Bottom on Top! Eight Pics of Something Rotten! Star Brian d’Arcy James Winning a SAG Award!

first_img Star Files Billy Crudup, Brian d’Arcy James & Mark Ruffalo at the 22nd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Yup, that’s Broadway’s Brian d’Arcy James, who won a Screen Actors Guild Award on January 30 at the Shine Auditorium in Hollywood! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Hi Brian! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)He won it for his first leading film role, playing Boston Globe journalist Matt Carroll in the acclaimed Spotlight. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)All seven of the film’s stars won in Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture category. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)So James got to pose with all his fancy Hollywood friends and their new green man trophies. Oh hey, Broadway vets Billy Crudup, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery and Liev Schreiber! Hope to see you on the boards soon, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton! (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images)The Spectacular Seven beat out the casts of Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Straight Outta Compton and Trumbo for the win! (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)As the cameras snapped away, James was beaming with excitement and now looking at the pics, we can’t help but beam with Broadway pride. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images)Can’t wait to see what you do next, Brian. But for now, we’re happy we’ve got you on Broadway. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)Is this Bottom on top or what? Related Shows Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments OMG. Did you hear?! Did you see it on TV?? Brian d’Arcy Jameslast_img read more

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On the Blogs: Puerto Rico Electricity Crisis Heightens Debate Over Privatization vs. Public Control

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Slate.com:A 2016 report on PREPA commissioned by the Puerto Rican government is scathing. In the latter months of that year, for example, Puerto Ricans experienced four to five times the number of service outages as U.S. customers on average, though they pay the second-highest rates in the U.S. after Hawaii. Instead of investing in preventive maintenance, PREPA operates in a permanent state of triage. Its budget is “opaque and discretionary.” Record keeping is “subpar.” A third of the capital budget is spend on discretionary administrative expenses, hinting at a slush fund. Thirty percent of PREPA’s employees have retired or migrated to the mainland since 2012, the Washington Post reports—especially its skilled workers. Money is short, the report concludes, but so is human and intellectual capital.The agency has $9 billion in debt and said it needs $4 billion to upgrade its infrastructure, including plants whose reliance on oil is passed onto Puerto Ricans in the form of high rates and dirty air. It filed for bankruptcy in July.And that was before a Category 5 hurricane pounded the island this week.The island has spent more than a decade in recession. Unemployment is more than 10 percent, and the population declined by more than 10 percent between 2004 and 2016. In 2015 alone, the net outward migration was more than 64,000, according to Pew. Six in 10 children live in poverty.In May, Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy under the provisions set forth in PROMESA (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act), a law signed by President Obama in the summer of 2016. The act established a financial control board for the island, similar to the emergency managers that have governed Detroit and other American cities in the wake of bankruptcies.So far, that board has made some unpopular decisions, cutting spending on public health by 30 percent, closing schools, and lowering the minimum wage for young people to a little over $4 an hour. In the near term, austerity will worsen conditions on the island, where analysts expect the recession to continue until 2020. Many Puerto Ricans see the board as a tool of colonial oversight; at the time PROMESA passed, Bernie Sanders said it was a “junta” that would rule the island like “a colonial master.”But this summer, the financial control board did something surprisingly wise, much to the disappointment of the congressional Republicans who created it: It voted 4–3 to reject a restructuring agreement for the power authority’s $9 billion in debt, infuriating the hedge funds that had negotiated a repayment deal to recoup 85 percent of what they were owed.Luis Santini Gaudier, a consumer representative on the PREPA board, had criticized the deal as “lucrative business” for creditors who had bought PREPA debt on the cheap. The deal was a rip-off, wrote Tom Sanzillo, the director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in the Hill: “Puerto Rico’s economic growth for an entire generation will go largely to off-island financiers rather than into the Puerto Rican economy.” (And that was before accounting for the rest of Puerto Rico’s $60 billion in debt.)The board’s idea is to privatize PREPA. “Lowering the price of electricity and spurring economic growth depended on reforming Prepa’s operations, not merely restructuring its credit,” the four members who had rejected the debt deal wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Privatization would allow PREPA to “modernize its power supply, depoliticize its management, reform pensions, and renegotiate labor and other contracts to operate more efficiently.” Most importantly, they wrote, no new investment will come into PREPA’s plants, transformers, and lines if Puerto Rico ratepayers are spending the next three decades paying off debt to vulture funds in New York.This plan has made unlikely allies of New York bankers and Puerto Rican labor unions. Union officials are convinced PREPA chiefs are deliberately letting the system fall apart to strengthen the case for privatization, which the island’s governor declared was inevitable before the hurricanes hit. Unions believe their contracts and pensions are safer with elected politicians than with independent business leaders.The banks, which sued the fiscal control board and lost, should be worried that PREPA’s assets could be sold off for a song in order to get a private operator invested in the island’s power system. They’ll wind up getting paid less, and later, than will newer investors eager to rebuild the island’s infrastructure. Their goal—getting paid for years to come by Puerto Ricans on their electricity bills—is at odds with the fiscal control board’s goal of making the island’s electricity cheaper.More: Puerto Rico’s Best Hope for Keeping the Lights On On the Blogs: Puerto Rico Electricity Crisis Heightens Debate Over Privatization vs. Public Controllast_img read more

