Season Three of Lifetime Channel’s Broadway Balances America Will Premiere in August

first_img Broadway Balances America View Comments ‘Finding Neverland,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Illusionists,’ ‘The Bodyguard,’ ‘An American in Paris’ & ‘The King and I’center_img Grab an extra cup of coffee because your mornings are about to get a Great White Way-sized makeover! Lifetime Channel’s award-winning morning show The Balancing Act will present the third season of its six-part special series Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. Season three of the series, which takes you backstage of some of Broadway’s most-beloved musicals, will premiere on the Lifetime Channel in August.This season of Broadway Balances America provides behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2016-2017 Broadway series nationwide, including The Illusionists—Live From Broadway, the Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland, An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I. The hosts get up close and personal with the casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to take the show on the road.“We are thrilled to continue this national partnership for a third season, expanding the platform by including these segments on our Broadway Channel App, available on Apple TV, Amazon and Roku,” said Lauren Reid, CEO, Broadway Across America. “This unique content helps educate our audiences on new shows coming to our cities. We thank our network of local theaters nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country.”So, do you want to know what the third season of Broadway Balances America has in store for you? Of course you do! You’ll meet The Illusionists’ Jeff Hobson (aka “The Trickster”), who’ll pull off an illusion that’ll leave you speechless; go behind the scenes of the new musical Finding Neverland with Tony-winning director Diane Paulus and Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels; uncover the beautiful world within An American in Paris and find out how the stars maintain their bodies and minds while touring the country; head to Florida to meet renowned R&B artist Deborah Cox as she prepares to headline the national tour of The Bodyguard; get an in-depth backstage peek at Disney’s The Little Mermaid; and take a closer look at the powerful, yet fundamentally different, female characters in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s classic The King and I.“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act’s viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors/directors/choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, Supervising Producer for The Balancing Act. “Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway, right in their local community.”The air dates for the third season Broadway Balances America will be:The Illusionists—Live From Broadway on August 8Finding Neverland on September 26An American in Paris on November 7The Bodyguard on November 21Disney’s The Little Mermaid on January 4, 2017Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I on January 16, 2017last_img read more

Chinese Shell Corporations Evade Taxes in Ecuador

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo August 13, 2019 At least seven Chinese companies the Ecuadorean government hired for public works projects in the construction, mining, telecommunications, and oil exploitation sectors made payments to companies the Ecuadorean Internal Revenue Service (SRI, in Spanish) considers shell corporations.This information is the result of an investigation by Ecuadorean daily El Universo, which compared SRI’s shell corporation database from April to tax returns of Chinese companies the country hired between 2010-2018.According to Jorge Rodríguez, an Ecuadorean economist and a representative of the country’s National Anti-corruption Commission, the use of shell corporations is long-standing in Ecuador. He said these companies are usually hired to launder money, simulate expenses, artificially lower their earnings, and pay kickbacks to authorities for acts of corruption.“The problem started in the 1990s, when banks tried to move the sucre and the dollar, so businessmen built shell corporations in the names of their drivers or assistants to launder cash and gain advantages over the exchange rates. That practice was reborn in 2007, as a way to pay kickbacks for corruption. Shell companies have fake receipts to collect money from public funds. They invoice, collect the funds, and then distribute it,” Rodríguez told Diálogo. “They use that same scheme to launder money that must go through the banks; they open accounts under the names of fake companies. It’s a great business because they artificially decrease their earnings, but in reality they channel all public funds to their pockets.”Chinese CompaniesEl Universo’s investigation revealed that seven Chinese companies hired by the Ecuadorean government reported charges for supposed transactions with 84 shell corporations. Those amounted to close to $22 million.The implicated Chinese companies include China CAMC Engineering, China International Water & Electric, China Gezhouba Group, Harbin Electric International, China National Electric Engineering, China Electronics Import & Export, and two Ecuadorean branches of Sinohydro. The most commonly used shell corporations were Construestilo S.A., Comexito S.A., Highstrategy S.A., Gotoconstru S.A., and Divinacompany S.A., according to El Universo.“The Chinese learn quickly when it’s about corruption; we have many companies from that country that used corporations built specifically to steal money from the government. That’s how they concealed many companies. The signed contracts included restrictive clauses on access to information, a situation that favors corruption because it made it impossible for civil society to triangulate the information,” said Rodríguez.Transparency in contractingAccording to a June 6 report on the online news daily Ecuador en Vivo, Ecuador signed 74 contracts with Chinese companies between 2008 and 2018, for a total of about $8 billion. “However, what’s disturbing about the Asian country’s increased investments, which only amounted to about $7 million in 2007,  is the shady contracting, financing terms, delivery terms, and even the quality and material specification,” says the news site.Between 2010 and 2018, Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service found that 84 Chinese businesses evaded taxes worth approximately $22 million. (Data: SRI/Graph: Raúl Sánchez-Azura)In a November 2018 inspection of Coca Codo Sinclair, the country’s largest hydroelectric plant, Ecuadorean authorities found 7,648 cracks in the distributors that inject water to the turbines and structural damages worth more than $1 billion. Chinese Company Sinohydro built the massive work in 2016.Ecuador en Vivo adds that “there are similar cases in other countries, especially the Bolivarian axis: Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba. Chinese Company China CAMC Engineering, which according to its website conducts industrial, hydraulic, electric, and transportation engineering projects, has been under investigation by Bolivia’s Assembly, Comptroller, and Public Ministry for the last two years, and has several restrictions to information access.”Ecuador’s SRI began to verify the data its researchers provided. “That’s how it uncovered which companies were built specifically for that purpose and labeled those that had billed the government but never reported the earnings in their tax returns as shell companies,” Rodríguez said. “These cases were uncovered as a result of the government’s detailed data inspection.”Chinese businesses have a foot in Ecuador’s most important development areas. “All these contracts were covert, and now the use of shell companies becomes clear. Chinese businesses don’t seem to portray any ethical principles, and corrupt authorities will always be there to help and make money,” Rodríguez concluded. “It’s not fair that businesses hired to improve the country’s conditions conduct shady financial moves to swindle the government. We must demand transparency, regardless of whether these are Chinese or Ecuadorean businesses, we must be aware of how our money is used.”last_img read more

