Odds & Ends: First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound & More

first_img Penny Dreadful, Featuring Broadway Vet Reeve Carney, is Renewed Penny Dreadful, the thriller series featuring former Spiderman Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, has been picked up by Showtime for a second season. Deadline reports that filming will go into production later this year and shoot on location in Dublin prior to a 2015 launch. Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound The stage adaptation of the hit 1996 movie First Wives Club, which didn’t make it to Broadway after a San Diego run back in 2009 starring Barbara Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Karen Ziemba, is once again eyeing the Great White Way. This time the tuner is aiming to open on Broadway in fall 2015, following a spring engagement in Chicago. An equity casting notice reveals that Simon Phillips is on board to direct the tuner, which has music and lyrics by Motown’s Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, along with a book by Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Rupert Holmes. Actress Anna Berger Dies at 91 Stage and screen actress Anna Berger has died aged 91, according to The New York Times. Her Broadway credits included Unlikely Heroes, The Rose Tattoo, Gideon and Twilight Walk. She was perhaps best known for her work on screen for The Sopranos and in Woody Allen’s Crime and Misdemeanors. Reeve Carney Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Reflections on Happiness The below video is eerie, touching and well worth watching. Acting legend Philip Seymour Hoffman had taped some reflections on the meaning of happiness with the philosopher Simon Critchley just a year before his untimely death in February aged only 46. The recently released interview has been made into the most extraordinary animated short by Patrick Smith and David Gerlach, with at one point the Oscar winner and Tony nominee admitting: “There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.” Heartbreaking. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files View Comments Jeremy Jordanlast_img read more

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PLSA conference: The great DB ‘superfunds’ debate

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) is yet to be convinced that consolidation of defined benefit (DB) schemes into proposed “superfunds” would help the country’s most stressed pension funds.At the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) investment conference in Edinburgh last week, Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of TPR, said it was positive that concrete work was being done on options to address issues in the DB sector in the UK, but questioned the benefit of superfunds.In a report released last week the PLSA taskforce argued for consolidation as the best way to address problems in the DB sector, and put forward superfunds as the best solution.Panellists at the conference – including Titcomb and representatives of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – welcomed the PLSA’s proposal, but questions and challenges associated with the proposal were quick to come to the fore. Titcomb said it was “not yet clear” if superfunds would help the regulator deal with the most stressed DB schemes, and also said that the regulator did not think there were systemic problems in the sector – a view it shares with a recent government report.She said TPR was focused on several hundred pension schemes experiencing issues because the employer was struggling, but she emphasised the regulator did not see this “causing a pile-up on the PPF”.Titcomb added “the supervision of an entity such as a superfund is a very different proposition to the supervision of something like a mastertrust”.“I’m not saying we couldn’t or wouldn’t do it, but it’s an entirely different proposition,” she said. “So, interesting work in progress, but lots more questions to come.”Other panellists also welcomed the work of the task force, but brought up questions and challenges associated with its argument for consolidation and superfunds.David Taylor, general counsel at the PPF, said the lifeboat shared the regulator’s view that “the system isn’t fundamentally broken from the protection side of things” and that “we don’t see a case for dramatic change to the current system”.He said the outcomes for stressed schemes were not as binary as the taskforce had argued. The taskforce said in its report that the current system only allows for members to either get full benefits or PPF-level benefits (with reduced indexation and benefit cuts for non-pensioners) if schemes are transferred to the lifeboat fund. Systemic risk, modelling and moral hazardAshok Gupta, chair of the PLSA’s DB taskforce, said the taskforce’s modelling showed a “significant” number of members would have their benefits cut if action was not taken.He also disagreed with the idea that superfunds posed a “moral hazard” by discharging sponsors of their liabilities. He argued that reducing the amount of people forced to accept lower benefits it would not constitute allowing employers off the hook.“It’s giving members something they didn’t have before, and that’s the result we’re trying to achieve,” he said.Charlotte Clark, director for private pensions and stewardship at the DWP, called for clarity over what consolidation was trying to achieve as this would determine how the framework would have to be designed. Keeping schemes above PPF-level benefits and trying to help employers manage risks and costs were two very different outcomes, she said.Asked whether there was sufficient political will to back a consolidation project, Clark said there was – if the benefits were clear and the idea could be shown to work in practice.last_img read more

