Broadway Grosses: The Book of Mormon Still Tops

first_img View Comments As The Book of Mormon reaches five years on Broadway this month, those black tie-clad boys have an extra reason to leap for joy. The Tony-winning musical once again made an appearance in the top five shows by gross and claimed the number one spot by capacity. Joining it in the top spots were perennial box office favorites Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin. Eclipsed reached a capacity of 94.28% but saw a lower gross during the critics performances. The Lupita Nyong’o-led play opened officially on March 6, and will likely reach a higher average ticket price and gross following its good reviews and word of mouth.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 6:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,766,223)2. The Lion King ($1,461,331)3. Wicked ($1,337,007)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,278,459)5. Aladdin ($1,079,248)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Eclipsed ($340,891)***4. Disaster! ($296,010)*3. Hughie ($256,454)2. Bright Star ($255,641)**1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($167,916)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.49%)2. Hamilton (101.73%)3. Noises Off (100.07%)4. The Lion King (97.94%)5. Eclipsed (94.28%)***UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An American in Paris (61.70%)4. Kinky Boots (60.26%)3. Jersey Boys (57.07%)2. Chicago (56.69%)1. The Phantom of the Opera (52.49%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven preview performances*** Number based on seven preview performances and one regular performanceSource: The Broadway League Nic Rouleau in The Book of Mormon(Photo: Joan Marcus)last_img read more

How to change your relationship with money for good

first_imgA key problem when it comes to personal finance and saving for retirement is that people don’t necessarily associate money with happiness. Sure, they might think that when they have more money, they’ll be happier, or when they’re basking in their retirement dream scenario, they’ll be happy. But when it comes to managing money, saving and investing, happy isn’t the first word that comes to mind. It’s more of a chore.But creating a happy, healthy relationship with money is essential. Not only are happy people healthier (that’s a money-saver right there), but having a positive mindset can make it easier to stick to good habits like saving and investing for future retirement goals. A positive mindset and distinct focus on those goals can also give people the determination willpower to break bad habits, like overspending or relying on credit cards. Researcher Shawn Achor calls this the “happiness advantage,” and says:“Happiness is perhaps the most misunderstood driver of performance. For one, most people believe that success precedes happiness. But because success is a moving target – as soon as you hit your target, you raise it again – the happiness that results from success is fleeting. In fact, it works the other way around: People who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of challenge.”This chain of thought is so common, especially when it comes to money: “When I stick to my budget and save $250 a month, then I’ll be happy.” Or, “When I finally pay off that last student loan, then I can start savings and investing.” Flip this thinking on its head, and focus instead on creating spending habits that maximize your happiness and bring you closer to achieving your long-term goals. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Maintaining effective staffing levels in a “D-I-Y” world

first_imgIn study after study, results indicate that an increasing number of consumers are choosing a “D-I-Y” approach to accessing financial products and services. According to a recent report by Accenture, 52 percent of U.S. adults utilize smart phones and tablets to conduct their banking business whenever and wherever they choose.And while the rise in the number of video ATMs and mobile apps that provide access to online banking services has had a substantial impact on declining branch transaction volume across the country, there are still many instances where consumers prefer one-on-one interaction and expert advice when transacting important financial business. For traditionally staffed financial institutions, this creates a challenge to find the most efficient way to adjust to new service preferences.And this is no easy task. It can require time away from on-going operational responsibilities and sometimes forces management and staff to think outside of the conventional box to imagine a different way of doing business. But when compared with the cost of losing members to competitors that have taken the necessary steps to understand what consumers expect from their financial institution, taking a serious look at the effectiveness of your service model can be a very wise investment. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ex-Etam property boss faces trial in £1.25m swindle case

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Motrin recalled from Caribbean retailers

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Photo credit: inquisitr.comNEW YORK, USA — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has issued another recall of Motrin, this time from retailers, including those in Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Belize, St Lucia and Jamaica, bringing the number of recalls for this drug alone to six in the past two years.J&J subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Motrin IB 24-count coated caplets, Motrin IB 24-count coated tablets and Motrin IB 24+6-count coated caplets from retailers. The products were distributed in the United States, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Fiji, Belize, St Lucia and Jamaica.This is not a consumer level recall, which means that consumers do not need to dispose of or return the product. There is no safety concern if consumers continue taking the product in accordance with its label; however, it is possible there may be a delay in experiencing relief. This action is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse events.McNeil is recalling these products because testing of product samples showed that some caplets may not dissolve as quickly as intended when nearing their expiration date.By Caribbean News Now contributor 26 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Motrin recalled from Caribbean retailers by: – December 29, 2011last_img read more