Come together to support Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion15-LOVE celebrates the legacy and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, of course, remembers those of Arthur Ashe, who personally involved himself in the program’s formative years. With those inspirational leaders in mind, two years ago, 15-LOVE proudly celebrated 25 years of service to thousands of children from our region’s cities, including broad participation by families of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. The sport of tennis is the vehicle we use to reach the children and their families, but striving to improve race and cultural relations remains one of our central missions. We are especially proud of the success stories and accomplishments of many 15-LOVE children of immigrant families of limited means from African countries, the Caribbean region, South America, Asian and Middle Eastern nations, among others, and, of course, the children from right here — the urban communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer. Some of those young people now serve on the board of directors of the 15-LOVE organization, and many have gone on to college and successful professional careers.More than 25 years later, we are still reminded of the challenges we face, seemingly every day. Some of it is extremely uncomfortable and disappointing. We ask, in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, that the entire community join together in rejection of anti-immigrant and openly racist rhetoric and public policy, and in recognition of the value of all our diverse communities that together TRULY make our country great.Daniel SleasmanAlbanyThe writer is a member of the Board of Directors of 15-LOVE and the letter has been signed by the board.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Nearly 100 students at Islamic boarding school in East Java test COVID-19 positive

first_imgRead also: ‘It’s real’: Gravediggers in Surabaya reportedly bury some 1,500 bodies during pandemicHe added that the team had taken swab tests from more than 500 students to assess the COVID-19 spread at the boarding school. It had also coordinated with the Banyuwangi administration to provide healthy food for the students.“They are generally in good condition, but we have also prepared rooms at the Banyuwangi General Hospital if one of the students suddenly experiences medical issues, such as breathing difficulty or other COVID-19 symptoms,” Kohar said.As of Tuesday evening, Banyuwangi has recorded 213 positive cases, in which 81 patients have recover and eight have passed away. (dpk)Topics : Ninety-three students of the Darussalam Blokagung Banyuwangi Islamic Boarding School in East Java have tested positive of COVID-19.East Java COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso said the students were in a relatively good condition.“They are being treated by a joint team from the Health Ministry, the East Java Health Agency and the Banyuwangi Health Agency,” Kohar said as quoted by on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

