Marjorie Johnson Will Replace Leslie Uggams in Dot Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 24, 2016 Dot Tony and Emmy winner Leslie Uggams will no longer headline the New York premiere of Colman Domingo’s Dot at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Marjorie Johnson, who played the title role in the world premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville earlier this year, will instead reprise her performance. Performances will begin on February 4, 2016. Opening night is set for February 23.Uggams, a Tony winner for Hallelujah, Baby! and an Emmy winner for Fantasy, will instead film a recurring role on the Fox series Empire, according to the New York Times.Johnson’s additional credits include The Little Foxes on Broadway and Hoodoo Love, M: The Mandela Saga, The House of Bernarda Alba off-Broadway.Also added to the cast is Finnerty Steeves (Brighton Beach Memoirs). The two join the previously announced Sharon Washington, Stephen Conrad Moore, Libya V. Pugh, Colin Hanlon and Michael Rosen.Dot follows Dotty, a matriarch suffering from dementia. Her three adult children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging presents on their mind and fight to balance care for their mother and for themselves. Tony winner Susan Stroman will direct the Vineyard Theatre production.last_img read more

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Obama Administration Dismantles Framework of Muslim-Focused Registry

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images The Obama administration Thursday rescinded the regulatory framework for a widely criticized post-9/11 travel registration system that has been dormant for five years after officials deemed it redundant and ineffective.The decision by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively kill the program—the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)—came after a wave of civil rights groups petitioned the administration to dismantle it. Critics considered the program, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, discriminatory toward Muslims, since it affected only those coming from 24 predominantly Muslim countries, plus North Korea.The DHS’ notice states that NSEERS was ineffective in that it required personnel to manually register non-immigrant travelers, while more efficient, automated programs later adopted proved much more effective in tracking non-citizens entering the country. The DHS de-listed the 25 countries associated with the program in April 2011, but left its regulatory framework in place. “The regulatory structure pertaining to NSEERS no longer provides a discernable public benefit as the program has been rendered obsolete,” the DHS said in its notice.Related: Trump Team Considering Resurrecting Ineffective & Discredited Bush-Era Muslim RegistryThe move by the Obama White House is its first direct response to President-elect Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies, which include proposals to ban Muslims from entering the United States and creating an NSEERS-like registration system.Trump on Wednesday reportedly suggested he might go ahead with his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States following the terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. Following Trump’s election, several immigrant advocacy and rights groups called on Obama to rescind the NSEERS regulatory framework, warning that if left untouched, Trump would be able to resurrect the program despite its deficiencies. Groups wrote letters, signed petitions and marched to the White House to express their dismay over the Obama administration’s failure to dismantle the program’s legal basis.“The NSEERS program was all at once ineffective, expensive and discriminatory. It did not lead to a single known terrorist conviction, it has been discredited by the Department of Homeland Security’s own inspector general, as well as former DHS leaders in the George W. Bush administration,” said Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, director of the Center for Immigrants Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, who has studied the program for years. “For the Trump supporters who care about cost, NSEERS was [a] failed experiment,” she added. “For the Trump supporter who cares about finding the next ‘dangerous person,’ singling out Muslim men is not the way to finding…the next terrorist or a substitute for actual intelligence gathering. For the Trump supporter that believes in the rule of law and the US Constitution, NSEERS was at the brink or in the middle of raising major questions of constitutional law, or at least, being in the bucket of lawful but awful.” Joanne Lin, senior legislative council for the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement hailed Thursday’s decision. “NSEERS was a completely failed counter-terrorism tool and massive profiling program that didn’t yield a single terrorism conviction in nearly a decade,” she said. “The ACLU applauds the Obama administration for terminating NSEERS for good. With this action, the U.S. is on the right path to protect Muslim and Arab immigrants from discrimination.”Related: NY AG to Obama: Dismantle Framework of ‘Discriminatory’ Registration ProgramOperated by the DHS, the program, which was intended to add an additional layer of security at points of entry and exit throughout the country, failed to lead to one terror prosecution. The program was later found to be redundant, and the DHS’ Inspector General, in a 2012 report, cited terminating NSEERS as a way of better conserving resources. NSEERS collected the identities of 80,000 men and teenage boys from the impacted nations, as it required them to register with customs officials as they entered the country. The government placed more than 13,000 men in removal proceedings for such violations as failing to timely re-register with local immigration offices.NSEERS had a three-pronged approach: It collected information of non-immigrants from 25 countries entering the United States, required those registered to inform customers officials when leaving the country, and forced men already in the country to “check in” with their local immigration office.Immigration advocates criticized the program from the start. Many of those who would’ve complied with immigration requirements could not because they were left in the dark about their responsibilities, advocates said.In one case, a 19-year-old man in the United States on a student visa was placed in removal proceedings because a car accident caused him to postpone his visit to a local immigration office by a day.The program created such confusion at times that department heads released memos to employees across the country to use “prosecutorial discretion” in light of legitimate excuses.“The federal government relied principally on notices in the Federal Register to inform the public of registration requirements, and, like the majority of the American population, most individuals subject to NSEERS were not familiar with the Federal Register or the requirements contained therein,” researchers at the Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Penn State Law said in a 2012 report.Related: In Trump Meeting, Rep. King Calls for Muslim Surveillance Designed After NYPD ProgramOne of NSEERS’ architects, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, reportedly serves on Trump’s transition team, and in a meeting with the president-elect, was photographed holding documents suggesting the government would restart the program.Kobach’s proposal would seem to even further single out Muslims by adding “extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens: question them regarding support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States Constitution,” according to notes that were photographed.Without any specific proposals it’s difficult to discern how Thursday’s decision by the Obama administration would impact Trump’s policies going forward, Wadhia of Penn State Law, said, adding that if the president-elect wanted to re-implement the program he’d “have to start from scratch.” Any ban “singularly focused on faith” would raise serious constitutional questions, Wadhia said. If the incoming administration does go forward and implements a similar program, it could possibly face prolonged legal challenges, she suggested. “I think his rhetoric during the election could lead to a wider foundation for bringing legal challenges, especially surrounding animus and any intentional discrimination,” Wadhia said.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Urges Legislature to Advance LGBTQ Civil Rights, Hate Crime Protections

