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School of Rock Filmmaker Mike White Thumbs Up the Broadway Musical Version

first_imgSchool of Rock movie scribe and co-star Mike White put his stamp of approval on the Broadway version when he attended a performance at the Winter Garden Theatre. After rocking out to “Stick It to the Man” and more, the filmmaker headed backstage to greet composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, star Alex Brightman and a whole gaggle of talented kids. You better belive White pledged allegiance to the band…and the gods of rock (and Broadway) were definitely smiling. School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Showslast_img read more

Guns not the real reason for violence

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFrank Giordano from Schenectady writes, “U.S. gun proponents tend to view gun ownership as a right.” Where could that idea possibly have come from?Maybe since it’s from the Second Amendment of the Constitution, in the Bill of Rights, where it states, “… the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”Since it’s in the Bill of Rights, clearly stated as a right, could that be why its considered a right? Want to look at the definition of the word infringe — act so as to limit or undermine.The gun is a symptom; it’s not the problem. Please don’t tell me that mass murder at its core isn’t an act of someone with mental health issues. Look at how society has changed in 30 years and even less — the overmedicating of children, no discipline at home, no discipline allowed in schools, graphic and violent video games, kids lacking respect for authority be it parents, school or law, and being told if it feels good do it. They can even pick if they want to identify as a boy or a girl. Some don’t even know what bathroom to use. With all this junk going on in schools, to single out the gun and call this a gun control issue is irresponsible. The gun is a tool. It’s a symptom but it’s not the issue.Pat WalshGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

IT giant set to board the Ark

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Andre Santos hits out at Arsenal’s mentality under Arsene Wenger

first_imgAndre Santos says Arsenal’s players laughed after a defeat under Arsene Wenger (Getty Images)Andre Santos has slammed the mentality of Arsenal’s squad under Arsene Wenger and claims players were even laughing on the team bus after a defeat.The 36-year-old was signed in a £6.2 million deal from Fenerbahce in 2011 but he made just 33 appearances for the Gunners and struggled to secure a regular role in the side.Santos did not win a trophy during his two seasons in north London and admits Arsenal’s mentality during his time at the club was poor.‘I couldn’t win the title but I was very happy at Arsenal,’ Santos told UOL.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Nov 2019 2:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link824Shares Comment Andre Santos hits out at Arsenal’s mentality under Arsene Wenger Advertisement Andre Santos says there was ‘no ambition to win’ at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘Living well, training, but at Arsenal I saw no ambition to win.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When I’m in a club, I want to lift the title, but I saw that Arsenal didn’t have that ambition.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It felt like they played for no reason. They would lose a game, but on the bus they would be laughing.‘It felt like a job at the office, you do your job then you go back home. There was no eagerness to win.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Talks about Investing in Early Childhood Education (VIDEO)

first_img December 16, 2015 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Videos We have got to get this right, or we pay a price down the road.Watch Governor Wolf talk about the importance of investing in early childhood education, and then read Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel’s blog post for more about fighting crime by investing in kids.center_img BLOG: Governor Wolf Talks about Investing in Early Childhood Education (VIDEO) SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Spanish third-quarter pension fund returns continue upswing

