Groundhog Day Related Shows He’s hard at work, and we’re waiting like there’s no tomorrow. As previously reported, Tim Minchin is writing the score for a stage adaptation of the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. The Tony nominee participated in a Q&A with the U.K.’s The Guardian on July 16, in which he discussed the project’s latest steps.“We’ve finished the first workshop on Saturday in London,” the Australian musician and comedian revealed. “It’s looking exciting, but it’s so hard to know how good it’s going to be. I’m incredibly impatient to see it on its feet.”As confirmed in January, the Matilda composer/lyricist is collaborating with the film’s screenwriter Danny Rubin and Matilda director Matthew Warchus.While Minchin didn’t give too much away regarding the new tuner, he did share that he has written a new song for it “about the inevitability of death that would be perfect” for a funeral. Ooh, sounds fun!Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray on screen), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. So, what else did Minchin chat about with The Guardian? Among other things, the Pope, the “awesome” Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and the “sexualized Tinkerbell-land” politics of Frozen. Say what?! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017
View Comments “Transylvania Mania” may be heading to London! Mel Brooks is reworking his stage musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein and aiming for it to make its West End premiere in 2016. According to The Daily Mail, the Tony winner is partnering with his The Producers collaborator Susan Stroman on the project. Tony winner Stroman also directed and choreographed Young Frankenstein when it bowed on Broadway in 2007.Penned by Brooks and Tom Meehan, the tuner is based on the Oscar-nominated 1974 film, Young Frankenstein, and is a comic re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic. When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma. Does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga? Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights, the show’s raucous score includes “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”Brooks hopes to cast the musical with Brits. The original Great White Way production officially opened on November 8, 2007 and starred Roger Bart as Frankenstein, Megan Mullally as Elizabeth, Christopher Fitzgerald as Igor, Sutton Foster as Inga, Andrea Martin as Frau Blucher, Shuler Hensley as The Monster and Fred Applegate as Inspector Kemp. Young Frankenstein closed on Broadway on January 4, 2009 after 485 performances.
Led by a $5 million challenge gift, from an anonymous boarding student parent, St. Johnsbury Academy has announced the largest campaign in the school’s history. Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett and Board of Trustees President and Campaign Chair Lee Hackett ‘57 officially announced the Embrace the Dream campaign during the school’s annual alumni banquet on June 5. During the quiet phase of the campaign, leadership gifts from trustees, faculty, alumni, parents, friends, and foundations have raised more than $12 million in cash and pledges toward the $15 million goal.‘I am always humbled by the generosity of the Academy community,’ Lovett said. ‘To have raised so much money without publicly launching a campaign is an inspiring sign of the faith our alumni, friends, and benefactors have in our mission and our people.’The Embrace the Dream campaign is already benefitting Academy students through gifts received prior to publically announcing the campaign. The campaign has provided funds to build a new dormitory, endow two faculty Chairs, and construct a new engineering laboratory. In its next phase, the campaign will continue to improve school facilities (including the construction or remodeling of on-campus housing and upgrading technology infrastructure) and build the school’s endowment (emphasizing additional endowed faculty chairs and financial aid for needy incoming students). The campaign, as a comprehensive campaign, will also enhance student programs and services by increasing funds raised through the Academy Annual Fund.This comprehensive campaign has already received broad based support, including every annual fund donor. Director of Alumni and Development, Tammi Cady ‘88, emphasized the importance of every gift, regardless of size, stating, ‘Every donor is important, not just for the dollars given, but also for the commitment that their support demonstrates.’ Cady added, ‘Despite the worst economy in 70 years, we have established new records for the annual fund in each of the past two years, helping us to reach 80 percent of the campaign goal prior to announcing the campaign. This is a great testament to the loyalty and generosity of our community.’In announcing the campaign, both Hackett and Lovett spoke of the transformational impact that this campaign will have on the Academy and the local community, enabling the Academy to continue its mission of providing world class educational opportunity to every student, regardless of ability or circumstance. Lovett added, ‘Other people in other times have done heroic things to make the Academy great. Now it’s our turn, our time to embrace the dream of the Fairbanks brothers. We have the opportunity to change the lives of young people, to help them dream big and attain those dreams, regardless of where they come from, what they love, or how they learn. This is what we promise every parent, whether they are from Caledonia County, California, or China. This campaign will help us continue to deliver on that promise.’This dream, combined with the resources to make it possible, has been renewed repeatedly through the generosity of those who share this vision and love for the Academy. ‘For decades, we have boasted that Academy students have left this place better than they found it and that those who come before take care of those who will come after,’ said Lovett. ‘This campaign is just one more way to keep that tradition alive.’ From John Watson ‘00, whose bequest established the modern Academy, to the ‘Building on Tradition’ and ‘Just Imagine’ campaigns, the Embrace the Dream campaign will renew and transform the Academy, providing the resources to extend its mission well into the 21st century.Source: St. Johnsbury Academy. 7.28.2010
This year, the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, North Carolina will host the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Freestyle Pan American Championships. The event will take place on the Nantahala River from September 4 – 6, and is set to be the premier competitive event of the 2014 freestyle season. The best whitewater athletes from both North and South America are expected to attend, including several medalists from last year’s World Championships.In addition to these seasoned competitors, young paddlers just beginning to break into the sport will also make an appearance at the Pan American Championships. The event is an ideal chance for less experienced athletes, ages 15 and over, to get a sense of international competition. Among those athletes registered is Max Haworth of Chattanooga, TN. “For Max, who is 15, the Pan Am Championships provide an opportunity to compete in an international event,” says his mother Mindy Haworth. “Because there is no qualifier, a novice freestyler like Max can throw his hat in the ring and gain valuable competition experience.”Not only a good entry event into international competition, the Pan American Championships hold special value because they foster competition in the Americas. Event manager Zuzana Montagne said: “With much of whitewater sport’s participation based in Europe, developing a healthy competitive base in the Western hemisphere is a key goal of the International Canoe Federation.”This spectator-friendly event will be hosted at NOC’s resort location on the Nantahala River. Preliminary competition will take place on Thursday and Friday, September 4 – 5, and the winners will be announced following Saturday’s Final. The competition will also feature a live DJ and announcer throughout the event, and music and other celebratory activities after the contest.Parking and event entry is free for spectators. Visit the NOC’s page on the Freestyle Kayaking Championships for more information.Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to take on over 120 different river and land-based itineraries, learn to kayak at NOC’s world-renowned Paddling School, travel abroad with NOC’s Adventure Travel program, test the latest outdoor gear and shop at its flagship retail stores, or enjoy NOC’s resort. A private company, NOC is one of the largest employers in Western North Carolina. NOC has been recently recognized by The New York Times as the “Nation’s Premiere Paddling School,” “The Best Place to Learn” by Outside, and as “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure.
By Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo September 22, 2020 Since taking up the reins of government, President Iván Duque has established among his priorities a head-on fight against narcotrafficking, against all the links in the criminal chain that are a source of financing for illegal organizations that bring violence and destruction to Colombian territories.As the president has explained, this is a constitutional and moral obligation, because putting an end to coca means reducing the rates of violence in the communities and attracting social and economic investments to enable the transformation of the territories.Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo greets troops of the Colombian Army’s Counternarcotics Brigade in the Tumaco municipality, on December 17, 2019. (Photo: Víctor Holguín/Colombian Ministry of Defense)The challenge is great, but Colombia has Military and Police forces that have the sufficient capacity to take it on. The government of President Iván Duque inherited a country with 171,000 hectares of coca, a record figure in illicit crops, which become one of the chief engines of violence. The data confirm this: In those municipalities that, according to the United Nations, are core production sites due to their high concentration of coca crops, the homicide rate is, on average, almost double the national rate.Given all these complexities, the national government issued in 2019 the Defense and Security Policy for Legality, Entrepreneurship, and Equity, a document that constitutes the Public Force’s roadmap to face threats, both internal ones and those that transcend borders and become transnational crimes, such as the global problem of illicit drugs.Hence the importance of the line of diplomacy for defense and security, which has enabled us to deliver forceful blows to narcotrafficking organizations that finance crime in our continent, through stronger cooperation with partner nations and deeper regional partnerships.A clear example of this cooperation is the effort conducted by the U.S. government through the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan (USCAP), particularly with U.S. Southern Command and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), especially geared to providing instruction and training by Colombian military and police experts to military and police officers of Central America and the region.Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo observes a cocaine shipment that the Colombian Navy seized off the Pacific coast of Colombia, on December 17, 2019. (Photo: Víctor Holguín/Colombian Ministry of Defense)Cooperation is effective and does yield results. An example of this is the Orion Naval Campaign, in which 26 countries share intelligence to achieve greater effectiveness in interdiction operations, enabling during its fifth phase, conducted in April and May 2020, the seizure of 50.3 tons of cocaine hydrochloride — that is, about 126 million doses that will not be consumed.This is a good time to praise and thank the U.S. government in particular for sending Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) personnel to advise, instruct, and train the General Staff of four Colombian military units that are strategic in the fight against narcotrafficking. The exchange of experiences, knowledge, and capabilities that both nations have been carrying out for decades enables us to be more effective in countering this scourge, thereby protecting the civilian population that wants to live legally, which is our main purpose and for which we continue to move forward.As I said previously, narcotrafficking is the main threat in Colombia, and countering it is not an easy challenge. But the Public Force’s selfless work, under President Duque’s policies, shows us that we are on the right track. In only two years, thanks to the monumental effort of soldiers, police agents, and marines, the government managed to halt and reverse the country’s upward trend in illicit crops.The SIMCI report, the Integrated Illicit Crops Monitoring System of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), confirmed that coca-growing hectares decreased 9 percent in Colombia in 2019, meaning a reduction of 15,000 hectares that was achieved thanks to the Public Force’s manual eradication efforts and to the commitment of the national government, which increased the operation’s eradication resources from the onset, thereby adding to the number of Mobile Eradication Groups from 23 in August 2018 to 196 in March of this year. This led to the eradication in 2019 of 101,273 hectares of illicit crops, of which more than 94,000 were eradicated in the operation led by the Military Forces and the National Police.The goal for this year, to eradicate 130,000 hectares, is an important challenge in which we are moving forward with the conviction that reducing coca plantation areas will provide more security for the communities.But it is not the only front that our forces are fighting; every day, our service members deliver positive results when it comes to seizing drugs and chemical precursors and capturing or neutralizing members of these criminal organizations that are financed by narcotrafficking. Just to mention one example, during its first two years in office, the government has already captured or neutralized 117 leaders of organized armed groups and organized crime. And the authorities have seized more than 851 tons of cocaine, thanks to intelligence and operational capabilities that allow for drug interdiction in our country’s roads, ports, rivers, and coasts.This year, interdiction results paint a favorable picture, with an increase of 5 percent in drugs seized. The Public Force has already seized 300 tons of cocaine from January 1 to August 27, 2020, so we expect that by the end of the year we will have a larger number of seizures than in 2019.Combating the threat of narcotrafficking, as well as implementing the National Citizen Security and Coexistence Policy, which addresses security and defense with a comprehensive approach that requires unified state action, has caused crime figures to decline significantly. From January 1 to September 3, 2020, the 11 percent decline in homicide rate stands out, going from 8,645 cases in 2019 to 7,724 cases in 2020 — in other words, 921 fewer cases from one year to the other. The same goes for the statistics of kidnappings, extortion, and theft of all kinds, which show a significant reduction at the national level, to the benefit of the citizens.Our military and police officers are doing all this work, while also assisting in a special situation that led us to intensify our efforts: the COVID-19 crisis. Their work has enabled us to enforce the measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic and, at the same time, to help thousands of vulnerable Colombians. That is why, from this platform, I thank you and express my pride in this work that history will recognize.