first_img Equality,  Government Reform,  Hate Crime,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As legislative sponsors rally support for long-overdue civil rights and hate crime protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, Governor Tom Wolf noted that our neighbors have already taken these steps and Pennsylvania’s outlier status could turn away businesses or residents trying to relocate here. Governor Wolf called on the legislature to take up both non-discrimination protections and expansion of the hate crimes law to cover for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians.“It remains an embarrassment for Pennsylvania that we stand out for failing to provide basic protections that our neighboring and competitive states have long-ago enacted,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislature should provide our citizens these basic civil rights protections. Pennsylvanians strongly agree that these protections should be in place.“I join lawmakers, businessowners and bipartisan advocates in calling for votes on these bills. Our laws allow people to be denied a job or housing simply because they are LGBTQ. It is time to right this wrong.” May 06, 2019 Governor Wolf Urges Legislature to Advance LGBTQ Civil Rights, Hate Crime Protectionscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Carteret County Nourishment Update

first_imgAfter this early week’s storm and coincident refueling of the hopper dredger Ellis Island, Carteret County is back to work pumping sand from a submerged pipeline (Line 7) that emerges near the Sea Dunes Subdivision.  “Nourishment is currently progressing east from this point, and after this morning’s pump-out of a load of sand, we are at Emerald Isle’s Western Regional Access (Station 128+00),” said the county.There is roughly 6,500 linear feet remaining for the Western Emerald Isle reach, and therefore the project (total project 49,900 feet!), or approximately 260,000 cubic yards remaining out of the 1,995,000 cubic yard total.Forecasted completion is April 27th (dredging/pumping should be completed on April 30th).last_img

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ORE Catapult looking for O&M services for National Offshore Anemometry Hub

first_imgNOAH provides wind resource and environmental data to validate turbine demonstrations with the instrumentation and data management capability to be made available for future research collaborations. The offshore anemometry hub is installed three nautical miles off Blyth, Northumberland. A contract, valued at EUR 1.25 million, will be signed for an initial period of three years, starting on 1 October, and will have an extension option to for a further period of up to two years. The work scope will also include supporting research and development (R&D) projects and activities at the National Offshore Anemometry Hub and surrounding consented area.center_img Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has issued a call for tenders for operation and maintenance (O&M) services at the National Offshore Anemometry Hub (NOAH). Deadline for submission of tenders is 18 August.last_img read more

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Four Hospitalized After Accident On US 52

first_imgFour people were hospitalized after a car accident on U.S. 52 near Hyde Road on Saturday afternoon.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, a 2009 Ford F150 operated by Jesse Barton, 29, of Brookville, failed to yield when pulling out from Hyde Road. His vehicle was struck by a 1990 Ford Mustang convertible driven by Peter Schalk, 22, of West Harrison.18-year-old Heath Bauman of Brookville attempted to avoid the collision and veered into the west bound lane where the 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle he was driving struck the F150 driven by Barton.Peter Schalk and a passenger, Clayton Schalk, 20, were transported to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford.Heath Bauman and a passenger in his vehicle, Tristan Nevels, 18, of Brookville, were transported to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.last_img read more