first_imgSpain’s occupational pension funds continued their upswing in performance during the third quarter to post a 3.48% return over the 12 months to 30 September, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO).This brings the average annualised returns for Spanish occupational funds to 4.52% for the three years to 30 September and 5.99% for the five years to that date.INVERCO said: “The markets contributed in a very positive way to value generation for pension plan members, especially in July, when international exchanges achieved very positive returns.“The outstanding performance came from those plans with a greater exposure to long-term fixed income.”  The 12-month performance to the end of June had been -0.49%, an improvement on the -3.33% for the 12 months to the end of March, largely caused by market instability in the first few months of the year.According to David Cienfuegos, head of investment for Spain at Willis Towers Watson, the 12 months to March 2016 was probably the worst year-to-year period since 2011, so subsequent year-to-year results would benefit simply by excluding the market peak in March 2015.Meanwhile, equity markets have rebounded from their March 2016 lows.“In addition,” Cienfuegos said, “we’ve seen euro bond prices continue to rise, as yields collapsed to their lowest levels by the end of the third quarter of 2016. However, since then, yields have gone up, and that will probably hurt performance for corporate pension funds overexposed to traditional fixed income.”He said some of Spain’s largest occupational pension funds had dramatically reduced their overall exposure to traditional fixed income, while incorporating US credit, high yield, securitised credit and loans to fight the current low-yield market environment.“Alternative credit has been a clear trend in the market for the past few quarters, and we expect that to continue into 2017,” he said.“Furthermore, absolute return-type strategies are clearly an area corporate pension funds in Spain are exploring to potentially protect their portfolio against a challenging market environment over the next few years.”As of the end of September, total assets under management for the occupational pensions sector stood at €35.3bn, an increase of 0.9% over the past 12 months.Total pension assets, including those in individual plans, have risen to €104.6bn, a 3% increase over the year.For pension funds as a whole, the biggest single component of portfolios – 30.8% – is still invested in Spanish government bonds, though there has been a slight shift in the past quarter towards Spanish corporate bonds, which now form 18.3% of portfolios.Fixed income investments overall, including non-domestic holdings, make up 57.6% of portfolios.But equity allocations have slowly increased, to 23.7% of portfolios.Meanwhile, Mercer’s Pension Investment Performance Service (PIPS) shows that non-euro-zone equities was the best-performing asset class over the 12 months to end-September, with a 13% return, compared with 0.7% for euro-zone equities and 4.9% for fixed income.The overall return was 4.8% for the 12 months to the end of September, compared with 0.9% for the 12 months to the end of June.Xavier Bellavista, principal at Mercer, said non-euro-zone equities had done well over the past year because the US and, in particular, emerging markets had done better than other regions, while Europe was the worst-performing equities market.“Fixed income holdings have done well because they have a bias towards euro-zone government, and Spanish, fixed income,” he said. “These assets have benefited from falling interest rates.”Bellavista said Spanish pension funds were continuing to diversify their asset allocation and, in particular, their fixed income assets to tackle the extremely low interest-rate environment.“We have been recommending very prudent decisions to our clients,” he said.“We think equities will generate reasonable returns, with the upside risk to earnings growth balanced by the upside risk to interest rates. For government bonds, there is further upside risk to yields, which are still exceptionally low in historic terms.”last_img read more

Singapore, Japan Set Sights on LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers

first_imgThe Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. The working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).MPA said that the study will focus on the technical details such as fuel tank capacities and refueling requirements to assess the feasibility of running LNG-fuelled car carriers between Japan and Singapore.The joint feasibility study was announced at the inaugural Singapore and Japan Port Seminar 2017 held in Singapore today.The study will be one of the activities jointly undertaken by MPA and MLIT under the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in April 2017 that aims to bolster cooperation between the duo in areas such as port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector.“Shipping can be less pollutive and the International Maritime Organization has introduced a 0.5% global sulfur cap by 2020. This is an opportunity for Singapore and Japan to co-lead in a global search for solutions to make shipping greener. In particular, the joint study on the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers between Japan and Singapore offers great promise. It extends bilateral cooperation to shipping and raises bilateral cooperation to a new level,”  Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Transport of Singapore, said. “I believe that Singapore, the world’s top bunkering port, and Japan, the world’s top LNG importer, have the responsibility to contribute to the development of global shipping through jointly promoting the use of LNG as marine fuel,” Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, added.Today, both countries are ready to provide LNG bunkering operations using trucks and are now looking into the next phase of LNG bunkering for ocean-going vessels.In October 2016, MPA and MLIT signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding, concluded in Singapore, to widen the network of LNG bunker-ready ports in Europe, the US, and Asia.last_img read more

