Friday night and the clouds are low…but that’s not stopping them! The Today Show concluded this week’s “Best of Broadway” series with a bouncy and spandex-laden performance from the cast of Mamma Mia!. The colorful crew pumped up 30 Rock crowds with their rendition of the title song and “Dancing Queen.” What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with the spunky Donna Sheridan (currently played by Judy McLane)? She may have dropped the ball on the whole baby daddy subject, but any mom who will sing ABBA tunes with you is a great mom. So go ahead, have a look, wave your arms in the air at your desk (we won’t judge) and happy Mother’s Day! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 Mamma Mia! Related Shows Judy McLane Star Files
Penn & Teller Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2015 View Comments Legendary duo Penn and Teller are bringing their aptly named show Penn & Teller to Broadway! The magical pair will play the Marquis Theatre for a limited engagement from July 7 through August 16 (with the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet! on deck).Penn Jillette and one-name wonder Teller first appeared on Broadway in 1987, after they were a hit off-Broadway in 1985. They returned to the Great White Way in 1991 with The Refrigerator Tour. Their numerous accolades include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, six Emmy nominations, and seven “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year” wins for their long-running act at The Rio. They served as the hosts of the British TV series Penn & Teller: Fool Us, which will be revived on The CW later this year.In addition to bringing magic to Broadway, Teller is no stranger to the stage, having directed Play Dead off-Broadway and productions of Macbeth and The Tempest. Expect less Shakespeare and more trickery at the Marquis, though.Penn & Teller step onto the Marquis stage after another magic act—The Illusionists celebrated a limited engagement that ended on January 5. The theater has since undergone renovations.
The tree-sitters have come down, and all the permits have been issued by state and federal agencies. Bulldozers and chainsaw crews are already clearing sections of the the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.Is there anything that can stop them?Actually, yes.Governor Ralph Northam has the power to halt pipeline construction, but so far, he has chosen not to act. Instead, in April, Northam issued an executive order that allowed the pipelines to proceed through Virginia.Originally, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality had planned to conduct a project-specific reviews of each pipeline, called a 401 permit review. This would have required regulators to analyze the pipelines’ impacts on every stream and body of water that they cross.However, regulators later decided to skip the 401 permit review and instead use a blanket Nationwide 12 permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to approve the entire process. Most of the streams crossed by these pipelines were never properly analyzed to determine the health and environmental impacts of pipeline construction.Despite the inadequate review process, and despite the agency’s acknowledgment that they have never reviewed a project this large, Governor Northam has continued to stand by the review process.The truth is this: Governor Northam has the power to halt the pipelines right now. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the primary authority over interstate gas pipelines, but states also have the authority to approve or deny certain permits under the federal Clean Water Act. FERC’s role does not supercede state power when it comes to stopping projects that pose a threat to the state’s water quality. In August, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state of New York’s denial of a Clean Water Act Section 401 permit for the Constitution Pipeline.Northam could do the same in Virginia. At the very least, Northam could direct the Department of Environmental Quality to suspend the 401 certification based on the Corps’ blanket permit while it conducts a stream-by-stream analysis. Such an analysis will likely reveal many adverse effects of pipeline construction on drinking water sources, fishing, swimming, paddling, boating, and other uses across Virginia.Just last week, Governor Northam’s own Advisory Council on Environmental Justice recommended “a moratorium on new gas infrastructure in the Commonwealth and a stream-by-stream assessment of the impact of both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.”So why has Northam refused to invoke any of his power to stop these pipelines? Perhaps because doing so would require his going up against Dominion Power, the state’s biggest political campaign donor. Northam himself has accepted campaign donations from Dominion (over $199,000 over the course of his career) and even owns shares in their company. Dominion has invested heavily in Virginia’s politics and lobbied hard to ensure that their projects are approved and construction is expedited quickly before the public