first_imgTony award-winning musical In The Heights will receive its London premiere in The Large at Southwark Playhouse. Directed by Luke Sheppard and choreographed by Drew McOnie, the new production will begin performances May 9, with press night set for May 15.Featuring a Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda with a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. The show opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in February 2008 and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, winning four for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It was also nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the Heights follows the story of three days in the life of Washington Heights, a tightknit community at the top of Manhattan.Full casting and creative team to be announced in due course. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

first_img June 1, 2002 Regular News June 1, 2002 Letters Same As It Ever Was Regrettably, it seems some things never change. When I was the executive director and general counsel of The West Virginia State Bar in the mid-1970s, more than 80 percent of the complaints against our members involved failure to communicate or inadequate communications with clients. And, my fellow members of the National Organization of Bar Counsel reported similar results.According to the article “ACAP helps lawyers and clients sort through their differences” in the April 15 News, “program statistics show that a majority of caller complaints boils down to a lack of communication between attorney and client.” It is ironic that American’s “mouthpieces” are all too often silent when it comes to those they represent. Duke Nordlinger Stern St. Petersburg Southern Legal Counsel There is an old saying which goes something like “there is no limit to what one can accomplish if one doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”Alice Nelson was kind enough to send us a copy of an article in the March 15 News on Southern Legal Counsel. I’d like to add a bit of background to the founding of SLC.The McIntosh Foundation was started by my parents, both Republicans, in New York in 1949. Upon graduation from high school in 1952, my present was a lifetime membership in the Sierra Club.In 1971, upon the death of my mother, I became president of the foundation. A year later, my wife and I moved to Palm Beach County from New York, bringing the foundation with us. At that point, we were a very small foundation casting about on how we might “add to the whole.”In the summer of 1971, we met a young man (John Adams) who, with the help of a senior partner in Simpson, Thatcher (NYC) and the Ford Foundation, had started, along with others, a public interest law firm called the Natural Resources Defense Council. He suggested that by using the law, we might leverage our funds to accomplish more than our modest means might reasonably be expected to accomplish.Consequently, we gave a multiple-year grant to NRDC which, at that point, doubled their budget. Shortly thereafter, we were approached by James Moorman, then executive director of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earth Justice) and subsequently gave them a grant for other conservation/environmental work.Early in 1972, we read of the Nixon administration’s impounding of congressionally approved funds. This not only seemed wrong to us (bad public policy) but also appeared to be a perfect type of public interest issue for litigation.We first approached several large law schools in the Northeast about taking on the project. However, we soon got turned off by their “be happy we are even willing to let you in the door” reception to our ideas.At that point my wife, who is a graduate of the University of Florida, suggested that rather than butting our heads against the likes of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, et al., I talk to her alma mater. Fortunately I listened to her, called Dick Julin, made an appointment, and subsequently met with him to explain the project we had in mind.Fortunately the timing couldn’t have been better. At that point, Julin had been looking for a vehicle to create a clinical education project at the University of Florida Law School, had the “perfect” fellow to run it (Jon Mills), and thought the impoundment project (basically a legal v. a political issue) as good as any to start with.In 1972, we made a grant to the law school of $87,000 (over $400,000 over the following years) and the Center for Governmental Responsibility was underway.The eventual founding of Southern Legal Counsel as an offshoot of the Center for Governmental Responsibility was inevitable (i.e. , one can’t take a handful of bright, dedicated students, get them involved in interesting issues, and not expect they are going to want to see/participate in some “action”). Michael A. McIntosh Alice K. Nelson Washington, D.C.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Old Westbury man has admitted to ripping off at least 40 investors in a $96 million Ponzi scheme that authorities called “one of the largest investment frauds in Long Island history.”Brian Callahan pleaded guilty Tuesday at Central Islip federal court to securities fraud and wire fraud. The 44-year-old fraudster faces up to 40 years in prison, plus restitution.“Through lies and deceit, he misled investors and stole investor funds, including investments from a local fire department, to support a lavish lifestyle,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said Callahan told victims that their money would be invested in mutual funds, hedge funds and other securities, but he instead diverted money from four different investment funds that he managed to buy expensive cars, homes in Old Westbury and Westhampton and a Montauk resort he co-owned between 2006 and 2012.Investigators described that resort, Panoramic View, as “an unprofitable 117-unit beachfront resort development,” which he owned with his brother-in-law, Adam Manson, who pleaded not guilty. His case is pending.Callahan covered up the scheme by hiding the money in six offshore accounts, lying to the victims about the nature of the investments, and sending fake account statements to investors that falsely showed that their funds were invested and performing well, authorities said.last_img read more

