Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play Stockard Channing View Comments Tickets are now available for the new production of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play. The Jack O’Brien-helmed comedy will star Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing. Performances begin at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on August 28. Opening night is scheduled for October 9. Star Files It’s Only a Play is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play, as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. There’s no business like show business. Matthew Broderick The star-studded comedy will run for a 17-week engagement through January 4, 2015. Micah Stock will also join the cast in his Broadway debut. Nathan Lane Related Shows
21 Aug 2019 Lancashire take home the England Golf Trust trophy A pair of Lancashire golfers have been crowned as national champions after winning the England Golf Trust National Pairs Stableford Finals at King’s Norton Golf Club in Worcestershire.Lorraine Birch and Julie Norcliffe, from Lancaster Golf Club, combined to score 40 points in the betterball competition which in the last five years has raised £20,000 to support young people who need financial help to play the game. This year alone the total amount raised will be around £4,000.A birdie on the 17th from Birch was enough to see the Lancaster pair finish one shot ahead of Anne Beckett and Shelagh Rafferty, from Pavenham Park in Bedfordshire, and Chevin duo Libby Harrison and Dawn Gray. The Bedfordshire pair took second place on countback.“I’m overjoyed,” said ten-handicapper Birch. “We were delighted to get through to the final but didn’t really know what to expect once we got here.“The secret today was that we both putted well. I think the key was playing a practice round yesterday because that got us used to the course and the pace of the greens. That really helped us both. It’s awesome to have won.”“It has been fantastic,” agreed 21-handicapper Norcliffe. “I’ve only been playing five years, so I felt a little bit out of my depth, particularly as I haven’t been playing well recently. But playing with Lorraine made it easier, she helped to settle me down.“Once we drive home, we’re going to celebrate with a large gin and tonic, or two.”“It has been another good year for the tournament,” said Trustee, Ian Watkins. “130 clubs took part in qualifying, with 28 here at the final today. The money we’ve raised from entry fees and donations will make a big difference to a lot of young people.” Tags: England Golf Trust, Fundraising, Ian Watkins, King’s Norton Golf Club, Lancashire, Lancaster Golf Club
By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyAvalanche risk is still rated at high in the West Kootenay backcountry above and in the tree line, while considered considerable at lower elevations, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre. The risk continues at considerable until Monday, but avalanche problems are occurring due to significant wind-loading occurring across the region, said Shannon Werner of the CAC. Wind slabs can be found mainly on north to northeast aspects, she said in her report Friday, with persistent weak layers existing in the snow pack in all areas of the backcountry — becoming reactive with the new snow. There has been up to 40 centimetres of storm snow with an additional 15 cm. in the forecast today (Saturday). This new snow load may not bond well with the weak snow surfaces, Werner reported. As a result, the CAC has issued a special Public Avalanche Warning for the region of the West Kootenay, and those dangerous avalanche conditions will persist through the weekend. There have been numerous avalanches in the region, Werner noted, up to a size two and reacting mainly on the Jan. 3 surface hoar layer. This is the first report of a deeper instability waking up and becoming an avalanche concern, Werner said. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended during periods of high danger, and the CAC advises staying well away from avalanche paths and run-out zones. “Seek powder turns inbounds at your local ski hill, and snowmobile in areas which offer zero avalanche problems for example: large meadows, or low angle trees,” said Werner in her report. “As the storm subsides, conditions favoring human-triggering will continue, even after natural activity has died down. I recommend sticking to simple terrain during this period.” Up to 30 cm. of snow has fallen across the region and is accompanied by moderate-strong southwest winds. This new snow overlies a weak upper snowpack. There are several buried surface hoar and crust layers in the upper pack and the Dec. 7 surface hoar / facet/crust layer down 80 cm. These upper layers are starting to become reactive as more wind and snow hits the region. Weather forecast Saturday: Few flurries with temperatures near –five degrees C. Winds switching to the northwest. Sunday: Cloudy, scattered flurries. Temperatures around -5C with light northerly winds. Monday: Clear and sunny skies. Temperatures dropping low near -8C. [email protected]
JOCKEY QUOTES KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNING OWNER: “Her maiden win was very impressive. We went and took a look at her and we were impressed with what we saw. She’s looked so good here in the mornings. She’s so fluid, she just floats over the track. She ran great and I thought her gallop out was very strong.”NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. KENT DESORMEAUX, LIGHT THE CITY, SECOND: “We were similar in placement to the Las Virgenes but it was a completely different race. We were crawling today and really sprinted to the wire. It turned into a typical turf-style race where it’s slow early but you sprint late.“She was full of run under the wire but she had one that out-sprinted her. She’s obviously very good.” TRAINER QUOTES JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “She’s trained really, really well. When she got here, her hair was about this long (holding his hands about four inches apart). It was so cold in Maryland, I think she was glad to get out here in this good weather.“I want to thank David Ingordo; he found her for me. He was the agent on the deal, and the previous trainer (Donald Barr) did a nice job. She won easily when she broke her maiden back there with a pretty good number. She trained really well here so I was looking forward to this race today.”Asked if the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/16 miles on April 4) would be next: “That would a logical spot at this point . . . I think she’s going to be better at a a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter.” -30- VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “John told me to come and work her so I could know her well. I like her, she’s so smooth and the way she worked was so nice. I was talking with John today and I told him how excited I was for her race.“I wanted to break and let her do whatever she wanted to do; I didn’t want to irritate her, just make her happy. They slowed the pace down so I had to move out a bit. They were walking up front so I had to press the pace by the three-eighths pole. She was just waiting for me to command her. I knew I could just shake the reins a little bit and she would go. I think farther for her would be better.”
SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors guard Stephen Curry exited Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns in the third quarter with a broken left hand.The Warriors confirmed the news on Twitter after performing X-rays on Curry.Three-and-a-half minutes into the quarter, Curry drove for a layup and was fouled by Suns center Aron Baynes when he fell head first into the restricted area. The 6-foot-10, 260 pound Baynes fell with him, and landed on Curry.Here’s the play where Steph Curry hurt his wrist. He …
New Zealand’s air traffic controller will spend $NZ58m replacing current systems to help it cope with a projected 50 per cent growth in air traffic over the next decade.Airways New Zealand will replace two existing systems with the Leidos Skyline X system over the next four years. The existing air traffic management platforms, installed between 2000 and 2003 are ending their useful lives and will be replaced by the new technology in domestic airspace in 2020 and the following year in oceanic airspace. The new system will have an expected lifespan of about 15 years.New Zealand has seen a surge in air traffic in the last two years and increased competition to the popular tourism destination has put pressure on airline profitability.Airways NZ has promised to deliver $NZ84m in efficiencies by 2028 and the new system will help achieve that objective.Chief operating officer Pauline Lamb said the new system would allow to implement a new operating model as well as take advantage of advanced tools such as such as medium and long term conflict alerting, time-based separation and arrival and departure management.It would also help optimise staff deployment, she said.“We will be working collaboratively with Leidos to develop this system in a partnership model that will deliver long term savings to our customers,’’ Lamb said in a statement. “By 2020 the new platform will allow airspace sectors to be operated from two new air traffic control centres in Auckland and Christchurch, in addition to 19 control towers nationwide.’’Software development teams from Airways and Leidos will collaborate on the project with the air traffic manager purchasing the hardware and installing and testing the system. Leidos Civil Group president Angie Heise said technology enhancements in the new system included the introduction of world-class flow management capabilities “ as well as an integrated approach that enables a vision for a single system to support tower, terminal, en-route and oceanic control operations.”
FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments
OTTAWA – Strength in manufacturing helped boost economic growth in November as the sector posted its largest monthly increase since February 2014.Statistics Canada said Wednesday real gross domestic product increased 0.4 per cent in November following a flat reading for October.The result matched the expectations of economists polled by Thomson Reuters.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto said equally important to the strength of growth was its breadth.Of the 20 industrial sectors tracked, 17 posted increases.“The Canadian economy fired on all cylinders in November: production resumptions led the way, but nearly all major sectors reported gains on the month, an encouraging sign,” DePratto wrote in a report.The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target earlier this month on the back of a string of unexpectedly solid economic data. It was the third rate increase since last summer.“Looking through monthly volatility, though, the GDP numbers add to the evidence that the Canadian economy as a whole continues to grow at a modestly ‘above-potential’ pace even as it increasingly looks to be operating at or beyond its long-run capacity,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote.The growth in November came as goods-producing industries rose 0.8 per cent boosted by the manufacturing sector and mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.The manufacturing sector gained 1.8 per cent in November as non-durable manufacturing rose 1.1 per cent while durable manufacturing increased 2.5 per cent.Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction increased 0.5 per cent.Meanwhile, services-producing industries climbed 0.3 per cent, led by the real estate and rental and leasing, wholesale and retail trade sectors.Real estate and rental and leasing rose 0.4 per cent in November while retail trade gained 0.6 per cent and wholesale trade rose 0.5 per cent.
