My Fair Lady Will Bow on Broadway in Spring 2018

first_img My Fair Lady Well, this is loverly news: My Fair Lady is officially coming to the Great White Way. Tony winner Bartlett Sher is helming a new production of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical. The first Broadway production of the classic tuner in 25 years will begin previews on March 15, 2018 and open on April 19, 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, with book and lyrics by Lerner and music by Loewe, premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956. The original production, directed by Moss Hart and designed by Oliver Smith and Cecil Beaton, starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and ran for 2,717 performances, making it, at the time, the longest-running musical in Broadway history. The musical boasts classic songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”The Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady will have sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, and lighting by Donald Holder.No casting has been announced for the new production. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 7, 2019center_img Bartlett Sher (Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Bitcoin crosses $10k; Bezos’ Net Worth $100B – Why should we care?

first_img 92SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Austin Wentzlaff Austin J. Wentzlaff joined OnApproach in 2013 as a Business Development Analyst and is now currently Director of Business Development. He is responsible for developing marketing strategies, driving prospects to … Web: Details Please note: this article was started when Bitcoin crossed $10,000.  Bitcoin is now at $18,000 (maybe even higher as you read this).When thinking about Bitcoin and Amazon it might be easy for one to ignore the relevance to their own situation.  What does a cryptocurrency and an online retailer have to do with me (or my institution)?  The answer – everything.  It isn’t about Bitcoin or Amazon per se, but rather what they stand for – The new digital world.Digital Transformation is a term that is relatively new, but a term that is becoming increasingly more popular.  What it means, in short, and to be rather blunt, is that your old ways are broken and we need to reinvent using the new technologies available, namely the internet and mobile devices.For many credit unions that have been very successful for many years, we are stuck in the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  However, unfortunately, this old adage is just that – Old.  In the new digital age that we live in today, we have to constantly think about reinvention and transformation – not just every 5 years but every month.To bring Bitcoin and Amazon into the mix, just think about this…  What was the leading Cryptocurrency 10 years ago, and what was the leading retail store 10 years ago?  I am going to guess you wouldn’t say either Bitcoin or Amazon. While Bitcoin and Amazon may seem like extreme outliers, it’s important for credit unions to realize that they are not anomalies. Consider the fact that none of these following items had even existed 10 years ago:Android (2008)Apple App Store (2008)iPad (2010)Google Chrome (2008)Snapchat (2011)Airbnb (2008)Spotify (2008)Stripe (2011)Square (2010)Venmo (2009)Instagram (2010)Kickstarter (2009)Uber (2009)Pinterest (2010)4G (2010)Alexa (2014)This is a small list of the many young businesses that heavily impact our daily lives. These are not innovative technologies reserved for the techies and early adopters. Most of us (and your members) use these items regularly, if not frequently throughout the day. Many of these technologies we have become essentially dependent on for day-to-day communication, leisure, business, travel, and even payments. In less than 10 years, these ideas have gone from zero and exploded in popularity.What else do all these companies/products have in common? 1. ConvenienceIn today’s world, convenience is king. All those aforementioned innovations discovered ways to make life easier for end-users. They have even helped to create a world in which convenience is expected. Try to imagine a day in which 4G connection is universally lost, Instagram crashes, Square fails, and ride-sharing services are immediately no longer an option. People wouldn’t be living their daily lives just like they did 10 years ago – it would be chaotic and considered to be a tragedy. It would not only create panic for those trying to update personal social media accounts, but it would interrupt business, trade, and communication as we have become reliant on all these technologies. 2. DigitizationIf it can’t be done online or with the touch of a finger, it loses. Large banks offer many of the same products/services as credit unions, but they win new accounts. Why? Because of their mission statement, name recognition, outstanding service record, interest rates, or proximity to home? No. Your potential new member opened an account at the major bank across town because they deposit checks remotely, check balances on their smartphone app, chat with a person (or helpful bot) online when help is needed, and he/she finds significant value in these digitally provided services. 3. Data AnalyticsThese companies are not here by chance. They are not serendipitous failures like potato chips or SuperGlue. These companies saw a need, found evidence that there was an opportunity, and continually improve their offerings with the use of data analytics. For years, a strong argument has been made for the idea that Google knows more about us than we know about ourselves. As scary as this may sound, with the proper governance, companies like Google can use this data to improve business decisions and our daily lives. The data Uber collects helps to monitor, influence and predict things such as supply and demand, pricing, incentives, marketing, and strategic growth. This data is even used to better understand and improve traffic flows, urban planning, infrastructure needs, pollution, and commerce. These companies use this data to improve offerings and ultimately grow into the massively popular organizations they are. Finally, it is important to keep in mind, these concepts are not only for new and innovative digital products. Like the major banks, many other modern successful businesses might not have launched new products, but they have kept up with the wave of digital transformation. Read more about how companies like Starbucks and CVS Health have digitally reinvented their business models to increase convenience and maintain relevancy to modern consumers here: unions can’t afford to continue living in the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” age. The mindset needs to switch to realize that “If it ain’t broke… someone else will break it”. Then that person or company will improve upon it, make it more convenient for the end-user, and your old model is beyond fixing, because it has been re-invented. More optimistically, credit unions need to think more like Amazon or Bitcoin and live by the idea that “If it ain’t broke, re-invent”.Co-authored by: Mark Portzlast_img read more

