B’way Grosses: Paramour Climbs to the Top with Just Six Performances

first_img‘Paramour'(Photo: Matthew Beard) Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017center_img View Comments Paramour continued its preview performances at the Lyric Theatre, and the Cirque du Soleil presentation soared to the top of the boards. After taking in $1,018,942 in just six performances, the show was just shy of making the top five. Those slots were claimed by the usual suspects: The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon. Expect Paramour to find its way in there as the average ticket price rises and the show works toward a standard eight-performance week. Meanwhile, the new musical Waitress was one of three shows to exceed capacity. We’ll continue to monitor the show’s attendance now that it has made it past opening night.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 24:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,995,760)2. Hamilton ($1,813,024)3. Wicked ($1,660,014)4. Aladdin ($1,433,167)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,325,465)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Bright Star ($357,812)4. Tuck Everlasting ($332,230)*3. The Father ($258,848)2. Disaster! ($247,941)1. Eclipsed ($233,636)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.09%)2. Hamilton (101.75%)3. Waitress (100.71%)**4. The Lion King (99.33%)5. Aladdin (98.36%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Fiddler on the Roof (61.80%)4. Kinky Boots (61.23%)3. Jersey Boys (58.84%)2. Eclipsed (54.55%)1. Disaster! (41.68%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performances and one regular performance (opening night)Source: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Signature Theatre’s Founder James Houghton Dead at 57

first_img Signature Theatre’s founder James Houghton passed away at his home in Manhattan on August 2 after a two year battle with stomach cancer. He was 57 years old.Under Houghton’s leadership as Founding Artistic Director, Signature Theatre became one of the country’s preeminent theater companies. Signature was the first company to dedicate a full season to a living writer’s body of work, and in the past 25 years has hosted a diverse roster of some of the theater’s most exciting and accomplished playwrights. The company has since launched two additional residency programs, as well as the Signature Ticket Initiative, its groundbreaking ticket subsidy program. In 2012 Signature opened The Pershing Square Signature Center, the largest new theater center in New York City in nearly 50 years, and was recognized in 2014 with the Regional Theatre Tony Award for its unique mission and outstanding body of work.Since 2006, Houghton also served as the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School. To enhance the program, Houghton and the Drama Division initiated significant new programming and opportunities for students. Among these opportunities are a new Master of Fine Arts Program, which offers free tuition and a living stipend during the fourth and final year of training; the introduction of a Playwrights Festival featuring performances of plays written by students of the renowned Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program; and a bridge to the profession through the creation of the Professional Studio hosted by Signature Theatre, allowing Juilliard’s actors and writers to collaborate closely and build lasting artistic relationships.Houghton was honored by The Acting Company with the 2012 John Houseman Award for his profound commitment to developing American actors and building a diverse audience for the theater, as well as the William Inge Festival’s 1998 Margo Jones Medal for an outstanding contribution to the American theater. In 2015, he was awarded a Special Award for Sustained Achievement at the 60th Annual Obie Awards. In 2016, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Special Achievement Award from the Outer Critics Circle. In 2013, he was inducted into the College of the Fellows of the American Theatre and presented with an honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts by his alma mater, Santa Clara University. Mr. Houghton has also served as the Artistic Director of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference (1999-2003), Artistic Director of the New Harmony Project (1996-1999), and the Artistic Advisor to the Guthrie Theater (1998-2012).Houghton is survived by his wife Joyce O’Connor, children Henry and Lily Houghton, parents Joan and Sherrill Houghton, and siblings Scott Houghton, Susan Houghton Devine, Lynne Houghton and Trish Houghton Line.Below are just some of the tributes pouring in at the news of Houghton’s passing. James Houghton(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Farewell and thank you to the remarkably kind and patient Jim Houghton. You taught me so much. @SignatureTheatr @JuilliardSchool— Alex Sharp (@alexandersharp) August 3, 2016 My heart is breaking from the loss of such an incredible creative human being. I have always been inspired by Jim Houghton and so honored to be under his leadership as a student at #Juilliard I’m glad we got to come together in prayer in this last moment. I love you. May you rest in peace and power. We’ve gained a new #theatregod. Watch over us. Xx View Commentslast_img read more

