Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Bradley Cooper’s Silver Linings on B’way

first_img 2. American Hustle—11% Those costumes. Those WIGS! Seriously, if an American Hustle musical were to happen, Bernadette Peters could win another Tony Award for her performance as Amy Adams’ hair. As it turns out, we already knew you were eager for this Oscar-nominated flick to bring the ‘70s back to Broadway. 1. Silver Linings Playbook—39% Silver Linings Playbook features three things that have proven to make successful musical material: gambling, dance competitions and, while it’s no laughing matter, bipolar disorder. Could the 2012 romantic dramedy be the show to finally get Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman to write for the stage? Or Jennifer Lawrence, for that matter?! View Comments Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is back on the Great White Way in The Elephant Man! So naturally, we’re celebrating by alternating our time between staring mindlessly at this and picturing his films on stage. Yes, we know: Original stories are important and vital to the success of the industry, et cetera. But that doesn’t mean that these flicks wouldn’t make terrific stage adaptations. And while Bradley Cooper wouldn’t necessarily have to star in them, we absolutely would not object to that. We asked you to pick which film of the Hollywood hunk you’d like to see on the Great White Way as a musical. The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 3. The Hangover—10% Wild felines. Gangsters. Mike Tyson. Again, three elements that make the Great White Way great. Put them together, and you’re on your way to an exciting, if not just a bit crude, toe-tapping tuner based on the 2009 hit comedy.last_img read more

James Bond Musical Has No License to Sing

first_imgWe spied a problem with the plethora of reports that have recently hit the Interweb stating that a James Bond musical was eyeing a Broadway or Las Vegas bow in late 2017 or early 2018, executive produced by Merry Saltzman. Broadway.com contacted Eon Productions, which produces the film series, for comment. A spokesperson told us: “Danjaq LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc confirm they have not licensed any rights to Merry Saltzman or her production company to create a James Bond musical.”The statement continues: “Danjaq and MGM jointly control all live stage rights in the Bond franchise, and therefore no James Bond stage show may be produced without their permission.”The rights to Ian Fleming’s iconic spy have been a notoriously complex web for decades. Merry Saltzman’s Dad Harry co-produced nine early Bond films with Cubby Broccoli. The James Bond musical was supposedly to have an original storyline by Dave Clarke, with music and lyrics by Jay Henry Weisz.The 24th Bond film Spectre, starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz, will hits movie theaters on November 6. Here is the first trailer of the movie, since we can’t wait to have Broadway alum Craig back in our lives. View Commentslast_img read more

Tix Now Available for Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold”…and the boys

first_img View Comments “Master Harold”… and the boys Tickets are now on sale for “Master Harold” … and the boys, written and directed by Tony Award winner Athol Fugard. The production is scheduled to play a limited engagement October 18 through November 27. Opening night is set for November 7 on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.The cast will include Leon Addison Brown (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) as Sam, Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah (FELA!) as Willie and Noah Robbins (Grease: Live) as Hally.In a small tea shop in South Africa in 1950, two black men and a young white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe. Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, “Master Harold”… and the boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.The Signature Theatre production will feature scenic design by Christopher H. Barreca, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge and sound design by John Gromada. Related Showscenter_img “Master Harold”…and the boys Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016last_img read more