can intervene. But Dominion is not the only energy company that is funding Northam. The Governor has also accepted over $20,000 from EQT, the company behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and $10,000 from Marcellus Gas Infrastructure.In April, Northam repeated a common refrain of his campaign speeches: “I believe that science should dictate whether the pipelines can be built safely and in an environmentally sound way.” Yet scientists have not been allowed to conduct stream-by-stream analyses of the pipelines’ impacts on health and water quality.The Department of Environmental Quality was created in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Virginia. Instead of bending the rules and modifying regulations for big corporations, state agencies should be enforcing and strengthening their regulations. Governor Northam has not only caved to corporate interests, but has acted as an adversary to the state by putting the interests of a few over the needs of the entire Commonwealth.But the governor can still make things right. He can fulfill his campaign promises to require stream-by-stream analysis of proposed pipeline waterbody crossings.Northam can revoke 401 Water Quality Certification for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines today.If you enjoy or use any water bodies that may be affected by the Mountain Valley Pipeline or Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the State Water Control Board (SWCB) needs to hear from you before the new deadline, 11:59pm, June 15, 2018.PLEASE take 5 minutes to do the following, and share these instructions.1. Send an email about the MVP to [email protected] and/or an email about the ACP to [email protected] Provide your name, mailing address, and telephone number.3. Choose one of two protected uses: Enjoyment (swimming, fishing, etc.) or other use of un-degraded water (irrigation, livestock watering, etc).4. Explain your concern that the US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (aka “NWP 12”) is insufficient to protect a specific wetlands or stream that would be crossed by MVP.5. Request a stream-by-stream analysis to uphold Virginia’s Water Quality Standards (WQS).
The bill will be discussed in the following days at a congressional plenary session. Recently, the Peruvian government has strengthened the Military and police presence in the VRAEM area, where drug trafficking operates along with remnants of Shining Path guerillas, according to official sources. One of the amendments would authorize the involvement of military forces in emergency areas, such as the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM), so that they can intercept people and land vehicles that roam the coca crop areas. By Dialogo October 12, 2012 The Peruvian Congress Defense Commission passed a bill that extends the capacity of the Armed Forces to counter drug trafficking in Peru, informed the official news agency Andina, on September 10. This approved bill aims to modify legislation to allow military intervention in the fight against drug trafficking, a crime that is addressed mostly by police forces. On September 10, the Peruvian Ministry of Defense ordered an increase in the security of the area because of an attack perpetrated by the Shining Path during the weekend. On September 6, members of the Peruvian insurgent group set fire to three helicopters that provided services to the country’s national gas transportation company Transportadora de Gas del Perú, which performs work in the gas fields of Camisea, located within Cusco department.
CARSI’s five goals are to create safe streets for Central America’s 45 million inhabitants; disrupt the movement of criminals and contraband among its seven nations; support the development of strong, capable and accountable governments; re-establish effective state presence, services and security in at-risk communities, and finally, to foster enhanced levels of coordination and cooperation among all seven countries as well as other foreign partners and donors to combat regional security threats. Brownfield said that even though “we have consciously attempted to incorporate all seven nations of Central America” into the program, most funds allocated to CARSI have gone to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. And in all three, he said, success stories abound. “Seven years ago, Guatemala was the preferred landing site for small aircraft bringing illicit cocaine north from South America, touching ground in Central America and then transiting overland through Mexico into the United States,” he said. “The Guatemalans, using CARSI funds and support, developed an aviation capability using helicopters. When they catch wind of an illegal aircraft, they fly to the site and apprehend the suspects.” For a year or so, Brownfield said, the Guatemalan Air Force was on a roll, grabbing “tons of product” in frequent drug raids. “But in the last two or three years, they have had almost no takedowns,” he said. “It’s because they’ve accomplished exactly what they wanted to do: they’ve convinced the traffickers not to fly their product to