Cheyenne Jackson, Mary-Louise Parker & More to Serve on 2014-15 Tony Nominating Committee

first_imgThe Tonys may have just happened on Sunday, but it’s time to start thinking about next year! The nominating committee for the 2014-15 Tony Awards has been announced. Among the returning members are Cheyenne Jackson, playwright Stephen Karam, John Leguizamo and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker. New names include Tony winner Debra Monk and director Susan H. Schulman. Tony nominators attend every Broadway production and select Tony nominees at the end of the season.The complete nominating committee for the 2014-15 Broadway season is as follows (* indicates new members):Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, The Vineyard TheatreArin Arbus, Associate Artistic Director, Theatre for a New AudienceIra Bernstein, former producer/general manager/stage manager/casting directorSusan Birkenhead, lyricistMark Brokaw, Artistic Director, Yale Institute for Music Theatre/Director*Barry Brown, retired Broadway producerDonald Byrd, choreographerBen Cameron, Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, NYMary Schmidt Campbell, Dean, Tisch School of the ArtsVeronica Claypool, arts management consultant, Full Circle Management 
Group/former GM*Paul Cremo, dramaturg/Director of Opera Commissioning Program, The Metropolitan 
OperaJohn Darnton, former Cultural Editor, The New York TimesJacqueline Z. Davis, Executive Director, The NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln 
CenterRick Elice, playwright*Harvey Evans, actor*Paul Gallo, lighting designerKent Gash, director/Founding Director of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on 
BroadwayLiza Gennaro, choreographer*Jenny Gersten, Executive Director, Friends of the High LineAdam Guettel, composer/lyricistWendall K. Harrington, projection designer/lecturerPhilip Himberg, Artistic Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program*Jack Hofsiss, theater/film/television directorAnn Hould-Ward, costume designerJulie Hughes, former casting directorCheyenne Jackson, actorStephen Karam, playwrightCorby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic MagazineDick Latessa, actorJohn Leguizamo, actor/playwright*Kate Levin, Cultural Assets Management Principal, Bloomberg Associates*Reynold Levy, former President of Lincoln Center for the Performing ArtsSara Lukinson, documentary film producer/television writer*Patricia Marx, American humorist and writer/former television writerMarsha Mason, actor/playwright*Jim McLaughlin, former producer, CBS News/TV feature and documentary producer*Roger Morgan, lighting designer/theater designer*Debra Monk, actor*Katherine Oliver, media and entertainment executive*Christian Parker, Associate Artistic Director at Atlantic Theater Company/Chair, Columbia MFA 
Theatre ProgramMary-Louise Parker, actor*Ravi S. Rajan, Dean, School of the Arts – SUNY PurchaseNigel Redden, General Director, Spoleto Festival USA/Director, Lincoln Center Festival*Susan H. Schulman, director/President, Stage Directors & Choreographers SocietyArlene Shuler, President & CEO, New York City CenterScott Schwartz, directorLinda Shelton, Executive Director, Joyce Theater Foundation*Wynn Thomas, production designerRobin Wagner, scenic designer*Preston Whiteway, Executive Director, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Star Files Mary-Louise Parkercenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Watch Three Broadway-Bound Illusionists Blow Your Mind

first_img View Comments Related Shows An anti-conjurer, a futurist and an inventor walked into Radio City Music Hall on August 20. And it was f**king terrifying. Dan Sperry, Adam Trent and Kevin James, three members of The Illusionists, took to the America’s Got Talent stage at Radio City and gave a taste of the tricks they will have up their sleeves when they take their talents to Broadway this fall. Check out their AGT performance below, complete with a very literal take on “stage to screen,” a few rapidly multiplying doves and a guy who you would absolutely not want to be your surgeon, then see them at the Marquis Theatre from November 26. The Illusionists Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

