View Comments The Mean Girls musical has landed a producing Queen (or rather, King) Bee. The New York Times reports that Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels (who also produced Tina Fey’s 2004 film) is set to produce the tuner alongside six-time Tony winner Stuart Thompson. In addition, the production will have its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. in fall 2017.As previously reported, Casey Nicholaw is at the helm of Mean Girls, which also boasts creator Tina Fey, her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, and lyricist Nell Benjamin on the creative team.Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls follows a group of popular girls, known as the Plastics, who rule a suburban high school with an iron first and the group of outcasts who takes them down. The film was written by Fey and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Lizzy Caplan.The official premiere dates, as well as the full cast and creative team, will be announced at a later date. Lorne Michaels(Photo: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
United States President Donald Trump was to deliver a triumphant State of the Union speech Tuesday on the eve of near certain acquittal in his impeachment trial, setting the stage for his re-election bid with a boast of “I keep my promises.”Facing a Democratic party smarting from divisions and a chaotic start to the primaries, Trump headed in buoyant mood to the House of Representatives, where just last December he was impeached for abuse of office.”Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results,” he said, according to excerpts released by the White House. “Unlike so many who came before me, I keep my promises,” he said in the prepared remarks.This could have been the darkest week of Trump’s administration, with only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history poised to culminate Wednesday with the Senate delivering a verdict.Trump has for months fulminated against what he calls a “witch hunt” and stonewalling investigators.Facing him during the speech will be a sea of hostile Democratic legislators. And just over his left shoulder will be House speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom Trump repeatedly insults in public, calling her “Nervous Nancy” and other nicknames.But Trump’s Republicans hold a majority in the Senate and they are all but sure to declare him not guilty of both impeachment charges, leaving the real estate tycoon and former TV personality in a triumphant mood.The White House flagged well in advance that the speech would be “very optimistic.”The “I” word will not even be pronounced, the White House said.”I read the speech and the word ‘impeachment’s’ not in it,” spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News shortly before the event.Trump himself told TV network anchors at an annual lunch hosted by the White House before the speech that he’d be “extraordinarily low-key” and wasn’t feeling “bitter” at all, Politico reported.Of course with a president who loves to ad-lib and hates to play by the rules, he may yet launch a few verbal bombs at lawmakers.He already spent part of Tuesday mocking the Democrats’ shambolic kick-off to their primary season, saying that delays in the vote count in Iowa proved their incompetence.”Nothing works, just like they ran the country,” Trump said on Twitter.Reflecting the bitter atmosphere in the country ahead of the November presidential elections, prominent young left-wing lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley were among several Democrats declaring they’d boycott the State of the Union.”I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.The choices of guests to the big event tell their own stories as the election campaign picks up.Trump invited a senior border patrol officer, a woman whose brother was murdered by an illegal immigrant in 2018, and former Caracas police chief Ivan Simonovis who spent years in jail under Venezuela’s far-left government.And Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized as the country’s interim president by the United States, will reportedly be a guest in a public show of support for his efforts to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro.Democratic party leaders’ guests will include some 80 doctors, patients and others symbolizing what they say is the Trump administration’s failure to tackle health care problems.Trump got yet more good news on Tuesday with a Gallup poll showing his approval rating at its highest ever: 49 percent.Support was up both among Republicans and independents, though opposition among Democrats had deepened more than ever, the poll found.Topics : “We have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny.”Trump was to say that his policies of deregulation and tax cuts – criticized by opponents as harming the environment and favoring the wealthy over the poor – were responsible for “unparalleled success” in the economy.In a note of togetherness to a deeply polarized nation, he was to insist that he is “building the world’s most prosperous and inclusive society – one where every citizen can join in.”He listed the North American USMCA trade pact, a trade deal with China, massive military spending, “unprecedented” measures to stop illegal immigration, and his bid to “end America’s wars in the Middle East” as examples of fulfilling his commitments to voters.
