About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments The sex is in the sketch! Wayne Brady has stepped into the dazzling red footwear in Kinky Boots on the Great White Way and as the Emmy winner entered the land of Lola, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson stopped by to get in on the action and pen this sketch. In addition to Brady as Lola in all her glory, the portrait features Andy Kelso as Charlie, Jeanna De Waal as Lauren, Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don, Marcus Neville as George and Courtney Wolfson as Nicola. Check it out, then catch them all at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre! Kinky Boots Daniel Stewart Sherman Star Files Related Shows Andy Kelso
Related Shows Smart People Look who took a study break to pose for the camera! The cast of off-Broadway’s Smart People met the press on January 20 and took this shot. In the New York premiere, Joshua Jackson, Mahershala Ali, Anne Son and Tessa Thompson play a quartet of Harvard intellectuals on the eve of Election Day 2008. Take a look at their close-up, then catch them in Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, directed by Kenny Leon, beginning January 26 at Second Stage! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 6, 2016
Learning the essentials of marketingIn the Ukraine, Florkowski met with a group of more than 30growers. He taught them the basic principles of postharvesthandling, marketing, sorting, grading and merchandising.”The growers were very receptive and eager to learn,” he said.Last spring, Pennsylvania State University horticulturist RobCrassweller taught the growers about variety selection, dripirrigation, orchard management and pest management. Florkowskiemphasized the link between proper cultural practices andmarketing.”They needed to understand how the grade, appearance, color,maturity and size of the fruit affect their profits,” he said.”Now they have the knowledge to increase their purchasing power,and their incomes are growing.” Expert volunteers sharing knowledgeAn economist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences, Florkowski visited the area as part of aCitizens Network for Foreign Affairs project. Funded by the U.S.Agency for International Development, CNFA organizes volunteerswho provide business and agricultural training to private farmersin parts of the former Soviet Union.”This area of the world is undergoing market reforms,” Florkowskisaid. “The Ukraine is a very young country. The farmers in thisarea produce a large crop of fruits, but they don’t produceenough for even their country’s consumption.”In the off-season, fruits and vegetables are imported from Europeand South America, he said. Immediate results, future possibilitiesFlorkowski said their newfound sorting and grading knowledge willhave immediate impact on the growers’ profit margins.”They’re in the heart of their season and can easily beginsorting and grading,” he said. “This alone should double theirprices.”By chance, Florkowski opened the door to a possible newpartnership for the Ukranian growers.”I went to the local hypermarket (grocery store) and foundshriveled, poor-quality apples,” he said. “They looked likeoversized prunes, and they were expensive, too.”Florkowski contacted the store managers and told them that thelocal growers could easily supply them with fresh, high-qualityapples.”I established the initial contact, and now the managers wouldlike to meet with the growers,” he said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIn the height of Georgia’s apple season, it’s easy to find avariety of fresh, high-quality fruit on the produce shelves. Butthis isn’t the case in countries like the Ukraine, wherepoor-quality fruit is sold in the marketplace just miles away fromorchards filled with fresh, high-quality fruit.University of Georgia professor Wojciech Florkowski recentlyreturned from a research outreach trip to the Ukraine, where heshared his marketing skills with apple and pear growers in theKirovohrad Oblast Orchard Association. Real-world experienceThe growers’ benefits from the UGA professor’s visit are obvious.But he believes the trip also benefits the U.S. and fruit growersin Georgia.”I learned new things from my visit to their orchards that I cannow share with growers in Georgia,” he said. “I can now bringthis real-world knowledge back with me and apply it when I talkwith our farmers and our students.”Florkowski said helping new democracies, especially in this areaof the world, directly benefits the United States.”The Ukraine is a strategically important country of U.S.interest,” he said. “It is located on the Black Sea, and the gasand oil supplies there are piped through to Europe. It’simportant to the U.S. for this country to be diplomatic andpeaceful.”Florkowski says CFNA-funded agricultural visits create “highreturns from small investments.””These growers just needed a little knowledge to put them overthe edge,” he said. “You can create quick impact in a relativeshort time, and you gain the satisfaction of helping others.”
