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Off-Broadway’s Making an Offer You Can’t Refuse! Tickets Now Available for Philosophy for Gangsters

first_img The most wanted cast features Courtney Romano, Tom White, David Demato, Tally Sessions, Bruno Iannone, Shabazz Green, Kyle Robert Carter and Leajato Amara Robinson. Mafia heiress Callie Rizzoli has a lot on her plate. A street gang is fighting to take over her territory. She wants to make someone pay for her parents’ deaths. To top it off, she and the philosopher she’s kidnapped are lifted to top slot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Philosophy for Gangsters is a clever, provocative comedy about ideas and messy deaths. Philosophy For Gangsters Related Shows View Comments Think ABC’s Revenge meets The Godfather, with a splash of comedy! Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway mobster comedy Philosophy for Gangsters. Written and directed by Barry and Reparta Peak, performances begin January 31 and the show will play through March 1. Opening night is set for February 4. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2014last_img read more

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Trail Mix | B.J. Barham

first_imgYou step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.This sage advice, given from Bilbo Baggins to his nephew, Frodo, in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, seems mildly appropriate when considering B.J. Barham’s decision to step outside the comfort of his long time band, American Aquarium, and record an album on his own.Though not nearly as perilous as Frodo’s quest, Barham’s decision to go it alone, without the musical safety net provided by a decade’s worth of performing with American Aquarium, probably seemed equally as nerve wracking. But Barham, with the release of Rockingham, proved worthy of the task.Songs written over the course of days while on tour in Europe with American Aquarium were recorded with a new cast of musicians who rehearsed for just two days before letting the tape roll.The urgency in the writing and recording only accentuates the deeply personal subject matter in the songs, making Rockingham a great record.I recently got the chance to ask B.J. some questions about the new record, including how he handled writing songs about his hometown, recording with the new band, and giving advice to a daughter I didn’t even realize was pretend.BRO – What’s the biggest difference between having your name, instead of your band’s, printed across that CD packaging?BJ – It’s a totally different feeling. I started American Aquarium in college and it was my first band and, subsequently, the only band I’ve ever been in. Putting out a solo record elicits a lot of emotion. I was extremely nervous to begin with, but as the record started to take shape, so did my confidence. If it’s good, you get the glory. If it’s not, you have to be ready to take the “stick to your day job” comments.BRO – What did you learn – or, perhaps, relearn – about Reidsville, and your time in it, while using it as your inspiration for this record?BJ – It’s funny. I spent eighteen years of my life wanting to get out of that small town, only to find myself wanting in my thirties the exact same things I ran from as a teenager. In writing this record, I learned that Reidsville is just like every other town in America. Hard working people doing the best they can to provide for themselves and their families. Through the good and the bad, it’s still my hometown and that will never change. I do find it ironic that my wife and I just moved to Wendell, North Carolina, a tobacco town that’s one quarter the size of Reidsville, and I couldn’t be happier.BRO – If I ever pass through Reidsville, where can I get a killer cheeseburger?BJ – Without a doubt, Pete’s Burgers & More. Also, try Short Sugars BBQ, just down the road, for the best barbeque in North Carolina. BRO – Your band for this record met on a Monday and was recording by Thursday. How do you describe the energy, or kinship, you developed during just two days of rehearsals?BJ – Again, this is the first time I’ve ever played with anyone outside of American Aquarium, so it was exciting. Me and the boys have played together for a decade and know each other’s quirks, tendencies, and processes. It was really refreshing being pushed into a situation that was this spontaneous. Every take was exciting, just because I had no idea what the new guys were going to do with the songs. It was flying by the seat of my pants type stuff. Every now and then, as a creative person, I think it’s good to step outside of your comfort zone and throw yourself into those types of situations.BRO –  Having a daughter myself, I found it especially powerful that you penned a tune for your little girl. Favor, from one father of a daughter to another . . . Do you think you could write something I could keep to give my daughter’s potential suitors? It doesn’t have to be a murder ballad . . . BJ – Hah! I actually don’t have a daughter. This is more of an open letter to a daughter that I hope to one day have. I wanted to write a song to pass down some of the things that I’ve learned in my 32 years that might help her not make her father’s mistakes. Don’t even get me thinking about a female teenage version of myself. That should scare anyone that knows me. I have a feeling that I will be the date who cleans the guns while the prom date waits.Yeah, so I totally fell for “Madeleine,” but having a five year old daughter made that one all the more poignant to me, so I don’t care that I was fooled all that much. And I can’t wait to hear B.J. sing it live. Speaking of, you can catch B.J. in Raleigh on August 20th, Charleston (SC) on August 21st, and Jacksonville (FL) on August 22nd, and Asheville, NC on August 30th. The rest of the month finds him all around the Southeast, so check out his website for his tour schedule and catch him when he comes to town.Before that, however, make sure to take a listen to “Rockingham” on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Releases Over $25 Million in Capital Funding to Repair Unsafe Dams

