first_img View Comments Related Shows On the Town Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015center_img Jay Armstrong Johnson On the Town gents Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves have officially arrived in NYC, and boy, do they look good in uniform! The stars explored New York, New York in their new duds, just like Gabey, Chip and Ozzie do in the splashy musical. Well, except they documented the entire thing on Instagram, which we’re pretty sure didn’t exist when On the Town premiered in 1944. Also, Ciki Bikes definitely weren’t a thing yet, but we’re willing to overlook a few small details. Check out these silly shots of Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves running amok in the Big Apple, then see them in On the Town beginning September 20, 2014 at the Lyric Theatre! Tony Yazbecklast_img read more


first_img15 attorneys general speak out in opposition of Trump’s move to limit federal authority under the Clean Water Act 10. Stikine River, Alaska Advocacy group releases list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S. The advocacy group American Rivers has released their annual list of the country’s most endangered rivers. Selections for the list are made primarily on upcoming legislation that could threaten the health of the rivers. Other factors that are used to select the most endangered rivers include the significance of the river to communities and the threat to the river caused by climate change. This year’s most endangered rivers are: 4. Green-Duwamish River, Washington 9. Big Darby Creek, Ohio 8. Buffalo National River, Arkansas 5. Willamette River, Oregon 6. Chilkat River, Alaska American Rivers has also named the Cuyahoga River in Ohio the “River of the Year” because of the progress that has been made in cleaning up the waterway, which was once so polluted that it famously caught on fire. American Rivers has been compiling an annual list of endangered rivers since 1984. 3. Upper Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri 2. Hudson River, New York 1. Gila River, New Mexico Attorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia have responded to the public comment period opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back a regulation called Waters of the United States. In their comments, the Attorneys general said that the move would end federal oversight of 15 percent of streams and more than half of the wetlands across the country. The Trump administration’s proposal would limit the federal government’s ability to regulate pollution allowed in the nation’s wetlands and the tributaries that empty into the country’s largest rivers and would be a major boon to builders, coal miners and frackers. The Third Annual Mother’s Day Rally, the largest gathering of climate and social justice groups in Northern Virginia, will feature a keynote from the youth climate leader Alexandria Villasenor. The 13-year-old gained attention by striking every Friday on a park bench in New York, right in front of the United Nations headquarters. She then led the US Youth Climate Strike, mobilizing the U.S. arm of the 1.6-million student strike around the world to demand action on climate change. The family-friendly Mother’s Day Rally will feature music, inspiring speakers and kids’ activities and will be held on Sunday, May 5 from 2pm-3:30pm at Veterans Amphitheater outside of Fairfax City Hall. Teen Climate Leader Alexandria Villasenor to speak in Fairfax, Va at Mother’s Day Climate Rally 7. South Fork Salmon River, Idaholast_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has ordered Donald Trump’s charity foundation to cease fundraising here after it failed to obtain the proper registration to solicit donations—a violation of state law.The “Notice of Violation” was sent to the Donald J. Trump Foundation on Friday. It explicitly orders Trump to “immediately” cease solicitations or engaging in fundraising efforts, and gives the foundation up to 15 days to hand over the requisite documents.“Despite failing to register pursuant to Article 7-A, the Trump Foundation solicited contributions in New York State earlier this year, in violation of New York law,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.My office sent a Notice of Violation to the Trump Foundation. More information, and the letter, here: https://t.co/vv6Q2BevUw— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) October 3, 2016The order from the attorney general’s office comes as several news organizations, most notably The Washington Post, have scrutinized Trump’s foundation for its apparent reliance on donations from contributors other than the charity’s namesake. The Post reported that Trump himself has not donated personally to his own foundation since 2008.Additionally, The Post reported that Trump used a quarter-million dollars in donations to settle business lawsuits. The paper was also the first to reveal that the foundation was not registered in New York to solicit donations within the state.The attorney general’s notice focuses entirely on the foundation’s apparent failure to register with New York.“While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A.G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” said Hope Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman, in a statement, according to The New York Times. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.”Last month, Schneiderman, a Democrat who supports Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, revealed that his office was scrutinizing whether the Trump Foundation was complying with state law.“My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of non-profits in New York State, and we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” Schneiderman told CNN at the time.Trump’s surrogates have described Schneiderman’s probe as a partisan attack intended to prop up Hillary Clinton, who was a U.S. Senator (D-NY) before she became Secretary of State in the Obama administration.Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, told CNN that Schneiderman’s investigation is “nothing more than another left-wing hit job.” He also accused New York’s attorney general of turning a blind eye to the non-profit Clinton Foundation.Clinton briefly mentioned Trump’s much ballyhooed philanthropy in the pair’s first debate last week at Hofstra University, suggesting that Trump was adverse to releasing his tax returns because, among other things, he may not be as charitable as he claims.The news comes during a particularly rough stretch for Trump’s campaign.His debate performance at Hofstra University, which was widely panned, spawned a week-long spat with a former Miss Universe winner—prompting an early morning Twitter rant from the Republican tycoon—and on Saturday evening The New York Times revealed that Trump may have avoided paying taxes for as long as 18 years after losing nearly $1 billion in 1995.Meanwhile, New York’s attorney general is reportedly continuing his separate case against Trump University for defrauding its students. After initially announcing that her office was contemplating joining in a multi-state suit against Trump’s for-profit enterprise, Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi did not pursue similar complaints from students in her state. Later it was revealed that the Trump Foundation had given Biondi’s political committee a $25,000 donation in 2013, and the IRS subsequently fined Trump $2,500 because the contribution from a non-profit charity violated federal tax law. Trump’s campaign says that there is no connection between the campaign donation and the Florida AG’s decision not to pursue the complaints against Trump’s institution of higher learning.(Featured photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)last_img read more


