Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The US is rushing to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia.
Whistleblowers told the Democrat-led House panel it could destabilise the Middle East boosting nuclear weapon proliferation.
President Donald Trump met nuclear power developers at the White House on February 12 to discuss building plants in Middle Eastern nations, including Saudi Arabia.
tion peace plan.
Critics say giving Saudi Arabia access US nuclear technology would spark a dangerous arms race in the volatile region.
It states that "within the US, strong private commercial interests have been pressing aggressively for the transfer of highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia".
These commercial entities could "reap billions of dollars through contracts associated with constructing and operating nuclear facilities in Saudi Arabia".
The White House has yet to comment on the report.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre presents Richard Bean’s Award-Winning British Comedy One Man, Two Guvnors
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – January 14, 2019 – Actors’ Playhouse is proud to continue its 2018-19 Season with Richard Bean’s internationally acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors, a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, The Servant of Two Masters. This award-winning comedy will play January 23 – February 10, 2019 at the Miracle Theatre.
Set in 1963 Brighton, England, One Man, Two Guvnors is a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues. The uproarious plot features a disarming and doltish Francis Henshall who finds himself trapped by farce into working for two bosses – who are connected in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue – all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four.
The company features Wesley Slade (Hand to God, GableStage) as Francis Henshall, Cliff Burgess (Unnecessary Farce, Actors’ Playhouse) as Stanley Stubbers, Clay Cartland (The Toxic Avenger, Actors’ Playhouse) as Alan, Christopher Chisholm (Fiddler on the Roof, The Banyan Bowl) as Harry Dangle, Anna Lise Jensen (Once, Actors’ Playhouse) as Dolly, Paul Louis (Real Men, Off-Broadway, New World Stages and Regionally, Actors’ Playhouse) as Charlie “The Duck” Clench, Christian Ortega (A Christmas Carol, The Musical; Actors’ Playhouse) as Gareth, Krystal Millie Valdes (Crooked, Thinking Cap Theatre) as Rachel Crabbe, Phillip Andrew Santiago (Havana Music Hall, Actors’ Playhouse) as Alfie, Leah Sessa (Company, MNM Theatre Company) as Pauline Clench and Reggie Whitehead (All The Way, Actors’ Playhouse) as Lloyd Boateng.
One Man, Two Guvnors includes toe-tapping music by a skiffle band featuring accomplished musicians Daniel Bailey (Musical Director/bass), Lukas Webber (percussion), Erik Fabregat (lead vocals and guitar) and Chase Maddox (electric guitar).
Ticket prices range from $30 to $75. Tickets can be purchased by calling (305) 444-9293, visiting www.actorsplayhouse.org, or at the Actors’ Playhouse Box Office (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134). The theatre offers 10 percent off all weekday performances for seniors and $15 student rush tickets to any performance 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Group discounted rates are offered for 15 patrons or more through the group sales department at (305) 444-9293 ext. 1 or on www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
The friction between the United States and China on a range of issues threatens to slow global action on climate change at a critical time.
In the U.S., the Trump administration is hurriedly clearing the way for oil exploration in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, seen above, as part of the administration's campaign to exploit fossil fuels and erase restrictive policies protecting the environment and addressing global warming.
After reviewing the permit application, Peter Nelson, director of federal lands at the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, said: "One thing is pretty notable: how many inaccuracies and missing pieces of information there are. It really provides more evidence that industry and the Trump administration are being pretty reckless with this process."
Oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge- a vast wilderness in northeastern Alaska those coastal plain is home to polar bears in winter and porcupine caribou and hundreds of migratory bird species in summer-has sparked a fierce debate for four decades. No drilling has been done there since it became a refuge in 1980 and no seismic work has been done since the mid-1980s.
Jenny Keatinge, a senior federal lands policy analyst at Defenders of Wildlife, said in an interview that conducting seismic testing when polar bears have retreated to dens could imperil the federally threatened Southern Beaufort Sea populations, of which there are roughly 900 polar bears left. She noted that 77 percent of the coastal plain is designated as critical habitat for polar bears.
Given the effects of climate change, "those bears are using the coastal plain more and more, " Keatinge said.
Keatinge questioned why the firm's proposal did not include detailed maps of areas to be excluded from testing, or how it would address the harm that could stem from the disturbance that could result from the operation. Some caribou winter on the plain, and additional caribou come in during the spring, she said, when the seismic exploration may still be underway.
