Carole King’s Daughter Louise Goffin Hangs Out Backstage with the Cast of Beautiful

first_img View Comments Jessie Mueller Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Singer-songwriter Louise Goffin knows a thing or two about Carole King—after all, she’s her daughter! Jessie Mueller, Scott J. Campbell and the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical welcomed Goffin backstage after seeing the Broadway musical for the first time on October 22, 2014. Featuring a score of beloved Carole King songs, Beautiful tells the story of King’s rise to fame and her tumultuous relationship with her husband and collaborator Gerry Goffin. Louise Goffin is even featured as a baby in the hit bio-musical! Check out these snapshots of her backstage visit, then see Beautiful at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre! Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

It Shoulda Been You Opens on Broadway

first_img Sierra Boggess It Shoulda Been You Star Files 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.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 Here comes the bride…and the groom! And the parents! And the sister! And the ex-boyfriend! And literally everyone else! The new Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You opens officially at the Brooks Atkinson on April 14. Tony winner David Hyde Pierce directs. In honor of the show’s big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of the wacky bunch.The whole wedding party is present! With David Burtka and Sierra Boggess front and center as newlyweds-to-be Brian and Rebecca, the sketch includes Lisa Howard as Rebecca’s sister Jenny, Tyne Daly and Chip Zien as parents of the bride Judy and Murray, Harriet Harris and Michael X. Martin as Brian’s parents Georgette and George (no, really), Nick Spangler and Montego Glover as Greg and Annie, Josh Grisetti as Rebecca’s old flame Marty, along with Edward Hibbert, Adam Heller and Anne L. Nathan as wedding planning team Albert, Walt and Mimsy, respectively.Happy opening/wedding day to the cast of It Shoulda Been You. Have a gay ol’ time!last_img read more

Security Council Approves UN Force In Haiti For Another Year

first_imgBy Dialogo October 14, 2009 The UN Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another year and to keep its strength at current levels pending a hike in Haitian police capacity. The 15-member council unanimously adopted Resolution 1892 that extends the mandate of the force known as MINUSTAH, which expires Thursday, until October 15 next year “with the intention of further renewal.” It also endorsed a recommendation in UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s report issued last month “to maintain the current mission overall force levels until the planned substantial increase of the Haitian National Police capacity allows for a reassessment of the situation.” And it backed Ban’s call for adjusting MINUSTAH’s configuration to “better meet current requirements on the ground.” The Council therefore endorsed the UN chief’s suggestion that the force’s military component be reduced by 120 troops to up to 6,940 with a corresponding increase of police to 2,211. Last month, Ban said in his report that it was essential to keep a “substantial international military and police presence” on the ground and at current levels” in Haiti. He noted that MINUSTAH was unlikely to need to conduct large-scale security sweeps such as those launched jointly with Haitian police in early 2007 against armed gangs which controlled some of the poorest neighborhoods of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. “It would therefore be desirable to enhance the mission’s operational ability to deploy rapidly and to monitor remote locations, including border areas and the country’s coastline,” his report said. Haiti has long been a major shipment point for drugs, arms and contraband en route to the United States and Europe from South America. The Brazilian-led MINUSTAH has been keeping the peace in the impoverished Caribbean island nation of eight million people since mid-2004.last_img read more