National Champions

first_imgThe names are different, but the results are the same for Tift County’s 4-H poultry judging team — another national championship.Ben Branch, Carolina Carter, Michaela Lubbers and Miles McDonald, members of Tift County’s 4-H Poultry Judging Team led Tift County to its third national championship in four years in Louisville Ky. on Thursday.“It is a great accomplishment,” said Brian Tankersley, Tift County Extension coordinator. “The kids worked hard on winning the national competition against 21 other states across the country. They did a great job.”Tankersley helps coach the team, along with Tift County Extension 4-H Agent Ashley Davis and volunteer George Lee. This year was Davis’ first with the Tift County team. She couldn’t have scripted a better finish.“It’s probably the most amazing feeling,” Davis said. “I’m just proud to be a part of Tift County and the tradition that Tift County has. Just to sit at that table (Thursday) night brought tears to my eyes to see the joy in my kids. It means a lot.”Poultry judging includes evaluating live birds and production hens, identifying parts of a bird (ready to cook) and judging eggs. Preparing for national competition involved extensive practices, sometimes three times a week.“It’s pretty rigorous practices. We were practicing even when we were in Louisville. We held practice in the back of the bus. He held up a chicken carcass and we did ready to cook right out of the back of the bus,” Davis said. “We would break out eggs in the back of the bus. It takes a lot to get to where we came from (Thursday night).”Team member Miles McDonald concurs with his coach.“It’s extremely difficult. We practice sometimes three times a week, every week in spring, late into summer all the way up until now, we’ve been practicing, getting ready for this,” said McDonald, a junior at Tift County High School.McDonald earned high overall individual judger honors, high overall market production eggs and tied with team member Michaela Lubbers for high overall identification for ready to cook.A sophomore, Lubbers placed sixth in judging live birds and second in overall judging. She was ecstatic when talking about how the team’s hard work paid off.“To some degree you never really expect it, but then what would you do if you didn’t? It’s just a really awesome feeling,” Lubbers said. “The trip was worth every moment of work in of itself.” Caroline Carter, a junior, placed third overall in the national competition and in the top three in market poultry division. Ben Branch, a junior, finished twelfth in high individual overall and was second high overall in market eggs.For more about Georgia 4-H programs, like poultry judging teams, see the website Georgia4H.org.last_img read more

South Africa, A Country With Eleven Different Words For “Soccer”

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2010 In the history of the World Cup, South Africa is the host country with the most official languages, eleven of them, so that fans will be able to hear the word “soccer” said in a variety of ways between now and 11 July. In addition to its eleven official languages, South Africa also recognizes another eight “national languages.” Among the official languages, two are Indo-European languages, English and Afrikaans (very similar to Dutch), while the other nine are members of the Bantu language family: Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Suazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. In this way, when talking about soccer during the World Cup, the subject will be ‘football’ (English), ‘sokker’ (Afrikaans), or ‘ibhola’ (Zulu), to mention only the three languages most widely known in the country. The languages most spoken by the South African population (45 million people) are Zulu (23.8%), Xhosa (17.6%), and Afrikaans (13.3%). English is only the sixth most common native language in the country with 8.2% of the total, descendants of the British colonizers who arrived at the beginning of the nineteenth century. A third of the white population uses English, 10% of the mixed-race population, and 60% of the Asian population. Nonetheless, English is understood in most urban areas and is the predominant language in government and the media, and a third of the population can communicate in English. Afrikaans, a language derived from Dutch, is the majority language in the western third of the country and is spoken by the majority of whites (60%) and by 90% of the ‘colored’ (mixed-race) population. It is also widely used throughout the center and north of the country, as a second (or third or even fourth) language for South Africans living in agricultural areas. This language is spoken or understood by a quarter of the population (almost the entirety of the white and ‘colored’ communities and certain minorities among the black and Asian communities) and is the second most common language of communication, after English and before Zulu. Zulu is spoken by 10,677,000 people, while Xhosa, Nelson Mandela’s native language, is used by 7,907,000 and Afrikaans by 5,983,000. English is the native language of 3,673,000 people. Afrikaans evolved from the language spoken by the Dutch colonists who arrived in the seventeenth century and inhabited the Cape Colony. Over time, the language acquired characteristics of its own, assimilating vocabulary from English, Malay, Portuguese, and the Zulu languages of the natives of the region.last_img read more

