Hamilton officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, and we have a feeling it has secured its place in the frontrunners for quite a while. The show played to 100.66% capacity this past week, and with raves and much buzz, we expect the musical’s grosses to soar even higher in the near future. Additionally, Penn & Teller, which announced on August 7 that it had recouped its Broadway investment, took in over $1.4 million. The magic act disappears from the Marquis Theatre on August 16. Meanwhile, It Shoulda Been You concluded its Broadway run with its highest grossing week. After struggling to stay afloat in a palatial venue, On the Town announced that it will close on September 6. Meanwhile, Amazing Grace, after appearing at the bottom of the boards in terms of revenue and capacity, may need some divine intervention to remain open.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 9:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,333,537)2. Aladdin ($2,078,163)*3. Wicked ($1,980,056)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,605,195)*5. Penn & Teller ($1,422,088)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. It Shoulda Been You ($494,033)4. On the Town ($460,190)3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($396,374)**2. Hand to God ($288,012)1. Amazing Grace ($272,287)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (102.99%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.53%)*3. Mamma Mia! (100.81%)4. Hamilton (100.66%)***5. The Lion King (100.01%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (72.61%)**4. Hand to God (70.08%)3. Jersey Boys (67.48%)2. On the Town (57.92%)1. Amazing Grace (54.34%)* Number based on nine regular performances**Number based on seven regular performances***Number based on four preview performances and four regular performancesSource: The Broadway League Related Shows Hamilton View Comments from $149.00
Not Your Average Race RigWashington, D.C.When Jefferson Smith hit the bike transition at the Nation’s Triathlon, riders around him were hopping on expensive, lightweight road rigs. Smith, though, took off on a red 40-pound street cruiser that he rented from Capital Bikeshare, Washington’s citywide public bike rental program. It took Smith over two hours to finish the 25-mile leg, but for his efforts the D.C. Department of Transportation refunded his rental fees.Bling and BangAtlanta, GA.Buy a diamond; get a free gun. That’s the promotion at Atlanta jeweler D. Geller and Son, which is passing out vouchers for free rifles with a diamond purchase greater than $2,499. Business owner Mike Geller told a local news station that many of his customers are hunters. Diamond purchasers must redeem the voucher through a gun dealer after completing mandatory legal requirements for gun purchases.95-Year-Old Rafts The NewNew River Gorge, W.VA.In late summer Meyer Melman celebrated his 95th birthday with a whitewater rafting trip on the New River. Industry vet and managing partner of Adventures on the Gorge Dave Arnold told the Charleston Gazette he thinks Melman is the oldest person his guides have ever taken down the river. Melman, who bounced down the class II-IV lower stretch of the New, is a retired grocer who didn’t start rafting until he was 80. This was his second trip on the New and he’s vowed to return for his 100th birthday.Flying Tomato JailedNashville, TENN. Olympic snowboarding gold medalist and X Games dominator Shaun White landed himself in a Music City pokey after being arrested for public intoxication and vandalism back in September. The 26-year-old boarding phenom apparently pulled the fire alarm at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel where he was staying, and after fleeing an employee, he knocked into a fence and gave himself a black eye. Police said White was acting drunk and reeked of booze.Race in SpaceEarlier this fall Astronaut Sunita Williams completed the first triathlon in space. Hovering 240 miles above the Earth on the International Space Station, Williams raced along with the California-based Nautica Malibu Triathlon, using a treadmill to run four miles, a stationary bike for the race’s 18-mile ride, and a strength-training machine to simulate the half-mile swim. Williams finished the race in 1:48:33Good Dog, Bad NeighborsLeechburg, PA. A Pennsylvania couple has been charged with conspiracy and not making a reasonable effort to return lost property after selling a neighbor’s dog that wandered into their yard. Scott and Roxanne Duff told police their neighbor’s Rottweiler puppy ran away, but it was later revealed they sold the dog on Craigslist for $50.Beyond the Blue RidgeSingletrack SettlementDeerfield Beach, FLA. Mountain biking in Florida might not sound too extreme, but a woman—unnamed as settlement negotiations were still ongoing at press time—will potentially collect $17,500 from Broward County taxpayers after an endo on the trails of Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield left her with injuries. The woman claims she has incurred $81,000 in medical bills after fracturing her cervical vertebrae. County officials, though, claimed she was technically a trespasser who shouldn’t have been riding the trails, because she didn’t sign a waiver and watch an instructional video, both requirements for riding the IMBA-designed singletrack at Quiet Waters.Hey, Don’t Eat That TurtleTampa, FLA.A 15-pound endangered turtle nearly became a Florida fisherman’s dinner, but a neighbor blew the whistle before the big feast. The man found the rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle back in May and had been keeping it in a tank in his backyard. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued the turtle before it could become soup meat and rehabilitated it at an aquarium before releasing it into the wild.Drunk Cyclist Rides into DUI CheckpointRed Bluff, CALIF.The Red Bluff Police Department didn’t arrest any drunk drivers while holding a five-hour checkpoint back in September. But when 30-year-old Christopher Pence pedaled right into the checkpoint area officers stopped him for riding without a headlight. The cyclist was visibly intoxicated and charged with suspicion of riding a bicycle while under the influence.Living Not So LargeSan Francisco, CALIF. The city of San Francisco is considering approval of the smallest apartments in the country. While many people dream of owning vast acreage, people in the City by the Bay could soon be able to rent a pad that’s just 220 square feet—reported to be just double the size of some prison cells.