Guatemala.” And in El Salvador and Honduras — two countries long plagued by gang violence — “both have put together very effective youth programs that are actually delivering results, telling kids at an impressionable stage what are the dangers of joining gangs, and what their alternatives are. It’s a cool program. I like it.” Diplomat: ‘This is not a war on drugs’ WASHINGTON — Five years after its inauguration, veteran U.S. diplomat William R. Brownfield has offered a detailed assessment of the State Department’s Central America Regional Security Initiative, countering critics who say CARSI hasn’t done enough to stop drugs and violence from spreading across the isthmus. “While I don’t suggest that the program has been brought to a successful conclusion, I do suggest it is now having an impact, much of it positive,” Brownfield said. Brownfield is the assistant secretary of state at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Likening CARSI to a baseball game, he said, “we’re in the fifth inning, the score is tied 3-3, and the good guys have come back from being 3-0 in the first inning. But we’ve got half of the game still to play.” Brownfield spoke March 22 at Washington’s Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, at an event co-sponsored by the nonprofit Americas Society/Council of the Americas. The career diplomat and Texas native — whose 34 years in the Foreign Service includes stints as U.S. ambassador to Colombia, Venezuela and Chile as well as postings in El Salvador, Argentina, Panama and Switzerland — said that despite sky-high homicide rates that have turned Central America into one of the world’s most dangerous places, its security situation should be viewed against the backdrop of recent history. Central America still faces enormous security challenges “I was in El Salvador during one of its darkest days,” he said. “I arrived in San Salvador in March 1981, and for the first six months we were required to carry a day bag in which we had a change of clothes, a toothbrush and a razor, because we didn’t know if we were going to be evacuated off the embassy’s roof during the course of the day. We didn’t even know if the government would survive the next 24 hours. That’s how dark it had become.” Today, he said, all seven nations of Central America are at peace, all are thriving democracies and all are cooperating with the United States to stem the flow of drugs north through Mexico into the U.S. market. Yet according to Brownfield, 65 percent of all cocaine that leaves South America en route to markets north passes through Central America, where the two largest organized gangs — MS-13 and Calle 18 — count more than 70,000 people as members. “Just as Plan Colombia helped push the focus of criminal activity north into Mexico, so has the impact of the Mérida Initiative pushed that same activity into Central America itself,” he said. “In many ways, Central America is the victim of its own geography, as well as vulnerable institutions and societies that are attractive to organizations attempting to engage in criminal activity.” Success stories in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador Brownfield addressed what he called some common criticisms of CARSI. “We are not fighting a war on drugs, nor have we been fighting a war on drugs since Bill Clinton — in his first year as president, in 1993 — declared correctly that this is not a war,” Brownfield said. “This is about education and rehabilitation. This is about public health. This is about economic and alternative development.” Less than one-third of the half-billion dollars made available to Central America through CARSI has gone to fight drugs, he said. He spent on such things as model precincts programs in vulnerable communities, anti-gang programs and community policing, as well as police, prosecutors and corrections reform throughout Central America. “It is designed to build institutions, and it is those institutions that will eventually deliver what their societies and communities are demanding,” he said. “To call this a war on drugs completely misses the point.” CARSI was in part developed, he said, to make Central America’s institutions less corrupt and more accountable to the people and nations with which they are affiliated. “Of course, in the short term we must deal with corrupt institutions. If we are going to reform or professionalize an institution, we must talk to it, deal with it, and in fact provide it with assistance and training,” he said. “At the end of the day, with many of these institutions it will require an entire generation to cleanse.” Facing human rights abuses head-on By Dialogo April 08, 2013 “We need to improve our capabilities by 10 or 15 percent,” he said. “That will drive up the cost for traffickers of doing business in and through Central America. When that happens, simple market economics comes into play, and they will go elsewhere.” “While there must be a law-enforcement component to any strategy, the focus should be on the genuine criminals — the large-scale, multibillion-dollar criminal organizations that are making huge sums of