After exec bonuses and cuts to worker benefits, U.S. coal miner Cloud Peak weighs sale

first_imgAfter exec bonuses and cuts to worker benefits, U.S. coal miner Cloud Peak weighs sale FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wyoming Public Radio:Cloud Peak Energy, one of the largest coal producers in the country with two mines in Wyoming, announced today it will review strategic alternatives which include a potential sale of the company. The announcement comes after company stock shares hit a 52-week low today at $1.32. That’s nearly half of its value from this time last year.Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at Sightline Institute, an environmental research center, said “strategic alternatives” could be a potential sale of the company. It could also mean the sale of a mine or any kind of asset, refinancing existing debt, pushing debt out further, or doing nothing.Williams-Derry says this comes as Cloud Peak has seen declining profit margins, lower profits in coal and a huge debt payment coming up.Cloud Peak Energy did not lay out a concrete timeline for the process and wrote in its announcement not to expect updates on it either.In a filing today, the company announced it would double the salaries of executives to retain them through “ongoing challenges.” This comes after a third-quarter announcement at the end of October to cut medical benefits for retired workers.Rob Godby, energy economist at the University of Wyoming, said the timing makes sense.“If selling the company was the strategy, canceled medical benefits makes much more sense, as reducing that liability makes the company more valuable,” he said.More: Cloud Peak Energy Considers Selling Company; Gives Executive Bonuses, Cuts Retirement Benefitslast_img read more

Which credit union in every state returns the most value to members?

first_img continue reading » Member economic participation: It’s one of the seven cooperative principles. It’s also the principle that creates a cycle of prosperity. Member-owners participate in their cooperative; thereby, the cooperative returns better benefits to member-owners; thereby, member-owners want to more fully participate in their cooperative. And the cycle continues.“For credit unions, which typically offer better rates, fees and service than for-profit financial institutions, members recognize benefits in proportion to the extent of their financial transactions and general usage,” says the Cornerstone Credit Union League on its website.But how do credit unions measure the benefit of their membership?Enter ROM, a comprehensive metric designed by Callahan & Associates that uses savings, lending, and product usage to quantify member value and assign a score to every credit union in the United States. Credit unions across the country use their ROM score to set member-facing goals and hold staff accountable to better serve members. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

One croc wrangler returns to Australia but rescue efforts, crowdfunding still under way in Palu

