Michael Flatley Will Make B’way Debut in Lord of the Dance

first_img View Comments Before Cirque du Soleil moves in next spring, Broadway’s Lyric Theatre, which recently played host to On the Town, will have an aristocratic tenant. Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is set to play a limited engagement November 7 through January 3, 2016. Opening night is scheduled for November 10.Flatley himself will appear—and make his Broadway debut—in the production in what will serve as his swan song as a performer. The Irish dancer is the force behind the internationally-recognizable brands Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Directed and choreographed by Flatley, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games will feature Flatley in a special appearance at the end of each evening performance as well as star his protégés Morgan Comer, James Keegan and Cathal Keaney in the title role of the “Lord of the Dance.”The production, which will showcase a troupe of Irish Dance’s most accomplished performers, is an updated staging of Flatley’s original shows Lord Of The Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger. Dangerous Games features holographic-effect projections, along with new costumes, choreography and music by Gerard Fahy.Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games had its world premiere at the London Palladium, before heading on a 200-plus date tour across 15 countries. It was recently announced that it will return to the West End later this year for a holiday engagement. Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Cast Set for Return of 1984 to West End

first_img View Comments An entirely new cast has been tapped for the previously reported return of Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984 to the West End. George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece is scheduled to play June 14 through September 3 at the Playhouse Theatre. Opening night is set for June 28.The company will include Rosie Ede (Side by Side by Sondheim) as Mrs. Parsons, Andrew Gower (Monroe) as Winston, Joshua Higgott (Oresteia) as Syme, Richard Katz (Romeo and Juliet) as Charrington, Anthony O’Donnell (The Captain of Kopenick) as Parsons, Daniel Rabin (Pericles) as Martin, Catrin Stewart (Romeo and Juliet) as Julia and Angus Wright (Oresteia) as O’Brien alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler who will alternate the role of Child. Rounding out the company will be Ingrid Schiller, Gerard Gilroy and Thom Petty.April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. ‘1984’last_img read more

Friedman Day: Freedom and Choice

first_img“Freedom and Choice” is the theme of the fourth annual Milton Friedman Day observance to be held Friday, July 30, from 5-7 pm at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center.The speaker is Bill Sayre of Bristol, a former student of Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago. Sayre, an economist and businessman, is the former chair of Associated Industries of Vermont and a regular commentator on True North Radio.The event, part of the Sheraton Economic Series, honors what would be the 98th birthday of Professor Friedman, a one time resident of Ely, Vermont. It is hosted by the Sheraton Burlington, sponsored by the Ethan Allen Institute, and cosponsored by Vermont Business Magazine , the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Economy Newsletter, and Vermont Tiger.“In an era when we seem to be afflicted with ever more government mandating ever more choices for citizens, it’s useful – and indeed inspirational – to review the life and thought of Milton Friedman, a true apostle of liberty”, said EAI vice president John McClaughry.”The Sheraton Economic Series is open to the public. There is no admission charge or reservation required.last_img read more

Cheerful masks help battle coronavirus in Bulgaria

first_imgCheerful facemasks are helping to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in Bulgaria thanks to a small company in the capital Sofia.The masks are printed with owls, dinosaurs, llamas and monkeys and will soon find their way to hundreds of doctors and policemen who are struggling to get their hands on the protective gear. They’re being made by the Angel Baby company, which normally produces sleeping bags for infants and is known for its social responsibility campaigns. “The idea came to us spontaneously as we got calls from friends asking us to sew them masks,” co-owner Desislava Yankova told AFP.”We stopped our usual production of baby sleeping bags for a week and we hope to be able to make about 3,000 masks to send to hospitals and police stations around the country,” she added.Angel Baby’s previous campaigns have included the “Sleeping bag on a mission” — for every baby sleeping bag sold they donated one to a maternity ward, with more than 6,000 bags given away so far.They are also giving away the masks for free but warning users that they have not been medically certified, so must be washed daily and ironed at high temperatures.The company says that the masks given to police and doctors are not intended for use by those in direct contact with coronavirus patients but for others who deal with large numbers of people on a daily basis. Topics :last_img read more