money, rather than poor farmers or consumers who are victims as much as criminals,” he said. Brownfield said CARSI’s initiatives and strategies must be flexible and adaptable — and not leave any gaping holes for criminals to exploit. “We should not be embarrassed or ashamed to say that what we’re doing today is not what we thought we’d be doing four years ago. We’re learning from mistakes, and quite frankly, the bad guys are adapting and adjusting their strategies. And if we don’t adjust ours too, we’re probably going to lose.” Brownfield agreed that it’s “unfair to ask a society to wait an entire generation” before it can see relief from violence and organized crime. That’s why CARSI’s short-term solution over a 10-year period “in the best possible scenario to purify, cleanse and purge a corrupted institution is the vetted unit: small groups that are carefully selected and examined in terms of their background, and if necessary, subjected to testing means to determine whether they are fundamentally honest — and to use those groups to do basic, specialized law enforcement.” He also addressed human rights abuses. “If we do not address human rights abuses, CARSI will indeed fail,” Brownfield said. “No initiative that I know of has succeeded unless it has followed a basic respect for human rights. That’s why we train these countries specifically in human rights procedures and proper operational engagement, with full accountability for the acts they commit.” Colombia produced more cocaine than the rest of the world combined in 2000, Brownfield said. Now its cocaine output has dropped by two-thirds and Colombia currently ranks third among cocaine-producing nations. Meanwhile, U.S. consumption of cocaine has fallen by 40 percent in the past seven years, while use of methamphetamines has dropped by 50 percent. Brownfield urges ‘flexibility’ and ‘adaptability’
My organization held our annual Capitol Hill conference last week where hundreds of our members flew in to talk directly with the lawmakers and regulators who influence their operations and ability to compete in a fast-changing marketplace.As an advocacy organization, having our members share personal stories – from themselves and other constituents in their communities – is critical in ensuring decision makers understand the impact of their actions and ultimately driving change.While one-on-one face time is important, if you can’t effectively tell your story it’s a moot point. That’s where strong leadership comes in.I came across this blog from LeadershipNow that highlights the 10 stories leaders need to tell, and I think these are applicable to employees, members/customers and other stakeholders. Here’s what you need to be communicating to keep your company operating successfully: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Nicolas Pepe is still waiting to score his first Arsenal goal since his £72m transfer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Unai Emery admits he needs to speed up Nicolas Pepe’s adaptation process with the club’s record signing yet to break his goalscoring duck.The Ivory Coast international was coveted by a number of leading European clubs in the summer after he inspired Lille to Champions League qualification on the back of his 22 goals in Ligue 1.Head of football Raul Sanllehi helped engineer a deal which saw Arsenal beat Napoli to the 24-year-old’s services but Pepe has shown only flashes of his potential during his first six Arsenal appearances.An injury to Alexandre Lacazette means Pepe is likely to keep his place in the side which entertains Aston Villa on Sunday, looking to bounce back from last week’s capitulation at Watford, and Emery insists he is doing everything possible to illicit an improvement from his star signing.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘He needs more adaptation,’ Emery said in his pre-match press conference.‘He is playing good but progressively we know there is going to be more performance in him to help us and I want to do now quickly the last step in the adaptation for us, for example, against Aston Villa.‘We are working with him first for that adaptation.‘After the training now we are watching individual videos with him, also to push him to achieve the details tactically we need for him because he is playing well but also we need in our organisation to be strong with every player to improve a lot.’Will Nicolas Pepe score against Aston VillaYes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: 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 Nicolas Pepe must adapt quickly, warns Arsenal manager Unai Emery Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 22 Sep 2019 7:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Comment