first_imgRead also: ‘We are up to plan D or E’: Australian rescuers still have no luck catching crocodile“Chris had returned to his home country this morning, but Matt will remain in Palu for the next four days,” BKSDA Central Sulawesi wildlife rescue team leader Haruna said.He said the agency would continue local rescue efforts even after Wright returned to Australia.“We will keep using harpoons. Members of our team trained with Matt using harpoons yesterday. I hope our team will be able to put the knowledge to practice and work properly without Matt’s assistance,” Haruna said.Wright himself said in an Instagram post that everything was going well but that the BKSDA team had exhausted its funds.  “I’ve started a GoFundMe page, if you can jump on that, donate a bit of money, give these guys a bit of leg-up, and keep this operation rolling,” he said. “I’m only going to be here for another couple of days. Now if we catch him, we catch him. If not, it’s going to be an ongoing process.”Wilson and Wright previously joined BKSDA Central Sulawesi to assist in the rescue of the crocodile. The participation of the two Australians is based on a decree issued by the Environment and Forestry Ministry on Monday to BKSDA Central Sulawesi, into whose operational control the crocodile rescue team has been entrusted.Wilson and Wright had worked extensively with the agency in employing various tricks to attract the crocodile’s attention over the past five days – the latest of which entailed tying a live duck onto a drone and having it hover over the crocodile on Friday. The effort failed, however, as the crocodile ignored the bait and swam away, disappearing without a trace for a several hours.Wright tried to rescue the animal again using a harpoon, this time without Wilson’s help, alongside BKSDA Central Sulawesi personnel in the early hours of Sunday. His harpoon had caught on the crocodile’s hardened hide, but the animal eventually managed to shake it off.The team kept trying to catch the crocodile with harpoons until the animal disappeared again at dawn. “The word ‘tired’ is not in our vocabulary. We will track it down again,” Wright said. (rfa)Topics : “My adventure in Palu has come to an end! Absolutely devastated I’m not going to be here when Matty [Wright] finals [sic] gets him under control!” he wrote in the post, which came with video footage of himself explaining the difficulties he faced on Saturday night.He said he and other members of the rescue team, including Wright, had spent the entire day tracking the animal over 7 kilometers on foot.“Had a couple of close chances but once again the crowds, the high flowing water, full moon, and many other factors working against us!” he wrote.Wilson left Palu at 9 a.m. local time for Jakarta, from where he would catch a flight back to Australia.center_img After five days of engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with a crocodile in Central Sulawesi to no avail, Australian crocodile observer Chris Wilson – who had assisted in local rescue efforts alongside fellow expert Matthew Nicolas Wright – decided to bow out and return to his home country on Saturday.The crocodile, regularly spotted swimming in the Palu River, has had a used motorcycle tire stuck around its neck for years and has foiled repeated attempts to remove the tire, including a recent rescue contest held by the Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi).Wilson wrote on his official Instagram page @willow_nt that his adventure in Central Sulawesi had come to an end and expressed hope that his colleague Wright would liberate the crocodile from its rubber shackles in the next few days.last_img read more

7.5-magnitude quake hits off Russia’s Kuril Islands: USGS

first_imgA 7.5-magnitude quake hit off Russia’s Kuril Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.The quake hit at a depth of 59 kilometres (37 miles), USGS added.The US National Tsunami Warning Center said it was “analyzing the event to determine the level of danger”. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat”.It had previously warned tsunami waves were possible for coasts in the region.The four southernmost islands of the Kuril chain — Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu and Kunashiri — have been disputed between Moscow and Tokyo since the end of World War II.The Kurils are known as the Northern Territories in Japan.Topics :last_img

Govt partners with Mastercard, NGO to launch business, cybersecurity mentoring for MSMEs

first_imgThe country recorded more than 88 million cyberattacks in the first four months of the year, according to the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN). More than half of the cyberattacks were malware and phishing scams.Agrian suggested that small businesses assess the weak spots of their websites to protect consumer data, including phone numbers, addresses and financial information.He said small businesses should prevent unauthorized apps from accessing their devices.“We are trying to inform MSMEs about cybersecurity issues because there is a lack of awareness on this matter,” said Agrian. “Based on surveys, MSMEs think they will not get attacked because their businesses are too small. But apparently many hackers and cybercriminals want to attack MSMEs.”Agrian also said small businesses that had joined e-commerce platforms might be more secure because they benefited from the platforms’ cybersecurity.However, e-commerce platforms Tokopedia, Bukalapak and Bhinneka reported data breaches in May, leaving customers’ information at risk.Despite being a home to 175.4 million internet users as of January 2020, Indonesia’s digital literacy, including awareness of online safety, is relatively low.The Global World Digital Competitiveness Index, which includes digital literacy among other indicators, ranked Indonesia 56th out of 63 countries in 2019, far below Singapore and Malaysia, which were ranked second and 26th respectively.Separately, financial service company Visa suggested that e-commerce companies adopt tokenization, which replaces sensitive data such as credit card numbers with tokens. This has the potential to help users protect themselves from data breaches, as hackers cannot use tokens for anything.“Our fear is that because the merchants are new, they themselves do not have the experience or the skills or the infrastructure or the tools or systems to protect sensitive information that they capture,” Joe Cunningham, Visa’s regional risk officer for the Asia-Pacific, said in an interview with The Jakarta Post on Aug. 26.Topics : “I am grateful to Mastercard Indonesia and Mercy Corps Indonesia, which have provided mentoring to MSMEs that join the training on edukukm.id, so they are ready for onboarding with deeper knowledge on information technology,” Teten said at the program’s virtual launch on Thursday.The program came after the government launched similar partnerships with e-commerce companies to encourage 10 million small businesses to go online.With people staying at home or avoiding unessential contact, online transactions have seen a 26 percent increase from pre-pandemic times, according to Bank Indonesia data.However, with the rise of online shopping, small businesses are prone to cyberattacks because they do not have adequate cybersecurity, especially for their own websites, according to Agrian Pangestu, cyber and intelligence product manager at Mastercard Indonesia. The government has partnered with financial service company PT Mastercard Indonesia and nonprofit organization Mercy Corps Indonesia for a mentoring program on business and cybersecurity for micro and small businesses.Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki said during the launch of the program on Thursday that the mentoring program would accommodate 40,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across 18 provinces nationwide.The partnership integrates the ministry’s online training platform edukukm.id with Mercy Corps Indonesia’s micromentor.org.last_img read more