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first_imgThe kingdom’s haj ministry said the pilgrimage will be open to various nationalities already in Saudi Arabia, but it did not specify a number.”It was decided to hold the pilgrimage this year with very limited numbers… with different nationalities in the kingdom,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing the ministry.”This decision is taken to ensure the haj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective… and in accordance with the teachings of Islam in preserving lives.”The decision to limit the event comes as Saudi Arabia struggles to contain a spike in infections, which have now risen to some 161,000 cases and more than 1,300 deaths. Topics : The announcement to hold a limited haj could disappoint millions of Muslim pilgrims around the world who often invest their life savings and endure long waiting lists to make the trip.But it would likely appease Muslims who feared the pilgrimage would entirely be cancelled for the first time in the kingdom’s modern history.”Saudi Arabia has chosen the safest option that allows it to save face within the Muslim world while making sure they are not seen as compromising on public health,” Umar Karim, a visiting fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told AFP. “But there are lots of unanswered questions: What is the exact number of pilgrims that will be allowed? What is the criteria for their selection? How many Saudis, how many non-Saudis?”Saudi authorities said the haj ministry will hold a news conference on Tuesday to flesh out the details. Saudi Arabia on Monday announced it would hold a “very limited” haj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the coronavirus pandemic.The haj, one of the five pillars of Islams and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, represents a major potential source of contagion as it packs millions of pilgrims into congested religious sites.But the decision to scale back the haj, which last year drew 2.5 million pilgrims, is fraught with political and economic peril and comes after several Muslim nations pulled out of the ritual. ‘Difficult year’ The decision risks annoying hardline Muslims outside the kingdom for whom religion trumps health concerns.It could also trigger renewed scrutiny of the Saudi custodianship of Islam’s holiest sites — the kingdom’s most powerful source of political legitimacy.A series of deadly disasters over the years, including a 2015 stampede that killed up to 2,300 worshippers, has prompted criticism of the kingdom’s management of the haj.A watered-down haj would also represent a major loss of revenue for the kingdom, which is already reeling from the twin shocks of the virus-induced slowdown and a plunge in oil prices.The smaller year-round umrah pilgrimage was already suspended in March.Together, they add $12 billion to the Saudi economy every year, according to government figures.”This has been a really difficult year, with Saudi Arabia facing declining revenue from all sectors — oil, tourism, domestic consumption, and now umrah and haj,” Karen Young, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told AFP.A full-scale haj, which last year drew about 2.5 million pilgrims, was unlikely after authorities advised Muslims in late March to defer preparations due to the fast-spreading disease.Earlier this month, Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, emerged as one of the first countries to withdraw from the pilgrimage after pressing Riyadh for clarity, with a minister calling it a “very bitter and difficult decision”.Malaysia, Senegal and Singapore followed suit with similar announcements.last_img read more