Nicaragua and Costa Rica Will Coordinate Anti-Drug Fight

first_imgBy Dialogo April 26, 2011 Nicaraguan and Costa Rican officials agreed on 12 April, in a brief meeting at the border, to establish liaisons in the anti-drug fight and to meet on 5 May in Guatemala, despite the border litigation in which the two countries are in conflict. “Both parties agreed to have a liaison mechanism on security issues,” announced Mexican vice foreign minister Rubén Beltrán, who participated in the bilateral dialogue, the first in almost three years, as a “facilitator,” along with his Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Morales. The liaisons in the anti-drug fight, the vice ministers Carlos José Najar (Nicaragua) and Walter Navarro (Costa Rica), will meet in Guatemala on 5 May to continue binational cooperation, according to a joint statement signed at the meeting held at the Peñas Blancas border crossing. “It’s an important step that we’ve succeeded in setting up liaison instances,” Najar declared, although both sides said that the border dispute continues. This was “a small, constructive step toward reestablishing trust, but I think that it doesn’t resolve the (border) problem; the problem continues,” the head of the Costa Rican delegation, vice foreign minister Carlos Roverssi, said. “The fruit of that work is the statement that was just signed. We reiterate Nicaragua’s political will to seek ways to implement the 8 March rulings by the International Court of Justice,” the head of the Nicaraguan delegation, vice foreign minister Orlando Gómez, stated. The meeting was held at tables set up in the road at the border. “The message to Central America, the message to the (Latin American) region, is that there is dialogue (…) and there is political will” to continue talking, Beltrán said. The meeting was aimed at coordinating efforts against the gangs of drug traffickers operating in the isolated and uninhabited border area of forests and wetlands near the Caribbean, where the small territory in dispute between San José and Managua is located. Like the rest of Central America, the two countries are used as points of passage by gangs of traffickers moving drugs from South America to North America. The last binational meeting took place on 3 and 4 October 2008 in San José, and the vice foreign ministers participated.last_img read more

Seduced by China, Central America Overlooks Risks

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo September 21, 2018 China’s advance into the Central American region is undeniable. In the last decade, half of the countries belonging to the Central American Integration System (SICA, in Spanish) broke off relations with Taiwan to establish diplomatic ties with China. The rational of Central American presidents is the same: The Asian nation offers a myriad of business opportunities. Nevertheless, Chinese interests in the region go far beyond trade; its expansion strategy poses risks that are rarely discussed. According to professor Carlos Murillo, researcher at the National University of Costa Rica’s School of International Relations, to understand the role China wants to play in Central America means being aware that the Asian country’s intentions are no longer simply to steal partners from Taiwan. Rather, China’s plan is to increase its influence in strategic areas worldwide, allowing it to consolidate political and military power. “China is going through a commercial and economic expansion phase, which is characteristic of powers aspiring to global hegemony in the early stage of establishing a political, strategic, and military presence. This is evidenced by its search for ports to project China’s naval power and its participation in Russian military maneuvers,” Murillo said. “Beijing understands that Central America and the Caribbean are the United States’ backyard, and it intends to increase its presence not only to develop diplomatic relations and export large quantities of goods, but also to forge strategic ties with armed forces and other key sectors.” Alejandro Barahona, a political scientist with a Master in International Relations at the University of Costa Rica, agrees with Murillo that Central America’s strategic location is what interests China the most. “Central America has a geostrategic position between North America and South America and between Europe, Africa, and Asia; this is very important,” Barahona said. “It’s also in the Panama Canal’s approach area and in the traditional area of U.S. influence.” In the region, China showed the most interest in Panama, establishing relations in June 2017. The reason is clear: A great deal of the world’s trade goes through the Panama Canal, a vital economic and military hub. Chinese conglomerates are building container terminals, ports, cruise terminals, and a thermal power plant near the canal. A Chinese holding also won the bid to build a fourth bridge across the canal. In addition, the Chinese embassy in Panama would be located in Calzada de Amador, an area adjacent to the canal that was once under U.S. control when the country managed the crossing between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. On September 7, 2018, the U.S. consulted its chargé d’affaires in Panama, Roxanne Cabral, about the relationship between the Central American nation and China. It also summoned U.S. ambassadors in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, the other SICA member-countries that along with Costa Rica have diplomatic ties with the Asian country. Double-edged loans Juan Carlos Hidalgo, public policy analyst for Latin America at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., said Central American countries should consider the risk that Chinese infrastructure loans are not always as advantageous as they seem. In other regions, the Asian country used these loans to subject countries to its own interests and manage their strategic infrastructure, such as ports and railroads. “What people should be careful about, as we saw in Africa and South Asia, is that China seeks economic relations that aren’t transparent,” Hidalgo said. “There are well-founded allegations that China promotes an irresponsible indebtedness to fund infrastructure projects. China offers unfavorable loans to developing countries that, in the long run, cannot repay their debts and consequently become vassal states. In many cases, China takes over important economic and military infrastructure.” China uses this strategy with many countries that are part of a project known as “the new silk road,” a Chinese government’s initiative to connect Asia, Oceania, Europe, and Africa by way of roads, railroads, and oil and gas pipelines. Countries that are part of the route, such as Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Montenegro, Mongolia, Djibouti, and Sri Lanka, are indebted to China to develop projects and now face serious financial problems, or had to hand over the management of strategic infrastructure to China. For example, Sri Lanka was unable to repay a loan of $1.4 billion, forcing it to hand over control of its strategic Hambantota port for 99 years. In April 2018, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, warned about the indebtedness China generates with these projects. “It may cause a problematic increase of debt, challenging the balance of payment of many countries,” she said. Breeding ground for corruption According to analysts, another risk is China’s management of “economic aid” and the way it carries out business. Chinese practices can be an ideal breeding ground for corruption. “A great deal of the influence earned based on economic aid ends up fueling corruption in ruling classes,” Hidalgo said. “Economic aid of this kind never ended well in Latin America.” For example, Costa Rica is investigating alleged irregularities in a contract the country signed to build an oil refinery with Chinese funding. Some irregularities include the conduct of the environmental survey, salary bonuses to 26 Asian executives, travel expenses, meetings, business lunches, and houses rented to Chinese employees. Other, more subtle forms of corruption are changes in foreign policy due to the relationship with the Asian nation. “The relationship with China often led authorities to compromise their foreign policy, such as on the defense of human rights or democracy,” Barahona said.last_img read more

