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first_imgAfter nearly 20 years on Broadway, half-American, half-Canadian actor Peter Lockyer has crossed the pond to make his West End debut as Jean Valjean in the totemic musical Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre. This isn’t Lockyer’s first appearance on a London stage, however: In 2007, he was one of several Broadway names who accompanied Barbra Streisand in the British capital in concert. Broadway.com caught up with Lockyer the day after his first performance in the ongoing original staging of Les Miz to talk London audiences, aging and “Barbra buzz.” Tell me about appearing in Barbra Streisand’s concert tour in 2007.  We were [in London] for 11 days and did three shows, and how exciting that was! Just to stand next to Barbra clearly knowing the buzz wasn’t for me but to feel what the fans were feeling for her was phenomenal. I’m so lucky to have got that lesson: I learned more than I can fit into words. Having performed Les Miz for over a year across North America, you must feel you now have the world at your doorstep. I just feel incredibly honored and fortunate to be here! Getting a job in this business is increasingly challenging—there’s such incredible talent everywhere I turn, so I feel very blessed that [producer] Cameron Mackintosh would trust me to come over here and join this beautiful company. British audiences at their best have a remarkable capacity for listening. So it seems—they really blew my mind during the “Epilogue,” which is such a delicate scene. It was so beautiful to feel as everyone was focused on what was going on. Either that or they were sleeping! [Laughs.] After having been part of the newer production on tour, you’ve now joined the show’s very first production. I’m here on the West End as part of the original version that has been running 30 years, and it’s just as beautiful a show as it’s always been. What’s been great is that [co-director] John Caird doesn’t feel precious about anything that went before. He has made lots of little changes on me and changed some lighting cues so that they are relevant to our bodies and to what we’re doing. You just made your West End debut. How did it go? It went great! I wasn’t sure what to expect from a London audience, but they’re extraordinary. You could hear a pin drop. Your first association with Les Miz was as Marius on Broadway. What is it like graduating to Jean Valjean? That sort of happened naturally as I got older. When I was in my early 20s doing Marius, I very much was that character. I was a moment-to-moment kind of person. Now that I’ve gotten older, my priorities have changed and I feel as if I’ve made a natural shift to Jean Valjean’s body. The thing about this role is that he has such an interest in making good choices at every turn but as we all know, sometimes the world makes that a bit difficult. It’s the mark of the character of a man that you can still make good decisions in very challenging circumstances. How is it having now been part of these two separate productions of the same piece? I like to say since I have done both that it’s been like looking at a painting from a different angle. This original production has a romance to it and a depth of color that is beautiful and subtle, while the newer production allows you to see some of the brighter colors and it’s got such strong energy and overt brushstrokes to it. Stylistically, they’re a little different, but it’s still the same material and lyrics and songs; I think you get the same impact from both. You may feel differently with time. It seemed as if the entire world knew Angela Lansbury was 88 when she appeared in Blithe Spirit. I could be 88 now, I just look really good! So how old are you now? [Laughs.] We don’t like to repeat our age in interviews. Ultimately, we’re not playing our age; we’re playing the ages of the characters we’ve been given. You get to be part of a production that shows no sign of calling it quits any time soon. Why is Les Miz still so popular? The reasons are apparent but profound. You’ve got a novel that is part of time immemorial and that encompasses the totality of human experience and whose timelessness comes with timeless music and lyrics all of which have been shaped by some brilliant minds. That’s the thing about the emotions raised by this show: no matter how jaded you are, you can’t help but feel something when you see it. So this is your second time working here? This is my second time in London period, and what’s been great is that I’ve really been able to take my time. I’m here until the end of January—and possibly longer—so my wife [casting director Melanie Lockyer] and I are able to begin to get to know the city. Already I can tell that no one does gardens and flowers and green grass like England and we’re here at a great time for football [the World Cup], so I’m excited to join in that fever. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgYEAR-END TAX TIPS FOR BUSINESSESSix Tax-Optimizing Tactics to Consider Before January 1Montpelier, VT-With 2008 fast coming to a close, many area businesses are actively working on preparing tax filings for what has been an economically volatile year. This year, Congress has enacted important changes to the tax laws that provide opportunities for businesses to reduce their income tax burden for the year. Now is the time to review some possibilities for action before year-end.The following six tips from the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants can help your business make the most of these time-sensitive tax opportunities (and don’t forget maybe the most important tax tip: organize your records and tax files before meeting with your accountant. It’ll save your CPA time, and you money):1. Can you defer income until early 2009? If you are a cash basis taxpayer, any payments your company can receive during the first week of January as opposed to December will help to reduce your 2008 tax bill. Every cent deferred until January 2009 will not owe taxes until April 2010. There are other considerations, and not every taxpayer benefits from this approach, so be sure to discuss this strategy with your CPA before making a decision.2. Would it make sense to accelerate expenses? It might. You may want to purchase the everyday items your business will require in the near future to maximize deductions for this year. If you can see a need for goods and services in the first quarter of the 2009, you may want to buy them now.3. Depending on your anticipated income tax rates for next year, deferral of income or accelerating expenses can make the best sense for many sole