View Comments Star Files John Gallagher Jr. OK, we all saw our exclusive pics of the original cast of Spring Awakening getting back together. But now we have video of the amazing cast, including leads Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff and John Gallagher Jr., and it is BEYOND adorable. Watch the stars reminisce about the start of the Tony-winning show, which began seven years ago at the tiny theater before moving to Broadway. Michele talks about being covered in Groff’s sweat (ew!) back in the day, while Gallagher uncovers the curious case of some off-putting stage blood, and Groff talks about the birth of his love for Michele. So f**king cute! Jonathan Groff
Constituted as the 425th Night Fighter Squadron Nov. 23, 1943, and activated Dec. 1, 1943, the 425th Fighter Squadron (FS) was originally assigned to Orlando Air Base, Florida.On Jan. 30, 1944, the 425th was reassigned to bases in California before arriving at its first European station at Chormy Down, England, May 26, 1944. The 425th flew to its first home base on the European continent, Vannes, France, Aug. 18, 1944. Aircraft, men and equipment of the 425th moved north along with the Allied advance against the Axis and Germany, on May 2, 1945, just six days before VE Day May 8, 1945. During the air war in Europe, the 425th flew the YP-61, A-20, P-61 and P-70 aircraft. The unit flew and fought in support of the Allied war effort in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe.Between Sept. 9, 1945, and Sept. 1, 1946, the 425th was reassigned to various bases in California before being moved to McChord Field in Washington. On Aug. 25, 1947, the 425th was inactivated.On Oct. 15, 1969, the 425th was reactivated at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, as the 425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and assigned to the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The squadron’s new mission with the 58th TFTW was to train aircrews from allied nations to fly and fight in the F-5. This training was accomplished at Williams Air Force Base and also at bases in those nations. On April 6, 1973, the first F-5E Tiger II was delivered to the 425th FS and gave the air forces of friendly nations a capability similar to that enjoyed by Soviet client nations whose forces were equipped with the MiG-21.On June 21, 1989, the squadron’s F-5 training program terminated after having produced 1,499 graduates. The 425th was inactivated Sept. 1, 1989. On Dec. 30, 1992, the 425th was reactivated at Luke AFB under the designation 425th FS “Black Widows.” The squadron re-established its foreign military training mission by providing advanced weapons and tactics continuation for the Republic of Singapore air force’s F-16 aircrew and maintenance personnel. Republic of Singapore’s air forces aircrew and maintenance personnel are assigned to the 425th FS for two years. During their tour of duty they receive advanced tactics training, participate in Red Flag, shoot live missiles at Combat Archer and deploy to locations throughout the U.S. to participate in composite operations and air combat exercises.
Nollywood Dreams Sandra Okuboyejo View Comments Ade Otukoya Director Saheem Ali and playwright Jocelyn Bioh Nollywood Dreams, a new play by Jocelyn Bioh making its world premiere, will begin previews on March 19 and open on April 13 at the off-Broadway Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space. Directed by Saheem Ali, Nollywood Dreams is set in 1990s Lagos, Nigeria, where the Nollywood film industry is on the rise. The play centers on aspiring actress Ayamma (Sandra Okuboyejo), who auditions for a hotshot Nigerian director (Charlie Hudson III) and gets caught in a love triangle between the country’s celebrated leading lady Fayola (Emana Rachelle) and heartthrob Wale (Ade Otukoya). Bioh’s hit play School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, was also produced by MCC. On February 28, the cast and creatives met the press at MCC Theater and posed for photos. Charlie Hudson III Related Shows Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Emana Rachelle, Jocelyn Bioh, Saheem Ali, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejo & Ade Otukoya(Photos: Da Ping Luo)
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Oslo-Based Höegh LNG said it is still working to secure a long-term contract for its only uncommitted FSRU, currently under construction at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries. The company’s seventh FSRU is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.The FSRU is currently offered to “three projects that have a start-up that matches the delivery from yard relatively well,” Höegh LNG said in its annual report posted on Thursday.“When long-term employment is secured, Höegh LNG intends to, in line with its business model, order an additional FSRU,” the company said.Höegh LNG has a fleet of eight FSRUs and three LNG carriers, of which three FSRUs are under construction. The company also operates one LNGC.According to Höegh LNG, the current LNG market outlook, with ample LNG supply available at low prices, creates a “strong foundation for continued growth and high returns within the FSRU segment.”However, the same market conditions make investment decisions for new LNG liquefaction facilities “unlikely for the foreseeable future,” Höegh LNG said, adding that as a consequence, the company announced in February its decision to put its FLNG activities on hold and allocate its resources to the FSRU segment.“Höegh LNG sees a continued strong strategic rationale for the FSRU projects that the Group is targeting, driven by power demand and potential cost savings by replacing expensive liquid fuels with natural gas.”Further, the low LNG prices in USD, which is a result of the low oil price in USD and the long LNG market, make LNG affordable to price sensitive markets, the company said.“Both Egypt and Pakistan are examples of how the increased availability of LNG and the low LNG prices in USD attract new LNG importers that successfully buy all the LNG they need in the spot/short term market at affordable prices,” it added. LNG World News Staff