Cuba celebrates 85th birthday of Fidel Castro

first_img 20 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Cuba celebrates 85th birthday of Fidel Castro by: – August 15, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Fidel Castro. Photo Roberto Chile HAVANA, Cuba (SJ) — Children, youths, senior citizens, artists and Cubans from all walks of life on Saturday celebrated the 85th birthday of former president, Fidel Castro.From west to east and throughout Cuba, parks and plazas in towns and cities held cultural activities to pay homage to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution. Visual artists and photographers paid tribute to Fidel with a painting exhibition, which was opened on August 12 at the Jose Marti Memorial, in the Square of the Revolution.The exhibition includes paintings by renowned artist Nelson Domingues and photographer Alex Castro, son of Fidel, and it celebrates from the perspective of arts the revolutionary life of the leader of 1953 assault on the Moncada Garrison and later creator of the Rebel Army that defeated the Batista dictatorship in 1959 with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, Radio Havana Cuba reported.The international radio station also hosted a homage to Fidel on Friday 12 by members of solidarity groups from different countries. On the eve of Fidel´s birthday and in the presence of hundreds of Cubans authorities, delegations and the diplomatic community, the Oswaldo Guayasamin Foundation held a concert in homage of Fidel at the Havana-based Carl Marx Theater, which was called “Serenade of FIDELity.”On behalf of the Guayasamin family, Alfredo Vera gave the opening remarks to the concert by stressing the life and work of Fidel Castro by saying: “All humankind is yours, brother Fidel!” The gala included singers from nine Latin American nations who were applauded by thousands of assistants.Meanwhile, the local press, Granma and Juventud Rebelde newspapers as well as many webpages of provincial media outlets printed on their first pages articles about the concert with headlines like “Cuba and Latin America Sing to Fidel”, “Latin America Offered us its Heart”, Efe reported.Youths in the eastern province of Holguin, 470 miles from Havana, set up a camping site by the house where Fidel was born. The action included cultural activities, book presentations and voluntary blood donations, ACN reported, cited by Efe.Cuban television broadcast a panel called “Fidel, a Soldier of Ideas” on the primetime show “The Round Table” with the participation of renowned scholars, journalists, sports people and other personalities.In a message to the Cuban leader during a phone conversation, Russia´s President Dmitri Medvedev wished Fidel a happy birthday and he said that he is an honourable example of the service to the homeland and the people.”“Because of this, you keep being the legendary commander and national leader for the new generations of Cubans,” said Medvedev, who stressed the “crucial contribution” by Fidel Castro to friendship and cooperation between Russia and Cuba.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