This is real estate’s billion dollar man, having sold more than $1.2 billion worth of property

first_imgThousands of real estate agents attended AREC 2017 on the Gold Coast.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoWolff shared his knowledge on achieving “superstar success” to 4500 industry professionals at the Australian Real Estate Conference 2017 on the Gold Coast. He also revealed he hasn’t always been a superstar. The real estate guru started in the industry at the age of 22, went bankrupt six years later, his wife left him and he started smoking five packs of cigarettes a day. “I should be dead,” he said. He turned his life around with the power of self belief and having life goals – a long list of which he writes down every year. Those goals even include pictures of the possessions he intends to accumulate – a luxury boat, a fancy watch, a trip aboard The Orient Express.“You’ve got to have goals because if you don’t know what it is, how are you going to know what you want?” he said. “Do what you said you were going to do … that’s what makes you money!”Wolfe stressed the importance of “dollar productive behaviour” – looking and acting the part, giving out five business cards a day, returning phone calls and doing an open house every day for one year. But it’s a simple piece of advice that he’s predicated his entire career on. “Never forget the basics,” he said.That includes picking up the phone and talking to people, staying focused, eliminating negativity, staying hungry and, most importantly, “never give up!”Bob Wolff was the very first speaker at AREC when it started 20 years ago, and by the end of his presentation this year, he was declared the conference’s best speaker ever. Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate. Picture: Matthew Foster.THEY don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing. Now in his 44th year of selling houses ‘one at a time’, one of America’s top real estate agents, Bob Wolff, has amassed over $1.2 billion in sales. And just a few minutes in to his energetic and inspirational presentation at AREC 2017, it was clear to see why. The 64-year-old confessed he lives only a block from the beach yet has never been. This is a man who had a pool for 10 years but had never swum in it, so he took it out and replaced it with a spa, which he used for the first time the other day only because he accidentally fell in it!His idea of a merry Christmas is selling a house on Christmas Day.“List, sell, delegate and negotiate,” he said. “I do nothing else.”But he absolutely loves it. “Love what you do!”last_img read more

