Japan’s Takarazuka Chicago Company Meets the Broadway Cast

first_img Related Shows Whoopee! The cast of the Tony-winning revival Chicago recently welcomed some international visitors to the New York theater scene. Takarazuka Chicago will play the Lincoln Center Festival from July 20 through July 24 at the David H. Koch Theater. The all-female production draws 2.5 million audience members annually to Japan’s Takarazuka Revue. Current Chicago star Jaime Camil and mega-producer Barry Weissler (see below) were on hand to extend a warm welcome to the women of the Takarazuka Revue. Take a peek at the photos, and welcome to New York, ladies! View Comments from $49.50center_img Yuga Yamato, Bianca Marroquin, Hikaru Asami, Asato Shizuki, Jaime Camil, Saori Mine, Saki Asaji, Yoka Wao, Amra Raye Wright, Wataru Kozuki and Natsuki Mizu(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Chicagolast_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces First Approvals of Loans for the Diverse Business Financing Initiative, Promoting Economic Growth Through Diversity

first_imgWolf Administration Announces First Approvals of Loans for the Diverse Business Financing Initiative, Promoting Economic Growth Through Diversity September 25, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently announced the first approvals of loans for the Diverse Business Financing Initiative, designed to empower minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, disabled-owned, and LGBT-owned businesses to grow and thrive. This initiative is in keeping with Governor Wolf’s Executive Order 2015-11, “Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy.”“Diversity, inclusion and small business opportunities are essential to ensuring Pennsylvanians have jobs and our economy is thriving,” Governor Wolf said. “All economic indicators right now point more and more toward the fact that strong economic growth is tied to the success of diverse businesses and I’m especially proud to see my executive order carried out by DCED and its local partners in such a way to make diversity and inclusion a local economic initiative.”DCED solicited proposals from its local economic development partners throughout the state to determine how best to meet the goal of supporting diverse business owners in the various geographic regions of the commonwealth. The department determined that the best approach to deliver growth capital to small diverse businesses is to administer portions of revolving loan funds to local economic development organizations, which will then dedicate those funds solely for relending to small diverse businesses that they interact with every day.“The Diverse Business Financing Initiative is about more than just being the right thing to do,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “It’s about giving Pennsylvania the competitive edge we need in an increasingly competitive marketplace by ensuring access to crucial resources for all business owners, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, and disabled or veteran status.”The initiative will capitalize local revolving loan funds with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) and the Pennsylvania Community Development Bank (PCD Bank). In addition, partners will have access to accounts to initiate loans through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) to diverse businesses targeted by this initiative.The first Diverse Business Financing Initiative investments to local development organizations for relending to local diverse businesses, made at PMBDA, PCD Bank, and PEDFA board meetings last week, were as follows::The Allentown Economic Development Corporation in Lehigh County, approved for a $300,000 PMBDA loan;The Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland, approved for a $125,000 PMBDA loan and a $125,000 PEDFA loan;The Progress Fund in Westmoreland County, approved for a $250,000 PMBDA loan and a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;Bridgeway Capital in Allegheny County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan and a $125,000 PEDFA loan;Community First Fund in Lancaster County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;FINANTA in Philadelphia County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;Greater Berks Development Fund in Berks County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;JARI Growth Fund in Cambria County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;MetroAction in Lackawanna County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan; andBucks County Economic Development Corporation, approved for $250,000 PEDFA loan.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bolt confident of World Champs glory

first_imgDespite clocking pedestrian times in his two races this season defending 100-meters world champion Usain Bolt has expressed confidence in his ability to win a fourth blue-ribbon title in London next month.The Jamaican was speaking at a press conference in Monaco on Wednesday prior to his 100 meters race at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday. This will be his final warm-up race before the IAAF World Championships in London starting August 4.“I am always expecting to win. If it’s one thing you know about me I am always confident,” said the world-record holder. He is yet to break 10 seconds this season after runs in Kingston on June 10 and Ostrava on June 28.Notwithstanding the slow times, the sprint King believes he will be ready to take on the world as he has successfully done in the past decade.No Stress“The moment you start having doubts it doesn’t make sense you show up at the line. For me, it’s all about winning. I am not worried about world records. I have it already so no stress.”Bolt, who has won 11 World Championships gold medals during his illustrious career spanning 15 years, said his goal in London this summer is a simple one.“My main aim is to just to win. I want to retire on a winning note. That has always been the goal throughout my career, just to continue dominating and to continue winning,” he said.To face off with Omar McLeodBolt will line up in Monaco against compatriot, Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod. The hurdler is the only one in history to go below 10 seconds in the 100m and 13 seconds in the sprint hurdles. Bolt will also take on the likes of South Africa’s Akani Simbini who boasts a season’s best 9.92, Great Britain’s Chijinduh Ujah, and the USA’s Isiah Young and Christopher Belcher, all of whom have broken the 10-second barrier this season. Sprint King not worried about pedestrian timeslast_img read more