View Comments Calling all playwrights, mobsters, movie stars and hot dogs! The cast is now set for the national tour of Bullets Over Broadway, based on Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s 1994 film of the same name. Michael Williams will take on the role of David Shayne, leading an ensemble cast that includes Emma Stratton as Helen Sinclair and Jeffrey Brooks as Cheech.The production, directed by Jeff Whiting, who worked on the original Broadway mounting, will kick off in Cleveland on October 6, 2015. The tour will make several stops across the U.S. including Seattle and Houston.Also in the lineup for the production is Bradley Allan Zarr as Warner Purcell, Michael Corvino as Nick Valenti, Hannah Deflumeri as Ellen, Rick Grossman as Julian Marx, Jemma Jane as Olive Neal and Rachel Bahler as Eden Brent.Rounding out the cast are Blaire Baker, Mary Callahan, Jake Corcoran, Elizabeth Dugas, Carissa Fiorillo, Patrick Graver, Andrew Hendrick, Lainee Hunter, Justin Jutras, Brian Thomas Martin, Conor McGiffin, Andrew Metzgar, Corinne Munsch, Kaylee Olson, Joey Ortolani, Kelly Peterson, Lexie Plath and Ian Saunders.Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of an aspiring playwright in 1920s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his new show in order to have it produced on the Great White Way. The tuner features existing hits from the 1920s, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do” and “There’s a New Day Comin’!”The original production, directed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, premiered on the Great White Way in 2014 at the St. James Theatre. The production received six Tony-Award nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography.
Speculation is brewing in Singapore that a merger might be on the cards between the country’s offshore rig building giants Keppel Offshore & Marine and Sembcorp Marine.Illustration: Keppel shipyard / Image source: KeppelThe rumors were boosted by Temasek’s intended offer to take over a controlling interest in Keppel, in a deal valued S$4.1 billion. If successful, the offer will result in Temasek owning an aggregate 51% of Keppel Corporation.If successful, Temasek plans to carry out a strategic review of Keppel’s business. This review, according to Temasek, may result in Keppel refocusing on and strengthening certain businesses, and/or potential corporate actions including, but not limited to, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, acquisitions, disposals, mergers, or other transactions involving Keppel.Following the announcement on Temasek’s push to increase its shareholding in Keppel, the shares of Keppel rose. However, the trading activity and price in rival Sembcorp Marine’s shares rose as well leading the Singapore exchange to send a query to Sembcorp Marine seeking an explanation.Sembcorp Marine, majority-owned by Sembcorp Industries in which Temasek owns a 49 percent stake, said it was unaware of any information not previously announced concerning the company that might explain the trading activity.Asked if it was aware of any other explanation for the trading including rumors or reports Sembcorp Marine said: “Save for possible market speculation arising from the announced voluntary pre-conditional cash partial offer for shares in Keppel Corporation Limited by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, the Company is not aware of any possible explanation for the trading today.”OCBC Bank has also commented on Temasek’s Keppel move and potential implications on Sembcorp Marine.“We expect that [Temasek] will succeed in reaching its intended ownership of [Keppel] given the lackluster performance of [Keppel’s] equity in recent years which should encourage shareholders to tender their shares,” OCBC said.Related: Temasek in bid to take control of KeppelOn the potential merger Keppel O&M and Sembcorp Marine, OCBC said: “While a merger between [Keppel’s] Offshore and Marine arm and Sembcorp Marine Ltd has long been speculated by the equity markets, we have not seen it as base case given [Keppel’s] intense focus on diversification into other income streams (predominantly into telecommunications and asset management) in recent years and expanding [Keppel Offshore & Marine’s] into new areas of growth.However, with the impending introduction of Temasek as controlling shareholder at Keppel, this in our view is likely to lead to changes in Keppel’s strategic direction.According to OCBC, given that Sembcorp Industries is ~49.5% owned by Temasek, the existence of a common major shareholder increases the probability of a merger between Keppel Offshore & Marine and Sembcorp Marine.“Temasek’s portfolio includes both listed and unlisted companies within telecommunication, data centers, and property, areas which overlap with [Keppel’s] businesses. Historically, Temasek has taken majority control of its investee companies and subsequently sold them down. In our view, there is no certainty that Temasek’s ownership stake in [Keppel] is going to stay constant which should lead to a steepening of the [Keppel] curve. Overall, we think the development is positive for the short end of KEP’s curve though neutral-to-negative for the medium-long dated end of the curve,” OCBC said.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Other Sports Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty enter top 10 of world doubles ranking in Badminton
