of the reason why, the very fact that your website offers a reason to check it out as opposed to a physical location is important. continue reading »last_img read more

Stock market today, e-commerce stock Stamps.com to rally higher

first_imgNot so fast, says Mark Tepper, president of Strategic Wealth Partners: Some stay-at-home stocks that rocketed higher this year could still have legs.“Investors are realizing … we’ve experienced some structural changes in our lives and in our economy and we’re never going to go back 100% to the way we were in 2019. So, I would actually be looking at this as a buy-the-dip opportunity on all the stocks that were working this year,” Tepper told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Tuesday.Tepper is betting on one e-retail play that could continue to outperform.- Advertisement – “The company that I have the most conviction in right here, right now is Stamps.com, because e-commerce, that’s not going anywhere. And this is really our derivative play on e-commerce. It’s basically Amazon for your mom-and-pop small businesses, not just shipping but also warehouse solutions as well, so I think right now you’ve got to buy the dip,” said Tepper.Stamps.com has rallied 121% this year, one of the top performers in the XRT retail ETF.Todd Gordon, founder of TradingAnalysis.com, instead sees opportunity in the banking stocks.- Advertisement – “Interesting potential breakout here in Morgan, plus it’s yielding 2.5%, so I’ll just go there for now,” said Gordon.Disclosure: Strategic Wealth Partners holds shares of Stamps.com.Disclaimer – Advertisement –center_img “We’re seeing a move higher in yield — pretty impressive back up in yields — helping banks, especially regional banks, plus we’re seeing a higher regime in the VIX, and keep in mind we’re coming off like a decade low in like a 12/13/14 VIX, we’re settling in 20/25/30, and investors know they need help … from professional money managers,” Gordon said during the same “Trading Nation” segment.In particular, Gordon is eyeing Morgan Stanley for a move higher — he noted that the break above its long-term trend line stretching back to 2000 looks promising. A great rotation in the market is underway.Cyclical recovery stocks such as Boeing have outperformed this week, while names that outperformed during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, such as Amazon, have fallen. Renewed hopes that the U.S. might turn the corner in the Covid crisis soon have buoyed markets.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Surabaya Mayor Risma admits to hoarding masks ‘since January’ in anticipation of COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgRisma did not disclose just how many masks her administration had been hoarding, saying she would only distribute them when the impacts of COVID-19 were felt in the city.”Later, when we have to, we will distribute them,” she said.The mayor added that only people who are sick — coughing, showing flu symptoms and have difficulty breathing — should wear masks but everyone should wash their hands frequently and immediately go to a hospital when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.Cities across Indonesia have had to deal with mask shortages for the past three weeks.Wahyu Handoko, the owner of a medical supplies store in Surakarta, Central Jakarta, said his store kept running out of masks and as a result, prices have spiked from Rp 20,000 (US$1.42) per box to around Rp 200,000.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has spoken out against hoarding as people across the country go on panic buying sprees, saying that the government and the private sector had enough food and non-food supplies, including around 50 million face masks, to meet public demand. The President has also instructed the National Police chief to crack down on individuals hoarding and reselling face masks. (ars)Topics : As regions across the country are hit with shortages and the rising price of face masks following Indonesia’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has admitted that her administration had been hoarding masks to be distributed when necessary.”Truthfully, I have been hoarding masks since January,” she said at the Tropical Disease Center of Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java, on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.She said she had instructed her staff to buy masks during the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, without informing the public to avoid panic.last_img read more

VIDEO: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Port of Baltimore has just released this beautiful video about the Poplar Island Project, an environmental restoration scheme located in the Chesapeake Bay in Talbot County, Maryland. The beneficial use project relies on dredged material collected from the approach channels to the Baltimore Harbor to restore lost remote island habitat within the Chesapeake Bay.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) funds 75% of the Poplar Island project and the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) funds the remaining 25%.MDOT MPA has a subcontract with the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) to perform day-to-day operations on the site.last_img read more

GALLERY: Incat Crowther-designed FSV joins Seacor Marine fleet

first_imgLouisiana-based ship manufacturer Gulf Craft has delivered an Incat Crowther-designed fast support vessel to the U.S.-based vessel owner, Seacor Marine.Images by: Incat CrowtherIncat said on Tuesday that the vessel, named Libby L. McCall, was Seacor Marine’s third vessel in a series of new monohull FSVs.According to Incat, the first two FSVs of the series were the Liam McCall and the Liam J. McCall with one more vessel under construction.The company added that Libby L. McCall featured redundancy to mitigate against downtime or loss of functionality due to mechanical complications. Five Cummins QSK 60 diesel engines coupled to Twin Disc MGX 61500 SC gearboxes provide for main propulsion power.Electrical power is derived from three Cummins QSM 11 generator sets, each producing 290 kW and offshore station-keeping and dockside maneuverability is enabled by three Thrustmaster bow thrusters each outputting 200 hp. Station keeping is enhanced through a Kongsberg DP-21 system.Specially designed gangways are also provided on each side of the vessel to provide safe boarding means to both crew and passengers.“This latest delivery is a testimony to Incat Crowther’s valued partnership with Seacor Marine and Gulf Craft, with all three parties sharing a commitment to service and a philosophy of innovation,” Incat said.Gulf Craft also built two Express Plus class of FSVs for Seacor. The two are sister vessels Najla McCall and Alya McCall with two more still under construction.Earlier this month, Seacor Marine acquired three FSVs in exchange for the private placement of 603,872 shares of its common stock to domestic U.S. holders affiliated with the McCall family of Louisiana. Seacor has operated the acquired vessels for the past ten years under a revenue sharing pooling agreement along with four of its owned FSVs of similar specification. As part of the transaction, this pooling agreement was terminated.In addition, Seacor Marine last week entered into definitive agreements for the acquisition of three platform supply vessels (PSVs) from COSCO Zhoushan, an affiliate of COSCO Shipping.last_img read more