September Rains

first_imgDrought decreased slightly across south Georgia in September as heavier-than-normal rainfall brought some relief to dry areas, but the rain hindered farmers working their fields. According to the National Drought Monitor, the percentage of the state covered by drought decreased from 20 percent to 15 percent. The cool and wet weather associated with the rainfall across the southern part of the state delayed the harvest of peanuts and cotton, which was already behind schedule due to late planting. Quality levels in dryland crops are not good due to the arid conditions earlier in the summer. Hay production has also been hampered by cloudy and damp conditions, although rain did improve pasture and hay conditions earlier in the month. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 75.8 degrees F (2.3 degrees above normal); in Athens, 75 degrees (1.7 degree above normal); in Columbus, 77.6 degrees (1 degree above normal); in Macon, 76 degrees (1 degree above normal); in Savannah, 78.4 degrees (1.8 degree above normal); in Brunswick, 77.6 degrees (0.5 degree below normal); in Alma, 77.5 degrees (0.4 degree above normal); in Augusta, 75.9 degrees (1.1 degree above normal); in Albany, 78.2 degrees (0.5 degree above normal); and in Valdosta, 78.2 degrees (0.8 degree above normal). Brunswick set a record-low maximum temperature record on Sept. 24. The weather station there reported a maximum for the day of just 68 degrees F, breaking the old record of 72 degrees F set in 1963. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 7.25 inches in Albany (3.81 inches above normal). The lowest was recorded in Atlanta at 0.75 inches (3.72 inches below normal). Augusta received 2.27 inches (0.83 inch below normal); Athens, 4.82 inches (0.88 inch above normal); Macon, 2.79 inches (0.80 inch below normal); Columbus, 4.11 inches (1.05 inch above normal); Brunswick, 5.64 inches (0.12 inch below normal); and Valdosta, 6.86 inches (2.22 inches above normal). Atlanta experienced the fourteenth driest September in its 136-year record. The last time it was this dry was 2005, when only 0.07 inches was recorded for the entire month. Augusta had the second highest number of days – 14 days – with measurable rainfall in its historical record since 1885. This is the most since 1979, when 14 rainy days were observed. The record is 17 days, set in 1890. Savannah tied for its ninth highest number of rainy days with 15 days in 144 years. Savannah’s record is 19 days, also set in 1890. Two daily rainfall records were set in September. Columbus reported 2.48 inches on Sept. 3, breaking the old record of 2.23 inches set in 1967. Alma reported 1.37 inches on Sept. 8, surpassing the old record of 1.10 inches set in 1957. The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) stations was 6.21 inches northeast of Hartwell in Hart County on Sept. 8. A Mitchell County CoCoRaHS observer northeast of Camilla and a Chatham County observer in Garden City reported 5.71 and 5.83 inches on Sept. 8 and 30, respectively. The highest monthly total rainfall was 11.02 inches, observed by the Garden City observer in Chatham County, followed by 10.96 and 10.43 inches from two observers south-southwest of Savannah, also in Chatham County. Severe weather occurred in Georgia on eight out of 31 days in September. Scattered thunderstorms caused wind damage. The outlook for October shows conditions are expected to be relatively quiet and typical for October in Georgia. The jet stream is not strong, and weather systems are relatively infrequent, which makes October one of the driest months for most of the state. This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a slight increase in the chances of above-normal temperatures (based on long-term trends) and equal chances of above, below and near-normal rainfall. The wild card in the prediction is the tropics, which continue to be unusually quiet, like many El Nino years, although no El Nino has been verified as of the end of September. For more information, see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/. Email weather and climate impacts on agriculture to pknox@uga.edu.last_img read more

VFHA gets $10.3 million for affordable housing projects in Vermont

first_imgU.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today nearly $10.3 million in funding to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) to spur development of affordable housing in Colchester, Montpelier and Windsor, Vermont. The funding, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will allow the VHFA to provide sufficient equity funding to complete ongoing construction projects in Windsor, Colchester and Montpelier. The ARRA investment will help create 130 affordable housing units and an estimated 175 jobs by leveraging over $20 million in construction funding.VHFA will use the funding to provide credit to the following projects:Union Square, Windsor – This project includes 43 units of mixed-income housing and is expected to provide 76 construction jobs.Brookside Village, Colchester – This project includes 42 units of mixed-income housing and is expected to provide 76 construction jobs.North Branch Apartments, Montpelier – This project includes 45 units of mixed-income housing and is expected to provide 27 construction jobs.The Treasury announced $486 million in funding to affordable housing projects in 12 states, including Vermont, on Friday – the fourth installment in a $3 billion ARRA program. The money comes as the number of housing starts has fallen almost 80 percent since 2006 and as the number of houses under construction has reached a 13-year low.Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director of the VHFA said, “Vermont has been very fortunate to have great support from our local and regional banks and investors in providing tax credit equity for affordable rental housing – but they can’t do it all. With Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of the national equity market, we desperately needed an alternate investment option like the tax credit exchange program. This will allow us to complete 130 units of affordable housing and leverage over $20 million in construction funding.”Sen. Leahy said, “As a result of the economic downturn our state and nation are facing, many affordable housing developments in progress or about to break ground would have faced disaster without these recovery funds. The complicated tax incentives that have been successfully used for years to help incentivize affordable housing developments have fallen victim to the economic crisis.   We are pleased that these funds will help VHFA and other organizations around the state complete much needed affordable housing and put people to work.”Sen. Sanders said, “Not only will this federal investment begin to provide concrete solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Vermont, it also will create decent-paying jobs.  These federal dollars demonstrate a commitment to increasing affordable housing opportunities and putting Vermonters to work.”Rep. Welch said, “This recovery funding will ensure that critical construction projects in Vermont do not grind to a halt at a time when we need them the most. By putting people to work while creating much-needed affordable housing units, we are making just the sort of investment Vermont communities need. I’m pleased these federal dollars will be put to good use in Windsor, Colchester and Montpelier.”Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON (Friday, July 10) —  # # # # #last_img read more

Our Step-by-Step Video Guide to Crushing Friday in the Heart of Appalachia!

