Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Get CuriousWe here at Broadway.com are most impressed with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s date night decision on December 14. The world’s buzziest lovebirds headed to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre to catch the Tony and Olivier-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, where they will most definitely have had a super good evening! Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel is playing at the venue through June 3, 2017; those this side of the pond can currently catch the show on tour.Patrick Wilson Tapped for AquamanPatrick Wilson, who needs to come back to Broadway, has been enlisted for the role of Orm Curry, aka Ocean Master, Aquaman’s half-brother. With Jason Momoa in the title role, Aquaman is slated to hit movie theaters on October 5, 2018. Wilson was Tony nominated for Oklahoma! and The Fully Monty; he was last seen on the Main Stem in the 2008 revival of All My Sons. We’re crossing all fingers and toes that he returns to the Great White Way soon!Broadway Burlesque is BackBroadway Bares will take place when it’s warmed up a bit, thankfully. The evening of bodacious Broadway burlesque produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will make its return on June 18, 2017 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Directed by Nick Kenkel, as usual you can expect seductive stripteases from more than 150 of the sexiest and most talented dancers on the Main Stem. Last year’s event raised $1,482,724.Ed Dixon Heads Off-BroadwayThe New York premiere of the critically acclaimed Signature Theatre production of Ed Dixon’s Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose is heading to New York. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the new play will begin performances on January 25, 2017 and run through April 15. Opening Night is set for February 1 at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre.Further Cast Set for Nathan Lane’s Angels in AmericaThe Nathan Lane-led revival of Angels in America at the U.K.’s National Theatre is shaping up to be one of 2017’s must-see theatrical events. Joining the additionally previously announced Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey, will be Stuart Angell, Laura Caldow, Amanda Lawrence, Becky Namgauds, Stan West and Lewis Wilkins. Directed by Marianne Elliott, Tony Kushner’s landmark work about the AIDS crisis is scheduled to begin previews on April 11, 2017 and officially open on May 4.P.S. It’s a hit! The West End transfer of Buried Child, headlined by Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, has extended through March 4; Sam Shepard’s play had initially been slated to run through February 18 at the Trafalgar Studios. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle (Photos: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images & Larry Busacca/Getty Images) View Comments
WATCH US LIVE Star Indian sprinter Hima Das claimed her second international gold in women’s 200m with a top finish at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. Hima, who has been struggling with a back problem for the past few months, clocked 23.97 seconds to clinch the gold while VK Vismaya bagged the silver in 24.06 on Sunday. FOLLOW US LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Hima is the reigning world junior champion and national record holder in 400m. National record holder Muhammed Anas also won the gold in men’s 200m race at Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday.M P Jabir won the gold in men’s 400m hurdles in 50.21 seconds while Jithin Paul was third in 52.26 secs.Indians swept the women’s 400m race through P Saritaben (52.77 secs), Sonia Baishya (53.73 secs) and R Vithya (53.73 secs). PTI PDS In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65s on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland, on Tuesday. Vismaya had finished third in that meet with a personal best time of 23.75. First Published: 8th July, 2019 10:17 IST National record holder Muhammed Anas also won the gold in men’s 200m race with a time of 21.18 seconds.This was Hima’s second competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year. Written By Press Trust Of India Last Updated: 8th July, 2019 10:27 IST Hima Das Wins Second International Gold Inside A Week Star Indian sprinter Hima Das claimed her second international gold in women’s 200m with a top finish at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. COMMENT
The beautiful and talented Bo Derek was on hand at Santa Anita Park this past Saturday when she watched the Grade I Vanity Mile from the Winner’s Circle and presented the trophy to Hall of Fame trainer, Richard Mandella and his champion mare, Beholder.Derek was featured in ‘celebrity sightings’ in this week’s edition of US Weekly, a national publication read by millions that captures everything celebrity, pop culture and newsworthy going on in the entertainment business.Via US Weekly
