Roger O. Hirson, an acclaimed writer of stage and screen whose major Broadway success was as book writer of the hit musical Pippin, died on May 27 at home in New York City, according to The New York Times. He was 93.Hirson was born in New York City on May 5, 1926. After serving in the army, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.He made his Broadway debut writing the libretto to the musical Walking Happy (1966), featuring music by James Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. The show ran 161 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and marked Hirson’s first Tony Award nomination.Hirson next collaborated with songwriter Stephen Schwartz, director-choreographer Bob Fosse and star Ben Vereen on Pippin, which opened at the Imperial Theatre in 1972, later moving to the Minskoff Theatre and running for five years, clocking in 1,944 Broadway performances total. The musical earned Hirson his second Tony nomination, with Vereen triumphing for his turn as The Leading Player and Fosse winning a pair of Tonys for his work.Early in his career, two of Hirson’s straight plays were produced off-Broadway, Journey to the Day (1963) and World War 2 1/2 (1969). Later on, his Hollywood writing work netted him an Emmy nomination for the drama series The Adams Chronicles (1976).Four decades after Pippin opened, the musical received an acclaimed Broadway revival (2013), which won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival in addition to wins for director Diane Paulus and stars Patina Miller and Andrea Martin.Years after the initial success of Pippin, Hirson excelled on-screen as writer of the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie (1991), about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It marked his final major writing credit.Hirson is survived by his sons, David and Christopher, and a grandson. View Comments Ben Vereen with the Broadway cast of Pippin (1972)(Photo: Martha Swope/NYPL)
LocalNews Education Minister shocked by PS’ sudden death by: Dominica Vibes News – November 15, 2016 Share Sharing is caring! Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education & Human Resource, Development, Marcella Powell on her way to Parliament (file photo)The employees and minister of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development are in a state of shock and sorrow following the sudden death of its acting permanent secretary Marcella Powell.Powell died on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at the Princess Margaret Hospital where she reported for treatment after feeling unwell.“We express our deepest condolences to her immediate family, relatives, friends and her staff at the Ministry of Education,” Minister Petter Saint Jean said in a brief statement on Tuesday. “We wish to assure her immediate family of the support of Ministry of Education and of the government of Dominica, as they go through this difficult period of grief and mourning,” he added. Minister Saint Jean described Powell as “a long serving, dedicated, and hardworking public servant” who worked in various ministries during her tenure as a public officer. During her time at the helm of the Ministry of Education, he said, “she displayed passion for the well-being of Dominica’s children and was committed to the improvement of the education system to ensure each child succeeds”.The Ministry, he noted, will miss Powell for “her capable direction and leadership, her conscientious approach to the execution of her public duties and the love and care she showed for all who she interacted with”.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms Powell’s family as they go through the grieving process. We wish them hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of their pain. We will work closely with them in the days ahead to honor her memory and maintain her legacy,” Minister Saint Jean said. 1254 Views 2 comments Share Share Tweet
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By Victoria Stone-Meadows TWO members of the Emerald community have been awarded Australia Day Awards as part of Cardinia Shire…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
The Vernon Panthers shot 36 percent from the field to defeat the L.V. Rogers Bombers 65-40 in consolation round action at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament Thursday at the Events Centre in Langley.Ben Hladik scored a game high 18 points in a contest the Panthers took control early, building a 22-10 lead after one quarter. The Bombers played Vernon close through the next 20 minutes of play but the Panthers put the game away by outscoring LVR 22-10 in the final period.Josh Matosevic scored 11 points to lead the Bomber attack with Robbie Dixon and Darian Johnson each adding eight points.Vinnie Watson had six points and Eamon Studer five.LVR shot 23 percent from the field and struggled from the three-point line, finishing the game with a six percent average.The Bombers now meet Mark Isfeld of Courtney Friday at 6:45 p.m.LVR lost the opener of the tournament 68-36 to top-ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Interesting article from PingMag, detailing the most popular web apps and services in Japan. Thehighlights…– SNS: “In Japan, social networking is represented mainly by Mixi,with GREE following a distant second.”