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo January 08, 2020 The Castro regime spreads terror and combines repression and torture to weaken its opponents.The nongovernmental organization (NGO) the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, reported more than 3,000 arbitrary arrests in Cuba in 2019, in the midst of a defamation campaign led by the government to persecute human rights defenders, social and political leaders, and independent journalists.Detainees promoted rejecting the new constitution, which the National Assembly of People’s Power passed in a referendum on February 24; or intended to participate in political activities at the headquarters of their organizations, attend religious ceremonies, or travel within the country, said the Observatory. As of December 2019, there were 122 political prisoners.“The Cuban regime charges activists with common crimes, which are proven false, such as in the case of José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Cuban Patriotic Union [UNPACU, in Spanish], the country’s biggest opposition group, who was arrested by the political police October 1, 2019,” said Prisoners Defenders, a Spanish NGO for legal action and defense.Ferrer was jailed for the first time after a summary judgment during the Black Spring of 2003, and freed in 2011. Authorities kept him cut off from family and lawyers, and prevented him from receiving medical attention while he was physically tortured the entire time, said the NGO.Repressive actions against citizens include threats, fines, communications, artistic, and religious restrictions, in addition to surrounding their homes and forbidding them from leaving the country, says the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a member of the international group, Human Rights Watch. The government opts for repression with short-term detentions, added the commission.“The same person can be arbitrarily detained more than 15 consecutive times within a couple of months. Before we would get repressed for a few days and there would be a break, now there are no breaks,” said to Diálogo Laritza Diversent, executive director of the legal information center Cubalex, who is in exile in the United States..Punishment and exhaustion are common for those who don’t agree with the regime. “The Castro-Miguel Díaz-Canel government combines physical and psychological torture for those who demand basic civil and political rights,” said to Diálogo Cuban activist Luis Enrique Ferrer (brother of Jose Daniel Ferrer), who is in exile in the United States and a foreign representative for UNPACU. “The abuse won’t stop until key opposition figures and human rights defenders are removed, such as my brother, so that they’re no longer in the streets when the people’s spontaneous demonstrations occur.”On November 22, Amnesty International asked the Cuban government for access, as an observer, of the still unscheduled judicial process of José Daniel Ferrer. Authorities accuse him of kidnapping and participating in a violent incident against another person, according to Cuban state television. “In these cases, international aid is necessary. The human rights outlook on the island is very difficult; we’ve spent decades enduring systematic repression,” Diversent concluded.
Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. HMD Global may be bringing back 4G models of the Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300, as per reports. The old models were spotted on Swedish telecom operator Telia’s refreshed list of devices that will support Wi-Fi calling, according to reports. However, Telia’s site no longer mentions the phones. The listing indicates that Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300 may be up for a revamped relaunch soon, cashing in on the nostalgia of customers who used the Nokia phones back in the 2000s.As per a report by German site WinFuture, Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300’s 4G models were mentioned on Telia, indicating that improved versions of the old Nokia phones with 4F LTE support will be making a comeback. No other specifications were mentioned on the listing or by HMD Global.- Advertisement – The listing, however, no longer has these two Nokia models under its list of devices that will support Wi-Fi calling. Other Nokia phones such as Nokia 8, Nokia 9, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 5.3, Nokia 7.2, Nokia 2720 flip, Nokia 8.3, Nokia 3.4, Nokia 2.4, and Nokia 225 4G are mentioned. Latest models from Apple, Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and other brands are also mentioned in the listing.Nokia 6300 was released back in 2006. It had a 2-megapixel camera, an S40 OS, and was a popular phone at the time. Nokia 8000, meanwhile, could be based on any of the Nokia 8000 series models that the company was making.However, since the two Nokia phones were taken off the Telia listing, the possibility that the names made it there by mistake still remains. If Nokia does indeed plan on releasing 4G versions of Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300, it is likely to release some more details about the same soon.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