Kawhi Leonard cares a lot about basketball, but he has no time for the the hubbub surrounding games.He’s been called robotic and boring, and though he’s shown a little flair for fun throughout this postseason, the bland assassin was at it again Wednesday night before the Raptors’ Game 3 against the Warriors in Oakland.Teammate Norm Powell offered Leonard a little pregame fist bump as the team prepped for the game in the tunnels of Oracle Arena.Not now Norm lol pic.twitter.com/sFaoXPVTQs …
Stalzer accounted for 28 kills and an ace for 29 points, while Hurley wreaked havoc with 25 kills, a block and an ace for 27 points as they conspired for more than half of Petron’s 70-point production off spikes.Mika Reyes was the lone local who finished in double figures for Petron with 11 points laced with three blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPetron coach Shaq Delos Santos said that while credit should be given to their imports, it was still a team effort as his wards maintained their composure to weather a furious rally from the Lady Realtors, who welcomed their new import in Bohdana Anisova of Ukraine.“Sta. Lucia played really well. It was obvious that they really wanted to bounce back,” said Delos Santos, who steered the Blaze Spikers to the All-Filipino Conference crown early this year. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Lindsay Stalzer of Petron is block by Shirley Salamagos and Rebecca Rivera of Sta. Lucia. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZPetron woke up from a third-set slumber to pull off a 27-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley took up the cudgels for at the attack zone once more to lead the Blaze Spikers to their second straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We survived even if our game is not what we wanted it to be. Good thing we controlled it and we were able to pull off the victory.”Delos Santos noted that their sluggish reception and poor services as well as the Lady Realtors’ solid blocking hounded them in the third set, allowing Sta. Lucia to stretch the match to fourth set.“We struggled in our services and receives in the third set,” he said. “Their blocking was also solid and quality, especially their imports. We really had a hard time matching their intensity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Solid Bright outing lifts Maroons; DOMC stuns Knights Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Georgia Tech, one of the ACC favorites, went to South Bend as three point favorites over a Notre Dame team reeling from the injury to quarterback Malik Zaire, and the result was pretty shocking. The Irish wound up blowing out the Yellow Jackets, and running back C.J. Prosise put the exclamation point on things, busting a 91-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Tech defense to make the lead 30-7.CJ Prosise 91 yard run pic.twitter.com/nCPbvk9G3z— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) September 19, 2015How do our guys celebrate a 198-yard, 3 TD rushing performance from CJ Prosise? Take a look: pic.twitter.com/ekdyANzYxC— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 19, 2015Late in the fourth quarter, Prosise has 198 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Prosise is filling in for the injured Tarean Folston, who went down in the season opener. He certainly looks the part thus far.
VANCOUVER – Metro Inc. is looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario next year, making it the latest Canadian retailer to ramp up its e-commerce options in the face of potential competition from Amazon.Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said Wednesday the grocer already offers “click and collect” in seven stores in Quebec and home delivery service in Greater Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau, Que., covering 60 per cent of the population of Quebec.“We are pleased with the way we have set it up so far and we’re going to start the same way in Ontario,” La Fleche said on a conference call to discuss the company’s latest financial results.Canadian grocers have been increasing their e-commerce offerings following Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods which sparked speculation about its ambitions to grow food delivery in Canada.“We’ve seen lots of companies start to say, ‘OK, let’s test the waters,’” said Michael von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph’s food, agriculture and resource economics department.La Fleche said Metro’s plan is to launch its online grocery business in Ontario late in the company’s 2018 financial year, which began Oct. 1, or early in its 2019 financial year.The move followed an announcement last week by Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) which has partnered with Instacart to launch home delivery in Toronto starting Dec. 6 and Vancouver starting in January. The grocery chain has promised to expand the service next year as well as its click and collect option which is already offered at nearly 200 stores.Walmart will also grow its home delivery service to cover the Greater Toronto Area and nearby markets, said spokesman Alex Roberton in an email, adding pick-up services will be expanded to Montreal-area