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Michael Esper on Playing the Same Glass Menagerie Role as Joe Mantello

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 Director/performer Joe Mantello helmed Sting’s The Last Ship, which starred stage fave Michael Esper in 2014. Now, the two are taking on the role of Tom Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ heartbreaking The Glass Menagerie in New York and London, respectively. Mantello returns to the Broadway stage in the production, which stars Sally Field and opens on March 9, while Esper opened opposite Cherry Jones in John Tiffany’s London production on February 2. In an upcoming Broadway.com Q&A with Esper, our London correspondent Matt Wolf asked him what it’s like having his former director take on the same role across the pond.”I’ll tell you, I love Joe so much and loved working with him as a director. He’s also a f**king astonishing actor—a real artist,” Esper said. “We got together over the summer to talk about this part, which is something you just never get to do as an actor where you’re normally working in isolation. To get to talk to another actor who’s working on the same material, especially one I admire as much as I admire Joe, was something else. He’s going to be so remarkable in that part. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”Stay tuned for Esper’s London Q&A, and be sure to experience Tennessee Williams’ classic memory play The Glass Menagerie, whether you live in the United States or the United Kingdom. Michael Esper & Joe Mantello(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img View Comments The Glass Menagerielast_img read more

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Warming weather

first_imgGeorgia temperatures are rising, and the weather is only going to get hotter with little rain in the forecast. That’s not good news for Georgia’s cotton producers who are in the middle of planting this year’s crop, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.According to the UGA Weather Network at www.georgiaweather.net, temperatures eclipsed 90 degrees Fahrenheit in most of south Georgia this past weekend and are expected to reach 100 F by the middle of next week.“Cotton is going to be the most sensitive crop to these types of conditions just because of the relatively poor vigor of cotton seedlings compared to other crops Georgia producers plant,” Whitaker said. “Cotton seed is very small and conditions need to be near perfect for several days after planting to ensure we get a suitable stand. When soils dry and temperatures rise, it becomes increasingly difficult for producers, especially in nonirrigated fields.”  Whitaker says that an informal survey he conducted last week revealed that around 50% of the state’s farmable fields had been planted. Progress was a little further along than usual because of good planting conditions in late April. Also, producers are trying to minimize their risk from losses that could occur at harvest by planting some cotton earlier than usual. He is concerned that poor conditions could delay planting to the point that yields are affected. “We really need to have a good stand established before the end of the first week of June to ensure that we have enough time to make an entire crop,” Whitaker said. Growers need rainfall within the next couple of weeks to get this crop started in the right direction.“We’re always a week away from a drought,” Whitaker said. “And that’s certainly the case this year.” The last substantial rainfall was recorded during the weekend of May 10 through May 12. Three days of rain yielded 1.5 inches in Tifton, Georgia; 0.81 inches in Alma, Georgia; 1.2 inches in Griffin, Georgia; and 1.52 inches in Vienna, Georgia.But since much of the state’s crops are grown in south Georgia’s sandy soils, any moisture that region receives is soaked up quickly.UGA Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort says that approximately 65% of Georgia’s peanut crop has been planted. But like the state’s cotton farmers, Georgia’s peanut producers will need to monitor their crop’swater needs during this extremely hot and dry period.“To have high temperatures this early is pretty tough. It means these plants are going to go through heat stress earlier than normal this year and farmers are going to have stay on top of it as far as irrigating,” Monfort said. “While we normally wouldn’t irrigate this early, we might have to start if we lose too much moisture.”Growers also need to be careful planting in fields with marginal moisture.Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21. Pam Knox, UGA Extension agricultural climatologist, believes that temperatures in June, July and August will depend largely on how much rainfall Georgia gets.“There is not much correlation between early season heat waves and the rest of the summer. However, if it stays dry, then hotter-than-normal conditions are likelier just because all of the sun’s heat goes to warming the air instead of evaporating water from the soil and plants,” she said.For more information about what weather to expect this summer, read Knox’s climate outlook on her blog at https://t.uga.edu/4YB.last_img read more