first_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced $25.7 million in funding for the repair of five high-hazard, unsafe dams, and the design of two others, managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). High-hazard, unsafe dams have deficiencies of such a nature that if not corrected and the dams were to fail, substantial property damage and a probable loss of human life could occur.“These lakes not only offer recreational opportunities in communities, but also provide enormous economic benefits in terms of tourism,” Governor Wolf said. “Fixing dams in desperate need of repair is an important safety measure to sustain these tourist attractions for all Pennsylvanians.”“We are so grateful to Governor Wolf for his dedication to rehabilitating this vital Commonwealth infrastructure,” PFBC Executive Director John Arway said. “With this commitment in place, our agency has a roadmap for restoring the remaining high-hazard, unsafe dams that we manage for anglers and boaters. We will work diligently to implement the plans to ensure that the lakes remain as centerpieces of local and regional recreational economies.”Construction funding is being released for locations:Donegal Lake, Westmoreland CountyKyle Lake, Jefferson CountyMeadow Grounds Lake, Fulton CountyMinsi Lake, Northampton CountySomerset Lake, Somerset CountyEngineering design funding is being released for:Belmont Lake, Wayne CountyLower Woods Pond, Wayne County.The Donegal, Kyle, Minsi, and Somerset projects have all been designed and are going through the final permitting phases, with construction expected to commence in 2017.The funding is part of a comprehensive, multi-year $53.3 million plan to leverage capital budget dollars with local contributions, other support, and Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT) revenues authorized by Act 89 of 2013 to design and repair 10 high-hazard, unsafe dams managed by the PFBC on behalf of the Commonwealth.The PFBC plans to use OCFT revenues for the design and construction of Miller and White Oak ponds, and plans to use future OCFT revenues for the construction Belmont Lake and Lower Ponds Pond. OCFT revenues will also be used to remove a portion of the dam at Hankins Pond, which is no longer needed to support operations at the PFBC’s Pleasant Mount State Fish Hatchery.  All five of these projects are in Wayne County.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Releases Over $25 Million in Capital Funding to Repair Unsafe Dams August 17, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Property investors in the crosshairs for tax break crackdown

first_imgShadow Treasurer Chris Bowen. Picture: AAP Image/Mick TsikasTHE next Federal Labor Government will slash major tax breaks given to property investors, one of its most senior officials confirmed.Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told the Future of Australian Housing conference in Brisbane that Labor stood firm on a plan to slash the Capital Gains Tax discount in half, taking it from a 50 per cent discount to a 25 per cent concession.That change would coincide with major reform of the century-old practice of negative gearing in Australia, he also said.Mr Bowen said the country needed major changes if it was to effectively address housing affordability.“We’re on our way to becoming a nation of property oligarchs and renters,” he warned.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoMr Bowen said young people whose parents could afford to help them enter the property market would be okay but there were many more people who would not have that option.“The recent tax statistics show that over the last three years the cohort of people with five investment properties has grown at nearly four times the rate of people with just one investment property.”“We are on our way to becoming a nation in which we rob our children of the opportunities which many of us have enjoyed. Young people with parents with the wherewithal to help might be okay. But those without, simply will not.”Mr Bowen rubbished concerns that changes would see mass withdrawal of investors impacting the rental market.“You don’t need the most generous property tax concessions in the world to have a rental market.”Mr Bowen said when he first proposed negative gearing reform, “a lot of people thought I’d completely lost control of my senses”.“It wasn’t that long ago that if you said a major political party in Australia, Labor or Liberal, would propose very significant changes to negative gearing that that wouldn’t happen.”He said some Liberals understood the necessity of reform but lacked “the will to do it”.last_img read more