proprietors, partnerships, LLCs, and S corporations. However, be sure your cash flow can handle the delay in receiving income. In addition, you would want to consider any potential tax rate changes due to the recent election.4. Are you a business owner who does not already have a company retirement plan? For some plans it is already too late to set up a plan for 2008, but others can be started now, or even after 12/31/08. This may be a good time to discuss setting up a plan for 2009, with your CPA, as a part of your year-end planning.5. Have you heard about the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008? It includes a provision that allows business to write off 50% of the cost of many new assets placed in service in 2008. The remaining 50% is deducted over several years under the normal depreciation rules. Used assets do not qualify for this break. There are also special opportunities for faster write-offs of some leasehold improvements made to the interior of commercial property. Ask for details.6. Are you in need of office furniture, equipment or other personal property for your business? Consider placing them in service prior to 12/31/08 and take a section 179 deduction on them. The Section 179 deduction allows a business to deduct up to $250,000 for years beginning in 2008. There are limitations and details that are relevant, so you should ask the questions soon.The Montpelier-based Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) was first incorporated in 1933, and is a 501(C) 6 registered not-for-profit. Today, the VSCPA’s 700 members – representing over 90% of all CPAs in Vermont – work in public practice, business and industry, government and education. The VSCPA’s mission is to promote, protect, and represent the interests of its members and the profession while fostering the highest ethical standards. To learn more visit: www.vtcpa.org(link is external).last_img read more

first_img Scholarship honors FSU’s first black football player A $100,000 gift from two Florida State University College of Law alumni has endowed a scholarship that pays tribute to the university’s first African-American football player.Tommy Warren, a prominent Tallahassee civil rights lawyer who graduated in 1974, and his wife, Kathy Villacorta, a 1977 graduate, have established the Calvin Patterson Civil Rights Endowed Scholarship to enrich the College of Law. Specifically, the scholarship will provide support for students who have demonstrated significant interest in and commitment to furthering civil rights in general and, in particular, the rights of African-Americans in employment, voting, education, or housing, and who are committed to practicing law in those areas.The scholarship honors Calvin Patterson, who broke a significant racial barrier at Florida State when, in 1968, he became the first African-American football player and a civil rights groundbreaker. Patterson died in 1972. The scholarship is to be used to further civil rights similar to those championed by Patterson.Like many other African-Americans who led the fight for equal rights for African-Americans in the 1960s, Patterson broke the color line and endured insults, threats, and intimidation, said Warren, a teammate who came to Florida State in 1966 on a football scholarship and roomed with Patterson in the football dorm. “His efforts allowed other African-Americans to follow in his footsteps by attaining equal access to and scholarships from FSU and its football program.“Calvin helped me to broaden my outlook on race issues at a crucial point in my life,” said Warren in a column he wrote for FSU Voices: An Informal History of 150 Years, published in 2002. “ My wife and I have long been committed to the elimination of racial discrimination,” he said. “It is our hope that this scholarship will guarantee that there will continue to be attorneys committed to fighting discrimination until it is eliminated from our society.”FSU Law Dean Don Weidner thanked Warren and Villacorta, saying: “Tommy and Kathy are committed to education and to the law practice that makes life better for all members of our community, and we are extremely grateful.” Scholarship honors FSU’s first black football playercenter_img February 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Roy UrricoFiserv responded to a CFPB order to provide anonymized data pertaining to overdraft programs by assuring credit union clients it would protect privacy.However, the core processor also warned of possible price increases resulting from the cost to comply.“We are informing you of this matter to maintain the trust and transparency that is the foundation of our relationship, and to reassure you about the nature of the order itself and the data it compels us to provide about the settings you have selected in your Fiserv-hosted account processing system,” Mark Sievewright, president, and Santo Cannone, chief product officer, both with Fiserv’s Credit Union Solutions division, wrote in an emails statement to clients obtained by CU Times. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgLast year CUES published an article we wrote on compliance hotspots. One of the biggest changes to ever impact mortgage lending took place in 2015, the disclosure integration of Truth in Lending and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Other important focus areas for compliance departments included money service businesses, compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act, compliance management expectations and the complaint management process. Here’s an update for credit unions about each of these areas. TRIDTRID went into effect in October 2015 and had a significant impact on the way financial institutions including credit unions closed real estate loans. Most credit unions relied on loan origination software to help them navigate the TRID disclosure requirements. The quality and completeness of TRID compliance is closely tied to the thoroughness of the LOS. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThis year as well, the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb is organizing a free tourist guide for all fellow citizens in the Croatian language.  Starting from September 7 until November 2, all those interested will have the opportunity to learn more about their Zagreb. Departures are scheduled for Saturday at 17:00 in front of the temporary Tourist Information Center on Ban Jelačić Square, or in front of the Harmica pass. An educational tour of the city accompanied by a tourist guide will last 1,5 – 2 hours.  