first_imgEngland head coach Phil Neville said: “While I am disappointed for our fans and players, I fully respect Norway’s decision not to travel. These are still challenging times where health and safety for all is the most important thing to consider.“We will still look to get the squad together for the final time this year, and continue the work we have been doing in integrating younger players and building for the future.”This is a breaking football news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.- Advertisement – England Women’s home match against Norway, due to be played on Tuesday December 1 in Sheffield, has been cancelled because of coronavirus considerations.The Norwegian Football Federation has confirmed its squad cannot travel due to coronavirus considerations and instead the Lionesses will hold a training camp.- Advertisement – Sky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.Visit or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgMcConnell abused power on court pickHugh Hewitt is certainly entitled to his opinion, but it was shocking to me that a law professor would call Sen. Mitch McConnell’s decision to refuse to allow a vote on a Supreme Court nominee “a bold move on behalf of the Constitution.”The U.S. Supreme Court is not elected by the people of the United States. The right, ethical and legal move should have been to have the lawfully elected president make the nomination and to have the U.S. Senate vote on the nomination. This was clearly an abuse of power on the part of McConnell.Christine RootBallston SpaDoesn’t president’s character matter?From Mr. Trump we learn many things, not the least of which is that you cannot run our country like a business (as he suggests) and still call ourselves a democracy.Democracy demands cooperation and the rule-of-law. Running a business does not. Our democracy is fragile and requires hard work from our president, not the betrayal of it that Trump delivers. We must choose one or the other. We cannot have both.Like every president, Mr. Trump does some things right and some wrong. We must decide if his successes are worth the harm he causes.Does it not matter the character of the man, the way he talks to people, his cruelty, his unconscionable behavior towards women that we’ve seen with our own eyes? What about his bizarre connection to Putin? That he didn’t dare appear, under oath, before the Mueller committee because he rarely speaks without lying. And it cannot be so, as he claims, that it’s all fake news, a hoax or a witch hunt.How is it possible to excuse such bad behavior because of the few things he does right? Surely, we can do better.The character of the man or woman matters. Jimmy Carter does it for me. No need to care for his politics. Just some of his integrity and honesty would be welcomed the next time around.Livia CarrollSchenectadyDemocrats doing a poor job for countryHere we go again. First, it’s the wall. Now it’s a phone call. Who cares? Why should we be giving our money away to Ukraine anyway? The Democrats still can’t believe that they lost the election to a businessman. Get over it.Now they’re televising the impeachment proceedings. Bloomberg wants in. Hillary might be coming back. Wake up America.I really think it may be time to clean the House. They clearly are not doing the job they were elected to do. The Democrats can’t figure out who’s gonna go up against the president. It’s like an Abbott and Costello routine. Who’s on first.Unemployment is still down. The stock market keeps setting record numbers, and the interest rates are down. The really sad part is the Speaker of the House hates seeing this, and so does her senior sidekick.All I can say is thank God there’s an independent line.Jim PrattBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Early removal of Trump requires alignment of the mathematics, physics and politics of impeachment. The Senate trial math is simple. Conviction will require votes of 67 jurors, two-thirds of 100 senators.The physics simply involve resolution of two forces, yea versus nay. In 2020, 23 of 53 Republican senators’ terms will expire. The other 30 have two or four more years. With 47 Democrats, some 77 senators are beyond Trump jury tampering.A pattern of impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors already is evident. Many Republicans, however, demand even higher crimes and misdemeanors. All 47 Democrats are likely to vote to convict. Conviction then would require just 20 of 53 Republicans who respect the Constitution.As numerous permutations lead to removal; the politics are complicated. Some will overlook Trump’s indiscretions, spiraling instability and pursuit of his political interests over national interests. Some will overlook national security risks.With increasing Independent support, however, 20 or more Republicans might prioritize nation over party. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside.He is more likely to burnish than to tarnish the Roberts Court’s reputation in U.S. history.Roberts should instruct senators to decide only on guilt or innocence, and not revisit the House’s (constitutional) impeachability judgment. He should allow anonymous voting to reduce improper defendant pressure on Republican jurors.Trump cannot afford to risk conviction without a deal for (at least) a federal pardon. Opposing forces therefore seem likely to resolve toward resignation. Resignation would best serve Trump, our nation and our democracy.Dr. Robert A. MichaelsNiskayunaGrateful to students for support of vetsOn Nov. 8 my wife and I and our good friends attended a Veterans Day ceremony at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.And once again the senior class did a wonderful job. It started with some students presenting the colors. That was