Sara Bareilles View Comments Star Files The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts will launch its 2015-16 season with the world premiere of Waitress. The musical, based on the film of the same name directed and written by the late Adrienne Shelly, features a score by Grammy nominee and Billboard chart-topper Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. Performances will begin on August 1, 2015 at the Loeb Drama Center. ART Artistic Director Diane Paulus, who has been developing the project with Bareilles, will helm the productionWaitress follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the south trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. She finds relief—and potentially that happy ending—by making creatively-titled pies and forming a romance with an unlikely newcomer.While casting and complete creative team has not yet been announced, The New York Times reported in November that Beautiful Tony winner Jessie Mueller will headline the tuner. Playwright Paula Vogel was at one point attached to the project as bookwriter before Nelson joined the creative team.
I woke up to my one-year-old son puking at 3 a.m. He hurled all over me as I gathered him in my arms and ran to the bathroom. A few minutes later he was settled into a warm bath when a wave of nausea rose in my own belly. I kneeled in front of the toilet bowl, heaving for all I was worth. My son started giggling. Not a titter, but a full on laugh. At least he thought it was funny.After I rinsed my mouth and wiped my face, I started smiling too. I was a single mom raising my son far away from family and friends while trying to work full time to support us. There were nights when I wasn’t sure how I would make it – I was tired, alone and stressed. I felt stuck in Asheville, an area then unfamiliar to me, far away from my beloved California where I had spent a decade kayaking, skiing, and climbing, where the rivers and mountains felt like family. But in the wee hours of the morning, still smelling like puke and feeling sick, Tobin’s laugh was contagious.That weekend I decided to embrace living in Western North Carolina with an infant. Leaving stacks of dirty dishes and mounds of laundry behind, I threw camping gear into the truck and buckled Tobin in his car seat.I heard of a place called the Cherohala Skyway connecting North Carolina to Tennessee. Beyond its beauty, I couldn’t find much information about it. Tobin, my friend Meghan and I decided to take a look. We pulled into a campground that night and a dozen motorcycles were propped alongside the check-in building. Men with long grey beards and bandannas sat on the porch.I climbed out of the pickup in a sundress and flip flops, hoisting Tobin on my hip. Meghan got out of the car in a pair of shorts and a tank top.“Wherein’ your fellas?” one of the guys asked.My reply that it was just us was met with a round of applause.We spent the evening with them, sampling their moonshine, while they took turns jostling Tobin on their laps. They pulled out their wallets and showed us photos of their grandkids. The next day when we say them on a pull-out along the Cherohala Skyway, we posed on their bikes.Taking my son along meant that we traveled at a slower pace, but we managed to find adventure wherever we went. Slowing down allowed me to look around and the more I looked, the more I noticed. I started jotting down notes that turned into an idea for an article. I submitted a pitch for an article about the Cherohala Skyway over a dozen times before the editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors responded.After I’d written a few feature articles, we talked about an advice column and proposed a few alter egos, eventually settling on Mountain Mama.There are still days when I take Tobin hiking or canoeing and he has temper tantrum two hours from the truck. Sometimes his meltdowns come at the end of a long work week when we’re supposed to be having fun. That’s when it’s nice to channel Mountain Mama. She never loses her sense of humor, she’s never too tired to swoop up an exhausted kid.In the process of writing and exploring the area, I’ve fallen in love with Western North Carolina and consider it home. The curve of the mountains on the horizon, the gradations of green in the river’s swirling currents, the first dogwood blooms in the spring, it all tugs at my heart.My life isn’t perfect, not by a long shot. I’m not happy all the time, but I do live as close to my truth as I know how. Writing has helped a lot. So has getting outside and doing uncomfortable things, talking to people I normally wouldn’t and showing up exactly as I am – sometimes messy, sometimes scared, sometimes tired, but always willing to laugh.
