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An American in Paris to Close Early on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Related Shows Leanne Cope & Dimitri Kleioris in ‘An American in Paris'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) An American in Pariscenter_img View Comments An American in Paris, which had announced it would shutter on Broadway on January 1, 2017, will now end its run on October 9. At time of closing the tuner will have played 623 regular performances and 29 previews. Based on the Oscar-winning film, the musical of hope, redemption and romance officially opened at the Palace Theatre on April 12, 2015.Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the tuner tells the tale of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.An American in Paris features music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The show includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher.The cast currently includes Leanne Cope, Dimitri Kleioris, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max Von Essen.The U.S. national tour is scheduled to begin performances on October 14. A London transfer will open in March next year led by original stars Robert Fairchild and Cope.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.last_img read more

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Developers secure financing for 500MW solar project in Oman

first_imgDevelopers secure financing for 500MW solar project in Oman FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:A consortium consisting of ACWA Power, GIC and AEPC has achieved financial closure for its 500MW solar PV Independent Power Project (IPP), the largest utility-scale solar plant in the sultanate of Oman. The $400m project will be funded on a debt to equity ratio of 70:30. A syndicate of six international and local lenders will provide the $275m senior debt.The mandated lead banks, including Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Bank Muscat, Riyad Bank, Siemens Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Warba Bank, helped structure the project in Oman on a 16.5-year door-to-door tenure. The deal represents the first renewable energy financing of its kind in Oman by AIIB, the Beijing headquartered international multilateral development bank.The 500 MWac Ibri 2 solar project based in Ibri will be Oman’s largest utility-scale solar PV Independent Power Project to date.At peak generation capacity, the plant output will be enough to supply an estimated 33,000 homes with electricity and will offset 340,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year. The term of the offtake contract for the project will be 15 years from the commercial operations date.More: Finance milestone for 500MW Oman solar giantlast_img read more

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Brazil to Get Tech Transfer If It Buys US Jets

first_img Brazil, Latin America’s dominant power and the world’s sixth largest economy, is now insisting on technology transfer in all its defense agreements. The Pentagon has called for a new round of bidding for the contract, but in any case, the equipment will not be delivered before 2014. On its first visit to Brazil since he was appointed in June last year, Panetta held talks with his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim in Brasilia, on April 24. The Brazilian-U.S. dialogue is also meant to resolve other issues such as the US decision in 2008 to reactivate its Fourth Fleet in the South Atlantic, a strategic and resource-rich area where regional countries do not want any external military presence. In a clear sign of Washington’s desire to win the lucrative contract, Panetta said: “This offer, which has the strong support of the U.S. Congress, contains an unprecedented advanced technology sharing that is reserved for only our closest allies and partners.” “This offer is about much more than providing Brazil with the best fighter available,” he added in an address to a military academy. “With the Super Hornet, Brazil’s defense and aviation industries would be able to transform their partnerships with U.S. companies, and they would have the best opportunity to plug into worldwide markets.” Panetta on April 23 began his first Latin America tour in Colombia and was scheduled to also visit Chile after Brazil in a bid to boost military cooperation and regional security ties. Amorim made clear after meeting Panetta that Brasilia’s main interest was securing technology transfer from the new alliance proposed by Washington. Brazil will get U.S.-advanced technology transfer if it buys Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet to upgrade its air force, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in Brasilia on April 25. The F/A-18 Super Hornet is up against the Rafale fighter, made by French firm Dassault Aviation, and Swedish manufacturer Saab’s Gripen for Brazil’s contract for 36 multi-role combat aircraft valued at between $4 billion and $7 billion. center_img “This is a relationship between two global powers, and we welcome Brazil’s growing strength. We support Brazil as a global leader and seek closer defense cooperation,” he noted. The two inaugurated the new Defense Cooperation Dialogue agreed upon during President Dilma Rousseff’s recent visit to Washington. Panetta also said Washington welcomed Brazil’s rise as a global power. Brasilia was also irked by the U.S. cancelation of a $380 million contract with Embraer to buy 20 AT-29 Super Tucano aircraft from Embraer for the Afghan army. “We won’t agree on every matter — no two countries, not even the closest allies, ever do. But I do believe that our common interests are so great, and the possibilities that come from our cooperation are so tangible, that we must seize this opportunity to build a stronger defense partnership for the future,” Panetta said here. Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada were awarded the contract in December but the U.S. Air Force called off the deal in February after a legal challenge from rival Hawker Beechcraft Corp. By Dialogo April 26, 2012 In addition to technology transfer, Brasilia also wants some of the jet fighters to be assembled in this country, which according to analysts might favor the Rafale. last_img read more