William Saliba says he and Gabriel have to ‘learn’ from David Luiz at Arsenal

first_imgWilliam Saliba says he and Gabriel have to ‘learn’ from David Luiz at Arsenal Advertisement Comment Gabriel and Arsenal are preparing to make their competitive debuts for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)William Saliba says he’s ‘very excited’ to join forces with Gabriel in Arsenal’s defence this season but admits they have a lot to ‘learn’ from more experienced players like David Luiz.There are huge expectations on both Saliba and Gabriel ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, given the two young centre-backs arrive with such stellar reputations from Ligue 1 football.Arsenal captured Saliba from Saint-Etienne 12 months ago but the 19-year-old was immediately loaned back to the French club meaning he is yet to play a competitive match for the Gunners. Saliba and Gabriel are relishing the chance to learn from Luiz (Picture: Getty)Gabriel, meanwhile, arrived in north London at the start of the month after Arsenal agreed a £27 million deal with Lille for his signature and the pair trained together for the first time this week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’ve already played against him in France and I have a friend who knows him,’ Saliba told BT Sport when asked about new Arsenal team-mate Gabriel.‘I’ve spoken to him since he’s come here and I’m very excited. ‘We are young so we have to learn from defenders like David Luiz and the others.’ Saliba is expected to make his debut against Fulham this weekend (Picture: BT Sport)Saliba added: ‘I’m very, very excited. ‘It’s the next step for me because I was in France, now in England, the best league in the world. ‘I’m very excited to play for Arsenal.’Who will have more of an impact in their debut season at Arsenal?Saliba0%Gabriel0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsGabriel is confident Saliba has all the necessary qualities to become a key player for the Gunners over the coming years.‘I know Saliba is a talented young player and if he is joining Arsenal it is because of his quality,’ the Brazilian told Arsenal’s official website earlier this month.‘We have a few friends in common and I did play against him before. ‘He is a great player and I am sure we will get along very well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLike Saliba, Gabriel is relishing the chance to play alongside Luiz in Arsenal’s defence.‘For sure David is an example, he is a player I admire very much,’ he added. ‘I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved. ‘I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Owen Hargreaves identifies the ‘problem’ with Arsenal signings William Saliba and GabrielMORE: Brentford boss Thomas Frank insists Arsenal target David Raya is not for sale Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8kShares Advertisement Fulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 19:31FullscreenFulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Saliba says it’s a dream come true to represent Arsenal after idolising club legend Thierry Henry as a youngster.‘It’s a dream to join Arsenal because it’s a very big club,’ the teenager explained.‘When I was little I bought an Arsenal jersey with Thierry Henry on the back. ‘Some years after, I’m wearing the Arsenal jersey and I’m so proud.’last_img read more

Brisbane’s auction market solid

first_imgRay White chief auctioneer Philip Parker calling the auction of a Bulimba home. Picture: Liam KidstonBRISBANE’S auction market has had a sound start to the year, according to CoreLogic auction spokesperson Kevin Brogan.Data shows 112 properties are scheduled to go under the hammer in the capital city this week. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoIt’s a slight drop on last week’s total of 131 auctions, but Mr Brogan said the decline wasn’t significant.“Basically it’s a solid start to the year and a test of the market will be in March,” he said.Historically, a quiet January leads into a steep rise in volume in February.“We’ve certainly seen that increase as we come into the year and February, but looking back at previous years there’s been quite a sharp increase between January and February but then February has plateaued before it really takes off,” Mr Brogan said.Brisbane’s auction clearance rate last week was 53.1 per cent, much lower than the combined capital city final auction clearance rate of 73.2 per cent.last_img read more

Murcia man nabbed for ‘stealing’

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of Police Station 1./PN BACOLOD City – For allegedly stealinggroceries at a supermarket, a man was arrested in Barangay 12. The suspect was identified as20-year-old Austin Kim Ramirez of Murcia, Negros Occidental, a police reportshowed.   center_img Ramirez was nabbed after securityguard Ritchel Jaena discovered he took groceries worth P756 without paying forit around 1:50 p.m. on Oct. 6, the report added.  last_img