Mail Online 12 Dec 2012The minister for faith has broken ranks on gay marriage to warn that David Cameron’s controversial legislation could have a string of ‘unintended consequences’. In a letter leaked to the Daily Mail, Baroness Warsi suggests schools could be required to teach about same-sex unions, while individual priests and churches who refuse to conduct them risk being sued. Her intervention will embolden more than 100 Tory MPs who are threatening to vote against the legislation in the New Year. Writing to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who unveiled the planned legislation on Tuesday, Lady Warsi raises a series of questions about the change in the law. She demands ‘clarity’ on how the new law will properly ‘protect religious freedom’ and asks: ‘What legal support will be afforded to churches and other places of worship if they’re challenged individually or as an organisation?’ Lady Warsi, who attends Cabinet and is also senior minister for the Foreign Office, asks what legal advice the Government has received in relation to the compatibility of gay marriage legislation with ‘domestic and European law’. Most contentiously, the peer, who held talks on the issue this week with Church of England leaders, asks: ‘What consideration has been given to the teaching of equal marriage in schools, both faith schools and non-faith schools?’http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247266/Gay-marriage-law-Baroness-Warsi-claims-equality-string-unintended-consequences.html
Leslie Noble Stratton (Image: Indiana State Excise)HOLTON – Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of a local excise officer who passed away Wednesday morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer.Sgt. Leslie Noble Stratton, of Holton, graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 1973, when he joined the United States Army. He served in the military for three years and was promoted to Sergeant.Stratton joined the Indiana State Excise Police on Jan. 8, 1979, after completing an internship with the agency as a student at Vincennes University, from which he earned his associates degree.He was initially assigned to the Vincennes district before transferring to the Seymour Area where he served the remainder of his career. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1987 and received the departments Educator of the Year award in 1997.“It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our friend and colleague, Les,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “During my time as superintendent, I found Les to be a man of few words; however, when he spoke, he offered much wisdom. This is the result of his experience as an excise officer and his dedication to doing his part to ensure the safety of Indiana citizens. He will be greatly missed by the department, and our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to his family.”Sgt. Stratton is survived by his wife, Vernice (Owens) Stratton, of Holton, Ind.; his son, Roger Stratton and his wife, Rhonda Stratton, of Holton, Ind.; his daughter, Jennifer Nicholson, and her husband, Hank Nicholson, of Versailles, Ind.; and his daughter-in-law, Katherine Hiatt. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Stratton, in 2003.Sgt. Stratton is also survived by six grandchildren: Emmett Stratton, Levi Stratton, Emma Hiatt, Lanie Nicholson, Lucie Nicholson and Clint Nicholson.Funeral arrangements are pending.
An early Samir Nasri goal had set City on their way to dragging their seemingly forlorn title challenge on for another week but three goals in a scintillating seven-minute spell for Spurs left Mancini eying his side’s defending. “We did two big mistakes,” Mancini said. “It’s not easy to play here against Tottenham. They are a really good team with good players and a good manager. To come here and play like we did is not easy. We played well, we gave a good performance for almost 80 minutes and we had a chance to score the second goal. But we didn’t score and after that we did two big mistakes. “We had the game under control. Tottenham were trying to win because it was important for them, but I think we lost the game through our own fault.” After seeing his side complete a dramatic comeback and earn a famous win, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has urged his players to finish the season strongly. “I think it was very important for the team to come back,” he said. “In the first half we couldn’t play our game the way we wanted. The setback of suffering a goal so early affected our confidence. “We have to continue, Wigan away will be difficult because Wigan are fighting for survival. You just have to gather the most amount of points as possible – that is our objective. Our game against Chelsea could be the decider in the end.” Mancini conceded several weeks ago that the destination of the trophy appeared to be the red side of Manchester and a 3-1 defeat for the current title holders at Tottenham could see United crowned champions sooner rather than later. “It (the title race) was finished three or four weeks ago,” Mancini said. “They are not a better team but they deserve to win this title because we lost a lot of points in games we probably didn’t deserve to lose. But United won a lot of games in a row with goals and deserve to win the title.” Press Association Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini maintains his side are as good as Barclays Premier League champions-elect Manchester United.