Sean Hayes in ‘An Act of God'(Photo: Jim Cox) An Act of God View Comments The Almighty has returned to Broadway, this time as Sean Hayes. The Tony nominee, along with David Josefsberg and James Gleason as Archangels Michael and Gabriel, respectively, will begin performances in An Act of God on May 28. The Joe Mantello-helmed production is set to open on June 6 at the Booth Theatre.The Play, penned by God Himself (stay with us), has been transcribed by Emmy-winning former The Daily Show head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum. Over 90 minutes, God assumes Hayes’ body to reveal the mysteries of the Bible, offer an updated take on the Ten Commandments and answer some of mankind’s most existential questions.The comedy is scheduled to run through September 4. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016
An operation to disrupt the trafficking of drugs from South America to Europe via Africa has resulted in the seizure of more than 500 kilos of drugs and the recovery of cash totaling US$ 3.31 million in 25 airports across Western and Central Africa and Brazil. Operation Cocair 3, led by the World Customs Organization (WCO) supported by INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also resulted in nearly 50 arrests in addition to the recovery of guns, counterfeit products including medicine and goods prohibited from export such as ivory and cultural artworks. Cocaine, heroin, cannabis, ecstasy, methamphetamine and amphetamines were among the drugs discovered in suitcases and a variety of hiding places including cans of tuna, and in one instance beneath a woman’s wig. In addition to normal risk profiling by customs officers, during the two-week operation in November and December 2011, advance passenger information checks against INTERPOL’s global databases enabled the early identification of individuals suspected of involvement in drug trafficking, leading to their arrest either as they attempted to leave Brazil or upon arrival at their destination airport. In addition to the WCO communications network among the participating countries, INTERPOL’s global network connecting each of its 190 National Central Bureaus also led to arrests in countries not taking part in Cocair 3. The Command and Coordination Centre at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France liaised with countries to pass on information about high-risk passengers, such as a 48-year-old South African man arriving from Brazil via Lisbon who was taken into custody at Maputo airport in Mozambique with 53 capsules of cocaine in his stomach. Announcing the results in Dakar, Secretary General of the WCO, Kunio Mikuriya said, “It is essential that we unite and coordinate our efforts on a daily basis to fight illicit drug trafficking in all its forms and on all fronts: this is a scourge exacerbated by the effects of globalization. Operation Cocair 3 – the result of some excellent cooperation between WCO, INTERPOL, UNODC and the European Commission – is a fine example of the success we can achieve.” By Dialogo February 15, 2012
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are searching for a masked man who robbed a Valley Stream nail salon at gunpoint Monday night, police said. The robber, a white male wearing a blue bandana over his face, entered Tiffany’s Nail & Spa Palace on Rockaway Avenue just before 7 p.m., police said, and used a gun to force the 42-year-old woman behind the register to give him cash. He then fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said. He was described as 45-50 years old, 5-foot, 3-inches tall, having a thin build and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and gray sweat pants, police said. Nobody was injured. Suffolk County police are also investigating two separate nail salon robberies in Islip—Nail Tek and Diamond Nails—that took place less than an hour apart on Dec. 13. In both cases, an armed robber ran out with cash, police said. The two robberies remain unsolved. Police haven’t said if they’re connected. Detectives ask anyone with information regarding the Valley Stream robbery to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-224-TIPS.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Trying to encompass the far-reaching impact that Lee Koppelman has had on Long Island is no easy task.The master planner has been active in civic, academic and planning circles for decades. From 1960 to 1988, Koppelman was the longtime director of the Suffolk County Planning Department. But longer than that tenure was his time at the helm of what eventually became the Long Island Regional Planning Board, which he served as executive director from 1965 to 2009.A small look of some of his noteworthy accomplishments range from heading a pioneering study of the linkage between land use and water quality, promoting open space preservation across wide swaths of Suffolk, and playing an instrumental role in the creation of the Fire Island National Seashore.On Monday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone awarded the 88-year-old Koppelman the Suffolk Medal for Distinguished Service, the county’s highest honor, in recognition of his work. He drafted Suffolk’s first master plan in 1970 and was on hand at a public hearing in Hauppauge to share his thoughts on the county’s latest planning effort.I first met Koppelman at SUNY Stony Brook University while I studying for my Masters in