Peru, United States Conduct Southern Seas 2015 and Other Military Exercises

first_img“This is an innovation and a new effort to find yourself with an airplane and then practice visual or radar-guided interceptions,” FAP Major Manuel Rodríguez Barrera told FAP-TV. Peru’s Navy is participating in the Southern Seas 2015 exercise with the crew of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and other U.S. forces, continuing the countries’ joint training program that started in 2006. The exercise — sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), planned by the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, and carried out by the USS George Washington (CVN 73) — is in its eighth iteration this year. It supports U.S. Maritime Strategy and SOUTHCOM objectives for enhanced maritime security in the region, and allows U.S and partner nations to operate in a multinational environment, refine coordination, and improve interoperability and flexibility. Bilat 2015 aerial training “The benefit for all those involved is undeniable at several levels,” Capt. Chávez said of the training exercise, which began in September and will run through December. “It is an opportunity for the continent’s Navies to get to know each other and forge professional bonds…Peru and the U.S. have for years maintained strong collaborative ties in the fight against illicit drug trafficking, through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and related agencies, the Armed Forces, the National Police, and other Peruvian government agencies.” Peruvian and U.S. Naval forces also participated in the PASSEX training operation at sea. As part of that exercise, seven Peruvian crew members were assigned as “shipriders” and left port aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier for a five-day journey before arriving at the Port of Callao, which is in the middle of Peru’s coastline. PASSEX and UNITAS exercises Southern Seas 2015 is just the latest of multiple recent exercises involving Peru and the United States. Additionally, the two countries are also among 13 nations participating in UNITAS 2015, which is divided into the UNITAS AMPHIBIOUS and the UNITAS ATLANTIC stages and will take place from November 14-25. By Dialogo November 19, 2015 *DON’T* EVER AGAIN” TRY,INFADACIDE OR ATTEMPT TO “INCLUDE” “MY” PERUVIAN NAVIE IN ANYTHING! GOT IT! U.S. service members “trained with colleagues from the FAP and Navy in every aspect of maritime operations, including anti-submarine warfare, air defense, and maritime interdictions,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti, CSG-9 commanding officer. The Brazilian Navy-organized exercises, which will be held on coasts of Río de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul, will include participation from ground, air, and submarine units, as well as special operations platoons and Marines from Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Senegal. “Our Navies are aware that our countries have responsibilities as members of the international community, and therefore, we ought to be prepared for any eventuality, such as a crisis or need for humanitarian aid or assistance in the event of a disaster,” Captain César Chávez Parodi, head of the International Affairs Division of the General Staff of the Peruvian Navy, told Diálogo in an interview. Peruvian service members participated in operational coordination training exercises aboard U.S. aircraft carriers, which were off the Peruvian coast from October 3-7; the USS George Washington task group includes Carrier Strike Group NINE (CSG9), Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2), USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198), USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200), USS Chafee (DDG 90) and the USS McFaul (DDG 74). Peru used its Lupo class BAP Mariategui (FM54) and BAP Villavicencio (FM52) frigates; 209-type BAP Pisagua (SS33) and BAP Arica (SS36) submarines; and at least one Sea King helicopter. U.S. forces included the USS George Washington, its Carrier Strike Group 9 (CSG-9), and the USS Chafee (DDG 90). “It has taken a long time for this to come about, and it’s a great opportunity to work with the Peruvian Air Force members involved in training,” added Lieutenant Matthew McDonough, a U.S. Air Force pilot, in an interview with FAP-TV. “This doesn’t happen often; it is very moving for me to be here.” In early October, for example, Base Chiclayo hosted the Bilat 2015 training course involving Peruvian MiG-29SMP airplanes from the Sixth Aviation Group, Mirage 2000P/DP airplanes from the Fourth Aviation Group and F-18 Hornets and Super Hornets assigned to the USS George Washington. There, the countries engaged in exercises involving aerial combat, interceptions, joint patrols, and fly-overs near the U.S. aircraft carrier, as Bilat 2015 enabled Peru’s Air Force (FAP, for its Spanish acronym) to provide training not typically available to its pilots. last_img read more