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Phantogram, Big Boi perform at Conquest rally

first_imgConquest was created as a means of highlighting Trojan pride before the school’s rivalry game against UCLA. The event is aimed at gathering a variety of campus organizations to hold an all-encompassing event for the USC community.Kirsten Lee, assistant director of Concerts Committee, said that though the process of preparing for the event was smooth, keeping the headliners a secret created some difficulties.“I think our only difficulty was that we were not able to release the headliners as soon as we wanted to, and that is a big thing for us because there is nothing we can do. We try to expedite the process as much as possible but it is really a contractual thing between the legal teams with the artist and the university. We are kind of that middle man, we don’t have that power,” Lee said. “I think that is something that we are really trying to educate students on, because I think that they think it’s all us.”Vendors included Nesquik, Kogi tacos, the Lime Truck, Waffles de Liege, Coolhaus, the Grilled Cheese Truck and the Boba Truck.Monica Parra, former executive director of Program Board, hosted the event. Parra kicked off the rally by introducing various student organizations such as the Order of the Torch, which included brief introductions by members such as USG President Andrew Menard and USC Panhellenic President Katherine Grabar.Following their introductions were the announcements for Mr. and Ms. USC Order of the Torch 2014-2015. Winners of the title were Chris Reimann and Ama Konadu Amoafo-Yeboah.Parra also introduced Trojan Dance Force, Troy Tones, Concert Force and 13 different athletic teams on campus.Midway through the student-athlete introductions, the generator for the stage lost power, but students quickly turned their attention to the Trojan Marching Band and Song Girls, who performed for more than an hour.The rally ended with a guest appearance by the USC football team and a “burn-the-Bruin-bear” bonfire and fireworks spectacular by Doheny Memorial Library, sponsored by Trojan Pride.Students rushed back to the stage to watch performances by headliners Phantogram and Big Boi.Phantogram, an electronic, rock duo performed over an hour-long set, with crowd favorites such as “Blackout Days,” from their recent album Voices, and “Mouthful of Diamonds.”The concert then took a shift in musical style with a performance by Big Boi, otherwise known as Antwan Andre Patton.Big Boi, a member of recently reunited hip-hop duo, Outkast, stunned the crowd with his interactive music performance with Phantogram. Together, they performed a single from their recent EP “CPU.”Ryan Hamilton, executive director of Concerts Committee, explained how Big Boi and Phantogram represent the unique variety of music taste among students.“I think that these artists are ones that students really want to see and they attract a very diverse audience, because one is indie -alternative, kind of electronic and the other one [performer] is a hip-hop legend…It’s going to be a really special show, something that hasn’t ever been done for Conquest before. Both artists have never played a co-headlining show together,” Hamilton said.Miranda Ferro, a junior majoring in psychology, was thrilled to see how the event brought a mixture of Trojan pride, entertainment and a variety of food options to campus.“I really liked coming out to Conquest because it shows we have a lot of school spirit. I really liked going to all of the food trucks and experiencing the Ferris wheel,” Ferro said. Students, faculty and alumni gathered in McCarthy Quad on Thursday night to attend Conquest, the university’s 11th annual rally and concert. The event was hosted by Program Board, Concerts Committee, the Office of Campus Activities and Trojan Pride.Love the way he moves · Rapper and Outkast member Big Boi performs at the annual Conquest rally Thursday in McCarthy Quad. – Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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Ingwe held by Zoo, miss out on second spot