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2011 Online Video Best-Of

first_imgPhoto: Maxi KniewasserI am an online video addict.  The commoditization of high-end POV cameras and 1080p HD capabilities on SLRs has ushered in a new era of extreme sports documentary.  The viewer can now truly be brought into the experience of the athletes.The other fascinating thing about this shift is the fact that many companies are now stepping behind their athletes and enabling them to create extremely high-quality videography to be released completely free over the Internet.  We no longer need to wait for months in suspense until a particular video project is done.  We get our fix immediately via the powerful driving force of social media.Things are certainly changing around in the videography space, but regardless of the effects that it may have on some artists, it’s all gravy for us armchair viewers.  I can honestly say that I am amazed and inspired by something that I see online almost everyday.Here is a short list of a few of my 2011 favorites:1) All.I.Can Ski Movie- JP Auclair Street SegmentJP Auclair Street Segment (from All.I.Can.) from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.This segment blows my mind!  I love the climaxing nature of the music, the little artsy touches with the hidden skier going through the frame in the first few shots, and the incorporation of all kinds of urban settings and props.  The one thing that I love the most about it is the grungy feeling that pervades.  This is not some pristine Alaskan powder slope that can only be accessed by helicopter.  It is sub-prime conditions in an average BC town.  Absolutely amazing… a work of art.2) From the Inside Out TrailerFrom the Inside Out Trailer from SecondBase Films on Vimeo.The Coastal Crew.  If you are a mountain biker, you know who these boys are.  Semenuk, Norbraten, Smith… these guys all have their own unique styles whether it be World Cup race domination or building and sending unique and innovative features in the woods.  From the Inside Out looks to be an unreal video, and I am always happy to hit play whenever I see one of their online vids come across!3) GoPro 2 MontageThis one gets my best montage video award!  It features unreal and super creative shots from around the world of the best athletes expressing themselves in their own ways.  Just watch.4) Rider of the Year II PreviewRider of the Year II PREVIEW from Tribe Alliance on Vimeo.Gotta throw one in there from my own sport right??  In spite of the much smaller budget figures in the sport of kayaking, the Tribe Rider faction is consistently producing jaw-dropping footage and organizing the best kayaking events on the planet.  Check out this video for a look into the future of paddlesports.5) Danny Hart’s World Championships RunI mentioned it in a previous blog post, and I’ll stand by it.  This is one of my all-time favorite extreme sports videos.  The focus, commitment, and willingness to put it on the edge in the worst of conditions is truly inspiring, and I think that we can all learn something from it.Well, there you have it… that’s my highlight real of 2011 must-sees.  I can’t wait to see what kinds of media 2012 produces.  Now with those videos in mind, get out there and do what brings you passion in your own lives!last_img read more

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The four pillars of interest rate risk management

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Examiners will criticize asset concentrations that are not effectively managedby: Jim M. Deitch and Alan LloydIn January 2014, NCUA issued Letter No. 14-CU-02, which urges credit unions to “identify and mitigate forward-looking risks before they threaten the viability of credit unions and the stability of the Share Insurance Fund.“Interest rate risk [IRR],” the agency wrote, “is the most significant risk the industry faces right now.”As rates have risen above record lows, some credit unions’ unrealized gains have swung to unrealized losses, according to NCUA. “These unrealized losses may foreshadow the actual losses credit unions will face if continuing rate increases eventually result in more compression of net interest margins.”It is hard to envision a higher rate environment given the Fed’s continued “easy money” policy and the tendency for long-term rates to quickly drop to lower levels whenever fear of geopolitical risk rattles the equity markets.However, gradual increases in rates could have significant consequences for credit unions with high concentrations in certain long-term investments and loans.NCUA states it is imperative for credit unions to make the necessary adjustments to account for a rising-rate environment. But what does this mean? continue reading »last_img read more

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What should be disclosed to credit union members in mergers?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There has been a flurry of news articles and opinion pieces about what a credit union should disclose to its members when members are asked to vote on a merger of their credit union.   It is a worthwhile question to ask but there are legitimate privacy interests of credit union management that we should be mindful of and respect.  The key is to determine where the line is.  If a Merger Information Disclosure was created, it might have the seven questions below.  The first three questions are of obvious concern to members and need no explanation.   I will comment on the others.1. What will be the impact of the merger upon the types of products and services offered to members?2. What will be the impact of the merger upon the cost of products and services offered to members?3. What will be the impact of the merger upon the branches and electronic access available to members?4. What will happen to the credit union’s capital as a result of the merger? continue reading »last_img read more

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Trump, Biden hold events in key US states as campaign begins to heat up