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Cricket News Shikhar Dhawan creates unique Twenty20 International world record in Sydney vs Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan ended a monumental year in Twenty20 Internationals with a blazing 41 off 22 balls in the third and deciding Twenty20 International against Australia in Sydney as he put Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team on course for a series-levelling win. During the course of his knock, the left-hander created a new world record as he accumulated the most runs in a calendar year, be it men’s or women’s T20Is. During the course of his knock, Dhawan went past New Zealand woman cricketer Suzie Bates’ tally of 670 runs in 2018 as the Indian opener finished the year with 689 runs at an average of 43 with six fifties.After the end of the Brisbane game, Dhawan had 648 runs in 16 games in 2018, breaking Kohli’s mark of 641 runs which he achieved in 2016 15 games at a staggering average of 106. Only three Indians have ever crossed 500 runs in a calendar year in Twenty20 Internationals. Apart from Kohli and Dhawan, Rohit smashed 567 runs in 2018 at an average of 37.Dhawan has been the leading run-getter for India in the series against Australia, smashing 76 in the first match in Brisbane which India lost by four runs. In 2018, he has enjoyed a phenomenal year, scoring an aggressive 72 against South Africa. The left-hander began the Nidahas Trophy tri-series with aggressive fifties against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. After scoring a blazing 74 against Ireland, Dhawan had a poor series against England but he returned in style for the West Indies series at home, smashing 92 to help India achieve a 3-0 clean sweep of the two-time World T20 champions.However, unlike Dhawan, Bates did score a hundred when she smashed 124* against South Africa in Taunton.Dhawan’s magnificent form at the top of the order has played a huge role in India registering seven consecutive bilateral series wins in Twenty20 Internationals. In the last couple of years, they have drawn a series against Australia in India and have suffered two series losses only to the West Indies. His blazing start at the top has given India a great chance to ensure their unbeaten bilateral series run in 2018 continues. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Bayern beats Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to win 6th European Cup

first_imgPSG’s footballing superstars were subdued at a final which lacked the usual pre-match entertainment from pop stars.Not that PSG lacked chances to take the lead at a final that should have been played in Istanbul in May, rather than the Portuguese capital in late August when seasons usually begin not end.Only the presence of “Istanbul” on the matchball that Neymar struck at Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 18th was a reminder here of the pandemic-enforced change of location.Neymar did spark the move that saw Ander Herrera and Di Maria combine but the Argentine could only strike over.And an interchange between Herrera and Mbappé before halftime ended with a weak shot from the French forward. Bayern beats Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to win 6th European Cup The European Cup joins the Bundesliga trophy — won for an eighth successive season — and the German Cup.Bayern joins deposed champion Liverpool as six-time champions of Europe, only behind AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (13).It was the first final to end 1-0 since Real Madrid beat Juventus in 1998 which was also the last final to feature teams who qualified as domestic champions. But the singing PSG contingent around the directors’ box was silenced in a stadium that was largely empty due to coronavirus restrictions.And when the final whistle blew, Neymar was in tears, embraced by Bayern rival David Alaba. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Kingsley Coman headed Bayern Munich to a sixth Champions League title on Sunday, scoring against boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain to seal a 1-0 victory in the first final to be played without fans.While Bayern won its first final since 2013, PSG has yet to lift the European Cup despite more than $1 billion being spent on players in nine years.More than $500 million was spent on Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria but PSG looked far from formidable or threatening against the Bavarian giants who felt more assured on European club football’s biggest stage. As the costly front three were frustrated in front of goal, it was instead a winger who grew up in Paris and started his career at PSG who inflicted the blow.The 24-year-old Coman ghosted in at the far post unchecked by the PSG defense and was ready to meet a cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 59th minute.It was Bayern’s 43rd goal of a perfect European campaign that has seen Bayern become the first team to win all 11 Champions League matches.It capped an incredible transformation this season under Hansi Flick, who emerged from the shadows in November, with a promotion to the top coaching job with Bayern fourth in the Bundesliga. The season is now over — three months later than planned due to the coronavirus pandemic pause in play — with Bayern treble winners just as it was in 2013.center_img August 23, 2020 Associated Press Perhaps the only surprise was that there was no 56th goal of the season by Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.For once his scoring contribution was not needed as this season like no other ended with a 21st successive win for Bayern as part of a 30-game unbeaten run.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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