Public Policy. There, like so many other students before me, he taught the ins and outs of many topics including the fundamentals of urban and regional planning, land use, addressing Long Island’s housing, transportation needs and more.Over the course of his career, Koppelman has seen many public officials and their administrations come and go, yet he and his team were able to steadfastly maintain his pragmatic approach to planning. According to him, maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism, and sticking to data-backed recommendations are the keys to success in his field.So often people make plans, but few see them come to fruition as he has. In his own words, Koppelman says, “That’s why planners just have to be patient, and live long enough!”Thanks to a healthy mix of professionalism, strong ethics, and the benefit of both foresight and decades’ worth of hindsight, his pointed thoughts carry as much weight now as they ever did. Koppelman is still as passionate about the issues facing us as he was during his early days in Suffolk government when he shared his desk with county executive H. Lee Dennison in a trailer in Hauppauge. What follows are edited excerpts of my recent discussion with LI’s veteran planner:What is our greatest regional challenge?We have several. I don’t even prioritize. Certainly, the basic objective of planning is to achieve balanced growth. That means you need all of the specific land uses to serve the human needs, and that includes the needs of the economy, as well as the environment. And that means you to have a balanced variety of housing, again consistent with the needs of the population at any point in time.So if the population starts having more babies, you need more tot lots, you may need more elementary schools. If the population is aging, you need senior citizen activities; you need senior citizen housing. In other words, there has to be the full panoply of land uses to adequately meet the needs of the population at anytime that you’re doing the planning. So housing is a key priority.We don’t have “affordable housing” for the young. That doesn’t mean there isn’t affordable housing, but for a young single person, the last thing they need to be saddled with is a house. We need studio apartments.But any type of rental has been violently avoided. We did a whole series of studies on the tax consequence of different housing types. The single-family detached house has the heaviest tax burden. In contrast, rental housing (including two-bedroom units) are primarily used by either single people, or a married couple without children. The end result is that the taxes these rental units or condominium units or whatever they may be provide is a tax surplus. And the economics are very simple to understand.As you continue to expand, the curve drops. In other words, the people who are buying the McMansions, proportionate wise, are paying less taxes than the average middle class family. And so if you look at the real estate taxes in any of the luxury communities, or especially in the Hamptons, all of the Hamptons, the houses there that are selling for $15 million dollars, their taxes may be $50,000 to $70,000. If you have a house in Stony Brook that’s worth a million dollars, you’re paying 50 percent that amount in taxes.That’s why taxes are a crisis. And I can’t convince the people that it’s in their interest. We don’t have to put multifamily housing right on top of single-family, but they oppose it even if it’s half a mile away.What is an easy first step to solving this challenge?The status of the economy is one factor that has caused a turnabout, because now all the politicians are all of a sudden all concerned with jobs, and tax base.The other is demographic. What has happened is that the very same people who were in their 30s and 40s, and opposed every single effort that I made to get rental housing available for the singles, the elderly, for the middle class who don’t need a house, whatever it is, and now 20 years later, the 30-year-olds are 50, the kids are out of the house, and now, all of a sudden, a condominium sounds like a great idea. In those days, even senior citizen housing was violently opposed.The second prime problem is transportation, and here it’s affected by NIMBYism. Every time there’s opposition, the limited amount of highway funds is dissipated.Now, in addition to that, you have a secondary problem. We don’t get 90 percent money on the interstate because once you get past Queens, it’s not continuous. And the interstate has to be continuous; it can’t be a dead end. So, the west end got 90 percent money, and everything in Nassau and Suffolk only got 50 percent funded.Now, when I did the regional plan that was published in 1970, just to meet the transportation needs at that time was $17 billion. That was rail, and road. In today’s dollars, you can multiply that by 10 or 15. So right at the present, in my judgment, we need two referenda: an “open space” bond issue, and a transportation bond issue. I think the last transportation bond issue was when Rockefeller was governor in the ’70s.The last point on transportation, since they [governments] are always short of money, they have more projects then they can pay for. If they propose a project, they’re not stupid – they know there is a need. Like Jericho Turnpike, the most fatal, accident-prone stretch of highway in the State of New York. Well, anytime