Paul Merson reveals his biggest Arsenal ‘worry’ and urges Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Dec 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link147Shares The Gunners could only draw with Norwich City at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Under interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg, the Gunners drew 2-2 with Premier League relegation-battlers Norwich City on Sunday to remain just eighth in the table.ADVERTISEMENTReflecting on the underwhelming performance, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘It was not good enough [Arsenal’s defending at Norwich].AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I worry for Arsenal as I just do not think the players are good enough. I feel sorry for them as they are playing at a big football club and they are so far out of their depth.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 is sad to watch now and I feel for the fans. All good teams start from the front.‘You look at Liverpool and their front free are the best closing-down front three that you will see in any league. You look at Arsenal and there is no closing down up front.‘There are loads of players sitting there now thinking, “I’d like to play against Arsenal.” And that is not right.’ Paul Merson has urged Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has urged Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal.But the Gunners legend says the level of Arsenal’s squad is a major ‘worry’, with a number of players ‘so far out of their depth’.Arsenal largely struggled under former manager Emery and the Spaniard’s 18-month reign came to an end on Friday morning as he was sacked. Commentcenter_img Paul Merson reveals his biggest Arsenal ‘worry’ and urges Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery Advertisement Ljungberg gives presser after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with NorwichTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:06FullscreenLjungberg gives presser after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Norwichhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-gives-presser-arsenals-2-2-draw-norwich-2060662/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Leicester City manager Rodgers has emerged as one of the leading candidates to take over at Arsenal on a full-time basis.And Merson has urged the former Celtic and Liverpool boss to ignore the current Premier League table and secure a move to north London as Emery’s successor.‘He [Rodgers] is happy and Leicester are the best team in the league at the moment,’ Merson added.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Do not look at the next six months though, you have to look at the all-round picture and the next five years.‘This [Arsenal] is a big, big football club. He has managed Liverpool, but Arsenal are one of the top 10 clubs in Europe and in my opinion, I think he does [take the job].‘Do not let the points gap between them now cloud your judgement.’Arsenal return to Premier League action on Thursday night with a home match against Brighton.MORE: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals what’s wrong with Arsenal’s mentalityMORE: Brendan Rodgers sends ‘clear’ message to Arsenal about replacing Unai Emerylast_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Guide to the Best Hot Dog in Philly

first_img July 21, 2016 DNC,  The Blog Do you know what July is? It’s National Hot Dog month – the best time of the year! It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of this all-American treat. Here’s a picture of me ordering one at the Little League World Series last year when I went to cheer on Pennsylvania’s very own Red Land Little Leaguers.As visitors pour into Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, I’m encouraging everyone to get a real taste of Philadelphia. Of course there are a number of great fine dining options to check out, but I’d recommend getting a soft pretzel, cheesesteak, and of course, a hot dog at one of the hundreds of incredible street vendors in the city.Where are the best dogs in town, you may ask? As you can watch in the video below, I’d recommend the hot dog stand on the corner of Sansom and Broad street. When I was running for governor, I’d sneak out of the campaign office and run down the street to this hot dog cart for a quick lunch.And the answer to your most burning question – what does the governor of Pennsylvania put on his hot dog?The answer is simple – sauerkraut and mustard.Oh, and in case anyone was wondering. A hot dog is a sandwich, and a good one too. By: Governor Tom Wolf   SHARE  TWEET Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf’s Guide to the Best Hot Dog in Philly SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

