View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,066,169) 2. Wicked ($1,988,092) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,578,566) 4. Aladdin ($1,498,146) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,237,182) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.34%)* 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.58%) 4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (100.54%) 5. The Lion King (100.01%) =5. Aladdin (100.01%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Rocky (74.33%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (67.74%) 3. Cinderella (66.44%) 2. Holler If Ya Hear Me (53.17%) 1. Bullets Over Broadway (51.24%) *Number based on 7 regular performances The Fourth of July holiday weekend marked an expected dip in box office numbers this week on Broadway. As many spent the holiday with fireworks and cookouts, box offices took in approximately a combined $25.12 million, down about $4.66 million from the week before. Still, many shows had cause to cheer—especially when those productions are run by a certain mouse. The Lion King and Aladdin both held onto frontrunning positions in the highest grossing shows, with the former breaking two million and surpassing Wicked as the highest grossing show. Usual suspects The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots made the top five as well. The Lion King and Aladdin also exceeded capacity, and by a narrow margin, tied for a spot in the top five attended shows. As previously announced, Disney’s remaining Broadway show, Newsies, will play its final performance this summer. But before that, the Great White Way said goodbye to The Realistic Joneses. The star-studded play had its last performance as scheduled on July 6. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 6: Source: The Broadway League UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Once ($428,194) 4. The Realistic Joneses ($420,300) 3. Rock of Ages ($303,796) 2. Violet ($247,291)* 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($144,773)
Ready to check into Lady Gaga’s “hot bed of evil?” FX has released a first look at American Horror Story: Hotel, and plenty of stage alums are dressed to the terrifying nines for the anthology series’ fifth season. Creepy kids? Check. Mattress tomb? Check. Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor-but-not-actually Liz Taylor and Sarah Paulson as a leopard print-clad drug addict? Check and check. The Hollywood-set season will also feature returning players Kathy Bates, Chloë Sevigny, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Angela Bassett, Lily Rabe and Wes Bentley, as well as Broadway fave Cheyenne Jackson and perhaps even Darren Criss. Take a look below, and catch them in their new abode beginning October 7. View Comments
Second Stage Theatre has announced three New York premieres for its 2016-2017 off-Broadway season. Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts’ 2003 play Man From Nebraska will be helmed by David Cromer and begin performances in winter 2017. In addition, Tony nominee Anna Deavre Smith and Leonard Foglia kick things off with Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, marking their Second Stage return; Dear Evan Hansen director Michael Grief also comes back to the company to helm Tony and Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram.The season will start with Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education. Created, written and performed by Smith, the documentary solo show depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. The play will be directed by Foglia; the pair’s previous one-woman performance collaboration, Let Me Down Easy, had its 2008 premiere at Second Stage. Performances are scheduled to begin on October 11. As previously reported, Notes from the Field will also kick off American Repertory Theater’s season in August.Letts’ Man from Nebraska was a Pulitzer Prize finalist (Letts’ first) in 2004. The play follows Ken, a middle aged man who goes on a wild adventure to find his lost sense of purpose. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core.Norris and Greif’s collaboration, A Parallelogram, will hit the stage in summer 2017. The play centers on Bee, who can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. Past, present and future collide in this existential farce that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don’t have the power to change.All three productions will take place at off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre. Additional productions as well as cast and creative teams for the 2016-2017 roster will be announced at a later date. Tracy Letts(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have nabbed their first Oscar! The Dear Evan Hansen music duo won for the La La Land song “City of Stars.” They share the win with La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz. The trio also garnered the Golden Globe back in January, when “City of Stars” won Best Original Song.”This award is dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain and to all the moms that let them,” Pasek said in the speech.Pasek and Paul created the music and lyrics for Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen. They also lent their musical talents to A Christmas Story. Their musical Dogfight premiered at the Second Stage Theatre in 2012 and garnered the Lortel Award for Best New Musical. Their other stage works include James and the Giant Peach and Edges. On screen, their music has been featured in Smash, Sesame Street and Johnny and the Sprites. They are also working on Hugh Jackman’s movie musical, The Greatest Showman.Congrats to Pasek, Paul, Hurwitz and theater nerds everywhere! Benj Pasek, Justin Hurwitz & Justin Paul(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images) View Comments