Trump admin reportedly finalizing changes to citizenship test

first_imgCNN reported, “[i]t’s unclear when the agency will roll out the changes to the exam. USCIS declined to comment on the planned revisions.” But what’s important to consider is that named in Joe Biden’s transition plan is Ur Jaddou, a former USCIS chief counsel who has shined a light on the agency’s radicalization under Trump and Cuccinelli. Jaddou is now being “viewed as a frontrunner for USCIS director,” The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff tweeted. – Advertisement – CNN reports the draft memo seeks to double the number of civics questions applicants are asked, from 10 to 20. That means a passing score would tick up from six correct answers to 12. “The memo also says USCIS officers will ask all 20 questions, rather than stopping when an applicant reaches the passing score,” the report continued, along with asking more questions about U.S. history, civics, “more topics touching on specific amendments to the Constitution,” as well as “the ‘rationale for the legislative branch structure.’”I mean, the fucking goal posts we create for immigrants who want to become American citizens when the American president makes a daily mockery of American institutions, including the “legislative branch structure” to which he’s taken a sledgehammer (along with the rest of the government). Consider his stupid, useless, racist border wall.- Advertisement –center_img Immigrants are supposed to know that Congress is one part of the federal government and that its two chambers make and pass laws, but apparently that’s not necessary for the president to have to acknowledge or respect. Unable to get the billions upon billions he wanted for his wall that he claimed Mexico was supposed to pay for (a five-year-old lie he was still repeating as recently as last month), he just stole it. Just took it. I’m sure that won’t be in the proposed citizenship test. Applicants are also asked about “rule of law,” something else Trump and his officials consider entirely optional. I mean, the acting director of USCIS—you know, the agency administering this test—was actually unlawfully serving in his job! The fact that anti-immigrant loudmouth Ken Cuccinelli has unlawfully served in the Trump administration is actually the finding of several entities, including a federal judge in March and the Government Accountability Office in in August. As an apparent go-around, Cuccinelli’s title at USCIS is now “Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director.” That’ll do it, I guess.“Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans,” Cuccinelli actually had the gall to say out loud last year, CNN reported. Those are the rules for you. When it comes to him, he refuses to resign and we’ll likely be stuck with him until President-elect Joe Biden gets sworn in next year. Yay.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Cannon Hill boom! How this renovated home set a record price

first_imgHasaga Besic has sold his Cannon Hill home for a record price. Photo: Adam HeadThe renovation of 62 Muir St, Cannon Hill was defined by its high quality.The meticulous workmanship paid off this week when the property achieved a private treaty sale of $1.14 million — a new house price record for Cannon Hill. The flat back yard and pool provided a view from the main bedroom. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair The outdoor entertainment area was one of the home’s most used spaces.This spot also looked out across the manicured lawn to a large pool at the rear of the block — a view that was taken in from the second level too.“Upstairs in the main bedroom, I can see all of my backyard — it’s nice. When I wake up I’m just so happy,” Mr Besic said.center_img 62 Muir Street, Cannon Hill was a renovation of the highest calibre.The two-level home of four-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation on 471sq m was full of high-end fittings including feature lights, Vacu-Maid system, high ceilings, plantation shutters and ducted airconditioning.Place Bulimba agent, Chris Rice, said the home deserved it’s title as champion.“The only other residential sales that have exceeded it have been residential development sites,” Mr Rice said.Mr Rice said he felt a sense of duty to the seller, home and suburb to achieve a great result.“The whole family are pretty excited, pretty proud. I felt a responsibility … it was a real opportunity to raise the bar for Cannon Hill,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“I think this will, hopefully, continue to reinforce that Cannon Hill is on the move.”The home’s owner, Hasaga Besic, said he couldn’t be more proud of the renovation work.“I was doing it (the reno) really for myself. I was thinking: ‘I’m going to stay here forever’. Whatever work we carried out, we used proper materials and the best carpenters and tradesmen,” Mr Besic said.“The building inspectors gave the building a 12 out of 10 — there was not one defect.“When we decided to do it as an owner/builder, we had complete control of the property. We didn’t want to renovate again in 10 years time,” he added.Mr Besic’s favourite space was the kitchen/lounge/TV room, but he also loved the outdoor entertainment area with its benchtop, bar fridge and built-in barbecue.last_img read more

