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Falsettos’ Andrew Rannells on Being ‘Midwestern Dirty’

first_img View Comments Stage and screen star Andrew Rannells is returning to the Great White Way in Falsettos this fall. As a fan of the 1992 production, Rannells recently stopped by The Late Show to tell Stephen Colbert how excited he is to celebrate unlikely love alongside Broadway faves like Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block. However, he definitely won’t forget his “dirtier” roots in works like The Book of Mormon and HBO’s Girls. “During Mormon, we were wondering: ‘I don’t know if the middle of the country’s gonna go for this.’ And Trey [Parker] would be like ‘Well, I’m from the Midwest. Rannells is from the Midwest. That’s where all the dirty people are from.'” Whether he’s playing delightfully dirty, squeaky clean, or anywhere in between, we’re glad to have Rannells back on Broadway. Watch the hilarious interview below, and catch Falsettos at the Walter Kerr Theatre beginning September 29! Related Shows Falsettoscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Andrew Rannellslast_img read more

Cloud Peak coal production down sharply in second quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Data reported to federal officials suggests Cloud Peak Energy Inc. could post a weak second quarter in the face of ongoing domestic coal pricing pressures.Cloud Peak’s three coal mines reported 11.6 million tons of coal production in the second quarter, down 3.7% from 12.1 million tons in the prior quarter and falling 17.8% from the 14.1 million tons of coal produced in the second quarter of 2017, according to data reported to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. It was the lowest production quarter for the company since its IPO in 2009, Seaport Global Securities LLC analyst Mark Levin wrote in a July 16 note.“While [the second quarter] is typically a weak quarter for all [Powder River Basin] producers, we think [Cloud Peak’s] production, even by those standards, is a disappointment,” Levin wrote. “We suspect low natural gas prices, coal plant retirements, and increased use of renewables continue to weigh on demand.”Levin added that while export markets are a bright spot, that does not offset underlying concerns about domestic demand for Powder River Basin coal. He reiterated a neutral rating on the company.MSHA data shows quarter-over-quarter production increased by more than a half a million tons at Cloud Peak’s Spring Creek mine, which is where the company generally sources the coal it sells into export markets. However, the company’s domestic utility-focused Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines both significantly lowered coal production compared to the same quarter a year ago.More ($): Coal production from Cloud Peak Energy mines down sharply in recent quarter Cloud Peak coal production down sharply in second quarterlast_img read more

USG resolution addresses custodian wages, health care

first_imgTwo outgoing Undergraduate Student Government officials presented a resolution Tuesday at the Senate meeting that aims to improve the compensation and benefits for custodians working at USC. USG President Debbie Lee proposed the budget for the 2018-19 academic year. Yuwei Xi | Daily TrojanThe USG Senate also voted unanimously in favor of approving the final USG hires for the 2018-19 academic year.Outgoing director of external affairs Mai Mizuno explained that the  custodian resolution aims to improve conditions for custodians at USC.“First, we want to reduce the out-of-pocket cost that they have to pay monthly for their health care from 7 percent to 6 percent,” she said. “Secondly, [we want] to have a comparable wage increase to the wages of other workers downtown.”Mizuno later explained that the resolution does not ask for a specific wage standard for custodians. It merely asks for wages comparable to those of other custodians working downtown who make $16.60 an hour, Mizuno said.Before presenting the details of the resolution, Mizuno read testimonials of two custodians who work at USC. She did not say their names. The first custodian testimonial came from a woman who has worked at USC for 11 years.“We would like to urge students to use their voices to stand up for us and ask the administration to pressure its subcontractor, Aramark, to address our grievances,” she wrote. “For some time now we have felt undervalued, belittled and treated like we weren’t important.”The second custodian testimonial came from a man who has worked at USC for 24 years.“We have seen many of our coworkers become disabled as a result of our workload,” he said. “What we would like to ask all of you is to ask the University to hold the company, Aramark, to be more conscious of the workload that has caused illness, stress and increased work pressure on my coworkers.”Mizuno also said that both the outgoing and incoming leadership of USG have supported for the resolution.Senator Michaela Murphy delivered a message of solidarity with the entire community, explaining why she is sponsoring the resolution.“I wish it went without saying that when we, as members of this community here at USC, say that we support fellow Trojans, we mean all Trojans here at USC,” she said. “But time and time again, we have seen that is not been the case, specifically with the treatment of the custodial staff here at USC.”Incoming USG President Debbie Lee also presented a comprehensive USG budget proposal for the 2018-19 academic year. The total budget is roughly $2.07 million.Part of the proposed budget is a subscription to The New York Times which would cost $8,000 and would provide 100 print copies to be distributed across campus on a daily basis. Some senators, however, raised concerns about how funding such an initiative would reduce the amount of funding that could be distributed to existing organizations that may need more funding.The USG Senate will vote on the custodian resolution and the 2018-19 USG budget in next week’s Senate meeting.last_img read more

Nigeria 2016 FMCG Games Begin on Saturday

first_imgThe FMCG Games commenced in 2013 and has featured the biggest companies in the FMCG industry and this year will be no different as companies like Unilever, Nestle, Friesland Campina, Dufil and BUA Group will be participating.This year’s games will last six weeks (weekends only) and will see teams compete for medals in Football, Table Tennis, Athletics, Chess, and Scrabble.The tournament was designed to bring together employees of the FMCG Industry as well as their families and friends in an atmosphere of fun, sporting competition and networking.The FMCG Games is the brainchild of MediaVision Limited – Nigeria’s Leading Sports Marketing Company.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The opening ceremony of the 2016 Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Games will hold on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa, Oshodi, Lagos.The 3rd edition of The Nigeria FMCG Games is the flagship sporting event of the FMCG sector. The opening ceremony will feature March Past, side-attractions, fan engagement activities, football matches and other sporting events.Speaking on the upcoming event, Chief Operating Officer of MediaVision Limited (Organisers of the event), Jimmy Sogbesan, said: “This year’s edition of the FMCG Games will exceed expectation as several elements have been added to make it more rewarding for the teams, fans and supporters.”last_img read more