Arthur Miller’s The Crucible played its third full week of preview performances to nearly full houses, reaching a capacity of 99.60% for the week ending March 20. The Ivo van Hove-helmed production, featuring Saoirse Ronan, Ben Whishaw and Sophie Okonedo, grossed $659,753; expect this number to rise after opening and pending good notices. Also in previews currently is Shuffle Along, which played its first six performances to 97.96% capacity, proving it could soon tap its way to a position in the frontrunners. School of Rock, Finding Neverland and Matilda celebrated upticks, which is not too surprising as schools enter spring break.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 20:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,044,101)2. Wicked ($1,934,807)3. Hamilton ($1,740,104)4. Aladdin ($1,570,189)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,367,888)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Eclipsed ($419,842)4. The Humans ($390,853)3. Disaster! ($387,742)2. Bright Star ($312,937)*1. Hughie ($282,706)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.46%)2. Hamilton (101.75%)3. Aladdin (99.94%)4. The Lion King (99.90%)5. The Crucible (99.60%)*UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (73.85%)4. An American in Paris (69.39%)3. On Your Feet! (68.47%)2. Hughie (68.28%)1. Disaster! (60.97%)* Number based on eight preview performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments Saoirse Ronan and the cast of ‘The Crucible'(Photo: Jan Versweyveld)
“You know it’s a damn shark, and don’t pretend like it’s something else!”Apparently nowhere is safe from threat of a shark attack anymore, not even on land, in the winter, in the snow. With the recent announcement that the big budget, highly anticipated “Avalanche Sharks” is in post-production, we here at BRO felt compelled to dig into the legend of the snow inhabiting shark attack movie phenomenon, kicked off by “Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast” from last year. The IMDB.com description reads as thus:12 years ago during a scientific expedition 3 animal biologists stumbled upon a great discovery that ended in tragedy. Whatever killed them has awoken and now the legend of the Ancient Snow Beast could prove to be more than just a legend.Yap. That just about sums it up. The above trailer is amazing due to the weight the actors give to their characters, the suspense drawn out by the night scenes, the fully realized snow, etc. but it lacks the Hollywood glitz and CGI that gets movies into theaters around the country.Back to “Avalanche Sharks,” which has a decidedly more sport-oriented plot line than “Snow Shark.” From the writer and director:After an horrific avalanche, the staff members at Twin Pines Ski Resort start to receive reports of missing people and creatures that move beneath the snow. As the body count piles up, the management tries to cover up the situation, which leads to disaster on their busiest day of the year: Bikini Snow Day.Spring break in the mountains: snowboarding, beer, drunken co-eds in bikinis. As the yearly Bikini Ski Day party descends on a small mountain town, something lurks beneath the snow. When an unwitting rider causes an avalanche, it awakens a huge, menacing, pre-historic Snow Shark! With a newfound taste for human flesh, the Snow Shark picks off the snow bunnies mercilessly. Cut off from help by mountainous terrain and blinding snow, the local sheriff must make an unlikely alliance with a motley crew of snowboarders to take down the Snow Shark before the white hills run red with blood!O.M.G.This sounds like a combination of Hot Dog: The Movie, Lake Placid, Deep Blue Sea, Frozen, and Tremors – which happen to be my favorite movies, in that order. This is the movie poster for Pete’s sake:I mean, what’s her plan for that ski pole with the basket that looks like it’s from 1920?Unfortunately, there is no trailer for “Avalanche Sharks” which we have to assume is because they are working on all the extreme special effects they are going to have unless they train a real shark to swim in the snow – which of course will escape its handlers and go on an actual snow shark attack killing spree spawning another B-horror movie spin off (where does art leave off and real life begin? We may never know). If that happens, we have bigger problems. So there will probably be CGI mountains, CGI snow, CGI snowboarding tricks, CGI sharks, CGI avalanches, and CGI bikinis. Oh, Brooke Hogan – Hulk’s daughter – is also in the film, lending her big name panache to the project. She will probably also be in CGI.
