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Broadway Grosses: The Book of Mormon Hasn’t Turned It Off Yet

Broadway Grosses: The Book of Mormon Hasn’t Turned It Off Yet

first_imgNic Rouleau in ‘The Book of Mormon'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments The Book of Mormon is showing no sign of turning it off just yet. The Tony-winning musical, now in its sixth year, has managed to float comfortably above the $1 million mark and consistently plays to SRO. Meanwhile, Hamilton took the number one spot by gross and capacity. While this decade’s two biggest hits earned top marks on the boards this week, the ‘80s continued its resurgence of Broadway as Cats and Les Miserables surpassed $1 million. The latter plays its final performance on September 4 and was one of just four shows to see an uptick from the previous week. Two others were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which will also close on September 4, and Finding Neverland, which took its last bow on August 21.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 21:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,065,377)2. The Lion King ($2,048,009)3. Wicked ($1,575,605)4. Aladdin ($1,561,265)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,258,954)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Humans ($502,873)4. Jersey Boys ($478,475)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($470,403)2. Fun Home ($374,432)1. An Act of God ($300,226)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Hamilton (101.75%)2. The Book of Mormon (101.68%)3. Les Miserables (99.57%)4. The Lion King (99.15%)5. Aladdin (97.22%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Something Rotten! (61.41%)4. Fiddler on the Roof (61.28%)3. Kinky Boots (59.57%)2. Jersey Boys (56.03%)1. On Your Feet! (53.93%)Source: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Pruning Patience

Pruning Patience

first_imgWith December’s temperatures mimicking spring in most parts of Georgia, it’s no wonder that so many landscape plants are confused. Last month, gardeners in all corners of the state saw their azaleas blooming and their spring flowering trees forming buds. Since then, winter weather has returned and damaged some of these early signs of life, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist Bodie Pennisi says there’s still hope for those way-too-early bloomers. The key is to be patient and wait to see what happens, according to Pennisi. This is a time for Zen gardening. Pruning now will not force the tree or shrub to make new blooms. If plants are pruned now, healthy blossoms, which will open later in the spring, may be removed, she said. “Nothing can be done for the buds that opened earlier than spring,” Pennisi said. “There are still unopened buds on these plants, so folks should still be able to enjoy spring blooms. There may be fewer blooms, but they will be there.” Spring-blooming trees and shrubs produce all of their flowering buds during the previous summer when they have energy to spare. The buds stay dormant in the tree or shrub through the winter until warmer weather triggers their release. Pruning spring-blooming shrubs now won’t reset the clock and force the tree to produce new buds in the spring, she said. Also, pruning in the winter leaves the plant open to disease, since it does not have the ready energy to heal its wounds quickly. For more information on caring for landscape plants after freezing weather, see the UGA Extension publication “Winter Protection of Ornamental Plants” at extension.uga.edu/publications/.last_img read more

U.S. solar prices continue falling despite tariffs

U.S. solar prices continue falling despite tariffs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A contraction in China’s solar market is blunting the Trump administration’s efforts to use tariffs to raise domestic equipment prices in hopes of spurring more U.S. manufacturing.Four months after President Donald Trump imposed duties on most imported solar cells and panels, Beijing in May moved to limit the pace of growth in the world’s biggest solar market in order to reduce subsidy costs and encourage industry consolidation. The lost demand has sent equipment prices tumbling.“In terms of equipment costs, we definitely are seeing spot prices … declining,” Edward Fenster, executive chairman of San Francisco-based rooftop solar developer Sunrun Inc., said on an Aug. 9 earnings call. “Panel prices on a spot basis are probably approximately back where they were a year ago prior to the run-up in price ahead of the Section 201 tariff,” he added, referring to the section of the Trade Act of 1974 that the administration is using to target foreign-made cells and panels.Dana Russel, CFO and executive vice president of Vivint Solar Inc. in Utah, said on an earnings call Aug. 7 that he has also seen module prices declining after a “slight increase” several months ago due to the U.S. tariffs.“The net result is that capital costs for solar projects in the U.S. have actually declined in recent months,” TerraForm Power Inc. CEO John Marcus Stinebaugh said on an Aug. 14 earnings call. TerraForm Power, based in New York City and majority-owned by Brookfield Asset Management Inc., had nearly 3,600 MW of renewable energy assets under management as of June 30.Edurne Zoco, head of solar research at IHS Markit, in June predicted that price reductions resulting from China’s new solar policies could undercut the economic rationale for manufacturing in America. While a number of foreign companies have announced plans to open plants in the U.S., Goldman Sachs analysts said “cyclical pricing pressures” and uncertainty about the timing of the tariff regime increase the risk of such an undertaking.More ($): Despite tariffs, solar panels getting cheaper in US U.S. solar prices continue falling despite tariffslast_img read more