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Rory glory impresses Hamilton

first_img Press Association “I’m excited to be going,” said Hamilton, speaking to Press Association Sport ahead of flying into London from Los Angeles where he has held a number of business meetings over recent days. “I went in 2007 and 2008 and I’m certain that back then I didn’t even have one hundredth of the support I have right now. “That support has really grown over the years. The fans have just been amazing, incredible. “A lot of Brits have come up to me and told me how proud they are, that they are huge fans.” Hamilton recognises what McIlroy has achieved this year, and ahead of the SPOTY event at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow showed true sportsmanship to tell him as much this past week. “I messaged Rory, wishing him all the best for it and told him I’ll see him this Sunday,” added Hamilton. “I also congratulated him on an incredible year because he has been phenomenal, and at his age too.” After finishing runner-up in his F1 debut year of 2007 to Joe Calzaghe and again in his first title-winning season of 2008 to Sir Chris Hoy, Hamilton is expecting to finish second for a third time, not that that concerns him. Lewis Hamilton has hailed Rory McIlroy as “phenomenal” ahead of their Sunday night showdown for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. “I remember ’08 and losing to a Sir, so I didn’t mind that,” said a joking Hamilton. “But I don’t think I have to win anything more than I have, or to show what I’ve achieved, or to prove how much support I have. “I know I’m aware of the support I have. I never thought I’d have people tuning in to their TVs or turning up at races to support me. “And this isn’t like I’m going for the world championship and I’m dying to win it with everything in my power. “Instead this is one of those events where you feel quite privileged to be amongst all the great stars also there. “I know it’s going to be a good experience being there – although I do anticipate me being runner-up again!” After what has been a whirlwind past two weeks for Hamilton following his championship triumph, SPOTY represents the last awards event prior to him finally taking a break. “The last couple of weeks have been pretty intense, pretty crazy with interviews, doing stuff for Mercedes, various other awards shows. “I’ve not really had any time for myself, but I’m still on a high, and the reception and response has been amazing. “But after these awards I’m gone. “Every year you have to be very selfish with your time. I believe you have to be because it is such a long year. “You have to get away as soon as possible, have a couple of weeks’ break and then start training again just before Christmas for the next season. That’s what I like to do. “This year the BBC Sports Personality has shifted everything later, so my break starts a lot later than usual, and now I can’t wait.” There is a 10-strong shortlist with McIlroy tipped to win the public vote and become the first golfer to win the award since Nick Faldo in 1989. Jo Pavey, whose 10,000m gold medal in Zurich made her the oldest female European champion in history at the age of 40 years and 325 games, is one of four female contenders and has described her inclusion as “beyond my wildest dreams”. Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold did her own chances no harm by claiming victory in the opening World Cup race of the new season in Lake Placid on Friday night. Yarnold, who will jet back across the Atlantic to be present at the ceremony, warned she could be star-struck by the big occasion. Yarnold told Press Association Sport: ” ‘I didn’t watch things like Sports Personality when I was a kid because I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, but in recent years I have become aware just how prestigious it is. ”For me it’s all about getting to meet my sports heroes, the types of people I would never get to meet in everyday life like Rory McIlroy and Max Whitlock. I follow these people when I am away and it is going to be great to meet them in person.” Skier Kelly Gallagher, who with her guide Charlotte Evans was crowned Great Britain’s first Winter Paralympic champion, and all-conquering dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin are also included on the list. Gareth Bale is the only footballer to make the cut after an impressive first season with Real Madrid, while boxer Carl Froch also earns a place after his conclusive Wembley rematch win over George Groves. The list is completed by gymnast Max Whitlock, who won world, European and Commonwealth medals in 2014, and swimmer Adam Peaty, who won four European titles and two Commonwealth Games golds. McIlroy has long been a clear favourite for the honour given his wins this year in The Open and USPGA, as well as helping Europe to victory in the Ryder Cup. But after claiming his second Formula One world title a fortnight ago in Abu Dhabi, so Hamilton’s odds have shortened considerably and he is pushing McIlroy to the wire. last_img read more

