Need even more pirates this holiday season? Off-Broadway’s got you covered. Tickets are available for The Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr!, a new improvised take on A Christmas Carol, complete with swashbucklers and audience participation. Performances will take place December 20 through January 3, 2015 at the Snapple Theater Center. The comedy is written by Christopher Leidenfrost and directed by Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson. The Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr! The cast features Leidenfrost-Wilson, Marc Mills, Kevin Maphis, Emily Rouch, Olivia Harding, Asia Lupo, David Anthony and Timothy Allen. Join the crew of the Riley Rose as they attempt to perform their take on A Christmas Carol. However, when all the plot points of their prologue are covered in runny ink, it’s up to audience to fill in the blanks. The pirates-turned-players weave suggestion from the house into songs, scenes and more. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2015
Thailand is battling the environmental impacts of mass tourism, and is investing 13 billion to attract even more tourists
Thailand has been battling the negative environmental impacts of tourism for some time. As many as 40 million tourists are expected this year, and within ten years the inflow could increase by another 25 million, reports Bloomberg. Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy plans to invest about $ 13 billion in expanding airport capacity and connecting large terminals to high-speed rail. As a result, the number of foreign tourists could jump by more than 60 percent by 2029 and equal the population of the United Kingdom, according to estimates by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC). Tourism is the lifeblood of Thailand’s economy, and visitor numbers are one of the reasons why the Thai baht is the strongest currency in Asia this year. Yet the challenges the country faces, such as floods, have long-term consequences for its environment. For example, the iconic Maya Bay beach, known for the cult film “Beach” with Leonard DiCaprio, has been permanently closed to visitors to help the ecosystem recover. Current and capacity after the expansion of Thai airports Source: Bloomberg / Photo: Pexels.com But the difference is that tourism makes up a fifth of Thailand’s economy, which is why managing the sector is a key issue for the country’s prosperity. Arrivals have moderated in recent months which is presumably a temporary occurrence due to the weakening global economy. Thailand is not the only destination facing the negative consequences of mass tourism, from damage to coral reefs, to pollution of the sea with plastic, garbage and sewage. Neighboring countries, such as the Philippines and Indonesia, face similar challenges. This would, by 2025, expand the capacity of all three facilities to 190 million passengers from the current 78 million. National airports manage many more passengers than the capacity for which they are intended. “We need to work to improve water and energy efficiency and reduce the use of plastics and recycle more”, He concluded. “The country cannot tolerate such a sudden increase in the number of touristsSaid Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Ayudhya PCL, a Thai subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. “We need to introduce a better system for managing destinations and tourists, which can help with congestion and environmental problems. Still not enough is being done.” Plans to upgrade Thai infrastructure include adding new terminals to two international airports in Bangkok, as well as expanding the one near the Pattaya resort. Officials have been trying for years to attract tourists to less visited parts of the country to ease pressure on traditional destinations such as Bangkok and the Phuket resort. But these initiatives have only partially succeeded. But traffic improvements are not enough to ensure the sustainability of tourism, said Weerasak Kowsurat, a former Thai tourism minister currently serving in the Senate.
OLEKSANDR Usyk plans on forcing his mandated title shot for the WBO heavyweight title that is currently held by Anthony Joshua. Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) is mandatory for that belt, and he plans on fighting for the title in 2021 after Joshua’s title defence against Kubrat Pulev.Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk says that Joshua needs to face his fighter first before he fights WBC champion Tyson Fury or he gives up the WBO belt.It doesn’t look for Joshua or Fury in terms of them meeting twice in 2021 with all four titles on the line. The two heavyweight champions got ahead of themselves by agreeing to a two-fight deal in 2021.What Joshua and Fury can do is both defend against their mandatory challengers in the first quarter of next year. If they both win, then they can fight in the summer of 2021 for their first match next year, and then meet in the rematch in December.As long as Joshua and Fury both defeat their mandatory challengers, then there’s no reason not to believe that they can fight next summer for the first of two clashes.Fury’s promoter Bob Arum surprised a lot of people this week when he suggested that Usyk, 33, and Dillian Whyte can face each other to decide on a genuine mandatory for the Joshua vs. Fury winner to meet.If Whyte and Usyk agreed to Arum’s suggestion, they would both be jumping through another hoop to get a title shot that they’ve already earned.It appears that Fury and Joshua just assumed that their respective mandatory challengers Dillian Whyte and Usyk would sit back and let all of next year go by before looking to get their mandated title shots satisfied. In other words, Whyte and Usyk would watch their own careers stagnate and go nowhere while Joshua and Fury fight twice in 2021.If there were a way of putting Usyk and Whyte into a deep freeze to keep them from aging while they wait until 2022 to get their title shots, then it wouldn’t be a big deal for them to sit while Joshua and Fury fight twice. They can’t do that.Boxing is supposed to be a sport, and it arguably loses that when you get champions ignoring their mandatory challengers. Imagine an NFL team being allowed by the head of the league to skate past their playoff games to play in consecutive Super Bowls. (Boxingnews)
The current coach of Inter Milan, Roberto Mancini, praised the B&H representative and member of Rome Miralem Pjanic, and inscribed him in the best players in the Italian Serie A. Mancini defended this great midfielder, as well as some other players from Italy.“Pjanic, Pogba, Higuain, Callejon and Florenz are versatile players, just like Tevez. It’s amazing that they are being offended the fans, as well as a scene in which one of the fans of Juventus in the company of his son threatens the coach with his fists.They may be angry because of the defeat and they might whistle, but why to insult other people? Sunday is the day when some people use football to express displeasure over their life problems. This is not good and should be punished, “said Mancini.Juventus had two defeats in the last five rounds, and although it is the first on the board, some of the fans were not friendly at all towards their favorite players.Fans of Roma are still dissatisfied, because of two draws, two wins and a defeat recorded in the last five rounds. Roma’s bad scores last for a long time.(Source: klix.ba)