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Police rescue young orangutan kept as pet in West Kalimantan

first_imgPolice in West Kalimantan have freed a young orangutan that was being kept as a pet by a resident.According to Mempawah Police chief Adj. Comr. Resky Rizal, the five-year-old female ape was rescued after authorities had received reports of a resident keeping an orangutan in his residence.”We heard reports that a resident of Tanjung Village in Mempawah Hilir District had been keeping an orangutan as a pet. We visited his house and talked to him. He agreed to hand over the orangutan to us,” Resky said in a statement on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.He explained that the orangutan was currently kept at the Mempawah Police office and authorities would hand her over to the West Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA).”We’ll coordinate with the West Kalimantan BKSDA to determine further action,” he said.West Kalimantan BKSDA head Sadtata Noor said most residents knew that orangutans were protected animals and that keeping them as pets violated the law.”However, many don’t know that they should contact the authorities when they encounter an orangutan wandering at the edge of forests. We’ve seen many cases of residents opting to capture the orangutan instead,” Sadtata said.Sadtata explained that the residents should be informed that capturing and keeping the orangutans they found was not the best option.”It’s better to lead the orangutans back to the forests or contact experts or authorities to deal with the situation,” she said. In early August, the West Kalimantan BKSDA, along with the Central Java BKSDA, rescued two Bornean orangutans from illegal captivity in two locations in Central Java.One of the orangutans, called Samson, was rescued from an unlicensed “conservation center” located within a tourist park in Kendal regency. The other one, Boboy, was rescued from a private residence in the provincial capital of Semarang.According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Bornean orangutans – also known as Pongo pygmaeus – are critically endangered with a population of less than 105,000. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Cairns real estate agents, mortgage brokers bemoan lack of residential investment

first_imgRoss Moller – Principal LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill.ONE of Cairns’ most seasoned residential real estate agents believes a nationwide lending crackdown is “absolutely killing investment” in the city.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill principal Ross Moller has become the latest property industry figure to slam The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) for introducing new restrictions on interest-only mortgage lending.“It slowed the Sydney and Melbourne markets, which was the desired effect, but regional Australia doesn’t need a slow down,” he said. “What they’ve done is cause major issues in economies everywhere.”Under the APRA restrictions, aimed at reducing risk in “overheated” housing markets like Sydney and Melbourne, lenders must ensure interest-only loans comprise no more than 30 per cent of all new mortgages.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMr Moller, a local real estate industry veteran, said the level of investment in Cairns had “dropped significantly”.“It’s a buyers’ market in Cairns, we’re certainly not booming like Sydney and Melbourne,” he said. Cairns mortgage broker Roger Ward wrote to Finance Minister Mathias Cormann recently, arguing that the new APRA limitations needed to be “postcode specific”.“The outcome of such a move could even drive additional investment into regional Australia,” he wrote A spokesman for Acting Treasurer and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the government recognised that “risks in the housing market have the potential to differ from region to region”.“The Government announced in the 2017-18 Budget that it will modernise the Banking Act to make it clear that APRA has the ability to use geographically-based restrictions on the provision of credit where APRA considers it appropriate,” he said. “It will continue to be a matter for APRA to independently determine how and where it uses these powers, in consultation with the Council of Financial Regulators.”last_img read more