first_imgLooking to Crush Friday this week? Check out our video guide for how to #CrushFridayVA in the Heart of Appalachia-zip-line at Breaks Interstate Park, bike on the Sugar Hill Trail, and float on the Clinch River with Clinch Life Outfitters. Then enjoy great food and drink at places like Sugar Hill Brewing Company-all in the Heart of Appalachia, Virginia!last_img

Brazil Debuts the Hermes Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Amazonas

first_img The Brazilian Air Force gave the Hermes RQ-450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) its operational debut during Operation Agatha, conducted in Amazonas to curb illegal activities along the border between Brazil and Colombia. The new UAV, operated jointly with A-29 Super Tucano fighters and E-99 planes, assisted in locating and destroying clandestine landing strips, which is precisely one of the RQ-450’s functions. In only a few hours of flying time, the Hermes gathered all the information needed for the attack mission. “We were able to find out a number of details about the objective, and we could even make sure that there were no people at the location and so ensure safety and security when dropping the bombs,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Richard Laux, the commander of the 1st/12th GAV-Horus Squadron, the first Brazilian military unit to make operational use of the RQ-450. During Operation Agatha, the Horus Squadron was based at an airstrip hidden in the jungle. From there, the RQ-450 operated over a wide area of the region. With an autonomous flight time of up to 16 hours, the aircraft, only six meters in length, conducts reconnaissance, surveillance, search, and intelligence missions. All the information is transmitted in real time to the command centers in Manaus and Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. One of the chief advantages of using an aircraft operated by remote control is that it enables missions of a number of hours, with the rotation of the crews working at the ground station. In addition to avoiding fatigue, the military personnel remain far away from any threats that might exist, such as hostile fire. The RQ-450 is also silent and difficult to locate, and if necessary, both the aircraft and its support structure can be quickly and easily transported to another location. By Dialogo August 26, 2011last_img read more

The UN May Deploy Brazilian Air Force Aircraft on Peacekeeping Missions

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo July 13, 2017 The Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) C-105 Amazonas, H-60 Black Hawk, and A-29 Super Tucano aircraft could be deployed on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. UN representatives were in Brazil to visit FAB air units, where they ascertained readiness of the available assets and elevated the country to level two on the United Nations Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (UNPCRS). However, in order to effectively begin operations, it must reach level four, which could happen before the end of 2017. “When we receive a UN invitation to take part in a certain mission, and when we begin drawing up relevant agreements, we will be elevated to level three,” said Air Force Colonel Gerson Cavalcanti de Oliveira, the head of the International Cooperation Systems Section of the FAB Joint Staff. He said that the UN is expected to extend the invitation sometime in the second half of this year. “Only after the agreements are signed will the country be elevated to level four, and then it will have 90 days to deploy its assets on the assigned mission,” said Col. Cavalcanti. However, there is a long way to go before air assets can be effectively deployed. “After the visit, the UN submits a request to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE, per its Portuguese acronym) for the use of Brazilian air assets on a certain mission. MRE analyzes the request and, if it agrees, it informally consults with the Brazilian Ministry of Defense (MD, per its Portuguese acronym) in order to analyze the operational feasibility of the mission,” he added. Col. Cavalcanti also explained that after the consultation, MD submits a request to FAB to evaluate the mission and issue an opinion to MRE, which would include the costs of deployment. MRE, in turn, will ask the Brazilian Ministry of Planning and Lower House of Representatives whether the necessary funding exists. If approved, MRE will then formally reply to the UN request. After voting and approval by the Lower House, the formal documentation is submitted for the president’s approval. “If the process goes smoothly, the plan is for these aircraft to be deployed in the second half of 2018,” he said. Air units visited Three air units were inspected: the 7º/8º GAV (H-60L Black Hawk), the 1º/9º GAV (C-105 Amazonas) in Manaus in the state of Amazonas, and the 2º/3º GAV (A-29 Super Tucano) in the city of Porto Velho in the state of Rondônia, both located in the northern region of the country. Personnel from the MD, Joint Peacekeeping Operations Center in Brazil, the Readiness Command, and the Brazilian Air Force Joint Staff also participated in the visits, which were held at the end of April. During the visit, Pakistani Army Colonel Humayun Chohan Zia, the leader of the UN delegation, stated in an interview with the Air Force Agency that it is quite probable that Brazil will deploy its air assets to Africa and other missions. “Brazil has already made a considerable contribution to the United Nations with its support in Haiti (to the MINUSTAH), and it also has had significant individual representations on several missions as staff and observers,” he said. Col. Cavalcanti explained that the air units to be visited were chosen because of the geographical proximity among them, which facilitated the inspection process. “That does not mean that the aircraft to be used will only come from the visited squadrons. Both aircraft and crews may be drawn from any FAB unit that operates those particular pieces of equipment.” Aircraft One of the aircraft models offered by FAB to participate in UN peacekeeping missions is the H-60 Black Hawk, which is used in more than 80 countries worldwide. These aircraft can transport up to 12 people and can get security troops to areas that are otherwise difficult to access. They can carry an external payload of up to four tons and have a complete team and the necessary equipment for aeromedical assistance and evacuations, search-and-rescue missions and, if necessary, even aerial defense. According to FAB, two squadrons operate the aircraft in Brazil. In addition to the Harpia Squadron (7º/8º GAV), the Pantera Squadron (5º/8º GAV), which is based in Santa Maria in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, also deploys the helicopter. This means that a grand total of 16 aircraft with 65 pilots are capable of operating on UN peacekeeping missions. The A-29 aircraft is used on air defense missions by four squadrons: Grifo (2º/3º GAV); Escorpião (1º/3º GAV), located in Boa Vista in the state of Roraima; Flecha (3º/3º GAV), in Campo Grande in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and Joker (2º/5º GAV), in Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. The tactical and weapons capabilities were some of the advantages of the aircraft presented by FAB during the inspection. “These aircraft could provide the peacekeeping forces with vital information, thus increasing their situational awareness,” Lieutenant Colonel Luiz Ângelo de Andrade, the commanding officer of the Griffin Squadron, said to the Air Force Agency. The C-105 Amazonas, on the other hand, could be deployed for tactical and strategic airlifting, air dropping of paratroopers and payloads, and medical evacuations. They can also perform search and rescue missions, drop vaccines, food, and potable water into hard-to-reach areas, transport the sick and wounded, and provide support during natural disasters. According to FAB, Brazil operates 11 C-105 aircraft, and 51 pilots are trained to fly them. Col. Cavalcanti emphasized the operational gains FAB would obtain by deploying its air assets during UN peacekeeping missions. “Many of the basic aerial roles and missions that FAB is trained for could be executed during peacekeeping missions,” he said, adding that such missions will enable it to increase its logistical and operational capabilities within what is established for strategic FAB operations. “The UN covers the cost of fuel and maintenance for the aircraft and their deployment. Furthermore, peacekeeping missions involve simultaneous operations with several other air forces,” he concluded.last_img read more