anyone opposes anything that the Department of Transportation wants to do, the DOT pack up their maps, they take the money, and they go upstate. So we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot every time we oppose something.It was the same thing with the railroad. I did the plan for the railroad, called Park and Ride. We need double tracking on the North Shore/Port Jefferson Line. To do what the railroad needs requires certain accommodation. Everywhere from Route 110 in Huntington into Smithtown, whatever they [LIRR] proposed, the local people objected. So nothing can be done, and that’s part of the problem.What has been the biggest change that you’ve seen on Long Island during the course of your career?From a standpoint of the environment, we’ve made great strides. For example, in Suffolk County, more than 25 percent of the total real estate is in dedicated park lands. On top of it, the environmental studies that we initiated on the hydrogeology, the marine environment, on the Peconic estuary bay system, all of that has produced some good science, all emanating from the planning department. That’s been a success story, and that’s probably the greatest achievement we’ve made.Our efforts at housing, until recently, have been largely a failure. We’re beginning to get senior citizen housing, condominium projects, nursing homes, independent living, so we’re beginning to get an array of housing choices.On transportation, it’s been a mixed bag. A lot of my transportation plans now exist. The bus system exists. The electrification of the mainline of the railroad exists. I didn’t get the North Shore line because the MTA didn’t have the money. Otherwise, I would’ve gotten both.What do you think Long Island will be like in 20 years?It will probably look pretty similar to what we have now…with the exception that I anticipate a lot more urbanization that’s already taken place in Nassau County. The same thing that’s happening in Nassau County, that has happened in Queens. Queens, primarily, has been a low-rise community. A lot of single-family housing, apartment houses limited to four stories; you go higher, you need elevators, that’s what did it. But now that Manhattan prices have a median of about a million dollars per unit, and they’re socked in on Manhattan Island, the developers all of a sudden are discovering Queens.From a standpoint of geomorphology, Long Island can sustain any type of building that you want to put up. Just look at Stony Brook University Hospital: five stories underground, 17-story building. So it can be done. In Nassau County, it’s already happening. In fact, if you look at the Hempstead Hub, which has about one third of all the economic activity on six or seven square miles, you’re surrounded by high-rise office buildings, or Hofstra University, with 17-story dormitories.So, in the next 20 years, the builders are discovering that in Manhattan, where you have to buy the developable land by the square foot, if you’re smart, you buy on Long Island. Buy it now while it’s still cheap, with the idea within the next 10 or 20 years, they’ll build.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.
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One of the UK’s leading defined contribution (DC) pension providers is to set up its own regulated investment subsidiary in anticipation of rapid asset growth in the next few years.NEST has applied for permission from UK regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to become regulated as an occupational pension scheme. Under the UK’s investment rulebook, this would allow the £8bn (€9bn) scheme to set up a wholly owned subsidiary – dubbed ‘NEST Invest’ – to run its investments.Speaking at a press event yesterday, chief investment officer Mark Fawcett said the permissions, if granted, would allow NEST greater flexibility in its investment strategy, including the ability to make co-investments in private markets.Fawcett said: “NEST is going to be responsible for £450m [of] new contributions every month. We’re becoming one of the largest players in the UK pensions market and our investment strategy is evolving to reflect that. “While setting up NEST Invest is an exciting development, it’s the natural next step for a scheme of our size”Mark Fawcett, CIO, NESTA number of other major UK pension providers have their own in-house investment operations, including the Universities Superannuation Scheme, the BP Pension Fund, and the Pension Protection Fund.As well as co-investments, FCA authorisation would allow NEST to direct fund managers to use derivatives to efficiently manage cashflows and risk, NEST said. The FCA is expected to respond to the application later this year.Fawcett said there were no plans to bring investment functions in-house, although he acknowledged that it would “probably make sense” in the long term.The multi-employer scheme has said it expected to hit £10bn of assets by March next year, although Fawcett estimated this could reach £13bn in 2020.This morning NEST announced it had made its first manager appointments for private markets, assigning Amundi and BlackRock to run real estate debt and infrastructure debt, respectively. “While setting up NEST Invest is an exciting development, it’s the natural next step for a scheme of our size. We already have the internal expertise in NEST’s investment team to manage the additional responsibilities.”
