XOXO! Of Mice and Men Star Leighton Meester Weds in Clandestine Ceremony

first_img View Comments Of Mice and Men Meester will begin performances March 19 in Of Mice and Men as Curley’s Wife, taking the stage alongside James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, who are both also making their Broadway debuts. The new mounting of Steinbeck’s masterpiece will officially open April 16 at the Longacre Theatre and play a limited engagement through July 27. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 He knows he loves her. XOXO! Gossip Girl and soon-to-be Broadway star Leighton Meester has wed The O.C. alum Adam Brody in a clandestine ceremony. According to Us Weekly, the nuptials have been confirmed by multiple sources. Related Shows The lovebirds worked together on the movie The Oranges back in 2011. The pair has been determined to keep their relationship on the DL, but are rumored to have been dating for a year, becoming engaged this past November.last_img read more

Jonathan Groff Joins BFF Lea Michele at Her Book Signing

first_imgBroadway besties Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele do everything together—they starred in Spring Awakening, they played romantic rivals on Glee… Groff even has a goat named Lea Michele! So it’s no surprise that the Looking star was on hand to celebrate the release of Michele’s first book, Brunette Ambition. Michele, who dedicated a whole section to her best bud in her new book, brought him up on stage at Barnes & Noble in New York City on May 21 to chat with fans, answer questions and chat about their amazing friendship. Check out this Hot Shot of the adorable pair! Lea Michele Star Files Jonathan Groff View Commentslast_img read more

Raise a Toast to the Cast of Skylight on Opening Night

first_imgStars flocked to the Great White Way on April 2 to celebrate the official opening night of Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard. After an acclaimed run in London, the Broadway production of David Hare’s drama will play through June 21 at the John Golden Theatre. After taking their first official bows, the trio headed to a swanky opening night party at the Bowery Hotel. Check out this Hot Shot of the cast by Erin Baiano, then see the stars shine in Skylight on Broadway! Related Shows View Comments Skylight Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

Bradley Cooper & Sienna Miller Eye Return to B’way in The Philadelphia Story

first_imgBradley Cooper & Sienna Miller(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments After playing hubby and wife in American Sniper and amorous chefs in Burnt on screen, it looks like Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller will be bringing their chemistry to the boards. According to Showbiz 411, the pair will return to Broadway this fall or in the spring of 2017 for a Roundabout production of The Philadelphia Story. The pair recently took part in an industry reading of Philip Barry’s play.Cooper won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for his Main Stem debut in Three Days of Rain; he received a Tony nomination for his 2015 return in The Elephant Man. Miller has appeared on Broadway in Roundabout’s After Miss Julie and Cabaret.The Philadelphia Story is a romantic comedy set in high society Philadelphia in the 1930s. Tracy Lord, an overly dramatic socialite, finds her wedding plans thrown into disarray by the arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist.The play premiered on Broadway in 1939 at the Shubert Theatre. A popular film adaptation starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart was released in 1940. The story also serves as the basis for the Tony-nominated 1998 musical High Society. A 1980 Broadway revival presented by Lincoln Center starred Blythe Danner, Frank Converse and Edward Herrmann. Alex Timbers was rumored to be directing a revival of the play for Roundabout back in 2013, however it never came to fruition.last_img read more

Life after debt?

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COVID-19: Police disperse thousands of gatherings nationwide since last week

first_imgPolice in Bolang Mongondow regency in North Sulawesi also forced couples to hold off their wedding receptions.Supandri Damogalad of the Bolaang Mongondow Legislative Council said that at least five couples — including his relatives — in the regency’s Lolak village had cancelled their weddings in the past week, even though they had invited guests and set up tents for the events.”Of course we are disappointed but on the other hand we can understand the urgency,” Supandri said on Friday, “It’s better for us to make this sacrifice rather than to sacrifice public interest.”Adj. Comr. Hanny Lukas of the East Dumoga Police said he had also approached a couple and their families in the regency’s Mogoyungung village to cancel their planned wedding this week, as the public should understand the urgency of maintaining physical distancing to stem COVID-10 transmission.”I call for the public not to organize any more large gatherings because [the police] will ensure the gatherings are dispersed,” Hanny said.Furthermore, Argo went on to say that ensuring public health was the top priority for the police at the moment, including by taking actions against the spread of false information about COVID-19 that could risk the safety of the public.By Thursday, the police had identified 46 individuals who had allegedly disseminated false information about the disease. However, Argo did not confirm whether all of them had been named suspects.Wrongdoers could face a maximum penalty of six years’ imprisonment and fines of up to Rp 1 billion as stipulated in Article 28 of the 2016 Information and Electronic Transaction Law if convicted.“We hope that the public can filter any information before sharing it,” he added. (glh)Topics : Police have dispersed up to 1,371 gatherings nationwide within a week since National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis issued an edict banning the public from collecting into crowds to curb the spread of COVID-19.“This number is an accumulation of all reports coming from our regional units. We have been helped by regional administrations and the Indonesian Military when disbursing those gatherings,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said in a press conference on Thursday.In the edict, dated March 19, Idham urged the public to refrain from organizing mass gatherings in public places or private properties, including social meetings, workshops, music festivals, carnivals, sports events, fairs, mass protests and family receptions. The police also plan to press charges against those who persist in gathering in large numbers despite the warnings. The violators would face up to 16 months’ imprisonment or fines of up to Rp 900,000 (US$56.25) as stipulated in articles 212, 216 and 218 of the Criminal Code.However, Argo said the police had so far not filed charges against those who had been involved in mass gatherings, adding that they had been very cooperative when warned by officers.“It is because we took a persuasive approach first when asking them to stop the gatherings. We also warned them that the spread of COVID-19 would spread rampantly if they continue their activities,” he added.Ever since the edict came into force, police officers have started dispersing gatherings and crowds during their patrols in various places across the country.Read also: COVID-19: Local authorities scramble to prevent wider transmission as ‘mudik’ starts earlyIn East Java’s Blitar city, for instance, authorities dispersed crowds of people hanging out in cafes and told them to go home, while calling for the public to take their food and drinks back to their homes instead of eating outside.last_img read more