300 Maersk vessels to help improve ocean and climate science

first_img In the United States, Maersk has worked actively with the VOS partner organization and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a variety of environmental programs. These have included testing air quality and vessel stack emissions and whale protection programs on both coasts.  “We are pleased to be able to expand our long-term work with NOAA to help gather high quality data to improve understanding of global weather and climate conditions. This complements our work here in the US with NOAA on air quality, vessel emissions and protecting endangered whales,” Lee Kindberg, Maersk North America’s Director of Environment and Sustainability, noted. A typical VOS records and transmits observations manually, with a vessel crewmember reading data from instruments onboard the ship, or in some cases through automated weather stations (AWS). The data is then sent to the various national meteorological services for use in weather prediction models and to monitor actual conditions at sea. “As a global container logistics company, our vessels form a vital role in keeping supply chains moving safely and timely. Helping weather forecasting and climate science advance makes great sense to us, since both of these areas affect our operations in various ways,” Aslak Ross, Maersk’s Head of Marine Standards, commented. To obtain more data with higher precision, the first five Maersk vessels participating in the VOS program are equipped with a more advanced type of AWS, called the European Common Automatic Weather Station (EUCAWS). The EUCAWS system automatically collects data on atmospheric pressure, air temperature and relative humidity and transmits them hourly to designated research stations. “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the global community, impacting our business as well as the societies and customers we serve and partner with in enabling trade. We have an ambitious strategy to decarbonize our fleet of vessels by 2050 and as we execute this plan, we are proud to have our vessels and crews help researchers in gaining a better understanding of this key global challenge,” Ross added. Categories: “If we can help create even marginal improvements to the quality of weather routing services, these will be important levers in our constant efforts to improve the safety of our crews and assets and ensure reliable arrival times for our customers’ supply chains,” Ross said. By the end of 2020, a total of 50 such stations are planned to be operational on Maersk vessels, providing the largest fleet of AWS from a single company. While scientists have been collecting and sharing weather and ocean condition observations for over 150 years around the world, technological advances have significantly increased the amount of information that can be shared. Posted: about 1 year ago As an integrated container and logistics company, Maersk operates in 130 countries and employs 70,000 people.center_img As the world’s largest container ship fleet operator, Maersk is expected to make a significant contribution to improving the amount and quality of data available to the study.  Maersk Wants to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050 Danish container shipping major Maersk will be assisting global research efforts on weather patterns and climate change by committing its 300 owned vessels to participate in the global Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program.  While over 3,000 ships are involved in the VOS program, overall participation has declined in recent years due to the reduction in the global commercial fleet’s financial and crew resources. New technologies such as AWS and electronic logbooks, however, have led to an increase in the quantity and quality of observations from each vessel. Posted: about 1 year ago While Maersk already has many vessels contributing to the VOS, the newly expanded commitment will see its entire fleet participating by the end of 2020. Illustration. Source: Flickr under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license. Image by Kees Torn As explained, the recorded data helps meteorologists create more accurate weather and storm forecasts – and will also be used in the creation of atmosphereocean models that will help scientists better understand climate change. Business & Finance Improving data accuracy and efficiency – digitallylast_img read more

‘Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi inspires Aklan aetas’

first_img“Because of this, I will not besurprised if they become competitive in various competitions such as the localbeauty pageant, sports or athletics,” Concepcion said, adding she underwentintensive research on the life of the aetasin this province and the province of Zambales.     In the past, a group of aetas has competed in the dragon boatpaddling race in Boracay Island. They are also famous for the annual Ati-atihanFestival and are also known to display talents in singing and dancing./PN Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi wins the coveted Miss Universe 2019 crown during a pageant in Atlanta, United States on Monday (Manila time). GETTY IMAGES Tunzi is the newly-crowned MissUniverse from South Africa, beating over 90 women from across the world whotook part in the pageant which was held in Atlanta, United States on Monday(Manila time).         “The aetas who watch the television in their homes saw how (Miss SouthAfrica Zozibini) Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe. The aetas saw Miss Tunzi resembling them in terms of skin color andcurly hair. This increased their self-confidence,” said Dr. Sharon Concepcion,faculty chair of ASU’s Education Department. Ibajay, Aklan – A university professor and researcher of the Aklan StateUniversity (ASU) here believed the winning of Miss South Africa in the recentlyconcluded Miss Universe has boosted the morale of the Indigenous Peoples or“aeta.”  The aeta communities here can be found in the towns of Ibajay,Numancia, Altavas, and Malay including the Boracay Island.  last_img read more