Beer Blog: Sweetwater Road Trip Ale

Beer Blog: Sweetwater Road Trip Ale

first_imgSweetwater Road Trip AleI don’t care if it’s officially Spring—I’m not going paddling yet. I’ve got big plans for sessioning the French Broad outside of Asheville on a regular basis this Spring and Summer, but I’m gonna need the mercury to rise to at least 85 before I set the paddleboard in the water. I saw a friend on Facebook take a dip in the pool yesterday. She was fully clothed. It was 50 degrees. It’s kind of a thing—a ceremony to kiss winter goodbye and welcome the warmer weather. I like it.Here’s another Spring tradition I like—the release of light, easy drinking beers. All over the country, breweries are shedding their porters and stouts and malty ambers and showing off their lighter pales, pilsners and lagers. Sweetwater Brewing, out of Atlanta, has just released their latest Catch and Release Seasonal, the Road Trip Ale.Don’t let the name fool you—this is a German pilsner through and through. Road Trip has a strong lager profile, with a malty backbone and a clean, crisp mouthfeel. But Sweetwater brews it at a higher temperature like an ale, and adds a healthy dose of hops like an ale, so there’s a dry, slightly hoppy bitterness to the finish, and more floral, lemony notes than you’d expect from a pilsner. Let it warm a little in the glass, and it gets even more complex.There’s a trend of imperial lagers going around in the craft beer world, and this almost fits the bill. It’s a bit too subtle to fit into the imperial category, and the ABV hangs relatively low at 5.2 percent. You don’t really want an imperial lager anyway right now. You want what’s in the Road Trip bottle—a craft brewery’s take on the drinkable pilsner, perfect for those first forays into Spring.And if that’s not enough, Sweetwater is also releasing their uber popular 420 in a can. Is there anything better than a paddle down the river followed by a sixer of 420 cans? No, there isn’t.beerblog3-21last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Friends of Muir Valley Benefit, Rogers, Kentucky, Nov. 8

Weekend Pick: Friends of Muir Valley Benefit, Rogers, Kentucky, Nov. 8

first_imgmuir_valley1Photo Courtesy of Friends of the Muir ValleyWhether you already know and love the Muir Valley of Rogers, Kentucky or have yet to experience it, this Saturday will be the perfect opportunity to show this natural wonder some love. On November 8, come on out to the Friends of the Muir Valley Benefit at the Land of the Arches Campground to spend time in one of Eastern America’s best sites for climbing, hiking, and simply soaking in a beautiful landscape.Named after John Muir, climber extraordinaire of the 19th century, founder of the famous Sierra Club, and outdoor preservation hero, the Muir Valley occupies over 400 acres of Kentucky land and features sandstone cliffs renowned across the country for their size, beauty, and top-notch climbing quality. It’s an incredibly accessible window to the world of outdoor sports: climbers and hikers of all levels can enjoy the scene, and admission is completely free. But because the area does not have an entrance fee or any other regular revenue source, the Muir Valley needs a little help from the people that care about it.This benefit event will support the Friends of the Muir Valley, a group that works to raise money for the yearly operating and maintenance expenses that the Valley requires. The society is also working towards obtaining ownership of the Muir Valley, and truly making the Valley the property of its people. At the Friends of the Muir Valley Benefit, with only a $5 donation, you can help the Valley thrive.You’ll also have the opportunity to meet two determined climbers well on their way to making outdoor sports history. Mark and Janelle Smiley, a married couple intent on completing the “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America” will be available at the benefit to explain their experiences, talk about what the Muir Valley means to them, and enjoy the fun right along with you. The Smileys have already climbed forty-four of the fifty top routes across the country, and are on track to be the first to meet the full challenge.Join these accomplished climbers, as well as everyday outdoor enthusiasts, to appreciate the Muir Valley and give back to an irreplaceable natural gem.last_img read more