Leicester City place Iheanacho on special drill ahead of Premier League restart

first_imgSuper Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has reportedly been placed on a special drill by his club Leicester City in order to help him get back to fitness before the restart of the Premier league. Leicester city’s Kelechi Iheanacho Iheanacho returned from the coronavirus break looking overweight a few days ago and the club has now reportedly ordered to get back to shape before the restart of the Premier league. The former Manchester City is expected to undergo a special drill and could also train away from the rest of the squad in order to regain his sharpness.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our Lives9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… center_img “His routine is different. He clearly needs some extra sessions to get back to shape. The good thing is that he is putting in work to return to the best shape possible. All things being equal he should be fit and ready for the premier league restart.” The source from the club said. Iheanacho has scored eight goals for the Foxes this season before the league was suspended as the result of the coronavirus pandemic. read also:Leicester boss targeting FA Cup glory with Ndidi, Iheanacho Meanwhile, the English Premier is expected to return June 17 and all are expected to hold behind the closed doors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Dirt Track work already underway for IMCA Duel In The Desert Nov. 9-12

first_imgWith 120 trailer loads of new material already added to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, work on the racing surface will continue every day right up to the Nov. 9-12 IMCA Duel In The Desert.LAS VEGAS, Nev. – One hundred and twenty trailer loads of new material have already been added to the half-mile Dirt Track and Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Tim Richter says drivers can look forward to a smooth racing surface at the Nov. 9-12 Duel In The Desert.“We added a little before our spring race. We wanted to see what it would do and it blended in fine with the existing stuff,” said Richter, the short track race operations manager at LVMS.“We’ll have the packing truck and sheeps foot on the track one day, then water it the next,” he continued. “We’re going to work on the track every single day leading up to the Duel to give drivers a smooth track.”Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $7,777 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier on Saturday, Nov. 12. The runner-up earns $3,250, with $2,250 for third, $1,750 for fourth, $1,500 for fifth, $1,250 for sixth, $1,150 for seventh, $1,100 for eighth, $1,050 for ninth and $1,000 for 10th.A minimum of $777 will be paid to start the main event and to the winners of Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and 11 qualifying features.Saturday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner earns $1,777. Second place in the main event is good for $777.  Thursday and Friday qualifiers both pay $500 to win.Drivers in both divisions can now register online for the 19th annual Duel.The link is The registration form and payment must be received by Nov. 1 to lock in early entry fees.More information is available by calling 702 632-8213 and at the website.Car count for last year’s Duel was 272, making it the second biggest event on the IMCA schedule last year. Only Super Nationals had more entries.last_img read more

Shelvey backs Swans for home wins

first_img “The manager called us over and said for me and Alex (Pozuelo) to keep making runs in behind them. “That’s where the second goal came from. “But I don’t know what we are going to do for Monday. I’m not sure if we will have anyone fit. I think there is a chance Bony may be fit. “But, at the end of the day, whoever plays, we just need to keep playing and getting three points.” Shelvey’s long-distance strike against Newcastle was his second in three games, following his winner at Fulham. But the 21-year-old is more worried about performing well enough to convince Michael Laudrup to keep him in his Swansea team. “The main thing is to keep myself in the team. If the gaffer keeps picking me then it’s down to me to show him why I should be in the team. “I’d take any goal. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tap-in or a 40-yard strike. A goal is a goal and helps the team.” Jonjo Shelvey has called on Swansea to turn the Liberty Stadium into a fortress as they prepare to face Hull on Monday. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all dropped points in their visits to south Wales during that time. And with another home fixture against Hull looming on the horizon, Shelvey feels it is time to again make the Liberty Stadium a place for opponents to fear. “We needed the three points against Newcastle, and we need to keep pushing up the league,” said the former Liverpool midfielder. “The more we turn this place into a fortress and get the points then it takes the pressure away when we go away to the bigger teams. “It’s never been difficult for me to play here. The fans have been first class for me. Every time I’ve played they have been superb and hopefully we can kick on at home starting on Monday.” Shelvey excelled when Swansea were forced to play without a recognised striker against the Magpies after Alvaro Vazquez joined Michu and Wilfried Bony on the sidelines. The England Under-21 cap struck up a good understanding with Alejandro Pozuelo and enjoyed the experience, but is hopeful at least one of Swansea’s injured trio will be available for Monday’s meeting. He said: “I was thinking when Alvaro went off, ‘Who is going to go up front?’ The Swans claimed just their second home win of the season against Newcastle on Wednesday, with Shelvey turning in a man-of-the-match performance. The result improved a run of just one home league win in 11 attempts since the beginning of March, which was in stark contrast to Swansea’s home form during their first two seasons in the Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more