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UK sponsors will be unable to claim back tax for asset management costs paid on behalf of pension funds, according to the country’s tax office.The clarification comes in a policy paper by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in response to a 2013 European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling following a case brought by Dutch engineering firm PPG Holdings.The HMRC said tripartite agreements – between sponsors, service providers and UK trustees – could still be subject to VAT rebates but would be ineligible for corporation-tax deductions.“In this context,” it said, “only costs recognised in the profit and loss account and contributions to pension schemes may attract a deduction for corporation tax purposes. “Direct payment by an employer of asset management costs does not clearly fall into either of these categories.”In a separate note by Linklaters, the law firm said the PPG ruling resulted in European tax offices no longer being able to distinguish between the treatment of administration costs and those incurred as a result of investment activities.“This ruling raised issues for HMRC, whose practice has been to let employers recover VAT incurred on scheme administration costs but not on investment costs,” it said. In 2014, in the wake of the PPG case, HMRC was forced to update its guidance.As a result, the tax office said its current approach to taxation would remain in place until the end of 2015 – a practice that has been extended for a further 12 months.PensionDanmark last year won a separate ECJ court case, brought by its service provider ATP, which saw defined contribution (DC) funds put on par with special investment vehicles.The ruling allowed PensionDanmark to reclaim DKK200m (€26m) in VAT charges levied against it due to its administration and investment management services.
If Joseph plays, he needs to bring scorer’s mentality from tipoffKris Joseph should be back Saturday. After failing to make the trip to Pittsburgh for Syracuse’s first loss of the season, Joseph practiced Thursday and is officially listed as day-to-day for Saturday’s game. The small forward also responded to a tweet Wednesday, saying he would play. With Joseph’s will to be with his teammates, he should be in the starting lineup. That isn’t the question. The question is: Will he bring the scorer mentality SU sorely lacked against Pittsburgh? In a quick turnaround game against another Top 10 opponent, Joseph must look for his from the outset. If not, the hounding man-to-man of the Wildcats will muzzle the Orange, and SU will be playing from behind as it did Monday.Together, Jardine and Triche have to keep Fisher in checkArguably the best offensive player in the country, Kemba Walker was nearly overshadowed. Corey Fisher, the Wildcats’ best player averaging 16.1 points per game, exploded for 28 at Connecticut Monday, and were it not for Walker’s game-winning shot, he might have stolen the show. No other Wildcat reached double digits in scoring marks. Don’t expect the same to happen against the Orange. With Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche using their veteran savvy to check up on and force Fisher into poor decisions at the top of SU’s 2-3 zone, he shouldn’t be able to carry the Wildcats for the second game in a row. History says SU’s chances bode well: Last year, Fisher went 0-for-5 on 3-pointers and 3-for-12 from the field in total. If he gets by the Orange zone, though, thanks to angled backdoor cuts in the vein of Pitt on Monday, he could do damage, as he went 8-of-10 on free throws last year.Melo and Moussa Keita must combine for at least 10 points and 12 reboundsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf Villanova isn’t Pittsburgh in one facet of its game, it is with regards to the Wildcats’ big men. Luckily for Syracuse, the Orange won’t have to go up against a Gary McGhee for the second time in a row. The Wildcats start three guards and no center. Rick Jackson will have another field day. Count on 15 and 14, at least. But that will only be enough for the Orange to stay in contention. If it is to pull away and embarrass the Wildcats as SU did last year, Melo will have to turn back the clock one week and perform like he did last Saturday. He tallied six points and four rebounds against a Big East veteran in Yancy Gates. Against Villanova’s sophomore big man Mouphtaou Yarou, there is no excuse why he can’t do the same. As for Baye Moussa Keita, expect what you saw in the preseason. The duo needs to show up. Plain and simple.–– Compiled by Development Editor Tony Olivero, [email protected] Published on January 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe NHL All-Star Game isn’t just a competition among hockey’s finest.It’s a four-day test of their team mascots’ skills — on and off the ice. Sharkie, Wild Wing, Louie, Chance, Slapshot and the others may be pros at raising the noise level in the rink, posing for selfies and charming children, but how are they at playing broom ball and shaking booty?Fans of all ages are invited to watch the antics during the 2019 …
A view of the Johannesburg city centre over the Nelson Mandela Bridge. “Local government is where the rubber hits the road” in the global fight against climate change, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau said at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Fred MokokoSpokesperson for the mayor of Johannesburg+27 11 407 7557+27 82 447 [email protected] DavieAfrica produces the least amount of greenhouse gases, yet will bear the brunt of global climate change. At the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit in Johannesburg this week, mayor Parks Tau welcomed three new African megacities to the network, bringing the total to seven out of 66 world cities.C40 is a network of megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the local and global impact of climate change. The 66 cities are home to 600 million people, and produce 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and 21% of world GDP.