– Video: “To my knowledge there is no direct competitor toYouTube in Japan but there is an interesting little mashup* from the boys atfladdict.net, and it is called hatenatube.Hatenatube simply takes popular YouTube videos from a variety of sources anddisplays a thumb for each one.”– Podcasting: “Newly-released and IMG SRC-produced ZapZapis a podcast directory that lets users decide what is popular and whatshould be on the front page, whilst also allowing you to mix-and-match acustom playlist of podcast episodes.”– Productivity: “Checkpadrepresents one of the few productivity-oriented web applications in Japan.Providing a similar service to Ta-da Lists, Checkpad differentiates itselfby also allowing users to access their lists from their mobile phones.”– Start pages: “Japan-based Startforcetakes an altogether different approach. Although they donÄôt explicitlystate they are a start-page service, some of their ideology is the same.Rather than providing a panel-based interface like Netvibes, Startforce hasattempted to visually emulate a computerÄôs operating system. Startforceallows you to store and swap files as well as chat with other people, allwithin an OS-like environment.”– Blog Tracking: “The near-unpronounceable Kizasiprovides a similar service to Technorati, but in my opinion provides aclearer method of finding out what bloggers are talking about.”– News: “…industry news in Japan is probably best seen throughthe eyes of the 100shikiwebsite. […] Hatena Bookmarks is a del.icio.us-like social bookmarkingservice and is probably one of the best places to look for aggregatedtech-related news in Japan, thanks to an army of IT-obsessed users.”I’m looking to cover more of international markets in the near future, soposts like this from PingMag are very useful. Anyone know of similar articlesfor other countries? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#international#web
MONTREAL – Quebec’s labour movement is gearing up ahead of the October election as it faces the prospect of another four years with limited influence in the provincial government.Almost 40 per cent of workers in Quebec are unionized, yet the two parties leading in opinion polls are considered far from union-friendly.The governing Liberals triggered deep cuts in the health and education sectors early in their mandate.And while the Coalition Avenir Quebec, which is first in the polls, has tempered its previously strident position against unions, that has not assuaged workers’ concerns about the party’s intentions if it obtains power.“We have the Liberals on one side, they plunged us into austerity and attacked our members,” said Marc Ranger, head of the Quebec branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “And the Coalition has a disastrous agenda that wants to privatize everything.“It’s our job to mobilize our troops.”While Quebec is known across Canada for its workers’ penchant to take to the streets, big labour’s influence has been declining for years, says Mona-Josee Gagnon, a professor of sociology at Universite de Montreal and an expert on organized labour.“We barely even talk about unions in the media anymore,” she said in an interview. “It reflects the weakening, in general, of trade unionism.”In Quebec’s universities, professors with expertise on the labour movement who retire are not being replaced, Gagnon said. “The union movement at the university is also in decline.”Ranger rejects her assessment.“At 40 per cent unionized, the movement is in good shape,” he said. “But it has to continue to show its pertinence.”Even though Ranger wants to battle the Liberals and the Coalition, electoral rules limit his manoeuvres.Third parties such as unions are forbidden from spending money to influence an election or from openly stumping on behalf of candidates during the official campaign period.Premier Philippe Couillard announced Saturday the campaign will officially begin Aug. 23, leaving Ranger and other labour leaders little time ahead of the Oct. 1 election to remind people of the “danger” in voting for either the Liberals or the Coalition.“I think the law is too restrictive,” Ranger said. “Candidates can say whatever they want, journalists and columnists can take positions. But unions are told to ‘stay away from politics. Shut up, you’re not invited.’“But I think we are invited and we should participate in this debate.”Ranger’s union and other labour groups have targeted 14 ridings where they think they can prevent the Liberals or Coalition from winning and will instead help members of the Parti Quebecois or the left-wing Quebec solidaire be elected.Unions can hold news conferences and individual members can volunteer their time to make calls or ring doorbells, but that’s pretty much all they can do, Ranger said.Despite the alleged decline in union influence, however, Quebecers are not shy about mobilizing in order to pressure politicians.In 2012, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to support university students who rejected increases in tuition. The Liberal government lost that year’s election to the PQ, which had promised to cancel the planned increase and bring back social peace.Most recently, federal Conservative MP Maxime Bernier learned about the union movement the hard way when he went up against the province’s farmers in demanding an end to the supply management system, which controls price and volume of products such as dairy and poultry.Jacques Roy, a dairy farmer south of Quebec City, launched an anti-Bernier Facebook group that quickly grew to 10,000 members. He persuaded people across the province to buy memberships in the Tory party and vote for Bernier’s rival, Andrew Scheer, who won.