first_imgTopics : “I know we’re doing very well here,” Trump said at the event.Speaking to faith leaders, small-business owners and law enforcement officials, the president pledged to improve access to capital for minority-owned businesses.He also outlined details of an upcoming executive order that aims to reform some policing practices but likely will fall far short of what activists are demanding in the wake of the death of George Floyd last month.Earlier in the day, Biden held a campaign event in Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania, a state his campaign regards as crucial. Trump’s narrow victory there over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 helped propel him to the White House. President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, headed to must-win election battlegrounds on Thursday, slowly resuming campaign activities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Trump hosted a campaign-style roundtable at a church in Dallas focused on aiding minority communities amid ongoing national protests over racism and police brutality. Biden unveiled an economic reopening proposal in Pennsylvania.Ahead of the Nov. 3 election, recent opinion polls have shown Trump in a dead heat with Biden in Texas, which the Republican won by 9 percentage points four years ago.center_img The former vice president rolled out a plan to reopen the economy, calling for expanded coronavirus testing and protective equipment for people who go back to work, paid sick leave, small-business grants, and hiring a workforce to test the spread of the disease.Meeting with an eyeglass store owner and a union cleaning worker, Biden reiterated his criticism that Trump has failed “to deal with this crisis.”The US economy is showing only early signs of recovery from a sharp downturn. Stocks slumped on Thursday as investors fretted over a new wave of coronavirus infections.last_img read more

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Commission launches infringement action against 17 states over IORP II

first_imgThe European Commission has opened infringement cases against 17 EU countries in relation to the transposition of IORP II, the new EU pension fund directive.The infringement proceedings relate to “non-communication cases”, meaning a member state has failed to communicate measures that fully incorporate into national law the provisions of an EU directive by the transposition deadline.IPE understands that it is fairly routine for the Commission to initiate such proceedings.According to its website, so far this year the Commission has made decisions relating to 217 active infringement cases for “non-communication” of transposition measures across all policy areas. A policy official at one national pension fund association told IPE she was more surprised by the speed at which the Commission had acted in the case of the IORP II directive.In January the Commission had said it would “carefully examine” how each member state had implemented the directive. The deadline for incorporating IORP II into national law was 13 January.The infringement proceedings were launched in late March, with the dispatch of a “letter of formal notice” requesting further information. The countries are supposed to send a detailed reply within a specified period, usually two months.According to the European Commission, as at the beginning of this month, 11 member states had achieved “full transposition status”.Of the 17 against which infringement procedures have been launched, five had communicated “partial” transposition measures: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia and the Netherlands.A further 12 had not communicated any transposition measures: Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden. Although Germany’s law to transpose IORP II came into force on the transposition deadline day IPE understands that a regulation was still outstanding as of a couple of weeks ago.In France, meanwhile, the “loi Pacte”, the legislation paving the way for transposition of IORP II, was definitively adopted in parliament last week. It was already clear last year that the country would not meet the IORP II transposition deadline, with a lawyer telling IPE at the time that the risk of a fine seemed limited if transposition was in effect during 2019.In Sweden, the implementation of IORP II has been scheduled to take effect in July.Further reading IORP II: How the EU directive has reshaped the pensions industry IORP II, the European Union’s sweeping reform of pension fund legislation, came into force on 13 January. Here’s how different member states have adapted their national rulebooks. Ireland misses 80% of target dates in pension reform plans The Irish government had failed to deliver on 80% of the deadlines it set out in its pensions roadmap for reform as of the end of January, according to the IAPF. This included a number of changes linked to implementing IORP II.Dutch cross-border questionsIPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro asked Commission staff for more information about the infringement case against the Netherlands, but they declined to provide details, citing confidentiality.Hans van Meerten, pensions lawyer and professor of European pensions law at Utrecht University, said he suspected that the infringement procedure was focused on the additional conditions the Dutch government had set for cross-border bulk transfers.Last September, the government amended legislation implementing the directive to introduce higher thresholds for the approval of schemes switching jurisdiction, after it emerged that one scheme’s funding level rose by 11 percentage points since its move from the Netherlands to Belgium.Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrats, received broad support in parliament when he argued that the funding improvement was the result of “supervisory arbitrage”.Cross-border transfers must now be approved by at least two-thirds of a scheme’s membership.Wouter Koolmees, the Dutch minister for social affairs, has insisted that the additional condition is not at odds with European legislation.However, Van Meerten and Erik Lutjens, pensions lawyer and professor of European pensions law at Amsterdam’s Free University, have both suggested that the change was illegal.last_img read more

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Germany turns to app to track virus spread

first_imgA proposed smartphone app will track and record people’s interactions via bluetooth for two weeks. AFP BERLIN – Personal data protection is athorny subject in privacy-loving Germany, but the country is neverthelessconsidering using a smartphone app to help manage the spread of the newcoronavirus. Even Chancellor Angela Merkel — whooften refers to her youth in surveillance-ridden communist East Germany — saidWednesday that if it turns out to be a helpful way of tracking the spread ofthe virus “I would… of course be willing to use it for myself”.center_img In some ways, Germany appears to befaring better than many of its European neighbours in its battle against thecoronavirus. (AFP)last_img read more

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Upper Demerara, West Demerara to clash in Super Sunday Night Cup final