A 12-year-old boy has been arrested after Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was racially abused in a series of social media messages before his side’s Premier League defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday.Zaha posted on Twitter three screenshots of messages containing racial abuse from an Instagram account belonging to a Villa fan.West Midlands Police said after Villa’s 2-0 win that they had arrested a boy from Solihull in relation to the incident. Topics : “We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy,” West Midlands Police said on their Twitter account.”The 12-year-old from Solihull has been taken to custody. Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won’t be tolerated.”Villa condemned the abuse and vowed to issue a lifetime ban, tweeting: “We deplore the disgusting racist messages sent to @wilfriedzaha.”We condemn all forms of racial discrimination and stand with @CPFC . We are working with the police in investigating this extremely serious matter and when the culprit is identified AVFC will issue a lifetime ban.” All Premier League games since the season’s restart last month have begun with players, staff and match officials taking a knee to protest against racial injustice.The shirts of all 20 sides in the English top-flight have also carried a logo promoting the Black Lives Matter campaign.Speaking ahead of the match, Palace manager Roy Hodgson said he supported Zaha’s call to make the direct messages public, as well as condemning the content of them.”It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse,” Hodgson said.”I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don’t think it is something he should keep quiet about.”I think it is very good that our club, Aston Villa and the Premier League are doing everything they can to find out who this despicable individual is and one can only hope that they will get identified and they will get called to account and they will pay for these actions.”There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all.”The posts came two weeks after the Premier League launched a new system to allow Premier League players to report online abuse.”This behavior is completely unacceptable and the Premier League stands alongside @wilfriedzaha in opposing this, and discrimination in any form. There is NoRoomForRacism, anywhere,” a Premier League statement said.”We will continue to support players, managers, coaches and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse.”Through our dedicated reporting system we can take immediate action on cases like this.”
Coronavirus-ravaged economies across the Asia Pacific will make a “swoosh-shaped” recovery next year, the Asian Development Bank forecast Tuesday, but it warned that further restrictions to combat the contagion could derail the region’s return to growth.Developing Asia — stretching from the Cook Islands in the Pacific to Kazakhstan in Central Asia — is expected to contract in 2020 for the first time in nearly six decades, throwing tens of millions of people into poverty, the Philippines-based lender said.The 0.7 percent shrink in gross domestic product compares with the bank’s previous estimate in June for 0.1 percent growth and will mark “the first regional GDP contraction since the early 1960s”, it said. “The downturn is across the board, with almost three-fourths of regional economies projected to contract — the largest such share in the past 6 decades,” the bank said in the latest update to its outlook.While the vast region is expected to bounce back next year, with GDP projected to grow 6.8 percent, it will be “substantially smaller” than forecast before COVID-19 struck. “Thus, the regional recovery will be L-shaped or ‘swoosh-shaped’ rather than V-shaped,” the bank said, noting a prolonged pandemic was the main threat to the outlook. The bank warned that reimposing tough virus restrictions could hamper the recovery and even trigger “financial turmoil”. “While economies in developing Asia remain resilient, continued policy support is needed to underpin recovery,” ADB chief economist Yasuyuki Sawada said.Policy support packages announced to the end of August had reached a total of $3.6 trillion — about 15 percent of regional GDP, the bank said.China, where the virus first emerged late last year before morphing into a pandemic that has infected more than 29 million people worldwide, was one of the few economies to buck the downward trend in the region. After successfully beating back the disease, the world’s second largest economy is forecast to grow 1.8 percent this year and 7.7 percent in 2021, the bank said.In contrast, India, which is one of the hardest hit countries in the world with over 4.8 million infections despite lengthy lockdowns, is expected to shrivel by nine percent in 2020 before expanding by eight percent next year.”The path and speed of economic recovery in regional economies will depend on many different factors, the most important of which is ability to control and contain the pandemic,” the ADB said.Increased povertyAs regional economies contract this year the number of poor people will likely rise by at least 78 million, reversing a reduction in poverty over the past three to four years, according to the report.Inflation however is expected to remain “muted” owing to depressed demand and lower oil prices, it said.Another relative bright spot was trade. While the region’s exports had contracted, they had fared better than the rest of the world thanks to stronger demand for COVID-related health supplies and electronics. Topics :
After analyzing the retrofitting status of ballast water management systems (BWMS) on its registered ships, ClassNK said that installation deadlines based on the Ballast Water Management Convention for many of them are highly concentrated in the year 2022.As difficulties are expected in the installation of BWMS if everyone around the world waits until 2022, the classification society recommends installing early.As of the end of August 2018, there are 7,315 ships on the ClassNK register that are obligated to install BWMS in compliance with the BWM Convention. Of this amount, 1,915 ships have completed the installation, leaving 5,400 ships that still require attention.The distribution of BWMS installation deadlines in line with the BWM Convention is as follows: 92 ships by 2019, 662 ships by 2020, 795 ships by 2021, 2,832 ships by 2022, 558 ships by 2023, and 461 ships by 2024, with the majority being highly concentrated in 2022.Source: ClassNKThe peak figure for 2022 may decrease due to the influence of ship recycling trends and response to USCG regulations, according to the classification society.Adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2004, the BWM Convention entered into force in September 2017. The measure requires vessels to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments.