Like the moments before a race begins, dozens of staff with Georgia Grown and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension prepared to load thousands of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables into hundreds of waiting cars and trucks stretched out in long lines at the Gwinnett Georgia Grown to Go event in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on May 27, even before the 3 p.m. start time.Held at Coolray Field, the event was the third in a series of events being held around metro Atlanta to give consumers a chance to purchase produce straight from the farm — and to give farmers the opportunity to sell crops that have seen the marketplace narrow due to the COVID-19 crisis.“There is food that is growing in Georgia that is just going to rot in the fields if the farmers can’t find buyers, and we have hunger on the other end,” said Mary Black, county coordinator and Family and Consumer Sciences agent with the Gwinnett County UGA Extension office. “We hope this will help connect the farmers with the people who need the food.”In addition to helping coordinate the event with county officials, Gwinnett County Extension provided each customer with information packets that included recipes, nutrition information, and tips on food preservation and food safety, as well as links to UGA Extension resources available at extension.uga.edu/topic-areas/food-health.The event’s online presale orders totaled $82,733 for mixed vegetable boxes, flats of blueberries, cases of peaches, bags of Vidalia onions, as well as artisan cheeses and gourmet cooking sauces, all from Georgia producers, said Paul Thompson, deputy director of marketing and promotion with Georgia Grown, a division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture focused on promoting agribusinesses. Day-of sales generated another $21,146.Tina Fleming, director of community services with Gwinnett County, said that the event served as an opportunity to bring fresh produce to the county’s residents and to assist disadvantaged members of the community. Those who ordered online ahead of the event were given the option to pay to donate a box of produce to local service organizations, resulting in the donation of 118 boxes of produce and, after the event, farmers donated another 1,004 boxes of vegetables, 218 flats of blueberries, 10 boxes of peaches and 120 pounds of onions for food-insecure Gwinnett citizens. “This has been a multiagency event and a great partnership for us,” said Fleming. “There was a lot of talk about the event on social media and it has been a benefit for our county residents, as well as generating donations for 11 community nonprofit agencies that serve the county.”Coolray Field, where the event was held, is a Gwinnett County-owned venue that is the home of the minor league Georgia Stripers baseball team. The setting offered an ideal location, with nearby access to I-85 and the space to accommodate the trucks needed to deliver the produce as well as customer traffic.“We hope to be able to do this again this year,” Fleming said.Corbett Brothers Farms from Lake Park, Georgia, and Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable from Norman Park, Georgia, worked together to bring 2,750 boxes of mixed vegetables to Gwinnett for the event.Ken Corbett, founder of Corbett Brothers Farms, said the Georgia Grown to Go events have helped fill a void left when revenues from food service and restaurant customers dropped due to COVID-19 restrictions.“I have been pleasantly surprised in the amount of interest we’ve seen and, just as important, is educating consumers on what Georgia farmers grow,” said Corbett, whose family farm started in 1987 with 1 acre of bell peppers and now primarily grows bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, along with about a half dozen smaller scale crops, on 3,000 acres. “As farmers, we help each other out all the time, and it has been good to have Georgia Grown on our side in this.”Customers were encouraged to post about their experience on social media using #GeorgiaGrownToGo.“Great event in Gwinnett yesterday! Well run and very organized, even with long lines and rain. My fridge is stocked with wonderful fresh veggies and fruits! So happy to support our Georgia farmers,” wrote Gwinnett County consumer Debbie Holmes Martin on Facebook.Information on upcoming Georgia Grown to Go events is available at georgiagrowntogo.com and additional resources for producers and consumers are available at extension.uga.edu.
