Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed opens officially at the Music Box Theatre on April 28. The show, which explores the backstory and cultural impact of the titular musical, is directed by George C. Wolfe and features an A-list cast led by six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. To celebrate the big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this sketch of the talented cast in action.Towering above are (left to right) Joshua Henry as Noble Sissle, Brandon Victor Dixon as Eubie Blake, McDonald as Lottie Gee, Billy Porter as Aubrey Lyles and Brian Stokes Mitchell as F.E. Miller. Joining them in the bottom left are Brooks Ashmanskas, Adrienne Warren and Amber Iman.Congratulations to the cast of Shuffle Along! From the 63rd Street Music Hall to the Music Box, keep making Broadway tap-happy! © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Shuffle Along View Comments Related Shows 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 July 24, 2016
BURLINGTON, Vt.- Champlain College has created a new, need-based scholarship program that will broaden access to a bachelors degree for Vermonters who are first-generation college students. The Vermont First Scholarships will help those students who are the first in their family to attend college.Targeted at college-bound high school seniors, applicants must qualify for admission to Champlain College, plan to enroll as a full-time, undergraduate student, and be eligible for the Pell Grant Program. This scholarship, in combination with expected family contribution, federal and state programs to include work-study, student loans, grants and other gift aid, will provide funding for up to the full cost of attendance at Champlain College. The Vermont First Scholarship is renewable for a students four years at Champlain.”We’re pleased to extend this scholarship opportunity to a special population of Vermont students,” said Champlain College President David F. Finney. “We know there can be additional barriers for first-generation college students to attend college, and we’d like to break down those barriers.”Finney added, “We’re confident that this new scholarship program-along with programs such as the New American Student Scholarship and Single Parents Program provides access to higher education for deserving students who will become highly skilled members of Vermont’s workforce and communities.”In its inaugural semester, the New American Student Scholarship currently helps 11 students with refugee or asylum status study at Champlain College. Initiated in 1987, Champlain’s Single Parents Program has served more than 500 students through the years and currently enrolls 40 single parents.Students interested in the Vermont First Scholarships are encouraged to make an appointment with a representative in Champlain’s admissions office at 163 South Willard Street in Burlington. The office can be reached at (800) 570-5858 and email@example.com(link sends e-mail). High school counselors and VSAC counselors are encouraged to forward nominations for the Vermont First Scholarship to the admissions office as well.
By Dialogo April 15, 2010 The Brazilian press was swamped this week by a fierce controversy over the possibility that popular Morumbi Stadium will be ruled out by FIFA as a game site for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, although the soccer federation officially denied having made such a decision, according to local media. “Morumbi will not be the site of the competition’s opening match or of any other. It’s out of the Cup,” São Paulo daily O Estado reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed high-ranking FIFA official. Facing the uproar caused by this news, FIFA responded by denying that using Morumbi in the Cup had been ruled out, again according to Brazilian media. “FIFA provided representatives of Morumbi/São Paulo with information about what needed to be improved for (the stadium) to be a candidate to host a semifinal match, and right now we are waiting to see those improvements,” the organization explained in a note to São Paulo daily Folha. Structural problems and an insufficient renovation estimated at 160 million dollars have increased FIFA inspectors’ criticisms of Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium, also known as Morumbi. According to O Estado, the controversial decision was to be announced Thursday during FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke’s visit to São Paulo. The Federation was already considering an alternative stadium in São Paulo, according to the daily. For its part, the São Paulo World Cup committee remains confident that the new renovations to be presented to Valcke Thursday will meet the indicated needs. The two major changes in the new plan are the extension “of the lower ring of seats, which will increase visibility in the stadium, and lowering the playing field itself, which will eliminate any kind of visual obstruction,” committee member Luis Salles explained to CBN radio. The twelve Brazilian stadiums that will host World Cup matches are under a deadline to start construction or renovation work by 3 May, and any delay brings with it the risk of losing the right to be a tournament site.