Soon after the elections were announced, West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress unveiled its list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday. New faces and significant ommissions featured in the list as TMC gears up for the battle to ‘save democracy’ – as reiterated by their chief Mamata Banerjee who is focussed on ousting NDA from power. A list merely announced the representatives of a party that will be instrumental in getting votes for the party. From the micro outlook of elections, it is these representatives and their credibility which will be pivotal besides the party popularity and ideology. Of course, TMC’s credibility is well-known in West Bengal but even then, a reinforced approach in choosing the right person for the right place has been followed by the party to ensure the 42 seats of the state. Each name, new or old, has been chosen for its respective constituency with the collective objective of ensuring victory – as should be the case. But Mamata has done the shuffling to ensure victory all the more in a strong attempt to not let BJP grab those seats. The party objective is crystal clear down to the last fragment. Their representation features a 41 per cent representation to women, higher than 35 per cent in 2014, with 7 candidates from the Muslim community and 12 from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The concoction that Mamata has prepared for BJP in her bastion is no less than a formidable fort’s strong defence line. Mamata expressed her disappointment at the polling schedule which has pitted West Bengal’s polling across all seven phases of the mandate. Her expected criticism was directed towards the saffron party for playing vendetta politics by allegedly influencing the election schedule to disturb the state. She stated the peculiarity of conducting polls in West Bengal with 42 seats in all seven phases but keeping Tamil Nadu’s mandate with 39 seats in just one phase. The Election Commission’s autonomy certainly cannot be questioned, however, the facts definitely tinker curiosity. Not just West Bengal, Mamata’s list fields candidates in other states ensuing from Mamata’s improvised ploy and her efforts in uniting opposition parties against BJP prior to the announcement of elections. Targetting seats in other states where usually other regional parties are supposedly stronger is either a desperate move to maximise outreach or aid allies in their battle. With TMC’s precise objective, evident through the United India rally and pre-poll mutual agenda of dethroning Modi, Mamata has exercised every inch of her arsenal in giving BJP a tight competition besides her bastion – whichever way possible. TMC has declared candidates for three seats in Jharkhand, six in Assam, two in both Bihar & Odisha as well as a solitary seat of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Mamata has ensured that her efforts in these states do not hurt the regional parties by noting that her party will contest the polls in those states in consultation with allies. Politics might be a civil affair but it involves experienced strategising to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved – much like Military affairs. While it is true that public opinion shapes the outcome graph, still there are additional factors which influence polls and both BJP and TMC will certainly look to utilise it to their advantage. Mamata wants to ensure that BJP does not take advantage of TMC’s candidates in the fray since usually multiple candidates by multiple parties only aid fragmentation of votes – a scenario where BJP can capitalise. TMC’s representation of time tested politicos along with the support extended to aid parties in other states devises a perfect plot to ensure that BJP is unable to garner votes. Mamata reiterated that her party would not ally with anybody before the election and urged the strong regional parties to take on BJP on their turfs. A post-poll alliance is on the cards for which not just TMC but all the parties will fix their bargaining power in the formation of a coalition government that the united opposition parties desire. It is the common aim to oust BJP that has demanded them to sideline individual differences and unite. It is not very different from what a general military tactic would be in a foreign land where advantage rests with the regional forces. In this context, TMC has assumed the battle formation, all set to fight!
Darjeeling: Kalimpong lost a slice of history with a noodle factory razed to the ground in a fire on Saturday night. This was no ordinary noodle factory but the factory that had featured in the bestseller book The Noodle Maker Of Kalimpong: the Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet, an autobiography of Gyalo Thondup, the elder brother of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.Thondup was a known face in Kalimpong but it was only after the year 2009 that people came to know that he was the elder brother of the Dalai Lama. Thondup had crafted the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet along with being granted political asylum in India. He occupies an important position in Tibetan history. Thondup was born in 1928 at Amdo in Tibet. He was the Dalai Lama’s special envoy and an interlocutor between Tibet, China and India. Later, he continued the freedom struggle for Tibet on a diplomatic level. In 1999, he retired and settled in Kalimpong looking after his noodle factory. On Saturday night, the noodle factory located on 8th Mile adjacent to St. Philomena School caught fire. “Around 9pm we got information of the fire and rushed to the location. The fire was blazing then. It took 3 fire engines to battle the flames. Around 11 pm the fire was doused. The factory is totally gutted except for some machinery partially damaged. The cause of the fire is not known,” said Mani Tamang, fire officer. However, “Takster House” the house in which Thondup lives in the same compound escaped the flames. “I had bought this 3 acre property in 1962 for Rs 7,200. In 1967 we started the factory,” said the 91-year-old to media persons. The factory had 20 employees. Kalimpong noodles is sold in different parts of the country including Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and even exported to Nepal and Bhutan.