Beginnings of WHINSEC Speech on U.S.-Cuba relations The celebration also featured the oldest and youngest U.S. and international members of the team joining the Institute Command Group to cut the anniversary cake. Several community leaders joined in the event and ensuing reception. Dr. Frank O. Mora, the director of the Latin America and Caribbean Center (LACC) at Florida International University (FIU) delivered the keynote address, in which he spoke of his expectations for U.S.-Cuba relations. Mora, who is also a professor of Politics and International Relations at FIU in Miami, Florida, has years of experience and expertise on Cuba issues in academia and from his service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs. During his speech, Dr. Mora predicted and hoped that Cuban Military personnel would be students and faculty members in the near future. Following the tenure of Col. Downie, Colonel Gilberto Perez, Colonel Felix Santiago, and Colonel Glenn Huber have led an Institute that has been praised by the U.S. and other Militaries. In 2013, WHINSEC was named a U.S. Army Institute of Excellence, and it has revamped its courses to ensure they are of the highest quality and cover a wide range of topics. At WHINSEC’s 15th Anniversary celebration, the Commandant, U.S. Army Colonel Keith W. Anthony stated the institute will refrain from public observances of its anniversary for 10 years, until its Silver Anniversary. He assured the audience it will continue to grow in quality and service during that time. By Dialogo February 03, 2016 Since opening its doors, WHINSEC has trained and educated more than 21,000 students sent by 34 countries. Nearly 2,000 of those students (1,983) were trained and educated during the last fiscal year alone. On January 17, 2001, Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy de Leon hosted the opening ceremony for WHINSEC, welcoming U.S. Army Colonel Richard D. Downie as the first “Director” (the title of Commandant came later). Latin American cultures celebrate “Quinceañeras” (from the Spanish word for fifteen) to signify the coming of age of girls on their 15th birthday. While traditions vary in different countries, typically the girl’s parents organize a large, formal party for the birthday girl. Since it began 15 years ago, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) has matured and become an integral part of the U.S. Army’s educational system. In recognition of that, WHINSEC celebrated with a “Quinceañera” party on January 14th. WHINSEC has moved a couple of times. Initially, it made a temporary move to buildings along Richardson Circle before occupying the complex that was the first Fort Benning Hospital in April 2014. The WHINSEC campus, when completely renovated, will consist of eight buildings with 17 classrooms to serve the two schools and an Academy that form the Institute.