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Outdoor shower and a bush backdrop make this a dream home

first_img The spacious kitchen area.Mr Basalt said one home had four bedrooms and the guesthouse had one bedroom, a living room and a loft above.“This property really has a resort-style feel to it especially with the pool in the middle,” he said.“There is nothing of this kind in the area. The style of build is modern coastal Queenslander.“It’s a walk in and walk out property.” What a masterpiece at 122 Nojoor Road, Mudjimba. Relax and unwind at 122 Nojoor Road, Mudjimba, which goes to auction this month.Just three minutes from Mudjimba beach, other standout features of the property include an open-plan kitchen and dining areas which lead out to a decked, entertaining area. There is an outdoor shower and a stunning bush backdrop.The property was recently the Sunshine Coast’s most viewed listing on REA. The property could easily house a large family.Mr Basalt had originally considered keeping the property as a holiday home but decided it was not for him.Offering a classical Hamptons style, there are wainscoting VJ walls, timber floors and beautifully-aged, no maintenance timber decks outside.Ray White Maroochydore selling agent Jason Mills said the property would easily house a large family as well as grandparents or older children, thanks to the self-contained guesthouse which comes with its own kitchen and laundry.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Mills said the home had been “ridiculously popular” since hitting the market.“We are getting a decent amount of buyer interest from Sydney and Melbourne, and a few people internationally have touched base,” Mr Mills said.“I think the look is leading edge, it’s a new design and a lot of people are wanting it but haven’t had the opportunity.” Doors to past reveal a jewel Developers: Tim Basalt from Basalt Constructions and Joel Thorogood from Peak Plumbing Price: Auction March 21 at 3pm on site A ddress: 122 Nojoor Rd, Mudjimba MORE QUEENSLAND REAL ESTATE NEWS:center_img Save the world in your backyard Take a look at this coastal beauty at 122 Nojoor Road, Mudjimba.A once semi-cleared block of land on the Sunshine Coast has been transformed into a stunning modern coastal Queenslander.The property at 122 Nojoor Rd, Mudjimba, was built by Tim Basalt, from Basalt Constructions, and Joel Thorogood from Peak Plumbing. The Sunshine Coast duo built two properties, including a guesthouse, on the 0.86ha site.Mr Basalt said both homes were raised off the ground and faced each other for an intimate yet private sanctuary.He said the houses were perfect for those with live-in relatives or parents who were staying for a period of time. LEUCA BEACHHOUSE Quade Cooper sells Brisbane pad Inside 122 Nojoor Road, Mudjimba.last_img read more

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How the Drug Foundation has slowly shifted the goalposts (as per The Plan)…