Avoid legal risk with transparency and full disclosure

first_img continue reading » Legal scrutiny for community banks and credit unions has picked up recently with an increase in the number of demand letters alleging deceptive practices and excessive Overdraft/NSF fees. While recent allegations of improper fee assessment and misleading disclosures aren’t new, the actions by plaintiff attorneys have become more aggressive.In some cases, attorneys have used social media platforms to target consumers who have been charged overdraft fees in an effort to initiate class action lawsuits. And it turns out, efforts to provide information intended to explain the assessment of overdraft and NSF fees via websites have backfired as plaintiff attorneys scour the web to identify potential class action targets.Following are three precautions you can take to mitigate your risk of potential legal issues from Overdraft/NSF fee demand letters. A commitment to these best practices can also improve your level of compliance certainty and increase awareness among your account holders about how your overdraft service works to improve their financial well-being. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

House to finish deliberating controversial Criminal Code revisions in one week

first_imgThe House of Representatives has set a target of one week to resolve the problematic revisions to the Criminal Code (KUHP) and the 1995 Correctional Facility Law during the COVID-19 pandemic.House deputy speaker Azis Syamsuddin, who is also a member of the House Commission III overseeing legal affairs, said the Commission’s chairs had requested the bills be passed after a week of deliberations. “We [House leadership] have coordinated with the Commission III leaders. They requested a week to deliberate the bill before handing it to the plenary session,” Azis said while chairing a plenary session on Thursday at the House building in Senayan, Central Jakarta.The Golkar Party politician, however, did not mention whether the Commission III would pick up where the previous batch of lawmakers had finished their discussions or open a new page on the Criminal Code revisions. The previous House lawmakers who ended their terms in October last year had begun deliberating the bills but a public outcry and massive street protests had halted the process. The protesters argued that the bills would threaten democracy and curtail civil rights.Rights activists criticized the House, saying they should not take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to rush deliberations and dismiss public participation.Activists from the National Alliance for the Reform of the Criminal Code said the government and the House should not use the pandemic as an opportunity to discuss and ratify the problematic bills.The alliance noted that the final draft of the Criminal Code still included many controversial articles that would over-criminalize common practices, including articles to restore a ban on insulting the President that had been repealed by the Constitutional Court, as well as stipulations on morality that criminalize, among other things, consensual sex by unmarried people, cohabitation and the promotion of contraception.”We called on the deliberation to be immediately postponed until the situation has recovered,” they said in a written statement on Thursday.Topics :last_img read more