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The draft proposal, drawn up late last week by Estonia, highlights “growing concern about the unprecedented extent of the COVID-19 outbreak in the world, which may constitute a threat to international peace and security.”It also calls for “full transparency” over the outbreak — wording seen by some to allude to US criticism of government secrecy in China, where the virus first emerged.”The members of the Security Council urge the member states to put more emphasis on helping the ones most exposed and vulnerable to the virus and the populations in dire humanitarian situations,” the draft, seen by AFP, says.It adds that “no country can succeed alone.” Uncertain schedule World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Monday that the pandemic was clearly “accelerating” as the number of deaths surged close to 16,000, with over 350,000 declared infections.The Security Council, chaired in March by China, has not met since March 12, with most UN staff and diplomats from the national missions working from home to avoid infection, though the New York headquarters remains open.On Thursday it must renew the mandate of UN experts responsible for sanctions imposed on North Korea for one year and extend the peace mission in Somalia for one year.According to diplomats, the council must also extend the peacekeepers’ mission in Darfur by two months, without modifying the numbers of troops.Originally, the Security Council was supposed to decide on a gradual withdrawal to create at the end of October a political mission in Sudan and close its peacekeeping operation in Darfur.Council meetings on Syria andTopics : A UN Security Council declaration requires the support of all 15 members to be adopted and published. The UN Security Council, which has not met for 12 days due to the coronavirus outbreak, is deeply divided over a proposed declaration on the crisis and holding “virtual” meetings to vote on resolutions, diplomatic sources said Monday.The impasse comes as world leaders struggle to respond to the pandemic, with rivals US and China engaged in a war of words as medical experts plead for unified action.”South Africa [a non-permanent council member] rejected [the proposed declaration] first. Russia and China engaged earlier, but later on also blocked it,” a source told AFP.
Amid concerns over Indonesia’s ever-growing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases, several regional heads across the archipelago have come forward and announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19.Nadjmi Adhani, the mayor of Banjarbaru in South Kalimantan, posted a video message on Instagram on Monday, informing the public that he and his wife had contracted the coronavirus. In the 2-minute clip, Nadjmi is seen wearing an oxygen mask while addressing the viewers from what appears to be a hospital room.“I’d like to remind all Banjarbaru residents that COVID-19 is no laughing matter,” he said in the video.“[The disease] is real and we have to fight it by adhering to health protocols.”Nadjmi went on to say that Banjarbaru deputy mayor Darmawan Jaya Setiawan would oversee all official matters related to the administration during his recovery period.As of Monday, South Kalimantan had confirmed 5,689 COVID-19 cases and 273 deaths from the disease.In South Sumatra, Ogan Ilir Regent Ilyas Panji Alam told a press conference about his COVID-19-positive diagnosis on Monday.Ilyas, who sat on a couch in his official residence while tethered to an intravenous pole throughout the press conference, said he had previously had his swab sample tested at Bhayangkara Palembang Hospital and that the result came back positive.“According to the test result that I received this morning, I have contracted COVID-19,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.“To colleagues who have come into contact with me, please have yourself tested.”Read also: Tanjungpinang mayor dies at 59 after testing positive for COVID-19Ilyas said that, although he felt healthy, he would remain isolated in his home for the foreseeable future to minimize the risk of further viral infection in the region.He called on Ogan Ilir locals to comply with the available health procedures, including maintaining a safe physical distance between one another and wearing a face mask in public.South Sumatra had recorded 3,275 positive COVID-19 cases and 154 fatalities linked to the disease as of Monday.In Central Java, Surakarta Deputy Mayor Achmad Purnomo was declared coronavirus-free on Saturday after having previously tested positive for COVID-19.“The test came out negative,” Achmad told tribunnews.com on Monday.Despite the encouraging test result, however, Achmad is still due to remain in self-quarantine to ensure full recovery.As of Monday, Central Java had confirmed 8,622 COVID-19 cases and 574 deaths. (rfa) Topics :
The New Zealand Diversity Survey: Findings from the first four quartersReport to EEO Trust by NZ Work Research Institute 22 October 2014This reports overviews findings from the New Zealand Diversity Survey (NZDS) for the four quarterly analyses, undertaken between November 2013 and August 2014. Across the four iterations of the NZDS, the respondent population (which varied between 1468 and 750) was reasonably consistent in terms of organisation size and industry sector, and in terms of the overall survey findings.The diversity issues most commonly perceived by respondents as most important to their organisation were wellbeing/wellness, aging workforce and flexibility. Other issues of concern were bias, ethnicity, gender, bullying and harassment, and employment transition for younger staff.The diversity issues least commonly reported as most important were disability, sexuality and religion. For all issues, apart from flexibility and employment transition for youth, the likelihood of the issue being perceived as important increases as organisation size increases.Flexible work arrangements offered to staff included teleworking, with approximately 60% of respondents’ organisations having staff that telework at least 1 day per week. Around half of respondents’ organisations have programmes to encourage valuable staff who take parental leave to return to work, with medium sized and large organisations being more likely to do this than their smaller counterparts.Respondents’ organisations appear cognisant of the increasing need to engage older workers in the workforce, with just over half of respondents’ organisations encouraging the recruitment of workers over the age of 55 years. This practice appears to be independent of organisation size.Nearly one-third of respondents’ organisations had reported incidents of bullying or harassment in the previous 12 months. Bullying or harassment reporting appears to be more prevalent in large organisations.