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The Afterword: Woke-scolding in the era of Internet trolls emboldens them

first_imgWhen you have a polarizing figure whose identity rests on their lack of substantive argument and dependence on provocation, when it becomes clear that the growth of their brand rests on our reactions, think twice before playing into it. In real life, you wouldn’t argue with someone wearing earplugs and you wouldn’t give the bully on the playground the attention they are so obviously seeking. Collectively, we have the power to manage what breaches the mainstream — we should start using it. As a Twitter enthusiast, I’m unfortunately familiar with one of  the internet’s least favorite public figures: Kaitlin Bennett, otherwise known as “Kent State Gun Girl.” For those lucky enough to have avoided her this long, Bennett is a social media activist who proudly champions gun rights and the pro-life movement and caught the eye of the internet for open-carrying an AR-10 rifle at Kent State University after graduating.  I normally do my best to ignore her provocative, polarizing content, but on the first day of the new year, she tweeted something that I couldn’t scroll past. Her post read: “My haters memed me into a lucrative career that lets me travel the country, do what I want and have a platform to be heard. Thanks so much to everyone that gave me free advertising in 2019. Let’s do it again this year. #GunGirl2020.” The content that goes viral and spurs overt outrage is often the content that is one-dimensional and overtly wrong. That’s precisely why it is able to elicit such a sweepingly negative response — whether it’s leaked footage, a soundbite or a tweet, the general moral conscience is on one side of it all. We become united in outrage and that can be gratifying, sure, but it is far more gratifying to the orchestrator of said outrage. Bennett has always held radical views, but it was only when we gave her engagement in the form of knee-jerk social media outrage that she was rebranded as a polarizing public figure. It was only then that she was able to leverage her internet infamy into merchandise, a job with InfoWars and a YouTube channel with close to half a million subscribers.  (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) Rachel McKenzie is a junior  writing about pop culture. Her column, “The Afterword,” runs every other Tuesday. Let’s break this down. I want to identify what is distinct about this phenomenon — why is it that, when it comes to internet trolls, our collective scolding of them is particularly shortsighted? The thing is, retweeting and chastising Bennett’s online content is not the same as voicing your opinion on a controversial issue or participating in an educated discourse between two or more rational agents. Contentious social debates are often multi-faceted and, well, contended; they aren’t conducive to the knee-jerk, emotionally-fuelled responses that characterize public sentiment toward viral content.  What immediately came to mind was a piece of conventional wisdom I often heard as a child: When someone is picking on you on the playground, the best thing you can do is not give them the reaction they’re hoping for. Play into it and you only fuel the bullying. The same holds true for internet trolls: The harsh reality is that we have a hand in bringing these trolls to prominence.  I’m not saying we should keep quiet on issues that impassion and move us. I’m definitely not saying we should be held fully accountable for the notoriety of internet trolls. I’m just acknowledging the very real relationship between the attention we give such trolls and the benefits they reap. Even with charitable intentions, the desired outcome of speaking out against trolls often misses its mark, and unfortunately, those who woke-scold end up accomplishing the opposite of what they intended.  Our outcry is in vain. Neither Bennett, nor public figures like her nor her devout fanbase is interested in being convinced; They are interested in pissing you off and using your anger as leverage. And when we fall for it, we are letting toxic, divisive people profit off of negative attention. The court of public opinion has no real enforcement, and when it comes to internet trolls, it’s time we start being strategic. There is a fine line to toe between reasonable backlash and free engagement. She’s not alone in reaping the benefits of this twisted business model. Remember Bagel Boss, the Long Island resident who went on a misogynistic rant about his height and dating in a viral video? Well, he went on to gain a substantial Twitter following and scored a gig to fight another viral star in an Atlantic City boxing match. last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua History Beckons