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanUPPER Demerara recorded a sensational come-from-behind 3-1 win, while West Demerara blanked Essequibo/Pomeroon 4-0 to set the tone for a grand final tomorrow, when the inaugural Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) Inter- Association Super Sunday Night Cup championship concludes, with a $1M for the champions, at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Playing in the night cap, the home team looked like going down after Georgetown took the initiative through a strike off the boot of Benjamin Opara in the 32nd of play as they went into the lemon-time break ahead 1-0. This was against a few opportunities which went their way but never troubled the scores as the City side seemed like coasting for a close win.However, fifteen minutes after the second segment began, coach Anthony ‘Toto’ Stephens, riding a wave of criticisms for sticking to a new crop of players at this level, made a bold change. He took out the hard-trying forward Marmalaque Davidson and brought in Shane Luckie, another bright prospect in the forward line.This seemed to have ignited the Upper Demerara side and in the 78th minute they were rewarded for persevering in a positive thrust forward. Young Jashawn Moore was fed a square ball by Luckie and in a quick acceleration slotted the ball a diving Georgetown goalkeeper for the equaliser 1-1.Upper Demerara scorers from left: Jashawn Moore, Kellon Primo and Denzil FordyceThis sparked celebrations and obviously deflated the Georgetown side who seemingly were caught napping from this surprised offensive-minded Linden side.Ten minutes later after many spectators seemed to have given up hope, the stands were abuzz with expectancy as the Upper Demerara side maintained their focus .There again Luckie came into play, this time in the 88th minute from a left side play; his cross was collected by Kellon Primo who made no mistake in finishing against a dazed Georgetown defence, thus giving the home side a 2-1 lead.Now in full flow and with three minutes shown as added-on time by the fourth official Maurice Skeete, Upper Demerara pressed home their advantage and were rewarded. This came as Denzil Fordyce dribbled his markers to plant home a crisp drive to find the back of the net in the 90 plus three minutes to signal a 3-1 victory and the end of Georgetown’s hopes of advancing, much to the delight of the home fans.In the first game of the night West Demerara showed poise as they halted the efforts of Essequibo/Pomeroon who up to this stage had shown lots of promise of even upsetting the emerging force of football in Guyana.But they found the West side too confident and equipped this time around.Never were they able to convert the chances which went their way. The general movement of the ball by West Demerara gave an indication that they meant business in aiming for this top position when this tournament ends.Seon Babb was first to find the back of the net for West Demerara as he connected on a header from a cross in the box for a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.Then the dependable Jamal Harvey made it 2-0 when he was able to send a shot from inside the 18-yard box, past the defence and goalkeeper of Essequibo/Pomerooon just before the first half ended.The West side then increased that advantage when they connected to score from close up from the boot of Morgan Denny in the 59th minute making it 3-0.With all things going for the West Demerara side, they placed their feet on the pedal against a tiring opponent and were able to gain another goal for a 4-0 win in the 79th minute, as Gideon Payne got a through ball from inside the box and scored.This means that tomorrow Upper Demerara will face West Demerara for the $1M championship and bragging rights while the losers collect $600 000. But before that, Georgetown and Essequibo/Pomeroon will battle for $400 000 in the third-pace playoff game beginning at 19:00hrs.last_img read more

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Victoria 180th Anniversary Inter-Block football kicks off today

first_imgTHE inaugural 180th Anniversary Inter-Block football tournament will kick off tonight at the Victoria Community Centre ground, featuring four blocks – Belfield Scheme, Road Side, Middle Section and Back Dam, where the winner will pocket $100 000.The tournament will be played in a Round-Robin format, and the two teams will advance to the final.Organiser Kurt Warren (first from left), receives the event’s first-place trophy from GUYOIL’S Marlyn Lewis and Berkeley McCalmon.Today’s double-header will see Back Dam and Scheme colliding from 18:00hrs, followed by Road Side vs Middle Section. The action will continue tomorrow with Middle Section taking on Scheme from 16:00hrs, followed by Back Dam vs Road Side.Apart from the winner’s purse, donated by the Ashton Luke Foundation and Magnum Tonic Wine, the second-place team will pocket $50 000, compliments of MVP Sports, and the Giftland Mall-located store will also present a pair of Nike Phantom Vision football cleats to the player named Most Valuable (MVP) at the end of the tournament.The Most Disciplined Team will also receive $20 000.GUYOIL, George Clemenson Pharmacy, Dr Desmond Nicholson, Dr Karen Cummings, Dexter Whaul, Samuel Francis, Park Square Fun City, Sign Art and the Victoria Ground Committee are the other sponsors on board.last_img read more

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