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Roesdien Jaz from Athlone released a new single called Sing to me of hope. Inspired by Youth Month, Roeshdien Jaz is using his music as a medium for social change and transformation.The Athlone singer and songwriter has released his new single, Sing to me of hope, a reggae single which was inspired by Bob Marley’s One love. The song speaks about uplifting society, elevating social challenges and raises awareness about social ills. It calls residents to action around the continued challenges and adversities facing children, youth, and society as a whole. A percentage of digital sale proceeds of the single will go towards the Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone where Roeshdien volunteered during school holidays.Roeshdien said it still felt surreal to be able to use music to transform society and bring about awareness. “I feel quite emotional and privileged to be able to use music in the way that I am. This is such a precious song and I am excited to elevate awareness and to call on people to make a difference in society. It highlights poverty, abuse, troubled youth and the mothers of these children,” he said. The key message in the song is that every child needs hope and protection, love, dignity, and education. It is performed by Roeshdien, Roots Reggae dancehall artist, Mawonga Mandleni, also known as Overcomer and gospel singer, Adelle Kock.After being diagnosed in 2012, with colon cancer, Roeshdien used music to push through and live a meaningful life. He underwent three major surgeries and eight rounds of chemotherapy. This year he celebrates seven years of being cancer-free.During his recovery Roeshdien realised that life was much more than he had imagined. Once he recovered, he completed writing The Calling and launched the single to inspire himself and others to live what they believed to be their purpose. He is also currently working on his debut album nine years in the making, which is set for digital release in the summer, called The Contradiction. The album will include different genres of music which will cater for every taste and every mood.“The album is a tribute to life, love, and all its many contradictions. It’s a body of work that has been coming along for a while and much thought has gone into it – each song has been given love and attention,” said Roeshdien.Sing to me of hope is available on all major digital platforms worldwide. For more information, visit www.roeshdienjaz.com You can also follow Roeshdien on Twitter: @MRJAZ11 on Facebook: Roeshdien Jaz, or Instagram: Roeshdien Jaz
Redundancy – Dismissal by reason of redundancy – Whether tribunal erring Paragraph 3(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986, Schedule B1, so far as material, provides: ‘Subject to sub-paragraph (4), the administrator of a company must perform his functions in the interests of the company’s creditors as a whole.’ Regulation 3(1) of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 SI 2006/246, so far as material, provides: ‘These Regulations apply to – (a) a transfer of an undertaking, business or part of an undertaking or business situated immediately before the transfer in the United Kingdom to another person where there is a transfer of an economic entity which retains its identity; (b) a service provision change, that is a situation in which – (i) activities cease to be carried out by a person (“a client”) on his own behalf and are carried out instead by another person on the client’s behalf (“a contractor”)… .’ The claimant, K, was a solicitor working in-house for a facilities management company. The company built under private finance initiative schemes, and then the special purpose vehicle that the company had arranged to do the building contracted with the company to provide for ongoing facilities management year by year of the completed building. The contract by which the company did so was a service contract with respect to the premises. When the company ran into financial difficulty, K’s job was primarily concerned with disposing of the service contracts to outside purchasers. In anticipation of appointment by creditors of administrators of the company, the defendant solicitors’ firm (Dentons) agreed to act as solicitors for the administrators. Shortly afterwards, the administrators made K redundant. The disposal of the service contracts continued. K brought a claim before the employment tribunal, arguing that there had been a service provision change to which the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, SI 2006/246 (TUPE) applied. She claimed that she had been working for the company largely on the disposal of service contracts to purchasers and that the administrators, who were agents of the company for that purpose, had engaged Dentons to act as its solicitors; those solicitors had been engaged, inter alia, in the disposal of service contracts which had been ongoing. The tribunal