first_imgThe six-foot-six Joshua used his six-inch reach advantage to outland Parker 93-49 in jabs despite throwing 46 fewer, according to CompuBox statistics.The ringside judges scored it  118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 for Joshua. The fight appeared to be closer than the scoring indicated, though many rounds could have gone either way.With the victory, Joshua added Parker’s WBO belt to his WBA, IBO and IBF belts. It was the first time in his professional career that Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) has gone the distance. Parker fell to 24-1 with 18 KOs.“My strategy was to stick behind the jab,” Joshua said. “It’s one of the most important weapons we have . . . the old saying is a right hand will take you around the block but a good jab will take you around the world.“So I stuck behind the jab and made sure that anything coming back, I was switched on, I was focused and it went 12 rounds baby. . . . Joseph Parker is a world champion so I knew he was going to be determined.“Sometimes it does become a boxing match, not a fight. I said this would be about boxing finesse.”Parker praised his opponent and said he would be back.Joshua said he wanted to fight unbeaten WBC champion Deontay Wilder of the U.S. at some point to see who will become the undisputed champion. “I will knock him the spark out,” Joshua said.At one point he said he would either like to fight Wilder or Tyson Fury, the British former champion who has not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.Joshua-Wilder is likely to happen within the next year, but unlikely to be next on either fighter’s docket. And Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn said it would have to happen in England. Wilder has said he would have no problem crossing the Atlantic to fight Joshua in what is expected be one of the biggest heavyweight fights of all time.Joshua took the chance to call out WBC title holder Deontay Wilder – who turned down an invitation to be at ringside. The already loud calls for them to meet will grow louder. Can either really turn down the chance to become the first man in history to hold all four titles?Only boxing politics, purse splits and ego can get in the way. Wilder will probably point to the fact that  his rival failed to score a stoppage. But Joshua’s camp might just as well feel going the distance is a positive if such a landmark bout is to come next.The knockout run has ended. But Joshua’s rise to supremacy looks increasingly difficult to stop.Indeed, the performance might have encouraged Wilder to put pen to paper quicker than expected.Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua said: “This was about boxing finesse – I stuck to my word. I know what it takes to be a champion. Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world.”Asked if he would fight in the United States, he said: “I’m not interested in going to America. All these years, we’ve gone to the States, people have spent a lot of money following British boxers over there. But we can do it in London, Cardiff. We are staying right here.“I want Wilder or Fury. Get him (Wilder) in the ring and I’ll knock him spark out.”Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis posted: “#JoshuaParker wasn’t the scrap I’d hoped it would be but AJ fought well and smart. Kept JP at end of jab. Ref seemed too hurried to break them up at times…but it was a clear win for AJ and he showed maturity and patience.”However, some Nigerians regret the fact that it is United Kingdom and not Nigeria that is celebrating Joshua today had it been his attempt  to compete in the colours of Nigeria at the 2008 Beijing Olympics had not been frustrated.“Joshua really wanted to represent Nigeria at the 2008 Olympics but Obisia Nwankpa and Samson Arashola deprived him of the opportunity. But now Britain is enjoying what Nigeria should be celebrating,” Okorodudu said.Meanwhile,  Obisia Nwankpa debunked Okorodudu’s claim that he frustrated Joshua in his attempt to represent Nigeria at the 2008 Olympics.“His (Joshua) case is not the first. We’ve had similar cases like that before. Most athletes that live or born abroad, anytime they want to represent Nigeria they do not go about it in the right way. Moreover, they believe by virtue of having lived abroad they could just walk into the team without going through the trials. That is not acceptable,” Obisia said.The man who was called golden gloves because of his finesse in the ring said it was impossible for Joshua to make the Nigerian 2008 Olympic team with the presence of Olarewaju Durodola in the team.“As at 2008, we had a boxer that was very strong called Durodola and at that time Joshua was not better than him. Even the fact that he won a world title does not translate to his being better than Durodola. He just happened to have a faster shot at the title by virtue of living in the United Kingdom, where there are opportunities. Durodola only moved to America recently and he is now the World Boxing Association, WBA, number two contender,” the former Commonwealth champion said.Joshua was born in Watford to a Nigerian mother and a father of Nigerian and Irish descent. He grew up for much of his early years in Nigeria and returned to the UK to join Kings Langley Secondary School. Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, Joshua was called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’. He excelled at football and athletics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Since Lennox Lewis unified the heavyweight boxing title in April 2000, after defeating Evander Holyfield, there has not been another undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. However, last Saturday, Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua defeated Joseph Parker to move closer to becoming the first undisputed world champion since 2000. With the four titles in his grip, his attention is now on Deontay Wilder’s WBC title, writes Kunle AdewaleAnthony Joshua predicted a ninth-round knockout against Joseph Parker in the second heavyweight unification bout between unbeaten fighters in boxing history. The Englishman failed to get the KO, but he got the victory, a unanimous decision over New Zealand’s Parker before more than 80,000 partisan fans at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales last Saturday.It was far from an action-packed fight, instead becoming a mostly technical boxing match from the opening bell, with few heavy exchanges, and a referee, Giuseppe Quartarone, who strangely stopped the action at odd times. Even Showtime blow-by-blow announcer, Mauro Ranallo, said at one point, “What the hell is going on with this referee?”Both fighters fought behind their jab effectively, and it was Joshua who looked like the pursuer as Parker spent much of the fight retreating. Joshua rarely led with his right hand, instead saving it for sporadic inside uppercut attempts, only a few of which landed solidly. Neither fighter was able to get much offense going over the 12 rounds, a nod to the effectiveness of the jabbing strategy.last_img read more

