View Comments It’s a new year and a new decade, which means Broadway is getting ready to make more compelling entertainment for the millions of people who flock to the Great White Way yearly. Unfortunately, some shows have to close to make room for the new ones coming in. In January, a whopping 11 shows will be taking their final bows. Check out everything you absolutely must see before the end of the month. Chris McCarrell in The Lightning Thief. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) The cast of A Christmas Carol. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 5: The Final QuestThe Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will journey on its last Broadway quest on January 5. The show’s limited engagement arrived on the Great White Way three years after it made its off-Broadway debut, and fans of the popular Rick Riordan young adult series welcomed it with open arms. Chris McCarrell, the only cast member not making his Broadway debut in the show, has played the title character since the beginning. It won’t be long before lightning strikes again because the musical is hitting the road to bring Percy’s story of bravery, acceptance and love to cities across the country. Mary-Louise Parker Star Files Katharine McPhee and Caitlin Houlahan in Waitress. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) January 5: One More CarolThe first Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will help ring in the holiday cheer one last time on January 5. With an adaptation by Tony winner Jack Thorne, the new take on the classic transported audiences back in time with the help of Campbell Scott’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cookies, string quartets and a theater full of lights allowed audiences to revel in the holiday spirit and hear the beloved Christmas story in a new way. James Cusati-Moyer Andrew Barth Feldman (Photos: Emilio Madrid and Matthew Murphy; Composite by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) The cast of Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang) The cast of Slave Play. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ato Blankson-Wood Katharine McPhee JANUARY 5: Red Sequins Are ForeverThe musical comedy, based on the 1982 film of the same name, will play its final performance on January 5. Tootsie follows Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, an unemployable actor who disguises himself as a woman to land a job. Needless to say, hilarious chaos ensues. The show received 10 Tony nominations and took home two: one for Fontana’s star turn and the other for scribe Robert Horn. Sad you missed it? Tootsie will soon embark on a national tour, so you’ll be able to see the unstoppable Dorothy Michaels in a town near you. JANUARY 19: Keep ListeningJeremy O. Harris’ buzzed-about Broadway debut work Slave Play will end its extended limited run on January 19. After Harris wrote the provocative piece while still in graduate school, it had its world premiere at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before moving to the Golden Theatre. Following three interracial couples as they discover truths hidden deep within themselves, Slave Play’s impact will be felt for a long while. ALSO:JANUARY 4: Derren Brown: Secret will do its final trick at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.JANUARY 5: The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays bows for the last time at the Neil Simon Theatre.JANUARY 5: The last snowfall will happen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in Slava’s Snowshow.JANUARY 5: The acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof will close at Stage 42.JANUARY 5: Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, which received three extensions off-Broadway, ends its run.JANUARY 19: Samuel D. Hunter’s Greater Clements, starring Judith Ivey, closes at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.JANUARY 26: Current Dear Evan Hansen stars Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello, who play Evan Hansen and Connor Murphy, respectively, will take their final bow at the Music Box Theatre. Will Hochman JANUARY 12: Mic DropWhat started out as a side hobby during the creation of In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme has turned into its very own verifiable Broadway hit. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, FLS combines rap and improv, so no one can see the same show twice. With occasional surprise appearances by Miranda, Wayne Brady, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and more, this is a Broadway event that must be experienced to be believed, so be sure to get to the Booth Theatre by January 12. Ali Stroker The cast of Freestyle Love Supreme. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 12: Turning the PageAdam Rapp’s Broadway debut thriller The Sound Inside will play for the final time at Studio 54 on January 12. The two-hander, directed by David Cromer, follows a professor and student’s complicated relationship that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Featuring newcomer Will Hochman and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, this beautifully performed piece is quietly intense and literary, while leaving audiences stunned. Alex Boniello Chris McCarrell Santino Fontana in Tootsie. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) JANUARY 19: Chili To-GoDaniel Fish’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma! will serve chili and corn bread to its final audience on January 19. Starring Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and recently crowned Tony winner Ali Stroker, this newly imagined version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been surprising audiences at the Circle in the Square Theatre for 10 months. With history-making performances, a thrilling dream ballet and hearty snacks during intermission, Oklahoma!’s absence is sure to be felt. Santino Fontana JANUARY 5: Goodbye PieComposed by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress will finish its Broadway run on January 5. Waitress garnered four Tony nominations and has gone on to play across the country and in the West End. With a treasure trove of casting replacements like Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan, Gavin Creel, Jordin Sparks, Colleen Ballinger, Todrick Hall and even Bareilles herself, Waitress has given fans many reasons to return during its almost four-year shift at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. McPhee will be the show’s final Broadway Jenna by finishing out the run. Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View All (10)