Get to know your city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism –  a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. Other tourist boards in Croatia also organize free tourist guides, and this practice should become traditional in every destination before the start of the tourist season. The locals have always been and always will be the ones who give the best recommendations, because logically, they know best what the destination has to offer, outside of classic tourist locations. On the other hand, at least in Croatia, often the local population is not sufficiently acquainted with all the facilities that the city offers, or even with its rich history. Be ambassadors of Croatian tourism, tell stories. A walk with Marija Jurić Zagorka. Intriguing and unusual biographical details from the life of the writer and journalist Zagorka seem to be inscribed in parts of the city, as well as the plots of her novels. Zagorka talks about many secrets in her acting performance, which takes place on the streets and squares of the Upper and Lower Towns. Gornjogradske obloga is a night tourist tour of the Upper Town to famous locations with a costumed guide. The tour includes interactive elements and biographical performers. Regular city tour includes a tour of the city’s most famous attractions.center_img Each participant gets a gingerbread heart, and the tours are divided into three different tours:  THE CITY IS PEOPLE, AND THE LOCAL POPULATION IS THE BEST AMBASSADORS OF CROATIAN TOURISM Get to know your city and all the hidden stories it tells. Trust me, you will be pleasantly surprised. Be a tourist in your own city in order to experience it as well as possible and thus tell that story and experience to our tourists. Let us be proud of our identity, history, heritage, culture because we certainly have something to be proud of. You know that rule when you travel: Ask the locals where they eat, because it’s certainly best to eat there. The city is the people, so the local people are an important piece of the tourist mosaic and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The local population gives rhythm and pulse to the destination / city, and the guests want to get to know us and our cultural life, customs, our stories… because that is the very essence of tourism.last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was disappointed to see my favorite senator, John McCain, vote in favor of the Republican tax bill. With a complete split along party lines, this bill is unbalanced and polluted with special interests.While a low- to middle-income taxpayer may save $1,100 to $2,500 immediately, is it really worth it? Why not leave the tax code as is for now until meaningful bipartisan reform can be realized? Is the tax status quo really so terrible?The doubling of the standard deduction is mostly offset by the elimination of the personal exemption(s). Hits to graduate education run counter to what is good for our country. President Trump is so desperate to pass legislation that he runs afoul of basic ethics. Witness his position on Roy Moore. I am a disappointed Republican who longs for the leadership of ones like John or Bobby Kennedy. Country before party.Michael CrowleyGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

first_img“When carriers see such a sharp drop in booking activity, they have no choice but to cancel sailings,” Murphy added. The canceled sailings will require a reshuffle of the supply chains, and the new arrangements are expected to be ad-hoc as market uncertainty lingers on. “All in all, both shippers and carriers are entering a period where a significant amount of time and effort needs to go into exception handling. When shippers see a sharp decline in demand for their goods, they naturally have fewer containers to ship, and hence have no choice but to book significantly less cargo than originally planned. “Given the short notice as well as extended duration, this can only be seen as a reflection in a similar sharp decline in both active and expected booking activity from their customers. It should, therefore, be expected that this week will see a further rapid escalation in the number of blank sailings both by other carriers as well as in other trade lanes,” Alan Murphy, CEO of Sea-Intelligence, said. Furthermore, quite a few of the blank sailings from all the alliances are made with a notice time much shorter than usual. This shows that the drop-off in booking levels is happening very quickly, the consultancy added. However, if demand picks up earlier than expected they might also resume service earlier. The capacity withdrawal equals a 21% capacity reduction in the trade.center_img 2M alliance between the two container shipping majors Maersk and MSC was especially active as the two carriers temporarily withdrew the AE2/Swan and AE20/Dragon services on the Asia-Europe trade for the entire second quarter of 2020. Just as the number of blank sailings out of China by container carriers started to subside, the industry is bracing for another surge of void sailings on the Asia-Europe trade as the coronavirus pandemic spreads to Europe. The effect of the virus outbreak in China saw more than 100 sailings canceled. The spread of the pandemic to Europe and the Americas is set to have an even more substantial impact. The number of blank sailings jumped from 2 to 45 on the main deep-sea trades last week, according to Copenhagen-based consultancy Sea-Intelligence.last_img read more

first_imgThe Egyptian’s Supreme Elections Committee announced the results and its report on the first phase of the parliament election.Egyptians voted on 286 seats.160 national and international NGOs monitored the election including the African Union. But the election has seen the lowest turn out in years.last_img

first_imgLater that afternoon, police apprehendedtwo more suspects in Barangay Rizal. Jamora and Elano yielded six sachets ofsuspected shabu weighing about 15 grams valued at around P225,000. They were residents Nilo Jamora, 51, andRoss Elano, 52, police said. The suspects were all detained in thecustodial facility of the Silay City police station, facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN The suspects – all residents of thevillage – were caught after they sold suspected illegal drugs to an undercovercop for P500 around 2 p.m. on April 7, the report added. BACOLOD City – Seven suspected drugpeddlers were nabbed in two separate sting operations in Silay City, NegrosOccidental. Six sachets of suspected shabu weighingabout six grams valued at around P90,000 were seized from Jeffrey Palparan, 44;Richard Motos, 39; Ronnie Claro, 36; Rhendy Soriba, 31; and Darryn Hinojales,31 in Barangay Mambulac, a police report showed.last_img read more