2023 ‘too early’ for verdict on German pension reform

first_imgThe 2023 deadline set by the German government to assess the impact of its occupational pension reform is too ambitious, according to speakers at an industry conference.At the end of 2023, five full years from the time the government’s Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz (BRSG) comes into force, the government will assess the state of play in occupational pensions. However, panellists at a Willis Towers Watson conference in Frankfurt last week expressed concerns about the 2023 timeline.If the government was not satisfied with the situation it could move to make workplace pensions mandatory, according to Thomas Jasper, head of retirement for Western Europe at Willis Towers Watson.The BRSG, coming into force next year, aims to expand occupational pensions coverage, in particular in small and medium-sized enterprises and among those on low income. One of the law’s main impacts will be the introduction of defined contribution (DC) schemes, if agreed to by trade unions and employers. The German government has previously stated that there were alternatives if occupational pension coverage did not expand as a result of the new reform law. The alternatives would be to introduce a mandatory occupational pension system or oblige employers to auto-enrol staff into a workplace plan.Dirk Jargstorff, head of retirement provision at Robert Bosch Group, urged employers to make use as much as possible of the options introduced by the BRSG. If not, they risked being forced to do something they didn’t want to do, he said.Thorsten Linnmann, responsible for human resources and global pensions at Lanxess, a chemicals company, said 2023 was “definitely” too short a timeframe to judge the success or otherwise of the DC model introduced by the BRSG.Many employers and other people in the pensions industry were still struggling to get their heads round all the facets of the new law and its implications, but it was their duty to break this down for employees, he said.This was a task for the weeks, months and years ahead, and “I hope, not only until 2023,” said Linnmann.Overall he saw the DC model as a positive step and likely to help boost pensions coverage. However, with Lanxess having introduced a new plan earlier this year, the company had little appetite to start over again, he said – at least at the moment.The majority (58%) of delegates at the conference only expected a substantial take-up of the DC model from 2020 onwards. A third envisaged this happening starting in 2019, while only 9% anticipated this happening next year.According to calculations presented by Willis Towers Watson’s Jasper, the BRSG could increase workplace pensions coverage by 25 percentage points, from 40% of employees to 65%.However, he too questioned whether the five years to the end of 2023 would be enough to measure the effect of the reform law. This was a message that needed to be jointly communicated to the government, he said.Willis Towers Watson is to launch a new index to track the effect of the BRSG. The German Pensions Index will capture the development of the German occupational pensions landscape over the coming years starting from the end of 2017. It will monitor the use of different types of plans, opting out models, salary sacrifice, matching arrangements, and more. Bosch re-assessing bAV Riester Technology giant Bosch could decide to re-introduce a state-subsidised Riester pension plan as an occupational offering given that the BRSG has made this more attractive, according to Jargstorff.Bosch used to offer employees a Riester pension savings option more than 10 years ago. Jargstoff said that a comprehensive analysis recently carried out by the company in light of the BRSG had shown that it was an option worth re-examining.The results of the company’s analysis were “at least in their unambiguity, surprising”, he said. However, he emphasised that the company had yet to come to a final decision about offering a Riester.Riester plans have primarily been used by private individuals rather than being offered by employers, but the BRSG has made workplace Riester, or “bAV Riester”, more attractive.From next year, payouts will not be subject to social security payments, as was already the case for privately adopted Riester contracts. In addition, the basic allowance has been increased from €154 to €175.last_img read more

13 MMA athletes named to all-academic teams

first_img Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) CASTINE — Thirteen student-athletes at Maine Maritime Academy were recently named to North Atlantic Conference and New England Football Conference all-academic teams for the fall sports season.Earning NAC honors were senior Jeremy Bullard, a marine biology major, in men’s cross-country; senior Kari Jones, an international business and logistics major, in women’s soccer; and senior Ben Russell, a marine systems engineering major, in men’s soccer.To be selected, a student must have reached junior academic standing with at least two years of varsity competition and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.Receiving NEFC honors were senior Gavin Cote in marine systems engineering; senior Jonathan Thoms, juniors Dan Edgerly and Zach Frost and sophomore Josh Hall in marine engineering operations; juniors Abe Kilborn and Evan Sinclair and sophomores Lawrence MacDonald and Keith Nelson in marine engineering technology; and sophomore Alex Morrison in power engineering technology.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHonorees must have completed three semesters at the same institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Fenceviewer Staff Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Ellsworth baseball team rallies past John Bapst, demolishes Old Town for 2-0 start