Get Outside to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast

Get Outside to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast

first_imgSouth Carolina’s Freshwater Coast was made for outdoor lovers. With over 100,000 acres of water, over 2,000 miles of shoreline, six state parks all situated on water, and more than 150 hiking and biking trails, we are the home base for the vacation of your dreams. Plan your next outdoor adventure to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast and experience the great outdoors along with authentic Southern hospitality.Begin your vacation at the National Wild Turkey Federation Visitor Center and Winchester Museum in Edgefield, South Carolina. This museum, the only one of its kind in the world, features dioramas and animatronics explaining hunting techniques and conservation efforts for the North American wild turkey. Learn more about this fascinating animal, and bring your kids! The museum is an exciting learning experience and fun for all ages. Plan your day around the many outdoor opportunities that abound in McCormick County, which is 90% contained in Sumter National Forest. The Long Cane Ranger District, the area of Freshwater Coast contained within Sumter National Forest, is home to the Forks Area Trail System, a nationally known mountain biking trail network designated as an “Epic Trail” by the International Mountain Biking Association. You’ll also find numerous hiking, boating, hunting and equestrian opportunities within Sumter National Forest.With six state parks to choose from on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, it might be difficult to decide which one to visit first. Hickory Knob features a resort and golf course, Lake Greenwood State Park has everything you need for a camping and fishing adventure. Head for Musgrove Mill and you’ll walk where war heroes walked, and then camp for the night in Baker Creek State Park on the shores of Lake Thurmond. Experience the serenity of Lake Russell at Calhoun Falls State Park, and the quiet, family friendly secluded campsites of Hamilton Branch State Park.If the outdoors is calling you, it’s time to plan your trip to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast.last_img read more

Jamaica Appoints Caribbean’s First Human Trafficking ‘Rapporteur’

Jamaica Appoints Caribbean’s First Human Trafficking ‘Rapporteur’