first_img“Infrastructure is an increasingly important asset class in portfolios, with its attributes for matching long-term liabilities particularly compelling,” he added.The £45m mandate will see a significant increase in the City of London Corporation Pension Fund’s infrastructure exposure.According to its 2011-12 annual report, it had combined private equity and infrastructure holdings of only £8.6m at the end of March last year, accounting for just over 1% of the fund’s £614m total portfolio.Annabel Wiscarson, executive director for business development at IFM Investors, said the firm would remain focused on European and North American projects.She also said she viewed the establishment of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform, the vehicle under development by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and Pension Protection Fund (PPF), as “complementary” to the approach taken by IFM.“Obviously, we’ve known about the PIP now for a year and a half or so, and all we keep seeing is them having a very similar philosophy to us – long-term ownership of infrastructure, conservative gearing,” she told IPE.“So, if anything, we are very happy to align ourselves with the PIP because it’s exactly how we started and how we continue to invest in infrastructure. We’ll be complementary with them.”PPF chief executive Alan Rubenstein recently said the PIP’s founding investors had shown a “willingness”, and the NAPF’s head Joanne Segars said she expected the fund to launch by the end of the year. The City of London is set to grow its infrastructure exposure, awarding Australia’s IFM a £45m (€53m) mandate to be split between the £720m local authority’s pension fund and a maintenance trust.IFM, jointly owned by 30 Australian Superannuation funds, will invest the mandate in core equity infrastructure holdings on behalf of both the pension fund and the local authority’s £470m Bridge House Estates, used to pay for the maintenance of local bridges.They previously won a £35m mandate from the Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund.Paul Mathews, corporate treasurer at the City of London Corporation, welcomed the ability to invest in a pre-existing portfolio of cash-generating assets based partially in the UK.last_img read more


first_imgLocal council pension funds from London and Manchester have created a £500m (€654m) investment vehicle for infrastructure and alternative assets, amid increasing collaboration between London and Northwest England.The special purpose vehicle will be jointly owned by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) and the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) and look to boost the funds’ below-benchmark allocations to alternatives.The £13bn GMPF invests £130m in the asset class, around £260m below its target allocation, while the £4.9bn LFPA currently allocates £170m (3%).Both pension funds will put £250m into the fund, which they said would have a fairly liberal definition of infrastructure, including property, utilities, listed infrastructure and core and non-core assets. The co-owned vehicle will see the funds analyse opportunities and make investment decisions jointly using pre-existing internal capabilities and expertise.Councillor Kieran Quinn, chair of the GMPF, said his fund had been doing deals on a smaller scale for two decades and that investors felt able to approach it with opportunities.“What is different about this fund is it takes away one of the constraints to [investing in infrastructure],” he said.“When the chancellor goes seeking resources to invest in UK plc, he rarely knocks on pension funds’ doors. So what we are trying to say here is that we can do things differently and scale up the opportunities.”Chief executive of the LPFA, Susan Martin, said the vehicle would be able to seek out appropriate risk/return investment opportunities using the shared resources of the funds.“£500m is a game-changing amount,” she said. “Both funds already have opportunities brought them, so we can share that deal flow and assess it without resources. I would imagine we would get more interest, and be more attractive, working together.”The vehicle will look to make investments over the next four years, with a Manchester and London focus, but assessing all viable opportunities.Quinn added: “There are some bigger transnational schemes we think we can assist with.“It is about being able to knock on the door. Some say you cannot knock on the door with £500m, but we are saying we have the resources to start ensuring people look to us for solutions.“That might be about creating a larger entity by encouraging other pension funds to come forward and join us.”GMPF neighbour, the Lancashire County Pension Fund, and the LPFA also recently announced an asset-liability management partnership, creating a £10bn investment fund.This will see the two pension funds pool assets and jointly manage liabilities while merging governance and administration.Martin said the entirely separate arrangement with Lancashire was significantly more complicated than the infrastructure fund.“As part of the pooling of the assets [with Lancashire], the LPFA and GMPF tie-up will come through the asset-liability management,” she said. “But they will be separate organisations.The LPFA was originally one of 10 founding members of a similar fund led by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).However, the London fund left the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) citing cost issues and expected risk/return profiles.The BAE Pension Fund and the BT Pension Scheme also left for similar reasons.“This is different in many ways to the PIP, as it is not setting up and resourcing a new company,” Martin said.“It is taking current expertise and doing things direct and as co-investment. The risk/return is slightly different.”The LPFA, GMPF and Lancashire all advocated greater collaboration between local government pension schemes (LGPS) in a recent government consultation.The UK government is expected to shortly announce its decision on whether to mandate LGPS funds to passively invest all listed assets using collective investment vehicles.Quinn added: “The challenge that was set by government was collaboration, and how we have met that is by making that significant statement that we are up for this.”last_img read more