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“Within container shipping, blockchain technology is extensively used,” said Robert Jan Timmers, business manager for breakbulk at the Port of Rotterdam. “In other segments, such as steel and non-ferrous metals, it is also used. There might be a place for blockchain in project cargo, and I believe that will grow. We just have not seen much of it yet.”Unlike many ports in North America and Asia, the Port of Rotterdam is strictly a landlord. It leases land to refineries, chemical plants, warehouses, terminal operators and service providers. It also co-invests with some developers, but does not operate any facilities. As such, the port only participates directly in blockchain transactions that involve port fees and other charges.”Northwest Europe is a mature industrial market, so there are not so many infrastructure projects,” he stated. “One exception is wind parks. There are a lot of tenders going out now and we have a keen interest in those.”Timmers explained that the advent of blockchain in project cargo seems to be coming from the largest projects with numerous shipments, and also from the smaller, more frequent projects. Those lend themselves to the distributed ledger approach more than the one-off medium-sized shipments.”There is a new monopile terminal within our port,” said Timmers. “We also see smaller project shipments consolidated here for the North Sea, as well as extreme heavy lift projects. We have floating cranes from 300 or 400 tonnes up to 1,800 tonnes capacity. So far, blockchain has been taken up faster in the container sector than for project cargoes. That may be because container is more transactional, but also may be because shippers prefer to keep control of their information. The blockchain is secure, but it is also transparent.”There might be a place for blockchain in project cargo, and I believe that will grow. We just have not seen much of it yet.- Robert Jan Timmers, Port of Rotterdam As various sectors of the supply chain study the viability of digitising the complex communications trail and improving efficiency and visibility, the distributed ledger technology known as blockchain is being trialled in a series of individual pilot projects. Some expect there to be benefits for project cargo once some standardisation is settled. Gregory DL Morris investigates.Early in 2018 an alliance of companies in marine cargo and insurance will go commercial with a blockchain system that is intended to increase transparency, security and efficiency in both the physical movement of goods by sea and its insurance. As the blockchain distributed ledger model lends itself to commerce with a high volume of transactions, it has been of greater interest in container shipping than in project cargo.There are potential benefits in blockchain for the project cargo segment, but applying what has been a virtual finance system to the world of logistics will take some trial and error. In this case, it may be just as well that operators in project cargo are not first adopters. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”About USD30 billion in premiums are collected each year in marine cargo insurance,” said Shaun Crawford, global insurance leader at consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). “An enormous amount of data is collected, but not much of it is used for risk management. If it were, risks would be better known and priced. Premiums could be lower, and there would have to be less capital tied up on balance sheets.”To that end, an alliance of companies has been testing blockchain systems through this year. The partners include EY, AP Moller-Maersk, Microsoft, underwriters XL Catlin and MS Amlin, insurance broker WillisTowersWatson (WTW), and data security firm Guardtime. “We started proof of concept tests in April 2017 with about a dozen user cases,” said Crawford, “and those have been successful. We go live in the first quarter of 2018. The first focus has been on hull, the second on containers; once those are up and running, other types of marine cargo will be included.” “There is a lot of buzz in the container market about blockchain,” said Chip Reed, account manager for marine at WTW. “Project cargo has less frequency of transactions, so it is being applied first to the generalised segments. That could be good for the more specialised segments such as project cargo. After all, pioneers have it tough. Settlers reap the benefits. And I do see some definite benefits for project cargo.”One such benefit is security. From their cryptocurrency origins, blockchain distributed ledgers have an advantage when counterparties are little known or trusted. Project shipments are often done between parties on the other side of the planet that may not have worked together before.Management toolAnother is in the management of large capital projects such as a new refinery or power station. The heavy lift and over- dimensional components are just a few out of perhaps thousands of shipments from hundreds of suppliers. “Some project managers are already using blockchains,” said Reed. “In those cases, the project manager would purchase the ledger technology and make it available to the participating companies.” In that case, a freight forwarder or ship operator would have to be involved in blockchain, but not have to own or operate its own system.The Port of Rotterdam started a blockchain “technology field lab” in September 2017, about the same time as the insurance alliance made its announcements. Rotterdam is the largest container port in Europe and is also the continent’s largest refining and petrochemical cluster, so it is a major hub for bulk liquid terminals and tankers. Those tend to overshadow the project cargo volume in the port by relative number of shipments and tonnage.However, three factors make Rotterdam an important project cargo port: the inherent demands of a large refining and petrochemical sector for pressure vessels and other large components; the position at the nexus of rail, road, and river/canal systems from the industrial heartland of Europe; and direct access to the sea without locks. An enormous amount of data is collected, but not much of it is used for risk management. – Shaun Crawford, EY Project cargo has less frequency of transactions, so it is being applied first to the generalised segments.- Chip Reed, WTW This article is taken from HLPFI’s November/December 2017 edition. To you ensure you don’t miss any of these articles, click here to find out more about subscribing. PotentialPeter Bouwhuis, president and chief executive of project logistics management firm Xellz, is sanguine about the potential for distributed ledger technology in project cargo. “At this moment there are not really any blockchains being used as far as I know, but all parties I know are investigating. It is best for documentation and authorisation, but will be useful for freight forwarders, ocean carriers, handlers and terminal operations.”Xellz has had an implementation testbed running for several months and “it has worked flawlessly”, he stated. “Even in areas that do not do a lot of transactional business, blockchain can be applied for security and stability.”