Ryan Cassata: Singer, Songwriter, Voice for LGBT Youth

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ryan Cassata doesn’t wait around for anything.The precocious 20-year-old singer/songwriter, activist, motivational speaker and YouTube sensation begged his parents for guitar lessons at just 6, and by his freshman year at Bay Shore High School, went against the advice of its Gay/Straight Alliance and came out as transgender.Coming out early was never a question, Cassata tells the Press, yet his becoming the first openly transgender person in school demanded that administrators make significant changes they were reluctant to make. Even now, as an outspoken advocate for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) rights who’s working to educate the public about transgender issues, he still faces backlash within that very community—accused of not being quite “trans enough,” despite having gone through chest modification surgery. His response to critics as well as his post-op recovery is well documented on YouTube.Cassata, born a female, never set out to be a renegade; he just wanted to be himself. As a freshman taking 12th grade English, his teacher, Mrs. Nell Kalter, encouraged him to come out in class to test the waters. Though the majority of students accepted his revelation as “no big deal,” Cassata says he ran into some opposition that made him afraid for his safety.“It was scary,” he explains, “and a lot of time, people didn’t agree with what I was doing, especially teachers. And I was just coming out, so I wasn’t that confident.”Since New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act against bullying and discrimination didn’t go into effect until 2012, Cassata began circulating petitions of his own for certain rights, such as a bathroom where he felt safe. When the yearbook committee refused to allow his legally changed name to accompany his picture, Cassata took his petition outside the student body into the community—and online—generating nearly 1,000 signatures and unwittingly giving a voice to kids who’d been going through similar circumstances.“The teachers…didn’t really know how to handle transgender students,” he laments. “Basically, they were really just ignorant. And I had to make a lot of changes within my high school…so that I could survive it.”Music gave Cassata an outlet to express himself during his most trying times.“Any time I was going through something that was difficult, I was able to write a song to express myself in that way,” says Cassata. “It made everything in my life easier.”He penned his first song “Wonderful, Beautiful” at age 12 and hasn’t looked back; his maturation is cataloged across six iTunes albums with lyrics covering the breadth of his experiences. Cassata’s been featured on Larry King Live and The Tyra Banks Show, among others, and his diverse audience includes transgender youth who are looking, Ryan says, “for hope.” With a folksy Bob Dylan-esque twang showcasing his self-confidence while paying homage to his vulnerability, Cassata has grown from gigging at open-mic nights across Long Island to playing legendary venues across the country and even landing a date on the Van’s Warped Tour.Other musical accomplishments include composing the soundtrack to Loop Planes—an award-winning independent film that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival—to playing festivals, delivering a keynote address to the largest transgender conference in the world, and cultivating a YouTube following of more than 1 million views. His most popular song to date, the anti-bullying/LGBT suicide awareness video “Hands of Hate,” exemplifies his message of love, peace and acceptance.In the end, Cassata not only survived, but thrived. Kalter presented him with the school’s first-ever Harvey Milk Memorial Award—named for the slain gay rights activist, San Francisco politician and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who also graduated from Bay Shore—for making positive changes to his school. These changes inspired two seniors to also come out as transgender.Cassata’s current home of San Francisco has proved to be “a lot more open-minded than Long Island,” he says, adding that LI still has a ways to go. And it’s not in his nature to wait.Ryan Cassata will be performing at Even Flow Bar and Grill in Bay Shore on February 15. For more information on this gig, Cassata’s activism and future lectures, check out read more

Does disaster recovery keep you up at night? Maybe it should.

first_imgThere are multiple ways to go on the offensive against cybercriminals. Creating firewalls and installing antivirus software aren’t the only solutions to protecting your credit union data. There are also system failures and outages that can pose significant threats.  Without a solid disaster recovery plan in place, it becomes survival of the fittest.  Those that can withstand the blow and recover fastest have the greatest odds of long-term survival.“Hoping for the best, planning for the worst,” is how cybersecurity consultants live day-to-day, said Hold Security in an article by the Credit Union Times. Another day, another story of hacking to serve as a reminder to take cybersecurity and disaster recovery seriously. Security firms are always on constant alert and hoping that businesses of all sizes in all industries are taking security measures seriously.  And businesses today aren’t as surprised by news such as the latest theft of 272 million email accounts and passwords.In short, this most recent incident revealed a Russian hacker obtained login credentials from Russia’s most popular email service (, but the list also included tens of millions of accounts from three U.S. email providers (Yahoo, Microsoft and Gmail).This latest episode was first spotted by cybersecurity firm Hold Security. The young Russian hacker was advertising 272 million user records for email accounts on a dark web forum, offering the stolen credentials for sale for less than $1, according to media reports. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Health groups blast govt for minimal progress in revised tobacco regulation