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BATTI MAN, WITH SMITH UP, SPRINGS SURPRISE IN $60,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; MULHALL TRAINEE WINS BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS & GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:41.75

first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $53,710 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL SHOULD EXCEED $300,000 HEAVILY FAVORED GOVENOR CHARLIE DULL OFF THE BENCH, RUNS WELL-BEATEN FOURTH ARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2015)–Longshot Batti Man sat a close second early and went on to post a 1 ¾ length upset in Friday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.75. Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Argentine-bred Batti Man shadowed Secretsatmidnight to the far turn, took command approaching the quarter pole and easily held You Know I Know at bay through the stretch drive for the win.Entered for an optional claiming tag of $62,500, Batti Man was off at 5-1 in a field of six older horses and paid $12.80, $4.80 and $3.80. Owned by Tom Mansor, Batti Man, a 7-year-old gelding by the Unbridled stallion Manipulator, improved his record to 31-4-6-4. With the winner’s share of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $223,234.“He’s versatile,” said Smith. “He can have a lot of speed and you can take him back now in his older age. When he was younger, you probably couldn’t, but now you can…He was just ready today and Kristin has done a great job with him.”Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, You Know I Know stalked the winner around the far turn and was second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Bailoutbobby. Off at 5-1, You Know I Know paid $5.80 and $3.20.Bailoutbobby rallied from next to last turning for home under Elvis Trujillo and ran third, some 7 ¼ lengths in front of favored Govenor Charlie. Off at 7-2, BailoutBobby paid $2.60 to show.Idle since April, 2014, Govenor Charlie didn’t show his customary early zip and was never a factor at 4-5.Fractions on the race were 23.19, 46.20, 1:09.82 and 1:35.04.First post time for a nine-race card Saturday, highlighted by the Grade I Vanity Stakes and the Grade III American Stakes, will be at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.center_img –30–last_img read more

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Govt distributes 209 land titles to Berbice residents