Spanish pension funds return nearly 11% on average

first_imgSpain’s occupational pension funds have made average returns of 10.61% for the 12 months to end-March 2015, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO).The results are a marked improvement on the 7.14% returns for calendar year 2014, and 7.2% for the 12 months to 31 March 2014. Average annualised returns for the three years to 31 March 2015 are 8.24%, and for the five years to that date, 5.8%.Total assets under management for the occupational sector rose to €35.6bn, up by 7.3% during the previous 12 months and also an increase on the €34.2bn at end-December 2014. The number of participants remains stable at just over 2m.Assets for individual pension plans also increased over the first three months of the year, from €64.1bn at end-2014 to €67.8bn at end-March 2015.For the first time ever, total pension assets in Spain have surpassed the €100bn mark.According to INVERCO, for pension funds as a whole, there has been a slight shift towards non-domestic investments, both in fixed income and equities.Domestic investments still make up the lion’s share of assets, at 62.7% of portfolios, but this is a decrease from 65.2% three months ago.Non-domestic holdings have risen from 17.4% of assets at end-2014 to 20.5% at end-March 2015.There has also been a slight shift from fixed income to equities.Overall, 57.7% is now invested in fixed income, compared with 22.4% in equities (9% in Spanish and 13.4% in non-domestic shares).This compares with 59.8% in fixed income and 20.1% in equities (8.6% Spanish, 11.5% non-domestic) at end-2014.The biggest single component of pension fund portfolios – 33% – is still invested in Spanish government bonds, although this has fallen from its 35.3% share as at end-December 2014.A further 17.6% is invested in Spanish corporate bonds, again a slight decrease from 18.6% three months’ previous.Finally, ‘other’ assets have risen slightly, to 9.4% of portfolios, with a slight decline in cash holdings to 7.4%.last_img read more

Koch Shipping Extends Charter Deal for Diana’s Bulker

first_imgGreek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore-based Koch Shipping for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels.The company’s 206,040 dwt Philadelphia was hired for a period of twenty to twenty-three months.Diana Shipping said that the gross charter rate for the ship is USD 20,000 per day.This employment is to generate some USD 11.7 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Built in 2012, the vessel started working under the new charter deal on June 18.Philadelphia was previously chartered by Koch Shipping at a gross charter rate of USD 15,500 per day.last_img read more

‘Bookies’ puts man behind bars

first_imgILOILO CIity – Police arrested a65-year-old man engaging in illegal gambling in Barangay Progreso, Lapuzdistrict. Resident Ramon Salarda was caughtcollecting bets for the illegal numbers game of bookies around 1:30 p.m. on March 7. He was detained in the custodialfacility of the La Paz police station. Recovered from his possession were betmoney amounting to P1,010 and gambling paraphernalia. Charges for violation of PresidentialDecree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties for illegal gambling will befiled against Salarda./PNlast_img read more

Batesville City Council approves long-term water solution

first_imgBatesville, IN— The City of Batesville took a major step in securing a long-term water supply as City Council approved a bond ordinance and rate increase on Monday, October 14.The new rates will be implemented in two separate phases. The first phase will see a cost increase of $5.72 on the minimum bill beginning in January 2020. The second phase will show an increase of $3.56 on the minimum bill in January 2021.Batesville’s current rates have been below average compared to surrounding communities as the implementation of the rate increases in 2020 and 2021 will put Batesville near the average.Rate increases are necessary to fund the long-term water project which includes the construction of a 16-mile pipeline from the city-owned property between Brookville and Metamora that will connect to a new water treatment plant in Batesville.Studies dating back to 1989 have determined the need for an alternate water supply which led to the Whitewater River Aquifer being the best long-term solution for water sustainability over the next half-century and beyond as the area population continues to grow.City Council President Kevin Chaffee has been involved in the project for three decades saying, “Numerous studies have shown that the best source of groundwater for Batesville is the Whitewater River Aquifer. There is abundant, clean water available that will allow the city to grow far into the future, providing for generations of people to live and work here. In my opinion, this is the most important project that the city has ever undertaken.”Construction on the water plant and water mains are expected to take between 18 and 24 months to complete.“We were fortunate that our grandparents had the foresight to develop the reservoirs that have served us well, but for us to continue to grow, this is the new guaranteed water source that we need,” said Mayor Mike Bettice.last_img read more