EU supports Pan Institute

first_img Sharing is caring! 22 Views   no discussions Share Tweet NewsRegional EU supports Pan Institute by: – June 20, 2011center_img Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Head of the delegation of the European Union Trinidad and Tobago, Solomon Ioannou, says he was a “proud European” to see funds from the European Union, EU, being used to support the initiative of the Diatonic Pan Institute at a one-day conference on Saturday 11 June 2011 in Siparia, South Trinidad.Head of the Diatonic Pan Institute, Keith Byer, conceptualized the conference, which was held under the theme: ‘Culture and Sports-A tool for social transformation’.This was in keeping with the EU’s policy of investing and empowering youths.“The strategy acknowledges that while young people are a precious insurance, they are in fact one of the most vulnerable groups in society, especially in the current economic and financial crisis,” Solomon said.Solomon said the EU’s policy involves key policy areas such as education, civic participation, employment, creativity and entrepreneurship, health and sports.Most European young people are open to the world.“They are eager to learn about other countries and cultures and wish to share their views and experiences with young people from other regions,” Solomon explained, as he painted a picture of the EU’s role in youth development.Byer made the point that, in the 1960s, the then prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Eric Williams, turned to the playing of the steel pan to help curb the rising crime in the country.“Culture and sports can curb violence,” Byer stated.He lamented the fact that emphasis is placed on acquiring more police vehicles, building more police stations and having more police officers as “the powers-that-be” set about to curb crime but stated one must commit a crime to become a criminal.“We have to stop the crime,” Byer said. “That is why we have to go out and spread the message.”Byer said the EU had agreed to help Diatonic in spreading the message of crime prevention, using culture and sports.Educationist Marcia Riley, musician/entrepreneur Kenny Phillips, pannist Nestor Sullivan, sports administrator Richard Braithwaite and Damion Richardson made presentations at the conference.The conference will move to Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday 25 June.Caribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

2018 Ripley County 4-H Fair begins this weekend

first_imgFrom left: Alyssa Brinkman, Caz Burdette, host of “The Morning Show”Osgood, In. — Activity begins to build at the Ripley County Fairgrounds today. It’s check-in day for animals, 4-H projects, banners and scrapbooks. “Kids Corner” in the Farm Bureau Building will be open from 10 a.m. to noon.Sunday is the Grand Opening of the Ripley County 4-H Fair at 6 p.m. on the Free Stage. Here is a list of additional events for Sunday:The 4-H Horse & Pony Show at 8 a.m.The Osgood Lions Club will present the Antique Tractor Pull in the grandstands at 10 a.m.4-H Poultry Sow at 3 p.m.4-H Projects open to the public at 5 p.m.At the Grand Opening ceremony on the Free Stage the Queen, Alyssa Brinkman, and her court will be officially crowned and introduced. A 4-H Banner Parade and Style Show will be held after the ceremony.last_img read more