EPL: Aston Villa hold Man U at Old Trafford

first_imgRelatedPosts UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany PSG ponder Ighalo move ‘Strong’ De Gea under no extra pressure from Man U, says Solskjaer Manchester United squandered the chance to move into Champions League contention after being held to a 2-2 home draw by Aston Villa. For a substantial period in the first half, the visitors, who had lost 16 of their last 17 matches against established top-six opponents, controlled proceedings with a game plan centred around the influential Jack Grealish. Villa’s captain scored the opener and presented all manner of problems before Marcus Rashford forced an own goal from goalkeeper Tom Heaton minutes before the interval. When Victor Lindelof put United ahead midway through the second half, coming from behind to take the lead for the second successive Premier League match, that should have been the signal for them to see out the game. Instead of reaching their highest position since mid-September, which would have put them within six points of Chelsea, United had to settle for a point which lifted them into ninth. In truth they did not deserve victory, which would have papered over the cracks of another directionless performance, as it was Grealish who stole the show by demonstrating the absolute best of his talents. It was an effortless display from the Villa captain, particularly in the first half. Everything he did was intelligent and instinctive, hanging out on the left and then drifting inside with purpose, intent and a genuine threat. On the occasions when United’s players could get near him they could only foul but the goal he scored was brilliant in its execution, even if the apparent ease with which he skipped past Andreas Pereira was something of a concern. Having collected an 11th-minute cross from Anwar El Ghazi, who injured himself in the process and took no further part, he cut back onto his right foot and curled a delightful shot over David De Gea and into the top corner. The 24-year-old has now been directly involved in seven Premier League goals this season (three goals and four assists), the most of any English midfielder. Even the loss of El Ghazi failed to halt Villa’s progress as his replacement Trezeguet forced the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble – again created by Grealish – only for it to be chalked off by an offside flag which had gone up a considerable time earlier. Rashford had been one of the few United bright spots of the first half, shooting at Heaton and then bundling a shot wide, as the forward line fed off scraps chasing long balls. However, a striker with 10 goals in his previous 11 matches for club and country does not need many more chances and things become easier when opportunities come gift-wrapped. Misjudgements from Mings, in delaying his clearance, and Heaton, having to concede a corner to avoid sliding out of the area with the ball in his hands, allowed Pereira to swing over a cross for Rashford’s header to hit the far post and go in off the goalkeeper. United finally turned up for the second half with a weaving run from the previously anonymous Anthony Martial forcing Heaton into a reflex save, with Juan Mata’s penalty claim turned down in the same attack. The game appeared to change in the space of 60 seconds as a sliding Grealish failed to properly connect with Trezeguet’s deflected pass at one end and Lindelof headed home Fred’s cross at the other. But the lead lasted less than four minutes as Matt Targett’s chipped pass caught Brandon Williams hanging back as the United raced out defending a short free-kick and Mings, along with Trezeguet, was left alone to volley past De Gea. Martial somehow scooped over from three yards but their momentum had been interrupted and there was no recovering it.Tags: Aston Villa FCDavid De GeaManchester United FClast_img read more

Solid McIlory takes Dubai title

first_img The Northern Irishman won by three shots ahead of Alex Noren with a final round 70 securing his 10th European Tour title. Six years ago, a teenage McIlroy captured his first professional title at the event and after coming close a couple of times since, the 25-year-old was delighted. World number one Rory McIlroy admitted he was looking for the solid rather than the spectacular as he won the Dubai Desert Classic for a second time. “It is always great coming back here, it is nice to put my name on trophy once again,” he said at the trophy presentation. “I felt like I was finishing second every time I was teeing it up, so it was time for a change, obviously the only way I wanted to go was one better and thankfully I was able to do that today. “I played very nicely all week. I did what I needed to do today to keep my nose in front and be able to win. “I still get nervous, a little tentative, we’ve seen what can happen to big leads. “I was making sure I wasn’t making any mistakes and to play a solid round.” Noren, who played just two events in 2014 due to tendinitis in both wrists, finished second after an impressive six-under final round of 65 saw him leap up the leaderboard from eighth to finish on 19 under par. Noren was not thinking about victory at the start of the day and after missing so much time due to injury of late, the Swede was delighted with his showing. “It was an amazing day, an amazing week,” Noren, who finished ninth at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters last week, told Sky Sports. “I missed it so much it was really nice. I never, ever thought of winning. He (McIlroy) is playing so good, I was trying to get a nice finish. “I just tried to keep making birdies and keep up with the other guys.” Stephen Gallacher, who won the tournament both in 2013 and 2014, failed to replicate the form he showed on the first two days. Gallacher finished with four birdies in the back nine, but dropped shots on the first and 14th meant he finished third on 16 under. England’s Andy Sullivan failed to finish strongly with a bogey on 15 bringing an end to his challenge, while a dropped shot on the last meant he finished in fourth, with a two-under final round of 70. Martin Kaymer was the day’s big mover as he closed with a final-round 64 to jump 30 places and finish level with Sullivan on 15 under par. France’s Gary Stal also finished in fifth after four under on the final day, with Bernd Wiesberger also finishing 15 under. Morten Orum Madsen, who started the day in second, was left ruing a seven on the opening hole and two dropped shots on the back nine as he finished on 15 under. Graeme McDowell closed with a 70 to finish 14 under par, good enough for ninth. His countryman McIlroy never looked like losing control. He only hit four fairways in regulation on the third day, with his superb play with the putter seeing him through. And McIlroy needed his hot club to get through the first unscathed after another loose tee shot, while good work in the sand on the third saw him claim his first birdie of the day on three. The Northern Irishman dropped his first shot in two days on the seventh. The group behind were closing, with Madsen moving back up the field with three birdies while Noren was also moving up the field after four-under-par scores in the opening seven. Another sand save from McIlroy, this time on the 10th, saw him pick up another birdie before another poor approach, this time on 12, meant he had to work hard again to save par. Sullivan birdied 13 and Madsen 14 to keep the pressure on the leader, while Lee Westwood, who began the day in third, was having a nightmare, with a bogey at six, a double bogey at nine and another dropped shot at 12 meaning the end of his challenge. He finished with a level-par 72 to finish ninth. McIlroy’s approach on 13 was far more palatable, as he claimed another birdie to stretch his lead back to five. Noren made birdies at 17 and 18 and a final round of 65 would have been well received after spending so long away from the sport late year. Madsen bogeyed both 15 and 16 to end his challenge and with McIlroy consistently making pars, the title was his. Press Associationlast_img read more