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FDA Alert: Abbott Labs Rapid Test Possibly “Inaccurate”

first_imgThe alert comes before the study has undergone peer review. Abbott said in a statement that its results could be missing up to half of positive cases. The company refuted the New York University study. The company points to a Washington state in a test of 1000 subjects 91% of positive tests were correct and 100% of negative tests were correct. Abbott says while the ID NOW test isn’t perfect it’s delivering reliable results, and is an “important tool” to help reduce the risk of people contracting the virus Abbott Labs is pushing back on claims its 15-minute rapid tests for COVID-19 are inaccurate. The FDA is now investigating and has issued a warning. The F-D-A issued an alert stating that about a third to nearly half of people tested who have the coronavirus come back negative with the rapid test. In a statement Abbott Labs decries the NYU study claiming the rapid tests, touted by the White House which has recently had an outbreak of cases are falsely clearing patients of infection. The FDA issued an alert warning the public that Abbott Laboratories’ rapid Covid-19 tests may deliver inaccurate results https://t.co/eGOE4D6iqP by @rachsandl pic.twitter.com/O90SXtF2qm— Forbes (@Forbes) May 15, 2020last_img read more

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Lowe signs Quins contract extension

first_imgHarlequins have extended promising youngster George Lowe’s contract until 2014.The 21-year-old centre, who has made the number 13 shirt his own since making his Premiership debut against Wasps two seasons ago, has been tipped as a future England player.“We have said we want to keep our squad together and let it mature, and George’s signing is a further statement of that intent,” said Quins director or rugby Conor O’Shea.AdChoices广告“It is hard to believe George is just 21, as it already feels like he is a fixture. We are looking forward to watching George develop further over the coming years.”Lowe is the second player in the space of 24 hours to agree a new deal at The Stoop, where Mike Brown has also extended his contract until 2014.“Harlequins is a young and ambitious squad who are determined to win more silverware and I want to continue to be a part of it,” said Lowe.last_img read more

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Skerritt hails Sir Alister’s contribution to WI cricket

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has lauded the contribution of the late Sir Alister McIntyre to the development of the game in the region, especially in the area of governance reform.Sir Alister, a leading regional academic and a former CARICOM secretary general, died last weekend in Jamaica at age 87.“Sir Alister was one of three leading Caribbean personalities that formed the committee, set up 12 years ago by the West Indies Cricket Board, now CWI, to review the governance of West Indies cricket,” Skerritt said in a statement.“The committee was chaired by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J Patterson and also included Guyanese business executive and author Ian McDonald. They presented a seminal work which still reverberates to this day and has helped to shape some of the governance and operational policies of the organisation.“Only last week, we announced that Jamaica senator Don Wehby will lead a task force to continue that work of reviewing the corporate governance of CWI and will use the report produced by that committee as the basis to understand how far the organisation has progressed and how much further it needs to go.”Skerritt, a former St Kitts and Nevis cabinet minister, also hailed Sir Alister’s “sharp mind” along with his dignity and character.“Sir Alister matched his extraordinary record of accomplishment in the field of academia and economics with grace and honour off it,” he said.“The Caribbean has truly lost one of its leading academics and statesmen, whose sharp mind and deep analysis of the challenges facing the region will be truly missed.”Sir was also Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of West Indies.last_img read more