The 2010 Census is here! To conduct this massive undertaking, the U.S. Census Bureau must hire for a variety of positions, and at a time of economic uncertainty, there are still plenty of jobs available. Currently, the Burlington Local Census Office serves residents in the 14 counties of: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grande Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor. Burlington has 2010 Census positions, starting at $13.50/hour, available for immediate applications.2010 Census job applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and take a 30-minute, multiple-choice basic employment test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs. In most cases, workers will also be required to possess a valid driver’s license and have use of a vehicle.To schedule an appointment to take an employment test and submit an application, call the toll-free 2010 Census Jobs Line: 1-866-861-2010. TTY Callers: Please use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. More information, including a practice test, is available at www.2010censusjobs.gov(link is external).Please consider using the following statement in print or on air The 2010 Census is here! Temporary Census jobs, starting at $13.50/per hour, are available in the area and it’s not too late to apply! These part-time jobs offer good pay, flexible hours up to 40 hours a week, and the chance to work near home. Call 1-866-861-2010 or visit www.2010censusjobs.gov(link is external) to learn more. That number again is 1-866-861-2010. Call today!Source: Census.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jennifer Lopez at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month (Photo by Angela George).A stalker from Rhode Island was found living in the pool house of a Hamptons mansion owned by Jennifer Lopez two weeks ago, Southampton Town Police said.John Dubis pleaded not guilty to burglary, stalking, criminal contempt and possession of burglar’s tools.J.Lo has an order of protection against the suspect but was not at the Water Mill home when he was arrested Aug. 9.The 49-year-old man allegedly claimed to be Lopez’ husband when he was confronted after six days of staying at the $10 million mansion and even posted Facebook photos of himself spending time there, the New York Post first reported.Bail for Dubis was set at $100,000 and a judge ordered that he undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial.He is due back at Southampton Justice Court at a later date.
For many credit unions, helping people achieve the American dream is an idyllic fulfillment of their cooperative’s vision. Yet, providing products and services to individuals new to the country brings up a lot of questions for staff, particularly those unfamiliar with the day-to-day challenges of the immigrant journey. Quite a few of those questions are regulatory in nature, and credit unions are right to consider compliance as they research whether this strategy makes sense for their organization, its members and the larger community. That said, the rules and regulations surrounding service to immigrants are not so onerous that they should stand in the way of a credit union’s pursuit of it. This is especially true if the outcomes of such service will have a positive impact on the cooperative’s local community. Credit union executives and board members may find it difficult to visualize service to individuals who do not have social security numbers. Because those 10 digits have made up the cornerstone of our identities for so long, it’s difficult to see another way forward. However, many financial institutions have found exactly that – and are providing much-needed products and services to individuals by accepting what’s known as the ITIN in combination with other identifying data. ITIN stands for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, and it is issued by the IRS to individuals who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a social security number, but are still required to file an income tax return.Granted, the use and acceptance of ITINs as a business practice has been somewhat controversial, and that’s largely because the majority of ITIN holders are undocumented immigrants. However, some credit unions have been willing to accept the risk associated with this segment because they see the possibilities, understand the value of inclusivity and want to provide needed products and services to their communities. As you consider whether it makes sense to accept ITIN to further your cooperative’s mission, here are some things to think about…No Regulation Says You Must Accept ITINChoosing not to accept ITINs for loans will not trigger a fair-lending concern. Denying an ITIN is not considered discriminatory. In fact, many credit unions (and banks) do not accept ITINs, mainly due to the unique risks involved with ITIN lending. ITIN Acceptance May Set You ApartGiven the above, ITIN acceptance may provide your credit union with a competitive advantage in your area, especially if it is experiencing rapid growth of the Hispanic population – a segment that includes millions of ITIN holders. Membership growth is another potential outcome from executing the strategy of ITIN acceptance. ITIN Can Not Stand AloneIt’s important to understand the ITIN is not a considered a form of identification. The IRS actually states on its website that the agency does not perform validation or verification of the