Cuomo Takes Aim at Public Corruption

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during press conference announcing Public Trust Act.New York’s top elected official is now setting his sights on the next crisis at hand—public corruption.Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday joined a team of district attorneys from across the state, including Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in proposing the Public Trust Act, which would empower local prosecutors and creates a new class of public corruption crimes.“Over the past few days there have been several charges brought against public officials,” the governor said. “They span city and state government, they span Democrats and Republicans and they paint a truly ugly picture of our political landscape.”“I’d like to say that this is an unprecedented situation, that public corruption is a new problem, but it isn’t,” he added. “And in many ways that’s what makes it worse. There have been too many incidents for too many years.”Under the proposed legislation, which the governor will try to push through during this legislative session, there will be new crimes for violating public trust. The new class of crimes would include bribery of a public servant, corrupting the government and failure to report public corruption. The penalties also call for a lifetime ban from government for anyone who has been convicted of public corruption.“Prosecutors need better tools to hold public officials accountable when they betray the public’s trust,” Rice said in a statement, noting that the “proposal provides a much-needed overhaul to New York’s public corruption laws so we can better investigate and prosecute those who defraud the taxpayers, while strengthening the penalties for those who abuse their office.”The proposal comes one week after State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) was arrested on bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly bribing Republican leaders in an attempt to get his name on the GOP line in the New York City mayoral race.And on Thursday, Assemb. Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx), was arrested and charged with conspiracy and bribery. Prosecutors accused Stevenson of taking more than $22,000 in bribes to write legislation.“If you are a public official and if you break the law you will get caught, you will be prosecuted and you will go to jail,” said Cuomo.The governor acknowledged that he would “like to strike while the iron is hot,” a tactic that he just recently used to pass tougher gun control laws after the Newtown, Conn. shooting.The Public Trust Act would increase bribery penalties and it would for the first time make it a crime for any public official or employee to fail to report bribery.last_img read more

Roslyn Hit-and-run Driver Leaves Man Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 51-year-old man was struck and seriously wounded by a hit-and-run driver in Roslyn on Monday evening, Nassau County police said.The victim was crossing Northern Boulevard when he was struck by an eastbound navy blue, late model Mercedes Benz driven by a suspect who continued without stopping shortly after 6 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a head injury. The vehicle sustained front end damage and is missing the driver side view mirror.Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding the above incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Levittown Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when Nassau County police said he struck and killed an 81-year-old man in Levittown early Tuesday morning.James Taggart of Levittown was driving his Chevrolet Geo Prism on Hempstead Turnpike when he hit Robert Chapman Sr., who was walking southbound across the roadway just west of Gardiners Avenue at 5:45 a.m., police said.The victim was pronounced at scene.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the suspect’s vehicle for safety inspections while the investigation is continuing.Taggart was charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

Tioga Downs Racetrack to close in October if state doesn’t let it open

first_imgNICHOLS (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Racetrack, LLC says it will close by Oct. 1 if not allowed to reopen by the state, according to a manager with the company. The WARN notice was issued on July 13. A WARN notice filed with the New York State Department of Labor says more than 600 employees would be affected by the closure if it happens.center_img The letter states “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19” as the reason for the possible closure of the business.last_img