first_imgBy Dialogo April 07, 2015 “In addition, the National Rapporteur will … have the authority to obtain from the relevant authorities, including the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Anti-Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) Unit in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, any information necessary to carry out her stated duties; to conduct independent examinations/investigations of reports of alleged instances of human trafficking where the need arises; to report on violations, wherever they may occur, of the rights of victims, as well as discrimination, threats or use of violence, harassment, intimidation or reprisals directed at persons exercising these rights; and to provide an analytical overview of the situation in trafficking in an annual report to the Government of Jamaica.” Diahann Gordon Harrison, an attorney and former prosecutor who currently serves as Jamaica’s Children’s Advocate, was named the country’s National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons on March 10. “This appointment makes Jamaica the first Caribbean nation to embrace this approach; it is believed that this can only serve to enhance Jamaica’s anti-trafficking profile and exhibits the seriousness with which the Government of Jamaica regards this issue,” the Jamaican Ministry of National Security stated. “One of the primary functions of the National Rapporteur will be to create a more objective reporting system on the issue of trafficking in the country,” the Ministry reported. Human trafficking for forced labor or sexual exploitation is a global problem which generates as much as $32 billion (USD) in illegal profits every year, according to the United Nations, and has become the world’s fastest-growing transnational criminal enterprise. Jamaica has been lauded for efforts to combat human trafficking “These powers of the National Rapporteur are consistent with internationally accepted best practice and are parallel to National Rapporteur mechanisms in other jurisdictions.” Jamaica has been lauded for efforts to combat human trafficking The appointment of a National Rapporteur will help Jamaica’s efforts to help victims of human trafficking, especially children and teenagers. “Children and young people today are more exposed to the major problems of a growing population, there can be no future if there is no prevention and action,” said Guillermo Garduño, a security analyst at the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Mexico. “The appointment of this person is positive, she has experience in this regard. ” Jamaica has become the first Caribbean nation to appoint a national coordinator to assist in the battle against human trafficking and exploitation. Consequently, in 2014, the JCF – the island nation’s police force – reported that 27 trafficking victims had been rescued during the previous two years. There were also seven cases before the courts, and another 28 cases under investigation, four of which involved transnational investigations. “In addition, the National Rapporteur will … have the authority to obtain from the relevant authorities, including the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Anti-Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) Unit in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, any information necessary to carry out her stated duties; to conduct independent examinations/investigations of reports of alleged instances of human trafficking where the need arises; to report on violations, wherever they may occur, of the rights of victims, as well as discrimination, threats or use of violence, harassment, intimidation or reprisals directed at persons exercising these rights; and to provide an analytical overview of the situation in trafficking in an annual report to the Government of Jamaica.” The appointment of a National Rapporteur will help Jamaica’s efforts to help victims of human trafficking, especially children and teenagers. The Jamaican government has also required anti-trafficking training for all police officers, conducted training seminars for prosecutors and other government officials, and launched a series of anti-trafficking public awareness campaigns. Diahann Gordon Harrison, an attorney and former prosecutor who currently serves as Jamaica’s Children’s Advocate, was named the country’s National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons on March 10. The problem is particularly acute in the Americas and the Caribbean, and Jamaica has been designated by international agencies as a source, transit point and destination country for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. National Rapporteur has several duties Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. The problem is particularly acute in the Americas and the Caribbean, and Jamaica has been designated by international agencies as a source, transit point and destination country for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Human trafficking for forced labor or sexual exploitation is a global problem which generates as much as $32 billion (USD) in illegal profits every year, according to the United Nations, and has become the world’s fastest-growing transnational criminal enterprise. “Children and young people today are more exposed to the major problems of a growing population, there can be no future if there is no prevention and action,” said Guillermo Garduño, a security analyst at the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Mexico. “The appointment of this person is positive, she has experience in this regard. ” “These powers of the National Rapporteur are consistent with internationally accepted best practice and are parallel to National Rapporteur mechanisms in other jurisdictions.” “One of the primary functions of the National Rapporteur will be to create a more objective reporting system on the issue of trafficking in the country,” the Ministry reported. Consequently, in 2014, the JCF – the island nation’s police force – reported that 27 trafficking victims had been rescued during the previous two years. There were also seven cases before the courts, and another 28 cases under investigation, four of which involved transnational investigations. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. However, the country’s government has also won praise for its efforts to combat the problem. For instance, in 2005 it created a National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) as a multi-agency approach to develop and implement Jamaica’s legislative, institutional and operational response for combating human trafficking. Also that year, an Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit (TIP) was established within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to specifically target human trafficking crimes. Jamaica has become the first Caribbean nation to appoint a national coordinator to assist in the battle against human trafficking and exploitation. As National Rapporteur, Gordon Harrison will act as an anti-human trafficking “czar” to coordinate efforts by various government agencies in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation. As National Rapporteur, Gordon Harrison will act as an anti-human trafficking “czar” to coordinate efforts by various government agencies in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation. “This appointment makes Jamaica the first Caribbean nation to embrace this approach; it is believed that this can only serve to enhance Jamaica’s anti-trafficking profile and exhibits the seriousness with which the Government of Jamaica regards this issue,” the Jamaican Ministry of National Security stated. The Jamaican government has also required anti-trafficking training for all police officers, conducted training seminars for prosecutors and other government officials, and launched a series of anti-trafficking public awareness campaigns. National Rapporteur has several duties However, the country’s government has also won praise for its efforts to combat the problem. For instance, in 2005 it created a National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) as a multi-agency approach to develop and implement Jamaica’s legislative, institutional and operational response for combating human trafficking. Also that year, an Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit (TIP) was established within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to specifically target human trafficking crimes. last_img read more