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Tikon Elected into Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation Board

first_imgThe President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Ishaku Tikon has been elected into the board of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation (CTTF).Tikon who also doubles as the 3rd vice president of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, was elected unopposed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the CTTF held in Cuttack, India at the weekend.He made the six-man board as the poll also witnessed the election of a new chairman. Tikon’s charismatic leadership qualities worked in his favour when presenting his rich and intimidating manifesto to the AGM. The CTTF board is made up of candidates representing the various continents. Each of them go through tough electoral process to emerge as the choices of their various continents.Reacting to his election, Tikon thanked God that it was another feather to his cap.He attributed the victory to hard work, good leadership quality that has reflected in the many achievements of Nigerian table tennis players.The NTTF president promised that he will continue to work for the development of table tennis not only in Nigeria and Africa, but for the Commonwealth nations at large.India’s Vivek Kohli defeated former chairman, England’s Alan Ransome convincingly to emerge as the new helmsman of the Commonwealth table tennis body.Ransome’s 26-year reign ended at the well-attended poll in India.According to the NTTF boss, the new innovation put in place by the new CTTF chairman will completely give the national associations a better face.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ishaku Tikonlast_img read more

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Chhetri calls Delhi pollution alarming & not conducive for int’l games

first_img 10 months ago ‘Very disappointed’ Sunil Chhetri says ‘India’s performance was no match to atmosphere at Stadium’ Indian football captain said on pollution in Delhi: “It does bother us. When we come to Delhi and now we come very rarely. I am a Delhi boy. I lived here. We feel irritation in our eyes. Foreign players wear mask. We tend to not come for two days or one day before the match so that we can have less days here. A lot of friends and their parents do not stay in Delhi. They venture out. We need to come together and sort the issue. We don’t have any match or ISL team here in Delhi. There are no international friendly matches in Delhi. So we don’t. Is that the reason why we are not choosing I don’t know.”  READ: Diego Maradona turns 59: Here’s a look at his 5 memorable momentsChhetri wonders about Delhi not hosting ISL gamesHe also wondered the reason why there was no ISL team or matches in the capital. “It is not nice. Capital has to be the hub of sports and its so polluted. Why there is no football matches in Delhi? Delhi chose to go to Odhisa only Delhi can answer. Whatever the reason is we have to work on it. There has to be a club from Delhi. As a youngster, I had faced it.”READ: Messi fit and firing in Barcelona demolition of Real ValladolidREAD: Arsenal’s latest captaincy controversy and their captaincy history FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Bhaichung Bhutia: ‘Indian football team heavily dependent on Chhetri’ Written By Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 18:43 IST Chhetri Calls Delhi Pollution Alarming & Not Conducive For Int’l Games Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday said that the pollution level in Delhi was alarming and it was unfit to host any international matches. 10 months ago Sunil Chhetri: It was never about me, it will never be about me Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED LIVE TV 10 months ago BCCI taking Delhi pollution ‘seriously’ but won’t shift T20 venuecenter_img First Published: 30th October, 2019 18:43 IST Suman Ray COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Session ID: 2020-09-09:196e1e5adbf08fce7ef77079 Player Element ID: video_player_5f58408c38ca1 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Taking a dig at BCCI’s reluctance to shift Delhi as the venue for the 1st T20 match between India and Bangladesh on Sunday, Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday said that the pollution level in Delhi was alarming and it was unfit to host any international matches during this period.READ: PFA releases statement criticising UEFA’s sanctions on Bulgaria’Difficult to host any international game in Delhi’: Chhetri “It becomes very difficult to have any international match here because of high pollution level. Players have been wearing masks to play here. But they do wear mask. I don’t know whether its prejudice or reality. They feel irritation in their eyes I felt it as well. Its an alarming situation. All big organizations have said this about Delhi, find a solution and rectify it as soon as possible,” Chhetri told newspersons on the sidelines of a fitness promotional event. WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Sunil Chhetri turns vegan to become a ‘better player’, improve fitnesslast_img read more