John Key: No need for conscience vote on Easter Sunday tradingStuff co.nz 22 August 2016Family First Comment: Sad. National MPs being whipped to vote for Easter trading law changes.Prime Minister John Key denies National MPs should be allowed a conscience vote on Easter Sunday trading, saying the current rules are “mad” and local councils should make the decisions.Family First has joined former All Black Michael Jones in encouraging National MPs to buck their party’s line and vote down the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, which would allow councils to decide whether or not shops could open on Easter Sunday.Key said he did not think the proposed law should be treated as a conscience issue, as it was about allowing local councils to decide whether shops could open, rather than forcing a nationwide change.“You’re never going to get a resolution to this through parliament…the only way you’re going to resolve it is for the local communities to be masters of their own destiny, and that is not a conscience matter.”Current MPs Chester Borrows, Bill English, Sam Lotu-Iiga, Tim Macindoe and Jonathan Young all voted against McClay’s bill, which was defeated by 62 votes to 59.Key claimed the bills were different, saying: “That was specifically for Easter trading, this is about the right of the community to decide that and councils to decide that.”In fact, a Cabinet paper about the current Easter Sunday bill notes that it was “based on Hon Todd McClay’s Member’s Bill from 2009”.Key said many shops already defied the trading restrictions, which were already inconsistent in different parts of the country.“Where the current laws are set is mad, because if you go down the road from, where I live, you want to turn left at the top of my street, you hit Newmarket and you can’t trade over [Easter]…you go right and you are, because you’re in Parnell and Parnell is deemed to be a tourism hub and Newmarket wasn’t.”The proposed law was a chance to find a solution where previous attempts had failed, he said.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said National MPs should be allowed a conscience vote “in the interests of fairness”, given that had been the case in the past.“We’re not sure why this conscience vote has been stripped from National MPs – perhaps it’s simply because they know the bill will be defeated, and it is a government bill and so that’s embarrassing.”McCoskrie said Key had been “pummeled” with over 300 emails from those against Easter Sunday trading, after a Family First campaign.“We’re trying to give some strength to the arm of those National MPs who believe it should be a conscience vote: we’re trying to say look, there is public support for you having the right to use your conscience.”‘THEY’RE NOT SOLVING THE PROBLEM’Economic concerns should not always take precedent over “family occasions” like Easter and Christmas, he said.“We compare it to a public park: it’s a piece of land that could be much better used perhaps, you could argue, for housing developments, but we have those parks because they add to the quality of the community, and we’re saying that public holidays and traditions add to the quality of society.”It was likely that employees who wanted the day off would come under pressure to work, while the bill would give “a hospital pass” to councils by leaving them in charge of the final decision.“The irony is that they’re not actually solving the problem – the perceived problem is inconsistency around the country and this will just continue the inconsistency, because you’ll have different councils saying yes and different councils saying no.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/83419369/John-Key-No-need-for-conscience-vote-on-Easter-Sunday-trading?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
The Federalist 11 October 2017Family First Comment: Fascinating commentary from two people who know that gender ideology harms…“In an era where transgender rights are at the forefront of social politics, media does its part to selectively inform people about the realities of transition. Transition guides tailored to teens are made up of cartoons and glittered chest binders. Stories on detransitioners are written off as “uncommon” or “myths,” and those who dare tell the stories of those who regret their transition meet repercussions.” In an era where transgender rights are at the forefront of social politics, media does its part to selectively inform people about the realities of transition. Transition guides tailored to teens are made up of cartoons and glittered chest binders. Stories on detransitioners are written off as “uncommon” or “myths,” and those who dare tell the stories of those who regret their transition meet repercussions.What Former Trans People Advise Potential Trans PeopleTaylor’s advice to those questioning themselves is ominous: “Our physical bodies, with genitalia and chromosomes, exist in reality, and part of having a body is hating your body. You are taught to hate your body no matter who you are, male or female, and you are falling for it.”It isn’t all rainbows and book deals. Trans teen idol Jazz Jennings speaks freely about the glamour of embracing one’s self, but little has been published on the complications regarding Jazz’s bottom surgery. His doctors said there wasn’t enough “raw material” to work with due to Jazz’s early consumption of puberty blockers, which stunted genitalia formation.Undergoing gender reassignment is regarded as the Holy Grail for those struggling with their sex. When the potentially fatal outcomes are not adequately tracked, however, shouldn’t honesty be the priority when speaking about the lifelong effects of the transition process?Paul’s advice to children looking to transition? “Don’t.”READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/11/what-two-former-trans-men-want-you-to-know-about-all-the-lies/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