Bar Ethics Department fields more than 2,000 calls in August

Bar Ethics Department fields more than 2,000 calls in August

first_imgBar Ethics Department fields more than 2,000 calls in August October 1, 2000 Regular News Bar Ethics Department fields more than 2,000 calls in August A record-breaking month of helping Florida Bar members with ethics questions may be an early indicator of the most successful year ever for the Bar’s Ethics and Advertising Department. The department’s six full-time and three part-time attorneys answered 2,097 ethics calls in August, eclipsing the previous high of 1,990 in June 1999. “We’re very excited about it,” said Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert. “I expect this to be a record-breaking year.” So far, for the first two months of the 2000-01 fiscal year, the number of calls handled by the department is eight percent higher than for 1998-99, the previous record year, when 18,837 calls were answered. Tarbert said she expects to exceed 19,000 calls this year, and perhaps even surpass the 20,000 mark. That effort will be helped by recent changes in the department’s telephone system, she said. “We’re getting fewer busy signals and more people are getting through on their first call,” Tarbert said. The new system, set up by Karen Bullock in the Bar’s Information Systems Department, allows callers who initially get a busy signal to stay on the line for a couple of minutes. That frequently allows one of the ethics attorneys to finish a call and take the waiting lawyer, saving him or her having to phone again. So far the new process has garnered favorable comments from lawyers, Tarbert said, and the number of lawyers who have to call more than once has significantly declined. Still, handling dozens of calls a day can make it at times difficult to get through. Tarbert said the best times to call are during lunchtime and before a holiday. There is no such thing as a typical call, she said. “We have calls that last a minute and we have calls that last close to an hour,” she added. “Just getting the facts out in some cases can take a while. Our most frequently asked question concerns conflicts of interest.” Tarbert said there’s not much an inquiring lawyer can do to get ready for a call, except “be prepared to be totally honest and give all the pertinent facts. We’re just happy to have you call us and say, `I have a question.’” All calls are confidential except for two instances. If an inquiring lawyer makes erroneous public statements about a call, ethics staff can reveal information to correct the record. Or if a lawyer uses information from a call to defend a grievance complaint, the information can be released to aid in that process. Most callers, Tarbert said, are satisfied with a verbal opinion, but some request written opinions. She expects about 1,000 written requests, most of which are separate inquiries from the phone calls. If a caller is unhappy with the advice given in a call, he or she must request a written opinion, which can then be appealed to the Professional Ethics Committee. From there, it can be appealed to the Board of Governors, Tarbert said. All written staff opinions are also reviewed by a PEC subcommittee. The toll free number for the ethics hotline is (800) 235-8619. If that line is busy, callers can usually reach someone or leave a message by placing a toll call at (850) 561-5780.last_img
The biggest money mistakes rich people make

The biggest money mistakes rich people make

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr All of us make money mistakes from time to time — even the wealthy. Although the rich clearly get a lot right when it comes to managing money, they make missteps, too.“I’ve documented some horrific money blunders some smart, wealthy individuals always seem to repeat,” said Tom Corley, who spent five years studying the money habits of the rich for his books “Rich Habits” and “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life.” “You would think they’d know better, but they don’t.”Here are the biggest financial foul-ups even rich people make.1. They Pinch Pennies … Then SplurgeCorley said that many millionaires are frugal — penny pinching everyday costs and fees. “They will fight like a Tasmanian devil if they think they were overcharged for a grocery item or a restaurant charge,” he said.But then — after working hard to keep costs down — they’ll splurge on a boat, jewelry or an absurdly expensive vacation. “While it’s a rich habit to watch your pennies, it is a poor habit when you take those hard-earned pennies and make an expensive emotional purchase,” Corley said. continue reading »last_img read more

New alert details NCUA’s proposed rule on FCU fees

New alert details NCUA’s proposed rule on FCU fees

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During its July board meeting, the NCUA proposed a rule to exclude from total assets any loan a federal credit union (FCU) reports under the PPP or similar future programs. NAFCU sent a Regulatory Alert to member credit unions detailing the proposal and seeking feedback on the approach to operating fees.The rule would amend the period used for the calculation of an FCU’s total assets to the average total assets reported on the FCU’s previous four call reports – rather than using the Dec. 31 call report data from the previous year – reducing the risk the NCUA under- or over-collects operating fees relative to the board-approved budget and providing more certainty to FCUs about the operating fee charges for the forthcoming year.NAFCU highlighted in the Regulatory Alert that the proposal will impact all FCUs. It also provides calculations for merged or converted FCUs and makes technical amendments to clarify that no refund of operating fees is available for FCUs that convert to any other type of charter, regardless of timing.The association would like credit unions’ feedback on whether: NCUA headquarterscenter_img continue reading »last_img read more