first_imgA total of 209 land titles were distributed to residents of Mount Sinai, New Amsterdam, during an exercise hosted at the Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) on Wednesday. The titles were handed over by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon and Minister within the Ministry of Communities Annette Ferguson.Minister within the Ministry of Communities Annette Ferguson presents Deborah Leitch with her land titleDirector General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon presents a land title to Simon Joseph, a resident of Mount Sinai“You will see that the distribution of these titles has nothing to do with which political party you represent, this is a distribution of titles to deserving Guyanese…We’re on the right path…this is not the end because 209 out of 1010 [land titles] is still a far way to go,” Harmon told the gathering.The distribution exercise is part of an overall Government programme to regularise the community and enhance residents’ quality of life. The Government has already provided infrastructure such as electricity and access to potable water and with the land title distribution, aims to ensure that safe, green spaces are provided for children.“I would like to see, when I go back into that area again, the children are not playing football on the street; that the little boys are not liming at the sides of the street; that we can provide facilities that will help them to live and to play in safe spaces that a developed country like ours can provide… So the introduction of street lights and lights in the homes, the introduction of water, the development of roads in the community and the fact that we will have to have some other open spaces— parks where your children can play— becomes more important,” Mr Harmon said.Meanwhile, Minister Ferguson said the distribution exercise is the realisation of President David Granger’s vision to provide housing for all.“The President has posited that his vision for housing will see a Guyana … where every citizen enjoys the right to housing … he speaks to the issue of reorientation, resources, regularisation and regionalisation… We see the first the coming together in this undertaking,” she noted.Contrary to the misinformation being published in some sections of the media, Minister Ferguson said the Government never abandoned the issuing of house lots. “What we have embarked on is to provide a mixed housing solution … We are working to provide both house lots and housing units,” she said.In an invited comment, Deborah Leitch said she has resided in the area for over 25 years and is grateful to finally have possession of her land title.“Today I must say thank God. I would like to say thanks to the Housing Minister and members of the Government and other persons who would have made it possible, who would have helped me to acquire this title,” she said.Another resident, Yvonne Mourant, said there have been many developments in the community over the past four years. “We have a lot of development because we got the water first, and then we got the lights and we are very much proud of it. We’re looking forward now to have drainage and the road,” she said.Member of Parliament, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) Barbra Pilgrim; Deputy Mayor of New Amsterdam Wainwright McIntosh; Member of Parliament Donna Mattoo; Regional Executive Officer East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) Kim Williams-Stephen and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) Lelon Saul also attended the ceremony.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry notches another award for his trophy room

first_imgThe Warriors’ Stephen Curry has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 2 of the NBA season, the league announced Monday.Last week, Curry helped lead the Warriors to a 4-0 record, averaging 36.0 points, shooting 54.7 percent from the field, including 54.5 from 3-point range. Curry’s greatest performance came on Oct. 24 when he scored 51 points in only  three quarters 144-122 win over the Washington Wizards. On Sunday at Brooklyn, Curry became the first player in NBA history …last_img

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Australia bowling coach Troy Cooley plans to step down after Ashes 2019

first_imgAustralia bowling coach Troy Cooley has no plans to carry on the role full-time after this year’s Ashes series and expects to head back to his usual job at the national cricket academy after plotting England’s downfall.Cooley, who helped England win back the urn in the memorable 2005 series, left his post as head bowling coach at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to join the Australian camp for the recent one-day series against Pakistan and India.Although announced as bowling coach for the Ashes last week, Cooley confirmed he would be in the role for a good time, not a long time.”Ashes, it gets me out of bed in the morning,” the 53-year-old said in Dubai, where Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan on Sunday.”It’s one of the best jobs going around.”You could not pass up an opportunity like this.”But I would probably be more inclined to continue the (NCC) head coaching role.”Also Read | David Saker resigns as Australia’s bowling coach ahead of 2019 ICC World CupCooley replaced David Saker, Australia’s last full-time bowling coach, for the India and Pakistan ODI series, but governing body Cricket Australia have yet to decide on a long-term appointment.As one of the principal architects of England’s droughtbreaking 2-1 series win in 2005, Cooley’s involvement is a boost for an Australian team hoping to claim the urn on English soil for the first time since 2001.He said reverse swing might not have as much of an impact on the series as it had in 2005 because of stadium upgrades.advertisement”It really depends on Mother Nature,” Cooley said.”We’ll exploit that if we get an opportunity to, depending on the conditions.”But a lot of English grounds now have got irrigation and been redone, so you don’t have those real dry outfields like in ’05.”Even with first choice quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood currently injured, Australia are unlikely to be short of quality pacemen.Cooley said Australia’s whole attack would need to be versatile to have success in England when the series gets underway in August.”The fast bowlers and the spinners have got to work as a team and I know ‘JL’ (head coach Justin Langer) is really keen to make sure that pack mentality is tight and they’re covering all bases,” he said.”So if we rock up and get a green seamer or a dry one we’ve got enough skillset and enough coverage to be able to take 20 wickets.”Also Read | Ashes 2019 may see player names and numbers on shirts, a first in Test cricketAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceslast_img read more

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