followed by the band playing patriotic songs. Next, the students gave very heartfelt speeches.But the highlight was at the end of the ceremony when the entire senior class shook the hands of all the veterans and their families. Another highlight was the wonderful breakfast provided to the veterans and their families. I would like to once again thank the senior class and staff of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School for a job well done. Go Spartans.Chip BowlesRotterdamArticle on gold mines was filled with flawsThe New York Times Service article “Hidden cost of gold: Birth defects and brain damage” by Richard C. Paddock has many errors.I compare to 2017 UN report ISSN 978-92-807-3665-6 on mercury through 2015, with specific references to Indonesia.1: Miner Cece Rifa’I claims distilling a tonne (t) of mercury in a day in his backyard furnace. Hyperbole? Per the UN, a major legal Indonesian smelting operation estimated it generates 4-5 tonnes a week.2: “Yuyun, the environmentalist” (Who?) estimates 10,000t a year illicit Indonesian mercury production, exporting two-thirds. Per the UN, world demand in 2015 was 4700t. Indonesia’s 6600t export is 140 percent of the world demand. Home use is another 3400t. Total- 210 percent of global demand without legal production. The UN estimates Indonesia’s 2015 exports at 285t.3: It can take 5 to a high 20 grams of Hg per gram of gold when used in mining. For Paddock’s reported of $5 billion per year of illicit Indonesian gold, I calculate 513t to 2050t of mercury ($1500/oz gold). The UN estimated 2015 Indonesian mining used of 210t-620t.Ending the terrible consequences of mercury pollution to those both near and far from the Indonesian sources is imperative. But haphazard use of questionable data undermines the veracity of the whole article. Please fact check and rewrite so we can fully support the story.Kenneth FisherSchenectadyMake effort to keep pedestrians safeDuring this season of increased darkness, each of us needs to think about safety.If you’re walking your dog, walking or running, please make sure you are wearing reflective gear, headlamps and blinking lights on your back. Without these items, you are invisible to drivers.In addition, stay on the left side of the road, and when cars approach, form a single file.At the same time, we drivers need to obey traffic laws and slow down.I run regularly in predawn darkness with my friends. In the last two weeks, two of our runners almost got hit by cars who blew through stop signs. Let’s each take a moment and think about how we can work toward keeping everyone safe. Hitting a pedestrian or runner is the last thing any of us wants to experience.Tina LeeNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s road could lead to resignationlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 1:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Unai Emery believes mitigating factors have hampered Arsenal this season (Getty Images)Unai Emery believes multiple issues away from the pitch have been responsible for Arsenal’s poor performances this season.The Spaniard is under huge pressure having guided the Gunners to just one win in their last five Premier League games.Arsenal are already six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and fans are calling on the club to sack Emery just 18 months after he replaced Arsene Wenger as manager.Emery, however, feels incidents at the club including the attempted robbery involving Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny’s decision to go on strike in order to force through a transfer before the season had begun, and Granit Xhaka’s clash with supporters have had an impact on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny went on strike to leave Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.‘The circumstances with Ozil, Kolasinac, Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem.‘Then Xhaka’s circumstances.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery also conceded that his Arsenal players had failed to follow his game plan.‘We are not playing really with a good performance to impose our idea, impose our capacity on each match,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I said to them we rarely lost at home but we didn’t impose as I want and will want in the next matches in our process.‘It’s a process we need to do with the players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery explains reasons why Arsenal have struggled this seasonlast_img read more

first_imgDixon is backing Wenger’s first title winners against the 2004 side (Picture: Allsport)Asked how previous Arsenal sides compared to the 2004 title winners, Dixon told Premier League Productions: ‘Look I didn’t play in that team- It was a brilliant teamAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I watched them throughout that season and I wanted them to go undefeated because they deserved to but I honestly think the best team I played in was the 1998 team.‘If we played the ‘Invincibles’ ten times and there were no draws, we’d win 6-4.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsLiverpool’s defeat was certainly celebrated wildly in the red half of north London.Arsenal ended their unbeaten season on 90 points but Liverpool are on course to smash that total.Jurgen Klopp’s side already have 79 points and have ten matches to surpass the record tally set by Manchester City in 2018 with 100 points.MORE: Romelu Lukaku snubs Paul Pogba as he names Kevin De Bruyne as the best midfielder he’s played with Lee Dixon has had his say on Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ (Picture: DAZN)Arsenal legend Lee Dixon insists Arsene Wenger’s 1998 title-winning team would beat the Gunners’ famous ‘Invincibles’ side.Liverpool’s defeat to Watford last Sunday brought the Reds’ 44-match unbeaten run to an end and ensured Arsenal remain the only side to go through a single season undefeated.Arsenal’s 03/04 side is often pitted against the likes of Manchester United 98/99, Chelsea 04/05 and Manchester City 17/18 in the argument for the greatest side in Premier League history. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 2:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Comment Lee Dixon claims Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ are NOT the best team in Premier League history Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis house is a hole in one!00:58A dilapidated pre-war worker’s cottage in East Brisbane has been transformed into a colossal five-bedroom, contemporary home with a multi-hole putting green above the garage.Owner and builder Darren Crowe and his wife Laura acquired 6 Heidelberg Street in 2003 after coming across it by accident while going to look at another property in Hawthorne.“I was on my way home and there was a traffic jam and so I turned up a side street and there it was,” Mr Crowe said. “There was some scaffolding on the site so I climbed the scaffolding and thought ’wow’ look at that view. And I basically went from there.”MORE NEWSDarius and Kayla Boyd’s amazing new home revealedThe most viewed homes in QueenslandBizarre bubble house in Brisbane gaining global attentionThe house was once a two-bedroom worker’s cottage.6 Heidelberg Street, East BrisbaneAt the time the house was considered to be one of the worst house in the street, but that did not put Mr Crowe off. With the help of an architect, he set about turning the run-down cottage into the family’s dream home.A labour of love for Mr Crowe for the past 17 years, the home’s crowning glory has to be the addition of a three-hole putting green on the roof of the garage.A keen golfer, Mr Crowe said he found playing a full round physically taxing, so the green was a way for him to keep his hand in the game by allowing him to practise his putting.“I think my stroke has definitely improved,” he laughed.A sunken spa on the rear deck offers spectacular city views.The course is likely one of the best-kept around with Mr Crowe taking meticulous care of it.“I love golf but I also love my grass, so I get out there with my cylinder mower and look after it.“It’s also great for the grandchildren, who love having a play around on it at Christmas time.”Unrecognisable from the poky two-bedroom cottage it once was, inside, the house has vast open-plan living spaces in luxury and contemporary finishes spread over three storeys.The lower level is taken up by the garage which has the space to accommodate four cars with ease.There are multiple living spaces throughout the house.On the middle level are three of the home’s five bedrooms, alongside a large dining space and bar, which spill out onto an alfresco area and a saltwater pool with a fountain. A laundry, loo and storage cupboards fill the remaining space. Via an internal staircase or external spiral staircase, you choose, you can ascend to the upper storey. The internal staircase lands you in the main kitchen, dining and living areas, while the external staircase will take you to the upper balcony.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe house’s renovation has been a source of interest to local residents.The remaining two bedrooms are also on this floor, at opposite ends of the house, and with the main leading on to a private corner of the rear deck where there is a spa in which you can sit to take in panoramic views of the city and Story Bridge.If you’re thinking all those stairs sound cumbersome, a dumb waiter services the entire threelevels, so no lugging your groceries up from the garage to the kitchen.A dumb waiter services all three levels of the home.Gunther Behrendt of McGrath Bulimba, who is co-handling the sale of the property with associate Ben Cannon, said the house’s transformation has been a source of interest and admiration for local residents over the years.“I’ve had several locals tell me it’s wonderful to see the home completed after knowing what was here before,” Mr Behrendt said, “and that the history of the cottage has been preserved for future generations.”The house is set to go under the hammer at 10am on Saturday, September 5.FOLLOW COURIER MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews Project to reduce anti-social behavior among Dominican youth to be launched by: – February 13, 2012 Sharecenter_img 20 Views   no discussions Tweet St. Alphonsus Scout Troop. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe Dominica Scout Association will officially launch a project towards reducing ant-social behavior among the island’s youth on Monday.The project dubbed “Reducing Deviance in Our Youth Through Scouting” is the brain child of Chief Scout Commissioner Bonti Liverpool, and was submitted to the Messenger of Peace Program of the World Scout Federation with the assistance of the Operations Executive of the Inter-American Scout Regional Officer Ron Richardson.The Messenger of Peace programme is a 10 year initiative for the 161 member countries of the World Organization of the Scout Movement to involve individual scouts as well as National Scout Associations from all regions in peace building activities.Liverpool says the Dominica venture is a pilot project involving six schools in the Roseau area in three orientation camps, five deviance reduction workshops, five building construction workshops, six bi-monthly community monitoring exercises, two post-camp workshops to review and consolidate progress, culminating with a rally, fiesta and exhibition.“The launching will bring together Civil Service Mandarins, Commanders of the Uniformed Groups, captains of industry and commerce, trade union bosses, top educations, religious leaders, and leaders of civic society as scouting seeks to lead the charge in preserving not only the ecological environments, but also the social environment, partnering with the drug and alcohol treatment center, WISDOM TO KNOW, in its trust to provide Dominica with a drug free generation by year 2035, thus demonstrating the realness of its being a Messenger of Peace,” he added.The event is carded for 5pm at the Fort Young Hotel.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more