information provided during the ITIN application process. So, it cannot be relied upon as a form of identification. However, Customer Identification Program (CIP) rules make it relatively easy to comply with account-opening Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requirements for ITIN holders. All that is needed is name, date of birth, address and one of the following: U.S. taxpayer identification number, foreign passport, U.S. immigrant ID card or government-issued document evidencing nationality with a photo from a non-U.S. country.ITIN + SSN = Red FlagA person can have either an ITIN or a SSN, but generally not both. If someone presents both, additional research is needed. If you are unable to resolve this discrepancy, this could be a situation for which a suspicious activity report (SAR) may need to be filed.Risk Tolerance Must Factor into ITIN DecisionUse of an ITIN does not automatically mean there is a higher risk the loan won’t be paid back. It does, however, present risk related to the collateral, such as the borrower being forced to leave the country before the loan is paid off. This should be considered as part of your credit union’s risk appetite.There is no right or wrong answer as to whether your credit union should accept ITINs or offer loans using an ITIN as part of the documentation. It is a business decision for your board and executive management to make as they weigh the potential impact to the community against the associated risk to the cooperative. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cindy Williams Cindy Williams is vice president of regulatory compliance for PolicyWorks, a national leader of credit union compliance solutions. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.policyworksllc.com Details
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and subcommittee Ranking Member Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., are recent additions to the growing list of Congressional Caucus speakers.NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus, Sept. 10-13 in Washington, will provide credit union attendees with the chance to hear directly from lawmakers, members of the administration and regulators on the top issues facing the industry. Credit union representatives will also have the chance to meet one-on-one with lawmakers throughout the conference.Earlier this year, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, with senior staff, met with Waters on top credit union issues, including regulatory burden. During the past Congress, she supported legislation that would have increased credit unions’ lending ability.Perlmutter serves as ranking member on the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. He has also been a long-time champion of credit unions and has previously supported increasing the industry’s member business lending cap. continue reading »
Apr 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Bangladesh’s livestock ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza has spread to two more farms, and Cambodian officials have reported poultry outbreaks near where a 13-year-old girl recently died of the disease, according to news services.The outbreak areas in Bangladesh include a farm in the western Jessore district near the Indian border, while the other is in Savar district near the capital, Dhaka, a livestock ministry spokesperson told Reuters.The new outbreaks were reported 2 days after a team of investigators from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) arrived in Dhaka to collect information on recent outbreaks and suggest containment measures, according to another Reuters report today.FAO representative Ad Spigkers told Reuters that a 10-member FAO team would spend 2 weeks in Bangladesh visiting affected farms and laboratories and interviewing farmers and government specialists.”The government is wondering how and why it came here. We are trying to get our finger on it,” Spigkers told Reuters. “There is a lot of work [to be done], every country has its special conditions. It’s a densely populated country, many chickens, many ducks.”In mid March, Bangladesh reported its first H5N1 outbreak, which struck layer chickens at a three farms near Dhaka, according to a Mar 30 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The source of the infection was unknown. Since then, 79,000 chickens have been culled on 32 farms in eight districts, Reuters reported.Myanmar, on Bangladesh’s eastern border, reported outbreaks at several poultry farms in early April.On Apr 14, agriculture officials in Cambodia said an outbreak had been discovered earlier in the week in backyard poultry in Kampong Cham province, prompting the culling of 100 birds, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The outbreak area was in the same district where a 13-year-girl recently died from an H5N1 infection.Cambodia reported its first poultry outbreak of 2007 to the OIE on Apr 12. The outbreak involved backyard poultry at five households in one village in Kampong Cham province, about 77 miles east of Phnom Penh. The disease killed 302 of 1,086 susceptible birds; the rest were destroyed. The source of the infection was not determined. It was not clear whether the outbreak referred to in the AFP report was separate from the one Cambodia reported to the OIE.Cambodia’s last poultry outbreak occurred in March 2006.See also:OIE reports on 2007 outbreaks in Cambodia and Bangladesh