View Comments Smash and Broadway alums Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus have joined the cast of Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening. The previously reported production, helmed by Mientus’ fiancé, fellow Broadway fave Michael Arden, will play a limited engagement May 21 through June 7 at the Bram Goldsmith Theater. Opening night is set for May 28.The musical will be performed both in American Sign Language and English. Along with Rodriguez (who appeared in Spring Awakening on Broadway) and Mientus (Les Miz) the cast will include Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Natacha Roi, Howie Seago, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter and Alex Wyse.A re-imagining of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play with music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, the Tony-winning Spring Awakening boldly depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. The story centers around a brilliant young student named Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz and Wendla, a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood. The production will be choreographed by Hedwig’s Spencer Liff.
Dutch pension funds have a limited stake in locally issued corporate green bonds, according to IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro.Drawing on statistics from regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), it found that pension funds had provided €800m of the total €20.7bn invested in green bonds issued by local banks, energy firms and Netherlands-based financial holdings of foreign energy companies.Dutch banks and insurers owned €600m of Dutch green bonds, and the remaining €19.4bn was purchased by foreign investors.DNB only included assets that were subject to the green bond principles set by the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a not-for-profit initiative from the financial sector. Currently, 35 bonds issued by 12 Dutch companies meet these criteria. The €414bn civil service scheme ABP said it had invested a total of €751m in 24 local green bonds, whereas it had invested in 102 green bonds in total with a combined value of almost €3.5bn.PGGM, the €215bn asset manager for the large healthcare scheme PFZW, said its combined holdings of green bonds were worth €1.6bn, of which just €42m was invested in Dutch green bonds.The asset manager – which has sold green bonds issued by ING, ABN Amro and energy firm Alliander – said there was no specific reason for its relatively small stake in local green corporate bonds.“We seek proper investments worldwide, which could also involve investments in the Netherlands,” a spokesman for PGGM said.Dutch pension funds are expected to increase their investments in local green bonds.Recently, Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra announced that the Dutch state would start issuing green bonds meeting the CBI principles, estimating the annual potential at between €3.5bn and €5bn.ABP, PGGM and MN – the €130bn asset manager for the large metal industry schemes PME and PMT – all backed a recent green bond issued by Schiphol Group, the owner of Amsterdam’s main airport. Schiphol raised €500m from the issuance and has said needed to raise €1.2bn to meet its sustainability plans by 2023.MN said that it would have liked to investment more than the €9m it had been granted as part of Schiphol Group’s issue. ABP and PGGM bought €15m and €10m, respectively, of Schiphol Group’s green bonds.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, is scheduled to leave the covered building dock II at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg on August 17, 2019, German shipbuilder said.Once the 169,145 GT Norwegian Encore leaves the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding.The newbuild will then remain in the shipyard port for further outfitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which is expected to take place at end of September.For Norwegian Encore to be able to berth at the outfitting pier, the floating section –engine room unit — of P&O’s Iona that is currently moored there will have to be moved to another berth in the shipyard port. After Norwegian Encore leaves dock, the floating part for Iona, which is due for completion in spring 2020, will be maneuvered back into the free covered building dock II for further construction work, Meyer Werft explained.Being the fourth ship in the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Encore measures 333.46 meters in length and 41.4 meters in width, with capacity for 4,004 passengers.The cruise vessel will offer seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning November 17, 2019, through April 12, 2020.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft
Sara R. Tompson, head of instruction and orientation services at USC Libraries, said she was the only one at Hillel when she voted.“I was hoping for a couple more, but I wasn’t really surprised since this is a student precinct and so many people are gone in the summer.”Some students used an absentee ballot to participate in the election. One such student, Tony Martinez, a senior majoring in kinesiology, said he believes it is important to vote.“You can’t complain about politics unless you put in your vote,” Martinez said.For Martinez, the propositions were one of the significant matters on the ballot.“Some of the propositions will be important because they will affect you in some way or another,” Martinez said.Another initiative on the ballot, Proposition 28, would reduce the maximum amount of time that a politician could serve in the legislature to 12 years, but allow them to serve the full amount of time in either chamber. Currently, legislators can serve a maximum of 14 years: three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate.Tompson said she thinks more people would participate in the election if the California presidential primaries were scheduled before the nominees had been decided.“People would like California’s primaries to be earlier,” Tompson said. “We have such a big population so we could make a big impact.” Voters near USC filtered into USC Hillel and Cardinal Gardens Tuesday to cast their ballots on a wide range of candidates and initiatives during California’s primary election.Some of the key matters on the ballot include a senatorial primary, the Los Angeles district attorney race and Proposition 29, which would raise the tax on cigarette packs by $1.Polls · Ballot stations for California’s primary election on Tuesday stand at the ready in Cardinal Gardens. Ballots included a senatorial primary, two state propositions and a district attorney race. – Briana Humphrey | Summer Trojan