Malaysia establishes diplomatic ties with Vatican

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyle Malaysia establishes diplomatic ties with Vatican by: – July 18, 2011 Share The Vatican said the talks between the two leaders had been “cordial”The Vatican and Malaysia have agreed to establish diplomatic ties, following a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.The move comes after years of talks between the Catholic Church and the government of majority-Muslim Malaysia.Mr Najib’s visit was said to have been intended to reassure Christians in his country, who have long complained of discrimination.Ethnic and religious tensions have risen ahead of expected national polls.On Monday Mr Najib met the Pope at his summer home near Rome.In a statement, the Vatican said that during their “cordial conversations, the positive developments in bilateral relations were discussed and an agreement was reached to establish diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Holy See”.The Vatican said the two leaders had also discussed the importance of cultural and religious dialogue for the promotion of peace, Associated Press news agency reports.Mr Najib’s meeting with the Pope is significant for Malaysia’s Christian community, which makes up about 9% of the population.Malaysia’s constitution promises freedom of worship to all faiths, but a string of religious disputes in recent years has raised fears among the country’s religious minorities that their rights are being eroded, says the BBC’s Kuala Lumpur correspondent Jennifer Pak.Pigs headsIn 2009 the authorities tried to enforce a ban on Christians using the word “Allah” when referring to God in the Malay language – Christian leaders said the word had been used in their bibles for decades.The authorities’ efforts heightened tensions, leading to arson attacks on churches and tit-for-tat defacing of mosques, including the leaving of pigs’ heads at doorways to Islamic prayer halls.Ramon Navaratnam, who works for a Malaysian inter-faith council, said earlier that forming ties with the Vatican would give the concerns of Christians a better hearing.“We now will be saying things the way we have, what is right, what is wrong, what we like, what we don’t like about religious freedoms or the lack of it, and we know we will have somebody in the Vatican who would be able to at least talk to them, the government, privately and say ‘look, we can’t accept this. Please moderate your views’,” he said.Mr Navaratnam said the government could no longer ignore religious minorities, most of whom are ethnically Chinese and Indian.However, some Malay Muslim groups have become more vocal in demanding privileges and support from the government.In 2008, Chinese and Indian minorities across Malaysia, who are mainly Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, abandoned the government and voted for the opposition.Many complained of racism and a lack of religious freedom.BBC Newslast_img read more

President urges Haitians to stay and rebuild instead of leaving illegally

first_img 8 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet NewsRegional President urges Haitians to stay and rebuild instead of leaving illegally by: – July 3, 2012center_img Haitian President Michel Martelly NASSAU, Bahamas — Haitian President Michel Martelly has urged his countrymen to stay and rebuild Haiti instead of leaving the country illegally, Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas Antonio Rodrigue said during a funeral service on Saturday for 11 drowning victims of the ‘Cosy Time’ tragedy.The 11 victims were among 28 passengers who boarded the ill-fated boat from Abaco and headed to Florida on June 10, authorities said.Five of the victims were children who attended Treasure Cay Primary School. The other victims were women.Police suspect the group was part of a human smuggling operation that originated in Abaco. At least seven people are believed to have survived the accident.About 250 hundred mourners attended the funeral.“Certainly the terrible accident should serve as a lesson for those who are tempted to take the risk of seeking a better way of life in this manner,” Rodrigue said.“Following this tragic event, the president of Haiti [Michel] Martelly and Prime Minister [Laurent] Lamothe call on all Haitian citizens to avoid placing themselves in danger by using illegal channels to go on foreign soil,” he said.“This also reaffirms the [Haitian government’s] determination to work to and for the improvement of living conditions of all Haitians so they will have no need to leave Haiti again.”His statement drew applause from some in the congregation.Rodrigue said Haiti would do all it can to work with international partners to stop human smuggling and illegal immigration.Catholic Archbishop Patrick Pinder told the congregation that this was not the first time he attended a mass burial for Haitians who died at sea attempting to gain illegal entry into another country.“What we are faced with today is an unspeakable tragedy,” Pinder said.“But the greater tragedy is this; this is not the first time this has happened. Will it happen again? Is this the last time it will happen? What must be done and what can be done to prevent this?”On June 21, Alphonse ‘Capo’ Edner, 43, was arraigned on 11 counts of abetment to manslaughter in connection to the deaths.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Begin Title Defence