stores.Canadians have been slower than their American or European counterparts to adopt online shopping, including for food. In August, online sales accounted for 2.3 per cent of total retail trade in the country, according to Statistic Canada’s most recent figures.Von Massow reasoned the low demand indicated it didn’t make sense for Canadian grocers to offer the service. Loblaw previously said it had no plans to begin home delivery services due to lack of customer demand.However, things changed when Amazon acquired Whole Foods, including its 13 Canadian locations, in August. Additional competition has also emerged from an abundance of meal kit services, like Chef’s Plate, which send packages filled with recipes and ingredients to consumers, who then cook the meals at home.There’s also a benefit to being the first retailer a customer shops online with, von Massow said, because it’s unlikely a customer will switch grocers after becoming comfortable with a store’s online platform.However, online sales remain a small component of the grocery business in Canada, at least for now.Loblaw CEO Galen G. Weston called it “a premium service” targeting a niche clientele, while Metro CEO Eric La Fleche acknowledged e-commerce is showing good growth, but “is still small, in relative terms, for the company.”Von Massow said it’s unlikely to lead to the end of physical grocery stores in the near future.“We’re getting a little bit of traction and we will see a little bit of growth,” he said, “and maybe having … both increased and improved options might accelerate that a little bit.”Metro’s announcement came as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $154.9 million or 66 cents per diluted share, up from $145.0 million or 60 cents per diluted share a year ago.Sales in the quarter ended Sept. 30, which included an extra week compared with a year ago, totalled $3.23 billion, up from $2.93 billion, while same store sales gained 0.4 per cent.Excluding the extra week and $2.5 million before taxes related to its acquisition of Quebec-based pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc. and the modernization of its distribution network in Toronto, Metro says its earnings would have been similar to last year, while diluted net earnings per share would have been up 1.7 per cent.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
MONTREAL – Air Canada’s decision to label Taiwan’s capital as being part of China has nothing to do with the joint venture with a Chinese national carrier that was signed Wednesday, says chief executive Calin Rovinescu.Discussions about closer co-operation have been going on for years, long before Air Canada changed its reference to Taipei on its website after the Chinese government wrote to several airlines and western companies seeking the change.“One’s got nothing to do with the other,” Rovinescu has been quoted telling reporters following the signing ceremony in Beijing.“I’m not getting into Taipei. Today is not a day for discussions on Taipei,” he said.It’s inconceivable that Air Canada’s change of approach to Taiwan has nothing to do with the joint venture to a country that is a key part of the airline’s growth strategy, said Charles Chang, president of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce of British Columbia.“They can’t withstand the pressure of not making a lot of money because with this deal they’re making a lot of money,” he said from Vancouver.Chang said he’s also not pleased that unlike the U.S. government, Canada hasn’t been unwilling to denounce China’s move, saying instead that it won’t intervene in what it calls a business policy.“I’m very disappointed because I’m a Canadian. Not only am I Taiwanese, I’m also Canadian.”In a letter of protest sent to Air Canada last month, Chang said listing Taipei with a CN country code signifying China is not correct and misleading to travellers.“Although officially Taiwan is the Republic of China, however as a separate political entity it is internationally referring to as TW, TWN or just Taiwan,” he wrote.Chang has said the airline could face a boycott from Taiwanese travellers on a route between Vancouver and Taipei that was started last June.Air Canada’s joint venture with Air China is expected to be phased in over the next six months.It said the agreement deepens a long-standing partnership and provides customers with benefits including range of flights, fare options, flight schedules, joint sales including corporate and marketing programs, aligned frequent flyer privileges and an overall enhanced travel experience.The airlines expanded a code-share agreement in May and implemented an expanded reciprocal lounge agreement for customers in December last year.The new arrangement comes as China is set to become the world’s largest aviation market by 2022.