Camp Notes: Dino Babers awaits opt-out decisions from multiple players

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The media won’t have access to Syracuse’s training camp practices this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the football team is organizing regular Zoom interviews with head coach Dino Babers and select players while also providing film from the Ensley Athletic Center. With “Camp Notes,” The Daily Orange’s beat reporters bring the latest news, observations and analysis as the Orange gear up for an unprecedented 2020 season. Follow along here and on Twitter.The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Less than a month before Syracuse football is scheduled to take the field for its first game at North Carolina, head coach Dino Babers still doesn’t know which of his players will be playing this season and which will opt-out. The Orange have had only one player, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Cooper Dawson, opt-out so far. But Babers has said on numerous occasions that multiple players are still “on the fence.” He’s not sure who will be available, though quarterback Tommy DeVito, fullback and tight end Chris Elmore, defensive back Andre Cisco and offensive lineman Airon Servais have all said they intend to play the 2020 season, if it happens.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“From a teammate standpoint, all I can do is respect their decision, listen to what they have to say, listen to their reasons,” Elmore said on teammates potentially opting-out. “They’re making decisions as grown men, what they feel is best for them and their family and their future.”The NCAA’s Board of Governors will meet Friday to determine if players who opt-out of the 2020 season will be granted another year of eligibility. While the NCAA’s council recommended granting the extra year, it’s not official yet, leaving players unsure of their decision, Babers said. The head coach said he’s taken multiple polls to see who’s in and who’s out, but the situation is fluctuating daily.“I’ve taken a poll, and the poll is always changing,” Babers said. “Some is over COVID-19, some is uncertainty over what the options are because those options haven’t come down from above us.”With classes at SU beginning Aug. 24, students from states across the country are completing their quarantine periods and arriving on campus.“That’s going to be the real key,” Babers said about students returning. “During the day time, you look at young people, they do a fantastic job. What they do at night affects what happens during the day.”The PAC-12 and Big Ten cited health concerns — most notably myocarditis, which was present in multiple athletes — as one reason for postponing their fall football seasons last week. When media asked DeVito last week if myocarditis specifically came up, he said no, but that in general, athletic staff had presented medical concerns to him. Babers said Monday that players and their families have discussed the health risks of the virus with medical experts.“It’s like anything else. We know the risk of it all,” DeVito said. “Obviously not to the fullest because it is a new virus. The medical teams are still trying to figure things out because nothing is 100%.”He added: “We have not spoken about what’s been going on with those Big Ten athletes.”Babers credited his players for holding SU Athletics accountable on the testing shortfall. Director of Athletics John Wildhack stated Friday that SU will be testing its athletes once per week, instead of every other week as it had done before. A miscommunication between the staff and the athletes on this protocol led to them sit out practices last week until it was cleared up and the players were tested. Once the season begins, each athlete will be tested three times per week, starting the week of Sept. 7. The Orange announced Friday that they didn’t have any active COVID-19 cases among their entire athletic department and that the football team has had five positive cases since the summer training program began.Before the season can begin, though, Friday’s NCAA decision on future eligibility could be the latest turning point on the status of the 2020 football season. Published on August 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more