President Rodrigo Duterte is seen riding a scooter of Sen. Bong Go Thursday night at Bahay Pagbabago. SEN. BONG GO “Rider naman po si PangulongDuterte so sanay po yan pero at hisage dapat alalay na po. Kaya lang umiiralyung hilig niya sa motor kaya di maiwasan,” Go said. Despite complaints of hip pains, the 74-yearold Duterte has not consulted with a doctor since the accident. Duterte was reaching for his shoe whenhe fell off the parked motorcycle resulting in “light bruises and slightscratches,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said. Duterte fell off his 650 cc dirt bikelate Wednesday after he made a sharp turn, landing on his left elbow, Go said. “Siyempreworried po kami kaya lang sabi niya,‘Okay lang ako. Do not worry, I’mokay’,” Go told reporters. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is“okay” after figuring in a “motorcycle accident” in the Malacañang compound,according to his former Special Assistant, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, whowitnessed the incident. The President was trying out motorcycleswhen he bumped into an “obstruction” on his way out of a garage in thecompound, Presidential Security Group commander Brigadier General Jose Niembrasaid. As of Thursday morning, Duterte isresting at Bahay ng Pagbabago in Malacañang, Go said. (ABS-CBN News/PN)
“We find ourselves veering off the topic at the time that people need our focus,” the House Speaker said. “This has to stop. This has to be resolved. The more I say na wag muna nating pag-usapan, the more na pinaguusapan.” ABS-CBN sought for a TRO on NTC’s order as they allegedly committed grave abused of discretion when it issued a cease and desist order instead of a provisional authority to operate. “I really believe that we can temporarily set aside that which divides us and has divided us for a long time because we are talking about survival. We are talking about people’s lives and people’s livelihood,” he added. “Arguing the fate and future of a private corporation, no matter how influential, cannot be weighed against the welfare of the nation and the well-being of the people,” Cayetano said. The House’s decision to start tackling the network’s franchise renewal came on the same day the Supreme Court decided not issue a temporary restraining order on the cease and desist order issued by National Telecommunications Commission against the network. MANILA – Instead of deliberating over the provisional franchise for ABS-CBN Corp. that will last until the end of October, the House of Representatives will begin tacking the bills for the network’s 25-year franchise renewal. SC spokesperson Keith Brian Hosaka said justices have tasked the NTC to submit its comment in 10 days on the petition for ABS-CBN to get back on air with the network responding after five days. House of Representatives and the Senate were also told by the High Court justices to comment within 10 days on ABS-CBN’s petition. The NTC told the Senate and House Franchise committee under oath last March that it will provide the network with provisional franchise while its franchise renewal bid is pending at the Congress. The proposed provisional franchise was passed on first and second reading on the same day last week, but the House opted to reopen the period of debates and amendments Monday to avoid possible legal questions. Cayetano said the bills for the ABS-CBN franchise renewal will be tackled by the House Committee on Legislative Franchises, which should “immediately and continuously hold hearings until everyone is heard.” House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the Lower House decided to abandon his proposed provisional franchise due to all this divisiveness and after consulting with the members of the House, the political parties, and the regional groups. The NTC instead issued a cease and desist order on May 5, a day after its 25-year franchise expired, forcing ABS-CBN to shut down its network’s operations./PN
In a statement on the Irish Football Association website, Wright said: “Following discussions with my chairman, Michael O’Neill and my family I have decided to step down from the position of Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach. “The decision was not taken lightly but I feel that the demands of being manager of St Johnstone FC require me to be totally committed to that position. “I would like to thank the chairman and board of directors at the club for allowing me to work with the international team over the past 15 months and it has been a position that I have been honoured to hold. “Finally, I would like thank Michael for the opportunity to work alongside him and Billy (McKinlay) and I wish them and the squad all the best for the remainder of the World Cup campaign.” Tommy Wright has quit the Northern Ireland coaching staff after stepping up to become St Johnstone manager. Press Association Wright has decided to focus on his new club role after succeeding Steve Lomas at McDiarmid Park following his former international team-mate’s move to Millwall. The decision was taken after talks with Saints chairman Steve Brown and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.