By Dialogo May 04, 2009 The Shining Path guerrilla group has doubled its firepower, acquiring sophisticated arms and gaining the ability to shoot down helicopters, the La Republica newspaper reported over the weekend, citing military intelligence sources. Guerrillas operating in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, or VRAE region, a jungle area in southern and southeastern Peru that has a strong presence of the group’s remnants and drug traffickers, have two rocket launchers, a grenade launcher and several heavy machine guns, including one capable of firing 1,000 rounds per minute. The guerrillas also have as many as 99 assault rifles. The vast majority of the arsenal belonging to the Shining Path, which is led in the VRAE by “Comrade Jose,” was taken from dead soldiers in combat. The guerrillas have “two other ways of supplying themselves: the organized crime groups that steal arms from the army and drug traffickers,” military sources told the newspaper. The story published Sunday in La Republica came out two days after the government relieved the police chief in the VRAE, Percy Rivera Paiva, of command for negligence. Rivera Paiva sent about 100 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the VRAE in an unguarded bus, officials said. The incident raised suspicions about possible arms trafficking, but the government said only negligence was involved in the Rivera Paiva case. A military report on last Tuesday’s attack on the helicopter carrying armed forces chief Gen. Francisco Contreras concluded that Shining Path guerrillas fired RPG-7s at the aircraft. Some experts, however, told La Republica that the guerrillas had not yet mastered the Russian-made weapon. Shining Path members apparently “just started practicing with the RPG-7, trying to imitate the Afghan mujahideen, who shot down several helicopters with these grenade launchers,” military sources told La Republica. Since August, the armed forces have been making an aggressive push in the VRAE region in an effort to gain control of Vizcatan, considered the last bastion of the Shining Path. The Shining Path has responded by increasing its activities in Vizcatan in recent months. Two weeks ago, the Shining Path claimed responsibility for two ambushes near the town of Sanabamba in which 14 soldiers died. The ambushes staged on April 9 were some of the deadliest attacks launched in recent months by the Shining Path. Last October, the guerrillas killed 15 people, including 13 soldiers, in a remote coca-growing region in the Andean province of Huancavelica. The Shining Path and its role in drug trafficking have been blamed for a rise in violence in the interior of Peru. The Maoist-inspired group launched its uprising on May 17, 1980, with an attack on Chuschi, a small town in Ayacucho province. A truth commission appointed by former President Alejandro Toledo blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence during the two decades following the group’s 1980 uprising. The guerrilla group also caused an estimated $25 billion in economic losses, according to commission estimates. Founder and leader Abimael Guzman, known to his fanatic followers as “President Gonzalo,” was captured with his top lieutenants on Sept. 12, 1992, an event that signified the “defeat” of the insurgency. Since then, isolated guerrilla bands have engaged in sporadic and largely ineffective activity in a few regions.
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Curt Long Curt Long was named director of research and chief economist in August 2014. In this role, he serves as the association’s chief economic analyst, conducting economic and financial policy … Web: www.nafcu.org Details Since the inception of the credit union industry, there has been a connection between credit unions and small businesses. Both institutions were founded on helping local communities and working towards providing valuable services and products to Main Street consumers. A lot of credit unions are small businesses solely serving the needs of their local community. As the credit union industry continues to grow, so does their lending portfolio, especially regarding member business lending. Even though credit unions face regulatory limitations, small businesses still prefer the personalized member-lending experience credit unions offer. Over the past 10 years, the number of credit unions offering business loans has increased 20 percent. Today, a small business can get a loan at more than 2,000 credit unions. For 18 percent of credit unions, business loans make up at least 5 percent of their total loan portfolio. A decade ago that figure was just 8 percent.That growth stands in stark contrast to recent trends at other financial institutions, and speaks to credit unions’ increasing role in funding America’s small businesses. Since 2007, total business loans extended by credit unions have tripled. Banks, on the other hand, have cut their outstanding loans to small businesses 8 percent over that same time. The Federal Reserve’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances shows a similar rise in the importance of credit unions to small businesses. The share of household business owners that used credit unions to start or acquire their business grew from 2.4 percent in 2010 to 6.3 percent in 2016.All this growth has taken place amid the backdrop of a severe decline in business dynamism. Startups are becoming rarer, and consolidation is a feature of many industries. The U.S. Census Bureau has two sources of data related to business dynamism. The Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) database provides annual data on startups as a share of total businesses through 2015. The bureau’s Business Formation Statistics (BFS) is a recently released database with more current quarterly estimates of startup activity. The chart below shows both datasets, and each confirms a sizable drop in business formations around the mid-2000s. While the national picture may not be pretty, the BFS data, just unveiled in February, allow us to take a closer look. The map below shows per capita startups in 2017 by state. The most vibrant states have formation rates that are twice as high as the weakest ones. But is there any hope for a turnaround? Policymakers have taken note. Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, observing the decline in business formations, stated that it could lead to lower productivity, wage growth, and employment, along with increased income inequality. Those sentiments were echoed by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee’s 2018 Annual Report, which focused its discussion of the weak economic recovery on the decline in business formations. The committee’s top recommendation was to reduce regulatory burden on small businesses.The good news for credit unions is that even if the status quo persists, they have proven that they can operate successful business lending programs in such an environment. And if policymakers do create more favorable conditions for startups, credit unions would be well positioned to capitalize. Business Formations per 1,000 People (2017)
Cuomo said, “Yesterday’s highest-ever number of tests and infection rate of 0.69 are great news, especially when you consider what’s going on around the country and around the world. The state is doing extraordinarily well, and again, kudos to all New Yorkers, because there’s no mystery as to how this happens.” In Broome County, nine new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported. The Governor also announced the rate of COVID-19 infections in the state has been below one percent for 23 consecutive days. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today 100,022 coronavirus test results were reported. This number of tests set a new record high.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Marion Porterfield and Damonni Farley get my vote because of their actions and what they have already demonstrated, and we know that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.They get my vote because I strive to be part of a City Council with members who are open and receptive, and it’s essential that the Schenectady City Council work together, listen to our constituents and one another, and come to consensus as a governmental body that cares about all the citizens of our fine city.On Election Day, you’ll find Marion Porterfield on the Democratic line. Damonni Farley, who is a registered Democrat, can be found on the Working Families line.Leesa L. PerazzoSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Schenectady City Council.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists On Election Day, I plan to vote for Marion Porterfield and Damonni Farley for Schenectady City Council. I’m still considering what I will do with my third vote.I will vote for Ms. Porterfield and Mr. Farley because they have demonstrated that they believe in the same level of transparency and openness that I do and that the citizens of Schenectady deserve.I’m confident that when groups of engaged and passionate citizens come forward with their concerns, Marion and Damonni will actively listen and work toward solutions that are effective and beneficial for as many people as possible. Both are excellent candidates because they fully embrace the responsibility and accountability that are integral to being true public servants.Marion Porterfield has demonstrated that she will ask and respond to the hard questions, gather information, talk with her constituents, carefully weigh the options, find sound courses of action and vote accordingly.Both Marion and Damonni have experience advocating for and working closely with community groups that don’t always get a seat at the table and whose voices often go unheard. It’s essential that we are vigilant about listening and incorporating the diverse concerns of our citizens into our discussions and our decisions.
On Thursday, civil society groups, namely the Mega Bintang Indonesia 1997 Foundation, the Association of Anti-Injustice Independent Society and the Guard and Watchdog of Indonesian Law Enforcement filed a lawsuit against the minister, the head of Central Java’s Law and Human Rights Office and a Surakarta prison warden in Surakarta public court.”Most released convicts reoffend, and it makes the public anxious during the pandemic,” said plaintiff Boyamin Saiman of the Mega Bintang Indonesia 1997 Foundation on Sunday.”We represent the residents of Surakarta who now have to conduct night watches and spend extra money to install gates [in residential areas],” he added.Boyamin demanded the minister retract the decision and send the released inmates back to prison. He suggested that the ministry implement a stricter selection processes and psychological tests for inmates if reintegration was to be attempted again. On Mar. 30, the ministry issued Ministerial Decree No. 19/2020 on the release and reintegration of prisoners and juvenile inmates to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read also: Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infectionAccording to the plaintiffs, the reintegration process did not meet proper standards.”The defendants implemented a very simplistic mechanism without examining the psychological condition of inmates prior to release,” Boyamin said, adding that this lack of oversight was the cause of recidivism.In addition, the plaintiffs accused the government of being ignorant about the paroled convicts as the government was not keeping track of the released inmates in society.”The main issues behind the lawsuit were actually the negligence, the careless