By Noelani Kirschner/Shareamerica November 30, 2020 Venezuelans continue protesting the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, demanding the restoration of basic services and better treatment for teachers.In one week, from the end of September to the beginning of October 2020, 233 protests have swept the country, from rural towns to cities such as Caracas.There were an additional 113 protests across 24 states in Venezuela during the first week of October, focused on increasing teachers’ annual wage and improving their working conditions.Teachers, on average, make $6.50 per month, an amount that often forces them to find side jobs, according to local news reports. With frequent government blackouts, lack of school food and limited school supplies, it is difficult for teachers to provide an environment in which students can learn.“Teachers, you are not alone. We are together in this process,” said Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s interim president, on October 5. “All Venezuelans, the unions, the different sectors, must join and accompany the teachers for the future of Venezuela.”In September, protesters peacefully took to the streets to demand better basic services in rural towns, like Urachiche — which used to support the Maduro regime. These protesters marched for a restoration of electricity and water and an increase of food amid chronic shortages.The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, in Spanish) reported that only 77 percent of the population has access to piped running water, and three-quarters of that group say they experience frequent service disruptions. Ninety percent of Venezuelans do not have reliable access to electricity.Maduro’s response is to deploy the Army to stop the hundreds of peaceful protests for basic services, stifling free speech and denying citizens their requests.These recent protests add to the approximately 7,000 protests reported by Venezuelan media from January to the end of September 2020.“These dire conditions are not the result of war or natural disaster. These are the results of an inept authoritarian leader systematically decimating Venezuela’s democratic institutions, economy, and infrastructure through misappropriation of state funds and the abuse of state power,” said Michael Kozak, acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, on October 19.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Brothers Andrew and Joseph Barbieri have been decking out their childhood home in Deer Park for Christmas for the past 40 years. Their elaborate light display will now get national attention when they appear on an episode of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight tomorrow.Located on Liberty Street, the Barbieris’ nightly show is called Lights on Liberty. Andrew, an electrical contractor who now lives in West Islip, synchronizes 90 animated light-up dolls and 30,000 LED lights with music, and Joseph, who still lives in the Deer Park home, helps with new ideas and setting it all up. Tons of Long Islanders come to see the show each December. “It’s been years and years of people coming to see the display,” Andrew said. “When I was younger, there were just a few people coming to see. [Between starting] a Facebook page, being on local news and in the newspaper, and word of mouth — all of those things add to the people that come.”“When someone says, ‘I took my daughter here, and now I’m taking my granddaughter here,’ it’s a great thing to hear,” he added. “There’s one family that comes every year on Christmas Eve. We see them every year, so now we invite them in.”Each night, the brothers collect donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in a box in front of the light display. Over the years, many people would tell them that they should apply to be on the ABC Christmas light competition, but “I was too busy doing the lights!” Andrew said. Nevertheless, Lights on Liberty eventually got on the show’s radar — ABC producers reached out to the Barbieris last fall asking them to be on the show.Lights on Liberty (ABC)“It was an awesome, once in a lifetime experience,” Andrew said. “The first day was very difficult, and we were retaking stuff. By the third day, we were like family, eating lunch and dinner together. The producers and whole crew was great.”Being on the show fulfills a childhood dream, Andrew said. He’s been fascinated by electricity and lights since age 12, when he started Lights on Liberty 40 years ago. Every year since then, he and his brother have added new additions to the lights display.“That’s the best part, looking forward to the new idea,” Andrew said. “We’re already discussing ‘we should do this next year.’”On Wednesday, Dec. 9, The Great Christmas Light Fight’s season premiere will feature footage of Andrew and Joseph creating lights last year. They will compete with another family’s light show for a $50,000 prize and a Light Fight trophy. But for Andrew, “If you’re getting on the show, you’re winning already.”Tune in to see Lights on Liberty on The Great Christmas Light Fight on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.For more entertainment coverage, visit longislandpress.com/category/entertainment.Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.
The homeowner was not injured. A third suspect, 38-year-old Jaime L. Coleman of Trumansburg, N.Y., was identified as the person who took Covert and Meeks to the hospital. Police charged Coleman with burglary in the 1st degree, also. ENFIELD, N.Y. (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department says two people were shot after they broke into a home in the town of Enfield, N.Y. on July 25. According to authorities, the homeowner told Ward and Meeks to leave the residence before shooting them. Police say 50-year-old Mark S. Ward of Covert, N.Y. and 32-year-old Frisco A. Meeks of Ithaca, N.Y. were charged with burglary in the 1st degree after being released from the hospital.