first_imgOil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) has announced a new capability for its Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS) members, with the opportunity to join a mutual aid agreement and develop a framework for requesting access to additional personnel and assistance from other participating members during a response.While the industry continues to demonstrate that it can cooperate rapidly and effectively in response to offshore incidents, a framework to guide the consideration of mutual aid and response assistance enables the industry to augment its capabilities in critical moments, as SWIS Director, Andy Myers, explains:-“The inception of this agreement strengthens OSRL’s subsea service for industry, helping to answer personnel resourcing requirements during a response. Industry consortiums, such as OSRL, are built on principles that promote collaboration opportunities, such as this. In the event of an incident, we already see members coming together to offer resources and expertise. This framework formalises some of those relationships and fundamentally increases response capabilities when they are required most.”IOGP Safety/Wells Director, Olav Skar, adds: “We believe that collaboration creates a better industry. This is a good example where collective insights and resources can improve the management of offshore incidents. We admire OSRL’s progress in this domain and look forward to building on the excellent cooperation we have enjoyed to date.”last_img read more


first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share 20 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleTravel Air Canada to begin scheduled seasonal service to St Kitts by: – July 18, 2011 Share Photo credit: topnews.net.nzBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Air Canada is to begin scheduled seasonal service into St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in December.The weekly service starts on December 23, 2011 for the peak winter 2011/2012 travel season, which ends in April 2012.The non-stop flight will operate from Toronto on Fridays and will be the island’s only non-stop commercial flight from Canada, effectively making St Kitts and its sister island, Nevis, a more viable winter destination choice for travelers from this key North American market.Air Canada flight AC1778 will depart Toronto (YYZ) at 8:40 a.m. and arrive in St Kitts at 2:40 p.m. every Friday. The same-day return flight AC1779 will depart St Kitts at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 8:00 p.m.Air Canada will use an Airbus 319 aircraft with 108 economy class seats and 12 business class seats for this flight. All flights are listed in local time. Reservations will be handled exclusively via Air Canada Vacations and their associated travel agencies.The vacation package and flight program follows several weeks of planning and a recent visit to the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Richard “Ricky” Skerritt by Shirley Lam, manager product development, and Sylvia Costa, manager destination services, of Air Canada Vacations.“The addition of this programme from Air Canada Vacations is very significant for St Kitts and Nevis,” said Skerritt.“Canada has always been a valuable source market for visitors and investors as well as home to a large contingent of our Diaspora. I am gratified that Air Canada Vacations is adding us to their list of partner destinations this coming winter and our government is working closely with our local hoteliers and other St Kitts and Nevis tourism stakeholders to make full use of this opportunity to strengthen our travel and tourism relationship with Canada,” he added.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more


first_imgBernie Sanders: “”The American people are sick and tired of a president who lies all the time.” He has a decisive lead over his rivalsin the Nevada caucus, with results from over half the precincts counted. Sanders won in 11 of Nevada’s 17counties. (BBC) But there is a long way to go until aDemocratic nominee is confirmed. He had underwhelming results in Iowa andNew Hampshire. Those states kicked off the four-month long primaries process,in which candidates are jostling to convince voters why they are the bestcandidate to challenge Trump.center_img So far, with 60 percent of the ballotscounted in Nevada, Sanders, the left-wing senator for Vermont, has 46 percentof the vote, ahead of Biden on 19.6 percent. The field is then split between anumber of other moderates, with Pete Buttigieg on 15.3 percent and ElizabethWarren on 10.1 percent. WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders has cementedhis status as the Democratic front-runner to take on Donald Trump in November’sUS presidential election. Results from Saturday’s vote also showformer vice-president Joe Biden coming second, a better performance than in thetwo states which have voted so far.last_img read more