first_img“Strengthening regulations to control [tobacco] consumption is imperative,” said Sally, noting that the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases was increasing, primarily in connection with high tobacco consumption in the country.Read also: Indonesia fails in tobacco control measuresEchoing Sally, Feni Fitriani Taufik of the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI) urged the government to step up its tobacco control efforts, pointing out that several countries had banned tobacco sales and imports during the pandemic.According to chairman Aru Sudoyo of the Indonesian Cancer Foundation, cigarette consumption was the leading cause of the high incidence of lung cancer among Indonesian men, with 19.4 cases per 100,000 population. Meanwhile, the overall mortality rate for both men and women in Indonesia was 10.9 cases per 100,000 population.“The Health Ministry does not seem to take the situation seriously,” said Indonesian Teachers Association chairman Unifah Rosidi, blasting the regulation for its lax control of cigarette consumption “while our children have very [poor knowledge] on the dangers of smoking”.Separately, Indonesian Heart Foundation (YJI) chairman Esti Nurjadin said that the foundation had sent a letter urging President Joko Widodo to push for the revised regulation. She added that the YJI’s letter to the President also expressed appreciation for the 2020-2024 RPJMN, which promoted public health.Green Crescent Indonesia president Era Catur Prasetya underlined that regulatory policies on advertising, tobacco sponsorship, large pictographic warnings, pricing and underage sales bans  in many countries had proven effective in reducing tobacco consumption.“The PP revision is also important so the [public] has access to skills empowerment and smoking cessation programs,” he said.Representing the Alliance of Cigarette Victims at the webinar, Zainuddin, a survivor of laryngeal cancer from passive smoking, said that the revised regulation would help prevent “suffering” among young Indonesians.“Our request is simple. We don’t want the younger generations to suffer like we have. We don’t want more victims like us. […] Minister, you have a very large role to play in saving future generations,” he said.Topics : The Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Ministry has also asked the Health Ministry to review the regulations on online cigarette advertising and controlling the consumption of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), also known as vaping devices.The revised PP on addictive tobacco ingredients appears in the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), which includes a plan to completely ban cigarette advertisements, enlarge the health warning pictographs, strengthen smoking cessation services and reduce child smokers by 0.4 percent.“The slow revision process shows the government’s lack of awareness about the urgency of controlling high cigarette consumption in Indonesia. The Health Minister should immediately complete his homework,” said Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto of the National Commission on Tobacco Control (NCTC).Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine (PAPDI) chairman Sally Aman Nasution stressed that stronger control of tobacco consumption was even more urgent during the COVID-19 health emergency, given that smokers were more vulnerable to contracting the disease.  Several nationwide medical and health organizations have urged the Health Ministry to accelerate the revisions to Government Regulation (PP) No 109/2012 on the safety of addictive ingredients in tobacco products.The organizations said during a webinar on Monday that the draft revision that began in May 2018 should have been completed in a year, but that the drafting process seemed to have slowed down after eight interministerial meetings.In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 9/2018, the draft revision targets the pictographic health warnings on tobacco products.last_img read more

​UK foundation Wellcome Trust prices first euro bond

first_imgThe initial order book was seven-and-a-half times oversubscribed.Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley acted as joint lead managers of the issue.Wellcome spends more than £700m each year on its mission of improving human and animal health, largely through funding biomedical research and supporting education.The proceeds of the bond issue will be used for the trust’s research activities, allowing it to reinvest more of the returns from its investment portfolio.Returns on the trust’s investment portfolio have been 10% annualised over 10 and 20 years.Over the past five years, they have totalled 75%, with a positive return for each year.For the year to 30 September 2014, the portfolio delivered returns of 15.4%.This performance was made up of double-digit returns in each major asset class, and represents the third successive year of double-digit portfolio performance.The Wellcome Trust is currently rated Aaa (stable) by Moody’s and AAA (stable) by Standard & Poor’s, and said it was its policy to maintain these ratings.The trust initially issued bonds in sterling in 2006, the first UK charity to do so.Successive sterling bonds were issued in 2009 and 2014.Danny Truell, CIO at Wellcome Trust, said: “These bonds represent our inaugural issuance in euros, and we are delighted to be able to extend access to our strong balance sheet to a broader investor base.“We believe we are the first independent charity to issue long-term euro debt, and it is testament to the strength of our financial position that we have seen such strong demand for these bonds.”He added: “It has been our strategy to review market conditions regularly and to access the bond markets when circumstances are appropriate.“We are pleased to be able to include the euro bond market in this ongoing assessment of opportunities for the trust.” The Wellcome Trust – the UK’s largest charitable foundation, with an endowment of £18bn (€23.5bn) – has priced €400m worth of bonds with a maturity of 12 years, falling due in 2027.The issue – the trust’s first in euros – is priced at a spread over mid-swaps of 40 basis points. Wellcome said the final coupon of 1.125% was the lowest ever for an Aaa/AAA-rated corporate in the euro bond market.It is also the lowest ever coupon in the euro bond market for a corporate issuance with a tenor of more than 10 years.last_img read more