“We welcome the inclusion of more African cities on the C40 network,” Tau said in an interview at the summit. “This expansion will stimulate direct action for mitigation, adaptation at local government in Africa, acknowledging that Africa carries a disproportionate burden that climate change has on the poor and developing world.”According to the International Panel on Climate Change, Africa is the most exposed region in the world to the impact of climate change. It will make dry areas drier and wet areas wetter, more crops will fail, and diseases will spread to new altitudes.The African members of C40 are Johannesburg, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Cairo in Egypt, and Lagos in Nigeria, recently joined by Nairobi in Kenya, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and South Africa’s Cape Town. Some 45 cities were represented at the three-day summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in northern Johannesburg, with over 18 mayors present.“This is really where we’re able to share best practice and make commitments to both mitigate the impacts of climate change,” Tau said, “but also find mechanisms to adapt to the realities of the changes in weather patterns and the pollution that we are experiencing.”Watch Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau speak at the C40 summit:Cities’ role in a global fightWelcoming mayors and city official to the summit, Tau said in his opening address: “South Africa’s approach to climate change flows from the National Climate Change Response Policy. This policy framework aims to reduce the rate at which the country contributes to climate change, with a special focus on a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and developing adequate responses to its impacts on society.”Tau referred to the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement which commits governments to setting binding emission reduction targets, linked to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The protocol was originally adopted in December 1997, and came into force in February 2005. The rules for its implementation were adopted at the seventh Conference of Parties, or COP, in Morocco in 2001. The latest COP meeting, COP18, was held in Doha in 2012. A criticism of these meetings is that agreements are not easily reached, and when thy are, often not adhered to.While the Kyoto Protocol talks to governments, the C40 is a grouping of mayors of megacities getting together and implementing practical measures that affect their cities and citizens. “Local government is where the rubber hits the road,” Tau said. “We can say this is where we have to provide these services and this is what can be done differently to mitigate the impact of climate change.”World map of carbon dioxide emissionsSource: Wikimedia Commons. Click for a larger view.Corridors of FreedomTau spoke of the effects of apartheid city planning, which forced black people to live on the periphery of towns and cities. As a result, the poorest people have to spend more on transport to get to and from work. The city’s new Corridors of Freedom project aims to counter this and other planning problems, part an effort, he said, to “restitch the city”.The corridors will be high-density mixed-use residential areas along transport routes serviced by the city’s bus rapid transit system, or BRT. This new form of public transport was pioneered in South America, and has caught on around the world, jumping from 13 a few years ago to 29 systems now, 16 of those in developed countries.Dedicated bus routes take passengers to urban hubs, collected in the suburbs by feeder buses. The corridors will help to curb urban sprawl in Johannesburg, and create a more inclusive city with better access to government services, schools and medical facilities, said Tau.The BRT system cuts carbon emissions by reducing the number of cars on the city’s roads, currently saving around 380 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. By 2030, when it is fully implemented, it will save 6-million tons annually. Over 270 BRT buses are already running in Johannesburg, transporting more than 50 000 commuters daily.The city has recently unveiled new dual fuel buses, using diesel and biogas in a hybrid system that will reduce the vehicles’ carbon emissions by some 70%. The buses are 20% cheaper to operate, and much quieter. More buses are on order.“In future, we intend to develop and produce fuel filters, conversion kits, for both the public and private vehicle sectors,” Tau said. “This further contributes to generating new economic activities.”From coal power to renewable energySome 87% of Johannesburg’s electricity is generated through coal, adding to the country’s greenhouse gases. “We have in the past reduced reliance on coal-generated electricity by as much as 20% mainly from energy efficiency and demand management initiatives that the city has implemented – all this while continually increasing access to electricity, especially for the poor.”The city is also in the process of taking landfill gas and converting it to energy. The city has five landfill sites, with one site producing 5MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 4 500 homes. This reduces the carbon emissions from the landfill by some 149 000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. When the other four sites come online they will generate 19MW of electricity for 12 500 households.Johannesburg has also installed over a thousand low-pressure solar water geysers to households in Cosmo City, a housing development in the north of the city. Launched in 2012, the programme aims to roll out 110 000 geysers to poor and low income households over three years. Another project is using sludge from the city’s sewage treatments plants to generate energy.Food securityTau has made food security a priority, in a city where informal settlements punctuate its borders.Poor households spend up to 65% of their monthly earnings on food, and up to 42% of households are food insecure, meaning that for three days every month people go without a meal.“While the problem is driven by climate change, the solutions also come from climate change interventions, like more localised food value chains and the increased use of urban fringe land for urban agriculture,” said Tau. “The city’s access to food and urban agriculture programmes are already implementing this form of climate-proofing through the city’s food supply.”Some 30 organic food gardens were planted in schools and communities in 2010 and 2011. The project supplements school feeding programmes, at the same time giving communities an additional source of income through the sale of produce.Tau said that the city is investing R110-billion in climate change initiatives over a 10-year period, starting in 2012. “This would enable the city to invest in programmes that combat climate change as well as to fight poverty as such asserting the agenda of the city to fight for food security.”
Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces First, the good news: The number of click-throughs on mobile advertisements that were mistaken or fraudulent dropped slightly over the last year. Now the bad news: As much as 40% of clicks on mobile ads are so-called worthless clicks, offering no return on investment for the advertiser, according to a new study.The study, which was released on Wednesday, was commissioned by Trademob, a Berlin-based mobile app marketing platform. The company analyzed six million mobile advertising clicks on 10 of the biggest mobile advertising networks. Conclusion: Advertisers are wasting a lot of money on mobile ads.“There’s a problem when only 60 cents of every dollar are actually being put to work,” said Trademob founder and CEO Ravi Kamran.The study was conducted in June and found that 22 percent of ad clicks are “misclicks,” or accidental clicks, and 18 percent were fraudulent. Those accidental and fraudulent clicks had a conversion rate of less than 0.1%.There were some bright spots in the study for advertisers. A similar study conducted a year ago said 47% of clicks on mobile ads were worthless, so the percentage appears to have dropped. And the Trademob study showed a decline in the number of accidental clicks, from 25% to 22%.“We are seeing fewer accidental clicks today due to increased device screen size and different user behavior,” Kamran said. “Still, more than one in five clicks is purely accidental, which can be prevented by proper ad placement and ad verification techniques.”Harder to fight, however, is click fraud. Of the fraudulent clicks in the study, 56% involved sophisticated botnet and client-side fraud, typically using hijacked devices to create fake clicks that go unnoticed by the user. The other 44% were attributed to server-side fraud, in which publishers instructed servers to report data that masked millions of fake clicks as real ones. dave copeland
Despite the controversies, delays and challenges in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, India had risen to the occassion and is set to deliver a successful Games, both CGF chief Mike Fennell and Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said on Sunday. Kalmadi, who is also Indian Olympic Association president, also thanked then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during whose term India won the bid to host the Commonwealth Games. Hailing the effort of the Organising Committee in pulling off the spectacular show, CGF supremo Fennell said, “The preparation has been filled with many challenges but the focus was on the competition of athletes. But the OC worked tirelessly to prepare these Games. I commend their efforts in putting together the Games.” “A big congratulation to the organising committee, may the Games be a tremendous succcess …”- With inputs from PTI
zoom The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) has received its eighth application for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval.The application was submitted by South Korea-based BWMS manufacturer Techcross for the Electro-Cleen System on October 31.As explained, the MSC will review the application for compliance with US Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.So far, BWMS type approvals have been granted to six companies including Optimarin, Alfa Laval, TeamTec Ocean Saver AS, Sunrui, Ecochlor and Erma First.Apart from Techcross, Samsung Heavy Industries is also waiting for the approval of its Purimar BWMS, MSC’s data shows.USCG MSC has also issued an updated type approval certificate to Optimarin for the company’s Optimarin OBS/OBS Ex Ballast Water Management System. As explained, the updated certificate was issued to authorize the OBS Ex model for installation in hazardous locations on US vessels, based on demonstrated compliance with 46 CFR 111.105.