acts and the violation of standardized principals prior to the decision to reintegrate inmates,” said Boyamin.Sarifuddin Sudding, a member of the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing law, human rights and security, agreed that proper considerations had not been made in regards to reintegrating inmates.”It [parole] was merely transactional and based only on the United Nations’ recommendation without further considerations about the social impacts, especially in these tough economic conditions, where the job market has been badly hurt,” he told the press on Monday.Sarifuddin said the lawsuit must respected, as people had the right to take legal action when society was harmed by a regulation.Topics : Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly is being sued by civil society groups in Surakarta, Central Java, over his decision to give early release or parole to more than 30,000 inmates nationwide.The minister has claimed that the assimilation program for prisoners and juvenile inmates is part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 behind bars.Official data shows that Indonesia has a total of 270,386 inmates and that it has exceeded more than twice the official capacity of its detention facilities. With overcrowded cells and unsanitary environments, prisons are considered in great danger of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Paul Ince praises David Luiz and claims he is playing like an impostor under Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 22 Feb 2020 11:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link169Shares Comment Advertisement David Luiz has helped Arsenal record three consecutive clean sheets (Picture: Getty)‘You look at him now and all of a sudden leadership he’s pulling people in saying well done, well done‘He wasn’t doing that before, he looks like an impostor now.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‘But this is what Arteta demands from him, if you are going to be in that central role you are going to have to show leadership‘That’s what he’s doing. It’s not just the work they are doing on the pitch it’s what goes on off it too. When it all comes together you will see a proper Arsenal team. ‘MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & LiverpoolMORE: Shkodran Mustafi gives update on Arsenal future after impressive Olympiacos display Advertisement Unai Emery signed David Luiz from Chelsea for Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United star Paul Ince has praised Mikel Arteta for resurrecting the career of David Luiz.The experienced Brazil international joined Arsenal in the summer from Chelsea having been deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard.Luiz started his Arsenal career with a string of error-strewn performances which appeared to vindicate Lampard’s judgement, but the appointment of Arteta, following the sacking of Unai Emery, has coincided with a return to form for the 32-year-old.Arsenal kept their third clean sheet in succession in midweek following a 1-0 win over Olympiacos and Ince has been impressed by the way in which Luiz appears to have taken on additional responsibility and become one of the leaders in Arteta’s resurgent team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘You look at David Luiz, he was terrible under Unai Emery.
Christchurch Press 27 Feb 2012A controversial Christchurch brothel is set to close its doors in an upmarket suburb, but the spread of the sex trade across the city cannot be stopped, a city councillor says. About 50 community members attended a public “Families and Brothels Don’t Mix” meeting on Saturday to force the Capri Lounge out of its Merivale premises. In an email to a community group, the landlady of the Papanui Rd property, Marie McFarland, said the Capri Lounge operator – her son’s partner – would move the business within a “few weeks”. “I have no particular stance on brothels per se,” McFarland said. “They are now legally entitled to exist … That said, I can appreciate the concerns of neighbouring residents, and were I in your position, I may very well share those concerns.” Families and Brothels Don’t Mix spokeswoman Amanda Cooper-Davies said the brothel had turned their neighbourhood into a “seedy” and “intimidating” place to live. “We have seen some pretty scary people … some very threatening people come out of the property.” Neighbours had complained of hearing “audible noises of climax”. Several people at the meeting urged the city council to keep brothels out of Christchurch suburbs. But Cr Sue Wells, who chairs the council’s prostitution working party, told the audience small owner operator brothels were “all over the city”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6482922/Brothel-driven-from-suburb
NZ Herald 17 December 2013Mayor Len Brown has lost a firm grip on the Super City after an unprecedented message from councillors yesterday to shape up or ship out.Councillor Dick Quax went one step further and called for the mayor to resign immediately, saying Aucklanders had lost confidence in Mr Brown, who stood to be paid $750,000 over the next three years for a lame-duck role.The vast majority of councillors, however, decided to censure the mayor at Thursday’s council meeting, discuss Mr Brown meeting some costs for a $100,000-plus review into his behaviour and clip the wings of the mayoral office.This will include greater oversight and control by councillors of the mayor and his office, which has wide powers, a $4 million budget and up to six spin doctors.The actions against Mr Brown were decided on after a meeting at the Auckland Town Hall lasting more than five hours.The mayor attended for the first 90 minutes and gave councillors a full and unconditional apology.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11173529