first_imgWe’ve always argued that the real agenda in the drug debate is a global commodity market for all drugs – i.e. creating a drug-friendly culture. And that the strategy has been well known – first medicinal, then decriminalisation, then legalisation, then legalise all drugs. This has been the strategy of groups like NORML and the Drug Policy Alliance since day one“The key to it [legalising marijuana for recreational use] is to have 100s of thousands of people using it ‘medically’ under medical supervision, the whole scam is going to be blown. Once there is medical access and we do what we continually have to do, and we will, then we will get full legalisation.”Richard Cowen, former Director of NORML (National Organisation for Reform of Marijuana Laws), 1993“The best answer is to move slowly but firmly to dismantle the edifice of enforcement. Start with the possession and sale of cannabis and amphetamines, and experiment with different strategies. Move on to hard drugs, sold through licensed outlets.”Ethan Nadelmann – Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) The Economist (July 26, 2001)This has now been taken up by the Global Commission on Drug Policy – of which former PM Helen Clark is a member. It has a flawed approach to drug use in our society, and is more focused on the rights of individuals to live in a drug-friendly society than it is in the welfare, safety and health of the community. The GCDP wants to legalise all drug use, and wants policies based on ‘human rights’ and which remove the ‘stigmatisation’ and ‘marginalisation’ of people who use drugs.If you want to see the gradual progression of this master plan, look no further than the messaging of the Drug Policy Alliance’s ally in New Zealand – the taxpayer-funded Drug Foundation.Here’s the timeline:FIRST IT WAS MEDICINAL ONLY 2006“Let’s be clear on this,” said Mr Bell. “This is not a backdoor for decriminalisation of cannabis, these are entirely separate issues. We are only interested in providing a compassionate form of pain relief for thousands of New Zealanders.”Drug Foundation backs medical cannabis – Drug Foundation Media Release (2006)AND NO TO DECRIMINALISATION / LEGALISATION 2009 – 2011“Mr Bell dismissed as ridiculous a newspaper report that the symposium has a secret agenda of pushing for drug legalisation… We’re quite open about our agenda which is to promote health-based drug policy and law, and not to create a Trojan Horse for decriminalisation.”Drug policy symposium an unprecedented event – Drug Foundation Media Release (2009)“The Government cannot shy away from this report. It is not a manifesto for the decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs, as some might suggest. Nor does it accept that the status quo should be maintained.” (Responding to the Law Commission’s recommendations for reforming the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975)Review drags drug law into 21st Century – Drug Foundation Media Release (2011)THEN IT WAS YES TO DECRIMINALISATION 2013“Decriminalisation does not mean a free-for-all and it does not mean that we’re soft on drugs, it means that we’re facing up to the problem and tackling it head on… A health focus has been proven to work overseas. Thirty countries have decriminalised, 17 US states have decriminalised…” Mr Bell said the debate around cannabis, decriminalisation and its health effects, needed to continue.NZ ready for healthy drug law – Drug Foundation Media Release (2013)Do you support decriminalisation of the possession of a small amount of cannabis, or do you feel the law should stay as it is? [Note: no questions around legalisation]Drug Foundation Survey – Nov 2013(Interestingly, the media statement referenced above says that only 46.4% of New Zealanders aged 16–64 have used cannabis at least once in their lifetime – similar to NZIER research. All the pro-drug groups now keep quoting 80%, which seems to suit their narrative better. Wonder why? (rhetorical question)AND NOW, YES TO LEGALISATION (& DECRIMINALISE ALL OTHER DRUGS) 2017 – 2019Our model drug law proposes:Removing criminal penalties for the possession, use and social supply of all drugsDeveloping a strictly regulated cannabis marketDrug Foundation – July 2017This of course includes advising drug users (including students) how to use meth ‘discreetly’ and ‘safely’ and synthetic cannabis, and drug testing (not of employees to ensure they’re not a health and safety risk at work, but for party goers so they can take drugs at musical festivals.)Ironically, in 2011, the Drug Foundation said in their media release that they wanted:– introduction of a Police cautioning scheme for low level offending, such as simple possession, combined with diversion to health information and addiction treatment services– balancing law enforcement and health activities, requiring greater investment into harm prevention, education, and addiction treatment services.…but not decriminalisation or legalisation. Exactly what we have been asking for!You have been warned. The writing is on the wall. It’s all part of a global plan to normalise drugs.Don’t buy it.Vote NO.last_img read more

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Man Utd make Fernandes breakthrough with Sporting over £55m deal

first_imgUnited are also putting feelers out with agents as they bid to bring in a short-term fix to address their striker shortage.Solskjaer is aware they might not be able to land a top target this month as Lyon have already said publicly they do not want to sell ex-Celtic striker Moussa Dembele in this window.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United could land Bruno Fernandes in a £55million deal by the end of the week after a breakthrough in talks with Sporting Lisbon.Advertisement But there is understood to have been progress between the two clubs, with the loss of Marcus Rashford having accelerated United’s need to get the deal done this month.Rashford is out for at least three months, which has intensified United’s need for a goalscoring attacker, with Portugal international Fernandes seen as that player.United are understood to have bid around £40m for Fernandes, which was dismissed by Sporting, but are ready to return with a bid of £46.78m, which could rise to £55m with add-ons.Sporting were holding out for close to £60m for their captain and most influential player – an initial £51m plus £8.5m in add-ons – but a compromise figure now looks likely to be reached, according to sources in Portugal.United had hoped to take advantage of Sporting’s financial difficulties and land Fernandes on the cheap, but have been forced to up their offer in the wake of Rashford’s enforced absence. United’s bid to sign Fernandes hit a wall at the weekend, with both clubs far apart in terms of their valuation of the free-scoring 25-year-old midfielder.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Crazy Expensive Things That Taylor Swift OwnsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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Replay?