first_imgThe 21 Falcons for Ghana 2018Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)Midfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden)Forwards: Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian, China); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)Where Next for Ighalo?It is commonplace for big players to dump their clubs after relegation though there are few cases where such players sink with their team. With Odion Ighalo’s Chanchung Yatai club now relegated from the Chinese Super League, Kunle Adewale asks what the fate of the Super Eagles striker would beWhen Fiorentina was relegated to the Italian Serie B in 1993, Argentine super star, Gabriel Bastituta sank with the club and helped return it to Serie A the following season. He became an icon in Florence and Florentina fans erected his life-size bronze statue in the stadium in recognition of his contribution.One of Italy’s best goalkeepers of all time, Gigi Buffon did not dump Turin giants, Juventus when they were relegated in the 2006-07 season, in spite of his teammates leaving for greener pastures during Juve’s trying period. He rather stayed and helped the club gain promotion to the elite division the following season.However, in spite of Ighalo breaking the Chinese Super League goal record, scoring 23 goals in the just concluded season, he could not save Chanchung Yatai from being relegated. The big question on the lips of observers is if the Super Eagles striker would go down with the club or go in search of another club.The large chunk of revenue of most clubs come from television rights, which is not attractive for clubs in the lower divisions and therefore may not be able to afford the wage bills of their big players. This raises the question whether Chanchung Yatai would still be able to afford the huge wage bill of Ighalo.Chanchung Yatai dropped to the second tier of football in China after they lost 2-0 to Dalian Yifang away from home. Ighalo was unable to feature in the encounter as he suffered a serious injury in their last fixture against Tianjin Quanjin on November 7.Chanchung Yatai could not depend on their reliable striker who has 23 goals this season in the league.The result meant that Ighalo’s Chanchung Yatai stayed on 32 points but his national teammate, Mikel Obi’s Tianjin TEDA which also lost 5-1 to Guangzhou Evergrande and with the same number of points with Chanchung Yatai but Mikel’s side scaled through in 14th position with a superior goal difference.Ighalo put aside his disappointing performance for Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia to emerge the all-time leading scorer for Changchun Yatai with 23 goals to overtake the previous record of 22 goals set by Marcelo Moreno at the club.Ighalo was roundly criticised for his inability to convert begging chances for Super Eagles in Nigeria’s last Group D crucial game against Argentina at the St Petersburg Stadium.After Victor Moses cancelled out Lionel Messi’s early lead through a penalty, Ighalo lost a clear chance to bury the game with a sitter but wasted the opportunity before Marcos Rojo snatched the winning goal that sent the South American nation through to the Last 16.But on returning to his club in the Chinese Super League, the former Watford marksman put that Russia 2018 debacle behind him to focus on helping his club earn respect in the league.The Eagles striker has been an instant hit in China since joining in January 2017, scoring 15 in his debut and only last April, Ighalo had equaled Moreno’s record, when he scored twice to down then leaders Shanghai SIPG, a feat that earned him the Player of the Month in China.His f                orm however propelled Nigeria’s German-born tactician, Gernot Rohr to stick to the China based forward and he justified the trust Rohr reposed on him by scoring six goals in three matches of the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to put the country in good stead at playing in the biennial competition.“We had gained the confidence to bring Ighalo. I think today he has given the answer. It is wonderful to see him score these goals,” the German said after the game against Libya.Speaking after the Super Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0, Rohr said: “It is wonderful to see him score these goals. The positives I take from this game is the team scoring four goals because it is not easy to do that. Secondly, it is the comeback of Ighalo. I am very happy about it because he has been criticised in the social media which went beyond any human endurance limit.