“It worked very well,” Roy said in an interview.As for the Coalition, its 2018 platform does not include past promises considered anti-union such as forcing workers to have a secret ballot when deciding whether to form or to maintain a union. The party also wanted to legally force unions to release their financial information.Party spokesman Ewan Sauves confirmed those policies are no longer in the 2018 platform, yet “they remain objectives we hope to achieve.”The two parties traditionally closer to unions are the PQ and Quebec solidaire, even though past PQ governments have also slashed public spending to reduce the province’s debt.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee has positioned his party as the big-government choice for voters, pledging to increase public financing in hospitals, schools and other services.His party’s platform includes the long-held demand by unions: a $15 minimum wage. The PQ also wants to create a “social contract between work and capital” that encourages worker participation in the “benefits and governance of companies.”
Seoul: North Korea should take “actual action” towards giving up its nuclear weapons to break the deadlock in talks with Washington, a top security adviser to the South’s president said, suggesting Seoul’s patience with Pyongyang may be wearing thin. President Moon Jae-in was instrumental in brokering the negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, seizing on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to catalyse a rapid diplomatic rapprochement after a year of missile tests, threats and tensions. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut the first summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June produced only a vague commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”. Their second meeting in Hanoi last month broke up without agreement, or even a joint statement, as the two failed to come to a deal over sanctions relief and denuclearisation. Since then, Pyongyang has said it is considering suspending the talks and images have emerged of rebuilding works at the Sohae rocket launch facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThat triggered international alarm that North Korea might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch, which could put the whole negotiations process at risk – Pyongyang has not carried one out for more than a year and Trump has repeatedly said its continued moratorium is crucial. A launch of any kind by the North would be a “disaster”, said Moon’s special adviser on national security Moon Chung-in. The “outcome will be catastrophic”, he said. In Hanoi, US officials said, Trump urged Kim to “go all in” and that “the weapons themselves need to be on the table”. In return, they were “prepared to go all in as well”. But it was not clear exactly which facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex the North was willing to give up, while they wanted “basically all the sanctions except for armaments” lifted, the officials said. For its part the North’s foreign minister said it only wanted some of the measures eased, and that its proposal to close “all the nuclear production facilities” at Yongbyon was its best and final offer. Moon’s goal, his adviser said, was a “nuclear weapons-free, peaceful and prosperous Korean peninsula” – and he would not accept a peaceful accommodation with a nuclear-armed North. The South Korean president has long pushed engagement with Pyongyang to bring it to the negotiating table, but his security adviser backed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assessment that “talk is cheap”, saying that the North had given “words and commitment, but no actions”. Kim had told the South Korean leader that he had dismantled 30 per cent of the Sohae missile test site, including “about 20 per cent of the launching pad – but he hasn’t shown us”, Moon Chung-in said.
Muzaffarnagar: The Election Commission has disqualified 493 losing candidates in 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls from contesting elections for the next three years for failing to submit their poll-related expenditure accounts. The list includes six candidates from Muzaffarnagar district of the state. Chief Electoral Officer Ramesh Chand Rai said the disqualification comes after the failure of these candidates to submit their final returns on election expenditure in the previous Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The candidates have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act, he said.