"They don't identify sensitive wetland areas or sensitive wildlife areas," she said of the firm, adding that when it comes to the prospect of federal approval, "we are ready to fight any attempt by the administration to shortcut any protection for the coastal plain and the people and wildlife it supports."
Now we know why President Trump continuously says that "climate change is a hoax" and truly this is due to the influence from these oil companies pumping money into his own pipeline as well as many of his dirty businesses he owns and manages....big money in his dirty pocket!
Monday, November 26, 2018
The woman running with her two daughters in front of tear gas in the widely published photo from Sunday's confrontation at the border between some members of the caravan and US border authorities.
Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for border law enforcement, said it fired tear gas and pepper balls at the crowd after some people tried to cross into the US through an opening and threw objects at border agents, including rocks.
The caravan's members are being housed at Tijuana's Benito Juarez Stadium.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre "tiro la casa por la ventana", an odd Cuban expression. The opening night was a tremendous success, set in 1958 at the Havana Music Hall cabaret, following the freedom flights in 1962 when Ramona's brother who is also a member of the band, leaves Cuba with Ramona's baby daughter, sort of like the ' Peter Pan Operation' during the 50's and 60's when kids left the country without their parents .
This all time musical tells the story of many immigrants in exile today who flew the Castro regime including many well-known artists and musicians who felt they no longer had a life of their own in their country of origin under the dictator's regime.
This is a must see all musical revue with great music, amazing talented actors and a terrific choreography with lots of glamour and nostalgic sentiment. This high -energy new musical captures the pain of the Cuban exiles of the 50's, 60's and 70's and the continuous fight against Castro's repressive and communist revolution.
Can't miss the Final Week Performance! On it's way to Broadway....
Sunday, September 2, 2018
MIAMI – August 15, 2018 – Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of the new musical, Havana Music Hall. This exciting new show centers around the lives of Havana Music Hall’s best-known musicians who are just about to get their big break before Fidel Castro seizes power. Havana Music Hall will debut at Actors’ Playhouse October 10 – November 18, 2018.
Set in 1958 Cuba, the highly anticipated new musical, with book by Carmen Pelaez tells the story of husband and wife musical team Rolando and Ramona Calderon who are on the verge of breaking through to the world’s stage when the Cuban Revolution tears apart the only life they have ever known. Almost sixty years later, we find the couple trying to forget the past in the now devastated Havana Music Hall, but others won’t let them.
Directed by On Your Feet! co-choreographer Maria Torres, with a story and original score by Richard Kagan, the new musical captures the pain and joy of the immigrant experience like nothing before and will also have audiences dancing in the aisles.
Featuring new songs such as "Escape to Havana," “Place of My Birth,” “Todo Es Bueno en Cuba” and “I Have My Voice,” this fast-paced new musical brings audiences inside the famed Havana Music Hall as hearts break and spirits soar against all odds.
“I was always interested in Cuban music and culture when I was younger after studying Spanish in college and visiting Puerto Rico,” said Richard Kagan, creator of Havana Music Hall. “When I first visited Cuba, I was moved by these amazing musicians and hearing stories of what happened to them during the Cuban Revolution. Their stories stuck with me and inspired me to write this musical for all immigrants.”
Actors’ Playhouse Executive Producing Director Barbara Stein and Artistic Director and Havana Music Hall Creative Consultant David Arisco and are delighted to bring this exciting world premiere that captures the power of life, the joy of music and the humanity of friends and family to Miami audiences.
The creative team for Havana Music Hall includes Lyric Translation by Cuban Musicologist Jose “Perico” Hernandez, Music Supervisor Larry Blank, Dramaturg Carmen Rivera, Set Design by Paul Tate dePoo III, Costume Design by Ann Closs-Farley and additional Casting by Binder Casting.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public, with prices ranging from $30 to $75. Tickets can be purchased by calling (305) 444-9293, visiting www.actorsplayhouse.org, or at the Actors’ Playhouse Box Office (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134). Group discounted rates are offered for 15 patrons or more through the group sales department at (305) 444-9293 ext. 610 or on www.actorsplayhouse.org.
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Friday, July 27, 2018
The summer movie season starts to wind down this weekend with Mission: Impossible-Fallout, the latest entry from one of Hollywood's most reliably entertaining franchises.
I can't wait to see it this weekend, although I know how crowded it will be at every theater in South Florida. But i'ts worth the wait, with such great reviews, it promises to be highly entertaining, enticing and superb.