OSGOOD, Ind. — St. Louis and the Ripley County Engineering Academy won in their divisions at the 6th Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Jac-Cen-Del Elementary.In Division I (middle school) St. Louis’ “Rube World Staffers” consisted of 7th graders.The team walked away with the Teamwork Award, Spirit of Rube Goldberg Award, and the Judges Award.The team will advance to the national contest scheduled for March 26 in Columbus, Ohio.In Division II (high school), the Ripley County Engineering’ machine “Operation Sam” not only captured first place in the division, but also won the People’s Choice Award, Teamwork Award, Judges Award, and the Peer Award.The team will advance to the National contest on March 25 in Columbus, Ohio.
Senior positions in football remain a “bastion of white male domination”, the head of the game’s anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has warned. A Premier League statement said a review of the matter was underway ahead of the audit and remuneration committee meeting. The league statement said: “We do not recognise this characterisation of the working environment at the Premier League, nor do we believe that it can be supported by the facts. “The chief executive has already apologised for any offence caused and a proper review of all the evidence is now underway within the Premier League’s established and rigorous procedures. “This process is not yet concluded and it is therefore not possible to offer comments in detail at this stage. However we will make a further statement in due course “The Premier League continues to be fully committed to treating all staff fairly and on merit, regardless of gender.” The emails referred to women in a derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendoes, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. A Downing Street spokesman said Prime Minister David Cameron shared the view expressed by sports minister Helen Grant that Scudamore’s comments were “unacceptable” but that it was for the Premier League to decide on his future. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Helen Grant … was right to say what she did, I have clearly associated the Prime Minister directly with those remarks. “But in terms of staffing decisions at the Premier League, it’s for the Premier League.” The Prime Minister admitted he had not personally read the messages sent by Mr Scudamore but said everyone had to treat others with respect. Asked if a minister would survive in their job if they admitted sexist behaviour, he told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I don’t think they would. “I have to be careful what I say because I haven’t seen these specific emails but…we have to set and keep high standards in politics. “I have tried to enforce that in my own party.” He added: “I haven’t actually seen the emails myself but obviously people should treat everybody else with respect.” Ouseley’s speech will say: “In effect and in reality the top of the football pyramid is still a bastion of white male domination and finds difficulty in having to face up to the challenge of change which, if tackled seriously, would mean giving up some space to allow the participation of women, black, Asian and disabled people as equals within its decision-making structures and as employees at all levels. “Some in leadership positions are trying to move policies and practices forward positively but progress, while notable and helpful, remains painfully slow. “More often than not there is little or no interest whatsoever in the boardrooms or the senior management teams for any high-profile equality and diversity activity, and most clubs and some of the over-arching bodies would be much more comfortable for it to go away as an issue. “In fact, many leaders in football hold the view that there is no longer a race or discrimination problem and it is time for Kick It Out to pack its bags and move on.” Meanwhile, the Premier League has defended its working environment after the woman who blew the whistle on the sexist emails said she was “humiliated” and “demeaned”. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Rani Abraham said: “They were sexist – very, very degrading to women.” Asked what she thought should happen to Scudamore, she said: “I feel he should resign” – and if he did not, then “he should be asked to leave”. The Football Association’s independent board member Heather Rabbatts, who will chair a meeting of its inclusion advisory board to discuss the case on Tuesday, has said Scudamore should consider his position in light of “growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism” at the Premier League. Lord Herman Ouseley, in comments to be delivered to the 20th anniversary dinner of Kick It Out on Tuesday, says there is little interest among clubs in introducing equality or diversity in board rooms. Ouseley’s speech comes with interest focused as a Premier League committee meets to discuss sexist emails sent by chief executive Richard Scudamore. Press Association