Robben rules out Man Utd move

first_img The winger says he shares a “special bond” with Van Gaal, but that does not mean he will be following the new United boss to Old Trafford for the new season. “I have a special bond with him. He is the most important coach in my career,” Robben said. “(Moving to United) is not an option though. I will stay at Bayern Munich.” Robben has been in top form under Van Gaal’s stewardship at the World Cup. The former Chelsea winger has made the shortlist for player of the tournament after scoring three goals and making one assist during Holland’s run to the last four. Robben has been linked with United ever since it was announced that Louis van Gaal would be taking over at Old Trafford after the World Cup. Robben told Dutch broadcaster NOS following Holland’s 3-0 win over Brazil that Van Gaal had offered him a place in the United squad next season. Arjen Robben has ruled out the possibility of joining Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tests return with Ben Stokes & Holder head-to-head

first_imgLONDON: When the players of England and West Indies walk out on to the lush Ageas Bowl pitch on Wednesday it will be a landmark moment for international cricket after a 117-day hiatus.It will also be a milestone in the career of England’s talisman Ben Stokes as he captains the side for the first time. The circumstances will be surreal with the COVID-19 pandemic meaning no fans will be present in the bio-secure environment — the only sounds being the thump of leather on willow, the chit-chat between the players and some piped-in crowd effects. Once the strangeness of the ‘new-normal’ sinks in, however, an intriguing series looks on the cards between the sides ranked fourth and eighth on the ICC’s Test list. With England captain Joe Root missing for the birth of his second child, Stokes will get to pit himself against West Indies counterpart Jason Holder. Holder, embarking on his 33rd Test as captain, is first on the ICC’s all-rounder rankings while Stokes is second. Both have similar problems to solve, namely fragile batting lineups that could be at the mercy of top-class bowling attacks. West Indies won the last series between the sides in 2018-19 on home soil, but have not won a series in England since 1988. They will be buoyed by virtually the same pace attack that England found such a problem in the Caribbean with Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Holder complimented by Bajan quickie Chemar Holder. “It’s an exciting time for us. We’ve got a group of fast bowlers we think can challenge any team in the world,” West Indies assistant-coach Roddy Estwick said. “The fast bowling is key to us and we’re beginning to get blessed again.” The batting is more problematic and the form of Shai Hope, who scored two centuries when West Indies claimed a famous victory at Headingley two years ago, will be vital. Holder has barely made a run in the practice games while a likely top five of Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Hope and Roston Chase managed just 29 runs between them in West Indies’ second intra-squad warm-up match. With Root missing, England’s shaky top-order will be under scrutiny. Rory Burns and Dom Sibley look set to open with Joe Denly or Zak Crawley likely to bat at four. Whatever the pairings, West Indies bowlers will fancy their chances. Stokes will have numerous pace bowling options with James Anderson and Jofra Archer, both of whom struggled with injuries in England’s 3-1 win in South Africa last winter, refreshed. One of the first tough decisions he will have to make, along with head coach Chris Silverwood, is which of his seamers will miss out. Stuart Broad is close to 500 Test wickets, the rapid Mark Wood has taken 18 wickets in his last three Test outings and Chris Woakes revels in English conditions. Agencies Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Discourse on Saving Dehing-Patkailast_img read more

Guyana Softball Cup confirmed for November 4-6

first_imgVICE-PRESIDENT of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), Ricky Deonarain has confirmed yesterday that the sixth annual Guyana Softball Cup will be staged here from November 4 to 6.The three-day event is the largest softball event locally, and will once again attract the best softball teams, both locally and overseas.As was the case over the years, the event will be competed in Open and Masters categories.Approximately 24 teams from Guyana and North America are expected to participate in the tournament.Deonarine indicated that all plans are currently being looked at in order for another successful and fun fill tournament.Regal XI and Regal Masters are the reigning champions of the Open and Masters categories respectively.The tournament will be officially launched on Tuesday at the Demerara Cricket Club pavilion.last_img read more

The Latest: Coe hopes pandemic allows for Olympics in 2021

first_imgIOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events.Bach cited “financial pressure” on organizers and the need to address climate change and says “we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.”The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports.Bach says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic body’s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement. Associated Press The Latest: Coe hopes pandemic allows for Olympics in 2021 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Sebastian Coe says he is “genuinely hoping that the pandemic will have been curtailed” by next year so the Tokyo Olympics can open in July 2021. Coe is the president of World Athletics. He says “it’s pretty clear though that you couldn’t go on forever postponing an Olympic Games. There comes a point where you do have to start posing questions. I hope we’re a little way off that yet.”IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last month when the delay was announced that the Tokyo Games would not be held beyond the summer of 2021.Coe also says he doesn’t “know enough to even speculate about vaccines.”Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said Tuesday it would be difficult to hold the Olympics unless effective vaccines are developed.___ The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same.___The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation.Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. They say they “preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation.” ___The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.”He adds that he sees “the path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrower” and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams “I would be thinking about next season.” April 29, 2020 Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.”This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more