first_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth baseball team’s first two games of 2019 couldn’t have been more different.The Eagles, who entered the season looking to improve on last year’s 17-2 finish and Northern Maine championship game appearance, took a little while to get going in their first game of the season last Thursday against John Bapst. Once Ellsworth found a rhythm, though, it carried it over and couldn’t be stopped.Ellsworth followed a comeback win over John Bapst last week with a 20-1 victory against Old Town on Tuesday to get off to a 2-0 start to the season. The wins came as the Eagles combined strong pitching with a stretch of 24 runs in four innings across the two games.“How you finish the game can lead you into the next game,” junior Jackson Curtis said. “Bapst is tough, and we started out slow against them, but we got the hits and runs when it mattered and used that as momentum.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThat slow start came as Ellsworth, which started its season later than any other Class B team, took a few innings to shake off the cobwebs against John Bapst. The Crusaders led the Eagles most of the game and took a 2-1 advantage into the seventh inning at Bangor’s Mansfield Stadium.With their backs against the wall, the Eagles came through with four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Matt Burnett then shut down the Crusaders in the bottom of the inning to send the Eagles to a season-opening victory.Ellsworth’s Matt Burnett pitches during the third inning of a high school baseball game against Old Town on April 30 at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles’ pitching has been dominant early in the season with just three runs allowed in its first two games. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Conner Wagstaff struck out 16 batters in the win before Burnett struck out the final three to win the game. Burnett and fellow senior Devin Grindle had doubles at the plate for the Eagles, who had four in the final inning and seven total.“Our pitching kept us in it,” Curtis said of Ellsworth’s win over John Bapst, which mustered just three hits against the Eagles’ 2018 All-Penobscot Valley Conference pitchers. “If we can hold teams to one run or two runs, that’s impressive, and with Conner and Matt, that’s basically a given every night.”At home against Old Town on Tuesday, Ellsworth burst out of the gate in the first inning with 10 runs before plating seven more in the second. The Eagles then stretched their lead to 20-0 through three innings before the Coyotes (2-3) finally scored their only run of the game in the top of the fourth.Ellsworth had 13 hits and walked 11 times in the win over an Old Town team that beat defending state champion Brewer the previous day. Jackson Curtis and freshman Nate Smith had three hits each for the Eagles, who also got two hits from Wagstaff and Grindle and one apiece from Brett Bragdon, Hunter Fernald and Tyler Mitchell.“Our hitters were pounding the ball everywhere,” said Burnett, who pitched the first four innings before Curtis came on to finish the mercy-rule shortened game in the fifth. “As a pitcher, it’s nice when you go out there knowing you’re up 10 or 15 runs early in the game.”Even as his team built a massive lead, Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis kept his players focused throughout the last few innings. The Eagles did regress to the mean somewhat at the plate, but the team continued to put runners on base and make plays in the field as its pitching staff kept Old Town in check.“It is hard to stay focused when you have a lead like that because you start wandering a little bit and get lazy,” Curtis said. “It was important to see us keep adding on and get our young guys some experience.”Ellsworth will be back in action tomorrow, May 1, when it hosts George Stevens Academy (3-0). The team will then host Foxcroft on Thursday, May 2, before playing Washington Academy at that time, Monday, May 6, in East Machias. All games are set for 4:30 p.m. starts.“These boys have battled these first two games and accomplished a lot, but you can never be satisfied with just two games,” Dan Curtis said. “Hopefully, we have even bigger and better things to come.”last_img read more

Fifa World Cup Justin Timberlake to screen FIFA World Cup semifinal at his ‘Suit and Tie’ concert

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: American superstar Justin Timberlake has announced that he will be screening the England vs Croatia FIFA World Cup semifinal at his London concert.The “Suit and Tie” hitmaker’s concert by Justin Timberlake at London’s O2 Arena is scheduled only a couple of hours after the match.The American singer-songwriter took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts and shared his plans, saying the arena will open the doors hours before the concert so that his fans will able to watch the match. “We did a crazy show on Monday  got another one coming up on Wednesday. There’s also another very important thing happening on Wednesday,” the 37-year-old said in the video.           “So here’s what we’re going to do. I spoke to the O2 and for the first time ever doors will open at 6:30pm and we’re going to play this England vs Croatia match up on my big screens so come here and we’ll watch it together. We’re going to watch this together, and you know what? It’s coming home,” Timberlake added.England’s football team has only won the World Cup once, back in 1966. A win in today’s match against Croatia will send them into the final of FIFA World Cup 2018. last_img read more