Topics : Saleh referred to measures announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto in a decree on health protocols in the new normal over the weekend.On Tuesday, President Jokowi visited a mall in Bekasi, West Java, and the Bundaran HI MRT station in Central Jakarta in preparation for easing the PSBB as he encouraged people to coexist with the virus.The government has also begun discussing with experts the implementation of new normal guidance in schools.Saleh added that the implementation of the PSBB in several regions was not strict enough so that such guidance would not be helpful. “For example, the Health Minister’s decree on offices and manufacturers’ operations. It contains the usual measures that have been implemented by the community. It’s not new and can’t be considered as a new policy to support the new normal.”“The regulation only justifies people violating the PSBB,” he said.The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) said it was too early for the government to adjust to a new normal, especially in Jakarta, the country’s COVID-19 epicenter. Malls in the capital should not immediately reopen following the end of Jakarta’s PSBB on June 4, it added”The YLKI calls on the public not to visit malls before the situation is completely safe,” YLKI chairman Tulus Abadi said, citing the huge potential for violations of the new normal guidance.“We should first resolve the widespread infection of the virus before solving the economic effects,” he added.The deputy chairwoman of Commission IX, Nihayatul Wafiroh, said the government should make sure the new normal is safe for everyone and there should be no more policy flip-flops.“Maybe the government thinks that it’s time to tolerate [greater mobility], but we should remain cautious by following the guidance. This is to sustain the economy,” the National Awakening Party (PKB) politician said.Achmad Baidowi of the United Development Party (PPP) said both public health and the economy were equally important so that the new normal guidance should be immediately implemented in all public places.Chairman of House Commission X overseeing education Syaiful Huda called on the government to be careful in planning for the reopening of schools as the virus transmission remained high.“Forcing schools to reopen will endanger the students and teachers […] Indonesian Doctors Association data show that 129 children have died with COVID-19 symptoms and 14 children who have died tested positive for COVID-19 infection,” he said. Concerns are mounting over the government’s approach to reopening public places while urging citizens to embrace the “new normal” as numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise across the country.Lawmakers have questioned the government’s decision to ease large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), saying COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase across many provinces.“Streets, markets, malls, workplaces will be crowded again and the virus could continue to spread,” a member of House of Representatives Commission IX overseeing health Saleh Daulay of the National Mandate Party (PAN), said on Tuesday.
Lucas Torreira proves Arsenal manager Unai Emery wrong with superb defensive midfield display for Uruguay Comment Advertisement Unai Emery has been keen to play Torreira further forward for Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)Lucas Torreira sent a reminder to Unai Emery about his best position as the Arsenal midfielder impressed during Uruguay’s friendly with Argentina on Monday evening.The 23-year-old has been the source of frustration for many Arsenal supporters this season with Unai Emery opting to play the Uruguayan in a more advanced role on several occasions with little success.Despite struggling in his cameos as a No.10 against Manchester United and Vitoria, there’s been little to suggest that Emery will rethink his approach as the Arsenal manager has spoken to Torreira about making more runs into the box with the aim of increasing his return in front of goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery’s decision has left many at Arsenal puzzled as the Uruguayan arrived from Sampdoria as a defensive midfielder and was seen as the answer to the problems Arsene Wenger failed to address during his end of his reign.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Unai Emery has been keen to play Torreira further forward for Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)But Torreira’s defensive ability does not appear to be enough to convince Emery as the Uruguayan has started just four of Arsenal’s 12 Premier League matches this term.However, Torreira strengthened his case with an excellent display in Uruguay’s 2-2 draw with Argentina in Israel.Playing in the deepest role of Uruguay’s midfield three, Torreira snapped into tackles and screened his defence with energy against the threat of Lionel Messi.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 CityDespite his lack of playing time this season, Torreira showed no signs of rustiness as his positional awareness often put him in the best place to stop Argentina’s attacks, while his simple distribution was exactly what Uruguay needed to build their own moves going forward.In Emery’s defence, Torreira did show one quality every No.10 should possess in their armoury as his deft clipped ball over the top of Argentina’s defence found Luis Suarez and the Barcelona forward squared the ball across first time to Edinson Cavani who put Uruguay in front.But the overriding point is that Torreira delivered a defensive display that has not been replicated by any other Arsenal midfielder this season.Torreira, Suarez, Cavani – goal! A great team goal from Uruguay gives them the lead against Argentina 🇺🇾⚽️ https://t.co/TWpsyceBiK— MercyGate (@mercygate01) November 19, 2019 Chris DavieTuesday 19 Nov 2019 12:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link532Shares Last week, Arsenal were fired a warning by Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur who claimed that Emery’s decision to play the Uruguayan in a more advanced role has not been well received.‘Torreira is happy at Arsenal, although the change in role has not made him happy,’ Bentancur said.With Granit Xhaka reportedly looking to leave Arsenal in January following his clash with supporters, the risk of alienating Torreira is another problem Emery could do without as his side chase down a top-four finish.And following Torreira’s latest performance at the heart of Uruguay’s midfield, Emery might be tempted to abandon his experiment altogether.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