– Advertisement – – Advertisement – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and tight end George Kittle (foot) were both injured in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks and are expected to be out for four-six weeks and eight weeks, respectively Last Updated: 04/11/20 8:54am The San Francisco 49ers suffered another couple of devastating losses on Sunday in a season in which the defending NFC champions have been ravaged by injuries.Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who missed playing time earlier in the season, suffered a new high-ankle sprain which is expected to keep him out for another four-six weeks.Star tight end George Kittle also went down injured in the 37-27 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and it has since been revealed he has a small fracture in his foot that ESPN reported will see him miss at least eight weeks – likely ending his season. 0:47 D.K. Metcalf scored a magnificent touchdown in Seattle’s win over San Francisco on Sunday Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle were both lost to injury for the 49ers on Sunday Every catch from George Kittle’s epic 183-yard game for the 49ers against the Eagles As for Garoppolo, NFL Network‘s Mike Garafolo reported while Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said surgery is a possibility for the QB, that is not currently the plan following multiple medial opinions.Running back Tevin Coleman also aggravated a knee injury against Seattle, and now joins the likes of Deebo Samuel, Raheem Mostert, Nick Bosa, [Dee] Ford, Richard Sherman, as well as Garoppolo, Kittle and others on the sidelines. 1:30 NFL pundit Dan Hanzus describes the injuries suffered by the 49ers in their early-season win over the Jets – Advertisement – D.K. Metcalf scored a magnificent touchdown in Seattle’s win over San Francisco on Sunday Good Morning Football‘s Kyle Brandt described Kittle’s injury, in particular, as “devastating” and says head coach Kyle Shanahan will have to be “Einstein” in order for the team to make the playoffs.“No disrespect to Garoppolo, I think the Kittle one is more damaging than Garoppolo,” said Brandt. “And I say that out of respect to Kittle.“I think sometimes we try to be apologist for teams and say ‘they’re banged up’, and then there’s a little bit of an eye roll because that’s just the price of playing football. But nobody is banged up like these guys; the Kittle injury is devastating. 3:56 A look back at the action and talking points from Week Eight of the NFL season NFL pundit Dan Hanzus describes the injuries suffered by the 49ers in their early-season win over the Jets “All over the field, there are household-name guys, Super Bowl champs, guys who are first-team All Pro; I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it this early in the season.“Kyle Shanahan is a hell of a coach, but he’d better be Einstein if they’re going to make it to the playoffs.”‘Kittle loss is a heart-breaker’GMF’s Peter Schrager echoed Brandt’s thoughts on Kittle, adding: “I’d argue that Kittle is the most valuable player in this entire league that doesn’t play quarterback.“Kittle is so important to that team because, when the offence goes, he is not only a receiver, he is also a blocker and sets the tone. – Advertisement –
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Queensland’s tenancy advisory service has reported an increase in domestic violence cases.HUNDREDS of domestic violence victims across Queensland are facing homelessness after being black-listed for abandoning rental properties in the rush to flee their abusers. The state’s leading provider of tenancy advice services has been flooded with applications from women forced to break tenancy agreements due to domestic violence.Trapped in a vicious cycle, vulnerable and abused women are being placed on tenancy databases by real estate agents or landlords because of unpaid debts or property damage caused by their abusers — preventing them from finding further accommodation. In the Caboolture region alone, 1 in 7 tenancy matters handled by the Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service (QSTARS) so far this year involved victims of domestic violence who needed to move for their own safety.QSTARS tenant advice worker Lloyd Black said more than 100 women had been referred to his organisation from domestic violence services or womens’ shelters in the Moreton Bay shire in the past six months — a significant increase on last year.Tenants Queensland chief executive Penny Carr said more than 1000 cases across the state in the past six months involved women needing help to have their names removed from a tenancy blacklist.In a large number of cases, QSTARS reported that victims had also been made liable for the debts of their violent ex-partners.“Many women are being punished for the actions of those who perpetrate that violence and being placed on the database,” Ms Carr said.“This is crucial support at a very difficult time and finding a place to live, in some cases, can mean the difference between being housed and being homeless.” DV Connect chief executive Di Mangan said the service had seen an increase in the number of women taking the difficult step of leaving their abusers and being forced to break tenancy agreements.Ms Mangain said women’s shelters across Queensland were always full and welcomed the commitment from the state government to establish two more in the last budget.Homelessness Australia chair Jenny Smith said it was common for women to find themselves black-listed for property damage caused by a violent partner.“This means they’ll personally be black-listed in the private rental market, and then at very high risk of homelessness,” she said.“This is an opportunity for reform in Queensland to reduce the devastating impact of family violence on women.”Tenancy databases hold information about the tenancy history of tenants and are often used by real estate agents and lessors to assess tenancy applications. The main one in Queensland is the Tenancy Information Centre of Australia (TICA).Karen Herbert, founder and chief executive of property management company, Arrive, said many renters could be on tenant blacklists without even knowing it, simply because an agent or landlord had reported them.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“Most property managers will say no because you’ve got a bad history, but rather than tell the applicant, they’ll just decline them,” she said.Ms Carr said QSTARS helps victims understand their rights under existing tenancy laws.“If a listing is unlawful, incorrect, ambiguous, out of date or unjust, you are within your rightsto write to the listing agent, lessor or database operator and ask them to amend or removethe listing,” she said.“You can also apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to dispute aproposed listing or existing listing.” Community Plus+ president Pauline Peel said her organisation had helped give many women experiencing domestic violence the courage to pursue unfair listings cases through QCAT.“This has been an invaluable service in our local community by providing much neededsupport for families and victims while they work to try and overcome the impact and traumaof domestic violence,” she said. @liztilley84