“Having served China for more than 30 years, and as demonstrated by Air Canada’s average annual capacity growth of 12.5 per cent over five years and the $2 billion of aircraft assets currently committed on routes between Canada and China, China is an integral part of our global network,” Rovinescu stated in a news release.Air China said its service to Canada has developed quickly and increased by nearly 18 per cent in 2017.Over the last two years China’s national carrier launched direct flights between Beijing and Montreal, while Air Canada started non-stop flights between Montreal and Shanghai.The two carriers now operate up to a total of 52 trans-Pacific flights per week between Canada and China from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal to and from Beijing and Shanghai.The joint venture solidifies a key alliance over a region of growing importance that has faced the impact of competitive pressures, said Canaccord Genuity analyst Doug Taylor.“We believe this will also serve to better rationalize the capacity between the two regions,” he wrote in a report.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)
WABUSH, N.L. — The Labrador mining town of Wabush is in for a much-needed economic boost as one of Canada’s largest iron ore mines restarts production next year.Premier Dwight Ball was in Wabush today to announce the official reopening of the Scully mine, with hiring for 260 new jobs to begin over the next few weeks.Hundreds of people lost their jobs when Cliffs Natural Resources closed the Scully mine in 2014 after almost 50 years in operation. Minnesota-based Tacora Resources Inc. bought the mine and its assets in July 2017.Tacora CEO Larry Lehtinen says production is expected to restart in June 2019.Lehtinen says 100 per cent of the mine’s iron ore product is already sold for the next 15 years, and he estimated an operating life of at least 25 years.The Canadian Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation’s richest and most prolific oil and natural gas regions.Now the stakes just got higher, as the U.S. Geological Survey released a new assessment Thursday that shows portions of the Permian Basin could hold even more promise.With the potential to double the nation’s onshore oil and gas resources, the agency estimates more than 46 billion barrels of oil and some 280 trillion cubic feet of gas are within two formations on the southwestern side of the basin. That’s the largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.While agency geologists caution that more study would be needed to determine the profitability of going after the resources, industry groups and top officials within the Trump administration are encouraged and say the assessment underscores the activity that’s already happening in the basin.“Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.”The announcement comes as OPEC countries voted Friday to cut oil production beginning next year as a way to force crude oil prices higher despite political pressure from President Donald Trump. The group of oil-producing nations was looking to rein in supply as prices had fallen about 25 per cent because major producers, including the U.S., have been pumping at high rates.Producers throughout the Permian were closely watching Friday’s developments and there were no indications of things slowing down in the oilfields.Stephen Robertson, executive vice-president of the Texas-based Permian Basin Petroleum Association, said the signs for the basin’s potential have been there for a long time.“The fact is that Reeves County, which in the heart of that play, is running more rigs than any other county in the nation and has been doing that for quite a while,” he said. “The people out here know that it’s there and it really is that improvement of the technologies and the increased efficiencies allowing people the ability to actually be able to access it and produce it.”Still, a main factor is price.“If the price drops to a point where it’s not economical, then it doesn’t matter if it’s there. It’s not going to be produced,” Robertson said.New Mexico’s share of the Permian Basin has helped to drive production in the state to record levels in 2017. This year is expected to be another banner year as industry officials say the state is on pace to surpass 200 million barrels.The flurry of activity in southeastern New Mexico has put pressure on everything from housing and schools to highway infrastructure. Concerns also have been raised by state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn about the environmental impacts as state and federal regulators have had a difficult time keeping up with the pace of development across the region.Dale Janway, mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city of Carlsbad, told The Associated Press that with the news of more resources in the Permian comes greater responsibility.“We know that we need to redouble our efforts to improve and develop infrastructure in the area and to work closely with the county, state and our business partners to best prepare for the future. We’re in it for the long haul,” he said.The boom also has resulted in a significant budget surplus that will give incoming Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democrat-led Legislature more options as they hash out spending priorities for everything from education and public safety to infrastructure.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press