MPs reject withdrawal agreement againThis afternoon, MPs in the UK’s lower house of parliament voted against the withdrawal agreement for the third time in as many months. The agreement was rejected by a margin of 58 votes.Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, has called an emergency meeting for 10 April to discuss the implications.In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April. #Brexit— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 29, 2019In a statement, the European Commission said the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit had increased because of the result in Westminster today.“The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a ‘no-deal’ scenario at midnight on 12 April,” the Commission said. “The EU will remain united. The benefits of the withdrawal agreement, including a transition period, will in no circumstances be replicated in a ‘no-deal’ scenario. Sectoral mini-deals are not an option.”The UK had been due to exit the EU today, but the government was twice defeated in its attempts to pass its withdrawal agreement through parliament. The EU extended the Article 50 deadline until 12 April to give the UK government time to explore other options.‘Deeply disappointing’ UK prime minister Theresa May signed the letter triggering Article 50 – and formally beginning the Brexit process – two years agoSeparately, the FCA has “reaffirmed” a commitment with the US regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to “continue close cooperation and information sharing” after Brexit.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was originally signed in 2006 and relates to all elements of financial regulation between the UK and US.Andrew Bailey, the FCA’s chief executive, recently met with SEC chairman Jay Clayton to sign two updated MoUs regarding cross-border and international regulation and information sharing.Bailey said: “As part of our preparations for Brexit we have been working with our partners in the EU and globally to ensure there is minimal disruption. These MoUs will ensure the UK can continue to be a key market for funds and fund managers. Today’s amendments will ensure continuity and stability for consumers and investors in the UK and US.”Clayton added: “The SEC and the FCA have a long history of effective cooperation on supervisory and other matters. The amended MoUs we entered into today reaffirm this commitment and collaboration with respect to the oversight of our respective registrants for the benefit of each of our markets and investors.” Nausicaa Delfas, executive director of international at the FCA, said: “The documents published today are the final stages in our preparations in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an implementation period: they ensure that firms have certainty of the financial regime they will be operating within, and so can plan accordingly to meet the needs of their customers.”The FCA’s policy statement is available here. Chris Cummings, the Investment AssociationChris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, the lobby group for the UK’s £7.7trn (€8.9trn) asset management industry, described the situation as “deeply disappointing”.“The immediate and now urgent priority is to avoid a no-deal cliff edge that would be the worst possible outcome for millions of savers and investors and for the asset management industry,” Cummings said.“It is deeply disappointing that given we are potentially just days away from leaving the EU, we continue to see this political paralysis. Whatever form the next political moves take, the government has to deliver a deal which protects the British economy and does not further damage investors’ confidence in the UK as a place to do business.“It is now urgent that politicians find a way to work together that protects UK savers, our economy and our international competitiveness.”Cummings had already called for asset managers to implement their contingency plans for a no-deal scenario, saying earlier this month that they had “no choice” due to parliament’s “paralysis”.He added today: “The industry also needs certainty about how future regulation will impact us, and our customers. The UK is the largest centre for asset management in Europe and maintaining that position is crucial to the health of the UK economy, so we need the UK to have a strong voice in the rules and regulations that govern us.“It is also vital that the industry can continue to offer products and services across borders. Currently, UK investors can save into more than 10,000 different funds and we need to maintain that access so that they have the widest possible choice to grow their money.” The UK’s financial regulator has finalised its rulebook for asset managers and other market players in the event of the UK leaving the EU without agreeing a withdrawal deal.The announcement comes as UK lawmakers voted against the withdrawal agreement struck between UK and EU negotiators in November – the third time the agreement has been rejected.The measures finalised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today relate to companies in the European Economic Area doing business within the UK, and vice versa. They were mostly unchanged from plans set out a month ago, the FCA said in a statement, and generally allowed for firms to keep operating under existing rules for a limited period of 15 months, despite the potential abrupt end of the UK’s EU membership – now set for 12 April.