Halfwave scoops two inspection contracts with Woodside

first_imgOil and gas inspection services company Halfwave has won two new in-line inspection contracts from Australian energy giant Woodside.Halfwave said on Friday that Woodside would deploy the company’s ultra-wideband acoustic resonance technology during two new inspections scheduled for 2019.The awards have been made as part of a master services agreement (MSA) between the two companies.“Woodside is an early adopter of Halfwave’s ultra-wideband acoustic resonance technology (ART), which provides measurement capabilities beyond those of existing inspection technologies,” the company said.ART is an acoustic resonance measurement technology, a highly accurate inspection technique. The acoustic signals transmit readily through gas, so there is no need for a liquid coupling medium, and they penetrate internal coatings and surface deposits, such as wax within the pipe.The signal transmitters and receivers can stand off several inches from the pipe wall making ART pipeline pigs capable of negotiating pipelines with constrictions and internal diameter changes.The ART Scan is a non-contact, low friction, lightweight technology, and only the polyurethane is in contact with the pipe wall.The two operations are planned to be carried out in 2019 on the 20″x 54km Pluto Flowline and the 40″x 134km 1TL Trunkline.Woodside’s Pluto LNG processes gas from the offshore Pluto and Xena gas fields in Western Australia. Gas is piped through a 180 km trunkline to a single onshore LNG-processing train.Since beginning operations, Pluto’s average annualized capacity has increased from 4.3 mtpa to 4.7 mtpa.According to Woodside, planning continues for the expansion of Pluto LNG based on the acceleration of Pluto gas and the potential development of the Scarborough gas field via the Pluto LNG facility.last_img read more

Burundi Elections:Presidential vote proceeds despite violence

first_imgRiot policemen advance towards protesters during running battles in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura Burundians go to the polls today to vote for the president amid sporadic violence in parts of the capital Bujumbura.Gunfire and grenade blasts have been heard as President Pierre Nkurunziza seeks a third controversial term.Mr Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence. According to reports by AFP, at least two people — a policeman and a civilian — were killed in a string of explosions and gunfire overnight Monday, with blasts and shootings heard as polls opened shortly after dawn in the capital Bujumbura, the epicentre of three months of anti-government protests. With the elections denounced by the opposition as a sham, the 51-year-old president — a former rebel, born-again Christian and football fanatic — is facing no serious competition.Anti-Nkurunziza protests have been violently repressed, leaving at least 100 dead since late April.Independent media has been shut down and many opponents have fled — joining an exodus of over 150,000 ordinary Burundians who fear their country may again be engulfed by widespread violence.center_img “Despite a facade of pluralism, this is an election with only one candidate, where Burundians already know the outcome,” said Thierry Vircoulon from the International Crisis Group, a think-tank that has warned the situation has all the ingredients to kick-start renewed civil war. Opposition and civil society groups have denounced Nkurunziza’s candidacy as unconstitutional and a violation of a peace deal that ended a dozen years of civil war and ethnic massacres in 2006.Around 3.8 million Burundians are eligible to vote.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged calm, calling on all sides to “refrain from any acts of violence that could compromise the stability of Burundi and the region.”Critics fear a win by the incumbent will be a hollow victory, leaving him ruling over a deeply divided nation.last_img read more