first_imgWe seem to be over run with replays these days.  Baseball and football, and sometimes basketball, go to replays.  However, there is no replay for misinterpretation of rules by a football official.If you haven’t heard it by now, Central Michigan won a game over Oklahoma State on a play that should have never taken place.  In this particular play, because intentional grounding was called on the quarterback, the game should have ended right there.  As far as I know, this is one of the few cases in which a game can end on a penalty.  According to the rule book, a penalty that includes a loss of down over rules additional play.  On that additional play, Central Michigan had all their prayers answered on an unbelievable 50-yard touchdown.What will this do to the rest of the season for Oklahoma State?last_img read more

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Martinez happy to dream big

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez is happy for his players to dream of winning the title as he believes it provides focus for the second half of the season. Press Association “He has a long-term contract and the first half of the season has been a real joy to see him grow and the second half of the season will be even better.” The Everton boss is not worried by what a month embroiled in transfer headlines will do to the 20-year-old, however. “It is down to his personality and Ross is ready for all that,” he added. “He has had such a long spell away from the pitch (because of injury) and that and being away on loan has made him mature a lot and he doesn’t take anything for granted. “Anything which comes his way he is embracing it, enjoying it and mastering it. “Any experience which comes his way will help develop him and I have no concerns at all. “The bigger the challenge the bigger the response.” Martinez is also confident they can hold off big-money bids from other clubs. “We have done it before so yes, absolutely. There is not even a doubt,” he said. “You can’t fight the trend of the game, but what you can dictate is the timing and everything you do should be for the good of the club. “The stability we have from a financial point of view allows us to make football decisions and this January window is important for us to make sure we kick on and finish stronger than we started.” The match at Stoke takes priority and, although the Potters were dispatched 4-0 at Goodison Park a month ago and have conceded eight in their last two matches, Martinez is wary of the trip to the Britannia Stadium. “You look at the last two results and it was a little bit of a freak performance against Newcastle (losing 5-0) and that affected them going into Spurs (a 3-1 defeat),” he said. “They are unbeaten in their last six at home and we know when they play at the Britannia they are an extremely difficult team.” On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku said after Sunday’s victory over Southampton pushed the Toffees into fourth place they had to be considered outsiders to win the Barclays Premier League. Everton have a chance to consolidate their position in the top four, five points behind leaders Arsenal, at Stoke on New Year’s Day and, while some managers would ban all talk of a title charge, Martinez welcomes it. “When you are a footballer involved in a league and you come off the pitch feeling satisfied with the players around you and the way the team is working it is only natural you have that forward thinking,” he said. “When you are five points from the top halfway through the season why not? I don’t think we have fulfilled our potential. “You should always have big aspirations and dreams and in the same way have a real humble approach to your work, trying to improve on a daily basis, and that is the theme in the squad. “You need to have a dream and that is really positive. We have enough negativity in football. It is good when you have a real fresh and healthy dream to fight for.” For Everton to replicate what they have done in the first half of the season over the full campaign they need to hold on to key players in the January transfer window. There is already speculation about Manchester United boss David Moyes returning to his former club with a renewed bid for left-back Leighton Baines after failing to land the England international in the summer. The Scot was also linked with midfielder Ross Barkley, although suggestions of a £50million deal prompted nothing more than a joke from Martinez. “£50million? We wouldn’t let anyone out on loan in January!” he said. last_img read more

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