The fund’s alternatives portfolio, which alongside its Chinese holdings comprise unlisted real estate, alternative credit and private equity funds, still returned 5.8% over the first six months of the year.During the period, the fund completed an overhaul of its strategic portfolio and investment model, boosting exposure to EM equity and local currency denominated debt.It also said the fund’s in-house team was now responsible for the management of its EM bond portfolio denominated in hard currencies, with external managers left to focus on those in local currencies.The half-yearly report added: “At the same time, the fund has changed the composition of its equities exposure in industrialised countries, reducing the GDP-weighted portfolio, choosing instead to invest in low-risk ‘minimum variance’ portfolios that offer optimum diversification, where exposure is inversely proportional to the equities risk.”Its Swedish and foreign equity portfolios returned 9.8% and 11%, respectively, while fixed income returned 6.5%.Overall, the fund saw returns of 7%, including management costs, significantly up from the 4.3% return for the same period in 2013.AP2 chief executive Eva Halvarsson also sought to prove the value of the current buffer fund system, echoing some of the sentiments expressed by her AP3 counterpart Kerstin Hessius.Halvarsson stressed that AP2 had more than doubled in value compared with the SEK134bn in seed capital granted to each of the four buffer funds.She added that justification for the proposed overhaul of the buffer fund system, now endorsed by the cross-party Pensionsgruppen, was “neither clearly stated nor convincingly argued”.The chief executive instead said changes to the buffer fund system’s investment guidelines should be introduced but without the restructuring of the system that would see ownership of the buffer fund assets transferred to a new agency and its principal.“The important thing is to implement changes in the way that benefits the pension system as a whole,” she said.“The negative consequences of conducting a comprehensive and protracted reorganisation are likely to far outweigh the benefits, proving not only costly but seriously increasing the operational risks for a long time ahead.” AP2 has overhauled its investment strategy in early 2014, growing emerging market (EM) exposure and transferring responsibility for nearly all such mandates from external asset managers to its in-house team.The Swedish buffer fund, which manages SEK280.3bn (€30.5bn) worth of assets, said in its half-yearly report that the changes came despite initial weak returns from its EM holdings during the first quarter.Nevertheless, it said its EM portfolio staged a “strong” recovery from March onwards but singled out its Chinese equity holdings for its negative returns.It said the value of its listed holdings in the country was now “very low”.
The Swedish finance ministry has been advised to look into whether the four main buffer funds behind its state pension system are able to attract the right skills they now need, given their broadened investment mandate.In its 2019 report evaluating the AP funds for the ministry, consultancy McKinsey & Company recommended the principal of the funds – the Swedish government – continued to evaluate the investment rules for AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4, and helped ensure they had the right skills.The firm said: “As the funds have the opportunity to broaden their investments and utilise new investment models, higher demands are placed on specialised expertise.”It was therefore important, it said, to review how access to the right expertise could continue to be secured, including on the funds’ supervisory boards. “The possibility of attracting the right mix of expertise within the AP funds’ boards over time should be reviewed”McKinsey & Company“The possibility of attracting the right mix of expertise within the AP funds’ boards over time, for example in global asset management and investments in illiquid assets, should be reviewed,” McKinsey wrote.Investment rules for the first four AP funds have been undergoing two stages of reform, with the first batch of legislative changes taking effect on 1 January 2019 and a subsequent step due to come into force next month.The changes have been aimed at putting the funds on a more equal footing with their peers in other countries by allowing them to invest in unlisted and illiquid assets to a greater degree, lowering the floor for their fixed-income allocations and increasing opportunities for direct investments.AP7, the national pension fund which is responsible for the default option in the first-pillar defined contribution premium pension system, is also set to have its investment mandate widened in separate legislation as part of the premium pension reform currently taking place in Sweden.While McKinsey’s recommendation on access to skills is aimed at the Swedish government, the funds themselves have been moving to reorganise investment departments, with AP3 and AP7 announcing reshuffles recently.Collaboration pushAmong other recommendations made by McKinsey in the report, the firm suggested the funds should look into collaborating more over external networks for unlisted investments.Acknowledging that the AP funds had stepped up their non-investment collaboration in recent years, the consultancy said they should go further with this.“The funds should actively seek increased cooperation where it does not lead to excessive complexity, or jeopardise the competition between the funds,” it said.Areas where the funds could still try working together more were exchange of expertise and development of the funds’ external networks for investments in unlisted assets; joint procurement and collaboration with suppliers of sustainability data, and reporting linked to sustainability and exemplary management, the firm said.The term “exemplary management” is used in the 1 January 2019 amendment to the AP Funds Act to express the high standards the funds should aim for, in particular within responsible investment.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
Intertek has teamed up with Cardiff University, the University of South Wales and the University of Edinburgh to conduct a study focused on the implications of misaligned flow on tidal turbines.The study, to be published in Renewable Energy journal, will provide vital information to tidal turbine developers in terms of performance, fatigue and to ensure maximum power output from a turbine.Dr. Paul Evans, Intertek Energy and Water expert, said: “We are fortunate to be able to partner with world-class researchers on this important topic of tidal energy, which is a predictable alternative to relying on fossil fuels and can help reduce the impact of climate change.”Dr. Allan Mason-Jones, co-author and lecturer at Cardiff University, said: “The research and resulting paper demonstrates the critical importance of collaboration between industry and academia. The knowledge gained and shared will be valuable to the growing marine energy industry, both for developers and potential suppliers.”