“So, I am very happy that he has given them the answer on the pitch. He proved that he is a great player and confirmed the confidence I have in him.”It however remains to be seen if Ighalo would remain with his Chinese club or try his luck elsewhere.Ighalo was born on June 16, 1989. He started his career at Prime FC and later moved to Julius Berger and in 2007, he moved to Lyn in Norway. A year after, was signed by Udineze of Italy but was loaned out to Granada in Spain, before signing for Watford in 2014.Last year, he moved to Changchun Yatai in China for a fee of £20m.In March 2015, after a series of strong performances for Watford, the then newly appointed Super Eagles interim coach, Daniel Amokachi invited Ighalo to the senior national, and he said then, “I feel good because it is my dream to play for my country”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, is optimistic of Super Falcons’ victory against Bayana Bayana of South Africa.“Of course as a head coach, you are always under pressure, and when you are the head coach of a big football country like Nigeria, you are always under pressure. But honestly, I have been in this business for long and it’s good for me, so I am not so worried about that.“But the expectation for the tournament, of course, we always go to a tournament to try to win it. But I also know because I saw the games from the last tournament that other teams from Africa are really good and I think from the last game that Cameroon was better than Nigeria; also South Africa played a very tough game against the Falcons. I know there are a lot of good teams hunting us. Anyway, in the end, we need to be one of the three best teams so that we qualify for the World Cup. If we don’t do that, it is not good at all. We really need to go to the World Cup,” Dennerby said.Dennerby who revealed that he had sleepless nights before picking his final 21-woman Nigeria squad for the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana, said his squad was a mix of experience and youth. He expressed confidence in the selected players to do the country proud.“I think that we really have a good mix of experienced players and younger players with good spirit. We also have a really good squad if you look at the skills or players. We have players with very high speed and playing vision and game reading and strong players. It was good to finally pick the final 21-player squad. The last night before always picking the squad is always a sleepless night,” Dennerby told Goal.com.“It was tough because we have a lot of good footballers and for the coach; it is good when it is really tough. It is always tougher for the coaching staff to make the decision pick the squad,” the 59-year-old said.Meanwhile, Captain of Bayana Bayana, Janine van Wyk said a win against perennial rivals, Nigeria in their opening game on Sunday can help propel the team to a positive outing at the tournament.“First game is really crucial for us, it is a game between rivals, but I think in the past we have been slow starters in tournaments and we need to change that, and go with the perspective of attacking from the onset,” Van Wyk told the South Africa Football Association official website.“We just need to go out there and not show any fear, most of us here in the squad are highly experienced and we have played them numerous times, we must just go for it.”Aside from Nigeria, Bayana Bayana will also face the Shepolopolo of Zambia and Harambee Starlets of Kenya in Group B and Van Wyk described the draw as interesting.“It is a very interesting draw for us if we were in either group it would be considered as a tough group. Women’s football in Africa is developing enormously, there are no more easy teams that we will be facing now,” she added.“I think it is a tough group we are in, and we are looking forward to competing in the tournament.“These are all great opponents we have played and faced before, they never give us an easy run so we need to prepare well for every team because they are all different.”Host Ghana will kick off the competition today as they host Algeria, while Mali and Cameroon would slug it out in the Group A second game.The first three teams will book a place to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Defending champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria will tomorrow in Accra, Ghana, start the defence of African Women Cup of Nations title against Bayana Bayana of South Africa in the opening Group B game of the 2018 AWCON at the Cape Coast StadiumAfter a week of intensive training in Cote ‘d Ivoire, the Falcons are ready for thedefence of the title they won in Cameroon and also pick the ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup billed for France.The Super Falcons will be searching for their 9th title in Ghana, after winning their eight in Cameroon in 2016.last_img read more