In comments reported on Bournemouth’s website, Brendan Rodgers, who presented the award to Howe, said: “He’s done a fine job, a remarkable job, and done it with style and humility.” Bournemouth secured the title on the final day of the season as they beat Charlton 3-0 while Watford were held to a draw by Sheffield Wednesday. Mourinho took the top flight award after a league and Capital One Cup double but did not attend the ceremony in London to collect it as he was at Chelsea’s own club awards event. The Portuguese had already been named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season despite not once winning the monthly award throughout the season. Despite the accolades coming his way, Mourinho was still complaining about a perceived lack of recognition for his side in his speech at Chelsea’s event. Mourinho said: “I don’t think my players got the respect that they deserve after what they did from day one until the last day. “And these are words that I really feel, serious words.” The League One award went to Steve Cotterill after Bristol City’s title-winning season. The only divisional award not to go to the boss of the title-winning side was the League Two gong, which went to Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth despite his side losing the play-off final to Southend on penalties. Bradford City’s Phil Parkinson was named FA Cup manager of the year after his side beat Chelsea and Sunderland en route to the quarter-finals of the competition. Press Association Howe, who was also named Championship manager of the year after the Cherries’ title-winning season, is the first manager from outside the top flight to take the overall award since Steve Coppell, then of Reading, won in 2006. The award came as recognition of Howe leading Bournemouth to the title, and promotion to the Premier League, with limited resources compared to many of his club’s rivals. Eddie Howe has been named Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association after guiding Bournemouth to the top flight while Jose Mourinho was named Premier League manager of the year on Tuesday evening.
June 14, 2020 Update on the latest sports The union’s action might lead to a season of about 50 games rather than the 82 initially proposed by MLB. The Major League Baseball Players Association could respond by filing a grievance that would be heard by arbitrator Mark Irvings, arguing players are owed hundreds of millions of dollars in damages due to a shorter season.MLB responded with a statement accusing the union of not negotiating in good faith and cited the March agreement that called for prorated salaries but did not obligate teams to play in empty ballparks. Clubs could file a grievance claiming the union did not meet its “good faith” obligation.Overall, this could spark lengthy litigation and could even prompt some star players to sit out.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— College officials haven’t come up with a consensus opinion on whether to announce how many of their athletes test positive for the coronavirus. Nearly half of the 66 Football Bowl Subdivision members that responded to an Associated Press inquiry said they were still deciding whether to announce the number of athletes with positive tests. Just over half of the schools will not release any numbers to the general public. Schools are trying to balance the public’s right to know during a pandemic against student privacy rights. Briscoe finds a way, wins Xfinity race at HomesteadHOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Chase Briscoe lost much of his team and got a win for them. Briscoe survived two late cautions and a frantic overtime finish to prevail in the Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.The result added to a nightmarish weekend for Noah Gragson, who saw a huge lead slip away in the final laps for the second consecutive day. Gragson led late in Saturday’s race, also at Miami, before a caution tightened the field and gave Harrison Burton the chance to grab the win on the final lap.On Sunday, Briscoe was without crew chief Richard Boswell, car chief Nick Hutchins and engineer DJ Vanderley, all of whom began serving four-race suspensions for a safety violation that happened Saturday. So Briscoe — a big Tony Stewart fan growing up — got Stewart-Haas Racing competition director Greg Zipadelli to fill in as his crew chief and prevailed.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-KOERNER HURT UNDATED (AP) — The predominantly white sport of hockey has a checkered history of racism and a culture of not speaking out. The death of George Floyd in Minnesota has changed that.A number of white NHL players have decided to join their black counterparts in discussing the issue. More than 100 players have posted statements on social media.Kim Davis is the NHL’s executive vice president of social impact and the highest-ranked African American in the league. She says she thinks many players are realizing the truth about what she calls “the racial pandemic.” Floyd’s death in police custody has touched off an extraordinary reckoning of race and race relations, and sports have been part of it, from European soccer to the NFL. It has also made ripples in NASCAR, which like the NHL has predominately white athletes and, by most accounts, a largely white fan base.NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-XFINITY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-COLONIALBerger takes ColonialFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour completed a safe and successful return to competition, and so did Daniel Berger. He made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole and then won the Charles Schwab Challenge by saving par behind the 17th hole in a playoff. Collin Morikawa, who missed a 6-foot putt in regulation for the win, missed a 3-foot par putt in the playoff.Berger closed with a 4-under 66, his 28th consecutive round at par or better dating to Oct. 11 at the Houston Open.Even over the final hour, a half-dozen players were still in the mix. All that was missing was the sound and energy of a gallery, with the PGA Tour not allowing spectators for the opening five events in its return.Commissioner Jay Monahan called it a phenomenal return because all 487 coronavirus tests at Colonial came back negative.NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-SCENE VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball players say talks futile, tell MLB to order returnUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears headed to its shortest season since the 1870s.Baseball players have told the commissioner’s office that any more talks on starting the season would be pointless, and that owners should order a return to work.Union head Tony Clark said in a statement Saturday that “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.” Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accidentIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner (KOHR’-ner) has been injured in a jet ski collision on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and his passenger, Cole Coffin, were hurt on Friday when their watercraft crashed into the side of a boat. Coffin was taken to a hospital by aircraft. There was no immediate word on his injuries or condition. Koerner was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Associated Press Kamara lauds Wallace’s courage after NASCAR’s trying weekHOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — A bit of normalcy returned to sports as a small number of fans were welcomed to Homestead-Miami Speedway. About 1,000 people, mostly military members and their families, attended Sunday’s NASCAR race.It was the first time NASCAR raced in front of fans since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports worldwide.Bubba Wallace wore a mask in the colors of the American flag as he stood for the national anthem. Wallace is the only full-time black driver in the Cup Series and had input in NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag from its events.New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was there to support Wallace. — Louisiana Tech officials say a football player has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he and some of his teammates have been instructed to self-quarantine for two weeks. School officials say contact tracing helped officials identify additional football players who could have been exposed. Louisiana Tech has not released the names of the players being required to quarantine and has not specified how many players were identified for possible exposure. The Bulldogs reported to campus in Ruston, Louisiana, on June 1 for physicals and medical testing. They began on-field conditioning during the past week and are scheduled to begin weight training this week.— An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. The teams say the staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well. The team says all other staff members or players involved in phase 2 of the NHL’s testing protocol have tested negative as teams prepare to start voluntary small-group workouts on Monday. NHL mandatory training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement to returning to play later this summer.— The Spanish league says it will file criminal charges against a fan who ran onto the field during Barcelona’s match at Mallorca. Saturday’s match was played without fans but the youngster wearing an Argentina soccer jersey made it past security and took a photo of himself in front of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. The league said the fan, who was not wearing a mask or gloves when he entered the field early in the second half, disobeyed orders from security personnel and broke health safety laws in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.AMERICA PROTESTS-NHLWhite NHL players find their voice on racism
Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team Captain, Olumide Oyedeji, has pulled out of the 2016 Olympic Games less than three weeks to the commencement of the global event scheduled to hold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Oyedeji who made his national team debut for Nigeria during the World University Games in Italy in 1997 and was also part of the team to the African Championship in Senegal same year decided to pull out due to personal reasons. According to D’Tigers’ most capped player, there are more pressing issues from the family that he has to attend to which will not make him to be available with the team at the early stages of the Olympics hence the decision to withdraw so that the team will not be affected.However, the former NBA star will be in Rio as soon as he is through with his family, in the capacity of the International Olympics Committee Career Programme.Oyedeji who was part of the team’s pre-Olympics tournament in China wished the team a successful participation in the competition while urging the players to make Nigeria proud in Rio.Oyedeji, who featured at the London Olympics four years ago, was instrumental to Nigeria securing the Rio Olympics ticket at the Afrobasket Championship D’Tigers won last year.However, there are speculations that Oyedeji’s name was not on the list of first 12 players sent to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).The former NBA player’s name was reportedly placed in the reserves list with one other player, meaning he is not considered good enough for the team except if injury occurs to one of the 12 players already registered for the Games.Meanwhile, D’Tigers who defeated Argentina in a build-up game on Monday will play against same Argentina, Croatia, Spain, Lithuania and host Brazil in the group stage of Rio2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The move comes just days after they told England and Scotland they could not wear poppies on their jerseys when they meet on Armstice Day.World football’s governing body prohibits political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.