John William Moody, 67, of Dillsboro passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 at The Waters of Dillsboro. John was born Tuesday, August 28, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Jesse and Virginia (Piper) Moody. He married Mary Carter in September 2008 and she survives. John served his country in the U.S. Army. He was of the Baptist faith. He was self-employed and worked in construction. John’s hobbies included: fishing and riding his scooter, but mostly enjoyed his family.John is survived by wife Mary of Dillsboro; son John Moody (Quinton) of Ohio; 1 grandchild; sisters: Diana Bradley of Dillsboro, Virginia McPeek of Dillsboro and Janet Draper of Lawrenceburg.A service celebrating his life will be held at the convenience of the family. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812) 432-5480. You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
OA defeated Franklin County 2-1 last night in Girls Soccer.Courtesy of Twisters Correspondent Shawwn Storms. The Lady Wildcats played a very aggressive and intense game against the Oldenburg Twisters but came up one goal short to secure a tie or win. This was the most successful match up between Oldenburg and Franklin County in recent history. The overall record for the Lady wildcats stands at 8-6-1.Oldenburg took the lead 1-0 but Franklin County kept the pressure and pace. A foul was called in the box giving Oldenburg a PK attempt but Karlie Hahn came up big for the save to keep the Wildcats in the game.Jordan Nichols found Senior Adrienne Bundy on a well placed cross who buried the ball from the back door shot. It was a career topping highlight for Bundy as she finished her home career on the Wildcats Pitch.The Senior mid-fielders Jaime Stortz and Brylee Pace were dynamic yet controlled and make quite a few excellent attempts to put the Wildcats on top. Kylee Gibson and Maegan Pearson were composed and played great possession soccer in the center of the field as well.Laura Edwards, Claudia Mauntel, Adrienne Bundy, Taylee Conrad, Senior Grayce Knapp, Regan Barker and Kaitlyn Brunemann had an exceptionally difficult game but the Franklin County defensive line held together to frustrate the Oldenburg attack.Senior Grace Noble had three excellent breakaway chances to score and wad a threat the entire game. The final play of the game was a cross by Senior Page Hall to Grace Noble that could have been the equalizer but the shot went just wide.The Seniors had a celebration after the game during which the families, friends and teammates shared stories and memories. Gifts were given to all seven seniors including a donation to each senior from the Joe Gruber Memorial Fund.The Seniors who played their last home game are : Adrienne Bundy, Brylee Pace, Grace Noble, Grayce Knapp, Jaime Stortz, Karlie Hahn and Paige Hall.The Wildcats take on conference rival Connorville tonight away and then will play sectionals vs. South Dearborn next Thursday at 5 pm at Lawrenceburg HS.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.
Press Association City have subsequently admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour, resulting in the fine. Villa have admitted the same charge. However, their case is to be heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission in due course. It is the third time this season Villa have been hit with such a charge following similar incidents in the matches with Spurs on November 2 and Manchester United on December 20, resulting in £20,000 and £30,000 fines respectively. Leicester beat Villa 1-0 thanks to Paul Konchesky’s goal. Leicester have been hit with a £20,000 fine from the Football Association after a mass brawl at the end of last Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa. The incident occurred following a challenge by Leicester’s Matty James on Villa’s Jores Okore. Villa’s Ciaran Clark reacted by knocking the Foxes midfielder off his feet. As the duo pulled each other’s shirts, players from both sides surrounded them and became involved in a melee, at the end of which James and Clark were each shown a red card.
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has fulfilled his promise to MTN FA Cup holders Bechem United by donating GHC50, 000 to support their upcoming CAF Confederation campaign. The President promised to reward Bechem United for their historic achievement when he visited the Bechem last month.And, yesterday, through the Chief of Staff Julius Debrah handed the money which will serve as a huge boost to the club who are expected to use it in renovating the Nana Gyeabour Park where they will be playing the Confederation Cup.The President in addition promised to put up an astro-turf in Bechem all in an aim of improving infrastructure in that region.Bechem United defied all odds to emerge victorious of the MTN FA Cup, becoming the first ever club from the Brong Ahafo region to achieve such great feat.And as part of winning the cup competition they will be playing in the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time in their history. The team are hoping to make a huge impression on their debut appearance.