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata reacts during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27- AFC Leopards missed out on the opportunity of moving to second spot in the Kenyan Premier League table after being held to a barren draw by hosts Zoo Kericho on Wednesday afternoon.The home side were wasteful having had the biggest chances of the game, all going to waste on an afternoon that AFC seemed to have fizzled off their element that had seen them win four matches back to back in all competitions. Ingwe had to finish off the final few seconds of the game with 10 men, Marvin Omondi being sent off in added time after an off the ball incident.Zoo benefited from the point at home, the result pushing them two places up in the standings to 13th and easing their relegation fears.By half time, Zoo should have been at least two goals Up on the balance of chances they created. In the 17th minute, Dominic Kiprono had a golden chance when Mike Madoya beat Keeper Ezekiel Owade from the left and passed straight down to Bernard Odhiambo who teed up Kiprono.However, the midfielder who was starting ahead of Nicholas Kipkurui saw his pale effort cleared off the line by Moses Mburu.In the 24th minute, Madoya was played through by Bernard Odhiambo but the pint-sized midfielder’s shot from the right went wide when he had time and space to control and put in a more dangerous shot.Zoo Kericho’s Nicholas Kipkirui shielding AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno when the two sides clashed in the first leg in Machakos.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOn the half hour mark, Zoo had another chance on an afternoon where they were slicing the Ingwe defense down for fun. Stanislas Akiya broke off on the right before cutting back a cross, but Dennis Chetambe tapped the ball wide.Three minutes to the break, the home side had yet another glorious opportunity when Odhiambo floated in an inviting cross from the right, but Madoya’s weak connection with a header at the back post brushed off Salim Abdallah for a corner.In the early exchanges though Leopards had some chances to score, first Robinson Kamura’s freekick going straight to the Zoo keeper in the sixth minute while in the 13th minute Brian Marita’s header off a Kamura freekick was well saved by the keeper.At the start of the second half, Ingwe coach Zapata made changes pulling out Victor Majid for top scorer Whyvonne Isuza in a bid to bolster the attack that had been kept at bay all game.In the second half, Ingwe coach Zapata started off with a change in personnel, Victor Majid paving way for top scorer Whyvonne Isuza in midfield.But still, it was the home side who continued to create the better chances in front of goal and just three minutes in, keeper Owade pulled off a brilliant save to keep AFC in the game, leaping high to tip over a ferocious shot from distance by Chetambe.Zoo Kericho head coach Sammy Okoth. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the 54th minute, Kiprono should have done better after breaking the offside trap on the right, but his final decision to go at goal himself instead of cutting back for his teammates better placed was futile as he hit the side netting.Ten minutes later, AFC were forced into another goalline clearance, this time Salim Abdallah rising to head away a freekick from Isaac Kipyegon which had curled beyond Owade.In the 66th minute, Madoya made an attempt to atone for his earlier misses with a shot from distance which was spilled by Owade into the feet of Odhiambo, the striker tapping the rebound wide unmarked. However, the linesman’s flag was up for offside sparing him the blushes.With quarter of an hour left, Zapata went all out offensive, pulling out right back Dennis Sikhayi for new signing Eugene Mukangula.AFC had two late chances with Marita and Mukangula’s shots both being saved by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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