Phelps: “The requirement that the marijuana excises tax be paid prior to the sale. The proposed regulation wants it paid prior to sale and an existing statute on the books says that it will be paid monthly for the previous month, so that’s a big conflict that needs attention.” The task force also discussed how the borough’s conditional land use permitting process will address marijuana cultivation, including the amount of public notice needed. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Marijuana Task Force created their final comments on the state’s draft set of commercial cannabis regulations last night. Task force member Amy Fenske volunteered to draft an example of what she would like to see included in public notice regulations that will likely be discussed at the next meeting on December 10. This was the task force’s last meeting before the MCB finalizes the statewide regulations. Public comment on the three proposed sets which will manage commercial marijuana statewide will close on November 11. Task force member Dolly Phelps detailed their final recommendation for the Marijuana Control Board’s proposed regulations. That suggestion for commercial marijuana sales will mimic the tax requirement on alcohol sales as outlined in Alaskan Statutes.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen speaks to the media about quarterback Dak Prescott being awarded the Conerly Trophy at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.Dan Mullen would not address the reports on Tuesday that stated he interviewed for the open coaching position at Miami.“I’m not talking about any of that,” Mullen said. “Every year I come here, every single year, you guys ask me the same questions. I’m not going to waste my time commenting on rumors on the Internet.”The Mississippi State coach spoke with the media after the C Spire Conerly Trophy presentation at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.After Mullen watched his quarterback Dak Prescott become the first player to ever win the award in consecutive years, the attention turned to whether the seventh-year coach would return for an eighth.“I haven’t met with (Mississippi State athletic director) Scott (Stricklin) if he’s going to keep me. I might be,” Mullen said in jest. “We haven’t had our end-of-the-year meeting yet.”The two haven’t met since the Egg Bowl, but Stricklin would welcome him back.“Yeah, absolutely. Dan’s done a great job,” Stricklin said. “We’ve got a lot of great coaches on our campus. We’re proud of all of them, including Dan.”Stricklin and Mullen agreed to a four-year deal last season. Mullen earned $4 million for the 2015 season. He’s set to receive a bump in pay as the salary of the four-year contract averages $4.275 million annually.Miami paid former coach Al Golden $2.5 million last year. ESPN reported on Tuesday the Hurricanes would be willing to increase that total for their next coach.“I can understand why people would want to emulate the success we’ve had at Mississippi State,” Stricklin said. “Our job is to make sure we continue to make sure we put ourselves in the position to have the kind of success that other people look at and think they’d like to have for themselves.”Multiple outlets reported Tuesday that Mullen interviewed at Miami. ESPN confirmed the head coach talked with the Hurricanes within the last 24 hours.The Miami Herald reported former Georgia coach Mark Richt is the lead candidate.Unverified rumors have also connected Mullen to Virginia Tech, Georgia and Maryland. The Hokies hired former Memphis coach Justin Fuentes on Sunday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday night that Georgia hired Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.“It’s the same deal. The only year you haven’t asked is my first year as the head coach. Same thing,” Mullen said. “Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true.”In 2011, Mullen attended the Conerly Trophy Presentation amid rumors he agreed to terms with Penn State. He and Stricklin vehemently denied the reports, and Mullen started 2012 with seven-straight wins.“I think the year for us, every single year it’s the exact same thing,” Mullen said. “A couple years ago I was here at dinner while I was signing a contract at Penn State. The next year I was in Colorado and four and five different cities in one day when I was sitting at this award.”Four years later Stricklin envisions a similar scenario with Mullen back in Starkville for 2016.“I don’t have any reason to think otherwise,” Stricklin said.MSU’s Dak Prescott now a two-time Conerly winnerContact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.