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights PV Sindhu is ranked No.5 in the latest badminton rankings.Saina Nehwal is ranked No.8.Rankireddy and Shetty won a BWF 500 doubles title for the first time. New Delhi: Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Tuesday jumped seven places to enter the top 10 of the latest badminton world rankings, courtesy their historic win at last week’s Thailand Open. Rankireddy and Shetty, who created history on Sunday by becoming the first Indian men’s doubles pair to win a BWF Super 500 tournament, are placed ninth in the men’s doubles rankings issued on Tuesday. Rankireddy and Shetty stunned reigning world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China 21-19 18-21 21-18 in the Thailand Open final to achieve the feat. The other Indian men’s doubles duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy remained on 25th spot. In the men’s singles, there were no significant changes for Indian shuttlers as Kidambi Srikanth (10th), Sameer Verma (13), B Sai Praneeth (19), H S Prannoy (31) and Sourav Verma (44) are all static at the respective positions. Parupalli Kashyap moved up three places to 32nd spot, while Subhankar Dey climbed two places to 39th. Meanwhile, Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal managed to hold on to their fifth and eighth spots respectively in the women’s singles rankings. In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy moved up a place to 23rd. But Indians witnessed a downward move in the mixed doubles rankings. While the pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy dropped a place to 23rd, the duo of Ponnappa and Rankireddy slipped four spots to be placed 27th.
The Liberian Ambassador accredited to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta, Ambassador Rudolf von Ballmoos has presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father, Pope Francis at the Vatican City and the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, His Eminence Fra’ Matthew Festing at the Magisterial Palace in Rome, Italy.A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in the United Kingdom says during separate statements at the two ceremonies, Ambassador Rudolf von Ballmoos extended special thanks on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta for the enormous support provided Liberia over the years in the areas of education, health and humanitarian services in support of government’s effort to eradicate poverty and consolidate the peace process.He made a specific request to the Holy See to support a regional education and awareness campaign with specific focus on religious tolerance, noting that “with the spread of different religious beliefs across the continent of Africa, it is prudent for people of different faith to coexist peacefully and tolerate one another”.On the Global scene, Ambassador von Ballmoos noted that “Liberia will continue to support dialogue and non-violence in the resolution of internal conflicts. He said, Liberia is pursuing a long-term national development agenda, The Liberia Rising Vision 2030, which aims to propel Liberia into a middle-income country capable of meeting and sustaining its own development aspirations by the year 2030.Towards, this end, we encourage Foreign Direct Investment in the vast resource based of the country, including the Agriculture and Mining sectors”. In response, the Holy Father, Pope Francis said” the proliferation of weapons of every type leads in the opposite direction of peace that we all speak about. The arms trade has the effect of complicating and distancing us from a solution to conflicts, all the more so since it takes place to a great extent outside the boundaries of the law.Therefore, I consider that, while we are gathered in this Apostolic See, which by nature is invested in a special service to the cause of peace, we can unite our voices in expressing hope that the international community may make new, concerted and courageous efforts against the proliferation of weapons and to promote their reduction”.The Holy Father mentioned that another challenge to peace, which “unfortunately takes on, in certain regions and in certain moments, the nature of a full-blown human tragedy”, is that of forced migration.He commented that it is a very complex phenomenon, and recognised that important efforts are being made by international organisations, States, and social bodies, as well as religious communities and volunteer groups, to respond “in a civil and organised way to the most critical aspects, emergencies, and situations of greatest need”.Pope Francis lamented that the global community cannot limit itself to reacting to emergencies, but rather the moment has arrived to face it with a serious and responsible political outlook, involving all levels: global, continental, macro-regional, in relations between nations, and finally at national and local levels”.Also speaking at a separate ceremony, His Most Eminent Highness Fra’ Matthew Festing said beyond its humanitarian activities, the Sovereign Order of Malta is also committed both to building new bridges of understanding so as to foster dialogue and respect for cultural diversities and to promoting human dignity as the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups.”I am certain that the recent accreditation of the first permanent representative of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the African Union will enable an even more effective collaboration among the different countries for improvement in the living conditions of the populations of Africa.In addition to our engagement in Liberia, we have identified new projects relating to the training of dentists and doctors, as well as the fight against epidemics and renewed shipments of medicines and medical equipment for hospitals in Liberia” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)