upheld K’s claim. Dentons appealed. It was common ground before the tribunal that the instant proceedings came within the regulation. The issues which arose before the tribunal regarding service provision changes under regulation 3 of TUPE became the grounds of appeal before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. They were, first, whether, when administrators appointed in respect of a company appointed solicitors to advice and work for them as administrators, and those solicitors were used to dispose of assets of the company, their activities in doing so could properly be said to be carried out on behalf of the company in administration. Secondly, whether the activities involved that were subject to a service provision change were to be determined by the nature of the activity or the purpose of the activity concerned. Thirdly, whether the requirement of regulation 3(3) of TUPE was such that it could be said that an administration which by statute was expected to be completed within a year, and a further six months only at the outside and if provided for by a court, was a specific single event or a task of short-term duration. The tribunal ruled: (1) Regarding ‘activities’, the common use of the word was to describe what was being done. If there was a relevant distinction between the nature of activities and the purpose of them, it was to the nature of activities that the statute primarily looked. There could be cases in which the purpose of the activities was such that the whole nature of the activities was shaped by that purpose, such that activities with that purpose might be said to be distinct from similar activities with a very different purpose (see  of the judgment). In the instant case, the tribunal’s conclusion in respect of activities had been a conclusion of fact, within the scope of permissible findings of fact and degree, and there was nothing wrong in concluding that the activity of disposing of the contracts had been the same essentially whether performed by K in-house or by Denton outsourced (see  of the judgment). The first ground of appeal would fail (see  of the judgment). Kimberley Group Housing Ltd v Hambley; Angel Services (UK) Ltd v Hambley  All ER (D) 408 (Jun) considered; Churchill Dulwich Ltd (in liq) v Metropolitan Resources Ltd  All ER (D) 316 (Jul) considered; De’Antiquis v Key2Law (Surrey) LLP  All ER (D) 194 (Dec) considered; Enterprise Management Services Ltd v Connect-Up Ltd  All ER (D) 15 (Jan) considered. (2) The wording of regulation 3(b)(i) of TUPE looked to activities ‘that cease to be carried out by a client on his own behalf’. Those last four words indicated something of purpose or relationship. The client was clearly the same person as that expression was used throughout regulation 3. For solicitors engaged by retainer to act for the administrators to be held to be acting on behalf of the company because the administrators were in the exercise of many of their functions acting so as to bind the company could potentially bring those solicitors into a situation of conflict that militated against the proposition being correct. Although for much of the time, and particularly if the first and primary purpose of administration was to be achieved, the administrator and the company would have a common purpose, the administrator owed his duty to the creditors of the company (see ,  of the judgment). On the facts of the instant case, the tribunal had erred in concluding that, merely because the administrator could act as agent, and in exercise of its functions had acted as agent for the company, it meant that the solicitors retained by the administrator had themselves been acting on behalf of the company when they had acted in the administration. They might have been doing so, but it could not be assumed that they necessarily had (see ,  of the judgment). The second ground of appeal would succeed (see  of the judgment). McCarrick v Hunter  All ER (D) 86 (Feb) applied; Edenwest Ltd v CMS Cameron McKenna  All ER (D) 136 (May) applied. (3) It was not necessary to determine the third issue in the light of the court’s findings on the first two issues, but in the event that it became so, the meaning of ‘short term’ would inevitably vary from case to case. It was therefore a matter of fact and degree and, providing that the tribunal had regard to the words of the paragraph and the general context within which to place the particular facts of the case, a finding of fact and degree was unlikely to be wrong. As to the wording of the Regulation, on the facts, the tribunal had erred in looking at activities that were not part of the service provision change, instead of the actual activities to be performed by the claimant. It appeared that if the tribunal had been persuaded that the activities would all, by and large, have been completed within the three months following April 2010, it would have been inclined to hold that that was a single specific event or task of short-term duration. Accordingly, in the absence of any clear statement as to what term the tribunal had in mind and why, the tribunal’s judgment could not stand (see , ,  of the judgment). It would be appropriate to substitute a decision that there had been no service provision change (see ,  of the judgment). SNR Denton UK LLP v Kirwan and another: Employment Appeal Tribunal (Mr Justice Langstaff): 10 July 2012 David Reade (instructed via Public Access) for Denton; Melvyn Harris (instructed by Backhouse Solicitors, Essex) for K; The second respondents did not appear and were not represented.